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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’re out. But are you commit...

Break clauses for tenants in property leases explained

A break clause is a provision in a lease enabling the landlord or tenant to end the lease prior to the expiry of the contractual term. Tony Coates, head of commercial property at Birchall Blackburn Law, explains why great care needs to be taken when attempting to exercise a...

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 be struggling to help som...

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 old house, and prevent th...

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 development to focus on the new ve...

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 after it appointed Quentin U...

Success for two Birchall Blackburn Law team members

Birchall Blackburn Law has gained a new solicitor after one of its trainees became qualified. Amy Worthington has been offered a permanent position at Birchall Blackburn Law after completing a two-year training contract with the firm. After gaining experience in a number of...

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 aid). This contributed t...

Settle It: Wellies & wet weather, am I legal to drive?

You’ve promised you’ll go on a countryside adventure with the kids and lo and behold – it’s raining again. Not to worry, you’ve got your wellies on and you’re ready to go…but there’s just one problem. Is it illegal for me to drive with wellies on – and what...

The do’s and don’ts of moving house with your dog

It’s moving day. Boxes are piled high, the removal men and women are already loading the van, and everything is labelled. You think you’ve remembered everything, except you haven’t. There’s one very important thing you’ve forgotten: the dog. Dogs can sense their owners...

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 Club as part of Lancashire’...

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 crisis, London and Southe...

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 through a straightforwar...

Leyland lawyer takes on South Ribble dementia role

A partnership of local organisations that’s helped make South Ribble a ‘dementia-friendly borough’ has named a local solicitor as its new chair person. The South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance (SRDAA) has appointed Anna-Marie Knipe, a lawyer with Birchall Blackburn Law, to...

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...

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 had a life-changing diagn...

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 chunk of your time online, lo...

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 prenuptial agreement. Getti...

How to protect your investment when living together

Gillian Graveson, partner and expert in family law services at Birchall Blackburn Law, looks at how people buying a house or living together can protect their investment.  We’re lending my son and his girlfriend money for their house deposit; what happens if they split up? T...

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...

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...

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