Pulse UK

  • 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 19, 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 19, 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 18, 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.

  • June 11, 2024

    Travers Smith Recruits Funds Partner From Blackstone

    Travers Smith LLP said Tuesday that it had hired a retailization specialist from Blackstone Inc.'s credit and insurance arm as a partner, fortifying its ability to advise fund managers on products previously only available to financial institutions.

  • June 11, 2024

    Shakespeare Martineau Adds Finance Pro From Blake Morgan

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP has hired a finance and banking specialist as a partner at the firm's new offices on the south coast of England, where he will work with new and existing clients across a range of sectors.

  • June 11, 2024

    Freeths Doubles Office Space In Liverpool

    Freeths LLP has doubled its office space in Liverpool after the law firm recently posted record revenues in the northwest English city amid a surge in demand for legal services.

  • June 11, 2024

    Sunak Pledges Further Tax Cuts In Election Manifesto

    Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday that his Conservative Party would establish a tax system that "rewards work" by slashing a range of levies if it wins the general election, including another cut in the national payroll tax by 2027.

  • June 10, 2024

    Global Law Firm Experiments With 3 Generative AI Tools

    London-headquartered international firm Ashurst LLP has been experimenting with three different generative artificial intelligence tools and found these tools can help with writing first drafts more quickly and efficiently, according to a report released Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Fladgate Hires Construction Pro From Memery Crystal

    Fladgate LLP has recruited the former head of construction and engineering at Memery Crystal LLP as a partner in a move to boost its capabilities representing clients in major projects.

  • June 10, 2024

    England's Top Judge Urges KCs To Boost Junior Advocacy

    The country's most senior judge has urged top barristers to give opportunities to junior counsel to practice their advocacy skills in court, as part of ongoing efforts to boost gender diversity in the bar.

  • June 10, 2024

    Starmer Could Crack Judicial Crisis, Former CPS Chiefs Say

    Keir Starmer's lead in the polls as the general election in July approaches has sparked hopes among criminal justice advocates that the Labour leader — a former top prosecutor — will implement reforms as prime minister.

  • June 10, 2024

    Judge Urges Resilience Amid Erosion Of Trust In Int'l Courts

    A leading British judge has urged the legal profession "to hang on in there" amid escalating global unrest that is eroding trust in international courts.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Technology Is Likely To Flourish In The UK

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    The U.K. may soon surpass the U.S. in legal technology, thanks to regulatory reform, law firm investment and an entrepreneurial environment, says Bridget Deiters of InCloudCounsel.

  • Law & Reorder: The Emergence Of The UK Legaltech Sector

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    Recent market dynamics are driving the U.K. legal industry to adopt nascent technologies in new service offerings as well as pre-existing solutions. The rise of legaltech should also lead to an increase in acquisitions by law firms striving to maintain relevance, says Jo Charles of Livingstone Partners LLP.

  • Why English Courts Are Prepared To Assist Cyber Victims

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    This year, a number of cases have illustrated how English courts are dealing with legal hurdles for cybercrime victims and making it easier to obtain a freezing order or injunction under such circumstances, says Fiona Cain of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Extradition To The United States: Fight Or Flight?

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    Recent extradition cases have demonstrated that individuals in the United Kingdom facing charges in the United States can either fight extradition proceedings tooth and nail, or voluntarily travel to the U.S. An approach carefully tailored to the facts of each case is required in order to best protect a requested person's interests, says Ben Isaacs of 7 Bedford Row.

  • UK Internal Investigations Are Taking An Ungainly Turn

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    The London High Court's decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has a lot to say on the vitality of legal professional privilege and the conduct of internal investigations in the U.K., but its flawed logic and lack of pragmatism feel like the latest installment in SFO Director David Green's pushback against U.S.-style investigation procedures, say Matthew Herrington and Tom Best of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Once More Unto The Breach — Rehearing In Newman?

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    On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York decided to seek appellate review of several aspects of the recent insider-trading decision in U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson. En banc rehearing petitions are rarely granted in any circuit, and are particularly rare in the Second Circuit, which hears the fewest number of rehearings of any circuit in the country, say Eugene Ingoglia and Gregory Morvillo of Morvillo LLP.

  • 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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