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LCF Law

2 THE EMBANKMENT, SOVEREIGN STREET, LEEDS, LS1 4BP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 244 0876
Fax:
Fax 01274 390644
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Web:
www.lcf.co.uk

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

LCF Law (Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Ilkley)

LCF Lawprovides good quality advice at a lower cost than larger regional firms’ and is best known for advising clients from niche sectors, such as IFA businesses, those in the biocidal products market, and GPs. Corporate head Susan Clark ‘is a true business partner’ and commercial and IP partner James Sarjantson ‘is extremely thorough and provides very careful, reliable work’. The duo were part of a team that advised the retiring majority shareholder of shipping and freight group Graypen on the sale of the company to the management team. Leeds-based Clementine Duckett is another key team member and has notable strength acting for family-owned businesses; she handled Clayton Glass’ acquisition of Romag. Thomas Coates left to establish FTA Law in 2016.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

LCF Law (Bradford)

LCF Law is ‘an excellent mid-sized firm with loyal clients and a growing market share’. Practice head Charles Abraham is ‘an excellent strategist’, who is noted for his expertise in financial services and commercial agent regulations; he acts for local clients and international corporates. Recent highlights include representing a US-based global corporation in a claim brought against the subsidiary of a UK energy supplier regarding unpaid electricity charges arising from incorrect meter readings over a five-year period. Ragan Montgomery, Jo Barnes, and associate Roger Raper, who ‘thinks outside the box and fights his client’s corner’ are also noted. New clients include Adidas, the Department for Transport, Airea and Clinigen.

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Roger Raper - LCF Law

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4

LCF Law (Bradford)

LCF Law’s team ‘exceeds clients’ expectations in terms of service and recovery levels’ and practice head Andrew Langton provides ‘excellent business advice’. The team acts for clients ranging from UK-based SMEs to major plcs, accountants, insolvency practitioners and government agencies. Recent highlights include acting for a creditor owed £750,000 in respect of an advanced fee payment for legal referrals. Clients include VP, MKM Building Supplies, Mabey Hire, Andrew Page, Smiths News Trading, Woodhead Investment and AlixPartners.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

LCF Law (Leeds, Bradford)

LCF Law’s professional negligence practice is particularly noted for acting for individuals in claims against solicitors arising from inheritance disputes, as demonstrated by Bradford-based Ragan Montgomery’s representation of an individual in a claim against his stepfather’s former solicitors alleging negligence for failure to take adequate instructions as to the extent of the deceased’s estate in drafting his will and for failure to properly execute the will in circumstances where the solicitors knew of the deceased’s pending marriage and terminal illness. The firm also handles claims on behalf of corporates, SMEs and owner-managed businesses; Charles Abraham is assisting a listed company with a multimillion-pound claim against its former accountants arising from tax planning schemes.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

LCF Law (Bradford)

According to some, LCF Lawhas the Bradford market sewn up in this practice area; no other firm in the area has a comparable client-friendly setup’. Headed by Ragan Montgomery (‘very good legally, with a great bedside manner’), the practice handles a range of matters, including capacity issues, Inheritance Act claims, disputes between trustees and beneficiaries, and disputes involving failed gifts and will construction. Recent matters include acting on behalf of an adult child in an Inheritance Act claim involving 93 defendants, and acting for a widow in a contentious probate action involving issues of lack of capacity and undue influence.

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

LCF Law (Leeds)

LCF Law has a ‘well-regarded’ family law practice led by Rachel Spencer Robb, who attracts praise for her ability to ‘negotiate in a constructive manner without needless confrontation’. The firm has capitalised on its merger with Harrogate-based private client firm Barber Titleys to provide specialist coverage of private children law issues and financial matters involving complex pension structures and offshore arrangements. Other key figures include Simon Stell in Bradford, who focuses on matrimonial finance issues, and Harrogate-based Tim Mellors, whose expertise includes advising high-net-worth individuals on children cases, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and cases involving complex business or trust structures.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

LCF Law (Bradford)

Neil Shaw, who ‘has a well-balanced skill set that allows him to apply a holistic approach’, heads up the personal law department at LCF Law, which regularly handles Court of Protection applications and also advises clients with learning disabilities on trust and lasting powers of attorney issues. Shaw is recognised for his experience as a professional trustee for family trusts and personal injury trusts and acts as a professional deputy for clients who are unable to look after their property and financial affairs. Ann Christian specialises in care home fee planning, tax planning and trust work, Mark Jones focuses on contentious trust and probate matters, and Judith Long regularly represents charitable trusts and family estates.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

LCF Law (Bradford)

LCF Law stands out for its ‘good business acumen and tailored advice’. The team is experienced in managing commercial property portfolios, advising developers on potential residential and commercial projects, assisting charities and pension funds with property estates or investments, and advising commercial leaseholders and tenants. Practice head Paul Anderson has ‘excellent technical knowledge of commercial property matters and develops good client relations’; his recent highlights include advising a property company on the £11m sale of an investment property in London, following the conversion from five flats to one dwelling resulting from a freehold acquisition. Other key team members include Richard Davis, David Jameson, Deborah Finan, Tim Axe and Simon Mordey.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

LCF Law (Leeds)

The team at LCF Lawhas good business acumen and provides tailored advice and good value for money’. ‘Proactive and pragmatic’ team head Ragan Montgomery ‘is always willing to go above and beyond’. The team advises Stagecoach South Western Trains on trespass issues related to its station property. Other highlights include representing private proprietors of a rural residential property in a dispute over an alternative right of way, and acting for the executors of a private estate on a multimillion-pound fraud and negligence claim against conveyancers. Other clients include The Salvation Army, Citispace Properties and Yorkshire Building Society.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

LCF Law (Leeds)

James Sarjantson heads up LCF Law’s commercial and IP unit in Leeds, which sits within the wider corporate department. The firm provides portfolio management services and has been advising clients on a range of trade mark and patenting matters, including licensing agreements, patent infringement and design right infringement. Clients for the firm include AGR Racking, XL Joinery and Hygiene Supplies Direct.

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