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The essential ingredients

Published on 29 March 2019. By James Miller, Managing Partner

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Vision, purpose, focus. In my experience as a Managing Partner, these are essential ingredients for high performance organisations; essential ingredients for high performance teams; and essential ingredients for high performance individuals.

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Managing more bribery risk post-Brexit

Published on 25 February 2019. By Sam Tate, Partner

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We regularly hosts financial crime related round-tables exploring with interested groups including government and enforcement agencies, clients and NGOs, practical solutions and insights to the most complex and topical issues.

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The new Payment Services Bill

Published on 10 December 2018. By Lex Lazatin, Associate

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The new Payment Services Bill (No 48/2019) (the “Bill”) was recently submitted for a first reading in the Singapore Parliament on 19 November 2018. The Bill will consolidate the various payments regulations and replace the existing legislation, which primarily comprises the Money-changing and Remittance Businesses Act (Cap 187, 2008 Rev Ed) (the “MCRBA”) and the Payment Systems (Oversight) Act (Cap 222A, 2007 Rev Ed) (the “PSOA”).

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Diversity on the agenda

Published on 20 April 2018. By James Miller, Managing Partner

As clients of City law firms like RPC, those represented in the Powerlist are playing an increasingly leading role in ensuring diversity doesn't just rise up the agenda, but stays there.

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The age of the lawyer

Published on 25 April 2017. By James Miller, Managing Partner

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Earlier this month Legal Business published its fifth GC Powerlist UK. The intervening 12 months since the last edition have been some of the most seismic in living memory. This is my take – first published in the Powerlist – on some of the implications for General Counsel and in-house lawyers.

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3 Rivers (No5) floods back to potentially drown legal advice privilege?

Published on 19 December 2016. By Emma Griffiths, Senior Associate

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A crisp and narrow focus, of particular relevance to US and financial services companies, has just been placed on the terms client, legal advice and lawyers' working papers by two recent first instance cases that have applied the decisions made in 3 Rivers (No5)

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"For success and resilience – diversify!"

30 November 2016

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When PayPal, Uber, Acritas, Springer Nature, Legal & General Group Plc and RPC are all reported as saying the same thing on the same day – that diversifying your legal department and your law firm client contact team is good for business – then…. hopefully, the message will start to sink in!

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The FCA gives its provisional view on regulating the role of the GC.

10 October 2016

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In house lawyers have different roles but, fundamentally, many will help their businesses identify legal risks and define a tolerance towards those risks. They then use Contracts, Advice & Training (CAT) to keep those Risks At Tolerance (RAT) – they use CATs to control RATs.

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Time for the navigator!

29 September 2016

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Why the current clouds of Brexit uncertainty present a unique opportunity for you

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6 top priorities for GCs following the Brexit vote

29 June 2016

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6 clear priorities for in house legal leaders emerged from the dialogue that I had with Bruce Macmillan, the former in-house lawyer who heads our Centre for Legal Leadership:

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Brexit and "Topsyturvydom": Wish-casting and dog-whistles portrayed as "fact" and vice versa

22 June 2016

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While I have been absorbing the "debate" about Brexit over the past few weeks, the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan have increasingly been coming to mind. Those gentlemen were legendary for creating comic "Topsy Turvy" situations where absurd scenarios were taken to even more absurd, but apparently logical, conclusions to great comic effect. More recently the term "topsy turvy" has also come to mean "Upside down" and/or "a state of total chaos".

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Business people who happen to be lawyers – celebrating the best of the best GCs

26 April 2016

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Earlier this month saw the publication of the fourth edition of Legal Business' GC Powerlist – in my opinion, the definitive list of the top in-house counsel in the UK. In the publication I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts on the state of the market – this is what I said:

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Breaking the mould, being unreasonable, and building a bank that people value

20 April 2016

Anthony Thomson is an unreasonable man. Or so he told us at last month's event at The South Place Hotel, concluding RPC and GC Magazine's Dissenting Perspectives series of three speaker events.

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Feeling surprised? Why Financial Services GCs should complete this governance survey; and why others should watch this space

21 March 2016

Our Smarter Law blogs often focus on the importance for GCs of looking ahead at the law and regulation that is known to be coming and doing their best to help their business to be aware of and prepared for anticipatable change in good time – after all, no one likes to have been surprised by the predictable.

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Reporting on gender pay: top tips on building an internal swat team

Published on 11 March 2016. By Kelly Thomson, Legal Director

Paving the road to transparency over the gap in gender pay, the Government continues to push forward with its plan to make it mandatory for organisations with over 250 employees to publish the disparity between what women and men are paid.

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It's the little things - marginal gains for achieving maximum success

04 March 2016

Marginal gains in sport. Nothing new in 2016 perhaps, but it was revolutionary back in 1998 when the British men's rowing eight set out to improve on a dismal run of performances with a goal to win gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

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It's the little things – marginal gains for achieving maximum success

04 March 2016

Marginal gains in sport. Nothing new in 2016 perhaps, but it was revolutionary back in 1998 when the British men's rowing eight set out to improve on a dismal run of performances with a goal to win gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

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Brexit - five key points all top GCs and in-house lawyers should consider

29 February 2016

So the date is set and David Cameron, George Osborne and Teresa May are fronting one team in the "Euro - vision song and dance competition" with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove leading the other one.

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Perceived wisdom – service excellence comes from seeing through the eyes of the client

01 February 2016

So I arrived at the first of GC Magazine's Dissenting Perspectives talks not really knowing what to expect.

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2016 - eight reasons why this could be the year of the GC

18 January 2016

The first few months in the life of this blog have seen us grapple with a broad range of thorny issues of direct relevance to the life of the GC.

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China crisis - what does the latest share slide mean for your business, and your contracts?

13 January 2016

When I first wrote about the turmoil in the Chinese stock market back in July last year, there was still some debate as to how serious the crash was, and what the direct or indirect implications would be for businesses with trading interests in the region.

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What makes a "Law Firm of the Year"?

07 January 2016

Managing Partner Jonathan Watmough speaks with John Malpas, Editor-in-Chief of Legal Week, about what contributed to being named Law Firm of the Year 2015.

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Innovate, influence and inspire – top tips for GCs and in-house lawyers looking to get ahead

24 November 2015

What are the key imperatives GCs must consider as they scan the horizon and think about those skills that will best equip them over the coming years?

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“Small is beautiful” – so long as it is well defined, well measured, electronically innovative and mature with its people & with its law firm partners: reflections on the PLC GC SME Conference 2015

Published on 30 October 2015. By Richard Haywood, Consultant

How often have you still been as engaged at the end of the day at a conference as you were at the start?

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Shining a light on the journey from baseline to brilliance

01 October 2015

In my blog last week I talked about the "thirds rule of good conferences" as preached by seasoned GC Bruce Macmillan:

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Smarter thinking from your travel companion on the journey from Baseline to Brilliance

23 September 2015

For most of us, by the time that we get to our mid-30s, much of the desired general direction of our professional life has been set –

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Privilege - the Hong Kong courts giveth back what the English Courts hath swept away in Three Rivers

Published on 21 September 2015. By Jonathan Cary, Partner

Introducing a healthy dose of common sense, the Hong Kong courts have rejected the English Court of Appeal's restrictive approach to legal advice privilege in Three Rivers (No5) and adopted a broader and more practical "dominant purpose" test.

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Facing the cold splash of reality and mandatory reporting on the gender pay gap: what's next for UK employers?

Published on 07 September 2015. By Kelly Thomson, Legal Director

As one of Enid Blyton's characters in Five Have a Mystery to Solve, exclaimed:

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Modern slavery – what will you be declaring from this October onwards; and how will you be ensuring that actions and words align?

19 August 2015

Much of the news of the last couple of weeks has been dominated by the migrant situation in Calais and the knock-on effect this side of the tunnel.

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The Scotland Bill - a soon to be taxing issue

07 August 2015

The Scotland Bill, is currently making its way through the legislative process and many of its powers will come into force at the start of the next tax year.

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Breaking China – does the PRC market crash leave your supply chain exposed?

28 July 2015

While European media has been in a frenzy for the last few weeks over the deal or no deal implications of a bailout of the $238bn Greek economy, rather less attention has been paid until very recently to the $10.36tn Chinese economy which has been suffering its own economic turmoil.

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Referendum – what's in it for EU?

23 July 2015

The referendum question is quite simple – "should the UK remain a member of the EU"?

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Preparing for the devolution revolution

16 July 2015

For me – and I think for all business people – the two biggest spectres cast by this year's Queen's Speech were proposed increases in national and regional devolution within the UK and the certainty of an in/out referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

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GCs – are you future-proofing your business?

09 July 2015

In the last two blogs I looked at the Mass of Ambiguous legislation that is coming towards us as a result of the Queen's Speech and some of the Opportunities that these present for the GC who thinks like a Navigator and helps proactively and strategically to guide their CEO/Captain on the best route to their destination.

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Queen's Speech – navigating the opportunities for GCs

02 July 2015

In the first blog in this series of three I commented on the mass of ambiguous law that is coming towards us over the next five years of this parliamentary term.

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(MxA)x(O/T)=E&S: a formula for successful in house lawyers

24 June 2015

E=MC2 is one of the most famous equations in history. WikiHow helpfully explains that the formula describes how Mass can be turned into Energy, and vice versa.

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Legal Leaders: knowing and identifying where you can make a strategic difference

18 June 2015

Legal Leaders General Counsel Forum reviews the evolving role of the GC as more than just the Manager of a legal function.

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The Queen's Speech – what does it mean for GCs?

16 June 2015

“So how is the Queen’s Speech going to affect my one, three and five year business plans?” your CEO asks you, the GC, next time you meet.

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General Counsel Power List

06 May 2015

The publication of Legal Business' list of top 100 General Counsel – their Power List – is a real mark in the sand for the changing role that GCs play within their organisations.

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General Counsel – A Changing Role In A Changing World

06 May 2015

Increasingly I realise just how easy some of us in private practice have it compared to General Counsel (GC) and in-house lawyers.

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Innovation in law

06 May 2015

At RPC we believe that the ability and willingness to innovate is crucial to remaining competitive in the modern legal environment.

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The GC Excellence Report

06 May 2015

More GCs aspire to roles on the board of their companies than ever before.

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A GC as business leader

06 May 2015

It’s already an accepted fact that the role of the general counsel has changed fundamentally, particularly in the years since Lehmans crashed.

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The changing role of General Counsel

06 May 2015

The role of the General Counsel (GC) in the modern business has changed immeasurably in the years since the financial crisis took hold.

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