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BCM – Recovery & Beyond

A business continuity plan is an essential tool for ensuring a business will survive a business impacting incident. 75% of companies without a business continuity plan will fail within 3 years of their first major incident and 20% of companies will suffer from a fire, flood, terrorism, power outage, roof damage or theft in any […]

The principles of leadership for in-house legal teams

A panel comprised of General Counsels from a mix of FTSE 100 blue chip corporations to high growth companies, offering a great blend of cultures and leadership styles discuss the characteristics of a good leader and share their refreshingly honest personal stories of leadership.


Masons' private client group goes to Forsters

Leading construction specialist Masons has ditched its private client practice. Group head Peter Instone is taking his five-strong team to niche firm Forsters. Senior assistant Fiona Smith will join the group as a partner. Masons will refer any new private client work to Forsters. William Barnes, Masons director of operations and business development, says the […]

Litigation Writs 6/3/00

A Chester-le-Street company has mounted a High Court claim for nearly £8.5m following a disastrous explosion on 28 January 1997. Union Camp Chemicals, which now trades as Arizona Chemicals, is suing CRL of Waterlooville, Hampshire, and Autoflame Engineering of Bellingham, London SE6, for damages of more than £7m and £1.47m interest. In its claim Union […]

CC and Herbert Smith in tea deal

Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith have brought together tea giants Tata and Tetley following months of negotiations. Henry Davey led the Herbert Smith team that acted for Bombay-based Tata, which made a £271m bid for Tetley. Davey says Tata has forbidden him from commenting on the deal. Clifford Chance advised Tetley, with corporate finance partner […]

Profile too low for female lawyers

I have been doing a little study of photographs in The Lawyer recently and cannot help noticing the predominance of articles and photographs about or by men in the profession. Out of a total of 29 photographs in a recent issue, 22 of those featured were of men and only seven were of women. These […]


The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, last week overturned a landmark High Court decision that the minimum wage applies to pupil barristers. The Court of Appeal has ruled that pupils over 26 should not be entitled to the minimum wage. The original High Court action was brought by Rebecca Edmonds, a pupil at 23 Essex […]

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