on Tuesday, 30 August 2016. Posted in News, Promotions, Events

The YORK 50+ INFORMATION FAIR will be attended by the Lord Mayor on Thursday 15 September at 3 venues including the Guildhall with 40 stands overall. To take part next year phone YOPA on 01904 761240.

The YORK 50+ FESTIVAL runs Saturday 24 September to Sunday 2 October.

The York Older People’s Assembly (YOPA) offers an amazing diversity of over 120 events for our 12th festival year!

SPORT & ACTIVE LEISURE events include gliding, golf, climbing, racquet sports, indoor bowling, walking football, masters rugby, swimming, running, walking, circle and tap dancing, bellydancing and Scottish country dancing...

HEALTH & WELL BEING events from mindfulness to hypnotherapy, herbal remedies to Somatic healing, chiropractic to massage, and Tai Chi to Lishi yoga…

WORKSHOPS include laughter, gluten-free baking, photography, family history, free e-magazines & books, social media, glass fusing, an oral history project, Dementia Friends and drama…

SOCIALS – Clements Hall luncheon, knit & natter, coffee mornings, Over 60s Club, carers’ hubs…

DISPLAYS & OPEN DAYS include Wandesford House, Song Box Seniors, fair trade Christmas products, harvest happenings, Age Friendly Museums Week…

SHOWS/FILMS  York 50+ Festival Show, Free to be Me in Care, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Courted, Recipes & Lives, Finding the Words, Four Score Years and Ten, Sing-along Festival Special…

TALKS & WALKS – Judaism & Islam in York, present to the presence of God, almshouses of York…

Full programme: www.yorkassembly.org.uk/festival.

Copies in libraries, community centres, city centre outlets and at the Visitor Information Centre.

Event enquiries to 50+ Festival Coordinator, Sue Lister on 01904 488870.


on Friday, 26 August 2016.

Ware & Kay Solicitors is proud to announce that Sian Foster has been admitted to full membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (known as STEP for short), a professional body which is committed to helping people manage their affairs.

Sian is now holding an internationally recognised qualification that demonstrates her practical and detailed understanding of the law and the procedures involved in trust and probate procedure, tax and accounting.  She is entitled to use the designation STEP to showcase her specialist expertise and give her clients the confidence and peace of mind of knowing that she has reached the exacting standards which are required by this body.  

To qualify, Sian spent three years writing three 5,000 word papers which were researched and written around her work commitments.

York-based Sian Foster qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Ware & Kay in 2015.

Sian is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, an organisation which is committed to provided specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

Senior Director Peter Kay commented: “Well done Sian!  Her hard work and dedication is clear to see.  This new qualification underlines our commitment to ensuring that our clients receive the highest quality of legal service”.

Fancy hosting a Made in YORK event?

on Thursday, 04 August 2016. Posted in News, Promotions, Events

With the holiday season closing soon and the next Made in YORK event getting ever nearer I thought it was a good time to inject an interesting twist on our events.

Due to other commitments earlier in the year a couple of our meetings were hosted by group members and that gives us a great opportunity to tweak things without changing the format, provides an opportunity for others to get themselves across on a more personal basis and allows me to attend as an attendee for a change! In terms of co-ordinating, promoting and managing the administration of the events I will still do all those things.

So if you would like to host some of our events please let me know asap.

Our next event is Friday 2 September and you can book via this link:


See you there.



Hard working member of staff celebrating after qualifying as Solicitor

on Monday, 01 August 2016.

Ware & Kay Solicitors has added to its Wills and Probate Department newly-qualified Solicitor, Laura Green, who will based in the York office.

Laura, 26, who is from Pocklington, has been with the firm for 4 years, and originally began working for Ware & Kay Solicitors in 2012.

Laura said “I was thrilled when I heard I was being admitted as a Solicitor.  It has been hard work to get to this point but it has definitely paid off and I am looking forward moving on to the next stage of my career at Ware & Kay, with the support of lots of experienced lawyers around me.

The firm is very keen to encourage staff development and has always been good at recognising the hard work and progress made by its employees. Over the years I have taken various exams, including the Legal Practice Course (LPC), which was followed by my training contract, and culminated in my qualification as a Solicitor”.

Laura specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney, managing affairs and Trusts, as well as the administration of individuals’ estates when they die.

David Hyams, Director said: “I am delighted to welcome Laura to our growing team.  Our Wills & Probate Department has developed an outstanding reputation in recent years and I am sure Laura will be a real asset.  We aim to ensure we have a very supportive environment here in terms of helping our staff develop their careers.  Her appointment underlines our commitment to ensure we continue to provide clients with the first class legal service that they deserve.”

Are you struggling to get your Social Media working?

on Friday, 29 July 2016.

Are you struggling to get your Social Media working?

We offer 1:1 or small group sessions on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn training sessions that will inspire you, re-target your efforts and refresh your content, while arming you with new hints and tips for attracting new customers and showing you how to drive traffic to your website.

Here are a few examples of our workshops or if you prefer a completely bespoke workshop suited to your business then please let us know.  Each workshop is usually two hours long and is practical so you will need to bring a laptop and key business information.

Intermediate Facebook Training Workshop

This session covers:

  • Objectives of using a Facebook page
  • Page settings and admin roles
  • Benchmark your current performance and content using Facebook Insights
  • Discuss new content ideas with the aim to increase shares, comments and likes
  • Demonstrate how to drive traffic to your website or shop
  • Overview of Facebook Adverts and the benefits to using them
  • Time saving tools.

Intermediate Twitter Training Workshop

This session covers:

  • Objectives of using a Twitter account and how to use it
  • Profile settings and Twitter terminology explained
  • Discuss new content ideas with the aim to increase shares, comments and likes
  • Demonstrate how to drive traffic to your website or shop
  • Benchmark your current performance and content using Twitter Analytics
  • Time saving tools.

Essential LinkedIn Training Workshop

This session covers:

  • Explanation of how LinkedIn works
  • Run through how to develop a profile, including adding contact details
  • Discuss how to create a compelling profile
  • Show how best to build on your connections
  • Show how to use the search facility
  • Discuss how to use a Company page
  • Discuss how to join and add value to groups 
  • Show how to create a Linkedin pulse (blog)
  • Demonstrate how to monitor the Insights
  • Time saving tools.

You may be eligible for up to 50% funding if your meets the criteria so please get in touch with Louisa 01904 863511 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asking about childcare arrangements?

on Friday, 29 July 2016.

I’ve heard it said that if you are interviewing a woman who has applied for a job, you can’t ask about her childcare arrangements because this could be seen as discrimination. Is this the case?

There was an Employment Tribunal in Scotland only recently which highlighted the dangers of this line of questioning during an interview process.

Chihiro Macdonald, who was asked at some length about how she would juggle a position at the Japanese Consulate with her childcare duties, was awarded £2,000 after successfully pursuing a sex discrimination claim.

The Tribunal had heard that the 36 year old had faced a barrage of questions about whether she could afford nursery costs, whether she had family living nearby who could help look after her two young boys and what she would do if her sons fell ill. Questions about childcare arrangements ended up taking up more than half the interview slot.

While Mrs Macdonald was refused the job it turned out that she had in fact scored the best of all the candidates on the Consulate’s interview scorecard.

The Tribunal ruled in her favour and the Consulate was ordered to pay compensation and costs.

It’s important to note that this ruling doesn’t mean that there is a total ban on questions about childcare. Interviewers who want to ask such questions must be able to prove that their approach is reasonable. They should ask the same questions of every interviewee, whether male or female.  

In this case, as it happens, all five candidates competing for the position were women. That was not a bar to Mrs Macdonald pursuing her sex discrimination claim. The Tribunal used a hypothetical comparison and decided that, had a man applied for the job, he would not have been treated the same way.

Whether you are an employee or employer, if you would like advice about sex discrimination laws please give our employment team a call on 01904 528 200 and speak to Jo or Gill. 


on Friday, 29 July 2016.


The Yorkshire Law Society Triathlon Challenge held on Saturday 23rd July at Castle Howard was a huge success and expected to raise over £1000 for York Against Cancer

Peter Kay, Senior Director of Ware & Kay and President of the Yorkshire Law Society and six teams made up of members of the Yorkshire Law Society took part in the ‘Super Sprint Triathlon’.  The challenge was for the participating relay teams to beat Peter’s Champion, William Kaye from Harrowells and for every minute that William beat the relay team, Peter pledged to pay £1 to his chosen charity York against Cancer. 

Teams from Andrew Jackson, Quality Solicitors Burn & Co, Harrowells Solicitors, Ware & Kay Solicitors including two relay team from Dere Street Chambers competed against William.

William and the teams pushed themselves to the limit whilst taking part in all three of the continuous stages starting with a 400m open water swim through Castle Howard’s Great Lake before transitioning into the technical 23km bike route through the rural idyll of Yorkshire and the Howardian Hills.  The spectacular 4km run leg passed through the estate before a sprint finish topped everything off in style right in front of the main doors of the house. 

William Kaye’s overall position was 3rd out of a total 312.   He completed the event in an impressive 1:08:45.  The below relay teams took part:

Dere Street Chaps, Harrowells Solicitors, Dere Street Chicks, Andrew Jackson Solicitors, Quality Solictiors Burn & Co, Ware & Kay Solicitors   

The triathlon is seen by many as the most gruelling sport, and Peter said “Congratulations to all our competitors who took part in this challenge for York Against Cancer.  I am delighted that the Yorkshire Law Society backed this. William was up against six fantastic teams, but his quality was such that he beat them all and dented my pocket for York against Cancer!  We are delighted with the amount of money we have raised and many thanks to everyone who trained so hard and supported this fantastic event”.

Julie Russell, General Manager of York Against Cancer said “What a brilliant effort by the legal eagles of York! We'd like to thank Peter for his kindness and generosity, and William and his challengers for making it all so exciting. The money they've raised will really help people living with cancer in York”.