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Thorneycroft News for December 2012


27th December 2012



18th December 2012

Careers at Thorneycroft Solicitors

Thorneycroft Solicitors is one of the North West’s leading firms of solicitors, employing 150 people across all areas of the legal profession. Founded in 1991 we offer a comprehensive range of legal services including conveyancing, Wills and probate, family law, employment law and all aspects of personal injury, including brain, spinal and catastrophic injury cases.

Probably the largest employer in central Macclesfield, many of the team have been with the company for over 10 years, contributing towards an exceptional bank of knowledge, experience and expertise. We are always seeking talented legal professionals to join us, so if you would like to work for a well-established, forward thinking firm of solicitors, email your CV to: [email protected]

Current Vacancies

Medical Negligence Solicitor, Macclesfield, Cheshire

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced medical negligence solicitor to join our busy department.

You should have between 2 and 4 years pqe and possess a sound knowledge of medical and dental negligence law. You should be to handle your own case load independently but also have the ability to become an integral part of the team.

A professional yet sympathetic approach is essential.

This is an excellent opportunity to assist in the development and expansion of this niche department which sits proudly within this well-established firm.The position is based at our head office in Macclesfield.

Salary dependent on experience.

Applications by email, attaching CV to Usha Nayee.


Conveyancing Solicitor, Macclesfield, Cheshire

A Conveyancing Solicitor is required to work in our busy and expanding Macclesfield office.

This is an excellent opportunity for a Fee Earner, Solicitor or Filex qualified professional to move into a consistent and dynamic team. We are looking for someone that can manage their own caseload independently, with the minimum of supervision. In return the successful candidate can expect a competitive remuneration.

Applications are invited from candidates with at least 3 year’s experience in a volume or high street conveyancing environment. Fee Earners should possess detailed and sound conveyancing knowledge and be confident when dealing with a mixed caseload which will consist mainly of residential properties but with some commercial.

The role will be based primarily in Macclesfield with a requirement to work across our branch offices in Holmes Chapel and Buxton.

Salary depending upon experience.

For more information please contact Gail Wilson.


Legal Secretary

We are looking for an experienced legal secretary to join our busy team at Thorneycroft Solicitors. The right candidate will be one who uses their initiative and thrives within a busy and fast-paced personal injury department, has excellent audio typing/copying typing, with general administrative duties for differing fee earners and/or solicitors and who has extensive experience using a case management system (Proclaim).

The main duties include:

  • Prepare accurate correspondence and documents through audio typing for the department.
  • Setting up new files and sending out largely standard/template letters, liaising with medical experts/agencies and arranging medical appointments, applying for and chasing medical records, chasing cheques (both damages & costs), etc.
  • Provides typing and secretarial support to the fee earners to enable the department to operate at optimum efficiency.
  • Undertakes all secretarial and typing duties and uses a high degree of self-management and initiative.
  • Provides support to other audio typists, secretaries, junior secretaries and temporary secretaries.
  • Arranges appointments/meetings and to maintain an up to date diary for a fee earner(s) as and when required.
  • Deals with clients both in person and on the telephone and provides such support in a professional and friendly manner.
  • Ensures the confidentiality of all firm and client’s documentation and information.
  • Administers filing which includes daily filing and the opening, closing, storage and retrieval of client files.
  • Dealing with routine incoming post/emails.
  • Uses office equipment, i.e. photocopier, fax etc. competently.

This is a great opportunity to join a well-established, forward thinking firm within a supportive and well managed environment, with an excellent case management system.

Salary dependant upon experience.

For more information please contact Gail Wilson


Settlement/Compromise Agreements

10th December 2012

Settlement agreement solicitors

Thorneycroft Solicitors’ specialist employment team has many years of experience advising both employers and employees on what are now called settlement agreements (previously called compromise agreements).

What is a settlement (compromise) agreement?

A settlement agreement is a legally binding document made between the employer and the employee which settles, once and for all, any employment related disputes.

One of the most important terms of a settlement agreement is that the employee contracts out of their employment rights which means that the employee cannot subsequently bring a claim against the employer in the employment tribunal.

The settlement agreement process

An employee must seek independent legal advice for which the employer generally meets all of the costs. If they want to negotiate the terms of the settlement agreement this can be done when seeking independent legal advice. A common area of negotiation is when an employee seeks to obtain a reference from the employer. This can be incorporated into the terms of the settlement agreement.

There may also be restrictions contained in a settlement agreement which prevent the employee from contacting customers or competing with the employer and these will need to be considered carefully.

Both employers and employees may also need to consider the tax implications of a settlement agreement as it is possible that up to £30,000 may be paid without deduction of tax.

Once the employee has obtained independent legal advice and the terms of the settlement agreement have been agreed, both parties sign the agreement and it then becomes binding.

What does a settlement agreement contain?

Some settlement agreements may differ from others, depending on the specific circumstances. However most agreements will cover:

  • The termination date
  • Arrangements on termination
  • The reference given by the employer
  • The amount of money the employee will be paid prior to termination
  • Confidentiality in relation to the agreement
  • The waiver on the employee’s part of any future claim against their employer
  • Extension of specific benefits after termination
  • Pay in lieu of the employees notice period

What are the legal requirements for a valid settlement agreement?

There are specific requirements that must be met, if the agreement is to be valid, which normally include:

  • The agreement must be in writing
  • The agreement must relate to a specific complaint held by the employee
  • Details of the employee’s legal advisor
  • The agreement must satisfy the Employments Rights Act 1996
  • The employee must have received legal advice

How our employment team can help you

If you are an employee or employer requiring legal advice regarding a settlement agreement, call us for a chat today. We provide a comprehensive service that ensures your legal rights are being met or protected.

For more information contact Mark Bestley on 01625 507571 or 07825081856 or email him on [email protected]

Commercial Conveyancing

10th December 2012

Commercial conveyancing

At Thorneycroft Solicitors our commercial conveyancing team have all the expertise to ensure buying or selling your commercial property goes as smoothly as possible. Thorneycroft solicitors have worked with many clients in and around Macclesfield, Manchester and Cheshire in the selling and purchase process of commercial conveyancing.

Whether you are transferring interests in commercial property, drawing up lease agreements or entering into commercial mortgages, our commercial conveyancing solicitors will provide all of the legal advice and support you require.

The commercial conveyancing process

Like residential conveyancing, commercial conveyancing involves transferring the title of a commercial property from one person or company to another.

As a specialist commercial property solicitors we are experienced in the law surrounding buying and selling commercial property, drafting related documents, including lease agreements and applying for planning permission.

At Thorneycroft Solicitors we can help you with all aspects of commercial property conveyancing including:

  • Commercial buying, selling or remortgaging business premises
  • Drafting and negotiating new leases
  • Transfers on existing leases
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Rent reviews
  • Termination of leases
  • Extension of leases
  • Development and planning process
  • Possession proceedings
  • Dilapidations
  • Lease assignment

Why do you need a commercial conveyancing solicitor?

With Thorneycroft Solicitors you have peace of mind in the knowledge that all our commercial conveyancing work is carried out by a dedicated team made up of fully qualified solicitors.

When choosing Thorneycroft for our commercial conveyancing property solutions, you can be sure of the same level of quality service as our residential conveyancing.