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Lord Dyson MR

Dyson MR defends timetable for Jackson reforms in inaugural speech

The Court of Appeal will issue guidance through procedural cases outlining how Lord Justice Jackson’s litigation funding reforms are to be implemented, Lord Dyson has said in his first speech as Master of the Rolls. Dyson MR was appointed in August and took up the role on 1 October, succeeding Lord Neuberger, who has been […]

Things can only get better at SJB

SJ Berwin’s masterplan for improving staff motivation: make it easier for them to leave the London office. That’s at least how it seems after the City firm called its partners to a meeting last Saturday to discuss, among other things, how staff can feel more engaged. Strikingly, the firm has admitted that it needs to […]

Monica Burch

Addleshaws’ litigation chief to challenge Burch in senior partner election

Addleshaw Goddard litigation head Simon Kamstra will go head-to-head with incumbent Monica Burch in the firm’s forthcoming senior partner elections. Managing partner Paul Devitt, who is serving a second term following an uncontested election in January (12 January 2012), sent an email to partners yesterday afternoon (15 October) telling them that Kamstra would run against […]

Robert Davies

Dangers lurk in new contracts

How George Osborne’s employee-owner contracts could reduce workers’ engagement with businesses Chancellor George Osborne last week unveiled proposals to increase employee share ownership by enabling employers to offer a new kind of employment contract called an employee-owner. Under the proposals employees could be awarded £2,000 to £50,000 of shares that will not be subject to […]


Good offices

Making the most of your office space is a management priority these days, as exclusive new data in the UK 200 reveals In this year’s The Lawyer UK 200 annual report we broke new ground – almost literally. Alongside the usual questions about turnover, profit and number of equity partners, for the first time we […]

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