Monday, 18 July 2016

Lawyers celebrate national award win

Commercial law specialists at a Telford legal firm have won a high profile national award that recognises their expertise and professional approach.

The team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford, scooped the title in the latest Mergers & Acquisitions Awards where they won the Excellence in Disposal of Business Assets category.

Eliot Hibbert, who leads the team said they were extremely proud of their success and of the recognition on a national stage that the award had created.

“Mergers and acquisitions are key when it comes to success in the world of business, and to have received an award in such an important area of the industry is excellent news for everyone at Martin-Kaye.

“The M&A Awards recognise the achievements of dealmakers, management teams, financiers and professional advisers who, over the last 12 months, have demonstrated excellence in their deal making. We’re very honoured to have been chosen for this title, and to have won the award against some extremely tough competition.”

Eliot’s Corporate Commercial team specialise in all areas of corporate law and commercial contracts in tandem with other wide ranging commercial matters including commercial property and agricultural issues.

Director of the 2016 M&A Awards, Elizabeth Moore, said: “We were delighted with the volume of nominations received for this year’s awards. It’s always a proud time to see how firms all over the world have developed and grown.”

She said mergers and acquisitions was one of the most buoyant markets and the judges had chosen an elite group of winners to be acknowledged for their impressive performance over the past 12 months.
Other winners this year include RBS Invoice Finance, Bureau van Dijk, iMedX, MoneySoft Inc, and Grant Thornton.

Pic: Celebrating their award are, from left, Eliot Hibbert, Jagdeep Kandola, Graham Davies, Anneka Sohal, and Andrew Oranjuik

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Go-ahead given to challenge mother-in-law's will

A divorced husband has been given permission to challenge his former mother-in-law’s will, and a Telford solicitor has welcomed the decision.

Mohammed Ahsan, of Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Telford, said the ruling by the Court of Appeal was a fair and just result.

The case involved a divorced husband who wanted to challenge the will as he claimed it had been forged in a bid to thwart the findings of his divorce proceedings.

“As part of their divorce settlement, the man’s wife had agreed that if she inherited more than £100,000 from her mother, anything over the £100,000 would be split equally between them.

“But after the mother died, she left £100,000 to the man’s wife, and the balance of the estate (around £150,000) was left to the wife’s children.”

When the husband initially tried to challenge the will, the courts ruled that the husband had no right to put in a claim.

And in the Court of Appeal, the wife’s solicitor said the only people who could challenge a will were those who had the right to administer the estate. But since the husband was not an executor and was not entitled to a share, he was not able to bring the claim.

“But the court said that cases like this must be dealt with justly and that the husband should be able to bring a probate claim to have the will dismissed,” said Ahsan.

“He said that if the case had been a general legal matter, rather than a probate case, it would have been obvious the husband would have had a right to make the claim. The judge said the man was not a mere busybody and that he had a real interest in challenging the validity of the will.

“The court said it would have been highly unjust if, for example, a will had been forged in an attempt to get round an order made as part of divorce proceedings, that the person affected could not challenge the will.

“It’s clear in this case that the husband can now press ahead with challenging the will in order to try to secure the payout he believes is rightfully his – a victory for common sense and a case that will be interesting to follow as it progresses.”

Monday, 11 July 2016

Gemma joins the employment law team

A Shropshire legal firm has welcomed a new employment law specialist to their team who has returned to her county roots.

Gemma Workman was raised in Shropshire but completed her legal training in the south east of England.

Now, with five years’ experience of working in the world of employment law, she has returned to her home county and joined the employment law team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford.

“I have advised both employers and employees on all kinds of topics including all aspects of the tribunal process including advocacy at hearings, and drafting and advising on legal documents,” said Gemma.

“I’ve also advised on settlement agreements and contracts of employment, and I’m very pleased to be joining such a forward-thinking and progressive legal firm. Martin-Kaye has an excellent reputation for delivering the very best advice at cost-effective rates, and my aim is to provide solutions for my clients that really do make a difference.”

Gemma’s role involves advising existing clients on a wide range of employment matters as part of Martin-Kaye’s Alpha service, which offers employment and HR support to businesses all over the UK.

“I particularly like the way the departments at Martin-Kaye work together and the fact that the firm believes in the value of face-to-face advice.”

John Mehtam, who leads the employment team, said: “We’re very pleased to have someone with Gemma’s experience joining our team, and we’re looking forward to the knowledge and skills she will bring to our department.”

Pic: Gemma Workman is the new employment solicitor at Martin-Kaye in Telford

Monday, 20 June 2016

Oswestry seminar is a great success

Experts from a Shropshire legal firm have hailed their first ever Oswestry event as a great success.

The team from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford, regularly runs employment law seminars all over the Midlands and beyond.

And as a direct response to interest from companies in the Oswestry area, they took their Top 10 Employment Blunders event to the town.

Held at The Lion Quays, the event was open to employers from all kinds of businesses, and delegates said they were impressed with the presentations and the information they heard.

Martin-Kaye’s Employment Law specialist, John Mehtam, hosted the event and shared advice on how to tackle some of the most common workplace and HR issues, as well as how to avoid them.

“We were very pleased with the positive response we received from our delegates – and despite the event taking place on the day of the much-anticipated England v Wales match in the European Football Championships, there was a great turnout,” said John.

“As with our other seminars, we took the view that a short sharp lunchtime event would be the most popular format for busy employers, and we gave presentations that are designed to get right to the point to help employers learn from the mistakes others have made.”

The seminar covered a variety of tricky areas including sickness absence, dismissals and poor employee performance.

“This was the first time we’ve held an employment law seminar in the Oswestry area and we’d like to thank the local businesses who showed such an interest in the advice we had to offer.”

Martin-Kaye Solicitors has also previously held employment law seminars in Telford, Shrewsbury, West Bromwich and Wales.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Is your air conditioning sexist?

Employees in the workplace often find themselves in a battle of the sexes when it comes to the optimum temperature they prefer to work in – and it seems there’s a good reason why.

John Mehtam, employment law specialist at Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Telford, said it was all down to the company’s air conditioning systems.

“Scientists have published research that shows air conditioning units are actually designed to suit the body temperature and metabolism of men. In fact, the 1960s model on which modern air conditioning still operates is based on a 40-year-old 11-stone male.

“But due to the different metabolic rates of men and women, there’s a real difference in preferred working temperatures of up to 4 degrees Celsius, which really is a noticeable amount.

“And given the workplace politics and arguments that often crop up over the settings of the air conditioning, it’s clear that employers should bear these statistics in mind.”

John said workplace temperatures were covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

“These rules don’t specify a legal requirement on minimum or maximum temperatures in the workplace, but they say that the temperature should provide ‘reasonable comfort’. Guidance suggests this means the office temperature should be at least 16 degrees Celsius, but no specific maximum temperature is mentioned.

“So even though there will inevitably be disagreements over the temperature of a workplace – which may be fuelled by potentially sexist air conditioning units – as an employer, you only have to ensure a “reasonable” temperature.

“But you should make sure you don’t ignore any complaints about temperature either, particularly if some employees may be affected more than others, such as anyone who is elderly or pregnant.

“Taking some sensible measures, such as supplying plenty of drinking water and increasing ventilation where possible, will be more than sufficient to ensure that you are meeting your obligations.”

Friday, 27 May 2016

Oswestry visit is a first for legal firm

Experts from a Shropshire legal firm are to hold their first ever employment law seminar in Oswestry.

The team from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford, are once again taking their Top 10 Employment Blunders event on the road after successful presentations in Shrewsbury, West Bromwich and Wales.

It will take place on Thursday, June 16, at the Lion Quays in Oswestry, from 12noon to 2pm.

Hosted by the company’s Employment Law specialist, John Mehtam, the event is open to employers from all kinds of businesses, and with such a positive response in other areas, the law firm is expecting a capacity audience.

“The aim of the event is to share with employers the best ways to tackle some of the most common workplace and HR issues and, more importantly, how to avoid them and protect your business,” said John.

“Tripping up when it comes to employment law isn’t an option, but keeping up-to-date with ever-changing legislation is practically impossible for employers who are already battling with a packed schedule.

“So our short sharp lunchtime seminars are designed to get right to the point with our team setting the record straight and helping employers to learn from the mistakes others have made. Our advice sets out the right way to tackle any employment law issues and the ways employers can avoid falling into the most common traps.”

The seminar will cover a variety of tricky areas including sickness absence, dismissals and poor employee performance.

“This will be the first time we’ve held an employment law seminar in Oswestry, but we decided to organise the event as a direct result of client interest in that area,” said John.

“The seminar is the latest in our ongoing series of similar advice presentations, and we’re looking forward to meeting businesses from the Oswestry area and beyond.”

Numbers for the presentation are strictly limited so employers will need to reserve a place by contacting June Noto on 01952 525951, or email

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Seminar success in West Bromwich

Our latest Top 10 Employment Blunders seminar has been hailed a great success after more than 30 employers attended.

The event took place at The Park Inn, in West Bromwich, and was hosted by our Employment Law specialist, John Mehtam.

John shared his advice for employers about how to tackle some of the most common workplace and HR issues - and, more importantly, how to avoid them and protect your business.

Employers from a wide range of businesses attended and they were full of praise for the advice they received:

"Very clear, concise and 'human', with common sense approach in clear language"
"Very informative and John best as always"
"John Mehtam makes the whole presentation smooth, seamless and easily understood"
"Good understanding of presentation, extremely useful"

Here's a glimpse of the event as it happened:
Paul Basil (Business Tank), Graham Davies (Martin-Kaye), Mak Ghattaura CBE (Polypack Polythene Ltd) David Norris (DW Associates)

Anneka Sohal (Martin-Kaye), Amrik Singh (Vibrant Networks), Jade Keval (Angel Commercial Brokers), Amarjit Dhadwal (Luckmans Accountants)
Question time at the seminar with employees taking an active part in the event
Amrik Singh (Vibrant Networks), Amarjit Dhadwal (Luckmans Accountants), John Mehtam (Martin-Kaye), Rakesh Saini (Martin-Kaye)
Enjoying the day are Dipak Shelat (DDM Asset Management Ltd) and John Mehtam (Martin-Kaye)