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North West law firm Brabners has made up one Partner, five Senior Associates and two Associates in its annual round of promotions.

By Glyn Lancefield, Associate at leading law firm Brabners.

Judgment has been recently handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case of Clark v In Focus Asset Management & Tax Solutions Limited.  The Court of Appeal has unanimously decided that a complainant who accepts a final decision from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) is bound by it and cannot subsequently bring a civil claim in the Courts for additional compensation in relation to the same matter.

Law firm Brabners has continued its growth in Preston with the appointment of Oliver Andrews as a Solicitor in its Dispute Resolution team and Jonathon Waterhouse as a Solicitor in its Real Estate team. 

Mr Andrews joins the firm from Oglethorpe, Sturton & Gillibrand and specialises in commercial litigation with a particular expertise in commercial contract claims and disputes concerning directors, shareholders and companies.

By Jeff Lewis, Commercial Litigation Partner at leading North West law firm Brabners.

Almost a year into the new costs management regime, and businesses involved in litigation are already starting to see the benefits.

By Jack Froggatt, Solicitor at leading law firm Brabners

The recent Coronation Street storyline, which featured the character, Hayley Cropper a terminally ill pancreatic cancer patient taking her own life, is likely to reignite the right to die debate. This sensitive but increasingly prominent issue has, for many years, received significant press coverage with contrasting opinions being voiced on both sides of the moral and legal fence.

On 1 January 2014 new legislation comes into force that will significantly reform the law of defamation.  The existing law in this area has been developed by the courts over hundreds of years and has been periodically supplemented by statute.  The new Defamation Act 2013 represents the latest attempt by Parliament to strike a balance between the right to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation.  In this article, we provide an overview of new provisions and assess whether they achieve the right balance or represent a bit of a blunder.

The defamation team at leading North West law firm Brabners has won a Court of Appeal hearing for Manchester lecturer, Mr Khalid Ansari.

The proceedings concern serious allegations made about Mr Ansari, a respected academic, during his time as an employee of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The allegations concerned both his personal and professional reputation.

A recent Judgment of the Court of Appeal is good news for litigants who wish to resolve a dispute using an alternative means of dispute resolution.

The 31 October 2013 is a day to be remembered. Not, as you may suspect, for the usual fancy dress, trick or treat and pumpkin carving but from this date, for the first time, proceedings within the Court of Appeal are to be televised.

It is not a historic day of the same magnitude as the moon landing, the end of the Second World War or the birth of Prince George of Cambridge but it is, nonetheless, a day of great significance which some welcome and others, like Jack Froggatt, Litigation Solicitor at North West law firm Brabners, treat with a degree of scepticism.

Leading North West law firm Brabners has announced the appointment of two new Partners – Lachlan Nisbet and Robert Turner.