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Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you designate another person (called your Attorney) to act on your behalf and to make decisions if you are unable to do so yourself.

 

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney and they are Health and Welfare and Finance.

 

It is difficult to think about a time when you may be unable to make decisions for yourself but setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney can give you peace of mind that someone you trust will be able to make decisions for you should the need arise.

 

The attorney can be used if you lack mental capacity.  If you lack mental capacity it means you lack the ability to make a specific decision at the time that it needs to be made.

 

If you have a Lasting Power of Attorney for financial decisions then you attorneys will be able to make decisions about selling your home or paying the bills or investing any money that you have.

 

If you have a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare then your attorneys will be able to make decisions about where you should live and the medical care you should receive and who you should have contact with.

 

This is a difficult area of law and it is very important to plan a Power of Attorney carefully and make sure that you fully understand the consequences of it and make sure that you take the necessary safeguards to protect you and your estate.

 

At Clifford Johnston and Co Solicitors we specialise in preparing these powers of attorney.  Your matter will be handled either by Christopher Furbey or by Shane Flannery.

 

Mr Furbey and Mr Flannery are both qualified and experienced solicitors.  Mr Furbey is also a member of the Law Society’s Approved Mental Health Panel meaning that he has particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable people and those mental health related issues.

 

We also operate from three offices across Stockport and Manchester and can also see you at home meaning that we are accessible.

 

If you or somebody you care for would like to put some thought into a Power of Attorney then please contact either Christopher Furbey on 0161 975 1908 or Shane Flannery on 0161 696 2410.  Alternatively you can email us at c.furbey@cj-law.co.uk or shane.flannery@cj-law.co.uk.

 

If we can help then please get in touch.

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Points to consider before renting out a property

Some points to consider before renting out a property.
Tenancy deposits: landlords who take tenancy deposits must comply with tenancy deposit protection requirements. Landlord must both:
• protect the deposit with a tenancy deposit protection scheme within 30 days of it being paid and
• provide the tenants with information about the scheme used.
Landlords who fail to comply with these requirements face penalties if they don’t protect tenancy deposits as required by tenancy deposit protection rules and will have to pay compensation to the tenant of between 1 and 3 times the amount of the deposit. Tenancy deposit breaches can also make a section 21 possession notice invalid which means that a landlord may be unable to serve a Section 21 possession notice without first refunding the deposit in full.
Right to rent checks: The Immigration Act 2014 introduced the concept of ‘right to rent’ to the private rented sector. Since 1 February 2016 landlords have been required to check the immigration status of prospective occupiers at the outset of the tenancy. The “right to rent means that the occupier has a right to rent a property in the UK and anyone without it is disqualified from renting.
Landlords who fail to comply with the requirements face fines and potential imprisonment.
Before renting out your property familiarise yourself with the legal requirements and take advice from a landlord and tenant specialist.
Contact Philip Walsh 0161 975 1905 or p.walsh@cj-law.co.uk

 

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Christmas closure

Clifford Johnston & Co Solicitors will close for Christmas at lunch time on Friday 23rd December and re open at 9 am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

If you require urgent assistance then please contact the out of hours emergency number which is 07974 316 142.

The Partners and Staff wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017.

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Immigration appeal fees to increase on 10 October 2016

Immigration appeal fees to increase on 10 October 2016

 

The Ministry of Justice has recently published responses to the consultation on the government’s proposal to increase tribunal appeal fees in the Immigration & Asylum Chamber, First–tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunals. 147 responses to the consultation were received of which 142 respondents disagreed with the proposal while 5 respondents agreed. Those respondents who disagreed argued that the large fee increases proposed would deny access to justice for vulnerable people wishing to challenge a decision of the Home Office. However, the government will press ahead with the changes, which come into force on 10 October 2016.

 

Currently, fees to the Tribunal are only charged in the First-tier Tribunal, and not the Upper Tier where an appellant requests an application for a decision on the papers (£80) or for an application for an oral hearing (£140). Proposed fee increases are in the table below.

 

There will be a 6-fold increase on an application for a decision on the papers and 5-fold increase on an application for an oral hearing. Significant fees will also be introduced for applications to the First-tier Tribunal where seeking permission to the Upper Tribunal, a renewal application to the Upper Tribunal and a fee to request an appeal hearing in the Upper Tribunal. A table of the proposed fees is below. There is no differentiation between “in country” and “out of country” appeals.

 

Appeal type Current fee Proposed fee
First-tier tribunal    
Application for a decision on the papers         £80        £490
Application for an oral hearing       £140        £800
Application to the First-tier for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal          Nil        £455
Upper Tribunal    
Application to the Upper Tribunal for

permission to appeal (made when the application to the First-tier Tribunal for permission has been refused)

         Nil        £350
Appeal hearing          Nil        £510

 

The Immigration & Asylum Chamber often hear appeals from individuals and families who have extremely limited access to legal aid funding to make their initial case to the Home Office and have already had to pay, in many circumstances, significant fees to the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration to submit an application in order to enter the UK or regularise their status while here. Often, appeals need to be brought as decision makers at the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration fail to either correctly consider the evidence submitted in support of an application or apply increasingly complex immigration law to an application.

 

Despite the overwhelming concern regarding the fee increase given in the responses to the consultation, the implementation of higher appeal fees in the First-Tier tribunal and the likely introduction of new fees in the Upper Tribunal will proceed.

 

Exemptions will continue to apply to those people in particularly vulnerable positions, including:-

 

  • Those who qualify for legal aid or asylum support;
  • Those who are appealing against a decision to deprive them of their citizenship
  • Those subject to removal under the European Economic Area Regulations; and
  • Those children bringing appeals to the tribunal who are being supported by a local authority.

 

Exemptions will also be extended to cover those individuals appealing decisions to revoke their refugee or humanitarian protection status and those with parental responsibilities for, or children who are being housed or supported by local authority under either sections 20 or 17 of the Children Act 1989 or equivalent legislation in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

The consultation response suggests that the Government will also proceed with an exemption to appeal fees for appellants who are in receipt of a Home Office destitution waiver. It is not yet clear if this is to be formalised. The response does confirm that the Ministry of Justice does not intend to make assistance for appellants further with a scheme similar to HMCTS “help with fees scheme” or exempt certain types of appeals. Clearer guidance is awaited in relation to the implementation of fees and exemptions.

 

It remains the case that the tribunals in the Immigration & Asylum Chambers have the power to order the Home Secretary to reimburse a fee where the appellant is successful.

 

If you require any further information on immigration appeals generally or specifically in relation to the proposed increase to appeal fees please contact our specialist solicitors on 0161 975 1900 or email on info@cj-law.co.uk who will be happy to help.

 

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Free Immigration Advice from Clifford Johnston’s Immigration Solicitors at the Manchester Free Legal Help Clinic

Free Immigration Advice from Clifford Johnston’s Immigration Solicitors at the Manchester Free Legal Help Clinic

Clifford Johnston’s specialist immigration solicitors work together with the Manchester Free Legal Help Project (part of The University of Manchester) and hold a free immigration advice session every other Friday between 2pm – 4pm at the Civil Justice Centre Manchester.

The service is available to individuals and families with any type of immigration issue. Advice is given in all areas of immigration applications and appeals from visit visas to asylum, points-based and family immigration enquiries, and EEA queries and naturalisation. Advice can be given at any stage in the immigration process.

Between 2pm and 4pm there is an immigration drop-in session and limited appointment slots are also available.  Appointments can be booked by calling 0161 240 5034.

For the remainder of 2016, immigration clinics will run on the following alternate Fridays between 2pm and 4pm:

  • 23 September
  • 07 October
  • 21 October
  • 04 November
  • 18 November
  • 02 December
  • 16 December

Location: Room L02.12 (Level 2) Manchester Civil Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street West, Manchester M60 9DJ

 

For further information, please contact

 

Please note that Legal Aid (government funded legal advice) is available for some areas of immigration advice. Please contact the Legal Aid Agency for more information on 0345 345 4 345 or visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/legal-aid-agency

 

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Immigration advice

FREE IMMIGRATION ADVICE

Do you need advice with an Immigration query?

We are running a Drop In Advice Clinic with advice provided by an Immigration Solicitor

 

Date: Friday 12th August (and every other week after that)

 

Time: 2-4pm (on a first come first served basis)

 

Location: Room L02.12 (Level 2) Manchester Civil Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street West, Manchester M60 9DJ

 

 

Please contact us at

MANCHESTER FREE LEGAL HELP

 

 

Phone: 0161 240 5034

Email: freelegalhelp@manchester.ac.uk

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Dementia Awareness

At Clifford Johnston & Co we are very much aware of the aging population and the issue of dementia in our society.  Christopher Furbey, Philip Walsh, Noreen Doherty and Shane Flannery have recently undertaken some training in relation to dementia and have become “dementia friends”.

 

The training was helpful to enable a deeper understanding about dementia and how to assist those who live with dementia.  The training was also helpful to understand that people do live with dementia as opposed to suffer from dementia.  The training was useful to understand how making simple changes to the office can assist those who live with dementia and make the office and environment more dementia friendly.

 

The training is in the wider context of the Heatons becoming a dementia friendly area.  This is a positive step forward to assisting and enabling those who do live with dementia.

 

If you have any interest in relation to dementia and how it can affect you and your family then you can contact Christopher Furbey on 0161 975 1908 or email c.furbey@cj-law.co.uk or Shane Flanner on 0161 696 2410 or email shane.flannery@cj-law.co.uk.

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Hugh Joseph and Shane Flannery join the firm

Clifford Johnston & Co Solicitors are pleased to confirm that Hugh Joseph and Shane Flannery have joined the firm.  Hugh and Shane have joined as consultant solicitors and are based at the new office at 107 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, SK4 4HY.

 

Hugh and Shane are experienced solicitors and are experts in their respective fields.

 

Hugh deals in high value and specialised personal injury claims and is also an accredited civil and commercial mediator.

 

Shane specialises in family work including divorce and also wills and probate.

 

Hugh and Shane will be a welcome addition to the firm.

 

Hugh and Shane are both local to Heaton Moor and are both actively involved in the Heaton Moor life.

 

If you would like to contact Hugh or Shane then their details are hugh.joseph@cj-law.co.uk or shane.flannery@cj-law.co.uk or you can telephone the office to speak with them on 0161 975 1900.

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Immigration Services

Immigration specialists in South Manchester and Cheshire

This area of law is constantly changing and we have two experienced solicitors who specialise in this area.

We provide expert, friendly advice tailored to your individual immigration needs in all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality.

Our solicitors are professional and responsive, and able to advise in each of the following areas:

Applications and appeals for Individuals

  • Family Applications: partners, parents and children
  • Visit Visas, family, business
  • Student applications
  • EEA Applications for main applicants and family members
  • Regularisation for over stayers
  • Points Based Applications
    • High net worth and specialist talent
    • Sponsored workers
    • Students
    • Charitable and volunteer positions
  • Application checking service
  • Challenges against removal and detention, including bail
  • Appeals, Administrative and Judicial Review

 

Advice for employers, Educational Institutions and landlords

  • Sponsor Licence applications and challenges
  • Sponsor Management Queries
  • Illegal working issues
  • Civil Penalty Challenges
  • Advice on Right to Rent issues

ACCESSIBLE EXPERTS

Fixed fee initial consultation, face to face, by phone or online

Includes:

  • Up to 1 hour meeting to review your situation
  • Full written advice explaining your options

Call us for a pre-consultation discussion: 0161 975 1900 or email info@cj-law.co.uk

 

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Immigration Department

Immigration specialists in South Manchester and Cheshire

This area of law is constantly changing and we have two experienced solicitors who specialise in this area.

We provide expert, friendly advice tailored to your individual immigration needs in all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality.

Our solicitors are professional and responsive, and able to advise in each of the following areas:

Applications and appeals for Individuals

  • Family Applications: partners, parents and children
  • Visit Visas, family, business
  • Student applications
  • EEA Applications for main applicants and family members
  • Regularisation for over stayers
  • Points Based Applications
    • High net worth and specialist talent
    • Sponsored workers
    • Students
    • Charitable and volunteer positions
  • Application checking service
  • Challenges against removal and detention, including bail
  • Appeals, Administrative and Judicial Review

 

Advice for employers, Educational Institutions and landlords

  • Sponsor Licence applications and challenges
  • Sponsor Management Queries
  • Illegal working issues
  • Civil Penalty Challenges
  • Advice on Right to Rent issues

ACCESSIBLE EXPERTS

Fixed fee initial consultation, face to face, by phone or online

Includes:

  • Up to 1 hour meeting to review your situation
  • Full written advice explaining your options

Call us for a pre-consultation discussion: 0161 975 1900 or email info@cj-law.co.uk

 

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Sumita Gupta has joined the firm

We are delighted to announce that Sumita Gupta, an experienced and well regarded immigration solicitor has joined Clifford Johnston and Co. Sumita has an excellent reputation and is a welcome addition to our immigration department. Sumita can be contacted on email s.gupta@cj-law.co.uk or by telephone 0161 975 1900.

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Heaton Moor Office

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired a new office in Heaton Moor.  The new office will be at 107 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor.

 

The office will be managed by Mr Philip Walsh and Mr Christopher Furbey who are both partners in the firm.  Philip and Chris both specialise in private client work and will be able to assist in the areas of conveyancing, wills and probate and powers of attorney and landlord & tenant disputes.

 

Clifford Johnston & Co have been established for over 30 years and we are pleased to be able to move to Heaton Moor which is a vibrant community in Stockport and we are very much looking forward to becoming involved in the local community.

 

We will be able to offer appointments at Heaton Moor for local clients and we will continue trading in our other offices in Burnage and Fallowfield.

 

If you have any questions about the new office then please contact Philip or Chris directly at p.walsh@cj-law.co.uk or c.furbey@cj-law.co.uk.

 

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Welcome back, Naila!

Naila Kosar, our Immigration Solicitor,  has returned to our Burnage office following her recent maternity leave. Naila has many years of experience in immigration matters and can assist you in the ever-changing field of immigration law. So if you’re an old or new client and  require immigration advice then feel free to contact Naila on her direct number of 0161 975 1906 or email n.kosar@cj-law.co.uk

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Heaton Moor Office

 

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired a new office in Heaton Moor.  The new office will be at 107 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor.

 

The office will be managed by Mr Philip Walsh and Mr Christopher Furbey who are both partners in the firm.  Philip and Chris both specialise in private client work and will be able to assist in the areas of conveyancing, wills and probate and powers of attorney and landlord & tenant disputes.

 

Clifford Johnston & Co have been established for over 30 years and we are pleased to be able to move to Heaton Moor which is a vibrant community in Stockport and we are very much looking forward to becoming involved in the local community.

 

We will be able to offer appointments at Heaton Moor for local clients and we will continue trading in our other offices in Burnage and Fallowfield.

 

If you have any questions about the new office then please contact Philip or Chris directly at p.walsh@cj-law.co.uk or c.furbey@cj-law.co.uk.

 

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