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Apr 20

The changes to employment law so far…

2020 has been an unprecedented and challenging time so far due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing restrictions imposed by the Government.  Most employers are unable to operate their...

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Apr 20

Testamentary freedom in soapland

If like most people you are in social isolation at the moment, you may have been using this time to catch up on the latest storylines in the soap world....

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Apr 20

What you need to know about furlough leave

As the UK continues to battle through the Covid-19 pandemic, employers and employees around the country are faced with job losses. Here’s what you need to know about the Government’s...

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Mar 20

Covid–19: Lockdown and contact – things you need to know

If you are separated from your children’s other parent, it is likely that the situation arising from Coronavirus and the new government guidance is going to impact upon contact arrangements....

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Mar 20

Harrogate Film Festival delivers a great programme of events in 2020

This year's Harrogate Film Festival was bigger than ever, growing to a ten-day event across two weekends.  Raworths is proud to continue supporting this young and exciting Festival, having sponsored...

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Mar 20

Coronavirus – a five point plan to mitigate the contractual implications for businesses

With the virus spreading rapidly, there is not only understandable concern as to the impact on public health but now the potential for considerable disruption to businesses in the weeks...

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Mar 20

Raworths’ practical tips for employers regarding Coronavirus

18 March 2020 As the government continues to tighten measures designed to restrict the spread of Covid-19, employers are facing increasing pressures. With significant restrictions already in place that have...

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Feb 20

New appointment to meet increased demand at Raworths Solicitors

Raworths Solicitors has announced the appointment of Adam Colville-Robins who has joined the Dispute Resolution team as solicitor, to meet a growing demand for the department’s services. Adam has worked...

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Feb 20

The rise of the blended family: how to plan for the future

In recent years, the term blended families has had increased media exposure. Blended families occur when two people get married, perhaps for the second or third time, usually later in...

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Feb 20

Are you buying, selling or leasing a commercial property? Get the ‘Heads of Terms’ right!

If you’re involved in a commercial property transaction then it’s advisable to have proper Heads of Terms (HOTS) in place from the outset. These documents are important in that they...

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Feb 20

What is collaborative law and could it work for me? A Royal solution.

Collaborative Law, as the name implies, means working with a former partner towards a common goal, rather than approaching matters in a positional and adversarial way. Trying to reach an...

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Feb 20

But you promised me the farm… avoiding family conflict in a farming business

As head of a family farming business one would imagine you had already planned for succession by making a will, having a business structure in place and ensuring that the...

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Jan 20

Raworths appoints Vision Support as Charity of the Year

Raworths Solicitors has nominated Vision Support Harrogate District as their Charity of the Year in 2020. Staff at the Solicitors firm voted to fundraise for the organisation which provides help...

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Jan 20

Shareholders’ agreements – what you need to know

Shareholders' agreements are strongly recommend in closely held companies to regulate the affairs of the company and the relationship of the shareholders.  There are a number of provisions one would...

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Jan 20

Harrogate Film Festival returns with bumper line-up

Raworths is delighted to once again be sponsoring the Harrogate Film Festival this March. Returning for its fourth year, 2020’s line up promises to be a treat with a bigger...

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Jan 20

Family Mediation – what is it?

During Family Mediation Week (20-24 January 2020) Jo Lofthouse looks at the role Mediation can play in a divorce During the first couple of months of a New Year, many...

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Jan 20

What are ‘Riparian Rights’ and what do landowners need to be aware of?

Riparian rights are those that a landowner has if his/her land adjoins a watercourse or has a watercourse flowing through or within it. Given the ever more common floods and...

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Jan 20

Raworths beat fundraising target for local homeless charity

Raworths Solicitors has smashed its fundraising target by making a total donation to the Harrogate Homeless Project (HHP) of £6,000 following a two-year partnership with the local charity. The firm,...

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Jan 20

Future Proofing your Mental Capacity

Mental capacity is in the news a lot, whether it’s a discussion about our ageing population or an increase in people living with dementia. But is there anything you can...

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Dec 19

‘Tis the season to behave – an Employer’s guide to Christmas

The BBC has reported that Lloyd’s of London have been told to behave during the Christmas season after a survey it commission revealed that 8% of its workers said that...

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Dec 19

Local solicitor packing a punch for charity

Ryan Dhinsa, a property solicitor at Raworths, will be swapping his shirt and tie for boxing gloves when he steps into a boxing ring at the Majestic Hotel. Taking place...

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Nov 19

The law of unintended consequences – the dangers of online and homemade wills

Almost every week we see people who have put off making their wills for years, often with the belief that their family can sort everything out upon their death. Unfortunately,...

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Nov 19

Your Relationship Status and Your Will

Have you ever considered how your relationship status affects your will? Marriage, separation, divorce and reconciliation all have an impact on your final wishes and can have unexpected consequences that...

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Nov 19

Why Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival is a ‘best seller’

This year’s Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has been declared a ‘best seller’ by its organisers, following attendance from some of the most high profile authors to date. Guest authors at...

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Nov 19

Understanding best practice when monitoring employees

The aim of this short article is to highlight some of the key areas to be considered before monitoring employees use of emails, internet and telephone systems, with a view...

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Oct 19

Survey findings reveal Government’s plans to reform the private rental sector are inherently flawed

Following a comprehensive survey carried out by Raworths, the law firm is suggesting the rental sector is under attack from government proposals which are inherently flawed. Earlier this year, the...

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Oct 19

Local Family Law specialist achieves national accreditation to support separating families

Local practitioner is the first in the area to achieve dual accreditation. Harrogate based solicitor, Carmelita Ardren from Raworths has been recognised by a leading national organisation, Resolution for her...

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Oct 19

David Cameron debuts at sell-out Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival Book Signing Evening

David Cameron’s only north of England book talk has seen him tonight (Thursday, October 17) at a sell-out evening in Harrogate. The former Prime Minister - who's memoir For The...

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Oct 19

Raworths continue to impress with stand-out performance in national rankings

Photo: Zoe Robinson, Managing Partner pictured with Thaynara Charlesworth and Jo Lofthouse, new entrants (“Associates to watch” category) in Chambers and Partners this year. Raworths Solicitors has maintained its impressive...

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Oct 19

What will happen to my pension during a divorce?

Pensions can be one of the most valuable assets in a marriage, even in modest asset cases. For high net worth individuals, the value of the pension fund can be...

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Sep 19

Raworths receives recognition in latest Legal 500 Guide

Raworths continues to enhance its reputation for excellence following its recommendation in 8 areas of law by the Legal 500 Guide, published online this week. Some highlights from practice area...

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Sep 19

Cohabitating couples. Is a cohabitation agreement a good idea?

If you are planning to live together (or already live together) a cohabitation agreement could help you manage your affairs if you were to separate from your partner. People are...

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Sep 19

Mini-library returns to mark the 2019 Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

The mini-library scheme, launched last year by Harrogate International Festivals, has returned to Harrogate to encourage reading and raise awareness of the flagship literary festival of which Raworths are title...

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Sep 19

Residential landlords urged to voice their opinions on Government consultation

Raworths says the rental sector is under attack from recent Government proposals and residential landlords must make their views known in an urgent survey launched today. Earlier this year, the...

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Sep 19

New legal director to boost Corporate team at Raworths

Raworths is growing its Corporate team with the recruitment of Jon Healey who joins the firm as a Legal Director. The senior appointment follows a consistent period of growth for...

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Aug 19

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2019 line-up announced

Taking place at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate from 17 to 20 October 2019, this year’s line-up features more than 20 recently published authors – ranging from much loved television presenters...

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Aug 19

The first step to compulsory alternative dispute resolution for civil litigants?

On 6 August 2019 the Court of Appeal overturned an earlier decision in the High Court to rule that the Court can force a party to take part in a...

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Aug 19

I’m not married but am splitting up with my partner-what happens to our property?

It often comes as a surprise to cohabiting individuals that in the unfortunate event of a relationship break down they do not have the same rights to make property claims...

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Jul 19

Taking the lid off unlawful behaviour in the workplace

Employers are being urged to consider their procedures following calls from MPs to prevent employers using Non-Disclosure Agreements to silence employees in situations of unlawful treatment. The move follows the publication...

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Jul 19

Taking a look at the Harrogate BID

Harrogate’s new ‘Business Improvement District’ (BID) is now up and running and Raworths is delighted to be on board with the initiative. A firm based in central Harrogate for over...

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Jul 19

Raworths shortlisted for Private Client Award in Yorkshire Legal Awards 2019

Raworths has been shortlisted for the Private Client Award in this year’s Yorkshire Legal Awards.  The winners will be announced in 10 October at an awards ceremony at New Dock...

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Jul 19

Raworths receives recognition in national guide

Raworths is thrilled to have once again received Tier 1 ranking for York, Hull and surrounding area in the recently launched Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide 2019, a key...

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Jun 19

Revenge evictions and developments in the private rented sector

The issues of 'revenge evictions' and the potential for far-reaching reforms to the private residential letting market represent growing and significant challenges to landlords and letting agents. Matthew Hill, Head...

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Jun 19

Jazz delight at the Northern Aldborough Festival

A rare opportunity to see one of the UK’s most prestigious jazz artists, Courtney Pine CBE, took place on 14 June at the Northern Aldborough Festival.  The performance was sponsored...

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Jun 19

Parenting Plan – What is the right of first refusal?

Often, one of the most contentious issues following a separation regards children and specifically what time each party can spend with them moving forward. As you might expect, discussions between...

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May 19

More Changes for Employers!

Employment law is a fast changing area and, despite Brexit, this year is already seeing more changes for employers. 1. National Minimum Wage increases. From 1 April 2019, hourly minimum...

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Apr 19

Housing for agricultural workers – beware of the hidden trap

Many farming businesses and landed estates provide accommodation to employees as part of their employment, even though they may not actually need to live on the property for the performance...

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Apr 19

The end of the blame game – an update

Family lawyers around the country will be breathing a sigh of relief today following news from the Justice Secretary that he intends to put an end to the ‘unnecessary blame...

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Apr 19

Looking to Buy? Make sure you’re ready…

Buying a house or flat can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are a first-time buyer. As with many things, preparation can make the process much smoother. The tips...

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Mar 19

Debt Recovery – the realities of pursuing debt

There are numerous myths and commonly held assumptions surrounding debt recovery, what is clear is that it is a very real problem for thousands of businesses each year.  Ervin Shakaj...

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Mar 19

Testing Times – SMEs need to be aware of changes to Entrepreneur’s Relief

The changes to Entrepreneur’s Relief announced in the Autumn Statement have very real implications for SME owners. Whilst some of the uncertainty that surrounded the original statement has now been...

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Feb 19

Raworths raises a glass

The team from Raworths will join hundreds of thirsty people this March when they raise a glass at the Harrogate Beer Festival.  The Festival, taking place between Thursday 7 and Saturday...

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Feb 19

A Successful Year of Fundraising!

Raworths is delighted to have smashed their fundraising target for 2018, raising over £3,300 for the Harrogate Homeless Project (HHP). The firm, which chose the organisation as their Charity of...

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Feb 19

Looking to Sell? Make sure you’re ready…

If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, making sure that both the house and the associated paperwork are in good order, can go a long way...

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Feb 19

Film Festival gears up for biggest event yet

Raworths is delighted to be sponsoring the Harrogate Film Festival in its third year. Taking place from March 1st – 4th 2019, the number of events for the public to...

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Jan 19

New partner to boost Private Client team at Raworths

Raworths has boosted its Private Client team with the appointment of Caroline Hedges, who joins the firm as Partner. The senior appointment follows the rapid growth of the department over...

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Dec 18

Raworths extends its charity partnership with the Harrogate Homeless Project for another year

Raworths has extended its partnership with the Harrogate Homeless Project (HHP) for another year following a busy year of fundraising for the local homeless charity. Staff have participated in a...

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