Confidentiality: still essential

24 April 2012

Should the personal taxation arrangements of the Chancellor of the Exchequer be public knowledge? Would you feel entitled to try to find out the age of a celebrity film star even if they wanted it kept secret? Our answers to such questions, none of which is unambiguously correct, show how mixed attitudes are to personal information about individuals in different situations, writes Jef Smith.

Confidentiality: still essential

24 April 2012

Should the personal taxation arrangements of the Chancellor of the Exchequer be public knowledge? Would you feel entitled to try to find out the age of a celebrity film star even if they wanted it kept secret? Our answers to such questions, none of which is unambiguously correct, show how mixed attitudes are to personal information about individuals in different situations, writes Jef Smith.

The Green Investment Bank

24 April 2012

The coalition Government will make history this year with the launch of the world’s first investment bank dedicated to greening the economy. The bank will not be fully capitalised for another three or four years. John Barwise considers the credits and debits of the new green bank balance sheet.

Disciplinary procedures in the transport industry

24 April 2012

Simonne McIvor, employment law solicitor at Pellys RJP Solicitors Limited, gives some guidance to managers in the transport industry on how to handle misconduct, particularly if they wish to avoid claims relating to dismissal.

Audit firms feel the heat

24 April 2012

Eight months into the Competition Commission investigation into the audit market in the UK, it is too early to gauge the outcome of the probe, says Sara White

UK shale gas exploitation likely to accelerate

23 April 2012

The shale gas industry has been given a recent boost with the publication of a Government-backed review recommending a series of measures to mitigate the risks of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). John Barwise reports.

Scepticism key to auditing tech bubble

23 April 2012

Auditors are being urged to maintain their professional scepticism when looking at the books of technology companies amid growing fears of a ‘tech bubble’