Take the Royds Withy King GDPR Quiz

You may think that you are ready for the GDPR deadline this May, but have you really tested the depth of your understanding? Can you be sure that the people in your organisation are fully prepared? If you want to avoid any breaches in compliance after the 25th, you can always contact our specialist GDPR taskforce and discuss any concerns that you many have.

Take the quiz and then share your results with your colleagues to see if your GDPR knowledge is ready for the deadline day this May 25.

 


Which organisations does the GDPR affect?

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Any organisation, big or small will have to comply with the key principles, rules and rights set out in the regulations.

True or false, Brexit will not affect the enforceability of the GDPR?

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True - It will come into force regardless of Brexit. The GDPR is a piece of EU legislation which is automatically incorporated into UK law. The UK will need to comply with the Regulation while it is still a part of the EU and after its exit from the EU, the Data Protection Bill will apply, which incorporates the principles of the GDPR. Also due to the extraterritorial reach of the GDPR, if the UK wants to continue to do business with the EU after Brexit, UK businesses will need to comply.

Which of the following are examples of special category data under the GDPR?

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Special category data is more sensitive than personal data. This is information about an individual’s race, ethnic origin, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (where used for ID purposes), health and sex life or sexual orientation. There are special conditions and requirements for collecting and processing special category data.

Can a business charge for a Subject Access Requests?

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A business will not be able to charge for complying with a request unless the request is ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’. If the request is excessive then the organisation may charge a reasonable fee or refuse the request. To do that a business will need to provide evidence of how that conclusion was made.

Are there any financial penalties for a breach of GDPR?

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Financial penalties of up to €20,000,000 or 4% of global annual turnover - whichever is higher. These fines are for the most serious breaches of the GDPR. For other breaches there are financial penalties of up to €10,000,000 or 2% of global annual turnover, whichever is greater.

How long can an organisation keep the personal data of a prospective job applicant?

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It depends because you will need to consider the legal basis that the personal data will be processed, how long the data will be retained and whether this data is being transferred outside Europe. But ultimately an organisation should only retain the amount of data it actually needs (“data minimisation”) and this data must be kept up to date. You may want to give the applicant your Candidate Privacy Policy in advance of processing the personal data so they are aware of how the organisation processes and protects the collection of personal data.

Do all staff need to be aware and trained on the GDPR?

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All staff need be aware and trained on the GDPR. The ICO reports that 62% of reported data breaches are due to human error by staff.

True or false, a clause in employment contracts which states that an organisation can collect and process staff data with their consent is enough?

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Blanket consent clauses in employment contracts to collect and process staff data will be insufficient. Under the GDPR consent must be freely given, informed, specific and unambiguous, as well as presented in an intelligible and easily accessible format using clear and plain language, where it can also be withdrawn at any time. It is unlikely within an employment contract that consent will ever be able to be freely given.

Does using a safe cloud provider fall within processing data?

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By giving the cloud provider personal data where someone can be identified from that data the cloud provider is processing data. A Data Processing Agreement is necessary to ensure the processing meets all the requirements of the GDPR. The GDPR requires such an agreement to be in writing and a GDPR compliant agreement will safeguard the position of both the data controller and the data processor.

Which policy regulates how personal data is collected, processed and protected?

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The Privacy Policy regulates how personal data is collected, processed and protected. A Staff Privacy Policy and Candidate Privacy Policy will be required to regulate staff personal data.

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About Natalie

Natalie graduated from Cardiff University and has specialised in corporate and commercial law throughout her career. She deals with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.

Natalie’s expertise includes:

  • advising on company acquisitions, disposals and management buyouts
  • advising on general company and commercial law
  • advising on share restructures
  • drafting and advising on articles of association, shareholders’ agreements and partnership agreements
  • drafting and reviewing a variety of commercial agreements and business terms and conditions
  • advising on general company and commercial law.

Work highlights

  • advising on a series of large acquisitions for a waste disposal company
  • working with dentistry practices on a variety of acquisitions and disposals
  • advising on a contentious share disposal.

Memberships

Law Society

Interests

Outside of work, Natalie enjoys long walks in the countryside, spin classes, exploring new places and spending time with friends and family.

About Richard

Specialising in all aspects of employment law for businesses and individuals, Richard has a strong employer client base and regularly advises on discrimination issues, complex redundancies, re-organisations and business transfers. He often gives seminars and training sessions on a range of topical employment issues which clients acknowledge as being “interesting and beneficial”.

In Chambers & Partners directory, Richard has been described by a client as “superb in his approach, exceedingly knowledgeable and really understands business“. Noted by The Legal 500 UK as “very responsive” and “approachable”, Richard “provides a good sounding board for employment related issues” and “offers pragmatic common sense advice at all times”.

Examples of Richard’s recent work includes:

  • Settling a complex unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim on favourable terms for the employer
  • Advising on the purchase of a business out of administration including complex TUPE and insolvency issues
  • Successfully defending a high value disability discrimination claim
  • Advising on a restructuring and large scale redundancy process resulting in no claims being made against the employer.

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About Peter

Peter has advised a significant number of FTSE 100 and 250 companies, SMEs, entrepreneurs and celebrities on a wide range of commercial legal issues areas such as:

  • corporate acquisitions
  • commercial arrangements and joint ventures
  • commercial disputes and arbitration
  • sponsorship and merchandising
  • management agreements
  • endorsement arrangements
  • R&D and collaboration agreements
  • IP protection and exploitation
  • IT contracting and procurement
  • banking and financial arrangements.

Leisure & Hospitality

Peter has specialised in the Leisure & Hospitality sector  since 1992, working both at an Peter has specialised in the Leisure & Hospitality sector since 1992, working both at an operational level and advising strategically, including on management issues. He has been an advisor to the Restaurant Association, the British Hospitality Association and acts for various celebrity and noted chefs, including Michelin-starred chefs Raymond Blanc and Heston Blumenthal, as well as restaurants, hotels, members clubs, health and fitness operators and their suppliers.

He has held various non-executive directorships, including as Chairman of The Fat Duck group of restaurants.

Peter has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • IP licensing and know-how agreements
  • hotel and restaurant management agreements
  • hotel and restaurant investment agreements
  • hotel and restaurant acquisitions and developments
  • commercial collaborations, partnerships and joint ventures
  • establishment and operation of nightclubs and members clubs
  • branding of leisure businesses
  • arrangements for merchandising and media
  • shareholder arrangements.

Peter is an Accredited Mediator and member of the Panel of Trade Mark Mediators of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) and a panel Mediator for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). He has a particular expertise in advising on preparation for effective mediation and lectures on this topic internationally in the US, South East Asia, Western and Eastern Europe.

Art

In the Art sector, Peter has advised clients in relation to art matters since the 1980s, variously acting for artists, gallery owners, dealers and agents, collectors and investors, domestically and internationally, on a wide range of issues. He advises on the purchase, sale, loan and consignment of artworks, on commissions for celebrities and on various commercial arrangements in the art market, as well as copyright and other intellectual property rights. He has acted in various art sector disputes, including as mediator.

Memberships

INTA Panel of Trade Mark Mediators
WIPO Panel of Mediators

About Jenni

Recommended by The Legal 500 UK for her “attention to detail and explanation of issues”, Jenni’s recent experience includes:

  • company incorporations and company secretarial work
  • advising on mergers, acquisitions, disposals and MBOs
  • drafting and advising on articles of association and shareholders’ agreements
  • advising on company formations, re-organisations and share buybacks, and
  • advising on commercial contracts and business terms and conditions.

Jenni joined in January 2016 and is based in our Oxford office.

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About Charlotte

Charlotte graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts in Ancient History. She went on to complete her legal studies in London and obtained a distinction in the legal practice course. Before joining our team in 2014, Charlotte worked for a defence technology company as well as spending time working abroad.

Charlotte works on a wide range of matters across both the Technology & Media and Racing & Bloodstock teams. In particular:

  • Registration, portfolio management, oppositions and infringement of domestic and international trade marks
  • IP and IT contracts
  • Agricultural and equestrian property transactions
  • Assisting on sports disciplinary and licensing cases
  • Specialist commercial agreements regarding racing and bloodstock

Memberships

  • Oxford Young Professionals
  • Women in Racing

About Alex

Alex studied politics and philosophy at undergraduate level at the University of Sheffield and then went on to complete his GDL at Cardiff University. While at Cardiff University, he worked as the vice president and director of Cardiff Student Union for a year as an elected official, specialising in postgraduate studies, before completing his Legal Practice Course in 2018.

Alex joined Royds Withy King in October 2018 as a claims handler in our Medical  Negligence team, before commencing his training contract in March 2019.

Interests

Alex has an immense interest in sports. He has competed in rugby for the University of Sheffield and has boxed for Cardiff University. He is now looking to compete in crossfit competitions across the UK.

About Rebecca

Rebecca is an experienced employment lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of employment law and HR matters.

Rebecca has gained a wealth of experience advising clients across a range of business sectors on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. She also manages employment disputes in the Employment Tribunal.

Rebecca’s experience includes:

  • unfair dismissal
  • wrongful dismissal
  • performance and absence management
  • discrimination
  • bullying and harassment
  • business restructuring and redundancies
  • TUPE (business transfers and outsourcing)
  • individual and collective consultations
  • settlement agreements and exit packages
  • restrictive covenants and seeking / defending injunctions.

Rebecca also has experience providing bespoke practical and interactive in-house training to clients and their existing and /or newly appointed managers and supervisors on employment law issues.

Work highlights

  • advising a client on the employment aspects of outsourcing its distribution and part of its warehousing function.
  • advising a client on the employment aspects of a business restructure and redundancies, including a site closure and business relocation.
  • successfully bringing a discrimination claim against a public sector employer listed for a 5 day hearing in the Employment Tribunal.

Memberships

The Employment Lawyers Association.

Interests

Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys travelling, outdoor pursuits and is a keen cyclist.

About Stephen

Stephen has comprehensive experience of commercial and civil disputes and has particular expertise in dealing with:

  • all aspects of contractual disputes, including partnership and company disputes
  • advising on cases relating to professional negligence
  • acting for hotels, pubs, clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues on all areas of licensing, including licensing committee appeals
  • representing residential and commercial landlord and tenants in possession proceedings, forfeiture actions, boundary disputes and disputes involving title and easements.

Stephen qualified in 1982 and joined Marshall & Galpin in Oxford where he became a partner in 1988. He joined Royds Withy King following the merger of the two firms in 2008.

About Mike

Mike is “highly recommended” by independent legal directory The Legal 500 UK 2019, who commented in 2017 that he “gives excellent and fair advice“. His team is also recommended by The Legal 500 UK in 2016 as it “achieves good results for its clients time and time again.”

Mike’s experience includes:

  • challenges to the validity of Wills, including issues of:
    capacity
    undue Influence
    execution
    lack of knowledge and approval
  • Court of Protection disputes
  • claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Prorietary Estoppel and Constructive Trusts
  • problems relating to the administration of estates.

Memberships

  • Full Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
  • Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Publications

Mike recently wrote an article for the Trusts & Estate Law and Tax Journal, reviewing a case which indicated that the courts would take a ‘common sense’ approach to construction and rectification. He explores the case of Millar v Millar [2018] which came before the Court in Bristol.

In another article for the Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Journal, Mike discusses the ‘Forfeiture Rule’. In this article, Mike reviews the extent to which the court can use its discretion to change the rule that prevents a killer from benefiting from the estate of someone they have unlawfully killed. He looks at the recent tragic case of Macmillan Cancer Support v Hayes [2018], which saw the court needing to consider this issue in the context of an elderly husband, who took his wife’s life, followed by his own, as both were suffering with serious illnesses and the husband did not wish his wife to see out her days in a care home.

 

About David

David completed his Law degree and Legal Practice Course at Aberystwyth University. He then trained with a high street law firm, dealing with a wide range of matters including personal injury, professional and medical negligence. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2014, David joined a large national law firm based in Cardiff and specialised in medical negligence for a further two years before joining Royds Withy King.

Practice areas

David manages a wide range of medical negligence matters including:

David also assists associate Lucy Norton on cases involving injuries of maximum severity, such as birth injury and cerebral palsy claims, as well as spinal injury claims. David also has a keen focus on matters involving the negligent management of diabetes and the various complications this can result in, such as amputation.

Work Highlights

David has gained experience of high value, complex cases early on his career including where the value was in excess of £100,000 and matters dealt within the High Court.

Interests

Outside of work David enjoys travelling and also tries to attend as much live comedy and music as his spare time allows.

About David

David is an associate in our real estate team. He helps business owners to acquire, dispose of and manage any interest in land. David also acts for lenders in protecting their investments.

David has experience of assisting clients with:

  • sale and purchase of freehold premises
  • grant and surrender/assignment of leasehold title
  • acting for banks in taking security over a commercial borrower’s premises/business assets
  • business sales
  • business purchases

David joined Royds Withy King in 2015 and brings with him experience of corporate as well as commercial property matters. David is based in our Oxford office.

About Michaela

Michaela graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with an Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science, majoring in Sport Psychology. She worked in management in a private health care clinic before taking a career break, travelling around the world.

Wanting a new challenge, Michaela worked as an assistant in a small family-run law firm, which covered areas such as conveyancing, probate and marriage. She joined Royds Withy King in May 2016  as a legal assistant, before becoming a paralegal in March 2017.

Michaela particularly enjoys cases representing children within public proceedings. As their welfare is paramount, it is “rewarding to know the positive difference made to their wellbeing.”

Interests

Outside of work, Michaela enjoys travel, the theatre, food and drink. She is also a member of the Oxford Young Professionals Society.

About Gemma

Gemma processes clients’ initial paper work, prepares contracts and legal compliance checks. She also keeps clients, agents and solicitors up to date on the progress of property transactions.

About Ellen

Ellen has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • Probate (including multi-jurisdictional estates, high net worth estates and complex family relationships)
  • Deed of Variation (changing who benefits from an estate for tax or personal reasons)
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Registrations of Enduring Power of Attorneys
  • Declaration of Trust (i.e. who owns an asset and in which percentages)
  • Dealing with financial matters on behalf of Deputies and Attorneys.

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About Kayleigh

Kayleigh joined the Residential Property, Farms and Estates team in November 2015 as a conveyancing assistant from a background in the legal and financial industries. Having already taken her CILEx qualifications in conveyancing, she quickly progressed within the firm.

She has experience in all aspects of residential property transactions including freehold, leasehold, new-build, help to buy, transfer of equity and re-mortgaging. In particular, Kayleigh assists first time buyers with their home purchase and often works on retirement living transactions.

Kayleigh is currently studying for the CIMA Diploma in Islamic Finance (CDIF) which will enable her to develop specialist skills in Shari’ah law.

Memberships

  • CILEx – Chartered Legal Executive
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Interests

Outside of work, Kayleigh spends time walking her two Siberian huskies. She also enjoys baking and socialising with friends.

About Hannah

Before joining Royds Withy King, Hannah worked for Thomas Legal as a Legal Assistant. Hannah studied her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Gloucestershire and graduated in 2017.

Interests

Outside of work, Hannah is a keen equestrian. She owns a horse which she has owned since she was a foal. Hannah has been producing her horse in all disciplines and hopes to take her out eventing this summer. Hannah is also a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.

About Megan

Previously Megan worked as a paralegal in Bristol, following the completion of both a Law LLB degree and the Legal Practice Course at Aberystwyth University.

Megan qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in March 2019.

About Calum

Calum is a member of our specialist Contested Wills, Trusts & Inheritance Disputes team. He has been recognised by Chambers and Partners UK (2019) as an Associate to Watch. According to an independent source “he is very thorough, commercially minded and pragmatic,”  while another commends him for being an “extraordinarily approachable, down-to-earth and engaging man.” The Legal 500 (2019) comments that Calum is a “first-rate lawyer who finds innovative solutions to complex problems.”

Calum helps clients in relation to Will disputes whether they need legal advice to contest a Will or defend a Will. He advises on claims for financial provision, estate disputes and trust disputes.

Calum takes satisfaction in working with clients in a pragmatic manner to find a way through what are often challenging and upsetting circumstances.

His experience includes:

  • challenges to the validity of Wills including issues of capacity, undue influence, lack of knowledge and approval, execution and revocation
  • claims for provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants Act) 1975
  • removal of Trustees and Executors
  • Constructive Trust and Proprietary Estoppel claims
  • claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Memberships

Calum is a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

About Robert

Robert and his team deal with all aspects of house sales and purchases, including:

Robert joined Swindon firm Jaggar & Co in 1989 as a trainee, qualifying in 1992. He joined Royds Withy King as a Partner in 2002 when the two firms merged.

 

About Melenik

Melenik joined Royds Withy King in September 2018 from Signature Litigation. For the last few years, Melenik has worked as a paralegal in dispute resolution gaining experience from magic circle and US firms, as well as boutique litigation experience from as far afield as Gibraltar.

Melenik graduated from King’s College London with a undergraduate BA (Hons) degree in Modern Greek and Hispanic Studies before completing his Legal Practice Course and the Professional Certificate of Competence in Gibraltar Law.

Interests

Melenik has lived in six different countries. He plays the violin and loves sports, mainly  rugby, football and squash.

About Jessica

Jessica graduated from the University of the West of England with a LLB First Class Honours in 2014. She returned to complete the Legal Practice Course LLM part-time, alongside completing her training contract with a local firm, Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors. Jessica transferred her training contract and joined Royds Withy King in May 2018.

Experience

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Jessica gained over three years legal experience working in Residential Property. She dealt with a variety of transactions including residential purchases and sales of freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages and transfers of equity. She was known for her friendly and proactive approach and ensuring to go the extra mile for clients.

Interests

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys taking her three Hungarian Vizsla’s (Zeus, Zack and Zola) for long walks in the countryside and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys cooking a variety of cuisines and trying out new places to eat.

About Katie

Katie undertakes a wide range of clinical negligence cases and has a particular interest in:

  • dental negligence, inc. failure to diagnose periodontal disease, failures in cosmetic dentistry, nerve injury, negligence relating to implants and incompetently performed crown and bridge work
  • maternal birth injuries
  • pressure sores
  • GP and hospital negligence.

About Jessica

Jessica graduated from the University of the West of England with a LLB First Class Honours in 2014. She returned to complete the Legal Practice Course LLM part-time, alongside completing her training contract with a local firm, Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors. Jessica transferred her training contract and joined Royds Withy King in May 2018.

Experience

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Jessica gained over three years legal experience working in Residential Property. She dealt with a variety of transactions including residential purchases and sales of freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages and transfers of equity. She was known for her friendly and proactive approach and ensuring to go the extra mile for clients.

Interests

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys taking her three Hungarian Vizsla’s (Zeus, Zack and Zola) for long walks in the countryside and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys cooking a variety of cuisines and trying out new places to eat.

About Sharon

Sharon is independently recognised as a “Leader in her field” by Chambers & Partners UK 2017 who write that ‘she frequently represents high net worth clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and collaborative law, associated with complicated finance matters. The Legal 500 UK remarked that she “combines strong support for clients and has a pragmatic approach to negotiation”. One client reports: “She was very thorough – all the paperwork was correct down to the minutest detail. She obtained a wonderful result for me.” ‘ The Family team in Bath is also awarded Tier 1 status by The Legal 500 UK 2016 where it is ‘one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation’ and Band 1 in Somerset by Chambers & Partners 2017 who say the team are ‘Highly experienced at taking on financial remedy cases. Focuses on settling issues through collaboration or mediation where possible, and through litigation if necessary.’

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Sharon specialises in:

Sharon trained at Royds Withy King and has over 20 years experience of family law. She works primarily from the Bath office. In her spare time she is a keen supporter of Bath Rugby, Sharon is also a very keen gardener and keeps chickens.

Memberships

Resolution – accredited specialist
Collaborative Law – accredited specialist
Family Mediation – qualified specialist
Law Society – Children Panel

 

About Yasmine

Yasmine graduated from the University of Surrey in 2015 with a law degree. As part of her studies she completed a professional training year, spending time in both a set of Barristers Chambers and a local Law Centre.

Yasmine then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Medical Law at Queen Mary University of London, where she opted to study clinical negligence in depth. She graduated with Distinction in 2016.

Outside of work, Yasmine enjoys travelling, keeping fit and cooking.

About Abigail

Abigail advises and represents clients on project procurement and non-contentious construction and engineering matters. Her expertise covers;

  • contract negotiations
  • all types of project documentation including risk analysis, procurement options, standard and bespoke contracts and sub-contracts, consultant appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees and performance bonds

Chambers and Partners UK recognises Abigail as an Associate to watch who is very conscientious and clients describe her as “professional, tenacious and knowledgeable”.

Abigail has a broad client base including developers, contractors and consultants.  She also advises funders in relation to projects providing due diligence services.

About Clair

Since studying with ILEX and moving from a firm in Kingston Upon Thames, Clair joined the firm in 1999 and has since worked as a paralegal gaining experience in all areas of family law.  This experience has proved invaluable in understanding the legal procedures of family related matters to prepare and submit Legal Aid bills and claims.

About Sara

Sara is an Associate within our Court of Protection team. She previously worked alongside a Panel Deputy for five years, concentrating on property and financial affairs, going on to spend two years at a niche litigation firm, where she focused mainly on welfare disputes at the Court of Protection, including seeking reviews of Deprivation of Liberty safeguards.

Sara now advises both family members as well as care home providers on the Deprivation of Liberty safeguards. Sara is used to dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters regarding property and financial affairs and  welfare issues. Sara also has experience of managing cases at the Court of Protection which have a multi-jurisdictional element. In addition, Sara advises families on challenging CHC (Continuing Healthcare) funding decisions and failures of Local Authorities to comply with their obligations under the Mental Capacity Act and Care Act.

Sara’s skills and experience include:

  • Applications to the Court of Protection in respect of property and financial affairs (ranging from Deputyship Orders with multi-jurisdictional aspects to statutory will applications)
  • Applications to the Court of Protection in respect of welfare matters (including reviewing Deprivation of Liberty safeguards and applications for best interest decisions in respect of residence, care and contact with Human Rights Act aspects)
  • Acting on behalf of professional Deputies in the day to day management of Deputyship cases
  • Investigating financial abuse claims on behalf of professional Deputies
  • Advising Care homes and care providers on their deprivation of liberty policies
  • Negotiating mediation agreements
  • Acting for both the protected person, professional and Panel Deputies and family members in contentious proceedings at the Court of Protection
  • Advising families on failures by Local Authorities to meet their obligations under the Mental Capacity and Care Acts

Memberships

First tier membership of Solicitors for the Elderly
Founding member of the National Mental Capacity Forum

About Richard

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and helped to establish niche bloodstock practice Chalk Smith Brooks in 1999. He is a joint leader of the Racing and Bloodstock team who “knows equine matters inside out” according to The Legal 500 UK. Richard, an “aggressive litigator”, regularly and expertly handles animal-related claims.

He has considerable experience in:

  • accidents to riders and horses including claims under the Animals Act 1971
  • personal injury work more broadly particularly very serious injury cases with a special interest in chronic pain
  • motorbike accident claims
  • sporting injuries: accidents involving participants and spectators
  • denied health insurance claims often related to ME/CFS
  • chronic pain including CRPS
  • equine claims involving training and other contract disputes, misrepresentation, sales of goods and veterinary negligence
  • sports disciplinary and licensing work particularly in horseracing acting in high profile cases, including race-fixing and corruption enquiries.

Richard is also an accredited Mediator and part of the firm’s mediation team. Known in particular for mediating equine-related matters he acts in a wide range of other commercial, property and other disputes.

Richard is the Training Principal for our trainee solicitors and provides support and guidance throughout their training contract.

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About Olivia

Described by The Legal 500 UK as “excellent“, Olivia regularly advises employers on complex HR issues. Some examples of Olivia’s recent work include:

  • assisting an employer in dismissing a long-standing employee for gross misconduct, managing the employee’s sickness absence throughout the disciplinary process
  • advising an employer on related grievance and disciplinary processes against a number of employees, involving potentially confidential whistleblowing disclosures
  • successfully defending a tribunal claim for constructive unfair dismissal and direct sex discrimination following a client’s rejection of a flexible working request from a male employee
  • successfully defending a tribunal claim for disability discrimination by a worker.

Olivia provides advice on a range of immigration issues for both businesses and individuals. She specialises in advising businesses on carrying out right to work checks, applying for a Tier 2 sponsor licence under the points based system and complying with their sponsor duties. Olivia advises individuals on completing Tier 2 visa, permanent residence and British citizenship applications. She also runs immigration audits to check employers’ compliance with their sponsor duties.

Olivia works closely with our Corporate & Commercial team to provide TUPE advice on the sale or purchase of a business, including advice on the TUPE complexities of purchasing a business from administration.

Olivia also regularly negotiates exit packages for employees and directors and advises on settlement agreements.

Olivia is on the committee for the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) in Bath and West Wiltshire and regularly attends its workshops and seminars.

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About Andrew

Andrew established his own niche bloodstock practice in 1999, and joined Royds Withy King as a partner in 2004.

Andrew’s knowledge in his chosen sectors is second to none, having been independently rated as a leader in the field by legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for many, many years. He has appeared in a number of very high profile cases that have been widely reported in the national media. According to Chambers and Partners UK, who recognise him as a “Leader in his field”, Andrew “knows horse racing inside out“, and “has excellent bloodstock experience“. “He knows his stuff and understands the industry, and it’s easy to do business with him.” (Chambers and Partners UK 2015) and commentators salute him as “a great quality regulatory lawyer” (Chambers and Partners UK 2013). The Legal 500 UK most recently commended him for his “exceptional judgment”, describing him as “first class with his clients”.

Andrew has great experience in a broad range of work including:

  • Agricultural and equestrian property transactions
  • High-value estates negotiating regulatory and agricultural and business tenancy issues
  • Sports disciplinary and licensing cases, including appearing before the Disciplinary Panel and Appeal Board of the British Horseracing Authority representing jockeys, trainers and owners
  • Specialist commercial agreements, including sponsorship agreements under the Rules of Racing and ownership and syndications of racehorses and other bloodstock.

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About Hollie

Hollie has a particular interest in the following areas:

  • joint ownership disputes
  • boundary and neighbour disputes
  • commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes
  • covenants.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2013 after spending two years with the firm while she completed her training contract.

Memberships :

Property Litigation Association

Women in Property

Bath Young Professionals

Bristol Junior Lawyers Division

About Ellen

Ellen graduated from the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2016 with a first class law degree, and then went on to complete her LPC at UWE in 2017.

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Ellen volunteered for several organisations and projects including the Innocence Network UK, Elder Law UWE and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Interests

Outside of work, Ellen plays netball every week in a local league. She also likes travelling, going to the theatre and loves eating out.

About Ronald

Ronald’s considerable residential property and conveyancing experience includes;

  • Advising on all aspects of property sales and purchases, including freehold and leasehold issues
  • Advising on investment property, including ‘buy to let’ property investments
  • Equity release advice
  • Private tenancy agreements
  • Planning permission issues relating to residential property.

Ronald joined  Royds Withy King in 2008, following its merger with Marshall & Galpin in Oxford.

He has been active in developing the Oxford and Abingdon practices of the firm.

About Carol

Carol’s specialist probate and estate planning experience includes;

  • dealing with estates with foreign assets
  • claiming inheritance tax relief
  • advising on intestacy (where a person dies without a will)
  • varying the distribution of an estate (Deeds of Variation).

Memberships :

ILEX (Institute for Legal Executives)