Firm Profile > Farleys Solicitors LLP > Blackburn, England

Farleys Solicitors LLP

Crime: fraud Tier 1

Farleys Solicitors LLP is experienced in defending serious fraud trials, in particular high-value revenue fraud. Other key areas of work include cybercrime, MTIC/carousel frauds and advance fee frauds. Paul Schofield heads the team and has extensive expertise in both national and international fraud and money laundering. Bridgette Hibbert is noted for her experience in proceeds of crime applications and confiscation proceedings. Laura Walmsley is noted for her work in VHCC cases.

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

Praised for its ‘extremely approachable and client-friendly staff’, Farleys Solicitors LLP handles sales and purchases, corporate restructures and demergers for SMEs in a broad array of sectors. The practice, which is led by the ‘pragmatics and diligentDebbie King, also specialises in joint ventures, mergers, investments and corporate finance. A distinguishing feature of the team is its ‘Evolve’ service, created to support up-and-coming businesses by offering a free initial legal consultation and discounted fixed-fee services to start-ups.

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‘Extremely approachable and client-friendly staff. Generally quick to respond when needed.’

‘Debbie King is pragmatic and diligent – she is an excellent SME adviser. Ian Liddle is extremely efficient, with a can-do approach.’

Crime: general Tier 2

With offices in Blackburn, Preston and Manchester, Farleys Solicitors LLP is known for its work arising from homicides, conspiracies to import and supply drugs, serious frauds and extradition. As well as its established publicly funded work, the practice has developed its privately paid for private clients, businesses and insurance companies. Paul Schofield has a strong record in defending allegations of serious crime and financial crime; he co-heads the department with Jonathan Taylor, who focuses on the mainstream crime aspect of the practice.


‘They provide a level of service to clients which has become very hard to come by over the last decade. No firm will do more for their clients. The amount of time devoted to the client is incredible. Their case preparation could be regarded as an unattainable model by other firms.’

‘They are leaders in the field. Always willing to go that extra mile for clients.’

Family Tier 2

While the family team at Farleys Solicitors LLP is instructed on the full gamut of family matters, it has extensive experience in public and private children matters, including complex Schedule 1 Children Act applications. With a domestic and international client base, including CEOs, business owners and sports personalities, the team is led by Antonia Love, who regularly represents high-net-worth individuals in divorce cases.

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‘The Family Law team at Farley’s is strong and multi-talented; there is a specialist available for most circumstances. They have a strong relationship with their clients – client satisfaction being a priority.’ 

‘Both Antonia Love and Barry Bunyan have been exceptional to work with.’ 

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

The team at Farleys Solicitors LLP always ‘has a plan and executes it quickly’. Active on an array of disputes including contract claims and financial mis-sellings, the team is headed by Kieran O’Connor, an expert in shareholder disputes. Supplementing the commercial litigation offering is a wealth of expertise in IP litigation, commercial landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence claims and arbitration matters.

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‘These guys take action, Mark Hague in particular.  They have a plan and they execute quickly. They gave us very sound advice on a difficult matter involving multiple investors and directors who would not listen to solid business advice.  Farleys made great of a bad situation. In comparison to other firms, Farleys is a take action and stand shoulder to shoulder firm.’

‘Mark Hague. Just awesome. Good comms, decisive and clear – felt as though he was one of our own taking the good fight to the front. Just brilliant.’

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

The team at Farleys Solicitors LLP works on commercial leases, estate management and residential development projects, with advice rendered to clients including developers and landowners. The 'diligent' Tom O’Neill co-leads the team, operating out of Blackburn, and provides expertise on infrastructure matters and development agreements. Supporting him is Ian Liddle, who is highly experienced in all aspects of commercial property. Preston-based Stephen Greenwood acts on secured finance and development work.


‘Very attentive and easy to contact.’

‘Tom O’Neill is diligent, contactable out of hours and readily meets very early appointments.’

Sport Tier 3

Farleys Solicitors LLP's team has expertise in football, boxing, rugby, athletics, darts, cycling and golf, among other sports. Practice head Daniel Draper counts athletes, international footballers and managers among his list of clients. He handles disputes, employment matters and defamation; the broader team is well-regarded for sporting injuries and contracts, insolvency matters and regulatory issues.

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Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

Farleys Solicitors LLP's commercial litigation team attracts praise for its 'strategic and tactical approach' to disputes. Practice head Daniel Draper has particular sports sector expertise and, alongside Rebecca Fairclough, regularly handles professional negligence claims. Other areas of expertise include breach of contract disputes, commercial property claims, debt recovery issues and contentious insolvency matters.

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Expertise in the field are likely to be unparalleled both in terms of legal capabilities as well as the strategic and tactical approach. Accessibility has been exceptional.

Daniel Draper showed leadership and the rare quality of both being clever and wise. His engagement style was received well and he was a reliable compass through a storm.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Farleys Solicitors LLP is best known for its specialist abuse and inquests team, which handles Human Rights Act claims, fatal accidents, civil claims following inquests, and claims against local authorities, and 'gets brilliant results'. Work within the wider personal injury department includes catastrophic injury and industrial disease claims. Nick Molyneux and Michael  Corrigan jointly head the personal injury department, within which the well-regarded Jonathan Bridge leads the abuse and inquests team.


‘Jonathan Bridge has great experience and expertise.  He stays on top of an impressive case load and has been involved in the highest settlements in the country.  Calm under pressure and excellent case preparation.’

‘A uniquely successful child abuse team which gets brilliant results.’

‘Jonathan Bridge is a really excellent lawyer who is brilliant with clients and very practical and good at getting settlements in difficult cases. Definitely a top name in this area.’

‘Jonathan Bridge specialises in child abuse compensation claims – he is one of the best in the country, achieving very high awards on behalf of his clients for whom he leaves no stone unturned – he is very knowledgeable and a very able tactician.’

‘Personal touch; genuine caring for clients; good communication.’

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.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Michael  Corrigan  photo Michael  Corrigan Senior Partner
 Antonia Love  photo Antonia Love Partner and Head of Department
 Tony Rebello  photo Tony Rebello Associate Partner
 Jonathan Taylor  photo Jonathan Taylor Partner
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)