Category Archives: Commercial & Corporate

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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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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    18:55 01 Dec 18
    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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    Excellent service. handled my latest commercial purchase professionally. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a solicitors who are proffesional and easy to work with. Top service.read more
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