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Blacks Bulletin - March 2015

OUR NEWSLETTER FOR THE HOLIDAY & HOME PARKS INDUSTRY

Welcome to our fourth Parks Bulletin. The Holiday & Home Parks Team at Blacks have been busy in the last six months attending a variety of events and advising a number of site operators on the wide ranging changes that continue to affect the industry.

In November 2014, we attended the Hoseasons Conference in Cardiff and enjoyed meeting a number of holiday park operators and service providers from online booking suppliers to ‘glamping’ parks. Read our blog here to find out about the rise of the ‘staycation’ and the relevant topics in the industry.

In late 2014, as The Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 began to bite. We advised a number of operators on their site rules and guided them through the proposal and consultation process. We also met with LEASE and recorded a podcast on Qualifying Residents Associations on residential parks ("QRA") and the procedure for establishing/recognising a QRA. You can listen to the podcast here.

In early February 2015, Nigel Hoyle, Ann Dudzinski and I went to the BH&HPA Annual Conference in Wales. We were thrilled to deliver two seminars on “Protecting the future of your park business” covering practical advice on business structures, property ownership and succession planning. Please get in touch with us if you wish to discuss these issues.

As we come to the end of the financial year, it is a good time to reflect on your business and your goals. Whether you are looking to invest in acquiring sites, improving the performance of your existing parks or are thinking about selling, the improving economy should provide greater options than we have had for some time.

In the meantime please check out our recent blogs:       

Read Aimee Hutchinson’s blog about how your business could benefit from a Government grant to access super fast broadband. Please note that the Government scheme ends on 31 March 2015.

Recent decisions in the employment arena, and the upcoming General Election, mean that 2015 heralds a number of challenges for employers in relation to holiday pay and pension enrolment. Read Tom Moyes’ blog to see how those changes could affect your business.

In Telchadder -v- Wickland Holdings Limited [2014] UKSC 57, the Supreme Court provided important guidance on serving notices on residents before taking Court action to terminate a Written Statement. Read about the facts of the case and the decision in Aimee Hutchinson’s blog.

With average care fees in the North of England exceeding £35,000 per person it is important to plan ahead. Read Ann Dudzinski’s blog on succession planning for further information.

Wishing you a busy season in 2015.

Nick Dyson
Partner, Head of the Holiday & Home Parks Team
0113 227 9344
NDyson@LawBlacks.com

Blacks Bulletin - November 2014

OUR NEWSLETTER FOR THE HOLIDAY AND HOME PARKS INDUSTRY

For the first time in recent history a case involving a residential mobile home site has been decided by the Supreme Court. 

This case is likely to be of interest to not only residential site operators but also holiday site operators as the general principles established in this case will be applicable to a wide variety of agreements be they Written Statements on a residential park or Licence Agreements on a holiday park. 

Read about the facts of the case and the Court’s decision in Aimee Hutchinson’s blog. 

At Blacks Solicitors LLP we have a dedicated Holiday & Home Parks Team that can assist with resolving disputes that arise on your park. If you would like to discuss the article with Aimee, please do not hesitate to contact her on 0113 2279 203 or AHutchinson@LawBlacks.com

Kind regards

Nick Dyson
Partner, Head of the Holiday & Home Parks Team
0113 227 9344 
NDyson@LawBlacks.com


Blacks Bulletin - July 2014

OUR NEWSLETTER FOR THE HOLIDAY & HOME PARKS INDUSTRY

Welcome to our third Parks Bulletin. It has certainly been a busy 2014 and we would like to share the highlights with you in our Bulletin. 

In January we attended the BH&HPA Conference in London and thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and attending the series of seminars that were held over the course of the event. We have just placed our booking for the 2015 Conference in Cardiff and look forward to seeing you all there.

On 2 April 2014 we held a seminar on succession planning at the Harrogate Pavilions and it was great to see so many of you there. We covered a variety of different topics to include estate planning, pitch fee reviews and buying and selling mobile homes. 

In May 2014 Beth and I attended the BH&HPA Roadshow and participated in an interesting seminar regarding the latest raft of changes to face the industry in respect of site rules and the requirement to consult with occupiers. This is the latest challenge to the industry and we are here to help guide you through the changes.

In the past six months we have dealt with a number of holiday and home park enquiries and expanded the Team to include Ailsa Pemberton (a specialist intellectual property solicitor). My Team and I would be more than happy to assist you with any queries you may have. In the meantime, please take a look at our recent blogs, which I hope will be of interest to you: 

Now is the time to be consulting with your residential occupiers about your site rules to ensure that you are in a position to deposit your new site rules with your local authority by no later than 3 February 2015. Read Beth Laidler’s blog for more information on how to structure your new site rules.

Ailsa Pemberton, a new member of the Holiday & Home Parks Team, discusses the importance of protecting the intellectual property evident in your business.

If you employ individuals to work on your park you need to be aware of the recent important changes regarding flexible working. See what Paul Kelly says about how to handle a request for flexible working.

Prevention is better than the cure - succession planning can help to avoid any unnecessary stress or complication at a later date. See what Ann Dudzinski says about how to plan for your future.

This month saw the presentation of a petition to Downing Street seeking to challenge the 10% commission payable on the sale of a park home. Read Aimee Hutchinson's blog for more information.

Wishing you all the best for a lovely summer. 

Nick Dyson
Partner, Head of the Holiday & Home Parks Team
0113 227 9344
NDyson@LawBlacks.com

 


Blacks Bulletin - December 2013

OUR NEWSLETTER FOR THE HOLIDAY & HOME PARKS INDUSTRY

Welcome to our second Parks Bulletin. As we start a new year, it is a good time to reflect on the previous years’ highs and lows. 

On the regulatory side we have seen the new rules on the sales of residential park homes start to settle in. We have been working closely with a number of parks and developed a fixed price package for home owners to guide them through the new procedures to ensure compliance.

In September 2013, Tom Moyes in our Employment Team delivered a presentation to the Yorkshire Inland Branch of the BH&HPA on employment law changes which was well received. We are currently working on putting on a workshop early this year to address the topic of ‘Planning for Succession’, details will follow soon. In the meantime, our Wills and Probate Specialist, Ann Dudzinski has set out below some useful tips on the importance of inheritance tax planning. 

In October 2013, we exhibited at the Hoseasons Conference in Southport. It was good to see those of you who were also there. For those who were unable to make it, one key message was clear. Social Media is having a major impact on society at large and the leisure industry in particular. If you are not already on Twitter or Facebook you need to be. To follow me on Twitter, click on @NickLawBlacks

We are currently preparing for the BH&HPA Conference later this month where we will be taking a stand. We hope to see you there! In the meantime please read the latest blogs from the Holiday & Home Parks Team discussing important changes in the sector.

We have dealt with a number of sales of mobile homes under the new statutory regime. Read Beth Laidler’s blog which contains practical tips on how to comply with the law.

As Park Home Operators you are also invariably employers. Recent changes in the law designed to encourage people to save for their future has meant that employers must now ‘auto-enrol’ their employees into a pension scheme. Please see Tom Moyes’s blog for further details about the Auto Enrolment Scheme. Tom would be happy to discuss the Scheme with you should you have any queries.

Ann Dudzinski from our Wills & Probate Department has joined the Holiday & Home Parks Team to offer specialist guidance and assistance to Park Home Operators planning for the future. Ann has prepared a blog about the importance of inheritance tax planning which can be read here. Please do not hesitate to contact Ann to discuss your personal requirements in detail.

It would seem that the recent legislative changes in the Residential Park sector has lead to pressure to consider changes in the Holiday and Touring Parks sector. Aimee Hutchinson, in the Commercial Dispute Resolution Department, has prepared a blog about the changes proposed in Wales which are seen very much as the outline for any changes in England. 

Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

Nick Dyson
Partner, Head of the Holiday & Home Parks Team
0113 227 9344
NDyson@LawBlacks.com


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Holiday & Home Parks
Nick Dyson
Nick Dyson
Partner
0113 227 9344
NDyson@LawBlacks.com

Nick joined Blacks in 2002 from an internationally recognised ‘Leeds Big Six’ firm, and is known for bringing a pragmatic and personal touch to working with clients. Since taking his position as a Partner at Blacks, the Commercial Property team has more than quadrupled in size.

He advises property investors, developers and occupiers as well as funders on acquiring, developing, selling, letting and charging property. He has built up strong relationships with some of the key regional property professionals and is a well-known and respected name in the Leeds legal market for practical, commercial legal advice.

In particular, Nick has developed a niche in the Holiday & Home Parks market, where he has been able to develop strong relationships with experts and operators in the field making Blacks a nationally recognised and reputable name, and the leading firm in the North.

Nick is recognised by the Legal 500 as being "always reliable" and is motivated by helping people be they clients, key advisers or colleagues and enjoys making things happen.

Nigel Hoyle
Nigel Hoyle
Partner
0113 227 9225
NHoyle@LawBlacks.com

Nigel Hoyle qualified in 1982 and joined Blacks Solicitors in 2012 where he is currently a Partner and Head of the Corporate & Commercial team.

Nigel primarily acts for Owner Managed Businesses (OMBs) on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions and aims to help solve, rather than simply identify, problems for clients.

He consistently brings his wealth of experience to play in dealing with corporate acquisitions and disposals, restructuring, funding, and shareholder arrangements, as well as business to business matters for privately owned organisations.

Nigel is particularly experienced advising clients in the Food and Drink Manufacturing sector and Insurance Brokers, and is recognised by The Legal 500 for being “an excellent, pragmatic and commercial individual who is talented at finding solutions”.

Tom Moyes
Tom Moyes
Partner
0113 227 9238
TMoyes@LawBlacks.com

Tom Moyes qualified at Blacks Solicitors in 2009. He became a Partner in 2015 and currently works in the Employment team.

He provides his clients with clear and practical legal advice in respect of employment law issues and acts for both individuals and companies.

Tom specialises in: disciplinary and grievance procedures; discrimination; preparation of contracts of employment; directors’ service agreements; employment policies; Settlement Agreements; restructuring and redundancy; and exit strategies.

He also specialises in Tribunal litigation and has been described by his clients as “clearly a very talented solicitor” and “nothing short of brilliant”.

Tom is also recognised by The Legal 500 as being a “star lawyer”, “razor sharp”, and for his “communication skills and legal knowledge”, with him being “able to communicate on both a lawyer level and personal level extremely well”.

Beth Laidler
Beth Laidler
Partner
0113 227 9209
BLaidler@LawBlacks.com

Beth Laidler joined Blacks Solicitors in 2009 where she trained and then qualified in 2011. She became a Partner in 2018 and works in the Commercial Property team.

Beth has an organised and methodical approach to her work for clients who consist of a range of Commercial Property Investors and Developers, and Holiday and Home Park Owners/Operators.

She specialises in commercial sales and purchases, landlord and tenant matters, and the sale and purchase of holiday and home park sites up and down the country.

In March 2018 Beth closed on a three year transaction where she led a team to the successful completion of a £10m investment sale for one of the firm’s longstanding developer clients.

Aimee Hutchinson
Aimee Hutchinson
Associate
0113 227 9203
AHutchinson@LawBlacks.com

Aimee Hutchinson graduated from the University of Sheffield before joining Blacks Solicitors in 2010 as a Trainee Solicitor. Aimee qualified in September 2012 and has been an Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team for over five years.

She works on a wide variety of general commercial litigation matters, with a particular interest and specialism in Judicial Review matters. She often handles complex litigation in the High Court and has experience of working on cases in the Court of Appeal.

Aimee is a key member of the Holiday & Home Parks team and is rapidly becoming a ‘go to’ adviser in the sector for park owners. She has represented clients in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and is able to offer tailored advice to clients in this unique area of law.

Aimee is recognised by The Legal 500 as “highly knowledgeable”, “extremely approachable and has an air of confidence that puts the client at ease”.

Tristan Milner
Tristan Milner
Associate
0113 227 9305
TMilner@LawBlacks.com

Tristan Milner joined Blacks Solicitors in 2015, where he became an Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Property team in 2018.

Prior to joining Blacks, Tristan qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 having trained at a ‘Silver Circle’ firm in the City of London.

He acts for clients on a variety of commercial property matters including: landlord and tenant work; acquisitions and disposals; re/financing; and development work.

Tristan also advises clients who operate in a range of specialist sectors including Industrial, Retail, Offices, Leisure & Hospitality (including Holiday & Home Parks, Licensed Premises, and Hotels), and Mining.

David Ward
David Ward
Associate
0113 227 9262
DWard@LawBlacks.com

David Ward is an Associate Solicitor in the Employment and Commercial teams. He trained with Blacks Solicitors from 2011 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2013.

He acts for both individuals and companies, providing clients with clear and practical legal advice and excellent client care.

He specialises in running Employment Tribunal litigation, negotiating complex and contentious settlement agreements and advising upon all aspects of employment law disputes. David has a particular interest in the education and military sectors which are niche areas of employment law.

David also undertakes commercial advice, especially relating to the automotive industry.

David is recognised by the Legal 500 for his “ability to explain the legal process in simple terms”.

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