Date: 30 July 2016

FREE Legal Clinic EVERY Wednesday

Free legal clinic

Do you have a legal question or situation you need help with? We are holding FREE legal clinics every Wednesday from 12pm – 3pm at our walk-in centre and are on hand to discuss: Family Matters: including Divorce, Separation & Finances and Childcare Civil Matters: including Property Disputes, Debt Matters, Personal Injury & Inheritance/Estate Disputes Business Services Call to arrange an appointment or feel free to pop in – we’re here to help!

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Date: 7 March 2018

Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival’s 25th Anniversary – Proudly sponsored by Best Solicitors

Beer Festival 2018

The arrival of the Beast from the East also saw the arrival of the 25th Anniversary Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival at Magna Science Adventure Centre. BEST were headline sponsors for this prestigious and much anticipated annual event. The snow did not stop play, and 1000’s of guests braved the weather and enjoyed the festival – the music and the ales, ciders, craft ales and Prosecco cocktails! BEST staff volunteered on their sponsored bar, and it was a pleasure to welcome and serve our guests, and the rest of the festival goers. As a firm BEST are committed to helping…

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Date: 9 February 2018

Advice for first time buyers

First Time Buyer

Ready to make your move? Finding your first home could be easier than you think. Buying a home can be a daunting process, regardless of how many times you’ve bought, sold, and moved house. It can be even more intimidating for first time buyers. Finding your way around the maze of legal requirements, from stamp duty to organising your mortgage often feels like very hard work. Of course once you’ve found the right property and sealed the deal, there’s nothing to quite match the thrill of getting the keys to your first home. Are you ready to take the plunge and…

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Date: 1 November 2017

Sorry, seems to be the hardest word….

sorry picture

Sorry, seems to be the hardest word…. Or, at least it does according to Elton John. But in criminal law, sometimes a simple act of contrition, genuinely felt and communicated, can alter a case outcome significantly. A timely admission and expression of sorrow can make the difference between a formal resolution such as caution or charge, and persuade the police to consider an out of court community resolution. Restorative justice is a popular out of court disposal and preferable to almost all other outcomes when guilt is not in doubt. Research shows that the process has benefits for both victim and…

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Date: 20 October 2017

Move on up – Commercial Property Tips

commercial property

The UK’s commercial property market is booming. Ready to invest in Sheffield? Here’s what you need to know. Whether it’s a massive space for your thriving business or somewhere to launch your start-up or an investment, the commercial property scene is booming. According to the British Property Federation, (BPF) commercial property accounts for 13 per cent of UK built stock and is valued at £871bn – that’s the equivalent of 40 per cent of the value of the UK stock market. But while you might be familiar with what to look for when buying a residential property, investing in a commercial…

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Date: 19 October 2017

Join our Team – Job Vacancy – Conveyancer

Join-Our-Team

We are looking to recruit an experienced qualified Conveyancer to work within our busy Conveyancing Department on a job share basis 2/3 days per week to be decided. We require the applicant to be hard working, enthusiastic and conscientious. Must be a team player with great interpersonal skills and a good degree of patience and understanding and have the ability to work well under pressure. Closing Date: 30 November 2017 If you think you have the qualities needed to join the Conveyancing Team at BEST Solicitors then please apply in writing with your current CV to Beverley Brooke or by email…

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Date: 19 October 2017

Government Signals Tough Sentencing Changes

Over the last few days, the government has announced proposals to introduce new offences and increase sentencing for a range of other offences. Our expert criminal lawyer Vanessa Saxton explains the proposals. Knife crime Knife crime increased by 20% in the last year, prompting the government to look again at key legislation. Possession of a knife has in the same period increased by 23%. New laws will make it an offence to deliver to a private residential address a knife sold online. All future online purchases will have to be delivered to a collection address where the age of the purchaser…

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Date: 19 October 2017

Bullied at work? How to cope…

Bullied at work

We spend vast swathes of our life at work. In fact sometimes we see our work colleagues more than we see our own family. But bullying, discrimination or disputes can make going to work the last thing you want to do. Sometimes issues can be resolved by talking and tackling the problem head on. But in other cases, the dispute ends up at an employment tribunal. Until recently, however, taking a claim to an employment tribunal meant paying substantial fees up front – a major hindrance to many seeking justice for workplace troubles. Now a court has ruled that the fees…

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Date: 16 October 2017

Liz Harris joins the Best team

Elizabeth Harris

Liz Harris has recently joined the team at BEST as a commercial property solicitor. She started her working life as a nurse, but after the challenges of working as a nurse overseas, as a district nurse and in acute medicine she decided to embark on a new challenge. She had a long standing interest in law and enrolled to study a law degree at the University of Sheffield; obtaining a 2:1 and the Simon Ball Memorial Prize for contract law.  Following a pass on the Legal Practice Course, Liz worked a temporary contract at the British Medical Association as an employment…

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Date: 12 October 2017

Have you been the victim of the 2 year rule?

Bullied at work

It used to be the case up to April 2012 that you needed 1 years service to claim unfair dismissal. This has now increased to 2 years. Following this increase there was a hike in employment tribunal fees which created even more barriers for people seeking access to justice – this increase in fees has now thankfully been reversed. Currently an employer can terminate an employee’s contract pre the 2 year deadline without any substantial reason and there’s no comeback for the employee. Here at best we are campaigning for a reduction in the 2 year rule and for employees to…

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Date: 22 September 2017

A calm divorce, for a happier future

Employment Rights

Breaking up is hard to do, but can you ever have an ‘amicable’ divorce? Here’s how to make a divorce as pain free as possible. Mention the word ‘divorce’ and chances are the first thing that springs to mind is conflict, anger and tears. But many couples are discovering that divorce does not have to be quite so traumatic and that, despite what many might think, it is actually possible to have an ‘amicable’ divorce. Rather than adopting an adversarial stance from the start, they are taking a more mature and sensible approach, and playing by a set of rules that…

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