James Staton > Schofield Sweeney > Bradford, England > Lawyer Profile

Schofield Sweeney
CHURCH BANK HOUSE
CHURCH BANK
BRADFORD
BD1 4DY
England

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

Partner and head of the dispute resolution team. Extensive experience of commercial, property and construction litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes.  Also handles licensing matters for the firm’s clients in the leisure industry as well as clients faced with prosecution by regulatory authorities. Regularly uses mediation in the resolution of disputes.

Career

Trained Lupton Fawcett Bell Cumming & Co, Leeds; qualified 1982; Booth & Co, Leeds 1982-85; Wright & Wright/Gordons Wright & Wright 1985-97, partner 1989; partner Ralph C Yablon 1997-2001; partner Schofield Sweeney 2001 to date.

Memberships

Law Society’s Civil Justice Section; past president of Bradford Law Society.

Education

Malet Lambert School, Hull; University of Birmingham (1979 LLB 2(1)); College of Law, Chester 1979-80.

Leisure

Walking, theatre, reading, cricket (both playing and umpiring), member of the Rotary Club of Keighley.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Schofield Sweeney is noted for having ‘experienced and commercially minded partners who are backed up by able and skilled associates’. Clients from the engineering, waste, healthcare and, increasingly, the alternative energy sectors regularly approach the group, and the team is frequently involved in cross-jurisdictional claims, including those before the Court of Appeal. Group leader James Staton in Bradford supports clients in shareholder disputes, intellectual property claims, passing off issues and regulatory matters, while James Wood takes on commercial fraud and insolvency litigation. Leo Jones-Rowe is ‘excellent in director disputes, and matters concerning breach of confidentiality and restrictive covenants’. Other key team members are Simon Lucas and associate Annie Hui-Gillen.