Pulse UK

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Lawyer Denies Concealing IT Bug From Court

    A Post Office lawyer was told of a bug in the accounting system used to prosecute an innocent sub-postmistress days before her trial but did not disclose this to the court, according to documents submitted Friday to the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal.

  • May 03, 2024

    Political Aide Asks Tribunal For Damages Over Unfair Sacking

    A former Labour Party staff member argued for more than £200,000 ($250,000) in damages on Friday after she won her tribunal claim alleging that the MP she worked for had fired her after she blew the whistle on misconduct that included antisemitism.

  • May 03, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen rapper Ivorian Doll hit with a copyright claim, private members club Aspinalls file a claim against a Saudi sheikh, and Motorola Solutions file a claim against the British government on the heels of its dispute over losing a £400 million ($502 million) government contract. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 03, 2024

    5 Questions For Mewburn Ellis TM Chief Andy King

    Mewburn Ellis LLP head of trademark Andy King talks to Law360 about changing client attitudes, keeping pace with rapidly evolving technology, such as the twin impacts of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, plus the fight for effective representation at the U.K. trademark office.

  • May 03, 2024

    Freshfields' NQ Salary Outpaces A&O Shearman By 20%

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP said on Friday that it has raised the annual salary of newly qualified lawyers in London to £150,000 ($188,000) from £125,000 — 20% higher than the current offering from the newly merged A&O Shearman.

  • May 03, 2024

    Financial Adviser Convicted In Axiom Legal Fund Fraud Case

    A former financial adviser was convicted on Friday of siphoning £5.8 million ($7.3 million) from an investment fund using secret commission payments as part of a legal financing fraud.

  • May 02, 2024

    Ex-Clarke Willmott Lawyer Faces Hearing On Conduct Claims

    A former solicitor at Clarke Willmott LLP must face a disciplinary tribunal regarding allegations that he engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct toward a colleague at a work event arranged by his firm, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • May 02, 2024

    Some Pupillage Providers Are Risk Averse On Diversity

    The proportion of pupils who come from diverse backgrounds is on the rise, but some pupillage providers are cautious about recruitment, the Bar Standards Board revealed on Thursday.

  • May 02, 2024

    If High Court Upends Jan. 6 Conviction, What Happens Next?

    If the U.S. Supreme Court decides prosecutors overstepped by charging a rioter who stormed the Capitol with obstruction, the results will likely be mixed for hundreds of other defendants charged with the same crime, particularly those who have been convicted. That post-appeal uncertainty is nothing new, defense attorneys say.

  • May 02, 2024

    Solicitor To Face Tribunal Over False Statements About Firm

    A lawyer accused of making inaccurate statements about a law firm will have to appear before a disciplinary tribunal over the charges, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has decided.

  • May 02, 2024

    Travers Smith Loses Partner To Sidley's London Office

    A third partner has left Travers Smith LLP for a U.S. law firm in London within a week in what could signal a renewed trend of departures from the City outfit after a brief period of stability.

  • May 09, 2024

    Dentons Hires Disputes Partner With Green Expertise

    Dentons has hired an environmental litigation guru, who spent over a decade at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, to take up a partner position in its disputes team.

  • May 02, 2024

    McDermott Names New Senior Partner, Office Head In London

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced a change of guard on Thursday with the appointment of a new office managing partner and a new senior partner as the firm continues to expand its London office.

  • May 01, 2024

    Court Staffer Wins Case Over Colleague's Grievance Lie

    An administrative officer at a Manchester magistrates court has won her claim alleging that her manager victimized her by lying about her accusing him of being "all over" a new recruit.

  • May 01, 2024

    Law Firm Manager Must Pay £6K Over Poor Bookkeeping

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with a law firm manager for her to pay £6,011 ($7,500) over failing to properly maintain records of the practice's accounts over 11 years.

  • May 01, 2024

    PE-Backed Legal Group Buys Regional Firm Slater Heelis

    A private equity-backed legal services group said Wednesday that it has bought Slater Heelis Ltd., its second acquisition of a regional law firm in the past year as it continues to expand its reach in the U.K. legal industry.

  • May 01, 2024

    CMS Taps Corporate Veteran For Senior Partner At UK LLP

    CMS announced on Wednesday that veteran corporate lawyer Charles Currier has taken over as senior partner of its U.K. limited liability partnership as it strives to continue to expand its business.

  • May 08, 2024

    Mantle Law Hires Construction Pro From Pinsent Masons

    Mantle Law (UK) LLP has hired a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP to its specialist construction, infrastructure and energy disputes practice in London, with the recruit kicking off his new role on Wednesday, amid a belief that boutique law firms are "coming of age."

  • May 01, 2024

    Former A&O Vet Leaves As Shearman Megamerger Lifts Off

    A former long-time Allen & Overy LLP veteran who was leading Shearman's finance team has not joined the newly-formed A&O Shearman, it emerged, as the megamerger went live Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Head Of Judiciary Sets Up Board For Open Justice Reform

    The head of the judiciary in England and Wales announced she has established a judge-led board to modernize open justice in courts and tribunals by exploring the "careful" expansion of broadcasting hearings and making it easier for the press to attend them online.

  • May 01, 2024

    Ex-Cartwright King Lawyer Denies Post Office Stalling Tactic

    A former Cartwright King lawyer who prosecuted people for the Post Office based on faulty IT data denied there was a "tactic" to delay the disclosure of vital evidence to the defense, as he gave evidence to the inquiry into the Horizon scandal on Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Adds 4 Lawyers To Its Partnership

    Kingsley Napley LLP said on Wednesday that it has promoted four lawyers to its partnership, with women now accounting for nearly half of the partners at the firm.

  • April 30, 2024

    A&O Shearman Faces Challenge To Unify Distinct Markets

    As the newly combined Allen Overy Shearman Sterling launches Wednesday, so far the signs are that the biggest merger in the sector in a decade may leave two distinct markets operating on either side of the Atlantic.

  • April 30, 2024

    Cartwright King Warned Post Office Of Giving Defense Ammo

    A Cartwright King lawyer warned that the Post Office announcing an independent review into the IT system used to wrongfully prosecute innocent people would "give ammunition" to the defense, according to documents disclosed to the inquiry into the scandal Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    Dorsey & Whitney Adds New Specialist Partner

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP has hired an employment specialist from Lewis Silkin LLP as a partner, bringing over 25 years of experience to the firm's London office.

Expert Analysis

  • Translating The Plan For English-Language German Courts

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    The German Ministry of Justice is aiming to do away with the mistakes of the past and overhaul the German civil procedure in order to accommodate English-language disputes, but the success of these proceedings will depend very much on factors that the proposal does not address, say Jan Schaefer and Rüdiger Morbach at King & Spalding.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Russian Bank Ruling Clarifies UK Sanctions Regime

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    The recent U.K. High Court judgment of PJSC National Bank Trust v. Mints, a case brought by two Russian banks, is significant in clarifying that the U.K. sanctions regime does not deprive designated persons of their fundamental common law right to bring a claim in an English court, despite their assets being frozen, says Zoe O’Sullivan KC at Serle Court.

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Has The Liberalization Of Legal Services Achieved Its Aims?

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    Although there is still some way to go, alternative business structures are now an increasingly prominent feature of the legal services landscape, and clients can expect greater choice, improved quality and more manageable costs, as was intended by this shake-up of the profession's regulatory frameworks 15 years ago, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • How Overseas Property Verification Poses Risks To Attorneys

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    The recently launched register of overseas entities, requiring verification of foreign owners hoping to purchase U.K. property, could expose attorneys to criminal prosecution, professional negligence claims and reputational damage if they do not complete these checks to the required standard, which nevertheless remains murky, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • What To Expect From UK's New Economic Crime Bill

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency bill, if passed, will reform aspects of Companies House and strengthen government anti-money laundering efforts, but it is also raising questions about how new information sharing requirements will affect businesses, say attorneys at Signature Litigation.

  • A Trusted Cybersecurity Framework Is Imperative For Lawyers

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    The recent increased risk of cyberattacks has a number of profound implications for law firms, and complying with government guidance by embedding a cyber-savvy culture and adhering to a security framework will enable lawyers to add extra layers of defense and present their clients with higher levels of protection, says Marion Stewart at Red Helix.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • What UK Professional Regulation Looks Like In A #MeToo Era

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    Two recent rulings from U.K. courts and tribunals reveal the increasingly shifting line between professional misbehavior and bad actions that would previously have been considered outside the scope of professional regulators, says Andrew Katzen at Hickman & Rose.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Opinion

    New NJ Fed. Rule On Litigation Funding Should Be Welcomed

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    The District of New Jersey's new local civil rule on litigation funding disclosure has faced exaggerated criticisms when it is a logical extension of the current practices in many U.S. jurisdictions, leads to greater transparency for the parties and the court without unduly burdening the parties, and is a positive development particularly in product liability cases, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

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