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Langleys Solicitors LLP

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Langleys Solicitors LLP's team distinguishes itself through ‘excellent knowledge and timeliness’, according to clients. Françoise Vandale heads up the practice, which advises its farming client base on the full range of agri-property and tenancy matters. Areas of specialist knowledge include agricultural tenancies, mineral and renewable-related instructions, pipelines and other easements, as well as residential and commercial development opportunities. Succession planning (namely agricultural and business reliefs) is also an area of focus for the team.

Family Tier 1

Recommended for its ‘prompt and personal attention’, Langleys Solicitors LLP's team handles divorces, financial disputes, Schedule 1 and TOLATA applications, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The firm is also home to a specialist team for child-related instructions, which undertakes domestic abuse cases alongside public and private law matters. John Conlon heads the group, which demonstrates experience in representing high-net-worth and agricultural clients. A significant number of mandates involve businesses, trusts or an international element.


They provide prompt and personal attention with a practical approach’.

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Peter Horner leads Langleys Solicitors LLP's practice, which is sought-out for advice on mixed-use development projects in the East Midlands, East Anglia and Greater London. In addition to acting for developers, the firm also generates a strong flow of work from investors and landowners as well. Beyond development work, landlord and tenant matters, and portfolio transactions, are among other drivers of mandates.

Key clients

University of Lincoln

Melbourne Holdings Limited

Lincoln College

Specialist Heat Exchangers Limited

Jackson & Jackson Developments Limited

Thonock & Somerby Estate

Hoval Limited

Taylors Service Garages (Boston) Limited

Thames Ambulance Services Limited

Saracens Securities Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Langleys Solicitors LLP is home to an ‘excellent trust and probate team’. It is acclaimed for its ‘in-depth knowledge of inheritance tax’, particularly in relation to the agricultural sector and business relief. It also has expertise in capital gains tax and onshore trusts, as well as elderly client and Court of Protection work. David Wood and Amy Allison lead the practice, which is also sought out for complex wills. Amanda Voakes departed to join Chattertons.


Amy Allinson  is brilliant. Hester Mills is exceptional

David Wood has a wealth of knowledge in inheritance tax, planning and private client work. He can engage with clients, helping them to understand the actions being taken, whilst providing an overall professional pragmatic approach to IHT and will planning‘.

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 3

At Langleys Solicitors LLP, the practice is led by James Henson, who is primarily based in York but also spends a significant portion of time supporting the Lincoln office. The lead partner in Lincoln is Richard Tomlinson, who joined in January 2019 from Lawson-West in Leicester. Tomlinson works with associate Adrian Lyon to advise businesses and individuals on contract disputes, professional negligence claims, breaches of directors' duties, shareholder disputes and the enforcement of restrictive covenants, among other matters. Graeme Stenson moved to Adie Pepperdine Limited

Education Tier 3

Langleys Solicitors LLP advises nurseries, local authorities, independent schools, colleges and universities on a broad range of education-related matters. Academy conversions are a particular speciality, with the team handling all aspects of the conversion process. Additional types of work undertaken include advising on property and commercial issues, parental and student disputes, admissions and exclusions. Practice head Kate Hindmarch is an expert in employment matters.


Their advice is always sound and pragmatic, based on a good understanding of business context and needs‘.

Aleksandra Flack and Kate Hindmarch are extremely competent, responsive, professional and personable‘.

Key clients

Priory Federation of Academies Trust

Gorse Academies Trust

Lincoln College Group

University of Lincoln

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Langleys Solicitors LLP's insolvency and corporate recovery practice is led out of its Lincoln office by David Tonge, who has more than 25 years of experience in this discipline. Since the inception of the practice in 2004, the firm has built up a significant client following among insolvency practitioners, secured and unsecured creditors, and debtors and their associates.

Key clients

RSM Restructuring and Advisory LLP

Begbies Traynor


Dains LLP

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions

John Harlow Insolvency

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Langleys Solicitors LLPstands out’ through its ‘focus on the individual needs of the client throughout the duration of the claim’. The team, headed by Andrew Cragg, handles a broad caseload of clinical negligence matters ranging from those of low value to maximum severity claims. Delays in diagnosis, preventable suicides and surgical errors are among the areas of expertise, as are brain injuries. Helen Rundle and Helen Murphy were both recently promoted to senior associate.


Helen Murphy is a very careful and organised legal executive. She has the Langleys knack of knowing when a case is likely to succeed‘.

They are extremely responsive to queries and comments and are focused on what is best for the client at all times‘.

It feels like nothing is too much; they always have time to discuss matters and are very supportive‘.


Employment Tier 4

Langleys Solicitors LLP advises employers and employees alike on the full spectrum of employment-related matters. Core strengths include tribunal claims, executive terminations and employment issues on business transfers and strategic projects. Kate Hindmarch heads up the team, which is particularly noted for representing a number of clients in the education sector; it has a notably strong track record of acting for local academies.

Key clients

Priory Federation of Academies Trust

Lincoln College

R.H.Smith & Sons Ltd

AAR International

Lincolnshire Action Trust

Damons Restaurant (UK) Ltd

Saria Plc

Long Clawson Dairy Ltd

Finlay Beverages

Thames Ambulance Service Limited

Langleys is a major UK law firm offering a full range of legal services with offices in Lincoln and York. As well as being a leading name in these two key regional cities, Langleys has extended its reach far and wide to include the commercial hubs of Leeds, Nottingham and beyond, and has a growing national influence and client base.

Langleys has shown the foresight to build on trusted traditions while embracing innovative approaches to technology and adopting a strategic approach to social media. It strives to deliver a first-class service to meet the most exacting requirements of its clients, whether that client is a major conglomerate or local farmer.

Langleys values approachability and a commitment to building lasting relationships with clients. It has ambitious plans to increase revenue and to achieve sustainable and profitable growth. The firm embraces change and is investing in commoditised areas of the business while placing quality and clients at the heart of everything it does.

The firm: Langleys has a robust management structure that enables the firm to use its business acumen to identify opportunities for growth and navigate the challenges of a competitive market and economy.

Langleys’ IT is built on the latest virtual technologies and storage architecture to ensure a consistent and efficient service. The firm’s commitment to a constant cycle of review and improvement is key to ensuring it continues to provide clients with the highest quality service.

Langleys has achieved the information security certification ISO 27001:2013, as well as re-accreditation by Lexcel and Investors in People.

Types of work undertaken: The firm has divided its business into three key divisions: commercial, private and insurance. Each division focuses on its individual strategy as well as the operational development of its services. This structure ensures that the services the firm provides are responsive to client needs and market developments.

Commercial: the commercial team provides a comprehensive service to business, including corporate, dispute resolution, regulatory, employment, finance, property litigation and commercial property. Exceptionally well connected in its market, the division aims to identify the best solutions for its clients’ commercial objectives delivered in the right timescale and at the agreed cost.

The division has gained a reputation for first-class service at competitive prices. Its market share increases year on year, helped by the wide ranging experience of the team attracting significant new client gains. An example of this includes its success in advising schools on conversion to academy status.

Insurance: enjoying a national reputation, the division has an impressive client list and acts on a nationwide basis for a growing client base which includes loss adjusters and local authorities. The division is based in York and comprises specialist units for key insurance sectors such as casualty, catastrophic and large-loss claims, disease, motor and public sector. The increased profile of the division has ensured its continued growth which last year saw a 9.9% increase in revenue.

Private: the division has an enviable reputation in private client and agriculture with a following established over many years. This continues to develop alongside its growing expertise in specialist areas such as rural affairs, landed estates and trust and inheritance issues.

The division has a respected family team with expertise not only in divorce and separation, but also in child law, adoption and mediation. The claimant clinical negligence and personal injury team continues to expand, boasting a service that has a reputation for high-quality advice and attention to detail.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner David Thompson
Defendant Insurance Claims David Thompson (York)
Company Commercial Christian Hunt (York)
Family/Matrimonial Mark Day (York & Lincoln)
Claimant Personal Injury Andrew Cragg (Lincoln)
Clinical Negligence Andrew Cragg (Lincoln)
Wills & Probate Andrew Fearn (Lincoln)
Agriculture Andrew Fearn (Lincoln)
Dispute Resolution James Henson (York & Lincoln)
Finance Law David Tonge (Lincoln)
Employment Kate Hindmarch (Lincoln)
Employment Mini Setty (York)
Commercial Property Tim Cross (York)
Commercial Property Peter Horner (Lincoln)
Child Law John Conlon (Lincoln)
Child Law Sheelagh Coles (York)
Property Litigation James Henson (York & Lincoln)
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr John Conlon  photo Mr John Conlon
Mr Andrew Cragg  photo Mr Andrew Cragg
Mr Andrew Fearn  photo Mr Andrew Fearn
Mr Robin Foyster  photo Mr Robin Foyster
 Samantha Gray  photo Samantha Gray
 Kate Hindmarch  photo Kate Hindmarch
Mr Peter Horner  photo Mr Peter Horner
 Sarah Miles  photo Sarah Miles
Mrs Sally-Ann Robinson  photo Mrs Sally-Ann Robinson
Mr Graeme Stenson  photo Mr Graeme Stenson
Mr David Tonge  photo Mr David Tonge
Mr David Wood  photo Mr David Wood
Number Of Partners : 31
Number Of Other Fee-Earners : 153