The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
ELIZABETH HOUSE, 13-19 QUEEN STREET, LEEDS, LS1 2TW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 246 0622
Fax:
Fax 0113 246 7488
DX:
26427 LEEDS PARK SQUARE
Email:
Web:
www.clarionsolicitors.com

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 2

Clarion (Leeds)

Offering a fresh approach in a mature industry’, Clarion’s ‘speedy and efficient’ practice ‘provides a greater depth than many’. Richard Moran advised Hesco on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Betafence and assisted the founding shareholder with the MBO of Armstrong Priestley; he and Matthew Hattersley jointly head the practice. M&A partner Jonathan Simms has considerable expertise in the digital media, marketing and haulage sectors; he advised Simon Gibson Transport with the sale of 75% of its issued share capital to logistics provider GCA Europe. Legal director Tony Berry’s arrival from Addleshaw Goddard adds experience in large cross-border M&A deals.

[back to top]

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘always available, knows its stuff and inspires confidence’. ‘Go-to litigatorSimon Young, who heads the practice, ‘sees the wider commercial picture and is tactically spot on’. He led a team representing Silverstone in a £4m claim brought by Silverstone Hospitality for alleged breach of contract relating to the provision of catering services at the racing circuit; the claim was ultimately abandoned and a counterclaim for costs issued. IT and outsourcing disputes specialist Dominic Higham is ‘a good all-round thinker, he approaches problems from a pragmatic and commercial perspective’. Other key partners include Roger Hutton, who specialises in high-value, complex pre-insolvency situations, IP disputes expert Esther Kirwan, and insolvency specialists Ryan Millmore and Alice Pratt. Other clients include Kingspan Insulation, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Maersk and InterSystems.

Leading individuals

Simon Young - Clarion

[back to top]

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion’s practice head Daniel Carlton has significant experience in advising on debt collection and credit control services for a wide range of clients from sole traders to plcs; and also specialises in advising leisure industry clients in developing debt recovery systems for commercial landlords. The team recently acted for Encon Insulation in recovering debt of over £1m; assisted Admiral Taverns with debt collections; and handled a £200,000 debt recovery matter for quarry service provider Singleton Birch. Dale Fawcett and Ryan Millmore have significant expertise in insolvency regimes. Other clients include road hauliers, building contractors and retailers.

Leading individuals

Daniel Carlton - Clarion

[back to top]

Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion’s team is ‘very commercial in its approach and a pleasure to deal with’. Co-heads Ben Slack and Marie Pugh ‘are very professional, always available and understand clients’ business’. Slack is an insolvency specialist, who acts for clearing banks, asset-based lenders, stakeholders, creditors and accountants, and Pugh specialises in real estate and development finance, as well as handling bridging loans and debt restructuring assignments. The team recently advised Reward Invoice Finance, as a lender, on funding a debt restructuring deal with the borrower’s existing bank, which involved a complex structure of three facilities across its corporate group. It also assisted a retail bank with the provision of £15m of cash-flow finance facilities to an insurance group.

[back to top]

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion’s team ‘can always be relied on to provide great advice’. Practice head Ryan Millmore, who ‘always provides the support needed’, focuses on corporate insolvencies including administrations, receiverships, liquidations and turnarounds. He assisted Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions with the onward sale of the business and assets of RBK Mechanical to Bellrock Property and Facilities Management, and acted for Armstrong Watson on the implementation of a company voluntary arrangement for Omnia-Chem. Roger Hutton, who primarily handles pre-insolvency matters, advised Begbies Traynor as administrators of Alatas Engineering, which involved handling a company reorganisation and the onward sale of the business and assets. Alice Pratt handles corporate insolvencies, and Ben Slack acts for clearing banks, asset-based lenders, stakeholders, creditors and accountants on the full spectrum of solvent and insolvent restructuring work.

[back to top]

Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

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

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion’s ‘strong employment team’ attracts praise for its ‘excellent response times and commerciality’ and for its ‘insight and understanding of the client’s organisation and the constraints it works within’. Sarah Tahamtani heads a team that includes fellow partner John Robinson – who is ‘an excellent employment lawyer with particular strength in tribunal matters; his clients rate him highly’ – and four other lawyers, which collectively handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The firm’s client base comprises a mixture of national and multinational corporates, including Nobia, Allied Glass Containers and Arla Foods, which is a new client win for 2016, as well as a number of medium-sized and owner-managed businesses active throughout Yorkshire and the North of England. Tahamtani has an extensive track record advising employers on a range of issues, including high-value employment litigation, board level disputes and change management issues arising from business restructurings, reorganisations and redundancy processes. In addition to acting for employers, the firm also handles a large number of matters for senior employees, and has negotiated £1m-worth of severance packages for executives and board directors. Other recommended individuals include senior associates Deborah Warren and John Robinson.

[back to top]

Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion’s clients rate the contentious probate team for providing ‘genuinely specialist expertise, and a focused and cost-effective service’. The practice regularly acts for high-net-worth clients on high-value multi-jurisdictional disputes, and has an extensive track record in Court of Protection disputes. Lynsey Harrison heads the team; she has ‘an exceptional manner with clients, who feel the utmost confidence in her’. She is assisted by Louise Dodds, who is ‘very clever in her approach and works very hard for the client’. Harrison’s expertise includes disputes involving the validity of wills, administrative claims relating to deceased estates, breach of trust actions concerning both UK and Jersey trusts, and probate-related professional negligence disputes.

[back to top]

Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire
Leading individuals (region-wide)

[back to top]

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion’s ‘superb’ family law team is headed by the ‘extremely capable’ Fiona Kendall, who attracts praise for her combination of ‘a measured approach with a pragmatic manner; she will react and expedite all necessary steps efficiently and proactively’. Kendall works closely with private client practice head Justine Osmotherley to provide support to high-net-worth individuals and families, covering a diverse range of matters including divorce and financial settlement, particularly involving complex and cross-border issues. Kendall is dual qualified in England and Scotland, giving the firm the unique ability to provide cross-border advice, which clients appreciate it; according to one, the firm provides ‘not just helpful but unrivalled support on cross-border matters’, including those with an international element.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

[back to top]

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

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion’s ‘strong and talented team’, which ‘always demonstrates the willingness to go the extra mile and think outside the box’, ‘punches above its weight’ and is led by the ‘highly personableVivienne Wild, who has ‘a wealth of knowledge regarding trusts, tax planning and wills’, with ‘excellent technical skills’ and ‘a helpful attitude’; she focuses on estate and inheritance tax planning. Clients also single out the ‘compassionate, technical and diligentJustine Osmotherley, who has ‘a truly empathetic approach to client relationships’ and ‘an ability to both listen well and articulate law in a practical way’; ‘brilliant’ legal director Clare King, who focuses on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals - particularly business owners and entrepreneurs; and senior associate Stephanie Parish, who is ‘incredible with clients’.

[back to top]

Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Clarion (Leeds)

Clarion is a key name for developers, corporate occupiers, retail and leisure clients, and also advises financial institutions on real estate financing. Practice head Martin Grange, who primarily focuses on development work, advised Hill Giftware on opening three new Baytree Interiors stores worth in excess of £1m. Lindsay Texel acts for owner-managed businesses and large corporates; she advised Newby Asset Management on the £5.5m acquisition and funding of the York-based Cocoa Works site, which is intended for residential development, and also assisted new client KME Yorkshire with the £6.5m disposal of an industrial complex in Liverpool. Banking and finance partner Ben Slack advises on secured real estate transactions and legal director Alison Batty focuses on development transactions. Other clients include Persimmon Homes, Reward Capital, MyCSP and Harron Homes.

Next generation lawyers

Alison Batty - Clarion

[back to top]

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clarion (Leeds)

The IT department at Clarion is headed by Matthew Hattersley, who advises on all manner of IT and telecoms arrangements, including outsourcing and service and software agreements. The team has particular strength in non-contentious matters, but is able to lean on its disputes lawyers to assist with contentious matters; Dominic Higham, a partner in the commercial disputes team, has a particular strength in IT and outsourcing matters. Recent highlights for the team include advising Card Factory on the legal and wider commercial aspects of replacing its payment systems, and assisting InterSystems with its bid to supply a community health software solution to the NHS in Scotland. The team also has an exclusive UK retainer with Asics and covers IT contracts ranging from software procurement and managed services to advice in relation to digital retail operations.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Clarion (Leeds)

Esther Kirwan now heads the IP team at Clarion, following the departure of Leigh Martin to DLA Piper UK LLP. Kirwan and Sue Streatfield bring their expertise in litigation to the IP practice, an example being their work for Hard Rock to try and prevent the dissemination of counterfeit products, including working with UK Border Force and Trading Standards in actions against parties dealing in counterfeit goods. Streatfield was also appointed to Clingen Group plc’s legal panel in 2016 to advise on various aspects of IP protection, enforcement and commercialisation. The team is also strong on the branding side and manages client’s trade mark portfolios.

[back to top]

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Clarion (Leeds)

The cross-department team at Clarion is led by Richard Moran, who has considerable experience advising on the purchase, sale and funding of football and rugby clubs, stadium acquisitions, commercial agreements and sponsorships. A highlight for the practice in 2016 was successfully defending Silverstone Circuits against a later abandoned claim for alleged breach of contract relating to the provision of catering services at the racing circuit, which threatened the client’s ability to continue hosting the British Grand Prix. Esther Kirwan has been representing various sports clients in trade mark and brand protection matters. The private client and family team continues to represent high-profile sportsmen and women, while the banking and finance team has been acting for sports clients in relation to a debt reorganisation and refinance.

[back to top]


Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to