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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 Offers specialist advice in the contentious sphere including contested probate and Court of Protection matters. Also handles tax and succession planning advice as well as Court of Protection work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They tell you everything they are going to do in advance and then keep you informed when it's all done."

"The lawyers were all very kind and understanding during quite a difficult time."

Notable practitioners  

Sara Rogers handles the team's most significant matters including succession planning, wealth protection and the administration of complex trusts. Clients compliment her "great bedside manner" and say she is "very reassuring and instils a lot of confidence" when dealing with sensitive issues.

Lynsey Harrison is experienced in handling a broad range of contentious issues related to wills, trusts and probate. "She strikes me as very go-ahead and she takes a modern, dynamic approach," reports one source.

Court of Protection - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Leeds

What the team is known for Acts in conjunction with the firm's private client department to provide counsel on contested wills and probate disputes within the Court of Protection. Has particular understanding of dementia and its implications for managing the estates of elderly clients and their family members.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They communicate well, deal with things very promptly, and are amenable and very accommodating."

"Their technical ability stands out, they're efficient and they care about people."

Notable practitioners  

Lynsey Harrison has over a decade's experience in contentious probate matters, with a strong Court of Protection focus. Sources report that she "works very hard to get the best possible result for her client, is very sensitive and has a lot of empathy, and is very good on the detail."

Banking & Finance - Yorkshire

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

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 Frequently acts for high net worth individuals, management teams and businesses in M&A transactions and buyouts. Diverse mid-market experience in sectors such as manufacturing, media and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The communication is extremely good - it's the right balance to ensure you are aware of the progress. Additionally, when we hit problems, the advice is very commercial."

"The lawyers take complex issues and distil them into something the general world can understand."

What's new? New client wins include Wensleydale Creamery, Bulmer & Lumb Group, George Walker Transport and Harpers Environmental.  

Work highlights Advised the management of Winder Power on its £6 million MBO, backed by Enterprise Ventures.

Acted for the shareholders of JWH Holdings on the sale of its subsidiary Segway to SSI.

Notable practitioners  

Paul King recently joined the firm from Hill Dickinson. He is described by clients as "very diligent, commercial and a good all-rounder who gets straight to the point." He provides the full suite of transactional services to local businesses.

Richard Moran heads the department and has a great deal of experience advising SMEs and shareholders on corporate transactions. According to one client, "Richard balances intellectual firepower with a warm and open personality that makes him a pleasure to work with."

Significant clients Hesco Bastion, Chargill, Anchor Bay Construction Products, Costan, Cedar Court Hotels.

Employment - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A growing group involved in complex ET claims, particularly sexual harassment and discrimination. Its respondent workload comprises TUPE transfers and executive terminations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very easy to work with and their approach is useful. On top of that, the information they provide through training events and newsletters is really important."

What's new? Cash Converters (UK) is one of the team's new client wins.

Notable practitioners  

With over a decade of experience, Sarah Tahamtani is an experienced litigator who specialises in TUPE, corporate transactions and senior executive dismissals.

Senior associate Joanna Dodd demonstrates a strong grasp of complicated ET claims relating to whistle-blowing, unfair dismissals and discrimination.

Significant clients Clipper Logistics Group, Nobia Group, Hesco Bastion, Wescot Credit Services, Gratterpalm.

Family/Matrimonial - Yorkshire

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

What the team is known for Well-respected family team continues to receive referrals from a number of experienced market professionals. Strong in collaborative law alongside developing expertise in LGBT family issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They were very good at everything and very approachable." 

What's new? Fiona Kendall joins the team from Jones Myers.

Notable practitioners 

Fiona Kendall is an established collaborative lawyer and mediator. She is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, and has experience in a range of family law work, including prenuptial agreements.

Justine Osmotherley commands a "high reputation" among fellow family lawyers. She is a trained collaborative lawyer and heads the firm's private client services team.

Information Technology - Yorkshire

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

What the team is known for Focuses on contentious and non-contentious matters for consumer and supplier-side IT clients, on a regional and national level.

What's new? Dominic Higham joins the IT department from DLA Piper, bringing a background in commercial and IT litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Hattersley is head of the commercial and IT department. He has experience of working in outsourcing, telecoms and IT agreements. He acts for a wide range of clients, including agencies, suppliers and logistical providers.

Significant clients Communisis, Whitbread, Hermes Logistics, Callcredit, MyCSP.

Intellectual Property - Yorkshire

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

What the team is known for Comprehensive trade mark and design management and protection service. Acts for both domestic and international clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Represents a number of branded consumer product manufacturers in the electronics and homeware spheres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A fine firm and a good return on investment for clients." 

Work highlights Won a competitive tender to manage the global trade mark portfolio for Pace.  

Acted for Highfield Awarding Body For Compliance on achieving the successful removal of a misleading NTS Colleges website. The matter involved using UK and US trade mark and copyright laws.

Notable practitioners 

IP group leader Leigh Martin handles the full spectrum of IP issues. One source notes: "He's at the top of his game. There's never anything that catches him out and he's thoroughly reliable."

Esther Kirwan advises a wide range of clients on all areas of IP. She is the lead partner on the firm's trade mark portfolio management work for Pace.

Significant clients Hard Rock International, Dollar Financial Group, Freemans Grattan Holdings, MyCSP, Communisis. 

Litigation - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Leeds 

What the team is known for Leeds-based firm that advises local and national clients. Key focuses include professional negligence and property development disputes. Additional focus in advising claimants on interest rate swap mis-selling claims. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Determined and professional."  

"They seem to communicate extremely well, between themselves and with me."

Work highlights Represented the former shareholders of Cattles in a £15 million claim related to a scheme of arrangement put in place following the company's insolvency.

Acted for specialist care provider Citizenship First on the obtaining of an injunction to prevent the soliciting of business and misuse of confidential information by a competitor and former employees.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Young earns strong praise from clients, who appreciate his empathetic approach to matters. He has been known to utilise his strong mediation skills to the benefit of clients in long-term litigation disputes, and has the ability to handle their international matters as well. One client reflects that he "provides very clear advice as to strategy and execution."

Significant clients Hesco Bastion, Troy Food, Segway, Williams Lea, Kingspan Insulation.

Real Estate - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Undertakes a range of real estate work, including residential development, investment and restructuring, with a notable client base and significant portfolio management experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"When we ask a question, we get a prompt reply and the team can extend its service to discuss ideas and alternative routes." 

Work highlights Advised Reward Capital on secured lending relating to the acquisition of a garden centre business.

Significant clients HSBC, Persimmon Homes, The Acropolis Group, Lazarus Properties, Mitch Developments. 

Restructuring/Insolvency - Yorkshire

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

What the team is known for Instructed by a wide range of insolvency practitioners, turnaround specialists and asset-based lenders. Covers the full process of insolvency, including advising pre and post-situation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They invest a significant amount of senior resources, which adds a great deal of comfort."

Work highlights Advised Deloitte in its capacity as administrator of Atmosphere Bars and Clubs, with particular respect to licensing requirements and the sale of the business and assets.

Duff & Phelps instructed the team to advise on the administration and onward sale of bottle manufacturer and recycler, Bottleworks Solutions.

Notable practitioners  

Senior partner Roger Hutton is noted for his work on the company side and for directors in relation to business in distress. Clients report that he is "excellent; very commercial and very quick on the uptake."

Department head Ryan Millmore focuses on corporate insolvencies, including administrations, receiverships and liquidations. Sources note that he always provides "quick, sensible and practical resolutions to issues."

Alice Pratt also regularly deals with corporate insolvencies, specifically bringing antecedent transaction claims and realising assets. 

Significant clients KPMG, Begbies Traynor, Armstrong Watson, Geoffrey Martin & Co., Baker Tilly.