Pulse UK

  • June 12, 2024

    Sweden's Karnov Buys Danish Legal Info Biz For $46M

    Swedish professional services provider Karnov Group AB said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire the Danish legal information unit of J.H. Schultz Information A/S for 478 million Swedish krona ($46 million) to help build its generative AI business.

  • June 11, 2024

    KC Tapped To Run Probe Of Bullying, Harassment At The Bar

    The Bar Council on Wednesday named a leading human rights silk to spearhead its upcoming probe into "unacceptable" levels of bullying, harassment and discrimination at the bar.

  • June 11, 2024

    KC Advised Post Office To Remove Judge From Horizon Trial

    A top barrister advised the Post Office to get a High Court judge to recuse himself from a trial dealing with wrongly prosecuted subpostmasters or else risk losing all litigation brought by the subpostmasters, the barrister recalled in an inquiry hearing Tuesday regarding the scandal.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tories Pledge To Tackle Court Backlog, Carry On Rwanda Plan

    The Conservative Party announced a slew of justice plans on Tuesday to cut the criminal court backlog, support third-party litigation funding and abandon international human rights commitments, if necessary, to pursue its Rwanda migrants policy.

  • June 11, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Hikes London NQ Pay To £135K

    Hogan Lovells said Tuesday it has upped its pay packet for newly qualified lawyers in London by 12.5% from £120,000 to £135,000 ($172,000), making it the latest firm to join an escalating pay war in the English capital.

  • June 11, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires Linklaters RE Pro To Open Brussels Practice

    Fieldfisher LLP has hired a real estate specialist from Linklaters LLP to launch a new practice in Belgium as it ramps up its services to clients in transactional matters and litigation.

  • June 11, 2024

    Travers Smith Recruits Funds Partner From Blackstone

    Travers Smith LLP said Tuesday that it had hired a retailization specialist from Blackstone Inc.'s credit and insurance arm as a partner, fortifying its ability to advise fund managers on products previously only available to financial institutions.

  • June 11, 2024

    Shakespeare Martineau Adds Finance Pro From Blake Morgan

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP has hired a finance and banking specialist as a partner at the firm's new offices on the south coast of England, where he will work with new and existing clients across a range of sectors.

  • June 11, 2024

    Freeths Doubles Office Space In Liverpool

    Freeths LLP has doubled its office space in Liverpool after the law firm recently posted record revenues in the northwest English city amid a surge in demand for legal services.

  • June 11, 2024

    Sunak Pledges Further Tax Cuts In Election Manifesto

    Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday that his Conservative Party would establish a tax system that "rewards work" by slashing a range of levies if it wins the general election, including another cut in the national payroll tax by 2027.

  • June 10, 2024

    Global Law Firm Experiments With 3 Generative AI Tools

    London-headquartered international firm Ashurst LLP has been experimenting with three different generative artificial intelligence tools and found these tools can help with writing first drafts more quickly and efficiently, according to a report released Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Fladgate Hires Construction Pro From Memery Crystal

    Fladgate LLP has recruited the former head of construction and engineering at Memery Crystal LLP as a partner in a move to boost its capabilities representing clients in major projects.

  • June 10, 2024

    England's Top Judge Urges KCs To Boost Junior Advocacy

    The country's most senior judge has urged top barristers to give opportunities to junior counsel to practice their advocacy skills in court, as part of ongoing efforts to boost gender diversity in the bar.

  • June 10, 2024

    Starmer Could Crack Judicial Crisis, Former CPS Chiefs Say

    Keir Starmer's lead in the polls as the general election in July approaches has sparked hopes among criminal justice advocates that the Labour leader — a former top prosecutor — will implement reforms as prime minister.

  • June 10, 2024

    Judge Urges Resilience Amid Erosion Of Trust In Int'l Courts

    A leading British judge has urged the legal profession "to hang on in there" amid escalating global unrest that is eroding trust in international courts.

  • June 10, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off After Mishandling Client Cash

    Former lawyer Dominic Macknight has been struck off the roll of solicitors after admitting to moving money from his firm's client account into the law firm's office account, and therefore violating the rules of the profession, a tribunal ruled on Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Law Firms Urged To Step Up Support For Carer Employees

    New research shows that two-thirds of carers who work in the legal sector have been juggling their caring responsibilities alongside their career, underscoring the need for law firms to offer better support for carers within the legal profession.

  • June 10, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Adds Insurance Pro From Slaughter And May

    Hogan Lovells has bolstered its London corporate insurance practice by tapping a former senior counsel from Slaughter and May as a partner.

  • June 10, 2024

    Goodwin Procter Moves To Bigger Office In Luxembourg

    Goodwin Procter LLP said on Monday that it has relocated staff in Luxembourg to a bigger office, fueled by a growth in demand from clients for legal services on private investment funds.

  • June 08, 2024

    Bar Chair Urges Next Gov't To Fix 'Parlous' Justice System

    The chair of the Bar Council on Saturday urged the next government to allocate an additional £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) to restore England and Wales' court and publicly funded justice infrastructure after more than a decade of underfunding.

  • June 07, 2024

    Derains & Gharavi Hires Int'l Arbitration Counsel In Paris

    Derains & Gharavi, a law firm in Paris that focuses on resolving international disputes via arbitral proceedings, has hired a lawyer who previously worked within the litigation and arbitration team at Bredin Prat SAS.

  • June 07, 2024

    Law Society Elects A Scott Moncrieff Lawyer For Deputy VP

    The Law Society said Friday that a specialist in civil litigation will become its next deputy vice president as it plans for the future, with the profession looking to continue boosting diversity and to exploit opportunities from advances in technology.

  • June 07, 2024

    Faegre Drinker Hires K&L Gates Investment Management Head

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has hired the former head of investment management at K&L Gates LLP as a partner in the firm's investment management practice group in London, the firm announced Thursday.

  • June 07, 2024

    5 Questions For Finnegan UK TM Chief Clare Cornell

    Clare Cornell, the head of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP's trademark group in London, talks to Law360 about the appeal of working on trademarks and how Finnegan's practice has evolved since she joined in 2016.

  • June 07, 2024

    Patent Firm Seeks To Ax Claim Over £1.5M Settlement Advice

    Patent solicitors Atkinson Wheller Ltd. asked a court Friday to throw out a negligence claim brought on behalf of a former client, because the deed transferring the claim to a law firm was "void and unenforceable."

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: Consider The Value Of Legal Awards

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    Many lawyers question the value of entering or sponsoring legal awards, but with a structured approach and appropriate management, they can provide a chance to promote a firm or set of chambers across multiple platforms and a golden opportunity to develop new business, says Clare Rodway at Kysen.

  • Law Firms Should Consider Value Of Off-Peak LinkedIn Posts

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    Statistics show only a minor dip in law firms' LinkedIn post performance at weekends and holiday periods, demonstrating a missed opportunity to reach the many business leaders and lawyers who use the platform at off-peak times, says Simon Marshall at TBD Marketing.

  • PR Perspectives: 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Legal PR

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    Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn outlines practical steps that public relations professionals working in the legal industry can take to excel at their craft, including providing regular media coaching to lawyers and quantifying the value of PR work.

  • Why Law Firms May Want To Set Up Charitable Foundations

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    An increasing number of law firms are setting up their own charitable foundations, which may be a way of achieving the goals a purposeful business wants to pursue and demonstrating to its stakeholders a tangible commitment to its professed values, says Robert Nieri at Shoosmiths.

  • Client Complaint Data Offers Key Insights For Lawyers

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    While the Legal Ombudsman has not yet released its latest annual report to the public, we can look at last year's data to decipher what may have caused a spike in client dissatisfaction and predict what to anticipate in an effort to improve the quality of legal services, says Qarrar Somji at Witan Solicitors.

  • Disciplinary Ruling Has Lessons For Lawyers On Social Media

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    A recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment against a solicitor for online posts deemed antisemitic and offensive highlights the serious sanctions that can stem from conduct on social media and the importance of law firms' efforts to ensure that their employees behave properly, say Liz Pearson and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Law Firm Considerations In Attracting And Retaining Talent

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    As law firms move away from a solely seniority-based partner remuneration model toward a reward performance system, they need to look holistically at overall contribution, maintaining an effective hierarchy of entrepreneurial senior partners, diligent management and hardworking junior staff in order to incentivize the stars they wish to keep, says Catriona Watt at Fox & Partners.

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    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.

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