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02 December 2020 Firm updates

While some people are enjoying working from home, this is not the case for everyone and the negative impacts over several months are taking a toll on some employees. ‘Employers are unsure of their responsibilities for mental health and how to deal with performance issues when the boundary between home and work has become blurred,’ says Gillian Reid, Head of Employment with Pearsons & Ward. ‘They want to know how best to support their employees’ wellbeing while keeping the business on track in difficult times. This includes knowing what questions you can ask, how to address mental health issues, and how to be fair in disciplinary procedures.’ Potential problems arising from homeworking Homeworking brings a different set of pressures to those in the workplace; a lack of boundaries between home and work, and difficulties in switching…
27 November 2020 Firm updates

All our offices will be open for pre-arranged appointments from 2nd December where a telephone meeting is not possible. Contact us as normal by phone or email to arrange a meeting to discuss your matter but please bear in mind that many of our staff continue to work from home so we can only see you if you have pre-arranged an appointment. Our main priority at this time is to maintain a safe environment for our staff and visitors to our offices so we ask that you assist us with this by following the guidelines set out below. Covid-19 Workplace Risk Assessments We have carried out a Health and Safety Risk Assessment at each of our offices to ensure that we have appropriate arrangements in place. These include: Pre-arranged appointments with at least 30 minutes…
27 November 2020 Firm updates

We would like to send you our best wishes for the festive season and a safe and healthy 2021.  We look forward to working with you and continuing to deliver the best possible service. Christmas and New Year opening times Our offices will be closed from 4.00 pm on Wednesday 23rd December and will reopen at 9.00 am on Monday 4th January 2021. If you would like to contact us outside of these hours please use our contact form and someone will get back to you on the next business day. Best wishes The Pearsons & Ward Team
29 September 2020 Firm updates

Johanne Spittle is the Head of Dispute Resolution. She graduated in law from the University of Sheffield in 1983 and became a solicitor in 1986. She has lived in North Yorkshire since 1990 joining the firm in 2019. What job would you like to have other than your own? I am fascinated by the property related disputes that I deal with, particularly having to piece together what happened to land hundreds of years ago; it is a bit like having to solve a historical whodunit and so maybe in another life I would be a historical detective or a crime writer!   Greatest achievement? Combining being a partner in a law firm with three children and retaining a sense of humour was definitely an achievement. But most recently it was sitting and passing an exam in…
22 September 2020 Firm updates

Pearsons & Ward is delighted to announce the appointment of experienced solicitor Jacqueline Barr to lead their Agricultural team in Malton. Jacqueline is the latest appointment for Pearsons & Ward, part of Ware & Kay Solicitors which also has offices in York and Wetherby and serves clients across North, East and West Yorkshire.  Jacqueline is a specialist agricultural solicitor with a wealth of knowledge in this sector as well as commercial property and will be acting for clients within the farming community. In her new role Jacqueline will build on its work with farmers, landowners and the rural community to keep them one step ahead.  She will advise on the full range and variety of transactions affecting rural clients for example, sales & purchases of farms and bare land, tenancies, rights of way and option…
04 August 2020 Firm updates

We are open for business and here to help. Please contact us by phone or email and we will happily arrange an appointment on the telephone or at our offices if necessary to discuss your matter.
15 June 2020 Firm updates

All our offices are now open for pre-arranged appointments where a telephone meeting is not possible. Contact us as normal by phone or email to arrange a meeting to discuss your matter but please bear in mind that many of our staff continue to work from home so we can only see you if you have pre-arranged an appointment. Our main priority at this time is to maintain a safe environment for our staff and visitors to our offices so we ask that you assist us with this by following the guidelines set out below. Covid-19 Workplace Risk Assessments We have carried out a Health and Safety Risk Assessment at each of our offices to ensure that we have appropriate arrangements in place. These include: Pre-arranged appointments with at least 30 minutes between each appointment…
18 March 2020 Firm updates

As uncertainty mounts about Coronavirus in the UK, we wish to reassure all of our clients and contacts that it is business as usual. We have robust plans in place to minimise any disruption and will continue to operate as normal whilst also protecting our clients, our staff and the wider community. We are committed to supporting our clients and contacts throughout this period whilst monitoring updates and following Government advice.  We have drawn up plans that will enable us to continue serving our clients and contacts including equipping our staff for home-working. All our clients will be able to maintain contact with our staff via telephone and email however, we have decided for everyone’s protection that we are unable to make client appointments at any of our offices from Thursday 19th March.  We will however…
27 February 2020 Firm updates

Leading law firm Pearsons & Ward Solicitors, is proud to be supporting local rugby club  Malton & Norton RUFC by sponsoring the home match against Pocklington on Saturday 29th February, kick-off 2:15 pm. Pearsons & Ward (part of Ware & Kay Solicitors Ltd with offices in Malton, York & Wetherby) have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Malton & Norton Rugby Club for many years and are continuing to show their ongoing commitment by providing match-day sponsorship. William Browne Club Chairman of Malton & Norton RUFC said “We are really looking forward to welcoming the team from Pearsons & Ward along with guests to our home game against Pocklington on Saturday.  Our association with this local firm of Solicitors goes back to the founding of our club in 1953, and during those early years we…
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