“Off the Record” Conversations | Employment law

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Many employers still believe that an “off the record” conversation is the way to exit an employee from their business without risk. The law allows for a “protected conversation” but that protection only extends to certain circumstances and must be conducted in the right way. There are times where a conversation can be had and…

Thursfields continues to grow employment law team

Employment Law Team - Emma Monk, James Monk, Michelle O'Hara, Lauren Cope, Jade Linton, Sara Southall

Thursfields has added two new lawyers to its employment law team. Emma Monk joins as an Associate Solicitor, having trained with a City of London firm before relocating to the Midlands. Emma has extensive tribunal litigation experience and joins Thursfields’ Black Country office to work alongside James Monk. James, a Senior Associate Solicitor, is regarded by…

Divorce and Mental Capacity | Family law

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Recently, there has been a lot of focus on mental health, with World Mental Health Day being globally recognised on 10th October. For many people, divorce is stressful enough, let alone if you have the additional issue of wanting to divorce a spouse who does not have mental capacity. Many people put off divorcing as…

Small charities need to invest to benefit from legacies growth | Charity law

Katherine Ellis

Thursfields Solicitors has advised small charities to invest to make sure they benefit from an increasing trend of legacies to the charitable sector. Katherine Ellis, a Senior Associate Solicitor at Thursfields’ Kidderminster office, was commenting after a new report revealed a 4% growth in the people’s willingness to leave gifts to charities in their Wills….

Getting a Good Outcome from a Grievance | Employment law

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When an employee feels compelled to use an employer’s grievance procedure, does that mean it’s the beginning of the end for the employment relationship? Not necessarily.  Although some employers do pay lip service to their grievance procedures, simply going through the motions before they look to exit the employee, some employers can see it as…

Thursfields lawyer | Dispute resolution

Katherine Ellis

Thursfields lawyer listed as a specialist in Certainty Contentious Probate Hub & Area A top lawyer at Thursfields Solicitors has been listed as a specialist by Certainty the National Will Register – The Law Society’s endorsed provider of The National Will Register. Katherine Ellis, a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team in Thursfields’…

The Retail Front Line

Retail - Rob Pettigrew

Retail Crime is committed on an industrial scale.  Its impact can be felt not only on shop owners but on their staff, their customers and ultimately society in general.  A recent report from the British Retail Consortium (“BRC”) illustrated the shocking increase, frequency and severity of violent attacks suffered by retail shop workers. Industry figures…

Huge arguments faced by families | Family law

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These arguments are occurring because of the lack of Wills… Millions of families across the UK could face huge arguments because most people have not made a Will. The comments come after a new survey found that 68 per cent of UK adults are what is known as “intestate” – equivalent to nearly 28 million…

Lopping trees can end up costing small fortunes | Dispute resolution

Lauren Bryan - Colour WEB

Thursfields Solicitors has issued a new warning to householders about how tens of thousands of pounds can be lost by cutting back trees without checking if they are protected. The advice comes after a millionaire was last week prosecuted and ordered to pay nearly £60,000 for damaging two protected 60ft trees behind his luxury £1.2million…

What is a settlement agreement? | Employment law

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Settlement agreements or compromise agreements, as they used to be called, are commonly used but what are they? Here’s our Top Five Tips on Settlement Agreements: 1 – Simply put, Settlement agreements are a legal contract between an employee and employer which settles claims or potential claims against the employer, usually in return for money….

Key considerations for negotiating share earn-out payments | Commercial law

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Firstly the parties need to agree what targets must be achieved to trigger payment of the earn-out. Such targets could be financial, operational or linked to specific event. The length of earn-out period needs to be discussed and agreed. Most earn-outs last between one and three years following completion, but other time frames may be…

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