Thursday, 30 August 2012

It's a jungle out there...

Employers risk being left behind if they don't keep up with their staff in today's social media jungle.

So we're offering to share our experience in a free seminar to help employers get to grips with managing the new communication tools - and how to avoid the pitfalls.

Our employment law specialist, John Mehtam, will host the event on Thursday, September 27, from 8am to 10am, at our offices in Euston Way, in Telford.

"Hardly a week goes by without a controversial comment on a social media network making news, and it's vital that employers know just what their staff are saying and how to handle it," said John.

"Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube are all networks that current, prospective and former employees will be using, but many employers are not fully aware of the scale and threat posed by this fast-moving form of communication.

"What would you do if any of these employees make misleading or even derogatory comments about your business?

"We have already dealt with many cases involving this new media and can help employers work out a policy of how to manage it and deal with any consequences.

"In today's busy world, social media networks have really taken off and employers must have a policy in place that defines how their staff need to behave during working hours."

The Martin-Kaye seminar will cover a wide range of topics including: an overview of the latest cases and their impact on employers; monitoring and investigating; discipline and dismissals; media management and protection of reputation; social media and policy and content.

Places on the day are limited, so anyone who would like to attend should contact June Noto on 01952 525951 or email junenoto@martinkaye.co.uk

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Property team bucks the trend



Property lawyers from our firm are celebrating after completing over £10 million worth of business in the first six months of the year.

The conveyancing team has been so successful that they've even recruited three new members of staff to cope with the increased levels of business.

Lead partner, Nita Patel, said: "We really have seen a remarkable half-year performance from our team and it's been a very exciting time for us. While the rest of the UK housing market remains in the doldrums, we have certainly bucked the trend with completions valued at over £10 million and over 500 completed transactions."

Nita said thanks to the team's use of the very latest technology, their client base now stretched far and wide across the UK.

"The key to our success is not just the quality and speed of service we deliver, but the personality of our team members who consistently receive high ratings for their customer service skills. This is also reflected in the number of national brokers who regularly recommend our firm to their clients too."

The three new members of staff who have joined the thriving team are Helen Dix, Giorgio Iaconi and Wendy Pullar, with another - Sarah Gill - starting next month.

"We're very pleased to welcome the new team members, and they have played a crucial role in enabling us to perform so successfully at such a busy time. With the way things are going, we are hoping to recruit even more members of staff before the end of the year, and we're looking forward to an equally busy period in the coming months."

Nita said although technology was the key to delivering a speedy transaction, it was the team's  interpersonal skills that made the real difference.

"We never lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with people and for many it is the most important transaction they will conduct in their lives, so we try to lighten the mood where we can and reassure our clients that everything will progress as smoothly as possible."

Pic: Lead partner Nita Patel celebrates with the conveyancing team at Martin-Kaye LLP Solicitors

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Andrew joins the Martin-Kaye team



A dispute resolution specialist with wide-ranging experience is the latest new face to join our team.

Andrew Oranjuik has joined the commercial litigation department and says he's looking forward to the new challenge.

"Martin-Kaye's commercial litigation department is one of just a handful in Shropshire to be highly rated by the national independent directory, Legal 500. It's great to be joining the team and to have the opportunity to deal with a regular flow of the work I specialise in.

"I'm really keen to build on the firm's reputation and to continue the exceptional service they provide to clients."

Andrew has previously worked at a leading commercial practice in Birmingham, and said it was an easy choice to move to Martin-Kaye.

"Apart from the firm's reputation in commercial litigation, I am impressed with its systems, ideas and forward thinking. They have a commercial client base which rivals many city firms and wide-ranging commercial expertise to match."

Our senior partner, Graham Davies, said: "We're very happy to welcome Andrew to our commercial team - his strong skills will prove invaluable and will fit perfectly with the rest of our existing staff. He has already made an excellent start to his career with us and everyone has been very impressed with his commitment and professionalism."

Martin-Kaye LLP Solicitors handles both national and international disputes and is one of the very few firms in the region to specialise in this area of law.

Pic: Our new commercial lawyer, Andrew Oranjuik