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Author Archives: DBF Law

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

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

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Davis Blank Furniss appoints new Head of Private Client

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

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Lewis Thompson wins Legal Professional of the Year Gong

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 →

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

Where a defendant fails to respond to legal proceedings within the prescribed time period, the claimant may make an application for default judgment. If default judgment is granted, the defendant may be able to make an application to set aside the default judgment if, for example: the judgment was “wrongly entered”; the defendant has a... Read the rest of this entry →

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Safety First. Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client department – discusses home visits

I love home visits.  I get to see the client or their loved ones in a familiar and informal setting, where they are relaxed and more able to give clear instructions.  Many people feel as anxious about visiting a solicitor’s office as going to a hospital appointment and can get flustered when faced with a... Read the rest of this entry →

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

Is the debtor company unable to pay it’s debts? When presenting a winding up petition, the most common ground relied upon by creditors is that the debtor company is unable to pay its debts. A debtor company is considered to be unable to pay its debts where: A creditor has served a statutory demand for... Read the rest of this entry →

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

Consideration can take various forms and can be given in a variety of ways.  Sellers will want to ensure they get a fair price for the company they are selling (the “target”) and buyers will want to ensure that the target is worth every penny. The following mechanisms are regularly used to ensure just that:... Read the rest of this entry →

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

Chinese property investors are a key player in the Manchester property market. They now find themselves, as do most UK businesses, at a crossroads: what to do about Brexit? The fact, which is seen to most betray the economic injuries already caused to the UK by the looming possibility of Brexit, is the decrease in... Read the rest of this entry →

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Think Twice! Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client department – discusses gifting your property

I get a lot of calls from clients who have it on good authority (bloke down the pub / lady in the paper shop) that signing over their house to their children is a sure-fire way of avoiding paying for care fees. They typically want to come in to see me with a view to... Read the rest of this entry →

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

As no-one in the business community needs to be reminded, it is an economic fact that the UK’s current status as a member of the EU means that it is a part of the world’s wealthiest international free market. This serves as a huge benefit to the UK’s economy. However, neither does anyone need to... Read the rest of this entry →

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