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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 6

Freeths LLP

Dahren Naidoo and Andy Francey jointly head Freeths LLP’s department, which ‘works well with clients to be responsive and adaptable to their needs and builds confidence and value in every possible way’. Naidoo handles private equity transactions and M&A work while Francey assists with investments and M&A; clients praise Francey for his ‘clear expertise, incredible knowledge and commercial understanding’. Recent highlights include advising the management team of Zyro Fisher on a secondary private equity investment supported by Palatine Private Equity, assisting Neom with an investment from Piper Private Equity and acting for Filmore and Union on an investment by the British Growth Fund.

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Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

At Freeths LLP, practice head Peter Crawford is ‘a great listener and invests time into knowing his clients to better understand the direction they want to take’ and ‘makes clients feel at ease with his approach and professionalism which helps matters get completed quicker’. Crawford’s recent work includes advising The Floow on a minority investment by Direct Line Group, Fosun and United Electronics totalling £13m, assisting Jordan with its sale of European Oat Millers to Richardson International, and acting for Freethsshef26 on the management buy-in of Alca Fasteners. SCX, InfoTrack Group and Carepoty Advisory Services are also clients. Senior associate Lisa Wallis is also a name to note.

Leading individuals

Peter Crawford - Freeths LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP fields ‘a team of thorough, motivated and knowledgeable individuals who go the extra mile and are a pleasure to work with’. Key areas of expertise for the group include corporate and property transactions, M&A work, private equity fund structuring and tax litigation. In a recent highlight, Adrian Hackett  advised on the structuring of the Fair by Design Venture Fund, and acted for Celox Management on the restructuring and establishment of a UK management company. In another highlight Claire Boyce assisted the shareholders of Monica Healthcare with its sale to GE Healthcare.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Freeths LLP

James Hartley heads the department at Freeths LLP, which also fields Lindsey Clegg, who has ‘excellent attention to detail’; Hartley’s work includes group actions, competition work, finance litigation and professional negligence claims while Clegg regularly works on cross-border litigation. Hartley recently acted for over 550 sub-postmasters in a claim against the Post Office regarding damages incurred following a failure of the computer system resulting in staff having to repay sums in the form of alleged shortfalls, and Clegg represented Onur Air in proceedings arising from the catastrophic mid-flight failure of an aircraft engine leased by the client. Peerless Europe, North Tyneside Council and Travis Perkins Group are also clients.

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Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Key names in Freeths LLP’s recently expanded Sheffield practice include team head James Hartley, who also works in the Leeds office; James Berry, who joined from Irwin Mitchell in 2018; senior associate Mark Gudgeon, who joined from CMS Sheffield; and associate Lisa Greenstreet, who has experience in the manufacturing and retail sectors. In a recent highlight, Hartley acted for over 550 postmasters in litigation against the Post Office relating to damages incurred following the failure of its computer system resulting in staff having to repay sums in the form of alleged shortfalls. Travis Perkins Group, Aldo, Peerless Europe and North Tyneside Council are also clients.

Leading individuals

James Hartley - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Berry - Freeths LLP

Mark Gudgeon - Freeths LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

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

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP ‘is able to deliver the perfect solution no matter the situation’ with a particular focus on restructurings and non-contentious corporate insolvency; it recently advised Wilson Field on the appointment of the joint administrators of Qube Managed Services and its pre-packaged sale, assisted Coveris with its acquisition of a manufacturing site from Gelpack Industrial and Gelpack Excelsior, which are both in administration; and acted for Begbies Traynor on the appointment of joint administrators of Gourmet Game and the pre-pack sale of the company’s stock. Clients praise group head Oliver Jackson as ‘one of the most proficient and commercially minded insolvency lawyers in Sheffield’ with ‘exceptional knowledge and interpretation of the law’.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Jones Myers LLP  have a 'very strong' contentious trusts and probate team, boasting 'good experience' and 'a practical and commercial approach'. The 'tenacious' and 'very amiable' Laura Short previously headed up the practice but recently left to join Freeths LLP. The group acts for private individuals in high value Inheritance Act claims, validity disputes, propriety estoppel, constructive trust claims, administration and trust disputes.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

Freeths LLP

At Freeths LLP, Liz Banks has ‘a reliable and friendly approach’ that allows for ‘a great level of service that sets the firm apart’. Banks and Matthew Thompson jointly lead the department, which provides the full range of commercial property advice including property management work, development issues, sales and acquisitions, and investment matters. Banks’ recent work includes advising Leeds City Council on its disposal of various brownfield sites, assisting Travis Perkins with portfolio management work, and acting for Wickes Building Supplies on refurbishment issues; while Thompson handled the development and letting of a retail and leisure scheme for Opus Land, and advised Gregory Projects on the purchase, development and sale of a site. Eshton Developments, Glentrool Estates Group and Marsdens Developments are also clients.

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Environment - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

The main contact at Freeths LLP for contentious and non-contentious issues is Penny Simpson , who has substantial expertise surrounding protected species, nature conservation sites, wildlife law, water law and environmental impact assessments. Other noteworthy practitioners include senior associate Nicola Power , who specialises in the development, waste, mining and minerals sectors.

Leading individuals

Penny Simpson - Freeths LLP

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