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

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

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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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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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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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