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Wollens success at Devon & Somerset Law Society Legal Awards !

Wollens success at Devon & Somerset Law Society Legal Awards !

The presentation of the Devon & Somerset Law Society Legal Awards for 2020 took place last night (September 23rd) in a digital ceremony after several attempts to hold the Dinner originally planned for April 2020 were postponed for COVID reasons.  Hosted by the...
Could Lasting Power of Attorneys move to digital? 

Could Lasting Power of Attorneys move to digital? 

A more straightforward digital system to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) could come into play, but experts say that it is vital that sufficient safeguards are in place to protect elderly and vulnerable people from abuse. In this article, we look at how the...

South Devon Cricket club Colts Presentation night 2021

Wollens are pleased to be a sponsor at South Devon Cricket Club, recognising the importance of local sport in the community. Once again young talent has been recognised through the Colts presentation night where Practice Director Clive Meredith presented the players...
Landlord’s options if a tenant breaches repair obligations.

Landlord’s options if a tenant breaches repair obligations.

Making sure a commercial property is well maintained is one of a landlord’s key priorities, and it is almost as important as getting in the rent. Under a full repairing and insuring lease the tenant is obliged to keep the property in a good state of repair – but what...
Recovery of debts as Covid restrictions are lifted

Recovery of debts as Covid restrictions are lifted

Our commercial litigation team looks at debt recovery options for creditors as Covid restrictions are lifted.  Many businesses have suffered financially during the Covid crisis, and creditors have been urged to show restraint to avoid sending otherwise viable entities...
Sophie graduates with first class honours.

Sophie graduates with first class honours.

Sophie Rew is a paralegal within the Family Team at Wollens. Sophie’s work is predominantly dealing with care proceedings, particularly where Social Services are involved or there are allegations of non-accidental injury by a parent. She works closely with...
Fair dismissal despite unfair procedure

Fair dismissal despite unfair procedure

Poor performance – or capability – is one of the five potentially fair reasons for dismissing an employee. Having a potentially fair reason is not enough – a dismissal won’t be fair unless the decision to dismiss was reasonable overall, including a fair...
Constructive dismissal can amount to harassment

Constructive dismissal can amount to harassment

Harassment is where someone engages in unwanted conduct in relation to a protected characteristic (such as race or sex) which has the purpose or effect of either violating another person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or...
Ban on large religious symbols unlawful

Ban on large religious symbols unlawful

The European Court of Justice cast its judgment in two German cases where Muslim employees were banned from wearing headscarves in the workplace. Although the judgment isn’t binding in the UK, courts and tribunals may take the decision  into account when deciding...
Is menopause a disability?

Is menopause a disability?

Do you talk about menopause enough in your office? If you employ women aged between 45 and 55, and the issue doesn’t really come up, then the answer is no. Recent statistics from the employment tribunal show that more women are citing menopause in employment tribunal...
New Government guidance on Covid-19

New Government guidance on Covid-19

The government has published new guidance for employers to guide them in encouraging their employees to take up the vaccine. A special toolkit has been developed which can be shared with staff including information, common Q&As, scripts for internal conversations...

Private Client Lawyer

​Due to continued development and growth we have two fantastic opportunities for enthusiastic individuals to join our Private Client team in the firm’s brand-new South Devon Office based in the heart of Torquay. One role is to focus on general private client work,...
Getting to the root of the problem in boundary disputes

Getting to the root of the problem in boundary disputes

Householders spending more time at home and in their gardens during the Covid-19 pandemic is fuelling a rise in boundary disputes as infrequent niggles have translated into nagging complaints, with overhanging branches, encroaching tree roots and towering hedges...
Legal Secretary – Private Client Department

Legal Secretary – Private Client Department

We have a fantastic opportunity for a bright, competent and able Legal Secretary to join our professional enthusiastic Private Client team, to work in the firm’s brand new and state-of-the art South Devon Office based in the heart of Torquay. This is an attractive...
What next for Covid-19 commercial rent arrears?

What next for Covid-19 commercial rent arrears?

Many commercial tenants, particularly in the hospitality and retail sectors, have accrued significant rent arrears during the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the availability of government grants, many businesses have been simply unable to meet all of their outgoings in...
Business checklist for admitting a new partner

Business checklist for admitting a new partner

Our company solicitors explain the steps you need to take in preparation for admitting a new member to a partnership. Business checklist for admitting a new partner If you have decided that the time has come to admit a new member to your partnership, then there are a...
Probate and overseas assets

Probate and overseas assets

Born in Greece and educated in France and Germany before coming to the UK, at his death in April of this year Prince Philip reportedly left a multi-million-pound estate which includes assets overseas. The administration of those assets, and therefore his estate, is...
An incorrect rent review clause could be costly.

An incorrect rent review clause could be costly.

To correct or not to correct? That was the question for the Court of Appeal in the recent case of MonSolar IQ Ltd v Woden Park Ltd [2021], when faced with an incorrectly drafted rent review provision which could have increased the annual rent from £15,000 to £76...
Legal Secretary – Residential Property Department

Legal Secretary – Residential Property Department

We have a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join our Residential Property Team, to work in the firm’s brand-new South Devon Office based in the heart of Torquay. This is an attractive opportunity to join a progressive, and professional team who...
Property Lawyer – Maternity Cover

Property Lawyer – Maternity Cover

Wollens have a vacancy for a Property Solicitor / Chartered Legal Executive / Residential Conveyancer to work in the firm’s brand new South Devon Office based in the heart of Torquay. This is an attractive opportunity to join a progressive and professional team who...
Commercial Property Lawyer

Commercial Property Lawyer

Wollens have a vacancy for an experienced, preferably at associate level, Commercial Property Solicitor / Chartered Legal Executive to work in the firm’s offices in Exeter or Barnstaple. Wollens is a dynamic and successful Devon-based firm. It has shown exceptional...
Unfair dismissal – illegality

Unfair dismissal – illegality

Parties to an employment contract where illegal activity has occurred may be prevented from bringing employment related claims. Where an employment contract has been entered into lawfully, but then illegally performed, the enforceability of the contract will depend on...
Disability – Long Covid

Disability – Long Covid

The TUC has called for long Covid to be recognised as a disability and an occupational disease so that workers can access legal protection and compensation. Their survey of more than 3500 workers, all of whom said they had contracted Covid-19, found that nearly a...
Discrimination – interim relief

Discrimination – interim relief

Interim relief is a powerful weapon in the employment tribunal’s toolbox. An employee can only ask for interim relief in dismissal claims relating to trade union, health and safety activities and whistleblowing. If an employee shows that there is a ‘pretty good...
Indirect discrimination

Indirect discrimination

Indirect discrimination occurs when an employer applies a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) to all employees which disadvantages a group of people who share a protected characteristic (such as race or sex). Indirect discrimination can be justified if it is a...
Philosophical belief and gender identity discrimination

Philosophical belief and gender identity discrimination

Religion or belief is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 and can include any religious or philosophical belief. Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides for freedom of thought, conscience and belief. In a case called Grainger v...
Covid-19 and Unfair dismissal

Covid-19 and Unfair dismissal

The employment tribunals have handed down more judgments this month in relation to Covid-19 related dismissals. In Accattatis v Fortuna Group, the employee worked for a company which sold PPE. In March and April 2020, he told his employer he was uncomfortable...
Relying on the concept of ‘next of kin’ – when is this enough?

Relying on the concept of ‘next of kin’ – when is this enough?

Next of kin is a commonly used term in everyday language, yet despite its frequent use ‘next of kin’ only provides legal rights where children are concerned and, even then, only in certain circumstances. The general rule is that the parent or guardian of a child under...
There is a new Highway Code on the way, did you know ?

There is a new Highway Code on the way, did you know ?

It has been quite a summer.  The lock-down requirements are due to be eased as this article is published. England have taken the European Cup Final to almost the very last kick, and most momentous of all, and there is a new Highway Code on the way.   This involves...
What if my partner objects to our child being vaccinated?

What if my partner objects to our child being vaccinated?

With the COVID-19 vaccine being quickly rolled out across the UK, there are concerns among some about the long-term impact and side effects of the vaccine. As a result, some are reluctant to get the vaccine themselves or let their children be vaccinated. The law in...
Have you been affected by unsatisfactory Cosmetic Surgery?

Have you been affected by unsatisfactory Cosmetic Surgery?

With many more people undergoing cosmetic surgery there is a rise in dissatisfaction from Patients. Clinical Negligence specialist Catherine Pinnegar looks at the issues.    Cosmetic Surgery Clinics have reported an increase in enquiries for cosmetic procedures...
Five reasons you should use a solicitor to write your will

Five reasons you should use a solicitor to write your will

If you are thinking about writing a will, you may have considered doing it yourself. There are many templates and tools available online, along with vast amounts of information about the law and how to go about writing your own will. However, there are significant...
Hospital Group Data Breach and the impact on patients

Hospital Group Data Breach and the impact on patients

Clinical negligence specialist Catherine Pinnegar reviews a recent data breach and the impact it might have on patients. A cyber hacker syndicate have claimed responsibility for the recent ransomware attack on a cosmetic surgery hospital Group. The hackers claim to...
Social media and the law: 6 things you need to know

Social media and the law: 6 things you need to know

The world of social media can often seem like the wild west of the internet. Everyone has simple access to an audience and can share anything they wish. In a matter of minutes, a post can go viral, spreading a message or causing damage to a brand’s reputation....
What next for Covid-19 commercial rent arrears?

Ten key negotiating points when taking a new commercial lease

When a landlord and tenant try to settle the terms for a new commercial lease, each party will have clear objectives.  The landlord wants a secure income stream and confidence that the property will be left in good condition at the end of the lease.  The tenant wants...
Is it legal to camp anywhere in the UK?

Is it legal to camp anywhere in the UK?

With travel restrictions prevailing in the UK, for many, travelling to their usual holiday destination may be impractical or even impossible. However, travelling around the UK is permitted, and with warmer weather and beautiful countryside, camping in British...
Secrets of success in manufacturing agreements

Secrets of success in manufacturing agreements

Relationships with manufacturers can become the backbone of your business in the long term, which is why it is important to have legal agreements in place that will grow with these relationships. ‘Before any contract conversations even begin, you need to have a clear...
Making a will or giving a gift on your deathbed

Making a will or giving a gift on your deathbed

Living through a global pandemic has meant seeing loved ones taken from us at an alarming rate, and it has been distressing for many to see someone taken into hospital and not know if you might be able to see them again. ‘Whilst planning ahead to document your wishes...
Can employers indirectly discriminate on grounds of colour blindness?

Can employers indirectly discriminate on grounds of colour blindness?

EU law requires all member states to ensure that individuals suffering discrimination receive appropriate remedies, including compensation. If an employee wins a discrimination claim, section 124(2) Equality Act 2010 (EA) says that an employment tribunal can make a...
Shared parental leave – is it working in practice?

Shared parental leave – is it working in practice?

Maternity Action has published a report on how they believe the shared parental leave provisions should be reformed. The charity suggests that the current scheme just doesn’t work. Government data shows that only 3.6 per cent of eligible fathers took shared parental...
Can employers fire and rehire?

Can employers fire and rehire?

In economically hard times, or when a business is restructuring, the ability to change employment terms can be an essential tool. The law does not allow an employer to change employment terms unilaterally, so giving lawful notice and offering a new contract in return...
The price of workplace conflict

The price of workplace conflict

ACAS has produced a new report called ‘Estimating the cost of workplace conflict’. It presents a snapshot of how conflict can affect businesses and the potential costs that may be involved. The report says that in 2018 to 2019, 9.7 million UK employees experienced...
Health and safety dismissal was unfair

Health and safety dismissal was unfair

Section 100(1)(a) Employment Rights Act 1996 says that an employee is unfairly dismissed if they were dismissed for carrying out activities assigned by the employer which are designed to reduce or prevent health and safety risks. A dismissal under this section will be...
When should employers assess an employee’s disability?

When should employers assess an employee’s disability?

In order to qualify as a disability under the Equality Act 2010, an impairment must have a substantial and long-term adverse effect on an employee’s ability to do day to day activities. The long-term requirement is met if the impairment has lasted, or is likely to...
Changing terms and conditions – Covid-19

Changing terms and conditions – Covid-19

Many employers have changed terms and conditions during the pandemic, whether to access the furlough scheme or to enable the survival of the business through economically unprecedented times. Some employees have been willing to agree to those changes, keen to avoid a...
Understanding whether the force may be with you

Understanding whether the force may be with you

‘May the force be with you’ is usually the concern of Jedi knights heading to battle in Star Wars, rather than something that company directors look for.  But for those companies looking to claim that the coronavirus pandemic has given rise to circumstances beyond...
Companies must be on track for Covid-safe workplace

Companies must be on track for Covid-safe workplace

Companies anticipating a return to the workplace in June, if the Government’s route map stays on track, should be planning how to protect workers and customers once the country is released from the current Covid-related restrictions.  Although the Government may...
It’s complicated – changes to marital status and making a will

It’s complicated – changes to marital status and making a will

There have been a number of changes in regard to marriage law since 2004, with the most recent being the introduction of opposite-sex civil partnerships in 2019.  These changes have been important in providing clarity over legal rights and financial security when one...
Lockdown Impact on Married Couples

Lockdown Impact on Married Couples

The easing of lockdown may have been the catalyst for the announcement by billionaire Bill Gates and his wife that they were heading for divorce and separate lives, with data from Google showing a surge in searches for divorce guidance as restrictions were relaxed....
Making a will or giving a gift on your deathbed

Flexible will service available

Wollens is pleased to launch a new range of will services for existing and new clients. At Wollens we understand the importance of your will but astonishingly statistics show that more than half of all UK adults (58%) still do not have a will*.  Sadly, many people die...
Extending your commercial property

Extending your commercial property

If your business is expanding, you may have outgrown your current premises.  Before you start looking for a new site, it is worth investigating whether you could extend your existing property.  Depending on the site and the nature of your building, you may be able to...
Can I claim compensation after a crash caused by a road defect?

Can I claim compensation after a crash caused by a road defect?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, we understand how much of an effect it may have had on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Many people know that they can claim compensation if an accident is caused by someone else, but what if the...
Directors’ liability

Directors’ liability

Directors are governed by the Companies Act 2006, which requires them to act in good faith in the best interests of the company, taking into account the interests of employees. Directors must also exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence in their duties. A...
Working practises

Working practises

The silver linings to the Covid-19 cloud often involve a new sourdough habit or less time commuting. The Office for National Statistics has done a study of working patterns during the pandemic which may show some more unexpected silver linings. Unsurprisingly, the...
Disability discrimination

Disability discrimination

The definition of disability is contained in s6 Equality Act 2010. A person is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Substantial means more...
Unfair dismissal

Unfair dismissal

Reinstatement and reengagement are potential remedies in an unfair dismissal claim. Reinstatement means the employee is put back into the job from which they were dismissed. Re-engagement means that an employee is taken back on by the business in comparable employment...
Sex discrimination

Sex discrimination

Direct discrimination happens if an employer treats an employee less favourably than it treats others because of sex. A female employee would need to show that she has been treated less favourably than a real or hypothetical comparator of the opposite sex whose...
Discrimination – compensation

Discrimination – compensation

If an employee wins a discrimination claim, an employment tribunal will award compensation for injury to feelings, designed to compensate the employee for the hurt and embarrassment caused by the discrimination. This is on top of any financial losses that flow from...
Equal pay

Equal pay

The Supreme Court handed down a final judgment in the Asda equal pay saga. In Asda v Brierley, a predominantly female group of Asda store workers are saying they should be paid the same as a group of predominantly male distribution depot workers who are paid more than...
Worker status

Worker status

The Uber v Aslam domino rally has begun. In Addison Lee v Lange, the Court of Appeal has refused the employer permission to appeal the EAT’s decision that Addison Lee drivers are workers. Addison Lee provided private hire and courier services. Drivers were formally...
Unfair dismissal – Covid-19

Unfair dismissal – Covid-19

Sections 100(1)(d) and (e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 provide employees with protection from dismissal if they exercise their rights to leave the workplace or take other steps to protect themselves if they reasonably believe there is serious and imminent...
Discrimination – compensation

Religious discrimination

Employers must not discriminate against workers on the grounds of their religion or religious beliefs. In Page v NHS Trust Development Authority, the Court of Appeal has looked at whether an employee can be fairly dismissed for the way he expressed his beliefs, rather...
The Domestic Abuse Bill is set to become law

The Domestic Abuse Bill is set to become law

The Domestic Abuse Bill is one of 16 Bills which have received Royal Assent – the ‘landmark’ Domestic Abuse Act is designed to strengthen protection for those who experience domestic abuse and to increase measures available to tackle perpetrators. Rebecca Procter,...
Aspiring property hosts must check the small print 

Aspiring property hosts must check the small print 

As the shutters lift on life, with shops and bars opening and holiday planning underway, property owners may be thinking of cashing in on the demand for UK trips by offering their home for short-term lets, but they may run into trouble if they don’t check the small...
Mind the risk gap – best practice when using subcontractors

Mind the risk gap – best practice when using subcontractors

Our commercial solicitor Jon Dunkley details how you can effectively use subcontractors without increasing your risks. Whether you are planning on using subcontractors for a one-off project or on a long-term basis, there are several steps you can take to safeguard...
It’s complicated – lifetime planning and marital status

It’s complicated – lifetime planning and marital status

Our wills and probate solicitor Charlotte McGregor explains how you can protect yourself and your partner in later life if you are cohabitees. The coronavirus pandemic has seen many marriage or civil partnership ceremonies postponed, and a survey by the wedding...
Resolving a commercial lease dispute in a recession

Resolving a commercial lease dispute in a recession

With the UK economy currently in the deepest recession since records began, disputes between landlords and tenants are beginning to rise as pressure mounts on commercial occupiers to find ways to diversify and slash overheads in order to survive post-Covid. As Hannah...
National minimum wage

National minimum wage

The National Living Wage (previously known as the national minimum wage) increased from 1 April to £8.91, the equivalent of more than £345 a year for a full-time employee. For the first time, adults aged 23 and over will qualify for this top pay rate, rather than 25s...
Working practises

Flexible working

The minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, has asked employers to make flexible working a standard option for employees. She believes this step would boost both productivity and morale and improve employment prospects for women – who are twice as likely...
Remote Working

Remote Working

Remote working has hidden employees from sight, causing some employers to worry about what their staff are doing during working hours. The Guardian has reported that one of the world’s biggest call centre companies is planning to install surveillance systems to...
Holiday pay

Holiday pay

In 2017, in the case of King v Sash Windows, the CJEU established that a worker can carry over unlimited annual leave which they have been prevented from taking because the employer refuses to pay for it.  The CJEU said domestic time limits for bringing such a claim –...
Termination agreements

Termination agreements

It is commonplace to negotiate severance terms before an employee leaves employment due to redundancy. Discussions usually agree the sums to be paid and formal settlement agreements are signed to create a clean break between the parties. The EAT has recently looked at...
National Minimum Wage and Sleeping

National Minimum Wage and Sleeping

The Supreme Court has given the final word on whether workers should get paid the national minimum wage for sleeping. The case law in this area has been conflicting, with different courts giving different judgments based on similar facts. Regulation 32(1)  of the...
Lockdown update April 2021

Lockdown update April 2021

The current level of restriction means that any client meetings in our offices must be pre-booked with the lawyer dealing with your matter. In addition to meetings at offices (where possible), our lawyers can offer a variety of methods of communication including home...
Defending a claim that you breached your duties as a director

Defending a claim that you breached your duties as a director

It is the thing that all company directors dread – the prospect of a claim of an alleged breach of duty – for this can give rise to personal liability or can result in the imposition of criminal sanctions or a director’s disqualification order.  So, what should you do...
Legal tips for optimising the sale value of commercial property

Legal tips for optimising the sale value of commercial property

If you are reviewing your commercial property portfolio, you may decide that the time is right to sell some of your property.  It goes without saying that you will want to get the best possible value from the sale.  Prices are strongly affected by the local property...
Prenuptial agreements – why should you consider having one ?

Prenuptial agreements – why should you consider having one ?

One of the many consequences of the lockdown over the last 12 months has been that couples planning to marry in 2020 or 2021 have had to delay their weddings. This however has provided them with an opportunity to further reflect on how they may wish to manage their...
Accreditation for family law divorce expert Sabina

Accreditation for family law divorce expert Sabina

Family Law Consultant Sabina Smith  Congratulations to Sabina Smith, solicitor and Family Law Consultant in our Exeter office, who has successfully passed https://resolution.org.uk/ accreditation for Pensions on Divorce. Sabina is one of only 23 solicitors nationally...
The key legal issues to take you from startup to scale up

The key legal issues to take you from startup to scale up

Our commercial solicitors explain the key legal issues you need to deal with to scale up your business. Starting any new business comes with a steep learning curve, especially as a founder when you often find yourself wearing all the management hats. This is why it is...
Brexit

Brexit

Many employers have been wondering whether Brexit would mean a change to some EU-derived employment laws. Brexit rather slunk into effect back in January, the headlines overtaken by Covid-19 and the third national lockdown in the UK. To salve some of the negative...
Compensation

Compensation

Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 requires employers to give employees a statement of their employment terms no later than the beginning of employment. The law changed recently – previously employers had a period of 2 months after employment commenced...
TUPE

TUPE

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) provide that employees who are employed in the relevant part of the business, immediately before a transfer, will automatically transfer to the transferee. This is called the automatic transfer...
Dismissal – Covid-19

Dismissal – Covid-19

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, employers have had to grapple with the health and safety risks to employees and customers. Jobs where employees have contact with the public are particularly exposing in terms of the virus. Many employers have brought in rules about...
Unfair dismissal – Covid-19

Unfair dismissal

Conduct is one of the potentially fair reasons for dismissing an employee. It is the employer’s job to show that conduct was the reason for the dismissal in question. An employment tribunal will then decide whether the dismissal was fair. In making that decision, the...
Harassment

Harassment

Harassment occurs if an employee (X) engages in unwanted conduct relating to a protected characteristic (such as sex or race) which has the purpose or effect of: Violating another employee’s (Y) dignity or Creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or...
Health and safety – Covid-19

Health and safety – Covid-19

Offices seem to be worse hit by Covid-19 outbreaks than other types of workplace. Data shows that in the second half of 2020 there were more than 500 outbreaks or suspected outbreaks in offices, more than in supermarkets, construction sites, warehouses, restaurants...
Uber – employment rights

Uber – employment rights

The Supreme Court has confirmed that Uber drivers are workers rather than self-employed contractors. As such, drivers are entitled to basic employment rights such as the national minimum wage, paid holiday and rest breaks The long running Uber v Aslam saga has finally...
Sunak empties his purse for a pandemic-beating budget

Sunak empties his purse for a pandemic-beating budget

Coronavirus lockdown keeps chancellor’s attention on the short term, with the promise of jabs securing jobs for an upturn next year. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK’s economic agenda dominated the Chancellor’s 2021 Budget Statement, with support for...
Stamp duty holiday extended

Stamp duty holiday extended

If you are in the process of buying a property, you may have considered whether you will be able to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday, allowing you to save up to £15,000 on your property purchase. In this article, we look at the extension of the stamp duty...
What Brexit means for your commercial contracts.

What Brexit means for your commercial contracts.

Update your commercial contracts for the post-Brexit regime. Commercial Law expert Jon Dunkley explains how an assessment of your contracts can help you implement any changes arising from Brexit.  While certain changes are already in place as a result of Brexit, we...
Recovery of commercial rent arrears accrued during the pandemic: good news for landlords

Can I change the use of my business premises?

If the pandemic has left you with empty commercial property, now could be a good time to look for alternative uses.  To help businesses make the best use of commercial property, the Government has made the planning rules more flexible so that it is now possible to...
Why you need to get proper legal advice.

Why you need to get proper legal advice.

In a world where so much information is available freely online, do you still need the advice of a lawyer? A simple Google search of your legal problems can provide thousands of relevant articles, and perhaps a friend has shared information on social media that seems...
What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends?

What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends?

Separation is never easy, but if you and your former partner own property together, the situation can be even more complicated. If you have been living with a partner, but you are not married, the legal term is ‘cohabitation’. When cohabitees separate, they are not...
Critical reporting for company relocations during pandemic 

Critical reporting for company relocations during pandemic 

A complex court case over conflicting dispute resolution provisions has highlighted a simple, but vital, takeaway on the importance of corporate reporting requirements for all UK registered companies, as the pandemic sees offices unattended or subject to permanent...
Disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus

Disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus

While many workplaces continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, employment law and the Acas Code of Practice concerning disciplinary and grievance procedures still apply. If you are dealing  with disciplinary or grievance procedures, there are some...
Employment tribunals – compensation

Employment tribunals – compensation

If an employment tribunal finds that an employee has been unfairly dismissed, they will then need to decide whether, and how much, compensation should be paid. The tribunal can order the amount it thinks is ‘just and equitable’ bearing in mind the employee’s losses....
Pregnancy discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination

Section 18 of the Equality Act 2010 deals with pregnancy and maternity discrimination. An employer discriminates against an employee if they treat her less favourably while she is pregnant or on maternity leave, either because of the pregnancy (or any related illness)...
Furlough – updated guidance

Furlough – updated guidance

The government has updated its advice in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to confirm that employees can be furloughed if they are unable to work some or all of their hours due to caring responsibilities resulting from Covid-19. The guidance says that...
Victimisation

Victimisation

An employee is victimised when an employer treats them badly for raising allegations of discrimination. The discrimination complaints are called ‘protected acts’, because the employee is protected if they raise them. In Chalmers v Airpoint, the EAT has looked at...
Health and safety – Covid-19

Coronavirus vaccination and the workforce

With the coronavirus vaccination programme well underway in the UK, many employers are considering what vaccination might mean for their business. Some companies are announcing that they will dismiss or refuse to recruit employees who aren’t vaccinated. With 23 per...
Commercial debt recovery options in the face of Covid-19 and Brexit

Commercial debt recovery options in the face of Covid-19 and Brexit

Debt recovery is a sensitive subject at the moment given the ongoing difficulties being caused by the coronavirus. The Government is urging creditors to show restraint in order to avoid a tsunami of otherwise viable businesses being sent to the wall. However, with no...
Worried about a vulnerable person during the Covid-19 lockdown?

Worried about a vulnerable person during the Covid-19 lockdown?

As the UK’s coronavirus lockdown measures turn from weeks to months, concern over its effects on vulnerable and elderly people is mounting. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline has seen a 25 per cent increase in requests for help, but many people do not associate...
Is an MBO or MBI a good move for your business?

Is an MBO or MBI a good move for your business?

Is your business ripe for more growth? Do you have the team that can take your business to the next level? Or do you want to take a step back and reap some of the rewards of your efforts? If continuity is important to you, then a management buy-out (MBO) or a...
Review of children’s social care system launched

Review of children’s social care system launched

Trainee Family Law solicitor John Mousicos takes a look at the the latest independent review of the children’s social care system. It is a common claim that politicians running for office do not do what they say they will do, once they are elected. The truth is...
Identification

Identification

For many years now we have been battling with the growing risk of fraud, especially in the context of property transactions. There have been horror stories of people imitating genuine owners and completing the sale of a property before disappearing with the sale...
Ask for ANI

Ask for ANI

British pharmacies launched a codeword during January 2021 to tackle a feared spike in domestic violence during lockdown, telling victims to “Ask for ANI” at the counter to secretly summon help. The scheme is backed by the Government and Safeguarding Minister Victoria...
Child Arrangement Orders and Self-isolation

Child Arrangement Orders and Self-isolation

When parents do not agree on child arrangements after separation, many of them will turn to the courts to decide with whom their child or children will live and how frequently and for how long they will spend time with the other parent. Child Arrangement Orders are...
Coronavirus FAQs regarding wills and powers of attorney. January 2021

Coronavirus FAQs regarding wills and powers of attorney. January 2021

The continuing effects of coronavirus remain uncertain. Understandably, many people are concerned about its potential impact upon them and their loved ones. Jessica Wycliffe-Jones, wills specialist and private client solicitor here at Wollens has put together some...
Constructive dismissal and maternity leave

Constructive dismissal and maternity leave

A constructive dismissal involves the employee resigning in response to fundamental breach of contract on the part of the employer. Normally the employee will need to make it clear both that they are resigning and that the reason for their resignation is the...
National minimum wage

National minimum wage

The government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission and announced the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates which will come into force from April 2021. Recognising the formidable task of recommending minimum wage rates in the...
Unfair dismissal – Covid-19

Unfair dismissal and redundancy

An employer making an employee redundant will not normally be acting reasonably unless it considers whether there is any alternative work that may be offered. In Aramark (UK) Ltd v Fernandes however, the employee argued that the employer should also have considered...
Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing

An employee who is dismissed for making a public interest disclosure – whistleblowing – can claim unfair dismissal even without the two years’ continuous service that is normally required. What is more, there is no cap placed on the amount of compensation that can be...
Dismissals for Redundancy

Dismissals for Redundancy

A redundancy is a dismissal as a result of a workplace closing down or the employer needing fewer employees to do work of a particular kind. In Berkeley Catering Ltd v Jackson the question was whether the reason that an employer needed fewer employees made a...
TUPE

Employment tribunal procedure – ACAS uplifts

Employers and employees must follow the ACAS Code of Practice in relation to disciplinaries and dismissals. If either party fails to follow the Code, the tribunal can increase or decrease tribunal compensation by up to 25%. In Wardle v Credit Agricole Corporate and...
Resolving a commercial lease dispute in a recession

Exiting your commercial lease – what are the options?

‘If your business is struggling and you lease your premises, it might be tempting to simply hand back the keys and walk away from your lease,’ says Ashley Bevans commercial property solicitor with Wollens. ‘However, ending your obligations under a lease is not that...
Free ‘Homeworking Policy’ template

Free ‘Homeworking Policy’ template

All employers will be making plans to deal with the escalating and ongoing threat caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19). As a result, Wollens are again making available a free homeworking policy template to protect the huge numbers of businesses and their employees who...
Quick guide to Self-Assessment tax returns and coronavirus schemes

Quick guide to Self-Assessment tax returns and coronavirus schemes

The coronavirus outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on businesses and individuals. If you are self-employed, you may be concerned about paying your Self Assessment tax bill due on 31 January 2021. In this post, we look at some of your options and government...
Can I make a claim for a road traffic accident in bad weather?

Can I make a claim for a road traffic accident in bad weather?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, we understand how much of an impact this may have had on your life. The winter months with ice, snow and heavy rain can make driving a hazardous activity, leading to road traffic accidents and personal injury...
Keeping Christmas positive when the family gets together

Keeping Christmas positive when the family gets together

With the pandemic putting relationships under pressure and divorce rates recording their biggest percentage rise since 1972, family professionals and support groups are encouraging couples to focus on the wellbeing of the family over the festive season. Traditionally,...
Wrongful trading – new temporary measures to help businesses.

Wrongful trading – new temporary measures to help businesses.

On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill received royal assent and became law on 26 June 2020 (the “Act”). The legislation has been fast-tracked through Parliament and contains several temporary measures intended to relieve the burden on...
Furlough – updated guidance

Government announces extension to furlough scheme

The Government has announced today that the furlough scheme will be extended by a further month to the end of April. Importantly for businesses, the Government will continue to pay 80% of wages (it was widely anticipated before the announcement that the employer’s...
Legal Secretary – Private Client Department

South Devon Office – Our Journey

Some personal thoughts of Chris Hart, the Chief Executive of Wollens Today sees a very significant day in the history of Wollens, with the opening of the new South Devon hub office in Torquay. The day is hugely exciting in that we are launching an office with...
Christopher Linton recognised in global STEP Awards

Christopher Linton recognised in global STEP Awards

Partner Chris Linton has been named as one of four global finalists in the Trusted Advisor of the Year category at the STEP Private Client Awards for 2020. STEP is the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – the “Gold Standard” qualification for advisors in this...
Christmas Opening Hours 2020

Christmas Opening Hours 2020

We would like to wish all of our clients a very merry Christmas and send our very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021. Over the festive period our lawyers and support staff are operating around the bank holidays either from their respective office or from home....
Coronavirus update regarding offices and meetings

Coronavirus update regarding offices and meetings

Now that the 2nd national lockdown has been concluded and we enter Tier 2 restrictions our offices are open. The current level of restriction means that any client meetings in our offices must be pre-booked with the lawyer dealing with your matter. In addition to...
Why employers need to watch out when it comes to employee monitoring.

Why employers need to watch out when it comes to employee monitoring.

By Jon Dunkley, Partner, data protection and employment specialist with Wollens Solicitors. The ‘Big Brother’ surveillance scenario envisaged by George Orwell has long since become reality.  The ability to watch citizens outlined in the futuristic novel Nineteen...
Do you own all the land you occupy?

Do you own all the land you occupy?

While the Government consults on its ideas for speeding up and simplifying the planning system, now could be a good time to sort out any problems with land in your commercial property portfolio, so that you are ready to go if a great opportunity comes along. If you...
Flexible working

Flexible working

A poll by Working Families has collected data which shows that two thirds of employers have noticed an increase in flexible working requests by their male employees. The poll included a small sample of 26 UK employers who were asked how they managed the numerous...
Victimisation

Religion and belief

An individual is protected from discrimination based on their religion or belief. A philosophical belief can be protected if: it is genuinely held; it is a belief not just an opinion; it involves a weighty aspect of human life and behaviour; it attains a certain level...
Vicarious Liability

Vicarious Liability

Employers must make sure that the workplace is safe for employees. Businesses can be held responsible for the acts or omissions of their employees which take place ‘during the course of employment’. In Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime, the High Court has looked at...
Data Protection

Data Protection

Anyone can make a subject access request (SAR) from an organisation to ask whether and how the business is processing their personal information. In the employment sphere, SARs can also be used as a missile by an otherwise dissatisfied employee, often in preparation...
Furlough – updated guidance

Important Government Furlough announcement. (Nov 2020)

The Government has announced that employers cannot claim statutory notice periods under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for claim periods starting on or after 1st December 2020. That means, contrary to the aims of the scheme, that employees who intended to make...
Making or updating your will during Covid -19

Making or updating your will during Covid -19

Wollens Partner and Private Practice Practitioner Charlotte McGregor looks at the current process and immeasurable, helpful changes to legislation. As restrictions continue we (lawyers) are yet again required to think creatively about how to provide the best possible...
Child Arrangement Orders and Self-isolation

Child Arrangements During Lockdown 2.0

On 31 October 2020 the Prime Minister announced that the country would be moving from the newly introduced tier system to a full lockdown from Thursday 5 November until 2 December. This was due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and the highest number of deaths...
Health and safety – Covid-19

COVID 19 (Nov 4th update)

Wollens legal services available throughout Lockdown 2. As a consequence of Government announcement regarding a second lockdown our receptions will remain closed until lockdown is over. However, the majority of our staff are continuing to work from home and...
Furlough 2 – What you need to do before Thursday

Furlough 2 – What you need to do before Thursday

As you cannot have missed, the Government is placing us on a second national lockdown on Thursday (5th November). That has triggered panic across the economy as businesses prepare for this new challenge at very short notice. However, on a practical level, what do you...
Stamp duty holiday extended

Hope for first time buyers

The Covid 19 pandemic had a significant negative impact on first time buyers. The market saw 90 to 95% mortgages close to being wiped out during lockdown and the months following, leaving first time buyers with smaller amounts of capital available to put towards a...
TUPE

The new Job Support Scheme – Your questions answered

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will replace the furlough scheme and will come into play on 1 November 2020. In this article, we look at FAQs covering how the scheme works, who is eligible and specific difficulties employers and employees might have concerns about. Which...
Christopher Linton recognised in legal awards.  

Christopher Linton recognised in legal awards.  

Partner and private client practitioner Christopher Linton from Wollens has been recognised at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards – the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales. The event – held virtually for the first time due to the Covid-19...
Virus transmission spike is matched by divorce advice spike

Virus transmission spike is matched by divorce advice spike

There are concerns that the latest spike in coronavirus transmissions may see more relationships taking a turn for the worse, after a surge in divorce enquiries following the nationwide lockdown.Back to school traditionally sees a peak in petitions for divorce, but...
Have you received a poor outcome following laser eye surgery or lens replacement surgery?

Can I make a claim for clinical negligence? What you need to know

If you have suffered an injury because of clinical negligence, you may be wondering whether you are eligible to make a claim for compensation. Personal injury claims for clinical negligence can be complicated, involving complex evidence and strict time scales....
Popular Employment & Business Club moves to webinar.

Popular Employment & Business Club moves to webinar.

The Wollens popular Business & Employment club is set to move to a webinar event in light of current restrictions. The webinar is free to attend and will be taking place on Tuesday 13th October at 9am. Sign up here.   The event is designed for busy SME business...
COVID-19 and the law: Can I take my child on holiday during term-time?

COVID-19 and the law: Can I take my child on holiday during term-time?

It has been a long and difficult year for most of us, with many considering finally taking a family holiday. With children having returned to school and travel plans frequently changing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, taking children on holiday during term-time...
National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage

The rules relating to the National Minimum Wage are complex. One reason for this is the need to ensure that employers do not seek to avoid their obligations by nominally paying workers the correct rate but then making artificial deductions that effectively reduce the...
Dismissals for Redundancy

Redundancy

Before dismissing an employee for redundancy a fair employer will take reasonable steps to look for an alternative – including offering the employee a chance to be considered for suitable vacancies elsewhere in the organisation. In Aramark (UK) Ltd v Fernandes the...
Constructive dismissal and maternity leave

Wrongful Dismissal

In Hall v London Lions Basketball, Mr Hall was a professional basketball player who resigned when his employer failed to pay him the wages that it owed him. He claimed a constructive wrongful dismissal and that claim was upheld. He had been employed for a fixed term...
Dismissal – Covid-19

Constructive Dismissal

In Phoenix Academy Trust v Kilroy, Mr Kilroy was the acting principal of a school that was taken over by a new academy trust. He was accused of gross misconduct and believed that the charges against him had been manufactured in an attempt to force him out. A...
TUPE

Trust & Confidence

Sometimes working relationships just break down and can’t be repaired. The employer may feel that it is left with no alternative but to dismiss an employee who simply cannot work effectively with a manager or key colleagues. A dismissal on these grounds can fall...
Furlough – updated guidance

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

September and October this year see the scaling back of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme under which millions of employees have been placed on furlough while the Government issued grants to employers to cover the cost of their wages. The scheme ends altogether on...
Business Interruption Insurance  – judgment handed down

Business Interruption Insurance  – judgment handed down

Simon Bean, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Wollens. Earlier today (15th September 2020), the judgement of the High Court was handed down in the test case brought by the FCA.  The purpose of the case was to clarify whether the business interruption insurance...
Lights, camera, action… signing your will goes live

Lights, camera, action… signing your will goes live

Experts are warning against self-directed videos following the announcement by the Government that legislation is to be introduced in September to allow wills to be signed remotely using a live video link. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a challenge...
Wollens new office – taking shape.

Wollens new office – taking shape.

Work is well underway in Torwood Street, with the office development fit out in full swing. Meeting room structures, cabling and even the kitchen is starting to take shape. The move date is set for early November and working with the various project teams on site,...
Misdiagnosis leads to unnecessary treatment and compensation awarded.

Misdiagnosis leads to unnecessary treatment and compensation awarded.

WOLLENS CASE STUDY A Devon woman was treated for Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons and even ended up in a care home – but she wasn’t suffering from the illnesses. Now Devon law firm Wollens has won significant compensation for her after the wrong hospital diagnosis which...
Longstanding partnership continues

Longstanding partnership continues

When Western Storm took to the filed for the opening fixture in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy recently there was a familiar name on the front of the player’s shirts. Wollens are pleased to be able to announce that they will be continuing the successful partnership...
Offices opening

Offices opening

Our services have not stopped during Lockdown with our Lawyers and support teams working efficiently from home. We are however pleased to be opening offices again & bringing teams back together.Please make an appointment with your usual contact if you need to come...
Wrongful trading – new temporary measures to help businesses.

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill received royal assent and became law on 26 June 2020 (the “Act”). The legislation has been fast tracked through Parliament and contains several temporary measures aimed at relieving the burden on businesses...
Renewing a commercial lease – what can be negotiated?

Renewing a commercial lease – what can be negotiated?

Most lease renewals are governed by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, and the rules can be complicated and confusing. However, if your commercial lease is up for renewal, you want to ensure you get the most favourable terms for your business. In this post, we look at...
What is the point of Shareholders’ Agreements?

What is the point of Shareholders’ Agreements?

Starting with the basics, a shareholders’ agreement is a private contract between the shareholders of a company which sets out their rights and responsibilities as between them. It is not a compulsory document nor is it public. There is no set precedent and it can,...
Cyber Crime and Covid-19 – are you prepared?

Cyber Crime and Covid-19 – are you prepared?

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and cyber criminals are mercilessly exploiting the crisis for their own objectives. While there may not have been a significant increase in the actual levels of cybercrime, there has certainly been a change in direction. So...
Review of children’s social care system launched

Remote family court hearings – how do they work?

The introduction of social distancing in response to the coronavirus outbreak has caused disruption to many vital services – including in the justice system. Many services that would typically have taken place face-to-face have been adapted to meet the challenges of...
Wollens Solicitors, South Devon

Wollens Solicitors, South Devon

The Torwood Street development, Torquay.  Adaptability, that’s the key message for any business at the moment in these difficult COVID times. For Wollens it’s always been the mantra by which it has been managed and we’re delighted to announce the next phase of the...
Don’t miss out on moving home incentives….

Don’t miss out on moving home incentives….

With 2020 being such an unprecedented year with the global pandemic, the results on the economy and life in general cannot be overstated. That is why some creative thinking has been needed to get life going again and to stimulate the already bustling property sector....
What next for Tourism & Hospitality?

What next for Tourism & Hospitality?

South Devon’s tourism and hospitality sector has re-opened after more than three months of Lockdown which has cost businesses and the local economy millions of pounds. The government is recognising the damage being done to communities like the English Riviera...
Marriage Discrimination

Marriage Discrimination

One of the least often claimed grounds of discrimination is marriage and civil partnership. Prejudice against married people is hardly widespread and there are few circumstances in which an employer might treat an employee less favourably because they were married....
Transfer of Undertakings – changing contracts

Transfer of Undertakings – changing contracts

The Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (known as TUPE) provide that an employee’s terms and conditions cannot be changed because of the transfer of their employment from one employer to another. It has been argued in the past that this provision only applies to...
Disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus

Right to Work

An employer must be careful to avoid employing someone who does not have the right to work in the UK. Doing so knowingly is a criminal offence and inadvertently employing someone who is working illegally can lead to a civil penalty of up to £20,000 for an employer who...
Unfair dismissal – gross misconduct

Unfair dismissal – gross misconduct

In considering a wrongful dismissal claim, the Tribunal needs to decide whether or not the employee is guilty of gross misconduct. When it comes to unfair dismissal that is precisely what the Tribunal should not do – at least until it comes to assess compensation. It...
Unfair dismissal – Covid-19

Wrongful dismissal

An employee dismissed without notice will often claim both unfair and wrongful dismissal. These are two distinct claims. Unfair dismissal is concerned with the reasonableness of the employer’s decision to dismiss the employee. Wrongful dismissal is a contractual claim...
Redundancy

Redundancy

It is now common practice for employers to select employees for redundancy based on their performance at an interview. Often this process appears to be similar to a recruitment exercise, with the employer selecting those who will be offered a place in the new...
Furlough – updated guidance

Flexible Furlough Scheme

From this month the new Flexible Furlough Scheme is in operation. Under the old scheme an employee had to be furloughed for at least 21 days and could perform no work in that time. The new scheme allows for a furlough of any period and for employees to work part-time....
Unfair dismissal – gross misconduct

Companies need to get it right to protect against competition

Companies looking to protect their business by relying on non-compete clauses for key employees should check that any post-termination restrictions are reasonable. When an employee leaves and there is a threat of commercially sensitive information about operations and...
Why should you consider having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place?

Why should you consider having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place?

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows you to appoint up to four people of your choice to make decisions on your behalf, should you ever become unable to do so yourself or would simply like to have help...
Business Insurance claim rejected?

Business Insurance claim rejected?

Many businesses carry insurance which covers them for losses which arise when they cannot carry out business as usual due to an event such as a natural disaster or disease outbreak. However, the response of insurers in many cases has been to decline insurance claims...
Moving home and Covid-19

Moving home and Covid-19

Everybody in the country is feeling uncertain during these unprecedented times, who would have thought that we would have to go into total lockdown during our lifetime. There has been concern that the property market will suffer the most, but at Wollens we have not...
Child Arrangement Orders and Self-isolation

Children matters during lockdown

Deborah Baker, Family law partner with Wollens Solicitors prepares a few short articles to look at how we deal with family issues during lockdown.  In part 3 Deborah looks at children matters during lockdown. Where parents are living in different households, the...
The truth about Trusts ….

The truth about Trusts ….

Trusts are a vehicle for protecting money and assets for a prolonged period of time and in some cases can afford flexibility as to how assets are used to benefit the intended recipient; known as the Beneficiary. Myth buster – Trusts are not the preserve of the...
Questions over securing a lease extension ?

Questions over securing a lease extension ?

Many of us understand that the principal difference between freehold and leasehold property is that with a lease it is only granted for a certain number of years (often referred to as the ‘Term’).  When buying a brand new property the length of the Term will seldom be...
Covid-19 business insurance claim rejected?  We can help you.

Covid-19 business insurance claim rejected? We can help you.

Businesses whose trade has been decimated by the Coronavirus pandemic are facing an uphill struggle with big insurance companies over claims for their huge losses. Many, especially in the tourism and hospitality sector, thought their business interruption cover would...
A partial release from lockdown?

A partial release from lockdown?

On Sunday Boris Johnson announced a partial return to work for some workers and on Monday a little more detailed was provided but what does this mean in practice? Well it is quite clear that people who can work from home should still do so for the foreseeable future....
Family issues during lockdown ?

Family issues during lockdown ?

Deborah Baker, Family law partner with Wollens Solicitors prepares a few short articles to look at how we deal with family issues during lockdown.  In part 2 Deborah looks at the separation process and progressing to maintenance payments.  What to think about before...
Moving in together or buying a home together?  Protect yourself and your assets

A toolkit for family breakdown in the lockdown

Deborah Baker, Family law partner with Wollens Solicitors prepares a few short articles to look at how we deal with family issues during lockdown.  The coronavirus crisis is redefining lifestyles and the boundaries of our interactions; a situation that can challenge...
Covid 19 Shareholder Protection – No Underwriting – One Premium

Covid 19 Shareholder Protection – No Underwriting – One Premium

The death of a shareholder is not something anyone wants to have to consider but extremely relevant in the current climate. It is also likely that whilst most companies will seek to take a pragmatic and realistic approach post COVID-19, it is an unfortunate...
Relying on the concept of ‘next of kin’ – when is this enough?

Locking up the legalities when planning ahead in the virus crisis  

NHS workers fighting Covid-19 on the front line, together with the elderly and vulnerable, lie behind a huge spike in demand for will writing over recent weeks, according to the professional body for solicitors. The Law Society says many firms have reported a 30%...
Disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus

Employment Law update April 2020

It now seems almost certain that the online portal for furlough grant applications will open on 20th April with the first payments being made on 30th April so make sure you (or your accountant) are ready with your figures. There had also been an indication from HMRC...
Joint venture agreements

Joint venture agreements

Most joint venture agreements will contain default provisions which are triggered upon breach of one of the parties to the agreement. However, whilst a party’s failure to pay following a demand is often the focus of default provisions, default may also be...
Preparing your will, isolation and technology.

Preparing your will, isolation and technology.

Wollens Partner and private client specialist Charlotte McGregor shares thoughts and recent actions undertaken in the preparation of client wills. When you can’t conduct face-to-face meeting, how do you satisfy yourself that somebody isn’t being influenced to give you...
Coronavirus – The Employment Law Implications

Coronavirus – The Employment Law Implications

We are all reeling from the shock of the Coronavirus pandemic but what has changed and what do we know now? Sick Pay The Government has changed the rules on statutory sick pay (“SSP”) during the Coronavirus outbreak to entitle those who are self isolating...
Covid-19, moving in together ?

Covid-19, moving in together ?

Moving in together: Cohabitation Agreements It is likely that you have spent the last week or so wondering if you are living out the plot of a James Cameron movie (think Aliens or Terminator). Of course, I am referring to Coronavirus. On Monday evening, 23rd March in...
Joint venture agreements

Has my business contract been affected Coronavirus?

Basic contract law dictates that both parties to a contract must comply with the written obligations of that contract unless there is an express right not to do so.  However, the unprecedented nature of Coronavirus gives rise to two possibilities for non-performance...
Business announcement due to latest government guidelines

Business announcement due to latest government guidelines

Our office premises are closed to the general public currently due to the government guidelines released on the 23rd March. However our lawyers are working at home so will still be able to help you with your enquiry. Our telephone lines are open – please call...
Free Homeworking Policy

Free Homeworking Policy

All employers will be making plans to deal with the escalating threat caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, Wollens are making available a FREE homeworking policy template to protect the huge numbers of businesses and their employees who are, or will...
Business announcement due to latest government guidelines

Business continuity at Wollens (We are open for business).

The situation around Coronavirus is fast moving but we would like to reassure you on behalf of the staff and partners at Wollens that work for our clients is continuing whilst we follow the latest advice from the UK Government. Our utmost concern is for the health and...
Ashley helps to secure dream business deal.

Ashley helps to secure dream business deal.

From an oil rig off the African coast to a restaurant in the middle of Exeter. Benjamin Doyle certainly believes in the saying – variety is the spice of life. The 30-year-old has just opened the Margoux restaurant and bar in Mary Arches Street. He was helped...
Cars, tax and the legalities…..

Cars, tax and the legalities…..

Posh nosh and posh cars were the order of the day during a special business seminar in Exeter. The event was organised and hosted by Wollens, chartered accountants Thomas Westcott and Mercedes-Benz South West at the car dealer’s showrooms at Marsh Barton. The evening...
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

SUNDAY 8th March 2020 is a very special day for women. It is a day of recognition. A day of celebrating success. A day of campaigning and the continuing battle for equality. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and...
Free Homeworking Policy

Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is grabbing the headlines as it spreads over the globe and more cases are diagnosed in the UK. The impact of the virus on employees and business is worrying for employers. Some guidance has been published recently which employers might find...
Disability discrimination

Disability discrimination

To satisfy the definition of ‘disabled’ under the Equality Act 2010, an employee must show that they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to do day to day things. To be long term, the impairment...
Shared parental pay

Shared parental pay

You may remember the Court of Appeal decision in Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall last year. The Court of Appeal decided that it was not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than women on maternity leave. The special treatment women...
Marriage Discrimination

Age discrimination – compulsory retirement

An employer must be able to justify any compulsory retirement age (CRA) by showing it is a proportionate way of achieving a legitimate business aim. An employment tribunal will look at why the CRA is necessary and appropriate, whether there is any alternative to the...
Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing

Workers are protected from being treated badly by their employer because they have made protected disclosures about malpractice. In Jesudason v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the Court of Appeal has looked at whether an employer’s attempts to...
Unfair dismissal – Covid-19

Unfair dismissal – knowledge of employer

The Supreme Court decided last year that knowledge of a manager other than the dismissing officer can be attributed to the employer when establishing the reason for the dismissal (Royal Mail v Jhuti – where the real reason for dismissal, whistleblowing, was hidden...
Unfair dismissal – gross misconduct

Unfair dismissal – criminal charges

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has looked at whether it is fair to dismiss an employee who has been charged with a crime. In Lafferty v Nuffield Health, the employee was a porter at a charity. He had 20 years’ service and a clean disciplinary record. One of his...
Free Homeworking Policy

Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is grabbing the headlines as it spreads over the globe and more cases are diagnosed in the UK. The impact of the virus on employees and business is worrying for employers. Some guidance has been published recently which employers might find...
Employment & Business Club hits the road for 2020

Employment & Business Club hits the road for 2020

Expert advice in the ever-changing world of business is being offered by a specialist club organised by the team at Wollens solicitors. The Wollens Employment and Business Club has proved to be very popular with businesses of all sizes and is now back for 2020. It...
Victoria Harle strengthens Wollens Family Care Team

Victoria Harle strengthens Wollens Family Care Team

Family Law executive Victoria Harle is back where it all began. Victoria first joined the care team at Devon law firm Wollens in 2017 helping Childcare and Family team partner Rachel Carter. In 2019 she was promoted to Family Law Executive to focus on disputes...
Shattered pilot dream teenager wins compensation

Shattered pilot dream teenager wins compensation

A Devon teenager has been awarded ‘significant’ compensation after his dream to become an RAF pilot was shattered due to a hospital’s lack of proper treatment. The boy suffered a lifelong injury after the hospital failed to diagnose a fractured femoral head in his...
Whistleblowing in a public or private capacity?

Whistleblowing in a public or private capacity?

Section 47B of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says that an employer must not treat a worker badly (subject them to a detriment) if they have ‘blown the whistle’ on wrongdoing (made a ‘protected disclosure’). In Tiplady v City of Bradford...
Equal pay

Equal pay

The Equality Act 2010 sets out the law in relation to equal pay. Male and female workers should be paid the same for doing the same job (like work), work which is given the same rating under a job evaluation scheme (rated as equivalent) or work of equal value, unless...
National minimum wage

National minimum wage increases

You may remember that the Low Pay Commission reported to government back in Autumn 2019 and recommended increases to the national minimum wage and national living wage. The national living wage is the minimum pay required for workers who are aged 25 and older. It is a...
The Equality and Human Rights Commission guide to harassment

The Equality and Human Rights Commission guide to harassment

Employers must protect their workers from discrimination and harassment. An employer will be legally liable for harassment at work if they have not taken reasonable steps to prevent it. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published some technical guidance on...
Unfair dismissal – suspension

Unfair dismissal – suspension

Many employers automatically suspend an employee accused of misconduct while they investigate the allegations. Many employees don’t object. The employee in Harrison v Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust did object and brought a claim in the High Court to stop...
No beards policy ruling

No beards policy ruling

An employment tribunal has recently looked at indirect discrimination and how it applies to dress codes. Indirect discrimination is where an employer applies a policy or practice to all employees, but which negatively affects a particular group who share a protected...
Parental bereavement leave

Parental bereavement leave

The government has announced that parents will be entitled to bereavement leave from 6 April 2020 (subject to parliamentary approval). Employees who lose a child under the age of 18, or who suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, will be entitled to two...
Ethical veganism can be a protected characteristic

Ethical veganism can be a protected characteristic

Everyone’s talking about veganism, and not just because of Veganuary. In January, an employment tribunal found that a vegan was protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010. The employee’s ethical veganism met the legal test for a...
What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

What is a Prenuptial Agreement and what does it do? It is an arrangement between a couple before they marry. Its aim is to regulate what happens a marriage breaks down and ends in divorce. If you are getting married, and you or your future spouse’s family have a...
Unmarried couples disputes – A stark warning

Unmarried couples disputes – A stark warning

UNMARRIED couples faced with an end to their relationship have been given some sound advice – and warnings – from a solicitor at a leading Devon law firm. One of the most important messages from Terry Chetwood is that if they think they have the same right...
Sobering advice on drinks law in today’s modern world

Sobering advice on drinks law in today’s modern world

A night down at the local or on the town has changed in so many ways – especially with modern technology. The days of an “I’ll have a pint of your best” instruction to the landlord or landlady over the bar are becoming fewer and fewer, particularly with the presence...
2019 – what a year that was!

2019 – what a year that was!

Well what a year that was! From business mergers to a brand new name and modern look to gold-winning awards, marines-style charity challenges and, of course, Sidney the Kidney – 2019 will go down as one of busiest years in the illustrious history of Wollens. A lot of...
Giant crane comes down – giant moment for Torwood Street.

Giant crane comes down – giant moment for Torwood Street.

As we prepare to leave 2019 the £32million Torwood Street development in Torquay has reached a new milestone. A giant crane which has been dominating the harbour and waterfront area has been dismantled after almost 10 months on site. It was only in October last year...
58 Wollens staff with 1,300 years service between them!

58 Wollens staff with 1,300 years service between them!

Wollens have paid a special seasonal tribute to some of their longest-serving staff members. Champagne and flowers were presented during their Christmas party and celebrations at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter. More than one in three people at Wollens, 58 in total,...
Don’t let the festive fun end in divorce.

Don’t let the festive fun end in divorce.

That’s the special advice from legal experts as Christmas cheers can lead to tears for some couples and their families. Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but breakdowns continue to spike after the festive season, and professionals are...
Be careful with your approach to Christmas gifts ….

Be careful with your approach to Christmas gifts ….

Christmas is the season to be jolly and spoil your business associates with a box of chocs and a bottle of wine. ……But you could be giving yourself a massive Christmas hangover if you’re not careful and it has nothing to do with the booze!  It is all about...
New Year New Start for couples and civil partnerships

New Year New Start for couples and civil partnerships

The New Year could herald in a new start for opposite-sex couples who want to legally seal their relationship without having to get married. Until now Civil Partnerships were only a legal union available to same-sex couples. But from December 31 that will change with...
Christmas Opening Times

Christmas Opening Times

Christmas opening times   Home » Category: "Uncategorized" We would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Our best wishes for 2020.   Our opening hours over the festive period are: Monday 23...
Quiz night raises vital Kidney Research funds

Quiz night raises vital Kidney Research funds

Thousands of pounds were raised for Kidney Research UK after a special fish and chips inspired quiz night.Rockfish’s newly-opened restaurant at Exeter was the venue for the event which was organised by Wollens solicitors with 16 teams competing.It was a special night...
Q & A with Simon Bean, Partner, Wollens

Q & A with Simon Bean, Partner, Wollens

In the 2nd of our series of Q&A’s, we caught up with Simon Bean, Partner and Head of Department for Dispute Resolution at Wollens. Simon is based at our office in Torquay. Simon qualified in 2003 and joined Wollens in 2018,  Simon provides advice to business...
Wollens strike gold to land top UK award

Wollens strike gold to land top UK award

Wollens solicitors are celebrating after scooping a national, prestigious award. They stuck gold by winning the ‘Best Business Development and Marketing’ category at this year’s annual LawNet Awards. It was awarded after Wollens successfully delivered an extensive...
The spooky do’s and don’ts of Halloween night

The spooky do’s and don’ts of Halloween night

It’s the night when the ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties take to our streets – and it’s going to be either a Trick or Treat for most of us. Halloween Night is upon us, that annual phenomenon from the USA where being a little Devil is now part of our...
Meet our new partners Daniel and Ashley

Meet our new partners Daniel and Ashley

Devon law firm Wollens has added two new partners to its ranks. Daniel Gresswell specialises in the corporate and commercial side of the business with Ashley Bevans focussing on commercial property. Daniel was working with Toller Beattie when the Barnstaple-based...
Jon helps business as Brexit looms

Jon helps business as Brexit looms

Get Ready for Brexit. That’s the message to businesses as quitting the EU looms large. Firms of all sizes and in every sector could be facing significant change over the next weeks and months so being prepared is essential. Enter Brexit Ready Exeter, a collaboration...
Wollens in line for top award

Wollens in line for top award

Wollens have been shortlisted for a top industry award. They are one of three finalists in the Business Development/Marketing category of this year’s prestigious LawNet Awards. LawNet is one of the country’s leading law firm networks and has been supporting...
Harriet family’s special thanks to life-savers

Harriet family’s special thanks to life-savers

Picture above the best of friends – Harriet and Elsie, side by side The ‘Legends’ from yesteryear in Totnes took on the footballing stars of Plymouth Argyle in a special fund-raising match.The event was held to raise money and to say thank you to the Bristol...
Calling Young Professionals – this is just for you!

Calling Young Professionals – this is just for you!

A special business networking club is being started for Young Professionals. It is designed to be most suitable for people at the earlier stages of their career who might not usually get the opportunity to attend networking events. The club is the idea of Wollens...
There’s a value to early valuation

There’s a value to early valuation

An early valuation could be important if you are making a gift of land or property. The advice comes from Gillian Jones, a partner in the company and commercial department of Wollens solicitors. Gillian, who is based at Wollens’ Barnstaple office, says: “If you are...
Wollens join top legal network

Wollens join top legal network

Wollens have joined one of the country’s leading law firm networks. Membership to LawNet will provide a boost for the law firm, its staff and clients. LawNet has been supporting independent law firms for 30 years. With offices across Devon, Wollens employ almost 200...
Our Mission:Unbreakable team say ‘We loved it!’

Our Mission:Unbreakable team say ‘We loved it!’

They proved to be unbreakable! A five-strong team from Devon law firm Wollens were among 900 brave souls to survive one of toughest charity challenges of the year.They had to conquer mud, marsh, rivers, hills and obstacles as part of this weekend’s Mission:Unbreakable...
Women left financially vulnerable after divorce

Women left financially vulnerable after divorce

Women are leaving themselves financially vulnerable should their marriages fail.That is the verdict after a survey found women are vulnerable to financial troubles in the event of a divorce because they are failing to get to grips with the wealth of their...
There’s a value to early valuation

Don’t let your dream holiday become a nightmare

The collapse of Thomas Cook has sent shock waves through the holiday industry.More than 21,000 people have lost their jobs and holidays for thousands of people have been wrecked after a last-ditch rescue bid failed and the holiday giants went under.Could some people...
South West Family Law Team at Devon Law Firm Lead the Innovation Race

South West Family Law Team at Devon Law Firm Lead the Innovation Race

Hi-tech is the name of the game as Devon law firm Wollens add another string to their extensive bow of services for their clients.They are working in partnership with leading legal-tech company Settify to offer a modern and forward-thinking ‘real time’ service in its...
Annual Community Award given to Jim Parker

Annual Community Award given to Jim Parker

The Rotary Club of Preston(Torbay) recently presented their annual Community Award to Jim Parker. Jim was born in Hele, Torquay, went to Torquay Boys Grammar School, and has worked in the newspaper industry in London and locally for many years. He started in the...
Unmarried couples disputes – A stark warning

PENSIONS ON DIVORCE

After the family home, pensions are for many people the most substantial financial investment they will ever make. According to official data, from the Office of National Statistics, men approaching retirement aged 55 to 64 have an average pension worth £125,000,...
Wollens team take to the crease

Wollens team take to the crease

The Wollens cricket team gave the champions of South Devon Cricket Club a run for their money in the annual sponsors match. South Devon were celebrating one of their best seasons after both their first and second teams won promotion in the Devon League. But Chris...
Where do you stand on school uniforms ?

Where do you stand on school uniforms ?

It’s back to school time for thousands of children across Devon. And with that comes the expense – and pitfalls – of school uniforms. The majority of schools have some form of dress code or uniform, and most are pretty strict about enforcing compliance from pupils,...
Simply the best – the Storm battle their way to glory

Simply the best – the Storm battle their way to glory

(Picture above provided by Western Storm)Salute the champions of Western Storm.They landed the KLS Super League title for the second time in two years by beating the Southern Vipers by six wickets in a high-scoring game at Hove yesterday.And it was skipper and Devon’s...
Come on The Storm – you can do it!

Come on The Storm – you can do it!

All roads lead to Sussex County Cricket Club’s Ist Central County Ground at the Hove, Brighton, on Sunday as the cricketers of Western Storm go for super league glory – and thousands more will be watching the action live on Sky TV.The Storm booked their place in...
Finals day here we come!

Finals day here we come!

(Left to right – Wollens chief executive Chris Hart, Western Storm general manager Lisa Pagett, Wollens partner Chris Linton, Western Storm captain Heather Knight, Wollens HR director Gary Brenton, Wollens practice director Clive Meredith and Somerset County Cricket...
Mandhana stars in Storm’s six of the best

Mandhana stars in Storm’s six of the best

Western Storm made it six wins out of six when they beat Lancashire Thunder after a down-to-the-wire run chase  – led by superstar Smriti Mandhana. The world’s number one ranked one-day international batter smashed 72 from just 43 balls as Storm successfully...
Moving into an exciting new era for Wollens in North Devon

Moving into an exciting new era for Wollens in North Devon

It’s all systems go for Wollens with our latest investment and growth plans for operations in the north of the county. In October last year Wollens, formally Wollen Michelmore, merged with the well-established and well-known North Devon practice Toller Beattie who...
Sparkling amount from charity walk

Sparkling amount from charity walk

The Wollens Glitter Girls are sparkling stars.The girls completed the Rowcroft Sleep Walk recently.All the sponsorship monies have  now been collected and it has been revealed they raised £904.The team from the Torquay and Newton Abbot offices of the law firm joined...
Storming to top of table

Storming to top of table

Wollens sponsored Western Storm are sitting pretty at the top of the Kia Super League as they prepare for their latest challenge tomorrow (Thursday). They made it four wins on the bounce with a 40-run victory against Loughborough Lightning at Bristol yesterday...
Cancer victim’s praise for law firm

Cancer victim’s praise for law firm

A woman from the West Midlands area who was wrongly given the all-clear in cancer tests has won compensation. The specialist clinical negligence team at Devon law firm Wollens took up her case after a hospital Trust in the West Midlands area failed to diagnose and...
Law firm’s mission to back ‘unbreakable’ challenge

Law firm’s mission to back ‘unbreakable’ challenge

How do you fancy passing through an underwater tunnel and having to rely on somebody pulling you through from the other end?Or literally running through fire?  Or wading through chest-high water and ice to cool down?Sounds just like a Commandos-style assault course –...
Kate does mum and charity proud

Kate does mum and charity proud

One in three children leave primary school unable to read to the expected level – and one in eight disadvantaged youngsters don’t even have a book of their own.That is why charities like the Childrens’ Bookshow are so vital.It inspires children to love reading through...
Storming to success on and off field

Storming to success on and off field

The Western Storm line up with the Devon under-15s. Everyone was a winner – both on and off the field – as the Western Storm cricketers began their 2019 Kia Super League campaign. They opened their account with a convincing win against the Loughborough Lightning....
Just right recipe for charity fund-raiser

Just right recipe for charity fund-raiser

They came in all colours, shapes and flavours…Staff from Wollens’ county-wide offices have been doing their bit for charity.Raising cash for the Lullaby Trust which supports families who have lost babies through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has been the aim.And baking...
A special employment and business club is about go countywide

A special employment and business club is about go countywide

The Wollens initiative is to take in an event in Exeter for the first time. Wollens solicitors Simon Bean and Jon Dunkley lead the sessions. Jon is a partner who heads the firm’s specialist Employment Department. He advises on all aspects of employment law and is a...
Q & A with Ellie Lorimer, Solicitor, Wollens

Q & A with Ellie Lorimer, Solicitor, Wollens

  In the first of our series of Q&A’s, we caught up with Ellie Lorimer, one of our family law solicitors based at our office in Dartmouth. Ellie specialises in family law and joined Wollens in 2018 from a highly-regarded London practice. Ellie advises a broad...
Surprise guests at celebrity cricket dinner !

Surprise guests at celebrity cricket dinner !

A fund-raising night in Newton Abbot may have some surprise – and star – guests. Somerset and England cricket legend Marcus Trescothick will be the headline name for the event when he shares his memories of England’s historic Ashes win over Australia in 2005....
Teaming up to bring sporting memories back to life

Teaming up to bring sporting memories back to life

Law firm Wollens have teamed up with the Exeter City Community Trust to support a project where sporting memories are brought back to life. CITY Community Trust, Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity working in partnership with Exeter City Football Club, runs...
Glitter Girls sparkle for charity  – now bring on next year

Glitter Girls sparkle for charity – now bring on next year

The Wollens Glitter Girls are already planning next year’s theme after completing an ‘amazing’ Rowcroft Sleep Walk at the weekend.A team from the Torquay and Newton Abbot offices of the law firm joined hundreds of other walkers for the massive Rowcroft Hospice...
Don’t let holiday fun be ruined

Don’t let holiday fun be ruined

The school holidays are coming – and they play an important role in a child’s educational and cultural development. They are also just fun!However, holidays can also be a cause of conflict in separated families where one party wants to take a child abroad or to...
Victoria joins fight to tackle abuse

Victoria joins fight to tackle abuse

Torbay and South Devon is committed to tackling domestic abuse.Organisations have come together to share and promote their services and commitment to combat the issue.The event, arranged by Safer Communities Torbay, was an opportunity for those who work in the area of...
Make sure your business lasts!

Make sure your business lasts!

Business continuity planning may range across various disaster scenarios – from cyber-attack to fire or flood – but you can overlook the obvious, which is how the business will cope if the owner isn’t available to manage financial matters and decision...
‘Dig Deep’ for the Glitter Girls

‘Dig Deep’ for the Glitter Girls

The Glitter Girls are about to take to the streets – and they need your help.The girls are all members of the Wollens team taking part in this year’s Rowcroft Hospice fund-raising Sleep Walk.Based in Torquay and Newton Abbot, the ladies taking part are Zoe Gask, Trish...
Summer fetes, barbeques and garden parties ….

Summer fetes, barbeques and garden parties ….

NOW is the season for school and summer fetes, barbeques and garden parties. But with all the fun in the South Devon sun (fingers crossed!) comes a word of warning from the experts at Wollens.. over licensing! For various event organisers there’s much more to think...
Victoria joins fight to tackle abuse

Suffering from domestic abuse?

One in four women will suffer some form of domestic in their lifetime. Shockingly, two women are killed every week by their current or former partner. Whilst awareness of such issues is growing, many women and men experiencing abuse are not aware of the help available...
Next year it’s Banana Man for Rachel!

Next year it’s Banana Man for Rachel!

What better way to spend a wet Sunday? Wollens solicitors Katrina Vollentine and  Rachel Carter braved the elements to join around 300 other runners to take part in this year’s Exeter Age UK Superhero Run on Sunday. The run started and finished at the Exeter Quay. The...
Father’s Day first for proud Alex

Father’s Day first for proud Alex

Alex Nagy hasn’t a clue what present he may be getting for Father’s Day and has no idea what he wants either. That’s because Alex was given the best gift ever earlier this year – baby daughter Rinoa. It will be the Wollens IT Network Manager’s first Father’s Day. “I...
Cricket legend Marcus relives Ashes glory at charity night

Cricket legend Marcus relives Ashes glory at charity night

Somerset and England cricket legend Marcus Trescothick will be the star of the show at a special fund-raising night in Newton Abbot. He will be sharing his memories of England’s historic Ashes win over Australia in 2005 when the Aussies were defeated 2-1 in a...
Paul has more mountains to climb

Paul has more mountains to climb

TORBAY businessman Paul Bettesworth is off on his travels again – but he won’t have much time for site-seeing.Paul has only recently recovered from tackling the Three Alpine Peaks in Three Days challenge when he climbed mountains in France, Switzerland and France.He...
From Black Forest to Monaco Grand Prix

From Black Forest to Monaco Grand Prix

Charity rally driving solicitor Jon Dunkley has been able to take in some famous locations – and events – during his grueling trek through Europe.Wollens solicitor Jon has been behind the wheel of his Audi TTs and traveling through eight European countries in...
Saddle sore and shattered for charity!

Saddle sore and shattered for charity!

A group of Torbay business people were left saddle sore and shattered – but also delighted to raise thousands of pounds for charity. The members of the Torbay Business Cycling Club have just about recovered after completing the grueling Round Devon 3x3x3 Challenge to...
Jon firmly in driving seat for fund-raiser

Jon firmly in driving seat for fund-raiser

Solicitor Jon Dunkley is well on his way to raising hundreds of pounds for charity.He sent these pictures back to show how he had ‘landed’ safely in France.His grueling rally expedition will have taken him through eight European countries in just eight days.The...
Our Judith’s ‘privilege’ at mayor-making date

Our Judith’s ‘privilege’ at mayor-making date

Wollens solicitor Judith Manser was ‘privileged’ to attend an event at the heart of a town’s long history.Judith, a partner in the law firm’s property department, was representing the Barnstaple Chamber of Commerce at the local town council’s annual mayor-making...
Getting into the swing of things for charity

Getting into the swing of things for charity

Intrepid trio Dave Kendall, Dave Brooking and Andrew Guthrie have been getting into the swing of things for charity.They made up the Wollens solicitors team which took part in the annual Newton Abbot Rotary Club charity golf day at Stover Golf Club.Dave, a partner in...
Teamwork and planning key to selling your business

Teamwork and planning key to selling your business

Selling a private company needs planning and team-work – otherwise there could be serious consequences. Mark Roome, a partner with Wollens solicitors and who specialises in this field, says: “As the head of Wollens’ company commercial department, I, and my team, deal...
Curtain up on new look business awards

Curtain up on new look business awards

Wollens chief executive Chris Hart has helped launch the North Devon Business, Leisure and Tourism Awards.The law firm are once again the headline sponsors of the awards which have been revamped this year.They were officially launched with a reception for sponsors and...
The sheep judge, pen collector and our new branding

The sheep judge, pen collector and our new branding

What a wonderful ‘shop window’ to show off your new name and identity.Wollens took to the Devon County Show ground to join the hundreds of stall-holders and exhibitors at this year’s event.Thousands of people enjoyed the mix of goods, services – and, of course,...
Wollens team up with chamber in partnership deal

Wollens team up with chamber in partnership deal

Wollens solicitors have celebrated the dawning of a new era in the firm’s long history by securing a partnership deal with the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. The new identity and image for the law firm – formerly Wollen Michelmore – has been launched after a big renaming...
Jon’s all ready for the off!

Jon’s all ready for the off!

Solicitor Jon Dunkley is off on his travels tomorrow – embarking on a gruelling expedition around Europe.He will start a charity rally which will take him through eight European countries in just eight days.It is all part of the Monte Carlo Fireball Rally with Jon...
Thumbs up for new branding – and new era!

Thumbs up for new branding – and new era!

The new Wollens name and brand has been given the thumbs up across the board. It also took centre stage at the Torbay Business Forum’s first Business Dinner at Torquay’s Grand Hotel last week. Wollens is the bright new look and feel for Wollen Michelmore after a big,...
Simon tucks in for gruelling charity challenge

Simon tucks in for gruelling charity challenge

TWO days almost done – one more to go.It is onwards and upwards for a team of Torbay business people and their ‘Everest-style’ charity challenge.Wollens partner Simon Bean and 15 other members of the Torbay Business Cycling Club are in the middle of a gruelling...
Charity cyclists with mountain to climb

Charity cyclists with mountain to climb

A TEAM of Torbay business people are about to embark on an ‘Everest-style’ charity challenge. Wollens partner Simon Bean and 15 other members of the Torbay Business Cycling Club start a gruelling three-day cycle ‘tour’ tomorrow. The Round Devon 3X3X3 Challenge is in...
Care Homes – Look before you leap

Care Homes – Look before you leap

Two recent tragic cases have highlighted the importance of taking the utmost care when considering a care home for a loved oneIt is a decision that takes a lot of thought to ensure that the individual is going to be cared for in a safe environment, that they are going...
Delivered with a big smile

Delivered with a big smile

Paignton guest house owners Colin Bell and Jackie Dungie picked up more than just a few facts and figures on how the industry was doing at a recent tourism conference. They also walked away with a brand new Amazon Alexa – the virtual assistant that allows you to play...
Little experience could go a long way for student Jason

Little experience could go a long way for student Jason

Jason Graebert has been given a taste of what it is like to work at a law firm – and it may just have some bearing on his decision over a full–time career. The 21-year-old is planning a future in the teaching or the legal world. But his work placement at...
Just the news we were all waiting for…

Just the news we were all waiting for…

Hundreds of lives will be saved after a change in organ donation laws. It is just the news for which South Devon couple Chris and Liz Hart had been hoping after they spearheaded a campaign locally. Torbay MP Kevin Foster has also welcomed the Royal Assent for the...
Top tips for buying a new build home

Top tips for buying a new build home

As Devon grows in population, so do the number of houses that are being built. There have been many big new build developments in Devon, including in Torbay, Exeter, Dartmouth and Barnstaple Buying a new-build home is a little different to buying an existing property...
Torwood Street – Up she rises !

Torwood Street – Up she rises !

The first visible signs of the £32million Torwood Street development are quickly taking shape.A giant crane has been towering over the harbour helping to oversee the pouring of masses of concrete to form the first level of the project which will totally transform an...
DAS-LING NIGHT AT THE CATHEDRAL

DAS-LING NIGHT AT THE CATHEDRAL

The Devon and Somerset Law Society’s 2019 awards were simply DASL-ing! And although they didn’t land the silverware this time around, staff from Wollens still celebrated their shortlisting in the Team of the Year category. The society and its event partner have been...
RAISING A GLASS TO ‘PERFECT FIT’ MERGER

RAISING A GLASS TO ‘PERFECT FIT’ MERGER

RAISING A GLASS TO ‘PERFECT FIT’ MERGER Business leaders and clients celebrated the merger of two law firms in Devon. Wollens and North Devon-based Toller Beattie joined forces at the end of last year, but a special reception was held at the Barnstaple Hotel in...