Last weekend I worked for one of the best leaders I have ever had the pleasure of serving

Who was this person?  The caretaker at our kids’ school.  It was the annual clean-up the school Saturday so, along with a bunch of other willing parents and kids, we turned up to help-out.

The caretaker, or rather co-caretaker who shares the job with his equally impressive wife, welcomed us and thanked us for giving up our time to help. This was not just a flippant comment, but he actually took the time to speak with us as though we were the only people there and it was clear he meant it from the heart.  He then gave us some very clear instructions about what needed doing whilst engaging in some natural conversation about the weather or such like.  He also ran through some basic health and safety stuff as my job involved using some cleaning products and a ladder! This was not done as a tick-box exercise, but with genuine care.  I suspect he had not even realised he had done a health and safety check – as it was simply within his natural nature to check that people were okay with what he was asking of them.  Throughout the next couple of hours or so, he popped by a couple of times – to check how we were and gave a few more encouraging words. 

 I don’t know, but I suspect that he has not had the privilege of an MBA from LSE or similar, but then when you think about what he did – all the skills he deployed, he probably learnt from his mum and dad by the age of 5. 

 I have often reflected on my time in corporate life and feel that somehow our education process and what we learn from our seniors leads us to forget about the most important things of management/leadership.  I had the great fortune to be promoted early in my career, but certainly look back with some great memories, but also some regrets.  I know that, for a time, I thought good leadership was about KPIs, checklists and, sometimes, using the ‘stripes’ on my shoulder to force through change.  Hopefully, I am much better at this leadership thing now. 

Iain Larkins, 15th May 2018

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April Bulletin

Our bulletin this month covers a number of topics, including:

  1. the meaning of Goods for Commercial Agents;
  2. when contracts require parties to use reasonable endeavours;
  3. a director's privacy regarding his residential address on Companies House;
  4. the General Data Protection Regulation and the abolished requirement to notify the ICO;
  5. employment law updates concerning TUPE and the legal minimum wage; 
  6. a recent case highlighting the risks of paying a spouse through a personal service company; and
  7. updates on the Bribery Act.

Our written bulletin can be accessed here and you can click the link below for our vlog.

Webinar: What do the new data protection laws mean for the motor industry?

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday 18th April from 10am to 11am to better understand the implications of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) ahead of its implementation date of 25 May 2018. 
 
The webinar will be presented by Iain Larkins, founder and head of the automotive practice at Radius Law and Natasha Gasson, in-house Ombudsman at the Motor Ombudsman.
 
The webinar will cover:

1. how to achieve compliance in 5 weeks;

2. common GDPR challenges for the motor industry;

3. how The Motor Ombudsman will handle data breach complaints against its accredited businesses; and

4. what needs to be done after GDPR day.

There will be opportunities to post questions throughout the webinar.  You can sign up for the webinar by clicking here:

If you have any questions please get in touch with Radius Law

by email to office@radiuslaw.co.uk or by telephone on 01727808503.

 

March Bulletin

Our bulletin this month looks at the January 2018 implementation of the ban on payment surcharges for consumer transactions such as debit, credit and PayPal Payments, recent cases that highlight that words in business contracts will, generally, mean what they say – even where they have bizarre or unintended consequences, case updates on SFO v ENRC that highlighted how difficult it can be to assert privilege and the recent case between Phones 4U (In Administration) v EE that demonstrates the importance of explaining why a contract is being terminated.  

We also look at the Government's response to the Taylor Review published last year, which concentrated on the so-called gig economy of part time and flexible workers and four new consultations issued by the government on (1) the enforcement of employment rights, (2) agency workers, (3) transparency in the UK labour market; and (4) employment status.   Employment law updates including on equal pay that seems to dominate the headlines with Tesco now facing a £4bn equal pay claim from store staff (mainly female) who allege that they should be paid the same as distribution centre workers (mainly male), the case of Kostal UK who has been ordered to pay penalties exceeding £400,000 for breaching Trade Union law by making offers directly to the employees to bypass collective bargaining and the recent case of Guvera who acquired Blinkbox Music (BM) TUPE – identifying when and if a ‘transfer’ has happened.

Our written bulletin can be accessed here and you can click the image below for our vlog.

 

February Bulletin

Our bulletin this month looks at the Small Business Commissioner now open for business and its focus on disincentivising poor payment practices, updates on recent Data Security case law including one case that gives a stark warning to employers using covert video surveillance and a recent case against Morrisons Supermarket.  We highlight key points from new guidelines on obtaining and demonstrating valid consent under the General Data Protection Regulation, important amendments to the Employment Rights Act allowing employers to have frank conversations with employees without the risk of these being used in a subsequent court or tribunal and updates on employee dismissals due to a reorganisation and the new e-learning package launched by The Competition and Markets Authority to identify bid-rigging.

Our written bulletin can be accessed here and you can click the image below for our vlog.