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Commercial law firm Brabners has been awarded the Investor in Customers (IIC) Gold accreditation for delivering exceptional levels of customer service.   

The award follows a rigorous independent assessment by IIC, the customer experience agency, where the business was benchmarked across four key areas. This includes understanding and meeting clients’ needs, delighting clients and creating loyalty.

Catherine Fearon, Associate in Brabners in Liverpool comments on the success that the team has had in court with Liverpool Mutual Homes:

Senior Associate and Head of Corporate in Preston, Nicola Whittle is amongst one of the finalists at this year’s Enterprise Vision Awards. Nicola was kindly nominated by one of her clients who suggested Brabners should feature in the best Professional Services category.

The Enterprise Vision Awards have been created in association with the women's business network Pink Link Ladies Ltd who operate female business networks throughout the North West.

Commercial law firm Brabners has promoted 10 of its lawyers across its Manchester, Liverpool and Preston offices.

The appointments include two new promotions to partner – Andrew Rogers and Russel Forward.

Property litigation lawyer Andrew joined the firm’s Liverpool office in 2016 from DWF. He advises occupiers, landlords, investment funds, local authorities and offshore investors and has extensive experience of dealing with litigation in the High Court.

Brabners real estate team has advised specialist sofa retailer Sofology on all property aspects of its £25million sale to market leading furniture retailer, DFS.

The deal comprises 37 Sofology stores across the UK, including Deepdale Park in Preston, White City Retail Park in Manchester and New Mersey Shopping Park in Speke.

Nick Campbell Partner and Head of the Employment Team at Brabners (Liverpool) said:

“The Supreme Court decision from yesterday morning is likely to have a significant impact for both employers and employees. The number of claims fell off a cliff after tribunal fees were introduced in 2013, declining by approximately 70%. Employers should steel themselves for a noticeable increase now that these fees are no more.

Commercial law firm Brabners has named three children’s hospices from across the North West as its chosen charities for 2017-18.  

Over the next 12 months, the firm’s employees will take part in a variety of fundraising events to raise more than £20,000 for Claire House (Wirral), Derian House (Chorley) and Francis House (Didsbury), aiming to beat last year’s total.

Brabners are delighted to have been nominated as ‘Best Legal Firm’ at the Specialist Finance Introducer Awards 2017 with corporate partner, Andrew O’Mahony heading the nomination.

The SFI awards recognise, reward and celebrate the best and brightest of the UK Specialist Finance Sector.

Furniture maker Tetrad, based in Preston for almost five decades, has been recently acquired by a NorthEdge Capital – backed counterpart.

Established 45 years ago, Tetrad specialises in the manufacture of quality sofas, chairs and stools and has annual turnover of £17m. Following the takeover by Belfield Furnishings, products will continue to be made at the Swan Street facility, using the finest materials available and will be sold through the existing sales channels.

The legal battle surrounding the ‘gig economy’ rages on. We’ve had an election where the party in the ascendency pledged to ban zero-hours contracts, Uber lost a landmark case which ruled against its argument that its drivers were self-employed  and Pimlico Plumbers recently lost an appeal over a similar ruling.

Now it seems that Deliveroo could be the next domino to fall. The direction of travel in the case law has been very much in favour of workers. Rightly or wrongly, it looks likely that the Deliveroo verdict will go much the same way.