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Lupton Fawcett

YORKSHIRE HOUSE, EAST PARADE, LEEDS, LS1 5BD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 280 2000
Fax:
Fax 0113 245 6782
DX:
730000 LEEDS-70
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Web:
www.luptonfawcett.com
Leeds, Sheffield, York

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 3

Lupton Fawcett

Jonathan Oxley is a key name in Lupton Fawcett’s ‘highly experienced’ group and is praised by clients as ‘a calm, pragmatic and commercial professional’. Oxley’s recent work includes advising Zenith Data Systems on its £6.2m sale to VP, acting for Snatch Media on an interim funding round and the establishment of a new parent company in the US, and assisting Valley Printing Company with the establishment of a joint venture with Outform Group. Other practitioners include practice head Giles Clegg, who also leads the firm’s care team; Martin Frost in the York office who handles cross-border M&A, ‘effective communicator’ Daniel McCormack and Andrew Lindsay, whose ‘commitment to his clients is second to none’.

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Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett is ‘a first port of call’ for some clients, who claim it is ‘one of the best mid-sized firms in the city with guidance that is always framed in a manner that is easily understandable and highlights the team’s professionalism and ability to build trust’. Team head Neil Large advises on national matters and the ‘extremely pragmatic’ office head Michele Phillips ‘stands out for finance work’ and ‘always looks for the unexpected and manages these issues easily’. Large’s recent work includes assisting 2400 Limited with its acquisitions of Nitec UK and Spire Laboratories, and acting for the shareholders of Majestic Polymers and DSA Chemicals on the companies’ sale; while Phillips advised Mondi on its acquisition of Excelsior Technologies Group from Endless. Santander, Dependable Cars and Joseph Care Homes Group are also clients.

Leading individuals

Michele Phillips - Lupton Fawcett

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

At Lupton Fawcett, group head Julian Moran divides his time between the Leeds, Sheffield and York offices and advises on all aspects of corporate tax including VAT and stamp duty issues. The team handles group reorganisations, tax efficient exits, MBOs, private equity matters and employee benefit trusts. Moran recently led the tax advice to Snatch Media relating to an interim funding round; he also advised a private equity firm on the establishment of an EIS fund and set up a long-term incentive share arrangement for an AIM listed company.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 4

Lupton Fawcett

The regulatory and corporate defence department at Lupton Fawcett spans across the firm’s Leeds, York and Sheffield office and has a particular strength in fraud, Proceeds of Crime Act matters and those concerning cash forfeiture. Jeremy Scott leads the practice and has significant experience defending businesses and senior employees facing investigation or prosecution for serious offences. York-based Jonathan Cripwell is another name to note, having previously handled fraud prosecution work for government departments and local authorities, in addition to having experience acting in substantial civil fraud and bribery cases.

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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

Lupton Fawcett

At Lupton Fawcett, the practice includes Jonathan Warner-Reed, who has a ‘very efficient, excellent and commercial mind’; Howard Rutter, who handles partnership work, shareholder disputes and contentious trusts and probate; property litigator Johanne Spittle and Jonathan Cripwell, who is experienced in civil fraud work and contentious probate matters. The practice also acts in professional negligence mandates, restrictive covenant and confidentiality disputes, defamation issues, fraud work, insolvency-related claims and injunctions. Seabrook Crisps, JCT600, SafeStyle, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Chaucer Foods are clients.

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Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Keys names in Lupton Fawcett’s Sheffield team include Simon Lockley, who ‘listens carefully, formulates a highly practical plan and executes it in an outstandingly professional manner’, and Rob Cooke; Lockley regularly acts in contractual and shareholder disputes, fraud issues, partnership litigation and professional negligence claims while Cooke handles property litigation and professional negligence work. Clients include Seabrook Crisps, Yorkshire Cancer Research, SafeStyle, York Mailing Group and TNT Fireworks.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett’s debt recovery expertise sits in its business recovery and insolvency department under the leadership of James Richardson and Nigel Whitfield in Leeds and York respectively. The team handles the full array of debt recovery advice including contract work, information collection, credit control issues and procedures, pre-legal collections, bankruptcy petitions and enforcement procedures. Clients include local businesses, schools, landlords and blue-chip companies. Senior debt recovery executive Daniel Elsworth is a key name for commercial debt recovery work.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett’s ‘fast, responsive and knowledgeable’ team ‘constantly goes the extra mile to achieve the client’s goals’ and is recognised for its experience in handling distressed or insolvent legal practices and large property portfolios of insolvent property groups. The group’s client base includes lenders, banks and insolvency practitioners; it recently advised Clark Business Recovery as administrator on a hostile appointment following a director dispute, assisted Begbies Traynor as administrators of Drawn Metal and DML Architectural, and acted for KPMG as administrators of BioEden. The ‘well-experienced and approachable’ James Richardson leads the department, which also includes personal insolvency specialist Nigel Whitfield, who is ‘tenacious and pragmatic’; ‘safe pair of hands’ David Smyllie, who is noted for his defendant director disqualification work; and director Tom Whiteside.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's employment team offers 'timely pragmatic support' that is 'excellent value for money'. Practice head Andrew Gilchrist is recognised for his 'knowledge, commercial acumen and speed of response' and is providing ongoing contentious and non-contentious employment advice to Northgate plc, including on gender pay gap reporting and holiday pay. Louise Connacher is also recommended, particularly for national minimum wage expertise and investigation experience, an area on which she has advised clients such as Hand Picked Hotels. In another work highlight, a team led by Angela Gorton is representing Seabrooks Crisps in an ongoing unfair dismissal claim, relating to a personal injury claim brought by the claimant prior to dismissal. Brian Harrington is another key partner in the group.

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Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett

The Sheffield-based employment team at Lupton Fawcett works closely with its Leeds and York offices and offers the full spectrum of employment advice across the region. Practice head Andrew Gilchrist continues to lead advice to Arcelor Mittal including on general HR matters such as maternity issues, flexible working, recruitment, performance and conduct issues as well as in potential disputes. The 'extremely knowledgeable and professional' Joan Pettingill is recommended, particularly for her expertise in the care sector. Pettingill represents Roche Healthcare on a range of HR advice across multiple sites. British Glass Manufacturers Confederation is another key client, the practice is instructed by the national company both in day to day employment advice, dismissals as well as in contentious matters, including from early conciliation and preliminary hearings to tribunals.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett is recognised for its experience in handing a range of personal injury matters, particularly relating to road traffic accidents, public and occupier's liability, and employer's liability cases. With a wealth of varied experience, Jack Ferraro heads up the practice which also includes consultant Graham Ford, who's specialisms lies with public liability and prison law. Director Jackie Rowe leads the road traffic team and deals with fast and multi-track cases, as well as employers' liability matters. 

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

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's claimant professional negligence practice has a 'deserved reputation for excellence'. Key individuals include Leeds-based Arif Khalfe , who 'works tirelessly for his clients to achieve the best possible outcomes' and Simon Lockley in Sheffield, who attracts praised for his 'outstanding professional manner'. Former head of dispute resolution Nigel Broadbent left the practice to join Tilly Bailey & Irvine and Paul Sykes joined Levi Solicitors LLP.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett

The agriculture team at Lupton Fawcett, which includes individuals across the firm's York and Sheffield offices, is praised for its 'good advice and quick response times'. Johanne Spittle heads the practice and has particular expertise handling property litigation for agricultural, ecclesiastical clients and landed estates.  Julian Rowden handles the sale and purchase of quarries and former gravel pits, including advising on associated mineral rights issues. Hugh Thompson and head of banking Michael Kidd joined from Langleys Solicitors LLP and Addleshaw Goddard, respectively. David Grice retired.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's charities and social enterprise group attracts praise for its 'fast response times' and 'excellent value for money'. The team has significant strength in ecclesiastical law and represents the Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance, Province & Diocese of York and the Diocese of Sodor and Man, on several matters including providing data protection advice. With capabilities across the firm's three Yorkshire office, the practice is led by York-based Caroline Mockford and includes Leeds-based Peter Foskett and Louise Connacher. Also recommended is senior solicitor Lara Jones who 'combines sensitivity with first-rate legal analysis', and focuses on governance, restructures, mergers and charity regulatory matters.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's disputed wills and trusts team handles a full spectrum of contentious matters spanning from validity of wills disputes to estoppel claims. Howard Rutter heads up the team which also includes the experienced Jonathan Cripwell and senior associate Matthew Morton. The team is instructed on a variety of contentious matters involving issues such as validity of wills, breach of trust, and claims under the Inheritance Act.

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's 'solid family practice' regularly advises high-net-worth clients on relationship breakdown and handles a wide range of related issues including tax, pensions and the effects on companies and trusts. +Christopher Burns heads the practice and is 'a top-class advocate'; he handles a range of family and financial remedy matters and has a specialism for children's work. Other key names to note are Peter Foskett, who focuses on high-net-worth financial proceedings, and York-based senior associate Nicola Mitchell.  

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

Lupton Fawcett

The private client team at Lupton Fawcett has the 'complex technical aspects brilliantly mastered' and is frequently instructed to represent landed estates and the owners of SMEs and family businesses. Hugh Thompson joined from Langleys Solicitors LLP and heads the practice spread across offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York, which includes a team attracting praise for their 'common sense and commercial reality.Tricia Carter is particularly experienced in advising parents of those with learning disabilities in respect of trusts and wills. Senior associate Amanda Simmonds is singled out in this area, particularly for advice on 'complex tax related angles. Another key name to note is'hard-hitterHoward Rutter who has a 'serious track-record of securing excellent results for clients' in contentious trust and probate matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

The 'strong' education team at Lupton Fawcett spans across its Leeds, Sheffield and York offices. Michele Phillips, based in Sheffield, has particular expertise acting for academies and school and jointly heads the practice alongside York-based Jonathan Moore, who specialises in representation of further and higher education clients. The practice stands out for its 'good background knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of church school needs', and is instructed by several diocesan boards of educations on academy conversions of Church of England schools. Clients also include the University of York and Bishop Burton College in addition to several grammar schools.

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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 3

Lupton Fawcett

David Whitaker leads the group at Lupton Fawcett and is highly regarded for his experience in acquisitions and disposals, investment property portfolios and charity clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include Jonathan Moore, who handles development transactions; and consultant David Coleman, who ‘offers fair and pragmatic advice with industry knowledge that is second to none’ and is noted for his expertise in property acquisitions, joint ventures and leasing issues. Highlights included assisting Belgrave with the sale of its let industrial properties portfolio to a Jersey-based investment company, advising Grangers International on its acquisition and funding of land for a new manufacturing store and distribution facility, and acting for Redhall Group on the disposal of its industrial buildings complex in Newcastle.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett has ‘an excellent reputation derived from the quality and experience of its lawyers’ including practice head and ‘grandmaster of property litigation’ Jonathan Warner-Reed, who ‘confidently outmanoeuvres his opponents staying several moves ahead of the game’. Other key individuals include Johanne Spittle, who acts for landlords and landowners; Rob Cooke and Hayden Glynn. The practice receives praise for its adverse possession expertise and key industry sectors for the group include the retail, finance, agricultural, ecclesiastical, residential and student accommodation sectors; example clients include the Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance, Host Students, Leeds Building Society and Hartshorne Motor Services.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Warner-Reed - Lupton Fawcett

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

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett’s group provides ‘a fantastic personal service and includes individuals who are always available and provide clear and pragmatic solutions’. Led by Clive Lawrence, who is ‘diligent, handles the details well and easily gets to the route of a problem and finds the most desired solution’, the practice includes litigator Simon Lockley, who ‘gives concise commercial advice’, and John Sykes, who is ‘enjoyable to work with’. The team recently acted for J & J Ormerod in a design infringement case, represented a Campaign for Fairer Gambling campaigner in a libel claim against the Association of British Bookmakers and its chief executive relating to a Channel 4 News debate, and acted for Smiles Powder in a trade mark infringement dispute and related passing off issues. Senior associate Ben Clay rejoined the firm from an in-house position.

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