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Who's paying (and voting) for Employment Tribunal fees?

Published on 01 May 2015. By Rebecca Rose, Associate

It's about politics. So, what three-word issue links the UK's relationship with the EU, public service funding, gender equality and immigration?

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The rise of the food bank: society in action

Published on 29 April 2015. By Amelia Payne, Associate

The existence of, and the ever increasing reliance upon, food banks is an issue which has oft been mooted during the run up to the election with Jeremy Paxman ...

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Get your 'om' back

Published on 28 April 2015. By Rebecca Rose, Associate

You may have read Sarah Carmichael's 2014 article 'Are you sitting comfortably' on the dangers of having a predominantly sit-down job. For those of you who didn't instantly hand in your notice and take up a job landscape gardening, there is good news: yoga.

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Cyber Insurance: A Critical Weapon In The War On Cyber Attack

Published on 17 April 2015. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

It will have been hard to have missed the reports of the recent surge in high profile cyber attacks – whether in relation to the Kaspersky Labs $1bn cyber robbery, points stealing from British Airways' air-miles accounts or the Sony Pictures hack following controversy over the film The Interview.

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Watch where you work

Published on 13 April 2015. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

Recently, I attended a law fair on behalf of RPC and was asked an interesting question.

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Precarious parties and general uncertainty – will the UK election lead to EU ejection?

30 March 2015

The general election is fast approaching and once again it's causing headaches in the world of business. It's been the highlight of the political calendar since 1802, but it still manages to instil fear into the heart of every business leader. Why?

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Bond schemes or Bond cars?

05 March 2015

For the ultra-wealthy, the path of pursuing traditional investments is well-trodden. From stocks and shares, to bonds and real estate, there is no shortage of ways and means to play the market.

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Shared parental leave: switching the boardroom for baby care

Published on 26 February 2015. By Rachael Ellis, Associate

Nick Clegg’s new baby - shared parental leave - has been born and, would-be dads, it means you can now spend almost a year off work with your bundle of joy. Why then, are you all so keen to stay at the office?

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Taking the parody?

Published on 13 February 2015. By Cristina Faro, Associate

In October last year, the time honoured British tradition of taking the mickey became enshrined within our legal system as the law was updated to include a parody exception to copyright infringement.

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A perk too far?

09 February 2015

Tech companies have become known for their unconventional benefits packages, which seem to attract envy and disdain from the general public in equal measure.

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Sharing is caring (with a fee)

04 February 2015

Sleeping on a stranger’s sofa; sharing a ride; borrowing a dog for the day. These seem like rather strange concepts, but they are all examples of a huge new "sharing economy" where people rent beds, cars, boats and other assets directly from each other via the internet.

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Brrr! Office chills getting you down? Why office temperature is a burning issue for business

28 January 2015

Winter has settled in across the country and found its way into our workplace. Colourful sweaters, scarves and gloves adorn the office floor.

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It's just not plane sailing

14 January 2015

"The world inhabited by airlines is a glamorous one and starting your own airline has never been easier".

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Out of the frying pan, back to a FIRE economy…

Published on 16 December 2014. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

We have just come through the 'Great Recession' where between 7 – 8% of our national GDP was wiped out and we witnessed the first true existential crisis of our current capitalist system.

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Putting all your eggs in one frozen basket

02 December 2014

Doggy day-care, unlimited holidays, and personal trainers – some companies offer their lucky employees perks which see the rest of us stare into our pre-eight-thirty porridge in a jealous rage.

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Suited. Booted. Recruited?

Published on 21 November 2014. By Amelia Cave, Associate

As Alex Hitchens in 'Hitch', Will Smith told us that "clothes make the man". Well-dressed though he is, Will Smith did not come up with this idea on his own.

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You're Hired! (Because I like you)

31 October 2014

It is often said that a company's employees are its most valued asset.

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Content Clergy, Satisfied Solicitors, and Bitter Barmen

Published on 15 October 2014. By William Jones, Senior Associate

A recent study by the Cabinet Office has found that the Solicitors' profession is the 44th most content in the UK*. We will all be pleased to hear that accountants trail behind at 45th.

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Content Clergy, Satisfied Solicitors, and Bitter Barmen

Published on 15 October 2014. By William Jones, Senior Associate

A recent study by the Cabinet Office has found that the Solicitors' profession is the 44th most content in the UK*. We will all be pleased to hear that accountants trail behind at 45th.

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Unlimited leave = unlimited productivity?

02 October 2014

‘We should focus on what people get done, not on how many hours or days worked. Just as we don’t have a nine-to-five policy, we don’t need a vacation policy.’

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Unlimited leave = unlimited productivity?

02 October 2014

‘We should focus on what people get done, not on how many hours or days worked. Just as we don’t have a nine-to-five policy, we don’t need a vacation policy.’

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Holding back the crowds: How regulators are stifling the crowdfunding industry

31 July 2014

Crowdfunding is nothing new. Over the past few years, it has evolved from a little-known and rarely-used concept by which small businesses could raise money, to a truly viable alternative to venture capital.

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Holding back the crowds: How regulators are stifling the crowdfunding industry

31 July 2014

Crowdfunding is nothing new. Over the past few years, it has evolved from a little-known and rarely-used concept by which small businesses could raise money, to a truly viable alternative to venture capital.

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How to succeed in business without losing your mind

Published on 29 May 2014. By Rebecca Rose, Associate

We have all been there. We have all felt that thud of dread when an email from that person drops into our inbox.

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Is mindfulness good for business?

28 May 2014

Ask yourself this question, when did you last take the time to sit still for one minute and completely quiet your mind?

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The end of 'excessive' executive pay?

19 May 2014

Executive remuneration has been a long standing concern of shareholders as they believe the level of remuneration received by executives and directors can be 'excessive' and is not always aligned with the performance of a company.

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Print your heart out

Published on 12 May 2014. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

All chocoholics will know that feeling of overwhelming panic when, in desperate need of a chocolate fix, you discover the cupboards are empty.

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The latent costs of Osborne's pension overhaul

Published on 22 April 2014. By William Jones, Senior Associate

“No caps. No drawdown limits. Let me be clear. No one will have to buy an annuity."

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Is your boss a psychopath?

Published on 10 April 2014. By William Jones, Senior Associate

In the very unlikely event that you have answered in the affirmative, that partner may form part of the 4% of senior business managers who are on the psychopathic spectrum.

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Brutal Simplicity of Thought

02 April 2014

"If you want your work to achieve the impossible, you will need 'Brutal Simplicity of Thought'."

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Geographical indication: food for thought

14 March 2014

Food manufacturers and retailers engage with consumers on a variety of levels in order to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

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Guard Your Reputation With Your Life

Published on 05 February 2014. By Oliver Knox, Senior Associate

A rising trend of corporations who have suffered severe losses as a result of extreme and sometimes unjust adverse media has seen the emergence of a specialist insurance product in the Lloyd's market.

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Are you sitting comfortably?

22 January 2014

Do you work in one of the most hazardous workplace environments of the 21st century?

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More than just a Bitcoin on the side?

16 January 2014

In the darkest days of the recent recession it was a mainstream view that the euro - the currency with the largest cash circulation in the world - might completely collapse and that the franc, deutsche mark and other abandoned currencies might re-emerge in its stead.

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“It is well enough that people…do not understand our banking system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

Published on 09 January 2014. By Amelia Payne, Associate

As another tale of market manipulation hits the headlines, one has to admit that Mr. Ford probably wasn't far wrong.

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Are mobile devices making careless employees a bigger threat than cyber criminals?

23 December 2013

According to the Mobile Operators Association, in 2000 half of UK adults owned a mobile phone.

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The end of 'blue-sky thinking'?

Published on 02 December 2013. By Rebecca Rose, Associate

'If we use language the rest of the world doesn't understand, we diminish [our] reputation.'

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Teleworking: the future or the past?

29 October 2013

For as long as I can remember, pioneering companies such as IBM, Intel and Cisco have attributed their success – at least in part – to their decision to allow staff to work from home/a remote access device, or 'telework'.

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Greater than the sum of their parts – Belbin’s Analysis of Teams

Published on 02 October 2013. By Christopher Whitehouse, Associate

“Team Roles at Work” by Meredith Belbin is an almost scientific analysis of the different roles individuals can play in a team, how they interact with one another and how highly functional teams can be assembled.

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Nobody wants to buy sour milk

Published on 26 September 2013. By Christopher Whitehouse, Associate

This folksy catchphrase is at the heart of the business model of the last decade's most wildly successful company: Apple Inc.

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Family Business

19 September 2013

Family businesses contribute nearly a quarter of UK GDP (£1.1 trillion) and provide 2 in 5 jobs.

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Improve or Surrender – Kaizen

Published on 12 September 2013. By Adam Cusworth, Senior Associate

After the Second World War, Japan was faced with the difficult task of rebuilding its industry.

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Make it Stick

Published on 05 September 2013. By Philip McCormack, Associate

You’ve got what you think is the perfect idea. It’s relevant. It’s accurate. It’s comprehensive.

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Making your mark – The Intrapreneur

29 August 2013

Being an entrepreneur isn't for everyone. You may have a knockout idea and the 'right stuff' (whatever that is), but starting your own successful business often requires a consternating cocktail of luck, timing, contacts, money, financial risk and personal sacrifice.

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Making money out of Jane Austen

22 August 2013

The popularity of RPC's book group shows there are a fair few bookworms around the firm.

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