Pulse UK

  • April 30, 2024

    A&O Shearman Names UK And US Managing Partners

    Allen & Overy LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP named on Tuesday the partners set to lead the soon-to-be merged A&O Shearman for the U.S. and U.K. markets.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-DWF Barrister Disbarred Over False Discrimination Claims

    A tribunal disbarred a formed DWF barrister on Tuesday after concluding that he had dishonestly targeted his boss with false allegations of homophobia and racism, possibly to deflect attention from complaints of misconduct made against him.

  • April 30, 2024

    Vanquis Bank Seeks £4.5M For Law Firm's Complaints Deluge

    Vanquis Bank Ltd. is seeking an estimated £4.5 million ($5.6 million) from a law firm it says has sent it thousands of meritless complaints, accusing it of irresponsible lending in a "reckless and indiscriminate" approach to earn commission if a claim happens to succeed.

  • April 30, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Promotes 18 Lawyers To Partnership

    Taylor Wessing LLP said Tuesday that 18 lawyers from its international network are being bumped up to the partnership in 2024, with most of the promotions coming in England and Germany.

  • April 29, 2024

    DWF Names Property Pro As Managing Partner In Newcastle

    DWF Law LLP said Monday it has appointed a real estate expert as the new managing partner of its Newcastle office as the firm moves to secure more work and more lawyers in northeast England.

  • April 29, 2024

    The Best Therapy For Lawyers, According To Ex-Lawyers

    Attorneys-turned-therapists say no one understands the stresses of being a lawyer like another lawyer. They also say their clients sometimes struggle at first with treatment that prioritizes feelings, mindfulness and even body awareness over the intellectualizing and rationalizing that make them successful at their jobs.

  • April 29, 2024

    DWF Barrister Made False Discrimination Claims, BSB Says

    A former DWF LLP barrister is facing disciplinary action over allegations that he dishonestly and deliberately targeted his boss with false accusations of homophobia and racism.

  • April 29, 2024

    More Post Office Convictions Sent For Appeal

    The Criminal Cases Review Commission said on Monday that it has sent the cases of five more Post Office workers who were convicted during the Horizon IT scandal to the Crown Court for appeal, the latest in a string of proceedings to head for review after the major miscarriage of justice.

  • April 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Trims 2024 Intake Of New Partners To 29

    Clifford Chance LLP said on Monday that it has elected 29 new partners in its global business, the latest firm to see a dip in promotion numbers for 2024.

  • April 26, 2024

    Senators Urge ABA To Look Into Rape Questions On Bar Apps

    Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to the American Bar Association on Friday urging it to study how state bar applications require would-be attorneys to disclose sexual violence.

  • April 29, 2024

    Lawyer's Death Puts Spotlight On Industry's All-Hours Culture

    Law firms are churning out mental health policies and well-being initiatives, but an inquest into the death of Vanessa Ford, a transactions partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, has shone an uncomfortable light on the sector's long-hours culture.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Mishcon Head Of Risk Joins Litigation Boutique

    Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has appointed Jarret Brown as its new head of compliance in a role he hopes is "going to be a little less frenetic" at a place with less "infrastructure to shift."

  • April 26, 2024

    Law Firm Office Manager Gets OK For Disability Bias Claim

    A law firm office manager can sue his bosses for disability discrimination after an employment tribunal ruled that his flat feet condition was affecting him daily when they decided to make him redundant.

  • April 26, 2024

    UK Disclosure Review Hints At Tweak, But No Overhaul

    A preview of potential reforms to the disclosure process in U.K. criminal cases hints at incremental changes rather than a major overhaul as both prosecutors and defense lawyers warn that the system risks collapsing under the weight of digital evidence.

  • April 26, 2024

    RPC's New Partner Numbers Dip To 5 In Latest Class

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP said on Friday that five lawyers are being elevated to its partnership, the latest in a wave of law firms to see a dip in promotions from recent years.

  • April 26, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen budget airline Ryanair file a claim against NATS PLC after the air traffic controller's system collapsed, Mastercard and Visa Europe face group claims from Christian Dior and dozens of other beauty retailers, an intellectual property clash between the publisher of The Sun and ITV, and ISC Europe sue a former director for alleged money laundering. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 26, 2024

    Petrol Mogul Says Subsidiary Liable For $7M Baker Botts Fees

    An Egyptian energy tycoon has denied allegations in a London court that he owes Baker Botts LLP almost $7 million in fees for two of his petrochemical companies, arguing that a partner at the law firm said his company would not be liable for the costs of its subsidiaries.

  • April 26, 2024

    2 More Law Firms Fined For AML Compliance Failures

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said on Friday that it has fined two law firms for their failures to comply with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations.

  • April 26, 2024

    PI Lawyer Rebuked Over Rejected Settlement Offers

    A personal injury lawyer has been rebuked after he misled opposing solicitors into thinking that his client had rejected two offers to settle a legal claim, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • April 25, 2024

    DLA Piper Promotes 63 Lawyers To Partnership Worldwide

    DLA Piper said Thursday it has elevated 63 new lawyers to its partnership across the globe in a U.S.-led promotion round that marks a dip from its class of 72 new partners in 2023.

  • April 25, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel, Morgan Lewis Make Strides In Saudi Arabia

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP have set their sights on Saudi Arabia, announcing steps toward establishing themselves in its capital city of Riyadh on Thursday.

  • April 25, 2024

    Law Firm Escapes £68M Ponzi Fraud Negligence Claim

    Lupton Fawcett LLP has averted a £68 million ($85 million) professional negligence claim against it, as a London court ruled the claimants' alleged loss as victims of a Ponzi fraud could not be linked to the law firm's actions.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ex-Lawyer At Clarke Willmott Accused Of Obfuscating Email

    Britain's legal regulator has referred a solicitor from Clarke Willmott LLP to a disciplinary tribunal, accusing him of deleting a client's email from the firm's system and lying about it.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ex-Locke Lord Atty Loses Fight To Challenge Fraud Sentence

    A London appellate court on Thursday blocked Locke Lord LLP's former banking partner from challenging his prison sentence for taking part in a £21 million ($26.2 million) Ponzi scheme.

  • April 25, 2024

    Disciplinary Chair Wins Worker Status, Holiday Pay

    A barrister who served as a chair on the regulatory board for the Nursing and Midwifery Council has won his bid for paid annual leave, with the Employment Tribunal finding that gig economy workers must have an incentive to take holidays, so they do not swap cash for rest.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Opinion

    New NJ Fed. Rule On Litigation Funding Should Be Welcomed

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    The District of New Jersey's new local civil rule on litigation funding disclosure has faced exaggerated criticisms when it is a logical extension of the current practices in many U.S. jurisdictions, leads to greater transparency for the parties and the court without unduly burdening the parties, and is a positive development particularly in product liability cases, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

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