Pulse UK

  • June 21, 2024

    SRA Bars Case Handler Who Sent Client Money To Third Party

    A former case handler has been barred from working at law firms after she admitted that she had deliberately transferred client money to an unconnected third party without taking instructions, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Linklaters' MP Eyes Steady Growth For US Market

    Linklaters LLP Managing Partner Paul Lewis talks to Law360 about how far the Magic Circle firm has come in the U.S. market — and why he's not just chasing revenue for revenue's sake.

  • June 21, 2024

    Milbank Plans For Growth In London With Office Expansion

    Milbank LLP is planning to grow its team in London over the next decade along with a more than 20% increase in its office space.

  • June 20, 2024

    Seven Law Firms Recognized For Work On Gender Equality

    Business in the Community named seven law firms on Thursday in an updated list of the 50 top employers for gender equality in the U.K., with Linklaters LLP the sole representative of the Magic Circle.

  • June 20, 2024

    SRA Confirms 20-Plus Investigations Into Post Office Scandal

    The solicitors' watchdog said Thursday it is running more than 20 investigations into practitioners and law firms implicated in the Post Office IT scandal — but maintained it has no plans to take enforcement action because the public is not at risk. 

  • June 20, 2024

    Womble Bond Denies Fault In Failed £126M Property Deal

    Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has denied botching a £126 million ($160 million) London property redevelopment project and said it advised competently on the instructions of a businessman who abandoned the deal because the market looked bad.

  • June 20, 2024

    SRA Rebukes Lawyer Over Conflict Risk In Conveyancing

    A conveyancing lawyer has been handed a rebuke for representing one party in multiple conveyancing deals while a colleague represented the other, exposing clients to a "significant risk" of conflict of interest and breach of confidentiality, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Solicitor Standing As MP Amid Concerns About Rule Of Law

    Longtime solicitor Kevin Bonavia is among many in the legal profession who are using their legal background to run in this summer's general election, as he tells Law360 that politicians have "lost a sense of doing things by the rules."

  • June 20, 2024

    RPC Hires Ex-Leigh Day Competition Head In London

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has said that it has recruited the former head of competition at Leigh Day to boost its capability in collective actions and environmental claims.

  • June 20, 2024

    Law Firm Wrongly Axed Pregnant Lawyer's Promotion

    A law firm discriminated against a solicitor when it withdrew its offer to promote her to director after learning she was pregnant and later fired her, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 19, 2024

    Rosling King And Ex-Client Clash Over Negligence Claim

    Tonstate Group and its former legal counsel Rosling King LLP sought Wednesday to toss parts of each other's cases in the claim by the investment company accusing the law firm of negligently managing litigation against Tonstate's ex-CEO.

  • June 19, 2024

    British Bar Mentoring Scheme Surges To Record High

    A record number of barristers' chambers are taking part in a mentoring program designed to boost diversity at the commercial bar, a specialist association for commercial barristers has said, as the profession strives to improve representation.

  • June 19, 2024

    Linklaters Adds Microsoft Copilot To Suite Of AI Tools

    Linklaters LLP said Wednesday that it has added Microsoft 365's Copilot program to its suite of artificial intelligence tools and that it will be made available to its global staff of 6,000 employees over the summer.

  • June 19, 2024

    Barrister Sanctioned Over Fight At The Opera

    A barrister was sanctioned by a disciplinary board on Wednesday for getting into a fistfight at an opera as the panel found that he had behaved in a way that is likely to diminish public trust in the legal profession.

  • June 19, 2024

    Lawyers Set Out Wishlist For Next UK Government

    Both the main political parties offered ideas for tackling the mounting backlog in the country's courts as they set out their manifestos for the general election, but lawyers in England and Wales have a few more items on their wishlist for the incoming government.

  • June 18, 2024

    Perkins Coie Names Private Capital And Fund Formation Chair

    Perkins Coie LLP announced Jacquie Duval as the new chair of the firm's private capital and fund formation practice.

  • June 18, 2024

    Freeths Unveils Trusts, Estates And Tax Group In Birmingham

    Freeths LLP said Tuesday that it has recruited a former legal director at Gateley Legal as part of the launch of a new trusts, estates and tax practice in Birmingham as the firm continues to expand across the U.K.

  • June 18, 2024

    Solicitor Who Stalked Ex-Girlfriend Struck Off

    A solicitor convicted of stalking over repeatedly kicking his ex-girlfriend's door and threatening to "sort her out" has been struck off by a tribunal Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2024

    Solicitors' Watchdog Insists It 'Makes No Money' From SQE

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is seeking responses from the legal industry on plans to more than double its annual income from the qualifying exam for the profession — but the watchdog insists that it does not make money from the testing.

  • June 18, 2024

    Regulator Reminds Merging Firms To Put Clients First

    The regulator for solicitors in England and Wales on Tuesday issued a new warning notice, reminding law firms that their clients' interests must be the top priority during legal industry mergers and acquisitions.

  • June 18, 2024

    Judges Fight For Higher Pay When Acting In Senior Roles

    A group of judges told the Employment Tribunal on Tuesday that they are being unfairly underpaid, arguing that when they occasionally act in more senior roles they should be paid the same as the judges in those higher positions.

  • June 18, 2024

    Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

  • June 24, 2024

    Leading Blockchain Lawyer Joins Lawrence Stephens

    Lawrence Stephens Ltd. has hired a litigator with expertise in blockchain technology and digital assets from Shoosmiths amid growing demand from clients for advice on cryptocurrency asset recoveries and all other issues associated with emerging technologies.

  • June 17, 2024

    Solicitor Accuses MI5 Of Breaching Her Rights With Spy Alert

    A solicitor and her son argued in a London tribunal Monday that the U.K. Security Service had unfairly labeled her as a spy for China, saying the security service had unlawfully and unfairly acted against her, breaching her human rights.

  • June 17, 2024

    First Pro Bono Recognition List Honors 3,760 Lawyers

    The attorney general's pro bono committee unveiled Monday its inaugural recognition list to celebrate 3,760 lawyers who have dedicated significant time to provide free legal service to those in need in England and Wales.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • What UK Professional Regulation Looks Like In A #MeToo Era

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    Two recent rulings from U.K. courts and tribunals reveal the increasingly shifting line between professional misbehavior and bad actions that would previously have been considered outside the scope of professional regulators, says Andrew Katzen at Hickman & Rose.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

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