Monday, 18 July 2016

Lawyers celebrate national award win

Commercial law specialists at a Telford legal firm have won a high profile national award that recognises their expertise and professional approach.

The team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford, scooped the title in the latest Mergers & Acquisitions Awards where they won the Excellence in Disposal of Business Assets category.

Eliot Hibbert, who leads the team said they were extremely proud of their success and of the recognition on a national stage that the award had created.

“Mergers and acquisitions are key when it comes to success in the world of business, and to have received an award in such an important area of the industry is excellent news for everyone at Martin-Kaye.

“The M&A Awards recognise the achievements of dealmakers, management teams, financiers and professional advisers who, over the last 12 months, have demonstrated excellence in their deal making. We’re very honoured to have been chosen for this title, and to have won the award against some extremely tough competition.”

Eliot’s Corporate Commercial team specialise in all areas of corporate law and commercial contracts in tandem with other wide ranging commercial matters including commercial property and agricultural issues.

Director of the 2016 M&A Awards, Elizabeth Moore, said: “We were delighted with the volume of nominations received for this year’s awards. It’s always a proud time to see how firms all over the world have developed and grown.”

She said mergers and acquisitions was one of the most buoyant markets and the judges had chosen an elite group of winners to be acknowledged for their impressive performance over the past 12 months.
Other winners this year include RBS Invoice Finance, Bureau van Dijk, iMedX, MoneySoft Inc, and Grant Thornton.

Pic: Celebrating their award are, from left, Eliot Hibbert, Jagdeep Kandola, Graham Davies, Anneka Sohal, and Andrew Oranjuik

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Go-ahead given to challenge mother-in-law's will

A divorced husband has been given permission to challenge his former mother-in-law’s will, and a Telford solicitor has welcomed the decision.

Mohammed Ahsan, of Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Telford, said the ruling by the Court of Appeal was a fair and just result.

The case involved a divorced husband who wanted to challenge the will as he claimed it had been forged in a bid to thwart the findings of his divorce proceedings.

“As part of their divorce settlement, the man’s wife had agreed that if she inherited more than £100,000 from her mother, anything over the £100,000 would be split equally between them.

“But after the mother died, she left £100,000 to the man’s wife, and the balance of the estate (around £150,000) was left to the wife’s children.”

When the husband initially tried to challenge the will, the courts ruled that the husband had no right to put in a claim.

And in the Court of Appeal, the wife’s solicitor said the only people who could challenge a will were those who had the right to administer the estate. But since the husband was not an executor and was not entitled to a share, he was not able to bring the claim.

“But the court said that cases like this must be dealt with justly and that the husband should be able to bring a probate claim to have the will dismissed,” said Ahsan.

“He said that if the case had been a general legal matter, rather than a probate case, it would have been obvious the husband would have had a right to make the claim. The judge said the man was not a mere busybody and that he had a real interest in challenging the validity of the will.

“The court said it would have been highly unjust if, for example, a will had been forged in an attempt to get round an order made as part of divorce proceedings, that the person affected could not challenge the will.

“It’s clear in this case that the husband can now press ahead with challenging the will in order to try to secure the payout he believes is rightfully his – a victory for common sense and a case that will be interesting to follow as it progresses.”

Monday, 11 July 2016

Gemma joins the employment law team

A Shropshire legal firm has welcomed a new employment law specialist to their team who has returned to her county roots.

Gemma Workman was raised in Shropshire but completed her legal training in the south east of England.

Now, with five years’ experience of working in the world of employment law, she has returned to her home county and joined the employment law team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford.

“I have advised both employers and employees on all kinds of topics including all aspects of the tribunal process including advocacy at hearings, and drafting and advising on legal documents,” said Gemma.

“I’ve also advised on settlement agreements and contracts of employment, and I’m very pleased to be joining such a forward-thinking and progressive legal firm. Martin-Kaye has an excellent reputation for delivering the very best advice at cost-effective rates, and my aim is to provide solutions for my clients that really do make a difference.”

Gemma’s role involves advising existing clients on a wide range of employment matters as part of Martin-Kaye’s Alpha service, which offers employment and HR support to businesses all over the UK.

“I particularly like the way the departments at Martin-Kaye work together and the fact that the firm believes in the value of face-to-face advice.”

John Mehtam, who leads the employment team, said: “We’re very pleased to have someone with Gemma’s experience joining our team, and we’re looking forward to the knowledge and skills she will bring to our department.”

Pic: Gemma Workman is the new employment solicitor at Martin-Kaye in Telford