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New Name, New Website, But The Same Great Service!

DSC_3934_HDR-2At North Ainley solicitors we are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. Created with the needs of our clients very much in mind, the website has been built using the latest technology to be compatible with new browsers and devices. Working closely with Platform 81 Digital and Design Agency we have developed a website that we hope is useful and informative to both current and prospective clients. Read More »

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The Care Act 2014: Will it really go far enough to improve the funding of social care

shutterstock_158366633One of the greatest concerns for many people is what will happen if they have to move into a care home, or require assistance in their own homes. There have been many reports in the press of people being forced to sell their homes to pay for care home fees or of people having to work hard all their lives only to have their savings depleted by nursing home fees. Read More »

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Capital Allowances on Commercial Property, what’s in it for me?

capitalCapital Allowances were thrust into the Commercial Property limelight in April 2014 with the introduction of a new “pooling” requirement. Changes to the Capital Allowances Act 2001, brought in by the Finance Act 2012 mean that during the sale or purchase of second hand commercial property tax relief may be available for expenditure allocated to “plant and machinery” in a chargeable period. Read More »

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Mission Christmas 2014

150,000 Manchester children living in poverty are not expecting a visit from Santa this year.

That’s why Key 103 Cash for Kids, in partnership with the Manchester Evening News have launched Mike & Chelsea’s Mission Christmas.  They are asking people to buy just one extra present this year – a gift that will make Christmas 2014 special for a child living in poverty. They are looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers aged 0 to 18 years and you can donate at one of their drop-off points.

North Ainley Halliwell has, once again, agreed to be one of these drop off points and would very much appreciate your assistance and co-operation with this charitable event.  There is no price guide and nothing can be too small – every little helps!

Our collection date is Tuesday 9 December 2014 and the last date to drop off any toys/gifts will be Monday 8 December by 5:15 p.m.

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Anyone for Coffee?

This year, for the first time, the staff of North Ainley Halliwell are taking part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ to help raise awareness and money for Macmillan Cancer Support on 26th September 2014.

We are supporting Macmillan to raise both money and awareness of the great work done by the charity. Throughout September the Firm has been running a ‘Great Office Bake Off’ Competition, with the final on 26th September, but most of our staff will be baking to support the work done by Macmillan, helping families at a time they need it most. MacMillan is such a wonderful cause and we are delighted we are able to do something to support them.

So, if you are in Oldham on 26 September 2014, why not come along to our office between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, meet our friendly staff, have a cuppa and help to raise money for this worthy cause.

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Jeans for Genes

This year the staff of North Ainley Halliwell Solicitors will be supporting Jeans for Genes Day.  The charity invites everyone across the UK, from nurseries and schools to companies, to wear their jeans for the Day in return for a donation. Funds raised provide vital care and support for thousands of children with genetic disorders. This year’s event will take place on Friday 19th September 2014.

The money raised by organisations and schools on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children and families affected by genetic disorders, which affect 1 in 25 children in the UK – that’s more than 30,000 babies born each year. Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 and under.

For more information please visit the Jeans for Genes website at: http://www.jeansforgenesday.org

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Extra savings when purchasing a Property with North Ainley Halliwell Solicitors

From 17th March 2014, the Land Registry have reduced the fees they charge for registering property transactions at the lower end of the scale fees and in particular will also introduce discounts of up to 50% for applications that are lodged electronically via their Electronic Documentation Registration Service.

The main change is that a 50% reduction will be given to applications to register conveyancing Transfers and Mortgages by electronic applications.  To qualify for the reduced fee the transfer must be for the ‘whole of a registered title’ which covers the majority of house purchases and many commercial transactions. 

In respect of the usual registration fees payable on applications for registration, which are based upon the value of the property, further changes in the scale fees payable for properties priced between £50,001 and £80,000 reduce from £70 to £40 and for properties priced between £80,001 and £100,000 reduce from £120 to £80.  By submitting these applications electronically, clients will benefit from a further 50% discount on these new lower fees. 

We already inspect documents or order official copies of documents electronically via the Land Registry Portal and are charged £3 per document as opposed to £7 per document when applied for on paper through the post.

We now submit applications to register conveyancing Transfers and Mortgages using the Land Registry’s Electronic Documentation Registration Service and the further saving on qualifying transactions is passed to our clients. 

Contact our Property Department for more information on [email protected]

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Promotion to Partnership

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Tuohy, Majid Mahmood and Vinesh Mistry as Partners of the Firm. They join existing Partners, John Ainley, Geoffrey Lamb, Val Stocker and Zoë Ashton.

The appointments support our growth strategy within the Private Client and Commercial & Residential Property Departments.

Claire studied law at the University of Limerick and is dual qualified to practice in both England and Ireland. She is a member of our Private Client Team and is a qualified member of the prestigious Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) which is a worldwide professional organisation for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning.

Majid was educated at Hulme Grammar School. He trained and qualified as a solicitor with this Firm in 2004.  In 2006 he decided to broaden his experience and went to work with Persimmon PLC (FTSE 100 Company) to be part of their in house legal team and gained valuable experience in Real Estate and Development work. He re-joined the Firm as a Commercial Property Solicitor in 2013.

Vinesh studied Law in Sheffield and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester before joining the Firm in 2006. He heads the Residential Property Department and deals with a broad range of transactions, particularly the sale and purchase of high value properties.

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Promotion to Partnership

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Tuohy, Majid Mahmood and Vinesh Mistry as Partners of the Firm. They join existing Partners, John Ainley, Geoffrey Lamb, Val Stocker and Zoë Ashton. Read More »

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Tour de Sylhet

The Firm is sponsoring Martyn Torr from the Oldham Chronicle who is participating in the Tour de Sylhet, a cycle ride lasting 5 days, to support Tommy’s, a baby charity that funds research into why one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy or childbirth.

If you feel you can help with a donation, please log on to

www.virginmoneygiving.com/michellesmarathonmission

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  • I was very happy with the service provided…pleasure doing business with North Ainley and in particular working with Vinesh and Cassie. Thank you.
    Mr Panchani, Oldham
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