Pulse UK

  • April 10, 2024

    SocGen GC Departs For Finance Giant TP ICAP

    Financial services firm TP ICAP said Wednesday that it has hired a top lawyer from Societe Generale in London to serve as its general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • April 17, 2024

    McDermott Adds PE Pro From Sidley

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has hired a private equity specialist from Sidley Austin LLP as a partner as the firm continues to grow its transactions practice in London.

  • April 10, 2024

    DWF Expands Global Risks Offering With 2 New Partners

    DWF LLP has expanded its global risks offering by hiring energy and marine insurance experts Gary Walkling and Franco D'Andrea as partners.

  • April 10, 2024

    Mishcon Apprentice Showed 'Egregious Disregard' To Tribunal

    An employment judge has dismissed a disability discrimination claim brought against Mishcon de Reya LLP by a former solicitor-apprentice at the firm after she missed the tribunal hearing to go on a trip abroad for her birthday.

  • April 10, 2024

    Macfarlanes Withdraws Offers For Unsuccessful Trainees

    Macfarlanes LLP said Wednesday that it has decided to rescind contract offers for students who didn't pass the solicitors qualifying exam on their first attempt, as the new American-style assessment continues to wreak havoc in the sector.

  • April 10, 2024

    Legal Tech Biz Launches AI-Powered Deals Database

    Legal technology company Litera said Wednesday it has launched a new artificial intelligence-powered tool that creates a unified source of information for law firms wanting to access key details from corporate deals they have worked on.

  • April 10, 2024

    SQE Candidate Numbers Surging But Pass Rates Stay Low

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Wednesday that the number of aspiring lawyers taking its new qualification exam has surged in 2024, but added that pass rates have stayed low, particularly for Black candidates.

  • April 09, 2024

    BCLP Says It Had No Obligation To Man's Family In Tax Fight

    Global law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner was under contract to represent only a family's patriarch and thus shouldn't be liable for taxes resulting from advising him to transfer £242 million ($307 million) in assets to his wife, then to his sons, the firm told a London court.

  • April 16, 2024

    Freeths Hires Murgitroyd Atty As Patents Director

    Freeths LLP has appointed a new director of patents with more than 16 years of experience advising clients such as Nokia and Rolls-Royce, marking the latest addition to the firm's growth strategy.

  • April 09, 2024

    Bar Council Rejects Axing Degree Requirement For Students

    The Bar Council on Tuesday resisted a regulatory proposal to remove the minimum university degree qualification required for trainee barristers, arguing the reforms would lower standards and have unaccountable training providers making decisions.

  • April 09, 2024

    Trowers & Hamlins Unveils Energy And Sustainability Practice

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP has launched a new energy and sustainability practice to bolster its services to clients that need advice on matters associated with the energy transition and the goal to reach net-zero.

  • April 09, 2024

    Charles Russell Speechlys Floats New Tech Adoption Unit

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP said Tuesday it has forged a new department dedicated to ensuring the law firm leaves no gains on the table in its hunt to incorporate legal tech and artificial intelligence into its services.

  • April 09, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard To Launch In Spain With KWM Team

    Addleshaw Goddard LLP said Tuesday it has struck a deal with King & Wood Mallesons to take onboard 13 partners among 60 lawyers to launch the firm's first Spanish office in Madrid.

  • April 09, 2024

    TLT Appoints 5 New Female Legal Directors In Birmingham

    TLT LLP said Tuesday it has appointed five new legal directors to its Birmingham office in an all-female recruitment round that the law firm hopes will boost its ability to advise clients on a range of disputes and deals.

  • April 16, 2024

    Ex-SFO Bribery Chief Joins Prosecution Boutique Firm

    The former head of bribery and corruption at the Serious Fraud Office kicked off a new role on Tuesday as a partner at Edmonds Marshall McMahon, the boutique private prosecution law firm has said.

  • April 16, 2024

    Charles Russell Speechlys Hires Banking And Finance Lawyer

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has appointed Philip Withey, a lawyer from Womble Bond, as partner in its banking and finance practice in a move the firm believes will boost its business.

  • April 08, 2024

    Allen & Overy, Shearman Name New Partners Ahead Of Merger

    Allen & Overy LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP announced Monday that they have promoted 40 lawyers to partner ahead of the finalization of their merger in May.

  • April 15, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Debuts Int'l Arbitration Unit With New Partner

    Kingsley Napley LLP has hired a partner from Candey LLP to lead a new international arbitration practice amid rising demand from clients to settle disputes outside traditional courts, the law firm said Monday.

  • April 08, 2024

    Judicial Office Reopens Reverse Mentoring Program

    An annual program that gives lawyers from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to share their experiences of the legal profession with a judge has reopened for applications, the Judicial Office said Monday.

  • April 08, 2024

    Barrister Suspended For Failing To Pay £64K Court Order

    A barrister has been banned from practicing for six months after a tribunal concluded he damaged trust in himself or the legal profession by failing to comply with a court order to pay £64,000 ($80,875).

  • April 08, 2024

    Fladgate Promotes 3 Partners Across Its Practices

    Fladgate LLP said Monday it had promoted three lawyers to partner as the London-based law firm edges closer to the 100-partner mark.

  • April 15, 2024

    Kirkland Hires Leveraged Finance Pro From Allen & Overy

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has recruited a debt finance specialist from Allen & Overy LLP as it continues to rebuild in the United Kingdom after undergoing a string of departures to rival U.S. law firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP in late 2023.

  • April 08, 2024

    Solicitor Accused Of Falsifying Costs Faces Tribunal

    A solicitor was brought before a disciplinary tribunal on Monday to face allegations that he made untruthful statements in costs schedules submitted to the High Court and undermined confidence in the legal profession.

  • April 08, 2024

    Minister Calls For Prison Time Over Post Office IT Scandal

    Individuals in the Post Office who wrongfully prosecuted innocent sub-postmasters "should go to jail," a minister said on Monday, on the eve of the inquiry into the miscarriage of justice resuming.

  • April 08, 2024

    Ropes & Gray Appoints New London MP

    Ropes & Gray LLP said Monday that it had appointed cybersecurity chief Rohan Massey as its London managing partner as the U.S. law firm continues to capitalize on strong demand for its services in the U.K.

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