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Conveyancing FAQs

Andrew Pedley

Q. What is Conveyancing?
A. The procedure for transferring ownership or certain rights in property from one person to another.

Q. Do I need a Solicitor?
A. In most cases banks and building societies will insist on a solicitor dealing with the mortgage. Given the... Read More


Holiday pay ruling hits schools and colleges

Lewis Holroyd

Holiday pay for those who work only part of the year and have no contractually set hours should not be calculated on a pro rata basis, under a judgement that will affect many in the education sector. 

The Court of Appeal has ruled in The Harper Trust v Brazel that part-year workers are entitled to have... Read More


How to protect your business from rogue employees over the festive period

Philip Clarke

Christmas is often a period when Directors take an extended break to recharge their batteries and spend time with their families. It can also be a period where rogue employees take advantage of the absence of senior personnel to do damage to their employer’s business.

A case that I was involved in started... Read More


Landlords feel heat on changes in multiple occupation licensing

Jane Gregory

Landlords who have not responded to legislation introduced last year to protect tenants in multiple occupancy properties are facing massive fines. 

The latest involved a property in Lincoln, where landlord Julie Churchill was fined £40,000 for not having a licence for a house in multiple occupation and... Read More


Are terms & conditions worth the cost?

Chris Taylor

"Do I need terms and conditions? What are they about?"

If you asked me "Should I have a document that I can put in place between my business and my customer that will give certainty to our transaction, comfort to my customer that we are a credible business and may serve to reduce as far as possible our... Read More


Phoenix House v Stockman 2019 – Employees secretly recording meetings

Lewis Holroyd

There has been a recent employment law case which has changed the stance of covert recordings of disciplinary meetings. Formerly the Employment Tribunal permitted such recording to be admissible evidence if the covert recording was relevant to the claim and the employee/claimant would not have been sanctioned. 

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Games Industry recognition – TIGA Awards 2019

Chris Taylor

Eaton Smith has recently been shortlisted in the Legal Services Supplier category of TIGA’s Annual Awards 2019.

Commenting on the shortlist, Chris Taylor, Partner at Eaton Smith said; "We are very excited about this as being shortlisted for these national awards is great recognition of the work and efforts... Read More


Natasha’s law tackles sandwich labelling

Chris Taylor

Sandwich bars and cafes on the front line for allergen labelling under new legislation

New legislation will require direct sale food businesses to label all pre-packed products with a full list of ingredients highlighting any allergens, in a move that will affect many small cafes and sandwich... Read More


Sheards Accountants - Business of the Month Winners

Chris Taylor

Sheards Accountants, a long-established name within the Huddersfield business community, has been announced as the August winner of Eaton Smith’s Business of the Month Award and the third business to be put forward for Business of the Year 2020. The award was presented to members of the Sheards team on Thursday... Read More


Eaton Smith Open Coffee Morning

Charlene Vilia

Do you have a question about Wills, LPAs, Probate or Estate Planning?

As part of Huddersfield Business Week our Private Client team are hosting an Open Coffee Morning. Come and join our legal experts for a cuppa and take the opportunity to ask them questions that you would normally need an appointment... Read More


Claudia’s law: protection for the missing and the family left behind

Lucy Cortis

The charity, Missing People has estimated that 95,000 adults go missing each year.  Aside from the obvious emotional distress experienced by the person’s family, what is not always considered is the ensuing financial consequences which can also develop especially if the person who has disappeared was their... Read More


A quick guide to making a will

Charlene Vilia

Though it may be tempting to delay making a will until a later date, it’s essential if you want to ensure your estate is distributed among your chosen beneficiaries and reduce the risk of complications. Here, we take a look at the six basic steps involved in making a will and why it’s a good idea to seek... Read More