Friday, July 20, 2018

Bromleys’ property team has been shortlisted at the 2018 LFS Conveyancing Awards 2018.

The firm is a finalist in the small conveyancing firm of the year category.

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday September 19 at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Bromleys’ shortlisting follows a superb 12 months for the team, which has been accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme for the seventh year in a row.

The scheme recognises firms which pass a rigorous annual assessment and are shown to provide excellent service to clients during the home buying and selling process.

The awards, which are widely regarded as the most coveted in the conveyancing industry, provide another opportunity for Bromleys to win an honour.

Earlier this year, Bromleys was named small law firm of the year at the Manchester Legal Awards, and in 2017 won the corporate social responsibility category at the Pride of Tameside Awards.

Bromleys partner Paul Westwell, who heads the firm’s property department, said: “To be a finalist in the 2018 LFS Conveyancing Awards is a great boost for the team and the firm as a whole.

“It’s further recognition of the team’s achievements and we are eagerly looking forward to the awards ceremony in September.”

It is no surprise, given today’s housing market that many young people are so stuck in their financial situations that they turn to their family to help them get on the property ladder.

These days, with all the pressures of modern living, parents and grandparents are increasingly being called on to step in to help younger family members buy their first home. In 2017 it was predicted that parents would be involved in 25% of all UK property transactions with average lending rising from £17,000 in 2016 to £21,600 in 2017 and this figure expected to rise again for 2018.

As we’ve seen from research, the bank of Mum and Dad is very generous, but what happens if things go wrong? What if your child and their spouse divorce or they are declared bankrupt? What if there is a family feud?

Prevention is better than cure and simple solutions are available to deal with these problems such as a declaration of trust. We can advise you on all aspects of lending money to help children get on the property ladder.

Article of interest – Here’s a link to an article in a recent published in the Daily Mail highlighting why you shouldn’t transfer property to children without taking very detailed advice.

If you are about to enter into a similar arrangement, then speaking to Bromleys can help

Contact Laura Stansfield, Sue Darlington or Susanne Furness in their Wills, Probate & Planning for the Future department to discuss how one of our team of experts can help guide you through this process.


Tel: 0161 330 6821


The ever popular Glossop Working Mums’ and Ladies Networking Group is pleased to announce that Ruth George – MP for High Peak – will be the guest speaker at its next event which is taking place on Thursday 19th July at Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club.
Ruth, who has been in Parliament for nearly 12 months, will be discussing her career and how she balances this with also being a wife and a mother of school-age children.

Kirsty Morbey, partner at law firm Davis Blank Furniss and organiser, said: “Ruth’s story is fascinating and many women will empathise with her busy and multi-dimensional life so we’d encourage people to come along and meet her and to also network with other local women in business. 

Kirsty added: The group is also a great opportunity to meet new business contacts and friends, over a cup of coffee, in a relaxed and informal environment.”

Event Details
Venue: Glossop Cricket & Bowling Club, North Rd, Glossop SK13 7AS
Date: Thursday 19th July
Times: 10am to 11.30am
Cost: £5.00 (payable on door) which includes refreshments

Bromleys has raised £458.13 for Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under-Lyne after a team of seven cyclists took part in a charity bicycle ride.

Senior partner Mark Hirst and partner Paul Westwell handed over a cheque to Willow Wood’s Elaine McConnell at the firm’s offices in Ashton.

Mark and Paul were among those who took part in May’s Big Bike Ride around Tameside and Oldham in aid of the hospice. In addition to the seven riders, four other members of Team Bromleys acted as marshals for the event.

Bromleys is a long-standing supporter of Willow Wood, through its membership of the 99ers Business Club, while staff at the firm have organised fundraising events of their own.

The Big Bike Ride consisted of four routes – 8km on a flat cycle circuit and road-based routes of 16km, 35km and 48km, which included some testing hills. Bromleys’ John Longworth, who is 70, took part in the 16km ride and was second across the finish line.

Elaine, who is pictured with Paul, left, and Mark, said: “Willow Wood really appreciates this generous donation and Bromleys’ continued support.

“It costs £2.5m a year to run the hospice, and only 21 per cent of that figure is government-funded.

“The money raised by Team Bromleys will be used for the continued care of patients and their families.”

Paul Westwell said: “The Big Bike Ride, now in its third year, attracts supporters from across Tameside and beyond.

“There are routes to cater for everyone, regardless of their fitness level. The event was extremely well organised and this year teamed up with ‘Tour de Manc’ to ensure the best cycling experience for everyone taking part.”


Bromleys has handed over a cheque for £300 to REIGN, a project based in Manchester which works nationwide to combat child sexual exploitation.

The money was raised in a raffle held at Bromleys’ annual care team gathering in Manchester, with prizes donated by local businesses.

The event, attended by almost 100 people, also marked senior solicitor Steve Gwenlan’s retirement.

Olivia Bell, the head of Bromleys’ care team, presented the cheque to REIGN co-founder Zoe at the firm’s Ashton-under-Lyne offices.

Zoe said: “We’re sincerely grateful to Bromleys Solicitors for raising this money and for believing in our project.

“It is amazing to know that there are businesses and individuals out there who want to support our work.

“Although we are very small, we have huge passion and ambition. All donations we receive help us to cover vital expenses to keep REIGN running and to strengthen our foundations for when we are ready to really grow.”

REIGN is a project run by survivors of child sexual exploitation and is supported by the social change charity RECLAIM.

It provides training to frontline professionals, educating them about how abusers operate, what children who are subjected to sexual exploitation go through and how best to help victims.

Olivia said: “We are thrilled that the money we raised at our event will be put to great use to help young victims of sexual exploitation. We applaud the work being done by the team at REIGN.”


Bromleys Solicitors LLP, Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside. Pictured Laura Stansfield Mark Hirst Senior & Managing Partner

Law firm Bromleys has appointed Laura Stansfield as the head of its wills, probate and planning for the future department.

It is a new role for the Tameside firm which has been created to reflect strong growth in this area of work.

For nine years, Laura, 37, ran her own specialist practice in Wilmslow, building a strong client base around south Manchester.

Her firm, Laura Stansfield & Co, was acquired last October by Wilmslow-based Sinclair Law and she stayed on until the opportunity arose to join Bromleys.

Laura heads a six-strong team at Bromleys, which is based in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Senior partner Mark Hirst said: “Laura is a specialist in advising individuals, families, business owners and entrepreneurs on a variety of matters, including inheritance tax planning, business succession planning and planning for the future care of vulnerable people and people coming out of relationship breakdowns.

“This new role marks the separation of the wills, probate and planning for the future department from the Court of Protection team headed by David Hilton, although they will continue to work closely together.

“It reflects the continuing evolution of the practice, in particular our growth in this area of work.

“Laura brings bags of expertise and enthusiasm to Bromleys and I am sure that her proven track record and commercial focus will enable her to achieve great things in her new role.”

Laura said: “The chance to work for such a respected and well-regarded firm was one not to be missed.

“I am very much looking forward to leading the team, who are well-known in the area for their good work and sound professional advice.”

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Staff from Bromley’s Solicitors LLP have become ‘Dementia Friends’ as part of a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around the condition.

The group attended a free one-hour Information Session held at their offices in Ashton–under-Lyne run by local Dementia Friends Champion Judith Stockton.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. The charity wants there to be four million Dementia Friends with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community by 2020.

Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia; more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.

Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, championing the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.

You can find out more about Alzheimer’s Society through their website and more about the Dementia Friends initiative at


The recent case of Christine Angell has highlighted the importance of proper estate planning where beneficiaries are in receipt of benefits.

Christine Angell, a 61 year old lady from Cardiff had inherited large sums of money from her deceased brother and deceased partner. On 13 April 2012 she received £40,000, followed by another £20,000 then £15,000 a month later. In December the following year £50,000 was deposited in her account followed by another £47,000, over £170,000 in total. In addition to the large lump sums, she was also receiving regular monthly payments of about £1,000 and sometimes as much as £3,750 from her brother’s assets in Switzerland.

While Christine Angell had these large amounts of money from her inheritance, she failed to declare them to the Department for Works and Pensions and also fraudulently claimed around £50,000 in housing benefits and employment and support allowance. When interviewed in June last year, she accepted that she had inherited the money but claimed that she did not believe she had to declare the amounts as they were ‘gifts’.

This however is not the case and as she had the money effectively hidden between her bank accounts she should have declared the change in her circumstances to the Department for Work and Pensions. Benefits are paid on the basis that you will inform the Department for Works and Pensions as soon as your circumstances change. Not only did she fail to inform them, she made false statements on review.

Christine Angell did not live a lavish lifestyle, but did spend large amounts taking the family to Disneyland and there was a further holiday to Orlando. The money is now depleted. She has now been found guilty of fraud and is facing the possibility of a 10 month custodial sentence. She is currently on bail awaiting sentencing. The money to be paid back will also be deducted from her future benefits.

Had Christine Angell’s brother and partner sought proper legal advice before they died and had Wills in place in consideration of her needs, this set of unfortunate circumstances could have been avoided. With good legal advice and simple planning the needs of those you leave behind can be looked after giving you peace of mind.

How we can help

Contact Laura Stansfield, Sue Darlington or Susanne Furness in our Wills, Probate & Planning for the Future department to discuss how one of our team of experts can help guide you through this process.


Tel: 0161 330 6821

Alternatively, you are welcome to attend any of our free legal surgeries. Please click here for dates and times – No appointment necessary.

L-R: Kirsty Morbey, Sonio Singh and Caroline Bilous

Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has promoted corporate and commercial lawyer Sonio Singh to equity partner along with family lawyers Caroline Bilous and Kirsty Morbey who become partners.

Sonio joined Davis Blank Furniss in 2010.  He specialises in a diverse range of corporate finance and corporate recovery matters including mergers and acquisitions, reverse takeovers, buying and selling businesses, private equity and corporate governance work, company re-organisations and business start-ups. His clients include quoted companies, SMEs/OMBs, equity houses and high net worth individuals in a number of sectors including healthcare, logistics, retail and leisure.

Kirsty has worked at the Glossop office since 2013 whilst Caroline joined the team in 2016. They are both collaborative trained lawyers and act on behalf of clients seeking advice and assistance in relation to family matters including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, nullity, financial proceedings and children proceedings.

Kate Oldfield – managing partner of Davis Blank Furniss – said: “Sonio – along with Caroline and Kirsty – are first class lawyers and are key figures in the firm so their promotions are much deserved. All three promotions also reflect our continued commitment to developing talent from within the business.”

Sonio said: “DBF is a full-service law firm with a wide range of skill sets in a competitive marketplace.   I am delighted with this progression.  DBF has a clear vision for dynamic incremental growth.  I look forward to helping the firm deliver this strategy whilst also continuing to assist my institutional and entrepreneurial clients in achieving their aspirations via investment, acquisitions and tailored business advice.”

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Tameside ‘Women in Business’ has been set up by Carol Parker, marketing associate at Bromleys.

The group has no membership fees and will hold regular meetings which are free to attend.

Its first event at the Puccini Ashton Italian restaurant attracted 40 women from across the borough.

Among the guests were representatives from the property, retail, charity, education, banking and financial services sectors as well as a range of small and medium-sized businesses.

They were treated to drinks, a buffet and a prize raffle, and went home with goody bags donated by Boots and Santander.

Carol said: “There are limited networking opportunities in Tameside and we have set up this group as a way of giving back to the business community.

“It’s designed to be an informal way for women to meet, with the aim of getting to know each other, doing business together and recommending one another’s products and services where appropriate.

“The event itself could not have gone better. The feedback has been superb and we are already looking forward to the next event in September.”

The guest speaker was Claire Smith, head of business development at outsourced communications provider Moneypenny, who is from Stalybridge.

She spoke about how Wrexham-based Moneypennys workplace culture has been recognised five times in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to ‘Work for list’, including top five rankings in 2015 and 2017.

Claire discussed how a fantastic work environment helps companies to deliver a better customer service, leading to happier clients and business success.

Moneypenny is a leading outsourced communications provider, delivering telephone answering, live chat, switchboard and multichannel customer services to a range of UK businesses, including handling two million calls a year for over 950 law firms.

Claire said: “It was a great honour to be invited to be the guest speaker at the launch event. The turnout was amazing, the format and setting were perfect and provided an ideal way to meet like-minded businesswomen from across Tameside.”

To find out more, contact Carol via or 0161 694 4148.

Image supplied by Kevin Taylor – About Tameside Magazine