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Bermans New Recruits

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Stephen Chalcraft, Phil Farrelly & Rob Maddocks (L-R)

North West law firm, Bermans, who have offices in Manchester and Liverpool, have recently appointed two new recruits in their employment and property departments in line with plans to build on their presence in these areas in Manchester.

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Sophie Robertson

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Sophie qualified as a Solicitor in September 2019 and joined Bermans upon qualification as a Solicitor in the Employment team.

She previously worked at a National firm and more recently a Regional firm where she trained as a Solicitor.

Sophie obtained her law degree from Lancaster University before going on to complete her LPC at BPP in Liverpool.

During her training Sophie was involved in both contentious and non-contentious employment work including guiding employers through disciplinary process, absence management procedures and redundancy situations. Sophie was also involved in providing in house employment law training to senior management teams.

Sophie prides herself on offering pragmatic and commercial advice to her clients.


Email: Sophie.robertson@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0546

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Bermans sponsors Blockchain Meetup

On Tuesday 3 September, Bermans sponsored the latest Blockchain Manchester Meetup, hosted by our friends at BlockRocket.

Our Head of Corporate, Jon Davage, was there to give the audience a brief introduction to the services Bermans offers to entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Also present was Rob Eakins from our Commercial and IP team, who has been a regular attendee at these blockchain meetups.

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Stephen Chalcraft

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Stephen joined Bermans in August 2019 as a partner in the property team.

He has a wealth of knowledge, with over 20 years of experience dealing with a wide range of commercial property matters, with specific expertise in complex commercial development and regeneration projects.

Stephen, who is based at our Manchester and Liverpool offices, works with a range of clients including commercial developers, investors, landlords and tenants, housing associations, local authorities and universities.

Stephen was chair of Pro Manchester’s regeneration and property group for over 12 years and is now a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber’s property and regeneration steering committee.

He is also on the main board of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Email: Stephen.chalcraft@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0161 827 4620

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Bermans advise Administrators of Bolton Whites Hotel Limited

The Manchester insolvency team at Bermans advised Andy Hosking, Sean Bucknell and Michael Kiely of Quantuma LLP as Administrators of Bolton Whites Hotel Limited.

The Hotel was a subsidiary of Bolton Wanderers Football Club and operated a 125 bed, 4- star hotel, from premises in the South Stand of Bolton’s Stadium. It provided conference, banqueting and leisure facilities and match day hospitality for the football club from a number of function suites and hospitality areas around the stadium.

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Will I get my costs back? Update

andrew-koffmanIn February 2017 we shared this article and in July 2017 we shared this article, which explained the current rules on recovery of costs by the winner of a court action from the loser. It had been proposed to introduce a “fixed recoverable costs” regime for business and other civil disputes, similar to the one for minor personal injury claims.

Two years on, what if anything has changed?

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Rachel Giles

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Solicitor

Rachel joined Bermans in July 2019 and is currently working in our Employment team as a Solicitor.

Rachel studied History & Politics at the University of Manchester before deciding to pursue a career in law.

Rachel qualified as an Employment Solicitor at a commercial firm in 2009 and brings a wealth of experience, having also worked in the HR head office of a major UK retailer and in-house at a TV and film finance and production company based in Montreal, Canada.

She has worked with clients across a range of sectors but has a particular interest in the creative industries and national retailers and having worked in-house, has extensive knowledge of the commercial contexts in which our clients operate.

Rachel has represented clients in tribunal cases including those relating to unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and all forms of discrimination.

Rachel has a particular interest in guiding her client’s through absence management processes and avoiding disability discrimination claims (in particular those relating to mental health impairments.)  Her non contentious work includes drafting contracts, policies, restrictive covenants and settlement agreements.


Email: Rachel.giles@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0534

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Robert Maddocks

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Senior Associate

Robert qualified as Solicitor in 2008 and joined Bermans in July 2019 as a Senior Associate in the Employment team.

He has previously worked for industry recognised legal providers, including an employment boutique firm in Manchester.

He is known for delivering strategic and commercial advice to clients and advises clients in different sectors. He has also contributed to industry journals and national press with articles on employment law issues.

Robert has acted for a wide range of clients ranging from OMB’s to large national and international companies, however he has a particular focus on owner managed SME’s.

Robert regularly advises on complex internal HR and employment law issues as well as business re-organisations, restructures and TUPE transactions. He is particularly experienced at representing clients in the Employment Tribunal and regularly appears as an advocate.


Email: Robert.maddocks@bermans.co.uk

Tel:  0161 827 4617

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Rob Eakins

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Solicitor

Rob is a solicitor in the Commercial team, having joined Bermans in July 2019.

Rob trained at a firm in Manchester, with seats in the corporate and commercial department, wills and trusts, and business crime and regulation.

Rob advises on all types of commercial contracts, with particular expertise in agreements for the creative industries. He also has a growing number of clients in the developing blockchain and cryptocurrency sector.

Before deciding to train in law, Rob gained an MA in Music Industry Studies from the University of Liverpool. This included a dissertation based on his own original research, studying levels of understanding of relevant intellectual property issues amongst musicians in Liverpool.

Since then, Rob has had a number of commercially-focused roles, including creative industries business adviser, project manager, and owner of a record label. Rob’s frequent dealings with commercial contracts inspired him to train as a commercial lawyer.


Email: rob.eakins@bermans.co.uk

Tel:  0151 224 0535

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