Pulse UK

  • February 08, 2023

    Barrister Was Not Mistreated By Chambers, Tribunal Rules

    An Employment Tribunal has ruled that a Black barrister at 10 King's Bench Walk was not discriminated against because of her race, finding that allegations that she was not provided with work after putting in a formal complaint were unfounded.

  • February 08, 2023

    Simmons, TLT And Barclays Launch Joint Training Scheme

    TLT LLP and Simmons & Simmons said Wednesday they had teamed up with Barclays to launch a new program for aspiring solicitors that will combine in-house and law firm training, while also widening access to the legal profession.

  • February 08, 2023

    Judge Refuses To Recuse Herself In Atty's Bias Case

    An Employment Tribunal judge has refused to recuse herself from a case after a solicitor who lost his age and disability discrimination case against a housing provider accused her of being biased.

  • February 08, 2023

    EU Regs Could Spur Litigation Funding's Secondary Market

    Litigation financiers in the U.K. have been concerned since European lawmakers overwhelmingly approved controversial plans to regulate their growing market. But some companies see a silver lining, suggesting that the move will spur a secondary market for their funding portfolios.

  • February 08, 2023

    Investors Sue Law Firms Over Failed Housing Development

    Two law firms are being sued by their former clients who say they gave them negligent advice over their investment in the failed development of student housing that was later found to be violating financial laws.

  • February 08, 2023

    Dechert Hires New Parisian IP Partner From Hogan Lovells

    Dechert LLP has hired former Hogan Lovells counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe as an intellectual property partner at its Paris arm as the international firm expands its European intellectual property services.

  • February 07, 2023

    Burford Capital's Dubai Office A 'Natural Evolution,' Firm Says

    Legal finance firm Burford Capital announced Tuesday it is expanding its global presence with the opening of a full-service office in Dubai, the company's eighth location and first in the Middle East, looking to serve a region where it has long operated on a "fly-in, fly-out" basis.

  • February 07, 2023

    HFW Wins Battle With Client For Unpaid Litigation Fees

    A property developer has lost his challenge to a ruling that he owed his solicitors at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP about £417,000 ($500,000) in unpaid fees after settling his lawsuit over a £250 million London development project.

  • February 07, 2023

    7 Questions For Freshfields' UK Disputes Head Mark Sansom

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's London head of dispute resolution Mark Sansom talks to Law360 about being involved in cases at the cutting edge of the U.K.'s antitrust class action regime, how the makeup of claims is changing and the challenge of juggling his casework with managing a litigation department. 

  • February 07, 2023

    Duane Morris Taps Employment Atty To Lead London Office

    Duane Morris LLP has appointed employment attorney Nic Hart as the new managing partner for its London office for the first time since it opened in 2000, replacing Susan Laws, who has held the post since its founding.

  • February 07, 2023

    Ex-Slater Boss Denies Using Leaked Info In Watchstone Talks

    The former managing director of Slater and Gordon denied in court on Tuesday that he had used information allegedly leaked by PwC to "exploit" perceived weakness at Watchstone Group during sale negotiations for a part of the insurance and technology provider's business.

  • February 07, 2023

    Clyde & Co. Warns Of Claims Rush Ahead Of Legal Change

    Law firm Clyde & Co. has warned that insurers and courts across England and Wales could witness a surge of civil claims ahead of changes to legal costs rules in April considered favorable to defendants.

  • February 07, 2023

    Ex-Law Society Head Joins Linklaters To Advise On Diversity

    Linklaters LLP has hired a former president of the Law Society in a move to boost the firm's progress toward achieving its diversity, equity and inclusion targets.

  • February 06, 2023

    Hughes Hubbard Eyes Africa In Growth Of Int'l Arb. Practice

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is expanding its international arbitration practice, a move that will allow it to focus on the increasing number of disputes arising in Africa as foreign investors pour money into new infrastructure and other construction projects, including disputes that raise issues relating to corruption.

  • February 06, 2023

    Dechert Adds Antitrust Trio From Orrick In 3 Offices

    Dechert LLP has added a trio of antitrust attorneys and former firm leaders from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to its Washington, San Francisco and London offices, Dechert announced in a news release Monday.

  • February 06, 2023

    Omni Bridgeway Appoints New Co-CIO Of EMEA

    Global litigation funding company Omni Bridgeway rolled out a series of promotions Monday, including a new co-leader for its business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • February 06, 2023

    Barristers To Get 15% Pay Bump For Prosecution Work

    One of the top prosecutors in England and Wales has announced that criminal barristers who carry out prosecution work will get a 15% pay raise as the government looks to stem the growing number of outstanding cases in the crown court.

  • February 06, 2023

    Law Firm Hits Back At £28M Bad Loan Advice Claim

    A London law firm has struck back at a former shopping center owner's £27.9 million ($33.7 million) lawsuit over alleged bad legal advice, denying that it failed to advise the property investor on the terms of a loan that were later ruled unenforceable.

  • February 06, 2023

    Atty Struck Off Over Insurance Misconduct Loses Appeal

    A London court has rejected a solicitor's challenge to a decision striking him off the rolls for a range of behaviors that amounted to gross misconduct, including practicing without valid insurance.

  • February 06, 2023

    Apprenticeships Gather Steam As Firms Look To Diversify

    Law apprenticeships are gathering momentum in the U.K. as a way to improve social mobility in the industry by allowing aspiring lawyers to make money while working to get their qualifications.

  • February 06, 2023

    Atty Banned After Keeping £230K In Checks In Filing Cabinet

    A London tribunal has banned a law firm manager from practicing in the profession after he kept checks for professional fees worth more than £230,000 ($277,000) in a filing cabinet and forced the Solicitors Regulation Authority to shut the business down.

  • February 06, 2023

    Alan Kershaw To Succeed Helen Phillips As LSB Chair

    Regulation expert Alan Kershaw will take over as chair of the Legal Services Board at the beginning of April, replacing Helen Phillips after nearly five years helming the industry's oversight regulator.

  • February 03, 2023

    Gov't Settles Judge's Bullying Suit As Union Pledges Action

    The U.K.'s justice department has agreed to pay £50,000 ($60,300) to settle a lawsuit from a judge who alleged she was bullied, harassed and discriminated against by senior members of the judiciary, as a trade body announced Friday it has become "the union for judges."

  • February 03, 2023

    Private Equity Exec Fights To Save Tax Atty Negligence Suit

    A private equity executive fought Friday to continue his negligence lawsuit against Speechly Bircham LLP Friday as the law firm urged a London judge to rule that he brought the claim too late.

  • February 03, 2023

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

    The past week in London has seen the Financial Conduct Authority hoping to put care home Ponzi schemes to bed in separate claims against Lupton Fawcett, a law firm in Leeds, and a social care group, MBi; oil giant Shell in a sticky situation in a claim over pollution in two Nigerian communities; and Plexus Law's former boss suing the personal injury firm in a commercial contracts claim.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Increasing Investment Scams Can Implicate Lawyers, Too

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    With the pandemic serving as a catalyst for increased financial fraud, it's important to recognize that these scams are not only devastating for victims, they also pose a significant threat to law firms and individual solicitors who fail to do their due diligence, say James Darbyshire at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Heather Clark at Burness Paull.

  • UK Lawyers Can Adapt Due Diligence To Screen New Clients

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    As COVID-19-related fraud gains pace, U.K.-based practitioners should help combat money laundering by using alternative methods to verify that new clients are who they say they are, says Christopher Convey, a barrister at 33 Chancery Lane and chair of the Bar Council's Money Laundering Working Group.

  • Key Risks And Developments For UK Law Firm Culture In 2020

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    In 2020, law firms throughout the U.K. will be increasingly reshaped by rapid changes in societal expectations and advances in technology, say Helen Rowlands and Niya Phiri of Clyde & Co.

  • #MeToo Pressure On UK Businesses Is Set To Rise

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    Recent declarations by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority indicate that sexual harassment in the U.K.'s financial services industry may lead to consequences under the newly expanded Senior Managers and Certification Regime, and other sectors are facing growing scrutiny as well, say attorneys at Covington.

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