Pulse UK

  • May 21, 2024

    Russian Litigants Abandon UK Courts As Sanctions Bite

    The number of Russian litigants using London's commercial courts has collapsed in the past year amid tightening sanctions on individuals and businesses tied to the Kremlin over the war in Ukraine, a report published Wednesday said.

  • May 21, 2024

    Attys With AI Skills Command Pay Bumps In The US, UK

    Lawyer job listings that require artificial intelligence skills carry a wage premium of up to 49% higher in some markets, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Eversheds Sutherland Closing Berlin Office After A Decade

    Eversheds Sutherland International said Tuesday that it will close its office in Berlin by the end of 2024 after a "strategic review of its German business."

  • May 21, 2024

    Claims Biz Sues Bankrupt Law Firm For PPI Referral Fees

    A claims processor has asked a London court to recoup £663,000 ($843,144) from an insolvent law firm based on a previous ruling, arguing that its payment obligations existed years before it folded.

  • May 21, 2024

    13 Clyde & Co. Lawyers Defect To Kennedys In Madrid

    Kennedys has hired 13 lawyers including a trio of insurance partners from Clyde & Co. LLP for its Madrid office, with the firm intent on strengthening its footing in one of Europe's key arenas.

  • May 21, 2024

    Post Office Official Told MP About IT Bugs Ahead Of Report

    A former Post Office senior official conceded she was the "bearer of bad news" by ensuring an MP was told of bugs in the IT system used to wrongly prosecute innocent people, as she gave evidence to an inquiry Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Lawyer Suspended For Misconduct Toward Junior Women

    A solicitor was suspended from legal practice for two years on Tuesday and hit with costs of £85,000 ($108,000) after a disciplinary tribunal held a private hearing over allegations of sexually motivated and inappropriate conduct toward multiple junior female employees.

  • May 21, 2024

    CMS Becomes First 'Foster Friendly' UK Firm With New Policy

    CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP said on Tuesday that it has introduced a new policy committing it to support staff who are foster carers, becoming the first U.K. law firm to receive a "Foster Friendly" accreditation.

  • May 20, 2024

    Arbitrator In $14.9B Malaysia Case Can't Nix Contempt Ruling

    Embattled arbitrator Gonzalo Stampa has lost an appeal challenging his conviction in Spain for contempt of court after he ordered Malaysia to pay $14.9 billion to the heirs of the last sultan of Sulu in an unusual, high-stakes arbitration stemming from a 19th-century land deal.

  • May 20, 2024

    Barristers Blast Lack Of Data As Remote Hearings Decline

    The Bar Council on Monday reported a "significant and steep decline" in the number of remote court hearings taking place since the peak of COVID-19 and condemned the "staggering" lack of data available to assess their effectiveness.

  • May 20, 2024

    Collapsed Firm Escapes Fine For Making Unapproved Claims

    The solicitors' watchdog for England and Wales on Monday waived a £65,300 ($83,000) fine for a shuttered law firm that submitted claims without clients' approval, scrapping the penalty to safeguard the outfit's creditors.

  • May 20, 2024

    Small Law Firms Turning To Tech In Bid To Fuel Growth

    A rising number of small U.K. law firms are harboring ambitions to expand their business over the next year, an industry survey published Tuesday has revealed, with more than half turning to legal technology as the way forward.

  • May 20, 2024

    SRA Can't Block £75K Costs Order For Flawed Case

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has failed to stave off a £75,000 ($95,000) order as a London court ruled that a tribunal was right to award a solicitor costs for the watchdog's "fundamentally flawed" misconduct allegation against her.

  • May 20, 2024

    Judge Approves Bankruptcy Order On Ex-Axiom Ince Chief

    A judge approved on Monday a bankruptcy order against the former head of Axiom Ince Ltd. after the now-collapsed law firm failed to pay monthly installments for its acquisition of Ince.

  • May 20, 2024

    DWF Hires Investment Funds Pro From Gateley

    DWF LLP has hired Gateley lawyer Ravi Longia as U.K. head of investment funds in its corporate group, a move the firm believes will bolster its business as it expands its services.

  • May 17, 2024

    Law Firm Beats Temp Receptionist's Discrimination Claims

    A law firm in southern England fended off several disability discrimination and harassment claims from a temporary receptionist, after an employment tribunal ruled she wasn't legally disabled.

  • May 17, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a wave of claims filed against Verity Trustees Ltd., Harley-Davidson hit retailer Next with an intellectual property claim, Turkish e-commerce entrepreneur Demet Mutlu sue her ex-husband and Trendyol co-founder Evren Üçok and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a claim against the former boss of collapsed law firm Axiom. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 17, 2024

    Law Firms Urged To Upgrade Technology For Disabled Staff

    Law firms should ensure that their content management systems and training programs are easily accessible for disabled professionals, according to new guidance published by the Law Society of England and Wales on Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    CMS Moves M&A Partner Graham Conlon To Abu Dhabi

    Graham Conlon, a corporate mergers and acquisitions partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, has moved to Abu Dhabi as the law firm opened its first office in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

  • May 17, 2024

    Linklaters Increases New Lawyers' Pay To £150K

    Linklaters LLP has bumped up its pay for newly qualified lawyers by 20% to £150,000 ($190,000) in a sign that the salary war among elite U.K. law firms is hotting up.

  • May 17, 2024

    Post Office Used Womble Bond To Avoid Looking Like 'Bullies'

    The Post Office retained Womble Bond Dickinson in a civil case brought by victims of the Horizon scandal because a more aggressive law firm might make it look like "bullies," an executive for the organization told an inquiry Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Gov't Boosts Support For Neurodivergent Offenders

    The U.K. has introduced dedicated neurodiversity officers in all public prisons across England and Wales, with the aim of offering better support for offenders with conditions such as autism and dyslexia and reduce rates of re-offending among them.

  • May 17, 2024

    Trowers To Widen Intake With Solicitor Apprenticeship Scheme

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP has launched a six-year solicitors' apprenticeship program to offer school-leavers or non-graduates an alternative to the traditional university graduate route into law.

  • May 17, 2024

    Linklaters Harnesses AI To Boost Market Share

    Linklaters LLP is banking on generative AI to increase its share of the legal market as the new technology will enable the Magic Circle firm to win more clients and work, people in charge of the strategy at the firm say.

  • May 16, 2024

    Recordati Adds New Head Of IP From Zentiva

    Recordati has hired a U.S. lawyer with a decade of experience working in-house at pharma giants Sandoz and Zentiva to take on a newly created role as group head IP counsel. 

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Legal PR

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    Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn outlines practical steps that public relations professionals working in the legal industry can take to excel at their craft, including providing regular media coaching to lawyers and quantifying the value of PR work.

  • Why Law Firms May Want To Set Up Charitable Foundations

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    An increasing number of law firms are setting up their own charitable foundations, which may be a way of achieving the goals a purposeful business wants to pursue and demonstrating to its stakeholders a tangible commitment to its professed values, says Robert Nieri at Shoosmiths.

  • Client Complaint Data Offers Key Insights For Lawyers

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    While the Legal Ombudsman has not yet released its latest annual report to the public, we can look at last year's data to decipher what may have caused a spike in client dissatisfaction and predict what to anticipate in an effort to improve the quality of legal services, says Qarrar Somji at Witan Solicitors.

  • Disciplinary Ruling Has Lessons For Lawyers On Social Media

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    A recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment against a solicitor for online posts deemed antisemitic and offensive highlights the serious sanctions that can stem from conduct on social media and the importance of law firms' efforts to ensure that their employees behave properly, say Liz Pearson and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Law Firm Considerations In Attracting And Retaining Talent

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    As law firms move away from a solely seniority-based partner remuneration model toward a reward performance system, they need to look holistically at overall contribution, maintaining an effective hierarchy of entrepreneurial senior partners, diligent management and hardworking junior staff in order to incentivize the stars they wish to keep, says Catriona Watt at Fox & Partners.

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    PR Perspectives: Focusing On The Truth Will Gain Trust

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    With a firm’s hard-won reputation at risk of being trashed if news breaks that the business has misled its stakeholders, it is far better for a public relations team to insist that external promotions be truthful, driving the organization to look critically at itself and make positive change, says Clare Rodway at Kysen PR.

  • Why It's Helpful To Understand The Role Of The SRA

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    With the ongoing Post Office inquiry and review of the role lawyers played in the scandal, the Solicitors Regulation Authority is currently under wider public consideration, and it is worth examining its role as a regulator, says Steve Roberts at Richard Nelson.

  • Tips For Hiring Adaptable Legal Talent In Uncertain Times

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    Amid the current period of economic and regulatory turbulence, businesses will need to consider skills that go beyond technical excellence when hiring in-house legal talent — including versatility, commercial awareness and artificial intelligence proficiency, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Future For Legal Press Releases

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    Although press releases are used less frequently now, they still have a place in the legal public relations repertoire, alongside the commentary, articles and social media aimed at getting law firms' or barristers' chambers' messages across, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • How Pro Bono Work Can Strengthen A Law Firm

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    Creating a sustainable pro bono program can enhance a law firm's reputation and make it attractive to prospective clients and talent in several ways, says Shams Merchant at Jackson Walker.

  • Why Neurodiversity Support In The Legal Sector Is Important

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    With recent statistics revealing that high numbers of legal professionals are reluctant to disclose their neurodivergence for fear of adverse consequences, organizations and employers should develop awareness and understanding to encourage a committed source of talent with requisite skills to make a positive contribution, says Kevin Athow, general counsel at BSH Home Appliances.

  • Legal Sector Will Benefit From New Data Security Standard

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office-approved new privacy certification scheme for the legal profession will inevitably become the default for law firms, chambers and vendors to prove their U.K. General Data Protection Regulation compliance, says Orlagh Kelly at Briefed.

  • PR Perspectives: Navigating UK And US Legal PR Differences

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    Despite apparently negligible differences between U.S. and U.K. legal systems, public relations requires an understanding of regional nuances and complex legal issues, and U.K.-based PR professionals looking to gain traction in the U.S. must adapt their strategies accordingly to achieve successful cross-jurisdictional campaigns, say Ben Finnis and Elizabeth Rincon at Greentarget.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Risks The Judiciary Needs To Be Aware Of When Using AI

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    Recently published judiciary service guidance aims to temper reliance on AI by court staff in their work, and with ever-increasing and evolving technology, such tools should be used for supplementary assistance rather than as a replacement for already existing judicial research tools, says Philip Sewell at Shepherd & Wedderburn.

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