I don’t want to bring down the mood…I’m no Buzz Killington….but late last year my dad died. It was sudden, and shocking and awful. For a month he was in intensive care before he passed away and so in total there were about two months of uncertainty and scheduling visits and fear and worry and support for mum and then grief and horror and emptiness.
I promised I wouldn’t bring down the mood, so “why are you writing this Al?” I hear you ask.
Well it’s simple really. All those trite sayings. All those tropes. Those clichés. You know the ones- life is too short; seize the day; life is not a rehearsal.
They’re all true.
My dad was a great businessman and a wonderful dad and gramps. What happened to him came out of the blue. And when he was in hospital there was a fella aged about 30 in the next bed who had also had a massive stroke. It really can happen to any of us.
So my heartfelt message in this brief blog is that we should all treat every day as precious. Do those things you’ve been putting off. Be kind to people rather than dismissive or ignorant. Try to make your world and the lives of those around you better.
I’ll end with a quote from Gladiator (not “On my mark unleash hell”…that’d be weird!). No the quote is “What we do in life echoes in eternity”.
From a business perspective if nothing else, maybe we can all work in a more collegiate, helpful and positive way. I’m going to try to do that, and to live life to the full. Dad taught me that before he died, and the full truth of his lessons only now fully hits home.
Alex Holt, Director of Business Development
The world has gone technology crazy. Technology means we can all work more flexibly and more efficiently than ever before but with so many top applications and gadgets to choose from how do you know what really would benefit you and running your business? This week we ask a Managing Director, a Business Developing Director, a Business Development and a Marketing Manager what their top applications are and how could they help others in running a law firm.
David Calder, Managing Director, The Cashroom Ltd
Top Applications – OmniFocus
I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty productive person, but I’ve always hated “ToDo” applications or reminders. They’ve never really worked for me. For years I kept a very simple clip board on my desk, with a pad of paper, wrote down my tasks for the day and scored them out as I completed them. It worked reasonably well for the 20 years I was a practicing lawyer.
And then I discovered OmniFocus.
OmniFocus is a Task Manager for OSX and IOS, which implements the “GTD” (Get Things Done) productivity methodology espoused in the book of the same name by David Allen. I had never come across this until I read about OmniFocus, but it’s a pretty comprehensive process for time management and (surprise surprise) getting things done.
In essence OmniFocus is a big data base where you log everything you need to do. You can store personal and business tasks, and organise them into mini projects. You can then aggregate the tasks together to create a daily ToDo list. However, the clever thing is that, not only are your tasks organised by project, they are also organised by “context”. A context is a brief description of the circumstances that must exist before you can complete a task. They can be pretty much anything, but a typical example is time – so you categorise tasks according to how long they’ll take.
The beauty of this is that, if you have an hour to spare, you can set up OmniFocus to only tell you about tasks you can fit into that hour, and ignore anything that’s longer. In this way, you know exactly what you can do in the time you have available. So your custom To Do list, only contains those task you can complete in the time you have. That’s only an example – contexts can be pretty much anything.
It’s this ability to create custom to do lists, for specific circumstances, drawing tasks from all your projects, that makes OmniFocus so powerful, and has persuaded me to give up my trusty clip board!
Emma O’Day, Marketing Manager, The Cashroom Ltd
Top Applications: Hubspot
Before you skip passed the marketing part and think this doesn’t affect you, please stop and skim your eyes over what I have to say. Marketing is effectively just a name for promoting your business to allow it to grow and be a success– now doesn’t everyone want a successful business? I myself started working in marketing whilst I was completing my diploma in legal practice so believe me when I say lawyers can be marketing gurus too – yes that is what I am now calling myself!
Hubspot is my app of choice, David and Alex can testify to me bleeting on like a sheep for months about getting it and oh how I love my hubspot! One application contains every single one of our contacts and their full history – how we know them, what emails they have ever been sent, have they read those emails, have they attended events, what business they have referred our way etc. I can send emails from it or add a task for one of my colleagues to send an email to someone. We can automate emails so if someone does open a specific campaign then they get sent a follow up campaign without me actually doing anything – very cool!
You can spend half an hour scheduling all your social media posts for the week/months/year ahead and then never have to go on social media again if you don’t want to! This is brilliant to ensure you have constant content going up, although I would advise you take a look on social media at least a couple of times a week to see what is current and what your followers are talking about too.
You can create a blog post on it which then automatically goes onto your website, and automatically is then pinged out on your social media accounts. You can also create a mass email campaign to go out to hundreds or thousands of contacts if you have them with the click of one button.
The Business Development Managers also log onto hubspot and all our new business comes in through it. David can log in and see on a dashboard very quickly how many new enquiries we have, where they came from and at what stage they are in our sales process, for example he can quickly see if Alex has sent out a contract and can then click into that if he wants to see more details.
Hubspot also has a fantastic reports feature to see how successful your email campaigns have been, how many new leads you have converted that month and you can set a monthly target so it can report on how close or far away you are to reaching your target. Perhaps you want your fee earners out generating some of their own business every month, you would be able to track this here.
Having your full sales process in one place from marketing right through to your client becoming a client is brilliant and I can’t recommend using a CRM like hubspot enough! Go on, become a marketing guru too!
Alex Holt, Business Development Director, The Cashroom Ltd
Top Applications: Good Notes
The life of a BD person is hard. No…really…stop laughing.
We develop a caffeine addiction. Our cars take a pummelling. We are forced to eat nice lunches with people and attend drinks events.
It’s hell, I tells ya.
But on a more serious note, our remote, wandering lifestyle is a wonderful testing ground for apps which enable easier and more efficient working methods.
One of the biggest issues for anyone who deals with numerous client meetings whether on the road or in the office is the whole issue of fitting in the time to type up the notes and perform the activities you’ve agreed, before the next meeting starts.
Good Notes is an iPad app which, when using the rather clever stylus, allows you to write out your notes straight into the ipad. Because it effectively replicates a pad of paper, you are able to make notes just as quickly and ‘haphazardly’ as you would do normally within a meeting. You can even doodle! Once the meeting has finished, you can export that note and then save it within your CRM (I’m guessing Emma will have sung the praises of Hubspot in that regard!), and flag it up to relevant people within your team. It is a searchable app, so once you’ve made your notes you can name the note and then it becomes searchable subsequently within GoodNotes either by name of note or by date- a definite improvement on the physical day book, especially after you’ve moved onto a fresh one.
We toyed initially with using an app which converts handwriting to text, however we found that for meetings, it distracts you a little to be keeping an eye on the ‘translation’ of your handwritten gems into text. With GoodNotes, it is of course sensible to try to write so that others can read it, but that’s really the only limitation. And did I mention you can doodle!?
Gregor Angus, Business Development Manager, The Cashroom Ltd
Top Applications: RD Client
For me, since moving forward to working exclusively from an iPad, the best App has been RD Client. This App allows you to have a remote desktop connection to your workplace computer, using just the IP address. Once you open the App, it is exactly the same as sitting in from of a PC or laptop if you were in the office. I find this an absolute lifesaver, and my ‘go-to’ App every day (along with our CRM). It means I can still send my emails from Outlook, access documents from our Cloud, check my calendar, access anything on my desktop, use Word etc, with exactly the same look and function as if I was on a PC. The other ‘plus’ is that it’s all in the same place, which saves going in and out of various Apps. It is certainly a long way from when I first got an iPad, and you couldn’t use Microsoft programmes at all, or at least it certainly wasn’t easy to do so! I can’t imagine ever going back to a laptop now, let alone a PC!!
So those are out Top Picks, could they help you? Please let us know if you use any applications that is instrumental in your day to day working and could benefit others.
I work in marketing and so part of my day involves checking social media and reading up on legal news. Today I was really struck by how Tech focussed the profession is becoming – gone is the image of the lawyer surrounded by paper and difficult to get in touch with.
Now everything is electronically stored and you can even read an email on your watch. It is really beneficial for lawyers to be aware of potential opportunities through the use of technology and at the minute there is more of it available than ever to help your firm function better and more efficiently.
In our everyday life we are surrounded by advancing technology, smart TVs, apps to control your central heating and our cars aren’t far away from driving themselves! We need to embrace technology (many already are!) in the workplace too. As well as technology, the workforce is focusing more on work-life balance and flexible working than ever before. I believe the two go hand in hand.
Below are 5 techie products that I believe would make running your law firm easier and help you get more out of your working hours.
My top 5 tech finds
Nobody understands working in a law firm better than a lawyer and this product is designed by a Lawyer for lawyers. This app puts client communication at the core of your business. At the touch of a button you can keep clients up to date with their case. Client cases can be accessed at any time of day, at your desktop or on the go. A happy client comes back again and again; and are your best referrers!
Anti-money laundering, identity and compliance checks online. Ok, so I know that not many people get excited about this process, but the checks are there to protect the profession and Amiqus ID is a fantastic product which makes the process and checks much quicker and is cost effective too. When you just want to focus on managing incoming client care, Amiqus can securely handle the money laundering checks and on boarding.
As a growing business, we have discovered that HR is really important. But you don’t need to pay for someone in-house. We took our own advice and outsourced but in the form of an App called Breathe HR. There are a lot of these products out there but this one works great for us. Staff holidays and sickness can be logged easily and teams can view when other members have holidays booked. Staff contracts and documentation can all be stored in one secure place and it is easy to claim expenses and have them go direct to your accounts department. A great all around company tool.
Of course our Cashroom portal! We are an outsourced accounts department for legal firms and we also provide management accounts and payroll services.
We have been developing our very own portal, it is a secure method for clients to send their instructions to us and both organisations benefit from a full audit trail, it is extremely user friendly.
You will always have your own dedicated cashier however with the ability to add attachments and comments to the portal the need for phone calls and emails is minimal. An efficient and compliant accounts department should be a top priority for every law firm. Download our client portal presentation here.
CLT Scotland are now offering e-learning CPD -you can now gain the necessary CPD hours by fitting it into your own schedule, you could even do it from home wearing your pyjamas (if you wished!) Topics include the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016, powers of attorney and social media law. I really think that CPD without having to leave your desk is a great idea.
If you know of any other products then please let me know, we are always looking for tools that can benefit our clients.
Marketing and Communications Manager
In professional services, there is historic reticence regarding technology, yet technology is here to stay and evolving at a rapid pace. Broadly speaking, six barriers exist that prevent professionals from creating their LinkedIn presence and getting results.
Fear of change
First, there is the issue of change. Change is risky and exciting, but it can also foster self-doubt: is this effort worth it? But LinkedIn is now no longer optional for professionals. It is the digital business card, but offers a whole lot more in terms of creating new business, strengthening existing relationships and moving yourself and your practice up the Google search rankings. LinkedIn is the first place that other professionals look when they have problems to solve, so not having a presence—lacking even a foot in the door—could mean that your competitor gets the brief, not you.
Desire to leave it to someone else
“I don’t have the people skills” or “I didn’t train to be in business development” you may say. However, you must upskill because direct relationships are what people now want, not through a middleman. You must not only excel at your profession but grow your business, tapping into nascent skills or developing new ones. Once you and your business understand this basic reality, you are ahead of the game.
On the face of it, LinkedIn can appear like a glorified Facebook. The reality is, like Facebook, many people use it — 22 million in the UK alone. It is tailor-made for professionals and the services you provide and is the number one B2B database in the world. For the most part it is free and represents an efficient way to foster new professional relationships.
Lack of time
Time. You don’t have enough of it, and creating an effective LinkedIn profile demands some of your most precious resource. But there are shortcuts available and content can be repurposed. Just small bursts of time each day—think of it like going to the gym—help keep your profile lean and focused, so your activities are effective and pay dividends.
Fear of going public
Another barrier is the fear of putting yourself out there in public, to many millions of people. You have full control over what people see, but this control requires skill and it is not simply a case of plug and play with LinkedIn. You need to bring online what you do offline.
Lack of skills
Finally, you don’t need digital skills to make your profile accurately mirror your professional life. This can be done with baby steps to build confidence and—most likely—outside help from other professionals that can help you get that boost that a LinkedIn profile provides.
Many professionals fear using LinkedIn or do not think it is worth their time. But it cannot be ignored anymore because building your LinkedIn presence effectively can put you and your business out in front.
Miles Duncan is CEO and Founder of LinkedIn Success Systems
LinkedIn Success Systems is a specialist training company that provides LinkedIn training for Corporates and SME’s.
LinkedIn Success Systems is in no way associated with LinkedIn Corp. We are a third-party organisation helping companies and individuals to improve their performance of using LinkedIn
The progression of technology has enabled criminals to become more savvy when looking to exploit businesses. The legal sector in general has become a huge target for cybercriminals when they appreciate the large sums of money transacted each day. Given the level of trust between a solicitor and their clients, it is not surprising that these particular relationships are targeted for their own financial benefit. Criminals are not just looking for financial gains, but also for the confidential data which is at the crux of a solicitor-client relationship, causing a risk to the legal sector.
The risk to the legal sector is posed by the interception of emails, cloned websites and fake headed letters are amongst just some of the techniques these criminals are using, meaning it is becoming more and more important for law firms to ensure that their due diligence and compliance policies are constantly up to date. When considering the protection of client money, it’s paramount to understand the significant risk which cybercrime presents.
Protection by way of prevention
To protect law firms, solicitors, and clients, firms must ensure that they safeguard digital information from both internal and external sources. Firms must meet all of the legal and regulatory requirements to lower the risks posed and conserve their reputation. The SRA’s Risk Outlook 2016/17 gives a helpful overview of various cybercrimes and suggests perhaps moving away from complex rules to free up firms to innovate and grow, whilst ensuring a high level of protection. The challenges around cybercrime, whilst not new, are evolving and require constant vigilance.
The SRA are entrusting solicitors with the responsibility to manage their own risks and offers the Risk Outlook as a tool to aid them with this mammoth task. It provides an overview of the risks to the protection of people who use legal services; the operation of the rule of law; and the proper administration of justice. The risk posed to these three areas is something which needs to be taken seriously.
What should we do about it?
In cases where law firms have not been vigilant enough in checking simple things such as email addresses for a slight change, solicitors could be liable for losing client funds; be forced to pay money back to lenders; be subjected to raised insurance premiums; and suffer brand damage. It is therefore crucial that, as merely one example: no notifications of changes to bank details are sent by letter or by email.
The opportunities for criminals are vast, but equally so are the opportunities for mitigating risk by outsourcing due diligence and compliance solutions. Outsourcing will not only reduce the pressure upon a solicitor who already has to be vigilant when undertaking various daily tasks, but it will free up fee earner time and leave due diligence to specialists who can keep up with the rapidly evolving issues we face today.
It is therefore of utmost importance that there is a general awareness of the risk of cybercrime and fraud in the legal sector. Not only should risk management be carefully considered by law firms to meet legal and regulatory requirements, but solicitors themselves should be acknowledging risk when undertaking their daily tasks to ensure that the relevant precautions are undertaken each and every time.
Jennifer Davies – Lawyer Checker
We assist clients on a daily basis to comply with Pension Automatic Enrolment duties. We have found that clients are often confused about what Automatic Enrolment means for them. Clients are unclear about what they are required to do and when they are required to do it.
We have also provided some examples of common problems faced by several of our clients and the remedial action we have taken to solve these problems. Our main focus is always to ensure clients remain compliant with the Pension Automatic Enrolment requirements.
We have a good working relationship with the Pensions Regulator and often contact them to discuss issues on behalf of our clients.
Although liaising with the Pensions Regulator is not a hugely onerous task it can be an important step in ensuring our clients are compliant with their Automatic Enrolment duties. Even if an employer sets up a work place pension and begins contributing to that scheme failing to properly complete and submit the Declaration of Compliance can render the employer as non-compliant. In this situation an employer could face a financial penalty.
We are delighted to be in a position to use our Pension Automatic Enrolment knowledge to the benefit of our clients.
What our clients have to say about us
The Cashroom Ltd administer our monthly auto-enrolment scheme. Liaising directly with the provider they incorporate pension calculations within the monthly payroll. The support is crucial for compliance with our statutory obligations.
Aru Sinha- Cavendish Legal Group – London
Ardnamurchan Estates Ltd has worked with The Cashroom for the last three years initially for our payroll service but since June 2016 for the Pension Automatic Enrolment. For a small company being able to make use of The Cashrooms’ experience with this process has ensured that we have complied with the Government Legislation stress free and with minimal additional effort.
Ardnamurchan Estates Ltd – Ardamurchan
Common Problems Faced by Clients
Not all problems faced by our clients are straight forward.
Pension Automatic Enrolment clients have approached us with various problems including:
- Missing a Staging Date
- Failing to set up a Pension Scheme on a Pension Provider’s website
- Wishing to postpone a Staging Date but uncertain as to the process
- A general lack of understanding of an employer’s Automatic Enrolment duties
- Failure to realise that a Declaration of Compliance required to be submitted
- Failure to realise that correspondence required to be issued to staff
- Client changed trading name during the process
On all of the above occasions we have listened to our client’s concerns, taken the time to understand their problem and have provided practical advice to resolve the issue.
Missing a Staging Date
For numerous reasons law firms have approached us because they have missed their Staging Date for Automatic Enrolment. In these instances we have moved quickly to set the client’s pension scheme up to ensure compliance with Automatic Enrolment duties. We have engaged with The Pensions Regulator to advise that although our client has missed their Staging Date they are now taking action to resolve the issue. It is up to The Pensions Regulator as to how they wish to respond to the disclosure. However our experience has shown that by disclosing any omissions early matters can often be resolved quickly. The most important aspect is honesty and being in a position to show clear intentions to provide and contribute to a work place pension for staff moving forward.
At The Cashroom we take a proactive approach and aim to contact all of our existing payroll clients in advance of their Pension Automatic Enrolment Staging Date to prevent Staging Dates being missed.
Failing to set up a Pension Scheme on a Pension Provider’s website
There have been instances where clients have struggled to complete the required information on their selected Pension Provider’s website. Our Pension Automatic Enrolment team have taken the time to discuss each practical step with clients by telephone. We have also sent step by step instructions by email in the form of screen shots to clients to assist with the set up.
In addition we have also carried out a large part of the administrative set up on our client’s Pension Provider’s website where this has been required.
Wishing to Postpone a Staging Date but Uncertain as to the Process
We have found that a number of clients have been uncertain of the postponement process or even unaware that this was an option. We discuss how postponement works with clients and also postpone our own set up work to coincide with a client’s postponed Staging Date. This ensures that a client is not billed for our work until the postponed date is reached.
A General Lack of Understanding of an Employer’s Automatic Enrolment Duties
There have been occasions where clients have contacted us in a panic on receiving notification from the Pensions Regulator of their Staging Date. We can provide a number of factual resources to clients which explain what Pension Automatic Enrolment means for them. We have worked closely with our friends at Armstrong Watson and have produced a detailed Frequently Asked Questions document on Pension Automatic Enrolment which is available for clients. We have also researched the best online guidance notes and drafted our own blog on Automatic Enrolment. Therefore any clients who need a little reassurance and some background information are well catered for.
Failure to Realise that a Declaration of Compliance required to be submitted
Often clients are under the impression that their Automatic Enrolment duties end when their work place pension has been set up. However the final step in the setup is the completion and submission of the Declaration of Compliance. We ensure that clients are made aware of the requirement to submit this document and we can also draft this on behalf of clients if required. The deadline for the submission of the document is 5 months after a client’s Staging Date and at the very least we will send a chaser email to a client who is submitting their own to ensure the document has been prepared in time.
Failure to Realise Correspondence required to be issued to Staff
During the early stages of setting up a Pension Scheme an employer requires to write to all staff and advise them of the work place pension. Employers must write to all staff and not just those who are eligible for enrolment to advise that the work place pension will be in place.
Staff who are eligible must receive detailed guidance on how Automatic Enrolment will apply to them. Staff who are not eligible must receive correspondence advising that they have the option to opt in to the pension scheme if they wish to. Some clients are unaware of the requirement to issue staff with correspondence and accordingly we have provided advice on this. We have also drafted correspondence for clients to issue to their staff when asked.
We have a detailed Frequently Asked Questions document which we issue to all clients which is available on request by emailing our Marketing Manager Emma O’Day. (Email:firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information on our payroll and auto-enrolment service then please contact us today here – Contact Us
We have also provided some links to useful references below:
An Essential Guide to Automatic Enrolment Link: https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/docs/the-essential-guide-for-automatic-enrolment.pdf
Detailed Guidance note for Employers Link: https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/docs/detailed-guidance-2.pdf
Full details on Compliance and Enforcement policy Link: https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/docs/pensions-reform-compliance-and-enforcement-policy.pdf
In 2015 joint parental leave was introduced. A new mother can now share her maternity leave with her partner. While this is brilliant for families to be given this option and flexibility it can make things more difficult for employers, especially small businesses.
I have recently come back from maternity leave, in fact it was my second maternity leave in 3 years which consisted of a staged return back both times and resulted in me now working part time, both leaves were smooth transitions because my company took time to think about my leave and we were all open, honest and communicated throughout.
How can you manage parental leave?
I can’t stress enough that open communication is paramount. Between the employer, the parent to be and the team they work in as this keeps everyone in the loop. For a successful maternity/paternity transition keeping open conversation going is key.
All pregnant employees are entitled to paid time off for ante-natal care and can take 52 weeks statutory maternity leave. This leave can begin 11 weeks before mum’s due date. New mums are required to take a minimum of 2 weeks maternity leave. After this first 2 weeks either parent can take the leave following the introduction of shared parental leave. No more than 12 months leave in total can be taken between the mother and her partner and only 9 months of the leave will be paid. Any employee must give 8 weeks’ notice of any leave and shared parental leave can be taken in up to 3 separate blocks.
A good idea is to have a parental leave policy written up that you can give to your employee when they inform you they are going to be a parent. You also need to decide if you are going to pay statutory pay or enhanced pay. The latter can seem painful especially for small companies but it could mean bringing key staff back sooner so the investment could be worth making.
How do you deal with your employee’s absence?
This can be tricky, especially in small firms where a single person can be more fundamental to the business. However this can be a great chance for less experience colleagues to step up and assume more responsibility. If this happens though it’s a good idea to arrange regular check in’s to make sure other workers are not over-burdened. Arranging regular check in’s with a team that has a member off on parental leave is fundamental so employees can raise concerns and adjustments can be made if necessary.
If you don’t have the resource to cover the work within your business you can advertise for someone to cover the role, however you must be clear that this is a maternity cover and is a fixed term post as the new parent is entitled to return to their old post.
Return to work
Arrange a conversation with your employee to find out their needs. Often employers don’t offer this and employees don’t ask for it because they don’t want to be a further burden on their employer. A small firm may not have ‘re-joining’ initiatives in place like big companies do however if you do have fewer employees then you should have a better chance at ensuring your returning staff are comfortable and never feel overwhelmed. Again it can’t be stressed enough that open and honest communication will make everything easier.
Employee wants to return part time
When an employee requests to come back part time then you are obliged to consider this request. If you decide that you cannot grant this request then you must give the employee a good business decision not to and your reasons have to be justified.
If you do turn down a request for part time work then the employee could potentially claim against you in an employment tribunal on grounds you have failed to comply with the process or that your reasons are not a permitted business reason.
Flexible working and work life balance are key influencers in employee’s decisions on remaining with an employer. Over 3,000 professionals in the UK were quizzed by the workspace solutions provider on the importance of flexibility for today’s workers. More than nine out of 10 respondents said that, given a choice of two similar jobs, they would choose the one that offered more flexible working options. This was backed up by the survey findings, with almost one-third of respondents (32%) stating that they would have stayed longer in their previous jobs if greater flexibility had been offered. There is also the current business climate to consider. The economic uncertainty requires business to be more agile and nimble so operating with a fluid and flexible workforce, using available workspace, makes real commercial sense.
Put simply, if your businesses is not thinking flexibly then you risk a talent drain.
A massive percentage of firms will have someone going on parental leave at some point, don’t let your talented staff go elsewhere because you haven’t considered all the options and you haven’t supported your staff though this time in their life.
What if it’s you?
What if it’s you yourself a partner, manager or business owner needing parental leave? A good idea is to make a list of every task and process that you are involved in and look at your team and designate tasks, breaking down tasks will allow you to find the appropriate person for each task. You could then hold a day where you brief everyone on their roles and let your clients know and make any necessary introductions in advance. If you are going off on leave then ensure you give yourself enough time to work all this out, physically before I went on maternity leave I felt like I had a hangover for 8 months so allowing extra time for tasks was key, both of my children made surprise early appearances too so have tasks allocated as early as you can then if needed colleagues can pick up at short notice. Be open with your employer and let them know what your plans are as far in advance as you can, if you help them out then in turn they will look after you as best they can. After all, everybody loves a new baby!
If your cashier, accountant or payroll administrator is going on leave then please do not hesitate to get in touch and find out how we can help you.
For more information on maternity/paternity and shared parental leave please visit:
https://www.gov.uk/maternity-pay-leave/overview – Maternity leave
https://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1362 – Shared parental leave
https://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1806 – Paternity leave
Marketing & Communications Manager at The Cashroom Ltd
The Cashroom Ltd provides this material for informational purposes only and specific advice should be sought. The above information is general and is not intended to be legal advice. Nothing herein should be relied upon or used without consulting a lawyer to consider your specific circumstances, possible changes to applicable laws, rules and regulations and other legal issues.
For the last few years in January I’ve posted some thoughts on the year that’s past, and on the year ahead, and I planned to do the same again.
However, this year it’s proved to be more difficult than I thought! Twenty sixteen was a year of huge change, which has left the world in such a profound state of uncertainty, that only an “idiot” would try and draw any conclusions on what it all means or where it’s all going. Indeed, my overwhelming feeling is that many people would prefer a “do over” of 2016, rather than face the uncertainty of 2017 ….. which of course is less than helpful!
But in an attempt to give us all something to think about I would like to point you to a US National Intelligence Council Publication entitled “Global Trends 2030: Alternate Worlds” https://publicintelligence.net/global-trends-2030/ . It was published in 2012, which probably makes it even more interesting now. In particular, it puts forward 4 alternate worlds in which we might live come 2030. Four years on their “Stalled Engine” scenario, seem particularly prescient. They didn’t get everything right (in their scenario Europe’s collapse was triggered by Greek’s exit from the Euro), but the picture they paint is chillingly familiar.
However, on a brighter note, the Cashroom grew throughout 2016, and no doubt will continue to grow through 2017. This year we have a lot planned.
- In January we will go through our yearly Cyber Security Audit. I know this is a “hot topic” for many of you and it is for us too.
- In March we’re attending the LegalEx conference in London, the first of a number of events we’ll be attending
- We’re also running a number of evening events across the UK for our “friends” and contacts
- We have a number of more formal seminars planned throughout the year, covering topics from cyber security to preparing for regulatory inspections
- We will continue to try and send you interesting and informative articles and thoughts as we come across them. Our last email bulleting had a 76% open rate, so we must be doing something right!
- And finally, during 2017 we hope to move all our existing clients onto our bespoke client portal, which will revolutionise the way we communicate with our clients. More on this shortly.
An exciting year ahead.