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New Stamp Duty Charges for Residential Property Purchases

In today’s summer economic update the Chancellor has announced a stamp duty holiday that will start immediately and run until March next year.  Property buyers could save thousands of pounds thanks to the new tax break, which will be welcome by all home buyers.

Prior to the announcement, the threshold where you start paying stamp duty was £125,000, or £300,000 for first-time buyers (if buying a property worth less than £500,000).  The stamp duty threshold has been raised from £300,000 to £500,000 which means savings on stamp duty for home buyers and investors.

The change will apply in England and Northern Ireland only.

The table below illustrates the changes.

Stamp duty tableWhat is Stamp Duty?

Stamp Duty is a lump-sum tax that anyone buying a property or land costing more than a set amount has to pay.  The amount of tax you will have to pay varies based on the property price.  The amounts can be quite significant and you will have to factor this into your budget when considering how much deposit you need to buy a house.

Who qualifies? 

Whilst first time buyers were the focus in our last stamp duty update, the latest break applies to everyone buying a home.  Those buyers purchasing second homes or buy-to-let properties as investments will also benefit from the stamp duty holiday, whether they buy as individuals or via their limited companies, up to £500,000.  These buyers must remember the pre-existing 3% surcharge will still apply.

When do the changes take place?

The relief applies to all purchases from today (8 July 2020).  If you have already exchanged contracts, as long as completion is from today onwards you will benefit from the increased thresholds.

For more information on buying a house, please contact a member of our Residential Property Department.

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Legal update from our Employment & Litigation team

CaptureHello to you all!  We hope you are well – it’s been a rough few months of challenge and uncertainty for businesses and employees alike.  In this update we look to the future as the UK comes out of lockdown , gets back to business and comes to terms with a new normal*.  Advice correct as at 1 July 2020.

To see the full update from our Litigation and Employment team click here.

If you need advice of furloughing staff, making redundancies, recovering debt, resolving a dispute or have another legal problem, we are here to help.

For more information and advice please contact our office by telephone or email.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – Office open for screened appointments

As the effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, North Ainley Solicitors are firmly committed to the health and safety of our client’s and staff.

Whilst we have remained operational throughout lockdown with limited staff at the office and the rest of the teams working from home, we have continued to work harder than ever to ensure that there has been as little interruption as possible to our clients.  Fortunately, our teams were already well equipped to work NA Logo squaresecurely from home and this has been invaluable in servicing the needs of clients.

We have continued to provide the best possible service and our Private Client Team have responded to the many sad cases where families have lost a loved one.  We have visited clients who were unwell, some with life threatening illnesses, who wanted to ensure that their affairs were in order and hopefully we have helped to give them peace of mind at a most difficult time in their lives.  The Property and Corporate Teams have worked tirelessly to bring transactions to completion despite the challenges and have facilitated house moves and commercial transactions – some vital to provide essential cash flow to businesses.  Our Dispute Resolution Team has always been on hand to advise on employment and contentious issues and to help with some of the sad and distressing marital problems that were inevitable as some families struggled to cope with lockdown.

We have also been working hard during lockdown to prepare our office and staff for returning to work.  In view of the relaxation of some regulations we are pleased to announce that from Monday 8 June we will officially open our door and are now able to offer face to face screened interviews (by appointment only) in addition to telephone and video conferencing such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other secure channels of communication – whichever our clients prefer.

At the moment, a number of our staff will continue to work from home and whilst all our legal services remain available, we also understand that some clients feel more comfortable seeing someone face to face.  Consequently, members of our staff are now available to see existing and new clients who prefer to come to the office.  Anyone seeking advice can be reassured that we have carried out a full risk assessment and have introduced measures throughout the office to help provide a safe environment for clients, visitors and staff.

These include the installation of new screens in Reception, interview rooms and shared workspaces, a touch free sanitising station sited in the interior entrance hall along with containers throughout the office to provide easy access to anti-bacterial hand gel.  We have introduced social distancing measures and have protocols in place for the sanitising of surfaces and touch points throughout the office before and after each interview.  All these steps together with rigorous staff training following Government guidelines gives us confidence to welcome back more staff and clients to the office.

If you require information on an existing matter or wish to instruct us on a new matter, please ring on 0161 624 5614.  You can also contact us by email at [email protected] or online by using the Contact Form.


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CORONAVIRUS – Legal Update from our Employment & Litigation team

CaptureIn this update we focus on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the workplace and we highlight the legal developments that you and your business should be aware of in these unprecedented times*.  *Advice correct as of 1 April 2020.

To see the full update from our Litigation and Employment team – click here.

If you need advice on the new coronavirus measures, help with furloughing staff, making redundancies or any other legal problem, we are still here to help.

For more information and advice please contact our office by telephone or email.


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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – Guidance on house moving

moving-boxes-4118678_1280The government advice at present is that moves into occupied properties should only take place where contracts have already been exchanged and it has proved impossible for the parties involved to agree a deferral.  We therefore encourage our client’s to agree an appropriate deferral and only advise you to proceed if that has proved impossible.

At present the police emergency powers are disapplied only for critical home moves.

Moves into unoccupied properties may continue, subject to the points below.

When moves occur, they must do so in a way which takes account of the guidance currently in force from Public Health England and Public Health Wales.  You should make yourselves aware of the requirements applicable at the time you are looking to move.

We are keeping up to date with guidance as it evolves and changes with health advice.

We are working with our clients and taking a common sense approach in applying the advice bearing in mind the overall objectives of government policy in this public health emergency.

Our Residential Property team remain operational and will continue to be available to provide advice and guidance to all our clients during these challenging times.  We will continue to progress and complete matters where possible.  New and existing clients are asked to contact us by telephone and email and we will respond as usual.  Video conferencing is also available where necessary.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – Office Update

NA Logo squareWe regret it has been necessary to close the door of the office, not only to ensure the welfare of our clients but also that of all our dedicated staff.  Some personnel are designated as ‘key workers’ at North Ainley because they are dealing with, for example, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and also looking after our elderly and vulnerable clients.  They will work behind closed doors but most others will work from home.  We can be contacted by phone, email or letter so that there is minimum disruption to our services.

If it is absolutely essential that you see a member of staff, please ring this number (0161 624 5614) now and you will be given guidance whilst outside the office.  In all other cases, please email us or ring one of the numbers below depending on the nature of the service you require.

We very much appreciate your support and understanding in these challenging times but will do everything possible to provide help where necessary.

Family Department – 07796 603649

Employment & Litigation  Department – 07990 154164

Residential Property Department – 07468 294547

Private Client Department – 07391 024695

Commercial/Corporate Department – 07392 718704

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NA Logo squareWe wish to assure all our clients and professional contacts that we will continue to provide the best possible level of service in these challenging times.

We are naturally concerned for the welfare and well-being of our clients, staff and their families and it would be advisable to avoid face to face meetings at the moment.  If it is considered necessary for you to attend the office, please alert us beforehand if you are showing any symptoms of the virus or have been in contact with anyone displaying symptoms.  We can then make alternative arrangements and hopefully deal with your matter over the telephone or by email.

The office remains open and calls, emails and voicemail will be dealt with promptly.  We very much appreciate your support and will do everything possible to avoid any disruption or interruption to our services.

Please visit our website frequently for further updates.

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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.

maggies will writing

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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