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Oct 11

How are you Planning to Navigate Your Business?

How are you planning to navigate your business through the protracted period of uncertainty ahead - and what are your views on hiring people and investing in your business? The...

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Oct 11

Parting Company: Businesses and Divorce

A divorce can be incredibly difficult to deal with whatever your circumstances, and those that involve business assets can be even more so. Whether the business asset involves just one...

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Sep 11

Raworths Art and Wine Event Nets More Than £2k for Yorkshire Cancer Research

Raworths transformed its Harrogate premises into a hot bed of art to raise thousands of pounds for Yorkshire Cancer Research. Raworths LLP opened up its historic Eton House headquarters on...

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Sep 11

Expansion of Private Client Team at Raworths

Leading Harrogate solicitors, Raworths LLP, have made a further appointment to their private client team in Kate Maybury who joins the Probate, Wills and Trusts team under the direction of...

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Sep 11

Head of Dispute Resolution experiences life as a bailiff

Jonathan Mortimer, Head of Dispute Resolution at Raworths, teamed up with Andrew Wilson & Co, a High Court Enforcement Office, to try life as a bailiff collecting debts – for...

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Sep 11

Employment Law Changes

Just as we get to grips with changes introduced in April, more are upon us!  The government has made promises to go easy on employers during these difficult economic times...

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Aug 11

Raworths Transforms Offices Into Art Show in Aid of Charity

Raworths will transform its Harrogate headquarters into a captivating collection of art to showcase the work of two of the region’s leading artists and raise money for charity. Long-established Raworths...

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Aug 11

Raworths Helps Church Faced with Closure

For the first time in nearly 1,000 years a church has had to suspend services for the foreseeable future unless permission is granted by the authorities to remove bat roosts...

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Aug 11

Can the wishes in my will be challenged?

I frequently meet people who are worried that their will can be overturned once they have died.  They are concerned that their will only contains their wishes or suggestions and...

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Aug 11

Early Contract Cancellation – a means of cutting costs?

In the present economic climate, it is frequently the case that businesses review their contractual commitments for costs savings. Perhaps an agreement entered into some time ago has become unprofitable...

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Jul 11

Cattle v Ramblers – a Farmer’s Obligation

Farmers need to be aware of the potential liability which comes with grazing livestock, and, in particular, cattle on fields accessible to the public. It is not uncommon for walkers,...

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Jun 11

Bats Served With Notice to Quit

An owner of a house situated on the original film set of Emmerdale Farm plagued with bats will finally get his house back later this summer. Jonathan Mortimer, a partner...

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Jun 11

Raworths Launch Breakfast Business Club

Raworths, Harrogate’s leading firm of solicitors has launched its new networking club at Harrogate’s renowned tea and coffee venue, Bettys. The Raworths Business Club held its first event at the...

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May 11

Raworths LLP keeps it Local and Chooses Yorkshire Cancer Research

Leading Yorkshire law firm Raworths LLP has chosen Yorkshire Cancer Research as its sole charity partner for the next 12 months. The North Yorkshire legal practice, established in 1885, hopes...

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May 11

Bat misery for Harrogate Solicitor

A well-known Harrogate solicitor has spoken out at the misery of living with bats and the need for the conservation laws which protect bats to be reviewed. Jonathan Mortimer is...

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May 11

Grandparents – Do They Have Rights?

An old Chinese proverb states that “The elders are the precious gem in the centre of the household”. Is this still relevant in most modern households where generations of families...

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May 11

Buyer Beware! – Property Auctions Can be a Risky Business

Raworths LLP is warning home buyers of the potential risks of buying at auction as numbers of homes sold at auction continues to increase. Raworths, Harrogate’s largest law firm,  which...

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May 11

Problems With Buying a House?

Raworths LLP is one of the first law firms in the country to be awarded the Law Society’s new Conveyancing Quality Scheme approval. Head of residential property at Raworths, Mike...

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Apr 11

North Yorkshire Haulage Firm Acquisition

Fifteen jobs have been secured after a North Yorkshire bulk haulage business acquired a long-standing competitor. M Kettlewell (Melmerby) which transports raw materials such as wheat and barley for animal...

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Apr 11

Solicitors and Recruitment Firm Combine in Employment Seminar

Raworths LLP, Harrogate’s leading firm of solicitors, is combining with Reed Global, one of the world leaders in specialist recruitment to provide a seminar for businesses on the forthcoming changes...

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Apr 11

Property Quality Mark – First for Harrogate Law Firm

Raworths, Harrogate’s leading law firm has become one of the first practices in the country to secure membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) - the mark of...

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Apr 11

Do we have an American style compensation culture in this country?

There is a compensation or litigation culture in America.  It stifles business and has created a society in which individuals are constantly in fear of being sued.  Many American teachers...

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Apr 11

Royal Wedding Presents Problems for Employers

Raworths Solicitors in Harrogate has received a large number of queries from local employers trying to establish whether the Royal Wedding Day is an additional bank holiday and how to...

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Apr 11

Top 10 tips for dealing with Commercial Tenants

Owning and managing commercial property can be a minefield for the unsuspecting landlord, especially in these difficult economic times. There are, however, things you can do to avoid problems and...

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Mar 11

Employment Law Updates Prove Successful Formula

Raworths’ bi-annual employment law updates offered advice to nearly 80 local employers last week in a series of seminars which provided details on the latest legislative changes for 2011. Richard...

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Mar 11

Commons Celebration for Outstanding Legal Executive

Selena Hinds, partner and head of Probate, Wills and Trusts at Raworths, Harrogate’s leading law firm, has been invited to attend a special reception at the House of Commons in...

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Mar 11

Does Justice Have to be so Expensive?

There are few businesses that avoid becoming involved in a legal action at some stage during the lifetime of their trading activity. Their experience of lawyers and justice is often...

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Feb 11

New Head for Dispute Resolution

Raworths, Harrogate’s leading firm of solicitors, has appointed well-known York lawyer, Jonathan Mortimer to head the Dispute Resolution team at the firm. Jonathan joins from the York and Lincoln firm...

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Feb 11

Employment Tribunals – A Step on the Ladder to Fairness

On 27th January, the Government announced its proposals to reform the Employment Tribunal process. Hopefully, it will redress some of the balance which has previously been tipped significantly in favour...

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Jan 11

New Probate Lawyer for Raworths

Leading Harrogate solicitors, Raworths LLP, have appointed lawyer Stephanie Pennington to join the Probate, Wills and Trusts team. Stephanie Pennington joins Raworths from HSBC Trust Company where she specialised in...

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Dec 10

Death in Business – do you have the will to deal with it?

It is amazing how many businessmen and women have not yet made a will.  Ask yourself: if that bus on Station Parade has your name on it, are you satisfied...

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Nov 10

Prenups – are they really worth it?

Everybody hopes that their marriage will last a lifetime ‘til death do us part’.  However, the reality according to The Office for National Statistics is that almost half of marriages...

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Nov 10

Social Media and the Workplace

Social media has grown rapidly in recent years and is yet another source of potential pitfalls for employers.  The use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and instant messaging such as MSN...

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Oct 10

Equality Act 2010

Many employers will groan at the thought of the Equality Act 2010 coming into force.  The main parts of the Act will come into force this October but it is...

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Sep 10

Harrogate’s Courts – Safe for Now?

Given the billions of pounds which need to be cut from central government spending, it is unsurprising that the Ministry of Justice’s budget faces major cuts.  The recent figure of...

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Aug 10

Landmark Divorce Ruling – A ‘Cheats Charter’

Shockwaves have resounded throughout the legal profession at a recent Court of Appeal judgement which has astonished family lawyers – and believe me, divorce lawyers take some surprising! The Court...

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Jul 10

Adamson and Hutchinson Join Raworths Solicitors

Solicitors Neil Adamson and John Hutchinson of Cawthron Kelbrick Lane & Co have joined Raworths LLP, Harrogate’s leading solicitors, as partners. Staff from Cawthron Kelbrick Lane & Co have also...

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Jul 10

Batten down the Hatches! – How to Keep your Business Water-tight

Nobody, least of all a business person, needs to be reminded of the economic gloom that now pervades almost every aspect of our daily lives. And with further economic storms...

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Jul 10

The Rumsfeld dilemma…

“There are known knowns ….There are known unknowns … But there are also unknown unknowns”   This surprisingly perceptive comment by former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2002 has rapidly...

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Jun 10

Law Firm Hosts Lesson in Harrogate

Raworths, the Harrogate law firm, hosted an evening of Harrogate history by well-known historian, Malcolm Neesam. The event, which took place in the President’s Suite at the Yorkshire Showground, was...

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Jun 10

Dilapidations – is your commercial lease a time bomb waiting to explode?

The downturn which the commercial property market has undergone in the last few years has had the not unsurprising effect of increasing the tension between landlords and tenants. More and...

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Jun 10

Common Sense Code for New Home Buyers

The Consumer Code for Home Builders Scheme came into effect on the 1st April 2010. This Code aims to add to the protection of individuals who reserve to buy a...

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Jun 10

World Cup ‘Fever’!?

There are two important issues facing employers from 11 June to 11 July 2010 with World Cup fever - how to diagnose, and how to prevent an epidemic! Most employers...

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May 10

Harrogate Legal Executive – One in 22,000

Raworths legal executive Joanna Broadhead has won a special award from the Institute of Legal Executives. The President’s Award which is open to all the 22,000 legal executives throughout England...

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May 10

Leeds Commercial Property Specialist Joins Raworths

Andrew Lawson, who was previously a partner at major Leeds law firm Lee & Priestley, has joined Raworths of Harrogate in their commercial property unit. Andrew Lawson is a specialist...

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May 10

Relocation – the Child Factor

It has been a tough two years for the economy with employment now at an 8% or 2.5 million high. As jobs are becoming thinner on the ground, more and...

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Apr 10

Will the Will Stand?

Perhaps because of the economic climate, we have recently seen an increasing number of people arguing about wills. Generally people think that the terms of a will are final, but...

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Mar 10

Law Firm Sponsors Opera Night in Aid of Relate

Raworths, the Harrogate law firm, is sponsoring the charity Relate’s Prosecco Opera evening in aid of their Children and Young People Service. The Prosecco Opera evening will take place at...

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Mar 10

Fit to Work?

Employee sickness certification is to be overhauled from April 2010.  The Government’s aim is to reduce the massive 172 million working days which are lost to sickness absence in Britain...

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Feb 10

Law Firm Props Up Bar at Festival

Raworths, the Harrogate law firm, will be pulling pints of their own beer as part of the 20th Harrogate Beer Festival which runs from Thursday 25th February to Saturday 27th...

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Feb 10

A Recipe for Trouble

Take a well-known chef and restaurateur, one divorce and a hearty measure of acrimony and the result is a recipe for trouble.  Divorce proceedings can, at the best of times,...

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Jan 10

Is there too much ‘Tweeting’, ‘Poking’ and ‘Blogging’ in the workplace?

Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and My Space have become powerful and useful social and business networking tools over recent years.  Let’s face it, it has advantages if a...

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Dec 09

Combating Corporate Id Theft and Fraud and Protection of Bad Debts

There has been a great deal of media coverage about personal ID theft; however, corporate ID theft and fraud are also serious and growing problems. ID theft is costing UK...

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Oct 09

Pipe and Slippers Anyone?

Retirement and the state pension age are increasingly topical subjects.   Although I still have a good few years’ hard work left in me it does seem if recent indications prove...

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Sep 09

Swine Flu – Putting a bit of meat on the bones (but not pork obviously!)

Despite the efforts of some the more excitable elements of the media to ramp up the swine flu pandemic, it has not so far impacted on the lives of many...

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Aug 09

Separating Legislature and Judiciary – Creating a Supreme Court for the UK

Since 1876, the House of Lords has been the highest court in the land. The thirteen Law Lords who currently form the judicial committee of the House of Lords (known...

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Aug 09

Graduate Recruitment, a Silver Lining?

Having spent the last 15 months providing predominately ‘exit’ advice, I thought it could be timely to remind employers considering graduate recruitment so that they learn from past mistakes and/or...

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Jul 09

What One Thing can Make a Big Difference to Business Success?

Talking Point feature - What one thing can make a big difference to business success? Local business leaders pick out one secret ingredient that can make a massive impact on the way...

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Jun 09

Redundancy and Age Discrimination – Rewarding Employees for Loyalty

Let’s face it - the recession is here to stay for some time yet. Many companies are facing diminishing profits, and tighter controls on finances and overdrafts by the banks. As...

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Jun 09

Tenants’ Financial Dificulties – the tell tale signs

I once had a landlord client who questioned the financial stability of any tenant who installed a fish tank in his reception. Such reasoning may be somewhat ‘off the wall’ but...

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