In my last blog I wrote about silence being the enemy of good ethical behaviour. To reiterate; being silent if you see unethical behaviour is as bad as the behaviour itself. I believe it is a point most would easily accept. But if so, why do so many people keep quiet? Self-interest plays the significant role. … More Leader or Lemming?
I have been silent for sometime; attending to my own affairs and coping with the death of my mother. Sometimes we need silence. Perhaps a chance to catch up or an opportunity to think. Indeed, in our noisy, information saturated world, silence can be a pleasure; a luxury we should seize with both … More Silence – Ethics’ Enemy
Say “Risk” to many lawyers and their faces contort with panic. Then the professional training kicks in with a visible sense of relief. Risk is what “business people” do: a commercial issue: a NMP (“Not My Problem”). OK, so perhaps I am being provocative, as I know that many lawyers do not have such a … More Benefits of Risk
I am delighted to be able to tell you at 17.05 BST yesterday, I completed the 68.8 miles of the Sutherland Trail. Other than a few blisters and a cold, I got back in one piece. Thank you to all my sponsors and supporters. The good news is that you can still sponsor me, if … More Job Done
I promised that I would let people know how I was faring in my attempt to complete the Sutherland Trail for charity. So here is a brief account as I prepare for Day Four. The first three days have been as tough as I had anticipated. It is tough because the Sutherland Trail is really … More Into the Wildness
It is rather sobering for me, at least, that in 24 hours time I will be heading to one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the UK. I say sobering as I am not sure how ready I am to tackle the 68.5 miles of the Sutherland Way. It all seemed a good … More The Moment Arrives
I will be attempting this walk across the remotest part of the UK at the end of May to raise money for New Futures Nepal. The charity has been working in Nepal for over a decade. The recent earthquake has made its work even more important than before. I have produced a podcast, which you … More Charity Appeal – Please Help
I was speaking today to the Law Society In-House Lawyers’Conference about managing the reputation of the in-house legal function. Here is a summary of what I said. Why do in-house lawyers need to think about it? Reputation in the organisation – if you have a reputation as unapproachable, disengaged or disinterested, you will not be asked … More Managing My Reputation
Our Prime Minister got into recent trouble by answering a straightforward question with direct answer. When asked if he would seek a third term in office, he said “No.” Instead of celebrating the unusual situation of a politician giving an unequivocal answer, friend and foe alike heaped opprobrium on him. More galling were the efforts … More Curb Your Enthusiasm
The new Competence Certificate for Solicitors came up the other day. I was training in-house lawyers in the relationship between ethics and the UK legal services regime. During the session, we talked about the Competency Certificate proposed by the SRA. All knew it was in the pipeline. Some understood it will replace CPD, but their … More Are You Professionally Roadworthy?