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18 June, 2024

Why are the company directors paid so much and yet my dividends are so low?

As a minority shareholder in a business, you may be frustrated with how the directors are running the company and, in particular, with how much they are taking from the...

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18 June, 2024

The benefits of a policy for keeping in touch during family leave

Returning to work from family leave can be a significant adjustment for some employees. As well as the practical considerations of childcare and family logistics, there may have been significant...

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3 June, 2024

The phoenix that rises from the ashes – the company which refuses to die

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment.  This is the final article from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner...

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28 May, 2024

Raworths shortlisted at Chambers HNW Awards 2024

Harrogate-based Raworths has been shortlisted at the Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Awards 2024 in the Out of London Practice of the Year category.  Raworths’ Trusts, Wills and Estates team...

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28 May, 2024

Homes For Students welcomes new shareholder as company gears up for major growth plans

Harrogate-based purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) company, Homes For Students (HFS), has welcomed a new major shareholder with international real estate company Far East Orchard Limited (Far East Orchard) buying a...

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14 May, 2024

The wound-up company – it’s not all over yet for directors

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 9 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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14 May, 2024

What are your legal options if you are owed money?

There are several reasons why someone might owe you money, it could be an unpaid loan, a gift that you want back or, in a commercial context, an unpaid invoice...

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1 May, 2024

Wrongful trading – the risks facing directors when the company is insolvent

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 8 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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26 April, 2024

Keeping (most) family law cases out of court

“…. Like running up the down escalator” - that is how the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, described the workload of the Family Court in 2019.  Since...

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25 April, 2024

Can we claim for loss of profits in our business dispute?

Can we claim for loss of profits in our business dispute? The answer may be yes depending upon the nature of the business dispute, your contract with the business partner...

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18 April, 2024

Becoming a non-executive director – the risk free option?

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 7 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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4 April, 2024

Personal liability – so much for limited liability

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 6 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at Raworths. ...

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2 April, 2024

New compliance rules for business owners introduced from March 2024

Business directors and shareholders are being urged to review and, if necessary, modernise their corporate compliance as new far-reaching company legislation starts to take effect. The new Economic Crime and...

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28 March, 2024

The probate registry – is no news really good news?

As the old adage goes, “no news is good news”; however can this really be said for waiting for news from the new digitised and centralised Probate Registry? Five years...

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25 March, 2024

Directors’ loan accounts – the best overdraft you can get?

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 5 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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22 March, 2024

Pre-nuptial agreements: helping to protect wealth on divorce

Raworths' Head of Family Carmelita Ardren discusses pre-nuptial agreements as an important tool to protect wealth on divorce. Significant family wealth rarely “just happens”. It comes from years of hard...

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22 March, 2024

DIY Divorce: some common risks and misconceptions

Claire Hunter, Associate in the family law team at Raworths in Harrogate, highlights some common risks and misconceptions about DIY divorce. Consulting a lawyer is viewed as acceptable when buying...

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22 March, 2024

Divorce: choosing the right approach for you

Raworths’ Head of Family Carmelita Ardren highlights some options available when considering divorce. Is there such a thing as a ‘good divorce’? We think there can be. A ‘good divorce’...

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21 March, 2024

Employment law update – Spring 2024

This year is a busy one for employment legislation, after a few quiet years.  The Government has backed a number of private members’ bills which are now coming into force....

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21 March, 2024

Update for employers – new rules for flexible working requests

The right to request flexible working has been around for over 20 years, and in that time eligibility to the right has been extended from parents and carers of young...

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7 March, 2024

Shareholders – the director’s ultimate master

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 4 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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5 March, 2024

Mind the gap – sharing pension assets on divorce

Pension assets will often be one of the most substantial assets on divorce or partnership breakdown and can often be as valuable as the equity in the family home (and...

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20 February, 2024

Defending a product liability claim

Customer safety and satisfaction are vital objectives for any manufacturer or supplier, as you seek to build and maintain a reputation in the market. Quality control plays a key role...

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20 February, 2024

The Board of Directors cannot agree anything

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 3 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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8 February, 2024

The top 5 things directors do wrong – including the consequences

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 2 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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25 January, 2024

You have been appointed – but what kind of director are you?

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 1 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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23 January, 2024

Travelling abroad with children – a guide for separated parents

Taking your child on a holiday abroad is not always as simple as booking, paying for the holiday and enjoying the countdown. If you are separated from the child’s other...

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11 January, 2024

Getting a fair share on divorce

On 1 November 2023, the Nuffield Foundation released its final report on 'Fair Shares? Sorting out money and property on divorce'. This major research project, involving a survey of 2,415...

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11 January, 2024

An employer’s guide to taking grievances seriously

Dealing with employee grievances can sometimes seem like a thankless drain on a business’s management and resources. But a prompt investigation could uncover inappropriate behaviour or poor management that needs...

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11 January, 2024

Heading off a dispute with a distributor

Selling your goods in a new and unfamiliar market can be a risky and costly venture, but entering into a distribution arrangement with a separate distributor can provide your business...

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2 January, 2024

How to protect yourself online during your divorce

January has long been reported as seeing an increase in new divorce enquiries following the festive period and the welcoming of a new year. In recent years, technology has further...

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7 December, 2023

Separated parents – top tips to help families during the festive period

As Christmas approaches, we all start to think about our plans for the festive period. Often these plans centre around family. This can be a stressful time with 101 things...

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29 November, 2023

Why should you consider having a cohabitation agreement?

Family law specialist Claire Hunter at Raworths based in Harrogate discusses cohabitation agreements and why you should consider one if you live with your partner. The number of cohabiting couples...

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28 November, 2023

Raworths ranked as a Top Family Law Firm 2023 by eprivateclient

The Family team at Raworths has been named as a Top Family Law Firm 2023 by eprivateclient following their annual survey which produces a detailed guide to the leading law...

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10 November, 2023

Raworths’ Head of Family shortlisted in The Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards 2024

Head of Family, Carmelita Ardren, has been shortlisted as Private Client Lawyer of the Year in the prestigious Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards. The awards recognise the array of legal...

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24 October, 2023

Raworths celebrates top rankings in the latest Chambers UK Legal Guide

Raworths has once again received multiple inclusions in the Chambers UK guide, including Band 1 rankings for both the Family and Employment teams.  Individual expertise within Raworths has also been...

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5 October, 2023

Raworths enjoys stellar inclusions in the 2024 Legal 500 UK Guide

Raworths continues to build on its reputation as one of the leading law firms in the north of England securing multiple inclusions in the 2024 Legal 500 UK Guide. Recognised...

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5 October, 2023

The Inheritance (warning, may contain spoilers)

When you think of depictions of law on TV you might probably think of a gritty court room drama, however Channel 5 recently brought us "The Inheritance" dealing with death...

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10 August, 2023

Options for enforcing a judgment for payment

Obtaining a court judgment for payment from a debtor can be a huge relief, particularly where a dispute has been contested.  However, enforcing that judgment and actually obtaining payment can...

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10 August, 2023

Settlement agreements – considerations for employers

Using a settlement agreement to bring an employment relationship to an end, and effectively wipe the slate clean, can be very useful. But, to start the conversation, employers need to...

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21 July, 2023

Raworths’ Trusts, Wills and Estates team achieves top rankings in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Raworths continues to build on its reputation as one of the leading law firms in the north of England with its Trusts, Wills and Estates (TWE) team once again ranked...

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20 June, 2023

Are Humanist Marriages Legally Valid?

The law in England and Wales permits both civil marriage and religious marriage. However, there is no specific provision for marriages to be conducted according to any other system of...

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20 June, 2023

Surrogacy – time for a change

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of children being born to a Surrogate. Sadly, surrogacy laws have failed to keep pace. As a result, the...

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16 June, 2023

How can a business remove a troublesome shareholder?

There are many reasons why shareholders fall out. Most companies in the UK are small owner-managed businesses, which are family businesses or have been started out by friends with a...

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15 June, 2023

Raworths’ strategic growth continues with new partner further strengthening private client team

Rachel Mainwaring-Taylor has been appointed as a partner in Raworths’ Trusts, Wills and Estates team. Rachel joins from Farrer & Co in London having developed an unusually broad range of...

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13 June, 2023

Team Raworths at Knaresborough Bed Race 2023

A team from Raworths, including many family and friends, took part in the latest Great Knaresborough Bed Race.  The event brings together colleagues to design, create, compete and support. Organised...

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13 June, 2023

Divorce Leave Scheme proposals – what employers need to know

Many people have experienced a relationship breakdown, be it separation or a divorce, often with significant personal consequences.  It is understandable therefore that this time can be upsetting, stressful, emotionally...

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12 June, 2023

Raworths’ Head of Family recognised for her specialism in family law

Carmelita Ardren, Head of Family at Raworths, has been recognised once again by a leading national organisation, Resolution, for her specialism in family law in the resolution of complex financial...

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4 May, 2023

Raworths continues strategic growth with new appointments

Raworths has recruited three new hires and celebrated two newly qualified solicitors as part of its ongoing strategic growth plan which sees the Harrogate law firm continue to strengthen its...

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3 April, 2023

Raworths appoints Legal Director of Commercial Property team

Raworths has announced the appointment of Heather Roberts as Legal Director of its growing Commercial Property team. Heather is a commercial property specialist with more than 20 years’ experience acting...

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16 March, 2023

Raworths teams up with Harrogate District Foodbank as official charity partner

Raworths has named Harrogate District Foodbank as its official 2023 charity partner. The team at the legal firm – which employs more than 70 people - voted to fundraise for...

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14 March, 2023

How can we prevent key evidence being destroyed once our opponents find out about our claim?

Destruction of damming evidence by defendants in anticipation of litigation is a frequent occurrence and can make the difference between a win and a loss at Court.  So how can...

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6 February, 2023

What is the difference between a warranty and an indemnity?

Warranties and indemnities are frequently included in commercial agreements. Their aim is to provide a right of redress where one party provides to another critical information which later turns out...

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31 January, 2023

I hate my business partner – what can I legally do?

Business partnerships are like any other relationship.  There needs to be trust, commitment, an understanding as to respective roles and a shared vision. Unfortunately, business relationships can fall apart just...

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13 January, 2023

What employers need to know about hidden disabilities

Have you ever spotted someone wearing a lanyard with a sunflower as a means of indicating that they have a non-visible disability (also known as a hidden or invisible disability)?...

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19 December, 2022

My fellow shareholders disagree with my views – what can I do?

For a business to grow and prosper, it is vital that the people at the helm get on and have a shared vision about key issues of strategic importance. Where...

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5 December, 2022

Disaster planning for businesses – what to do if the worst happens

An emergency can arise from many foreseen and unforeseen situations, the most common being fire, flood, explosions, vehicle impact and spillages. Serious damage to business premises can inflict long term...

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28 November, 2022

The agreement is signed but it contains an error – what can I do?

If you have entered a business contract which does not, with the benefit of hindsight, accurately reflect the terms that were discussed, or which contains a fundamental error or misunderstanding,...

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17 November, 2022

How easy is it to challenge a will based upon lack of mental capacity?

Following the death of a loved one, additional upset can be caused by a challenge to the validity of the will by a disappointed beneficiary on the basis that the...

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24 October, 2022

Raworths announces continuing sponsorship of annual Harrogate Literature Festival

Law firm Raworths has announced its continuing sponsorship of the Harrogate Literature Festival for the next five years. The pledge was made by Managing Partner, Simon Morris, at a packed...

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