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Exceptional Lawyers, Exceptional Care

How we look after you

mlplaw are a law firm with a genuine difference; we strive to find out about you so we can do our very best to solve your problems, helping you to achieve your outcome and benefit from our professional expertise.

We are  innovative, adaptable and proactive, we say what we’re going to do and then do it. With a wide range of legal services across corporate and private, we also have our mlpflex service which is a fully flexible monthly service tailor-made to assist your business, ensuring year-round support.

Your Legal Partner

We understand that legal needs are diverse, and every client is unique. That’s why we’ve created mlpflex, a tailored retainer service that puts you in control. Here’s why it’s your ultimate legal solution.

  1. Simplify Legal Woes: mlpflex covers it all, saving you time and stress and providing hassle-free support.
  2. Tailored to You: Benefit from bespoke hours for your needs.
  3. Anticipate and Solve: mlpflex prevents legal hassles.
  4. Seasoned Experts: Tap into our knowledgeable legal team.
  5. Budget-Friendly: Enjoy affordable top-notch service.
  6. Business Partners: We’re not just lawyers; we’re your business allies for success.

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Meet our Team

Stephen Attree

Managing Partner - Corporate, Commercial, IP and Disputes specialist

Leanne Sodergren

Chief Operating Officer (COO) - MLPower

Jane Hunter

Partner and Head of Private Client

Gareth Matthews

Partner - Employment

Amy Jefferson

Rachel Owen

Partner - Corporate

Shaista Kauser

Partner - Disputes Resolution

Jonathan Chung

Legal Director - Real Estate

Sam Swann

Partner - Real Estate

Doris Raggatt

Legal Director - Wills, Trusts and Probate

Sophie Lennon

Solicitor Apprentice

Katie Davies

Paralegal Apprentice

Chloe Linsley

Paralegal - Residential Property

Victoria Hands

Conveyancing Executive

Neil Sutcliffe

Consultant - Real Estate

Alissa Whitney

Operations Manager - MLPower

Anna Adamson

Accounts Manager - MLPower

Zara Green

Business and Client Administrator

Maria Loiko

Brand Marketing Co-Ordinator

Ava Ali

Legal and Administrative Assistant

Vanessa Campbell

Reception and Administrative Assistant

Deborah Scales

Partner - Employment Law

Karen Delamore

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Ella Coverley

Solicitor - Corporate, Commercial and IP

Amelia Denton

Trainee Solicitor - Corporate, Commercial and IP

Max McGenity

Trainee Solicitor – Commercial, IP and Dispute Resolution

Colin Hornby

Partner - Family Law

Stephen Attree

Managing Partner - Corporate, Commercial, IP and Disputes specialist

Stephen is the Managing Partner of mlplaw and has over 25 years’ experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious business law and business ownership. Recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, Stephen is renowned for his ability to quickly identify a client’s successful outcome and to then relentlessly pursue that outcome.

Stephen has developed a particular specialism in digital, technology, healthcare and family owned businesses. He covers all areas of business law and ownership, including commercial litigation and private disputes, and together with his corporate and commercial team provides advice on all aspects of the law relating to mergers, acquisitions, financing, re-structuring, complex commercial contracts, standard trading terms, share options, shareholder and partnership agreements, commercial dispute resolution, joint venture and partnering arrangements, IT and Technology law, Intellectual Property, EU and competition law, Brexit, Data Protection and GDPR.

Stephen spent over 10 years at a leading city firm before moving to mlplaw which he acquired through a MBO in 2014. He continued to develop the firm as a boutique corporate and commercial firm with a specialist private client offering renowned for the quality of its people and its first class client service. During that time Stephen has published a book “Family Business Succession – the options and pitfalls” and raised significant amounts of money for charity.

Stephen works closely with mlplaw’s leadership team to implement improvements and innovations that enhance the service we provide to clients and that make mlplaw an even greater place to work.  This includes a collaborative and innovative approach to pricing including aligning our charges to the outcomes delivered for clients and monthly retainers that covers all our services and a full commitment to hybrid and flexible working and an impressive, flexible, benefits package.  He champions our “Do the Right Thing” initiatives especially our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion efforts and supporting our chosen social enterprises and charities with free advice.

Email: stephena@mlplaw.co.uk
Phone: 0161 926 1524

Leanne Sodergren

Chief Operating Officer (COO) - MLPower

Leanne started her career at an 8 Partner LawNet law firm in Huddersfield before moving to Manchester to join a multi-national law firm Eversheds. Leanne is ILCA qualified and has gained vast knowledge over the years’ on how finance in a law firm actually works. As well as finance Leanne looks after the HR, Operations and compliance of the firm, basically anything non legal.

Leanne is an avid Huddersfield town and Man City fan and believes in working hard to provide a future for her daughter Mia. Leanne hopes she is a great role model for Mia and is teaching her that working smartly really does pay off and opens doors to a great career.

Email: leannes@mlplaw.co.uk
Phone: 0161 926 1530

Jane Hunter

Partner and Head of Private Client

Jane is a Private client lawyer who is CTAPS qualified, and a member of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers. Jane acts for a wide variety of clients including business owners, high net worth individuals and agricultural clients.

Jane is experienced in advising on Wills, Powers of Attorney, Tax Planning, Administration of Estates, Court of Protection matters, and Asset Protection within families and businesses and contested Probate estates.

Jane lives locally in Lymm with her 18-year-old son and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and renovating her house and garden.

Phone: 0161 926 1542

Gareth Matthews

Partner - Employment

Gareth is a Partner in MLP Law’s Employment team and for over 10 years has specialised in employment law, primarily advising businesses and senior individuals. Gareth has significant litigation experience, including experience as an advocate in the Employment Tribunal. Gareth also has considerable experience in advising on the employment issues in corporate mergers and acquisition, including the complexities which arise in TUPE transfers.

Gareth’s sector experience is wide ranging, encompassing advice to clients in the hospitality, retail, construction, healthcare, recruitment and manufacturing industries.

Gareth provides training to clients and organisations on a variety of key employment topics, such as absence management, disciplinary and grievance processes and employment law updates. Gareth also acts as a guest lecturer in employment law at Liverpool Hope University.

Gareth has been described by Legal 500 as someone who is ‘very reassuring and does a great job’ and was named Legal Personality of the Year by Downtown in Business. Gareth has also been quoted as an employment law expert in the Manchester Evening News and The Times and is known for his pragmatic and commercial advice, as well as his ability to quickly understand his clients’ business objectives and tailor his advice accordingly.

Prior to joining MLP Law, Gareth spent a number of years working in the employment teams at two international law firms in Manchester.

Away from work Gareth is a passionate cricket and football fan and enjoys discovering new music. Gareth is also a keen traveller but has had to put his plans to become fluent in a foreign language on hold in favour of spending time with family, particularly his two young sons of whom he is incredibly proud.

Phone: 0161 926 1583

Amy Jefferson

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Law, Amy started her legal career at a trade union law firm based in Sheffield in September 2022. She now looks forward to moving back to Manchester and re-exploring the city she grew up in.

Amy’s interest in legal practice began following a series of trips to the Manchester Crown Court public gallery with her Grandad. What started as a few day trips sparked a real interest in legal practice and a few years later she undertook work experience with a high street firm in Bramhall specialising in employment law.

This area was further explored during university by studying an elective module in employment law and completing a part time work placement in employment law alongside studies in her final year. After university, looking to explore her options she began working in personal injury. However, quickly missing the pace and diversity of employment law she returned back to the area and has found the work to be meaningful and rewarding.

In her spare time, Amy likes to read, attend live music events and go for walks in the Peak District. Although, she is always open to trying new activities and has recently taken up bouldering.

Rachel Owen

Partner - Corporate

Rachel is a highly experienced Corporate lawyer who joined mlplaw in 2019 from a national law firm and now leads the Corporate Team.

Rachel’s main area of work is mergers and acquisitions covering share and asset acquisitions and disposals, but includes management buy-outs, investments, group re-organisations, demergers, joint ventures, shareholders agreement, articles of association, cross options, share capital arrangements, corporate governance, employee ownership schemes and share incentive schemes.

She has a pragmatic approach and understands client’s priorities and objectives. She assists with the day to day needs of business clients.

Rachel has gained particular experience in the Insurance and Healthcare sectors, but acts for clients from across the spectrum.

Email: rachelo@mlplaw.co.uk
Phone: 0161 926 1579

Shaista Kauser

Partner - Disputes Resolution

Shaista is a highly experienced Solicitor, having qualified 23 years ago. Shaista specialises in commercial litigation matters, and before joining mlplaw, she worked in well-known large city centre firms before later establishing her own practice.

She has represented a large variety of clients across numbers of sectors on a broad spectrum of disputes to provide clients greater depth of knowledge and experience in contentious matters to individuals, owner managed businesses, SME’s, high net worth individuals, directors/shareholders, property developers and charities.

Shaista has extensive experience in litigation, including experience as an advocate in the County Courts, regularly advising on high value complex contractual disputes, property litigation (claims for possession, rent arrears, breaches, dilapidations, service charge disputes), company and partnership dispute, high value debt recovery, professional negligence claims, claims against lawyers, property and finance professionals.

Shaista offers a down to earth and proactive approach to provide solutions and resolve disputes, and possesses extensive knowledge of various Alternative Dispute Resolution methods.

Outside of work, Shaista enjoys spending time with her daughters and reading.

Email: shaistak@mlplaw.co.uk
Phone: 0161 926 1534

Jonathan Chung

Legal Director - Real Estate

Jonathan is a Legal Director in MLP Law’s Real Estate team with over 13 years’ experience in real estate transactions.  Prior to joining MLP Law, Jonathan was a partner in a long-established local law firm in Manchester for over a decade.

Jonathan has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with both commercial and residential property matters.  His main expertise is in relation to commercial landlord and tenant matters (acting for both landlords and tenants), commercial property acquisitions and disposals (acting for both sellers and buyers), real estate aspects of real estate finance (acting for both borrowers and lenders) and corporate support.

Jonathan acts for a wide range of businesses and individuals including sole traders, SMEs, property investors, pension funds and property developers in the retail and wholesale, hospitality and leisure, food and beverage and industrial and office sectors.  Jonathan transacts properties in locations throughout the North West and nationwide.

Jonathan offers a friendly and pragmatic approach to commercial transactions.

Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys spending time relaxing with his family.

Phone: 0161 926 1508

Sam Swann

Partner - Real Estate

Sam has nearly 10 years’ experience of general commercial property matters with particular expertise in development and landlord and tenant work.

His recent experience includes acting for:

a commercial developer in connection with the acquisition, pre-letting and letting of sites across England to household name tenants including Starbucks, Greggs and Burger King;
an investment partnership in connection with general asset management work in London and Surrey;
a national coffee chain franchisee in connection with a pre let for a new site in Yorkshire;
a pizza chain in the taking of leases at new sites across London; and
a start-up pub company taking a lease of a site in London.

Sam feels his considerable experience in acting for both landlords and tenants gives him a balanced perspective when negotiating leases on different sides of a transaction which helps to get deals done.

Primarily a transactional lawyer, Sam has a developing practice in property disputes which he feels adds value to the service he provides to clients.

The aspects of the job Sam most enjoys are the interaction with people and problem-solving, no two days every being the same.

In his spare time Sam enjoys exercising, reading inspirational books and watching classic films

Phone: 0161 926 9969

Doris Raggatt

Legal Director - Wills, Trusts and Probate

Doris qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and since then has worked as a private client lawyer completing the full range of trusts, tax and estates work. Doris has also achieved the STEP diploma and is accredited member of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers.

Doris is also a committee member on the Manchester branch of STEP and is actively involved in working with STEP to promote private client work and to maximise the client experience. In addition, Doris has achieved the Solicitors for the Elderly Diploma in private client work.

In the Legal 500 solicitor rankings Doris was described as ‘incredibly meticulousn when she handles complex estates and has demonstratable experience acting on Court Protection proceedings and applications”.

Doris specialises in dealing with high-net-worth clients for Wills, estate planning and in the administration of complex estates. She also deals with powers of attorney, court of protection matters, drafting of trust documentation and the administration of trusts.

In her spare time, Doris is a keen gym attendee and loves walking in the Peak District, with Kinder Scout being her favourite walk.

Phone: 0161 926 1538

Sophie Lennon

Solicitor Apprentice
Sophie is mlplaw’s first Solicitor Apprentice, and in September 2021 started her six year journey to qualify as a solicitor.
During her apprenticeship with the University of Law, Sophie will obtain a Law degree in Legal Practice and Skills whilst continuing to work at mlplaw and gain additional practical experience. Sophie will be working 4 days a week in the firm and will spend one day a week on her University studies.
Sophie works in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department and with the support of the team, is working to developing her expertise and competency to the highest standard.
mlplaw is embracing the new road to qualification and we are excited to support Sophie along the way!
Phone: 0161 926 1592

Katie Davies

Paralegal Apprentice

Katie has completed an Applied Law and Business course at South Trafford College with a 3 A* equivalent. This course covers multiple areas of Law and Business such as Employment Law, Contract Law, Aspects of Civil Liability, Business Communications and more.

Katie works with us at MLP as a full time Legal Assistant. She has her long term goals set out for her upon completion of her Legal Assistant role here with MLP. After her 18 months she is hoping to progress through the company working her way up through qualifications, eventually becoming a solicitor.

In Katie’s spare time she enjoys being with friends and family, going to the gym, going for meals and watching films.

Phone: 0161 926 1526

Chloe Linsley

Paralegal - Residential Property

Chloe completed her Undergraduate Law Degree at the University of Chester prior to going on to complete her Postgraduate LPC and Masters in Law at the University of Sunderland. She then joined a growing, mid-size firm in Stockport as a paralegal specialising in residential property. Chloe instantly took on her own caseload and it was from this first role that she discovered her particular interest in property law, particularly residential property.

Chloe has experience in acting for both private individuals, first time buyers and companies. She has developed her knowledge and experience in many areas such as freehold, leasehold, shared ownership and right to buy.

Chloe is keen to develop her skills and expand her knowledge working closely with senior members of the Residential Property team at MLP Law, with the ambitious goal to eventually qualify as a solicitor.

In her spare time, Chloe enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going on hikes, trying new restaurants and going to the theatre.

Phone: 0161 926 1525

Victoria Hands

Conveyancing Executive

Since joining the Conveyancing Industry in 2010, Victoria has become an experienced Residential Conveyancer.

Victoria has studied part-time in order to obtain her Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice and soon hopes to qualify as a Legal Executive.

In 2017, Victoria won the LFS Young Conveyancer of the Year Award.

On a day to day basis, Victoria assists clients by offering thorough and practical conveyancing advice and, as she is aware of the many issues faced by clients when moving home, she is able to deliver a personal and empathetic service.

During her spare time, Victoria enjoys the great outdoors and touring around the country in her VW camper van with her husband and young daughter.

Neil Sutcliffe

Consultant - Real Estate

Neil trained with and worked for a West End firm from 1993 to 1997, moving back to the North West in 1997, and setting up his own practice in 2003 which he merged with a Central Manchester commercial law firm in 2010. Neil joined MLP Law as a consultant solicitor in December 2014.

He specialises in residential and commercial real estate, landlord and tenant and corporate support, with particular emphasis in acting for property developers, investors and funders in London and the surrounding home counties.

Outside work, Neil enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and going to the theatre and concerts.

Phone: 0161 926 1540

Alissa Whitney

Operations Manager - MLPower

Alissa started at MLP as the firm’s Administrative Assistant in 2014. Since then, Alissa has progressed through the firm and now looks after and manages the MLPower team, which provides first class business support to lawyers and their teams.  Throughout her progression, Alissa has worked in various roles and departments and appreciates the experience and insight that this has given her in her role.

Alissa is also a member of the firm’s Leadership team which works on strategies to implement improvements and  innovations which enhance our client service, and the day to day efficiency of the firm. Alissa looks after the Operational side of MLP and is involved in the everyday running of the firm, and enjoys the challenge that her role offers. No two days are ever the same and this is something that highly motivates and drives Alissa to provide excellent service to our clients everyday.

In addition, Alissa is also part of the firm’s dedicated People and Wellbeing team. Alissa is passionate about working to the firm’s vision of being a great place to work with great people. Alissa believes that happy people make a happy and successful workplace, and this motivates Alissa to ensure her colleagues feel supported in an entrepreneurial environment that supports their development and career ambitions.

Alissa enjoys the warmer climates, and has lived in 7 different countries varying through Europe and Asia. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the gym, having dinners out and relaxing with her friends.

Phone: 0161 926 1532

Anna Adamson

Accounts Manager - MLPower

Anna started out as an office junior and trained on the job. She gained her ILCA diploma and became MLP’s Accounts manager. Anna’s long term experience at MLP gives her good knowledge of the companies DNA and values. Anna loves the variety of her work, and no two days are the same.

Outside of the office Anna is kept busy by her young son and 2 pet dogs Olly & Teddy.

Phone: 0161 926 1531

Zara Green

Business and Client Administrator

Zara has worked in the legal sector since 2017 and has gained experience as a barrister’s clerk and paralegal.

Zara started her legal career in a Manchester barrister’s chambers as an office junior before progressing to become a family clerk. In 2019, Zara took on a new role as a paralegal  where she managed her own caseload and later trained newer members of staff.

In addition to working as a paralegal, Zara was also a client service advisor within the business. As a result, Zara’s experience has taught her the importance of creating a positive client experience.

Zara joined mlplaw in October 2023. Currently she is learning the ropes within the accounts and marketing departments, whilst also managing the firm’s social media presence. Make sure to follow @mlplaw on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.

 

Email: marketing@mlplaw.co.uk
Phone: 0161 926 9969

Maria Loiko

Brand Marketing Co-Ordinator

With origins in Latvia, Maria has been living in the UK for the past nine years. Throughout her career, she have delved into various facets of Marketing, beginning with conventional cold calls and client meetings, and progressing to crafting websites for small businesses and formulating marketing strategies. Maria is passionate for the possibilities that Digital Marketing presents to contemporary businesses, and she is always trying to learn something new.

Outside of work, she is a parent to two small daughters who bring immense joy and always cheer her up. Additionally, sometimes she helps out at our family-run street-food market stall during weekends, which adds a touch of excitement to her routine.

Phone: 0161 926 1543

Ava Ali

Legal and Administrative Assistant

Ava is a commercially focused Law graduate from the University of Manchester, who has embarked on several legal and admin experience across several ranging sectors prior to joining mlplaw in 2023.

Ava’s main areas of work have been in property conveyancing, pro bono legal, employment law, and commercial litigation work. Along with this, Ava has vast experience across the retail and hospitality sector prior to legal experience, which has enabled her to grow a more casual, personable, yet enthusiastic approach when dealing with clients and overall work.

Ava has a hard-headed, rigorous yet realistic approach which allows her to take on tasks and work in an efficient manner. She assists the fee earners and consultants on a day-to-day basis with admin and litigation-based matters.

Ava has utilised her past experiences to effectively manage administrative tasks whilst taking into account the clients’ best interests.

Phone: 0161 926 9969

Vanessa Campbell

Reception and Administrative Assistant

Vanessa’s experience as a receptionist in a high-profile security company means she works well under pressure and can adhere to strict deadlines. It has also contributed to her ability to adapt and handle various situations with efficiency. Vanessa understands the importance of client experience and prides herself on her enthusiastic and reliable personality. Vanessa brings a positive attitude and a wealth of skills that ensures our clients receive a first-class experience.

Outside of work, as an arts and crafts maker, Vanessa has demonstrated her creativity and eye for detail.

Phone: 0161 926 9969

Deborah Scales

Partner - Employment Law

Deborah is an experienced Employment and Discrimination lawyer who has had a mixed practice representing both businesses and individuals. She believes this gives her the edge when negotiating with ‘the other side’. Areas of expertise include discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, restraints of trade, TUPE, collective redundancies, employment status and IR35 issues, managing employee conflict, grievance and disciplinary investigations, and negotiating severance packages (on both sides of the fence). With the explosion in remote working, Deborah has been advising businesses on the risks and opportunities of employing workers living in overseas jurisdictions.

Deborah was Called to the Bar in 2007 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2011. She has sat on advisory panels including the EHRC’s panel on Religion & Belief and the Federation of Small Businesses’ Employment Law Policy Committee. She is a member of Lincoln’s Inn Denning Society after being awarded a scholarship in 2005. She joins mlpplus as an Employment Law Partner.

Outside of work, she enjoys following her local pub bands and catching up with her three adult daughters – when they are all in the same country.

Phone: 0161 926 1520

Karen Delamore

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Karen has broad and extensive experience in corporate and commercial law and particular expertise in equipment leasing and asset finance, both working in law firms and in- house positions.

Karen studied French and Russian at Oxford University before attending Chester law school and training in a London law firm. She relocated, shortly after qualifying, to Paris and spent several years working in the Paris branch of the London law firm, specialising in shipping and aviation finance where her clients included French banks ,a leading Irish aircraft lessor and a major French shipping company. She returned to the UK in 1998 and spent 12 years as senior counsel in GE Capital’s European equipment leasing business and (after its sale from GE ) 4 years for TIP Trailer Services working on major customer leasing transactions and disposals and acquisitions of related businesses . Prior to joining MLP Karen was a partner in a national law firm. In her spare time Karen enjoys golf, yoga, dancing and learning Spanish.

Email: karend@mlplaw.co.uk
Phone: 0161 926 9969

Ella Coverley

Solicitor - Corporate, Commercial and IP

Ella joined mlplaw in 2019 as a paralegal in the Corporate and Commercial team providing advice to businesses and private individuals. Ella’s particular interest lies with the company/corporate side of the department.

Previous to her employment with mlplaw, Ella spend over 12 years in Event Management before she decided to go back into education and study law.

Ella graduated from the University of Manchester in 2017 and finished her LPC with the University of Law.

Outside of work Ella spends most of her time with her family enjoying theatre breaks and weekend trips around the UK.

Email: ellac@mlplaw.co.uk
Phone: 0161 926 1512

Amelia Denton

Trainee Solicitor - Corporate, Commercial and IP

Amelia completed her LPC with a distinction in 2021 with the University of Law. Whilst studying for both her LLB and LPC, Amelia gained experience working as a legal assistant both in practice and in-house. It was during this time and experience that emphasised her particular interest within commercial law.

Amelia is a valued member of our Commercial, IP and Dispute resolution teams, she advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious business law. Amelia hopes to develop her knowledge and skills further enabling her to progress at MLP Law, ultimately qualifying as a solicitor.

Outside of work Amelia enjoys trying different restaurants, watching live music and attending comedy clubs, country walks and spending time with family and friends.

Email: ameliad@mlplaw.co.uk
Phone: 0161 926 1528

Max McGenity

Trainee Solicitor – Commercial, IP and Dispute Resolution

Max is a Trainee Solicitor in the Commercial, IP and Dispute Resolution team and works with a variety of clients such as owner-run businesses, national corporations and private individuals.

Having joined mlplaw as a Corporate Paralegal in November 2021, Max has built up experience in this area and hopes to continue developing his Business Services skillset.

Max graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 and has since been a manager at a national education charity and started his own business as a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher. He completed his LPC and LLM at BPP University Manchester, having gained legal work experience at both a mid-sized Liverpool practice and a large London firm.

Having stepped away from the fitness industry to return to the law, Max’s love of exercise continues outside of work; he is a regular gym-goer and a fan of physical challenges. He also enjoys live music and comedy, and a good pub quiz.

Phone: 0161 926 1523

Colin Hornby

Partner - Family Law

Colin has over a decade of hands-on experience in dealing with most types of family law matters. He stands out as a beacon of expertise and compassion in the family law arena. Particularly skilled at addressing the multifaceted challenges of divorce, financial remedy matters, and private child arrangements, Colin seamlessly combines unparalleled professional judgement with a warm, friendly conversational approach. Understanding the pressures and stresses of modern life, especially for business professionals, Colin makes himself accessible outside the conventional 9-5, often going above and beyond to provide timely advice. His rapidly escalating reputation in the legal world is a testament to the consistently excellent outcomes he achieves for his clients and the glowing feedback he receives.

Drawing from personal experience as a separated parent, Colin offers a unique brand of empathetic service that resonates deeply with clients navigating the turbulent waters of family disputes. His recent accomplishment of skilfully handling an intricate divorce and financial remedy case — where he adeptly proved the opposing party’s deceit in dissipating assets, ultimately securing a remarkably favourable outcome for his client — further underscores his capabilities.

One of Colin’s key strengths is handling significant amounts of evidence and paperwork ensuring no stone is left unturned. He is extremely competent at preparing detailed and persuasive witness statements and evidence for clients.

Colin is a seasoned specialist in pre and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation and separation agreements/ disputes, and a vast range of intricate financial cases encompassing businesses, property portfolios, and substantial pension assets. He also deals with all types of private child arrangement matters post-separation, having managed cases involving severe allegations, resulting in fact-finding hearings. He ensures compliance through enforcement proceedings and does everything he can to ensure his clients achieve justice.

Notably, Colins’s recent assistance in securing an interim-contact order for a client in difficult circumstances, typically challenging in court, further highlights his competence and unwavering commitment to clients’ rights. In Colin, clients find more than a solicitor; they discover a loyal and hardworking ally dedicated to championing their cause during life’s most challenging times.

Away from work, Colin is kept busy with his four children. In his younger days he played for Everton FC and competed as a sprinter for Sale Harriers Manchester at National Level. The only running he does now is after his four children!

Colin provides a free first appointment. If you would like to book an appointment with him, please do no hesitate to get in touch using the details below.

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In this blog, we delve into a number of significant Employment Law...

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Work-From-Home Advantage: How to Design a Hybrid Model for Your Business
18th Apr 2024

The remote work revolution is here, and many businesses are considering how...

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Court Fees Set To Increase
2nd Apr 2024

Towards the end of last year, the Ministry of Justice held a...

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The Gentleman: What do I do if I’m left out of a Will?
15th Mar 2024

We’ve all been binge-watching The Gentleman this week, and, although we imagine...

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How to get started making a Will
1st Mar 2024

Nearly a third of UK adults say they haven’t made a Will...

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8 Life Events That Should Prompt You to Update Your Will
1st Mar 2024

A Will is one of the most important documents you will ever...

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Why should I use mlplaw instead of making a DIY Will?
27th Feb 2024

Why should I use mlplaw instead of making a DIY Will? Legal...

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Why a £59 Facebook Will Isn’t the Answer
27th Feb 2024

“You are too expensive – I can get a Will for £59...

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Articles of Association and Shareholders’ Agreements: What are they and do I need them?
14th Feb 2024

Articles of Association What are they: It’s a “public” rule book setting...

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Q&A Session – Managing Sickness Absence
13th Feb 2024

Sickness absence can have a disruptive effect on a business and should...

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Case Study: How Legal Guidance Could Have Made a Difference
9th Feb 2024

One of our new instructions this week led me to think again...

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How anonymous employee feedback can support mental health at work
8th Feb 2024

Written in collaboration with Stribe When it comes to supporting mental health...

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Legal Considerations for Hospitality Businesses
7th Feb 2024

Following the recent surge in popularity surrounding the song ‘Murder on the...

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From Office Junior to Operations Manager
2nd Feb 2024

From  an Office Junior to Becoming an Operations Manager, Alissa reflects on...

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Case Study: mlplaw Facilitated the Sale of Three Different Insurance Brokers Businesses
29th Jan 2024

mlplaw’s Corporate Team, led by Rachel Owen, had the privilege of representing...

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All the sole directors – now put your hands up!
11th Jan 2024

How articles of association can affect the decision-making of companies with a...

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What you need to know about Inheritance Tax
21st Dec 2023

In the United Kingdom, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a significant aspect of...

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Challenges in Probate: Defending a contested Will
18th Dec 2023

The legal process of administering an estate after someone passes away, can...

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Probate Administration and Trust Administration – pros and cons
14th Dec 2023

Clients often ask if they should transfer part of their estate into...

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Baldness – The New Frontier in Workplace Harassment?
11th Dec 2023

Julie Sabba, an associate in the Employment Team, considers a recent Employment...

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The Art of Defending Constructive Dismissal Claims
30th Nov 2023

Constructive dismissal refers to a situation where an employee resigns from their...

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Executor’s Duties: What to Expect During the Probate Process
20th Nov 2023

The passing of a loved one is undoubtedly a challenging time, and...

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Understanding Discrimination Claims in the Employment Tribunal
15th Nov 2023

There are so many layers to discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal...

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The rules of intestacy – What happens if you die without a Will?
13th Nov 2023

A Will is one of the most important documents you will ever...

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The Importance of a Will in Simplifying the Probate Process
13th Nov 2023

The importance of having a Will in place cannot be overstated. In...

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Understanding Probate costs and how to reduce them
9th Nov 2023

Dealing with the probate process can feel overwhelming, especially when managing financial...

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Inheritance Tax Advice for Business Owners
8th Nov 2023

Inheritance Tax Advice for Business Owners Business Property Relief (BPR) is an...

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Settling an Employment Tribunal Claim: The Strategic Choice?
8th Nov 2023

Picture this: You’re a business owner, and an Employment Tribunal claim lands...

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The Employment Tribunal Process: From Start to Finish
7th Nov 2023

The Employment Tribunal process can appear daunting for an employer. Understanding the...

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What Employers Should Know About the Employment Tribunal Process
6th Nov 2023

Navigating the Employment Tribunal process can be a complex and daunting task...

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Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Estate Planning
3rd Nov 2023

In order to avoid common pitfalls in estate planning, it is essential...

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What to expect when administering an estate
30th Oct 2023

Losing a loved one is never easy, and when it comes to...

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Common Employment Tribunal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
28th Oct 2023

Employment Tribunal claims can be a legal minefield for employers, and even...

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Estate Planning Essentials: Protecting your assets for future generations
27th Oct 2023

Estate planning is a vital component of financial management, often overlooked until...

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Probate Myths vs. Reality: Debunking Common Misconceptions
19th Oct 2023

Probate is often misunderstood, leading to misconceptions that can cause unnecessary stress...

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The Power of Planning: Understanding Trusts in Wills and Lifetime Trusts
19th Oct 2023

Trusts can seem a daunting prospect to clients when considering estate planning,...

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What happens when a Business Owner suddenly dies
17th Oct 2023

When an individual dies, everything they owned at the date of death...

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A guide to Estate Administration
16th Oct 2023

When a loved one dies it can be a very difficult time...

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Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements: Are they legally binding?
13th Sep 2023

This article will consider and explore the law relating to nuptial agreements,...

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Proposed Legislation aimed at Tackling Bullying at Work
18th Jul 2023

Legislation that aims to make preventing bullying at work a stand-alone right...

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Navigating Social Media in the Workplace: A Comprehensive Guide
10th Jul 2023

The increasing use of social media presents both benefits and risks for...

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Don’t be like Logan Roy… deal with your Succession planning!
2nd Jun 2023

In the wake of the Succession series finale (no spoilers, we promise!),...

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What does the Philip Schofield Saga tell us about how Employers should handle Relationships at Work?
2nd Jun 2023

The recent controversy involving Philip Schofield of This Morning fame is hard...

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The ‘Bonfire’ of EU laws
31st May 2023

As a result of the Brexit vote in 2016, the Government has...

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Costs Awarded against Employee Claiming Work Email was Sexual Harassment
31st May 2023

An IT worker who sued her boss for sexual harassment, after believing...

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Last Orders for Booze at Work Parties
11th May 2023

Julie Sabba, an Associate in MLP’s Employment team, considers a new survey...

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Bullying in the Workplace
27th Apr 2023

The issue of bullying in the workplace has come to the fore...

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Sexual Misconduct Dismissal at the CBI
13th Apr 2023

The boss of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has been dismissed...

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Are Employees Entitled to an Extra Day of Holiday for Coronation?
6th Apr 2023

To mark the King’s Coronation, an additional bank holiday has been announced...

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EMI Schemes and how the 2023 Spring Budget can help your Small – Medium Business
6th Apr 2023

The Corporate team look at the benefits of Enterprise Management Incentive Schemes...

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The ‘hot topic’ of Menopause in the workplace
28th Mar 2023

The Employment Team address the increasingly topical issue of managing and supporting...

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The right to request a more predictable work pattern
16th Mar 2023

Julie Sabba, an Associate in Employment at MLP, considers The Workers (Predictable...

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My legal journey; reflecting on my career
8th Mar 2023

My Legal Journey – Leanne Sodergren, MLP Laws Chief Operating Officer, reflects...

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High Court refuses to strike out a claim for misuse of private information by an ex-employer
22nd Feb 2023

Gareth Matthews, Head of Employment at MLP Law, reviews the High Court’s...

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Government launches consultation on calculating holiday pay
22nd Feb 2023

The Supreme Court decision in Harpur Trust v Brazel, (the 5.6 weeks’...

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No finding of disability discrimination following the dismissal of a disabled employee
31st Jan 2023

Gareth Matthews, Head of Employment, examines a recent decision in the Employment...

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UK Government Rejects Calls To Make Menopause A Protected Characteristic
31st Jan 2023

The Government has published its response to the Women and Equalities Committee’s...

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Robot Solicitors…Is there space for Al in the legal sector?
24th Jan 2023

Wondering what is going on in tech developments and how it is...

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New Year – New start: Setting up a business in the UK
12th Jan 2023

Living in a post pandemic world, coupled with the effects of recession,...

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£50K Pay Out for Dyslexic M&S Worker Sacked for E-mail Errors
6th Jan 2023

A former employee of Marks and Spencer has successfully sued the company...

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Council forks out almost £5,000 for “offensive comments”
14th Dec 2022

An employer – Rotherham Council – has been ordered to pay almost...

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Right to Request Flexible Working from First Day of Employment
6th Dec 2022

The Government have committed to creating legislation to allow employees to make...

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Everything you wanted to know about…Flexible Working Request…but were too afraid to ask!
23rd Nov 2022

Flexible working requests have been a useful tool for employees for many...

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Working like a dog? Literally! The Pro’s and Con’s of bringing pets to the workplace
22nd Nov 2022

Gareth Matthews, Head of Employment, considers the recent trend for pets in...

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Could Manchester United Sack Ronaldo?
16th Nov 2022

Update: 23rd November 2022 A few days after the publication of our...

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My Internship Experience at MLP
10th Nov 2022

In my half term, I completed a 1 week paid internship at...

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Changes in right to work checks from 1 October 2022
26th Oct 2022

Gareth Matthews, Head of Employment, summarises the changes in right to work...

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Does an employer require to consult before deciding on a pool of one?
25th Oct 2022

Yes, says the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a decision last week...

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EU Employment Laws to be repealed in December 2023
7th Oct 2022

MLP’s Head of Employment, Gareth Matthews, provides an update on a recently...

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Discrimination Claim after Scrapped Period Dignity Officer Role
22nd Sep 2022

Julie Sabba, an associate in MLP’s employment team, considers a recent news...

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Is Being an Ardent Supporter of a Football Club a Characteristic Protected by Equality Law?
16th Sep 2022

Julie Sabba, an associate in MLP’s employment team, considers a recent employment...

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Are Employees Entitled to an Extra Day of Holiday for the State Funeral?
14th Sep 2022

With the passing of the Queen, at the age of 96, a...

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Altrincham Law Firm appointed Member of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter
7th Sep 2022

Altrincham law firm MLP Law has become the first law firm to...

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Summer Internship Experience: Isabelle Gall
6th Sep 2022

Over my summer holiday break of summer 2022 I completed a 6...

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Acquisition and a new city centre base for MLP Law as firm looks ahead
31st Aug 2022

Altrincham-headquartered business law firm MLP Law has announced a new Manchester city...

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Does my business need a policy on social media use for my employees? #Yes
24th Aug 2022

The ever increasing popularity of social media means that your employees are...

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Redundancies: A guide to getting them right as a small business
24th Aug 2022

Dealing with redundancies can be difficult for any business. Often it feels...

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Using Probationary Periods Effectively
24th Aug 2022

It is estimated that around 1 in 5 new recruits fail probationary...

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Shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Business Awards 2022
9th Aug 2022

We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in the Greater Manchester Business...

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Early Conciliation: How to Avoid the Employment Tribunal
22nd Jul 2022

The obvious route to avoid a hearing in the Employment Tribunal is...

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Can it Ever be Too Hot to Work?
15th Jul 2022

As the Met Office has issued a rare amber weather extreme heat...

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Religion and belief in the workplace
14th Jul 2022

Julie Sabba, an associate in the Employment Team, comments on the decision...

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mlplaw closes ‘John Lewis’ style NHS deal
12th Jul 2022

Altrincham-headquartered MLP Law has advised an NHS GP practice on a transition...

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Wider range of health professionals able to grant fit notes
23rd Jun 2022

Gareth Matthews, Head of Employment at MLP, outlines and considers new legislation...

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Advising managers: how to suspend an employee
17th Jun 2022

  Our clients often ask us for practical tips on commonplace issues...

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Hit the road Jack… Is it time to sell your company?
17th Jun 2022

“Rising costs have created a “ticking timebomb” for UK small business owners”,...

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Employee Ownership Trust – Is it an option for you and your business?
16th Jun 2022

With the news that Carlton Bingo becomes the latest well known company...

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Manchester Law Firm, MLP Law Unveil New Brand Identity
8th Jun 2022

Northwest based, MLP Law has unveiled a new Brand Identity to position...

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What is MLP Doing for the Community?
8th Jun 2022

You may have heard about our new Charity of the Year, and...

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MLP’s Charity of the Year 2022
8th Jun 2022

Here at MLP Law we pride ourselves in doing the right thing...

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What is the ‘UKCA mark’ and does it affect you?
29th Mar 2021

As of 1st January 2021, the ‘UKCA’ (UK Conformity Assessed) product marking replaced...

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Leanne Sodergren announced as COO of MLP Law
30th Mar 2021

MLP Law Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Leanne Sodergren as...

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Happy Easter from MLP Law
1st Apr 2021

Here at MLP Law we would like to wish everyone a Happy...

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The Changing Landscape of the Workplace
15th Apr 2021

Welcome to our series of blogs, addressing post-lockdown issues from a legal...

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Beyond Covid – What’s next for landlords and tenants?
19th Apr 2021

Welcome to our series of blogs, addressing post-lockdown issues from a legal...

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Families in Business and Family Businesses Post Lockdown – What Now?
23rd Apr 2021

Welcome to our series of blogs, addressing post-lockdown issues from a legal...

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Are you ready to take your career to the next level?
29th Mar 2021

A uniquely hybrid model where you work to your own beat and...

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Residence battle myth… “All children are resilient”
23rd Mar 2021

It is surprising how many people comment on how resilient children are...

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50 miles in March – and beyond
8th Mar 2021

The first week of March has been and gone, and we are...

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Is a “no jab, no job” policy really enforceable?
18th Mar 2021

We all understand that an employer cannot compel an employee to be...

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Refusing to work – how might employers’ health and safety obligations affect post-lockdown plans?
18th Mar 2021

Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s much publicised “roadmap” out of the current lockdown...

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Right to refuse to work in unsafe working environment to be extended to workers as well as employees
18th Mar 2021

The Government has outlined new Regulations which extend the provisions of section...

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Managing stress in the Workplace
28th Apr 2021

“There cannot be a stressful crisis next week – my schedule is...

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Stress Awareness and Prevention at MLP Law
30th Apr 2021

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase...

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Reminder Warning on Break Clauses
1st Jun 2021

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Dispute over George Michael’s Estate from former partner
3rd Jun 2021

It has been more than five years since George Michael’s death on...

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Data Protection In a Post Lockdown Workplace: Are You Prepared?
10th Jun 2021

As we contemplate a return to the office, we have noticed that...

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What was in Princess Diana’s Will?
16th Jun 2021

Princess Diana died on 31st August 1997 in a tragic car accident...

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Nursery worker sacked after revealing pregnancy awarded £40,000
17th Jun 2021

A former nursery manager, described by an Employment Tribunal Judge as having...

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Marriage under 18 to be Outlawed
18th Jun 2021

It has been reported that the government have pledged to raise the...

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Further Post-Lockdown Considerations for Commercial Property
27th May 2021

Welcome to our series of blogs, addressing post-lockdown issues from a legal...

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Estate Planning: Managing your affairs in a Post-Covid world
25th May 2021

Welcome to our series of blogs, addressing post-lockdown issues from a legal...

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
10th May 2021

‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ –...

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Beyond Covid: What next for litigation?
17th May 2021

In the second blog from the Dispute Resolution team in our Beyond...

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Considerations for Landlords, Business Owners’ and Tenants’ Post-Lockdown
19th May 2021

Welcome to our series of blogs, addressing post-lockdown issues from a legal...

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19th Century Marriage Law finally updated!
20th May 2021

For the first time marriage certificates are now going to include both...

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Child Maintenance – The impact on Corona Virus you should not ignore
22nd Sep 2020

For those who receive child maintenance, this money is important now more...

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Further Delays in Enforcing Possession Orders’
20th Nov 2020

The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction and Taking Control of Goods)...

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Deadlines for lodging furlough claims
26th Nov 2020

HMRC has made it clear that there are strict time limits for...

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Unsolicited marketing: we all moan about it…but is it a case of Pot, Kettle, Black when it comes to your approach to marketing?
17th Nov 2020

Most of us at some stage have expressed frustration about receiving unwanted...

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Share Incentives: A Brief Overview of Employee Benefit Trusts and Employee Ownership Trusts
16th Nov 2020

What is an Employee Benefit Trust (EBT)? An EBT is a discretionary...

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HMRC publishes guidance on the extended furlough scheme
11th Nov 2020

HMRC has published further guidance in respect of the now extended Coronavirus...

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Share-based Incentives for Private Companies
23rd Sep 2020

When a company is considering share-based incentives for employees, it is key...

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Holding an AGM during Covid 19
16th Oct 2020

It is coming to that time of the year when many companies...

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CJRS (Furlough) Scheme Extended to March 2021
6th Nov 2020

The Chancellor has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will...

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Taking care of you during lockdown and beyond
11th Nov 2020

Leading mental health workers have warned that this second lockdown could trigger...

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22 weeks later – Probate delays causing heartache and distress
15th Dec 2020

An article in The Sunday Times caught the eye of our Wills,...

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Are your “UK made” products – actually made in the UK, or are you potentially misleading your customers?
16th Feb 2021

To label your products as being made in the UK, you will...

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Divorce or Legally Separate?
17th Feb 2021

Ending  a marriage is a huge decision to make and is often...

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Short term business visitors in the post-Brexit era
18th Feb 2021

Following the end of the Brexit transition period, the rules on business...

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Uber drivers are workers, rules UK Supreme Court
19th Feb 2021

Uber drivers are “workers” under UK law, so says the UK Supreme...

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Overview of a Corporate Transaction (Sale or Purchase of Shares)
23rd Feb 2021

Initial Planning 1.1 Appoint professional teams Need to appoint your accountancy/tax/legal/corporate finance...

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MLP Law are proud to be supporting Henshaws and SANDs for a consecutive year!
11th Feb 2021

Here at MLP Law we are pleased to announce that we will...

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Lessons for business people from the Vaccine supply headlines…
4th Feb 2021

Here at MLP Law, we have been fascinated with the recent supply...

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Further extension to restrictions on eviction – but with a change….
13th Jan 2021

Throughout the pandemic, restrictions have been imposed on landlords’ ability to commence...

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Increased Diversity in Flexible Working
14th Jan 2021

Flexible working has become more popular with male employees since the beginning...

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Brexit and the GDPR: Most UK businesses operating in the EU will now need to appoint an EU representative. Check out our guide below for further information.
18th Jan 2021

Since 1st January 2021, following the end of the Brexit transition period,...

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Supreme Court hands down judgment in Covid business interruption test case.
19th Jan 2021

On Friday 15th January, the Supreme Court gave its judgment in the...

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Can I dismiss an employee who refuses to be vaccinated?
20th Jan 2021

With the vaccine roll out underway in the UK, it is hoped...

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The review of “Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” (DNACPR) Decisions during Covid-19
25th Jan 2021

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently announced that it will look...

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The EU Settlement Scheme – what now?
26th Jan 2021

You may have seen our blog from early December 2021, in which...

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What is ‘unregistered property’?
15th Oct 2021

Unregistered property is property that has not been registered at the Land...

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Changes to care fees and social care – will it affect me?
9th Dec 2021

The white paper on social care in England and new cap on...

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The Return of Homeworking – how our Toolkit can benefit you
9th Dec 2021

With the Government announcing tighter restrictions to combat Covid-19, particularly the new...

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Protecting Vulnerable Individuals – A look into the story of Daphne Frank’s mother
16th Dec 2021

Daphne Frank’s devastating account of her mother falling victim to a predatory...

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Supplier Contract Negotiations
6th Jan 2022

In the current climate, suppliers may not be able to commit to...

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Fear of Catching Covid at Work is not a Protected Philosophical Belief
7th Jan 2022

A recent decision in the Manchester Employment Tribunal has determined that staff...

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Important Financial Changes for Probate Applications
11th Jan 2022

The start of 2022 brings two new important changes to the financial...

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Ikea Not to Pay Full Sick Pay to Unvaccinated Staff
19th Jan 2022

As businesses continue to attempt to navigate the Pandemic landscape, this week...

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Vaccine Refusing Care Worker was Fairly Dismissed
26th Jan 2022

A recent employment tribunal decision found that the dismissal of a care...

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At what age do you need to write a Will?
6th Dec 2021

When you should make a Will does not depend on your age,...

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Business Succession Planning: Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
2nd Dec 2021

The demands of running an owner-managed or family business can be great...

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Performance Management and Remote Working
22nd Oct 2021

An intrinsic part of good management is ensuring that staff are performing...

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Consultation on making Flexible Working the Default
27th Oct 2021

n response to proposals set out in the government’s Good Work Plan...

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How to Attract and Retain Employees
2nd Nov 2021

With the disruptions caused by COVID and the current labour shortages in...

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Court Decision Weakens Union’s Collective Bargaining Rights
4th Nov 2021

In businesses that have recognised an independent trade union and are therefore...

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Make the most of your mlpflex Retainer
5th Nov 2021

How would you like 2 free MLP Flex hours? We want the...

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Post-termination restrictions: what are they and are they enforceable?
24th Nov 2021

Senior contracts of employment typically contain clauses to protect an employer in...

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Inheritance row and the importance of instructing a reputable lawyer
9th Feb 2022

Louise Reeves, daughter of the deceased property tycoon was accused of coercing...

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Stress Awareness Month 2022
14th Apr 2022

April is Stress Awareness Month so there has never been a more...

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Unfair Dismissal and Voluntary Redundancy
26th Apr 2022

In light of a case which allowed a claimant to proceed with...

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Redundancies, but were too afraid to ask
27th Apr 2022

Dealing with redundancies can be difficult for any business. Often it feels...

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What Constitutes The Last Straw In Constructive Dismissal Claims?
6th May 2022

In this week’s blog, an associate in MLP’s Employment Team, Julie Sabba,...

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Samantha Kennedy receives national accredited award
10th May 2022

Samantha Kennedy of MLP Law Ltd. in Altrincham has been recognised with...

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Remote and Hybrid Working and Changes to Working Practices
13th May 2022

Gareth Matthews, Head of Employment at MLP Law, considers the changes to...

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Baldness – The New Frontier in Workplace Harassment?
19th May 2022

Julie Sabba, an Associate in the MLP Law Employment Team, considers a...

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Injury to Feelings Compensation in Discrimination Claims
7th Apr 2022

In light of the recent inflationary increase in compensation levels for injury...

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The Principle of Horseplay and Vicarious Liability
29th Mar 2022

In the recent case of Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime Limited...

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The End of Covid Restrictions – What Now for Employers?
24th Mar 2022

Yesterday saw the remaining Covid provisions relating to SSP end, meaning that...

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The allocation of shares and the importance of significant control
22nd Feb 2022

The allocation of shares amongst shareholders might not immediately seem like a...

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Government Announcement – New gratuity and tipping bill in the works
23rd Feb 2022

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy...

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Government lifts all Covid-19 restrictions – what does this mean for your business?
23rd Feb 2022

On 21st February 2022, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that, from Thursday...

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Selling a Business? Here are some Tax Considerations to help you decide between Share Sale or Asset Sale
9th Mar 2022

The sale of a company's business can be structured as either: •...

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‘Worker status’ leads to successful claim for Backdated Holiday Pay
10th Mar 2022

Having succeeded in a previous claim, asserting that he was a worker...

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How potential changes to Inheritance Tax & Capital Gains Tax may affect you in April 2022 Budget
16th Mar 2022

During April 2022’s upcoming budget, it is expected that Rishi Sunak will...

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The Intestate Estate of Una Stubbs
24th Mar 2022

Una Stubbs was a talented actress who sadly passed away at her...

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Are Employees Entitled to an Extra Day of Holiday for Jubilee?
23rd May 2022

This year, it has been decided that the Spring bank holiday (normally...

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When can an Employer have a Protected Conversation?
14th Oct 2021

As all good employers know, there is little to be gained from...

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The Pandemic and Annual Leave
22nd Jun 2021

Recent travel chaos has not dimmed the desire of many to travel...

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Taking the ‘Free’ out of ‘Freedom’ Day – Considerations for Employers
19th Jul 2021

As the 19 July, dubbed ‘Freedom Day’, approaches many employers are having...

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Will Alternative Dispute Resolution Become Compulsory?
22nd Jul 2021

In the latest blog from our Dispute Resolution team, we look at...

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Managing the “pingdemic” – when do my employees need to self-isolate?
28th Jul 2021

As COVID infection rates remain high, and the so-called “pingdemic” continues to...

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Your health and safety obligations post-Freedom Day – freedom in, health and safety out?
28th Jul 2021

For many people, 19th July 2021 was “Freedom Day”, when the majority...

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“Hybrid working” – what is it and how do you get it right?
28th Jul 2021

There is no denying that the COVID19 pandemic has drastically changed the...

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Your post-Freedom Day workplace
28th Jul 2021

Keen followers of our Employment Law blogs will have seen our recent...

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mlpfles – Don’t just take our word for it
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MLP Flex is great! It’s the perfect solution for proactively, and cost...

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Probate Fees Set to Increase from 2022
16th Jul 2021

The fee charged by the Probate Registry to issue a Grant of...

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Families in Business and Family Businesses – What Next?
15th Jul 2021

It’s been a long time coming and finally we sense that we’re...

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What will happen to Prince Philip’s multimillion pound estate?
30th Jun 2021

On 9 April 2021, at the grand age of 99, his Royal...

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The Legal Process of a Management Buyout
1st Jul 2021

Management Buyout Series Part 3: The Legal Process What is a Management...

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Anna Nicole Smith – Her life and death of probate disputes
2nd Jul 2021

Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress and TV personality.  She...

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Sir Bruce Forsyth’s Estate- Strictly in the Family?
12th Jul 2021

Sir Bruce Forsyth was an entertainer and presenter for more than 70...

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Exit Options for Business Owners
11th Aug 2021

There is no disputing that COVID 19 has had a big impact...

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Managing Lasting Powers of Attorney – Registration delays
12th Aug 2021

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is becoming increasingly important as almost...

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Can employers reduce salary for homeworking employees?
16th Sep 2021

With increasing numbers of staff expected to return to the workplace, many...

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Costs of Contentious Probate Proceedings
20th Sep 2021

A recent decision in the High Court has clarified the rules relating...

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Record Inheritance Tax Receipts received by HMRC during the Coronavirus Pandemic
22nd Sep 2021

HMRC has recently released its new Inheritance Tax (IHT) revenue figures, for...

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Top Tips for Employers as Furlough Ends
13th Sep 2021

With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) due to end later this...

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North West Businesses amongst most Confident in UK about Economic Recovery
3rd Sep 2021

A survey of British business confidence has highlighted an optimistic attitude, predicting...

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The impact on directors’ duties and climate change
18th Aug 2021

Over the course of the last decade we’ve seen a shift from...

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My internship experience at MLP Law
24th Aug 2021

I spent 6 weeks during the summer of 2021 on a paid...

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Covid Vaccination Status and Data Protection in the Workplace
25th Aug 2021

September is less than a week away, meaning the return of schools...

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AI in law- Could Robot Lawyers be the future?
1st Sep 2021

The growing prominence of technology is undeniable in modern day society a...

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Compulsory Retirement and Age Discrimination
5th Oct 2021

Although there is no longer a default retirement age implied by law,...

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about….Managing Sickness Absence…but were too afraid to ask
17th Sep 2020

Sickness absence can have a disruptive effect on a business and should...

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Care Funding & Deprivation of Assets 
25th Sep 2018

  We are often approached by clients worried about having to pay...

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Who can Witness a Will?
14th Feb 2019

5 Key Things – Who can Witness a Will?  Must be over...

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KNOW YOUR EXPERT EVIDENCE REQUIREMENTS
18th Feb 2019

Hall v Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a medical negligence...

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The Importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney
19th Feb 2019

1. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that...

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5 Key Reasons to have a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare
21st Feb 2019

1.Your next of kin does not have an automatic right to make...

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Do-it-yourself Lasting Powers of Attorney – The Risks To Be Aware Of
28th Feb 2019

An ever-increasing number of people are adopting a do-it-yourself approach to making...

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5 important reasons to get specialist legal advice when administering an estate
1st Mar 2019

The Ministry of Justice has recently announced a new online Probate application...

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Virgin Atlantic Removes Cabin Crew Make-Up Policy
8th Mar 2019

Virgin Atlantic recently announced that it is changing its dress code, so...

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Government Introduces Major Increase in Fees for Probate Applications
8th Feb 2019

  When someone has died leaving property, money and possessions (the ‘estate’)...

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What is a protected conversation?
4th Feb 2019

A protected conversation is a way for your employer to have an...

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Can I leave money to my pet in my Will?
31st Jan 2019

  It is possible to include provision in your Will for your...

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MLP Law Consolidate Year of Growth with 39% Increase in Turnover
8th Oct 2018

  MLP Law has announced impressive revenue figures to round off 12...

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Are vegans protected from discrimination?
24th Oct 2018

In April 2018, the Guardian published an article about the “unstoppable rise...

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Settlement Agreements & the British #MeToo scandal
25th Oct 2018

Sir Philip Green has been named in Parliament as a businessman who...

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Solicitors Firm Sees 65% Increase in Deals as Companies Move into the North West
14th Nov 2018

A North West law firm has reported a 65% increase in deals...

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What is Intellectual Property and how do I protect it?
15th Nov 2018

Intellectual Property (IP) is a term used to describe a range of...

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Debenhams’ Shareholder Strife – Lessons for your business
23rd Jan 2019

As Mike Ashley steps deeper into his shareholder dispute with the Board...

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Does my business need a policy on social media use for my employees? #Yes
28th Jan 2019

The ever increasing popularity of social media means that your employees are...

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Is your business Brexit ready? 8 key areas to be looking at if you haven’t already.
13th Mar 2019

We’ve been advising our clients for some months on various, specific, aspects...

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – Day 3
15th May 2019

  Mental health services in the UK are overstretched, have long waiting...

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Mental Health Awareness Week – How can you promote well-being in your workplace?
15th May 2019

As an employer, mental health and well-being should be high on your...

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Mental Health Awareness Week – Day 4 – You’re more than a reflection
16th May 2019

Continuing on the theme of body image for Mental Health Awareness Week,...

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – Day 5
17th May 2019

During the course of this week, in support of Mental Health Awareness...

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Should you pay staff for working before or after their contractual hours?
20th May 2019

Employees are obliged to work the hours set out in their employment...

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Should I be Paying Top Up Fees for Care?
21st May 2019

As a recent Age UK report has shown, there is an increasing...

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Successful Mergers and Acquisitions – Integration Strategy
29th May 2019

The secret of a successful merger or acquisition isn’t as a result...

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Happy GDPR –Versary!
10th Jun 2019

  The GDPR has now been in force for over a year–...

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – Day 2
14th May 2019

Every day your body carries you closer to your dreams  – celebrate all...

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – Day 1
13th May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 13th May –  Friday 17th...

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Common misconceptions preventing businesses from using mediation
9th May 2019

Mediation is a completely voluntary and confidential way of resolving workplace disputes...

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What is Probate all about? – 10 Key Points
22nd Mar 2019

1. The Probate or Administration Process deals with sorting out someone’s affairs...

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Liquidation & Administration – Top 7 Tips
25th Mar 2019

Liquidation & Administration – Top 7 Tips Purchasing from a company in...

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How We Can Help With Your Care Home Queries
12th Apr 2019

As trusted, expert legal advisors we have considerable experience in helping families...

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Top 5 things you need to know about our innovative product mlpflex
18th Apr 2019

One size doesn’t fit all – MLP Flex is a tailored Legal...

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Debenhams – How their recent announcement signals change in the retail sector and how this might affect you.
29th Apr 2019

Debenhams’ recent announcement that it would be closing 22 stores, a decision...

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What can you do if your employees are late due to public transport chaos?
12th Jun 2019

You may have seen that one of this week’s headlines is the...

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CARILLION – WHERE DO SUB-CONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS STAND?
20th Apr 2018

On 15 January 2018, winding up orders were made against Carillion Plc...

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GDPR and the Tendering process
24th Apr 2018

The new data protection regulations, or GDPR as it is most commonly...

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Reasons Why Everyone Should Have a Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney
10th May 2018

It is so important for everyone to have a Will and Lasting...

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A ‘pre-nup’ for your commercial contract – dispute resolution clauses
15th May 2018

In the heat of agreeing a contract which promises all things positive,...

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Do I need a visa to work in the UK?
24th May 2018

Prior to starting a job in the UK, an employer must check...

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Making a Valid Will – What are the Formalities and Who can act as a Witness?
25th May 2018

We often get asked who can act as Witnesses. The law says...

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The World Cup: Goals For Employers
5th Jun 2018

Just when we thought the football season was over, from Thursday 14...

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Worker or Self-employed? EAT find Addison Lee cyclists to be workers and not self-employed
11th Jun 2018

The latest high profile case brought by individuals challenging the so called...

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EEA-workers in the UK labour market: Interim Update
27th Mar 2018

In July 2017 the Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) was commissioned by the...

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How do I bring a claim against my employer?
14th Mar 2018

Bringing a claim against your employer can be daunting, so we have...

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GDPR: Is consent enough to allow employers to process employee’s data?
16th Mar 2018

As part of our series of short blogs about the General Data...

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I have obtained a money judgment – how do I enforce it?
19th Mar 2018

If you have obtained a money judgment against a debtor, you may...

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GDPR: Do employers need to update their data protection policies to make them GDPR compliant?
20th Mar 2018

As part of our series of short blogs about the General Data...

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Spitting feathers – what does the Jamie Carragher incident tell us about how employers deal with misconduct outside of work?
20th Mar 2018

The details of the incident involving ex-Liverpool FC player Jamie Carragher do...

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Security for Costs – levelling the litigation playing field?
22nd Mar 2018

What is it? An order for security for costs offers protection to...

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Summer is here: 5 Employment issues all employers face over summer
26th Jun 2018

Summer has landed and temperatures are set to soar. But as employers...

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How does the development of AI (Artificial Intelligence) affect legal services?
16th Aug 2018

There is an AI buzz in the air at the moment –...

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Schoolgirl awarded £16,000 in Pizza Hut sexual harassment case
24th Aug 2018

A London schoolgirl has been awarded compensation by an employment tribunal in...

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Complaint Against Care Home Upheld By Ombudsman – Is There an Alternative Cause of Action?
26th Aug 2018

A recent published decision by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman...

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Baffled by right to work checks?
28th Aug 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, the Home Office handed out £7.7...

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Beware the ‘offer of help’ from recruiters!
11th Sep 2018

Recruiters can be loved or loathed but if they are not approached...

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Social Care Under Scrutiny by Parliament – what is the future for care funding?
12th Sep 2018

The state of the social care system is never far from the...

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Jose Mourinho v Anthony Martial and the right to paternity leave
8th Aug 2018

It has been reported in the media this week that Manchester United...

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Retrospective sleep-in payments worth £400m put to bed
3rd Aug 2018

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision that a care worker working for...

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Bad reviews – how to deal with them in 5 steps
2nd Aug 2018

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about,...

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The Importance of Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney
27th Jun 2018

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows...

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Taking Altrincham into the Future
29th Jun 2018

As Altrincham goes from strength to strength, MLP Law are pleased to...

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My employees are resigning, what can I do?!
16th Jul 2018

It’s been another interesting week for the Prime Minister, with ministers and...

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Persons of Significant Control – are you compliant?
16th Jul 2018

Since June 2017 it has been a legal requirement for all companies...

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Top 7 tips for international students wanting to work in the UK
25th Jul 2018

Many international students at UK universities will be keen to continue their...

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Employers’ guide to EU Settlement Scheme
26th Jul 2018

The Government is still trying to reach agreement with the EU on...

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Proactive vs Reactive: use your time wisely
30th Jul 2018

The Telegraph has reported that one of the major ways businesses waste...

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Making a Will during times of crisis
25th Mar 2020

Can I make a Will during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak? Yes, you...

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MLP Law – COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions
24th Apr 2020

Answers to some of the frequently asked questions we’re seeing across our...

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Everything you wanted to know about…Unfair Dismissal…but were too afraid to ask.
7th May 2020

This week we start our new series, examining key employment law concepts. ...

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Chancellor confirms that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is to continue until October 2020.
12th May 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has today confirmed that the...

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Contact-tracing app: Dangerous tool or necessary evil? Data Protection and Privacy Vs “the greater good”
14th May 2020

Introduction Zoom quizzes, lockdown, social distancing, furlough: just a few of the...

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Everything you wanted to know about…Annual Leave…but were too afraid to ask!
15th May 2020

The legislation and rules surrounding annual leave can often be difficult to...

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Deathbed gifts and transfer of property in times of crisis
18th May 2020

MLP Law are advocates at ensuring our clients’ needs are provided for,...

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The Coronavirus : What happens when there is no Will?
21st Apr 2020

The global pandemic, Covid-19, has led to an increased focus on Wills...

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Portal Open
20th Apr 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme portal, allowing employers to reclaim up to...

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Update – Further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
17th Apr 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has recently announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention...

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MLP Law Launches “MLP Flex: In-House”
27th Mar 2020

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Workers to be allowed to carry over 4 weeks of annual leave for 2 years
30th Mar 2020

The government has announced it is allowing workers to carry over up...

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
1st Apr 2020

Following the Chancellor’s budget measures aimed at this period of disruption due...

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Sole Directors and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
2nd Apr 2020

Following the Chancellor’s budget measures aimed at this period of disruption due...

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Further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
6th Apr 2020

Very early on Saturday morning (4 April 2020), further Government advice on...

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UPDATE: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
6th Apr 2020

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) became live on 23 March...

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Furloughing employees and your return to work.
22nd May 2020

An interactive Q&A session on the do’s and don’ts of the Coronavirus...

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Everything you wanted to know about…Disciplinary Procedures…but were too afraid to ask!
27th May 2020

Disciplining employees is an inevitable part of running a business and needs...

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The importance of updating Shareholders’ Agreements
30th Jul 2020

Shareholders’ Agreements – is your house in order? As we now start...

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Everything you wanted to know about…Grievances…but were too afraid to ask!
6th Aug 2020

From time to time, every employer will receive a grievance from one...

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Succession Planning for Business Owners Part 1 – Some Exit Options
11th Aug 2020

A large proportion of business owners running small to medium sized enterprises...

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WOULD YOU WANT TO CARRY ON SUPPLYING A CUSTOMER WHO COULDN’T PAY YOU?
17th Aug 2020

Covid Regulations for businesses mean that you may be required to continue...

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Succession Planning for Business Owners Part 2 – Issues to Consider
19th Aug 2020

When owners of a business are looking for an exit, there are...

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GDPR and sharing personal data: are you sufficiently protected in a post-Brexit world?
9th Sep 2020

Despite Brexit being all we seemingly heard about towards the latter end...

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Live Q&A Session: Moving Forward from Lock-down and the Challenges We Face
15th Sep 2020

Have you been made redundant? What are the next steps going forward?...

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TRADING TERMS – SIMPLE STEPS TO AVOID TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY
28th Jul 2020

How long has it been since you last reviewed your Terms & Conditions...

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Everything you wanted to know about…Redundancy…but were too afraid to ask!
16th Jul 2020

No business likes making redundancies. However, when it becomes necessary to do...

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‘It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account’
13th Jul 2020

The UK tabloids went into overdrive last year following very public falling...

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Business as usual: Covid-19 and the effect on Probate and Estate Administration
29th May 2020

Covid-19 is very much at the forefront of everyone’s mind during these...

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Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – how will the scheme work between June and October 2020?
1st Jun 2020

Throughout May we heard a lot of talk about changes to the...

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How to calculate your claim for flexibly furloughed employees.
15th Jun 2020

The Government has published a “flexible furlough” working example, which sets out...

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Everything you wanted to know about…Discrimination…but were too afraid to ask!
18th Jun 2020

The majority of employers strive to promote equality and diversity in their...

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CORPORATE INSOLVENCY & GOVERNANCE ACT 2020 (Act)
2nd Jul 2020

On 26th June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 came...

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Chancellor’s Summer Statement – a Summary
9th Jul 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has presented his summer statement, announcing...

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Pre-nuptial agreements – what if my wedding had been cancelled due to Covid 19?
16th Sep 2020

The government gave the go ahead for small Weddings of no more...

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Q & A
24th Mar 2020

We are frequently being asked questions about the new Coronavirus Job Retention...

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What is an NDA and why are they in the news?