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Shulmans LLP

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729700 LEEDS 69
Leeds, London

Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport - ranked: tier 2

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP has notable capacity to assist clients with a range of regulatory road transport issues, including acting in public inquiries, criminal proceedings and hearings before the traffic commissioner. Key names to note include practice head Richard Wadkin, who is noted for his regulatory advice and advocacy in court and public inquiries, and Jim Wright, who has experience in road-related employment issues.

Practice head(s):Richard Wadkin

Other key lawyers:Jim Wright

Key Clients

Enviro Skip Hire Limited

Wastecare Limited

Matrix Logistics UK Limited

M Harper

D Beecroft

London Tipping Services

OLMC Training Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Enviro Skip Hire in a charge relating to permitting the operation of a vehicle in an unsafe condition.
  • Acted for Wastecare in a public inquiry.
  • Acted for Matrix Logistics UK in a public inquiry .

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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 3

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP handles a range of corporate, commercial and financing transactions. Marcus Armstrong heads up the corporate team, which has particular experience handling matters in the IT, health and social care, pharmacy and financial services sectors; and Emma Roe leads the commercial practice, which counts the manufacturing, energy and chemicals and education sectors among its industry specialisms.

Practice head(s):Emma Roe; Marcus Armstrong

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bradley; Chris Peace


'Shulmans LLP provides a very personal service, where it gets to know its clients and their requirements.'

'The corporate lawyers at Shulmans LLP work as a team, have high standards of communication and keeps things simple.'

'Shulmans LLP's corporate team is approachable and has the ability to empathise with a variety of industry specific issues.'

'The corporate team at Shulmans LLP is fair and expresses both the legal position but also offers pragmatic advice.'

'Marcus Armstrong is an excellent operator. He gives clear and straightforward advice.'

'You can rely on Marcus Armstrong to get the deal done without fuss.'

'Emma Roe provides a personal service and relates her advice to the client rather than taking a 'one size fits all' approach.'

Key Clients

PCT Healthcare

Dudley Taylor Pharmacy Group

Roxor Group

Pure Technology

Oriium Consulting

PPB Limited


SFS Intec AG

21st Technology plc

One Advent

National Association of Independent & Non-Maintained Special Schools

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Pitman Training Group (including the UK management team and investors based in South Africa) on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Launchlife International.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Davison Chemist on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Juno Health.
  • Assisted Roxor Group with a second round of investment funding from the Business Growth Fund to facilitate its acquisition of Better Bathrooms.
  • Advised Oriium Consulting on its acquisition of PAV IT Solutions.
  • Instructed by PPB to advise on its acquisition of the entire issued capital of NE Plastics.

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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

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP provides 'clear and concise advice' on a range of contentious matters covering contentious trusts and estates, technology disputes, IP matters, professional indemnity work and consumer credit claims. The team counts high-net-worth individuals and families as well as corporates among its client base. Richard Wadkin, who specialises in high-value business and family disputes, injunctions and road transport work, heads up the practice, which includes Mark Lumley (who acts predominantly for technology businesses) and environmental and regulatory specialist Lyn Dario.

Practice head(s):Richard Wadkin

Other key lawyers:Mark Lumley; Lyn Dario


'Shulmans LLP has an extremely strong dispute resolution team, which is committed to its clients and securing the best outcome.'

'Shulmans LLP offers a careful and well-balanced approach to understanding all the issues surrounding litigation.'

'Shulmans LLP is a highly professional firm that treats every case individually and gives excellent advice and detailed responses, all at reasonable costs.'

'Associate Eleanor Stenson has a very calm and careful manner when advising and is very good at minimising the pressures associated with litigation.'

'Solicitor Clare Benger has passion and dedication to each matter.'

'Commercially astute solicitor Sophie Brackenbury is diligent and committed with exceptional client care.'

Key Clients

MHH Contracting Limited/Martin Hague

City Electrical Factors Limited

Tony Armitage

Work highlights

  • Acting for MHH Contracting in a multi-million pound claim alleging breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • Acted for City Electrical Factors in a claim for the recovery of a debt under various personal guarantees.
  • Represented a manufacturing sector client in a claim for the recovery of money relating to a disputed unpaid invoice.
  • Acting for the former director of Montpelier Business Reorganisation in claims worth £1m made against him and other shareholders for the repayment of deferred consideration and claims for other damages and injunctive relief triggered by alleged breaches of various agreements.
  • Advised a private client in a contentious probate matter involving two competing wills.

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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

Shulmans LLP

The employment team at Shulmans LLP has achieved a number of notable recent successes in Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases. Led by experienced practice heads Ian Dawson and Jim Wright, the team is taking on increased volumes of contentious employment work. Dawson is an experienced Employment Tribunal litigator and holds a particular interest in shareholder and director disputes, corporate governance and directors’ duties, working on high-value claims with transactions involving share valuations of several million pounds. Wright heads up the firm's international activity, successfully defending Ghana International Bank in an Appeal Tribunal against claims in excess of £6m. Tom Watkins is another name to note for his expertise in the independent and further education sector.

Practice head(s):Ian Dawson

Other key lawyers:Tom Watkins; Jim Wright

Key Clients

Ghana International Bank PLC

Specialist People Services PLC

Milford Limited

Act Response Limited

Drillco Europe Limited

Hensall Mechanical Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Appeal Tribunal proceedings brought by a senior banker in relation to his dismissal from Ghana International Bank.
  • Ongoing trusted adviser status to Specialist People Services, one of the largest and temporary labour suppliers in the recruitment sphere.
  • Successfully acted on behalf of Milford Limited in preventing former employees from bringing Employment Tribunals claims, as well as dealing with Subject Access Requests made by the former employees, in the context of the potential litigation.
  • Advising Act Response Limited on all of their employment/HR and regulatory matters.
  • Helped Drillco Europe Limited to establish its business in the UK, opening its operation in the Leeds City Region.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

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

Shulmans LLP

While the¬†Shulmans LLP‚Äôs contentious trusts and estates team does act for corporates and charitable organisations, the practice primarily focuses on individuals ‚Äď both living in the UK or expats abroad. Key lawyers Paul Lewis¬†and Eleanor Stenson¬†are both ACTAPS accredited; Lewis¬†acts as a professional deputy for individuals who have lost capacity, while Stenson draws on her experience of¬†complex and high value commercial litigation. The firm also handles volume instructions from probate management company Chorus Law.

Practice head(s):Eleanor Stenson


'Shulmans always enables clients to navigate legal obstacles that may arise. The team is always available and makes you feel supported.'

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

Shulmans LLP

Well-regarded former Mills & Reeve LLP partner Julia Rangecroft joined Shulmans LLP in December 2018 to head up the firm's private wealth team, incorporating the previous contentious trusts and estates and private client offerings, which include advisory and private capital transactional support services. The firm is expecting to grow the team further to reach nine lawyers over the course of 2019. The practice is now in a position to offer personal and professional wealth and capital advice alongside the existing corporate and commercial offerings.

Practice head(s):Julia Rangecroft


'The team are very sympathetic to issues and have a practical approach to resolving problems.'

Key Clients

Statutory Will application by Deputy

Client – Executor and Beneficiary

Donald Davis

Norman Hargreaves

Work highlights

  • Application by a Deputy to the Court of Protection for a statutory will.
  • Acting for an executor and beneficiary regarding a contested will.
  • Advising on a dispute between two brothers over their late father’s estate.
  • Acting on a long-running dispute between siblings over their late parents’ estates.
  • Acting for a professional probate and wills provider to undertake work in supporting the estate administration service provided by it.
Leading individuals

Julia Rangecroft - Shulmans LLP

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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 2

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP has a strong presence in the housebuilding sector, deploying a specialist team to advise overseas investors on developing their portfolios, while it also focuses on property finance work for banks. Simon Jackson and Rosemary Edwards jointly head the team, with Jackson heading up the commercial real estate group and Edwards leading the residential development team. The firm has a 'broad range' of knowledge in commercial areas as evidenced by its work in the areas of retail and property development. Kieran Wilkinson provides 'clear, pragmatic advice', working closely with the firm's corporate finance team.

Practice head(s):Simon Jackson; Rosemary Edwards

Other key lawyers:Kieran Wilkinson


'Progressive firm with knowledgeable staff over a broad range of commercial areas'

'Always mindful of commercial interests and sensibilities. Extremely prompt responses and good quality work'

'Kieran Wilkinson continues to give clear, pragmatic advice. He and his team also turn documentation around very swiftly when required, thus ensuring we in turn give good service to our tenants'

'Simon Rhodes is now our go-to lawyer for commercial property matters'

Key Clients

Evans Property Group

Town Centre Securities

Clipper Logistics

Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes

Duchy Homes

CALA Homes

Avant Homes

4Urban Consulting

Princes Quay Estates

Jones Homes

Work highlights

  • Represented Clipper Logistics in respect of a lease of a warehouse facility in Sheffield.
  • Handled portfolio management work for TCS Holdings at the Merrion Centre, a shopping centre in Leeds.
  • Ongoing portfolio work for Evans Property Group, including lettings at Minerva House to Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers, Gateley and Stowe Family Law, as well as disposals of seven properties worth a total of £40m.
  • Acted for Cromsdale Property Group on the purchase of a 1.4-acre site in North Yorkshire for residential housing.
  • Negotiated the £3m disposal of a brownfield site in Harrogate for the development of a healthcare facility.
Leading individuals

Rosemary Edwards - Shulmans LLP

Next Generation Partners

Kieran Wilkinson - Shulmans LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP's specialist construction team works closely with the firm's commercial property group and handles contractual issues, construction litigation and is increasingly active in other elements of the construction process. Department head Sarah Wilson joined from Watson Burton LLP and focuses on construction litigation.

Practice head(s):Sarah Wilson


'Shulmans fields a team of dedicated professionals who readily grasp the issues and get to the point'.

'The firm fields a strong and diverse team which is capable of dealing with all types of matters'.

'Shulmans is a practice which you really want to have on your side when dealing with litigation. It has a direct and reliable team, which always looks to provide robust advice even when it is not always the news the client is looking for'.

'Sarah Wilson is very approachable and prides herself on understanding her clients needs by fully examining every aspects. She is firm and manages cases extremely well and achieves the best possible outcome'.

'Sarah Wilson is very methodical and has a very calm demeanour that works well when dealing with conflict'.

Key Clients

Cairn Cross Civil Engineering Limited

Advinia Health Care

Barmston Developments

H20 Urban (No 2) LLP


Wilson Field

Governside Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a sub-contractor in a disruption claim via adjudication.
  • Advising Advinia Health Care on the construction elements of its care home projects.
  • Assisting Barmston Developments with the construction contracts related to a key commercial site in Sheffield.
  • Acting for H20 Urban (No 2) LLP on a project to develop a site into a new student accommodation building.
  • Assisting H20 Urban (No2) LLP with the redevelopment of a site into a major retail park.

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Environment - ranked: tier 2

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP's practice excels in advisory and contentious work alongside the transactional support it provides to the firm's corporate and real estate teams. The group's contentious expertise encompasses appeals related to permitting applications, noise nuisance abatement notices, defending prosecutions and enforcement notice breaches. The team also has notable knowledge of the manufacturing, waste, chemical, retail, transport and real estate sectors; all are key areas for practice head Lyn Dario. Mark Lumley and Richard Wadkin are also noted for their experience of the retail and transport sectors respectively.

Practice head(s):Lyn Dario

Other key lawyers:Mark Lumley; Richard Wadkin


'Shulmans has knowledge of both legislation and the Environment Agency, which are fundamental to this area of law'.

'The team comprises a number of senior experienced lawyers who have cut their teeth on complex projects. Its key strengths are the ability to think strategically, speed of response and a genuine concern to get the best possible outcomes for clients'.

'Lyn Dario is passionate about her area of law, has the ability to look at problems holistically and is prepared to go that extra mile to get results'.

Key Clients

H2O Urban (No 2 LLP)

Work highlights

  • Advising a joint venture partnership between the Canal & River Trust and bloc, a specialist developer, on environmental issues relating to a site for the development of a waterfront hotel and builders' merchant.
Leading individuals

Lyn Dario - Shulmans LLP

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Planning - ranked: tier 2

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP stands out for its residential development planning expertise, as well as extensive knowledge of infrastructure issues, mixed-use development planning and compulsory purchase orders. The 'commercially astute and strategically decisive' Amanda Beresford heads up the practice and handles national matters. Solicitor Emma Thomas is strong in the telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):Amanda Beresford

Other key lawyers:Emma Thomas


'The planning team at Shulmans is a leader in the practice area. It has the ability to understand clients' requirements and deal with a wide range of planning matters. The team is strong in being able to provide excellent planning advice on any planning matter and is a planning law team of choice'.

'Amanda Beresford's reputation precedes her'.

'Amanda Beresford's breadth and depth of planning knowledge is outstanding and she can always be relied on to be very helpful and give focused, clear, commercially astute and strategically decisive advice'.

Key Clients

Barratt/David Wilson Homes Limited

Extra MSA Group Limited

Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

Lidl UK GmbH

Caddick Group

Makins Enterprises

Duchy Homes Limited (North West)

Avant Homes

Wallhill Limited

Greggs plc

Work highlights

  • Represented Caddick Residential Limited in a residential planning appeal.
  • Acting for Wallhill Limited on a planning judicial review relating to the development of a mixed-use site in Ealing.
  • Advising Princes Quay Estates Limited on issues relating to an application by Highways England for a development consent order for works on the A63, which will affect the client's retail park and shopping centre.
  • Assisting Barratt/David Wilson Homes Limited with a public highway diversion order.
  • Acting for Greggs plc in its objection to an application for a starter home development on allocated employment land next to its North East manufacturing facility.
Leading individuals

Amanda Beresford - Shulmans LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP is recognised nationally for its expertise in claims relating to dilapidations and telecoms, and regularly acts for property investors and developers, local authorities, shopping centres, retailers and manufacturers. Team head Michael Watson specialises in the team's key areas and counts national companies as clients. Helen Hill has niche expertise in party wall and neighbourly matters, while newly promoted partner Richard Robinson assists developers, funds, public sector bodies and corporate occupiers.

Practice head(s):Michael Watson

Other key lawyers:Helen Hill; Richard Robinson


'Although based in Leeds, Shulmans is definitely competing with the big City firms for quality of work and clients. It is excellent, very focused and thorough. It has particular expertise in the areas of dilapidations and telecoms work and is at the very top of its game in these fields'.

'Both Michael Watson and Richard Robinson are top notch. They really understand what the matter is about and how to get the best for their clients. They are also very straightforward to deal with'.

Key Clients

Greggs Plc

Commercial Estates Group

Princes Quay Estates Limited

Trust Inns Limited

Saint Gobain


Costcutter Supermarket Group

Millfield Estates

Barratt David Wilson Homes

Town Centre Securities Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Greggs Plc in portfolio management work including defending opposed lease renewal proceedings and property disrepair issues.
  • Acting for Commercial Estates Group in telecoms removal issues, dilapidations claims, tenant arrears work and insolvency matters.
  • Handling portfolio management work for Princes Quay Estates Limited including lease renewals, terminations and dilapidations.
  • Representing Trust Inns in all its contentious real estate work including tenant insolvencies, rent recovery work and terminations.
  • Defending Saint Gobain in a dilapidations claim brought by one of its landlords.

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP has telecoms sector and commercial IT expertise and is frequently instructed on a range of property-related telecoms work, regulatory matters and software services contracts for suppliers and customers, particularly in the financial services, travel and health sectors. The group also provides clients with data protection advice in an IT context. Mark Lumley and Emma Roe jointly lead the firms IT group, while property litigator Michael Watson is the key name to note for telecoms work.

Practice head(s):Mark Lumley; Emma Roe

Other key lawyers:Michael Watson


'Shulmans LLP is extremely helpful, knowledgeable and efficient, and provides really good value for money.'

'Emma Roe and associate Helen Goldthorpe are excellent, really helpful and very professional, and provide good solutions at sensible costs.'

'Associate Helen Goldthorpe is pragmatic and very quick in providing a response.'

Key Clients

London & Zurich Limited

Roxor Group Limited

Better Bathrooms Limited

Curo Transatlantic Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Roxor Group with its acquisition and integration of digital sales platform business, Better Bathrooms.
  • Advised a leading payment services provider on all the launch of a complex white-labelled service for new banking fintech providers.
  • Advised a multinational software house on its contractual arrangements relating to the UK.
  • Providing support to a specialist leisure software business in respect of a critical data breach engagement.

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