Date: 24 April 2018

Cohabiting and the TOLATA Act: what you need to know

Cohabiting and the TOLATA Act These days, it is becoming more and more common to live with a significant other without being married, either prior to marriage or with no intention of marrying at all. The latest government statistics from 2017 show that cohabiting couple ‘families’ – this includes those with or without children – are the fastest growing family type and account for around 3.3 million family households in the UK. Despite this rise in popularity, in the case of separation, individuals do not have the same financial and legal protections as those who have been married have. There is…

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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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Date: 22 September 2017

Divorce: fact vs fiction

Truth about divorce

When it comes to divorce, sometimes not all is what it seems. From eye-watering settlements to rows over who keeps the dog, we separate the facts of divorce, from the fiction. From celebrities battling it out in public to tales of friends being taken to the cleaners, the world of divorce appears to be a minefield. Everyone has heard shocking stories of in-laws being frozen out, squabbles over children and couples coming to legal blows as they fight over the dining table, the rugs, and the dog. Getting a divorce is undoubtedly going to be stressful and sad, but the fact…

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Date: 20 September 2017

Trainee Solicitor Vacancy

Job Vacancy

BEST Solicitors are looking to recruit a Trainee Solicitor. The post will commence as soon as possible and will last for two years covering a wide range of Law. We require the applicant to be hard working, enthusiastic, and a team player with great interpersonal skills and a good degree of patience and understanding with the ability to work well under pressure. The main responsibilities and duties of the Trainee Solicitor will be to work closely with one or more of the senior lawyers in the firm and assist with all aspects of that lawyer’s work; you will not have your…

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Date: 5 September 2017

Top 10 most bizarre laws from around the globe…

Best Solicitors

Top 10 most bizarre laws from around the globe… If you’re soon jetting off on a late summer break or planning on catching the travel bug and heading off in search of exotic lands far and wide, we’d always advise you to do your research first. It’s worth looking into local laws and traditions, as you could save yourself embarrassment, fines or much worse! Culture clashes can occur anytime you travel, but every once in a while they happen in some truly unexpected ways. From sleeping donkeys in bath tubs to kissing in public, join us as we count down some…

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Date: 18 July 2017

Saturday Legal Clinic for Employment and Discrimination

Employment Law Clinic

Nikki Sharpe, our Employment & Discrimination law specialist, runs free legal clinics on the last Saturday of the month. The next clinic is Saturday 15th December 2018, 10am – 1pm, at our Walk-in Centre on Pinstone Street. Pop in & see Nikki for a free consultation. If you cannot make the Saturday clinic, please call to book a consultation at a convenient time for you.    

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Date: 13 July 2017

Nikki Sharpe Joins the Best

Nikki Sharpe

We are delighted Nikki Sharpe has joined the Best team. Here’s is a little bit about Nikki: My name is Nicola Sharpe (Nikki) I was born in London Ealing and then moved up North and spent most of my childhood and earlier years in a little village called Alston in Cumbria. I attended the local secondary school and left school with very minimal qualifications and little aspiration. I went onto Carlisle Technical College where I undertook a 1 year secretarial course and then relocated to Manchester where I secured employment in a Solicitors firm called Thompsons. I was employed initially as a…

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Date: 16 June 2017

I’ve got a parking ticket – what are my rights?

The truth about parking tickets

We all know that familiar sinking feeling only too well. You get back to your car and there’s a yellow sticker on the windshield. You’ve got a parking ticket. It’s hardly the best way to spend £70 now is it? But is there anything you can do about it or do you have to pay up? Every case isn’t clear cut and depends on a number of factors. We’ve put together some of the basics below to help you. Ticket type – check the type of parking ticket you have before you start. How to appeal will be different depending on…

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