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Law firms could benefit more from female legal talent



In October 2014, the Black Solicitors Network’s annual diversity survey revealed that of just 25.4% of Partners in the firms taking part were women, despite the fact that almost half of all solicitors on the Roll are women. For many female lawyers, Partnership can seem unattainable, regardless of talent, dedication and commitment. The statistics tell a woeful tale of women ...
 
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Overtime holiday pay: Are you affected?



There have been a number of recent landmark cases in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on the inclusion of overtime in holiday pay calculations, which could have serious implications for thousands of firms across the UK. In these cases, lawyers for the employees have put forward claims for unlawful deduction of wages, arguing that holiday pay should be calculated based on average pay including non-guaranteed ...
 
Solicitor Amarpal Singh

Wakefield police cautions pilot: New sanctions come into effect today



By Amarpal Singh From today (24 November 2014) police cautions will be replaced by a ‘tougher’ range of sanctions for minor offences, in a pilot scheme starting with the Wakefield area. If successful, the two new sanctions will eventually replace adult police cautions entirely across England and Wales. Police cautions are formal warnings given by the police when a person admits to ...
 
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Child Abuse department scores hat trick at national PI Awards



Child abuse claims Solicitor, David Greenwood and his team are celebrating after achieving a hat trick of wins at the Personal Injury Awards 2014. The specialist claims department succeeded in all three of the categories for which they had been shortlisted. The Personal Injury Awards held this year on 12 November in London recognises the most talented and dedicated professionals working in ...
 
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House buying as a couple – it’s a question of ownership



By Angela Higgins Buying a property is nearly always the biggest purchase anyone will make in their lifetime. However, whilst home-buyers may spend weeks or even months choosing a property, often relatively little thought will be put into how that property is owned. Whenever a house is bought in the names of two or more people, they will need to decide what will happen ...
 
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Partners entitled to unpaid leave for antenatal appointments



By Lewis Holroyd Since 1st October 2014, expectant fathers or the partner (including same sex) of a pregnant woman have the right to take unpaid leave from work to attend antenatal appointments with their partner. An employee whose partner is pregnant may take time off to attend up to 2 antenatal appointments, with the time allowed for each appointment being capped ...
 
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Clinical Negligence team plan programme of exciting fundraising events



The Clinical Negligence department have been busy putting together an exciting programme of events to raise money for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. On Tuesday 4th November, the team will be holding a bake sale and fancy dress event for the whole firm. Staff members will be encouraged to dress up (or down) for a small donation to the hospice ...
 
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Wakefield and Pontefract lawyers take part in Will Aid this November



The Wills and Trusts lawyers at Switalskis’ Pontefract and Wakefield branches are pleased to announce that they will be taking part in Will Aid in November 2014. Throughout the month, participating Solicitors write basic wills for clients but instead of charging their usual fees, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation of an equivalent amount to Will Aid. Will Aid then distribute ...
 
Paralegal Lewis Holroyd

New national minimum wage rates come into effect



By Lewis Holroyd From 1 October 2014, the following minimum wage rates came into effect: For employees aged 21 years old and over the rate increased from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour The rate for 18-20 year olds increased from £5.03 to £5.13. The rate for 16-17 year olds increased from £3.72 to £3.79. The apprentice rate increased from £2.68 ...
 
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Child Abuse Law team win at Yorkshire Legal Awards



We are delighted to announce that the Child Abuse Law team at Switalskis Solicitors has won the Dispute Resolution award in the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2014! On Thursday 16th October the Yorkshire Legal Awards were announced at the Royal Armouries New Dock Hall in Leeds. Two of Switalskis specialist legal teams were up for awards: the Residential Conveyancing department was ...