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North West Housing Price Rises Best in Country

The North West housing market is leading the way for the rest of the nation as it’s house prices are rising despite the growth rate nationally being at its lowest in 5 years. However, even with house prices in the north west being the strongest in En...

Things First Time Buyers Should Know

Buying your first home is more than likely one of the most exciting and stressful things you will have done to date. It may also be the first time many people will have used a solicitor. With the average age of a first time buyer in the UK now being...

Medical negligence and informed consent

It is a legal requirement for a patient to give informed consent before any medical treatment can go ahead – without valid consent the medical treatment could be considered an assault or battery. Susan Liver, Clinical Negligence specialist and a part...

What is the Court of Protection?

What is the Court of Protection? The Court of Protection aims to safeguard those who are vulnerable or lack capacity to make decisions for themselves about their health and welfare or financial matters. The Court is able to appoint an individual to m...

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection. It is the most common cause of death from infection despite advances in medicine. Sepsis is normally caused by an infection such as pneumonia or flu. Notably, some people a...

What do you mean by serious injury?

I’ve had a serious injury. You may have heard a family member say it. A colleague. A friend. You’ve probably heard it on a TV ad at some point even. You may have even said it yourself. But when someone says “serious injury” what does that actually me...

What is Probate?

The process of applying for the legal right to deal with someone’s property, money and possessions after their death is called ‘Probate.’   A ‘Grant of Probate’ is a legal document issued by the Probate Registry which enables the Executors to adminis...

Should I buy or lease my commercial property?

Making a decision on whether to buy or lease your business property should not be taken lightly. Tony Coates, head of the commercial property team at Birchall Blackburn Law, explains the pros and cons. Buying your own premises can mean freedom from l...

When can I get the keys to my new property?

Moving day has finally arrived, the removal men and women have loaded the van, and you’re all set to drive to your new address. But when can you get the keys? What is completion? Completion day is the day that money is transferred to the sellers soli...

How to avoid challenges to your Will

Once you have written your Will, you will want to ensure that your wishes will be carried out as you intended So how can you ensure that this is the case and no one challenges your Will? We look at what it means to challenge a Will and what you can d...

Guarding against dilapidations costs

Footing a landlord’s dilapidations bill can hit your bottom line hard. Tony Coates, head of the commercial property team at Birchall Blackburn Law, explains how potentially hefty claims arise – and how to minimise them All too often, the first thing...

Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2018

Birchall Blackburn Law has won a prestigious conveyancing award for the second year running. The Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2018 have named Birchall Blackburn Law as conveyancing firm of the year – North of England. This is the second time...

Driverless Cars & the future of UK Driving Laws

Man has conquered the hologram, voice recognition, virtual reality and solar power. We’ve developed technology that has changed the face of society, the workplace, our social interactions and our daily habits. Now we’re entering the realm of technolo...

Is the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ in trouble?

With millennial’s struggling to reach the bottom rung of the UK housing market now more than ever, it has fallen to the ‘bank of mum and dad’ to give them a boost – but now even they are beginning to feel the pinch. One in 4 properties bo...

What should I look out for when viewing properties?

House hunting can be extremely exciting! It’s a new beginning in a new area and the opportunity for a clean slate. You could be upsizing, downsizing or it could be your first home. But regardless of whether it’s a mansion, or a hobbit hole, your firs...

Why we still need Action For Mesothelioma Day

If you think that the devastating legacy of asbestos is confined to the history books then you are wrong – 2,595 people died in 2016 from the asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma. Every year between 2,500 and 2,700 people continue to die...

Can I get out of a property lease early?

Businesses may want to get out of a commercial property lease early for various reasons, such as upscaling and downsizing. Birchall Blackburn Law’s Tony Coates runs the rule over the options. Termination of a lease can be a complex and technically ch...

New report warns of looming incapacity crisis

In the North West: • 96% of people leave important health and welfare decisions to chance • By 2025, more than 13 million people who are at risk of mental incapacity will not be prepared • 73% would like a family member to make medical and care decis...

What is a Lasting Powers of Attorney?

What is a Lasting Powers of Attorney? The government website defines an LPA as: “a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. This gives...

HIP in Cheshire Charity Golf Day

The sun was shining for the Head Injured People (HIP) corporate charity golf day in Cheshire on 28th June. Nestled in the stunning Cheshire countryside, the 18-hole leading championship course at Macdonald Portal Hotel played host to the 15-team golf...

Settle It: Is it illegal to drive barefoot?

It’s summer, it’s hot. You’re in your garden preparing for a BBQ when you realise you’ve forgotten an important fixture in the menu. You head to your car, sit behind the wheel – but there’s one thing that stops you from heading off. You’re bare...

How do I contest a will?

The family of Marcel Chu were in for a shock after his death. He had a close relationship with his family, so they assumed that he would leave any assets he owned to them. Unbeknown to them, they’d been written out of his will by a controlling...

Headway Wirral Dragon Boat Festival 2018

A rag-tag crew from Birchall Blackburn Law, boarded a dragon boat and raced to raise £500 for Headway Wirral a charity that works tirelessly to improve life for people in the area, and their families after a serious brain injury. The crew members tra...

What is dementia?

The Alzheimer’s Society definition of dementia is: ‘a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have becom...

What is a mirror will?

Mirror wills explained Writing a will can often be a daunting experience but it is important to have a will in place and know which type of will is best suited to your individual circumstances. Mirror wills are created for married or unmarried couple...

Our New Dementia Friends Champion!

  Elaine Roberts from the Preston office has completed an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Champions Induction Day and is now registered to present Dementia Friends Information Sessions to local groups, individuals, the general public, and our own B...

Is your pet in your will?

You will have most likely heard of the famous and very sad story of Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby was a Skye terrier who was famous in Edinburgh in the 19th Century for guarding his owner’s grave for 14 years, until he himself died on 14th January 1872. Th...

Why I’m wearing a hat on Friday 18th May

My hat is a Mad Hatter hat. You know, like the one in Alice in Wonderland? It’s wacky. My friends can’t believe I’m wearing it to work next week. But it’s a special day and I’ll be wearing that hat no matter what. Anyway, it’s the meaning behind it t...

Three new associates for Birchall Blackburn Law

North West law firm Birchall Blackburn Law has made three senior promotions across its private client and conveyancing teams.      Fiona Hendry, Joan Kennedy and Michelle Fairhurst have all been promoted to associate solicitor. Based in the...

Moving house with small pets

Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. There’s so much to remember, redirecting post, changing utility bills and a new postcode to learn. It can be a challenge to remember everything you need to do. And don’t...

Can I leave someone out of my will?

It was recently reported in the press that a 94 year old pensioner, (Mr Hodge), excluded his partner, (Mrs Thompson), of 42 years from his will, so that she did not inherit anything from his £1.5 million pound estate. He instead divided his estate eq...

Do you have a keyholder for your burglar alarm?

So you’ve sent your kids to the grandparents and you have dinner reservations at eight. You’re about to leave your house, but before you do you set your burglar alarm. That way you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your house is protected whilst you’r...

I had a serious accident, could I have PTSD?

After a serious accident, the physical injuries are just one part of the aftermath. You may have sustained only minor injuries, or you may have fully recovered from serious ones. You may have witnessed the fatal accident of your loved one or you may...

Moving house, cat myths, and what you should do

The old wives tale of putting butter on your cat’s paws to stop them returning to the old house is unfortunately not true. The logic behind the myth was that by the cat licking off the butter from their paws, they would remove the scent of the...

New coffee and wine bar opens in Southport

A new independent café bar has opened in Southport town centre this week, breathing new life into a vacant shop unit in Bold Street. Kokomo has been launched by Southport resident Adam Lunt who has swapped a career in marketing and business developme...

Two recruits for law firm’s serious injury team

Birchall Blackburn Law has made a double appointment to its serious injury team in the region. Leanne Tattam and Robert Jones have both joined the firm as associate solicitors from CFG Law. Leanne and Robert join Birchall Blackburn Law two months aft...

Make a Will month at Queenscourt Hospice

April is Birchall Blackburn Law’s ‘make a Will month’ to help raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. For the past few years, Birchall Blackburn Law has been supporting the hospice, and last year the campaign raised an impressive £17,702 (including gift...

Lasting Power of Attorney for Elderly Drivers

It was a full house at the Senior Road Users Workshop yesterday (Wednesday 7th March). The event gave elderly drivers information on everything “you need to know about staying safe and independent whilst driving”. The event was held at Flyde Rugby Cl...

House Price Growth in Regional Cities

Regional city house prices make fast gains on the Capital While London’s property market is stalling the UK’s northern and midland’s cities have seen major growth in house prices, according to Hometrack. Immediately following the 2007-2008 financial...

How can I make my divorce an amicable one?

Going through a divorce can be a difficult and confusing time. Gillian Graveson, family law partner at Birchall Blackburn Law looks at how alternative dispute resolution can make the process easier. It’s very rare for couples to find themselves going...

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney

Have you been advised to make a Lasting Power of Attorney, but don’t know what one is or why you would ever need one? Here, Anna-Marie Knipe, partner and expert in private client services for the elderly at Preston-based law firm Birchall Blackburn L...

Christmas opening hours

Our office front doors won’t be open between Christmas and the New Year, but many of our staff will be working throughout the Christmas period and will be happy to help you. Happy Christmas!...

Creating a dementia friendly workplace

Cathy MacCracken, partner at Birchall Blackburn Law, discusses what the firm has done to create a dementia friendly workplace. We understand how daunting it can be for people to visit a solicitor’s office for the first time, so to come when you have...

What are digital assets?

Kristina Smith, private client partner at Birchall Blackburn Law and STEP appointed practitioner, looks at what digital assets are and how people can include them in their will.  What are my digital assets? Like many people, you probably spend a chun...

Are prenups just for the wealthy?

Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, the media has speculated on whether they will sign a prenuptial agreement. Partner and expert in family law at Birchall Blackburn Law, Gillian Graveson explains why you may consider entering a pr...

Vaginal mesh implants should be banned

Mesh implants that are currently used to treat pelvic organ prolapse should be banned in England, says the health watchdog NICE. In April (2017) it was reported that more than 800 UK women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vag...

What to do if you suspect poor medical care

What do you do if you suspect poor medical care or medical negligence? The vast majority of people treated by the NHS or through private healthcare services in England and Wales will be happy with their treatment and care. However, this is not always...

Diabetes and Medical Negligence

Diabetes diagnosis and medical negligence If a person’s diabetes is not diagnosed or managed appropriately then there can be serious and catastrophic consequences. It is not just diagnosis and treatment that has to be timely; adequate monitoring foll...

What is an executor of a will?

Have you been advised to appoint an executor of your will, but you’re not sure what they are or why you would need one?  Kristina Smith, private client partner at Preston-based law firm Birchall Blackburn Law, answers some frequently asked questions...

What is cauda equina syndrome?

At the base of the spine there is a group of nerves responsible for sensory and motor stimulation to the pelvis and lower limbs, as well as bowel and bladder function – these are known as cauda equina. Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is caused by p...

What does a conveyancer do? Ask the expert.

People regularly go through the process of buying a new house, but they are often unaware of how important the conveyancing process can be. Michael Foxford, head of the conveyancing team at law firm Birchall Blackburn Law, answers some frequently ask...

Commercial property success in Southport

Commercial property success for Birchall Blackburn Law conveyancers as Egyptian bar & ‘mezzah’ prepares to open in Southport  A new Egyptian bar serving traditional ‘mezzah’ food is set to open in Lord Street later this summer creating around 20...

Conveyancing Award for Birchall Blackburn Law

Birchall Blackburn Law has won a prestigious conveyancing award which celebrates excellence in client care. The Modern Law Conveyancing Awards have recognised Birchall Blackburn Law as the Conveyancing Firm of the Year- North of England. The awards i...

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