Consider carefully before punishing workers for refusing the COVID 19 jab, Thursfields warns

Employers should give careful consideration before taking disciplinary action or even sacking workers who refuse COVID-19 vaccinations, Thursfields Solicitors has warned.

The advice from an employment expert at the leading Midlands law firm came after a national debate over whether employers can or should be able to insist that their staff are inoculated.

James Monk, an associate director in the Employment department at Thursfields, explained that while vaccinating the country is seen as the only route back to normality, not everyone will be prepared to get the jab.

Mr Monk said: “There has been some interesting debate in the legal sector over staff who remain sceptical about having the vaccination, and how employers should respond if they refuse to do so.

“This is likely to be a highly sensitive issue, because there is no legislation to say that vaccinations are mandatory, and it may therefore be risky for employers to insist on it.

“There are potential discrimination issues, for example in relation to those who have a moral or religious objections, such as vegans who may object to the use of gelatine in a vaccine produced from pigs.

“Other employers may be cautious about the possibility of future personal injury claims from those who may suffer adverse reactions to the vaccination.”

Mr Monk said Acas guidance suggests there could be some situations where disciplinary action might be used if a vaccination was required for an employee to be able to carry out their job.

But he said: “While the possibility exists, in practice an employment tribunal  may, in some cases, be unwilling to accept that it was fair to discipline or dismiss an employee who is refusing a medical procedure.

“A tribunal is likely to consider the matter in its whole and look at other considerations such as the employee’s privacy, and how online technology enables many roles to be fulfilled from home.

“We are in unchartered waters and some employers with different attitudes to risk may decide on a stricter approach in relation to anti-vaccination employees.”

Mr Monk suggested that in the first instance employers will want to communicate their desire for employees to take the vaccine and the reasons for this.

He added: “Winning hearts and minds to get employees to co-operate with an employer is often as effective, if not more so, than taking action against them.”

Anyone wanting to discuss this or other employment law issues can contact James Monk by emailing jmonk@thursfields.co.uk or calling 0121 227 3366, extension 3366.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Longstanding Midlands finance recruitment specialists complete management buy-out

CY Executive Resourcing Ltd, a specialist recruitment company for the finance and accounting sector, has welcomed new owners following a management buy-out.

Cynthia Parker, who was the founder and chief executive of the Worcester-based company, was helped by leading law firm Thursfields Solicitors, to sell the business for an undisclosed sum to fellow directors.

The new owners are a three-way partnership formed of Vural Aglamaz, who was deputy chief executive, and business directors Kurt Rimell-Lejeune and Andrew Vaughan.

Speaking on behalf of the new owners, Mr Aglamaz said: “We’re hugely grateful to Cynthia for the work she has done to build and maintain such a reputable and successful business.

“The company today still includes many of the same core people, and this will ensure its exceptional depth of knowledge and quality services are continued for all our customers.”

Ms Parker, who has more than 30 years of experience in the financial recruitment sector, began the business in 1999. The MBO sale of the company’s entire issued share capital was completed on Friday 9 October.

Ms Parker said: “This was a great opportunity for me to take a step back from the company after 20-plus years of focused efforts, and to let the existing skilled management team take the business forward to grow it.”

Tim Edwards, a director of the Corporate Law team at Thursfields, was the lead advisor to Ms Parker, and he was assisted by Lisa Kemp, an associate director in the Employment team.

Mr Edwards said: “This recognised recruitment specialist has built up an excellent reputation in the sector, and we were pleased to help Ms Parker smoothly pass the company on for its future development.”

Also acting on the MBO deal was accountant Aimee Davies from Richards Sandy Partnership, while the new owners’ legal advice came from Andrew Bradley at Bradley Haynes Law.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

 

Top lawyer champions diversity in the workplace during Black History Month

One of Thursfields Solicitors’ top lawyers will speak about the importance of diversity in the workplace at three separate events during Black History Month.

Jade Linton, an associate director and HR business partner at Thursfields, was recently recognised in the Reward 300 Index as a leading employment lawyer.

Ms Linton also regularly champions racial equality and is an ambassador for Project Embrace, a campaign designed to address the lack of representation and stereotypes associated with black people in professional spaces.

The events at which she is speaking this month include:

  • A staff event on 14 October at Platform Housing Group, one of the UK’s largest housing associations, exploring systematic bias in the workplace.
  • A panel discussion with senior leaders of top law firms hosted by the Birmingham Law Society on 16 October, focusing on race and inclusion in the legal sector, and the recruitment and retention of talent from non-white backgrounds.
  • A webinar organised by Metro Bank on 29 October that will aim to illustrate the importance of diversity in the workplace and how black professionals can navigate their careers.

Ms Linton, who is one of just three per cent of black lawyers working in England and Wales, said: “More needs to be done to address the barriers to progression faced by minority groups in the UK, as there should be no bar on ambition.

“How can talented individuals from under-represented groups get jobs on merit if the systems which underpin the sectors they wish to work in are not designed with them in mind?

“There is much work to be done, and whilst I’m happy to be asked to speak at these events I will be really pleased when our words become actions, with sustained and authentic change taking place.”

Ms Linton’s other recent external speaking appearances included a round table event held by the Law Society of England and Wales in August, when she discussed the barriers faced by black people in progressing in the legal sector.

She added: “There are many aspects to my identity, but being black and female are aspects which are immediately seen, and I want to share how this has impacted on my journey in the legal profession to improve awareness and invoke change.”

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

 

Thursfields’ guidance on government’s complex new job support scheme

Expert interpretation of the government’s new job support scheme has been provided by Thursfields Solicitors.

The leading Midlands law firm is offering businesses detailed support if they want help on how to save jobs once the current furlough scheme ends on 31 October.

Helena Morrissey, director of Employment at Thursfields, explained that the new scheme was available to all small and medium-sized employers, but that larger businesses might face financial assessments to prove that COVID-19 had directly reduced their turnover.

Ms Morrissey said: “The pandemic is going to be with us for some time, and so we welcome the government’s new job support measures to help preserve some jobs when the current furlough scheme ends.

“The emphasis is, however, on some jobs. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has stated that he cannot save all jobs, only those that are viable, and exactly how this is to be interpreted remains to be seen.

“The initial government guidance is that the scheme is applicable to businesses who can keep going over the winter months, but who are facing reduced levels of trade.”

Ms Morrissey noted that this might make the new scheme of little value to employers in certain sectors such as conferences and events, sporting venues, nightclubs and parts of the travel industry, where there are little or no prospects of reopening this winter.

She said: “Individuals unlucky enough to be employed in such businesses could find themselves without any further job protection come November.”

But on the bright side, Ms Morrissey highlighted how the scheme could work for businesses whose staff can genuinely begin to return to work in November, albeit on a part-time basis.

Employees, she said, must work and be paid by their employer for a minimum of a third of “normal” hours, with the bill for the remaining two thirds of hours effectively split three ways between the employer, the employee (via reduced wages) and the government (capped at £697.92 per month).

Ms Morrissey said: “This does mean, however, that employers are paying a premium for hours actually worked.

“For example, employers will have to pay 55% of normal wages for an employee only working a third of their normal hours (i.e. 33% for hours actually worked and 22% for their share of paying for unworked hours).

“And two employees working half their normal hours will cost around a third more than one full time equivalent.  It remains to be seen, therefore, whether many employers will actually want to pay this uplift on wages.

“The scheme will run for six months, but the government may increase the minimum hours threshold from 33% to a higher percentage after three months. It is possible to rotate employees on and off the scheme, but each claim period must be a minimum of seven days.”

Ms Morrissey also explained that the new scheme cannot be used to support the wages of any employee served notice of redundancy, nor can employees be made redundant when they are being supported by the scheme.

She said: “It is well worth remembering that this scheme is only one of a number of options that businesses should be considering when trying to identify alternatives to redundancy.

“Employers could consider offering career breaks, sabbaticals or job shares, for example, or if they have the contractual right to do so they could re-consider ‘normal’ short-time working or lay-offs.

 

“Employees may also be willing to voluntarily agree to reduced pay, possibly in return for some other incentive, such as more flexibility.”

 

Ms Morrissey added: “What is clear is that flexibility will be at the heart of any successful job-saving strategy, both on the part of the employer and the employee.”

 

Employers who need advice on the latest government job support scheme, redundancies or  any other employment law issues can  contact Ms Morrissey for a free initial consultation at hmorrissey@thursfields.co.uk or call her on 0121 726 8781.

 

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields unveils new leadership team

Leading Midlands law firm Thursfields Solicitors has made some key changes among its leadership team designed to continue the firm’s successful growth strategy.

Current managing director Nick O’Hara steps up to the new role of chairman after heading the firm for 13 years. He will have a strategic focus on clients and business development.

Michelle O’Hara has been appointed as managing director after 14 years with Thursfields, during which time, as well as being a practising lawyer, she has been involved in the strategic and operational running of the business.

Her role as head of employment will be taken by new recruit Helena Morrissey who has joined the firm from Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Hammonds), where she was a Director in its Labour & Employment team.

Associate director Jade Linton, recently recognised in Reward 300 Index as a leading employment lawyer, becomes Thursfields’ HR business partner and will combine the dual roles of client work and providing strategic and operational HR advice to the firm.

Ian Bond joins as a director to head up the Wills & Estates Department at Thursfields.  Ian joins with experience from regional and national firms in his area of expertise as well as significant commercial exposure within the legal sector.

Nick O’Hara said: “It has been a privilege to lead such a successful, growing law firm for 13 years and I look forward to being able to focus on client relationships and steering our business development as we continue to grow our presence in the Midlands marketplace.”

Stepping into the role of managing director, Michelle O’Hara said: “Nick’s leadership has been a key factor in the growth of Thursfields and I look forward to building on his legacy with the talented team we have here.”

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields advises on sale of Worcestershire insurance business

Thursfields Solicitors has advised two Worcestershire brothers on the sale of their insurance business.

Partner Gareth Burge, head of Thursfields’ corporate team, and solicitor Joe Rollins advised Peter and Stephen Short on the sale of Tenbury Wells-based CJN Insurance Services Ltd (CJN) to The County Group, which is part of Global Risk Partners (GRP).

Lisa Kemp advised on employment issues and financial and tax advice was provided by accountants Ballards.

The purchase of CJN, for an undisclosed sum, has received regulatory approval and will see its team of seven, including Peter and Stephen Short, move across to County following completion, while remaining in the Tenbury Wells office.

Gareth Burge said: “We were very pleased to be asked to advise Peter and Stephen Short on the sale of CJN which has been writing personal and commercial insurance for over 60 years.

“This was the most recent in a growing number of M&A deals we have advised on involving FCA-regulated businesses.”

Peter Short said: “It was a question of picking the right home for the continued development of the businesses and Stephen and I had watched County develop its successful model through the acquisition of successful local brokers.

“With the power of GRP behind them, County has a compelling proposition and the offer was too good to turn down.”

County Group were advised in-house and by DMH Stallard.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 150 staff in six offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Solihull and Birmingham.

City hire for Thursfields as new Head of Employment department joins

Thursfields Solicitors has head-hunted a top lawyer from a large, global legal firm to become Head of its Employment department.

Helena Morrissey will join Thursfields next month after spending the last 14 years with Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Hammonds), where she started as an Assistant Solicitor and left as a Director in its Labour & Employment team.

Her experience has seen her act for a wide range of commercial clients, from small family businesses to household name corporates, covering the full range of employment law services.

Michelle O’Hara, Commercial and HR Director of Thursfields, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Helena to the company to lead our employment practice.

“Helena is the second key growth hire in as many months for our Employment Team.  We have built a team of seven employment law specialists based across our regional network.  We have the depth and breadth of expertise to advise employers of all sizes on their employment law and HR issues.

Helena initially studied music at the University of Birmingham and worked as a researcher and producer for BBC Radio 3 in the 1990s. She then retrained part time for four years as a lawyer at UWE Bristol, qualifying in 2003.

Helena said: “Having spent many years at a large, global law firm, I felt it was time for a change.

“I wanted to work for a firm that offers me the autonomy to make my own decisions and to implement my own ideas and business plans, and Thursfields felt right to me.

“I was attracted by the collaborative and enterprising culture at Thursfields, and I think the firm’s vision, values and aspirations align with my own.”

Helena, who lives in Shirley, is a founder member and current Chair of Friends of Shirley Park, and a member of Shirley Street Watch.

She also serves as a governor at Our Lady of the Wayside RC Primary School and has just become a trustee of the Solihull School Parents’ Association.

Helena added: “I’m very much looking forward to heading up the employment team at Thursfields.

“It’s a fantastic team and I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues to develop and expand the reach and profile of the employment team and building on the excellent reputation that the team has achieved to date.”

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 150 staff in six offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Solihull and Birmingham.

Women’s football club secures at Solihull ground until 2030, thanks to Thursfields

A women’s football club has secured the use of its Solihull ground until 2030, thanks to specialist advice from Thursfields Solicitors.

Thursfields has arranged a ten year lease for Leafield Athletic Ladies FC to continue playing at Dickens Heath Sports Club, on Rumbush Lane, Earlswood, which is owned by Tanworth and Camp Hill Cricket Club.

John McCormack is general manager of Leafield Athletic, whose first team competes in Division One Midlands of the FA Women’s National League.

He explained that although the women’s club had been going since 1997, until now they had been on a 12-month rolling contract at Rumbush Lane.

Mr McCormack said: “We’re now running six teams at Leafield Athletic, ranging from girls as young as seven to women in their 30s, and the uptake from people wanting to take part is getting stronger and stronger.

“We wanted to have our use of the splendid ground at Rumbush Lane put onto a more secure footing to allow us to become more adventurous in our future planning.

“Rob Pettigrew at Thursfields’ Solihull office has already been so supportive of the club and the company is the current shirt sponsor of our Under-18s, so I mentioned to him that we might need their help.

“Rob gave us great expert advice and literally handled the whole lease for us from start to finish. We’re very grateful to Thursfields, and it’s great for our club to have such meaningful support from a local business.”

Mr McCormack added: “Now we have the new lease in place we’ve refurbished the clubhouse and have development plans, including improvements to the changing rooms.”

Robert Pettigrew is a director of the Commercial Property department at Thursfields, specialising in the retail and leisure sector.

He said: “Thursfields is determined to put something back into the communities where our offices are based, and we’ve been delighted to support Leafield Athletic in many different ways over the years.

“When we realised they needed our specialist advice on their new lease, we were only too happy to help out, as that is something we could provide professionally for them.

“We now look forward to watching the club’s continued growth and to carry on as one of their main sponsors for the next season.”

▪ Anyone who needs commercial property advice can call Rob Pettigrew on 0121 796 4022 or email him on rpettigrew@thursfields.co.uk.

▪ If any girls or women would like to give football a try, they can email John McCormack at villaladies@yahoo.co.uk or call him on 07753 328185.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 150 staff in six offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Solihull and Birmingham

Thursfields promotes seven of its leading lights

Thursfields Solicitors, one of the Midlands’ fastest growing law firms, has announced senior promotions for seven of its top lawyers.

Lorna Tipple, Philip Rea and Stephen Rome have all been promoted to the position of director at the company.

Ms Tipple initially trained at Thursfields 15 years ago and, after a wealth of experience at other firms and running her own practice, she returned to the company last year as an associate director in the Family Law department.

Divorce specialist Mr Rea joined Thursfields’ Family Law department as a senior associate in 2018, while Mr Rome joined the company as a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution department in the same year.

Nick O’Hara, managing director at Thursfields, said: “I am very pleased to announce the promotions of Lorna, Philip and Stephen to the position of director.

“They have all made a great contribution to the business since they joined us and I am sure they will continue to do so.”

Thursfields has also announced the promotions of Louise Jones, Laura Williams, James Monk and Stewart Coles to the position of associate director.

Ms Jones joined Thursfields as a senior associate and head of Residential Property in 2016, and has been head of New Homes since 2017.

Ms Williams arrived as a solicitor in the Family Law department in 2016 and since then has been promoted to associate and senior associate level.

Mr Monk and Mr Coles both arrived as senior associates in the Employment & HR Law and the Commercial Property departments respectively in 2018.

Mr O’Hara said: “Louise, Laura, James and Stewart have made and are still all making a very valuable contribution to the business and fully deserve this recognition.”

He added: “The economy is going through the most challenging of times and to be able to announce the promotion of lawyers of this very high calibre in our business is a very positive message that we are sending to the market place.

“In short: we are here, and we have quality lawyers who are fully equipped with the right experience to give you the best legal advice.”

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 150 staff in six offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Solihull and Birmingham

Thursfields appointed to advise new management team after West Midlands IT firm buyout

Thursfields Solicitors has been appointed to provide ongoing legal support following a management buyout of a West Midlands-based IT business.

The directors, David Ghosh, Jack Robinson and Alex Mackay, have acquired Total Distribution Ltd for an undisclosed sum from retiring owners and founders David and Tracey Mackay. The sellers were advised by Knights plc and the purchasers by VWV.

Established in 1989, Total Distribution Ltd provides IT services and consultancy to a growing number of small and medium sized businesses across the West Midlands and surrounding regions.

As part of the deal and reorganisation of the business, the company has moved from Birmingham to The Alcora Building on Mucklow Hill, Halesowen.

David Ghosh said: “We have ambitions to grow the business and the Covid-19 pandemic has made business owners and managers much more aware of the full potential of their IT systems.

“Over the past three months, we have seen people changing the way they work and seeking to maximise the impact of IT on their business. From setting up employees to work remotely and helping them facilitate new ways of working such as meetings on Microsoft Teams – these are all new skills that most have had to learn very quickly.

“Our growth to date has been based on excellent customer service which has in turn driven client referrals.

“Establishing a new management team provides us with the opportunity to take Total Distribution Ltd to the next level. We currently employ five people, but I can see that number growing as we continue to expand the business.

“Our key strengths over larger competitors is that we work as a team and so we all know our clients’ systems and business and can advise no matter who takes the call or email.

“And our methodical approach is welcomed by clients, some of whom had had no reason to challenge the way they worked in years. In the past, working from home was something that may have been frowned upon, but now it is very much the ‘new normal’.

“Total’s pragmatic approach is designed first and foremost to help businesses find a ‘better way’ of working,” he said.

The decision to instruct Thursfields to provide ongoing support was driven by the service and responsiveness of corporate director Philip Chapman and the team at Thursfields’ Black Country Hub nearby in Halesowen.

Mr Ghosh said: “Philip prepared legal documentation relating to our shareholdings, directorship and company constitution for the future management and ownership of the company. We were impressed with how Philip and his colleagues responded under time pressure and are pleased to have such customer-focused legal advice readily to hand from their Halesowen office.”

Philip Chapman said: “Given how businesses have been driven to maximise the potential of their IT systems, David, Jack and Alex are in an ideal position to drive the growth of the business in the coming years.

“Demand for focused, practical IT solutions and advice has never been stronger, and we wish them well in the future and look forward to working alongside them as the business grows.”

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 150 staff in six offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Solihull and Birmingham