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Dec 17

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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Oct 17

Are you buying, selling or leasing a commercial property?

Get the ‘Heads of Terms’ right! If you’re involved in a commercial property transaction then it’s advisable to have proper Heads of Terms (HOTS) in place from the outset. These...

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Oct 17

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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Sep 17

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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Jul 17

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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May 17

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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Sep 16

Raworths ranked in eight areas of Law

The latest edition of Legal 500, a well-respected national guide to law firms, has just been released and Raworths Solicitors are delighted to have been recommended in eight areas of...

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Sep 16

The rise and risk of social media

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp… all part of a day’s work? They are for many employees. Estimates show that Facebook alone has 1.44 billion monthly active users and that over 50%...

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Jul 16

Disputed rights of way – A practical guide

Disputed rights of way are a common cause of friction between rural land owners. I am often asked to advise when a right of way is being interfered with or...

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Jun 16

Important Legal Changes for Companies

Since 6 April 2016, most companies and LLPs are required to hold a specific register of ‘People with Significant Control’, a PSC Register. There is now an obligation to take...

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Jun 16

Fifty Years and Counting…

In a world where few careers, let alone jobs, are for life, Harrogate solicitor Christopher Butterworth of Raworths is celebrating an exceptional anniversary - his fiftieth year in the firm....

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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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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

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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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Mar 14

Key Appointment for Raworths with New Trusts Partner

Raworths has made a significant appointment to its partnership with the announcement of the recruitment of well-known private client lawyer Rachel Tunnicliffe who moves to the firm after holding partnership positions at...

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Feb 14

Economic Recovery a Key Theme at Business Event

Will Holman, who represents the Bank of England in Yorkshire and the Humber was the keynote speaker at the latest Raworths Breakfast Club held recently at Bettys Imperial Rooms. His...

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Feb 14

Bank of England Representative to Speak at Business Event

Will Holman, who represents the Bank of England in Yorkshire and the Humber is the keynote speaker at Raworths Breakfast Club to be held on Tuesday 25th February at the...

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Jan 14

Divorce and the Family Farm

Splitting up the Farm - how Divorce can impact on Farm Viability According to the Office of National Statistics, 42% of all marriages end in divorce.  Farmers are certainly not...

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Dec 13

Zero-hours workers are not employees, right?…Wrong!

Ask a lawyer and the answer is frustratingly likely to be a resounding ‘maybe’. No guaranteed hours is no guarantee of non-employee status. A well-drafted contract is a step in...

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Nov 13

Can my business walk away from its lease early?

Many tenants like to include what is called a break clause in their lease.  Such a clause provides tenants with flexibility since they can either allow the lease to run...

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Oct 13

Are your business’s standard terms and conditions worth the paper they’re written on?

As the economy continues to show signs of recovery there is a growing feeling of optimism amongst businesses of all sizes.  However, it is crucial that businesses do not overlook...

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Sep 13

New Property Head at Harrogate Law Firm

Harrogate based law firm, Raworths has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Alasdair Inglis from international law firm Pinsent Masons as head of Commercial Property. Alasdair has worked...

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Aug 13

Zero-hours Contracts, Zero Liability?

Condemned by the press as draconian and employer-biased, zero-hours contracts (ZHCs) offer no guarantee of work and may prevent the worker from working elsewhere. Rumour has it they offer no...

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Jul 13

Leaders in their Legal Fields

Chambers UK 2014, the leading independent directory for the legal profession has recognised three lead partners at Harrogate firm, Raworths Solicitors. Deborah Boylan, partner and head of the Employment Law...

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Jul 13

Top Professional Qualification for Probate Solicitor

Kate Maybury, solicitor at Raworths, Harrogate has been awarded full membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.  STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) is a worldwide...

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Jun 13

Mock Trial Takes Centre Stage

Leading Harrogate law firm, Raworths, is taking to the stage and putting on a mock trial at Harrogate Theatre on 25th June 2013 to demystify the Court process for businesses....

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May 13

Raworths Literature and Lecture Series

We are again sponsoring the Raworths Literature and Lecture Series as part of the Harrogate International Festival 2013, and we are delighted to help bring a very impressive line-up of speakers and contributors...

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May 13

New Employee Status ‘Employee Shareholder’

It has recently been announced that the government intends to implement the new "employee shareholder" employment status on 1 September 2013. This means that in consideration of the individual becoming...

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May 13

Employment Tribunal Fees

Fees will be introduced in Employment Tribunals for the first time.  The government is working towards an implementation date of the end of July 2013.  A claimant will be required...

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Apr 13

Raworths Appoints New Solicitor

Harrogate law firm, Raworths, has appointed John Carter as a solicitor working in the Corporate/Commercial and Commercial Property departments. He will be advising businesses and individuals on a broad range...

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Apr 13

2013 Budget – Key Issues for SMEs

This business briefing highlights the key issues for small and medium-sized enterprises in the 2013 Budget. Simplification of income tax for small businesses The government announced changes to the design...

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Apr 13

Farming Land for Elephants

Elephants are in fashion. Be it oil companies, miners or builders they all want elephant sites. The economies of scale provide the incentive to search for these sites. In the...

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Mar 13

What’s in the Pipeline for Employment Law…?

Over 80 representatives from 50 local businesses attended Raworths’ Spring Employment Law Seminars to find out. Deborah Boylan, Head of the Employment Team said: ‘Clients find it beneficial to attend...

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