Guest post: Stop being proactive, stop being commercial, stop being nice

Guest post: Stop being proactive, stop being commercial, stop being nice

I made a mistake. It was in 1989. I went in-house and found I was good at my job. It was the first time in my life I truly felt I was good at something. Until then I had found everything hard. Exam results were never adorned with flying colours and my CV, such as …

Guest post: Change is neither good nor bad: It is

Guest post: Change is neither good nor bad: It is

‘Call it the Great Recession, the Great Reset, or whatever, the world palpably shook in September 2008 and the repercussions are still very much with us.’ Bruce MacEwen wrote the above in his 2013 book Growth is Dead, and while changes have been made, much of it still rings true today – including for law …

Guest post: ‘Stockholm syndrome’ in legal services – GCs are captured by their advisers

Guest post: ‘Stockholm syndrome’ in legal services – GCs are captured by their advisers

A caricature may reveal a truth… ‘Why, if there is all the talk of change, is change so slow?’ One might be forgiven for thinking that there is rather too much talk of change in the legal profession and perhaps rather less evidence of it happening. It is not easy to see the wood from …

Guest post: DRIP – a torrent of mass surveillance seems more likely

Guest post: DRIP – a torrent of mass surveillance seems more likely

Last week, the Home Secretary announced that, with all party agreement, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill – (DRIP for short) – would be introduced into Parliament. Much of that is covered in the previous post of 10th July. Since then, criticism has mounted in relation to the late introduction of the Bill prior …

Guest post: A few thoughts on the Butler Sloss controversy

Guest post: A few thoughts on the Butler Sloss controversy

Lady Butler Sloss, a former and eminent senior judge, with significant experience through a child abuse inquiry (Cleveland) of matters of child protection has been appointed to lead an independent inquiry into historical child abuse. Interestingly, she relinquished the Diana inquest when forced to have a jury trial. The Telegraph story at the time reported: ‘These …

Guest post: Light at the end of the tunnel for the SFO and a review of the last 12 months from David Green QC

Guest post: Light at the end of the tunnel for the SFO and a review of the last 12 months from David Green QC

Introducing the annual report for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the last financial year David Green, CB QC, director of the SFO had this to say: ‘Since I took up post in April 2012, we have sharpened the strategic focus of the SFO on the casework for which the Roskill model was designed and intended. This …

Guest post: Good news for the SFO in Innospec – jury convicts former CEO and sales director

Guest post: Good news for the SFO in Innospec – jury convicts former CEO and sales director

Dennis Kerrison and Miltiades Papachristos were found guilty [on Wednesday 18 June] at Southwark Crown Court of conspiracy to commit corruption. In a nutshell, that they gave or agreed to give corrupt payments to public officials and other agents of the Government of Indonesia as inducements to secure, or as rewards for having secured, contracts …