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Agriculture and estates

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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘extremely well-prepared’ practice is headed by the ‘efficient and practical’ Jonathan Attey. The team often acts for landowners disposing of land for development purposes, and also handles diversification schemes. Paul Nash and Rachel Meredith are ‘professional and very well-informed’. Valerie James has retired.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s ‘strong and experienced’ team is led by consultant Martin Whitehead and includes renewable energy specialist Andrew Oliver and property partner Janice Rawlings. The practice is handling a growing renewable energy workload.

Headed by the ‘approachable and tactical’ Paul Burkinshaw, Harrowells Solicitors’ practice handles a wide range of contentious matters relating to partnerships, probate and access. Litigation head Simon Black and commercial property partner Stephen Proctor are also recommended.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s ‘excellent’ team, led by consultant David Grice and the ‘faultlessJohanne Spittle, advises on land use, employment issues and renewable energy projects, as well as landlord and tenant disputes.

McCormicks is noted for its advice to landowners on the diversification of their estates, as well as for its handling of estate issues for charities such as the Outward Bound Trust and Duke of Edinburgh Award. Peter McCormick is the key figure.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ team includes ‘top performerJulia Rangecroft, who specialises in tax planning concerning agricultural assets and heritage properties. The group is led by Cambridge-based Michael Aubrey.

Raworths’ department has a strong commercial focus, with particular expertise in the sale and purchase of agricultural land. William Kinread and Christopher Butterworth lead the team, which includes David Garfitt, who joined from Langleys Solicitors LLP.

The ‘accurate and professional’ team at Rollits LLP is headed by the ‘formidable’ Neil Franklin, who handles farm sales, purchases and tenancies, with an increasing focus on renewable energy work.

At Grays, practice head Lyn Rickatson advises farmers and large estates on diversification schemes and also handles commercial and agricultural matters.

Langleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘efficient’ team includes associate Phil Robinson, who handles farm sales and tenancies. The team has acted for developers and landowners. David Garfitt is now at Raworths.

Charities and not-for-profit

Headed by the ‘efficientCatherine Rustomji, DWF is ‘at the top of its game’. Rustomji has been leading the team in assisting the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) with governance and regulatory issues following an investigation by the Charity Commission.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP fields a multidisciplinary team that advises on governance issues, mergers and property matters. The group is led by Malcolm Lynch and includes the ‘highly pragmatic’ Sylvie Nunn. Clients include academy trusts, heritage and faith-based charities, and student unions. Duncan Milwain joined the firm as a consultant from Lupton Fawcett Denison Till in August 2016.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team is headed by Pervinder Kaur, who specialises in funding issues and Charity Commission investigations. Yorke Eaton advises on charities-related governance issues, property transactions, commercial contracts and restructuring issues.

Headed by the ‘effective’ Peter McCormick, McCormicksprovides an excellent service’ to charities such as the Premier League Charitable Fund and Football Foundation.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘excellent’ group is led by Janet Hoskin, who ‘has a good level of technical expertise’, and includes senior associate Chris Thomas, who advises on governance and tax issues. Clients include universities, corporate foundations and local government charities.

Rollits LLP’s practice has experienced an increase in work relating to charity mergers. Practice head Gerry Morrison has been leading the team advising the York Railway Institute on becoming an incorporated charity.

Led by Newcastle-based Emma Moody, Bond Dickinson LLP has particular expertise in the education and healthcare sectors, with a strong focus on transactions and governance issues. The team includes Mark Honeywell.

Gosschalks’ multidisciplinary team is led by Nigel Beckwith, who specialises in academy conversions. Corporate partner Paul Plaxton advises on the registration of new charities, incorporation of existing trusts and governance issues.

At Irwin Mitchell, practice head Laurence Gavin leads on non-contentious regulatory matters, including academy conversions and governance issues. The team includes pensions partner Nigel Bolton and employment partner Kirsty Ayre.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s team primarily advises educational and ecclesiastical organisations. Duncan Milwain joined Wrigleys Solicitors LLP in August 2016.

The ‘excellent’ team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is headed by corporate associate Daniel Hammond, who advises on compliance matters and the registration of new charities.

Hempsons’ group is led by Faisal Dhalla, who handles group structures, governance issues, re-organisations and mergers, as well as commercial contracts.

The team at Schofield Sweeney is headed by Andrew Hurst, who has particular expertise in the establishment of new charities, as well as advising on governance and tax issues. Luisa D’Allesandro is recommended.

Shulmans advises on all aspects of charity law, with a particular focus on corporate, employment, property and dispute resolution matters. It is headed by ‘excellent’ associate Jennifer Chambers.

Taylor Bracewell’s ‘excellent’ department handles employment, property and commercial matters in the charity sector, with a particular focus on academy conversions. The practice is led by Sharon Beck, who also heads the commercial team.

Ward Hadaway’s practice is led by Fiona Wharton, who advises on all aspects of charity law, including restructurings, mergers, compliance, governance and fundraising matters.

Contentious trusts and probate

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Irwin Mitchell’s ‘outstanding’ team is led by Paula Myers, a ‘true specialist’ who often acts for high-profile individuals. The team handles claims involving issues of validity, capacity and undue influence.

Bell & Buxton’s ‘very sophisticated’ practice is headed by ‘no-nonsense litigator’ Mary Butler and specialises in matters arising from forged wills and Court of Protection issues. Alex Watkinson has joined Taylor & Emmet LLP.

Led by the ‘personable and attentive’ Lynsey Harrison, the ‘extremely strong’ team at Clarion often handles Court of Protection matters, as well as cases with an international element. Harrison is supported by highly regarded associate Louise Dodds.

Jones Myers LLP is noted for its strong expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters. The group is led by the well-regarded Martin Holdsworth.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s group is led by Howard Rutter, who handles inheritance disputes involving farms and family businesses, and includes Jonathan Cripwell, who often advises on will validity, breach of trust and Inheritance Act claims.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s team is considered ‘a safe pair of hands’. Key figures include ‘exceptionally good’ practice head Peter Duffus and Kevin Webster.

The ‘well-regarded’ team at LCF Law is headed by the ‘extremely personable’ Ragan Montgomery and often handles capacity issues and Inheritance Act claims.

McCormicks regularly handles testamentary capacity, Inheritance Act claims and joint ownership issues. Peter McCormick is the key figure.

Ridley & Hall’s group is headed by Jill Waddington, who has been handling matters involving financial abuse of the deceased by family members.

Taylor & Emmet LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice is led by the ‘technically very good’ Alex Watkinson, who arrived from Bell & Buxton in 2015.

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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Irwin Mitchell’s ‘first-rate’ practice is led by Peter Morris, who often handles cases involving complex matrimonial finance issues. The team saw some changes with the arrival of Teresa Davidson from Ward Hadaway and Carol Grundell’s departure to establish her own practice.

One of the top niche practices’, Jones Myers LLP specialises in financial remedies and children work, with a particular focus on proceedings involving overseas assets. Practice head Richard Peaker is ‘a leading light’.

Lake Legal LLP has ‘an extremely well-regarded’ practice headed by Lyn Ayrton, who primarily handles high-value financial settlements arising from divorce and separation.

Mills & Reeve LLP provides ‘top-quality advice’ on multi-jurisdictional disputes, including those involving trust structures and pensions. The ‘outstandingPhilip Way leads the practice.

Under the leadership of Simon Preston* (who ‘gets excellent results’), Stewarts Law LLP provides ‘excellent, pragmatic advice’ to high-net-worth individuals. Frances Bailey is now at Mills & Reeve LLP. *Since publication, Simon Preston has left the firm to establish North Family Law.

Clarion’s private client practice is headed by the ‘formidableJustine Osmotherley and includes Fiona Kendall, who leads on family matters and handles multi-jurisdictional issues, with a focus on surrogacy work.

Harrogate Family Law handles complex financial proceedings arising from separation, divorce and civil partnership dissolution, and has seen an increase in matters involving prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Practice head Andrew Meehan has a strong track record on cases with an international element.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s department is headed by Christopher Burns in Leeds. The group has particular expertise in handling financial remedies.

The ‘excellent’ team at Berwins primarily handles separation and divorce matters. Practice head Sarah Smith is experienced in prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, children work, and collaborative law.

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s group is headed by the ‘particularly helpful’ Ann Robinson, who often handles divorce settlements, and has a particular focus on cases involving businesses, pensions and overseas assets.

The ‘impressive’ team at Raworths primarily advises high-net-worth individuals, as well as owners of family businesses and large agricultural estates. Carmelita Ardren heads the practice; her expertise includes prenuptial agreements, children work and collaborative law. The ‘extremely useful’ Zoe Robinson is also recommended.

Simpson Millar LLP primarily advises trade union members and domestic violence survivors. Clients recommend solicitor Melanie Webb, who ‘negotiates strong settlements’, and practice head Emma Pearmaine.

Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire

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The ‘solid’ group at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is headed by ‘skilled advocate’ Richard Hoare, who advises on high-value financial cases, including matters involving an international element. The family mediation team is led by Adele Wilkinson.

One of the best in the area’, Irwin Mitchell’s practice primarily handles high-value financial cases involving family businesses, as well as the protection of assets in divorce, cohabitation, prenuptial agreements and children cases. The ‘level-headedMartin Loxley leads the practice, which includes the ‘committedZoe Round.

Always very polite and professional’, Taylor & Emmet LLP’s group handles divorce, Children Act and Family Law Act proceedings, as well as public children law work. The team includes the ‘thorough’ Lucy Rodgers, who is a Resolution accredited specialist. Michaela Heathcote heads the department.

Led by Alyson Siddall, Howells’ practice covers matrimonial work and children law, and advises on financial remedies, divorce, Court of Protection, civil partnership and Children Act matters.

At Rollits LLP, ‘sensible’ practice head Sheridan Ball often acts for business owners in high-value financial matters. The team includes associate Alison Benson.

Taylor Bracewell’s ‘very impressive’ team is led by the ‘extremely proficient’ Alison Kitchman, who has strong expertise in children law matters. The team’s experience includes separation, divorce and cohabitation disputes.

The practice at Gosschalks is led by Mark Reeves, who handles divorce and children law disputes involving complex financial issues.

The ‘efficient’ team at Graysons Solicitors is led by the ‘very experienced’ Sandra Russell, who primarily advises professionals on complex financial disputes arising from separation and divorce, as well as cases involving overseas assets, complex pension issues and family trusts.

HLW Keeble Hawson is noted for its ‘high quality of service’ and particular strength in matrimonial work. ‘Skilled litigator’ Vanessa Fox leads the team.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s team includes senior associate Leigh Green, who specialises in childcare matters.

Personal tax, trusts and probate

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  1. Personal tax, trusts and probate
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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is led by the ‘highly technicalPervinder Kaur, who advises high-net-worth individuals and family trusts on matters involving private company interests. The team acts for national and international clients.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘personable’ group acts for family businesses and business owners; clients in the farming and land owning market; and injured, disabled and vulnerable clients. Andrew Wriglesworth and Marie-Louise Hamilton in Leeds and Lynne Bradey in Sheffield head the team, which includes the ‘thoughtful’ Matthew Wrigley. Oliver Hallam was promoted to partner.

A strong local firm’, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth individuals on succession planning, as well as the creation and administration of lifetime trusts. Practice head Kevin Webster acts for charities and landed estates.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘very strong’ team is headed by Caroline Hedges, whose clients include entrepreneurs and lottery winners. Andrew Playle is now at Mills & Reeve LLP.

The ‘very professionalJustine Osmotherley leads the ‘impressive’ team at Clarion, which includes Vivienne Wild, who advises entrepreneurs and business owners on estate and succession planning, as well as on asset protection and inheritance tax issues.

Led by the ‘very experiencedGillian Coverley, Irwin Mitchell advises on all aspects of private client work, including wills, estate administration, compliance, lasting power of attorney and tax issues. Danny Varhalamas is experienced in Court of Protection matters.

The ‘competent’ team at LCF Law provides ‘very proficient’ advice under the leadership of Neil Shaw, who acts as a professional deputy for clients unable to look after their own assets.

Led by the ‘outstandingTricia Carter, Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s clients include landed estates and owners of SMEs. Carter handles trusts, wills and social care matters for parents of individuals with learning disabilities.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘very competent’ team is headed by the ‘reliableJulia Rangecroft, who specialises in tax planning concerning agricultural assets, heritage property and offshore work. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Andrew Playle from Bond Dickinson LLP.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s group is led by Janet Hoskin, who primarily advises clients in the insurance and banking sectors on commercial trusts work, including complex tax planning.

A ‘well-established firm’, Raworths’ team was strengthened by the arrival of David Garfitt from Langleys Solicitors LLP. It regularly advises high-net-worth individuals, as well as agricultural and rural clients, on wills, succession planning and tax planning issues. The ‘well-organised’ Rachel Tunnicliffe heads the group.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s ‘pragmatic’ team is headed by Michele Todd, who handles tax planning and charity work.

Harrowells Solicitors provides a ‘high level of service’ on matters involving agricultural assets, with an increasing focus on land assets. Clients recommend the ‘considerate’ Ed Ryder and Andrew Gowar, who leads the team.

Rollits LLP’s department is headed by John Lane, who specialises in landed estates matters, as well as acting as a court-appointed trustee.

Taylor & Emmet LLP’s team is headed by Richard King, who advises on wills, powers of attorney, and tax planning. Alex Watkinson joined from Bell & Buxton and Diana Smart joined Gordons LLP.

At Wake Smith Solicitors Limited, Andrew Vidler’s group has particular expertise in inheritance tax issues, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters.

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