7 May 2012


Move On Up: Thomas Eggar

South East firm Thomas Eggar has a multi-tiered structure for all staff, providing a steady path up the career ladder for lawyers. Once qualified, lawyers join the firm as solicitors, ­before progressing to associates and then senior associates. Senior associates enter the partnership as salaried partners, but there is also a fixed-share equity layer between […]

Work Life Quiz: Liz Wyatt, Anthony Collins

What was your first-ever job? Clerk to a registrar (now district judge) in the principal registry. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Running in heels in the rain after my senior partner down Broad Street carrying a scale model of Birmingham Symphony Hall. Where’s the best place to go to find out what’s […]

Job Watch: IT, UK and abroad

IT is a booming area and although there are numerous opportunities in London, there are also plenty of reasons to look abroad, according to James Franklin, a manager at recruitment consultancy Robert Walters. “We see most opportunities in London and, because a number of social media and online gaming specialists are based there, in the […]

Controlling interest

Information governance is a huge issue for in-house lawyers. Our round table participants discuss the best way to manage e-documents David Reed, founder of Data ­Governance Forum and chair of the round table: This discussion is centred around e-discovery and the journey towards information governance. It’s probably useful to start by thinking about what’s driving […]


The Lawyer Management: Pannone

A former partner in chartered accountancy firm Wylie & Bisset, Muir joined ­Pannone in April 2011 from construction consultancy Davis Langdon, where he was global finance director.   What are the key elements of your role? As a relatively new finance director (FD) charged with bringing a strategic focus to my role, I have a […]

Number crunching: Tech IPOs

Last week the much-anticipated initial public offering (IPO) of social networking behemoth Facebook inched a little closer, when it won approval from US government regulators to distribute its S-1 public offering prospectus and hit the road. The offering is expected to raise around $10bn (£6.18bn), valuing Facebook at around $90bn. It is also hoped in […]

Harbottle scotches Murdoch’s claims

Phone-hacking select committee slams News Corp for blaming everyone but itself The controversial decision of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to roundly criticise News Corporation chair Rupert Murdoch for the News of the World (NoW) phone-hacking scandal dominated last week’s headlines after the committee released its hacking report on Tuesday […]


Court sinks pirates’ net profits

A recent ruling forcing ISPs to block an illegal downloading site is not censorship, but a protection of property On 2 May 2012 the High Court ­delivered its second judgment in Dramatico Entertainment v BSkyB, ordering five internet service providers (ISPs) to block the world’s largest illegal downloading site, the Pirate Bay. Dramatico is not […]

Contracts are a fine art

A lap dancer’s unfair dismissal claim could set the stage for other performers to gain employment rights When a dancer at Stringfellows lap dancing club Angels was dismissed, the Employment Tribunal (ET) had to decide whether she was employed and could bring an unfair dismissal claim. For there to be a contract of employment three […]


The drive to dismiss whiplash

Genuine whiplash claims must not be left by the wayside in ministers’ crusade against cheats The whiplash bandwagon has again rolled into town and many have hopped aboard. As Transport Secretary Justine Greening and Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced claims reforms last week (2 May) at what was the second summit of motor insurers in […]

Regulate, don’t promulgate

The legal sector and not victims will benefit most as the UK seeks to boost the number of antitrust claims It has become an article of faith for European competition regulators over recent years that there are not ’enough’ compensation claims by ­antitrust victims. But I question that view: there are claims and, in any […]

New faces

Does top UK firms’ strategy of shipping out associates for NQs hold water?  Clifford Chance, Linklaters and now Herbert Smith have all announced staff cuts due to the economic pinch. So far, so 2008. But a new characteristic – at Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith, anyway – is that cuts are being made to […]

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