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Berwins

2 NORTH PARK ROAD, HARROGATE, HG1 5PA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01423 509000
Fax:
Fax 01423 503213
DX:
25505 HARROGATE-2
Email:
Web:
www.berwin.co.uk
Harrogate, Leeds

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 6

Berwins (Harrogate)

Harrogate-based Berwinstakes the stress away from the client by bringing everything together as seamlessly as possible’. Founding partner and team head Paul Berwinis down to earth, keen to help, and always acts in his client’s best interests’. Highlights included advising nine shareholders on the sale of Antivia to insightsoftware.com (now known as Hubble), and assisting the shareholders of the Harrogate franchise of TaxAssist Accountants with the sale to the existing management team, which involved a complex, multi-year deferred payment structure. Associate director Mike Patterson and associate solicitor James Talbot are also noted.

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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 4

Berwins (Harrogate)

The employment practice at Berwins handles day-to-day employment issues, ranging from managing recruitment to handling settlement agreements and Employment Tribunal claims arising from dismissals. Mike Patterson’s highlights included advising California-based Impex Fitness, a supplier of home fitness equipment, on the employment aspects of a key acquisition forming part of the client’s international expansion strategy. He also acted for the managing director of Platinum Financial Planning in a review and update of the client’s existing employment contracts, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with current legislation and business needs, and advised Berwin & Berwin on the dismissal of a store manager on the grounds of misconduct and poor performance.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

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

Berwins (Harrogate)

Berwins fields a ‘very switched-on, well-organised’ family law team led by the ‘incredibly experiencedSarah Smith. The practice is regularly called upon to assist with complex trust issues involving assets in excess of £1m both in the UK and abroad. Smith’s expertise encompasses pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, private children law work, and complex divorce proceedings, often involving foreign assets and pensions. Other key figures include Stephen Root, who attracts praise for his ‘good, sensible approach and sympathetic, caring manner’; his specialisms include financial matters involving trusts and farming assets and collaborative family law, which is an area the firm particularly excels in.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Berwins (Harrogate)

At Berwins, clients of practice head Julie Jewerscan’t recommend her highly enough’ for her ‘clear, concise and relevant advice, incredible efficiency and friendly demeanour’ making her ‘an outstanding lawyer in a sometimes tricky and delicate field’. Jewers primarily focuses on trust work, with other work for the group including contentious and non-contentious probate issues, Court of Protection matters and tax planning. Other key individuals include contentious trust and probate expert Hollie Marcham, Julie Hutchinson, who regularly handles tax planning issues, and Helen Dawson, who focuses on probate mandates; all are associates. Associate director Gareth Marland receives praise for his ‘very sharp brain, friendly manner and personal approach’.

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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 4

Berwins (Harrogate)

Berwins’ team has ‘a business-like approach while also giving good, sound advice in an easy to understand language’. Richard Wheeldon is the key contact and is best known for advising landowners on negotiating options, conditional contracts and land promotion agreements with residential developers and housebuilders. Recent highlights include advising CDP on a high-profile regional regeneration scheme, assisting Springall with securing an agricultural land option and the £2.7m sale of an adjoining residential property, and handling the acquisition of three apartment blocks for a property holding company. Former team head Sophie Barton moved to Newtons Solicitors Limited in June 2017.

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Berwins (Harrogate)

Name partner Paul Berwin heads the commercial and digital division of Berwins in Harrogate and has a knowledge of IT law which ‘stands out head and shoulders above other legal firms in the IT sector’. Berwin and James Talbot advise corporate clients on their IT and telecoms issues, as well as technology providers with integration agreements and licence documentation. The team continues to act for the UK buildings division of Trimble in its technology contracts and for Gap Systems in contract negotiations for its product, a market-leading workflow system for the packaging industry.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Berwins (Harrogate)

The ‘consistently excellent’ IP team at Berwins focuses on trade mark applications and licensing, particularly on the contentious side, and is led by head of commercial and digital Paul Berwin, who is ‘friendly and approachable’. The Harrogate team advises commercial clients on various IP and licensing matters, and has recently been assisting Trimble UK with contract negotiations to protect IP software rights, and with the renewal of trade marks relating to portfolio companies in the UK and US. Associate solicitor James Talbot also advises on IP and data protection issues.

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