Firm Profile > Harrison Drury & Co > Preston, England

Harrison Drury & Co

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Harrison Drury & Co is ‘well-connected and respected in the market’, fielding a team best known for partnership, shareholder and contractual disputes, derivative claims including negligence, breach of duty and breach of trust, as well as director misfeasance matters. Aside from core commercial litigation, the practice, which is headed by Sean Gibbs, acclaimed for his ‘great touch with clients’, also actively handles reputational and privacy disputes, IP and sport-related litigation and claims against professionals.

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‘The team is approachable, hardworking, and run by an intellectual powerhouse, Nick Booth. I was referred to the team by another Harrison Drury director, and my expectations were met and exceeded. From my perspective, the success of a dispute resolution team hinges on its ability to secure instructions, successfully execute them (hopefully to a positive outcome), and then, in spite of the inevitable anguish and exhaustion, be the clients first choice solicitor thereafter.’

‘The strength of the team was epitomised by Nick Booth. He has an innate ability to delegate, whilst maintaining complete oversight of his very capable team members without micro-managing them. Nick was quickly able to absorb and synthesize information, provide a clear and concise legal opinion and thereafter advice upon which we could initiate our next steps. At no point did I feel out of the loop, nor unclear about our future actions and the intended consequences of these.’

‘This is a very effective team litigating company and partnership disputes. A small play packing a big punch on this area of the law.’

Key clients

AFC Fylde Limited

AM Packaging Corporation Limited

Kaloti Group

Nitecrest Limited

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Harrison Drury & Co is active in the residential and commercial development markets, advising retailers and investors on the commercial side. Estate management work is also handled by the practice. The 'commercially savvy and pragmatic' Simon England heads up the team and specialises in landlord and tenant work. Also of note is Naomi Fell, who has experience acting on residential conveyancing matters, operating out of the Kendal office.

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‘An excellent real estate team headed by Simon England. A diverse range of knowledge always ensuring the suitable solicitor deals with the matter. Communication in particular remains a major strength along with response time and proactiveness, all strengths which I find to be rare particularly outside of Greater Manchester.’

‘Simon England is excellent. Always available and helpful, always looking for the best solution and prepared to work hard to achieve it on behalf of the client.’

‘Simon England embodies the main strengths referred to above by some margin and most certainly is the stand out being commercially savvy, pragmatic and an excellent communicator.’

Key clients

Eric Wright Group Limited and Eric Wright Pension


James Alpe Developments Limited

M&M Acquisitions Ltd

Oakhill Developments Limited

Eric Dunmore

Peter Jackson, the Jeweller

PJM Property Investments

Sir Simon Towneley (Worsthorne Estate, Cliviger and Burnley)

Applethwaite Homes

Huntroyde Estate

Linda O’Hanlon

Oakfield Park, Kirkby Lonsdale

Ballytherm UK Limited

Jon Armitage

Liam Ferguson

FDC (Holdings) Limited

Inceptum2 Limited

Chicken Delicatessen Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 4

The team at Harrison Drury & Co, which is led by the ‘exceptional’ David Filmer, is particularly active in the manufacturing, sports and entertainment sectors, and is regularly entrusted for M&A, joint ventures and company formations. It is also experienced in corporate governance, shareholder agreements and management buyouts.

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‘They explain technical legal language so it is easily understood. Very helpful when you are dealing with an issue for the first time.’

‘All people dealing with the company have gone the extra mile, whether that’s out of hours contact or just being available – both David Filmer and Kerry Southworth were exceptional.’

Key clients

Montagu Events Limited, t/a XYZ

11 Degrees Limited

R&G Acquisitions Limited

Barton Grange Group Limited

Tangerine Group Limited

Graeme Macleod Property Limited

AFC Fylde (official legal partner)

Dexine Leyland Rubber Technology Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

Harrison Drury & Co's insolvency and corporate recovery practice handles work 'thoroughly and does a good job' when acting for its clients. The group handles the full remit of insolvency matters including contentious proceedings, working with insolvent and distressed companies. Team head James Robbins provides 'a brilliant service to clients with high-quality advice on complex issues'; he is dual qualified as a solicitor and insolvency practitioner.

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‘The firm does a lot of insolvency work across the country getting interesting instructions from foreign banks and agencies regarding foreign debts which has extra complexity. The firm prepares things very thoroughly and does a good job.’

‘James Robbins is highly knowledgeable. But also approachable. My team are very comfortable taking issues to him, for a practical and pragmatic view on both how the law works and what will be successful in the situation.’

‘James Robbins has been the contact point, often coming into his own vs opposing teams lead by Partners. He offers a brilliant service to clients with high quality advice on complex issues and very responsive and go the extra mile.’

‘The team are big enough to cope but retain a local ability to care which is rarely found elsewhere.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

Marshall Peters

FRP Advisory

RSM Restructuring Advisory


APK Construction

Property litigation Tier 5

Harrison Drury & Co's team are 'excellent professionals, dedicated to clients, friendly and pleasant to work with on all levels.' They act on landlord and tenant disputes, negligence claims and the enforcement of property rights. Colin Fenny leads the team and is known for providing an 'exceptional service.' He principally acts on contentious development matters, including disputes over property contracts and professional negligence claims.

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‘We engaged Harrison Drury as an unknown team of solicitors. We were desperate to find someone to fight our difficult case. We loved the fact that Colin Fenny was always available immediately or if busy soon got back to us. He was candid but we appreciated his honesty which gave the correct balance. We were supported through a very long and stressful chapter and can only speak very highly of our experience with Harrison Drury.’

‘Harrison Drury take a refreshingly modern approach to property litigation. They are both engaging and professional, friendly but firm and provide a high quality of professional service. Their approach makes them much easier to deal with than similar firms.’

‘The team is very much a team with an excellent working relationship therefore providing clients with a comprehensive service. Even when another member of the team is dealing with another matter each professional is aware of the case details so it can be picked up if anything was to happen. They have a wide range of knowledge of the whole sector, and also abreast with the latest developments. Each individual take time to understand the client’s requirements and end goal before advising on the matter. Most importantly it’s a joy to meet with them, as they are always so polite, professional, cheery and communicate to a standard which other professionals don’t.’

‘I find the team at Harrison Drury to be particularly responsive to their clients’ needs, and commercially astute. In the work I did with them, there were multiple factors need to taken into account, and they were careful to ensure that the client was aware of all its options and had clear, sensible advice which prioritised outcomes over processes, whilst keeping costs at a competitive level. All in all, they offer a great service.’

‘Excellent professionals, dedicated to clients, friendly and pleasant to work with on all levels.’

Colin Fenny provides an exceptional service. He finds innovative solutions to the many challenges which litigation brings, the ability to blend legal and practical knowledge together to bring a solution which exceeds the client’s aims. He always seems to be one step ahead of the other side allowing us to be proactive not counteracting. The communication and ability to commute with clients is second to none, all have complete faith in him.’

‘Colin Fenny is particularly responsive and diligent in understanding the issue around particular problems rather than simply looking at the pure legal elements. This allows pragmatic decision making and faster, commercially advantageous solutions to be reached.’

Key clients

M&M Acquisitions Ltd

Eric Wright Group Limited and Eric Wright Pension Trustees

Sir Simon Towneley (Worsthorne Estate, Cliviger and Burnley)

Tustin Developments Limited

MAC Roofing and Contracting Limited

MH Stainton Limited

Trustees of the Legh Estate

Trustees of the Dunkenhalgh Estate

Wishcare Limited

Cronin Properties Limited

Robert Silverwood (Lowther Café)

John Weld-Blundell

David Reginald Hatch, Alison Hatch, Zygmunt Kulbacki

Glendale Liverpool

Glendale Managed Services Limited

Parkwood Leisure Limited

Carter & Carter Photography Limited

The Log House Restaurant Limited

Classic Lodges Limited

Collinson Construction Plc

Harrison Drury is a leading and award winning regional law firm that dates its heritage back to 1901. We have offices across Lancashire and the South Lakes and provide sector specific legal services to businesses and their owners across this region and beyond.

Over the last ten years Harrison Drury has established itself as the employer of choice within the legal sector and has grown at a pace unrivalled by other firms within the county. Attracting experts who are passionate at delivering outstanding legal services has helped our business to stand out from an otherwise competitive market.

Harrison Drury is proud to be home to one of largest commercial property teams in Lancashire and Cumbria with many decades of experience acting for business owners, developers, funders, landlords and tenants.

The firm’s corporate and commercial teams are well versed in handling business transactions, whether it is one-off sale or purchase, or a multi-million group merger. The team also has experience in dealing with a broad spectrum of contracts within with the hospitality and leisure sector, from trading contracts to ownership and management agreements.

Harrison Drury’s team of family and private client solicitors have a strong track record of success in cases that involve high net worth individuals with complex asset structures, such as business owners, sports people and professionals.

From wealth and trust planning to dealing with a bereavement, the firm’s trusted and highly experienced team that can protect  assets and ensure your property and possessions pass to those who you wish to benefit from them.

Harrison Drury assists individuals on wills and inheritance issues in a wide range of circumstances, including business owners, wealthy individuals with large estates, those with significant financial and property assets, and others looking to protect the future financial security of their loved ones.

Department Name Email Telephone
John Chesworth 01257 258321
Marketing & Business Development Kris Midgley 01772 395115
Property Simon England 01772 789841
Corporate & Commercial Nick Booth 01772 258321
Residential Property Duncan Rawlinson 01995 676289
Private Client Clare Fleming 01772 258321
Regulatory David Edwards 01772 208507
Property Dispute Resolution Colin Fenny 01772 258321
Commercial Dispute Resolution Sean Gibbs 01772 429024
Family Law John Osborne 01772 258321
Employment Law Kate Shawcross 01772 258321
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