Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • April 25, 2024

    Post Office Official Denies Misleading Court About IT System

    A Post Office director denied misleading the court about what she knew about the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent people, as she gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal Thursday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Sidley Marketing Chief Scott L. Kilburg Dies At 51

    Sidley Austin LLP Chief Marketing Officer Scott L. Kilburg died last week, the firm has confirmed. He was 51.

  • April 24, 2024

    Post Office GC Didn't Know To Disclose Witness Misled Court

    As he gave evidence to an inquiry Wednesday, the Post Office's former general counsel said external law firm Cartwright King didn't tell him that the fact that an expert witness lied to the court when testifying against subpostmasters needed to be disclosed.

  • April 24, 2024

    LSB Urges Regulators To Step Up Support For Legal Tech

    The Legal Services Board has urged industry regulators to help consumers get better access to support by doing more to promote the use of technology and innovation, after it found that many people don't get help when they experience a legal problem.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Partner Fails To Toss SRA Dishonesty Allegation

    A former equity partner in a real estate conveyancing firm failed on Wednesday to have a tribunal prevent the Solicitors Regulation Authority from accusing him of dishonesty, as it ruled that an offer by the watchdog to settle did not mean he should not have expected the allegation.

  • April 24, 2024

    Shakespeare Martineau Opens New Southern England Office

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP is opening a new office in Southampton, its 12th in Britain, in a move to extend its legal services practice to clients in the south of England.

  • April 24, 2024

    Keoghs Beats 'Rude' Job Candidate's Discrimination Claim

    An employment tribunal has thrown out a race discrimination claim against law firm Keoghs LLP, ruling that it did not treat a Greek national unfairly by rescinding a job offer for his "rude and uncooperative" behavior in an onboarding meeting.

  • April 24, 2024

    SFO Admits Deleting Osofsky's Phone Amid ENRC Leaks Row

    The Serious Fraud Office acknowledged on Wednesday that it "inappropriately" erased the mobile phone of its former director, Lisa Osofsky, during litigation over alleged leaks in what mining giant ENRC told a London court was a "flagrant breach" of its disclosure obligations.

  • April 24, 2024

    Law Firm Ordered To Repay Couple £194K For Loan Breach

    A court has ordered a law firm to reimburse a married couple at least £194,000 ($241,000) after finding that it had failed to adhere to the terms of two loan agreements the pair provided to help to fund its working capital and cover general business expenses.

  • April 24, 2024

    IP Firm Can't Take Bid To Block Clients' Case To Top Court

    Britain's highest court has rejected a final attempt by Marks & Clerk LLP to block thousands of former clients from bringing a bribery class action over alleged secret commission payments, ruling that the law firm did not put forward any arguable legal challenges that justified an appeal.

  • April 23, 2024

    Post Office GC Felt 'Scapegoated' Over Horizon Review

    The Post Office's former general counsel felt "scapegoated" over the conclusions of an independent report she commissioned into the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent people, she told the inquiry into the scandal Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    Gender Wage Gap Begins At Start Of Career, Bar Council Says

    Junior woman barristers in their first three years of practice earned an average of 13% less than their male colleagues in 2022, showing a slight improvement from the 17% disparity the year before, a Bar Council report published Tuesday found.

  • April 23, 2024

    Litigation Funders Face Risk Of Regulation In Judicial Reform

    England's judicial adviser announced Tuesday that it has launched a review into third-party civil litigation funding that will consider whether to regulate the sector, cap fees and investigate conflicts of interest between funders and litigants.

  • April 23, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons Unveils Associates Leadership Council

    Simmons & Simmons LLP said Tuesday that it has launched an advisory council for associates in the U.K. to give future leaders of the legal business early management experience.

  • April 23, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Partner Fights SRA's Dishonesty Accusation

    A former partner at a conveyancing firm urged a London tribunal on Tuesday to dismiss the Solicitors Regulation Authority's claim that he had acted dishonestly during a real estate transaction, arguing that the regulator abused the tribunal process.

  • April 23, 2024

    Freshfields Promotes 40 Lawyers To Counsel

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP said Tuesday that it has promoted 40 lawyers to counsel, with a quarter of the promotions drawn from the firm's London office.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • UK Internal Investigations Are Taking An Ungainly Turn

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    The London High Court's decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has a lot to say on the vitality of legal professional privilege and the conduct of internal investigations in the U.K., but its flawed logic and lack of pragmatism feel like the latest installment in SFO Director David Green's pushback against U.S.-style investigation procedures, say Matthew Herrington and Tom Best of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Once More Unto The Breach — Rehearing In Newman?

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    On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York decided to seek appellate review of several aspects of the recent insider-trading decision in U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson. En banc rehearing petitions are rarely granted in any circuit, and are particularly rare in the Second Circuit, which hears the fewest number of rehearings of any circuit in the country, say Eugene Ingoglia and Gregory Morvillo of Morvillo LLP.

  • UK Tax Advisers Are Beyond Legal Advice Privilege

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    A recent judgment from the U.K. Supreme Court in one of the most significant decisions on legal advice privilege for many years. Prudential PLC v. Special Commissioner of Income Tax, which dealt a blow to tax advisers and other nonlegally qualified service providers who provide legal advice to their clients, confirmed that — consistent with the position in the U.S. — legal advice privilege only protects communications to or from a qualified lawyer, say Richard Hornshaw and Daniel Cohen of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

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