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Workplace mentorship and why it builds great organisations

Starting an entirely new job usually requires you to learn from more experienced co-workers. Even if you’ve had training beforehand, there’s often a world of difference between preparing to do a job in theory, and actually carrying it out in practice.

Video: Keeping trade moving revisited

Last October our in-house lawyer training day sought to address the question of how can we keep trade moving? We looked at issues such as: the speed of change, Brexit, collaboration and the changing customer.

COVID-19: Where now for employment tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

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Bryan Cave gives associates hiring powers

The London office of US firm Bryan Cave will allow its associates to help choose trainees. Starting this month associates will join the firm’s partners in the process of selecting trainees for the next intake in September. London principal responsible for trainees, partner Sarah Linton, said: “We value our associates’ views and their participation in […]

Simmons brings in of counsel role for associates

Simmons & Simmons will give all of its associates the option of becoming of counsel rather than partner. Some of the firm’s offices, such as Brussels and Germany, have used the of counsel title for several years, but firm managing partner Mark Dawkins told The Lawyer that there had been no consistent approach to the […]

Giuliani firm raids Bingham for Parmalat star

Texan-headquartered Bracewell & Giuliani has raided Bingham McCutchen for its co-head of bankruptcy along with one other partner. Evan Flaschen will join Bracewell’s Hartford, Connecticut, office as partner, as will his colleague Gregory Nye. Flaschen is best known for representing creditors in the massive Parmalat bankruptcy. Bingham chairman Jay Zimmerman was sanguine about the departures: […]

Walker Morris makes up record number of partners

Walker Morris is to promote six associates to the partnership, the firm’s biggest promotional round ever. In May two will be promoted in the property group and one each in banking, corporate, planning and regulatory. Chairman Peter Smart said: “They’re all quality individuals and our view has always been that, if they’re quality people, then […]

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