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.

  • BNI member and proud!

    Tags: BNI, networking

    It’s been a year since I joined a BNI chapter.  Some people have heard of it, others have not.  Some have preconceived ideas without ever having visited a meeting and others who have visited felt it wasn’t right for them.  As I pass the first year membership mark, I wanted to share with you why I am a proud BNI member and long may that continue!

    Networking…it comes naturally to some and others find themselves breaking out in hot sweats just at the thought.  I’ve always loved networking.  For me, it’s about learning about other businesses and expanding my knowledge.  As a solicitor, my clients raise many questions with me that do not fall within my area of expertise.  Networking allows me to help my clients and contacts … more

  • AFSA AGM and Spring Conference

    This month we are looking forward to attending the Asian Fire Service Association’s (AFSA) AGM and Spring Conference.  The focus of the event this year is valuing diversity and fostering community engagement and will be held at West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service’s HQ in Birkenshaw.

    SCE Solicitors has been involved with AFSA for nearly a year and we are excited to attend another conference and play an active role.  This will however be our first AFSA AGM.  The format of the conference involves a mixture of leading speakers and interactive workshops, with a key emphasis about the development for members. 

    Last year in November we attended the AFSA Annual Conference and sponsored the award for Champion of Equality and Diversity (which went to Katie … more

  • VouchedFor Winter 2017

    Tags: Samira Cakali, SCE Solicitors, VouchedFor

    We were recently notified that SCE Solicitors have qualified for VouchedFor’s Winter 2017 ‘Certificate of Excellence’ based on the quality of reviews we have received.

    VouchedFor.co.uk is like TripAdvisor, but for finding professional services.  Clients can rate and review their legal adviser, accountant or financial adviser, helping others to choose the right one.

    It has quickly become the standard that clients look for when seeking financial or legal advice. Being VouchedFor means that we are verified, reviewed and independent.  They only list professional with the necessary permissions to practice from the appropriate governing bodies and are reviewed and rated by genuine clients and verified by VouchedFor’s systems.

    If you would like to leave us … more

  • Celebrating the leading ladies of SCE Solicitors this International Women’s Day

    It's international women's day today and we're proud of our two leading ladies; Samira Cakali and Mandy Walton. Both passionate about what they do and full of enthusiasm, to mark the day, we thought we'd bring you a little insight into why they decided on a career in the legal profession.

    Samira Cakali

    Like many teenagers as I approached the deadline for submission of the UCAS form, I attended careers evenings, had 1-2-1 sessions with the career’s adviser and vigorously undertook work experience in a number of industries. While, a combination of those activities helped me decide which career path I did not wish to embark on, nothing really helped me decide which one I did!

    As the dreaded UCAS deadline loomed, I became more and more disheartened, particularly as some of my close … more

  • AFSA annual conference and awards dinner is a huge success

    Tags: Equality and Diversity, National Conference, AFSA

    As you may have read, last week we headed down to London to participate in the Asian Fire Service Association’s annual conference and awards dinner.  As a firm, we are committed to equality and diversity and it was a delight to be surrounded by so many people who share our passion for work forces that are culturally diverse.  

    The event kicked off in style with a warm welcome from the hosts, London Fire Commission Ron Dobson and AFSA Chair Diane Dunlevey.  As the morning progressed, there was a thought provoking Q&A session with key personnel from the fire service which brought with it some challenging questions about how the fire service can achieve its desire for cultural inclusion.  

    The afternoon brought with it a series of workshops and our very own … more

  • SCE Solicitors head to London for the AFSA National Conference

    Tags: Asian Fire Service Association, National Conference

    We are looking forward to participating in our first Asian Fire Service Association National Conference in London next week, at the Wembley Holiday Inn on 24th and 25th November.  The event, titled “The changing role of the fire service – The role of culture and inclusion” will also include AFSA’s Awards Dinner. 

    The event will be thought provoking and celebrate the many exceptional achievements of the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and will share knowledge and best practice amongst the delegates and across the public sector.

    A key emphasis for the conference is member development and there will be a mixture of leading speakers, including the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and interactive workshops, one of which will be provided by SCE Solicitors.   … 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!

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    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

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  • Seasonal Workers: Key Contractual Issues for Employers

    Tags: Employment Status, ukemplaw, Seasonal Workers, Contractual Issues, Fixed-term, Pat-time, Casual workers, Agency workers, Young persons, EmploymentLaw

    In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times of the year. A common solution for employers in these sectors is to recruit additional employees during these periods. Below we set out the key contractual considerations for employers to bear in mind when hiring seasonal employees. 

    Fixed-term employees

    An individual recruited to cover seasonal work may be taken on for a limited period of time. A fixed-term contract is therefore often used, with that contract ending on a specific date or on completion of a particular project.

    An individual employed on a fixed-term contract is protected against less favourable treatment compared to permanent employees. For example, if an employer excludes the fixed-term … more


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