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Altrincham Law Firm appointed Member of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter

Altrincham law firm MLP Law has become the first law firm to be appointed a Member of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter – a scheme working to improve employment standards across Greater Manchester.

The firm is part of the latest intake of members to the scheme and is the first law firm in the city region to be appointed. There are only 66 members of the scheme in the whole of Greater Manchester.

The charter, established by the Mayor of Manchester, celebrates excellence in employers across the city region and its 10 boroughs. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to seven characteristics of good employment to be considered for membership, demonstrating their business’ approach to good employment.

Employment law partner, Gareth Matthews, led the application. He said: “Being appointed as a member of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter is a real accolade and I’m delighted that MLP Law has been recognised for our efforts to create an excellent working environment for our team. MLP is committed to providing work that is secure, flexible and fairly paid, ensuring our employees are developed, well-managed and engaged, with their health and wellbeing a top priority.”

The seven characteristics of Good Employment that the Charter seeks are: secure work, flexible work, pay, engagement and voice, recruitment, people management, and health and wellbeing.

Manager of the Charter, Carol Halford, said: “MLP is our first law firm across Greater Manchester to become a member of the charter – that is an achievement. They were clearly able to provide examples and evidence of good practice applied across each of the seven characteristics of the charter. Not only were they able to provide examples of current practice, they clearly have ambitions to continue to improve and to share good practice across the GEC network/community.”

Stephen Attree, managing partner at MLP Law, added: “MLP Law employs more than 20 people and their experience as employees is incredibly important to us. We want our team to be happy, valued and confident at work and we make a great deal of effort to ensure that this is the case. It’s rewarding to have our work recognised by the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter and I’m very proud that MLP Law has been appointed a member of this respected scheme.”

Acquisition and a new city centre base for MLP Law as firm looks ahead

Altrincham-headquartered business law firm MLP Law has announced a new Manchester city centre base, alongside the acquisition of a commercial solicitors practice, as it looks to future growth.

The firm will launch a new branch at Peters House, Oxford Street on 1 September, offering a city centre base to its existing team of 25. It has also completed on a deal to acquire Tebbitts & Co Solicitors, based in Crewe and Warrington. Max Tebbitts joins MLP Law as a partner in the commercial IP and litigation team, further strengthening its offer in this area.

Stephen Attree, managing partner at MLP Law, said: “MLP Law is looking ahead to an exciting period. We are thrilled to bring Max on board to further strengthen MLP Law’s commercial and litigation offering, and to announce our new Manchester city centre office, which will aid our people in their working relationships with city centre clients and support our flexible location policy.

“Max has over 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and will undoubtedly make a considerable impact on our team thanks to his significant expertise in commercial law.”

The new Manchester office will be used by team members from across the north west as a base for work and meetings. The firm operates a flexible hybrid working policy, with team members able to choose which location they work from office or home based depending on their requirements. MLP has offices in Altrincham, Lymm and Leeds, as well as the new city centre base.

Stephen added: “MLP Law is on a clear growth trajectory after a successful few years. We have developed long-standing relationships with some of the most successful company owners and directors in the region, often aiding them in every area of their business and personal lives, with many joining our retainer-based fee model which allows them to access ongoing support across all our practice areas at a fixed monthly fee.

“We aim to support our clients at every stage of their business journey. Having a new base in the city where many of our clients are located helps us to do just that – and bringing Max on board to offer additional expertise in commercial law is another exciting opportunity,” he added.

Shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Business Awards 2022

We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in the Greater Manchester Business Awards under the Health and Wellbeing of Employees category.

The award is for the business who champions and makes the health and wellbeing of their employees a top priority, and here at MLP Law, our people are the beating heart of our business.

We’ve always made it our priority to ensure that our team is happy, healthy and supported, and therefore whilst we already believe we are a great place to work, having the regional acknowledgement would be fantastic, and something that would mean a great deal to us all.

Happiness of the team is paramount at MLP Law: happy employees are good employees and we actively invest in making sure our team is happy, healthy and has all the resources and support they need to do their job well and also enjoy work/ life balance.

Just a selection of the things that we do for our team include:

  • Flexible hours and working patterns;
  • Rewards and benefits such as gym memberships and additional holidays; and
  • Employee assistance programmes and mental health support.

But above all we focus on ensuring our colleagues have a supportive environment in which to realise their potential and fulfil their career aspirations.

We want all our colleagues to see their long-term future with MLP Law and we know that this means we need not only provide an enjoyable workplace, but also inspiring and motivational surroundings.

Winning the award will be a brilliant recognition for the whole team, and for all that we have all worked towards. We all invest in making MLP Law a great place to work, and it would be a great accolade for the whole MLP Law family.

The winner will be announced in early September, so watch this space!

mlplaw closes ‘John Lewis’ style NHS deal

Altrincham-headquartered MLP Law has advised an NHS GP practice on a transition deal to incorporate the practice to a limited status while simultaneously making it an employee-owned business – the first time an individual GP practice has moved to this model in the UK.

MLP worked alongside the Employee Ownership Trust and NHS Somerset to develop the deal, which sees the Minehead Medical Centre in Somerset become an employee-owned entity, the first deal of this kind in the UK. MLP acted for the transferee company and the ongoing GP shareholders.

The deal safeguards the future of general practice in the town of Minehead by changing the business model, passing risk from the GPs themselves to the incorporated company – which should support GP recruitment efforts in the area.

Stephen Attree, managing partner of MLP Law, said: “This was an exciting and innovative deal which represents a new way of thinking within the NHS. By taking proven models such as employee ownership and applying them to a public sector body, NHS Somerset and Minehead Medical Centre have made history in their area and created a modern approach to GP services that will protect the provision of NHS services in the Minehead area.

“The deal involved a number of parties working closely together to bring this complicated case to a successful close,” he added.

Ed Ford, the GP who has led the development of the employee-owned trust at Minehead Medical Centre said: “We have a fantastic management team and wider staff team, so partners at the practice felt we should give them more control of the business. We also wanted to ensure that the business structure shouldn’t rely on individuals holding shares that could be difficult to transfer if people wanted to leave – hence the idea of becoming an employee-owned trust (EOT).

“EOTs offers GP practices an alternative, more flexible operational model; offering staff a greater say in how GP practices are run and opportunities for the team to develop their careers by having a greater leadership role, without needing to have the funds to invest as a partner.”

The plans were debated at NHS Somerset’s primary care commissioning meeting in June, and received a unanimous approval from the board, ahead of the deal completion. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.