From Darkness to Light

This coming Sunday 28th November at 5.30pm, Liverpool Cathedral is once again holding its spectacular From Darkness to Light service to mark the first Sunday of the Advent season.

The service begins with the entire Cathedral in total darkness, and as the procession, accompanied by music, slowly wends its way from the west end to the east end of the building, the darkness is gradually transformed by more and more light from the candles held by the procession’s participants and the Cathedral’s natural lighting.

When the procession reaches the Altar at the east end of the building, the Cathedral is bathed in light, creating a warm, welcoming and stunning effect that symbolises both the daily rhythms of our lives, and the light which Christ and the Word of God bring into the hearts and lives of Christians. At the end of the service, the procession retraces its steps signifying Christ’s second coming.

The From Darkness to Light Advent service was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making this year’s service all the more special and heralding the start of a more typical festive season at Liverpool Cathedral. Admission is free and no booking is required. The Cathedral doors open at 4.30pm, and bell ringing will take place before the service from 4pm to 5.30pm. 

Bartletts Solicitors are proud to be long-term supporters of Liverpool Cathedral, with Thomas Bartlett, a direct ancestor of the firm’s owners, leaving a bequest for the construction of the array of 13 bells for the new cathedral which was then being built in 1912. We wish our friends and partners at Liverpool Cathedral all the very best wishes for the upcoming festive season!

Return of the Wondrous Place Gallery

The Museum of Liverpool is reopening its popular Wondrous Place gallery next Friday, 26th November, showcasing and celebrating Liverpool’s internationally recognised roll call of creative talent in music, sport, cinema, TV, comedy, art, poetry and more. New displays and immersive experiences help visitors better understand the city’s array of trailblazing talent, and its genuine influence around the world in different creative spheres.  

The new Stage and Screen display looks at how Liverpool has been used as a backdrop for Hollywood blockbuster films and award-winning TV shows, and also explores some of Merseyside’s less well-known cultural creators, including writers, producers and performers. Among the famous items of costume on display are iconic Beatles’ suits, one of Lita Rosa’s favourite stage dresses, a Melanie C stage costume worn on the Spice Girls’ 2019 Spice World tour and Cillian Murphy’s cap from the BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders.

Liverpool’s sporting legacy is not overlooked, with Bill Shankly’s trademark overcoat taking pride of place alongside other more recent items such as 2019 heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s running shoes, Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore’s racing silks and Natasha Jonas’ Team GB boxing shorts. The Wondrous Place gallery also examines the region’s gaming industry and offers visitors the chance to play some of the iconic games developed in and around Liverpool.

The Wondrous Place gallery reopens on 26th November 2021. The Museum of Liverpool is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 4pm. Visitors can explore Liverpool’s fascinating, diverse history in this magnificent waterfront museum:

Advice on Buying and Selling Pubs

There is no doubt that the last 18 months have been incredibly tough for pub owners and tenants across the UK, with the latest figures suggesting sales over the 12 months to September this year were 45% down on the same period in 2019. The industry’s struggles mean that more pub buying opportunities are coming on the market, and sound legal advice for both prospective buyers and sellers can be critical to the success of the purchase or sale of a pub.

Our business purchases and sales team offers a cost-effective and efficient fixed fee service for buying and selling pubs. We can advise pub buyers on whether a freehold, leasehold or tenanted pub purchase is the best option. We can also help both buyers and sellers negotiate lease terms, tenancy agreements, or the transfer documentation or contract for sale of the business in the case of a freehold purchase.

Checks and enquiries need to be made to establish the seller’s title to the pub, as well as any other interests or restrictions affecting the property and the legal viability of the business. It is essential for pub buyers to know as much about the finances of the business they are buying as possible, and an accountant with experience of licensed properties will need to examine audited accounts and related financial information to avoid any nasty surprises for the buyer down the line.

In June this year, James Edwards, a commercial property solicitor at Bartletts, received a five star review on Trustpilot for his handling of the sale of a public house. The client had used our commercial property legal services before, and commented on James’ ‘very efficient service’ which made for ‘an easy sale’. Our experience and expertise in this area means we serve prospective pub buyers and sellers nationwide. Give us a call for a free no obligation discussion.