1. Claiming compensation for slips, trips and falls on construction sites in bad weather

    Construction is a notoriously dangerous industry to work in, and workers in this sector are around 50 per cent more likely to suffer from an injury compared to the all-industry rate, according to Health & Safety Executive figures. These same statistics show that of the 4,919 non-fatal injuries reported by employees in the construction industry…

  2. Company Closure – Employment Rights

    When the business that employs you and enables you to pay the bills announces that they are closing, the question every employee finds themselves asking is– “what are my employment rights?”. The air of uncertainty created in such circumstances means that job security becomes a genuine worry. Should I jump ship early?; will I be…

  3. Sarah Summers
    Litigator Joins WBW Solicitors

    Law firm WBW Solicitors has recruited Sarah Summers as a Chartered Legal Executive. Sarah joins the dispute resolution team from Porter Dodson. Sarah deals with all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution on behalf of individual and corporate clients. Justin Osborne, partner and head of dispute resolution at WBW Solicitors, comments “I am delighted to…

  4. Where do I stand if the business I work for is about to be sold?

    When the business that employs you and enables you to pay the bills goes up for sale, the question every employee finds themselves asking is– “is my job secure if the company I work for is set to be sold?” The recent announcement that Exeter-based airline Flybe (a company with 2,300 staff in the UK…

  5. Who has parental responsibility?

    The legal rights, powers, duties and authority a person has for a child and their property is known as parental responsibility. If you have parental responsibility for a child, it may give you the opportunity of being involved in making decisions about their care and upbringing. Fiona Yellowlees, family law solicitor at WBW Solicitors, explains who has parental responsibility…

  6. What does winter weather mean for your business?

    In a cold snap, businesses can be disrupted and even forced to close if employees cannot get to work due to the impact of snow and ice on our transport links. So, what should an employer consider in the event that Jack Frost keeps your staff away? • An employee is under a duty to attend…

  7. Paula Land
    Meet the Conveyancer – Paula Land

    Whether you are buying or selling a house, or both at once, you need an experienced solicitor on your team. Today we talk to Paula Land – Chartered Legal Executive and part of the property team at WBW Solicitors Honiton Office. Where abouts do you live and what makes it special? I live in Honiton, and always have…

  8. Buying or selling a business? It pays to agree key terms upfront

    Adrenalin may be running high if you are on the verge of buying a business or selling the company you have built from scratch. You may have already sought professional advice regarding the company valuation, but there are other critical issues on which advice will also be needed during those early heady days of negotiations,…

  9. Making a clinical negligence claim for a brain injury

    The effects of a brain injury on a patient and their family can be devastating. The patient may be left paralysed, unable to speak, or fend for themselves as they go about their daily life. Depression, memory, language and concentration problems and even personality changes are also common. Suffering such an injury through an accident…

  10. Less Scrooge, More Santa

    Christmas in the Workplace  Tis the season to be jolly and the time when most employers choose to adopt a certain sense of Santa-like generosity.  Many will offer a reward to their staff in the form of the ‘Christmas bonus’ or, ‘Christmas Party’. The Christmas party (and partaking in a festive tipple) brings with it…

  11. WBW raises a glass to celebrate merger with Ford Simey LLP

    WBW Solicitors held a glittering event at Deer Park Country House in Honiton to celebrate its merger with Ford Simey LLP. Over 100 guests including fellow professionals and private clients, were welcomed with fizz and canapés by partners and staff. Following the merger of the two leading law firms the new practice has over 270…

  12. WBW Solicitors act for Exeter’s new Irish sports bar – The Stand Off

    Ashley Bevans, Commercial Property Solicitor at WBW Solicitors talks about his recent role in Exeter’s new sports bar – The Stand Off. The Stand-Off opened their doors last month and is located in Portland House, Longbrook Street on the site of the former Bookcover, after a comprehensive refurbishment. Fronted by Gareth Steenson who has teamed…

  13. Three ways to negotiate a financial settlement on divorce

    Three ways to negotiate a financial settlement on divorce The divorce rate for heterosexual couples in England and Wales may have hit a 45-year low in 2017 according to Office for National Statistics data, but break-ups still happen and when they do, financial arrangements between the separating couple need to be agreed. Issues requiring consideration include how assets…

  14. Claiming compensation for farming injuries caused by heavy objects and equipment

    Agricultural injuries were one of the biggest cause of work-related fatalities in the South West last year – accounting for nearly one-fifth of all farm worker deaths in Britain according to the Health & Safety Executive’s annual fatal injury statistics. Given the vast array of heavy and powerful tools and machines farm workers need to…