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Jul 22

I have been summoned to give evidence in Court: what should I do?

It is not uncommon for individuals to be asked to attend court to give evidence on a matter which does not concern them directly. Perhaps you were a witness to...

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Jun 22

Paid too much for a business – what can you do?

Most acquisitions run smoothly with buyers feeling satisfied that they have purchased the business they expected.  But just occasionally, buyers come to the conclusion that they have paid too much,...

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Jun 22

Team Raworths at Knaresborough Bed Race 2022

A team from Raworths, including many family and friends, took part in the latest Great Knaresborough Bed Race.  The event brings together colleagues to design, create, compete and support. Organised...

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Jun 22

Investigating employee misconduct: how to get it right

Being dismissed for misconduct can have a devastating impact on an employee’s future job opportunities.  Before fairly dismissing someone for misconduct, employers must be able to show that they reasonably...

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Jun 22

The challenge of estate planning in the face of ongoing Covid-19 delays

Although the UK is slowly returning to some degree of normality, significant backlogs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to plague several key estate planning organisations. The importance of putting...

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Jun 22

Senior team promotions at Raworths

Raworths Solicitors has announced two promotions within its Commercial team which underlines its commitment to providing high quality and seamless client service. Matthew Hill has been named as Head of...

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Apr 22

Employment law update for employers – Spring 2022

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation and increases to statutory payments, and in recent years has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights,...

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Apr 22

No Fault Divorce – update from 6 April 2022

Having recently had the opportunity to watch the BBC drama “The Split” I found that it highlighted the concerns that many family lawyers have had for a number of years,...

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Mar 22

Dismissing an employee fairly: a refresher

The law gives five potentially fair reasons for dismissal, including breach of a statutory duty or restriction and some other substantial reason capable of justifying dismissal. The most commonly used...

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Mar 22

“I’ve been left a gift in a Will – but I don’t want it”

It might not be often you hear those words but that’s exactly what Rhona said on Emmerdale on Monday (28 February). Upon hearing that her abusive deceased ex-husband Pierce had...

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Mar 22

Child Maintenance – things you should know

Child maintenance is something all parents going through a separation need to deal with, regardless of whether you are married or cohabiting. If you are married, then you have a...

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Feb 22

Garden leave – protecting your business when employees go

When a key employee is about to leave, employers look to minimise damage to their business and may wish to keep the employee away from customers and commercially sensitive information....

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Feb 22

Contract misrepresentation – legal options when you have been mislead

If you agreed to enter a commercial contract based on factual or legal statements that now turn out to be untrue, what can you do?  It may be possible for...

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Feb 22

Holiday Pay: misclassification of employment status and no break in a series of unlawful deductions

The impact of getting employment status wrong for your staff has never been more significant following the case of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers. The Court of Appeal has: decided that...

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Feb 22

Can a neutral evaluation help resolve a business dispute?

When a business is faced with a dispute, legal proceedings are quite rightly seen as a last resort.  There are many forms of well-known alternative dispute resolution (or ADR) available...

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Jan 22

Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff who may be office-based, remote working, or a hybrid arrangement. Some of the...

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Dec 21

Can I find out why I have been disinherited?

When a good friend, relative or loved one passes away, it is not uncommon for many to contemplate what decisions the Deceased may have made as to the ultimate destination...

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Dec 21

Does my commercial contract contain penalty clauses?

Many commercial contracts include a provision which requires compensation to be paid, by one party to another, in the event that certain terms are not complied with.  But are you...

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Dec 21

Raworths goes green for Green Jumper Day!

Friday 26 November was the inaugural Green Jumper Day!  The aim of the charity behind the initiative is to raise awareness about the steps we can all take, big and...

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Nov 21

Raworths are supporting Good Divorce Week 2021

Resolution’s Good Divorce Week takes place this week (29 November to 3 December 2021) and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of using a Resolution member to advise and...

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Nov 21

How do I stop a former employee or competitor from taking all my business secrets?

Employees are frequently entrusted with confidential information relating to your business during the course of their employment.  When they leave your employment and move to a rival, your confidential information...

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Nov 21

Carers’ rights at work

According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are...

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Nov 21

Navigating your way through divorce

No one enters a marriage with an eye on the emergency exit but if it does happen, there are ways to minimise the pain. At risk of stating the obvious...

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Nov 21

Return of Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival applauded by book lovers

The return of Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has delighted attendees and book lovers after last year’s event was forced to go online due to the pandemic. The festival, which took...

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Nov 21

Is your workplace sympathetic to the menopause?

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her huge refrigerator and stands there cooling off from a...

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Nov 21

Getting a pension health check

A recent decision by the Pensions Ombudsman has again highlighted the sometimes precarious financial position occupied by cohabiting couples and their relative lack of rights compared to their married counterparts....

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Oct 21

Raworths maintains strong recognition in Chambers UK legal guide

Raworths has maintained its strong recognition across all practice areas in the new Chambers UK legal guide published on 21 October, including Band 1 rankings for Family and Employment. Chambers...

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Oct 21

The end of furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, has just come to an end, on 30 September 2021.  The scheme was introduced in March 2020, to help...

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Sep 21

Can you be contractually obliged to attempt to settle?

This is a question which our Dispute Resolution team are frequently asked by commercial clients.  They say: “It may seem a little odd but sometimes a party to a dispute...

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Sep 21

Raworths commended for their professionalism and teamwork

Raworths reputation for excellence has been reinforced once again by inclusion in the Legal 500 UK Guide, released on 29 September 2021. All Raworths' areas of law are recommended by...

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Sep 21

Who gets the dog on divorce?

We’re a nation of animal lovers and if press reports are anything to be believed, this has been illustrated clearly in lockdown, with many households succumbing to the temptation of...

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Sep 21

Pensions and Divorce

A new report has again highlighted the gender inequality in pension wealth and its potential impact on pension outcomes on divorce. The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA),...

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Sep 21

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival returns with live events

Following last year’s online festival, it is great to announce that Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival returns this autumn with a 4 day programme of live events from 21 to 24...

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Sep 21

Disciplinary procedures post Covid – keeping your policies up to date

In the last 18 months employers have had to be flexible and to make changes quickly in order to stay competitive and to keep their business on track, while also...

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Sep 21

Fundraiser celebrates 100 years of Vision Support Harrogate District

Raworths enjoyed a day of fundraising fun to celebrate the centenary of Vision Support Harrogate District, their Charity of the Year. The Garden Party was held in September and welcomed...

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Sep 21

Proposed modernisation of the Child Maintenance Service

Child maintenance can be a tricky issue and is something that can cause a lot of confusion for separating parents, particularly the interaction between the court and the Child Maintenance...

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Sep 21

Joint ventures – is divorce on the cards?

When businesses come together with common interests and pooled talent great things can be achieved but like any relationship can it all end in disaster? Unfortunately, joint ventures are frequently...

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Sep 21

Raworths achieves Gold accreditation for “We invest in people”

Raworths Solicitors is proud to be awarded We invest in people, gold accreditation by Investors in People, following reassessment in the summer of 2021. It goes without saying that Gold accreditation...

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Aug 21

Does a one size fits all approach to debt collection suit your business?

It is understandable that businesses will frequently have a standardized internal procedure for collecting in debts.  Perhaps reminder letters to debtors after 14 days, followed by more serious letters making...

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Jul 21

Raworths achieves top ranking in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Raworths achieves top ranking in its region and nationally (outside London) in independent guide Chambers High Net Worth Guide, one of the leading independent guides for the international private wealth...

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Jul 21

The use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in commercial disputes

It is no secret that the courts are struggling to clear the backlog of commercial cases which have built up as a result of the coronavirus, or that this backlog...

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Jul 21

Bailment – What is Bailment?

Although it has such an antiquated name, Bailment is the term given to a very common form of a legal relationship which most people will have experienced. A Bailment can...

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Jul 21

No Fault Divorce Delayed

As my colleague Ellie Foster explained in her article No Fault Divorce earlier this year, the Government announced a new law on ‘no-fault’ divorce to come into effect this October...

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Jun 21

Raworths appoints new leadership for Corporate team following period of growth

Raworths has announced new leadership for its Corporate team following a sustained period of growth and client wins. The promotion is the fifth senior appointment to be made by the...

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Jun 21

The future of the workplace and hybrid working

The official government message encouraging people to work from home is expected to end with the final step out of lockdown. For many employees though, homeworking is here to stay....

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Jun 21

Is it worth paying for a private Financial Dispute Resolution?

For most people, (particularly those without children), one of the most important stages of a separation is the financial settlement. When managed badly it can fuel acrimony and dispute, cause...

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May 21

Family-friendly rights and the impact of the pandemic

While the predicted lockdown baby boom has not materialised and the birth rate is similar to 2020 (down just 0.5%), family caring responsibilities have been more evident in the last...

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Apr 21

Comparing employment status and rights – key differences and legal rights

The statutory definitions of the three categories of employment status have long been criticised as being unclear, and over the years a body of case law interpreting these definitions has...

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Apr 21

Raworths appoints three new partners to recognise excellence and quality

Raworths Solicitors has announced three new partners for the firm in its biggest series of partner promotions in several years. Sally Togher (Employment), Alison Walker and Sam Jenner (Trusts, Wills...

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Mar 21

Your duties as a director – what to do when your conduct is questioned

It would be wrong to assume that as a director you are top of the tree and untouchable.  Instead, a director is accountable to the company, shareholders and creditors by...

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Mar 21

Hollywood director takes top billing at the fifth Harrogate Film Festival

The Harrogate Film Festival is set to return for a fifth year, with events taking place between April and September 2021.  The festival aims to captivate audiences by offering innovative...

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Mar 21

No Fault Divorce

It’s a common misconception with divorcing couples that if one party can blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage then they will be entitled to a greater share...

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Jan 21

How to manage your personal belongings in your will

Should have put a name on it!   How to manage your personal belongings in your will When preparing your Will you might not have considered who your personal belongings (also known...

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Jan 21

Raworths Family Unit marks the new year with a senior appointment

Raworths Solicitors has added a new senior role to its Family Unit as the team responds to increased demand for its services.  Ellie Foster joins the respected law firm as...

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