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Schofield Sweeney

76 WELLINGTON STREET, LEEDS, LS1 2AY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 220 6270
Fax:
Fax 0113 243 9326
DX:
26409 LEEDS PARK SQUARE
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Web:
www.schofieldsweeney.co.uk

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

Schofield Sweeney

Chris Schofield¬†leads the practice at Schofield Sweeney, which is ‚Äėexcellent across the board‚Äô. The team also fields managing partner Martin Sweeney, Adrian Ballam, Chris Blantern, David Strachan, Stephen Millward¬†and commercial specialist Luisa D'Alessandro. Highlights included Ballam advising Healthpoint on its MBO backed by Maven Capital, Rob Kelly¬†acting for Leman Interntationl Transport on its acquisition of Maru International, and Blantern assisting the management team of Thermal Energy Ventures with its MBO backed by YFM Equity Partners. Sanderson Group and ACAD Holdings are also clients; Strachan advised the latter on the sale of The Academy Health Club and Spa to David Lloyd Leisure.

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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

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney‚Äôs ‚Äėcommercially excellent‚Äô team saw substantial growth recently following the recruitment of tax litigator Leo Jones-Rowe¬†from LCF Law, financial services specialist Matthew Fidler¬†from Stewarts Law LLP, and construction litigator Gary Ashton¬†from Hawkswell Kilvington Limited. They join team co-heads James Staton¬†and Alistair Kennedy; Staton is ‚Äėincredibly professional‚Äô and Kennedy is ‚Äėa go-to litigator who is someone you definitely want fighting your corner‚Äô. Kennedy‚Äôs recent work includes defending an Isle of Man trustee company in litigation relating to sale proceeds from the public listing of a company on AIM, and acting for Menston Action Group in judicial review proceedings regarding a proposed Barratt Homes development including sustainable drainage issues. Other work includes Staton defending three former company directors in a dispute brought by a former director regarding allegations of conspiracy and collusion and breaches of directors‚Äô duties; and Fidler defending a Guernsey property company in a banking claim arising out of a group restructuring and corporate sale. Closegate Hotel Group, A Share Greener and Bebe Clothing are also clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Schofield Sweeney

Key names in Schofield Sweeney‚Äôs ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô group include Richard Ferguson¬†and David Arundel¬†in Leeds and Amar Rashid¬†in Bradford; Ferguson handles transactional and technical insolvency work, Arundel focuses on contentious and non-contentious insolvency work and Rashid assists with the restructuring of borrowings. Recent highlights include advising Poppleton & Appleby as joint administrator of CIS Industrial and CIS Industrial Hire and Sale on a pre-pack sale, assisting DL Partnership as joint liquidators of Frontcatch, MMD5 and Barden Properties and acting for RSM Restructuring as administrators of DDK Estates on security issues and planning applications. Armstrong Watson, Begbies Traynor and Live Recoveries are also clients.

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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 4

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney's employment practice represents clients in the education and healthcare sectors and is praised for its 'knowledge and quick response times'. The 'always excellent' practice head Simon Shepherd acts for plcs, SMEs and schools and academies in disputes, tribunal claims and non-contentious advice. The team was instructed by two GP practices to advise on the TUPE implications of moving staff from public to private sector, and managed restructuring and redundancies in addition to harmonising terms and conditions. In another work highlight, Alexandra Clements defended JD Sports Fashion in a number of tribunal claims alleging sexual harassment, discrimination and constructive dismissal. Other key names to note include John Robinson who recently joined from Clarion.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Schofield Sweeney

The 'exceptional' professional negligence department at Schofield Sweeney, headed up by Richard Stockdale, is known for its representation of high net worth individuals and SMEs in claims against solicitors, counsel, financial and tax advisers and construction professionals. Alistair Kennedy, who is singled out for his 'sound, practical advice', acted for an individual in a £4m claim arising from auditing, and other accountancy errors, which contributed to the collapse of a car sales business. The Leeds-based practice has been bolstered with the arrivals of Leo Jones-Rowe, Matthew Fidler and Gary Ashton from LCF Law, Stewarts Law LLP and Hawkswell Kilvington Limited, respectively.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Schofield Sweeney

The charities practice at Schofield Sweeney is spread across the firm's Leeds and Bradford offices. In the Bradford office, Helen Hirst (who heads the education and charities team) and Andrew Hurst regularly advise academies and independent schools on charitable and governance matters. Leeds-based founding partner Chris Schofield is acting for Paces Sheffield, a charity helping disabled children, on the review of its articles of association and governance arrangements. Other charity and not-for-profit clients include Leeds Mencap, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney's 'experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic' wills and probate team is spread across the firm's three Yorkshire offices. The team, led by Huddersfield-based Ashley Iredale , acts for high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts on a range of matters. The team advised on winding up a complex trust structure, including on personal tax implications for beneficiaries. Bradford-based John Feaster is highlighted for his expertise in stamp duty land tax advice. In Leeds, Simon Glazebrook is singled out for being 'excellent with clients, and particularly good at making the law easy to understand'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Schofield Sweeney

With a ‚Äėpartner-led, responsive and highly professional‚Äô team, Schofield Sweeney¬†focuses on renewable energy projects including wind, solar, CHP, anaerobic digestion, energy-from-waste and energy storage projects. Department head Adam Hastie¬†specialises in development and regeneration work and recently acted for Sirius Renewable Energy on the acquisition of several sites for wind turbine developments; he also assisted Renewable Heat Generation with its development of a biomass project and handled the development of a biomass plant for Templeborough Biomass Plant. Farooq Zar¬†is the key name for property-related issues; he advised Aqua Consultants and Lanes Farm Energy on an agreement for lease and subsequent grant of a lease of farm land to be used for the installation of an anaerobic digester plant.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney is highlighted for its 'excellent service' and 'value for money' acting for school and academies. Bradford-based +Helen Hirst heads the four-partner education and charities group spread across the firm's Bradford and Leeds offices. The practice is largely known for assisting clients on academy conversions. Andrew Hurst led a team instructed by Beckfoot Trust on the academy conversion of Priestthorpe Primary School and The Phoenix Special School into the trust. This required in-depth negotiations with Bradford Council of contractual and land issues, as well as procurement and TUPE advice in relation to a catering contract at one of the schools. The team also handles disputes, in addition to data protection, freedom of information, exclusion, commercial matters and procurement. Simon Shepherd, in the Leeds office, is recommended, particularly for employment law advice.

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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

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney‚Äôs ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô department is noted for having ‚Äėthe knowledge of the market and commercial ability to get the deal done‚Äô. Darren Birkinshaw¬†heads the team, which handles residential developments, property finance transactions and stamp duty land tax work, and assists clients in the education, healthcare, renewables, retail and leisure sectors. Richard Innes¬†is the key name for retail clients, Dean Jowett¬†(who ‚Äėdelivers every time‚Äô) handles residential developments, Rob Hayes¬†focuses on the health and transport sectors, and recently promoted partner Manjit Virdee¬†is ‚Äėextremely diligent‚Äô and leads the property finance team. In a recent highlight, Jowett acted for Persimmon Homes on the purchase of a former hospital site for demolition and a residential development; Jowett also advised Alumasc Group on a new lease for a new manufacturing and warehousing facility in Goole, and Hayes assisted Shearings Leisure Group with the relocation of its corporate headquarters. Santander, the Trafford Centre and Yesss Electrical are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Manjit Virdee - Schofield Sweeney

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Schofield Sweeney

With ‚Äėa growing construction practice that has the potential to be a key player in the market‚Äô, Schofield Sweeney‚Äôs department is led by the ‚Äėhighly reputable‚Äô Gary Ashton, who joined from Hawkswell Kilvington Limited, and also fields Richard Stockdale¬†and solicitor Annie Hui-Gillen, who is ‚Äėa brilliant junior lawyer who is thorough, hardworking and can easily handle complex issues‚Äô. The practice has substantial experience in construction disputes including engineering litigation and professional indemnity claims. Clients include Shearings Group, White Peak Construction, Oranmore Environmental Services, Templeborough Biomass Power Plant and Santander.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney¬†‚Äėprovides expertise and advice that is beyond the norm and is not afraid to say what is right rather than what a client may wish to hear‚Äô. James Staton¬†and associate Laura Salvati¬†lead the team from Bradford and Leeds respectively; Salvati‚Äôs expertise includes estate management issues in the retail sector, landlord and tenant issues, break notices, dilapidation claims and the recovery of rent arrears. In a recent highlight, Salvati acted for Thomas of York in an unopposed lease renewal claim. Games Workshop, ATC Properties, Trafford Centre and Universal Components are also clients. -Sophie Morley¬†joined Clarion.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Schofield Sweeney

Andrew Hurst  and Simon Petchey  are the key names to note at Schofield Sweeney; Hurst is recommended for his funding and social housing development expertise and regularly acts for registered providers and funders, while Petchey’s recent work includes assisting various housing associations with refinancing work.

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney is highly regarded for its IT contract expertise including software development work, hosted service arrangements, support contracts and IT system purchasing and outsourcing. Luisa D\'Alessandro leads the team, which also includes IT-focused associate Karen Crutchley. The group’s recent work includes advising Instem on the overhaul of its standard form agreements in preparation for GDPR, assisting Shearings Leisure Group with its arrangements with two IT providers and acting for Optima Energy Systems on its contractual arrangements, software licenses and hosted service arrangements. Search Laboratory, High Seat, JBA Consulting and Circle Leasing are also clients.

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