Thursday, March 21, 2019

Law firm Bromleys has recruited property solicitor Martin Blaylock to help meet increasing demand from clients.

He has joined the Tameside practice from Bell Park Kerridge Solicitors, which has offices in Carlisle and Cockermouth in Cumbria.

Martin joins Bromleys’ corporate and commercial services team. He specialises in advising clients on commercial property, conveyancing and landlord and tenant matters.

He is the latest addition to the growing team, following the arrival in the spring of solicitor Rubina Begum.

Martin studied law at the University of Central Lancashire and completed the legal practice course at Northumbria University before qualifying as a solicitor in 2013.

Paul Westwell, the Bromleys’ partner who heads the corporate and commercial team, said: “We have seen a significant increase in new instructions and further recruitment has been necessary to service the needs of our clients.

“Martin has relocated from Carlisle to join us and will be a valued addition to the team. He has a varied background and will fit in well with our client-focused culture.”

Martin said: “Bromleys has an excellent reputation with clients and the local business community, and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the firm.”

In addition to the property department, Bromleys has in recent months bolstered its Private Client, Care Proceedings and Court of Protection teams.

Get in touch with Martin Blaylock by emailing or alternatively you can call 0161 330 6821

Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has announced that it will be staging a free monthly legal drop-in coffee morning for the local community which will be starting on Wednesday 4th October (and then the on the first Wednesday of each month thereafter) at Pico Lounge on Victoria Street, Glossop.

The sessions are being organised by Lewis Thompson who is a solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss. He explains: “We know that seeking out legal advice can be a daunting prospect so the aim of these new drop-in coffee mornings is to provide a relaxed environment where people can come with any legal query. There’s no pressure to book an appointment and there’s no hard sell. We just see it as a way of giving back to the community that we are so proud to be a part of.”

Lewis went on: I’ll be on hand to sit down and listen and then give impartial advice. If it’s not an area of law that I specialise in then I can arrange for another solicitor at the firm to make contact. The coffee mornings are open to everybody and we hope this new approach will appeal to all sections of the community; including those who are time poor such young professionals, working couples and stay at home mums.”

Davis Blank Furniss was established in 1877 and advises clients on many areas including property, family, personal injury, employment and wills and probate law.

Date: Wednesday 4th October

Location: Pico Lounge, Unit 3 & 4 Howard Town, Victoria St, Glossop SK13 8HT

Time: 10.30am to 12.00pm

Contact: Lewis Thompson on 01457 860606 or

Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has joined forces with Capstone Financial Management, a Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, and will be staging a free event in Glossop that will provide practical advice and guidance around inheritance tax and estate planning. The free event will be taking place in the evening at Glossop Golf Club on Thursday 13th July 2017.

Inheritance tax has historically been associated with the wealthy, but a person’s property value alone may leave them vulnerable to this tax. The event will give essential, up to date information and guidance about ways to plan to mitigate this tax and reduce the potential worry for families and beneficiaries.

Attendees will hear from three industry experts – Steve Moy, Senior Pension’s Expert at St. James’s Place, who will be covering what assets are at risk of inheritance tax for families, how much you are likely to pay and how to create a plan to ensure you protect your wealth and pass it down to future generations.

Graham Dodd, Senior Manager at Foresight Group, who’ll be discussing effective inheritance tax solutions that can mitigate IHT liabilities quickly and innovative solutions to ensure assets are passed down to beneficiaries.

Finally, Laura Willis, Associate Solicitor in the Private Client team at Davis Blank Furniss, will be summarising general estate and inheritance tax planning, discussing why it is important to keep wills updated, considering opportunities to use trusts for business owners and other individuals in wills to mitigate inheritance tax, explaining the rules of protecting assets from care home fees and talking about the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

The three talks will then be followed by a Q&A session plus food and drink at the Golf Club.

Laura Willis commented: “There’s no doubt that inheritance tax and estate planning are complex so the aim of this event is to cut through the confusion and provide up to date information that people can understand and then apply to their our particular set of circumstances. “ Andrew Williamson, Director at Capstone Financial Management, added: “This event is a great way for local people to find out how inheritance tax could impact them and their families in future. I see more and more of our clients being affected by this tax, which we can easily mitigate with the right financial planning”.

Event Summary: Date: Thursday 13th July 2017

Times: 6pm for welcome drinks/ 6.30pm to 8pm speakers and Q&A, 8pm drinks & food

Venue: Glossop Golf Club, Sheffield Rd, Glossop, SK13 8QP

Cost: Free

Booking: Please email:

Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has been announced as the new club sponsor of Glossop & District Golf Club in a three-year exclusive deal.

Lewis Thompson – solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss said: “Davis Blank Furniss has been in Glossop since 1877 so we are delighted to be involved with such an historic club – it opened just eight years after us.

He added: Many of us are big golf fans and to become part of such a local institution is a great feeling. We are all now looking forward to supporting the club over the coming years.”

Nick Minns – captain at Glossop & District Golf Club – added: “On behalf of everyone at Glossop & District Golf Club I would like to thank Davis Blank Furniss for its sponsorship. The new deal will help us shape our future as we continue to develop competitions for men, women, seniors and juniors as well as promote our fantastic facilities for outside events.”

Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has grown its Private Client team with the appointment of Lewis Thompson who joins as a private client solicitor. Lewis will be based out of the firm’s Glossop office.

His new role will see him handle all types of Private Client matters including Wills, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection and Probate.

Lewis has particular experience of working with the elderly, vulnerable clients and those looking for bespoke assistance and advice on estate planning and probate issues. Lewis was admitted as a solicitor in January this year.

Prior to qualification he worked as a paralegal/ trainee. His last role was at Almond Solicitors where he worked for three years.

Commenting on his appointment, Lewis said: “Davis Blank Furniss is a modern law firm that still adopts a traditional approach with its clients. This ethos is pretty unique in an ever changing legal sector and is what attracted me most. I’m now focussed on delivering a first class and caring service – especially for those people who are going through difficult times.”

Martyn Gee – partner and head of Davis Blank Furniss Glossop – added: “Lewis is a great addition to the team and his arrival further builds on our Private Client offering. He brings with him some fantastic experience that will, I’m sure, make him a central part of our growth over the coming years.”

After consistently strong rating performances in our first two seasons, the only online, daily up-dated website that brings visitors the latest local news, has expanding its regional reach.

Over the relatively short time from its inception in November 2013, Hyde Community Matters has developed from a Hyde centred glossy 24page ‘Community News Magazine’ thorough to December 2014 when we took the project online to become a daily up-dated online community news site, which to date has attracted well over 370,000 visitors, – all eager to read the local news; – and that number is still growing!

Now, in response to a number of requests to cover news and events from our friends in neighbouring towns and villages, we are pleased to announce that we have gently expanded our news coverage to provide a more comprehensive reader service by covering good news, events and achievements from individuals, communities and businesses, from a little further afield – no longer exclusively covering one town, but the whole of Tameside and the surrounding regions, and by doing so, we’re better placed to support our local advertisers growing development needs.

“Of all our current partners we spoke with, Karen Dorney of Hyde’s Paper Tulips understands the success and potential of our in-depth local news coverage; and as the owner of Tameside’s premier craft emporiums and organiser of monthly Artisan Markets, she is uniquely positioned to back our expansion, as it encourages potential customers from much wider areas,”

“While continuing to put our readers at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to continue to cover in-depth local news articles, showcase local events, shout about schools and student achievements and profile specialist real-life features that celebrate those individuals who have achieved success, shown courage against the odds, or people who are making a difference within our local communities.”

To reflect these changes, we have changed the name to one that better echo’s the new site’s expanded content.

Visitors to the old site,, will automatically be redirected to the new site,

“Our aim is still to provide the best online news specifically to our close communities, by offering a convenient, one-click, local source of timely daily up-dated news, where visitors come first for information and advice, local businesses place their adverts and community groups put us at the top of their list when promoting their up-coming events.”


We believe that this online expansion marks a return to real local news, giving readers the chance to learn more about what’s going on in their immediate area and to read (and write) news stories about what matters to them. We are therefore looking for ANY VOLUNTEERS from the different areas, (who’d like to see their work in print) so that we can have a ‘person on the ground’ who is in closer touch in identifying local happenings and who would become the main point of contact for local people; – promoting the work of local community organisations, voluntary sector groups and businesses, along with arts, school successes, sport and cultural activities that are taking place in their area.


  • Budding or experienced reporters, with access to email, who wish to gain experience or give back to their local community
  • To find and root out stories of particular interest to people in their area
  • To write, research and interview for those stories, to build content on the website.
  • We also need a ‘Social Media’ savvy person to place local stories and events on Facebook & Twitter etc’ to drive site traffic.

This is a great opportunity for local budding and experienced journalists to hone their writing skills.

This wider reader appeal also adds a much more expansive opportunity for local advertisers to reach a vastly expanded audience, and by widening our readership, we plan to gradually introduce extra relevant categories like jobs, motoring, housing, and domestic services, among other localized topics.

So, if you would like to become a volunteer local correspondent, or are a forward thinking Community Group, Local Business, School, Sports Club, Faith Group or Charity organisation and have stories you think are newsworthy, want to publicise your events, achievements, or wish to advertise to a growing local audience, please contact us directly by email:

Local Community Matters is a not-for-profit community trust, run by volunteers all of whom have strong links to the towns and people surrounding Tameside.


A community volunteer has told how he was inspired to support victims of hate crime after his friend was subjected to homophobic abuse.

Robbie Stone, aged 24, has been a Village Angel – a team of volunteers who offer help and support to those in need in Manchester’s Gay Village every weekend – since 2015, after he saw first-hand the horrific impact of hate crime.

His friend was helped by the Village Angels after being subjected to a violent homophobic attack in the Gay Village, which left him with a broken jaw.

Seeing the effect this incident had on his friend, and the invaluable help and support he received through the LGBT Foundation and other agencies, Robbie decided to become a Village Angel himself, giving up his own time to help vulnerable people and support victims of crime.

Robbie said: “I believe that it is important to stand up to hate crime as everyone is born equal and no one deserves to be a victim of hate crime. We need to challenge the opinions of people who carry out hate crime and try to educate them as to why it is wrong.”

Robbie was speaking out during Hate Crime Awareness Week, a Greater Manchester-wide week of action to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and promote tolerance and respect.

As part of the week, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office is working with voluntary agencies and local communities to promote Greater Manchester’s network of independent reporting centres. The LGBT Foundation is one of hundreds of centres where you can report incidents in complete confidence, without speaking directly to the police. Victims of hate crime can also get help and support to help them cope and recover from what’s happened.

To report hate crime and find out what’s happening in your area to tackle it, visit You can also report it by calling police on 101.

Get involved in the conversation on social media by following #westandtogether

Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop based law firm – will be holding its 2017 Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 6th to Friday 10th March at its Ellison Street office. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional to make decisions about your finances, property and personal welfare in the event that you are in an accident or you develop an illness that leaves you unable to make such decisions for yourself. The week long promotion includes both types of LPA: the first covers your property and financial affairs; and the second your personal welfare and health. Special fixed prices for the week start at £220.00.

Laura Johnson, private client solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss, commented: “LPAs have become increasingly popular over the past few years and we have seen a sharp rise in the number of clients wanting them. We know the process can seem complex, but it really isn’t, so the aim of our LPA Week is to reassure people and also help them make sure their interests and long-term futures are protected.” For more information – or to make an appointment during the Davis Blank Furniss LPA Week 2017 – please email:



Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop & Manchester based law firm – is further strengthening its Residential Conveyancing department following the announcement of a new appointment.

Robert Parkinson has joined the firm from Cyril Morris Arkwright Solicitors in Bolton. He has also previously worked at Glassbrooks in Lytham. Robert completed his law degree and LPC qualification at UCLan.

His new role includes handling the sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, patient advising on buying a council house, sale remortgaging of residential property, about it transferring ownership as well as shared ownerships.

Richard Hamilton – head of property at Davis Blank Furniss – commented: “We are delighted to welcome Robert to the practice and I’m sure he will be a valuable addition to the team.”

Whilst Robert added: “I’m really excited to be joining Davis Blank Furniss and I’m now looking forward to helping further grow both our client base in Manchester and across the North West.”