Pulse UK

  • May 24, 2024

    Law Firm Partner Says Sorry For Expert Witness Interference

    A Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP partner has apologized to a London court for overstepping in his interference with an expert witness' statement amid his client's feud with AXA XL.

  • May 24, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Blames Scandal On Bad Legal Advice

    Paula Vennells blamed the advice of her senior lawyers for not becoming aware of the wrongful prosecutions by the Post Office of innocent people based on faulty IT data, as she gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    MoJ Told It Does Not Understand Its Own Legal Aid Reforms

    The Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency still lack a firm grasp on the costs and benefits of the U.K.'s legal aid reforms 11 years after their introduction, a parliamentary committee said Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    Plans To Cut Crown Court Backlog 'Can't Be Achieved'

    Proposals to cut the Crown Court backlog to 53,000 cases by March 2025 are no longer attainable as the number has ballooned to the highest level ever recorded, a damning report by the public sector spending watchdog revealed on Friday.

  • May 23, 2024

    White & Case Adds Former A&O Tax Pro In Luxembourg

    White & Case LLP announced it has added a tax partner to its Luxembourg office from A&O Shearman who specializes in international and Luxembourg corporate tax law.

  • May 23, 2024

    AI Isn't Too Dangerous For Lawyers, Master Of The Rolls Says

    Lawyers and judges should not be afraid to deploy artificial intelligence, one of the U.K.'s most senior judges has said, calling on legal professionals to embrace the tech and prepare for it to transform their roles in the future.

  • May 23, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Told Reviewing Cases Would Be Bad PR

    Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells denied that avoiding becoming "front page news" influenced her decision to limit a review of past convictions based on faulty IT data in her evidence to the inquiry into the Post Office scandal on Thursday.

  • May 23, 2024

    Legal Services Board Appoints Comms Pro As New Leader

    The Legal Services Board said Thursday that it had appointed a communications expert as its new leader to help it guide the legal sector through the "significant challenges" it is facing.

  • May 23, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Loses Bid To Challenge Contempt Sentence

    A struck-off solicitor lost her attempt on Thursday to get a second shot at reviving her appeal against a prison sentence for contempt of court as the appeals court found that she had failed to argue that she had been medically unfit to argue at her first appeal.

  • May 30, 2024

    White & Case Hires 2 Latham Partners In Germany

    White & Case LLP has added two partners from Latham & Watkins LLP with more than three decades worth of experience between them in capital markets to its Frankfurt office.

  • May 22, 2024

    'Niche' Litigation Funding No Panacea For Access To Justice

    Litigation funding remains too "niche" a market to solve the big problem of access to justice in the U.K., according to a study the Legal Services Board published Thursday.

  • May 22, 2024

    Mishcon's Int'l Arbitration Head Leaves For Littleton Chambers

    Littleton Chambers said Tuesday that Mishcon de Reya LLP's head of international arbitration is set to join as silk, as the law firm names his successor to lead the firm's practice.

  • May 22, 2024

    DLA Piper Beefs Up White Collar Bench With Former SFO Atty

    After leaving her government post in March, one of the most senior officials at the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office, Judy Krieg, has found a home at DLA Piper LLP as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    Solicitor Fails To Nix Fake-Employee Fraud Conviction

    A solicitor on Wednesday lost her bid to overturn her conviction for pocketing the salary of a fake employee, with a London appellate court ruling her conviction was not unsafe after the solicitor's counsel had argued the trial judge failed warn the jury a witness' evidence should be handled cautiously.

  • May 22, 2024

    Employment Law Biz Reprimanded Over 'Misleading' Ad

    A British company offering human resources and employment law advice has been reprimanded by the U.K. advertising regulator for sending a misleading marketing letter, with the correspondence appearing to be from a public body.

  • May 22, 2024

    UK Gov't Calls Elections For July 4 Despite Poor Polls

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday called an early general election to be held on July 4, advancing the electoral timetable even though his Conservative Party lags decisively behind the opposition Labour Party.

  • May 22, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Didn't Know Business Prosecuted People

    Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells denied on Wednesday that she knew the organization conducted its own prosecutions, telling the inquiry into its wrongful prosecution of innocent sub-postmasters she became aware of the power to prosecute only several years after she joined.

  • May 22, 2024

    Aspiring Judge Can't Reopen Race Bias Case

    An Asian-British solicitor has failed to persuade an employment tribunal to reconsider his race discrimination claims against a High Court judge who dismissed his application because he filed his request too late.

  • May 22, 2024

    Travers Smith Carves Out AI Biz From Legal Tech Arm

    Travers Smith LLP said on Wednesday that it has spun out a new artificial intelligence business from its legal technology arm that it expects will form one single system for lawyers to access and create a variety of AI tools.

  • May 21, 2024

    Russian Litigants Abandon UK Courts As Sanctions Bite

    The number of Russian litigants using London's commercial courts has collapsed in the past year amid tightening sanctions on individuals and businesses tied to the Kremlin over the war in Ukraine, a report published Wednesday said.

  • May 21, 2024

    Attys With AI Skills Command Pay Bumps In The US, UK

    Lawyer job listings that require artificial intelligence skills carry a wage premium of up to 49% higher in some markets, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Eversheds Sutherland Closing Berlin Office After A Decade

    Eversheds Sutherland International said Tuesday that it will close its office in Berlin by the end of 2024 after a "strategic review of its German business."

  • May 21, 2024

    Claims Biz Sues Bankrupt Law Firm For PPI Referral Fees

    A claims processor has asked a London court to recoup £663,000 ($843,144) from an insolvent law firm based on a previous ruling, arguing that its payment obligations existed years before it folded.

  • May 21, 2024

    13 Clyde & Co. Lawyers Defect To Kennedys In Madrid

    Kennedys has hired 13 lawyers including a trio of insurance partners from Clyde & Co. LLP for its Madrid office, with the firm intent on strengthening its footing in one of Europe's key arenas.

  • May 21, 2024

    Post Office Official Told MP About IT Bugs Ahead Of Report

    A former Post Office senior official conceded she was the "bearer of bad news" by ensuring an MP was told of bugs in the IT system used to wrongly prosecute innocent people, as she gave evidence to an inquiry Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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