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

The ‘results-oriented and focused’ team at Endeavour Partnership LLP specialises in small and mid-market M&A transactions, which are among the key areas of expertise of Stockton-based practice head Nik Tunley. Nigel Williams is adept at handling corporate reorganisations, including shareholder arrangements for family-owned businesses. The client’s portfolio includes small and medium-sized enterprises as well as larger multinational entities, with a recent increase of instructions from clients in the technology and e-commerce sectors, for which Martin McKinnell is a key contact. The practice is also gaining ground in the private equity transactions space; it bolstered its capabilities with the appointment of consultant Peter Clark from a consultancy firm in the early spring of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nik Tunley

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Williams; Martin McKinnell; Peter Clark; Sean Jackson; James Butler; Jessica Lenham


‘The size of the team and strength in depth is what sets this practice apart from others.’

‘I find the skill mix within the team to be exceptional and all of the partners are approachable and practical and knowledgeable. They are all locally based as well.’

‘A strong team with strength in depth. Results-oriented and focused. Have the ability to take complex matters and lead and simplify such issues for the benefit of the client. ’

‘Nigel Williams is knowledgeable, commercial and has the experience to make clients feel they are in the best hands. A well-respected statesman who manages clients expectations and delivers commercial solutions to get the deal done. A true partner to the client and a first-rate M&A lawyer.’

‘Endeavour has a large and experienced corporate and banking team with many partners available to assist.’

‘Nigel Williams and Nik Tunley are experienced, approachable and very capable professionals that you would commonly expect to see at City firms.’

Key clients

Racz Group Limited

Visualsoft Limited

Adavo Limited

AV Dawson Limited

Leader Online Holdings Limited

ABCA Systems Group Limited

Topp Holdings GmbH/RTS Wind AG

The Clinkard Group Limited

Tees Valley Combined Authority

South Tees Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Visualsoft Holdings on their sale and reinvestment into a private equity-backed management team.
  • Advised the shareholders of Key Sports on the sale of the company to Wasserman Media Inc.
  • Advised the Tees Valley Combined Authority on its provision of infrastructure funding required to unlock a proposed £200m development at Teesside International Airport.

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

The Stockton-based dispute resolution specialists at Endeavour Partnership LLP handle a wide spectrum of tortious, shareholder and contractual disputes. Department leader Ged Flanagan is ‘very effective at finding practical solutions to difficult issues’ and has additional expertise in alternative dispute resolution. Managing partner Lee Bramley is recommended for insolvency litigation, while Alex Smith is a key contact for both tenants and landlords for contentious property matters. Recently promoted senior associate James Craddock is also singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

Ged Flanagan


The litigation team holds, above all, an incredibly good sense of judgment. They operate collaboratively to analyse, evaluate and deliver a commercial and common-sense approach to their cases.’

‘Ged Flanagan has an enviable list of client contacts which is a tribute to the respect in which he is held by those he has worked with. Very effective at finding practical solutions to difficult issues.’

‘A strong and very well-respected team in the Teesside and Stockton region. Well-managed and motivated fee earners with good administrative support.’

‘Lee Bramley offers a high standard of client care and displays common sense and pragmatism in making appropriate suggestions to quickly progress insolvency litigation cases. I value his support across my cases.’

‘James Craddock is a wonderful solicitor. James approaches his cases as a commercial adviser, a lawyer, a peer, and a develops a strong sense of what is needed to achieve a client’s objectives. I cannot fault him or his judgment.’

‘Alex Smith deals with construction and property litigation. He is devoted to getting to the detail of a case and works tirelessly to ensure the best results for his clients.’

‘A strong commercial minded litigation team, centred on client results and out-of-the-box thinking.’

‘Ged Flanagan is client focused, commercial and cuts through the legal red tape. An astute negotiator, tells it as it is and a friendly responsive partner to work with. He has the ability to simplify complex matters to a level that clients can understand and grasp.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a high-net-worth individual on an unfair prejudice petition.
  • Advised an insolvency practitioner as to jurisdictional matters relating to the liquidation of a UK company with an office in France.
  • Acting for a utility construction sub-contractor in a dispute concerning telecom sector works in the North West.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North Tier 2

The expertise of Stockton-headquartered Endeavour Partnership LLP in property development is paying dividends despite the Covid-19 pandemic – the team continues to high-value work for developers, especially in the leisure sector. Property investment and refinancing work is another field of focus for the group; agriculture team leader Jamie Brown is a key contact in this regard. Practice head Simon Wake (‘pragmatic and a joy to work with’) has extensive experience of development projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Wake

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Brown; Gareth Jones; Natalie Kay; Alexandra Ketchley


‘The quality of the legal advice equates with any larger national firm, while the service delivery is efficient. Both technically good and commercially astute.’

‘Simon Wake is the best property lawyer I have had the benefit of instructing in my career. Thoughtful but pragmatic and a joy to work with!’

‘Gareth Jones- a good and solid lawyer who is dependable.’

‘Jamie Brown has excellent interpersonal skills and deep knowledge of the agricultural and wider rural market place.’

‘Very professional and always available for advice.’

Key clients

Benchmark Leisure Limited

Ryedale Estates Limited

SubZero Middlehaven Limited

Investacc Pension Trustees Limited

Homes by Carlton Limited Group

Tomahawk Steakhouses

HSBC Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Benchmark Leisure on all legal documentation for the multi-phase development of The Sands, North Bay, Scarborough.
  • Secured a deal for Subzero Middlehaven with the Homes and Community Agency, and with the Middlesbrough Borough Council for a long-term development agreement of a snow centre.
  • Advised Tomahawk Steakhouses’ group companies on taking new leases of various new premises across the region.

Employment Tier 4

Endeavour Partnership LLP is singled out by one client for fielding 'great legal minds but with a very human touch'; the firm is also noted for offering dedicated business immigration, pensions and data protection expertise, as well as a range of other advisory services. On the contentious side, the team has recently seen a growth in increasingly complex Tribunal litigation. Practice head Stephen Elliot and 'exceptional' practitioner Theresa Carling are the core contacts.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Elliott

Other key lawyers:


‘Every single individual, I have dealt with at Endeavour Partnership has, beyond the exceptional knowledge and technical capability which I except as default, the necessary human attributes to understand what I value and what is important for me. Based on that they can provide advice clearly with an appropriate risk assessment – they can explain to me in plain English what my options are and what would be a good solution. In summary: great legal minds but with a very human touch.’

‘Theresa Carling was very professional and commercial whilst also being very personable.’

‘I would say one of the main strengths of this practice are the people. As well as being very knowledgeable they can offer practical advice and communicate this in a manner that everyone can understand. They are there to support every step of the way and the fees are reasonable.’

‘Theresa Carling gave us an exceptional service. She was always available to give advice, respond to correspondence under extremely limited timeframes and generally there to support us every step of the way. I could not recommend her and her team enough.’

‘Professional, personal, prompt and diligent guidance and support. ’

‘I have dealt with Stephen Elliott and his team for a number of years now and the key points to note from me are: very high professional standards, extremely knowledgeable in their area of work, supportive, prompt and efficient in responding to requests. Always feel my needs are met as a client. Very efficient billing service.’

‘They provide a personal, bespoke service. We have known and used one of the partners for a long time and he has always been helpful and attentive for all our employment law requirements.’

‘Stephen Elliot is our main point of contact. He is calm and reassuring but firm enough to make sure that you follow his advice. He delegates to juniors when required to mitigate the expense. His advice has always been sound. He is always readily available.’

Key clients

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Yarm School

Cleveland Bridge UK Limited

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Visualsoft Limited

Castle Howard

The Darlington Farmers’ Auction Mart Company Limited

JH Mechanical Limited

Champion Tutor Limited

Active Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cleveland Bridge UK on the dismissal of a trade union health and safety representative who was accused of dishonestly giving incorrect information to the Health and Safety Executive in an attempt to discredit his employer.
  • Assisted with a review of Visualsoft’s current data protection policies, practices and procedures and advised on its overall compliance with the current data protection regime in order to secure a private equity investment from Livingbridge.
  • Advising the CEO of a national HR advisory business, and the other former shareholders (who sold the business in December 2019) on a significant retention following the sale, in which the purchaser has been seeking to reduce the amount to be paid to the shareholders.

Our clients’ 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 a 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 whilst still 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 requirement; whatever stage their business is at, whether start-up, SME or large corporate.

Our client’s business is important to them, it’s important to us too and 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 proactively instruct and advise our clients

Managing Partner, Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Lee Bramleyl.bramley@endeavour.law01642 610337
Head of Commercial Property (Agriculture) Jamie Brownj.brown@endeavour.law01642 610318
Commercial Property Gareth Jonesg.jones@endeavour.law01642 087365
Head of Dispute Resolution Ged Flanagang.flanagan@endeavour.law01642 610348
Dispute Resolution Alex Smitha.smith@endeavour.law01642 610340
Head of Employment Law Stephen Elliotts.elliott@endeavour.law01642 610326
Employment Law Theresa Carlingt.carling@endeavour.law01642 610320
Head of Corporate and Commercial Nik Tunleyn.tunley@endeavour.law01642 610351
Corporate and Commercial Nigel Williamsn.williams@endeavour.law01642 610343
Banking and Finance Deborah Kirtleyd.kirtley@endeavour.law01642 087361
Corporate and Commercial Martin McKinnellm.mckinnell@endeavour.law01642 610307
Corporate and Commercial James Butlerj.butler@endeavour.law01642 610338
Commercial Property Natalie Kayn.kay@endeavour.law01642 610315
Mr Lee Bramley photo Mr Lee BramleyManaging Partner
Mr Stephen  Elliott photo Mr Stephen ElliottPartner, Head of Employment Law
Mr Ged Flanagan photo Mr Ged FlanaganPartner, Head of Commercial Disputes
Mr Nik Tunley photo Mr Nik TunleyPartner, Head of Corporate and Commercial
Mr Simon Wake photo Mr Simon WakePartner, Head of Commercial Property
Mr Nigel Williams photo Mr Nigel WilliamsPartner, Head of Business Development and Marketing
Partners : 13
Senior Associates and Consultants : 6
Associates and Solicitors : 9
Trainee Solicitors : 5
Legal Support Staff : 22