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November 18

Paul Walton – Consultant Solicitor in our Professional Negligence team – tackles some of the most common mistakes that homebuyers can face.

Paul, can you tell us a bit about your work at Davis Blank Furniss? I am a consultant solicitor specialising in professional...

November 16

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence – discusses sepsis deaths in hospitals and what’s being done to combat them.

According to figures from the UK Sepsis Trust, somebody dies of sepsis every hour in the UK. In 20% to 30% of...

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November 11

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses the consequences of furlough fraud.

As it is well known, the government introduced a number of schemes to protect individuals and businesses as a result of the...

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November 02

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence – discusses the state of the NHS and whether a new approach is needed to deal with medical mistreatment cases.

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a severe impact on the NHS and healthcare services. These services that we strove to protect...

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October 21

Davis Blank Furniss reports increase in demand for its Professional Negligence service

Davis Blank Furniss has seen, and predicts it will continue to see, a growing demand for its Professional Negligence services over the...

October 06

Danielle Cobb – Solicitor in the Family team at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses why more homemakers and stay-at-home mums need to be aware of pension sharing upon divorce.

Research carried out by experts has recently revealed that sadly there are vast gaps in pension wealth between men and women. Many...

Sonio | DBF Law Solicitors
September 07

Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS on Thomas Harwood & Son acquisition

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based EFS Global Ltd on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Thomas Harwood...

Sonio | DBF Law Solicitors
August 24

Davis Blank Furniss acts for Pressure Tech Ltd on Asgard Engineering acquisition

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Hadfield-based Pressure Tech Ltd on its acquisition of Asgard Engineering Ltd. The value of the deal...

July 22

Davis Blank Furniss grows Family team with new solicitor appointment

We are delighted to announce that Danielle Cobb has been appointed as a solicitor in our Family team. Her new role will...

June 18

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses yesterday’s news that employers can put self-isolating staff on furlough.

It has been reported that a little known provision of the government’s job retention (furlough) scheme has come to light in recent...

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June 07

Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS on Courier Connections (Scotland) Ltd acquisition

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based EFS Global Ltd on the acquisition of Courier Connections (Scotland) Ltd. The business, which provides...

May 10

Kirsty Morbey – Family and Collaborative Law Partner – discusses the Gates’ high profile divorce and the rise of ‘Silver Separators’.

It has recently been announced that one of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates and his wife of 27 years,...

April 29

Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence, on why action needs to be taken on racial disparities in pregnancy care.

I recently met a lady who told me that she had just returned to work after maternity leave.  We eventually started to...

April 27

As lockdown eases and return to the office is on the horizon, Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – asks: To what extent can employers force staff to have the Covid Vaccine?

As the UK government has successfully rolled out its vaccination policy with the age of invites in some locations now being down...

Lauren Sever, Trainee Corporate and Commercial Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
April 15

Lauren Sever – Corporate, Commercial and Employment Solicitor – discusses filing accounts at Companies House.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, measures were introduced to allow companies an additional three months to file their statutory accounts...

Sonio | DBF Law Solicitors
April 12

Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS on Austin Wilkinson & Sons Ltd acquisition

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based EFS Global Ltd on its acquisition of Atherton-based Austin Wilkinson for an undisclosed sum. Austin...

April 08

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – discusses why the relationship between solicitor and client must be honest at all times.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a solicitor is the personal and confidential relationship between us and our clients.  As...

March 25

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – shares the latest Employment Law updates and news including the Furlough Scheme, Shielding, and changes to the IR35 rules

Furlough Guidance Update There was certainly a sigh of relief for many businesses and their employees when the Government confirmed that the...

Sonio | DBF Law Solicitors
March 11

Davis Blank Furniss acts in sale of 06 Ormskirk Ltd to the Chorley Group

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for the vendors of 06 Ormskirk Ltd in its sale to the Chorley Group, which included 06...

March 08

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury – on why health and safety should remain front and centre for employers.

The last year has been a struggle for many businesses.  It has been a difficult balancing act to keep companies going, often...

Sonio | DBF Law Solicitors
March 02

Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS Global on AFI UK acquisition

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based EFS Global on its acquisition of AFI UK Limited for an undisclosed sum.  Headquartered at...

February 22

Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Solicitor in our Private Client team: Making a Will in contemplation of a marriage or civil partnership

Has your wedding been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic? Have you and your partner decided to delay making Wills until your...

Lauren Sever, Trainee Corporate and Commercial Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
February 19

Lauren Sever – Corporate, Commercial & Employment Solicitor – discusses today’s UK supreme court ruling that Uber drivers are workers.

The UK supreme court has today (19th February 2021) dismissed Uber’s appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that stated its drivers should...

February 17

Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – on why the imminent ending of the stamp duty holiday needs a rethink

The stamp duty holiday, which was introduced last year, has been of huge benefit to the housing market and wider economy. As...

February 16

Andrew Ryan – Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution: “The last shot fired may not hit the target”

A (so-called) “battle of the forms” arises where two parties enter into negotiations with the intention of entering into a contract and...

February 08

Davis Blank Furniss acts for Crawfords LLP in deal with RPG Chartered Accountants

Royce Peeling Green Chartered Accountants (RPG) and Crawfords Chartered Accountants have signed a deal through which Crawfords will join RPG. The deal...

December 15

Kate Oldfield, Head of our Medical Negligence Team, discusses the increase in instructions relating to the failure to diagnose Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a very significant problem and one that myself and my colleagues in the Medical Negligence team are hearing more about...

December 10

Caroline Bilous – Head of the Family team – tackles the biggest misconceptions around Financial Orders

Throughout my career I have worked hard to explain to my clients what they can expect from the divorce process and to...

December 08

Davis Blank Furniss announces associate solicitor promotion and new residential property appointment

We are delighted to announced that we have promoted Rebecca Taylor to associate solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team. We have also...

December 03

Kate Oldfield chats with Solicitors Journal

Kate Oldfield – our managing partner – recently sat down for an in-depth chat with Solicitors Journal. She discussed everything from the...

November 30

Davis Blank Furniss partners with The Growth Company and Citizens Advice Manchester to provide free advice to GM workers hit hardest by the pandemic

Davis Blank Furniss has partnered with The Growth Company and Citizens Advice Manchester to ensure that Greater Manchester’s workers who have been...

November 16

Amie Tsang – Senior Consultant – shares the Home Office’s latest immigration update – 16/11/20

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Free movement between the UK and the European Union will end on...

November 12

Karen Yates – Head of the Private Client team – on the importance of ensuring your Will is up to date and how we can help in a COVID- compliant manner

You may have seen recently that we launched our new online Wills form to enable you to start your Will from the...

November 10

Karen Yates – Head of the Private Client team – on why LPAs are more important than ever, especially during the COVID crisis

We hope by now that you have seen our newly launched online Wills form which enables you to make or update your...

November 09

Jennifer Smith – Partner in the Property team – covers the key points when selling a property as an Executor

Dealing with a person’s estate after they have died can be a significant and daunting task.  If you are appointed as their...

November 05

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Flexible Furlough) until March 2021

The government has today announced that due to the new national restrictions it is extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which will...

November 03

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses the extension of the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant

The Prime Minister confirmed in the House of Commons that the SEISS will now be calculated on 80% of average trading profits,...

November 03

Amie Tsang – Senior Consultant – shares the Home Office’s latest immigration update – 03/11/20

If you’re in the UK You are expected to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to...

November 02

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Flexible Furlough)

The Government announced over the weekend that due to the new national restrictions it was reinstating the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which...

October 28

Davis Blank Furniss & UHY Hacker Young advise Cetus Solutions Ltd on its sale to Proact

Davis Blank Furniss and accountants UHY Hacker Young have advised Manchester (Trafford Park) based cloud and workspace specialist Cetus Solutions Ltd. on...

October 14

Davis Blank Furniss launches new online Wills service

We are excited to announce that we created and launched a brand new online service where clients can start a new Will...

October 13

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – on Settlement Agreements for Employees

Myself and my colleagues in the Employment team have expertise in advising employees who have been presented with a Settlement Agreement by...

September 22

Davis Blank Furniss relocates to Deva City Office Park

We are delighted to announce that we have relocated to Deva City Office Park from 90 Deansgate where we had been based...

September 09

Ameliah McLaren-Parker, Solicitor in our Private Client team, on why you should instruct a solicitor to draft your Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is a legal document which allows you to appoint and individual/ individuals (“attorneys”) to make decisions...

Paul Walton Professional Negligence Consultant at Davis Blank Furniss
September 07

Paul Walton, Head of the Professional Negligence team, discusses the recent case of Hart v Large, and its implications for professional negligence claims involving real estate

Purchasing land is a complicated affair. It is therefore no surprise that professional advice is part and parcel of such transactions; lay...

August 27

Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution department – discusses beneficial interests in property

Cohabiting couples who buy a property together may find themselves in the unfortunate situation where the relationship between them has ended but...

August 26

Kirsty Morbey, Partner in our Family team, discusses the Panorama and Women’s Aid investigation which discovered a surge in domestic abuse during lockdown

Back at the start of lockdown, I wrote a blog post about how we all had to be more vigilant in spotting...

August 25

Andrew Ryan, Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Department, discusses if it is possible to get out of a contract

If you want to get out of a contract, the first place to look is the express terms of the contract. Express...

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August 24

Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS Global on Caistor Distribution acquisition

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based EFS Global on its acquisition of Caistor Distribution Limited for an undisclosed sum. Predominantly based...

August 21

Amie Tsang, Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, summarises the UK’s new points-based immigration system

In July, the government published further details on the UK’s new points-based immigration system which will take effect from 1 January 2021,...

August 17

Amie Tsang, Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, shares the Home Office’s latest advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents regarding coronavirus

The Home Office has issued further advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and...

August 07

Kate Oldfield – Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence – discusses how cancer patients have been (or could be) effected by Covid-19.

The Lancet Oncology is a monthly journal for clinical cancer specialists worldwide.  Within the July 2020 edition, an interesting article considers the...

Jennifer Smith, Property Associate Solicitor at DBF Law
August 04

Jennifer Smith, Partner in our Property team, on the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday

Almost a month ago the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday for properties in England that will run until 31st March 2021....

July 27

Amie Tsang, Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, discusses the latest news on British national (overseas) holders’ rights to apply to remain in the UK

There has been a lot of interest in the bespoke route that has been created by the UK government to allow BNO...

July 22

Kirsty Morbey, Partner in our Family team, shares an update on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.

I last wrote on this topic on the 4th February when I explained about the delays regarding the Parliamentary approval of the...

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July 08

High Peak History: 6 key pieces of history in the High Peak

As well as our office on Deansgate in Manchester City Centre, we’re proud to have an office in the lovely town of...

July 07

Davis Blank Furniss reports strong upturn in residential property matters

Our residential property department has reported that it is now handling nearly the same number of transactions as it was before the...

June 16

Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, discusses the importance of PPE as people start to return to the workplace

As the lockdown starts to ease many employees will be concerned about returning to work. They may be anxious about their journey...

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June 11

Sonio Singh – Partner in our Corporate and Commercial Department – on Covid-19 and the North West Corporate Finance market

The Covid-19 pandemic and its grave consequences have had an unprecedented impact on economic activity. It is still early to assess its medium...

June 10

Andy McNish – Partner in our Business Department – on why firms should consider reviewing terms and conditions of business in the light of COVID-19

COVID -19 has exposed some assumptions made by many parties when entering into commercial contracts including such matters as the robustness and...

June 09

Rebecca Taylor, Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team, discusses the temporary restrictions imposed by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

On 20 May 2020, the government introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill in Parliament. The Bill temporarily restricts the use of...

Alan Turing plaque at University of Manchester
June 03

Manchester’s most important commemorative plaques: People, places & events

Round plaques have become a common sight across the UK, used to commemorate famous historical figures and events at key locations. Manchester...

June 02

Amie Tsang – Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, at Davis Blank Furniss – summarises the government’s latest guidance for Visa holders

With the recent easing of the lockdown restrictions announced by the Boris Johnson, the Home Office has issued the following guidance for...

May 29

Amie Tsang – Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, at Davis Blank Furniss – on the government’s proposed quarantine period for arrivals into the UK.

With the lock down measures making a positive impact on the spread of the Coronavirus the Home Secretary, Priti Patel has announced...

May 27

Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses the issues around mental health capacity and wills including the recent case of Clitheroe v Bond

A will is a legal document that is supposed to represent your final say on what should happen to your estate when...

May 21

Amie Tsang – Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, at Davis Blank Furniss – summarises the UK’s new points-based immigration system

In accordance with the UK government’s Brexit plans the following guidance has been issued by the Home office. From 1 January 2021,...

May 20

Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department – on chasing debts and the importance of credit control during the COVID-19 crisis

It is important for all business of any size to have an effective credit control procedure in place to ensure that they...

Lauren Sever, Trainee Corporate and Commercial Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
May 19

Lauren Sever, Corporate, Commercial & Employment Solicitor, discusses Mental Health Awareness Week and home-working

Following the recent announcement from the government regarding the country’s roadmap to recovery from the Covid19 pandemic; employers are being urged to...

May 15

Andrew Ryan, Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution department: Do the exclusion & limitation clauses in T&Cs work?

Terms and conditions often include clauses which seek to limit or exclude a party’s liability under the contract. In this piece, I...

Jennifer Smith, Property Associate Solicitor at DBF Law
May 14

Jennifer Smith – Partner in the Property team at Davis Blank Furniss – reacts to the news that the restrictions around the housing market are easing

The news that visiting estates agents, viewing property and proceeding with house sales and purchases are now permitted under the easing of...

May 12

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – on the furlough scheme extension

The news that the UK Government has decided to pay wages of workers on furlough leave as a result of the current...

May 12

Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses the impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on property litigation practitioners

In the Coronavirus Act 2020, there are some measures which impact property litigation practioners – particularly those that restrict the recovery of...

May 07

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss – summarises the changes to the Self Employed Income Support Scheme

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Self Employed Income Support Scheme) Direction received royal assent on 30 April 2020 and HMRC have confirmed that...

May 07

Davis Blank Furniss Property team is able to assist landlords with COVID-19 rent concession agreements

Are you landlord? Have you had to renegotiate rents or service charges with your tenants due to COVID-19? If the answer is...

May 06

Gregory Carr – Solicitor in our Property team – on what tenants can do if they can’t pay their rent during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Government has set out measures to protect residential tenants from eviction during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the “Act”)...

May 05

Karen Yates – Head of our Private Client team – explains how Probate works

What exactly is probate and when is it needed? Probate is the process of applying to the Probate Registry for confirmation that...

May 04

Caroline Bilous – Partner in our Family team – explains what ADR Arbitration is and how can it help resolve your family dispute.

What is Arbitration? Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution that has been available for family disputes in England and Wales since...

May 01

Karen Yates – Head of our Private Client team – on why LPAs are so important and how they work

Below are some of the most common questions we get asked about Lasting Powers of Attorney. If you have a specific query...

April 30

Do you rent space or land to a telecoms provider? If you do, Richard Hamilton – Partner and Head of our Property team – shares an important update.

Last month, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) published some important guidance for providers of telecommunications infrastructure in England...

April 29

Karen Yates – Head of our Private Client team – answers four of the most commonly asked questions about Wills

Below are some of the most common questions we get asked about Wills. If you have a specific query that’s not covered,...

April 21

Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Solicitor in our Private Client team – on why it’s so important to have a well drafted will.

Having a Will allows you to decide how your assets are to be distributed when you die. If you do not have...

Beetham Tower, Deansgate, Manchester
April 20

7 of Manchester’s most iconic people

Manchester is easily one of the UK’s biggest cultural hubs, with a rich history of music, sport and art providing countless internationally...

April 17

Amie Tsang – Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, at Davis Blank Furniss – on the Home Office’s latest visa update

As the country continues with being in lockdown, and many government departments are temporarily mothballed, it would be tempting to imagine that...

April 16

Lewis Thompson, Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team, discusses the effects of coronavirus on the most vulnerable in society and the help they can access

One of the biggest concerns over COVID-19 is the number of elderly and vulnerable people who are now sadly subject to home...

One Angel Square, Manchester's NOMA Project
April 15

5 of Manchester’s biggest regeneration schemes

The landscape of Manchester has become unrecognisable over the past years and decades, with buildings of the past now forgotten, and new...

April 09

Karen Yates – Head of the Private Client team – on the top five reasons why you should update your Will

So, question: When did you make your Will? The 80’s? 90’s? 00’s? Clients are often surprised to find that their Wills are...

April 08

Lewis Thompson – Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses Wills and the importance of both the financial provision and guardianship for children

When I am instructed to draft a Will for my client, I take care to take instructions not only regarding their property...

Lauren Sever, Trainee Corporate and Commercial Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
April 07

Lauren Sever – Corporate, Commercial and Employment Solicitor – discuss the impact of coronavirus on those who are self-employed

In light of the recent regulations surrounding furlough for employers and employees, the government has also pledged to offer significant financial support...

April 06

Davis Blank Furniss advises PFI Group on acquisition of Futurama

Davis Blank Furniss has advised Manchester-based PFI Group on its acquisition of Futurama Group in Leeds. The value of the deal has...

April 03

Karen Yates – Head of Private Client. Helping you and your business: The importance of Wills & Estate Planning

For many of us, the thought of suddenly becoming critically ill is something we may have contemplated briefly but never really been...

April 02

Brigid O’Malley – Solicitor in our Family team – shares an update on the advice around how Coronavirus may affect the arrangements for children and separated parents

Following on from the article in which I summarised how the Government’s latest Coronavirus advice impacts the arrangements for children of separated...

April 01

Kirsty Morbey – Partner in our Family team – on why we must all be even more vigilant about spotting domestic abuse in our communities

We are living in unprecedented times and it would appear that one very unfortunate consequence of the current pandemic and lockdown is...

April 01

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – summarises furloughing with her guide for employees and employers

What is furlough? Furlough occurs when both the employee and employer agree that the employee is unable to perform their work or...

March 27

Karen Yates – Head of the Private Client team – summarises the key facts about making a Will during the current crisis

  Over the last couple of weeks as concern around COVID-19 has grown and we are now in lockdown, thoughts have turned...

March 26

With the new financial year starting next week, Lewis Thompson – Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses the changes to the Wills and the Inheritance Tax rules

  From the 6th April 2020, the Residential Nil Rate Band is set to increase to £175,000. Combined with the standard Nil Rate...

March 26

Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Private Client Solicitor – A reminder of the importance of making a Lasting Power of Attorney

  You hope you never need it, but you will be relieved in the event that you do. It is in uncertain...

March 26

Gregory Carr – Property Solicitor – answers: What can I do if I cannot pay rent under a commercial lease during the coronavirus pandemic?

  Following the Government’s introduction of stricter social distancing measures on 23rd March 2020, a number of businesses have closed their doors...

March 25

Kirsty Morbey – Partner in our Family Law department – Collaborative Law Q&A

  What is Collaborative Law? Collaborative Law is way of resolving family matters without going to court. It provides individuals, who are...

March 25

Davis Blank Furniss grows Private Client Team with new appointment

  We are delighted to have grown our Private Client team with the appointment of Ameliah McLaren‑Parker who joins us as a...

March 25

Andrew Ryan – Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution – discusses coronavirus and its impact on your contractual obligations

  In light of the current pandemic, many businesses will have concerns regarding whether they will be able to continue to perform...

March 24

Brigid O’Malley – Solicitor in our Family team – summarises how the Government’s latest coronavirus advice impacts the arrangements for children of separated parents

  On Monday 23rd March 2020 the Government announced further strict measures in the battle against coronavirus.  We are in unprecedented times...

March 24

Davis Blank Furniss is here for you: How we can help you during the coronavirus crisis

  We know this is a very challenging time for everyone so we at Davis Blank Furniss are here to fully support...

Coronavirus Statement
March 19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We have supported our clients through many difficult stages since our inception in 1877 and whilst we are facing unprecedented circumstances, we...

March 11

Jake Hamilton – Paralegal in our Personal Injury department – discusses the Paterson Inquiry and when clinical negligence becomes criminal

Last month, an independent inquiry report into the rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson was issued. In its highly publicised findings, the report...

March 04

Brigid O’Malley – Family Solicitor – Divorce Q&A

When you have separated from your spouse and may be contemplating Divorce proceedings, there are several questions that might arise. We hope...

March 02

Gregory Carr – Solicitor in our Property department – explains how exercising a statutory right to commercial rent arrears recovery waives a landlord’s right of forfeiture.

For a landlord, a tenant’s obligation to pay rent is crucial. If there are rent arrears a landlord may not only lose...

February 26

Karen Yates – Associate Solicitor and Head of Private Client – explains the Herbert Protocol: The protocol for when a vulnerable person goes missing.

It is extremely distressing when an elderly family member or friend goes missing, especially if they have dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease or other...

February 17

Michael Ball – Conveyancing Assistant in our Property department – explains what information a seller should provide to their solicitor

A very common question received from a seller at the outset of the transaction is “what information/documentation should I provide to you,...

February 12

Jake Hamilton – Paralegal in our Personal Injury department – explains fundamental dishonesty in a personal injury claim

You may have seen the news lately that a bodybuilder has been told to pay over £14,000 in legal fees after he...

February 12

Valentine’s Day: 9 best places in Manchester for a romantic date

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and while many might see the day as nothing but a commercial moneymaker, others take the opportunity...

February 05

Karen Yates – Associate Solicitor and Head of Private Client – explains tomorrow’s change to the Intestacy Rules and what it means for you.

The government has confirmed an increase in the amount (the statutory legacy) that a surviving spouse or civil partner is entitled to...

February 04

Kirsty Morbey – Partner in our Family Law department – provides an update re. “No Fault” Divorce

On 9th April 2019, the Government announced that after years of campaigning and lobbying, that there was finally going to be reform...

February 03

Jake Hamilton – Paralegal in our Personal Injury department – asks: Why is work-related stress on the increase?

Pressure in work is common amongst many professions. The doctor feels pressure to save the life of a patient going into cardiac...

January 27

Tom Knightley – Trainee Solicitor in our Property department – asks: Why do solicitors want to do property searches?

Property searches form a crucial part of the conveyancing process – whether in respect of commercial or residential properties – because they...

Manchester Food & Drink Festival
January 23

9 Manchester cultural events you shouldn’t miss in 2020

Although we’re only a few weeks into the new year, there’s already plenty lined up to keep Mancunians entertained until Christmas. There’s...

January 21

New Year, New Home? Jennifer Smith – Partner in our Residential Property department – provides some sound advice for those selling up and moving house

New year, new start!  January is often the time when people make decisions and plans for the year ahead.  Deciding to sell...

Manchester Arena bombing memorial on Oldham Street, Manchester
December 18

2010s in review: A look back at a decade in Manchester

We’re quickly approaching the end of not just another year, but another decade. The 2010s have seen many highs and lows, and...

December 12

Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team – asks: Do you have to follow the civil procedure rules as a litigant in person?

The answer is yes.  The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) apply to all parties – including litigants in person. By way of an...

December 05

Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team – asks: If someone is taking advantage of the success of your business, what can you do about it?

You could consider making a claim for passing off. An action in passing off can be used to protect the “goodwill” in...

Manchester Christmas Markets
November 27

6 things to do in Manchester at Christmas in 2019

It’s that time of year again… the market stalls are up, the lights are on, and supermarkets are dolloping cranberry sauce into...

November 22

Andrew Ryan – Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution – asks: Do solicitors have a duty to tell their opponent that they have made a procedural error?

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Woodward and another -v- Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Limited held that a solicitor for a defendant...

November 22

Andy McNish – Partner in our Corporate & Commercial department – discusses the recent changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief

Summary Entrepreneurs’ Relief is a key Capital Gains Tax relief which may be available when a shareholder who is an employee or...

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November 20

Davis Blank Furniss acts for HFL Consulting in sale to SLR

The corporate department at Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Manchester-based HFL Consulting Limited on its sale to SLR, which is a...

Etihad Stadium, Manchester
November 18

The History of Sport in Manchester: Football, Cricket, Rugby & More

Manchester is well-known for many things, with the music scene in particular being something the city has often been lauded for. Up...

November 18

Davis Blank Furniss appoints new Head of Private Client

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Yates as the firm’s new Head of Private Client. Karen joins from Napthens...

November 14

Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution department – discusses setting aside default judgment in relation to legal proceedings

Where a defendant fails to respond to legal proceedings within the prescribed time period, the claimant may make an application for default...

October 28

Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution department – discusses winding up petitions and statutory demands

Is the debtor company unable to pay it’s debts? When presenting a winding up petition, the most common ground relied upon by...

October 24

Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Trainee Solicitor in our Corporate & Commercial team – discusses Share Purchase Consideration Adjustments – ways to ensure you get what you pay for

Consideration can take various forms and can be given in a variety of ways.  Sellers will want to ensure they get a...

October 21

Tom Knightley – Trainee Solicitor in our Property department – discusses whether Chinese Investors Should Continue to Invest in UK Property

Chinese property investors are a key player in the Manchester property market. They now find themselves, as do most UK businesses, at...

October 15

Tom Knightley – Trainee Solicitor in our Property department – explains why Manchester property developers and investors can take confidence despite the possibility of Brexit

As no-one in the business community needs to be reminded, it is an economic fact that the UK’s current status as a...

October 10

Andy McNish – Partner in our Corporate & Commercial department – discusses Brexit and the Impact on Commercial Agreements

As most of us look on at the slow-motion Parliamentary train wreck surrounding Brexit, and the next cliff edge date rushes to...

October 03

Shiva Shadi – Partner and Head of Employment Law – discusses the new EU Settlement Scheme and what it means for Employers and European Citizen Employees

European citizens have been able to come to the UK and work without restrictions or requiring any specific permits or visas.  In...

Mamucium Fort in Castlefield, Manchester
October 01

5 Key Points in the History of Manchester

We previously looked at some of Manchester’s lesser known history facts, including the splitting of the atom happening there for the first...

September 30

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner & Head of Clinical Negligence – discusses missed or delayed diagnoses

As part of our busy clinical negligence workload, we tend to find that the vast majority of cases we are asked to...

Chetham's Library Manchester
September 17

The history of Manchester: 9 facts you might not know

It goes without saying that our city has a rich, colourful history. The industrial revolution, that changed the way the world worked,...

September 16

Buyer Beware! Richard Hamilton – Partner in our Property department – discusses environmental issues in property transactions.

Environmental issues is a topic in which public awareness has greatly increased over the last few years and specifically in relation to...

September 05

Brigid O’Malley – Family Solicitor – Pre-Nuptial Agreements Q&A

What is a Pre-nuptial agreement? A Pre-nuptial agreement is an agreement entered into by two people planning to get married or enter...

August 27

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner & Head of Personal Injury – on NHS v Private Healthcare

Many of us now have the option of being treated in the private sector.  This can be through work private health schemes;...

August 19

Gregory Carr – Solicitor in our Property department – asks: Is this the end of “no fault” evictions of residential tenants?

On 15 April 2019 the Government announced its proposal to remove the ability for a residential landlord to terminate an assured shorthold...

August 12

5 things to do in the High Peak this summer

Last month, we looked at some of the best things you can do in Manchester during the warm summer we’re currently enjoying....

August 08

Katherine Darbinean – Solicitor in our Personal Injury department – looks at Abuse in Care Homes: Choosing the Right Home and Warnings Signs to Look Out For

It can be a difficult and often overwhelming decision for a family member to decide which care home they should place their...

August 01

Tanya Birkett – Paralegal in our Personal Injury team – Coroner’s Court: Fact Sheet

What is the Coroner’s Court? A Coroner’s Court is used to conduct investigations and inquests into the manner or cause of a...

July 29

“Brit Tourist, 23, Could Be Paralysed After Horror Water Park Accident In Benidorm” – Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner & Head of Personal Injury – on staying safe whilst on holiday

This is the type of headline that we all dread. We all want to stay safe on holiday, but when the sun...

July 23

Charlotte Tyrer – Solicitor in our Family and Private Client teams – discusses the effect of Divorce and Separation upon your Will

If you are going through a marriage or relationship breakdown, understandably making a new Will is unlikely to be high on your...

July 16

Charlotte Tyrer – Solicitor in our Family and Private Client teams – demystifies the complex issues around child maintenance

Child maintenance can make a real difference to your children’s lives. It can help pay for everyday items like clothing, food and...

Chorlton Water Park
July 10

7 things to do in Manchester this summer

Manchester might be well known for being all grey skies and showers, but we do get hit with a little bit of...

June 27

Shiva Shadi – Partner & Head of Employment – discusses electronic recordings for internal meetings

Historically, I would receive numerous calls a year from employers who were concerned that their employees had been covertly recording meetings, or...

June 25

Tom Knightley from our Corporate & Commercial team asks: Letting Agencies – Do your standard T&Cs protect you properly?

Letting and management agencies are crucial players in the property sector. They provide peace of mind to landlords, who don’t have the...

Ladybower Reservoir
June 17

8 of the most beautiful locations in the High Peak to visit

As well as our central Manchester Deansgate office, Davis Blank Furniss have a team based in the lovely market town of Glossop,...

June 14

Tanya Birkett, Paralegal in our Personal Injury team, discusses DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)

In England and Wales, CPR can be performed in the event of a cardiac or pulmonary arrest unless a do not resuscitate...

Deansgate, Manchester
June 06

What Manchester businesses love about Deansgate & surrounding areas Castlefield & Spinningfields

Earlier this month, we spoke to a range of business based in the High Peak, asking them what they loved about the...

Richard Hamilton | Property Solicitors
May 21

Richard Hamilton – Partner in our Property department – talks us through the conveyancing process

Selling a house/flat Usually an estate agent will be instructed and the property will go up for sale. Viewings will then take...

Sonio | DBF Law Solicitors
May 16

Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS Global on FWD Freight Services deal

Our Corporate team has acted for Burnley-based EFS Global on its acquisition of FWD Freight Services Limited. The value of the deal...

The High Peak near Whaley Bridge
May 15

The High Peak: What businesses across the area love about their surroundings

As well as our head office on Deansgate in Manchester City Centre, Davis Blank Furniss has a team based in the Derbyshire...

Brigid O'Malley | Family Solicitor
April 11

Brigid O’Malley, Solicitor in our Family team, discusses how the divorce blame game is finally coming to an end

It was announced on Tuesday that the Government are officially bringing an end to the need to blame your spouse if you...

April 11

Davis Blank Furniss announces new partner, associate promotion & NQ appointment

We are delighted to announce that we have promoted property lawyer Jennifer Smith to partner and Lewis Thompson, private client solicitor, to...

Manchester Town Hall
April 04

8 of Manchester’s most well known iconic landmarks

Our main office is based on Deangate in the centre of Manchester, meaning we’re privileged to spend every day working in historic,...

March 12

Who will look after your children should you die? Lewis Thompson – Solicitor in our Private Client department – discusses Wills: More than Money and Assets

When I am instructed to draft a Will for my client, I take care to take instructions not only regarding their property...

Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence at Davis Blank Furniss
February 14

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of PI and Clinical Negligence – discusses funding for inquests: the latest disappointment

An inquest is a public enquiry carried out by a coroner. The coroner has to decide who the deceased was, when and...

Lauren Sever, Trainee Corporate and Commercial Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
February 13

Lauren Sever – Trainee Solicitor in our Corporate and Commercial department – reports on how new statistics highlight the importance of SMEs to the North West economy

A recent report produced by the London Stock Exchange Group, 1000 Companies To Inspire Britain 2018, has revealed that small and medium...

Sonio Singh at DBF Law
February 01

Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS Global on PDQ Specialist Courier Services deal

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based EFS Global on its acquisition of PDQ Specialist Courier Services. PDQ’s head office is in...

Ameliah McLaren-Parker, Trainee Property Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
January 31

Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Trainee Solicitor in our Property department – discusses Commercial Property Standard Enquiries

Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (CPSEs) aim to speed up transactions by streamlining the type of enquiries asked of sellers in commercial property...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
January 24

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses Non-Compete Clauses

Restrictive covenants have long been used by employers as a mechanism to, for example, restrict their former employees from working for their...

Manchester China Town
January 24

Top 10 Cultural Events coming to Manchester in 2019

We’ve barely scratched the surface of the new year, but already there’s such a busy calendar of great events scheduled to come...

Charlotte Tyrer, Family and Private Client Paralegal at Davis Blank Furniss
January 21

Charlotte Tyrer – Trainee Solicitor in our Family department – discusses Islamic Marriages and Divorce

There have been a number of news articles in recent months with regard to marriages, celebrated in accordance with the Islamic faith,...

Brigid O'Malley, Family Law Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
January 17

Brigid O’Malley – Solicitor in our Family department – discusses non-disclosure in financial remedy proceedings

If you or your spouse have made an application for a Financial Order through the family Courts you are both under a...

Suzanne Thompson, Corporate and Commercial department solicitor at DBF Law
January 04

Following recent media coverage of the Seaborne Freight blunder, Suzanne Thompson – Solicitor in our Corporate/ Commercial team – discusses the importance of preparing bespoke terms and conditions for your business.

The importance of instructing your solicitor to prepare bespoke terms and conditions which apply specifically to your business has been highlighted recently...

The skyline of Manchester city centre
December 19

7 great reasons to visit Manchester

Manchester is known for so much. It’s the birthplace of some of the best bands and musicians, the home of two huge...

Manchester new building developments 2019
December 13

7 of the most exciting property developments coming to Manchester in 2019 & beyond

Richard Hamilton, head of the Davis Blank Furniss property team, discusses some of the most exciting property developments coming to Manchester in...

New appointment, Family Law solicitor Brigid O'Malley
November 22

Our Family Team Grows with New Appointment

We are delighted to announce that Brigid O’Malley has joined our Family team as a solicitor. Brigid’s new role will see her...

Part of the High peak, near Crowden
November 02

Seven reasons to visit the beautiful High Peak

Davis Blank Furniss are proud to be located at the heart of Manchester City Centre with our excellent Deansgate offices, but we...

Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence at DBF Law
November 01

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury – discusses sepsis and why time is of the essence for early diagnosis

According to a recent article in the Nursing Times, deaths from sepsis in hospital have risen by more than a third over...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 23

Employment Law Newsletter – October 2018

Welcome to our Employment Law Newsletter! It has been a busy time since our last newsletter with some significant Court decisions which...

Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence at DBF Law
October 23

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury – discusses the recent tragic headlines surrounding allergic reactions to food products.

We have all been saddened by the recent headlines surrounding the death of two Pret A Manger customers.  Both died after suffering...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

Tribunal Statistics

The Ministry of Defence has published its latest statistics for the period of April to June 2018. The statistics show that the...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018

This Act received Royal Assent in September and provides a right to two weeks away from work for those employees who have...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

Employment References

Employment references are run of the mill everyday occurrences, however they do cause no end of issues for employers and – in...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

TUPE 2 – Travel Allowance

In Tabberer and Others –v- Mears Ltd and Others the EAT held that the removal of an “out dated and unjustified” contractual...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

TUPE

In the case of Colino Siguenza –v- Ayuntamiento de Valladolid and Others the CJEU considered whether a five-month suspension in an undertaking’s...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

Vicarious Liability

The Court of Appeal in Bellman –v- Northampton Recruitment Limited has held that the Respondent company was vicariously liable for its managing...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

Direct Discrimination

In Lee –v- Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others the Supreme Court has held that it is not directly discriminatory for a...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

Discrimination – Philosophical Belief

In the case of Gray –v- Mulberry the EAT held that  where the employee is the only person to hold such a...

October 22

Disability Discrimination

In the case of Dunn –v- Secretary of State for Justice and another, the Court of Appeal held that a badly handled...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

Minimum Wage and Sleep

The Court of Appeal has held in the case of MenCap –v- Tomlinson – Blake that carers who sleep at client’s homes...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
October 22

Holiday Pay – Voluntary Overtime

Holiday pay continues to be a developing area through case law.  The case of Flowers –v- East of England Ambulance Trust revisited...

Lewis Thompson, Private Client solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
October 16

Dates of our Glossop LPA Week 2018 Confirmed

We will be holding our annual Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 5th to Friday 9th November at our Ellison Street...

Suzanne Thompson, Corporate and Commercial department solicitor at DBF Law
October 08

Suzanne Thompson – solicitor in our Corporate & Commercial department – explains what is an entire agreement clause and why should it be included in a commercial contract

What is an entire agreement clause? An entire agreement clause (also known as a whole agreement clause) is usually one of the...

Suzanne Thompson, Corporate and Commercial department solicitor at DBF Law
October 03

Suzanne Thompson – Solicitor in our Corporate & Commercial department – discusses how businesses are to lose Own Name defence in UK trade mark actions by 2019 in exchange for “bright line” rule

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) recently confirmed that businesses are set to lose the ability to rely on the own name defence...

Lewis Thompson, Private Client Team solicitor for DBF Law
October 01

Lewis Thompson – Solicitor in our Private Client Team – discusses The Supreme Court Ruling on End of Life Treatment, Court of Protection and The Benefits of Making a Lasting Power of Attorney

On the 30th July this year, The Supreme Court made a landmark ruling that, where experts and loved ones agree, there is...

Charlotte Tyrer, Corporate and commercial trainee solicitor at DBF Law
August 29

Charlotte Tyrer – Trainee Solicitor in our Corporate and Commercial department – discusses the European Commission initiative to boost small business growth

The European Commission has announced new regulatory initiatives which aim to promote small and medium enterprises (SME) growth markets as part of...

Ameliah McLaren-Parker, family department trainee solicitor at DBF Law
August 22

Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Trainee Solicitor in our Family department – discusses the recent case of Owens v Owens – are we edging closer to reform?

The recent Supreme Court ruling on Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41 has been the hot topic of many conversations and debates...

Suzanne Thompson, Katherine Darbinean and Amie Tsang, new appointments at Davis Blank Furniss
August 16

Davis Blank Furniss makes three appointments

Davis Blank Furniss has made three new appointments across the business. The first new starter is Amie Tsang who joins as a...

Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence at DBF Law
August 15

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury – discusses workplace stress.

We are increasingly being contacted by people who are absent from work due to occupational stress and enquire about the possibility of...

Rebecca Taylor, Property department trainee solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
August 07

Rebecca Taylor – Trainee Solicitor in our Property department – on Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST) are the most common form of residential tenancy agreements. The Deregulation Act 2015 requires landlords to comply with...

Sonio Singh, Corporate and Commercial partner at DBF Law
August 01

Sonio Singh – Partner in our Corporate & Commercial department – examines the Retail Pharmacy Market

Despite recent forecasts to the contrary, the retail pharmacy market remains extremely active after a healthy surge in sales in 2017.  Acquisitions...

Jennifer Smith, Property Associate Solicitor at DBF Law
July 25

Jennifer Smith – Associate Solicitor in our Property department – on things to consider when buying a house

Purchasing a property is likely to be one of the most expensive things you will ever buy.  The expense coupled with the...

Claire Gooch, Personal Injury solicitor at DBF Law
July 18

Claire Gooch – Solicitor in our Personal Injury department – on when an illness is caused by your working environment.

Did you know that you can claim for illnesses caused by your working environment?   Most people are aware that if they...

Sonio Singh, Corporate and Commercial partner at DBF Law
June 27

Davis Blank Furniss acts for Jones Metcalf Limited in acquisition of JRS Traction

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based Jones Metcalf Limited, part of EFS Global, on its acquisition of the entire issued share...

Kirsty Morbey, Sonio Singh and Caroline Bilous at Davis Blank Furniss
June 14

Trio of Partner Promotions at Davis Blank Furniss

Corporate and commercial lawyer Sonio Singh has been promoted to equity partner along with family lawyers Caroline Bilous and Kirsty Morbey who...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
May 17

Shiva Shadi – Partner and Head of Employment – discusses negotiating settlement agreements.

Settlement Agreements have long been used by employers in many different scenarios, but normally it is in connection with termination of employment...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Employment Newsletter – April 2018

With most people returning to work this week, we hope you all had a great Easter break! Looking forward, we now have...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Equal Pay Claim – Tesco

It has been reported that Tesco is facing a demand for back pay as allegedly its female shop workers earn £3 per...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

The Taylor Review

The Taylor Review on Modern Working Practices reported extensively when the report was published, during which time there has not been much...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Payslips

A new Order has been laid before Parliament that is due to come into force on 6th April 2019.  It requires employers...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage increase as of 1st April 2018, will be as follows: – 25+                  £7.83 21-24               £7.38 18-20               £5.90 Under 18         £4.20

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Holiday Pay for Term Time Workers

The case of Brazel –v- Harper Trust involved a visiting Music Teacher who appealed to the EAT in relation to the manner...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Redundancy Selection

The EAT case of Mirab –v- Mentor Graphics (UK) Limited has made life somewhat more difficult for employers in redundancy selection processes....

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Unfair Dismissal Case

In the case of Riley –v- Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Mrs Riley was a Head Teacher of a primary school who had...

April 19

Knowledge of Disability

You will recall us reporting on the case of Gallot –v- Newport City Council, where an employer had “rubber stamped” an unreasonable...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Disability Discrimination Case

It is common knowledge that  cancer is considered to be a disability without the need to establish a substantial and long term...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Discrimination Time Limits

The EAT in the case of Hale –v- Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has held that the start of a...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
April 19

Injury to Feelings Award

There was an unexpected outcome in the case of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue –v- Mansell in which the EAT held that...

Sonio Singh, Corporate and Commercial partner at Davis Blank Furniss
April 12

DeBrieF – April 2018

Welcome to DeBrieF! This month we have an insightful piece discussing Private Equity from one of our Corporate partners; we speak to...

Jessica Greenhalgh at DBF Law
April 11

Davis Blank Furniss & Capstone Wealth Management to stage free events to help local businesses prepare for the unexpected (and GDPR!)

Capstone Financial Management, Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, and law firm Davis Blank Furniss are hosting free seminars in...

Richard Hamilton at DBF Law
April 11

Davis Blank Furniss helps Challenge 4 Change extend lease

Challenge 4 Change has agreed a five-year extension to its lease on the 19,000 sq ft Trafford Park building which houses its...

Richard Hamilton at DBF Law
March 21

Davis Blank Furniss acts on purchase of 745 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury.

The Commercial Property team at Davis Blank Furniss has handled the purchase of 745 Wilmslow Road in Didsbury. The site is now...

Andy McNish, partner in corporate department at DBF Law
February 15

Andy McNish – Partner in our Corporate department – discusses Share Buy-Backs following the Exit of a Shareholder

Often the most tax efficient way of having a co-owner retire from a company is by way of buying back his or...

Sonio Singh at DBF Law
February 01

Sonio Singh – Partner in our Corporate Department – Examines Recent Trends in the Private Equity Market in the North West

Against a background of enhanced growth and confidence in M&A activity, the North West Private Equity Market continues to punch well above...

Kate Oldfield at DBF Law
January 25

Networking with a difference! DBF Sponsors Business Introduction’s Cruising & Bowling Events

We are delighted to be sponsoring the next two Business Introductions networking events which will be taking place on Wednesday 28th February...

Michael Ball at DBF Law
December 13

Property Team Spotlight: Michael Ball, Conveyancing Assistant

What does your role at Davis Blank Furniss involve? My role at Davis Blank Furniss involves dealing and assisting with a wide...

Greg Carr at DBF Law
December 13

Greg Carr – trainee solicitor in our Property department – discusses options over land and other development structures.

Property options, known as options over land, involve a seller granting an option for a purchaser of property (often a developer) to...

Matthew Handley, Family Team assistant solicitor at DBF Law
November 23

Davis Blank Furniss Adds to Family Team with New Appointment

Davis Blank Furniss is delighted to announce that we have appointed Matthew Handley as an assistant solicitor in our Family team. His...

Jessica Greenhalgh from DBF Law
November 13

Jessica Greenhalgh on the 10 traps for businesses

Jessica Greenhalgh from our Corporate team was recently interviewed by Tameside Radio and the Glossop Chronicle for a special feature discussing the...

Laura Willis from DBF Law
November 06

Davis Blank Furniss Announces 2017 Glossop Will Week Dates

We are pleased to confirm that we will be holding our annual Glossop Will Week from Monday 20th to Friday 24th November....

Richard Hamilton at DBF Law
October 19

Davis Blank Furniss acts for operators of new £1m Manchester restaurant & bar

The Property team at Davis Blank Furniss has acted for long-standing client Phil Healey on a recent deal that will see him...

Sonio Singh at DBF Law
October 03

Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS.Global in acquisition of Euro SDB

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based EFS.Global on its purchase of Euro SDB Limited which specialises in distribution, logistics and warehousing....

Alexandra Herbert at DBF Law
September 25

Alexandra Herbert on the GDPR and what it means for you and your company.

As of the 25th May 2018, the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)....

Laura Willis at DBF Law
September 25

Laura Willis – Associate Solicitor – discusses the news that a court ruling is not needed to withdraw care.

The Court of Protection has recently ruled that legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a...

Lewis Thompson at DBF Law
September 18

Davis Blank Furniss to launch free legal coffee mornings in Glossop

We are excited to announce that we will be staging a free monthly legal drop-in coffee morning for the local community which...

September 07

Greg Carr – Trainee Solicitor – looks at the recent upturn in Manchester’s buy-to-let property market

Historically, London has been the hive of buy-to-let investment hype in the UK and has seemingly been investors’ first choice, with previously...

Paul Walton Professional Negligence Consultant at Davis Blank Furniss
September 07

Paul Walton – Consultant Solicitor – discusses the most common types of professional negligence claims.

My workload is incredibly varied and I represent clients who have cases against many types of professional advisors. Below is a list...

Laura Willis, Associate Solicitor in Private Client Team at DBF Law
August 23

Laura Willis – Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team – on recent discussions in the press about Lasting Powers of Attorney

There has been some discussion in the press recently about Lasting Powers of Attorney and whether there are proper safe-guarding checks in...

August 09

Charlotte Tyrer – Trainee Solicitor in our Family department – discusses Court’s decision to permit ex-wife to challenge terms of order agreeing sale of family home to repay mortgage

The UK Supreme Court has given a divorced woman permission to challenge one of the terms of her 2010 final Order that...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Employment Law Newsletter – July 2017

The summer has brought us lots of sunshine, the shocking decision of the Supreme Court on the Tribunal Fee System yesterday, and...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Whistleblowing and Public Interest

In Chesterton Global Limited v Nurmohamed the Court of Appeal has held that the fact that something is in a worker’s private...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Pre-pack Administration and TUPE

The CJEU has held in a Dutch case that administration (including “pre-packs”) is not primarily aimed at liquidating the undertaking.  Therefore employees...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Direct Sex Discrimination

The Employment Tribunal has stated that not paying full salary to a father who is taking shared parental leave is direct sex...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Garden Leave and TUPE

A clever idea by a senior executive backfired in the case of ICAP Management Services Limited –v- Bury. Mr Bury had given...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Intention to Complete

The Chancery Division has held in MPT Group v Peel that two relatively senior employees did not have to reveal their intentions...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Territorial Jurisdiction

The assessment of whether an employee has a strong connection to the UK is an objective test rather than a subjective test...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Time Limits

In J v K, the EAT held that the appellant could not rely on vague medical evidence to get an extension of...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Whistleblowing

It has been held that, where the making of a disclosure was the principal reason for a dismissal, the decision taker’s belief...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Compulsory Union Recognition – Fragmentation of Bargaining Units

In Lidl v CAC, the Court of Appeal held that single small units of an employer’s workforce should be subject to compulsory...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Holiday Pay

In Fulton v Bear Scotland, the EAT held that the employment tribunal was right to consider itself bound by the earlier EAT...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Calculating Strike Pay

In Hartley v King Edward VI College, the Supreme Court held that if teachers lawfully strike for one day, the employer can...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Some other substantial reason dismissal

The EAT has held that there is not a particularly high threshold required for an employer to meet when dismissing an employee...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Discrimination – adjustments for candidates with Aspergers Syndrome

In The Government Legal Service v Brookes, the EAT held that a job applicant with Aspergers Syndrome (AS) was discriminated against by...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Indirect Discrimination

The Supreme Court has recently held in Essop and others v Home Office (UK Border Agency) and Naeem v Secretary for Justice...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

ACAS Early Conciliation

The EAT held that if ACAS issues a second early conciliation certificate in respect of the same matter, this does not extend...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 27

Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

The Taylor Review was published this month.  The proposals include: – Keeping the distinction between employers and workers and naming workers “dependent...

Shiva Shadi, Partner and Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss
July 26

Shiva Shadi – Partner & Head of the Employment team at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses the Supreme Court’s Judgement on Tribunal Fee System

Unison has finally succeeded in its four-year campaign against the introduction of tribunal fees that was introduced back in 2013.  The introduction...

Laura Willis, Private Client team associate solicitor at DBF Law
July 13

Laura Willis – Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team – asks: Is the current law on Wills outdated?

The Law Commission for England and Wales has proposed that the law around Wills should be updated and brought into the “modern...

Laura Willis, Private Client team associate solicitor at DBF Law
June 27

Davis Blank Furniss & Capstone Financial Management to stage free Inheritance Tax and Estate Planning event in Glossop

Davis Blank Furniss has joined forces with Capstone Financial Management, a Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, and will be...

Andy McNish, Corporate and Commercial Partner at DBF Law
June 08

Corporate and Commercial Newsletter – June 2017

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss. Our focus this time is on our Corporate and Commercial departments. DeBrieF...

Jessica Greenhalgh, Corporate & Commercial department solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss
June 07

Jessica Greenhalgh – solicitor in our Corporate/Commercial department – discusses Secondary Ticket Reselling

The government has recently published its response to an independent review into secondary ticket reselling. There are two main types of secondary...

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June 07

Andrew Ryan – partner in our Dispute Resolution department – discusses Shareholder Disputes

Shareholder disputes are not unusual. Shareholders will often have different views and ideas about how the business should be run and this...

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June 07

Andy McNish – partner in our Corporate/Commercial department – discusses Bad Cases

As a commercial lawyer, cases sometimes come along that make you raise an eyebrow or even just sigh, as you realise a...

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May 17

Private Client Newsletter – May 2017

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss.  Our focus this time is on our Private Client team. DeBrieF NEWS:...

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May 17

Lewis Thompson – solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses Trusts.

What is a trust? A trust is an arrangement whereby assets (money, investments, property) are held by someone or by a group...

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May 17

Laura Willis – associate solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses the Residence Nil Rate Band

What is the Residence Nil Rate Band? You may have seen in the news that a new Inheritance Tax threshold was introduced...

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May 11

Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – looks at the Turnaround for Tameside

We are all extremely disappointed when local services fail to supply a good standard of care. Over the last few years, one...

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May 11

Laura Willis – associate solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses the aftermath of Ilott v Mitson

You may have seen this case reported in the news over the last few years.  The general rule in England and Wales...

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May 09

Davis Blank Furniss confirmed as new Glossop Golf Club headline sponsor

We are delighted to announce that Davis Blank Furniss is the new club sponsor of Glossop & District Golf Club in a...

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April 26

Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses the Significant Rise in Dispensing Errors

Davis Blank Furniss continues to see a significant increase in clients complaining of dispensing errors. A typical example is that a client...

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April 19

Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses Deaths of Patients with Mental Health Issues and Learning Disabilities

In 2015, NHS England commissioned a review into the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. It was concerned about how the Trust investigated...

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April 12

Davis Blank Furniss supports official launch event of TLC: Talk, Listen, Change

Last night (Tuesday 11th April) Davis Blank Furniss sponsored the official launch event of the new charity TLC: Talk, Listen, Change. Over...

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April 11

Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses Clinical Negligence Mediation: Complaints against NHS Hospitals

A couple of months ago the NHS Litigation Authority launched a new Mediation Service. Helen Vernon, the Chief Executive of NHSLA, announced...

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April 05

Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Personal Injury – looks at Health and Safety at Work: Burdensome Regulations or Good Business Sense?

Many of us are overwhelmed by the plethora of Health and Safety Regulations. In addition, scepticism is heightened when we read articles...

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April 04

Paul Walton – head of Professional Negligence – discusses the topical issue of legal claims against solicitors

There has been a growing number of claims against solicitors relating to the mishandling of Personal Injury claims for their clients. The...

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March 27

Davis Blank Furniss to sponsor the launch of TLC: Talk, Listen, Change

Davis Blank Furniss is delighted to be sponsoring the official launch event of the new charity TLC: Talk, Listen, Change which is...

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March 08

Edward Moss – solicitor in our Medical Negligence team – discusses GP consultation times.

It seems that every other day there appears to be a news story about the growing problems facing the NHS. Research carried...

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March 08

Shiva Shadi – partner and head of Employment – discusses the statutory requirement for employees to have companions at formal meetings.

It can be quite daunting walking into a disciplinary or a grievance meeting. They can be stressful, even when you are used...

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February 21

Property Newsletter – February 2017

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss.  Our focus this time is on our Property department. DeBrieF OPINION Alex...

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February 20

Sonio Singh – partner in our Corporate department – examines recent developments in M&A activity in the North West leisure and hospitality sector.

After a number of seismic events across the political world, it is still very early to see what impact they have had...

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February 20

Shiva Shadi – partner and head of Employment – discusses Dress Codes at Work: One Size Does Not Fit All!

It does not come as a surprise that most organisations have a “one size fits all” dress code or policy.  It would...

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February 15

Glossop Working Mums’ and Ladies Networking Group – Dates for 2017

SAVE THE DATE! Our first meeting of the year is taking place on Thursday 16th March 2017 at Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club....

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February 09

Davis Blank Furniss 2017 LPA Week Confirmed

Do you need a Lasting Power of Attorney or have you thought about getting one? If you have then you might be...

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February 06

Family Law Newsletter – February 2017

Happy New Year to those of you we have not yet spoken to, met or connected with this year and a very...

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February 06

Anita Shepherd – partner and head of Family – discusses High Court ruling ordering the return of a child living in Singapore with grandparents since July 2013 to mother in England

This case highlights the risks in the UK which is a multicultural society where children are caught in the middle of an...

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February 02

Kirsty Morbey – associate solicitor in our Family team – discusses the proposed Family Court reforms to address domestic violence and contact

A recent campaign by the charity Women’s Aid to highlight the potential danger of allowing violent fathers to have contact with their...

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January 26

Employment Law Newsletter – January 2017

Happy New Year to those we have not spoken to yet this year. Although the festive season already feels like many moons...

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January 24

Considering Expired Warnings in a Dismissal

The EAT in Stratford v Auto Trail VR Ltd (31 October 2016) had to consider whether dismissal for gross misconduct using expired...

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January 24

Mobility Clauses in Employment Contracts

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Ltd v (1) Fitton UKEAT/0205/16 and (2) Ewer (21 November 2016) had...

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January 24

Is Type 2 Diabetes a Disability?

In the case of Taylor v Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd (16 December 2016) the EAT held that the Employment Tribunal had...

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January 24

Bringing a Claim after Signing COT3

The EAT held that a second claim for disability discrimination could be brought by an employee even though a COT3 form had...

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January 23

Edward Moss – solicitor in our Personal Injury team – asks: Have You Been Ill Whilst On A Package Holiday?

Have you been ill whilst on a package holiday?  If so, British law may be able to help. If you have booked...

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January 23

Robert Parkinson – solicitor in our Property department – considers whether house prices will rise in 2017

UK house price growth appeared to remain stable throughout 2016. According to Zoopla, house prices grew much faster in eastern England and...

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January 19

Edward Moss – solicitor in our Personal Injury team – discusses Dog Bite Claims

Official statistics show that over the course of the last 10 years, hospital admissions following attacks by dogs have increased by 76%. ...

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January 19

Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Personal Injury – discusses Fraudulent Personal Injury Claims

FRAUDULENT CLAIMANTS BEWARE Earlier this year the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of Zurich -v- Hayward.  This is an...

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January 18

Holly Rogalski – trainee solicitor in our Private Client team – asks: What’s the difference between an Enduring Power of Attorney and a Lasting Power of Attorney?

There is often some confusion about the differences between an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)....

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January 18

Kate Oldfield–managing partner – asks: Are Office Workers Too Sedentary?

Office workers need to “get off their back sides and move around more” according to a recent campaign.  On Your Feet Britain...

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January 18

Davis Blank Furniss Property Team Sets Sights on Growth with Appointment

We are delighted to announce a new appointment in our Property team. Robert Parkinson has joined the firm from Cyril Morris Arkwright...

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December 08

Davis Blank Furniss Increases Corporate Law Services at Glossop Office

Davis Blank Furniss is enhancing its corporate law services to local businesses in the Glossop and High Peak areas following the deployment...

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November 30

Anita Shepherd – partner and head of Family Law – asks: Why do I need to attend a MIAM before, upon or after consulting a family lawyer?

Mediators are trained to help resolve disputes faced by separating couples, or specific issues such as arrangements for children. A mediator will...

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November 29

Anita Shepherd – partner and head of Family Law – discusses: A better way to Divorce.

I’m a proud member of Resolution which is a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve...

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November 29

Caroline Bilous – senior solicitor – in our Family Law Team asks: Should I stay or should I go?

One of the many decisions that couples face is what will happen to the family home when they go their separate ways:...

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November 24

Employment Law Newsletter – November 2016

Welcome to the November issue of the DBF Employment Law Newsletter… Last month turned out to be busy for the Courts with...

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November 23

Asda

7,000 Asda employees have been successful in establishing that their positions as shop floor staff are equal to those in Asda’s distribution...

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November 23

Communication of a Dismissal

The EAT in Sandal –v- Adecco had to consider whether dismissal can be implied by inaction of an agency employer.  The employee...

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November 23

Workers or Self-Employed?

An Employment Tribunal has held that Uber drivers are workers for the purpose of the Employment Rights Act 1996, and the Working...

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November 23

Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation –v- Religious Belief

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland upheld that a “Christian bakery” had discriminated against a gay man on the grounds of...

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November 23

Statutory Holiday Pay and Commission

The Court of Appeal has finally made a decision in the case of British Gas Trading Limited –v- Locke & Another. The...

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November 21

Jessica Greenhalgh – solicitor in the Business and Employment teams – talks Brexit.

After a healthy upturn in the corporate/commercial legal marketplace in 2015/16, the referendum of June 2016 delivered Brexit. The High Court has...

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November 21

Davis Blank Furniss Sees Sharp Rise in Demand for Professional Negligence Service

Davis Blank Furniss has seen a 40% year on year increase in the number of clients seeking legal advice on issues of...

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November 07

Davis Blank Furniss Confirms 2016 Glossop Will Week

We will be holding our 2016 Will Week from Monday 14th to Friday 18th November at our Ellison Street office in Glossop....

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November 01

Holiday Pay and Commission

The long awaited decision in a case of British Gas Trading v Locke & Another in the Court of Appeal has been...

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November 01

Family Law Newsletter – November 2016

A very warm welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  This month’s focus is on our Family team. DeBrieF...

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October 17

Davis Blank Furniss Announces Pro-Bono Family Law Clinic with Manchester Free Legal Help

Davis Blank Furniss is delighted to announce that it will be staging a regular Family Law drop-in advice clinic with Manchester Free...

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October 06

SCAM ALERT

We have been informed by some members of the public that they have received emails which purport to be from this firm...

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October 06

Alexandra Herbert – trainee solicitor in our Property team – discusses how the Brexit referendum has affected Manchester’s property market

Following the initial shock of Brexit, many expected the property market to take a huge hit following the drop in the pound....

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October 06

Richard Hamilton – partner in our Property team – discusses Selling and Buying: Moving up the Property Ladder

Moving house is said to be one of life’s most stressful moments but it doesn’t have to be.  If you know what...

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October 06

Davis Blank Furniss Sees 30% Rise in LPAs for Entrepreneurs Under 40 in the North West

Davis Blank Furniss has reported a 30% rise in the number of LPAs that it has drafted for clients under 40 over...

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October 05

Greg Carr – trainee solicitor in our Corporate/Commercial team – discusses Zero Dividends

Shares which do not carry a dividend are not ordinary shares for the purposes of Entrepreneurs’ Relief says the First Tier Tribunal...

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October 05

Jessica Greenhalgh – solicitor in our Corporate/Commercial team – discusses Data Security

Data security has hit the headlines this month as it was revealed that the ‘internet giant’ Yahoo! was the victim of a...

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September 29

Sonio Singh – partner in our Corporate/Commercial team – discusses Corporate Re-organisations – Stamp Duty Changes

From a historical perspective, Section 77 Finance Act 1986 has been a key tool regarding relief from Stamp Duty on share for...

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September 29

Andy McNish – partner in our Corporate/Commercial team – discusses Copyright Ownership

Remember that you do not automatically own the copyright in material that is created for your business unless the creator is your...

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September 27

Caroline Bilous Joins Davis Blank Furniss Family Team

Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Caroline Bilous as a senior solicitor in its Family team. Caroline will be based at our headquarters...

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September 14

Charlotte Lowe Dispels the Myths Surrounding Rights of Way

Rights of way exist when the owner of one piece of land is allowed to cross a piece of land owned by...

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September 12

Charlotte Lowe – dispute resolution solicitor – answers three of the most commonly asked Property Dispute questions.

I have a right of way over my neighbours’ property but they are stopping me from using it; can I do anything?...

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August 03

Private Client Newsletter – August 2016

Welcome to our latest departmental newsletter.  The focus this month is on our Private Client team.   DeBrieF Q&A Holly Rogalski –...

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July 21

Kirsty Morbey – associate solicitor – discusses: How Will Brexit Affect Family Law in England and Wales?

Since Brexit became a reality, there has been much debate about the future disassociation of the UK from the European Union.  As...

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July 04

Edward Moss – solicitor – discusses the pressures on the NHS

Recent press coverage has again showed that the NHS is struggling to cope with the pressures currently being placed upon it. Despite...

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June 21

Employment Law Newsletter – June 2016

Welcome to our June 2016 Employment Law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of...

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June 20

Employment Agency Amendment Regulations

From 8th May 2016, the conduct of employment agencies and businesses is governed by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business...

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June 20

Trade Union Act

The Act received Royal Assent on 4th May 2016. It provides the various provisions including: The requirement for at least 50% turnout...

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June 20

Consultation on Tipping

The Government has launched a consultation paper setting out it’s proposals for the handling of tips and services charges.  The proposals include:...

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June 20

Enforcement of Tribunal Awards and Settlements

BIS has published its form for claiming penalties from employers for non-payment of Tribunal awards or settlements. Where a claimant has not...

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June 20

Working Time Regulations Rest Breaks

This was a cheeky claim by an employee at Higher Level Care Limited.  A Ms Santos Gomes claimed compensation for injury to...

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June 20

Indirect Religious Discrimination

The EAT in Pendleton –v- Derbyshire County Council has  held that it was indirect religious discrimination to dismiss a teacher for refusing...

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June 20

Mutuality of Obligation

The Court of Appeal in Secretary of State for Justice –v- Windle and Arada had to decide whether account should be taken...

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June 20

Repudiatory Breach

In Gibbs –v- Leeds United Football Club, the High Court had to decide whether an employee’s willingness to negotiate a termination package...

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June 20

Religious Discrimination

In the case of Wasteney –v- East London NHS Trust the EAT had to decide whether disciplinary action against an employee for...

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June 14

Davis Blank Furniss raises £1,232.00 for Willow Wood Hospice

Davis Blank Furniss has presented Willow Wood Hospice with a cheque for £1,232.00. We raised the money during our recent Lasting Powers...

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May 20

Davis Blank Furniss announces new partner, promotions & NQ appointment

We are delighted to announce that Anita Shepherd has been promoted to partner in our Family team. Anita joined the firm in...

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May 19

Andy McNish – partner in our Corporate and Commercial department – on PSC Registers

From 6th April 2016, UK corporate bodies (including limited companies and limited liability partnerships) are obliged to create, maintain and keep available...

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May 19

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – asks: “Employee or Consultant?”

Organisations have to consider certain issues when deciding whether to take on an individual as a self-employed consultant or an employee. Most...

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May 19

Holly Rogalski – trainee solicitor in our Private Client department – discusses what you can do when a loved one is no longer able to make their own decisions

Each day we make hundreds, if not thousands of decisions for ourselves. These range from smaller decisions, such as what to wear,...

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May 03

Laura Johnson – solicitor in our Private Client department – comments on why it is important to have a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare

The BBC has reported that one in five families was not consulted where doctors decided not to revive a relative.  This is...

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April 18

Sex, Slaves and Social Media: DBF’s Annual Employment Law Conference Confirmed.

On Thursday 12th May, Manchester law firm Davis Blank Furniss is staging its free Annual Employment Law Conference. This year’s conference is...

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April 08

Anna Bunting’s Lexis PSL Interview: Data protection obligations for businesses offering Wi-Fi

IP & IT analysis: New guidelines for businesses and organisations that offer on-premises Wi-Fi connectivity, serves as a useful reminder of their...

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April 07

Is It Time For Your Free Employment Law Spring Clean?

Spring is often a time for new beginnings and is the ideal opportunity to assess where your business could improve and protect...

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March 31

Sonio Singh – partner in our Corporate & Healthcare team – reviews recent trends in the Pharmacy Market.

Market Trends Whilst the North West transactional market continues to show impressive signs of recovery, the healthcare sector has also benefited from...

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March 31

Employment Law Newsletter – April 2016

Welcome to our April 2016 Employment Law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of...

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March 31

Enforcement Action for Failure to Pay Minimum Wage

The owner of a nursery in Manchester has been disqualified from being a director of a limited company for six years for...

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March 31

New Guidance on Avoiding Unlawful Discrimination in Advertisements

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published guidance for advertisers and publishers on lawful advertising after receiving over 100 complaints that...

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March 31

Gender Pay Gap

The Women and Equalities Select Committee has published a report on the gender pay gap. The report identifies the causes of the...

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March 31

New Financial Penalty Scheme for Unpaid Tribunal Awards

As from 6th April 2016 there will be a new scheme for penalising employers who fail to pay tribunal awards or settlement...

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March 31

Increase in Tribunal Compensation Limits

Tribunal compensation limits will increase on 6 April 2016. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £78,335 to £78,962....

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March 31

Knowledge of Disability Case

In Gallop v Newport City Council the EAT considered whether the fact that the employee could show the employer’s Occupational Health department...

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March 31

Is a Refusal to Extend PHI Cover Beyond 60 Age Discrimination?

In Smith v Gartner UK Ltd the EAT considered whether an employer acted discriminatorily in ending payments under a PHI scheme when...

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March 31

Childcare vouchers during maternity leave

In Peninsula Business Services Ltd v Donaldson the EAT considered whether childcare vouchers provided under a salary sacrifice scheme are part of...

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March 31

When is an Employer Vicariously Liable for the Actions of its Employees?

In Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc the Supreme Court considered whether a supermarket should be held vicariously liable for an employee’s...

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March 31

Raising concerns with an employee on sick leave

In Private Medicine Intermediaries Ltd v Hodkinson the EAT considered whether writing to an employee while she was on sick leave for...

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March 22

Shiva Shadi – head of the Employment team – discusses the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and asks: Is your anti-slavery statement ready?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 brings together offences relating to trafficking and slavery which have dominated the media over recent years with...

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March 17

Shiva Shadi – partner in our Employment team – discusses Shared Parental Leave… Who is changing the nappies a year on?

It is almost a year since the Government introduced Shared parental leave allowing employees whose babies were due on or after 5th...

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March 17

Edward Moss – solicitor – discusses ‘Never Events’ and the possible reasons behind them.

Over the past few weeks, NHS England has been the subject of press coverage regarding so called NHS ‘Never Events’. The NHS...

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March 17

Laura Johnson – solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses why you are never too young to make a Will.

Most people I meet who don’t have Wills always say to me that they know it is something they need to do...

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March 17

Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – provides an overview of ACAS’s new guidance on conducting workplace investigations.

Most employers are aware that disciplinary action requires a form of procedure to be followed.  Conversely, the need for a proper investigation...

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March 10

Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – discusses Childcare Vouchers and Maternity Leave

Employees are able to utilise a proportion of their salary for vouchers to pay for childcare before the usual tax and NI...

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March 09

Corporate and Commercial Newsletter – March 2016

Welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters. The focus this time is on our Corporate and Commercial department. In...

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March 03

Private Client Newsletter – March 2016

Welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  The focus this time is on our Private Client department.   DeBrieF...

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March 02

Anita Shepherd, head of our Family Law team, discusses whether Divorce will eventually go online.

Speaking at the at the recent Family Law Bar Association annual dinner, Sir James Munby – president of the Family Division –...

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March 01

DBF Launches New Business Advice Centre

Today sees the launch of the brand new Davis Blank Furniss Business Advice Centre. The aim is to provide practical information on...

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February 17

Anita Shepherd – head of Family Law – on the Pension Sharing Orders and the New Single-Tier State Pension Rules

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently published guidance on how State Pension sharing will work in the light of...

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February 16

Anita Shepherd – head of Family Law – discusses pre-nuptial agreements.

“Pre-Nups” are certainly becoming more popular in the UK.  Only recently we reported an increase in enquiries about such agreements.  This was...

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February 16

Family Law Newsletter – February 2016

A very warm welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  This month’s focus is on our Family Law department....

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February 15

Davis Blank Furniss Joins Forces With Willow Wood Hospice For Its Annual LPA Week

We are delighted to announced that we will be holding our 2016 Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 14th to Friday...

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February 11

Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses the worrying history of clinical drug trials

In recent years, several clinical trials have not been successful and have had devastating effects upon the volunteers taking part.  We heard...

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February 11

Rosemary Reynolds – trainee solicitor in our Property team – discusses Selling and Buying: Moving Up the Property Ladder

Moving house is said to be one of life’s most stressful moments but it doesn’t have to be. If you know what...

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February 11

Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – discusses Zero Hours Contracts: Where Are We Now?

A ‘Zero hours contract’ is an agreement between an employer and an individual with no guarantee of work. These agreements are used...

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February 10

Jennifer Smith – solicitor in our Property team – discusses the Upcoming Stamp Duty Changes

In the 2015 Autumn Statement, the government announced changes to the current stamp duty charging calculations in respect of the purchase of...

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February 10

Anita Shepherd – head of our Family Law department – addresses recent media coverage on divorce lawyers

Vultures according to the media or angels waiting in the wings?! There has been much talk in the media that January has...

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February 10

Anna Bunting – Partner in the Employment team – discusses the recent successful discrimination case brought against Starbucks by a Dyslexic employee.

A dyslexic employee who works for Starbucks was found by an Employment Tribunal to have been subjected to disability discrimination. She was...

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February 02

Employment Law Newsletter – February 2016

Welcome to our February 2016 Employment Law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of...

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February 02

Damages for Injury to Feelings

Are damages for injury for feelings taxable?  The Claimant in Moorthy –v- The Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs pursued a...

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February 02

Personal Emails

The question of respect for private life and correspondence arose in the case of Barbeulescu –v- Romania in the European Court of...

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February 02

Introduction of Penalty Notices for Unpaid Awards on Settlements

A response in Hansard suggests that the Government intends to bring the new “unpaid award penalties” into force as of April 2016. ...

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February 02

National Minimum Wage – April 2016 Changes

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2006 come into force on 1st April 2016.  The new minimum wage from 1st April 2016...

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February 02

Zero Hour Contracts

As we reported last month, the exclusivity terms in Zero Hour Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 came into force as of 11th January...

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January 15

Rudi Kidd – consultant solicitor in our Entertainment, Media, Sports and Intellectual Property team: The Bowie Bond and Owning Your Masters

The passing of David Bowie has brought about untold outpouring of grief from his fans, admirers and observers alike. During his lifetime,...

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January 14

Anna Bunting, partner in our Employment team: Monitoring Employee Internet Use: Now it’s getting personal!

Monitoring an employee’s internet or email use is nothing new. Businesses naturally want to ensure that their employees are actually working rather...

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January 11

Employment Law Newsletter – January 2016

Welcome to our January 2016 Employment Law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of...

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November 25

Davis Blank Furniss Advises Glossop Cartons on its Acquisition of Contact Print and Packaging

Sonio Singh, Shiva Shadi and Rosemary Reynolds of Davis Blank Furniss advised Glossop Cartons, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton...

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November 12

Rudi Kidd Shares His Tips On Managing Your IP & Resolving IP Disputes

Ownership of Intellectual Property (IP) carries a huge responsibility. It requires great deal of understanding and knowledge of the assets that you...

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November 12

Rudi Kidd: Sports Law – Rogue Agents

The recent alarming news reports of sports stars losing money on their financial investments and allegations of secret commissions paid to agents...

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November 10

Property Newsletter – November 2015

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss.  Our focus this time is on our Property department.   DeBrieF OPINION...

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November 05

Davis Blank Furniss To Sponsor Business Introductions Christmas Drinks Event

Davis Blank Furniss is celebrating Christmas a month early by sponsoring the Business Introductions Christmas Drink and Networking event. It’s taking place on Wednesday 25th...

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October 16

Davis Blank Furniss Looks To Grow Entertainment, Sports & Media Work With Rudi Kidd Appointment

Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Rudi Kidd as a consultant solicitor specialising in Entertainment, Media, Sports and Intellectual Property law. His new...

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October 15

Non-disclosure in Divorce Cases: Anita Shepherd – head of the Family team at Davis Blank Furniss – Discusses Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil’s Victory at the Supreme Court.

I have been waiting apprehensively for the Supreme Court’s decision in the high profile cases of Sharland and Gohill which have had...

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October 07

Davis Blank Furniss, RBS & Sterling Partners to Stage Free ‘Business Succession’ Event for North West Entrepreneurs

Davis Blank Furniss has joined forces with Royal Bank of Scotland and Sterling Partners and will be staging a free event that...

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October 05

Andy McNish Discusses Restrictive Covenants

What is a restrictive covenant? Restrictive Covenants (sometimes known as ‘restraint of trade’ clauses or ‘bar-outs’) are used by businesses to protect...

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October 01

Davis Blank Furniss Launches Fixed Fee SIPP/ SSAS Package

Davis Blank Furniss has this week launched a fixed fee service to clients who want to buy a commercial property via a...

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October 01

Sonio Singh – partner in the Corporate department – On Making JVs Work

Entering into a joint venture is a huge commercial step for any small business or company. The key to making it a...

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September 24

“Happy Birthday Everyone”, says Rudi Kidd – consultant solicitor.

We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that the  ongoing legal dispute regarding the copyright of Happy Birthday To You...

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September 21

Employment Law Newsletter – September 2015

Welcome to our September Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent...

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September 17

Consultation on Termination Payments

The Government has started consulting on simplifying the tax element of termination payments.  The proposals are to:- Remove the distinction between contractual...

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September 17

Tribunal Fees

Unison has lost its Court of Appeal case, which challenged the legality of Tribunal Fees.  Whilst the Court of Appeal was concerned...

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September 17

Agency Workers Regulations Case

In Coles –v- Ministry of Defence the EAT had to decide whether an agency worker in a temporary job should be given...

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September 17

Dismissal by reason of comments on Facebook

In British Waterways Board –v- Smith, the EAT had to decide whether comments made by an Employee on Facebook which he later...

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September 17

Disciplinary Hearing – Choice of Representative

In Stephens –v- University of Birmingham the High Court had to make a decision as to whether denying an employee a choice...

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September 17

TUPE Regulations

In BT Managed Services Limited –v- Edwards the EAT had to decide whether an Employee who was permanently off sick could be...

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September 09

PI TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Jackie Miller

What does your role at Davis Blank Furniss involve? Ensuring clients are adequately compensated for injuries received through no fault of their...

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September 09

Kate Oldfield Discusses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The symptoms of PTSD have been around for a very long time.  Sadly, it has not always been taken seriously. During World...

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September 08

Edward Moss – trainee solicitor – Answers Some of the Most Common PI Questions.

How long do I have to bring a claim if I have suffered an accident that wasn’t my fault? The usual rule...

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September 07

Ashi Arora: What You Need To Do If You’re Injured Whilst Travelling On A Plane

Plane travel has now become second nature to many of us.  Gone are the days when travelling by plane was a rarity. ...

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September 07

Kate Oldfield Discusses Accidents on Holiday

We all look forward to our summer holidays.  It is a time when traditionally we all let our hair down.  Sadly we...

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August 24

Sonio Singh Talks to Business Growth Hub

Sonio Singh – who is a partner is our Corporate team – recently spoke to Business Growth Hub about the importance of...

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August 04

Davis Blank Furniss Glossop Launches New ‘At Home Service’ for Elderly & Housebound Clients

The Glossop office of Davis Blank Furniss has launched a free home visit service for elderly and housebound people in the town...

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July 30

Laura Johnson – solicitor in the Private Client team – asks whether a Court can ignore your Will.

A general principle of English Law has always been that you are free to leave your assets to whomever you wish via...

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July 28

Paul Walton – head of Professional Negligence – discusses the main reasons why he has seen a noticeable increase in claims against solicitors on conveyancing & property matters.

Delay, Delay, Delay This is a major reason why solicitors cause problems to their clients. Making errors on Registration of Title These...

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July 16

Wills, Trusts & Probate Newsletter – July 2015

Welcome to our latest departmental newsletter.  The focus this month is on our Private Client team.   DeBrieF FACTS Laura Johnson –...

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July 13

Sonio Singh Talks to Clarion Wealth Management About Selling a Business

You have decided that the time has come to look into selling your business. But you don’t want to be short-changed when...

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June 29

Davis Blank Furniss Announces Dates and Details of its Manchester LPA Week 2015

Davis Blank Furniss will be holding its Manchester 2015 Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 13th to Friday 17th July at...

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June 29

Richard Hamilton – partner in the Property team – Shares His Legal Tips for First Time Commercial Property Investors

Buying commercial property is a huge investment and a first time buyer must prepare and carry out their due diligence as efficiently...

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June 26

DBF’s Sonio Singh Advises on Bredbury Hall Deal

Sonio Singh – partner in the Corporate team at Davis Blank Furniss – acted on the high profile deal which today saw...

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June 18

Laura Johnson – solicitor in the Private Client team – on Rebecca Minnock & Ethan

I am sure that you will have seen the on the news the reports about Rebecca Minnock running away with her son,...

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June 09

Care Home Fees Q&A: Karen Witter – partner in the Private Client team

Q: Although we are both fit and healthy now, my wife and I are worried that our home and savings might end...

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June 04

Laura Johnson Comments in The Divorce Magazine

Laura Johnson – solicitor in our Private Client team – shares her thoughts on why it’s important for parents to walk in...

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June 02

Joshua Bragg on Buying Property at Auction

Having recently discussed property auction sales from a seller’s perspective, we now turn to looking at points to consider at property auctions...

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May 20

Employment Law Newsletter – May 2015

Welcome to our May 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of...

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May 20

Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – asks: Will the Tories reduce the Human Rights of British Residents?

The European Convention on Human Rights was developed by the UK and others following World War II. In 1998, the Human Rights...

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May 20

BIS Guidance

Do you need guidance on the changes to adoption leave and pay? The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published technical...

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May 20

Lord Browne on Sexual Orientation

The cross-bench peer Lord Browne shares his views on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual people in senior roles stating that companies should...

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May 20

Harassment of a Zero Hours Contract Worker

In the case of Southern Britannia Hotels Ltd and another, the claimant was a 22 year old waitress with a history of...

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May 20

Costs in Employment Tribunals

In the case of Chadburn v Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation and another the tribunal had to consider whether they should...

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May 20

Woolworths and Ethel Austin Collective Redundancies

The ECJ has now handed down its judgment in the case of USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (in liquidation),...

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May 19

Anita Shepherd – head of the Family team: Don’t neglect your emotional needs when facing relationship difficulties or a breakdown.

It is very important to be emotionally ready when making important decisions regarding a relationship breakdown. I have found that during my...

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May 19

Sonio Singh – partner at Davis Blank Furniss – on: ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT INCENTIVES (EMI) – REWARDING EMPLOYEES AND TAX BENEFITS.

Whilst the M&A market continues to gain momentum as confidence returns to the economy,  EMI share option schemes still remain very popular...

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May 19

Rosemary Reynolds – trainee solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses… Property Management: General Terms of Purchase and why you need them.

Many people assume that a standard set of terms and conditions are only used in the sale of goods/ provision of services...

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May 12

Property Newsletter – May 2015

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss. Our focus this time is on our Property department. DeBrieF OPINION Jennifer...

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April 30

Charlotte Fielding Talks ‘Passing Off’ with the SME Club

Some say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in business, imitation by a competitor can lead to lost profits. Another...

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April 28

Kate Oldfield Chats Fashion & Dressing Down with Solicitors Journal

Kate Oldfield – our managing partner – is often called upon to comment on issues surrounding the firm and her specialist areas...

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April 13

Employment Law Newsletter – April 2015

Welcome to our April 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of...

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April 13

Shared Parental Leave – Babies due on or after 5th April 2015

Do you have a policy in place? Have you decided what value of pay you will apply? Have you decided whether you...

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April 13

Revised ACAS Code of Practice

The change to the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinaries reflects the EAT Judgment in Toal -v- GB Oils and came into...

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April 13

Disability and Constructive Knowledge: Donelien -v- Liberata UK Limited, EAT

In this case the EAT had to consider whether an employer had constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability where the employer had...

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April 13

Holiday Pay: Locke -v- British Gas, ET

Mr Locke had claimed that the commission he had earned should be taken into account when calculating his holiday pay so that...

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April 08

Anita Shepherd: VOICE OF THE CHILD

The Voice of the Child Dispute Resolution Advisory Group (the Group), has published its final report dated March 2015. It was set...

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March 26

Corporate and Commercial Newsletter – March 2015

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss. Our focus this time is on our Corporate and Commercial team. DeBrieF...

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March 24

Davis Blank Furniss Confirms Latest Trainee Qualification

Davis Blank Furniss is pleased to announce that Jessica Greenhalgh has completed her training programme after qualifying on 16th March 2015. Jessica...

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March 18

Employment Law Newsletter – March 2015

Welcome to our March 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of...

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March 12

Anita Shepherd on Wyatt v Vince

Yesterday there was a landmark (and much publicised) ruling in the case of Wyatt v Vince which saw the wife being given...

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March 11

Making childcare arrangements during a divorce and separation

When parents choose to divorce or separate, important decisions have to be made about care arrangements for their children. As parents work...

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March 09

Wills, Trusts & Probate Newsletter – March 2015

Welcome to our latest departmental newsletter. The focus this time is on our Wills, Trists and Probate team. DeBrieF TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Karen...

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March 09

Davis Blank Furniss Announces Dates and Details of its LPA Week 2015

Davis Blank Furniss Glossop will be holding its 2015 Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March at...

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March 03

Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on Presumption of Parental Involvement.

Most people will agree that shared or co-parenting or the ongoing role of both parents in a child’s life following a family...

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February 27

Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the launch of Resolution’s manifesto which is calling for changes to law on divorce and separation.

As a family lawyer it is motivating and uplifting to hear that Resolution has launched a ‘Manifesto for Family Law’. It is...

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February 23

Employment Law Newsletter – February 2015

Welcome to our February 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of...

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February 19

Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the centralisation of Divorce cases.

It is fair to say that many family practitioners will be apprehensive about the development that all divorces for the North West...

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February 17

Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on family court judges being given the power to order DNA tests.

The availability of this power can only be a positive thing for the children involved. It is common for parents to have...

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