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LCF Law

ONE ST JAMES BUSINESS PARK, BRADFORD, BD1 5LL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01274 848800
Fax:
Fax 01274 390644
DX:
11723 BRADFORD 1
Email:
Web:
www.lcf.co.uk

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

Susan Clark  and James Sarjantson  jointly head the group at LCF Law, which regularly acts for clients in the healthcare, dental, biocidal, accounting and digital sectors. In a recent highlight, corporate specialist Clark advised the minority shareholders of TSGE Consulting on its sale to Science Group; other work includes assisting with the sale of Todd Waste Management Group to Yorwaste and acting on the sale of Coombe Abbey Park Hotel to Coventry City Council. On the commercial side, Sarjantson handles franchising mandates, online trading and IP matters and assists with GDPR compliance strategies. Clementine Duckett  focuses on private equity and M&A transactions and Cathy Cook , who made partner in 2017, is active in the retail sector.

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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 3

LCF Law

LCF Law is ‘commercially aware and gives practical advice to its clients’ thanks to ‘incredible strength in depth and sound legal knowledge’. The department, which is ‘one of those in the region that is becoming more and more noticeable’, is led by ‘excellent strategist’ Charles Abraham, who ‘thinks outside the box to find client-led solutions while still making sure the details are clear and the bigger picture is appreciated’; he has notable financial services and commercial agent regulation expertise. Other practitioners include Ragan Montgomery, ‘natural born litigator’ Jo Barnes and David Barker, who joined from Carrick Read (Leeds). The team recently defended a US-based corporation in proceedings arising from a claim by British Gas for unpaid gas and electricity charges, acted for a group of care homes in a claim against Yorkshire Bank relating to the bank’s rights to seek break costs, and represented a UK subsidiary of a global corporate in proceedings relating to unpaid electricity charges. Associate Roger Raper is also a name to note.

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Roger Raper - LCF Law

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4

LCF Law

LCF Law’s ‘pragmatic and commercial’ team ‘always goes the extra mile to make sure the issue reaches its end in an easy and successful manner’; it is ‘constantly looking to cut through any problems and challenges with the best possible end goal in sight’. Department head Andrew Langton has ‘commercial experience and excellent insolvency knowledge that is second to none paired with client relationship skills that build a real trusted-pair-of-hands feel’; his recent work includes advising VP on its collection of over £2.5m of debt and assisting Mabey Hire with the reduction of its days sale outstanding (DSO). Other clients include MKM Building Supplies, Smiths News Trading and Acumen Waste Management.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

LCF Law

The 'very sharp' and 'commercially aware' disputes team at LCF Law are considered 'among the best' for representation of individuals in professional negligence claims. The 'born litigator' Charles Abraham heads the practice which has acted for several individuals in claims against former solicitors arising from real estate transactions. It is also advising a company on a multimillion-pound claim against its former accountants. The Bradford-based Ragan Montgomery is another key name to note.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

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

LCF Law

With ‘business acumen and industry knowledge’ LCF Law‘s contentious trusts and probate team attracts praise for its ‘accurate and realistic’ advice and ‘good value for money’. The ‘very experienced’ Ragan Montgomery is singled out for her ‘technical ability and engaging personality’ and heads up the practice. Montgomery handles a full range of matters ranging from validity claims and capacity issues to court of protection proceedings. The team successfully negotiated a £1m settlement arising from a dispute involving issues of undue influence in addition to an Inheritance Act claim. The department is based primarily in Bradford with individuals in the firm’s Harrogate and Ilkley offices in addition.

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

LCF Law

The 'efficient and strong' family law team at LCF Law has expertise in divorce and separation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and wealth preservation. Rachel Spencer Robb heads the practice which includes managing partner Simon Stell.

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

LCF Law

The 'efficient, technically good, and proactive' personal law department at LCF Law is known for its court of protection specialism and for preparing both lasting power of attorney for both health and welfare, and property and financial affairs. Neil Shaw is head of the team which spans across the firms Bradford, Harrogate, Ilkley and Leeds offices. Benefiting from 'highly experienced and competent private client lawyers with strong client relationship skills', the practice is regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals and family and charitable trusts. Partners Ann Christian and Mark Jones , based in Ilkley and Harrogate respectively, are also recommended.

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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

LCF Law has ‘deep roots and excellent resources across the board’ with ‘the ability to quickly resolve issues, no matter how complex’. Clients single out practice head Paul Anderson, who focuses on commercial and residential development schemes, David Jameson, Lynne Webster, Tim Axe, Simon Mordey, Ann-Marie Casey and Harriet Thornton. Areas of expertise for the ‘brilliant’ department include advising investment companies, charities and healthcare clients with knowledge of leasehold enfranchisements.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

LCF Law

LCF Law’s ‘extremely effective’ group fields ‘a dedicated team of client-focused lawyers’ who ‘hold their own against the bigger firms in the region’. Team head Ragan Montgomery is ‘terrific with clients and expertly utilises his experience’; clients also praise the ‘brilliant’ Joanne Barnes, consultant Deborah Finn, Harriet Thornton, who focuses on leasehold enfranchisements; and associate Tom Edwards, who is ‘enthusiasm personified’ and is ‘a bright, solution-driven and effective lawyer who is clearly going places’. The team recently represented South Western Trains in obtaining possession of station property from trespassers and travellers, and handled lease forfeitures and possession claims for the Salvation Army.

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

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

LCF Law

LCF Law handles trade mark advice including licencing and portfolio management issues for a range of clients including owner-managed businesses, online retailers, biocide companies, franchises and businesses in the software and IT space. Clients include AGR Racking, XL Joinery, Hygiene Supplies Direct and Go Media. James Sarjantson leads the commercial and IP team which sits in the wider corporate department; his work encompasses contentious and non-contentious IP rights and IT contract advice. Susan Clark is also a name to note for transactional work.

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