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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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Web:
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

Leeds-based Giles Clegg heads up Lupton Fawcett's pan-Yorkshire corporate team following former practice head Jonathan Oxley's move to a managing partner role in 2018. Clegg has particular expertise acting for clients in the healthcare sector, and is joined in Leeds by Daniel McCormack .

Practice head(s):Giles Clegg

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Oxley; Daniel McCormack;

Testimonials

'Lupton Fawcett fields an incredibly responsive and knowledgeable team, which provides top-quality advice in a very timely fashion and works very closely with its clients.'

'The team delivers exactly what is promised, on time and in budget. It fields excellent communicators, who work to a deadline and really make an effort to understand the client's business sector.'

'Giles Clegg is very experienced, provides great commercial advice and manages a project and a diverse team exceptionally well. He is very easy to work with, and ensures matters are seamless from a contract and legal point of view.'

'Daniel McCormack is approachable, likeable and very competent. He and his team deal with an enormous amount of paperwork in a disciplined manner. Daniel does an excellent job of explaining every step to all parties and is always accessible.'

Key Clients

Hand Picked Hotels

Age Partnership

Northern Bloc Ice Cream

Pure Retirement

Event Protect

Alpha Healthcare

Qualia Care

Amido

Silbury Foods

Hydramotion

Conveyor Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the shareholders of Independent Content Services to advise on the sale of the company to the venture capitalist owner of the Racing Post.
  • Advised Top Treads on its management buyout by way of capital reduction and demerger, followed by a share sale.
  • Advised the vendor shareholders on the sale of a 50% shareholding in Langlands Nursery to West Vale Holdings.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Smart Buildings on the sale of the company to Engie Services Holdings.

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett has 'long-standing experience in corporate M&A transactions' and is instructed by a mix of regional and national companies as well as overseas clients, which the team frequently advises on buying, selling, investing, refinancing, and reorganising UK-based assets. Practice head Michele Phillips stands out for her corporate finance expertise and education sector experience. Corporate tax specialist Sarah Illidge joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):Michele Phillips

Other key lawyers:Sarah Illidge

Testimonials

'Lupton Fawcett has a very cost-effective approach and provides advice that is to the point.'

'The corporate team at Lupton Fawcett provides a friendly face with a professional service.'

'Michele Phillips is very practically minded, results oriented, and able to find reasonable compromises in a negotiation.'

Key Clients

Atlas North Group

Mattressonline.co.uk

Mondi

Smyle Creative Group

Timber Garden Buildings

Airmaster Air Conditioning

Air Flow Cooling Group

Each Other Care Holdings

Stay Properties

National Westminster Bank

Events Solutions

Microblade

Lillison Engeineering Services

Westdale  Group

Genesis Group

AD Tyres

Aldermore Bank plc

Secure Power

SBD Apparel

Santander

Barclays

Lloyds

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Smyle Creative Group on its acquisition, backed by investment from Rockpool Investments.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Events Solution on sale its entire issued share capital to Arena.
  • Assisted Atlas North Holdings with the simultaneous acquisitions of Air Cat and Special Air Services.
  • Advised the vendor shareholders of iDisrupted on its sale to The Panoply.
  • Advised STAY Properties on its establishment of a new UK-based care home operator group and the related acquisition of 3 care homes in the UK, with funding support from Barclays Bank.
Leading individuals

Michele Phillips - Lupton Fawcett

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett frequently advises clients on the tax-related aspects of corporate and real estate transactions and also has experience handling disputes against the HMRC. Julian Moran splits his time between the Leeds, Sheffield and York offices, and heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Julian Moran

Key Clients

Shareholders of Independent Content Services Limited

Shareholders of Smart Buildings Limited

Shareholders of Smyle Creative Ltd

Shareholders of Event Solutions Limited

Atlas North Holdings Limited

Top Treads Limited

Ian Ducker and John Ducker

Work highlights

  • Advised the vendor shareholders of Independent Content Services on its sale to the venture capitalist owner of the Racing Post.
  • Advised the vendor shareholders of Smart Buildings on its sale to Engie Services Holdings.
  • Assisted the vendor shareholders of Smyle Creative and its management buy-in and buy-out team with its acquisition, backed by Rockpool Investments.
  • Advised Atlas North Holdings on its simultaneous acquisitions of Air Cat and Special Air Services, with funding support from NatWest.
  • Advised on the management buy-out of Top Treads Limited, by way of capital reduction and demerger followed by a share sale.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 4

Lupton Fawcett

Jeremy Scott leads the regulatory and corporate defence department at Lupton Fawcett, which acts on the full range of mandates including fraud work, POCA proceedings and cash forfeiture matters. The Yorkshire-wide team defends corporate clients and individuals on all elements of investigations and prosecutions including policy issues, regulatory breaches and crisis management. The York-based Jonathan Cripwell focuses on regulatory prosecutions.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Scott

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Cripwell

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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 4

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett acts for a breadth of commercial clients as well as universities, landed estates, global ecclesiastical entities, property-holding businesses and investors. Jonathan Warner-Reed and Jonathan Cripwell head up the team from Leeds and York respectively; Warner-Reed has particular expertise in shareholder disputes and corporate governance-related claims, complex professional negligence claims and property disputes, while Cripwell has a niche specialism in civil fraud cases. Howard Rutter heads up the contentious probate practice and also has expertise in dealing with professional partnership matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Warner- Reed; Jonathan Cripwell

Other key lawyers:Howard Rutter

Testimonials

'The team at Lupton Fawcett is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and technically excellent.'

'The dispute management team at Lupton Fawcett really cares about getting the best results for its clients and is a delight to work with.'

'Lupton Fawcett is particularly strong in litigation and, while it is a large firm, it deals with clients on a personal basis.'

'Associate Daniel Edwards' legal knowledge is encyclopaedic, but he is also very commercially astute. He's a real star.'

'Jonathan Warner-Reed has a strong commercial property practice.'

'Howard Rutter has unrivalled experience in dealing with solicitors partnership disputes.'

Key Clients

FirstGroup

JCT600

Seabrook Crisps

SafeStyle

Redhall Group Plc

Hand Picked Hotels

Urbanest Uk

Chaucer Foods Limited

Crossroads Truck & Bus Company

Victoria Hall Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual in successfully defending an application to rectify a legal charge granted in favour of the firm's client.
  • Acted for an individual in a partnership dispute.
  • Acting for a multi-national company in multiple arbitrations arising from a construction project in the food manufacturing sector.
  • Representing a food manufacturing client in a multi-million pound claim for loss of profits arising from a contract with a large supermarket.
  • Acted for two former directors of a leisure and tourism sector company that had recently been sold in a breach of warranty claim brought by the purchasers.

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Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett is instructed by private clients and companies in the manufacturing, trading, property and educational sectors. Simon Lockley handles a range of litigation spanning shareholder and partnership claims, civil fraud and contractual disputes, while Rob Cooke has particular experience in acting for pub landlords in disputes arising from The Pubs Code Regulations 2016.

Practice head(s):Simon Lockley

Other key lawyers:Rob Cooke

Testimonials

'The dispute resolution team at Lupton Fawcett is on the ball, positive and ready to come up with good solutions to all issues.'

Key Clients

Seabrook Crisps

JCT600

FirstGroup

SafeStyle

TNT Fireworks

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Hand Picked Hotels

Chaucer Foods Limited

York Mailing Group Limited

Survey Roofing

Work highlights

  • Acting for a private individual looking to recover around £750,000 that has been misappropriated by a limited company.
  • Defending the sole director of a company in a £2.6m claim for employment benefit trusts.
  • Successfully represented a client in a claim against a party wall surveyor for a seven-figure sum of damages.
  • Defending a client in a complex contractual claim, and acting for the same client in a counter claim.
  • Successfully acted for a property developer in obtaining an injunction for a client, enabling a large development of residential houses to proceed.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's team handles a variety of private and contentious corporate matters ranging from advice on terms and conditions and credit control procedures to enforcement matters and claims. Practice head Nigel Whitfield, who splits his time between York and Leeds, has a broad range of experience with particular expertise in insolvency-related work.

Practice head(s):Nigel Whitfield

Testimonials

'Lupton Fawcett's debt recovery team provides a quick, friendly and polite service.'

'The team at Lupton Fawcett is very polite, prompt and informative.'

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's business recovery and insolvency practice spans its Leeds, York and Sheffield offices, and primarily acts for insolvency practitioners on a national level. The group's expertise encompasses restructurings and insolvencies, distressed businesses, refinancings, LPA receiverships, breach of duty claims, fraud investigations and insolvency litigation. The team is led by Nigel Whitfield - 'the King in the North' of personal insolvency - alongside James Richardson, who focuses on distressed corporates and licensed insolvency practitioner David Smyllie.

Practice head(s):Nigel Whitfield

Other key lawyers:James Richardson; David Smyllie

Testimonials

'The team is very strong with excellent technical ability, a very proactive and organised approach and is able to deal with complex and difficult matters. The individuals are extremely good negotiators who present their clients' case very forcefully without letting their own ego get in the way'.

'With three experienced partners leading a small team of fee earners, they are able to staff and handle any assignment from a small bankruptcy to a hostile trading administration'.

'Nigel Whitfield is a real leader in the field who is hugely respected by counsel, opponents and clients alike. His case preparation is outstanding and really pays dividends when cases get to court'.

'When it comes to personal insolvency, Nigel Whitfield is the King in the North. He's the go-to man when you have a technical problem as he's seen it all in the past and usually solved it'.

'Andrew Black is very diligent and resourceful'.

Key Clients

Begbies Traynor Group

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

FRP Advisory

Graywoods

Clark Business Advisory

Live Recoveries

Philmore & Co

BHP Clough Corporate Solutions

DFW Associates

Wilson Field

The DL Partnership

Abbey Taylor

Maxim

AM Insolvency

Revive

Auker Rhodes

Maxwell Davies

Sadlers

Leonard Curtis

Creditfix

Kennway Francis

Currie Young

Kingston Smith & Partners

Smith & Williamson

Work highlights

  • Advised FRP Advisory as liquidator in pursuing a company in chain for unpaid invoices involving insolvency set off issues.
  • Acting for Smith & Williamson as trustee on a forensic investigation into a bankrupt company's financial transactions.
  • Advising AM Insolvency as liquidator on the sale of the business and assets of an online retail company.
  • Assisting Graywoods as the supervisors and subsequent liquidators with the sale of the business and assets of a South Yorkshire company.
  • Acting for Gibson Booth as liquidator in a complaint against RBS' GRG unit.

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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 3

Lupton Fawcett

The employment team at Lupton Fawcett, under the leadership of Andrew Gilchrist, has grown year on year to become one of the strongest practices in Yorkshire. Gilchrist advises on all employment and HR related matters for clients across a number of sectors, including transport, construction, retail, property and manufacturing. Louise Connacher is also recommended, particularly for her expertise in data protection, National Minimum Wage investigations and work for education clients. Angela Gorton has recent experience of defending clients against union-backed claims on holiday pay.

Practice head(s):Andrew Gilchrist

Other key lawyers:Louise Connacher; Angela Gorton

Testimonials

'Very responsive and pragmatic. Their regular HR workshops and employment law updates are very useful.'

'I work closely with Angela Gorton who has taken the time to get to know our business, is always on the end of a phone and gives sound, practical advice. Angela is definitely my first 'go-to' for legal advice.'

Key Clients

TI Automotive Limited

Bradford Grammar School

The Grammar School at Leeds

Hand Picked Hotels

Northgate Plc

Hayes Davidson (London) Limited

SB Components (International) Limited

Chaucer Foods (UK) Limited

Den Hartogh Dry Bulk Logistics Limited

Ecofficiency Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised TI Automotive Limited in connection with an application for a European Works Council, including representing the client at the Central Arbitration Committee.
  • Provided general employment advice to Bradford Grammar School on a range of matters, including GDPR and a major reorganisation.
  • Advised the Grammar School at Leeds on a variety of general employment matters, including complicated matters relating to peripatetic teachers.
  • As sole employment adviser to Hand Picked Hotels, advising on a range of issues including equal pay, National Minimum Wage and GDPR.
  • Advised Northgate plc in relation to its employment issues, including the successful defence of a number of Tribunal claims

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's practice is instructed by a variety of clients on commercial and contentious matters ranging from compliance advice to investigations and tribunal claims. It works closely with its Leeds and York-based offices and has an impressive client roster including household names. Leeds-based Andrew Gilchrist heads up the firm's Yorkshire-wide employment team, which includes Joan Pettingill in Sheffield, who has particular experience assisting clients in the steel, motor and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):Andrew Gilchrist

Other key lawyers:Joan Pettingill

Testimonials

'The employment team at Lupton Fawcett offers an outstanding service, quality advice and real value. It has a genuinely friendly approach and makes time to chat through any questions.'

'Lupton Fawcett's communication is excellent and always in a format that can be easily understood by clients.'

Key Clients

HTC Wolffkran

Roche Healthcare

British Glass Manufacturers Federation

Arcelor Mittal

University of Wolverhampton

Airmaster Air Conditioning

Go Green Limited

W E Rawson Limited

Transvac Service Partnership

Trupart Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Roche Healthcare to provide employment advice on several matters; it recently defended the client several tribunal claims relating to alleged discrimination issues.
  • Advised the Sheffield office of Arcelor Mittal on a complex redundancy exercise.
  • Assisted Airmaster Air Conditioning with its GDPR compliance.
  • Advised Go Green on business protection issues, restrictive covenants and employment contracts.
  • Assisted the University of Wolverhampton with GDPR compliance matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

Lupton Fawcett

The team at Lupton Fawcett specialises in claims relating to road traffic accidents, public, occupiers' and employers' liability. The practice, which is led by Jack Ferraro, is spread across Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Practice head(s):Jack Ferraro

Other key lawyers:Jackie Rowe

Testimonials

'My case with Lupton Fawcett  was handled in a very professional manner from start to finish. There was always a voice and the end of the phone to answer all my queries or concerns that I may of had. Every query was answered with a very satisfactory answer and at no time did I feel uneasy or worried about my claim.

'The firm treated me like a member of their family. Everyone who helped out with my claim obviously worked well as a team to get the best results possible for me and myself and my family are extremely grateful for that.'

Work highlights

  • A claim under Law Reforms (miscellaneous provisions) Act 1934 and a dependency claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.
  • The claimant, a pedestrian, was suddenly struck with some force by a scooter having lost control.
  • Claimant signalled and began his overtaking manoeuvre when the Defendant suddenly and without warning, turned across the claimants path.
  • The Claimant was carrying out building works at a construction site, he was instructed to demolish a concrete wall using a hammer drill when a section of the wall collapsed onto the Claimant causing injury.
  • Claimant was footing the ladder for a colleague when a gust of wind caught the ladder and trapped the Claimant’s wrist

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett has the capacity to handle a variety of complex professional negligence disputes of the highest value, including contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, civil fraud and property matters.

Other key lawyers:Arif Khalfe; Simon Lockley

Key Clients

Seabrook Crisps

JCT600

FirstGroup

SafeStyle

TNT Fireworks

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Hand Picked Hotels

Chaucer Foods Limited

York Mailing Group Limited

Survey Roofing

Work highlights

  • Successfuly advised on seven-figure claim against client’s former surveyors.
  • Advising on a claim against Pinsent Masons over the firm's negligent failure to advise the client to take active steps to counter a neighbour’s claim for adverse possession of valuable land adjoining our client’s property.
  • Instructed in relation to a professional negligence claim against consulting civil engineers on behalf of a large regional housing developer.
  • Acting in a legally complex claim brought by a residential developer against a building firm.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett has offices in York, Leeds and Sheffield, providing advice to the farming community across the whole Yorkshire and Humber region. The team has a strong focus on property work, as well as issues relating to the occupational rights of farm workers, renewables, mines and minerals, development work, insolvencies and ecclesiastical matters. Former department head Johanne Spittle left earlier this year to join Ware & Kay, and was succeeded by senior associate Caroline Hawcroft, who joined the firm from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Caroline Hawcroft

Testimonials

'Well resourced, friendly, capable and efficient.'

'The team at Lupton Fawcett combine good, pragmatic advice with an easy personal style.'

'Kirsty Barsby has been incredibly thorough and diligent with respect to the at times complicated matters around land sales and purchases.'

'Caroline Hawcroft delivers sound, professional advice in a timely and cost effective way.'

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's charities and not-for-profit offering is organised among two groups across York, Leeds and Sheffield: the ecclesiastical and charities department and the charities and social enterprise Team, led by Mark Honeywell, who stepped up to lead the team on his promotion to partner last year. The former comprises a number of ecclesiastical law specialists, the majority of who also act as registrars for Yorkshire dioceses; while the latter provides 'seamless, responsive and flexible service' in matters of regulation, registration, collaborations and mergers, governance and trust law issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Honeywell

Other key lawyers:Peter Foskett; Louise Connacher

Testimonials

'The team is extremely friendly and approachable, and provides excellent advice.'

Always reassuring and you know you are in very safe hands.

'Mark Honeywell provides expert advice around Charity Commission issues and makes his advice absolutely bespoke and appropriate to our charity.'

All of the team go above and beyond to provide a responsive and flexible service. Mark Honeywell worked with us to ensure continuity of specialist legal advice to my education colleagues when our in-house expert was on maternity leave. As part of that he based himself with us for one day a week and created a flexible and affordable approach to charging work over the period.'

'Louise Connacher is always ready to provide practical advice, often rearranging schedules to fit in matters of urgency.'

Key Clients

Province and Diocese of York

Diocese of Leeds

Diocese of Sodor and Man

The Horse Trust

St George’s Crypt

Communication Matters (ISAAC UK)

The Grammar School at Leeds

Scarborough College

Resource for Anglican Renewal Ministries

Bingley Grammar School Foundation

West Bank Park Heritage Trust

Caring for Life

Work highlights

  • Advising a school on its incorporation as a CIO.
  • Advising on a major development project.
  • Acting for a Trust on a range of legal matters.
  • Advising on the merger of two hospital charities.
Next Generation Partners

Mark Honeywell - Lupton Fawcett

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett has a strong presence in the contentious trusts and probate market, dealing with heavyweight and complex litigation. The firm's team - which is particularly skilled in cases involving proprietary estoppel in relation to family homes and farms - acts for individuals, trustees, professionals and other law firms under the leadership of Howard Rutter  - a 'tough negotiator' and a 'very practical' lawyer.

Practice head(s):Howard Rutter

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Cripwell

Testimonials

'A team that works together extremely well and has considerable depth.'

'They handle terrific work and it is a joy to be working on a case when the whole team is working together to achieve superb results.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a widow seeking a share of an estate worth in excess of £10m.
  • Advising in an unusual case on a complex estate involving assets in France and the UK, and involving a lottery winner who separated from his wife without divorcing her.
  • Acted on a cross-jurisdictional matter concerning a conflict between a will made in Spain, and another made in England.
  • A high value Inheritance Act case involving five different sets of solicitors, and potentially as many as 15 different parties to the proceedings.
  • Acted on a high value and technical case involving multiple claims and applications under the Variations of Trusts Act.

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett handles privately funded matters and collaborative law work for high-net-worth clients. The group advises on the full spectrum of issues arising from family breakdowns with expertise in pre- and post-nuptial agreements, finance work relating to relationship breakdowns, tax issues, pensions work and trust matters alongside Children Act proceedings. Department head Chris Burns and Peter Foskett focus on financial remedy cases. Former Blacks Solicitors LLP associate Andrew Smith joined the firm as a partner in mid-2019.

Practice head(s):Chris Burns

Other key lawyers:Peter Foskett

Testimonials

'The team at Lupton Fawcett is exceptionally well led, adopting a professional yet highly family-centred approach. It actively promotes non-court-based solutions and collaborative approaches where possible, whilst still being realistic about when court is the only solution to move a situation forwards'.

'The practice is a quality, forward-thinking, medium-sized regional practice, which is very proficient and has great strength in depth'.

'The team is very committed to getting the very best outcome for its clients and has impressive legal knowledge'.

'Chris Burns is an experienced dedicated family lawyer who practices a range of family and children work. He is an excellent practitioner and fights hard for his clients'.

 

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett’s private client team has a strong reputation within the market, advising landed estates and the owners of SMEs and family businesses in the areas of tax planning and overseas jurisdiction, estate administration and agricultural succession.

Practice head(s):Hugh Thompson

Other key lawyers:Tricia Carter; Amanda Simmonds; Howard Rutter

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett counts maintained schools, independent schools and further and higher education institutions as clients and has notable expertise assisting academies and religious designated schools, leveraging the firm's strong ecclesiastical and charities teams. Group co-head Michelle Phillips heads up the firm's academies and schools offering, while newly promoted partner and fellow co-head Mark Honeywell specialises in handling governance and regulatory issues for academies and independent schools. Ecclesiastical lawyer Peter Foskett focuses on religious schools.

Practice head(s):Michelle Phillips; Mark Honeywell

Other key lawyers:Peter Foskett

Testimonials

'Lupton Fawcett provides a contemporary understanding of the current educational landscape with regards to church schools and multi-academy trusts and the unique context they face. It is always timely and aids in ensuring that client's needs are met on a face-to-face basis as well as electronically'.

'Mark Honeywell integrates himself well into the client's team and his expertise and personable nature ensures he provides a personal serviceHaving a local person who understands the contact of situations makes all the difference'.

Key Clients

Leeds Diocesan Board of Education

York Diocesan Board of Education

Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust

Dales Academies Trust

STAR MAT

Grammar School at Leeds

Bishop Burton College

Scarborough College

Bingley Grammar School Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Leeds Diocesan Board of Education on its academies projects and trust issues associated with Church of England school sites.
  • Assists the York Diocesan Board of Education on academies and school land issues.
  • Advised on the establishment of Star MAT.
  • Assisting the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust on its academies programme including four academy conversions.
  • Advised on the establishment of a new multi-academy trust in Leeds.

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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

Lupton Fawcett's real estate team is known for its property management expertise and has a range of clients across the Yorkshire region with David Whitaker leading the team. David Coleman, who offers 'concise and pragmatic' advice, is a notable name having been lead partner on much of the firm's development work. The practice was significantly boosted in late 2018 by the promotion of three senior associates to the partnership - Kirsty Barsby, Zoe Lang and Sarah Temple, nearly doubling the number of partners in the team.

Practice head(s):David Whitaker

Other key lawyers:David Coleman; Kirsty Barsby; Zoe Lang; Sarah Temple

Testimonials

'David Coleman offers concise and pragmatic property advice whilst retaining a commercial viewpoint. He does not seek to score points against the other side and instead concentrates on securing a commercial outcome for his client.'

Key Clients

Jack Lunn Properties

William Birch  & Sons

ISG Group

Redhall Group

Loxley Homes

Leeds Building Society

HIG Bauer Group

Rushbond

Evans of Leeds

Grangers International

Work highlights

  • Advised Loxley Homes on the £15m acquisition of a residential development site in South Yorkshire.
  • Acting for Leeds Grand Theatre to facilitate a £17m infrastructure project for Opera North.
  • Representing landowners in connection with an agreement to secure a £10m development of farmland.
  • Advised Grangers International on the £6m development of a new factory and sale of an existing one.
  • Advised Montgomery Property Investments on the £23m sale of three multi-let industrial properties.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

At Lupton Fawcett,  Rob Cooke leads the teams in Leeds and Sheffield. Cooke excels in housebuilding and pub-related matters. The firm leverages its pan-Yorkshire presence to advise on regional matters including contested commercial lease renewals, easement and covenant disputes, possession claims and tenancy issues.

Practice head(s):Rob Cooke

Testimonials

'Lupton Fawcett is a good full-service firm, which provides reliably high-quality advice with a real sense of how to meet commercial clients' needs with a personal touch'.

'The team is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and technically excellent. It really cares about getting the best results and is a delight to work with'.

Key Clients

Victoria Hall Management Limited

Urbanest

Redhall Group Plc

Primeur Limited

The United Reformed Church

Scott Albion Property Limited

Mr Marcus Heaney

Leeds Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in the Court of Appeal in an adverse possession case.
  • Acting for a landowner in a dispute over title deeds dating back to the 17th century.
  • Obtaining an injunction for individuals enabling them to proceed with a residential development.
  • Representing a client in a claim against a party wall surveyor.
  • Acting for an international company in multiple arbitrations arising from a construction project in the food manufacturing sector.

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

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett is instructed to advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters covering the full range IP rights, from patents and designs law to trade marks, copyright and database rights. Its client roster includes high-profile companies and start-ups. Practice head Clive Lawrence, who is experienced in the media and sports sectors, handles commercial matters and disputes; and senior associate Ben Clay has expertise in obtaining, exploiting and enforcing a range of rights, and defending infringement allegations. Former partner John Sykes has taken a consultancy role.

Practice head(s):Clive Lawrence

Other key lawyers:John Sykes; Ben Clay

Testimonials

'Lupton Fawcett's intellectual property team is helpful and professional.'

'Clive Lawrence has impressive knowledge and experience, is very professional and provides an excellent service.'

Key Clients

Vet AI Limited

Jacuzzi Spa & Baths Limited

Chaucer Foods Limited

Brenntag UK Limited

Campaign For Fairer Gambling

York Gin Limited

Nouveau Lashes Limited

J & J Ormerod Plc

Event Protect Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for J & J Ormerod in a registered and unregistered design right infringement case involving an innovative basin combination.
  • Advised start-up Vet AI on patents, trade mark protection, copyright issues, database rights, contractual relationships and data protection work.
  • Advising a campaigner for fairer gambling in a libel claim against the Association of British Bookmakers.
  • Acted for an IT sector client in litigation relating to the ownership of software, copyright infringement, and malicious damage.

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Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.