Pulse UK

  • April 04, 2024

    DLA Piper Opens Dusseldorf Office, Eyes New Arrivals

    DLA Piper said on Thursday it will open an office in Dusseldorf later in April in a bid to cement its position in Germany's legal market — and bosses are on the lookout for lawyers to join the new unit.

  • April 04, 2024

    Pillsbury's New UK White Collar Chief Eyes Success In London

    Former Serious Fraud Office "powerhouse" Audrey Koh is in the building, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman says it now has the tools to launch its white-collar and corporate investigations practice in London. Here, Koh and managing partner Matthew Oresman survey the legal landscape.

  • April 04, 2024

    Fladgate Sued For $26.5M Over Botched Debt Claim Advice

    Fladgate LLP lost an investment fund an estimated $26.5 million after negligently advising it on how to take action to recover money owed under bonds, according to a High Court claim.

  • April 03, 2024

    OneCoin Atty Gets 4 Years For Role In $4B Crypto Fraud

    The former head of legal and compliance at OneCoin on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the $4 billion cryptocurrency scheme that defrauded millions of investors around the world.

  • April 03, 2024

    Law Firm Sued For £13M Over Negligent Building Advice

    A businessman is suing a U.K. law firm for £13 million ($16.4 million) at the High Court, claiming negligent advice from solicitors led to the collapse of his house building company.

  • April 03, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Solicitor Faces Tribunal Over Conduct Claims

    A former Bird & Bird LLP solicitor has been sent before the professional disciplinary tribunal to face allegations of inappropriate conduct toward two junior female colleagues while he worked at the firm, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Wednesday. 

  • April 03, 2024

    IP Firm Reddie & Grose Names New Chairman, Eyes Growth

    Intellectual property boutique Reddie & Grose LLP has appointed Steve Howe as its next chairman, one of a series of senior promotions the business has made as it continues its growth push in the U.K. and Europe.

  • April 03, 2024

    CMS Says Ex-Client's Fee Dispute Claim Is Baseless

    CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP on Wednesday urged a London court to throw out a former client's "fundamentally defective" case over funds paid to the firm during fraud proceedings because it is an abuse of process.

  • April 03, 2024

    Kinstellar Snaps Up 4 Of Noerr's European Offices

    European law firm Kinstellar announced a deal on Wednesday to take over four central and eastern European offices from Germany's Noerr.

  • April 03, 2024

    Advocate Fights BSB Disciplinary Over Misconduct In Jersey

    An advocate who was found guilty by courts in Jersey of dishonesty and professional misconduct, including doctoring emails to hide that he caused delays for clients, fought disciplinary proceedings brought by the English barristers' regulator on Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Winston & Strawn Launches Low-Cost Legal Services

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday the launch of a low-cost legal solutions option to compete with alternative legal service providers.

  • April 02, 2024

    Sanctioned Solicitor Loses Claim In Biz Sale Fight

    An employment tribunal has refused to hear a solicitor's claim against the firm he had sold his practice to because it lacked jurisdiction over commercial matters, and in any case the practice had shut its doors months before the ink dried.

  • April 02, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Appoints 2 Banking And Credit Leads

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday the appointment of two veteran partners as co-heads of its banking and credit practice.

  • April 02, 2024

    Top UK Court Floats Digital Case Management System Plans

    Britain's highest court on Tuesday proposed new rules aiming to modernize its process and enhance access to justice, including the introduction of a digital legal system for civil litigation.

  • April 02, 2024

    Pinsent Masons Names 22 New Partners Mainly In UK

    Pinsent Masons LLP said Tuesday it has promoted 22 lawyers from around the world to its partnership, bringing the number of partners in the business to more than 500.

  • April 02, 2024

    Freshfields, Linklaters To Pay For Trainees To Resit SQE

    Two Magic Circle firms are allowing trainees to resit their qualifying exams if they fail the first time after reports of major firms rescinding contracts for those who fail a tough new qualifying regime caused controversy in the profession.

  • April 02, 2024

    Regulator Won't Investigate Barrister's Anti-Trans Comments

    A barrister who deliberately used transphobic language to describe two legal professionals won't be investigated by the Bar Standards Board.

  • April 02, 2024

    Law Firm Manager Who Lied To High Court Struck Off

    A former law firm manager has been barred from practicing as a solicitor after he was dishonest with the High Court while it investigated his firm's handling of a judicial review claim, according to a judgment published Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    MoJ Greenlights 10% Fee Increase for Courts, Tribunal Access

    Fees for access to courts and tribunals in England and Wales will rise by 10%, despite mixed public responses, after the government decided that the extra income would do more good than harm.

  • April 02, 2024

    Kennedys' Risk Chief, BDB Pitmans Partner Face Tribunal

    The chief risk officer at Kennedys and a BDB Pitmans LLP partner are set to face a disciplinary tribunal over allegations brought by the solicitors' watchdog that they breached regulations.

  • March 28, 2024

    Feds Say Ex-OneCoin Atty Should Serve 'Substantial' Time

    Manhattan federal prosecutors have requested a "substantial" amount of prison time for a Bulgarian woman who worked on the legal team at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange, but said the sentence should fall below the guidelines range of 10 years.

  • March 28, 2024

    Trowers & Hamlins Launches Innovation Seat For Trainees

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP has launched a new innovation seat for trainees as the law firm pushes the use of legal technology within its business and challenges traditional ways of delivering legal services to clients.

  • March 28, 2024

    Developer Says Law Firm Flubbed FOS Appeal

    A property developer is suing its former lawyers for just over £700,000 ($883,500) for negligence after the firm allegedly failed to file a complaint against a now-infamous turnaround unit of the Royal Bank of Scotland when its investments turned sour in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

  • March 28, 2024

    Payne Hicks Rebuts Yacht Claim Over Billionaire Divorce Case

    Payne Hicks Beach LLP has hit back at accusations that it failed to enforce a court order for the ex-wife of a Russian oligarch the firm was representing against his yacht in the U.S. after the couple divorced.

  • March 28, 2024

    Questel Partners With AI Workflow Automation Software Maker

    Intellectual property software provider Questel has partnered with a workflow automation software maker to help IP lawyers automate more document-based tasks with artificial intelligence, according to statements from both companies.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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