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Farleys Solicitors LLP

Crime: fraud Tier 1

Farleys Solicitors LLP has experience in complex financial crime cases and is particularly noted for its experience in high-value revenue frauds, bribery, corruption, conspiracy to defraud, FCA investigations and mortgage fraud. Department head Paul Schofield has vast experience in national and international fraud and money laundering cases and has acted for numerous professionals and company directors. Associate partners Bridgette Hibbert, who specialises in fraud, regulatory and serious crime cases and is experienced in proceeds of crime matters, and Laura Walmsley, who is experienced in VHCC cases, are also key figures.

Crime: general Tier 1

Based across its Blackburn and Preston offices, the team at Farleys Solicitors LLP is experienced across mainstream criminal cases and is regularly engaged on national serious and complex criminal matters. Motoring offences, theft, burglary, assault, sexual offences, public order, DWP and RSPCA prosecutions, communications, murder and drug offences are key areas of expertise.  Associate partner Bridgette Hibbert specialises in serious fraud and serious crime cases. Paul Schofield in Preston and Jonathan Taylor in Blackburn lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schofield; Jonathan Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Bridgette Hibbert; Laura Walmsley


‘The firm has a fantastic track record in complex criminal cases.’

Family Tier 2

Farleys Solicitors LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals including CEOs, business owners and sports personalities, with the firm's work often taking on an international bent. The team has recently grown to 12 lawyers now practising family law across its north west offices, handling matters covering divorce and financial remedy cases, including complex Schedule 1 Children Act applications. Team head Antonia Love regularly represents high-net-worth individuals in divorce cases.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Love


‘The people I worked with at Farleys were professional and knowledgeable and helped me get the best outcome for my case – communication was excellent.

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Farleys Solicitors LLP represents a broad range of clients, including private individuals, sole traders and partnerships on breach of contract claims, intellectual property disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. The firm also advises on injunctions, banking disputes, insolvency, financial mis-selling claims and claims against directors. Kieran O’Connor heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Kieran O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Harrison

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Farleys Solicitors LLP handles a range of commercial property work including commercial leases, property finance, acquisition and disposals, estate management and mortgage advice, and the team also advises on residential and commercial developments. Stephen Greenwood in Preston, Blackburn-based Tom O’Neill and Ian Liddle, who is based in the Manchester office, head the team.

Practice head(s):

Ian Liddle; Tom O’Neill; Stephen Greenwood

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Farleys Solicitors LLP is 'always easy to work with', according to clients. It  advises mainly SMEs in the Lancashire market on sales and purchases, corporate restructurings, mergers and demergers. investments and joint ventures. The firm has a start-up advice program called Evolve that supports the growth of new businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises. Debbie King heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Debbie King

Other key lawyers:

Ian Liddle; Charlotte Mills

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Jonathan Bridge and Nick Molyneux jointly lead Farleys Solicitors LLP's claimant personal injury department, which is best known for its specialist abuse and inquests team, which acts for victims of abuse, Human Rights Act claims, fatal accidents, and claims against local authorities. The group also is adept at handling high value and complex personal injury matters including catastrophic injury claims such as brain and spinal injuries, serious injuries and industrial disease claims.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Bridge; Nick Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Michael Corrigan; Kelly Darlington


Jonathan Bridge leads an outstanding team. He has considerable experience and excellent relations with experts and opponents.

Jonathan Bridge has a specialist practice in claims involving child abuse and neglect – these are difficult claims and he is quite exceptional in running them and getting unbelievably good results.

Jonathan Bridge stands out as a very skilled and knowledgeable, easy-to-work with professional.

Sport Tier 3

North West law firm Farleys Solicitors LLP advises sports clients on disputes, injuries, employment matters, debt and insolvency and defamation. Clients are drawn from a range of sports including football, boxing, rugby, athletics, darts, cycling, short mat bowls and golf. Daniel Draper heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Draper

Other key lawyers:

Michael Corrigan

Key clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

Manchester City assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell

Karim Rekik (Hertha Belin)

R10 Sports Agency

Marlon King (former Premier League footballer)

Bsynergie Sports Management

Darren Way

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

Farleys Solicitors LLP's areas of expertise include breach of contract claims, IP disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. Daniel Draper heads the team and is particularly adept at resolving sports disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Draper

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Fairclough


‘Very responsive, sensitive and clear.’

‘Rebecca Fairclough is extremely helpful, diligent and fully communicative.’

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

Farleys Solicitors LLP has vast experience in handling abuse of power matters and inquest work. Led by the 'top-class' Kelly Darlington and Jonathan Bridge, the team undertakes a wide range of work related to Human Rights Act claims, inquests and actions against the police. Bridge is currently involved in the high-profile Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Darlington; Jonathan Bridge


‘Jonathan Bridge, Kelly Darlington and Ariella Jones are all top-quality practitioners. They do all the work that the top London firms do but in my view do it more efficiently and provide better value for the clients.’

‘Kelly Darlington has the patience of a saint. Her perseverance, determination and sense of justice are what make her successful.’

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)