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Equality and Diversity Survey 2023

INTRODUCTION Bates Ltd, as a provider of legal services and an employer of staff, is committed to protecting the rights of individuals and to advancing equality of opportunity for all its employees. It currently employs 47* staff at its offices in London. Weybridge, Leigh on Sea, Fleet, Odiham, Hook, Hartley Wintney and Basingstoke. In June 2023 it surveyed its staff to assist in the collection of equality and diversity data on …Read More

2023 and Covid-19

Throughout the pandemic Bates Solicitors continued to deliver HIGH QUALITY LEGAL SERVICES to our existing and new clients. Bates Solicitors Covid-19 health and safety policies have varied in accordance with current Government advice. We do, however, remain cautious in order to protect everyone including our elderly and vulnerable Clients and our Staff.

Organ Donation – Human Tissue Act 2004

    In response to a recent enquiry from a client, Tessa Shellens sets out below the current position regarding organ donation in England and Wales. “In terms of donation of an organ at death, the current law was clarified by the Human Tissue Act 2004 (albeit it has been recently amended in Wales under the devolved powers).

Gift or loan – father in dispute with son over house purchase

The High Court has settled a dispute between a father and son over whether money was ‘loaned or gifted’ to buy a home. The father had been a successful builder and property developer who owned numerous residential properties. He and his son had been directors of a building company which owned a commercial property; the son also owned several other properties transferred to him by the father at an undervalue.