Thursfields raises £1k for breast cancer charity in Birmingham’s 10k run

Thursfields holding charity cheque

Five keen runners from Thursfields Solicitors raised more than £1,000 for a local breast cancer charity by taking part in The Great Birmingham 10k Run. The challenging route in blisteringly hot weather on Sunday 6 May was tackled by Thursfields’ directors Michelle O’Hara, Julia Warrilow and Gareth Burge, along with solicitor Kirsty Underhill and trainee…

Ex-lawyer saves 20 jobs at gastro pub-hotel, helped by Thursfields

Thursfields Crown Inn 1. Tony Gibb (left) and Andrew Cornthwaite (2) WEB

A former City lawyer who turned entrepreneur to save his local pub has now added a fourth hostelry to his growing mini-empire, with the help of Thursfields Solicitors. Thursfields has assisted Andrew Cornthwaite, owner of The Baiting House Group, to acquire what was The Crown Inn in Hopton Wafers, near Ludlow in Shropshire. Mr Cornthwaites’…

Millions owed refunds from the Office of the Public Guardian

Laura Smith - Colour WEB

Millions of people who registered their Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)  between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 may be due a refund of up to £54 for each LPA or EPA they registered. Whilst the Office of the Public Guardian’s (OPG) operating costs reduced from 1 April…

Thursfields co-hosts mental health event for young professionals

Shauna Halls - Colour WEB

Thursfields Solicitors and Handelsbanken are helping to promote Mental Health Awareness Week in the Black Country later this month, having organised a free breakfast meeting for young professionals in Stourbridge from 8.30am on Friday 18 May. Shauna Halls, a trainee solicitor in Thursfields’ Corporate & Commercial team, said: “We want to help de-stigmatise the subject of…

HMRC Tightening Rules on Termination Payments

Lisa Colour Web

Exit packages and settlement agreements are often proposed on the basis of tax-free monies being given to the departing employee. In future, business owners and HR practitioners will need to ensure they understand the impact of recent changes to the law on the taxation of termination payments before making such offers. What does the law…

It’s not the same for Dads

Jade Linton - Colour WEB 1

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (“EAT”) determined that a father who requested shared parental leave was not entitled to be paid at the same enhanced rate which the employer offered to employees on maternity leave. Background Mr Ali wished to take shared parental leave so he could care for his new-born child. His wife (who had…

Employees’ new rights to access their personal information

James Monk - Colour WEB

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are set to be transposed into UK law by 25 May 2018. As part of these new changes, employees will gain a number of new/additional rights. The key ones are set out below: Right to Access – Employees can already request access to their personal information (commonly known as…

Bitcoins and hiding wealth in divorce

Pauline O'Rourke - Colour WEB

Divorce ends the marriage but does nothing to end the financial arrangements between the parties. If the parties cannot agree these, and as part of court proceedings to determine who gets what, the parties have to provide full and frank disclosure to the other of their entire financial means. This procedure allows the parties to…

What the Sainsburys-Asda merger might mean for staff

Jade Linton - Colour WEB 1

Staff working at Sainsburys and Asda may see changes to their terms of employment following the merger of the two supermarket titans announced this week. Jade Linton, associate solicitor in the Employment team at Thursfields, was commenting after Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe confirmed the plans to merge with Asda, which is currently owned by…

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