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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?


Tom Keevil shows how Northern Bank hit back at the Revenue.

Tom Keevil is a solicitor with Simmons & Simmons. Section 20 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 empowers the Inland Revenue to elicit documents or information needed to pursue investigations. Its use of S.20 to obtain documents and information from non-parties to an investigation has provoked controversy. Some practitioners believe the Revenue regards S.20 as […]

Quality standard bearer urges Bar Council to police compliance

Linda Tsang A CHAMBERS which has just been awarded an international quality standard has called on the Bar Council to boost the credibility of its own quality standards scheme by policing compliance to it. The Chambers of James Hunt QC believes it is the first set to have been awarded the ISO 9002 quality standard. […]


Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for Jermyn Investment Properties on its purchase of a portfolio of properties for £14.5m from Babcock Pension Trust. Babcock was advised by Read Cooper.


Former clerk wins assault case

Magistrates have convicted sole practitioner Robert Layton of assaulting his clerk for failing to photocopy court papers. The clerk, who is now a freelance police station adviser, took out a private prosecution against his former boss. Last week he told Haringey magistrates how, on 17 May this year, Layton, who is a partner at Layton […]

Judicial review/police bill. Judgement Day for the executive

Judicial review is grabbing the headlines again following the recent High Court decision that the calculation of the release dates of prisoners serving concurrent sentences had been unlawfully applied by the prison service for the past 30 years. The judgment was a further blow to Home Secretary Michael Howard, coming as it did after the […]

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