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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

McCormicks

McCormicks¬†is ‚Äėhighly renowned for its sporting expertise‚Äô with a client roster including Leeds United FC and the Premier League; senior partner Peter McCormick¬†leads the relationship with the latter and recently advised it on the commercial issues relating to club takeovers and financing work. Jon Healey¬†heads the practice and joined from Walker Morris LLP¬†in 2018; his expertise encompasses acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, reorganisations, restructurings and commercial contracts. Other highlights include advising the Premier League Charitable Fund on a joint venture project with the Premier League and BBC Children in Need, and acting on a sponsorship agreement with Barclays Bank; assisting the Isthmian League with its restructuring and corporate governance issues and acting for Harrogate International Festivals on its corporate restructuring.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

McCormicks

Peter McCormick  leads the team at McCormicks, which counts the Premier League as a key client; recent highlights include representing it in an arbitration against Leyton Orient relating to its decision to allow West Ham United to use the Olympic Stadium and claims that the decision was in breach of competition law, defending it in a EC complaint brought by Doyen Sports alleging that the Premier League rules infringe competition law by preventing third party ownership of players, and representing it in a complaint brought to the EC by FIFPro alleging that certain elements of the way the international transfer market operates are anti-competitive and breach European law. The team also acted for GMI Construction Holdings and GMI Construction Group in proceedings alleging bid rigging and defended Analytix in an abuse of dominance complaint. Leeds United FC, Cleveland Process Designs, Harrogate International Festivals and Plantagenet Media are also clients. Philip Edmondson is a key name to note.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

McCormicks

Geoffrey Rogers heads up McCormicks' corporate crime and risk department which is highlighted for its strength in defending commercial and white-collar fraud allegations. The team recently acted for an individual accused of fraud involving investment monies, in a case involving complex multi-jurisdictional issues. In another work example the team is representing an individual who allegedly defrauded suppliers throughout Yorkshire in missing trader fraud proceedings involving multiple defendants.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

McCormicks

In Harrogate, McCormicks' corporate crime and risk unit, headed up by Geoffrey Rogers, has experience defending clients in the full spectrum of serious criminal allegations and prosecutions. The team is representing individuals facing allegations of kidnap, attempted murder, as well as drug charges. Peter Minnikin and senior associate Sara Morgan are names to note, particularly for firearm and regulatory offences, and professional regulatory work, respectively.

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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

McCormicks

McCormicks‚Äô ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice has ‚Äėexceptional customer service‚Äô under the leadership of senior partner Peter McCormick,¬†whose ‚Äėexcellent ability and knowledge of the sport sector really sets him apart‚Äô. The group is also active in the insolvency space and handles landlord and tenant disputes, fraud, partnership litigation and shareholder disputes. Clients also praise Philip Edmondson, who ‚Äėis a genuine professional‚Äô. Recent work includes acting for the Premier League in a challenge to its ban of third party ownership of footballers‚Äô economic rights; Rudding Park, Leeds United FC, GMI Construction Group and Oracle Finance are also clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

McCormicks

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.

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

McCormicks

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.

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

McCormicks

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.

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

McCormicks

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.

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

McCormicks

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.

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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

McCormicks

Heather Roberts heads the department at McCormicks  and is noted for her retail expertise, commercial lettings work, site acquisitions and developments, and landlord and tenant matters. Highlights included acting for Yorkshire Agricultural Society on a development agreement for a new aparthotel, assisting Leeds United FC with property issues relating to its stadium and training ground, and acting for the Premier League on matters surrounding the redevelopment of its London headquarters.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

McCormicks

Philip Edmondson  and Heather Roberts  jointly lead the practice at McCormicks, which handles landlord and tenant work, property management issues, shooting lease mandates and dilapidation claims. Recent highlights include acting for the John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation in two boundary disputes; representing Leeds United FC in disputes relating to Elland Road Stadium and the training ground at Thorp Arch, and handling a lease renewal dispute for a retail property. The Premier League is also a key client for the firm; name partner Peter McCormick leads the relationship.

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

McCormicks

The ‚Äėhigh-quality, quick and efficient service‚Äô provided by McCormicks¬†is led by Jon Healey, who joined from Walker Morris LLP¬†in 2018, and includes the ‚Äėalways fabulously reassuring‚Äô Peter McCormick. Clients are primarily based in the sport, media and entertainment sectors with examples including the Premier League, Leeds United FC and Plantagenet Media. The team has IT retainers with Welcome to Harrogate and the Premier League Charitable Fund; it also advised Cleveland Process Designs on the licensing of multiple software programs, assisted P4 Software with its acquisition of rights in bespoke shipping and logistics software and represented Gareth Harris Limited in a dispute relating to a partnership agreement, website URL ownership and database rights. Lewis Goodwin¬†joined Blacks Solicitors LLP.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

McCormicks

Clients of McCormicks¬†‚Äėare spoilt at all levels thanks to the truly excellent service that the firm provides‚Äô. Jon Healey, who joined from Walker Morris LLP¬†in 2018, leads the department which is prominent in the sport and media sectors. In a recent highlight, the team advised the Premier League Charitable Fund on data protection issues, trade mark licences and a sponsorship agreement with Barclays Bank. Other work includes acting for Harrogate International Festivals on multiple sponsorship agreements with its lead sponsors Theakston and WHSmith, assisting the Premier League with operational and IP issues surrounding the company‚Äôs website including the Fantasy League facility, and handling trade mark registrations for Cleveland Process Designs. Leeds United FC, Rudding Park and Plantagenet Media are also clients.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

McCormicks

McCormicks¬†‚Äėsits at the top of the list for a reason‚Äô thanks to the ‚Äėunparalleled experience‚Äô of Peter McCormick¬†;¬†‚Äėthe god of sports law‚Äô according to clients,¬†McCormick is ‚Äėtotally unflappable and commercially astute‚Äô with ‚Äėa wealth of knowledge and experience in the football world that simply can‚Äôt be matched‚Äô. The Premier League is a key client for the team; recent work includes advising it on the approvals process in applying the Owners‚Äô and Directors‚Äô Test when a club takeover or acquisition occurs, defending it in litigation against Doyen Sports relating to allegations that the league‚Äôs banning of the third party ownership of players is anti-competitive, and assisting it with West Ham United‚Äôs move to the London Stadium. The department also assisted Leeds United FC with contractual arrangements with its manager and coaching team, acted for the Premier League Charitable Fund on multiple sponsorship contracts, and handled governance issues, sponsorship work and commercial transactions for the Isthmian Football League. The firm also acts for The Ryman League, McLaren Formula One, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos RLFC and a number of shoot proprietors. other key figures include¬†Philip Edmondson, who¬†is the key name for litigation, and corporate specialist Jon Healey, who joined from Walker Morris LLP¬†in 2018.

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