Warring couples must put their children first this Christmas

November 29th 2018

Laura Ousby Solicitor The magic of Christmas can be ruined for many children as they get caught up in a bitter tug of war between their separated parents. Imagine the stress they could face if they become the unwilling prize in a fight between the two people they love the most – their mum and dad. Sadly, it’s still the case that some parents use their children as a way…

A day in the life of a Trainee Solicitor – advocacy skills

November 26th 2018

Trainee Solicitors: Emma Blamire, Andrew Campbell, Taylor Chanter & Lydia Jones By Taylor Chanter Trainee Solicitor As part of the training requirements for trainee solicitors I am currently completing the Professional Skills Course at the University of Central Lancashire alongside my fellow Cartmell Shepherd trainees Andrew, Emma and Lydia.  For the first few sessions we have been developing our advocacy skills in both a criminal and civil…

Winners of prestigious business award!

November 22nd 2018

Directors Carol Fish and Deborah Flynn receiving the award We celebrate success after scooping Best Professional Services Company award at a prestigious business awards ceremony. We beat off some stiff competition from our fellow finalists, Armstrong Watson and Prima Uno, to be crowned winners in the Best Professional Services Company category at the in-Cumbria Business Awards. Both Carol Fish and Deborah Flynn were presented with the award…

Director held personally responsible for company’s unpaid invoice

November 19th 2018

By Peter Stafford , Cartmell Shepherd’s Managing Director A director has been held personally liable to pay the full market value of products that had been supplied to her company shortly before it went into liquidation. The claim against the director arose from her company’s failure to pay for a cargo of sunflower oil sold to it by a supplier in October 2012. The supplier argued that it had entered into…

Festival of Remembrance

November 12th 2018

The Cartmell Shepherd Community Choir are very proud to have taken part in the 2018 Remembered – Festival of Remembrance at The Sands Centre, Carlisle on Saturday 10 November 2018. The Festival was a wonderful evening of different acts on the theme of 2018 Remembered, followed by the Remembrance Service led by Reverend Teasdale, who was joined on stage by members of the armed services and the evening’s acts. It…

Chancellor increases Living and Minimum wage rates

November 8th 2018

Scott Garson  Practice Manager Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced increases to the minimum wage rates. During his Budget speech, Mr Hammond said the National Living Wage will rise by 4.9%, from £7.83 to £8.21 from next April.  This amounts to a £690 annual pay increase for a full-time worker. These are the increases recommended by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) and accepted in full by the government.  They will come into…

Free will review offer launched by top legal firm

November 7th 2018

A LEGAL company has launched a service which offers free will reviews for residents of West Cumbria. Staff at the Dovenby branch of Cartmell Shepherd are welcoming local residents to join them for a 30 minute consultation. They have decided to offer this service because many people unwittingly have wills which are out of date and no longer fit for purpose. The consequences can be seismic, with families potentially plunged…

Claire Wilson, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors

Landlord stops leaseholder letting out flat on Airbnb

November 5th 2018

Elizabeth Crouch Senior Solicitor A landlord has succeeded in legal action to prevent a leaseholder letting out his flat on short-term lets using websites such as Airbnb. The landlord was the freeholder of a building which had been converted into flats. Many of the flats had been sub-let by the leaseholders on assured shorthold tenancies, usually for a minimum of six months. One of the tenants started using his flat…

Call for evidence to combat late payments to small businesses

November 2nd 2018

Mark Aspin, Director and Head of Dispute Resolution The government is urging businesses to highlight their experiences of late payment and put forward ideas to ensure earlier settlement, especially by large companies. One in four UK businesses say that late payments are a threat to their survival.  Research by the Federation of Small Businesses suggests that prompt payments could add £2.5 billion to the UK economy and keep an extra…

Legal services sector in Cumbria ‘should be celebrated’ says leading lawyer

November 1st 2018

ONE of Cumbria’s leading lawyers has labelled the county’s presence in an influential industry index as ‘outstanding’. Peter Stafford, the managing director of Cartmell Shepherd, said the verdict delivered this week by the Legal 500 underlines the quality of services across the county. A number of Cumbria businesses were named in the annual report, underlining the degree to which law firms in the county can offer a comprehensive package of…

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