Pulse UK

  • July 04, 2024

    Lender Hits Elite Law For £1.9M Over Alleged Loan Breach

    A lender has sued Elite Law Solicitors after it allegedly failed to spot that its client was a fraud and did not secure necessary protections over a £1.9 million ($2.4 million) property loan, telling a court that this has left it unable to recover its cash.

  • July 04, 2024

    Brabners Revenue Soars 18% To Almost £56M

    Brabners became the latest English law firm to reveal a leap in revenue in its latest results on Thursday, with income soaring to £55.6 million ($70.9 million), reflecting the optimistic start to the financial results season for legal firms in the U.K.

  • July 04, 2024

    HCR Law's Insurance Unit Triples In Size Since 2022 Launch

    The insurance and risk division of HCR Legal LLP said Thursday that the specialist practice has tripled in size since it was set up in 2022, growing from four to 12 members.

  • July 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Chair Says Legal Review Buried On Advice

    The former chair of the U.K.'s Post Office told a London inquiry Wednesday that he had not shared a legal review of prosecutions of subpostmasters due to advice that it would be legally privileged, despite warnings in the report that some of the convictions may have been unsafe.

  • July 03, 2024

    SRA Move On CILEX Sparks War Of Words Among Watchdogs

    The decision by the solicitors' watchdog to oversee members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has ignited an existential crisis among other legal sector regulators, who are fervently resisting the move.

  • July 03, 2024

    HFW On Hunt For Partners After 17% Spike In Profits

    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP on Wednesday set its sights on "aggressively" hiring partners after revealing that its profits rose 16.5% over the past year to a record £75.4 million ($96.3 million).

  • July 03, 2024

    Top UK Court To Define 'Payment' For Lawyer Fee Disputes

    The U.K.'s highest court is set to rule on the meaning of "payment" for determining when the clock starts ticking for clients to challenge solicitors' fees as part of a personal injury claim row with an English firm heard by justices on Wednesday.

  • July 03, 2024

    Dechert To Close Offices In Beijing, Hong Kong, Chicago

    Dechert LLP is the latest BigLaw firm to announce it is dissolving operations in Beijing and Hong Kong, and the Philadelphia-founded firm also plans to close its 12-year-old Chicago office, a Dechert spokesperson told Law360 Pulse on Wednesday.

  • July 03, 2024

    Clifford Chance's Newcastle Chief Steps Down

    The head of the Newcastle office of Clifford Chance LLP has left the firm after a six-and-a-half-year stint at the helm, the Magic Circle firm said Wednesday.

  • July 03, 2024

    Fieldfisher Revenues Jump 10% Off UK, Ireland Growth

    Fieldfisher LLP became the latest law firm to reveal a leap in revenue in the last financial year on Wednesday, with income climbing 10% to £359 million ($456 million) against a backdrop of European expansion.

  • July 02, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel Expands Asia Offerings With Singapore Office

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has expanded its international offerings by opening a new office location in Singapore, the firm said Tuesday.

  • July 02, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Hands Out Bonus After 19% Leap In Revenue

    Osborne Clarke LLP said Tuesday it has paid out a 5% profit share bonus to its U.K. staff after its international revenue climbed 19% to €525 million ($564 million) in the last financial year.

  • July 02, 2024

    Bird & Bird Partners With AI Assistant Leya

    International law firm Bird & Bird LLP on Tuesday announced a six-month trial integration of the artificial intelligence legal assistant Leya, during which the latter's technology will be used across multiple offices.

  • July 09, 2024

    Latham Hires Finance Trio In London From Cahill Gordon

    Latham & Watkins LLP has recruited a trio of partners from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP as it continues to grow its banking practice in London.

  • July 02, 2024

    Barristers Fight For Fees Stemming From Adjourned Trial

    Two barristers on Tuesday urged a London appellate court to overturn a ruling that they were not entitled to the majority of approximately £150,000 ($190,140) in fees that a client had agreed to pay because the £20 million trial at which they were due to represent her was adjourned.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How Lawyers' Behavior Can Affect Opponents' Mental Health

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    Acts of unreasonable behavior of lawyers working on opposite sides can take their toll, and with mental health and stress never higher in the national consciousness than right now, such conduct should be reported to help the firm understand the treatment its solicitors are receiving and better manage the situation, says Libby Payne at Withers.

  • 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.

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