Commercial & Corporate News

The Biggest Reform of Employment Law in 20 years

"The Biggest Reform of Employment Law in 20 years"…….. and what to look out for in 2019. The "Good Work Plan", which has recently been published by the Government, has been hailed by some commentators to bring about...

Obesity as a Disability?

As part of World Obesity Day a campaign has been launched to end the stigma of obesity.   Whilst obesity in itself is not specified as a protected characteristic within The Equality Act 2010, the effects or causes of obesity may well result in an...

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

We are often asked if such testing is lawful.  Like most things if the action is not proscribed by law and the individual consents then the proposed action is lawful. So providing the employer goes about testing in the right way all will be fine. The...

Hidden Disabilities - How aware are you as an employer?

Most employers are aware of their legal obligations under the Equality Act, and would not blatantly discriminate against an employee who has a disability. When the disability is a physical one, it is usually more obvious to the employer, but mental...

Life as an apprentice at Goughs Solicitors

Our apprentice, Jessica Hughes talks about her life as an apprentice at Goughs Solicitors.     Since starting my apprenticeship back in September 2018, working at Goughs has been a truly rewarding experience. Being the youngest person...

GDPR How's it all going? An Update 2019

The General Data Protection Regulation came into force on the 25th May 2018 amongst much fanfare and the UK's new Data Protection Act 2018 arrived on the same date with a little squeak.  The purpose of the GDPR from Brussels was to update and...

National Living Wage Increase April 2019

National Living Wage Increase - Great news for employees, but what about employers? Chancellor Philip Hammond recently delivered the Autumn 2018 budget.  Within his budget he included measures to follow the recommendations made by the Low Pay...

Goughs Solicitors raises over £14,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Over the past two years employees at Wiltshire based law firm Goughs Solicitors have been fundraising and hosting staff events and are proud to have raised over £14,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  Since the beginning of Goughs partnership with...

Goughs Solicitors celebrates being listed in the top three tiers of the Legal 500 guide

At the end of last year, members of our family law team were listed in the top three tiers of the prestigious Legal 500 guide to law firms in the south-west. The Legal 500 is widely regarded as a definitive list of leading UK and worldwide...

Love is in the Air at Work...

If you are a hopeless romantic, the prospect of 2 work colleagues getting together, falling in love and living happily ever after is a fairy tale come true.  As we spend much of our adult life in work, romantic relationships between colleagues is...

Goughs Solicitors nominates Alzheimer's Support for their Charity of the Year 2019

One of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, Goughs Solicitors, is delighted to announce that its charity of the year for 2019 is Alzheimer’s Support.    Alzheimer’s Support is an award-winning local charity, whose head office is in...

New Year sees Goughs Solicitors welcome seven new recruits

One of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, Goughs Solicitors, has kick started the New Year by announcing the appointment of seven new recruits firm wide, the highest number of recruits to start at any one time. This includes the recruitment of a new Head...

Can you be liable as an employer for the actions of one of your employees

"Tis the season to be jolly" - but can you be liable as an employer for the actions of one of your employees?

The sobering answer to this question is potentially yes.  This very issue has recently been tested by the Court of Appeal in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited.

Goughs Solicitors charity golf day raises over £5,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Wiltshire based law firm Goughs Solicitors recently held its 9 th annual charity golf day at Cumberwell Park Golf Club, Bradford on Avon in support of its nominated charity for 2018 - Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The day was attended by over 60 guests from the...

Aggressive Litigation - how much is too much?

The recent case of PJSC Aeroflot - Russian Airlines v Leeds & Anor Trustees of the estate of Boris Berezovsky) & Ors [2018] EWHC 1735 (Ch) (06 July 2018) highlights the dangers of conducting litigation with unusually high levels of aggression. ...

25th May 2018. GDPR day!

25th May 2018. GDPR day! No-one who uses a digital communication device will have missed this. The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect from today. What does it mean?   It creates a new up to date regime for our relationship with...

Goughs Solicitors wins 'Professional Services Provider of the Year' at Chippenham Business Awards 2018

Goughs Solicitors, widely recognised as one of the leading providers of high quality legal services to both individuals and businesses throughout Wiltshire and beyond has been named Professional Services Provider of the Year 2018 at the Chippenham BID...

Update: for Residential Landlords and their agents - Homes and Housing Standards

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill passed its second reading in Parliament recently and is now going to the Committee Stage. It is intended to amend previous legislation and to provide that, in any residential...

GDPR in Context

We will all have received emails urging us to spend a fortune on software or consultancy to save us from the “perils” of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which are coming into force on 25 th May 2018.  This article seeks to...

Findings of independent market research surveys provide an excellent start to the New Year for Goughs Solicitors

In a year which has seen one of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, Goughs Solicitors being one of only eight firms nationally shortlisted for the Excellence in Law Management Award at the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards; and then going on to win...

Goughs Solicitors' "Values Initiative" receives further plaudits as firm is awarded runner up in Law Firm of the Year award

One of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, Goughs Solicitors, is delighted to announce that they have secured the accolade of runner-up law firm of the year awarded by a distinguished panel of High Court and District Judges at the recent GWILS awards...

Overage payments and Affordable Housing sales

A recent Court of Appeal decision highlighted the need for very careful drafting when documenting “overage” (uplift) payments on development land. In the case of Burrows Investments Limited v Ward Homes Limited , the developer had agreed to pay...

Goughs Solicitors named as finalists in the "Law Firm of the Year" and "CSR Firm of the Year" categories at the Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Law Society Legal Excellence Awards 2017

One of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, Goughs Solicitors is delighted to announce that it is a finalist in two categories of the Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Law Society (GWILS) Legal Excellence Awards 2017, namely “Law Firm of the Year”...

HR and Employment Seminar - 'Time to say Goodbye'

How to manage the exiting employee, and Farewell Data Protection Act and welcome to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Thursday 23rd November 2017 5.00pm - 6.30pm Guyers House, Corsham, SN13 0PS Kevin Basnett, Managing Partner and Angela...

Community Infrastructure Levy update

It’s always important to check before sending legal notices by post.  Service by standard post is often fine, but it can lead to difficulties if you need to prove you have formally served a notice. The Planning Inspectorate recently heard an...
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