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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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Paralegal qualification gets go-ahead from Government

The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The new BTEC in Legal Work, developed by the Institute of Paralegals, will be launched in schools and further education colleges in September. It will also be available as a distance learning course from […]

What’s all the fuzz about?

Staying with guitars, it was over to Lovells on Wednesday (10 May) for its annual press shindig. The firm may not be firing on all cylinders at the moment – the long-awaited private equity star replacement for Marco Compagnoni has yet to surface for a start – but at least it can point to its […]

Freshfields conflict hands Links £702m CAT deal

Linklaters has scooped the lead advisory role on British pharmaceutical giant Astra Zeneca’s £702m offer for Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was conflicted out of the deal. Astra Zeneca instructed Linklaters instead of regular counsel Freshfields because the latter firm acted for Abbott Laboratories in its dispute, last year, with CAT over […]

Cleary calls time on its Japanese outpost

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has shut down its underperforming Tokyo office, bringing to an end the US firm’s 18-year local presence in Japan. The one partner, five fee-earner office closed officially at the end of April. All of the firm’s lawyers have left, with 56-year-old corporate partner Tsunemasa Terai retiring from Cleary to focus […]

Life with Sugar is sweeter than the law for Mountford

Today Margaret Mountford is a household name. But the former Herbert Smith partner, who shot to fame after starring in the hit BBC2 TV show The Apprentice with Amstrad tycoon Sir Alan Sugar, says she “absolutely hates” being recognised all the time. Mountford is currently a non-executive director at Amstrad and is one of Sir […]

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