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KNews September 2023

September 2023 Newsletter

Kerseys Solicitors September 2023 Newsletter

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Legal Updates

Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) & Wills
The sooner the better

We have introduced a new online quoting tool for you to obtain a free no obligation instant quote for your Will and or LPA.

Do not leave it until is too late, ensure your wishes are heard and kept updated.

What is an LPA?

Why Make a Will?

What Happens If You Don’t Make a Will


Legal Updates

How much does conveyancing cost?
Considering moving home?

Get your free instant online conveyancing quote with Kerseys Solicitors.  You do not need to visit our offices as we provide Conveyancing services to any location in England and Wales.

There are no hidden fees with Kerseys.

Not sure whether to purchase your property as Joint Tenant or Tenants in Common?

What is the difference between Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common

Remove the jargon and keep it simple with Kerseys Solicitors Residential Property team.  Download our free moving home guide to help you prior to your move and on the day of completion and our A to Z Glossary of Moving Home terms frequently used involved in the conveyancing process.

How long does Conveyancing take?

Most conveyancing transactions take on average 10 to 12 weeks. Some are quicker while some can take longer. The actual time will depend on several factors, for example the number of people in the conveyancing chain or the length of time taken to arrange mortgage finance.

Our Residential Property team are on hand to guide you through every step of the way.  Only a click or call away.

Once you have purchased a property, it is important you ensure your Will is updated to reflect your change in circumstance.  If you have not made a Will you should consider making a Will to ensure your wishes are heard and legally binding whether you are married or not.  Our Private Client Law team prepare your Will and LPA so that you are comfortable that nothing has been missed in relation to your wishes and the best way to safe guard them for the future.  You can speak to a member of our team at Kerseys or you can obtain an instant online free no obligation quotation here.

Legal Updates

Risk of Redundancy
What is the process for being made redundant? 

If you find yourself at risk of redundancy, your employer will provide you with notice at which point the consultation period of reviewing employees starts to take place.  You may then be offered a redundancy process or decide to take voluntary redundancy. Annalie King, Partner and Head of Employment at Kerseys Solicitors in Ipswich and our Employment team at Kerseys Solicitors in Colchester details the process of redundancy for an employee.

If you are considering taking voluntary redundancy or your employer is making redundancies and as an employee you are offered redundancy by way of a Settlement Agreement, you will need to seek legal independent advice to ensure your Settlement Agreement is checked by an Employment Lawyer.

Our Employment team will review your Settlement Agreement and ensure that it is fair and correct and liaise with your employer to ensure an amicable Settlement Agreement is reached taking into consideration any schemes you have entered into during your employment and ensure that you understand the longer term restrictions on you also.

You do not need to leave your home or workplace, our Employment team will support you remotely, via telephone call and/or video call supporting you through what can be a very stressful time and relieving you of further stress during the redundancy process.

To read more on the process for being made redundant read more:-

Settlement Agreement – Kerseys Solicitors

Legal Updates

Work-life balance

Work-life balance to what extent should employees be required to have work related technology on their personal mobile?

Alsnih v Al Quds Al-Arabi Publishing & Advertising – Employee unfairly dismissed for refusing to use a work app on her personal mobile.

The Claimant, who worked as an Online News Editor for a newspaper, was required to use an app called ‘Viber’ to track what articles had been submitted for publication. The aim of using this app was to ensure that article topics were not being duplicated.

The Claimant had objected to the Viber app being installed on her personal mobile phone. When the Claimant requested a work mobile phone on which the app could be installed in order to avoid disturbance whilst the Claimant was not working, the request was refused. Instead, the Claimant was advised that she could, at her own cost, buy a separate mobile phone to use the app. The newspaper subsequently dismissed her.

The Claimant claimed unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages and unpaid holiday.

Read about the outcome here.

Good Luck

Team “Stewart” and the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon

Karen Skene, Conveyancing Assistant runs for team “Stewart” in the Leeds marathon in May 2024, to support The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

On 8 September 2022, Marcus Stewart ex Ipswich Town Footballer was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.  If you would like to support Karen and team “Stewart” please visit their Just Giving page.

We wish Karen and team “Stewart” all the best.

Congratulations to Leila Murray
New Head of Private Client Department.

Leila Murray - Head of Private Client

As Head of the Private Client, Leila will continue to develop and grow our team of experienced Private Client Solicitors and legal support team who are first class in putting clients at ease.

Managing Partner, Kimat Singh says  “I am delighted with the appointment of Leila as the Head of Private Client Department.  Leila has consistently demonstrated her commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and a client- centric approach. Her dedication to maintaining the highest professional standards align perfectly with our firm’s values and will be instrumental in delivering outstanding results for our private clients”.

Read more about Leila here.

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Mehmet Duzgun to Partner, Hannah Gordon and Edward Thomson as Associates of the firm.  Along with congratulating Rosie Brighty as she commences her role as Trainee Solicitor in Employment Law and Oliver Brookes who has also been promoted to a Conveyancing Executive.

Jane Riley, Senior Partner says
“It is a pleasure to watch young talent develop and grow. Their hard work has paid off. Well done.”

Welcome to Sarah White

Sarah has joined the Private Client Department as an Associate Solicitor.  She has assisted many families and individuals with estate planning, preparing Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, setting up and managing trusts, and with complex estate administration.

Sarah is also a Dementia friend; a volunteer who takes positive actions to help raise awareness and understanding of what it is like to live with the condition, and how we as a community can assist those people affected by dementia.

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