New director appointed to board at leading legal firm

May 31st 2019

ONE of Cumbria’s leading legal firms has appointed a new director, as its farming and agriculture department moves from strength to strength. Mark Jackson becomes the youngest member of Cartmell Shepherd’s board at the age of 35, bringing the number of top table representatives to nine. CARTMELL SHEPHERD SOLICITORSMark Jackson With a desire to focus on traditional values whilst implementing the most up-to-date legal practices, he…

The first edition of our Agricultural News is now live!

May 29th 2019

“Welcome to the first edition of our Agriculture Newsletter.  I hope you will find them relevant and useful.  We aim to give you a consistent and excellent service, and keeping you updated forms part of that.  Cartmell Shepherd has a strong and growing agricultural team, with expertise that is recognised nationally.   Our job is to find solutions to your problems, on time and at a sensible price – if we can…

Latest figures show slight reduction in gender pay gap

May 28th 2019

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR The latest figures on the gender pay gap in large businesses show a slight reduction on last year. Legislation introduced in 2017 means that every employer with 250 or more employees has to publish the differences between what they pay their male and female staff in average salaries and bonuses. This is the second year that employers have been required to report…

Joanne Stronach

Dementia Action Week 2019

May 24th 2019

  This week is Dementia Action Week and it was amazing for #TeamCartmells to get involved in our local communities and show support. It is important for us, as businesses, to make ourselves more accessible to those living with dementia and to help shape a wider community that strives to be more inclusive to those with disabilities.  Cartmells are active members of the Local Dementia Action Alliance and work within…

Replacing Incumbent Systems with Proclaim Practice Management Solution to enhance efficiencies firm-wide

May 24th 2019

We are in the news this week!  Eclipse Legal Systems have written an article about the new legal software we are installing. Cartmells’ Practice Manager, Scott Garson talks about why we chose Proclaim Practise Management to take our productivity to the next level.  Eclipse Legal Systems, the Law Society Endorsed legal software provider, has announced it is implementing its Proclaim Practice Management solution at award winning law firm Cartmell Shepherd. Cartmell Shepherd…

Female administrator paid 15% less than her male replacement

May 23rd 2019

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR The Employment Tribunal has ruled that a female finance administrator was discriminated against when her male replacement was paid £3,500 more than her. The case involved Mrs J Broom, who had been employed in various roles by Alternative Care Ltd for nearly two years. At the time she resigned from the company, she was a finance administrator with a salary of £18,000.…

Judge orders homeowner to pay builder in full for repair work

May 20th 2019

By Laura Bright Solicitor The High Court has ordered a homeowner to pay the full cost of repair work carried out on his property by a building company. The court heard that the homeowner, Sylvein Pinto, had asked ICCT Ltd to stop leaks in his basement. The work was not paid for so ICCT took the matter to arbitration and Mr Pinto provided the adjudicator with pictures of the leaking…

Laura Bright Solicitor

Headmaster told disabled teaching assistant: ‘I can do what I like’

May 15th 2019

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR A teaching assistant was discriminated against by her employer, who did not take the necessary steps to allow her to work in comfort with her disability. That was the decision of the Employment Tribunal in a case involving an assistant who worked at Aycliffe Village Primary School in County Durham from February 2006. Mrs S Clifford suffered with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue…

Director ordered to pay £20,000 after breaching his duties

May 13th 2019

By Mark Aspin Director A director has been ordered to pay £20,000 for breaching his legal duties shortly before his company went into liquidation. The director had run a freight-forwarding company from 2011 until its voluntary liquidation in 2015. He had been the sole shareholder. His father had previously been a co-director of the company and continued to work for it. The company operated from the father’s home. The director…

Sub-contractor held liable for loss of rent due to faulty work

May 7th 2019

A sub-contractor has been held liable for all the compensation a contractor had to pay for damage caused by faulty work, including loss of rent. The High Court was told that the contractor, Ground Construction Ltd, had been employed by a landlord to build a property next to Regent’s Canal in London. The main contract was a JCT standard form incorporating the terms and conditions of DOM2. Ground Construction sub-contracted…

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