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A Post-COVID Property Boom?

Property experts are reporting an unexpected post-COVID property boom, as the effects of weeks and months of lockdown have made people re-evaluate their lifestyles and priorities and kick-start a market analysts expected to flounder throughout the rest of 2020. Pre-Brexit uncertainty does not seem to have put people off as a definite seller’s market has…

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The Conveyancing Industry Bands Together In The Face Of Unprecedented Challenges

Almost every industry has faced challenges due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, and the conveyancing and home buying markets are no exception. In fact, due to the halt on home sales during the pandemic and the backlog now facing the industry, the home buying market has faced even more challenges than most. The backlog is…

Ilkley based accountants keep clients updated with the latest government support during the pandemic

Julia Forrester from TaxAssist Accountants based in Ilkley spoke to Ian Oliver, manager at our Ilkley branch. From 20th March Julia and her teams shut their offices and worked from home. “We were lucky really because we were able to adapt quickly to lockdown as all of our systems are cloud based and everyone was…

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Inquest Opens Into Alfie Gildea Death

An inquest is about to start into the death of four-month-old Alfie Gildea, with his mother Caitlin anxious to see that it sparks several procedural changes relating to the wider circumstances surrounding his tragic death in 2018. Alfie was found by his mother with head injuries in September of 2018 and died two days later….

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Understanding Discrimination in the Workplace

If you have Erb’s Palsy, or any disability, you should be comfortable in your workplace.  You should be afforded the same opportunities as your colleagues, and adjustments should be made to the work environment to facilitate this. If you suspect you are being discriminated against at work, you should seek advice. In order to assist…

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The Impact of Lockdown: Interview With The Erb’s Palsy Group

This year took an unexpected turn with the pandemic and the various restrictions that have followed. The lockdown forced a lot of people to change the way they work and deliver services. For many people this meant fully embracing the digital world. At Ison Harrison the use of video conferencing enabled us to carry out…

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Supporting Each Other: Ison Harrison & The Erb’s Palsy Group

As part of Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week 2020, our Head of Clinical Negligence, James Thompson, talks about his longstanding relationship with the Erb’s Palsy Group. How did you get involved with the EPG? I was lucky enough to have been trained by Cathie Delaney who is a specialist clinical negligence solicitor and former Midwife when…

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What Is Erb’s Palsy? Infographic

To support Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week 2020, we have created this infographic detailing the key facts about Erb’s Palsy.

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How We’re Helping To Make Our Branches Covid-Safe

At Ison Harrison, we understand that it can be a difficult and anxious time for clients who may need to seek legal advice but are apprehensive about visiting us in branch. To help reassure our clients about our visiting one of our Yorkshire branches during Covid-19, we have put together a short video detailing the extra…

Barnsley Clothes Shop Uses Social Media To Keep In Touch With Its Customer Base

Anne Robertson from our Barnsley branch spoke to Claire Swallow, owner of Closet Queen in Barnsley which is a clothes shop offering fashion for ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Claire opened her shop in Barnsley two and half years ago and moved to bigger premises in January. “It was bad timing really as…

An Important Ruling on COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance

A high court judgement relating to business interruption insurance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, could prove to be a lifeline to thousands of small businesses in the UK. However, much uncertainty remains following the verdict and there is a possibility of further court proceedings. Eight high profile insurance companies were taken to court…

Martyn Phillips Retires After 50 Years Working as a Property Solicitor

The team at Ison Harrison in Garforth along with managing partner Jonathan Wearing were keen to mark this amazing achievement by inviting Martyn along to their Garforth branch where he spent more than twenty years practicing as a property solicitor. “We would have liked to have invited some of Martyn’s clients to share in this…

Chapel Allerton Café Introduces Drive Through In Response To Covid

Geraldine Levison, branch manager at Ison Harrison’s Chapel Allerton branch spoke to Nicola Newlove who owns Crust and Crumb Café about the challenges they have faced during and post-lockdown. Nicola has certainly been very creative in the service she is providing to locals. She has even introduced a ‘drive through’ service at the rear of…

York’s City Host Scheme Introduced to Provide Help & Advice to Visitors

The York BID (Business Improvement District) has implemented a City Host programme to provide help and advice to people visiting the city and to provide reassurance post-lockdown. The programme is due to end on the 25th September but has been well received by those who have used it. Olivia Williams, Wills and Probate Solicitor at our…

What happens if business owners have a fall out?

No matter what type of business you run it is sometimes unavoidable to become involved in disputes between owners. Disputes may have a detrimental effect on the business, therefore it is important to get these resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible. Disputes between owners arise often because one owner or a group of owners…

Rave Off? The Impact of the New Coronavirus Rules

In 1994, parties across the country were criminalised by the passing of the Criminal Justice Act. The hugely controversial Act was a response to the government’s displeasure at rave culture and all that it entailed, not least the raves themselves (sections 63 to 66 are entitled ‘powers in relation to raves.) Where s.63 applies to…

How To Sell Your Business Quickly Post COVID-19

Sellers should be aware that preparation required for a business sale, post COVID-19, may look different to what has been the norm over recent years. Nonetheless, our corporate team have extensive experience in advising business owners in all aspects of the sale of a business from preparation all the way through to completion. Firstly, you…

Otley Mobiles- Keeping Connected During Lockdown

Sarah Laughey, Head of Family Law based at our Otley Office spoke to Ish from Otley Mobiles to see how Coronavirus has affected his business. Ish closed for 3 months and for the first month downed- tools completely, but it wasn’t long before he was receiving messages to his Facebook page asking if he was…

Charity Shop Sees Massive Increase In Donations

Amy Kwil, Wills and Probate Solicitor at our Huddersfield branch popped down to Kirkwood Hospice’s charity shop on Byram Street in Huddersfield to speak to the team there. Donna Weston, Head of Retail for Kirkwood Hospice’s charity shops said “we have been overwhelmed with donations since we started to re-open our shops. People have used…

To Confiscate or Not to Confiscate? Proceeds of Crime in CV Fraud Cases

An eye catching case recently came before the Court of Appeal. The main facts are interesting enough on their own, but those involved in confiscation cases  will find it especially noteworthy. In the wake of a Supreme Court case called Waya, changes were made to the Proceeds of Crime Act. A key amendment was made…

The Orchard Florist Otley in full bloom post-lockdown

Our Licensed Conveyancer Laura Lavelle-Marshall, who is based at our Otley Branch spoke to Alishia Easthope who owns The Orchard Florist, Otley located next door to our Otley branch. Alishia had only been open for 8 weeks when she was faced with shutting shop due to the lockdown. “I cried for two weeks. The timing…

First Draw of the Pudsey Lottery Takes Place at our Pudsey Office

Ison Harrison Pudsey branch was delighted to host the first draw of the Pudsey lottery on Tuesday 4th August. The lottery has been set up to support businesses looking to bounce back following lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – and encourage people to shop local. Pudsey Business Network Forum, which was revamped last year to support businesses…

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

On 25 June 2020 the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act received royal assent and came into immediate force. The Act introduces temporary changes which the Government has advised seek to ‘relieve the burden on business during the coronavirus outbreak.’ It also introduces permanent reforms to English insolvency and restructuring law. Temporary changes: Easements for Annual…

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How To Get The Legal Structure Of Your Property Investment Right

Property is becoming increasingly popular as an accessible and lucrative form of investment. But many people underestimate the importance of the legal side of property investment, and this can lead to your property portfolio not growing as it should, or it becoming a damaging financial burden. This is usually because your investments are not structured…

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Settlement Agreement Scheme Will Help With COVID Job Losses

Ison Harrison have launched a ‘same day’ settlement agreement scheme to help employees with the expected surge of redundancies in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Just this week, major companies across the UK have announced up to 12,000 job losses, as redundancies start to become the norm in the run-up to the Government’s furlough…

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Sarah Laughey Announced As New Head of Family Law

Press Release – Issued June 2020 We are delighted to announce we have appointed a new head of private family law at Ison Harrison. Sarah Laughey who originally joined the firm’s family law service in February 2017 and promptly headed up the firm’s family law service at the Ilkley, Otley  & Guiseley branches, was made…

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Reopening Of Schools And Workplaces During The Coronavirus Pandemic – The Employment Law Issues

Following the announcement by the Government that schools would see a gradual phased reopening, Ison Harrison has had a steady flow of enquiries from teachers querying their rights. Many are naturally concerned at feeling pressured to return to work whilst there is still a very real risk of catching Covid-19. This feature discusses the rights…

Divorcing in a Pandemic

I handle client divorce cases all day every day. It is my daily diet. There is the divorce itself, the dissolution, the concluding of a marriage. Some have been years in the making, others represent a short lived union, either way they have arrived in the same place. Alongside the divorce come other disputes: What…

Online & “Quickie” Divorces – what they don’t tell you

We see increasing numbers of people applying for divorces online – but please be aware that they’re not without their faults. For those who petitioned online, they face at least a six month wait before they can say they are no longer married – and that’s before the family money is divided. Many of these…

Clarity on automatic visa extensions

As we find ourselves in uncharted territories with a pandemic that has affected everyone either in their daily lives or the way they are working, it is fair to say that there has been a big change in almost everything, with the world of Immigration being no different. Immigration Solicitors have had to adapt to…

#YouAreNotAlone – Violence is not the only form of domestic abuse.

Trapped, isolated, frightened and without hope. These are some of the emotions that are likely to be experienced by those all over our country that are in an abusive relationship. Those feelings must be magnified at a time where the victim may not be able to get any break from their abuser; forced into lockdown…

Furlough and Fraud – A Perfect Storm?

The government’s Covid019 Job Retention Scheme went live on 20 April, enabling employers to make claims of up-to £2,500 per month, per employee, until at least the 30th of June. HMRC have already expressed concerns that the scheme will be targetted by orgainised criminals looking to profit illegally from payments on offer. A spokesperson was…

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Portal Opens and HMRC Updates Furlough Scheme Guidance

There have been two important developments for businesses. Firstly, and importantly HMRC have from today started accepting applications for payments under the Job Retention Scheme (JRS). HMRC chief executive Jim Harra told the BBC’s Today programme that employers had made 67,000 job claims in the first 30 minutes of the scheme operating. The portal can…

Child Arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the current COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an increasing number of parents approach us with worries and concerns about child arrangements. Whether these were official arrangements that were applied through the courts, or individual arrangements agreed outside the court system, parents are unsure how the government restrictions apply to their current situation and could…

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Lockdown Law: A Practical Overview

Three weeks in and a fast-tracked set of laws are upon us all. Although the issue is a public health one, the new legislation imposes rules and restrictions on behaviour- with the scope for penalties if we do not conform. The key legislation is the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. Here, we present…

Is NOW the time to restructure your Business?

Covid-19 is an unprecedented risk to health, but also to the economy and businesses. Understandably therefore many business owners are anxious about what the future holds. However, what we are already seeing is that many businesses are finding ways to adapt, to diversify, to thrive in these challenging times. It is said that ‘necessity is…

The Yorkshire Law Firm – Here when you need us

Why Ison Harrison? With 16 offices, from our Leeds City Centre office, from Ilkley to Pontefract, from York to Barnsley, from Garforth to Huddersfield we have bases all across Yorkshire As will writers we are key workers. We are therefore able to be here for you during these difficult times. We have twelve fully trained…

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Guidance On Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

The Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice, has published guidance on compliance with family court child arrangement orders during the Coronavirus outbreak. His statement reads: During the current Coronavirus Crisis some parents whose children are the subject of Child Arrangements Orders made by the Family Court…

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The New Job Retention Scheme, How Will It Work?

On Friday 20 March 2020 the government implemented a new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to combat the economic effects of the Coronavirus and prevent businesses from being forced to make redundancies. It will be implemented for an initial period of 3 months backdated from 1 March. The government has not ruled out extending the period…

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Ison Harrison Appoints New Family Lawyer at Barnsley Office

Press Release – March 2020 Yorkshire law firm Ison Harrison has appointed an experienced family solicitor at its Barnsley branch. Abbie Churchill joins Ison Harrison’s expanding regional team having previously been at Howells Solicitors in South Yorkshire for seven years and Raleys in Barnsley for nine years. This latest appointment brings 16 years of family…

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5 Top Tips for Disaster Planning for Business Owners

Given the current economic climate and issues arising due to Coronavirus, I thought it would be useful to give an overview of the kind of protection all business owners should have in place. I am not going to focus on the various reliefs and assistance being offered by the Government in light of the current…

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Coronavirus Update: Schools Closed – The Right to Time off for Dependants

The Government announcement of school closures for all apart from vulnerable children and children of key workers will have enormous implications in the workplace. The situation is changing daily, and many businesses and employees do not know how to handle or what to expect in the coming days and weeks. Flexibility and adaptability are paramount…

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What To Expect In The Family Court

Sometimes, family life can be difficult and family members may run into problems. Sometimes, issues can’t be sorted out by themselves and families need assistance. To solve the problem, family courts may get involved. The family court is very different to a criminal court. The judge at a family court listens to what everyone has…

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Running a Livery Yard: Do’s and Don’ts from a Legal Perspective

Do make it clear to owners/keepers that you are legally obliged to act on any welfare concerns if they are not taking appropriate steps to address them. As a livery yard proprietor, a horse spends more time with you than with anyone else, and you can be the subject of a prosecution in relation to…

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Recent Cases in Animal Welfare

Two recent cases have brought attention to the law on animal welfare. As is so often the case, the facts may be somewhat novel but the underlying points are of broader interest. An unusual case A woman from Birmingham was sentenced on 23 January after being found guilty of four animal welfare offences. Louise Lawford…

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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill – Part 3

Following on from our previous Blogs regarding the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill (read part 1 here or part 2 here), we look at the next stage of the Bill process, the line by line examination of the Bill by the ‘Committee of the Whole House’ that took place in the House of Lords on…

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Employment Law Q&A: Coronavirus In The Workplace

In light of the prediction that infection rates for the Coronavirus epidemic could potentially affect 60% of the population, what are the legal implications and obligations in the workplace? Our Head of Employment Law Yunus Lunat addressees some of the common questions and issues that are being raised by our clients: As an employer, can…

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Family Courts Deemed Unsafe For Domestic Violence Victims

In light of the Family Judge Tolson case, whereby a leadership judge declared outdated views around sexual consent, a letter has been signed by 130 professionals and lawyers raising concerns that courts aren’t safe for victims- with outdated views on consent and sexual violence. This came off the backlash from Judge Tolson, who rules that…

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Jacks Law: Supporting Bereaving Parents At Work

New workers’ rights supporting bereaving parents in the death of a child A new law will come into force in April for parents who lose a child under the age of 18. Parents will now be entitled to two weeks of statutory paid parental bereavement leave from work following the death of a child. Jacks…

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How To Minimise The Risk Of Gazumping

Gazumping is a relatively modern phenomenon and yet for a number of years there has been talk of laws being changed to crackdown on the practice, which can be devastating for innocent people. In all likelihood, however, there will always be legal loopholes which allow the practice to continue, and certainly it is still a…