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Oldham Food Bank

foodbank Dec16Throughout November we have been collecting items to fill a hamper for donation to the Oldham Food Bank.

Oldham Food Bank provides emergency food to people in crisis in the Oldham area.  This community run group offers a lifeline to local families who will be finding this time of year very difficult.

For further information about the Food Bank and how to offer support visit –

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Join us for cake – Friday 30 September 2016

MACMILLAN COFFEE 2 16 We are holding a coffee morning once again this year to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Last year’s event was a great success and we hope you will join us to help to make this year’s event even better!

Our staff have their aprons at the ready and look forward to sharing their bakes on

Friday 30 September 2016 between 10.00am – 2.00pm.

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Lights…Camera…Oldham – Did you find us?

legally blondWe have been delighted to take part in the recent Movie Trail running through the town organised by the Oldham Town Centre Partnership to mark the forthcoming opening of the Odeon cinema in the old Town Hall.

Working closely with Saddleworth artist Claire Louise Mather, we proudly displayed Claire’s bespoke installations in our windows which used her trademark mixed media textile interpretation of a movie poster from a famous film.

bruiserOur film was appropriately ‘Legally Blonde’ and used locally produced materials with a multi layered and machine drawn stitched imagery.  We couldn’t have been happier with the artwork and the interest it created within the community.

The competition ran from Saturday 16 July 2016 to Saturday 13 August 2016 with one winner due to be selected at random from the successful entries who will win a family ticket for four to a screening of their choice when the cinema opens later this year.

Good luck to all who entered!


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Oldham Hulme GS -v- Marylebone Cricket Club

cricket mcc hulme 010716North Ainley are happy to sponsor the annual cricket match between Hulme Grammar 1st 11 and the MCC once again this year.

Always keen to put something back into the community by supporting local sport, the MCC match with Hulme Grammar has been a fixture we’ve supported for over 15 years at Werneth Cricket Club.

Each year the MCC takes part in over 500 matches around the world of which no less than 280 of these games are against schools from both the public and independent sectors.

The aim of MCC is to give talented young cricketers the chance to receive top-level coaching and playing opportunities whilst furthering their education by providing schools with quality experienced opposition who can act as role models and as ambassadors for the great game and the ‘Spirit of Cricket’.

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Thames House Summer Fair

thames house 120616The staff at North Ainley have been busy baking again but this time it was to help raise funds for Thames House in Rochdale.

Thames House is a 20 bedded care home that provides specialised nursing care for adults with complex physical and neurological conditions.  Particular specialisms include Huntington’s disease and acquired brain injury.  Huntington’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disease which is hereditary and life expectancy varies between 10 and 20 years.  Thames House is only one of two specialist homes in Greater Manchester.

We was delighted to support their Summer Fair which received a great turnout despite the rain and raised much appreciated funds for the home and the associated charities.

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No change after Brexit vote to Landlords’ right to rent obligations

to letIt is likely that following the referendum decision to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 much of our Employment and Immigration law will be under scrutiny, including the Immigration Act 2014.  But there will be no immediate change, and this does mean that Landlords should continue to make the checks on prospective tenants laid down by the Act.  Since the 1 February 2016, all landlords in England and Wales have been required to check that prospective tenants have a legal right to be in the UK or face a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant.

What this means for Landlords

Landlords should not rent accommodation to anyone who is not a relevant national, or who doesn’t have a right to rent in this country.  A relevant national is either a British, EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss Citizen. People within these groups can rent accommodation here, but should be asked to provide evidence of their citizenship before doing so.

Individuals who are not relevant nationals may still be able to rent property if they have permission from the Home Office.  Evidence of this permission should be provided to a Landlord, who should always keep a copy.

Landlords should take the following steps prior to letting out the Property:

  •  Identify the adults who will occupy the premises as their only or main residence.
  •  Obtain originals of one or more of acceptable ID documents for the adult.
  •  Check the original documents in the presence of the holder (certify the ID).
  •  Retain copies with a record of the date on which the checks were made.

All copies of documents taken should be kept for the duration of the tenancy agreement and for a least one year thereafter.

The Act applies to:

  •  landlords who let accommodation with a lease or tenancy agreement to one or more adults (over the age of 18) as their only or main residence;
  •  occupiers who sub-let their accommodation;
  •  landlords or occupiers who take in lodgers and share their accommodation.

The tenancy must be in exchange for payment of rent, (it does not apply to non-rent paying guests) and if you have an existing agreement which was entered into prior to 1 February 2016, there is no obligation to carry out the checks. There are certain types of accommodation that the rules do not apply to, including:

  • mobile homes
  • refuges and homeless hostels managed by voluntary organisations
  • long leases
  • care homes
  • some student accommodation

but the situation is not always clear, and it is safer to avoid the possibility of a fine by carrying out the simple checks.  North Ainley Solicitors appreciate the administrative burden and red tape involved for Landlords of residential property. We can offer advice on how to meet the requirements and provide tenancy agreements that comply with all current regulations.

If you would like to discuss the right to rent requirements and how they may affect you now, and in the future, please contact a member of the Property Team.

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Dementia Awareness Week

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It’s Dementia Awareness Week this week so why not join us and become a Dementia Friend?

If you are worried about dementia, confront your concerns and talk to the Alzheimer’s Society.  One way that people can confront dementia is by becoming a Dementia Friend.

By becoming a Dementia Friend you can learn more about dementia and how to turn that understanding into action to help support people affected by dementia.

It’s really easy to do – just watch the online video or join a face-to-face Information Session.

Find out more at


dementia friends logoA study carried out by Alzheimer’s Society has found that over half (56%) of people are putting off seeking a dementia diagnosis for up to a year or more. Dementia is the most feared health condition in the UK, perhaps explaining also why almost two-thirds of people surveyed (62%) felt a diagnosis would mean their life was over.

225,000 people will develop dementia this year – that’s one person every three minutes. The leading dementia charity is warning that a lack of diagnosis is denying many of these people the chance of getting the best possible treatment, information and/or support – evidence shows the earlier on you receive these, the better your chance of living well for longer. It also means that thousands of people are not being enabled to plan for the future while they still have capacity to make important decisions.

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North Ainley investor clients are on a shopping spree

A reform of residential property Stamp Duty Land Tax announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement means that purchasers of buy to let properties and second homes will be faced with increased Stamp Duty as of 1 April 2016. 

Buyers will have to pay an additional 3% on each Stamp Duty band where the purchase price is £40,000 or more.  It is not just landlords that will be hit by the increase, but anyone owning a second home.  This could be parents buying a property for their children or a couple purchasing a home together where one is already a homeowner. 

Anyone owning a second property that isn’t their main residence and buying another, or replacing the one they don’t live in, is likely to get caught up in the changes. 

Over the last few months we are seeing many of our investor clients making additions to their existing portfolio in order to save on the new charges which will be finalised at this year’s Budget. 

An illustration of how the increased charges may affect you. 


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“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more.” – Dr Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

At North Ainley we are always enthusiastic participants when giving to charity and contributing to the community. Especially at Christmas the Partners and staff have been busy fund raising whilst having a great amount of fun and enjoying getting into the festive spirit at the same time.


foodbank 3Christmas Advent Calendars

Throughout November we collected 42 advent calendars and donated them to the foodbank on Clegg Street for local children whose families will be finding this time of year very difficult.

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jumpers-4On Friday 18 December we took part in text SANTA Christmas Jumper day wearing our festive knits and making a small donation to do so.  The money raised will help three amazing charities –

Macmillan Cancer Support

Make-A-Wish® UK

Save the ChildrenText SANTA

Christmas hampers

HAMPERS 2From November we have all been collecting items to fill our luxury hampers. This year we have managed to put together 5 superb hampers.

Senior partner Mr John Ainley drew the 5 winning tickets on the 23 December ready for the lucky winners to take home ready for Christmas. The sale of the raffle tickets raised an amazing £192.00.

This year we will be sending the money to the Silver Heart Unit at Fairfield Hospital.

The Silver Heart Unit closed at Rochdale Infirmary and is now located at Fairfield Hospital in Bury, it is a dedicated cardiology unit that serves patients from North Manchester, Fairfield, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and parts of East Lancashire.  The Unit provides a range of complex diagnostic and enhanced specialist interventional procedures for patients with coronary heart disease and associated problems.

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See RED campaign

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Staff at North Ainley recently donated money to wear a red item to support the Child and Family Connect ‘see RED’ campaign.

Child and Family Connect is a charity which hosts 5 individual contact centres in Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Bootle and Southport and provides invaluable support to local families.

See RED was a simple fund raising idea introduced by the charity for firms of solicitors to show their support and raise desperately needed funds.  Monies raised would help these centres to remain open and continue to provide a safe, neutral and comfortable place for children of separated families to see their non-resident parents and sometimes other relatives.

When relationships break down heightened emotions often make it difficult for couples to communicate with each other and this can impact upon the children and arrangements for their care.  In the majority of cases it is very important that children are allowed to maintain a relationship with both parents and those who are important to them.

You can contact the contact centre direct to apply or can be helped by your social worker, Cafcass officer, the mediation service or your solicitor.

Our family team have a wealth of experience in these matters and understand the distress and heartache that surrounds all matters arising out of the breakdown of a relationship including arrangements in respect of the children.

Both our family solicitors are members of Resolution.  Alison is an Accredited Specialist and Collaborative Lawyer.  For more information contact Alison or Lucinda who offer a free no obligation initial appointment to discuss your matter and further options.

For further information please contact our Family Department on 0161 624 5614

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