Our News

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.

  • New Team Member

    Tags: Team Member

    We are pleased to announce that SCE Solicitors has a new team member; Samira gave birth to Olive Cakali on 15th April 2018 at 12.35pm.

    Mother, baby and the rest of the Cakali family are all doing well.

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  • GDPR seminar with guest speaker E_Radar

    Tags: Seminar, GDPR, Guest Speaker

    On Tuesday 13th March SCE Solicitors, with guest speaker Will Roebuck from E_Radar, held a full day workshop at our offices in Leeds, to explain the GDPR obligations for Employers.  The sell-out session was a huge success and received outstanding feedback. 

    From the completed surveys -

    • 80% said that the seminar met their expectations and the other 20% said that their expectations were met over and beyond.

    • When asked about the style and content of the speakers 60% said that it was good and the other 40% said that it was excellent.

    • All the attendees said that the workshop was relevant to their needs, with 60% of them saying it was very relevant.

    • All the attendees said that they would recommend the workshop to colleagues.

    When asked what they … more

  • Celebrating International Women's Day 2018

    Tags: The Team, International Women's Day

    Today is International Women’s Day and for more than a century people around the world have been marking this day.  

    Different countries around the world celebrate it in different ways, from national holidays for women to giving flowers.  This year the theme of International Women's Day campaign is #PressforProgress and the BBC are running a 100 Women campaign.  Read more on the BBC News article - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-42824064?SThisFB 

    At SCE Solicitors we have many wonderful women working for us and think today we are perfectly justified in celebrating them.  This year Courtney Janotta, a paralegal at the firm, has been given the spotlight; let us take you through her journey.  

    “My mother always knew I’d be a … more

  • Employers and your GDPR obligation

    Tags: GDPR, seminar

    On Tuesday 13 March 2018 SCE Solicitors are holding a one day GDPR training course.

    The course has been divided up into two parts to provide benefit to both those who wish to receive a quick overview and those who want to understand the impact for dealing with employee details.

    The morning session will be run by Dai Davies, a technology lawyer and a well-known speaker, and will provide a general overview of GDPR and how it will impact all businesses.  The afternoon session will be run by our Richard Newstead and will focus on the implications of employers.  

    Data Protection has recently undergone a fundamental reappraisal with the enactment of the new European Union GDPR. GDPR will come fully into force on 25 May 2018 and businesses which do not plan for it will be … more

  • Updates and News

    The legal world has many updates, interesting results and changes which shape the future interpretation of the law.  The SCE team do our best to provide a timely report and commentary on the activities, updates and case studies that hopefully matter to you.  

    We'd love to know the topics that you would like to receive updates about.  Help us to write about the subjects that matter to you by clicking here to complete a quick survey, which asks no personal details, just your preferences.

    There are a number of ways that we deliver you these updates.  When you visit our website you can read two types of blog posts, firstly on legal updates and case studies, and secondly we try and give you a flavour of who the SCE team are and the activities we are involved in. … more

  • We rose to the #BakeforJustice challenge

    SCE Solicitors rose to the #BakeforJustice challenge and have so far raised over £50 for The Great Legal Bake.

    And lucky us, we still have cakes in the office today and so are expecting this total to continue to rise! (Even if we must let out our belts another notch!).

    The amazing contributions and donations received – not just by us, but amongst the many different law firms across the country - raise vital funds for free legal advice in your area. Funds go to support local advice agencies and charities through the Access to Justice Foundation. 

    For the poorest and the most vulnerable people in our community, access to justice is out of reach. Free legal advice makes a huge difference to their lives. In recent years, poverty has increased, and support services … more

  • Employment Law and HR Afternoon Tea

    On Thursday 15th February 2018 at 4pm we are holding an Employment Law and HR Afternoon tea. This event will be aligned with "The Great Legal Bakeoff", which aims to raise money to go towards supporting the valuable work of law centres and legal advice agencies. Last year over £33,000 was raised nationally.

    This quarter we are raising awareness amongst employers that in times of adversity cutting staff is not the only option available to them and at this event we will give a brief talk on ways in which you can avoid making compulsory redundancies.

    There will then be the opportunity for delegates to informally network and introduce their businesses to others in the room. There will be plenty of cake available so please come with your pockets full of change so you can make a … more

  • Smoke and Mirrors Embedding Diversity Inclusion for real - AFSA 2017

    On the 30 November until 1 December 2017 SCE Solicitors were invited to the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) National Conference and Awards Ceremony, this time hosted by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

    Samira and Courtney Janotta, a Paralegal at SCE, attended the event and were once again impressed with the positive action being taken and the energy and drive at the event. 

    At the Awards Ceremony, both our ladies were moved and inspired by Bhanu Jadeja-Mahal, of Asian / Kenyan decent, who described her journey of life overcoming domestic abuse and rejection in 1970’s Britain, while being a mother to a young daughter, to pursuing a successful career in the police force.   

    Courtney recalls her saying it was the police force that saved her … more

  • In memory of Mandy Walton

    As many of you are aware Mandy Walton has been an associate here at SCE Solicitors from March 2016. We regret to inform everyone that she passed on 4 December 2017. 

    Here at SCE Solicitors we are all devastated, not only was she an excellent solicitor, she was a force of energy, her dedication to client’s, colleagues and business partners was second to none. 

    I am sure her clients will agree with me when I say that her good humour, common-sense approach to legal issues and passion for employment law will be missed. She was a valued member of the team and, personally, a great friend.  

    Her funeral will be held on 21 December 2017 at Park Wood Crematorium in Elland at 11:15am and this is followed by a celebration of her life at 12:15 at Cleckheaton … more

  • Supporting and Engaging Women in Law in Leeds

    Tags: Leeds Law Firm, Leeds Law Society, Samira Cakali, SCE Solicitors, seminar

    This month our Director Samira Cakali presented to a room full of likeminded female legal professionals providing them insight, inspiration and instruction on the world of an entrepreneur.

    Speaking at the Women in Law: Alternative Career Paths, Samira covered why she diverted from the traditional career path of working in established legal practises and instead broke out and created her own; focusing on client care and being able to create an environment where people can thrive, celebrating the individual.  It also has enabled her to have experience on a wide variety of cases and issues, deepening her understanding and enhancing her skills, quicker than she would have ever been able to do in a traditional route.

    She also shared how it was her husband, who is naturally … more

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  • Update on ‘Gig Economy’ Case Law and Developments

    Tags: Employment Status, Gig economy, Temporary Positions, Freelance work, Short-term, Tribunal Cases, Statutory Employment Rights

    Welcome to the new modern work structure: the gig economy. Where temporary positions are prevalent, freelance work is the norm and organisations contract with individuals on a short-term basis. In this article we will explore the high-profile tribunal cases of 2017 which have kept the ‘gig economy’ making headline news. 

    Aslam and others v Uber BV and others 

    The tribunal found that the drivers were not ‘self-employed’ but ‘workers’. Uber presented its business as a technology platform which facilitates the connection of self-employed drivers with customers through the Uber app. On the facts, the tribunal disagreed with this and found that this did not reflect the practical reality. In the tribunal’s view, the drivers were working … more

    

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