Friday, 1 April 2011

Bribery Act

No buses, then three come at once. Having waited and waited for the long-promised Government guidance on the Bribery Act, suddenly we heard the MoJ was publishing its final form Guidance this week - the same week it chose to publish its formal backing of the Jackson report on civil litigation costs, and the same week the Supreme Court decided to deliver its landmark judgment overturning immunity for expert witnesses.  Phew!  It was all systems go at Kysen.  We all got a huge buzz out of it.

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Two lighter legal stories that caught our interest this week.  First, the news courtesy of @TheTimesLive that American country star Willie Nelson was being offered the chance to avoid a jail term for marijuana possession by singing in court - apparently "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" was requested specifically.  Wonderful! Although prosecutor Kit Bramblett later clarified it was just a joke. 

Second, the rather disturbing news that George Clooney has been named as a possible defence witness in Silvio Berusconi's forthcoming sex trial, allegedly having attended one of his notorious bunga bunga parties.  Please, no!  In later reports however, Clooney responded to the news saying "It seems odd since I've only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur."  Middle-aged women around the world breathed a huge sigh of relief: hopefully the fantasy can remain intact.

Feedback from Farrer & Co on our Social Media Update prompted us to highlight a couple of articles they found particularly useful, in case they are of broader interest to readers of this blog.  Cara Rowell, in-house marketing executive at Farrers (and much-loved former Kysen employee) said she and the marketing team found the following particularly interesting: a couple of news items referring to private banks' use of social media; an item on whether law firms need social media strategies at all (I'll tell you the answer now: Yes!); and a piece on the growing use of "tweeting" direct from Court.

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Some conversations stop you in your tracks and put your daily strife into perspective.  This week, my conversation with Chris Moon MBE did just that.  Chris is an achievement consultant and keynote speaker, whose credentials for the job consist of not only surviving being kidnapped by the Khmer Rouge while clearing mines in Cambodia for the Halo Trust, but maintaining an impossibly positive attitude after losing two limbs in a landmine-clearing accident - and today, leading climbers to the summit of Kilimanjaro and personally running the length of Cambodia to raise funds for charity. His website says he 'challenges the concept of limitation'.  And how!

When I met Chris for tea this week, he said he had only just recovered from a 1,000 mile charity run for the Post Office  to raise money for Barnardo's last Autumn.  He ran an unbelievable marathon-plus of 36 miles a day.   Here are links to the Post Office 1000 Facebook page and a YouTube video if you are interested in learning more.

If you are looking for a motivational or after-dinner speaker, there are few more colourful or inspiring than Chris.   For contact details, see his website.

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