- Not Fit for Work? Moving to Dismissal Tom Scaife, Baines Wilson LLP
- Too Stressed for Work? Vicki Hastings, Cumbria Stress & Trauma Centre
- Sickness Absence — Busting the Myths Angela Tomlinson, Sage Occupational Health
- Workplace Adjustments — What is Reasonable? Joanne Holborn, Baines Wilson LLP
- Back Pain — Prevention v Treatment Brett Fletcher, The Lancaster Physiotherapy Clinic
Dates and Venues
We have teamed up with ACAS to stage five unique training courses covering key issues in employment relations.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all those who attended our Employment Law Update Seminars in Carlisle, Newby Bridge and Lancaster.
The seminars highlighted key issues facing businesses and employers with changes and new developments in employment legislation and were all a sell-out.
Nearly 100 delegates attended the three seminars and were given practical advice covering long term ill health dismissals, recent developments relating to sickness absence and holidays, an update on the Equality Act 2010 as well as a general case law and legislation update.
Attendees at the seminars commented: -
- "Speakers were very knowledgeable and used plain English"
- "As ever very informative & relevant to the workplace and everyday situations"
- "Easy to understand & good coverage of the changes & updates coming up"
The firm's employment department is going through a period of unprecedented growth and now have a vacancy for an Employment Law assistant solicitor.
After bringing Litigation expert Isobel Milburn from Pinsent Masons in London, we've found a Cumbrian-based senior lawyer with the ethos and expertise required to fit into our team ... Matthew Bibby joins our Commercial Property department, which acts for many of the north’s leading property businesses, as well as national players.
Matthew says: “I’m delighted to have joined Baines Wilson. The quality of the firm’s lawyers, clients and work is second to none."
Matthew previously worked for Bell Park Kerridge and Cartmell Shepherd.
26 September 2012
This week, Legal 500 has published its report, drawn from independent analysis and client comment. Once again, all our departments are recommended. The significance of this, is that it reassures businesses in our region of the excellence of our service.
Managing Partner John Wilson commented on the Legal 500 analysis: -
"Larger businesses are moving away from big national and regional law firms to smaller specialist commercial firms like ourselves.
Clients are attracted by a combination of more personal, partner-led service and significantly lower charge-out rates without any compromise of quality and commerciality of advice."
Our Corporate and Commercial team is described as ‘excellent’ and is jointly headed by ‘driving force in the business’ John Wilson and Andrew Hill. Andrew has ‘impressive experience and attention to detail’, and recently advised French-based company Onet on the acquisition of the entire issued shared capital of Bradtec Deacon Technologies.
Our Commercial Property partner Sean Logue, whose department has again bucked the national trend and expanded during the last year, is singled out for praise. The team has recently appointed a new senior lawyer, Matthew Bibby.
Baines Wilson LLP is pleased to announce that it has promoted two lawyers in its successful and expanding commercial property department.
Duncan Harty has been promoted to Partner and Elizabeth Sewell to Associate.
Managing Partner John Wilson said: “We are delighted to make both of these promotions. Duncan and Elizabeth are extremely important members of our expanding commercial property department. We are bucking national and local trends in this regard as most law firms' commercial property departments are contracting.”
Duncan and Elizabeth joined Baines Wilson in 2006 and 2002 and both were re-trained by the firm as commercial property specialists.
Baines Wilson is also pleased to announce that we have recruited Lynne McFaul to our commercial property team as a paralegal.
Lynne is a very experienced lawyer who is married with three children and lives in Cockermouth. She previously worked for leading North West Law firms DWF and Weightmans where she was an Associate and Partner, respectively.
Baines Wilson’s commercial property department is headed up by Sean Logue who acts for many leading local and national property developers.
Sean added: “Baines Wilson’s commercial property department has continued to thrive despite the recession and continues to attract new clients including regional and national accounts as well as servicing our many excellent long standing clients with whom we have very close working relationships.”
Our commercial property department provides full service commercial property advice including:-
Acquisitions and Disposals
Auction Purchases and Sales
Commercial Property Investment
22 August 2012
“Successful female entrepreneurs possess particular personal characteristics. They are energetic, not afraid to take risks, motivated and tenacious. Even armed with these qualities, setbacks will be encountered along the way. Running your own business is hard work and involves long hours. We are delighted to be working with Baines Wilson to support local businesswomen.
“Throughout the year we hold a variety of networking events, allowing you to make new contacts and generate business. We also run specific women in business events, allowing you to share your experiences and contacts with other female entrepreneurs.”
Baines Wilson LLP has over the years developed a strong reputation for the provision of pragmatic sound commercial advice to businesses based in Cumbria and throughout the UK.
We act for some of Cumbria’s larger farm businesses and have done so since the firm was established in 1999. We also act for some of the leading local and national businesses involved in the agricultural services sector; including suppliers of agricultural machinery foodstuffs or fuel in addition to purchasers and/or processors of agricultural products.
Given our experience and expertise both to the wider business community and specifically to this sector and also in recognition of the changing nature of the agricultural sector, we have made the decision to formally put in place a team dedicated to serving the needs of Agribusiness clients.
Introducing the team
The Agribusiness Team is made up of:
Commercial Partner John Wilson who deals with the corporate and commercial aspects including renewables projects, commercial agreements, acquisitions and disposals of businesses.
Employment Partner Joanne Holborn who has specialist knowledge of dealing with employees in the agricultural sector.
Commercial Property Associate Duncan Harty a member of the Commercial Property team who will deal with property matters including purchases, sales and tenancy aspects.
The range of services the Agribusiness Team provides includes: -
- Farm and Estates sales and purchases
Energy schemes (including wind turbines, hydro and biogas)
- Purchase and sale of agricultural sector businesses and companies
- Utilities easements and wayleaves
- Partnership and business advice
- Advice on the full range of commercial agreements, including long term supply agreements
- Joint Ventures
- Employment law issues
- Contracts and handbooks
- Landlord and Tenant
- Intellectual property and branding
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How we helped our clients
"Very Happy. As ever, handled our conveyancing in a very professional manner, kept us informed at all times and worked very hard on our behalf. A pleasure to deal with."- Anonymous, Client, UK