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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?


Quote of the week

“It doesn’t matter to Andersen Consulting if they are called Andersen Consulting or Winnie the Pooh.” Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Barry Ostrager, head of the legal team representing Andersen Consulting on its split from Arthur Andersen, on the importance of branding.

… as it loses leading retail partner to Irwin Mitchell

Leading property lawyer Frewin Jenkins has left Manches & Co to join Irwin Mitchell’s commercial property team as a partner. Jenkins, who specialises in retail and service charges, will be joining an expanding team that works with high-street clients, such as Thorntons, Minit UK and Etam. Her arrival at the London office comes just days […]

High resolution

The defining features of the truly successful arbitration are discretion, speed and economy. In theory that is, but in practice it is not always so straightforward. Such qualities seemed in short supply in last week’s acrimonious divorce of accountancy giant Arthur Andersen and its professional service group Andersen Consulting. Break-ups are never easy and this […]

Cloisters invests in employment team

De-merged civil set Cloisters will welcome two civil practitioners and a new practice director in September. Senior junior Simon Dyer from Plowden Buildings and Declan O’Dempsey from the recently merged set Coram Buildings are both joining Cloisters. Dempsey, whose current set is headed by former Cloisters tenant Roger McCarthy QC, is a specialist in employment, […]

Matrix swoops to pick up trio

Matrix Chambers has boosted its capability in constitutional, discrimination and environmental law by taking on three tenants. The three members are Karon Monaghan, who joins from Cloisters, Kate Cook from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and Janet Kentridge, a South African barrister who joins after completing her pupillage at One […]

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