Pulse UK

  • April 12, 2024

    Top Law Firm Debts Exceed £5B As Clients Delay Paying Bills

    Leading law firms in the U.K. have seen their debts exceed £5 billion ($6.2 billion) over the past year as they tackle financial shortfalls arising from moving offices and dealing with clients that delay payment of bills, an accounting firm said Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Must Face Ex-Client's Pared-Back Negligence Suit

    Clyde & Co. LLP must face part of a construction magnate's negligence claim over a failed legal case concerning a soured investment, after a London judge tossed part of the case on Friday but ruled that one aspect of it had a real prospect of success.

  • April 11, 2024

    Ex-Sidley Partner Says CPS Did Not Disclose Prosecution Info

    A former Sidley Austin LLP partner, a former senior KPMG LLP official and a banking adviser have hit back at the Crown Prosecution Service in the men's £66 million ($82.8 million) claim over a failed tax fraud prosecution, arguing that their prosecutor hid important information from them.

  • April 11, 2024

    Law Firm Denies Thwarting Driver's Injury Claim

    JMW Solicitors has pushed back at accusations by an injured delivery driver that it filed his compensation claim against the wrong defendant to avoid a conflict of interest with a valuable client.

  • April 18, 2024

    Mishcon Hires IP Pro Angela Fox From Maucher Jenkins

    Mishcon de Reya LLP said Thursday that it has recruited the former head of dispute resolution at Maucher Jenkins to its intellectual property team, boosting its strengths in a full spectrum of trademark, copyright and design matters.

  • April 11, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Denies 'Cover Up' Of IT Bugs

    A former Post Office boss has denied trying to "cover up" the fact that senior members of the organization knew the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent sub-postmasters was faulty, as he gave evidence to an inquiry Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Misleading Client Over PI Claim

    A former Slater and Gordon personal injury lawyer who admitted that he misled a client about the status of her claim for more than 15 years was struck off by a tribunal on Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024

    Sidley's UK Revenue Grows By 12% Despite Economy Woes

    Sidley Austin LLP performed strongly 2023 in London even as the U.K. economy stuttered throughout the year, the firm said on Thursday, with revenue growing by more than 12%.

  • April 10, 2024

    Fieldfisher Launches Milan Office With Five Partners

    Fieldfisher LLP announced on Wednesday that it has opened an office in Milan with five partners as it charts a new course for its business in Italy after it ended its association with a local law firm late last year.

  • April 10, 2024

    Former Judge Says Post Office Prosecutions Made No Sense

    A former senior judge who oversaw a mediation scheme between the Post Office and people it wrongly prosecuted based on faulty IT data said the organization's case "didn't make sense," as he gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal on Wednesday.

  • April 10, 2024

    Gowling Bolsters UK Biz With 4 New Partners

    Gowling WLG has promoted four of its lawyers to partner across each of its four practice groups, continuing the firm's global hiring spree.

  • April 10, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty In OneCoin Scam A Flight Risk, Feds Say

    A former Locke Lord LLP partner who was convicted of laundering proceeds from the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam has "every incentive" to flee the country, prosecutors told a New York federal judge, arguing he shouldn't be allowed to stay out on bail while his appeal is pending.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Socioeconomic Data Shows Diversity Needed In Legal Sector

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    U.K. solicitors come from the highest socioeconomic backgrounds compared with the wider workforce, and with the case for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion stronger in law than in any other sector, now is the time to challenge the status quo decisions that affect equality and representation, says Nik Miller at the Bridge Group.

  • PR Perspectives: When Law Firms Offer PR Services

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    The news of libel law firm Schillings setting up its own public relations firm illustrates the equal importance of both lawyers and PR professionals in managing the reputations of businesses and individuals effectively, especially in the evolving media landscape, says Gus Sellitto at Byfield Consultancy.

  • Building A Global Law Firm Fit For The Future

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    As the world faces immense changes across economic, environmental, political and social spheres, leaders in BigLaw are in a position to help address global challenges, while also transforming their business models to respond to historic shifts in the nature of legal work, says Duncan Weston at CMS.

  • PR Perspectives: Must-Have Tips For Lawyers Writing Articles

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    There are many benefits for lawyers in getting their articles, opinions and insights published in the media, and although writing about a topic can be easy, getting it published is tricky, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • How Midsize City Firms Are Luring Talent Away From BigLaw

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    In the wake of the post-pandemic hiring surge many law associates are reevaluating their priorities, and with midsize City firms offering a better work-life balance, greater focus on team fit and opportunities for upward mobility, the traditional legal career path offered at BigLaw firms is no longer passing muster, says Ria Karnik at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Advantages Of A Legal Background

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    A legal background can bring several advantages to the work of a legal public relations professional, from an understanding of the subject matter itself and the pressures that lawyers face, to a meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of the importance of following breaking news stories, says Kath Walkling at Herbert Smith.

  • Perfecting Outreach Cadence Between Lawyers And Clients

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    Obligations can get in the way of lawyers creating a regular communication cadence with their clients, but it is possible to rebuild and strengthen a relationship by employing empathy and showing a commitment to the client's success and well-being, says Megan Senese at Stage.

  • PR Perspectives: What Makes A Great Legal PR Professional

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    A great legal public relations professional needs first-class writing skills, intellect and an attention to detail, but in addition to these core competencies, there are transferable skills and personal qualities that are vital, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Roundup

    PR Perspectives

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    As the importance of law firm public relations continues to grow and the role of communications teams evolves, in this Expert Analysis series PR professionals discuss lawyer media relations, reputation management and more.

  • PR Perspectives: Effectively Managing Crisis Communications

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    The rise of 24/7 media and far reach of social media has made crisis communication more likely and much harder to manage, highlighting the importance for law firms to be prepared and effectively deal with crises to avoid the risk of reputational damage, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • PR Perspectives: Getting Merger Communications Right

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    As the recent Allen & Overy and Shearman Sterling deal announcement demonstrates, controlling the narrative is the priority when merger discussions begin, so law firms need to consider their stakeholder base and the best communication channels for each segment, ready to adapt to the audience group's needs, say Ben Girdlestone and Bethany Durkin at Byfield.

  • Why Law Firms Should Consider Apprenticeships

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    A recent government briefing shows that young people are increasingly signing up for apprenticeships, a trend that law firms should take advantage of to improve socioeconomic diversity and help to recruit a variety of talent, which can boost employee retention in the long run, says Emma O'Connor at Boyes Turner.

  • How AI Could Affect The Way Law Firms Operate

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    Generative artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming the legal industry, and it is becoming increasingly clear that law firms will need to adjust their recruitment strategies, refine their service offerings and hire specialist lawyers versed in AI technologies, says Brent Harris at Major Lindsey.

  • In-Office Policies May Be Solution To UK Skills Shortage

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    Against the backdrop of the U.K. skills shortage, personal engagement with junior lawyers could boost employee commitment, engagement and retention, highlighting that physical presence in the office is valued and vital, says Michael Stokes at Harrison Clark.

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