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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?


Simmons loses lawyer to Competition Commission

Simmons & Simmons competition partner Clare Potter is leaving to join the Competition Commission, where the firm’s former head of competition, Peter Freeman, is deputy chair. Potter is joining as general counsel and will replace Brian McHenry, who moved to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) earlier this year to take up the newly created […]

Ansons born as Hadens splits

West Midlands firm Hadens has almost halved in size following the departure of six partners to set up a rival firm. The team, led by senior partner Simon James, has launched Ansons LLP. It will specialise in commercial and private client work out of its Lichfield and Cannock offices. Ansons hopes to capitalise on economic […]

HSBC Holdings begins panel review

HSBC Holdings has kickstarted the long-awaited full-scale review of its external legal advisers. As first revealed in The Lawyer (26 April), the bank is exploring the possibility of merging its eight-strong City and 11-strong regional panels. It is understood that the bank has invited firms on the existing panels, as well as several firms that […]

Careers: in brief

Property specialist Sandra Barton has been named the new national president of the Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex). Barton will continue as a legal executive in the property team at Dorset firm Ian Newbery & Co while heading the 22,000-member professional body. John Wells of the Roberts Rose Partnership was named vice-president (VP), while the […]

Ex-CC lawyer suspected of murdering Iraqi official

A former Clifford Chance lawyer who set up the Iraq Special Tribunal to try Saddam Hussein for war crimes has been accused of involvement in the murder of an Iraqi official. Salem Chalabi, a US-qualified finance and capital markets lawyer, has been accused by Zuhair al-Maliky, Iraq’s chief investigating judge, of involvement in the murder […]

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