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Langleys Solicitors LLP

OLYMPIC HOUSE, DODDINGTON ROAD, LINCOLN, LN6 3SE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01522 888555
Fax:
Fax 01522 888556
DX:
700678 NORTH HYKEHAM-2
Email:
Web:
www.langleys.com
Lincoln, Manchester, York

East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Langleys Solicitors LLP

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:Richard Tomlinson; Adrian Lyon

Work highlights

  • Acted for a company director/co-owner on his acrimonious exit from the business.
  • Acted for the client in its defence against a breach of contract claim

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East Midlands: Finance

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

Langleys Solicitors LLP

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

BDO LLP

Dains LLP

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions

John Harlow Insolvency

Work highlights

  • Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy on the recovery of his interest in a property in the Newcastle area involving setting aside significant transactions at an undervalue prior to the debtors’ bankruptcy.
  • Acting for the supervisor of a Company Voluntary Arrangement in advising upon complex issues concerning the validity of certain creditor claims.
  • Acting for Begbies Traynor as liquidator of a company in Creditors Voluntary Liquidation on the recovery of a disputed director’s loan due to the company, establishing liability and seeking structured payment proposals.
  • Advising the trustee in Bankruptcy on issues surrounding the dissipation of monies and property by the debtor in circumstances where there was a lack of cooperation.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Langleys Solicitors LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended McConnells Electrical against a claim of constructive dismissal by a former director.
  • Assisted a property management group with a grievance appeal by a company director.
  • Advised a Multi-Academy Trust on a restructure and changes to terms and conditions of employment.
  • Successfully defended AAR International against a breach of contract claim made in the Employment Tribunal.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Langleys Solicitors LLP

Langleys Solicitors LLP ‚Äėstands out‚Äô through its ‚Äėfocus on the individual needs of the client throughout the duration of the claim‚Äô. 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 Rundle; Helen Murphy

Testimonials

'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'.

 

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in a claim for damages worth in excess of £5m and relating to negligently acquired cerebral palsy.
  • A claim for damages against Social Services which settled at £2.2m and related to a child suffering a devastating head injury due to not being received into care.
  • Representing Client LC in a claim for damages worth in excess of £1m and relating to a negligently acquired hypoxic brain injury..
  • Represented the widow of the deceased in a claim for damages that settled in excess of £350,000 and related to a failure to treat a massive retroperitoneal bleed.
  • Representing the client in a claim for damages worth in excess of £1m relating to a delay in diagnosis of a frontal brain abscess, frontal sinusitis, and Potts Puffy tumour.

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Langleys Solicitors LLP

Langleys Solicitors LLP's team distinguishes itself through ‚Äėexcellent knowledge and timeliness‚Äô, according to clients. Fran√ßoise 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

Work highlights

  • Acted for a landowner on its granting of an option and time limited deed of easement to run cables connected to an offshore windfarm.
  • Advised a charity landlord on Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy matters.
  • Acted for the purchaser on the acquisition of a 485 acre farm.
  • Acted for the seller on the £2m disposal of part of a farm by formal tender.
  • Advised a tenant client on its surrender of its AHA tenancy.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Langleys Solicitors LLP

Recommended for its ‚Äėprompt and personal attention‚Äô, 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;

Testimonials

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

Work highlights

  • Represented the husband in financial proceedings with assets in excess of £8m.
  • Successfully negotiated a settlement at FDR in a case involving complex pension issues and assets of £1.5 million.
  • Represents the wife in a farming divorce involving complex issues relating to a partnership dispute.
  • Represented a child in public law proceedings.
  • Represented the wife in financial proceedings and successfully defeated conduct arguments presented against the client.

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

Langleys Solicitors LLP

Langleys Solicitors LLP¬†is home to an ‚Äėexcellent trust and probate team‚Äô. It is acclaimed for its ‚Äėin-depth knowledge of inheritance tax‚Äô, 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;

Testimonials

'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'.

Work highlights

  • Dissolving a trust including farmland, potential development sites and a farming business.
  • Advice concerning restructuring of land holdings and the creation of a new partnership.
  • Inheritance Tax Planning including properties in Scotland.
  • Complex probate and administration of estate consisting of farmland and a share in a farming business.
  • Advising Trustees and administration of three high value family trusts,

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Langleys Solicitors LLP

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

Testimonials

'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

Work highlights

  • Advising Priory Federation of Academies on acquiring additional schools, bringing its total to ten.
  • Defending a High Court breach of contract claim.
  • Advising a trust on a parental dispute.
  • Obtaining an injunction restraining a parent from harassment.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Langleys Solicitors LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Melbourne Holdings on its £1.76m acquisition of a parade of shops on a local community centre, which was owned by Tesco.
  • Assisted Burrows, a landowner, with the negotiation - along with two other landowners - of a promotion agreement with a promoter in relation to a piece of land in a Nottinghamshire village.
  • Advised Briggs on the exchange of land for development of a new residential estate and development of a small housing estate on client’s land.
  • Acted for Hoval Boilers Limited on the sale of land to the owner of the freehold of a factory building, which would see the owner construct an extension of the existing factory. When completed, this would be leased back to the client.
  • Advised Havenhand on an option for sale of industrial land in Sheffield.

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