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Can an employer monitor content of employee personal messages?

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Can an employer monitor the content of an employee’s personal messages sent from a work email account? Probably not. A recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of Barbulescu v Romania has overturned an earlier...

Harrowells funds new scoreboard at Woodhouse Grange CC

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Players at one of Yorkshire’s most successful village cricket clubs will be able to see their scores more clearly, thanks to funding from Harrowells. A brand new digital computerised scoreboard has been installed at Woodhouse Grange Cricket...

Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

Richard Hugill
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From 1st October 2017, businesses seeking to recover debts from individuals are subject to the new ‘Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims’. Failing to follow the Protocol, or getting it wrong, may prove to be an expensive mistake. The Protocol is...

Specialist estates planning lawyer joins Harrowells

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We have expanded our Private Client Department with the appointment of a new partner. Philip Nelson (pictured left with Head of Department Ed Ryder) lives near York and joins from specialist national private client law firm, Wrigleys, Leeds....

Harrowells scoops two top home conveyancing awards

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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We have scooped two major home conveyancing awards, one for the second year in succession. We have become Yorkshire and North East Regional Firm of The Year in the Law Firm Services National Conveyancing Awards, an accolade we previously...

Narrative, people and innovation

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Advice from successful local business owners and key national and international players teased out three big ingredients to business success at the 2017 York Food and Drink Festival. Have a narrative about your business and products that customers,...

Powers of attorney for your business

Ed Ryder
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More and more people are familiar with the idea of Lasting Powers of Attorney – a document that appoints attorneys to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself in the future because of mental or physical incapacity. Often these...

Sensible planning can minimise LPA risks

Michelle Cruddas
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Any risks of abuse with Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) could be reduced with greater accountability, a lawyer specialising in services to the elderly says. People appoint attorneys through an LPA, a legal document, to manage their finances when they...

Take full advantage of Companies House online filing

George Primarolo
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I’m surprised that more businesses do not take full advantage of Companies House online filing service. Whilst many accountants file accounts online on their clients’ behalf, organisations need to file an additional Confirmation Statement each...

Social media and your business

Susie Mortonson
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Social media can be a really powerful tool for promoting your business and, as with many other things, it pays to understand your legal obligations when posting content online. Many businesses assume that online activity is not really...

Ask all job candidates the same questions about care responsibilities

Gillian Markland
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A recent successful compensation claim against the Japanese Consulate in Edinburgh highlights why it is important to ask all job candidates, male and female, the same questions about care responsibilities and how such responsibilities might affect...

Broaching the subject of future care arrangements

Michelle Cruddas
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Broaching the subject of future care arrangements with an elderly parent can be a sensitive issue. However, sensible planning can give peace of mind to loved ones and reduce potential worry and complexity for you and others who might be involved in...

Church turned international recording studio

Peter Mills
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2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the York Early Music Festival, which draws international artists and audiences - as well as a strong local following - to a series of performances of baroque and pre-baroque music across the city each summer. The...

Celebrating local food producers in the Dales

Peter Mills
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The Dales Festival of Food and Drink (Leyburn 17-18th June) is a fantastic celebration of the vitality of food production in the Yorkshire Dales. Always an important feature of the Dales' economy, the range and quality of local food and drink...

Rural secondary schools are vital local hubs

Peter Mills
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The state secondary schools in Thirsk, Easingwold and Pocklington (Woldgate) act as vital 'hubs' for their respective areas. In recognition of this, we have forged links with each school by...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ensuring working arrangements for workers to take breaks

Christopher Riley
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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...

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?

Abbas Khan
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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...

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 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 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...