Firm Profile > Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP > Hull, England

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP
MARINA COURT
CASTLE STREET
HULL
HU1 1TJ
England

Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's dispute resolution practice has a breadth of experience in general corporate and commercial disputes. Practice head Hugh Smith also excels in mediation, food law and trading standards issues; Andrew Oliver handles shipping and renewable energy sector disputes, and Nick Dean focuses on property-related litigation. For disputes involving injunctions including restrictive covenant claims, Peter Duffus and Mike Wilson are names to note. Wilson joined from Bridge McFarland LLP and has expertise in cases involving social media law, privacy elements and defamation issues.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Smith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Oliver; Nick Dean; Peter Duffus; Mike Wilson

Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

Providing 'excellent legal advice at a fair rate', Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is sought after by national port and dock operators for projects within the renewable energy sector. In addition, it also has a strong track record undertaking property portfolio work for retailers. Richard Mays and Paul Barker jointly lead the practice. Geoff Phillips acts for occupying businesses and investors on acquisitions and disposals of properties.

Practice head(s):

Richard Mays; Paul Barker

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Phillips

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal advice at a fair rate.’

‘Good old fashioned advice and service.’

‘Geoff Phillips is a good property solicitor with good knowledge and is very professional.’

‘The people we deal with have good technical knowledge but also the ability to apply it to provide solutions in a challenging market place. It is good to have the continuity of individual involvement so that the practice is instantly familiar with the issues on a given property’.

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Wykeland Group Limited/Bridgeland Developments Limited/Watergate Developments Limited

Kexgill Group

Askham Bryan College, a further education corporation

Integra Buildings Limited

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

The Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres Limited

Gleeson Regeneration Limited

Bretby (GP) LLP/Centurion Asset Management Limited

Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's corporate practice group is widely considered a market leader in Hull and is singled out for its expertise in the food and dairy sector. Overseen by Andrew Funnell, the team handles a steady stream of multi-million pound M&A matters, particularly buyouts and sales. York-based Philip Ashworth is the key name for complex regulatory issues and private equity work, while Martin Frost advises on a range of transactional matters at a domestic and cross-border level. The core group also includes Nicholas Scott, who has extensive banking and corporate finance expertise, specialising in the telecoms and manufacturing sectors. Other sector strengths for the team include the renewable energy and engineering industries.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Funnell

Other key lawyers:

Martin Frost; Phillip Ashworth; Nicholas Scott

Testimonials

‘The personability and professionalism of my contacts was soon evident. Their knowledge and confidence was evident.’

‘This has been a difficult time, but Andrew Funnell and the team were excellent in the approach to this complicated company transaction. We all worked hard and they delivered. I cannot speak highly enough of the way they acted for me, ensuring a smooth, timely, most satisfactory outcome. I shall be pleased to contact Andrew Funnell the next time I need legal advice.’

‘The team is led by Andrew Funnell who is a very bright and personable lawyer. His outlook is extremely commercial and he doesn’t get bogged down in unnecessary hypothetical arguments. He also has the ability to explain situations to clients in language which is understandable to the layman. His values are reflected in the approach of the whole team.’

‘This firm is dedicated to getting the best result for their clients and really goes that extra mile. For this reason they stand head and shoulders above many other firms.’

Key clients

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres Limited

Ashcourt Group Limited

Integra Buildings Limited

H&R Healthcare Limited

Ideal Boilers Limited

Singleton Birch Limited

Walker Crips Group Plc

Dacre Son & Hartley Limited

Mainprize Offshore Ltd

PhD Nutrition Ltd

CPD Direct Limited

Bostonair Group (including Boston Energy)

Thompson Commercials Group Limited

John Good Group

Blended Products Limited

Modular Movements Ltd

Needlers Limited

Broady Valves Limited

Lincoln & York

BW Industries Limited

Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s employment practice is singled out for its 'wealth of knowledge and experience'. Led out of Hull, the team advises multi-national business and employers on large-scale redundancies, severance packages, and TUPE transfers, with a specialism across the food and drink sector. Practice head Jonathan Dale is highly rated by clients and has over three decades of expertise in employment law, particularly in insolvency-related proceedings, while Nick Wilson in York regularly appears before Employment Tribunals nationally. Nick Fraser recently joined the firm and specialises in pensions law.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Dale

Other key lawyers:

Nick Wilson; Nick Fraser

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Dale and his team respond very quickly and reliably. Communication via electronic channels is efficient and the quality of the advisory service is also very good. In particular, the right questions are asked so that hidden obstacles can be avoided. The service is worth every penny and the fee structure is also very competitive.’

‘Partner Jonathan Dale is a highly experienced and accomplished employment lawyer who calmly but firmly always finds the right solutions for you and excels in diligence.’

‘As a company we have used the services of Andrew Jackson Solicitors for many years on both commercial and employment matters. The teams and partners in their employ have a wealth of knowledge and experience we have found invaluable and trustworthy.’

‘Quick responses and very approachable team.’

‘Nick Wilson, great customer relationship, friendly, approachable, and supportive with advice giving, quick in responses.’

‘Everyone we have spoken to at the firm is responsive, helpful and down to earth.’

‘Jonathan Dale is excellent to deal with. he is responsive, proportionate in his responses, has a balanced view and is very clearly experienced. As we are not from the UK, Jonathan’s ability to explain the nuances to us is most appreciated. I would definitely recommend working with Jonathan, and in fact have recommended him to my network.’

‘Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP provide us with rapid no-nonsense advice on employment law issues.’

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 1

The private client team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is led by ‘vastly experienced‘ partner Richard Hoare, who splits his time between Hull and York. Handling financial issues linked to divorce, including cases with international elements, the team also covers pre and post nuptials, cohabitation agreements and family arbitration. In addition, the firm has substantive experience in private law children matters (including leave to remove and child abduction) and is known for its strengths in Schedule 1 Children Act applications and maintenance disputes. ‘Standout practitionerOliver Hall and the ‘always honest’ Debbie Gibbons are additional names to note; the widely respected Adele Wilkinson retired from the firm in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hoare

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Hall; Debbie Gibbons

Testimonials

‘Oliver Hall always takes time to listen and understand his client. Always sympathetic, but keeps a professional head on at all times.’

Debbie Gibbons is extremely genuine, very down-to-earth and extremely easy to get along with. The advice offered by Debbie is always honest and I have never been offered false expectations, this is something that I feel sets her aside from other local competitors in the area. She is not afraid to tell myself if she thinks that something would not be beneficial to either myself or my case.’

‘Oliver Hall is a standout practitioner at Andrew Jackson, in particular with regards to his financial remedy practice. He is exceptionally personable and in command of his practice area. Those characteristics taken together with his experience, means that he is able to provide very sensible advice that client’s find easy to digest. ’

‘Andrew Jackson is a highly professional, efficient, and effective set who provide their clients with a gold standard service. Importantly, they are approachable, considerate of their clients.’

Richard Hoare is a vastly experienced and knowledgeable solicitor who expertly guides his clients through the difficult waters of family law. He gives robust and sensible advice when needed, often steering them away from unnecessary and unhelpful points, but also actively listens and responds to their hopes and concerns. Every client.’

Transport Tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP retains its expertise in the wet and dry shipping space and is the name for high-value international trade agreements, commercial contracts and cargo matters. Overseen by Dominic Ward in Hull, the team works in tandem with the vessel finance group and advises companies and individual clients on financing projects; banking partner Nick Scott is a key contact. On the shipping disputes side, Paul Newbon is the main contact for international arbitration proceedings arising out of the carriage of goods, and Andrew Oliver works on UK fisheries work and is the name for marine law matters.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Ward

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Oliver; Rebecca Forder; Nick Scott; Paul Newbon 

Testimonials

‘The partners and associates in Andrew Jacksons cover a wide range of specialities. Their service is crucial to the smooth running of our business. The partners are always available to give immediate advice either on the telephone, email or team’s meeting.’

‘Dominic Ward and Paul Newbon are people that we deal with on a regular basis. They are very approachable, will always return a call, take the time to explain all the options advising on the costs and the consequences. They share their knowledge willingly, addressing every question with patience and kindness.’

‘We engaged Dominic Ward, senior partner at Andrew Jackson, on a specialist shipping issue we encountered. Dominic is a subject matter expert on logistics and shipping, he grasped our challenge immediately and very quickly worked with us to develop a strategy to manage the situation.’

‘I found Dominic Ward, to be a very personable, experienced transport and logistics lawyer who can apply a legal twist to a commercial strategy to deliver a positive outcome. His fee basis is very competitive as a regional legal provider, but he delivers top quality legal advice.’

‘The firm are specialists in the fishing sector, and they always manage the legal aspect of lending transactions with professionalism and great efficiency.’

‘Rebecca Forder is an outstanding solicitor. Rebecca deals with our requests with both speed and expertise. Customers always highly rate the work undertaken and Rebecca is a major asset to the firm.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

SMS Towage Limited

Blue Water Shipping

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

vac-Q-tec Limited

Woods River Cruises Ltd

M&Co Trading Limited

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The agriculture and estates offering at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is led by York-based partner Helen Mellors. Acting for estates, landowners and tenant farms, the team is regularly involved in matters linked to renewable energy and general environmental concerns. In particular, recent highlights include issues pertaining to the construction of wind farms, turbines, ground source heat pumps and anaerobic digestion plants. Moreover, the firm's expertise extends to the purchase and disposals of tenancies, restructuring and (increasingly) the need for agri-businesses to engage in various forms of diversification. Commercial property specialist Samuel Peake is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Helen Mellors

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Peake

Testimonials

‘The firm are very commercial, proactive, supportive and forward-thinking. We have a close working relationship and we have great experience of regular collaboration. We hold joint events and cross refer/introduce business to each other. They are transparent and straightforward to deal with.’

‘The team has an extremely broad breadth of knowledge with all services covered in-house. They are approachable, friendly and explain the work which they do in plain English. Always prepared to assist and provide bespoke solutions and advice where necessary. The establishment of a banking specialist within their team is a great service to be able to use. I am always confident in putting the firm in front of my customers, given the consistency and quality of the work which they deliver. Provide regular updates on cases being worked on and regular feedback should issues arise.’

‘The individuals within the team are open , approachable and friendly. No enquiry is too much trouble and is always treated professionally. I feel that the team are not just providing a legal service but seek to build strong working relationships and trust, which in turn helps to deliver a high level of service. The wide range of expertise within the team is of great benefit. Especially worthy of mention are Sam Peake and Helen Mellors, whom I have worked with over the past 12 months and who provide excellent support and advice.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The contentious trusts offering at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is led by Hull-based partner Peter Duffus. Handling disputed wills (particularly those featuring medical issues), 1975 Act cases and Court of Protection work, the team also has a strong track record in 'novel' legal questions: an indicative highlight being a contentious application for tissue analysis of a deceased person. Richard Hoare and associate Amy Floater are other important contacts.  

Practice head(s):

Peter Duffus

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hoare; Amy Floater

Testimonials

‘The team has long years of experience across a vast range of trusts and estate litigation, from basic Inheritance Act claims, to challenging wills, to breach of trustees duties, to claiming beneficial interest based on DNA testing.’

‘Peter Duffus has wisdom of many years of litigating all aspects of trusts and estates. You are unlikely to find a solicitor with more wide-ranging experience.’

‘Peter Duffus’ considerable experience in litigation matters, and in particular in negotiation, were invaluable in restraining an extremely delicately poised discretionary trust matter from escalating into expensive litigation. Although the matter did last for some three years, the approach of continuing to try and find a solution covering everyone’s interests was fully vindicated.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Jointly led by Kevin Webster and Peter Duffus, the private client team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP handles succession and lifetime planning for high-net-worth individuals. In addition, the firm’s expertise extends to the creation and administration of lifetime trusts, wills, the drafting of deeds and complex tax returns. Contentious probate is an additional area of specialism, as is the offering’s detailed knowledge of Court of Protection matters. The 'superb' Sally Price is also recommended. Geraldine Martin joined from Duncan Rann Associates in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Webster; Peter Duffus

Other key lawyers:

Geraldine Martin; Sally Price

Testimonials

‘I have found the team at Andrew Jackson to be approachable and friendly, especially Sally Price who has been a superb point of contact for not only myself but the whole team. The team speak in plain English which my clients really appreciate.’

Banking and finance Tier 3

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has a notable background acting for lenders and borrowers on corporate refinancings, as well as acquisition finance and real estate finance transactions. It also undertakes banking and finance work connected with the education, healthcare, agriculture and shipping sectors. Practice head Nick Scott, Mark Davies and Andrew Oliver are key figures in the 'friendly and approachable' team.

Practice head(s):

Nick Scott

Other key lawyers:

Mark Davies; Andrew Olive

Testimonials

‘Friendly and approachable, provide a scope of work included when quoting, which is of great assistance when communicating to clients.’

‘Regular contact, more than just a professional relationship.’

‘Mark Davis has complex loan knowledge.’

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

The charities unit at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is jointly led by Hull-based partners Daniel Hammond and Kevin Webster. Acting for a significant number of local and regional interests as well as not-for-profit organisations, the team counts The Alcohol & Drug Service and Hull IVF Trust as two longstanding clients. The firm has particularly strength in advising clients on obtaining charitable status where it was initially refused, and has significant experience with the complexities of demonstrating public interest. The practice is also said to maintain a 'deeply embedded commitment to client service'.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hammond; Kevin Webster

Testimonials

‘Personal, first name terms, amazing response rate and never fail to deliver with accurate advice, despite the pandemic.’

‘The practice has a deeply embedded commitment to client service and communicate well. They ensure that services are provided by solicitors with in-depth practical experience in the area of law required. They communicate well and always seek satisfactory outcomes for the client. They make full use of current technology to enhance their personal service.’

‘I have found Daniel Hammond very good to work with as he has a detailed knowledge of working with the Charity Commission, is a good communicator and has good judgement in understanding the key issues and how to approach them. ’

Key clients

The Alcohol & Drug Service

European Missionary Fellowship

Forum: North Bank Forum for Voluntary Organisations

Hull IVF Trust

Humbercare Limited

St Paul’s Amateur Boxing Academy

The Viola Trust

Tigers Sport and Education Trust

Trade Right International

United Kingdom Association of Fish Producer Organisations

Infrastructure and energy Tier 3

At Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, the energy practice has a transactional focus and is strong across the offshore wind space. Jointly overseen by Andrew Oliver and Stephen Unwin, the group advises on commercial contracts, agreements and leases for ports and fisheries. York-based Philip Ashworth is a key corporate name in the practice. On the infrastructure side, the firm has a reputation in the maritime sector and continues to be instructed to advise on small-to-medium-sized project work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Oliver; Stephen Unwin

Other key lawyers:

Philip Ashworth

Testimonials

The Andrew Jackson team are personable, contactable, knowledgeable, reliable and professional. We have enjoyed working with them and consider them a long term business partner rather than just a firm of solicitors. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

‘I have been working directly with a senior partner, Philip Ashworth who has been very professional and has a good in depth understanding of the renewable energy sector, which has been crucial.’

‘Easy to work with, honest, open and patient.’

‘Philip Ashworth did a great job for us on an acquisition, I felt we were always on top of the negotiations and stayed one step ahead which resulted in a great deal for us.’

Key clients

Specialist Marine Consultants Limited

Groupe LHD

LPG Direct Limited

Yorwaste

EON

Associated British Ports

RE Group

Mainprize Offshore Ltd

Grimsby Renewables Partnership

BostonAir Group

LSTC Group

SSE

Greater Gabbard Offshore

Woodhouse Wind

MMS

Virgin Money

HSBC

NatWest

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's team is 'extremely knowledgeable and practical in its advice'. Department head Azher Quyoom is a 'very talented and experienced specialist' in non-contentious matters, primarily undertaking restructuring work on behalf of banks, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. He works with corporate finance lawyer Grace Moreton. The recruitment of senior solicitor Ivana Schappach and partner Mike Wilson has bolstered the the contentious insolvency offering.

Practice head(s):

Azher Quyoom

Other key lawyers:

Ivana Schappach; Mike Wilson; Grace Moreton

Testimonials

‘Good all-round knowledge. One of the few teams in the Humber with sector expertise.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and practical in its advice. Speedy and thorough in dealing with all issues.’

‘Azher Quyoom is a very talented and experienced specialist in the insolvency market, providing accurate and reliable advice and support. His colleague Grace Morton also has a very high level of technical ability. They are both able to provide the full support needed in the fast moving environment of insolvency work.’

‘A proactive firm who have the clients genuine best interests at heart, will look at practical solutions and the bigger picture.’

‘Azher Quyoom – pride in what he does, very commercial, excellent at spotting business opportunities.’

Key clients

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Begbies Traynor

Leonard Curtis

DFW Associates

Armstrong Watson

Kingsbridge Solutions

Property litigation Tier 4

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has a strong profile among national port and dock operators, and it also generates a strong flow of work from retailers and developers. Stephen Kell acts for owners of investment properties and he advises business tenants on all landlord and tenant issues, restrictive covenants, rights of way and general ownership issues. Nick Dean is experienced in cases involving boundary disputes, dilapidations and property nuisance claims.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kell; Nick Dean

Testimonials

‘Smart players in a tough market.’

‘Stephen Kell is a great lawyer and very commercially astute. He’s ideal in a tough battle.’

‘Nick Dean: His dedication to this type of work sets the tone for everyone in the firm.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Wykeland Group Limited/Bridgeland Developments Limited/Watergate Developments Limited

Kexgill Group

Askham Bryan College, a further education corporation

Integra Buildings Limited

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

The Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres Limited

Gleeson Regeneration Limited

Bretby (GP) LLP/Centurion Asset Management Limited

Shipping Tier 5

Hull-based law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has a broad shipping practice, which covers matters ranging from disputes arising from accidents to commercial contracts advice. Practice head Dominic Ward specialises in dry shipping work and is particularly active in the drafting of logistics contracts. Sarah Pether specialises in representing the defendents and insurers in claims related to injuries and fatalities at sea. Ship finance is another area of focus, with the team acting for both borrowers and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Ward

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Pether

Testimonials

‘Responsive lawyers, pragmatic and time-efficient.’

‘The partners specialising in shipping have a wealth of knowledge on international shipping law and ship management companies. They have provided help support and training on everyday topics as well as difficult international cases. They are a valued “business partner” helping us steer our business through international waters.’

‘Dominic Ward offers a wealth of information and support on all international shipping and trade related enquiries.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

SMS Towage Limited

Blue Water Shipping

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

vac-Q-tec Limited

Woods River Cruises Ltd

Founded in Hull in 1874, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP offers client-focused expertise and advice delivered regionally, nationally and internationally across all areas of business, international trade and personal law.

From their offices in Hull, York, Grimsby and Scarborough, the team is committed to helping generations of businesses, families and individuals with trusted legal advice and support that is tailored to their particular needs and objectives. The firm offers a full range of legal services, encompassing everything from employment law and commercial property, to family mediation, agri-business, dispute resolution and more.

Andrew Jackson is committed to recruiting the best talent from throughout the region and beyond in order to retain the highest calibre of staff, with a belief that employing an experienced team of industry professionals is integral to delivering the highest standards in customer service for their clients with a service which is both professional and personable.

With a belief that customers deserve exceptional service as well as sound, trusted legal expertise, the firm continually adapts to meet evolving client and business needs. The team’s commitment to providing the highest standards in quality and service has been reflected through consistently high rankings in leading professional industry guides, based on client feedback.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Dominic Ward
Managing partner Mark Pearson-Kendall
Property and real estate Paul Barker
Property and real estate Richard Mays
Corporate and commercial Andrew Funnell
Private client Richard Hoare
Litigation Hugh Smith
Shipping Dominic Ward
Employment Jonathan Dale
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Paul Barker  photo Mr Paul Barker Head of Property, Partner
Mr Steven Berry  photo Mr Steven Berry Partner
 Robert Best  photo Robert Best Paralegal
Mr Martin Collingwood  photo Mr Martin Collingwood Associate
 Pippa Collins  photo Pippa Collins Solicitor
 Jon Croft  photo Jon Croft Paralegal
Ms Vanessa Crossley  photo Ms Vanessa Crossley Associate
Mr Jonathan Dale  photo Mr Jonathan Dale Head of Employment, Partner
Mr Nick Dean  photo Mr Nick Dean Partner
 David Dixon  photo David Dixon Partner
Mr Peter Duffus  photo Mr Peter Duffus Partner
 Hannah Farmer  photo Hannah Farmer Associate
 Amanda Fenton  photo Amanda Fenton Partner
 Amy Floater  photo Amy Floater Associate
 Rebecca Forder  photo Rebecca Forder Paralegal
Mr Rikki Foster  photo Mr Rikki Foster Solicitor
 Nick Fraser  photo Nick Fraser Partner
Mr Andrew Funnell  photo Mr Andrew Funnell Head of Corporate, Partner
Mr Daniel Hammond  photo Mr Daniel Hammond Partner
 Chris Harris  photo Chris Harris Solicitor
Mr Richard Hoare  photo Mr Richard Hoare Head of Private Client, Partner
 Sonia Jeffery  photo Sonia Jeffery
Mr Stephen Kell  photo Mr Stephen Kell Partner
 Liz Martin  photo Liz Martin
 Geraldine Martin  photo Geraldine Martin Partner
Mr Richard Mays  photo Mr Richard Mays Partner
Mr Paul Newbon photo Mr Paul Newbon Assoiciate
Mr Andrew Oliver  photo Mr Andrew Oliver Partner
Miss Sarah Pether photo Miss Sarah Pether Associate
Mr Geoff Phillips  photo Mr Geoff Phillips Partner
 Sally Price  photo Sally Price Senior Paralegal
 Ivana Schappach  photo Ivana Schappach Senior Solicitor
Mr Nick Scott  photo Mr Nick Scott Partner
Mr Hugh Smith  photo Mr Hugh Smith Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Partner
Mr Stephen Unwin  photo Mr Stephen Unwin Partner
 Ben Vincent  photo Ben Vincent Paralegal
 Nicole Waldron  photo Nicole Waldron Paralegal
Mr Dominic Ward  photo Mr Dominic Ward Head of Shipping & Transport, Partner
Mr Chris Waterhouse  photo Mr Chris Waterhouse Partner
Mr Kevin Webster  photo Mr Kevin Webster Partner
Mr Adrian West  photo Mr Adrian West Partner
Mr Martin Whitehead  photo Mr Martin Whitehead Consultant
 Mike Wilson  photo Mike Wilson Partner
Number of UK partners : 32
Number of other UK fee-earners : 48