Proelium Law Offers Meeting Rooms To Clients

Proelium Law Offers Meeting Rooms To Clients

Based in the City of London, close to Liverpool Street Station, Proelium Law LLP now offers meeting rooms to its clients who are not London-based.

After a recent move from Old to New Broad Street, it became apparent that the new offices could offer something more to clients as well as to the staff of Proelium.

‘We know what it’s like to have meetings in London, but spend the intervening hours being unproductive in coffee shops. That’s why we thought to offer meeting rooms to our non-London clients, so they would have somewhere comfortable to work when they visit the city’, said Richard Stephens, a founding partner of Proelium Law.

The rooms, in the recently refurbished New Broad Street House, are modern and designed for purpose. If you are interested in booking a meeting room – or are just in London and would like to come in for a coffee – please call + 44 20 3875 7422 or email law@proeliumlaw.com.

 

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Special Operations Leadership: A mystical power or just the basics done well?

Special Operations Leadership: A mystical power or just the basics done well?

Special Leadership

Chris Fussell, from McChrystal Group, recently published an insightful article drawing on the experience of ‘building a network to fight a network’.  Gen (retired) Stan McChrystal refined this model to a razor’s edge – it was an approach that proved to be revolutionary and highly effective in taking the fight to Al Qaeda.

The article, ‘Why Special Ops Stopped Relying So Much on Top-Down Leadership‘, gives a view of an evolved form of special operations leadership that sees the leader in the middle of a network, rather than at the top.

So far, so normal, right?  SOF does things differently to everyone else – they play by different rules, they are non-conformist etc.

In some ways this is true, but is false in some very important ways also.

Leadership Development

The reality is that SOF do follow the rules, in fact they follow them very well.  They are able to follow the rules very well because they have the personnel, training and other resource to do so.

Victory against overwhelming odds in impossible situations?  SOF are expected to do that, not because of some special magic-dust but because the soldiers shoot straight (lots of practice), are clever and robust (mental and physical selection) and can coordinate fires (familiarity along with more practice).

In the same vein there is a case to be made about leadership in SOF also.

My contention is that, in the main, what SOF does is follow the leadership rules very well indeed.  Reading the article, the leadership model on display looks very similar to the doctrinal model of mission command, which has the following characteristics:

Couched within a deep and researched understanding of context and the commander’s intentions, mission command promotes decentralisation, freedom and speed of action, and initiative.  The key elements are:

  • Orders are given in a manner that ensures subordinates understand intentions, their own missions and the context of those missions
  • Subordinates are told what effect they are to achieve and the reason why it needs to be achieved.
  • Subordinates are allocated the appropriate resources to carry out their missions.
  • A commander uses a minimum of control measures so as not to limit unnecessarily the freedom of action of his subordinates, and
  • Subordinates then decide within their delegated freedom of action how best to achieve their missions.

So maybe General Stan and the team less invented a new form of leadership, rather more allowed a known form of leadership to flourish, with spectacular results?

Let’s get the debate started.

“To succeed in this environment, today’s leaders must focus on using persuasion rather than direction to lead their own networks toward a common goal.”

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Proelium Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority No. 629608 (www.sra.org.uk)

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Cyber Security: Are your Global Operations Safe?

Cyber Security: Are your Global Operations Safe?

IN Magazine meets with Richard Stephens MBE, Senior Partner at Proelium Law LLP, to raise awareness about the cyber-threat. 

The first issue of International Insurance Insights magazine contains an interview with one of our Partners, Richard Stephens, who seeks to help better understand cyber-threats and data protection. Read Richard’s article here.

Working towards this goal, Proelium Law LLP is now proudly accredited to Cyber Essentials. Cyber Essentials is a government-backed business certification scheme focussed on reducing your exposure to cyber-threats. By achieving Cyber Essentials, we demonstrate to our customers that we take cyber security seriously.

“The question, ‘are we secure?’ is a difficult one to answer in terms of the cyber threat, because the rapid mutation of the area makes it extremely hard to define.”

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The Dark Arts of Surveillance – What’s In A Name?

The Dark Arts of Surveillance – What’s In A Name?

Definitions

Definitions are a great thing – if you can name something, you have power over it.  The excellent article by Ami Toben on the surveillance lexicon awakened long-buried memories of wrestling with definitions in this area.  Ami contributes clear thinking to the debate, over which I intend to sprinkle some confusion by adding how the British Military officially – and unofficially – defined these activities.

I say defined as, in the 8 years since I left the British Military, I’m sure that thinking and definitions have moved on, but here’s how I remember the state of affairs:

Surveillance

Surveillance is “the systematic observation of aerospace, surface or subsurface areas, places, persons, or things, by visual, aural, electronic, photographic, or other means” (AFM Vol 1, 2002).

Counter-Surveillance

All measures, active or passive, taken to counteract hostile surveillance (AAP 6).

These definitions were clearly designed with conventional operations in mind.  In the unconventional area, the unofficial definitions were more as follows:

Surveillance was covert and conducted on foot or by (ground or air) vehicle.  Seeing without being seen was the key.

Anti-Surveillance was an action or actions to get rid of surveillance.  The target may or may not have known that they were under surveillance; sometimes ‘anti’ was carried out as a matter of course to ‘shake a tail’.  This contains elements of Ami’s Surveillance Deterrence as explained below.

Counter-Surveillance was to actively look to identify surveillance, maybe in order to do something about it.  This chimes with the definition of Surveillance Detection in the following article.  The way in which Ami defines counter-surveillance had no parallel with us – if anything, it would have been called surveillance on the hostile surveillance.

Legal Input

As a law firm that specialises in hostile environments and specialist skills (including surveillance), it would be remiss not to comment on the legal aspects of Ami’s piece from a UK perspective.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the legal parameters that Ami describes are subtly different in the UK.  The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), complemented by the new, so called ‘Snoopers Charter’, controls the activities of Government agencies and bodies in this area.

If you’re not a public entity then surveillance is unregulated … up to a point.  As soon as surveillance activities become intrusive and can be viewed as harassment then such conduct is likely to be governed by legislation such as the Harassment Act and / or Offences Against the Persons Act.  These pieces of legislation can be applied against the individuals conducting surveillance, so understanding the boundaries imposed by these acts is important.

Guidance for conduct performed by companies carrying out investigative activities in the UK is on the Security Industry Authority website here, where notably only the use of CCTV is licensed.

Conclusion

This is a fascinating area and one that can only benefit from tighter terminology.  Join the debate!

 

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Proelium Law LLP Achieves Cyber Essentials Accreditation

Proelium Law LLP Achieves Cyber Essentials Accreditation

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.

In terms of cyber-defence, it offers what is called a ‘sound foundation of basic hygiene measures’ that government believes can significantly reduce an organisation’s vulnerability. Cyber Essentials is of relevance to all sorts of entities across all three sectors.

With all manner of horror stories around data security appearing in the media almost daily, having a recognised form of cyber security accreditation is not only a central part of risk management, but is a positive differentiator in the market place also.

The process is not onerous (if you know your systems it takes about an hour) but the benefits are immediately apparent. There are organisations to lead you through the process (such as IASME) and if you want to learn more you can read about it here.

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Proelium Law LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales No.OC411568.

Proelium Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority No. 629608 (www.sra.org.uk)

VAT Registration No. 242 4002 59.

© www.proeliumlaw.com

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