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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 4


LCF Law's department acts primarily for owner-managed and family-owned businesses in the region. It is frequently instructed to handle a range of M&A and venture capital transactions, as well as complex corporate reorganisations. Susan Clark heads up the corporate team and has particular healthcare sector expertise, while commercial practice head James Sarjantson focuses on IT contracts.

Practice head(s):Susan Clark; James Sarjantson

Other key lawyers:Clementine Duckett; Cathy Cook

Key Clients

The Private Office/Savings Champion

XL Joinery

Mitu Misra

Yorkshire Van Centre

Beaucare Medical Group


Cygnet PEP


Consolidated Timber

The Excel Precision Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lexblock with a fundraising transaction, which included a share capital restructuring and SEIS/EIS structuring.

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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


The disputes team at LCF Law includes individuals based in Leeds and Bradford and is frequently instructed by well-known national and international companies on a range of contentious matters. Practice head Charles Abraham is noted particularly for his financial services expertise and experience in preparing applications for injunctive relief. Associate Roger Raper has acted for clients in a range of commercial litigation including  insolvency and corporate recovery matters.

Practice head(s):Charles Abraham

Other key lawyers:Roger Raper

Key Clients



Anglian Water Limited

PTSG (Premier Technical Services Group)

VP Plc.

Brandon Tool Hire Limited

MKM Building Supplies Limited

Emerson Group (USA based)

G S F Limited

Jeremy Benn Associates Limited

Exapol Limited

Haztec Limited

J P D Distribution Limited

IXL (Malta) Limited

Mitie Pest Control (MPCL) Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended the Emerson Group against substantial claims arising from energy supplies to several group companies.
  • Acting for a care homes group in a multi-million pound claim concerning break costs against a bank.
  • Represented Stage Coach Southwestern Trains in several matters including legal actions against trespassers at train stations.
  • Acting for an organisation providing services to public authorities in a procurement claim against a drainage board relating to breach of procurement regulations.
Rising stars

Roger Raper - LCF Law

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4


The commercial business debt recovery team at LCF Law assists its client roster, which ranges from SMEs to large plcs, with a range of claims, from commencement of collection proceedings to the enforcement of judgments and insolvency issues. It has particular experience advising on the recovery of debt arising from contracts in the construction industry. Andrew Langton heads up the team from Bradford.

Practice head(s):Andrew Langton

Key Clients


MKM Building Supplies Limited

Mabey Hire Ltd

Andrew Page 1917 Ltd


NWG Business

Ameuri Ltd

Lyreco UK Ltd

Smiths News Trading Limited

Woodhead Investments

Adler and Allan Ltd

Abacus Express Ltd

JP Distribution Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Mabey Hire to review and consult on it’s internal risk and collection strategies.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3


LCF Law‚Äôs professional negligence practice is split across the firm's Leeds and Bradford offices. The departments are particularly noted for their specialisation in the litigation of property and financial matters ‚Äď areas in which practice heads¬†Ragan Montgomery¬†¬†and Charles Abraham¬†are knowledgeable. The duo also handle claims in a number of other sectors too, including a significant amount involving solicitors and accountants.

Practice head(s):Charles Abraham; Ragan Montgomery

Work highlights

  • Representing a car industry executive in pursuing a professional negligence claim against his former tax advisers arising from a HMRC investigation.
  • Aadvising the executors of an estate in pursuing a negligence claim against a firm of solicitors concerning inheritance tax liabilities arising from a trust deed.
  • Successfully represented a doctor in respect of a professional negligence claim against her former solicitors following her purchase of a long lease of a residential property.
  • Represented an individual in relation to a claim against his former solicitors in respect of litigation advice received in a High Court claim.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3


LCF Law deals with heavyweight trust and probate work including complex trust applications, breach of trust disputes, validity claims, Inheritance Act claims and Court of Protection cases. Ragan Montgomery, who leads the department, is an experienced solicitor with a 'wealth of experience' who builds 'excellent relationships' with clients and is a 'well-regarded' mediator dealing with probate disputes. The firm takes a distinctive approach in the early stages of any dispute, compiling a report which presents a snapshot evaluation of the case, setting out the legal position, strategy and costs.

Practice head(s):Ragan Montgomery

Work highlights

  • Represented a widow in a validity claim against deceased husband’s will.
  • Representing beneficiaries of a trust in a claim for breach of trust against trustees.
  • Defended a spousal claim under the Inheritance Act 1975.
  • Represented beneficiaries of an estate in which a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975 had been brought out of time and the claimant had stolen from the deceased’s estate.
  • Acting on behalf of a client who is a trustee of a discretionary settlement and a director in in a company. The trust owns shares in the company.

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3


At LCF Law, the practice is led by Rachel Spencer Robb, who specialises in matrimonial finance matters and also has expertise in wealth preservation and property issues; she is also an accredited mediator and collaborative lawyer. The wider team is experienced in family arrangements and asset ownership, unmarried couple issues and international matters. Associate solicitor Harjit Rait is the key name in the firm's Bradford office and acts for high-net-worth clients in divorce and family finance work including asset protection issues.

Practice head(s):Rachel Spencer Robb

Other key lawyers:Harjit Rait


'LCF Law fields a professional team of individuals who truly care about the clients and their needs'.

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


The service at LCF Law, which is described as 'personal and outstanding', went through a strategic review and rebrand in 2014, when offer packages and fixed fees were introduced for most areas of the practice in order to achieve certainty over costs for clients. The team, led by Neil Shaw, specializes in applications to the Court of Protection, in preparing both lasting powers of attorney for health and welfare and for property and financial affairs and in helping people with learning disabilities. The firm's work within the art and heritage community is also highlighted, particularly in wills with artistic legacies, inheritance tax planning and disputes relating to ownership or validity of artworks, sponsorship and lender agreements.

Practice head(s):Neil Shaw

Other key lawyers:Ann Christian; Mark Jones


'Their knowledge of their area of law is impressive.'

'LCF Law stand head and shoulders above many Yorkshire law firms. They are also exceptionally nice people to deal with.'

'An efficient and professional service - their lawyers are always helpful and take care to explain processes and timeframes.'

'Very confident in giving balanced advice and discussing options. Quick and efficient at completing the work. Flexible in making changes if required. Open and frank about fee charges.'

'Kelly Edmundson who is exceptionally personable to all age groups, which is important when dealing with difficult family matters. Her advice is concise and confidently given and she quickly builds a trusting relationship with clients. She understands what clients want which I believe makes her stand out from so many lawyers. We have recommended her to several families who have also been impressed.'

'I was hugely impressed by Neil Shaw - he gave excellent advice on wills and trust matters.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a window resident in Pakistan who brought a claim against the estate of her English domiciled husband.
  • The firm established that deathbed changes to a client’s pension arrangements did not constitute a taxable event, which saved the beneficiaries of a pension fund in the region of £200,000.
  • Advising a client on estate planning for their multimillion-pound art collection and on the running of their charitable trust.
  • Creating and running two separate trusts in order to receive and manage a compensation payment for a vulnerable beneficiary up to a maximum value of £500,000.
  • Investigated and administered a complex estate which involved significant fraudulent investments.

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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


LCF Law acts for a range of commercial property clients, including builders and developers, charities and pension funds with property estates or investments, as well as leaseholders and tenants. Sectors covered by the firm include healthcare, retail, investment, commercial and residential development, as well as agricultural and rural planning. The practice is led by Paul Anderson , who also leads the firm's charity team.

Practice head(s):Paul Anderson


'David Jameson is always accessible, understands our approach, and is happy to openly discuss all aspects of our requirements.'

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4


LCF Law is noted for its leasehold enfranchisement strength alongside expertise in other landlord and tenant work, acting for clients at both the local and national level. Ragan Montgomery leads the team from the firm's Bradford office and associate Tom Edwards acts for clients in the County and High Courts.

Practice head(s):Ragan Montgomery

Other key lawyers:Tom Edwards

Key Clients

South Western Trains

Yorkshire Building Society

Citi Space Ltd

London Property Investments

Woodhead Group of Companies

International Society for Krishna Consciousness Limited

Grovehall Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Indomito Properties LLP in a dispute relating to the interpretation of a rent review clause in its lease.
  • Representing Omavale Limited in a commercial lease renewal claim relating to the termination of French Connection (UK) Limited's lease in Central London.
  • Handling multiple property disputes for a charity including lease termination issues.
  • Acting for Yorkshire Building Society in several dilapidations claims and the recovery of commercial rent arrears.
  • Representing London Property Investments Limited in multiple dilapidations claims and contested lease renewals.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5


The commercial and intellectual property team at LCF Law is noted for its representation of owner-managed businesses, online retailers and IT sector clients alongside particular expertise advising on the EU Biocidal Products Directive and Regulation. James Sarjantson heads up the practice and has experience across the full range of IP rights.

Practice head(s):James Sarjantson


'LCF Law has a great customer-centric focus. There is a common culture and the lawyers are trustworthy and really care about the clients!'

'All of the individuals are great and care about their clients. Their advice is always accurate and clients trust them.'

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