We’re quickly approaching the end of not just another year, but another decade. The 2010s have seen many highs and lows, and Manchester has been no stranger to either. So, how have things gone for the city over the past 10 years? We’ve taken a look back at the decade, and how things have changed... Read the rest of this entry →
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Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team – asks: Do you have to follow the civil procedure rules as a litigant in person?
The answer is yes. The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) apply to all parties – including litigants in person. By way of an example, the Supreme Court has held that there is a very high threshold to excuse claimants (including litigants in person) from the strict rules for service of legal proceedings. The claimant, acting in... Read the rest of this entry →
Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team – asks: If someone is taking advantage of the success of your business, what can you do about it?
You could consider making a claim for passing off. An action in passing off can be used to protect the “goodwill” in your business, product or service. Goodwill is the distinguishing feature that makes customers prefer your business, products or services to those of a competitor in the same market. What do you need to... Read the rest of this entry →
It’s that time of year again… the market stalls are up, the lights are on, and supermarkets are dolloping cranberry sauce into every meal deal sandwich they can. Christmas in Manchester is a magical time of year, with the city transforming into a winter wonderland, and offering a whole host of events for you to... Read the rest of this entry →
Andrew Ryan – Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution – asks: Do solicitors have a duty to tell their opponent that they have made a procedural error?
The recent Court of Appeal decision in Woodward and another -v- Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Limited held that a solicitor for a defendant had no obligation to advise solicitors for the claimant that they have made a fatal procedural error. This case concerned the defective service of a claim form. The claim form should have been... Read the rest of this entry →
Andy McNish – Partner in our Corporate & Commercial department – discusses the recent changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief
Summary Entrepreneurs’ Relief is a key Capital Gains Tax relief which may be available when a shareholder who is an employee or officer of a trading company sells his or her shares in that company. If it applies it reduces the CGT rate to 10% (up to a lifetime limit of £10m per person). The... Read the rest of this entry →
The corporate department at Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Manchester-based HFL Consulting Limited on its sale to SLR, which is a global leader in environmental and advisory solutions. The value of the deal has not been disclosed. HFL Consulting offers leadership, management, consulting, engineering and training services to businesses of all sizes across the... Read the rest of this entry →
Manchester is well-known for many things, with the music scene in particular being something the city has often been lauded for. Up there with music however, is the city’s massive sporting history, with Manchester being home to two of the world’s biggest football clubs, and facilities that enable us to be the home of the... Read the rest of this entry →
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Yates as the firm’s new Head of Private Client. Karen joins from Napthens in Preston. Her new role will see her focusing on a variety of core work including wealth and succession planning, inheritance tax advice, trust creation and administration, wills, lasting powers of attorney and... Read the rest of this entry →
We are delighted to announce that Lewis Thompson, associate solicitor in our Private Client team, was named Legal Professional of the Year 2019 at the JCI Manchester Young Talent Awards. The awards ceremony, which took place at The Midland Hotel, attracted hundreds of Manchester’s most talented young professionals. The annual event recognises outstanding individuals between... Read the rest of this entry →