Deloitte scheme gives school leavers a bright start

Deloitte has launched a new initiative to give school leavers the opportunity to embark on a professional career at the firm without having to go to university.

The business advisory firm is creating 100 A level entry roles across the UK as part of its BrightStart scheme.

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Top honours for Black Country law firm at Legal Awards


Ian Shovlin, Higgs & Son's managing partner, with the award for Law Firm of the Year

Black Country law firm Higgs & Sons proved it can mix it with Birmingham’s legal elite after it was named Law Firm of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

The firm beat of stiff competition from fellow finalists Browne Jacobson, DLA Piper, Eversheds and HBJ Gateley Wareing in the 16 partners and above category.

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Digital forensics expert joins Deliotte

New man Paul Slater (left) with Adam Smith, head of Deloitte’s forensic and dispute services practice in Birmingham

Business advisory firm Deloitte has expanded its forensic and dispute services practice in Birmingham with the appointment of Paul Slater as assistant director.

Paul will be responsible for heading up the team’s new analytics and forensic technology business, which provides digital forensic and e-discovery services to clients. Continue reading

Deloitte launches crisis management smartphone application

No need for CDs with Deloitte’s new Bamboo app. Pictured is David George, associate partner in Deloitte’s information and technology risk practice in the Midlands

Business advisory firm Deloitte has launched a new smartphone application to help businesses manage disasters and crises.

The application, called ‘Bamboo’, is the first one of its kind in this field and is not reliant on mobile network connectivity to work.

Bamboo works by storing up-to-date disaster procedures and action-plans on employees’ mobile devices, such as the Blackberry or iPhone. Management can communicate with their employees immediately to inform them of an incident, verify their safety and location, and communicate necessary actions and contact details – all via their handsets. Continue reading

Law firms to fight it out at awards

Seconds out…! (L-R) David Beswick, Eversheds, Paul Ray, Browne Jacobson, Russell Orme, DLA Piper, Mike Ward, HBJ Gateley Wareing, and Ian Shovlin, Higgs & Sons.

A group of legal heavyweights are getting ready to do battle to find out who will win the title of Law Firm of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2011.

Heavy-hitters Browne Jacobson, DLA Piper UK, Eversheds, HBJ Gateley Wareing and Higgs & Sons will be going toe-to-toe in the 16 partners and over category at the event, which is set to take place at the International Convention Centre on the 24 March. 

The winner of the coveted title will join an illustrious list of previous recipients of the award, including last year’s winner Pinsent Masons. Continue reading