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Two young members of the team at MSB, Sarah McGuiness and Thomas Stockton, were directly involved in organising and delivering this year’s Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division Ball on Friday 18th May. Sarah Coakley, also of MSB Solicitors, was treasurer for the event managing suppliers and finance.

The event, which was held at Liverpool’s Shankly Hotel and sponsored by Thornton Legal, was attended by 135 members of Liverpool city region’s legal sector. Singer Kieran McKay performed as guests arrived at a Prosecco drinks reception on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, kindly sponsored by Harrington Street Chambers.

Further entertainment was provided throughout the evening by Six15 Sax, Bongos and a Dj set. The Garden of Eden terrace remained open throughout the evening for guests to enjoy the good weather.

Liverpool played a key role at the NatWest British LGBT Awards 2018, with managing partner of MSB, Emma Carey, and comedian John Bishop leading the way in equality and inclusion.
 
Emma was shortlisted in the Corporate Ally of the Year category for her work to promote diversity in the firm, which now employs more than 100 people across three offices in Liverpool.
 
She didn’t win the award - the accolade went to Peter Madden of Arcadis - but Emma firmly established MSB’s credentials as one of the most progressive law firms in the country.
 
However, John Bishop did win the Celebrity Ally of the Year Award and gave an a powerful and moving speech about his own gay son.
 
“I was so pleased to be nominated. I brought my whole family, my wife and my three sons who I love and I am massively proud of,” he told the audience in an emotional address.
 

MSB has announced that three of its young trainee lawyers will qualify into permanent fee-earning roles with the firm this summer.

Paralegals Rebecca Emmit and Sarah McGuiness along with Thomas Stockton, who joined the firm as an office junior aged just 18, will take up roles as solicitors within MSB’s commercial and conveyancing departments in September.

Managing partner at MSB, Emma Carey, says it is an indication of the firm's commitment to training and nurturing the next generation of lawyers.

She adds: “MSB itself, has experienced steady and organic growth throughout its 30-year history and we are proud that a high proportion of employees who joined us in junior or trainee roles have continued to enjoy long and successful careers within the firm.”

One of the biggest changes to UK data privacy law comes into effect on 25th May 2018.

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Since the global financial crash businesses in all sectors have found conventional bank finance much harder to come by - and that has been especially true for the property sector.
 
The upside is that a whole industry offering avenues of alternative finance has sprung up. One of the more successful of these avenues has been bridging finance.
 
The property department at MSB is reporting that this method of funding property developments is now more popular than it has ever been and is key to making sure many schemes go ahead.
 

Commercial landlords could face fines of up to £150,000 if they fail to comply with new energy efficient standards on their buildings.
 
In 2015, the Energy Efficient (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations brought into force minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for both commercial and residential properties.
 
Commercial buildings were given an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)  rating which went from A-G and the regulations introduced a minimum standard of E which means that any buildings lower than that standard could not be rented out.
 
From April 1 this year, regulations on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) have become even stricter, preventing landlords of buildings within the scope of MEES from renewing existing leases or granting new leases if the building has an EPC rating less than E, unless there is an exemption.

Three young solicitors from Liverpool law firm MSB have won places on national initiative that aims to nurture and train young people who demonstrate commercial aptitude and a passion for social change.

The 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.

The tour is the first of its kind in the UK and will visit eight towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales in just 11 days. The young people enrolled will meet successful entrepreneurs, activists, community organisers and artists that are working to make their communities thrive.

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.

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