Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • June 17, 2024

    Law Firm Worker Wins Bid To Quash Disciplinary Sanctions

    A legal worker successfully got his sanction quashed by a disciplinary tribunal on Monday, with the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal overturning a ban placed on him for allegedly misleading the court and pretending to be a solicitor when he was not qualified in England and Wales.

  • June 17, 2024

    Next Gov't Urged To Install Criminal Justice Reforms

    A criminal justice advocacy group on Monday said the next British government should be transparent and honest about its ability to fix the country's criminal justice system and proposed measures to address overcrowded prisons and a backlog in Crown Court cases.

  • June 17, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Steers Refinancing For Injury Law Firm

    Personal injury firm Fletchers Solicitors said Monday it has struck a refinancing deal with Legal & General-backed asset manager Pemberton, in an agreement steered by Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

  • June 17, 2024

    Browne Jacobson's Revenue Tops £118M In New Record

    Browne Jacobson LLP revealed in its latest financial results on Monday that its revenue has topped £118 million ($150 million), an all-time high for the firm, whose income has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

  • June 17, 2024

    Slaughter And May Ups Trainees' Pay But Keeps Quiet About NQs

    Slaughter and May has raised its trainees' pay to match that of its Magic Circle counterparts, but the firm was quiet on Monday about when it will align the pay of its newly qualified lawyers with that of its competitors.

  • June 14, 2024

    Tesco Car Crash Scammer Found In Contempt

    A scammer who made a false compensation claim against Tesco over a staged traffic accident was on Friday found in contempt of court for having another man impersonate him in a hearing and trying to blame his lawyers for the fraudulent claim.

  • June 14, 2024

    Too Many Small Firms Fail To Use Apprentices, Survey Says

    Nearly half of small and medium-sized law firms in the U.K. are failing to use apprenticeships to plug skills gaps as a talent shortage grips the sector, an industry report revealed Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Technology Is Likely To Flourish In The UK

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    The U.K. may soon surpass the U.S. in legal technology, thanks to regulatory reform, law firm investment and an entrepreneurial environment, says Bridget Deiters of InCloudCounsel.

  • Law & Reorder: The Emergence Of The UK Legaltech Sector

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    Recent market dynamics are driving the U.K. legal industry to adopt nascent technologies in new service offerings as well as pre-existing solutions. The rise of legaltech should also lead to an increase in acquisitions by law firms striving to maintain relevance, says Jo Charles of Livingstone Partners LLP.

  • Why English Courts Are Prepared To Assist Cyber Victims

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    This year, a number of cases have illustrated how English courts are dealing with legal hurdles for cybercrime victims and making it easier to obtain a freezing order or injunction under such circumstances, says Fiona Cain of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Extradition To The United States: Fight Or Flight?

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    Recent extradition cases have demonstrated that individuals in the United Kingdom facing charges in the United States can either fight extradition proceedings tooth and nail, or voluntarily travel to the U.S. An approach carefully tailored to the facts of each case is required in order to best protect a requested person's interests, says Ben Isaacs of 7 Bedford Row.

  • UK Internal Investigations Are Taking An Ungainly Turn

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    The London High Court's decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has a lot to say on the vitality of legal professional privilege and the conduct of internal investigations in the U.K., but its flawed logic and lack of pragmatism feel like the latest installment in SFO Director David Green's pushback against U.S.-style investigation procedures, say Matthew Herrington and Tom Best of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Once More Unto The Breach — Rehearing In Newman?

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    On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York decided to seek appellate review of several aspects of the recent insider-trading decision in U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson. En banc rehearing petitions are rarely granted in any circuit, and are particularly rare in the Second Circuit, which hears the fewest number of rehearings of any circuit in the country, say Eugene Ingoglia and Gregory Morvillo of Morvillo LLP.

  • UK Tax Advisers Are Beyond Legal Advice Privilege

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    A recent judgment from the U.K. Supreme Court in one of the most significant decisions on legal advice privilege for many years. Prudential PLC v. Special Commissioner of Income Tax, which dealt a blow to tax advisers and other nonlegally qualified service providers who provide legal advice to their clients, confirmed that — consistent with the position in the U.S. — legal advice privilege only protects communications to or from a qualified lawyer, say Richard Hornshaw and Daniel Cohen of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

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