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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.


Herbies brings in diversity expert to appease client demands

Herbert Smith has recruited a permanent diversity consultant amid increasing requirements from potential clients to provide tangible evidence of a commitment to diversity issues. Carolyn Lee joined the silver circle firm last week as its inclusion manager. A former diversity consultant to German investment bank Deutsche Bank, Lee will be responsible for conducting diversity training […]

CC, Freshfields left hanging by Galileo

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance have been left waiting in the wings while eight European companies fight over the E3.2bn (£2.21bn) Galileo project. The consortium of companies, known as the Galileo Operating Company (GOC), has failed to instruct external legal counsel as questions surface about budget difficulties, timetables and satellite coverage for the project, which is […]

In brief

The Commercial Litigators Forum will host its Lawyers for London reception at Somerset House on 20 April to raise funds for three London-focused charities. Cherie Booth QC is to be guest of honour at the event, which the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is also expected to attend. Money raised from the event will go […]

Deals roundup

Eircom looks to Freshfields on Babcock takeover offerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by corporate partners David Sonter and Stephen Hewes, has cemented its ties with client Eircom by advising on a potential E2.36bn (£1.63bn) takeover offer from Australian investment group Babcock & Brown, which made a formal approach last week. Eircom has given Babcock the go-ahead […]

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