How the Hague Convention can help if your ex-partner abducts your child

April 29th 2019

By Laura Ousby Solicitor Disputes between parents over who their children should live and spend time with are among the most common causes of ongoing tension between couples after they separate. Most families manage to work out reasonable compromises over such issues but unfortunately, amicable agreements are not always possible and in some extreme cases, can lead to one parent abducting their children and taking them to another country. This…

Husband and wife lose £40,000 deposit in failed company purchase

April 24th 2019

By Mark Aspin Director & Head of Dispute Resolution A husband and wife who tried to buy a business have lost their £40,000 deposit after the High Court ruled they could not claim a refund when the deal fell through. The couple wanted to buy a waste collection company. They were introduced to the sole shareholder and a tentative agreement was made that they would buy the business for £210,000.…

Try before you buy – the importance of getting a horse vetted

April 18th 2019

By Laura Bright Solicitor Finding the right horse can be difficult, and when you finally do, it can be ever so tempting to rush into purchasing him/her without carrying out the necessary checks.  It is unlikely you would buy a car without an MOT so why treat purchasing a horse any differently? In order to protect yourself you should have the horse vetted by your own vet or an independent…

Prestigious recognition for our dedicated team who ‘go beyond the extra mile’ for clients …

April 12th 2019

Our team of dedicated solicitors who ‘go beyond the extra mile’ for their clients is flying the flag for Cumbria as finalists in the prestigious Northern Law Awards. Our private client department is now in the running to be named 2019 private client team of the year at a ceremony in Newcastle in June. Deborah Flynn, Director and Head of Department, said being shortlisted was fitting recognition of the extraordinary…

This is Cumbria

April 12th 2019

What a fabulous couple of days for Team Cartmells at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at Birmingham NEC this week for the This is Cumbria showcase. The show was a great success & has definitely helped put Cumbria on the map!

No-deal brexit and family law

April 9th 2019

By Laura Ousby Solicitor Family law may not immediately spring to mind when considering the impact of Brexit. Most of the news coverage focuses on the value of the pound, businesses, the NHS, interest rates and house prices. A no-deal Brexit will, however, affect the current family legal system as we know it. The government have made a number of provisions affecting family law that are expected to come into force…

Asda loses appeal over equal pay for women workers

April 4th 2019

Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR explains. The Court of Appeal has upheld a tribunal ruling that female workers in Asda stores were employed under terms and conditions that were comparable to men working in the company’s distribution depots. It’s an important decision as it could allow thousands of women working for major retailers and numerous other businesses to bring equal pay claims. Asda has 630 retail stores and…

Homeowner awarded £500,000 after architect fails to deliver ‘wow factor’

April 1st 2019

A City banker has successfully sued his architect after a home cinema designed to float above an indoor swimming pool failed to deliver a “wow factor”. Philip Freeborn was a successful banker and owned a luxurious home. He hired architect Daniel Marca to redesign his pool-house. They agreed on a cinema screen that would appear in a glass box on legs above the pool. However, the end result was not…

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