Manchester experts offer free helpline advice

Date: 09/07/2020
Author: Heather Waight
Company: Merrick Solicitors

A Manchester-based family law team has opened up its free helpline service to fellow professionals to help more callers.

Merrick Solicitors launched the freephone number in April as fears were raised about increasing instances of domestic abuse during the lockdown. Since then its team has been available seven days a week from 8am to 8pm to offer advice on relationship issues such as divorce, separation and children.

Now Merrick has assembled an expert panel to offer free advice on everything from employment law to issues with wills and trusts to health problems.

The week-long initiative starts on Monday July 13 with Childline-trained Sophie Hughes taking calls in confidence from young people. On Tuesday 14 it will be Chris Burrows, Head of the Private Client Team at Glaisyers Solicitors, a specialist in wills, trusts, probate, inheritance tax and estate management.

He will be followed by ‘Colonics Queen’ and gut health specialist Helen O’Brien, of the Complete Health Clinic at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel, who will use her knowledge of nutrition to advise on improving immunity, reducing stress and enhancing general health.

Thursday will be the turn of Knights employment lawyer Daniel Rubin, a specialist in workplace disputes, termination of contracts and many other workplace issues.

The week will round off with Altrincham-based family mediator Maura McKibbin, a trained separation and divorce coach helping families through relationship breakdowns.

Alongside the guest expert each day on freephone 0800 285 1413 will be one of the Merrick team to offer family law advice.

Merrick principal Amanda Merrick said: “We’re delighted these knowledgeable, experienced people have come on board and offered their services for free to help people who may be struggling.

“We launched the helpline to offer help to those who needed it during lockdown and we’re really pleased to be able to extend the support available.”

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