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Commercial law firm Brabners has appointed partner Steven Appleton to head up the firm’s private client practice in Manchester.

Steven has specialised in this field for more than 11 years and brings with him a wealth of experience in all aspects of private client law, including wills, trusts, tax planning, lasting powers of attorney, probate and court of protection work. He joins the firm from Laytons where he was a partner.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised NF Football Investments Limited on its acquisition of Nottingham Forest Football Club in a deal approved by the Football League.

NF Football Investments, led by Evangelos Marinakis, owner of Olympiacos Football Club in Greece, and business partner Socrates Kominakis, will acquire the entire share capital of Nottingham Forest Football Club for an undisclosed sum.

The deal provides an exit for current chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, who has owned the club since 2012.

Nestle’s latest attempt to trade mark the KitKat’s shape was thwarted after a Court of Appeal in London ruled that the confectionary giant does not have an exclusive claim to the four-fingered design.  
Colin Bell, partner and head of intellectual property at Brabners, said: “The decision, while undoubtedly disappointing for Nestle, is perhaps not surprising. The decision is likely to have been a tight call that resulted from Nestle failing to prove that it is using the four-finger shape sufficiently as a trade mark as part of the KitKat brand. 
Congratulations to Brabners Private Client team who have been named Private Client Team of the Year at the Liverpool Legal Awards 2017.
The awards, hosted by Liverpool Law Society, celebrate the achievements of the law firms and individuals from across Merseyside that have made an outstanding contribution to legal services over the past two years. 
The search is on to find some of the North of England’s most inspiring workspaces, as Inspired Spaces North launches for the second year.
Prolific North’s Inspired Spaces North launched for the first time in 2016 and was a great success in the digital and creative community, showcasing the fantastic work spaces from around the North. Now it’s back for 2017.

Virtual reality season tickets, illegal streaming and fan TV channels were among the topics discussed on day one of the Telegraph’s Business of Sport Conference at the BT Centre in London.

The two-day premium annual event aims to steer the UK sports industry to growth, innovation and collaboration and is uniquely positioned to unite 200 senior influencers from brands, rightsholders and broadcasters, as well as innovators in the field of sport.

Manchester United star Michael Carrick’s charitable foundation has named commercial law firm Brabners as its sole legal adviser.

Michael Carrick Foundation has been created as part of the midfielder’s testimonial, which celebrates his 11 years as a player at the club. It includes a match between Manchester United’s 2008 Champions League winning XI and an All-Stars team at Old Trafford on Sunday 4th June.

Solicitors from our Dentistry team, including team head Nicola Lomas, will be at the Dentistry Show, NEC Birmingham on 12 and 13 May 2017 and also the British Dental Conference & Exhibition, Manchester Central from 25 to 27 May 2017.

Nicola will be speaking at the Dentistry Show about the legal process of buying a dental practice. You can hear her presentation on 12 May at 13.30pm in the Business Skills Workshops area.

Commercial law firm Brabners has appointed leading sport and entertainment lawyer Simon Taylor as a partner.

Brabners chairman and Wirral resident Stephen Burrows has been officially installed as the High Sheriff of Merseyside for 2017/18.

Dignitaries from across the region gathered at St George’s Hall in Liverpool today for a traditional ceremony marking the official start of Stephen’s year of office.