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Chester based businesses join forces to offer free expert advice

April 4, 2019 THREE Chester based businesses have joined forces to offer free advice to businesses this April. Jolliffe & Co Solicitors, Business Advisers Luminate Ventures and Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants will be holding a free seminar entitled Are you in Control of your Business? The seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at The Holiday Inn, Chester South. “Developing your own business is an exciting and challenging time,” said Tom Newman, Jolliffes' speaker at the event. “Being confronted with the various aspects of a business can be extremely daunting, from sales and marketing, contracts and terms, to effective accounting policies and procedures. This seminar aims to outline some of the trickier areas in business.” Registration for this event will begin at 8am for an 8.30am start with a 10.30am finish. Complimentary tea/coffee and pastries will be available on arrival. Tickets are free, but you will need to register your attendance here. Tom Newman is pictured third from left at a previous event with Will Newman far right.  event 5x3 300dpi

Leading Manchester Lawyer Returns to Chester as new Head of Family

January 8, 2019 One of the best known Family Lawyers in the North West has joined Chester law firm, Jolliffe & Co LLP as Head of their Family Law team. Elizabeth Hassall returns to Chester from Manchester where she was running her own city centre boutique firm. Elizabeth Hassall Jolliffes new Head of Family Law Elizabeth joins with over 30 years of experience as a Family Law Solicitor. She is returning to her roots as she is a farmer’s daughter born in Malpas, South Cheshire. Elizabeth undertook her Law Society exams in Guildford before settling in Chester where she developed her reputation at Hill Dickinson for 11 years and thereafter in Manchester as Head of Family for Top 50 Law Firms Halliwells and Gateley LLP. Elizabeth chaired the Greater Manchester Collaborative Law Group in 2014 before establishing her own family law practice in 2015. She is an Accredited Specialist of Resolution (a specialist family law body). Elizabeth is listed as a “leading individual” in family law in the North West by both of the principle legal directories – Legal 500 and Chambers UK. Legal 500 describe Elizabeth as “professional and sensitive. She deals with things calmly and firmly and is a very polished Solicitor and an excellent tactician. She is also an excellent negotiator.” In Chambers UK she is referred to as “maintaining her longstanding reputation for family law. Her extensive expertise encompasses pre-nuptial agreements and high value divorces.” She earns praise for “knowing exactly what she is doing”. Elizabeth specialises in the financial aspects either on a breakdown of a marriage or a cohabiting relationship frequently involving business or complex asset structures. She also has extensive experience in pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, often working with a client’s accountant and financial advisors. She says; “Clients contact me at what is one of the most difficult and distressing times of their lives. My experience and knowledge of family law must come with an understanding of the emotional needs of clients, their children and frequently their extended families.” She adds; “There is so much change in family law at present with an end to no-fault divorce being proposed, the introduction of civil partnerships for heterosexual couples and the joys of Brexit which will impact upon this area of law.” Elizabeth is an Advocate of Dispute Resolution having trained specifically as a Collaborative Lawyer and enjoys negotiating wherever possible around a table. She has worked with high profile international sports and business people which has included jurisdictional issues with assets overseas. Elizabeth joins an established team, Helen Davies and Chelsey Bayliss are 8 and 5 years qualified respectively. Together they are able to provide expertise on all aspects of Family Law including (Private) children and Cohabitation advice. Simon Williams, Managing Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial at Jolliffes said; “We attract high quality work and clients in all areas of business. We pride ourselves on our level of service, quality of expertise and experience. Elizabeth’s appointment is further evidence of our commitment to building a strong and talented team for growth and helping to deliver the firm’s ambitions as a Tier One Legal 200 law firm.” Elizabeth was named “Cheshire woman in business” by Trinity Mirror which recognised her outstanding and inspirational contribution as a local businesswoman to both her business and the wider community at the Cheshire Business Awards in 2006. Elizabeth lives near Malpas and combines interests in gardening, travel and swimming.

£9.5k raised at Sporting Lunch

December 11, 2018 The Countess Charity held its annual sporting lunch this week to raise funds for the Memory Lane Project, which aims to make major enhancements to the elderly care wards at the Countess of Chester hospital. The sporting lunch took place at the Crowne Plaza Chester made possible by sponsors Jolliffes which has worked with The Countess Charity as their Charity of the Year. The event raised a fantastic £9,500 and saw businesses from across Chester, North Wales and the surrounding areas in attendance. The attendees where entertained by Ex-Everton and premier league player Tony Cottee and premier league comedian Jed Stone. Tony had plenty of entertaining tales about his experiences with football managers and players. Hanna Clarke, Corporate and Events Fundraising Manager at The Countess Charity was thrilled with the amount of money raised at the event; “The Sporting Lunch an annual fixture in our events calendar now is always so well and attended and I am thrilled with the amount of money raised. I would like to Thank Simon and the team at Jolliffe & Co for their support of this event and their continued support of The Countess Charity.” Simon Williams, Managing Partner of Jolliffes added; “What a great start to the festive season this event is. We all had a fantastic time and it was a pleasure to be able to support the Countess Charity, nominated by our team at Jolliffes as our Charity of the Year. Congratulations to everyone involved on raising such a splendid amount. Everyone locally will need the Countess at some stage of our lives and we need the best caring and support facilities possible there. I hope that other companies and individuals get behind the Memory Lane Project as so many lives are affected by elderly care needs and dementia.” The fantastic amount of money was raised through ticket sales, with a table prize of a £500 voucher kindly donated by Sykes Holidays Cottages Chester, a raffle and auction. There were some unbelievable items in the raffle including a Team Building for ten with the Events Station at Carden Park, various sporting memorabilia and of course a cuddly toy!! 181207 Sporting Lunch 300dpi Photo Caption: Jolliffe & Co LLP and guests at the sporting lunch reception which raised £9,500 for The Countess Charity. LtoR: Alex Walter, Relationship Director at Natwest, Hanna Clarke, Corporate and Events Fundraising Manager at The Countess Charity, Simon Williams, Managing Partner at Jolliffe & Co LLP and Tony Cotte, Ex-Everton and premier league player and speaker. The Memory Lane project aims to raise £190,0000 to enhance the environment on wards 50/51 that specialise in care for the elderly. This will include an interactive corridor, multi-functional day room, improved lighting and décor on main ward, privacy pods, and a secure sensory garden. Anyone who would like more information about supporting the project should contact Hanna Clarke on 01244 366397 or

£5k raised at lunch for hospital elderly care wards

October 18, 2018 The Countess Charity held a lunch in October to raise funds for the Memory Lane Project, which aims to make major enhancements to the elderly care wards at the Countess of Chester hospital. The lunch was made possible by sponsors Jolliffe & Co LLP, Chester MediSpa and Brown Shipley. Bellinis were provided by the Botanist in Chester, catering by Horseradish and gift bags for everyone were provided by Owen Drew Candles. The after lunch speaker was local fashion designer Matthew O‘Brien who has recently launched his flagship store on Eastgate Street. Attendees also had the chance to enter a prize draw for a ceramic owl donated by artist Liz Ellis and take and take part in a raffle with prizes donated from the likes of Chester Racecourse, Furla Cheshire Oaks, Tanners Wine and Chester Arts Fair. Hanna Clarke, events and corporate fundraising manager for the Countess Charity, said: “We are fortunate to have such fantastic local businesses supporting Chester’s local hospital Charity. “The majority of people in Chester will pass through the Countess and to continue to provide more for our patients and staff corporate support and events like today’s Prestigious Ladies’ Lunch raising £5,000 for the Memory Lane Project are vital to allow us to continue to do so.” Sarah Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Jolliffe & Co LLP added; “It was a pleasure to be able to support the Countess Charity, nominated by our team at Jolliffes as our Charity of the Year. Everyone locally will need the Countess at some stage of our lives and we need the best caring and support facilities possible there. I hope that other companies and individuals get behind the Memory Lane Project. So many lives are affected by elderly care needs and dementia.” LadiesLunchLoRes-46 Jolliffe & Co LLP and guests at the lunch reception which raised £5,000 for The Countess Charity.  LtoR Back row: Chelsey Bayliss, Family & Matrimonial, Sally Patterson, Private Client, Rose Moss, Commercial Property, Faye Kelshaw, Private Client. Middle row: Caroline Blake, guest, McLintocks, Carlianne White, Litigation, Caroline Williams, guest, Flavell Wealth Management, Caroline Gardner, guest, Aviation Park Group Front row: Jane Harrad-Roberts, guest, Marketing PRojects, Michelle Mulville, Residential Conveyancing, Jane West, Commercial Property & Licensing,  Kerry Davies, Commercial Debt Recovery, Abi Smith, guest, Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Lynsey Jenkins, guest, McLintocks.

The last ‘Last Word’ is out!

December 1, 2017 Don't miss the last Last Word of 2017 with the latest employment news on dismissals, fees refund and the Uber landmark case. Employment Law what you need to know Your link to Jolliffe's bi-monthly employment newsletter is here. (Don't forget to sign up!)

Employment law/HR training courses

November 2, 2017 Do you spend a lot of time addressing staffing issues when this role could be delegated to managers and team leaders, freeing you up to focus on other matters?  Are your managers attempting to address staffing issues without the knowledge required to do so, thereby putting your organisation at risk?  Are you aware that, in some cases, an employer can defend itself against claims relating to the actions of its employees, provided that you’ve trained your employees effectively? solicitors chester Our employment solicitors at Jolliffe & Co LLP want to work with their clients to equip managers with the skills required to effectively manage employees in any situation, reducing your risk of successful employment tribunal claims and improving workplace culture.  We therefore offer cost-effective training courses tailored to the needs and culture of your organisation.  Our training courses are either a half or full day depending upon your requirements and can be delivered at your premises in order to reduce time out of the office.  We will meet with you prior to developing the training programme to ensure that the training is adapted to your sector and addresses any specific concerns you may have. Our qualified employment solicitors can offer training on any area of employment law including:
  • Employment law updates
  • Contracts of employment/employee handbooks
  • Redundancy and reorganisations
  • Disciplinaries
  • Grievances
  • Absence management
  • Performance management
  • TUPE
  • Family friendly rights
  • Flexible working
  • Equality and diversity
  • Bullying and harassment
  • GDPR for employers
To discuss your training requirements further please contact Elizabeth Judson, Head of Employment, on 01244 310022 or at

Jolly good time to talk! We’re recruiting.

October 8, 2017

At Jolliffes we pride ourselves on being that little bit better, being just a little more creative and working just that little bit harder.  We are expanding our business and seeking experienced, dedicated, driven lawyers to join us.

We have three immediate vacancies all Chester based, one each in our Litigation Team, our Residential Conveyancing Team and in our Commercial Property Team.

unique If you are interested and have 5 years or more PQE please contact us at Rest assured all discussions are in the strictest confidence.

Employee investigations in the workplace

October 2, 2017 Do you struggle to find time to investigate employee concerns or allegations of misconduct?  Are you concerned that you don’t have the internal resource and expertise required to carry out a comprehensive and fair and objective process?  Jolliffe & Co LLP’s employment team can now assist. Investigating employee misconduct or employee grievances is a key stage in establishing the facts of a situation and also essential for completing a fair formal process and, where appropriate, establishing a fair dismissal.  Investigating such matters can be time-consuming and objectivity is key to being able to carry out just the right amount of investigation to be able to reach a reasonable conclusion regarding the events of a situation.  If an employer fails to carry out an investigation in a reasonable and comprehensive manner, this can lead to a finding of unfair dismissal or constructive unfair dismissal in cases where a dismissal would otherwise have been fair.  Using an external investigator can also assist in ensuring that disgruntled employees feel ‘heard’ in circumstances where they have raised a grievance. INGUB397 Jolliffes’ employment team can assist you by acting as the appointed investigating officer to deal with a grievance or alleged misconduct which means that you can be certain that the investigation is being carried out reasonably, comprehensively and objectively.  The members of our employment team are legally qualified and therefore know exactly how an investigation needs to be carried out in order to stand the best possible chance of defending an employment tribunal claim. If you do have sufficient resource within your organisation to handle employee investigations internally, but lack the expertise and knowledge required, our employment team can also provide in-house training to managers to equip them with the skills needed to enable them to carry out the role of investigating officer. If you would like any further information or to discuss your requirements, please contact Elizabeth Judson, Head of Employment on 01244 310022 or email

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Training for Employers

September 13, 2017 STOP PRESS: This date is now full but other dates are being arranged. Please contact us for more info. Legal firm Jolliffe & Co LLP is holding a GDPR training event for employers on Tuesday, 26th September 2017. The General Data Protection Regulation is scheduled to come into force in May 2018 and will have a significant impact on employers. It is the most important change in data protection law in twenty years and there is an urgent need for employers and HR professionals to start to prepare for its introduction. Elizabeth Judson   As a result of attending, delegates will understand the implications of GDPR for their organisation, what their obligations are and what steps they need to take now in order to implement the changes successfully. The interactive and informative training covers: The impact of the GDPR on employers; The role of the data protection officer; Auditing HR data and data processes; Ensuring that contracts of employment are compliant; Reviewing data protection policy; and Auditing third party processes – ensuring compliance from suppliers such as payroll providers, occupational health etc. The event will be held from 9am to 12.30pm on Tuesday 26th September at Jolliffes' head office, 6 St John Street, Chester, CH1 1DA and costs £100 + VAT for the first delegate and £75 + VAT for each additional delegate. Places can be booked by emailing or ringing 01244 310022.

Cheshire Cheese Company Goes for Gold

August 22, 2017 Jolliffes has completed the multi-million pound sale of Cheshire cheesemaker FJ Need (Foods) to the owner of the Kerrygold brand. FJ Need (Foods), which was founded by John Need in 1973, has signed an agreement to be acquired by Ornua for an undisclosed sum. The family-run business includes a cheese cutting, grating and slicing facility, two cheese brands and the distribution fleet.

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Nantwich-based FJ Need, which owns the Spinneyfields brand, supplies dairy products such as grated cheese, diced cheese, sliced cheese, block cheese, speciality cheese, butter and yoghurt to the manufacturing, foodservice and wholesale sectors. Its cheese production facility currently produces 16,000 tonnes per year. Ornua, the Dublin-headquartered owner of brands such as Kerrygold, Shannongold and Pilgrims Choice, has supplied Irish cheese to FJ Need for many years and the acquisition is expected to strengthen this important supply channel. Ornua believes that there is significant potential to expand this capacity to take advantage of the growing foodservice market for cheese ingredients both in the UK and international markets. This potential to expand into new sectors, including leveraging Ornua's existing export routes to market, is a key benefit of the transaction identified by the buyer. Legal firm Jolliffe & Co LLP advised the sellers. Simon Williams, Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial for Jolliffe & Co LLP, led the Jolliffes team and was assisted by Chantel Clague, Tom Newman, and legal tax specialist William Ngan who joined the Jolliffes commercial team in November. The transaction also involved Huw Thomas and Joe Fletcher-Hunt from the commercial property team and Head of Employment Elizabeth Judson. Simon Williams commented; “This was a fantastic transaction for FJ Need and was extremely complex in certain areas. We worked around the clock for a number of weeks to ensure the transaction got over the line successfully and within very tight timescales. This is another example of the type of quality transaction that Jolliffes carries out. We are delighted for Paul and Tracey Need and wish them every success.” Paul Need, Managing Director of FJ Need added; “Jolliffes really helped us through the whole process to make it as easy as possible and anticipate the best options for us. They worked through some complex issues, especially as it was an international sale. I would like to thank the team for all their hard work, late nights and dedication to getting the best deal for us from a number of options. It was important to us that they understood the nature of our business and that we are a true family firm. Jolliffes did, they became part of our team.” Kevin Lane, chief executive of Ornua, said; "We are buying an excellent family dairy business which allows us to significantly strengthen our presence in the UK ingredients sector. The complementary nature of our customer bases and the potential to further scale the business makes this a strong fit for Ornua. We are looking forward to working to grow the business in the coming years."

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