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This article was first published in Law360 on March 24 2023. Since the launch late last year of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot, there have been numerous articles asking whether it or other forms of artificial intelligence will replace the need for lawyers, or even put them out of business altogether. In response to this […]

This article was first published on the Lockton website. A recent regulatory settlement agreement relating to an attempt by a solicitor to cover up a mistake is a useful reminder for law firms of the circumstances where negligence and regulatory misconduct can overlap, and when it may be appropriate for firms to consider self-reporting misconduct […]

Zulon Begum, Partner, and non-contentious partnership law specialist, has authored a practice note for the Practical Law Company’s new Practice Compliance and Management resource hub. The practice note is essential reading for senior managers of law firms that are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in England and Wales and who may be considering demerging or divesting parts of […]

‘Ethnicity Pay Gap Day’, on 8 January 2023, was a reminder that the issue has stagnated despite there being recognition, for at least the last five years, that pay gap reporting provides employers with good statistical data to help them analyse whether there are disparities in the diversity of their workforce which could be overcome. […]

In recent years there has been a renewed focus on how misconduct allegations are managed by law firms. That focus has arisen for a variety of reasons, including cultural shifts resulting from the #MeToo movement, generational changes, heightened media scrutiny and regulatory pressures. In this article, first published for ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes Magazine, Regulatory and Professional Discipline […]

Andrew Pavlovic, professional discipline and regulatory Partner, has authored a practice note for PLC’s new Practice Compliance and Management resource hub.   The practice note is essential reading for Partners and General Counsel having to grapple with potential own interest conflict issues which arise either at the outset or during the course of a matter. […]

The SRA’s Warning Notice on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participations (SLAPPS) follows reports that solicitors are facilitating the suppression of free speech by bringing meritless claims on behalf of wealthy clients to intimidate journalists/the wider media from publishing stories on matters of public interest. The Warning Notice makes clear that acting in this way would breach […]

The UK is facing a period of considerable economic uncertainty. Compared to the past decade, everyone is feeling the effects of increased living costs, high inflation, high interest rates and a recession is on the way, if it is not already here. In this article, first published in IFA Magazine, Partner Corinne Staves considers how wealth management firms […]

Senior Executives on the move are understandably very focused on their new opportunity, and primarily on the terms of their new service agreement (and you can see some tips on this in our Little Book of Senior Executives Appointments & Agreements.)   But often in practice the other crucial issues be forgotten or left to the […]

In our latest alert, Senior Partner Sarah Chilton and Associate Naomi Latham set out some frequently asked questions and answers about employee rights to return after maternity leave and entitlements to time off in certain circumstances. It is important to note that the points discussed in this alert apply to employees and do not go […]