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Sleep-in shifts not counted towards National Minimum Wage

Last week the Supreme Court decided to dismiss the latest appeal in the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case and confirmed that time spent sleeping on site during a sleep-in shift will not count towards a care worker’s National Minimum Wage (NMW).

ESG in the social housing sector

In this podcast, Debra Cooper, Banking & Finance partner at Shoosmiths, chats with Marcos Navarro, a Director and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Lead on the Housing Finance Team at NatWest, about their commitment to the social housing sector and why ESG is so important to them.

COVID-19 twelve months on in the workplace

This podcast reflects on and discusses some of the measures currently being considered by employers to keep their workplaces safe twelve months on from the start of the pandemic.

Investing in women

The webinar brought together our various communities to discuss the progress combatting the disparities that exist between female and male entrepreneurs, making entrepreneurship more accessible to women, increasing funding access for women to start and grow businesses as well as addressing broader societal issues and unconscious bias that have created barriers for women generally.


Derek Baird

English heritage

The latest instalment in a small but significant trend slotted into place recently when Allen & Overy (A&O) private equity specialist Derek Baird upped sticks for the London office of elite US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. At the start of this year fellow US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell made waves when it launched […]

Lorraine Brennan

Arbitration system ain’t broke

Having to appoint arbitrators from a fixed panel was a daft idea – we must ensure the system stays flexible Certain things are just not good ideas: combovers, socks with sandals or anything tie-dyed. I had a similar reaction when it was suggested that, contrary to the longstanding tradition of party-nominated arbitrators in commercial arbitration, […]


Osborne Clarke and FFW: it just might work?

There is more to FFW’s corporate practice than prominent client BBC Worldwide to make it an attractive partner for Osborne Clarke. A deal could create a serious mid-market contender It would be going a bit too far to say that Osborne Clarke’s attempts to merge with Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) are all about one client, […]


Norton Rose Fulbright to target Brazil and Mexico when merger goes live

Norton Rose has confirmed its intention to launch offices in Brazil and Mexico after it merges with Texan firm Fulbright & Jaworski next year. The combined firm, under the name Norton Rose Fulbright, plans to launch in Brazil in 2013 and Mexico City within five years to add to the UK business’s current Latin American […]

John Clarke

Moves: 12 November 2012

Move of the week Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired financial disputes partner Charles Evans. Evans is a longstanding member of Norton Rose’s litigation practice, where he was a partner. Milbank has made a series of lateral hires in recent months. In August The Lawyer revealed that Linklaters projects partner Clive Ransome was to […]

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