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Tina Chander, head of the Employment Law team at Wright Hassall

Avoiding a festive HR hangover

It might be the strangest festive period for many years, with few organisations considering a Christmas Party, but even a virtual meet-up, with perhaps alcohol sent in advance, is still an organised event that is still essentially an extension of the workplace. The same rules and expectations apply.

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James Driver

Property developers warned to act on cladding before time runs out

Expert property lawyers are advising developers to act on cladding issues now to avoid the risk of paying out millions of pounds. Dangerous, combustible cladding has been top of the agenda for developers since the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed the lives of 72 people. The use of cladding is widespread in high rise apartment blocks and a huge push is now taking place to ensure it is replaced with safe materials.

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 Ellis Jones Solicitors Partner and Head of Employment/HR Services Kate Brooks

Ellis Jones Solicitors issues Christmas furlough advice

A top employment lawyer has warned that 'furlough is not just for Christmas' as Dorset and East Hants businesses and employees consider holiday arrangements. Kate Brooks, who is a Partner and Head of Employment/HR Services at Ellis Jones Solicitors, urged businesses to familiarise themselves with the regulations as the festive period arrives.

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Laura Martin, Head of Family Law at award-winning Dorset law firm Blanchards Bailey, is urging separating families to work together amicably for the good of their families

Good divorce advice

A Dorset solicitor helping to spearhead the national Good Divorce Week campaign is urging separating couples to think constructively, avoid conflict and consider the needs of the whole family. Laura Martin, Solicitor and Head of Family Law at award-winning law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP made the plea in her role as a prominent member of Resolution, the UK-wide organisation behind the annual initiative Good Divorce Week.

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Matthew Moore Gales Solicitors

Remote court hearings allow for greater efficiency and cost savings for clients

Gales Solicitors is reporting increased court case hearing activity this autumn as remote hearings allow for attendance at a greater number of hearings. Partner Matthew Moore advised. "During September I attended some 17 court cases. It's unprecedented as these hearings have been in 5 different towns and cities, without me having once left the office.

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Amy Peacey

Post-Brexit food labelling deadline looming

Food producers, manufacturers and retailers are being warned to prepare for new requirements for food labelling coming into force on 1 January 2021. The changes are necessary to reflect the fact that the UK is no longer a member of the EU.

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Hannah Bridgwood

Family lawyers say act now before deadline

Family law experts are encouraging people to act now on their family legal matters ahead of the Brexit transition period ending on 31 December. Anyone who might be affected by international family law issues around divorce, child maintenance or child custody is being urged to consider their position and begin proceedings before the deadline.

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Dispute resolution solicitor at Steele Raymond LLP, Alice Toop, has qualified as a notary public, one of only 775 in England & Wales.

Solicitor qualifies as a notary public

South coast law firm Steele Raymond is delighted to announce that Alice Toop, a solicitor in its Top-Tier Dispute Resolution team, has qualified as a notary public after two years of intensive study and exams at University College London.

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DECISIONS - Kate Brooks of Ellis Jones Solicitors

Tough lockdown decisions needed

An expert employment lawyer has warned that Dorset and Hampshire businesses need to make 'tough and quick' decisions in reaction to the second Coronavirus lockdown. Kate Brooks, who is a Partner and Head of Employment/HR services at regional law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors, urged employers to consider their options as soon as possible.

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Lisa Branker

Employers need to beware redundancy pitfallsÂ…

Even with the introduction of the Job Support Scheme after the furlough scheme ends on 31 October, many employers may still be facing further strife, a leading firm of North East solicitors has warned. With increased restrictions affecting many businesses, companies may be left with little option but to consider redundancies in order to survive.

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TOP TEAM: Managing Partner Nigel Smith front centre with some of the Partners at Ellis Jones Solicitors (file picture)

Ellis Jones Solicitors wins national recognition

Regional law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors has been recognised as one of the top firms in the country in a prestigious annual publication. It has been listed in the newly published Chambers UK Guide 2021, which ranks the most notable firms and lawyers nationwide.

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Graham McIntyre

Warning to commercial property tenants as rent claims rise

Specialist lawyers are warning commercial property tenants to beware as rent arrears claims are rising in the county courts. Although protections have been afforded to tenants throughout the Covid-19 crisis - and some these protections have been extended until the end of December 2020 - landlords are still being hit hard and so are finding ways to secure arrears.

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