What are the Benefits of Shared Ownership?

One of the obligations imposed on builders by local authorities is the obligation to build affordable housing within major developments. Roughly 1/3 of all social housing in Staffordshire is offered for sale on a Shared Ownership basis. Shared ownership is sometimes the only way young people can get a foothold on the housing ladder and […]


PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS/TOP TIPS FOR GDPR COMPLIANCE: With the deadline for GDPR compliance fast approaching, the beginning of 2018 marked for many businesses the start of a time-consuming process of dealing with their business’s data protection. There is plenty of information about, but much advice is convoluted and complex. Whilst we have been seeing PLC’s and […]

Contractual Implications for IT businesses of the GDPR

Why all IT businesses should be reviewing their contracts ahead of the May 2018 GDPR deadline. The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) introduces a single framework of data protection compliance throughout the EU. The deadline for compliance is 25th May 2018. Almost all businesses will be affected by the GDPRs requirements in one […]

Stamp duty abolished for first time buyers – what it means to you.

ORJ’s new build specialist Sukhvinder Sandhu explains what the Chancellors latest announcement means in reality. The Chancellor Phillip Hammond has delivered the 2017 Budget in which he said: “The dream of home ownership should be a reality for all generations” and in line with this has abolished stamp duty for first-time buyers for house purchases […]

“Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful” – Supreme Court

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has held that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal Fees Order 2013 is unlawful under both domestic and EU law. The Court ruled that it was unlawful as it prevented access to justice, imposed unjustified limitations on an individual’s ability to enforce EU right and was indirectly […]

ORJ donates nearly £2k to Crohn’s and Colitis UK

This month, we are donating £1,985.65 to Crohn’s and Colitis UK and raising awareness of the charity throughout the office, as we have 3 sufferers in a team of 40 people. Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, affecting more than 300,000 people in the UK. For more information visit the […]

ORJ Joins Tesco Bank Panel

As ORJ joins the Tesco bank conveyancing panel, here we explain the benefits to clients, builders, brokers, agents and IFA’s of using or recommending a firm that is on every bank panel. ORJ has one of the largest conveyancing departments in the region. We complete about £200m of house purchases and sales each year and […]

Top Legal Tips for 2015

With 2014 drawing to a close, we asked some of our solicitors for their reflections on the past year and their top legal tips for 2015. Mike Smyth | Litigation and Construction The standout problem arising in cases that I handled in 2014 related to insurance. It may have been coincidence or something more indicative of […]

ORJ Number 1 for Litigation Services

The litigation team at ORJ has been rated by the Legal 500 as a Tier 1 provider of litigation services.  This follows a number of recent high profile instructions involving cases nationally and internationally. ORJ successfully defended a leading firm of IT providers in a copyright dispute worth over £20 million. The unsuccessful claimant was ordered to […]