Linklaters

Decline and stall: the clock is ticking for Linklaters’ finance team

In late 2019, Linklaters’ global head of banking Davide Mencacci left his base in Hong Kong to visit the London headquarters of the firm. It was a standard trip for a practice leader; catching up with fellow partners, updating management and shaking hands with clients. All seemed normal, but there was something brewing. Just a […]

Irwin Mitchell scraps chargeable hours

Irwin Mitchell has dropped chargeable hours across the whole firm to accommodate people’s different working needs. The firm carried out a review of its time recording approach at the end of the last financial year, introducing a new model. Irwin Mitchell has traditionally had targets of around 1,500 hours, with discounts in place for various […]

James Quarmby, Stephenson Harwood
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Losing face: Why I need to come out for a second time

By James Quarmby, partner at Stephenson Harwood I first came out as gay to my colleagues as a newly-qualified solicitor in September 1998 when, a few months after joining, I was asked whether I would be bringing my wife or girlfriend to the firm’s Christmas party. This was, I thought, an ideal opportunity to put […]