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Clarion is a key player in Yorkshire, with a national and international reputation as it services clients in over 75 different countries. Clarion places real importance on providing a partner-led service with a hands-on approach and is renowned for being forward-thinking and commercially savvy. Clarion prides itself on an innovative approach and commits to investing time and resources into building relationships with clients to understand their goals and achieve them, as well as providing added value to their businesses.

The firm: The management team recognises the need for its lawyers to understand clients' real issues, rather than purely serving their immediate legal needs. New service lines are developed to meet clients' changing requirements, packaged and costed to deliver in line with genuine return on investment for clients.

The firm continues to receive both regional and national recognition and has this year been a winner at the Business Desk Masters Awards for Professional Firm of the Year. The corporate team also won Deal of the Year at the Yorkshire Dealmakers awards 2016.

Clarion has a strong link with the community and has a dedicated CSR programme. It is particularly proud of its sponsorship and involvement with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

It has a substantial, active and growing in-house counsel network providing regular support with a programme of training events, in-house counsel lunches and other networking opportunities.

Clarion intends to expand at a measured rate by attracting further high-quality fee-earners and clients. Its main objective is to uphold its core values and provide outstanding service.

Types of work undertaken: Corporate: offering the full range of corporate finance work, including mainstream mergers and acquisitions, acting for banks and other financial institutions in the provision of acquisition finance facilities, advising international clients and entrepreneurs on expansion and start-up structures.

Commercial: working with a diverse range of clients throughout the UK and internationally, the firm partners clients on complex deals in relation to commercial and IT contracts; information law; business models; trading and e-commerce advice; outsourcing; and competition.

Intellectual property: acknowledged local and international experts, the firm assists with the identification, protection, exploitation and enforcement of rights in patents, designs, trade marks, copyright, databases, confidential information and related rights.

Property: the established team has long-term personal relationships across a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in commercial and residential developments, leisure, corporate occupier and secured lending.

Dispute resolution: a long-established, highly regarded and experienced team dealing with every type of dispute: managed, negotiated and, where necessary, rigorously litigated with its hallmark tough and unwavering focus.

Corporate recovery and insolvency: one of the leading corporate recovery and insolvency legal teams in the North of England, the highly regarded team is uniquely placed to offer national experience on a personal level for institutions, companies and individuals.

Private client: the successful team deals with the full private client remit, from wills and trusts, the protection of vulnerable relatives or loss of mental capacity, to critical tax planning, wider wealth management and business succession.

Family: it undertakes the full range of family work, including children disputes and family injunction issues, with particular emphasis and expertise in financial aspects of divorce and relationship breakdown. The team has considerable experience of high-value and complex cases involving property, business and pension issues.

Employment: a specialist employment law team ensuring clients are aware of all the options relating to the relevant regulations; adopting HR strategies, procedures and terms that develop staff, as well as reducing risk.

Costs and litigation funding: a specialist and dedicated costs team working with over 70 law firms nationwide. Different to independent law costs draftsmen, as it understands what fee-earners require, together with the complex requirements of cost risk and management control.

Debt recovery: access to over 30 years' experience of debt recovery and credit management, acting for commercial and consumer organisations, as well as local authorities in the UK.

  • Number of UK partners: 20
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 92
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Corporate and commercial : 18
  • Corporate recovery: 16
  • Dispute resolution : 18
  • Property : 9
  • Private client : 14
  • Employment: 6
  • Family: 7
  • Intellectual property: 6
  • Debt recovery and costs: 6

Above material supplied by Clarion.

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