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Yorkshire And The Humber

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Clarion excels in the fields of divorce and financial settlements, both of which are key areas of expertise for practice head Justine Osmotherley, who deals with complex issues involving business interests, trusts, assets, post-separation accruals, inheritance and pensions. The group has also seen a notable increase in instructions involving pre- and post-nuptial agreements and is noted for its expertise in Children Act cases, surrogacy issues and wealth management. Other key practitioners include legal director Jane Ingleby, who specialises in high-net-worth matters and TOLATA cases; and legal director Sarah Buxton, who specialises in family disputes.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Clarion is a key name in the Leeds market for SME clients, particularly in the manufacturing, engineering, recruitment, healthcare, sport and leisure sectors, and has notable expertise in asset-based lending work and bridging finance matters. The group acts for a variety of clearing banks and has also expanded its instructions from secondary lenders. Marie Pugh leads the team and Ben Slack handles asset-based lending work.

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

Clarion's real estate practice has grown significantly since its establishment in 2007, up from six lawyers in 2015 to fifteen in 2018. The team is led by the 'exceptionalMartin Grange who acts for a number of local and national developers. The team covers range of industry sectors including development, retail and leisure, property finance and investment. A notable name is the 'thorough and responsive' Alison Batty, who has become the team’s self-invested pension scheme specialist, while the 'commercially sensible' Lindsay Texel, who has led on several large portfolio acquisitions, is also recommended.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Clarion is known for having 'one of the best' specialist contentious probate and trust teams outside London. The firm's lawyers are 'genuine specialists' who deal with work at all levels of complexity, including high value claims. Contentious private client head Lynsey Harrison leads the team - she handles contentious aspects of wills, trusts and probate as well as Court of Protection cases and is described by clients as 'a class act - unflappable and determined'.

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

Clarion's corporate and commercial teams are led by Richard Moran and Matthew Hattersley respectively and are particularly strong in the media, marketing and digital sectors alongside expertise in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. The group has the ability to handle the full range of M&A, private equity, buyouts and acquisition finance work. The arrival of legal director Hitesh Tailor from DLA Piper UK LLP strengthened the firm's private equity offering.

Debt recovery Tier 2

Clarion is instructed by a range of corporate clients to handle high-value debt collection and credit control services. Practice head Daniel Carlton has particular expertise in the leisure, construction, manufacturing and property sectors, while corporate insolvency specialist Ryan Millmore is noted for his retail, manufacturing and waste sector specialisms. Associate Dale Fawcett is another name to note.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Clarion's recent work in the insolvency and restructuring sphere includes high-profile national contentious cases, national and regional retail insolvencies and other financing matters. The team has a substantial insolvency practitioner client base as well as acting for secondary and asset-based lenders, clearing banks and brand managers. Practice head Ryan Millmore focuses on corporate insolvencies, Roger Hutton is a key name for pre-insolvency issues, Alice Pratt handles insolvencies, liquidations and administrations; and Ben Slack is an expert in asset-based lending work.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Clarion handles the full range of commercial, contentious and advisory work including patent, copyright, design and trade mark infringement litigation, brand creation and brand clearance, as well as trade mark registration and licensing work. Esther Kirwan heads up the practice and focuses on patent and other IP disputes and strategic advice, while recently promoted partner Sue Streatfield focuses on trade mark related matters.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

The commercial and IT team at Clarion assists its impressive client roster of regional, national and international companies with technology-related transactions and disputes. The group acts for public and private sector clients across numerous sectors, including the healthcare, retail and technology industries. Practice head Matthew Hattersley specialises in advising on complex IT projects with David Cunningham, while Simon Young and Dominic Higham handle contentious IT instructions.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Clarion’s private client practice, which is highly regarded in the market, is led by estate and succession planning specialist Vivienne Wild. It advises business owners, entrepreneurs as well as accountancy firms and financial services’ professionals on matters of estate planning - increasingly featuring an international element - capital taxes and trusts in connection with transactional and succession planning. The team also has mental capacity expertise, handling Court of Protection cases and complex mental capacity disputes. Legal director Clare King  as plays a key role in some of the team's most important work.

Sport Tier 2

Clarion's cross-departmental sports practice has the ability to leverage a range of experts to assist its client roster, which includes clubs, leagues, sport sector retailers and high-profile sports men and women. Practice head Richard Moran has experience in sales, purchases and the funding of football and rugby clubs, stadium acquisitions and sponsorship agreements. Other names to note include insolvency and restructuring partner Ryan Millmore, litigators Simon Young and Dominic Higham, IP specialist Esther Kirwan, and commercial lawyer Matthew Hattersley.

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

The commercial litigation team at Clarion has an impressive client roster and a breadth of experience in domestic and international disputes, with growing expertise in the technology, outsourcing and food sectors. Practice head and 'heavyweight litigator' Simon Young has 'a strong reputation in the Leeds market' and attracts praise for 'his diligence and judgement'; other key names to note include Dominic Higham, particularly for IT and outsourcing disputes, experienced litigator and mediator David Williams, and senior associate Kayleigh Fantoni, whose experience spans IT software agreement disputes and acting for financial services businesses in guarantee claims.

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Clarion's practice, which acts for a range of large employers across Yorkshire, works in tandem with the firm's family and private client teams to provide an employee support offering which aims to help clients improve staff retention. 'Passionate, driven and determined' team head Sarah Tahamtani advises on complex and high-value litigation, tribunal claims and change management procedures, while the addition of the 'highly skilled, professional and proactiveChris Booth from Pinsent Masons LLP has provided a further boost to an already experienced team.

Property litigation Tier 4

Clarion moved into real estate litigation work in mid-2017, and the team is now made up of two fee-earners, a trainee and a paralegal. The practice sits within the firm's real estate group and focuses on landlord and tenant work and estate management issues, particularly dilapidations. Legal director Sophie Morley leads the team, drawing on her experience of development issues and disputes relating to tenant insolvency and mortgage arrears.

Clarion is a key player in Yorkshire, with a national and international reputation as it services clients in over 75 different countries. Clarion places real importance on providing a partner-led service with a hands-on approach and is renowned for being forward-thinking and commercially savvy. Clarion prides itself on an innovative approach and commits to investing time and resources into building relationships with clients to understand their goals and achieve them, as well as providing added value to their businesses.

The firm: The management team recognises the need for its lawyers to understand clients’ real issues, rather than purely serving their immediate legal needs. New service lines are developed to meet clients’ changing requirements, packaged and costed to deliver in line with genuine return on investment for clients.

Clarion has a strong link with the community and has a dedicated CSR programme. It is particularly proud of its sponsorship and involvement with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

It has a substantial, active and growing in-house counsel network providing regular support with a programme of training events, in-house counsel lunches and other networking opportunities.

Clarion intends to expand at a measured rate by attracting further high-quality fee-earners and clients. Its main objective is to uphold its core values and provide outstanding service.

Types of work undertaken:

Corporate: offering the full range of corporate finance work, including mainstream mergers and acquisitions, acting for banks and other financial institutions in the provision of acquisition finance facilities, advising international clients and entrepreneurs on expansion and start-up structures.

Commercial and IT: working with a diverse range of clients throughout the UK and internationally, the firm partners clients on complex deals in relation to commercial and IT contracts; information law; business models; trading and
e-commerce advice; outsourcing; and competition.

Intellectual property: acknowledged local and international experts, the firm assists with the identification, protection, exploitation and enforcement of rights in patents, designs, trade marks, copyright, databases, confidential information and related rights.

Real estate: the established team has long-term personal relationships across a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in commercial and residential developments, leisure, corporate occupier and secured lending.  The team includes expertise in construction and real estate litigation.

Dispute resolution: a long-established, highly regarded and experienced team dealing with every type of dispute: managed, negotiated and, where necessary, rigorously litigated with its hallmark tough and unwavering focus.

Business restructuring and insolvency: one of the leading corporate recovery and insolvency legal teams in the North of England, the highly regarded team is uniquely placed to offer national experience on a personal level for institutions, companies and individuals.

Regulatory: the team has extensive experience of supporting clients in their response to incidents – creating the mechanisms by which to investigate without self-incrimination and to learn lessons to prevent recurrence. And where prosecution follows, provide representation through the Court process that is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome.

Private client: the successful team deals with the full private client remit, from wills and trusts, the protection of vulnerable relatives or loss of mental capacity, to critical tax planning, wider wealth management and business succession.

Family: it undertakes the full range of family work, including children disputes and family injunction issues, with particular emphasis and expertise in financial aspects of divorce and relationship breakdown. The team has considerable experience of high-value and complex cases involving property, business and pension issues.

Contentious private client: highly regarded litigators in this specialist area of law the team advise and support clients, ensuring they are aware of all options,  ultimately protecting their rights.

Employment: a specialist employment law team ensuring clients are aware of all the options relating to the relevant regulations; adopting HR strategies, procedures and terms that develop staff, as well as reducing risk.

Banking and finance: with real strength in depth, the team have created a regional hub of expertise renowned for fast turnaround and an enviable track record. Acting for lenders and borrowers; the team’s work encompasses acquisition and structured finance transactions, real estate finance, asset based finance and restructuring projects covering the full range of corporate funding requirements.

Costs and litigation funding: a specialist and dedicated costs team working with over 70 law firms nationwide. Different to independent law costs draftsmen, as it understands what fee-earners require, together with the complex requirements of cost risk and management control.

Debt recovery: access to over 30 years’ experience of debt recovery and credit management, acting for commercial and consumer organisations, as well as local authorities in the UK.

Department Name Email Telephone
Joint managing partner/Business restructuring and insolvency Roger Hutton
Joint managing partner/Business restructuring and insolvency Ryan Millmore
Senior partner/ Corporate Richard Moran
Commercial and IT Matthew Hattersley
Intellectual property Esther Kirwan
Banking and finance Marie Pugh
Dispute resolution Simon Young
Real estate Martin Grange
Private client Vivienne Wild
Employment Sarah Tahamtani
Family Justine Osmotherley
Costs and litigation funding Andrew McAulay
Debt recovery Daniel Carlton
Regulatory Sarah Taylor
Contentious private client Lynsey Harrison
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Cunningham  photo David Cunningham
 Martin Grange  photo Martin Grange
 Lynsey Harrison  photo Lynsey Harrison
 Matthew Hattersley  photo Matthew Hattersley
 Dominic Higham  photo Dominic Higham
 Roger Hutton  photo Roger Hutton
 Esther Kirwan  photo Esther Kirwan
 Ben Lamb  photo Ben Lamb
 Andrew McAulay  photo Andrew McAulay
 Ryan Millmore  photo Ryan Millmore
 Richard Moran  photo Richard Moran
 Justine Osmotherley  photo Justine Osmotherley
 Alice Pratt  photo Alice Pratt
 Jonathan Simms  photo Jonathan Simms
 Ben Slack  photo Ben Slack
 Sarah Tahamtani  photo Sarah Tahamtani
 Sarah Taylor  photo Sarah Taylor
 Lindsay Texel  photo Lindsay Texel
 Vivienne Wild  photo Vivienne Wild
 Simon Young  photo Simon Young
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 155