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Lupton Fawcett

Work 0113 280 2000
Fax 0113 245 6782
730000 LEEDS-70
Leeds, Sheffield, York

Howard Rutter

Work 0113 280 2074
Lupton Fawcett

Work Department

Dispute Management


Howard is a partner in the firm's dispute management department and has over 30 years litigation experience dealing with a vast array of commercial disputes including contractual claims, large insurance claims, professional negligence, and all aspects of chancery litigation. Howard acts for all types of professional and business partnerships including farming partnerships and has developed a niche for acting for solicitors in partnership disputes. He has also established a substantial reputation in director/shareholder disputes which often involve family companies. He regularly deals with large complex estates involving disputes between executors, trustees and beneficiaries. Howard also has considerable experience of advising in professional negligence actions, particularly those arising out of negligent legal advice. Howard has acted in several large insurance claims following fire damage (122). Howard is a longstanding member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Solicitors) and APP (Association of Partnership Practitioners).

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

At Lupton Fawcett, the practice¬†includes Jonathan Warner-Reed, who has a ‚Äėvery efficient, excellent and commercial mind‚Äô; 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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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

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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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

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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