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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?


Litigation Writs 18/11/97

A man who claims he lost out on a divorce settlement by remarrying is suing his former solicitors for compensation. Anthony Chilton of Bracknell has issued a writ claiming damages against Druces & Attlee of London, EC2, alleging he lost the chance of a settlement of about £200,000 as a result of the firm failing […]

Clifford Chance tackles Bar fees

Clifford Chance has launched a scathing attack on the “antiquated” fee structures employed by barristers, and introduced a radical scheme to get a grip on counsel fees. Under the new arrangement, all 150 solicitors in its contentious business department will have to instruct counsel via a new negotiating team made up of four partners, who […]

No currency in betting on the collapse of EMU

Fears that speculators will gamble on the break-up of EMU during its transitional period have been overplayed, says Clifford Chance finance partner Chris Bates. Lawyers always think of the worst that can happen – that, after all, is what they are paid for. A question often asked is: what will happen if European Monetary Union […]

Arnheims scoops role in international buyout

Price Waterhouse-tied Arnheim & Co has won a role for itself in one of Europe’s largest ever buyouts: the £620m sale of engineering conglomerate BTR’s polymer products group. Ashurst Morris Crisp did the lion’s share of the work on the deal – advising buyout vehicle Unipoly and the equity backer, Legal and General Ventures, on […]

In brief: Ilex to get extended rights of audience

The rights of audience enjoyed by members of the Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex) have been extended by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine. Subject to parliamentary approval members of the institute will have new rights of audience to appear before: district judges in the county courts for all matters including family proceeding; magistrates’ family proceedings […]

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