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Saving more for retirement

This is a massive issue - and has been one for a while.  Employees across the UK desperately need to be saving for retirement.  

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Slater and Gordon fall down & under!

A very disappointing but inevitable release this morning regarding S&G. Smarter men than I will understand why they acquired Quindell for...

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Minimum Wage Work Experience

It’s great to see the Law Society – in partnership with the Junior Lawyers Division – coming out in support of minimum wage payment to...

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Are law firms now changing their branding habits?

Chalk and cheese, cats and dogs, law firms and branding. Or is this changing? Some law firms are beginning to brand themselves in the way...

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Should all aspiring lawyers be paid for work experience?

Work experience gives young, aspiring lawyers the chance to get their foot in the door, as well as earning some CV boosting experience. 

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Housing Market is still going strong

Great news for law firms is that the housing market seems to be going strong with no signs of slowing down.

"UK market fundamentals are helping to underpin this recovery, with real wage growth, an improving labour market, competitive mortgage...…

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If small food producers can take on the supermarkets why can't small law firms take on Big Law ?

The short answer is that I believe they can and for the same reasons.

Micro brewers are starting to worry the international conglomerates...

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Brand agencies and law firms

When branding agencies start speaking about law firm brands my heart sinks.  

Yes, we all know a firm's brand has value, and that it is...

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Judges Behaving Badly on Social Media

As a general rule, if you need to stop to consider whether something is "okay" to post on social media, it's probably not okay to post on...

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Will InsurTech startups seize their competitive advantage over industry incumbents?

As the videographic highlights, data privacy regulation is being updated for the digital age. The new GDRP regulations which will come...

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Central Credit Register- What you need to know

The Central Bank of Ireland recently published feedback from its consultation paper on the planned introduction of a Centralised Credit...

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Dyslexia in the Workplace

Dyslexia is a disability under the Equality Act 2010.  If a person is disabled, an employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments in...

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Update on practice direction at the Central Family Court

The Central Family Court has withdrawn the local practice direction which had restricted the Guardian's attendance, although it is said...

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Jack of Kent - the art of blogging

There are many legal blogs, and one of the better comes from David Allen Green and his Jack of Kent blog - which can read at...

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Employment Appeal Tribunal confirms decision that holiday pay should include commission

The EAT has handed down its decision in the eagerly awaited case of British Gas Trading v Mr Z J Lock and Sec of State for BIS.  

UNISON...

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Top Tactics for Creating Addictive Content

There's no point in creating content for the sake of it, just because you've been told that "content is king." If you're going to do it,...

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Should workers have a legal right to switch off?

It's being reported today that French workers will be given the legal right not to read work emails outside their contractual working...

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New Death Tax

GSC's James Cohen provides details on the legislation Government are proposing that will target beneficiaries of estates worth over £2...

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Be the Beating Heart of LinkedIn Pulse

LinkedIn Pulse is the perfect place to showcase your expertise. Why? 

Because Pulse is the place where business meets pleasure. While many...

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Litigating Intellectual Property - more harm than good?

This case is an example of the complicated nature of Intellectual property disputes, particularly those involving cross border disputes...

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What are the key growth drivers for law firms in 2016? Byfield Consultancy and Fox Williams launch major new research into alternatives to merger

Other than mergers, what are the key factors driving growth in law firms today? In last year’s research report, “The Dating Game for Law...

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Evidence tests for domestic violence ARE unlawful

A judgement clearly setting out that the two year time limit for evidence to enable a victim of domestic violence to obtain public...

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Should we have more 'nurseries' for young lawyers?

This innovative new venture by gunnercooke is a fantastic opportunity for young lawyers to gain invaluable, real life experience. The...

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Using the right data, asking the right questions

Even a tech outsider must realise that there is something different about Apple. As a business, it consistently chooses different paths...

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Employer's duty to make adjustments to policies

Following the outcome of this Court of Appeal Case, employers may need to review and update their absence management policies and...

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Regret making a pre-nup or regret asking?!

Whilst the statistics are limited the data below shows that some people have regret about not entering into a pre-nuptial agreement prior...

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Dyslexia in the workplace: would you like a Tribunal claim with your latte?

Starbucks is dealing with the fallout after a dyslexic employee successfully sued it for disability discrimination.  She had been accused...

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Law is for the little guy too

In a battle between 20th Century Fox and a small chain of comedy clubs, I'm sure most of us would predict a loss for the underdog. This...

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Retailer wins appeal of award to employee who was sacked for selling alcohol to a minor

A retailer which lost its case in the Employment Appeals Tribunal for the dismissal of an employee who sold alcohol to a 16 year old, has...

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Long-term absence: don't let out of sight mean out of mind

A Spanish civil servant was fined last week after a court found that he had not attended work for at least 6 years, seemingly without his...

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Anonymous Law

This is not as pioneering as it looks, whilst encouraging young solicitors to diversify in law is a good thing, there are a number of pop...

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Lawyers and social media

The most recent American Bar Association Legal Technology Survey Report shows that more lawyers than ever are interacting online.

However,...

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We're all social now - but not professional services

All businesses live in the full glare of social media.  Do or say something a customer doesn't like and it will be shared with friends...

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The really interesting thing about Gunnerbloom?

...is not so much that they have set up a division of the business targeted at more junior lawyers.

It is not clear from the story how it...

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Junior lawyers should learn commercial & business skills early on

Law firm gunnercooke have created a 'junior division' - gunnerbloom, allowing the next generation of lawyers to develop their commercial...

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The accountants are coming to steal your lunch

Accountants now want to be able to carry out all reserved legal activities and to gain legal professional privilege for the tax advice...

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The Secret of Writing a Good Legal Blog

 Increasingly, people want experts on their case. They want to know they are in safe hands. If you can prove this by developing...

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Mind the gap! Gender pay gap reporting proposals

The government has today published its proposals for larger employers (employing 250+ staff) to publish data about the gender pay gap in...

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Is the In-house flexi-time advantage over private practice narrowing?

In-house lawyers traditionally saw a more flexible schedule than that of their private practice peers, however times appear to be changing. 

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Ministry of Justice to close 86 courts in England and Wales

The government has confirmed another round of court closures as a cost-cutting measure. It includes a number of courts which deal with...

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Developing future knowledge leaders

I discovered the Next Up conference this morning by chance. It seems like an excellent way of helping to prepare legal IT professionals...

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The Age of the Helpful Homepage

What do we want? 

Helpful Homepages!

When do we want them?

Now!

Rather than aiming for the flashiest homepage packed with boxes that appear...

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Manchester Legal Capital (outside on London)

Still a lot for Manchester to learn and focus on, but this is a positive report that recognises Manchester's growing legal presence.  

Manchester is the most important city outside London in terms of the number of legal offices and fee earners but only third based on the...…

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Yahoo's latest woes highlight performance management risks

Gregory Anderson, former editorial director of Yahoo, has lodged a claim for sex discrimination against the company, also alleging that...

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Little Glee when costs are involved

The first question I am often asked by clients seeking to register a trademark is what the costs of obtaining the mark will be.

Whilst...

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Claims firm collapses after crowdfunding £817k

Helping people who have lost money in tax avoidance schemes...do I feel sorry? Its very hard to!

A claims management company which raised £816,790 through a crowdfunding website has entered administration. The Rebus Group, which...…

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Bristol police successfully apply for FGM protection orders

An article from Family Law raises awareness of police in Bristol successfully obtaining orders protecting three girls from Female Genital...

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If an associate is not 'partner material' is that it?

The concern with this topic is the thought that if someone is not ‘partner material’ no matter how talented a lawyer they are, they won’t...

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Personality is more important than client following

Law firms sometimes take the view that if a Partner has a strong following but is a difficult personality they can live with the...

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A blueprint for success for independent law firms

The Senior Partner of Macfarlanes, Charles martin has set out what he thinks is the essence of an "independent" law firm and how they can...

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US Law Firms are Increasing Partner Capital Contributions

According to the American Lawyer magazine average partner capital contributions have increased from 20-25% of income in 2004-7 to 30 -...

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Be Different, Not Better

Instead of jostling for position to be the "friendliest" or "most helpful" law firm, try to find words that describe you but stand out,...

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Further fuel to the Northern Powerhouse fire?

As big players in the legal market take up more and more office space and as the number of fee earners in those offices steadily...

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New Children law arbitration scheme

This could be a really useful way to resolve disputes concerning children relatively quickly.  In my experience, it is often disputes...

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Staying ahead of the curve...do more good rather than less bad

As even luxury goods makers are now finding they need to be more socially responsible and source more sustainable products, is it time...

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Good move to protect those who serve to protect us

Some good news that the government are taking further steps to protect those serving their country.

As I have mentioned previously,...

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Is looking "carefully" code for rubber stamping!?

It is inevitable that these changes will come into force before the end of 2016, suggesting that there is no end in sight to the lawyer...

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Top legal firms widen gap with the rest in Australia

The performance gap that separates the nation’s leading law firms from the rest of the profession is growing after a sharp decline in the...

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Profits up but law firms warned on drawings

Is the bubble about to burst? 

Law firms in England and Wales continue to enjoy inflation-busting profits – but for a growing number excess drawings could jeopardise...…

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Understanding career development when moving firms

An important part of looking to move law firm is understanding the potential for progression once you're in. 

A potential new firm can...

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Is North shoring for you?

As more investigate the option of North shoring and firms adapt and understand outsourcing can save time and money its interesting to...

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Managing long-term sickness

It does seem morally wrong that a person can be dismissed by their employer because of ill health and I hear it time and time again from...

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London Is The European King Of Fintech, For Now

Yes indeed, London has great regulatory support for FinTech, but also a real focus on developing the ecosystem led by Innovate Finance

London’s regulatory environment has been instrumental in driving growth in fintech. Recent initiatives include a ‘regulatory sandbox’,...…

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Does Voice Search affect SEO?

While I do completely agree that law firm's should optimise their websites for long-tail searches 'e.g how do I start the divorce...

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Slater and Gordon UK chief leaves the business

Was it just a matter of time before someone was going to "step down" ? 

The head of UK operations for Australian firm Slater and Gordon has retired from the company. Neil Kinsella informed staff this...…

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Lawyers are expensive....and in other news

The Centre for Policy Studies reports today that top London lawyers are expensive.  It says that "those seeking to comply with UK legal...

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Supreme Court Judgement - New Landmark Case

The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the case of In the Matter of B (A child) [2016] UKSC 4 and has allowed (by a majority...

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Our Year in Numbers

We had an explosive 2015 working with some great clients. Here is a little insight to what we did.

Over the Christmas break I put together some numbers of things that went on in the world of Conscious Solutions throughout 2015. This is...…

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Building Client Trust = Building Reputation

Building a reputation isn't about constant self promotion and isn't judged on the amount of networking events you attend. Just like any...

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How will law firms utilise technology?

The latest technology changes so frequently that it seems new training is almost always required. 

The problem is that making new...

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Want to become an effective manager?

Being technically excellent in your chosen field does not automatically transfer into being an excellent manager of people. 

In fact, most...

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Knowing the Why Helps You Determine the What

Knowing 'why' you want a stronger online presence helps to determine 'what' you're going to do to achieve it. Rather than diving right in...

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A common misconception - The Difference Between Purpose and Mission

Directors, partners, managers  - should be reading this article and thinking..."what is our purpose? why are we here? are our employees...

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Blavo & Co judgment reports thousands of files missing

Another firm for the chop!

Further details have emerged about the demise of London-headquartered firm Blavo & Co Solicitors, which was shut down by the Solicitors...…

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First law firm launches its own litigation fund

Welsh firm Capital Law, announced yesterday that it had launched its very own disputes fund.  It has raised £50m from investors so far.

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How to 'React' to trade mark bullies.

YouTube is awash with videos created by recording the reaction of a range of people as they watch videos (or, indeed, witness anything...

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Dual contracting: Lord Falconer chases government over wasted tax payer money

While the announcement of the 'Legal Aid U-Turn' has been welcomed, the government should come clean about how much public money has been...

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Verizon GC: We Don’t Need Law Firms At Our Business Meetings

Craig Silliman, executive vice president for public policy and general counsel at Verizon, Feb 2016

We have a lot of people in-house who...

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The senior departures at Twitter - are you prepared for when senior people leave your organisation?

Similar to the whole "pre-nup" debate, nobody likes to address termination of the employment relationship when they make a new hire...

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An alternative opinion of fixed costs - could it improve access to justice?

With the whole legal world thinking fixed costs are a bad idea that will lead to further redundancies and less access to justice, Rachel...

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Is this the start of a new trend?

Will this be the first of many self-financed litigation firms?

Only time will tell I suppose..... 

A Cardiff-based commercial practice has become the first UK law firm to create its own litigation fund. Capital Law has secured a £50m...…

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Lawyers give Jackson’s fixed costs call a frosty reception

Will this further push out the smaller firms and keep paving the way for the cash rich firms? 

Lawyers have responded negatively to Lord Justice Jackson’s call last week to introduce fixed costs for all civil claims worth up to...…

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Skadden tops Acritas Law Firm Brand index - again

US legal giant has topped the Acritas Law Firm Brand index - again. 

This first rate index has looked at the top US firms for the past...

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Law firm to back clients’ litigation after £50m deal with hedge fund

Will we see more firms doing this in the future if there is to be a greater return on their investment? 

Cardiff-based Capital Law has today launched a £50m fund – backed by a hedge fund – to help its clients pursue litigation, in a first for...…

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'Culture beats strategy': Macfarlanes senior partner Martin on what defines an independent law firm

Macfarlanes senior partner Charles Martin considers the main characteristics of an independent firm, and how they can compete with global...

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Northern city pursues London law firms

Northshoring; the practice where a firm moves its back-office staff based in London to a cheaper location, usually in the north, has...

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The Three P’s of Legal Branding

With passion for what you do - not necessarily the practice area itself but perhaps the passion for delivering the service in an...

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Legal blogging stifled by risk-averse mind set?

In this post for Solicitors Journal David Allen Green, solicitor and legal commentator, calls for more legal blogging, particularly from...

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District judge ‘overworked and bullied’

Whats next for our judges? 

Claire Gilham exposed alleged miscarriages of justice and heavy workloads following the closure of a neighbouring court.

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Expectations on a Children's Guardian attendance at court being overhauled?

An interesting article discussing the local practice guidance from the Central Family Court,  which reverses the expectation that a court...

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