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Why your organisation needs a data capture strategy

By the year 2020, people and connected things will generate 40 trillion gigabytes of data. Generating large volumes of data within your...

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Swift Justice

The case referred to in this article should bust a few myths. 

First, if anyone thinks you can't get judgment quickly think again....

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Opening a hotel in 2018/19? Plan for your liquor licence

There is huge demand for hotel rooms in Dublin.

This is reflected in Fáilte Ireland’s Report on Visitor Accommodation in Dublin 2015-20...

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Sports Bodies - 5 simple steps to grab the GDPR bull by the Horns

The dreaded 4 letter acronym.

Don’t panic!..... (if you’re a sports body)

It’s highly unlikely the commissioner will be knocking down your...

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Divorce Blame Game

The Nuffield Foundation have published a report adding more evidence to the argument that there should be a change in the current divorce...

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ReBlock © Blockchain Recruitment Services

Capitalising on the decentralized nature of human activity Jepson Holt is launching a Blockchain empowered recruitment...

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Brexit and regulation - when world views collide

I’ve written before about the “do it right”, apolitical approach, and indeed mindset, of UK regulators, and this is visible again in...

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Confronting the work/life balance in law, millennial-style

As the millennial generation seeps into the legal profession, modern attitudes towards working culture and pay structures are beginning...

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The Split - is being a Lawyer really like that?

When I meet new people for the first time, I often get asked if being a Lawyer is anything like 'Suits'; it isn't. 

In the wake of...

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Alfie Evans and 'the best interests of the child'

The tragic case of Alfie Evans has been a high profile example of how the courts approach the issue of determining what is in a child's...

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CFPB Considers Ending Public Access to Complaints About Banks

Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the CFPB, told banking industry executives that he did not see anything under the 2010 Dodd-Frank...

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To Protect and Surf: deep sea mining and environmental law

Modern research reveals how DSM poses a threat to the environment and the indigenous cultures that rely on the bodies of water affected...

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Cooking Dogs!

Most employers will reject a candidate out of hand if they cannot express themselves clearly in writing. It is impossible to clearly...

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Old Fashioned Bias

We are not often walloped over the head with examples of bias. Over the last several decades public exposure to bias has evolved...

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Funding Disputes

Historically English law refused to recognise and enforce arrangements under which third parties funded or 'maintained' litigation under...

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Even our most senior judges need to reflect on their conduct

Do you work in a law firm and are you busy on Thursday morning?  We are running a free open session on just this subject.  

The...

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FCA Business Plan (2) - Consumers

This weekend's blog is the second in a series, that interprets what the FCA's Business Plan means in practice for both firms and the...

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Regulators, Risk and Silos

Daniel Nouys interesting speech on risk appetite frameworks contributes to an important but largely implicit debate about risk management...

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How Hot is Too Hot?

With temperatures today making an April record of 28.5C, many workers may be sweltering at their desks. After the disruption of the...

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Banking Charges On The Way Out?

Santander is laying claim as the “first bank to roll out a blockchain-based international payments service to retail customers in...

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More certainty for NZ blockchain industry as regulator continues proactive approach

Good news for companies in the blockchain and token economy looking at running Initial Coin Offerings or Token Generating Events (ICOs or

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Trademarks, a Royal Pain if you're a Mark(le)

Love is in the air friends. 

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just around the corner. And you know what...

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Starbucks - a costly PR exercise now required!

The recent Starbucks debacle has certainly highlighted how important it is to train your staff on equality issues. Usually employment...

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Grant Thornton recognised for asset recovery expertise

I am delighted Grant Thornton have been recognised with industry accolades for our asset recovery, restructuring and insolvency expertise...

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Merger take 'Up'

Domestic mergers are continuing to prove a popular alternative to traditional types of entity simplification methods such as voluntary...

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Will the GMC lose the right to appeal Medical Practitioners Tribunal decisions?

The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for the General Medical Council (GMC) to lose its right (since 2015) to appeal decisions...

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Alcohol: Self medicating for Stress?

As it turns out this does not work!

Nothing beats an ice-cold beer or a cheeky glass of wine after a long day in the office. For most of...

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Lateral Partner Moves The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (approaches)

Almost every lateral partner move requires a lateral business case but delivering one risks a breach of contract, potentially several...

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Judges on Twitter? It's just what the system needs.

For too long the legal profession has steered well clear of social media in a decision no doubt borne from risk aversion. With law firms...

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FCA Business Plan: reading the tea leaves (1)

This weekend's blog is the first in a series, over the next couple of months, that will try to interpret what the FCA's Business Plan,...

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Shortages of international talent

The impact being seen in the accounting profession is likely to be felt similarly in other professional service sectors.

One reason may be the impact of Brexit: the number of EEA nationals leaving the UK is at a 10-year high. This has impacted sectors across...…

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Maintenance for life stopped in favour of clean break

The wife in this case had been awarded £9.76m and £175,000 per annum by way of spousal maintenance for life. On seeking to increase the...

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Sex and Drugs - you’re on the dole!

As Mr Dury might have cautioned if he were writing today. 

We all bemoan political correctness at times – I certainly do – I have...

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Facebook & Cambridge Analytica scare could see your wallet as well as your data at risk

The press attention into the class action against Facebook & Cambridge Analytica could see a wave of scams being set up to target...

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30 Years On – sport, business and parallel lines

After the heavy lifting of Monday, distilling the main messages of the FCA Business Plan, I thought I'd use this week's article to...

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Employment update: #YouToo?

After the recent, well-publicised reports of sexual harassment in Westminster and the USA, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission...

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Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders

After much pressure from the PAC (Public Accounts Committee) two of the largest online Sales platforms agree to provide information on...

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PRIIPS – Investment Costs and Charges

Below is a provocative article, from my colleagues Sunil Chadda and Sandy Trust, discussing two of the major challenges facing PRIIPs...

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New kids on the blockchain

Great to see Freshfields, Slaughter & May and Allen & Overy joining the ranks of The Accord Project. There is great potential for...

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Opening up or shutting out? Social mobility in the legal profession

In 2015 Byfield Consultancy, in partnership with Funke Abimbola, conducted research into social mobility in the legal sector – this is an...

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Employment law update: changes to PILON payments

The tax treatment of termination payments made on or after 6 April 2018 is changing. Taxation of payment in lieu of notice (PILON) will...

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Gender Pay Gap reporting: deadline today

The deadline for businesses with over 250 employees to release their Gender Pay Gap reporting figures is today. Our Employment law...

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The Recession's effect on legal careers ... 10 years on

While this article is somewhat US-centric, a number of the listed ‘after-effects’ from the 2008 recession also resonate in London’s legal...

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Mo money mo problems: IRD issues cryptocurrency tax guidance

Who’s hot, who’s not? Based on guidance issued today, those who trade in cryptocurrency and do not pay tax on gains are looked upon...

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Where do we go from here? The post-Cambridge Analytica world

Very Interesting (and admittedly over the top) article on where the personal data economy and regulation could be headed in the near...

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FCA's Mission & Approach documents - a wider perspective

A couple of weeks ago, the FCA released the last of the five approach documents – on Supervision and on Enforcement - promised when it...

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