Pulse UK

  • July 12, 2024

    Clyde & Co.'s Revenue Nears £1B Mark Following 10% Rise

    Clyde & Co. LLP said Friday that its revenue grew by 10% over the past year to hit £845 million ($1.1 billion) following a period of sturdy client demand and the growth of its presence in Europe.

  • July 12, 2024

    Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another action-packed week as attorneys took on new roles and law firms reshaped practices following the holiday. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • July 12, 2024

    Jenner Hires Finance Disputes Pro From Stephenson Harwood

    Jenner & Block LLP has bolstered its London office with the hire of a financial disputes services specialist who co-headed the litigation practice at Stephenson Harwood LLP.

  • July 12, 2024

    Law Firm Unfairly Fired Solicitor Over Facebook Page

    A law firm unfairly sacked its head of criminal law when it botched a probe into accusations that she was using Facebook to draw clients away from the firm during her resignation period, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • July 12, 2024

    Lawyer Beats Allegation He Helped Tycoon Duck Asset Freeze

    A leading Monégasque lawyer did not conspire to help an embattled Taiwanese shipping magnate evade an asset freezing order, as he "honestly believed" he was entitled to transfer $26 million from the sale of the businessman's villas, a London judge ruled Friday.

  • July 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the owner of the Lambretta scooter brand Innocenti SA embroiled in a trademark dispute with a property developer, a clash between two art dealers over a collection of tapestries, Telecom Italia pursue a debt claim against a competing telecommunications company, and performing arts trade union Equity hit a casting directory for charging unfair subscription fees on actors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 12, 2024

    Labour Gov't Spells Trouble For Return-To-Office Mandates

    The week-old Labour government could disrupt efforts by law firms to implement return-to-office mandates because expected worker-friendly reforms could drive a demand for a range of flexible options.

  • July 12, 2024

    HSF Hires Eversheds Partner Pair For Paris Office

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has recruited two high-ranking lawyers from Eversheds Sutherland in France to boost its capabilities advising clients on intellectual property, information technology and data privacy.

  • July 12, 2024

    Dentons To Face SRA Appeal On AML Misconduct Ruling

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has appealed against a London tribunal's decision that inadvertent anti-money laundering failures at the U.K. arm of Dentons over a politically exposed client did not amount to professional misconduct.

  • July 12, 2024

    Judicial Diversity Data Finds Small Gains For Ethnic Minorities

    More work needs to be done to accelerate improvements in judicial diversity, lawyers groups have said, as industry statistics reveal that little has changed in representation of ethnic minorities and that solicitors still trail behind barristers in recruitment.

  • July 12, 2024

    Axiom Owes Ex-Staff £37K In Redundancy, Notice Payments

    A tribunal has ruled that Axiom Ince must pay two more former staff a total of at least £36,700 ($47,500) in redundancy and notice payments, with one of the ex-employees also winning compensation for breaches of trade union rules when the firm collapsed.

  • July 11, 2024

    Law Firm Must Pay £4K For Racial Abuse Claim Costs

    A defunct London law firm that represented a forklift driver in his "fictional" racial abuse claim against a printing business must pay £4,000 ($5,166) to repay the legal costs the company racked up fighting the claim.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-BP Legal Head Joins HF Sinclair As General Counsel

    HF Sinclair Corp. this week named the former head of legal at BP PLC its new general counsel, about four months after the energy company's most recent top law department leader resigned to pursue another opportunity.

  • July 11, 2024

    NCA Can Seize Money Linked To £55M Tax Scam

    A 13-year money laundering investigation involving a lottery winner, a bomb hoax and a £55 million ($71 million) tax fraud neared its end at a London court on Thursday as a judge ordered funds from three defunct companies to be forfeited to the National Crime Agency.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ashurst Latest Firm To Boost NQ Pay To £125K

    Ashurst LLP said on Thursday that it has increased starting salaries for newly qualified solicitors in London to £125,000 ($161,400) as U.S. firms continue to lead the way in driving lucrative pay rises in the English capital.

  • July 11, 2024

    DWF Names Litigation Pro As Managing Partner In Manchester

    DWF LLP said on Thursday that its U.K. and Ireland disputes chief will become its new managing partner in Manchester after nearly two decades helping to build its litigation practice in the northwest.

  • July 11, 2024

    BHS Liquidators Sue Former Owner For Role In £133M Loss

    Liquidators for BHS have sued its former owner in their latest effort to recover money after the high street chain's £133 million ($171 million) collapse, telling a London court that the law firm partner had wrongly pocketed millions of pounds of the company's cash.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Veteran Accused Of Pocketing Client Funds

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is taking the former managing partner of Clifford Chance's Brussels office to a tribunal in London after he allegedly attempted to misappropriate approximately $1 million in client funds and then tried to shield his misconduct from the firm.

  • July 11, 2024

    Profits Soar At A&O Amid Modest Growth Before Merger

    Profits for Allen & Overy LLP jumped by more than 17% in the financial year that culminated with the firm's mega-merger with Shearman & Sterling in May, A&O Shearman said Thursday.

  • July 10, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Adds $50M In London In First Half Of 2024

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP said Wednesday that its London office had bolstered its revenues by approximately $50 million in the first half of 2024, maintaining the firm's robust performance amid a strong results season for the U.K. legal industry.

  • July 10, 2024

    Faegre Drinker Confirms Operational, Administrative Layoffs

    A spokesperson for Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Wednesday that the firm laid off "less than 5%" of its total operations and administrative staff earlier this year.

  • July 10, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Lawyer Limited Over Alleged Misconduct

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has blocked a former Clifford Chance LLP associate from working at any regulated firm without preapproval, on the grounds that he alleged made inappropriate sexual advances toward a colleague.

  • July 10, 2024

    WFW Sees Global Revenues Hit Record Of £238M

    Watson Farley & Williams LLP said Wednesday that its global business had seen revenues reach an all-time high of £238 million ($306 million), while profits also grew significantly.

  • July 10, 2024

    Shoosmiths Surpasses £200M Revenue Mark For First Time

    Shoosmiths LLP said Wednesday that its revenue climbed by 6% over the last fiscal year to hit £207 million ($266 million), with double-digit income spikes in its corporate and litigation practices fueling the growth.

  • July 10, 2024

    Reed Smith Bumps NQ Salaries To £125K

    Reed Smith LLP said Wednesday that it is giving newly qualified lawyers in its London office a double-digit salary increase to £125,000 ($160,480), though it still remains on the low end for the city as major U.S. players drive salaries for new solicitors to dizzying levels.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Why Incoming Government Must Reform UK's Justice System

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    As the U.K. approaches a possible watershed general election, the new government must undertake the reforms and investment needed to restore the justice system, and public confidence and safety with it, says Sam Townend at the Bar Council.

  • The In-House Versus Law Firm Talent Battle In The Gen Z Age

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    Although elite law firms are offering ever-increasing salaries to talented associates, the traditional concept of partnership is evolving, and work-life balance issues and a greater concern with working in a sustainable environment among Gen Z lawyers mean that going in-house is becoming a more attractive option over time, say Calvin Gardiner and Simi Bains at Buchanan Law.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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