Monthly Archives: January 2020

2020 and beyond: A risky outlook?

The new decade has begun and more than ever the world feels very uncertain. When looking at society through a long-term lens, it’s fair to say that most of us in the United Kingdom today have lived through relatively benign times. Of course, ‘events’ have always happened, but the current period feels more uncertain than […]

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Run-off Cover

If you are alleged to have provided inadequate advice, design or services that subsequently causes your client to lose money, your PII covers the costs and expenses of your defence and the damages and costs awarded. A PII policy is written on a ‘claims made’ basis, which means that for the policy to be effective […]

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations’ (DSEAR)

DSEAR is an acronym used regularly in the world of health and safety to describe a huge business risk – but what does it even mean? How are you meant to know if it applies to your business? DSEAR stands for ‘The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations’ and applies whenever there is work being […]

Should you allow employees to record formal meetings?

With the advancement of technology, it is now extremely easy for employees to record conversations in the workplace, either legitimately or covertly. When requested, should you allow an employee to record a formal meeting? Like anything in business there are advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include: Evidence that you have confidence in your managers handling of […]

Changes to fire alarm responses from this month.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services (SYFRS) have attended 3,457 call outs to commercial buildings (offices, schools, workshops etc.) over the past three years. They estimate that 97% of these visits turned out to be false alarms. That’s amounted to a colossal waste of their time, over 1000 hours, which could have been more properly […]