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What are my duties as a director?

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If you are a director of a limited company in the UK, then you owe a wide range of duties to that company. Breaches of duty can give rise to personal liability and, in some cases, criminal sanctions so a proper understanding of your duties and responsibilities is essential.

Often, a director will be ignorant of his or her responsibilities (or some of them). Sometimes, a director will also be a shareholder and/or employee of the company and this can lead to confusion as to how the director is to exercise his or her powers. Both of these situations can lead to serious problems if they result in breaches of the director’s duties, whether those breaches are deliberate or not.

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Gareth Farrelly

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Solicitor

Gareth joined Bermans in 2018, following his role as commercial litigation lawyer in the City and previous to that a successful career as a Premiership and international footballer.

Gareth qualified as a solicitor in 2018 following his degree in law.

He has accrued a wealth of experience in a wide range of white-collar crime matters, including SFO investigations and corporate compliance. The fusion of this specialist grounding and Gareth’s contact base has meant that he has developed niche expertise in complex high value tax fraud litigation and associated negligence actions as well as claims for restitution from mis-sold financial products.

He has also developed significant expertise in sports law, building on his extensive practical experience in the sporting industry.

He has been involved in numerous transfers and disputes concerning current and former players, including a leading Court of Arbitration for Sport case which resulted in changes being made to the rules. In addition, he is a member of the Football Association’s Judicial Panel and sits on both the Chairman’s Panel and the Football Panel. He is a member of Sports Resolutions’ independent Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.


Email: gareth.farrelly@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0532


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Holly Bartlett


Trainee Solicitor

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Holly studied Law at York Law School within the University of York, graduating in 2016. She then went on to study at the University of Law in Manchester where she completed the LPC with a Masters in Law, Business and Management in July 2017.

Before joining Bermans Holly was a member of the management team at the Disney Store in both Liverpool and York. She also has had some experience with the Walt Disney Company’s legal team and worked as a civil clerk at 7 Harrington Street Chambers.

Outside of work Holly loves the outdoors and enjoys doing anything creative or with a competitive element.

Holly is currently working in Bermans Litigation & ABL departments.


Email: holly.bartlett@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0524

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30 Years a Solicitor

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Article by Andrew Koffman, Litigation Partner

1 October 1987, a typical grey autumn day in Manchester, a far cry from the hurricane-strength winds that buffeted Britain exactly 2 weeks later. But a big day for me; after 6 years of study and training, I was finally admitted as a solicitor. I had a moderately exciting morning serving a search order on a defendant although the location (a block of multi-storey flats) was about as unglamorous as it could get!

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Mediation – a less costly way of resolving civil disputes

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The Law Gazette recently shared this article titled ‘Low-cost Manchester mediation pilot aims to ‘fill a gap’ which discusses a new initiative involving the launch of new a pilot scheme encouraging mediation as a less costly way of resolving civil disputes.

Nick Harvey Partner and Head of Litigation, comments on this recent article, whilst discussing Bermans new dispute resolution product – Escalate.

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Andrew Koffman

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Partner

Andrew joined Bermans in January 2017 as a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in Manchester.

Andrew studied law at University College, Oxford and The College of Law, Guildford, before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1987.

Andrew advises for owner-managed businesses, professional practices, insolvency practitioners, property developers, secured lenders and individuals.

He specialises in property litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes; litigation for secured lenders; contract disputes; professional negligence and insolvency.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys football (both playing 5-a-side and watching Manchester City); running; walking/climbing; music and learning to play the piano. Plus he is a member of the Manchester Law Society.


Email: andrew.koffman@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0161 827 4604

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Anita Jackson

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Senior Litigation Executive

Anita joined Bermans in 1987 and has over 25 years of experience in the recoveries arena and a deep understanding of finance and asset based recoveries procedures.

In addition to producing and managing court process for a variety of commercial clients Anita has her own caseload of undefended and defended small claims litigation primarily for the asset based lending industry.


Email: anita.jackson@bermans.co.uk

Tel:0161 827 4602

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