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Lupton Fawcett

YORKSHIRE HOUSE, EAST PARADE, LEEDS, LS1 5BD, ENGLAND
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Work 0113 280 2000
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Fax 0113 245 6782
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730000 LEEDS-70
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www.luptonfawcett.com
Leeds, Sheffield, York

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 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, York)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s ‘directors are very hands-on and are involved at all points in a transaction’. Led by Andrew Lindsay, the team was recently strengthened by Neil Large joining the firm’s Sheffield office from Taylor & Emmet LLP; he covers the full range of corporate transactions and acts for clients including Santander and LX Engineering. Highlights included advising Horsley Capital, Dyson and Paturel on the £100m sale of Exemplar Care Group to private equity firm Agilitas; Jonathan Oxley led the advice. Other names to note include Daniel McCormack, Giles Clegg and Julian Moran who are in the firm’s Leeds office, York-based Martin Frost and Michele Phillips in Sheffield.

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Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Sheffield)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s team is led by Leeds-based Andrew Lindsay, who has longstanding expertise acting for directors and shareholders based across the UK. The Sheffield office is led by Michele Phillips, who recently advised a property group on a multimillion-pound portfolio refinancing of multiple industrial and office sites, including a partial transfer to a Jersey holding company. Other highlights include advising Redemption Holding Company on the acquisition of Redemption Food, which involved a five-person MBO/MBI team. Senior consultant Max Kennedy assisted with the circa £4.5m combined purchase of two Nottingham-based care homes. Neil Large, the former head of corporate at Taylor & Emmet LLP, recently joined the firm, bolstering the team’s expertise in cross-border, high-value transactions.

Leading individuals

Michele Phillips - Lupton Fawcett LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, York)

Julian Moran heads Lupton Fawcett LLP’s practice following his arrival from Gordons LLP in January 2017; he has extensive experience in corporate tax, VAT and stamp duty tax matters and his practice spans the York, Leeds and Sheffield offices. The group has niche expertise in the charity sector, and frequently works with the firm’s ecclesiastical and charities director Caroline Mockford, advising on tax issues for charities and social enterprises; its work in this area includes restructuring charities, handling the tax issues pertaining to the incorporation of clubs, including zero-rating availability, and assisting with VAT grouping. Other highlights include its advice to Silbury Foods on warranty and price adjustment mechanisms concerning its merger with Oxfordshire-based Portal Foods, which created a business with a £45m turnover.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 4

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds)

The fraud practice at Lupton Fawcett LLP is led by Jeremy Scott, who defends clients in corporate investigations and prosecutions. Scott has recently been acting for a former managing director of a limited company which faces an international investigation by the SFO into alleged bribery by the company to foreign businesses. The team spans the Leeds, Sheffield and York offices and also includes York-based Jonathan Cripwell, who has historically undertaken fraud prosecution work for both government departments and local authorities. Meghan Waldron joined the criminal defence team in August 2016 as a senior solicitor.

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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

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, York)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s team ‘doesn’t put a foot wrong and provides excellent value for money’. Practice head Nigel Broadbent has considerable experience handling contractual disputes, corporate governance issues, professional negligence claims, and post-M&A disputes, including warranty claims. Jonathan Warner-Reed is handling a professional negligence claim regarding a land border dispute, and is also acting for a food manufacturer in a claim brought against a subcontractor for negligent performance and breach of confidentiality. York-based Johanne Spittle, who is ‘highly skilled and instinctively knows the best way forward’, is handling a claim against a bank regarding an extendable base rate swap. Paul Sykes and head of the York office Jonathan Cripwell are the other names to note.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, Sheffield)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s debt recovery practice sits within its business recovery and insolvency department, which is led by James Richardson. Nigel Whitfield is another key name; he handles debt recovery matters and has expertise in acting for trustees and liquidators on a wide range of insolvency issues. Recent highlights include acting for a student home provider in recovering unpaid rent and representing a local property company in recovering estate property rent from tenants in arrears. Other work includes handling credit control procedures, county court claims, winding-up and bankruptcy petitions, and the incorporation of terms and conditions of business into contracts with customers and suppliers for various commercial clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, Sheffield)

James Richardson leads Lupton Fawcett LLP’s practice, which is known for acting for distressed and insolvent legal practices and handling the sale of the property portfolios of insolvent property groups. It also handles insolvency matters involving companies from a range of other industry sectors, including construction, leisure, healthcare, manufacturing, licensed trade and retail. Nigel Whitfield has expertise in personal insolvency matters; David Smyllie is a key name for debtor-led advice and defending director disqualifications; and Tom Whiteside handles distressed refinancing for banks and other lenders. Recent highlights include acting for BWC Business Solutions as administrators of Whitkirk Motors, which involved assisting with issues of secured creditors rights, directors duties, opposed access to company premises and environmental and DVLA licensing issues. Other work included advising KPMG on the administration of Steel Founder Noel Village.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, York)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s employment practice operates across the firm’s offices in Leeds, York and Sheffield, making it uniquely placed to cover the Yorkshire and Humber region for its employer clients, which include a number of household names. Andrew Gilchrist heads the team and splits his time between the Leeds and York offices; his highlights included acting for KPMG in potential claims arising from an administration involving over 100 employees, in which the firm was able to secure a favourable and cost-effective outcome for the client. Gilchrist also leads the ongoing advice to national vehicle hire company Northgate in its employment and HR issues, including handling settlement agreements, disciplinary matters and data protection. Louise Connacher in Leeds is highlighted for her track record in restrictive covenant disputes, data protection, national minimum wage investigations, immigration matters, and HR issues governing charities and not-for-profits; her clients include UK-based retailer Mamas & Papas, for which she is handling a review of the client’s anti-bribery and corruption policy, drafting Modern Slavery Act policy, and advising on employment tribunal claims. Also based in Leeds, Angela Gorton handles a range of employment issues for businesses and senior executives, and is continuing to advise Seabrook Crisps on employment issues arising from its MBO, including handling minimum wage issues and changes to terms and conditions. Other key figures include York-based partner Brian Harrington, whose clients include Chaucer Foods Limited, which Harrington advises on multi-jurisdictional employment issues related to its sites in the US, France, Germany and China.

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Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Sheffield)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s employment team in Sheffield works in conjunction with its offices in Leeds and York to provide comprehensive coverage across the Yorkshire and Humber region’s main business centres. Joan Pettingill is the key figure in Sheffield; her wide-ranging employment expertise encompasses trade union and industrial action issues, TUPE transfer matters and large-scale restructurings. Pettingill also heads the firm’s GP practice, for which she handles employment issues. In a cross-office highlight, the group provides ongoing employment advice to the Yorkshire branch of Arcelor Mittal, which has included advice on holiday pay, restrictive covenants, maternity matters, and performance and conduct issues. Pettingill is also advising a highly unionised employer in multiple holiday pay claims.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s Jack Ferraro has an established reputation for handling claims related to road traffic accidents, work-related personal injury industrial diseases. He leads a team that includes Jackie Rowe, whose expertise covers road traffic accident cases, as well as employers’ and public liability claims; and senior associate Jonathan Linton, who handles a range of accidents at work and public liability matters.

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Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, Sheffield, York)

Nigel Broadbent heads Lupton Fawcett LLP’s professional negligence practice, which includes a further ten partners spread across the firm’s Leeds, Sheffield and York offices. Broadbent has wide-ranging experience in bringing claims against surveyors, accountants, engineers and solicitors. Also recommended are Paul Sykes, who has an extensive track record handling professional negligence claims at Court of Appeal and Supreme Court levels, as well as before the European Court of Human Rights; Johanne Spittle, who is noted for her handling of claims brought against banks for financial mis-selling; and Jonathan Warner-Reed, who is highly active in professional negligence claims related to property developments. Clients include FirstGroup and Chaucer Foods.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett LLP (York)

Lupton Fawcett LLP fields a ‘very professional’ agriculture team led by the ‘faultlessJohanne Spittle, whose ‘invaluable advice and quiet, polite and authoritative manner’ puts her ‘always one step ahead of the game’. She focuses on property-related disputes for agricultural and ecclesiastical clients, as well as landed estates, and also assists agricultural clients with issues arising from their dealings with banks. The practice’s other key areas of strength include advising on land use issues related to the sale and purchase of agricultural land and farms, as well as Agricultural Holding Act 1986 tenancies; assisting with option, promotion and equalisation agreements related to land development; and advising agricultural clients on renewable energy projects. It also works closely with the firm’s wider private client department to provide succession, inheritance tax, agricultural property relief and business property relief to high-net-worth individuals and rural business owners. Julian Rowden is noted for his handling of sales and purchases of quarries and former gravel pits as well as associated mineral rights issues. Also recommended are Kirsty Barsby, who regularly acts for lenders and borrowers on agricultural land and property refinancings; Hannah Farmer, who, in addition to handling acquisitions and disposals, has particular strength in equine law; and Jessica Richardson.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds)

Lupton Fawcett LLP is noted for combining ‘excellent legal analysis in often complex circumstances with sensitivity and commitment to its clients’ charitable ethos’. The firm’s multidisciplinary charities practice has a particularly strong ecclesiastical law capability and acts for a number of faith-based organisations, including the Yorkshire Congregational Union and the Diocese of York. In addition to its work for faith-based charities, the practice acts for various schools and multi-academy trusts on academy conversions and rebrokerage matters. Caroline Mockford heads the practice from the firm’s York office; she has more than 30 years of experience in trust and ecclesiastical law matters. Other key figures include Peter Foskett, employment specialist Louise Connacher (both based in Leeds), and Mark Honeywell, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s practice is headed by Howard Rutter, who is ‘very good at getting to the heart of a problem, working out what really matters, and finding a common-sense way of dealing with it’. He leads a team that advises individuals, trustees and professionals on disputes concerning trusts, will and estates. Other key figures include recently promoted senior associate Matthew Morton, who is noted for his ability to ‘straddle several areas of law and effectively provide an overview of the whole case’.

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Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire
Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Sheffield)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s ‘extremely competent and hardworking’ family law practice is spread across its Leeds, York and Sheffield offices, giving it ‘a high profile in the Yorkshire area’. Standout figures in Sheffield include senior associate Leigh Green, and legal executives Paul Roebuck and Claire Room, all of whom are ‘very professional and approachable, good with clients and very thorough’. In addition to providing advice on divorce matters, financial settlements, civil partnerships and domestic abuse, the Sheffield team has also developed a strong reputation in childcare proceedings, where it acts for parents, guardians and local authorities throughout Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, York)

Clients single out Lupton Fawcett LLP’s family law practice for its ‘professional, pragmatic and client-focused service, great attention to detail and specialist expertise’. Headed by Christopher Burns (‘particularly good at cohabitation disputes’), the practice provides region-wide coverage to high-net-worth and privately funded clients from its offices in Leeds, York and Sheffield, with particular emphasis on financial provision issues arising from family breakdown. Burns is ably assisted in Leeds by Peter Foskett, who has specialist expertise in financial remedy proceedings. York-based senior associate Nicola Mitchell attracts praise for her ‘knowledge of, and experience in, financial matters and the efficiency with which she runs her team’.

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

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, Sheffield)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s ‘excellent’ department is led by Tricia Carter and also fields Howard Rutter, John Eaton and consultant David Grice. Key areas of strength for the practice include advising landed estates and SME owners alongside providing assistance to learning disability charities and parents of those with learning disabilities regarding wills, trusts and social care elements (an area of expertise for Carter). The team’s experience also encompasses contentious trust and probate work; Rutter is the key practitioner in this space. Associates Susan Bateson and the ‘highly analytical’ Amanda Simmonds are also names to note and are recommended for estate planning matters and capital tax planning respectively.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds)

The team at Lupton Fawcett LLP is jointly headed by Michele Phillips, who heads up the academies and schools team from Sheffield, and Jonathan Moore, who heads up matters for higher and further education clients. Mark Honeywell joined the team in May 2016 from Bond Dickinson LLP and specialises in academy work. Recent highlights for the team include advising the University of York in relation to the development of new retail units and a new health centre on one of its campuses. The team has also been involved in various multi-academy trust conversions for non-faith and faith schools. Other clients include Bradford Grammar School, Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust, Leeds Diocesan Board of Education and Leeds City College.

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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 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, York)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s practice provides ‘an excellent service’ and its ‘response times are very good with the prompt issuing of and response to documents’. Practice head David Whitaker specialises in property joint ventures, residential developments and acquisitions and disposals, Jonathan Moore advises on development transactions and David Colemanis very knowledgeable and detailed, but also pragmatic and takes a commercial view in terms of the overall transaction’. Highlights included advising Hanover Walton on its joint venture with Keepmoat regarding the development of its site in West Yorkshire, a 120-unit retirement village, which involved advising on the land sale contract, joint venture arrangement and infrastructure documents. Senior associates Julie Perkins and Mary-Rose Millin joined from Irwin Mitchell and RadcliffesLeBrasseur respectively. Russell Davidson joined Shoosmiths LLP.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds, Sheffield, York)

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s team has ‘a great blend of business focus and attention to detail’, and has expertise in disputes involving commercial, residential, student accommodation, agricultural and ecclesiastical properties. The practice is led by ‘master tacticianJonathan Warner-Reed, who, according to one client, ‘should be on any corporate counsel’s go-to list’. Recent highlights include acting for two individuals in separate claims relating to adverse possession; handling a lease renewal claim for a car dealership; acting for a private tenant in an enfranchisement claim regarding a property in Central London; and representing a national commercial landlord in bringing a dilapidations claim against a former tenant.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Warner-Reed - Lupton Fawcett LLP

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

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett LLP (Leeds)

The ‘competent all-rounder’ IP team at Lupton Fawcett LLP is now headed by Clive Lawrence, following John Sykes’ decision to transition into a consultancy role. Commercial litigator Lawrence leads on contentious matters alongside dispute resolution director Simon Lockley, with a recent highlight being the representation of J & J Ormerod in a design right case against a rival selling a similar product. Sykes has been representing clients in trade mark disputes and opposition cases, and has been giving advice on patenting and ‘freedom to use’ new technology. The team also manages clients’ brand and design portfolios.

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