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Milkshaking Protestors: How Does The Law Apply To Headlines?

It seems that at the moment, the protest method of choice is to throw a milkshake at a political figure. First there were two occasions in which former EDL leader (and now independent MEP candidate) Tommy Robinson had the drink thrown over him, now we’ve seen one hit Brexit Party head Nigel Farage whilst on…

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What It Means for Ison Harrison Being Dementia Friendly

We have many targets for 2019 and amongst them is an aim to become a dementia-friendly firm of solicitors. Our Ilkley branch is spearheading an inclusive drive to be more accommodating and responsive to dementia-suffering customers and we are proud to be supporting the Dementia Action Week 2019. Victoria Holland and Jess Bourke are members of…

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Legislation Changes to Personal Injury: How Does it Impact You?

“A world where Darth Vader is the good guy and Luke Skywalker is the bad guy.” The principle of insurance is that the many pay for the few. Fortunately, the vast majority of people will never be involved in an accident but if this happens how would you expect the system to support you? If the…

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Ison Harrison Helps To Implement Change With Ground-Breaking Trip To China

At Ison Harrison, we have always prided ourselves on setting the standards in the legal sector, and it is fantastic when our expertise and professionalism is recognised, particularly when this can lead to impacting positive change on a wider scale. This was the case recently, when one of our partners, Mark Foley, was invited on…

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Specialist Advice at this week’s free Legal Clinic in Ilkley

Our popular Legal Clinic, held at the Clarke Foley centre, offers free legal advice every Thursday between 12.30pm-2.30pm. This week, there’s a special focus on all things Regulatory. Our Regulatory department regularly deals with cases involving so-called ‘white collar’ crime, as well as licensing (such as shotgun and taxi licensing) and environmental offences. Amber is…

Richard Coulthard joins Ison Harrison

Press Release: Richard Coulthard Joins Ison Harrison As Head of Corporate

PRESS RELEASE Yorkshire law firm Ison Harrison has recruited a prominent commercial partner to head up its corporate division. Richard Coulthard joins Ison Harrison’s expanding regional team having previously been a Director at Oakwood Solicitors and Oakwood Property Solicitors. As the firm’s new Partner and Head of Corporate, Richard’s role will see him growing the…

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Press Release: Six Partner Promotions Get 2019 Off To Flying Start At Yorkshire Law Firm

Law firm Ison Harrison has promoted six lawyers to partner across its network of Yorkshire offices. The six promoted are Debbie Wilkinson, Adrian Barker, Kara Frith, Daniel Holah, Sarah Laughey and Chris Brierley. The six new partners have over 90 years’ combined experience and their promotions come as the firm looks to further expand in…

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New Laws Introduced In 2019

There are big changes coming in 2019, and we’re not just talking about Brexit. As always, there’s a raft of new laws being introduced that will affect how we live and what we can do. These laws span the full extent of our daily lives, and wherever you live or whatever you do for a…

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Leading Barrister Nigel Edwards appointed as Queens Counsel

Ison Harrison are delighted to announce that Nigel Edwards has been appointed as Queens Counsel. The announcement was made yesterday the firm wish to congratulate Mr Edwards (QC) and wish him all the very best for the future. A leading light of the Leeds legal scene Nigel is a member of St Pauls Chambers and has…

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Ison Harrison Sponsors Better Care at Birth Costs Less Video for Erb’s Palsy Group

Today we are very proud to announce the launch of a video that we have sponsored for the Erb’s Palsy Group, in association with the PROMPT Maternity Foundation. The video is “Better Care at Birth Costs Less” and it details how Erb’s Palsy injuries can be prevented through better maternity training. In the latter part…

40th Anniversary

2018: What A Year It Was

As we reach the end of our 40th anniversary year, we thought it would be a good time to look back and reflect on a memorable twelve months. When the company started as a small solicitors practice in 1978, the events of the last year were like a distant pipedream, but sure enough, forty years…

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Ison Harrison’s Otley Branch Rescues “Santa The Pigeon” Stuck In A Chimney

Our Otley branch received an unexpected Christmas bonus recently when a pigeon unwittingly flew down the chimney and got stuck. Rebecca Bentley had reported strange cooing and flapping noises coming from within the walls of the building for a couple of days. Despite the rest of the team thinking Rebecca was hearing things, further investigation…

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Introducing Chris Brierley, Solicitor & York Branch Manager

As we have now officially opened our 13th regional branch in York, we thought this was a perfect time to introduce our York branch manager, Chris Brierley. Chris is a solicitor with expertise in residential property who joined Ison Harrison in August 2018 having been qualified for ten years. Chris is bringing his vast experience…

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Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week: Read Our Interview With Debbie Robinson From The Erb’s Palsy Group

As part of our support of Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week, we have interviewed Debbie Robinson, Deputy Chair from the Erb’s Palsy Group to find out more about her role at this charity that helps to support families affected by Erb’s Palsy. 1. Please tell us about your background and how you got involved with the…

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New Ison Harrison Branch Opening in York City Centre

We are delighted to announce the opening of our 13th regional office of Ison Harrison and a promising move into North Yorkshire. Our new branch will be based in York city centre with the opening taking place on 29th October 2018. The last two years have seen a rapid expansion of the Ison Harrison network,…

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Ison Harrison Visits Nell Bank Centre in Ilkley

Ilkley branch manger Iain Oliver and Trainee Solicitor Jess Bourke in association with Ilkley’s Rotary Club visited the Nell Bank activity centre at the end of last month. Nell Bank provides day and residential experiences for schools and community groups across the full age and ability range. The centre is aimed at under privileged, able…

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Jury Inquest at Wakefield Coroners Court concludes that Spencer James Walker died as a result of an accident

The jury heard that on the 3rd October 2016 Spencer James Walker, 12 from South Elmsall was out with friends when he climbed upon the canopy of Kirkbridge Footbridge which crosses the East Coast Railway Lines. He managed to pass the protective spikes and gain access to the roof of the cage.  Spencer then climbed…

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New Litigation Partner Joins Huddersfield Branch

A new litigation Partner, John Burnett, has joined our Huddersfield branch. John’s appointment is the first time we have recruited a member of staff at Partner level to join one of our outer branches, which highlights John’s level of experience and seniority at the firm. John previously worked at Schofield Sweeney solicitors and has been…

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Reflecting On The Kind Hearts Give Back Ball 2018

Kind Hearts Give Back is a charity that was founded in 2014 and aims to raise funds to help recovering cancer victims. Their annual ball is always a popular event and the 2018 ball helped to generate nearly £28,000 which was donated to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, Teenage Cancer Trust and Cancer Research UK. We…

40th Anniversary

We’re Celebrating Our 40th Birthday With A BIG Campaign! #TheBig40

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ison Harrison and we’re going to make sure it’s a special celebration, not just for us, but for 40 local charities too! #TheBig40 campaign will see us donating 40 gifts to 40 charities within our region in a digitally-driven campaign we’re launching on 12th June. Nominations for local charities…

New Otley Branch Opening on 26th March

New Otley Branch Opening on 26th March

This month sees the start of another new chapter in the Ison Harrison regional branch success story, as we open a new branch in the traditional market town of Otley. This builds on the hugely successful launches of the Pudsey and Huddersfield branches in 2017, and takes the total number of offices to 12. Given…

Ison Harrison Strengthens Its Leeds Headquarters with Two New Recruits

Growth is a very important factor that underpins our philosophy here at Ison Harrison, and this has been demonstrated by the announcement of two key personnel appointments to our commercial property department in the last few weeks. Richard Scott and Dhiran Mistry are the latest two additions to our ever-expanding team. While our growth in…

The Kind Hearts Ball Returns

Ison Harrison are Key Sponsors of the Kind Hearts Give Back Ball

We’re thrilled to announce our sponsorship of this year’s Kind Hearts Ball. Organised by the Kind Hearts Give Back organisation, it’s a fantastic yearly event that raises money for various cancer charities, including those with a local presence. Last year, over £39,370 was raised in aid of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, the Teenage Cancer Trust…

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Two new Partners at Ison Harrison

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new Partners at the firm. Ian Anderson and Gareth Naylor head up our Regulatory Law and Personal Injury departments respectively. Ian Anderson Ian joined Ison Harrison in 2014 to head up the firm’s newly-founded Regulatory Law team. Since his arrival, Ian has successfully grown a fledgling…

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Personal Injury Firm in Manchester Closed Down By SRA

The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority has this week closed a personal injury firm in Manchester, quoting suspicions of dishonesty relating to its Managing Partner. The firm, Dennison Greer, specialised in personal injury matters. The SRA’s panel took the decision on the basis that it was satisfied that there was a reason to suspect dishonesty on the…

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Radio Aire Cash for Kids: Mission Christmas 2017

For a number of years now we’ve been involved with Radio Aire’s yearly campaign, Mission Christmas. Organised and delivered by the Cash for Kids Children’s Charity, their aim is to make sure that every child in Leeds and West Yorkshire wakes up to a gift on Christmas morning. Last year, they were able to support…

Heath and Safety at work

Fatal Fall Highlights Need for Appropriate Health and Safety Planning

The Health and Safety Executive has recently published a case which illustrates the continuing failure of companies to take suitable care of their employees. Hull Crown Court heard that a worker was contracted to complete electrical work on a motor at a Hull-based bakery in October 2013. The worker was a self-employed electrical contractor and…

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New Starters Make Ison Harrison Even Stronger

At Ison Harrison we pride ourselves on never standing still and making sure we are always progressing as an organisation. Also, we recognise that people are our biggest asset, and as client care and professional advice are such an important part of our ethos, recruitment is something we take very seriously. We have to make…

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Property Department Updates – New Build & Residential

The summer weather may be disappointing but our Property teams have plenty to smile about. Here, we take a closer look at what’s happening across the firm. New Build Property – A Flying Start To The Year Our New Build Property department has seen a surge in new instructions during the first half of 2017,…

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Ison Harrison Supports Birth Trauma Awareness Week 2017

Ison Harrison are supporting Birth Trauma Awareness Week 2017, held between 14th-21st August, as a timely reminder of how common birth trauma is and how many people are affected by it. What is Birth Trauma? Birth trauma is commonly referred to as a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can be described as how a mother…

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Huddersfield Branch Strengthened With New Commercial Property Partner

There’s a new face at the Huddersfield office – although it’s a familiar one for customers and employees of Ison Harrison alike. Partner Rachel Warsop, an experienced commercial property lawyer, has joined the team at our Huddersfield office. Rachel has 20 years’ experience of commercial and residential property and has moved across from the Castleford…

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70th Birthday Milestone

All of us at Ison Harrison and Harrison Bundey would like to wish Ruth Bundey a very happy birthday as she turns 70. As dedicated and passionate about her work now as when she qualified in 1980, Ruth has never believed in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to cases. Ruth’s background is in criminal…

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Six Individuals Facing Criminal Proceedings following the Hillsborough Disaster

In another dramatic turn of events in the 28 year-old saga of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, six men will now face criminal charges for their part in the days’ events and the subsequent alleged cover-up of evidence. Yesterday, Wednesday 28th June, saw the CPS inform families of the 96 victims that match commander for South…

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Ison Harrison to Attend the Northern Shooting Show 2017

The second Northern Shooting Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday 6th/7th May 2017 and Ison Harrison will be attending to offer shooting enthusiasts the opportunity to access expert legal advice. Last year’s inaugural event at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate was a great success, with 15,000 visitors over the two days and over…

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Hellewell Pasley and Brewer Firm Closure in West Yorkshire

A local law firm has shut its doors after 80 years following an intervention by the SRA. Hellewell Pasley and Brewer have 4 branches across West Yorkshire, in Halifax, Dewsbury, Ripponden and Birstall. A locally recognised name, 30 staff were employed at the firm as news of the closure broke this week. Are you a…

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Ison Harrison Continue Rewarding Partnership With Shipley College

In 2017 all successful businesses have to be socially aware. You can’t expect to recruit the best people and open your business up to the right markets if you limit your visibility and close your mind to vast areas of enthusiasm and potential, and this extends to all areas of the organisation. At Ison Harrison…

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Promotion of the Online Court Begins with MOJ Video- ‘Justice Matters’

In March 2017, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) released a new video entitled “Justice Matters”, to promote and inform viewers about the forthcoming Online Court system.  The video, which can be accessed on Youtube, allows for quick viewing time, being just over five minutes in duration. The MoJ is said to have an ‘ambitious vision…

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Ilott v Mitson – Good Riddance or à bientôt?

The Supreme Court has today reduced the amount paid to the daughter of a lady who left her estate to charity rather than providing for her. In the summer of 2015 the case, not for the first time, hit the headlines, when the Court of Appeal tripled an initial award to Heather Ilott of £50,000. The…

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Sindy Allen meets the Lord Mayor of Leeds

Our Wills and Probate Solicitor Sindy Allen rubbed shoulders with Gerry Harper, the Lord Mayor of Leeds, at a recent launch event. Sindy was invited to attend a new branch opening for a nationwide care company as a result of her involvement with Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE.)  Her fully accredited membership of SFE reflects…

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New Huddersfield Office Sees Ison Harrison Branching Out In 2017

We have some very exciting news! Ison Harrison will be opening an office in Huddersfield on 30th January 2017. Having originated in Leeds city centre over thirty-five years ago, Ison Harrison has grown through a series of mergers, change and adaptation to become one of the top twenty law firms in Yorkshire and with a national reputation…

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New Pudsey Office Opening in January 2017

We’re pleased to announce that Ison Harrison solicitors have opened a new branch of solicitors in Pudsey on 16th January 2017. The market town of Pudsey has a population of just over 22,000 people and as a thriving borough and a proud community, it is the perfect place for the latest branch of Ison Harrison’s…

Five New Partners Appointed at Ison Harrison Solicitors

We are delighted to announce that from January 2017 we will have five new partners joining the board at our law firm. These five people are driven, motivated and highly experienced individuals that have made a real impact at Ison Harrison and will continue to do so in their new appointments to the board. The…

The Autumn Statement: What Our Lawyers Think

For a combination of reasons, the 2016 Autumn Statement attracted more interest than other, ‘average’ Autumn Statements. There was plenty of speculation and curiosity about what it might contain with the post-EU referendum economic conditions and a new Chancellor of the Exchequer, in Philip Hammond. Our solicitors have picked out six key points to explain…

#RoadSafetyWeek: Playing It Safe On The Roads

This week is Road Safety Week, the UK’s biggest road safety event. According to the Department for Transport, 1,732 people died on the UK’s roads in 2015 – an average of five fatalities per day. So what can we all do to help keep ourselves and others safer on the roads? On foot The green…

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Yunus Lunat Welcomes The Vatican Cricket Team To Yorkshire

Ison Harrison’s head of employment, Yunus Lunat, was involved in a quite unique occasion last week at his local Madina Mosque, part of the Mount Pleasant Islamic Trust in Batley. Yunus was part of a welcoming delegation for the visit of a cricket team from the Vatican, who were in the UK for nine days…

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Wakefield Magistrates’ Court Closing In September

Following a consultation period started in July 2015 it was announced in February 2016 by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service that Wakefield Magistrates’ Court would be one of 86 courts and tribunals to close. With those 86 courts accounting for nearly one fifth of the 460 courts in England and Wales, it was a…

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The EU Referendum – Leave vs Remain In Summary

Today is a historic day in the UK. We are given an opportunity to decide our future and it is estimated that 45m people have now registered to vote in this referendum. Of course, it’s fair to say that many are still undecided with how they should vote. After what seems like months of political…

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The EU Referendum and the Shroud of Uncertainty Hanging Over the UK Housing Market

On 23 June 2016, the UK will be holding a referendum addressing the question of whether the UK should remain a member of the EU, or leave the economic and political union consisting of 28 member states. Every individual who votes on 23 June 2016 will have their own reasoning for voting to leave or…

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Leeds Law Firm Takes on The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge!

Some of us at Ison Harrison are sportier than others, but we’re really pleased to see such a good uptake on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge we’ve recently signed up to do. In just a couple of weeks, 45 of our wonderful volunteers will be donning their hiking boots and heading to the peaks of…

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Hillsborough Inquest – The Verdict

On 26th April 2016 the longest running inquest in British legal history returned its verdicts. The jury were asked to answer 14 questions in deciding how 96 people died at the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in Sheffield on 15 April 1989. The Inquest considered the events that took place during the FA Cup semi-final and…