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22 November, 2021

How do I stop a former employee or competitor from taking all my business secrets?

Employees are frequently entrusted with confidential information relating to your business during the course of their employment.  When they leave your employment and move to a rival, your confidential information...

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22 November, 2021

Carers’ rights at work

According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are...

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18 November, 2021

Navigating your way through divorce

No one enters a marriage with an eye on the emergency exit but if it does happen, there are ways to minimise the pain. At risk of stating the obvious...

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9 November, 2021

Return of Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival applauded by book lovers

The return of Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has delighted attendees and book lovers after last year’s event was forced to go online due to the pandemic. The festival, which took...

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8 November, 2021

Is your workplace sympathetic to the menopause?

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her huge refrigerator and stands there cooling off from a...

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8 November, 2021

Getting a pension health check

A recent decision by the Pensions Ombudsman has again highlighted the sometimes precarious financial position occupied by cohabiting couples and their relative lack of rights compared to their married counterparts....

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25 October, 2021

Raworths maintains strong recognition in Chambers UK legal guide

Raworths has maintained its strong recognition across all practice areas in the new Chambers UK legal guide published on 21 October, including Band 1 rankings for Family and Employment. Chambers...

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20 October, 2021

Raworths Reviews: How Britain Ends by Gavin Esler

As we look forward to Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, John Carter reviews:  How Britain Ends by Gavin Esler What are the ties that bind the United Kingdom together today? How can...

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6 October, 2021

The end of furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, has just come to an end, on 30 September 2021.  The scheme was introduced in March 2020, to help...

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30 September, 2021

Can you be contractually obliged to attempt to settle?

This is a question which our Dispute Resolution team are frequently asked by commercial clients.  They say: “It may seem a little odd but sometimes a party to a dispute...

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30 September, 2021

Raworths commended for their professionalism and teamwork

Raworths reputation for excellence has been reinforced once again by inclusion in the Legal 500 UK Guide, released on 29 September 2021. All Raworths' areas of law are recommended by...

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27 September, 2021

Who gets the dog on divorce?

We’re a nation of animal lovers and if press reports are anything to be believed, this has been illustrated clearly in lockdown, with many households succumbing to the temptation of...

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27 September, 2021

Pensions and Divorce

A new report has again highlighted the gender inequality in pension wealth and its potential impact on pension outcomes on divorce. The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA),...

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21 September, 2021

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival returns with live events

Following last year’s online festival, it is great to announce that Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival returns this autumn with a 4 day programme of live events from 21 to 24...

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20 September, 2021

Disciplinary procedures post Covid – keeping your policies up to date

In the last 18 months employers have had to be flexible and to make changes quickly in order to stay competitive and to keep their business on track, while also...

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12 September, 2021

Fundraiser celebrates 100 years of Vision Support Harrogate District

Raworths enjoyed a day of fundraising fun to celebrate the centenary of Vision Support Harrogate District, their Charity of the Year. The Garden Party was held in September and welcomed...

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2 September, 2021

Proposed modernisation of the Child Maintenance Service

Child maintenance can be a tricky issue and is something that can cause a lot of confusion for separating parents, particularly the interaction between the court and the Child Maintenance...

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2 September, 2021

Joint ventures – is divorce on the cards?

When businesses come together with common interests and pooled talent great things can be achieved but like any relationship can it all end in disaster? Unfortunately, joint ventures are frequently...

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19 August, 2021

Bailment: landlords and leftover property

Outgoing tenants often leave property behind at the end of their tenancy and this can create several considerations for landlords: do they have to store these items, and if so...

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17 August, 2021

Senior executive departure – tips for a smooth exit

Despite all your best efforts to recruit and retain the right key executives, sometimes things just do not work out as planned and it becomes evident that it will be...

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5 August, 2021

Does a one size fits all approach to debt collection suit your business?

It is understandable that businesses will frequently have a standardized internal procedure for collecting in debts.  Perhaps reminder letters to debtors after 14 days, followed by more serious letters making...

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3 August, 2021

The Top 10 Most Seen Disputes Relating to Wills

Jonathan Mortimer, Consultant Partner at Raworths, lists the most frequently seen disputes relating to wills and the administration of estates based upon his experience in the field. The top 10...

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23 July, 2021

Raworths achieves top ranking in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Raworths achieves top ranking in its region and nationally (outside London) in independent guide Chambers High Net Worth Guide, one of the leading independent guides for the international private wealth...

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19 July, 2021

The use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in commercial disputes

It is no secret that the courts are struggling to clear the backlog of commercial cases which have built up as a result of the coronavirus, or that this backlog...

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8 July, 2021

Bailment – What is Bailment?

Although it has such an antiquated name, Bailment is the term given to a very common form of a legal relationship which most people will have experienced. A Bailment can...

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8 July, 2021

No Fault Divorce Delayed

As my colleague Ellie Foster explained in her article No Fault Divorce earlier this year, the Government announced a new law on ‘no-fault’ divorce to come into effect this October...

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11 June, 2021

Raworths appoints new leadership for Corporate team following period of growth

Raworths has announced new leadership for its Corporate team following a sustained period of growth and client wins. The promotion is the fifth senior appointment to be made by the...

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10 June, 2021

The future of the workplace and hybrid working

The official government message encouraging people to work from home is expected to end with the final step out of lockdown. For many employees though, homeworking is here to stay....

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10 June, 2021

Is it worth paying for a private Financial Dispute Resolution?

For most people, (particularly those without children), one of the most important stages of a separation is the financial settlement. When managed badly it can fuel acrimony and dispute, cause...

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17 May, 2021

Family-friendly rights and the impact of the pandemic

While the predicted lockdown baby boom has not materialised and the birth rate is similar to 2020 (down just 0.5%), family caring responsibilities have been more evident in the last...

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29 April, 2021

Comparing employment status and rights – key differences and legal rights

The statutory definitions of the three categories of employment status have long been criticised as being unclear, and over the years a body of case law interpreting these definitions has...

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29 April, 2021

Harrogate Film Festival 2021

Harrogate Film Festival is now available online with events, including the popular Independent Filmmakers Competition, available until 30 May 2021.  More information and details about how to book tickets is...

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12 April, 2021

Important employment law updates for employers

1 April 2021 - National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates increase From 1 April, the National Living Wage will increase to £8.91 an hour and it will be...

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9 April, 2021

Raworths appoints three new partners to recognise excellence and quality

Raworths Solicitors has announced three new partners for the firm in its biggest series of partner promotions in several years. Sally Togher (Employment), Alison Walker and Sam Jenner (Trusts, Wills...

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6 April, 2021

Understanding the importance of pensions during divorce

As my colleague Claire Hunter explained in her article here ("what will happen to my pension during divorce"), pensions can be some of the most valuable assets in a marriage...

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25 March, 2021

Your duties as a director – what to do when your conduct is questioned

It would be wrong to assume that as a director you are top of the tree and untouchable.  Instead, a director is accountable to the company, shareholders and creditors by...

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22 March, 2021

Hollywood director takes top billing at the fifth Harrogate Film Festival

The Harrogate Film Festival is set to return for a fifth year, with events taking place between April and September 2021.  The festival aims to captivate audiences by offering innovative...

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11 March, 2021

No Fault Divorce

It’s a common misconception with divorcing couples that if one party can blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage then they will be entitled to a greater share...

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11 March, 2021

Business disputes with EU customers and suppliers after Brexit

While the UK may now have a trade deal with the EU, businesses have spent the first part of the year picking through the detail to figure out what it...

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8 March, 2021

New rules for IR35 and off-payroll working from 6 April

After postponements in 2019 and 2020, the 6 April 2021 is the third date scheduled for the off-payroll working rules to be extended to the private sector. The purpose of...

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29 January, 2021

How to manage your personal belongings in your will

Should have put a name on it!   How to manage your personal belongings in your will When preparing your Will you might not have considered who your personal belongings (also known...

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28 January, 2021

Raworths Family Unit marks the new year with a senior appointment

Raworths Solicitors has added a new senior role to its Family Unit as the team responds to increased demand for its services.  Ellie Foster joins the respected law firm as...

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15 January, 2021

Raworths pledge ongoing support of Vision Support Harrogate District in their centenary year

Raworths is delighted to enter the second part of its Charity of the Year relationship in 2021 with Vision Support Harrogate District, in what will be the charity's centenary year. With the...

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12 January, 2021

It is time to refresh HR policies and practices for 2021

2020 was a tumultuous year with employers having to respond rapidly to the challenges of the pandemic. Culturally the world has shifted too, with the Black Lives Matter movement bringing...

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26 November, 2020

Raworths Solicitors becomes business partner of Ripon Cathedral

Raworths Solicitors is delighted to unveil a new business partnership with Ripon Cathedral. The alliance means that Raworths will be playing a vital part in supporting the preservation and development...

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12 November, 2020

Keeping your workforce agile and within the law

The viability of many businesses is on a knife edge and flexibility in scaling the workforce up or down at short notice has become increasingly important. For many employers, keeping...

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12 November, 2020

Unmarried couples who are separating – what happens to your property?

When deciding to live together, understandably many unmarried couples do not think about what would happen with their property if their relationship came to an end. However, when relationships do...

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29 October, 2020

Literature Brought To Life With Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

The first ever digital Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has been hailed a great success, attracting thousands of viewers to the free programme of events. The Festival, which this year was...

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22 October, 2020

Top tier recognition for Raworths in Chambers UK legal guide

Raworths has maintained strong recognition across all its practice areas in Chambers UK legal guide, including top tier rankings for Employment and Family teams. Chambers UK is one of the...

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22 October, 2020

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival: inspiring quotes

Festivals provide light, excitement and bring the town to life.  Books provide inspiration. As part of this year's digital Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, we asked colleagues if they have positive...

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