50 Wainwrights in support of ’50 Faces for Hospice’

September 28th 2020

Team Cartmells are always up for a challenge so, when Hospice at Home launched their ’50 Faces’ fundraiser, our West Cumbria girls signed up and donned their thinking hats. After a lot of thought, suggestions and zoom meetings, it was decided that they would complete 50 Wainwrights between 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2021. Whether this be hiking, running or, over the winter months, something a little more adventurous,…

Coronavirus update Sep 2020 – please read

September 28th 2020

We very much remain open for business and committed to providing you with the best possible service.  The health and wellbeing of our team, our clients and our visitors is our number one priority.  Heeding the current Government advice we have in place the following measures: Client & visitor meetings – are by appointment only.  Please contact us using the details below to arrange a meeting. Hand washing – we…

What Do the Latest Measures from Rishi mean for your Business? What is the outlook for SMEs?

September 28th 2020

We are experiencing probably the toughest year most of us have known in our business lives. Thankfully, there has been support available to help us through the crisis.  On 24th September Rishi announced further measures of support including: a new job support scheme;an extension to the self-employment income support scheme;an extension to the repayment period for bounce back loans;the extension of the 5% VAT rate for the hospitality and tourism…

Surge in house sales as stamp duty holiday comes into effect

September 28th 2020

There has been a large increase in house sales following the introduction of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday. By Sam Bulman, Conveyancer After a 14.5% rise in July, residential property transactions in August rose a further 15.6% as more people decided to buy a new home. The increase came after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday for residential properties worth up to £500,000, effective from 8th…

Fatal accidents on farms worse than other industries

September 28th 2020

Thinking it over with Carol Fish Director & Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury … WE have farmers to thank for the work they do with their livestock, crops and also in many parts of Cumbria and Northumberland for helping make our world-renowned landscapes look so magnificent. But what the visitor, or even resident, sees is often only the picture postcard view of what real life on the farm is…


SMEs and the Winter Economy Plan – the UK200Group Verdict

September 25th 2020

As Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors are proud members of the UK200Group we are able to share with you the following comments from several members of the UK200Group on the Winter Economy Plan: SMEs and the Winter Economy Plan – the UK200Group Verdict  The UK200Group is the UK’s leading professional services group of independent quality assured chartered accountancy and law firms. The aim of the UK200Group is to help members help their clients. They…

Employer must honour settlement agreement despite breach

September 24th 2020

An employer must honour payments set out in a settlement agreement with an employee even though he breached a confidentiality clause. By Claire Davies Director That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving Duchy Farm Kennels Ltd and Graham William Steels. Mr Steels had brought claims against Duchy in the Employment Tribunal. A settlement agreement was negotiated in which Duchy agreed to pay Steels £15,000 by…

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Law firm colleagues donate charity fitness challenge cash to mark World Alzheimer’s Month

September 22nd 2020

COLLEAGUES from Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors have marked World Alzheimer’s Month by donating almost £900 to support people living with dementia. Colleagues from across the law firm’s Cumbria and Northumberland offices clocked up a total of 420 miles to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. The five-strong team took part in the charity’s Run for Dementia, campaign which challenged participants to complete either 50 or 100 miles in 30 days. The…

Tribunal modifies covenant to allow landowner to build house

September 21st 2020

A landowner has succeeded in getting a restrictive covenant modified to enable him to build a second house on a small plot. By Jonathan Carroll Director and Head of Agriculture Mr Neil Sheppard owned a detached house on a 1980s housing estate. He bought the property in 2010, subject to restrictions on the title imposed by a conveyance in 1985, made between the developer and the original buyer. The restrictions…

Business insolvencies expected to surge by the end of this year

September 15th 2020

Sam Lyon, Head of Corporate and Commercial, notes that insolvency experts are expecting a large rise in the number of companies going out of business towards the end of the year. He would urge anyone who is concerned about the future of their own business, a customer or supplier to seek advice as early as possible. Doing so will give them more options about their next step and allow them…

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