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Shulmans LLP

10 WELLINGTON PLACE, LEEDS, LS1 4AP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 245 2833
Fax:
Fax 0113 246 7326
DX:
729700 LEEDS 69
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Web:
www.shulmans.co.uk
Leeds, London

Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Shulmans LLP

The niche road transport services team at Shulmans LLP handles regulatory and compliance related work, employment, commercial contracts, and environmental and health and safety advice to its national client list. Richard Wadkin heads up the practice and has particular expertise dealing with public inquiry and defence work for transport and logistics operators. Wadkin, alongside Clare Benger, acted for Eco Drill (England) in providing complex advice requiring interpretation tachographs and excise exemptions , drivers’ and operators’ licences, as well as representing the company at a public inquiry. The team also defended Eco Drill's driver Andrew Burton, successfully achieving a discontinuance of magistrates’ court proceedings. Jim Wright is also a key name to note, particularly for employment-related advice, and is instructed by Driver Hire Group Services to advise on road transport regulatory issues, employment law, tax and commercial law.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Shulmans LLP

At Shulmans LLP, Marcus Armstrong and Emma Roe lead the corporate and commercial teams respectively; Armstrong has ‘proved himself as an able adviser’ and Roe is ‘a go-to practitioner’. Key sectors for the group include the IT, healthcare, food and drink, financial services and education sectors; clients include Octopus Properties, 21st Century Technology and Bayfields Group. The department also advised Ultra Finishing on an investment by the Business Growth Fund, and assisted with the disposal of Redfern Travel to Corporate Travel Management. Other key team members include Andrew Bradley, who handles issues for IT and financial services clients; Chris Peace, who is a key contact for pharmacy clients; and Mark Lumley and Helen Goldthorpe, who are part of the commercial team.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Shulmans LLP

As ‘a very strong firm with high-quality work’, Shulmans LLP is ‘one of the better mid-sized options in the region’ with ‘excellent all-round performance and well-experienced individuals who demonstrate technical knowledge and unmatched client attention’. The ‘efficient, thorough and experienced’ Richard Wadkin is ‘a safe pair of hands’ and leads the recently reorganised team, which also includes IT specialist Mark Lumley, regulatory expert Lyn Dario, who focuses on environmental and health and safety issues; and associates Eleanor Stenson and Laura Hill, who are ‘excellent litigators with bright futures ahead of them’. The team recently acted for Montpelier Business Reorganisation in claims relating to the repayment of deferred consideration.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Shulmans LLP

The 'knowledgeable and proactive' employment practice at Shulmans LLP offers a 'professional, approachable and sympathetic' approach to contentious and advisory matters. Ian Dawson and Jim Wright jointly head the practice which has particular expertise across the professional services, independent schools, manufacturing and the regulatory sectors. Wright led a team which successfully defended Ghana International Bank in claims brought by a former director who was dismissed for gross misconduct. In another work highlight, the group is advising Hartlepool Sixth Form College on all employment aspects of its merger with Sunderland College, including on TUPE implications. The 'calm, thoughtful, unflappable and intelligent' Tom Watkins was recently promoted to partner.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP's department provides ‘excellent service levels’. The practice is led by Simon Jackson on the commercial property side, while Rosemary Edwards heads the residential development practice; Edwards’ recent mandates include assisting Avant Homes with land acquisitions, while Jackson recently led advice to Crown Properties and Governside on the management, lettings and renewals for several retail, office and leisure properties in London. Further highlights include property finance expert Edwina Hewson assisting TCS Holdings with various portfolio management issues and consultant Andrew Latchmore and Dawn Carlisle acting for S Harrison Developments on its acquisition of a student accommodation development site. Evans Property Group, Barratt Homes and Princes Quay Estates are also clients. Associate Kieran Wilkinson is also a key name to note  Julie Carr joined the residential development team in 2018 from Brady Solicitors .

Next generation lawyers

Kieran Wilkinson - Shulmans LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Shulmans LLP

At Shulmans LLP, Sarah Wilson  heads the construction team which has advised HBS Southern Group on the construction of a solar photovoltaic system, representing Chiorino in litigation relating to defects and movement in a warehouse building, and assisting a lender with a loan facility to a residential housebuilder. BHC, Kavanagh Roofing and Powerfirm Access Solutions are also clients. Phil Morrison has left the firm to join Clarion.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP ‘ticks all of the boxes you would expect an excellent team to tick’; the ‘trustworthy and personable group provides clear and concise advice and has an outstandingly commercial approach’. Department head Lyn Dario ‘stands out from the crowd’ particularly in the chemicals, waste and manufacturing sectors. The team also includes Mark Lumley, who is noted for his work advising technology and providers clients; and litigator Richard Wadkin, who handles matters in the logistics and road transport sectors.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Shulmans LLP

In Shulmans LLP’s ‘excellent department’, practice head Amanda Beresford’s ‘knowledge and attention to detail are exceptional’. Key areas of expertise for the group include residential development planning, planning-related judicial reviews, infrastructure mandates and mixed-use development planning matters. Recent highlights include advising Lidl on the planning elements of the development of a new store in Barton-upon-Humber, assisting Extra MSA Group with planning advice regarding a planning application for a new motorway service area, and represented Greggs in its objection to a residential development next to its North East manufacturing facility. Barratt Homes, Chatsworth Settlement Trustees and Avant Homes are also clients. Solicitor Emma Thomas is the key name for advice to telecoms operators.

Leading individuals

Amanda Beresford - Shulmans LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Shulmans LLP

‘Enormously experienced’ team head Michael Watson and Helen Hill are key names at Shulmans LLP, which is ‘the leading Northern firm for dilapidations’ and also has expertise in telecoms issues. Clients also praise associate Richard Robinson, who ‘combines pure talent with extensive market knowledge’. Recent highlights include representing Greggs in a misrepresentation action, a professional negligence claim and dilapidation issues; acting for Brookfield in litigation relating to the removal of five telecoms operators from a building’s roof, and handling a terminal dilapidation claim and defending a repair action for Bet Fred. Commercial Estates Group and Trust Inns are also clients; Hill acted for the latter on tenant insolvency issues, rent recovery and possession work.

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP ‘stands out for its ability to provide clients with appropriate and realistic advice that is both knowledgeable and clear’. Mark Lumley leads the IT practice and is ‘trusted implicitly by clients for his positive and calm manner that is truly unflappable and brings an almost therapeutic quality to his advice’; he is supported by commercial contract and technology specialist Emma Roe. Michael Watson is head of the telecoms team; he ‘never lets clients down and provides comprehensive advice and assistance no matter the issues’. In a recent highlight, the group advised Brookfield on the removal of five telecoms operators from a building rooftop for a redevelopment. Commercial Estates Group, Saint Gobain, Apeiron Capital and the University of Northampton are also clients. Associate Luke Maidens is also a name to note for telecoms work.

Next generation lawyers

Luke Maidens - Shulmans LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Shulmans LLP

Shulmans LLP is ‘an excellent firm with a strong and talented IP practice that is making its mark in the region’ and fields a team, which ‘is a delight to work with thanks to a friendly and pleasant manner and a clear dedication to its clients’. Department head Rob Lucas ‘provides timely, thoughtful and commercially relevant advice while remaining adaptable and responsive to the client’s needs and expectations’; he is particularly prominent in the audio, packaging, fragrance and retail sectors. Lucas recently advised Audio Technica on brand development and brand protection issues, assisted ACT Response with the launch of a new global brand strategy, and acted for Beaverfit on a licensing deal with an Italian gym equipment supplier.

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