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Praesidium is a fixed-fee employment package for employers large and small, which provides guidance on all aspects of employment from recruitment to termination.

Bermans offers Praesidium as a full package or for a more tailored service, businesses can cherry-pick which elements of the service are most appropriate to you.

Complete the form below to obtain a quotation



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Andrew Koffman


Claire McDonnell







Alderley Park Event: Debt Recovery – Manage Your Debtors Effectively – 22nd June 2021

Bermans will review your business’s credit control policy and design an updated policy tailored to suit your requirements, completely free of charge.

We can provide tips to ensure that your invoices are paid and some steps you can take to protect yourself and to recover outstanding debts.

To do this we need you to complete the following fields or provide the required document upload


Supported by the Alderley Park Accelerator Life Sciences Support Programme and part funded by ERDF









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Faizan Nayyar


Faizan joined Bermans Manchester office in January 2021 and works within the Corporate department.

Faizan assists and works closely with the Corporate team on various corporate instructions involving due diligence, disclosure and the review and drafting of supporting transactional documents.

Faizan graduated from the Legal Practice Course in Manchester and has previous experience of working on a variety of corporate transactions including share/asset acquisitions and disposals, company reorganisations, restructures, demergers, incorporations and also private equity.

Outside of work Faizan enjoys dining out, keeping fit at the gym, partaking in sports and is an avid hiker. He also has a keen interest in sports, science, film and culture.


T: 07730 045930

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Bermans #1 in Business Money Professionals Poll 2021

In April 2021, Bermans topped the professional poll for choice of legal services for both £100k+ and sub £100k funds out in Business Money’s report of the UK invoice finance sector.

The professionals poll rankings are voted for by asset based lending providers who are asked about their choice of professional when acquiring a lawyer amongst other professional sectors.

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Rent Arrears


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Sector – Education

Graduation IconChanges in funding, demographics and the nature of student expectations are forcing unprecedented change within the Higher Education sector, and the way Universities respond and re-structure in order to meet such change is going to be critical to their survival.

Whether that response involves creating an effective internal structure which balances the needs of the vice chancellor and his/her team and those of the non-executive board, deciding upon the right balance between in-sourcing and out-sourcing, addressing the complex demands of managing and improving the estate, or capitalising on intellectual property and commercialisation, our team is able to offer understandable, pragmatic and commercial advice.

Our multi-disciplinary team is focused on providing advice that mitigates risk and is led by Stephen Chalcraft who has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with the complex range of internal and external issues that affect the Higher Education sector and public bodies generally.

The team advises Universities, Colleges & Schools and Charities, and a range of public and private sector bodies on the following areas:

  • Governance and Charity Law
  • Joint ventures and partnering
  • Employment/equality and discrimination
  • FOI and Data Protection
  • Joint Ventures and partnering
  • Trading subsidiaries and spin outs
  • IP and commercialisation
  • Real Estate and Development
  • Outsourcing, commercial contracts and franchising
  • Funding and Debt re-structuring
  • Donations
  • Students as consumers

If you would like a free and confidential meeting to discuss specific issues or general strategic concerns, please contact our specialist Education team:

Stephen Chalcraft, Property – Real estate and development

Adrian Fryer, Employment – equality and discrimination

Jon Davage, Corporate – Joint ventures and partnering, trading subsidiaries and partnering

Stephen Green, Commercial – Governance & Charity law, FOI and data protection, IP and commercialisation, outsourcing commercial contracts and franchising

David Gledhill, ABL – Funding and debt restructuring




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Cyber security – the risks to your organisation

The recent news that foreign exchange company Travelex is being held to ransom by hackers after a cyber attack is a reminder to organisations that cyber security is a business-critical issue. The gang claiming to be behind the hack has demanded £4.6m and explained that they hacked into the Travelex databases six months before the ransom demand was issued on 31 December 2019, spending that period downloading client data including names, dates of birth, credit card details and national insurance numbers.

The attack has led to Travelex taking down its website in 30 countries and turning off its computer systems. Could your business recover from such an attack asks our Commercial team?

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Free legal audit for your business

Michael Smeaton

Michael Smeaton

We frequently advise business owners on disputes that arise due to poorly drafted contracts, outdated documentation or business relationships in which the terms have never been documented in writing – leading to confusion between the parties as to what the actual terms are. These disputes can prove costly and time consuming for businesses of any size.

Once these disputes have arisen, business owners will often ‘kick themselves’ for not reviewing their contracts for years or letting relationships form without any formal written documentation but, as with many things in life, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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James Whittaker

Senior Associate

James Whittaker is a Senior Associate in the insolvency team, having joined Bermans in 2019 after practicing law at large international law firms since qualifying as a solicitor in 2012.

Prior to qualification, James studied Psychology at the University of Liverpool and then converting to law at the University of Law at Chrisleton.

James has experience acting for and advising companies, individuals, directors, creditors and office-holders within insolvency proceedings in respect of both contentious and non-contentious assignments.

Currently, James has a focus on contentious insolvency proceedings and is regularly instructed to issue and defend applications under the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Insolvency Rules 2016 including:

  • Applications for injunctions to restrain presentation of or advertisement of winding up petitions,
  • All stages of the creditors’ winding up petition process, including opposing a petition which is disputed in good faith on substantial grounds;
  • All stages of the bankruptcy petition process, including applications to set aside statutory demands and disputed bankruptcy petition hearings;
  • Full range of office-holder applications arising from the administration of insolvent estates against directors, companies and individuals (including misfeasance/preference/undervalue/void dispositions),
  • Acting for Trustees in Bankruptcy against individuals and companies, applications for possession and sale and annulment applications;
  • Administration applications include applications to challenge validity of appointment, and administration extension applications;
  • Applications for block transfers of office holder appointments.

Outside of work, James likes to spend as much time as possible outside either cycling (having recently completed Haute Route Alps) or walking/camping in the hills of North Wales and the Lake District.  James is also an avid follower of professional cycling, and Liverpool Football Club.


T: 0161 827 4605


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