Commercial/Corporate Paralegal Required – Mossley Branch

Due to continued expansion, the Commercial Property and Corporate Department at Harold Stock & Co. Solicitors is looking for a paralegal to join the team.

Ideally, you will have at least 6 months prior experience working within a commercial property and/or corporate department. You should have a broad range of commercial property and corporate experience and be based locally.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a commercial property/corporate paralegal to join a well-established and respected firm offering genuine career progression.  

Salary negotiable dependent upon experience. 

To apply for this position, please forward your CV together with salary expectations to our Practice Manager, Mrs Alexandra Newman via email to 

Closing Date: Friday 14th July 2017

What is chancel repair liability and could it affect the property you’re thinking of buying?

Have you ever heard of the legal term chancel repair liability? The chances are the answer is probably not. Not too many people have, and even fewer actually understand what it actually is. Yet, if you’re thinking of buying a property, it’s a search issue, just like the other more-common local, environmental, drainage and mining searches, that your solicitor may need to look in to during the course of a domestic conveyance. So what is chancel repair liability? Continue reading…

When it comes to domestic conveyancing, local knowledge and experience is priceless

If you’re looking to buy a property or have just accepted an offer on your house, then you’ll face a series of very difficult choices. You’re going to have to appoint someone to oversee the sale or purchase of your property, so you’ll need to decide who is going to deal with the property conveyance, and you’ll also want to know who is best-placed to deal with the transaction quickly and efficiently? So, what choices are available to you? Continue reading…

What the difference between freehold and leasehold, and how might it affect you when moving house?

If you’re thinking about moving house in the next few months, one of the issues you may have to deal with in your property conveyance is whether the property you are considering buying is freehold or leasehold. Now, on the face of it the distinction between the two may not seem any more than a legal technicality, but the truth is the distinction is fundamentally important: essentially it means the difference between owning your home outright or having a landlord, and if this issue isn’t sorted out when the property is purchased, there could potentially be long-term problems to face further down the line. Continue reading…

The General Election will not stop big changes to personal injury awards

Whichever party forms the next Government, pressure from insurance companies will lead to the removal of the right to “proper”  compensation for whiplash injuries that many of us have suffered in car crashes that have not been our fault.

The changes will see compensation payments being slashed by up to 90%.

For example, if you suffer a whiplash injury that causes you pain for between 1 and 2 years a Judge today may award you between £3,000 and £6,000. Next year the   proposed tariff scheme for the same injury would involve a   payment of only £1,820!

On top of that the insurers won’t be made to pay the costs for a lawyer to help you in getting therapy, medical evidence and in listing your losses so that your claim can be maximised and settled quickly. Any legal costs would have to be deducted from your compensation.

As there is little that can be done to prevent the new rules on road traffic/whiplash claims from being introduced next year, we are keen for anyone who has been involved in an accident to get in touch for a free chat.

Act now to avoid receiving a lower  compensation award that may not cover all your losses.

If you currently have a Solicitor acting on your behalf and are unhappy with them or would like a second opinion, please contact a member of our team to discuss your case. 

Our Personal Injury Team 

Debra Woolfson
0161 456 5012

Angela Doggett
01457 835597

Kirsty Dunn
Chartered Legal Executive
01457 835597

5 reasons why you should use a local conveyancing solicitor when buying or selling a property

If you’re thinking about moving house or have just put your home on the market, here are a few questions you might like to consider before choosing who will deal with your sale or purchase. Who is the best person to deal with your property conveyance? Who will be best-placed to ensure that your house sale or purchase proceeds smoothly and efficiently, and who will always put your interests first and work hard to ensure that your dream move becomes a reality? Continue reading…

Claire Atkinson awarded Solicitors for the Elderly Accreditation


Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) accreditation

We are delighted to announce that Claire Atkinson, Solicitor has become a Full Accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Claire is one of only a handful of Solicitors within the Tameside and Stockport areas to be awarded this prestigious accreditation.

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an independent organisation, made up of solicitors, barristers and legal executives who provide specialist legal advice to elderly and vulnerable people.

Founded in 1999, the SFE was the brainchild of a small group of lawyers who recognised that the UK’s ageing population was leading to an increasing number of enquiries from older clients. Today the organisation has more than a 1000 members nationwide.

To qualify for membership of the SFE, lawyers must have demonstrated their specialist knowledge of a wide range of legal issues affecting elderly people. They also need to have worked with a substantial number of clients in this age group.

Harold Stock & Co can assist you with:

  • Making a Will
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Court of Protection
  • Tax Planning
  • Intestacy
  • Trusts
  • Probate and Estate Administration

For further details of the services we offer, please visit our Wills & Probate Section or contact Claire on 01457 835597. 

Resolution urges politicians to end the blame-game and commit to no-fault divorce in election manifestoes

Family law group, Resolution, is calling for a cross-party consensus on divorce law, and urging politicians to end the blame game and let couples officially part on amicable terms.

In a letter to all the UK’s major political parties in the run-up to next month’s general election, Nigel Shepherd, the chair of Resolution, has urged all politicians to commit to no-fault divorce in their forthcoming manifestos. Resolution has also called for greater clarity over the legal status of pre- and post-nuptial agreements, which are currently not enforceable in courts in England and Wales. Continue reading…