Pulse UK

  • July 24, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons' Profits Rise 8% As Revenue Hits £574M

    Simmons & Simmons LLP said on Wednesday that growth across its core sectors and the expansion of its partnership contributed to profits picking up as revenue reached £574 million ($742 million).

  • July 24, 2024

    Macfarlanes' Profits Soar As Turnover Tops £300M

    Macfarlanes LLP reported double-digit increases to its profits and partner profits in its latest financial results on Wednesday and turnover exceeded £300 million, as the firm bounced back from economic uncertainty that caused performance to suffer in 2023.

  • July 24, 2024

    Dentons Brings On Former Big 4 Exec As New Global CEO

    Global law firm Dentons, which has made a name for itself by aggressive growth through combinations, has tapped a new global chief executive officer with leadership experience at accounting giant EY, the firm's first change at the top in over a decade.

  • July 24, 2024

    SRA Reports 2 Law Firms For Suspected Sanctions Breaches

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reported two law firms to the sanctions watchdog for suspected breaches of measures against Russia for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago.

  • July 24, 2024

    US Market Fuels Clifford Chance Revenue Growth

    Clifford Chance LLP said Wednesday that revenue has climbed by 9% to £2.3 billion ($3 billion) in the financial year to April 30, fueled by a 28% growth in the U.S., where the firm enjoyed its best performance yet in the world's largest legal market.

  • July 24, 2024

    Bird & Bird's Annual Turnover Rises 10% To £545M

    Bird & Bird LLP said on Wednesday that a focus on technology helped to fuel profit gains and push the firm's turnover through the £500 million ($646 million) barrier as it rolled out its latest financial results.

  • July 23, 2024

    'Bully' Solicitor Who Showed Paralegal Lewd Pix Struck Off

    A solicitor accused of bullying "vulnerable" junior colleagues and showing a paralegal pornographic pictures on his phone was struck off by a tribunal Tuesday.

  • July 23, 2024

    Akin Alum To Head Paul Weiss' European Restructuring Team

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP announced Tuesday that it has hired a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to steer the leadership of its European restructuring practice as it looks to boost its legal services to large companies and creditors.

  • July 23, 2024

    Conveyancers Lose No Confidence Vote Against Law Society

    A group of conveyancing solicitors, disgruntled and increasingly concerned about the direction of the legal profession, on Tuesday lost a no confidence vote against the Law Society's ability to represent them.

  • July 23, 2024

    SRA Rebukes Solicitor Who Breached Restraining Order

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has rebuked a solicitor who was convicted by a criminal court for harassing his neighbors and breaching a restraining order.

  • July 23, 2024

    Legal Tech Biz Joins IT Group To Improve Payment Services

    The Legal Software Suppliers Association said on Tuesday that Adfin Ltd. has joined as its latest member as it seeks to streamline payment services for the sector and offer a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional methods.

  • July 23, 2024

    Post Office's Top In-House Lawyer Takes 'Temporary' Leave

    The general counsel of the Post Office and its primary liaison for the public inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal has taken a "temporary" leave of absence, the organization has confirmed.

  • July 23, 2024

    Bird & Bird Hires 2 Ex-Hogan Lovells Finance Pros In Milan

    Bird & Bird LLP has recruited two senior finance partners as part of a team of seven lawyers moving from Hogan Lovells in Milan, boosting growth in the firm's international finance and financial regulation practice.

  • July 23, 2024

    Australian Legal Aid Model Offers Lessons To UK

    A project that integrates lawyers into a health and community center in Australia has shown potential for transforming the U.K.'s legal aid system, according to a recent study.

  • July 22, 2024

    SRA Forges Ahead With Comp Fund Fee Hike As Claims Surge

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Tuesday it would proceed with plans to treble the compensation fund contribution from lawyers and law firms amid an extraordinary surge in claims from consumers affected by the downfall of Axiom Ince Ltd. and other law firms.

  • July 22, 2024

    BDB Pitmans Moves To Launch International Firm Network

    BDB Pitmans LLP and consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal are joining forces to launch an international law firm, more than a year after the U.K. legal business walked away from talks about a proposed merger with Womble Bond Dickinson.

  • July 22, 2024

    Lending Biz CEO Says Director Forced Him To Transfer Shares

    A solicitor has asked a court to unwind a share transfer that he allegedly made under duress to an ex-director and a lawyer with whom he was business, claiming that he had to make the transfer to quash a false fraud allegation.

  • July 22, 2024

    Some Insurers May Exit Solicitors' PII Market, Survey Reveals

    British solicitors could face significant difficulties when they renew their professional indemnity insurance cover, a survey by Browne Jacobson LLP suggested on Monday, finding that almost 40% of insurers are considering exiting the PII market.

  • July 22, 2024

    Criminal Judge Sanctioned Over Bias Risk At Sentencing

    A criminal judge has been issued with advice after remarks he made at a sentencing hearing gave rise to the perception that he might have been biased, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office has said.

  • July 22, 2024

    Foul-Mouthed Lawyer Showed Junior Colleague Lewd Pix

    A solicitor bullied junior colleagues in profanity-laced rants and showed a paralegal pornographic pictures on his phone, the Solicitors Regulation Authority told a tribunal Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ascertus, Lawcadia Partner For Streamlined Legal Operations

    Legal services provider Ascertus Ltd. said on Monday that it has entered a partnership with Australian technology company Lawcadia to provide management and workflow services to corporate clients.

  • July 22, 2024

    Women In Law Seek Ethical AI Adoption Amid Bias Concerns

    Female lawyers are concerned that common biases are seeping into artificial intelligence tools and do not believe that new technology is being adopted with everyone in mind, a survey published on Monday suggests.

  • July 22, 2024

    White & Case Hires Secondaries Pro From Ropes & Gray

    White & Case LLP has hired an expert in U.S. and European secondaries transactions from Ropes & Gray LLP in London as it continues to expand its global investment funds practice.

  • July 19, 2024

    Gov't Pushed To Ease Legal Aid Threshold To Match Inflation

    The Law Society urged the new Labour government Monday to extend free legal assistance and advice for cases of unfair eviction and domestic abuse to an extra 5.5 million people amid soaring inflation levels.

  • July 19, 2024

    Edwin Coe Adds To Team Ahead Of Planned UK Tax Changes

    Edwin Coe LLP is preparing for an expected surge in disputes following the U.K.'s planned tax changes by hiring as a partner a Harbottle & Lewis lawyer with expertise in litigation and tax planning, according to a news release.

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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