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18 June 2024 Wills and estates

 More and more farmers are making Wills to ensure their farming business can be passed on to the next generation following their death with as little disruption as possible. However, given research shows that agriculture is the UK’s most dangerous industry to work in, that the average age of UK farmers is nearing 60, and that farmers have higher levels of mental health issues than non-farmers, shrewd farmers should also draw up contingency plans in case they lose mental capacity, as Laura Carter, Solicitor and agricultural specialist at Ware & Kay & Pearsons & Ward Solicitors in Malton explains. You may lose mental capacity and become unable to make decisions for yourself due to an accident involving one of the many hazards that farmers come into daily contact with, through stress, or because of a…

17 June 2024 Litigation

Disputes between shareholders and company directors are not uncommon. Parties can fall out because they are worried about the future of the business and how the company is being run particularly if there is a concern that decisions are being made that are not in the company’s best interests. The most common issues that cause dispute include: where it is felt that company directors are not acting in the best interests of the company, are exceeding their powers, have a conflict of interest or where shareholders do not agree with decisions being taken by the company’s directors or feel they are being unfairly treated or kept in the dark about decisions and having their rights ignored. If the concerns cannot be resolved amicably by the parties then they should seek legal advice at an early…
05 June 2024 Residential property

Many of us dream about having our own pool, especially as summer approaches. What better way to beat a heatwave? And, on a more practical note, swimming is great exercise, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. So, if you are searching for your next home, a house with a pool may be high on your wish list. ‘With rising temperatures and longer summers, it is easy to see the appeal of a house with a swimming pool,’ agrees Holly Stevens, Director in the residential property team with Ware & Kay incorporating Pearsons & Ward. ‘However, this amenity can raise issues, both practical and legal. So, it is important to do your homework first.’ Here she offers some advice before taking the plunge. Ask yourself how often you will use the pool In the heat…
05 June 2024 Employment advice

Returning to work from family leave can be a significant adjustment for some employees. As well as the practical considerations of childcare and family logistics, there may have been significant changes in the workplace, such as new colleagues, new technology or new products and services. If used properly, keeping-in-touch (KIT) days can help an employee to feel included and can support their transition back to work. ‘Employees and employers can agree that an employee participates in up to ten KIT days during their family leave,’ explains Kalpesh Nakeshree, Head of Employment with Ware & Kay incorporating Pearsons & Ward in York, Wetherby & Malton. ‘However, you should not be tempted to use KIT days to force an employee to work during their family leave, as these arrangements are entirely voluntary.’ Kalpesh explains what KIT days…
05 June 2024 Litigation

Japanese knotweed is an invasive non-native plant that can lead to significant problems because it can cause physical damage to buildings and land and is expensive to eradicate and dispose of. Although there is no legal obligation to remove Japanese knotweed or to report it if you find it on your land, the spread of knotweed can result in civil and criminal liability and adversely affect the value of a property and its insurability. This means that you may be liable to compensate a neighbour if the knotweed spreads from your land to theirs even if the knotweed has not caused physical damage: the mere presence of its roots or rhizomes is sufficient. The Supreme Court recently considered the issue of knotweed and liability in the case of Davies v Bridgend County Council. This case…
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