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Apr 18

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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Nov 17

Why managed succession to the family business makes financial sense

The saying “rags to riches to rags in three generations” is not lacking in truth and it is often the case that the obvious exit for the owners of successful...

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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

Raworths boast a winning team in Chamber and Partners HNW guide

Raworths has received further recognition for several of its partners in the new Chambers and Partners High Net Worth(HNW) Guide, a key publication for the international private wealth market. The...

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Aug 17

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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Apr 17

In pursuit of testamentary freedom

It is generally acknowledged that by writing a Will you are ensuring that your wishes will be respected following your death, however this isn’t always the case. Following a decade...

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

Not-so-Small Claims in the Small Claims Court

The Small Claims Court has previously been a venue for claims of £5,000 or less to be resolved quicker, at less cost and more informally for Claimants. As a result...

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Jan 14

Farewell to CSA

A Gradual Farewell to the Child Support Agency Most people are only too aware of the problems encountered by the Child Support Agency (CSA). In an attempt to redress this,...

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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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Jan 14

Law Firm Celebrates a Trio of Trust Law Specialists

Harrogate law firm, Raworths now has three solicitors admitted to full membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). The firm has announced the qualification of Stephanie Pennington,...

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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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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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Apr 13

How do you protect your business and your family when you die?

Are you a shareholder or director in a small or medium-sized company with two or more shareholders or directors?  Do you know what will happen to your shares in the...

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Mar 13

Family Lawyers take Professional Roles

Two members of the Family Law team at Raworths, Harrogate’s leading law firm, have been elected to senior positions within their professional bodies. Sarah Minors has been elected Vice President...

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Jan 13

Time to Reflect About Making a Will

Tough times can make us reflect on the inevitable and the need to provide for future generations in our Wills but many people never actually get round to making one....

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Dec 12

‘Handbags and Gladrags’ or your family’s future?

The sales of designer shoes and handbags in the run-up to Christmas appear not to have  suffered over recent years and it seems that the economic climate has not distracted...

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Sep 12

Bumper Round of Family Law Accreditations

It has been a bumper round of accolades for Raworths, the Harrogate solicitors.  Solicitor Sarah Minors has been accredited as member of the Law Society’s specialist Family Law Panel while...

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Jul 12

Matching Assets to Beneficiaries – A Farmer’s Tale

Mabel wanted me to visit her at the farm so I drove through the village past the Old Farmyard and turned left by the cottage.  The farm track was unmade...

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May 12

Old MacDonald had a farm…and several children

Most parents want to leave their estates between all their children equally but there may be reasons not to do so, especially in farming families. Primogeniture is the right by...

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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May 09

Can Divorce Settlements Vary with the Economy?

Headline-grabbing, high value divorce settlements were very much a bi-product of the times when the British economy appeared to be on the rise. Now that the country is experiencing a...

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Feb 09

Divorce with a Horse?

As the ‘divorce season’ is now upon us in the post-Christmas fall-out, Family Law solicitor Carmelita Ardren has an update on how divorce can change things in the stable yard...

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Feb 09

Cohabit in Haste…Repent at Leisure?

From time to time, there is a case which should sound alarm bells to cohabiting couples to warn them that they can no longer rest upon their undefined laurels and...

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Nov 08

Cross-option Agreements and Business Property Relief

The death of a shareholder who is also a director can have a major impact on any business, particularly where the company has not made plans for such an event. ...

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Sep 08

Grandparents’ Rights

The breakdown of a marriage or long-term partnership can be upsetting for all concerned.  Often in the whole scheme of things the relationship between grandparents and the children is forgotten...

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May 08

BOGOF for Inheritance Tax – The Transferable Nil Rate Band

Nil rate bands - now you can ‘Buy–One–Get–One-Free’– otherwise known as the transferable nil rate band (NRB). Most people will probably be aware of the proposals effectively to double the...

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Jan 08

Matrimonial Deal… or No Deal? The Bankrupt Spouse

As the ink dries on your final order dealing with matrimonial assets at the end of a divorce, there is an audible sigh of relief. It’s finished, concluded, done with! But is...

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