Kimberley Barret, employment lawyer

A legal guide to Christmas parties

Napthens - December 13th 2017
With the Christmas party season in full swing, a legal law expert is warning that employers should be mindful of the potential issues that may arise. Kimberley Barrett-St. Vall, Employment and HR partner at regional law firm Napthens, warns that although a good time to boost staff morale and celebrate hard work and accomplishments, Christmas parties should be considered an extension of the working environment.
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Family and Divorce - Partner - Helen Lucking

Protecting the family business during a divorce

Helen Lucking - December 11th 2017
Figures from the office of national statistics show that 42% of all marriages in the UK now end in divorce. These statistics affect business owners as much as the rest of the population, but for the family business owner the consequences of divorce could be disastrous. Such a business is often a limited company and the husband and wife are both directors and shareholders.
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Commercial division - head of Commercial division - Keith Melling

Napthens advises as entrepreneur acquires historic ice cream brand

Napthens - December 8th 2017
A team from Napthens solicitors has helped secure the future of a well-known Lancashire food brand after it was acquired by a local entrepreneur. Simon Rigby, owner of ventures including The Villa restaurant in Wrea Green, near Blackpool, and Preston Guild Hall, has acquired ice cream producers Bonds of Elswick.
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‘Don’t be put off’ by leasehold property

Napthens - December 6th 2017
An expert in property law has urged homebuyers not to be put off if a property is leasehold. Sarah Barnes, head of Residential Property at regional law firm Napthens, warns that despite recent controversies involving leasehold and the actions of particular landlords, buyers should be comfortable with the prospect.
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Sharon Walker, Debt Recovery

Businesses reminded to claim compensation for late payments

Napthens - November 30th 2017
Businesses which are pursuing late payments are being reminded they can also claim interest and compensation to cover the costs of collecting the debt. Earlier this year, research from Bacs Payment Schemes revealed late payments leave SMEs with a bill of more than £2billion every year. This can be a real issue for businesses, particularly smaller companies.
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Napthens’ Sally scoops property professional award

Napthens - November 24th 2017
A member of the Residential Property team at regional law firm Napthens has scooped an award for her work. Sally Calvert, associate legal executive at Napthens, was named the Property Professional of the Year at Downtown Lancashire In Business’ third annual Women in Business Awards.
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