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European Court rules against employees in Woolworths case

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled against the employees and the union involved in the Woolworths redundancy case.It’s good news for employers because it could reduce the time they have to spend negotiating collective redundancies in the future.The case brought into focus the issue ...

New service to reduce cost of disputes over IP and design
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New service to reduce cost of disputes over IP and design

New measures are to be introduced to try to reduce the cost of disputes over Intellectual Property and design rights.The new Designs Opinions Service is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses and will be similar to the current Patent Opinion Service, which was introduced in 2005. It will be run ...

Company awarded damages against former director
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Company awarded damages against former director

A steel production company has won a damages claim against a former director and members of his family after they formed a rival start-up business.The director, his son and daughter-in-law all worked for the production company at the same time. The son and daughter-in-law left to set up their own bu...

Businesses warned about pitfalls without a company social media policy
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Businesses warned about pitfalls without a company social media policy

Businesses in North Wales and Chester were warned about the dangers of failing to implement a robust staff social media policy.Experts from Chester-based law firm Hillyer McKeown and digital PR agency Outwrite spoke about how to set clear boundaries for staff over social media use, as well as how to...

Anselmians Saints Beer Festival Returns for May Bank Holiday
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Anselmians Saints Beer Festival Returns for May Bank Holiday

Anselmians Rugby Club in Eastham is gearing up for the return of the Saints Beer Festival this May bank holiday weekend (22nd May).As you may know, Hillyer McKeown is the main sponsor of the club and will be showing its support at this weekend’s event, which will be raising vital funds for the...

Joanna sets out to help Polish settle family issues
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Joanna sets out to help Polish settle family issues

Hillyer McKeown is pleased to welcome Polish solicitor Joanna Jandula to its Family Law team.Joanna, who is fluent in English and Polish, specialises in all aspects of relationship breakdown including divorce, division of finances, residence and contact arrangements for children. After obtaining a M...

Case highlights issue of parental responsibility
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Case highlights issue of parental responsibility

When two parents separate, who actually has parental responsibility for a child?The issue of parental responsibility has been highlighted in a recent Court of Appeal decision. By law, the mother of a child automatically always has parental responsibility, whereas the father of a child may or may not...

General Election 2015: Implications For Employment Law
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General Election 2015: Implications For Employment Law

With the General Election 2015 just around the corner, we outline the implications for Employment Law when you cast your vote on Thursday 7 May.To download this free guide, please click here....

‘Claire House Does Strictly’ Event Raises £48,000 for Charity
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‘Claire House Does Strictly’ Event Raises £48,000 for Charity

Nearly £50,000 was raised for Claire House Children’s Hospice on Saturday night (25th April) as Hillyer McKeown’s Senior Partner Phil McKeown took to the dancefloor with seven other amateur dancing hopefuls for the ‘Claire House Does Strictly’ event. The £48,000 ...

Apprentice Pay Boost
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Apprentice Pay Boost

In one of the last key moves by the current coalition government prior to the election, it has been announced that apprentices will get the biggest pay boost when the National Minimum Wage increases come into effect in October.The adult rate will rise by 20p from £6.50 per hour to £...

Payroll Brothers banned for £900,000 breach
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Payroll Brothers banned for £900,000 breach

Two brothers have been banned from being company directors after they breached their duty to creditors when their business went into liquidation.The two men ran a company that provided payroll services. The business got into financial difficulties and was wound up in October 2012.An Insolvency Servi...

Back-dated rent threatens re-location
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Back-dated rent threatens re-location

One of our manufacturing clients in Burnley was recently looking to relocate to new, larger premises, so they served a Notice to Quit upon their landlord, thereby bringing the property lease to an end at the expiry of the notice period. The landlord reacted badly to this notice and sought to unilate...

Government to tighten up the Prompt Payment Code
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Government to tighten up the Prompt Payment Code

The government is tightening up the Prompt Pay Code (PPC) to encourage firms to pay invoices quicker and so improve cash flow for smaller firms.Business Minister Matthew Hancock says the PPC will now promote 30-day terms as standard and introduce a 60-day maximum limit. Unless firms can show there a...

On Your Feet Britain!
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On Your Feet Britain!

We’re taking part in an event called ‘On Your Feet Britain’ today (24th April), encouraging British workers to get up off their seats and take steps towards being more active.The event is being run by campaign group Get Britain Standing and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and ha...

Phil McKeown hits the dancefloor!
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Phil McKeown hits the dancefloor!

It's now just a couple of days until Phil McKeown takes to the dancefloor to compete in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, raising funds for charity Claire House.The event is to be held on Saturday 25th April at Liverpool's Titanic Hotel, with a dinner and performance from the dancers. It is ...

Hillyer McKeown team up with Outwrite PR for social media event
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Hillyer McKeown team up with Outwrite PR for social media event

This April, Hillyer McKeown’s experienced employment solicitors will be teaming up with North-Wales-based firm Outwrite PR for the latest in the ‘Employment Essentials’ event series, this time focusing on social media.This free event will be held at the Deeside Enterprise Centre on...

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