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26/02/2020

New guidance on harassment at work

The #MeToo campaign has exposed many occasions where Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) have been used as an attempt to prevent employees speaking out about sexual harassment in the workplace. The difficulty for employers is there are no minimum requirements as to how they should act to prevent and deal with such behaviour in the first…

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25/02/2020

Anticipated surge in gifts in wills can benefit charities of all sizes

Charities of all sizes need to look to the long term as well as short term fundraising projects, according to Thursfields Solicitors. Senior associate solicitor Katherine Ellis, who previously spent three years in London working as a solicitor and legacy manager with the British Heart Foundation, said it was not just big national charities that…

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24/02/2020

Dispute over £6 million farm inheritance triggers crucial advice from Thursfields

Family members made promises as youngsters to inherit farm estates need specialist legal advice to help gather evidence crucial to their case, according to Thursfields Solicitors. The advice from the leading Midlands law firm comes after a court heard how a farmer is being sued by his mother in a bitter court battle over the…

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19/02/2020

Holding on for a bumpy ride

What is bumping? Bumping is a term that is heard of when talking, primarily about redundancy situations. To put it in simple terms bumping is a process of moving a potentially redundant employee (A) into another role and dismissing the employee currently performing that role (B). Therefore, for it to be a true bumping situation…

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18/02/2020

Thursfields advises on purchase of former Northampton care home

Thursfields Solicitors has advised the purchaser of a former care home in Northampton which will now be adapted for supported living. Senior Associate Stewart Coles, a commercial property lawyer in Thursfields’ Halesowen office, led the team which advised CJS Care (Northampton) Ltd on the purchase of Trinity House, a Victorian former nursing home. Care homes…

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17/02/2020

Selling part of a Commercial Property

There are a number of matters which should be considered before selling part of a commercial property. These are as follows: Rights It might be necessary for rights to be granted for the benefit of the land being sold and rights to be reserved for the land that is being retained. For example, if we…

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12/02/2020

Parental bereavement leave – the law is changing!

What is the current position? Parents are entitled to take time off work following the death of a child under the age of 18. There is no obligation on employers to pay their employees during this time and the right only applies to parents. During a government consultation last year, feedback was that the current…

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11/02/2020

Free training event for legal professionals on Wills, legacies and trustee issues

Legal professionals who want to develop their knowledge of Wills, legacies and trustee issues can benefit from a free event in Worcester co-hosted by Thursfields Solicitors. The half-day of continuing professional development will take place at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium from 8.30am to 1pm on Thursday 26 March. Thursfields is running the event in partnership…

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10/02/2020

Storm Ciara – Ready for the clean-up?

Have you checked the terms of your insurance and your lease recently to see if you are covered in the event of a storm or 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…

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06/02/2020

I.D. is not just OTT – Understanding why your solicitor needs to know who you are and be provided with appropriate documentation

Providing your identification documents may seem like a tedious ‘tick box’ to do task. However, with the increasing burden on law firms to identify, and establish, who their clients are this is an exercise that is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. This ‘red-tape’ requirement is not your solicitor being difficult…

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06/02/2020

Avoiding the pitfalls of online divorce

Since the Ministry of Justice introduced a digital application process for divorce in May 2018 more than 70,000 people have applied for divorce online.  In this modern and digital age where processes are online or being capable of being done online it is unsurprising and indeed understandable that people will use the technology available to…

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