Pulse UK

  • 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 urged industry regulators on Wednesday 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.

  • April 23, 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 22, 2024

    New Norton Rose UK Antitrust Head 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 22, 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    PR Perspectives: Focusing On The Truth Will Gain Trust

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    With a firm’s hard-won reputation at risk of being trashed if news breaks that the business has misled its stakeholders, it is far better for a public relations team to insist that external promotions be truthful, driving the organization to look critically at itself and make positive change, says Clare Rodway at Kysen PR.

  • Why It's Helpful To Understand The Role Of The SRA

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    With the ongoing Post Office inquiry and review of the role lawyers played in the scandal, the Solicitors Regulation Authority is currently under wider public consideration, and it is worth examining its role as a regulator, says Steve Roberts at Richard Nelson.

  • Tips For Hiring Adaptable Legal Talent In Uncertain Times

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    Amid the current period of economic and regulatory turbulence, businesses will need to consider skills that go beyond technical excellence when hiring in-house legal talent — including versatility, commercial awareness and artificial intelligence proficiency, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Future For Legal Press Releases

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    Although press releases are used less frequently now, they still have a place in the legal public relations repertoire, alongside the commentary, articles and social media aimed at getting law firms' or barristers' chambers' messages across, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • How Pro Bono Work Can Strengthen A Law Firm

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    Creating a sustainable pro bono program can enhance a law firm's reputation and make it attractive to prospective clients and talent in several ways, says Shams Merchant at Jackson Walker.

  • Why Neurodiversity Support In The Legal Sector Is Important

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    With recent statistics revealing that high numbers of legal professionals are reluctant to disclose their neurodivergence for fear of adverse consequences, organizations and employers should develop awareness and understanding to encourage a committed source of talent with requisite skills to make a positive contribution, says Kevin Athow, general counsel at BSH Home Appliances.

  • Legal Sector Will Benefit From New Data Security Standard

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office-approved new privacy certification scheme for the legal profession will inevitably become the default for law firms, chambers and vendors to prove their U.K. General Data Protection Regulation compliance, says Orlagh Kelly at Briefed.

  • PR Perspectives: Navigating UK And US Legal PR Differences

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    Despite apparently negligible differences between U.S. and U.K. legal systems, public relations requires an understanding of regional nuances and complex legal issues, and U.K.-based PR professionals looking to gain traction in the U.S. must adapt their strategies accordingly to achieve successful cross-jurisdictional campaigns, say Ben Finnis and Elizabeth Rincon at Greentarget.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Risks The Judiciary Needs To Be Aware Of When Using AI

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    Recently published judiciary service guidance aims to temper reliance on AI by court staff in their work, and with ever-increasing and evolving technology, such tools should be used for supplementary assistance rather than as a replacement for already existing judicial research tools, says Philip Sewell at Shepherd & Wedderburn.

  • Prompt Engineering Skills Are Changing The Legal Profession

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    With a focus on higher-value work as repetitive tasks are delegated to artificial intelligence, legal roles are set to become more inspiring, and lawyers need not fear the rising demand for prompt engineers that is altering the technology-enabled legal environment, say Eric Crawley, Shah Karim and Paul O’Hagan at Epiq Legal.

  • 4 Legal Privilege Lessons From Dechert Disclosure Ruling

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, finding that evidence may have been incorrectly withheld, provides welcome clarification of the scope of legal professional privilege, including the application of the iniquity exception, says Tim Knight at Travers Smith.

  • PR Perspectives: Don't Overstate Well-Being Or Enviro Efforts

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    Law firms should look to embrace a strong arsenal of sustainability and well-being initiatives before beginning to publicize their commitment to green and mental health efforts, or they can face the risk of making false claims, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • Record Level Of Partner Hires Shows No Sign Of Slowing

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    With indications that law firm hiring activity is increasing, the competitive market is causing candidates to evaluate potential employers more carefully, and large numbers of partners are migrating away from Silver Circle and West End firms in pursuit of closer parity in work and pay, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • PR Perspectives: Choosing How To Communicate For Impact

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    Successful legal public relations involves developing productive working relationships, and choosing which medium to use when communicating is important, since it will reflect the level of familiarity with the lawyer or journalist as well as the message, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

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