Free Legal Surgery at Carrington

Brabners Chaffe Street Solicitors will be staging a free legal surgery on the morning of Thursday 13th December 2012 here at Carrington Business Park.  The event will begin with two presentations that will cover the  “Top Tips to Avoid Getting in to Hot Water with Employment Law” and a “Prevention is Better than Cure” Litigation presentation.

Following the short and practical presentations they will be holding a free legal surgery up until 11:30am.  If you have any legal issues where you would value a chat with a lawyer, then you will have an opportunity to speak to them to get some initial advice.  If you’re not able to make the initial breakfast event, then just pop in later, it’s informal and there is no need for any appointments, they will be happy to help.


Cost:      Free

Date:      Thursday 13th December 2012

Time:      8:30am – 11:30am

Venue:   Conference Room A, Carrington Business Park, Carrington,

Manchester M31 4DD

The programme for the day will run as follows:

8:30am – Registration and breakfast rolls

9:00am – Presentations and free legal surgery

11:30am – Close


Presentation 1: 

Top Tips to Avoid Getting in to Hot Water with Employment Law.

Speaker – Marcus Difelice, Partner at Brabners Chaffe Street LLP

The maximum award that an Employment Tribunal can make for an unfair dismissal claim is now over £70,000, and for discrimination the award can be unlimited.  For SME’s this kind of cost, not to mention the time investment, disruption to work, legal fees and bad publicity, can cause incredible damage to the business.  It pays to get employment law right and can be incredibly high cost if you get it wrong.

So what can you do to minimise risk for your business? What key policies, procedures and documents do you need to have in place?  How can you effectively manage sickness absence and performance problems? How would you respond to a grievance or disciplinary issue?  How protected would your business be if you lost one of your key employees tomorrow to a competitor?  We will share with you in our short presentation ten top tips to ensure that your business is best placed to deal with issues just like that, and to avoid costly disputes by ensuring the basics are right.


Presentation 2: 

Prevention is Better than Cure
Speaker – Claire Brown, Associate at Brabners Chaffe Street LLP


Litigation is sometimes a necessary evil but is time consuming and not without expense. Whilst we are supportive, human, experienced and strong litigators, our hope for all our clients is that they never have the need to meet us at all and certainly no more than once. Your time is far better spent on the more constructive elements of your business.

With that in mind, we will discuss the best steps for a business to take to avoid litigation in the first place but will in addition outline tips to deal with litigation brought in the small claims court where, within reason, parties can conduct their own litigation with appropriate advice.


RSVP: We do hope you can join us and to RSVP please email Sue Renshaw susan.renshaw@cbpl.co.uk or telephone

0161 776 4000

Booking Confirmations:

Booking confirmations will be sent one week prior to the event.