Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • March 21, 2024

    Lawyer Resurrects Case After 'Myriad' Of Emails Not Received

    A former solicitor at a law firm in the southeast of England has won a second shot at overturning his unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, after an appellate judge found the lawyer had not been sent a "myriad" of necessary emails.

  • March 21, 2024

    Banned Barrister Had 'Lack Of Integrity' Appearing In Court

    A suspended barrister showed a "lack of integrity" by appearing in court after being banned from practicing for sending hostile emails and making false statements to a judge, a disciplinary tribunal ruled Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Answers To Key Legal Finance Ethics Questions

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    While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.

  • New Scrutiny For NDAs In Sexual Harassment Matters

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    Recent government scrutiny of nondisclosure agreements related to allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Steve Wynn and Harvey Weinstein raises the question of whether some uses of NDAs could amount to obstruction of justice or a violation of lawyers' ethical obligations, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    SRA Should Not Condemn Lawful Tax Avoidance

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    In suggesting that solicitors who facilitate tax avoidance breach its code of conduct, the Solicitors Regulation Authority fails to distinguish between legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion, says attorney Martin Kenney.

  • Proposed Arbitration Law May Be A Misstep For India

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    A proposed Indian law, which could have the effect of excluding non-Indians from acting as arbitrators, is threatening to undermine the country's ambition to become an important seat of international arbitration, says Sarosh Zaiwalla of Zaiwalla & Co.

  • British Overseas Territories Can Benefit From Transparency

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    British overseas territories have pushed back against a recent U.K. measure requiring them to create publicly accessible registers of companies' beneficial owners. However, considering global trends toward transparency, perhaps the territories should embrace the new rules as a force of good, says Simon Airey of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Legal Technology Is Likely To Flourish In The UK

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    The U.K. may soon surpass the U.S. in legal technology, thanks to regulatory reform, law firm investment and an entrepreneurial environment, says Bridget Deiters of InCloudCounsel.

  • Law & Reorder: The Emergence Of The UK Legaltech Sector

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    Recent market dynamics are driving the U.K. legal industry to adopt nascent technologies in new service offerings as well as pre-existing solutions. The rise of legaltech should also lead to an increase in acquisitions by law firms striving to maintain relevance, says Jo Charles of Livingstone Partners LLP.

  • Why English Courts Are Prepared To Assist Cyber Victims

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    This year, a number of cases have illustrated how English courts are dealing with legal hurdles for cybercrime victims and making it easier to obtain a freezing order or injunction under such circumstances, says Fiona Cain of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Extradition To The United States: Fight Or Flight?

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    Recent extradition cases have demonstrated that individuals in the United Kingdom facing charges in the United States can either fight extradition proceedings tooth and nail, or voluntarily travel to the U.S. An approach carefully tailored to the facts of each case is required in order to best protect a requested person's interests, says Ben Isaacs of 7 Bedford Row.

  • UK Internal Investigations Are Taking An Ungainly Turn

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    The London High Court's decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has a lot to say on the vitality of legal professional privilege and the conduct of internal investigations in the U.K., but its flawed logic and lack of pragmatism feel like the latest installment in SFO Director David Green's pushback against U.S.-style investigation procedures, say Matthew Herrington and Tom Best of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Once More Unto The Breach — Rehearing In Newman?

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    On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York decided to seek appellate review of several aspects of the recent insider-trading decision in U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson. En banc rehearing petitions are rarely granted in any circuit, and are particularly rare in the Second Circuit, which hears the fewest number of rehearings of any circuit in the country, say Eugene Ingoglia and Gregory Morvillo of Morvillo LLP.

  • UK Tax Advisers Are Beyond Legal Advice Privilege

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    A recent judgment from the U.K. Supreme Court in one of the most significant decisions on legal advice privilege for many years. Prudential PLC v. Special Commissioner of Income Tax, which dealt a blow to tax advisers and other nonlegally qualified service providers who provide legal advice to their clients, confirmed that — consistent with the position in the U.S. — legal advice privilege only protects communications to or from a qualified lawyer, say Richard Hornshaw and Daniel Cohen of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

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