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Schofield Sweeney

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Leo Jones-Rowe

Work 0113 849 4000
Schofield Sweeney

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Leo is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team. He advises on a range of contentious matters, with particular expertise in tax disputes, trading relationships, boardroom/shareholder disputes, professional negligence, pensions and commercial fraud. He has extensively litigated cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal, County Courts and Tax Tribunal.


Leo joined Schofield Sweeney in 2016. He trained at DLA Piper, before spending six years at DWF and then two years at LCF Law.


Law Society; Leeds Law Society; Black Solicitors Network.


Hummersknott School, Darlington; Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College; De Montfort University (2005 LLB, 1st); Nottingham Law School (2006 LPC, Distinction).


Leo is a keen sports and fitness enthusiast. He enjoys playing football and is a long-suffering supporter of Newcastle United. He is also a devoted musician and lover of music, and fronts an indie-rock band called Fenton.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Schofield Sweeney’s ‘commercially excellent’ 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 ‘incredibly professional’ and Kennedy is ‘a go-to litigator who is someone you definitely want fighting your corner’. Kennedy’s 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’ 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: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant

Within: Professional negligence: claimant

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 LawStewarts Law LLP and Hawkswell Kilvington Limited, respectively.

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