Pulse UK

  • May 14, 2024

    Brodies, Pinsent Advise On £100M Loan For Green Port Project

    Haventus, a green projects site manager, has secured a £100 million ($126 million) joint credit facility from UK Infrastructure Bank and the Scottish National Investment Bank for the redevelopment of its Ardersier Port near Inverness, Scotland, law firm Brodies LLP said Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Perkins Coie Launches In London With PE Veteran

    Perkins Coie LLP said Tuesday that it has launched in London with a team of six corporate lawyers led by a private equity veteran to serve European technology companies and investors from one location.

  • May 14, 2024

    London Law Firms Look Abroad As Home Market Stagnates

    Some London law firms are looking to expand in Europe and beyond for business growth after feeling the constraints of Brexit and a saturated legal marketplace — ignoring warnings that the rates for work in the Continent are low in comparison with fees in Britain.

  • May 13, 2024

    UK Gov't Looking To Bolster Legal Tech Ties With Australia

    The government said Monday that it is extending its campaign to boost the legal technology sector's ties with Australia to help pull trade back to the U.K.

  • May 13, 2024

    Candey, Ex-Partner Face Tribunal Over Alleged AML Breach

    Candey Ltd. and a former partner breached money laundering regulations by not adequately checking the source of nearly £24 million ($30 million) of client funds earmarked for a property purchase, the Solicitors Regulation Authority told a tribunal Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    Law Firm Beats Paralegal's COVID Whistleblower Claim

    An employment tribunal has dismissed a former paralegal's claim alleging she was unfairly dismissed for raising complaints about her mentor's behavior and COVID-19 practices, finding the disclosures didn't play a part in the firm's decision to fire her.

  • May 13, 2024

    Barrister May Have 'Dozed Off' For Medical Reasons, She Says

    A barrister denied undermining the public's trust in the legal profession on Monday after she was brought before the barristers' tribunal for allegedly falling asleep during a coroner's inquest in which she was acting as counsel.

  • May 13, 2024

    Haynes Boone Makes UK Real Estate Debut With New Hire

    Haynes and Boone LLP has moved to establish its real estate practice in the U.K. with the addition of a new partner from Clifford Chance LLP.

  • May 13, 2024

    Temple Bright Launches Flexible Legal Business

    Temple Bright LLP said on Monday it has become the latest law firm to launch its own flexible resourcing business, joining what it called the fast-growing market of organizations offering temporary and interim legal support.

  • May 13, 2024

    Gov't Tells Finance, Law Watchdogs To Improve AML Reports

    HM Treasury and Britain's anti-money laundering watchdog have told professional bodies in sectors including law and accounting to sharpen the focus in their annual reports on failures in compliance and supervisory actions.

  • May 10, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Playtech file an intellectual property claim against online casino company OnAir Entertainment amid allegations of corporate spying, a broadcast equipment company sue its former owner amid allegations he conspired to inflate a customer’s finances, and aerospace company Vertical Aerospace hit a manufacturer with a claim following a test flight crash. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 10, 2024

    Former Akin Chairman R. Bruce McLean Dies At 77

    Former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Chairman R. Bruce McLean — who helped transform Akin into an international powerhouse — died Thursday, the firm said. He was 77.

  • May 10, 2024

    University Of Dundee Receives £1.1M For Legal Tech Center

    Scottish law firm Thorntons announced in collaboration with the University of Dundee on Friday a government-derived award of £1.1 million ($1.38 million) to fuel education in law and technology at the school.

  • May 10, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel Loses Co-Head Of UK Competition Group

    The co-head of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's U.K. competition practice group has left after less than a year and a half at the firm.

  • May 10, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel NQs' Pay Hits £180K To Match City's Top Tier

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said on Friday that its newly qualified London lawyers will receive an extra £28,000 ($35,000) from June, taking their remuneration to £180,000, which makes it one of the highest-paying firms in the City.

  • May 17, 2024

    White & Case Pro Exits To Launch Boutique's London Office

    Veteran White & Case LLP partner David Goldberg is set to add his name to the arbitration boutique of Andrea Pinna, as he launches the London operations of Pinna Goldberg.

  • May 10, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Lawyer To Face Tribunal Over Zahawi SLAPP

    An Osborne Clarke LLP partner who represented Nadhim Zahawi could face a disciplinary tribunal over allegations that he used intimidatory warnings in an attempt to silence a critic who was probing the former Conservative chancellor's tax affairs.

  • May 09, 2024

    Court Staffer Wins Claim That Office Work Was Discriminatory

    An administrative officer at a London magistrates court has won her employment tribunal claim accusing the court of unlawfully disciplining her for missing work because of her chronic pain condition.

  • May 09, 2024

    Travers Smith's Latest Exodus May Be A Red Flag For Strategy

    Travers Smith LLP has seen another spate of partner departures, leaving legal industry experts questioning the City stalwart's strategic direction and the long-term viability of independent law firms banking on private equity clients.

  • May 09, 2024

    Lord Chancellor Considers Review Of Legal Services Act

    The lord chancellor has said that there is "a growing case" for reviewing the regulation of lawyers' conduct that has come under the spotlight in light of the recent Axiom Ince Ltd. and Post Office scandals.

  • May 09, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Hires Marine Team From Clyde & Co.

    Hill Dickinson LLP has announced the hire of a full marine team from rival Clyde & Co. LLP for its Newcastle office, adding the specialty to its offering in the northern city.

  • May 09, 2024

    Chambers Won't Send Pupils To London Court After Assault

    Garden Court Chambers, a leading London barristers' set, has said it will not be sending pupils to a criminal court in the east of the city after a report of a "serious assault" by security staff against a solicitor.

  • May 08, 2024

    ABA Will Study Rape Questions' Necessity For Bar Applicants

    An American Bar Association commission will issue a report and recommendations by August on the practice of requiring would-be lawyers to disclose and discuss their experiences of sexual violence during the attorney licensure process.

  • May 15, 2024

    RPC Hires New Competition Chief From MoFo

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has hired a new partner to lead its London competition practice who brings more than a decade of experience advising on global antitrust issues at Morrison Foerster LLP.

  • May 08, 2024

    CILEX Watchdog Doubles Down On SRA Regulation Concerns

    CILEX Regulation Ltd. on Wednesday reaffirmed its longstanding concerns over proposals for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to drop its specialist regulator and hand over responsibilities to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Legal Privilege Lessons From Dechert Disclosure Ruling

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, finding that evidence may have been incorrectly withheld, provides welcome clarification of the scope of legal professional privilege, including the application of the iniquity exception, says Tim Knight at Travers Smith.

  • 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.

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