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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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Sayer: "Hogwash claims unfair'

Last week’s “Quote of the Week” criticised a letter sent to most small firms urging them to charge realistic fees. “Patronising hogwash,” was the response of the solicitor quoted. That stung. The critic had received a devastating SIF demand and was rightly outraged, but his reaction was unfair. For four years a handful of us […]

LCD blueprint heralds virtual future for law

Virtual court hearings and legal information kiosks in shopping malls are among the advances envisaged by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) in a consultation paper launched last week. The paper, which will form the basis of a 15-year strategy for IT and the courts, goes beyond Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice proposals and embody many […]

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The jury’s unlikely champion

Author and former Sunday Telegraph editor, Trevor Grove, used the time he spent doing jury service putting the system itself on trial, writes Philip Hoult. Trevor Grove recounts one incident in the kidnapping trial on which he based his book, The Juryman’s Tale, which should be a salutary lesson for all criminal lawyers. He laughs […]

Cape Town takeover

South African firm Hofmeyr Herbstein Gihwala & Cluver has added 20-lawyer Cape Town-based Walkers to its growing national network. Hofmeyr will pick up Walkers’ clients like Old Mutual, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, which is in the process of demutualising.

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