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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.


Freshfields revamps Asia management team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has shaken up its Asia management team as the firm’s former US managing partner relocates to Hong Kong to add firepower to the capital markets practice. Shanghai managing partner and corporate specialist Melissa Thomas has been appointed Beijing managing partner, replacing Nicholas French, who will move to London. Thomas will serve a […]


Trying times

The Balkan economic climate continues to be stormy, but the arrest of Ratko Mladic and Serbia’s modernisation drive as it bids for EU membership are signs of better days to come. Joanne Harris reports Serbia is hurtling towards a ­deadline. The country is ­seeking to confirm its candidacy to become a member of the EU […]

Harbottle family chief ups sticks to niche firm

Harbottle & Lewis family head Tom Amlot has left the firm to join niche family boutique Alexiou Fisher Philipps (AFP) as its sixth partner. Amlot, who joined Harbottle on qualifying in 1999, said he was attracted to AFP after becoming intrigued by the idea of niche practices. “There was more support, more people and more […]


Double the fun

One of the most eagerly awaited High Court trials of this year takes another step towards its hearing date today with a case management conference. Normally such a hearing would be run-of-the-mill, but today’s is worthy of note as it continues a unique experiment in the High Court. Last July, for the first time ever, […]

Reed Smith has its eye on Shanghai

Reed Smith is set to give its international practice a boost by opening a Shanghai office, as the firm eyes further opportunities in Europe and other parts of Asia. Reed Smith has applied for a licence to open an office in the Chinese city, which will complement the firm’s existing offices in Beijing and Hong […]

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