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  • June 08, 2024

    Bar Chair Urges Next Gov't To Fix 'Parlous' Justice System

    The chair of the Bar Council on Saturday urged the next government to allocate an additional £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) to restore England and Wales' court and publicly funded justice infrastructure after more than a decade of underfunding.

  • June 07, 2024

    Derains & Gharavi Hires Int'l Arbitration Counsel In Paris

    Derains & Gharavi, a law firm in Paris that focuses on resolving international disputes via arbitral proceedings, has hired a lawyer who previously worked within the litigation and arbitration team at Bredin Prat SAS.

  • June 07, 2024

    Law Society Elects A Scott Moncrieff Lawyer For Deputy VP

    The Law Society said Friday that a specialist in civil litigation will become its next deputy vice president as it plans for the future, with the profession looking to continue boosting diversity and to exploit opportunities from advances in technology.

  • June 07, 2024

    Faegre Drinker Hires K&L Gates Investment Management Head

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has hired the former head of investment management at K&L Gates LLP as a partner in the firm's investment management practice group in London, the firm announced Thursday.

  • June 07, 2024

    5 Questions For Finnegan UK TM Chief Clare Cornell

    Clare Cornell, the head of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP's trademark group in London, talks to Law360 about the appeal of working on trademarks and how Finnegan's practice has evolved since she joined in 2016.

  • June 07, 2024

    Patent Firm Seeks To Ax Claim Over £1.5M Settlement Advice

    Patent solicitors Atkinson Wheller Ltd. asked a court Friday to throw out a negligence claim brought on behalf of a former client, because the deed transferring the claim to a law firm was "void and unenforceable."

  • June 07, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen British broadcaster GB News hit with a libel claim by climate activist Dale Vince, MGM take aim at an immersive events company over intellectual property rights to the James Bond franchise, and law firms Stephenson Harwood and Bowen-Morris & Partners tackle a contracts claim by investment adviser Yieldstreet. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 07, 2024

    Law Society Warns Of 'Crisis' Amid Small-Claims Delays

    The Law Society has warned that crumbling courts and attempts to modernize the justice system through technology have exacerbated delays for litigants pursuing access to justice, after government data revealed that small claims are taking more than a year to reach trial.

  • June 07, 2024

    Financial Adviser Gets 8 Years For Legal Funding Fraud

    A London judge sentenced a former financial adviser to eight years in prison on Friday after he was convicted of siphoning £5.8 million ($7.4 million) in secret commission payments from an investment fund in a legal financing fraud.

  • June 14, 2024

    Bird & Bird London Arbitration Chief Floats New Solo Practice

    The head of international arbitration at Bird & Bird LLP in London has left his job and set up a solo practice in a move to focus on the types of arbitration he enjoys without the shackles of a big firm.

  • June 06, 2024

    US Law Firms In London Saw Profits Dip Below £1B In 2023

    A slowdown in transactional work in the London legal market caused profits of top U.S. law firms there to dip below £1 billion ($1.3 billion) in 2023, but U.K. law firms with broader practices were largely shielded from the decline, accounting firm Hazlewoods LLP reported Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Post Office Board Missed Clues, Former Chair Tells Inquiry

    A former chair of the Post Office Ltd. board told the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal on Thursday that the board did not act on a number of "clues" suggesting that the company was wrongly prosecuting innocent subpostmasters.

  • June 06, 2024

    Mayer Brown Pro Bono Chief To Stand For Starmer's Seat

    The Conservative Party has picked the pro bono chief of Mayer Brown LLP to stand against Labour Party leader Keir Starmer for the Holborn and St. Pancras constituency in the U.K. general election on July 4.

  • June 06, 2024

    Solicitor Wins Worker Status In Unfair Dismissal Claim

    An employment judge has ruled that a consultant solicitor working on "flexible terms" for a U.K. law firm counts as a worker, rather than being self-employed, in her unfair dismissal claim against the firm.

  • June 06, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Adds 9 Partners In Latest Promotions Round

    Hill Dickinson LLP on Thursday named nine newly promoted lawyers to its partnership, a higher number than the previous year with women accounting for nearly half of the group.

  • June 06, 2024

    5 Questions For Linklaters Partner Guillaume Couneson

    Since European Union law negotiators gave final approval in May to the first worldwide rules on artificial intelligence, the pressure on global banks and insurers to prepare to comply has started. Here, Guillaume Couneson, a partner at Linklaters, tells Law360 that regulators are likely to focus initially on low-hanging fruit breaches.

  • June 06, 2024

    Law Firm Rebuked Over Client Account Shortage

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Thursday that it has rebuked a defunct law firm after it misused a client's funds and caused a shortage in its client account.

  • June 06, 2024

    Labour Drops Antisemitism Report Leak Claim On Ex-Staffers

    The Labour Party dropped on Thursday its legal claims against five former employees who it said conspired to leak a damning report on how its internal disciplinary body mishandled allegations of antisemitism and undermined its leader at the time, Jeremy Corbyn.

  • June 05, 2024

    K&L Gates Adds Ex-Norton Rose IP Team In Frankfurt

    K&L Gates LLP has bolstered its intellectual property practice in its 30-attorney Frankfurt office with the addition of a team from Norton Rose Fullbright LLP, including a partner who works closely with fashion and luxury product clients.

  • June 05, 2024

    DLA Piper Atty, Ex-UK Official On Practicing Across The Pond

    In returning to the United States after nearly two decades in London, former Serious Fraud Office official Judy Krieg says DLA Piper was the ideal place to serve clients and leverage the skills she has gained from working on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • June 05, 2024

    Saudi Investor Bids To Revive Legal Costs Claim Against RLS

    A Saudi Arabian property investor urged a London judge Wednesday to revive his claim against a law firm to recover the costs of investigating and litigating an alleged £35 million ($44.6 million) fraud by a former property business partner that settled mid-trial.

  • June 05, 2024

    NQ Salary Hikes Spark Ripple Effect Through Legal Sector

    The continuing wave of salary increase for newly qualified lawyers across London's top firms is triggering shock waves across the legal sector — including at clients — prompting concerns about distorted hiring markets and the impact on tight legal budgets.

  • June 05, 2024

    Linklaters Ends Cessation Payments To Partners

    Linklaters LLP has ended its system of "cessation" payments to partners leaving the Magic Circle firm following two decades of service after recently putting the proposal to the vote of the firm's partnership.

  • June 05, 2024

    Birketts To Open Office In Bristol

    Birketts LLP said Wednesday that it is opening a seventh office with a new outpost in Bristol, as it aims to grow its offering in southwest England's main legal hub.

  • June 05, 2024

    Scottish Defenders Boycott Abuse Cases As Pay Talks Stall

    Criminal defense lawyers in Scotland have restarted their boycott of domestic abuse cases after talks with the Scottish government over legal aid reform broke down.

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