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Jun 24

Do I have to share my bonus with my spouse if we get divorced?

It is common practice for individuals to be paid bonuses in addition to their basic salary. Often these bonuses can form a significant proportion of an individual’s income.  In the...

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Jun 24

Why are the company directors paid so much and yet my dividends are so low?

As a minority shareholder in a business, you may be frustrated with how the directors are running the company and, in particular, with how much they are taking from the...

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Jun 24

The benefits of a policy for keeping in touch during family leave

Returning to work from family leave can be a significant adjustment for some employees. As well as the practical considerations of childcare and family logistics, there may have been significant...

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May 24

What are your legal options if you are owed money?

There are several reasons why someone might owe you money, it could be an unpaid loan, a gift that you want back or, in a commercial context, an unpaid invoice...

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Apr 24

Keeping (most) family law cases out of court

“…. Like running up the down escalator” - that is how the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, described the workload of the Family Court in 2019.  Since...

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Apr 24

Becoming a non-executive director – the risk free option?

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 7 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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Apr 24

New compliance rules for business owners introduced from March 2024

Business directors and shareholders are being urged to review and, if necessary, modernise their corporate compliance as new far-reaching company legislation starts to take effect. The new Economic Crime and...

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Mar 24

Directors’ loan accounts – the best overdraft you can get?

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 5 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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Mar 24

Pre-nuptial agreements: helping to protect wealth on divorce

Raworths' Head of Family Carmelita Ardren discusses pre-nuptial agreements as an important tool to protect wealth on divorce. Significant family wealth rarely “just happens”. It comes from years of hard...

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Mar 24

DIY Divorce: some common risks and misconceptions

Claire Hunter, Associate in the family law team at Raworths in Harrogate, highlights some common risks and misconceptions about DIY divorce. Consulting a lawyer is viewed as acceptable when buying...

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Mar 24

Employment law update – Spring 2024

This year is a busy one for employment legislation, after a few quiet years.  The Government has backed a number of private members’ bills which are now coming into force....

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Mar 24

Update for employers – new rules for flexible working requests

The right to request flexible working has been around for over 20 years, and in that time eligibility to the right has been extended from parents and carers of young...

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Mar 24

Shareholders – the director’s ultimate master

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 4 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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Feb 24

Defending a product liability claim

Customer safety and satisfaction are vital objectives for any manufacturer or supplier, as you seek to build and maintain a reputation in the market. Quality control plays a key role...

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Feb 24

The Board of Directors cannot agree anything

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 3 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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Feb 24

The top 5 things directors do wrong – including the consequences

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 2 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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Jan 24

You have been appointed – but what kind of director are you?

A guide for directors: what you should know before accepting the appointment. This is article 1 from a series of 10 written by Jonathan Mortimer, a Dispute Resolution Partner at...

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Jan 24

Travelling abroad with children – a guide for separated parents

Taking your child on a holiday abroad is not always as simple as booking, paying for the holiday and enjoying the countdown. If you are separated from the child’s other...

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Jan 24

Getting a fair share on divorce

On 1 November 2023, the Nuffield Foundation released its final report on 'Fair Shares? Sorting out money and property on divorce'. This major research project, involving a survey of 2,415...

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Jan 24

An employer’s guide to taking grievances seriously

Dealing with employee grievances can sometimes seem like a thankless drain on a business’s management and resources. But a prompt investigation could uncover inappropriate behaviour or poor management that needs...

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Jan 24

Heading off a dispute with a distributor

Selling your goods in a new and unfamiliar market can be a risky and costly venture, but entering into a distribution arrangement with a separate distributor can provide your business...

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Jan 24

How to protect yourself online during your divorce

January has long been reported as seeing an increase in new divorce enquiries following the festive period and the welcoming of a new year. In recent years, technology has further...

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Nov 23

Raworths ranked as a Top Family Law Firm 2023 by eprivateclient

The Family team at Raworths has been named as a Top Family Law Firm 2023 by eprivateclient following their annual survey which produces a detailed guide to the leading law...

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Oct 23

Raworths enjoys stellar inclusions in the 2024 Legal 500 UK Guide

Raworths continues to build on its reputation as one of the leading law firms in the north of England securing multiple inclusions in the 2024 Legal 500 UK Guide. Recognised...

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Oct 23

The Inheritance (warning, may contain spoilers)

When you think of depictions of law on TV you might probably think of a gritty court room drama, however Channel 5 recently brought us "The Inheritance" dealing with death...

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Aug 23

Options for enforcing a judgment for payment

Obtaining a court judgment for payment from a debtor can be a huge relief, particularly where a dispute has been contested.  However, enforcing that judgment and actually obtaining payment can...

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Aug 23

Settlement agreements – considerations for employers

Using a settlement agreement to bring an employment relationship to an end, and effectively wipe the slate clean, can be very useful. But, to start the conversation, employers need to...

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Jun 23

Are Humanist Marriages Legally Valid?

The law in England and Wales permits both civil marriage and religious marriage. However, there is no specific provision for marriages to be conducted according to any other system of...

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Jun 23

Surrogacy – time for a change

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of children being born to a Surrogate. Sadly, surrogacy laws have failed to keep pace. As a result, the...

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Jun 23

How can a business remove a troublesome shareholder?

There are many reasons why shareholders fall out. Most companies in the UK are small owner-managed businesses, which are family businesses or have been started out by friends with a...

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Jun 23

Raworths’ strategic growth continues with new partner further strengthening private client team

Rachel Mainwaring-Taylor has been appointed as a partner in Raworths’ Trusts, Wills and Estates team. Rachel joins from Farrer & Co in London having developed an unusually broad range of...

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Mar 23

Raworths teams up with Harrogate District Foodbank as official charity partner

Raworths has named Harrogate District Foodbank as its official 2023 charity partner. The team at the legal firm – which employs more than 70 people - voted to fundraise for...

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Feb 23

What is the difference between a warranty and an indemnity?

Warranties and indemnities are frequently included in commercial agreements. Their aim is to provide a right of redress where one party provides to another critical information which later turns out...

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Jan 23

I hate my business partner – what can I legally do?

Business partnerships are like any other relationship.  There needs to be trust, commitment, an understanding as to respective roles and a shared vision. Unfortunately, business relationships can fall apart just...

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Jan 23

What employers need to know about hidden disabilities

Have you ever spotted someone wearing a lanyard with a sunflower as a means of indicating that they have a non-visible disability (also known as a hidden or invisible disability)?...

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Dec 22

My fellow shareholders disagree with my views – what can I do?

For a business to grow and prosper, it is vital that the people at the helm get on and have a shared vision about key issues of strategic importance. Where...

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Nov 22

The agreement is signed but it contains an error – what can I do?

If you have entered a business contract which does not, with the benefit of hindsight, accurately reflect the terms that were discussed, or which contains a fundamental error or misunderstanding,...

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Nov 22

How easy is it to challenge a will based upon lack of mental capacity?

Following the death of a loved one, additional upset can be caused by a challenge to the validity of the will by a disappointed beneficiary on the basis that the...

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Sep 22

Raworths Announce Raft of Promotions

Raworths has announced four promotions which have been awarded across a number of the firm’s highly-ranked private client and commercial teams.  John Carter, Commercial Property is promoted to Senior Associate. ...

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Aug 22

How emotionally intelligent should lawyers be?

Rachel Tunnicliffe is Senior Partner and Head of Trusts, Wills and Estates at Raworths.  She explains why legal firms should value, and foster, emotional intelligence in lawyers. People tend to...

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Aug 22

Negotiating a senior executive package

Recruiting the right senior executive can be an immense benefit to a company if they bring the right mix of skills, experience, and contacts to the business. It is not...

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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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Aug 21

The Top 10 Most Seen Disputes Relating to Wills

Jonathan Mortimer, Consultant Partner at Raworths, lists the most frequently seen disputes relating to wills and the administration of estates based upon his experience in the field. The top 10...

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Nov 20

Unmarried couples who are separating – what happens to your property?

When deciding to live together, understandably many unmarried couples do not think about what would happen with their property if their relationship came to an end. However, when relationships do...

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