Pulse UK

  • February 02, 2024

    Playboy Dancer Hired As Solicitor's Assistant Awarded £29K

    A London tribunal has awarded £28,986 (nearly $37,000) to a Playboy casino dancer who was recruited by a consultant solicitor as his assistant and subsequently victimized and underpaid in an "entirely inappropriate" arrangement.

  • February 02, 2024

    Dechert Settles Mogul's UK Hacking Claim For Millions

    Dechert has agreed to pay £3 million ($3.8 million) to resolve claims that ex-partner Neil Gerrard orchestrated the hacking of Farhad Azima and misled the English courts, in a deal that the aviation tycoon estimates could be worth as much as $15 million with costs.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mishcon Acquires Brazilian Group Claims Business Somos

    Mishcon de Reya LLP said on Friday the law firm has acquired a group actions management business based in Brazil, as it looks to build out its capabilities developing and managing some of the most complex cases seen in the U.K. legal market.

  • February 02, 2024

    Questions Linger Over UK Plans To Resurrect Tribunal Fees

    Plans to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in the U.K. may appear to fix issues with the old regime, but employment lawyers warn they could stifle access to justice and fail to ease pressure on the overloaded system.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mishcon Partner Says Bitcoin Property Buy Made Him Uneasy

    A Mishcon de Reya partner testified on Friday that he grew "increasingly uncomfortable" with shifting answers from a Chinese-British woman trying to buy a mansion about where her bitcoin, laundered from a £5 billion ($6.3 billion) fraud, originated.

  • February 02, 2024

    CPS Denies Liability in Ex-Sidley Lawyer Failed Prosecution

    The Crown Prosecution Service has denied being liable for its botched tax fraud prosecution of a former Sidley Austin LLP lawyer, a former senior KPMG official and a banking adviser, who are collectively seeking more than £66 million ($84 million) from the U.K.'s main prosecutor.

  • February 01, 2024

    Goodwin Cuts Associates After Reviews Amid Bleak Market

    Goodwin Procter LLP has parted ways with some associates following its annual performance review process, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Thursday, amid a job market that has not been kind to the most junior lawyers.

  • February 01, 2024

    Irwin Mitchell Not Liable For Helpline Advice To Future Client

    A London appeals court on Thursday affirmed that law firm Irwin Mitchell LLP did not have a duty to advise a potential client that she needed to alert a tour operator following a life-threatening accident abroad, even though she lost the opportunity to potentially recover more than £1 million ($1.27 million).

  • February 01, 2024

    PI Group Fletchers Acquires Serious Injury Law

    Fletchers Group announced Thursday that it has acquired a personal injury law firm based in northwest England, adding to its growing portfolio of businesses.

  • February 01, 2024

    UK's Elite Firms Seek New Ways To Stem Flow To US BigLaw

    The U.K.'s elite law firms are looking at ways of stemming the flow of rainmaker partners to their U.S. rivals in London, including by imposing financial penalties in what could be a novel approach for the sector.

  • February 01, 2024

    Gov't Agrees To Boost Lawyers' Fixed Recoverable Costs

    The U.K. government on Thursday agreed to increase advocates' earnings under a new regime for fixed recoverable costs, which barristers groups say is "a good step in the right direction" after previously threatening to take court action.

  • February 01, 2024

    Lawyer Convicted Of Tax Fraud Can't Halt Disciplinary Case

    An English tribunal refused Thursday to throw out a disciplinary case against a lawyer over his conviction for tax fraud in the U.S., rejecting his argument that it couldn't hear his case because he wasn't a registered solicitor at the time.

  • February 01, 2024

    Linklaters Loses Another Partner To Paul Weiss

    Linklaters LLP has lost another rainmaker partner to a U.S. law firm, with the defection of a mergers and acquisitions heavy hitter to Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • February 01, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Hires Family Law Expert In Practice Boost

    Hill Dickinson LLP said it has appointed a partner in its Manchester office as it looks to expand its family law services in the city.

  • February 01, 2024

    Paul Hastings Hires Latham Pro To Lead German M&A Unit

    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP said Thursday that it has hired a corporate partner from Latham & Watkins LLP at its Frankfurt office to lead its German mergers and acquisitions services.

  • January 31, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Launches Its Own Generative AI Tool

    Taylor Wessing LLP announced on Tuesday the launch of its own custom-designed generative artificial intelligence tool for use by legal and business services teams at the firm.

  • January 31, 2024

    Gowling Taps Asset Management Head For Non-Canada Biz

    Gowling WLG has appointed the head of its asset management practice to serve as the next chair of its business outside Canada, as the law firm seeks to consolidate its recent expansion. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Fried Frank Boosts NQ Lawyers' Salaries To £175K

    Newly qualified lawyers who work at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP in London are getting their pay packets boosted as the law firm joins others that have offered lucrative pay rises at the start of 2024.

  • January 31, 2024

    SRA To Launch Second Consultation On CILEX Regulation

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Wednesday that it will need to conduct a second consultation that includes paralegals and students before making a final decision on whether to take over the regulation of members of CILEX.

  • January 31, 2024

    Footballer Can't Bring Contempt Case Against Ex-Lawyer

    A judge rejected on Wednesday a former footballer's bid to bring contempt of court proceedings against a Charles Russell Speechlys LLP partner he accused of knowingly making false statements to court.

  • January 31, 2024

    ECJ Says Lawyer Can Act For Co. Run By Manager In TM Case

    Lawyers can represent a company run by the same manager as their law firm unless there is "specific evidence" to show that the link affects the lawyer's ability to represent the client, the European Union's top court has ruled.

  • January 31, 2024

    Lawyer Convicted Of Tax Fraud Fights To Throw Out SDT Case

    A British lawyer convicted of tax fraud in the U.S. fought to throw out disciplinary proceedings in England on Wednesday, claiming that a tribunal cannot hear his case because he was not a registered solicitor at the time of the wrongdoing.

  • January 31, 2024

    UK Gov't Decision On Legal Aid Spending Unlawful

    The High Court ruled Wednesday that the U.K. government acted unlawfully when it failed to analyze how rejecting recommendations to increase spending on criminal legal aid could undermine efforts to improve the system. 

  • January 30, 2024

    Ashurst Brings On Specialist Funds Tax Partner

    Ashurst added a tax specialist from Arendt & Medernach to its Luxembourg office to strengthen the firm's presence in the country, Ashurst announced.

  • January 30, 2024

    Milbank Sees London Revenues Up By Nearly 10% For 2023

    Milbank LLP said on Tuesday that revenues in London increased by nearly 10% in 2023, when the firm invested significantly in the British capital.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Risks And Developments For UK Law Firm Culture In 2020

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    In 2020, law firms throughout the U.K. will be increasingly reshaped by rapid changes in societal expectations and advances in technology, say Helen Rowlands and Niya Phiri of Clyde & Co.

  • #MeToo Pressure On UK Businesses Is Set To Rise

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    Recent declarations by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority indicate that sexual harassment in the U.K.'s financial services industry may lead to consequences under the newly expanded Senior Managers and Certification Regime, and other sectors are facing growing scrutiny as well, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Corporate Wrongdoing Risks Go Beyond Exec Departures

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    Recent controversy over misconduct allegations that led to the ousting of a KPMG executive reminds firms that the challenges caused by suspecting or uncovering internal wrongdoing are not so easily solved by the implicated executive's exit, says Sarah Chilton of CM Murray.

  • 2 Perspectives On Navigating The Litigation Funding Process

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    Paul Martenstyn of Vannin Capital and Daniel Spendlove of Signature Litigation share their top tips on how to get a case funded, drawing from their respective experience as a funder and a lawyer.

  • Answers To Key Legal Finance Ethics Questions

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    While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.

  • New Scrutiny For NDAs In Sexual Harassment Matters

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    Recent government scrutiny of nondisclosure agreements related to allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Steve Wynn and Harvey Weinstein raises the question of whether some uses of NDAs could amount to obstruction of justice or a violation of lawyers' ethical obligations, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    SRA Should Not Condemn Lawful Tax Avoidance

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    In suggesting that solicitors who facilitate tax avoidance breach its code of conduct, the Solicitors Regulation Authority fails to distinguish between legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion, says attorney Martin Kenney.

  • Proposed Arbitration Law May Be A Misstep For India

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    A proposed Indian law, which could have the effect of excluding non-Indians from acting as arbitrators, is threatening to undermine the country's ambition to become an important seat of international arbitration, says Sarosh Zaiwalla of Zaiwalla & Co.

  • British Overseas Territories Can Benefit From Transparency

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    British overseas territories have pushed back against a recent U.K. measure requiring them to create publicly accessible registers of companies' beneficial owners. However, considering global trends toward transparency, perhaps the territories should embrace the new rules as a force of good, says Simon Airey of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Legal Technology Is Likely To Flourish In The UK

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    The U.K. may soon surpass the U.S. in legal technology, thanks to regulatory reform, law firm investment and an entrepreneurial environment, says Bridget Deiters of InCloudCounsel.

  • Law & Reorder: The Emergence Of The UK Legaltech Sector

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    Recent market dynamics are driving the U.K. legal industry to adopt nascent technologies in new service offerings as well as pre-existing solutions. The rise of legaltech should also lead to an increase in acquisitions by law firms striving to maintain relevance, says Jo Charles of Livingstone Partners LLP.

  • Why English Courts Are Prepared To Assist Cyber Victims

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    This year, a number of cases have illustrated how English courts are dealing with legal hurdles for cybercrime victims and making it easier to obtain a freezing order or injunction under such circumstances, says Fiona Cain of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Extradition To The United States: Fight Or Flight?

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    Recent extradition cases have demonstrated that individuals in the United Kingdom facing charges in the United States can either fight extradition proceedings tooth and nail, or voluntarily travel to the U.S. An approach carefully tailored to the facts of each case is required in order to best protect a requested person's interests, says Ben Isaacs of 7 Bedford Row.

  • UK Internal Investigations Are Taking An Ungainly Turn

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    The London High Court's decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has a lot to say on the vitality of legal professional privilege and the conduct of internal investigations in the U.K., but its flawed logic and lack of pragmatism feel like the latest installment in SFO Director David Green's pushback against U.S.-style investigation procedures, say Matthew Herrington and Tom Best of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Once More Unto The Breach — Rehearing In Newman?

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    On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York decided to seek appellate review of several aspects of the recent insider-trading decision in U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson. En banc rehearing petitions are rarely granted in any circuit, and are particularly rare in the Second Circuit, which hears the fewest number of rehearings of any circuit in the country, say Eugene Ingoglia and Gregory Morvillo of Morvillo LLP.

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