Pulse UK

  • June 17, 2024

    Law Firm Worker Wins Bid To Quash Disciplinary Sanctions

    A legal worker successfully got his sanction quashed by a disciplinary tribunal on Monday, with the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal overturning a ban placed on him for allegedly misleading the court and pretending to be a solicitor when he was not qualified in England and Wales.

  • June 17, 2024

    Next Gov't Urged To Install Criminal Justice Reforms

    A criminal justice advocacy group on Monday said the next British government should be transparent and honest about its ability to fix the country's criminal justice system and proposed measures to address overcrowded prisons and a backlog in Crown Court cases.

  • June 17, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Steers Refinancing For Injury Law Firm

    Personal injury firm Fletchers Solicitors said Monday it has struck a refinancing deal with Legal & General-backed asset manager Pemberton, in an agreement steered by Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

  • June 17, 2024

    Browne Jacobson's Revenue Tops £118M In New Record

    Browne Jacobson LLP revealed in its latest financial results on Monday that its revenue has topped £118 million ($150 million), an all-time high for the firm, whose income has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

  • June 17, 2024

    Slaughter And May Ups Trainees' Pay But Keeps Quiet About NQs

    Slaughter and May has raised its trainees' pay to match that of its Magic Circle counterparts, but the firm was quiet on Monday about when it will align the pay of its newly qualified lawyers with that of its competitors.

  • June 14, 2024

    Tesco Car Crash Scammer Found In Contempt

    A scammer who made a false compensation claim against Tesco over a staged traffic accident was on Friday found in contempt of court for having another man impersonate him in a hearing and trying to blame his lawyers for the fraudulent claim.

  • June 14, 2024

    Too Many Small Firms Fail To Use Apprentices, Survey Says

    Nearly half of small and medium-sized law firms in the U.K. are failing to use apprenticeships to plug skills gaps as a talent shortage grips the sector, an industry report revealed Friday.

  • June 14, 2024

    Judge Wins OK To Challenge Secretive Appointment Process

    A district court judge has won permission to bring her case that a secretive part of the process for appointing judges is unlawful, after the Court of Appeal ruled that a judicial review is in the public interest.

  • June 14, 2024

    CMS Blunder Costs Nestlé Its 'Crunch' TM In The UK

    Nestlé has lost its "Crunch" trademark protection in the U.K. after officials ruled the company's lawyers at CMS had no valid excuse for filing a key document late.

  • June 14, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • 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 20, 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Opinion

    New NJ Fed. Rule On Litigation Funding Should Be Welcomed

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    The District of New Jersey's new local civil rule on litigation funding disclosure has faced exaggerated criticisms when it is a logical extension of the current practices in many U.S. jurisdictions, leads to greater transparency for the parties and the court without unduly burdening the parties, and is a positive development particularly in product liability cases, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

  • Increasing Investment Scams Can Implicate Lawyers, Too

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    With the pandemic serving as a catalyst for increased financial fraud, it's important to recognize that these scams are not only devastating for victims, they also pose a significant threat to law firms and individual solicitors who fail to do their due diligence, say James Darbyshire at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Heather Clark at Burness Paull.

  • UK Lawyers Can Adapt Due Diligence To Screen New Clients

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    As COVID-19-related fraud gains pace, U.K.-based practitioners should help combat money laundering by using alternative methods to verify that new clients are who they say they are, says Christopher Convey, a barrister at 33 Chancery Lane and chair of the Bar Council's Money Laundering Working Group.

  • 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.

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