Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

In theory, your staff are just there to work. During office hours, the only thing they should be doing, within reason, is whatever you pay them to do. In practice, your staff probably spend a reasonable amount of time doing other things. Checking their Facebook page, messaging their friends, going outside for a cigarette, etc. […]

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The Last Shot in the Battle Doesn’t Always Win the War!

  Many businesses often rely on their standard terms and conditions.  I know this because I’ve drafted a lot of them, and I’ve ripped quite a few apart as being completely useless and a waste of paper! Sometimes we have to advise on not just what’s in them, but what happens if both sides have […]

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Don’t Ask a Question Unless You Can Deal With the Answer

  We have a rule in advocacy, don’t ask a question unless you know what the answer will be.  If you have a witness on the stand and you’re asking them about important events, you will always have some who will disagree with you, but so long as you know what their version of events […]

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Are Hallmark In Trouble????

Well they might be if LinkedIn is anything to go by, and that’s not just because I post online almost every day. Last week was my birthday. I received a couple of cards, all of which were lovely.  However, I received around 200 messages on LinkedIn, which gave me the opportunity to reconnect with people […]

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What shall I call myself today?

Over the years I’ve had many nicknames.  Some deserved, and some not.  In a past life I was known as the Rottweiler of the office.  Once I got my teeth into a case I was unlikely to let go.  I was quite proud of that one.  In another role I was known as the grim […]

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Big Brother is Not the Only Thing You Should Fear

As a teenager I read George Orwell’s 1984 and whilst I found it fascinating and scary in equal measures, I just couldn’t imagine that our world would evolve into something even close to what was predicted.  It was science fiction as far as I was concerned. Fast forward just a few years (!) and the […]

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Ticket to Nowhere

I was rushing back from a meeting the other day, late to get back to the office – nothing new there. I dived off the Victoria line train at Euston, crossed the corridor straight on to the Northern Line, going north.  The indicator said the train just arriving was to High Barnet, so I walked […]

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Discretion May Be the Better Part of Valour

But it can still be the bane of my life! I agree with Shakespeare about the benefits of knowing when to step aside, rather than fighting on, but the problem comes not with my client’s ability to exercise their discretion, but the courts. I am currently preparing for a hearing about having a judgment set […]

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Lost In Translation

At the time of writing this blog, I am currently enjoying the benefits of a short break in Zagreb.  Anyone who has been here will know how much culture and history there is, not to mention the wonderful restaurants (so long as you avoid the usual tourist destinations) and the lovely people (if you ignore […]

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