Here you will find all the latest news from the SCE team. In this section we will feature news about what we have been up to, recent mentions in the press, information about the work we do in the community and lots more.
Richard qualified as a Legal Executive over 20 years ago and has significant experience in Employment Law and Commercial Litigation. With a background in Litigation, Richard joined SCE in January 2018 as a Senior Associate and Head of Litigation. He kindly took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his role at SCE and for us to find out more about his life in law.
Tell us about your current role and how you got there?
I followed a very unconventional route to the law: a CILEx course at Leeds Metropolitan University, training at Gordons and over 20 years in a variety of City and High Street law firms, including a long stint at Walker Morris.
I am now a Senior Associate at SCE Solicitors, a boutique law firm specialising in Employment Law and Commercial … more
In August our Samira Cakali qualified as a Mental Health First Aider (‘MHFA’). In this article she discusses the scheme and how having a Mental Health First Aider could vastly improve your business and have a positive impact on the amount of disability claims that land on your desk.
Why is mental health awareness in the workplace so important?
Mental ill health is the biggest reason for sickness absence and by far the largest cost to employers across the UK. Investing in staff wellbeing saves money in the long run - workplaces that prioritise mental health have more engaged, productive and loyal employees, who are less likely to need time off sick.
What does the training involve?
MHFA is a two-day training course. The course is based around a five-step action … more
SCE Solicitors expansion shows no sign of slowing down following the opening of a brand new office in Horsforth last month and now the appointment of a new trainee solicitor, Emma Roberts.
Emma joined SCE in December 2017 as a Paralegal providing Employment and HR support. Emma advises both employers and employees from a broad range of sections on various employment law issues, including advising on disciplinary and grievances, termination of employment, and responding to internal employment disputes and tribunal claims.
She also assists Director and Head of Employment, Samira Cakali, in the running of the firm’s myHR service where she supports businesses in the day-to-day management of their staff.
Emma studied Bachelor of Laws at the Open University whilst working … more
Having lived in Manchester for a long time, I know that Manchester Pride is a huge event for me and the rest of the Manchester LGBT community. So, to celebrate the upcoming festivities we here at SCE Solicitors celebrated our own diversity with a ‘pride party’. We pride ourselves on being a diverse team, despite our size, and we encourage others to do the same.
Having a diverse workforce is a commercial no-brainer. It allows businesses to use people’s different backgrounds, knowledge, skills and expertise to create an environment where employees can learn from each other and produce innovative ideas. Employees will also feel valued and supported, which increases their productivity. Workplace diversity builds a good reputation for any business. Being known for … more
SCE Solicitors has opened a new office in the centre of Horsforth.
The firm, which already has an office in Park Square in Leeds has chosen Jason House as the location for its new office.
The new office will be led by Director and Head of Employment, Samira Cakali.
Cakali said “I am pleased to be opening our second office in Horsforth as part of our growth strategy. The second office not only provides us with more space but also shows our ambition to compete in the Leeds market.”
“Research published, and announced, at last year’s Leeds Conference, named Leeds as the fastest growing legal centre and as clients and employees move towards a more agile way of working I believe having a North Leeds office will allow us to attract the right … more
I am pleased to announce that SCE Solicitors has a new team member; Eve King joined our team on Monday 23 July as a Paralegal providing Employment and Civil Litigation advice. As always, new starters are welcomed with open arms and we are thrilled that Eve has chosen to further her career with us. She kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about starting at SCE and for us to find out more about her life in law.
Thank you so much for talking to us Eve. Tell us about your current role and how you got there?
I have just moved from Manchester to Leeds to start at SCE Solicitors in the Employment department as a Paralegal. I did my undergraduate degree in Law at Salford University before undertaking my Postgraduate LPC and LLM at the University of Law in … more
We asked our lovely summer placement student, Maya Sterrie, to describe her experience with SCE and this is what she wrote -
“Having never worked at a law firm before, I was very excited to take on a 7-week work placement at SCE this summer.
My initial interest in employment law began at the beginning of last year when I chose employment law as an elective going into my second year of University. Having had part-time jobs, I had become aware of employment law in day to day life such as the cap on a 48-hour working week and rest breaks. This led me to want to gain experience in this sector.
The first time I heard about the firm was when SCE Solicitors came to a non-commercial law event at my University last year speaking about what a career in law is like. … more
Are there aspects you still need assistance with? Have you even started your data audit? Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. SCE Solicitors can help you get up to speed.
The new data rules are a positive move which aims to put individuals in control over who holds their personal data, why and for how long.
Understand your obligations as a business owner and an employer
The course has been divided into two parts to provide benefit to both those who wish to receive an overview and for those who want to understand the impact for dealing with issues surrounding employees, workplaces and business issues.
The morning session will be run by Will Roebuck and will concentrate on cyber risk and how GDPR will impact all businesses and their … more
SCE Solicitors were at the AFSA Spring Conference and Awards Dinner in May and held a very vibrant workshop discussing gender pay gap with significant delegate participation.
One aspect of the discussion was that those who attended were surprised at some of the pay gaps reported by fire services ie it was very small – the feeling was that most of the retained fire fighters tend to be women whose hourly rate is a lot higher and this skews the overall figures.
The workshop was well received and SCE Solicitors have been invited to offer a fire service informal advice on their pay gap report.
We again felt fortunate to be included in this positive event and supporting the Asain Fire Service Association.
For more information about AFSA please visit - http://afsa.co.uk/ more
Courtney Janotta and Emma Roberts, Paralegals of the firm, participated in the Leeds Legal Walk on Monday 14 June 2018. Here’s their reflection on the event:
“We saw announcements for the upcoming Leeds Legal Walk and both of us volunteered to walk on behalf of the firm for a great cause. The purpose of the 10K walk was to raise money for legal advice services that assist the poorest and most vulnerable people in our community. Funding for legal advice services has reduced, particularly since the 2013 removal of much of legal aid for humanitarian and social welfare advice.
Our lovely colleagues sponsored us, and the firm had shirts made for us for the event!
We were both so happy to see a large and diverse turnout, with participates ranging from administrators to firm … more