Below are summaries of media appearances and press articles relating to Stephensons Solicitors LLP over the past few months, click the details link to read the article in full where available:
Details: The Times – October 2021
Headline: Smart doorbell is ruled breach of privacy rules
Summary: Dispute resolution specialist, Joanne Ellis, comments on the legal implications of a Court ruling surrounding doorbell cameras and their impact on the privacy of other residents.
Details: The Daily Mail – October 2021
Headline: Campaigners hit out at controversial 'Deprivation of Liberty' orders that treat care home residents 'like criminals'
Summary: Amy Dutton, a solicitor in the Court of Protection department, comments on the application of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and why they are sometimes viewed as controversial
Details: The Times – September 2021
Headline: Why reform to flexible working may not suit all
Summary: Partner and head of employment law, Philip Richardson comments on why changes to flexible working arrangements might prove challenging for some.
Details: The Daily Mail – August 2021
Headline: Meet the women fired for having IVF
Summary: Solicitor, Gemma Wilson explains the employment rights of people going through IVF treatment.
Details: The i – August 2021
Headline: Investors react badly as online estate agent Purplebricks announces a change to its operational model
Summary: Adam Pennington, a solicitor in the employment team at Stephensons comments on the changes in employment status for thousands of PurpleBricks staff.
Details: The Daily Express – August 2021
Headline: Drivers of large vehicles could face higher penalties under new Highway Code changes
Summary: Solicitor, Paul Loughlin explores the latest changes to the Highway Code and the potential impact on drivers.
Details: Daily Mail – July 2021
Headline: Shops that keep mandatory masks rules CAN legally turn away customers who refuse, say lawyers as bosses are left in fear of compensation claims from staff who get Covid at work
Summary: Discrimination lawyer, Maria Chadwick comments on the challenges facing businesses and service providers as the government changes the rules on face masks.
Details: Daily Telegraph – June 2021
Headline: Row over overhanging tree becomes a saw point among neighbours
Summary: What are our legal rights when it comes to overhanging trees? Land and neighbour dispute specialist, Joanne Ellis explores the topic in the Daily Telegraph..
Details: Daily Telegraph – June 2021
Headline: Thousands of tenant evictions will fail due to landlords' paperwork errors
Summary: Solicitor, Andrew Whitehead explains why it’s important for landlords to issue the correct paperwork at the start of a tenancy..
Details: MSN.com – April 2021
Headline: National Primary School Offer Day 2021 – The nine things parents should do
Summary: Stephensons’ partner, Mike Pemberton, offers his top tips for parents this national offer day.
Details: The Sun – March 2021
Headline: When do we find out about secondary school places in 2021?
Summary: Natalie Tolley in the civil liberties department at Stephensons looks at the rights of parents considering appealing their child’s secondary school place.
Details: CityAM - February 2021
Headline: British firms draw up ‘no jab no job’ contracts ahead of lockdown easing
Summary: Head of employment law, Philip Richardson comments on the rise of ‘no jab no job’ contracts in the UK
Details: The Independent - February 2021
Headline: What it's like to break up with someone in lockdown?
Summary: Family partner, Mandy Rimmer explores why lockdown has led to a spike in rates of marital breakdown.
Details: The Times - January 2021
Headline: Vaccine passports will leave bosses on shaky legal ground
Summary: Head of employment law, Philip Richardson, discusses the legal implications of forcing staff to have Covid-19 vaccinations.
Details: The Sunday Times – January 2021
Headline: I fought Apple in court after it billed me for a ‘free’ app
Summary: Stephensons’ Partner, Liam Waine comments on the importance of checking the terms and conditions when purchasing or downloading apps.
Details: The Sun – December 2020
Headline: Drug rap roll hiked by crisis
Summary: Colin Rawson, a partner in the Stephensons crime department comments on Stephensons research which highlighted a spike in drug supply offences during the pandemic.
Details: The i newspaper - November 2020
Headline: Spending Review 2020: UK unemployment expected to soar
Summary: Associate solicitor, Adam Pennington comments on government predictions of a further one million people out of work by the middle of next year.
Details: The i newspaper - November 2020
Headline: What to do if your flat doesn’t have the cladding certificate and you can’t sell
Summary: Stephensons Partner and specialist conveyancing solicitor, Natalie Bradley answers questions on a range of property issues.
Details: Judge Rinder's Crime Stories - November 2020
Summary: Stephensons’ Partner, Sean Joyce, appears on the show to provide legal insight on a tragic hit and run incident.
Details: Daily Mail - October 2020
Headline: Covid restrictions cause friction for UK couples as pandemic pressures take their toll on the nation’s romantic relationships
Summary: Mandy Rimmer, Partner in our family team, explains newly commissioned research from Stephensons detailing the impact of lockdown on the health of our romantic relationships.
Details: The Times - September 2020
Headline: Hard-up businesses need more than the new job scheme
Summary: Philip Richardson, Head of Employment Law at Stephensons comments on the new job retention scheme and whether it meets the needs of both employees and employers.
Details: BBC Radio Manchester - September 2020
Headline: Coronavirus and its impact on universities
Summary: Education law specialist, Mike Pemberton explains the legal rights of students and the obligations of universities struggling to contain Coronavirus outbreaks on campus.
Details: Daily Express - September 2020
Headline: New driving laws will see some dangerous drivers issued life jail sentences from 2021
Summary: Motoring law specialist Paul Loughlin discusses the new driving laws.
Details: The Times - September 2020
Headline: Hello boys! Lingerie boss Emily Bendell tackles Garrick over ban on women
Summary: Discrimination expert Maria Chadwick comments as lingerie boss Emily Bendell tackles The Garrick Club over its ban on women.
Details: Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror - July & August 2020
Headline: MOT test changes introduced next week could ‘come back to bite’ as motorists risk fines
Summary: Motoring law specialist, Paul Loughlin, warns drivers as MOT extensions come to an end.
Details: The Times - July 2020
Headline: Asda equal pay case could leave rivals with big bill
Summary: Adam Pennington comments on the case where shop floor workers claim they should be paid the same as distribution centre staff
Details: Daily Mail - May 2020
Headline: Bosses battle furloughed workers
Summary: What happens when my boss ends my furlough period? Adam Pennington provides guidance
Details: Independent - April 2020
Headline: Is National Offer Day for primary schools still taking place and can you make an admission appeal?
Summary: Education law solicitor, Mike Pemberton discusses the primary school admission appeals process.
Details: Daily Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Independent – March 2020
Headline: Coronavirus could cause a spike in divorces says top lawyer
Summary: Amanda Rimmer comments on how self-isolation could result in a more couples filing for divorce later down the line.
Details: Sky News - March 2020
Headline: Coronavirus – what are my legal rights?
Summary: Stephensons solicitor, Adam Pennington joins Sky News to explore workers legal rights if they need to self-isolate
Details: BBC News, BBC Radio 4, BBC London News
Headline: Coronavirus: Sick leave and sick pay – what are my rights?
Summary: Employment law solicitor, Martha McKinley explains people’s legal rights and employers responsibilities concerning sick leave and sick pay.
Details: BBC Radio Manchester – March 2020
Headline: Coronavirus – what are my employment rights?
Summary: Solicitor and employment law specialist, Adam Pennington, looks at the rights of employees during a coronavirus outbreak.
Details: The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard – February 2020
Headline: Coronavirus – What are your employment rights and how should employers prepare?
Summary: Employment law specialist, Martha McKinley takes a closer look at how businesses and employees should prepare if the coronavirus takes hold in the UK.
Details: The Daily Mail, TalkRadio – February 2020
Headline: Caroline Flack and the role of the CPS
Summary: Stephensons’ partner, Sean Joyce comments on the CPS’ approach to dealing with alleged victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse
Details: LBC, Global Radio – January 2020
Headline: Bereaved parents to be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave from work
Summary: Stephensons’ partner, Philip Richardson speaks about the introduction of Jack’s Law and the role and responsibilities of employers.
Details: The Daily Mail, BBC Radio 1 – January 2020
Headline: Debenhams pays transgender woman £9,000 in sex-discrimination case after refusing to give her a job
Summary: Stephensons’ partner, Maria Chadwick, a specialist in civil and employment discrimination cases, comments on the discrimination faced by the transgender community in and out of the workplace.
Details: The Daily Telegraph – January 2020
Headline: Pensions at risk from Law Commission's leasehold reforms
Summary: Following the publication of the Law Commission’s leasehold reform proposals, Stephensons’ associate solicitor, Gary Jackson, provides some legal context to The Daily Telegraph.
Details: The Metro – January 2020
Headline: Family Christmas arguments ‘leads to spike in wills being rewritten’
Summary: Stephensons’ partner, Jill Rushton explains why festive fights result in a spike in enquiries from people seeking to amend their Will
Details: The Metro, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Star, The Sun, The Daily Express, The Manchester Evening News – January 2020
Headline: D-Day Today – Divorce Day is here as festive fights take toll
Summary: Mandy Rimmer, partner at Stephensons takes an in-depth look at the reasons why the first Monday in January is a busy day for divorce solicitors.
Details: The Daily Mirror - December 2019
Headline: Mad Friday: Revellers let loose on one of the wildest nights of the festive season
Summary: Sean Joyce, Stephensons’ partner and head of regulatory and criminal justice comments on the perils of overdoing it during the Christmas period and the impact misbehaviour can have.
Details: Manchester Evening News – December 2019
Headline: Your employer can get into trouble if you misbehave at your Christmas work do
Summary: Stephensons’ partner, Philip Richardson looks at the consequences of misbehaviour whilst at a work Christmas party.
Details: The Independent – November 2019
Headline: Better off alone, why money is a solo affair
Summary: Emma Roberts, a solicitor in the Stephensons’ family department, comments on the legal rights of unmarried couples
Details: TalkRadio - November 2019
Headline: Busting myths around cohabitation
Summary: Solicitor, Emma Roberts looks at the common misconceptions around unmarried couples and their legal rights
Details: The Daily Mail - November 2019
Headline: : David Beckham is pictured for the first time behind the wheel of his car after he was banned from driving
Summary: Partner, Sean Joyce, comments on David Beckham’s driving ban following images of the footballer driving whilst using his mobile phone.
Details: The Telegraph, Mail Online, The Times, TalkRadio, Daily Express – November 2019
Headline: McDonald's boss Steve Easterbrook fired for having affair with colleague
Summary: Employment solicitor, Stephen Woodhouse comments on McDonald's policy which bans employees from having relationships with each other.
Details: The Daily Mail - October 2019
Headline: Michelin-starred TV chef defends 'discriminatory' job ad that asked applicants for photos to work in his restaurant
Summary: Employment law solicitor, Martha McKinley comments on whether asking for a photo when recruiting is ok or bad business practice.
Details: BBC Radio Manchester - October 2019
Headline: School admissions and appeals
Summary: Stephensons’ Partner, Mike Pemberton discusses the school admissions process and parents legal rights when it comes to their child’s education.
Details: BBC Radio Wiltshire - October 2019
Headline: Driving whilst using a mobile phone: What is the law?
Summary: Motoring law specialist, Paul Loughlin, discusses the legalities of using a mobile phone behind the wheel and whether there are any grey areas.
Details: The Daily Mail - September 2019
Headline: Tears of Thomas Cook cabin crew: Staff prepare to take legal action
Summary: Stephensons’ Partner, Philip Richardson looks at the legal options for Thomas Cook staff made redundant following the firms collapse.
Details: Retail Gazette – September 2019
Headline: Rent cuts & the tough relationship between retailers & landlords
Summary: Commercial property solicitor, Jonathon Waterhouse, comments on the future relationship between landlords and retailers.
Details: The Daily Mail - August 2019
Headline: The rise of the practical prenup: Half of young couples intend to sign pre-marital agreements
Summary: Partner, Mandy Rimmer discusses the results of new research from Stephensons looking at the popularity of prenups with young couples.
Details: The Daily Mail – August 2019
Headline: Ban on hands-free kit won’t work because our traffic police are too overstretched to enforce it, motoring experts say.
Summary: Motoring law specialist, Paul Loughlin comments on proposals to ban hands-free devices from cars.
Details: The Guardian – August 2019
Headline: Non-disclosure agreements used to muzzle teachers
Summary: Employment solicitor, Stephen Woodhouse comments on the use of non-diclosure agreements in the education sector.
Details: BBC News - July 2019
Headline: Airbnb host fined £100,000 for letting council flat
Summary: Stephensons’ partner, Louise Hebborn provides insight into the legalities of listing a rented property on Airbnb.
Details: The Daily Express – July 2019
Headline: Major change to a common driving law could cost you your driving licence
Summary: Motoring law solicitor, Paul Loughlin comments on the governments new Road Safety Action Plan and the prospect of penalty points for not wearing a seatbelt.
Details: The Daily Express – July 2019
Headline: Sepsis symptoms: Delayed treatment for ‘hidden killer’ risks ‘catastrophic’ impact
Summary: Partner and head of the clinical negligence department, Judith Thomas-Whittingham comments on the impact of delays in the treatment of sepsis.
Details: The Daily Telegraph – July 2019
Headline: Asbestos found in nearly half of local authority run primary schools, new figures show
Summary: Partner and head of the personal injury department, Kate Sweeney, provides her thoughts on the number of primary schools reporting asbestos on their premises.
Details: Daily Mirror - July 2019
Headline: Asbestos danger in 5000 primary schools
Summary: Partner and personal injury specialist, Kate Sweeney, comments on the prevalence of asbestos in the education system.
Details: BBC News Online – June 2019
Headline: Mark Field: What is the law on tackling intruders?
Summary: Following the suspension of MP, Mark Field, Colin Rawson, a partner at Stephensons, discusses the law around tackling intruders.
Details: BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire – June 2019
Headline: Do I own the land beneath my house?
Summary: Dispute resolution solicitor, Niall Helferty discusses whether a homeowner also owns the land underneath their property.
Details: The Daily Mail – May 2019
Headline: Should I change my Will when I move house?
Summary: Jill Rushton provides expertise on whether you should amend your Will if you change your address.
Details: The Daily Mail - May 2019
Headline: David Beckham gets a six-month driving ban
Summary: Stephensons’ head of regulatory and criminal justice, Sean Joyce, comments on the driving ban imposed on David Beckham after he was photographed driving whilst using his phone.
Details: BBC Radio Manchester - April 2019
Headline: National Offer Day: Primary Schools
Summary: Mike Pemberton discusses the legal rights of parents seeking to challenge their child’s primary school offer.
Details: LBC - April 2019
Headline: Driver spared jail because she is a woman
Summary: Paul Loughlin provides legal insight into a case where a woman was spared jail for motoring offences, seemingly because of her gender.
Details: BBC Radio Berkshire - March 2019
Headline: Driving whilst using your mobile phone - what can and what can't you do?
Summary: Motoring solicitor, Paul Loughlin, explains the law around using your phone behind the wheel.
Details: The Sunday Times - March 2019
Headline: Hacked company can demand full payment
Summary: Commercial litigation solicitor, Julie Hunter, explains the legal rights of a company and their customer who lost £100,000 following an email hack
Details: BBC Radio 4 - March 2019
Headline: Money Box - Probate
Summary: Probate executive, Adam Sym, explains the responsibilities of an executor of a Will and what to do if you’re faced with demands for monies following the death of a loved one
Details: The Daily Telegraph - March 2019
Headline: More than one-third of couples suffer mobile phone 'screen snubbing' by their partner, survey finds
Summary: Stephensons’ Head of Divorce, Mandy Rimmer, looks at the impact of technology on modern marriage and relationships
Details: Mail Online - March 2019
Headline: 'I feel I've failed my son': Parents tell of despair as one-in-five children across UK miss out on first-choice of secondary school after allocations are announced
Summary: Mike Pemberton discusses the options available to parents whose children did not get a place in their preferred secondary school.
Details: Personnel Today - February 2019
Headline: Four in ten companies have reported a wider gender pay gap
Summary: Employment solicitor, Martha McKinley comments on the growing gender pay gap in large companies in the UK.
Details: LBC - February 2019
Headline: Prince Philip surrenders his driving licence
Summary: Motoring specialist, Paul Loughlin, gives his thoughts on Prince Philip voluntarily surrendering his driving licence and looks at the legal issues in this particular case.
Details: Channel 5 News - February 2019
Headline: Rolf Harris’ breach of licence
Summary: Mike Pemberton, Partner and Head of Civil Liberties, explains the legal position for Rolf Harris following a potential breach of his licence.
Details: ITV Granada Reports - January 2019
Headline: ‘Clare’s Law’ to give people right to find out details of partner’s past from police
Summary: Head of Family Law, Victoria Gethin discusses Clare’s Law and how its introduction should better protect potential victims of domestic abuse.
Details: LBC - January 2019
Headline: Prince Philip’s car accident
Summary: Paul Loughlin, a specialist motoring lawyer at Stephensons discusses Prince Philip’s incident and the law around careless driving.