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Rollits LLP

FORSYTH HOUSE, ALPHA COURT, MONKS CROSS, YORK, YO32 9WN, ENGLAND
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Work 01904 625790
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Fax 01904 625807
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61534 YORK
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www.rollits.com
Hull, York

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Rollits LLP

John Flanagan heads the department at Rollits LLP, which is recognised for its expertise in the food, social enterprise, education, energy and family-owned business sectors; its client roster includes Cranswick, City College Coventry and Rix Petroleum. Flanagan’s recent work includes advising the shareholders of Quickline Communications on its disposal of shares to Satellite Solutions Worldwide, assisting Henley College Coventry and City College Coventry with their merger to create Coventry College, and handling McCann Chemicals’ acquisition of Hunter Chemicals. Richard Field is a key name for M&A, disposals, joint venture agreements and shareholder agreements; he is also active in the education and charity sectors.

Leading individuals

John Flanagan - Rollits LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP's expertise encompasses shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract issues and sale of goods work with notable experience in the motor, education, food and retail sectors. George Coyle leads the practice, which also includes insolvency and property litigation specialist Ralph Gilbert, Caroline Hardcastle, who focuses on the construction sector; Chris Brinkall, who handles contentious landlord and tenant issues; and Andrew Digwood. In a recent highlight, Coyle defended two majority shareholders of an energy business in an unfair prejudice petition brought by a minority shareholder. The team also counts Cranswick, Allam Marine, Hull City Tigers, Leeds City College and Ideal Standard as clients.

Leading individuals

George Coyle - Rollits LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent service combined with exceptional knowledge and pragmatism‚Äô under the leadership of Richard Field, who primarily advises family-owned businesses and works in the charity and education sectors. Other key individuals include the ‚Äėtalented‚Äô David Hextall, who focuses on secured lending, development finance and work in the charity sector; and Chris Crystal, who is experienced in the education sector. Lender clients include The Charity Bank, Yorkshire Bank, Santander, Barclays and HSBC.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire
Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Rollits LLP

The 'very strong' employment team at Rollits LLP offers 'an excellent service' to its public and private sector clients and individuals. The practice represented Superstadium Management Company in two claims for unfair dismissal, successfully achieving a 100% reduction in the compensation. The team has experience handling disputes relating to discrimination claims, sexual harassment, restrictive covenants and TUPE issues. The team is headed up by Ed Jenneson, who has a specialism for representing clients in the food industry, with clients including William Jackson Food Group. The practice is further strengthened by the addition of associate Caroline Neadley who brings particular expertise in the police sector which has led to the firm securing work from Humberside and South Yorkshire Police. Other changes to the team include the retirement of Donna Ingleby.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Rollits LLP

The practice at Rollits LLP represents farmers, families and estates in a range contentious and non-contentious matters, including property transactions,  renewable projects, trusts, tax advice and wealth planning. Practice head Neil Franklin is an experienced rural property lawyer and focuses on commercial property, agricultural property and renewables. John Lane is another key name to note, with particular expertise advising high net worth in relation to trust and other wealth planning issues. The team also acts for banks lending to rural sector clients. 

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Rollits LLP

The 'outstanding' charities and social enterprise team at Rollits LLP attracts praise for 'taking the time to really understand the client and the vision' to deliver 'extremely high quality advice'. The 'slick and effective' practice is headed up by Gerry Morrison, who has expertise across the full spectrum of charity law and governance. With Morrison taking the lead, the group were instructed by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 on a range of matters, this included advising on all aspects of the legacy organisation including a potential TUPE transfer of staff. The team also acted for Endeavour Health Charity Trust on the creation of a new community interest company, as part of the Discovery East London Programme aiming to improve healthcare. The department also advises a number of education sector trusts.

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Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire
Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP's family law practice focuses on financial remedy matters, including those involving corporate interests, farming aspects and trusts. Dispute resolution partner Sheridan Ball heads the team and advises on divorce and separation cases for high-net-worth individuals with significant overseas assets across several jurisdictions. The group has also acted for clients in Child Arrangement Order proceedings. Associate Alison Benson left the practice.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP' private capital department acts for high net worth individuals, family owned businesses and landed estates. The group is headed up by John Lane , who has the capabilities to advise on complex estate planning issues, he is also experienced acting as trustee to several trusts. The practice  has the benefit of being able to leverage the firms strengths in other areas including in agricultural matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Rollits LLP

'Recognised as experts in the field of education law' Rollits LLP education team has been considered to be 'outstanding'. Tom Morrison  is highlighted for his 'education expertise and client relationship management' and heads up the team which includes individuals in Hull and York. The team has advised Exceed Academies Trust on the formation of several multi academy trusts, such as the Consortium Academy Trust on their formation and the conversion of schools joining the trusts. In another work highlight, acting for Leeds City College, the team negotiated with the Local Enterprise Partnership and a bank in arranging financing for a new campus. Demonstrating the practices national reach, it is also instructed by Southampton City College on the potential merger with Southampton Solent University. In higher education sector, clients include the University of Hull, York St John University and York University Students’ Union.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire
Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Rollits LLP

Chris Crystal heads the department at Rollits LLP, which includes Glenn Craft and David Hextall. Crystal is recommended for secured lending work, site acquisitions and clients in the agriculture sector, Craft focuses on the retail sector, and Hextall handles landlord and tenant matters, sales, purchases, development work and freehold issues. Director David Stone is also recommended for development projects. The team regularly handles mandates in the renewable energy sector, particularly in bio-gas and anaerobic digestion projects; food sector acquisitions, disposals and reorganisations, and education sector work focusing on academy projects and higher education matters. Clients include Reckitt Benckiser, Fenner, The Helmsley Group, Bishop Burton College and Hull City AFC.

Leading individuals

Chris Crystal - Rollits LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP’s expertise encompasses advising housing associations and assisting with industrial developments. Recent highlights include advising Reckitt Benckiser on the redevelopment of its research and development facility in Hull; Yorkshire Housing, Leeds Federated Housing Association and the University of Hull are also clients. David Myers  leads the group and is noted for his planning and development expertise; Caroline Hardcastle  handles contentious mandates.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėproactive approach and excellent service‚Äô is provided by ‚Äėa highly professional team‚Äô led by Mark Dixon¬†and also includes David Myers¬†and senior solicitor Libby Clarkson. Dixon‚Äôs expertise includes mixed-use developments, Section 106 agreements and the care home and education sectors; he recently advised the Lindum Group on the planning permission for a mixed-use commercial scheme in Lincolnshire and assisted Cricketer Farm with a Section 106 planning agreement for 50 new dwellings on the site of a redundant factory and farm in Somerset. Myers‚Äô recent work includes preparing a Section 106 agreement for a private landowner. Yorkshire Housing, Lovel Developments (Yorkshire), Central Land Holdings and Fulford Builders are also clients.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

Chris Drinkall  is head of the team at Rollits LLP, which handles dilapidation disputes, contentious lease renewals, repossession actions and trespass and nuisance actions. Specific areas of expertise for Drinkall include rights of way issues, adverse possession claims, boundary issues and landlord and tenant disputes. Ralph Gilbert  is also a name to note. The firm’s client roster includes Ideal Standard, Cranswick, Superstadium Management Company, Hull City Tigers and Hull College.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP’s expertise encompasses site acquisitions, section 106 agreements, construction issues, landlord and tenant mandates, charity law work and site assembly work. Practice head Douglas Oliver  regularly acts for registered providers; he recently advised Yorkshire Housing on a site assembly matter and assisted Hull Churches Housing Association with 34 units that are pursuant to a section 106 agreement. Recently promoted partner David Myers  is also a name to note; he acted for Yorkshire Housing on its acquisition of land at Allerton Bywater for the development of 55 affordable homes. Other clients include Leeds Federated Housing Association, Pickering & Ferens Homes, Boston Mayflower, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and the Abbeyfield Society.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

Keith Benton leads the department at Rollits LLP, which is experienced in the charity and education sectors advising clients on substantial IT projects. Recent highlights include advising on cloud computing contracts, assisting with software licensing issues and representing clients in IT litigation. Thinprint, Cranswick, Family Fund Trust and Fenner are example clients. Benton’s expertise encompasses agency, distribution, supply and contract manufacture arrangements regularly with an international element. Associate James Peel handles IT agreements, website terms and conditions, privacy policies and regulatory work.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Rollits LLP

Keith Benton leads the department at Rollits LLP, which is noted for its expertise in the food, manufacturing and charity sectors. In a recent highlight, Benton represented Seachill in opposition proceedings relating to an application for The Saucy Fish Company filed by a competitor. The group also assisted Hull City Tigers with the renewal of its agreement with the University of Hull for it to be the club’s official training partner, acted for the Ron Dearing University Technical College on its sponsorship agreement with its partners and handled trade mark registrations for an internationally renowned poker player. Fenner, Cranswick, The Deep and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue are also clients. other key figures include Andrew Digwood, who is the key name for IP disputes, and associate James Peel, who advises clients on agreements involving the creation, licensing and use of IP rights.

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