Firm Profile > Lupton Fawcett > Sheffield, England

Lupton Fawcett
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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.


‘Well resourced, friendly, capable and efficient.’

‘The team at Lupton Fawcett combine good, pragmatic advice with an easy personal style.’

‘Kirsty Barsby has been incredibly thorough and diligent with respect to the at times complicated matters around land sales and purchases.’

‘Caroline Hawcroft delivers sound, professional advice in a timely and cost effective way.’

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.


‘The team is extremely friendly and approachable, and provides excellent advice.’

Always reassuring and you know you are in very safe hands.

‘Mark Honeywell provides expert advice around Charity Commission issues and makes his advice absolutely bespoke and appropriate to our charity.’

All of the team go above and beyond to provide a responsive and flexible service. Mark Honeywell worked with us to ensure continuity of specialist legal advice to my education colleagues when our in-house expert was on maternity leave. As part of that he based himself with us for one day a week and created a flexible and affordable approach to charging work over the period.’

‘Louise Connacher is always ready to provide practical advice, often rearranging schedules to fit in matters of urgency.’

Key clients

Province and Diocese of York

Diocese of Leeds

Diocese of Sodor and Man

The Horse Trust

St George’s Crypt

Communication Matters (ISAAC UK)

The Grammar School at Leeds

Scarborough College

Resource for Anglican Renewal Ministries

Bingley Grammar School Foundation

West Bank Park Heritage Trust

Caring for Life

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.


‘A team that works together extremely well and has considerable depth.’

‘They handle terrific work and it is a joy to be working on a case when the whole team is working together to achieve superb results.’

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.


Lupton Fawcett has a very cost-effective approach and provides advice that is to the point.

The corporate team at Lupton Fawcett provides a friendly face with a professional service.

Michele Phillips is very practically minded, results oriented, and able to find reasonable compromises in a negotiation.

Key clients

Atlas North Group


Smyle Creative Group

Timber Garden Buildings

Airmaster Air Conditioning

Air Flow Cooling Group

Each Other Care Holdings

Stay Properties

National Westminster Bank

Events Solutions


Lillison Engeineering Services

Westdale  Group

Genesis Group

AD Tyres

Aldermore Bank plc

Secure Power

SBD Apparel




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.


The employment team at Lupton Fawcett offers an outstanding service, quality advice and real value. It has a genuinely friendly approach and makes time to chat through any questions.

Lupton Fawcett‘s communication is excellent and always in a format that can be easily understood by clients.

Key clients

HTC Wolffkran

Roche Healthcare

British Glass Manufacturers Federation

Arcelor Mittal

University of Wolverhampton

Airmaster Air Conditioning

Go Green Limited

W E Rawson Limited

Transvac Service Partnership

Trupart Limited

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.


The dispute resolution team at Lupton Fawcett is on the ball, positive and ready to come up with good solutions to all issues.

Key clients

Seabrook Crisps




TNT Fireworks

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Hand Picked Hotels

Chaucer Foods Limited

York Mailing Group Limited

Survey Roofing

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.


‘David Coleman offers concise and pragmatic property advice whilst retaining a commercial viewpoint. He does not seek to score points against the other side and instead concentrates on securing a commercial outcome for his client.’

Key clients

Jack Lunn Properties

William Birch  & Sons

ISG Group

Redhall Group

Loxley Homes

Leeds Building Society

HIG Bauer Group


Evans of Leeds

Grangers International

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 .


Lupton Fawcett fields an incredibly responsive and knowledgeable team, which provides top-quality advice in a very timely fashion and works very closely with its clients.

The team delivers exactly what is promised, on time and in budget. It fields excellent communicators, who work to a deadline and really make an effort to understand the client’s business sector.

Giles Clegg is very experienced, provides great commercial advice and manages a project and a diverse team exceptionally well. He is very easy to work with, and ensures matters are seamless from a contract and legal point of view.

Daniel McCormack is approachable, likeable and very competent. He and his team deal with an enormous amount of paperwork in a disciplined manner. Daniel does an excellent job of explaining every step to all parties and is always accessible.

Key clients

Hand Picked Hotels

Age Partnership

Northern Bloc Ice Cream

Pure Retirement

Event Protect

Alpha Healthcare

Qualia Care


Silbury Foods


Conveyor Group

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.

Key clients

Shareholders of Independent Content Services Limited

Shareholders of Smart Buildings Limited

Shareholders of Smyle Creative Ltd

Shareholders of Event Solutions Limited

Atlas North Holdings Limited

Top Treads Limited

Ian Ducker and John Ducker

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.


Lupton Fawcett‘s debt recovery team provides a quick, friendly and polite service.

The team at Lupton Fawcett is very polite, prompt and informative.

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.


Lupton Fawcett provides a contemporary understanding of the current educational landscape with regards to church schools and multi-academy trusts and the unique context they face. It is always timely and aids in ensuring that client’s needs are met on a face-to-face basis as well as electronically‘.

Mark Honeywell integrates himself well into the client’s team and his expertise and personable nature ensures he provides a personal serviceHaving a local person who understands the contact of situations makes all the difference‘.

Key clients

Leeds Diocesan Board of Education

York Diocesan Board of Education

Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust

Dales Academies Trust


Grammar School at Leeds

Bishop Burton College

Scarborough College

Bingley Grammar School Foundation

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.


‘Very responsive and pragmatic. Their regular HR workshops and employment law updates are very useful.’

‘I work closely with Angela Gorton who has taken the time to get to know our business, is always on the end of a phone and gives sound, practical advice. Angela is definitely my first ‘go-to’ for legal advice.’

Key clients

TI Automotive Limited

Bradford Grammar School

The Grammar School at Leeds

Hand Picked Hotels

Northgate Plc

Hayes Davidson (London) Limited

SB Components (International) Limited

Chaucer Foods (UK) Limited

Den Hartogh Dry Bulk Logistics Limited

Ecofficiency Limited

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.


The team at Lupton Fawcett is exceptionally well led, adopting a professional yet highly family-centred approach. It actively promotes non-court-based solutions and collaborative approaches where possible, whilst still being realistic about when court is the only solution to move a situation forwards‘.

The practice is a quality, forward-thinking, medium-sized regional practice, which is very proficient and has great strength in depth‘.

The team is very committed to getting the very best outcome for its clients and has impressive legal knowledge‘.

Chris Burns is an experienced dedicated family lawyer who practices a range of family and children work. He is an excellent practitioner and fights hard for his clients‘.


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.


The team is very strong with excellent technical ability, a very proactive and organised approach and is able to deal with complex and difficult matters. The individuals are extremely good negotiators who present their clients’ case very forcefully without letting their own ego get in the way‘.

With three experienced partners leading a small team of fee earners, they are able to staff and handle any assignment from a small bankruptcy to a hostile trading administration‘.

Nigel Whitfield is a real leader in the field who is hugely respected by counsel, opponents and clients alike. His case preparation is outstanding and really pays dividends when cases get to court‘.

When it comes to personal insolvency, Nigel Whitfield is the King in the North. He’s the go-to man when you have a technical problem as he’s seen it all in the past and usually solved it‘.

Andrew Black is very diligent and resourceful‘.

Key clients

Begbies Traynor Group



FRP Advisory


Clark Business Advisory

Live Recoveries

Philmore & Co

BHP Clough Corporate Solutions

DFW Associates

Wilson Field

The DL Partnership

Abbey Taylor


AM Insolvency


Auker Rhodes

Maxwell Davies


Leonard Curtis


Kennway Francis

Currie Young

Kingston Smith & Partners

Smith & Williamson

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.


Lupton Fawcett is a good full-service firm, which provides reliably high-quality advice with a real sense of how to meet commercial clients’ needs with a personal touch‘.

The team is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and technically excellent. It really cares about getting the best results and is a delight to work with‘.

Key clients

Victoria Hall Management Limited


Redhall Group Plc

Primeur Limited

The United Reformed Church

Scott Albion Property Limited

Mr Marcus Heaney

Leeds Building Society

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.


The team at Lupton Fawcett is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and technically excellent.

The dispute management team at Lupton Fawcett really cares about getting the best results for its clients and is a delight to work with.

Lupton Fawcett is particularly strong in litigation and, while it is a large firm, it deals with clients on a personal basis.

Associate Daniel Edwards‘ legal knowledge is encyclopaedic, but he is also very commercially astute. He’s a real star.

Howard Rutter has unrivalled experience in dealing with solicitors partnership disputes.

Key clients



Seabrook Crisps


Redhall Group Plc

Hand Picked Hotels

Urbanest Uk

Chaucer Foods Limited

Crossroads Truck & Bus Company

Victoria Hall Management

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.


Lupton Fawcett‘s intellectual property team is helpful and professional.

Clive Lawrence has impressive knowledge and experience, is very professional and provides an excellent service.

Key clients

Vet AI Limited

Jacuzzi Spa & Baths Limited

Chaucer Foods Limited

Brenntag UK Limited

Campaign For Fairer Gambling

York Gin Limited

Nouveau Lashes Limited

J & J Ormerod Plc

Event Protect Limited

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.


‘My case with Lupton Fawcett  was handled in a very professional manner from start to finish. There was always a voice and the end of the phone to answer all my queries or concerns that I may of had. Every query was answered with a very satisfactory answer and at no time did I feel uneasy or worried about my claim.

‘The firm treated me like a member of their family. Everyone who helped out with my claim obviously worked well as a team to get the best results possible for me and myself and my family are extremely grateful for that.’

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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 Tricia Carter  photo Tricia Carter
 Rob Cooke  photo Rob Cooke
 Ellie Leatherday  photo Ellie Leatherday
 Simon Lockley  photo Simon Lockley
 Leanne Macdonald  photo Leanne Macdonald
 Joan Pettingill  photo Joan Pettingill
 Michele Phillips  photo Michele Phillips
 Julian Rowden  photo Julian Rowden
Number of UK partners : 38
Number of other UK fee-earners : 280