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Feb 18

My year as President of the Harrogate District Law Society

Kate Maybury with The Mayor of Harrogate Borough in 2017   My aim at the beginning of my year as President was to build upon the positive aspects of the...

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Jan 18

Businesses need to prepare for changes in data protection laws

New data protection laws (GDPR) will be introduced this May and businesses in the region will need to adapt and plan resource around it. The mismanagement of data can already...

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Dec 17

Raworths reach fundraising target for Harrogate Young Carers

  We’re delighted to announce that the Raworths team has reached their target of £2000 for its Charity of the Year partnership in 2017. Staff participated in numerous activities throughout the year to raise funds...

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Dec 17

An Employer’s Guide to Christmas

Christmas can present a myriad of challenges for employers and finding the right balance between playing Santa and Scrooge can be difficult. As the festive season gets underway, here’s some...

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Nov 17

Why managed succession to the family business makes financial sense

The saying “rags to riches to rags in three generations” is not lacking in truth and it is often the case that the obvious exit for the owners of successful...

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Nov 17

Raworths Celebrate Following Stand Out Performance in National Guide

Raworths is delighted to have been listed in six areas of law in the Chambers and Partners Directory published this week, more than any other Harrogate based law firm. The...

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Oct 17

A Record Breaking Festival

The sixth Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival was a resounding success as an outstanding line-up of names from the world of politics, stage and screen descended on the Crown Hotel last...

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Oct 17

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...

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Oct 17

Raworths Receive Recognition in Legal 500 Guide

Raworths, has enhanced its reputation for excellence following its recommendation in seven areas of law by the Legal 500 Guide, published this week. Being quoted as ‘inspiring confidence’, ‘extremely knowledgeable’...

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Sep 17

Raworths boast a winning team in Chamber and Partners HNW guide

Raworths has received further recognition for several of its partners in the new Chambers and Partners High Net Worth(HNW) Guide, a key publication for the international private wealth market. The...

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Sep 17

Employment Tribunal Fees – is the cost of obtaining justice too high?

In a recent landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Employment Tribunal fees amounted to an unlawful barrier to justice for employees who wanted to bring claims against their employers....

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Aug 17

Raworths Announce Senior Appointment

Raworths has further boosted its private client Trusts Wills and Estates team (TWE) with the recruitment of Peter Greswold who joins the firm as Partner. The significant appointment follows considerable...

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Aug 17

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival – Raworths Review – A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray

If you’re not familiar with Jenni Murray, the presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, it quickly becomes clear from her introduction and afterword that she is a fierce defender of...

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Jul 17

A wonderful send off for Christopher Butterworth

  On 6th July Partners and staff past and present, family and business contacts attended an event at Raworths to mark the retirement of Christopher Butterworth, a well-known and respected...

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Jul 17

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival Announced

  The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has announced a stellar line-up of best-selling authors, influential politicians, stars of the screen, and literary world. Tying in with Harrogate International Festivals’ over-arching...

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Jul 17

Raworths achieves recognition in Chambers and Partners

Raworths has further cemented its reputation as one of the area’s leading law firms following its inclusion in the upcoming edition of Chambers and Partners, which ranks the UK’s leading...

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May 17

Holiday Pay – Sunshine on a Rainy Day

So the clouds have finally parted for employers with the Employment Appeal Tribunal shedding light on how far back in time a worker is able to claim unlawful deductions from...

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Apr 17

In pursuit of testamentary freedom

It is generally acknowledged that by writing a Will you are ensuring that your wishes will be respected following your death, however this isn’t always the case. Following a decade...

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Mar 17

Make sure your farmland is in the right hands

As demand for building and development on farms grows we consider the importance of planning ownership to obtain full rate relief Diversifications on farms is increasing and with these changes...

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Mar 17

Could your staff be suffering from Workplace Stress?

Stress in the workplace is on the rise and the cost for employers can be huge, not only resulting in lost production but also management time, effects on morale and...

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Mar 17

Solicitor in Harrogate

Harrogate and District Law Society Announce New President

Kate Maybury, Senior Associate at Raworths, solicitors in Harrogate, has been appointed the new President of the Harrogate and District Law Society. During the 12-month period, Kate, a specialist in...

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Mar 17

Spring Budget – Implications for the Individual and an increase in Probate fees

This year there has been little in the Spring Budget by way of surprises for individuals with most of the announcements looking at the detail of policy, rather than actual...

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Feb 17

All packed for the ‘SKI’ trip?

If you know someone who is retired, you may have heard them joke about them going on their next “SKI” trip. Generally understood to be an acronym for ‘Spending the...

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Jan 17

Reflect now for the future of your investments

At the start the year many of us take the opportunity to reflect on our finances and the provision we are making for the future.  The motivation for investment might...

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Dec 16

The Autumn Statement – at a glance

Last week’s Autumn Statement delivered no big surprises. The Chancellor confirmed a commitment to measures announced by his predecessor ensuring certainty and fairness for taxpayers.  The devil is in the...

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Nov 16

All work and no play…. leaves employers liable!

“Have a break! Have a k****t”! You can fill in the rest. But, as a recent case goes to show, it’s not only the manufacturer of our favourite two-fingered chocolate...

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Nov 16

Wind farms – what you should know

Wind farms are like marmite. You either love them or hate them. Some see the turbines as giant majestic creatures whilst others see them as visually and audibly objectionable, to...

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Oct 16

Constructive pessimism – a good thing

It may seem counter-intuitive to suggest that pessimism can be a good thing, but used constructively it can be – but how? Some people are naturally organised and dot all...

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Oct 16

Stamp Duty Land Tax, what you need to know

Stamp Duty Land Tax, or SDLT, is a significant cost when budgeting for a new house or flat; it is now even more so for many buyers.  Since April 2016,...

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Sep 16

Raworths ranked in eight areas of Law

The latest edition of Legal 500, a well-respected national guide to law firms, has just been released and Raworths Solicitors are delighted to have been recommended in eight areas of...

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Sep 16

The rise and risk of social media

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp… all part of a day’s work? They are for many employees. Estimates show that Facebook alone has 1.44 billion monthly active users and that over 50%...

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Sep 16

Video: Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2016

We are proud to support the Harrogate International Festival with sponsorship of the 2016 Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival. As part of this years' festival we produced a short video for the...

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Aug 16

Judgment day, make them pay

Recovering debts quickly, efficiently and in the most time effective way is essential for you and your business. In these uncertain times debts can quickly mount up, get out of...

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Jul 16

The Bank of Mum and Dad

It’s the perfect bank with low interest rates and flexible repayment terms – it’s the Bank of Mum and Dad! It is estimated that in 2016 this ‘bank’ will lend (or...

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Jul 16

Disputed rights of way – A practical guide

Disputed rights of way are a common cause of friction between rural land owners. I am often asked to advise when a right of way is being interfered with or...

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Jun 16

Important Legal Changes for Companies

Since 6 April 2016, most companies and LLPs are required to hold a specific register of ‘People with Significant Control’, a PSC Register. There is now an obligation to take...

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Jun 16

Fifty Years and Counting…

In a world where few careers, let alone jobs, are for life, Harrogate solicitor Christopher Butterworth of Raworths is celebrating an exceptional anniversary - his fiftieth year in the firm....

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May 16

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2016

The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival is this year being held from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate as part of the Harrogate International Festivals....

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May 16

Beware Not Declaring Gifts!

A recent appeal considered by the Tax Tribunal has highlighted the importance of the disclosure of lifetime gifts made by deceased individuals. Robert Hutchings died in October 2009, leaving an...

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Apr 16

Additional nil rate band

In line with their election promise, the Government has introduced legislation providing for an additional “residence” inheritance tax-free or nil rate allowance. The allowance will be in addition to the...

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Apr 16

Harrogate Trusts Solicitor Published in International Journal

Kate Maybury, an associate solicitor specialising in Trusts, Wills and Estates at Harrogate law firm Raworths has been published in the international publication for the Society of Trust and Estate...

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Apr 16

Wind Farm Investment? 10 Things You Might Want to Know…

Many landowners presume that the most difficult part of a wind farm business is the initial set-up.  In particular, securing planning permission, sourcing the infrastructure and entering into numerous supply...

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Apr 16

Forget Me Not

Remember McKelvey v HMRC, back in 2008?  Section 11 Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (IHTA) was put under the spotlight when a successful claim was made using the relief. The deceased...

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Apr 16

Five simple ways to protect your business!

There is no way of ensuring that you will never have to deal with a serious employee issue or face a tribunal claim.  There are, however, steps you can take...

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Apr 16

Raworths Launches New Style

The Harrogate firm Raworths, which can trace its origins in the town back to 1885, has undergone a major repositioning and rebrand following a two-year research and consultation process with...

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Mar 16

It’s all Down to the Planning!

The demand for new homes and the call for development sites provide a real opportunity for landowners with suitably placed land. Developers and builders are very active and options and...

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Mar 16

Succession Planning – The Top Tips

Succession planning for land and business owners is complex. As well as a multitude of family considerations there are numerous legal and other issues. It is far from a checklist...

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Feb 16

Your Digital Legacy

Have you thought about what will happen to your digital legacy when you die?  You might have prepared a Will to deal with your investments and property, but have you...

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Feb 16

Brewing up for Business Breakfast

Well-known head of the Yorkshire brewing dynasty, Simon Theakston, was the guest speaker at Raworths’ recent Business Breakfast Club event which was held at Bettys in Harrogate. Theakston is arguably...

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Dec 15

Parking Fine Judgment Opens Door for Penalty Clause Changes

The Supreme Court in the recent case of ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis has significantly departed from the previously well-established law relating to contractual penalty clauses. A penalty clause is a...

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Nov 15

The Top 10 Most Common Disputes Relating to Wills

Jonathan Mortimer, Head of Dispute Resolution at Raworths, has listed the most frequently seen disputes relating to wills and the administration of estates based upon his experience in the field....

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Oct 15

Important Changes to Companies’ Administration

A series of changes that will affect all companies are coming into force as a result of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. The new legislation intends to...

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Sep 15

Travelling to Work is Work!

This was a headline on the front page of a newspaper recently that would no doubt have grabbed all workers’ attention!  The headline relates to a recent European case in...

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Sep 15

Entrepreneur of the Year Speaks at Business Breakfast

North of England Entrepreneur of the Year and founder of Pure Gym was the guest speaker at Raworths’ recent Breakfast Club event which was held at Bettys in Harrogate. Peter...

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Aug 15

Collaborative Divorce – Like Finding Hens’ Teeth?

Separation or divorce is nearly always distressing, challenging and, invariably, sad.  The resulting change, emotion, financial realities and the needs of children often mean that rational thought and common sense...

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Jul 15

The end of ‘Revenge Evictions’ – is it going to be harder to evict a residential tenant?

Although the UK’s private residential rental market is relatively unregulated compared with other major European countries, all too often it can seem that the tenant holds the trump cards given...

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Jul 15

International Guide Recommends Raworths Harrogate Law Firm

In the new edition of the national and international guide to law firms, Legal 500, Harrogate firm Raworths is recognised for the high quality of its work and its outstanding commitment to client service...

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Jul 15

Six Raworths Partners Recognised as Legal Leaders

Chambers and Partners 2016, the leading independent directory for the legal profession has recognised six partners at the Harrogate law firm, Raworths, as Leaders in Their Field. Zoe Robinson is...

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Jun 15

Can I Contest a Relative’s Will Successfully

I frequently meet individuals following a death in the family who wish to contest a relative’s will.  They usually feel extremely aggrieved by the provision or lack of it which...

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Jun 15

South American Lawyer joins Harrogate Firm

Brazilian lawyer, Thaynara Charlesworth who specialises in corporate and commercial law has joined the Harrogate law firm, Raworths. Thaynara joins the team comprising Simon Morris and Phil Parkinson. Thaynara Charlesworth...

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