Farleys Solicitors LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Farleys Solicitors LLP
196 Deansgate
Greater Manchester
M3 3WF

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 1

Farleys Solicitors LLP fields a team of 'true experts' in serious fraud cases, especially high-value revenue fraud. The practice also has extensive experience in handling matters relating to carousel frauds, Ponzi schemes, cybercrime and advance fee frauds, and has recently been advising on furlough frauds. 'Exceptional' team lead Paul Schofield handles international fraud and money laundering cases, while Bridgette Hibbert is noted for her experience in proceeds of crime applications and confiscation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schofield

Other key lawyers:

Bridgette Hibbert; Laura Walmsley


‘Paul Schofield is quite exceptional. His work ethic knows no limits and he utilises his decades of experience to put the client and his/her case first. He gets results.’

‘Led by Paul Schofield, the fraud team at Farleys are at the very top of their game and excel in this area. They work well together and are all hard working and committed. They adopt an incredibly high level of client care and are available to the client and counsel at all times of the day any day of the week. They have a down to earth and realistic approach to cases which helps clients to focus on the issues and understand their cases.’

‘They are a firm which has true experts in the defence of serious fraud. They have been involved in the defence of many of the largest frauds of the last two decades which have been brought by the SFO, HMRC, Trading Standards and DBIZ. They are adept with computer technology which is essential for modern practice. They have some of the best forensic accountants to call upon.’

‘Paul Schofield is a charismatic solicitor who has a wealth of experience in fraud. He is the person that you want on your side at interview. He is dedicated to the best result for the client from start to finish. He is great with clients and is able to bring a reassuring presence to the most stressful of situations.’

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

Led by Blackburn-based Debbie KingFarleys Solicitors LLP advises a broad range of clients, from sole traders to national business groups, across corporate transactions, commercial agreements, and operational matters. The practice has expanded its work in the healthcare space, alongside existing strength in handling corporate restructurings, and works closely with other departments.

Practice head(s):

Debbie King

Other key lawyers:

Richard Bell; Ian Liddle


‘Having dealt with the Corporate & Commercial team for a number of years, I can without hesitation state that as one they continue to fill me with confidence with every matter I raise with them. They have a very balanced commercial view of the world, and take the time to fully understand the background to any given situation, before then giving best and most practical advice. I cannot think of a single example where, at the end of the process, I have been any less than 100% satisfied with the quality of advice / work done by the team at Farleys.’

‘As a collective, they take their time to fully understand the background to any situation, provide excellent advice in terms a lay person can easily understand, and then deliver to the highest of standards – all at a reasonable cost! What is there not to like about this practice?’

‘Full spread of services and a warm friendly approach.’

‘Readily available, approachable, and a friendly down to earth approach.’

‘Attentive, commercial and value for money’

‘Debbie King, Richard Bell – very hard working, don’t dwell on insignificant points, try to negotiate in an objective way not just to point score. ’

‘The availability of support across all areas is second to none. The timely, organised and professional way all projects are assessed and quoted within some very tight time frames are exceptional. Without this assistance from Debbie King we would not have been able to achieve what we have and what we wished to.’

‘Debbie King and Ian Liddle understand the importance to the effective and efficient relationship with ensuring our requirements are met professionally and promptly while working alongside our accountants and advisers to ensuring the outcome required, even when these are changed at short notice. ’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

Farleys Solicitors LLP has a strong reputation for handling serious crime issues, defending clients in homicides, drug import and supply mandates, and serious frauds. The team, which has offices in Blackburn, Preston and Manchester, stands out for its work handling investigations, including interviews under caution and interviews at government agencies. The 'charismatic' and 'unflappable' Paul Schofield jointly heads up the department with Jonathan Taylor.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schofield; Jonathan Taylor


‘Above all, this is a very client friendly and supportive firm.’

‘Paul Schofield is pure gold. He is calm and unflappable. He sees the wood and not just the trees. He brings out the best in his instructed counsel.’

‘The team are always proactive and go the extra mile for the client. Their knowledge of the the law and the technical ability in presenting information is second to none.’

‘They have huge resources to bring the right solicitor, counsel and expert to each case.’

‘Paul Schofield is a charismatic solicitor who has a wealth of experience in the effective defence of the most serious offences. He is the person that you want on your side at interview. He is dedicated to the best result for the client from start to finish. He is the ‘go to’ solicitor when other solicitors are in trouble.’

‘Unparalleled professionalism and preparation. Technically excellent. No one works harder on a case.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

The personal injury practice at Farleys Solicitors LLP is particularly well-known for its specialist abuse and inquests team. The team, led by Jonathan Bridge, handles civil claims following inquests and claims against local authorities; Bridge is known as 'one of the top solicitors in the country specialising in child abuse and sexual abuse claims'. Work within the wider personal injury department, headed by Nick Molyneux and Michael Corrigan, focuses on high value and complex matters, including brain and spinal injuries, serious injuries and industrial disease claims. Well-regarded associate partner Kelly Darlington heads up the inquest department - she is 'excellent with clients and a fierce litigator'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Corrigan; Nick Molyneux; Jonathan Bridge

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly capable team with unmatched expertise in very high value claims arising out of childhood abuse and neglect.’

‘Jonathan Bridge has a phenomenal work rate and has secured some of the highest-ever compensation awards for victims of abuse in the UK.’

‘Jonathan Bridge is one of the top solicitors in the country specialising in child abuse and sexual abuse claims – he gets phenomenal results and is truly expert and an excellent solicitor. He deals with very traumatised clients in a particularly sensitive and professional way which marks him out as one of the best in the field.’

‘Kelly Darlington is excellent with clients and a fierce litigator.’

‘Kelly Darlington is a high achieving lawyer and great asset to the team. Kelly is always accessible, an excellent communicator and a great pleasure to work with.’

‘Kelly Darlington work tirelessly to ensure the best results for her clients whilst gently taking them through the process.’

‘Jonathan Bridge is deeply respected and loved by all who have come across him.’

‘Jonathan Bridge’s extensive experience and knowledge in his field, coupled with flawless communication skills set him apart from the rest. The whole experience has been lengthy and has at times caused much sadness and anguish, but I value how skilled Jonathan is in extracting what information he needs first time around without having to make me repeat myself. In cases like this is so important to get it right first time and he really has.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for brothers in a claim against Lancashire County Council alleging negligence, breach of duty and breach of the Human Rights Act. The case concluded with an award of £9.6m.
  • Acted for numerous victims of a serial rapist in high-profile case against the Probation Service.
  • Acting for victims of abuse in the Rochdale area. Claims pursued include CICA claims and claims against the Local Authority for negligence, breach of duty and breach of the Human Rights Act.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Farleys Solicitors LLP acts for business owners and professionals in divorce proceedings, handling financial remedy and arrangements for children. The team has the capability to handle matters involving overseas aspects, such as international assets and parents of children living in different countries. Antonia Love leads the practice and is active in financial matters, while Angharad Bentley handles matters involving children, including care proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Love

Other key lawyers:


‘Very well established and organised firm. Clearly putting a lot of resources to achieve success and compete with others nationally. Their standards of practice are of very high standards and no different to top world class firms.’

‘No one like Antonia Love! She is confident, assertive, yet very thoughtful of details and compassionate. During the most stressful time of life she is there to get you though and makes it easy on you.’

‘Excellent first class service, very professional and efficient’

‘The strength of knowledge, commitment to clients and accessibility. They are a straight forward ‘safe pair of hands’ and are respected by their peers. They embrace diversity in all forms and do not discriminate.’

‘The individuals I work with are intelligent, committed and hold a depth and wealth of knowledge relevant to their area of practice. They provide excellent client service and are supportive and reliable as part of the legal team servicing the lay clients. They are respected by the Judiciary and peers alike.’

‘An excellent all round team consisting of strong individuals with a practical and solution focussed approach.’

‘I valued the all round level of service to a wide client base ranging from those with little to those with an abundance of assets.’

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

Farleys Solicitors LLP acts for a wide range of clients, including private individuals and sole traders, limited companies, and larger groups throughout the region. The team has expertise in a variety of commercial litigation matters, with practice heads Kieran O’Connor and Mark Hague (based in Blackburn and Preston) specialising in high-value contractual claims and business insolvency respectively, with the wider team regularly receiving referrals from surveyors and accountants in the region. Also of note is Rebecca Fairclough's work on intellectual property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kieran O’ Connor; Mark Hague

Other key lawyers:

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

The team at Farleys Solicitors LLP supports clients in a wide range of matters including acquisitions and disposals of commercial property, commercial leases and licenses as well as estate management. Practice head Tom O’Neill in Blackburn has over 15 years of experience in commercial property and acts for several local companies. Stephen Greenwood in Preston handles property acquisitions and disposals, leases, development work and secured finance.

Practice head(s):

Ian Liddle; Tom O’Neill; Stephen Greenwood


‘Farleys is a relatively large firm in the North West area, but treat their clients and professional contacts in such a professional and friendly manner, it is like dealing with a small family solicitor. The team I deal with have a great deal of knowledge and experience and always provide great service. Just as important however, the service they provide is always prompt and accurate ’

‘I currently regularly deal with Stephen Greenwood but have also worked with Ian Liddle a lot. Both are exceptionally professional, knowledgeable, diligent, prompt & efficient. They don’t just do what they are told or the bare minimum, they think of the bigger picture and if required, will advise another course of action.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Clydesdale Bank as a lender in a £4.5 million acquisition of commercial property premises in Lancashire.
  • Advising on the purchase of a £5 million country estate in Northumberland, including multiple properties, land and sporting rights.
  • Advised Safe as Houses Investment plc on the £1.2m sale of a large apartment block, alongside a number of other commercial property transactions throughout the year.

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

Farleys Solicitors LLP works with sporting clients including clubs, players, and promoters, on contractual, criminal, insolvency, and employment-related matters. The firm is particularly active in football and boxing, advising and representing a range of high-profile regional and national clients. The team is led by Daniel Draper, with Michael  Corrigan specialising in sports injury matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Draper

Other key lawyers:

Michael Corrigan


‘The team has a very strong offering in football and boxing, having been involved in a number of heavyweight disputes in the last year. They have a very impressive understanding of these sports operate at both a national and International level, and are able to help their clients successfully navigate what can be a complex regulatory regime. ’

‘Daniel Draper is the stand-out individual at the firm. Dan has an excellent grasp on the regularity regimes that apply sports disputes and marries that well with an astute commercial awareness. ’

‘Niche practice in sports work – very experienced in a number of sectors including football, boxing. Recognised amongst peers as such.’

‘Dan Draper – very sector aware and able to tailor his manner and approach to different styles – including handling personalities well. Knows the regulatory regime backwards (including for example drugs testing). Very personable and low key style.’

Key clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

Hennessy Sports Worldwide Ltd

R10 Sports Agency

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

With a presence in Manchester and Preston, the insolvency and corporate recovery team at Farleys Solicitors LLP undertakes work for administrators, liquidators, receivers, insolvency practitioners and businesses. Ian Liddle heads up the practice together with Mark Hague, who covers both contentious and non-contentious work, including acting for insolvency practitioners and directors in various claims arising from insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hague; Ian Liddle

Key clients

Mazars LLP

Begbies Traynor

Cowgill Holloway

Royce Peeling Green

McIntyre Hudson

Leonard Curtis

Kennway Francis

FRP Advisory LLP

JT Maxwell

T H Corporate Recovery

Work highlights

  • Acting for the liquidators of a utility services company in claims against the director and five associates in respect of breaches of duty, misfeasance, transactions at an undervalue, preferences and transactions defrauding creditors.
  • Acting for a company and proposed administrators in a novel application for administration followed by a back-to-back Paragraph 71 Schedule B1 Insolvency Act 1986 order, regarding a large student accommodation development.
  • Handling a claim against directors of a packaging company that entered liquidation as a result of misappropriation of funds by the directors.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

The 'very commercially aware' litigation team at Farleys Solicitors LLP counts shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, intellectual property disputes, commercial landlord and tenant issues and professional negligence claims among its areas of specialism. The 'exceptional' Daniel Draper leads the team and is popular among sport sector clients. Associate partner Rebecca Fairclough is noted for complex debt recovery claims, contractual disputes and professional negligence litigation.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Draper

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very commercially aware, so as to able to advise the client as to the risk/reward of a particular course of action. They have great tactical awareness and are able to foresee issues before others.’

‘Daniel Draper is the stand-out partner and individual at the firm. Dan is an exceptional lawyer who possess an impressive level of commercial awareness across a number of sectors.’

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.

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)