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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
New Law Journal - Mind the GDPR: a year on

The impact of the GDPR one year on from it's implementation

June 2019
Private Client Focus

Legal newsletter including articles on Lasting Powers of Attorney, probate fees and an essential guide to buying a house.

May 2019
Charity Law Update

Legal newsletter including articles on safeguarding governance, non-primary purpose trading and charity trustees' duties

February 2019
Planning Law and Policy

Legal newsletter including articles on the Community Infrastructure Levy, Permitted Development Rights, Ag tags and a planning policy update

February 2019
Regulatory Review

Legal newsletter including articles on director's duties, GDPR, food safety, H&S sentencing guidelines & motoring offences

November 2018
Employment Law Update

Legal newsletter including articles on TUPE, whistleblowing, harassment, vicarious liability & discrimination

November 2018
Education Focus December 2017
Education Focus December 2016
Planning Focus December 2015
Construction Focus November 2015
Education Focus November 2015
Charities Focus October 2015
Renewables Focus January 2015
Education Focus November 2014
Family Focus April 2014
Food Group Focus February 2014
Education Focus December 2013
Motor Focus March 2013
Charities Focus January 2013
Education Focus December 2012
Food Group Focus October 2012
Education Focus February 2012
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Time’s up?

Measures to protect Tenant’s from the impact of Covid-19 due to expire

September 2020
What is it with Great Crested Newts?

Planning system to change bringing a radical new approach to how the government proposes to protect and encourage biodiversity

August 2020
Supreme Court Judgment on Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Supreme Court issues Judgment in relation to the CIFF charity law case

August 2020
Biodiversity Net Gain and the Environment Bill. Where we are now?

Environment Bill reaches the stage of the Public Bill Committee, scheduled to report by Tuesday 29 September 2020

August 2020
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
Considering Curtilage

A recent Planning Inspectorate case has highlighted ‘curtilages’ as another peculiarity of planning in the context of permitted development

July 2019
The pitfalls of an iconic design

How Porsche lost design right battle over the 911

June 2019
2019 changes to Permitted Development Rights now in force

Amendments to the permitted development rights regime contained in the GPDO came into effect in May 2019

June 2019
After Grenfell, a move towards policy and legislative change?

Government consults on Hackitt response

June 2019
Gated communities, a planning balancing act

Recent Planning Inspectorate decision highlights the fundamental issue in development of gated communities

June 2019
Post employment Grievances

Recent case demonstrates that post-employment grievances cannot be ignored

June 2019
Time to reform our outdated Surrogacy Laws?

Law Commission of England and Wales and Scottish Law Commission announce that current laws in relation to surrogacy are outdated and require reform

June 2019
Is there any point in getting married?

An article which explores the pros and cons of marriage as against other forms of relationships.

June 2019
Letting out space in your commercial property

How to avoid potential disputes when renting out space in your commercial property to a third party occupier

June 2019
When mitigation matters … timing and the Habitats Directive

When should mitigation measures be taken into account in the planning process?

June 2019
Undoing Agricultural Ties

Recent Planning Inspectorate Appeal Decision highlights what applicants need to do to remove such condition

May 2019
Out-of-Court appointments of Administrators

E-filing of Notice of Appointment of Administrator: can it be done “Out of Hours”?

April 2019
The Benefits of Working Together

Focusing on children's needs as opposed to past differences to help children feel safe and secure

April 2019
The importance of reputation and values when negotiating s.106 agreements?

The wider reputational impact of the final negotiated agreement must be considered when negotiating planning obligations

April 2019
Sun, Sand and a whole heap of disagreement ...

The legal implications of separated parents taking children on holiday abroad and some practical considerations

April 2019
Will the Brexit divorce affect my separation? - an update

In January the EU published it’s own guidance on the impact on a “no deal” scenario on civil and commercial matters, which includes family law

April 2019
The opposite of an annexe …

Converting flats back into a single planning unit

April 2019
Brexit may frustrate you, but will it frustrate a contract?

The commercial implications of Brexit on commercial contracts will ultimately be determined by the terms upon which we leave the EU

March 2019
How much for the rooftop space?

2017 Electronic Communications Code introduces changes to the way operators may use statutory rights to install electronic communication apparatus on land.

March 2019
The Pitfalls of Positive Discrimination

Going beyond the remit of acceptable measures in applying positive action.

March 2019
Martin v Martin ... in the spotlight again!

Court of Appeal considers what to do with shareholdings in private limited companies when a marriage ends

March 2019
EU Trade Marks after Brexit

EUTM owners should - where the UK is a key territory - take steps to review what protection they currently have in the UK

March 2019
Telephone kiosk with digital advertisement panel not permitted development

Telephone kiosk with digital advertisement panel not permitted development

February 2019
Planning appeal inquiries independent review: final report published

The Rosewell Review report into Planning Appeal Inquiries concludes that active case management could halve the time from lodging an appeal to a decision

February 2019
Villages, Hamlets and Estate Agents’ windows

When is a village not a village? And when is a window a ‘window display’?

February 2019
Settling workplace disputes - “the NDA”

The use of non-disclosure agreements in cases of alleged sexual and/or racial harassments in the workplace.

February 2019
Did You Get Engaged on Valentine’s Day?

If you got engaged on Valentine’s Day you might want to think about the legal and financial implications of getting married

February 2019
Reforming water regulation: the Government consults

Latest consultation introduces proposals to improve long-term planning for water resources and drainage

February 2019
Is Age Discrimination on the rise?

Age discrimination occurs when an employee is treated less favourably because of their age

February 2019
The Chief Planning Officer writes …

Integrating the latest changes to Appropriate Assessments and a new prize for community supported design

February 2019
Reform of Residential Lease Extension Rules and Procedure Set for 2019

Law Commission publishes proposals for reform of residential lease extensions for flats and houses to promote transparency and fairness

January 2019
Water Infrastructure: new definitions amend the Planning Act 2008

Latest consultation on the new National Policy Statement published last November

January 2019
The 10 day Notice of Appointment Moratorium: When does the bell toll?

When does the 10 day moratorium expire following an NOI procedure?

January 2019
When is an annexe not an annexe? The Planning Inspectorate considers.

Recent case revisits when an annexe is not an annexe (or at least, not a separate planning unit)

January 2019
A hole lot of trouble - Nestlé takes action against vape brands

A reminder that registered marks can be protected against unauthorised third party use, even outside the classes for which they are registered

January 2019
CIL consultation

Further reforms to developer contributions: a new consultation on the Community Infrastructure Levy

January 2019
Happy New Year - did you have a good Christmas?

A surge of couples seeking a divorce is not unusual after the strain of the Christmas holidays.

January 2019
Can planning achieve more development AND more biodiversity?

Achieving more development AND more biodiversity? The government consults.

December 2018
Draft NPS for water resources infrastructure published

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs publishes further consultation

December 2018
Flavour of the month

Hard cheese for soft cheese maker with CJEU ruling

December 2018
Criminal Prosecution by the ICO

First prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 by the Information Commissioner’s Office

December 2018
Is there such a thing as a good divorce?

Rollits are proud to support Resolution’s campaign for no-fault divorce.

November 2018
Smart cities and integrated transport

… time for planning to step up to the challenge?

November 2018
Lease v licence?

It’s not always about what it says on the tin when it comes to lease v licence!

November 2018
Marital Agreements September 2018
Mills v Mills July 2018
Oxfam Scandal February 2018
Selling their soles February 2018
A Christmas treat December 2017
Attack The Block! December 2017
Vaping at work August 2017
The Right to Rent January 2017
Spaced out? November 2016
An Unsung Hero April 2016
Unfair Dismissal January 2016
Mixed Messages! October 2015
The New Part 36 February 2015
Holiday Pay January 2015
One out, all out! December 2014
Holiday Blues November 2014
Fair Game March 2014
Defamation Act 2013 December 2013
Fair Deal 2013 November 2013
Fit for Purpose? August 2012
Tribunal Fees July 2012
Restricting Fraud February 2012
Failure to Mediate February 2012
The Big Society December 2010
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Rollits appoints new trainee solicitor

Former Longcroft School pupil joins Rollits as a Trainee Solicitor

September 2020
Rollits Associate steps up with qualification

Suzgo Kaluluma qualifies as a member of STEP

July 2020
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
Rollits Partner appointed as the new President of York Chamber

Andrew Digwood succeeds Bridget Meynell from Minster FM with Laurence Beardmore as his Vice President

July 2019
Rollits advise on sale of Harrogate Fudge Firm

Harrogate-based Confection by Design sold to NIC Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orkla Food Ingredients

July 2019
Rollits continue their support of Hull Truck Theatre

Partnership allows Rollits to play a small part in helping Hull Truck to deliver great theatre.

June 2019
Retaining East Yorkshire’s Legal Talent

Rollits makes three new promotions

May 2019
Our wellbeing is a journey, not a destination

Wellbeing Week takes place at Rollits as we continue to nurture and support staff

May 2019
Rollits expands employment law team with new recruit

Leading Yorkshire law firm Rollits has expanded its employment law team with the appointment of newly qualified solicitor Nilu Love

March 2019
RTPI recognition for planning lawyer Libby

Professional recognition from the Royal Town Planning Institute for Libby Clarkson

February 2019
Rollits Celebrate Charitable Milestone with Dove House Hospice

Rollits support local Hull charity Dove House with £2660 raised from charitable activities in 2018

February 2019
Top Marks for Sarah September 2017
A family affair! November 2016
A Moth For Amy April 2016
On the Move! October 2015
Power of four April 2014
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