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19 April, 2022

Employment law update for employers – Spring 2022

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation and increases to statutory payments, and in recent years has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights,...

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13 April, 2022

No Fault Divorce – update from 6 April 2022

Having recently had the opportunity to watch the BBC drama “The Split” I found that it highlighted the concerns that many family lawyers have had for a number of years,...

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23 March, 2022

New Managing Partner at Raworths

Simon Morris has been appointed as managing partner of Raworths with effect from 1 April 2022.  Simon succeeds Zoe Robinson who is stepping down after ten years in the role....

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22 March, 2022

The Wellbeing Matrix

The Wellbeing Matrix Understanding how people impact business is fundamental to company success As we emerge from the pandemic, some worse affected than others, wellbeing and mental health are being...

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15 March, 2022

Dismissing an employee fairly: a refresher

The law gives five potentially fair reasons for dismissal, including breach of a statutory duty or restriction and some other substantial reason capable of justifying dismissal. The most commonly used...

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3 March, 2022

“I’ve been left a gift in a Will – but I don’t want it”

It might not be often you hear those words but that’s exactly what Rhona said on Emmerdale on Monday (28 February). Upon hearing that her abusive deceased ex-husband Pierce had...

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1 March, 2022

Child Maintenance – things you should know

Child maintenance is something all parents going through a separation need to deal with, regardless of whether you are married or cohabiting. If you are married, then you have a...

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24 February, 2022

Contract misrepresentation – legal options when you have been mislead

If you agreed to enter a commercial contract based on factual or legal statements that now turn out to be untrue, what can you do?  It may be possible for...

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15 February, 2022

Holiday Pay: misclassification of employment status and no break in a series of unlawful deductions

The impact of getting employment status wrong for your staff has never been more significant following the case of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers. The Court of Appeal has: decided that...

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3 February, 2022

Can a neutral evaluation help resolve a business dispute?

When a business is faced with a dispute, legal proceedings are quite rightly seen as a last resort.  There are many forms of well-known alternative dispute resolution (or ADR) available...

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4 January, 2022

Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff who may be office-based, remote working, or a hybrid arrangement. Some of the...

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20 December, 2021

Can I find out why I have been disinherited?

When a good friend, relative or loved one passes away, it is not uncommon for many to contemplate what decisions the Deceased may have made as to the ultimate destination...

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13 December, 2021

Does my commercial contract contain penalty clauses?

Many commercial contracts include a provision which requires compensation to be paid, by one party to another, in the event that certain terms are not complied with.  But are you...

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10 December, 2021

Separated parents – the Christmas period

Christmas can be a joyful, family filled time but for others it can be a time of stress and tension.  For separated parents it can be particularly difficult as they...

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3 December, 2021

Raworths goes green for Green Jumper Day!

Friday 26 November was the inaugural Green Jumper Day!  The aim of the charity behind the initiative is to raise awareness about the steps we can all take, big and...

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29 November, 2021

Raworths are supporting Good Divorce Week 2021

Resolution’s Good Divorce Week takes place this week (29 November to 3 December 2021) and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of using a Resolution member to advise and...

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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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1 September, 2021

Raworths achieves Gold accreditation for “We invest in people”

Raworths Solicitors is proud to be awarded We invest in people, gold accreditation by Investors in People, following reassessment in the summer of 2021. It goes without saying that Gold accreditation...

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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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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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