Pulse UK

  • April 16, 2024

    Womble Bond Sued Over Advice On £126M Real Estate Project

    Two businessmen and a management company have sued Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in a London court after the law firm's allegedly negligent advice caused a £126 million ($157 million) property redevelopment project to fall through.

  • April 16, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Bolsters Disputes Team With New Partner

    Hill Dickinson LLP has snapped up a partner from Teacher Stern LLP to join its commercial litigation team, bringing a wealth of dispute resolution and crisis management experience to the table.

  • April 16, 2024

    Hogan Lovells' Tech Unit Partners With ESG Compliance Biz

    Hogan Lovells announced Tuesday that its new legal technology venture has entered into a strategic partnership with Daato, a sustainability management company, to help clients comply with their reporting requirements on environmental, social and governance.

  • April 16, 2024

    Legal Experts Uneasy About Post Office Convictions Law

    Legal experts warned a parliamentary committee Tuesday that government plans to introduce legislation to quash the convictions of hundreds of Post Office branch managers could unintentionally set a precedent for other miscarriages of justice. 

  • April 16, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Says Lawyers Ignored Prosecution Risks

    The Post Office's former chief executive said Tuesday that he was "surprised" that in-house lawyers who prosecuted sub-postmasters based on faulty IT data ignored the risk of failing to disclose certain key facts in court.

  • April 16, 2024

    Law Firm Denies Encouraging Consultant's Weak Case

    Costigan King has denied owing a consultant £291,000 ($362,000) for allegedly advising he fight a claim to stop him providing legal services, saying that it never told him he had a strong case.

  • April 16, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Launches Ireland Tax Practice With New Hire

    Taylor Wessing LLP has recruited its first tax partner in Ireland from Simmons & Simmons LLP to launch a new tax group in the country, continuing its expansion after initially setting up shop in Dublin three years ago.

  • April 16, 2024

    Cooley Hires Ex-Norton Rose Antitrust Chief In London

    Cooley LLP has recruited Norton Rose Fulbright's London antitrust and competition chief to its London office as a partner in an effort to boost its ability to advise clients on competition disputes across the U.K. and the European Union.

  • April 15, 2024

    Allen & Overy Gains Another Milbank Atty In London

    Allen & Overy announced Monday it added an attorney from Milbank to its London office, touting her in-demand expertise representing creditors in restructurings and special situations.

  • April 15, 2024

    Freshfields Hires Capital Markets Pro From Cooley

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced Monday that it has hired a specialist in equity capital markets transactions from Cooley LLP in London, boosting its offerings to European companies and investment banks.

  • April 15, 2024

    SRA Accuses Lawyer Of Profiting From Client Loans

    A solicitor profited from his clients' financial difficulties by convincing them to enter into financial arrangements for his benefit, the Solicitors Regulation Authority told a tribunal Monday.

  • April 15, 2024

    Herbert Smith Freehills Promotes 27 New Partners Globally

    Herbert Smith Freehills said Monday that it has promoted 27 new partners worldwide, with key focuses including private capital and energy transition alongside environmental, social and governance.

  • April 15, 2024

    Trainee Solicitor's Bid To Claim SQE Fees From Ex-Firm Fails

    A trainee solicitor cannot recoup fees for her legal qualification examinations from her former employer, with a tribunal finding that she failed to prove that the law firm had agreed to pay the fees.

  • April 15, 2024

    CMS Dips To 54 New Partners Elevated In Global Biz

    CMS said on Monday that it has strengthened the senior ranks of its global business by promoting 54 lawyers to its partnership, with women accounting for more than 40% of its latest intake.

  • April 15, 2024

    Pass Rates For Jan. SQE Rise After Kaplan Finds Error

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Monday that assessment provider Kaplan had revised the January SQE1 exam results because of an error that originally failed 175 candidates who had actually passed the test.

  • April 15, 2024

    Covington Hires Capital Markets, M&A Pro In London

    Covington & Burling LLP has appointed Johan Dagergard, a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, as special counsel at its London office, which the firm believes will bolster its Nordics practice.

  • April 12, 2024

    Slaughter And May Select 6 Firms For Legal Tech Cohort

    A legal forecasting tool, a scheduling tracker and a pricing analysis service are three of the six new tech startups in Slaughter and May's fourth Collaborate cohort, the London-based firm announced Friday, which offers the selected startups opportunities to test and develop their tools in a legal environment.

  • April 19, 2024

    Morgan Lewis Bolsters Munich Office With Partner Hire

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired the Munich office managing partner of Reed Smith LLP to shepherd its expanding global disputes practice.

  • April 12, 2024

    BSB Urged To Hire Senior Exec To Oversee Enforcement

    The Bar Standards Board should improve the way it deals with cases of alleged misconduct by barristers by creating a new senior executive role and giving staff better support, an independent review found Friday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Lewis Silkin Brings Back Disputes Pro From Hausfeld

    Lewis Silkin LLP has rehired a technology and insolvency expert from Hausfeld LLP in a bid to boost its commercial disputes practice.

  • April 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen footwear brand Dr. Martens hit online retailer Temu with a passing off claim, Welsh soccer club Swansea sue its former head coach Russell Martin, Russian diamond tycoon Dmitry Tsvetkov file a claim against his former business Equix Group Ltd., and U.S. bank Omega Financial Corporation hit African oil and gas company Tende Energy with a claim. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 12, 2024

    6 Questions For Steve Howe, Reddie & Grose's New Chairman

    Steve Howe, Reddie & Grose LLP's new chairman, told Law360 that a growing number of clients are turning to the firm for advice on inventions that involve the use of artificial intelligence technology. Here, Howe talks about IP with Law360.

  • April 12, 2024

    Firms Urged To Be Patient With Trainees Over New SQE Exam

    The solicitors qualifying exam introduced in 2021 has led some law firms to withdraw offers to trainees, but experts advise firms to curb knee-jerk reactions and embrace a long-term vision to navigate the changes to a new system.

  • April 12, 2024

    LSB Widens Probe Into Solicitors Regulation Authority

    The Legal Services Board said Friday that it will scrutinize how the solicitors' watchdog handled the downfall of SSB Group Ltd., as it broadened its ongoing investigation into the authority.

  • April 12, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Launches 'Enhanced' Carers' Leave

    Kingsley Napley LLP said Friday that it will provide a week's paid leave for employees to care for children, elderly parents or disabled relatives, a move that exceeds its statutory obligations and sets a precedent for other firms in the industry.

Expert Analysis

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • Legal Industry Can Help Steer UK Out Of Social Mobility Crisis

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    The legal industry has a responsibility to help mitigate the U.K. social mobility crisis highlighted by the recent State of the Nation report, and it can start to increase socioeconomic diversity in its ranks by focusing on reducing the educational barriers to entering the profession, says Jo-Anne Pugh at BPP University Law School.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • PR Perspectives: Taking Stock Of 2023, Preparing For 2024

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    As law firms and PR teams review their 2023 external communications output, it is a good moment to consider how to maintain a perfect profile in order to enhance, protect and advance a firm's reputation for the coming year, says Louise Beeson at Bell Yard Communications.

  • PR Perspectives: How To Communicate A Law Firm Merger

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    Recent data shows a significant increase in law firm mergers and acquisitions in the U.K., and to ensure the deal goes without a hitch, both internal and external communications need to be carefully planned so that appropriate messaging aligns with the objectives of the deal, says Belinda Lewis at Birketts.

  • Why Law Firms Should Heed Calls To Put ESG Over Profit

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    According to Deloitte’s recent survey, the majority of Gen Z and millennials remain unimpressed with businesses’ societal impact, and junior lawyers in particular are increasingly expecting the legal profession to shift to a business model that prioritizes sustainability above profitability, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • PR Perspectives: What Not To Do In Legal Public Relations

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    There is a wealth of advice about how to publicize a law firm, but what not to do is just as important, and ignoring a target audience, communicating without a strategy, or misusing social media are potentially risky and reputation-damaging practices, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • A Diverse Workforce Can Help Close The Legal Talent Gap

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    Recent reports from professional firms reveal that a diverse workforce is likely to close the talent gap and achieve better business outcomes, and for law firms, this needs to start with routes into the profession in order to make a real change, says Jody Tranter at Barbri.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

  • Key Lessons From The SRA's 2023 AML Report

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    The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s recent anti-money laundering report conducted supervisory activities that revealed a variety of breaches, and with an increasingly regulated landscape, lawyers can play an important part in preventing criminal activity by taking responsibility for ensuring compliance, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • How The Legal Sector Can Enhance Its Data Resilience

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    In view of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre’s recent report shedding light on the legal sector’s increased vulnerability to cyberattacks, law firms need not only establish robust defenses, but also to redefine their approach to data security by fostering a culture of continuous learning, adaptability and vigilance, says Katie McCullough at Panzura.

  • Building Strong Relationships At All Stages Of A Legal Career

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    Whether a junior attorney seeks to lay the foundation for a path to partnership, or a seasoned practitioner aims to leverage an extensive network, the road to legal industry success often involves cultivating sincere relationships, say Kathleen Hilton and Megan Senese at Stage.

  • How Mentoring Can Increase Black Representation In Law

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    U.K. Black History Month is a good time to look at the importance of Black representation in the legal profession, and how mentorship can make a big difference in empowering Black lawyers, including by offering career coaching and building valuable relationships, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

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