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Waffle free Hambleton Business Conference

Peter Mills
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Last Friday's Hambleton Business Conference was waffle-free, for all the right reasons - and I'm not talking about the catering. This year's conference, at The Hawkhills, near Easingwold, was particularly strong on useful data and...

Holiday Pay - the final decision on commission...for now!

Marie Horner
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The decision is in. The Supreme Court has refused permission for British Gas to appeal the holiday pay case brought by Mr Lock. What does that mean for employers? Essentially it means that any employees who earn results-based commission must have that...

Issues to consider before you buy that dream rural property

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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Larger than average gardens, existing outbuildings and land can be very attractive features of many rural properties for sale. If you are looking for residential/commercial development or conversion potential though, have an early discussion with the...

Blurred lines - employee, self-employed or worker?

Marie Horner
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In light of the 'Uber' and 'Citysprint' Employment Tribunal decisions and the very recent 'Pimlico Plumbers' Court of Appeal decision, it is clear that 'Worker' status is highly topical, evolving and a potential pitfall for...

Landmark judgment set to trigger more clean breaks

Pascale Adam
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A landmark case where the Court of Appeal ordered a father to give his former wife extra money 15 years after they divorced, is set to trigger more ‘clean break’ settlements. The Court of Appeal was able to order surveyor, Graham Mills, 50, to...

If I make an LPA do I instantly lose control over my affairs?

Pamela Precious
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A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can have immediate effect if you specifically want this to be the case but otherwise, no - making an LPA will not mean you lose control over your affairs straight away. LPAs allow you to choose and appoint one or more...

Baby Boomers are setting a challenge for the divorce courts

Sarah Conroy
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Baby boomers who grew up in the social changes of the 1960s with Carnaby Street, Bob Dylan and The Beatles, are setting a new trend by posing new challenges for the divorce courts. According to think tank, the International Longevity Centre - UK, the total...

Ensuring working arrangements for workers to take breaks

Marie Horner
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Are you taking positive steps to encourage your workers to take breaks in accordance with Working Time Regulations 1998 ("WTR")? If not, the recent case of Grange v Abellio London Ltd might prompt you to review your practices. Under the WTR, a...

Adam McNamara jockeying for position

George Primarolo
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As part of its commitment to supporting young talent in horse racing, Harrowells crafted an innovative sponsorship arrangement in early 2016 with apprentice jockey Adam McNamara, apprentice jockey. In this post we catch up with Adam at the end of the 2016...

Protecting gifts to children in the event of their divorce

Emma Walker
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If your son or daughter is married and you make a financial gift, such as helping towards a house deposit, it may well be shared between them and their partner if they later divorce.The position is more complicated in the case of unmarried couples, but it...

Tribunal rules council guilty of constructive dismissal of trainee solicitor

Marie Horner
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A trainee solicitor, who was bullied by his training principal and legal manager at a district authority in North Yorkshire, secretly taped review meetings where he was intimidated, an employment tribunal heard.  David Bowes, 27, discreetly taped...

Online divorces are no faster and often create problems later

Pascale Adam
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Although divorce rates have fallen from their peak and more marriages last beyond the traditional ‘seven-year-itch’, a greater proportion of couples are ending their relationships by opting for supposedly ‘quickie’, low-cost online...

Is your shared parental leave policy discriminatory for men?

Marie Horner
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In the recent case of Snell v Network Rail, Mr Snell was awarded £28,321.03 by a Scottish Employment Tribunal as a result of the discriminatory shared parental leave policy put in place by his employer, Network Rail. Mr Snell argued that Network...

Meet the experts and learn how to plan for later life

Robert Dallinson
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A special information day to help North Yorkshire people understand how best to plan for later life is being held in Thirsk next month. The free information day, comprising a drop-in session and two presentations, is being held at Meadowfields Extra...

Harrowells Q and A feature in the Dalesman

Peter Mills
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Harrowells Solicitors are running a series of 'Question and Answer' features in the popular Dalesman magazine. The iconic publication, with its articles on different aspects of Yorkshire's landscape, history, culture and...

Salutary reminder to employers on the rights of breastfeeding mothers

Marie Horner
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Marie Horner, partner and Head of Employment Law at Harrowells, highlights the implications to employers of the recent tribunal ruling involving easyJet. Any suggestion that new mothers will have to give up breast-feeding their child to fit in with their...

Harrowells backs inaugural York Food & Drink Conference

Paul Burkinshaw
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Harrowells Solicitors were key supporters and sponsors of the inaugural York Food & Drink Conference, held in September to coincide with the city's longstanding Food & Drink Festival. The groundbreaking conference - organised by Make It...

Harrowells supports Allerton Park Horse Trials

George Primarolo
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The firm sponsored this year's Allerton Park Horse Trials, held on 17th and 18th September, as part of our wider support of equine pursuits in our region and in recognition of our specialist equine law unit and its work in advising...

Harrowells wins top conveyancing award

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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Harrowells Solicitors has become Yorkshire and North East Regional Conveyancing Firm of The Year in major national industry awards. The firm scooped the award from a shortlist of three in this year’s Law Firm Services National Conveyancing Awards. ...

Harrowells wins Legal 500 recognition

Peter Mills
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Each year Legal 500 undertakes an independent assessment of the reputation and quality of work of leading law firms in the UK. The 2016 results were announced on 14th September and, once again, we have received formal recognition in a number of...

Big Bad Bike Ride fund raising success

Peter Mills
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Over 400 people took part in the Big Bad Bike Ride on Saturday 10th September in a bid to raise funds for Ataxia UK. The charity supports individuals diagnosed with Ataxia, a relatively rare but serious group of neurological disorders that can...

Adam McNamara's Ebor win and heartfelt tribute

George Primarolo
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Adam McNamara, our sponsored apprentice jockey, recorded the biggest win of his career to date with a four length victory on Heartbreak City at York on Saturday 20th August. His success in the Ebor, the most lucrative flat handicap race in Europe, set the...

Horse Racing Law launch

George Primarolo
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Harrowells Solicitors has launched www.horseracinglaw.co.uk , offering specialist advice to trainers, owners, jockeys, breeders and bloodstock companies in the horse racing industry. With a significant concentration of trainers around...

York Dementia Friendly milestone

Peter Mills
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More than 100 staff at businesses and organisations in York have become Dementia Friends in the latest milestone to help the city become a Dementia Friendly Community. The Dementia Friends sessions were run by a senior solicitor in Harrowells’...