Pulse UK

  • July 19, 2024

    HSF Hires Eversheds Partner Pair For Paris Office

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has recruited two high-ranking lawyers from Eversheds Sutherland in France to boost its capabilities advising clients on intellectual property, information technology and data privacy.

  • July 12, 2024

    Dentons To Face SRA Appeal On AML Misconduct Ruling

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has appealed against a London tribunal's decision that inadvertent anti-money laundering failures at the U.K. arm of Dentons over a politically exposed client did not amount to professional misconduct.

  • July 12, 2024

    Judicial Diversity Data Finds Small Gains For Ethnic Minorities

    More work needs to be done to accelerate improvements in judicial diversity, lawyers groups have said, as industry statistics reveal that little has changed in representation of ethnic minorities and that solicitors still trail behind barristers in recruitment.

  • July 12, 2024

    Axiom Owes Ex-Staff £37K In Redundancy, Notice Payments

    A tribunal has ruled that Axiom Ince must pay two more former staff a total of at least £36,700 ($47,500) in redundancy and notice payments, with one of the ex-employees also winning compensation for breaches of trade union rules when the firm collapsed.

  • July 11, 2024

    Law Firm Must Pay £4K For Racial Abuse Claim Costs

    A defunct London law firm that represented a forklift driver in his "fictional" racial abuse claim against a printing business must pay £4,000 ($5,166) to repay the legal costs the company racked up fighting the claim.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-BP Legal Head Joins HF Sinclair As General Counsel

    HF Sinclair Corp. this week named the former head of legal at BP PLC its new general counsel, about four months after the energy company's most recent top law department leader resigned to pursue another opportunity.

  • July 11, 2024

    NCA Can Seize Money Linked To £55M Tax Scam

    A 13-year money laundering investigation involving a lottery winner, a bomb hoax and a £55 million ($71 million) tax fraud neared its end at a London court on Thursday as a judge ordered funds from three defunct companies to be forfeited to the National Crime Agency.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ashurst Latest Firm To Boost NQ Pay To £125K

    Ashurst LLP said on Thursday that it has increased starting salaries for newly qualified solicitors in London to £125,000 ($161,400) as U.S. firms continue to lead the way in driving lucrative pay rises in the English capital.

  • July 11, 2024

    DWF Names Litigation Pro As Managing Partner In Manchester

    DWF LLP said on Thursday that its U.K. and Ireland disputes chief will become its new managing partner in Manchester after nearly two decades helping to build its litigation practice in the northwest.

  • July 11, 2024

    BHS Liquidators Sue Former Owner For Role In £133M Loss

    Liquidators for BHS have sued its former owner in their latest effort to recover money after the high street chain's £133 million ($171 million) collapse, telling a London court that the law firm partner had wrongly pocketed millions of pounds of the company's cash.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Veteran Accused Of Pocketing Client Funds

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is taking the former managing partner of Clifford Chance's Brussels office to a tribunal in London after he allegedly attempted to misappropriate approximately $1 million in client funds and then tried to shield his misconduct from the firm.

  • July 11, 2024

    Profits Soar At A&O Amid Modest Growth Before Merger

    Profits for Allen & Overy LLP jumped by more than 17% in the financial year that culminated with the firm's mega-merger with Shearman & Sterling in May, A&O Shearman said Thursday.

  • July 10, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Adds $50M In London In First Half Of 2024

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP said Wednesday that its London office had bolstered its revenues by approximately $50 million in the first half of 2024, maintaining the firm's robust performance amid a strong results season for the U.K. legal industry.

  • July 10, 2024

    Faegre Drinker Confirms Operational, Administrative Layoffs

    A spokesperson for Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Wednesday that the firm laid off "less than 5%" of its total operations and administrative staff earlier this year.

  • July 10, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Lawyer Limited Over Alleged Misconduct

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has blocked a former Clifford Chance LLP associate from working at any regulated firm without preapproval, on the grounds that he alleged made inappropriate sexual advances toward a colleague.

  • July 10, 2024

    WFW Sees Global Revenues Hit Record Of £238M

    Watson Farley & Williams LLP said Wednesday that its global business had seen revenues reach an all-time high of £238 million ($306 million), while profits also grew significantly.

  • July 10, 2024

    Shoosmiths Surpasses £200M Revenue Mark For First Time

    Shoosmiths LLP said Wednesday that its revenue climbed by 6% over the last fiscal year to hit £207 million ($266 million), with double-digit income spikes in its corporate and litigation practices fueling the growth.

  • July 10, 2024

    Reed Smith Bumps NQ Salaries To £125K

    Reed Smith LLP said Wednesday that it is giving newly qualified lawyers in its London office a double-digit salary increase to £125,000 ($160,480), though it still remains on the low end for the city as major U.S. players drive salaries for new solicitors to dizzying levels.

  • July 10, 2024

    Dentons, Others Win Extension On Gov't Procurement Panel

    Dentons, DLA Piper and more than a dozen other law firms that advise the government will retain their places for another year as it develops its strategy for procuring legal services, the Crown Commercial Service has said.

  • July 10, 2024

    Partner Exits Continue At A&O Shearman Amid Change

    A&O Shearman continues to lose partners to U.S. rivals, a trend that observers expect will continue in the coming months as the new firm deliberately trims or inadvertently loses lawyers who are unhappy with the merger.

  • July 10, 2024

    Whistleblowing Trainee At Defunct Law Firm Wins £36K

    An employment tribunal has ordered an insolvent law firm to pay more than £36,000 ($46,200) to a trainee it dismissed after she blew the whistle on its "chaotic" operations to the industry regulator.

  • July 17, 2024

    Travers Smith Hires Infrastructure Finance Pro From WFW

    Travers Smith LLP announced Wednesday that it has recruited a specialist in infrastructure finance from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, boosting the firm's partnership ranks after it suffered a recent wave of exits.

  • July 09, 2024

    Mishcon De Reya Adds Blick Rothenberg Partner

    Mishcon de Reya has added a former director from Blick Rothenberg to its corporate tax team in London as a partner, the firm announced in a statement.

  • July 09, 2024

    Lawyer Accused Of Making False Mishcon Claims On Iran TV

    The solicitors' watchdog told a disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday that a high-profile criminal defense lawyer recklessly made false statements about Mishcon de Reya LLP while appearing on an antisemitic show on an Iranian state-owned media channel.

  • July 09, 2024

    A&O Shearman To Keep 66% Of NQs In 1st Post-Merger Class

    Newly formed A&O Shearman said on Tuesday that it will keep two-thirds of the trainee solicitors who started with its predecessor firms when they qualify in the fall, after boosting salaries for newly-qualified lawyers amid a broader talent war in London.

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: Taking Stock Of 2023, Preparing For 2024

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    As law firms and PR teams review their 2023 external communications output, it is a good moment to consider how to maintain a perfect profile in order to enhance, protect and advance a firm's reputation for the coming year, says Louise Beeson at Bell Yard Communications.

  • PR Perspectives: How To Communicate A Law Firm Merger

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    Recent data shows a significant increase in law firm mergers and acquisitions in the U.K., and to ensure the deal goes without a hitch, both internal and external communications need to be carefully planned so that appropriate messaging aligns with the objectives of the deal, says Belinda Lewis at Birketts.

  • Why Law Firms Should Heed Calls To Put ESG Over Profit

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    According to Deloitte’s recent survey, the majority of Gen Z and millennials remain unimpressed with businesses’ societal impact, and junior lawyers in particular are increasingly expecting the legal profession to shift to a business model that prioritizes sustainability above profitability, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • PR Perspectives: What Not To Do In Legal Public Relations

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    There is a wealth of advice about how to publicize a law firm, but what not to do is just as important, and ignoring a target audience, communicating without a strategy, or misusing social media are potentially risky and reputation-damaging practices, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • A Diverse Workforce Can Help Close The Legal Talent Gap

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    Recent reports from professional firms reveal that a diverse workforce is likely to close the talent gap and achieve better business outcomes, and for law firms, this needs to start with routes into the profession in order to make a real change, says Jody Tranter at Barbri.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

  • Key Lessons From The SRA's 2023 AML Report

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    The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s recent anti-money laundering report conducted supervisory activities that revealed a variety of breaches, and with an increasingly regulated landscape, lawyers can play an important part in preventing criminal activity by taking responsibility for ensuring compliance, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • How The Legal Sector Can Enhance Its Data Resilience

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    In view of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre’s recent report shedding light on the legal sector’s increased vulnerability to cyberattacks, law firms need not only establish robust defenses, but also to redefine their approach to data security by fostering a culture of continuous learning, adaptability and vigilance, says Katie McCullough at Panzura.

  • Building Strong Relationships At All Stages Of A Legal Career

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    Whether a junior attorney seeks to lay the foundation for a path to partnership, or a seasoned practitioner aims to leverage an extensive network, the road to legal industry success often involves cultivating sincere relationships, say Kathleen Hilton and Megan Senese at Stage.

  • How Mentoring Can Increase Black Representation In Law

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    U.K. Black History Month is a good time to look at the importance of Black representation in the legal profession, and how mentorship can make a big difference in empowering Black lawyers, including by offering career coaching and building valuable relationships, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • 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.

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