Firm Profile > Tyr > Leeds, England

2 The Embankment
Sovereign Street

Real estate > Environment Tier 2

Lyn Dario now heads up the environmental practice at Tyr, following her move from Knights plc in mid-2020. She specialises in regulatory matters, defence against prosecutions and transactional support.

Practice head(s):

Lyn Dario


‘Lyn Dario is exceptionally knowledgeable in the field of health and safety law. She provides practical advice and really understands the issues even where the subject matter is highly technical.’

‘Lyn Dario joined the firm in the last year and has an impressive record in the field of health and safety and has a number of loyal clients. She is very experienced and is excellent both at client management and reassurance. Always on top of the detail and prepared to innovate and to suggest alternative ways to try and get the best result for her client. First rank solicitor.’

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

Founded in 2019, full-service boutique Tyr‘s ‘ultra-efficient‘ commercial litigation practice has continued to grow its reputation for assisting corporates in a range of disputes, often with a cross-border element. ‘Stand out litigatorMatthew Fidler — who is ‘particularly suited to complex corporate and company disputes‘— leads the team alongside Alistair Kennedy. Recent arrivals include IT and pensions litigator David Cook and senior associate Rebecca Birkby, who specialises in financial disputes and claims involving civil fraud dispute, from Walker Morris LLP and RPC respectively.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Kennedy; Matthew Fidler

Other key lawyers:


‘They have been ultra-efficient, with sound advice, prompt responses. They have never been chased and are on the ball with ensuring my own responses arrive in time. They are handling a number of matters and I have 100% confidence in their advice and ability to deliver.’

‘A group of highly focused, resourceful and dedicated individuals.’

‘The team has made impressive strides in the market since being formed and continues to grow through the addition of talented individuals. Responsive and client-focused team bring a good balance of experience and talent to each case. There is a good balance between partners and associates and good partner involvement in the day-to-day management of a dispute.’

‘Matthew Fidler – stand out litigator. Focused on the key issues and was able to bring in highly technical legal points that were critical to the success of the case. Attention to detail at partner level was beyond what was expected. Real partner engagement in the case making a real difference.’

‘Alistair Kennedy leads the team will real skill and flare. An able lawyer with a good tactical brain, he manages a busy caseload effectively and devotes significant time and input to each matter. Matthew Fidler is a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer particularly suited to complex corporate and company disputes.’

‘Rebecca Birkby has excellent legal and procedural knowledge and applies a commercial approach to the dispute. As an instructing solicitor, she is a pleasure to work with. She is very hard working and client focused – she understands clients’ objectives and concerns.’

‘Alistair Kennedy combines remarkable grasp of and attention to detail with an insightful strategic approach.’

‘Alistair Kennedy the initial partner we met developed a very positive strategy for us to pursue, he has been very focused and precise on the legal dos and do nots which has meant we have always been able to retain the “high ground” in the dispute. Matt Fidler has been more heavily involved and he is equally astute and assured in his advice and working with counsel to develop very strong strategies.’

Key clients

Closegate Hotel Group

A Shade Greener Group

Halliburton Group

Hudson Foster LLP

APL Management Limited

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

At Tyr, Dean Jowett ‘blazes the trail that others follow’ and is noted for his expertise in residential development. Clients include regional landlords, corporate occupiers, developers, landowners and investors across a number of sectors, such as manufacturing, retail, leisure and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Dean Jowett


‘Tyr offer a high quality, professional service but the team is able to provide a personal touch with access to senior partners at all times.’

‘They are always willing to go the extra mile and quickly grasp the key commercial objectives and how these impact on a transaction. The team has a can-do attitude which is essential in today’s market.’

‘Dean Jowett blazes the trail that others follow. Always available, always willing to help, and readily able to provide a solution to the most complex of issues.’

Key clients

Persimmon Homes

Strata Homes

Sterling Capitol

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

YESSS Electrical

Astonish (Cleaning Products)

Thomas the Baker

Mallard Homes

Neom Organics

Teakwood Developments

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

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 partner Ashley Jaques.  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. Ashley works alongside the firm’s litigation and corporate practice areas providing restructuring support where appropriate.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Litigation Alistair Kennedy 0113 512 1096
Commercial Litigation Matthew Fidler 0113 512 1097
Commercial Property Dean Jowett 0113 512 1091
Environment and Regulatory Lyn Dario 0113 512 1043
Employment Matthew Yates 0113 512 6908
Property Litigation Laura Salvati 0113 5121046
Commercial and IT Luisa D'Alessandro 0113 5121090
Corporate Chris Blantern 0113 5121047
Business Restructuring Ashley Jaques 0113 5186059
Financial Crime Marie Bourke 0113 5186060
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rebecca Birkby photo Rebecca Birkby Rebecca is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation team at Tyr.…
 Chris Blantern photo Chris Blantern Chris has over 15 years experience and leads the Corporate team at…
 Marie Bourke  photo Marie Bourke Marie joined Tyr in July 2021 as an Associate, to develop the…
 Nigel Brook photo Nigel Brook Nigel is a Legal Director and founding member of the Commercial Litigation…
 David Cook  photo David Cook David is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team at Tyr. David…
 Luisa D'Alessandro photo Luisa D'Alessandro Luisa joined Tyr in February 2021 to establish the firm’s commercial and…
 Lyn Dario photo Lyn Dario Lyn leads the Environment and Regulatory practice area at Tyr. She undertakes…
 Matthew Fidler  photo Matthew Fidler Matthew is a founding Partner and co-department head of the Commercial Litigation…
 Ashley Jaques  photo Ashley Jaques Ashley joined Tyr as a Partner in September 2021 to establish the…
 Dean Jowett  photo Dean Jowett Dean has over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property…
 Alistair Kennedy photo Alistair Kennedy Alistair is a Partner who specialises in complex commercial litigation. His clients…
 Laura Salvati  photo Laura Salvati Laura is a Partner and Head of the Property Litigation team. Laura’s…
 Marcus Watson photo Marcus Watson Marcus is a Senior Associate in Tyr’s Commercial Property team. Marcus is…
 Matthew Yates  photo Matthew Yates Matthew is a Partner and leads Tyr’s Employment team. Matthew has over…
Partners : 10
Other Fee Earners : 11