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Blacks Solicitors LLP

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720480 LEEDS-49
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 4

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP assists SMEs and owner-managed businesses with a range of corporate transactions and regularly acts for healthcare and hospitality sector clients; it has also recently further developed its specialism in the hotel sector. Nigel Hoyle, who specialises in corporate transactions; and David Paterson, who handles corporate, financing and commercial matters, jointly lead the practice with commercial lawyer Philip Parkinson, who recently joined from Raworths.

Practice head(s):Nigel Hoyle; David Paterson; Philip Parkinson

Other key lawyers:Lewis Goodwin


'Blacks Solicitors LLP is very professional and technically very good yet approachable and friendly.'

'Blacks Solicitors LLP is uniformly reliable and cost-aware.'

'The corporate team at Blacks Solicitors LLP is approachable, forward thinking and able to express itself in language that clients are able to understand.

'Blacks Solicitors LLP's corporate practice acts as though every client is the only client it has, making clients feel special and at ease.'

'Blacks Solicitors LLP's corporate team is open and approachable at all times, with a practical no-nonsense approach.'

'Nigel Hoyle thinks through the ultimate impact and reassures clients with his all-round knowledge.'

'David Paterson gives excellent guidance based on his experience from dealing with similar issues.'

'Chris Allen is dynamic, yet very easy to deal with. He tells you exactly how it is.'

Key Clients

Hague Group

Regency Wealth

Production Park

Technology Group

Dalesman Group

Fullers Foods International Plc

Harrogate Spring Water

LLB Investments


Brightbridge Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Hague SR on its acquisition of Triform Holdings.
  • Acted for a shareholder on the sale of shares in Skeldale Veterinary Centre to Medivet.
  • Acted for Innervate Group on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Changes 2016, the parent company of Innervate Technology Solutions and Innervate Talent Services, including a management buyout financially backed by Brightbridge.

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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 5

Blacks Solicitors LLP

The dispute resolution practice at Blacks Solicitors LLP acts in a variety of contentious commercial and civil matters. Luke Patel has a broad client base, which includes owner-managed businesses, charities and international organisations. Darren Morgan has particular experience handling shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of commercial contract claims, professional negligence claims  and tax-related litigation.

Practice head(s):Luke Patel

Other key lawyers:Darren Morgan


'The entire team at Blacks is very friendly, efficient and robust. The practice seems to really care about its clients.'

'Blacks has transformed itself from a modest Leeds player to a single office with local and national capability.'

'Blacks has a clear strategy and vision for the future. Its client care is impressive and partner led, and communication with Blacks is first class both with counsel and clients. It adheres to timelines and responds to requests for information immediately. Its service standards are impressive.'

'Luke Patel has a loyal client base and for good reason. He is personable, knowledgeable, persistent and very good at his job.'

'Luke Patel is a first-rate litigator. He is strategic and enthusiastic and works very well with his team to get the best out of them. Luke shows real commitment to the client and works very hard to achieve favourable outcomes. He clearly thrives on the cut and thrust of commercial litigation.'

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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

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP's employment team, led by the 'extremely approachable and knowledgeable' Paul Kelly, primarily acts for individual employees and SME employers, typically between 10 and 300 employees. The team, which enjoyed a near 10% increase in turnover during 2018, advises on executive settlement packages, restrictive covenants, employment claims against the NHS and issues relating to the gig economy.

Practice head(s):Paul Kelly


'Paul Kelly genuinely leads not manages his team. They are all encouraged to think for themselves but to do the right thing for the client.'

'Paul Kelly is exceptionally intellectual, personable, caring, acts with impeccable integrity, always provides 'to the point' advice, works tirelessly, supports and encourages clients beyond his paid work to develop them in their line of business.'

'Paul Kelly provides an incredibly professional service; he is responsive, pragmatic and commercially astute with a depth of experience to draw on.'

'Employment director Iain Jenkins is an expert with great attention to detail. He assisted in helping me to develop an area of my business that I could never have dreamed of achieving.'

'Black Solicitors' very reasonable approach to costs - without compromise on quality of service it provides - make it one of the top law firms to have it to fight for your corner.'

'Very practical and down to earth. Their key mission is to find you a solution to your problem without putting unnecessary barriers in the way. They have always been brilliant when I have referred them to my clients and contacts.'

'Iain Jenkins typifies the customer-centric approach that makes doing business with Blacks very easy.'

'Both Chris Allen and Paul Kelly are genuinely interested in their clients - too many firms are simply focused on money and billing and the whole Blacks attitude is refreshing in a highly competitive Leeds market.'

'Tom Moyes is nothing other than proficient and professional. Tom always takes the time to fully understand the issue within the context of our business understanding all aspects before providing informed and educated information.'

'Richard Parr is an all-round employment law guru who gives commercial, practical advice. I can't rate him highly enough. Iain Jenkins is also practical, helpful and informative.'

Key Clients

Augean PLC

ITH Pharma Limited

Status International (UK) Ltd

Joalpe International UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed to provide a detailed report setting out how Brexit and the UK’s long-term immigration policy would impact on members of the Association of Translation Companies. The firm's advice directly led to the association formulating a key lobbying position for 2019, around seeking visa exemptions for translators and interpreters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP's professional negligence team regularly handles claims against solicitors, accountants and surveyors; it includes partner Luke Patel, who heads up the commercial dispute resolution and personal injury and medical negligence teams, and solicitor Yat Wong, who is well versed in litigating cases.

Practice head(s):Luke Patel

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

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

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s wills and probate department is led by Nick Rhodes, who was promoted to the partnership in 2016. Associate solicitor Nicola White provides a specialised contentious probate service, and is exclusively dedicated to this area of practice. She is recognised as a 'thorough, methodical and measured' lawyer who acts in all matters of contentious trusts and probate and property related trusts, and is praised by clients for her 'gentle but firm' approach to technical issues.

Practice head(s):Nick Rhodes

Other key lawyers:Nicola White


'A close knit and supportive team.

'A strong team, with someone always able to deal with your matters.

'Nicola White has a gentle but firm approach to technical issues which makes her perfect to instruct in an area where emotions can often run high. She is not afraid to give unwelcome advice if the case so justifies this. She is certainly a safe pair of hands.

Nicola White handled our very complex case with sincere empathy and professionalism. She was approachable and her advice was always thorough. She was patient with us and always prepared. Nicola was able to hone her communication skills effectively and understood the family dynamics without explanation. We felt that someone was always on our side, respected us and listened carefully to our instructions. We were able to have full confidence in Nicola from the start to the very end of our litigation and it never faltered.'

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in the break-up of various family trusts worth in the region of £50m.
  • Represented the beneficiaries of an estate in defending a claim brought by another beneficiary for an alleged loan by the deceased to be held as a gift.
  • Advised on a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975.
  • Representing the client in relation to a claim against trustees of a will trust, for breach of trust and failure to account
  • Representing a client in relation to a claim of breach of duty as executor.

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

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP solely handles privately funded matters and regularly deals with international high-value financial cases, alongside Children Act and TOLATA expertise. The team also works closely with the firm's wills and probate, commercial property, corporate and property litigation groups. Department head Ann Robinson is experienced in divorce settlements and property disputes involving cohabitees. Other key practitioners include Paul Lancaster, who acts for high-profile sportspeople and high-net-worth individuals on complex financial settlements.

Practice head(s):Ann Robinson

Other key lawyers:Paul Lancaster


'The straightforward team at Blacks is clear and explanatory with its advice with no legal mumbo-jumbo. It handles high-end work in a very pragmatic way, which is always focused on the client, without cutting corners'.

'Blacks is empathetic, honest and truly professional with the client at the forefront of all considerations. The group is efficient, helpful and responsive - clients couldn't ask for a better, faster or more effective service'.

'Ann Robinson provides a brilliant service and handles unexpected situations effectively, quickly and with kindness and calmness. She gets the job in hand done without causing unnecessary costs'.

'Paul Lancaster is absolutely superb and gains the client's absolute trust and belief. He works really hard for his clients and is aware of the issues and their perspective and he manages expectations well'.

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

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s wills and probate department routinely handles work relating to power of attorney issues and estate administration. The team, which includes members with STEP and Dementia Friends accreditation, is instructed mainly by business owners who seek help with succession planning and wealth preservation and by vulnerable clients too, for whom the firm acts as professional deputies under the Court of Protection Act. The team is led by Nick Rhodes, whose work includes a focus on the administration of estates following bereavement.

Practice head(s):Nick Rhodes

Other key lawyers:Lucy Rigden


'Responsive to client queries; competitive pricing.'

'Professional and knowledgeable.'

'Main strengths are client rapport and explaining matters at an appropriate level of technical detail.'

'Friendly, understanding and realistic.'

'Nick Rhodes is always willing to help and provide guidance.'

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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

Blacks Solicitors LLP's real estate practice advises clients in sectors including leisure, charity, sports, pensions and healthcare. The team is led by Nick Dyson, who has a particular interest in the holiday and home parks market, developing strong client relationships and building the firm's reputation as an authority in the sector. The residential real estate team provides advice on issues including plot sales, leasehold enfranchisement, investment portfolio transfers, finance, and bespoke, hi-value residential conveyancing.

Practice head(s):Nick Dyson


'All the team understood the key time in a transaction when going the extra mile is essential.'

'I have total faith and trust in both their integrity and advice.'

'My main and most important contact within Blacks throughout the time I have been working with them has been Marc Warren. He has a warm and welcome approach to our business. His outlook is always positive and he has made himself available for discussions over and above what would be deemed as everyday work. We have spoken outside of office hours and formed a great friendship over the months we have worked together.'

'Matthew Hutchinson has always been very responsive, he provides solid advice in difficult situations and takes a sensible/commercial view.

'Many solicitors spend too long counting the hours. Matthew was happy to work with fixed fees and complete the work on time.'

'Nick Dyson, Nigel Hoyle and David Patterson are the people who stand out because of their comnmitment to the client and determination to get deals done wherever possible.'

'Chris Allen is a highly accomplished solicitor and an inspirational leader with fantastic people skills who always displays a positive persona.'

'Charlotte Spowage and Ian Errington provide a fantastic service.'

'Chris Waddingham - I think his adaptability and loyalty is admirable as he tackles new challenges.'

'Nick Dyson and his team are highly professional and excellent communicators. Phone calls/ emails are responded to swiftly and queries are thoroughly and efficiently answered.'

'I feel like Black's only client when I talk to them.'

'A unique blend of commerciality, realism, proactivity and approachability.'

Work highlights

  • Advised the managing agent of a block of flats on lease terms, dealing with breach of lease covenants, preparing ancillary agreements, and additional lease regulations.
  • Provided a range of legal and management services relating to leasehold residential properties.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP's recently expanded property litigation group handles the full spectrum of contentious matters, from development disputes to landlord and tenant matters. The group has built a reputation for acting for lenders and LPA receivers in property disputes, and solicitor Aimee Hutchinson is a key contact for holiday and home parks clients. James Teagle leads the department, while associate solicitor Rachael Donnelly has specialist knowledge of agricultural law and enfranchisement issues.

Practice head(s):James Teagle

Other key lawyers:Rachael Donnelly; Aimee Hutchinson


'The team at Blacks is always readily available and the instructions received are always clear and concise. It also includes approachable individuals, particularly at partner level'.

'Blacks is a unique firm due to the communication between client and professional. Clients experience a high level of expertise and never feel let down by the team'.

'James Teagle goes above and beyond the call of duty'.

'Rachael Donnelly is quick to respond on matters requiring urgent attention and is available at all times'.

'Aimee Hutchinson is extremely knowledgeable in the park industry. No matter what the question, issue or problem, she can always be relied on for professional, detailed and knowledgeable advice. Her industry knowledge is outstanding and she is a real credit to Blacks'.

Key Clients

Aura Finance Limited

Bridgeco Limited

HNW Lending Limited

West One Loan Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing HNW Lending Limited in a claim against a borrower and personal guarantors for a breach of mortgage terms.
  • Representing a lender in a recovery claim.
  • Acting for a client in a dispute relating to a conditional break clause.

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

Sport - ranked: tier 3

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP has experience assisting sporting individuals, agents, clubs and businesses with a range of matters including commercial, contractual, corporate and employment issues. Managing partner Chris Allen heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Chris Allen

Leading individuals

Chris Allen - Blacks Solicitors LLP

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