on Tuesday, 19 July 2016.

New signage at Ware & Kay Solicitors in York has now been erected which is designed to improve visibility for visitors to their offices.

David Hyams Director said “The Ware & Kay offices occupy a highly prominent site on the York inner ring road due to the distinctive ‘Red Clock’ which is an important feature of the building and our profile.  We were delighted to work with Property Consultants Lawrence Hannah who helped to achieve a successful application with York City Council.  As we are in a Conservation Area the signs could not be overly intrusive in terms of positioning and size, but we were able  to improve the prominence of the signage by  lightly increasing the size of the lettering and changing the colour scheme.  The important aspect to the new signage is that the changes add value and the signs will be more visible.  The simplicity of the signs will help to promote the firm and we are delighted with the impact”.

Chris Smith from Lawrence Hannah said “We have enjoyed a good working relationship with Ware & Kay over the last several years and we were happy we could assist them in obtaining permission for their new building signage”.

Do not be ignorant of the law.

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016.

If you are thinking of leaving your current job and striking out on your own, your first thought is likely to be whether there are restrictions in your contract which may limit what you can do next. But as a case this month has proved, there's something else you need to bear in mind - data protection.

The case in question concerned a man who had been working at a waste disposal company. Before he was due to leave his job he sent details of more than 900 clients to his personal email account.

The information included personal data, the purchase history of customers and other examples of commercially sensitive data.

The employee’s actions were subsequently investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), with officials deciding that the man had breached the Data Protection Act.

Charges were brought and the man admitted unlawfully obtaining personal data. He was fined £300 by magistrates and ordered to pay more than £400 more in costs and a victim surcharge.

After the case had concluded, ICO’s head of enforcement warned people not to be ignorant of the law.

Under the Data Protection Act, which was introduced almost 20 years ago, unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data is a criminal offence.

Those found guilty of breaking the law face a fine from either the Magistrates or Crown Court.

In recent years, the ICO has made the case that greater deterrents – such as the ability to impose prison sentences – should be available in the most serious cases. The organisation argues that this may serve to raise awareness about the law and help to deter similar offences.

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

One month, four ladies, £1,000 - and more than one million steps to fight cancer

on Monday, 13 June 2016.

Pick & Mix Marketing, the York-based social media marketing experts, have been pounding the city’s pavements, fields and river paths in a month-long challenge to help cancer patients.

By walking more than a million steps during May, they’ve already raised more than £1,000 for York Against Cancer to spend on trainers for people who need them to help get into exercising after cancer treatment and so speed up their recovery.  

Sally Trousdale, director of Pick & Mix, said most people know they should do at least 10,000 steps a day, “but actually doing that many when you are in an office is easier said than done. The four of us often found ourselves on about 3,500 at 5pm. We really had to get moving in the evenings and on our days off to ensure we reached our target of one million!”

She added: “Most people have been touched in some way through cancer and here at Pick & Mix we all have either family or friends affected by this horrible disease. We want to help.”

Francine Clee, from York Against Cancer, was delighted to receive the money and said: “We all hope that one day cancer will be eradicated but until that day anyone who can help us to help patients is doing a wonderful thing. A very big thank you to Sally and her team!”

York Against Cancer is supporting post-treatment patients with aftercare health, fitness and wellbeing equipment. You can donate here: Just Giving or get walking yourself and pledge your time to the cause of your choice.

About Pick & Mix Marketing

Pick and Mix Marketing Solutions Ltd is a marketing company specialising in social media.  Our philosophy is that you’ll never be slotted into a ‘standard package’ – all of our clients have an individual marketing strategy that’s tailor-made to fit their needs and support can be provided through advertising, customer communications and digital marketing.


Sally Trousdale: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01904 863511

Sir David Attenborough comes to York

on Wednesday, 08 June 2016.

On the 17th June, Sir David Attenborough will be coming to the University of York to celebrate Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s 70th birthday. The celebration will be held in Central Hall and is being organised by York Conferences.

The charity was originally formed to receive Askham Bog, situated on the outskirts of York, which would become the Trust’s first nature reserve.

What better place than York to celebrate the Trust’s 70th birthday, returning to where it all began? The event will take place in the University of York’s Central Hall, the oldest, most iconic building on campus, as well as the Exhibition Centre, a venue often used for networking and large conferences. The University is ideal for such a momentous occasion, not only because of the diverse wildlife on campus and the excellent facilities there, but also due to York Conferences excellent work with NUS’ Green Impact Scheme.

The celebration begins at 5pm and will feature a speech by Sir David, followed by a question and answer session. As anticipated, the event sold out quickly with all proceeds going to the Trust’s Potteric Carr Visitor Centre Appeal.

The EU Referendum

on Friday, 27 May 2016.

Reports on the EU referendum contain a lot of conflicting information about what impact the result will have on employment laws. Are we likely to see a significant change following the vote?

As we enter the final weeks of the referendum campaign, we continue to be buffeted (and frankly, sometimes baffled!) by increasingly dramatic claims made by both sides of the debate.

Inevitably, businesses and workers are less interested in political point-scoring than what the result will mean for them.

If Britain votes to remain in the EU there will be no material change to employment rights since the Prime Minister decided against making the EU Working Time Directive - and similar laws - part of his renegotiation earlier this year.

But, in the event that Britain votes ‘leave’ on June 23rd, would we see a bonfire of employment legislation?

It’s certainly true that the EU has played a major part in shaping some of the most significant laws of the past 20 years – statutory paid holiday and maximum working hours were enshrined in British law following decisions made on the continent.

Would ministers be willing to significantly change or even abolish these laws if they had the freedom to do so?  Certainly some in the cabinet would be tempted, believing that certain rules have created unnecessary obstacles for companies. Others would no doubt fear a massive backlash if they tried to take away rights that people have become accustomed to.  Watch this space!

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

Out of date – in to trouble?

on Friday, 29 April 2016.

When setting up a business there’s a long list of legal documents that you need to have drawn up. This can be a rather daunting task and most owners can’t help but feel relieved as they tick them off one by one. The danger is that these documents disappear into the back of the filing cabinet and don’t get looked at again for a considerable period of time.

This can be a dangerous situation to find yourself in, since the contracts, agreements and other documents need to be up-to-date if they are going to provide the protection that you need.

The fact is that businesses change over time - you may take on additional staff, change premises or move into new lines of work. You can’t expect what was drafted ten years ago to meet all of your requirements today.

A good example is the recent explosion in social media use.  Ten years ago sites such as Twitter and Facebook were in their infancy. If your employment contracts were produced ten years ago, they won’t even mention social media but it’s essential that each workplace has a  policy setting out appropriate use of these sites and the standards expected from employees.

At Hethertons, our experienced solicitors offer a free review of legal documents including commercial leases, business terms and conditions, shareholders’ agreements, employment contracts and partnership agreements.

If you would like further information about this service, please give Hethertons a call on 01904 528 200 and speak to Jo or Gill.


on Wednesday, 27 April 2016.

Peter Kay, Senior Director of Ware & Kay Solicitors Ltd, with offices in York, Wetherby & Malton, took office as the President of the Yorkshire Law Society last night during a reception at York’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall.  This is the Society’s 230th year and Peter is the 5th family member to lead and represent the region’s legal profession.

The Yorkshire Law Society is the second oldest local law society in the country and membership is currently open to practicing solicitors, legal executives, paralegals and university law lecturers together with some County Court Judges.  The Society is there not only to promote the interests of its members but also those of the clients of solicitors in the Yorkshire Law Society area.

In his inaugural speech following the Law Society Annual General Meeting, Peter Kay said “It is a great honour to accept such a prestigious role within an organisation that has represented the local legal profession for over 200 years.  My aspiration for the year ahead is to raise the approval rating of solicitors and their firms in the Society’s area by emphasising the importance of solicitors in enabling society to function in everyday life.  It is only through good advice and care for the client’s interests that people and businesses can achieve their legitimate aspirations, wealth, security and quality of life.  I am very much looking forward to representing local practitioners and raising issues of local concern on their behalf at national level.” 

Peter is very pleased to confirm that his chosen charity of the year is to be “York against Cancer”, a charity that his family has close connections with.  York against Cancer is a small independent local charity and the money raised is spent to help and support cancer patients and their families.

Peter was born in York and educated at Bootham School, York.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and practised in London for 4 years in a specialist commercial shipping practice.  He travelled extensively during this period on business.  He then spent a year travelling before returning to York in 1984.  In 1985 he became a partner in the solicitors firm (now) Ware & Kay Solicitors Ltd.  He now specialises in corporate and commercial work but his experience also includes banking work on the panel of 2 commercial lenders, commercial property leasing, commercial and residential property management; and employment law.   Peter is also trustee of a number of private trusts including on-going trusts actively involved in commercial property, residential property development, arable farming and intensive livestock rearing.

Peter has been involved in the business community for many years and this included: Member of the Private Sector Members Group of the former Yorkshire Tourist Board; Director of York City Centre Partnership Limited; Director of the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce from 2001 to 2009; President of the York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce 2006 to 2008; Welcome to Yorkshire Tourism Ambassador; Chair of York Economic Partnership 2008 to 2012; Director of York Business Week C.I.C.

Ware & Kay Solicitors Gear Up for Tour de Yorkshire Ride Friday 29th April

on Friday, 22 April 2016.

With just over a week to go, Ware & Kay Solicitors are gearing up for another Tour de Yorkshire with riders passing their Wetherby offices on Friday 29 April.

To make the most of this, Ware & Kay are supporting the local cycle shop, Wetherby Bike Shack, who are marking the event with some exciting activities for the community to take part in as they wait for the cyclists to race through the town.

Dean Buckle, owner of the Wetherby Bike Shack and “Townsperson of the Year” is the driving force behind the Tour de Yorkshire events in conjunction with the Wetherby Town Council.  Dean is rallying the business community together including volunteers from the Wetherby Lions, the Fire Brigade and Sant’ Angelo’s Restaurant to create a fun day to enable the people of Wetherby and visitors to enjoy the full benefits of the Tour de Yorkshire.   

Dean said “It is great for Wetherby to be once again in the spotlight and we are delighted that Ware & Kay Solicitors along with other local businesses are sponsoring the event.  There will be some popular attractions for children and adults of all ages including face painting and a shadows tribute guitarist in the Garden of Rest.  Car parking on the route at Kirk Deighton Rangers AFC ground in Kirk Deighton will be charged at £10.00 a car which will include free Kenco Coffee and Yorkshire Tea.  Wetherby High School has allowed their pupils time out to line the route and we are expecting other schools to follow suit.  The surplus raised will be put towards a permanent feature in the town selected by the contributing businesses.  Name plaques of the contributors will be displayed as a reminder of their support of the event”.

This event follows the great success of the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 when 1.5 million people came out to watch the race and the organisers are hoping many more will come and watch the race this year. 

Michael Peach, Director at Ware & Kay Solicitors said “Wetherby’s exciting and diverse events and festivals are a key attraction for residents and visitors and as excitement builds for the Tour de Yorkshire, it will play a big part in creating an unforgettable weekend.  We hope that the people of Wetherby will come together, celebrate and have a fantastic time, so we are delighted to be supporting our local event organiser.  We hope that this will help to boost community involvement and visitor numbers even more.”

The first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire will set off from the Saturday Market in Beverley. The riders will parade around the town before heading north west to the Official Start at Beverley Racecourse; Holme-on-the-Wolds, Market Weighton (which also saw the race pass through in May 2015), and on westwards to a sprint point at Bubwith.  From there, the peloton will race through North Duffield and west to Cawood - scene of Dick Turpin’s famous escape from York – and on to Tadcaster, famous for its breweries. After that, riders will visit Boston Spa, Wetherby, Kirk Deighton & North Deighton and Knaresborough, home of the famous ‘spotty house’ from the Tour de France, decorated with the red spots of the King of the Mountains’ jersey. From there riders will travel to Ripley and on to Pateley Bridge where the first King of the Mountain test will be won at Greenhow Hill. After that, it’s on to Grassington, then Threshfield and a return to some of the Tour de France roads, through Cracoe then Gargrave.  The riders will then cross the finish line in Settle for the first time before a sprint at Giggleswick. They will complete a 12km loop back to the A65 and round to Settle town centre for an expected bunch finish in the town.