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Liverpool law firm MSB solicitors has been singled out for praise for its work on fraud and crime in Britain’s top guide to the legal profession.

The Legal 500, which every year highlights the best of the UK’s law firms and lawyers, has placed the city centre-based practice in the top tier in the North West for its work on financial crime - the only one in Liverpool to get into the top bracket.

MSB was also praised for its general crime work, being placed in the second tier of firms in the region and making it the highest-ranked crime firm in the city.

It follows on from last year’s Legal 500 in which MSB partner Sean Sexton was described as a ‘powerhouse’ for his work in complex fraud cases.

People who unwittingly give out their personal information to telephone or online financial fraudsters are actually participating in the fraud and may not get any money they lose refunded.

That’s the warning from leading Liverpool lawyer Paul Bibby of MSB Solicitors, who was speaking as a national campaign to combat financial fraud was launched.
Fraud committed every 15 seconds

According to figures released by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) more than 1m incidents of financial fraud occurred in the first six months of 2016 - a 53% rise and it means an incident occurs in the UK every 15 seconds.

Listen to Paul Bibby on BBC Radio Merseyside.

We are delighted this month to bring you news that MSB have been appointed to the International Child Abduction and Contact Panel by the Official Solicitors Office.



News comes following an intensive application process evidencing considerable experience and expertise in this area. MSB now join around just 40 other firms in the UK - predominantly London-based - and are the only firm in the North West including Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Wales and Cheshire.

We are delighted to have been awarded employer of the year at last week’s City of Liverpool Business Awards hosted by Downtown in Business.
 
The first award of the evening was announced during a dinner at Sefton Park Palm House, attended by more than 250 key representatives of Liverpool’s professional, leisure and lifestyle sectors. It’s the second time we have experienced success at this event, having been awarded best legal firm in 2015; and we were pleased to have seen off strong competition within our category this year.
 


The past twelve months have indeed been turning point for us in terms of employment as we have grown our team significantly, with a raft of appointments at every level within the firm – most notably our commercial property, family and criminal teams. There have been a series of promotions too as part of continued efforts to grow to the firm strategically, following the expansion of our city centre office.

We also launched the MSB Academy in late 2014, which has continued with great success; Susie Packer and Caitlin Connor have completed their apprenticeship training and will move to permanent roles in our family and residential departments respectively; and our second tier apprentices, Georgia Kearney and Jess Irons, continue to impress us with their enthusiasm and growing understanding of the legal profession.
 
Managing partner, Paul Bibby says:  
 
“It has certainly been a busy twelve months in terms of appointments and promotions at MSB, so much so that in the coming months we’ll be moving to new premises in Liverpool city centre to house our growing team.
  
“I know I speak on behalf of the firm when I say how delighted we were to win the award for employer of the year. It is something we have invested time and energy into and it’s incredibly rewarding that those efforts have been recognised.”
 
Last Friday, June 24th, was Bring Your Dog to Work Day, an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs.

Canine companions are no stranger to the office here at MSB, with a number of our team regularly bringing their furry friends into work with them. In fact, we firmly believe that dogs in the workplace is an effective way to boost morale and increase productivity - a happy workplace is a productive workplace, after all.

Partner at MSB Jo Dalton often brings her pet Harvey into our Allerton Road office. Jo says:

“I started bringing Harvey into work when I was having some work done at home and he has come in ever since. I like to get into the office early and it was unfair to leave him on his own for such a long time. I’m lucky that our managing partner is so relaxed about me bringing him into work, it has really helped me.

“Harvey has become a much loved member of the team at MSB. I do think he brings lots of joy to others with his playfulness and cheeky grin. I know not everyone is in a position to be able to take their dog to work, but I’d recommend anyone who can does, it really does have a positive impact on people’s day.”
We're delighted to bring you news that MSB Woolton Football Club have enjoyed a successful season, not least their ladies team, who came through four qualifying rounds of the FA cup, capturing the attention of many.

On the pitch at a senior level, MSB Woolton ladies won the North West Womens League Southern Division, were promoted to the North West Premier Division and will compete against established teams including Wigan, Blackpool and Bolton next season.

MSB Woolton mens first team were promoted again in their second season and will now compete in the Liverpool County Premier League Division - a huge feat for a team with an average age of only 21 and with many players having only recently developed from youth football.

MSB Woolton's Sunday league team also fared well this season, resulting in a promotion; the clubs under 16's reached the County cup final and the vets team continues to thrive with ever-increasing numbers.

Perhaps most importantly though, every Saturday more than 300 youngsters continue to visit the clubs training ground Camp Hill to train and enjoy participating in the sport. It is an opportunity to play in a relaxed, friendly environment away from the pressures of more formal games. 

Next season presents new challenges for MSB Woolton FC. Three fields in the South Liverpool area are set to close for a year for building work, which means resources will be stretched. It is hoped that once the work is finished, MSB Woolton FC will benefit from new, first-rate facilities at the Simpson Ground. Chairman at MSB Woolton FC, Dave Woods said:

"The support we receive from MSB is invaluable, particularly at the moment, as it allows us to continue to develop even at a time when our costs have significantly increased. Now that our partnership with MSB is successfully embedded, we hope to see the firm and its people become an increasing part of the MSB Woolton FC community."We're delighted to bring you news that MSB Woolton Football Club have enjoyed a successful season, not least their ladies team, who came through four qualifying rounds of the FA cup, capturing the attention of many.

On the pitch at a senior level, MSB Woolton ladies won the North West Womens League Southern Division, were promoted to the North West Premier Division and will compete against established teams including Wigan, Blackpool and Bolton next season.

MSB Woolton mens first team were promoted again in their second season and will now compete in the Liverpool County Premier League Division - a huge feat for a team with an average age of only 21 and with many players having only recently developed from youth football.

MSB Woolton's Sunday league team also fared well this season, resulting in a promotion; the clubs under 16's reached the County cup final and the vets team continues to thrive with ever-increasing numbers.

Perhaps most importantly though, every Saturday more than 300 youngsters continue to visit the clubs training ground Camp Hill to train and enjoy participating in the sport. It is an opportunity to play in a relaxed, friendly environment away from the pressures of more formal games. 

Next season presents new challenges for MSB Woolton FC. Three fields in the South Liverpool area are set to close for a year for building work, which means resources will be stretched. It is hoped that once the work is finished, MSB Woolton FC will benefit from new, first-rate facilities at the Simpson Ground. Chairman at MSB Woolton FC, Dave Woods said:

"The support we receive from MSB is invaluable, particularly at the moment, as it allows us to continue to develop even at a time when our costs have significantly increased. Now that our partnership with MSB is successfully embedded, we hope to see the firm and its people become an increasing part of the MSB Woolton FC community."
We were delighted to partner with DGB Solicitors earlier this month to help deliver innovative training to professionals from across the North West and further afield.
 
Training consultants AFTA Thought, who specialise in experiential, drama-based training delivered a session on diversity and inclusion, hosted at MSBs city centre office in Silkhouse Court - which boasts a full training and events suite and waterfront views.
 


We are delighted to have been nominated for the second year running at the Downtown in Business City of Liverpool Business Awards.

Last year, we picked up the award for best legal firm; and this year we are proud to have been nominated for best employer.



MSB place employee development and morale at the heart of the firm. We now employ a team of 85 across our three Liverpool offices and are committed to the training and development of all of our people, in order to help them realise their professional potential.

During 2015-16, we have increased out team by 14, including an associate, 2 solicitors and 6 new legal executives; and were delighted to be awarded best medium firm at the Liverpool Law Society Awards - with due recognition to our excellent employee engagement and drive to further professional and personal development for our staff. 

We're delighted that 4 legal apprentices appointed in 2014 have stayed with us. Those apprenticeships with the firm will see all 4 undertake nationally recognised qualifications awarded by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

We are also keen to support the wider development of our staff and last year, we launched the MSB Academy to equip our younger employees with skills outside of the remit of law, including effective networking skills, business development and self awareness.

Managing partner Paul Bibby says: "It is important to us that our staff feel valued, are rewarded and treated fairly at all times. I am delighted to say that many of the team at MSB have spent all or the majority of their professional careers with MSB, some of those have even progressed to partners positions at the firm.

"Being nominated for best employer is recognition that those efforts have been acknowledged and I couldn't be more pleased."

The City of Liverpool Business Awards is now in it's twelfth year and winners will be awarded at a gala dinner at the stunning Sefton Park Palm House in July.
Even during an exceptionally busy period for our property team, client care remains to be our priority at MSB and we're proud to say that we regularly receive glowing testimonials for all our staff.

This month, Craig Passey, executive in our conveyancing team has received praise from one very happy customer who said: "Craig is the best conveyancer I have ever worked with on the purchase of my investment properties and I shall definitely use him and MSB again."

Craig assisted the client in the purchase of 9 properties in total,  5 of which needed to be completed before stamp duty changes. The properties were leasehold and can often take longer to complete. Craig, however, managed to have completions done within 4 weeks of being instructed and saved the client more than £20K on stamp duty fees.

MSB prides itself on the quality and speed of service delivered by our dedicated conveyancing team, run from our Allerton Road office. We are panel solicitors for all the major lenders and have direct access to HM Land Registry so we can examine the title to your property within minutes of being instructed.

Cumulatively, our team have more than fifty years conveyancing experience so you can rest assured you will get the best possible service.

For more information, visit http://www.msbsolicitors.co.uk/what-we-do/residential-conveyancing.html

MSB were pleased to sponsor the 2016 CILEx Ball, an event that aims to celebrate and mark the achievements of CILEx members over the past twelve months.

This year, two members of our team, Danielle Blaylock and John McCreanney, helped to organise the event, which was hosted at Liverpool's Double Tree by Hilton hotel on Friday, 15th April.



More than 80 guests attended the ball, representing the length and breadth of Liverpool's business community, including Alison Lobb, president of the Liverpool Law Society.

Denise and Stuart Fergus of the James Bulger Memorial Trust also attended and more than £1,000 was raised for their charity through a dedicated raffle and auction.

Key speakers on the evening included David Flood of St John's Buildings and CILEx President, Mr David Edwards.

MSBs John McCreanney, who helped organise this year's event, said: "The 2016 annual CILEx Ball was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I was very happy to be involved. Both Danielle and I were incredibly pleased with the outcome - more than 80 attended - and we've had some fantastic feedback from those guests.

"I'd like to thank the team at Double Tree for working with us, it really was the ideal venue for this occasion. I'd also like to thank our esteemed guests and speakers for their contribution to what I'm sure was a memorable evening for all."

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