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Clarion

Leeds

  • Elizabeth House
  • Leeds
  • UK
  • LS1 2TW

Private Client - North East & Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Applauded for the diversity of its private client practice, and well versed in services for the elderly (including care fee planning), estate work and contentious probate. Also noted for its charities and Court of Protection capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Reassurance: "I found in Clarion a group of professionals who, although maintaining a professional, objective and realistic approach, enabled me to regain the confidence that I needed to successfully fight the case and to make the necessary decisions."

Client service: "I believe they have passion and that they think of the person first. They can communicate so well, and with kindness, whilst remaining professional."

Market dominance: "They're rising in the market very quickly - I have a lot of respect for them. They're a young team and they're going to be big market players."

What's new? In June 2012, the team moved to a new city centre location in Leeds.

Work highlights The team continues to administer the substantial and complex estate of the late James Heselden OBE.

Notable practitioners 

Sara Rogers remains a leader in the private client field and is praised for balancing solid legal skills with an ability to put clients at ease. One impressed source commented: "When I was, from time to time, distressed by events, she recognised and responded to me as an individual. As a result, I have always felt able to be open and honest in my dealings with her."

Senior associate Lynsey Harrison spearheads the team's contentious trusts and probate arm and is a highly regarded litigator in the area. Reassured clients comment: "She is incredibly knowledgeable but also able to explain the legal terms so that I could understand. She is really busy but she always made me feel I could take as long as I needed."

Court of Protection - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department 

- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Leeds

What the team is known for Maintains a specialist practice of advising the elderly and vulnerable from its Yorkshire offices. Provides a free weekly legal clinic in Leeds on all issues, including advice for those who have reduced mental capacity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: “An approachable, affable team which is good at answering or returning my telephone calls.”

Notable practitioners

Sara Rogers is a key contact.

Corporate/M&A - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Noted for private equity and venture capital work on behalf of public companies and SMEs. Significant experience in the construction, manufacturing and media industry sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Very personable, professional, always available and happy to guide us through all situations."

What's new? New client wins include Bayford & Co, MyCSP and YFM Equity Partners.

Work highlights Advised the shareholders of Anchor Bay Construction Products on the sale of the company to CRH.

Represented Alstoe in its purchase of Vetergesic from Reckitt Benckiser.

Notable practitioners 

Richard Moran assisted The Black Hole Creative Company with an equity and debt investment in the company by Finance Yorkshire. 

Significant clients Hesco Bastion, Cedar Court Hotels/Acropolis Hotels, Segway, The Co-operative Bank, 20:20.

Paul King 

Employment - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Handles a variety of work for clients from nationally recognised names to start-up businesses. Good success rate in defending Employment Tribunal claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A very professional law firm, without the stuffiness associated with many big law firms. They are approachable and also provide great additional support and networking opportunities."

Work highlights Advised Wescot Credit Services on all Employment Tribunal claims and the application of TUPE.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Tahamtani earns rave reviews for offering "tremendous support on a number of challenging employment issues." Another source adds that she has "high levels of energy and a clear passion for her subject" and "is a natural and powerful communicator with a skill for influencing decisions." 

Joanna Dodd has been described as "an excellent lawyer who strengthens the team with her knowledge, gravitas and ability to get to the nub of an issue quickly." Clients add that she "has a real commercial edge about her."

Significant clients The Priory Group, Nobia Group, Clipper Logistics, ATH Resources, Cardinal Group.

Family/Matrimonial - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Focuses upon high net worth financial disputes, often involving concealed assets, as well as handling prenuptial and cohabitation agreements. Also houses a strong collaborative law practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "They had a very pragmatic approach, not driven by compliance but guided by it. I appreciated how they put individual needs central to the process rather than letting the divorce process drive us insane!"  

Notable practitioners  

Justine Osmotherley predominantly advises on complex and high-value financial disputes, and is also highly regarded for her skill in handling children matters and other complex issues, such as domestic violence. Sources highlight "her ability to cut to the chase without compromising standards and her empathy in tough situations."

Information Technology - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners 
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Acts on both contentious and non-contentious IT matters for businesses including software developers and corporate end users.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Clarion offers good value for money and punches above its weight in terms of expertise."

What's new? New clients include civil service pension scheme administrator MyCSP.

Work highlights Advised on the development and release of a mobile app for taxi company Shiny Sky.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Hattersley heads the department. Clients call him a "good negotiator, very practical and pragmatic. He can get to the bottom of an issue and work out a sensible solution during heated negotiations. Calm and creative in terms of moving problems on. He gets the job done in a way that makes sense to us as a business."

Significant clients Communisis, Callcredit, Barker Brothers, Centrica, Alphanumeric.

Intellectual Property - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for A robust international focus with the expertise to deal with matters involving trade marks, designs, patents and the IP aspects of transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Accessibility: "The quality of Clarion's work is exceptional. They are very easy to deal with and always willing to discuss matters, whether during office hours, in the evenings or at weekends."

Client service: "Their approach to clients is refreshing. They get the job done and their fee structure is very competitive."

Work highlights Continues to assist Prestigious Textiles in an international dispute concerning copyright infringement.

Assisted Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance in taking down a website damaging to the client's brand, trade marks and copyright.

Notable practitioners  

Head of team Leigh Martin is best known as a trade mark and patent specialist. Sources have "nothing but admiration for him" as "an extremely commercially minded lawyer."

Esther Kirwan is best known for her work on disputes, but also assists clients with the management of IP portfolios. Clients say that she is "approachable, contactable, hard-working and practical," and has "great attention to detail."

Significant clients Freemans Grattan Holdings, Pace, Dollar Financial Group, MyCSP, Communisis.

Litigation - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Respected presence in West Yorkshire, handling complex commercial litigation across a range of industry sectors. Noted for particular strength with fast-track growth entrepreneurial businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarion: "They are absolutely excellent. They excel at understanding a situation, explaining it in layman's terms and getting on with the job."

Client service: "I like that they are straightforward and client-focused."

What's new? New client wins include Rathbone Brothers, Invested Asset Management and Acorn Stairlifts.

Work highlights Acted for 60 former shareholders of Cattles in the wake of its insolvency.

Represented TA Marketing in a high-value dispute with Bansal Spinning Mills concerning the alleged wrongful termination of an exclusive selling rights agreement. 

Notable practitioners

The "thoughtful and determined" Simon Young heads the dispute resolution and litigation team. One impressed client states that he is "enthusiastic, very commercially astute and able to use the legal framework to achieve our business objectives."

Significant clients Grattan, Communisis, The Premier League, Investec Asset Management, Kingspan Insulation. 

Real Estate - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Noted for advising national developers and house builders. Also has expertise in acting for clients on finance and restructuring transactions, and in working with corporate occupiers and organisations in the leisure sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They are young and eager, and the work has been impressive."

What's new? New client wins include Loxley Homes, Manor Estates and Gateway Homes.

Work highlights Advised the Co-operative Bank on the £20 million funding for the development OF a new hotel near the Leeds Arena.

Notable practitioners

Martin Grange is a key contact.

Significant clients Persimmon, HSBC, The Acropolis Group, Redrow, Lazarus Properties.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for A popular choice in the market, acting for insolvency practitioners, asset-based lenders and turnaround specialists. Admired contentious insolvency offering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "Clarion can handle larger and more complex work. They have the team and the expertise."

Visibility: "The team has carved out a good niche for itself, and is well-regarded by insolvency practitioners."

What's new? Received a number of new panel instructions from a number of the region's insolvency practitioners, including Deloitte, Ernst & Young and Duff & Phelps.

Work highlights Acted for the joint administrators of construction suppliers TM Newburn Group on the sale of the business.

Notable practitioners  

The highly "personable" Roger Hutton focuses on contentious aspects of corporate insolvencies. Something of a rainmaker for the firm, sources say he has worked hard to raise the profile of his team over a number of years.

Corporate recovery and insolvency team head Ryan Millmore is "user-friendly," "highly able" and "understands what is important to clients." Market observers acknowledge that he is rapidly making a name for himself. 

Up-and-comer Alice Pratt is "highly commercial, straight-talking and always delivers." Clients describe her as "highly competent" and "very easy to work with."

Significant clients KPMG, Begbies Traynor, Armstrong Watson, Geoffrey Martin & Co, RSM Tenon.