Bell Yard Blogs

GDPR: the reputational risks You’re probably sick of hearing about GDPR – to be honest, so are we! But what does interest us is the reputational risks to a company,...
An unconventional audience: targeting the student community Disgruntled students received more than £650,000 in refunds and compensation from universities over the last year, with the Office of the I...
The future cost of litigation Behind many a closed door lies a scandal. The Financial Times’ recent exposé of the Presidents Club’s dirty dinner evinced the venom an...
Paradise Papers: reputations unscathed? With the media sensation surrounding Paradise Papers tempering, talk has turned to the legal and financial consequences of the leak –...
Data breaches: a crib sheet for the Channel Islands Reports that Appleby’s office in the Isle of Man may have been hacked in the Paradise Papers scandal, in addition to the firm’s office i...
Lawyers’ clients outline bugbears, and words matter Reading this research commissioned by the Legal Ombudsman, Bell Yard firmly concurs that an early, simple, but genuine “sorry” can do wo...
The Wife of Weinstein – the unsuspecting victim A tainted reputation is like a bad cold. It’s contagious and spreads rapidly by association – as the Harvey Weinstein case has so po...
Raising the Stakes – Employment Tribunal Judgments Are Coming Online HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) recently announced that new employment tribunal decisions will be available online from Autumn 201...
Broken Record? Where does Guy Hands’ Reputation go from here? Having originally lost a lawsuit against Citigroup in New York 6 years ago for fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to his disaster purc...
Litigating in the Glare of Publicity It takes a brave, or perhaps admirably thick-skinned, person to bring legal action against a former employer, particularly one that attracts...
Privacy, Public Interest and PR An individual’s right to privacy versus the public’s right to information is a tussle that recently came to the fore once more. The UK m...
Regulation and Reputation It can’t have come as a big surprise that an overwhelming majority of the public supports an independent regulator of solicitors. A ComRes...
Not just at Xmas Black Friday may be a bonanza for retailers in revenue terms but it also represents a key risk day for them and their customers, in the guis...
Just a little bit exploitative? There’s something truly sad, and rather depressing, about the media appearances by the disconsolate father and stepmother of Becky Watts,...
The Pri(n)ce of Silence Given London’s credentials as a highly cosmopolitan city, it is well known that our court system attracts family disputes involving intern...
Beware the perils of a tempting lawyers ratings site The new ‘TripAdvisor’ style website for lawyers – ReviewSolicitors – should come with a series of warnings both for disgruntled...
Consumer Rights Act – No Big Deal for Consumers The Consumer Rights Act, which came into effect today, 1 October, is unlikely to herald a deluge of class actions despite the implementation...
UK Press Regulator Marks First Year Anniversary with Controversy Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has laid into the UK’s press regulator for rejecting his complaint against the Daily Mail over an article...
Women Warriers – not Worriers I can’t help but feel that gender difference has indeed played a role in the Chelsea FC doctor saga propelling the story to newspaper fron...
London is still an attractive tourist destination for libel shoppers – but for how long? London has recently been reaffirmed as the libel capital of the world following the case of Russian businessman and former senator, Vladimir...
Crowdfunding – the future for justice? Crowdfunding gives retail investors a chance to back projects close to their heart and it’s no surprise that early successes have been in...
Sorry seems to be the hardest word So the boss of Thomas Cook has finally said sorry to the parents of Christi and Bobby Sheppard, the children killed by a leaky boiler during...
Do we need a British Bill of Rights? “If the UK really wants to be its own boss it would have to formally withdraw from the ECHR” Marietta Cauchi, Senior Consultant...
Did Ronan have it right? Communicators lose credibility when the audience thinks of the messenger and not the message… All people want is natural honesty, alon...
Trial by Camera Melanie Riley discusses televising court trials with Michael Caplan QC, Criminal Law Partner at Kingsley Napley LLP. View full story 19 July...

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