Wednesday, 19 July 2006

New Partnership at Martin-Kaye

A Shropshire law firm has named a new Partner as part of an ongoing major restructure.

Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Euston Way, Telford, is celebrating its 21st year in business, and has marked the anniversary with a move to multi-million pound new premises

Now Nadia Davis, who leads the Family Team, has been named as a new Partner at the firm, as part of the new-look organisation.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have been made a Partner, and to have the opportunity to play a part in the future plans of one of the most dynamic and fastest growing businesses in the area," said Nadia.

"I'm also proud for my team as the news shows their hard work and specialist skills have been recognised by the firm as an important element in its long-term strategy."

Nadia trained and qualified as a solicitor with Herbert Wilkes (now The Wilkes Partnership) in Birmingham, which is one of the largest commercial firms in the city.

"I then decided to specialise in Family and Matrimonial work, and moved to Brendan Fleming in Birmingham, where I managed one of their branch offices. I joined Martin-Kaye in 1999 as head of the Family Team, and was made an Associate in 2002.

"During the time I have been with the firm, the type of work we are involved in has become more and more specialised.

"We now have a very high level of expertise in dealing with financial settlements alongside divorce, and are regularly dealing with large assets and complex financial matters involving businesses and family trusts."

Senior Partner, Graham Davies, said Nadia had been named a Partner after showing commitment and dedication which set the Family Team apart from other practices.

"Nadia has shown great leadership in her role as head of the Family Team, and we are sure her skills and expertise will prove invaluable in helping us to shape the services we offer in the future."

Redundancies on the rise

A Telford solicitor has warned that more and more companies are facing the dilemma of staff redundancies.

John Mehtam, the Employment Law specialist, at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Euston Way, Telford, said the past six months had seen a dramatic increase in the number of workers being laid off.

“Even this week, there have been two major announcements in Telford, with almost 500 civil servants losing their jobs at the Defence Logistics Organisation in Sapphire House, and over 100 jobs going at British Sugar in Allscott.

“And these decisions echo the worrying trend we have seen in other local companies, particularly in the manufacturing sector where redundancies are becoming much more common.”

John said employers facing tough decisions must take care though, as there were a number of pitfalls they could encounter, which could lead to costly tribunal claims.

“Any companies currently considering redundancies, restructuring or down-sizing their operation must ensure they consult their staff fully at every step in the process.

“It’s also important to use a fair selection policy when it comes to choosing who will lose their job - consider a last in, first out policy, or assess each candidate against a series of requirements and award them points for their relevant skills.

“You should also consider all the alternatives before you decide to announce redundancies. Maybe you could reduce staff hours, redeploy a number of employees, or even introduce temporary lay-offs.

“But if you really do have no other option, make sure you follow the strict statutory dismissal rules, and keep a detailed paper trail of all your actions.

“Take legal advice at the earliest opportunity, and this should help you to avoid the dangers during what is always an extremely stressful time for both employees and employers.”

Wednesday, 5 July 2006

Redundancies on the rise

A Telford solicitor has warned that more and more companies are facing the dilemma of staff redundancies.

John Mehtam, the Employment Law specialist, at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Euston Way, Telford, said the past six months had seen a dramatic increase in the number of workers being laid off.

“Even this week, there have been two major announcements in Telford, with almost 500 civil servants losing their jobs at the Defence Logistics Organisation in Sapphire House, and over 100 jobs going at British Sugar in Allscott.

“And these decisions echo the worrying trend we have seen in other local companies, particularly in the manufacturing sector where redundancies are becoming much more common.”

John said employers facing tough decisions must take care though, as there were a number of pitfalls they could encounter, which could lead to costly tribunal claims.

“Any companies currently considering redundancies, restructuring or down-sizing their operation must ensure they consult their staff fully at every step in the process.

“It’s also important to use a fair selection policy when it comes to choosing who will lose their job - consider a last in, first out policy, or assess each candidate against a series of requirements and award them points for their relevant skills.

“You should also consider all the alternatives before you decide to announce redundancies. Maybe you could reduce staff hours, redeploy a number of employees, or even introduce temporary lay-offs.

“But if you really do have no other option, make sure you follow the strict statutory dismissal rules, and keep a detailed paper trail of all your actions.

“Take legal advice at the earliest opportunity, and this should help you to avoid the dangers during what is always an extremely stressful time for both employees and employers.”

Saturday, 1 July 2006

Newsletter Number 13

Issue 12 Front CoverIssue 13
We're almost there

Work on our new £3 million purpose-built offices at Euston Way is almost complete, and the exciting prospect of a new home is looming.

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