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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 identify those who have ac...

Five senior promotions at Birchall Blackburn Law

North West law firm, Birchall Blackburn Law, has announced five senior promotions across the region. Three associates have been promoted to partner. They are Andrea Fairweather of the Residential Property team in Manchester, Chris Bolton of the Personal Injury team in Presto...

Dragon race for head injury charity, Headway

Dragons will be racing across the choppy waters of West Kirby Mariner Lake this Saturday May 20 to raise money for a vital head injury charity in Wirral. Headway Wirral is holding its fifth Dragon Boat Festival with nearly 20 motley crews from local businesses, organisation,...

Dementia expert solicitors in Lancashire

People in Lancashire living with dementia can now access an expert list of legal advisors A nationwide list of solicitors has been launched by Alzheimer’s Research UK to help people locate local lawyers who have experience of working with those living with dementia and their...

Friends are vital to brain injury survivors

GB Paraclimber and catastrophic head injury survivor, Dave Bowes, tells us how friends and the climbing community help him cope. It is typical for survivors of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to experience social isolation and loneliness due to life changing symptoms, which o...

Conveyancing reviews on the up at solicitors firm

 Birchall Blackburn Law conveyancers are setting high standards when it comes to putting client needs first. The team, who deal with a whole variety of conveyancing transactions across the UK and Europe are based in the company’s offices in Manchester, Southport, Chest...

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 Law answers some frequentl...

Law firm growth

  Birchall Blackburn Law has reported a 13 per cent increase in turnover, following a year of investing in its people and resources. The firm, which has offices in Manchester, Chester, Preston, Chorley, Leyland and Morecambe has surpassed turnover of more than £16m in t...

Partner promotion at Birchall Blackburn Law

North West law firm, Birchall Blackburn Law, has promoted a long-serving residential property manager at its Manchester office to Partner. Rachel Buckley, from Failsworth, joined the company as a legal assistant when she was 16. She has a wealth of experience in property and...

Kate Allatt and Locked In Syndrome

Kate Allatt almost died in 2010 when she suffered a severe brain stem stroke. After her coma she woke up completely locked in. She could hear and see everything around her but was completely paralysed. Her fight back was against all the odds and medical opinion. Here, at an...

Digital Divorce Warning

Financial affairs warning ahead of digital divorce plans Divorcing online could lead to an increase in ex-spouses making financial claims many years later – unless affairs are properly addressed, a  family law expert said today. Gill Graveson, partner at Birchall Black...

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas from all our staff at Manchester, Preston, Chorley, Leyland, Chester, Morecambe and Southport. 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 hap...

Rose celebrates becoming a licensed conveyancer

A conveyancer at Morecambe-based Birchall Blackburn Law is celebrating after achieving licensed status. Rose Metcalfe, 24, from Heysham, has completed a qualification under the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) programme. The Lancaster University graduate joined Bircha...

Cohabitation disputes increase as divorce rates fall

A family law expert has reported an increase in the number of cohabitation disputes arising, as more people choose to live together but remain unmarried. Gill Graveson, partner at Birchall Blackburn Law and head of family law for the firm’s seven offices, spoke of the increa...

Housing market cash injection a ‘welcome move’

A residential property law expert said housing measures announced in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement are exactly what the housing market needs. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £2.3bn housing infrastructure fund to help provide 100,000 new homes in high-demand areas and a...

More homeowners using their home to fund retirement

New figures have highlighted the appeal of using housing wealth to help fund later life and it’s becoming a more ‘accessible’ option to people, a residential property law expert said today. The Equity Release Council, which Birchall Blackburn Law is a member of, revealed tha...

Lawyer joins drive to boost number of Dementia Friends

A specialist lawyer who is passionate about supporting people with dementia and improving understanding of the condition has been named a ‘Dementia Friends Champion’. Kristina Smith, of  Birchall Blackburn Law, has joined a nationwide drive by the Alzheimer’s Society to crea...

Emma joins law firm’s serious injury team

A Manchester based law firm has strengthened its serious and catastrophic injury team with the appointment of Emma Clarke. Emma, originally from Sheffield, joins the team at Birchall Blackburn Law as an Assistant Solicitor at its Manchester office. The 28-year-old, graduated...

Law firm duo to scale new heights in aid of charity

Two daredevils from Birchall Blackburn Law will take ‘shop till you drop’ to a whole new level when they abseil down Manchester’s Trafford Centre’s clock tower next month. Dianne Yates, Partner and Head of the Serious and Catastrophic Injury Department at Birchall Blac...

Lancashire lawyers shortlisted for trio of awards

A leading law firm has been shortlisted for three awards at this year’s Lancashire Business Awards. Birchall Blackburn Law, which has offices in locations including Manchester, Preston, Chorley, Leyland and Morecambe, has been nominated for the legal firm of the year award a...

Law expert scoops industry recognition

A Morecambe lawyer has bolstered her specialist Wills and probate expertise after securing a prestigious industry qualification. Kristina Smith (pictured), who is partner at Victoria Street-based Birchall Blackburn Law, has obtained the Diploma in Trusts and Estates from the...

Book now for Wills Week

The annual Wills Week at St.Catherine’s Hospice returns on November 9th and Birchall Blackburn Law have already made a head start with appointments booking up fast! During Wills Week Birchall Blackburn Law are waiving their will-writing fees in return for a donation to...

Applications open for training contracts

              Birchall Blackburn Law has launched their search for the next generation of talent to join their growing team through the launch of training contracts. The company, named as one of Britain’s most inspiring businesses, of...

Manchester law firm launches apprenticeship programme

Growth in housing market prompts launch of apprenticeship programme with Manchester Metropolitan University A high-growth Manchester law firm is also looking to attract youngsters aspiring for a career in law through a new apprenticeship scheme with Manchester Metropolitan U...

2 powerful ways to protect your home

Whether you’re buying your first home or adding to your portfolio, it’s an exciting time. To protect your home through to retirement and beyond, here are two important tools you can rely on. Tools that are more far reaching than insurance, security, or the other usual suspec...

Justice for couple ordered to knock down their home

Stuart Duffield and Lindsay Cavanagh lived in a beautiful 18th Century barn conversion but in April 2013, the unthinkable happened. A drunk driver ploughed his vehicle into the side of their home at high speed and the damage to the house was so severe that it needed to be su...

Strange Laws #2

Is it illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day? It has been claimed that the act of eating a mince pie on Christmas Day is illegal. Festive celebrations, including mince pies and Christmas puddings, were reportedly banned in Oliver Cromwell’s England as part of effor...

How about a ‘pet-nup’ this Valentine’s day?

Despite love in the air this Valentine’s Day month, the Law Society is urging couples to get a pre-nup agreement for their pets.  Legal experts say Valentines sweethearts should prepare for the worst, or risk losing their pets to a disgruntled partner. 1 in 4 divorces involv...

Compulsory wearing of cycle helmets becomes law!

New legislation came into force on 17 July 2014 in Jersey,  making it compulsory for children under 14 to wear a cycling helmet. It is the first place in the British Isles enact such a law. The proposal was first made in 2010 by Deputy Andrew Green MBE, the Minister for Hous...

Spotlight on young drivers to make our roads safer

Radical changes for young drivers as 5 people a day died on UK roads last year.  The road safety debate rages on – such an emotive issue because it impacts each one of us. Powerful advertising, innovative road layouts and alterations to the driving test pop up in the media r...

Strange Laws #1

Did you know that in some parts of the world it is illegal to go out of your house if you are not wearing underwear? The world is full of amazing laws that might seem quite strange to some of us. According to dumblaws.com it is illegal in Thailand to leave your house if you...

How to keep kids safe on the roads this Halloween

With children out ‘trick or treating’ and enjoying firework displays, it’s not only a time for fun but a time for safety awareness. Sadly, serious accidents can happen at this time of year and the focus is on the long-lasting impact of brain injury sustained by head trauma....

Action Mesothelioma Day – 4th July 2014

Helen Bradley and her team attended Manchester Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday 4th July 2014. Despite the inclement Manchester weather, hundreds gathered to remember those who lost their lives to mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer most commonly affecting the lining of t...

Action Mesothelioma Day – event details

This Friday, 4th July 2014, BBLaw’s Helen Bradley, the Industrial Disease team and I will be attending the Action Mesothelioma Day. At 12.30pm there will be a release of sponsored doves outside Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square, followed by a public meeting at 1pm where...

Big Brother?

It seems that not a week goes by without a heart-breaking news story about the mistreatment, abuse or neglect of elderly people in residential care homes. I’m  a working mum so  I carefully researched local nurseries, before selecting the one that I felt would best look afte...

More reasons to learn a new language

The Independent has recently reported that there are now even more reasons to learn a new language. Not only will it improve your holiday experiences and widen your choice of destinations but it can also delay the onset of dementia. Bilingual adults suffer the onset of demen...

Children at risk from asbestos in schools

We are delighted to see that Michael Lees, Campaigner and one of the founders of Asbestos in Schools Group, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s  Birthday Honours List. Michael’s wife Gina, who was a nursery school teacher, died of mesothelioma (an incurable form of...

GP Services to be Overhauled: Extended Opening Hours

NHS England announced recently that twenty GP collaborations have been awarded funds to run one-year pilot schemes for extended GP opening hours. The aim of the schemes is to transform primary services and improve patient’s experiences. This scheme is particularly relevant a...

Action Mesothelioma Day

Lawyers from the Industrial Disease teams at Birchall Blackburn Law will be attending this year’s Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester on 04 July 2014. Each year in Manchester, and cities across the country, people join together to raise awareness of mesothelioma, remember...

Cathy MacCracken in PS

  Did you spot Cathy MacCracken in PS’s In Your Gift article? The article was first published in the May edition of PS, the magazine of Law Society’s Private Client Section. You can read the article by Sue Davison by clicking this link or at at www.probatese...

Is the Mental Capacity Act 2005 fit for purpose?

The House of Lords Select Committee have carried out a review on how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) has been working since it was implemented in 2007. The recently published report, looked at all aspects of the MCA and has concluded that, whilst the Act is generally held...

Is 7 days notice enough before the bailiff comes knocking?

On 6th April 2014, the “Taking Control of Goods” Regulations came into force. Although the title is a bit of a mouthful, these regulations should have a huge impact on the way that bailiffs and high court enforcement officers currently operate. These reforms are intended to...

Lifting me higher…

Manual Handling injuries , simplistically accidents occurring when moving  something at work, can include strains and sprains and other injuries  from lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling a load. They are unfortunately  quite common. Statistics show that in 2013 1.6 million...

Guide to Residential Conveyancing for Landlords

In the current economic climate of low interest rates more and more people are becoming tempted to enter the Buy to Let market. These are exactly what the name describes. The property is bought by someone who often already owns their own home, with the intention of letting o...

Sir James Munby and No Fault Divorces?

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Law Division has stirred up debate in the media by advocating the introduction of new “no-fault” divorces which wouldn’t be dealt with by the courts, but rather by Registrars as an administrative exercise similar to the registration o...

The UK’s First Hand Transplant

Media reports this week have followed up on the progress of the patient involved in the UK’s first ever hand transplant, which took place on 7th December 2012 at Leeds General Infirmary. Mark Cahill from Halifax, West Yorkshire, had been left without mobility in his right ha...

BBLaw receive WIQS accreditation

Birchall Blackburn Law have received accreditation from the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). This demonstrates our commitment to client care and our expertise in Wills and Inheritance law. To achieve the accreditation, Birchall Blackburn Law went th...

Statin’s All Round?

Cholesterol is a lipid which is a fatty substance mainly found in your liver and  it is vital for our bodies to function. Most of us are aware of the dangers of high cholesterol.  If your lipid levels are extremely high, it results in a condition known as hyperlipidemia.  Th...

Concerns raised about diabetes related Amputations.

Information recently released by Diabetes UK based on NHS data,  shows that annually 2.6 per thousand people with diabetes have  a lower limb amputation. Overall, people with diabetes are over 20 times more likely to have a lower limb amputation, than those without the condi...

Lawyers from Birchall Blackburn Law meet top Judge

Lawyers from the Commercial Disputes and Industrial Disease teams at Birchall Blackburn Law, attended a unique Q & A  session with the 2nd most senior Judge in England and Wales, Lord Dyson on Friday 28 February 2014, held at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre. This eve...

Birchall Blackburn Law – Top Donating Will Aid Firm

We are delighted that Birchall Blackburn Law are the “Top Donating” firm in the North West and are third overall in the UK. This tremendous amount of money will be divided equally between the nine nominated Will Aid charities and we were recently visited by Rosy from the NSP...

Are you brain aware?

Brain Awareness Week starts this week on Monday 10 March 2014. So..What is the brain? In a nutshell (or rather the skull) the brain is a soft, jelly-like organ that is the centre of the human nervous system. It is delicate, fragile and responsible for who and what were are,...

Birchall Blackburn Law, bungee for The Christie

On Sunday the 16th February two brave members of staff from Birchall Blackburn Law took to the sky in a reverse bungee jump. The law firm pledged to donate £100 if Laura Rigg and Leigh Massam, from the firm’s Leyland office, raised the same amount themselves. The reverse bun...

Don’t smoke in a car when children are present?

MP’s are shortly to have a free vote on an amendment to the Children and Families bill to ban smoking in cars whilst there are children present. The bill is designed to protect children from the harmful effects of secondary smoke inhalation. The amendment has certainly found...

Careers Convention at Holy Cross High School

On Wednesday 15th January I attended a Careers Convention at Holy Cross High School in Chorley, with  Michelle Corlett a Trainee solicitor and Chris Davis a legal assistant at Birchall Blackburn Law, where we were joined by 50 representatives from other professions and occup...

12 common complaints frequently misdiagnosed by GPs

Recent reports have highlight that patients may be suffering as GPs are unable to keep up with fast-paced developments in medical research and technology.  The concern is that this could lead to misdiagnosis or mistreatment. Our GPs are already under huge pressure and new ch...

Antibiotics – how effective are they?

January is a month when flu, colds and infections are at their peak as our resistance to infection is low after a hectic Christmas period of parties and over-indulgence. Many of us head to the GP and expecting to come away with a prescription for antibiotics but how effectiv...

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