A MEMBER of Farleys Solicitors’ insolvency team has been awarded a permanent contract with the firm after qualifying as a solicitor.

Danielle Mestraud, from Preston, graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a commendation in the Legal Practice Course before joining Farleys’ Burnley office on a training contract. She will now specialise in corporate insolvency. She said:

“Statistics show that the number of company liquidations in the UK is on the rise which means it is a challenging time for insolvency solicitors as owners of businesses in financial trouble are continually looking for advice on saving their company.

Now that I have qualified I will be actively involved in dealing with actions on behalf of trustees, liquidators and supervisors and will hopefully be able to offer advice to help a number of local businesses get out of financial difficulties.”

Farleys’ insolvency department is headed by partner Jonathan Bridge and former Trafford Borough Council debt adviser, Mark Skinner. It deals with both personal and commercial insolvency cases.

It offers impartial advice to companies and individuals on Individual Voluntary Arrangements, debt management, bankruptcy, Company Voluntary Arrangements, winding up petitions, possession applications and interim applications to the high court district registry.

Jonathan Bridge added: “Danielle has played a large part in the growth of the insolvency department since its launch in September and now that she has qualified we are confident she will work towards establishing the department as one of the leading commercial and personal insolvency teams in Manchester and East Lancashire.”

Farleys Solicitors was established in Blackburn in the mid 1950s and is now one of the largest law firms in Lancashire. It has seven offices across the region, 14 partners and over 180 staff, including over 75 lawyers.

The firm works with businesses and members of the public, providing legal advice on issues including personal injury, civil litigation, criminal, family, company commercial including employment law, probate, and personal and commercial conveyancing.

For a free consultation with a Personal Insolvency or Bankruptcy Solicitor, please call Farleys Solicitors now on 0845 050 1958 or contact us by e-mail.