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On-demand webinar: Employee engagement and future HR trends Q&A webinar discussion

Andrew Rayment and Charlotte Smith (both Employment) presented a live Q&A webinar discussion on ‘Employee engagement and future HR trends’. Walker Morris employment lawyers were joined by Lisa Rowlinson-Brown, People Director at Symington’s, Steve Joyce, HR Director at Airedale International Air Conditioning and Catherine de la Poer, Leadership Developer at Halcyon Coaching.

Keeping expert evidence secret at an inquest

There has rightly been increasing emphasis since the Mid Staffs inquiry and other high media profile investigations, such as Hillsborough, on the responsibility of public bodies to be open and candid in all of their dealings with the Coroner.

Nautica Marine Limited v Trafigura Trading (The Leonidas)

On 28 July 2020 Foxton J handed down judgment in this important case concerning the effect of “subjects” in commercial negotiations, which contains a number of significant points of interest to those negotiating contracts, particularly in the charter market.


Milbank’s Latin losses

How about this for a trend reversal? Dewey has just raided Milbank for a bunch of four partners, including heavyweight Michael Fitzgerald (see story). Over the past few months, thanks to its record year financially in 2010, Milbank has been hiring lawyers like Premier League footballers hiring superinjunction specialists. For once, the direction is the […]

Work Life Quiz: James Maxey, Express Solicitors

What was your first-ever job? Summer work organising a nature learning centre. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Including a Part 36 offer in a trial bundle, causing the need for a new judge. ­Fortunately, one was ­available. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going […]

Wolfgang Ewer

The battle over German LLPs – Kultur Klub

A coalition of German professional bodies and firms is mounting a spirited fightback against the march of the Anglo-Saxon LLP. The battle has barely begun  Wolfgang Ewer does not look like a revolutionary. But if the president of the German lawyers association, the Deutscher Anwaltsverein (DAV) manages to push through the plans he has […]

Osborne Clarke bulks up in Bristol with BLP hire

Osborne Clarke has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) funds partner Tim Simmonds as a partner in its Bristol office. Simmonds was head of BLP’s funds and financial services regulatory group. He becomes Osborne Clarke’s first dedicated funds partner and the third partner in the firm’s financial services team. He left BLP’s London team at the […]


Irish lawyers say yes to rescue of professional mutual fund

Irish lawyers have voted by a narrow margin in favour of bailing out professional indemnity insurer the Solicitors Mutual Defence Fund (SMDF). By a margin of just over 1,000 votes solicitors approved the proposed €16m bailout, which will be sourced through a €200 levy on every Irish solicitors’ practising certificate each year for a decade. […]

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