Happy May Day everyone.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday on Monday.
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Happy May Day everyone.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday on Monday.
This past weekend certainly proved to be a rather cultured one for Phillips.
On Saturday we were fortunate to attend The Chairman of Hampshire County Council’s Concert at the magnificent Winchester Cathedral.
Cllr Elaine Still, marked the coming to the end of her term as chairman with a spring concert celebrating the best and most talented of Hampshire's young musicians - Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra and Hampshire County Youth Orchestra.
Among those sitting in the front row alongside the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson and Cllr Still was Phillips director Max Hope.
The programme included Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Gabriel's Oboe.
On Sunday it was Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival’s Gala Performance held at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke.
Among the performers were the Basingstoke Area Youth String Orchestra and St Mary's School Orchestra from Old Basing.
Most of the performers on Sunday were incredibly talented school children – they were fantastic.
We were delighted to support both events as sponsors.
Happy St George's Day everyone!
Happy Easter Everyone - have a lovely day and enjoy the sunshine!
We enjoyed a delicious treat today by tucking into some wonderful Hot Cross Buns, supplied by The Shabby Gourmet.
Enjoy Good Friday and the Easter break everyone.
Good luck to our fabulous receptionist Rosie Ellis who will be running her first marathon on Sunday.
She’ll be taking part in the Brighton Marathon to raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her father.
If you want to sponsor Rosie please visit her JustGiving page:
Rosie is raising money to help Alzheimer's Society
Phillips Solicitors have teamed up with Basingstoke Together Business Improvement District to offer a new networking group in Basingstoke.
The recently launched group is called Stoking Ambition and is aimed at those in their thirties and younger to attract the future generation of business leaders.
The informal group will meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Duck and Tipple in Wote Street, in Basingstoke’s Top of The Town.
It is hoped that this new networking experience will provide a relaxed setting for business owners and professionals to meet without any hard selling.
Jack Gardener, who is a director at Phillips Solicitors, was joined by Wills and Probate solicitor Sian Lias. He was delighted with the group’s inaugural meeting, which attracted around 25 people, from across Basingstoke.
Among those who attended was Jack Little from LMW chartered accountants and George Scott-Welsh from business incubator and co-working space IncuHive.
Jack said: “One of the reasons we set up this group was that Basingstoke lacked an obvious way for young professionals to get to know one another on an informal basis.
“I was very pleased with the success of our first meeting where we were able to meet like-minded people over a drink and I’m looking forward to our next meeting.”
The next meeting is set to take place on Wednesday April 17, at the Duck and Tipple, starting at 5.30pm.
If you would like to attend the meeting or would like some more information, please get in touch by emailing [email protected]
Kathleen Tingle recently left the office smelling of roses when she had a birthday surprise after winning our Pelican Rose Raffle.
The raffle, held at our Town Gate offices, raised £88 for the Pelican Cancer Foundation.
Kathleen who is a solicitor working in our Employment Law and Litigation teams was delighted to received her rose bush today.
Thank you Pelican for donating what will be a beautiful white scented flowering rose and thank you to everyone who took part in the raffle.
Pelican is our chosen charity. From its base at The Ark Conference Centre, in the grounds of Basingstoke hospital, Pelican does a fantastic job in helping to fight "below the belt cancers" by providing grass root funding for ground breaking research and produces and hosts training programmes.
As a result of this work Pelican has had a significant impact on 11.8% of all UK cancer patients.
To find out more visit www.pelicancancer.org/
Divorcing couples will no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage thanks to a new law announced by the government.
The Family Law team at Phillips welcome today’s announcement from the Justice Secretary David Gauke who said the aim of the new law is to help reduce family conflict.
The move follows a 12-week public consultation which showed widespread support for no-fault divorce.
New legislation will be introduced to Parliament to update the current 50-year-old divorce law which has been shown to exacerbate conflict, working against any prospect of reconciliation as well as being damaging to children by undermining the relationship between parents.
Welcoming the much-needed changes, Hayley Eachus, who is a family law specialist at Phillips Solicitors, said: “The news will help move family law in this country into the 21st Century.”
“The change will mean that separating couples will no longer have to apportion blame for marriage breakdown, which can be very painful not only for the separating couple, but also for their children and wider family."
If you are considering divorcing or separating from your partner, whether you are married or not, please do not hesitate to contact Hayley by calling 01256 854633 or by emailing [email protected]
To find our more visit the news section on our website https://www.phillips-law.co.uk/news-and-events/divorce-reform-to-end-blame-game
It’s good to see our senior director Howard Gardener in this month's glossy North Hampshire Living magazine, published by the Basingstoke Gazette/Newsquest.
He appears in the My North Hampshire feature where he talks about his favourite parts of the county.
Thank you to the North Hampshire Living team – Howard is very pleased with the article. It's a good read.
Hugging in the workplace has been a hot topic in the news recently.
This includes news about Ray Kelvin, the founder and chief executive of the fashion chain Ted Baker, who was has been accused of misconduct including “forced hugging.”
Mr Kelvin denies all allegations of misconduct, but he has resigned from Ted Baker.
The case raises the question as to when physical contact such as hugging is acceptable and when it becomes unacceptable behaviour? What are the boundaries when it comes to physical contact in the workplace?
Gill Brown head of the Employment Law team at Phillips offers some advice in her article which can be found on our website www.phillips-law.co.uk/news-and-events/hugging-in-the-workplace
Gill is happy to assist you with any aspect of employment law. For advice please contact Gill Brown on 01256 854605 or email [email protected]
Many workers received a pay boost on April 1 with the National Living Wage being increased by almost 5%.
The National Living Wage is the amount of money most employees aged over 25 are entitled to by law.
Until 2016 it used to be known as the National Minimum Wage.
The hourly rate for adults age 25 and over went up from £7.83 to £8.21 an hour.
Still known as the National Minimum Wage, the hourly rate for 21 to 24-year-olds went from £7.38 to £7.70 an hour, and from £5.90 to £6.15 an hour for 18 to 20-year-olds.
Those under 18 receive £4.35 an hour, while the Apprentice rate is £3.90 an hour.
Anyone who thinks they are not receiving the National Living Wage or National Minimum Wage should complain to their employer in the first instance.
If you have any concerns about pay please contact Gill Brown, head of the Employment team at Phillips by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01256 854605.
Jane Devonshire (MasterChef winner 2016) has created a special cake recipe so you can bake and raise funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity in Basingstoke. Feel free to share at will, and happy baking!
Bertie the Rabbit, formerly known as Bennett Bunny, has a new home!
The chocolate bunny has been won by Leigh Parker-Bowdery from The HR Dept, who took part in our raffle at the Basingstoke Business Expo yesterday.
It’s great to see Phillips Solicitors continue to grow and expand the services the firm offers.
Anna Rabin has joined the Phillips team as a consultant dealing with non-contentious construction and engineering law.
Anna acts for a broad range of clients – developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, purchasers, tenants and funds.
She advises on all aspects of the documentation used in construction projects, including building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, bank and surety bonds, insurance issues and on the construction aspects of development, lease and funding agreements.
She certainly has a very impressive CV. To find out more about multi-award winning Anna visit https://www.phillips-law.co.uk/news-and-events/leading-expert-joins-phillips
Described as the “Guardian of the Door,” a much-valued member of staff at Phillips Solicitors has reached a 20-year milestone.
To mark the occasion a celebratory lunch was held for Office Manager/Receptionist Sheila Garrett who has worked for the law firm since 1999.
She initially started working at Phillips as lunchtime cover for the busy reception desk, but she proved to be such a good fit that her hours were extended, where she was able to job share with her colleague Theresa Dawe, who recently marked her 30 th anniversary at Phillips.
Phillips director Jonathan Pender was full of praise for Sheila’s dedication and hard work calling her the “Guardian of the Door.”
He spoke of the importance of Sheila’s role explaining: “Like Theresa, Sheila gives the first impression to everyone who comes to Phillips as she is often the first point of contact to anyone visiting or calling our office for the first time.”
“It is fundamentally important that the role of receptionist represents our company in the right way, which Sheila does so well, as that is when potential clients and visitors gain their first impression of us.”
Jonathan, who presented Sheila with a silver neckless with a beautiful blue larimar stone said: “Thank you very much indeed Sheila on behalf of everybody at Phillips. Your work and experience are invaluable, and we are appreciative of it. Here’s to the next 20 years!”
Delighted with her gift, Shelia said: “I have a very varied role and I work with some lovely people here at Phillips where I meet some wonderful members of the public.”
“I have seen the firm grow in the last 20 years. When I first started there were 24 people now that has doubled.”
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
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It’s International Women’s Day!
We’re proud to say that 76% of our colleagues are women. They hold a whole range of positions from directors, heads of departments, solicitors, paralegals and our invaluable legal secretaries and legal assistants, reception staff to those who keep our accounts in check.
We’d like to say thank you to everyone of them who help make Phillips the success it is.
Two of our Directors Gill Brown and Hayley Eachus feature in a new Basingstoke Together Business Improvement District promotion called Basing Folk, which launched today to coincide with International Women’s Day.
Basingstoke Together spoke to influential women from around Basingstoke town centre, who are at the top of their fields and those who are just starting out.
Click on the link below to read their stories and find out about their diverse job roles, unique backgrounds and the challenges they face.
We’d like to welcome Hazel Jada to Phillips Solicitors.
Hazel has joined the firm as a paralegal and will be working with Solicitor and Director Jack Gardener in the Corporate and Commercial team.
She is already proving to be a valuable member of the busy team.
We hope today’s wet weather hasn’t given you the moody blues.
If it has, cheer up it will soon be summer and what better way than to focus on some warm weather than signing up for Pelican Cancer Foundation’s Summer Fun Run.
This year the frothy foamy fun event will take place at War Memorial Park in Basingstoke, on Sunday June 30.
Participants can sign up for a 2.5k or 5k course filled with inflatable obstacles including a mega slide, hurdles, tunnel run and a foam pit to jump into at the finish line!
Anyone aged between nine and 90 can take part.
The aim of the event is to raise funds for Pelican Cancer Foundation to continue its research into treatments and cures for below the belt cancers.
Participants are being asked to try and raise £25 in sponsorship.
To find out more visit www.pelicancancer.org/pelican-summer-fun-run-sunday-june-30th-2019/
Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!
Happy St David's Day!
We’ve made it into the Business Observer, in this week’s bumper edition of the Basingstoke Observer.
The article should be of particular interest to sole traders and self-employed people as it asks business owners to consider setting up a Business Lasting Power of Attorney.
In addition to being in the Basingstoke Observer, the full story can be read by visiting the Phillips website www.phillips-law.co.uk/news-and-events/business-lpa
It's always nice to receive positive feedback for a job well done.
Janine Pendry Clark and Joanne Hammans, who work very hard in our Residential Property team, often receive thank you letters and cards.
However, today they received a first with two personalised mugs, complete with Phillips logos as a rather special way of saying thank you, from the The Breen's of Basingstoke.
Needless to say Janine and Joanne are chuffed with their gifts which now take pride of place on their desks.
Thank you to the Breen's for your thoughtful gesture and for your kind words:
"My Wife, our Son and I are extremely grateful for your expertise in facilitating our Sale and Purchase.
Your tenacity and professionalism proved to be a driving force, aiding in a swift transaction.
It is widely understood that any legal work undertaken needs to be clinically managed, and where you exceeded our expectations was when our original purchaser backed out.
The team presented a personable side, fielding our questions, alleviating concerns and providing sage advice time after time, especially our main point of contact Joanne.
Whatever you do... please don't change the formula."
The Breen's of Basingstoke
Do I need a Business Lasting Power of Attorney?
Many of us have heard of a Lasting Power of Attorney.
It’s a legal document through which you authorise someone to make certain decisions on your behalf should you, for example, become mentally incapacitated.
In the same way many business people will have what is known as a Business Lasting Power of Attorney drawn up.
As a business owner, it’s important to consider what would happen to your business if you were unable to make decisions, such as when you were abroad on holiday or for business, were involved in an accident or if you were to have a medical condition that incapacitated you.
In this situation who would pay your bills or invoices, ensure staff salaries are paid and complete any outstanding work for your customers and clients?
For more information or advice on this issue call us today on 01256 460830 or visit www.phillips-law.co.uk/news-and-events/business-lpa
Are you planning to pop the question this Valentine's Day?
If you are, make sure you do not just put a ring on their finger – give consideration to a prenuptial agreement.
You may not be a wealthy celebrity but if you are planning to get married, you should think hard about having a prenuptial agreement because they are for ordinary people too.
That is the advice of solicitor Hayley Eachus, who is a member of the Family Law team at Phillips.
She says rather than being regarded as something unromantic and mercenary, prenups should be considered by anyone contemplating marriage.
Marriage is about love and sharing the rest of your lives together, but in the eyes of the law, it is a contract between two people and it deals with the financial consequences of the marriage ending.
Naturally, you are not going into marriage thinking that your relationship might break down, but unfortunately that happens more frequently nowadays.
Visit our website to find out just a few good reasons why you should have a prenup:
Contact Hayley if you would like any help with this or any other personal matter by calling 01256 854633 or email [email protected]
For more information about the Family Law services offered by Phillips Solicitors please visit www.phillips-law.co.uk/family
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