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Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Clients praise boutique firm Tyr for ‘providing a sophisticated, innovative and highly successful service in complex multi-party commercial disputes’. The team has experience in representing local, national and international companies before the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and claims that challenge the decisions of public bodies by way of judicial review. Matthew Fidler and Alistair Kennedy jointly lead the practice, and David Cook acts in technology, corporate, financial services and pensions disputes. Other names to note are Laura Salvati, senior associate Rebecca Birkby and legal director Nigel Brook.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Kennedy; Matthew Fidler


‘Very bright people who have helped through some very tricky situations.’

‘A niche practice that gives the highest calibre of advice that matches any long-standing branded legal national practice.’

‘Matthew Fiddler provides the right level of commercial and practical advice against the backdrop of the law. He can assess objectives and place those within the available legal parameters ensuring clients know what is a likely achievable outcome.’

‘Tyr Law provide a sophisticated, innovative and highly successful service in complex multi-party commercial disputes. They are acting in some extremely high-profile matters which involve a dense interplay of financial services, property and insolvency law.’

‘Matthew Fidler and Nigel Brook both bring a wealth of experience and understanding to highly sensitive commercial disputes. They are empathetic in their client relationships and creative in their strategic thinking.’

‘A fast-growing and impressive team of litigators which is now one of the leading litigation boutiques outside of London and a clear market leader in the North East of England. Begun by talented partners, the team has recruited wisely adding talented individuals at all levels of seniority.’

‘Alistair Kennedy is a quick-thinking and intelligent lawyer with a keen eye for the best strategy. ‘

‘Rebecca Birkby is a very capable senior associate.’

Key clients

Logistics Plus Inc.

Closegate Hotel Group

Halliburton Group

Hudson Foster LLP

APL Management Limited

A Shade Greener Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Closegate Hotel Group in relation to a negligence claim against a leading law firm.
  • Acting for Logistics Plus Inc as the claimant in respect of a multi-million supply chain dispute related to PPE supplied to the UK during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for Halliburton Group to assist with the recovery of damages in relation to an oil exploration project in Ghana, which involved the Ghanaian government.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Tyr frequently acts for clients across the energy, construction and retail sectors in investigations instigated by the Environment Agency or local authorities, and is well-placed to advise on compliance issues, particularly in the waste sector. Praised as an ‘excellent tactician and communicator’, Lyn Dario leads the practice and specialises in regulatory environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Lyn Dario


‘Lyn Dario has great experience in the field of health and safety and is highly regarded by clients. Excellent tactician and communicator. She has achieved some outstanding results for clients.’

‘This is a relatively new firm but has an incredible weight of talent in place already. The impact on regulatory as a whole has been significant, with a particular emphasis on environmental regulation.’

‘Lyn Dario joined Tyr a couple of years ago due to her formidable reputation. In my view, she is one of the top regulatory lawyers in Yorkshire, if not the country. Through her expert guidance, we have routinely achieved consistent and considerable success on a vast range of matters.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a leisure business on alleged statutory nuisance, and appeal of abatement notice.
  • Acted for a pipeline operator on an investigation into potential pipeline leak.
  • Advising a waste company on its permit conditions relating to odour management.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Tyr advises landlords, corporate occupiers, developers, landowners and investors across the manufacturing, wholesale and retail, leisure and healthcare sectors and is well-placed to leverage the expertise of other teams within the firm, such as planning, tax, construction and property litigation. Practice leader Dean Jowett, who is noted for his expertise in residential property developments, is frequently supported by senior associate Marcus Watson.

Practice head(s):

Dean Jowett

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Watson; Sarah Temple

Key clients

Persimmon Homes Limited

Strata Homes

Sterling Capitol

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Carlton Forest Group

YESSS Electrical

Astonish (Cleaning Products)

Thomas the Baker

Neom Organics

Teakwood Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a plc national housebuilder on the acquisition of land for 450 dwellings, with a land value of £28m.
  • Acting for Astonish Cleaning Products in relation to its acquisition and development of a 120,000 square foot commercial unit in Bradford, from a regional commercial developer, with a gross development value of £12m.
  • Advised a regional commercial developer upon the acquisition, development and disposal of a mixed-use development scheme in North Yorkshire, with a combined gross development value in excess of £15m.

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

Tyr is continuing to build up its corporate and commercial offerings, with Chris Blantern and Luisa D’Alessandro the respective key contacts.

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Matthew Yates  leads the employment team at Tyr; he has extensive experience advising a wide range of companies in various sectors, from PLCs to SMEs as well as senior individuals. He also has a particular interest in the transport and chemical sectors and conducts his own advocacy before the Employment Tribunal.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Tyr's business restructuring offering is spearheaded by Ashley Jaques who joined the firm in August 2021 from DWF. Specialising in property-based insolvencies and receiverships, Ashley has significant experience acting on behalf of insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, directors and property agents.

Real estate > Property litigation

Laura Salvati joined from Schofield Sweeney in November 2020 to grow Tyr’s property litigation practice and its client base, which includes household names such as The Trafford Centre.

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

Luisa D’Alessandro joined Tyr in February 2021 from Schofield Sweeney to establish the firm’s IT practice, which handles non-contentious matters, including IT contracting and data protection work.

Tyr is a boutique commercial law firm which ensures that all its partners and senior fee-earners have backgrounds in leading national and international practices and experience in dealing with complex commercial issues.  With an office in the heart of Leeds’ business district, Tyr offers the expertise provided by leading law firms, but with a personal touch and a focus on providing consistently excellent service.

Tyr is recognised for the quality of its lawyers and its teamwork within the firm, and also working in close partnership with clients. It seeks to be innovative and progressive in its culture and approach. Clients of the firm will find that they receive energetic and accessible service and that they are offered pragmatic commercial advice and the best solutions.

Commercial litigation: The team is led by partners Alistair Kennedy and Matthew Fidler and is made up of experienced lawyers who have worked for some of the UK’s leading litigation practices. Their experience and quality enables them to provide clients with excellent service. The team typically works on complex commercial disputes that have the potential to transform their client’s business. They have particular expertise in dealing with disputes arising out of corporate transactions, shareholder disputes and director misfeasance as well as acting on competition damages actions and matters involving professional negligence and fraud. They also act on complex disputes in the financial services, accountancy and IT sectors, matters that progress by way of arbitration, and have a depth of knowledge in challenging the decisions of a range of different public bodies by way of judicial review.

Commercial property: The team is led by the firm’s managing partner Dean Jowett who has over 15 years experience in the sector and spent most of that time working in leading commercial property practices in national law firms. The team’s work covers all aspects of commercial property with a particular specialism in residential and commercial development work. Clients receive a responsive and commercially minded service with the team working in partnership with them and adding value in all areas.

Property litigation: The practice is led by partner Laura Salvati. The team deals with all aspects of property related disputes for clients in a wide range of sectors including retail, leisure and hospitality, and shipping and logistics. The team prides itself on giving sector specific and pragmatic advice. The team has particular experience of portfolio management including high value unopposed and complex opposed lease renewals (often as part of a wider development strategy), relocation and exit strategies, dilapidations claims and tenant related insolvency and restructuring. The team also regularly advises developers in connection with third party land rights, development and option agreements.

Corporate:  The team is led by partner Chris Blantern.  His team routinely advise on a wide range of transactions including acquisitions and disposals, management buy-outs and buy-ins, joint ventures, shareholder and partnership agreements, refinancing and reorganisations as well as providing general corporate advice.  The team has particular experience within the financial and professional services, environmental services, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Commercial and IT:  The practice is led by Luisa D’Alessandro who has over 20 years experience in her field.  The team’s work covers a range of commercial contract matters including trading terms, manufacturing and supply, agency, distribution, franchising and outsourcing.   The team also advises on data protection, e-commerce and IT matters such as licensing,  reseller agreements,  IT system supply and purchases and service level arrangements.  As well as advising clients in the IT sector, the team has particular experience in the manufacturing, logistics, retail and leisure sectors.

Environment and regulatory: The team is led by partner Lyn Dario. Lyn has over 25 years experience, is highly regarded in the market and is able to assist with a wide range of regulatory matters including environmental compliance, CPO inquiries, judicial reviews and planning appeals, health and safety, and other business compliance matters.

Financial crime: The practice is led by Marie Bourke.  Marie has extensive experience in providing representation to professionals being investigated and prosecuted in serious and complex criminal matters brought by agencies including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, Crown Prosecution Service, and the Insolvency Service.  The team has particular expertise in advising in matters under the Proceeds of Crime Act, including restraint orders, asset freezing orders, forfeiture and confiscation.

Employment: The practice is led by partner Matthew Yates. Matthew has substantial experience in all aspects of employment law and provides solutions and advice on a range of employment matters, including business restructuring, TUPE and collective consultation, restrictive covenants, managing trade union relations, business acquisitions and disposals, defending all types of Employment Tribunal claims and advising on executive severance (for both companies and individuals).

Business restructuring: The team is led by partners Ashley Jaques and Alistair McHenry.  The team has significant experience acting on behalf of insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, companies, directors, property agents and turnaround professionals from across the country on all aspects of corporate recovery and restructuring work.  The team advise on high value complex disputes acting for office holders, litigation funders and directors in bringing and defending claims. The team also advise on all aspects of personal insolvency work and have experience of acting on numerous high profile football club insolvencies.

Sport:  The practice is led by partner Alistair McHenry who has 15 years experience in his field. Alistair has extensive experience in all aspects of sports law with a particular focus on dispute resolution, contentious regulatory work and arbitrations. He has advised on a number of arbitrations at the very highest levels involving Premier League Clubs. Alistair is experienced in acting for governing bodies, clubs, players, athletes and other sports professionals on a wide variety of issues.

Commercial Litigation Alistair Kennedyalistair.kennedy@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 512 1096
Commercial Litigation Matthew Fidlermatthew.fidler@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 512 1097
Commercial Property Dean Jowettdean.jowett@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 512 1091
Environment and Regulatory Lyn Dariolyn.dario@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 512 1043
Employment Matthew Yatesmatthew.yates@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 512 6908
Property Litigation Laura Salvatilaura.salvati@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 5121046
Commercial and IT Luisa D'Alessandroluisa.dalessandro@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 5121090
Corporate Chris Blanternchris.blantern@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 5121047
Business Restructuring Ashley Jaquesashley.jaques@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 5186059
Financial Crime Marie Bourkemarie.bourke@tyrlaw.co.uk0113 5186060
Sport Alistair McHenryalistair.mchenry@tyrlaw.co.uk01133220338
Rebecca Birkby photo Rebecca BirkbyRebecca is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team at Tyr. Rebecca…
Chris Blantern photo Chris BlanternChris has over 15 years experience and leads the Corporate team at…
Marie Bourke photo Marie BourkeMarie joined Tyr in July 2021 as an Associate, to develop the…
Nigel Brook photo Nigel BrookNigel is a Legal Director and founding member of the Commercial Litigation…
David Cook photo David CookDavid is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team at Tyr. David…
Luisa D'Alessandro photo Luisa D'AlessandroLuisa joined Tyr in February 2021 to establish the firm’s commercial and…
Lyn Dario photo Lyn DarioLyn leads the Environment and Regulatory practice area at Tyr. She undertakes…
Matthew Fidler photo Matthew FidlerMatthew is a founding Partner and co-department head of the Commercial Litigation…
Ashley Jaques photo Ashley JaquesAshley joined Tyr as a Partner in September 2021 to establish the…
Dean Jowett photo Dean JowettDean has over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property…
Alistair Kennedy photo Alistair KennedyAlistair is a Partner who specialises in complex commercial litigation. His clients…
Alistair  McHenry  photoMr Alistair McHenry Tyr’s Sport practice is led by partner Alistair McHenry who joined Tyr…
Laura Salvati photo Laura SalvatiLaura is a Partner and Head of the Property Litigation team. Laura’s…
Sarah  Temple  photoMs Sarah Temple Sarah joined Tyr as a partner in the commercial property team in…
Marcus Watson photo Marcus WatsonMarcus is a Senior Associate in Tyr’s Commercial Property team. Marcus is…
Matthew Yates photo Matthew YatesMatthew is a Partner and leads Tyr’s Employment team. Matthew has over…
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