Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tribunals specialist at Martin-Kaye

 An employment law expert who specialises in tribunals is the latest new addition to a Telford law firm’s growing team.

Lubna Laheria has joined Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Euston Way, after studying in Birmingham, and working for four years at a leading national firm to complete her training contract.

She has wide ranging experience in representing both employers and employees in a range of tribunal claims, and her knowledge of employment litigation is particularly impressive.

Lubna advises on all kinds of issues including employment termination, settlement agreements, and disciplinaries and grievances.

“I have worked extensively in the world of discrimination law too, including advising employees on how to avoid claims, contractual matters and advising on TUPE issues,” said Lubna.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of building on the strong relationships that Martin-Kaye already has in place with companies all over the local region, and to working with new ones too.”

Senior partner Graham Davies said Lubna’s appointment was excellent news for the company and she had already settled in well.

“Our employment law team is renowned for its effective and straight-talking advice, and it’s great to see Lubna joining such a positive and dynamic department. She has already met many of our existing employment clients, and we’re sure her knowledge and experience will mean she is able to play a key role in the life of one of our busiest and largest teams.”

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Multi-million pound sales boom is good news

Property experts at a Telford law firm have announced a record-breaking year after handling a staggering £300 million worth of business in the last six months alone.

Partner and head of residential property at the Telford offices of Martin-Kaye Solicitors, Nita Patel, said the figures were truly astonishing.

“We’ve had an incredible year so far, and if things continue to follow this trend, we’ll have beaten every single record we’ve ever set in almost 30 years of business which is phenomenal for such a small team.”

Since April this year, the team has cleared 1,170 transactions, with an average financial value of £250,000 per transaction.

“When we sat down to review our performance and calculate the figures, we realised we’d hit the £300 million mark, and we were just amazed. I’m just so incredibly proud of the team for working so hard and for showing such dedication to our clients throughout a financial period that everyone knows has been more than just a little difficult.”

Nita said the rosy financial picture was supported by excellent feedback from customer satisfaction survey results which echoed the stunning figures. Now the team is looking forward to the next six months with the aim of building on the impressive start they’ve already made to the year.

“We’ve been working on property transactions further afield across the UK too, as well as in Shropshire, and it’s been interesting to compare the different markets. It’s clear that compared to the wider UK, prices in the South are continuing to increase, but we’ve found the actual level of activity in the property market is pretty consistent across the board.

“One of the elements keeping the markets in check is that building societies are now being extremely cautious in the way they assess people’s ability to borrow, even down to asking precisely what people are spending their money on. This has resulted in lots of people extending their existing property rather than taking the plunge to buy a new one.

“But all the indications are that the property market will continue to remain buoyant into next year, and with such positive signs on the horizon, we’re looking forward to continuing our success.”

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Landlords get a helping hand

 Landlords who need to repossess a property don’t need to struggle on alone, a local law firm has said.

Jason Round, from the commercial team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Euston Way, Telford, said the firm had launched a new three-stage service with no hidden surprises when it came to fees.

“The actual process of repossessing a property can be complicated, time-consuming and expensive, but it doesn’t have to always be that way.Our experts have created a package of support that will help landlords to take back their property as quickly as possible and at a reasonable cost.”

Jason said the Fixed Price Possession scheme had been designed to help landlords avoid the pitfalls of the repossession process.

“Sometimes, if things don’t go according to plan, the whole process may need to start again which of course incurs precious time and significant extra costs. Our specialised team has many years’ experience in property claims, and we can act quickly and at a very cost-effective fixed price rate so there are no surprises when the landlord gets the final bill.”

Jason said the support package offered a three-stage process in order to secure repossession of the landlord’s property.

“Stage one is where our team prepares and serves a notice on the tenant, giving a fixed date by which they need to leave – in reality, this is often the only step that is needed.

“If however, that first step isn’t enough, we will begin court proceedings against the tenant – the price will reflect whether or not the case actually goes to court – and if a possession order is granted, the court will insist your tenant leaves on the fixed date. The final stage comes if the tenant still refuses to leave despite the possession order – at this point, we will instruct enforcement officers to step in.

“At Martin-Kaye Solicitors, we pride ourselves on delivering advice that really makes a difference. We believe this clear and concise approach to repossession will be an attractive proposition for any landlords who are struggling with difficult tenants, and we’re sure it will prove to be a popular service.”