Pulse UK

  • March 26, 2024

    UAE Fund Must Pay £7M As Judge Tosses Azima Fraud Ruling

    A London judge has ordered a sovereign wealth fund to make an initial £7.6 million ($9.6 million) payment to Farhad Azima, ending a lengthy feud involving allegations the fund fraudulently obtained a $4 million judgment against the aviation tycoon with help from a lawyer at Dechert LLP.

  • March 26, 2024

    Lawyer Can't Charge For Executor Fees, Appeals Court Finds

    The Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed Shepherd & Co. Solicitors' argument that one of its partners should be paid for his work as the executor of an estate despite the absence of a charging clause in the will, because an inactive executor had not provided written consent to him being paid.

  • March 26, 2024

    Judicial Conduct Watchdog Sanctions Recorder Over Tweets

    A senior barrister who sits as a recorder has been sanctioned for posting inappropriate and offensive messages on social media, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office has said.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-Deloitte Lawyer Denies Deliberately Kissing Junior Worker

    A solicitor on Tuesday denied deliberately kissing a junior colleague at a work event while he was employed at Deloitte, while admitting asking for her number and a hug but saying that the kiss on the lips was "inadvertent."

  • April 02, 2024

    Marks & Clerk Hires IP Pro From Wynne-Jones In Birmingham

    Marks & Clerk LLP has recruited a partner to its Birmingham office for his second stint at the firm as it looks to cement a place among the top specialist intellectual property outfits globally.

  • March 26, 2024

    PACCAR Reforms Pushed Through At Consumers' Expense

    Draft legislation aimed at reversing a Supreme Court ruling that upended the financing of class actions has been well-received by litigation-funders, but critics say the government has steamed ahead at the expense of consumers.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-Dentons Saudi Chief Sues For $2.6M Of Withheld Pay

    Dentons' former Saudi Arabia managing partner is suing the firm for more than $2.6 million in a London court, alleging that it deprived him of pay after dismissing him for no good reason.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • The Challenges Of Presenting To Clients In The Hybrid World

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    As a sector that is guided heavily by the demands of its client base, the legal industry will have to overcome various obstacles to make stylish, convincing and successful in-the-room, virtual and hybrid presentations in the post-pandemic blend of home and office, says Gavin Brown at Speak with Impact.

  • 5 Challenges General Counsel Are Set To Face

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    With an ever-broadening role, general counsel are being tasked to do more with less, with a need for caution and a requirement to leverage time wisely to anticipate and identify emerging industry challenges, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Beyond ChatGPT: AI Considerations For Law Firms

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    The use of artificial intelligence is likely to become increasingly mainstream in the legal sector, and firms should not remain complacent in the current limitations of ChatGPT, but develop policies to ensure that AI-generated liability and regulatory issues are addressed sooner rather than later, say Corinne Staves and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Reflecting On The Benefits Of Direct Access To Barristers

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    At close to 20 years since public access to barristers came into being, it is a good time to take a look at its impact on the U.K. legal profession and the more collaborative approach between barristers and solicitors we have seen develop since its introduction, say Amani Mohammed and Sean Gould at Westgate Chambers.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Pitfalls Lawyers Should Avoid When Correcting Their Mistakes

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    When solicitors make mistakes that cause prejudice to their clients, they will need to carefully consider whether they should try to fix their mistake, as trying to put things right may expose them to potential regulatory action, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Translating The Plan For English-Language German Courts

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    The German Ministry of Justice is aiming to do away with the mistakes of the past and overhaul the German civil procedure in order to accommodate English-language disputes, but the success of these proceedings will depend very much on factors that the proposal does not address, say Jan Schaefer and Rüdiger Morbach at King & Spalding.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Russian Bank Ruling Clarifies UK Sanctions Regime

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    The recent U.K. High Court judgment of PJSC National Bank Trust v. Mints, a case brought by two Russian banks, is significant in clarifying that the U.K. sanctions regime does not deprive designated persons of their fundamental common law right to bring a claim in an English court, despite their assets being frozen, says Zoe O’Sullivan KC at Serle Court.

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Has The Liberalization Of Legal Services Achieved Its Aims?

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    Although there is still some way to go, alternative business structures are now an increasingly prominent feature of the legal services landscape, and clients can expect greater choice, improved quality and more manageable costs, as was intended by this shake-up of the profession's regulatory frameworks 15 years ago, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • How Overseas Property Verification Poses Risks To Attorneys

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    The recently launched register of overseas entities, requiring verification of foreign owners hoping to purchase U.K. property, could expose attorneys to criminal prosecution, professional negligence claims and reputational damage if they do not complete these checks to the required standard, which nevertheless remains murky, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • What To Expect From UK's New Economic Crime Bill

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency bill, if passed, will reform aspects of Companies House and strengthen government anti-money laundering efforts, but it is also raising questions about how new information sharing requirements will affect businesses, say attorneys at Signature Litigation.

  • 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.

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