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Commercial law firm Brabners has advised Youth Federation on the formation of a brand new free school in Macclesfield. The Fermain Academy, which opened last month, will provide alternative teaching for up to 40 students aged between 13 and 16 who have been excluded from mainstream education.

Free schools are funded directly by central government but independent of local authorities and have increased control over budgets, teachers' pay, the curriculum and buildings.

Gill Payne, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Housing Federation (NHF), spoke candidly about the challenges faced by the housing sector and how changing perceptions of housing associations is key to the future of the sector.

Additional speakers who will participate in a panel session at the North West Housing Conference 2015 have been revealed.

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) comes into force on 1 October 2015. This new piece of replaces, enhances and updates the current patchwork regime of consumer rights.

Organisers of the North West Housing Conference 2015, law firm Brabners and accountants Mitchell Charlesworth, have announced the keynote speakers at this year’s event which takes place on Thursday 15 October 2015 at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre. 

Nicola Thomas, HR Director at law firm Brabners comments:

We became increasingly concerned at the availability of good quality legal secretaries and administrators available on the market so we took a decision to organically grow our own through the government apprenticeship programme. It gave us a pipeline of fresh recruits available to the business for the future and enabled us to shape and mould those apprentices into precisely what the business needed.

Brabners is pleased to announce that two of its trainee solicitors have been elected to the committee of Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group (MTSG). Martin Bloor, appointed as chair, and Hannah Morrison, appointed as social secretary, will serve year-long terms along with a number of representatives from various firms across Manchester.

Brabners’ client service has been rated ‘outstanding’ following an independent assessment by Investor in Customers (IIC).

IIC makes its assessment based on rigorous independent research, combining feedback from Brabners’ clients, employees and senior management to assess how well the business achieves across four key areas: understanding and meeting clients’ needs, delighting clients and creating loyalty.

The firm achieved a final combined points score of 7.88 out of 10, resulting in a two star 'outstanding' accreditation.

Commercial law firm Brabners has announced the promotion of three Partners, six Senior Associates and four Associates across the firm.

Adrian Rogers (Corporate), Richard Hough (Commercial) and Leanne Murray (Real Estate) have all joined the partnership; Leanne has also been appointed as Head of Residential Development.

Corporate lawyer Adrian Rogers qualified with the firm in 2004 and has extensive experience in MBOs, MBIs, acquisitions, disposals, venture capital, corporate insolvency and corporate reorganisations.

Corporate team advised on 35 deals in first half of 2015.

Commercial law firm Brabners has been named the most active M&A legal adviser in the North West and the tenth most active in the UK, climbing seven places, for the first half of 2015 in an independent report by Experian.