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22 November, 2019

Your Relationship Status and Your Will

Have you ever considered how your relationship status affects your will? Marriage, separation, divorce and reconciliation all have an impact on your final wishes and can have unexpected consequences that...

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7 November, 2019

Why Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival is a ‘best seller’

This year’s Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has been declared a ‘best seller’ by its organisers, following attendance from some of the most high profile authors to date. Guest authors at...

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4 November, 2019

Understanding best practice when monitoring employees

The aim of this short article is to highlight some of the key areas to be considered before monitoring employees use of emails, internet and telephone systems, with a view...

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23 October, 2019

Survey findings reveal Government’s plans to reform the private rental sector are inherently flawed

Following a comprehensive survey carried out by Raworths, the law firm is suggesting the rental sector is under attack from government proposals which are inherently flawed. Earlier this year (2019),...

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21 October, 2019

Local Family Law specialist achieves national accreditation to support separating families

Local practitioner is the first in the area to achieve dual accreditation. Harrogate based solicitor, Carmelita Ardren from Raworths has been recognised by a leading national organisation, Resolution for her...

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18 October, 2019

David Cameron debuts at sell-out Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival Book Signing Evening

David Cameron’s only north of England book talk has seen him tonight (Thursday, October 17) at a sell-out evening in Harrogate. The former Prime Minister - who's memoir For The...

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10 October, 2019

Raworths continue to impress with stand-out performance in national rankings

Photo: Zoe Robinson, Managing Partner pictured with Thaynara Charlesworth and Jo Lofthouse, new entrants (“Associates to watch” category) in Chambers and Partners this year. Raworths Solicitors has maintained its impressive...

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4 October, 2019

What will happen to my pension during a divorce?

Pensions can be one of the most valuable assets in a marriage, even in modest asset cases. For high net worth individuals, the value of the pension fund can be...

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27 September, 2019

Raworths receives recognition in latest Legal 500 Guide

Raworths continues to enhance its reputation for excellence following its recommendation in 8 areas of law by the Legal 500 Guide, published online this week. Some highlights from practice area...

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23 September, 2019

Cohabitating couples. Is a cohabitation agreement a good idea?

If you are planning to live together (or already live together) a cohabitation agreement could help you manage your affairs if you were to separate from your partner. People are...

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23 September, 2019

Mini-library returns to mark the 2019 Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

The mini-library scheme, launched last year by Harrogate International Festivals, has returned to Harrogate to encourage reading and raise awareness of the flagship literary festival of which Raworths are title...

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18 September, 2019

Residential landlords urged to voice their opinions on Government consultation

Raworths says the rental sector is under attack from recent Government proposals and residential landlords must make their views known in an urgent survey launched today. Earlier this year, the...

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11 September, 2019

New legal director to boost Corporate team at Raworths

Raworths is growing its Corporate team with the recruitment of Jon Healey who joins the firm as a Legal Director. The senior appointment follows a consistent period of growth for...

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20 August, 2019

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2019 line-up announced

Taking place at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate from 17 to 20 October 2019, this year’s line-up features more than 20 recently published authors – ranging from much loved television presenters...

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15 August, 2019

The first step to compulsory alternative dispute resolution for civil litigants?

On 6 August 2019 the Court of Appeal overturned an earlier decision in the High Court to rule that the Court can force a party to take part in a...

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8 August, 2019

I’m not married but am splitting up with my partner-what happens to our property?

It often comes as a surprise to cohabiting individuals that in the unfortunate event of a relationship break down they do not have the same rights to make property claims...

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26 July, 2019

Taking the lid off unlawful behaviour in the workplace

Employers are being urged to consider their procedures following calls from MPs to prevent employers using Non-Disclosure Agreements to silence employees in situations of unlawful treatment. The move follows the publication...

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23 July, 2019

Taking a look at the Harrogate BID

Harrogate’s new ‘Business Improvement District’ (BID) is now up and running and Raworths is delighted to be on board with the initiative. A firm based in central Harrogate for over...

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23 July, 2019

Raworths shortlisted for Private Client Award in Yorkshire Legal Awards 2019

Raworths has been shortlisted for the Private Client Award in this year’s Yorkshire Legal Awards.  The winners will be announced in 10 October at an awards ceremony at New Dock...

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12 July, 2019

Raworths receives recognition in national guide

Raworths is thrilled to have once again received Tier 1 ranking for York, Hull and surrounding area in the recently launched Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide 2019, a key...

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21 June, 2019

Revenge evictions and developments in the private rented sector

The issues of 'revenge evictions' and the potential for far-reaching reforms to the private residential letting market represent growing and significant challenges to landlords and letting agents. Matthew Hill, Head...

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21 June, 2019

Jazz delight at the Northern Aldborough Festival

A rare opportunity to see one of the UK’s most prestigious jazz artists, Courtney Pine CBE, took place on 14 June at the Northern Aldborough Festival.  The performance was sponsored...

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3 June, 2019

Parenting Plan – What is the right of first refusal?

Often, one of the most contentious issues following a separation regards children and specifically what time each party can spend with them moving forward. As you might expect, discussions between...

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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

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

As the seasons change, so do the work levels for most rural businesses. In farming, clearly there are busy periods such as the lambing season or harvest time, likewise in...

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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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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 (June 2018) 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...

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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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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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5 December, 2015

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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