MSB Solicitors Liverpool
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.

MSB celebrated two significant wins at the 15th annual Livercool Awards during a lively ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Head of family and soon-to-be managing partner Emma Carey was named Legal Personality of the Year. Emma will replace Paul Bibby as managing partner in March next year.
And fittingly, current boss Paul Bibby won the award for Contribution to the Business Improvement District at the event, organised by Downtown Liverpool in Business (DLIB) and sponsored by Ascot Property Investments.


MSB’s hugely successful family conference held at Blackburne House in Liverpool discussed a number of key issues in the sector including the radicalisation of children.


Top lawyers from as far afield as London came to the city for the event - the Changing Face of Family Law - which was held in partnership with London-based legal chambers 4 Paper Buildings.


Barrister Chris Barnes of 4 Paper Buildings said that since terrorist group ISIS declared an Islamic caliphate covering Syria and Iraq in 2014 a number of British families headed for the Middle East, attracted by the extremist ideology.


Many have since returned to the UK and brought that ideology back with them - putting young children within those families at risk of radicalisation and forcing child protection authorities to act.


“Our family courts are now dealing with an issue that barely existed three years ago,” said Mr Barnes

Another issue discussed was that of surrogacy, an area of expertise for Mr Barnes’s fellow 4 Paper Buildings barrister Andrew Powell.

Another month, another award for MSB. We were named Best Property Law Firm at the North West Property Awards (NWPAs).

MSB triumphed in the category which was sponsored by UK Business Supplies beating off strong competition from runner up Paul Crowley & Co Solicitors to win the accolade.

The NWPAs welcomed 300 guests to the ceremony at Lutyens Crypt in Liverpool Cathedral. The awards celebrate a year of residential and commercial property success across 11 categories.

During the circus-themed evening, acrobats, magicians and a three-piece band delighted guests, while an interactive quiz took centre stage during the three-course meal.

In the summer MSB was named Business of the Year at the City of Liverpool Business Awards 2017 - another in a string of accolades.

Judges at of the NWPAs included director of Falconer Chester Hall, Alastair Shepherd, CEO of Knowsley Chamber, Lesley Martin-Wright and Elaine Cunningham, owner of Elaine Cunningham Design Studio.

MSB managing partner Paul Bibby said after the firm picked up the award: “We are very proud of MSB’s property team, today."
Family dynamics are fast-changing in modern UK society, with a number of new issues emerging that can have enormous and often challenging implications for the legal sector.

Topics such as international parental child abduction, forced marriage, honour-based violence and radicalisation of children were barely heard of just a few years ago but are now high on the agenda.

MSB Solicitors is renowned for its expertise in these specialist areas, and is hosting a major summit in November to address these ongoing changes.

Essential for anyone working in family law, the event - The Changing Face of Family Law - takes place at Blackburne House in Liverpool on Thursday, November 23.

Just days since it was announced she will succeed Paul Bibby as managing partner of the firm, MSB Solicitors’ Emma Carey has been listed in the elite “leading lawyers” list by The Legal 500 – Britain’s top guide to the legal profession.
The guide, which was published on Wednesday [11 October 2017], states: “Emma Carey is an excellent leader; she has superb knowledge of the law and is also very sensitive and insightful, which is of huge importance for her vulnerable clients."
Founding partner and head of crime, Sean Sexton, also makes the list and MSB has been recommended as a top tier firm for crime and fraud for the second year running.

Women in Liverpool’s legal profession, including a number from the team here at MSB, attended a free educational and networking event in Liverpool this week. 

Held at BPP University in Lord Street, ‘Women in Law’ was organised by the Merseyside Women Lawyers Division. Our own Amelia Hayden, Rebecca Emmit, Sarah McGuiness and Melissa Armour are active committee members and were instrumental in organising the event. 

It was aimed at solicitors, barristers, legal executives, trainees, pupils, paralegals,  junior staff members and students.

Speakers included District Judges Doyle and Campbell as well as Fiona Fargher from Liverpool John Moores University and Gemma Ellison, former Liverpool Law Society Junior Lawyer of the year.
It’s been a busy time for the whole team at MSB as we continue our drive to raise cash for our nominated charity - the Anthony Walker Foundation (AWF).

Each week on Dress Down Friday, everyone at the firm contributes £1 and in our Allerton office people are taking it in turns to cook lunch with everyone paying for a portion.

Other recent events have included our annual Charity Gold Tournament which raised a whopping £700.

Paul Bibby has announced he will retire as managing partner of MSB next year, with partner and head of family, Emma Carey, set to take over.

Paul, who joined co-founder Sean Sexton in 1989, will step down from the top job and retire from the partnership in March but will remain with the firm in an advisory role.

Emma has been a partner at MSB since 2005 and is head of our fast-growing family department. Her specialties include divorce, financial disputes, children's issues including care proceedings, co-habitation disputes and domestic violence.

Junior Lawyers Merseyside is to hold a ‘games night’ for members at the recently opened Gino D’Acampo restaurant in Liverpool later this month.

It will take place in the private dining room downstairs on Thursday, October 26, and will feature pool, ping-pong, and table football and will be sponsored by Sacco Mann.

It follows on from the successful ‘pizza and prosecco’ event at the Red Door in Berry Street at the end of September.
On the night a fantastic £320 was raised for the chosen charity Clatterbridge.

MSBs Thomas Stockton and Sarah McGuiness are social reps for the Junior Lawyers Division in Liverpool and responsible for organising monthly events.
Thomas says: “Events like this are an important part of professional development, as they allow you to stay in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge and experiences in an informal setting.
“We were delighted with the turnout at Red Door last month and we’re looking forward to welcoming more young Liverpool lawyers later this month.”

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