Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • April 30, 2024

    Restructuring Pro Rejoins Dentons From Faegre Drinker

    Dentons has hired a partner back from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to head its restructuring and insolvency practice in the U.K., Ireland and the Middle East — a move the returning partner called "a really compelling proposition."

  • April 23, 2024

    Ashurst's Partner Promotions Hit All-Time High In 2024

    Ashurst LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected 30 lawyers to its partnership, the third year in a row that the firm has added a record number of newly promoted partners to its global business in a single year.

  • April 22, 2024

    Obelisk Sees Rise In GC Roles As Businesses Seek Flexibility

    Obelisk Support said Monday that it had launched a new service that provides clients with access to a general counsel as needed, without the expense or obligation of a permanent hire as it leans into opportunities as more and more lawyers look to freelance.

  • April 22, 2024

    Ex-Axiom Ince Chief Faces Bankruptcy Petition

    The former head of collapsed Axiom Ince Ltd. is facing a bankruptcy petition after being accused of misappropriating almost £65 million ($80.3 million) to fund the acquisition of Ince Group PLC and property purchases.

  • April 29, 2024

    New Norton Rose UK Antitrust Chief Eyes Fresh Opportunities

    Norton Rose Fulbright has promoted one of its partners to become its new head of antitrust and competition in London, with the new chief saying Monday she saw "new opportunities" for the group to build after her predecessor left for Cooley LLP.

  • April 22, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Director Allowed Client Account Misuse

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined a former law firm director after he allowed his firm's client account to be used as a banking facility and failed to carry out client due diligence on a property transaction.

  • April 22, 2024

    Eversheds, Addleshaw Break New Partner Promotion Records

    Eversheds Sutherland International said on Monday that it has promoted 40 lawyers to its partnership, the highest number on the firm's record for a single year.

  • April 22, 2024

    Frenkel Topping Acquires North West Law For £2.75M

    Specialist advisory firm Frenkel Topping said Monday that it has acquired North West Law Services Ltd. for £2.75 million ($3.3 million) to expand its activities within the personal injury and clinical negligence advisory market.

  • April 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Adds Private Capital Pro From Paul Hastings

    Clifford Chance LLP has recruited an investments expert to join its London office as a partner, as the firm looks to add "firepower" to its global financial markets team.

  • April 22, 2024

    Law Firm Forced Staffer To Quit Amid Quarrel With Partner

    A law firm unfairly pushed a member of staff to quit by stripping her of a vital part of her role soon after she complained about the hostile conduct of one of the partners, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 19, 2024

    Reed Smith Can't Escape £21M Suit Says Shipping Co.

    A United Arab Emirates shipping company suing Reed Smith LLP for £21 million ($26.1 million) has accused the law firm of "surreptitiously" telling Barclays Bank that the shipping company was sanctioned by the U.S. resulting in its funds being frozen.

  • April 19, 2024

    SRA Calls For Law Firms To Step Up Checks On Third Parties

    Half of law firms have changed working practices to avoid getting instructed in meritless lawsuits that gag negative publicity, but they still need more checks and balances in place when they work with third parties on reputation management claims, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Post Office Lawyer Denies Aggressive Litigation Tactics

    A top Post Office lawyer denied that his team had a strategy of fighting off at all costs a civil action brought by wrongly prosecuted sub-postmasters in order to stave off criminal appeals, as he testified Friday at the public inquiry into the scandal.

  • April 19, 2024

    Shrinking Partner Rounds Mirror Shifting Associate Priorities

    The economic downturn's impact on law firm profits has hit partner promotions in 2024. But it's not all doom and gloom, as the rise in salaries has lessened the desire among associates to own firm equity.

  • April 19, 2024

    SRA Fines Two More Law Firms Over AML Failures

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined two more law firms for breaching anti-money laundering laws as it continues its clampdown on the profession.

Expert Analysis

  • 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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