Time for manufacturers to take risks

Risk averse manufacturers in the Midlands are stifling potential growth in exports and in doing so are stalling economic growth in the region, according to a leading academic and business commentator.

Professor David Bailey from Coventry University Business School said the UK was too reliant on the US and Eurozone for its exports and needed to look further afield to countries such as China and India, where there are rapidly expanding markets. Continue reading


Birmingham hosts national conference on litigation costs

Speakers and delegates at the Birmingham Law Society conference

More than 130 lawyers from around the country attended a national debate and conference in Birmingham on Lord Justice Jackson’s Report on Civil Litigation Costs. 

Lord Justice Jackson lead an esteemed panel of high-profile speakers at the event, which was arranged by Birmingham Law Society and hosted by The College of Law in Birmingham.

The English civil litigation system is widely regarded as the Rolls-Royce of legal systems, but with a price tag to match. The costs are regarded by many, including Jackson, as disproportionate and an impediment to justice. Continue reading

VIDEO: Interview with the ‘Carpet King’

Retail tycoon and CEO of Carpetright, Lord Harris of Peckham, was the guest speaker at Deloitte, Barclays Corporate and Eversheds’ annual Retail Dinner in Birmingham. Headline Communications caught up with the ‘Carpet King’ before the event to get his thoughts on the retail sector, how it’s fared in 2010 and his predictions for the year ahead. 


Deloitte: Christmas retails sales predicted to grow by 1 per cent

The value of retail spending in the UK will increase by one per cent year on year this Christmas, according to business advisory firm Deloitte. 

The increase will take the value of retail sales in the critical month of December just beyond £37 billion, as consumers continue to show resilience in the face of testing economic conditions.  However, Deloitte forecasts that the retail industry is unlikely to see any growth at all in 2011, with the possibility of falling sales values a real risk. Continue reading

Free legal advice scheme extended

The Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve has once more joined forces with Birmingham Law School at the University of Birmingham to provide free legal advice to members of the university’s local community.

The launch of the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG) follows a successful three-month pilot, which ran earlier this year. Lawyers from Mills & Reeve, working alongside law students, received more than 30 calls to the legal hotline. Continue reading

Mills & Reeve family team ranked number one in the Midlands

Mills & Reeve’s family law team in Birmingham has been ranked number one in the Midlands in the latest edition of the Chambers Directory.

For the second consecutive year the team has been named in the top band,  “Band 1”, of the legal directory, with Mills & Reeve the only firm to make it into the exclusive category. Continue reading

Leading Lawyer goes solo

Jayne Willetts has gone solo

Birmingham solicitor advocate Jayne Willetts has set up the city’s first dedicated professional regulation law firm.

Jayne Willetts & Co will offer legal advice to legal service providers such as solicitors, barristers, legal executives, costs draftsmen and licensed conveyancers, as well as to other professionals facing regulatory challenges whether for misconduct or in setting up new business models.  The firm will also provide advocacy services before regulatory tribunals or conduct committees, such as the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, as well as before the higher courts. Continue reading