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Mar 12

Employment Lawyer Hails Fairer Times ahead for Businesses

Leading Harrogate employment lawyer, Deborah Boylan believes that fairer times lie ahead for businesses in their dealing with their employees. At the recent Raworths Employment Law Seminars held at Bettys’...

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Mar 12

Installing Wind Turbines? – Six legal considerations

Did you know that forty percent of all the wind energy in Europe blows across the UK, making it an ideal country for domestic turbines? But is a wind turbine...

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Feb 12

New Face in Employment Law Team

Harrogate solicitors, Raworths, have appointed Victoria Notman as a solicitor in the Employment unit headed by partner, Deborah Boylan. Victoria brings the total number of solicitors in the Employment unit...

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Feb 12

Changing Conditions of Employment Still a ‘minefield’

Raworths Solicitors recently held their second employment law update seminar of the year at Betty’s Imperial Rooms with changing conditions of employment high on the agenda. Over seventy local business...

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Feb 12

Solar Panels – The Deadline Approaches

What do I need to consider if I am thinking of installing solar panels on the roof of my house? Generally, unless a residential property is a Listed Building, planning...

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Feb 12

Where Have all the Independent Travelling Salesmen Gone?

As a lawyer, I am frequently asked for my view as to the most ridiculous law that applies to business and which should be scrapped. Without hesitation, I have to...

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Feb 12

Does administration and liquidation always end in redundancy?

The UK economy has faced many challenges in recent years but there is hope that it has returned to positive growth and that a further recession will be avoided.  However,...

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Feb 12

Harrogate farmer speaks out against approach of local Planning Department

A farmer who has lost his Court battle to build a much-needed agricultural building on land on Meagill Lane, Blubberhouses after eight years of fighting against the Planning Department of...

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Jan 12

New Starters as Harrogate Law Firm Celebrates 125 Years

Raworths, Harrogate’s leading solicitors, has made four new appointments to start the year in which the law firm will celebrate 125 years in practice. Raworths has appointed William Kinread, the...

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Jan 12

Probate Partner Appointed at Raworths

The Harrogate law firm, Raworths, has appointed a new partner in the Probate, Wills and Trusts Unit, bringing the number of fee-earners in this private client area to nine. William...

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Jan 12

Castle Business at Raworths’ Breakfast Club

Raworths, Harrogate’s leading firm of solicitors held its second half-yearly breakfast business club which included amongst its speakers Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of the 700-year old Ripley Castle. Sir Thomas...

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Jan 12

Land – The Best Option

With the worldwide population now exceeding 7 billion and with the likes of China and India consuming more and more protein, the value of soft commodities has been soaring.   Following...

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Jan 12

What is a Stepfamily?

Thinking back, even to my parents’ generation, the concept of a family has changed quite significantly. The last 50 years have seen massive changes in the way that we manage...

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Dec 11

Bat Church Celebrates With Christmas Services

Thanks to the campaigning of Harrogate solicitor, Jonathan Mortimer of Raworths, St Hilda’s Church in Ellerburn near Pickering, North Yorkshire is celebrating relief from of a plague of bats in...

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Dec 11

Mental Capacity Case Hits the Headlines for Harrogate Solicitor

Matthew Hill of Harrogate solicitors, Raworths, has advised in an important case involving a borough council chasing an 80 year old dementia patient for unpaid council tax amounting to less...

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Dec 11

Harrogate Law Firms Appointed to National Bank Panel

wo Harrogate law firms have been appointed to National Australia Bank (NAB) Group’s East of England regional legal panel. NAB is the parent company of Clydesdale Bank plc and Yorkshire...

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Dec 11

Do you Know Who’s Selling Your Home

If the warmer, brighter days ahead are encouraging you to think of selling your home and buying another... or perhaps even a second home, it’s worth checking whether your solicitor...

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Nov 11

Chambers Recognises Raworths Employment Team

Chambers, the leading independent directory for the legal profession has recognised Harrogate law firm, Raworths for its advice to businesses on all aspects of employment law. In particular, partner and...

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Nov 11

Divorce Doesnt Have to be Hell

Few families are untouched by divorce or separation and almost everyone has a horror story to tell about a ‘divorce from hell’.   All the ingredients for trouble can be present...

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Oct 11

Royal Charter for Legal Excellence

The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) has been granted a Royal Charter for the important role its members play in the provision of legal services. For Selena Hinds of Raworths,...

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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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