Steps needed to reduce high fatality rate on farms

July 30th 2021

FARMERS and agricultural workers are being urged to make health and safety more of a priority after fatalities on the farm doubled in the space of a year. Ahead of Injury Prevention Week which runs between August 2nd and August 6th 2021, Carol Fish an injury lawyer at Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors specialising in serious and catastrophic injuries, is raising awareness of the dangers around the farm after new data from…

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Drax Power wins payment dispute over remedying work defects

July 28th 2021

Drax Power was entitled to withhold payment relating to one set of works to offset the cost of remedying defects in another set of works carried out by the same contractor. Selina Gonzalez Trainee Solicitor reports on this recent case: That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving Drax and Shepherd Construction Ltd. The issue arose after Drax engaged Shepherd to design and build a facility…

Introduction of ‘no-fault divorce’ is a positive step, says leading lawyer

July 23rd 2021

NEW legislation removing the ‘blame culture’ from divorce proceedings has been welcomed by a leading family lawyer. Amy Fallows, Head of Family Law at Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, believes the introduction of the Government’s Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, better known as the no-fault divorce, will significantly reform the divorce process by no longer apportioning responsibility on one person for the breakdown of a marriage. Currently, couples in England and…

What should you do if you or your staff are ‘pinged’ by the NHS COVID-19 App? Guidance for employers

July 22nd 2021

It is being reported that there are an increasing number of people being ‘pinged’ by the NHS COVID-19 App.  The terminology ‘pinged’ is referring to when a person is sent an alert by the App. The App sends anonymous alerts if the user has been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive and will notify them that they should self-isolate, thereby helping to break chains of…

Court outlines tests for delusional mindset when making a Will

July 21st 2021

The High Court has outlined some tests for mental capacity and whether a person may have had delusional beliefs when making a Will. Peter Stafford Managing Director reports on this recent case. The issue arose following a family dispute involving a brother and sister. Their parents had divorced in 1980 when their mother discovered letters written by her husband which revealed that he had sexually abused his daughter, the sister in…

What now for employers with Covid restrictions being eased?

July 15th 2021

Legal restrictions in place in respect of Covid-19 will start to end on Monday 19th July in England, Wales and Scotland.  Each country is taking a slightly different approach to timings and some of the detail around what is required, but in all countries, there is the start of an easing. This is a significant move away from the restrictions and obligations that we have been living with for over…

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Adult brothers not entitled to further money under father’s will

July 14th 2021

Two adult brothers have failed in their attempt to be given a share of their deceased father’s estate after being left out of his will. Rebecca Armstrong Associate Solicitor reports on this recent case. The High Court ruled that it was clear that the father had made provision for them while he was alive and did not want them to receive anything further. The brothers were aged 40 and 39. Their…

Directors who breached their duties ordered to repay £600k

July 12th 2021

Two businessmen who breached their legal duties as company directors have been ordered to repay £600,000, even though the court accepted that one of them probably hadn’t realised that anything unlawful was happening. Sam Lyon Head of Corporate & Commercial reports on this recent case. The case involved TMG Brokers Ltd, which had gone into liquidation. The liquidator applied for declarations under the Insolvency Act 1986 in relation to certain payments…


Protection against evictions and winding-up petitions extended

July 8th 2021

The government is extending protection against evictions and winding-up petitions for businesses that are still struggling because of Covid-19. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor provides an update. Legislation will be introduced to ringfence outstanding unpaid rent that has built up when a business has had to remain closed during the pandemic. Landlords are expected to make allowances for the ringfenced rent arrears from these specific periods of closure due to the pandemic…


Law firm sees demand for its business legal services increase by a third

July 7th 2021

DEMAND for business legal services from a leading law firm has increased by one third during the past year. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors has reported the year-on-year rise in new work for businesses across Cumbria and Northumberland, and throughout the UK. Sam Lyon, Head of Corporate and Commercial for Cartmell Shepherd, said the figure reflected consistent growth across the multi-disciplined Business Services team, which includes corporate, commercial property, employment and disputes.…

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