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Employment: Meet the team

Pro-active and personal, Rollits’ established team of employment law specialists can help you navigate the often complex world of employment legislation

March 2020
Employment Law Update

Legal newsletter including articles on pregnancy & maternity discrimination, sexual harrassment and holiday leave and pay

October 2019
Education Focus Autumn 2019

Legal newsletter for the education sector including articles on parental responsibility, calculation of holiday pay & pensions update

October 2019
Planning & Property Development Update

Legal newsletter for the planning & property development sector including articles on town & village greens, overage agreements and Permitted Development Rights

September 2019
Agricultural Law Update

Legal newsletter for the agricultural sector including articles on diversification, permitted development rights on agricultural land and Health & Safety law

July 2019
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Below are some of Rollits' most recent legal articles.

These pages provide direct links to the website profiles of the article authors where appropriate.

Covid-19 Update: Changes to Companies House filing requirements

Updated guidance from Companies House and further temporary changes to filing requirements announced

July 2020
CJRS and flexible furlough

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furlough from July 1

June 2020
Family Businesses and divorce

Recent case underlines the dire consequences of losing perspective, sense and reason when litigating family disputes.

June 2020
Suspension on enforcement action against Commercial Tenants extended

Current freeze on enforcement action against commercial tenants extended until 30 September 2020

June 2020
Infrastructure Agreements - Some Practical Considerations

Important factors to be considered before an infrastructure or statutory agreement is completed

June 2020
No fault? No problem!

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill passed at a second reading by MPs in the House of Commons on Monday 8 June

June 2020
Changes to Companies House striking off policies and late filing penalties

Covid-19 Update: Companies House updates guidance for companies in light of the current pandemic situation.

June 2020
Freeze on possession actions extended until 24 August 2020

Government extend deadline to prevent Landlords from taking steps to remove Tenants from their property.

June 2020
CIL Notices - Some Pitfalls to Avoid

Strict and inflexible CIL regime punishes cases where the correct procedure has not been followed

June 2020
Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced to take effect over the next few months

June 2020
Family cases in the future

As we begin to emerge from the lockdown how will family cases be dealt with going forwards.

June 2020
Capacity and the ‘Golden Rule’

Why it is important to understand a solicitor’s role in preparing Wills

May 2020
Government urges businesses to behave responsibly

Cabinet Office issues Procurement Policy Note providing information and guidance in relation to the payment of their suppliers

May 2020
“Covid Secure” Workplace

Every employer has a broad legal obligation to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of its employees.

May 2020
A crucial time to assess workplace risks

Assessing risks and communicating necessary precautions to the workforce will be critical to aid return to work post lockdown

May 2020
Planning Considerations for Property and Corporate Transactions

When purchasing a property or a company with one or more property assets, don’t overlook the planning history of the property

April 2020
Annual General Meetings

Charity Commission issues guidance for charity trustees around postponement or cancellation of AGMs

April 2020
Charity Commission’s Guidance on use of Reserves

Charity Commission has confirms use of reserves to help charities cope with Covid-19 situation

April 2020
Government Pledges Charity Support

Government Pledges £760 Million Support for Charities during Covid-19

April 2020
Restrictions on Winding Up Petitions edges closer

Confirmation that Government is to introduce legislationto address aggressive debt recovery action being taken by Landlords for rent collection

April 2020
Possession Actions and the Coronavirus

Unintended protection removed from trespassers

April 2020
Charity Proceedings

Charities reminded of the requirement for The Charity Commission to authorise charity proceedings by Order

April 2020
Charitable Purposes and the Covid-19 Situation

What are the wider and longer-term impacts if a charity uses funds for purposes other than those for which they were raised?

April 2020
When do Charity Trustees have Power to dispose of Charity Land?

Useful information for trustees of land holding charities to know when they have power to dispose of land

April 2020
Business Interruption Insurance

The pandemic gets Insurance Companies running for “cover”

April 2020
Government’s Job Retention Scheme is now online

HMRC portal to reclaim staff salaries under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now live and accepting applications

April 2020
£1m Inheritance Tax Allowance

From April 2020 the Residence Nil Rate Band allowance has reached its limit of £175,000 per individual

April 2020
Domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic

Domestic abuse charities and campaigners report significant increase in calls to helplines since the Government’s lockdown was announced

April 2020
Update regarding Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Government issues fourth guidance update on Furlough Job Retention Scheme

April 2020
Protected Trees - Ignore at Great Cost!

Local planning authorities have power to make a TPO to protect any tree, group of trees or woodland where it is “in the interests of amenity”.

April 2020
What is a Building for Planning Purposes?

Three recent planning cases consider what is a building for the purposes of planning.

April 2020
RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

Health & Safety Executive releases guidance for employers on RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

April 2020
Should I convert my partnership into an LLP?

Why a Limited Liability Partnership is becoming an attractive legal structure

April 2020
Winding Up Hearings back up and running

Back to business as normal in the Insolvency and Companies Court

April 2020
Bear Traps in Permitted Development and Prior Approval

GPDO sets out a number of classes and types of development which do not require planning permission

April 2020
Employment Legislation Changes

Key changes to employment law coming into force in April 2020

April 2020
Employers - some good news!

Morrisons v Various Claimants

April 2020
COVID-19 and Data Protection

Coronavirus email scams rife with cybercriminals preying on mounting virus concerns to extort information

April 2020
Are you Winding me up?

The impact of the Coronavirus on Winding Up Petitions

April 2020
When family situations get sticky, talk to us

How are you coping with being at home with your family while the whole country is on lockdown?

April 2020
Covid-19: Companies House and HMRC Filings

HMRC and Companies House implement a number of key changes to be aware for the filing of information

March 2020
HMRC publish guidance on statutory residence test

Guidance for non-UK residents considers circumstances considered ‘exceptional’ under the Statutory Residence Test during the COVID-19 outbreak

March 2020
Coronavirus Act 2020

The implications for the recovery possession of rented properties

March 2020
COVID-19 and conveyancing transactions

Conveyancing process in current climate likely to present many difficulties for buyers and sellers.

March 2020
COVID-19 and the impact on commercial leases

How COVID-19 is, and may in the future, affect commercial leases

March 2020
Charities and Fundraising Activities

Social distancing and self isolation make it difficult for charities to proactively fundraise and hold fundraising events as a result of the current pandemic

March 2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus): a Force Majeure Event?

Organisations may need to consider the force majeure clause in a contract

March 2020
Charity Commission revises initial Coronavirus Guidance

Guidance revised after facing criticism for adding unnecessary pressure to charities and their trustees

March 2020
Government announces Coronavirus plans for the Rental Sector

Emergency legislation introduced for the rental (private and social) sector in response to Coronavirus

March 2020
Charity Commission launches new Safeguarding Portal

Portal recommends that charities should refer any safeguarding concerns to a named person within their charity as a first port of call

March 2020
No physical Employment Tribunal hearings from Monday

Covid-19 halts Employment Tribunal hearings from Monday 23 March until further notice.

March 2020
School closures: what are my options?

What effect will school closures have on your employees' ability to work?

March 2020
IR35 tax reforms delayed due to coronavirus pandemic

Contractors welcome government announcement of IR35 tax reforms delay

March 2020
Charity Trustees: taking urgent decisions and meetings

Trustees facing difficult decision-making over the coming months with regard to vital services and the knock-on effect

March 2020
Coronavirus - Spring Budget 2020 Impact on Small Businesses

Government to reimburse the cost of statutory sick pay that businesses with up to 250 employees pay to workers who are self-isolating.

March 2020
Understanding Lasting Powers Of Attorney and the benefits of having them

Lasting Powers of Attorney for Health & Welfare and Property & Financial Affairs

March 2020
Piggery to penthouse: permitted development prohibited

Recent case concerning conversion of a piggery into a dwelling house raises question of whether planning permission is actually required

March 2020
Changes to CGT - Reporting and Payment : Effective 06/04/2020

HMRC introduce new rules from 6 April 2020 in respect of reporting Capital Gains and paying Capital Gains Tax

March 2020
RICS Lease Code 2020 for Leasing Business Premises

The Royal Instruction of Chartered Surveyors launches the Lease Code 2020

February 2020
Carry on Camping (Pods)?

Planning Inspectorate decision highlights that camping pods can't always be treated as equivalent to tents, caravans and mobile homes on holiday campsites

February 2020
Unexpected legal consequences for cohabiting couples

Contentious probate matters can arise between cohabiting couples and families

February 2020
Should we immunise our child and what if we can’t agree?

To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate against common childhood illnesses?

February 2020
Settlement: it’s not a sign of weakness!

Why you should give serious consideration to settling your dispute

February 2020
Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations 2020

Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations 2020 and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (General) Regulations 2020 in force from 6 April 2020

January 2020
Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Overwhelming need for action on harassment in the workplace as increase in sex discrimination claims continues

January 2020
Veganism is a philosophical belief

Recent employment tribunal’s decision rules that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and is therefore protected by the Equality Act

January 2020
Protecting your Organisation’s Trade Mark(s) Abroad

Why you should seek to register your organisation’s trade mark(s) in all countries in which they are used?

January 2020
Tesco withdraws Christmas cards from sale after forced labour claims

Tesco halts production at the factory and launches an on-site investigation

January 2020
Employment Case Law Update

Employment Status - Workers and Substitution Clauses

January 2020
Blessed are the cheesemakers?

Babybel makers lose trade mark appeal in dispute with Sainsbury’s

December 2019
Will you marry me ... or enter into a civil partnership?

Opposite sex couples permitted to enter into a civil partnership as an alternative to marriage

December 2019
Why register the title to your property at the Land Registry?

Only 87% of land and property in the UK is registered at the Land Registry

December 2019
Coming to grips with parenting after parting ways

Legal Expert column for the York Press on behalf of the Law Society

November 2019
Tackling domestic abuse at home and abroad

Statistics released by the ONS showed that almost 2.5 million people in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse last year

November 2019
Munchkins, Shnuggles…and Trunkis?

Controversial Registered Design decision continues to echo in the developing case law

November 2019
Stress Awareness in the Workplace

Employers have a ‘duty of care’ towards all employees which includes taking measures to prevent them suffering from excessive stress in their jobs

November 2019
“Broad” EU trade mark specifications get a kick in European Court

Trade Marks (both UK and EU marks) are registered against a “specification” within a class of goods and services

October 2019
Ipekçi v McConnell - How to get a Pre Nup so very wrong!

Recent Family Court decision highlights the implications of getting a Prenuptial Agreement wrong.

October 2019
Partnerships - the importance of keeping the Land Registry title documents up to date

Partnerships often use property assets for their business whether they own the freehold interest or are a tenant under a lease.

September 2019
Oral Right of Way case decided by the Courts

Courts held a Right of Way was not extinguished despite oral agreement to the contrary by previous landowner

September 2019
End to Pooling Restriction

Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2019 come into force on 1 September 2019

September 2019
European Champions seek to register “LIVERPOOL” as a Trade Mark in the UK

Liverpool Football Club files two applications with the IPO to register word mark “LIVERPOOL”

September 2019
Clarification on the powers of local planning authorities

Power for Council to extend the deadline for prior approval applications rejected in recent High Court Decision

August 2019
An update on post-GDPR cookie compliance

Clarification from the Information Commissioner’s Office

August 2019
Environmental net gain, a step towards legislation

Response to proposals for a mandatory bidoversity net gain for housing and commercial development in England published

August 2019
Planning to create space for beauty?

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission has now published its interim report: “Creating Space for Beauty”

August 2019
Cohabitation law reform - an update

Modernising the law relating to cohabitants next item on the government’s family law reform agenda?

July 2019
ACAS 2018/2019 Annual Report

Statistics highlight the upward trend of employees pursuing employment tribunal claims since the abolition of fees

July 2019
The Importance of Holidays

The importance and benefits of taking your full holiday entitlement

July 2019
Are the old ways always the best ways?

Court of Appeal determine yet another case of Proprietary Estoppel.

July 2019
Another reason why having a will is so important

A well drafted Will can dictate the devolution of the assets and property in an estate in the event of a family dispute

July 2019
Settlement Agreements - What you need to know

How to negotiate a settlement agreement and what to do next

July 2019
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Below are some of Rollits' most recent media releases.

These pages provide direct links to the website profiles of the lawyers mentioned in relation to each release where appropriate.

Employment webinar will respond to rising number of redundancy questions

Webinar looks at issues including the requirement to consult, redundancy pools, redundancy payments and appeals.

June 2020
Rollits collaborates with charity to promote wellbeing under lockdown

Technology helps the firm to collaborate with local mental health charity to work together on wellbeing in the workplace.

June 2020
Rollits launches Business Response Team to help organisations emerge from current pandemic crisis

Dedicated support team created to lead businesses to recovery from the impact of the coronavirus.

June 2020
Rollits rewards four of its team with promotions

Rollits has announced a series of promotions of specialists working across a range of the firm’s legal services.

May 2020
Rollits advises on update to guidance on coronavirus in the workplace

Employers advised to be aware of Government guidance on illness and death of employees linked with exposure to coronavirus in the workplace.

April 2020
Rollits racks up donations for Charity Partners

Rollits hands over proceeds of double charity drive

April 2020
Covid-19 Statement

We are still fully operational and here to help

March 2020
Leading law firm’s flying start to the year as it shares its 2020 Vision

2020 Vision campaign pivotal in evolving and refining Rollits services and brand

February 2020
Rollits Recruit New Property Solicitor

Rollits strenghtens commercial property team with new solicitor appointment

February 2020
Rollits hires senior specialist property lawyer

Rollits has appointed leading property lawyer Lynne Webster to its existing team of property law experts.

November 2019
Rollits highly recommended in independent law publication

Raft of top-tier recommendations and Leading Lawyer listings in The UK Legal 500 2019

October 2019
Rollits Continued Expansion

Firm recruits two NQ Solicitors

October 2019
Rollits Recruit Senior Lawyer To Private Client Team

Rollits has appointed a new associate to its York-based private client team

September 2019
What does it mean to be free?

Every day somewhere in the UK someone is trapped as a victim of Modern Slavery.

August 2019
Rollits act as lead Corporate advisors to FTSE 250 listed company

Multi-disciplinary team advise Cranswick plc on acquisition of Katsouris Brothers

August 2019
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Rollits organises seminars and events throughout the year. Limited places are available for people wishing to attend and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that we reserve the right not to send seminar information to any person or accept any booking

Necessity is the mother of invention

Douglas Oliver muses over the need for companies to change and adapt in times of adversity

June 2020
Ancient & Modern

Andrew Digwood reflects on the opportunities for the growing tech / innovation sector in York

June 2020
Speaking of collaboration

The lost art of speaking, just pick up the phone!

May 2020
In the Spotlight - Sophie Wheeldon

What is the best piece of advice Sophie has received so far in her career?

May 2020
In the Spotlight - Donna Ashbridge

Guess what’s Donna’s favourite film?

May 2020
In the Spotlight - Gareth Orriss

Find out what's Gareth's most treasured possession

May 2020
In the Spotlight - Emma Fawke

What is Emma's favourite holiday destination?

May 2020
Keeping in contact - we need to be creative

In times of crisis, its time to talk!

April 2020