Pulse UK

  • July 02, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Pro Fights To Toss Sexual Misconduct Case

    A former Bird & Bird LLP partner asked the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Tuesday to throw out allegations of sexual misconduct toward two junior female colleagues, arguing that the sector's watchdog was prosecuting him after "egregious" delays and an "inadequate" investigation.

  • July 09, 2024

    Lawrence Stephens Hires 2 Directors From Rosling King

    Ann Ebberson and Alex Edwards have joined Lawrence Stephens Ltd. from Rosling King LLP as directors on the real estate finance and banking teams.

  • July 02, 2024

    Kennedys Hits Revenue Record Of £384M, Jumps 18% In UK

    Kennedys said on Tuesday that its revenue grew 17% to reach a record £384 million ($483 million) for its last financial year, with its expanding U.S. leg a key driver of the growth.

  • July 01, 2024

    Solicitor's COVID Letters Had 'No Legal Merit,' SRA Says

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority accused a solicitor at a London tribunal Monday of wrongly sending threatening legal letters to bodies for his clients who refused the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the letters had "no legal merit."

  • July 01, 2024

    Top Real Estate Atty Leaves Willkie To Co-Lead Weil Practice

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's former real estate department co-chair and New York co-managing partner, known for high-profile work that includes the largest real estate investment trust initial public offering in U.S. history, is becoming co-leader of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's real estate practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    Signature Litigation Opens In Frankfurt With Mayer Brown Duo

    Signature Litigation LLP announced it launched a new office Monday in Frankfurt, with two former Mayer Brown LLP partners joining the dispute resolution firm to spearhead its operations in Germany.

  • July 01, 2024

    Solicitors' Watchdog Board Green Lights Regulation Of CILEX

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is edging closer to taking over regulating chartered legal executives after its board gave the controversial plan the green light — though hurdles still remain.

  • July 01, 2024

    London Partner Hires Continue Strong In First Half Of 2024

    London law firms continued to hire partners at pace in the first half of 2024, driven by the anticipation of lower interest rates and a resurgence in deal-making activities.

  • July 01, 2024

    Paul Weiss Joins Fight For Junior Talent, Ups Pay To £180k

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP said Monday that it will pay newly qualified lawyers in London £180,000 ($228,000), matching other U.S. rivals in the British capital in significantly boosting remuneration for their most junior lawyers. 

  • June 28, 2024

    SRA Launches Consultation On New Financial Penalties

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority on Friday said it is seeking feedback on its proposals to update its approach after being granted new powers to issue unlimited financial penalties.

  • June 28, 2024

    Law Society 'Seriously Concerned' About Comp Fund Hikes

    The Law Society on Friday voiced "serious concerns" about the Solicitors Regulation Authority's plan for a hike of more than 200% in compensation fund contributions by solicitors and firms to finance its intervention into Axiom Ince Ltd.

  • June 28, 2024

    No Judge Race Bias In £30M Fox Williams Negligence Case

    A London court has rejected a Black television producer's allegations that a judge racially discriminated against him when tossing out his case that Fox Williams LLP botched his £30 million ($38 million) game show copyright claim.

  • June 28, 2024

    Holman Fenwick, Bird & Bird Up NQ Pay

    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP and Bird & Bird LLP on Friday said they had increased the salaries for their newly qualified solicitors as more and more City-based outfits continue to raise junior lawyers' pay to match each other and stay competitive in the London talent market.

  • June 28, 2024

    Solicitors Bude Nathan Sued For £1m Over Property Advice

    Property solicitors Bude Nathan Iwanier LLP allegedly allowed a 94-year-old client to approve a £1 million ($1.26 million) loan he didn't understand and failed to warn of the risk a construction project might lose him his London home.

  • June 28, 2024

    Travers Smith Promotes 8 Lawyers To Senior Counsel

    Travers Smith LLP on Friday announced the promotion of eight lawyers to senior counsel, spanning various areas of practice, including pensions, tax and commercial transactions.

  • July 05, 2024

    EIP Hires Patent Litigator From Hogan Lovells In Germany

    Intellectual property boutique EIP has recruited a specialist in patent litigation from Hogan Lovells in Germany in a move to boost its disputes capabilities in relation to different fields of technology.

  • June 28, 2024

    Hausfeld Competition Pro Lucy Rigby Takes Political Plunge

    Despite loving her career as a competition partner at Hausfeld LLP, Lucy Rigby tells Law360 that she could no longer avoid the growing pull toward public service as she campaigns to be a Labour MP in the July 4 general election. Rigby is even prepared to quit the firm if she's elected.

  • June 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Age Bias Claim Against Council

    A lawyer in her 60s failed to prove that she was discriminated against because of her age after she was treated differently from a younger colleague over similar sickness absences, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 27, 2024

    Stephenson Harwood's Revenues Hit Record £264M

    Stephenson Harwood LLP said Thursday that it had pulled in £264 million ($334 million) in revenues in its latest financial results, a new high for the firm after it posted a record total a year ago.

  • June 27, 2024

    DLA Piper Taps Finance Atty As 1st Woman Leader In Norway

    DLA Piper has hired a technology-focused finance partner in its Oslo, Norway, office as its first female country managing partner in the Nordic region, the firm said Thursday.

  • June 27, 2024

    DWF Buys Australian Claims Management Business

    Private equity-backed DWF LLP said Thursday it has agreed to buy Australian claims management company Proclaim for an undisclosed amount to bolster its presence in the country.

  • June 27, 2024

    Taylor Rose Hires New Leadership Team With Eye On Growth

    Taylor Rose MW said Thursday it has hired and promoted a raft of new seniors across several departments, as the U.K. law firm looks to bolster its growth strategy.

  • June 27, 2024

    Prince Harry Must Disclose Ghostwriter Texts To News Group

    Prince Harry was ordered by a judge Thursday to provide documents including messages between him and his ghostwriter to the U.K. arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire in its fight against his invasion of privacy claim, after the publisher accused the royal of destroying evidence.

  • June 27, 2024

    Perkins Coie Takes Novel Approach To Training Solicitors

    Perkins Coie LLP said Thursday that it is launching a training program for aspiring solicitors in a bid to enhance social mobility as more law firms begin to leverage the flexibility offered by the solicitors' qualifying exam.

Expert Analysis

  • Reflecting On The Benefits Of Direct Access To Barristers

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    At close to 20 years since public access to barristers came into being, it is a good time to take a look at its impact on the U.K. legal profession and the more collaborative approach between barristers and solicitors we have seen develop since its introduction, say Amani Mohammed and Sean Gould at Westgate Chambers.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Pitfalls Lawyers Should Avoid When Correcting Their Mistakes

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    When solicitors make mistakes that cause prejudice to their clients, they will need to carefully consider whether they should try to fix their mistake, as trying to put things right may expose them to potential regulatory action, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Translating The Plan For English-Language German Courts

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    The German Ministry of Justice is aiming to do away with the mistakes of the past and overhaul the German civil procedure in order to accommodate English-language disputes, but the success of these proceedings will depend very much on factors that the proposal does not address, say Jan Schaefer and Rüdiger Morbach at King & Spalding.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Russian Bank Ruling Clarifies UK Sanctions Regime

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    The recent U.K. High Court judgment of PJSC National Bank Trust v. Mints, a case brought by two Russian banks, is significant in clarifying that the U.K. sanctions regime does not deprive designated persons of their fundamental common law right to bring a claim in an English court, despite their assets being frozen, says Zoe O’Sullivan KC at Serle Court.

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Has The Liberalization Of Legal Services Achieved Its Aims?

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    Although there is still some way to go, alternative business structures are now an increasingly prominent feature of the legal services landscape, and clients can expect greater choice, improved quality and more manageable costs, as was intended by this shake-up of the profession's regulatory frameworks 15 years ago, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • How Overseas Property Verification Poses Risks To Attorneys

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    The recently launched register of overseas entities, requiring verification of foreign owners hoping to purchase U.K. property, could expose attorneys to criminal prosecution, professional negligence claims and reputational damage if they do not complete these checks to the required standard, which nevertheless remains murky, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • What To Expect From UK's New Economic Crime Bill

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency bill, if passed, will reform aspects of Companies House and strengthen government anti-money laundering efforts, but it is also raising questions about how new information sharing requirements will affect businesses, say attorneys at Signature Litigation.

  • A Trusted Cybersecurity Framework Is Imperative For Lawyers

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    The recent increased risk of cyberattacks has a number of profound implications for law firms, and complying with government guidance by embedding a cyber-savvy culture and adhering to a security framework will enable lawyers to add extra layers of defense and present their clients with higher levels of protection, says Marion Stewart at Red Helix.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • What UK Professional Regulation Looks Like In A #MeToo Era

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    Two recent rulings from U.K. courts and tribunals reveal the increasingly shifting line between professional misbehavior and bad actions that would previously have been considered outside the scope of professional regulators, says Andrew Katzen at Hickman & Rose.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

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