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According to figures from Thomson Reuters, 58 cases were brought last year, which is a drop of 8% on the previous year. Whilst this is only a small decrease, it appears that that Defamation Act 2013, which came into force in 2014, has impacted ...
Manufacturers looking to renovate or improve commercial premises could stand to save thousands of pounds in business rates on the back of a landmark Supreme Court judgement.
The General Medical Council has issued guidance to doctors - which came into effect on 25 April, 2017 - and which set stricter tests in determining whether patient details should be disclosed.
The Electronic Communications Code regulates the relationship between electronic communications network operators and site providers in the UK. It establishes agreements to host and maintain communications apparatus on land and property.
NHS England’s blueprint for service transformation, Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, has a number of implications for primary care, including the creation of GP practice ‘hubs’ covering patient list sizes of 30,000 &n...
A leading local law firm has hailed a landmark legal ruling today as good news for anyone with a specific beneficiary when making their will.
Like many relationships in life, GP partnerships often start on a relatively informal basis before developing over time.
Interested in becoming a Trustee? – Here’s what you need to know Many community-minded people apply to become one of the Trustees of a charity whose aims and objectives they care about. However, they should not take on the role un...
Business owners are advised to consider the implications of major new transparency rules being imposed on nearly all UK companies to combat tax evasion, money laundering and financing terrorism.
A recent High Court Case examining how the phrase “close of business” should be interpreted is a useful reminder that including as much detail as possible in a contract will establish certainty and avoid arguments at a later date.
From 1 April 2018 there will be a requirement for any property which is rented out to have a minimum Energy Performance Rating of E. New regulations will come into force for new lettings and renewals of tenancies from 1 April 2018 and for all e...
The case of Barron MP and another v Vines [2016] has shown that a defendant’s attempt to mitigate in defamation proceedings can be negated by their later conduct.
July is fraud awareness month and, with wide-ranging fraud on the increase, it’s more important than ever to take measures to protect yourself.
The new ‘Pubs Code’ due to be introduced this May will bring costs savings for tied pub tenants of large pub owning companies regarding their lease payments – but may pose challenges in the run-up to them coming into force.
Business owners need to consider the implications of major new transparency rules being imposed on nearly all UK companies to combat tax evasion, money laundering and financing terrorism.
A landlord who fails to comply with new immigration rules to ensure its tenants have the right to rent its property could incur fines of up to £3k and a criminal record. 
Haulage and delivery companies should not be pressurised into paying excessive penalties for trespass demanded by aggressive traffic management enforcement companies at distribution centres and delivery points, who monitor breaches of traffic r...
Taking on a lease is a major commitment for charities - bringing a raft of obligations for trustees, who could find themselves personally liable. For this reason, it is vital that they understand and agree to all provisions.
With the impending introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW), employers are urged not to panic. Instead of shedding workers and eroding their knowledge base during the biggest staff shortage and skills gap in recent history, they should we...
Unmarried cohabiting couples are urged to consider the implications of the recent High Court decision to uphold the government’s refusal to grant civil partnerships to heterosexual couples - leaving them with no legal rights or ...
While business owners contemplating bringing legal proceedings will undoubtedly welcome the recent news that planned Court fee hikes have been abandoned, they should be aware that Court issue fees remain very high.
Landlords are advised to acquaint themselves with important new rules on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties.
This week’s Supreme Court ruling - which dismissed a challenge by M&S that a term should be implied into its lease with landlord BNP Paribas - highlights the importance of tenants checking their break conditions.
Winter weather often prevents employees from getting to work - leaving charities under resourced and potentially out of pocket.
A recent Supreme Court ruling centred on a parking fine may have far-reaching implications on the law of damages, which will affect a large number of cases covering a wide range of disputes.
Websites are a vital online tool for many charities, but how do you protect your online brand from unscrupulous cyber squatters, looking to make money?
hlw Keeble Hawson is delighted to announce that a deal in which the firm represented fume extraction specialist Purex International Ltd, has been shortlisted in the Yorkshire Business Insider’s Dealmakers Awards 2015.
We will review any contracts you are not totally confident about in total confidence for only £50.
Whether it’s the Premier League, the Ashes or the Rugby World Cup, the reach of the world’s major sporting attractions has never been longer. As a result the digital and creative industries are investing heavily in creating new tech...
In September 2014, a mural, attributed to the street artist Banksy, appeared as if by magic on the outside wall of a building used by a tenant as an amusement arcade.
Charities employing fewer than 30 staff must be ready to comply with auto-enrolment pension regulations, or risk fines of at least £400.
Landlords are being urged to check existing and future tenancy agreements following a recent decision by the Court of Appeal.
The public outcry over the death of Olive Cook, who was allegedly hounded by a number of charitable requests for money, has brought to life anecdotal evidence of strong arm tactics commonly being used on the elderly and vulnerable by certain ch...
From January 2016, nearly all companies, regardless of size or turnover, must produce, file and keep an up to date “person(s) with significant control register” (the PSC Register). The individual “person(s)” (PSCs) are d...
We are sure that you are all aware of the changes to insolvency procedure and practice which take effect from 1 October 2015. One of the most important changes relates to office holders’ fees and the need to obtain prior approval from cre...
hlw Keeble Hawson is marking success across 17 practice areas in the newly released Legal 500 rankings - with 19 lawyers recommended across both commercial and private client practice areas.
New rules entitled ‘Brussels IV’ which came into effect on August 17 2015 will strip away some of the anomalies, complications, compulsory obligations and legal fees that often arise when an owner of foreign property dies.
The Court of Appeal’s recent ruling, which resulted in three charities receiving £336k instead of £500k from Melita Jackson’s estate, has sparked concerns that future bequests made to the charity community may be threate...
Japanese Knotweed, the plant introduced into the country in the 19th century to brighten up gardens, riverbanks and train tracks is now considered such a nuisance and so damaging to property that it is covered under the Anti-social Behaviour, C...
Employers stand to save millions of pounds following a change of legislation to wage arrears claims that came into effect on July 1st.
On 15 April this year the Town and County Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 “GPDO 2015” came in to force.
A director’s duty of confidentiality might not protect your business as much as you may think, even when included in a contract of employment, and implied contract terms will not necessarily stand up in a civil court action.
Websites are a vital business tool, but how do you protect your online brand from unscrupulous cyber squatters, looking to make money?
From June 1, SMEs employing fewer than 30 staff must be ready to comply with auto-enrolment pension regulations or risk fines of at least £400.
According to research, 40 per cent of UK companies are not ready for the system of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) which comes into effect on 5th April this year.
Land Registry has introduced another measure to guard against property fraud by increasing the number of properties that can be included in its Property Alert service from three to ten.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced that it has amended its planning practice guidance on noise. The amendments have been done to protect existing businesses when new residential developments are built nearby. P...
hlw Keeble Hawson invites you to an HR workshop covering the new shared parental leave legislation and how it will impact on your business alongside  an update on the key employment law changes for 2015.
A new Care Act coming into force in April, which brings in far reaching changes to social care, should enable individuals to have a greater say in how their needs will be met.
A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice has found that in certain circumstances, obesity could constitute a disability and may afford a person protection under disability legislation.
The recent consultation on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) has now closed and the Government has published its proposals for regulations governing the energy efficiency of non-domestic privately rented properties.
We are seeing a significant rise in enquiries about contested probate cases – where someone challenges the validity of a will, or queries a legacy.
The severity of the winter weather has prevented many employees from getting to work -   leaving employers under resourced and potentially out of pocket.
A director’s duty of confidentiality can be expressed in a contract of employment or implied by law. Section 172 Companies Act 2006 states that a director is under a duty to avoid conflicts of interest, in particular the exploitation of a...
At times in this post-Jackson world, it has felt like the solicitor’s profession is under attack from all sides. But, argues Rachel Crookes, there are numerous tactics practitioners can use to stay ahead in the conduct of litigation.
From the 4 December 2014 revised rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) in respect of residential property will be charged based on the proportion of the purchase price which falls within each of the new SDLT bands as follows:-
In the countdown to Christmas, understanding the impact of a landmark Employment Appeal Tribunal will be critical to employers in sectors where staff traditionally work overtime during the festive period – for example retail, hospitality ...
Previously anyone could obtain access to a company’s register of shareholders. However, the continuous abuse of access to the statutory register of shareholders resulted in tighter legislative controls governed by the Companies Act 2006 (...
A landmark ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal has widespread financial implications for all companies paying overtime to their staff.
hlw Keeble Hawson invites you to a seminar about protecting and managing your online brand and reputation.
A Retention of Title (ROT) clause is commonly used by suppliers to ensure that they can get their goods or money back if a customer goes out of business.
Any business which sells products or services to consumers on-line, by telephone or via mail order must be implementing new changes to laws on distance selling to avoid the risk of fines up to £5,000.
In England, the Football Association and the Premier League have issued new guidelines about concussion. This has resulted in club Doctors making the final decision about whether a player with a head injury should return to the field, rather th...
Before I started acting 12 years ago for people who had been abused by healthcare practitioners, I would have been shocked to hear that healthcare practitioners, people you put all your trust in, could be sexually, emotionally and physically ab...
The Court of Appeal has overturned a recent decision on the position of rent payments made before a break clause in a commercial lease has been exercised.
Natural England has launched an online tool to assist local planning authorities and developers in assessing whether a proposed development will affect a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
A recent case in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has held that a residential lease that obliged a landlord to insure against the “usual comprehensive risks” in accordance with the Council of Mortgage Lenders recommendations requi...
At a recent Bruno Mars concert (28 June 2014) in Cleveland, Ohio, in front of 20,000 fans, the singer Bruno Mars serenaded Zumyah Thorpe who sustained a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident which sadly killed her pregnant mother and t...
Plebgate may be a dim and distant memory, but the outcome of Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1526 (Mitchell) has not been forgotten. Mitchell has resulted in a significant amount of satellite litigation increasing the deman...
The issue of brain injury in sports has been prominent for quite some time now including in the media’s recent reporting of the footballer David Astle’s brain injury which we previously covered in our blog. It was therefore not surp...
hlw Keeble Hawson invites you to a workshop about employment contracts, their importance and how to prepare and apply them.
How can you enjoy football fever without hurting your business? The eagerly awaited 2014 World Cup begins on Thursday 12 June...
Early warning of employment tribunal claims.
On 6 April 2014, Part 3 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (“TCEA”) abolished the common law remedy of distress for rent and replaced it (in relation to commercial premises) with Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR...
A partnership exists where a group of people carry on a business with a view to profit.  Although they are often perceived as being simple, partnerships are one of the most complex business structures and are used across a variety of secto...
There have been a number of recent prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive for companies allowing employees to work at height when it has not been safe to do so.  In some instances employees have fallen from the working area causin...
Top 10 Tips for On-line Protection for Businesses
The largest reform of the family justice system has now arrived in the form of the Children and Families Act 2014 marking what many consider to be a revolution of the family court process.
From 12 to 18 May 2014, it will be “Action for Brain Injury Week” in the UK.  This will be a week to raise awareness and take action for brain injury.
Businesses of all sizes - and across all sectors - invariably agree that employment law is a minefield and probably the fastest-changing legislation which directly affects almost every company.
Pay for what you use is reconfirmed. The Court of Appeal has now overruled the decisions of Goldacre and Luminar, which have been the subject of much controversy and tension between Administrators and Landlords.
A number of developments and changes in employment law are planned and will come into effect during the course of 2014 and these include the following:-
Two recent prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive confirm that exposure to asbestos is still taking place in the workplace despite all of the information available regarding the dangers involved.
An Employment Tribunal has recently allowed a claim for caste discrimination to proceed to a full trial  on the basis that the definition of “race” in the Equality Act 2010 is wide enough to cover caste.  Caste is not curr...
The Court of Appeal recently found that one of four intended guarantors to a Loan facility was not bound in his individual capacity to guarantee the Loan because not all of his co-guarantors had validly signed the documentation.
In a recent case the Court has confirmed that liability for property damage caused by tree roots should be based on what knowledge is reasonably to be expected of a reasonably prudent homeowner.
Fraud has become more common over recent years, particularly in the property sector. Property owners who let their properties are at a high risk of their property being charged or even transferred without their knowledge. This can be done with ...
In 2011 the Government launched the Red Tape Challenge to cut down unnecessary business legislation. The Insolvency Service was tasked with streamlining the insolvency process on the premise that less and more consistent legislation will cut co...
On 6 April 2014 the Industrial and Provident Societies and Credit Unions (Arrangements, Reconstructions and Administration) Order 2014 will come into force.
Encephalitis is a rare brain disorder and to raise its awareness, the Encephalitis Society has inaugurated “World Encephalitis Day” to take place on 22 February 2014, the first day of its kind and for it to take place on the same da...
Valued senior paralegal Paula Pemberton has retired from the residential conveyancing team at  hlw Keeble Hawson’s Doncaster office after a career spanning 48 years. 
A world leading supplier of advanced spring wire products has acquired Morley-based KTS Wire Limited for an undisclosed sum in a deal that will further strengthen its global position in the marketplace.
Seymour Enterprises Ltd - which operates various businesses within distribution, logistics and ground transportation sectors - is on track for further success after taking on the Sheffield franchise of parcel carrier XDP Express.
Five senior employees at Riverside Automation have completed the management buyout of the thriving Sheffield control systems engineering company.
hlw Keeble Hawson has played a key role in ensuring that Sheffield’s King Edward’s Swimming Pool continues to make a splash with the local community for the next 30 years.
Advisors from the South Yorkshire offices of Barclays Corporate and hlw Keeble Hawson have helped a leading UK supplier of bulk material handling equipment to expand to a 4,000 square metre new factory to accommodate growth.
Property investment company Millington Estates Limited has purchased Abbey House, a landmark building in Sheffield’s city centre, for just over £1.8million.
Advisors and funders from across the region have joined forces to deliver a high profile management buy-out.
The following is a summary of the main points discussed in the seminar presented by Rebecca Kelly and Deborah Niven on 7th November 2013.
When a shareholder leaves a private company, it is often assumed that the only option is to find another person willing to buy the departing shareholder’s shares. Sometimes, however, this is not the only option available, as a compan...
When parents separate resolving the arrangements for the children can be one of the most challenging aspects, particularly when separation results in one parent moving not only to a different country but continent.
From midnight on the 12 October 2013 all Overriding Interests will lose their overriding status. Overriding Interests include:
From the 1 October 2013 Local Authorities will have the discretion to award an empty property rate relief for newly built Properties. 
Chancel Repair Liability will, like all other Overriding Interests, lose its overriding status as of the 13 October 2013. 
Andrew Wood a 35 year old father of four from Heathfield in East Sussex, is likely to suffer chronic pain in both hands for the rest of his life as a result of his work for the family-run construction company C J Gowing and Son Ltd.  Mr Wo...
According to the statistics published on 1 November 2013 by the Insolvency Service, the number of corporate insolvencies are down and the number of individual insolvencies are up in the third quarter of this year.
Franchising can be a successful route to growing your business; however the process can be long and complex. Here Rebecca Kelly, an associate in the commercial team at the Leeds office of hlw Keeble Hawson, offers a checklist of some of the leg...
As the Financial Conduct Authority Review finally begins to gather some momentum, increasingly those customers who fall within the auspices of the Review are being invited to engage in the Review process.
The biggest change to pensions for a generation began in October last year and the first year of auto-enrolment has seen significant milestones with almost 2 million workers having now been put into a pension scheme by their employers.  Un...
On the back of Britain’s cyclists’ successes at the Olympics in 2012, interest in cycling has never been higher. It will peak again when the Tour De France 2014 comes to Yorkshire.
Pyramid Display Materials Limited, the largest independent supplier to the UK sign and display market, has acquired Leeds-based self-adhesive vinyl distributor Sydney Beaumont (Leeds) Limited for an undisclosed sum.
The question of how to maximise the commercial impact of next year’s Tour de France Grand Départ will no doubt be exercising minds of businesses based in Sheffield. 
Two directors of South Yorkshire based GDA Creative Marketing Limited have bought the 26 year old design and marketing agency for an undisclosed sum following the retirement of founder and chairman Graham Dawson.
A recent case in the Upper Tribunal of the Lands Chamber has found in favour of a residential tenant who challenged her water charges.
The effects of brain injury will be given the limelight in a plot which is currently running in the popular soap opera Coronation Street.
As a trustee you are ultimately responsible for the charity, although not involved directly with the day to day running.
In an often hotly debated area of Insolvency Law, the Court of Appeal looks set to review the current status quo between a company’s landlords and its Administrators over the payment of rent as an expense of a company's Administration...
Time and time again, Tenants rely upon statutory repair obligations within their tenancy agreements to bring claims against their Landlord. Unfortunately, the cost of repairs can often be the least of the Landlord’s troubles when the Tena...
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently ruled that an Employment Tribunal was wrong when it decided that an employee who had claimed to be at work whilst playing squash was unfairly dismissed.  The employee worked for Swansea Cou...
Seneca Investments is continuing to drive growth for Rotherham based forecourt specialist MSSR following a second significant investment. 
Award winning architects Coda Studios is powering its business to new heights with expansion to larger Sheffield city centre offices.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently launched a revised guide to managing muscular skeletal disorders in checkout work.
With the heat wave continuing to keep temperatures soaring  - as an employer it’s important to remember your duty of care towards your staff.
Employment Tribunal procedures are being significantly overhauled from 29th July 2013.  Below is a summary of key developments and what they mean in practical terms.  
On 22 May 2013, in conjunction with the Clinic for Boundary Studies and 7 Bedford Row Barristers Chambers, hlw Keeble Hawson LLP held a free event for people who have been abused by healthcare professionals. 
A change in current legislation expected to come into force later this month will enable employers to hold “pre-termination” discussions with employees in the knowledge that such employees cannot use the discussions as grounds for c...
As an employer, would you know what to do if one of your staff “pulls a sickie” and is then spotted giving it their all at Glastonbury or quaffing champagne at Wimbledon or any of the other music or sporting festivals this summer?
Some may be surprised by the title of this article.  However, in our experience in working for brain injured clients, we have commonly found that our clients struggle with obtaining a full understanding of their symptoms from their GPs and...
The Supreme Court has at long last delivered its judgment in the anticipated case of Petrodel v Prest ruling that the properties held in the company’s names should form part of the multimillion divorce settlement to the wife.
The former tenants of a prime location office block that was left in a state of severe dilapidation on the expiry of a full-repairing lease have been ordered to pay more than £1.3 million to cover the costs incurred by the freeholder in r...
The Yorkshire East Coast branch of Headway - a charity which provides a wide range of support and information services for people with brain injuries, their families and carers - hosted a widely praised charity event at Scarborough Hospita...
Sheffield employers will pick up tips and advice about the legal implications of employees using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter at a breakfast seminar on 19 June 2013.
Following an overwhelming majority the European Parliament has now voted to endorse the European Commission’s proposals to give victims of domestic violence EU wide protection.
Since people spoke out about being abused by Jimmy Saville, others have come forward to report being abused by other ‘celebrities’. The delay in disclosing such abusive events is not surprising to me, having worked for over 10 years...
Despite the Government’s attempts at promoting marriage and civil partnerships, statistical evidence recently published suggests that more of us than ever before are choosing to live together without ‘tying the knot’. It is es...
Divorce can have a devastating effect upon a family business but perhaps more so when that business is a farm created by generations and often held in partnership between spouses and other wider family members.
Lawyers from the Private Client Team at hlw Keeble Hawson LLP will be taking part in ‘tea with a solicitor’ to be held by the Cancer Support Centre on Monday 13th May, in order to raise awareness of Wills and lasting powers of attor...
Individuals who suffer from serious brain injury often find that, following their injury, they need help in the form of welfare benefits.
Amongst those who signed up to interest rate hedging products such as “structured collars”, the news last summer that the Banks had agreed to review their sales of such products to small businesses was met with cautious optimism.
The High Court recently held in a dispute over business to business goods bought online that (1) buyers can be bound by the terms and conditions of a seller when purchasing goods online, which they  ought reasonably to have been aware of, ...
A cautionary tale has emerged this week from the recent Court of Appeal case of Hamilton v Hamilton [2013] EWCA Civ 13. 
The High Court has ruled that a clause in the contract of employment of a business development director which restrained him  from approaching his former employer’s customers for six months following the termination of his employment...
The High Court has recently ruled that it was unable to order a former employee to disclose to a company the content of business e-mails sent and received by him during the time that he was its CEO. In Fairstar Heavy Transport NV v Adkins, the ...
A recent case heard in the Employment Appeal Tribunal against Phones4U Limited has yet again raised important questions in the context of employees’ use of social media. This was whether a potentially discriminatory act continues througho...
Disputes arising out of Wills and the Administration of Estates are becoming increasingly common. The potential areas for dispute are wide-ranging and can include anything from a minor disagreement between beneficiaries to a full scale claim ag...
hlw Keeble Hawson, the lawyers acting for the parents of three-year-old Mylee Ward, who died of dehydration in Chesterfield Royal Hospital, confirm that the couple are planning legal action following a coroner’s verdict that neglect contr...
Organisations which rely on volunteering will no doubt be relieved that the Supreme Court has recently held that people who are not in a contractual relationship with the body they volunteer for are not in “employment” for the purpo...
Cuts to Legal Aid for family law cases will place added pressures on couples separating and divorcing this year, warns Vanessa Fox, head of the family law team at hlw Keeble Hawson and Chair of South Yorkshire Resolution.
French leisure group Abéo has acquired Prospec, the Rotherham-based manufacturer of sports cubicles and lockers, for an undisclosed sum in a deal that will spearhead the Yorkshire firm’s global growth.
A Sheffield-based employment specialist is stepping up warnings for employees to be cautious about what they post on social networking sites following today’s news from The Recruitment Society and The Chartered Institute of Personnel and ...
Harworth Estates, the major landowner and developer, has sold the Evolution Business Park at Waverley to Cornerstone, the real estate advisory and investment company, for £7million.  Evolution is fully let and has achieved record ren...
Business turnaround specialist Seneca completes its sixteenth deal in 12 months with its latest investment - a £350,000 injection into Yorkshire-based RS Motorhomes, the UK’s leading luxury motorhome manufacturer.
Anyone who has been awarded compensation by the Financial Ombudsman Service  following complaints about financial service providers, may now be entitled to a further payout.
A recent case in the Court of Appeal has established that it is no longer safe to rely on the implied duty of fidelity which was always thought to prevent an employee from putting his own interests before those of his employer, for example by s...
On 13 November 2012 Nick Clegg announced that from 2015 a new framework of flexible parental leave rights would be implemented. The changes are being implemented following the ‘Modern Workplaces’ consultation, which was necessary af...
When a serious fire damaged a processing plant, the owner brought a claim against a company that had been carrying out ‘hot works’ just prior to the fire.  
Most people will have been astonished to learn that the Conservative MP, Nadine Dorries, is to take part in the reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!” and in so doing, will take time off from her normal duties a...
The fifth free Charity Forum is announced for November.
Solicitors at hlw Keeble Hawson’s private client division in Sheffield are marking a milestone after donating 500 hours of specialist pro bono support to three local charities over the past 12 months.
Following the news that millions of LinkedIn passwords have been published by a Russian hacker, data protection expert Deborah Niven of law firm hlw Keeble Hawson – which has offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster - is warning companie...
A summer of sporting celebration is under way and a Yorkshire specialist in copyright law is warning businesses not to fall foul of the law by using an Olympic logo for unauthorised promotional purposes.
A specialist in IT law has warned businesses across the region that they could face enforcement action from the Information Commissioner’s office (including fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches) if their websites use cookies...
A Doncaster law firm has been recognised for high standards of practice and expertise by a national not-for-profit campaign group.
A  Doncaster/Sheffield/Leeds-based personal injury legal specialist says a new compensation scheme to help Yorkshire victims of mesothelioma - a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos – is a step in the right direction.
Hundreds of North and East Yorkshire residents are now more aware of the vital work carried out by the Yorkshire East Coast branch of Headway, a charity which provides a wide range of support and information services for people with brain injur...
Alex Guy is an associate and specialist in wills and probate at hlw Keeble Hawson - and member of the Court of Protection Panel of Approved Deputies. He advises business owners to ‘think the unthinkable’ to ensure that their company...
By Vanessa Fox, partner and head of family law at hlw Keeble Hawson LLP
Turnaround fund Seneca Investments is pressing on with its ambition to build up a portfolio of successful Yorkshire printing businesses, injecting an undisclosed cash sum into Sheffield family business Intoprint UK Limited. 
Leading UK storage designer and manufacturer Craven & Co Ltd has acquired Bradford-based sheet metal fabricator Wm Spence Sheet Metal Ltd from the retiring shareholders in a deal securing the future of the entire workforce.
A Yorkshire based property law expert has warned that the new sanctions to criminalise squatting will not necessarily provide better protection for property owners. 
A shrewd strategic investment into two well matched businesses by Yorkshire turnaround specialist Seneca Investments is building new opportunities for both companies.
One of the region’s largest law firms, hlw Keeble Hawson – which has offices in Leeds, Sheffield and Doncaster - has appointed two new associates from within its ranks: employment litigator Andrew Lightburn and Neil Kelly, an insolv...
In the present economic climate property owners will have no doubt welcomed a High Court ruling on an empty rates relief avoidance scheme. The court held that the temporary storage of documents occupying only a very small percentage of a wareho...
Clauses requiring a party to a contract to use 'reasonable endeavours' or 'best endeavours' in its performance are common, and while 'best' clearly implies something beyond 'reasonable', the lack of clarity in th...
There is a common belief that making use of someone else’s work and transforming it into something that seems ‘different’ will not breach copyright. This is not the case as illustrated by a recent case which involved a stylise...
When a lease on commercial premises comes under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA), the grounds on which the landlord may oppose the tenant’s application for a new lease when the lease expires are limited. One of the grounds that is a...
Following the recent high profile case of John Terry and his acquittal of charges of alleged racial abuse on the football pitch, we would remind employers that they should   act cautiously - but swiftly - when managing allegations of ...
A recent case in the High Court is a timely reminder that a landlord of long residential leases may not be able to further develop common parts or neighbouring land without regard to easements granted to the established tenants.
Employees at the Doncaster office of hlw Keeble Hawson – one of the region’s largest law firms with offices across Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds - took time out of their busy schedules to cheer on the Olympic torch as it was carrie...
Businesses keen to support British athletes this summer need to take care that they don’t fall foul of the law by using an Olympic logo, marks or phrases for unauthorised promotional purposes.  
When a supplier to a marquee company was not paid for goods it had supplied, one of the Directors told the supplier that the company was waiting for an insurance claim to be settled, after which payments would be made as usual.  
The EU Cookie Directive came into effect on 26 May 2012. If you would like more information on the Directive or how to comply with its requirements, please contact Rebecca Kelly or Deborah Niven in our IT/IP team. This website uses cookies to help...
Employers across the South Yorkshire region should be aware that changes to the law on unfair dismissal are not all they may first appear, according to Sheffield-based employment law specialist Barry Warne.
hlw Keeble Hawson lawyer Sarah Burton is amongst an elite group of solicitors to be awarded the Higher Rights of Audience qualification by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Insolvency specialists from hlw Keeble Hawson describe the government’s decision to postpone changing the ‘no win, no fee’ laws for insolvency proceedings until 2015 - as a step in the right direction.
Darlington FC has been saved from liquidation by its fans, with hlw Keeble Hawson Solicitors - one of the region's biggest practices with offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster - a key team player in the deal.
Administrators from The P&A Partnership have sold W Yeomans (Chesterfield) Ltd, the UK's largest independent outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, in a pre-pack deal.
Sheffield-based fresh food business, Street Food Chef, is steaming ahead with expansion, opening a second outlet in the city and creating eight new jobs.
Yorkshire law firm hlw Keeble Hawson LLP is urging landlords and charity trustees not to fall foul of business rate avoidance strategies linked to charities, after the Charities Commission decided to investigate concerns that current business rate...
A Yorkshire contract law specialist is urging the Government to step up protection for companies which are undercharged by their energy suppliers over a period of years then belatedly faced with demands for huge payments.
A significant cash injection from turnaround fund Seneca Investments has saved 23 jobs at Rotherham-based MSSR which specialises in building petrol forecourts and ancillary services nationwide.
The rich heritage of a fourth generation family printing business in Doncaster has been secured along with fifteen jobs following a £270k lifeline from turnaround fund Seneca Investments.
Wakefield-based manufacturer Tasca Tankers is on track for further expansion in the UK and overseas after acquiring the business and assets of Maidment Tankers in West Sussex. out of administration.
Corporate finance advisors Hardy Transaction Management Ltd and hlw Keeble Hawson have acted in the £7.65 million sale of a world-leading geotechnical instruments business to a specialist in scientific instruments.
A Yorkshire specialist in copyright law is warning the region’s pubs and bars that they could face significant penalties amounting to thousands of pounds if they continue to screen Premier League football matches using unauthorised foreign d...
At the age of 7 Miss Anisa Rehman had been walking on a residential street near to her home accompanied by her mother, aunt and sister. They came towards workmen repairing a drain in the road using welding or cutting tools which produced sparks. T...
There has been a number of recent cases involving employees being dismissed for their inappropriate use of social media websites including making derogatory comments about their employer or workplace on Facebook. In two key cases, against Apple Re...
A joint seminar with business experts Hart Shaw, hlw Keeble Hawson and the FD Centre.
hlw Keeble Hawson trainees are undertaking a busy fundraising period in aid of the Master Cutler's Challenge.
Bailiffs are a vital part of property law as they can be appointed by commercial landlords to collect unpaid rent and/or seize goods in lieu of unpaid rent (known as distress) and may also be used to recover possession of commercial premises by me...
With a rise in both personal injury claims and the size of awards received the Courts are having to consider more frequently how to deal with compensation payments when couples divorce.
There have been a number of high profile stories in recent weeks involving football and various aspects of employment law. Despite the power wielded by some of today’s so called top players and managers, they remain employees and as such are...
On 1st January 2012, the Pre-action Dilapidations Protocol came into force. This sets out what is required of both the landlord and the tenant before a claim is issued in the courts for damages relating to the physical state of the commercial prop...
The third hlw Keeble Hawson charity seminar took place on 11 November 2011 in the august surroundings of the Chapter House at Sheffield Cathedral. The headline speakers were conservative MP Stuart Andrew and Denise Dunn of the Firefly cancer chari...
A merger between established Yorkshire law firms Keeble Hawson and hlw Commercial Lawyers LLP will create one of the region's biggest legal practices. The new firm will be called hlw Keeble Hawson.
With the festive season approaching, many employees and employers will be relishing the prospect of letting their hair down at office parties that typically provide a platform for all manner of scandal and gossip and behaviour which too often lead...
UK discrimination law prohibits discrimination in the workplace on grounds of religion or belief and the term “belief” means any religious or philosophical belief.
Independent financial advice company 2plan Ltd, clients of Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson LLP, have been awarded over £87,000 in the High Court in a claim against Peter & Adele Trotman, formerly of Source Financial Ltd.
The long-running saga of holiday entitlement during sickness absence has taken a step further following a recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of NHS Leeds v Larner.
The Government has announced a further review of employment law to cover three new areas, as part of its strategy to simplify legislation, improve efficiency and reduce business red tape.
Super injunction must be one of the most over used and perhaps even incorrectly used words in the English Language at the moment.
Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson LLP continued their series of charity seminars with an event held at Sheffield Cathedral.
Under new proposals launched this week, all employees - not just parents and carers - would have the right to request flexible working by 2013 and parents could get up to 13½ months of flexible leave by 2015.
A recent decision in the High Court has shown that the duty of care owed by employers to ex-employees extends beyond an obligation to ensure that a reference is accurate and fair.
Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson LLP are following up their inaugural charity seminar last year with a further free seminar taking place later this month, which will look ahead at the issues affecting charities, voluntary groups and not for profit...
It was reported this week that a Scots Guard who was due to be on duty during the wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton has been suspended from duty as a result of comments he made on Facebook, which referred to Ms Middleton as a &ldquo...
Employers will perhaps be startled to discover that in the wake of last year’s decision in Grainger v Nicholson - the case in which a Claimant’s belief in climate change was held to fall within the definition of a religious of philosop...
In the last month two appeals by insurers against compensation for the families of victims who died of mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos, have failed*.
The Employment Appeals Tribunal, in the case of Spaceright Europe Ltd v Baillavoine and another UKEAT/0339/10, was asked to consider whether the dismissal of an employee by a company in administration was automatically unfair under TUPE when, at t...
Antony Ball Head of Family Law in our Doncaster office looks at some of the key points in the Family Justice Review panel’s interim report to the Government:
The new Family Procedure Rules 2010 – which includes the much publicised compulsory mediation in divorce - comes into force on the 6th April.
Draft regulations about to go before Parliament for approval and expected to be in force by July, will see a fundamental change in the management of private sewers across England and Wales.
These days the combination of a court appearance and a celebrity are not uncommon – whether they’re the defendant or the victim. Living life in - for some – an unwelcome spotlight can be a trial.
Andrew Pliener, a partner in our Leeds office and specialist in all aspects of commercial and residential development, has highlighted some points of the budget in four key areas:
Most people will be aware that the government has announced the abolition of the so called default retirement age and the rules and procedure covering the compulsory retirement/dismissal of employees at aged 65.
On 16 February 2011 the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) gave its Judgment in the case of OTG Ltd v Barke and others. The EAT had before it five appeals which were all listed together as they all raised the same point which was - whether administr...
In light of the sexual harassment claim brought by former John Lewis employee Konstantinos Kalomoiris being dismissed by the employment tribunal recently, it’s probably a good time to look a little closer at some of the issues it raised.
This week Nat West and Royal Bank of Scotland announced the arrival of a £100m loan fund for franchise businesses.
Recent government proposals to reform the current Employment Tribunal system have led to heated debate over the balance of workers’ rights and increasing pressure on businesses in a time of recession. The Department for Business Innovation a...
Re Friar and another (as Joint Administrators of Martin Groundland & Co Ltd) [2011] Scot CS CSOH_14 is a case that was heard by the Court of Session in Scotland but will no doubt be of interest to Officeholders throughout the UK.
The recent news of the sacking of Andy Gray, the well known football commentator/pundit, by his employer Sky Sports, has refuelled the debate about what, if any, is an acceptable level of light -hearted, banter within the workplace – particu...
This year will bring further changes to employment legislation and we take a look at the key changes to the law in this area which could affect your business in 2011.
A year which has included re branding, new offices and key new appointments, has made 2010 a year of substantial development for Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson LLP.
The leaked US diplomatic cables emanating from the WikiLeaks organisation highlight the damage such breaches of confidence can do to a government's credibility and goodwill; as well as give pause for thought closer to home for members of the busin...
Whilst employees are protected in the workplace from discrimination on grounds of their particular religion or belief, a number of recent cases in the Employment Tribunal have highlighted that employers may still be justified in disciplining or ev...
Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson LLP has received rankings for six of its departments in the latest Chambers UK Legal Directory for 2011.
Personal debt is a major issue of the modern age. Bankruptcy law comes from a different era. Legislation has struggled to translate into solutions that are both fair to creditors and allow some relief for overburdened individuals.  
The extreme weather is back and with it tales of frustration, fraught journeys and frantic forays out for supplies.
In the week where they have been awarded a Legal Services Commission contract for mediation, the Family team at Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson LLP are highlighting the benefits of mediation, as a less painful route through family breakdown, when...
Antony Ball, head of family law in the Doncaster office of Keeble Hawson LLP commented today on the Government’s Legal Aid proposals.
A charity seminar hosted by Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson LLP took place at The Point, Doncaster recently.
Britain in today’s economic climate resembles an early explorer - cold, wet and probably frightened, battling through stormy seas and not knowing what is over the horizon or even what the weather will bring next.
The recent decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Radmacher v Granatino has now made it clear that pre-nuptial agreements will be enforceable unless they lead to unfair outcomes.
A team of lawyers from the Leeds office of Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson LLP put their caseloads to one side for the day and picked up some packing cases instead – all in a good cause.
Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson LLP is again helping to encourage young readers across Doncaster with sponsorship of their Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge – which was part of the programme of events for Doncaster Libraries in the summer.
As we have reported in previous articles, the main employment provisions of the Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October.
In an earlier article we reported on the case of Grainger v Nicholson in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal agreed with the Leeds Employment Tribunal that a belief in climate change could amount to a philosophical belief under the legislation wh...
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently criticised a tribunal which decided that gossip about an employee’s suspected pregnancy was not discrimination and harassment on grounds of sex.
After months of speculation, the government has now announced a consultation exercise on phasing out the default retirement age of 65 from 6 April 2011 with its eventual removal from 1 October 2011.
Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson LLP are hosting a free seminar designed to address some of the issues affecting charities, voluntary groups and not for profit organisations in a recession.
A Glasgow Employment Tribunal has awarded nearly £40k to an employee who was dismissed due to ‘excessive’ use of the internet at work.
Staff from Yorkshire law firm, Keeble Hawson LLP, donned their running shoes to be part of the Jane Tomlinson Run for All in Leeds on Sunday 4 July 2010.
As the holiday season is now upon us, many employers will be surprised to learn that unfortunate and costly consequences can arise where employees are off sick and do not take their entitlement to holidays or indeed where sick leave overlaps with ...
In the case of Lindsay v O’Loughnane [2010] EWHC 529 (QB) the director of a company who deliberately lied to a company’s customer about the financial position of the company was held personally liable to the customer for the tort of de...
Now the World Cup is finally here, it’s time for employers to “get on the ball” in managing the expected levels of workplace absenteeism during the period of the competition.
The staff at Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson’s three regional offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster, have each voted to make a children’s charity the focus of their fundraising activities this year.
Collaborative Law in terms of legal processes is very much the new kid on the block.
One of the most significant developments in employment law this year will be the Equality Act part of which will come into force in October.
Whilst the coalition government has been very swift to announce the scrapping of Home Information Packs HIPs, when it comes to enabling the house buying and selling process longer term in a slow marketplace, this may be a bit of a red herring.
In the wake of the recent election results and the new coalition government, we are now able to report on the government’s plans to introduce new employment laws over the course of the next 12 months.
The Employment team at Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson look at some of the key questions and answers for employers with stranded employees, in the wake of the travel chaos created by the volcanic ash cloud.
From 6 April 2010, a doctor’s certificate, universally known as a "sick note" will be replaced by a Statement of Fitness for Work ("fit note") to be issued by General Practitioners ("GPs") only. This right may b...
In the wake of recent high-profile allegations of bullying against Gordon Brown, the topic of bullying at work is once again back in the news - and proving itself to be as difficult as ever to deal with and define.
The Mansfield Building Society has teamed up with Yorkshire law firm, Keeble Hawson to launch a will writing service to its members.
Antony Ball has been appointed as head of family law in the Doncaster office of Keeble Hawson.
In these challenging times especially for developers looking at ways to save on the very expensive acquisition costs of land, the answer may lie in an increasingly popular 'joint venture'.
Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson has appointed three of its recently qualified trainees to its Insolvency, Corporate and Litigation & Dispute Resolution teams.
Lucy Boldy, FSA Compliance Executive at Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson underlined the need this week for Sale and Rent Back (SRB) firms to find out more about their responsibilities under a new regime, authorised by the Financial Services Author...
Two new appointments at Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson will bring even more experience and expertise to their well established Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Employment teams.
Local solicitor Paul Goel a partner at the Doncaster offices of Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson, will be hauled off in handcuffs at the end of this month - but it's all in a good cause.
From coffee to keeping fit, pizza to printing - to say that franchising opportunities are diverse is a little bit of an understatement. Some of the most recognised names on the High Street, or even online, are actually franchises.
Directors or officers could be liable for inaccurate tax declarations made by a limited company - so a company matter could become personal with degrees of culpability determining the level of penalty.
An Employment Appeal Tribunal considering a case where the outcome could have lasting implications for employers and create the potential for future discrimination cases that focus on lifestyle choices and religious beliefs, has now made a decisio...
Until recently, under Section 330 of the Companies Act 1985, loans to directors were prohibited except in certain limited situations. The result of this was that a liquidator could pursue a director under an action for misfeasance where it was est...
The practice of rewarding employees for long service through enhanced pay may have to end after a Court of Appeal ruling that this might discriminate against women.
In the aftermath of yet another European Court of Justice ("ECJ") Decision on holiday entitlement and sick leave, employers may have to look again at their staff handbooks and absence policies.
The latest statistics from last year's Employment Tribunal cases have now been published and these show some alarming results that employers cannot afford to ignore - or dismiss.
In the recent case of Estafnous v London & Leeds Business Centres Limited [2009], an estate agent sued its client for payment of £2 million in commission that it claimed was due following a deal for the sale of Regent House Business Cent...
A checklist outlining issues that may need to be addressed in a redundancy situation.
The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Gisda Cyf v Barratt confirmed that the employee is required to have actual knowledge of termination in order for notice of dismissal to become effective. In a situation where an employee is informed of...
Naturally some employers may feel that they pay their staff too much and equally naturally some employees would no doubt disagree. However most employers will be aware of what they are actually paying their employees - at least that's what you mig...
Paul Trudgill, managing partner of Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson, recently received a nomination - one of four nominees - for Dealmaker of the Year, at the Insider South Yorkshire Dealmakers dinner, held at the Mercure St Paul's Hotel in Sheffi...
It is common sense to try and resolve issues before taking Court proceedings. The Courts have supported this approach through Pre Action Protocols.
Students at Thomas Rotherham College have a new showcase for their work - the Sheffield offices of Yorkshire Law firm Keeble Hawson.
Following the removal of the statutory dispute resolution procedures with effect from 6 April this year, most dismissal procedures will now be subject to the new ACAS Code of Practice on discipline and grievance. However, this Code does not apply ...
In an extraordinary case, Nicholson -v- Grainger Plc the Employment Tribunal held that an individual's beliefs about climate change were capable of being a "belief" for the purposes of the legislation governing discrimination on grounds ...
In May 2009 the British Council for Offices, at its annual conference, published its new Specification for offices. Last updated in 2005, the Specification had been widely used as a benchmark by property owners, funders and developers.
In 2004 the Government amended the law relating to the lifetime of planning permissions. Previously, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 where a developer had secured a planning permission this permission usually had a "lifetime"...
Whether you call it a recession or credit crunch the fallout affects more than house prices, jobs and investments. The combined effect of any one or all three of the above can bring a family to the point of separation and raise new issues for thos...
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued a report entitled "Working Better" which outlines a long-term strategy for a revision of maternity and parental leave rights.
The figures released from the Insolvency Service on 1 May 2009 showed that there were 29,774 individual insolvencies in the first quarter of 2009, an increase of 1.6% on the previous quarter and a 19% increase compared to the same period in 2008. ...
Pre-packs have certainly been the subject of discussion both by the media and the Government over the last few months. The high profile administrations in the retail sector of Woolworths Plc, USC and Whittards have brought this particular insolven...
It was announced recently that the future of JJB Sports has been secured after 99% of its landlords and other creditors approved proposals to save the struggling sports retailer from administration.
With the festive season only (!) six months away some employees and employers will already be planning office parties - but perhaps not the behaviour that too often leads to more than a touch of regret in the cold light of day!
A new guide created by the Employment team at Keeble Hawson is designed to help employers get to grips with the new laws covering disciplinary and dismissal procedures, that came into effect from April 6th.
Fortunately most of us will not have to deal with a sudden and unexpected death in the family. However when these events occur there are not only the inevitable grief and practical difficulties, but also quite often legal processes to deal with - ...
Good businesses can't always be defined by the number of orders they have on their books or if trading appears to be going well. In a time of recession or in the popular phrase 'credit crunch' this is truer than ever.
Four colleagues from Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson have been doing their bit, to help ensure that some of the younger members of our society develop their reading and communication skills.
Adrian Tattersley, Lawyer with Keeble Hawson's Commercial Property Department in Leeds, considers the potential impact of adopting carbon efficient measures within the framework of existing legal documents.
In a recent decision likely to cause employers more headaches at a time when several are already struggling, the European Court of Justice has ruled that on their return to work employees who have been on long term sick leave are entitled to ta...
Two of the largest providers of mobile communications in the UK are in the process of consolidating their networks in a cost saving exercise. As a result telecoms landlords could potentially lose out on thousands of pounds a year...
In November 2008 the Planning and Energy Act - one of the few private members bills to become law - received Royal Assent.

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