Whether you are a micro-SME employing less than five people or a well-established, multi-site organisation employing five hundred plus, HR matters can be an issue for many business and potentially very costly.
It is with this in mind that we pose the question “HR Consultant or Employment Lawyer?” as a recent case brought this question to the fore with a very clear answer.
Whilst we are unable to identify the company in question, we are able to outline some key aspects of the case, in particular, the client’s thoughts on this question.
The client, a charitable organisation, required our services to defend a claim brought against it on the grounds of unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and potential personal injury.
The claim was valued in excess of £30,000 and the matter was listed for a two-day hearing that would have included approximately £20,000 of costs in respect of the managerial time and witnesses.
Preparing for your death is important and making sure that your estate will pass as intended is essential. This can all be achieved by preparing and wording your Will correctly.
You may find that there are many options available to you when preparing a Will from downloading a template online to purchasing “off-the-shelf” wills from many high-street stationary businesses. Whilst these may save money in the short term, if not prepared correctly could result in your wishes not being carried out.
Janelle Carter-Jones, Wills and Probate Specialist at Peter Lynn and Partners commented “You should be cautious when drafting your Will…
Terms and conditions of business are arguably one of the most important documents you will use. They are designed to protect you and your business and ensure you operate on your terms.
Whilst you can draft your own terms and conditions of business, if you find yourself in a position where you need to enforce your terms in a court of law, you will find it extremely difficult if not impossible to do so.
Consider the following scenario.
A customer has signed your terms and conditions and agreed to pay you within 30 days of invoice for your services. The customer…
Peter Lynn and Partners have recently advised a local business on the opening of the ‘Coyote Ugly’ saloon bar on St Mary Street in Cardiff.
The Coyote Ugly franchise is owned by ‘Coyote Ugly Saloon Worldwide’, and the Cardiff site is the first to open in the UK joining global cities such as New York, Tokyo, Las Vegas and Kiev.
It’s official opening was much anticipated and received substantial national press coverage and also breathed life back into the site of Cardiff’s…
A question we are frequently asked is “Is it better to hire staff as employees or as self-employed contractors?”
The answer depends entirely on you individual business need and each option has its own merits.
Employees provide much greater certainty in knowing what resources are available, when and with what skill-set.This not only enables you to plan ahead more accurately but it gives you greater control over what tasks are carried out, by whom and how much it will cost.
As an employer it is worth noting you will have a number of statutory obligations to uphold such as holiday entitlement, termination…
When asked “Do you have a Will?” These are the responses people sometimes give:
- “We have not been married long – we do not need to write a Will yet”
- “Why do I need a Will – I have nothing to pass on”.
- “We already have a Will – we had it written years ago”.
- “We had a free Will written recently – it was an optional extra when we opened a bank account”.
- “We have a young family and there is so much going on at the moment, we have not got around to it”.
Many people may resonate…
The primary school of legendry Welsh actor Richard Burton is to be redeveloped thanks to a local property developer.
Pontrhydyfen Primary School will be developed in to residential accommodation thanks to Superb Properties, whose Director Arthur Thomas’ children attended the school and still has family living in the village.
Darren Lewis, Partner and Property Development specialist at Peter Lynn and Partner who advised on the deal commented “It was a very sad day for the village when the local authority closed the school however rather than be left to decay or be demolished, the school is able to open a new…