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Fireworks Season Approaches

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Firework Display & Safety
Firework displays should be enjoyable and spectacular occasions – but they obviously need some responsible planning. The good news is that there is straightforward guidance to help you.
If you are organising a major public event, you will clearly need a robust and detailed approach to planning as well as professional involvement. If you are holding a local firework display, such as those organised by many sports clubs, schools or parish councils, you still need to plan responsibly, but the same level of detail is not necessary or expected. Below are some tips and guidance to help you.

Before the event:
• Think about who will operate the display. There is no reason why you should not light a display yourselves provided it only contains fireworks in categories 1, 2 and 3. but remember, category 4 fireworks may only be used by professional firework display operators. In untrained hands they can be lethal.
• Consider whether the site is suitable and large enough for your display, including a bonfire if you are having one. Is there space for the fireworks to land well away from spectators? Remember to check in daylight for overhead power lines and other obstructions. What is the direction of the prevailing wind? What would happen if it changed?
• Think about what you would do if things go wrong. Make sure there is someone who will be responsible for calling the emergency services
• Make sure you obtain the fireworks from a reputable supplier.
• If the display is to be provided by a professional firework display operator make sure that you are clear on who does what especially in the event of an emergency
• Ensure you have a suitable place to store the fireworks. Your firework supplier or local authority should be able to advise
• If you plan on selling alcohol the bar should be well away from the display site
On the day of the event:
• Recheck the site, weather conditions and wind direction
• Don’t let anyone into the zone where the fireworks will fall – or let anyone other than the display operator or firing team into the firing zone or the safety zone around it
• Discourage spectators from bringing drink onto the site
• Don’t let spectators bring their own fireworks onto the site
• If you will also have a bonfire at the display then you should:
o Check the structure is sound and does not have small children or animals inside it before lighting it
o Not use petrol or paraffin to light the fire
o Have only one person responsible for lighting the fire. That person, and any helpers, should wear suitable clothing e.g. a substantial outer garment made of wool or other low-flammable material.
o Make sure that the person lighting the fire and any helpers know what to do in the event of a burn injury or clothing catching fire
• Never attempt to relight fireworks. Keep well clear of fireworks that have failed to go off

The morning after:
• Carefully check and clear the site. Dispose of fireworks safely. They should never be burnt in a confined space (eg a boiler)
Additional points to consider if you are organising a major public display
For major displays, particularly those involving category 4 ‘professional’ fireworks or very large number of spectators, a more robust approach is obviously needed.
• Plan and mark out the areas for spectators, firing fireworks (and a safety zone around it) as well as an area where the fireworks will fall
• Think about how people will get into and out of the site. Keep pedestrian and vehicle routes apart if possible. Mark exit routes clearly and ensure they are well lit. Ensure emergency vehicles can get access to the site
• Appoint enough stewards/marshals. Make sure they understand what they are to do on the night and what they should do in the event of an emergency
• Contact the emergency services and local authority. If your site is near an airport you may need to contact them
• Signpost the first aid facilities

Insurance
Although it is not required by health and safety law, if you are holding a public firework display, it’s a good idea to have public liability insurance. Bear in mind that not all companies are used to dealing with this type of event, and as with any other type of insurance, it’s worth shopping around: look for a company that’s used to insuring firework and other public events – you are likely to get much better deal and avoid unsuitable terms and conditions. If you have difficulty with the standard insurance terms, TALK to your insurer and find a way forward; they can be very helpful.

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‘Flexible working…. Recruiting talent’

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Take the scenario that an organisation is looking to recruit a person with particular skills and qualifications, but can’t find a suitable candidate within a reasonable commute of their office. Let’s say 45 minutes. If you double that time as a radius from your base, many people would reasonably find a daily commute of 3 hours per day unacceptable. If you double the radius, the catchment area is multiplied by 4. If you offer “Flexible Working” meaning that the recruit visits the office once or perhaps or twice a week, at most, you will greatly increase your chances of attracting the candidate you are looking for.

The office culture will need to support this activity. Co-workers need to forget the jokes and jibes about a sunny day means that the remote worker is relaxing in the garden! Most remote flexible workers value very highly the ability to work at home/flexibly, so are likely to be very productive, and will probably need to be reminded it is OK to take a tea/coffee and lunch break, and even attend to a call of nature!

Henley Management Centre has identified that it is extremely important to measure by output not input. How many times have you seen a co-worker apparently working at their computer, only to find when you take a second look a game of Solitaire is being played or that there are pictures of sandy beaches displayed and they are booking their next holiday! So the manager overseeing an office team must trust those who they manage. Bearing in mind that the level of staff member will be quite high, and / or driven by results anyway, it should not be difficult to implement “Flexible Working”

You will need to provide office infrastructure to support “Flexible workers” ——That’s a given, however, this must include access to good quality broadband, a computer of some sort, probably a lap top, and a good telephone service. This ideally is an “extension” off a hosted (cloud based) office system. A workspace suitable for the remote worker, such as a  study / “Home Office” or access to a serviced office is essential. Please note that there are obligations to ensure a safe working environment for all workers including home workers.

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Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day

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We are supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day on 12th June 2018 and everyone’s invited!

What is Cupcake Day all about? It’s a day when people across the nation unite to fight dementia with the most mighty of weapons: the wooden spoon.

This is a fantastic opportunity to do something fun and tasty in support of the Alzheimer’s Society (the UK’s leading dementia charity).

Please save the date: 12th June 2018

Our wonderful resident baker, Sarah, has very kindly offered to bake, but all donations (even shop bought) will be gratefully received.

If you wish to make a financial donation, we have set up a ‘Just Giving’ page.

What do we do on the day? Bring, buy and eat cupcakes!

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Our Pledge To Help Those Who Serve Or Have Served In The Armed Forces And Their Families!

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Here at Onions & Davies Solicitors, we strive to help our local community and, given that we live and work amongst the military in our local community, we have committed to help our armed forces, their families and veterans with our armed forces pledge.

At Onions & Davies Solicitors, we offer a 10% discount on certain private client and family law legal services as part of the Armed Forces Covenant. (You can ask to see the terms of our pledge in full).

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

At Onions & Davies Solicitors, we pride ourselves on our friendly, personal approach while providing specialist, professional advice on many areas of law. If you seek matrimonial, private children law or probate services, and you are currently serving or have served in the armed forces, or your spouse serves in our armed forces, you can contact us to make an appointment.

Please call Onions & Davies Solicitors on 01630 652405 and we will be happy to help. Make sure that you inform reception of your Armed Forces connection!

For more information, please see the Armed Forces Covenant website.

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Bear It In Mind – Making Good Decisions Following Separation

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How married couples deal with the finances following a separation can vary from one person to the next.  Some people just want to move on and deal with things as quickly as they can and others choose to leave things for a while for one reason or another.

Either way, our family lawyers at Onions & Davies Solicitors can support and advise you through this experience and will do so in a way that suits you.

When the time comes for a party to consider divorce and separating marital assets there are many factors to consider.

Before the parties can divorce in England & Wales, they need to have been married for at least a year.

Resolving the finances can be a process that neither party necessarily wants to engage in but is a process that will become necessary even if there are no assets to separate. Until the finances are resolved by Consent Order, future matrimonial claims can be lodged even after divorce.

The courts take a number of factors into consideration when dividing matrimonial assets and these are known as the ‘section 25 factors’. The length of the marriage and the ages, resources and contributions of the respective parties will be relevant, as well as whether there are children of the family to consider.

Matrimonial assets include pensions, property, savings etc. The division can include inheritance money, which is often a sore subject, but one that needs taking into consideration in the appropriate circumstances.

The assets of either party at the point of separation are relevant and can form part of the ‘matrimonial pot’. Any asset that is obtained by either party following separation will need to be disclosed during the course of either proceedings or negotiations. When proceedings have been issued the Court, require there be full and frank disclosure of your financial position. Full and Frank financial disclosure on a voluntary basis is also advised where matters are not litigated.

The division of the assets can, of course, be done by agreement between the parties and it is recommended that any agreement reached is with the benefit of financial disclosure.

Our family lawyers at Onions and Davies Solicitors can provide the support, advice and assistance necessary to guide you through achieving financial remedy on divorce.  Please contact Sharon for any further information on 01630 652405

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