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Clarke Willmott expands risk and compliance team to support growth of firm

Clarke Willmott has expanded its risk and compliance team with the appointment of three new starters. Natalie Maloney joins in a newly created role as Head of Onboarding, Susan Richardson joins as Best Practice Manager and Charlotte Murray-Kohter has been appointed Risk Solicitor in an expansion aiming to support the...

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Calling someone ‘bald’ amounts to sexual harassment

An Employment Tribunal has found that an employee was subjected to sexual harassment when a manager made a comment about his baldness. Mr Finn was an employee of the British Bung Company from 22 September 1997 until 25 May 2021 and was employed as an electrician. Mr Finn had an...

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Victimisation: the right not to remain silent

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently considered the case of Warburton v Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police and outlined the proper test to determine whether a person has been victimised at work. Mr Warburton brought a victimisation claim against Northamptonshire Police after an offer of employment was withdrawn due to,...

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Clarke Willmott represents Claimant in successful landmark decision on the illegality defence

In the early morning of 10 February 2019, Alexander Lewis-Ranwell was released from custody at Barnstaple Police Station whilst acutely psychotic. That day, he went on to kill three innocent men, who he delusionally believed were endangering the lives of young women. A jury found that Alexander was not guilty...

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Social Housing Newsletter

Spring 2022 Welcome to the Spring edition of our social housing newsletter! Our social housing team continues to expand, and in this edition, we are delighted to welcome Jessica Hayward, Solicitor, to our commercial property team, as well as Alina Hussain, Solicitor, and Robyn Boyden, Paralegal, who both join our...

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Self-taught artist to auction Maro Itoje painting at flagship rugby event

A portrait of England rugby star Maro Itoje is set to be auctioned at a flagship players’ event later this month – created by a self-taught Bristol artist who took up painting during lockdown. Martin Palmer’s oil and gold spray paint work will go up for sale at the Rugby...

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It’s not too late to contribute to the Government’s brain injury strategy

In December 2021, following good work and lobbying by various charities, including Headway, The Disabilities Trust, The Child Brain Injuries Trust, The Children’s Trust and UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum, the Government announced a plan to develop a vital and long overdue national strategy for acquired brain injury (ABI), and...

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Police support bereaved families to reduce road deaths

We know that five people die, and more than 60 sustain serious injuries on average every day on the UK’s roads. In an attempt to tackle this tragic situation, a number of Police Forces have come together with bereaved families in a campaign taking place between 16th and 22nd May....

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Divorce and narcissism: the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial

Divorce lawyer Adam Maguire, looks at the ongoing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial and how narcissism can make divorce difficult. The libel trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is dominating news headlines and dividing Hollywood. It has been reported that an American radio host has branded Johnny Depp...

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See the hidden me – Action for Brain Injury Week 2022

The 16 to 22 May 2022 is “Action for Brain Injury Week” – a vitally important time where Headway, the Brain Injury Association look to raise awareness about the issues faced by brain injury survivors. This year the theme is “See the hidden me” – designed to raise awareness of...

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Clarke Willmott acts on latest multi-million deal for client Orbit

Clarke Willmott  has acted on a second shared ownership tenanted transaction deal between Residential Secure Income plc (ReSI) and social housing provider Orbit. The latest deal worth £21 million comprises 182 shared ownership homes across 10 counties in the UK, taking ReSI plc’s total shared ownership portfolio to more than...

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Trade mark makes sense for Harry and Meghan podcast

One of the UK’s leading trade mark specialists says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bid to trade mark the word ‘archetypes’ after deciding to use it as the title for a new Spotify podcast makes ‘very good commercial sense’. Kate Cheney, the director of trade marks in our intellectual property...

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What are the proposed changes to identity verification for company directors?

The UK government’s proposals set out in its White Paper on Corporate Transparency and Register Reform promise a fundamental shake-up of existing processes at Companies House. The changes will affect all UK company directors, whether existing or newly appointed, as well as persons having significant control (PSCs) and third parties...

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New forum to protect local environment launches at Taunton business park

Clarke Willmott’s Taunton office has joined forces with other local businesses to launch a new initiative aimed at improving and protecting the environment in and around the Taunton area. The Blackbrook Green Forum was launched by the firm and chartered accountants Albert Goodman with other businesses on the Blackbrook Business...

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British Steel Pensions scandal heard at the Public Accounts Committee

Philippa Hann gave evidence at Westminster on the British Steel Pension Scheme scandal Clarke Willmott has successfully represented numerous steelworkers in recovering compensation for the losses they suffered at the hands of unscrupulous financial advisers. On Wednesday 27th April 2022, managing director of Litigation at Clarke Willmott, Philippa Hann, gave...

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Derogatory communications from tenants and ASB action – Case review

Case summary Clarke Willmott were instructed on a case of repeated anti-social behaviour by a resident in an over-55’s complex. We successfully obtained an injunction against the tenant. However, when the tenant repeatedly breached the order, we were instructed on the associated committal proceedings. Following a contested one-day trial, the...

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Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement – The UK Government’s response to consultation

In December 2020 the UK Government set out proposals for shaping the future of public procurement with the publication of “Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement” (you can find our previous article here: UK Government’s Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement). The Government published its response to the consultation in late 2021....

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Right to Manage: FirstPort Property Services Ltd v Settlers Court RTM Company and others

Qualifying tenants have often sought to push the definition of “premises” to its absolute limit, claiming management rights over as much of the land surrounding a self-contained block as possible. The areas of an estate that are not contained within or connected to the building itself but are utilised by...

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Clarke Willmott advises on transatlantic live music industry deal

Clarke Willmott has advised US-based music agency, Wasserman Music LLC on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Paradigm UK’s live music business. The deal expands the agency’s global client roster and its European footprint and follows its purchase of Paradigm’s North American live music division last year. Wasserman Music...

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Clarke Willmott promotions 2022

Congratulations to our newly promoted colleagues! We are delighted to announce seven new associates across our seven regional offices. Meanwhile two lawyers were also promoted to partner and eight to senior associate. Birmingham Risk and compliance lawyer Lai Fan has been promoted from solicitor to associate. Bristol Sam Neagle, a...

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