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<strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

October 09<br />

1<br />

North West Law<br />

Birmingham Bombings Inquests<br />

Jonathan Wall of Burton Copeland outlines the background<br />

to the Birmingham Bombings and the reasoning behind the<br />

re-opening of the inquests...<br />

In the early evening of<br />

21st November 1974, two<br />

devices exploded, within<br />

a few minutes of each<br />

other at the Tavern in the<br />

Town and Mulberry Bush<br />

public houses. Fourteen<br />

men and seven women<br />

were killed and approximately<br />

200 injured in<br />

what was, at that time, the<br />

worst terrorist attack in<br />

England.<br />

The original inquest was<br />

opened a few days after the<br />

attacks but was adjourned<br />

due to the ongoing criminal<br />

investigations in what is still<br />

to this day probably the<br />

biggest murder investigation<br />

ever conducted by<br />

West Midlands Police.<br />

Six men, later dubbed the<br />

"Birmingham six", Paddy<br />

Hill, Gerry Hunter, Johnny<br />

Walker, Hugh Callaghan,<br />

Richard McIlkenny and Billy<br />

Power were later charged<br />

and convicted of 21 offences<br />

of murder on 15th<br />

August 1985 and sentenced<br />

to life imprisonment. From<br />

their prison cells they embarked<br />

on a relentless campaign<br />

for justice which took<br />

them to the Court of Appeal<br />

three times and 16 years before<br />

eventually achieving<br />

success and release from<br />

prison.<br />

It’s not often that I refer to<br />

myself as young nowadays,<br />

but I am too young to recall<br />

where I was when the Birmingham<br />

bombs took place.<br />

However I do have vivid<br />

memories of seeing the images<br />

of the Birmingham six<br />

outside the Old Bailey when<br />

their second appeal hearing<br />

was concluded on the 14th<br />

March 1991 and resulted in<br />

their convictions being<br />

quashed. I had recently<br />

started work with defence<br />

lawyers Burton Copeland<br />

and clearly remember that<br />

the case was the talk of the<br />

legal profession for months<br />

and was being described as<br />

the biggest injustice of the<br />

twentieth century. I remember<br />

the feeling of disbelief<br />

that that sort of this could<br />

happen in Britain and it is a<br />

story has stuck with me<br />

throughout my career.<br />

Despite the quashing of the<br />

convictions the inquests have<br />

never reopened and the families<br />

of the deceased have also<br />

campaigned for justice for years...<br />

Despite the quashing of the<br />

convictions the inquests<br />

have never reopened and<br />

the families of the deceased<br />

have also campaigned for<br />

justice for years. They met<br />

with the Home Secretary<br />

Theresa May in March 2015<br />

and lodged an application<br />

to resume the inquest with<br />

the Attorney General which<br />

culminated in preliminary<br />

hearings before Senior<br />

Coroner for Birmingham,<br />

Louise Hunt earlier this year<br />

when submissions were<br />

heard from lawyers of Properly<br />

Interested Persons.<br />

Despite objections from<br />

those representing West<br />

Midlands Police that that<br />

she had no power, on 1st<br />

June <strong>2016</strong> the Coroner<br />

ruled that the inquests<br />

should resume. She determined<br />

that although it was<br />

not mandatory, she did<br />

have such power and the<br />

question she had to consider<br />

was whether there<br />

was “sufficient reason to resume?”<br />

Her conclusion was<br />

that there was and it is anticipated<br />

that a resumed inquest<br />

is likely to start next<br />

year.<br />

It is likely that the determination<br />

in this inquest will be<br />

that the deceased were undoubtedly<br />

unlawfully killed.<br />

But, in addition to the main<br />

function of an inquest in establishing<br />

who, where and<br />

how the deceased came by<br />

his or her death, the coroner<br />

also has a duty to issue a<br />

prevent future deaths (PFD)<br />

report where there is a concern<br />

that there may be a risk<br />

that other deaths would<br />

occur. The Human Rights<br />

Act of 1998 also impacts on<br />

the scope of an inquest, as<br />

although the inquest is not<br />

required to investigate<br />

other non-causative matters,<br />

the scope of the investigation<br />

must cover<br />

non-causative system failures<br />

to enable the coroner<br />

to make the PFD report.<br />

In deciding that an inquest<br />

would be resumed it is clear<br />

that this was in her mind as<br />

it is understood that two<br />

district matters were outlined<br />

in her judgement.<br />

Firstly the fact that there<br />

was evidence that required<br />

further investigation that<br />

the state did have advance<br />

warnings of the attacks and<br />

may not have taken all reasonable<br />

steps in response,<br />

and, secondly that there<br />

was a need to investigate<br />

whether any of the victims<br />

might have been saved by<br />

quicker treatment.<br />

It is also interesting that the<br />

judgement by the Coroner<br />

came only days after M15<br />

increased the threat level of<br />

an attack on the UK mainland<br />

from moderate to substantial,<br />

meaning that an<br />

attack relating to Northern<br />

Ireland terrorism is a strong<br />

possibility.<br />

In terms of the volume material<br />

which has been accumulated<br />

from the various<br />

organisations involved over<br />

the past forty years, coupled<br />

with problems with disclosure,<br />

issues of national security,<br />

disputed forensic<br />

findings, missing exhibits,<br />

alleged evidence of corruption<br />

and perjury against<br />

WMP officers and the fact<br />

that many witnesses are no<br />

longer with us, it is obvious<br />

that the Birmingham Inquests<br />

are likely to be considerably<br />

complex in nature<br />

and will go on for some<br />

time.<br />

Jonathan Wall<br />

But, we must remember<br />

that they will be the first<br />

time since 1974 that the<br />

families will be entitled to<br />

participate in questioning<br />

witnesses as to the circumstances<br />

surrounding the<br />

deaths of their loved ones<br />

and whether they might<br />

have been prevented. It is<br />

clearly the beginning of the<br />

end for them and I will be<br />

watching with keen interest.<br />

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Contents 3<br />

North West Law<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

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Editor: Fran Eccles-Bech<br />

News from the President<br />

page 5<br />

In this edition...<br />

NEWS<br />

Hall Brown Family Law strengthens team<br />

with three expert appointments<br />

Mark Farrell appointed as Managing<br />

Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors<br />

Maurice Watkins treble success<br />

6<br />

8<br />

10<br />

Editorial Committee<br />

Raana Afsarpour, JMW Solicitors LLP<br />

Such Amin, Aequitas Legal<br />

David Anderson, St Johns Buildings<br />

Julia Baskerville, Baskerville Publications Ltd<br />

Fran Eccles-Bech, <strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society<br />

Danielle Best, Weightmans LLP<br />

Adam Entwistle, JMW Solicitors LLP<br />

Mark Fitzgibbon, Hill Dickinson<br />

Jemma Goldstone, JMW Solicitors LLP<br />

Michael Hardacre, Slater & Gordon<br />

Helen Kanczes, Clyde & Co<br />

Steve Kuncewicz, Bermans LLP<br />

Adrian Kwintner, Mills & Reeve<br />

Jeff Lewis, Brabners LLP<br />

Louise Straw, Burton Copeland<br />

Matthew Taylor, Eversheds LLP<br />

Pannone Corporate advises Stockportbased<br />

Abney Garsden on Simpson Millar<br />

acquisition<br />

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4 <strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society News<br />

News from Bridge Street<br />

!<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society’s<br />

Professionals’ Dinner Club<br />

Monday 18 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Throughout the month of May, the jewel of Spinningfields, Neighbourhood briefly<br />

closed its doors to undertake a major £1m refurbishment and we are delighted that<br />

this will be the next venue of our <strong>Manchester</strong> Professionals Dinner Club.<br />

The new look all-day eatery and bar has interiors designed by Edwin Pickett, the aficionado<br />

behind famed local restaurants ‘Australasia’ and ‘Tattu’, and of course, Neighbourhood’s<br />

original design.<br />

Neighbourhood melds a brasserie atmosphere with European and new American<br />

cuisine, offering accessible, refined all-day dining for local residents, shoppers, businesses<br />

and tourists alike.<br />

Under the careful stewardship of their Operations Director, Ciaran Hogg, formally<br />

General Manager of <strong>Manchester</strong> House, Neighbourhood will continue its legendary<br />

status, ensuring it has something for everybody.<br />

TIME: 6.00pm for 6.30pm<br />

COST: £48.00 including VAT (Includes a welcome drink, 3 course meal and a half<br />

bottle of Wine)<br />

This is an informal inter professional social networking event and we hope that this<br />

will be an opportunity for:<br />

• You to mix and network for both business and social purposes<br />

• Provide a social platform to build professional networks<br />

• Get to know other business practitioners facing the same issues in practice<br />

and discuss matters relevant to your business with likeminded people<br />

• Meet people from other professions and practices, which may result in<br />

cross referral of work<br />

• Enjoy a superb menu and have a fantastic evening with old and new<br />

friends<br />

MENU<br />

Arrival drink<br />

Glass of bubbles!<br />

STARTERS<br />

Tempura Prawns, Wasabi Mayonnaise<br />

Wild Mushrooms on Toast, Creamed Wild Mushrooms, Toasted Brioche<br />

Salmon Tartare, Soy Dressing, Spring Onion, Orange, Crispy Lotus Root<br />

Lil’ Burgers, Wagyu, Truffled Mac Sauce, Cheddar, Brioche<br />

MAIN COURSE<br />

USDA Strip Steak, Rosemary Salt, Caramelised Shallot Butter, Herb Chips<br />

Roast Cod, Mixed Beans, Chorizo, Padron Peppers<br />

NBHD Burger, Mac Sauce, Toasted Pretzel Roll, Mature Cheddar, Streaky Bacon, Fries<br />

Seasonal Risotto, Parmesan, Truffle Oil<br />

DESSERTS<br />

Baked New York Cheesecake, Served Whole<br />

Chocolate Éclair<br />

Box of Donuts<br />

What people are saying about the Professionals Dinner Club;<br />

“The Dinner Clubs are always a great opportunity for networking with other legal professionals<br />

and perhaps more importantly, across the business spectrum, with the added<br />

bonus of trying out some of <strong>Manchester</strong>’s finest restaurants into the bargain”<br />

Michael Hardacre, Slater and Gordon Lawyers<br />

“It has always been a pleasure to attend the Professionals’ Dinner Club spanning a number<br />

of years for me. It is always great to meet new people on your table. The enjoyment<br />

comes from the atmosphere, the people, the food - well everything! It is such a delight<br />

that we come back time after time. The feedback from all our guests is always positive.<br />

Everyone has expressed that they had so much fun and that the food and venues have<br />

always been superb. One of the best, if not the best, networking event for professionals in<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong>.”<br />

Gary Cook, Partner & Head of Legal Sector at Booth Ainsworth LLP<br />

If you would like to attend please contact Hollie Hurst<br />

HollieHirst@manchesterlawsociety.org.uk<br />

!<br />

Forthcoming Events<br />

Internet and Social Media Law Conference<br />

Wednesday 21st September <strong>2016</strong><br />

Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, <strong>Manchester</strong> M3 4LQ<br />

CPD: 5 hours<br />

Social media and the internet provide fantastic opportunities in communicating<br />

with clients and potential clients, as well as friends and family. But what happens<br />

when you, or your employees, share too much? What are the legal implications?<br />

What data needs to be protected and how do you keep it safe?<br />

09:00 Registration, refreshments and networking<br />

09:30 Welcome and introduction<br />

Steve Kuncewicz, Head of IP & Media, Bermans and Council Member of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Law Society & Law Society of England & Wales<br />

09:40 Employment and social media<br />

Paul Chamberlain, Head of Employment, Brabners<br />

10:10 Advertising, marketing and social media<br />

Steve Kuncewicz, Head of IP & Media, Bermans and Council Member of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Law Society & Law Society of England & Wales<br />

10:40 Refreshments and networking<br />

11:10 Panel session: Criminal Law and social media<br />

Nick Cassidy, Donald Race Newton<br />

Amanda Coleman, Greater <strong>Manchester</strong> Police<br />

TBC, Crown Prosecution Service<br />

Tim Storrie, Lincoln House Chambers<br />

11:40 "Right To Be Forgotten" Update<br />

Christina Michalos , 5RB<br />

12:10 Networking lunch<br />

13:10 Defamation, Data Protection and alternative causes of action<br />

Richard Munden, 5RB<br />

13:40 Key case update: Morrisons<br />

Nick McAleenan, JMW Solicitors LLP<br />

14:10 Refreshments and networking<br />

14:40 Data Protection and Cyber Security – New Kids On The Block?<br />

TBC, ICO<br />

15:10 Panel session: Managing Reputation in the Digital Age<br />

Richard Munden, 5RB<br />

TBC, ICO<br />

Nick McAleenan, JMW Solicitors LLP<br />

Jason Searle, St Johns Buildings<br />

Dan Nolan, The E Word<br />

Anna Wilson, Tangerine PR<br />

16:10 Chair’s closing remarks<br />

16:30 Close of conference<br />

Cost to attend:<br />

MLS Members £110.00 + VAT (£132.00) Non-members £150.00 + VAT (£180.00)<br />

What’s all the noise about Noise Induced Hearing Loss?<br />

Tuesday 14th June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Venue: <strong>Manchester</strong> United Football Club, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, <strong>Manchester</strong>,<br />

M16 0RA<br />

This is a fully comprehensive conference on NIHL covering;<br />

· The changing market and how to run cases successfully<br />

· The perils and pitfalls of dealing with NIHL and how to avoid them<br />

· The future of NIHL; emerging legal and causation arguments<br />

Conference Programme<br />

09:00am<br />

Registration;<br />

09:30am<br />

Chairman`s Welcome<br />

09:45am<br />

NIHL: Turning up the volume: The changing market and how to success<br />

fully run claims<br />

Karen Jackson, CEO, Roberts Jackson<br />

10:30am<br />

Coffee Break<br />

10.50am<br />

The perils and pitfalls in running a NIHL book – how to avoid them<br />

Zoe Holland, Founder & Managing Director, Zebra LC<br />

11.30am<br />

Panel debate: The current market and the Future of NIHL;<br />

Karen Jackson, Roberts Jackson,<br />

Zoe Holland, Zebra LC,<br />

Professor Mark Lutman,<br />

Dominic Weir Slater & Gordon<br />

12:45pm<br />

Lunch;<br />

1.45pm<br />

Quantification of Noise Induced Hearing Loss<br />

Professor Mark Lutman<br />

2.30pm<br />

Panel debate: Legal issues in NIHL including causation, limitation and<br />

breach of duty .<br />

Professor Mark Lutman<br />

Dominic Weir, Slater & Gordon<br />

David Wynn, Clyde & Co<br />

Judge Allan Gore QC<br />

3.30pm<br />

Chairman’s summing up and closing remarks<br />

MLS Members £130.00 + VAT (£156.00) Non Members £170.00 + VAT (£204.00)<br />

Price includes light refreshments, lunch and course materials.<br />

To book a place on any of the above events, please email<br />

victoriaridge@manchesterlawsociety.org.uk or<br />

CarlaJones@manchesterlawsociety.org.uk


President’s Column<br />

5<br />

5<br />

From the President<br />

I have spoken this month<br />

with Mark Fitzgibbon,<br />

Head of Commercial and<br />

IP at Hill Dickinson, in<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong>. As a preface<br />

to my conversation, I<br />

should say that I was most<br />

interested to find out<br />

what practitioners in noncontentious<br />

practice<br />

areas are getting on, especially<br />

in the corporate<br />

and commercial arenas.<br />

Mark’s been a partner at Hill<br />

Dickinson for 6 years, specialising<br />

in non-contentious<br />

commercial and public procurement<br />

work with a focus<br />

on working with clients in<br />

the public sector, including<br />

healthcare, local government<br />

and education<br />

providers. He heads up a<br />

team of 8 fee earners and<br />

has been in post as head of<br />

the team for 2 years. A large<br />

part of the focus of their<br />

winning new work involves<br />

having to tender directly or<br />

to be on frameworks of<br />

legal services providers for<br />

commercial work for large<br />

public sector bodies such as<br />

NHS England, Health Education<br />

England, Local Authorities<br />

(via the North West<br />

Legal Consortium), health<br />

commissioners and<br />

providers (including large<br />

acute, mental health and<br />

community NHS Trusts). It<br />

is, not unsurprisingly, an extremely<br />

competitive sector,<br />

especially since the downturn.<br />

As public sector resources<br />

have been<br />

squeezed, so has the pressure<br />

on legal spend. The<br />

North West Legal Consortium,<br />

for example is a<br />

grouping of public authorities<br />

collaborating in the<br />

procurement and provision<br />

of their legal services to the<br />

respective authorities. Of<br />

course the commercial rationale<br />

for an organisation<br />

like NWLC is to maximise efficiency,<br />

increase the effectiveness<br />

of their external<br />

legal support and avoid<br />

multiple procurements having<br />

to be undertaken - you<br />

can’t argue with that in<br />

principle. Mark’s firm are<br />

partners on the NWLC<br />

framework which is, in effect,<br />

a legal provider panel;<br />

that then gives the firm the<br />

opportunity to compete for<br />

mini tenders for pieces of<br />

work as and when they<br />

come up for all participating<br />

members. The effect in<br />

practice is constantly having<br />

to think on your feet<br />

and be as lean and responsive<br />

as possible, particularly<br />

when complex opportunities<br />

often arise at very short<br />

notice.<br />

Inevitably, if the piece of<br />

work seeks a fixed or<br />

capped fee it means that<br />

Mark, with his broad experience<br />

of competitive tendering,<br />

is required to be able to<br />

price individual pieces or a<br />

book of work but it does<br />

mean that he needs to be<br />

acutely aware of how to resource<br />

individual pieces of<br />

work, often requiring specialist<br />

input, in order for it to<br />

stack up financially.<br />

The theme, as ever, is that it<br />

is tough out there and very<br />

competitive, such as it always<br />

has been, but in order<br />

to be able to compete (and<br />

remain profitable at the<br />

same time), firms servicing<br />

public sector clients in particular,<br />

have had to rethink<br />

their provision and pricing<br />

models quite dramatically –<br />

relying, where feasible, on<br />

paralegal provision.<br />

This speaks of course, to another<br />

underlying theme,<br />

across the profession, that<br />

is, in blunt terms, that of<br />

deskilling. I don’t wish to<br />

undermine the qualities of<br />

paralegals in any way. They<br />

play a vital role in most<br />

legal services businesses<br />

now and contribute enormously<br />

to these organisations.<br />

What I do have some difficulty<br />

with is that the proliferation<br />

of undergraduate<br />

courses in the last 10-15<br />

years in further education<br />

institutions has led to a glut<br />

of law graduates. On top of<br />

that are the dozens of different<br />

post graduate legal<br />

services providers, who the<br />

undergraduates feed into,<br />

resulting in increasing debt<br />

at a time when the chance<br />

of qualifying as a solicitor at<br />

the end of it has become<br />

ever more remote.<br />

The first cohort of graduates<br />

under the increased<br />

£9,000 a year tuition fees<br />

have come through the system<br />

and with them now<br />

taking on CPE and LPC debt<br />

to then try and qualify as a<br />

solicitor in a market place,<br />

more competitive than it<br />

has ever been, is a very difficult<br />

proposition.<br />

I have heard it said that one<br />

of the reasons there are so<br />

many law graduates these<br />

days is that in very simple<br />

terms putting on a law degree<br />

course is considered to<br />

Michael Hardacre<br />

be a cheap option by universities<br />

which I think is a<br />

sad indictment of our further<br />

education system. Supply<br />

and demand hasn’t<br />

worked. There are too many<br />

young graduates coming<br />

out of the universities and<br />

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Law firm Pannone Corporate<br />

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private equity and<br />

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equity and M&A experience<br />

having spent more than 25<br />

years in the <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

market advising private equity<br />

houses and some of the<br />

region’s top public and private<br />

companies on major<br />

transactions.<br />

Tim said: “After many years<br />

in the industry, I know that<br />

I’m at my best working with<br />

and alongside entrepreneurs.<br />

Pannone Corporate is<br />

an entrepreneurial law firm<br />

with a clear vision and an<br />

obvious choice for dynamic<br />

and fast-growing clients<br />

with ambitious aspirations. I<br />

am looking forward to helping<br />

these clients achieve<br />

their goals through securing<br />

external investment and<br />

mergers and acquisitions.”<br />

Pannone Corporate Managing<br />

Partner Paul Jonson<br />

said: “Tim is highly respected<br />

in the dealmaking<br />

community and enjoys excellent<br />

relationships with<br />

the region’s private equity<br />

houses. We will benefit<br />

greatly from his relationships,<br />

knowledge and expertise.”<br />

Promotions follow strong year for Hill Dickinson’s<br />

Employment and Pensions team<br />

International law firm Hill<br />

Dickinson has bolstered<br />

its Employment and Pensions<br />

team after reporting<br />

a strong year-end across<br />

the group.<br />

Paula Warnock and Michael<br />

Wright have both been promoted<br />

to Partner. Paula has<br />

been with the firm for over 3<br />

years and specialises in Pensions.<br />

Paula’s technical ability<br />

has assisted clients with<br />

historical drafting problems<br />

and preparing complex rule<br />

amendments. In addition,<br />

Paula has recently been instructed<br />

by a number of<br />

schemes to implement closure<br />

and winding up projects.<br />

Michael Wright has also<br />

been with the firm for three<br />

years, and is a national expert<br />

in issues concerning<br />

the training of medical professionals.<br />

He recently successfully<br />

represented a<br />

client in a significant case<br />

concerning the application<br />

of whistleblowing protection<br />

to all junior doctors in<br />

training.<br />

The Pensions team, led by<br />

Barry Gibb in <strong>Manchester</strong>,<br />

now stands five strong and<br />

services a raft of clients<br />

across the North West and<br />

nationally. The team has<br />

grown rapidly overly the<br />

last 3 years and aims to<br />

achieve a turnover of £2m<br />

by 2018.<br />

Barry Gibb, head of Pensions<br />

at Hill Dickinson said:<br />

“Hill Dickinson is committed<br />

to investing in quality talent<br />

to support its growth and<br />

Paula is a prime example of<br />

this. The team has grown<br />

significantly over the past<br />

couple of years and Paula<br />

has played an integral role.<br />

I’m delighted to announce<br />

her promotion.”<br />

Andrew Gibson heads up<br />

the <strong>Manchester</strong> arm of the<br />

12- strong specialist NHS<br />

Employment team.<br />

Andrew said: “Michael’s promotion<br />

to partner in the<br />

NHS Employment team is<br />

testament to the continued<br />

importance the firm places<br />

on its expertise in this area,<br />

and Michael’s extraordinary<br />

success. The team can be<br />

confident of continued<br />

growth and exceptional<br />

client quality led by<br />

Michael’s example.”<br />

Paula Warnock<br />

Michael Wright<br />

Hall Brown Family Law strengthens team<br />

with three expert appointments<br />

Hall Brown Family Law has<br />

boosted its growing team<br />

with the appointments of<br />

a Senior Associate, Associate<br />

and Solicitor only six<br />

weeks after opening its<br />

doors in King Street, <strong>Manchester</strong>.<br />

Eleanor Aguirre joins as Senior<br />

Associate, with Laura<br />

Guillon as Associate, and<br />

Alice Couriel, Solicitor. All<br />

three were part of the family<br />

team assembled by Hall<br />

Brown founders, Sam Hall<br />

and James Brown, when at<br />

JMW Solicitors and instrumental<br />

in raising the family<br />

department from a Tier 4 to<br />

the top Tier 1 ranking.<br />

With more than five years’<br />

experience in all areas of<br />

family law, Eleanor Aguirre,<br />

who is also fluent in Japanese,<br />

has particular expertise<br />

in complex contact disputes,<br />

international relocation,<br />

drug and alcohol<br />

concerns, and allegations of<br />

harm toward children.<br />

Eleanor adds: “Like Sam and<br />

James, I believe it’s more important<br />

to invest time with<br />

clients, and offer empathy<br />

and a quality service, rather<br />

than have a high volume of<br />

cases. It’s exciting to be invited<br />

to join a firm with such<br />

respected individuals, a<br />

strong shared ethos and be<br />

involved in its development.”<br />

Joining as an Associate,<br />

Laura Guillon, is experienced<br />

in working with high<br />

profile individuals, cases involving<br />

complex trust assets,<br />

property abroad and<br />

pre-marriage issues. Half-<br />

French, bilingual Laura says:<br />

“Having previously worked<br />

with Sam and James for two<br />

years, I am delighted to be<br />

reunited and join Hall<br />

Brown Family Law. I am a<br />

huge fan of straight-talking<br />

and cutting through corporate<br />

legal jargon, and<br />

strongly believe clients appreciate<br />

honest answers<br />

from professional and empathetic<br />

advisors – that’s<br />

why they recommend<br />

lawyers they trust.”<br />

Solicitor, Alice Couriel,<br />

trained under Sam and<br />

James at JMW and has been<br />

Back, L to R: Ele Aguirre, Laura Guillon and Alice Couriel.<br />

Front: Sam Hall and James Brown.<br />

involved in a range of family<br />

law disputes, including<br />

complex high value financial<br />

settlements and private<br />

children law proceedings.<br />

The 25-year-old said: “It is<br />

particularly exciting to be<br />

involved with a new firm so<br />

early on in its evolution.<br />

And to know, trust and admire<br />

your colleagues creates<br />

such a positive,<br />

mutually respectful and optimistic<br />

atmosphere. The future<br />

looks bright.”<br />

Hall Brown co-founders,<br />

Sam Hall and James Brown,<br />

added: “We are delighted to<br />

get the old team back together.<br />

Ele, Laura and Alice<br />

are excellent lawyers and<br />

are committed to delivering<br />

the service that our clients<br />

deserve and expect. We<br />

could not have asked for a<br />

better start for the firm. As<br />

well as the clients who followed<br />

us, we have had a<br />

record number of new<br />

clients in the first few weeks<br />

of trading and, as a result,<br />

require several other members<br />

of staff which is very<br />

exciting.”<br />

President’s Column<br />

continued...<br />

not enough jobs as solicitors for them at the end of the process. I reiterate that paralegals<br />

have an important role to play, but there is no question that many school leavers commence<br />

law undergraduate courses blissfully unaware that the chance of them qualifying<br />

as a solicitor several years down the line is increasingly remote.<br />

I’ll come back to this in later columns as the recent consultation on the introduction of a<br />

Solicitors Qualifying Examination closed in April <strong>2016</strong> following much debate and discussion.<br />

I will be discussing that in more detail with Julie Brannan, the SRA’s director of Education<br />

and Training and will report back, so watch this space.<br />

Michael Hardacre<br />

President<br />

The deadline for the August<br />

edition of the <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

is 14th <strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Email<br />

j.baskerville@jbaskerville.co.uk


Regulatory Affairs Committee Update<br />

On 8 and 9 June, I had the<br />

great pleasure of chairing<br />

the Liverpool and <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Law Societies’ annual<br />

regulatory<br />

conferences. We had excellent<br />

speakers on a wide<br />

variety of subjects so, for<br />

those of you who were unable<br />

to attend, I will use<br />

this opportunity to update<br />

you on some of the<br />

key messages from the<br />

conferences.<br />

SRA<br />

The SRA’s focus was on the<br />

new consultation “Looking<br />

to the Future”, released only<br />

a week prior to the conferences<br />

so it was very new to<br />

everyone. This is probably<br />

the most significant consultation<br />

issued by the SRA<br />

since the proposed introduction<br />

of OFR in 2010. You<br />

will have heard of the SRA’s<br />

plans to reduce the size of<br />

the Handbook and we now<br />

have the detailed proposals<br />

as to how the SRA plans to<br />

do this. The intention is to<br />

reduce the number of Principles<br />

from 10 down to 6<br />

and to then have 2 Codes of<br />

Conduct, one for individual<br />

solicitors and the other for<br />

firms. The Codes have been<br />

reduced in size and content<br />

too with the solicitor code<br />

stretching to only 7 pages<br />

and the firm code being 6<br />

pages long. The intention is<br />

to provide guidance and<br />

toolkits in the form of case<br />

studies/decision trees etc to<br />

help firms and individuals<br />

understand what is expected<br />

of them. Those delegates<br />

in <strong>Manchester</strong> had an<br />

opportunity to look at some<br />

of the case studies the SRA<br />

has annexed to the consultation<br />

and I think it is fair to<br />

say that they were unimpressed<br />

with them as tools<br />

that would assist. Take a<br />

look for yourself and let me<br />

know what you think! The<br />

other part of the consultation<br />

relates to access to justice<br />

and the proposal to<br />

allow solicitors to deliver<br />

services to the public as solicitors<br />

in unregulated businesses.<br />

This is just as<br />

important a proposal and<br />

requires a great deal of consideration<br />

so I urge you all<br />

to read the consultation,<br />

watch the SRA’s webinars,<br />

engage in the debate and<br />

feed back either direct to<br />

the SRA, or through your<br />

local law society contacts.<br />

The consultation is open<br />

until 21 September.<br />

Accounts Rules<br />

Continuing with the theme<br />

of consultations, <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

delegates also heard<br />

from Andrew Baker of RSM<br />

accountants on the different<br />

approach now being<br />

adopted by reporting accountants<br />

following revisions<br />

made in November<br />

2015 with the focus now<br />

being on the risks to client<br />

money and providing qualified<br />

reports only were there<br />

have been material<br />

breaches and/or significant<br />

weaknesses in the firm’s systems<br />

and controls. He also<br />

discussed the proposed<br />

changes to the Accounts<br />

Rules (the consultation on<br />

this is running in parallel to<br />

the consultation on the revisions<br />

to the handbook I<br />

mentioned above) involving,<br />

again, a slimmed down<br />

version with a redefining of<br />

client money. Again, have a<br />

read of the consultation and<br />

feedback your views.<br />

Legal Ombudsman<br />

Kathryn Stone, chief Legal<br />

Ombudsman, was very well<br />

received and spoke about<br />

the importance of signposting<br />

clients to the LeO in the<br />

final decision letter. She expressed<br />

“disappointment<br />

and dismay” at the number<br />

of firms who fail to signpost<br />

and even where the firm<br />

does signpost, many provide<br />

the wrong details!<br />

Check your complaints policy<br />

and procedures to ensure<br />

you don’t end up<br />

having to pay a case fee for<br />

something that can so easily<br />

be rectified. She also confirmed<br />

that the LeO will be<br />

looking in more detail at the<br />

issue of third party complaints<br />

and the case fee debate<br />

so watch this space for<br />

further developments.<br />

The Information Commissioner<br />

also spoke at the Liverpool<br />

conference about<br />

the GDPRs and the importance<br />

of reviewing your<br />

data protection procedures<br />

now so that you are geared<br />

up for the changes ahead.<br />

Fraud<br />

Mickaela Fox of Weightmans<br />

gave a detailed review<br />

of fraud issues affecting law<br />

firms including mortgage<br />

fraud and money laundering,<br />

personal injury/EL and<br />

PL claims and cyber crime<br />

and provided a number of<br />

very useful tips for avoiding<br />

falling victim to such scams.<br />

Reviews of your policies and<br />

procedures, the need for<br />

training of your staff and<br />

audit/testing were recommended<br />

as essential steps<br />

all firms need to be taking.<br />

Sara Hutton of RBS Bank<br />

also provided a useful insight<br />

into cyber attacks<br />

from the bank’s perspective<br />

at the <strong>Manchester</strong> conference.<br />

AML<br />

Continuing the fraud<br />

theme, Jonathan Fisher QC<br />

gave a thoroughly engaging<br />

and interesting update<br />

on recent AML case law at<br />

the Liverpool conference<br />

whilst Bill Jones, CEO of<br />

Riliance Training Ltd, focussed<br />

in <strong>Manchester</strong> on<br />

the specific obligation of<br />

LLPs and Limited Companies<br />

to now keep a PSC Register,<br />

emphasising that it is a<br />

criminal offence not to do<br />

so.<br />

PII Insurance and Risk<br />

Colin Taylor of Willis entertained<br />

the Liverpool delegates<br />

with stories of how to<br />

manage client expectations<br />

and the importance of risk<br />

management from an insurer’s<br />

perspective whilst<br />

Richard Gledhill of MFL in<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> reminded<br />

everyone of the impact of<br />

the new Insurance Act.<br />

My thanks go to all the<br />

speakers for giving up their<br />

time and for helping create<br />

such a stimulating and<br />

thought provoking day. I<br />

promised an information<br />

packed day and we certainly<br />

got it! My thanks also<br />

to all delegates for your<br />

contributions and feedback.<br />

If you didn’t come, you<br />

missed a treat – next year<br />

perhaps?!<br />

In the meantime, check out<br />

the consultations!<br />

Michelle Garlick<br />

Chair<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society<br />

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Forthcoming Events<br />

8 Movers & Shakers<br />

Davis Blank Furniss announces new partner,<br />

promotions & NQ appointment<br />

Davis Blank Furniss - the<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> & Glossop<br />

based law firm – has promoted<br />

Anita Shepherd to<br />

partner in its Family team.<br />

Anita joined the firm in<br />

2012 and works out of the<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> and Glossop offices.<br />

She handles all aspects<br />

of family law and is<br />

also a Resolution Advanced<br />

Accredited Specialist with a<br />

focus on domestic abuse<br />

and advanced financial provision.<br />

Before qualifying,<br />

Anita studied Applied Social<br />

Studies at Sheffield Hallam<br />

University and she then<br />

completed her Legal Practice<br />

Course at <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Metropolitan University.<br />

Kate Oldfield – managing<br />

partner – said: “Since arriving<br />

at Davis Blank Furniss,<br />

Anita has made a huge impact;<br />

her drive, enthusiasm,<br />

rapport and knowledge of<br />

the law have all helped to<br />

grow the team so her promotion<br />

is much deserved<br />

and is a clear reflection of<br />

her talent.”<br />

Anita added: “The last four<br />

years have been a period of<br />

growth for me as Kate and<br />

the partnership have allowed<br />

me to grow my work<br />

in my own way. That level of<br />

autonomy has really inspired<br />

me. Becoming a partner<br />

is - of course - a milestone<br />

in my career, but my<br />

focus is now on adding<br />

more value to the business<br />

and our clients.”<br />

The firm has also promoted<br />

Jennifer Smith to associate<br />

in the Property team and<br />

Kirsty Morbey to associate<br />

in the Family team. Whilst<br />

Edward Moss has been appointed<br />

as a clinical negligence<br />

and professional<br />

negligence solicitor following<br />

the successful completion<br />

of his training contract.<br />

Clyde & Co enhances infrastructure offering<br />

with new partner hire in <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Global law firm Clyde & Co<br />

has announced the arrival<br />

of Steve Cannon as a Partner<br />

in its Global Projects<br />

and Construction Group.<br />

Steve's arrival further expands<br />

the firm's growing infrastructure<br />

offering. He<br />

joins the <strong>Manchester</strong> office<br />

bringing a wealth of expertise<br />

and experience in construction<br />

and engineering<br />

dispute resolution. He joins<br />

the firm from Eversheds.<br />

Cannon is a recognised<br />

leader in construction and<br />

engineering disputes with<br />

over 15 years' experience.<br />

He has expertise and experience<br />

in national and international<br />

markets including<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> and the North<br />

West, the Middle East and<br />

Singapore. Steve specialises<br />

in complex international arbitration<br />

and cross border<br />

dispute resolution.<br />

John Morris, Global Head<br />

the Projects and Construction<br />

Group said: "Steve is a<br />

valuable addition to our<br />

growing infrastructure offering<br />

and will significantly<br />

enhance our construction<br />

and engineering capabilities<br />

in the UK. With many of<br />

our contractor, developer<br />

and international investor<br />

clients increasingly looking<br />

at projects in the North<br />

West, Steve's appointment<br />

will further enhance our offering<br />

in the region.<br />

Steve Cannon said: "I am delighted<br />

to be joining Clyde<br />

& Co and its market leading<br />

global construction practice.<br />

Locally, the North West<br />

continues to see significant<br />

construction opportunities<br />

and with ongoing infrastructure<br />

investment interest<br />

and the government's<br />

devolution agenda, <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

will continue to be<br />

an exciting place to practice."<br />

The firm's infrastructure<br />

group has seen significant<br />

growth in the past 12<br />

months in the UK and globally.<br />

In June 2015, Clyde &<br />

Co's infrastructure practice<br />

was joined by market leaders<br />

Liam Buckley and Stelios<br />

Coutsavlis who strengthened<br />

the firm's real estate,<br />

projects and energy sector<br />

offerings and developed a<br />

new commercial real estate<br />

practice in <strong>Manchester</strong>.<br />

Edward Moss, Anita Shepherd, Kirsty Morbey & Jennifer Smith.<br />

Mark Farrell appointed as Managing Director<br />

at Hilary Meredith Solicitors<br />

Wilmslow-based Hilary<br />

Meredith Solicitors Ltd<br />

has appointed Mark Farrell<br />

as Managing Director.<br />

Mark, who joined the firm<br />

last year as Operations Director,<br />

has extensive experience<br />

in the legal, claims<br />

management and financial<br />

services sectors. Previous<br />

roles include CEO at Beresfords<br />

Solicitors and Managing<br />

Director at Capita. He<br />

also has extensive experience<br />

in the insurance sector,<br />

having worked at Aon and<br />

Royal & Sun Alliance.<br />

Said Hilary Meredith:“Since<br />

joining as Operations Director<br />

at the beginning of<br />

2015, Mark has been instrumental<br />

in increasing the<br />

strategic focus of the business.<br />

As a member of our<br />

main board he has an important<br />

role to play in the<br />

ongoing development of<br />

the firm. We are delighted to<br />

appoint him as Managing<br />

Director.”<br />

Mark Farrell<br />

Said Mark Farrell:“In a fast changing legal services market,<br />

we are continuing to build the business by delivering an<br />

outstanding service to our clients.”<br />

Leading <strong>Manchester</strong> Business Dispute Resolution<br />

Team expands with new recruit<br />

Dispute resolution lawyer,<br />

Leighton Baldwin, is the<br />

latest recruit as Slater and<br />

Gordon expand its business<br />

services practice in<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong>.<br />

Leighton specialises in dispute<br />

resolution and covers<br />

many areas including landlord<br />

and tenant, rent and<br />

service charge disputes and<br />

property litigation.<br />

He said: “I am thrilled to be<br />

joining Slater and Gordon’s<br />

business services team. I<br />

aim to satisfy my clients’<br />

personal and commercial<br />

aims whilst resolving their<br />

business disputes.”<br />

Leighton has further experience<br />

in breach of<br />

covenants, forfeiture and<br />

Commercial property law<br />

specialist, HRC Law, has<br />

advised Afrapoco Limited<br />

trading as Jazooli on its<br />

recent acquisition of<br />

larger warehouse premises<br />

to support their continued<br />

business growth.<br />

The e-commerce retailer,<br />

based in South <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

and specialising in electronic<br />

gadgets, has seen<br />

substantial growth since inception<br />

in 2008. In 2012, the<br />

business relocated to a<br />

2,500 square foot warehouse<br />

which the operation<br />

has now outgrown and this<br />

recent acquisition sees the<br />

business take another leap<br />

forward in terms of size, taking<br />

on 36,000 square feet of<br />

space.<br />

Jazooli operates nationally<br />

termination and lease renewals.<br />

He said: “Even the best-run<br />

businesses can have disputes.<br />

I take great pride and<br />

enjoyment in helping to resolve<br />

disputes by devising<br />

the best possible strategy<br />

and giving clear and practical<br />

advice.”<br />

Craig McAdam, who heads<br />

up the dispute resolution<br />

team for Slater and Gordon,<br />

said: “Over the last year we<br />

have seen an increased demand<br />

for our business services<br />

and I’m delighted that<br />

the dispute resolution team<br />

is expanding.<br />

“However you decide to resolve<br />

your business dispute,<br />

be it through negotiation,<br />

and internationally and<br />

their extensive new warehouse<br />

will help them to<br />

continue to supply the evergrowing<br />

demand for their<br />

products.<br />

Sam Wilson, Director, of Jazooli<br />

said: “Our fast-growth<br />

means we’ve had to quickly<br />

develop our infrastructure<br />

to support this. The team at<br />

HRC were considered<br />

throughout the transaction,<br />

prioritising the protection<br />

of our interests and business.<br />

We had peace of mind<br />

throughout the transaction.”<br />

Helen Marsh, commercial<br />

property solicitor and partner<br />

at HRC Law, added: “Location<br />

can be everything for<br />

a business – especially<br />

when a business depends<br />

Leighton Berwin<br />

mediation or litigation, having<br />

experienced lawyers on<br />

your side is invaluable.<br />

“We are very happy that<br />

someone with such wideranging<br />

expertise as<br />

Leighton is joining the<br />

team.”<br />

HRC Law advises on Jazooli’s North West expansion<br />

Helen Marsh<br />

on its logistics and supply<br />

chain as much as Jazooli<br />

does. We all knew that it<br />

was imperative to secure<br />

this new warehouse in order<br />

for the company to continue<br />

on their upward curve.<br />

We are pleased that we<br />

were able to complete the<br />

acquisition within the short<br />

timescale required.”


Feature 9<br />

City Profile<br />

In this edition Sandie Gaines, Centre Director and Associate Professor at the<br />

University of Law in <strong>Manchester</strong> talks to the <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

Sandie Gaines was appointed as the Centre Director,<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> at The University of Law (ULaw) in <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

in February, she is also an Associate Professor at<br />

the uUniversity. She joined ULaw seven years ago as a<br />

tutor, becoming an Operations Manager, then an Academic<br />

Manager.<br />

Originally from the North East, Sandie started her legal career<br />

with training contract at a small but diverse law firm in<br />

Kent. Sandie says that the caseload at was very varied and<br />

included litigation, landlord and tenant, family, personal injury<br />

and crime and Sandie also developed a niche area of<br />

practice in immigration work.<br />

Once qualified Sandie specialised in criminal law and moved<br />

to Whyte & Co Solicitors. Sandie was a duty solicitor and advocate,<br />

taking cases to trial level and client and caseload<br />

management. However Sandie decided that she wanted to<br />

become an employment lawyer, and moved to ASB Law,<br />

where she managed a substantial caseload of employment<br />

work, acting mainly for company clients. She then moved to<br />

the firm’s Brighton office to establish an employment department.<br />

Sandie also spent a few years with DMH Stallards in Crawley<br />

where she was again an employment specialist, working for<br />

the agricultural, independent schools and charities sectors.<br />

Sandie re-located to <strong>Manchester</strong> in 2007 to join Hammonds<br />

LLP (now Squire, Patton, Boggs LLP), where she advised on<br />

TUPE, collective redundancies and corporate support work.<br />

It was whilst in <strong>Manchester</strong> that she saw an advertisement<br />

for tutors at The College of Law. Sandie says “I had designed<br />

and delivered employment law training for corporate clients<br />

and considered myself to have a varied set of skills and I<br />

thought it would be interesting to expand my horizons.”<br />

Sandie’s role now encompasses a broad range of activities,<br />

including the financial management of the Centre, overseeing<br />

course management as well as developing the student<br />

experience, including the promotion of excellence in teaching<br />

and learning.<br />

Sandie says that the training of students and young lawyers<br />

has changed for the better since she did her training contract.<br />

She says “A good solicitors needs to be client focused<br />

and they also need to have entrepreneurial skills. Perhaps<br />

the biggest difference now is the expectations of the clients.<br />

They are much more aware of what to expect and they are<br />

looking for efficiency and value. There have also been<br />

changes to the way in which clients are invoiced and now<br />

we see more fixed costs rather than hourly rates.”<br />

Sandie says that prospects for students from The University<br />

of Law are very good and they have a very high employability<br />

rates currently backed up by an Employment Promise..<br />

She adds “Students leave the university with excellent legal<br />

and analytical skills as well as being commercially aware. A<br />

large number find training contracts and others secure positions<br />

as paralegals, which often leads to a training contract<br />

at a later stage. Wherever they go they have the necessary<br />

skills to be succeed.”<br />

Sandie says that her personal mission as Centre Director is<br />

to keep developing good links between ULaw in <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

and the local legal profession and wider business community.<br />

Anyone who may be interested should email<br />

Sandie.Gaines@law.ac.uk.<br />

Away from the university, Sandie enjoys walking and running,<br />

and spending time with her husband and Henry the<br />

cat.<br />

For more information about ULaw visit www.law.ac.uk<br />

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10 News<br />

Trio of new partners for Slater Heelis LLP<br />

Three new partners have<br />

been appointed at <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

and Cheshirebased<br />

law firm Slater<br />

Heelis LLP.<br />

cured lending and all landlord<br />

and tenant matters.<br />

Phillip is a Resolution-accredited<br />

family lawyer and<br />

mediator. He specialises in<br />

complex issues that arise<br />

following the breakdown of<br />

a relationship, divorce and<br />

civil partnership dissolution.<br />

Georgina is a private client<br />

team lawyer specialising in<br />

areas involving mental capacity<br />

and Court of Protection<br />

work.<br />

Chris Bishop, managing<br />

partner of Slater Heelis, said:<br />

“I’m delighted Hannah,<br />

Georgina and Phillip have<br />

all accepted the offer of<br />

partnership here at the firm.<br />

We’re committed to rewarding<br />

talented lawyers and<br />

this shows that we’re a firm<br />

keen to invest in the future<br />

of the practice in multiple<br />

disciplines.”<br />

Hannah Al-Shaghana, Phillip Rhodes and Georgina Bradshaw<br />

Alan Lumley of DLA Piper<br />

Alan Lumley, a promising<br />

finance associate at DLA<br />

Piper, tragically passed<br />

away in April while competing<br />

in the Wilmslow<br />

half marathon. It was his<br />

birthday and he had just<br />

turned 31.<br />

Due to his achievements<br />

during his career and his<br />

“proactive and dedicated<br />

approach” on transactions,<br />

Alan was shortlisted in the<br />

lawyer of the year categories<br />

at both the Pro.<strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Made in <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Awards and the Insider NW<br />

Young Professionals Awards<br />

(<strong>2016</strong>), with client testimonials<br />

describing Alan as<br />

“demonstrating a lot more<br />

skill and composure than is<br />

expected of a lawyer of his<br />

level of qualification”. However,<br />

it is the many warm<br />

tributes to Alan that have<br />

been received by his family<br />

and his firm that show the<br />

impact that Alan has had on<br />

the <strong>Manchester</strong> professional<br />

community and how<br />

deeply saddened they are<br />

to have lost a bright and talented<br />

lawyer. He was described<br />

by his team as a role<br />

model for the junior lawyers<br />

and always led by example.<br />

Feedback from clients was<br />

consistently high, praising<br />

in particular his composure<br />

and logical approach to<br />

problem-solving. A JustGiving<br />

page has been set up to<br />

collect charitable donations:<br />

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/alan-lumley<br />

"Alan joined DLA Piper in<br />

2009 as a trainee solicitor<br />

and qualified into the finance<br />

team in 2011. He recently<br />

secured a<br />

well-deserved promotion to<br />

Senior Associate. From early<br />

in his career it was clear Alan<br />

would excel and he did. The<br />

Partners in <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

were delighted to nominate<br />

Alan for both the Pro.<strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Made in <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Awards and the Insider NW<br />

Young Professionals Awards<br />

as he was not only achieving<br />

great results at work, impressing<br />

clients and peers,<br />

he was also a role model in<br />

how to be really successful<br />

while maintaining the<br />

lovely guy personality that<br />

we all enjoyed. Alan had so<br />

much to look forward to at<br />

work and in life. He is greatly<br />

missed by all those that had<br />

the real pleasure of knowing<br />

him." Liam Cowell, Office<br />

Managing Partner,<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong>, DLA Piper<br />

Mills & Reeve’s scores a hat-trick with top<br />

private wealth team award<br />

Law firm Mills & Reeve’s<br />

private wealth team has<br />

won the Regional Law<br />

Firm of the Year accolade<br />

for the third consecutive<br />

year at the Citywealth<br />

Magic Circle Awards.<br />

The firm, which has an office<br />

in <strong>Manchester</strong>, beat off stiff<br />

competition to secure the<br />

award which was voted for<br />

by more than 12,000 members<br />

of the public and<br />

judged by ten industry experts.<br />

Now in their 11th year, the<br />

awards are run by Citywealth,<br />

the magazine for<br />

North West law firm Farleys<br />

has announced the<br />

promotion of Inquests<br />

lawyer Kelly Darlington to<br />

Associate Partner and<br />

Head of Inquests.<br />

Darlington, who is based in<br />

Farleys’ <strong>Manchester</strong> office,<br />

joined the firm as a paralegal<br />

in 2009 and qualified as<br />

a solicitor in 2012. She has a<br />

national client base, specialising<br />

in Inquests and Actions<br />

against Detaining<br />

Authorities and represents<br />

bereaved families and interested<br />

persons, with a particular<br />

emphasis on deaths in<br />

prison, police custody, hospitals<br />

and local authority<br />

care.<br />

global wealth management<br />

experts dealing with<br />

£20million+ high net worth<br />

clients.<br />

Mills & Reeve’s national private<br />

wealth team, made up<br />

of more than 100 lawyers<br />

and a private client base estimated<br />

to be worth more<br />

than £4billion, advises high<br />

net worth individuals, entrepreneurs<br />

and professionals<br />

on estate planning, including<br />

wills, trusts, family investment<br />

companies and<br />

family charters.<br />

Deborah Clark, partner in<br />

the private wealth team in<br />

Commenting on the promotion<br />

Jonathan Bridge,<br />

Partner at Farleys said “Kelly<br />

is an exceptional solicitor<br />

and is well respected by her<br />

clients. Kelly has been instrumental<br />

to the growth of<br />

our Inquest department<br />

and her promotion recognises<br />

her hard work and<br />

contribution to the growth<br />

of both the department and<br />

the firm.”<br />

Kelly said: “I am thrilled to<br />

be promoted to Associate<br />

Partner and Head of Inquests<br />

here at Farleys and<br />

I’m excited to continue supporting<br />

the progression of<br />

the firm and develop the Inquest<br />

department.”<br />

Hannah Al-Shaghana,<br />

Georgina Bradshaw and<br />

Phillip Rhodes have all been<br />

promoted to partner level.<br />

Hannah is a commercial<br />

property lawyer whose expertise<br />

encompasses all aspects<br />

of commercial<br />

property work including acquisitions<br />

and disposals, sethe<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> office of<br />

Mills & Reeve, said: “It is a<br />

fantastic achievement to<br />

win the award three years in<br />

a row and is a testament to<br />

the private wealth team’s<br />

market leading position and<br />

our highly skilled lawyers<br />

who are dedicated to providing<br />

a top quality of service<br />

to clients.”<br />

The winners were announced<br />

at an awards ceremony<br />

at The Grange Tower<br />

Bridge Hotel in London attended<br />

by more than 300<br />

people.<br />

Leading Inquest Lawyer promoted to<br />

Head of Team<br />

It has been a treble winning<br />

start to summer for<br />

international sports<br />

lawyer Maurice Watkins.<br />

The senior partner and head<br />

of sport at Brabners , based<br />

in <strong>Manchester</strong> has had two<br />

successful trips to Wembley<br />

as chairman of Barnsley FC<br />

and presented the medals<br />

at the <strong>2016</strong> Euro Aquatic<br />

Championships at the<br />

Olympic Pool in Stratford as<br />

chairman of British Swimming.<br />

Maurice , CBE , former Man<br />

Utd director said ; " It feels as<br />

if I have been living out of a<br />

suitcase for weeks now , - all<br />

very hectic but hugely enjoyable<br />

and rewarding to<br />

witness so much sports success.<br />

" It was a great honour for<br />

me to present gold medals<br />

to both Tom Daley in the 10<br />

metre diving competition<br />

and to swimming star Adam<br />

Peaty in the 100 metres<br />

breast stroke at the European<br />

Aquatic Championships.<br />

We are now in<br />

good shape for the Olympic<br />

Games this summer.<br />

"In football ,the 3-1 win<br />

against Millwall at Wembley<br />

in the League One plays offs<br />

was the icing on the cake<br />

and returns Barnsley to the<br />

Championship. When you<br />

think that Barnsley were<br />

bottom of League One last<br />

November and lost the<br />

manager in February, this<br />

Kelly Darlington<br />

Maurice Watkins treble success<br />

Maurice Watkins with Gold Medal winning diver Tom<br />

Daley at Euro Aquatic Championships<br />

success is nothing short of<br />

extraordinary.<br />

" Any trip to Wembley is a<br />

great experience , but to go<br />

twice in a season and<br />

emerge as winners on both<br />

occasions is a marvellous<br />

achievement for the club. "<br />

Earlier in the season Barnsley<br />

beat Oxford Utd 3-2 to<br />

win the Johnstone's Paint<br />

Trophy at Wembley.


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12 Movers & Shakers<br />

Pannone Corporate advises Stockport-based<br />

Abney Garsden on Simpson Millar acquisition<br />

Leading <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

The corporate team at<br />

Pannone Corporate has<br />

advised one of the UK’s<br />

leading law firms dedicated<br />

to advising victims<br />

of abuse, Abney Garsden,<br />

on its acquisition by personal<br />

injury specialist<br />

Simpson Millar.<br />

The deal also includes<br />

Stockport-based Abney<br />

Garsden’s family and wills<br />

departments.<br />

Simpson Millar is owned by<br />

stock market listed Fairpoint<br />

plc. Adlington-based Fairpoint<br />

acquired Simpson Millar,<br />

which has offices across<br />

the UK, in 2014 marking its<br />

entry into the legal services<br />

market.<br />

Abney Garsden was established<br />

in 1985 by Peter Garsden<br />

and has become a<br />

pioneer of securing justice<br />

for survivors of abuse.<br />

The Pannone Corporate<br />

team was led by partner<br />

Mark Winthorpe and included<br />

solicitor Craig Geraghty.<br />

Peter said: “This is a very exciting<br />

time for us and with<br />

the support of Simpson Millar<br />

we can add even more<br />

value to our clients and<br />

have even further added security<br />

for the important<br />

work we do, especially<br />

abuse cases.<br />

“I cannot praise the corporate<br />

team at Pannone Corporate<br />

highly enough for<br />

the outstanding advice and<br />

support they gave me<br />

throughout one of the most<br />

important transactions of<br />

my professional life. They<br />

were understanding, industrious,<br />

supportive, and<br />

legally astute and I am extremely<br />

grateful.”<br />

Mark added: “Abney Garsden<br />

has built an outstanding<br />

reputation in the market<br />

and the acquisition by<br />

Clough & Willis Makes Property<br />

Appointment at Bolton Office<br />

Law firm Clough & Willis<br />

has appointed Susan<br />

Trudgeon to the Property<br />

team at its Bolton office.<br />

She has joined the firm as<br />

a licensed conveyancer<br />

and will handle a portfolio<br />

of residential property<br />

work.<br />

Simpson Millar will enable it<br />

to significantly expand and<br />

maintain its leading position<br />

in a consolidating market.”<br />

Peter Watson from Simpson<br />

Millar said: “We knew instantly<br />

that Abney Garsden<br />

was the right type of firm to<br />

join Simpson Millar because<br />

of their strong values and<br />

social conscience.<br />

“The extended offering we<br />

now have in our portfolio<br />

means we can give better<br />

and wider services to all our<br />

clients. Peter has built a<br />

strong firm with a positive<br />

future and by joining Simpson<br />

Millar we can offer a<br />

more flexible and secure<br />

place to compete effectively<br />

in the market place.”<br />

Simspon Millar was advised<br />

by Lizzy Tindall and Alistair<br />

Cree from Eversheds.<br />

6 Partner Promotions for JMW<br />

based law firm JMW Solicitors<br />

LLP has announced<br />

that they have made 6 at<br />

promotions Partner level<br />

with a further 21 promotions<br />

also made within the<br />

firm effective form 1 May<br />

<strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Commercial Property Partners<br />

Claire Hamilton and<br />

Warren Martin who joined<br />

the firm in 2013 and 2015<br />

respectively have been<br />

made Fixed Equity Partners.<br />

Claire Hamilton is the key<br />

Partner working for a major<br />

property developer and investor<br />

in the North West,<br />

while Warren Martin names<br />

amongst his property finance<br />

clients Lowry Capital<br />

and Aldermore.<br />

Meanwhile Derek Millard-<br />

Smith an expert in Consumer<br />

Regulatory work<br />

brought his expertise to<br />

JMW in 2015 and acts for<br />

ParkingEye and the British<br />

Parking Association membership.<br />

Michael Purvis<br />

joined JMW as an Associate<br />

in 2012 and has progressed<br />

to Fixed Equity Partners<br />

holding the relationships<br />

with introducers such as<br />

Precise Mortgages, JLL, SPF<br />

and Move with Us.<br />

There have then been 6 promotions<br />

from Senior Associate<br />

to Partner for Mark<br />

Heppell and Vicky Protano<br />

from Corporate, Tasnim<br />

Khalid and Jodi Lund from<br />

Private Client, Nick<br />

McAleenan in Media Law<br />

and Lee McGovern who occupies<br />

a New Business role<br />

in the firm.<br />

Elsewhere in the firm there<br />

have been 8 promotions to<br />

Senior Associate for Ben<br />

Miller, Louise Wakely and<br />

Richard Glover from the<br />

Commercial Litigation<br />

team, Paul Gotch and Daniel<br />

Harrison from the Private<br />

Client team, Jennifer Smith<br />

in Employment, Holly Tootill<br />

in Family Law and Faris Humadi<br />

in IT.<br />

A further 9 promotions from<br />

Solicitor to Associate see<br />

promoted Danielle Gibson,<br />

Linda Medhurst and<br />

Michael Walker (Personal Injury),<br />

Holleh Cyples, Gaynor<br />

Dent and Breda Fallon (Private<br />

Client), Sara Bluston<br />

(Corporate), Stephanie Adjepong<br />

(Commercial Property)<br />

and Mike Bloor (New<br />

Business).<br />

Prior to these promotions,<br />

staff numbers have also increased<br />

at JMW from 280 to<br />

320 including 7 new Partners<br />

joining the firm in the<br />

past 12 months.<br />

Commenting on the wealth<br />

of promotions at JMW, Senior<br />

Partner Joy Kingsley said:<br />

“All these promotions are<br />

well deserved and reflect<br />

our continuing policy of<br />

promoting from within as<br />

well as making effective lateral<br />

hires. 2015/16 has seen<br />

us promote 6 internal candidates<br />

to Partnership while<br />

hiring 7 Partners from outside<br />

of the firm. As we continue<br />

to enhance our<br />

reputation in the North<br />

West it is increasingly important<br />

that we retain our<br />

talented lawyers who need<br />

to see our commitment to<br />

their future.”<br />

JMW recently announced<br />

an annual increase in Revenue<br />

of 16% in the year<br />

2015/16, which has grown<br />

to £22 million from £10 million<br />

in 2010/11. Profit also<br />

increased by 13%.<br />

Susan has worked in the<br />

legal sector for 12 years and<br />

has been a qualified conveyancer<br />

for the past seven.<br />

She has previously worked<br />

at Russell and Russell, Fieldings<br />

Porter and Countrywide<br />

Conveyancing<br />

Services.<br />

The firm’s Bolton office<br />

opened in January this year<br />

and offers a range of services<br />

including Commercial &<br />

Residential Property, Employment,<br />

Personal Injury<br />

and Family Law as well as<br />

Wills, Trusts and Probate.<br />

Shefali Talukdar – managing<br />

partner of Clough & Willis –<br />

Shefali Talukdar, Susan Trudgeon & Lee Martson<br />

(partner at Clough & Willis).<br />

commented: “We are delighted<br />

to welcome Susan<br />

to the practice. She has<br />

some great experience and<br />

is a valuable addition to our<br />

existing Property team<br />

which is based at our Bury<br />

head office.”<br />

Susan added: “I’m really excited<br />

to be joining Clough &<br />

Willis. It’s an exciting time<br />

for the firm following the recent<br />

opening of the Bolton<br />

office. I’m now looking forward<br />

to helping grow both<br />

our presence and reputation<br />

in the town.”<br />

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Building Blocks acquired by Dutch digital agency<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong>-based digital<br />

agency Building Blocks<br />

has been acquired by<br />

Dept UK Holding Limited.<br />

Building Blocks is a top 100<br />

digital agency, which specialises<br />

in helping global<br />

companies solve complex<br />

problems using digital technologies.<br />

Based on Portland Street in<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> and with additional<br />

offices in the US and<br />

Spain, the privately-owned<br />

agency was founded in<br />

2007 by Andrew Iddon and<br />

Jonathan Whiteside. The<br />

two founding partners<br />

along with third partner<br />

Jasper van de Luijtgaarden<br />

will retain an interest in<br />

Dept UK Holding Limited as<br />

part of the deal.<br />

Hill Dickinson acted on behalf<br />

of the acquirer, a wholly<br />

owned subsidiary of Dutch<br />

digital agency Dept, with a<br />

team led by corporate partner<br />

David Mkhitarian and<br />

assisted by James Down<br />

and Sean Lightfoot (corporate)<br />

and Tom Slinger (employment).<br />

Partner Richard<br />

Capper provided banking<br />

advice to the acquirer.<br />

Part of an international network<br />

of leading digital<br />

agencies, Dept, which is<br />

backed by Waterland Private<br />

Equity, is a full service<br />

digital company employing<br />

350 creatives, developers<br />

and data scientists that provide<br />

integrated digital solutions<br />

to clients.<br />

Frank Schmid, Managing Director<br />

of Dept, said “In order<br />

to build a truly international<br />

digital agency, rapid expansion<br />

into the UK market was<br />

our top priority. We believe<br />

David Mkhitarian<br />

Building Blocks is the perfect<br />

first addition in the UK<br />

to our network of agencies.”<br />

Partner Darren Warburton<br />

of Squire Patton Boggs advised<br />

the sellers on the<br />

transaction and was assisted<br />

by Laura Green and<br />

Mary Brock.


The SRA 13<br />

CPD for a modern profession<br />

Paul Philip, Chief Executive, Solicitors Regulation Authority<br />

As I said when meeting<br />

with the <strong>Manchester</strong> Law<br />

Society Council in early<br />

May, we are continuing to<br />

reform how we work,<br />

looking at areas where we<br />

can get rid of outdated<br />

regulatory burdens and<br />

improve public protection.<br />

As part of that reform, I<br />

wanted to look at the traditional<br />

16 hours of CPD per<br />

year requirement. This approach<br />

had not been substantively<br />

updated for more<br />

than 25 years and had,<br />

frankly, become a tick-box<br />

exercise. That was not good<br />

for the profession or the<br />

public.<br />

So we are now moving to a<br />

more flexible, modern approach.<br />

From November<br />

this year, solicitors in England<br />

and Wales will no<br />

longer count CPD hours. Instead,<br />

the new approach<br />

means they will reflect on<br />

their work and choose training<br />

that is right for them<br />

and their firm. It is about<br />

making sure solicitors are at<br />

the top of their game: competent,<br />

ethical and ready to<br />

deliver high-quality services<br />

to their clients.<br />

We recognise that every solicitor<br />

and firm is different,<br />

and that means that they<br />

need to take their own approach<br />

to learning and development.<br />

Removing the<br />

blanket ‘16 hours a year’ requirement<br />

encourages<br />

practitioners to undertake<br />

meaningful continuing professional<br />

development activities,<br />

and helps to reduce<br />

the cost of regulation.<br />

Positive feedback<br />

We want to make sure that<br />

switching to the new approach<br />

is straightforward.<br />

The feedback we have had<br />

so far has been positive. We<br />

undertook a survey on the<br />

changes recently, and I was<br />

pleased to see that almost<br />

half of the law firms and solicitors<br />

who responded have<br />

already moved to the new<br />

approach. Of these, nearly<br />

two thirds percent said they<br />

did this at no extra cost to<br />

their business and three<br />

quarters of those who had<br />

already changed approach<br />

said that the transition took<br />

just three months or less.<br />

Meanwhile, feedback suggest<br />

that firms are already<br />

seeing the benefits.<br />

For example, Stuart Snape,<br />

Managing Partner at <strong>Manchester</strong>-based<br />

Graham Coffey<br />

& Co Solicitors has told<br />

us: "This change of approach<br />

gave us the opportunity<br />

to stop seeing CPD as<br />

something 'only for solicitors'<br />

or a 'box to be ticked'<br />

and to better understand<br />

how it benefits our business.<br />

We know that it is in<br />

our firm’s interest to welcome<br />

a more personalised<br />

and flexible approach to<br />

continued training as it<br />

helps maximise our staffs’<br />

potential. This means we<br />

will continue to deliver a<br />

high quality, professional<br />

service to the public.<br />

“Our answer to adopting<br />

the new approach was to introduce<br />

an online training<br />

software with courses specific<br />

to our needs. This allows<br />

us to improve skills in<br />

key areas and focus any additional<br />

training where further<br />

clarity is needed. As<br />

Managing Partner, I found<br />

that by helping to create the<br />

training materials needed<br />

for this, it has also helped<br />

focus my mind on the direction<br />

the firm is taking and<br />

how I can take my staff with<br />

me.”<br />

Help with making the<br />

change<br />

We want to support you<br />

through this change, so to<br />

help you get started we<br />

have created a toolkit on<br />

our website. It has a wealth<br />

of information and resources<br />

including:<br />

• advice on planning, evaluating<br />

and recording learning<br />

• downloadable templates<br />

• real-life examples of how<br />

other solicitors or firms have<br />

adopted and are using the<br />

approach<br />

• an on-demand webinar<br />

that talks you through how<br />

to move to the new approach<br />

Our Handbook says solicitors<br />

must provide a proper<br />

standard of service. A key<br />

part of that is living up to<br />

our Competence Statement.<br />

So we have not<br />

changed our expectation<br />

that all solicitors will make<br />

an annual declaration about<br />

their continuing competence.<br />

A move away from a onesize-fits-all<br />

approach to a<br />

greater focus on training<br />

that matters to you has to<br />

be the right way for a modern<br />

profession in a fast moving<br />

market to stay up to<br />

date. I am sure you will see<br />

the benefits for you and<br />

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14 Feature<br />

In conversation with Nigel Day<br />

Tributes to Nigel<br />

Nigel Day of Hague Lambert is standing down from the Law Society Council<br />

after sixteen years. He talks to Julia Baskerville about his career and<br />

involvement with <strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society and the national Law Society...<br />

There can be very few solicitors<br />

who have devoted<br />

so much time, effort and<br />

dedication into representing<br />

the views of the profession<br />

than Nigel Day.<br />

Nigel is standing down as<br />

one of the <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

representatives on the<br />

Law Society Council after<br />

a tenure of sixteen years.<br />

Nigel qualified as a solicitor<br />

in 1979 after training with a<br />

sole practitioner Neville<br />

Brooks in Wythenshawe.<br />

Nigel says the firm was essentially<br />

“law in the raw” - a<br />

typical legal aid practice<br />

and as a trainee and newly<br />

qualified solicitor worked<br />

on a broad range of cases<br />

from family, crime and litigation,<br />

although says that<br />

litigation in those days covered<br />

a ‘multitude of sins.”<br />

After two years as a qualified<br />

solicitor Nigel saw an<br />

advert in “The <strong>Messenger</strong>”,<br />

although adds that this was<br />

the old version of the <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

that was xeroxed by<br />

the team in the office. Nigel<br />

applied to the firm, Lambert<br />

Storey, was successful and<br />

joined as an assistant solicitor,<br />

becoming a partner in<br />

1986.<br />

Nigel was the firm’s litigator,<br />

running the litigation department<br />

with various assistants.<br />

Several years down<br />

the line and again Nigel<br />

saw an advert in the <strong>Messenger</strong>,<br />

this time from a firm<br />

who were interested in<br />

merging. Nigel responded<br />

to the advertisement and in<br />

January 1996 Lambert<br />

Storey merged Hagues to<br />

become known as Hague<br />

Lambert.<br />

Nigel is now the COLP and<br />

senior partner. He says that<br />

life as a solicitor is now very<br />

different with the emphasis<br />

on specialisation and risk<br />

management. He welcomes<br />

this but wonders sometime<br />

whether the profession<br />

loses sight of the need to<br />

give advice as opposed to<br />

explaining to people what<br />

they can do He says that<br />

during his career I have seen<br />

the expectations of clients<br />

change quite dramatically,<br />

adding “when I first started<br />

my legal career clients came<br />

to see a solicitor with little<br />

or no legal knowledge, now<br />

the internet has changed<br />

this and it is important that<br />

the solicitor can add value<br />

to this by giving advice and<br />

helping clients to make decisions<br />

and choices.”<br />

When Nigel moved to <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

he made the decision<br />

to take more interest in<br />

the professional locally and<br />

attended events and<br />

courses organised by <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Young Solicitors<br />

Group He became Chair of<br />

the YSG in 1988. The following<br />

year Nigel was approached<br />

by the then<br />

President of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Law Society Philip Hodson<br />

who invited him to join the<br />

Council of the Society. Nigel<br />

held a number of roles before<br />

being elected President<br />

of <strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society<br />

in 1998.<br />

Nigel says that it was during<br />

this time that he became<br />

more aware of the national<br />

Law Society, attending a<br />

number of conferences and<br />

events. In 2000 Philp Hodson<br />

who was now one of<br />

the two Council Members<br />

for <strong>Manchester</strong>, Stockport,<br />

Trafford Tameside and Altrincham<br />

stood down and<br />

Nigel was elected to replace<br />

him. Nigel says “I joined the<br />

Council of the Law Society<br />

during a state of crisis. The<br />

presidencies of Martin<br />

Mears and Robert Sayer had<br />

provoked much controversy<br />

and huge rifts were appearing<br />

within the profession.<br />

There was also a £450 million<br />

deficit in the Solicitors<br />

Indemnity Fund and The<br />

Law Society was perceived<br />

as failing to properly handle<br />

complaints against solicitors.<br />

In addition the Vice<br />

President of the Law Society,<br />

Kamlesh Bahl was<br />

forced to resign amid allegations<br />

that she was bullying<br />

staff. She then took the<br />

Law Society to an employment<br />

tribunal claiming race<br />

and sex discrimination. The<br />

Law Society was in a complete<br />

maelstrom”<br />

In 2000 the Law Society<br />

made the decision to create<br />

the role of Chief Executive<br />

and appointed Janet<br />

Paraskeva, who had been<br />

the Director of the National<br />

Lottery Charities Board.<br />

Nigel says “Some within the<br />

Law Society and the Council<br />

thought that Janet<br />

Paraskeva was not the right<br />

person perhaps because of<br />

political bias, but I thought<br />

that many failed to appreciate<br />

that a the role of Chief<br />

Executive was new and unprecedented<br />

for the Law Society<br />

and demanded<br />

someone with an independent<br />

mind. However I<br />

think she viewed the Council<br />

as having little relevance<br />

and not representative of<br />

the membership and therefore<br />

did not seem to be anxious<br />

to establish an effective<br />

working relationship. Council<br />

as a result began to lose<br />

focus, something which has<br />

continued and increased<br />

ever since.”<br />

At that time the Law Society<br />

was both the representative<br />

body for the legal profession<br />

and also the regulator.<br />

Complaints were dealt with<br />

by the Office for the Supervision<br />

of Solicitors based in<br />

Leamington Spa, but as<br />

complaints handling and<br />

claims against solicitors spiraled.<br />

Nigel says that much<br />

of what subsequently occurred<br />

may not have happened,<br />

or would have<br />

developed in a very different<br />

way, had the profession<br />

at large together with Law<br />

Society got to grips with<br />

complaints handling. As it<br />

was the profession was now<br />

very much in the radar of<br />

government which led to<br />

the appointment of in 2003<br />

of Sir David Clementi to<br />

carry out an independent<br />

review of the regulatory<br />

framework for legal services<br />

in England and Wales.<br />

The Clementi Review led to<br />

the Legal Services Act in<br />

2007. Many think that the<br />

Act led to the formation of<br />

the Solicitors Regulation<br />

Authority but, in fact, this<br />

had already been created<br />

by the Law Society in 2005.<br />

This followed much debate<br />

in Council during which<br />

Nigel argued for lay involvement<br />

and independent appointment<br />

rather than<br />

elected body which many<br />

advocated. It was clear that<br />

this would not find favour<br />

with the outside world<br />

which demanded transparency<br />

and independence.<br />

Nigel says that perhaps if<br />

anyone is to blame for the<br />

SRA, it is him!<br />

The Act allowed new kinds<br />

of legal practices to be developed<br />

in which solicitors<br />

could join with non-lawyers<br />

to form practices (legal disciplinary<br />

practices, or LDPs)<br />

and then ABSs. Nigel says “I<br />

remember quite clearly the<br />

debate on the Legal Services<br />

Act and how it would<br />

change the legal market. I<br />

am not sure that this was<br />

fully appreciated. There was<br />

no discussion about what<br />

Regulation is and what it<br />

should look like. The Government<br />

grudgingly, it<br />

seemed, agreed that an independent<br />

legal profession<br />

should be one of the core<br />

principles of the Act but it<br />

did not seem to be a driving<br />

force. Nor does it now and<br />

this government seems to<br />

be more intent upon denying<br />

representation and access<br />

to justice. Sometimes I<br />

fear that there will not be a<br />

legal profession in ten years<br />

time, or will be so drastically<br />

changed as to be ineffectual.<br />

The profession has<br />

changed, is going to have to<br />

continue to change, but I<br />

take comfort from the fact<br />

that contrary to what many<br />

people think solicitors are<br />

highly adaptable and innovative.<br />

Time and time again,<br />

the profession has been<br />

forced down routes we<br />

don’t want to go, but time<br />

and time again we have<br />

changed and evolved and<br />

thrived and we can- we<br />

must- keep doing this.”<br />

Nigel concludes “I found<br />

that joining the committees<br />

or boards of the Law Society<br />

was the most interesting aspect<br />

of the role and where I<br />

felt I could help to achieve<br />

tangible results. The Council<br />

of the Law Society, in its<br />

present form, lacks real purpose<br />

and is not functioning<br />

in the way that solicitors<br />

might assume or expect if it<br />

is the sovereign body. The<br />

Council now needs new<br />

blood and a new approach<br />

and I await with interest the<br />

outcome of the Governance<br />

Review. I have long felt that<br />

one of The Law Society’s<br />

biggest failings is occasionally<br />

promising to deliver<br />

what it cannot. I hope that<br />

it does not do so on this occasion.<br />

”<br />

Nigel says he has no plans at<br />

the moment, other than to<br />

run the firm, spend more<br />

time with his family, particularly<br />

granddaughters Serena<br />

and Alexa, try and<br />

reduce his golf handicap<br />

and of course continue his<br />

support of the cause known<br />

as <strong>Manchester</strong> United.<br />

It falls to me as incumbent President, with heavy heart to say a<br />

few words about our National Law Society Member Nigel Day<br />

who will retire from the role from <strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong>. Nigel has been a<br />

member of the national Law Society Council for 16 years and<br />

has performed that role tirelessly. Leaving aside the debate<br />

about the recent Governance Review, Nigel has been a long<br />

term advocate of reform of the way in which our representative<br />

body is structured.<br />

It is apparent to me immediately from my time as President of<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society as well that Nigel is hugely and widely<br />

respected amongst his fellow council members for his insight<br />

into the relevant issues of the day and to cut to the chase.<br />

Not only that, but Nigel has been, as a past president of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Law Society as well, a keen advocate of maintaining<br />

links between local law societies such as our own and the national<br />

council, through thick and thin, it is fair to say that that<br />

view wasn’t always popular at Chancery Lane but I am very<br />

pleased that now, at the end of Nigel’s time on Council, links<br />

between local Law Societies and the national Society are closer<br />

than they have been for many years. That is in no small part<br />

due to Nigel’s persistence in putting forward what must, at<br />

times, have been an unpopular view.<br />

His regular attendance at the <strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society Council<br />

meetings has kept us abreast of developments in Chancery<br />

Lane and given us an opportunity to have a sounding board<br />

and sometimes a target to take aim at; both of which roles he<br />

has taken on manfully. He has taken the joking and sometimes<br />

frustration at the proliferation of pink paper in the National<br />

Law Society meeting notes which prevent him from divulging<br />

confidential information, in good stead. I do still think though<br />

that not being able to tell us what Council members had for<br />

lunch at the last meeting should, for example, be in the public<br />

domain.<br />

I wish Nigel all the best for the future as senior partner of Hague<br />

Lambert and having more time to spend with his family.<br />

Michael Hardacre<br />

President<br />

Nigel has been associated with <strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society Council<br />

since I started here 28 years ago and is part of the fabric of<br />

the Society. He was President in 1998-1999 and became one of<br />

our national Law Society Council members in 2000.<br />

I really don’t think people understand the hard work, loyalty,<br />

commitment and dedication (which has gone WAY above and<br />

beyond the call of duty!) that Nigel has put into the profession.<br />

He really cares about the profession and has given up so much<br />

time to try and help make a difference on a local and national<br />

level.<br />

His wise counsel, knowledge of all things Law Society, our <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

United chats, stories about his grandchildren are just a<br />

few of the things I will miss. I hope he will still say Grace at the<br />

Past Officers Dinner – a job I always ask him to do!<br />

I guess that using your talents and leaving a legacy is something<br />

we all desire to do and Nigel has definitely succeeded in<br />

doing this. And yet he has never sought recognition for his<br />

achievements.<br />

The legal profession is a better place to be because of Nigel’s efforts.<br />

Let’s hope we can all say that when our time comes. Nigel<br />

I will miss you so very much!<br />

Fran Eccles-Bech<br />

Chief Executive<br />

"I've sat on the <strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society Council with Nigel for<br />

some years and always admired his dedication to the profession,<br />

however I never really appreciated just how hard he fights<br />

for the interest of his peers until I joined Council. Nigel made me<br />

feel very welcome and taught me everything I know (considerably<br />

less than everything HE knows) about the workings of<br />

Chancery Lane, and has mentored me (whether he realises it or<br />

not) to my ongoing benefit. His contributions to Council will be<br />

sorely missed, and I'll miss seeing him at meetings even more."<br />

Steve Kuncewicz<br />

Bermans LLP<br />

Law Society Council Member


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16 Talking Heads<br />

Talking Heads<br />

As summer approaches we asked "If you were a holiday<br />

destination, where would you be and why?"<br />

Kimberley Kirby<br />

Partner<br />

Express Solicitors<br />

I would be Hoi An in Vietnam.<br />

A diverse cosmopolitan<br />

melting pot, Hoi An has<br />

successfully preserved evidence<br />

of its own history but<br />

also has signs of change<br />

and development due to<br />

sympathetic influence from<br />

foreign elements. Hoi An is<br />

a unique tourist destination<br />

that opens its arms to all<br />

from across the continents;<br />

it is a preserved South-East<br />

Asian trading port with a<br />

legacy of temples and ancient<br />

tea warehouses. It has<br />

niches where traditional life<br />

has changed very little. This<br />

is juxtaposed with the more<br />

modern influence, a mix of<br />

Chinese, Japanese and European<br />

styles.<br />

This warm hearted place is<br />

traditional at heart but not<br />

out of touch with the outside<br />

world, new opportunities<br />

and happily attracts<br />

visitors to it to share in its<br />

experience.<br />

Steve Kuncewicz<br />

Head of IP and Media<br />

Bermans LLP<br />

Law Society Council<br />

Member<br />

Having just been to Florida,<br />

I'd usually say there. It's<br />

loud, over the top, bad for<br />

you and free of irony. In a<br />

perfect world, however, I'd<br />

prefer to see myself as the<br />

Maldives: remote, in danger<br />

of disappearing but surrounded<br />

by natural beauty.<br />

Oh, and reassuringly expensive<br />

but worth every penny.<br />

I can only hope that my<br />

clients won't ever read this.<br />

Paul Jonson<br />

Managing Partner<br />

Pannone Corporate LLP<br />

I would be Rome; warm, cultured,<br />

sophisticated and not<br />

too much of an effort.<br />

Fran Eccles-Bech<br />

Chief Executive<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society<br />

What city in the world could<br />

be more perfect for a holiday<br />

than the Catalan capital<br />

– Barcelona - home of my<br />

gorgeous husband, Pedro<br />

Not only do I get my very<br />

own interpreter/translator<br />

24/7 but with its cosmopolitan<br />

feel, relaxed pace of life,<br />

breath-taking architecture,<br />

fantastic cuisine, unparalleled<br />

art, culture, golden<br />

beaches and unbeatable climate,<br />

it really is the city that<br />

has everything.<br />

The beachside city’s<br />

bustling art scene and bohemian<br />

vibe make it the offbeat<br />

counterpart to the<br />

more classic Madrid (which<br />

Pedro will NEVER visit anyway!)<br />

We visit Barcelona for its<br />

gorgeous beaches and<br />

eclectic nightlife, plus it has<br />

some of the best seafood in<br />

all of Europe. The streets of<br />

Barcelona are lined with<br />

breath-taking works of architecture,<br />

from Gothic<br />

churches to Antoni Gaudí's<br />

surreal buildings, as well as<br />

modern sites like Maremagnum<br />

Mall. It’s also home to<br />

the one of the world's most<br />

beloved soccer teams,<br />

Barcelona FC – go Barca!<br />

Nigel Poole QC<br />

Kings Chambers<br />

Venice: cultured, romantic<br />

and slowly sinking.<br />

Aiden Carr<br />

Consultant<br />

M & A Solicitors<br />

It would have to be Hong<br />

Kong - rugby mad - and<br />

rugby paradise during the<br />

HK 7s week in late March<br />

every year. A week long<br />

party !!<br />

It likes to get the job done<br />

and is frenetic in parts - Central<br />

and Wan Chai, but able<br />

to spectacularly relax in others<br />

- on Lamma Island or<br />

Deepwater Bay Beach - provided<br />

you check that the<br />

shark nets are still intact !,<br />

It has a great sense of history<br />

and tradition - the<br />

headstones in the cemetery<br />

in Happy Valley guard the<br />

graves of Royal Navy personnel<br />

who succumbed to<br />

outbreaks of cholera and typhoid<br />

in the nineteenth<br />

century.<br />

The corridors of the Hong<br />

Kong Football Club are lined<br />

with photographs of visiting<br />

armed forces rugby<br />

teams and other tourists as<br />

far back as 1886 when the<br />

club was formed.<br />

Needless to say The Hong<br />

Kong Club preserves a style<br />

and elegance of bygone<br />

days and serves a superb<br />

G&T - just like me !!<br />

Hong Kong blends East and<br />

West and the old romantic<br />

with the ultra modern - after<br />

more than 100 years in service<br />

the Star Ferry still brings<br />

commuters to some of the<br />

newest, tallest (and narrowest)<br />

skyscrapers in the world<br />

and of course Hong Kong is<br />

one of the most important<br />

financial and trade centres<br />

in the world.<br />

Like me Hong Kong loves its<br />

food - even the occasional<br />

dish of sweet and sour<br />

snake served with chilled Tsingtao<br />

beer - and does thing<br />

with style - hence The Mandarin<br />

Oriental and Peninsula<br />

Hotels.<br />

So for sport, work, history,<br />

tradition, food and that allimportant<br />

sense of wellbeing<br />

the answer is<br />

definitely Kong Kong.<br />

Niall Innes<br />

Partner & Head of<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> office<br />

Mills & Reeve LLP<br />

I hope that I would be<br />

somewhere quiet and relaxing,<br />

ideally with a fairly poor<br />

mobile signal so that visitors<br />

need to talk to each other<br />

rather than to play on<br />

phones or get troubled by<br />

the real world. I used to<br />

spend quite a lot of time in<br />

an old cottage like that near<br />

Barnard Castle in County<br />

Durham and it was great to<br />

have that peace. I would<br />

therefore be that cottage<br />

because, in my head, that is<br />

how I am like to be around.<br />

I fear however that if you ask<br />

my wife and children they<br />

would think I was some<br />

busy coastal tourist resort<br />

with music blaring till the<br />

early hours because, they<br />

would say, I take days and<br />

days to switch off and calm<br />

down. Even when I do relax,<br />

like that cottage, I would<br />

hope that the cottage is allinclusive<br />

and with a fully<br />

stocked bar<br />

Michael Hardacre<br />

Principal Lawyer<br />

Slater & Gordon LLP<br />

President of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Law Society<br />

I am struggling on this one.<br />

What I want to do is put<br />

what would be my favourite<br />

holiday destination but I<br />

don’t think that’s the point<br />

of the exercise, is it? So, in<br />

the spirit of things, what<br />

kind of holiday destination<br />

am I? Somewhere chilled, I<br />

think (you might have to ask<br />

others about that). Warm<br />

and sunny, like my personality.<br />

At this time of year it<br />

could be any number of<br />

places. Somewhere happy<br />

and sociable, so it has to be<br />

a beach, fringed by palm<br />

trees of an early evening,<br />

looking out to sea. A warm<br />

breeze, beer in hand, kids<br />

splashing around in the sea.<br />

Donkeys, eeyoreing in the<br />

distance. Of course, it has to<br />

be Blackpool.<br />

Raana Afsarpour<br />

Solicitor<br />

JMW Solicitors LLP<br />

I would be Ibiza (my infamous<br />

favourite holiday destination),<br />

because I have a<br />

sunny disposition and a<br />

positive and energetic per-<br />

sonality. I also enjoy traditional<br />

activities and relaxation<br />

when I’m not out and<br />

about and Ibiza surprisingly<br />

has a lot of opportunities for<br />

this too. People are often<br />

sceptical until they’ve been<br />

- a bit like the general public’s<br />

perception of lawyers<br />

until they need one!<br />

Kate Oldfield<br />

Managing Partner<br />

David Blank Furniss<br />

I’d probably say Vietnam as I<br />

like to think that I’m just the<br />

right mixture of chaos, culture<br />

and serenity.... In my<br />

head anyway!<br />

Louise Straw<br />

Partner<br />

Burton Copeland<br />

The question "If I was a holiday<br />

destination where<br />

would I be and why" gave<br />

me food for thought. Would<br />

I be somewhere that was<br />

perhaps a reflection of my<br />

character - someone in the<br />

office on considering this<br />

suggested Siberia ( I really<br />

don't know why!) Would I<br />

be somewhere with hot<br />

sunny beaches or rocky<br />

mountains? I think I could<br />

fit with either of those scenarios.<br />

It definitely would<br />

not be anywhere which required<br />

tents and sleeping<br />

bags; five stars are a must. I<br />

think I would chose to be<br />

Thailand. The country is<br />

beautiful, the people delightful<br />

and the food fantastic<br />

- what more could one<br />

ask for!


Local News 17<br />

Kings Chambers launches unique arbitration service<br />

Barristers at Kings Chambers<br />

have launched a<br />

unique and innovative<br />

service to make it simpler,<br />

faster and more cost effective<br />

for businesses to resolve<br />

litigation disputes.<br />

Sir Maurice Kay, His Honour<br />

David Gilliland QC, Paul<br />

Chaisty QC, Lesley Anderson<br />

QC and David Casement<br />

QC are amongst the<br />

former Judges, silks and<br />

barristers - all of whom are<br />

arbitrators - who have<br />

teamed up from Kings<br />

Chambers to launch Kings<br />

Arbitration Service (KAS).<br />

KAS provides solicitors and<br />

lay clients with an alternative<br />

method of resolving<br />

disputes to the traditional<br />

courts but retains the opportunity<br />

of having cases<br />

tried.<br />

Fixed fees are a key feature<br />

of the service which includes<br />

options of a paper,<br />

one day or two day arbitration<br />

starting at £3,000 for<br />

Three recent digital headlines – and how to react<br />

May saw several announcements<br />

in digital<br />

that may change the way<br />

you operate. We've<br />

rounded up the key<br />

points, and what they<br />

mean for you.<br />

More space for tweets<br />

What happened?<br />

Twitter announced changes<br />

to what counts towards its<br />

character limit. In the coming<br />

months, @usernames,<br />

links, image attachments,<br />

video and polls will no<br />

longer count. Meanwhile<br />

@mentions will be visible to<br />

all followers rather than just<br />

the recipient.<br />

What does it mean?<br />

You can say more in 140<br />

characters. That's especially<br />

important bearing in mind<br />

tweets with media attract<br />

far more engagement. Of<br />

course, everyone else will<br />

be enjoying the same freedom,<br />

so there's more pressure<br />

to stand out as feeds<br />

will be looking increasingly<br />

busy.<br />

disputes over sums up to<br />

£1m.<br />

Kings Chambers says its arbitration<br />

service will be ‘fast,<br />

simple, private and economical’<br />

for companies who<br />

are increasingly shying<br />

away from pursuing costly<br />

litigation in the courts.<br />

Currently arbitration is invariably<br />

only used when a<br />

contract carries an arbitration<br />

clause. Arbitration,<br />

however, can be used for<br />

any dispute with the consent<br />

of the parties.<br />

Kings will host arbitrations<br />

at its chambers in <strong>Manchester</strong>,<br />

Leeds and Birmingham<br />

or at a venue of the parties’<br />

choice. Kings is ranked as<br />

one of the leading sets in<br />

both Chambers UK and<br />

Legal 500 legal directories<br />

and was founded in <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

in 1946.<br />

Colin Griffin, Chief Clerk at<br />

Kings Chambers, said: “At a<br />

time of spiralling costs,<br />

PPC goes mobile first<br />

What happened?<br />

Google announced its Ad-<br />

Words PPC platform is being<br />

'reimagined for a mobile<br />

first world'. Key points include<br />

changes to device targeting,<br />

responsive display<br />

ads, as well as more space<br />

for ad copy and headlines in<br />

search ads.<br />

What does it mean?<br />

Although the changes kick<br />

in later this year, marketers<br />

will need a plan of action for<br />

bid changes and ad copy revision<br />

to ensure they're<br />

being capitalised on.<br />

Google's tests showed increases<br />

of up to 20% in click<br />

through rates for ads using<br />

the new longer copy, so this<br />

is one to watch out for –<br />

more space to promote<br />

your business in search results<br />

should never be overlooked.<br />

...but mobile going adfree?<br />

What happened?<br />

Three announced they will<br />

clients are increasingly looking<br />

at cost effective ways to<br />

resolve their disputes whilst<br />

having access to the best tribunal.<br />

From our research<br />

with law firms across the<br />

UK, it’s clear that the expense<br />

of court litigation is a<br />

barrier to clients pursuing<br />

their action in the manner<br />

they wish.<br />

“With the recent further increase<br />

in ‘issue fees’ much of<br />

the cost is payable before<br />

entering a court. To commence<br />

a claim in court<br />

which is worth £200,000 or<br />

more will require a payment<br />

of £10,000 with strong rumours<br />

that this will double<br />

again in the foreseeable future.<br />

There are also fees to<br />

be paid to the Court Service<br />

each time an application is<br />

made and again when the<br />

case is set down for trial.<br />

“The culture adopted by the<br />

courts has the effect of increasing<br />

costs at every juncture.<br />

Requiring mediation to<br />

be undertaken even if the<br />

test a blanket ad block on<br />

their network for one day in<br />

June, claiming 'the browsing<br />

experience is degraded'<br />

by ads. In the same month,<br />

PageFair reported that mobile<br />

ad blocking rose by<br />

90% globally in the last year<br />

– with 1.3 million Brits now<br />

using ad blockers.<br />

What does it mean?<br />

Mobile display ads face an<br />

uncertain future; although<br />

it's unlikely this will massively<br />

affect a sector like law,<br />

which probably isn't best<br />

suited to pop-ups or interstitials.<br />

User-friendly, nonintrusive<br />

ads may be the<br />

way forward; but crucially,<br />

this means it's wise to adopt<br />

a multi-channel approach<br />

that doesn't leave you open<br />

to changes in any one area.<br />

parties consider there is little<br />

point to avoid being penalised<br />

in costs is a perfect<br />

example.<br />

“We feel we’re approaching<br />

the process of litigation in<br />

an entirely new way. We<br />

want to see litigants accessing<br />

justice in a cost-managed<br />

and efficient way<br />

allowing them to pursue<br />

claims without the hindrance<br />

of large potential<br />

costs or lengthy compliance<br />

procedures.<br />

“A reduction in costs, bureaucracy<br />

and other factors<br />

is clearly in the interests of<br />

both claimants and defendants.”<br />

Colin Griffin of Kings Chambers<br />

highlights the seven<br />

top benefits of arbitration:<br />

1) Cost: the cost of arbitration<br />

is usually much less<br />

than going to court to resolve<br />

a dispute.<br />

2) Speed: typically a dispute<br />

can be resolved within<br />

a 90-day timescale from the<br />

date of instruction if the<br />

parties so request.<br />

3) Privacy: Court hearings<br />

are open to the public and<br />

the press which can be<br />

damaging for the business<br />

interests and reputations of<br />

the parties. By contrast the<br />

Bolton Law Society Annual Dinner<br />

A hundred or so members<br />

of Bolton Law Society and<br />

their guests gathered on<br />

the edge of the moors at<br />

the Last Drop Hotel for the<br />

society’s annual dinner.<br />

arbitration process and<br />

hearings are private and<br />

confidential.<br />

4) Simplicity: The lengthy<br />

and burdensome process of<br />

guiding a case through the<br />

court system is eradicated<br />

as is costs budgeting (unless<br />

the parties agree to it)<br />

and the frustrations of communicating<br />

with the Court<br />

as well as waiting for a response.<br />

By using KAS directions<br />

are invariably issued at<br />

the outset shortly after the<br />

Letter of Appointment is<br />

signed. Most disagreements<br />

are resolved easily with the<br />

Arbitrator able to convene<br />

telephone (or oral) hearings<br />

at short notice and without<br />

application fees.<br />

5) Specialists: All our Arbitrators<br />

are specialists in their<br />

chosen field and have extensive<br />

knowledge of both<br />

litigation and arbitration.<br />

Utilising Kings Arbitration<br />

gives the parties a choice of<br />

who will decide your case<br />

rather than hoping that<br />

your case will be listed before<br />

the “right Judge”.<br />

6) Certainty: fixed costs<br />

and a clear timetables mean<br />

clients will know when a decision<br />

will be made on their<br />

case. This has the benefit of<br />

providing the parties with<br />

greater certainty and reducing<br />

the costs exposure.<br />

Darin Millar, President of Bolton Law Society and<br />

Vice President of the Law Society, Joe Egan<br />

President Darin Millar of<br />

CMA Solicitors welcomed<br />

District Judge Shaw and the<br />

heads of local organisations<br />

as his guests on the top<br />

table. During dinner presentations<br />

were made by former<br />

President Alan Walsh,<br />

who sponsors the awards,<br />

to Claire Higham of KBL Solicitors<br />

and Thomas Egan of<br />

Joe Egan Solicitors who<br />

were first and second in the<br />

Trainee of the Year Competition.<br />

Darin presented prizes<br />

to the top student from<br />

each year of the law course<br />

at Bolton University which<br />

the Society sponsor every<br />

year.<br />

Following dinner another<br />

former President, David Arkwright,<br />

gave a potted history<br />

of the Society in<br />

proposing the toast to the<br />

Society to which his former<br />

7) Binding: An award from<br />

KAS is enforceable by the<br />

Courts in the same manner<br />

as a Judgement from the<br />

Court, with the leave of the<br />

Court. If the losing party refuses<br />

to comply with the arbitrator’s<br />

award the winning<br />

party can simply apply to<br />

enforce the award at Court<br />

and obtain Judgement.<br />

partner Darin responded.<br />

Guests were then entertained<br />

to hilarious tales of<br />

life at the Criminal Bar by<br />

barrister Jaime Hamilton<br />

from 9, St Johns St.<br />

Many of the members and<br />

guests stayed the night at<br />

the hotel and it is rumoured<br />

that discussions of serious<br />

legal issues of the day continued<br />

in the residents bar<br />

until 4 in the morning.<br />

Joe Egan<br />

Sir Maurice Kay<br />

Colin Griffin


18 Management Issues<br />

Management Matters<br />

This column is now into its eighth year and feedback is still good. We would still like to receive observations and ideas for<br />

future issues. Please mail Bill Kirby at billkirby@professionalchoiceconsultancy.com or the publisher Julia Baskerville at<br />

j.baskerville@jbaskerville.co.uk<br />

Critical - Delusional<br />

Can I suggest ever so strongly that you make reference to the<br />

column from August 2015 where I wrote about the working<br />

capital issues facing many firms and included a whole list of actions<br />

that can be taken simply but could make all the difference.<br />

(You can get the piece on the MLS website or I will happily e-<br />

mail it to you).<br />

Management, accountability and targets are key for fee earners<br />

and heads of departments.<br />

Time certainly flies but even in the last few weeks I have seen<br />

evidence that even with the blessing of external accountants<br />

(who should but obviously don’t always know better) some<br />

firms are still making monthly WIP adjustments that flatter revenue<br />

figures, enhance gross profit and consequently net profit<br />

when there is no substance. When the foundations are built on<br />

sand.<br />

A real working capital error if it cannot be turned into cash.<br />

With available technology – your PMS system or reporting tools<br />

there is no reason why a fee earner cannot, every month, review<br />

all matters and declare what is the recoverable WIP going to be<br />

and very importantly when. Department heads then have a realistic<br />

assessment of performance and the forecasted future and<br />

the finance team are in a much better position to forecast cash<br />

flow.<br />

It’s not just the running out of money scenario but there is also<br />

a major impact on discretionary spend looking forward.<br />

I learned all of this within legal 20 years ago when I congratulated<br />

the FD of a London firm on their achievement of £12m<br />

turnover. Shaking his head he said it would have been so much<br />

better if we hadn’t written off £1.5m of non recoverable WIP at<br />

the year end. In those days the banks of course would just up<br />

the overdraft as you were lawyers.<br />

As I quoted then “Imagine being a firm with £2.5million of lock<br />

up. Outstanding bills of £500k and a bank putting you under<br />

pressure on a £200k overdraft. Crazy stuff as it can so easily be<br />

fixed with realism.”<br />

A Critical Measure<br />

In passing we have spoken about what I consider to be a key<br />

performance measure. Again within law firms I first became<br />

aware of it when in a partners meeting one stalwart said compared<br />

to the others his billing performance was by far and away<br />

the best and so his opinion should count for more. It was only<br />

later when I checked things out that I discovered that he had a<br />

team of four working directly for him – secretary and three others<br />

so that when we took account of his drawings and the direct<br />

cost of the others his contribution to the practice was effectively<br />

zero.<br />

Gross Profit is a critical performance measure for the firm and<br />

comparing performance by heads of department. Still unfortunately<br />

not uniformly applied but so important. It is missing<br />

from some PMS systems even now but it is critical that this is applied.<br />

GP is a simple calculation that takes the billing by department<br />

and deducts the direct costs of doing the work, partner drawings,<br />

costs of employment of departmental staff (partners,<br />

lawyers, para-legals, secretaries and referral fees if there are<br />

any). There is no point in trying to allocate other overheads or<br />

discretionary spend as that is what they are as well as being a<br />

diversion.<br />

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Local News<br />

His Final Bow<br />

In June 2014, we reported in the <strong>Messenger</strong> that Bill Jones had stepped down as Managing Partner as JMW. In<br />

April this year Bill retired from private practice after spending more than 40 years in the law. Bill’s retirement<br />

prompted a multitude of good wishes. Here are just a few tributes that Bill received, confirmation that he<br />

truly is a <strong>Manchester</strong> Legal Legend...<br />

The last 15½ years have been an absolute pleasure and I feel<br />

so very privileged to have worked not just for you but alongside<br />

you and learnt so very much. You have inspired me<br />

throughout my career and have been a phenomenal role<br />

model. I now find myself in a great position here at the firm<br />

surrounded by fantastic people and this is down to you and I<br />

simply cannot thank you enough. Not only have you been<br />

my boss but also a true great friend and together we have<br />

shared so many laughs and happy times be it on the football<br />

pitch, golf course, ski holiday’s and of course our obligatory<br />

weekly pints in the Grapes. These times will be etched in my<br />

memory forever.<br />

People often refer to certain key figures as ‘Legends’ and most<br />

of the time it is not used in the right context but I think it is<br />

right for you! The true legend of JMW.<br />

Dan Clark<br />

I have never working with a more charming and inspirational<br />

bloke. Good bosses lead but great boss inspire and you inspired<br />

me. Maybe too much!<br />

I hope we’ll catch up in the not too distant future and wish<br />

you all the best with your new venture. As always, it sounds<br />

very exciting.<br />

All the very best and thanks for the memories.<br />

Sam Hall<br />

There is no way of saying this without sounding like a complete<br />

suck up but having the chance to watch you work has<br />

been genuinely special.<br />

What Sam and I are striving to create is a firm with an atmosphere<br />

and ethos like the one you created. You genuinely are<br />

an inspiration for us. I know due to your modesty you may<br />

not accept what I am writing which is why I am emailing as<br />

opposed to saying it to you when you would cut me off.<br />

It would be an honour if you would on occasion spare us<br />

some time as a mentor to share your wisdom and guidance...<br />

Thank you for the chance to work with you. I know that the<br />

next chapter for you will be just as amazing as the last.<br />

James Brown<br />

Thank you so much for being so kind and welcoming in the<br />

short time that I have known you.<br />

You are truly an inspiration and from the bottom of my heart<br />

I wish you all the best.<br />

Look forward to seeing you soon.<br />

With kind regards<br />

Tasnim Khalid<br />

On a personal note I would like to take this opportunity to say<br />

many sincere thanks for what you have done for me and my<br />

family – in particular our Ben.<br />

All those many years ago I’ll bet you never envisaged creating<br />

such a fantastic family business and for it to have grown so<br />

much.<br />

In many ways a business reflects the image and personality<br />

of its head.<br />

Much like a football team mirroring the manager’s image in<br />

the way they play.<br />

For sure Bill you created JMW in the way you are as a person.<br />

Obviously the foundations you have put into place will mean<br />

that JMW will remain in ‘The Champions League’ for many,<br />

many years.<br />

You can rest assured that we are in extremely safe hands.<br />

All the very best for the future with your new challenge although<br />

I don’t think you need luck – you will for sure succeed<br />

and bring your own special brand and personality to the role.<br />

And always remember…………..<br />

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but<br />

by the moments which take our breath away.”<br />

Cheers Bill<br />

Alan Warner<br />

Return of a Traveller<br />

Long-standing <strong>Manchester</strong> Law Society member Aidan Carr has returned to practice in<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> after spending nearly two years commuting to Dublin to develop a new<br />

office for BLM and then taking a six month sabbatical, travelling in California.<br />

Aidan, former Senior Partner at Rowlands moved to<br />

BLM in March 2010 to specialise in healthcare regulatory<br />

work, defending doctors and dentists under investigation<br />

by the General Medical Council and<br />

General Dental Council and providing representation<br />

in related inquests and prosecutions.<br />

Before the move Aidan successfully defended in many<br />

high profile cases including the first gross negligence<br />

manslaughter prosecution at the Old Bailey arising from<br />

the inspection of fairground rides and secured a stay of<br />

proceedings on the grounds of abuse of process in a prosecution<br />

brought by the Environment Agency – Greater<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong>`s Fridge Mountains Case. He provided representation<br />

in The Shipman Inquiry.<br />

Aidan commented “I enjoyed my 5 years at BLM immensely.<br />

I had grown up professionally with many of the<br />

partners there so it was a pleasure to work alongside<br />

them. Initially I also undertook work for the SHE team but<br />

then focussed on GMC and GDC Fitness to Practise Hearings<br />

and related cases in the coronial and criminal courts”.<br />

When BLM opened their new Dublin office in October<br />

2012 Aidan was appointed Head of Office with responsibility<br />

for business development. The appointment was a<br />

success – the office grew three-fold in less than 2 years.<br />

Aidan explained “I had kept in touch with all the contacts I<br />

had made in Dublin during my time as business development<br />

partner at Rowlands, when the Irish economy was<br />

buoyant and the Irish were investing heavily in property in<br />

the UK and so I had a flying start as Head of Office in Dublin.<br />

It was a very busy time in my career because whilst developing<br />

the Dublin office I also continued to undertake client<br />

work in the UK, flying back for conferences and hearings in<br />

Edinburgh, <strong>Manchester</strong> and London.<br />

This did however mean that in less than two years I made<br />

just under 300 flights between the UK and Ireland, so when<br />

we had successfully established the Dublin office I decided<br />

to have some down-time and went travelling in California<br />

and Spain, before accepting a consultancy with niche practice,<br />

Morrison and Associates – a position which has enabled<br />

me to return to my wider scope of practice whilst continuing<br />

to provide representation in the healthcare sector”.<br />

Aidan can be contacted at –<br />

Morrison and Associates Solicitors,<br />

53 Fountain Street,<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong>,<br />

M2 2AN.<br />

Email: ac@maasolicitors.co.uk<br />

Mobile: 07736 466 078<br />

Telephone: 0161 850 1090<br />

Fax: 0161 247 8448


20 Charity & CSR<br />

CILEX<br />

LawWithoutWalls<br />

LawWithoutWalls is about<br />

developing a future generation<br />

of lawyers that are<br />

commercial, innovative,<br />

digitally-savvy and global<br />

thinkers.<br />

This innovative programme<br />

supports students in developing<br />

the right skill set to<br />

thrive in the new global<br />

legal marketplace, learning<br />

how to collaborate across<br />

borders and time zones."<br />

Bryan Hughes, Chief Executive<br />

of Eversheds.<br />

<strong>2016</strong> marks the fourth year<br />

of Eversheds’ involvement<br />

with LawWithoutWalls, an<br />

innovative legal and commercial<br />

education project<br />

developed by the University<br />

of Miami School of Law with<br />

whom Eversheds has partnered<br />

since 2013.<br />

The programme is part virtual,<br />

part in-person and is<br />

designed to engage future<br />

leaders of the legal profession<br />

to innovate, develop<br />

commercial skills and improve<br />

cross-border working<br />

practices within the context<br />

of real commercial projects.<br />

LawWithoutWalls has built a<br />

world-class reputation, taking<br />

students from major law<br />

and business schools<br />

around the world and providing<br />

them with a platform<br />

to develop in ways which<br />

are fully aligned to Eversheds’<br />

brand mission of<br />

‘thinking without boundaries’.<br />

This year LawWithoutWalls<br />

kicked off in Madrid in January.<br />

50 students from across<br />

the world including China,<br />

Australia, South Africa, the<br />

US, the UK, Spain and Germany<br />

came together with<br />

over 100 mentors from the<br />

legal and business world.<br />

These mentors included<br />

university professors, general<br />

counsels of multi-national<br />

corporates,<br />

entrepreneurs and practising<br />

lawyers at international<br />

law firms and from inhouse.<br />

20 of these mentors<br />

were either senior lawyers<br />

or ‘rising stars’ from Eversheds<br />

who were in turn<br />

partnered with 20 client<br />

mentors taken from a selection<br />

of Eversheds’ largest<br />

clients. These included<br />

Unilever, Iron Mountain, The<br />

Co-operative Bank, HSBC,<br />

Volvo and many more.<br />

Three lawyers from Eversheds’<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> office attended<br />

– James Batham<br />

(Global Head of Innovation),<br />

Sarah Naylor (Principal Associate,<br />

Financial Services<br />

Dispute Resolution) and<br />

Lizzy Tindall (Senior Associate,<br />

Corporate).<br />

The <strong>2016</strong> cohort spent a<br />

weekend together in<br />

Madrid where they were divided<br />

into 10 teams consisting<br />

of students, Eversheds’<br />

mentors, Eversheds’ client<br />

mentors, and other mentors<br />

from legal practice, academia<br />

and business. The<br />

teams worked on teambuilding<br />

exercises, received<br />

personal development<br />

training, heard the stories of<br />

previous LawWithoutWalls’<br />

participants and learnt how<br />

to work effectively together.<br />

Each team left Madrid with<br />

a topic or problem from<br />

legal education or practice,<br />

with topics ranging from social<br />

justice to systems design.<br />

Teams were tasked<br />

with exploring their topic,<br />

fine-tuning their problem<br />

for a discrete audience and,<br />

finally, developing a solution<br />

to the problem they<br />

identified. The solution had<br />

to consist of a business plan<br />

and prototype such as an<br />

app, a new model regulation,<br />

a website or new software.<br />

The next four months saw<br />

weekly online meetings,<br />

webinars and training sessions<br />

delivered by worldleading<br />

experts and<br />

covering topics such as<br />

project management, effective<br />

storytelling, brand<br />

awareness and gender<br />

equality. In addition,<br />

through weekly online collaboration,<br />

the teams<br />

worked together on business<br />

plans and prototypes<br />

with Eversheds and client<br />

mentors leading the<br />

process of guiding and supporting<br />

their respective<br />

teams through the research<br />

of their topics and to the development<br />

of an idea.<br />

The LawWithoutWalls programme<br />

culminated in the<br />

‘ConPosium’ which saw the<br />

teams gather together in<br />

Miami in May for this interactive<br />

event. The two day<br />

event saw the teams showcase<br />

their innovations to the<br />

LawWithoutWalls cohort<br />

and a panel of multidisciplinary<br />

judges, including venture<br />

capitalists, who<br />

assessed the substance, viability,<br />

and creativity of the<br />

projects. After the conclusion<br />

of the final team’s presentation,<br />

the entire cohort<br />

voted for their winner. The<br />

<strong>2016</strong> crown was won by<br />

‘VIDE’, a mobile phone app<br />

which aims to increase access<br />

to justice by democratizing<br />

the technology used<br />

to produce social biographical<br />

videos to humanise defendants<br />

of non-violent<br />

crimes in US court rooms.<br />

Lizzy Tindall, a <strong>2016</strong> Eversheds’<br />

mentor commented:<br />

“The whole mentoring experience<br />

was fantastic. It<br />

was humbling to work with<br />

so many talented young<br />

people, together with an<br />

impressive group of mentors.<br />

I came away from the<br />

LawWithoutWalls in Miami<br />

programme with new ideas<br />

about the way we can work<br />

together in the global marketplace,<br />

the way we can<br />

present our ideas and the<br />

way we can engage with<br />

the leaders of tomorrow. It<br />

has made me rethink the<br />

role that both individual<br />

lawyers and law firms can<br />

take in the wider commercial<br />

world.”<br />

Deans Court Chambers Run the <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

10k for Cancer Research UK<br />

On the 22nd May <strong>2016</strong>, members and staff of Deans Court Chambers joined forces to<br />

take part in the Great <strong>Manchester</strong> 10k Run.<br />

Our ultimate goal was to raise money and awareness for an amazing charity in memory of<br />

one of our criminal Barristers, Nicholas Courtney, who sadly passed away earlier this year.<br />

In total we have raised £5254.85 for Cancer Research UK which is an amazing achievement,<br />

and made the run worthwhile.<br />

We would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to donate to a well<br />

worthy cause. We aren’t natural runners here at DCC so taking part in the 10k was a tough<br />

challenge for all involved.<br />

Some of the participants from DCC - We did not look like this once over the finish line!<br />

Team Building in Madrid<br />

Send your Charity and CSR events to<br />

j.baskerville@jbaskerville.co.uk


On Sunday 22 May <strong>2016</strong>,<br />

various members of Irwin<br />

Mitchell took to the<br />

streets of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

with thousands of other<br />

runners to take part in this<br />

year’s Great <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Run.<br />

The run is Europe’s biggest<br />

10k running event , with<br />

around 300,000 runners taking<br />

to the streets. Our <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

team ran to raise<br />

funds for the office charity<br />

of the year, MedEquip4Kids<br />

(http://www.medequip4kid<br />

s.org.uk/).<br />

MedEquip4Kids is a children’s<br />

charity raising money<br />

to provide paediatric medical<br />

equipment and facilities<br />

for hospitals and community<br />

health teams. Their aim<br />

is to help ensure babies,<br />

children and teenagers receive<br />

the best possible care<br />

when sick or injured.<br />

An amazing total of 16<br />

members of the office ran<br />

the race, including Medical<br />

Law Firm tackles 35 mile run and<br />

climb for charity<br />

Jefferies Solicitors has<br />

raised nearly £1,000 for<br />

charity by running the<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> Marathon<br />

and hiking up Snowdon.<br />

The charitable team at the<br />

Altrincham-based solicitors<br />

firm has run and walked 35<br />

miles altogether for their<br />

chosen charity – The Children’s<br />

Adventure Farm Trust.<br />

Four keen runners took part<br />

in the <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

marathon on 10th April led<br />

by director Nina Ramsden,<br />

and a 19-strong team took<br />

part in the Snowdon climb<br />

Negligence Partner, Frank<br />

Patterson. Well done to the<br />

team who ran: Samantha<br />

Lewis, Graham Feeney, Mark<br />

Goodfellow, Mealla Logue,<br />

Frank Patterson, Alex Curran,<br />

Amanda Goral, Emma<br />

Bates, Hayley Crombleholme,<br />

Alan Deveney, Paul<br />

Kelly, Sara Wakefield, Victoria<br />

Akroyd, Darren Hark, Ciaran<br />

Wells, Jonathan Brett.<br />

Some fantastic times were<br />

achieved on the day, despite<br />

the rain that managed<br />

to creep in late morning.<br />

After the race, the team<br />

were invited to join the<br />

charity’s after-party at Bourdon<br />

and Black, just off Albert<br />

Square in <strong>Manchester</strong>,<br />

as the charity showed their<br />

appreciation. It was a great<br />

opportunity for our team to<br />

meet other runners for the<br />

charity.<br />

Alexandra Barrie, Solicitor in<br />

the medical negligence<br />

team in <strong>Manchester</strong> office<br />

and Head of the IMCF <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

committee, said: “It<br />

on 23rd April.<br />

CAFT is Jefferies Solicitors’<br />

chosen charity and the<br />

team has been committed<br />

to fundraising on its behalf<br />

for several years.<br />

Nina Ramsden comments:<br />

“Running and walking over<br />

35 miles across both events<br />

was certainly challenging<br />

but it was a great opportunity<br />

to raise money for a<br />

charity that’s close to our<br />

hearts.<br />

“We have been involved<br />

with CAFT for many years<br />

Charity & CSR 21<br />

Irwin Mitchell takes part in <strong>Manchester</strong> 10k for MedEquip4Kids<br />

is great that so many members<br />

of our office were able<br />

to participate in the Great<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> Run. It’s a fantastic<br />

event with a heartwarming<br />

atmosphere as<br />

members of the public line<br />

the street to cheer on all the<br />

runners. Thank you to all<br />

those from our office who<br />

took part – money is still<br />

coming in from the event<br />

and there’s still time to<br />

sponsor the team!”<br />

If you wish to sponsor the<br />

team who ran please visit<br />

the fundraising page:<br />

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IrwinMitchell10k<br />

To date, the team have<br />

raised over £500 from online<br />

and offline donations<br />

(including gift Aid).<br />

and we’re proud to be helping<br />

such an important charity<br />

in the community.”<br />

CAFT was established in<br />

1985 by Founding Patron<br />

Tim Grundy. It is based in<br />

the grounds of a beautiful<br />

17th Century Farmhouse in<br />

Millington, Cheshire and offers<br />

free adventure breaks<br />

and activities to children<br />

who are disadvantaged by<br />

illness, disability and<br />

poverty.<br />

For more information on<br />

CAFT, visit www.caft.co.uk<br />

Legal eagles planning to fly high in<br />

three peaks challenge<br />

Members of leading <strong>Manchester</strong> law firm,<br />

JMW Solicitors LLP and <strong>Manchester</strong> and<br />

Leeds-based Barristers Kings Chambers,<br />

are set to scale England, Scotland and<br />

Wales’ highest mountains in 24 hours as<br />

they tackle the three peaks challenge for<br />

charity later this month.<br />

The team, comprising 18 individuals from the<br />

two professional services firms, will be raising<br />

money for national charity, the Child Brain Injury<br />

Trust. They aim to conquer the three<br />

mountains in 24 hours, following in the footsteps<br />

of other adrenaline junkies who have<br />

taken on the challenge.<br />

Setting off from <strong>Manchester</strong> city centre early<br />

on the morning of Thursday June 23, the professionals<br />

will reach the Glen Nevis Visitor<br />

Centre, to commence climbing Ben Nevis,<br />

Scotland’s highest mountain, at 5pm. They<br />

will then travel on to Scafell Pike, England’s<br />

highest mountain, and Wales’s highest mountain,<br />

Snowdon. They hope to complete the<br />

challenge by 5pm the following day, Friday 24<br />

June.<br />

Andrew Lilley, partner at JMW and part of the<br />

team undertaking the three peaks challenge,<br />

said: “We’ve had a close link with the Child<br />

Brain Injury Trust for a number of years now,<br />

and when the challenge was laid down to<br />

scale the three peaks, we weren’t able to resist.<br />

I’m really looking forward to seeing<br />

months of training pay off and for our team to<br />

complete the challenge in 24 hours.<br />

“I’m also sure I speak for the rest of the team<br />

when I say how grateful we are for the support<br />

we’ve had from colleagues, family and<br />

friends over the last few months. It feels like<br />

a lot of people have really rallied round to<br />

support our challenge attempt and we’re very<br />

keen to do them all proud.”<br />

The full list of individuals undertaking the<br />

challenge are: Andrew Lilley, Charlotte King,<br />

Andrew Lilley<br />

Naomi O’Rourke, Heather Bennett, Charlotte<br />

Boothroyd, Steve Brown, Liz Fletcher,<br />

Kim Peet, Francesca Powell, Alison Chu,<br />

Sam McElroy, Anna Ozarowska, Catherine<br />

Anderson, Helen Mulholland, Rory Davis,<br />

Steve Loxton, Charlotte Law and Rachel<br />

Galloway.<br />

You can sponsor the team by visiting their<br />

JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CBITthreepeaks<br />

JMW is also the Child Brain Injury Trust’s<br />

sole legal support services provider in the<br />

North West, and ensures that any individual<br />

or family who wishes to use the charity’s<br />

services in the region, is able to access the<br />

full suite of services offered by the firm, getting<br />

the advice they need in the face of an<br />

acquired brain injury.


22 News<br />

CILEX<br />

The Future of Conveyancing<br />

Adam Bullion, General Manager of Marketing at InfoTrack<br />

explores how we have embraced technology and how<br />

technology needs to be employed to reduce the time<br />

between instruction and completion.<br />

Looking back, it’s probably<br />

fair to say that the<br />

processes associated with<br />

conveyancing haven’t<br />

changed dramatically,<br />

other than the failed HIPS<br />

scheme almost 10 years<br />

ago. However, you’re<br />

probably aware that the<br />

Department for Business,<br />

Innovation and Skills (BIS)<br />

will soon issue its ‘Call for<br />

Evidence’ as they look at<br />

the future of conveyancing.<br />

This is in response to<br />

home buyer experiences<br />

where there is an unknown<br />

outlay of costs due<br />

to delays within the<br />

process.<br />

Conveyancers themselves<br />

would admit to sharing similar<br />

frustrations with the<br />

process. Presently, conveyancers<br />

are visiting a<br />

plethora of websites to<br />

complete matters. That<br />

means rekeying the same<br />

information repeatedly into<br />

unrelated systems that look<br />

completely different. And<br />

with each site requiring a<br />

different log in and password,<br />

it’s simply inefficient<br />

when you compare it to the<br />

aggregated technology in<br />

our personal lives.<br />

Consider how we manage<br />

our day to day lives now<br />

we’re living in a 24-hour society.<br />

We all have a myriad<br />

of useful ‘apps’ on our smart<br />

phone or tablet which is<br />

technology that we enjoy<br />

using. It’s these experiences<br />

that change our expectations<br />

– to the point where<br />

we now demand more. Having<br />

been exposed to clever<br />

and intuitive technology we<br />

now have an elevated expectation<br />

of instant results.<br />

Unfortunately, the same<br />

can’t be said of the conveyancing<br />

process, a<br />

process that some consider<br />

as being suffocated by regulation.<br />

Conveyancers’ frustrations<br />

are clear – too many<br />

steps in the process to manage<br />

risk. Too many forms to<br />

complete. Too much rekeying<br />

of data. And too much<br />

time spent managing<br />

clients who don’t understand<br />

the conveyancing<br />

procedure. Taking into account<br />

all these frustrations,<br />

we simply need functional,<br />

enjoyable technology that<br />

ensures the process is made<br />

smoother, faster and easier.<br />

The simplest answer is to<br />

use technology that reduces<br />

the time between instruction<br />

and completion,<br />

keeping both the conveyancer<br />

and homebuyer<br />

happy. Companies that<br />

offer technology for the<br />

conveyancing industry<br />

need to focus on incorporating<br />

all steps of the conveyancing<br />

process,<br />

including AP1 Transfer, SDLT<br />

Submissions and even the<br />

Contract Pack, in order to<br />

make it easier to manage;<br />

simple steps that reduce the<br />

stress of a transaction for<br />

both the conveyancer and<br />

their client.<br />

Providing the industry with<br />

the ability to complete all<br />

relevant searches, transfers,<br />

form submissions and contracts<br />

within a single website<br />

means that<br />

conveyancers will start saving<br />

time from the moment<br />

the quote is issued, and we<br />

all know that time is money.<br />

Utilising a single website<br />

where all aspects of the<br />

process link together eliminates<br />

any rekeying of information<br />

and accessing of<br />

multiple sites simplifying<br />

the various tasks.<br />

The future of conveyancing<br />

is very much a change of<br />

technology rather than the<br />

home buying process. And<br />

that’s why it is now important<br />

that conveyancers<br />

adopt technological<br />

change. In the crowded<br />

market of suppliers, there<br />

are technology innovators<br />

but it’s up to the conveyancer<br />

to take a step back<br />

and look objectively at technology<br />

solutions that deliver<br />

against their needs.<br />

InfoTrack already has a fantastic<br />

heritage of delivering<br />

superior information services<br />

in Australia and has<br />

brought that same vision to<br />

the UK market, with a fast<br />

growing base of happy<br />

clients working with a more<br />

efficient platform. InfoTrack<br />

are applying forward thinking<br />

technology that truly<br />

challenges the traditional<br />

methods of completing a<br />

matter, ensuring all tasks –<br />

from instruction to postcompletion<br />

– can be completed<br />

within a single<br />

system.<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> Free Legal Help<br />

The <strong>Manchester</strong> Free<br />

Legal Help (MFLH) is a<br />

support service located at<br />

the <strong>Manchester</strong> Civil Justice<br />

Centre.<br />

Its aim is to assist people<br />

who need legal advice and<br />

support but are unable to<br />

afford it, or are not entitled<br />

to Legal Aid. The impact of<br />

legal aid cuts, on both<br />

clients and the legal profession<br />

is great. MFLH is committed<br />

to ensuring that<br />

Litigants in Person receive<br />

access to justice and it<br />

should not be seen as a substitute<br />

for Legal Aid funding.<br />

MFLH was set up in September<br />

2014 by The University<br />

of <strong>Manchester</strong> School of<br />

Law and is a clinic of and<br />

supported by LawWorks.<br />

The service offers pro bono<br />

legal advice and support by<br />

coordinating appointments<br />

(face to face or telephone)<br />

with a volunteer<br />

solicitor/barrister. To assist<br />

with and increase the number<br />

of available appointments<br />

MFLH uniquely<br />

brings together a number<br />

of volunteers with wide<br />

ranging skills from law firms,<br />

chambers and three academic<br />

institutions (The<br />

School of Law at The University<br />

Of <strong>Manchester</strong>, The University<br />

of Law and BPP).<br />

Students are supervised by<br />

solicitors and barristers, giving<br />

them the opportunity to<br />

connect with the local legal<br />

profession, as well as gain<br />

valuable skills by actively<br />

engaging with clients who<br />

are often well in to the litigation<br />

process.<br />

The Centre needs volunteer<br />

solicitors and barristers to<br />

assist in providing free legal<br />

advice in different areas of<br />

law such as civil litigation,<br />

consumer rights, wills and<br />

probate, immigration, family,<br />

welfare and more. With<br />

the help of volunteers the<br />

Centre can assist some of<br />

the most vulnerable members<br />

of the community to<br />

access much needed legal<br />

advice and support, in the<br />

fewest steps necessary, thus<br />

saving resources and time.<br />

For firms, involvement with<br />

the Centre is a fantastic addition<br />

to their corporate social<br />

responsibility agenda,<br />

which in turn bolsters its<br />

reputation amongst potential<br />

new clients and employees.<br />

For trainees and junior<br />

lawyers, the service offers a<br />

unique opportunity to access<br />

hands on experience<br />

interacting with clients in<br />

wide ranging areas of law.<br />

The Centre offers volunteers<br />

the ability to do pro bono<br />

work, help Litigants in Person<br />

and support the local<br />

community. The Project Coordinator<br />

will assess the<br />

client needs, take a full referral<br />

with all relevant information<br />

of their case and link<br />

them with the most appropriate<br />

pro bono advisor or<br />

support service thus making<br />

it easier and less time<br />

consuming for the volunteers.<br />

For more information and<br />

to get involved please call<br />

0161 240 5034 or email<br />

freelegalhelp@manchester.ac.uk<br />

MFLH is a sister project of<br />

The University of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

School of Law Legal Advice<br />

Centre (LAC) that has<br />

been running for over 17<br />

years. What started as an<br />

opportunity for law students<br />

to gain clinical education<br />

and experience of ‘real<br />

life’ clients has grown into a<br />

vital community service, advising<br />

the <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

conurbation on a variety of<br />

legal issues, including family,<br />

employment, housing,<br />

and dementia law.<br />

Due to the increase in the<br />

number of mental health requests<br />

the LAC worked hard<br />

to create a sustainable advice<br />

and support network<br />

for these clients. The Dementia<br />

Law Clinic, which<br />

has been created in partnership<br />

with the charity Making<br />

Space, offers free legal<br />

assistance for sufferers of<br />

dementia and their families.<br />

This Clinic has been hugely<br />

successful, and the LAC was<br />

recently awarded ‘Best New<br />

Student Pro Bono Activity’<br />

at the LawWorks & Attorney-General<br />

Awards in London<br />

in recognition of the<br />

positive impact the work in<br />

the Dementia Law arena<br />

has had on the local community.<br />

In addition, the<br />

work done by the LAC was<br />

recently awarded Highly<br />

Commended in the ‘Inspiring<br />

Communities’ category<br />

at the University of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

Social Responsibility<br />

Awards.<br />

The University of <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

is dedicated to alleviating<br />

the detrimental effects<br />

of the cuts to legal aid, and<br />

through the LAC and MFLH<br />

is working to increase access<br />

to justice and support<br />

the local community<br />

through innovative but sustainable<br />

free advice services.<br />

MFLH contact details<br />

Email: freelegalhelp@manchester.ac.uk<br />

Tel: 0161 240 5034<br />

Website: manchesterfreelegalhelp.org.uk<br />

Twitter: @mancfreelegal<br />

LAC contact details<br />

Email: free.legal@manchester.ac.uk<br />

Tel: 0161 275 7976<br />

CILEX News<br />

The Greater <strong>Manchester</strong> CILEx branch would like to<br />

thank Christopher Boxall and Phillipa Hildyard of Park<br />

Square Barristers<br />

(http://www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk/) for providing<br />

May’s training. Christopher and Philippa provided on<br />

training on instructions to Counsel and what information<br />

Counsel would require. The Training was extremely popular<br />

and helpful for all who attended.<br />

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)<br />

scooped the award for 'Best Social mobility initiative by<br />

a professional body' in the <strong>2016</strong> MemCom Membership<br />

Awards held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and<br />

Gynaecologists, London on 19 May.<br />

The MemCom Awards recognise excellence in membership<br />

organisation communications. The social mobility<br />

initiative category was introduced this year to recognise<br />

the changing work of professional bodies. The award<br />

was judged by Nicholas Miller, Director, The Bridge<br />

Group (an independent, not for profit, policy association<br />

promoting social mobility) and Suzanne Maskrey,<br />

Deputy Chief Executive, Brightside (a charity that helps<br />

young people access the education and career pathways<br />

they might not have believed were available to them).<br />

The judging panel in its citation for the award said “CILEx<br />

is the only route into the legal profession which is truly<br />

open to all whatever their background. Going further in<br />

this area, their new CILEx Tech Level 3 Diploma in Law<br />

and Legal Skills launching this year is designed specifically<br />

for 16–18 year olds, it will enable young people to<br />

choose to study practical legal skills and knowledge and<br />

gain valuable work experience that will allow them to<br />

embark on a fulfilling career in law. The judges were impressed<br />

with CILEx’s work in this area including publishing<br />

member stats on background and diversity.”<br />

On winning the award Mandie Lavin, CILEx chief executive<br />

officer, said “It was a huge honour to be nominated<br />

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