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Gullands seminars update clients on topical legal issues

Gullands has been keeping in touch with clients and sharing information through a series of free events that commenced in the autumn.

The first, a breakfast seminar attended by current and prospective charity trustee and almshouse clients, highlighted challenges being faced by people who lead and administer charities.

In a lively session speakers prompted guests to remark on how they would now be reviewing their websites and information they hold on their board of trustees. Others planned to review their policies and contracts and the language they use when they take on volunteers.  Practical applications of the Bribery Act and the Equality Act also generated strong interest.  Gullands provides advice and training to a number of charities in these areas.

A second event, this time aimed at the agricultural community, was organised by Gullands, Lambert & Foster and McCabe Ford Williams.  It took place at the Hop Farm, Paddock Wood on 1 December.  Exceptionally well attended, it focused on the opportunities and pitfalls of Agricultural Property Relief,
Business Property Relief, and CAP reform.

On 22 February the Gullands team invited guests to an event about growth from a developer’s perspective.  The speaker was Chris Blundell, Director of Development and Regeneration, Golding Homes. In a full room at Gullands’ office in Maidstone, guests discussed the challenges to civic leadership and measures to stimulate demand and support supply.  Carrying through on planning reform and being less risk averse were identified as key enablers to the town’s progress.

Blair Gulland explained: “The seminars have presented an excellent opportunity to meet up with everybody, and we were pleased to provide on-the-spot advice to a number of guests.  Feedback we have received has consistently been very positive, so we are actively looking into organising further events of this kind.”

The next Gullands seminar will be co-hosted with Office Angels in May.  It will focus on employment law.  A series of webinars will follow, presenting Gullands’ employment clients with a practical new way of engaging and hearing from the firm’s experts.

If you would like Gullands to cover a particular subject at a seminar or attend the Employment Law event in May, contact Practice Manager Paul Mannering at p.mannering@gullands.com