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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on business, both financially and from a “human” perspective.  While some businesses have thrived, many have already fallen victim to the virus and have closed down.  In order to survive, a huge number of companies have taken advantage of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme and placed employees…

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Commitment to paying a real living wage celebrated by Thursfields

Thursfields Solicitors has started 2021 positively by winning accreditation as a living wage employer. The commitment will mean that everyone working directly or indirectly for the leading Midlands law firm will receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30. This hourly rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at…

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The government names and shames employers for failing to pay National Minimum Wage

On 31 December 2020 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (‘HMRC’) published its list of employers who failed to pay national minimum wage. The 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers.  To view the complete list click here. The list includes large PLCs such as Tesco, Pizza Hut and Superdrug and…

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FCA Insurance Policy “Test Case”

As a result of the first national lockdown – imposed in March 2020 – in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many small and medium-sized businesses have seen a significant level of financial loss. This saw an increase in claims for those losses under business interruption insurance policies (“BIIP”). There quickly became widespread concern…

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Chance for five local charities to benefit from chosen status at Thursfields

Five local charities are to receive focused fundraising, awareness and volunteer support from Thursfields Solicitors for the 2021-22 year. The new charity of the year application window has now opened, and entries will be accepted for consideration until 20 March. The successful charities will then become Thursfields’ chosen charities from 1 May to 30 April…

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Consider carefully before punishing workers for refusing the COVID-19 jab

Employers should give careful consideration before taking disciplinary action or even sacking workers who refuse COVID-19 vaccinations. The advice from an employment expert James Monk, an associate director in the Employment department at Thursfields, came after a national debate over whether employers can or should be able to insist that their staff are inoculated. James…

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Thursfields’ latest Talk Legal webinar will explain how to tackle co-parenting breakdowns

Stressful breakdowns in co-parenting relationships can be solved through early intervention, clear communication and making a written record of agreements, according to an expert at Thursfields Solicitors. Full details on how to achieve the best outcome for separating parents and their children will be discussed during a webinar hosted by the leading Midlands law firm…

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Protecting your business assets on divorce

Are business assets considered in divorce? Yes.  Many people think that if a spouse has not been involved in a business that it will not be considered as a matrimonial asset on divorce.  This is not correct.  The business will have a value, both as to capital and the income derived from it, which will…

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Thursfields supporting five West Midlands and Worcestershire charities over Christmas

Thursfields Solicitors has announced pre-Christmas donations of £1,000 to five West Midlands charities. They include New College Worcester, Variety in Birmingham, Sight Concern in Worcester, Get-A-Head in Solihull and the Black Country Foodbank. Thursfields’ Chairman Nick O’Hara said: “We all live and work in our local communities and so we are keen to support local…

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Make a resolution you can keep

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic it is fair to say that life was a bit different in 2020. We have had two national lockdowns and plenty of time on our hands as we adjusted our day-to-day practices to cope with the new demands of social distancing, self-isolating and working from home. We were…

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High standards of client care and engaged staff is winning formula for Thursfields

Thursfields Solicitors has been praised by a leading legal industry review body for consistent attention to its clients and creating a firm where staff are proud to work. “Standards of client care are high, and people are proud of the outcomes achieved for clients” – that’s the feedback received by Thursfields Solicitors after its recent…

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Worcestershire home movers quick on the draw as Stamp Duty holiday deadline looms

There’s never been a better time or place to be moving house than right now and in Worcestershire. The comments come after new research revealed that the county is the fastest in the UK for completing house sales. And this speed could help thousands of householders who are hurrying to save small fortunes by exchanging…

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