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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

MARINA COURT, CASTLE STREET, HULL, HU1 1TJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01482 325242
Fax:
Fax 01482 212974
DX:
11920 HULL-1
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Web:
www.andrewjackson.co.uk

Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

The 'incredibly pragmatic' transport team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP 'punches well above its weight' and competes with 'much larger shipping practices in London'. The group, known for its marine and shipping expertise, was instructed by India Streamship on the $90m sale of the four-strong Indian Flag tanker fleet. It also acts for SMS Towage on several significant transactions, including on the purchase of two vessels with a combined value €5.8m. The 'extremely knowledgeable, efficient and commercial' practice head Dominic Ward specialises in dry shipping law, cargo work and international trade agreements. Ward led advice to Blue Water Shipping A/S Denmark in a multi-jurisdictional matter involving various contracts relating to the transport, handling and storage of pipes required for the £40m Nord Stream 2 project. Leading the sea fisheries, regulatory and marine environment group, the 'very smart and exceptionally practical' Andrew Oliver continues to represent Lynn Shellfish in settlement discussions relating to a dispute regarding ownership of fishing grounds in The Wash, following a successful appeal to the Supreme Court. Jeff Swales is also recommended, particularly in investigations and prosecutions by the Police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. Associated British Ports, Braemar Group and Maritime Coastguard Agency are all clients of the practice.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is recognised for its expertise in the dairy, food, engineering, renewable and technology sectors acting for a client roster that includes Pipers Crisps, Seven Seas, Bostonair Group, East Coast Construction and Henderson Insurance Brokers. In a recent highlight, practice head and MBO specialist Andrew Funnell led advice to the shareholders of Heron Food Group on its sale to B&M; he also assisted the shareholders of Pattesons Glass with its takeover by Industrial Packaging Group. Other noteworthy names include senior consultant Martin Whitehead, who is recommended for agricultural work; M&A specialist Mark Pearson-Kendall, commercial team head Marie Kell, who advised H&R Healthcare on its acquisition of shares in Pretty Legs Holdings; and Nicholas Scott, who handles corporate finance projects. The department also work closely with its York office, which fields M&A expert Philip Ashworth and Matthew Smith.

Leading individuals

Andrew Funnell - Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nicholas Scott - Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and practical advice’ that is ‘always delivered in a pragmatic manner and hits all the commercial points the client hopes for’ making it ‘easily one of the best in Hull for commercial disputes’. Hugh Smith leads the group and is highly recommended for mediation work, shareholder and director disputes, professional negligence claims, injunctions, restrictive covenants and economic torts. Other key names include Nick Dean, who handles commercial and property disputes; Jeff Swales, who is experienced in health and safety prosecutions; Peter Duffus and insolvency specialist Christopher Harrison in the firm’s Scarborough office. Recent highlights include representing Kingstown Works in a damages claim relating to road sweepers, acting for a manufacturer of temporary harbour facilities in a dispute regarding whether there was liability on a multinational corporation under the terms of agreement covering the manufacture and installation of a temporary harbour, and acting for the trustees of the Westerby Pension Fund in a construction dispute involving a dilapidations claim and structural engineering issues. BHP Chartered Accountants, Associated British Ports and Carpetright are also clients.

Leading individuals

Hugh Smith - Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is ‘outstanding on all fronts when it comes to client care’ and ‘dominates the market in East Yorkshire’ thanks to ‘an ability to constantly stay on top of all the major relevant issues its clients face’. The group's expertise encompasses corporate and real estate finance work with a niche specialism in ship finance. Recent mandates include advising NatWest on the refinancing of an agri-business and the provision of two further facilities to fund the acquisition of two farms; Rabobank, Svenska Handelsbanken, RBS, National Westminster Bank and HSBC are also clients. Andrew Funnell leads the department, which includes ship finance expert Andrew Oliver, Nicholas Scott, and Philip Ashworth, who is ‘an excellent communicator making him very easy to work with’.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s recently established department is ‘quickly setting itself up in the region as one of the go-to firms, particularly in Hull and East Yorkshire’ with the recruitment of ‘excellent professional’ Christopher Harrison in 2016 following the firm’s merger with Scarborough-based legacy firm MJ Harrison Solicitors and Azher Quyoom joining from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2017; clients praise Quyoom as ‘a true expert that really knows his stuff and applies his highly technical knowledge in a practical and commercial way’. Key areas of expertise for Quyoom include the manufacturing, healthcare, transport, infrastructure and construction sectors while Harrison is experienced in the agricultural field and property arena.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire
Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is an 'excellent all-round firm' that provides 'good value for money'. The 'commercially aware' team, headed by Jonathan Dale, acts for national and international companies across the UK and boasts particular expertise in the ports, logistics, transport and shipping sectors as well as in the food manufacturing and retail industry. Highlight included acting for Triton Power on the acquisition of its UK power station business by Energy Capital Partners, which involved assisting with TUPE issues as well as amending all employment and governance documents.  The  'very commercial and knowledgeable' Mary Walker is 'technically very good' and supported the corporate team advising Heron Foods on employment aspects relating to the sale of the company to B&M Stores. In an example of the practices capabilities in disputes, it successfully defended Wren Kitchens in an age discrimination claim relating to the company's recruitment process.  

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

The 'niche' health and safety team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is known for its 'excellent' representation of clients in the shipping and transport space. The 'incredibly pragmatic' practice assists clients in investigations and prosecutions from the Police and agencies such as the HSE, MCA and the Environment Agency. The 'exceptionally practical' Andrew Oliver  has been highlighted as being the 'complete package' with 'few others having his experience and knowledge' of health and safety matters in shipping and transport. Litigator Jeff Swales  has a depth of experience handling inquests and prosecutions arising from fatal accidents across a range of industries. In addition to transport sector clients, the team also advises local, regional and national businesses in manufacturing, waste management, higher education and renewable energy.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

The 'enthusiastic and knowledgeable team' at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is 'known for its efficiency and pragmatism' in agricultural matters. York-based Helen Mellors represents landed estates in a diverse range of matters and has taken over from Martin Whitehead as head of the practice. Whitehead remains at the firm as a consultant. Other key names include Andrew Oliver, who has expertise advising on pollution and waste consenting procedures, Kevin Webster for tax and trust work and Peter Duffus for disputes. The 'prompt and proactive'Christopher Harrison - who is primarily based in the Scarborough office - is also recommended for his 'very practical and professional approach' particularly in land purchases and disposals and agricultural tenancies.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's charities unit regularly acts for local and regional not-for-profit organisations on governance and compliance matters. With a strong combination of charity and corporate law experience, associate Daniel Hammond heads up the team which regularly advises clients on establishing charitable structures, including successful registration of organisations initially refused charity status; winding-up charities and transferring charitable activities. A multidisciplinary team continues to advise The Viola Trust on a range of matters including compliance, shipping and maritime law, and implementation of the GDPR and its application to charities. In another work highlight, the practice leveraged the firm's renewable energy sector expertise in setting up the not-for-profit regional development organisation, Grimsby Renewables Partnership, which included drafting bespoke articles of association on incorporation.

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

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

The 'professional, approachable and knowledgeable' disputed wills and inheritance team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP  attracts praise for its 'widespread expertise' and 'sensible approach to getting matters resolved as quickly and comprehensively as possible'. The 'pragmatic and unflappable' Peter Duffus heads up the litigation and dispute resolution department and regularly represents individuals in contentious trust and probate matters. The group has particular expertise acting in relation to disputed wills involving medical issues,  Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 cases and matters involving estoppel arguments. Duffus is able to draw on the expertise of the firms wills, trusts and tax planning specialists in complex matters.

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Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire
Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

The family law practice at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is the 'firm of choice for this type of work in East Yorkshire'. The team is often instructed in complex financial issues arising from divorce, involving cross-border elements, and additionally offers family mediation and arbitration; deals with children matters under private law; and represents clients in cohabitation claims, including in TLATA proceedings The 'very knowledgeable' Richard Hoare heads the private client team and is recommended for his 'calm and assured manner' in handling financial claims on separation or divorce. Other key names include Adele Wilkinson, who has a strong family mediation practice, Sally-Anne Neal, and new addition, paralegal Debbie Gibbons, who has over 15 years of family law experience.

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

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP  Hull's ‘professional, approachable and knowledgeable’ tax, trust and wills department has significant expertise in succession and lifetime planning for high-net-worth individuals. It also handles Court of Protection matters. The team, led by Kevin Webster, is praised for its ‘sensible approach to getting matters resolved as quickly and comprehensively as possible’. Another key name to note is associate Deborah Gilpin who frequently acts for high net worth individuals in estate planning and administration. Litigator Peter Duffus is also recommended.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Recent highlights for Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP include advising on the installation of a cable infrastructure system for an offshore wind farm development and acting for various vessel owners on issues relating to wind farm support vehicles. The department also has experience in the construction of anaerobic digestion facilities, quayside bulk materials handling facilities for coal and biofuels, pipeline installations and energy-from-waste projects. Andrew Oliver leads the practice and is a marine renewable energy specialist; other practitioners include Stephen Unwin, who specialises in wind farms and other renewables projects; construction expert Martin Collingwood and commercial property specialist Janice Rawlings. The team’s client roster includes Dong Energy, Associated British Ports, SSE and Woodhouse Wind.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire
Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge’, particularly regarding development projects in the retail, food and healthcare sectors. Practice co-head Richard Mays specialises in acting for retailers and developers; he recently led advice to Associated British Ports on the redevelopment of the Green Port Hull and Siemens' letting of Alexandra Dock, and assisted Kensington and Edinburgh Estates with the redevelopment of a property in Islington for a mixed-use scheme. Other highlights included acting for Wykeland Group on its sale of a site to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and advising Watergate Developments on the development and lettings of @theDock in Hull. Clients also single out co-head Paul Barker, Stephen Unwin, who is praised for his ‘commercial awareness, attention to detail and speed of response’, Chris Waterhouse, who primarily acts for property developers, Amanda Fenton, who handles investment acquisition work, and Adrian West. The practice also leverages its new Scarborough office with Christopher Harrison assisting with agricultural properties and rural issues.

Leading individuals

Paul Barker - Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Richard Mays - Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s ‘commercially minded team’ is ‘an absolute pleasure to deal with’ and is active in the retail space, where it advises on property portfolio issues and development work. Richard Mays and Paul Barker jointly lead the group; clients praise Mays as ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ and single out Barker for his ‘excellent technical skills and highly personable approach’. Stephen Kell and Nick Dean are also recognised for their ‘understanding of the market’; both are recommended for landlord and tenant work. Recent highlights include representing an individual in a right of access dispute and acting for the trustees of the Westerby Pension Fund in a dilapidation claim. Associated British Ports, Carpetright and Heron Foods are also clients.

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