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Preparing for the future

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston announced a £45 million pound investment into the digital and creative sector. This will kick-start a wider £250 million pound development creating the UK’s first Digital City. As the news breaks, we speak to our in-house technology expert and partner within our corporate and commercial team, Martin McKinnell about why it […]

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Posted in: News & PR Corporate / commercial updates Technology

Meet our growing Commercial Property team

Thanks to our exceptional legal skills and reputation of being the “the go-to experts in the commercial field”, our Commercial Property team has now grown to nine with the recruitment over the summer of two new members of staff. Carly Cornell specialises in commercial property and has experience of a variety of commercial property matters […]

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Posted in: News & PR Commercial Property

How to Calculate Holiday Pay for ‘Part-Year’ Workers

Term-time working is most commonly associated with the education sector, be it in regards to teachers, support staff, caterers, cleaners and so on. Calculating holiday pay for such individuals can often be a challenge for employers, requiring them to adopt a different more complex approach. Helpfully, the case of The Harpur Trust v Brazel has […]

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Posted in: Employment Law

Crucial Agriculture Updates including Birds, Brexit and Broadband 

A potential no-deal Brexit ups the sustainability debate and government support promise The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission has published a report ‘Our Future in the Land’ designed to help shape a vision of a more sustainable future. Its recommendations highlight two key points: A no-deal Brexit could potentially have a massive impact on […]

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Posted in: Commercial Property Agriculture

Celebrating our 20th Birthday with two new Partners!

We are celebrating our twentieth anniversary this August and is marking the occasion with the appointment of two new Partners. Theresa Carling and Martin McKinnell join the 10-strong team of Partners, led by the firm’s new managing partner, Lee Bramley who took over from Paul Bury, in April 2019. Theresa commented, “There is a real […]

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Posted in: News & PR

Why reviewing the property auction pack before bidding is vital!

“I’ve bought this property at an auction; would you just have a look at the pack?” – words that make a property lawyer’s heart sink. Why? Because once your client has bought the property at auction, it’s too late to deal with most of the issues that might arise. The auctioneer’s hammer going down is […]

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Posted in: Commercial Property

A Record Period for our Corporate Team!

Our Corporate and Commercial team have completed a record period of deals- totaling almost £300million- as we approach our milestone  20th year in business. The team is now looking to grow its team of ten lawyers, as a result of the continued growth in work. The last quarter saw Partner and Head of Department, Nik […]

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Posted in: News & PR Corporate / commercial updates

Correctly Calculating Holiday Pay

Voluntary overtime should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay, following the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision in Flowers v East of England Ambulance Trust. The calculation of holiday pay is governed by two separate legal frameworks, the first is the Working Time Regulations 1998, and the second is the Working Time Directive. We will […]

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Posted in: Employment Law

Family-friendly rights: What can happen if you get them wrong…

Employees benefit from a number of family-friendly rights, such as the more commonly known maternity leave and its statutory pay, and paternity leave and its statutory pay. But a few years ago, the Government introduced two additional schemes to benefit the working parent. These were shared parental leave (SPL) and statutory shared parental leave pay […]

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Posted in: Employment Law

Data Protection Officers: why do they matter?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, and brought with it a big change as to how businesses approach data protection regulation. For example, the GDPR places much more emphasis on self-regulation and internal accountability. One aspect of this new approach is that certain businesses and organisations are required to […]

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Posted in: GDPR