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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.


Profits and performance

Partners at ASB will be taking comfort from the fact that profit per equity partner (PEP) is up by 24 per cent on last year, hitting £161,000 after 2004-05’s £130,000. Bizarrely, the firm declined to reveal fee income, which is understood to have remained static at last year’s £18.2m. Recent months have also seen strong […]

White & Case wins Arcelor financing role

White & Case has won the instruction to advise the lead arrangers providing the financing of Mittal Steel’s EUR26.9bn acquisition of rival Arcelor. The deals will be financed through a EUR10.8bn syndicated loan, one of the biggest European deals of recent years. The loan consists of a EUR5bn and a EUR2.8bn acquisition line. The remainder […]

Lawyers are the only winners as Gas Natural feels the chill in Spain

With Gas Natural’s €22.5bn (£15.35bn) hostile bid for Endesa halted by a Madrid commercial court, some are suggesting that the only beneficiaries of the drawn-out affair may be the law firms advising. Over eight months, Endesa, advised by Clifford Chance partner and head of competition Miguel Odriozola, has filed more than 30 legal and administrative […]

England’s exploits bring out the hooligan in Mayer Brown

After England’s, ahem, heroic exploits at the weekend, the nation’s lawyers are returning home to pop in on The Lawyer Awards tonight before heading back out for the Portugal game on Saturday. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw head of securitisation Dominic Griffiths nearly failed to get into the England game. On the eve of the […]

Cravath and Cadwalader snare key roles on $16.6bn Johnson & Johnson deal

New York firms Cravath Swaine & Moore and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft have both grabbed the top roles on Johnson & Johnson’s $16.6bn acquisition of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. Cravath partner George Schoen said old connections helped the firm win its role: “Johnson & Johnson is a long term client of Cravath. It’s a carve-out business […]

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