Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • April 08, 2024

    Attwells Denies Breaking Promise In £1.2M Loan Dispute

    Attwells Solicitors LLP has denied promising that it was acting on behalf of a man who, the law firm says, was probably fraudulently posing as the owner of two properties in a move to borrow £775,000 ($980,000) from a finance company.

  • April 15, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Hires 2 Teams From Irwin Mitchell

    Hill Dickinson LLP has recruited two groups of real estate specialists from Irwin Mitchell LLP for its new office in Birmingham after a corporate team made a similar move earlier in the year.

  • April 05, 2024

    CMS Breached Instructions Over Lawyer Fees, Ex-Client Says

    A former CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP client told a London court Friday that the law firm acted in breach of instructions when using some of the money earmarked for counsel in civil and criminal proceedings to pay itself.

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: A 20-Year Shift For Law Firm Press Teams

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    In-house law firm public relations has developed into a sophisticated practice as firms become more business-minded, and will continue to grow in importance, with legal PR teams becoming more integrated and working seamlessly across all forms of media, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Successfully Implementing AI Rules Requires A Cultural Shift

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    Recent positive use cases of artificial intelligence demonstrate the potential benefits it can bring to the legal profession, and while the development of AI rules is essential, their effectiveness depends on user adoption, behavioral change and human acceptance, say Charlie Morgan and Salman Dhalla at Herbert Smith.

  • PR Perspectives: How Lawyers Build Good Press Relations

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    There are multiple benefits for lawyers appearing in the media, and those who want to build good relations with the press should consider establishing contacts and maintaining those links, and understanding the role of journalists is critical in achieving this, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • What Lawyers Look For When Considering A Firm Move

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    With younger lawyers increasingly paying attention to factors beyond salary, such as work-life balance and career progression, it is firms that know how to appeal to other wants that will ultimately pull ahead when competing for talent, says Adam Stocker at Major Lindsey.

  • What Private Investment Can Bring To Barristers' Chambers

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    The recent private equity investment in The Barrister Group, believed to be the first at the Bar of England and Wales, demonstrates how an upgrade in chambers' business processes and technology can be achieved, both essential for the future of the profession, says Harry Hodgkin at The Barrister Group.

  • How Tech Can Make A Career In Law More Accessible

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    As practitioners and the U.K. Solicitors Regulation Authority seek to increase diversity in the legal profession, the adoption of technology, such as remote learning, artificial intelligence and social media communities, is playing a major role in breaking down entry barriers to a career in law, says Caroline Rayson at BPP.

  • Expansion Of Court Filming May Carry Reputational Risks

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    In light of the U.K. government’s recent consultation on expanding filming across the courts system in England and Wales, our right to open justice must be weighed carefully against the reputational risk that litigation poses to all parties involved, says Bella von Bohlen at FTI Consulting.

  • PR Perspectives: Strategies For Lawyers Publicizing Litigation

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    Any business or high-profile individual could end up in court, and with a global audience watching on through social media, lawyers would be wise to use strategic methods to shine a favorable light on their work and cases, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • How Lawyers Can Act As Allies This Pride Month

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    Having played a significant role in advancing LGBTQ+ rights, the legal profession now needs to practice allyship to ensure there is sufficient support for the community by educating itself, its colleagues and the public, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • How Lawyers Can Best Avoid Money Laundering Issues

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    There are basic questions that solicitors must ask of clients to avoid money laundering risks, but in light of recent fines imposed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority for failure to comply with anti-money laundering regulations, firms must also ensure they document their diligence process, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • Tackling UK Case Backlog Requires Proper Court Funding

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    Until the U.K. government takes powerful measures to address IT issues, poorly maintained courtrooms and wage demands, the crown court backlog will continue to rise to the detriment of all stakeholders in the criminal court system and the public at large, says Rubin Italia at Stokoe Partnership.

  • 5 Ways For A Legal Practice To Close Technology Gaps

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    With technology a driving force for success, the U.K. legal sector must embrace innovation to maintain its competitive edge, and investing in new processes is no longer optional, says Gareth Preece at Doherty Associates.

  • Opinion

    Thomas Report Is Final Straw — High Court Needs Ethics Code

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    As a recent report on Justice Clarence Thomas' ongoing conflicts of interest makes evident, Supreme Court justices should be subject to an enforceable and binding code of ethics — like all other federal judges — to maintain the credibility of the institution, says Erica Salmon Byrne at Ethisphere.

  • PR Perspectives: Optimizing Social Media As A Lawyer

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    The opportunities for social media to increase a business are unlimited despite its flaws, and to make the most of its potential, training and regular updates should be part of all lawyers’ professional development, say Steve Rudaini and Emma Maule at MD Communications.

  • Highlights Of The UK's New Economic Crime Plan

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    With the direction of the U.K. government’s newly launched second economic crime plan undeniably altered by the recent focus on kleptocrats and their money, the emphasis is now on how the U.K. can deliver a more effective approach to reducing the threat of economic crime, says Kathryn Westmore at the Royal United Services Institute.

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