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Brabners Head of Corporate Liverpool, Mark Rathbone spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live this week following former Chancellor George Osborne’s call for the government’s commitment to back Crossrail North.

Private equity firm Rockpool has invested £5m into workwear manufacturer Wearwell UK in a deal advised on by Brabners Corporate Finance.

The buy-in-management-buy-out (BIMBO) sees Richard Wright, former vice president of international workwear supplier Kwintet, join the Staffordshire-based business as its new chief executive.

London-based Rockpool operate across a range of sectors including fashion, technology and utilities.

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.