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Clarke Willmott’s social housing team named on legal 500 guide

Our Social Housing team has been recognised in the 2022 Legal 500 guide, which ranks the UK’s top lawyers and organisations. The team maintained impressive Band 2 rankings across five of the Legal 500 regional areas; London, the South West, Wales, the North West and the South East, as well...

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Disruptive Asset Finance

Welcome to the Autumn 2021 edition of Disruptive Asset Finance The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge number of plans on hold and certain reforms proposed by the government have been no exception. However, somewhat out of the blue, the government has now announced that it will proceed with implementing...

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Wider fixed costs regime set to be implemented

The rules relating to the recovery of legal costs in the majority of money cases up to £100,000 is to be subject to a major reform. Presently, in England and Wales, the winning party in litigation is generally entitled to recover its legal costs from the losing party. The traditional...

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Clarke Willmott announces results of later living survey

A team of our expert lawyers who specialise in supporting real estate developer and investor clients in the Later Living sector have announced the results of a survey looking at the perceptions and attitudes of consumers to retirement living. The team carried out the inaugural ‘Retirement Living – consumer attitudes...

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Opposing decisions regarding retirement age upheld by Employment Appeal Tribunal

Until 6 April 2011, employment law provided for a default retirement age (DRA) of 65 and retirement as a potentially fair reason for dismissal. Both were abolished ten years ago to ensure that no one was deprived of the chance to work simply because they had reached the age of...

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Whistleblowers in the workplace and the consequences of a bullying culture

NHS Highland is set to pay out £3.4 million in settlements to current and former staff who have been victims of bullying within their place of work. The culture of bullying at NHS Highland was first uncovered by whistleblowers (those who report certain types of wrongdoing within a workplace) in...

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Permanent health insurance and obligation to cover payments under TUPE

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in Amdocs Systems Group Ltd v Langton that an employer was liable to pay the level of income protection payments set out in an offer letter and summary of benefits provided by the employee’s original employer prior to a TUPE transfer. The employer...

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Supportive employers essential for adoptive parents, says mum

As part of National Adoption Week 2021, a West Midlands mum has spoken out about how important it is for adoptive parents to receive support from their employers when going through the arduous process. Rachael Pritchard and her husband Stephen adopted their son in 2015 when he was three and...

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Inclusion is the real winner at annual South West Property Awards

A commercial property lawyer behind a drive for more inclusion and diversity in the South West property market has been recognised for his achievements at an industry award ceremony. Karl Brown, partner and commercial property specialist at Clarke Willmott, founded and launched the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter in 2019 –...

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Further strong results for Clarke Willmott in 2022 Chambers & Partners guide

We are delighted to announce a strong set of results in the 2022 Chambers and Partners legal directory. The guide, which ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in the UK, recommended us in 32 practice areas with six departments achieving Tier 1 rankings. There were also 71 individual...

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Clarke Willmott’s debt recovery team ranked in Legal 500 2022

Our debt recovery team has been recognised in the 2022 Legal 500 guide, which ranks the best law firms and solicitors in the UK. The team retained its Tier 1 ranking in the South West and Tier 2 ranking in London. Partner Phil Roberts, who specialises in high profile and...

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A new partner has joined our Birmingham office

Kim Klahn has joined the corporate and commercial team and will advise on a broad range of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, private equity transactions, family investment companies and general company law and corporate governance issues. Joining from Lodders Solicitors LLP where she was partner...

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Field Talk

Welcome to Field Talk, our agricultural law newsletter In our Autumn 2021 edition Welcome to the autumn 2021 edition of Field Talk, our agricultural law newsletter Not long after the last edition of Field Talk, we bid a fond farewell to senior partners, Tim Hayden and Stuart Thorne. Their retirement...

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Seriousness of parental alienation highlighted in recent case

With a rapid rise in cases of parental alienation in the UK, a recent judgment has shown that courts are not taking the matter lightly and are unafraid to take action against offenders. Parental alienation refers to a process in which a parent acts or speaks in a way, without...

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Julia runs London Marathon in aid of Alice’s Arc

Julia Lawton, a secretary in the Southampton office, together with her friend Catrina were fortunate to obtain their London Marathon places via their running club. This prompted many people to ask if they were running for charity and at the time they weren’t, however, they decided to rethink. Julia and...

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6 October is World Cerebral Palsy Day

What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral Palsy is a description of a group of permanent movement disorders arising as a result of damage to part of the brain. The impact of cerebral palsy can vary hugely with each individual and it can range from mild to severe. Some cases involve significant...

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£8.3 million compensation recovered for child with cerebral palsy

Clarke Willmott recently acted for a 10 year old boy who suffered brain damage at birth due to the negligence of the doctors and midwives involved in his delivery. A combination of failings, including a lack of proper examination of his mother during labour, an inability to deal with a...

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Impressive results for Clarke Willmott in 2022 Legal 500 Guide

Clarke Willmott has been recognised as a Top Tier firm in the latest Legal 500 guide which ranks the UK’s top lawyers and organisations. We received prestigious Top Tier rankings for 10 of our specialist practice areas, up one from last year’s results, with a total of 61 recommendations across...

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Next on the agenda – the fight for equal pay within the retail sector

Background Next has become the latest retailer to find itself involved in equal pay campaign after shop floor staff submitted hundreds of claims to the Employment Tribunal. More than 400 shop workers, most of whom are female, from fashion and homeware stores Next have brought an equal pay claims against...

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Government to increase storage limits for frozen eggs, sperm and embryos

Prospective parents will in the next few years be given more choice over when to start a family, as the government has stated that all those undergoing fertility treatment will be allowed to store their gametes and embryos for up to 55 years. Under the new system, every 10 years...

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