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25 May 2014 Firm updates

The new president of the Yorkshire Law Society took up office this week. Michael Peach, a partner with Ware & Kay Solicitors, with offices in Wetherby & York, is to hold the post in the society's 228th year. The Yorkshire Law Society is the second oldest local law society in the country and membership is currently open to practicing solicitors, legal executives, paralegals and university law lecturers together with some County Court Judges. The Society is there not only to promote the interests of its members but also those of the clients of solicitors in the Yorkshire Law Society area. For a year, Michael will combine his duties leading the solicitors of Yorkshire with running his firm's Wetherby office. He hopes his election will encourage more members to join the Yorkshire Law Society and…
25 May 2014 Firm updates

Peter Kay as new president Peter Kay, Senior Director of Ware & Kay Solicitors Ltd, with offices in York, Wetherby & Malton, took office as the President of the Yorkshire Law Society last night during a reception at York's Merchant Taylors' Hall.  This is the Society's 230th year and Peter is the 6th family member to lead and represent the region's legal profession. The Yorkshire Law Society is the second oldest local law society in the country and membership is currently open to practicing solicitors, legal executives, paralegals and university law lecturers together with some County Court Judges.  The Society is there not only to promote the interests of its members but also those of the clients of solicitors in the Yorkshire Law Society area. In his inaugural speech following the Law Society Annual General…
15 May 2014 Firm updates

The new president of the Yorkshire Law Society has taken up office. Michael Peach, who is to hold the post in the society's 228th year, will combine his duties leading the solicitors of Yorkshire over the next 12 months with running the Wetherby office of Ware & Kay Solicitors, where he is a partner. He has an MBA in Legal Practice Management and is currently his firm's senior responsible officer for the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Mr. Peach said: "I am honoured to have been asked to act as the Society's president for this year, which is the first time in living memory that a solicitor practising in the Wetherby area has held this post. My priorities during my year in office will be to raise the profile of the Yorkshire Law Society as…
11 May 2014 Firm updates

  Every year St. Leonard's Hospice joins forces with the national organisation 'Dying Matters' to encourage people to be more open about death, dying and bereavement. Make a Will and letting your family and friends know your wishes are vital, and it can be a lot more affordable and straightforward than you think. This year, St. Leonard's Hospice are offering you the opportunity to have a Will written, in exchange for a donation to the Hospice. St. Leonard's Hospice are very grateful to the participating solicitors who are giving their time, free of charge, to write basic Wills in exchange for a suggested donation to St. Leonard's Hospice. To take part, simply contact Ware & Kay. Arrange an appointment Please do this within a month of the campaign launch.  Numbers are limited, so please book…
10 May 2014 Firm updates

Martin House Children's Hospice is launching their second Make a Will Month, working with local solicitors Ware and Kay. During the month of May, you can make or update a Will with Ware & Kay for a reduced fee of £60 for a single simple Will and £110 for a pair. In the York area alone Martin House currently supports over 65 families. To these families with children with a shortened life expectancy the hospice, based in Clifford near Wetherby, provides support and practical help when it really matters. "Legacies make up more than a quarter of our entire voluntary income, meaning the cost of caring for one in four of our children is covered by gifts left in Wills" explains Alyson Wort from Martin House. "There is no obligation to include Martin House in your…
07 May 2014 Employment advice

On 6th April Section 16 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 was brought into force. This adds a new section 12A to the Employment Rights Act 1996 which gives Employment Tribunals the power to order employers to pay a penalty if the employer has breached any of the worker's rights to which the claim relates and has one or more aggravating features. The amount of the penalty is 50% of the amount awarded to the employee subject to a minimum of £100 and a maximum of £5,000. The Tribunal must have regard to an employer's ability to pay in deciding whether to order the employer to pay a penalty. There is nothing in the Act which says what would amount to an aggravating features, but the guidance notes published by the government suggest…
05 May 2014 Firm updates

Fast-growing York, Wetherby & Malton law firm, Ware & Kay Solicitors, has strengthened its litigation team with the appointment of Jennifer Brooke. Jennifer Brooke (pictured), who joins as a Solicitor specialising in Litigation and Dispute Resolution and will be based at Ware & Kay Solicitors office in York. Ware & Kay Solicitors Senior Partner, Peter Kay, says: "Jennifer, who joins us from a large legal practice in Leeds, is one of a number of appointments we are intending to make following the merger with Sykes Lee & Brydson last year and a great addition to our litigation team". Published: May 2014
05 May 2014 Employment advice

Under section 80F of the Employment Rights Act 1996 Employees have the right to request flexible working if they have been employed for 26 weeks and have childcare responsibilities or responsibilities to care for an adult relative and there is a specified procedure which an employer must follow when such a request is made. From 30th June 2014 all employees who have been continuously employed for 26 weeks or more will have a right to ask their employer for a change to their contractual terms and conditions of employment to work flexibly. The requirement to follow the regulations when considering an application for flexible working will be replaced by a requirement to "deal with the application in a reasonable manner." From 30th June if an employer receives a request from an employee for flexible working…
01 May 2014 Employment advice

From 2 May, 2014 the time period for a transferor to provide employee liability information to a transferee increases from 14 to 28 days before the transfer. This only applies to TUPE transfers which take place on or after 1 May 2014. Additionally, from Tuesday 6th May it will be compulsory to notify ACAS of an intended tribunal claim before presenting an employment tribunal claim form. ACAS early conciliation has been optional since 6 April 2014; from 6 May 2014 it will become compulsory. Published: May 2014 Contact us: For further advice on your employment issues contact Gill Reid 01904 716050.
30 April 2014 Firm updates

A York solicitors' firm will see one of its partners crowned president of the Yorkshire Law Society tonight. Michael Peach, a partner with Ware & Kay Solicitors, with offices in Peasholme Green and Wetherby, holds the post in the society's 228th year. During his year in the post Mr. Peach will combine his duties leading the solicitors of Yorkshire with running his firm's Wetherby office. The Yorkshire Law Society is the second-oldest local law society in the country and membership is currently open to practising solicitors, legal executives, paralegals and university law lecturers together with some Country Court Judges. Mr. Peach, who will be instated as president during a reception at York's Merchant Taylors' Hall, has confirmed that his charity of the year is Martin House Children's Hospice at Boston Spa, near Wetherby. Saltburn-born Mr…
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