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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

Contact us to discuss how you can protect your company and database from breaches against the GDPR. Our team of expert solicitors can help you navigate the uncertain time ahead.

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 David

David helps clients with:

  • sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties
  • transfers of equity
  • new build purchases
  • sales and purchases involving equity release
  • re-mortgages.

About John

John graduated from Edge Hill University with a first class law degree and then achieved a merit in his LLM in Corporate Law at University College London. John successfully completed his LPC at BPP University with merit, before commencing his training contract in September 2017.

John gained a variety of experience before joining the firm, carrying out work placements in Corporate and Commercial departments at various firms and undertaking a vacation scheme in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Working in our Dispute Resolution team, John’s work includes liaising with clients, attendance at court, drafting documents and legal research. His work is diverse and can range from property disputes to corporate litigation to intellectual property disputes. John now working in our Employment & HR team.

Interests

Outside of work, John thoroughly enjoys skiing and sailing. He is an avid squash player and likes to squeeze a game in whenever time permits. John is also currently attempting to see all of Shakespeare’s plays live at the theatre.

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 Mike

Mike is “highly recommended” by independent legal directory The Legal 500 UK 2014, who added 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
  • Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

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About Chloe

Chloe studied law (LLB) at the University of Bedfordshire and graduated in 2015, after which she worked for a company dealing with personal injury claims. Her interest in employment law though came through volunteering in the University’s law clinic.

She started her LPC LLM studies part-time in September 2017 and joined Royds Withy King London Employment team in May 2018.

Interests

Outside of work Chloe likes to travel, exercise and read.

About Hannah

Hannah works on a wide range of clinical negligence cases. These include obstetric negligence (the legal representation of both mothers and babies who have suffered often catastrophic injuries following childbirth), wrongful birth, anaesthetic awareness, surgical negligence, and delayed diagnosis cases.

Maternal injuries cases are a particular area of interest and she has obtained compensation for a number of mothers who were injured during childbirth.

Hannah is recommended by her clients for her “approachability”, “friendliness” and “efficiency”.

Hannah’s clients praise her for being “easy to talk to”, citing that, for her, “nothing was too much trouble”.

Prior to joining Royds Withy King in 2004, Hannah worked at Alexander Harris, where she trained and worked on a broad scope of clinical negligence cases and group actions. These included the Shipman Inquiry, in which she represented the families of the victims of Harold Shipman, and the MMR litigation, in which she acted on behalf of children thought to have developed autism as a direct result of the administration of the vaccine.

Memberships :

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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About Kerrin

Kerrin assists the Family team particularly with care proceedings. The team are well experienced in dealing with unusual cases involving complex points of law and Kerrin has worked on cases that have reached the High Court and Court of Appeal.

She attends PLO meetings on behalf of parents when necessary, meet clients to progress their cases and drafts court documents such as witness statements and case summaries.

Kerrin is Associate member of Cilex and is in the process of completing level 6 of her qualifications.

Memberships :

Cilex – associate member

About Mei-Ling

A partner qualified in the UK and the USA, Mei-Ling joined us in September 2017 from a Bristol law firm. For over 10 years, she has specialised in health and social care and commercial litigation and has advised a variety of healthcare sector clients including care homes, home care agencies, supported living providers, dentists, GPs and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres.

Mei-Ling is an experienced litigator with as reputation for helping her clients solve any problem that comes along in the context of their business. She helps clients navigate and overcome threats to their businesses and manage crises, providing legal expertise as well as management and business advice.

Mei-Ling’s recent experience includes:

  • challenging a CQC inspection report and increasing two “inadequate” ratings to “requires improvement”, preventing the provider from going into special measures
  • challenging a CQC inspection report and persuading CQC to increase three ratings of “requires improvement” to “good”
  • assisting a provider to persuade CQC to increase its rating from “good” to “outstanding” for two services
  • contesting a Notice of Proposal to refuse registration for a dental practice and securing registration for the practice
  • making representations on a Notice of Proposal to cancel the registration of a home care service and helping the provider retain its registration
  • making representations on a Notice of Proposal to cancel the registration of a nursing home and helping the provider retain its registration
  • advising a group of providers and care association in regard to fees negotiations with a local authority
  • advising a provider with regards to a safeguarding whole service review and CQC notice of decision to cancel registration, including an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal
  • bringing two successful judicial review cases against a local authority in relation to care home fees
  • Mei is also frequently featured in articles and publications focusing on the care industry.

About Richard

Richard joined Royds Withy King in May 2013 with a background in real estate having previously been an in-house paralegal at a bank where he assisted on internal security and property review work. Richard has also worked in private practice in a commercial property planning and development team.

About Luke

Luke graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in history, he then went on to complete his law conversion degree at the University of Law in Bristol. Whilst completing his conversion degree Luke undertook a variety of work placements at law firms in and around Bath and Bristol.

Interests

Outside of work Luke enjoys live music, cycling and has twice completed the Bath Half Marathon.

About Paul

Paul has more than nine years’ experience as an employment lawyer and a proven track record of bringing and defending complex multi-issue discrimination claims for clients.

Paul joined Royds Withy King in 2017 from an employment law boutique firm, where he advised a number of senior individuals, a range of companies within the IT industry, as well as companies that facilitated public sector contracts, such as supplying products and services to the NHS. Paul has also undertaken claimant work for senior executives within the BBC and a Premier League football club coach.

Work highlights

  • advising a company with regards to a director and two junior employees stealing confidential information and actively setting up and competing against the company during their employment. This included enforcement of the restrictive covenants within the former employees’ contracts of employment, the defence of Tribunal proceedings brought by the employees and a successful application for pre-action disclosure, resulting in disclosure of all of the individuals’ activities so that losses could be quantified.
  • advising an NHS Trust on the change of 35 employees’ contractual benefits that resulted in collective consultation, with the involvement of the employees’ trade union. With expert legal support, the Trust was able to successfully procure changes to all of the contracts of employment in question.
  • advising a senior individual on the campaign of harassment he was subject to due to his mental impairment. This involved advising the client on his grievances, correspondence with the company’s management team and successfully negotiating through judicial mediation a five-figure settlement, an agreed reference and an apology by the company.

Memberships and interests

Paul is a member of  the Employment Lawyers Association. Outside of work, Paul is a keen cyclist.

About Mike

Mike is “highly recommended” by independent legal directory The Legal 500 UK 2014, who added 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
  • Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

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About Sorcha

Sorcha joined our Private Client team as a paralegal in 2015. She has assisted in a number of matters including Wills, probate, estate administration and mental capacity.

Sorcha studied Business Management at the University of Glasgow and then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University. She completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in March 2018.

In her spare time Sorcha enjoys running, reading, playing backgammon and cooking.

Practice areas

Work highlights

• Estate administration
Assisting with the administration of a complex estate worth circa £10m involving business assets, multiple bank and building society accounts as well as various life assurance policies.

About Bharti

Bharti joined our Corporate & Commercial team in autumn 2017 from IBB Solicitors, bringing with her a broad range of experience in corporate finance work, acquisitions and disposals, banking (specifically secured lending), corporate restructuring , joint ventures and general commercial contracts.

Bharti’s clients include both businesses and business owners, from international companies to small and medium-sized enterprises and banks.

Work highlights

Bharti’s work highlights include:

  • advising the shareholders of a company in the recruitment industry on their initial disposal of 70% of the issued share capital to a listed company
  • advising the buyer in a pre-pack administration in the retail recruitment industry
  • reviewing and advising a property developer on a £15m revolving credit facility
  • advising the shareholders of a company in connection with a demerger and a management buy-out.

Memberships

Law Society

About Nial

Transactions that Nial has been involved in include:

  • disposal of land for the construction of Gablecross Divisional Police Headquarters, including section 106 agreement and land option
  • head office relocation of national retailer
  • acting for national retailer in several substantial retail property transactions throughout the country
  • acting for landlords on lettings of units on industrial estates
  • acting for tenants on acquisition of large storage and distribution premises
  • land options and overage agreements for development land
  • transfer of property into private pension schemes.

 

About Richard

Richard joined Royds Withy King in May 2018 as a partner in the Real Estate team and is based in our Bath office. He covers all aspects of commercial real estate but largely specialises in investment and development work.

Richard acts for institutional investors, national developers and occupiers in connection with investment and development work alongside their other property requirements such as landlord and tenant. His experience includes working with family offices and personal investors as well as fund work and representing larger scale landowners/occupiers and developers.

Richard’s work highlights include:

  • sale of the Pirelli UK site in Carlisle following the development of additional factory space and associated lease regears
  • pre-let and forward sale, with development funding, of 1 College Square, Bristol
  • freehold acquisition and development of a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Wombourne
  • various investment acquisitions and disposals for institutional investors and pension funds
  • advising on the major mixed-use regeneration scheme for Bristol Harbourside
  • representing various corporate occupiers in connection with HQ relocations and general tenant matters.

Interests

Out of work, Richard spends time with his young family and enjoys outdoor life and sport, especially rugby, golf and cycling. Along with country walks and barbeques with family and friends, he is also enjoying getting to grips with the new pizza oven at home!

About Caroline

Caroline’s background is professional services, having worked in accountancy practices Edmunds Gibbs (now Shaw Gibbs) and Critchleys.  She joined the litigation team of then Marshall & Galpin in 2004 as a legal secretary, gaining a wealth of experience in clinical negligence, personal injury, employment, family, care work, licensing and general litigation cases.

Caroline has been with Royds Withy King since its merger with Marshall & Galpin, working in the Family team since 2009 and as a paralegal since 2017.

 

About Hannah

Hannah advises clients on a wide range of areas, including:

  • Will drafting
  • Applications for probate, including both Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration
  • Dealing with estates where a person dies without a Will (Intestacy)
  • Claiming inheritance tax reliefs
  • Varying the distribution of an estate (Deeds of Variation)
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

About Irene

Irene graduated in Law from Universita’ degli Studi in Milan gaining a First Class Honour Degree. She then enrolled at BPP Law School to study the Graduate Diploma in Law and went on to gain a Distinction on the Legal Practice Course. Irene joined Royds, now Royds Withy King, on a training contract in 2012 and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in 2014. Irene’s mother tongue is Italian and she has an intermediate command of French.

Practice areas

Irene’s expertise includes:

  • acting on company acquisitions and disposals
  • company formations and company secretarial work
  • advising on general company and commercial law and shareholders’ dispute
  • drafting and advising on shareholders’ agreements
  • drafting and reviewing a variety of commercial agreements and business terms and conditions
  • working on a variety of non-contentious IP work

Work highlights

Recent work includes advising a renowned client in the pharmaceutical industry on the registration of various proposed trade marks and successfully achieving registration.   This often involved exploring the possibility of registration of different marks where conflicting registrations existed, negotiating with the opponent’s representatives with a view to finding an amicable solution by agreeing on a limitation of the specification of goods and services non-detrimental to the client’s business objectives.

Most notable and currently ongoing is a confidential corporate transaction representing an overseas listed company on £34M acquisition of certain subsidiaries and assets spanning various jurisdictions of a leading manufacturer of high-technology heating products.

Memberships

Irene is a member of the Law Society and of the Italian Chamber of Commerce.

Away from work, Irene is a keen runner and enjoys skiing, yoga and going to the gym. Her other interests include socialising with friends, travelling and learning new languages.

About Caroline

Caroline’s background is professional services, having worked in accountancy practices Edmunds Gibbs (now Shaw Gibbs) and Critchleys.  She joined the litigation team of then Marshall & Galpin in 2004 as a legal secretary, gaining a wealth of experience in clinical negligence, personal injury, employment, family, care work, licensing and general litigation cases.

Caroline has been with Royds Withy King since its merger with Marshall & Galpin, working in the Family team since 2009 and as a paralegal since 2017.

 

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 Amy

Amy finished her law degree in June 2017 then secured a temporary contract in July working as a Legal Assistant for Kier Construction alongside Pinsent Masons on a pre-arbitration claim in Dubai. Then in September she started studying her Legal Practice Course part time.

Interest

Outside of work Amy plays netball, enjoys swimming and baking. She is also an avid reader, aiming to read a new book every week.

About Amanda

She has worked in conveyancing in Swindon since joining Lemon & Co in 1988 and has over 25 years experience in residential property.

About Hannah

Hannah completed her training contract with a Bristol-based firm and qualified as a solicitor in September 2016. She joined the Employment team in 2018 and advises businesses, Health & Social Care clients and individuals on a wide range of employment issues including:

 

Memberships

Hannah is a member of both the Employment Lawyers Association and Bristol Law Society.

Interests

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys travelling and exploring new places. She also likes to keep fit and when the weather permits, spend her evenings paddle boarding around the Bristol harbourside.

About Matthew

Matthew qualified as a lawyer in April 2013 and has a strong academic background, having obtained a distinction in his Legal Practice Course. He is well-regarded for his negotiation, advocacy, and case-analysis skills, drawing upon his previous experience as a Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Matthew’s clients range from senior executives to part-time employees to SMEs. Matthew’s clients praise his “extremely professional advice”, “guidance and knowledge” and his “determination” to resolve matters in often “difficult circumstances.” (source: client letters).

Matthew’s recent cases include:

  • negotiating a substantial exit package where the working relationship had broken down
  • drafting contracts of employment for a local business
  • negotiating a significant enhancement to a proposed settlement agreement
  • representing employees of a PLC in a class-action contract claim
  • resolving a complex and historical sexual harassment dispute
  • securing a high value settlement in an ‘unfair dismissal’ and Discrimination Claim at the Employment Tribunal.

About Dawn

Dawn previously worked for an estate agent for 11 years. While working there, Dawn became interested in working on the other side of the house buying and selling process with a career in conveyancing.

Dawn completing an Ilex course and has worked in conveyancing since October 2014.

Natalie completed LLB Law Degree at the University of Exeter in 2013 and joined the Royds Withy King team in 2015. She qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in July 2018.

About Jacqui

Before joining Royds Withy King in April 2013, Jacqui worked for a large London charity managing all of their charitable trusts.

She has a wealth of experience of assisting clients with:

Jacqui has also produced two practice notes for Lexis Nexis, a well-known research resource within the legal profession. Jacqui was also asked to join a panel of experts involved in deciding the winner of the Charity Team of the year for the STEP private client awards in 2017.

Upcoming events

Jacqui has been invited by MBL to deliver a five hour seminar to other lawyers, accountants and charity professionals on the subject of ‘Charity Safeguarding, Governance & Fundraising’. MBL are a national CPD (Continuing Professional Development) provider for lawyers. The event will run on 19 November in London. You can view further information about the event here.

Involvement in Working Parties

As an active member of the Charity Law Association; Jacqui regularly sits on working parties preparing responses to various consultations in the field of Charity regulation.

Examples of Jacqui’s involvement in recent working parties are detailed below:

In early 2017 Jacqui attended a working party to review the new charity governance code. More information on this code can be found here. She also sat on a party to review the process for Serious Incident Reporting within charities.

In 2016 Jacqui sat on the working party which prepared a response to the Cabinet Office consultation on the Conversion of Charitable Companies and CICs to CIOs. The outcome of which is in progress.

She also completed another working party for the Charity Law Association relating to the new disqualification powers, and powers to give warnings of the Charity Commission under the new Charities (Protection & Social Investment) Act 2016.

Trusteeships & Committees

Jacqui previously served as a trustee of First Steps, a local children’s charity for three years. She sits also on the committee for the STEP Philanthropy Advisers Special Interest Group and the Bath Committee for the Quartet Community Foundation.

Memberships

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Charity Law Association

Articles:

Published articles in the STEP Journal:

Jacqui also has an article published by Philanthropy Impact Magazine, discussing tax effective ways of giving to charities which you can read here.

Jacqui has also been published by the Civil Society. The article discusses on Governance and Leadership in September 2016 which you can read here.

Videos:

Jacqui was asked to a short interview discussing charity best practice and tax effective giving. In the first link, Jacqui explains how to manage risk and best practice guidance for charity trustees.  The second is about tax effective giving to charities and how to encourage more giving generally.

Jacqui was asked to do a short interview explaining the main points of the controversial New Charities Act which came into effect earlier this year. She  specifically discusses the impact of the new rules regarding automatic disqualification of trustees and warning powers. The Act also covers new rules regarding fundraising and social investment.

About Richard

Graduating from the University of Surrey with an upper second class honours degree in Law, Richard completed the LPC at the College of Law in Guildford. Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2013, Richard joined Royds in February 2016 from another firm of solicitors based in South-West London.

Richard has experience in a broad spectrum of real estate work with particular expertise in Landlord and Tenant transactions. In addition to acting on the granting, assignment and surrender of leasehold interests, he can also assist with various other real estate matters including freehold acquisitions, disposals and re-financing.

Outside of work, Richard is a keen sportsman with particular interest in rugby, football and tennis. He also enjoys good food and wine and loves to travel.

About Hannah

After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with First Class Honours, Hannah studied her Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School. Hannah then trained at Howes Percival LLP across a number of their offices in the East Midlands in Northampton, Cambridge and Leicester. After qualifying as a solicitor in September 2016, Hannah worked as a Family Solicitor in Leicester for 1 year before joining the Family team at Royds Withy King.

Experience

Hannah advises on all aspects of divorce and separation, with a focus on dealing with financial matters.  She also deals with private law issues involving children, including where a child will live and contact arrangements.

Memberships

Young Resolution (YRes) London

Interests

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys socialising and going to new restaurants.  She enjoys travelling and exploring new places, and starts to plan the next holiday after her last one.

About Amy

Amy finished her law degree in June 2017 then secured a temporary contract in July working as a Legal Assistant for Kier Construction alongside Pinsent Masons on a pre-arbitration claim in Dubai. Then in September she started studying her Legal Practice Course part time.

Interest

Outside of work Amy plays netball, enjoys swimming and baking. She is also an avid reader, aiming to read a new book every week.

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 Emma

Emma is identified as “undoubtedly one to watch” by The Legal 500 UK,  who also recognise her as “very personable and a delight to work with”, and “absolutely diligent in terms of her case preparation”.

She has in depth knowledge of the pre proceedings process, care proceedings and private law matters when the local authority is asked to assist the court. Her detailed knowledge of local authorities’ duties and their powers means that she is able to offer clear and robust advice, while ensuring that the correct process is being followed.

Emma has regularly dealt with complex matters including cases where allegations have been made of serious inflicted injury and sexual abuse. Emma conducts her own advocacy where possible.

She is able to undertake all work involving children, in particular:

  • Representing parents during the pre proceedings process under the Public Law Outline.
  • Representing parents, children (both through their Children’s Guardian and direct) and other family members in care proceedings where the local authority has made an application to court.
  • Representing parents in respect of various issues, including obtaining parental responsibility, contact disputes and determining where a child should live.
  • Special guardianship matters.
  • Adoption and step parent adoption.
  • Domestic violence matters.

Memberships

Resolution

Association of Lawyers for Children

Accredited Children’s Representative with the Law Society

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About Marianne

Marianne’s experience includes:

  • consumer and commercial contract disputes – including sale of goods and services, consumer credit and product liability, building disputes
  • debt recovery and insolvency
  • professional negligence – solicitors, accountants and surveyors
  • director, shareholder and partnership disputes
  • residential, commercial and mortgage possession proceedings and forfeiture actions
  • boundary, party wall, title and easement disputes, trespass actions.

Marianne prides herself on her ability to adapt to meet the needs of her wide variety of clients. She takes a pragmatic, no-nonsense and to the point approach but with the sensitivity that each different client situation requires. At all times, Marianne’s aim is to achieve a swift and cost effective solution to the clients’ issues and she fully understands that litigation is not always appropriate – she is an avid advocate for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Marianne qualified in 2000 having worked for a year during her Business Law degree at Lewis & Potts in Richmond-upon-Thames gaining a 6 month exemption to her training contract through litigation experience. She then completed her training at Lemon&Co where Marianne became head of litigation before joining Royds Withy King following the merger of the two firms.

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About Stephanie

Stephanie graduated from the University of Derby with a degree in Law. After studying for her Legal Practice Course, she spent a year commuting to Birmingham where she worked in the Housing Development and Regeneration team as a paralegal at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. She then joined Royds Withy King and worked as a paralegal in Racing & Bloodstock for a year before starting her training contract with Royds Withy King. Stephanie completed her training contract in 2018.

Stephanie works on a variety of tasks ranging from instructing experts, reviewing reports, taking witness statements, drafting letters of claim and pleadings, completing court forms and attending Court. She is also involved in supporting the local community through working with our Charities Committee.

Interests

Outside of work, baking is one of Stephanie’s passions and she is a keen contestant in any bake-off to raise money for charity. She also likes to keep fit by cycling to and from work, and climbing aboard the paddle board when by the coast.

 

About Richard

Graduating from the University of Surrey with an upper second class honours degree in Law, Richard completed the LPC at the College of Law in Guildford. Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2013, Richard joined Royds in February 2016 from another firm of solicitors based in South-West London.

Richard has experience in a broad spectrum of real estate work with particular expertise in Landlord and Tenant transactions. In addition to acting on the granting, assignment and surrender of leasehold interests, he can also assist with various other real estate matters including freehold acquisitions, disposals and re-financing.

Outside of work, Richard is a keen sportsman with particular interest in rugby, football and tennis. He also enjoys good food and wine and loves to travel.