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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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Firm's new fellowship

Sheffield firm Irwin Mitchell is sponsoring a new research fellowship at the University of Sheffield. The holder of the post – The Irwin Mitchell Research Fellow – will combine research into legal services policy at the university with a training job at the firm.

Travers Smith's Dunn to lead GE Capital deal frenzy>

GE Capital Europe has hired Travers Smith Braithwaite banking partner Kevin Dunn to spearhead a new European asset-backed finance practice. Dunn has been appointed European legal director at the financial services institution, which is part of GE, the world’s largest corporation. GE Capital already has a major presence in the US market for asset-backed corporate […]

DAC is hit by defections from banking department

A consultant and four of the six assistants in Davies Arnold Cooper’s banking department are leaving the firm. Two of the assistants, James Dakin and Kim McMurray, who joined DAC in 1996 have gone to Nabarro Nathanson. Assistant Lynette Denzey is going in-house to client Close Brothers and legal executive Feride Mehmet is going to […]

Why alliances rarely work

Bradford W Hildebrandt analyses the reasons why alliances are doomed. Bradford W Hildebrandt is the chairman of multidisciplinary management consulting firm Hildebrandt Inc. What follows may cast doubt on the concept of integrated law firm alliances that became very popular in the late 1980s. I am not talking about large organisations such as Lex Mundi, […]

Success in 97/98 should not lead to complacency

Law firms are too caught up in boomtime mentality to look into the future, or so the latest survey on the state of the profession would seem to indicate. While profitability is up, firms are facing pressures from increasing staff costs and declining staff retention. Even more worrying, the level of commercial and skills training […]

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