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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?


Bignon ramps up for China opening

French independent Bignon Lebray has launched a Chinese law practice with the hire of a partner from Haarmann Hemmelrath and the opening of a new office in Shanghai. Bignon is to open its Shanghai office in September this year, working alongside Chinese firm Beacon. Beacon is a recent recruit to international network Meritas, to which […]

Firm profile: Schofield Sweeney

Eight-year-old Bradford-based firm Schofield Sweeney recently merged with long-established local rival Sampson Horner, which was founded in 1891. For Schofield co-founding partner and chief executive Martin Sweeney the merger represents a return to his roots; he completed his training with Sampson Horner. The merged firm, which will operate under the Schofield Sweeney name, has a […]

Richards Butler signs association with Swiss firm

UK firm Richards Butler and Swiss law firm Chabrier & Partners (Geneva) have signed an agreement to form an association. The purpose of this arrangement is to exploit each firm’s expertise in international trade and energy. Switzerland and, in particular, Geneva is a major business centre for commodity and energy trading and trade finance and […]

Chadwick LJ condemns Addleshaw Goddard QC

Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Chadwick has slammed Addleshaw Goddard solicitor-advocate Mark Clough QC for the content of his skeleton argument in Sony’s case against HM Revenue & Customs. Chadwick LJ’s first concern was that the argument cast aspersions “on the intellectual honesty of the High Court Judge from whose decision this appeal is brought”. The case was on appeal from […]

DLA Piper works on john morphet sell-off

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Ashurst advised on North West-based John Morphet’s sale of nine UK leisure complexes to Legal & General Ventures for an undisclosed sum. John Morphet owns a number of leisure sites, including caravan parks in the UK, and the Royal Westmoreland resort in Barbados. DLA Piper advised John Morphet, led […]

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