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Blacks Solicitors LLP

CITY POINT, 29 KING STREET, LEEDS, LS1 2HL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 207 0000
Fax:
Fax 0113 242 1703
DX:
720480 LEEDS-49
Email:
Web:
www.LawBlacks.com
Leeds LS1, Leeds LS2

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 5

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s team is led by Nigel Hoyle, who establishes β€˜excellent working relationship’; he is closely supported by David Paterson, who is recommended for his β€˜breadth of corporate knowledge and patience’, and Richard Buono, who was recently promoted to the partnership. The practice predominantly acts for local SMEs and UK-wide companies. Recent work includes advising a client in the financial services sector on the share purchase of a private limited company, and drafting a wide variety of contractual agreements, including third and fourth party logistics, freight forwarding agreements and general logistics agreements, for a high-net-worth company. Solicitor Peter Konieczko-Hansom joined from James Legal Solicitors.

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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

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

β€˜An insightful and innovative firm’, Blacks Solicitors LLP’s team is led by β€˜exceptional litigator’ Luke Patel and is a key name for owner-managed businesses and SMEs and has niche expertise acting for the owners of mobile home parks. Other key names in the group include Oliver Gross, who has expertise in derivative claims, James Teagle, who is praised for β€˜his measured approach and technical know-how’ and Darren Morgan, who joined from Langleys Solicitors LLP, and handles breach of contract claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, and negligence claims. Highlights included acting for a food industry client in a dispute concerning a breach of contract; handling a partnership dispute regarding a joint venture agreement; and defending a claim for unpaid fees relating to the provision of commercial utilities.

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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

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s clients highlight the firm’s β€˜excellent overall service’ and β€˜common-sense and grounded approach’. The employment team assists employees and SME employers with contentious and non-contentious issues, and is particularly adept at handling executive settlement packages, restrictive covenants and employee shareholder status issues. Chris Allen heads the employment practice, which includes Tom Moyes, who impresses with his β€˜communication skills and legal knowledge – he is able to communicate on both a lawyer level and personal level extremely well’; Richard Parr, who attracts praise for his β€˜entrepreneurial style and approach’; and associate David Ward, who is singled out for his β€˜ability to explain the legal process in simple terms’.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Blacks Solicitors LLP is regularly called on by individuals, SMEs and owner-managed businesses to handle professional negligence claims against a variety of professionals. Recent work for Luke Patel’s practice includes acting in claims for negligence against insurance brokers, solicitors and counsel.

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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

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s family team is singled out for conveying β€˜a deep sympathy for the client’s circumstances’ and for providing β€˜exceptional levels of support’. The practice handles a wide range of non-contentious matters, including pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, as well as contentious matters related to divorce and separation, financial settlements and disputes involving children. Ann Robinson (who attracts praise for her β€˜very good client manner’) heads the practice and is regularly instructed by high-net-worth clients to act in financial divorce settlements (often involving overseas assets), property disputes involving cohabitees, private children work and Inheritance Act cases. Clients also single out Paul Lancaster for his ability to β€˜focus on the points that matter and achieve excellent results’. He has an extensive track record in private children applications, including those involving cross-border residence and contact issues, as well as handling TLATA cases where one party is seeking to assert a beneficial interest in property owned by another.

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

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Blacks Solicitors LLP β€˜always does that little bit extra for clients’ with β€˜a personal approach that comes across in a very warm and comfortable manner’. Nick Rhodes, who β€˜liaises well with clients, understands what they are trying to achieve and makes sure they understand what is being put in place’ heads up the group, which also includes associate Lucy Rigden, who is recommended for estate administration. Areas of expertise for the β€˜top-notch’ team include inheritance tax planning, care home fee planning, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney drafting, Court of Protection applications and contentious probate matters.

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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

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

At Blacks Solicitors LLP, the team is β€˜responsive and understanding of clients’ needs, has good sector knowledge and a good understanding of commercial balance and realities’. The group has notable strengths in commercial landlord and tenant matters, commercial purchases and sales, property development work and real estate financing. Recent highlights include advising a manufacturing company on the purchase of a brownfield development site, and assisting an estate agent with establishing a limited company and the corporate restructure and transfer of assets from a partnership to the new company, which included transferring and refinancing nine mixed-use commercial properties. The group also assisted a property portfolio owner and a lender with the transfer of three large portfolios of commercial and residential properties into two limited companies, which involved SDLT considerations. Practice head Nicholas Dyson and Chris Waddingham are the key names. Ian Errington and associate Matthew Hutchinson joined from Gordons LLP and Optima Legal respectively. Glen Salt moved in-house position.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s practice is led by Oliver Gross who β€˜is very easy to deal with’ and specialises in advising holiday park clients. Luke Patel and James Teagle, who has β€˜a measured approach’ and stands out for his β€˜technical know-how’, have expertise in contractual disputes, dilapidations, easements and nuisance claims. Recent highlights include representing a commercial landlord in a challenge against a new lease; handling a dilapidations claim for a landlord; and acting for the owner of a mobile home site in a dispute concerning pitch possession following a period of unpaid pitch fees by the occupants.

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

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Blacks Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Chris Allen leads the sports team at Blacks Solicitors LLP in Leeds and is a β€˜consummate professional and a concise lawyer with a fine eye for detail’. The team provides full legal services to sports clients in matters ranging from civil and commercial cases and disciplinary matters to ancillary relief and immigration. It represents individual sportspeople as well as clubs, academies and other corporations with involvement in the sector. Assistant solicitor Andrew Boyde is highly recommended as a β€˜go-to’ for clients across the sports sector, but as a former professional rugby union player has β€˜insight to the game that gives him an edge over competitors’. Recent highlights for the team include negotiating the exit of a manager from a football club, negotiating broadcast, filming and production agreements, advising on settlement agreements and reviewing representation agreements.

Leading individuals

Chris Allen - Blacks Solicitors LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Boyde - Blacks Solicitors LLP

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