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Supporting junior colleagues – a trainee’s perspective

Justin Farrance

After many months of lockdown and newfound ways of living, the pandemic has left its mark on almost every aspect of society. Alongside the individual challenges faced by so many, it’s hard to ignore the professional impact caused by the virus. Specifically, alternative ways of working present unique obstacles for junior colleagues starting out in Read More

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Dignity and respect should not be the preserve of the majority

Sheila Fahy

Today is International Pronouns Day, a day to educate others that a personal pronoun should be determined by the individual. Whether a person wants to be referred to as “he”, “she”, “they” or otherwise will depend on how the individual identifies, not traditional cues. The issue particularly affects transgender and non-binary individuals, and has led Read More

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Momentum for #BLM

Sheila Fahy

Somewhere along the way, the idea that white people are superior to others has taken root in society, like a stubborn weed in the garden. It’s everywhere and people are so used to seeing it, they don’t appreciate that it’s choking the goodness out of our world. These words are not mine, but I echo Read More

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Is a dismissal without following a prior process always unfair?

David Merlin-Jones and Abigail Holmes

Not always. A fair process is a prerequisite for a fair dismissal, but in exceptional circumstances an employer can dispense with the process and still dismiss fairly, the EAT has confirmed in a ruling handed down this week. While fact-specific and therefore to be treated with caution, this could prove useful for employers managing or Read More

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Financial services nudging the diversity agenda

Sarah Henchoz

Culture, culture, culture The impact on business as usual has been felt by all sectors in one way or another. But for those in financial services, the Financial Conduct Authority has made it clear that there will be no downgrading of its regulatory expectations in relation to culture. As far as the FCA is concerned, Read More

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More than a Hashtag: How do I become an active ally?

Nicola Bartholomew

Growing up in rural Scotland and the Peak District, I had an exclusively white childhood. In fact, I am embarrassed to admit that I did not study or play with anyone of another race until I went to university. Thankfully, today, my world is a lot different. I love living and working in a diverse Read More

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The injustice of Covid-19 coronavirus – time to step up

Rachel Reeves

Never have we needed role models more than in the face of a pandemic which shows no signs of retreat in the present climate. A huge shout out today for Marcus Rashford, a 22-year-old Man United forward, who has spoken up in support of extending the school meal voucher scheme in England. Openly sharing powerful Read More

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