Farleys Solicitors LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Farleys Solicitors LLP
196 Deansgate
Greater Manchester
M3 3WF

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud Tier 1

Farleys Solicitors LLP handles matters across financial and general crime and is particularly recognised for its work on high-value revenue fraud. The firms deals with a range of complex criminal cases nationally. The Preston-based Paul Schofield leads the team, with expertise in fraud and money laundering. Jonathan Taylor oversees the crime department from the Blackburn office. Bridgette Hibbert offers considerable experience in proceeds of crime applications and high-end trading standards cases.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schofield

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Taylor; Bridget Hibbert


‘Paul Schofield is exceptional. He has a huge amount of experience and is incredibly easy to work with.’

‘Paul Schofield is outstanding. He is meticulous in his preparation and has an excellent support team.’

‘They are a fantastic team, always willing to go the extra mile for the client.’

‘Paul Schofield and Bridgette Hibbert are just incredibily hardworking. A team that is second to none.’

Work highlights

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

    With ‘outstandingly talented‘ practitioner Debbie King at its helm, the group at Farleys Solicitors LLP continues to focus on the Lancashire SME market. Advice on sales and purchases across a wide range of sectors has typically formed the cornerstone of the practice. Recently, the team has also been assisting with an increasing number of complex corporate restructurings and de-mergers. Richard Bell provides a key link to the healthcare field and brings significant knowledge of the issues affecting independent businesses within the optics industry to the department.

    Practice head(s):

    Debbie King

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Farleys have a great team of people and whoever you speak to at the practice knows where the individual projects are up to. Even if the relevant person isn’t available, there is always someone on hand to talk to and take time to find out what you need and get someone to resolve the query.’

    ‘I have worked closely with Debbie King, she is efficient and thorough with her work, but she makes the experience very interesting and engaging. She is enthusiastic about her work and always delivers with a smile and positive attitude. She is always involving graduate trainees where she can and enjoys interacting with them to further their development. Working with her is a pleasure.’

    ‘Farleys Solicitors LLP have a complete team willing to help with any/all your legal requirements in a prompt manner.’

    ‘Debbie King’s attention to detail and delivery of a very professional service has been vital in ensuring the process has happened seamlessly.’

    ‘Great multi- disciplinary expertise.’

    ‘Debbie King is an outstandingly talented partner at the top of her game.’

    ‘The team are really pragmatic as well as being great lawyers and go out of their way to ensure clients’ needs are met.’

    ‘Debbie King is great. She is practical, pragmatic, knowledgeable and is a great person to have on your side of the table in a deal.’

    Work highlights

      Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

      Farleys Solicitors LLP‘s personal injury department has considerable experience acting for victims of abuse as as well as handling claims involving the human rights act, fatal accidents and local authorities. Jonathan Bridge leads the well-renowned specialist abuse and inquests team from the Manchester office, dealing with cases against social services, historic abuse matters and claims to the CICA following abuse. Michael Corrigan and Nick Molyneux co-head the personal injury department from the Blackburn and Accrington bases, respectively. Kelly Darlington specialises in high-profile inquests.

      Practice head(s):

      Jonathan Bridge; Michael Corrigan; Nick Molyneux

      Other key lawyers:

      Kelly Darlington


      ‘The team at Farleys is very friendly and professional, and without knowing the full extent of the claim the secretaries have a good knowledge of the cases the solicitors are dealing with which helps when you can’t specifically speak with your solicitor urgently.’

      ‘Jonathan Bridge is truly an exemplary member of the legal profession, he has a clear understanding of his field and can convey such with ease and care, as it’s a highly sensitive area of expertise.’

      ‘Jonathan Bridge is is a conscientious, highly skilled and knowledgeable solicitor who works hard for the needs of his clients.’

      ‘There are not enough positive words to describe how fantastic Johnathan Bridge is.’

      ‘Jonathan Bridge is excellent.’

      ‘Farleys has one of the strongest teams representing survivors of child sexual abuse and neglect.’

      ‘Kelly Darlington provides powerful and fearless representation of families.’

      Work highlights

        Private client > Family Tier 2

        Farleys Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth clients on the full range of family law matters, including both private and public law cases, as well as matters with cross-border elements. The team is especially strong regarding children matters, including complex Schedule 1 Children Act claims. Practice head Antonia Love is noted for her work on financial remedies after divorce, Ian Brunt covers children law and care proceedings, and associate partner Angharad Bentley deals primarily with cases involving relationship breakdown, as well as care proceedings.

        Practice head(s):

        Antonia Love

        Other key lawyers:


        ‘I know first-hand that the team at Farleys Solicitors has your best interests at heart. The service that I have received was carefully considered and meticulously planned to achieve the best outcome for everyone involved.’

        ‘Clients are reassured by the highly personalised and effective service offered by Farleys. What shines through is that clients are instilled with a lot of confidence in the clear and pragmatic advice offered by every file handler with whom I have worked. Farleys are a joy to work with.’

        ‘Farleys has cornered the market in Blackburn as the financial remedy specialists.’

        ‘Antonia Love has excellent people skills and is comfortable with reams of paperwork.’

        Work highlights

          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

          Farleys Solicitors LLP fields a highly specialised team, which has a ‘great reputation in Lancashire‘. Kieran O’Connor has developed a strong reputation for dealing with high-value contract claims; Mark Hague offers vast expertise in complex insolvency litigation; Daniel Draper regularly deals with complex professional negligence cases; and Rachel Harrison specialises in intellectual property disputes. The department is also able to utilise its close ties with the firm’s highly regarded employment, commercial property, and corporate departments.

          Practice head(s):

          Kieran O’Connor; Mark Hague

          Other key lawyers:


          ‘The team were persistent in winning the case and knew when to push back on points.’

          ‘Mark Hague and Olivia Cooper – excellent response time and communication.’

          ‘They have a great reputation in Lancashire for providing helpful, personal and quality legal services.’

          ‘I principally deal with Rachel Harrison, who is extremely knowledgeable, hardworking and very client-focused. She clearly punches above her weight and can deal with a full range of commercial disputes confidently and competently.’

          Work highlights

            Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

            Farleys Solicitors LLP's team advises on a wide range of matters including options and conditional contracts, estate management, and property development. Tom O’Neill co-heads the practice, specialising in acquisitions and disposals as well as landlord and tenant matters. Stephen Greenwood is based in Preston and regularly advises on leases, development work and secured finance.

            Practice head(s):

            Ian Liddle; Tom O‘Neill; Stephen Greenwood

            Work highlights

            • Advised Silverwoods Waste Management Limited on the acquisition of Blenkinsopp Hall country estate in Northumberland, for £5m.
            • Advised Jetglobal Limited on the sale of a large investment property for £3.5m.
            • Advised Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP as administrators in the sale of a failed student development complex, for £2.15m.

            TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

            Farleys Solicitors LLP advises clients across a range of sports, including the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), on a wide range of matters encompassing disputes, employment matters and defamation. Daniel Draper leads the team, often representing clients before FA Arbitrations and Football Disciplinary Tribunals and advising footballers in contract negotiations. Associate Mark Skinner offers tailored debt and insolvency advice to current and former sports professionals.

            Practice head(s):

            Daniel Draper

            Other key lawyers:

            Work highlights

              Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

              Split across Preston and Manchester, Farleys Solicitors LLP is known for its advice on distressed asset acquisitions and personal insolvency matters. Ian Liddle and Mark Hague co-lead the team, with Hague particularly regarded for his advice to individuals on Company Directors Disqualification Act claims.

              Practice head(s):

              Ian Liddle; Mark Hague


              ‘Mark Hague is user-friendly, responsive and flexible.’

              ‘Intuitive and supportive, excellent advice.’

              ‘The team is proactive, decisive and provides clear advice. They’re a pleasure to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending them to colleagues.’

              ‘Mark Hague is a proactive, smart and commercial insolvency solicitor who achieves the desired result. He’ll cut to the chase with the aim of bringing the matter to a conclusion sooner rather than later.’

              Key clients

              Menzies LLP

              Mazars LLP

              Begbies Traynor

              Cowgill Holloway

              Royce Peeling Green

              Moore Kingston Smith

              Manolete Partners PLC

              McIntyre Hudson

              Leonard Curtis

              Kennway Francis

              FRP Advisory LLP

              JT Maxwell

              T H Financial Recovery

              Work highlights

              • Advised administrators of Sky Apartments 2018 Limited on the sale of a £2.15m failed student development complex.
              • Advised the joint administrators of The Lyceum Manchester Limited on the sale of a property to its secured creditors for £1.1m.
              • Advised a liquidator on obligations regarding criminal proceedings commenced prior to liquidation relating to a fatal accident that occurred in the workplace.

              Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

              Farleys Solicitors LLP broad practice spans breaches of contract, intellectual property issues, commercial landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence claims, and shareholder disputes. Daniel Draper - who regularly represents clients from the sporting world - and insolvency expert Mark Hague are the key senior contacts.

              Practice head(s):

              Daniel Draper

              Other key lawyers:

              Mark Hague


              ‘Farleys has a diverse practice which has enabled me to use different departments which include litigation, company law and conveyancing. It has provided me a one stop shop over an incredibly tough few years. Farleys work on the client and solicitor relationship which I consider important and which helps to avoid risks or misunderstandings that could arise.’

              ‘Daniel Draper has a deep knowledge and has gone above and beyond and provided advice outside of the case he has been working on. With Daniel I do not feel that I am just a part of the profit and loss account and more of a respected client. He has been easy to communicate with and clear in his actions. I have recommended Daniel to my accountant who has also commented that Daniel was very capable solicitor in settling his business dispute.’

              Work highlights

                Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

                The Manchester-based team of Farleys Solicitors LLP combines strengths in advising victims of abuse, human rights act claims, fatal accidents, inquests and claims against local authorities.

                Farleys Solicitors LLP is a full-service law firm, offering a broad range of legal services to commercial and individual clients. The firm prides itself on combining legal expertise with a down to earth approach, resulting in cost effective solutions to virtually any legal issue.

                Originally established in Blackburn in 1958, the firm has grown substantially to over 130 staff and six offices across the North West including Manchester, Preston, Blackburn, Burnley and Accrington.

                Nationally acclaimed and with impressive client retention levels, Farleys has an excellent reputation in providing specialist legal advice to both private clients and businesses, with clients ranging from individuals, to start-ups and SMEs and larger corporate businesses and organisations.

                Recent award accolades include Legal Business of the Year at the Red Rose Awards 2018, and Law Firm of the Year at the 2017 Lancashire Business Awards.

                The firm has also held Lexcel accreditation since 2012, the Law Society’s practice management standard which is awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards.

                Jonathan Bridge photo Jonathan BridgePartner and Head of Department
                Kelly Darlington photo Kelly DarlingtonAssociate Partner
                Daniel Draper photo Daniel DraperPartner
                Ian Liddle photo Ian LiddlePartner
                Head Count : 130
                Partners : 15
                Assistant Solicitors & Fee Earners : 62
                Law Society
                Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors
                Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)