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We are delighted to announce we have been appointed to the Bibby Financial Services (UK) Limited panel of external legal advisers as it continues to grow its portfolio of leading North West business clients.

Headquartered in Liverpool, Bibby Financial Services is the UK’s leading independent invoice finance specialist. It provides bespoke financial solutions, such as factoring, invoice discounting and trade finance, to small and medium-sized businesses across the UK and currently provides cash flow funding to more than 7,000 businesses.

Following the longest criminal trial ever to be heard in the Liverpool Crown Court David Barton, the former operator of Barton Park Nursing Home in Southport, has today been sentenced to 21 years for multiple theft and fraud convictions.

Mr Barton committed various offences against the elderly and the vulnerable and the isolated.

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.

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.

In order to meet increasing demand from its clients for advice on UK firearms law and licensing, WMS Firearms Training has joined forces with UK firearms lawyer Lachlan Nisbet, a Solicitor-Advocate and Partner at Brabners LLP in Liverpool.

Leading law firm Brabners has launched Legal Dispute Resolution, a service which offers legal resolutions for property disputes.

The creation of the resolution service follows the controversial rise in court fees which came into force sooner than had been previously expected on Monday 9 March 2015. There is a real fear that the increase in fees will deny many smaller businesses and private individuals access to justice.

As set out in our note of 2 March, the government is proposing to substantially increase some civil court fees.  The changes were expected to take effect from April 2015; however, the government yesterday announced that the increases will come into effect on 9 March 2015, subject to the outcome of a further debate in the House of Lords this week.  The Law Society has criticised this move and has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the Ministry of Justice.  For now, however, you should give careful consideration to iss

As you may have heard or read, from April 2015, the government is proposing to substantially increase the Court fees payable when issuing court claims.

In claims for the recovery of money or damages, the Court operates a sliding scale of fees, presently running from £25 at the lower end to £1,920 at the upper end. Full details of the current fee scales can be found here.

Employees who ignore restrictive covenants in their employment contract by moving from one company to a named competitor may find themselves out of work, according to a Manchester court.

It's often thought that a provision banning an employee from moving directly to a named competitor may be unenforceable as being in restraint of trade, and indeed that was the argument advanced by Sales Team Leader Benjamin Johnson at Manchester's High Court.

North West law firm Brabners is continuing to grow its Commercial Litigation team in Manchester with the appointment of a further two solicitors.

Hannah Bradley joins the firm from Fieldings Porter and has experience in representing a broad spectrum of clients in respect of commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims, negligence claims, property disputes and contentious probate claims. Hannah has a particular specialism in equine disputes.


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