Articles & Blogs

Lucian

Working with the Family Courts during the COVID-19 pandemic

2nd Jun 2020

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) åclosed all its offices on 20 March 2020. Since this date as their default position all work with children, families and the family courts has been conducted remotely.

Lucian

Tuckton - Sarah England

The Employment Implications (or Lack Thereof) of Abuse of Migrant Workers

29th May 2020

On 22nd June 2016 the Supreme Court (Lady Hale with Lords Wilson, Reed, Hughes and Toulson) handed down probably one of the most significant decisions on the limits of the application of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 addressing discrimination.

Tuckton - Sarah England

Lucian

Guidance on Positive Co-Parenting Programme and court updates

27th May 2020

We are all living in very difficult and uncertain times with many restrictions being made on our lives.  This could impact on our emotional wellbeing, cause tension and arguments are likely to occur amongst people living together in these challenging circumstances, especially when children contact arrangements are considered.

Lucian

Tuckton - Sarah England

Treating a Woman Differently Because She Is Pregnant

26th May 2020

Discriminating against a woman because she is pregnant, or suffers a pregnancy related illness or seeks to take maternity leave/ time off for ante-natal appointments has been unlawful for over 40 years.

Despite this however, over 50% of women suffer discrimination in the workplace during the protected period.

Tuckton - Sarah England

Sarah England

Returning From Furlough - What to do if you feel vulnerable to catching COVID-19

22nd May 2020

As lockdown starts to lift, more and more Employees will be returning to work. It is perfectly normal for Employees to feel anxious about their safety.

Your Employer has a legal duty under Health & Safety legislation to provide you with a safe place to work.  As part of that duty, Employers should be implementing policies to ensure that the workplace is safe for you to return to.

Sarah England

Matthew Moore Gales Solicitors

Family Law - life after lockdown and online court hearings

21st May 2020

Matthew Moore, Senior Partner at Gales Solicitors has been reflecting on the experience of online court hearings during lockdown.

“Life under lockdown has changed how we live our daily lives. A lot of what used to be normal contact is now taking place online. The courts are no exception. Most hearings are currently taking place by telephone or video link. This has been an interesting experience as the court’s IT was not fully prepared for online working.

Matthew Moore Gales Solicitors

Sarah England

Unfair Dismissal and the Two Year Rule - Sarah England, Partner at Gales Solicitors

20th May 2020

I speak to many employees who tell me that they feel that they have been unfairly dismissed at work but know that there is nothing that they can do because they haven’t been employed for at least two years.

It is true to say that unless you have been employed for two years or more you are not able to bring a claim for ordinary unfair dismissal.

Sarah England

Sarah England

Furlough - A Question & Answer session with Sarah England from Gales Solicitors

19th May 2020

In the beginning…..it was thought that Employees were not permitted to take annual leave whilst on Furlough. For that reason, many Employees that were put on Furlough leave in March and at the beginning of April will probably have Furlough Agreements that state they are not permitted to take Annual leave during the Furlough period.

Sarah England

Orla Gilligan

Gales Solicitors welcomes Orla as Head of Conveyancing

23rd Jan 2020

Bournemouth based Gales Solicitors, with offices in Winton and Tuckton, have welcomed Orla Gilligan to the team as their new Head of Conveyancing

Orla Gilligan

James Diamond

Bournemouth University Student James takes up placement at Gales Solicitors

17th Dec 2019

Bournemouth University Law undergraduate James Diamond has taken up a 2 day a week placement year at Gales Solicitors, as part of his Law Degree course.

James Diamond

Matthew Moore Gales Solicitors

Gales Solicitors discuss Retirement Divorce

16th Oct 2019

Older people in England and Wales are getting divorced (and re-married) in ever greater numbers. The office for national Statistics have shown that between 1990 and 2012 there was an 85% increase in divorce in the over 60’s. Senior Partner Matthew Moore at Gales Solicitors advises on the importance of taking proper advice before committing to any division of assets in a divorce, particularly in a divorce later on in life, or close to or after retirement.

Matthew Moore Gales Solicitors

Sarah England

What to do if the company you work for goes bust

3rd Oct 2019

Following the compulsory liquidation of Thomas Cook, Gales Solicitors in Bournemouth looks at the options for workers if the company that they are working for goes bust.

Sarah England