Pulse UK

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Axiom Ince Staff Win Claims Over Missing Payments

    A tribunal has ordered Axiom Ince to hand over a total of £11,500 ($14,700) in redundancy and unclaimed holiday payments to three former members of staff after the law firm collapsed in October.

  • July 16, 2024

    Mayer Brown Hires Transactions Team From Ayache In Paris

    Mayer Brown LLP said Tuesday that it has recruited a team of lawyers from an independent French law firm to boost its strength in international corporate and private equity transactions as it gears up for an upswing in deal activity.

  • July 09, 2024

    Linklaters' Earnings Hit Record £2.1B On M&A Rebound

    Linklaters LLP said on Tuesday that its earnings have surpassed the £2 billion ($2.6 billion) mark for the first time, which it attributed to a strategic focus on complex cross-border transactions and serving large clients worldwide.

  • July 08, 2024

    O'Melveny Names New Leaders, Combines Practice Groups

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP announced several new leadership appointments Monday, along with the launch of a combined securities litigation and financial services practice group.

  • July 08, 2024

    Morrison Cohen Launches Luxury Brands Practice

    Morrison Cohen LLP announced Monday the launch of a luxury brands practice designed to offer more holistic counsel to high-end companies like Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.

  • July 08, 2024

    Withers Starts Family Law Practice In NY With Salzano Atty

    Withers announced Monday that it is forming another U.S. family law practice, this time in New York under the leadership of an attorney from Salzano Ettinger Lampert & Wilson LLP.

  • July 08, 2024

    BCLP To Retain Almost 60% Of NQ Lawyers In September

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP said on Monday that it will retain nearly a dozen future solicitors when they qualify as lawyers in the fall, adding to the small number it kept on earlier in 2024.

  • July 08, 2024

    PierFerd Opens London Office With More FisherBroyles Attys

    Pierson Ferdinand LLP announced Monday it has expanded globally with a new London office with eight partners and six staff members.

  • July 08, 2024

    SRA Fines London Firm Over Anti-Money Laundering Failings

    The English solicitors' regulator has hit a London law firm with a fine after investigators discovered a series of failures to comply with anti-money laundering regulations.

  • July 08, 2024

    Hermer Poised To Return Independence To AG Role

    The appointment of Richard Hermer KC as attorney general in the new Labour government will restore independence to a position that had become increasingly politicized over recent years, top British lawyers say.

  • July 08, 2024

    Knights Posts Record £150M Revenue Despite Deal Slowdown

    Knights Group Holdings PLC said Monday that it has posted record revenues of £150 million ($193 million), despite a slowdown in residential property deals and corporate transactions amid macroeconomic uncertainty.

  • July 05, 2024

    Class Of 2024: The Lawyers Trading Practicing For Legislating

    More than 20 lawyers were elected to Parliament for the first time on Thursday, with most coming from the triumphant Labour Party, which won 412 seats out of 650.

  • July 05, 2024

    Legal Teams' Costs Slashed By £253M In UK Dieselgate Case

    Legal teams involved in unprecedented U.K "Dieselgate" vehicle emissions tests litigation had more than £250 million ($320 million) of their budgets slashed on Friday after a High Court judge ruled that the estimated costs were "out of all proportion".

  • July 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen collapsed sports television company Arena Television hit Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank with a claim, James Vorley, the Deutsche Bank metals trader convicted of fraud, sue his former employer, and journalist John Ware file a defamation claim against Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters and Al Jazeera Media Network. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 05, 2024

    Barrister Struck Off After Buying Drugs From Clients

    A tribunal has disbarred a barrister who spent 14 months in prison after he was convicted of buying crystal meth from his drug dealer clients.

  • July 05, 2024

    Matrix KC Richard Hermer Tapped For Attorney General

    Matrix Chambers' human rights barrister Richard Hermer KC will serve as the U.K.'s attorney general in a surprise appointment from newly-elected Prime Minister Keir Starmer late Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Signature Litigation Partner Elected To ICC

    An international arbitration partner at Signature Litigation has been elected to the International Chamber of Commerce to represent Ethiopia for the next three years.

  • July 05, 2024

    Armstrong Teasdale To Leave UK, Close 2 US Offices

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP's managing partner said the firm "will likely no longer have a direct physical presence in the U.K. or Europe" as it ceases future financial support for its U.K. subsidiary, while aiming to wrap up business in Boston and Salt Lake City by the end of September.

  • July 05, 2024

    Shabana Mahmood Named Labour's New Justice Secretary

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer named former barrister Shabana Mahmood as the Labour government's new justice secretary on Friday following a sweeping victory in the U.K. general election.

  • July 05, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Partner Can't Ax Sexual Misconduct Case

    A former Bird & Bird LLP partner lost his fight at a tribunal on Friday to strike out a sexual misconduct case over allegations he harassed two junior female colleagues.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour Gov't Spells Big Changes For Legal Industry

    The Labour Party's election victory on Thursday after 14 years in opposition is expected to bring significant changes to the legal industry, with plans for major employment law reforms poised to create headaches for law firms even as changes in tax and labor policy could spur more work in the short term.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour Sweeps Tories From Power In UK Election Rout

    Keir Starmer was poised to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday after his Labour Party ousted Rishi Sunak's Conservatives in a landslide general election victory, ending 14 years of Tory government with a pledge of "national renewal."

  • July 04, 2024

    Freeths Says Funder's Loan Negligence Claim Is Time-Barred

    Freeths LLP has hit back at a professional negligence case brought by a litigation-funder, arguing that it waited too long to claim that the law firm left the owner of a quarrying business liable to repay a £250,000 ($320,000) loan.

  • July 04, 2024

    Lawyer Heckled Secretary With Sexist Remarks, Tribunal Says

    A former legal secretary has won her sexual harassment claim against her former firm in an English tribunal after the panel ruled that its leading solicitor had made her distressed, including by telling her he had found a condom used by his partner's paramour.

  • July 04, 2024

    Eversheds Weighs Shuttering Beijing Office Amid KWM Deal

    Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP said on Thursday that it is weighing up the potential closure of its Beijing office, but stressed that it has yet to make a final decision.

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: The Advantages Of A Legal Background

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    A legal background can bring several advantages to the work of a legal public relations professional, from an understanding of the subject matter itself and the pressures that lawyers face, to a meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of the importance of following breaking news stories, says Kath Walkling at Herbert Smith.

  • Perfecting Outreach Cadence Between Lawyers And Clients

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    Obligations can get in the way of lawyers creating a regular communication cadence with their clients, but it is possible to rebuild and strengthen a relationship by employing empathy and showing a commitment to the client's success and well-being, says Megan Senese at Stage.

  • PR Perspectives: What Makes A Great Legal PR Professional

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    A great legal public relations professional needs first-class writing skills, intellect and an attention to detail, but in addition to these core competencies, there are transferable skills and personal qualities that are vital, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Roundup

    PR Perspectives

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    As the importance of law firm public relations continues to grow and the role of communications teams evolves, in this Expert Analysis series PR professionals discuss lawyer media relations, reputation management and more.

  • PR Perspectives: Effectively Managing Crisis Communications

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    The rise of 24/7 media and far reach of social media has made crisis communication more likely and much harder to manage, highlighting the importance for law firms to be prepared and effectively deal with crises to avoid the risk of reputational damage, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • PR Perspectives: Getting Merger Communications Right

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    As the recent Allen & Overy and Shearman Sterling deal announcement demonstrates, controlling the narrative is the priority when merger discussions begin, so law firms need to consider their stakeholder base and the best communication channels for each segment, ready to adapt to the audience group's needs, say Ben Girdlestone and Bethany Durkin at Byfield.

  • Why Law Firms Should Consider Apprenticeships

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    A recent government briefing shows that young people are increasingly signing up for apprenticeships, a trend that law firms should take advantage of to improve socioeconomic diversity and help to recruit a variety of talent, which can boost employee retention in the long run, says Emma O'Connor at Boyes Turner.

  • How AI Could Affect The Way Law Firms Operate

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    Generative artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming the legal industry, and it is becoming increasingly clear that law firms will need to adjust their recruitment strategies, refine their service offerings and hire specialist lawyers versed in AI technologies, says Brent Harris at Major Lindsey.

  • In-Office Policies May Be Solution To UK Skills Shortage

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    Against the backdrop of the U.K. skills shortage, personal engagement with junior lawyers could boost employee commitment, engagement and retention, highlighting that physical presence in the office is valued and vital, says Michael Stokes at Harrison Clark.

  • PR Perspectives: A 20-Year Shift For Law Firm Press Teams

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    In-house law firm public relations has developed into a sophisticated practice as firms become more business-minded, and will continue to grow in importance, with legal PR teams becoming more integrated and working seamlessly across all forms of media, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Successfully Implementing AI Rules Requires A Cultural Shift

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    Recent positive use cases of artificial intelligence demonstrate the potential benefits it can bring to the legal profession, and while the development of AI rules is essential, their effectiveness depends on user adoption, behavioral change and human acceptance, say Charlie Morgan and Salman Dhalla at Herbert Smith.

  • PR Perspectives: How Lawyers Build Good Press Relations

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    There are multiple benefits for lawyers appearing in the media, and those who want to build good relations with the press should consider establishing contacts and maintaining those links, and understanding the role of journalists is critical in achieving this, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • What Lawyers Look For When Considering A Firm Move

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    With younger lawyers increasingly paying attention to factors beyond salary, such as work-life balance and career progression, it is firms that know how to appeal to other wants that will ultimately pull ahead when competing for talent, says Adam Stocker at Major Lindsey.

  • What Private Investment Can Bring To Barristers' Chambers

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    The recent private equity investment in The Barrister Group, believed to be the first at the Bar of England and Wales, demonstrates how an upgrade in chambers' business processes and technology can be achieved, both essential for the future of the profession, says Harry Hodgkin at The Barrister Group.

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