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Last week, Brabners and Mitchell Charlesworth brought together experts from across the housing sector with more than 140 delegates as they debated the key issues facing the industry at the North West Housing Conference.

With representatives from housing and data consultancy arc4, the National Housing Federation, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, South Liverpool Homes and Crisis UK all speaking at the event, delegates discussed issues from home ownership to how to solve the housing crisis.

This year Brabners have been pleased to support the launch of Prolific North’s Inspired Spaces North 2016 which celebrates the most innovative workspaces in the creative and digital sector in the North.

When we look back 200 years, the North West was at the centre of a booming cotton trade and bearing the flag of the industrial revolution. It was also the first time that the name G. Harold Brabner was heard at the Liverpool Law Society, and the story of Brabners LLP began.

G Harold Brabner pictured in 1892 with the rest of the Liverpool Law Society.

Brabners welcomes the long-awaited Code for Sport Governance (published 31 October) which seeks  to drive excellence in the way in which sports organisations are governed.   Lydia Edgar, Head of Brabners Sport Sector Team, comments: “The Code requires organisations to meet new standards of governance in return for their public funding from Sport England and UK Sport. The requirements will force a number of organisations to  review and change their practices and operating strategies quite significantly.

Brabners has been involved with two landmark regeneration projects that will see huge developments to key areas of Liverpool.

In the first instance we worked with Neptune Developments helping them to deliver their mixed use regeneration of Lime Street in Liverpool. Neptune Developments along with Sigma and Liverpool City Council form the Regeneration Liverpool partnership behind the scheme, which was approved in 2015 but experienced delays due to a campaign to save the Futurist Cinema from demolition. 

As we prepare to welcome delegates to the North West Housing Conference next month, 4 November at the BT Convention centre in Liverpool, the issue of ownership hits headlines again for the future of the housing sector.

On Wednesday 12 October, Chairman Stephen Burrows hosted a Leaders' Lunch event with Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank as guest speaker.

North West businesses will have the opportunity to hear the expert views of some of the leading figures from the housing sector on the wide-ranging changes being faced by social housing providers when the annual North West Housing Conference returns to Liverpool in November.

The conference, now in its fourteenth year will be hosted by Brabners and Mitchell Charlesworth, both leading advisors to the social housing sector with support from a project group made up of Liverpool Mutual Homes, Regenda, ForViva, Symphony Housing Group and South Liverpool Homes.

Commercial law firm Brabners has promoted 19 of its lawyers, with Lee Jefcott (employment), Simon Lewis (corporate), Louise Scholes (private client) and Phil Steele (commercial litigation) all joining the partnership.

Employment lawyer Lee Jefcott joined the firm in 2013 after qualifying in 1996. He undertakes the full range of employment work, while lecturing for BPP and writing for specialist publications on employment law.

Commercial law firm Brabners has bolstered its Manchester-based employment and recruitment team with the addition of solicitor, Laura Pointon.

Laura has eight years’ experience in employment law, advising both commercial and private clients on a wide range of employment issues, from undertaking disciplinary and grievance processes to restrictive covenants and TUPE. She joins from an in-house recruitment industry role, where she was legal director.