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This month, we bade an official (and emotional) farewell to Paul Bibby – our leader for the past 28 years.
 
More than 200 guests turned out at The Fly in the Loaf on Hardman Street, including staff, clients and representatives of Liverpool’s business community – all wanting to wish Paul a fond farewell.
 
Paul announced his retirement in October. At the same time it was revealed that former head of family, Emma Carey, would assume the role of managing partner.

In a tribute to Paul on the evening, Emma said: “Pride and passion runs through MSB and that comes from the proud and passionate leadership that Paul has demonstrated over the past 28 years.

“Paul didn’t necessarily teach me any law, but he did build my confidence beyond bounds. Every step of the way on my journey as a lawyer Paul pushed me forward and made me believe in myself and my abilities. He made me believe that there were no limits to what I could achieve.

“I know there are many people in this room that have felt the sheer force of his belief. Throughout his career at MSB, Paul has supported and empowered his staff, given them every opportunity to grow and has shared in the joy and pride of their collective glories. We will miss him dearly.”

Paul Bibby said: “I’m incredibly proud of all that I have helped to achieve over the past 28 years. MSB is so important to me, and always will be.”

Paul, who joined co-founder Sean Sexton in 1989, will remain with the firm in an advisory role.
A new project will take 100 young people from a diverse range of communities in Liverpool and across the UK, with the aim of creating a new generation of dynamic social entrepreneurs.

A few months ago the former Minister for Merseyside, Lord Heseltine, told an audience in Liverpool that the top-down approach to community regeneration was flawed and that it was for local people on the ground to create their own “ladders of aspiration”.

Now, in a radical reboot of the old ‘work experience’ concept, national charity Drivers for Change has chosen Liverpool as one of eight locations for its new programme to inspire genuine social transformation and MSB are proud supporters.

On Saturday, ex managing-partner and now consultant solicitor at MSB, Paul Bibby, zip wired off the roof at his beloved Goodison Park in order to raise fund for the clubs charity, Everton in the Community.

Since 1988, Everton in the Community has been at the forefront of social intervention across Merseyside, not afraid to tackle issues which others shied away from.

The charity offers 60 programmes covering a range of social issues including health, employability, anti-social behaviour, crime, education, dementia, poverty, youth engagement, youth justice and disability.

There is a imminent and significant change coming in data privacy law and MSB’s employment and HR specialist, Chris Hayes, says firms need to start preparing now.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces all existing data protection regulation and applies to all companies in the EU, no matter how small, that process and hold personal data.

Personal data is defined as any information from which a person can be identified, either directly or indirectly, and includes a name, email address, bank details, photo, medical information or computer IP address.

Following a record-breaking year in 2017, in January MSB announced it will expand its range of services further with the acquisition of a debt recovery firm.

Matrix Legal & Insolvency Services is a Liverpool-based debt recovery agency, which has more than 30 years experience of debt collection, debt prevention and credit management.
Now the business is to become part of MSB with former Matrix director, Colin Wynne, joining the firm as a specialist in debt recovery and his operation will become part of the law firm’s commercial department, headed by Mark Forman.

New managing partner of MSB Solicitors, Emma Carey, has made the shortlist for this year’s British LGBT Awards, a ceremony that aims to showcase individuals and organisations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community.

Previous winners include comedian Alan Carr, TV host Graham Norton, sports presenter Clare Balding and acting royalty, Sir Ian McKellan. Local lads John Bishop and Paul O’Grady have also made the list.

MSB’s commercial property department is helping to drive forward Liverpool’s fast-paced regeneration and the team has now been strengthened further with two new hirings.

 

Melissa Bosoboe and Darren Barwick join a team that is playing a pivotal role in projects such as Signature Living’s Dixie Dean Hotel and multi-million pound residential schemes in Liverpool’s historic Water Street.

 

It is a return to MSB for Melissa, who was an assistant solicitor at the firm from 2010 to 2014. She re-joins from Quality Solicitors David Roberts & Co in New Brighton.
 

Organisers of the Liverpool Irish Festival along with Liverpool-Irish networking organisation, Connected Irish, are urging businesses to Go Green for St Patricks Day.
 
Liverpool is a city known for its deep-rooted Irish connections - it is estimated that 50-75% of the population here are of Irish descent.
 
So, this March 17th, businesses are asked to celebrate our Irish heritage by illuminating their buildings green.

Organisers of the Liverpool Irish Festival along with Liverpool-Irish networking organisation, Connected Irish, are urging businesses to Go Green for St Patricks Day.
 
Liverpool is a city known for its deep-rooted Irish connections - it is estimated that 50-75% of the population here are of Irish descent.
 
So, this March 17th, businesses are asked to celebrate our Irish heritage by illuminating their buildings green.
 
Liverpool Central Library and events space Constellations in the Baltic district have already pledged their support and campaign organisers hope to attract as many buildings as possible ahead of the festivities.
 
Emma Smith, director of the Liverpool Irish Festival, says: “Celebrating Irish arts and culture in all its forms, the Liverpool Irish Festival, Connected Irish and partners across the city are taking this moment to consider what St Patrick’s means to Liverpudlians by 'greening the city' and we need you to help us.
 
“To be clear, this will use no more power than the existing lighting used, it will just give the city an emerald glow. Let’s show how much Liverpool loves Ireland!”
 
Partner at MSB, Eamonn Sexton, is a member of Connected Irish and the firm support many of the organisations initiatives to promote and uphold Irish culture and traditions.
 
For more information or to find out how you can be involved visit https://www.liverpoolirishfestival.com/events/greening-city-st-patricks-day/  or follow the hashtag #GreenLiverpoolYes
Liverpool-based law firm MSB Solicitors’ family department last night picked up the award for Region Firm for the North at a gala dinner in London’s South Bank, attended by leading law firms from across the country.
 
The Family Law Awards were launched in 2010 in order to recognise the important work of family lawyers across the country and celebrate achievements and advances in the sector. It is the second time MSB have been nominated in this category.
 
MSB Solicitors were commended by judges, who were “particularly impressed with this winning firms submission, outlining the firms dedication to promoting diversity and career progression within its team.”


 
MSB were also recognised for its “excellent pro-bono and community initiatives and its commitment to the campaign for legal aid.” 
 
The award is the latest in a string of achievements for MSBs family team, who held a specialist conference in Liverpool last week in association with leading London-based chambers 4 Paper Buildings.

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