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Rollits LLP

CITADEL HOUSE, 58 HIGH STREET, HULL, HU1 1QE, ENGLAND
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Work 01482 323239
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Fax 01482 326239
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715756 HULL-15
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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

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.

Practice head(s):John Flanagan

Other key lawyers:Richard Field; Julian Wild

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders on the sale of Barrowcliffe.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Bell Internet with its sale.
  • Advised Zubrance on a demerger of the its group structure to separate out two distinct businesses.
  • Acted for Sangwin on its disposal to Ashcourt Group.
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

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.

Practice head(s):George Coyle

Other key lawyers:Ralph Gilbert; Caroline Hardcastle; Andrew Digwood; Christopher Drinkall; 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

Work highlights

  • Representing a chemical manufacturer in a dispute relating to a product, which was supplied in an alleged contaminated state.
  • Acted for a client in urgent proceedings to protect its business interests against former senior executives seeking to divert contracts away from the client.
  • Acting for a manufacturer of modular pods in  a number of disputes with contractors including allegations of defective design and workmanship and the associated claims for loss of expense and remedial works.
  • Assisted a client in a tripartite dilapidations disputes.
  • Acted for a former director in a petition for unfair prejudice and valuation mechanism in a shareholders agreement.
Leading individuals

George Coyle - Rollits LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Richard Field

Other key lawyers:David Hextall; Chris Crystal

Key Clients

The Charity Bank

Yorkshire Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

Santander

Barclays

Lloyds

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 '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.

Practice head(s):Ed Jenneson

Other key lawyers:Ed Heppel

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

Work highlights

  • Defended two claims in respect of unfair dismissal.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Neil Franklin

Other key lawyers:John Lane

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

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of two farms totalling approximately 2,000 acres
  • Advised on the sale of part of a plant-growing nursery
  • Advised on the sale of former dairy land and buildings to a developer.

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

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP's Hull-based charities and social enterprise team is led by Gerry Morrison. The practice draws support from the firm‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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.

Practice head(s):Gerry Morrison

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Exceed Academies Trust in respect of the re-brokerage of Harden Primary School.
  • Ongoing advice to St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Educational Trust in respect of Freedom of Information requests, dispute resolution and governance issues.
  • Advised The Family Fund Trust for Families with Severely Disabled Children in relation to updating its articles of association and in respect of its relationship with its non-charitable trading subsidiary.
  • Advised Wilson Memorial Homes Charities in relation to incorporation.
  • Advised Charity Bank Limited in respect of security documentation and completion of legal charges and related property matters.  

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

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Sheridan Ball

Testimonials

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

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):John Lane

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Caroline Hardcastle; John Flanagan

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

Work highlights

  • Advised multiple further education providers on their contractual arrangements for the provision of apprenticeships.
  • Assisting several further education providers on the contractual arrangements for the subcontracted provision of education and training.
  • Acting on the conversion of South Holderness Secondary School to an academy.
  • Assisting Exceed Academies Trust with the rebrokerage of Harden Primary School.
  • Acting for a further education provider on the financing of a new campus.

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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 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.

Practice head(s):Chris Crystal

Other key lawyers:David Hextall

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

Work highlights

  • Advising a charity on estate planning issues and multiple real estate transactions.
  • Assisting a property developer with its property portfolio.
  • Assisting a client with securing the lease for its industrial headquarters.
  • Acting for a client on a land acquisition for a new manufacturing facility.
  • Handling a lease agreement for a retailer for a development site.
Leading individuals

Chris Crystal - Rollits LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Caroline Hardcastle

Other key lawyers:David Myers

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

Work highlights

  • Assisting Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited with the construction of the £100m redevelopment of its Hull site.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Mark Dixon

Other key lawyers:David Myers

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

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on a section 106 agreement for an outline planning permission of 32 dwellings.
  • Assisting Bawtry Farms Limited with the preparation of a section 106 agreement for planning permission for 150 dwellings.
  • Acting for Brierstone Limited on issues relating to the viability of a development due to affordable housing instructions.
  • Acting for an individual in a public inquiry relating to an enforcement notice appeal.
  • Advising Central Land Holdings Limited on the preparation of a section 106 agreement for an outline planning permission of 80 dwellings.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Chris Drinkall

Other key lawyers:Ralph Gilbert

Key Clients

University of Hull

Hymers College

Hull City Tigers

SuperStadium Management Co

East Riding College

Ideal Standard

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Douglas Oliver

Other key lawyers:David Myers

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

Work highlights

  • Advising a Hull-based charity on the auction sale of a portfolio of properties, which the registered provider considered unsuitable in its holdings.
  • Assisting Yorkshire Housing Limited with its purchase of a development site in West Yorkshire.
  • Acting for a Hull-based charity on the transfer of multiple units from one part of the charity to another, which is a registered provider.

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Keith Benton

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Family Fund and its trading subsidiary on a number of fulfillment-based agreements with major suppliers including Argos Retail, AO Retail and Haven Holidays.
  • Assisted Giacom with its contractual documentation for the resale of several third party cloud services.
  • Assisted The Retreat, York with a supply agreement for IT support and network connectivity services to Schön Klinik, following the sale of its inpatient eating disorder and personality disorder services to Schön.
  • Advised Orovia Group on its budget planning software and HR software agreements.
  • Advised an academy trust on a new cloud-based student data analytics tool.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Rollits LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Keith Benton

Other key lawyers:Andrew Digwood; James Peel

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

Work highlights

  • Advised AAK International on the transfer of its UK business to a new Swedish company operating through a branch in the UK, which included a transfer of the client's worldwide trade mark portfolio.
  • Advised Quandoo on the new licensing terms for commissioning and licensing imagery for client restaurants.
  • Advised Floreon on its strategy for granting licences of its patented biodegradable polymer technology.
  • Advised the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) on agreements with third parties who will create IP rights while undertaking research for ISD, as well as agreements for a collaborative project with a not-for-profit counter extremism organisation in the US.
  • Assisted A B Graphic with various agreements with third parties around the world.

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