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25 April, 2019

Housing for agricultural workers – beware of the hidden trap

Many farming businesses and landed estates provide accommodation to employees as part of their employment, even though they may not actually need to live on the property for the performance...

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11 April, 2019

The end of the blame game – an update

Family lawyers around the country will be breathing a sigh of relief today following news from the Justice Secretary that he intends to put an end to the ‘unnecessary blame...

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10 April, 2019

Looking to Buy? Make sure you’re ready…

Buying a house or flat can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are a first-time buyer. As with many things, preparation can make the process much smoother. The tips...

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26 March, 2019

Debt Recovery – the realities of pursuing debt

There are numerous myths and commonly held assumptions surrounding debt recovery, what is clear is that it is a very real problem for thousands of businesses each year.  Ervin Shakaj...

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26 March, 2019

Testing Times – SMEs need to be aware of changes to Entrepreneur’s Relief

The changes to Entrepreneur’s Relief announced in the Autumn Statement have very real implications for SME owners. Whilst some of the uncertainty that surrounded the original statement has now been...

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28 February, 2019

Raworths raises a glass

The team from Raworths will join hundreds of thirsty people this March when they raise a glass at the Harrogate Beer Festival.  The Festival, taking place between Thursday 7 and Saturday...

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5 February, 2019

A Successful Year of Fundraising!

Raworths is delighted to have smashed their fundraising target for 2018, raising over £3,300 for the Harrogate Homeless Project (HHP). The firm, which chose the organisation as their Charity of...

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5 February, 2019

Looking to Sell? Make sure you’re ready…

If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, making sure that both the house and the associated paperwork are in good order, can go a long way...

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1 February, 2019

Film Festival gears up for biggest event yet

Raworths is delighted to be sponsoring the Harrogate Film Festival in its third year. Taking place from March 1st – 4th 2019, the number of events for the public to...

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29 January, 2019

New partner to boost Private Client team at Raworths

Raworths has boosted its Private Client team with the appointment of Caroline Hedges, who joins the firm as Partner. The senior appointment follows the rapid growth of the department over...

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18 December, 2018

Raworths extends its charity partnership with the Harrogate Homeless Project for another year

Raworths has extended its partnership with the Harrogate Homeless Project (HHP) for another year following a busy year of fundraising for the local homeless charity. Staff have participated in a...

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14 December, 2018

Who gets to keep the ring?

With the festive season being the most popular time for proposals, Jo Lofthouse considers what happens to the ring if things fall through. As has been widely reported on social...

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30 November, 2018

Minimising the impact of conflict on children

Good Divorce Week (26-30 November 2018) aims to provide practical help, highlighting ways for separating parents to put their children’s needs first, as well as calling on the government to...

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6 November, 2018

Universal Credit – what separating spouses need to know

As the controversy around universal credit continues, Jo Lofthouse looks at the contentious policy and explains what divorcing couples need to be aware of. Universal credit is the benefit payment that was introduced in 2012 with a phased roll out. It was introduced in Harrogate...

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1 November, 2018

Raworths Solicitors achieve impressive rankings in highly acclaimed national directories

Raworths Solicitors has maintained its impressive rankings in two of the law industry’s most highly acclaimed directories, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. The firm, which offers a range of...

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30 October, 2018

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival enjoys another successful weekend

The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival featured 30 world-class authors attracting a diverse audience. Sell-out events included BBC’s John Simpson, with interviewer, TV reporter Gerry Foley tweeting, ‘A wonderfully engaging, lively...

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29 October, 2018

Raworths receives recognition in latest Legal 500 Guide

Raworths continues to enhance its reputation for excellence following its recommendation in 7 areas of law by the Legal 500 Guide, published online this week. Some highlights from practice area commentary...

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9 October, 2018

The End of the Blame Game?

Could a new consultation be the beginning of the end for fault based divorces? For many, the recent news that the Ministry of Justice has announced that they will consult...

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9 October, 2018

Rural businesses need to get the employment status right for transient workforces

By Sally Togher of Raworths Solicitors, Harrogate   As the seasons change, so do the work levels for most rural businesses. In farming, clearly there are busy periods such as...

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27 September, 2018

Mini Libraries Mark Literary Festival

Harrogate International Festivals has launched a mini-library scheme in the town to encourage reading and raise awareness of its flagship literary festivals. Two mini-libraries, located outside the Festival office on...

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14 September, 2018

Highlights Announced for 2018 Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

We’re looking forward to another inspiring, educational and informative Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival. Taking place at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, from 18 to 21 October, this year’s line-up features household names from...

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1 August, 2018

Raworths shortlisted for Private Client Award in Yorkshire Legal Awards

Raworths has been shortlisted for the Private Client Award in this year’s Yorkshire Legal Awards. Raworths’ Trusts, Wills and Estates team has thrived in recent years, growing from 10 to 19 staff, likewise the...

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26 July, 2018

Raworths boasts a winning team in Chambers and Partners HNW Guide 2018

Raworths has once again received Tier 1 ranking for York, Hull and surrounding area in the recently launched Chambers and Partners High Net Worth (HNW) Guide 2018, a key publication...

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24 July, 2018

Raworths fundraising enjoys a busy month

The Raworths team had a busy month in June hosting and participating in numerous events, all to help raise funds for the Harrogate Homeless Project, the chosen Charity of the...

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17 July, 2018

Myth-busting Child Maintenance

When two people with children make the decision to separate, they are entering unknown territory. Child maintenance is one area that can cause a tremendous amount of confusion and parents...

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29 June, 2018

Raworths staff sail through exams

  We are delighted to announce that Jessica Oliver and Katie Watts from our Trusts, Wills & Estates team have passed their recent exams with distinction. The first of four exams leading...

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4 June, 2018

Online divorce – a new digital era

This month a new online divorce system is being rolled out across England and Wales. Following a testing phase last year, online divorce is now an option for many people...

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24 May, 2018

Plans for the year ahead

  Three members of the CSR team at Raworths spent a very productive afternoon with the Harrogate Homeless Project (HHP) recently, meeting the staff at their HQ and learning a...

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26 April, 2018

Looking for fair solutions in farm succession

In succession planning for farmers, I am often asked to comment on the fairness of the distribution of assets between the farming child or children and the non-farming children. In...

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29 March, 2018

Raworths Fundraise for Homeless in Harrogate

Raworths Solicitors has announced they will be actively supporting the Harrogate Homeless Project (HHP) who have been nominated as their Charity of the Year. Employees at the company chose the...

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29 March, 2018

How mediation can help resolve a dispute

When dealing with complex rural based disputes, whether of a property, family or commercial nature, the question of whether the case should be mediated is an important consideration that should...

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16 March, 2018

Raworths steps up in support of local events

Raworths has always been committed to supporting the local community, be that through the arts, charitable support or simply by lending a hand and this March has been no exception....

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8 February, 2018

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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20 January, 2018

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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19 December, 2017

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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6 December, 2017

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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15 November, 2017

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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3 November, 2017

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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27 October, 2017

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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13 October, 2017

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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21 September, 2017

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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21 September, 2017

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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22 August, 2017

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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22 August, 2017

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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27 July, 2017

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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17 July, 2017

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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17 July, 2017

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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19 May, 2017

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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19 April, 2017

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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31 March, 2017

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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13 March, 2017

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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9 March, 2017

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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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8 March, 2017

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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13 February, 2017

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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12 January, 2017

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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1 December, 2016

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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30 November, 2016

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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7 November, 2016

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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19 October, 2016

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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7 October, 2016

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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