Clarion > Leeds, England > Firm Profile


Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

The debt recovery team at Clarion has experience in advising national and international blue-chip and SME businesses on credit control issues, debt collection services, County Court proceedings and insolvency book debt collections. Practice head Daniel Carlton has longstanding experience in the management of cash flows. Dale Fawcett left to become an operations manager at Goldsmith Bowers Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Carlton

Other key lawyers:

Shelian Craig


‘We value their opinion greatly and generally make our decisions on whether to progress a case based on their honest opinion of whether the costs outweigh the recovery value. They treat each case as unique and mould their process to suit us and don’t just simply follow a set process. It’s a real breath of fresh air.’

‘Shelian Craig is professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Her work ethic is second to none and she is a pleasure to deal with. Her advice generally determines the course of action we take with a case. There is no set process in place on how we handle each case and she is happy to assist with negotiating and agreeing settlements, instead of taking the easy route of entering judgement.’

Key clients

Encon Insulation Limited

Bruntwood Investments Limited

Sanderson Weatherall LLP

Asics UK Limited

Admiral Taverns PLC

Hermes Parcelnet Ltd

Conservatory Outlet Limited

Menzies Distribution Limited

Tunstall Healthcare (UK) Ltd

Northern Trust Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Hermes in reviewing its aged debt, reviewing its existing credit control provisions and providing a working solution to dovetail into its collection procedures.
  • Instructed by McCalls Special Products Limited, a manufacturing business based in Sheffield, on 24 debts to collect to the tune of almost £400k, achieving a 90% collection rate within a matter of several weeks.
  • Recovering or agreeing settlements for over £1m of debts for Bruntwood Estates Limited.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Clarion is regularly instructed on high value insolvency litigation as well as national administration sale processes. The breadth of the practice is reflected by the expertise of its practitioners, including practice head Ryan Millmore who has strong sector experience in the retail, manufacturing, hospitality and waste sectors. Roger Hutton focuses on pre-insolvency matters for companies and directors in distress while Alice Pratt heads up the group’s personal insolvency offering. For expertise in the asset based and alternate lending sector, Ben Slack is the key individual. The team has a strong director and associate pool; Estelle Oates, Emma Lowe, Victoria Kay and Foluke Onafowokan are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Millmore


‘They operate as a very commercial business. This means that they move to a situation quickly and with the right expertise and have the team numbers to cover all our requirements.’

‘The team have the capabilities to cover a number of areas with deep expertise.’

‘Both the senior insolvency partners Ryan Milmore and Roger Hutton and genuine go to individuals. They quickly understand what is required and bring the necessary level of expertise to the fore.’

‘Roger Hutton is outstanding – excellent judgment, impressive client management and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Foluke Onafowokan is a rising star, hard-working, very clever, excellent communicator.’

‘Emma Lowe is excellent; good judgment, very collaborative.’

Key clients

Interpath (formerly KPMG)

Begbies Traynor

Teneo (formerly Deloitte)


Armstrong Watson

Ernst & Young


FRP Advisory LLP

Alvarez & Marsal

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions Limited

Leonard Curtis


Orsted Power

Frasers Group

Leo Group

Baker Tilly


Work highlights

  • Acted for Interpath Advisory in the pre-pack administration sale of Hider Food Imports Limited.
  • Acting for Frasers Group in relation to the administration of Debenhams.
  • Acting for RSM in the administration of snowdome operator Snow Factor Limited.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The specialist Leeds team at Clarion is headed by Lynsey Harrison, ‘a star in contentious trusts work’. It advises on high-value, complex and often cross-jurisdictional trust and probate disputes; its workload consists mainly of will and trust cases, inheritance act claims and administration of estates cases. In addition, Clare King regularly deals with Court of Protection matters. The firm prides itself on its ability to work collaboratively in-house to achieve the best outcome for its clients. All lawyers in the team are members of the ACTAPS, but notable individuals are the ‘exceptional’ Nicholas Choiniere and ‘highly talented’ Louise Dodds.

Practice head(s):

Lynsey Harrison


‘Nicholas Choinere was so professional and knowledgeable. His knowledge of the law was exceptional and he guided me every step of the way. It is one thing to be exceptional at your job, but without the kindness Nicholas showed me the whole process would have been extremely stressful. I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone, without hesitation.’

‘Clarion are rightly regarded as a top tier firm in the region in this field. The team is very active in the northern contentious trust and probate lawyers network and have strong relationships with their counterparts, which makes it easy to deal with them to find beneficial solutions in difficult family contexts.’

‘Team leader Lynsey Harrison combines being an impressive lawyer with approachability and positivity, which is a combination that can remove barriers to settlement in even the most hostile of family disputes.’

‘Clarion are the market leaders, with a great reputation for feisty litigation strategy, which they are not afraid to back up with resources and quality personnel.’

‘Lynsey Harrison is a star in contentious trusts work, often sought-out to handle the most difficult contentious estates as independent administrator. She is calm under pressure, unflappable and ferocious in negotiations. Nicholas Choiniere is ice-cool in the face of aggression from opponents and has a really good manner with clients.’

‘Louise Dodds is a highly talented litigator with extensive legal knowledge and excellent judgment.’

‘The team are incredibly personable and easy to work with. They are pragmatic and not overly aggressive, which is what is needed in this area. They are the leading team in Leeds and I would not hesitate to refer work to them when appropriate.’

‘Lynsey Harrison is an incredibly talented lawyer, both technically and with respect to her personal skills, which is demonstrated by her popularity within her own team and the wider contentious probate market.’ 

Work highlights

    Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

    The Leeds-based family team at Clarion is led by the ‘exceptional’ Justine Osmotherley. Its workload predominantly consists of advising on highly complex, and often very high-value financial settlements in cases of divorce and relationship dissolution, with expertise in pre and post nuptial agreements. In addition, the team acts on children’s cases involving fact-finding, relocation and hostile witnesses; Jane Ingleby specialises in the niche area of surrogacy. The team also advises on cohabitation disputes. Many of its matters are cross-jurisdictional. Sarah Manning is trained in hybrid and child-inclusive mediation and is a key member of the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Justine Osmotherley

    Other key lawyers:

    Jane Ingleby; Charlotte Davies; Siobhan Jeffels; Sarah Manning; Bronwyn Warmington


    ‘The main quality of Clarion is their knowledge, attention to detail and level of communication. They give the impression that they really wish to help the client rather than many lawyers who give the impression to the client that they should be grateful the lawyer has chose to act for them.’

    ‘From my quite extensive experience with Clarion, the firm displays a very professional service. The billing comes monthly and is broken down for easy analysis. I have just recommended a friend to Clarion for legal advice, such is the high esteem I hold them in.’

    ‘My dealings with Clarion have always been exceptionally professional. The good attitude and personal attention afforded to me have been brilliant. Justine Osmotherley and Bronwyn Warmington stand out in my mind for their integrity, honesty and their ability to give straight-forward, no-nonsense legal advice. They are quite outstanding and professional people.’

    ‘Jane Ingleby and her team have been an absolute pleasure to deal with. Jane has given sensible and pragmatic advice throughout the process, and I have been touched by the level of empathy and understanding shown to me in what has been an emotional and worrying time in my life.’

    ‘Excellent client care skills – very caring and nurturing of clients who are often very distressed at the start of the divorce process. Constant availability throughout the whole process, quite incredible – nothing is too much trouble.’

    ‘I have worked with both Justine Osmotherley and Sarah Manning; they both understand the importance of understanding their client’s circumstances and preferred outcomes before any advice is given. Their work is truly client-focused and they encourage clients to seek additional support, to be realistic about expectations, and encourage out-of-court solutions wherever possible.’

    ‘Without a doubt one of the best firms for family work, not just outside of London, but in the whole of the UK. I wouldn’t hesitate to put them forward for the full range of work, from a simple pre-nuptial agreement to a complex financial negotiation. The firm’s ethos of collaboration with other advisors really sets them apart.’

    ‘Justine Osmotherley is exceptional in every way. Tenacious, collaborative and thoroughly lovely, which is a vital quality when dealing with often emotional matters.’

    Work highlights

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

      Praised for its ‘high degree of knowledge, coupled with unrivalled levels of customer service’, Clarion has demonstrable experience in handling national and international IP mandates on behalf of clients across the medical devices, chemicals, pharma and biotech sectors. The team, which is noted for its expertise in trade mark and design filing, includes practice leader Esther Kirwan and Sue Streatfield, both of whom are experienced in patent litigation and praised as ‘unfailingly responsive to clients’ needs’. Lindsey Wrenn provides ‘clear, practical advice’ on all aspects of trade mark protection, while senior associates Sarah Molloy and Jemma Green focus on global trademark portfolio management and design filing, respectively.

      Practice head(s):

      Esther Kirwan


      ‘Excellent team, with a high degree of knowledge coupled with unrivalled levels of customer service.’

      ‘Sue Streatfield and Esther Kirwan are unfailingly responsive to clients’ needs and take the time to listen and explain the finer details, before agreeing the key drafting points and then producing the documentation efficiently.’

      ‘The level of knowledge, attention to detail, responsiveness and quality of advice make the Clarion IP team unique.’

      ‘Lindsey Wrenn has advised us for many years on our trade mark work. She provides clear, practical advice.’

      ‘The ability to distil complex matters into easy to interpret language, the detailed knowledge of the subject area, the commercial approach and the attention to detail, makes Sue Streatfield one of the best IP lawyers.’

      ‘Clarion has been adept at dealing with a wide range of IP assignments, giving clear explanations and sound commercial advice throughout.’

      ‘Jemma Green is a highly skilled professional with an excellent in-depth knowledge. I value her opinion and attention to detail enormously.’

      ‘Our main contact Esther Kirwan. She has great attention to detail and willingness to push the envelope to get the deal done, often combined with a balanced commercial perspective.’

      Key clients

      Hermes Parcelnet Limited

      FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited

      Neom Limited

      Anglo American Woodsmith Ltd

      Frasers Group Plc and Group Limited

      Freeman Grattan Holdings

      Synthomer Plc

      Orion Publishing Group Limited

      Genuit Group Plc

      Vichugo, Inc

      Hoho Entertainment Limited

      Turner & Townsend Plc

      Chris Evans

      Filtronic Plc

      Grangers International Limited

      Work highlights

      • Managed Neom’s global IP portfolio, as well as advising the client in relation to agreements and the enforcement of its IP.
      • Acted for the subsidiary of a UK plc in the High Court, in a claim for IP infringement, breach of confidence, breach of restrictive covenants and of fiduciary duties.
      • Acted for OPM Advance Ltd in the successful enforcement of its patents for a cutting edge development against infringers in the UK and abroad.

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

      Clarion fields a sizeable team of dedicated corporate finance and commercial specialists. It has considerable experience in cross-border matters, as well as acting for technology and waste management clients. Practice co-head Richard Moran covers a wide range of M&A and private equity work. Fellow team leader Matthew Hattersley is well versed in commercial contracts, technology, data protection and supply chain compliance. Besides transactions, Jonathan Simms also deals with corporate governance matters. Legal director Tony Berry handles plc instructions, and also legal director Sarah Harrison is often sought after by owner-managed businesses.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Moran; Matthew Hattersley

      Key clients

      Redcentric plc

      Frasers Group plc

      Regal Food Products Group plc

      Assisi Petcare

      Home IMA Group

      Carnaby Caravans

      Strata Homes

      Egis SA

      Interchange & Consort Hotels/Best Western

      Evergreen Capital LP

      InterSystems Corporation

      Vocalink Limited (Mastercard)

      Redcentric plc

      Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited


      Card Factory plc

      Hemingways Marketing Services Limited

      Nichols plc

      Ligentia plc

      Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited

      Work highlights

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

        Areas of expertise for Clarion encompass technology-related disputes, conflicts arising out of shareholder, corporate, partnership and JV matters, contract and supply-chain disputes, judicial reviews, procurement challenges and follow-on damages claims. The group also regularly acts for corporations, owner-managed businesses and individuals from the food and drink, and logistics sectors. Practice head Simon Young has more than 25 years of experience in the contentious space. David Williams also covers professional negligence claims, defective product recalls and quality issues, while Dominic Higham acts for government clients. Legal director Kayleigh Fantoni is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Simon Young

        Other key lawyers:


        ‘Clarion’s ability to digest and translate into practical actions was invaluable in the transition. Their interpretation and clarity laid the foundation for our future plans.’

        ‘Dominic Higham took the time to get to know us personally as well as professionally. This sets them apart and allowed the firm to fully understand our perspective and translate into advice we could tangibly digest and use.’

        ‘Achieved good results with John Mackle, who was responsive and made things happen quickly (and therefore relatively painlessly from our viewpoint).’

        ‘The team is very commercial in their outlook, always looking for a practical solution and ways to assist the client in their contractual relationships.’

        ‘Very pragmatic advice.’

        ‘Simon Young is excellent at getting to the important points.’

        Key clients


        Sports Direct

        Silverstone Circuits Ltd

        Continental AG and Dunlop Oil and Marine

        House of Fraser


        Redcentric plc

        LNT Group

        Caddick Group Plc

        The Shard


        RN Restaurant Group

        Troy Foods Ltd

        Best Western Hotels


        Cherry Blossom

        Work highlights

        • Advising the Continental AG group on issues arising under various contracts to deliver sub-sea hoses for $multi-billion liquid natural gas projects off the coasts of Western Australia, Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa.
        • Advised Wilton UK Ltd and its shareholders in relation to a £36m+ derivative and contract claim against Banks Group and various directors.
        • Advised LNT Aviation Ltd in relation to a claim against Airbus following an Air Safety Directive and Airbus’ subsequent failure to repair the main rotor gearbox of a Dauphin class helicopter.

        Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

        Clarion has a strong business immigration offering that includes obtaining and managing sponsor licenses, right to work checks and alternative business immigration routes; legal director Suzanne Treen and associate Anna-Elise Harvey are the key contacts. The group has extensive experience before the Employment Tribunal with particular experience in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. Practice head Sarah Tahamtani is ‘very client focused‘ and primarily advises senior HR professionals, boards and business owners. Deborah Warren has specialist expertise in distressed purchases and downsizing. Chris Booth has transitioned into a consultant role.

        Practice head(s):

        Sarah Tahamtani

        Other key lawyers:

        Deborah Warren; Suzanne Treen; Victoria Jackson; Joanna Dodd; Anna-Elise Harvey; Chris Booth


        ‘As a relatively small private practice, Clarion absolutely value their customers. Being independent provides them with the opportunity to tailor their practice and legal solutions to customers – there is no “one size fits all” approach.’

        ‘Clarion have consistently attracted some great talent to their team and this shows through in the solutions that they provide clients.’

        ‘Stand-out people for me are: Sarah Tahamtini – very client focused and provides a great sense of individual engagement and support.’

        ‘Joanna Dodd – commercially and legally very astute and knows our business really well. Continues to provide great legal solutions.’

        ‘Victoria Jackson has taken the time to really understand our business. Victoria consistently and promptly provides clear, commercial advice, tailored to the issue.’

        ‘I work with an incredibly progressive, assertive and supportive team at Clarion. ‘

        ‘Suzanne Treen has taken the time to nurture our relationship and takes care, pride and more importantly a real personal approach to finding solutions for our challenges.’

        Work highlights

          Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

          The private wealth offering at Leeds firm Clarion is headed by Lynsey Harrison, Justine Osmotherley and Clare King, who leads on Court of Protection matters. Its workload primarily involves advising high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients in estate planning and technical trust and estate matters, with an increasing focus on estate planning for farming families. The team’s clients are often multi-generational, with international dimensions. The multi-disciplinary nature of the firm allows the private wealth team to draw on the resources of other specialists to ensure a well-rounded client service. Legal director Stephanie Parish is another noteworthy team member.

          Practice head(s):

          Lynsey Harrison; Clare King; Justine Osmotherley

          Other key lawyers:

          Stephanie Parish; Gareth Marland


          ‘The whole team at Clarion are very knowledgeable. They have their staff committed, on-board and engaged, which always transfers to clients, so they feel it too.’

          ‘I love working with Stephanie Parish. She always explains things simply to my clients and is so down to earth.’

          ‘Gareth Marland is a hugely valuable addition to their team. He is proactive, clear, approachable and knowledgeable. One of the best solicitors I have worked with in Yorkshire.’

          ‘Stephanie Parish is an excellent private client lawyer who is clear and concise in her advice and in my case, handled delicate death estates with a genuine personal touch.’

          ‘Stephanie Parish was excellent. Always accessible and explained complex legal issues in a way that made them easier to understand. She dealt with a variety of issues relating to navigating the care system, probate, wills and trusts. Clarion and Stephanie Parish supported and steered us through what was a challenging time for my family. I would not hesitate to recommend them.’

          ‘There are an array of legal services available within this practice, but it maintains an ability to care and provide a personal service. Plenty of young blood and ambition.’

          ‘A real ability to listen, understand and forge long-term personal relationships.’

          Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

          Noted for its expertise in the residential development sector, Clarion’s ‘proactive and practical’ team is led by Martin Grange, who specialises in strategic land and development finance mandates. The Leeds-based practice counts national housebuilders such as Persimmon Homes and Avant Homes amongst its clients, and also acts for retailers, financial institutions and local authorities. Lindsay Texel advises on large portfolio acquisitions and disposals for retail-sector clients, while Ben Lamb leads the department’s real estate secured finance offering. Other key members of the team include Simon Mydlowski, who joined from Knights plc in September 2021, and senior legal director Alison Batty. Eve Gregory retired.

          Practice head(s):

          Martin Grange


          ‘A great team, who are very proactive and practical.’

          ‘Martin Grange and Alison Batty have dealt with our work for over ten years and deliver excellent service and product. They are hands-on and know our business inside out.’

          ‘Clarion are a well respected, multidiscipline practice. I have found the advice and approach of the Clarion team to be consistently of a very high standard.’

          ‘The team are great at giving strategic advice and are very responsive. They are an extension of the business.’

          Key clients

          Name of Client

          Avant Homes Limited

          HSBC UK Bank plc

          The Ground Group Limited

          Frank Marshall Estates Limited

          Ilke Homes Limited

          Candelisa Limited

          Transwaste Limited

          Opus North

          Mott MacDonald

          Wolds Produce Limited

          N. Peal Limited

          Brook Taverner Limited

          Love Brownies Limited

          McCarthys Removals and Storage


          Persimmon Homes Ltd

          Leeds Beckett University

          Warburtons Limited

          Yorkshire Housing Limited

          Masons Gin Limited

          Close Brothers Limited

          Oaknorth Bank plc

          Arc Inspirations Limited

          Aldermore Bank Plc

          ATC Properties Limited

          HSN Care Limited

          Rougemont Limited

          Harron Homes Ltd

          Hill Giftware Ltd

          KMRE Group Ltd

          Strata Homes Ltd

          Hampshire Trust Bank plc

          Renewable Land Resources Limited

          Newby Investments Limited

          Illuminating Investments Limited

          Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

          Tolent Living Ltd

          Redefine Paragon Square (Hull) Limited (Hammonds of Hull)

          V & A Homes

          Tate Estates Limited

          The Wentworth Charity

          Newett Homes Limited

          Berkeley de Veer Limited

          Rusty Rabbit International Limited

          Emerald Property Developments (Yorkshire) Limited

          TFP Group Limited

          Tile Giant Limited

          The Mosaic Tile Company Limited

          Leeds and London Properties Limited

          The Piece Hall Trust

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Aldermore Bank plc on its largest lend of £46m.
          • Acted for a JV company between Opus Land and Rougemont Estates acquiring on a conditional contract basis a mixed use development site with a GDV of £45m.
          • Acting for clients in the energy and, more specifically, waste to energy sectors, including Enertecgreen, developing green electricity production across the UK.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

          Fielding specialists in both contentious and non-contentious IT work, Clarion is a go-to name in the market for a mixture of global, national and regional clients including Nichols, Card Factory, InterSystems and Vocalink. Led by commercial group head Matthew Hattersley, the group also fields technology specialist David Cunningham and litigator Dominic Higham.

          Practice head(s):

          Matthew Hattersley

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          InterSystems Corporation

          Vocalink Limited (Mastercard)

          Redcentric plc

          Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited


          Card Factory plc

          Hemingways Marketing Services Limited

          Nichols plc

          Ligentia plc

          Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited

          Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers Tier 2

          While Clarion’s Leeds-based costs team is active in handling the firm’s internal costs work, the majority of the group’s work stems from external instructions from other law firms, acting for a varied roster of national and international players. The practice is highly active in high-value commercial litigation and fields a distinct Court of Protection costs team led by legal director Stephanie Kaye. Andrew McAulay heads up the wider litigation costs practice and excels in detailed assessment proceedings, litigation funding issues and conditional fee arrangements.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew McAulay

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Wrigleys Solicitors


          Coole Bevis LLP

          LCF Law

          Walker Morris

          Oakwood Solicitors

          Stonegate Legal



          Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

          Higgs LLP


          Coffin Mew


          Mullis & Peake

          Premier Solicitors



          Anthony Gold

          Womble Bond Dickinson

          Kingsley Napley


          Jackson Lees


          Slater Heelis

          Taylor Bracewell


          Linder Myers

          Rahman Ravelli


          The Wilkes Partnership

          CFG Law

          Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors


          Knights plc



          Hagen Wolf


          Samuels Solicitors

          Potter Rees Dolan Limited

          BBH Limited

          Work highlights

          • Prepared a substantial Court of Protection claim for costs for Anthony Gold Solicitors on an estate worth £23m.
          • Settled a substantial claim for costs for Higgs LLP on a seven-figure personal injury claim.

          Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

          Best known for its expertise in the retail and food sectors, Clarion advises leading UK supermarkets on a range of regulatory issues. The group is ‘excellent’ and is well-equipped to handle investigations by regulators into trading standards as well as food safety. New recruit Paul Matthews leads the practice, which also fields associate Lucy Alderson who provides strong support. Former group head Sarah Taylor is now with Keystone Law.

          Practice head(s):

          Paul Matthews

          Other key lawyers:


          ‘Clarion’s regulatory team is excellent.’

          ‘This is a very high calibre team. The ability to react quickly to dynamic situations in ongoing investigations and then to be able to prepare for any type of hearing. The client care and responsiveness to client queries.’

          Key clients

          TJ Morris Limited trading as Home Bargains


          Arla Foods Limited

          Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advising a major UK retailer on investigations into allegations of date coding offences.
          • Representing a leading UK business at Coroner’s Inquests into work-related deaths.
          • Advising UK and EU businesses on trade issues arising in the context of Brexit.

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

          Clarion acts predominantly for non-bank lenders and is developing its borrower-side practice too. The sizeable team specialises in bridging finance and is also frequently instructed on matters involving real estate and development finance; Phillip Dine is an expert in this area. Marie Pugh leads the team that includes asset based lending expert Ben Slack and legal director Andrea Unwin.

          Practice head(s):

          Marie Pugh

          Other key lawyers:

          Ben Slack; Philip Dine; Andrea Unwin


          ‘The team adopt a can do attitude, they are commercial and work with you as a client to get the best solution.’

          ‘They are passionate about what they do and work to a high standard.’

          ‘Marie Pugh, Ben Slack and Russell Stephens are all great to work with and go the extra mile to get deals completed on time.’

          Key clients

          HSBC UK Bank plc

          Aldermore Bank plc

          Thincats (ESF Loans Limited, TC Loans 1 Limited, TC Loans II Limited and TC CBILS Funding Limited)

          Reward Finance Group (Reward Capital Limited and Reward Invoice Finance Limited)

          Hampshire Trust Bank plc

          TFG Capital Limited

          Momentum Finance Group Investments Limited

          Secure Trust Bank plc

          Ultimate Finance Limited

          Shawbrook Bank Limited

          Skipton Business Finance Limited

          Fresh Thinking Capital Limited

          ABLrate Assets Limited

          4Syte Limited

          Reparo Finance Limited

          A Shade Greener Finance

          National Westminster Bank plc

          Work highlights

          • Advised Fresh Thinking Capital in relation to a senior secured debt facility of up to £25m from Foresight Group to provide onward financing for SME businesses.
          • Advised Arc Inspirations Limited in relation to £14m re-finance and growth secured facilities from HSBC UK Bank plc.
          • Advised Carnaby Caravans in relation to an undisclosed funding package for growth from Shawbrook Bank and FDC.

          Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy Tier 3

          Noted for its expertise in the energy and low carbon sectors, Clarion’s multidisciplinary team in Leeds acts for regional, national and international clients on both contentious and non-contentious mandates. ‘Excellent’ Christian Hellmund advises on a range of energy and infrastructure projects, from district energy and electricity and gas transmission to energy storage and renewables projects. Hellmund jointly leads the team alongside David Williams, who handles disputes in the oil, electricity and renewables sectors.

          Practice head(s):

          Christian Hellmund; David Williams


          ‘Christian was excellent. He devoted full attention to the project and drove forward what was a unique and bespoke requirement.’

          ‘Competence and commitment characterise the team. It was particularly helpful for us that the correspondence could be conducted in English as well as in German. Our key contact, Christian Hellmund, was always available, took a lot of time and impressed us with his personal commitment.

          ‘Speed of response and driving of project was excellent. Always available to pick up on issues.’

          ‘Christian Hellmund has been an accommodating, helpful and very competent contact in all matters so far. Above all, he stands out for his personal commitment. For him, an issue is only completed when we as a client are satisfied. Even on his own initiative, he always inquires about progress and whether help is still needed.’

          Key clients

          Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

          Leo Group Limited

          LBBC Limited

          Bayford Group

          Wilson Power Solutions

          Winder Power

          Leonard Curtis Business Rescue and Recovery

          Acumen Waste Services Limited

          Vensys Energy AG

          Etgas/Enertecgreen Limited

          GF Genovate Ltd (Genovate Power Solutions)

          Kinetic Renewable Services Limited

          Xrenewable Limited

          Chameleon Technology Holdings

          Continental AG

          Solar 21


          Work highlights

          • Advising Etgas/Enertecgreen on the purchase of an advanced thermal gasification (ATC) plant.
          • Advising the Continental AG group on issues arising under various contracts to deliver sub-sea hoses for liquid natural gas projects off the coasts of Western Australia, Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa.
          • Advising Vensys Energy on the supply of a 3.5MW onshore wind turbine to provide renewable energy directly to Budweiser Brewing Group’s brewery in Magor.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

          Clarion’s cross-practice sports team acts for sporting retail companies, including Sports Direct, well-known sportswear brands and sporting venues on a range of corporate and dispute resolution mandates. Senior partner Richard Moran, who advises on purchase, sale and funding matters, leads the group, which also includes head of commercial Matthew Hattersley. The team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of other departments across the firm, including real estate and IP.

          Practice head(s):

          Richard Moran

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Silverstone Circuits Ltd

          Sports Direct

          ASICS UK Limited

          Work highlights

            Real estate > Construction Tier 4

            Counting commercial developers, contractors and subcontractors, local authorities, health operators and housebuilders among its key list of clients, Clarion handles non-contentious construction mandates, such as advising on contractual arrangements relating to projects, as well as disputes. Phil Morrison leads the team and is praised for his ‘depth of experience in construction and PFI projects’.

            Practice head(s):

            Phil Morrison

            Other key lawyers:

            Siobhan Dexter; Rachel Webster


            ‘Friendly and accessible with good commercial knowledge of the industry.’

            ‘Phil Morrison has great depth of experience in construction and PFI projects.’

            Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

            Landlord and tenant matters remain a key area of focus for the property litigation team at Clarion, in addition to dilapidation claims, mortgage arrears and repossession proceedings. Practice leader Sophie Morley advises on issues relating to easements and restrictive covenants, as well as overage agreements and option disputes. ‘Standout associateNatalie Brierley is another key member of the team.

            Practice head(s):

            Sophie Morley

            Other key lawyers:

            Natalie Brierley; Phillip Feather


            ‘Natalie Brierley is efficient and always deals with my instructions promptly. She is focused on resolving the dispute.’

            ‘The team at Clarion are very responsive in every way. There is clear focus on delivering for the client in a timely and agreed manner. The quality and clarity of the advice is crystal clear and any written material is well structured and free from error.’

            ‘Sophie Morley is top quality.’

            ‘We have found dealing with the property litigation team at Clarion extremely beneficial. Their knowledge is second to none and we often pick their brains with difficult cases before making the decision on whether to progress down the legal route. Phillip Feather is our main point of contact and is always available to discuss matters.’

            ‘Natalie Brierley is a standout associate. Nothing is too much trouble for her. She exudes confidence and professionalism. Her communication is at all times delivered in a timely manner and with total clarity.’

            Key clients


            Warburtons Limited

            Tile Giant Limited

            The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

            Avant Homes Limited

            Done Brothers Limited (Betfred)

            Harron Homes Limited

            Eddisons Commercial Limited

            TFG Capital Limited

            Kodak Limited

            Work highlights

              Clarion is a key player in Yorkshire, with a national and international reputation.  Based in Leeds, it serves and supports businesses all over the United Kingdom and in over 75 countries worldwide. Geography simply isn’t a constraint and,
              when a face-to-face meeting is required, the lawyers will always
              be prepared to travel to ensure the best outcome for their clients.

              For Clarion it’s all about the relationship. It knows that strong partnerships create energy and deliver results. It has a team of experienced, talented and committed people who want to get to know their clients.

              They make it a priority to invest time in getting to know the client and their business. They want to understand the real issues, rather than just serving  immediate needs. That way, they can provide the insight and expertise your
              business really needs and understand where they can best add value so we can invest in your success.

              It believes that every business can, and should, play an active and valuable role in supporting the community in which it works. It has dedicated teams that run programmes to support the community via volunteering and sponsorships. Accepting their responsibilities for the environment in which they live,  their working practices and supporting their community brings benefits all can enjoy. It is particularly proud of its 15 year sponsorship and involvement with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Run For All.

              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.

              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.

              Data and information law: failing to comply with GDPR is one of the most serious risks a business can face. We ensure businesses have the necessary processes, procedures and documents in place to be compliant. We
              advise on the initial stage of conducting a data mapping exercise. We analyse the results of a data audit on a risk assessment basis and determine the extent of GDPR compliance.

              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.

              Court of protection and PI Trusts:  it manages complex applications to the Court of Protection, including those for deputyship, statutory wills and a wide range of other applications relating to adults who lack mental capacity. It acts as professional deputy for many adults, where nobody else is suitable or if particular expertise is required.

              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 200 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 Gareth Marland
              Private client Stephanie Parish
              Employment Sarah Tahamtani
              Family Justine Osmotherley
              Costs and litigation funding Andrew McAulay
              Debt recovery Daniel Carlton
              Regulatory Sarah Taylor
              Contentious private client Lynsey Harrison
              David Cunningham photo David CunninghamDavid is a partner in the commercial practice at Clarion and having…
              Philip  Dine  photo Philip Dine Partner.  Phil is a real estate finance partner in Clarion’s Banking and…
              Martin Grange photo Martin GrangePartner and head of property. Has dealt with a number of large-scale…
              Lynsey Harrison photo Lynsey HarrisonPartner – Head of Contentious Private Client Team.   Lynsey deals with…
              Matthew Hattersley photo Matthew HattersleyPartner and head of the commercial team, Matthew deals with non-contentious commercial…
              Christian  Hellmund photo Christian HellmundPartner.   Christian is a non-contentious energy lawyer and a partner in Clarion’s Energy…
              Dominic Higham photo Dominic HighamA commercial contracts dispute resolution specialist with a wealth of experience in…
              Roger Hutton photo Roger HuttonRoger, joint managing partner and founder of and a partner in Clarion’s…
              Jane  Ingleby  photo Jane Ingleby Partner.   Having qualified in 1996 Jane has extensive experience in all areas…
              Esther Kirwan photo Esther KirwanPartner; experienced in all areas of contentious and non-contentious IP, including patents,…
              Ben Lamb photo Ben LambBen has a broad commercial property experience with a specialism in development,…
              Andrew McAulay photo Andrew McAulayAndrew created the Costs and Litigation Funding team at Clarion which has…
              Ryan Millmore photo Ryan MillmoreJoint managing partner and head of business restructuring and insolvency, Ryan specialises…
              Richard Moran photo Richard MoranSenior partner.   Described as ‘exceptionally calm under pressure’ and having a ‘tough approach to…
              Sophie Morley photo Sophie MorleyPartner.  Sophie has specialised in property litigation for almost 20 years and…
              Phil Morrison photo Phil MorrisonPartner.  Phil is head of Clarion’s construction offering. He is dual-qualified in English and…
              Simon Mydlowski photo Simon MydlowskiPartner.   Experienced in providing advice on residential and industrial developments, commercial leases…
              Justine Osmotherley photo Justine OsmotherleyPartner and head of private client services team. Justine deals with all…
              Alice Pratt photo Alice PrattPartner in business restructuring and insolvency. Alice works across all aspects of…
              Marie Pugh photo Marie PughPartner.   Marie heads up the Banking and Finance team and regularly advises clients across…
              Jonathan Simms photo Jonathan SimmsPartner.  Jonathan has been with the firm for nearly 20 years and…
              Ben Slack photo Ben SlackHighly regarded in the finance and restructuring market, Ben is a partner…
              Sue  Streatfield photo Sue StreatfieldPartner.    Sue has extensive experience of all aspects of intellectual property (IP)…
              Sarah Tahamtani photo Sarah TahamtaniEmployment partner with extensive experience in Employment Tribunal advocacy, specialising in strategic…
              Lindsay Texel photo Lindsay TexelLindsay has over 18 years’ experience as a commercial property lawyer acting…
              David  Williams  photo David Williams Partner.  David is a well-known and highly regarded litigator, noted for his…
              Lindsey  Wrenn photo Lindsey WrennPartner.   For more than 25 years as a trade mark specialist, Lindsey…
              Simon Young photo Simon YoungPartner and head of commercial dispute resolution. Simon is a highly rated…
              Number of UK partners : 28
              Number of other UK fee-earners : 199

              Diversity is about the ways in which we are all brilliantly unique. Our genetics, background, beliefs and experiences shape who we are in distinctive ways. At Clarion we recognise that these differences make us a better business – delivering better outcomes for clients, driving innovation and enriching our employee experience.

              If diversity is about what makes us different, inclusion is about creating an environment where everyone is confident that their uniqueness is embraced.

              BeingOne is about how we at Clarion become increasingly diverse and inclusive. It is not an “initiative” or project but provides us with a strategic framework, harnessing our collective perspectives, in support of a culture where each of our people can thrive and be their authentic selves. The impact should be seen as well as felt as we enhance what we do, and how we do it, on a day-to-day basis.

              Diversity and inclusion have mattered to us for a long time and we have made real progress in certain areas. Our progress is evident from the powerful stories shared by some of our team:

              Kayleigh Fantoni, Legal Director

              “I unexpectedly fell pregnant within six months of joining Clarion and was naturally nervous about how this might be perceived and would impact on my sights on promotion. I needn’t have worried! After hugs of congratulations from my head of team, I was assured that it would make no difference at all. And it didn’t – I received my promotion the following June.”

              Hitesh Tailor, Legal Director

              “Looking at law firms from the eyes of people from the BAME community, I can understand why they see entering the legal profession as something that is not for them.   Clarion recognises that diversity and inclusion is neither a buzzword nor a tick-box exercise but something that needs to be taken seriously.”

              Sean Meehan, Associate

              “I can honestly say, I have NEVER been made to feel so accepted and part of such a wonderful team, including clients and colleagues, as I do at Clarion. I have been given so many opportunities during my time here and was promoted within 12 months of being in the team. I am employed and recognised for who I am and not a statistic. There is no need for any specific LGBTQ+ groups to represent me, because inclusivity is just part of Clarion.”

              Amir Rahouf, Paralegal

              “I’m a British Pakistani male working in the legal industry and aspiring to be a solicitor, a goal I feel I can achieve at Clarion irrespective of my ethnicity and background. I’m seen as hard working, proactive and I’m constantly challenged to be the best version of myself, improving my skill-set so that I can be the well-rounded solicitor that I aspire to be.  Clarion is inclusive of everyone irrespective of their race or ethnicity, we are all one colour at this firm.”

              We recognise, though, that there is much left to do in realising our ambition to create an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work. BeingOne helps maintain our focus on, and commitment to, this crucial aspect of our firm.