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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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Herbert Smith has scooped Russia’s leading tax lawyer in a dual raid on Salans’ Moscow office at a time when tax issues are critical to corporations operating in the country. Herbert Smith’s Moscow office has hired tax partner Oleg Konnov and corporate M&A partner Alexi Roudiak from Salans. Following the 2003 arrest and subsequent conviction […]

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North East firm Ward Hadaway has boosted turnover by 18 per cent at the financial mid-year point. If business continues in a similar vein for the second half of the year, turnover will exceed £25m. Managing partner Jamie Martin described the rise as “spot on target”, and attributed the growth to “the rate of activity […]

Browne Jacobson creates ‘blue light’ team

Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has launched a specialist emergency services group for ‘blue light’ clients in the fire, ambulance and police services. The new team will seek to align 35 lawyers practising property, employment, commercial, property litigation and liability law. The group is led by environmental and governance partner Richard Barlow, who explained that emergency […]

Merger failure leaves Dewey with $89m pensions black hole

Dewey Ballantine is facing a pensions deficit totalling $89m (£45.18m), The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. The firm, which ended its merger talks with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe on 4 January, will now have to meet its unfunded pension obligations alone. The pension deficit was among the issues that derailed the two firms’ merger talks earlier […]

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