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Capsticks celebrate 40 years in business

Capsticks is delighted to announce that we have promoted two more lawyers, Tracy Giles and Gerard Aston, into the partnership as we continue to celebrate our 40th year in business. The new Partners represent two of the firm’s key practice areas, Contract & Commercial and Clinical Law.

Tracy joined the firm in 2009 as a solicitor and works with a range of the firm’s biggest clients across our core health business and private sector as well as within some of the emerging sectors such as emergency services. She provides complex procurement advice ranging from assisting with competitive dialogue processes and the establishment of frameworks to general advisory work.

Gerard, a clinical negligence specialist, joined the firm in 2011. His practice includes dealing with a range of high value and complex claims involving the most severe neurological injuries, he is also experienced in all forms of ADR including mediation and assists with the running of the Capsticks’ Claims Handling Service.

Senior Partner, Rachael Heenan, commented, “Both our new Partners live up to Capsticks’ ethos of being one step ahead and we are delighted to have such talent joining the partnership. It’s been wonderful to see them all develop over the past few years and I and the rest of the partners are delighted to see them moving into the next stage of their career with the firm.”

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.capsticks.com/

Browne Jacobson appoints new IT Director

Law firm Browne Jacobson has announced that it has appointed Abby Ewen as its new IT Director.

Working closely with Iain Blatherwick, Managing Partner, and the Firm’s Executive Board, Abby will head up the firm’s award winning IT team.

The role will see her utilising her extensive strategic and operational expertise in developing and driving forward the firm’s technology strategy and spearheading an effective IT service, focused on delivering business efficiencies, technology driven solutions and exceptional client service for both end users and clients.

Abby will be the firm’s first female IT director, following on from Caroline Green’s recent appointment as the firm’s first female Senior Partner. Abby’s appointment increases the number of women on Browne Jacobson’s Executive to five of the eleven members.

She joins from law firm BLM where she was IT Director for more than six years. Prior to her time at BLM, Abby held various senior IT and change management positions over 10 years with law firm Simmons and Simmons.

As well as being a regular speaker at high profile industry events, Abby actively promotes the technology sector as an attractive career option to school children in her role as a STEM ambassador. She is also a Director of LITIG (Legal IT Innovators Group) and a member of the advisory panel at DELTAS – a group that promotes diversity & excellence in legal technology and security.

Speaking on her appointment Managing Partner Iain Blatherwick, said:

“We are delighted to have someone with Abby’s experience join us.

“She will play a crucial role in helping us to deliver our vision and strategy, drive business performance and create a high-performance culture and environment where talented people from diverse backgrounds are motivated and thrive.

“Abby’s appointment is a real coup for the business.

“She has an impressive track record and she will be joining a strong team that has been core to helping to meet the current and future commercial needs of the business.”

On joining Browne Jacobson, Abby Ewen commented:

“It is a really exciting time to be joining Browne Jacobson.

“I have been really impressed with the investment the firm has made in recent years and their vision for placing IT at the heart of their strategy for future growth.

“I am looking forward to using my experience to develop a best in class IT team and take advantage of the technological developments in the market to provide a truly unique experience for both its people and clients.”

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.brownejacobson.com/

Why haven’t more firms embraced advisory services?

The revenue opportunity in advisory work is huge, and it’s more sustainable as a business. But the number of firms that have successfully achieved this holy grail is still very small: Arguably, only 5 to 15 percent have even come close).

One of the major problems is that ‘advisory’ is an extremely poorly defined concept. What it actually means in practice varies hugely depending on who is offering it and who is receiving it. And if you don’t know what it’s going to look like in the end, how do you even start trying to deliver it?

The good news is that it’s actually pretty simple, and most accountants already have the necessary skills and knowledge. It is, however, a question of mindset. This interview between Andy North and Peter Hickey, Founder and President of MAUS, offers some brilliantly simple words of advice.

Being an “advisor” is more about the questions you ask than the answers you provide. “Think of yourself as a sports coach,” says Peter. The goals you’re trying to achieve should be set by your client – and your objective is to help them break them down and hold them accountable.

And what tips does Peter have for the accountant struggling to make sense of all this? “Start with succession planning.” The conversations you can have with a client as they start to consider their exit from their business can create clear opportunities for you to help.

Irwin Mitchell announce partnership with England Rugby

We are proud to be England Rugby’s official legal partner and play our part in helping to grow the game across the country.

England Rugby’s good work doesn’t stop with the men’s and women’s senior teams we see competing around the world. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England with over a thousand community clubs nationwide.

We also support UK sports with our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign, and we’re ranked number one for sports law in the independent Legal 500 rankings.

Our solicitors even helped the Rugby Players Association develop concussion guidelines to help protect players from serious injury.

That’s why we think Irwin Mitchell and England Rugby is a great fit.

A successful rugby team is full of highly skilled specialists, united by a single purpose. It’s the same for us – a wide range of legal experts working together to help you through all life’s ups and downs.

In our role as official legal partner, we’re thrilled to be helping the RFU and its community clubs with their own legal issues. It’s also great to see our partnership help young players involved in rugby.

Supporting Youth Rugby

We know that the shift to adult rugby can be tricky for young players, particularly with coping with the increased demands of modern life. Finding the balance between studying and training isn’t easy. Neither is dealing with the unique and growing pressures on young people in the modern world.

So we’re working with England Rugby to help young players stay involved with the sport for longer and to help more people benefit from the great values that this unique sport teaches. We hope that by helping these players make the next step, the sport can continue to grow in years to come.

Our programme:

  • Will support over 35,000 14-18 year old players, with mentors across 750 clubs
  • Aims to keep more youngsters interested in rugby, enhancing the retention of youth players
  • Aids the transition for youth players through to adult rugby

“We are delighted to partner with Irwin Mitchell and deliver this exciting, new mentoring programme,” said Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU. “Any opportunity we have to keep young people engaged in the game for longer is crucial. Having this community of mentors across the country will be invaluable for the players and will only help to grow the game further.”

Our Other Sports Initiatives

Wooden Spoon

We’re the official headline sponsor for Wooden Spoon, a children’s rugby charity based in Hampshire.

The charity works to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people with disabilities, through organising various rugby projects throughout the year. We work closely with the charity to support their growth and sponsor their events.

Don’t Quit, Do It

Don’t Quit, Do It is our ongoing campaign to help disabled people enjoy sport. We’ve seen first-hand how powerful sport can be during recovery from a serious injury.

Our partnership with Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and wheelchair tennis superstar Alfie Hewitt has helped us raise the profile of disability sport in the UK.

The campaign includes a variety of sports, including wheelchair rugby – another reason we’re excited to work with England Rugby.

UK and China trade relations championed by investment minister visit

International Trade Minister Graham Stuart MP travels to China today, to bolster the trade relationship between the UK and China post-Brexit.

Beginning his visit in the Chinese capital Beijing, the Minister will meet with key representatives in the Chinese government in the Ministry of Commerce and officials at the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), to promote the UK-China economic relationship and champion British business in the region.

While in China, he will meet with dozens of potential investors, hosting roundtables with Chinese life sciences, education, infrastructure and financial services businesses, to promote the strengths of the UK as an investment destination and encourage stronger trade ties between the two countries.

The visit will see Minister Stuart lead a 200-strong delegation of UK business leaders representing sectors such as tech, manufacturing, transport and education to the Smart China Expo in Chongqing , where he will champion the UK’s global leadership in smart technology, and attend the UK’s flagship pavilion at the Horticulture Expo in Beijing, where the UK is showcasing its leadership in clean energy and sustainable development.

The 10-day visit comes as trade and investment with China reaches record levels, bilateral trade between the 2 countries has more than doubled over the past 10 years, with the latest statistics showing trade has succeeded the £70bn mark for the first time during the last financial year.

Over the last decade, China has been the 3rd biggest contributor to the overall increase in British exports, beaten only by Germany and the USA.

Speaking ahead of his visit, the Minister for Investment Graham Stuart said:

China is a world-leading economy and the UK’s largest trading partner outside of Europe and North America, holding unparalleled opportunities for UK businesses.

Britain is committed to strengthening the UK-China trading relationship to ensure UK firms are poised to seize the opportunities the region offers as our trading relationship continues to blossom.

I hope my visit will be instrumental to winning investments into the UK , while opening up new opportunities for UK firms and fostering greater partnerships between our two great nations.

The Minister’s visit follows on from the UK-China 10th Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) which took place in London in June this year.

The EFD saw the former Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and Chinese Vice Premier, Hu Chunhua, launch the London-Shanghai Stock Connect UK, which allowed listed companies to sell their shares in China for the first time, alongside the announcement of £500 million worth of commercial deals and partnerships.

Minister Stuart’s visit is expected to secure a number of commercial deals and new partnerships between British and Chinese businesses.

The 10 best universities to study business

Think you could be the next Mark Zuckerberg? If you have a mind for innovation and business, you might benefit from a degree at one of the finest business schools in the UK.

Most business courses give students a thorough understanding of business theory, economics, entrepreneurship, accounting, management and business law.

As such a diverse degree course, Business Management can open doors to a multitude of careers. Upon graduation, you could find a job as a business adviser, a data analyst, investment banker, human resources officer, stockbroker or even join the team of a new start-up.

Here, we have compiled a list of the best business degree courses in the UK, including information on entry requirements, course details and the most advantageous features. The following are the 10 best universities to study Business & Management, according to the latest 2020 league table from Complete University Guide, which ranks universities according to their entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects.

10. University of Lancaster

The course: The Business Management BSc incorporates modules from every department within the Management School. In first year, all students cover accounting, marketing, management and business analysis. In second year, you expand on this knowledge and study operations management, economics and entrepreneurship, including modules in management decision making and spreadsheet modelling. There are optional modules in further economics, marketing and entrepreneurship, which you take into your third and final year. You juggle these subjects with a core module on strategic management.

Biggest advantage: All students have access to a Business Management Careers Coach, who will run sessions on CVs and the skills that you will need in the workplace.

9. Durham University

The course: In the first year of the Business and Management BA, you develop a business plan for a start-up and take optional modules in business, economics or a language. In second year, you further develop your investigative and business skills and take modules on information systems and the management of operations, as well as optional modules in accounting, entrepreneurship, marketing and business law. In your final year, you focus on a double-weighted dissertation and a core module in strategic management, as well as optional modules.

Biggest advantage: Students can take the Year Abroad or a Year In Industry programme, either of which could boost your employment prospects.

8. University of Warwick

The course: On the first year of the Management BSc course, you study the basics of business management – including economics, marketing, financial management, strategy, organisations and business analytics. In second year, there are electives to choose from, alongside core modules in international business, operations management and entrepreneurship. In third year, you have the option to take a Year In Industry. Alternatively, you can go straight into your final year, where you will study critical issues in management and a range of optional modules.

Biggest advantage: This course is flexible, and you can specialise in specific areas (such as finance or marketing) in your final two years. Modules are varied and include marketing, auditing, supply chain management, business law, risk management and team leadership.

7. University of Strathclyde

The course: In the first three years of the the Management BA, you take classes in business alongside the Management Development Programme (MDP). In the first year of the MDP, you focus on theory, including disruptive technologies, business ethics and creativity and responsibility. You also take a module called Managing in a Global Context. In the second year of the MDP, you study global business, the Third Sector, oratory and more. You also take modules in strategy, analysis and change within organisations. In third year, you undertake a work placement, complete the final year of the MDP and take core modules in management practice. In the fourth year, students cover management, the global economy, strategy and ethical leadership.

Biggest advantage: On the third year of the MDP, there are four options for how you can put your knowledge into practice. You can take an internship, work on two live consultancy projects, go on an international exchange, or conduct problem-solving projects with other students.

6. University of Leeds

The course: On the first year of the Business Management MA, you cover economics, accounting and organisational behaviour. You also take the Exploring Your Potential module, where you assess your own managerial skills. In second year, you study the basics of marketing and managing people and operations, develop your research and analytical skills and learn to consider social responsibility. In your third year, you further develop your management skills in modules on strategic management and leadership, and you can take optional modules in employment law, technology, international business and advertising. There is also a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Biggest advantage: There’s a real emphasis on developing leadership qualities on this course, with modules on strategic leadership and management. In addition, if you choose (and pass) the Contemporary Management Consulting module in your third year, you can register with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and gain the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting.

5. King’s College London

The course: The Business Management BSc at King’s College London is a comprehensive course. In your first year, there are 12 core modules, covering economics, financial reporting, business ethics, accounting and marketing. In second year, you are taught research methods, international business, strategic management and take optional modules. There is also the option to study abroad either in the first term of second year or for the entire academic year. In third year, there are no core modules so you can choose specialisms, including employment law, leadership, banking and managerial economics.

Biggest advantage: Located in the heart of London, King’s Business School is close to the Square Mile (the hub of international commerce and finance) and a few tube stops away from Canary Wharf.

4. University of Loughborough

The course: In the first and second years of the BSc Management degree you are introduced to the core business and management topics, including business economics, financial reporting, marketing, human resource management, accounting, data analysis, business ethics and operations management. There are also optional modules. In your third year, you can either study abroad or take a work placement. In your fourth and final year, you study three core modules on decision-making, leadership and global strategy, and select optional modules.

Biggest advantage: If you go on a Year Abroad or work placement in your third year, you receive an extra qualification: a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) if you do a work placement or a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) if you study abroad. Alternatively, you can split your third year and spend six months studying abroad and six months on a work placement.

3. University of Exeter

The course: In the first year of the Business and Management BSc, you mainly cover the theory of business management, with classes on accounting, statistics, economics, marketing, management and the relationship between business and society. In the second year, you take core modules in accounting, human resource management, consumer behaviour, operations management and organisations. There are more optional modules in second year than first, but even more to choose from in your third and final year of study. In final year, there are just two core modules, covering finance and strategic management.

Biggest advantage: There is an optional Year Abroad or Year in Industry work placement.

2. University of Bath

The course: In the first year of the Management BSc, you get to grips with the basics of business management – including accounting, business economics, international business, management, finance and marketing. In second year, you study more specific topics, such as business law, consumer psychology, entrepreneurship and managing a multinational enterprise. There are optional modules in both second and third year, covering E-business, corporate responsibility, UK tax and conducting business in China, to name a few. In third year you also study international strategy and complete an entrepreneurship project.

Biggest advantage: The entrepreneurship project in your final year allows you to apply your knowledge to a practical assignment. This module requires teamwork, identifying a suitable gap in the market and planning how you would build your own business.

1. University of St Andrews

The course: During the first two years of this four-year course, you will take Management modules alongside at least one other subject. Typical Management topics include the role of managers within organisations and the role of organisations within society. In your final two years you can take more optional modules, including (bit not limited to): advertising, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, sustainable development and international banking.

Biggest advantage: This flexible course will make you more of an all-rounder as you are required to study two additional subjects in your first year and at least one in your second year. This could give you the chance to develop your languages skills, for instance.