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Agriculture and estates

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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is known for its 'specific knowledge and expertise in agricultural matters'. The team, which leverages the firm's strong private client practice and tax and trusts capability, acts for more than 130 landed estates, as well as farmers and entrepreneurs investing in farmland, woodland and sporting properties. The agriculture and estates department is headed by Jonathan Attey who handles a diverse case load including land transactions, diversification schemes, and agricultural tenancies, including tax orientated restructuring. The substantial team also includes +Andrew Wriglesworth, Julia Boyes,Angus Hunter Smart who all spend a substantial amount of time acting for landowners. Also recommended is the 'extremely professional' Caroline Hawcroft who, 'with excellent agricultural knowledge', frequently handles specialist agricultural property transactions. Philip Nelson left the team to join Harrowells Solicitors.

The 'enthusiastic and knowledgeable team' at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is 'known for its efficiency and pragmatism' in agricultural matters. York-based Helen Mellors represents landed estates in a diverse range of matters and has taken over from Martin Whitehead as head of the practice. Whitehead remains at the firm as a consultant. Other key names include Andrew Oliver, who has expertise advising on pollution and waste consenting procedures, Kevin Webster for tax and trust work and Peter Duffus for disputes. The 'prompt and proactive'Christopher Harrison - who is primarily based in the Scarborough office - is also recommended for his 'very practical and professional approach' particularly in land purchases and disposals and agricultural tenancies.

Grays focuses primarily on the representation of landowners and landed estates, trusts and charities, farmers, family businesses and private individuals. The team handles a full range of land and property transactions, as well as advising on trusts and tax planning. Head of the property team, Lyn Rickatson, is well regarded in this area and has particular expertise acting for farmers on the diversification of farming interests including the conversion of farm buildings.

The 'competent, efficient and supportive' practice at Harrowells Solicitors offers 'good value for money' and 'an all round excellent service'. The 'well-respected and trusted firm' handles the full-scale of contentious and non-contentious agricultural matters, and is instructed for both large farms to smaller scale family and specialist farms. Paul Burkinshaw is recommended for disputes and heads up the practice, which also includes the 'highly responsive and commercially aware' commercial property and agricultural lawyer +Stephen Proctor. The team has been further strengthened with the arrival of  +Philip Nelson  from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP > Leeds who has particular experience in trust and estate planning.

The private client team at Langleys Solicitors LLP handles the full spectrum of agriculture-related matters. Francoise Vandale  heads the practice which acts on sales and purchases of large estates, succession issues, and minerals and renewables projects. David Wood is recommended for tax and succession planning on behalf of high-net-worth clients. The team was bolstered with the arrivals of Andrew Gowar from Harrowells Solicitors and associate Judy Lankester who joined from Wilkin Chapman LLP. Gowar advises agricultural clients on capital taxation and succession matters, and Lankester handles the full range of agricultural matters. The group secured panel appointments with the Agricultural Law Association and Clydesdale Bank. Other clients include Tockwith & District Agricultural Society, Dawnay Estates and Lincoln University.

The agriculture team at Lupton Fawcett, which includes individuals across the firm's York and Sheffield offices, is praised for its 'good advice and quick response times'. Johanne Spittle heads the practice and has particular expertise handling property litigation for agricultural, ecclesiastical clients and landed estates.  Julian Rowden handles the sale and purchase of quarries and former gravel pits, including advising on associated mineral rights issues. Hugh Thompson and head of banking Michael Kidd joined from Langleys Solicitors LLP and Addleshaw Goddard, respectively. David Grice retired.

The 'excellent' agriculture and rural affairs team at McCormicks is led by senior partner Peter McCormick, who has significant charity law experience. McCormick continues to be instructed by the Royal Horticultural Society, and recently acted in relation to a promotion agreement with Gladman Developments Limited for a residential housing development. The team also represent Sir Thomas Ingilby and Lady Emma Ingilby, the owners of the historic Ripley Castle Estate in a range of matters.  Heather Roberts is recommended for commercial property matters; Philip Edmondson for handling disputes; and Jon Healey for corporate and commercial matters, particularly in relation to shooting estates. Head of the private client team Elaine Lightfoot is another name to note.

Mills & Reeve LLP  leverages its strong national agriculture and rural affairs practice in handling a range of high value and complex matters. The group is headed by Cambridge-based Michael Aubrey and includes Julia Rangecroft who leads from the Leeds office. Rangecroft has expertise advising on tax planning, particularly in relation to property backed businesses, agricultural assets, heritage property and offshore work. The Leeds-based team now also includes associate Andrea Newman who recently relocated from the firm's Cambridge office.

Highlighted as a 'well-established firm with excellent technical expertise' in this area, Raworths' agricultural and rural group attracts praise for being 'diligent, helpful and able to meet tight deadlines when required'. The eight partner team is headed up by David Garfitt, who continues to act for Nunnington Estates and recently handled complex estate administration. The team also represented the estate in a Inheritance Act claim. Garfitt is ably supported by the 'commercially aware and very pragmatic' Matthew Hill who has particular experience handling disputes for agriculture clients.

The practice at Rollits LLP represents farmers, families and estates in a range contentious and non-contentious matters, including property transactions,  renewable projects, trusts, tax advice and wealth planning. Practice head Neil Franklin is an experienced rural property lawyer and focuses on commercial property, agricultural property and renewables. John Lane is another key name to note, with particular expertise advising high net worth in relation to trust and other wealth planning issues. The team also acts for banks lending to rural sector clients. 

Charities and not-for-profit

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The 'professional and knowledgeable' charity and social economy team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP attracts praise for its 'good-value, pointed advice'. The 'excellent' department handles charity governance, issues surrounding corporate foundations, charity mergers and property transactions, and is highlighted for its 'good specialist knowledge of social investment and finance', an area led by Malcolm Lynch who is ably supported by recently promoted partner Peter Parker. Elizabeth Wilson heads the charity property group and has particular expertise handling ecclesiastical property matters. Wilson recently represented a Catholic international religious order on a £2.25m sale of a convent. In another work highlight, a team led by Tim Wrigley and Chris Billington was instructed on the transfer of an entire parish from the Ampleforth Abbey Trustees to the local Diocese, including all parish properties, the parish shop and all assets, liabilities and obligations. The team also has significant experience acting for health based charities, and recently advised Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation and Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation on the process of re-categorising and rationalising a significant amount of funds ahead of the charity's conversion to independent status.

The charities team at Addleshaw Goddard is regularly instructed on matters ranging from formation and governance of charities to investigations of organisations . The team also acts for banks and other commercial clients entering into arrangements with charities. +Pervinder Kaur heads up the practice and has particular expertise assisting charities facing practical problems, including funding and solvency issues, Charity Commission investigations, and discussions with HMRC and other public bodies. The team continues to act for the trustees of Bedingfield's Trust on administrative matters. In addition, the practice is representing the NFU Charitable Trust. Another key name to note is Yorke Eaton, who often represents charity clients on a range of matters from registration to property transactions, as well as providing ongoing ad hoc advice.

Irwin Mitchell's 'strong team' handles the full spectrum of charity issues. Singled out for his combination of 'in-depth knowledge' of charity law and 'commercial experience', Laurence Gavin heads the team and is regularly instructed by charities, charity group structures and academy schools on matters of governance, risk, funding and trustee duties. In a recent highlight, the group acted for Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust on the £7m purchase of Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest private residence in the UK. This required cross-departmental expertise from the firm's property and finance teams, as well as complex charity law application. Additionally, the practice advised Boccia England on the implementation of governance requirements imposed by the code of sports governance issues by Sport England and UK Sport.

Lupton Fawcett's charities and social enterprise group attracts praise for its 'fast response times' and 'excellent value for money'. The team has significant strength in ecclesiastical law and represents the Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance, Province & Diocese of York and the Diocese of Sodor and Man, on several matters including providing data protection advice. With capabilities across the firm's three Yorkshire office, the practice is led by Mark Honeywell and includes Leeds-based Peter Foskett and Louise Connacher. Also recommended is senior solicitor Lara Jones who 'combines sensitivity with first-rate legal analysis', and focuses on governance, restructures, mergers and charity regulatory matters.

Managing partner Peter McCormick leads the charities practice at McCormicks and continues to act as trustee for several organisations. Leveraging the firm's strength in the sport sector, the practice's clients include the Premier League Charitable Fund and the Football Foundation. The team has recently advised the former on several matters including on a sponsorship agreement with Barclays Bank. Clients also include Harrogate International Festivals, the John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation and the War Memorials Trust. Head of private client group Elaine Lightfoot regularly advises charity clients and is a key name to note, in addition to Heather Roberts for property advice.

Pinsent Masons LLP's charities practice has expertise advising university clients on charity law issues. In this sector the team represents University of Sheffield, Coventry University and the University of Sussex. It is also instructed by a London-based Russell Group university on a shared equity scheme, to provide financial support to staff to enable the purchase of homes within a reasonable distance of the university. The team also assisted an international insurance company setting up a charity to hold shares in a group which, under French regulatory law, the company could not itself own. Chris Thomas took on the role of head of the practice from former partner Janet Hoskin, who stepped down to the position of consultant.

The 'outstanding' charities and social enterprise team at Rollits LLP attracts praise for 'taking the time to really understand the client and the vision' to deliver 'extremely high quality advice'. The 'slick and effective' practice is headed up by Gerry Morrison, who has expertise across the full spectrum of charity law and governance. With Morrison taking the lead, the group were instructed by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 on a range of matters, this included advising on all aspects of the legacy organisation including a potential TUPE transfer of staff. The team also acted for Endeavour Health Charity Trust on the creation of a new community interest company, as part of the Discovery East London Programme aiming to improve healthcare. The department also advises a number of education sector trusts.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's charities unit regularly acts for local and regional not-for-profit organisations on governance and compliance matters. With a strong combination of charity and corporate law experience, associate Daniel Hammond heads up the team which regularly advises clients on establishing charitable structures, including successful registration of organisations initially refused charity status; winding-up charities and transferring charitable activities. A multidisciplinary team continues to advise The Viola Trust on a range of matters including compliance, shipping and maritime law, and implementation of the GDPR and its application to charities. In another work highlight, the practice leveraged the firm's renewable energy sector expertise in setting up the not-for-profit regional development organisation, Grimsby Renewables Partnership, which included drafting bespoke articles of association on incorporation.

Highlighted for '>good sector knowledge' and 'first class response times' Hempsons' charities and social enterprise team offers 'an excellent service' that is 'good value for money'. London-based Ian Hempseed heads up the national practice which includes Faisal Dhalla in the firm's Harrogate office. With an 'excellent reputation for health and social care', the team is instructed by a significant amount of organisations in this sector. It is advising Syngentis, a health work and community interest company, on the winding up of operations; and advising Grace’s Place Children’s Hospice on its merger with Forget Me Not Hospice. Clients in the region include Yorkshire Cancer Research, York Conservation Trust and Autism Plus.

The charities practice at Schofield Sweeney is spread across the firm's Leeds and Bradford offices. In the Bradford office, Helen Hirst (who heads the education and charities team) and Andrew Hurst regularly advise academies and independent schools on charitable and governance matters. Leeds-based founding partner Chris Schofield is acting for Paces Sheffield, a charity helping disabled children, on the review of its articles of association and governance arrangements. Other charity and not-for-profit clients include Leeds Mencap, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust.

The charities and not-for-profit department at Taylor Bracewell offers a 'a dedicated and fit for purpose service'. The team, led by the 'excellent' Phil Crawley, has particular expertise advising school trusts and academies on conversion and governance matters. Beyond the education sector, Sharon Beck led a team which acted for the Crosspool and District Youth Sports Trust to provide remuneration to the trustee handling the day to operational activity of the charity in a way compliant with charity law.

The charities and social enterprise team at Ward Hadaway frequently acts for trusts, charities and not-for-profit organisations in the real estate and property sectors. Jonathan Dickson acted for the Canal & River Trust on a bridge crossing agreement and major sewer agreement for a development including a major highways bridge, two private bridges, 2500 homes and two schools. The Leeds-based team also benefits from being able to leverage the firm's Newcastle-based charities group.

Contentious trusts and probate

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The 'absolutely outstanding' contentious trusts team at Irwin Mitchell is considered to be 'one of the biggest players' in this area. The practice handles a full range of wills, trusts and estate disputes for individual clients, banks, executors, trustees and beneficiaries, The group also benefits from being able to leverage its 'top-drawer' national practice, which is headed by Leeds-based Paula Myers. The 'tactically astute' Myers is singled out as 'one of the nationally known, big names in this area', and is currently instructed by a trustee and beneficiary of a £13m trust in a breach of trust claim and a potential claim for misrepresentation. The group has been bolstered with the addition of James Laycock, who joined the Leeds officefrom Gordons LLP, and, with 'excellent technical knowledge', has been considered as 'one of the leading people in this area'.

The 'professional, approachable and knowledgeable' disputed wills and inheritance team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP  attracts praise for its 'widespread expertise' and 'sensible approach to getting matters resolved as quickly and comprehensively as possible'. The 'pragmatic and unflappable' Peter Duffus heads up the litigation and dispute resolution department and regularly represents individuals in contentious trust and probate matters. The group has particular expertise acting in relation to disputed wills involving medical issues,  Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 cases and matters involving estoppel arguments. Duffus is able to draw on the expertise of the firms wills, trusts and tax planning specialists in complex matters.

'Combining large firm expertise with small firm service and friendliness' Bell & Buxton's contentious probate and inheritance disputes practice offer a 'genuine boutique service'. The 'knowledgeable and experienced' team is regularly instructed by individuals, trusts and estates in complex and high value disputes. The 'experienced and talented' Mary Butler heads up the team, and 'combines technical knowledge with a real streetwise, practical sense of how to crack a difficult case'. Butler is ably supported by the 'very helpful' John Breeze who is acknowledged for his 'prompt and thorough responses'.

The 'approachable, sensitive and practical' private client litigation team at Clarion has'a good reputation' for wills, trust and probate disputes. Practice head Lynsey Harrison has been considered 'a leading probate litigator' in the region, and has significant experience handling Inheritance (Provision of Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, and disputes regarding the validity of wills. Other key names to note are associates, Louise Dodds - who is highlighted as being 'exceptionally able technically' - and the 'meticulous' Liam Brooke who recently joined the group from Irwin Mitchell. The team's clients include individuals, trusts and building societies.

Jones Myers LLP  have a 'very strong' contentious trusts and probate team, boasting 'good experience' and 'a practical and commercial approach'. The 'tenacious' and 'very amiable' Laura Short previously headed up the practice but recently left to join Freeths LLP. The group acts for private individuals in high value Inheritance Act claims, validity disputes, propriety estoppel, constructive trust claims, administration and trust disputes.

Lupton Fawcett's disputed wills and trusts team handles a full spectrum of contentious matters spanning from validity of wills disputes to estoppel claims. Howard Rutter heads up the team which also includes the experienced Jonathan Cripwell and senior associate Matthew Morton. The team is instructed on a variety of contentious matters involving issues such as validity of wills, breach of trust, and claims under the Inheritance Act.

The contentious trusts and probate department at Taylor & Emmet LLP receives referrals from accountants, financial advisers and other professionals, and acts for charitable organisations and local authorities, as well as private clients and trustees. The team is led by Alex Watkinson who is acting for Sheffield City Council which, by care order, has parental responsibility over a four-year-old beneficiary of a £1m estate. This complex matter involves an inheritance claim brought by a former spouse of the deceased. In another work highlight, the team is advising a beneficiary of £3m estate with overseas assets in complex dispute. The group also represents genealogists to assist on matters where beneficiaries or assets cannot be traced or located. 

With ‚Äėbusiness acumen and industry knowledge‚Äô LCF Law‚Äės contentious trusts and probate team attracts praise for its¬†‚Äėaccurate and realistic‚Äô advice and ‚Äėgood value for money‚Äô. The ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô Ragan Montgomery¬†is singled out for her ‚Äėtechnical ability and engaging personality‚Äô and heads up the practice. Montgomery handles a full range of matters ranging from validity claims and capacity issues to court of protection proceedings. The team successfully negotiated a ¬£1m settlement arising from a¬†dispute involving issues of undue influence in addition to an Inheritance Act claim. The department is based primarily in Bradford with individuals in the firm‚Äôs Harrogate and Ilkley offices in addition.

McCormicks' contentious tax, trusts and estates team regularly represents both families and professionals in complex disputes. Peter McCormick heads up the practice and has significant expertise acting for executors, trustees and potential beneficiaries of very significant estates and trusts. Other key names to note in this area include litigation department head Philip Edmondson and Elaine Lightfoot, who leads the private client group.

Highlighted for its ‚Äėremarkable ability, paired with true integrity‚Äô Ridley & Hall‚Äôs contentious trusts and probate department provides an ‚Äėoutstanding service‚Äô, particularly in matters concerning missing persons. The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô Sarah Young¬†leads the practice and specialises in handling Inheritance Act claims, in addition to regularly representing clients in disputes between executors and beneficiaries. Young is ably supported by the ‚Äėup-and-coming‚Äô Helen Dandridge¬†who has been highlighted as being ‚Äėtechnically excellent, with fantastic manner with clients‚Äô.

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire

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The family law practice at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is the 'firm of choice for this type of work in East Yorkshire'. The team is often instructed in complex financial issues arising from divorce, involving cross-border elements, and additionally offers family mediation and arbitration; deals with children matters under private law; and represents clients in cohabitation claims, including in TLATA proceedings The 'very knowledgeable' Richard Hoare heads the private client team and is recommended for his 'calm and assured manner' in handling financial claims on separation or divorce. Other key names include Adele Wilkinson, who has a strong family mediation practice, Sally-Anne Neal, and new addition, paralegal Debbie Gibbons, who has over 15 years of family law experience.

'One of Yorkshire’s leading family law firms', Irwin Mitchell  has a 'formidable presence in Sheffield'. The 'highly capable' and 'good value for money' team handles the full spectrum of family mattes and has particular expertise representing high-net-worth individuals in financial cases which often incorporate businesses with private equity investment and large property portfolios. Zoe Round and Alison Fernandes have taken over as joint practice heads from 'star practitioner' Martin Loxley who remains at the practice as a consultant and arbitrator. Round is instructed in financial matters and children cases, while Fernandes, who is 'down to earth but disarmingly bright', focuses on financial settlement claims, with a specialism for non-matrimonial, pre-acquired and inherited wealth issues. The 'exceptional' Maisie Huynh was recently promoted to associate and is praised for being 'very prompt, knowledgeable and supportive'.

The highly regarded family team at Taylor & Emmet LLP , headed by Michaela Heathcote, handles the full range of matters, from financial and matrimonial issues to sensitive matters involving children. Heathcote, alongside Lucy Rodgers focuses predominantly on negotiating financial remedies in complex separation and divorce matters, often for high net worth individuals. The practice also acts in legal aid matters. On the childcare side, Pat Wotherspoon   represents parents, children, other family members, and occasionally local authorities, in care proceedings, private child law and adoption. Associate and mediator Fay Bunting  is also recommended.

The family law practice at Gosschalks is frequently instructed in financial and property matters arising from separation and divorce proceedings, children matters and pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The practice is headed up by Mark Reeves and additionally includes Richard Perry and Sue Dunne. The team has recently advise on high value matters, concerning up to £7m of assets. The department offers mediation services, both in arranging financial remedies and in child law cases.

Howells handles the full spectrum of matrimonial work and children law matters. Alyson Siddal is 'hugely experienced but always still keen to learn', and heads the department which benefits from individuals based across Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. Siddall is regularly instructed in complex financial arrangements and has additional expertise in private children matters and collaborative law. Sharon Lockwood is another key name to note for financial work, while Sarah Walker and Doug Leach are highlighted for childcare matters.

Rollits LLP's family law practice focuses on financial remedy matters, including those involving corporate interests, farming aspects and trusts. Dispute resolution partner Sheridan Ball heads the team and advises on divorce and separation cases for high-net-worth individuals with significant overseas assets across several jurisdictions. The group has also acted for clients in Child Arrangement Order proceedings. Associate Alison Benson left the practice.

Described by one clients as 'a go-to firm in the Doncaster region', Taylor Bracewell 'offers sensible, practical advice'. The practice handles complex finance and children matters at court and is also known for collaborative law work. The team handles divorce proceedings and financial remedy cases, often involving company interests and pensions. It is also instructed to draft pre-marital and post-marital agreements. Former practice head Alison Kitchman joined Switalskis Solicitors' Doncaster office.

The 'professional but empathetic' family group at Graysons Solicitors offer 'an exceptionally good service' boasting 'incredibly swift responses' and 'candid and extremely appropriate advice'. The team handles the full range of family matters, including divorce, separation, finances, injunctions and children cases. Practice head Bradie Pell  attracts praise for being 'approachable, professional, kind and super-efficient'. Highlighted for her 'robust, sensible and honest advice' solicitor Nicola Cancellara is another key name to note.

Keebles' 'strong and well-established' family team has particular experience advising high net worth individuals on divorce and financial remedy matters, as well as TOTAL proceedings. The group is led by the 'down to earth, very bright and sensible' Vanessa Fox in the Sheffield office, and includes the Doncaster-based Antony Ball. Ball and Fox are highlighted as 'organised, professional and committed' and are both collaboratively trained.

The 'outstanding' family law practice at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited attracts praise for 'offering a good value for the high quality service' that is 'efficient and timely'. It is regularly instructed in complex divorce and separation proceedings, requiring advice on the division of often high value and varied assets. The 'extremely calm, patient and sympathetic' Lindsey Canning heads up the team and is singled out as 'an exceptionally good financial remedies practitioner'. Another key name to note is the 'personable, approachable and supportive' associate Alison Gaddes, who handles financial remedy matters as well as complex children act proceedings.

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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Clarion fields a 'very strong and wide-ranging family team' that is viewed as 'the go-to firm for business people divorcing or with children issues'. The practice, known primarily for handling complex divorce and financial settlement matters for high net worth individuals, also has significant experience dealing with multi-jurisdictional matters as well as complex children issues, surrogacy and post-nuptial and pre-nuptial agreements. The 'highly skilled' Justine Osmotherley heads the practice and attracts praise for being 'utmost professional, whilst remaining sensitive and understanding of the situation'. Legal director Jane Ingleby joined the team from Legal Studio > Leeds and since arriving at the firm has assisted Osmotherley in a cross-border surrogacy arrangement. The team is further strengthened with the arrival of senior associate Petena Carroll who joined the team in 2018 from Atkinson Firth. Associate and 'emerging star' Stephanie Douthwaite is another name to note, and has particular experience dealing with sensitive Children Act proceedings.

Irwin Mitchell has a 'thriving'and 'well-respected' Leeds-based practice that is 'a regional leader for financial arrangements, with a strong national presence'.  Leveraging the firm's strong personal injury department, the group also has a specialism in acting for clients with professional deputies and court of protection involvement as a result of catastrophic injuries. The 'extremely calm head and a hugely experienced lawyer' Teresa Davidson leads the team and is highly regarded for her 'experience and insight into dealing with complex and messy divorces'. Associate and 'star performer' David Lister moved to the practice from the firm's Sheffield office and has been 'pivotal in the strengthening of the team'. Lister has a 'natural flair for children’s  work' and 'punches well above his weight'.  Associate Sarah Buxton recently joined the team in Leeds, having previously headed up the family practice at Walker Foster.

Jones Myers LLP's 'well known and strong family law practice' is strong in handling both complex divorce proceedings and children related matters, including those with international elements.  +Richard Peaker leads the financial remedy team, specialising in the representation of high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings, often involving trusts and corporate structures. Also recommended in this area is the 'confident and competent solicitor' Sarah Dickinson. With 'excellent knowledge' of the area of law, Kate Banerjee heads the children department and is praised for 'more than going the extra mile' for her clients. The practice represents both private individuals and local authorities, and is particularly experienced in dealing with contact disputes, care proceedings, adoption, special guardianship, relocation, educational matters and child abduction. 

According to clients Lake Legal LLP provides the 'highest levels of representation' and is 'up there with the best firms in this practice and geographical area'. The 'stellar' team benefits from 'heavyweight lawyers' offering 'a no-nonsense, practical and highly informed approach'. 'Star' practice head Lyn Ayrton, is regarded as a a 'formidable opponent', and specialises in high value financial settlements. Ayrton has capabilities in cross-border matters and recently handled divorce proceedings involving properties and business interests in the UK, France and Hong Kong. 'Very knowledgeable and thorough' associate Clare Glaister  assisted on this matter.

Mills & Reeve LLP fields a team that provides 'absolutely first-rate service'. Philip Way leads the team, which handles complex financial arrangements in divorce proceedings and in drafting complex pre-marital agreements. The 'thorough, diligent and incredibly knowledgeable' David Salter is very well regarded, with one individual describing him as 'one of the best family lawyers in the world'. Other key names to note are principal associates Ellie Foster and Claudia Gilham. Edward Heaton left the practice to join Stewarts Law LLP.

The divorce and family practice at Stewarts Law LLP acts exclusively in high value disputes and provides 'excellent response times and a good level of knowledge'. Practice head Adrian Clossick is highly regarded and has significant experience in dealing with financial remedy matters, often involving cross-borderelements, business interests and complex corporate structures. The team also handles complex disputes concerning the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA). Senior associate Edward Heaton joined the team in May 2017 from Mills & Reeve LLP and is recommended for his 'exceptional client care skills'.

Berwins handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious family law matters and is considered to be a 'standout practice in Harrogate'.  Sarah Smith leads the team which 'shines through for its quality and depth' and is particularly well known for its expertise in collaborative law.  The team also frequently represents clients in financial matters involving company interests, foreign assets, pensions and trusts, as well as in drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements and in children law work. The team is also instructed in cohabitation disputes and TOLATA claims. Key names to note include Stephen Root who benefits from over 30 years of experience and associate  Danielle Day.

The 'excellent' family law practice at Blacks Solicitors LLP handles the full range of matters from divorce settlements, children arrangements, and TOLATA cases to drafting pre-marital, post-marital and cohabitation agreements. Practice heads Ann Robinson and Paul Lancaster ' are both highly impressive, provide sound advice and are capable advocates'. Robinson frequently represents high net worth individuals, particularly in matters involving international property. Lancaster is a qualified collaborative lawyer and family mediator, and is instructed by numerous high profile sports people. Another key name to note it associate Andrew Smith.

Harrogate Family Law is an 'excellent' family law boutique firm. The practice has a specialism for handling complex and high value financial and property claims on divorce, >separation and civil partnership dissolution, often involving businesses, trusts, pensions and international issues financial. Andrew Meehan, who is singled out for being 'highly experienced in dealing with high net worth clients', heads up the practice which also includes Carol Jessop, who recently joined the team from Langleys Solicitors LLP. Other changes to the team include the departures of Ellie Foster and Claudia Gliham to Mills & Reeve LLP.

Lupton Fawcett's 'solid family practice' regularly advises high-net-worth clients on relationship breakdown and handles a wide range of related issues including tax, pensions and the effects on companies and trusts. +Christopher Burns heads the practice and is 'a top-class advocate'; he handles a range of family and financial remedy matters and has a specialism for children's work. Other key names to note are Peter Foskett, who focuses on high-net-worth financial proceedings, and York-based senior associate Nicola Mitchell.  

The family practice at Raworths handles complex and high-value financial remedy matters, often involving business or personal interests and assets abroad. Carmelita Ardren leads the practice and is recommended for high-value prenuptial agreements, divorce proceedings and complex financial matters involving multiple businesses. Zoe Robinson is experienced in mediation and collaborative law. Joanna Lofthouse is singled out as being 'extremely personable, patient and professional' and recently acted on a complex financial matter involving several parties, including two intervenors and dissipated assets. Lofthouse has particular expertise representing individuals with a agricultural, farming business or rural background.

Langleys Solicitors LLP leverages its specialist family unit - which deals with matrimonial finance matters - and its separate team focusing on child matters to offer the full spectrum of family law advice. Practice head Mark Day has expertise advising on divorces, separation and financial remedies, and Sheelagh Coles is highlighted for her child public law knowledge. The practice is bolstered with the arrival of William Kaye from Harrowells Solicitors, where he previously headed the family team. Kaye regularly acts in complex and high value financial remedy proceedings and has particular experience handling matters involving an agricultural aspect.

The 'efficient and strong' family law team at LCF Law has expertise in divorce and separation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and wealth preservation. Rachel Spencer Robb heads the practice which includes managing partner Simon Stell.

McCormicks family practice, headed up by Stephen Hopwood  handles a range of matters including financial and divorce proceedings, domestic abuse cases and children law matters. The practice is currently instructed by a father in complex Children Act proceedings involving litigation relating to parental alienation syndrome. The practice is also representing a respondent in a financial remedy case valued at £3m, this matter includes consideration of trusts, family businesses and intervening parties on behalf of the company.

Highlighted by one client as 'a top family law practice in the area', Ramsdens Solicitors LLP's team has 'considerable talent' and has been highlighted as 'a stand out firm in the field of child care law'. The team also has considerable experience handling complex financial matters. Experienced mediator Helen Thewlis leads the group 'superbly' and focuses on matters concerning the division of the relationship finances, including cases involving high value and complex assets. Thewlis is ably supported by 'many good quality family practitioners' including 'highly effective advocate' and head of childcare Joanne Coen, and  Kate Mcnally who is noted for her childcare expertise.

The 'outstanding' family and matrimonial group at Ridley & Hall is highlighted for providing 'intelligent advice' that is 'commercially viable and fair value for money'. The practice regularly represents clients in matters of financial remedy, children law and domestic violence. The team has been strengthened with the additions of Emma Pearmaine in 2017 and the 'extremely talented' Melanie Webb in 2018, both from Simpson Millar LLP. Pearmaine leads the team, which includes the extremely professional Vicky Medd who handles a mix of financial and children cases, offering 'sound advice, patience, understanding and compassion'. Senior partner Nigel Priestly singled out for childcare matters.

Offering 'an excellent professional service' Simpson Millar LLP's family team have capabilities in divorce and financial proceedings, domestic violence injunctions. The practice is also considered 'strong dealing with complex matters on behalf of parents and children', particularly in public law children cases. Alison Jane Auty heads up the group and focuses on divorce, complex financial remedy cases, enforcement of financial orders and private law children cases. Auty is ably supported by Emma Hopkins - who regularly acts for clients in high value financial matters - as well as Deborah Hardy and the 'knowledgeable' Clare Linden who both have particular expertise in care and children work. There have been some changes to the practice including the departures of Peter Morris  to Shoosmiths LLP and Emma Pearmaine to Ridley & Hall.

Stowe Family Law LLP's'excellent and dynamic' family practice has four offices within Yorkshire 'with truly accessible and friendly lawyers'. With 'a well-deserved reputation for being fearless in the face of the most difficult of cases', the practice has considerable expertise in dealing with complex matrimonial matters including those involving trusts and businesses and foreign assets. The 'extremely knowledgeable and highly capable' group also includes specialist departments in international family law and children’s law. In the Leeds office, senior partner Julian Hawkhead (who has an 'admirable combination of having a great brain with street wisdom to match') and Rachel Roberts (who is considered 'a breath of fresh air with a realistic, no-nonsense appraisal of cases and a great client manner')  head the team. David Millburn ('a great tactition') leads in the Harrogate office. Another key name to note is 'splendid lawyer' Angela Sussens who attracts praise for 'her friendly yet realistic approach'. Lucy Phipps joined Harrowells Solicitors.

A 'niche family practice with solid expertise', Consilia Legal is led by the 'significant young talent' Laura Clapton. Clapton focuses on matrimonial finance cases and complex Children Act proceedings, as well as TLATA cases. Former director Sally Clark left the practice to form Clark Family Law.

The family law practice at Emsleys Solicitors Limited is headed up by Gabbie Clasper who is regularly instructed to deal with complex financial relief and divorce cases. The team additionally has experience handling matters with cross border elements. Laura Mackfall has been considered 'beyond reproach' and focuses her time predominantly on child law work.

The 'brilliant' family team at Harrowells Solicitors handles complex separation matters, often involving international assets and undisclosed pensions. It is also experienced advising on applications for variation of financial remedies years following divorce. The practice is headed up by Lucy Phipps, who joined from Stowe Family Law LLP and attracts praise for her 'excellent client care' Former practice head William Kaye left to firm to join Langleys Solicitors LLP.

Paradigm Family Law LLP's niche practice, established in 2014 by managing partners James Thornton and Frank Arndt, is regularly instructed in complex divorce, separation and financial proceedings. Thornton is experienced advising agriculture-related family issues and those involving inherited wealth, and frequently handles pre and post nuptial agreements. Arndt has particular expertise advising on cross-border matters, including financial remedy cases with offshore business interests and trust structures.

The substantial family and child care team at Switalskis Solicitors has several offices throughout West Yorkshire and frequently handles complex and sensitive child law matters. Razia Jogi, based in the Bradford office, has particular expertise handling domestic violence and private law children matters and  jointly heads the family team alongside Wakefield-based Clare Peckett. Peckett specialises in financial matters, cohabitation and pre-marriage advice. The team also includes a child care focused team which frequently acts for individuals in public law children, adoption act, and care proceedings. The group has advised on matters involving aspects of immigration law, representing clients in proceedings involving children where parents and/or other family members are abroad.

Ward Hadaway's 'highly capable' family team is led by Newcastle-based Jonathan Flower and includes the well-regarded Andrea Dyer in Leeds. Dyer 'fights her corner most effectively and with realism' and handles a full spectrum of matters from complex financial settlements and post-nuptial agreements to cohabitation disputes and children issues. Nicola Hunter is another key name to note in this area.

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The 'extremely responsive and engaged' private wealth department at Addleshaw Goddard is 'at the top end of the profession in terms of service, expertise and delivery'. The specialist team also benefits from being able to draw on the expertise of other departments in the firm such as corporate, banking, litigation and employment. Practice head Pervinder Kaur has a 'first-class mind' and focuses on representation of high net worth individuals and family trusts. Kaur led a team acting for NFU Mutual on reviewing, updating and amending all trust, documentation and advising on mitigation of any risk. As well as representing national and international companies, the team is regularly instructed by local owner managed and family businesses and trusts. Another key partner, is the 'personable, enthusiastic and commercial' Yorke Eaton who has 'an excellent client manner', acts predominantly for trustees and institutional clients, advising on duties and liabilities and trust and estate administration respectively. 'Professional, thorough and diligent' managing associate Charlotte Smart  is singled out for being 'warm, engaging and extremely reliable' with 'good grasp of all the complex issues'.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP's trusts and tax team is jointly led by Andrew Wriglesworth and Marie-Louise Hamilton and acts for landowners and family-run businesses in this area, as well as being instructed to manage trusts. Sheffield-based Lynne Bradey leads a team specialising in providing wills, trusts and probate advice to injured, disabled and vulnerable individuals. The group has broad expertise and is able to advise in complex matters. A team, led by Julia Boyes, recently advised a major landed estate in North Yorkshire around issues of capital gains tax, inheritance tax, stamp duty land tax implications and partnership law in the reorganisation of a trust. Thomas Wainman was promoted to partner. Peter Greswold and Philip Nelson both departed the team to join Raworths and Harrowells Solicitors respectively. Senior partner Matthew Wrigley sadly passed away.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP¬† Hull's ‚Äėprofessional, approachable and knowledgeable‚Äô tax, trust and wills department has significant expertise in succession and lifetime planning for high-net-worth individuals. It also handles Court of Protection matters. The team, led by Kevin Webster,¬†is praised for its ‚Äėsensible approach to getting matters resolved as quickly and comprehensively as possible‚Äô. Another key name to note is¬†associate¬†Deborah Gilpin¬†who frequently acts for high net worth individuals in estate planning and administration. Litigator¬†Peter Duffus¬†is also recommended.

The 'excellent' private client practice at Clarion is 'well placed to support owner-managed businesses and their owners' and is 'one of the market leaders in this area'. The team 'goes the extra mile' to handle succession planning matters, and acts as professional attorney or deputy to several individuals who are elderly or require extra support. The team is also adept at handling complex mental capacity disputes. Practice head Vivienne Wild has 'a wealth of experience and is capable of dealing with any level of complexity'. Wild continues to lead a team advising the estate of the late Mr J W Heselden OBE on matters including tax and administration implications in relation to sale of company shares and winding up of the deceased US business. 'Highly skilled and personable private client lawyer' Clare King has the ability to 'flex her style to suit the particular client'. She is instructed by high-net-worth individuals and professionals, as well as local charities and local authorities. The team is also supported by the 'dedicated' Lynsey Harrison who handles contentious matters.

The tax, trusts and estates team at Irwin Mitchell acts for both local and national clients, including high net worth individuals, business owners, financial institutions and charities including Macmillan Cancer Care and Age UK. Headed up by +Gillian Coverley, the team is advising on complex capital gains tax planning for a UK Trust for a non-domiciled individual, this matter requires liaison with overseas STEP offices to ensure compliance. In a matter representing a high net worth individual, the team advised a business owner on structuring will and estate planning, involving multiple trading and investment companies and trust matters. The practice is instructed by Leeds Building Society to provide probate and estate administration service to its client base. A key name to note is Emma McCann who has significant experience advising on estate administration, tax planning and advising on post death restructuring.

The 'efficient, technically good, and proactive' personal law department at LCF Law is known for its court of protection specialism and for preparing both lasting power of attorney for both health and welfare, and property and financial affairs. Neil Shaw is head of the team which spans across the firms Bradford, Harrogate, Ilkley and Leeds offices. Benefiting from 'highly experienced and competent private client lawyers with strong client relationship skills', the practice is regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals and family and charitable trusts. Partners Ann Christian and Mark Jones , based in Ilkley and Harrogate respectively, are also recommended.

The private client team at Lupton Fawcett has the 'complex technical aspects brilliantly mastered' and is frequently instructed to represent landed estates and the owners of SMEs and family businesses. Hugh Thompson joined from Langleys Solicitors LLP and heads the practice spread across offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York, which includes a team attracting praise for their 'common sense and commercial reality.Tricia Carter is particularly experienced in advising parents of those with learning disabilities in respect of trusts and wills. Senior associate Amanda Simmonds is singled out in this area, particularly for advice on 'complex tax related angles. Another key name to note is'hard-hitterHoward Rutter who has a 'serious track-record of securing excellent results for clients' in contentious trust and probate matters.

The 'very knowledgeable' tax, trusts and estates team at Mills & Reeve LLP  Leeds has a broad depth and breadth of understanding of legal and tax issues' and offers 'an exceptional level of service'. 'Recommended for complex high net worth cases involving personal tax, trusts and probate' the team has particular expertise handling matters involving the structuring the ownership of wealth, inheritance, income and capital gains tax and trust advice.  The 'very competent lawyer and tax adviser' Julia Rangecroft attracts praise for her 'ability to understand the whole of a client’s situation', and heads up the team alongside the 'completely diligent and trustworthy and clear' Andrew Playle. Another key name to note is the 'professional, hard working and knowledgeable' senior associate Ellie Milner, who has experience advising on estate and succession planning as well as on lasting powers of attorneys and acting in court of protection matters.

Pinsent Masons LLP's private wealth practice handles a range of trust and estate planning and probate matters with a particular regional strength in commercial trusts. The team acts for insurance companies, banks, pension providers and government agencies on a range of trust-related matters, with Scottish Widows, Aegon Plc and Canada Life all clients of group. Legal director Chris Thomas heads up the practice following former practice head, Janet Hoskin, stepping down from the partnership to take on a consultancy role. Thomas is leading advice to a leading UK bank's  trust company on review of its business, taking into account requirements under the ring-fenced legislation, prior to its implementation in 2019. The department is also recognised for its tax specific trusts and international clients. 

The 'competent, diligent and helpful' trusts, wills and estates team at Raworths provides 'exceptional service from an experienced, partner-led team'. The practice's clients include high-net-worth individuals, fast-growing and owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and large developers and investors. Practice head Rachel Tunnicliffe is 'excellent with clients' and noted for her 'sharp mind and grasp of the legal position'; she handles a wide range of wealth planning issues including succession planning and trusts. The 'helpful and responsive' David Garfitt is 'well qualified and knowledgeable', particularly in matters concerning probate, succession and inheritance planning. Peter Greswold joined from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP > Leeds.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's 'excellent' practice is praised for its combination of 'big-firm advice and small-firm friendliness'. The 'experienced and empathetic' Caroline Hedges  heads the practice and acts for high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, lottery winners and those with inherited wealth on a long-term basis. Legal director Susan Maxey is highlighted for her 'excellent client manner and for being thorough and diligent'; she is often instructed by  private clients, their families and trustees on a range of issues, with particular experience advising on succession planning and capital tax.

Harrowells Solicitors' private client practice is known for its 'excellent and compassionate service'. The practice has particular experience advising on matters concerning tax planning and probates, including considering the eligibility for business property relief and agricultural property relief. The 'efficient, friendly and thorough' Ed Ryder heads up the group, which benefits from working closely with the firms strong property and corporate teams. The group has further strengthened its abilities with the addition of Philip Nelson who joined from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. Other key names to note include solicitor Nick Clarke for his 'clear and concise advice in a confident but warm manner' and the 'patient and efficient' chartered legal executive Lauren Hooghiemstra-Maughan.

The private client team at Keebles handles a range personal tax, trusts and probate work including tax planning, Court of Protection work and personal injury trusts. The group is also instructed by charities to assist with the administration of trusts.  Michele Todd heads the practice, which includes George Connell.

Rollits LLP' private capital department acts for high net worth individuals, family owned businesses and landed estates. The group is headed up by John Lane , who has the capabilities to advise on complex estate planning issues, he is also experienced acting as trustee to several trusts. The practice  has the benefit of being able to leverage the firms strengths in other areas including in agricultural matters.

Taylor & Emmet LLP's Sheffield-based wills, probate, tax and trusts team works closely with the firm's Derbyshire offices, and regularly handles high value wills and probate, including advising on complex tax planning issues. Richard King heads up the five-partner practice, which has expertise acting on the preparation and administration of trusts. Other key names to note in the Sheffield-office are Chaanah Patton, John Tunnard and Richard Barlow. Patton is particularly experienced in dealing with lasting power of attorney and mental incapacity cases, Tunnard is experienced in private client  and charity law, and Barlow is frequently instructed by high-net-worth individuals on substantial value estates management and associated tax planning matters. The team also has the ability to draw on the strengths of its specialist probate team.

The private client team at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited advises high-net-worth individuals on inheritance tax planning, as well as handling the affairs of the elderly and vulnerable. The practice also works closely with the firm's personal injury and clinical negligence departments to prepare settlement trusts. Praised for delivering 'excellent service and great client outcomes', Suzanne Porter took over the role of head of the department from Andrew Vidler, who is now consultant at the firm.

Attracting praise for its 'level of knowledge' in the area, Bell & Buxton 'excels' in personal tax, trusts and probate work. The team, led by Charles Neal,  regularly handles probate and inheritance planning, lasting power of attorney, in addition to wills and probate matters with multi-jurisdictional aspects and overseas assets. Martin Sissons is another key name to note. The team can call on the firm's strong disputes department where necessary.

The Harrogate-based private client team at Berwins regularly handles a spectrum of tax, trust, probate and court of protection matters. The recently promoted Gareth Marland heads up the practice which also includes the highly regarded Julie Jewers. The department frequently acts for high net worth individuals and estates, as well vulnerable and elderly, and regularly receives referrals from charities and care services.

Offering an 'excellent level of service' Blacks Solicitors LLP 's wills and probate team handles matters 'extremely efficiently and promptly'. The practice, headed up by the 'very personable and approachable' Nick Rhodes, is frequently instructed to handle wills, power of attorney, tax and estate planning and administration. Rhodes is ably supported by associate Lucy Rigden.

The 'excellent' private client team at Gordons LLP provides 'clear and commercial' advice to high net worth individuals, families and business owners, on tax, trusts and probate matters. Practice head Diana Smart has over 25 years' experience in the sector and handles a full spectrum of issues. 'Rising star' Greg Dixon, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is singled out for being 'knowledgeable, diligent and friendly' particularly in inheritance planning matters.

Grays has experience advising on tax planning, trusts, wills and lasting powers of attorney. Head of trust and probate department, Ben Williams, has a particular expertise handling the administration of trusts and settlements, and is ably supported by solicitor Thea Holloway.

Langleys Solicitors LLP's York-based wills, probate and trust team includes Andrew Gowar, who has particular expertise advising on estate planning for farmers and business owners. Other key individuals include the experienced associate Serena Brotherton, who handles all aspects of non-contentious matters including drafting wills, tax planning and last powers of attorney matters. Hugh Thompson left the practice to head up Lupton Fawcett's Leeds-based private client practice.

Based in Harrogate, McCormicks frequently represents private clients, trustees, beneficiaries, attorneys and deputies on a broad spectrum of issues. Leveraging the firm's sport sector expertise, the team is instructed by the Premier League to advise on trust structures to protect young players wealth. The team also advises estates and high net worth individuals on tax and inheritance planning. Elaine Lightfoot heads the team and works closely with commercial property partner Heather Roberts.

Ridley & Hall's private client team has particular experience representing the elderly and advising individuals with dementia. The team, led by Jill Waddington, handles a full spectrum of matters from wills, probate, estate administration, inheritance tax, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection work and trusts. Victoria Ridge and Helen Webster are key individuals to note.

Schofield Sweeney's 'experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic' wills and probate team is spread across the firm's three Yorkshire offices. The team, led by Huddersfield-based Ashley Iredale , acts for high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts on a range of matters. The team advised on winding up a complex trust structure, including on personal tax implications for beneficiaries. Bradford-based John Feaster is highlighted for his expertise in stamp duty land tax advice. In Leeds, Simon Glazebrook is singled out for being 'excellent with clients, and particularly good at making the law easy to understand'.

The 'substantial and well-resourced' wills and trusts practice at Ward Hadaway attracts praise for its 'professionalism, openness and integrity'. Andrew Facer heads up the practice and regularly acts for entrepreneurial and landed clients, advising particularly on succession planning through trusts and wills. The 'client-focused' Andrew Evans is instructed by high net worth individuals and family business clients, sports players in a variety of matters.

The private client team at Wilkin Chapman LLP is headed up by Lesley Archer who regularly handles administration of trusts and estates, and advises on issues ranging from family succession and complex tax implications to foreign assets. The group is often instructed by farming families, business owners and lottery winners on a full range of matters. In addition, the team frequently acts for vulnerable individuals and carers, leveraging the practice’s significant expertise of the Mental Capacity Act, issues surrounding care provisions and management of financial affairs.

Emsleys Solicitors Limited's 'very competent and good value' wills and probate team, acts for clients on drafting wills and handling lasting powers of attorney, as well as in probate and court of protection matters. The 'very knowledgeable' Helen Gott heads up the team and works closely with the firm's personal injury department and represents clients with high-value settlements arising from claims.

The ‚Äėcompetent, diligent and helpful‚Äô private client team at Ramsdens¬†handles the full spectrum of personal tax, trusts and probate matters. With capabilities to handle particularly high value probate matters, Chris Reynolds¬†heads the practice and is instructed by high net worth individuals and estates. Rachael Brook¬†is also singled out for her expertise in this area, and regularly advises clients on wills and estate planning, lasting powers of attorney as well as trusts and estate administration. Veronica Mullins¬†is another key name to note, particularly for her representation of vulnerable clients including on court of protection matters and powers of attorney. Heather Nuttal¬†departed from the practice to join Wilkinson Woodward Incorporating Boococks¬†in Halifax.

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