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News: Roger Coleman Running in London Marathon

Monday 11th Mar 2013

In April Colemans-ctts Founding Partner, Roger Coleman, is taking part in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon in aid of The Childrens Trust.

Having completed last year's Greater Manchester Marathon (and swearing it would be his last), the chance to run in this year's London Marathon was too tempting for him to turn down.

London Marathon

Debt Blog: Claim Negotiation After the Jackson Reforms

Tuesday 26th Feb 2013

You may or may not be aware of certain forthcoming changes to the claim process through the county courts.  These are labelled “the Jackson reforms” and one of the most significant elements is a requirement for pre court negotiations with disputed debt. Both parties will have to have been adjudged to have made a significant effort to settle.

Negotiation

You may or may not be aware of certain forthcoming changes to the claim process through the county courts.  These are labelled “the Jackson reforms” and one of the most significant elements is a requirement for pre court negotiations with disputed debt. Both parties will have to have been adjudged to have made a significant effort to settle

Of course this will not be easy to quantify and in reality any debtor and creditor should always be engaged in trying to reach a settlement before the onerous and expensive resort to legal action

So negotiation it should be but how to go about it? There are some questions that need addressing first and we would summarise these in two parts. Lets address the first questions first;

1.    Will they negotiate?

2.    Who should be negotiating?

3.    What method should be used for negotiation?


The first question may seem a straightforward yes or no. But it isn’t. In effect there are pre negotiations whereby your or their aim may well be to bring one or other side to the party. This can be as vital as the actual discussion and it may well require a little pressure. Our advice here is that if they are not willing to discuss, calmly detail what the consequences could be. For instance, do they really want to lose a case with huge costs?

The “who” is interesting. There are two factors to consider here which are very often overlooked and yet can be vital

Firstly some people, however experienced or qualified in other areas, simply have no negotiation skills and never will have. It could be that their role is not geared towards creative and “big picture” thinking or perhaps more significantly, they are simply attuned to picking up on human reactions.

This is especially true when discussing an issue face to face. Reading body language is an art but not always one that can be taught. Simply put some are better at this than others.

Secondly the best negotiators will tend to be relatively clam and unflustered. A clever opponent will sometimes try to knock you off your stride with aggression or wild statements and it is essential that these are handled  with ease

And talking of emotions, that brings us to the third element, which we will discuss next time

Jackson Reform Negotiation

News: Fire at Turner and Newall Asbestos Factory

Friday 15th Feb 2013

A fire at the former Turner and Newall Asbestos factory has raised concerns that harmful asbestos dust could have been disturbed and released into the atmosphere after the blaze decimated the former mill in the Spodden Valley, Rochdale.

Turner and Newall Asbestos Factory Fire

Blog: Tinnitus Awareness Week 2013, Feb 4th - 10th

Monday 4th Feb 2013

Tinnitus is often thought to be associated with older people, but the truth is that 1 in 10 people hear it all the time, young or old. This week is Tinnitus Awareness Week, helping raise awareness of the condition.

Tinnitus

Blog: Driving in Winter: The Vehicle

Thursday 24th Jan 2013

With some regions forecast more bad weather in the next few days, and having already seen heavy snowfall across the country, it's crucial that, if you have to make a journey, you and your vehicle are prepared for conditions in order to minimise the risk of breaking dawn or having an accident. Our handy tips guide will mean you can best tackle the roads...

Car frosted in winter

Debt Blog: High Street Failings - why retail is still failing

Monday 7th Jan 2013

The fortunes of high street retailers over the last five years has been well documented. With the threat of a triple-dip recession hanging over the country we take a look back over the last year and look at the changes on the high street and ask: 'has 2012 been a kind year for retail?'...

Closures on the High Street

Debt Blog: The Voice of Credit Control

Monday 17th Dec 2012

Credit control is unique within the finance department. Now in truth many functions will claim the same whether being payroll, tax or management accounts, but these are disciplines requiring perhaps similar skills whereas the credit controller has to have a string to his or her bow which is rarely required in finance.

Voice of Credit Control

News: Colemans-ctts recognised at Healthy Workplace awards

Wednesday 5th Dec 2012

Colemans have been credited with helping create healthier, happier staff with a group of London employers who this week became the first recipients of the Healthy Workplace Awards.

Presentation

Employment Blog: Bringing a Solicitor to a Disciplinary

Tuesday 27th Nov 2012

In the recent case of the Ministry of Justice v Parry the Employment Appeal Tribunal recently ruled that an employee should have been allowed to bring a solicitors with them to an internal disciplinary hearing which led to their dismissal because the effect of the dismissal meant they could no longer work as a District Probate Registrar. The court held that because of this Article 6 of the ECHR should have been engaged and she had been unfairly dismissed.

Colemans Lorna Valcin on Flexible Working Hours in The Voice

Wednesday 14th Nov 2012

Colemans-ctts Partner and Head of Employment, Lorna Valcin has commented on the government proposals to give employees more legal rights when it comes to the flexible working. Speaking to the Voice, Lorna said the new plans would benefit all employees and "mean that mothers are able to more easily return to work and get a better work-life balance when they do.”

Lorna Valcin

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