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Spring 2022 – Employment law update for employers

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation, and in recent years, it has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights, such as neo-natal leave…

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Alana Penkethman

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

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Alana Penkethman

Alana is an Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team and is an expert employment lawyer. She advises businesses and individuals on matters arising from recruitment to termination.

Alana provides pragmatic advice, ensuring problems are resolved as quickly as possible, and in turn minimising disruption and stress to both parties. When litigation is unavoidable, Alana excels in negotiations and will deliver robust representation.

Since qualification in 2011, Alana has developed a specialism in discrimination matters, and is passionate about equality in the workplace.

When Alana is not working, she enjoys flying with a hot air balloon team and is a keen cyclist. She also enjoys live music and plays the saxophone.

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Employers – let’s talk about pay

The subject of pay is always a hot topic and requires sensitive handling. Employees feel they need...

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Investigating employee misconduct – how to get it right.

‘Being dismissed for misconduct can have a devastating impact on an employee’s future job opportunities,’ says Alana...

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Dismissing an employee fairly: a refresher

The law gives five potentially fair reasons for dismissal. The most commonly used reasons are redundancy, capability and misconduct, but a breach of a statutory duty or restriction, or some…

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Alana Penkethman

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 377872

Email

Alana Penkethman

Alana is an Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team and is an expert employment lawyer. She advises businesses and individuals on matters arising from recruitment to termination.

Alana provides pragmatic advice, ensuring problems are resolved as quickly as possible, and in turn minimising disruption and stress to both parties. When litigation is unavoidable, Alana excels in negotiations and will deliver robust representation.

Since qualification in 2011, Alana has developed a specialism in discrimination matters, and is passionate about equality in the workplace.

When Alana is not working, she enjoys flying with a hot air balloon team and is a keen cyclist. She also enjoys live music and plays the saxophone.

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Employers – let’s talk about pay

The subject of pay is always a hot topic and requires sensitive handling. Employees feel they need...

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employment misconduct

Investigating employee misconduct – how to get it right.

‘Being dismissed for misconduct can have a devastating impact on an employee’s future job opportunities,’ says Alana...

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Receiving an employment tribunal claim: what to do next

‘As an employer, it’s likely that at some point, you will receive a tribunal claim from an employee, former employee or even an applicant,’ says Alana Penkethman, an Associate in…

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Alana Penkethman

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 377872

Email

Alana Penkethman

Alana is an Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team and is an expert employment lawyer. She advises businesses and individuals on matters arising from recruitment to termination.

Alana provides pragmatic advice, ensuring problems are resolved as quickly as possible, and in turn minimising disruption and stress to both parties. When litigation is unavoidable, Alana excels in negotiations and will deliver robust representation.

Since qualification in 2011, Alana has developed a specialism in discrimination matters, and is passionate about equality in the workplace.

When Alana is not working, she enjoys flying with a hot air balloon team and is a keen cyclist. She also enjoys live music and plays the saxophone.

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Employers – let’s talk about pay

The subject of pay is always a hot topic and requires sensitive handling. Employees feel they need...

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employment misconduct

Investigating employee misconduct – how to get it right.

‘Being dismissed for misconduct can have a devastating impact on an employee’s future job opportunities,’ says Alana...

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IR35

New rules for IR35 and off-payroll working from 6 April

After postponements in 2019 and 2020, the 6 April 2021 is the third date scheduled for the off-payroll working rules to be extended to the private sector. The purpose of…

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Garden leave – protecting your business when employees go

When a key employee is about to leave, employers look to minimise damage to their business and may wish to keep the employee away from customers and commercially sensitive information….

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Jonathan Talbot

Partner — Family

Direct dial: 01202 377844

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Jonathan Talbot
  • “Jonathan has been amazing at helping me get a resolution with my ex-husband. He was a great listener when I was getting very upset about clauses in our old divorce agreement that were not being adhered to and reacted really quickly with a letter and support. I would not hesitate to ask Jonathan for help again but please excuse me if I hope that doesn’t happen for a while as we all know dealing with ex's is never much fun! Thank you Jonathan.”

    Sharron Davies, MBE

  • “Very happy with how you dealt with my case. Many thanks for your help and advice from Mr Talbot and his secretary.”

    Jan Saad

  • “Jonathan Talbot explained the process and how things would proceed. He was very patient allowing us time to understand and adapt to our new situation. Legal language can be quite difficult to understand and he would explain what it meant and how it would impact.”

    Rae Frederick

  • “I always use Laceys for my legal work, I feel able to talk to them and I know they listen. They have always been professional and kind.”

    Dawn Aston

  • “I’d like to extend heartfelt thanks to you and Shannon for helping me through this difficult time, I am really very appreciative to have had you on my team this year, you’ve been an enormous support. ”

    Mrs W

Jonathan heads up Laceys family department with over 30 years experience in Family Law.

He specialises in Family and Relationship Breakdowns, Financial Remedies, Collaborative Law and International Family Law.

Jonathan has a exceptional caring nature and will always strive to find solutions to family issues outside of the court if at all possible.

Outside of work Jonathan likes to keep himself busy by competing in Ironman 70.3’s when he gets the chance – which are no easy feat at having to complete a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and then a 13.1 mile run each race!

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No-fault divorce. A smoother path to divorce from 6 April 2022.

Once you have decided that your marriage is over and you have taken the first step towards...

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Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) hearings – what to expect.

If you are applying for a financial order as part of your divorce then the court will...

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What you need to consider before signing a Settlement Agreement.

Back in March, the Government introduced the concept of furlough leave under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, to support employees who may otherwise likely be made redundant, in an attempt…

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National Minimum Wage changes. Employers: don’t be caught out in 2020

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the prescribed hourly rate of pay which employers must legally pay to most of their workers. From April 2020 NMW is increasing with 25…

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What is a Settlement Agreement?

Settlement agreements are used to record what an employer and employee have agreed about the ending of employment. They are common, but every employee will have different needs and concerns….

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Ethical Veganism. Game Changer for Employers?  

A recent decision in an employment tribunal case draws attention to the Equality Act 2010 (the Equality Act) and the protection it offers to employees under its anti-discrimination provisions. The…

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Byron Sims

Solicitor — Litigation

Direct dial: 01202 377812

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  • “Bryon was extremely efficient and responded quickly at all times keeping us advised of our position. He was very sympathetic to our needs over a difficult case.”

    Judith McConnell

  • “Byron was very understanding of my situation.”

    Paul Bolton

  • “Mr Sims was extremely helpful and very patient and everything was dealt with in a friendly manner and we had a good result.”

    Patricia Taylor

Byron joined Laceys in 2018, where he completed his training contract and qualified as a solicitor in 2019, in the dispute resolution team. Byron’s areas of law include landlord and tenant disputes; alcohol and entertainment licensing, acting for pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants, off-licences and events; commercial litigation and debt recovery.

Byron completed his first degree in modern language studies with the Open University in 2010 with a 2.1 (hons). He then studied law at Bournemouth University, passing the Graduate Diploma in Law with merit and the Legal Practice Course with distinction.

Before coming to law, Byron lived and worked around the world, from France to Bolivia, teaching English as a foreign language and managing bars and restaurants. From his travels and studies, Byron speaks fluent French and Spanish, as well as bits of other languages. As well as travel, Byron likes to spend his free time outdoors (weather permitting) and playing music.

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Landlords and Eviction: no need for gas certificates?

Not exactly. However, a recent case has confirmed that landlords may still be able to use the...

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Residential evictions notice period reduced again

Once again, the eviction notice periods under section 21 and section 8 have changed. However, for the...

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Springing Forward – Important Changes for Employers in April 2019

There are two key changes which employers need to be aware of that will be in force from April 2019. The first is that the annual rise to statutory employment…

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Myths …..BUSTED.

For those who have been living under a rock (or a mountain of paperwork) the biggest change to data protection law for decades, the General Data Protection Regulation, comes into…

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Sam Freeman

Partner — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 377878

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  • “First Class Service. ....Sam and Victoria were an absolute pleasure to work with whilst expertly guiding us through the pitfalls of the merger. I would highly recommend anyone considering an acquisition or merger to speak with Sam.”

    Caroline Kelleway, Burns Property Management and Lettings Limited

  • “Thoroughly professional and helpful advice at all times.”

    G & H Walford-Howell

  • “I launched POW Energy Water with 15 years experience in food and drink, but no experience in the legalities of setting up and structuring a business. Sam and his team have been fantastic helping me secure finance and trademarks, ensuring I am safe in the knowledge that my back is covered so I can concentrate on growing by business.”

    Ed Woolner, Founder & Managing Director - POW Energy Water

  • “Sam Freeman is an excellent solicitor who is extremely knowledgeable and who shows great patience and kindness when dealing with someone who is unfamiliar with legal matters.”

    Jane Balmforth

  • “Straight forward and easy to work with and very helpful.”

    Adrian Broom

  • “Sam is very good at understanding what we need, even if we aren't that clear. He keeps us up to date and gives clear concise advice when needed.”

    Judith Young

Sam Freeman is head of our Corporate and Commercial team and is a vastly experienced corporate lawyer having advised a wide variety of businesses within a range of sectors.

Sam’s particular specialisms include share and assets acquisitions and disposals, company restructures, shareholder agreements and partnerships. Sam enjoys helping people succeed in business regardless of whether the client is a small local set up or a large national organisation. Whatever the concern, Sam provides a calm personable approach to his work ensuring clients are guided in a practical straightforward manner.

Away from work Sam enjoys spending time with his family and this years new edition, Merlin the Great Dane, and anything sport related, especially playing golf.

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Copyright for Taste?

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Are you set up for Gender Pay Gap Reporting?

The obligations are now in full force, meaning that Companies and employers in the voluntary sector with 250 or more employees will be required to publish information about their business’…

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Ella Gould

Associate — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

Direct dial: 01202 377825

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Ella Gould, Solicitor in Laceys Corporate and Commercial team
  • “We believe Ella worked extremely hard to bring our sale to the satisfactory conclusion especially during the difficult Covid19 trading conditions. She worked late in evening to accommodate our needs. A real asset and credit for Laceys.”

    Brian Clemons

  • “Ella makes every process we deal with understandable and as straight forward as possible. I have not doubt she will remain our solicitor for many years.”

    Kelly West

  • “Corporate acquisitions never go quite as planned but Ella was always at the end of the phone and more than willing to chase up whatever was not forthcoming! A thorough and efficient service with plenty of good advice along the way!”

    Stuart Harding

  • “Commercial legal details can be a minefield to interpret and understand. Clear explanations are offered at every step and this provides confidence in the decision making process.”

    Martin Spooner

  • “Ella carried out the work for my business sale very efficiently, and always responded promptly. This was particularly important to me as I often required assistance quickly in order to progress matters within the given time frame.”

    Jon Dudley

Ella completed her Law LLB Hons degree at the University of Surrey graduating in 2013 and subsequently the LPC at the University of Law. Ella joined us to commence her training contract in 2014 and qualified into our corporate and commercial team in March 2016, now acting on a wide variety of corporate, commercial and employment matters ranging from local businesses to national companies.

Ella can assist with business and share transactions, shareholders’ agreements, drafting articles of association and other general company law matters. Ella also advises on employment law aspects predominantly in a corporate context. In particular, her work includes drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, providing assistance and advice on TUPE transfers, and other general employer advice.

Outside of work Ella enjoys going for long runs around Bournemouth and the Purbecks, skiing when the opportunity arises and making the most of the local beaches in the summer.

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Virtual Networking. Helping businesses get through Covid-19.

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