Will you still need me when I'm 64?

Lucy Kellaway recently  addressed an audience of bankers, none of whom appeared to be over 50! Currently in Ireland, the majority of...

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Shhh - can you keep a secret?

The legal framework in Ireland around trade secrets is fairly disjointed and companies and employers have had to rely on a mixture of the...

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ACAS reports that (nearly) everyone’s a winner

The occasional dispute in the workplace is inevitable. I tell employers that if they try to be considerate and fair, they will probably...

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Employer behaving badly

Have you ever asked an employee to lie for you and take responsibility for your mistakes? I hope not. This case is a good example of why...

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Disrupt first, regulate beforehand

Another day, another reminder that the 'disrupt first, think later' approach taken by Uber and Airbnb won't work for fintech companies... 

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Blockchain 2.0?

Like many technologies in the early stages of development, blockchain seems to offer all things to all people. Take for example the...

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Greed is not a value

‘I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can go great things.’ Mother Teresa

Big business is increasingly...

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Working 10 to 4?

Have you ever thought about the hours you spend in that unnecessary meeting or those emails that have taken far too long to write? Wasted...

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What makes you so special?

'To be irreplaceable, one must always be different.' Coco Chanel.

It's a powerful statement. And it's true. But its simplicity masks the...

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The value of staff retention in care

A key indicator of a well-run care service is the rate of staff turn-over. A stable workforce indicates a happy and settled working...

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To pee or not to pee?

It is an interesting question - if I am able to sit down to eat, should I not be able to use a bathroom before doing so?  Not a question...

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Hey, you, get off of my work

“How dare they subvert my story this way!”

“You should thank them – yes, you’re story was great, but this version adds new layers, it’s a...

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Banks' Money Laundering Woes

Should it be remarkable that the world's leading financial institutions are still failing to meet their regulatory and compliance...

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Who is PJS?

The celebrity known as PJS in the UK, and by his real name everywhere else, will find out this morning whether the Supreme Court will...

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Being "nice" just won't cut it

Look, I'm not now and  I will never argue that emotional intelligence is not a vital skill set for lawyers; it is... fact.  But, those...

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Grand Parental Leave

In March 2016 Santander announced that it would extend its shared parental leave scheme to permit grandparents to share the entitlement.

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Ignorance is (not) bliss

It's not just something that is going to happen. It is happening. Ignoring developing technology and seeing if this is just a phase that...

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Don't get dignity tangled in the rigging

Humiliation is not humorous. But how many of us know the difference when it comes to what happens in the workplace? I’d like to think...

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How should employers manage stress in the workplace?

Stress can be a tricky thing for employers to deal with. There is no specific legislation aimed at workplace stress, but employers do...

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Modern Slavery Act

If you are a large organisation with an annual turnover of over £36m, there is a new legal requirement to publish a public statement on...

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The race is on

In times of rapid technology developments it is important not to be complacent. Look how the consumer market has been affected by...

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Minimum Wage Increases

It was 6 weeks ago today that the National Living Wage became compulsory. For those workers aged 25 or over who were paid the minimum...

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Take my phone away!

Viva la revolution? With echoes of the 35-hour week, France is again considering legislation to enhance the work life balance of its...

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Temp working on the increase

This is a good summary of the recent Markit/REC job job report showing that demand for temporary workers is increasing at a higher rate...

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Out of Hours Work

Technological developments have made out of hours working from home easier, meaning it has probably become far more common. Whether you...

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Tipping Transparency

Tips have hit the headlines a lot recently. Last week, the Government began consultation on ways to end unfair tipping practices. The...

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Dress Code Dilemma?

For those who need help with their workplace dress code policy ACAS has some good basic guidance as a starting point.

Beware a one size...

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Bringing the heel to heel

Should it really matter what we wear to work? Shouldn't we be judged on our professionalism and competence rather than the height of our...

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Big Law - from the Big Four

My first role in legal PR was for the long forgotten Wilde Sapte - a banking and finance firm.  It is perhaps now best remembered for...

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Airbnb: Yours to share?

“Airbnb helps make sharing easy, enjoyable, and safe” says their website; but can you share something which isn’t yours?

Unapproved...

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Be social. Don't stop.

'Never be too busy to meet someone new'. That's the advice of the award winning Tweet Jukebox's CEO, Tim Fargo.

It's the advice I'd give...

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Fintech Flip-Flop

China is home to multiple fintech giants, from Ant Financial to Lufax, and yet the Chinese government appears to have mixed views on how...

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China: Flip-Flopping on Fintech?

China is home to multiple fintech giants, from Ant Financial to Lufax, and yet the Chinese government appears to have mixed views on how...

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How real is the threat...?

Please take a look at an article I have recently written for InsuranceTechIT.com.

For the past 6 months I have become increasingly engaged with the introduction of new technology to the insurance market. After being...…

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Is the tail wagging the dog?


Employers often have to deal with employees on sick leave. The phrase: “ Contact from you is making me more ill and I do not want to be...

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No neighbours

Living like this has the added benefit of reducing your chances of a nasty neighbour dispute...  For everyone else however there's Dutton...

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The power behind legal brands

There is a lot of guff written about branding, particularly in the legal space.  

Yes, we all understand the power of a strong brand, and...

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Why Lawyers Make Good Early-Stage Startup Hires

Avoid costly mistakes, trained to ask the right questions at the right time. The benefits to having lawyers in a business from start up....

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Wills, divorce and cohabitation

One important, but often overlooked, issue when a marriage breaks down is what will happen to your assets on your death. If you die after...

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