Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • May 07, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Hires M&A Pro From Deloitte

    Kingsley Napley LLP has hired a partner from Deloitte LLP as it seeks to expand its corporate practice and its focus on mergers and acquisitions despite the slowdown in the U.K. deals market.

  • April 30, 2024

    HSF's Paula Hodges On Arbitration's Future — And Her Own

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP announced earlier this month that Paula Hodges KC will retire from the firm as of Wednesday, with Simon Chapman KC and Andrew Cannon taking her place as co-heads of the global arbitration practice. Law360 recently sat down with Hodges, who spent her entire 37-year career at Herbert Smith Freehills, to talk about what's next, how commercial arbitration has evolved over her career, and her experience as one of the first women in international arbitration.

  • April 30, 2024

    Oil Co. Claims Nigeria In For Windfall From $11B Win Legal Bill

    An oil and gas company urged a London appellate court on Tuesday to change the currency for Nigeria's legal costs from a battle over an $11 billion arbitration award due to bribery and fraud, arguing the West African state would profit from exchange rate fluctuations.

  • April 30, 2024

    Kennedys Names 17 New Partners In 2024 Promotion Cohort

    Kennedys said Tuesday it has named 17 partners in its latest annual promotion round, bringing the law firm's worldwide total to 349, but the 2024 cohort marks the second straight year of declining numbers of partner promotions for the firm.

  • April 30, 2024

    RBG Posts £11M Loss Amid Revenue Slump, 'Headwinds'

    RBG Holdings PLC told the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday that it recorded a loss of more than £11 million ($13.8 million) and revenues tumbled by almost 13% in 2023 as the business took steps to refocus on legal services and transactional work declined.

  • April 30, 2024

    HFW Hires Arbitration And Ship Finance Pros In Paris

    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP has recruited two teams that specialize in shipping finance and international arbitration to its office in Paris as it looks to strengthen its business in the French capital.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ethics Probes Take Mental Toll On Solo, Small Firm Attorneys

    Facing a disciplinary complaint can take a toll on any attorney’s mental health. But for solo practitioners and small firm lawyers, who typically juggle all aspects of their business from handling client matters to administrative tasks like managing trust accounts, it can threaten to upend their lives.

  • April 30, 2024

    A&O Shearman Names UK And US Managing Partners

    Allen & Overy LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP named on Tuesday the partners set to lead the soon-to-be merged A&O Shearman for the U.S. and U.K. markets.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-DWF Barrister Disbarred Over False Discrimination Claims

    A tribunal disbarred a formed DWF barrister on Tuesday after concluding that he had dishonestly targeted his boss with false allegations of homophobia and racism, possibly to deflect attention from complaints of misconduct made against him.

  • April 30, 2024

    Vanquis Bank Seeks £4.5M For Law Firm's Complaints Deluge

    Vanquis Bank Ltd. is seeking an estimated £4.5 million ($5.6 million) from a law firm it says has sent it thousands of meritless complaints, accusing it of irresponsible lending in a "reckless and indiscriminate" approach to earn commission if a claim happens to succeed.

  • April 30, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Promotes 18 Lawyers To Partnership

    Taylor Wessing LLP said Tuesday that 18 lawyers from its international network are being bumped up to the partnership in 2024, with most of the promotions coming in England and Germany.

  • April 29, 2024

    DWF Names Property Pro As Managing Partner In Newcastle

    DWF Law LLP said Monday it has appointed a real estate expert as the new managing partner of its Newcastle office as the firm moves to secure more work and more lawyers in northeast England.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

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