Miscellaneous Stuff

How Do They Get Away With It?

Just before Christmas I was interviewed on LBC Radio’s Drivetime programme by Iain Dale about the acquittal of the Grillo sisters in the fraud trial. The focus at the trial and in the media afterwards was not on whether the defendants had stolen £665,000 from their former employers, but on Nigella’s less than Goddess like domestic circumstances, as well as receiving high-profile support mid-trial from the Prime Minister. As you will recall the Grillo sisters were acquitted of any wrongdoing.

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When a company employs someone new, you have to make sure that you have everything covered, so they don’t find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Future disputes are a real pain. It’s best if you have a solid foundation for a happy employment. Consider the following, when you’re knocking up the contract which is applicable both for commercial / business law and employment law matters.


Always consider any annual base salary increases – will the employee be receiving any? Sometimes, to incentivise entering a new role, companies will offer benefits to secure the job change. Is the employee entitled to any bonuses? If so, how regularly?

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Happy Christmas!

simply having a wonderful Christmas time ...

simply having a wonderful Christmas time …

Another Christmas Eve, another long night of expectation and excitement: will the kids ever go to sleep so that we can deposit the presents round the tree and I can neck the sherry and mince pies?   Last year it was 2 a.m before they finally nodded off.  I’m wondering if it would be really, really bad to put a nip of something strong in the bedtime milk.

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What Makes a Good Networking Group?


Over the last few years I’ve done huge amounts of networking; not just online but in the real world, meeting new people, connecting with old contacts, drinking gallons of coffee, a few glasses of wine or beer and along the way I’ve been wondering what works and what doesn’t.

There are no end of articles on the net about how to be a good networker, the do’s the don’ts and the gaping chasms to avoid (don’t sell to the room!!!!), at what point of the “encounter” can you decently hand out your business card and so on, but there seems less content on what makes for a successful meeting.

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Why Business Education is Important for Lawyers

Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
— Samuel Johnson

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The Dilbert Principle


“I wrote The Dilbert Principle around the concept that in many cases the least competent, least smart people are promoted, simply because they’re the ones you don’t want doing actual work. You want them ordering the doughnuts and yelling at people for not doing their assignments—you know, the easy work. Your heart surgeons and your computer programmers—your smart people—aren’t in management. That principle was literally happening everywhere.”

Scott Adams

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#HWShowcase – The Day After


Hertford and Ware Showcase, 26/9/13

Hertford and Ware Showcase, 26/9/13



You know that morning after feeling?  No, not the one where your head aches and all you want in the world is a bacon sandwich, having had too many mojitos the night before. The morning after feeling I mean is the one where you wake up after a really good day realizing you’ve now got to knuckle down to some work.  Today is that day for me.

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Mind your Language!



It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him – George Bernard Shaw – Pygmalion


Language is everything to the British, from what we say to how we say it.  Those from Edinburgh are said to speak the best English, although I’m not sure where I heard that.  Tony Blair was criticised for his “Estuary English” (and much else besides) and Call Centres like to employ Geordies because their accent is said to be engaging (I think that’s right or I may have made it up).

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Bondage in the Workplace




Social media experts talk about the need for having a snappy title to blog post. If you landed on the site hoping to something a little more explicit than I am sorry to disappoint, but this is a blog post about employee team building exercises. Earlier in the week UNUM published a blog on “the worst employee engagement ideas ever and how to avoid them”. 

It’s got to be said that some companies come up with excruciatingly awful ideas with the aim of getting colleagues to work together better. Or simply just dull unfocussed ideas that bore people (such as episode 6 of this season’s The Apprentice  )

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What’s On?


There have been and will be some programmes on the BBC this week that will be of interest to #ukemplaw followers.

In case you missed it, Panorama on Monday evening made interesting viewing.  In “Blacklist Britain”  it  investigated the practice of blacklisting in the construction industry, something I wrote about back in 2009.

The guide to the programme states

“The union Unite says it has evidence that the vetting of individuals by name in the building industry is still happening, four years after the discovery of a secret list that denied people work for years.

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