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Shulmans LLP

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729700 LEEDS 69
Leeds, London

Mark Lumley

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Shulmans LLP

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Mark specialises in IT, contracts and projects, negotiating complex commercial agreements and procurement matters. Mark was named 'Data Protection Lawyer of the Year' at the Finance Monthly FinTech Awards 2017.

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in legal practice, working in support of commercial and public sector organisations including many large national and international businesses. Mark has a reputation for reducing complex problems to easily-digestible solutions. He is recommended in the Legal 500 directory.

Mark’s commercial and technology experience is considerable. Recent work includes:

  • Outsource warehousing, technology and logistics negotiation and agreements for several national businesses;
  • Software development integration and hosting agreements for national financial services and health plan businesses;
  • Master service agreements and reseller documentation for wealth management software systems;
  • Facilities management and services tendering and contract documentation for an international retail business;
  • Advice to public and publicly-funded bodies on procurement and state aid aspects of major developments to support complex commercial property transactions with Andrew Latchmore, a senior lawyer in Shulmans' real estate team;
  • Lead role in the legal work input to the FCA skilled persons review alongside national accounting and advisory practices.

Mark is acknowledged as “an excellent and pragmatic negotiator”; one leading Counsel has commented that Mark was “the best negotiator” he knew.

Mark has particular knowledge and experience in:

  • Providing simple and effective guidance and training to assist organisations’ build-up or continue to support their internal legal and contract management capability on a cost-effective basis;
  • Undertaking complex commercial and technology projects in the manufacturing, distribution, financial services and technology sectors, as well as supporting day-to-day routine contract and procurement requirements;
  • Dealing with the financial services regulatory environment relating to commercial transactions including FCA requirements, anti-bribery, money laundering and PCI DSS personal data rules;
  • Designing and drafting tender and contract/business process management systems and effective business process documents to deliver value, cost saving and control for clients;
  • Assisting clients to understand risk and reputational issue management; Mark has a calm and experienced approach to dealing with particularly sensitive or urgent matters;
  • Leading and participating in wider professional multi-disciplinary teams to deliver commercial solutions for clients across multiple jurisdictions, from complex projects to day-to-day overflow support for busy in-house departments.

Underpinning Mark’s ability to resolve complex commercial issues is a personal commitment to ongoing academic and professional development. Mark holds an LLM in Business Law as a second degree and is the chairman of the Northern Group of the Society for Computers and Law.


Mark is a member of:

  • the Institute of Directors (IoD);
  • the Law Society Competition Section;
  • the Procurement Lawyers Association.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

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

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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 experiencedRichard 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: Real estate


Within: Environment

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

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

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.

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