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Richard Roberts, partner and head of the retail sector at Brabners, said: “In the lead-up to the budget, organisations across the country were hoping for more details on how the government would cushion the blow of the business rates revaluation. To an extent, that’s what we got. The chancellor’s three-point plan, aimed at helping certain smaller businesses and those hardest hit, will be some comfort to SMEs in the South East that were fearing tax increases of up to 70%.

Mark Rathbone, partner and member of the supply chain and logistics sector at Brabners, said: “The Spring Budget represents a real opportunity for the Chancellor to flesh out his plan for transport infrastructure investment. The government has stated that 1.2% of GDP will be set aside annually. What we need now is a clear outline of how this money will be spent nationally and where.

The controversial business rates revaluation could encourage companies to swap premises in the South East for sites in the North, according to commercial law firm Brabners.

From next month, the government will adjust the rateable value of business properties to ‘reflect changes in the property market’. Rates are currently set according to the open market rental value of a property on April 1st 2008.

Critics of the revaluation say that it will lead to unsustainable tax increases in areas where property values have risen significantly, such as the South East.

Commercial law firm Brabners has announced its plans to raise money for charity with a marathon paddle, cycle and hike across the Lake District.

Lawyers from Brabners have organised their intensive Charity Challenge which will see them take on rival teams made up of clients and contacts in the full day event in aid of the firm’s nominated charity for 2017.

The Government has published changes to probate fees which will affect people who have recently suffered a bereavement.

The changes, which come into effect on 1 May 2017, will affect all individuals inheriting an estate worth more than £50,000. Those inheriting estates worth more than £2million will be hit by a fee increase of more than 9,000 per cent - a rise from £215 to £20,000.

Commercial law firm Brabners, has selected Lexis® InterAction® as its customer relationship management (CRM) solution of choice from LexisNexis® Enterprise Solutions, a technology provider who works in partnership with customers to help transform legal services. InterAction will facilitate greater collaboration among fee earners across Brabners’ practice areas to deliver a better service to clients. Over 340 fee earners and staff will have access to InterAction across the firm’s three offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston.

Commercial law firm Brabners has strengthened its property litigation and residential property practices with two new hires, who together bring almost 30 years’ experience to the firm.

Andrew Rogers joins as a senior associate in the property litigation team and Nora Schofield as head of residential property.

Brabners was shortlisted for Recruitment International’s Supplier Awards 2017.

Its nationally-recognised team has more than 25 years’ experience of advising recruitment agencies and other industry players, and its experts regularly advise on issues from the employment status of temporary workers to the application of the Agency Workers’ Regulations 2010.

The sports team at commercial law firm Brabners have advised Hull KR on an agreement with player Iain Thornley and his new club, Catalans Dragons.

Iain Thornley left Hull KR in October 2016 without serving appropriate notice and signed with Catalans Dragons. A dispute regarding compensation and the transfer of the players registration ensued.

A brief statement released by the club said:

The club can confirm that they have received satisfactory proposals to enable Iain Thornley to be released to the Catalans Dragons with immediate effect.

Commercial law firm Brabners has bolstered its corporate practice with the appointment of senior associate Nicola Whittle. Based in Preston, Nicola joins the firm from Stephensons Solicitors.

Nicola specialises in corporate, restructuring and insolvency work. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having acted for a range of corporate clients, from SMEs to large corporates, and has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, MBOs, joint ventures and retirement sales.

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