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Lupton Fawcett
Yorkshire And The Humber

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Lupton Fawcett has offices in York, Leeds and Sheffield, providing advice to the farming community across the whole Yorkshire and Humber region. The team has a strong focus on property work, as well as issues relating to the occupational rights of farm workers, renewables, mines and minerals, development work, insolvencies and ecclesiastical matters. Former department head Johanne Spittle left earlier this year to join Ware & Kay, and was succeeded by senior associate Caroline Hawcroft, who joined the firm from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP in September 2018.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Lupton Fawcett's charities and not-for-profit offering is organised among two groups across York, Leeds and Sheffield: the ecclesiastical and charities department and the charities and social enterprise Team, led by Mark Honeywell, who stepped up to lead the team on his promotion to partner last year. The former comprises a number of ecclesiastical law specialists, the majority of who also act as registrars for Yorkshire dioceses; while the latter provides 'seamless, responsive and flexible service' in matters of regulation, registration, collaborations and mergers, governance and trust law issues.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Lupton Fawcett has a strong presence in the contentious trusts and probate market, dealing with heavyweight and complex litigation. The firm's team - which is particularly skilled in cases involving proprietary estoppel in relation to family homes and farms - acts for individuals, trustees, professionals and other law firms under the leadership of Howard Rutter  - a 'tough negotiator' and a 'very practical' lawyer.

Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

Lupton Fawcett has 'long-standing experience in corporate M&A transactions' and is instructed by a mix of regional and national companies as well as overseas clients, which the team frequently advises on buying, selling, investing, refinancing, and reorganising UK-based assets. Practice head Michele Phillips stands out for her corporate finance expertise and education sector experience. Corporate tax specialist Sarah Illidge joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 2

Lupton Fawcett's practice is instructed by a variety of clients on commercial and contentious matters ranging from compliance advice to investigations and tribunal claims. It works closely with its Leeds and York-based offices and has an impressive client roster including household names. Leeds-based Andrew Gilchrist heads up the firm's Yorkshire-wide employment team, which includes Joan Pettingill in Sheffield, who has particular experience assisting clients in the steel, motor and manufacturing sectors.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Lupton Fawcett’s private client team has a strong reputation within the market, advising landed estates and the owners of SMEs and family businesses in the areas of tax planning and overseas jurisdiction, estate administration and agricultural succession.

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 2

Lupton Fawcett has the capacity to handle a variety of complex professional negligence disputes of the highest value, including contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, civil fraud and property matters.

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 3

Lupton Fawcett is instructed by private clients and companies in the manufacturing, trading, property and educational sectors. Simon Lockley handles a range of litigation spanning shareholder and partnership claims, civil fraud and contractual disputes, while Rob Cooke has particular experience in acting for pub landlords in disputes arising from The Pubs Code Regulations 2016.

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Lupton Fawcett's real estate team is known for its property management expertise and has a range of clients across the Yorkshire region with David Whitaker leading the team. David Coleman, who offers 'concise and pragmatic' advice, is a notable name having been lead partner on much of the firm's development work. The practice was significantly boosted in late 2018 by the promotion of three senior associates to the partnership - Kirsty BarsbyZoe Lang and Sarah Temple, nearly doubling the number of partners in the team.

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Leeds-based Giles Clegg heads up Lupton Fawcett's pan-Yorkshire corporate team following former practice head Jonathan Oxley's move to a managing partner role in 2018. Clegg has particular expertise acting for clients in the healthcare sector, and is joined in Leeds by Daniel McCormack .

Corporate tax Tier 3

Lupton Fawcett frequently advises clients on the tax-related aspects of corporate and real estate transactions and also has experience handling disputes against the HMRC. Julian Moran splits his time between the Leeds, Sheffield and York offices, and heads up the practice.

Debt recovery Tier 3

Lupton Fawcett's team handles a variety of private and contentious corporate matters ranging from advice on terms and conditions and credit control procedures to enforcement matters and claims. Practice head Nigel Whitfield, who splits his time between York and Leeds, has a broad range of experience with particular expertise in insolvency-related work.

Education Tier 3

Lupton Fawcett counts maintained schools, independent schools and further and higher education institutions as clients and has notable expertise assisting academies and religious designated schools, leveraging the firm's strong ecclesiastical and charities teams. Group co-head Michelle Phillips heads up the firm's academies and schools offering, while newly promoted partner and fellow co-head Mark Honeywell specialises in handling governance and regulatory issues for academies and independent schools. Ecclesiastical lawyer Peter Foskett focuses on religious schools.

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

The employment team at Lupton Fawcett, under the leadership of Andrew Gilchrist, has grown year on year to become one of the strongest practices in Yorkshire. Gilchrist advises on all employment and HR related matters for clients across a number of sectors, including transport, construction, retail, property and manufacturing. Louise Connacher is also recommended, particularly for her expertise in data protection, National Minimum Wage investigations and work for education clients. Angela Gorton has recent experience of defending clients against union-backed claims on holiday pay.

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Lupton Fawcett handles privately funded matters and collaborative law work for high-net-worth clients. The group advises on the full spectrum of issues arising from family breakdowns with expertise in pre- and post-nuptial agreements, finance work relating to relationship breakdowns, tax issues, pensions work and trust matters alongside Children Act proceedings. Department head Chris Burns and Peter Foskett focus on financial remedy cases. Former Blacks Solicitors LLP associate Andrew Smith joined the firm as a partner in mid-2019.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Lupton Fawcett's business recovery and insolvency practice spans its Leeds, York and Sheffield offices, and primarily acts for insolvency practitioners on a national level. The group's expertise encompasses restructurings and insolvencies, distressed businesses, refinancings, LPA receiverships, breach of duty claims, fraud investigations and insolvency litigation. The team is led by Nigel Whitfield - 'the King in the North' of personal insolvency - alongside James Richardson, who focuses on distressed corporates and licensed insolvency practitioner David Smyllie.

Property litigation Tier 3

At Lupton Fawcett,  Rob Cooke leads the teams in Leeds and Sheffield. Cooke excels in housebuilding and pub-related matters. The firm leverages its pan-Yorkshire presence to advise on regional matters including contested commercial lease renewals, easement and covenant disputes, possession claims and tenancy issues.

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Lupton Fawcett acts for a breadth of commercial clients as well as universities, landed estates, global ecclesiastical entities, property-holding businesses and investors. Jonathan Cripwell, who leads the team in York, has a niche specialism in civil fraud cases. Howard Rutter heads up the contentious probate practice and also has expertise in dealing with professional partnership matters.

Crime: fraud Tier 4

Jeremy Scott leads the regulatory and corporate defence department at Lupton Fawcett, which acts on the full range of mandates including fraud work, POCA proceedings and cash forfeiture matters. The Yorkshire-wide team defends corporate clients and individuals on all elements of investigations and prosecutions including policy issues, regulatory breaches and crisis management. The York-based Jonathan Cripwell focuses on regulatory prosecutions.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Lupton Fawcett is instructed to advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters covering the full range IP rights, from patents and designs law to trade marks, copyright and database rights. Its client roster includes high-profile companies and start-ups. Practice head Clive Lawrence, who is experienced in the media and sports sectors, handles commercial matters and disputes; and senior associate Ben Clay has expertise in obtaining, exploiting and enforcing a range of rights, and defending infringement allegations. Former partner John Sykes has taken a consultancy role.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

The team at Lupton Fawcett specialises in claims relating to road traffic accidents, public, occupiers' and employers' liability. The practice, which is led by Jack Ferraro, is spread across Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Lupton Fawcett LLP is an integrated commercial law firm that is focused on the legal needs of Yorkshire businesses and those of the people that own and run them. With offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York with 38 partners and approximately 280 staff, it is one of the region’s larger law firms. Its clients range from owner managed businesses through to large plcs and importantly their owners, together with the not-for-profit and voluntary sector.

The firm: Lupton Fawcett operates in the most competitive legal market place in the UK outside London. So what makes it stand out? It aims to make the law work harder for clients every day and enjoys surpassing people’s expectations. This philosophy runs through the entire practice, resulting in an integrated team of experts with both passion and a refreshing take on the full spectrum of commercial legal services. The firm takes a holistic view of clients’ affairs and see not just the demands of the wealth creating business but also the wider objectives of the business owners including strategies for wealth preservation and ultimate distribution. It considers every client’s business to be as important as its own. As a result, the approachable team is reassuringly straight-talking, open-minded and forward-thinking. It goes without saying that they are experts in the law. But they are also business-focused people, with connections in every sector of the corporate arena – connections they like to share.

Types of work undertaken: Services for businesses: modern business is competitive. The firm’s experienced and commercially minded lawyers have the acumen to stay one step ahead. They know the law inside-out and understand businesses, and how to make the legal process work in the business’ favour.

Everyday business is full of legal pitfalls. By understanding strategy, goals and objectives, the firm can help steer clear of legal wrangles before they impact upon the bottom line. Its services go far beyond supporting the team with everyday ’emergencies’.

The firm is able to help businesses with the following matters: regulatory and corporate defence; recovery and insolvency; commercial contracts; commercial property; competition law and regulation; corporate finance and business law; debt recovery; dispute management; employment law; intellectual property and licensing.

Services for individuals: Lupton Fawcett offers a range of confidential services that have the client’s best interests at heart. The type of matters the team regularly deals with include: Court of Protection; disputes; employment law; family and divorce law; notary public; personal finance; personal injury; private client defence; residential property; road traffic and motoring offences; and private client.

Its experienced legal team believes in a personal approach to law that recognises and understands individual wishes and concerns, and the concerns of family and loved ones. While it understands the need for a methodical and clinical approach to law, it also appreciates the sensitive nature of many personal cases. As such, the team can be trusted to handle each challenge compassionately and respectfully while remaining professional. Lupton Fawcett, always putting you ahead.

Other offices: Sheffield, York

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Jonathan Oxley
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 Jonathan Cripwell  photo Jonathan Cripwell
 Lionel Lennox  photo Lionel Lennox
 Donald Maloney  photo Donald Maloney
 Nigel Whitfield  photo Nigel Whitfield
Number of UK partners : 38
Number of other UK fee-earners : 280