Pulse UK

  • June 25, 2024

    Ashurst Latest Law Firm To Partner With AI Co. Harvey

    London-headquartered international law firm Ashurst plans to provide all its 4,000 attorneys and staff with access to the legal artificial intelligence platform Harvey, the firm said Tuesday, making it one of the latest firms to partner with the company.

  • June 25, 2024

    Law Firm Faces £35M Suit Over Troubled Care Home Scheme

    Liquidators for a now-defunct group of companies have accused a law firm of ignoring the signs that their client was defrauding investors out of millions of pounds through a luxury care home Ponzi scheme.

  • June 25, 2024

    SRA Board's Upcoming CILEX Decision Faces Uphill Battle

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to decide on proposals to take charge of overseeing legal executives at a board meeting Tuesday, with the plan facing an uphill battle in the teeth of strong opposition from the Law Society and others in the industry.

  • July 02, 2024

    Top White Collar Barrister Jumps Ship To Fountain Court

    A top corporate crime barrister has joined Fountain Court Chambers to boost its offering to high-net-worth individuals and corporate defendants in major investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and other authorities, the set has said.

  • July 02, 2024

    Paul Hastings Hires Finance Pro Reena Gogna From Weil

    Paul Hastings LLP has recruited a finance specialist from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in London to boost its offering to lenders in leveraged finance transactions and other complex deals.

  • June 24, 2024

    High Court Pay Not For Temp Judges, Master Of The Rolls Says

    The master of the rolls told an employment tribunal Monday that permanent High Court judges are in a different category to those who occasionally take on High Court duties, weighing in on a claim brought by judges who say they should be paid the same wages as permanent judges when they periodically sit at the High Court.

  • June 24, 2024

    Ex-Luminance CEO Joins The Barrister Group As COO

    The Barrister Group, which serves clients in England and Wales, announced on Monday the appointment of a chief operating officer with experience leading legal artificial intelligence co-pilot Luminance Technologies Ltd.

  • June 24, 2024

    Dentons' Inadvertent AML Error Wasn't SRA Misconduct

    Dentons' U.K. arm failed in handling anti-money laundering checks on a politically exposed former client, but its oversight was entirely inadvertent and therefore did not amount to professional misconduct, a London tribunal has ruled.

  • June 24, 2024

    Herbert Smith Launches ESG Regulations Monitoring Tool

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP on Monday launched a tool designed to help businesses stay up to date with the evolving landscape of environmental, social and governance regulations and reporting requirements.

  • June 24, 2024

    Duane Morris Appoints New Immigration Law Chair

    Philadelphia-based Duane Morris LLP announced on Friday the appointment of business immigration partner Ted J. Chiappari as chair of its immigration division, part of its employment, labor, benefits and immigration practice.

  • June 24, 2024

    Retired Judges Lose Appeal In Pension Row With MoJ

    An appeals tribunal ruled Monday that the Ministry of Justice did not discriminate against three judges when it switched their pension schemes, ruling that their new judicial posts — rather than their part-time worker status — caused the change.

  • June 24, 2024

    Clifford Chance Launches Support Hub In Poland

    Clifford Chance LLP said Monday that it has launched a new operational hub in Poland to further help its lawyers spend more time delivering high-level legal advice on large and complex projects.

  • June 24, 2024

    UAE Fund Can't Shake Asset Freeze As Mogul Chases £20M

    A London court agreed on Monday to continue a worldwide asset freezing order against a UAE sovereign wealth fund to allow an aviation tycoon to attempt to recover more than £20 million ($25.4 million) after a fraud allegedly assisted by a Dechert LLP partner.

  • June 24, 2024

    Charity Urges Better Ways To Fight Investment Greenwashing

    A legal environmental charity on Monday called for stronger measures to address the practice of misrepresenting financial products as environmentally friendly when they do not meet the necessary sustainability criteria.

  • June 24, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Brussels Chief Barred From Running Firms

    The former managing partner of Clifford Chance LLP's office in Brussels has been temporarily banned from accessing client money or from running a law firm, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • June 21, 2024

    Part-Time Judge Gets Prison Over £1.8M Legal Aid Fraud

    A barrister and part-time judge was sentenced to three years in prison at a London criminal court Friday for fraudulently submitting false claims for criminal defense costs after he was convicted for engaging in a conspiracy to inflate legal fees.

  • June 21, 2024

    SRA Warns Firms To Fix Client Account Deficits Swiftly

    The solicitors' watchdog on Friday warned solicitors and law firms to replace any shortages on client accounts immediately upon discovery in the wake of the multimillion-pound shortfall in Axiom Ince's client account.

  • June 21, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Opinion

    New NJ Fed. Rule On Litigation Funding Should Be Welcomed

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    The District of New Jersey's new local civil rule on litigation funding disclosure has faced exaggerated criticisms when it is a logical extension of the current practices in many U.S. jurisdictions, leads to greater transparency for the parties and the court without unduly burdening the parties, and is a positive development particularly in product liability cases, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

  • Increasing Investment Scams Can Implicate Lawyers, Too

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    With the pandemic serving as a catalyst for increased financial fraud, it's important to recognize that these scams are not only devastating for victims, they also pose a significant threat to law firms and individual solicitors who fail to do their due diligence, say James Darbyshire at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Heather Clark at Burness Paull.

  • UK Lawyers Can Adapt Due Diligence To Screen New Clients

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    As COVID-19-related fraud gains pace, U.K.-based practitioners should help combat money laundering by using alternative methods to verify that new clients are who they say they are, says Christopher Convey, a barrister at 33 Chancery Lane and chair of the Bar Council's Money Laundering Working Group.

  • Key Risks And Developments For UK Law Firm Culture In 2020

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    In 2020, law firms throughout the U.K. will be increasingly reshaped by rapid changes in societal expectations and advances in technology, say Helen Rowlands and Niya Phiri of Clyde & Co.

  • #MeToo Pressure On UK Businesses Is Set To Rise

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    Recent declarations by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority indicate that sexual harassment in the U.K.'s financial services industry may lead to consequences under the newly expanded Senior Managers and Certification Regime, and other sectors are facing growing scrutiny as well, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Corporate Wrongdoing Risks Go Beyond Exec Departures

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    Recent controversy over misconduct allegations that led to the ousting of a KPMG executive reminds firms that the challenges caused by suspecting or uncovering internal wrongdoing are not so easily solved by the implicated executive's exit, says Sarah Chilton of CM Murray.

  • 2 Perspectives On Navigating The Litigation Funding Process

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    Paul Martenstyn of Vannin Capital and Daniel Spendlove of Signature Litigation share their top tips on how to get a case funded, drawing from their respective experience as a funder and a lawyer.

  • 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.

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