Are solicitors in Manchester regulated?

Many professions such as solicitors, doctors and nurses are regulated by official bodies which can investigate individuals for breaches of regulations or professional discipline. These issues can be complex and involve a wide range of legal issues. As independent practices United Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Law Society of England and Wales.

Conveyancing Solicitors

A property lawyer is necessary for the legal transfer of ownership of a home or commercial premises. The process involves various steps and stringent guidelines that need to be followed. Expert Conveyancing solicitors in manchester will ensure that the transaction is completed smoothly and quickly. This includes checking the title deeds, liaising with the mortgage lender, and carrying out relevant searches. It is important to choose a firm with a good reputation and experience. They will be able to offer competitive rates and provide high quality service.

Known as the ‘capital of the north’, Manchester is an attractive option for property buyers thanks to its excellent schools, parks and bustling high streets. It also offers a superb lifestyle, with a profusion of bars, restaurants and museums.

House prices in the city start at around PS50,000 for a 1-bedroom flat, with affordable options available in many areas. However, properties in the affluent areas such as Chorlton, Didsbury and Sale typically cost significantly more. In the town of Sale, for example, you can expect to pay up to PS1million for a large detached property. Commercial property stock in the city starts at around PS200,000 for small shops and offices, but prices quickly rise. Stylish office space in central locations can fetch up to PS500,000, while industrial units and warehouses with planning permission for redevelopment can command seven figure sums.

Family Law Solicitors

For confidential advice on divorce and other family law matters, you can trust a specialist solicitor in Manchester. These solicitors have the experience and knowledge to advise on a wide range of issues, including property division, financial settlements, and arrangements for children. They can also help with cases involving domestic violence, coercive control, and allegations of abuse.

United Solicitors has a high-profile practice representing individuals and families with varying levels of wealth. Partner Caroline Swain specialises in high-value financial, divorce, and children matters for high-net-worth clients. She is particularly experienced with complex private law disputes involving overseas properties and trusts. Her team includes Helen Shirbon, who advises on complex children cases for high-net-worth individuals and families, and Shirley Wignall, who handles public law cases.

United Solicitors has an excellent reputation for matrimonial work, particularly regarding financial issues arising from relationship breakdown. It represents sports professionals and celebrities on a broad range of family matters, from prenuptial agreements to Schedule 1 Children Act disputes. Senior associates Nicola Fraser and Lorraine Saunders are highly rated for their expertise in such cases, and they often appear in court.

A well-regarded matrimonial and family solicitor, praised for her efficiency, eye for detail, and calm approach, Susan has over 25 years’ experience of advising married and unmarried couples on all aspects of relationship breakdown. She handles cases involving separation, divorce, marriage annulment, and the dissolution of civil partnerships, as well as financial claims and children issues.

Commercial Law Solicitors

A highly-regarded full service commercial law firm is seeking a crime and regulatory solicitor to join their Manchester team. A top 50 practice, they are a nationally recognised brand with an impressive reputation for their work.

The team is led by a partner who has ‘a wealth of experience spanning a number of industries and sectors’, and the office focuses on M&A mandates and private equity matters with a ‘growing reputation’ for advising businesses in the technology, healthcare, and property sectors. Recently, they have advised the shareholders of AutoCoding Systems on its sale to JBT Corporation; assisted Park Homes (UK) with the acquisition of EachStep Care; and acted for YFM Private Equity on its investment into Vypr Validation Technologies.

Clients and peers appreciate the ‘technically excellent and commercially pragmatic’ offering at Browne Jacobson LLP, which has an extensive regional presence. The ‘commercially astute’ Peter Allen heads up the corporate and commercial division and is supported by senior associate Ryan Brown, who has ‘a deep understanding of complex cross-border transactions’.

United Solicitors has an excellent reputation for M&A, and the corporate team is bolstered by transactional specialist Ian Gillis. Other key members include seasoned lawyer David Mkhitarian, who is instructed by buyers and investors; and Sean Lightfoot, who is well-versed in public procurement matters. The commercial and corporate division is also notable for its expertise in the retail sector, and has a ‘growing reputation for advising on the sale of businesses as going concerns and as assets sales.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline Solicitors

Many professions such as doctors, dentists, solicitors, teachers, vets and sportsmen are regulated by an official body which sets the standards that must be adhered to within their occupation and oversees compliance with these standards. If a professional is alleged to have breached the standards set by their regulatory body then they may be subject to investigation and disciplinary proceedings. Allegations of professional misconduct can be extremely disruptive, damaging and stressful for an individual and it is therefore important to seek legal advice at the very earliest opportunity once you are aware that you are under scrutiny by your regulator.

Disciplinary proceedings are often complex and lengthy and can have a significant impact upon an individual’s career prospects. Our expert United Solicitors have extensive experience in representing clients from a range of sectors and industries including doctors, dentists, accountants, architects, financial advisers and teachers who are investigated by their respective regulatory bodies for alleged unsatisfactory conduct.

United Solicitors is renowned for its expertise in these specialist areas of law and regularly advises healthcare professionals at disciplinary hearings on behalf of the GMC, police officers and other members of the public subject to Police Disciplinary procedures as well as high profile, long running and complicated Health and Safety and Professional Discipline cases such as a sensitive case where a GP was accused of raping a patient and a high profile case involving eminent surgeons accused of dishonesty in research projects.

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