Pulse UK

  • July 10, 2024

    Dentons, Others Win Extension On Gov't Procurement Panel

    Dentons, DLA Piper and more than a dozen other law firms that advise the government will retain their places for another year as it develops its strategy for procuring legal services, the Crown Commercial Service has said.

  • July 10, 2024

    Partner Exits Continue At A&O Shearman Amid Change

    A&O Shearman continues to lose partners to U.S. rivals, a trend that observers expect will continue in the coming months as the new firm deliberately trims or inadvertently loses lawyers who are unhappy with the merger.

  • July 10, 2024

    Whistleblowing Trainee At Defunct Law Firm Wins £36K

    An employment tribunal has ordered an insolvent law firm to pay more than £36,000 ($46,200) to a trainee it dismissed after she blew the whistle on its "chaotic" operations to the industry regulator.

  • July 10, 2024

    Travers Smith Hires Infrastructure Finance Pro From WFW

    Travers Smith LLP announced Wednesday that it has recruited a specialist in infrastructure finance from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, boosting the firm's partnership ranks after it suffered a recent wave of exits.

  • July 09, 2024

    Mishcon De Reya Adds Blick Rothenberg Partner

    Mishcon de Reya has added a former director from Blick Rothenberg to its corporate tax team in London as a partner, the firm announced in a statement.

  • July 09, 2024

    Lawyer Accused Of Making False Mishcon Claims On Iran TV

    The solicitors' watchdog told a disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday that a high-profile criminal defense lawyer recklessly made false statements about Mishcon de Reya LLP while appearing on an antisemitic show on an Iranian state-owned media channel.

  • July 09, 2024

    A&O Shearman To Keep 66% Of NQs In 1st Post-Merger Class

    Newly formed A&O Shearman said on Tuesday that it will keep two-thirds of the trainee solicitors who started with its predecessor firms when they qualify in the fall, after boosting salaries for newly-qualified lawyers amid a broader talent war in London.

  • 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 09, 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Risks The Judiciary Needs To Be Aware Of When Using AI

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    Recently published judiciary service guidance aims to temper reliance on AI by court staff in their work, and with ever-increasing and evolving technology, such tools should be used for supplementary assistance rather than as a replacement for already existing judicial research tools, says Philip Sewell at Shepherd & Wedderburn.

  • Prompt Engineering Skills Are Changing The Legal Profession

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    With a focus on higher-value work as repetitive tasks are delegated to artificial intelligence, legal roles are set to become more inspiring, and lawyers need not fear the rising demand for prompt engineers that is altering the technology-enabled legal environment, say Eric Crawley, Shah Karim and Paul O’Hagan at Epiq Legal.

  • 4 Legal Privilege Lessons From Dechert Disclosure Ruling

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, finding that evidence may have been incorrectly withheld, provides welcome clarification of the scope of legal professional privilege, including the application of the iniquity exception, says Tim Knight at Travers Smith.

  • PR Perspectives: Don't Overstate Well-Being Or Enviro Efforts

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    Law firms should look to embrace a strong arsenal of sustainability and well-being initiatives before beginning to publicize their commitment to green and mental health efforts, or they can face the risk of making false claims, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • Record Level Of Partner Hires Shows No Sign Of Slowing

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    With indications that law firm hiring activity is increasing, the competitive market is causing candidates to evaluate potential employers more carefully, and large numbers of partners are migrating away from Silver Circle and West End firms in pursuit of closer parity in work and pay, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • PR Perspectives: Choosing How To Communicate For Impact

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    Successful legal public relations involves developing productive working relationships, and choosing which medium to use when communicating is important, since it will reflect the level of familiarity with the lawyer or journalist as well as the message, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Talent Acquisition Is Shifting As US Firms Permeate London

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    U.S. law firms’ continued growth in London and aggressive talent acquisition strategies are reshaping how lawyers are attracted, nurtured and retained, and success in this evolving environment lies in understanding and adapting to changing priorities and values, says Nathan Peart at Major Lindsey.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • Legal Industry Can Help Steer UK Out Of Social Mobility Crisis

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    The legal industry has a responsibility to help mitigate the U.K. social mobility crisis highlighted by the recent State of the Nation report, and it can start to increase socioeconomic diversity in its ranks by focusing on reducing the educational barriers to entering the profession, says Jo-Anne Pugh at BPP University Law School.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

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