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Simon Bladen

Partner, Sheffield

Simon is the partner responsible for looking after the firm’s legal and charitable clients in particular, although he also holds a general practice portfolio. He trained and qualified at Hawsons before becoming a manager and subsequently a partner at the firm. He has a wealth of experience within the legal and charitable sectors and is also a non-executive director for the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

Despite the fact Simon supports Tottenham Hotspur he is actually a keen footballer and, when he’s not playing, he enjoys keeping fit in the gym. He has a son and a young daughter who both keep him occupied most evenings.

Simon Bladen

Partner, Sheffield

0114 266 7141

Simon’s recent articles

Could a Charity merger be the answer for saving your charity?

Despite evidence that a merger can have a wide range of benefits in the not-for-profit sector, it seems to be an option that charities are shying away from. There are 167,000 registered charities in England and Wales – and this figure doesn’t include...

Futureproofing: preparing your legal firm for succession

In larger law firms, the changing of the guard is a well-practised art. In smaller firms, however, succession planning is often not seen as a priority. The call to action tends to be the retirement of a partner, an inevitable event, which is often...

SRA Accounts Rules – Changes on the Horizon

The SRA recently announced their response to the Accounts Rules review and consultation. In this article, we will be looking at what these changes are and what they potentially mean for you and your legal practice. Client money Originally, the very definition of...

Rules on where solicitors can practice relaxed by SRA

In a major shake-up of regulation announced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), solicitors will now be permitted to practice from unauthorised businesses. According to research by the Legal Services Board, the unauthorised market represents 5.5% of cases in...

Tony Nickson joins Hawsons as VAT Consultant

Hawsons are pleased to announce that Tony Nickson has joined the firm as a VAT Consultant. Tony was formerly a VAT Officer in Customs and Excise and then Higher Officer in HMRC. After 20 years of working in the VAT office, Tony has gained a wealth of knowledge of VAT...

Staff from Hawsons Endeavour to help!

On Friday 16 June, Hawsons staff enjoyed a day out helping the Sheffield based charity, Endeavour, by carrying out various tasks such as gardening, cleaning, stripping paint and even dismantling a canoe rack. Endeavour have been working with some of England's...

What charities need to know about the new GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force from in May 2018. It will replace the current Data Protection Act and is the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years. GDPR will change the way organisations process...

Leaving the EU could hit funding, charity leaders warn

According to a new study, over half of charity leaders believe that leaving the EU will have a negative impact on their funding opportunities, with a large number of UK charities and not-for-profit organisations having received substantial EU funding over the last...

Fundraising Regulator Levy not paid by a third of smaller charities

Almost a third - 600 of the 1,900 charities asked to contribute to the Fundraising Regulator's Levy are still yet to pay, according to the chair, Lord Grade. The Regulator's chair stated that the charities that have been asked to pay have either refused or not...

What your law firm can do in the event of a cyber attack

One of the biggest threats to a law firm is undoubtedly a cyber attack. Not only can it disrupt your systems and prevent you from carrying out chargeable work, it is also a reputation killer. If you mention the words "cyber attack" to any law firm, its enough to...

Law firms to report disparities between men and women’s pay

From April 6 2017, companies who employ over 250 staff are now legally required to publish four sets of figures annually; whether that be on their own or the Government's website. These figures are aimed at reporting disparities between men and women's pay. The...

Changes to inheritance tax could impact charity legacies

According to the legacy consortium Remember a Charity, over 1,000 fewer individuals could donate to charities as part of their wills as a result of changes to inheritance tax allowances. In the 2015 summer Budget, a new inheritance tax framework was announced which...

Charity 2017 Budget review and analysis

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his statement the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

How technology may impact the charity sector in 2017

In this article we look at some of the ways in which technology may impact the charity sector over the next 12 months. Data security With the amount of hacking scandals that dominated the press last year, data security will continue to rank very high on the agenda in...

What could Brexit mean for the legal sector?

In light of the Supreme Court's decision requiring parliament to trigger Article 50, this article focuses on what Brexit could mean for the legal sector. £25.7bn is currently contributed to the UK economy by the legal sector in addition to employing around 370,000...

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