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A New Family Court For The New Year
The Family Court system in England and Wales is in the process of a huge shakeup. If everything goes according to plan, the existing three levels of Family Courts will be amalgamated into one big Court to be known as the “Family Court”. At present there are three levels of Court dealing with family cases, the High Court, the County Court and the Family Proceedings Court (also known as the Magistrates Court). Appellate Courts are also part of the Family Law system (Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) but they are not affected by the proposed changes).
Wind Energy Healthier and Safer
On Monday 28 October the St Jude Day Storm battered the southern part of the UK with gusts of up to 99mph. As well as causing four fatalities, killing 10 million trees and causing widespread disruption to travel, a 27m turbine collapsed in a field at Higher Rixdale Farm near Teignmouth in Devon.
Separated Parents Guide to Christmas
Christmas, for many of us, is a joyous time, when families come together to celebrate the festive season. Sadly, the season of good will can also be an extremely unhappy time for separated families, particularly in circumstances where the parents’ separation remains tainted with acrimony and bad feeling. Here, Robert Gygax, a family solicitor at Lincoln based Langleys Solicitors, offers some advice and tips on how separated parents can help the Christmas season run smoothly when it comes to their children.
Langleys Strengthens Corporate Commercial Team
Langleys Solicitors has added to its corporate commercial team with the appointment of Nathan Bilton, a sports enthusiast who joins the York based firm following a period living and working in New Zealand.
Langleys Member of Brain Injury Group Back National Road Safety Week
The Brain Injury Group and member firm Langleys Solicitors LLP are getting involved in Road Safety Week 2013 (18-24 November), coordinated by the charity Brake, in support of this year’s campaign calling on everyone to tune into road safety and avoid distractions on roads.
Free Seminar Focuses on Renewables
Farmers and landowners can explore the benefits of renewables projects at a free seminar being held at Doddington Hall, Lincoln.
Chambers Success for Langleys
Langleys Solicitors LLP has achieved significant new rankings in the 2014 Chambers and Partners UK, the directory of the legal profession.
New Appointment at Langleys Lincoln Office
The Lincoln office of Langleys Solicitors LLP has boosted its ranks with the appointment of Toby Burnett, an experienced solicitor who joins the firm from hlw Keeble Hawson.
Leadership Advice from the Experts at Free Seminar
A trio of business and communications experts will come together at a free event in York next month. They will be helping business owners and directors look at how their own behaviour could be holding their businesses back.
Langleys Dig Deep for York Cares
A team from Langleys Solicitors, York, volunteered their time to help transform a local playground at Bell Farm in the city.
Langleys Appoint New Head of Debt Recovery
The debt recovery team at Langleys has received a shot in the arm with the appointment of Kim Spence, who joins the York firm from Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley in Leeds.
Growing Squatters’ Rights?
Squatters at the famous “Grow Heathrow” site at Heathrow Airport raised Article 8 of the Human Rights Act as a defence to possession proceedings brought by the private land owner.
Countdown to the Glorious 12th
The Glorious 12th is now upon us and there is no better time to reflect upon the advice given in ‘The Code of Good Shooting Practice 2008’ which fittingly stated that ' In Britain we are rightly proud of our shooting sports. Game management and conservation shape and enhance our landscape. We must never be complacent about the future of shooting. Shooting and shoot management practices will be judged by the way participants and providers behave. Our sport is under constant and detailed scrutiny and we must demonstrate that we conduct it to high standards.'
Mimir Marine Dives Deep To Expand Its Global Presence
Hull-based Mimir Marine is establishing a global reputation with the increased use of its deep sea diving rescue systems across the world – from Aberdeen to Australia. The company, formed just five years ago, now employs 15 people and has recently been awarded contracts in Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Angola.
Act Quickly On Inheritance Claims, Advises Solicitor
A Lincoln solicitor is highlighting the need to act quickly when contesting a Will; his warning follows the recent news that Bee Gee Robin Gibb’s four year old daughter wasn’t included in the late singer’s Will.
Lending and Buying horses – Practical Tips to Avoid Pitfalls
Loaning a horse can be a ‘win win’ arrangement for both owner and borrower. For the borrower in particular, it can be a sensible way to explore the responsibilities of owning a horse without the initial cost of an outright purchase.
Comment on the Keogh Report
A Rapid Response Review of standards of care at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has taken place after the Trust is one of 14 identified as having higher than expected death rates.
Langleys Raise £1,270 for AvMA
The Claimant Personal Injury Unit at Langleys Solicitors LLP has raised £1,270 for charity after taking on the Lincoln 10K challenge.
Liability for Stopping Work
Continuing our series of regular construction and engineering updates construction partner Tim Craig looks at a case of liability for stopping work due to the recession.
Interim Maintenance – Should you Apply for it?
When spouses or civil partners separate, they can usually agree between themselves the amount each needs to pay to meet their respective monthly bills. However, sometimes it is impossible to discuss it or to reach an agreement.
Skype founder Zennstrom loses Court Battle over defective premises – Zennstrom v Moseley & Wilks
Olympic Route Target for Legal Eagle
York-based Eleanor Daniels is aiming to successfully tackle the Olympic Road Race route and raise money for charity when she takes part in the Prudential Ride 100 this year.
Hats for Headway
Solicitors at Langleys in Lincoln donned their fanciest and most flamboyant hats to help raise funds for the local brain injury charity Headway Lincolnshire.
It’s Just 50/50 Isn’t It?
Divorce is a daunting prospect. A big worry is how your assets and income will be treated by a Court. Most people considering a divorce do not wish to go to Court but do want advice about the principles that a Court would apply.
Expanding Boyes Opens New Store in Skipton
Expanding Yorkshire-based retailer W Boyes & Co Ltd has continued to grow its business by taking a lease of a new store on Swadford Street in Skipton, which is due to open on the 10 May 2013.
Adjudication Breaches Human Rights
Continuing our series of regular construction and engineering updates Construction Partner Tim Craig looks at adjudication and human rights
Sweeping Changes to Overriding Interests
Sunday 13th October 2013 is a significant date for land and property owners across the country. It is the date that certain overriding interests lose their overriding status.
Development Agreements - The Need for Certainty
The recent decision of the High Court in Ridgewood Property Group Limited v. Valero Energy Limited examined the extent to which developers can enforce option agreements when the original owner has sold the land on to a third party.
Replacing Illegal Air Conditioning Systems – Landlord or Tenant’s Duty?
In 2015 using hydrochlorofluorocarbons such as the refrigerant gas R22 will become illegal. Most pre-2004 Air Conditioning (AC) systems which still use R22 will either have to be completely replaced or modified to use alternative modern refrigerant. The key concern for Landlords and Tenants is who will have to pay for this?
Four out of Five People Say That Children Should Come First in Divorce
Resolution is a national organisation of Family Lawyers committed to a non-confrontational approach to family disputes. They have undertaken a Survey which has confirmed that an overwhelming majority of Britain believes that putting children’s interests first or avoiding conflict are the most important factors if going through a divorce.
Penalty Points or Imprisonment? The Choice is Yours!
The custodial sentences handed down by The Honourable Mr Justice Sweeney to Chris Huhne, following his eleventh hour guilty plea and to the ‘woman scorned’, Vicky Pryce, following the jury’s rejection of her defence of marital coercion, serve as reminders that no matter who you are, and no matter how important you think you are, the law will pursue you with its full might if you get caught taking someone else’s penalty points.
No Return to Common Sense – Lords Reject E.R.R. Amendment
We reported back in October that the government had made a last minute amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill intended to remove strict civil liability for breaches of certain health and safety regulations and to reinstate the need to prove negligence.
When Relationships Break Down
Divorce or separation can be a time of conflict and heartache. Important decisions have to be made and worries about the future addressed.
Planning Ahead for the Shooting Season
The best place to start when considering best practice in relation to shooting sports is ‘The Code of Good Shooting Practice 2008’ which fittingly stated that “In Britain we are rightly proud of our shooting sports. Game management and conservation shape and enhance our landscapes.
Health and Safety in Construction
There are now over 21,000 regulations in force in the UK, not to mention codes of practice and guidance documents, and construction is one of the most regulated industries.
New Trade Park Up and Running
Langleys Solicitors LLP, acting for property investor Brian Gardener, has recently completed the final letting at a newly constructed industrial park in Bicester
BIM: What’s it all about?
Continuing our series of regular construction and engineering updates Construction Partner Tim Craig looks at Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Legal Principles applied in farming cases are similar to those applied against other businesses.
Army to Artisan Bakery
A Lincoln couple has finally secured premises to realise their dream and launch an artisan bakery.
Fixed Fees for All Fast Track Cases?
Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Justice has launched a consultation on the level at which fixed recoverable costs (FRC) should be set
The Landings Proves Popular
Two wealth managers have taken Unit Two at The Landings in Burton Waters to help grow their businesses.
Separated Parent’s Guide to Christmas
Whilst Christmas ought to be a happy time for families - with time for extended family to come together - it can be equally unhappy for couples who have separated and who have children together. Separations can be tinged with acrimony and bad feeling.
Langleys Chambers Success
Langleys Solicitors LLP has been rewarded with a raft of new rankings in the 2013 Chambers and Partners UK, the directory of the legal profession.
Paragon Entertainment Concludes Licensing Agreement
Paragon Entertainment, advised by Langleys, has concluded a licensing agreement with Hasbro International to build and operate a series of NERF-branded attractions, as reported by Yorkshire Insider
The Cost of Exaggeration
In the first of his regular updates on construction and engineering issues, Construction Partner Tim Craig considers what to do when faced with exaggerated claims
Is There a Future for Family Farming?
A leading law firm is teaming up with a national property consultant and well known accountant to provide an insight into agriculture for Yorkshire farmers.
Langleys Lands Fish
Langleys, acting on behalf of Techaid Facilities Limited and Fastcentral Limited, has recently completed acquisitions of four fishing lakes in Hampshire.
A Return to Common Sense?
Proposed revision to health & safety legislation through the enterprise and regulatory reform bill.
Langleys secures Shopping Centre for Paragon
AIM-listed Paragon Entertainment has entered into agreements with Westfield to launch its first set of ‘Quest’ attractions in the largest retail development in the West Midlands.
Lincoln's Leading Legal Lights
Lincoln’s Langleys Solicitors LLP has been noted in the latest Legal 500 directory for its ‘full-service’, while still being recognised for its bespoke expertise.
Squatting... What Has Changed?
Squatting in a residential building was made a criminal offence, punishable by up to six months imprisonment, a maximum fine of £5,000, or both on 1st September 2012
College Nursery to Move Assisted by Langleys
Children at The Old Station Nursery in Newark will be cared for in a luxury setting from the end of this month after planning permission was granted to transform a Grade II listed building.
Spate of Promotions for Langleys York
Law firm Langleys Solicitors LLP has announced a raft of promotions in its York office with Jennifer Grant in the Children’s Law Unit and Steven Plummer in the Commercial Property Unit promoted to Associate.
Raft of Promotions for Langleys Lincoln
Law firm Langleys Solicitors LLP has announced a raft of promotions in its Lincoln office with Samantha Gray in the Finance Law Unit awarded a Senior Associate promotion.
VetUK Acquires Nutrecare
Thirsk-based VetUK has acquired Nutrecare Limited, an online Veterinary and Pet product retailer.
York Hairdresser on the Move
Westrow York – one of seven hairdressing salons the brand has across Yorkshire – has completed a deal to move to new, premium premises in the centre of York.
The Farmer Wants a Wife
Langleys Solicitors LLP’s Family Law Unit is seeing a rise in pre-nuptial agreement requests from farmers before they marry.
Burton Constable Opens Doors to IHBC
Yorkshire's historic Burton Constable Hall opened its doors to members of the Yorkshire Branch of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as part of its 2012 programme of events and visits.
Langleys Demystifies Court of Protection
An expert panel has been assembled by Langleys Solicitors LLP in York to help demystify the workings of the Court of Protection in relation to young adults.
Taking a STEP Up
The private client team at Langleys Solicitors LLP has strengthened its expertise.
Headway Lincolnshire Launches Headfirst
Headway Lincolnshire has launched ‘Headfirst for Lincolnshire’ to raise funds for the continuation and improvement of services for people with a brain injury, their families and their carers.
Notts Farmer Goes Green
A local farmer’s attempt to tackle the international issue of global warming at a local level has been thwarted by protestors who do not want to see the erection of a wind turbine on his farm at Epperstone in Nottinghamshire.
Langleys Wins Fleet Honour
York-based Langleys Solicitors LLP is celebrating after winning a fleet industry award at the 2012 Fleet World Honours.
Langleys Welcomes New Partner
Langleys Solicitors LLP is pleased to welcome a new partner into the Commercial division of its York office.
Warning Over Changes to Licensing Framework
Solicitors are warning licensees to be aware of key measures in the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011 which will affect the existing licensing framework.
Business Vehicles in the Spotlight at Seminar
York-based Langleys Solicitors LLP know that choosing a company car is difficult. Not just deciding on what colour to choose from, but deciphering the legal complications too.
Olympics to be Focus of Mock Tribunal
A Mock employment tribunal is being held next week to give Scarborough businesses an insight into the way in which disputes between companies and their staff are dealt with.
House of Lords Vote on Legal Aid Changes
Following the vote in the House of Lords last night (Wednesday 7 March) regarding the proposed changes to Legal Aid, Sally-Ann Robinson, partner and head of Medical Negligence at Langleys Solicitors LLP, commented:
Legal Aid to Remain in Certain Areas
Sally-Ann Robinson, Partner and Head of Medical Negligence at Langleys Solicitors LLP is delighted to hear that the Ministry of Justice has made amendments to the proposed legal aid cuts to ensure that legal aid will remain in the field of clinical negligence claims for obstetric cases which result in severe disabilities.
Medical Law Team Attends Inquest After 15 Year Old's Tragic Death
On 20 February 2012, solicitor Rachel Taylor of the Medical Law team attended the inquest of Kimberly Harrison at Peterborough Town Hall. Andrew Cragg, Senior Associate of the Medical Law team continues to advise Kimberly's parents following 15 year old Kimberly's sudden death at home on 1 December 2010.
Leisure Park Gains New Owner
A Lincolnshire leisure park has been taken over by a new owner following legal advice from the Lincoln office of Langleys Solicitors LLP.
Credit Union comment
Head of Finance Law at Langleys York office, Stephen Baylis, said: “The intention of these reforms certainly is to encourage more people to join credit unions. The reforms will mean that CUs will have a broader appeal and wider options in relation to who they do business with.
Langleys' Latest Success in the Court Of Appeal
Smithurst v Sealant Construction Services Ltd  EWCA Civ 1277Judgment was handed down on 3rd November by the Court of Appeal in this case which saw a challenge raised regarding the correct approach to assess damages in an ‘acceleration type case’. The potential ramifications of an adverse decision were thankfully avoided.
Home Cooks Open First Restaurant
Two passionate home cooks have opened their first restaurant in Flamborough. Jonathan and Karen Braithwaite, who are originally from Scarborough, have realised their dream by launching the Tree restaurant on Chapel Street.
Reforming Employment Relations
The Government has today announced what are being billed as the biggest changes to Employment Law in decades, which if carried forward will have far-reaching implications for employers.
Separated Parent’s Guide to Christmas - “Tis the Season of Goodwill!”
Arguably, Christmas is one of the best times of year for children. Apart from the excitement of Father Christmas visiting, stacks of presents and plentiful food, it is also a time of year when family come together to celebrate. Whilst it is a very happy time for many families, it can be equally unhappy for couples who have separated and who have children together. Inevitably, separations can be difficult particularly when tinged with acrimony and bad feeling. However, perhaps Christmas should be a time of year when those feelings are put to one side and serious consideration given to improving relations for the sake of the children.
Langleys Boosts Lincoln Team
Langleys has strengthened its Lincoln team with the addition of associate Paul Currie and solicitor James Worthington.
Government Proposals for Employment Law Reform
Businesses who were keeping a close eye on the Government’s consultation on Employment Tribunal Reform 2011, “Resolving Workplace disputes: A consultation”, will be interested to hear that the Government has published on the internet proposals to deregulate business.
Ready? Set? Let! (The Smart Landlord’s Guide to Buying To Let)
Research carried out by Paragon Mortgages has revealed a 5.4% leap in demand for buy to let mortgage products during the second quarter of 2011. These figures point towards increased consumer confidence in the buy to let market.
But what legal issues should would-be landlords be wary of?
Rights To Break: Not Worth The Paper They’re Written On?
Declining revenue stream? Decreased order book? Better lease deal elsewhere? There are lots of reasons why tenants are choosing to exercise break clauses in their leases. However, in these difficult times landlords are working harder than ever to avoid losing a revenue generating tenant of their commercial premises, particularly when a replacement could be hard to come by.
Academy School Benefits Explained
Head teachers, Chairs of Governors and School Bursars in Lincoln are invited to discover how becoming an academy could benefit their school structure.
Divorce - It's Just 50/50 Isn't It?
Resolving the financial aspects in a divorce can be one of the most difficult and complicated matters of separation. Many people wrongly believe that all assets will simply be divided equally. The reality is that there are complex factors that a Court must consider in every case. These factors involve consideration of both statute and Judge made Law (common law).
New Cafe On Historic Steep Hill
Local woman Nola Hughes has obtained the lease of the second Tea Room on historic Steep Hill, in Lincoln. Steep Hill is currently being judged as one of the best streets in the UK.
Speaking out about Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse usually hits the headlines when the Government announces another initiative to combat it. We watch the news and assume that it only happens to people we don’t know.
Family Law Team Shows Resolve
Langleys’ Family Law unit has strengthened its expertise with an accreditation from Resolution for demonstrating specialism in domestic abuse cases.
Leaders in Law
Thirteen of Langleys’ solicitors have been recognised as leaders in their field by Chambers & Partners. This represents an increase of five lawyers on the existing list of eight Langleys’ leaders in their field.
Law of the Cloud
With the launch by Apple of iCloud last month, cloud computing has become front page news. As is often the way with new developments in technology, the law is struggling to keep up. For anyone considering using the cloud it’s important to make sure you’ve thought about the legal issues involved as the pitfalls could have a serious impact on your business.
Enforcing a Debt
Before embarking upon court proceedings, the ability of the defendant to meet a claim ought to be at the forefront of the claimant’s mind. However, it rarely is and often litigants focus exclusively on the merits of their claim without turning their attention to the crucial question of whether their opponent is worth ‘powder and shot’.
Pitfalls Remain for Landlords Despite Changes in theLaw
By now landlords ought to be aware of the sanctions they will face if they fail to comply with their duty to protect tenants’ deposits within an authorised tenancy deposit scheme. Although this duty arose in April 2007, it is surprising how many unwittingly fail to comply within the prescribed time limits or at all.
Yorkshire Law Firm Launch Litigation Funding Initiative
Law firm Langleys has teamed up with market leading legal expenses insurance provider Firstassist to launch a new package to greatly reduce, or in some cases eliminate, the burden of funding commercial litigation.
Consenting to Cookies - New Rules on Privacy and Marketing
The government is introducing new rules that come into effect on 26 May 2011 which will affect every organisation that uses electronic marketing and cookies. The new rules apply to not-for-profit organisations and charities as well as businesses.
Controversy Rages Over Government Plans for on the Spot Fines
Jeremy Scott, regulatory partner at Langleys Solicitors in York, one of the UK's leading road transport law experts, comments: “The Government’s plans to allow police to give on the spot fines to careless drivers, rather than taking them to Court, is a controversial one.
Gifting the Family Home
We are often asked to advise Clients who wish to make a gift of their home to their children to try to avoid care home charges in later life.
Yorkshire Law Firm Launch Litigation Funding Initiative
Law firm Langleys has teamed up with market leading legal expenses insurance provider Firstassist to launch a new package to greatly reduce, or in some cases eliminate, the burden of funding commercial litigation.
CBI: The Tribunal System has Become a "Barrier to Justice"
In a recent contribution to a Government consultation exercise the CBI has concluded that the Employment Tribunal system is too slow, legalistic and adversarial - and that as a result it is failing both claimants and respondents.
Langleys Charity Quiz
Langleys' Real Estate Team is hosting a Charity Quiz Night for property professionals in Yorkshire.
Langleys Helps Plan for the Future
Law firm Langleys will provide an insight into how to plan for the future when it hosts a briefing on Wills, Care Home Fees and Inheritance Tax in Easingwold next month.
New Family Procedure Rules
On 6 April 2011, the new Family Procedure Rules came into force, replacing the existing Rules. The new Rules and accompanying Practice Directions all set out how matters relating to Children and Finances will be dealt with following the breakdown of marriages or civil partnerships.
A Lawyer You Can Bet On
Serena Brotherton, the current leading lady amateur rider in the UK who also works as a solicitor, has been appointed head of Langleys’ Equine Law Group.
Legal Teams Come to Aid of Charities
Langleys has taken up a triple charity challenge in aid of The Wilberforce Trust, the National Autistic Society, Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and St Andrew’s Children Hospice in Grimsby. The three teams across the York and Lincoln offices are set to push themselves to the limit for their chosen charities.
Lincoln MP Listens to Fears Over Legal Aid Cuts
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney visited Langleys Solicitors’ Doddington Road offices this morning (Monday 4 April) to listen to concerns from the team about proposed cuts to legal aid.
Legal Aid For Comic Relief
Proceeds from Langleys' bake sale and "wear it red day" raised £450, the partners have kindly matched the amount for a brilliant total of £900.
Employers Braced for Royal Wedding
Prince William and Kate Middleton will finally tie the knot on 29 April 2011 to the delight of the Nation. The public’s sense of excitement has been further enhanced with the Prime Minister David Cameron ensuring that the day is to be declared an additional public holiday.
Langleys Host Mock Trial
SCARBOROUGH’S business community was given an insight in to the drama of a courtroom as a local firm of solicitors hosted a mock trial.
Holiday Royal Pain for Business
Employment solicitors are urging the region’s workforce to think twice about the up-coming bank holiday bonanza.
Maternity Leave Plans Comment
Kelly Taylor, solicitor in Langleys’ employment team, said: “The plans outlined today (Monday 17 January 2011) by Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg that couples should be able to share maternity leave appear to be an attempt by the Liberal Democrats to show that they are making a difference in the coalition government.
Langleys Legal Tips for Dispute Resolution
Law firm Langleys is hosting a mock trial to provide Scarborough’s business leaders with essential legal tips for dispute resolution on Thursday 10 February.
Langleys Joins With Charity for Road Safety Workshop
York-based law firm Langleys is joining forces with road safety charity Brake’s Fleet Safety Forum to provide essential advice to business leaders about the use of personal vehicles on company business.
Solicitors Warn Businesses to be Ready for Bribery
Langleys warns the business community needs to be prepared for new legislation due to come into force this April. The Bribery Act will make it an offence for businesses to offer, promise, or accept anything considered to be a bribe.
Bereaved Mother Devastated By X-ray Blunder
A mother has been awarded bereavement damages from the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust after a consultant failed to spot the cancer that killed her daughter.
Don't Spend Christmas Behind Bars
Experts warn nobody is above the law when it comes to drink driving. Jeremy Scott, partner and leading road traffic defence solicitor at Langleys in York, said: “The most recent statistics from the Department of Transport show that in 2008, 224 people died because of drink driving in North Yorkshire. These are sobering statistics.
Workers Feel Adrift Over Snow Days
When you’re a child, snow is simple. It falls, school closes and the sledging begins. For adults, Snow Days present a confusing legal avalanche – is it okay to stay at home if the car is snowed in? Does that mean you have to take it as a holiday day?
How to Avoid the Office Party Hangover
Sexual harassment, broken photocopiers, alcohol poisoning…Forget Jingle Bells, the Christmas Office party should ring out a few alarm bells for employers across the region. In these days of regulation and litigation, even the Secret Santa isn’t safe as Katherine Sinclair, an employment solicitor at Langleys, warns.
Langleys Supports Bid for New Helicoptor
Lincoln-based law firm Langleys provided vital advice on the contract which brought a new air ambulance to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire skies. James Towler, a partner in the firm’s commercial division, oversaw the deal on behalf of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust.
Solicitors go to Top of the Class
Langleys has got top marks for helping the first primary school in the UK to complete Academy Status. Kevin Eveleigh OBE, head teacher at the Barnby Road Academy Primary and Nursery School, said: “We feel we were very fortunate to have selected Langleys to manage the legal administration of our Academy status.”
Legal Team Soaps Up Courtroom Drama
Langleys has decided to inject a little drama into their legal seminars after being inspired by Radio 4’s long running soap, The Archers.
Solicitors Take Green Action
Langleys is swapping legal aid for green aid as part of the York Cares initiative to encourage employees to volunteer for the community.
York Cares plans exciting changes to improve the community space and 24-acre nature reserve, St Nicholas Fields, located in the Tang Hall area of York.
Langleys Provides IP Support to National Railway Museum
Langleys ran a training session this month on Intellectual Property at the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York. The session was hosted by Alex Weston to delegates including representatives from the NRM, the Science Museum and the National Media Museum in London.
Solicitor Runs to Aid Local Charity
Gemma Whitchurch, an assistant solicitor in Family Law at Langleys’ Lincoln office, raised £560 for Lincoln Women’s Aid at the Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon.
Gainsborough Business Awards
Langleys is excited to be sponsoring the first ever Gainsborough Business Awards.
Buy tickets for the awards now...
Will Writer Worries
If you are concerned about your Will, an Estate or a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney following the Panorama programme “Wills- The final RIP off?” what should you do?
Tockwith Agricultural Show
Tockwith Agricultural Society recently hosted it’s 65th Annual Show. Held on it’s own 28 acre showfields at Tockwith, near York, the Show is one of the biggest and best one day agricultural shows in the region.
Langleys Announces Expansion of Family and Children Law Expertise
Langleys has appointed Sheelagh Coles as a Solicitor to further strengthen its Children Law Unit. Following a busy and successful year, the former Family and Children Law Unit has expanded and split into two separate Units, allowing both teams to specialise to an even greater extent on their respective areas of law.
Langleys Wins Court Settlement in Clinical Negligence Claim
A widow’s long battle for justice after her husband died from a massive brain haemorrhage has ended, with a six-figure compensation settlement.
A judge has approved the settlement in a clinical negligence claim against Scarborough GP Dr Anne Polkey following the death in 2004 of Steven Brice, who was 34.
Langleys Advises on Sale of Hawthorn Holiday Park
Langleys advised Ambrose King on the sale of Hawthorn Holiday Park in Bridlington for a sum of £2.7 million to Aureus Leisure Limited. The site includes a clubhouse and bar and a residential property.
Funding in the Yorkshire Region
Langleys teamed up with the Bank of England to present a national and local economic review and to outline the availability of funding in the Yorkshire region.
Inquest: Swab Left in During Heart Surgery
An Inquest relating to the death of Mr Bernard Johnson was heard on the 9 June 2010 at Leicester Town Hall. Leicester Coroner, Catherine Mason, delivered a narrative verdict on the 11 June 2010.
Langleys Leads the Way at Safety Awards
Langleys is celebrating this week having received a coveted industry award at the 2010 Fleet World Honours Awards ceremony. The firm picked up the Fleet Safety Award for Small Fleets at the event, held at London’s Royal Automobile Club on Tuesday 18 May.
East Midlands: Dealing With Perennials
Largely unaffected by the recession, the agricultural sector in the East Midlands is thriving - but farmers and those advising them must now develop plans for the future to ensure continuing success.
Langleys Advises Lincoln University on Land Acquisition
Langleys has advised the University of Lincoln on the acquisition of a substantial piece of land alongside the Brayford Pool. The University has pledged to develop the site sympathetically in the future and will maintain the on site boat moorings.
Langleys Advises on Brook Street Sale
Yorkshire - based Law Firm Langleys advised on the sale of 31-33 Brook Street, Ilkley for Wetherby-based Oakgate Group Plc achieving a yield of 5.8%. The site is currently occupied by tenant Restaurant Bar & Grill Limited, trading as Italian restaurant Piccolino.
Langleys 'Takes The Wheel' As Champion of Driving For Better Business
Langleys has been appointed a ‘Driving for Better Business’ Champion by leading forum RoadSafe. Jeremy Scott, partner at the firm will lead the initiative and has committed to promoting work-related road safety to businesses. Part of his role will be to endorse the key messages of the campaign at road safety briefings across the Yorkshire region.
Another Partner at Langleys Achieves Notary Status
Peter Horner, Partner at Lincoln-based Langleys, has qualified as a Notary Public - the oldest branch of the legal profession. Notaries have a role quite distinct to that of a solicitor or barrister, and are a separate, independent, legal profession, under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury (a role he has had since Henry VIII’s break with Rome in 1533. Prior to that, notaries were appointed by the Pope, but the work is not to do with church matters)
Don't Take Your Car For A Drink!
Christmas is a time of parties and social engagements. It’s also a time which could have serious implications for drivers, as Police across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire launch their annual crackdown on drink driving. The start of the festive season will see officers taking part in random or targeted roadside stop-checks which will last until the end of the New Year celebrations.
Langleys Hosts Successful Agri - Legal Update at Castle Howard
York and Lincoln based Langleys and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) hosted an update at Castle Howard on the ‘hot’ topics currently affecting the agricultural community. Local farmers, land agents, accountants and bankers received expert commentary on issues including agricultural related tenancy succession, inheritance tax and bank lending and security. The free to attend event took place on Tuesday 20th October 2009.
Director General of CBI Visits Langleys Lincoln Office - 8th October 2009
Leading Lincoln-based law firm Langleys invited top figures from the Lincolnshire business community to engage in debate with Richard Lambert, Director General of the CBI. Issues raised at the event included the current economic crisis and how the government can provide more support to industry.
Is Your Website Disclaimer Valid?
A landmark ruling from the Court of Appeal means it's time for businesses to review their website disclaimers, Alex Weston specialist IT lawyer writes. The court has decided, in the case of Patchett v SPATA, that companies may be liable if they make inaccurate claims on their websites.
Langleys Moves a ‘STEP’ Ahead
Phil Robinson, a Solicitor in the Private Client Unit of York-based Langleys Solicitors, has become the latest member of the team to achieve the accreditation of Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and become a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
The Companies Act 2006 - October 2009 Implementation
The Companies Act 2006 (CA2006) was implemented in phases with the 1 October 2009 phase being the final one. This briefing aims to cover the main changes going live on that date together with how they apply to both your existing company and new companies you plan to form. The driving purpose of the CA2006 is the enablement of business, deregulation and streamlining to ensure that doing business in England and Wales is as straightforward as possible.
Health and Safety and the SME
1. As an employer what are my main responsibilities under health and safety legislation? Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 every employer, no matter what type of business, is responsible for the health and safety of everyone affected by that business.
Langleys Diversifies with Launch of Health and Welfare Unit
York and Lincoln based Langleys has launched a new Health and Welfare Unit to deal with highly specialised and unique medical treatment and welfare cases in the High Court and Court of Protection. Susan McKendry is regarded as one of the North of England’s leading solicitors in this aspect of the law and will lead the specialist team. She joins the York office as an Associate Solicitor and will act for people who, because they lack mental capacity and cannot properly manage their own affairs, are unable to represent themselves.
Langleys Announces New Head of Family Law Unit
Leading law firm, Langleys, has appointed Mark Day as head of the firm's Family Unit, effective from April 2008. Mark joins Langleys from Gosschalks in Hull where he was made Partner in 2002.
Expenses and Breach of Mutual Trust and Confidence
MPs expenses are currently in the media spotlight following the Telegraph’s revelations over recent weeks and the publication of expenses on 18 June 2009. MPs have been perceived by many as conducting themselves in a manner that has eroded the public’s trust and confidence in Parliament. There have been a number of high profile resignations and the whole expense system is now being reviewed by the Independent Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Briefing Note: Sick Leave and Annual Leave Entitlement
HM Revenue & Customs and Stringer and Others  UK HL31 The House of Lords delivered its judgment on 10 June 2009 in the case of HM Revenue & Customs v- Stringer and Others. It ruled that workers can bring claims for statutory holiday pay under the deduction from wages provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996, overturning a Court of Appeal decision that the Regulation 30 of the Working Time Regulations provides a single and exclusive remedy of enforcement for unpaid holiday.
One Day My Son, All This Will BeYours
In yet another case illustrating the point, the House of Lords has reinforced the dangers of the little known legal principle of “proprietary estoppel” for agricultural families.
Langleys Visit To JSR Farms
Thanks to the hospitality of JSR farms, Southburn, Driffield, and in particular Philip Huxtable, the Managing Director of JSR Arable, a party of farmers, land agents and professional friends joined Andrew Fearn and members of the Langleys Agricultural team on a farm visit and tour last month.
Lord Jailed for Texting Whilst Driving
In February 2009, Lord Ahmed was imprisoned for 12 weeks and disqualified from driving for 12 months for sending and receiving five text messages while driving in the dark on a motorway.
Redline Racing Limited
Langleys’ Construction team have recently completed advising Redline Racing Limited on the necessary procurement in relation to the £800,000 project to design and build Redline Racing Limited’s new premises at St James Business Park, Knaresborough.
Developers Should be Aware of their Health & Safety Responsibilties
While Health & Safety should always be high on everyone’s agenda it is fair to say that the construction industry is always under close scrutiny. As we discuss below there has also been recent additions to the statutory regulations, both generally and specific to construction. These increase the responsibility of the Client/Developer, heighten the requirement to have the appropriate heath and safety “culture” and raise the level of fines and likelihood of imprisonment should the regulations be breached.
Home Repossessions by a Landlord's Lender
For several months it has been difficult to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television without learning of another casualty of the recent economic downturn. However, the events of the last few months, which led to what people now call “the credit crunch”, are not just another news story – the credit crunch really does exist! I know because I see clients every week that are affected, either directly or indirectly.
Age Discrimination And Retirement
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 ("the Regulations") came into force on 1 October 2006. The Regulations implement parts of the Equal Treatment Framework Directive 2000/78/EC ("the Directive") that established a framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation. The Directive makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate on the grounds of age at any stage in the employment process. Prior to the Regulations there were no legislative provisions in the UK to protect against discrimination on the grounds of age.
There are 6 million carers in the UK. Current employment law provides that carers of people with a disability are entitled to limited time off to deal with emergencies affecting their dependants. Carers who are parents of a disabled child have the right to apply for flexible working.
Time off for Dependants
Since 1999 employees have had the right to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with unexpected or sudden emergencies affecting their dependants and to make any necessary longer term arrangements. Dependants include spouse, civil partner, child, parent and those who rely on the employee for assistance or to make arrangements for the provision of care.
The National Staff Dismissal Register
The National Staff Dismissal Register is due to be launched later this month. An initiative of Action Against Business Crime (a partnership between the Home Office and the British Retail Consortium), it is reported to be an online register of workers that have been accused of theft and dishonesty in respect of their employment regardless of conviction.
How the Law Changes - Part 2
This is the second in a series articles considering how the Government reforms the law by passing a Bill through Parliament. You may recall from Part 1 of this series that murder carries a mandatory life sentence and that the defences of provocation and diminished responsibility exist to reduce to a manslaughter conviction what would otherwise be murder. This provides a 'safety valve' for the sentencing judge because it allows the judge to impose a less onerous sentence if they so wish. In part 1 of this series, I considered the current defence of provocation and the proposed replacement defence of loss of control. In this article, I will examine the current defence of diminished responsibility and the proposed replacement. I will examine the law against the case of Kiranjit Ahluwalia in order to explain the differences between the current law and the proposed new law.
Jeremy Scott of the Specialist Road Traffic Law Team answers some of your legal queries.
Been Caught Speeding
Thousands of drivers are wrongly fined for speeding each year because of errors with speed camera evidence.
Ignore the Letter at Your Peril
The scenario is a common one. A driver goes a little too fast past a speed camera. About a week later, the registered keeper of the vehicle receives a letter from the Police asking them to name who was driving. Many drivers who receive these letters do not realise that they are legally required to answer this letter and will commit a criminal offence if they fail to do so.
Drivers and Employers Beware!
The Road Safety Act 2006 received Royal Assent last November which means it will be implemented in stages over the coming months and years. Some parts of it are already in force and have far reaching effects for all road users.
Operation Helical - Bulletin
On 30th July 2007 Operation Helical was launched by North Yorkshire police. Intensive police action will target dangerous, careless and irresponsible road users, and officers warn that they will take firm, decisive action against offenders.
Speeding and the Law
Jeremy Scott of the specialist Road Traffic Law Team answers your legal queries
Rights of Way - Who Goes There?
Rights of way are, of course, a never-ending source of debate and controversy. Those of you who have rights of way crossing your fields will know all too well about the rules and regulations which require you to maintain the way and to ensure that it is fit for use by members of the public. Failure to observe the requirements can be costly in terms of time and money.
Boundary Disputes - It's The Principle, You See!
Experience has taught us that boundary disputes are notoriously difficult to solve without recourse to litigation and even if we are able to negotiate a settlement, it almost follows as a matter of course that neither party is satisfied with the result; inevitably a compromise. "It's the principle, you see!".
Land Registry - Bring It Up To Date
As long ago as 1925, Parliament passed the Land Registration Act. This introduced a system which provided for the registration of all land in England and Wales, a strategy which would eventually replace traditional title deeds with a Land Registry Certificate of Title.
Land Registry - Squatter's Rights
Property lawyers are having a field day at the moment! Not only are they coping with the effects of the Land Registration Act 2002 which came into effect in October last year but they are also dealing with the consequences of the Stamp Duty Land Tax introduced in December.
The Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) completed its deliberations last year and finalised its recommendations to the government. It was asked to do so in response to the government's announced review of the legislation comprised in the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. The group was very representative of the farming industry including, as it did, delegates from all the major farming associations and specialists from the legal and surveying professions. The discussions were wide ranging and considered several aspects of both traditional agricultural tenancies which are regulated by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the relatively new FBT regime.
Rights of Occupation - False Economy
It is one of the features of farming life in this country that rights of occupation are awarded by one to the other "on the nod". Such informal arrangements abound, not only between members of the same family, but also between independent third parties. Whilst most of these arrangements are reasonably successful and cause no problems, there are a significant minority about which this cannot be said. Where they end in dispute, it inevitably carries a financial cost but where members of the same family are involved, the consequences can be so much more serious. In addition to all the other issues, we also now have to cope with the vagaries of the Single Farm Payment system. The answer must surely be that it is better to record all such arrangements formally having taken proper professional advice. Not to do so may well be a false economy.
Going Up In Smoke
Gordon Williams, a painter and decorator from Ceredigion, Wales, was recently fined £30 for smoking in his work van. His wife paid the fine for fear of it rising to £50, as threatened in the penalty ticket.
Speed Cameras: Right For York?
In 1986, in a small town in Texas, the first speed camera ticket was issued. Now, over 20 years later, speed cameras may be coming to York. Steve Galloway, the Lib Dem leader of City of York Council, is putting pressure on North Yorkshire Police to introduce them at accident blackspots.
Can You Use a Competitor's Trademark as a Sponsored Link?
It is common practice for businesses to advertise by purchasing a sponsored link on Google or other internet search engines. But is it permissible to use a competitor’s registered trademark as a sponsored link? This is the question which the court was asked to consider last month in Interflora, Inc Interflora British Unit v Marks & Spencer plc  EWHC 1095 (CH) Alex Weston, specialist intellectual property and IT lawyer writes.