Blacks Solicitors LLP > Leeds, England > Firm Profile

Blacks Solicitors LLP
3rd Floor, Wade House
The Merrion Centre

Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

At Blacks Solicitors LLP, team lead Ann Robinson's knowledge of family law and client relations is said to be 'second to none'. The team deals solely with privately funded matters and regularly handles complex financial settlements which involve business assets, multiple properties and complex pension issues. In addition, the firm's strengths extend to children arrangements including issues such as prohibited steps orders, specific issue orders and grandparents’ rights. Moreover, cases requiring advice from specialists in wills and probate, corporate and commercial property benefit from the firm's 'multi-sector' approach. The 'excellent' Paul Lancaster is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Ann Robinson

Other key lawyers:


‘The partner in charge of the department, Paul Lancaster, was responsible for advising me on my divorce settlement following separation from my wife. I will not have been the highest net worth individuals he has dealt with but he gave me his full personal attention at all times. He took a commercial approach throughout the process and made firm recommendations. ’

‘I dealt with Paul Lancaster for my whole case he was excellent, very supportive clear around the law. And explained fully everything. He discussed strategy and costs with me. He gave clear advice and provided excellent barristers.’

‘I have found this practice to be very professional and always made me feel a priority. The team’s strengths are that they go above and beyond to maintain client relations. The practice has superseded my expectations in these difficult and challenging times having to work from home due to the three lockdowns we have faced over the past 12 months. The knowledge of family law and how they look after their clients is of the highest degree which has been very reassuring in the challenging times I have faced personally. ’

‘I really can’t speak highly enough of Ann Robinson and her secretary at Blacks from the first initial call right through my lengthy divorce process. Ann has always made me feel very much at ease in what was a very anxious and stressful 12 months or so for me as an individual and as a father. Ann is very level headed even when things were extremely tough for me she was so calm in her approach and explained everything so precisely. Again as an individual Ann’s knowledge of family law and client relations is second to none. Ann’s ability to listen and advise is of the highest standard. ’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Blacks Solicitors LLP's corporate and commercial team has 'excellent sector knowledge' and is active in handling high-value sales, complex restructurings and shareholder agreements for large regional clients. Overseen by co-heads and Nigel Hoyle and Dave Paterson, the team advises on mid-market M&A deals and international investment matters for clients operating across the technology, leisure and tourism, and food and drinks sectors. In the commercial group, Philip Parkinson heads up the team and primarily advises owner-managed businesses and SMEs on contacts, marketing arrangements, and data protection issues. The wider team also includes legal executive Alex Hall who is described as 'brilliant' by clients, and Lewis Goodwin.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Hoyle; Dave Paterson; Philip Parkinson

Other key lawyers:

Lewis Goodwin; Alex Hall; Matthew Hutchinson


‘Extremely responsive, advice is always bespoke to my company’s position and circumstances.’

‘The relationship feels to be a very personal one, they are always interested in how my company is performing, they retain a detailed knowledge of the business from previous dealings which can’t be easy to achieve across all clients. Advice given is not only legal, but also backed up with practical and pragmatic suggestions.’

‘The firm’s ethos has always been to give quality advice and service to clients and their advisers. This is always done in a professional manner, in very acceptable time frames and at reasonable costs.’

‘As a rule, all the individuals I work with bring their own individuality to the table and you always feel you are working with professional friends as opposed to someone who is simply there to do the job and move on to the next one.’

‘Blacks have a very good all round team that seem to work well and communicate well between departments. They are a big enough company to have highly skilled people all different areas of expertise but still keep a very personal relationship with clients. I feel that as a small family business we get the same level of service that a large corporate company would expect.’

‘Having worked closely with both Dave Patterson and Matthew Hutchinson I admire the way they are both extremely skilled and professional in their respective areas of expertise but manage to deliver this service at a level I can understand and in a very modest, friendly and personal manor.’

‘Always contactable. Very professional, honest and direct. A lot more knowledgeable than the other party.’

‘Alex Hall was the brilliant individual who I predominately worked with and she was very calm in what was quite a pressured situation and had an ability to cut to the chase in terms of her advice and the key salient points.’

Key clients

Production Park

Harrogate Spring Water

Merritt & Fryers

City District t/a Fazenda

Innervate Technology Solutions

Catalyst IT Solutions

Delete Agency

Perega (aka Thomasons Group)

David Wood Baking

Fullers Foods

Great Rail Journeys

Brilliant Stages

Roxy Leisure


The Dalesman Group

Hague Print Media Supplies

Big Change

Vida Healthcare

VLT Logistics

Danielle Exclusive Creations

Packetts Holdings

Allied Glazing

HKA Financial Services

Northern Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Packetts Holdings Limited in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance company Jensten Group Limited.
  • Advised on a vendor initiated and assisted management buy-out of Mendahose Hydraulics Limited.
  • Advised the family owners of Harrogate Spring Water in relation to the sale of a majority shareholding in the company to Danone.

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Blacks Solicitors LLP's employment group acts for owner-managed businesses and SME's and is jointly overseen by Paul Kelly and Tom Moyes. The group has a wide offering across the education sector, and a niche practice in claims against the police. Chris Allen advises on shareholder disputes, senior exits and redundancies, while David Ward is the key contact for Employment Tribunal litigation. Euan Lawrence is highly rated by clients and is the main name for workplace disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kelly; Tom Moyes


‘I found them highly efficient and easy to deal with and their employment team met with me and within days of me calling them. All the staff that I met were friendly and easy going and that made it a lot easier for me to open up about my concerns and discuss them frankly and openly. The advice they gave was first class.’

‘My solicitor was David Ward who is a partner of the employment and commercial team of Blacks Solicitors. He took on board my case after an initial meeting with him in Leeds and his guidance and advice throughout the whole process was outstanding. His discussions with me were easy to understand and this in enabled me to progress my case with my employer. He communicated with myself and my employers and their solicitors in a timely and professional manner and was never phased by anything they threw back at him. David is an ambassador for his practice and his profession and is truly a person you can bond with and relate to from the outset.’

‘The team works together and advice is seamless at client facing stage. The team work together to understand the needs of the client meaning as a client I am not repeating myself.’

‘Euan Lawrence – advice and advocacy is excellent and highly valued. Advice is practical and issues are outlined in a clear manner for decision making. Real world understanding is built into the advice. The solicitors are always available and respond to ad hoc queries in a time manner.’

‘Euan Lawrence provided an exceptional service over a two-year period. From the off he was warm, approachable and attentive providing clear and practical support in a prompt and efficient manner. Euan clearly laid out and explained each stage to me, managing my expectations throughout and ensuring I felt fully informed when decisions had to be made. Throughout the engagement Euan remained focused on task and on point. He was conscientious, empathetic and understanding. An exceptional safe pair of hands with sound negotiating skills I felt I was represented with both integrity and professionalism.’

‘I found the people very connected with the company and addressed my needs thoroughly.’

‘David Ward was excellent and extremely knowledgeable and settled any doubts I had about going forward. I was thrilled with the outcome of my case.’

‘My experience has been extremely positive and thorough – an extremely knowledgeable and capable solicitor, who was available 24/7 on either telephone or email, was able to guide me through a complex situation which was resolved with a very satisfactory outcome.’

Key clients

Really Useful Products Limited

EMS-FP&S Truck & Trailer Parts

Augean PLC

BigChange Limited

Work highlights

  • Successful tribunal litigation of Stonebridge Homes Limited in defence of a multi-claimant employment status claim brought against a housebuilding client by self-employed bricklayers.
  • Successful tribunal litigation representing a claimant bringing claims of racial harassment and victimisation.

Insurance > Professional negligence: claimant Tier 3

Led by Luke Patel, the team at Blacks Solicitors LLP has a strong track record representing claimants against professionals such as solicitors, accountants, surveyors and mortgage brokers. The practice supports clients with negotiation, mediation and adjudication and has notable experience in construction disputes relating to breach of contract or defective workmanship. Yat Wong is another important contact in a team whose members speak a variety of languages including Gujarati, Hindu, Urdu, Spanish, French and Hakka.

Practice head(s):

Luke Patel

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Handled a professional negligence claim against a client’s former solicitors where they failed to protect her interests in respect of the recovery of a settlement sum that had been agreed in litigation.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Nick Dyson leads Blacks Solicitors LLP's team, which is 'full of individuals but all with the same Yorkshire spirit and work ethos'. The practice is well-known in the holiday and home park sector. Dyson is an expert in commercial landlord and tenant matters, development projects and investment transactions, as well as sales and purchases of residential and holiday home parks. Matthew Hutchinson acts for residential developers, lenders, landowners and property investment companies on all sales, acquisitions and financing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Nick Dyson

Other key lawyers:


‘Nick Dyson – leading from the front in respect of high service levels. Matt Hutchinson – extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic’

‘I have dealt with the property team, the range of services offered is excellent and in the commercial property world Blacks has some substantial instructions reflective of the depth and range of experience in the team.’

‘Blacks have assembled a great dedicated team, full of individuals but all with the same Yorkshire spirit and work ethos.’

‘Nick is always approachable and friendly and gives comfort that instructions will be dealt with properly.’

‘The practice covers a wide range of legal services and has a high level of expertise in all areas. Their approach is professional and also very ‘down to earth’; they take care to ensure that their clients have understanding of proceedings and help them to consider implications of decisions being made. The response when making an enquiry is excellent.’

‘My experience with Blacks has, on the whole, been a positive one. What makes them stand out is their dedication to the holiday and homes park industry and their approachability.’

Key clients

Gregory Property Group

AV Ogden Holdings Limited

TCS Holdings Limited

St Paul’s Street Investments

Bridge 3 LLP

Harrogate Water Brands Limited

Northbar Limited

East Street Arts

Production Park Limited

Vida Healthcare Limited

Sir Lawson Tancred and others

Work highlights

  • Advised Gregory Property Group on acquisition, development, partial letting and subsequent investment sale of 4 units at Park 32, Pontefract comprising over 150,000 sq ft of prime industrial property.
  • Advised 3 landowners including a trust in entering an Option Agreement to sell farmland in Boroughbridge to Taylor Wimpey, conditional on satisfactory planning permission being obtained.
  • Advised TCS Holdings on the private sale of Abingdon Street Market, Blackpool to the council which was subject to over 40 occupational tenancies and included the transfer of employees, assignments and dealing with trust restrictions.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Blacks Solicitors LLP's contentious real estate team includes practice head Luke Patel and Aimee Hutchinson, who handle a broad cross-section of matters for residential developers, landowners, institutional and investment fund landlords and regional corporate tenants. Key areas of work include dilapidations, breaches of covenants, trespassing and disputes connected with residential mobile home parks and holiday parks.

Practice head(s):

Luke Patel

Other key lawyers:


‘They are extremely focused to the clients needs and always seeking practical, commercially-oriented solutions rather than just looking at the pure legal point at issue. They have a very healthy respect for other professional disciplines involved and always seek to be collaborative in their approach.’

‘Aimee Hutchinson is without doubt one of the most tenacious, professional but personable solicitors I have dealt with. She can be very tough when needed, almost without the other side realising, but always maintains respectful cordial relations to get the deal over the line. A very rare commodity in someone so young.’

‘Our experience with Aimee Hutchinson has always been fantastic. She is incredibly knowledgeable, especially in our field of work. She is also extremely thorough, and most importantly we trust her to deliver.’

‘The team interrelate well when a broad range of legal skill sets are required in dealing with highly complex legal matters.’

Key clients

Wyldecrest Parks (Management) Limited

Shelfside (Holdings) Limited

West One Loans Limited

Aura Finance Limited

Astella Holdings Limited

Bridgeco Limited

Work highlights

  • A claim against a lender brought by a defaulting borrower on the grounds of breach of contract and an unfair relationship pursuant to s.140A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
  • Acting on behalf of a residential park operator to defend a claim brought by a resident for breach of contract and misrepresentation.
  • Acting on behalf of a landlord (of a retail centre) in connection with an unopposed 1954 Act lease renewal.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

The wills & probate Team at Blacks Solicitors LLP advises business owners on succession planning and wealth preservation considerations. In addition, the offering assists clients with the process of will writing and has expertise in administering finances under Lasting Power of Attorney as well as Court of Protection work for the vulnerable. Nick Rhodes leads the practice and is joined by Dementia Friends Champion Annie Beaumont.

Practice head(s):

Nick Rhodes

Other key lawyers:


‘Billing is clear and comes only after the job is finished. Technology used during the Covid pandemic allowed face to face meetings and it was easy to get in touch.’

‘Annie Beaumont is just the sort of solicitor you would want to have taking care of your affairs. The initial consultation was wide-ranging and informative and it was clear that our wants and needs were top priority. ’

‘Everyone was professional and cheerful. Even when associates were not under direct supervision of a partner the cheerful mood continued. It seems like it must be a good place to work.’

‘Annie Beaumont has been extremely sensitive and supportive to our needs. We do not feel pressured at all as we have in the past with other firms. ’

Their knowledge and professionalism are as good as any I have come across and I am able to avail myself of their expertise unconditionally. As a result we refer plenty of work to them and vice versa.’

Annie Beaumont and Nick Rhodes are the main individuals I deal with and both have dealt with clients of mine. I can pick the phone up to either of them and get an answer to my questions on behalf of clients, they charge a very reasonable fee for their work and my clients like them and have full confidence in their advice.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Blacks Solicitors LLP's commercial dispute resolution team is 'able to deal with everything from property law to corporate law' for its clients which primarily includes private individuals and owner-managed businesses. Luke Patel leads the team and counts charity disputes concerning religious organisations among his niche areas of expertise. Aimee Hutchinson has particular expertise in judicial review matters, while 'impeccable' senior associate Paula Moses joined from Certus Solicitors, adding a breadth of experience in fraud disputes.

Practice head(s):

Luke Patel

Other key lawyers:

Darren Morgan; Aimee Hutchinson; Yat Wong; Tom Cowan; Paula Moses


‘Committed and experienced team which offers first rate advice at reasonable cost in commercial dispute resolution. Team leaders are comfortable across industry and there is a sense that they know the business as well as the relevant law.’

‘Welcoming and open company who make clients feel welcome. Able to deal with everything from property law to corporate law.’

‘Blacks has developed an excellent reputation as a mid-tier firm punching above its weight. It handles a wide variety of disputes from small value to multi-million.’

‘Luke Patel is stand-out. Really good lawyer and strategist. Strong personality who leads from the front and good to have in your corner. Impressive success rate.’

‘Darren Morgan is our partner and he understands our issues at hand and gets us to a better place with often cantankerous opposing sides in the most effective manner.’

‘Yat Wong provides sound advice whilst at the same time ensuring the commercial aspects of the dispute remain in the client.’

‘Paula Moses was impeccable in regards to working on my case, she always met timelines and did everything she said she would whilst working with me. She always kept me updated and informed me on the next step we needed to accomplish. She managed to resolve my dispute when multiple solicitors before could not. There has not been a single quality in Paula I could fault as she has simply been the best. She is honestly amazing at her job and goes out of her way to complete her task. She is very reliable, patient and compassionate with her clients and does her absolute most to resolve any issues you are having within your case. ’

‘I have worked predominantly with Tom Cowan who has been superb. If he is unable to address my query, he is able to redirect me to one of his colleagues straight away and once again, the company responsiveness has been excellent throughout.’

Key clients

Prime TV UK Limited

Constant Power Solutions Limited

David Sandham Trading Limited

P N Home Limited

Home Design International Limited

Durest Beds Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in a high-profile Judicial Review case and a first of its kind claim following the nationwide closure of all places of worship by the Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis in March 2020 and as part of the national lockdown measures.
  • Represented an individual in a dispute regarded the beneficial ownership of a property, the legal title to which was held in the name of another.

Blacks Solicitors is a 25 partner law firm with 180 employees. The firm provides a wide range of legal services to commercial and private clients in Yorkshire and across the UK, and continues to go from strength to strength.

Operating from its head office at City Point in Leeds, Blacks Solicitors believe in delivering a first class service to all of their clients, whilst providing expert advice at realistic rates.

To achieve this Blacks take time to get to know and understand their clients, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible.

Blacks regularly provide advice to owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth individuals on: corporate and commercial law; intellectual property; GDPR; employment law;  commercial property; leasehold enfranchisement; planning law; residential property/conveyancing; commercial and civil dispute resolution/litigation; trusts, wills and estates; and family law.

In addition Blacks also act for clients across a range of niche sectors including: healthcare; education; leisure and hospitality (including holiday and home parks and hotels); and sport.

Awards and recognition
Blacks won Law Firm of the Year: Medium and Managing Partner of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2018.

Managing Partner Chris Allen
Corporate & Commercial Nigel Hoyle
Corporate & Commercial Dave Paterson
Commercial Property Nick Dyson
Residential Property Ian Errington
Leasehold Enfranchisement Anushka Nicholas
Commercial/Civil Dispute Resolution Luke Patel
Professional Negligence Luke Patel
Insolvency Luke Patel
Property Disputes Luke Maidens
Employment Law Paul Kelly
Family Law Ann Robinson
Family Law Paul Lancaster
Trust, Wills & Estates Nick Rhodes
Sports Law Chris Allen
Number of UK Partners : 25