When Liverpool was named as city of culture in 2008, I was quite surprised since this did not fit in with my image of the city. I had lived there for many years, working as an assistant to solicitors in Liverpool for a while, and then going on to join a firm of solicitors in Liverpool city centre as a legal aide. Although I found the city to be pleasant enough, I had always thought it to be rather grim and mainly for fans of the Beatles.
I was forced to take a closer look at the city and found some surprising things about it. Liverpool has a world class cultural to offer, with more museums and galleries anywhere outside of London. The city is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and known worldwide as the birthplace The Beatles. Since I left the job with the solicitors, Liverpool has been a place which I rarely visit and even though I have good memories of the place, it has never attracted me the way that Manchester or London have.
However, it has to be said that there must be something about the place as it is so well known and there have been so many films and television programmes made in around and about the place. Although the Beatles put Liverpool firmly on the map and bought the attention of the world to this city, there is now so much more about it which keeps the buzz alive. This is all good news for the tourist industry and this in turn is great for the economy.
There’s a large choice of tours available, from introductory city tours for the first-time visitor to special interest itineraries, not to mention a great selection of Beatles tours. There’s loads to do for families too, plus stunning coast and countryside to explore for those wanting to escape the bright lights of the city. There is a large airport and the ferry is not only famous but very useful for short trips. I have now come to realise that there is more to the city than I had thought and that maybe I should consider going back for a visit and check out all the positive things.
The firm of solicitors in the Liverpool area where I worked is still going strong and this due mainly to the fact that the team of solicitors which they have is excellent. The firm deals mainly with the area of family law, but do have some solicitors who are experienced in criminal law and compensation claims. Family law is a wide area and one which most people tend to think of when it the law is mentioned. This area deals with all matters related to the family, such as divorce, custody and other matters related to children, separation and issues arising throughout marriage, including spousal abuse, legitimacy, adoption, surrogacy, child abuse, and child abduction. Also included are things such as annulment, property settlements, alimony, and parental responsibility orders.