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The Grenfell inquiry illustrates the need for an Apology Act

This first appeared in The Article on 7 November 2019

Is it possible that Dany Cotton, the head of the London Fire Brigade, is so conceited and heartless that she really would do nothing differently if Grenfell played out again?

I don’t know, but I doubt it. It’s hard to believe that anyone could willingly be so crass. Continue reading “The Grenfell inquiry illustrates the need for an Apology Act”

Boeing tried to win the wrong argument

This blog is based on a short quote which the Financial Times was kind enough to include in “Boeing criticised for not acting faster“.

Boeing appeared to be trying to win the wrong argument. Continue reading “Boeing tried to win the wrong argument”

Meaningful apologies matter

This article first appeared in the August 2018 edition of CorpComms Magazine

The Apology Clause campaign (www.apologyclause.com) aims to make it easier for businesses to behave with compassion when things go wrong, and so to help victims have better recoveries.

Here we look at what is behind the campaign, and why it is important for professional communicators charged with protecting corporate reputation. Continue reading “Meaningful apologies matter”

Saying sorry can be a good business decision

This article first appeared in The Brief, the specialist law pages of The Times.

It argues that while it is often easy to see why lawyers’ first instinct is to be cautious, there are times when embracing the apology clause would serve their clients better. Continue reading “Saying sorry can be a good business decision”

Please support the Apology Clause campaign

This blog first appeared on PRMoment, outlining the need for the campaign, to make it easier for people to recover after traumatic or damaging incidents, and so that businesses can do the right thing when things have gone wrong.

The fear that businesses have that there may be legal ramifications to doing the right thing is often an issue for the communications advisers whose role is to try and protect their clients’ reputation when a crisis strikes. Continue reading “Please support the Apology Clause campaign”

Sorry needn’t be the hardest word to say

The blog below originally ran on Reaction, to make the case for the Apology Clause campaign which, together with a couple of others, we have conceived and will run on a pro bono basis.

The campaign is to make it easier for businesses to behave with compassion when things go wrong, and thus for victims to have better recoveries. Continue reading “Sorry needn’t be the hardest word to say”

Apology Clause campaign launched so business can be compassionate

The Apology Clause campaign has launched this week.  It aims to make it easier for businesses to behave with compassion, instead of fearing the law, and for victims to get apologies they deserve, so helping their recovery. Continue reading “Apology Clause campaign launched so business can be compassionate”

Beating its customer may not affect United’s reputation

We’ve all been horrified by the sight of United Airline’s passenger, beaten and bloodied, being dragged from his seat.  But for the grace of God, that could have been any one of us. Continue reading “Beating its customer may not affect United’s reputation”

Hollywood buck passing is so unseemly

You shouldn’t humiliate your own people

There’s a derogatory expression for people who are a little too keen on other people’s hospitality. They “would turn up for the opening of an envelope”, it is said of them. Continue reading “Hollywood buck passing is so unseemly”

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