Pulse UK

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Lawyer Denies Concealing IT Bug From Court

    A Post Office lawyer was told of a bug in the accounting system used to prosecute an innocent sub-postmistress days before her trial but did not disclose this to the court, according to documents submitted Friday to the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal.

  • May 03, 2024

    Political Aide Asks Tribunal For Damages Over Unfair Sacking

    A former Labour Party staff member argued for more than £200,000 ($250,000) in damages on Friday after she won her tribunal claim alleging that the MP she worked for had fired her after she blew the whistle on misconduct that included antisemitism.

  • May 03, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen rapper Ivorian Doll hit with a copyright claim, private members club Aspinalls file a claim against a Saudi sheikh, and Motorola Solutions file a claim against the British government on the heels of its dispute over losing a £400 million ($502 million) government contract. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 03, 2024

    5 Questions For Mewburn Ellis TM Chief Andy King

    Mewburn Ellis LLP head of trademark Andy King talks to Law360 about changing client attitudes, keeping pace with rapidly evolving technology, such as the twin impacts of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, plus the fight for effective representation at the U.K. trademark office.

  • May 03, 2024

    Freshfields' NQ Salary Outpaces A&O Shearman By 20%

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP said on Friday that it has raised the annual salary of newly qualified lawyers in London to £150,000 ($188,000) from £125,000 — 20% higher than the current offering from the newly merged A&O Shearman.

  • May 03, 2024

    Financial Adviser Convicted In Axiom Legal Fund Fraud Case

    A former financial adviser was convicted on Friday of siphoning £5.8 million ($7.3 million) from an investment fund using secret commission payments as part of a legal financing fraud.

  • May 02, 2024

    Ex-Clarke Willmott Lawyer Faces Hearing On Conduct Claims

    A former solicitor at Clarke Willmott LLP must face a disciplinary tribunal regarding allegations that he engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct toward a colleague at a work event arranged by his firm, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • May 02, 2024

    Some Pupillage Providers Are Risk Averse On Diversity

    The proportion of pupils who come from diverse backgrounds is on the rise, but some pupillage providers are cautious about recruitment, the Bar Standards Board revealed on Thursday.

  • May 02, 2024

    If High Court Upends Jan. 6 Conviction, What Happens Next?

    If the U.S. Supreme Court decides prosecutors overstepped by charging a rioter who stormed the Capitol with obstruction, the results will likely be mixed for hundreds of other defendants charged with the same crime, particularly those who have been convicted. That post-appeal uncertainty is nothing new, defense attorneys say.

  • May 02, 2024

    Solicitor To Face Tribunal Over False Statements About Firm

    A lawyer accused of making inaccurate statements about a law firm will have to appear before a disciplinary tribunal over the charges, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has decided.

  • May 02, 2024

    Travers Smith Loses Partner To Sidley's London Office

    A third partner has left Travers Smith LLP for a U.S. law firm in London within a week in what could signal a renewed trend of departures from the City outfit after a brief period of stability.

  • May 09, 2024

    Dentons Hires Disputes Partner With Green Expertise

    Dentons has hired an environmental litigation guru, who spent over a decade at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, to take up a partner position in its disputes team.

  • May 02, 2024

    McDermott Names New Senior Partner, Office Head In London

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced a change of guard on Thursday with the appointment of a new office managing partner and a new senior partner as the firm continues to expand its London office.

  • May 01, 2024

    Court Staffer Wins Case Over Colleague's Grievance Lie

    An administrative officer at a Manchester magistrates court has won her claim alleging that her manager victimized her by lying about her accusing him of being "all over" a new recruit.

  • May 01, 2024

    Law Firm Manager Must Pay £6K Over Poor Bookkeeping

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with a law firm manager for her to pay £6,011 ($7,500) over failing to properly maintain records of the practice's accounts over 11 years.

  • May 01, 2024

    PE-Backed Legal Group Buys Regional Firm Slater Heelis

    A private equity-backed legal services group said Wednesday that it has bought Slater Heelis Ltd., its second acquisition of a regional law firm in the past year as it continues to expand its reach in the U.K. legal industry.

  • May 01, 2024

    CMS Taps Corporate Veteran For Senior Partner At UK LLP

    CMS announced on Wednesday that veteran corporate lawyer Charles Currier has taken over as senior partner of its U.K. limited liability partnership as it strives to continue to expand its business.

  • May 08, 2024

    Mantle Law Hires Construction Pro From Pinsent Masons

    Mantle Law (UK) LLP has hired a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP to its specialist construction, infrastructure and energy disputes practice in London, with the recruit kicking off his new role on Wednesday, amid a belief that boutique law firms are "coming of age."

  • May 01, 2024

    Former A&O Vet Leaves As Shearman Megamerger Lifts Off

    A former long-time Allen & Overy LLP veteran who was leading Shearman's finance team has not joined the newly-formed A&O Shearman, it emerged, as the megamerger went live Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Head Of Judiciary Sets Up Board For Open Justice Reform

    The head of the judiciary in England and Wales announced she has established a judge-led board to modernize open justice in courts and tribunals by exploring the "careful" expansion of broadcasting hearings and making it easier for the press to attend them online.

  • May 01, 2024

    Ex-Cartwright King Lawyer Denies Post Office Stalling Tactic

    A former Cartwright King lawyer who prosecuted people for the Post Office based on faulty IT data denied there was a "tactic" to delay the disclosure of vital evidence to the defense, as he gave evidence to the inquiry into the Horizon scandal on Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Adds 4 Lawyers To Its Partnership

    Kingsley Napley LLP said on Wednesday that it has promoted four lawyers to its partnership, with women now accounting for nearly half of the partners at the firm.

  • April 30, 2024

    A&O Shearman Faces Challenge To Unify Distinct Markets

    As the newly combined Allen Overy Shearman Sterling launches Wednesday, so far the signs are that the biggest merger in the sector in a decade may leave two distinct markets operating on either side of the Atlantic.

  • April 30, 2024

    Cartwright King Warned Post Office Of Giving Defense Ammo

    A Cartwright King lawyer warned that the Post Office announcing an independent review into the IT system used to wrongfully prosecute innocent people would "give ammunition" to the defense, according to documents disclosed to the inquiry into the scandal Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    Dorsey & Whitney Adds New Specialist Partner

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP has hired an employment specialist from Lewis Silkin LLP as a partner, bringing over 25 years of experience to the firm's London office.

Expert Analysis

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • PR Perspectives: Getting Merger Communications Right

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    As the recent Allen & Overy and Shearman Sterling deal announcement demonstrates, controlling the narrative is the priority when merger discussions begin, so law firms need to consider their stakeholder base and the best communication channels for each segment, ready to adapt to the audience group's needs, say Ben Girdlestone and Bethany Durkin at Byfield.

  • Why Law Firms Should Consider Apprenticeships

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    A recent government briefing shows that young people are increasingly signing up for apprenticeships, a trend that law firms should take advantage of to improve socioeconomic diversity and help to recruit a variety of talent, which can boost employee retention in the long run, says Emma O'Connor at Boyes Turner.

  • How AI Could Affect The Way Law Firms Operate

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    Generative artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming the legal industry, and it is becoming increasingly clear that law firms will need to adjust their recruitment strategies, refine their service offerings and hire specialist lawyers versed in AI technologies, says Brent Harris at Major Lindsey.

  • In-Office Policies May Be Solution To UK Skills Shortage

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    Against the backdrop of the U.K. skills shortage, personal engagement with junior lawyers could boost employee commitment, engagement and retention, highlighting that physical presence in the office is valued and vital, says Michael Stokes at Harrison Clark.

  • PR Perspectives: A 20-Year Shift For Law Firm Press Teams

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    In-house law firm public relations has developed into a sophisticated practice as firms become more business-minded, and will continue to grow in importance, with legal PR teams becoming more integrated and working seamlessly across all forms of media, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Successfully Implementing AI Rules Requires A Cultural Shift

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    Recent positive use cases of artificial intelligence demonstrate the potential benefits it can bring to the legal profession, and while the development of AI rules is essential, their effectiveness depends on user adoption, behavioral change and human acceptance, say Charlie Morgan and Salman Dhalla at Herbert Smith.

  • PR Perspectives: How Lawyers Build Good Press Relations

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    There are multiple benefits for lawyers appearing in the media, and those who want to build good relations with the press should consider establishing contacts and maintaining those links, and understanding the role of journalists is critical in achieving this, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • What Lawyers Look For When Considering A Firm Move

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    With younger lawyers increasingly paying attention to factors beyond salary, such as work-life balance and career progression, it is firms that know how to appeal to other wants that will ultimately pull ahead when competing for talent, says Adam Stocker at Major Lindsey.

  • What Private Investment Can Bring To Barristers' Chambers

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    The recent private equity investment in The Barrister Group, believed to be the first at the Bar of England and Wales, demonstrates how an upgrade in chambers' business processes and technology can be achieved, both essential for the future of the profession, says Harry Hodgkin at The Barrister Group.

  • 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.

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