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WM 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?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.



Roger Smith, the Law Society’s director of legal education and training, responds to The Lawyer’s article on 5 February, “Confusion as LPC ratings are published before completion” The fruits of a comprehensive review of the Law Society’s training strategy agreed by its council two years ago are now becoming apparent. One example of this was […]

Clifford Chance CEO election hots up

As speculation mounts about who will be the next CEO, Abigail Townsend gives the lowdown on the favourites At least two of Clifford Chance‘s most senior managers are set to go head-to-head as the battle to replace chief executive officer (CEO) Michael Bray heats up. London managing partner Peter Charlton and joint European managing partner […]

Virtually there

In the dim and distant past – 15 years ago in fact – if you wanted a pupillage, you basically had to write a hundred letters in your best ink pen and then pray very hard. The Bar Council obviously became tired of all these unhappy, unpupillaged folk lying around the Inns’ lawns with nothing […]

Shearmans appoints top IP partner from Fish & Neave

Shearman & Sterling has raided leading Los Angeles intellectual property (IP) boutique Fish & Neave for the second time in six months. Top litigator and Palo Alto senior partner Edward Mullowney is joining Shearmans’ Menlo Park office as a partner. Last October, fellow Fish & Neave partner and biotech and IP expert Vicki Veenker also […]

CC partner joins A&O to head Madrid

Allen & Overy is taking on a corporate finance partner from Clifford Chance as it continues its pan-European strategy of broadening its banking and finance practice. Iñigo Gómez-Jordana, who has been a partner at Clifford Chance for the past six years, will become joint managing partner of Allen & Overy’s Madrid office at the beginning […]

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