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Time to talk about workplace mental wellbeing

Irina Polyakova

Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6th February 2020 is an opportunity for employers to review policy and culture against best practice in employee mental wellbeing

Workplace mental wellbeing is a top concern among employers, according to European-wide research[1].   

According to the World Health... Read More


Entrepreneurs’ Relief – under threat in the Budget 2020

Alison Palmer

Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) was put in the spotlight by both Labour and the Conservatives during the election campaign at the end of last year with Labour saying they would remove it completely and the Conservatives proposing a review and reform but they didn’t submit any detailed proposals. With the Budget... Read More


A new type of royalty lined up by royal couple

Chris Taylor

Prince Harry and Meghan are stepping back from royal duties, but it may be royalties that see them through in their new life.  

Before announcing their desire to spend time out of the spotlight, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex applied to register the brand Sussex Royal as a global trademark. 

The... Read More


Employment Law Update Seminar

Irina Polyakova

Wednesday 26th February 2020

8.30am - 10.00am

14, High Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2HA


Irina Polyakova, Senior Solicitor in our employment team will be joined by Arta Heath, specialist immigration lawyer, from My UK Visa. They will discuss:


Are you ready? Employment law 2020

Irina Polyakova

Employers should bear in mind the below detailed changes which are anticipated to come into force in 2020 and the ways to prepare for them.

Changes to the reference period for determining an average week's pay for holiday pay purposes

From 6 April 2020, to even out the variation in pay for workers,... Read More


Talking and teamwork to tackle Christmas break-up

Zahra Nawaz

Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but breakdowns continue to spike after the festive season, and professionals are encouraging couples with rocky relationships to focus on talking to each other in the run up to Christmas. 

Many attribute the stress and financial burden of trying... Read More


Checking the cost of Christmas in corporate gifting and entertaining

Chris Taylor

Christmas brings a round of festive celebrations with drinks, dinners and bottles of wine shared between customers and suppliers, but whether giving or receiving, businesses need to keep up with the rules on corporate gifting. 

Under the regime introduced in 2011 by the Bribery Act, any corporate hospitality... Read More


Contract Law and Electronic Signatures

Chris Taylor

Don’t put your footer in it when it comes to contracts

Forget the ink, the courts have ruled that an automatic email signature can count when it comes to the dotted line 

Companies are being urged to review their electronic procedures after a court ruled that an automatic email... Read More


As the clock ticks down to Christmas party time, companies need to avoid the event becoming the wrong sort of cracker.

Irina Polyakova

Any company-organised office party, whether in or out of working hours and on or off site, is an extension of the workplace which can test a business across the board on its policies and attitudes.

“It’s a real stress-test for the culture of the business and its employment policies,” explained Irina... Read More


Christmas caution: think before you share

Chris Taylor

Christmas Day has been the biggest day of the year for online and app downloads in recent years, as users set up the new devices they’ve received as presents.

In the latest report, Apple announced that 180 billion apps had been downloaded from Apple App Store and alongside the enormous growth in the... Read More


When can you let your kids fend for themselves?

Katherine Stephenson

If you’re a parent, you’ll be familiar with how long it takes to get your children ready to leave the house. Whether it’s setting up the pram for the baby, filling your bag with all the supplies you need or finding lost shoes, it can be a real pain to do anything quickly, especially if you have an appointment... Read More


Eaton Smith welcomes new employment solicitor

Irina Polyakova

Eaton Smith is delighted to welcome Irina Polyakova to the team. Irina joined the firm at the beginning of November as a Senior Solicitor in the Employment Law team. A dual qualified (English & Russian) employment solicitor with experience in the Middle East, UK and Russia, Irina has advised business from a... Read More