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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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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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employment law

Spring 2022 – Employment law update for employers

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation, and in recent years, it...

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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

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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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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employment law

Spring 2022 – Employment law update for employers

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation, and in recent years, it...

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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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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 the 2021 edition of the Legal 500, an independent guide to leading law…

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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 Solicitors honour six-year-old lost to brain tumour in fundraising challenge

Laceys Solicitors have signed up to a fundraising challenge for three of the UK’s leading neurological research...

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Aisling Scott, Maria Gomez and Alan Stanley, trainee solicitors at Laceys

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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‘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

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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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Only Dorset firm to be recognised for Media and Entertainment in the Legal 500

Laceys Solicitors are the only Dorset firm to have been recognised within the field of Media and Entertainment law within the 2020 Legal 500 Guide, an independent endorsement for the…

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Divorce law Reform – Will the ending of the ‘Blame Game’ reduce conflict in Mediation?

It is the most significant overhaul of divorce law in the last fifty years. Divorcing couples will no longer have to allege adultery or dredge up allegations of unreasonable behaviour…

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Kenneth Clarke

Senior Associate — Family Mediation

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Kenneth Clarke, Family Mediator at Laceys Solicitors
  • “Came to Laceys Mediation after my previous solicitor wasn’t living up to expectations. Laceys Mediation was the best decision I ever made, Kenneth Clarke is some awesome mediator, he was so patient and his knowledge was very helpful. Thank you all for your support.”

    Rejoice Aggor-Mensa

  • “I was very happy with the sensitive way the issues around my divorce was handled by Kenneth Clarke. I was also more than satisfied with the way my daughter, Nina, was spoken to and helped her voice to be heard in the decision making process.”

    Brian Charles Hart

  • “What could have potentially been an extremely upsetting and inflammatory scenario, proved to be a surprisingly smooth and conflict free process through Laceys Mediation. With Kenneth’s extensive experience we were able to reach an agreeable outcome without spending our life savings!”

    Julie Morris

  • “Kenneth went that extra mile to explain and reiterate it to other party. outstanding and so very professional.”

    Lee Emm

Kenneth is the elder statesman of our mediation team, with forty years’ experience as a family lawyer, and qualified as a mediator in 1996. Kenneth has been a key member of the Laceys mediation team since 2005, specialising in financial and children cases, with a particular interest and specialisation in high conflict cases.

Kenneth is also qualified to consult with children, a growing part of the mediation process. Always looking to expand the boundaries of mediation practice,  Kenneth brings a degree of gravitas, humour, understanding and empathy when he mediates with clients,  creating a positive environment in which clients work together to resolve their issues quickly and cost-effectively.

Out of office hours, Kenneth’s main passion is writing musical theatre. When he has time Kenneth also enjoys travel, especially cruising.

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Family Mediation: Choose the Type Best Suited to Your Conflict

The phrase one shoe doesn’t fit all is a perfect description of how versatile mediators have to...

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MEDIATION ACKNOWLEGED AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE FAMILY JUSTICE STSTEM

Family Mediation Week 2022 was fittingly launched online on 17th January in keeping with the pandemic-induced trend...

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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

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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?

When you hear the word “copyright” you probably think of a book, piece of music or a...

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Video Interview with Luke English.

Watch Luke English discussing the legal aspects within music and entertainment.  

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Individuals being granted the right to compensation – are you ready for the latest changes in consumer law?

According to various consumer reports, the UK is fraught with underhand tradesmen, with the majority of the population having been the target of an “unfair commercial practice”. Research further suggests…

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Changes to EU TM Law.

What you need to know about the latest changes to European trade mark law. EU legislators have certainly been keeping us lawyers busy of late. Consumer law has been dramatically…

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