Stay one step ahead | Residential Property

Louise Colour WEB

In a world where the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is trying to make the home buying process “quicker, cheaper and less stressful”, what is clear is that presently, especially when it comes to leasehold properties, we are still not quite at the races. By that, I mean that the very start of…

New homes lawyer joins Thursfields Solicitors | Residential property

Louise Jones Sian Birkett

A lawyer specialising in the sales and purchases of new homes has been recruited to join Thursfields Solicitors’ Residential Property team. Siân Birkett, who has worked in the property sector since 2013, has been appointed as a Solicitor in the Solihull office, from where she will also cover Birmingham. Siân, who joins Thursfields after training…

Charities must double-check tax status on legacies | Charity Law

Katherine Ellis

The tax status of legacies for charities can be complex and exemptions cannot be assumed. Katherine Ellis, a Senior Associate Solicitor at Thursfields, was commenting following the judgement of the Supreme Court in the case of Routier and Anor v HMRC which considered whether a £1.7 million legacy bequeathed by a UK citizen to a…

Women’s charity wins £250 in Thursfields’ prize draw

IOF Conference - Donation winner

Thursfields Solicitors was a proud sponsor of this year’s Institute of Fundraising West Midlands Conference which took place in Birmingham last month. Charities in attendance had the opportunity to win a donation of £250 and the prize was picked up by Emily Johnson of Anawim– Women Working Together, which exists to support women and their…

Flooding – Keeping your head above the water | Commercial Property

Robert Pettigrew pic

Have you checked the terms of your insurance and your lease recently to see if you are covered in the event of a flood? All too often these matters are not checked until the worst has happened and following the devastation of a flood the last thing anyone needs is to find they have inadequate…

Building a Talented Workforce | Employment law

Michelle O - Colour 2018 WEB

In a candidate driven market finding new talent for your workforce can feel like an uphill struggle. But many employers could be overlooking a large talent pool of employees, especially those who are women returning from maternity leave. The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s 2018 “Britain is Fairer?” Report found that 77 % of mothers…

The curse of email? Commercial Property law

Parmveer Virdee 1 Colour Photo

Take care with electronic signatures….. A court judgement that documents signed electronically can have legal force means individuals and companies should take care. Pam Virdee, a Solicitor in the Commercial Property department at Thursfields’ Birmingham office, was commenting after a county court ruled that an automated electronic signature used in a transfer of land was…

New guidance on menopause welcomed by Thursfields | Employment law

Lauren Cope - Colour WEB

An employment law expert at Thursfields Solicitors has welcomed new guidance on menopause from workplace expert Acas. Lauren Cope, a Solicitor in the Employment team at Thursfields’ Solihull office, was commenting on the online document that can help employers and managers to support staff affected by menopause symptoms, along with tips for workers on how…

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