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A word about sustainability

It is perhaps better to consider Sustainability in business as a continuum. What does this mean?

Business and HR professionals must avoid getting things wrong when they are right

By Nick McEwen The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis has brought with it the inevitable consequence of high levels of redundancies as organisation after organisation struggles to survive in the current economic climate. When a business finds itself in the unenviable position of having to make some of their employees redundant, HR professionals […]

Brexit: The final countdown to secure your workforce

By Tijen Ahmet In just 11 weeks, the UK is set to leave the EU, meaning now is the time for businesses to make any final preparations. On 31 December 2020, free movement will come to an end: a cause for concern for sectors such as construction, hospitality and leisure that rely on EU migrant […]

Why metadata matters in ediscovery

Metadata is data that summarizes other data. Every file saved on a computer includes some basic information about the file, enabling the computer’s operating system to be able to deal with it. The application in use (e.g., Microsoft Word) creates this behind-the-scenes information describing the information contained on a webpage, email, document, or electronic file. […]


Developing a taste for growth

Business development specialists are playing an increasingly important role in today’s law firms. Jonathan Newey explains why As law firms emerge from the recent downturn with a renewed focus on market expansion and improved profitability, recruiters have seen a marked increase in demand for business development specialists. As a result, firms are restructuring departments and […]

Man Utd shareholder group calls in Weil Gotshal to fight takeover bid

The Lawyer can exclusively reveal that Manchester United’s shareholder group, Shareholders United, has taken on US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges to help it fight Malcolm Glazer’s takeover bid. The US firm is advising on a pro bono basis. Lovells worked for free for Shareholders United on BSkyB’s failed takeover bid in 1998. Glazer has […]

Making the most of your People – Dumping the Dollops and Cheering the Champions

How ‘wired up and fired up’ are your staff? Are you getting the most out of your people? Can you afford to be under performing by 35%? If your firm was losing £4.7million each year through poor people management, would that gain the Partners’ attention? We all know that successful firms focus on developing and […]

In brief

Pictons has been chosen to host the 2004 European LawPact Conference. Attending firms are due to come from as far afield as New York, California, Chicago, Mexico, Cyprus, Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic. Pictons’ IP team will launch the event. Head of IP Sarah Staines will lead the first conference session, entitled ‘Trade Mark […]

Living on the Edge

Four years after the Hammonds merger with Edge Ellison, London turnover is down by £4m. Can Richard Burns and Peter Crossley make their City office pay its way? By Joanne Harris When any firm’s profits drop, the partners complain. But the communication between a group of Hammonds’ Leeds partners and the management (as reported in […]

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