Sunday, January 20, 2019

Bromleys Solicitors has renewed and increased its sponsorship of Curzon Ashton FC for the 2018/19 season.

The Tameside law firm last season became the official home shirt sponsor of the Vanarama National League North side.

This agreement remains in force for the new campaign and Bromleys is also among the sponsors now backing the club’s new 3G training pitch, which is used by the first team and for a host of community initiatives.

Curzon Ashton’s home ground is the 4,000-capacity Tameside Stadium in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The club runs more than 40 teams in total, from age five upwards. They include ones for girls and women, service veterans and mental health service users.

Bromleys partner Paul Westwell said: “We are pleased to renew and enhance our sponsorship agreement with Curzon Ashton for the forthcoming season.

“Our firm has a long-standing record of supporting local organisations and we admire the great work which Curzon Ashton is doing in the community.

“We had no hesitation in continuing our partnership with the club and increasing our sponsorship to help support its extensive programme of community initiatives.”

Andy Cheshire, Curzon Ashton’s community development and partnerships manager, said: “We are extremely grateful for the continued support from Bromleys.

“We are a community-focused club and rely on local support to allow us to continue and expand on the successes we have seen over the last 12 months.”

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is running a national campaign to raise awareness about planning for later life.

In a study it found that 96% of people in the North West had made no provision for themselves in the event that they should lose mental capacity. The study also found that a further 40% had made no provision whatsoever for later life , having no will, pension, funeral plan or Lasting Power of Attorney.

Somewhat shockingly, 67% of people in the North West are of the belief that their next of kin can make decision on their behalf over healthcare treatment if they were not able to make those decisions for themselves and 66% believe that their spouse would have the power to do so which is incorrect.

In the North West 73% of people would wish for a family member to make decisions about their medical and care treatment if they were to lose mental capacity, but this does not happen automatically. The only way to guarantee that the people you want making those decisions can do so is to have a registered Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney in place.

At present there are 12.8 million people over the age of 65 who run the risk of developing dementia and only 928,000 registered Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney, this is a difference of nearly 93% showing the shocking number of people ill-prepared for what may come.

In the North West only 4% of the people surveyed by SFE have a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney in place which is below the 7% national average.

It is crucial that people plan ahead for their future, ensuring that they have Lasting Powers of Attorney in place to allow the important decisions to be made by the people they trust.

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.


The Supreme Court has today handed down its judgment in the case of Owens vs Owens. Tini Owens said that her marriage had irretrievably broken down. She has been married for 40 years to her husband Hugh. She told the court that she had been contemplating a divorce since 2012 but did not leave the matrimonial home until February 2015.

Tini said that she could not move forward with her life while she was still married, and that Hugh had behaved in such a way that she could not reasonably be expected to live with him. However, Hugh denied that he had behaved as alleged, and refused to agree to the divorce.

As law currently stands, in order to obtain a divorce, you have to prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, and give one of the following 5 reasons:

  • Adultery

Unreasonable behaviour


You have lived apart for more than 2 years and both agree to the divorce

You have lived apart for at least 5 years even if the other spouse does not agree.


The Supreme Court considered this case, and, albeit as stated with “no enthusiasm whatsoever” said that none of these grounds had been established. The Supreme Court said it was not their job to change the law, and that was a matter for parliament. Therefore the Judge at first instance was correct to refuse to grant a decree nisi and she must remain married until 5 years had passed since Tini left Hugh.

Hugh’s barrister said that Tini was “essentially advocating divorce by unilateral demand of the petitioner” and that was not what the law intended. Other commentators have said that now is the time to introduce “no-fault” divorces.

If you need any advice in relation to divorce or relationship breakdown, or any matters arising from those, please do not hesitate to contact our expert family team.

Denise Pinder



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


Bromleys has made two key appointments to its childcare team. Anthony Theakston and Daniela Maggioni have joined as associate solicitors from AFG Law in Bolton.

The duo are specialists in representing children and parents in care proceedings and are accredited by the Law Society as experts in children law.

Partner Olivia Bell, head of Bromleys’ childcare team, said: “Having worked on opposing sides to Anthony and Daniela for many years, I have been impressed with their professionalism and abilities as advocates and solicitors, and I’m delighted they are joining our team at Bromleys.

“Their arrival marks further expansion for the team as we focus on recruiting experienced solicitors who are accredited and recognised for their expertise in representing children in often complex proceedings.”

Anthony said: “I am excited and proud in equal measure to join Bromleys. The firm has an excellent reputation for its standard of legal advice, matched by high standards of client care and service. I am looking forward to being part of a talented and committed department and firm.”

Daniela said: “I am delighted to join Bromleys. In my years of practice I have always been impressed with the approach adopted by the firm’s childcare solicitors.

“I feel privileged to be joining such a skilled and experienced team who value their clients and are wholly committed to achieving the best possible outcome for them.”

The Bromleys team advises on all aspects and stages of childcare proceedings, including interim care and supervision orders, wardship, parental responsibility orders and contact orders.


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.”


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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