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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.

Practice head(s):

Françoise Vandale

Other key lawyers:

David Wood; Andrew Fearn

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.

Practice head(s):

John Conlon;

Other key lawyers:

Emma Lawler; Alison McGowan;


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.

Practice head(s):

Peter Horner

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.

Practice head(s):

David Wood; Amy Allison;


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

Practice head(s):

James Henson (York)

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Kate Hindmarch


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.

Practice head(s):

David Tonge

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cragg

Other key lawyers:


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.

Practice head(s):

Kate Hindmarch

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

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Langleys Solicitors LLP's recent organic growth has brought about a rebranding and an expansion into Manchester, where the new office will house eight to twelve insurance lawyers. The firm's York-based team is sought out by a national client base, both public and private, to deal with catastrophic and high profile claims, regulatory and counter-fraud matters. Practice head David Thompson is renowned for handling complex cases of chronic conditions, serious brain and spinal injuries, paraplegia, tetraplegia and amputations.

Practice head(s):

David Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Howitt


‘Unlike many corporate lawyers, Langleys understand economics and the importance of finding a simple solution to a complex matter.’

‘Langleys have an excellent team who build good relationships with insurers and provide a first class service to match their bigger rivals. I really rate them very highly; the quality of their people and the service they provide easily matches their bigger rivals in the defendant PI market.’

‘They are highly commercial and realistically minded. They understand insurers and their real priorities. They know how to provide swift valuations and swift solutions. Insurer clients speak very highly of their services.’

‘Langleys have specialisms in a number of different areas and in each area, deal with cases of high value. They have an impressive client list and from the most junior associate to the most senior partner, deliver a knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and friendly service. For a relatively small firm in the north of England, they deal with a large number of significant cases and are the equal of any of the larger London firms. Their strength in personal injury is particularly marked.’

‘Carol Dalton has an impressive knowledge of stress at work claims and is adept at dealing with the particular commercial and sensitive considerations of local authority clients. She is efficient and responsive, very approachable and is very adept at negotiating excellent settlements for her clients. She is very easy to work with and an excellent team player.’

‘Will Jones is an outstanding partner, who produces consistently good results for clients. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Tom Spring is a very bright and articulate lawyer. He always performs at the highest of standards. His instructions are a step above the rest and he performs at a consistently excellent level.’

‘Huw Edwards is a really first rate defendant PI lawyer who is superb with clients and has a very tactical and grounded approach to litigation. Fantastic to work with.’

‘Will Jones is an excellent partner who is fantastic to work with.

‘Emma Cahill is probably the best associate I deal with across all of the defendant personal injury firms. Incredibly hardworking and assiduous as well having an excellent knowledge in the field.’

‘David Thompson provides a prompt service and delivers excellent results. His work is detailed and thorough – an invaluable resource.’

Key clients

Syndicate 2525

Everest Syndicate 2786

Builders Direct S.A.

DTW 1991 Underwriting Limited

Brit Global Specialty

Tokio Marine Kiln

RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited

UK General Insurance

Rural Insurance

Aspen Insurance

North Yorkshire County Council


Pen Underwriting

Probitas 1492

Tokio Marine HCC

Vodafone Ltd

Aioi Nissay Dowa

Lyndon Scaffolding plc

City of York Council

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Langleys Solicitors LLP's department fields separate family and child law teams, which collectively handle the full range of family law issues. The family group specialises in divorce-related finance work, issues in the agricultural sector, trust work, cross-border matters and collaborative law. The child law team focuses on public law proceedings and is noted for its expertise in legal aid children work, publicly funded international cases and domestic abuse cases. Group co-heads Mark Day and William Kaye focus on the finance side, while Sheelagh Coles is the key contact for children work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Day; William Kaye

Other key lawyers:


The team at Langleys works well together and is very professional, competent and knowledgeable about the individual cases. Its support is excellent‘.

Mark Day is a highly respected practitioner with an immense local standing. He has sound judgment and good knowledge‘.

Clients can’t speak highly enough of William Kaye’s care and dedication. His support and expertise are outstanding and he always acts in a professional, calming and caring manner‘.

Sheelagh Coles is helpful, efficient, knowledgeable and reliable‘.

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

The disputes team at Langleys Solicitors LLP is frequently instructed on commercial contract disputes between business entities as well as matters involving European Institutions, shareholders and directors disputes and IP litigation. The group also frequently assists various departments of the European Commission with several matters including the enforcement of community judgments in the UK courts. 'Very sound and articulate commercial lawyerJames Henson leverages his broad commercial disputes experience in heading up the team.

Practice head(s):

James Henson

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Turner


The cohesive and tight-knit team at Langleys Solicitors LLP knows its areas of law well.

James Henson is able to cut to the essence of a dispute quickly and explain the process well to his clients.’

James Henson is intelligent and easy-going; a combination that serves him well with his client base.

Key clients

European Commission

Electricity North West Limited

Software Box Limited

Helmsley Securities Limited/ Helmsley Group Limited

W Boyes & Co Limited

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Langleys Solicitors LLP's practice provides the full range of commercial property services, both regionally and nationally, advising developers, investors, banks, pension funds and corporate end users. The team is led by Tim Cross , who focuses on development and investment matters, acting for a roster of retail clients. Another notable name is Emma Warner, who specialises in landlord and tenant matters, property finance and advice to high street retail clients.

Practice head(s):

Tim Cross

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

W Boyes & Co

In-Site Property Solutions

Bauer Consumer Media Ltd

Barmston Developments

Arrow Electronics (UK)

Helmsley Securities

York St John University

Bayford & Co (Developments)


York Potash Ltd

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

Langleys Solicitors LLP's corporate team acts for a range of regional businesses, SMEs and national companies on corporate transactions and advisory work. Christian Hunt heads up the practice and also counts owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs as clients.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Oliver King


Langleys fields a brilliant team, which has a modern friendly approach in the way it works.

Christian Hunt is always prepared and able to explain some of the more technical details in a more simplistic way. He is clearly a very much respected partner at Langleys and is always available for his clients.

Key clients

The Continuum Group

HSBC UK Bank plc

Compass Business Finance

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey

York Racecourse

Castleford Rugby League Football Club

Lebus Upholstery

Sheppee International

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Langleys Solicitors LLP has recently invested in its private client practice with the hire of former Weightmans partner James Knowles as head of the practice in York. Knowles attracts praise for his 'enthusiastic, commercial cutting edge' approach and his work on complex trusts matters. The firm's other specialisms include advising farmers and landed estates, the structuring and dissolution of farming partnerships and inheritance-related matters.

Practice head(s):

James Knowles

Other key lawyers:

Serena Brotherton


‘A very professional firm, offering a first class service to their clients.’

‘A large firm which manages to behave and feel like a small firm with a personal touch.’

‘Ed Allen and James Knowles both have a superb command of their subject, yet they both put clients at ease and conduct meetings in a very relaxed way. They listen much more than they talk, which I always think is a very good sign.’

‘Ed Allen is very impressive – he demonstrates important skills such as being approachable, putting clients at ease, being friendly, responsive and diligent. Ed always makes clients feel comfortable in meetings and like their concerns are of huge importance to him. Clients have built up a good level of trust in Ed in a short period, which is hugely reassuring.’

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Langleys Solicitors LLP's York employment practice, which is led by Mini Setty, is renowned for 'delivering timely, commercial and pragmatic advice'. The 'practical and commercially savy' Setty has raised the team's profile since since joining from DWF in 2016, resulting in new instructions from large organisations in the region. Work handled by the team includes tribunal litigation, GDPR compliance and disciplinary proceedings. Other key names to note are Katherine Sinclair and Fiona Kingscott.

Practice head(s):

Mini Setty

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Langleys is very approachable and easy to work with- friendly but professional.’

‘Mini Setty offers advice without judgement of any predicament one may be in. She is happy to give detailed explanations to allow me to have the confidence to take matters forward myself.’

Key clients

The Chapter of York (part of the York Minster group)

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)
Number Of Partners : 31
Number Of Other Fee-Earners : 153