Pulse UK

  • March 26, 2024

    Womble Bond Taps Houston Leader For Firm's Global Board

    Womble Bond Dickinson has appointed Jeff Whittle, managing partner of the firm's Houston office, to a two-year term on the firm's global board, which is responsible for ensuring that the firm's U.S. and U.K. operations work smoothly together.

  • March 26, 2024

    Barrister Who Bought Drugs From Clients Can't Cut Sentence

    A barrister convicted of buying crystal meth from his drug dealer clients lost an appeal against his prison term on Tuesday as an appeals court ruled that "no other sentence could possibly be justified."

  • March 26, 2024

    Gowling To Require UK Staff To Spend 60% Of Time In Office

    Gowling WLG said on Tuesday that it will require legal staff in the U.K. to spend at least 60% of their time working in the office, after a recent survey revealed that half of law firms are "actively looking" at increasing in-office attendance.

  • March 25, 2024

    Five Judiciary Members Exit Garrick Club, With More To Come

    At least five senior members of the judiciary have resigned from the Garrick Club in London, with more set to follow as the controversy surrounding membership of the men-only club intensifies, The Judicial Office confirmed Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Macfarlanes Adds 6 Lawyers To Partnership

    Macfarlanes LLP announced Monday that it is adding six lawyers to its partnership, boosting the number of partners who will take the business forward in the coming years to almost 100.

  • March 25, 2024

    SFO To Pay ENRC £9M As It Plans To Appeal Costs Findings

    The Serious Fraud Office said Monday that it will fight findings that it persuaded a former Dechert partner to divulge confidential information about ENRC, as the agency agreed to initially pay the mining company £9 million ($11.4 million) in damages.

  • March 25, 2024

    Allen & Overy Opens Saudi Office Ahead Of Shearman Merger

    Allen & Overy LLP announced Monday that it has expanded its Middle East presence by opening an office in Saudi Arabia before its merger with Shearman & Sterling LLP is completed.

  • March 25, 2024

    Law Firm Closures Hit Lowest Since 2019 As Premiums Dip

    Closures of law firms have fallen to the lowest level since October 2019 as more businesses negotiate their professional indemnity insurance premiums amid a general fall in insurance costs, research published on Monday suggested.

  • March 25, 2024

    Baker McKenzie's Managing Partner In London Wins 2nd Term

    Baker McKenzie revealed on Monday that Ed Poulton has won a second term as the managing partner of its London office as the firm settles in after moving into a new space in 2023.

  • March 22, 2024

    Ex-Mishcon De Reya Atty Talks Switching To Litigation Finance

    After 20 years in private practice, and a summer holiday in the wake of a mammoth $11 billion arbitration case, former Mishcon de Reya LLP partner Zachary Segal made the switch to a litigation finance firm where the commercial arbitration lawyer is eyeing opportunities in emerging markets.

  • March 22, 2024

    Justice Committee Recommends LSB Reform

    A cross-party parliamentary committee on Friday recommended that the government conduct a review of the Legal Services Board as part of a broader effort to enhance public perception of a legal sector marred by the recent Axiom Ince Ltd. and Post Office scandals.

  • March 22, 2024

    BigLaw's Shanghai Exodus Continues With Orrick Closure

    The list of large, international law firms downsizing in China — and, in particular, shuttering Shanghai offices — continues to grow, with an Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP spokesperson revealing Friday that the firm plans to close its office in the city and has already terminated its lease in Taipei, Taiwan.

  • March 22, 2024

    Regulator Fines 2 Law Firms As AML Crackdown Continues

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined two law firms for failing to comply with laws on anti-money laundering, continuing the action it is taking against legal businesses that aren't doing enough to mitigate their potential exposure to criminal activity by clients.

  • March 22, 2024

    Solicitor Jailed For Fraud Wins Bid To Fight Conviction

    A solicitor imprisoned for pocketing the salary of a fake employee won permission Friday to challenge her conviction from the Court of Appeal because the presiding judge failed to tread cautiously with a co-defendant accused of lying.

  • March 22, 2024

    More Lawyers Favoring Nontraditional Firms, Report Indicates

    Firms that use a fee-sharing business model, such as Setfords and Keystone Law, are outpacing their traditional counterparts as lawyers prioritize work-life balance in the post-Covid era, a new report from technology and legal industry data company Codex Edge Ltd. has found.

  • March 22, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 22, 2024

    Robin AI Hires CFO From Data Security Co. BigID

    Contract software company Robin AI Ltd. announced Thursday the hiring of a chief financial officer two months after closing a Series B funding round that aims to scale up the artificial intelligence-focused business.

  • March 22, 2024

    In 107K Pro Bono Hours: Hogan Lovells Tackles Racial Justice

    Hogan Lovells pledged to dedicate 65,000 pro bono hours to advancing racial justice in June 2020, and, according to a report out this week, the firm's personnel have exceeded that goal by dedicating approximately 107,000 hours through 2023 to causes across the globe aimed at advancing racial justice.

  • March 22, 2024

    Osborne Clarke's Arty Rajendra On The Future Of FRAND

    Arty Rajendra of Osborne Clarke LLP was instrumental in securing a win in one of the most influential patent cases in recent memory — the U.K. Supreme Court ruling that English courts can set global licensing rates for patents deemed essential to European telecoms standards.

  • March 22, 2024

    The Two Phone Calls That Left SFO Facing A Huge ENRC Bill

    As the SFO and Dechert head to court on Monday to learn exactly how much they owe ENRC for breaching its confidentiality, Law360 looks at how two pivotal phone calls exposed the white-collar agency to potentially tens of millions of pounds in damages.

  • March 22, 2024

    Watchdog Warns Judge Over Bias Complaints By Firm

    A district judge has been handed a formal warning for criticism of a law firm which was inconsistent with her duty to be impartial, the judicial conduct watchdog in England and Wales has said.

  • March 22, 2024

    LSB Implements Interim Leadership As CEO Steps Down

    The Legal Services Board said Friday that it had implemented interim leadership arrangements as it searches for a new chief executive.

  • March 22, 2024

    Lawyers Embrace Hybrid Policies 4 Years After COVID

    Four years after COVID-19 triggered an upheaval in a legal industry that values a culture of presenteeism, most law firms are still embracing some of that workplace flexibility from the pandemic era — and lawyers seem happy with the results.

  • March 21, 2024

    Macfarlanes Reconsidering Trainee Offers After Exam Results

    Macfarlanes LLP is considering whether to withdraw training contract offers from trainees who didn't pass the new solicitors qualifying exam on their first attempt as the controversy surrounding dismal pass rates intensifies.

  • March 21, 2024

    Reed Smith Ties Associate Raises To Billable Hours

    Reed Smith LLP is reportedly raising associate salaries in a range similar to those first announced by Milbank LLP last November, with an associate's place on the scale depending on their billable hours.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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