Pulse UK

  • June 03, 2024

    Barrister Loses Disability Bias Case Against Chambers Head

    A barrister who accused the head of an English criminal chambers of bullying in claims for disability discrimination cannot sue after a judge ruled he was not disabled and therefore has no basis for bringing his case.

  • May 31, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen financier Crispin Odey file a defamation claim against the Financial Times, Ford hit with the latest "Dieselgate" claim and a human rights activist bring a privacy claim against Saudi Arabia. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 07, 2024

    Clifford Chance Hires New Capital Markets Partner In Frankfurt

    Clifford Chance LLP has brought on a new partner from White & Case LLP to its global capital markets practice in Frankfurt as it aims to strengthen its ability to advise corporate finance clients on a multinational scale.

  • May 31, 2024

    Investor Sues Wealth Managers, Lawyers For Negligence

    A real estate investor has sued a law firm and two finance companies in a London court, claiming they negligently advised her on an investment worth almost £20 million ($25.5 million).

  • May 31, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Using Client's Card At ATM

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a former partner at a Midlands law firm after she admitted she had been jailed for withdrawing thousands of pounds from an elderly client's bank account.

  • May 31, 2024

    Law Firm Denies Promoting Misleading Investment Scheme

    A law firm has denied an accusation by the Financial Conduct Authority that it assisted a client in promoting a misleading care home investment scheme, arguing it provided legal advice in "good faith" based on the information it was given.

  • June 07, 2024

    Quillon Law Strengthens Litigation Team With Commercial Pro

    Quillon Law LLP has recruited Alina Neal, an experienced litigator, from Stephenson Harwood LLP as counsel as the litigation boutique seeks to expand its commercial and financial disputes practice.

  • May 31, 2024

    Osbornes Law Appoints First Female Managing Partner

    Osbornes Law LLP has appointed Jo Wescott as its new managing partner, marking a historic milestone as she becomes the first woman to hold this position in the law firm's 50-year history.

  • May 31, 2024

    A&O Shearman Boosts NQ Pay To £150K In Line With Rivals

    Allen Overy Shearman Sterling said on Friday that it will be lifting the salaries for newly qualified lawyers in the U.K. to £150,000 ($191,000), matching similar pay rises at Clifford Chance LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Linklaters LLP.

  • May 31, 2024

    Ex-Siemens GC Looks Outside Legal Advice Box In New Role

    Aniela Foster-Turner knew as a teenager in Romania that she wanted to be a lawyer. Here, Enoda's new general counsel speaks to Law360 about her path to legal practice, the jobs she has held and the difficulties GCs face in trying to remain independent.

  • May 30, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Fights 10-Year Sentence In OneCoin Case

    A former Locke Lord LLP partner urged the Second Circuit Wednesday to ax his 10-year prison sentence and conviction for laundering around $400 million in proceeds from the global OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, saying the case was contaminated by perjury and errors at the trial court level.

  • May 30, 2024

    Bar Calls For Inquiry Amid Criminal Case Backlog 'Crisis'

    The Bar Council called on Thursday for an independent public inquiry to carry out a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in order to resolve the backlog of cases currently at "crisis levels."

  • May 30, 2024

    Pass Rates For Second SQE Exam Rise In January

    Nearly three-quarters of aspiring lawyers passed their SQE2 exam in January in a significant leap from the previous cohort's pass rate, the solicitors' watchdog for England and Wales has revealed.

  • May 30, 2024

    Firm Faces Negligence Case Over Historical Sex Abuse Claim

    Law firm Hugh James is being sued for as much as £1.5 million ($1.9 million) by a former pupil of a Catholic school who alleges solicitors mishandled his claim over historical sexual abuse.

  • May 30, 2024

    Barrister Group Welcomes Its Largest-Ever Pupil Cohort

    The Barrister Group said on Thursday that it has welcomed 10 new pupils to its ranks to pursue qualification to practice, which marks the largest cohort in the history of the chambers.

  • May 30, 2024

    LSB Delays SRA Axiom Ince Probe Results Until After Election

    The Legal Services Board said Thursday that it is delaying publishing a report of its probe into how the Solicitors Regulation Authority handled the collapse of Axiom Ince Ltd. until after the general election.

  • May 29, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Bid To Nix SRA Probe Over COVID Vax Letters

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Wednesday tossed a bid by an impugned solicitor to have his prosecution struck out for abuse of process, saying the case regarding whether he misused his position in representing vaccine-hesitant clients should proceed to trial.

  • May 29, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Says £395K Unpaid For Advising Football Club

    Taylor Wessing LLP is suing a real estate company owned by the chairman of Southend United FC for £394,733 ($502,000) that it alleges remains unpaid after the law firm provided legal services to the National League football club.

  • May 29, 2024

    Watchdog To Treble Compensation Fund Fee For Attys, Firms

    The solicitors' watchdog for England and Wales has set out plans to treble the compensation fund contribution required of lawyers and firms next year following a slew of high-profile claims and interventions over the past 18 months.

  • May 29, 2024

    Linklaters Promotes 2 Partners In US And Germany

    Linklaters LLP announced two key promotions of partners to capital markets leadership roles on Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Barrister Fined For Not Disclosing SRA Investigation

    A lawyer was fined £5,000 ($6,360) Wednesday for not informing the barrister's regulator of an investigation into him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority over a failure to safeguard client information and assets by a law firm he ran.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Associate On Starting Legal Tech Co. Robin AI

    Richard Robinson, a former BigLaw associate and founder and CEO of contract review software company Robin AI, believes artificial intelligence can help reduce attorney burnout, increase diversity in the legal profession and change society's perception of lawyers.

  • May 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Joins Rivals In Boosting NQ Salaries To £150K

    Clifford Chance LLP said on Wednesday that it will be upping salaries for newly qualified lawyers to £150,000 ($190,000), joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Linklaters LLP while leaving behind A&O Shearman and Slaughter and May, other Magic Circle firms.

  • May 29, 2024

    McDermott Hires Senior Restructuring Pro For London Office

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has added a senior consultant to its transactions practice as the firm looks to bolster its ability to advise on cross-border companies in financial distress.

  • May 29, 2024

    UK Law Firms Turning To Tech Quicker Than Global Peers

    U.K. law firms are adopting new technologies such as artificial intelligence at a quicker pace than their global rivals in response to economic headwinds, according to a report released Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: Strategies For Lawyers Publicizing Litigation

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    Any business or high-profile individual could end up in court, and with a global audience watching on through social media, lawyers would be wise to use strategic methods to shine a favorable light on their work and cases, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • How Lawyers Can Act As Allies This Pride Month

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    Having played a significant role in advancing LGBTQ+ rights, the legal profession now needs to practice allyship to ensure there is sufficient support for the community by educating itself, its colleagues and the public, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • How Lawyers Can Best Avoid Money Laundering Issues

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    There are basic questions that solicitors must ask of clients to avoid money laundering risks, but in light of recent fines imposed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority for failure to comply with anti-money laundering regulations, firms must also ensure they document their diligence process, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • Tackling UK Case Backlog Requires Proper Court Funding

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    Until the U.K. government takes powerful measures to address IT issues, poorly maintained courtrooms and wage demands, the crown court backlog will continue to rise to the detriment of all stakeholders in the criminal court system and the public at large, says Rubin Italia at Stokoe Partnership.

  • 5 Ways For A Legal Practice To Close Technology Gaps

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    With technology a driving force for success, the U.K. legal sector must embrace innovation to maintain its competitive edge, and investing in new processes is no longer optional, says Gareth Preece at Doherty Associates.

  • Opinion

    Thomas Report Is Final Straw — High Court Needs Ethics Code

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    As a recent report on Justice Clarence Thomas' ongoing conflicts of interest makes evident, Supreme Court justices should be subject to an enforceable and binding code of ethics — like all other federal judges — to maintain the credibility of the institution, says Erica Salmon Byrne at Ethisphere.

  • PR Perspectives: Optimizing Social Media As A Lawyer

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    The opportunities for social media to increase a business are unlimited despite its flaws, and to make the most of its potential, training and regular updates should be part of all lawyers’ professional development, say Steve Rudaini and Emma Maule at MD Communications.

  • Highlights Of The UK's New Economic Crime Plan

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    With the direction of the U.K. government’s newly launched second economic crime plan undeniably altered by the recent focus on kleptocrats and their money, the emphasis is now on how the U.K. can deliver a more effective approach to reducing the threat of economic crime, says Kathryn Westmore at the Royal United Services Institute.

  • How Lawyers' Behavior Can Affect Opponents' Mental Health

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    Acts of unreasonable behavior of lawyers working on opposite sides can take their toll, and with mental health and stress never higher in the national consciousness than right now, such conduct should be reported to help the firm understand the treatment its solicitors are receiving and better manage the situation, says Libby Payne at Withers.

  • The Challenges Of Presenting To Clients In The Hybrid World

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    As a sector that is guided heavily by the demands of its client base, the legal industry will have to overcome various obstacles to make stylish, convincing and successful in-the-room, virtual and hybrid presentations in the post-pandemic blend of home and office, says Gavin Brown at Speak with Impact.

  • 5 Challenges General Counsel Are Set To Face

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    With an ever-broadening role, general counsel are being tasked to do more with less, with a need for caution and a requirement to leverage time wisely to anticipate and identify emerging industry challenges, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Beyond ChatGPT: AI Considerations For Law Firms

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    The use of artificial intelligence is likely to become increasingly mainstream in the legal sector, and firms should not remain complacent in the current limitations of ChatGPT, but develop policies to ensure that AI-generated liability and regulatory issues are addressed sooner rather than later, say Corinne Staves and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Reflecting On The Benefits Of Direct Access To Barristers

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    At close to 20 years since public access to barristers came into being, it is a good time to take a look at its impact on the U.K. legal profession and the more collaborative approach between barristers and solicitors we have seen develop since its introduction, say Amani Mohammed and Sean Gould at Westgate Chambers.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

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