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  • July 18, 2024

    Law Firm Did Not Think SRA Alerts Applied To Former Client

    Matthew & Matthew Solicitors has told liquidators for a now-defunct group of companies that it did not believe that warnings about investment schemes by the English solicitors' regulator applied to its client, arguing that the businessman's care home scheme appeared legitimate.

  • July 18, 2024

    Post Office Execs 'Lied To Me,' Ed Davey Tells Inquiry

    Ed Davey told an inquiry on Thursday into the miscarriage of justice at the Post Office that senior officials at mail service, including its former chief executive, "lied" to him about the IT system used to prosecute innocent people.

  • July 18, 2024

    HSF's Profits Surge By 15% As Revenue Hits Record £1.3B

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has posted its best set of financial results on record as revenue hit an all-time high of £1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) and the firm also delivered its largest-ever profits and partners' profits.

  • July 18, 2024

    Freshfields, Slaughter And May To Keep Over 80% Of Trainees

    Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP will both retain more than 80% of their trainees when they qualify as solicitors in the autumn, becoming the latest law firms in the Magic Circle to release details.

  • July 18, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Reports Record £72M Turnover

    Kingsley Napley LLP reported a record turnover of £71.8 million ($93.2 million) for the year ending in April as it published its financial results on Thursday.

  • July 18, 2024

    Faegre Drinker Hires Ex-Northern Trust Legal Chief

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has recruited a senior lawyer at Northern Trust Asset Management to join its office in London as it continues to build its investment management practice in the English capital.

  • July 18, 2024

    Attorney General Puts Gerrard Contempt Case On Backburner

    Britain's attorney general is not pursuing contempt of court proceedings "at this stage" against former Dechert partner Neil Gerrard for lying under oath while testifying about his work for mining company ENRC.

  • July 18, 2024

    BigLaw Urged To Step Up As S. Asian Lawyers Report Bias

    Partners of South Asian heritage are underrepresented in City law firms by as much as 50%, according to a report published Thursday, which urged the sector to adopt new recruiting and networking strategies to increase diversity in the workforce.

  • July 17, 2024

    Retired Couple Seek To Override Ex-Solicitor's Deceit Win

    A financial advisor and his wife battled to reverse a ruling finding them liable to a former solicitor for his investment in a now-defunct forex trading scheme, arguing they had wrongly been found to be partners.

  • July 17, 2024

    AI Due Diligence Tool Eyes US Expansion With $10M Series A

    Xapien, a U.K.-based due diligence platform used in legal and other industries, announced Wednesday that it has completed a $10 million Series A funding round that will allow the company to expand into the U.S.

  • July 17, 2024

    Squire Patton Expands To Switzerland With Geneva Office

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has opened its 17th European location and its first in Switzerland with the launch of a new office in Geneva, the firm said Wednesday.

  • July 17, 2024

    Legal Consumer Study Points To Gaps In Complaints Handling

    Only around half of consumers would know how to make a complaint about legal services they have used, and many don't trust their provider to handle grievances properly, an industry survey revealed Wednesday.

  • July 17, 2024

    CILEX Eyes SRA Regulation Pending Final Decision

    The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives said Wednesday that it is planning to proceed with transferring the regulation of its members to the solicitors' watchdog but said that it will have to "work through the details" before making a final decision later this year.

  • July 16, 2024

    Atty Seeks Protection From 'Swords Of Damocles' In $4B Fight

    A private wealth solicitor fought Tuesday in a London court to remove "Swords of Damocles" hanging over him after he was appointed as the representative of a late Russian billionaire's estate in the latest chapter of a $1 billion dispute over the businessman's $3.7 billion fortune.

  • July 16, 2024

    Transgender Judge's Exit Illustrates Bench's Diversity Woes

    The resignation of Victoria McCloud, Britain's only transgender judge, has opened up a debate over just how diverse the judiciary really is. She tells Law360 that "if you're a minority, and you're at risk of being vilified, the support simply isn't there."

  • July 16, 2024

    Bude Nathan Says Ex-Client Understood Joint Venture's Terms

    Property solicitors Bude Nathan Iwanier LLP has claimed that an elderly former client the firm advised on a failed joint venture was an experienced property investor, denying accusations that it failed to warn him that the project was one-sided and dangerous.

  • July 16, 2024

    Clifford Chance To Retain 75% Of NQ Lawyers In September

    Clifford Chance LLP said Tuesday it will keep 42 out of its 56 U.K. trainees when they qualify in September, with the firm cutting loose almost one in four lawyers from this year's cohort.

  • July 16, 2024

    Gateley's Revenues Tick Up 6% To £173M

    Gateley (Holdings) PLC said Tuesday that its income rose 6% to nearly £173 million ($224 million) in its latest financial results, though group profits plummeted 14% as the business continued to grapple with difficult trading conditions.

  • July 16, 2024

    Ex-Armstrong Teasdale Solicitor Fined £20K Over AML Failure

    A former Armstrong Teasdale compliance officer has been fined over £19,600 ($25,400) for failing to ensure her firm had policies to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • July 16, 2024

    Dentons To Offer AI-Powered IP Risk Analysis With Tech Firm

    Law firm Dentons said Tuesday it has partnered up with an AI startup as part of its intellectual property service, saying the software will be able to speed up IP risk assessments for clients and flag when they need to speak further with a Dentons lawyer.

  • July 16, 2024

    Nigerians Claim Right To Sue Leigh Day For Oil Spill Victims

    A Nigerian argued to the High Court on Tuesday that he can sue Leigh Day for negligence on behalf of oil spill victims in his country after a judge refused to adjourn the trial for a second time over the claimants' lack of counsel.

  • July 16, 2024

    Charles Russell Speechlys' Income Jumps 13% To £218M

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP said on Tuesday that it has recorded revenues of nearly £220 million ($285 million), as its profits leapt by more than 20% after a dip in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    Lawyer Faces Tribunal Over 'Fraudulent' £1M Gov't Loan

    The solicitors' watchdog accused a lawyer on Tuesday of entering into a fraudulent loan agreement when she allegedly falsely claimed that her corporate client had secured £1 million ($1.3 million) in private investment that was being held in her law firm's client account.

  • July 16, 2024

    Axiom On Hook Again For Ex-Staffer's Unpaid Wages

    Axiom Ince must pay £1,125 ($1,458) in missed earnings to one of its former employees, a tribunal held in a ruling published on Tuesday after a series of similar decisions against the law firm, which collapsed in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    Disputes Boutique Hires Fladgate Insolvency Pro As Partner

    Alius Law has hired an insolvency and restructuring partner from Fladgate LLP as it looks to build up its financial services practice in London — and the disputes boutique wants to tempt more senior litigators to leave behind the "constraints" of larger firms.

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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