On Balance - Autumn/Winter 2015

In this latest issue of On Balance our central theme is risk – and how it can be most effectively managed, reduced and mitigated.

In this latest issue of On Balance our central theme is risk – and how it can be most effectively managed, reduced and mitigated.

As you will see from the broad array of articles by our own specialists and guest contributors, the issue of risk has many wide-ranging implications for organisations of all sizes, in all sectors. Our aim as always, is to educate and inform in an engaging format.

Handling regulatory issues around big data represents a major challenge, but Carl Wiper, Senior Policy Officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office, explains how businesses can also make the most of opportunities around data regulation.

Every business faces a crisis at some stage in its life cycle and how you handle it with your key stakeholders can make a huge difference. Bob Bion, crisis management specialist at PR agency Twentyfour7 provides his thoughts. Also in this issue, Elaine McIlroy discusses the main issues around the tough stance being taken by both the government and the courts to crack down on employers who flout immigration rules.

Meanwhile, Mark Surguy explains what action companies must take if they fall foul of fraudulent financial practice; James Knowles reveals why failing to make a Will can create a risk to both family and business partners; and John Coen suggests effective solutions for pub company licensees dealing with regulatory requirements.

You can also find out about the tax implications behind various corporate transactions from Haydn Rogan, while David Mathias examines the implications of community groups preserving local facilities for future generations.

Elsewhere in this issue, Mark Poulston explains why employers should look at their pension offering and David Rogers outlines how construction firms can protect themselves by harnessing professional experience.

We also feature a news story on our support for HOME in Manchester, the largest arts centre outside London, along with a report on a new service launched by Weightmans that helps businesses to mitigate uninsured ‘historic’ disease claims.

We hope you find these articles interesting and helpful – and, as always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback.

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