Pulse UK

  • June 14, 2024

    All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

    Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

  • June 12, 2024

    LexisNexis Launches Lexis+ AI For UK

    LexisNexis launched a new generative text platform on Thursday designed to give U.K. lawyers a "competitive advantage," following a successful trial with leading global firms.

  • June 13, 2024

    Stewarts Launches Diversity Initiative For Indian Arbitrators

    Stewarts Law LLP announced on Thursday that it has launched an initiative to boost the number of Indian arbitrators who are appointed to international panels around the world, amid concerns that they are still underrepresented.

  • June 13, 2024

    Report Describes Muslim Lawyers' Struggle With Firm Culture

    British Bangladeshis and British Pakistanis who aspire to become solicitors are feeling excluded by the inability of some London law firms to assimilate certain religious requirements, including at formal work social events, research by a graduate recruitment specialist has indicated.

  • June 13, 2024

    Fladgate Blames Client's Wrong Instructions On $26.5M Loss

    Fladgate LLP has denied owing an investment fund an estimated $26.5 million for allegedly giving negligent advice, saying the client aiming to recover money owed under bonds supplied incorrect information from the outset.

  • June 13, 2024

    Constantine Law Adds Ex-Eversheds Employment Pro

    Constantine Law has expanded its employment offering with the arrival of a former Eversheds practice chief, bringing its total partner headcount to 14.

  • June 13, 2024

    Sidley, RPC Up NQ Pay As City Race Heats Up

    Sidley Austin upped the pay for junior lawyers in London again to £175,000 ($222,946) after an initial bump in January, as the industry pay war for talent ratchets up a notch.

  • June 13, 2024

    How 3 Firms Cleared 2 Ex-Autonomy Execs In HP Fraud Case

    A California federal jury's rejection last week of fraud charges against the founder and former finance vice president of British software company Autonomy validated an approach by the defendants' three law firms — Steptoe, Clifford Chance and Bird Marella — to form a "seamless" collaboration throughout the trial, from jury selection to closing arguments.

  • June 13, 2024

    Robin AI Launches Tool To Automate M&A Due Diligence

    U.K. legal tech company Robin AI said Thursday that it has launched a new tool designed to streamline due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, in a move that will save time by offering a cost-effective alternative to the multimillion-pound fees charged by top firms.

  • June 13, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off For Fake Immigration Application Claims

    A solicitor who was imprisoned for helping clients make bogus immigration applications to remain in the U.K. was struck off by a tribunal Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour Prioritizes Wealth Creation In Election Manifesto

    Keir Starmer said on Thursday that his Labour Party would kick-start a future of "national renewal" if it wins the general election, with economic growth and wealth creation driving a manifesto that lacked any surprise headline pledges.

  • June 13, 2024

    London's Transport Network Appoints Permanent GC

    London's transportation authority has finalized the appointment of Andrea Clarke as its permanent general counsel after she spent almost eight months as its interim legal leader.

  • June 12, 2024

    Rimon Hires 5 Partners, Expands Global Transactions Team

    A team of five partners focusing on transactional, finance and corporate matters has joined Rimon PC across several countries to represent investors, asset managers, credit funds and other clients.

  • June 12, 2024

    SRA Files Legal Claim Against Post Office

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has filed a legal claim against the Post Office as part of its ongoing investigation into the Horizon IT wrongful prosecution scandal.

  • June 12, 2024

    Trustpilot Dodges Law Firm's Bad Review Libel Claim

    Trustpilot on Wednesday won its attempt to block a debt recovery law firm's libel claim, convincing a London court that there was no prospect of proving that bad reviews on its website cost the firm a contract with Three Mobile.

  • June 12, 2024

    EY US And Docusign Partner On Contract Intelligence

    Accounting giant EY and digital contract platform Docusign have formed a new partnership that will expand EY's contract intelligence offerings.

  • June 12, 2024

    King & Spalding Hires 5 Finance Pros From Cadwalader In UK

    King & Spalding LLP has boosted its partnership ranks in London with the hire of five finance lawyers from rival U.S. law firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • June 12, 2024

    Top Indian Advocate Becomes 3VB Full-Time Tenant

    An eminent advocate who once held the second-highest legal post in India became a full tenant at 3 Verulam Buildings, after he had spent more than a decade as an associate member.

  • June 12, 2024

    Judge Warned For 'Liking' Anti-Israel Post On Social Media

    A judge has been issued with a formal warning after he said he inadvertently "liked" a post on social media that claimed that Israel would face repercussions over the ongoing war in Palestine, the judicial conduct watchdog has said.

  • June 12, 2024

    Sweden's Karnov Buys Danish Legal Info Biz For $46M

    Swedish professional services provider Karnov Group AB said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire the Danish legal information unit of J.H. Schultz Information A/S for 478 million Swedish krona ($46 million) to help build its generative AI business.

  • June 11, 2024

    KC Tapped To Run Probe Of Bullying, Harassment At The Bar

    The Bar Council on Wednesday named a leading human rights silk to spearhead its upcoming probe into "unacceptable" levels of bullying, harassment and discrimination at the bar.

  • June 11, 2024

    KC Advised Post Office To Remove Judge From Horizon Trial

    A top barrister advised the Post Office to get a High Court judge to recuse himself from a trial dealing with wrongly prosecuted subpostmasters or else risk losing all litigation brought by the subpostmasters, the barrister recalled in an inquiry hearing Tuesday regarding the scandal.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tories Pledge To Tackle Court Backlog, Carry On Rwanda Plan

    The Conservative Party announced a slew of justice plans on Tuesday to cut the criminal court backlog, support third-party litigation funding and abandon international human rights commitments, if necessary, to pursue its Rwanda migrants policy.

  • June 11, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Hikes London NQ Pay To £135K

    Hogan Lovells said Tuesday it has upped its pay packet for newly qualified lawyers in London by 12.5% from £120,000 to £135,000 ($172,000), making it the latest firm to join an escalating pay war in the English capital.

  • June 11, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires Linklaters RE Pro To Open Brussels Practice

    Fieldfisher LLP has hired a real estate specialist from Linklaters LLP to launch a new practice in Belgium as it ramps up its services to clients in transactional matters and litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: Consider The Value Of Legal Awards

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    Many lawyers question the value of entering or sponsoring legal awards, but with a structured approach and appropriate management, they can provide a chance to promote a firm or set of chambers across multiple platforms and a golden opportunity to develop new business, says Clare Rodway at Kysen.

  • Law Firms Should Consider Value Of Off-Peak LinkedIn Posts

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    Statistics show only a minor dip in law firms' LinkedIn post performance at weekends and holiday periods, demonstrating a missed opportunity to reach the many business leaders and lawyers who use the platform at off-peak times, says Simon Marshall at TBD Marketing.

  • PR Perspectives: 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Legal PR

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    Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn outlines practical steps that public relations professionals working in the legal industry can take to excel at their craft, including providing regular media coaching to lawyers and quantifying the value of PR work.

  • Why Law Firms May Want To Set Up Charitable Foundations

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    An increasing number of law firms are setting up their own charitable foundations, which may be a way of achieving the goals a purposeful business wants to pursue and demonstrating to its stakeholders a tangible commitment to its professed values, says Robert Nieri at Shoosmiths.

  • Client Complaint Data Offers Key Insights For Lawyers

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    While the Legal Ombudsman has not yet released its latest annual report to the public, we can look at last year's data to decipher what may have caused a spike in client dissatisfaction and predict what to anticipate in an effort to improve the quality of legal services, says Qarrar Somji at Witan Solicitors.

  • Disciplinary Ruling Has Lessons For Lawyers On Social Media

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    A recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment against a solicitor for online posts deemed antisemitic and offensive highlights the serious sanctions that can stem from conduct on social media and the importance of law firms' efforts to ensure that their employees behave properly, say Liz Pearson and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Law Firm Considerations In Attracting And Retaining Talent

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    As law firms move away from a solely seniority-based partner remuneration model toward a reward performance system, they need to look holistically at overall contribution, maintaining an effective hierarchy of entrepreneurial senior partners, diligent management and hardworking junior staff in order to incentivize the stars they wish to keep, says Catriona Watt at Fox & Partners.

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    PR Perspectives: Focusing On The Truth Will Gain Trust

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    With a firm’s hard-won reputation at risk of being trashed if news breaks that the business has misled its stakeholders, it is far better for a public relations team to insist that external promotions be truthful, driving the organization to look critically at itself and make positive change, says Clare Rodway at Kysen PR.

  • Why It's Helpful To Understand The Role Of The SRA

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    With the ongoing Post Office inquiry and review of the role lawyers played in the scandal, the Solicitors Regulation Authority is currently under wider public consideration, and it is worth examining its role as a regulator, says Steve Roberts at Richard Nelson.

  • Tips For Hiring Adaptable Legal Talent In Uncertain Times

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    Amid the current period of economic and regulatory turbulence, businesses will need to consider skills that go beyond technical excellence when hiring in-house legal talent — including versatility, commercial awareness and artificial intelligence proficiency, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Future For Legal Press Releases

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    Although press releases are used less frequently now, they still have a place in the legal public relations repertoire, alongside the commentary, articles and social media aimed at getting law firms' or barristers' chambers' messages across, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • How Pro Bono Work Can Strengthen A Law Firm

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    Creating a sustainable pro bono program can enhance a law firm's reputation and make it attractive to prospective clients and talent in several ways, says Shams Merchant at Jackson Walker.

  • Why Neurodiversity Support In The Legal Sector Is Important

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    With recent statistics revealing that high numbers of legal professionals are reluctant to disclose their neurodivergence for fear of adverse consequences, organizations and employers should develop awareness and understanding to encourage a committed source of talent with requisite skills to make a positive contribution, says Kevin Athow, general counsel at BSH Home Appliances.

  • Legal Sector Will Benefit From New Data Security Standard

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office-approved new privacy certification scheme for the legal profession will inevitably become the default for law firms, chambers and vendors to prove their U.K. General Data Protection Regulation compliance, says Orlagh Kelly at Briefed.

  • PR Perspectives: Navigating UK And US Legal PR Differences

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    Despite apparently negligible differences between U.S. and U.K. legal systems, public relations requires an understanding of regional nuances and complex legal issues, and U.K.-based PR professionals looking to gain traction in the U.S. must adapt their strategies accordingly to achieve successful cross-jurisdictional campaigns, say Ben Finnis and Elizabeth Rincon at Greentarget.

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