Principal Areas of Work Agriculture and rural affairs, ADR, charities, competition, corporate and commercial, commercial property and real estate, crime, defamation/reputation management, dispute resolution, employment, family, fraud, IT, insolvency, intellectual property, media and entertainment, mediation, partnership, private client, professional discipline, sport, trusts and personal tax.
Corporate/Commercial: The Corporate/Commercial Department has a client list that includes ownermanaged businesses, partnerships, internationally-known Plcs and private businesses, banks, insurance companies and personalities from the world of sport and entertainment. High profile clients in the region include DFS Furniture Group and Harrogate International Festivals. The complete range of commercial work is handled, including corporate, competition, commercial property, franchising, intellectual property, liquor licensing and employment. The firm has established a burgeoning reputation in IT and e-commerce, advising a number of internet and new media businesses. Leisure is also an important sector. Peter McCormick is Chairman of Visit Harrogate, responsible for all business and leisure tourism in the region.
Sports & Media/Entertainment: The practice has an outstanding reputation in sports and media/entertainment law and Senior Partner Peter McCormick is regarded as one of the leading sports lawyers in the country, having conducted a number of high-profile matters involving football, rugby, horse racing, cricket, motor racing and athletics. He has been Chairman of the Premier League 2014/15. He is a Director of the FA and Chairman of the Football Board of the Premier League. He is also Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group of the Premier League. Other clients include Leeds United FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Professional Game Match Officials Ltd., and a number of other leading organisations, clubs and individuals.
Professional Discipline: The firm has a substantial reputation for regulatory and disciplinary work in sport and the professions. Peter McCormick acts for the Premier League and as a Chairman of tribunals and arbitrations. He is a Chairman of Sports Resolutions (UK).
Dispute Resolution: Commercial dispute resolution covers the full range of this work including personal litigation, including defamation, property litigation, contract disputes, construction cases, intellectual property and debt recovery for national institutions. The firm is very strong in ADR and mediation.
Fraud, Tax & Crime: McCormicks has a legendary reputation in criminal law covering all aspects and, in particular, serious fraud, major crime and the defence of tax investigations. Under the leadership of Partner Geoffrey Rogers, the firm has acted in a number of major tax cases and VAT tribunals. The firm was one of the first in the country to be appointed to the Specialist Fraud Panel and the Very High Costs Cases (VHCC) Panel.
Private Client & Charities: Private client work includes residential conveyancing and a full service on wills, trusts and settlements. Inheritance and tax planning are other strengths. The firm is a leader in charity law acting for more than 20 charities, including the Outward Bound Trust and the Premier League Charitable Fund.
Family: All aspects of family work are covered, including childcare, divorce and separation and the firm was among the first to be accredited under the Law Society’s Family Law Scheme. Geoffrey Rogers is a member of the Family Panel.