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On-demand webinar: Employee engagement and future HR trends Q&A webinar discussion

Andrew Rayment and Charlotte Smith (both Employment) presented a live Q&A webinar discussion on ‘Employee engagement and future HR trends’. Walker Morris employment lawyers were joined by Lisa Rowlinson-Brown, People Director at Symington’s, Steve Joyce, HR Director at Airedale International Air Conditioning and Catherine de la Poer, Leadership Developer at Halcyon Coaching.

Keeping expert evidence secret at an inquest

There has rightly been increasing emphasis since the Mid Staffs inquiry and other high media profile investigations, such as Hillsborough, on the responsibility of public bodies to be open and candid in all of their dealings with the Coroner.

Nautica Marine Limited v Trafigura Trading (The Leonidas)

On 28 July 2020 Foxton J handed down judgment in this important case concerning the effect of “subjects” in commercial negotiations, which contains a number of significant points of interest to those negotiating contracts, particularly in the charter market.

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In brief: Report demands end to unfair sentencing

A report has called for the introduction of a sentencing council as a way of cutting out inconsistent and excessive jail terms. The document published by the Penal Affairs Consortium this week backs the group’s ongoing campaign for such a council. It says most people in jail have received sentences for non-violent offences and there […]

Berrymans warns builders of potential contract chaos

THE CONSTRUCTION industry has been warned that new plain English standard-form building contracts are likely to spark increased litigation, rather than ease disputes. A construction industry conference held by City firm Berrymans was told the New Engineering Contract (NEC), issued by the Institution of Civil Engineers, would ignite a series of legal disputes to establish […]

Employment group opens up to NI and Scots lawyers

THE Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has extended its boundaries to include membership from people working in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Established two years ago ELA already includes more than 550 members in England and Wales and founding chair Janet Gaymer says it is hoped the rule change will bring in additional membership applications. Gaymer, who […]

Much-needed shot in the arm

THE TRADITIONAL East-West divide that exists in Scotland has taken on a new perspective with the election of Irvine Development Corporation legal adviser Alan Boyd to the position of president of the Law Society of Scotland. Retaining his position at the West Coast-based development corporation, Boyd will be commuting more frequently from Irvine to Edinburgh […]

Lord Woolf's 'Access to justice': the profession replies

The Commercial Court welcomes Lord Woolf’s report on access to civil justice and its emphasis upon the advantages of case management. In terms of the report, the vast majority of cases tried in the Commercial Court come within the category of “heavier cases on the multi-track”. They have for some years been the subject of […]

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