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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

The team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has a breadth of experience in contentious matters, ranging from commercial and corporate governance matters to contentious probate, regulatory food law, debt recovery and insolvency. Practice head Hugh Smith handles mediations, shareholder and director disputes, professional negligence claims, injunctions, restrictive covenants disputes and economic torts. Other names to note include property litigator Nick DeanPeter Duffus, who assists clients with a range of commercial litigation; shipping expert Andrew Oliver and insolvency specialist Christopher Harrison. Health and safety litigator Jeff Swales moved to rradar.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Smith


Andrew Jackson has a strong emphasis on speedy and cost-efficient resolution of disputes.

It is extremely efficient and flexible in its approach to cases.

Peter Duffus sees clearly through the problems and quickly finds the right solution.

Nick Dean’s experience is highly valuable.

Peter Duffus is very knowledgeable and extraordinarily tenacious.

Key clients

Kingstown Works Limited

Christopher Healy and the Trustees of the Westerby Pension fund

BHP Chartered Accountants

Associated British Ports

Carpetright PLC

Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is noted for its expertise in complex projects in the retail, food and healthcare sectors, alongside substantial experience acting for port and dock operators. The group also handles option and collaboration agreements, property portfolio issues and renewable energy sector projects. Richard Mays and Paul Barker jointly lead the department; Mays counts retailers and developers as clients, and Barker has notable regional strength. Geoff Phillips has particular expertise in property acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Richard Mays; Paul Barker

Other key lawyers:


The practice at Andrew Jackson exhibits detailed knowledge and understanding of its clients and the market‘.

Andrew Jackson provides excellent client service‘.

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Carpetright plc/Storey Carpets Limited

Wykeland Group Limited /Bridgeland Developments Limited /Watergate Developments Limited

Bretby (GP) LLP/Centurion Asset Management Limited

Kexgill Group

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

The Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Greyhawk Propco No 1 Limited

Gleeson Regeneration Limited

Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP handles a range of local, national and international corporate transactions with particular expertise in the dairy and food, engineering, renewables and IT sectors. Andrew Funnell heads up the corporate group, which includes Nicholas Scott, and is complemented by the commercial law practice led by Marie Kell. The department works closely with its York-based corporate team, which includes corporate finance expert Philip Ashworth.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Funnell

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ashcourt Contracts

Integra Buildings

H&R Healthcare

Ideal Boilers

PhD Nutrition

CPD Direct

Bostonair Group (including Boston Energy)

Seven Seas

Thompson Commercials Group

East Coast Construction (N.E.)

Henderson Insurance Brokers

John Good Group


Broady Valves

Pipers Crisps

Pickering and Ferens Homes

Green Oil International

Sewell Group

BW Industries

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP stands out for its expertise in financial issues arising from divorce alongside experience in pre-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, private children law work, cohabitation issues and inheritance claims. Richard Hoare heads up the team and is a family arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, and Adele Wilkinson handles financial and private children's cases.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hoare

Other key lawyers:


The team at Andrew Jackson provides an all-round fantastic service for its clients. It has both great local knowledge but also a professional outlook comparable to that of firms in London or other major cities‘.

Andrew Jackson is a very cohesive firm with a sound and broad spectrum of knowledge. It has access to good advice and is very fair, honest and realistic with its expectations. All matters are dealt with quickly, efficiently and accurately‘.

The practice is very professional but with an emphasis on a caring human approach‘.

Richard Hoare is very experienced and has a well-deserved reputation for sensible expert advice‘.

Associate Oliver Hall is very impressive. He is a young but compassionate solicitor, enthusiastic and easy to talk to with a great sense of humour – a quality that should be mandatory for a family law solicitor! He supports clients through difficult personal circumstances and provides them with the best possible outcome‘.

Transport Tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's department has the capabilities to handle a range of contentious and non-contentious shipping matters. The group's experience ranges from charter party disputes, carriage of goods by sea, speed and performance claims and collisions, to commercial contract advice, the use and hire of vessels, ship sale and purchase transactions and ship finance matters. Practice head Dominic Ward focuses on dry shipping and cargo work and assists clients with carriage of goods and international trade agreements, while Andrew Oliver handles a range of ship finance and fisheries instructions. Other lawyers to note include associate Sarah Pether, for the defence of personal injury claims, and senior solicitor Paul Newbon, who has experience in a range of contentious shipping instructions.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Ward


Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP provides good practical advice that is delivered in a way that clients can comprehend with prompt response times and consistent service levels’.

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Braemar Group

SMS Towage Limited

Blue Water Shipping

Maritime Coastguard Agency

Jotun Paints (Europe) Limited

Tindall Riley

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s agriculture and landed estates team is based in York but boasts a commanding presence across Yorkshire, including the firm's head office in Hull. The practice collaborates with other departments across the firm to provide a cross-expertise private client offering, spanning from landed estates and landowners (under practice head Helen Mellors), high value and complex purchases and disposals and agricultural tenancies, agricultural restructuring, recovery and insolvency. The team is also increasingly involved in renewable energy and has acted on several wind farm projects.

Practice head(s):

Helen Mellors

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Oliver; Kevin Webster; Peter Duffus; Christopher Harrison


‘They a have a good practical experience of rural matters and are focused on ensuring a deal is done and understanding the parameters of getting things over the line. A friendly and personal team with good depth of rural matters.’

‘Great mix of young and older team member, each with excellent knowledge and practical experience of the issues.’

‘Christopher Harrison is efficient, thorough and knowledgeable. He is very good with clients and helping explain legal jargon to laymen.’

‘Chris Harrison is pragmatic, quick and efficient.’

‘Hannah Farm is knowledgeable and approachable.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

At Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP , partner Peter Duffus has recently begun to undertake more contentious trusts and probate work after a long career as a broad-based civil/commercial practitioner. Now, his team is especially involved in Inheritance Act cases (occasionally with an international element), disputed wills where medical issues arise, as well as cases involving estoppel arguments and contentious Court of Protection work.

Practice head(s):

Peter Duffus


‘Particularly helpful, readily available and pragmatic.’

‘Excellent practical solutions.’

Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 2

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's employment team assists clients with a range of matters from employment tribunals to TUPE and transactional advice, as well as business immigration issues. The department, which is headed by the 'very approachableJonathan Dale, acts for a range of clients in sectors such as manufacturing, mining and food. Mary Walker's departure to Gordons LLP was offset in part by the arrival of Nick Wilson from Crooks Commercial Solicitors, who has particular experience of advising on TUPE transfers and industrial action.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Dale


They are a local firm, and are keen to really understand our business so that the advice they provide is within context. The team are helpful, friendly and responsive.

We have worked with Jonathan Dale in particular on several matters.  He is very approachable and willing to help, often at short notice.


Key clients

Associated British Ports


Jotun Paints


Imerys Fused Minerals


Thai Leisure

Thompson Commercials

De Smet Rosedowns

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s tax, trusts and wills department advises private individuals and business owners on all aspects of trust administration (including drafting deeds and resolutions, interpretation of trust deeds and completing accounts and tax returns) as well as Court of Protection matters. Kevin Webster, a chartered tax adviser, heads up the team and is well regarded for his skills in estate and succession planning and the creation and administration of trusts.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Webster; Peter Duffus


‘Highly regarded in its field and in the region.

‘Very approachable and knowledgeable in their field.’

‘Senior solicitor Amy Floater is the ultimate professional and will always put the best interests of the impacted party at the forefront of any decision, without sacrificing the immediate standard of living of the impacted individual. Amy shows high levels of empathy in what can be very difficult circumstances.’

‘Nothing short of exceptional.’

Banking and finance Tier 3

As the key firm in East Yorkshire for finance work, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is recognised for its corporate and real estate finance expertise with additional specialisms in agricultural lending and ship financings. The primarily lender-focused practice is led by Nick Scott, who took over the role from Andrew FunnellAndrew Oliver focuses on shipping finance work while consultant Mark Davies is the key contact in the firm's York office.

Practice head(s):

Nick Scott

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Oliver; Mark Davies; Helen Mellors; Paul Barker


Andrew Jackson has invested heavily in its banking and finance team and has expanded its reach beyond its traditional Hull base to great effect‘.

The team has expertise across all commercial activities and is keen to work with banks to ensure communication channels are kept open. It is one of the more progressive and forward-thinking firms in the region and its key partners have a strong awareness of what banks have an appetite for’.

Nick Scott is extremely efficient at managing multi-jurisdictional transactions. He is easy to deal with and goes into a great degree of detail when required‘.

Mark Davies has considerable experience across a multitude of transactions at varying sizes and complexities. He is well supported and offers a quick turnaround with pragmatic guidance, and is very patient when it comes to handling more complex requests‘.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

The charities unit at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP assists local and regional organisations in a wide range of matters. The main area of expertise is advice in the process of obtaining charitable status, especially after refusals, when difficulties arise in demonstrating a public interest, or when aspects of the application are contended. The team also advises on the winding up and transfer of charities and in relation to Charities Act compliance. The team, led by Daniel Hammond, has a number of lawyers who act as trustees of several private and charitable trusts as well as partners in different areas, including real estate, litigation and dispute resolution, tax and commercial property.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hammond

Key clients

The Alcohol & Drug Service

Beverley Catholic Club

Bridlington Rugby Union Football Club Ltd

Cleethorpes Cricket Club

European Missionary Fellowship

Families for Individual Needs and Dignity

Forum: North Bank Forum for Voluntary Organisations

Grimsby Aquatics Swim Team

Hull IVF Trust

Hull & East Yorkshire Medical Research Centre (The Daisy Appeal)

Humbercare Limited

International Organisation for Medical Physics

Pickering & Ferens Homes

St Paul’s Amateur Boxing Club

The Society of Ploughmen

The Viola Trust

Tigers Sport and Education Trust

Trade Right International

United Kingdom Association of Fish Producer Organisations

Energy Tier 3

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP aligns its expertise with the local region and Humberside's 'Energy Estuary' to handle matters in the port and harbour industries including anaerobic digestion facilities, quayside bulk materials handling facilities for coal and biofuels, pipeline installation and vessel chartering, offshore supply and support vessels and energy-from-waste and solar energy projects. Team co-head Andrew Oliver focuses on marine environment law and has experience in cabling agreements and disturbance agreements, and fellow co-head Stephen Unwin specialises in wind farms and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Oliver; Stephen Unwin

Key clients




Associated British Ports

RE Group

Mainprize Offshore Ltd

Grimsby Renewables Partnership

BostonAir Group

LSTC Group


Greater Gabbard Offshore

Woodhouse Wind


Clydesdale Bank



Association British Ports

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Insolvency practitioners make up the majority of Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's client base, which also includes creditors, banks, financial institutions and private equity investors. The department is particular active in the manufacturing, healthcare, transport, infrastructure and construction sectors and handles non-contentious and contentious restructuring and insolvency work. Practice head Azher Quyoom focuses on restructuring and turnaround work, and Christopher Harrison has niche expertise in the agricultural sector.

Practice head(s):

Azher Quyoom

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

Leonard Curtis Recovery


DFW Associates

Property litigation Tier 4

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP focuses its efforts on the retail sector and regularly acts for retail tenants, as well as property investors and owners. The firm's other sector expertise includes food, renewables and healthcare, while the group is also noted for its port expertise, which it leverages to advise on local Hull matters. Stephen Kell and Nick Dean jointly lead the group; Kell acts for owners of investment properties and business tenants, and Dean handles landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kell; Nick Dean


Andrew Jackson is a key firm in the East Yorkshire and Hull region for contentious property matters‘.

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Carpetright plc/Storey Carpets Limited

Wykeland Group Limited/Bridgeland Developments Limited/Watergate Developments Limited

Bretby (GP) LLP/Centurion Asset Management Limited

Kick School Group

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Greyhawk Propco No. 1 Limited

Gleeson Generation Limited

Wren Kitchens Limited/The West Retail Group Limited

Shipping Tier 5

Hull-based offering Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP handles an array of contentious and non-contentious shipping work. On the contentious side, the team handles charterparty disputes, carriage disputes, speed, collision and performance claims. Non-contentious expertise includes commercial contract work and sale and purchase transactions. It advises Blue Water Shipping on various contracts relating to the transport, handling and storage of 113,000 pipes required for the £40m Nord Stream 2 project. The team also houses a dedicated marine and fisheries unit, which is led by Andrew Oliver.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Ward

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Oliver; Sarah Pether; Paul Newbon

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Braemar Group

SMS Towage

Blue Water Shipping

Maritime Coastguard Agency

Jotun Paints (Europe)

Tindall Riley

Founded in Hull in 1874, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP offers client-focussed 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
Mr Martin Collingwood  photo Mr Martin Collingwood Associate
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
Mr Peter Duffus  photo Mr Peter Duffus Partner
Mr Rikki Foster  photo Mr Rikki Foster Solicitor
Mr Andrew Funnell  photo Mr Andrew Funnell Head of Corporate, Partner
Mr Daniel Hammond  photo Mr Daniel Hammond Associate
Mr Richard Hoare  photo Mr Richard Hoare Head of Private Client, Partner
Mr Jody Horth  photo Mr Jody Horth Partner
Mrs Marie Kell  photo Mrs Marie Kell Head of Commercial & IP, Partner
Mr Stephen Kell  photo Mr Stephen Kell Partner
Mr Richard Mays  photo Mr Richard Mays Partner
 Paul Newbon photo Paul Newbon Assoiciate
Mr Andrew Oliver  photo Mr Andrew Oliver Partner
 Sarah Pether photo Sarah Pether Associate
Mr Geoff Phillips  photo Mr Geoff Phillips Partner
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
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
Mrs Adele Wilkinson  photo Mrs Adele Wilkinson Partner
Number of UK partners : 32
Number of other UK fee-earners : 48