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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?


Freshfields, Herbies bag emi-warner talks

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith are tipped to advise on takeover talks between EMI and Warner Music. The firms, which are advising the respective companies, are remaining tight-lipped on Warner’s takeover bid. Herbert Smith M&A specialist James Palmer is Warner’s relationship partner, while corporate partner Mark Rawlinson and competition partner Rachel Brandenburger manage the […]

Property boon for Beachcroft as John Lewis announces panel

Beachcroft could be the big winner in retailer John Lewis’s panel shake-up after winning a spot on the panel for the first time. Beachcroft was appointed to advise on property issues as the company prepares to launch an aggressive expansion programme that will see it increase significantly its 26 department stores and 184 Waitrose supermarkets. […]

ABN Amro ditches e-billing plan

ABN Amro has ditched any immediate plans to introduce e-billing following a review of the cost to benefit ratio. As first reported by The Lawyer (25 September 2006), Dutch bank ABN has been investigating alternatives to traditional billing methods in a bid to make savings on the cost of external legal advice. ABN group deputy […]


Latham displays Russian muscle with Sitronics IPO

Latham & Watkins completed London’s first major listing of a foreign company this year with the IPO of Russian technology group Sitronics. The $352m (£180.69m) float, which valued Sitronics at £1.16bn, was London’s largest technology IPO in the last five years, highlighting the US firm’s hold on Russian companies in London. Moscow-based corporate partner Varun […]

Former Bird & Bird chair plots passage to India

The former chairman of Bird & Bird Hamish Sandison will now plot the firm’s entry into India after standing down last week. Sandison stood down ahead of the firm’s elections because of his desire for the firm to elect a non-UK-based chairman. He has been replaced by Sweden managing partner Michael Frie. “I’ve argued for […]

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