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Doctor hired through her company still classed as a ‘worker’

October 28th 2019
 

A doctor who provided services through her own company has been classed as a “worker” for employment law purposes, giving her various rights and protections. Reshma Narayan was registered with Community Based Care Health Ltd as a “duty doctor” and worked regular shifts on a 12-week rota at a single NHS medical practice. She was not obliged to accept work and Community was not obliged to provide any. She took…

Joanne Stronach

Sisters lose shares in farm after father dies without making a Will

October 24th 2019
 

The granddaughters of a farmer have lost their shares in his farm because of complications that arose when their father died without making a Will. The grandfather had died in 1992, leaving behind a wife and four children. His Will stated that the farm was to be left to his wife and two of his sons as tenants in common. The Will added that in order to receive their share…

New rules to ensure large firms pay promptly come into effect

October 21st 2019
 

New rules that mean large companies could lose lucrative government business if they don’t pay their suppliers on time have now come into force. The rules, effective from 1 September, mean companies must pay 95% of their invoices within 60 days or run the risk of losing out on major government contracts. This will be particularly beneficial for small businesses, which are an important part of the supply chain. The…

Fab-Seiling for Others!

October 18th 2019
 

Charity Abseil and Fun Day at Carlisle East Fire Station Saturday 12th October 2109JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHY It all started when I heard the dulcet American tones of Cumbria’s High Sheriff drift across a crowded room with the words “Carol will do it with me!” “Do what?” I asked – followed by a frantic shaking of my head. Fast forward some weeks and I found myself at…

Printer wins claim after being misled when buying a business

October 17th 2019
 

A print firm has won its claim that it was deceived into buying a business because the seller had fraudulently misrepresented key issues and withheld damaging information. Glossop Cartons and Print Ltd had bought Contact (Print and Packaging) Ltd after lengthy negotiations. The deal meant that Glossop took on Contact’s entire business including its employees, and the leases of three commercial units. Prior to the purchase agreements, there were concerns…

The second edition of our Agricultural News is now live …

October 15th 2019
 

“Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter.  We live in ‘interesting times’, and our job as lawyers is to guide you through them and to help you avoid the pitfalls along the way. Please excuse me for giving a huge congratulations to our whole team, including the unsung support staff, on having their skills and service recognised nationally – more on that below.  I hope you will find that…

Manager unfairly dismissed after ‘seriously flawed’ investigation

October 14th 2019
 

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR A council manager who was unfairly dismissed has been awarded £100,618 compensation and reinstated in his job. Mr J Thornhill had worked at Camden Borough Council for 37 years. In 2017, the council was ordered to pay compensation over the mishandling of the tendering process for a contract to provide street lighting. It was Thornhill’s job to assess the requirements in the…

Joanne Stronach

Help to Buy scheme is not delivering expected value, say MPs

October 9th 2019
 

By Elizabeth Crouch Head of Residential Conveyancing The value of the government’s Help to Buy scheme has been called into question by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee. They say much of the money invested could have been better spent elsewhere. The Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme was introduced in April 2013 by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (the Department) to address a fall in property…

Staffing manager unfairly dismissed for ‘pointing out problems’

October 7th 2019
 

By Claire Davies Director A logistics manager at a transport company was unfairly dismissed after he raised concerns about the lawfulness of the company’s staffing rotas and was then made redundant. That was the ruling of the Employment Tribunal in a case involving Mr R Mott who began working for Secure Care in July 2018. The company provided transport for NHS patients with mental health problems. Mott’s duties were to…

Claire Davies

Cumbria’s first solicitor apprentice celebrates successful year

October 4th 2019
 

CUMBRIA’S first solicitor apprentice has urged others to consider a non-traditional route into law as she celebrates 12 successful months in the role. Holly Moxon set off on a Degree Apprenticeship with leading firm Cartmell Shepherd last year as she pursued her long-held ambition of becoming a lawyer. Now the 21-year-old says she has no regrets about leaving university in favour of a work-based path towards her ultimate career goal.…

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