Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • January 30, 2024

    Woman Accused Of Laundering Proceeds From £5B Fraud

    A British-Chinese woman accused of laundering bitcoin converted from a £5 billion ($6.32 billion) investment fraud by a fugitive began deleting encrypted messaging apps off her mobile phone following a morning raid by police, prosecutors told jurors on Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off For Misleading Client About Case Progress

    A disciplinary board has struck off a law firm owner and ordered him to pay £10,000 ($12,700) for lying to a client about the progress of his case and the instruction of a barrister.

  • January 30, 2024

    Freshfields, Clifford Chance Post Strong Retention Numbers

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Clifford Chance LLP revealed Tuesday that they are retaining the vast majority of aspiring lawyers in their U.K. offices when they qualify as solicitors in the spring.

  • January 30, 2024

    Barrister Defends His 'Rolls-Royce' Services In Fraud Case

    A barrister accused of milking the taxpayers for unnecessary legal fees told jurors in London on Tuesday that he did not falsely submit claims for reimbursement as he provided his clients "Rolls-Royce" service.

  • January 30, 2024

    Ex-Plexus Lawyer Who Groped Colleague Suspended

    A former Plexus Law solicitor who drunkenly groped a colleague's bottom at a work party before crudely propositioning her was given a three-month suspension by a tribunal on Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    WilmerHale Adds Int'l Financial Investigations Pro From DWF

    WilmerHale has hired an investigations expert as counsel to the firm's London office, where she will advise both domestic and international clients on complex and cross-border investigations and compliance issues.

  • January 30, 2024

    Barristers Could Land In Hot Water Over 'Careless' AI Use

    Barristers could face disciplinary proceedings or legal claims if they rely too heavily on ChatGPT and other generative AI software, the Bar Council has warned as it outlined some of the limitations of such technology.

  • January 30, 2024

    Watchdog Moves To Boost Solicitors' Sanctions Compliance

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has written to more than 1,000 law firms in a move to improve compliance with the U.K. financial sanctions regime after its research found insufficient protection in place at many of the companies it regulates.

  • January 29, 2024

    SDT Bans Solicitor Who Concealed Client Loans From Firm

    A London tribunal has banned a solicitor after it was satisfied that he misled HM Revenue & Customs to get a stamp duty land tax refund and concealed from his employer that he had received two loans from clients and entered into referral arrangements.

  • January 29, 2024

    Developer Sues Gherson, Claiming IP Breaches, Unpaid Fees

    Gherson Solicitors is being taken to court by a software developer who alleges breaches of his intellectual property rights over programs he designed for Gherson's legal services, as well as a lack of payment for his work.

  • January 29, 2024

    Barrister Denies Fraud Charges In £1.8M Legal Aid Case

    A barrister testified at his criminal trial in London on Monday that he had filed legitimate claims for costs stemming from work on criminal proceedings and did not cheat taxpayers in a £1.8 million ($2.3 million) fraud.

  • January 29, 2024

    Gov't Proposes Pay Rise For Police Station, Youth Court Work

    The U.K. government has launched a consultation on proposals to raise pay for criminal legal aid solicitors for work they carry out in police stations and youth courts, after an independent review of the sector found that the current fee scheme for such work is outdated.

  • January 29, 2024

    Axiom Ince Victim Support Group Gathers Momentum

    A support group for victims of Axiom Ince Ltd. is building momentum, with around 12 people joining in the past week alone as they hope their plight will reach a wider audience.

  • January 29, 2024

    Gov't Floats Return Of Fees For Employment Tribunals

    The government said on Monday that it wants to introduce a "modest" £55 ($70) fee for issuing claims in employment and employment appeal tribunals to reduce the burden on taxpayers, estimating that the move could bring in more than £1 million per year.

  • January 29, 2024

    Pinsent Masons Hires Insurance M&A Pro From Royal London

    Pinsent Masons LLP has hired an insurance deal-maker expert as a partner in its corporate office in London, as the multinational law firm looks to strengthen its financial services team.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Tax Advisers Are Beyond Legal Advice Privilege

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    A recent judgment from the U.K. Supreme Court in one of the most significant decisions on legal advice privilege for many years. Prudential PLC v. Special Commissioner of Income Tax, which dealt a blow to tax advisers and other nonlegally qualified service providers who provide legal advice to their clients, confirmed that — consistent with the position in the U.S. — legal advice privilege only protects communications to or from a qualified lawyer, say Richard Hornshaw and Daniel Cohen of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

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