Pulse UK

  • February 26, 2024

    Boodle Hatfield Ups Equal Parental Leave To 26 Weeks

    City firm Boodle Hatfield LLP announced Monday it is extending parental leave to 26 weeks for partners and employees in a move the firm says will boost equality for parents regardless of gender.

  • February 26, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons Hires PE Real Estate Pro From MoFo

    Simmons & Simmons LLP has strengthened its corporate practice with the addition of a private equity real estate partner to its London office from Morrison Foerster LLP — and the firm says more private equity hires are on the way.

  • February 26, 2024

    A&O Hires Patent Litigator From Bristows

    Allen & Overy LLP announced on Monday that it has recruited a specialist in patent litigation from Bristows LLP ahead of its merger with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • February 26, 2024

    Law Firms To Be Pinched By Cashflow Woes, Survey Says

    Many law firms might struggle to grow in 2024 amid economic uncertainty in the U.K. that has pushed most to adjust their pricing strategy despite challenges of finding other funding sources to help with squeezed cashflows, an industry survey found Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Pinsent Masons Partner Felt Guilty Over Work Before Death

    Pinsent Masons LLP partner Vanessa Ford was struggling with guilt over missing family time to work on the sale of Everton Football Club before she died after falling onto a railway line, her husband told an inquest Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Solicitor Who Lied To Cover Up Negligence Struck Off

    A solicitor at a subsidiary of Irwin Mitchell who lied to cover up her negligent handling of a client's cases has been struck off by a tribunal.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Managing Partner Must Pay £210K Costs In Bias Claim

    A former managing partner of a law firm has lost his latest bid to avoid paying costs, after a tribunal blocked him from relitigating rulings that he hid information while off work with cancer to claim income protection insurance and a share of its profits.

  • February 26, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Hires Macfarlanes Pro For Wealth Team

    Addleshaw Goddard LLP has appointed former Macfarlanes LLP lawyer Laura Uberoi as partner and head of its newly created private wealth team in London.

  • February 23, 2024

    Therium Can't Block Law Firm's Claim Over VW Scandal

    A London court refused Friday to end a law firm's claim that litigation funder Therium breached a confidentiality agreement for group emissions litigation against Volkswagen, even though the case involves some facts similar to one decided by the U.K.'s top court.

  • February 23, 2024

    14 Tapped For Deputy High Court Judge Roles

    The lead counsel to the U.K. COVID-19 Inquiry is one of 14 lawyers who have been appointed as deputy High Court judges, though only two women made the list as diversity challenges continue to dog the judiciary.

  • February 23, 2024

    Law Firm Owner Accused Of Misleading SRA Over Employee

    The former owner of a northwest England law firm must face a disciplinary tribunal, after the solicitors' regulator accused him of knowingly recruiting a solicitor who was suspended from practicing.

  • February 23, 2024

    DLA Piper International Names New Leader For 2025

    United Kingdom-based DLA Piper International LLP announced Friday that it had elected corporate partner Charles Severs as its next managing partner, taking the reins from Simon Levine in 2025 as he concludes his 10-year tenure.

  • February 23, 2024

    New Rules Aim To Widen Nonparties' Access To Court Docs

    Proposed changes to civil court rules would significantly broaden nonparties' access to documents including witness statements, expert reports and written arguments, further strengthening the principle of open justice that applies in English courts.

  • February 23, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Tesco target competing retailer Lidl with a copyright claim as they battle in the Court of Appeal over the design of Tesco’s Clubcard, the directors of a taxi business sue the creator of an AI route mapping app for professional negligence, Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers tackle an aviation claim by an Irish investment company, and Robert Bull hit with a general commercial contracts claim by Hancock Finance.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Bevan Brittan Solicitor Stuck Off Over Antisemitic Tweets

    A former lawyer with Bevan Brittan LLP who sent abusive and antisemitic tweets about prominent U.K. figures, including a well-known barrister, was struck off by a tribunal on Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    Fox Williams Beats £30M Game Show IP Negligence Claim

    Fox Williams won its bid Friday to strike out a media company's case that the law firm bungled its game show copyright claim and caused it to lose out on £30 million ($38 million), as a court ruled that the claim was "hopeless."

  • February 23, 2024

    Transgender Judge Hopes To Return 'When Hate Subsides'

    Britain's only transgender judge said on Friday that she hopes to return to public office "when hate subsides" after she resigned over concerns that she risked politicizing the judiciary if she remained on the bench. 

  • February 23, 2024

    Barristers' Pupillage Openings Hit Record Levels In 2023

    The number of new pupillages advertised to barristers in England and Wales in 2022/23 soared beyond levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic to a record 638, a Bar Council report has found.

  • February 23, 2024

    Law Firms Keep Pro Bono Focus On Ukraine War

    International law firms pulled out of Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, but lawyers at big outfits have maintained their focus on pro bono efforts over the last two years — helping people to escape the conflict or fostering a pro bono culture in the country.

  • February 22, 2024

    Fired Fund Exec Gets Deposit Order Axed In Harassment Feud

    A tribunal was too quick to impose a deposit order and decide that a compliance chief is unlikely to succeed in his £2 million ($2.53 million) claim that an investment fund unfairly axed him after a member of its legal and compliance departments accused him of sexual harassment, an appeals judge has ruled.

  • February 22, 2024

    4 Questions For Bird & Bird IP Partner Sally Shorthose

    Sally Shorthose, an intellectual property lawyer with Bird & Bird LLP, says that between Brexit and the emergence of artificial intelligence we are living in “a period of almost unprecedented change in IP law.” Shorthose tells Law360 what attracted her to work in the life sciences sector and IP law and discusses the biggest trends she has seen throughout her career.

  • February 22, 2024

    Gov't Sets Out New Law To Clear Post Office Scandal Victims

    The government promised on Thursday to introduce "unprecedented" legislation before the end of July to exonerate hundreds of innocent people wrongly convicted in the Post Office IT scandal.

  • February 22, 2024

    A&O Hires 5-Person Structured Finance Team From Milbank

    Allen & Overy LLP has recruited a team of five structured finance specialists from Milbank LLP in London as the clock ticks down to its imminent merger with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • February 22, 2024

    Memery Crystal Guides Parent RBG On £2.7M Fundraising

    RBG Holdings PLC said on Thursday that it plans to raise a minimum of £2.7 million ($3.4 million) by selling new shares to directors, shareholders, and retail investors, as the legal and professional services group seeks to clean up its balance sheet.

  • February 22, 2024

    Gibson Dunn Boosts NQ Salaries In London To £180K

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has upped the ante in the war for junior talent in the London legal market, saying on Thursday that it has further boosted the salaries it offers newly qualified lawyers and trainees.

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: Don't Overstate Well-Being Or Enviro Efforts

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    Law firms should look to embrace a strong arsenal of sustainability and well-being initiatives before beginning to publicize their commitment to green and mental health efforts, or they can face the risk of making false claims, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • Record Level Of Partner Hires Shows No Sign Of Slowing

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    With indications that law firm hiring activity is increasing, the competitive market is causing candidates to evaluate potential employers more carefully, and large numbers of partners are migrating away from Silver Circle and West End firms in pursuit of closer parity in work and pay, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • PR Perspectives: Choosing How To Communicate For Impact

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    Successful legal public relations involves developing productive working relationships, and choosing which medium to use when communicating is important, since it will reflect the level of familiarity with the lawyer or journalist as well as the message, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Talent Acquisition Is Shifting As US Firms Permeate London

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    U.S. law firms’ continued growth in London and aggressive talent acquisition strategies are reshaping how lawyers are attracted, nurtured and retained, and success in this evolving environment lies in understanding and adapting to changing priorities and values, says Nathan Peart at Major Lindsey.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • Legal Industry Can Help Steer UK Out Of Social Mobility Crisis

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    The legal industry has a responsibility to help mitigate the U.K. social mobility crisis highlighted by the recent State of the Nation report, and it can start to increase socioeconomic diversity in its ranks by focusing on reducing the educational barriers to entering the profession, says Jo-Anne Pugh at BPP University Law School.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • PR Perspectives: Taking Stock Of 2023, Preparing For 2024

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    As law firms and PR teams review their 2023 external communications output, it is a good moment to consider how to maintain a perfect profile in order to enhance, protect and advance a firm's reputation for the coming year, says Louise Beeson at Bell Yard Communications.

  • PR Perspectives: How To Communicate A Law Firm Merger

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    Recent data shows a significant increase in law firm mergers and acquisitions in the U.K., and to ensure the deal goes without a hitch, both internal and external communications need to be carefully planned so that appropriate messaging aligns with the objectives of the deal, says Belinda Lewis at Birketts.

  • Why Law Firms Should Heed Calls To Put ESG Over Profit

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    According to Deloitte’s recent survey, the majority of Gen Z and millennials remain unimpressed with businesses’ societal impact, and junior lawyers in particular are increasingly expecting the legal profession to shift to a business model that prioritizes sustainability above profitability, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • PR Perspectives: What Not To Do In Legal Public Relations

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    There is a wealth of advice about how to publicize a law firm, but what not to do is just as important, and ignoring a target audience, communicating without a strategy, or misusing social media are potentially risky and reputation-damaging practices, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • A Diverse Workforce Can Help Close The Legal Talent Gap

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    Recent reports from professional firms reveal that a diverse workforce is likely to close the talent gap and achieve better business outcomes, and for law firms, this needs to start with routes into the profession in order to make a real change, says Jody Tranter at Barbri.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

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