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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 (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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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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.

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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 https://www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-oldham/ .

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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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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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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Good news for local Solicitors

The ‘Legal Service Consumer Panel Tracker Survey 2019‘ revealed that 77% of legal service ‘users’ chose small local ‘high street firms’ to deal with their matter, with 79% of users saying ‘reputation’ was the most important factor in their choice and 84% being satisfied with the service they received.

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The survey also highlighted that shopping around for the cheapest isn’t a good thing – 77% of clients found price information direct from lawyers easy to understand but that fell to just 38% in those trying to compare prices between different providers.

At North Ainley Solicitors we pride ourselves on combining a local, friendly, personal service, with city professionalism from all our high calibre lawyers and support staff.  Our ethos is to provide straight forward advice, using everyday terms that can be understood.  Our strong reputation has resulted in new business throughout the year and combined with our competitive and cost effective solutions we are seeing a surge in new business.

For more information and advice, either for you or your business, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.

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Oldham Enterprise Trust

Great to join Oldham Enterprise Trust at The Old School BBQ Bus for the launch of the ‘Oldham Enterprise Network yesterday’.

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The Oldham Enterprise Trust provides a one stop portal to start-up and growth companies to access the wide range of business funding that is available as well as free business advice and support.

The Trust can assist you with securing funding including, Grants for those under 25 and low cost loans to over 25.

As part of the ‘Get Oldham Working’ initiative, the Trust was kick-started by a £1m donation from The Stoller Charitable Trust, which aims to help the next generation of entrepreneurs get start-up businesses off the ground and also support young people into employment.

When we heard about how the Trust helps Oldham residents into enterprise and employability we knew we had to support this.  We will be offering free 1-hour consultations for all Oldham Enterprise Trust businesses and start-ups.

Call us on 0161 624 5614 and quote this offer to make an appointment.

 

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Andy’s Man Club

This month our Commercial Property guru/Solicitor Jane Stark will be talking part in a 10k outdoor obstacle course Rough Runner to raise money for charity Andys Man Club.

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Shockingly, suicide is now the biggest killer of men under 45 and ‘Andy’s Man Club’ aims to prevent suicide in men by providing a safe environment where men can meet and talk without being judged.

We wish Jane and the rest of the Greenfield Primary School mums taking part the best of luck!

To donate, please click her and follow the link, all donations gratefully received!

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Continuing Best Practice following a successful Lexcel Assessment

North Ainley Solicitors has once again successfully secured the Law Society Legal Practice Quality Mark, Lexcel.Lexcel

Lexcel is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for Law Firms and in house Legal Departments which gives the public the assurance that a Practice meets high Client Care and Business Management standards.  North Ainley originally achieved the standard in 2011 and has successfully retained the accreditation at each annual assessment thereafter.

John Ainley the senior partner of the firm said “we are delighted to have retained the Lexcel Accreditation.  There have been a number of changes to the standards in the last year, particularly in light of the recent GDPR requirements.  It is reassuring to know that our procedures are up to the mark.  There is a lot of choice in the legal services market but being Lexcel Accredited demonstrates our commitment to Client Care and Best Practice.  The best interests of our clients and staff are at the heart of the way we work”.

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Choosing the right lawyer

It can be a big decision to instruct a solicitor and it could end up costing you a lot of money, so you need to get it right!

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Certainly, it can be tempting to go to the first firm you think of, drive past on the way to work or that has the fanciest offices but there are some things you should consider before parting with your hard earned cash:

Specialism – Often, high street practices try to be a jack of all trades, with the same Solicitor offering advice on all manner of problems. But, if you have an employment law issue why would you want advice from a Solicitor with a background in property law? Do your research and make sure the Solicitor you will see is a specialist in and has good experience in the area you need advice on.

Recommendations – from people you know and trust are always useful but if your friend recommends a firm because they did a good job of selling their business, it does not make them best placed to help you make a personal injury claim.

Attitude – Make sure you are on the same page. If you want to resolve your issue amicably, you do not want an aggressive lawyer who will rack up costs arguing over nothing. Likewise, if you want a robust approach, don’t instruct a wallflower. A good lawyer will explain the options and alter their approach based on your instructions and will be mindful of how their approach will affect your costs; even if that means telling you what you don’t want to hear.

Alternatives – Does the firm promote and actively engage in other ways of resolving legal problems; such as ACAS Conciliation for employment problems or Mediation or Collaborative Law for family matters? Again, a good lawyer who isn’t just interested in taking your money will encourage these approaches where appropriate.

Likeability – Believe it or not, not all solicitors are cut throat so it’s important that you feel comfortable speaking with your legal adviser and that you feel able to build a relationship of trust and confidence. That said, just because you might want to go for a pint with them does not mean they will give you quality legal advice.

Fees – Make sure you have a very good estimate of what it’s likely to cost and when you will be billed. From 6 December 2018, all Solicitors websites must display prices and service information for residential conveyancing, probate, unfair & wrongful dismissals, debt recovery and licensing applications.

Choice – Remember you don’t have to use any firm which may already have been ‘assigned’ to you – perhaps by your employer when handling a settlement agreement or your car hire company when dealing with an Road Traffic Accident.

At North Ainley, we have been advising the people of Oldham since 1901 but that doesn’t mean you will get out of date advice, just lots of experience! Our size allows us to combine a friendly, personal service with city professionalism from a team of specialist Solicitors and legal advisers.

For more information, please call Laura Campbell, a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team on 0161 624 5614.

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New Year, New Start

ChangeAre you buying a new house, starting a new business venture, getting married or expecting a new arrival this year?  However your life changes in 2019, make sure you keep your Will up to date to protect the ones you love.

Contact a member our legal team who can provide you advice and guidance on Wills, house sales or purchases, business advice and all family related matters.

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Important tips for Landlord’s on granting or ending an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (‘AST’)

Since 1 October 2015, under the Deregulation Act 2015, a Landlord offering a new Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement to a tenant must ensure that the tenant is provided with :-

  • A Gas Safety Certificate for the property to be occupied
  • An Energy Performance Certificate
  • The booklet entitled – How to rent: the checklist for renting in England

With effect from 1 October 2018, the above requirements will apply to all tenancies, even those in existence prior to 1 October 2015.

It has also been the case for some time that if a deposit is paid by the Tenant, the Landlord must ensure that:-

  • The deposit is being held in accordance with an authorised Tenancy Deposit Scheme and;
  • the Tenant has received the information about the Tenancy Deposit Scheme within 30 days of the Deposit being received.  Failure to provide such information means that the Tenant has a claim against the Landlord of up to three times the amount of the Deposit.

It is important that a Landlord complies with the above points as this could impede a Landlord’s right to obtain possession of their property at the end of the term of the tenancy.  It is common for Landlords to serve a Section 21 Notice upon the Tenant, if the Tenant does not vacate at the end of the term.  Non-compliance with the requirements set out above will mean a Landlord cannot serve a Section 21 notice, although steps may be taken to rectify the situation and enable service of a Notice.  Alternatively, a Landlord may be able to serve a Section 8 Notice.

A Landlord is further prevented from serving a Section 21 notice:-

  • Within the first four months of the tenancy and must issue any possession proceedings within six months of the date of the Section 21 Notice.
  • If a local housing authority has served notice upon the Landlord about the condition of the property.

With effect from 1 October 2015  for any tenancies granted after that date (and 1 October 2018 for any other tenancies) Landlords must serve upon the Tenants the prescribed form of the Section 21 notice, otherwise, the Section 21 notice will be deemed ineffective.

For further information on granting a new tenancy please contact our Commercial Property team or for advice on serving a Notice to end a tenancy, please contact a member of our Dispute Resolution team.  Both departments can work together to provide overall comprehensive advice to suit your individual or business needs.

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

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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    We came to North Ainley on 3 recommendations! Wanted to... say a huge thank you to Jill and Sophie in the conveyancing team. They have provided us a brilliant service and have always responded efficiently in a speedy and professional manner to our questions and emails. Jill and Sophie were very professional, caring and helpful at every stage of the process. Jill provided us with her great knowledge and her expert advice along the way and we really appreciated that. I would definitely recommend them as a team and would 100% use their services again! Thanks Jill and Sophie - we are so grateful for your help and genuine approach. Keep up the good work you are a credit to North Ainley! I would have no hesitation in recommending them and will use the company again for any future legal work I might need doing. Thank you :)read more
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    I have used North Ainley for a number of years. They have... successfully dealt with my parent's wills and more recently the sale of 2 properties. The staff are exceptional and imparticular Cassie who took care of the whole process from start to finish whilst I was overseas. She diligently chased all third parties and kept me informed at all times. I would recommend North Ainley as they have proved themselves time and again over the last 10 years in all of my family's legal affairs.read more
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    Fantastic Solicitors firm. Very professional. Close to... Oldham Town Centre. Answer all your questions and concerns. Keep you upto date at every stage. I have used this firm for many years in buying and selling property. You can not go wrong using North Ainley Solicitors.read more
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