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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?


Bernadette Daley

Bending the gender agenda

EU commissioner’s revised 40% female ‘target’ for boardrooms throws up questions of qualification balance Last month, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding faced a setback when voting was delayed on her proposal to introduce mandatory quotas for women on EU-listed company boards. Concerns were raised about the legality of her proposals. She tabled a revised proposal […]

Elliott I. Portnoy

Salans, SNR and FMC approve three-way merger after partner votes

Partners at Salans, SNR Denton and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) have ratified the firms’ three-way merger in votes taking place today. All three firms approved the deal, with Salans partners asked to publicly state their voting preference in a firm-wide meeting earlier (28 November 2012). The firm will be known as Dentons and […]

Frauleins in waiting

German gargantu-firm Hengeler Mueller still trails the field in diversity stakes Despite being one of the rare European firms to have a female co-managing partner – Daniela Favoccia – Hengeler Mueller has a dismal diversity record. In 2011 the firm had just three female partners out of a total of 86, putting it in 98th […]

Suzanne Wise

Network Rail prepares to revamp legal panel under new general counsel

Network Rail has invited 20 firms including Clifford Chance, Eversheds and Simmons & Simmons to pitch for its external legal panel as the transport infrastructure group’s new general counsel prepares to review its roster of advisers. The company, which owns and operates much of the UK’s rail infrastructure, has asked all its 12 current panel […]

Charles Kerrigan

Banks face conflict of interest

Banks are being short-changed when it comes to their interests by a system that favours lowest fees With financial institutions scaling back their legal panels in the news, attention is being turned to how the work will be done. Once law firms have a place on a bank panel there remains the question of the […]

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