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Sheffield advisors act in Cooper Brown MBI of Chesterfield businesses Sheffield advisors Hart Shaw and hlw Keeble Hawson have represented the shareholders in a Management Buy-In of Chesterfield businesses NiTEC UK and Spire Laboratories Ltd led by Cooper Brown Enterprises. Marie Cooper and Chris Brown have acquired a controlling stake in plating and surface technology specialist NiTEC UK, and Spire Laboratories Ltd, a test house specialising in validation and certification for the surface treatment industry. As part of the transaction, Marcus Hill and David Brown, the founding shareholders, are staying with the businesses and retain shareholdings. The acquisition is the latest in a series of investments for Cooper Brown after the duo exited Sheffield’s President Engineering Group to acquire and apply their extensive expertise to boost the growth of engineering companies. Marie Cooper said, “The opportunity to acquire the NiTEC business was just what we were looking for, myself and Chris have a skill set that will compliment David and Marcus’s and together our combined expertise will allow us to take the business forward to achieve its full potential”. Marcus Hill said, “David and I are extremely excited to work with Marie and Chris developing the business and we look forward to the future”. Hart Shaw corporate finance partner, Patrick Abel, commented: “NiTEC’s offering highly compliments Cooper Brown Enterprises’ existing portfolio, enabling NiTEC to develop strategically in the years ahead. We wish the team every success going forward.” Roger Dyson, head of hlw Keeble Hawson’s corporate team, said: “David and Marcus have been instrumental in developing NiTEC’s strong track record as a niche plating business at home and overseas and we are pleased to have been able to assist them with this deal with Cooper Brown Enterprises to take the company to the next level.” Cooper Brown Enterprises was represented by Castle Square Corporate Finance, with legal advice from Lupton Fawcett. HSBC provided funding for the deal. Caption: Award-winning corporate team: l to r Roger Dyson, Matt Ainsworth, Michel Hall and hlw Keeble Hawson managing partner, Paul Trudgill.

Property People

What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire? There’s a real buzz in the Yorkshire region at the moment, with an increase in activity and sales. In particular, I've noticed an increase in recent times in mixed-use developments – blends of commercial and residential properties. These are light years away from a chip shop with a flat over it. They are properly designed and thought out schemes, which are a response to consumers’ rising demands for premium facilities onsite, as our approach to urban living, work and entertainment shifts. There are many stunning purpose built locations in Yorkshire already, with lots more planned or in development. What is the best project you have been involved in? Following on from the above answer, we’ve worked one of the most prestigious developments in Sheffield, which is a fantastic mix of retail outlets, offices, hotel, casino, restaurants and residential units. Each tenure came with its own challenges - including very different, but stringent, demands in the management of the residential, retail, entertainment and hospitality operations. What is your favourite building in the region? This is a very tough one, as there is such an amazing diversity of ancient and modern across the counties. I love contemporary builds and have worked on many impressive schemes, but the granddaddy of them all has to be the majestic, awe-inspiring York Minster. If you could change one thing to improve the property industry in the region what would it be? Improving education is a massive passion of mine. If you raise knowledge, you raise standards - so everyone in the sector should understand and appreciate their obligations and responsibilities. Knowledge shouldn’t be sat on and hoarded, but shared as widely as possible. With that in mind, we recently set up a free online resource, the PM Legal Hub, to help property management professionals with issues that concern them, all written in layperson’s terms. Whom do you most admire in the Yorkshire property industry? Tom Bloxham, founder of Urban Splash, an exciting urban renewal property development company, which has brought exciting mixed-use and commercial space to Bradford and Sheffield. He’s out there experimenting, doing things differently and motivated by a genuine love of buildings. I recently attended a presentation of his, where he distilled his ethos in the last few lines of the Athenian Oath: “We will transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us." Well, quite!

Sheffield law firm advises on international takeover

Sheffield-based law firm hlw Keeble Hawson has played a key role in the acquisition of a London-based home exchange business.

hlw Keeble Hawson represented RCI, an international holiday exchange company owned by Wyndham Worldwide, on its acquisition of Love Home Swap a home exchange program.

The purchase of the London-based company complements RCI’s existing business and broadens its appeal to a new base of holidaymakers.

Love Home Swap will continue to run as an independent brand and be marketed separately from RCI. Love Home Swap founder, Debbie Wosskow, will remain on as an advisor to ensure a smooth transition into the RCI family and Ben Wosskow, formerly chief commercial officer, has been appointed to managing director and will oversee the daily operations of the business.

Matt Ainsworth, Mike Hall and Russell Bainbridge from hlw Keeble Hawson’s corporate department advised RCI on the acquisition.

Ainsworth said: "We are delighted to have advised RCI on this important strategic acquisition and we wish Love Home Swap every success as part of the RCI family.“

RCI president Gordon Gurnik said: "Since first pioneering the vacation exchange concept more than 40 years ago, RCI has continually found new ways to evolve and grow its own business while also propelling the exchange industry further.

"Through this acquisition we expand the exchange options we offer travellers and strengthen our footprint in key growth markets across the globe."

Three Peaks Challenge

Trainees solicitors and paralegals from hlw Keeble Hawson have risen to the Yorkshire Three Peaks mountain challenge – boosting funds for their adopted charity, St Luke’s Hospice, by £1,500. The ten-strong group, led by partner and head of the corporate team, Roger Dyson, completed the tough 24-mile trek to support St Luke’s to continue to deliver palliative care for the terminally ill – with the first half of the walk being undertaken in heavy rain. Roger Dyson said: “Well done to everyone who stepped up despite the bad weather and saw it through to the end. None of the team have undergone such a challenge before and their ‘can do’ and team spirit was tremendous.” The Three Peaks is the trainees’ latest fundraising initiative for St Luke’s, with the team collecting a total of £4,272. Events include packing bags at local supermarkets, a five-a-side football tournament and bake offs. St Luke’s chief executive Peter Hartland said: “Congratulations to Roger and the trainees for completing the challenge in adverse weather conditions. The breadth and depth of hlw Keeble Hawson’s dynamic and colourful fundraising initiatives go a long way to help us continue our vital work to provide the best possible quality of life, free of charge, for those aged 18 and above who are terminally ill.”

hlw Keeble Hawson is one of Yorkshire’s biggest law firms with offices across Leeds, Sheffield and Doncaster.

Surgical Innovations acquires Elemental Healthcare Leeds-based Surgical Innovations Group has been represented in its recent £9.4m acquisition of Elemental Healthcare by Hardy Transaction Management Ltd, hlw Keeble Hawson and James Cowper Kreston. Other firms involved included Yorkshire Bank who was advised by Squire Patton Boggs, and WH Ireland who was advised by Pinsent Curtis. AIM-listed Surgical Innovations is raising £5.5m through a placing to part fund the acquisition of Hungerford- based Elemental Healthcare – a specialist in keyhole surgery which supplies surgical devices to NHS and UK private hospitals. The companies mark a long-standing relationship. Paul Hardy, director of Hardy Transaction Management Ltd, which is currently advising four AIM listed groups, said: “Advisors brought a depth and breadth of AIM experience to the table which enabled Surgical Innovations Group to complete this important deal within five weeks of heads of agreement.” Roger Dyson, head of the hlw Keeble Hawson’s corporate team, said: “We were pleased to work with highly respected advisors to bring the purchase – which also gives Surgical Innovations Group a direct route to the UK market – to fruition.”

Elemental Healthcare was advised by Spectrum Corporate Finance and Clark Holt.

How will protecting ‘gig economy’ workers affect employers?

A few days before the Taylor Review was unveiled, one of the biggest players in ‘the gig economy’, Deliveroo, made headlines by calling for changes to the law on flexible employment practices. The development would allow what Deliveroo called its ‘independent contractors’ to enjoy increased benefits while retaining their treasured ability to work when they wanted to. The move might have been good PR, an attempt to steal the Review’s thunder or a genuine desire for a better deal for delivery drives, couriers and cabbies. Whatever the reason, it heralded change in those working environments where temporary positions are the norm and organisations contract with ‘independent workers’ for flexible engagements with no security or protection – the so called ‘gig economy’. How far and how fast this goes will depend on the government’s reaction to the Taylor Review and similar reports and Theresa May has said she will look at its proposals “very carefully and seriously.” The Review’s recommendations are certainly a step in the right direction. While the report makes the point that flexibility is a good thing, Taylor seeks to end arrangements that many claim allow companies to reap great benefits while workers carry the risks. Gig economy ‘platform’ organisations are not obliged to provide work – and when they do, the worker must supply their own vehicle or tools, have business insurance and pay their own tax and NIC. Should they be injured or unable to work because of illness, the platform provider does not have to support them financially. Taylor proposes renaming the current category of ‘worker’ (people who are not employed but are obliged to do the work personally) to a ‘dependant contractor’, entitled to important rights such as sick pay in addition to minimum wage and paid holidays. The move is bolstered by the recommendation of a clear definition for dependant contractors that will easily differentiate them from the genuinely self-employed. This will enable them to know where they stand and what their rights are, instead of assuming that they are self-employed, just because they are labelled as such by the platform provider, when in fact they are not. At present, they would have to apply to a Tribunal to establish their status, a costly and stressful exercise.

Sue Ryder colour run raises £29k More than 850 runners from Yorkshire businesses and families have taken part in a technicolour colour run to jointly raise £29k for Sue Ryder, which provides hospice and neurological care for people facing life- changing diagnoses. Participants included a team of five lawyers and paralegals from hlw Keeble Hawson’s Leeds office, who were turned seven shades of the rainbow as they passed through paint stations on the 5km Manorlands PaintRush in Keighley. Manager of hlw Keeble Hawson’s debt recovery team Charise Marsden said: “It was quite an experience and, in the true team spirit, we started and finished together. We raised £250 for the challenge which was important for us as colleagues have been affected by life-changing illnesses and we were delighted to throw ourselves round the course for this inspirational cause.” Participation in the challenge was up by more a third on last year’s debut event and an additional £5k was raised. Sue Ryder community fundraising manager Andrew Wood said: “It was a fantastic success. Well done and an enormous ‘thank you’ to the hlw Keeble Hawson team and to everyone who endured the heat to be made almost unrecognisable by our ‘paint pelters’. “We rely on the goodwill and support of individuals, families and businesses to continue to provide palliative care and complementary therapy for people with life-limiting conditions.” A champion of giving back to its local communities, hlw Keeble Hawson – one of the region’s largest law firms with offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster – donates over 50 pro bono days annually to participate in wide-ranging fundraising events for organisations for people in this community.

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Law firm spearheads quiz to boost Sheffield charities' fundraising goals

Charites from across Sheffield will put their general knowledge prowess to the test in a special charity quiz challenge hosted by hlw Keeble Hawson. The event, which takes place at The Showroom in Sheffield on Thursday, September 14, will accelerate the fundraising goals of the top three teams by £450 in total – with the winners scooping £250. Every team of six participating in the quiz will receive a bottle of champagne for their own fundraising initiatives. Partner and head of the firm’s charity sector group, Michele Todd, said: “Our region boasts a wealth of inspirational charities that make a major impact on the lives of those they support. These organisations tirelessly fundraise for their respective causes and we came up with the idea of a charity quiz as a fun event which will also help them to continue their fantastic work.”

The challenge will include a raffle supported by local businesses.

hlw Keeble Hawson is one of the region’s largest law firms with offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster. A champion of giving back to its local communities, the practice has contributed over 400 pro-bono hours since June 2015 to wide-ranging charities across Yorkshire.

Firms’ mud, sweat and tears help to raise £24k in charity challenge

A team from hlw Keeble Hawson has joined those who have overcome one of the UK’s toughest challenges to jointly raise £24,000 for MS Society so far this year. Members tackled the Yorkshire ‘Tough Mudder’ event over 20 gruelling obstacles across five miles of mud at the stamina-sapping course at Broughton Hall, Skipton, designed to test physical endurance and promote teamwork. The eight-strong ‘hlw Mind Over Mudders team’ boosted funds for MS Society – a community of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers. It supports those with MS, their families and carers and is driving innovative research to find more – and better – treatments for everyone. Head of family law at hlw Keeble Hawson’s Doncaster office, Antony Ball, said: “Colleagues’ grit, determination and top teamwork spurred us to the finishing line. MS Society is an amazing charity, which provides emotional support and guidance to sufferers as well as funding research, awarding grants and investing in MS specialists.” MS Society area fundraiser, Simon Moran, said: “Well done to the hlw Keeble Hawson team for pushing through endless mud in support of the MS community! There are 100,000 living with MS in the UK and your generous donation means we can be there for more people and their families, through the highs, lows and everything in between. We’re beyond grateful for your support.” A champion of giving back to its local communities, hlw Keeble Hawson - one of the region’s largest law firms with offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster - donates over 50 pro bono days annually to participate in wide-ranging fundraising events for organisations for people in this community.

Shortlist for 2017 Yorkshire Legal Awards is announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Yorkshire Legal Awards has been announced.

63 firms, organisations and individuals have been shortlisted for this year’s awards following a 20% increase in entries for 2017. The winners of the awards will be announced on 12 October 2017 at New Dock Hall, in Leeds. Hosted by television presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing winner, Chris Hollins, it is expected that over 700 legal professionals from across the region will come together on the night to celebrate the success of their peers and colleagues. The shortlist has been chosen by a prestigious panel of judges, chaired by Marilyn Stowe, the founder and former senior partner of Stowe Family Law. She was joined by David Barraclough, president of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies; Natalie Cosgrove, president of Sheffield and District Law Society; Simon Stell the managing partner of LCF Law; Nathalie Stewart, the president of Hull Incorporated Law Society; Gordon Exall from Zenith Chambers; Sarah Cookson the president of Huddersfield and Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society; Bill Barton the president of Leeds Law Society; and Charlotte Parkinson, the chair of the Leeds Junior Lawyers Division. Organised by Barker Brooks Communications, The Yorkshire Legal Awards bring together the region’s legal community to recognise and celebrate its myriad achievements and is now a key date in the profession’s calendar. It offers professionals in the legal services the chance to come together for a memorable evening of networking, socialising and celebrating. Categories of awards cover everyone from the biggest corporate firms to leading barristers and from senior partners to rising stars.

A beginner’s guide to the new data protection rules for charities The countdown is underway to the biggest shake up of data protection rules in 25 years which will impact on how your charity processes its personal data. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the current Data Protection Act, comes into force on May 25, 2018.

It will affect how your charity manages your fundraising, your campaigns - and your volunteers.

This workshop will cover: How your charity can prepare for the new rules Examples of how you secure consent for new and existing data Examples of when consent is not required Opting in and opting out – the do’s and don’ts How to keep your data up to date Penalties for non-compliance and how to avoid them

Ranked by Legal 500 as a highly regarded Private Client practitioner in Yorkshire, Michele Todd heads hlw Keeble Hawson’s Private Client Department and is acknowledged for her growing expertise and reputation in the charity sector. A full STEP qualified fee earner, Michele’s wealth of expertise comprises wills and probate, along with tax planning and estate administration. In 2010 Michele established a dedicated charity sector team with a comprehensive third sector offering spanning governance and taxation to employment. Michele also has experience a legal trustee of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity (2010-2015), as a board member of independent residential care home, Taptonholme and has this year been appointed to the board of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation.

How Doncaster property owners can maximise new inheritance tax allowances Property owners in Doncaster who want to ensure the best possible provision for loved ones after their deaths should check whether changes to the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) allowance require them to alter their wills. The advice comes from Michele Todd, partner and inheritance specialist with hlw Keeble Hawson which has offices in Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds, who warns that wills must be reviewed regularly to maximise benefits brought by changes to succession law. She said: “The new RNRB allowance is a prime example. It gives extra tax relief to those with an estate, including a main residence, worth more than £325,000, which is the inheritance tax threshold - or nil rate band. “The changes make some family homes exempt from inheritance tax and bring a number of new conditions for bequests that those making wills must know about.” Additional nil rate bands when a residence is passed on death to a direct descendant began their phased introduction on 6 th April – and will increase by £25,000 a year until 2020. However, the new rules come with strict definitions on who is a direct descendant of the owner. They are a child, grandchild or other lineal descendant and a lineal descendant’s spouse or civil partner (including their widow, widower or surviving civil partner). Also entitled are a stepchild (someone whose parent is, or was, the spouse or civil partner of the will maker), an adopted child, a child who was fostered at any time and a child who the owner is the appointed guardian or special guardian when they’re under 18. A property can’t go to nieces, nephews or siblings but may be left to a mixture of direct and non–direct descendants – with its RNRB value calculated on the share direct descendants inherit. In addition, to claim the allowance, the will maker must have used the home as their main residence at some time in their lives - buy- to-let properties don’t count. Other conditions cover which trusts qualify for the allowance when property is included in them; how to protect RNRB when a will maker downsizes and sells the family home; and changing a will’s terms post-death to enhance beneficiaries’ entitlement. Michele Todd concluded: “Always remember that it is far better to get the will right at the outset, then keep up with regulations on tax-efficient inheritance so that it can be adapted to new rules. “This is a complex task – and your own altered circumstances might also require changes to your bequests – so it is a very good idea make periodic inheritance ‘check ups’ with a specialist legal adviser part of your succession planning.”

What is a non-molestation order? Non-molestation orders – designed to protect victims of domestic violence from being abused and to stop the abuser from being violent towards the victims – help victims to deal with difficult ex-partners and people they are still in a relationship with. Those who have to deal with another person’s unacceptable behaviour that might affect their mental or physical health can seek an order through the family court. These orders, also known as injunctions, aim to safeguard people from further abuse – whether physical, threats or intimidation. Targets of abuse can apply for a non-molestation order against someone they are in a current or previous relationship with. This can include a married partner, a civil partner, or a same sex partner, or other family members. Those who fear that they or their children are in imminent danger can apply for an emergency non-molestation order for immediate protection. Legal Aid is sometimes available; however, applicants will usually have to pay a contribution. An order warns the other person that he or she must not breach any of the actions the order specifically forbids, on pain of imprisonment of up to five years and/or a fine. The behaviour depends on the specific circumstances of the case, but characteristically includes the use or threat of violence, harassment by contact or communication – and damage to property. The orders are generally granted for a set period (usually three to six months), but can be renewed or made ‘until further order’, depending on the seriousness of the case. It is a criminal offence to disobey such an order and those who do will be arrested, if reported. Victims who wish to avoid involving the police in their family issues should bear in mind that the family court can impose short custodial sessions for breaches in closed sessions. Non-molestation orders may be combined with occupation orders, which keep the other person out of the family home until finances are dealt with. An occupation order can be obtained as a result of non-violent, non- threatening actions. One of my cases was based on persistent difficult behaviour, which involved the other person persistently turned off the hot water system so my client could not have a hot bath to alleviate her bad back. Combined with other relatively minor unpleasant behaviours, this was enough for us to obtain an occupation order so that person had to leave the home. Unless protection is needed urgently, it is important that anyone seeking a non-molestation order first secures the right advice from an experienced family lawyer – particularly if children are involved.

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