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Rollits LLP
Yorkshire And The Humber

Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

The commercial litigation team at Rollits LLP has expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, sale of goods and product liability cases, business protection matters and construction disputes, with particular experience assisting clients in the motor retail and education sectors. Practice head George Coyle regularly handles warranty claims, shareholder and partnership disputes and contract and product liability claims, while Ralph Gilbert focuses on property litigation. Other names to note include Caroline Hardcastle for construction disputes, Andrew Digwood for contentious IP matters, Christopher Drinkall, who is experienced in handling dilapidation disputes and contentious lease renewals; and regulatory defence lawyer Jennifer Sewell.

Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

Chris Crystal heads up the practice at Rollits LLP, which stands out for its expertise in the food, education, retail, charity and agricultural sectors. The team also has substantial expertise in secured lending matters (a key area for Crystal), and handling the real estate elements of wider corporate transactions. David Hextall focuses on secured lending work and development finance issues.

Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

Rollits LLP's team counts public and privately-owned companies, SMEs and joint venture vehicles as clients. John Flanagan heads up the practice and frequently assists clients in the education sector including several multi-academy trusts. The group's other areas of strength include handling food sector instructions (for which Julian Wild is a key name to note), and acting for social enterprises and family-owned businesses; Richard Field also handles matters in the charity sector. Nasim Sharf joined Wilkin Chapman LLP.

Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire Tier 1

The 'pragmatic' employment team at Rollits LLP is instructed by clients throughout a range of sectors, and has seen significant growth within the education sphere over the last year. The team is led by Ed Jenneson who deals with all aspects of employment law, with a notable specialism in complex TUPE issues and the Equality Act. Other names to note include recently promoted partner Ed Heppel, who acts for some of the firm's major clients across a range of sectors.

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Rollits LLP is a private wealth firm that acts for a range of clients in the rural sector, from tenant farmers to large corporate freeholders and banks. The team, which is led by Neil Franklin, has expertise covering landlord and tenant matters, farm, land, woodland and forestry sales and purchases, renewable projects (biomass and anaerobic digestion, solar and wind) and pipes and other easements over land (such as offshore electricity cable crossings). The practice operates out of the firm's Hull and York offices for clients in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cumbria and beyond.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Rollits LLP's Hull-based charities and social enterprise team is led by Gerry Morrison. The practice draws support from the firm’s commercial, corporate, property and disputes departments, enabling it to advise its clients - which include housing associations, education providers, museums, community benefit societies and healthcare providers – on the full spectrum of their needs. Other areas of focus include advising public bodies on their relationships with external charities, as well its work with education providers and multi-academy trusts.

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 2

Rollits LLP focuses on matrimonial finance work and regularly handles matters involving complex corporate arrangements, farming partnerships, inherited wealth and trust issues. The practice also fields three accredited mediators and has expanded is expertise in complex private children cases. Sheridan Ball heads up the department and primarily focuses on financial disputes and negotiating pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Social housing Tier 2

Rollits LLP focuses on the regional market, with notable strength in East and North Yorkshire. The team, which is led by Douglas Oliver in York, handles development issues, construction matters, general residential property issues including landlord and tenant work and shared ownership mandates, and charity law. Oliver primarily acts for registered providers. David Myers is a key name for construction work.

Education Tier 3

With a strong Yorkshire client base, Rollits LLP acts for some of the county's largest colleges, multi-academy trusts, specialist providers, higher education bodies and private training providers. Caroline Hardcastle and John Flanagan jointly lead the department; Hardcastle handles contentious issues and Flanagan focuses on non-contentious transactions. Long-serving partner Tom Morrison left to join Stone King LLP at the beginning of 2019.

Planning Tier 3

Rollits LLP's dedicated planning practice has an active practice which advises on residential developments, land promotions, care home developments, education facility developments and social housing issues. Hull-based team head Mark Dixon is noted for his expertise handling mixed-use developments and the related section 106 agreements. Infrastructure elements. David Myers is the key contact in the firm's York office.

Banking and finance Tier 4

For the department at Rollits LLP, the renewables, education, agriculture and food sectors remain key alongside expertise in charity related work, a niche area of specialism in the region. The group's client roster spans secured lenders and regional borrower clients, with team leader Richard Field focusing on family-owned business and property expert David Hextall handling secured lending work, particularly relating to development finance and charity issues.

Construction Tier 4

Rollits LLP handles matters for local housing associations, including building contracts, framework agreements and professional appointments; industrial developments and issues in the education sector, particularly in Hull and the surrounding area. Practice head Caroline Hardcastle acts for employers, developers and contractors in the Technology and Construction Courts, and David Myers handles construction projects.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Rollits LLP is frequently instructed to advise on the development and implementation of IP strategies, with particular expertise in the food, manufacturing and charity sectors. Hull-based practice head Keith Benton focuses on commercial and non-contentious IP matters, while York-based dispute resolution partner Andrew Digwood brings litigation capabilities. Recently promoted partner James Peel advises clients on the creation, licensing and use of IP rights, with notable experience in the sports sector.

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Rollits LLP is instructed on a range of non-contentious IT matters includng drafting software licences and procurement contracts, data protection advice and breaches. The group's client roster spans providers and acquirers of IT services and notably includes clients in the healthcare, education and charity sectors. Keith Benton, who focuses on IP and IT work, is experienced in advising clients on their move to cloud-based solutions.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Rollits LLP's private capital practice, which is led by John Lane, enjoys a strong reputation in the market. Services provided by the team include advice to family-owned businesses and landed estates.

Property litigation Tier 4

The practice at Rollits LLP is particular recognised for its specialist knowledge in dilapidations, contentious lease renewals and restrictive covenants issues. Chris Drinkall leads the practice and commercial litigator Ralph Gilbert handles contested break clauses, easements and restrictive covenants work.

Rollits is one of Yorkshire’s leading law firms, operating from offices in Hull and York.

The firm has been providing high-quality legal advice since its foundation in 1841 and, today, works with businesses and private clients from across the region, around the UK and overseas.

Rollits delivers a range of legal services, covering all aspects of commercial and personal law. Sector specialisms include agriculture, charities and social enterprise, education, family business, food, construction and development, renewable energy and social housing.

The firm: Rollits is built on strong core values – integrity, trust, teamwork and a commitment to investing in the professional development of everyone at the firm. The practice has earned national acclaim due to its consistent, expert and partner-led approach, and has held Lexcel Accreditation since 1999.

Developing long-term relationships with clients is at the heart of Rollits’ ethos. Many of its business clients have been with the firm for decades, and on the private client side, generations of families across Yorkshire have trusted Rollits with all their legal matters.

Positive, available and approachable, the firm’s lawyers work to ensure clients feel valued and in control at all times. Avoiding legal jargon, they provide sound, pragmatic, specialised advice designed to help clients make the right decisions to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Proud of its Yorkshire heritage, and with a real sense of place, Rollits is an active part of the regional community, encouraging its people to become involved with, and support, many regional charities, local schools, colleges and universities, and business networks.

Principal areas of work: All Rollits’ lawyers are encouraged and enabled to develop skills and knowledge that allow them to specialise in dedicated areas of law – providing the firm with extensive expertise across a wide range of areas.

Commercial: Rollits’ thorough and knowledgeable team of commercial lawyers cover: Banking and Finance; Charity, Company Formations and Secretarial Services; Construction; Contracts and Commercial; Corporate; Corporate Recovery and Insolvency; Data Protection and FOI; Debt Recovery; Dispute Resolution; Employment; Information Technology; Intellectual Property; Commercial Mediation; Pensions; Planning and Development; Property; Regulatory; and Tax Planning.

Private: With specialist private client capabilities, Rollits delivers a range of legal services, which include: Capital Taxation and Estate Planning; Dispute Resolution; Employment; Family; Mediation; Planning and Development; Powers of Attorney and Public Guardianship; Residential Property; Trusts; and Wills and Probate.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Ralph Gilbert 01482 337352
Senior Partner Richard Field 01482 337218
Partner, Dispute Resolution George Coyle 01482 337351
Partner, Property Neil Franklin 01482 337250
Partner, Commercial & IP Keith Benton 01482 337306
Partner, Commercial Property Christopher Crystal 01482 337256
Partner, Planning & Development Mark Dixon 01482 337286
Partner, Education Tom Morrison 01482 337310
Partner, Corporate John Flanagan 01482 337308
Partner, Employment Ed Jenneson 01482 337341
Partner, Property Litigation Chris Drinkall 01482 337367
Partner, Family Sheridan Ball 01482 337361
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Partners : 23
Lawyers : 33
Total headcount : 95