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Blockchain, the technology of trust

Transactions, Contracts, and proof of them are defining structures in our economic, political, and legal systems. They protect our assets...

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The Imposter Syndrome

A common phenomenon, even among successful professionals (and perhaps it's actually what keeps them from becoming complacent) - sensibly...

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GDPR, it’s not all bad

I have read many articles relating to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which focus on the hardship this regulation will...

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When a data privacy problem becomes a shareholder problem

As we are all more than aware, the news has been awash with the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal in recent weeks. While the issue of...

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Choosing the freelance route

BigLaw isn't for every lawyer these days. It involves long hours, late nights and less time with family. Many young lawyers end up...

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Doctors 'significantly over investigated' for manslaughter, say medico-legal experts

GP online has quoted the MDU in advocating that the bar should be raised for investigating gross negligence (GNM) in cases that are the...

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Is your child the next E-Sports star?

At a conference in the Etihad Sport’s Stadium recently, I listened with awe.

Ex-professional sportsman, Thomas Kerbusch was speaking.

His...

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What Australian ball tampering tells us about regulation

This FT article talks persuasively about the risks of groupthink and the importance of involving the wider team in the decision making...

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Gender Pay Gap and equity partners

Professional firms seem to be moving beyond compliance with the letter of the law, and seeking to get to the spirit of it too.

A growing number of UK top 50 firms are considering whether to restate their gender pay gap figures with partner data included, as recent...…

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Gender pay gap reporting: time is running out

With only days to go, less than half of businesses who are required to publish a Gender Pay Gap Report have done so. 

Yesterday, the...

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ACAS Early Conciliation Notifications and Employment Tribunal claims on the rise

ACAS has published its latest statistics on early conciliation for the period April to December 2017.

The number of notifications received...

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Update on the FCA’s review of the motor finance sector

I wrote last weekend about consumer credit's importance to the UK economy, and how regulatory responsibility for it is effectively...

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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook should (maybe) be regulate

He's finally talking and while he's not explicitly apologizing for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is...

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Twitter for the Reluctant Lawyer

Great advice for any lawyer delving in to the world of social media for the first time - especially as a BD tool. Your clients are out...

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Data protection breach saga reaches Facebook

With the GDPR looming ever closer, Facebook, along with a UK-based consultancy firm, has hit the headlines this week for an alleged...

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Inspirational Ornua

For us here in Leman Solicitors this report is more than a good news story about one of Ireland's most successful businesses in Ireland's...

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Could ITV sack Ant McPartlin?

As widely reported this week, Ant McPartlin (of Ant and Dec fame) was arrested yesterday on suspicion of drink driving. He allegedly...

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Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the Right to Freedom of Thought

The new revelations about Cambridge Analytica and its alleged use of data from Facebook reinforces concerns I have been writing about for...

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Technology - a means not an end

This article by Mark Cohen @legalmosaic sets out why, in his view, the wave of new technology does not spell the end for lawyers or the...

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Autonomy in the sky

One of Larry Page's electric aircraft companies, Cora, has unveiled its first product. 

Basically it is an "air taxi" developed by...

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What's in a name?

I am increasingly being asked to prepare and certify documentation relating to changes of name. A key issue appears to be the different...

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When systemic isn't systemic - consumer credit and the perils of twin peaks

I’m not a fan of the twin peaks approach to financial regulation - the UK's current framework – going back to when I first heard it being...

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Millionaire jailed for contempt of Court over divorce settlement

83 year old John Hart has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after being held in contempt of Court for non-compliance with a Financial...

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Senate votes to roll back parts of Dodd Frank

InvestmentNews reports that the bipartisan bill would raise to $250bn from $50bn the asset threshold for SIFI status, and banks with less...

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Preparing for Partnership

The recent survey results from Douglas Scott, showing that fewer women than men aspire to senior roles in the legal profession, are...

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Countdown to 6 April – the Electronic Bill is coming!

In less than a month, bills of costs will have to be filed in the new electronic spreadsheet format. It’s been a while coming, as the...

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Spotify's Interesting, Unconventional IPO

Spotify, the World's largest music streaming service is due to go public in April 2018. However, much like how the platform drives...

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Amateur boxing - Call the FBI ?

Corruption in amateur boxing is nothing new.

We knew Michael Conlon was robbed by crooked judges in Rio 2016.

We knew the result was fixed.

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Why would professional service firms IPO?

A useful summary of the UK's listed law firms and accounting firms, past and present.

Why would firms consider listing on a stock market or taking external investment? There are a number of reasons why any business could...…

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Jamie Carragher: what price a moment of madness?

Sky Sport's suspension of football pundit Jamie Carragher following the highly publicised spitting incident over the weekend  has...

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Surge in employment tribunal complaints

The latest quarterly statistics issued by the Government indicate that in the quarter preceding the abolition of tribunal fees, there has...

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FCA & price regulation - 5 underlying truths

Mary Starks’ recent lecture at the Social Market Foundation – well worth a read – is a wide-ranging attempt to place the FCA’s approach...

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Equal Pay Claims on the Rise!

Equal pay, which for many years has predominantly been seen as an issue for the public sector, is now an increasingly common issue for...

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Tribunal claims up 90%

On 8 March the Ministry of Justice published its quarterly statistics covering employment claims in the period October to December 2017.

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Lawyer struck off for hiding assets in divorce disclosure

When resolving financial issues, there is an obligation upon divorcing couples to provide full and frank financial disclosure. This...

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UCI Inspired by International Womens' Day!

Cycling's governing body has decided to keep the dreams of women all over the world alive this International Womens' Day: they've decided...

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Employee Data: 10 action points to prepare for the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) replaces the EU Data Protection Directive and will be directly applicable in EU member...

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Circuit Court rules no bar to late night licence on Good Friday

In my last post, I discussed the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Act 2018 which came into operation on 31 January 2018. The Act removed...

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International Women's Day - a great day to celebrate but also recognise there is so much more to do!

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda is rightly of critical importance to business (law firms being no exception) and is finally...

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When is Scotch Whisky Not Scotch Whisky?

Interesting factoid to start with Irish Whiskey is spelled with an 'ey' at the end, whereas Scotch Whisky has no 'e'. 

Moving on.

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Reasonable Adjustments

Sainsbury’s have been praised by an employee’s son for the way in which the company dealt with the employee following her Alzheimer’s...

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Workplace CCTV: breach of privacy?

With the help of fast growing technologies being developed every day, employers have increasingly more options open to them in when it...

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Milestone year for Cardiff Law Firm

Paul Clayton was featured in BQ talking about our milestone year here at Capital: our plans for growth, innovation, working responsibly,...

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Managing Gender Identity in the Workplace

Stonewall, Britain’s leading charity for LGBT equality has named the top employers for inclusivity in the workplace. Whilst attitudes in...

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What about the ethnic pay gap?

Readers of this blog will be aware that there is a great deal of attention being focused  on the issue of gender equality;...

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An end to unregulated lending?

Non Bank lending to  SMEs is - to the surprise of many - largely unregulated in Australia. However this is about to change, with...

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Key FCA and Bank speeches - tools, trade-offs & spinning plates

Three speeches this week - two by Andrew Bailey and one by Mark Carney - neatly demonstrate the efforts regulators go to in constructing...

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It's snowing - can I refuse to go to work?

In light of recent weather conditions, the BBC has published an article entitled It’s snowing – can I refuse to go to work? The article...

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Brabners awarded Employment Team of the Year

Congratulations are in order as Brabners have been awarded Employment Team of the year 2018 at last night’s Manchester Legal Awards.

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Anchor tenant in the way? Your sale can be delayed!

US private equity fund Oaktree has completed its acquisition of the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght.

At €250million, the transaction...

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Just what is sexual harassment anyway?

According to "The Lawyer" today, 42% of people working in law firms know what it is, indeed, they say they have been subjected to it and...

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Emma and the Beast - what you need to know about 'Weather Events' in construction contracts

Red Alert!  The country is in lock down, supermarket shelves are empty and there's not a loaf of bread to be had.  Schools are...

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The Surrogacy Pathway

The Department for Health and Social Care has issued new guidance intended to help those considering becoming parents via surrogacy,...

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FCA fines Vanquis - why firms should think beyond disclosure

Tuesday's FCA Vanquis fine is interesting for a number of reasons beyond the obvious. One is that it conceals a persistent question -...

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