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Charity of the Year

Every year at North Ainley we have a Charity of the Year whereby we raise funds for the chosen charity with various fundraising events.  During the course of 2019 our chosen Charity of the Year was Maggie’s Oldham.


For those that do not know, Maggie’s is a place where people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families can find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people; a place where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Every day they welcome up to 70 visitors to the centre.  Each time somebody walks through the door it costs £20.00 for them to provide them with the immediate advice and support they need.  They rely solely on donations and fundraising to enable to them to be there for people with cancer and their families, when they need them most.

Throughout the year we have taken part in various fundraising events for Maggie’s; their Kitchen Table Day; the Culture Crawl and the Go Outrageously Orange Day.  We also raised money for them last Christmas with our annual Christmas hampers.  In total, we raised a total of £1,222.00.  The money raised by us would have funded 60 people walking through the door which is amazing.

As well as Maggie’s being our Charity of the Year for 2019, we have also partnered up with them to run a free Wills clinic at the centre for their visitors and their visitor’s friends, family and carers.  The clinic allows visitors of the centre, or their loved ones, to prepare a simple Will at no cost to them whatsoever.  The clinic is run on the second Tuesday of every month between the hours of 2pm-5pm.  The clinic has been running for over 12 months now and is proving to be a great success and extremely rewarding for our fee earners, Jennifer Kitchener and Danielle Judge who run the clinic, being able to support local people in a time of need.

Although 2020 will see a new Charity of the Year for us, we are proud to say that the Wills clinic at Maggie’s will be continuing in 2020.  The clinic usually gets booked up a couple of months in advance so any visitors to Maggie’s, or the friends, family and carers of any visitors are free to contact the Oldham Maggie’s centre to book an appointment at one of the clinics.

We are extremely proud to have supported Maggie’s throughout 2019 and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with them as they are a wonderful charity.

For more information on how they can help you or a loved one, please visit their website at .

Moving into 2020, we are excited to announce that our Charity of the Year will be MIND and we are proud to be supporting them this year to support the brilliant work they do.

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Christmas Opening

Our offices will close at 1 pm on Christmas Eve and re-open at 9 am on Thursday 2 January 2020.

Limited staff will be available at the office between 9 am & 4 pm on 27 & 30 December 2019 and 9 am and 1 pm on New Years Eve.

The Partners and Staff would like to wish all our clients, friends and contacts a Merry Christmas and a Happy  New Year.

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Maggie’s Oldham

PC maggiesWe’ve just had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for the funds we have raised at various events throughout 2019 for our charity of the year Maggie’s Oldham.

Drop into Maggie’s for practical, emotional and social support from their professional staff at any time from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Here is a photo of our Private Client team who presented a cheque to Laura Tomlinson who is the fundraising Manager at Maggie’s Oldham.

All the staff have truly enjoyed raising funds for Maggie’s Oldham throughout the year and are humbled by the hard work by all the staff at Maggies and the support they offer to those affected – keep up the good work.

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Christmas Jumper Day

save the childrenIt’s that time of year again and staff at North Ainley are wearing their Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children.

Work is much more fun when you’re wearing a jumper with a penguin on it.  Or a reindeer.  Or a load of tinsel…So get on board and tell your colleagues to get Christmassy!

Each member of staff is asked to make a donation which  could change a child’s life.  It could help them grow up healthy and safe, and get an education, so they can grow up to be who they want to be.  Once again we hope to raise funds for this worthy cause.  For more information on the great work that Save the Children do click here.

Visit our Facebook page to see our staff in their festive knits and some jiggle boomerang’s!?!



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Oh Christmas Tree

legal treeThere’s nothing quite like the smell of real Christmas trees to get you in the festive mood, so we’re feeling especially merry having decorating our ‘legal’ themed tree – just one of 60+ in the annual Oldham Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival in aid of local charities.

Admission is free so pop down between 7 – 14 December (10.00-15.00 at the weekend and 10.30 – 15.30 during the week) to see the selection of decoration trees.

Light refreshments will be available and groups are welcome.



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Oldham Food bank

foodbankThe staff at North Ainley Solicitors are a few days into our reverse advent calendar for Oldham Foodbank – such a great idea & it’s not too late to start yours.

The idea is that every day you place the food items stated on the calendar into a box or bag and then at the end of the month all the food is donated to the foodbank.

The Foodbank don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry.  That’s why they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

The Oldham Foodbank are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Every little helps.

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Oldham Law Association Dinner

OLAA brilliant time had by all at the Oldham Law Association annual dinner, thank you to the organisers and to the The White Hart Inn at Lydgate for top notch food and service as always.

For over 100 years, Oldham Law Association has represented solicitors working or living in the town and surrounding area.  The Association lobbies Government and other stakeholders on issues that affect the profession, it provides training opportunities and social networking events.

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International Day for Tolerance

toleranceWe might not strike you as the most tolerant bunch but actually, as lawyers it’s part of our job to treat everyone the same.

We work in a richly diverse town and are proud to advise and act regardless of race, creed, colour or gender – we invite you to strive to do the same.

For anyone who requires advice for you or your business, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.

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Go outrageously Orange

Go orangeThe North Ainley Solicitors office has been well and truly tangoed today in support of our chosen charity of the year Maggie’s.

Today we have brightened up our workplace by asking staff to wear the Maggie’s colour and give a small donation.

Head to toe orange or just a few accessories – anything goes and every donation will mean we can continue to be there for people with cancer when they need us most.

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Business Advice

bus adviceWe were delighted to be invited and attend yesterday’s ‘Business Start-Up Café’ at University Campus Oldham as part of their ‘Employability Week’ which is running from Monday 21 October t0 Friday 25 October at Oldham University.  Two of our Partners were on hand to provide free legal advice and guidance to budding entrepreneurs looking to start a new business.  We provided both legal and practical advice on the matters and issues to look out for when starting a business and hopefully some good tips!

All events are free & open to the public so pop down to gain some useful information and advice this week.

North Ainley Solicitors in conjunction with Oldham Business Enterprise Trust supported this event to help pass on our valuable experience to the students and public of Oldham.

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Solicitor Chat

sol chatNorth Ainley Solicitors take part in a weekly lively discussion about topical legal issues every Thursday on Twitter and each week a prize is awarded to the best tweets.  This week’s questions were based on property related topics and our Residential Property Partner Vinesh Mistry was awarded the prize for his winning contributions to today’s Law Society Solicitor Chat – well done!

Vinesh Mistry and the rest of the Residential Property Team are highly experienced and deal with all aspects of residential property transactions.  Our team has over 50 year’s collective experience in dealing with all aspects of Residential Property transactions.  Each member of staff within the department has dealt with numerous transactions and our experience helps us achieve our clients’ expectations in a timely manner.   Using this experience we can give the appropriate advice and guidance at each stage of the transaction to help ensure a smooth and stress free process.

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For more information or advice on buying and or selling property please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Residential Property team.

Please also visit our North Ainley Solicitors Twitter page for more information and details of our contributions to Solicitor Chat.

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Free Will writing

We are very proud to support Maggie’s Oldham in a practical way by providing a monthly Will writing service.

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If you are thinking of writing a Will, our free sessions are open to all Maggie’s visitors and their families.

Our next sessions are on:

🔸Tuesday 12th November
🔸Tuesday 10th December

Thinking about writing your will can be scary, but it needn’t be.  At Maggie’s we believe that everyone should have a Will – it’s one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and for our families.

If you are interested and would like to book an appointment just pop in to see the staff at Maggie’s, or give them a call on 0161 989 0550.


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World Mental Health Day

World mental health dayAs Employment and Family Law Solicitors we often witness first-hand the huge impact that mental health issues can have on a person’s home and working life.  Today is about raising awareness of those issues – it’s time to start looking, listening and understanding more.

Mental health problems are a growing public health concern.  They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world.

  • Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.
  • Mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.
  • Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease.
  • It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem.

For more information and advice visit the World Mental Health Foundation website by clicking here.

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Maggies Culture Crawl – Completed!

maggies walkA shot of some of the North Ainley team just getting home after Maggie’s Oldham Culture Crawl 2019 tonight…the whole 10K route.

Thank you to all the North Ainley Solicitors staff who took part and to all those who donated to this worthy cause.  The funds raised from the Crawl will be added to the funds raised throughout the year by the team so far.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

macmillanNorth Ainley are this morning taking part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning – lots of lovingly baked goodies on offer so if you’re about in Oldham, please pop in for a cuppa and a slice of cake in exchange for a small donation!

People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.

In 2018 Macmillan raised an incredible £26,914,382 and they are aiming to top that this year.


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Quiz night

quizOnce again a brilliant evening last night at Saddleworth Golf Club for the annual ‘Professionals Quiz Night’ hosted by our local bank Handelsbanken with lots of money raised for Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice.

The North Ainley team achieved a respectable joint 4th place.  We will work on our general knowledge in anticipation of next years quiz to once again help raise funds for worthy causes.

Thank you to the team at Handelsbanken for being great hosts as usual.

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Thomas Cook

Sad news this morning for the UK’s oldest travel group Thomas Cook who has ceased trading after talks failed to produce a lifeline for the ailing travel company, placing around 9,000 jobs at risk and triggering a huge repatriation effort to bring home around 150,000 UK holidaymakers overseas.

Thomas Cook

The Civil Aviation Authority announced on Monday morning that the world’s oldest holiday company had gone into liquidation and that all flights and bookings had been cancelled.

If you have been affected by the collapse and need information and advice on your rights, please do not hesitate to contact our Dispute Resolution Team.

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Culture Crawl

This week members of the North Ainley team are giving up their Friday night to take part in Maggie’s Oldham Culture Crawl 2019.  This involves a 10k walk with friends for the ones we love, to remember the ones we’ve lost and to raise money for this fantastic local charity.maggies

Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.  Help is offered freely to anyone with any type of cancer.  Simply drop-in at any time – you’re always welcome.

If you can help us in supporting this worthy cause, please make a donation to our Just Giving page by clicking here.


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Jeans for Genes

Today we are ditching the suits and rocking the denim in support of Jeans for Genes Day with our donations going to Genetic Disorders UK.

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Jeans for Genes Day is fundraising day for children with genetic conditions in the UK and helps raise money to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.

On Jeans for Genes day, participating schools and workplaces allow students and staff to wear jeans and casual wear to school and work instead of their usual uniforms and formal workwear.  Funds raised will provide the vital care and support that these children and their families urgently need.

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Run Jane run!

Jeans logoIt’s Jeans for Genes week – a particularly special charity for us at North Ainley Solicitors as Hugo, the son of our Commercial Property Solicitor Jane Stark, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder in 2015.  Jane and her husband will be running the York 10 mile race on the 20 October to raise funds for genetic research.

Jeans for Genes is a national children’s charity, which raises money for the care of children and families who are affected by genetic disorders.

Genetic disorders affect 1 in 25 people born in the UK and include conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anaemia and muscular dystrophy.  Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 years and under in the UK.

There are around 6,000 genetic disorders.

It is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder. 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year.

We wish Jane all the best in helping raise funds for this worthy cause.  If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause please click here to visit the just giving page.


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