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It’s coming…and we don’t just mean IR35 enforcement in the private sector

Budget, bonfire night, Halloween: tick. What’s next?

It already feels like ages since the above, doesn’t it? We’ve added a few pictures of our “spooky” office below.

Hopefully, all events passed without any big surprises or incidents for you (we all suspected the IR35 announcement, didn’t we? At least it’s not happening until 2020).

Now (Brexit aside)?  The mulled wine is mulling, the twinkling lights are multiplying and Santa is readying himself for that big delivery of letters (let’s hope he’s registered with the Information Commissioner re all that sensitive personal data his team must hold).

Here at HRC Law we’re delighted to have not only been as busy as ever, but also to have:

  • had lots of recognition for our achievements; and
  • recruited, and welcomed onboard, some fantastic new recruits to help support you.

We explain more about each below.  We’ll start though with a look at where we’ve featured in the news since our last round up.

HRC Law in the news:

Here’s a look at where we’ve recently featured:

  • Commercial Associate, Graham Hansen, and Employment Associate, Siobhan Howard-Palmer, spoke to Recruitment International about Brexit issues for recruiters.  Read their comments on page 49, hereGraham also contributed to Boomerang Funding’s regular blog with 6 Brexit tips for recruiters here.
  • Who pays the price for staff uniforms? Employment Solicitor, Heena Kapadi, writes for People Management here.
  • Employment Associate, Siobhan, also took part in a webchat for The Telegraph discussing work-life balance. Click here to read the full webchat or here for the highlights. Siobhan also spoke to The Telegraph about the job interview questions which could land an employer in court. Click here to read the full article.
  • Our commercial property team were thrilled to advise Søstrene Grene on their new store in Altrincham town centre. Click here to read about the opening.
  • What are the legal considerations of offering staff shares in your organisation? Corporate and Tax Associate, William Ngan, spoke to People Management here.
  • Partner, Richard Life, has been speaking to Economia about the crackdown on company compliance with modern slavery.  Read his insights here.
  • Employment Associate, Robert Maddocks, has been sharing the employment law point of view on employees with addictions. Read his comments on page 79 here.
  • We’ve made an entrepreneurial appointment with our new hire Commercial Solicitor, Rob Eakins. News of his appointment was featured on The Business Desk here, The Messenger here, and North West Insider here.
  • Make sure you read this month’s Recruitment International for Employment Associate, Jo Handler’s, insight on restrictive covenants on page 34 here.
  • Partner, Simon Whitehead, commented on IR35 (pre the Budget news) for Boomerang Funding’s blog, here, and People Management here.  (For a post-Budget discussion, please see our website here).
  • Our Corporate team were legal advisers to private investment specialists Foresight Group LLP in a recent high-profile North West investment.  You can read more about the deal here.  It was also reported by The Business Desk here, by Insider Media here, and by Unquote here.

Feeling proud and grateful

We’ve appeared again in the two leading UK legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, whose latest editions have just been published.

In the Legal 500’s United Kingdom 2018-19, North West rankings:

  • Our Corporate and Commercial Team which “regularly advises clients in the retail, e-commerce, childcare, automotive and healthcare sectors” has moved up the rankings with special mentions for: Partner, Mark Traynor who is noted for his experience in the childcare sector”; Partner, Richard Life, who is ‘user-friendly’, has a ‘commercial approach’ and is ‘particularly strong in fashion and retail and is very well connected’; and Associate, William Ngan, who is noted for his corporate tax expertise.
  • Our Real Estate Team is recognised as being ‘very efficient and thorough’.  Mentions are made of: its portfolio management work for retail sector clients; acquisitions and disposals for childcare sector clients; and work with the leisure and warehousing sectors, and on property investments and real estate finance mandates.  Partner, Helen Marsh is ‘very dedicated and very commercial’ and is ‘good at keeping clients informed of progress’.
  • Our Employment Team is recognised as adopting a ‘practical and intelligent approach that is focused on achieving its clients’ business objectives’.  Partner, Simon Whitehead’s “significant recruitment sector expertise” is mentioned, as is his ‘particularly calm and balanced approach” and the “clear advice” he provides.

In Chambers and Partners:

  • Paul Kirkpatrick who joined HRC Law LLP’s Dispute Resolution team as a partner in May 2018 is “very good at explaining the pros and cons of the issue.”  His communication skills are praised too.
  • Helen is a “recognised practitioner” for Real Estate.
  • Mark, “up and coming” in the North West for Corporate/M&A: SME/Owner-managed Businesses, is “particularly knowledgeable in relation to the childcare industry.”  Clients consider him to be “very good at cutting through and getting to the big decisions.”

Well done to all the team and a huge THANK-YOU to all our clients and contacts who helped us to achieve this.  We know it takes time to answer the researcher’s questions, and we’re most grateful to you for doing so.

Our Employment Team have also made the shortlist for the Personnel Today Employment Law Firm of the Year 2018 (hurray!).  Read more about us and our fellow shortlistees here.


“I cannot recommend Sherrelle and everyone at HRC Law enough”

Corporate and Commercial Associate, Sherrelle Scott, was chuffed as punch to receive the above, and an email with a glowing testimonial from former nursery owner, Sharon Massey. (Thanks Sharon!)  Read why Sharon would recommend HRC Law to anyone thinking of selling their nursery business here.

If you know someone who is thinking of selling their nursery business, please let them know that Sherrelle, Mark and the team could help them too.


Articles and Seminars for you and your business

In case you missed them, our recent bulletins included:

In our Hot Response to Current News employment feature, we’ve looked at:

We’ve just finalised the topics we’ll be covering in our Business Protection Seminars in 2019, and will additionally be holding some events for recruiters and a “Brexit for Businesses: Employer focus” seminar in late January.  Please watch this space for details or contact Stephen.


New faces 

A warm welcome to our team to:

We want to tell you more about these fabulous people but have taken up enough of your time for this edition, so we’ll save it for the next one.  Until then, remember that we’re here if you need us