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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?

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Negative image of sole practitioners challenged

Solicitors working on their own are unfairly labelled as dishonest and incompetent by both the public and the legal profession, said newly appointed Sole Practitioners Group chairman Tim Readman. A sole practitioner for 16 years, Readman claimed the publishing in the legal and national press of a few high-profile cases of sole practitioners behaving badly […]

Salaries spiral as club breaks up

Newly-qualified wages at leading City firms have spiralled upwards this month following a breakdown in salary information sharing between the top firms. Until now, the club or “magic circle” of senior and managing partners from the top firms met regularly and are known to have commissioned surveys on the going salary rates from an accountancy […]

Duty to duty solicitors

I thoroughly agree with Anthony Edwards concerning the urgent necessity for opening up duty solicitor schemes, and opening up the opportunity for any qualified person to take part in them. The present system may fall foul of European anti-competition law. I have been in correspondence with Brian Shieldhouse (at one time a British Legal Association […]

In brief: Conference discusses future of profession

The future of law in the areas of damages, procedure, costs and funding, and occupational health, are tabled for debate at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers conference on 8 May at London’s Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London, which is expected to be attended by more than 200 people.

In brief: McKinnells merges with Gateley Wareing

Birmingham firm Gateley Wareing has taken over McKinnell, Ervin & Mitchell, a two-partner practice in Leicester. Craig Mitchell, former senior partner of McKinnells, pictured above centre with senior partner Brendan McGeever (left) and partner Craig Ferguson (right), said: “This is an exciting opportunity. Both firms are dedicated to the Owner Managed Business sector and our […]

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