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Lessons from my past

Lessons from my past Written by Sabina Kadić-Mackenzie, partner25 January 2021 They say that “every day is a school day”. No kidding. Like me, many clients, colleagues and friends with school-age children are finding that the school week is not what it used to be. Forget Monday to Friday, as we try to achieve the …

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On justice

On justice Written by Iain Smith, criminal defence expert and Scotland’s lawyer of the year 13 January 2020 Scotland’s lawyer of the year talks of injustice in our courts You may have read this morning about Lisa Montgomery, a 52-year-old woman who was given a lethal injection today at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, …

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A climate of leadership

Our chairman, Sir Angus Grossart, wrote the following piece to stimulate debate at the thirteenth annual international forum of the SCDI in October 1982. On rediscovering it recently, we were struck not only by the wisdom contained in this treatise on leadership – and the call for a climate that encourages those who bear risk to challenge “the protective ambit of consensus” – but by how apposite it remains today. …

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The decision dilemma

The decision dilemma Written by David Gaffney, partner 18 November 2020 Johnson Service Group, a provider of workwear and textiles to the hospitality industry, yesterday became the latest company to yield to the ravaging effects of Covid-19 on its business, announcing more than 1,500 redundancies as the impact of restrictions continues to hamper the sector and its …

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Reallocating capital for the age of sustainability

Reallocating capital for the age of sustainability Written by Andrew Cave, head of governance and sustainability at Baillie Gifford13 October 2020 Normally at this time of year, governments are preparing to come together for the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (or ‘COP’), now in its 26th year. This year’s event, which was to be held in …

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I went viral and here’s what I learned: student finance discriminates

I went viral and here’s what I learned: student finance discriminates Written by Sabina Kadić-Mackenzie, associate partner8 September 2020 There’s a good reason my social media musings have never gone viral before. I post excessive amounts of ‘#nontent’ for one; too many dinners and home décor ideas. I also care far too much about what …

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Lack of viewpoint diversity is uniformly bad

Lack of viewpoint diversity is uniformly bad Written by Lindsay Paterson, guest writer25 August 2020 The chaos of this year’s school assessments throughout the UK has revealed one striking fact about decision taking. It seems that no-one senior in the relevant public bodies, at any point along the road, was warned internally about what might happen. Yet many people on …

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