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Freeths LLP

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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 5

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP handles M&A, private equity work, financing and corporate restructuring and reorganisation transactions for its diverse client roster, which includes owner-managed businesses, SMEs and national public and private companies. Dahren Naidoo jointly heads up the team with Andy Francey, who has particular experience handling bank refinancings in the leisure sector.

Practice head(s):Dahren Naidoo; Andy Francey


'The Freeths team demonstrates a personable service and a holistic approach to dealing with legal matters. It is able to break down an idea into a logical legal roadmap and implement an idea into a solid agreement that captures what the client needs. What makes it unique is its personable, logical, holistic approach to matters backed by various legal expertise in the one firm, that can be conveniently accessed.'

'Andy Francey from the commercial law division stands out with his logical approach to resolving complex legal matters, coupled with his personable approach and ability to deliver outstanding service on a tight time line, within the budget originally estimated.'

'The individuals at Freeths are approachable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful. They often go the extra mile without being asked in order to deliver the best outcome for the client, and the speed of response is excellent.'

'Dahren Naidoo thinks laterally and proactively tests and challenges the business rationale for a particular action in the context of the legal framework. He manages the project and team cost effectively and on time, and delivers sound advice in a timely fashion and acts very much as a critical friend to the business. He is very highly regarded and the 'go-to' corporate lawyer for M&A, with first-class associates and junior lawyers in support.'

Key Clients

Eddie Stobart

Linley & Simpson



Peratech Holdco

Hague SR


Arie Capital

Arie Tech LLP

Filmore and Union

Knightsbridge Mergers and Acquistions PTY

Work highlights

  • Advised Eddie Stobart Logistics on its £52.8m acquisition of the pallet distribution business, The Pallet Network.
  • Assisted Linley & Simpson with a £10m investment from LDC.
  • Advised the trustees of Southerns on its £42.5m acquisition of Styles and Wood including the related disposal of Southerns to a vehicle formed for the acquisition.
  • Instructed by the shareholders of The Car Buying Group to advise on its sale to Aston Barclay.
  • Advised Hague SR on its purchase of the entire issued share capital of Venture Business Forms Group.

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

Freeths LLP

The team at Freeths LLP handles a breadth of transactions for its client base, which encompasses SMEs and large corporates; the group also has particular experience acting for manufacturing, engineering and high-growth technology businesses. Practice head Peter Crawford and senior associate Lisa Wallis are key names to note and have experience handling corporate deals and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):Peter Crawford

Other key lawyers:Lisa Wallis


'Working with the team at Freeths is a complete delight. It is always innovative and quick to respond to any issue, which certainly helps calm tricky situations.'

'Peter Crawford is reliable, super professional and makes an effort to feel like he is part of the client's company.'

Key Clients

The Floow

The InfoTrack Group

Careport Group

The Arkote Group


Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Whitespace Technology

Pro Display TM

Osmond Capital

Various Eateries Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the Arkote Group on its acquisition of Zanogen.
  • Assisted the Careport Group with multiple care home acquisitions.
  • Advised the InfoTrack Group on all aspects of its restructuring.
  • Advised a provider of co-working spaces on a significant investment by a FTSE-listed plc.
  • Acted for the management of a South Yorkshire-based manufacturer on its £9m MBO.
Leading individuals

Peter Crawford - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

Lisa Wallis - Freeths LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's tax practice is instructed on the tax elements of a range of corporate and real estate transactions including M&A, project finance work and the structuring of private equity funds. It benefits from the ability to leverage its national network in large instructions. Nottingham-based Bob Neal heads the team, which includes Adrian Hackett in Sheffield.

Practice head(s):Bob Neal

Other key lawyers:Adrian Hackett

Key Clients

Eddie Stobart

Linley & Simpson


Hague SR Limited


Xceed Group Limited

JGA Group Limited

Majenta PLM Limited

Flomax Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Eddie Stobart Logistics on the acquisition of The Pallet Network.
  • Acted for Linley & Simpson on the £10m investment from LDC.
  • Advised Fleetondemand on a £5m investment from a private equity fund.
  • Acted for Hague SR on its acquisition of Venture Business Forms Group.
  • Assisted Xceed Group with its sale of shares to Wavestone.

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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

Freeths LLP handles a range of issues including international dispute resolution and arbitration, trusts, estates and private litigation, pensions matters, competition litigation and insurance sector claims. James Hartley, who has expertise in litigation funding, heads the team, which includes Lindsey Clegg, who is frequently instructed in cross-border commercial disputes, and legal director Stephen Lewis, who has particular expertise in insurance litigation. The team benefits from the addition of senior associate Laura Short, a trusts and estates dispute specialist, who joined from Jones Myers LLP.

Practice head(s):James Hartley

Other key lawyers:Lindsey Clegg; Stephen Lewis; Laura Short


'Freeths LLP's dispute resolution team has been making an impact on the Leeds legal market and is developing a reputation for handling some good work.'

'The individuals at Freeths are clearly experts in their field.'

'Freeths LLP's dispute resolution practice provides customers the best answer for the best value for money, with no hint of complacency.'

'The litigation team at Freeths LLP  is very personable, easy to work and communicate with, and combines good team spirit with a competent professional approach to issues.'

'Freeths LLP has excellent technical skills and awareness of the law, combined with a practical approach to cases and a very pragmatic approach to solving the problem at hand and finding the solution for the client.'

'Senior associate Laura Short is very on the ball, technically excellent and a great advocate to have fighting your corner.'

Key Clients

Peerless Europe

North Tyneside Council

Onur Air T.S.

Work highlights

  • Acting for over 550 sub-postmasters, against Post Office regarding alleged faults in the Post Office’s national computer system, Horizon.
  • Represented Onur Air in its defence of Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the catastrophic failure of an aircraft engine leased to it by a major aviation lessor.
  • Advised a client in a claim for breach of trust and account of profits arising out of the wrongful division of business revenues and the misappropriation of a portfolio of properties.
  • Successfully resolved a long-running family partnership and trust dispute.
  • Representing a Brazilian subsidiary of a UK manufacturer in an £11m dispute arising out of the manufacture and distribution of heavy plant for the oil and gas industry.

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

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP handles a variety of contentious matters ranging from shareholder and partnership disputes to public procurement challenges, contractual claims, insolvency matters and reputation management work. James Hartley, who splits his time between the Leeds and Sheffield offices, heads up the team alongside the 'super smart' James Berry, who attracts praise for being 'very personable and quick on the uptake' and focuses on the manufacturing, construction and technology sectors. Senior associate Mark Gudgeon acts for clients in a range of commercial disputes including public procurement challenges.

Practice head(s):James Hartley; James Berry

Other key lawyers:Mark Gudgeon; Ciaran Dearden


'Freeths LLP commercial litigation team provides a very professional and pleasant approach to clients.'

'Freeths LLP is an excellent choice for anyone (claimant or defendant) who requires advice or representation in commercial disputes, whether in Yorkshire or indeed nationally.'

'Freeths LLP's dispute resolution team is very experienced, competent, professional and good value.'

'Freeths LLP's provides partner-led client engagement with a broad range of specialist areas and an effective network of wider business contacts.'

'Freeths LLP litigation team provides clear advice, unwavering support, genuine interest in the client's business, unprompted updates and engagement.'

'James Hartley has a great reputation in Yorkshire for commercial litigation.'

'James Berry is quick to respond and is able to confidently and concisely provide sound advice that is understandable and clear to a lay person.'

'James Berry is absolutely first rate — he is highly intelligent, strong analytically and strategically, extremely hardworking and excellent with clients.'

'James Berry is the man you want on your side in commercial litigation; he is the complete package.'

'Associate Ciaran Dearden is one to watch as he is smart, diligent and dedicated to the client's interests.'

Key Clients

Global Technologies Racing Limited

MGS Technical Plastics Limited

Paragon Quality Foods Limited

Additive Manufacturing Technologies Limited

Advanced Alloy Services Limited

Solpro Manufacturing Limited

C Spencer Limited

EMP Technologies Limited

EMC Solihull MBC


Healthcare Business Solutions (UK) Limited

FISC Limited

Engie Fabricom UK Limited

Zoll Medical UK Limited

EMC Melton Borough Council

Rafico Engineering Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Global Technologies Racing in a dispute relating to the manufacturing of hydro-foils for use in the round the world yacht race, The Vendee Globe.
  • Represented Jacobs in a case brought by Marston challenging the public procurement process taken by The Ministry of Justice in awarding five regional contracts for national enforcement and debt collection services, two of which had been awarded to Jacobs.
  • Acted for a metropolitan borough authority in a public procurement challenge brought by a prominent waste provider.
  • Advised a metropolitan borough authority in human rights and personal injury claims brought by two minors relating to the authority's alleged failure to place them into care early enough to avoid psychological harm.
Leading individuals

James Hartley - Freeths LLP

Next Generation Partners

James Berry - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

Mark Gudgeon - Freeths LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

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

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP focuses on complex restructurings and non-contentious corporate insolvencies for clients in a variety of sectors including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, property and banking. Insolvency practitioners, accountants, banks, creditors, corporates and individuals make up the team's client roster nationally. Oliver Jackson heads up the group.

Practice head(s):Oliver Jackson


'Freeths fields a great team, who all work together to achieve the desired outcome'.

'The team is growing its profile in the local market, becoming increasingly visible'.

'Oliver Jackson is very thorough and provides a fantastic service'.

Key Clients


Begbies Traynor

Wilson Field

Leonard Curtis

The Springs Partnership (Graywoods)

Abbey Taylor

BHP Clough Corporate Solutions

Restart BTI

ELS Advisory

Maxim IP

Work highlights

  • Advising Begbies Traynor on the appointment of the joint administrators of Betterware, a home shopping and direct retail company.
  • Acting for Wilson Field on the administration of Bridal Fashions, including protecting the company's assets.
  • Assisting Begbies Traynor with the appointment of the joint administrators of Wilchap 564, trading as Vulpine, and the pre-pack sale of its business and assets to the North Lane Group.
  • Advising Leonard Curtis on the appointment of administrators of Orchid Plastics and the pre-pack sale of the company and its assets.
  • Acting for Begbies Traynor on the appointment of the joint administrators of Mann Power Consulting and the pre-pack sale of its business and assets.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP acts for a range of clients spanning family-owned businesses, SMEs, large corporates and public sector clients. The team was established following the arrival of practice head Nigel Bolton and Kim Jones in November 2017 from Irwin Mitchell. Bolton is frequently instructed on public sector outsourcings and advising trustees on scheme closures, mergers, data protection issues and scheme funding issues, while Jones has particular expertise assisting with scheme mergers and scheme wind-ups on a solvent and insolvent basis.

Practice head(s):Nigel Bolton

Other key lawyers:Kim Jones


'Freeths provide an excellent, pragmatic and practical pension legal service to middle-market businesses at a very competitive price.'

'Nigel Bolton is a very experienced pension lawyer with a strong commercial understanding of entrepreneurial and family businesses. His capability to devise practical solutions to pension legal problems is unsurpassed in the market.'

'Kim Jones has a great capability to communicate complex issues in a manner that is clearly understandable by trustees and senior management teams alike.'

'Nigel Bolton and Kim Jones provide an excellent service, responding quickly and sensibly to requests for advice.'

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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 4

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's real estate team focuses on commercial development, leisure and retail, public sector and pharmacy clients. Matthew Thompson leads the practice, and also leads on much of the team's most significant work in sectors including manufacturing, retail and leisure. Liz Banks is another notable name, leading the firm's local government team, with a focus on investment and development transactions.

Practice head(s):Matthew Thompson

Other key lawyers:Liz Banks

Key Clients



Travis Perkins

Glentrool Estates Group

Highgrove Group

Opus Land

S Harrison Developments

Leeds City Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Prestige Car Direct Properties

Imaan Ltd

Sharief Healthcare

Marsdens Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised Prestige Car Direct Properties on the proposed £50m development and letting of Fieldon Bridge Retail and Leisure Park.
  • Represented Leeds City Council in connection with the £20m redevelopment of a key site in Leeds city centre.
  • Represented Wickes on numerous property matters, including the development of new stores and portfolio management.
  • Represented Bishopdyke Enterprises Limited in the £4.5m sale and forward funding of a 50,000 sq ft unit at Sherburn2, Sherburn in Elmet to Vickers-Lee Holdings.
  • Advised Opus Land on the £10m development of a retail and leisure scheme at Llandudno.

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is noted for its contentious expertise, with a particular focus on the water, energy, utilities, engineering and technology sectors. The group has also recently handled a number of procurement processes. Joseph Hale and Rachael Yates jointly lead the department; Hale handles procurement work alongside his contentious expertise and Yates counts employers, contractors and subcontractors as clients.

Practice head(s):Rachael Yates; Joseph Hale


'Freeths' team of specialists gives thorough and sound advice. The small size of the team means clients have regular personal contact with partners, and everyone is willing to get stuck in to get things done. The team values personal relationships with clients and goes above and beyond to ensure that client expectations are met and provides a first-class service along the way'.

'Joseph Hale is an excellent contentious and non-contentious partner. He is very bright and knowledgeable on the law and gives sensible and clear advice. He is fun to work with and clients respect and trust him'.

Key Clients

Mott MacDonald Bentley

Vital Energi Utilities Limited


Amey Plc

Engie Fabricom

Delta Simons

Sarens (UK) Limited

Mayfair Developments and Properties Limited

GF Tomlinson and Sons Limited

Gyron Internet Limited

James Fisher Nuclear Limited

Kanfa Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Kanfa Group on its terms and conditions.
  • Defending Sarens (UK) Limited in a final account dispute relating to a subcontract with Cleveland Bridge UK Limited for works to install steel bridges.

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Environment - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is known for its work on complex development sites, handling issues relating to wildlife and the natural environment, water, waste and contaminated land work. The group also assists with permitting matters, environmental crime work, water and ground pollution incidents, transactional mandates and judicial reviews. Team leader Penny Simpson is an all-round environmental lawyer and counts developers, mineral, energy and water companies, charities and public sector bodies among her clients.

Practice head(s):Penny Simpson


'Penny Simpson is a well-known name in the environmental world and a go-to practitioner in the field'.

Key Clients

The States of Jersey Government

Howard Sawston Ltd

Naturespace Partnership Ltd

Thatchers Cider Company

Commercial Estates Group Ltd

Affinity Water Ltd

Morris Homes Ltd

Cornwall Council

Work highlights

  • Assisting The States of Jersey Government with the content and scope of its draft natural environment legislation.
  • Advising Howard Sawston Limited on the risk of liability, remediation and investigation works being made a condition of the planning permissions for a site in Sawston resulting from historic leather processing activities.
  • Securing seven protected species licences for Naturespace Partnership Ltd to protect species during the delivery of developments in the South Midlands.
  • Reviewing UK environmental legislation for Thatchers Cider Company Limited to inform advice on the regulatory requirements applicable to its operations and ongoing compliance.
  • Advising Commercial Estates Group Ltd on the conservation constraints that apply to its planning application strategy for a residential development.
Leading individuals

Penny Simpson - Freeths LLP

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