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BakerLaw walking in support of access to justice

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We are hoping for more sunshine on Monday 21 st May 2018 when colleagues from both our Farnham and London offices will participate in the London Legal Walk. We will be walking 10 km through London with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers in...

Corporate Transaction Series (5/5): Post-Completion

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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Completion will be a significant milestone in any transaction, however it is important to bear in mind that there will still be much to do in order to best ensure that the deal will be a success. Arguably, much of the hard work will have been done, however...

A technical revolution?

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A technical revolution? We are thrilled to be sponsoring the after party at the WXG conference at the Guildford Harbour Hotel on 26 April 2018. WXG brings together inspirational and technical industries for a one-day conference. Its engaging speakers...

Judge moves to end "meal ticket" divorce rulings

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In a landmark judgement, the Court of Appeal has ruled that divorcee Kim Waggott will only be entitled to three years spousal maintenance from her ex-husband multimillionaire William Waggott, overturning the original judgement that saw Mrs Waggott receiving...

Are you ready for the GDPR?

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Data protection and cybersecurity are subjects that are making ever more frequent appearances in news headlines. With the deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation being set at 25 th  May 2018 and the Government confirming...

Was decision to dismiss employee related to her pregnancy?

Emily Yeardley
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Where an employer decides to dismiss an employee without knowledge of the employee’s pregnancy but it discovers, prior to dismissal, that she is pregnant, a tribunal may be asked to consider whether the dismissal was related to the employee’s...

Corporate Transaction Series (4/5): Disclosure

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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Having considered warranties in the context of the share purchase agreement (SPA), we now look at how the disclosure process naturally follows on from this and the necessity of considering the two together. What is the disclosure process? Disclosures are...

Further Blow to Litigants in Person

Michelle Ogunlaja
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The High Court has delivered a firm reminder to litigants in person (persons without legal representation) that the law will not be moulded for their convenience.  In the recent decision of  Reynard - v- Fox , Mr Reynard, a litigant in person,...

The New Telecommunications Code- The Price that Landowners Pay for a Good Signal

Gaenor Thomas
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Most people have at least one mobile telephone these days and understand the frustration caused by a bad or intermittent signal.   To provide a signal, however, operators need enough sites for masts and equipment.   With the bad publicity...

Where does the liability fall with KFC's chicken shortage?

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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If you’ve been keeping up with the news this week, it will have been difficult to miss the furore which has ensued following the closing of hundreds of KFC restaurants up and down the country. The cause of this – reportedly costing the chain...

A warning for would be litigants in person

Michelle Ogunlaja
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Following the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Barton v Wright Hassall , it is evident it is important to obtain legal representation.  In this case Mr Barton, a litigant in person, failed to seek confirmation that the Defendant’s Solicitor...

Zero Points for Hindsight: ending a contract the right way

Mark Ridley
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Choose your words carefully.  That was the message from the High Court recently in the high-profile case of Phones 4u Ltd (In Administration) v EE Ltd .  The court ruled that EE were not allowed to claim damages arising from alleged breaches of...

Haven't got around to making a Will?

Debbie Duggan
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If you haven’t yet got around to making a Will why not take this opportunity to do so?  If, like me, you are wondering where 2018 is disappearing to as we near the end of February, it may be an opportunity to think about when you made your...

First intake of trainees to qualify at BakerLaw

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BakerLaw LLP First intake of trainees to qualify at Farnham Solicitors BakerLaw. BakerLaw are delighted to announce that from their first intake of trainees to qualify, Farhana Ahmed has been retained by the firm qualifying into her specialist area of...

Do I qualify for a refund on my registration fee for my Power of Attorney?

Amy Nelson
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If you made a Lasting Power of Attorney (or registered an Enduring Power of Attorney) between 2013 and 2017 then read on as you could be entitled to a refund on your registration fee….   Who is entitled? The Government have announced...

Landlords: Do you wish to avoid the new minimum energy efficiency standards?

Janet Waine
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The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) come into effect on the 1 April 2018.  It will be unlawful for a landlord of residential property to grant a new tenancy of property with an Energy Performance...

Changes to Data Protection law in the UK: The GDPR

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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Data protection is an issue that is making ever-more frequent appearances in news headlines, and with the implementation of a new EU-wide framework for data protection law in 2018, this should not be expected to change any time soon.  What is the...

Corporate Transaction Series (3/5): The Share Purchase Agreement

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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In our third instalment of our corporate transaction series, we consider the significance of the share purchase agreement within the context of the transaction. What is a share purchase agreement? A share purchase agreement (SPA) is the agreement that...

BakerLaw and ThinkMarble: GDPR breakfast seminar

Emily Yeardley
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Data protection is an issue that is making ever-more frequent appearances in news headlines. With the deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation being set at 25th May 2018, businesses found to be in breach of the new regulations...

What is the effective date of termination?

Emily Yeardley
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When considering Employment Tribunal Claims a key point to be established is the Effective Date of Termination (EDT). This date marks the end of the period of continuous employment and is often the date on which the time limit for presenting a claim runs...

Give it a rest!

Emily Yeardley
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Regulation 12 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) entitles workers to take a rest break of not less than 20 minutes if their daily working time exceeds six hours. Mr Crawford, a relief cover signalman for Network Rail has brought an employment...

Corporate Transaction Series (2/5): Due Diligence

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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In our second instalment of our corporate transaction series, we look at the vital role that the due diligence process plays in making a success of any transaction. Having made the decision to acquire a business, the buyer will want to maximise the...

BakerLaw LLP Employment News: Winter Edition

Andrew Peters
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We have today circulated our quarterly Employment Law Newsletter. In this edition you can indulge in the following articles and news: A fresh start for the New Year - Are your employment documents in order? Key Employment Law dates for 2018 No males...

We passed our Lexcel re-accreditation

Amanda Glover
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On Thursday 11 January and Friday 12 January 2018, we had our first Lexcel re-assessment since we attained the quality mark, three years ago. We are delighted to announce that we passed the Lexcel quality mark and have been re-accredited. What is Lexcel? ...

No males need apply for role at pizza restaurant

Emily Yeardley
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A pizza restaurant, based in Ireland, has recently come under criticism for posting a job advert which specifies that the applicants should be female and requiring a photo. The manager who posted the job advert explained the reasoning behind the gender...

Corporate Transaction Series (1/5): Non-Disclosure Agreements

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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Over the coming weeks, our corporate transaction series will follow the key stages of a hypothetical share acquisition. We hope that this will provide some food for thought and highlight some key issues to be considered by anyone considering acquiring or...

In the Line of Fire: Non-Party Costs Orders and Group Companies

Mark Ridley
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Have you considered liability for costs? Any person or company pursuing or defending a claim in litigation, must consider costs.  Not just their own, but also the costs of their opponent.  This is because courts can require one party to pay...

Exclusion Clauses in Commercial Contracts: The Reasonableness Requirement

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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A recent case demonstrates the approach of the Courts in assessing the validity of exclusion clauses in commercial contracts… What is an exclusion clause? Exclusion clauses are contractual terms which attempt to limit liability to one party for...

Is mediation a mandatory requirement in civil legal proceedings?

Mark Ridley
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All business owners would agree that court trials can be expensive.  The costs are inflicted not just on the parties in dispute, but also on the court system, which, being part of the public sector, does not have endless resources to indulge...

Dotting the I's and crossing the T's: Terms and Conditions

Danielle Collett-Bruce
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Inevitably, businesses will have different priorities from one another in terms of income generation and business development. These range from product and brand development to increasing market share and/or revenue or growing client lists. Whilst the...

Holiday Pay is King!

Emily Yeardley
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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down a landmark decision in King v The Sash Windows Workshop Limited C-214/16 relating to holiday pay which is bound to send a shiver down employers’ spines. What are the facts? Mr King...

The BakerLaw Christmas Tree 2017

Amanda Glover
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This year, instead of just going out and buying a Christmas tree, we wanted to do something worthwhile. Therefore, on Friday 1 December 2017, our very own, Debbie Duggan, Head of Private Client headed out to the great outdoors in association with the Surrey...

BakerLaw awarded Wills & Probate UK Law Firm of the Year

Debbie Duggan
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I am pleased to announce that BakerLaw LLP has been awarded the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2017 Wills & Probate UK Law Firm of the Year.  Debbie Duggan, Head of the firm's Private Client Department said: “I am delighted with the...

Workers' Rights

Emily Yeardley
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What’s the big deal? A worker’s employment status is relevant to the question of their employment rights. These differ depending on whether you are a worker, employee or self-employed. Worker A worker is an individual who undertakes to do the...

Autumn Budget 2017: What it means for you as a First Time Buyer

Lalini De Silva
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As of Today, 22 November 2017, stamp duty land tax has been abolished for first-time purchases of property up to the value of £300,000. If you are a first time buyer and the property you are purchasing is up to the value £500,000, you will be...

Press Release - Lasting Powers of Attorney

Debbie Duggan
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Head of Private Client Debbie Duggan  has defended lasting powers of attorney (LPA) after Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned they may leave elderly people open to abuse. Her article was published in the Farnham...

Applications open for Employment Tribunal Fees Refunds

Emily Yeardley
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Update: Following our previous report of 24 th  October 2017, which can be found  here , the initial trial period for the refund of Employment Tribunals fees refunds has now ended.  The refund scheme is now open to everyone to apply if...

Coffee chain criticised over staff badge saying, I am new, kiss me.

Emily Yeardley
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Coffee chain Pret a Manger has faced heavy criticism across the media this week after an employee was spotted wearing a badge which said “I am new, kiss me”. Pret a Manger has stated that they “definitely don’t ask our employees to...

BakerLaw donates to New Ashgate Gallery

Amanda Glover
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Just a short walk from our Farnham office is the New Ashgate Gallery. The Gallery shows great support to local artists and works closely with the University for the Creative Arts also based in Farnham.  “New Ashgate Gallery is a destination for...

Entire workforce made redundant

Emily Yeardley
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Sydney Hardy, Managing Director of Nippy Bus, dismissed his entire workforce by memo stating “ I have had enough and realise I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer ”.  He advised the staff that they should not turn up...

Thanks from Guatemala

Amanda Glover
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We are delighted to have received the photo below as a thanks from  Education for the Children Foundation  ​ (an international non-governmental organisation), following our recent instruction assisting the beneficiaries of the School of...

Invitation to host webinar on stress in the workplace

Emily Yeardley
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Emily Yeardley, Associate Employment Solicitor at BakerLaw LLP, has been invited to host a webinar for the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) on 11th December 2017.  The webinar is open to SOM members, please contact nick.llewellin@som.org.uk ...

Requirement to pass annual fitness test not discriminatory

Emily Yeardley
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The Employment Tribunal has recently heard a case ( Mrs R Tiffin –v- Chief Constable of Surrey ) brought by a police officer who resigned having repeatedly failed a fitness test. Ms Tiffin stated she had an underactive thyroid gland which was the cause...

Update: Tribunal Fees Refunds

Emily Yeardley
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Following the recent ruling that Employment Tribunal Fees are unlawful the Government has now announced its fees refund scheme. In addition to refunding all fees paid, 0.5% interest will be paid to claimants calculated from the date of the original payment...

The BakerLaw Charity Bake Off

Amanda Glover
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Yesterday was a day full of cake (the best kind of day) for our offices as BakerLaw held a fundraising Bake Off in support of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. With more cake than we could eat in the one day, it provided a great chance for everyone to get involved...

Parental Bereavement Leave

Emily Yeardley
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A new bill has been published to introduce parental bereavement leave. The Current Position Under current legislation an employer has no obligation to allow parents paid time off to grieve if they have lost a child under the age of 18. Most employers are...

World Mental Health Day 2017

Emily Yeardley
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Mental health issues can affect anyone, any day of the year, but today marks World Mental Health Day, a day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.”  ACAS has estimated the cost of mental ill...

Winning Big at the Legal Awards

Amanda Glover
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We are thrilled to announce that not only has BakerLaw been named Symphony ‘Member Firm of the Year 2017’ at last night’s Symphony Legal Awards 2017, our Managing Partner, Amanda Glover has been named ‘Managing Partner of the Year...

London Calling for Expanding Law Firm BakerLaw

Amanda Glover
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While the calling to the bright lights of the city have been on the strategic roadmap for some time, the project was more about securing the right people and right place. The decision to open a second office was not about rapid growth but about servicing...

Winner of Professional Negligence Lawyer of the Year UK

Andrew Peters
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We are pleased to announce that our Managing Partner, Amanda Glover has been awarded Professional Negligence Lawyer of the Year UK in the Finance Monthly Global Awards 2017. The Finance Monthly Global Awards recognise and celebrate companies and individuals...

Choose your words carefully

Emily Yeardley
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The recent Employment Tribunal case of Ms C Gomes v Henworth Ltd t/a Winkworth Estate Agents and Mr G Gold demonstrates the importance of thinking before you speak and choosing your words carefully to avoid the risk of discrimination claims. In this case Ms...

BakerLaw LLP Supports Phyllis Tuckwell's 'Make a Will Fortnight'

Debbie Duggan
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BakerLaw LLP is participating in Phyllis Tuckwell’s 'Make a Will Fortnight'. From 11 th  to 24 th  September 2017 our Associate, Debbie Duggan can write a basic Will for you, or update an existing one, in return for a...

Law Commission proposes Wills overhaul

Debbie Duggan
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The Law Commission has announced that they are holding a wide ranging consultation in order to bring the current laws surrounding Wills in line with the modern world. A number of measures have been proposed including changing the term ‘Testator’...

BakerLaw LLP supports orphanage in Tanzania

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Earlier this year BakerLaw LLP helped fundraise for Karibu Nyumbani, an orphanage in Tanzania. Karibu Nyumbani is run more like a big family, rather than a “typical“ orphanage, the schedule is not dictated by the clock but rather by the children,...

Should holiday pay be calculated including voluntary overtime?

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Holiday pay has featured heavily in the news over the last year but until now the question of all overtime (both compulsory and voluntary) worked and whether it should be included in the holiday pay calculation has remained a grey area. Employers commonly...

New Paralegal welcomed to Commercial & Employment departments

Jonathan Craig
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The Partners at BakerLaw LLP are delighted to welcome Oliver Salmon as the firm’s new Paralegal in the Company Commercial and Employment departments. Following completion of Oliver's law degree, in tandem with his Paralegal...

BakerLaw LLP announces internal competition results

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Last month, the Partners at BakerLaw held a competition for all staff to put forward innovative ideas for the firm. The Partners encourage staff to be involved and open with their ideas. They felt that the competition was a perfect forum for encouraging...

What does today's judgment on ET fees mean for you?

Andrew Peters
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Following an appeal by UNISON (one of the UK’s largest trade unions) the Supreme Court (the highest Court within the UK’s legal system) has ruled that the requirement to pay the fees for issuing a claim and hearing a claim in the Employment...

BakerLaw LLP awarded Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation

Lalini De Silva
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Last month BakerLaw LLP were accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). Buying and selling a home is likely to be the largest transaction that most people will undertake. It is commonly dubbed one of life’s most stressful...

Are parents of a bereaved child entitled to paid time off work?

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There is currently no legal right to paid time off following the death of a child. All employees are entitled to ‘time off for dependants’ but this time is unpaid. Time off for dependants allows employees time off to deal with unforeseen...

Are Judges' handwritten notes disclosable?

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It is common knowledge that on conclusion of a Court or Tribunal case Judges normally provide written Judgments. For the first time, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has disclosed the handwritten notes made by a Judge during legal proceedings under the Data...

Dementia Friends News!

Debbie Duggan
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Dementia Friends is a social movement created to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding which mean many people living with dementia can face social issues and exclusion. Today, 27 th  June, Dementia Friends are celebrating reaching 2 million...

BakerLaw bolsters employment team

Andrew Peters
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BakerLaw LLP has bolstered its Employment Law Department with the appointment of a new Associate. Emily Yeardley  is an experienced employment law solicitor advising businesses and individuals on employment related matters ranging from unfair...

BakerLaw launches new Family Law Clinics

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Farnham solicitors, BakerLaw, are to start offering a free legal clinic to provide expert advice relating to divorce, finances, children arrangements and other family law issues. You will receive up to half an hour of free legal advice from BakerLaw’s...

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

Debbie Duggan
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5 things you should know about dementia 1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing - Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia. 2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain - Dementia is not usually passed down through genes. 3. Dementia is...

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 runs from 14th to 21st May!

Debbie Duggan
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Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia. Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it...

The Residence Nil Rate Band

Debbie Duggan
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Under the new inheritance tax rules for deaths on or after 6th April 2017 a new “residence nil rate band” has been introduced. In certain circumstances this new rule could eventually allow estates worth £1 million to pass free of...

Women in Law 2017 Award

Amanda Glover
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BakerLaw are delighted to announce that their Managing Partner, Amanda Glover has been noted in the field of professional negligence by Lawyer Monthly with a Women in Law 2017 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within...

Avoided increase in the probate fee

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The Government have today announced that the planned increase in the probate fee will not now take place in May as planned.  Currently the probate fee is a flat fee for estates over £5,000 of £155 if a solicitor completes the process. ...

Amanda Glover joins Board of Trustees at New Ashgate Gallery

Amanda Glover
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Amanda Glover, Managing Partner and Head of Disputes at BakerLaw, has joined the Board of Trustees of the New Ashgate Gallery as a Co-Opted Trustee. Commenting upon her appointment, Amanda said: “I am delighted to have been invited to join the Board...

Training Contract Applications 2017

Amanda Glover
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We invite applications for two Trainee Solicitor positions, to start in September 2017.  We welcome applications from high calibre graduates in any discipline, who will have completed the LPC by September 2017.   As a Trainee with us, you...

Debbie Duggan Awarded Step Qualification

Debbie Duggan
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BakerLaw are proud to announce that Debbie Duggan, Head of Private Client, has recently obtained a Distinction in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients. STEP is the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and ensures a high...

Employment Law 2017 - what lies ahead?

Andrew Peters
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It looks as though 2017 will be a busy year for employment law, with a number of important cases set to be decided.  We have commented upon just a few of these below, dealing with: employment status and the gig economy, holiday pay, Employment Tribunal...

Divorce Day

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Today, the first working day after the Christmas and New Year holidays, is known as ‘Divorce Day’.  Today is the day the press say numerous spouses will be phoning a solicitor to get a divorce, after the holidays have taken their toll. ...

Nikki Lynch travels to Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

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Nikki Lynch, family law solicitor at BakerLaw in Farnham, travelled to Parliament today to take part in a major lobby of Parliament organised by family law organisation Resolution. Resolution represent 6,500 family justice professionals that are committed to...

Surprise birthday party for Sir Ray Tindle's 90th birthday

Amanda Glover
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Janet Waine in her position as trustee of the Farnham Institute Charity, together with Amanda Glover, Managing Partner of BakerLaw and the Farnham Chamber of Commerce were delighted to hold a surprise birthday party at Bon East in Farnham for Sir Ray...

BakerLaw LLP announced as winners!

Amanda Glover
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Amanda Glover, Managing Partner is delighted to announce that BakerLaw have been recognised and have been awarded in 2 categories by Acquisition International Global Media and a further category by Wealth and Finance International. BakerLaw is proud of...

Should I Transfer my Business to a Private Limited Company? (Part 3)

Jonathan Craig
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Some Advantages of Private Limited Companies. The main advantage of a private limited company is that it has limited liability. This means that in the event of insolvency the amount a shareholder can lose is limited to the amount the shareholder paid for...

Survey says - people prefer solicitors to write their wills

Debbie Duggan
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Survey says - people prefer solicitors to prepare their wills A recent survey by Will Aid has shown that in the last year 62% of people who made a Will used a firm of solicitors to do so.  Debbie Duggan, Head of Private Client at BakerLaw, is...

Promotion at BakerLaw

Amanda Glover
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BakerLaw is delighted to announce a further internal promotion, with Debbie Duggan being promoted to the role of Associate with effect from 1 November 2016.  On the promotion, Amanda Glover (Managing Partner) commented: “Debbie Duggan, Head of...

BakerLaw featured in this week's Farnham Herald

Amanda Glover
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BakerLaw featured in this week’s Farnham Herald, with an article focusing upon the funds that have been raised since we nominated the PT Hospice as our charity. Over the last few months we have raised a staggering £1,555.97 which is a...

Should I Transfer my Business to a LLP? (Part 2)

Jonathan Craig
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Information on LLPs LLPs combine the flexible structure of a general partnership with the benefits of limited liability. LLPs – Some Differences from General Partnerships The owners of an LLP are called members, rather than partners, and within...

Should I Transfer my Business to an LLP or Limited Company? (Part 1)

Jonathan Craig
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Advantages of General Partnership Confidentiality is the biggest advantage of a general partnership (i.e. a partnership which is not a limited partnership, or an LLP). There is usually no requirement to publish partnership accounts. The relationship...

Thinking Of Selling Your Business? (Part 3)

Jonathan Craig
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How to Reduce the Possibility of a Warranty Claim. Make sure you use good lawyers, experienced in negotiating warranties, indemnities and seller limitation clauses. Ensure that the time limit for bringing claims is appropriate. Do not delay in...

Thinking Of Selling Your Business? (Part 2)

Jonathan Craig
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Recommendations For Improving The Efficiency Of The Sale Process. At the start of the sale process allocate responsibility for distribution of company information to potential purchasers to one person, and ensure an accurate audit trail is maintained....

Thinking Of Selling Your Business?

Jonathan Craig
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(Part 1) If you own a limited company, the first step is to decide whether to sell the shares or its assets.   Each case is different, but the sale of shares (usually the seller’s preference) may lead to a more complex sale contract being...

Is Your Business Cookie Compliant?

Jonathan Craig
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The lead in period for compliance expired in May 2012 but 4 years on and many websites are still not cookie compliant. The ICO is currently free to consider using its enforcement powers to compel compliance, and the maximum fine for the most serious cases...

National Minimum Wage Increase

Andrew Peters
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From 1 October 2016, the national minimum wage hourly rates increase. The national living wage for workers age 25 years or above remains at £7.20 per hour.  The table below sets out the previous and current hourly rates for each category of...

BakerLaw's Company Commercial Team Grows

Jonathan Craig
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Following the appointment of the firm’s first two trainee solicitors on 1 September, the Partners of BakerLaw LLP are delighted to announce the firm’s further growth with the arrival of Associate solicitor Julia Weeks and paralegal Holly Taylor. ...

Phyllis Tuckwell Donations

Amanda Glover
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We have raised a staggering £1,555.97 We are delighted to be able to update you all with the funds that have been raised since we nominated the PT Hospice as our charity.  Over the last months we have raised a staggering £1,555.97...

Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation

Lalini De Silva
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We are delighted to announce that BakerLaw has once again been awarded The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme ( CQS ) accreditation. CQS accreditation provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing...

BakerLaw Sponsors House of Commons Business Event

Jonathan Craig
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BakerLaw’s Partners Amanda Glover, Jonathan Craig and Andrew Peters were delighted to be approached to support the Anglo-US business development networking event ‘Hampshire and Fairfax County Working Together’ at the House of Commons...

Limitation of liability clauses

Jonathan Craig
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Whilst thankfully the events that unfolded at Old Trafford on Sunday ultimately proved to be a false alarm, with no injury or harm to the public, the cause of the event provides a stark example of why private contractors should carefully review the liability...

Do the recently introduced PSC Register obligations affect your business?

Jonathan Craig
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As of 6 April 2016 following amendments to the Companies Act 2006 by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, most UK companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) are now required to keep a register of people with significant control...

How safe are your Will wishes?

Amanda Glover
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You may have seen in the press that there has been a dispute which has spanned many years upon a person's right to vary a will. The case involves the daughter of the deceased on benefits where her mother had been adamant that she did not want her...

BakerLaw LLP Private Client Advice-Line NEW NUMBER

Debbie Duggan
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BakerLaw LLP is delighted to advise you of the re-launch of our dedicated ‘Private Client Advice-Line’ which has been setup to provide support to the elderly, vulnerable and their families.  By calling the number below you will...

Increase on stamp duty on second properties - ACT NOW!

Lalini De Silva
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From 1 April, 2016 anyone purchasing another property will have to pay an extra 3% Stamp Duty if this is a ‘second home’. This relates to anyone who is buying additional residential properties, for example buy-to-let or holiday homes within...

Cohabitation and the Law

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There are over 3 million cohabiting couples in the UK, double the amount there was 20 years ago and yet many couples do not realise the law offers them no protection. If a couple that are married for 20 years separate, either party has the right to make a...

BakerLaw LLP advises on sale of Moms Fabulous Foods

Jonathan Craig
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BakerLaw LLP advises the owner/managers of Surrey-based gourmet hot dog company Moms Fabulous Foods in relation to the sale of their business to Peter’s Food Service.  Acting on behalf of Moms owner/managers, the transaction was led by Jonathan...

Relationship Breakdown

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BakerLaw has the largest Family Department in Farnham, consisting of expert divorce lawyers who can: Deal with multi-million pound litigation and high profile clients Facilitate mediation and support clients through the process to seek mutually agreeable...