Pulse UK

  • April 29, 2024

    The Best Therapy For Lawyers, According To Ex-Lawyers

    Attorneys-turned-therapists say no one understands the stresses of being a lawyer like another lawyer. They also say their clients sometimes struggle at first with treatment that prioritizes feelings, mindfulness and even body awareness over the intellectualizing and rationalizing that make them successful at their jobs.

  • April 29, 2024

    DWF Barrister Made False Discrimination Claims, BSB Says

    A former DWF LLP barrister is facing disciplinary action over allegations that he dishonestly and deliberately targeted his boss with false accusations of homophobia and racism.

  • April 29, 2024

    More Post Office Convictions Sent For Appeal

    The Criminal Cases Review Commission said on Monday that it has sent the cases of five more Post Office workers who were convicted during the Horizon IT scandal to the Crown Court for appeal, the latest in a string of proceedings to head for review after the major miscarriage of justice.

  • April 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Trims 2024 Intake Of New Partners To 29

    Clifford Chance LLP said on Monday that it has elected 29 new partners in its global business, the latest firm to see a dip in promotion numbers for 2024.

  • April 26, 2024

    Senators Urge ABA To Look Into Rape Questions On Bar Apps

    Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to the American Bar Association on Friday urging it to study how state bar applications require would-be attorneys to disclose sexual violence.

  • April 29, 2024

    Lawyer's Death Puts Spotlight On Industry's All-Hours Culture

    Law firms are churning out mental health policies and well-being initiatives, but an inquest into the death of Vanessa Ford, a transactions partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, has shone an uncomfortable light on the sector's long-hours culture.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Mishcon Head Of Risk Joins Litigation Boutique

    Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has appointed Jarret Brown as its new head of compliance in a role he hopes is "going to be a little less frenetic" at a place with less "infrastructure to shift."

  • April 26, 2024

    Law Firm Office Manager Gets OK For Disability Bias Claim

    A law firm office manager can sue his bosses for disability discrimination after an employment tribunal ruled that his flat feet condition was affecting him daily when they decided to make him redundant.

  • April 26, 2024

    UK Disclosure Review Hints At Tweak, But No Overhaul

    A preview of potential reforms to the disclosure process in U.K. criminal cases hints at incremental changes rather than a major overhaul as both prosecutors and defense lawyers warn that the system risks collapsing under the weight of digital evidence.

  • April 26, 2024

    RPC's New Partner Numbers Dip To 5 In Latest Class

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP said on Friday that five lawyers are being elevated to its partnership, the latest in a wave of law firms to see a dip in promotions from recent years.

  • April 26, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen budget airline Ryanair file a claim against NATS PLC after the air traffic controller's system collapsed, Mastercard and Visa Europe face group claims from Christian Dior and dozens of other beauty retailers, an intellectual property clash between the publisher of The Sun and ITV, and ISC Europe sue a former director for alleged money laundering. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 26, 2024

    Petrol Mogul Says Subsidiary Liable For $7M Baker Botts Fees

    An Egyptian energy tycoon has denied allegations in a London court that he owes Baker Botts LLP almost $7 million in fees for two of his petrochemical companies, arguing that a partner at the law firm said his company would not be liable for the costs of its subsidiaries.

  • April 26, 2024

    2 More Law Firms Fined For AML Compliance Failures

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said on Friday that it has fined two law firms for their failures to comply with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations.

  • April 26, 2024

    PI Lawyer Rebuked Over Rejected Settlement Offers

    A personal injury lawyer has been rebuked after he misled opposing solicitors into thinking that his client had rejected two offers to settle a legal claim, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • April 25, 2024

    DLA Piper Promotes 63 Lawyers To Partnership Worldwide

    DLA Piper said Thursday it has elevated 63 new lawyers to its partnership across the globe in a U.S.-led promotion round that marks a dip from its class of 72 new partners in 2023.

  • April 25, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel, Morgan Lewis Make Strides In Saudi Arabia

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP have set their sights on Saudi Arabia, announcing steps toward establishing themselves in its capital city of Riyadh on Thursday.

  • April 25, 2024

    Law Firm Escapes £68M Ponzi Fraud Negligence Claim

    Lupton Fawcett LLP has averted a £68 million ($85 million) professional negligence claim against it, as a London court ruled the claimants' alleged loss as victims of a Ponzi fraud could not be linked to the law firm's actions.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ex-Lawyer At Clarke Willmott Accused Of Obfuscating Email

    Britain's legal regulator has referred a solicitor from Clarke Willmott LLP to a disciplinary tribunal, accusing him of deleting a client's email from the firm's system and lying about it.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ex-Locke Lord Atty Loses Fight To Challenge Fraud Sentence

    A London appellate court on Thursday blocked Locke Lord LLP's former banking partner from challenging his prison sentence for taking part in a £21 million ($26.2 million) Ponzi scheme.

  • April 25, 2024

    Disciplinary Chair Wins Worker Status, Holiday Pay

    A barrister who served as a chair on the regulatory board for the Nursing and Midwifery Council has won his bid for paid annual leave, with the Employment Tribunal finding that gig economy workers must have an incentive to take holidays, so they do not swap cash for rest.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ephgrave Says SFO Must Be 'Relevant' To UK Taxpayers

    The director of the Serious Fraud Office said on Thursday that the spate of fraud investigations launched early in his tenure wasn't a deliberate policy — though he acknowledged that he wants to make the agency "relevant to the taxpayer."

  • May 02, 2024

    RPC Hires 4-Lawyer Risks Team From Mayer Brown

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has boosted its professional liability disputes and regulatory offering with the hire of four specialists from Mayer Brown LLP to its office in London.

  • April 25, 2024

    Compliance Officer To Face Tribunal Over Accounts Failures

    A solicitor must face a disciplinary tribunal after he allegedly failed to provide accountants' reports for two law firms in southeast England and allowed the client account of one of those firms to be used as a banking facility, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • May 02, 2024

    White & Case Hires White-Collar Pro From Noerr In Germany

    White & Case LLP has hired the former co-head of the compliance and investigations group at Noerr to lead its internal investigations team in Frankfurt as part of a big push to expand its global white-collar practice.

  • May 02, 2024

    Travers Smith To Lose 2 Private Equity Partners To Goodwin

    Goodwin Procter LLP said on Thursday that it has recruited two private equity specialists from Travers Smith LLP as the U.K. law firm battles to regain its footing after its partner losses hit double digits in 2023.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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