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McCormicks
WHARFEDALE HOUSE
35-37 EAST PARADE
HARROGATE
HG1 5LQ
England

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

McCormicks has an excellent track record in the sports sector and has an impressive number of key names on its client roster, including The Premier League. Under the leadership of Peter McCormick, who splits his time between London and Harrogate, the practice handles a range of contentious regulatory work and litigation matters; the latter is headed up by Philip Edmondson. Transactional lawyer James Towler advises national and international clients on corporate mandates, particularly acquisitions and disposals. The group is also skilled in advising shoot proprietors on lease renewals and site operations work. Head of the commercial property practice Heather Roberts and senior associate Sara Morgan, who advises on employment law, also contribute to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick; James Towler; Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Premier League

The Premier League Charitable Fund

Leeds United FC

The Bostik League (Isthmian League)

Professional Game Match Officials Ltd

Harrogate Town AFC

Walsall FC

McLaren Formula One

Otley RUFC

Leeds Rhinos RLFC

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Norwich City FC

IDRS/The EFL (formerly the Football League

The Southern League

The Northern Premier League

Wycombe Wanderers FC

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Premier League Charitable Fund on sponsorship contracts and advising on data protection issues.
  • Representing The Premier League on various matters.
  • Representing Leeds United FC and its players in high-profile investigations brought by the FA and EFL.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 2

McCormicks is known for handling competition litigation for its sports clients, notably The Premier League. Philip Edmondson oversees the team, which handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the sports, entertainment and leisure sectors. Peter McCormick has experience appearing before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in investigations.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Premier League

GMI Construction Holdings PLC

GMI Construction Group PLC

Leeds United Football Club

Analytix Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented The Premier League in a high-profile arbitration brought by Leyton Orient.
  • Represented the Premier League as Interveners in a case brought by HMRC to challenge the so-called Football Creditor Rules regime.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

At McCormicks, Peter Minnikin leads the crime, corporate crime and risk department. He is instructed as a Higher Court Advocate in proceedings before the Crown Court, where he represents defendants charged with sexual offences, fraud and violent offences. Minnikin is spearheading the firm's regulatory prosecution offering, and is currently acting for a pharmacist charged with possession and intent to supply large quantities of prescription medication.

Practice head(s):

Peter Minnikin

Work highlights

  • Continue to represent the National Pharmaceutical Association in relation to a substantial number of cases. The pharmacists are arrested in relation to gross negligence manslaughter and other serious criminal offences arising out of their role as pharmacists including investigations by the NHS Fraud Prevention Team.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Led by Harrogate-based name partner Peter McCormick, the agricultural and estates offering at McCormicks counts the Royal Horticultural Society and various charities within its impressive portfolio. In addition, the team is particularly well known for assisting landowners with the diversification of their estates (including overseeing building conversions for both commercial and residential use). McCormick is a longstanding member of the Country Landowners and Rural Business Association.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick

Testimonials

‘Ably led by Peter McCormick, this practice punches above its weight. Good sound advice across a number of fields – employment, litigation, commercial dispute resolution and succession planning.’

‘They adopt a sensible common sense approach to achieve the desired outcome. Their advice on succession planning in respect of a family business was excellent.’

 

Key clients

The Estate of the late John Herbert Strutt

The Ripley Castle Shoot

Rudding Park – Simon Mackaness

Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby of the Ripley Castle Estate

Various charities – WMT, Duke of Edingburgh’s Award, Chetwynde School

Liam Botham

Royal Horticultural Society

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise on the complex estate of the late John Herbert Strutt and the associated Trusts and Charities with regards the potential future development and/or sale of various properties held within the residuary estate.
  • Continue to assist and advise on all relevant aspects of The Ripley Shoot along with several others (including Hob Green, Cayton Gill, the Nidd Estate, Mountgarret Shoot) which together form the second largest portfolio of shoots in the UK.
  • Advised the Rudding Park Estate for many years (including advising on re-financing of the entire estate along with advice relating to a dispute with the local council relating to granting of an entertainment licence to a neighbouring property).

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The charities offering at McCormicks is led by name partner Peter McCormick (a noted trustee of the Football Foundation). The team advises clients in respect of regulatory guidance and counts The Royal Horticultural Society and The War Memorials Trust within its diverse portfolio.  Notably, the firm has longstanding advisory relationships with Harrogate International Festivals and the Premier League Charitable Fund.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick

Testimonials

‘The team are all approachable, friendly and supportive. They have a breadth of knowledge and the ability to convert legalese to plain English’.

Key clients

Harrogate International Festivals

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation, John Strutt Memorial Foundation, JSCF & John Strutt Charity

The Premier League Charitable Fund

War Memorials Trust

The Football Foundation

The Helen Feather Memorial Trust

The Harrogate Operatic Players

The Royal Horticultural Society

The Outward Bound Trust

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise on the complex estate of the late John Herbert Strutt and the associated Trusts and Charities with regards, in particular, the proposed future development and/or sale of various properties within the residuary estate.
  • Advise the War Memorials Trust on a wide range of matters including the drafting of new governing documentation and advice regarding the Charity’s relocation of premises in London. Peter McCormick is Chairman of this charity.
  • Provide a full service to the The Premier League Charitable Fund  with regards all commercial and charitable arrangements between the Charity, its funding partners and specialist service providers.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 3

McCormicks' client portfolio includes individual defendants, companies, solicitors and professional bodies involved in serious fraud investigations and criminal prosecutions. It also represents clients in major POCA proceedings. As a member of the defence panel for the National Pharmaceutical Association, the practice (which is led by Peter Minnikin) is instructed by the NHS fraud team to advise on matters involving an interplay between pharmaceutical regulation and fraud offences. Minnikin specialises in fraud cases where there has been an abuse of a position of trust, as well as HMRC investigations and money laundering prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Minnikin

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

At McCormicks in Harrogate, the key name is founding partner Peter McCormick. Known for assisting executors, trustees and potential beneficiaries of significant family estates, the team also handles cross-border matters regarding assets which may require protection or seizure. Philip Edmondson and Elaine Lightfoot are other important contacts.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick

Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

At McCormicks, Harrogate-based partner Stephen Hopwood leads the family team. The firm specialises in financial matters, domestic abuse and children's law. Its strengths are complemented by a number of strategic partnerships with accountants and mediators, as well as budgeting controls on each matter to provide financial certainty for clients of various income streams.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hopwood

Testimonials

‘A solid practice with a good reputation in the local area.’

‘Stephen Hopwood is a pragmatic and sensible lawyer who has excellent client skills.’

 

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

McCormicks' commercial litigation practice is experienced in handling contractual and corporate disputes, debt recovery issues, professional negligence claims and contentious probate work. The 'very commercially astute' Philip Edmondson leads the team and counts breach of contract claims, partnership disputes and insolvency-related litigation among his areas of expertise. Senior partner Peter McCormick 'is fantastic in sports disputes' with particular experience acting for football leagues, including the Premier League and the Isthmian League, as well as football clubs and players. The group is also growing its roster of digital and IT sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique in that they make you feel like the most important client, nothing is too much trouble and you never need to chase or wait longer than is expected.’

‘In Peter McCormick, they have a commercial litigator of unparalleled experience and unusually astute judgment. In Philip Edmondson, they have someone with specialist sports knowledge, energy and client dedication.’

‘Peter McCormick is fantastic in sports disputes, particularly football. Has done some excellent litigation work for me.’

‘Peter McCormick – unique sports lawyer. First choice every time. Great practical advice. Very commercial. Value for money’

‘The practice is unique in that they make you feel like the most important client, nothing is too much trouble and you never need to chase or wait longer than is expected.’

‘Phil Edmondson – very commercially astute and level-headed.’

Key clients

The Premier League

Rudding Park Ltd

Leeds United Football Club

GMI Construction Group PLC

Oracle Finance Limited

DFS Furniture Company Limited

Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited/Legal and Professional Insurance

The Isthmian League (Bostik League)

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Limited

InTechnology PLC

The Estate of the late John Strutt and associated trusts

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited in a variety of debt recovery and run-off claims management matters.
  • Represented Leeds United Football Club and football coach Marcelo Bielsa in investigations and eventual charges brought by the FA and EFL respectively in relation to the so called ‘Spygate’ scandal – which related to Bielsa’s covert surveillance to gather information on opposition teams.
  • Defending Leeds United Football Club and football coach Marcelo Bielsa in alleged aggravated breach of FA misconduct rules.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

At McCormicks, Philip Edmondson and Will Bates are ‘excellent for insolvency work'. The team is notably strong in insolvency matters in the football industry; Edmondson counts the Premier League and Leeds United Football Club among his clients. Name partner Peter McCormick is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent regional practice. London advice at regional rates.’

‘Phil Edmondson and Will Bates are excellent for insolvency work.’

‘McCormicks offers very specialist/niche advice to the football industry. There is a huge amount of experience within their ranks which provides a quick and reliable service.’

‘Peter McCormick – Unique connections within the game of football and lots of experience of governance/legal issues across a breadth of topics.’

Key clients

The Premier League

Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited/Legal and Professional Insurance

DFS Furniture Company Limited

Oracle Finance Limited

Leeds United Football Club Limited

Walsh Taylor Business Support Group

Rudding Park

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise and represent the Premier League, with recent insolvency-related matters including providing advice relating to Portsmouth FC, representing the client in a landmark challenge to the Football Creditor Rules and representing the client in arbitration proceedings brought by Leyton Orient in relation to West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium.
  • Represented the Premier League in proceedings threatened by its former landlord pursuant to an Authorised Guarantee Agreement, providing insolvency advice as to the tenant’s status throughout.
  • Ongoing advice to the Premier League on its general insolvency policy.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

The 'very efficient' team at McCormicks provides a broad range of private client services, with a particular focus on estate planning, administration, Court of Protection matters and trustee/settlor advice. The firm also has expertise in the establishment of discretionary trusts, charitable giving  fiduciary duties, mental incapacity and lasting Powers of Attorney. The key partners are Peter McCormick and Elaine Lightfoot.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick; Elaine Lightfoot

Testimonials

‘Very efficient and helpful team, they deal with all queries very promptly.’

‘Elaine Lightfoot is an excellent communicator. She pulls together a team of advisers well to meet the client’s needs.’

Key clients

The Estate of the late John Herbert Strutt

The Premier League

Work highlights

  • Advise The Estate of the late John Herbert Strutt and the associated Trusts and Charities with regards, in particular, to the future development and/or sale of various properties comprised within the residuary estate.
  • Advise the Premier League in respect of structures to protect young players from financial predators.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

McCormicks handles a wide variety of contentious property work, ranging from landlord and tenant conflicts to dilapidation claims and boundary disputes. Clients include private investors, developers, landed estates and charities. Name partner and well-respected commercial litigator Peter McCormick chairs the firm. He works with Philip Edmondson and Heather Roberts.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson; Peter McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Premier League

John Strutt Conservation Foundation

Leeds United FC

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation

John Strutt Memorial Foundation

GMI Holdings PLC

Long Mountain Shoot

Work highlights

  • Represented the Premier League in proceedings threatened by its former landlord pursuant to an Authorised Guarantee Agreement, providing insolvency advice as to the tenant’s status throughout.
  • Act for the client in relation to the management of the Derbyshire Estate, involving managing difficult tenants, advising on forfeiture and distraint, interference with right of way and adverse possession claims.
  • Continue to advise Leeds United FC on all aspects of the Club’s properties, securing successful outcomes on a variety of property-oriented disputes.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

McCormicks works with a number of sports, media and entertainment clients, advising them on a range of matters including copyright, trademarks, and other contentious work. Practice head James Towler is the key name.

Practice head(s):

James Towler

Key clients

Welcome to Harrogate Limited (T/A Visit Harrogate)

National Pharmacy Association

The Rookery Project Limited (trading as Azzuu)

Corrado’s Ltd

Eden Telecom Limited

InTechnology PLC

Gareth Harris and Gareth Harris Limited

(AQ) Limited

Love Layla Designs Limited

The Premier League

The Premier League Charitable Fund

InTechnology WiFi Limited

The Isthmian Football League Ltd (trading as the Bostik League)

Leeds United FC

Rudding Park

Harrogate Town FC

Eden Telecom Ltd

Frontier Enterprises Limited

Responsible Gaming Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising regional leisure and business tourism body Visit Harrogate in relation to the engagement of a specialist software developer who developed an E-tourism platform.
  • Instructed by telecommunications company InTechnology PLC in relation a claim against Legal Document Management Limited.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

McCormicks is best known for football-related disciplinary work, but also acts in SRA investigations and SDT defence work. Peter McCormick OBE is a sports-related regulatory and disciplinary expert and has recently been serving as interim head of the Football Association; Peter Minnikin acts for medical practitioners, physiotherapists and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society; Philip Edmondson is litigation services head; and senior associate Sara Morgan represents pharmacists.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson; Peter McCormick OBE; Sara Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent litigators who are pragmatic, thorough, technically good, and value for money.

They are definitely a go-to firm in this field – their knowledge and integrity are impressive.

Peter McCormick OBE leads this work, and his team has a really strong reputation in this area, particularly in relation to sports matters.

Key clients

National Pharmacy Association

The Premier League

Professional Game Match Officials

Leeds United FC

Sport Resolutions (UK)

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Solicitors Indemnity Fund

Liverpool FC

CEDR

IDRS

Work highlights

  • Represents solicitors and firms of solicitors that are the subject of investigations and/or subsequent prosecutions by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
  • Acts for the National Pharmacy Association in its members’ disciplinary proceedings.
  • Acts for the Premier League in professional disciplinary matters.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

McCormicks takes its name from football industry heavyweight and founding partner Peter McCormick, ‘one of the godfathers of sports law’. Among many other standout accolades, in November 2020 he stepped in as interim chairman of the FA; his practice spans regulatory, disciplinary, reputation management and defamation affairs. The department is also led by Philip Edmondson, a disputes specialist who was recently appointed as a non-executive director to the Board of British Weight Lifting, as well as James Towler who oversees the group's corporate and commercial activities, covering disposals, acquisitions, group reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick; James Towler; Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Peter McCormick is considered one of the best in the sector. We have used this firm in a variety of areas from board level to advising on furlough and employment matters. They have great contacts within the industry and such commercial acumen. They guide you through matters with ease.’

‘Industry leading football and sports lawyers. Good value for money. Commercial and collaborative with practical advice.’

‘Peter McCormick is the best football lawyer in the UK.’

‘Peter McCormick: one of the godfathers of sports law, hugely well known in football.’

Key clients

The Premier League

The Premier League Charitable Fund

Leeds United FC

The Bostik League (Isthmian League)

Professional Game Match Officials Ltd

Frank Boddy (Shoot Proprietor) and the Ripley Castle Shoot Group

Visit Harrogate

Harrogate Town AFC

Walsall FC

McLaren Formula One

Otley RUFC

Leeds Rhinos RLFC

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Robert Jones (Long Mountain Shoot and other shoots)

Liam Botham (son of Lord Ian Botham)

Norwich City FC

IDRS/The EFL (formerly the Football League)

The Southern League

The Northern Premier League

Wycombe Wanderers FC

Lord Ian Botham

Work highlights

  • For The Premier League, continuing to handle the due diligence and approvals process in applying the Owners’ and Directors’ Test when a proposed takeover of a club or acquisition of a significant interest in a club is to take place. The team has advised on the acquisitions or abortive acquisitions of Crystal Palace, Everton, Burnley, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.
  • Represented Leeds United FC and its manager Marcelo Bielsa in relation to investigations and eventual charges brought by the FA and EFL respectively.
  • Retained as solicitors to Norwich City FC. Matters have included employment advice, in particular with regard to settlement agreements in respect of the termination of employment of senior members of staff and their replacements.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

McCormicks has built up a sizeable portfolio of commercial property and residential investor clients, landed estates and charities. The firm's work includes property sales and purchases, landlord and tenant matters, property management and disputes. Heather Roberts is experienced in commercial letting, regeneration schemes and specialist areas of agricultural law, such as shooting rights.

Practice head(s):

Heather Roberts

Key clients

John Strutt Conservation Foundation

The Premier League

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation

John Strutt Memorial Foundation

The John Strutt Charity

Rudding Park Ltd

Leeds United FC

Wycombe Wanderers FC

Frank Adams Legacy Ltd (Wycombe Wanderers Supporters)

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for the Estate of John Strutt , the Eden Place Estate, the Belper Estate together with associated trusts and charities on residential property development involving substantial listed buildings and asset management, among others.  
  • Continuing advice and representation in relation to the Premier League’s Headquarters building in London, including internal re-development, and landlord and tenant issues.
  • Advising Leeds United Football Club on the proposed purchase of the former Matthew Murray School site in Leeds as home to the new training ground with Leeds City Council including scoping site and design and working with local partners on potential conditions.

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 5

Peter McCormick OBE – McCormicksMcCormicks senior partner Peter McCormick OBE is nationally praised for his sport-related mediation work. In addition to his role as chairman of the Premier League’s legal advisory group, McCormick is a member of a panel of legal specialists for Sport Resolutions (UK), which provides mediation and arbitration facilities for parties involved in sport-related disputes, while in late 2020 he stepped in as interim chairman of the Football Association.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 5

A heavyweight in the sports sector, McCormicks is a top choice law firm for clients in the world of sport and entertainment. Peter McCormick OBE has strong ties with the Premier League and advises on defamation and reputation management issues across the board. Philip Edmondson leads the dispute resolution team.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very strong and efficient practice with a deep insight into what fits into clients’ needs. The department has springboarded from Peter McCormick’s stellar reputation and he has nurtured and developed a powerful team. ‘

‘Peter McCormick is a true superstar . His clientbase alone shows that he is truly appreciated by heavy hitters in a very competitive field.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 6

McCormicks provides 'top-notch advice' and is instructed by leading sports sector clients on commercial contracts and corporate matters. Overseen by Peter McCormick and James Towler, the team advises UK and international clients, and has expanded its sector strength across the aviation, hospitality and leisure industries. Also in Harrogate is Emily Steed, who focuses on corporate restructurings and incorporations.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick; James Towler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘McCormicks grasp the subject matter quickly and provide transparent, non jargon advice. They understand the ethos of our business and how we work.’

‘They understand the business and the person in depth and company values.’

‘Brilliant unique sports practice, particularly Football. Unrivalled reputation in football. Top notch advice and at regional rates.’

‘Peter McCormick – exceptional commercial advice.’

Key clients

The Premier League

The Premier League Charitable Fund

(AQ) Limited

Harrogate International Festivals Ltd

Leeds United Football Club Limited

Abacus Direct Limited

Harrogate Town Football Club

Isthmian Football League Limited

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Trust

Redline Specialist Cars Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Leeds United Football Club on a large number of commercial contracts.
  • Advising the Premier League in respect of the operation of the Owners’ and Directors’ Test.
  • Advised IT and telecoms business (AQ) Limited in relation to various commercial relationships and contracts with third party suppliers, customers and partners.

McCormicks is an award-winning practice in Harrogate with an impressive client list across the legal disciplines. The firm is regarded as one of the top regional practices, acting in high-profile national cases as well as those in its region.

The firm: McCormicks has grown organically and is admired for its continued ability to operate successfully in the corporate and commercial field, while at the same time maintaining its strong commitment to its private client practice. The firm’s traditional core values of integrity, technical excellence and hard work are combined with its reputation for vibrancy and dynamism, and a team that is committed to providing clients with an unrivalled quality of service and innovation.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s major areas of work are corporate/commercial (including commercial property), commercial dispute resolution, competition, corporate recovery, corporate crime and risk, and private client (including family/matrimonial and charities).

The corporate/commercial department has a client list that includes owner-managed businesses, partnerships, pIcs and private businesses, banks, insurance companies, and personalities from the world of sport and entertainment. High-profile clients in the region include Rudding Park and Harrogate International Festivals. The complete range of commercial work is handled, including corporate, commercial property, franchising, intellectual property, liquor licensing and employment. The firm has established a burgeoning reputation in IT and e-commerce, advising a number of internet and new media businesses. Leisure is also an important sector. Peter McCormick has been chairman of Visit Harrogate, responsible for all business and leisure tourism in the region.

The practice has an outstanding reputation in sports and media/entertainment law, and senior partner Peter McCormick is regarded as one of the leading sports lawyers in the country, having advised on a number of high-profile matters involving football, rugby, horse racing, cricket, motor racing and athletics. He is Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group of the Premier League. He has been acting chairman of the Premier League 2014-15. He is Chairman of the Football Board of the Premier League, Vice Chairman of the F.A., a member of the Football Regulatory Authority, Professional Game Board and chairman of the F.A. International Committee and F.A. Group Remuneration Committee. Other clients include Leeds United FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, Harrogate Town FC and a variety of other leading organisations, clubs and individuals.

The firm has a strong reputation for regulatory and disciplinary work in sport and the professions. Mr McCormick acts for the Premier League and as a chairman of tribunals and arbitrations. He is also a chairman of Sports Resolutions (UK).

McCormicks’ commercial dispute resolution practice covers the full range of work in this area, including personal litigation, defamation, property litigation, contract disputes, construction, intellectual property, debt recovery for national institutions and contentious trusts and probate. The firm is very strong in alternative dispute resolution and mediation.

The firm has developed nationally recognised expertise in competition law, having represented a construction company in the largest investigation ever launched by the OFT and which became the largest appeal case in the history of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. McCormicks’ work on behalf of the appellant resulted in the case becoming the first successful appeal on all issues, including liability, in a case in which penalties had been imposed under the Competition Act 1998.

McCormicks has a legendary reputation in criminal law, covering all aspects of this practice area, with a focus on serious fraud, major crime and defence of tax investigations. Under the leadership of partner  Peter Minnikin, the team has acted in a number of major tax cases and VAT tribunals. The firm was one of the first in the country to be appointed to the Specialist Fraud Panel and the Very High Costs Cases (VHCC) Panel. Another specialism is defending road traffic cases of all types.

Private client work includes residential conveyancing and a full service on wills, trusts and settlements. Inheritance and tax planning are other strengths. The firm is a leader in charity law and acts for over 20 charities, including the Outward Bound Trust, The Premier League Charitable Fund, the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation and War Memorials Trust.

All aspects of family work are covered, including childcare, divorce and separation, and the firm was among the first to be accredited under the Law Society’s Family Law Scheme. Mr Rogers is a member of the Family Panel and the firm is a member of Resolution.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior Partner Peter McCormick OBEp.mccormick@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Corporate and Commercial James Towlerj.towler@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
General Crime Brian Nuttneyb.nuttney@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Corporate Crime, Fraud and Risk Peter Minnikinp.minnikin@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Dispute Resolution (including Commercial, Mediation and Personal) Philip Edmondsonp.edmondson@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Employment Iain Jenkinsi.jenkins@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Commercial Property Heather Robertsh.roberts@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Private Client Elaine Lightfoote.lightfoot@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Family and Matrimonial Stephen Hopwoods.hopwood@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Family and Matrimonial Carol Hancockc.hancock@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Corporate and Commercial Emily Steede.steed@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
Dispute Resolution William Batesw.bates@mccormicks-solicitors.com01423 530630
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Will Bates  photo Will Bates Will is a Solicitor working in the Commercial Litigation team.  Will has…
Philip Edmondson  photo Philip Edmondson Philip is the Head of Commercial Litigation services at McCormicks. Philip has…
Carol Hancock  photo Carol Hancock Carol is a solicitor, working with Stephen Hopwood in the Family Department…
Stephen Hopwood  photo Stephen Hopwood Stephen is the Managing Partner and heads the McCormicks Family Department, ranked…
Iain Jenkins photo Iain JenkinsIain Jenkins heads up our Employment Department.  Iain specialises in Employment Law…
Elaine Lightfoot  photo Elaine Lightfoot Elaine Lightfoot heads up our Private Client Department. Elaine’s areas of expertise…
Peter D G McCormick OBE  photo Peter D G McCormick OBE Peter McCormick is the Senior Partner at McCormicks. He is an internationally…
Peter Minnikin  photo Peter Minnikin Peter is Head of the Crime, Corporate Crime and Risk Department at…
Brian Nuttney  photo Brian Nuttney Brian is a Solicitor Associate specialising in all aspects of Crime.  He…
Heather Roberts  photo Heather Roberts Heather is a Commercial Property specialist with wide experience of acting for…
Emily Steed  photo Emily Steed Emily is a Solicitor, working alongside Jon Healey, in the Corporate and…
James Towler  photo James Towler James is a Partner and heads up the Corporate/Commercial Department.  He routinely…
Number of UK partners : 7
Number of other UK fee-earners : 11

CLIENT: Peter Banks
COMPANY/FIRM: Rudding Park Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: McCormicks mainly do commercial work for us such as contracts and leases, however there has been some commercial dispute resolution and some employment issues. What we most like about McCormicks is your honesty and forthright opinion. If we are wasting our time you tell us. Then you actually perform, and if necessary, demonstrate an iron fist in a charming velvet glove.


CLIENT: Sharon Canavar
COMPANY/FIRM: Harrogate International Festivals
TESTIMONIAL: Our work is undertaken by people we know, trust and like, and is provided in a refreshingly clear and accessible way.


CLIENT: Frances Moreton
COMPANY/FIRM: War Memorials Trust
TESTIMONIAL: McCormicks provide amazing support for the charity dealing with whatever we throw at them. When you are a small charity the things that cross your desk end up being rather diverse and often new, but McCormicks are on hand to help us make sense of it all.


CLIENT: Richard Doyle
COMPANY/FIRM: Radish Investments
TESTIMONIAL: What I like most about working with McCormicks is they are flexible, easy to do business with and competitive.


CLIENT: Garry Plant
COMPANY/FIRM: Harrogate Town Football Club
TESTIMONIAL: The club has a long and fruitful relationship with McCormicks built on trust and results. Both organisations are involved in results-driven sectors. McCormicks understand who we are, what we do and how we breathe. McCormicks are straight talking, no jargon and offer a quick, candid assessment of matters, relevant and to the point, offering simple choices.


CLIENT: Chris France
COMPANY/FIRM: BeerHawk
TESTIMONIAL: McCormicks are my favourite fixers! When you start a business from scratch, you get into all kinds of pickles and scrapes. You get things wrong, get into unintended arguments and just frequently find yourself on unfamiliar territory. When I can tick any of the above, I come to McCormicks. In short, I have never come off badly in any of the cases McCormicks has helped out with, McCormicks has always given great advice and, every time we wrap things up, I think the outcome is infinitely better than it would have been had we tried to muddle through alone.


CLIENT: Karla Newbury-Jones
COMPANY/FIRM: Mrs Energy
TESTIMONIAL: McCormicks helped us with a legal matter that was confusing; their staff were friendly and approachable and we felt they dealt with our query in a quick and efficient manner. The cost of their services was very competitive as well! McCormicks are friendly and professional, they have a hands-on approach and were speedy and precise when dealing with our query.


CLIENT: Nigel Pulling
COMPANY/FIRM: Yorkshire Agricultural Society
TESTIMONIAL: McCormicks is our “go to” firm when we need advice on contentious issues and from time to time (unfortunately!) we do. They provide straight-talking, no nonsense, punchy advice which gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Peter McCormick and I also share a love of football, though I think he’d say I support the wrong team!


CLIENT: Nick Robinson
COMPANY/FIRM: Ryman League
TESTIMONIAL: The first major work was the overhaul of our Articles and since then we have had help with sponsorship and commercial contracts and Rule amendments. We enjoy the ease of working with McCormicks, the speed with which the work is carried out and the value we get with good pricing by the firm.


CLIENT: Trevor Stroud, Chairman
COMPANY/FIRM: Wycombe Football Club and Supporters Trust
TESTIMONIAL: We are deeply indebted to James Towler, Emily Steed and Heather Roberts at McCormicks Solicitors, who advised us throughout what proved to be a complex transaction. Their deep knowledge of the legal intricacies of the football world was of enormous help to us during the extended negotiations, and they were a pleasure to deal with. Their advice was always clear, pragmatic and constructive, and enabled us all to focus without distraction on the key issues which needed to be resolved. We really appreciate the way they handled the transaction for us.


CLIENT: Confidential – Client Feedback Questionnaire (Regulatory and Disciplinary Client)
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: From the moment we first had contact with Peter Minnikin, he filled both my wife and I with confidence. He was realistic in his advice, robust and utterly professional and for the first time we felt we had someone who understood the situation and was firmly on our side. All in all, he has provided us with exceptional service and helped us through the most difficult of times, giving us the confidence not to give up but fight on. We cannot recommend his services highly enough.


CLIENT: Confidential – Client Feedback Questionnaire (Crime)
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: I feel very lucky that I chose Brian Nuttney to represent me at my recent Court appearance for speeding. Mr Nuttney instantly put me at east, at what was a very stressful time. He undertook a thorough and constructive review of my case and the circumstances around it and put forward a well structured and reasoned plea for mitigation, resulting in a fine and a 28 day ban, at a speed of 117 mph, was a better resolution than I had feared. I would happily recommend Brian to anyone seeking high quality legal help.


CLIENT: Confidential – Client Feedback Questionnaire (Family)
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: Both Stephen Hopwood and Carol Hancock have been very supportive over the last 16 months and have guided me carefully through this very long and at times gruelling process. Carol spent the day with me at the final Hearing and kept me calm and focussed, which was a mission in itself as the stress is phenomenal during the Hearings.


CLIENT: Confidential – Client Feedback Questionnaire (Private Client)
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: I felt I had to write a few words in praise of Elaine Lightfoot. Following the death of my father we were lucky enough to be led through the probate procedure by Elaine who always kept us up to date with what was happening at every stage and replying to emails very swiftly. Elaine took the stress out of the whole thing from start to finish and on behalf of my family I would like to thank your company for having such a delightful solicitor working for you and we would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone.