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How to spot signs and help back-to-work staff who are struggling

June 29th 2020
 

By Carol Fish Director and Head of Personal Injury Employers have been focusing on what measures they need to put in place to enable staff to safely return to workplaces as lockdown eases. Much of the attention has been focused on signage in line with social distancing measures, one-way flows of people, and supplying sanitiser. But some signs are not as easy to see. It’s just as important that businesses…

Carol Fish

Solicitor champions more awareness of dementia in community

June 26th 2020
 

A TYNEDALE solicitor is encouraging more people to understand the challenges those living with dementia face on a daily basis. Alice Whittome a private client solicitor with leading legal firm Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors which has one the largest teams of Wills, Estates and Trust Lawyers across Cumbria and Northumberland, is championing more awareness of dementia in the community. Alice, who works from Cartmell Shepherd’s Haltwhistle office, has completed a course…

Helpful guide for SMEs about the changes to the furlough scheme from UK200Group

June 23rd 2020
 

The government has announced a number of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more commonly referred to as ‘furlough’.  These changes start to take effect from 1 July. To help SMEs understand the changes and how they apply to them, UK200Group have produced a handy guide – Everything SMEs need to know about Furlough. Covering everything from what is furlough, what are the changes, how to make claims…

Leaseholders of terrace house not entitled to obtain freehold

June 22nd 2020
 

By Natalie Tatton Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Team The tenants of eleven terrace houses had no right to acquire the freehold title as their leases excluded certain structural parts of their property. That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving Freehold Properties 250 Ltd v Beverley Ann Field & 18 Ors (2020). Freehold Properties appealed against a decision of the County Court that 11 of…

What does the future look like for SMEs – UK200Group SME Poll

June 19th 2020
 

UK200 Group Poll: What does the future look like for your business? Over the coming weeks, subject to the COVID-19 virus being under control, we are seeing a re-opening of the economy, sectors and SMEs, owner operated and family businesses. But we also know many remain closed due to ongoing lockdown restrictions. This will have implications for SMEs who form the backbone of the UK economy. As members of the…

No-Fault Divorce is nearly here!

June 18th 2020
 

Amy Fallows Associate Solicitor in our Family law team provides update. The moment many separated couples have been waiting for is nearly here… the true ‘quickie divorce’. A law should be passed by Parliament in the next few days which will allow couples to divorce if they wish. Currently one spouse has to cite unreasonable behaviour or adultery if they want to divorce straight away. Many instead opt to wait…

How have you adapted to working from home during lockdown?

June 16th 2020
 

Zoe Calway Director talks about how she has adapted during lockdown. Where are you working from now? Home.  I regularly spend part of my week working from home so I am lucky to have a dedicated office with everything I need.  I even have an office dog.  She’s an old Springer Spaniel.  The sound of her snoring away is quite comforting. What has been the most difficult about working remotely?…

Finance broker enforces employee’s non-compete clause

June 15th 2020
 

By Mark Aspin Director and Head of Dispute Resolution A finance company has successfully enforced a non-compete clause preventing an employee joining a rival firm for six months. The High Court heard that Julien Leonard had been recruited by Square Global Ltd as a broker in 2015.  He resigned on 11 November 2019. At that time, he had been in discussions for over seven months with a rival financial-services business…

Corporate insolvency bill to ease pressure on businesses during Covid-19

June 11th 2020
 

The government has published its new bill designed to relieve the pressure on businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It’s hoped the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will ease some of the pressures posed by the threat of reduced trading and allow directors to focus all their efforts on continuing to operate. The Bill will: introduce temporary easements on filing requirements and Annual General Meetings (AGMs)introduce new corporate restructuring tools…

Employee from leading Cumbrian legal firm steps up to support local community initiative during time of need

June 10th 2020
 

Terri Hope Marketing Manager at the award-winning Northern legal firm, Cartmell Shepherd has been giving her time to help others during the lockdown. After spotting a social media post from a local village store offering free local grocery deliveries to the community, Terri saw an opportunity to help. The family-run store, Chestnut House in Pooley Bridge was a well-known speciality off licence also stocking a range of local produce and…

Terri Hope & Chestnut House
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