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  • November 01, 2023

    Mayer Brown Adds Int'l Litigation Pro From Allen & Overy

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired a cross-border disputes expert specializing in matters involving high-profile sovereigns and state entities from Allen & Overy LLP in London, as the latter firm gears up to merge with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • November 01, 2023

    Baker McKenzie's Revenues Top $3B For 3rd Year In A Row

    Baker McKenzie said Wednesday that its revenues topped $3 billion (£2.5 billion) for the third consecutive year, as the law firm overcame the impact of spinning off its business in Russia and other macroeconomic challenges.

  • November 01, 2023

    Axiom Ince Taps Administrators Amid Missing Funds Scandal

    Axiom Ince Ltd. has appointed administrators to handle its affairs after it emerged that almost £65 million ($79 million) had gone missing from its client account.

  • October 31, 2023

    Arbitration Boutique Peter & Kim Opens Zurich Office

    International arbitration boutique Peter & Kim Ltd. said it has added a Zurich office as the firm expands its representation of clients in Europe and Asia.

  • October 31, 2023

    Paralegal Can't Revive Headscarf Comment Harassment Claim

    A tribunal has refused to reconsider a paralegal's harassment claim against a family and immigration law firm over comments suggesting she might attract more men without a headscarf, finding that she had waited too long to sue.

  • October 31, 2023

    Law Firm Hit With £31M Claim Over Botched Land Sale

    A property developer is claiming £30.6 million ($37.2 million) in damages from its former law firm, alleging solicitors failed to protect its rights over a section of land that it wanted to keep.

  • October 31, 2023

    PE-Backed Law Firm Buys Commercial Law Biz

    An English regional law firm is acquiring another legal business to boost its expansion in central England, on the heels of its own acquisition by a private equity-backed legal group.

  • October 31, 2023

    Mishcon To Help Fund Scholarships For Women

    Mishcon de Reya LLP has joined forces with a non-profit organization to fund scholarships for women from developing countries who wish to go to university, but who lack the financial means.

  • October 31, 2023

    Shakespeare Martineau Adds Disputes Pro To Scottish Office

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP has hired a dispute resolution partner from Harper Macleod LLP to head up its litigation offering north of the border in a boost to the firm's growing Scottish practice.

  • October 31, 2023

    Law Society 'Concerned' Over SRA's Plans For One-Off Levy

    The Law Society criticized on Tuesday a proposal by the solicitors' watchdog to charge lawyers a one-off levy to plug the gaping hole in its compensation fund left by the demise of Axiom Ince.

  • October 30, 2023

    Solicitor Wins Claim Over Sleep Disorder-Driven Absences

    A London tribunal has ruled that a law firm discriminated against an employee by failing to make reasonable adjustments for his sleep disorder before unfairly dismissing him for absences caused by the disability.

  • October 30, 2023

    Rosenblatt Parent Settles With Ex-CEO Over Firing

    RBG Holdings PLC said Monday that it has agreed to pay Nicola Foulston and her management company £500,000 ($607,137) to end all of their legal claims after the professional services business fired the former CEO over "cultural concerns" as well as execution of its strategy.

  • October 30, 2023

    4 Questions For Biztech Lawyers' Alison Berryman

    Legal technology has advanced in "leaps and bounds" over the past decade, Alison Berryman says. Here, the senior managing lawyer at Biztech Lawyers in the U.K. tells Law360 that she is looking forward to it improving enough to do the mundane parts of her job.

  • October 30, 2023

    Slaughter And May Launches Business Services Grad Scheme

    Slaughter and May said Monday that it is launching an academy to help university graduates explore a career in business services and attract new talent to different areas of the firm.

  • October 30, 2023

    Law Firm Sued For Losing Deposits On Failed Property Deals

    Some investors are suing their former solicitors alleging the firm gave a property developer their deposits before signing the deals, leaving them empty-handed when the business then went bust.

  • October 30, 2023

    A&O Sells Majority Stake In Online Legal Analysis Unit

    Allen & Overy LLP said Monday that it has sold the majority of its online legal information business to private equity investors in a deal that was "accelerated" by its merger with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • October 27, 2023

    Law Society Asks Lawyers About Unbundling Amid PII Worries

    The Law Society asked its members Friday for their views on the "unbundling" of legal services after voicing concerns that allowing clients to carry out work on their own cases could hurt firms' ability to get professional indemnity cover.

  • October 27, 2023

    SocGen Must Fight €140M Clifford Chance Case In London

    Société Générale SA must fight its €140 million ($148 million) negligence claim against Clifford Chance LLP in the U.K., a London judge ruled Friday, because their retainer was agreed under English law.

  • October 27, 2023

    Rosenblatt Urges Tribunal To Dismiss Ex-Partner's Claims

    Rosenblatt Ltd. urged a London tribunal Friday to dismiss allegations from a former employment partner that he had been targeted for whistleblowing and for his race, saying that the solicitor had made unfounded allegations without evidence to back them up.

  • October 27, 2023

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

    The past week in London has seen defunct crypto lender Celsius and its CEO accused of commercial fraud by a London venture capital company, law firms Wiggin and Reynolds Porter sued by a man who claims to be the creator behind the game show "In It To Win It," and housing trust Clarion face libel proceedings brought by a former tenant. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 27, 2023

    British Lawyers Urge Gov't To Call For Gaza Ceasefire

    More than 250 legal professionals and academics have called on the U.K. government to "fulfill its international legal obligations" to de-escalate the conflict between Israel and Hamas, as law firms weigh how to handle challenges arising from the latest war in the Middle East.

  • October 27, 2023

    UK Universities Buffeted By Israel-Hamas War Controversies

    Long bastions of free speech and debate, law schools in the U.K. have found themselves caught up in similar controversies as their U.S. counterparts since the latest Israel-Hamas war broke out — albeit without the same risks to their endowments.

  • October 27, 2023

    7 Key Provisions In UK's Sweeping New Economic Crime Act

    The U.K.'s landmark Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act gives law enforcers new powers to investigate and seize assets, reforms corporate criminal liability law and strengthens the role of the company registrar. Here, Law360 looks at the main provisions.

  • October 27, 2023

    Justice Birss Defends New Fixed Costs Rules For Civil Cases

    Court of Appeal Justice Colin Birss has defended new rules on how much a claimant can recover of their costs when they win a civil case, saying that the new system will ultimately help parties more easily predict the cost of going to court.

  • October 26, 2023

    Pillsbury, Stroock Call Off Merger Talk As 'Not The Right Path'

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP on Thursday confirmed they have ended talks regarding a potential merger of the two law firms, determining it "was not the right path."

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