Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Long service awards for law firm staff

Four employees from a Shropshire law firm have been officially recognised for their dedication and commitment to the practice.

Suzanne Lees, Emma Palmer, Clare Pitchford and Alison Thornton are all employed by Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Euston Way, in Telford, and they’ve received long service awards from the board.

Senior partner Graham Davies said their loyal support had been invaluable in the years they had worked for the firm, and he wanted to express the gratitude of the partners and colleagues for all their efforts.

“We’re a very close-knit team here at Martin-Kaye and we believe it’s crucial to recognise the dedication of our staff, and all the work they put in to help ensure the practice runs smoothly and efficiently.

“Many of our employees have been with us for long and settled careers, and it’s always an honour to be able to thank long-serving colleagues in person.”

Suzanne Lees works in the accounts team and received her award for 20 years’ service; Emma Palmer is the employment team manager who has also worked for the firm for two decades; Clare Pitchford is a legal advisor in the employment team who has also reached her 20th anniversary; and Alison Thornton, who is a solicitor in the personal injury team, received a 15-year award.

Martin-Kaye Solicitors began in 1985 with just three members of staff and in the decades that have followed, the independent practice has become one of the largest legal firms practising in the Midlands region.

“We pride ourselves on giving our employees the opportunity to continuously develop their skills and to build a strong career in the legal world,” said Mr Davies.

“And the fact that we have so many colleagues who have now reached such milestone anniversaries with us is testimony to the way our firm nurtures talent. It also shows that we are meeting one of our key objectives – to retain the very best staff in order to support our clients in all their dealings with our firm.”

Pic: Emma Palmer, Alison Thornton, Clare Pitchford and Suzanne Lees from Martin-Kaye Solicitors

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Lawyers branch out with employment advice

Employment law experts from a Shropshire legal practice are taking their advice on the road to reach businesses in the wider Midlands.

The lawyers from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford, will be hosting an interactive employment advice seminar that will see them share invaluable information to help company bosses protect their business from escalating employment tribunal claims.

The Top 10 Blunders seminar will take place at the Village Hotel Walsall, Tempus Ten, on Thursday, February 28, at 12noon, and the free event will be hosted by the firm’s employment law specialist, John Mehtam.

“Our presentations are always extremely popular wherever we hold them, and now we’re branching out into the wider Midlands to give local companies an opportunity to find out just how we may be able to help them.

“We are seeing an avalanche of employment tribunal claims since the Government abolished the fees that employees needed to pay to bring a claim. And because there is no fee to pay to lodge a claim, it’s clear that some employees are bringing claims that stand little chance of succeeding, but employers have to take them all seriously and you need to be sure you’re complying with all the relevant legislation.”

Mr Mehtam said he would be sharing his advice to help businesses navigate through the increasingly-complicated minefield of employment law, and to help them avoid the most common pitfalls.

“We will include suggestions on how to tackle some of the most common workplace and HR issues including sickness absence, dismissals and poor employee performance – and perhaps more importantly, we will look at how to avoid these situations and how to protect your business.

“With employers short on time, it’s almost impossible to keep up-to-date with ever-changing legislation, so our seminars offer clear, concise information in a time frame that suits our busy delegates.”

Businesses who would like to attend the seminar should contact June Noto on 01952 525951 or email junenoto@martinkaye.co.uk

Pic: Martin-Kaye’s Employment Law Specialist John Mehtam who will be presenting the Top 10 Blunders seminar at the Village Hotel Walsall


Friday, 18 January 2019

Online divorce is no quick fix

Shropshire couples facing a relationship breakdown have been urged to steer clear of quick-fix divorce proceedings online.

Gemma Himsworth, who leads the family law team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Telford and Shrewsbury, made the appeal during one of the peak times of the year for divorce applications.

“January is notoriously busy when it comes to divorce proceedings being launched – and in fact, Christmas itself was one of the busiest ever with 13 people completing online applications on Christmas Day.

“Altogether there were 455 online divorce applications submitted between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, and this month we’ve seen the usual annual spike in enquiries in person at our offices.”

Mrs Himsworth said couples should be cautious though about using the online procedure as it only dealt with the marriage, and not with financial matters or issues relating to children.

“It’s all well and good filling in an application online, uploading documents and paying fees over the internet, but this kind of fully digital divorce will not suit everyone. You won’t receive advice online about the legal implications of divorce, and you won’t be able to make sure that any necessary paperwork is completed correctly.

“So although it may seem tempting to try to do everything online in order to speed up the process and make things less complicated, you may actually be creating a situation that causes real problems as the divorce moves forward.”

Mrs Himsworth urged couples to seek professional advice to sort out the finer details of divorce in order to protect themselves from future legal action.

“For instance, if a couple gets divorced but doesn’t deal with their finances in a recognised legal agreement, they could be storing up trouble – it means they will still have claims against one another, including on any assets they acquire after the marriage is over or on any inheritance they may receive.

“And in an extreme case where maybe one of them wins the lottery, then arguably their former spouse could still make a claim.”

The online divorce system was introduced in April last year, and it allows spouses to complete a divorce application over the internet.

“It does not replace existing paper-based applications, but for some people it provides a quicker and easier service – couples though should be careful and should not hesitate to seek out expert advice if they’re unsure of how to proceed.”