UK updates from The Lawyer, covering London and regional law firms and the Bar.


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Spotlight: Bates Wells gears up for the 2024 general election

As the 2024 general election draws ever closer, this week on Spotlight we check out the politics, elections and campaigning practice at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. The market: In 2015, amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 caused a chill across the non-party campaigning sector. The new rules, which especially applied to third-party […]

Phone vs Whatsapp: UK200 firm assesses lawyer-client communication

Junior lawyers at regional outfit Howes Percival are being encouraged to adopt a greater range of communication methods with clients, as firms seek to address generational differences between associates and partners. The firm, with locations across Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Norwich and Oxford, said it is responding to changing behaviours in both clients and associates. It is encouraging its […]

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Simmons boosts tech team with Big Four group hire

Four lawyers, who shifted from tech-focused Kemp Little to Deloitte Legal following the acquisition four years ago, have now reunited at Simmons & Simmons. Andrew Joint joined Simmons yesterday from Deloitte Legal, having previously been Kemp Little’s managing partner from 2017 until its acquisition. He joins fellow partner Calum Murray, who made the same move […]

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Ex-Freshfields partner referred to SDT over “inappropriate” conduct

An ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) regarding allegations of “inappropriate and unwanted” conduct. Nick Williams is the ex-partner in question. He was made up as a partner as part of the disputes and investigations team in March 2017, but left Freshfields two years later following the outcome […]

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The Post Office scandal is making GCs reflect on their ethical role

“I wonder at what point might I have gone to the chairman,” remarks an in-houser on the long-running scandal that has engulfed the Post Office. “Walking away from a highly paid role and painting a picture [of yourself] as a troublemaker takes a certain amount of courage. I wouldn’t be quick to criticise those who […]

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Skadden and McDermott battle for top spot in eco-showdown at 22 Bishopsgate

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and McDermott Will & Emery are among firms housed in 22 Bishopsgate that have begun a competition to see who is the most environmentally sustainable tenant in the building.  The initiative involves 22 Bishopsgate collecting data concerning heating and cooling, water filtration status, and light usage via the building’s […]


Bankruptcy order granted against ex-Axiom Ince boss

The High Court has approved a bankruptcy order against the former boss of collapsed firm Axiom Ince, following a final hearing this morning. The administrators of the Ince Gordon Dadds entity, known as IGD Realisations, filed a creditors’ bankruptcy petition last month against Axiom Ince’s former managing partner Pragnesh Modhwadia. Ince Gordon Dadds was bought out […]


Three firms appointed to £4m HS2 panel

Three firms have won spots on High Speed Two railway’s (HS2) latest panel worth £4m. Burges Salmon, Gowling WLG and Sharpe Pritchard have all won spots on the panel, which is for the provision of procurement, commercial and general legal services. Burges Salmon is the only firm to be re-appointed from the previous panel, having […]

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Blackout Fridays: CMS shuts floors to save energy

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang saved enough energy to power 33 homes for one year by shutting down some floors in its UK offices last year. The firm shut down one floor in each of its offices in Sheffield, London and Edinburgh every Friday for three months towards the end of last year. This resulted […]

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Mayer Brown partner set for SDT appearance

A partner from Mayer Brown’s London office is scheduled to appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) later this year over historic allegations related to “know your client” checks. Corporate real estate partner Simon Price is set to appear before the SDT on 11 June for an initial case management hearing. The Lawyer understands that a […]

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Litigation boutique in SDT hearing over alleged AML failures

Litigation firm CANDEY appears before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) this week, alongside former partner Richard Morris, over allegations of anti-money-laundering (AML) failures. The matter regards a £24m deal for a Northumberland country estate in 2015. No actual fraud or money-laundering has been identified. The SRA alleges that the firm and Morris, who left for […]



The top 10 hires of 2023: Northern edition

Team moves were all the rage last year, fuelled by firms launching offices in both Leeds and Manchester. Over 2023 and the trend was very much centred on finding the right lateral hires to kickstart a new practice area offering, particularly in the areas of energy, real estate and employment. Here, we look at the […]


City talk: The Weil jobshare is an elegant fudge

Does nobody really want Mike Francies’ job? Or has Weil Gotshal & Manges been incredibly diplomatic in its choice of two London managing partners? The firm has appointed corporate duo David Avery-Gee and Jonathan Wood to share the top office role. The two incoming leaders will have a year with Francies before he retires. They […]

Latest UK Briefings

HICBC: January 2022 update – 2017/2018 tax position

A number of taxpayers with HICBC appeals awaiting the outcome of the forthcoming Court of Appeal in HMRC v Wilkes have recently contacted the firm about correspondence received from HMRC about their 2017/18 tax position.

APP fraud: Confirmation of payee, developments and trends

In the first half of 2021, £355 million was lost to authorised push payment (APP) fraud. This compares to £208 million in the first half of 2020. As a result, APP fraud losses now exceed card fraud losses for the first time. This significant growth in sums lost to APP fraud comes despite the successful introduction of phase 1 of Confirmation of Payee.

Financier Worldwide roundtable: Corporate fraud

Financier Worldwide regularly bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss issues at the centre of their audiences’ interest. Shoosmiths were invited to contribute to the November 2021 roundtable which covers the significant, ongoing challenge many companies face: corporate fraud.

Menopause and disability discrimination

On 18 October 2021 we marked World Menopause Day. It is, therefore, timely that, this month, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has provided one of the few binding rulings on this topic. It has considered whether employees experiencing severe menopause symptoms can be protected from disability discrimination.

New plans for the UK immigration system

The Government has published its first statement setting out its vision for legal migration and border control as part of the new plan for immigration. This article summarises the key goals that form part of the vision.

CMA review into competition law and ‘vertical agreements’ in the UK

The CMA recently launched its much anticipated review as to how competition law should apply to many common types of commercial arrangements (including, among others, distribution agreements (including exclusive and selective distribution), agency and franchising). It will, of course, be relevant in the automotive sector, bearing in mind that dealer agreements now fall under the “general” competition law rules rather (with the Motor Vehicles Block Exemption being confined to aftermarkets).

Online Harms regulation – getting closer?

The Government’s much anticipated response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation has finally been released but those seeking clarity at this stage may be left scratching their heads. It appears to represent no more than an indication of the Government’s direction of travel under considerable media pressure to ensure that “something must be done” […]

Balancing fear and greed: Does an expansion of the UK foreign direct investment rules beckon?

By Bernardine Adkins, Sean Giles In 2018, new measures were introduced to expand the scope of government intervention in mergers. This year, the government’s briefing note accompanying the Queen’s Speech proposes new rules on investment screening. What does this mean for business? Our experts examine the existing UK foreign direct investment rules, and explain what any […]

The Environment Bill 2019 – water, water, everywhere

By Lee Perry Part 5 of the Environment Bill, contains a number of disparate proposals relating to water – which could have major implications for many. Senior associate Joanne Sear and solicitor Grace Mitchell take a look at some of the key points in the Bill. Water resources planning According to its explanatory notes, the […]