Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Joining forces for charity

We joined forces with two other Shropshire companies to raise more than £4,000 for a local charity.

With the Royal Bank of Scotland and Whittingham Riddell Accountants, both from Shrewsbury, Martin-Kaye Solicitors hosted a charity ball in aid of the County Air Ambulance at The Albright Hussey, in Shrewsbury.

We were very pleased to welcome so many people, and everyone was extremely generous which meant we raised £4,246 altogether.

An official presentation will now be organised to hand the money raised over to the Shropshire County Air Ambulance appeal.

Pic: Organisers of the charity ball were, from left, Phil Bowd from Whittingham Riddell, Sarah Heath from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, and Trevor Edge from the Royal Bank of Scotland

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Alpha launch success



More than 40 companies attended the launch of our new business protection scheme in Telford which is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Senior Partner, Graham Davies, said: "The response has been excellent, and Alpha was extremely well received at our official launch.

"The project has proved to be a very attractive proposition for a whole host of businesses and we’re looking forward to working with companies from all over the region."

Alpha is a comprehensive 24-hour business support package with particular emphasis on employment and Human Resources support – the scheme also provides insurance protection against claims.
The aim is to provide businesses with their own personal legal team, backed up by an insurance policy that protects them in the complex world of employment law.
The all-in-one package offers face-to-face legal advice and assistance with HR policies and practices, and also entitles businesses to a legal expenses insurance against fees, costs and tribunal awards.
Companies will also receive legal representation at any employment tribunal, monthly legal updates by email, in-house training workshops, and have access to a full range of discounted legal services for their business and their employees.
For more information about the Alpha project, email
alpha@martinkaye.co.uk

Pic: At the launch of the Alpha project are, from left, John Mehtam and Graham Davies, from Martin-Kaye Solicitors

Law firm spreads the word

We're hosting a second series of advice forums in Shrewsbury following an unprecedented response from local businesses.

The move comes after we initially ran interactive HR and Employment Law in Practice (HELP) forums in Telford, and businesses in Shrewsbury were so impressed that they asked for their own programme of events.

So we took the forums to Shrewsbury on a trial basis, and the response has been so positive that we are now organising a second series of workshops.

Backed by the National Westminster Bank, the aim of the forums is to keep businesses up-to-date with what is happening in the world of employment law, and to offer them the chance to network with other employers and Human Resources people to discuss local trends.

On average around 40 businesses attended each event, and the feedback questionnaires which each delegate completed show an overwhelming demand for more. Delegates have also given us a list of specific topics they would like us to cover at future forums, and we are extremely pleased that Shrewsbury businesses are so keen to hear more about the advice we have to offer.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Healthy Hearts at Martin-Kaye


Martin-Kaye Solicitors is the first company in the region to take part in a health screening campaign for its staff.

We have signed up to the Healthy Hearts Campaign, in a bid to help employees find out more about the state of their health.


The mobile screening unit will visit our offices, and every employee who attends the session will receive a 30-minute consultation to assess their condition, with the results explained in private afterwards.


Senior Partner, Graham Davies, said: “We are extremely pleased that our staff are backing the Healthy Hearts initiative, and that they’re keen to take up this opportunity – in fact over 70 per cent of our employees have signed up.


“At the heart of every company is its workforce, and we want to help our employees to identify any potential risks so they can seek the right kind of treatment, which should help prevent problems in the future.”


The screening will include cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar analysis, as well as a general physical examination, a lung function test, and heart checks.
The Healthy Hearts Institute is based at Sandwell Medical Research Unit at West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, and has already been piloted across the West Midlands. Hundreds of staff have so far benefited from the state-of-the-art check-ups, and now the screening programme is being extended to Shropshire.

Pic: Front row, from left, Graham Davies, Chris Mills and Fiona Macnamara, all from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, with the Healthy Hearts team

Monday, 5 November 2007

Alpha set for launch

We're about to launch a new business protection scheme which is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

The Alpha project will be officially unveiled at our offices in Euston Way, Telford, on Thursday, November 22, at 5.30pm.

It’s unusual for solicitors to organise a launch event for a new product, but this is such a ground-breaking scheme that we decided to take an unconventional approach.

Alpha is a comprehensive 24-hour business support package with particular emphasis on employment and Human Resources support – the scheme also provides insurance protection against claims. We have also worked closely with national insurers DAS, to ensure the back-up support is second-to-none.

The all-in-one package offers face-to-face legal advice and assistance with HR policies and practices, and also entitles businesses to a legal expenses insurance against fees, costs and tribunal awards.

Companies will also receive legal representation at any employment tribunal, monthly legal updates by email, in-house training workshops, and have access to a full range of discounted legal services.

We have committed a lot of time to this project in order to get the details just right, and judging by the response we’ve already had, even before the official launch, we’re convinced we have a real success on our hands.

The launch presentation is open to companies from all over the local area, and anyone interested in attending should email alpha@martinkaye.co.uk