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Return to the workplace: Be aware of an employee’s disabilities

Now is a time of transition as employees return to the workplace either on a hybrid basis or for all their working time. ‘Employers need to keep in mind the…

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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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Return to the workplace: Be aware of an employee’s disabilities

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Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff,...

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Senior executive departure – tips for a smooth exit

Despite all your best efforts to recruit and retain the right key executives, sometimes things just do not work out as planned and it becomes evident that it will be…

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Alana Penkethman

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 377872

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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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Return to the workplace: Be aware of an employee’s disabilities

Now is a time of transition as employees return to the workplace either on a hybrid basis...

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HR Policies and procedures book

Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff,...

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Disciplinary Action

Dusting off disciplinary procedures post Covid

The last 18 months have seen employers turn on a dime to keep their business on track, while guarding the health and wellbeing of staff and customers.  While flexibility has…

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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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working in office

Return to the workplace: Be aware of an employee’s disabilities

Now is a time of transition as employees return to the workplace either on a hybrid basis...

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HR Policies and procedures book

Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff,...

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Is your workplace sympathetic to the menopause?

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her huge refrigerator and stands there cooling off from a…

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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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Return to the workplace: Be aware of an employee’s disabilities

Now is a time of transition as employees return to the workplace either on a hybrid basis...

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HR Policies and procedures book

Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff,...

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The future of the workplace and hybrid working

The official government message encouraging people to work from home is expected to end with the final step out of lockdown. For many employees though, homeworking is here to stay….

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Employee, worker or self-employed? Comparing status and rights.

The statutory definitions of the three categories of employment status have long been criticised as being unclear, and over the years a body of case law interpreting these definitions has…

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Disability Discrimination Advice for HR professionals

Laceys’ Head of Employment & HR, Robin Watson spoke to the Wessex Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on Thursday 11 March. CIPD is the professional…

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

Coronavirus job retention scheme extended to the end of March 2021

The government coronavirus job retention scheme (also known as furlough scheme) has been extended through to March 2021. The job retention scheme which was initially introduced in 1 March 2020…

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Laceys consider 3 flexible working options that may work for your business

The viability of many businesses is on a knife edge and flexible working options enabling the scaling up or down of your workforce at short notice have become increasingly important….

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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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Can you really have a clean break after divorce?

Many people mistakenly believe that a divorce severs financial ties between those formerly but that is not...

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Implacable hostility over child arrangements or parental alienation?

If you cannot reach an agreement with your former partner about arrangements for your children, one of...

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Covid-19 and Data Protection – FAQs for Employers

Please find following FAQs which explain business compliance to data protection regulations during Covid-19. Do I need to inform employees if one of their colleagues contracts Covid 19? Whilst an…

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NOEA and Laceys Solicitors Q&A Twitter Hour Summary

The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) and Laceys Solicitors hosted a Twitter Q&A on Thursday 2nd April for event professionals looking for legal advice, specifically around matters covering dispute and…

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Sam Burnand

Marketing Manager — Marketing

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Sam Burnand

“I’ve been working with Sam for a couple of years on a very wide range of marketing communications. Sam has a natural attention to detail and a refreshing attitude to the work we’ve collaborated on. The launch of the new Laceys site is now the benchmark for the brand and business offering. Sam has been at the heart this journey and has been a key driver for the consistency any strong brand should have. It’s exciting to be working with a solicitor’s firm that really understands their vast audience.”

Jamie Shanks, Green Tambourine

Sam joined Laceys back in 2015 to help look after the marketing for the firm. Her role includes managing branding, website content, events, advertising and social media for Laceys.

Before joining Laceys Sam worked for over 10 years in several marketing agencies in London, managing client projects across different sectors, ranging from Coca Cola to the Department of Health. Having grown up in Poole herself, Sam and her family took the decision to move back to the South Coast a few years ago to bring up their young children.

Outside of work, Sam is a keen racquetball and tennis player and getting out on her bike to the Purbecks when time allows. She is also partial to a good glass of wine and dance when the opportunity arises!

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Laceys support the next generation of solicitors

Laceys have welcomed three new trainee solicitors, Maria Gomez, Alan Stanley and Aisling Scott into the firm,...

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Laceys endorsed for 7 legal specialisms in the 2021 Legal 500 rankings

Leading Dorset solicitors, Laceys, have once again acquired recognition across many of the firms specialist areas, in...

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‘Jack’s Law’. A new legal right to paid bereavement leave for parents.

New regulations are to be introduced this year entitling parents to two weeks’ leave should they suffer the loss of a child, providing real time to grieve. Why Jack’s Law?…

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Byron Sims

Solicitor — Litigation

Direct dial: 01202 377812

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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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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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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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Just Banter! I can post what I want on Facebook and Twitter can’t I?

The answer unfortunately is NO, as demonstrated in this court case. Rhodri Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids, had posted on Facebook “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run…

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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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Overtime and Commission. Know the holiday pay rules.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that commission payments must be included when calculating holiday pay. British Gas was seeking to prevent their employee, Mr Lock, taking account of…

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Social Media at Work. Is the existence of a policy sufficient protection?

The ever increasing use of social media in the workplace has inevitably had a notable impact on most employers. Whether it’s an employee posting a controversial tweet, or sharing confidential…

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Ella Gould

Associate — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

Direct dial: 01202 377825

Email

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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