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22 January 2015 Firm updates

At Ware & Kay Solicitors, we have never been known to stand still. We are already planning our next steps to grow as a firm to continue to deliver the best legal services across Yorkshire and beyond. Ware & Kay consolidated a 12 month period of rapid growth following the merger with Sykes Lee & Brydson in 2013. We recorded revenue equating to more than 25 per cent growth in 2013/14 compared to the previous 12 months and are expecting it to grow 12 per cent on those figures for 2014/2015. We also had a busy year with the firm increasing our headcount by more than 25 per cent, bringing the total number of staff to 76 across our offices in York, Wetherby & Malton .  Our modern, stable-block offices in Wetherby town centre have…
22 January 2015 Employment advice

Employers will be glad to hear of the government's new scheme to reduce long-term sickness absence in the workplace. In October 2014, a new Health and Work Service was introduced to help employees who are off sick for four weeks or more return to work. Managing sickness absence can be time-consuming and costly for many employers. The government has reported that almost a million (960,000) employees were on sick leave for a month or more each year on average between September 2010 and October 2013. The new Health and Work Service could cut sick pay costs to businesses by up to £165 million a year, as well as increase economic output by up to £900 million a year, through reducing absence levels between 20 to 40 per cent. The service will carry out a state-funded…
15 January 2015 Firm updates

Ware & Kay Solicitors is delighted to announce the appointment of well-known family solicitor Robert Bellhouse. Robert has over 23 years of experience specialising in divorce, financial matters and children law. He is an accredited specialist member of Resolution,  an experienced collaborative family lawyer and a trained mediator. Robert said "Family matters are often complex and I always aim to work with my clients to achieve the best outcome during what can be a difficult time. In addition, when relationships break down it is often difficult for separating couples to talk to each other and my strength is in helping them through this most difficult period. I help clients emerge from the turmoil of relationship breakdown with dignity and fairness. As a trained mediator I can also offer an alternative way of resolving issues when…
10 January 2015 Wills and estates

Research from the Alzheimer's Society forecasts over a million people will have dementia by 2021, highlighting that getting your affairs in order has never been more important. As experts in this field, we see many people in a distressing situation where they are unable to make important decisions on behalf of their loved ones and have no alternative but to make an emergency application to the Court of Protection. This can be costly and take a long time, leaving loved ones vulnerable in the meanwhile. The government is so concerned about the number of people who have not planned for their later years, that it has announced it will be holding a 'life planning day' in 2015. This is intended to promote awareness about making a will and creating a lasting power of attorney to…
10 January 2015 Litigation

A major dispute with a supplier or customer can jeopardise your entire business, especially when a contract is of strategic importance. Resolving disagreements at the earliest opportunity is key to ensuring that a supply chain relationship does not break down irretrievably. It also can be a major distraction from the day-to-day running of the business. We can help to relieve both the distraction and ease the stress and pressure. The litigation team at Ware & Kay understands the commercial issues at stake, and getting us involved early can ensure that you keep your business on track. Prevention is of course always better than cure. An important step in avoiding any business dispute is to ensure that you have correctly drawn up terms and conditions that are bespoke to your business. Buying a standard set of…
05 January 2015 Residential property

Buying a home is one of the largest investments most of us will ever make. To protect your investment, at Ware & Kay we carry out the following conveyancing searches to ensure your new home holds no nasty surprises: Land Registry - as your solicitor we will obtain official copies of the register of your new property from the Land Registry.  This confirms the seller's ability to transfer ownership of the property to you, shows the boundaries of the property and any rights or restrictions that may affect your use or enjoyment of it. Land charges - for unregistered properties there is no central record of title.  Instead, we will examine the deeds and carry out searches against the previous owners of the property at the Land Charges Department. Local authority - this…
05 January 2015 Firm updates

Ware & Kay Solicitors is delighted to announce the appointment of well-known Family Solicitor Robert Bellhouse. Robert has over 23 years of experience specialising in Divorce, Financial Matters and Children Law.  He is an accredited specialist member of Resolution, an experienced collaborative Family Lawyer and a trained Mediator. Robert said "Family matters are often complex and I always aim to work with my clients to achieve the best outcome during what can be a difficult time.  In addition, when relationships break down it is often difficult for separating couples to talk to each other and my strength is in helping them through this most difficult period. I help clients emerge from the turmoil of relationship breakdown with dignity and fairness. As a trained Mediator I can also offer an alternative way of resolving issues when a…
25 November 2014 Employment advice

As the UK transport network often grinds to a halt during periods of snow, it is essential for employers to put in place clear procedures, aimed at those who commute to the workplace, so that employees know what is expected of them and so as to avoid confusion. Such a policy can also cover situations where there is industrial action affecting the transport networks or in the event of major incidents covering health and public safety. The policy should clearly set out what is expected of the employee in terms of seeking alternative routes or means of transport, allowing extra time to travel, and regularly checking for weather updates with the intention of attending the workplace if at all possible. Issues such as whether to permit late starts and early finishes and whether employees are…
19 November 2014 Employment advice

The staff Christmas party: what employers need to know:- Sexual harassment, assault and religious discrimination claims are often rife in the workplace, following the festive celebrations. Employers are likely to remain liable for any actions taken by their employees at work-related social events (including those taking place outside the office) even where the acts are without their knowledge or approval. Employers will have a defence if they took "all reasonable steps" to prevent the act or anything similar of that description before it occurred. Employers should therefore have a policy setting out the boundaries of acceptable standards of acceptable behaviour in clear terms, including examples of unacceptable behaviour and potential disciplinary sanctions. Case law shows that employers may be perceived as condoning behaviour where they provide a free-flowing supply of alcohol, given that incidents…
15 November 2014 Firm updates

As part of Ware & Kay Solicitors involvement in community activities the firm sponsored Tadcaster Albion Football Club for the second year running by hosting a corporate event on Saturday 15th November for clients and professionals. Photographer for Tadcaster Albion: Ian Parker Tadcaster Albion's match against Albion Sport was a hard game but it ground out a result.  The team went down to 10 men and then Albion Sport scored 1-0 down. There was a rapid two-goal blast in the last 10 minutes, both penalties and with both decisive points bagged by midfielder Liam Ormsby who is the son of former Pro Footballer Brendan Ormsby Leeds and Aston Villa Legend. Tadcaster Albion Chairman Matt Gore said: "We were delighted to welcome Ware & Kay to the game on Saturday. We've had great support from the…
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