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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Richard Moran; Matthew Hattersley

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Simms; Hitesh Tailor; Sarah Harrison

Testimonials

'Clarion handles a lot of good corporate work, and is particularly recommended for private equity transactions.'

'Clarion really goes the extra mile for clients and is very collaborative to work with, fielding a team of tough negotiators.'

'The key uniqueness of Clarion is its genuine media and technology sector specialisms - knowing the legal challenges is important, but understanding them in the context of these sectors is what sets it apart.'

'Jonathan Simms has an exceptional work ethic and is determined to always get his clients the best possible result; nothing is too much effort.'

'Richard Moran is exceptionally calm under pressure; his quiet style hides a tough approach to negotiating and his commerciality is exceptional.'

'Jonathan Simms and Sarah Harrison are both exceptional practitioners, but what impresses the most is how powerful they are as a combination. In particular their ability to manage and interact with people - both peers and clients.'

'Jonathan Simms is a stand out lawyer. Not only is he incredibly commercial and pragmatic when operating in his 'badged' discipline of corporate law, but he takes the time to really get to know his clients.'

Key Clients

The Intermarketing Group

iPortalis

We Are Vista, part of the ICF Group

The Home Marketing Group

Up Fitness Group

Trinity McQueen

Hesco Bastion

Sweet Squared

All Steels Trading

Leo Group

HJ Human Capital Group

Clarks Vehicle Conversions

Acumen Waste Services

HB Projects Group

Arrow Taxis

Keelham Farm Shop

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of We Are Vista on the sale of shares to ICF.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Associated Waste Management on the sale of the company to DM Topco.
  • Advised iPortalis on an investment by NorthEdge SME Fund.
  • Acted for Sweet Squared on its acquisition of The Icon Consultancy.
  • Assisted the company and management team of Waste Services Group with its management buy-out.
Leading individuals

Richard Moran - Clarion

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Simon Young

Other key lawyers:Dominic Higham; David Williams; Kayleigh Fantoni

Testimonials

'The litigation team at Clarion is well coordinated, efficient and responsive.'

'The personable and hardworking commercial litigation team at Clarion is always quick to respond and very professional at all times.'

'Clarion's litigation experience is hard to beat, it is one of the best for value for money.'

'Clarion's litigation team punches above its weight.'

'Simon Young is an excellent and highly experienced litigator, who is clearly tactically very astute at directing complex and high-value cases.

'Simon Young performs with the confidence that comes from being an experienced and top-notch litigator.'

Key Clients

Silverstone Circuits Ltd

Kingspan Insulation Plc

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Intersystems

Maersk

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited

Communisis plc

ASICS

LNT Group Ltd

SRCL

MyCSP

Best Western Hotels Group

Gulf Gas & Power

Impact Oil & Gas Limited

The Shard

Caddick Group plc

Wilton UK Ltd

Bayford & Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Silverstone Circuits in high-value contract disputes.
  • Represented the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in its £8m claims regarding system implementation and service and support issues arising out of the Trust’s five-year healthcare IT contract with Atos.
  • Represented Wilton UK and others in £50m derivative, contract and professional negligence claims.
  • Acting for four clients in a fraudulent misrepresentation claim against a large plc in the pharmaceuticals sector.
  • Acting for Ten Acres Holdings in declarations to challenge the validity of certain security documents.
Leading individuals

Simon Young - Clarion

Rising stars

Kayleigh Fantoni - Clarion

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Daniel Carlton

Other key lawyers:Ryan Millmore; Dale Fawcett; Dominic Blakely; Kayleigh Fantoni

Key Clients

Shred-It Limited

SRCL Limited

Encon Insulation Limited

Bruntwood Investments PLC

Sanderson Weatherall LLP

Asics UK Limited

Admiral Taverns PLC

Communicorp UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Encon Insulation to collect substantial outstanding debts.
  • Assisting SRCL-ERS Medical with debt collection.
  • Acting for Bruntwood Investments on the collection of commercial rents from tenants.
  • Acted for Tunstall Healthcare on the recovery of two aged debts, which had been outstanding for years.
  • Assisted a client with the recovery of £350,000 of debt, where the debts were over 4 years old.
Leading individuals

Daniel Carlton - Clarion

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Marie Pugh

Other key lawyers:Ben Slack

Testimonials

'Clarion fields a quick and efficient team that has cemented its position in the market'.

Key Clients

Reward Finance Group (Reward Capital and Reward Invoice Finance)

Secure Trust Bank

HSBC Bank

Ultimate Finance

Aldermore Bank

Reparo Finance

Shawbrook Bank

Skipton Business Finance

Hampshire Trust Bank

RBS Invoice Finance

Fresh Thinking Capital

Abltrate Assets

TFG Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ultimate Finance on the provision of real estate, receivables and inventory facilities utilised to fund a corporate acquisition
  • Advised Ablrate Assets on a £6m revolving facility secured on a property portfolio.
  • Assisted Access Commercial Finance with the preparation of bespoke facilities for the acquisition of a chain of pubs and bars.
  • Advised Shawbrook Bank on the provision of loan facilities for the acquisition of furniture business, Eyres of Chesterfield.
  • Acted for One Stop Business Finance on the provision of development finance facilities to fund a residential development.
Next Generation Partners

Marie Pugh - Clarion

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Ryan Millmore

Other key lawyers:Roger Hutton; Alice Pratt; Ben Slack

Testimonials

'The team at Clarion is a pleasure to work with and has excellent judgement'.

'Roger Hutton is very impressive, with excellent interpersonal skills and commercial judgment'.

'Clients rate Alice Pratt highly as an impressive individual'.

Key Clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

Deloitte

RSM

Armstrong Watson

Wilson Field

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions

Leonard Curtis

Shawbrook Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Ve Vegas

Zinc Hotels

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Top Zinc and Zinc Hotels (Investments) to challenge the appointment and conduct of the administrators of Alix Partners.
  • Acting for a number of primarily US-based creditors and shareholders in successfully removing four insolvency practitioners of Smith & Williamson as joint administrators of Ve Interactive.
  • Advised furniture retailer DFS on its acquisition of Multiyork Furniture out of administration.
  • Advised Banham Poultry (2018) on the purchase of one of Norfolk’s largest employers, Banham Poultry and Banham Group, which successfully resulted in rescuing approximately 1,000 jobs and securing a supply chain of poultry products into UK supermarkets.
  • Assisted KPMG as administrator with the administration and onward sale of AIM listed vending machine business Uvenco and its associated companies to the Montagu Group.
Leading individuals

Roger Hutton - Clarion

Ryan Millmore - Clarion

Rising stars

Alice Pratt - Clarion

Ben Slack - Clarion

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Clarion

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 proactive' Chris Booth from Pinsent Masons LLP has provided a further boost to an already experienced team.

Practice head(s):Sarah Tahamtani

Testimonials

'Sarah Tahamtani is passionate, driven, determined and will never let you down. A skilled, knowledgeable adviser who ensures you get first class service'

'Joanna Dodd has a professional, friendly manner, but when required her approach is no nonsense.'

'Chris Booth and Hannah Newbery are both excellent to work with - highly skilled, professional and proactive, yet approachable and client-oriented.'

'Sarah Tahamtani is very bright, hardworking and astute. An excellent solicitor to have on your side.'

'Chris Booth is very experienced and knowledgeable.'

'Deborah Warren is very conscientious and excellent with clients.'

'Joanna Dodd is very organised and cuts straight to the chase.'

'Victoria Clark is one to watch - very bright, diligent, eager and motivated.'

'Zoe Roberts is one to watch; super impressive - an excellent solicitor.'

'Chris Booth is very helpful, pragmatic, strategic and commercial - he looks for the best overall solution for the client rather than the technical or expected one.'

'Joanna Dodd, Victoria Clarke and Sarah Tahamtani are excellent employment lawyers who without exception give 100% support.'

'Sarah Tahamtani is a true legal professional with high ethical values and sound commercial judgement who is an expert in the employment law field.  She advises on a range of complex matters for us and provides sound solutions in every instance.  She is my go-to legal partner.'

'Joanna Dodd is down to earth, real and pragmatic. She is extremely sharp and gets to the heart of the matter quickly. She provides my team with robust, workable solutions and has become very much part of the extended team within my organisation. One to watch for the future'

'Chris Booth is there to get involved as little or as much as you want. He looks at the big picture and helps take a strategic view.'

'Highly responsive and flexible to our needs - like having your own in-house team. The firm works really hard to understand the business challenges and make you feel important.'

'The team rovides thoughtful, clear, concise and no-nonsense advice in a professional manner.  The team is made up of many talented individuals, but they act as one.'

'Very strong ability to understand client needs and adapt approach and service accordingly.'

'Clarion boasts a user friendly, very hardworking team with real strength in depth from partner level down to newly qualified lawyers. They give practical, easy to understand advice and fight their client's corner robustly.'

'Clarion has a great employment team.  They are knowledgeable, provide good value pragmatic advice that helps me to achieve my goals.'

'A very focused team, highly tuned into client needs and very flexible. Never fails to deliver and the advice is excellent.'

'A discreet team of highly competent, pragmatic lawyers who always provide sound advice, when we need it. They are commercially astute and provide us with tangible, practical solutions.'

'The practice as a whole benefits from the brand culture of Clarion overall - a business full of clever people that are progressive in culture and have a strong growth mentality. The team takes a long term - they take decisions about our business that are based on retaining the relationship and not seeking immediate turnover.'

'Very hands on and pragmatic, very pleasant to deal with.'

'Clarion provides commercial, no nonsense and pragmatic advice. Service levels are of the highest order - we are a 24/7 operation and are never left wanting'

'Clarion offers much more than a legal service - they support the development of our organisation by providing great networking opportunities and introducing clients to support sharing business ideas and offering collaboration for mutual benefit.'

Key Clients

Clipper Logistics plc

Nobia AB (including Magnet Limited, Rixonway Kitchens Limited, Gower Furniture Ltd, Commodore Kitchens Limited and CIE plc)

The Equiniti group (including Equiniti Limited and MyCSP Limited)

Arla Foods Limited

The Shard

The Institute of Directors

Fenner plc

Redcentric plc

Cristal Pigment UK Limited t/a Cristal Global

LNT Group Limited (including Ginetta Cars Limited, Ideal Care Homes (Number One) Limited, LNT Construction Ltd, LNT Software Ltd and LNT Solutions Ltd)

Harrison Spinks Beds Limited

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Health and safety
Next Generation Partners

Sarah Taylor - Clarion

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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'.

Practice head(s):Lynsey Harrison

Other key lawyers:Louise Dodds; Liam Brooke

Testimonials

'Clarion have been growing a fast rate and have now assembled a formidable team to rival any in the Leeds market.'

'Depth and scope of specialist knowledge across all members of the team.'

'Clarion has a strong, well-structured team, with genuine expertise. They are straightforward and easy to deal with.'

Work highlights

  • Represented Client A in a multi-million pound dispute against an heir-hunting firm.
  • Represented a well-known building society.
  • Represented professional executors and trustees in relation to a multi-million pound claim against an estate and some associated trusts.
  • Represented a spouse in relation to an Inheritance Act claim against her husband’s million-pound estate.
  • Advised an executor in relation to a claim against a beneficiary and her co-executor in relation to setting aside a gift of land worth approximately £3m.
Leading individuals

Lynsey Harrison - Clarion

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Justine Osmotherley

Other key lawyers:Jane Ingleby; Sarah Buxton

Testimonials

'The diversity of the areas of law at Clarion enable it to approach financial remedy advice as part of a cross-discipline team with an eye to both the commercial and family aspects of each case'.

'A strong family law department; very approachable and with excellent judgement'.

'Justine Osmotherley has a well-deserved reputation for client care and legal knowledge, and Jane Ingleby has a wonderful manner with clients, who appreciate her approach'.

'Justine heads up the team and has the respect of her peers, which enables her to promote effective negotiations and achieve early settlements wherever possible'.

'Jane Ingleby is very caring and will got the extra mile to ensure her clients are looked after'.

Leading individuals

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Vivienne Wild

Other key lawyers:Lynsey Harrison; Clare King

Testimonials

'A large and highly experienced team who regularly deal with high value and complex work.'

'Professional and friendly.'

'Vivienne Wild is very knowledgeable on trust and estate law and leads a strong team.'

'Vivienne Wilde is a highly experienced and able practitioner. In my experience there is no one in Leeds who deals with the weight and complexity of work that she does.

'Stephanie Parish is a very able lawyer who can deal with work of all levels of complexity.'

'The whole team are knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.'

Key Clients

Estate of the late Mr J W Heselden OBE

Work highlights

  • Dealing with the administration of the estate of millionaire businessman Jimi Heselden, who died in 2010.
Leading individuals

Vivienne Wild - Clarion

Rising stars

Clare King - Clarion

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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 'exceptional' Martin 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.

Practice head(s):Martin Grange

Other key lawyers:Lindsay Texel; Alison Batty

Testimonials

'The Clarion team are exceptionally knowledgeable and professional. They have a proactive approach, which is refreshing'

'What makes Clarion's practice unique is their excellent approach to providing a first-class legal service'

'We have worked with Clarion on a number of property transactions and always find the team to be approachable and knowledgeable, providing commercial advice in a straightforward manner'

'Clarion provides a practical and no-nonsense approach based on dealing with the client's needs'

'Professional, friendly, informative and above all very proactive'

'Martin Grange is an exceptional partner who is always willing to jump in and help out at short notice if required'

'Alison Batty is thorough and responsive and always quick to respond'

'Eve Gregory is not our main contact but she stepped in to cover annual leave and it was amazing to get an exchange completed against a tight deadline'

'Having worked alongside Lindsay Texel and Alison Batty, their experienced knowledge and advice is invaluable. Two very genuine people that are passionate in providing an excellent service'

'Lindsey Texel is very good - commercially sensible and gets to the point and deals with things in a practical way. Generally happy to go above and beyond if needed'

'Marcus Watson is the lead contact. We have worked together on unique transactions and have found he is always capable of thinking out of the box to come up with a viable solution. He is able to present issues in an easy to comprehend manner without the use of legal jargon'

'They get on with the job but involve the client with how well or otherwise the job is progressing to ensure a satisfactory outcome is achieved'

'My dealings with Lindsay Texel and Eve Gregory and the rest of the conveyancing team have been a joy to say the least - they are proactive, friendly and professional and their knowledge and skill is the best I have encountered to date'

'Ben Lamb is really commercial, quick and efficient at getting deals over the line'

Key Clients

Arc Inspirations

Aldermore Bank

ATC Properties

HSN Care

Harron Homes

Persimmon Homes

Hill Giftware

JLA

KMRE Group

ASICS

Work highlights

  • Advised the KMRE Group on the £27m acquisition of a site in Nottingham for a PRS scheme for over 100 units.
  • Advised Strata Homes Yorkshire on negotiation, exchanging and completing the £40m purchase of land in Dishforth for residential development.  
  • Acted for Sherburn Promotions on a collaboration to bring together two adjoining land parcels in Sherburn in Elmet for residential development.
  • Advised HSN Care on the acquisition and development of a Peterborough care home for profoundly disabled adults.
  • Acted for Gilbanks Group on the leasehold acquisition of two floors of Pinsent Masons' offices in Leeds.
Rising stars

Alison Batty - Clarion

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Sophie Morley

Testimonials

'The team at Clarion is very responsive to client needs, provides clear advice and comes up with solutions for a speedy and successful conclusion to matters'.

'The individuals in the team really do understand what is needed for a claim to succeed'.

Key Clients

Asics (UK)

Caterleisure Limited

Northedge LLP

FDS Informal Foods Limited (Honeymonster) part of Benecol Ltd

Heritage Care Villages Limited

TFG Capital Limited

Equi-Trek Limited

AllScripts Healthcare (UK) Limited

Leeds City Council

ATC Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Asics UK Limited in a conditional break clause issue and subsequent dilapidations claim.
  • Representing Allscripts Healthcare (UK) Limited in various estate management issues including break notices and the operation of a conditional break.
  • Representing a developer in a High Court application for pre-action disclosure under an option agreement.
  • Acting for FDS Informal Foods Limited in a dilapidations claim.
  • Representing TFG Capital Limited in numerous secured lending default scenarios.

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hattersley

Other key lawyers:David Cunningham; Dominic Higham; Simon Young

Testimonials

'Clarion has a clear willingness to understand its client's business, how it works, and what the particular risk areas are. It shows commerciality as to agreeing contracts and getting the job done, rather than dragging a matter out and incurring unnecessary fees; it is very refreshing.'

'The partners at Clarion have an active involvement in the day to day legal work and have a desire to get into the detail. The teams are well trained and well supported.'

Key Clients

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

InterSystems Corporation

Nobia AB (including Magnet Limited, Rixonway Kitchens Limited, Gower Furniture Ltd, Commodore Kitchens Limited and CIE plc)

ASICS

Hemingways Marketing Services Limited

Synthomer plc

Card Factory

Redcentric plc

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in a contract dispute against Atos relating to system implementation and service and support issues arising from the Trust’s five-year contract with Atos for the implementation and integration of a patient-care critical system that scans and stores existing patient records electronically.
  • Represented InterSystems in a commercial claim alleging delivery issues regarding the client’s implementation and support of a patient records system in a leading hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised Hemingways Marketing Services on the role out of a new IT platform that permits Hemingways' customers to white label and manage their own online gift voucher schemes, a service it supplies to retailers including John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and Ikea.
  • Assisted iPortalis with the negotiation of agreements with its IT service providers including Cisco, and advising on the streamlining of its sales and associated terms of business, to enable its sales team to enter into customer agreements without negotiation.
  • Advising Asics on a range of IT-related matters including the terms and negotiations of an agreement with Channel Advisor, which acts as a data broker between Asics, its warehouses and various on-line routes to market including Amazon and eBay.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Esther Kirwan

Other key lawyers:Sue Streatfield

Testimonials

'Sue Streatfield and the team are very knowledgeable about IP and its commercialisation; the individuals are approachable, quick to respond and good value for money.'

'The intellectual property team at Clarion provides a timely, personalised service of the highest quality. Its attention to detail and understanding of the client's needs is peerless, which brings added value above and beyond what can be found at other firms offering the same services.'

'Sue Streatfield is very approachable and reliable. She understands the issues that clients have and comes up with appropriate solutions to address them.'

'Esther Kirwan, Sarah Molloy, Lorna Webb, and Isobel Jones are a terrific team! They work well together to solve complicated issues, and offer sound advice concerning the use and registration of marks within the United Kingdom and European community.'

'Esther Kirwan is a safe pair of hands; she is diligent and knows her way around IP.'

'Sue Streatfield is very good for litigation.'

Key Clients

Hard Rock International Limited/Hard Rock Cafe

FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited

Icelandic Seafood

Music For The People, Inc

Synthomer Plc

Sirius Minerals Plc

Card Factory plc

Hermes Parcelnet Limited

DFS Furniture Company Limited

Vichugo, Inc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lindapter International in issuing court proceedings in South Africa, and pre-court action steps in the US, Australia, China and The Netherlands, to prevent its rights from being infringed.
  • Advising Synthomer on IP protection issues, R & D agreements and the commercialising of its IP.
  • Instructed to advise Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK on various aspects of IP protection and commercialisation including advising on IP licences, service agreements and collaboration agreements.
  • Acting for Vichugo in trade mark protection matters relating to Hugh Jackman’s brand including protection of the mark 'Hugh Jackman' and Mr Jackman’s signature.
  • Defending Cassellie Limited against allegations of registered and unregistered design rights infringement by J & J Ormerod, as well as assisting the client with prosecuting a claim for invalidity of a registered design and filing registered IP protection for its own IP.
Next Generation Partners

Sue Streatfield - Clarion

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

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.

Practice head(s):Richard Moran

Other key lawyers:Ryan Millmore; Simon Young; Dominic Higham; Esther Kirwan; Matthew Hattersley

Key Clients

Silverstone Circuits Ltd

Cycle England / Welcome to Yorkshire

The Rugby Football League

ASICS

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cycle England and Welcome to Yorkshire with brand clearance and protection issues relating to its new cycle tour aimed at clients from mainland Europe.
  • Advised Asics on several matters including the negotiation of terms and agreements with ChannelAdvisor, which acts as a data broker between Asics, its warehouses and various on-line routes.
  • Acted for Yorkshire County Cricket Club on its supply chain agreements, which enable the client to provide its Yorkshire Pride Lottery and Match Day Raffle.
  • Manages Payntr Shoes' global trade mark and design portfolio.

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.