Firm Profile > Rollits LLP > Hull, England

Rollits LLP
CITADEL HOUSE
58 HIGH STREET
HULL
HU1 1QE
England

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.

Testimonials

George Coyle’s advice is very practical and he understands the client’s need for a quick commercial settlement rather than legal perfection in all cases.

Key clients

Cranswick PLC

Allam Marine Limited

Hull City Tigers Limited

Leeds City College

Ideal Standard (UK) Limited

Walker Modular Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

J R Rix & Sons Limited

Fenner PLC

Premier Technical Services Group PLC

Superstadium Management  Company Ltd

Fine Organics Limited

Stoneacre Motor Group

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.

Testimonials

Rollits has a pragmatic and flexible approach to working with clients and ensures the client’s needs are the first and foremost priority‘.

Chris Crystal is a valuable asset and ensures the client’s interests are protected and that the overall objective is kept in sight‘.

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser plc

Cranswick plc

Fenner plc

The Helmsley Group

Bishop Burton College

Hull City AFC/Allam Marine Limited

Lindum Group Limited

AAK International AB

Ideal Standard

Hull College

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.

Key clients

Cranswick PLC

Allam Marine Limited

Hull City Tigers Limited

Rix Petroleum Limited

Donaldson Filter Components

GWE Biogas

Quickline Communications Ltd

The Retreat, York

AAK (UK) Limited

Sangwin Limited

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.

Testimonials

‘The Rollits employment team has a very personal, collaborative approach compared to other larger companies I have dealt with. You feel you are dealing with real people who take a close interest in understanding your culture and workforce, and thus providing pragmatic and appropriate advice and support.’

‘Rollits has a brilliant team – Ed Jenneson, Ed Heppel and Ruth Everitt are very helpful and professional and respond in a timely manner to any issues we may have. We do not use any other firms as we are delighted with the exceptional service we receive from Rollits, which is value for money.’

‘I have worked closely with Ed Jenneson and Ed Heppell, both of whom I count as friends as well as professional colleagues. Their personal approach and pragmatic solutions have always added value beyond the cost of the services they provide.’

‘Ed Jenneson advises us on a wide range of employment law issues – he has given us sound practical advice for over ten years now. Ed is very approachable and is always available should we need to contact him. The work he does is ‘outstanding’ and he ensures he always goes above and beyond.’

Key clients

Allamhouse Limited, including Hull City Tigers Limited/Superstadium Management Company and Allam Marine.

William Jackson Food Group Limited – Jackson’s Bakery, MyFresh Prepared Produce Limited, Abel and Cole, Belazu, Wellocks and the Food Doctor

Impact Fork Trucks Limited

Premier Technical Services PLC

SGS Packaging Europe Limited

Unique Industries Inc

Bishop Burton College

GB Agencies Limited

East Yorkshire Aluminium and Glass Limited

Sentamu Academy Learning Trust

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.

Testimonials

‘Rollits have in-depth specialist knowledge in all the interconnecting areas required to service the sector and their team work together to provide the right solution for their clients.’

‘Neil Franklin’s experience enables him to highlight the important sector specialist issues for the client in order for them to get the correct outcome efficiently.’

‘Sheridan Ball uses her experience and personality to calmly guide the client through the problems of divorce where the family farming assets are under threat.’

‘The private client team has in-depth sector knowledge to assist with the protection of the family farm through the generations.’

Key clients

Cranswick plc

Nat West Bank plc

Yorkshire Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Charity Bank

Bishop Burton College

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.

Key clients

University of York Students’ Union

University of Leeds Students’ Union

Sentamu Academy Learning Trust

Goodwin Development Trust

Exceed Academies Trust

The Consortium Academy Trust

St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust

The Charity Bank Limited

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board

The Family Fund Trust for Families with Severely Disabled Children

The Holbeck Charitable Trust

Hull University Students Union

Halifax Bridge Club

Pickering & Ferens Homes

Yorkshire Builders Federation

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (North West) Panel

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.

Testimonials

Sheridan Ball is a safe pair of hands and a highly experienced mediator‘.

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.

Testimonials

Rollits has excellent relationships with its clients thanks to a wide knowledge of the subject matter, and a professional, efficient and reliable approach‘.

David Myers is a dedicated professional. He has excellent attention to detail and expert knowledge of conveyancing and contract law. He deals with the clients personally and is trustworthy and efficient‘.

Key clients

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Leeds Federated Housing Association

Pickering & Ferens Homes

Boston Mayflower Limited

Hull Churches Housing Association

The Abbeyfield Society

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.

Testimonials

Rollits always impresses with its quality of service and has a leading reputation in the field of education. The team takes the time to understand its clients and what their needs are so they can reach the best solution. It establishes close working relationships and keeps a close track on the holistic relationship‘.

The team has an excellent understanding of the education system and in particular the process of academisation, which ensures that all conversion, no matter how complex, proceed smoothly within the agreed timescale‘.

Communication is a key strength of this firm. It regularly keeps clients up to date on how matters are progressing. The team communicates with each other really well and whenever you speak to someone they always know what’s happening. They really do make clients feel like they are the only one!‘.

The whole team provides an outstanding level of service across the full spectrum of activities including premises, GDPR and the conversion process itself‘.

Caroline Hardcastle is very professional and approachable, and deals with matters efficiently and helps the client to understand and complexities that are not within their skillset‘.

Key clients

Leeds City College

Hull College Group

Bishop Burton College

East Riding College

DN College Group – Doncaster

DN College Group – North Lindsey

Shipley College

Exceed Academies Trust

White Rose Academies Trust

Swanland Education Trust

Hymers College

Sentamu Academy Learning Trust

The Education Alliance

The Skills Network

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.

Testimonials

The Rollits planning team is accessible, knowledgeable, very competent and is willing to go beyond the call of duty with client care‘.

Mark Dixon is the area’s leading specialist planning lawyer‘.

David Myers is excellent with clients who value his expertise and approachable manner‘.

Key clients

Lindum Group Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Lovel Developments (Yorkshire) Limited

Central Land Holdings Limited

Colten Care Limited

Cranswick plc

Boston Mayflower Limited

Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited

Bishop Burton College

Colten Developments Limited

Pickering & Ferens Homes

DN Colleges Group

Hull College FE Corporation

East Riding College

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.

Key clients

The Charity Bank

Yorkshire Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

Santander

Barclays

Lloyds

HSBC

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.

Testimonials

Rollits is user-friendly and very responsive. It also has a mix of general construction law and litigation, which covers most requirements clients could need‘.

David Myers is a team player and is prepared to engage’.

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Pickering & Ferens Homes

The Abbeyfield Society

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.

Testimonials

Rollits LLP intellectual property team is extremely responsive and takes the time to truly understand its client’s business needs.

Keith Benton provides pragmatic and timely support on major commercial contracts.

Keith Benton is a fantastic asset to clients.

Key clients

AAK International

Proton Cars

Cranswick Plc

Seachill Limited

Hull City Tigers

Ideal Standard

Moordale Foods

Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust

Quandoo Gmbh

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.

Key clients

Family Fund

Family Fund Trading Limited

William Jackson Food Group

The Retreat, York

The Consortium Academy Trust

Hymers College

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust

Giacom World Networks

Hull City Tigers

Leeds City College

J. R. Rix & Sons

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.

Key clients

University of Hull

Hymers College

Hull City Tigers

SuperStadium Management Co

East Riding College

Ideal Standard

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 ralph.gilbert@rollits.com 01482 337352
Senior Partner Richard Field richard.field@rollits.com 01482 337218
Partner, Dispute Resolution George Coyle george.coyle@rollits.com 01482 337351
Partner, Property Neil Franklin neil.franklin@rollits.com 01482 337250
Partner, Commercial & IP Keith Benton keith.benton@rollits.com 01482 337306
Partner, Commercial Property Christopher Crystal christopher.crystal@rollits.com 01482 337256
Partner, Planning & Development Mark Dixon mark.dixon@rollits.com 01482 337286
Partner, Education Tom Morrison tom.morrison@rollits.com 01482 337310
Partner, Corporate John Flanagan john.flanagan@rollits.com 01482 337308
Partner, Employment Ed Jenneson ed.jenneson@rollits.com 01482 337341
Partner, Property Litigation Chris Drinkall christopher.drinkall@rollits.com 01482 337367
Partner, Family Sheridan Ball sheridan.ball@rollits.com 01482 337361
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Partners : 23
Lawyers : 33
Total headcount : 95
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