Pulse UK

  • February 29, 2024

    Law Firm Sued Over Advice To Driver Injured On The Job

    A delivery driver who says he was injured dodging frozen fish boxes that fell at work has accused JMW Solicitors LLP of filing his compensation claim against the wrong defendant to avoid a conflict of interest with a valuable client.

  • February 29, 2024

    DLA Piper Names New Global Managing Partner

    DLA Piper announced Thursday that partner Richard Chesley will step into the newly created role of global managing partner to oversee the development of cross-border business initiatives and expansion of global relationships.

  • February 29, 2024

    Paul Weiss Hires New European Chief From Reed Smith

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP has recruited an expert in legal business management from Reed Smith LLP, after it has expanded in London with a string of partner hires from rival law firms.

  • February 29, 2024

    Bird & Bird Taps London IP Atty As Co-Head In San Francisco

    Bird & Bird LLP is transferring a longtime patent litigator from its London office to be the new co-head of its representation office in San Francisco, the firm's only outlet in America.

  • February 28, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires New ESG Chief From BCLP

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited a former general counsel at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP to lead its environmental, social and governance function as the law firm continues building its credentials in sustainability.

  • February 28, 2024

    Solicitor Fights To Revive Case Over Sex, Age Discrimination

    A solicitor launched a bid in an appeal tribunal to revive his sex and age discrimination claims against an English law firm Wednesday, arguing that a judge should not have struck them out over his failure to disclose documents.

  • February 28, 2024

    DLA Piper Hires Trio Of Energy And Infrastructure Partners

    DLA Piper announced Wednesday that it has recruited the former head of energy, natural resources and infrastructure at Paul Hastings and two other partners to boost its corporate and finance offerings in London.

  • February 28, 2024

    Bogus Insurance Claim Lawyer Seeks To Overturn Striking Off

    A solicitor who made a false insurance claim over a road traffic accident urged a court on Wednesday to restore him to the profession, saying that a tribunal did not consider the "exceptional circumstances" of the case.

  • February 28, 2024

    Brain Injury Victim Fights To Recover Barred Legal Fees

    A road accident victim urged the appellate court on Wednesday to rule that legal costs for time his solicitors spent on his rehabilitation are valid and recoverable, saying that the lower court's "blanket ban" on them was because it applied the wrong test.

  • February 28, 2024

    UK Contributes Second-Largest Number Of Reps To UPC

    The U.K. has pulled out of Europe's unified patent jurisdiction, but that hasn't stopped British practitioners from becoming the second-biggest national contingent authorized to represent clients before Unified Patents Court. Experts have told Law360 that they are betting on English becoming its lingua franca.

  • February 27, 2024

    NDAs Being Used To Conceal Illegal Conduct, Law Body Says

    The Legal Services Board said Wednesday that it has found evidence that lawyers are using non-disclosure agreements to cover up their clients' illegal practices as it considers tightening rules to protect workers and consumers.

  • February 27, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Claims Mental Incapacity In Prison Appeal

    A struck-off solicitor on Tuesday challenged her one-year prison sentence for failing to hand over documents to a legal watchdog's investigation, telling an appellate court that proceedings should have been halted after concerns were raised about her mental capacity.

  • February 27, 2024

    Gowling Launches AI Tool To Fight Online Infringement

    Gowling WLG on Tuesday launched an AI-powered service to protect brands against various forms of online infringement, allowing users to request the filing of takedown notices "at the click of a button."

  • February 27, 2024

    Lexsoft Launches OpenAI-Powered Legal Software Tool

    Legal technology company Lexsoft Systems SL has floated a new artificial intelligence tool that uses OpenAI's technology to allow lawyers to automate parts of their workflow.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-Plexus Lawyer Suspended For Forging Signatures

    A disciplinary tribunal has handed a former Plexus Law partner a 28-day suspension for forging another lawyer's electronic signature on documents that were later filed at court.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-Linklaters Pro Penalized Over Conduct In Saudi Fund Trial

    A former Linklaters LLP partner was hit on Tuesday with an indemnity costs order by a judge who dismissed his bid to challenge a $25 million ruling against him for failing to return an investment fund to a Saudi princess.

  • February 26, 2024

    Consultant Sues Law Firm For Pursuing 'Hopeless' Defense

    A consultant has alleged Costigan King owes him £291,000 ($369,000) for legal costs he paid after the law firm served a "hopeless" defense on his behalf that had no real prospect of success.

  • February 26, 2024

    Wilson Sonsini Relocates To Baseball-Themed Office

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati U.K. LLP has switched bases in London and moved to a baseball-themed office, as the firm celebrates its American roots and pitches its transatlantic strengths.

  • February 26, 2024

    Boodle Hatfield Ups Equal Parental Leave To 26 Weeks

    City firm Boodle Hatfield LLP announced Monday it is extending parental leave to 26 weeks for partners and employees in a move the firm says will boost equality for parents regardless of gender.

  • February 26, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons Hires PE Real Estate Pro From MoFo

    Simmons & Simmons LLP has strengthened its corporate practice with the addition of a private equity real estate partner to its London office from Morrison Foerster LLP — and the firm says more private equity hires are on the way.

  • February 26, 2024

    A&O Hires Patent Litigator From Bristows

    Allen & Overy LLP announced on Monday that it has recruited a specialist in patent litigation from Bristows LLP ahead of its merger with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • February 26, 2024

    Law Firms To Be Pinched By Cashflow Woes, Survey Says

    Many law firms might struggle to grow in 2024 amid economic uncertainty in the U.K. that has pushed most to adjust their pricing strategy despite challenges of finding other funding sources to help with squeezed cashflows, an industry survey found Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Pinsent Masons Partner Felt Guilty Over Work Before Death

    Pinsent Masons LLP partner Vanessa Ford was struggling with guilt over missing family time to work on the sale of Everton Football Club before she died after falling onto a railway line, her husband told an inquest Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Solicitor Who Lied To Cover Up Negligence Struck Off

    A solicitor at a subsidiary of Irwin Mitchell who lied to cover up her negligent handling of a client's cases has been struck off by a tribunal.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Managing Partner Must Pay £210K Costs In Bias Claim

    A former managing partner of a law firm has lost his latest bid to avoid paying costs, after a tribunal blocked him from relitigating rulings that he hid information while off work with cancer to claim income protection insurance and a share of its profits.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Talent Acquisition Is Shifting As US Firms Permeate London

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    U.S. law firms’ continued growth in London and aggressive talent acquisition strategies are reshaping how lawyers are attracted, nurtured and retained, and success in this evolving environment lies in understanding and adapting to changing priorities and values, says Nathan Peart at Major Lindsey.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • Legal Industry Can Help Steer UK Out Of Social Mobility Crisis

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    The legal industry has a responsibility to help mitigate the U.K. social mobility crisis highlighted by the recent State of the Nation report, and it can start to increase socioeconomic diversity in its ranks by focusing on reducing the educational barriers to entering the profession, says Jo-Anne Pugh at BPP University Law School.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • PR Perspectives: Taking Stock Of 2023, Preparing For 2024

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    As law firms and PR teams review their 2023 external communications output, it is a good moment to consider how to maintain a perfect profile in order to enhance, protect and advance a firm's reputation for the coming year, says Louise Beeson at Bell Yard Communications.

  • PR Perspectives: How To Communicate A Law Firm Merger

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    Recent data shows a significant increase in law firm mergers and acquisitions in the U.K., and to ensure the deal goes without a hitch, both internal and external communications need to be carefully planned so that appropriate messaging aligns with the objectives of the deal, says Belinda Lewis at Birketts.

  • Why Law Firms Should Heed Calls To Put ESG Over Profit

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    According to Deloitte’s recent survey, the majority of Gen Z and millennials remain unimpressed with businesses’ societal impact, and junior lawyers in particular are increasingly expecting the legal profession to shift to a business model that prioritizes sustainability above profitability, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • PR Perspectives: What Not To Do In Legal Public Relations

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    There is a wealth of advice about how to publicize a law firm, but what not to do is just as important, and ignoring a target audience, communicating without a strategy, or misusing social media are potentially risky and reputation-damaging practices, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • A Diverse Workforce Can Help Close The Legal Talent Gap

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    Recent reports from professional firms reveal that a diverse workforce is likely to close the talent gap and achieve better business outcomes, and for law firms, this needs to start with routes into the profession in order to make a real change, says Jody Tranter at Barbri.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

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