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.

  • Seminar on accidents in high risk workplaces

    Tags: HR, Employment Law, Health and Safety, Leeds

    Last month we ran a free seminar on accidents in high risk workplaces, at the Grosvenor Casino in Central Leeds.  We wanted to deliver a seminar which was focused on the health and safety and employment law implications of accidents based on feedback we had received on key concerns for businesses.

    After some open networking and breakfast, Sarah Dykes, Health and Safety Consultant, opened the seminar with a look at some scary accident statistics before moving on to discuss the costs to a business.  Did you know that in 2014/2015 accidents were estimated to cost businesses £14.3 billion in respect of absence and ill health?  Wow!  Sarah highlighted that, in addition to costs covered by insurance, there were a whole host of uninsured costs that employers can face … more

  • SCE presents at the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Conference; Diversity in the workplace

    Tags: Employment Law, Leeds, Equality and Diversity

    Our own Samira presented at the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Conference in conjunction with the Asian Fire Service Association (ASFA) on 18 July 2016 in Leeds. The event concentrated on the importance of equality and diversity in the workforce and how this could be achieved in the emergency response units also.

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, an important body in providing a vital service in ensuring the safety of the local community, have recognised that their employees do not reflect the community of West Yorkshire. By that, they recognise in West Yorkshire ethnic minority firefighters make up 3.8% of full-time firefighters, compared with 18.2% of the population. Statistics taken from the Department for Communities and Local Government also show just 4.4% of full- … more

  • Leeds Legal Walk 2016 completed

    Tags: Leeds Legal Walk 2016

    The SCE team completed the 10k Leeds Legal Walk yesterday, organised by the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust (YLST). A great time was had by all!

    Anyone still wishing to sponsor us can still donate via our donation page at: 


    We hope you all have a great week!


  • SCE Solicitors signs up to the Leeds Legal Walk

    Tags: Leeds Legal Walk

    Staff from SCE Solicitors have signed up to the Leeds Legal Walk.  Organised by the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust (YLST), the 10km sponsored walk around the sights of Leeds is to raise money for local legal advice services.  

    Samira Cakali, Principal of the Firm, says:

    “We know from our own experience how valuable the work of legal advice charities are for disadvantaged people. Advice agencies do a fantastic job in preventing homelessness, resolving debt problems, gaining care for the elderly and disabled and fighting exploitation.

    We also know how short they are of the funds to continue that work.

    The money we raise will help keep the agencies operating and try to ensure their services are as effective as possible.”

    Anyone wishing to support this cause can … more

  • Samira Cakali named as a Top 175 Solicitor for the second year running

    Top Rated 2016

    On Sunday 10th April the Sunday Times published their first supplement listing the Top 175 Solicitors in the UK based on reviews on the independent consumer ratings website VouchedFor.co.uk. We are proud, but not at all surprised, to say that Samira Cakali was featured again for the second year running. 

    To be included Samira was highly recommended by 15 of her clients, and gained an overall 4.9 stars out of 5, which is a fantastic achievement. We’d like to thank all of the clients who took the time to share their positive feedback on VouchedFor.co.uk.

    Comments Adam Price, Founder of VouchedFor.co.uk: “At VouchedFor we’re passionate about helping people find great financial and legal advice. At certain points in life the majority of us would … more

  • SCE solicitors now offer IOSH Working Safely training

    Tags: Health and Safety, IOSH Training

    SCE Solicitors now offers IOSH Working Safely courses which offers an in-depth insight into a range of health and safety procedures. As well as written and practical assessments, candidates will also have the chance to get involved with a variety of interactive tasks to develop their skills. Once the course is complete, successful candidates will be awarded a certificate from IOSH.

    The Working Safely course takes one day to complete and can be carried out on your premises and designed specifically for your employees or you can attend one of our scheduled courses. These courses are ideal for Managers/ Supervisors or employees that you would like to have a formal recognised qualification in heath and safety. It’s ideal for Production Supervisors, Safety Representatives and … more

  • Continuing the Charitable Legacy

    Tags: Employment Law, University of Leeds, SCE Solicitors, Leeds Firm

    For the third year running we have been working with the University of Leeds to provide law students with eight-week work placements, following them winning the prestigious Pamela Walsh Peaker Memorial Scholarship.

    The Pamela Walsh Peaker Memorial Scholarship is funded by Mr Tony Peaker and is dedicated to honour the memory of his late wife, from Halifax, who was a partner of L Bingham and Co Solicitors in London.

    This year the scholarship winning student that we took on was Chloe Payne who comes from a Sheffield family of 3 children. Here's how Chloe found life at SCE Solicitors 

    1. What was the most memorable experience at SCE Solicitors?

    The most memorable experience I had at SCE Solicitors was when I was involved in a preliminary hearing at an Employment Tribunal where it … more

  • Samira Cakali Named as a UK Top Rated Solicitor

    Tags: Samira Cakali

    Samira Cakali is pleased to announce that she has recently been named as a UK Top Rated Solicitor. She has received this commendation thanks to the outstanding reviews written by her clients on VouchedFor.co.uk, the review website for professionals. 

    Aside from being a ringing endorsement that she is among the most respected in the legal profession, Samira was featured in a guide to the UK’s Top Rated Professionals which was distributed in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.   

    Samira has expressed her joy at being labelled as the most renowned in her field: “Being selected as a Top Rated solicitor means a lot to me, because I’ve been selected as a result of the support from my clients. This demonstrates that I am achieving what I set out to achieve when I … more

  • Ahead Partnership's Education Week 2014

    Our own John Dickens volunteering for the Ahead Partnership’s Education Week at White Laith Primary School, Leeds.

    John says “It was such a rewarding day and I really cannot overstate how amazing the kids and staff at White Laith were”.


  • Re-Flex: Revisions in Flexibility Working Rights

    Tags: Employment Law, Flexible Working changes 2014

    Everyone enjoyed a spot of networking and updating their knowledge in respect of flexible working on 17 July as we covered: 

    Pre 30 June 2014 changes; 

    Post 30 June 2014 changes;

    Considering flexible working requests; 

    The meaning of "reasonable manner" under the new legislation; 

    Withdrawing claims; 

    Tribunal claims (including discrimination) and 

    How flexible working can benefit businesses.


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  • Advice for Employers on Accommodating Parents with Premature or Sick Babies

    Tags: Maternity Leave, Maternity Rights, Maternity Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Premature or Sick Babies, MAT B1, Maternity Allowance

    Every year, over 95,000 babies (or 1 in 8 babies born) are cared for in neonatal units in the UK due to premature birth or sickness. While some pregnancies inherently pose a higher risk for premature birth, such as twins and multiples, there is no guarantee a mother will be able to carry to-term.  

    Depending on how premature or sick the babies may be at birth, parents might find that their babies have to stay weeks or months in hospital, and some of these babies may continue to be at risk even after being discharged. In some cases, the babies may be transferred to a different or specialist hospital if the treatment or care they require is not available in the area in which they are born.  

    Maternity Leave: 

    Doctors and midwives must issue the pregnant … more


Reviews and Ratings for solicitor Samira Cakali, Leeds