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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?


CC management gears up for election fever

Clifford Chance‘s management is preparing for its latest elections in the autumn as five key positions come up for vote after four years. Following informal consultations with colleagues, current senior partner Stuart Popham is widely expected to stand again in the autumn. He won a tightly fought election four years ago against five other candidates: […]

MBR&M insurance team raids Bakers

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has beefed up its insurance and reinsurance practice with a high-level partner hire from Baker & McKenzie as the team prepares for its move into the Gherkin. Peter Schwartz leaves Bakers after seven years with the firm. He specialises in non-marine reinsurance and liability insurance on behalf of the […]

Julius and Shackleton to replay Charles vs Di with Macca and Heather

Mishcon de Reya and Payne Hicks Beach are set to meet in court after Lady Heather McCartney instructed Mishcon consultant Anthony Julius to represent her in her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Sir Paul has picked Payne Hicks Beach partner Fiona Shackleton to fight Lady McCartney’s demands. Shackleton and Julius were previously instructed […]

Pinsents hires Brodies employment star

Pinsent Masons has hired partner Kirsty Ayre from Brodies to head its Scottish employment team. Ayre has experience advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including on religious and sexual orientation discrimination. Ayre joined Brodies in 2002 from Pinsent Curtis and became a partner in 2003. Her hire brings the number of partners in […]

Terra Firma retains Lovells on Europe’s largest CMBS despite defections

Lovells has maintained its relationship with private equity house Terra Firma to advise on a landmark securitisation, even though the firm lost the original partner on the deal to Clifford Chance. It is understood that Lovells won the mandate because arranger Citigroup had already instructed Clifford Chance, and therefore the magic circle firm was conflicted. […]

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