Endeavour Partnership LLP > Stockton-on-Tees, England > Firm Profile

Endeavour Partnership LLP
Tobias House, St Marks Court
TS17 7QW

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North Tier 1

Endeavour Partnership LLP’s Stockton-based team leverages a ‘first class personable client service’ to provide national and multinational clients advice on the purchase and sale of share capital and assets. The team also oversees cross-border mergers and joint ventures. Head of the corporate team, Nik Tunley, is a key contact for national and international clients with a base in the North of England, seeking advice on restructuring, company law and corporate governance. Martin McKinnell deals with both transactional and non-transaction work, routinely assisting clients with various agreements, such as shareholder, franchise and agency agreements, while Nigel Williams focuses on supporting local owner managers seeking exists, in addition to providing input on commercial arrangements, such as cross-option arrangements and corporate reorganisations. Banking specialist Deborah Kirtley works in the corporate team to provide clients with funding advice. James Butler is a name to note for both transactional corporate instructions and commercial agreements, involving clients in the aviation, technology and defence sectors. Senior associates Sean Jackson and recently promoted partner Jessica Lenham are other key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Nik Tunley

Other key lawyers:


‘Endeavour’s practice is seemingly unique as they manage to combine excellent technical ability with first class personable client service and care. This unique approach also extends to problem-solving and advice.’

‘We mainly deal with James Butler who we have found to be excellent. He has first class technical ability and is also very approachable and straightforward to deal with.’

‘Uniquely for a practice outside a major centre Endeavour have real strength in depth with numerous strong individuals within an excellent and disciplined team. They deliver a city level service at a moderate regional price. The best of all worlds for the client. When they say it is partner led, it really is.’

‘Nigel Williams is a senior corporate lawyer with long and valuable large firm experience.’

‘Nik Tunney is as good as you would get with any National firm. He exceeds all expectations in the service you can expect.’

‘Martin Mckinnel is as bright as a button and an all-rounder who can handle complex commercial contracts alongside corporate deals.’

‘James Butler is wise beyond his years. It is very rare to get a young lawyer who understands client care as well as James does. This is matched by excellent technical skills. One to watch.’

Key clients


AV Dawson Limited

Teesside University

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Lindy Electronics Limited

JT Atkinson & Sons Limited

South Tees Development Corporation

ACBA Systems Limited

Racz Group Ltd

Visualsoft Limited

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Charles Clinkard

Sockmonkey Studios Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders of Gale & Phillipson Holdings Limited on the sale of the company to Solomon Capital Holdings Limited.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Erimus Insurance with its sale to US broker Gallagher.
  • Assisted GI Group with the acquisition of Encore Personnnel Services Limited.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North Tier 1

Endeavour Partnership LLP’s commercial litigation team, based in Stockton, has ‘a fantastic group of experienced lawyers who specialise in advising clients on a wide range of matters’, including unfair prejudice claims, shareholder payback disputes, breach of warranty and contract issues, as well as repayment of loans and winding up disputes. Head of the disputes and insolvency team Ged Flanagan routinely acts for a number of clients across different sectors in fraud cases, professional negligence claims and product liability matters. Alex Smith heads the contentious real estate team, while newly promoted partner James Craddock brings expertise in dealing with construction and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ged Flanagan

Other key lawyers:


‘Endeavour Partnership’s litigation team is a fantastic group of experienced lawyers who specialise in advising clients on a wide range of matters. The team has a strong reputation for providing practical and commercial advice to clients.’

‘A talented team – very much partner led. High calibre individuals leading talented junior lawyers.’

‘Ged Flanagan is conscientious and dedicated litigator. Pragmatic and honest. Alex Smith is a high-quality property litigator’.

‘Endeavour Partnership has constructed a remarkable team of expert lawyers in the field of commercial litigation. They have multiple individuals who are widely respected and considered pre-eminent in their fields.’

‘The below individuals stand out because they are razor sharp and exceptionally smart. They do however have the unique quality of commercial savviness about them.’

‘Alex Smith and James Craddock are first-rate solicitors. James is a rising star. Alex is already a well-established partner. They stand out because they are true to the firms ethos in bringing commercial insights to vastly complex legal disputes.’

‘Ged Flanagan has the benefit of over two decades of experience, which is absolutely evident from the advice he provides. He wears his expert knowledge lightly, which ensures his ability to speak with clients on a commercial level and in a straightforward manner. He has the brilliant ability to condense the most complex issues into easily digestible explanations and advice. He is an expert and approachable.’

‘Alex Smith excels in construction disputes and is often the first port of call for local businesses.’

Key clients

Taylor Goodchild Limited

Growth Capital Ventures Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Taylor Goodchild on long-running Unfair Prejudice petition, which includes three reported judgments, including a Court of Appeal decision.
  • Advising a lift maintenance company on a shareholder dispute relating to the interpretation of what was agreed in respect of shareholdings.
  • Advising Growth Capital Ventures in respect of a software development agreement with the claimed losses being in excess of £19million.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North Tier 1

Endeavour Partnership LLP’s Stockton-based commercial property team takes on a range of commercial property matters. Practice head Jamie Brown is the key contact for agricultural matters pertaining to land developments and sales. Brown also advises on planning permissions on agricultural land for renewable energy farms. Natalie Kay is the name to note for landlords and tenants across a variety of sectors. Kay also restructures development and planning agreements for property developers. Associate Emma Loughran supports the team.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘Jamie Brown is an old school lawyer who knows his subject matter and communicates well with clients.’

‘Natalie Kay is an exceptional talent. Young, hard working with a great legal brain. She provides advice in a timely and user-friendly manner. I cannot stress how impressed I am with the way she has stepped up and is immediately performing at the highest level.’

‘Emma Loughran has adapted to private practice like a duck to water. A pleasure to work with and has a bright future.’

‘We have been clients of Endeavour for several years, having first instructed them on a commercial property matter following a recommendation. They have always been quick and efficient in seeking solutions and offering advice. There is a wide spread of expertise within the team which has covered all our needs.’

‘Natalie Kay has extensive knowledge of the commercial property world and is very approachable, available and proactive. She is thorough and concise in explaining what is needed and is a good communicator. I would not hesitate to recommend Natalie and the commercial property team at Endeavour.’

‘Endeavour is the leading specialist commercial practice based in Teesside with excellent local knowledge and long-established local lawyers who have a wide breadth of experience across the whole legal spectrum. We principally use their property department headed by Jamie Brown and find their service and attention to our requirements to be first class.’

‘Our main point of contact is currently Emma Loughran who has specifically assisted us with new leases, lease renewals and large complex sales of multi-let commercial buildings. A highly organised solicitor who has dealt with all matters expeditiously and efficiently, especially in terms of the sale.’

Key clients

A.V. Dawson Limited

Ramsdens Financial Limited

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Middlesbrough Development Company Limited

Middlesbrough Football & Athletic Company (1986) Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Helmsley Group

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Racz Group

Hatchery Limited

James Cook Discovery Limited

Principal Project & Management NE Limited

Baltic Training Services Limited

Peart Property Limited

Ursus Property Limited

Cloughton Wood Lodges Limited

Homes by Carlton

Tomahawk Steakhouses

Rio Brazilian Steakhouses

Bianco Property Holdings Ltd

Maple Oak Living Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Administrators of Vale of Mowbray Limited on the disposal of £5.8m of real estate assets including property subject to third party energy infrastructure interests requiring complex negotiations on statutory compensation.
  • Advised Ramsdens Financial Limited on 23 leasehold instructions relating to its England and Wales commercial property portfolio.
  • Advised landowner clients in North Yorkshire in respect of various transactions relating to the potential development of their land, including a complex Promotion and Project Management Agreement with a land promoter.

Employment Tier 3

The Stockton-based employment team at Endeavour Partnership LLP assists clients on a range of employment law matters, including employee due diligences following corporate acquisitions, defences of complex employment tribunal claims involving whistleblowing, gross misconduct and unfair dismissal issues. Team head Stephen Elliott advises clients on employee data protection policies, as well as disability discrimination claims. Theresa Carling is the key contact for advice concerning high profile exits involving senior executives and collective redundancy processes. Recent promotion to senior associate Laura Wilson works on intersecting employment and immigration matters involving sponsorship licenses, while associate Jessica Thompson specialises in data protection and compliance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Eliott

Work highlights

Our client’s business is at the heart of everything we do, we take their success personally. As an expert legal team, we know the law, but we also have respect and appreciation for what it takes to run and grow a business; it’s the reason we only practice commercial law.

Our expertise in all aspects of business law and our growing team of specialists means we offer a genuine focus on commercial legal solutions to provide specialist business support which goes beyond static legal advice. We are committed to producing innovative options for our clients while demonstrating our business-focused thinking.

As the largest firm in the Tees Valley, our clients benefit from our respected and well-known team, specialist departments and multiple layers of expertise, ensuring confidence in our ability to deliver for them. We know how important trusted and accurate support can be to allow our clients to remain focused on running their business.

As the world of business evolves, our team are committed to exploring and staying ahead of the curve. A dynamic personal approach, blended with our depth of business expertise, ensures that we offer our clients a high level of insight and commercially valuable solutions.

We are there every step of the way with our clients providing multiple layers of expertise to suit their requirements; whatever stage their business is at, whether start-up, SME or large corporate.

Our client’s business is essential to them, and it’s important to us too as we pride ourselves on understanding the individual business model, the objectives and the aspirations. Our commitment to business law along with our dedication to our clients throughout their business growth allows us to instruct and advise our clients proactively.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Lee Bramley l.bramley@endeavour.law 01642 610337
Head of Commercial Property (Agriculture) Jamie Brown j.brown@endeavour.law 01642 610318
Head of Dispute Resolution Ged Flanagan g.flanagan@endeavour.law 01642 610348
Head of Employment Law Stephen Elliott s.elliott@endeavour.law 01642 610326
Corporate and Commercial Nigel Williams n.williams@endeavour.law 01642 610343
Head of Corporate and Commercial Nik Tunley n.tunley@endeavour.law 01642 610351
Dispute Resolution Alex Smith a.smith@endeavour.law 01642 610340
Employment Law Theresa Carling t.carling@endeavour.law 01642 610320
Banking and Finance Deborah Kirtley d.kirtley@endeavour.law 01642 087361
Corporate and Commercial Martin McKinnell m.mckinnell@endeavour.law 01642 610307
Corporate and Commercial James Butler j.butler@endeavour.law 01642 610338
Commercial Property Natalie Kay n.kay@endeavour.law 01642 610315
Corporate and Commercial, Head of CSR Jessica Lenham j.lenham@endeavour.law 01642 610359
Dispute Resolution James Craddock j.craddock@endeavour.law 01642 610313
Photo Name Position Profile
Lee Bramley photo Lee Bramley Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency department.
Jamie Brown photo Jamie Brown Partner and Head of the Commercial Property department, specialising in Agriculture.
James Butler photo James Butler Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department, heading up the Company Secretarial…
Theresa Carling photo Theresa Carling Partner in the Employment Law and HR department.
James Craddock photo James Craddock Partner in the Dispute Resolution department.
Stephen Elliott photo Stephen Elliott Partner and Head of the Employment Law and HR department.
Ged Flanagan photo Ged Flanagan Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution department.
Natalie Kay photo Natalie Kay Partner in the Commercial Property department.
Deborah Kirtley MBA photo Deborah Kirtley MBA Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department, specialising in Banking and Finance.
Jessica Lenham photo Jessica Lenham Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department, head of the firms CSR…
Martin McKinnell photo Martin McKinnell Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department.
Alex Smith photo Alex Smith Partner in the Dispute Resolution department and Notary Public.  
Nik Tunley photo Nik Tunley Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial department.
Nigel Williams photo Nigel Williams Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department, and Head of Business Development…
Partners : 14
Senior Associates and Consultants : 4
Associates and Solicitors : 8
Trainee Solicitors : 5
Legal Support Staff : 18
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