#MeToo: Dentons launches investigation and puts partner on leave amid reports of sexual misconduct

#MeToo: Dentons launches investigation and puts partner on leave amid reports of sexual misconduct

With the recent #MeToo campaign shining a light on sexual harassment and misogyny across every industry, a Dentons partner has been put on leave of absence while the firm investigates reports of sexual misconduct made against him.

The firm confirmed one of 62 partners who joined Dentons from Maclay Murray & Spens after the firms merged in October last year ‘will not be attending the office while the investigation is ongoing’. Continue reading “#MeToo: Dentons launches investigation and puts partner on leave amid reports of sexual misconduct”

The last word: Speaking out

The last word: Speaking out

With the recent Weinstein revelations shining a light on sexual harassment and misogyny across every industry, we ask senior lawyers for their views

Call it out

‘Sexual harassment of anybody in any circumstance is outrageous. It must be called out at every opportunity and condemned for what it is – an insidious abuse of power.’

David Morley, member, Mayor of London’s International Business Advisory Council Continue reading “The last word: Speaking out”

Comment: The answer to law firms’ social ills is not another league table

Comment: The answer to law firms’ social ills is not another league table

Have we reached peak aspirational employer league table yet? From the perspective of the legal industry we certainly should have, given the trend in recent years for the profession to turn up with improbably high rankings in a proliferating range of ‘best employers for…’ tables.

Were an alien to descend to earth and judge the industry on the basis of these rankings they would conclude that the profession had cracked social mobility, gender diversity, gay-empowerment and quality of life… all the while generating a tonne of money. Continue reading “Comment: The answer to law firms’ social ills is not another league table”

Answer to law firms’ social ills is not another league table

Answer to law firms’ social ills is not another league table

Have we reached peak aspirational employer league table yet? From the perspective of the legal industry we certainly should have, given the trend in recent years for the profession to turn up with improbably high rankings in a proliferating range of ‘best employers for…’ tables.

Were an alien to descend to earth and judge the industry on the basis of these rankings they would conclude that the profession had cracked social mobility, gender diversity, gay-empowerment and quality of life… all the while generating a tonne of money.

Continue reading “Answer to law firms’ social ills is not another league table”

‘Enhancing our approach to development’: A&O drops annual appraisals in performance pilot scheme

‘Enhancing our approach to development’: A&O drops annual appraisals in performance pilot scheme

Allen & Overy (A&O) confirmed today (4 May) that it has been running a performance pilot scheme for the last six months, dropping traditional annual appraisals in a new approach to performance management. Continue reading “‘Enhancing our approach to development’: A&O drops annual appraisals in performance pilot scheme”

We wanted diversity, we got box-ticking – real change on diversity needs leadership in law

We wanted diversity, we got box-ticking – real change on diversity needs leadership in law

Fieldfisher’s Michael Chissick says progress on gay inclusion masks a wider diversity failure in law

‘Did you see the game at the weekend?’ is the type of question I am often asked at events. I know my answer, ‘no, I don’t really follow sport’ – will kill the conversation dead, and I don’t have the skills or required knowledge to blag my way through the small talk of the weekend’s fixture list.

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1COR tops QC appointments table as female applicants remain ‘stubbornly low’

1COR tops QC appointments table as female applicants remain ‘stubbornly low’

One Crown Office Row (1COR) saw six of its barristers take silk in this year’s round of Queen’s Counsel (QC) appointments, as those selecting new QCs remain concerned at the low level of female applicants.

With this year’s 107 appointments marking a rise on last year’s round of 93, notable appointees included 1COR junior Marina Wheeler, the wife of Boris Johnson; Wilberforce Chambers barrister Tim Penny, a former member of the dissolved set 11 Stone Buildings; and 39 Essex Chambers’ Justine Thornton, the wife of former Labour leader Ed Miliband.

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Getting a grip on the ‘slippery ladder’ – Reed Smith’s Tamara Box on women and law

Getting a grip on the ‘slippery ladder’ – Reed Smith’s Tamara Box on women and law

Imagine, in sequence, a football player, a surveyor, a figure skater and a managing partner of a law firm – all without gender association. Were you able to do that? Now imagine a carpenter. When you have that image settled in your mind, tell me the colour of her hair.

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Getting a grip on the ‘slippery ladder’ – women and law

Getting a grip on the ‘slippery ladder’ – women and law

Reed Smith’s Tamara Box argues the profession needs to fight the gender stereotypes that stop women advancing

Imagine, in sequence, a football player, a surveyor, a figure skater and a managing partner of a law firm – all without gender association. Were you able to do that? Now imagine a carpenter. When you have that image settled in your mind, tell me the colour of her hair.

Continue reading “Getting a grip on the ‘slippery ladder’ – women and law”

News in brief – May 2015

News in brief – May 2015

WHITTAKER STEPS DOWN AS LLOYDS GC

Group general counsel (GC) Andrew Whittaker is stepping down from his role at Lloyds Banking Group with deputy GC Kate Cheetham set to replace him. Whittaker joined the bank in May 2013 after having served as the legal head of the Financial Services Authority. The bank also saw the departure of disputes chief Philippa Simmons last month and began a redundancy consultation looking at cutting up to 25 mid-level positions.

 

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