Pulse UK

  • June 26, 2024

    Mobile Forensics Co. ModeOne Adds UK-Based Data Center

    Mobile forensics company ModeOne announced on Wednesday an expansion of its services in the United Kingdom through the launch of a new London-based data center.

  • June 26, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Launches Online Reporting Portal For Staff

    Hogan Lovells said Wednesday that it has launched a new tool to make it easier for staff members in the U.K. to report instances where they have been made to feel marginalized at work, in a move intended to enhance the firm's culture of inclusion.

  • June 26, 2024

    Mitie Settles £260M Prison Contract Award Dispute With Gov't

    The U.K.'s Ministry of Justice has settled a claim brought by prison services contractor Mitie that accused the government of unlawfully awarding a £260 million ($328 million) prison management contract to its rival.

  • June 26, 2024

    SDT Should Have Granted Anonymity In Iraqi AML Probe

    A London court has ruled that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal should have granted an anonymity order to protect client privilege amid its probe into a solicitor's dealings with an Iraqi family, but the judge agreed that the lawyer did not breach anti-money laundering regulations.

  • June 26, 2024

    DLA Piper Launches Investment Management & Funds Practice

    DLA Piper formally launched its global investment management and funds practice Wednesday to meet increasing client demand and align with market trends, supporting asset managers, fund sponsors and investors.

  • July 03, 2024

    Paul Hastings Adds 12-Lawyer White Collar Team In Paris

    Paul Hastings LLP has boosted its capacity to advise clients on white collar cases and legal actions concerning environmental, social and governance matters by hiring a team of 12 lawyers from a specialist litigation and investigations firm in Paris.

  • June 25, 2024

    Harbottle & Lewis Surpasses £50M Mark For 1st Time

    Harbottle & Lewis LLP on Tuesday revealed that it generated £51.9 million ($65.8 million) of income over its last financial year, marking the first time the London-based firm has exceeded the £50 million measure.

  • June 25, 2024

    Ashurst Latest Law Firm To Partner With AI Co. Harvey

    London-headquartered international law firm Ashurst plans to provide all its 4,000 attorneys and staff with access to the legal artificial intelligence platform Harvey, the firm said Tuesday, making it one of the latest firms to partner with the company.

  • June 25, 2024

    Law Firm Faces £35M Suit Over Troubled Care Home Scheme

    Liquidators for a now-defunct group of companies have accused a law firm of ignoring the signs that their client was defrauding investors out of millions of pounds through a luxury care home Ponzi scheme.

  • June 25, 2024

    SRA Board's Upcoming CILEX Decision Faces Uphill Battle

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to decide on proposals to take charge of overseeing legal executives at a board meeting Tuesday, with the plan facing an uphill battle in the teeth of strong opposition from the Law Society and others in the industry.

  • July 02, 2024

    Top White Collar Barrister Jumps Ship To Fountain Court

    A top corporate crime barrister has joined Fountain Court Chambers to boost its offering to high-net-worth individuals and corporate defendants in major investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and other authorities, the set has said.

  • July 02, 2024

    Paul Hastings Hires Finance Pro Reena Gogna From Weil

    Paul Hastings LLP has recruited a finance specialist from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in London to boost its offering to lenders in leveraged finance transactions and other complex deals.

  • June 24, 2024

    High Court Pay Not For Temp Judges, Master Of The Rolls Says

    The master of the rolls told an employment tribunal Monday that permanent High Court judges are in a different category to those who occasionally take on High Court duties, weighing in on a claim brought by judges who say they should be paid the same wages as permanent judges when they periodically sit at the High Court.

  • June 24, 2024

    Ex-Luminance CEO Joins The Barrister Group As COO

    The Barrister Group, which serves clients in England and Wales, announced on Monday the appointment of a chief operating officer with experience leading legal artificial intelligence co-pilot Luminance Technologies Ltd.

  • June 24, 2024

    Dentons' Inadvertent AML Error Wasn't SRA Misconduct

    Dentons' U.K. arm failed in handling anti-money laundering checks on a politically exposed former client, but its oversight was entirely inadvertent and therefore did not amount to professional misconduct, a London tribunal has ruled.

  • June 24, 2024

    Herbert Smith Launches ESG Regulations Monitoring Tool

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP on Monday launched a tool designed to help businesses stay up to date with the evolving landscape of environmental, social and governance regulations and reporting requirements.

  • June 24, 2024

    Duane Morris Appoints New Immigration Law Chair

    Philadelphia-based Duane Morris LLP announced on Friday the appointment of business immigration partner Ted J. Chiappari as chair of its immigration division, part of its employment, labor, benefits and immigration practice.

  • June 24, 2024

    Retired Judges Lose Appeal In Pension Row With MoJ

    An appeals tribunal ruled Monday that the Ministry of Justice did not discriminate against three judges when it switched their pension schemes, ruling that their new judicial posts — rather than their part-time worker status — caused the change.

  • June 24, 2024

    Clifford Chance Launches Support Hub In Poland

    Clifford Chance LLP said Monday that it has launched a new operational hub in Poland to further help its lawyers spend more time delivering high-level legal advice on large and complex projects.

  • June 24, 2024

    UAE Fund Can't Shake Asset Freeze As Mogul Chases £20M

    A London court agreed on Monday to continue a worldwide asset freezing order against a UAE sovereign wealth fund to allow an aviation tycoon to attempt to recover more than £20 million ($25.4 million) after a fraud allegedly assisted by a Dechert LLP partner.

  • June 24, 2024

    Charity Urges Better Ways To Fight Investment Greenwashing

    A legal environmental charity on Monday called for stronger measures to address the practice of misrepresenting financial products as environmentally friendly when they do not meet the necessary sustainability criteria.

  • June 24, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Brussels Chief Barred From Running Firms

    A former managing partner of Clifford Chance LLP in Brussels has been temporarily banned from accessing client money or from running a law firm, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • June 21, 2024

    Part-Time Judge Gets Prison Over £1.8M Legal Aid Fraud

    A barrister and part-time judge was sentenced to three years in prison at a London criminal court Friday for fraudulently submitting false claims for criminal defense costs after he was convicted for engaging in a conspiracy to inflate legal fees.

  • June 21, 2024

    SRA Warns Firms To Fix Client Account Deficits Swiftly

    The solicitors' watchdog on Friday warned solicitors and law firms to replace any shortages on client accounts immediately upon discovery in the wake of the multimillion-pound shortfall in Axiom Ince's client account.

  • June 21, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

Expert Analysis

  • How Tech Can Make A Career In Law More Accessible

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    As practitioners and the U.K. Solicitors Regulation Authority seek to increase diversity in the legal profession, the adoption of technology, such as remote learning, artificial intelligence and social media communities, is playing a major role in breaking down entry barriers to a career in law, says Caroline Rayson at BPP.

  • Expansion Of Court Filming May Carry Reputational Risks

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    In light of the U.K. government’s recent consultation on expanding filming across the courts system in England and Wales, our right to open justice must be weighed carefully against the reputational risk that litigation poses to all parties involved, says Bella von Bohlen at FTI Consulting.

  • PR Perspectives: Strategies For Lawyers Publicizing Litigation

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    Any business or high-profile individual could end up in court, and with a global audience watching on through social media, lawyers would be wise to use strategic methods to shine a favorable light on their work and cases, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • How Lawyers Can Act As Allies This Pride Month

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    Having played a significant role in advancing LGBTQ+ rights, the legal profession now needs to practice allyship to ensure there is sufficient support for the community by educating itself, its colleagues and the public, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • How Lawyers Can Best Avoid Money Laundering Issues

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    There are basic questions that solicitors must ask of clients to avoid money laundering risks, but in light of recent fines imposed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority for failure to comply with anti-money laundering regulations, firms must also ensure they document their diligence process, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • Tackling UK Case Backlog Requires Proper Court Funding

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    Until the U.K. government takes powerful measures to address IT issues, poorly maintained courtrooms and wage demands, the crown court backlog will continue to rise to the detriment of all stakeholders in the criminal court system and the public at large, says Rubin Italia at Stokoe Partnership.

  • 5 Ways For A Legal Practice To Close Technology Gaps

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    With technology a driving force for success, the U.K. legal sector must embrace innovation to maintain its competitive edge, and investing in new processes is no longer optional, says Gareth Preece at Doherty Associates.

  • Opinion

    Thomas Report Is Final Straw — High Court Needs Ethics Code

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    As a recent report on Justice Clarence Thomas' ongoing conflicts of interest makes evident, Supreme Court justices should be subject to an enforceable and binding code of ethics — like all other federal judges — to maintain the credibility of the institution, says Erica Salmon Byrne at Ethisphere.

  • PR Perspectives: Optimizing Social Media As A Lawyer

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    The opportunities for social media to increase a business are unlimited despite its flaws, and to make the most of its potential, training and regular updates should be part of all lawyers’ professional development, say Steve Rudaini and Emma Maule at MD Communications.

  • Highlights Of The UK's New Economic Crime Plan

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    With the direction of the U.K. government’s newly launched second economic crime plan undeniably altered by the recent focus on kleptocrats and their money, the emphasis is now on how the U.K. can deliver a more effective approach to reducing the threat of economic crime, says Kathryn Westmore at the Royal United Services Institute.

  • How Lawyers' Behavior Can Affect Opponents' Mental Health

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    Acts of unreasonable behavior of lawyers working on opposite sides can take their toll, and with mental health and stress never higher in the national consciousness than right now, such conduct should be reported to help the firm understand the treatment its solicitors are receiving and better manage the situation, says Libby Payne at Withers.

  • The Challenges Of Presenting To Clients In The Hybrid World

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    As a sector that is guided heavily by the demands of its client base, the legal industry will have to overcome various obstacles to make stylish, convincing and successful in-the-room, virtual and hybrid presentations in the post-pandemic blend of home and office, says Gavin Brown at Speak with Impact.

  • 5 Challenges General Counsel Are Set To Face

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    With an ever-broadening role, general counsel are being tasked to do more with less, with a need for caution and a requirement to leverage time wisely to anticipate and identify emerging industry challenges, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Beyond ChatGPT: AI Considerations For Law Firms

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    The use of artificial intelligence is likely to become increasingly mainstream in the legal sector, and firms should not remain complacent in the current limitations of ChatGPT, but develop policies to ensure that AI-generated liability and regulatory issues are addressed sooner rather than later, say Corinne Staves and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

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