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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.

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.
 

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