Pulse UK

  • July 02, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Pro Fights To Toss Sexual Misconduct Case

    A former Bird & Bird LLP partner asked the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Tuesday to throw out allegations of sexual misconduct toward two junior female colleagues, arguing that the sector's watchdog was prosecuting him after "egregious" delays and an "inadequate" investigation.

  • July 09, 2024

    Lawrence Stephens Hires 2 Directors From Rosling King

    Ann Ebberson and Alex Edwards have joined Lawrence Stephens Ltd. from Rosling King LLP as directors on the real estate finance and banking teams.

  • July 02, 2024

    Kennedys Hits Revenue Record Of £384M, Jumps 18% In UK

    Kennedys said on Tuesday that its revenue grew 17% to reach a record £384 million ($483 million) for its last financial year, with its expanding U.S. leg a key driver of the growth.

  • July 01, 2024

    Solicitor's COVID Letters Had 'No Legal Merit,' SRA Says

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority accused a solicitor at a London tribunal Monday of wrongly sending threatening legal letters to bodies for his clients who refused the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the letters had "no legal merit."

  • July 01, 2024

    Top Real Estate Atty Leaves Willkie To Co-Lead Weil Practice

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's former real estate department co-chair and New York co-managing partner, known for high-profile work that includes the largest real estate investment trust initial public offering in U.S. history, is becoming co-leader of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's real estate practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    Signature Litigation Opens In Frankfurt With Mayer Brown Duo

    Signature Litigation LLP announced it launched a new office Monday in Frankfurt, with two former Mayer Brown LLP partners joining the dispute resolution firm to spearhead its operations in Germany.

  • July 01, 2024

    Solicitors' Watchdog Board Green Lights Regulation Of CILEX

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is edging closer to taking over regulating chartered legal executives after its board gave the controversial plan the green light — though hurdles still remain.

  • July 01, 2024

    London Partner Hires Continue Strong In First Half Of 2024

    London law firms continued to hire partners at pace in the first half of 2024, driven by the anticipation of lower interest rates and a resurgence in deal-making activities.

  • July 01, 2024

    Paul Weiss Joins Fight For Junior Talent, Ups Pay To £180k

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP said Monday that it will pay newly qualified lawyers in London £180,000 ($228,000), matching other U.S. rivals in the British capital in significantly boosting remuneration for their most junior lawyers. 

  • June 28, 2024

    SRA Launches Consultation On New Financial Penalties

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority on Friday said it is seeking feedback on its proposals to update its approach after being granted new powers to issue unlimited financial penalties.

  • June 28, 2024

    Law Society 'Seriously Concerned' About Comp Fund Hikes

    The Law Society on Friday voiced "serious concerns" about the Solicitors Regulation Authority's plan for a hike of more than 200% in compensation fund contributions by solicitors and firms to finance its intervention into Axiom Ince Ltd.

  • June 28, 2024

    No Judge Race Bias In £30M Fox Williams Negligence Case

    A London court has rejected a Black television producer's allegations that a judge racially discriminated against him when tossing out his case that Fox Williams LLP botched his £30 million ($38 million) game show copyright claim.

  • June 28, 2024

    Holman Fenwick, Bird & Bird Up NQ Pay

    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP and Bird & Bird LLP on Friday said they had increased the salaries for their newly qualified solicitors as more and more City-based outfits continue to raise junior lawyers' pay to match each other and stay competitive in the London talent market.

  • June 28, 2024

    Solicitors Bude Nathan Sued For £1m Over Property Advice

    Property solicitors Bude Nathan Iwanier LLP allegedly allowed a 94-year-old client to approve a £1 million ($1.26 million) loan he didn't understand and failed to warn of the risk a construction project might lose him his London home.

  • June 28, 2024

    Travers Smith Promotes 8 Lawyers To Senior Counsel

    Travers Smith LLP on Friday announced the promotion of eight lawyers to senior counsel, spanning various areas of practice, including pensions, tax and commercial transactions.

  • July 05, 2024

    EIP Hires Patent Litigator From Hogan Lovells In Germany

    Intellectual property boutique EIP has recruited a specialist in patent litigation from Hogan Lovells in Germany in a move to boost its disputes capabilities in relation to different fields of technology.

  • June 28, 2024

    Hausfeld Competition Pro Lucy Rigby Takes Political Plunge

    Despite loving her career as a competition partner at Hausfeld LLP, Lucy Rigby tells Law360 that she could no longer avoid the growing pull toward public service as she campaigns to be a Labour MP in the July 4 general election. Rigby is even prepared to quit the firm if she's elected.

  • June 28, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Age Bias Claim Against Council

    A lawyer in her 60s failed to prove that she was discriminated against because of her age after she was treated differently from a younger colleague over similar sickness absences, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 27, 2024

    Stephenson Harwood's Revenues Hit Record £264M

    Stephenson Harwood LLP said Thursday that it had pulled in £264 million ($334 million) in revenues in its latest financial results, a new high for the firm after it posted a record total a year ago.

  • June 27, 2024

    DLA Piper Taps Finance Atty As 1st Woman Leader In Norway

    DLA Piper has hired a technology-focused finance partner in its Oslo, Norway, office as its first female country managing partner in the Nordic region, the firm said Thursday.

  • June 27, 2024

    DWF Buys Australian Claims Management Business

    Private equity-backed DWF LLP said Thursday it has agreed to buy Australian claims management company Proclaim for an undisclosed amount to bolster its presence in the country.

  • June 27, 2024

    Taylor Rose Hires New Leadership Team With Eye On Growth

    Taylor Rose MW said Thursday it has hired and promoted a raft of new seniors across several departments, as the U.K. law firm looks to bolster its growth strategy.

  • June 27, 2024

    Prince Harry Must Disclose Ghostwriter Texts To News Group

    Prince Harry was ordered by a judge Thursday to provide documents including messages between him and his ghostwriter to the U.K. arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire in its fight against his invasion of privacy claim, after the publisher accused the royal of destroying evidence.

  • June 27, 2024

    Perkins Coie Takes Novel Approach To Training Solicitors

    Perkins Coie LLP said Thursday that it is launching a training program for aspiring solicitors in a bid to enhance social mobility as more law firms begin to leverage the flexibility offered by the solicitors' qualifying exam.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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