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New Energy Efficiency Law: Landlords Should Get Ready Now!

New Energy Efficiency Law: Landlords Should Get Ready Now!

The government is introducing the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulation in less than a year's time - and landlords need to ensure they're ready with regards to compliance when it comes into force. From 1 April 2018, landlords will n…

What Is The New Inheritance Tax Residence Nil Rate Band Allowance?

What Is The New Inheritance Tax Residence Nil Rate Band Allowance?

The government has just introduced a change to the inheritance tax nil rate band (NRB) allowance, increasing the allowance available to you. From 6 April 2017, the new residence nil rate band (RNRB) comes into effect and adds an extra allowance in …

HLF Berry Supports St Ann’s Hospice Wills Week

HLF Berry Supports St Ann’s Hospice Wills Week

Solicitors at HLF Berry in Chorlton and Failsworth are supporting Wills Week running from 6-10 March, writing Wills for clients in exchange for donations to Manchester charity, St Ann's Hospice. St Ann's Hospice is Greater Manchester's largest hosp…

HLF Berry Helps Client Win Identity Fraud Case

HLF Berry Helps Client Win Identity Fraud Case

Manchester-based solicitors firm HLF Berry recently helped a client to win back his house from fraudsters who had stolen his identity in order to try and steal his home. Mr To reported the problem to HLF Berry who immediately took urgent action to …

New Year, New Divorce: January Is Largest Divorce Month

New Year, New Divorce: January Is Largest Divorce Month

January is the biggest month for divorce, with the most number of queries made to solicitors on the first working Monday of the year from couples wanting to separate. Whilst many of us are still merrily wishing our friends a happy new year and hang…

HLF Berry Supports Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Will’s Week Initiative

HLF Berry Supports Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Will’s Week Initiative

Our Failsworth office is supporting Will's Week running from 3-9 Oct, writing Wills for clients in exchange for donations to Oldham charity, Dr Kershaw's Hospice. Dr Kershaw's Hospice cares for adults with life restricting illnesses and provides th…

HLF Berry Supports The Christie Make A Will Week 2016

HLF Berry Supports The Christie Make A Will Week 2016

Solicitors in the Chorlton office of HLF Berry Solicitors are supporting The Christie Make A Will Week by writing Wills for clients who in exchange make a donation to the charity, for the duration of the week 12-16 September. The Christie is one of…

A GOLDEN CHANCE An insight into HLF Berry Solicitors by Law Intern Giulia Fichera

A GOLDEN CHANCE An insight into HLF Berry Solicitors by Law Intern Giulia Fichera

My name is Giulia Fichera and I was born in Sicily, where I recently graduated in Law. I landed in Manchester in February of this year, in order to sharpen my language skills. I then applied in May for an internship at HLF Berry Solicitors, because …

Warning To Make A Will After Intestate Queries Rise Sharply

Warning To Make A Will After Intestate Queries Rise Sharply

The importance of making a Will has been emphasised again recently after it was shown that intestate queries have more than doubled in the last five years. Featuring on a BBC Radio 5 talk show in mid-May, the charity Citizens Advice revealed there …

Enterprise And Employment Act – What You Need To Know

Enterprise And Employment Act – What You Need To Know

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 came into force on 6 April 2016 and UK businesses need to be aware of just what this means for them - or run the risk of criminal charges. As a result of this new Act, there are a number of imp…

Are you prepared to live to 100?

Are you prepared to live to 100?

As one-in-three babies born today can expect to live to this milestone age, it seems this is something more of us need to start planning for. The number of centenarians is set to rise to almost 500,000 by 2050 according to the Office for National St…

Dishonesty in divorce settlements will no longer be tolerated

Dishonesty in divorce settlements will no longer be tolerated

In a landmark ruling, The Supreme Court has found in favour of two divorcees appealing their divorce settlements on the basis of their ex-husband's dishonesty. The decision could open the door for thousands of divorcees who have suspected that they …

Understanding your duties and liabilities as a company director

Understanding your duties and liabilities as a company director

Aside from the obvious duties such as filing reports at Companies House, there are numerous other obligations placed upon company directors.  If you fail to comply with your duties your position on the board may be under threat, as you can be h…

Landmark Inheritance Ruling Highlights Need To Make A Will

Landmark Inheritance Ruling Highlights Need To Make A Will

The importance of making a Will has been emphasised by the recent landmark legal ruling by judges to award a disinherited daughter an inheritance of £164,000. During the case, the court heard that Mrs Jackson, who passed away in 2004, had detailed …

Do You Own Property Abroad? There’s A New EU Law You Should Know About

Do You Own Property Abroad? There’s A New EU Law You Should Know About

A new piece of European Union legislation has just come into force that changes the previous inheritance laws governing foreign property owned by Britons and could have consequences for individuals with second homes in Europe. This is an important …

Different ways to a divorce settlement

Different ways to a divorce settlement

When you have taken the difficult step of deciding to divorce, working out your future arrangements for children, property, maintenance payments and shared business interests can lead to a great deal of anguish. If you have not come to an agreement…

New Intestacy Rules: What They Mean To You

New Intestacy Rules: What They Mean To You

If a loved one dies without leaving a Will, the Intestacy Rules dictate how his or her estate is divided. These rules stipulate who inherits and who does not. On 1 October 2014 changes were made to these rules through the Inheritance and Trustees' P…

Your guide to the conveyancing search process

Your guide to the conveyancing search process

For most of us, buying a home is one of the largest investments we will make. To protect your investment, HLF Berry's residential property experts in Chorlton and Failsworth will carry out several conveyancing searches to ensure that your new home h…

10 Important Things To Do Following The Death Of A Loved One

10 Important Things To Do Following The Death Of A Loved One

"Losing a loved one is never easy and the first few weeks are often the most emotionally draining. Although there is a great deal to think about, our list of the most important 10 Things To Do should hopefully make matters a little easier for you at…

How Your Solicitor Can Help You With Business Leases

How Your Solicitor Can Help You With Business Leases

If you're planning to lease your premises or to rent a building for business purposes, it's a good idea to speak with a specialist commercial property solicitor before you sign any documents. Business leases are complicated and you need to be confi…

Business Leases - Top Ten Tips On What To Look Out For

Business Leases - Top Ten Tips On What To Look Out For

These points are written from the point of view of tenants looking to take a lease.  Of course, from the landlord's prospective, they would be arguing the opposite in many cases. 1.         Length of lea…

HLF Berry Sponsors West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC

HLF Berry Sponsors West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC

HLF Berry Solicitors is sponsoring Chorlton-based football team, West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC. "We're excited to be sponsoring this local football team and are really looking forward to a successful season," says Paul Hannam of HLF Berry. "HLF…

Top Tips For Start Up Businesses

Top Tips For Start Up Businesses

Setting up a new business is an exciting, challenging and rewarding time. However, it can also be fraught with legal difficulties and uncertainties, and it is vital to get it right first time to avoid potential stress and costs down the line - our t…

Reducing The Risk Of Will Disputes

Reducing The Risk Of Will Disputes

HLF Berry's specialist wills and probate solicitors have witnessed a rise in contested wills and disputed inheritances over the past few years, but there are positive steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of either scenario arising for you in …

How To Maximise Business Growth Opportunities

How To Maximise Business Growth Opportunities

As confidence increases in the small business sector and economic recovery is well and truly on its way, are you ready to make the most of the opportunities for business growth this upturn presents? There are many ways you can take advantage of the…

Charity Partnerships And Mergers

Charity Partnerships And Mergers

Charities exist to support and help individuals and communities, but this does not mean they do not experience many of the challenges facing businesses in today's economic climate - including funding, expansion and growth. This is why more and more …

Advice On Inheritance Claims Where There Is No Will

Advice On Inheritance Claims Where There Is No Will

When a person dies without having made a will, his or her estate is shared out according to the rules of intestacy - and these laws often overlook certain individuals who were close to the deceased and/or feel entitled to a share of the estate and, …

HLF Berry & Housing Group Offer Free Legal Clinics for Business

HLF Berry & Housing Group Offer Free Legal Clinics for Business

The Chorlton office of HLF Berry Solicitors is running free legal advice clinics for start-ups and small businesses, in partnership with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. Supporting local business owners and those wanting to run their own busine…

HLF Berry Welcomes Plans To Make Prenuptial Agreements Law

HLF Berry Welcomes Plans To Make Prenuptial Agreements Law

Family solicitors at HLF Berry are welcoming the Law Commission's plans to make pre-nuptial agreements legal in England and see the proposed divorce reforms as good news for couples. The watchdog for legal reforms, the Law Commission wants pre-nupt…

HLF Berry Supports Wills Week

HLF Berry Supports Wills Week

HLF Berry Solicitors in Chorlton and Failsworth are supporting Will's Week running from 10-14 March, writing Wills for clients in exchange for donations to Manchester charity, St Ann's Hospice. St Ann's Hospice is Greater Manchester's largest hospi…

HLF Berry Warns Couples To Protect Rights As Co-habiting Soars In Popularity

HLF Berry Warns Couples To Protect Rights As Co-habiting Soars In Popularity

HLF Berry Solicitors is warning unmarried couples who live together that they should ensure that their rights are protected, as the government's newest data shows co-habiting numbers are the fastest growing family type. The latest data from the Off…

Legal Changes To Restrict Landlords

Legal Changes To Restrict Landlords

Commercial landlords are set to face fewer options with regard to recovering rent arrears when legal changes come into force in April 2014, law firm HLF Berry has cautioned. The current law allows landlords to seize tenants' assets in order to reco…

Our Rebrand Reflects Progress

Our Rebrand Reflects Progress

Chorlton law firm Robin Burman & Co and HLF Berry Solicitors in Failsworth have rebranded as HLF Berry Solicitors incorporating Robin Burman & Co, reflecting the company's progress in the market as well as its core values. The new identity …