Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper DayWas a huge success at Keelys this year.Over 25 members of staff put on their best Christmas jumper in aid of Save The Children.”Its a shame there wasn’t snow on the ground as it has been a very festive day at the office “ commented Keren from the CSR group who organised the event.

Keelys collaborative solicitor hands over cheque to charity

Keelys Collaborative Solicitor Hands Cheque to CharityKeelys’ Katherine Haden is the Co-Chair of West Midlands Collaborative Family Law Group who are a group of professionals all are members of Resolution. In addition to family lawyers, the group has a network of like minded professionals from other disciplines such as financial advisors, family therapists, forensic accounts and pension experts.

The Co-Chairs of the Collaborative Family Law Group are David Liddell Partner BDO LLP Forensic Accountant and Katherine Haden Associate Partner Keelys LLP Solicitor. A training day was organised for the Solicitors and other professionals on Thursday 3rd October 2013 and the funds raised from this event were given to Birmingham Crisis which is a domestic refuge centre in Birmingham. Birmingham Crisis Centre was formed in 1998 and it provides a safe haven for female victims of domestic abuse. A donation of £1,000.00 was paid to the Birmingham Crisis Centre to assist them to raise funds to build a new nursery.

The Impact of Employment Tribunal Fees

Since 29 July, employees have had to pay fees to bring employment tribunal claims. The employment tribunal service has now published data on the impact of this on the numbers of claims being submitted. Prior to the introduction of fees, about 4,000 claims were submitted per month. In July, that shot up to 7,307 as claimants rushed to submit their claims before they had to pay a fee. In August the figure fell to 3,645 and then plummeted to just 1,117 in September. The Ministry of Justice note that a claim is not entered onto the internal case management system from which statistical data are extracted until the relevant fee is paid or remission application granted. This means that there may be a number of claims presented in August or September, but formally accepted at a later stage. Nonetheless, this data does indicate that the introduction of fee is having a substantial impact on the number of claims being submitted.

If you are an employee with a potential tribunal claim, we may be able to help you with payment of the fees if you have a good case. Call our employment team on 01543 420490 for more information on our “no win no fee” service.

Songs for a City

For the third year running, Keelys were delighted to sponsor Songs for a City, the Cathedral’s carol service for Lichfield’s business, voluntary and public sector community. This year, the service began with the dedication of the Christmas tree, followed by traditional carols and an address by the Dean, Adrian Dorber. The Cathedral was packed and our clients appreciated the opportunity to begin their Christmas celebrations in such a historic and inspiring venue. The event concluded with refreshments and an opportunity to mingle with colleagues from other organisations, many of whom remarked that it did not seem like a year since the previous event!