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At Pitmans we work hard but we play hard too and we have a dedicated social committee to plan events throughout the year.
There are three permanent fixtures in our social calendar when all four offices come together to celebrate and strengthen bonds – a Christmas Ball, a charity quiz night and a summer social. Less formally, we have regular after-work meet ups where we let our hair down and enjoy good food, good wine and good times!
It’s not all about indulgence – on a healthier note, many of our people participate as teams in a range of sports activities. And we don’t just socialise with each other! Many of our trainees and other young staff are involved in networking, through organisations such as the Thames Valley Young Professionals and the Junior Lawyers Division.
Pitmans Junior Lawyers (PJL) brings together our newly qualified solicitors and trainees to share experience and know-how. The group meets monthly for collaborative sessions discussing best practice, topical knowledge and the latest PJL networking and training initiatives. The team also play an invaluable “champions” role for firm-wide projects across our key strategic areas from finance to business development. PJL acts as the glue to foster relationships post qualification and pre senior associate level.
Our people are key to our success and the future growth of our business. We encourage high standards of conduct and work performance and we support the development of all employees to realise their full potential and develop their career.
This starts from day one. Every new member of our team is assigned a ‘buddy’, usually from the same department, to provide support and help them settle in and get to know the department and wider firm.
This case sets an important legal precedent for employees working for UK organisations abroad. It also provides clarity on factors which an Employment Tribunal will take into consideration when deciding if an individual who works in a foreign country, but is employed by a British employer, can bring an employment claim in the UK.