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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – New Police Powers

New Police Powers

Source: BBC News

Anyone continuing to break coronavirus lockdown rules will be breaking the law and faces arrest. People ignoring tougher restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine initially and another for £120 for a second offence.

New powers given to police in England mean no-one will be allowed to leave their home “without reasonable excuse”. The measures come into force on Thursday and will last six months, with a review every three weeks.

To ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel, police will be able to order people to go home, leave an area or disperse.

What do the new powers mean?

The new powers mean officers can:

ensure parents are doing all they can to stop their children breaking the rules
issue a £60 fixed penalty, lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days
issue a £120 fixed penalty for second-time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence

Anyone who does not pay can be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.

If they still refuse to comply, police can arrest them.

Home Office

However, the Home Office, in announcing the new rules, said that “in the first instance, the police will always apply their common sense and discretion.”

Under strict measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week, people are only allowed to leave the house for specific reasons:

  • Shopping for “basic necessities”, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle
  • Medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only if it is “absolutely necessary” and cannot be done from home

All of the measures will last for three weeks from 23 March before being reviewed.

What are the new restrictions and why are they needed?

Several new activities which are permitted have been added to a list outlined by the PM, including moving house, fulfilling legal obligations and to escape injury, illness or the risk of harm.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52010555

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Announcement

Coronavirus (Covid-19) announcement

Due to the unprecedented challenge that the country is facing with the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak, we are making some changes to how we interact with you and third parties.

In line with WHO and Government advice we need to play our part in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. Our main concern must be for the wellbeing and health of you, our staff and their families.

We are open for business with all staff contactable in the usual manner. Arrangements are being made so that some of the team can work remotely if required.

Phone calls and emails will be dealt with as quickly as possible and we will do all we can to ensure that our service levels are maintained.

Face to face meetings, conferences and mediations will only be available in exceptional circumstances.

PLEASE:  Do not call into the office in person unless you have a pre-arranged appointment. 

To minimise any risk, we will be offering:

  • Telephone appointments
  • Teleconferences
  • Video conferences
  • Facetime
  • Skype

If you are involved in a court case then we will keep you advised if there are any changes to court procedures or dates.

If applicable, our team will let you know of the procedures for checking identification and proof of address documentation.

This is an ever-changing situation and we will continue to keep you informed as and when appropriate.

 

 

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Part-time Receptionist – We are recruiting…

This position is now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied. Interviews to follow.

Receptionist

  • Keighley
  • Part-time position – Wednesday & Friday – 9.00 – 17.30
  • One-hour lunch
  • £9.50 per hour (dependent on experience)

Job Purpose

  • To provide a high quality, professional reception and administrative service for the firm.
  • To act as the first point of contact for clients and visitors contacting or visiting the firm.
  • To ensure that all enquiries are efficiently and courteously handled.

Ideal Candidate

  • Friendly and approachable
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Organised
  • Computer literate
  • Previous reception experience (preferred but not essential)

Main Duties

  • Greet clients and visitors to the firm.
  • Book in, amend and cancel appointments in line with the firm’s appointments procedures.
  • Ensure that clients/visitors without appointments are dealt with appropriately.
  • Receive and accurately record client/new client details for any appointment.
  • Ensure computerised appointment system is up-to-date and all necessary details recorded.
  • Respond to and/or redirect all client and visitor requests.
  • Accept payments face to face or over the phone and issue receipts.
  • If handling client files or client information on reception ensure that it meets with Data Protection requirements (General Data Protection Regulation).
  • Re-stock the stationery as and when required.
  • Answer incoming telephone calls, ensuring calls are documented and redirected accordingly.
  • Check personal emails on a regular basis.
  • Deal with the post. Director to check contents and then distribute to the appropriate fee earner. (Double check all envelopes).
  • Copying identification & other documents.
  • Signing for deliveries.
  • Accepting documents and packages from clients. Recording details and passing to the appropriate person.
  • Booking rooms for appointments.
  • Setting up conference rooms with refreshments etc.
  • Undertake additional administration tasks as required by the firm in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Act in accordance with the firm’s Office Manual and the supporting policies & procedures.

Required

  • Proof of identification and address
  • Two satisfactory references from most recent employers

Next Step

If you’re interested in this role please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV to Lisa Wood (Director):

[email protected]

Closing date – 06.03.2020 at 17:30

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WTW and Foster Law merger – update

As with any merger there is a long list of things that need be organised and a whole host of technical issues to resolve.

During this transitional period we politely ask that you bear with us. A number of the team are working at both locations so are in and out of the office more than normal. This may cause short delays in returning phone calls and/or responses to emails or letters.

We are also taking this opportunity to upgrade some of our computer systems and processes, which will improve our efficiency and effectiveness over the forthcoming months.

We hope to launch a new website in the very near future which will be much better to view however you access it.

Waddington Turner Wall Keighley

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Important announcement – Foster Law and Waddington Turner Wall Solicitors to merge

The Directors are pleased and proud to announce that two established and successful law firms are joining forces; Waddington Turner Wall (WTW) based in Keighley and Foster Law based on the Broughton Hall Estate, near Skipton.

Foster Law Blue Logo

Foster Law, founded by Diane and Robert Foster almost 10 years ago, principally offers company, agricultural and private client legal services. Diane Foster and the team will continue in their present roles from Broughton.

The merger of Waddingtons and Turner & Wall in 2014 has already proved to be a great success with an increased workforce and a move to larger offices on Devonshire Street. WTW specialise in a number of areas including Litigation, Equine Law and Family Law.

Director Michael Bower stated “This is a really positive and exciting step for both businesses enabling us to offer a more comprehensive range of legal services across the Aire Valley and the Yorkshire/Lancashire border.”

Both businesses will continue under their existing names with new websites due to launch in the very near future.

Waddington Turner Wall Keighley

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

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Christmas Office Closure

WTW Christmas Office Closure 2019

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We are recruiting – Commercial & Agricultural Property Solicitor and Litigation Solicitor

We are recruiting for two permanent positions:

  • Commercial & Agricultural Property Solicitor/Lawyer
  • Litigation Solicitor

Negotiable | Keighley West Yorkshire | Permanent | Full Time

Are you looking for a new challenge with a successful and expanding high street practice? This is a fantastic opportunity for two experienced Solicitors or Lawyers to take on an existing portfolio of clients and make their mark locally. The positions are available due to continued expansion and increasing client base.

Further details on these positions can be found on the WTW Facebook page or our careers page.

Keighley & Airedale Business Awards

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Family Law – update

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to take on new Family Law cases from 04.11.2019.

If you or a loved one need to talk to an experienced and approachable solicitor then you can call our main reception on 01535 662644. Erika Williman (Family Law Solicitor) will aim to call you back within 24 hours. If she is unable to talk to you in that time then our trainee solicitor, Paul Farrell, may speak to you in order to book a convenient meeting or phone call.

 

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Marines Reunion – Mark Hagyard – Solicitor/Managing Director

Marines Reunion – 12 October 2018

Royal Marines Badge

On 24 September 1979 I joined the Royal Marines three days short of my 17th birthday.

My junior marine intake number was 257 Troop.

Of the originals who joined on the first day(over 60) less than 20 made it through training. During the course of the reunion there was some debate as to exactly who was and who was not an original as some joined us after periods of injury and rehabilitation. The actual figure is therefore open to debate.

One of the original members stayed in the Royal Marines for about 25 years and both of his sons followed him into the service. One of them was promoted to the rank of corporal and sent to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) to be part of a recruit training team. By a bizarre coincidence the recruit troop he was allocated to was 257 troop. Our old Troop number had taken 39 years to reappear.

This gave rise to the idea that it would be nice to have our reunion on the same weekend as the new 257 troop finished their training.

Marines Reunion - Mark Hagyard - 12.10.2018

The Marines Reunion

Following invites being dispatched 16 of the original troop attended together with three of the original training team.

We were also invited to watch the young Marines being presented with their Green Berets and a parade in the drill shed (it was pouring down outside) led by the Royal Marines band.

Once the formalities were over there was a photo shoot with the before and afters and a libation in the Sergeants mess!

It was a fabulous day especially as I hadn’t seen some of the chaps since we finished training in 1980.

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