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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

At Clarion, Jonathan Simms is a key name for M&A issues and regularly acts for corporate finance clients; his recent work includes advising the shareholders of Intermarketing Group on its sale, assisting the shareholders of Walkers Transport with a private equity investment including a management buy-in, and acting on the sale of the issued share capital of Pembrokeshire Resource Centre. Richard Moran and Matthew Hattersley lead the corporate and commercial teams respectively; other noteworthy individuals include commercial partner David Cunningham, who focuses on IT outsourcing projects; and legal director Tony Berry, who is experienced in international M&A. Up Fitness Group and Card Factory are also clients; Cunningham advised the latter on a project to replace all its electronic point of sale systems.

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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 2

Clarion

Simon Young heads Clarion’s department, which includes IT and outsourcing specialist Dominic Higham, Roger Hutton, who handles pre-insolvency-related work; insolvency specialists Ryan Millmore and Alice Pratt, and Esther Kirwan, who focuses on IP disputes. David Williams  joined the group from Walker Morris LLP and bolstered its international litigation offering; he has notable expertise in project and joint venture disputes in Africa particularly in the oil, pharmaceuticals, distribution, IT and telecoms sectors. Recent highlights for the practice include Higham acting for Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in claims arising from a contract with Atos regarding the implementation and maintenance of a system critical to patient care, representing Wilton UK in a claim against Banks Group arising from a joint venture agreement for the development of a site near Durham, and acting for Caddick in litigation relating to a block of residential apartments in London Docklands including associated professional negligence claims against its former solicitors. Associate Kayleigh Fantoni joined from McCormicks in 2017.

Leading individuals

Simon Young - Clarion

Next generation lawyers

Kayleigh Fantoni - Clarion

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

Daniel Carlton leads Clarion’s practice and is noted for his debt collection and credit control service expertise particularly in the leisure, construction and manufacturing sectors. Carlton’s recent work includes acting for Shred-It on the recovery of aged debts, recovering over £2m of debt for Encon Insulation and assisting Admiral Taverns with its out of possession recovery of debts. Other clients include Asics UK, Hurst Plastics, Tunstell Healthcare, Communicorp UK and Brunwood Investments. The team also fields insolvency specialist Dale Fawcett, Kayley Hartley and Ryan Millmore, who regularly acts for asset-backed lenders.

Leading individuals

Daniel Carlton - Clarion

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Clarion

Marie Pugh leads Clarion’s ‘excellent’ group, which is ‘easy to deal with and provides advice that is concise and specifically tailored to each situation’; Pugh made partner in 2017 and specialises in property and development finance transactions. Ben Slack, Jonathan Simms and Ryan Millmore are also names to note; Slack handles asset-based lending work, Simms regularly acts for banks, asset-based lenders and private equity houses, and Millmore focuses on insolvency work. The team recently advised Reward Capital and Reward Invoice Finance on its provision of a combined capital term loan and invoice finance facilities to a renewable energy company. Other clients include Lloyds Bank, Secure Trust Bank, Aldermore Bank, HSBC and National Westminster Bank.

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

Clarion

Ryan Millmore leads the team at Clarion, which ‘will do everything its needs to do to get the job done in a quick and timely fashion’ utilising its ‘invaluable strength in the region to push matters forward in a way that works for the local legal market’. Millmore is highly regarded for his corporate insolvency expertise; he recently advised Armstrong Watson as administrators of Earn Extra 139 and acted for Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions regarding the administration of Full Gas and its ultimate sale to Trek. Clients also praise asset-based lending specialist Ben Slack, who is ‘not afraid to fight if that’s what it required’, and Alice Pratt, who focuses on insolvency work; Slack assisted DFS with its acquisition of part of Multiyork out of administration and Pratt acted for Bill Plant Driving School on its pre-pack sale. Pre-insolvency specialist Roger Hutton, Marie Pugh and ‘strong and pragmatic’ legal director Helen Bates are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Ryan Millmore - Clarion

Next generation lawyers

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 2

Clarion

The employment team at Clarion combines 'in-depth legal knowledge and commercial acumen' with 'down-to-earth, professional, solid advice'. The 'commercial and pragmatic' Sarah Tahamtani heads the practice and has particular experience advising on TUPE issues. The team receives instructions from both large national and international companies, such as Arla Foods and Equiniti, as well as medium-sized and regional-based companies. The practice has a track record acting in complex contentious disputes, assisting with employment aspects of corporate transactions, and advising on technical points of law including employment status and outsourcing. The team also provides ongoing advice to corporates and offers bespoke training to client's HR staff. Senior associate Deborah Warren is also well-regarded, particularly for handling re-organisation and restructuring of companies. Changes to the team include the arrival of Christopher Booth from Pinsent Masons LLP, and the departure of John Robinson to Schofield Sweeney.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

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

Clarion

The 'approachable, sensitive and practical' private client litigation team at Clarion has'a good reputation' for wills, trust and probate disputes. Practice head Lynsey Harrison has been considered 'a leading probate litigator' in the region, and has significant experience handling Inheritance (Provision of Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, and disputes regarding the validity of wills. Other key names to note are associates, Louise Dodds - who is highlighted as being 'exceptionally able technically' - and the 'meticulous' Liam Brooke who recently joined the group from Irwin Mitchell. The team's clients include individuals, trusts and building societies.

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

Clarion

Clarion fields a 'very strong and wide-ranging family team' that is viewed as 'the go-to firm for business people divorcing or with children issues'. The practice, known primarily for handling complex divorce and financial settlement matters for high net worth individuals, also has significant experience dealing with multi-jurisdictional matters as well as complex children issues, surrogacy and post-nuptial and pre-nuptial agreements. The 'highly skilled' Justine Osmotherley  heads the practice and attracts praise for being 'utmost professional, whilst remaining sensitive and understanding of the situation'. Legal director Jane Ingleby joined the team from Legal Studio and since arriving at the firm has assisted Osmotherley in a cross-border surrogacy arrangement. The team is further strengthened with the arrival of senior associate Petena Carroll who joined the team in 2018 from Atkinson & Firth. Associate and 'emerging star' Stephanie Douthwaite is another name to note, and has particular experience dealing with sensitive Children Act proceedings.

Leading individuals

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

Clarion

The 'excellent' private client practice at Clarion is 'well placed to support owner-managed businesses and their owners' and is 'one of the market leaders in this area'. The team 'goes the extra mile' to handle succession planning matters, and acts as professional attorney or deputy to several individuals who are elderly or require extra support. The team is also adept at handling complex mental capacity disputes. Practice head Vivienne Wild has 'a wealth of experience and is capable of dealing with any level of complexity'. Wild continues to lead a team advising the estate of the late Mr J W Heselden OBE on matters including tax and administration implications in relation to sale of company shares and winding up of the deceased US business. 'Highly skilled and personable private client lawyer' Clare King has the ability to 'flex her style to suit the particular client'. She is instructed by high-net-worth individuals and professionals, as well as local charities and local authorities. The team is also supported by the 'dedicated' Lynsey Harrison who handles contentious matters.

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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 3

Clarion

Martin Grange leads the department at Clarion, which provides ‘truly excellent and valuable advice with a great commercial perspective’ thanks to ‘a solution-focused team, which always puts the clients first’. The practice is highly regarded for its development expertise, particularly in residential developments; clients include Harron Homes, Persimmon Homes and Strata Homes. Other noteworthy areas of strength include the retail and leisure sectors, corporate occupier clients and real estate finance work. In a recent highlight, Lindsay Texel, who has ‘an excellent eye for detail paired with an approachable and pragmatic style’, advised Newby on the sale of the Cocoa Works in York to Clarion Housing for redevelopment into residential properties, and acted for Asics on the grant of a 10 year lease for a new flagship store on Regent Street. Clients also praise Ben Lamb, who is ‘a dedicated and thorough lawyer who has a brilliant work ethic’; he recently assisted Bosideng UK with its acquisition and redevelopment of a property in Central London and the subsequent letting to third party operators. ‘Unbelievably proactive’ legal director Alison Batty is also recommended and legal director Eve Gregory joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Alison Batty - Clarion

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Clarion

Clarion recently established its real estate litigation practice with the recruitment of legal director Sophie Morley  from Schofield Sweeney in 2017. Morley’s expertise encompasses landlord and tenant disputes, break clauses, dilapidations, forfeiture issues and tenant insolvency with expertise in development issues and advising clients in the retail sector. Recent mandates include acting for a national retailer in multiple break clauses relating to retail properties, advising a developer on a development proposal under an option agreement and representing a food manufacturer in a lease termination and dilapidation claim. Clients include Asics, Caterleisure FDS Informal Foods and Heritage Care Villages.

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

Matthew Hattersley and Dominic Higham jointly lead Clarion’s practice and specialise in non-contentious and contentious mandates respectively. In a recent highlight, Hattersley assisted Ligentia with its negotiations with John Lewis for the use of its Ligentix software platform. Other work includes Higham representing InterSystems in a Commercial Court claim regarding alleged delivery issues relating to the implementation of a patient records system in a Saudi Arabia-based hospital, David Cunningham advising Card Factory on the replacement of its electronic point of sale systems and Cunningham acting for InterSystems on its successful bid to provide an electronic patient records management system to three Liverpool NHS Trust hospitals. Other key individuals include senior associate Fiona Marr, who focuses on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, and associate Florence Maxwell.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

Clarion ‘stands out as having an organic, energetic and responsive culture and refreshingly informal approach that makes clients feel relaxed and cared for in the best possible way’. Practice head Esther Kirwan ‘has the ability to offer clear and pragmatic advice’, legal director Sue Streatfield is ‘level headed with good person-facing skills and a calm demeanour’, and associates Sarah Molloy and Jemma Green are ‘excellent communicators and clients feel comfortable with their guidance’. Recent work includes assisting Hard Rock International with its anti-counterfeiting efforts, advising Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies on IP licences, services agreements and collaboration agreements, and acting for DFS on asset purchases including trade marks, domain names, design rights and databases. Icelandic Seafood, Card Factory and Hermes Parcelnet are also clients.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Clarion

Recent highlights for Clarion's David Cunningham included advising Yorkshire County Cricket Club on a sponsorship agreement with Emerald Group for the naming rights to Headingley Stadium. The cross-department team also includes senior corporate partner Richard Moran, whose expertise encompasses the purchase, sale and funding of football and rugby clubs, stadium acquisitions and brand issues; insolvency specialist Ryan Millmore; litigators Simon Young and Dominic Higham; and commercial lawyer Matthew Hattersley.

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