Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ephgrave Says SFO Must Be 'Relevant' To UK Taxpayers

    The director of the Serious Fraud Office said on Thursday that the spate of fraud investigations launched early in his tenure wasn't a deliberate policy — though he acknowledged that he wants to make the agency "relevant to the taxpayer."

  • May 02, 2024

    RPC Hires 4-Lawyer Risks Team From Mayer Brown

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has boosted its professional liability disputes and regulatory offering with the hire of four specialists from Mayer Brown LLP to its office in London.

  • April 25, 2024

    Compliance Officer To Face Tribunal Over Accounts Failures

    A solicitor must face a disciplinary tribunal after he allegedly failed to provide accountants' reports for two law firms in southeast England and allowed the client account of one of those firms to be used as a banking facility, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • May 02, 2024

    White & Case Hires White-Collar Pro From Noerr In Germany

    White & Case LLP has hired the former co-head of the compliance and investigations group at Noerr to lead its internal investigations team in Frankfurt as part of a big push to expand its global white-collar practice.

  • May 02, 2024

    Travers Smith To Lose 2 Private Equity Partners To Goodwin

    Goodwin Procter LLP said on Thursday that it has recruited two private equity specialists from Travers Smith LLP as the U.K. law firm battles to regain its footing after its partner losses hit double digits in 2023.

  • April 25, 2024

    Post Office Official Denies Misleading Court About IT System

    A Post Office director denied misleading the court about what she knew about the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent people, as she gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal Thursday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Sidley Marketing Chief Scott L. Kilburg Dies At 51

    Sidley Austin LLP Chief Marketing Officer Scott L. Kilburg died last week, the firm has confirmed. He was 51.

  • April 24, 2024

    Post Office GC Didn't Know To Disclose Witness Misled Court

    As he gave evidence to an inquiry Wednesday, the Post Office's former general counsel said external law firm Cartwright King didn't tell him that the fact that an expert witness lied to the court when testifying against subpostmasters needed to be disclosed.

  • April 24, 2024

    LSB Urges Regulators To Step Up Support For Legal Tech

    The Legal Services Board has urged industry regulators to help consumers get better access to support by doing more to promote the use of technology and innovation, after it found that many people don't get help when they experience a legal problem.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Partner Fails To Toss SRA Dishonesty Allegation

    A former equity partner in a real estate conveyancing firm failed on Wednesday to have a tribunal prevent the Solicitors Regulation Authority from accusing him of dishonesty, as it ruled that an offer by the watchdog to settle did not mean he should not have expected the allegation.

  • April 24, 2024

    Shakespeare Martineau Opens New Southern England Office

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP is opening a new office in Southampton, its 12th in Britain, in a move to extend its legal services practice to clients in the south of England.

  • April 24, 2024

    Keoghs Beats 'Rude' Job Candidate's Discrimination Claim

    An employment tribunal has thrown out a race discrimination claim against law firm Keoghs LLP, ruling that it did not treat a Greek national unfairly by rescinding a job offer for his "rude and uncooperative" behavior in an onboarding meeting.

  • April 24, 2024

    SFO Admits Deleting Osofsky's Phone Amid ENRC Leaks Row

    The Serious Fraud Office acknowledged on Wednesday that it "inappropriately" erased the mobile phone of its former director, Lisa Osofsky, during litigation over alleged leaks in what mining giant ENRC told a London court was a "flagrant breach" of its disclosure obligations.

  • April 24, 2024

    Law Firm Ordered To Repay Couple £194K For Loan Breach

    A court has ordered a law firm to reimburse a married couple at least £194,000 ($241,000) after finding that it had failed to adhere to the terms of two loan agreements the pair provided to help to fund its working capital and cover general business expenses.

  • April 24, 2024

    IP Firm Can't Take Bid To Block Clients' Case To Top Court

    Britain's highest court has rejected a final attempt by Marks & Clerk LLP to block thousands of former clients from bringing a bribery class action over alleged secret commission payments, ruling that the law firm did not put forward any arguable legal challenges that justified an appeal.

  • April 23, 2024

    Post Office GC Felt 'Scapegoated' Over Horizon Review

    The Post Office's former general counsel felt "scapegoated" over the conclusions of an independent report she commissioned into the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent people, she told the inquiry into the scandal Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    Gender Wage Gap Begins At Start Of Career, Bar Council Says

    Junior woman barristers in their first three years of practice earned an average of 13% less than their male colleagues in 2022, showing a slight improvement from the 17% disparity the year before, a Bar Council report published Tuesday found.

  • April 23, 2024

    Litigation Funders Face Risk Of Regulation In Judicial Reform

    England's judicial adviser announced Tuesday that it has launched a review into third-party civil litigation funding that will consider whether to regulate the sector, cap fees and investigate conflicts of interest between funders and litigants.

Expert Analysis

  • Increasing Investment Scams Can Implicate Lawyers, Too

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    With the pandemic serving as a catalyst for increased financial fraud, it's important to recognize that these scams are not only devastating for victims, they also pose a significant threat to law firms and individual solicitors who fail to do their due diligence, say James Darbyshire at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Heather Clark at Burness Paull.

  • UK Lawyers Can Adapt Due Diligence To Screen New Clients

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    As COVID-19-related fraud gains pace, U.K.-based practitioners should help combat money laundering by using alternative methods to verify that new clients are who they say they are, says Christopher Convey, a barrister at 33 Chancery Lane and chair of the Bar Council's Money Laundering Working Group.

  • Key Risks And Developments For UK Law Firm Culture In 2020

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    In 2020, law firms throughout the U.K. will be increasingly reshaped by rapid changes in societal expectations and advances in technology, say Helen Rowlands and Niya Phiri of Clyde & Co.

  • #MeToo Pressure On UK Businesses Is Set To Rise

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    Recent declarations by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority indicate that sexual harassment in the U.K.'s financial services industry may lead to consequences under the newly expanded Senior Managers and Certification Regime, and other sectors are facing growing scrutiny as well, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Corporate Wrongdoing Risks Go Beyond Exec Departures

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    Recent controversy over misconduct allegations that led to the ousting of a KPMG executive reminds firms that the challenges caused by suspecting or uncovering internal wrongdoing are not so easily solved by the implicated executive's exit, says Sarah Chilton of CM Murray.

  • 2 Perspectives On Navigating The Litigation Funding Process

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    Paul Martenstyn of Vannin Capital and Daniel Spendlove of Signature Litigation share their top tips on how to get a case funded, drawing from their respective experience as a funder and a lawyer.

  • Answers To Key Legal Finance Ethics Questions

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    While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.

  • New Scrutiny For NDAs In Sexual Harassment Matters

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    Recent government scrutiny of nondisclosure agreements related to allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Steve Wynn and Harvey Weinstein raises the question of whether some uses of NDAs could amount to obstruction of justice or a violation of lawyers' ethical obligations, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    SRA Should Not Condemn Lawful Tax Avoidance

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    In suggesting that solicitors who facilitate tax avoidance breach its code of conduct, the Solicitors Regulation Authority fails to distinguish between legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion, says attorney Martin Kenney.

  • Proposed Arbitration Law May Be A Misstep For India

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    A proposed Indian law, which could have the effect of excluding non-Indians from acting as arbitrators, is threatening to undermine the country's ambition to become an important seat of international arbitration, says Sarosh Zaiwalla of Zaiwalla & Co.

  • British Overseas Territories Can Benefit From Transparency

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    British overseas territories have pushed back against a recent U.K. measure requiring them to create publicly accessible registers of companies' beneficial owners. However, considering global trends toward transparency, perhaps the territories should embrace the new rules as a force of good, says Simon Airey of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Legal Technology Is Likely To Flourish In The UK

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    The U.K. may soon surpass the U.S. in legal technology, thanks to regulatory reform, law firm investment and an entrepreneurial environment, says Bridget Deiters of InCloudCounsel.

  • Law & Reorder: The Emergence Of The UK Legaltech Sector

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    Recent market dynamics are driving the U.K. legal industry to adopt nascent technologies in new service offerings as well as pre-existing solutions. The rise of legaltech should also lead to an increase in acquisitions by law firms striving to maintain relevance, says Jo Charles of Livingstone Partners LLP.

  • Why English Courts Are Prepared To Assist Cyber Victims

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    This year, a number of cases have illustrated how English courts are dealing with legal hurdles for cybercrime victims and making it easier to obtain a freezing order or injunction under such circumstances, says Fiona Cain of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Extradition To The United States: Fight Or Flight?

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    Recent extradition cases have demonstrated that individuals in the United Kingdom facing charges in the United States can either fight extradition proceedings tooth and nail, or voluntarily travel to the U.S. An approach carefully tailored to the facts of each case is required in order to best protect a requested person's interests, says Ben Isaacs of 7 Bedford Row.

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