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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?


Holmans raids Stephenson Harwood for ship finance push

Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired a partner and two assistants from Stephenson Harwood in a bid to develop its ship finance practice. John Forrester, who was a partner at both Stephenson Harwood and legacy firm Sinclair Riche & Temperley, joins Holman Fenwick with assistants Ruth Allcoat and Adam Shire. Forrester becomes Holman Fenwick’s eight […]

Careers: In brief

Richard Barnett, senior partner of Southport conveyancing firm Barnetts, has been appointed as a director on the board of Pisces (property information systems common exchange standard). He is already chairman of Pisces’ lenders’ conveyancing workgroup. Pisces is an electronic data exchange standard designed for the UK property market that aims to ease information transfers between […]

Irwin Mitchell bolsters Midlands employment group

Irwin Mitchell has added a consultant to its Midlands employment team as it continues its growth. Sue Massey joins Irwin Mitchell from Black Country firm Manby & Steward, where she was head of employment. She is also a governor of Wolverhampton University. Massey’s hire brings the number of employment lawyers across Irwin Mitchell’s offices to […]

Ropes & Gray scoops coveted lead role on SunGard buyout

The $11.3bn (£6.03bn) acquisition of SunGard Data Systems by a consortium of private equity houses has turned into a feeding frenzy for lawyers, with no fewer than seven US firms landing roles on the biggest leveraged buyout since the 1980s. Boston-based Ropes & Gray has landed the lead role advising the consortium on corporate aspects […]


OFT lure proves too strong for would-be Wilmer lawyer It seems that Philip Collins’ route to the chairmanship of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) was not as direct as it initially appeared. It seems that Collins arranged to leave Lovells’ Brussels office back in January for US regulatory firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and […]

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