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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?


B&M elects new Paris managing partner

Baker & McKenzie has elected Laurent Epstein as the firm’s new Paris managing partner. Epstein replaces Eric Lasry in the top French role, following Lasry’s election to Bakers’ global executive committee last month. Fellow partner Denise Broussal has been elected as co-manager, and will be responsible for representing Paris on Bakers’ internal international committees. Epstein […]

Under pressure

LLPs – and the problems they bring with them – are becoming more common. William Wastie on the numerous hurdles to overcome The move to limited liability partnership (LLP) status for UK law firms is gathering pace. The pressure for change is being driven not just by a desire to move away from unlimited personal […]

CMS seals Iberian link-up with former Lovells suitor Albinana

CMS has at last signed an Iberian member after scooping one of Spain’s few remaining independent firms, Lovells’ former prospective merger partner Albinana Suarez de Lezo (ASL). The Spanish corporate and finance firm, with offices in Madrid, Seville and Marbella, formally acceded to the CMS alliance late last month. It will practise under the CMS […]

Government fights accusations of UK’s “growing compensation culture”

The government has today (November 10) vehemently denied suggestions that there is a growing “compensation culture” in this country – a stance welcomed by the insurance industry. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, speaking at an insurance conference in London this morning, said: “My view is clear – I am opposed to the idea, or anything […]

Man power

Star partners are increasingly likely to join a new firm with their clients in tow. Law firms need to cover their backs. By Stephen Ralph “Clifford Chance prepares for exit of top rainmaker” (The Lawyer, 11 Oct) and “DWS left shellshocked as eleven media/IP partners defect to DLA” (The Lawyer, 4 Oct) are just two […]

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