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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....

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....

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

We’ll be making waves at Headway Wirral’s Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday 7th July! The event is held at the local sailing club at Hoylake and is the festival’s 7th annual race. There will be food and drink, including a BBQ, entert...

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....

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....

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 Michelle Fairhurst    Fiona Hendry, Joan Kennedy and Michelle Fairhurst have all been...

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....

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...

Vaginal mesh implants causing permanent pain

Mesh implants that are currently used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth are causing some women life-changing injuries. It is estimated that about one in 11 women go on to experience problems after a vaginal mesh procedu...

Commercial lease legal advice

   Many people who run their own business from home get to a point where they need to consider renting a commercial property to continue to grow.  Tony Coates, head of the commercial property team Birchall Blackburn Law, answers some frequently...

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 Perso...

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...

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 livin...

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 c...

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 turnov...

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 e...

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 medi...

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,...

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