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15 September, 2020

Black Lives Matter: bringing change to the workplace

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, there is increased momentum in addressing racial inequalities at work. But this is against a backdrop of significant and long-standing barriers...


17 July, 2020

Raworths receives ‘standout’ ranking in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide

Chambers and Partners, the leading publication which ranks legal firms nationwide, has awarded Raworths its highest level of Tier 1 in its High Net Worth Guide 2020, a key publication...


13 July, 2020

What does the Stamp Duty holiday mean for me?

On 8 July the government announced a Stamp Duty holiday for residential property purchases with immediate effect (8 July) until 31 March 2021. Kelly Buckle-Fleming, our residential property expert takes...


3 July, 2020

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to make you think about your Will

Katie Watts explains why everyone should have this important document in place. The current coronavirus pandemic and enforced lockdown have given some people the time to think about putting their...


9 June, 2020

Providing for your pets The Aristocats way!

I’m spending lockdown with a toddler which means constantly being on the go and coming up with ways to entertain him. We’re trying to make lots of nice memories as...


27 April, 2020

Changes to the Intestacy Provisions – the consequences of not making a Will

The ‘Intestacy Provisions’ are a set of rules which set out how your estate will be divided amongst your relatives if you die without making a Will. These rules essentially...


24 April, 2020

Harrogate Film Festival launches #StayAtHomeShorts initiative

Harrogate Film Festival is bringing the cinema to you during the Coronavirus lockdown with its new scheme #StayAtHomeShorts starting Friday 24 April 2020 where they will publish a short film...


16 April, 2020

Entrepreneurs’ Relief – an update

The Budget 2020 on 11 March seems like a lifetime ago, despite being only last month. One of the biggest changes introduced by the Budget was to Entrepreneurs’ Relief, which,...


6 April, 2020

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...


6 April, 2020

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....


19 March, 2020

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...


27 February, 2020

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...


18 February, 2020

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...


17 February, 2020

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...


4 February, 2020

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...


3 February, 2020

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...


28 January, 2020

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...


27 January, 2020

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...


27 January, 2020

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...


23 January, 2020

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...


20 January, 2020

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...


9 January, 2020

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,...


2 January, 2020

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...


17 December, 2019

‘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...


5 December, 2019

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...


28 November, 2019

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,...


22 November, 2019

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...


7 November, 2019

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...


4 November, 2019

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...


23 October, 2019

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...


21 October, 2019

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...


18 October, 2019

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...


10 October, 2019

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...


4 October, 2019

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...


27 September, 2019

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...


23 September, 2019

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...


23 September, 2019

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...


18 September, 2019

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...