MLP Law is one of the leading commercial law firms in the North West.
Based in the commercial heart of Altrincham, near Manchester, we are ideally placed for ease of access serving local, national and global clients from start ups, to large corporates. We also deliver a range of private client services, from family law to probate advice to individuals across the region.
We are a dynamic, entrepreneurial team and believe that our clients gain the best solutions from us. We are passionate about our proactivity, the quality of work that we produce and believe that our services should be affordable, therefore we are always clear and up front about our fees.
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As a commercial law firm we understand the business challenges that you face and how those can have an impact on your personal legal affairs.
We provide a best in class range of services and our experienced solicitors understand your issues. We do everything in our power to achieve successful results and we’re here to help you get on track and remain there.
The experienced solicitors here at MLP are happy to talk to you about any legal enquiry, whether you need advice on the sale of your business, shareholder agreements or simply need to sort out your will.
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Manchester-based MLP Law, (formally Myers Lister Price) has appointed Theo Hoppen as head of family law. Theo has over nine years’ of family law experience, advising and representing professionals, business people and celebrities on a wide range of issues including cohabitation disputes, pre-nuptial agreements and children matters. He also has a keen interest in advising on financial settlements arising from divorce and helping clients to protect their wealth. Theo is relocating to the Altrincham area after joining MLP Law from Ward Hadaway in Leeds. He will be responsible for managing the family law division, and leading on plans for the team’s expansion. Theo prides himself on offering first-rate client care and support throughout what is often a very difficult time and will draw on his vast experience and expertise to achieve the very best results for his clients. Commenting on his new role, Theo ... Read More »
Altrincham-based MLP Solicitors has strengthened its business services division with the additions of Karen Bexley as Director in the Employment team and Emma Lewis as senior solicitor in the corporate commercial team. Employment law expert, Karen Bexley, moves to MLP Law from the role of Legal Director at Millbank Edge LLP. Prior to this she was an associate solicitor at DAC Beachcroft LLP for nine years. Karen has worked with a range of clients over the years from individuals through to larger corporates. Karen works closely with her clients as their trusted business adviser and is known for her commercial and practical advice. Emma Lewis joins the firm from Slater Heelis LLP where she has been advising owner managed businesses in all aspects of corporate and commercial law. She will provide advice within the business services division of MLP, helping businesses plan their business journey by getting ... Read More »
MLP Law (MLP), which is currently celebrating its 25th year, has announced a change in leadership, with Stephen Attree taking on the role of the firm’s managing director.
Stephen has led MLP’s Corporate and Commercial team since joining the firm in 2011 and has been instrumental in the direction of the firm, working alongside founding partner, Michael Lister, for the past three years.
Michael Lister becomes Chairman of the firm and will be working with other businesses in a non-executive capacity, focused on strategic business growth. 38- year old, Stephen Attree, has worked within Manchester’s business and legal community for 17 years and has been involved in high profile transactions such as the sale of Lakestar Media to McCann in 2012. His appointment in 2011 marked the beginning of the evolution of MLP to ... Read More »
A big part of managing your company’s reputation is based on protecting your brand, particularly in highly competitive markets. So, what is a brand and what practical steps help a business protect, use and exploit any brands that it owns? What is a brand? A strong brand helps distinguish a business’ products from its competitors. It adds value to the business by enhancing consumer awareness and improving customer loyalty. A brand can be made up of many elements, including: A logo (Nike swish). A word (Kodak). A colour (Virgin red). A shape (Coca-Cola bottle). A strapline or jingle (The future’s bright, the future’s Orange). A domain name (Amazon.com). A person’s name (David Beckham). A strong brand can be a very valuable commercial asset. According to the Interbrand survey Best Global Brands 2015, the top three global brands by value were: Apple (worth $170,276 million). Google (worth $120,314 million). Coca-Cola (worth $78,423 million). Brands can ... Read More »
Residential property investors and the renewed commitment to more house building appear to be central to the government’s property policies for 2016. As a property investor or residential landlord, there are a number of key highlights we would recommend looking out for this year: The Help to Buy ISA Qualifying individuals are able to open a Help to Buy ISA that will provide a government bonus of up to £3000 to use towards the purchase of a first home. Right to rent checks The right to rent obligations under the Immigration Act 2014 will apply to the whole of England from 1 February 2016. Before renting out a property, all private landlords in England will need to check that new tenants have the right to live in the UK. Business rates reform A business rates review is in hand, which many in the property ... Read More »
What do you need to look for when choosing a solicitor and law firm? Are they not all the same? Lawyers, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. So how do you choose a firm and solicitor that you will feel comfortable with and that will be able to deal with your matter properly, efficiently and with the right amount of skill and expertise? There are many factors to consider and you should ask yourself what your expectations are about speed, quality and service at the outset. Sadly, I have experienced many situations where a solicitor’s understanding of great service is completely different to that of the client. EXPERTISE Whilst expertise to a large degree should be expected, you should nevertheless establish that the solicitor and law firm have the expertise and experience to deal with your matter. How many cases like yours do they deal ... Read More »
As 2015 draws to an end, we look ahead to some of the key employment law developments that are expected during 2016: Collective redundancy – the meaning of “establishment”: You’ll no doubt recall the controversy the “Woolworths case” caused back in 2013, when the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that UK domestic law was incompatible with the European directive in relation to collective redundancy consultation obligations. That decision, which is expected to be the subject of a Court of Appeal hearing in 2016, found that “one establishment” meant the organisation as a whole, rather than individual locations, which in turn meant that the total number of redundancies to be counted when deciding whether collective redundancy consultation obligations kicked in had to be aggregated across the whole organisation. In other words, it was much more likely than before that the obligations would arise. In 2016, ... Read More »
1. What is a CIO? Traditionally, charities in the UK have taken the form of trusts, unincorporated associations (clubs and societies) and companies limited by shares or guarantee. For a number of years, charities lobbied for a new structure which would provide some of the advantages of being structured as a company, but without some of the more onerous administrative and reporting burdens that come with it. This resulted in the introduction of the CIO in 2013. 2. What are the Advantages of a CIO? Need to be registered with the Charity Commission, but not the Registrar of Companies; No minimum income threshold to set up; Limited liability for Charity Trustees; A designated Charity Number from the Charity Commission; A structure tailor-made for charities with less onerous filing, administrative and accounting obligations. 3. Are there any disadvantages? All CIOs must file accounts; There is no ability to offer security for financial borrowing ... Read More »
What is a confidentiality agreement? A legally binding contract between two or more parties to provide a framework for the receipt and disclosure information. Also known as a non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”). When do I need a confidentiality agreement? When discussing a new business opportunity or business concept with another party. When is outsourcing work to another party, such as a contractor/ consultant. Prior to selling your business or entering discussions with potential investors. Prior to patenting an idea (after all it cannot be patented if the idea gets into the public domain). What is “confidential information”? A confidentiality agreement can often deem all information as confidential and not just obviously confidential information like a trade secret, customer details, pricing or technical information. Information about the disclosing party’s business and affairs that is not in the public domain. Information developed by the parties during the course of their (contractual) relationship which ... Read More »
In a recent family law case which has been brought to light in the media, a High Court judge made the extraordinary decision to expose the ‘abysmal’ conduct of a husband during divorce proceedings. In the case of Veluppillai v Veluppillai, Mr Justice Mostyn opted to waive the anonymity of the husband and wife in order to make public the problems faced by the courts. During the proceedings, it was reported that Mr Veluppillai had assaulted his ex-wife and her counsel at a court hearing, whilst also threatening to execute her, her lawyers and the judge in later incidents. Although this case is extreme, it highlights some of the issues that the legal system has to deal with when faced with – to use Mr Justice Mostyn’s words – ‘unrepresented and malevolent litigants’. This is just one of the potential problems that can ... Read More »
The key factors affecting family businesses can often be more complex than those facing non-family run businesses, due to the pivotal role which the family itself plays and the dynamics that are often present. If a business is badly handled and does not have a clear long-term plan for its future, issues are likely to arise further down the line which it may not be able to deal with effectively. Below is a list of eight of the key considerations that all family businesses need to think about and revisit throughout the company’s growth: What is the long term strategy? It is important for every business owner to have a long term strategy in place in order to grow the business. This strategy should be a unified vision for the future of the business, and in regards to a family run ... Read More »
The time has come again for us to get our running shoes on and start preparing for next year’s flattest, fastest and friendliest UK marathon. Yes that’s right, we’re talking about the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon and for the second year MLP Law will be proudly sponsoring the event on Sunday 10 April 2016. And this year the marathon is celebrating its 40th birthday, making this race even bigger and more momentous than last year! Just like last year, we will be offering entrants the option of taking part in the marathon alongside their work colleagues in our Corporate Challenge. As is the case when it comes to running a business, a marathon takes a large amount of dedication, preparation and determination to succeed. The Corporate Challenge is the perfect way to connect with your colleagues, encourage team building, and enjoy training ... Read More »
For some, it’s the first question asked. For others, it’s something which niggles away at the back of the mind, sometimes until it’s too late. For all employers, however, it is a crucial question that needs to be asked whenever you employ somebody: what are my obligations as an employer? What do I have to do? Contract of Employment: Employers are legally required to provide employees with a written statement of the key terms of their employment within 8 weeks of employment commencing. This must set out things such as hours of work, rates of pay and entitlement to holiday. Some employers, especially employers taking on staff for the first time, may be reluctant to provide a more detailed contract (or perhaps even any contract whatsoever) for fear of creating too many obligations in favour of employees. However, as surprising as this may sound ... Read More »
Dealing with redundancies can be difficult for any business. Often it feels like a quick decision needs to be made to safeguard the business and the temptation to simply announce redundancies can be overwhelming. However, smart business owners realise that taking the time to properly plan a redundancy process can save a lot of hassle and a lot of money in the long run. To help you make sure you get it right when faced with a redundancy situation, we’ve set out below the key questions which employers should always bear in mind when it comes to redundancy: How do I know if there is a redundancy situation within my business? Generally a redundancy situation arises where there is a reduced requirement for employees. This will most frequently arise where: there is a closure of a business (or part of it) or closure ... Read More »
The first fully Conservative budget for 19 years took place earlier this month. One of the major talking points, at least as far as employment law is concerned, is the introduction of the National Living Wage. As with all developments in the workplace, this attracted a lot of coverage in the national press, which is unsurprising given that it has the potential to have a significant impact on employers and employees alike. To help you understand what this means for you or your business, lawyers in MLP’s Employment Department have broken down the truth behind the headlines: What’s going to happen?: From April 2016, workers aged 25 or over will receive a new premium on top of the National Minimum Wage (NMW), which will be known as the National Living Wage (NLW). This will initially be at a rate of £7.20 per hour, ... Read More »
This week saw Heather Ilott, estranged daughter of Melita Jackson, win a decade-long court battle with her mother (and £164k of her estate) after she left her entire estate to animal charities upon her death. The highly publicised legal battle has been the debate of many news outlets and forums over the past week, with many questioning the point in even making a will, if it can be overturned in this way… It’s true that more wills are being contested than ever these days. This could be attributed to the rising divorce rate which is leading to more complex family structures, teamed with the fact that people in this day and age tend to be leaving more wealth. But why, in this case, did the courts overrule the wishes of a women who, in sound mind, had expressly stated she didn’t ... Read More »
A few months ago, the media was awash with stories about Jeremy Clarkson’s unceremonious dismissal (or “non-renewal of his contract” as the BBC described it) from his position as host of Top Gear. If truth be told, we didn’t learn a great deal from the countless commentary pieces we saw, each of which simply set out how the BBC should have gone about its disciplinary process. We didn’t learn a lot because that side of things was all fairly straightforward, surely?: a man (allegedly) assaults his colleague whilst working on location and is dismissed for gross misconduct. What could be more simple? Except it never looked like it was going to be that simple and the reason for that was obvious – this man, whether you like him or hate him, was the face of the BBC’s most commercially successful output, a ... Read More »
If they do, then you need to consider the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) recent report on its call for information on online reviews and endorsements. It launched its call for information in February 2015 when it became aware of the potential for misleading or distorting messages being sent out to customers. The aim of the call for information was to better understand the use of endorsements and online reviews, and also to see how the content of reviews and endorsements could be influenced. Why does it matter? Keeping abreast of law in this area is important because if you unintentionally mislead customers then you could be breaching consumer protection laws and industry advertising standards. The CMA is a particularly important organisation to take note of because it has enforcement powers, and it can use its findings to lobby for legislative change, often ... Read More »
When someone has lost mental capacity and they do not have a Power of Attorney in place then you can apply to the Court of Protection to become that person’s deputy. This means that you will be authorised by the Court of Protection to make decisions on their behalf. This is extremely useful to families when they need to care for loved ones who aren’t able to look after themselves. What type of Deputy can I be? There are two types of deputy and you can apply to be one type of deputy or both. The property and financial affairs deputy will provide you with the power to handle such things as paying bills, organising a pension and buying food. The personal welfare deputy is able to make decisions about medical treatment and how someone is looked after. You may also be able ... Read More »
What are the top 5 things you need to think about when considering a shareholders agreement? If you are considering setting up a company with family and/or friends or entering into a joint venture, you should consider putting a shareholders agreement in place. The company’s Articles of Association (it’s rule book) will give some basic guidance. Standard Articles will not deal with the finer detail so as to provide sufficient clarity and certainty as to what can, or cannot be done within the business. A shareholders agreement (which ideally ought to be put in place in the early stages) can: reduce the potential for conflict, lead to much greater protection of a shareholders investment, set out various guidelines as to how the business is governed and remain a private document. You should carefully consider the following questions before putting a shareholders agreement in ... Read More »
Last year it was estimated that UK SMEs employed 15.2 million people and had a combined turnover of £1.6 trillion. These enterprises have an extremely important role to play in driving growth and creating jobs, and are often described as being the ‘lifeblood’ of our economy. That said, SMEs often face huge challenges, particularly concerning cash flow. Research we recently conducted found that, quite startlingly, SMEs in the UK are losing thousands of pounds and days of resource annually as a direct result of overdue invoices. We conducted the research in the hope that it would help shed some light on the extent of the cash flow problem in UK businesses. Indeed, latest figures from Bacs Payment Schemes found that SMEs across the country are facing a £8.2bn annual shortfall as a direct result of unpaid invoices. Our research attempted to delve deeper ... Read More »
Getty Images, Inc. is an American stock photo agency who supply stock images for business and consumers with an archive of 80 million still images and illustrations and more than 50,000 hours of stock film footage. Since 2008, Getty Images has created controversy in its manner of pursuing copyright enforcement on behalf of its photographers. Rather than pursue a policy of sending out “cease and desist” notices, Getty typically mails out a demand letter claiming substantial sums of damages to owners of websites which it believes have used their images in infringement of their photographers’ copyright. So what do you do if you get a letter from Getty? First of all, are you guilty? For copyright infringement to take place, the owner of a copyrighted work will need to establish that either of the following acts are done in relation to a substantial ... Read More »
In the aftermath of the Conservative win in the General Election, MLP’s employment team review the party’s pre-election promises for signs of what employment law developments may be in store in the next few years: Exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts will be banned, although this falls short of the outright ban which the Labour Party had promised. The National Minimum Wage is set to increase to £8.00 by 2020, starting with an initial rise to £6.70 by November 2015. The tax-free personal allowance will increase to £12,500. If the 2020 National Minimum Wage increase comes to fruition, this will mean that people who work for 30 hours a week will pay no income tax at all. Entitlement to free childcare for working parents of all three and four year olds will increase to 30 hours. Trade union reforms are planned to prevent what the ... Read More »
So that’s it – the marathon is over and this is my final #BeatStephen blog. It’s such a relief to say that we made it across that finish line and all our hard work paid off. Now I’m just trying to get over the pain in my muscles – something which was definitely expected after battling through those gruelling 26.2 miles. I was extremely nervous during the build-up between Saturday night and Sunday morning and I didn’t sleep as well as I’d hoped. But nonetheless, Sunday morning did arrive and it was soon time to make my way over to the starting line. My finishing time was four hours and 17 minutes, but I think I probably started off a little bit too quick. I completed the first ten miles in one hour and 33 minutes and the second ten in one ... Read More »