Firm Profile > Clarion > Leeds, England
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Clarion > The Legal 500 Rankings
The team at Clarion regularly acts in high-value and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, representing clients with global assets. With Lynsey Harrison as group head, the practice frequently handles Inheritance Act 1975 claims, actions disputing the validity of wills, and all manner of administrative claims relating to estates. The practice is also instructed by high-net-worth individuals to advise on complex breach of trust actions, relating to both UK and Jersey trusts. Other notable practitioners include associate solicitors Louise Dodds and Liam Brooke; the latter has experience in dealing with disputes regarding inter vivos gifts.
Debt recovery Tier 1
Clarion’s debt recovery practice advises creditors across the leisure, care home, property and, increasingly, the utilities sectors in high-value recovery and collection exercises. Practice head Daniel Carlton has expertise in court proceedings, bankruptcies and winding-up actions, while associate Dale Fawcett regularly acts for pension administrators in the public sector. The team often works with insolvency head Ryan Millmore on administrations, liquidations and turnarounds.
Clarion works on the full spectrum of family law issues, including pre- and post-nuptial financial agreements and divorce settlements; the practice also handles a number of matters relating to the Children Act encompassing hostile witnesses, relocations and criminal allegations, thanks to a strong dispute resolution capability. The fully integrated team also handles surrogacy cases. Justine Osmotherley leads the practice, and is a market leading name for nuptial agreements and complex financial settlements for high-net-worth clients. Director Sarah Buxton joined from Irwin Mitchell in early 2019, and specialises in business finance and children law issues.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Buxton; Jane Ingleby
‘A good efficient team, who understand me and my objectives and tailor their advice to help deliver them.‘
‘Justine Osmotherley and Sarah Buxton have given clear concise advice that focuses on the issues, and gets results.‘
Banking and finance Tier 2
Clarion specialises in regional asset-based lending and bridging finance work for corporates and property companies; it is also acting for a growing number of secondary lenders and alternative finance providers, as well as clearing banks and private equity funds. Practice head Marie Pugh focuses on real estate and development finance work for lender and borrower clients, supported by legal director Phillip Dine; and Ben Slack takes the lead on asset-based lending work. Senior associate Andrea Unwin joined the team in late 2019 from Squire Patton Boggs, bringing experience in corporate banking and structured finance mandates
‘The team have a never say die attitude, often surprising their clients with what is possible.‘
‘Andrew Curtis has exceeded our expectations over and over again for the last year. As a client I have 100% confidence that he will get the deal done, on my timescale.‘
Reward Finance Group
Secure Trust Bank
Ultimate Finance Limited
Reparo Finance Limited
Shawbrook Bank Limited
Hampshire Trust Bank
TFG Capital Limited
Skipton Business Finance Limited
RBS Invoice Finance Limited
Fresh Thinking Capital Limited
Ablrate Assets Limited
Clarion's commercial dispute resolution team attracts praise for being 'progressive and very user-friendly'. The one-office practice counts technology, outsourcing and logistics, and media among its sector specialisms, and frequently acts in contentious corporate matters, judicial review proceedings, and supply chain contract disputes. Practice head Simon Young and David Williams have broad practices, while Dominic Higham has a particular niche in IT and outsourcing disputes. Legal director Dominic Blakeley represents client in outsourcing, shareholder and partnership disputes, while senior associate Kayleigh Fantoni focuses on breach of contract claims.
‘Clarion is a progressive and very user-friendly law firm. The lawyers are all responsive, technically very capable and I feel like I am in the best possible hands. The litigation they are dealing with for me is complex and very high value, indeed for me it is of critical importance. I have complete faith and confidence in the team at Clarion to deliver a successful conclusion.‘
‘Attention to detail, feel like they’re very much part of our own team.‘
‘Simon Young leads the litigation team at Clarion. He sets out a clear strategy and then manages his team with military precision to achieve that objective.‘
Silverstone Circuits Ltd
Kingspan Insulation Plc
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Sports Direct International plc
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited
LNT Group Ltd
Caddick Group Ltd
Dunlop Oil and Marine
Skipton Building Society
Gulf Gas & Power
Clarion remains active in the retail sector and is a key name in the market for residential development and property finance work, acting for major clients regionally and nationally. The team advises commercial occupiers, shopping centre owners, banks and property developers on property transactions, leasing matters and financing issues. Practice head Martin Grange leads on development work, while Lindsay Texel specialises in acting for housebuilders, retailers and residential developers; and Ben Lamb handles property financing mandates for established banks and challengers. Legal director Alison Batty is also recommended, and associate Grace Allison attracts praise for her work on leisure sector leasing issues.
‘Clarions is unique in that it provides services for all sides of the legal profession in the same building. The parties I have personally dealt with have been nothing but attentive, professional, and diligent. Having dealt with many other firms I can categorically say that this firm is by far one of the best I have ever dealt with for their quick and resourceful resolutions to issues which have needed their attention.‘
‘The Individuals I have dealt with are Lindsay Texel, Eve Gregory, Sean Meehan. They have been attentive and diligent at all times. Lindsay and Eve are the most helpful, conscientious and genuinely care about their clients and always go that extra mile for them.’
Hampshire Trust Bank
Renewable Land Resources
Colvestone Real Estate
Redefine Paragon Square (Hull) Limited (Hammonds of Hull)
Leeds Beckett University
V & A Homes
Prospect Property Group
Tate Estates Limited
Trafford Borough Council
Clarion handles the full range of corporate and commercial services under Richard Moran and Matthew Hattersley respectively. Private M&A and private equity deals are key areas of focus, with sectors of expertise including the marketing, digital media, manufacturing and logistics industries.
Health and safety Tier 2
Clarion recently established a regulatory practice through the recruitment of the highly-rated health and safety expert Sarah Taylor from Pinsent Masons LLP. Clients in retail and food and drink sectors engage the practice in Trading Standards investigations, prosecutions by the Environmental Agency, and Coroner Inquests. Associate Lucy Alderson, who joined from DWF, assists with the full range of defence work and provides health and safety compliance training to directors and management teams.
Other key lawyers:
‘Any team with Sarah Taylor present is a very strong one and a true competitor to all in the field of health and safety and other regulatory areas.‘
‘Sarah Taylor is a premier league solicitor. She is an outstanding lawyer, but is able to combine this with pragmatic advice and a measure of calmness in complex cases. The Clarion team is now one of, if not the foremost health and safety teams in the area. They have blue-chip clients who value their expertise in particular with regards to prosecutions and inquests.‘
‘Sarah Taylor has massive experience in this area of law.‘
TJ Morris Limited t/a Home Bargains
Clarion advises a combination of insolvency practitioners, national clearing banks and alternative lenders on a range of regional and national corporate insolvencies including administrations, liquidations and turnarounds, as well as acting in contentious proceedings. The team also has experience in retail, manufacturing and waste sector insolvencies, acting for companies and directors. Ryan Millmore leads the team, acting on a variety of insolvencies and corporate turnarounds; Roger Hutton specialises in pre-insolvency advice and distressed acquisitions; and Alice Pratt works on personal insolvency and high-value bankruptcy mandates. Ben Slack is also a key name and focuses on asset-based and alternative lending work, advising a number of regional lenders.
Intellectual property Tier 2
Clarion has a strong international trade mark practice, which has practice head Esther Kirwan and senior associate Sarah Molloy advising global companies on registrations, enforcements, oppositions, licensing issues and infringement claims; the group also handles international design registrations. Sue Streatfield represents clients in IP litigation on the claimant and defence side encompassing patent, copyright and trade mark passing off and infringement claims. The client list includes impressive names in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medtech and other cutting-edge sectors.
‘Responsive and commercial in their approach.‘
‘Esther Kirwan is very easy to work with and has excellent technical knowledge.‘
‘Esther Kirwan is always helpful and eager to understand the business.‘
Hard Rock Cafe
FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK
Music for The People
IT and telecoms Tier 2
Corporate clients and public bodies across the UK instruct Clarion’s commercial and IT practice to handle the full breadth of non-contentious matters. Practice head Matthew Hattersley advises on IT outsourcing arrangements, transformation programmes, software service agreements and franchising negotiations. David Cunningham has notable expertise in handling IT projects in the public sector. Commercial disputes arising from IT and outsourcing projects are handled by Dominic Higham.
Matthew Hattersley; Dominic Higham
Other key lawyers:
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK
Virtual College Limited
Hemingways Marketing Services
Data Shed Limited
Clarion fields a full-service private client practice and advises on wills, trust requirements and estate planning matters for many multi-generational ultra-high-net-worth families. The private client team is led by Vivienne Wild and Lynsey Harrison heads up the contentious practice. The group is frequently instructed by private clients with assets in several jurisdictions and who are non-UK domiciled. The department also works closely with the corporate team to assist with capital taxes and trusts relating to succession planning issues. Legal director Clare King leads the team which advises on complex mental capacity issues and Court of Protection work.
Vivienne Wild; Lynsey Harrison
Other key lawyers:
“Independent firm, consistency of staff, vibrant and approachable.”
“Vivienne Wild is reliable, non-judgemental and responsive and we have been her client since she moved to Clarion. She is proactive and is skilled in making relationships with all ages of clients. She has really taken the time to understand our priorities and these have been reflected in the way she has constructed our wills. She works well with our other advisers and is happy to be collaborative when required. We never have to chase her and when things change she makes the appropriate alterations but doesn’t milk it for fees!”
“The team at Clarion are client focused in terms of providing a seamless and efficient client service; and they consistently seek to provide innovative solutions to client challenges. In particular, I find Vivienne Wild (partner) easy to work with because of this approach, and I am happy to introduce her to clients “face to face” as she is client friendly whilst also ensuring the clients are challenged with relevant thought provoking questions.”
“Clare King – excellent customer approach – blends excellent knowledge and professionalism with a warm and approachable attitude.”
“I think the fact that we mainly deal with one person is pretty unique. I’m sure there is an extremely able team behind Vivienne Wild but we have dealt with her consistently.“
Estate of the late Mr J W Heselden OBE
Sport Tier 2
Clarion’s sports practice fields experts from across the corporate, commercial, IP and dispute resolution departments. The practice, which is led by Richard Moran, advises high-profile individuals, clubs, leagues and retailers.
Clarion’s employment team regularly defends SMEs and larger corporate clients before the Employment Tribunal in discrimination, unfair dismissal and TUPE liability claims. Board issues are a key area of expertise for Chris Booth, particularly in regards to corporate takeovers. Practice head Sarah Tahamtani assists with HR governance issues ranging from holiday pay compliance work, management training sessions and disciplinary procedures to internal investigations regarding workplace culture, where she regularly acts for public bodies.
Other key lawyers:
‘Clarion have a can-do attitude, are realistic in their assessments of issues and able to communicate this clearly to clients. They work together efficiently, meaning a conversation held with one person is accurately reflected in future communications with others within the team.‘
‘More rounded and commercial advice than you could usually hope for. Really focused on understanding their clients and being innovative in addressing challenges. Great value-added offering.‘
‘Takes a non-aggressive approach unlike some other employment teams, which appear to have a “testosterone-fuelled” approach, and it pays dividends. Without fail, all members of the team that we deal with give clear, concise and no-nonsense advice in a professional manner.‘
‘Vast breadth of knowledge in the employment law space while providing pragmatic, commercially focused advice.’
Nobia A. B. (including Magnet Limited, Rixonway Kitchen Limited, Gower Furniture Limited, Commodore Kitchens Limited)
Clipper Logistics plc
The Equiniti Group (including Equiniti Limited and MyCSP Limited)
Tronox Pigment UK Limited
LNT Group (including Ideal Carehomes, Ginetta Cars Limited, LNT Construction, LNT Solutions, LNT Software)
Harrison Spinks Beds Limited
Construction Tier 4
Phil Morrison heads up the team at Clarion, which handles complex contentious and non-contentious mandates for developers, public bodies, commercial clients and housebuilders. Recent mandates include commercial advice concerning procurements, development agreements and building contracts. Particularly notable is the firm's work in the healthcare sector, which includes large scale and sector-crucial projects.
‘Clarion offers a very competent team of specialists in construction law. but in comparison with their peers has a smaller hands-on team which avoids unnecessary delays and routine matters are dealt with by senior individuals meaning should an issue arise later they have an in depth knowledge of the project.‘
‘Phil Morrison has worked as an integral part of our team for many years. His direct approach and understanding of real business issues often yields a simple robust solution. Working with us through the life of a construction contract from its inception places us in the best possible position to deal with any contractual issues which can arise from time to time in the construction industry.‘
Property litigation Tier 4
Clarion's property litigation team supports the firm's real estate clients in contentious proceedings relating to ownership, land access issues, repossession claims and insolvency proceedings; it also acts for tenants in leasing issues including break clause and renegotiation disputes. The practice is led by legal director Sophie Morley, a specialist real estate litigator.
Leeds City Council
High Point Estates
One Stop Business Finance
Allscripts Healthcare (UK)
Clarion > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|Costs and litigation funding||Andrew McAulay|
|Debt recovery||Daniel Carlton|
|Contentious private client||Lynsey Harrison|
|David Cunningham||David is a partner in the commercial practice at Clarion and having…||View Profile|
|Martin Grange||Partner and head of property. Has dealt with a number of large-scale…||View Profile|
|Lynsey Harrison||Partner – Head of Contentious Private Client Team. Lynsey deals with…||View Profile|
|Matthew Hattersley||Partner and head of the commercial team, Matthew deals with non-contentious commercial…||View Profile|
|Dominic Higham||A commercial contracts dispute resolution specialist with a wealth of experience in…||View Profile|
|Roger Hutton||Roger, joint managing partner and founder of and a partner in Clarion’s…||View Profile|
|Esther Kirwan||Partner; experienced in all areas of contentious and non-contentious IP, including patents,…||View Profile|
|Ben Lamb||Ben has a broad commercial property experience with a specialism in development,…||View Profile|
|Andrew McAulay||Andrew is the highly respected and professional leader of the Clarion costs…||View Profile|
|Ryan Millmore||Joint managing partner and head of business restructuring and insolvency, Ryan specialises…||View Profile|
|Richard Moran||Senior partner. Advises large corporates and SMEs on corporate finance and business…||View Profile|
|Justine Osmotherley||Partner and head of private client services team. Justine deals with all…||View Profile|
|Alice Pratt||Partner in business restructuring and insolvency. Alice works across all aspects of…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Simms||Partner. Jonathan works across all disciplines of corporate law including mergers and…||View Profile|
|Ben Slack||Highly regarded in the finance and restructuring market, Ben is a partner…||View Profile|
|Sarah Tahamtani||Employment partner with extensive experience in Employment Tribunal advocacy, specialising in strategic…||View Profile|
|Sarah Taylor||Partner and head of the Regulatory team, Sarah advises clients in relation…||View Profile|
|Lindsay Texel||Lindsay has over 18 years’ experience as a commercial property lawyer acting…||View Profile|
|Vivienne Wild||Partner and head of the private client team. Vivienne advises high net…||View Profile|
|Simon Young||Partner and head of commercial dispute resolution. Simon is a highly rated…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 25 Number of other UK fee-earners : 155
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Commercial litigation: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
- Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
- Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
- Health and safety
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- IT and telecoms
- Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Property litigation