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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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Dec 15

Harrogate Law Firm Unveils Trusts Team

After eighteen months of recruitment, the Harrogate law firm Raworths has unveiled its team of Trusts, Wills and Estates lawyers headed by one of the most well-known trusts and succession...

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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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May 15

When to pop the alternative question?

When to pop the question "Will you marry me?" weighs heavily on the minds of many fiancés-to-be but the timing of the request to dissolve any marriage or civil partnership...

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May 15

Nando’s Opening in Harrogate

Nando’s, the international casual dining restaurant group is opening on Harrogate’s Parliament Street as part of the town’s restaurant quarter which includes Jamie’s Italian and Bar & Grill. Nando’s already...

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May 15

Raworths’ Young Writers Competition

The search is on to find the next JK Rowling, Jane Austen or Stephen King. Harrogate International Festivals, Raworths Solicitors and LendMeYourLiteracy have teamed up to deliver an exciting creative...

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Apr 15

Farming Divorces – Five Things Worth Knowing

All farmers know that life is stressful and that there is rarely enough time or money to achieve all you want.  Add that to the everyday stresses of married life...

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Mar 15

Shared Parental Leave – Will it Really Change Things?

The arrival of a baby is an exciting but challenging time.  There are sleepless nights, nappy changing and a crying baby to deal with.  A mother can now share all...

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Mar 15

Agricultural Employment Contracts: Protection is better than cure!

Farmers and agricultural businesses are often more used to dealing with and adapting to vast swathes of legislation than many regular commercial businesses. Employment legislation and its impact on rural...

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Feb 15

Spousal Maintenance – Till death do us part – or is it?

The thorny issue of Spousal Maintenance often provokes heated debate during financial proceedings on divorce. However it isn’t only a concern for headline-grabbing celebrities and multi-millionaires, it is a reality...

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Jan 15

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Shared Parental Pay (SPP)

The twin rights to Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Shared Parental Pay (SPP) were born in December 2014 and have been crying for attention ever since! Babies born on or...

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Dec 14

Farming partnership disputes – Why are they so common?

Of all of the types of business ownership disputes which I come across, ones relating to farms are usually the hardest to resolve. Sometimes the basis of the dispute can...

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Dec 14

Happy New Year? The Dos and Donts of D(ivorce)-Day

The New Year brings with it a fresh start – a clean slate.  Often this is an opportunity to tackle an unhappy marriage. For those people, Christmas is a period...

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Nov 14

Overtime and Holiday Pay – Recent Developments

On 4 November 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) handed down its decision in Bear Scotland Ltd v. Fulton (and conjoined cases) which confirmed that non-guaranteed overtime should be taken into account when...

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Nov 14

Harrogate Lawyer Speaks at National Care Conference

Raworths solicitor and employment law specialist, James Austin is gaining a national reputation in employment law for the care sector after he was a speaker at the recent Care Show at the...

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Oct 14

Divorce and Family Pets

Unfortunately when relationships break down, both for married and non-married couples, this leads to a division of the parties’ jointly-owned assets and a restructuring of the time that any children...

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Sep 14

Mock Tribunal Takes Centre Stage

Leading Harrogate law firm, Raworths is staging a mock employment tribunal on Harrogate Theatre’s Main Stage at 8am on Wednesday 15 October 2014. The aim of the production is to...

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Sep 14

Partner promotion for Raworths’ senior associate

Senior Associate, Matthew Hill, at the Harrogate law firm Raworths, has been promoted to Partner in recognition of his contribution to the firm, his ability, experience, reputation within Dispute Resolution and...

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Sep 14

Business in Yorkshire Theme to Breakfast Event

Barry Dodd CBE, the Chairman of the York and North Yorkshire with East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership and Heather Parry, Deputy Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society were keynote...

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Aug 14

Employment Law – Dress Code

Will your Dress Code stand up to Scrutiny? There’s an old joke in the employment law and HR world which goes something along the lines of, “Someone told me to...

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Aug 14

The Good Divorce – Rare as Hen’s Teeth?

Is there such a thing as a good divorce? Or is this as much a myth as ‘hen’s teeth’? Some couples realise that the relationship isn’t working and they are...

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Aug 14

A safe safe move after 70 years!

There are times when tradition and the modern world clash heavily as leading Harrogate solicitors Raworths recently discovered in a very big way!  The law firm moved into its present...

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Aug 14

IFA loses court battle to overturn £2M bill

A financial advisor has lost a court fight to overturn a High Court ruling made last month ordering it to pay more than £2 million to its former clients. An...

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Jul 14

Is it All-Change for Trust Law?

The directors and shareholders of private companies and the beneficiaries of trusts may be required to be named in a centrally-held, publicly-accessible register. In February 2014, the European Parliament passed...

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Jul 14

Why I Never Promise to be Exclusive

Like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the symptoms of a booming property market are riding roughshod over the normal conveyancing process leaving chaos and havoc in their wake. Farmland...

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Jul 14

Apprentices make their Mark in the Law

Two of Harrogate’s leading law firms have joined the Government’s drive to offer apprenticeships by appointing three young people in the town under the scheme. Local solicitors Raworths and Berwins...

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Jul 14

Yorkshire Couple Win Judgement Against UKIP Bloom’s Company

A North Yorkshire couple are celebrating a multi-million pound judgment awarded against a York financial advisor for negligent advice. In the High Court last week Mr Andrew Mohun-Smith and Mrs...

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Jul 14

Harrogate Law Firm among Legal Leaders

Chambers and Partners 2015, the leading independent directory for the legal profession has recognised four senior partners at the Harrogate law firm, Raworths, as leaders in their field. In addition...

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Jul 14

Law Society President Puts Innovation to the Fore

Sarah Minors, the youngest ever President of Harrogate and District Law Society, unveiled her plans for her year of presidency with innovation at the top of the agenda at her...

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Jun 14

How Recent Changes in Business Law Could Affect You

On 13 June 2014, changes came into force which alter the way businesses deal with consumers. The Distance Selling Regulations 2000 are being replaced by the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation...

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Jun 14

Avoid Snapping Under the New Flexible Working Regime

New legislation comes into force on 30 June 2014. This expands, and allegedly simplifies, the current right to request flexible working. To bend with the times employers need to know...

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Jun 14

World Cup Dream or Disciplinary Nightmare?

The current England team carries very low expectations into this year’s football World Cup, but what can you expect from your workforce during the tournament? Absenteeism / Leaving Early As...

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Jun 14

Lawyer Appointment Builds Raworths Commercial Team

The commercial team at Raworths led by Simon Morris has attracted former Federation of Master Builders Director for the North, lawyer Phil Parkinson. Phil joined the Federation in 2011 and...

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Jun 14

The Living Together Labyrinth

The last thing on your mind when you start living together is what will happen if you separate. It may not be romantic but it is vital that you understand...

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May 14

Commercial Rent Arrears – All Change

On 6 April 2014 landlords of commercial premises lost one of the most important and flexible weapons in their armoury. Prior to this change, the common law remedy of distress...

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May 14

Raworths Announces Promotions

Raworths has made a raft of promotions amongst its team of fee earners including solicitors and chartered legal executives. Managing partner, Zoe Robinson says: ‘These appointments are in line with...

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Apr 14

Ostrich farmers? Why Sticking your Head in the Sand just won’t do!

Last week’s Industry Eye column dealt with the importance of making provision for your family if you have a farming business. I qualified as a mediator nearly twenty years ago...

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Apr 14

More Change ahead for Employment Law

For many years we have sympathised with employers who have found that taking on staff is an increasingly risky business.  The breadth of potential claims has widened out of recognition...

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Apr 14

Raworths Trust Team Makes New Appointment

The Harrogate law firm, Raworths has added another solicitor to the Trusts, Wills and Probate team under the leadership of new partner, Rachel Tunnicliffe with the appointment of lawyer Sam...

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Mar 14

The Cohabitation Conundrum

It may not be romantic but it is vital that you know your legal rights when you start living with another person.  The number of unmarried couples living together has...

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