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How legal action can prolong a reputational crisis

One of the under-rated risks of issues and crises is long term reputational damage – sometimes very long term, and sometimes the result of legal action. This was highlighted earlier this month when an American judge ruled that BP’s Gulf … Continue reading

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Legal advice, and when to ignore it

When a crisis strikes, the CEO’s first public statement can set the tone for everything that follows. However, top executives often feel themselves handcuffed by legal advice which may lead to false-sounding apologies, wrong decisions and unwanted outcomes. A good … Continue reading

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When should big business stop playing nice?

Community engagement is a crucial element of issue management for successful companies proposing development projects. Now a surprise legal outcome in Victoria has raised important questions about how far objectors can go without accountability.  And when a corporation can legitimately say … Continue reading

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Dumb legal advice and the dissolving mouse

Lawyers are generally supposed to act in the best interests of the client. But the case of the popular soda drink which allegedly dissolves mice is a reminder that every now and again legal advice seems to contradict the most … Continue reading

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Common sense trumps common law

When your new CEO is suddenly dumped after just ten weeks and sues you for $7 million, that can be a potential reputational crisis. But the experience of Australian clothing retailer Country Road helps demonstrate that the law court is … Continue reading

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