Connect with us

Business

City’s oldest law firm has gone into administration

Published

on

THE longest-established solicitors in Brighton and Hove has gone into administration,

Howlett Clarke was founded in 1773 and had offices in Church Street, Brighton, and Southwick Square, Southwick.

The company is part of QualitySolicitors, the largest network of law firms in the company.

Last week we reported it was to close.

It has been confirmed Howlett Clarke has entered administration.

The firm had suffered severe cashflow difficulties in recent months and stopped taking on new client work in January.

At the same time, 19 members of staff were made redundant.

A statement from the administrators said: “Upon appointment, the joint administrators secured the sale of Howlett Clarke’s live cases and assets to Right Legal Group and Josiah Hincks Solicitors in a deal that ensures continuity for the firm’s clients.

“As a result of the sale, the firm will now cease to trade and the remaining employees have been made redundant.”

Phil Harris, senior manager at FRP Advisory, said: “Howlett Clarke was a well-established law firm in Brighton but unfortunately it faced unsustainable cashflow issues in what is an extremely competitive market.

“We have worked closely with the members to secure the sale of the firm’s casework and its assets to ensure a positive outcome for clients and creditors.

“We are now providing support to the affected employees and are working closely with the Redundancy Payments Service to ensure the best possible outcome in this difficult period.”

One staff member who lost her jobs said: “We went into work as normal in the morning only to be told that we were all going to lose our jobs.

“It was a great shock.

“We didn’t know it had become that bad.”

Jackie Gillespie, partner at QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke, said at the time: “These are extremely challenging times for high street law firms.

“Despite the best efforts of our management team and of our staff, it is with regret that Howlett Clarke will be ceasing to trade in the coming weeks.

“We are continuing to operate to ensure there is no disruption to current client work.”

Read this and more articles at Argus - Business

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Business

Business chief says he is ‘thrilled’ with £100m new Lane in the centre of Brighton

Published

on

BUSINESSES have been shown around the new Hanningtons Lane development in Brighton.

As the Lane takes shape and ahead of its opening next month, Redevco and architect Morgan Carn Partnership invited Lanes businesses and representatives from Brighton Business Improvement District for a preview.

Gavin Stewart, Chief Executive of Brighton BID, said: “We are thrilled that the new Hanningtons Lane is almost near completion.

“The development really adds a whole new dimension to the city centre retail scape, giving locals and visitors alike a brand new area to explore and enjoy.”

Andrew Foulds, portfoliod irector at Redevco, thanked everyone for their support during construction.

He said many of the design and construction team had never worked on such a complicated build but they were absolutely delighted with the results.

The group walked down the new Lane into some shops and peeped into the offices above.

They saw Gingerman Restaurant Group’s latest venture The Flint House being fitted out and learnt about the restoration of Puget’s Cottage, a new Green Wall, and two art projects.

Denise Taylor is secretary of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group and Chairman of Brighton and Hove City in Bloom.

She said: “Businesses in The Lanes have engaged with the architect since early proposals and the developers thereafter.

“The majority of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group has supported this project to ensure the regeneration and survival of the Old Town.

“The huge investment in the development of the area and the opening up of a new lane to link with the original mid-eighteenth century layout is vital for the sustainability of The Lanes and surrounding areas.

“With so much economic uncertainty at this time, it is anticipated that this development will prove popular with visitors and tourists alike and will entice new businesses into the Lanes.”

Read this and more articles at Argus - Business

Continue Reading

Business

Business chief says he is ‘thrilled’ with £100m new Lane

Published

on

BUSINESSES have been shown around the new Hanningtons Lane development in Brighton.

As the Lane takes shape and ahead of its opening next month, Redevco and architect Morgan Carn Partnership invited Lanes businesses and representatives from Brighton Business Improvement District for a preview.

Gavin Stewart, Chief Executive of Brighton BID, said: “We are thrilled that the new Hanningtons Lane is almost near completion.

“The development really adds a whole new dimension to the city centre retail scape, giving locals and visitors alike a brand new area to explore and enjoy.”

Andrew Foulds, portfoliod irector at Redevco, thanked everyone for their support during construction.

He said many of the design and construction team had never worked on such a complicated build but they were absolutely delighted with the results.

The group walked down the new Lane into some shops and peeped into the offices above.

They saw Gingerman Restaurant Group’s latest venture The Flint House being fitted out and learnt about the restoration of Puget’s Cottage, a new Green Wall, and two art projects.

Denise Taylor is secretary of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group and Chairman of Brighton and Hove City in Bloom.

She said: “Businesses in The Lanes have engaged with the architect since early proposals and the developers thereafter.

“The majority of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group has supported this project to ensure the regeneration and survival of the Old Town.

“The huge investment in the development of the area and the opening up of a new lane to link with the original mid-eighteenth century layout is vital for the sustainability of The Lanes and surrounding areas.

“With so much economic uncertainty at this time, it is anticipated that this development will prove popular with visitors and tourists alike and will entice new businesses into the Lanes.”

Read this and more articles at Argus - Business

Continue Reading

Business

Full time blogger is finalist in Working Dad of the Year 2019

Published

on

TOM Briggs quit a well-paid job to follow his dream of becoming a full-time blogger.

He writes the award-winning blog Diary of the Dad.

Now Tom, from Polegate, is a finalist in the Working Dad of the Year category of Pitman Training’s SuperAchievers awards.

This award is for fathers who epitomise the dedication required to juggle a busy home and family life, alongside achieving personal career ambitions.

Tom was nominated by his wife Kate and together they have three young children.

He started his blog as a new hobby back in 2010 but it has since grown into something much bigger.

In 2015, Tom made the decision to become a full-time blogger to spend more time with his family.

His wife was pregnant and Tom’s career at the time wasn’t allowing for a great work/life balance.

Tom was the family’s only earner at the time so there was a huge risk to walking away from a secure, well-paid job.

But he wasn’t finding the enjoyment in the role and knew that he wanted more precious time with his growing family.

Tom has turned a hobby into something that provides for a family of five and, most importantly, that gives them more time together.

He has had numerous media appearances on programmes such as Good Morning Britain and the Victoria Derbyshire show, as well as radio, newspaper and magazine interviews where he can offer a dad’s point of view.

He also works with various brands as a spokesperson and holds regular contributor slots on various websites.

Most importantly, Tom is able to play a full part in family life.

Working from home, with no commute, he structures his work to standard office hours.

Around that, Tom is able to do school runs, attend class assemblies, school plays and all the extra-curricular activities that family life presents.

Wife Kate said: “Tom has worked so hard to provide for us and has gone from strength to strength while being around more too.

“He’s found a way of having the best of both worlds and we’re really happy with how things have worked out.

“I think Tom is a great success simply because he loves what he does for a living both in terms of his job itself and the work-life balance that it gives him.”

Voting online via Pitman’s website is now open for all finalists (http://superachievers.pitman-training.com/index.php)

Public vote closes Friday and the winners will then be announced on March 29.

Winners will receive an engraved award, £500 and a voucher for a distance learning course of their choice.

Read this and more articles at Argus - Business

Continue Reading

Popular

© 2019 The Crawley Comet | Privacy