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Lupton Fawcett LLP
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Phone: 0113 280 2000

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Lucy Smyth

HR Advisor

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Robert Barnard

Client Services Principal

Business Recovery & Insolvency, Debt Recovery

Donald Maloney

Donald Maloney

Senior Solicitor

Regulatory & Corporate Defence

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Amy Hughes

Trainee Solicitor

Dispute Resolution

Megan King

Megan King


Private Client

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Fiona Crothers


Charities & Social Enterprises, Education

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Rachel Gray


Commercial Property

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Natasha Dean

Trainee Solicitor

Dispute Resolution

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Wendo Chimimba


Regulatory & Corporate Defence

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Alison Pharoah


Intellectual Property

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Thomas McKeown


Commercial Property

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Stephanie Pollard

Debt Recovery Executive

Debt Recovery

Ryan Bailey 4

Sophie Arrowsmith



Sarah Temple

Sarah Temple


Commercial Property

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Sarah Sargent


Residential Property & Conveyancing

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Sarah Illidge

Senior Solicitor

Corporate, Tax

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Rodney Dalton


Commercial Property

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Richard Marshall

Consultant Member

Business Support

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Richard Baum

Senior Associate Solicitor

Residential Property & Conveyancing

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Peter Foskett

Partner and Head of Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical, Education

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Paul Loftus

Senior Associate Solicitor

Private Client

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Nigel Whitfield

Partner, Head of Business Recovery & Insolvency

Business Recovery & Insolvency, Debt Recovery

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Neil Cormack FCIM

Head of Business Development & Marketing, Chartered Marketer...

Business Support

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Michelle Rock

Trade Mark Portfolio Assistant

Intellectual Property

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Michael Kidd

Partner, Head of Banking and Finance

Banking & Finance, Corporate

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Michael Buchanan

Senior Associate Solicitor

Dispute Resolution

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Meghan Waldron

Associate Solicitor

Regulatory & Corporate Defence

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Louise Connacher

Partner, Ecclesiastical and Employment

Ecclesiastical, Employment

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Kevin Emsley

Consultant Member


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Kelly Gilbert

Senior Solicitor

Dispute Resolution

Ryan Bailey

Katie Dawson

Senior Solicitor

Charities & Social Enterprises

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Kathryn Sykes

Operations Director, Data Protection Officer

Business Support

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Kathryn Moorhouse

Senior Solicitor


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Joss Richardson

Associate Solicitor


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John Sykes

Consultant Member

Intellectual Property

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Jeremy Scott

Partner, Head of Regulatory & Corporate Defence

Regulatory & Corporate Defence

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James Richardson

Managing Partner

Business Recovery & Insolvency

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James Nuttall

Finance Director

Business Support

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James Hood

Head of IT, Associate

Business Support

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Jacqui Murphy

Senior Solicitor

Business Recovery & Insolvency

Jackie Parkhill MCIM 5

Jackie Parkhill MCIM

Brand and Communication Manager, Senior Associate

Business Support

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Jack Ferraro

Partner, Head of Personal Injury

Personal Injury

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Hugh Thompson

Partner, Head of Private Client

Private Client

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Howard Rutter


Dispute Resolution

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Hayden Glynn


Dispute Resolution

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Giles Clegg

Partner, Head of Corporate Finance


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Fiona Kaye

Risk & Quality Manager

Business Support

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Emily Gee

Insolvency Executive

Business Recovery & Insolvency

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Deborah Carr FCIPD

HR Director

Business Support

David Whitaker

David Whitaker

Partner, Head of Commercial Property

Commercial Property

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David Smyllie


Business Recovery & Insolvency

David Coleman 2

David Coleman

Consultant Member

Commercial Property

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David Coates


Commercial Property

Andrew Black 3

David Baines

Senior Solicitor

Intellectual Property

Claire Barbesol

Claire Barbesol


Dispute Resolution

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Angela Gorton


Education, Employment

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Daniel McCormack



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Daniel Elsworth

Senior Debt Recovery Executive

Debt Recovery

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Clive Lawrence

Partner, Head of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

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Claire Moss

Senior Associate Solicitor

Dispute Resolution

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Christopher Burns

Partner, Head of Family


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Catherine Richardson

Senior Solicitor

Residential Property & Conveyancing

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Ben Clay


Intellectual Property

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Arif Khalfe


Dispute Resolution, Immigration

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Andrew Gilchrist

Partner, Head of Employment


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Andrew Bogle

Senior Solicitor

Dispute Resolution

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Amanda Simmonds

Senior Associate Solicitor

Private Client

Alex Evans

Alex Evans

Senior Associate


Mark Honeywell

Mark Honeywell

Partner, Head of Charities & Joint Head of Education

Charities & Social Enterprises, Education

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Sarah Webster



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Zoe Lang


Commercial Property

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Julian Moran



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Located near Trinity Leeds in the city centre, our office is easily reached by anyone in Yorkshire and the UK who needs our legal assistance. Just a short trip to the city’s train station and located near plenty of car parks, the Lupton Fawcett’s Leeds office is easily accessible by rail and car.

Our solicitors are always happy to help you negotiate the often complex legal processes of employment law, intellectual property and commercial property for businesses and family law, personal injury law and residential property for individuals. Regardless of why you need our help, we will always strive to keep your best interests in mind by providing honest advice, clear explanations of legal jargon and explaining what your options are at every stage.

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At Lupton Fawcett, we take pride and inspiration in the reputation we’ve earned in West Yorkshire as an approachable, friendly, but professional firm of solicitors to deal with.

In our lives, we will all have the need for legal support and opinion from time to time, and our legal expertise is here to help. In selecting Lupton Fawcett, you are assured that your interests will always come first

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We are a leading and long-established firm of commercial lawyers in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Our specialist business lawyers provide commercial legal services and advice to firms of all sizes and sectors, from Agriculture to Care Home.

We help our clients to grow, be protected and to remain compliant with their sectors’ regulatory framework.

It is important that we get to know our clients really well and pride ourselves on excellent communication and relations with you. We like to think of ourselves as an extension of your business and can take care of all your legal requirements at every stage.

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Leeds, a city like no other

Like any city or town in the UK, Leeds presents its own challenges and opportunities for businesses and individuals. Having been established in the city for more than a century, Lupton Fawcett understands the landscape, demographics and how best to approach legal matters here, possessing a breadth of knowledge that is second to none.

With four universities, Leeds has a large student population of approximately 65,000 students who all flock to the city each year and our property lawyers regularly work on behalf of developers and management companies on matters relating to planned, new and existing student accommodation.

We also have specialist lawyers working in the wider education sector across the city and use our in-depth understanding to act on behalf of schools and colleges throughout the country. We offer legal support for a range of issues including academy conversions, school mergers and ecclesiastical law, recognising how educational institutions differ from most other commercial enterprises.

There is also a strong agricultural heritage across Yorkshire and our expertise in this area sees our services in high demand.

Mark Honeywell integrates himself well into the client’s team and his expertise and personable nature ensures he provides a personal service. Having a local person who understands the contact of situations makes all the difference.

Legal 500 2019

I instructed Chris Burns to advise on an appeal against my child’s permanent exclusion from 6th form college. Chris identified a number of procedural irregularities in the college's disciplinary procedure. He drafted extensive grounds of appeal which highlighted various deficiencies in the process and obtained additional evidence to support our case. The appeal was successful. Chris was very attentive to me during the process and without his input, I do not feel that I would have been successful in appealing the college’s decision on behalf of my child.


Thank you once again for all your outstanding work . It’s always a pleasurable experience whenever we work with you guys :)


Thank you for all the support that you have given us. I really do appreciate it. I don't think we would be getting through this without you.


You are a fantastic solicitor. Thanks for all your hard work


"Mark Honeywell provides expert advice around Charity Commission issues and makes his advice absolutely bespoke and appropriate to our charity".

Legal 500 2019

"Not only do I think Chris Burns is a good solicitor, he was able to calm me down and reassure me when things got tough."

Chambers and Partners 2019

David is "an experienced lawyer with a commercial and pragmatic outlook. His strengths are that he cuts through the minutiae and concentrates on the commercial considerations of the deal".

Chambers and Partners 2019

John, described as very personable and very good, is highly respected in the market for his multi-faceted IP practice.

Chambers and Partners 2019

Andy is really excellent in every way. He is super approachable and gives clear and concise advice.

Chambers and Partners 2019

He is very approachable. He is professional and provides a same-team approach, which is welcome.

Chambers and Partners 2019

He's a very safe pair of hands and is very collegiate and client-focused.

Chambers and Partners 2019

A client said "Dan is the most efficient lawyer I've ever worked with. He is supremely knowledgeable in the field and has the very rare skill of being able to explain things in a manner that a layman can understand."

Chambers and Partners 2019

A joint will arrangement of some complexity was prepared by Paul Loftus and was conducted in a very professional manner to our satisfaction

Mr S

Nigel and Emily Gee are the go to team for personal insolvency. They deliver the desired outcome time after time.


Quite simply, we find David Coleman and his team outstanding


Our instructions were carried out exactly as requested. Lupton Fawcett's services have always been exemplary.

Mr Dodgson

Paul was polite and friendly and explained the complication of a power of attorney and enduring power of attorney which seemed a minefield to me

Mr Bather

Catherine and the team who carried out the conveyancing were excellent. Prompt, efficient and approachable are all words to describe how I felt.



Sarah, thank you for putting my faith back in solicitors! I will certainly be using you for any future needs and recommending you at Luptons without hesitation.

Kelly Mills

Chris Burns was recommended to me by a business contact. He guided me through my divorce and helped me reach a financial settlement which I was satisfied with as well as the other party. Chris also provided a high level of service and always offered sensible and clear advice throughout the process

Mr G

I instructed Chris Burns to draw up a post nuptial agreement as I was undertaking a management buy out of my business. Chris provided clear, practical and pragmatic advice. He was assisted by Richard Buckley and together they were able to advise me about and draw up the Agreement and helped me reach my objective diligently and efficiently.

Steve Adams

Mattress Online

Thank you so much Tracey for your patience, understanding and professionalism over the last four years. You have helped make a difficult time more bearable.

Wendy Carr

Sophie helped me at a time of need and took the time to listen and guide me through the process

Client (Mrs C)

Acted with maturity beyond her years and with the pragmatism needed

Former Colleague

Sarah has acted for our group for nearly 10 years and we have been delighted with the service she provides. Her honesty and integrity is highly valued and her diligent approach and specialist sector knowledge set her apart from the other lawyers in the region and make her a valuable asset to our business.

Damian Collinge, Legal Director

Exemplar Health Care

Over recent years, we have concluded a number of pub sales and purchases, both on individual sites and more complex group deals. Sarah has dealt with all of this business since 2006 and handled it admirably. She remembers to keep you informed and works to deadlines without a fuss. She has been professional, diligent and a pleasure to work with.

James Crawfurd-Porter

An in-depth knowledge and experience of retail transactions, combined with a commercial approach is why I recommend Sarah to clients. She understands what retailers need to achieve an the issues that really matter to them, focusing on delivering what a client wants, in the timescale they want.

Howard Moore

Sarah is both responsive and communicative. She is extremely proactive and always picks up the phone to talk about a transaction. This pragmatic approach means that we are always informed and we can progress matters as quickly as possible to completion.

Nina Bradley, Property Asset Manager

Leeds Building Society

Sarah is our chosen lawyer for all property matters and has advised Bagel Nash on new leases, renewals, terminations, breaks and dilapidations for commercial and retail premises. A consummate professional Sarah is pro-active, detailed and always goes the 'extra mile' in safeguarding our interests - a pleasure to work with.

Andy Micklethwaite, Managing Director

Bagel Nash

"A Leeds leading light" and a "well-known figure in the commercial property market."

The Legal 500 UK

Richard and the team did a fantastic job on the sale of my house. They were efficient, pro-active and happy to answer all queries. I would definitely look to recommend them and look forward to using them in the future.

Paul was extremely helpful in advice given for a difficult situation.

Paul has assisted us greatly and sympathetically during an extremely challenging time.

Nigel Whitfield is one of the best in the city for bankruptcy issues.

Chambers & Partners UK 2007

Nigel Whitfield is highly sought-after for his bankruptcy expertise, particularly in more complex cases. He is recognised for his creativity and for always trying his damnedest to get the best result. He retains his number 1 ranking for personal insolvency work.

Chambers & Partners UK 2008

Nigel Whitfield does a tremendous job on personal insolvency, according to sources. He is particularly noted for his skill in complex bankruptcies and stands out as "one of the best personal insolvency lawyers in the north."

Chambers & Partners UK 2009

Nigel Whitfield "is tenacious in the way he investigates" and has particular experience in dealing with property bankruptcies. Clients also say that he takes a "pragmatic approach" to problematic cases.

Chambers & Partners UK 2013

Nigel Whitfield is praised as being "good at out-of-the-box thinking, and is always willing to go the extra mile.

Chambers & Partners UK 2016

I worked with Neil on a number of regional and national marketing and BD projects. I thought he did an excellent job, was very creative, market focused and organised in project management.

John Tracey, Partner, Forensic Services

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Neil has a wealth of experience in advising professional practices on effective marketing (strategy development and implementation). He builds strong relationships and has a focus on delivering positive results.

Mark Blakemore, Finance Director

Berrymans Lace Mawer

Michelle is the best thing since sliced bread and has the patience of a saint whilst working with the other crackpots in this team!

Michael has been recognised by Chambers & Partners for his work in the Yorkshire banking and finance community and has been described by them as a "rising star" and a "good operator who is definitely one to watch"

From the outset, Meghan helped put me more at ease, by explaining the process in simple terms which before seemed like a very daunting task. She was calm and professional during my interview, which helped as the policeman had little understanding of how the law works in these situations. Meghan looked through my case and really helped me through the next steps towards court. I received very good advice at court. Meghan's knowledge of the law helped me achieve the result I needed to retain my license and be able to carry on with my busy life. My family, staff and I will be forever grateful.

Pete Gunson

I have worked with Louise for over 15+ years in my various HR director roles at Rotherham TEC, Vocalink and now Costcutter. She gives commercial and pragmatic advice on complex issues, responds swiftly, and above all works in partnership with me and the rest of the team.

Wendy Taylor, Human Resources Director


When Louise says she will get back to you she does - every time. Whether you are an employer or an employee (or even from the media and seeking some expert opinion) I would not hesitate to recommend Louise.

David Ross, Managing Director

Valeos Ltd

Louise is a professional of the highest calibre whose knowledge of employment law is second to none. There are of course many lawyers out there who also have a good level of knowledge in the same subject. However what always impresses me about Louise is how she applies her expertise. She links her main speciality - employment law - to her substantial commercial knowledge and awareness. This is then married to some very astute tactical thinking, resulting in superb results for her clients. Louise's service delivery is also highly impressive.

David Ross

Clients note that "She's very knowledgeable, down-to-earth, personable and happy to answer questions."

Chambers & Partners UK 2016

Louise is incredibly knowledgeable and commercially focused in the advice she gives and service she provides. She takes time to understand her client's actual needs and that is what makes her stand out from other employment lawyers I have worked with; she gives honest practical advice and not text book answers. I can read the books myself and have an understanding of employment law as a HR professional, what Louise brings is a wider appreciation and execution of the law in an easy to follow manner and in her personable style. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services.

Catriona Macdonald, Human Resources

Threedom Solutions Limited

I have had the pleasure of working with Louise Connacher as my primary employment law advisor for over seven years, both in my role as Regional HR Director for Johnston Press, inclusive of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, and in my capacity as an independent HR Consultant within such businesses as Seabrook Crisps and KD Engineering Ltd.

There's a saying that a company is only as good as the last piece of advice they've given you. I have to say, all the advice that we've received from LF has consistently been spot on. The main thing that differentiates the firm is their professional yet personal approach; you have people to talk to and rely on for the best possible legal guidance. Kevin in particular is a great mentor, and in fact everyone we've dealt with at LF has proved to be worth his or her weight in gold. If this is the standard of practice across the whole firm then it certainly gives them the competitive advantage.

Ken Brook-Chrispin, Chief Executive & Chairman

Seabrook Crisps

Kevin Emsley is a pleasure to deal with and we inevitably find his advice very astute. On a recent project, he went above and beyond to understand the issues we had which has always made us feel like we were in good hands.

In contrast to some of the "bigger" law firms, we found that his personal approach very reassuring, and it made for a constructive rapport throughout.

John Samuel, Group Finance Director

Renew Plc

I first came across Kevin Emsley in 1988, but it was only when I was appointed to the board of Renew Plc - in 2006 that we began working together. We have worked together on several projects both large and small. - [Kevin recently advised Renew Plc on the acquisition of Lewis Civil Engineering, an £8m transaction to buy a Welsh family based business.]"It was important to Renew Plc that the deal was carried out efficiently, but also that the lawyers were able to empathise with a family run business. Kevin Emsley was a natural choice as he has a lot of experience with companies like ours.

John Samuel, Group Finance Director

Renew Plc

Lupton Fawcett's Coporate tax department, headed by Julian Moran, is highlighted for its expertise.

Legal 500, November 2018

I have had the pleasure of working with Julian for the last 18 months and he has always worked to the highest professional standards. VAT is a minefield which requires safe navigation and with Julian on your team, you can reach the other side not only intact, but with more than you started. Always thorough and thinks outside the box – just what you really need.

Phil Whitfield, Executive Chairman

Humdinger Ltd

I am delighted that my sister recommended Joss and your firm to me - at the time I did not realise how important it was going to be to have specialists in tax, trusts as well as corporate law and the fact that you had all three specialisms and worked so well together made the whole process far simpler for me…. Having in the past worked in house at a law firm for seven years and worked closely with lots of different law firms since, I know that the way you work is special.

Richard Shanks, Managing Director

Professional Financial Centre Limited

Thanks so much... we really couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!

Pippa Hale, Co-founder

PSL, Charity

Jonathan Linton was diligent, professional and helpful. The entire process of my case was conducted quickly and efficiently and with no stress for me. Thank You.

Yasmin Razzaq

Thank you for helping us when we found that our new product was being copied. Your knowledge of the law and astute tactics and strategy using the court process enabled us to stop the copying, recover costs and damages. Top drawer advice and a great result for us. We are very pleased with the outcome.

Stephen Greenhalgh, Managing Director


I just wanted to thank you for help. The issue was a serious one for us as it may have caused embarrassment and potential liability in our supply chain. Your wise counsel, in-depth knowledge of trademark law, and firm but commercial approach enabled us to resolve this matter both quickly and successfully and avoiding any liability for us and our business partners. Achieving an amicable settlement was a real success and we are delighted with the outcome.

Steve Walton, Finance Director

De Ree UK

I have worked with John for a number of years and can say that he personifies a rare mix of an excellent legal technician and pragmatic, commercially astute businessman. John is a consummate diplomat, having the knowledge and experience to read a situation to perfection, and to use the appropriate force for the circumstances in hand. Many years ago I was on the opposite side to John in a hard-fought contentious matter. It was a very uncomfortable place to be. I can trust John to deliver when called upon. I therefore have absolutely no hesitation in recommending John.

Ann Critchell-Ward

VP Intellectual Property, TomTom

I found John Sykes to be a skilful lawyer, commercially astute, dedicated and hard working, with good judgement, combined with detailed knowledge of - for us - copyright law, he did a good job for us, managed the team well on the case, and I would recommend him without hesitation

Simon Enoch

"absolutely superb" "...doyen of IP" "a specialist who truly knows his IP" "Pioneering..." "effective communicator", his "accurate, common-sense approach makes him a favourite with clients" "advice is always clear and commercial", and "he gives you the robust guidance needed to help you make a proper decision." "absolutely on the ball." "offers a personalised service that is spot on."

The Legal 500 UK

Jeremy scott heads the Lupton Fawcett Regulatory and corporate defence department an d is praised for his 'significant experience defending businesses and senior employee's

The Legal 500 UK

I have been extremely pleased with the outcome of this case and would like to express my gratitude for your help on the matter, as I believe this is an outcome that I could not have achieved otherwise.

ET, London

"commercial and responsive" and is someone clients "would not hesitate to recommend."

Chambers & Partners UK

His expertise in restructuring and corporate insolvency matters has added a layer of depth to the team, according to clients.

Chambers & Partners UK

For any business that relies upon it's IT infrastructure for service delivery, James is the epitome of a "safe pair of hands"

R. Martin

Credit Style Ltd

The case took three years to conclude and it was extremely comforting, reassuring and stabilising that the same person looked after and dealt with the case giving us confidence and enabled us to build a relationship with you which we deeply appreciated as it made the whole process uncomplicated.

Thank you so much for all your hard work in managing my case and ensuring a great outcome. I have appreciated greatly your honesty, support and perseverance.

I have worked with Jackie for a number of years and have always found her to be the consummate professional. She is extremely well organised and methodical. If she is organising an event you know she will have thought of everything so that it goes smoothly. Jackie also has a very good marketing brain enabling her to spot opportunities, which will enhance the brand and deliver a good return on investment. She is good fun to work with and made Source feel part of the team.

Peter Downey, Director

Source Marketing Communications

Jackie knows her business inside out and definitely knows her stuff. A professional who tells it like it is, and you can't help but like her for it. An asset to the LF brand and a great person to work with.

Craig Harrold, Director


Just a note to thank your company and Mr Ferraro for all their hard work. We not only admire the way you presented the case with your legal expertise but we also admire how you took on such a large international company... thank you for all your professional knowledge, advice and tremendous hard work. We will never forget that nor the confident and caring way you negotiated us through the pre-court and court proceedings... thank you for making our nightmare into a thing of the past.

Mr W

Jack Ferraro was a friendly, informative and reliable contact at all times... the whole experience from start to finish was very straight forward and each step was explained to me. I had every confidence in him.

Mrs G


Lupton Fawcett's howard Rutter who heads the Contentious Trusts and Probate team is noted as having 'a serious track record of securing excellent results for clients.'

The Legal 500 UK

Thank you for everything you have done to bring calm back into my life - I will be forever grateful. You have been serious when you had to be and you worked very hard to get the result I wanted.

Mrs M

Howard Rutter "quickly gains the confidence of clients and opponents.

The Legal 500 UK

Hayden is diligent, very sharp, has great attention to detail and always gets us the results we want.

Justin Owen, Managing Director

Catfoss Finance Limited

Hayden's knowledge and understanding of the property industry has been invaluable to my company and the service he provides us is second to none.

Nick Satman, Managing Director

Gateway Homes Uk Limited

Noted as "outstanding."

Good Lawyer Guide 2012

According to Legal 500 Lupton Fawcett's Corporate and Commercial department in Leeds is described as 'a highly expirienced group' led by Giles Clegg.

The Legal 500, November 2018

Experienced with a calm head and eye for detail," according to a client, who also says: "He has provided much-needed reassurance and pragmatic legal advice.

Chambers & Partners UK

Giles and his team were invaluable to us, showing outstanding attention to detail coupled with a commercial and pragmatic approach where necessary.

Peter Watson, Managing Partner

Simpson Millar

A direct no-nonsense, organised, thoroughly reliable and speedy lawyer. He has significant transactional experience in the healthcare sector.

Chambers & Partners UK 2014

Tenacious, pragmatic and approachable.

Chambers & Partners UK

Having Giles Clegg acting for us at director level, with this wealth of experience, meant that we were constantly several steps ahead of the other advisers.

Henry Robinson

My company has used Lupton Fawcett's property team exclusively for more than 17 years which is an accolade in itself. Our business demands a dedicated, quick and responsive approach to managing existing tenant relationships and developing new ones. Lupton Fawcett have always provided a high level of service which reflects these requirements

Jeremy Oldroyd, Managing Director

Montgomery Property Group

David "provides excellence service."

The Legal 500 UK

David has "vast and broad experience."

Chambers and Partners UK 2016

David Smyllie is recognised for director disqualification work, where he has worked on some high-profile matters. Interviewees have described him as a "great solicitor" who offers robust, practical advice to clients.

Chambers & Partners UK 2014

Practice head David Smyllie is "highly skilled."

The Legal 500 UK 2013

I have always found David to be reliable and efficient. He comes up with practical and sensible solutions to issues in a very responsive way. His advice is helpful and knowledgeable and he is commercially aware. I would recommend him for his pragmatic approach and the service is value for money.

David Holden, Commercial Director

William Birch & Sons Limited

David Coleman has acted for us for a number of years. We have always valued his commercially minded and practical approach, and his ability to find solutions. He gets the deal done without drama.

Mark Pullan, Director

J Pullan & Sons Limited

The performance and commitment by David Coleman has always been of the highest quality. His knowledge, pragmatism and commercial approach is just what we at Jack Lunn Group are looking for in all our dealings. His advice is always given soundly, with clear explanations as he understands our business and the issues we have to deal with.

Carl Wright

Director, Jack Lunn Group

One client comments: "He's approachable, flexible and works to our advantage. Very proactive and solution-driven, and if there's any issue he'll come to me with options rather than just expecting us to make all the decisions oursleves."

Chambers & Partners UK

Leeds based David Coleman handles a range of commercial property matters, including development and large portfolio transactions.

Chambers & Partners UK

According to clients, David Coleman employs a "very calm, measured approach" and gives "good, practical advice". He has a broad practice spanning development of both commercial and residential sites, as well as property investment.

Chambers & Partners UK

Sources say that David Coleman "is very knowledgeable but also pragmatic" and that he "knows what the important issues are and does not try to score points against the other side over minor issues." He is noted for his commercial and residential development work.

Chambers & Partners UK

Clients appreciate his responsiveness and his "commercially sensible, efficient and practical approach’ to issues.

Chambers & Partners UK

Clients are impressed by his "meticulous attention to detail, combined with an appreciation for what is important in reaching agreement.

Chambers & Partners UK

David Coleman is valued as "a safe pair of hands."

The Legal 500 UK

David Coleman "offers firm advice" and is "always accessible.

The Legal 500 UK

David Coleman "offers plain and pragmatic advice with industry knowledge that is second to none"

The Legal 500 UK

David Coates has advised my business for over 15 years, always in a skilful, timely and attentive manner, with an attention to detail that is rare in a pressurised environment, and so often complimented on by our lenders and counter parties. Acting on behalf of Braemar Group PLC, of which I was the founder, and which has over £1billion of property under management, David and his team have handled complex, high value transactions, including the acquisition of the freehold of the £150m Beetham Tower in Manchester, which comprises a Hilton Hotel, and is the tallest residential building in Europe.

Marc Duschenes

Former CEO, Braemar Group Plc

I instructed Dan in relation to the sale of my company to SIG plc. The very thorough and professional service offered by Dan and his team brought much confidence and comfort to our side of the negotiating platform. A first class job!

Ian Meathrel, Ex-Managing Director, United Trading Company (UK) Limited

Dan has been a trusted source of support and knowledge since we started our business six years ago. He has acted for us from day one and his attention to detail and commercial approach allows him to quickly identify the key points that we need to focus on.

Glenn Cooper, Managing Director, Fresh Hospitality Limited

Dan has carried out a number of share structure matters on behalf of Age Partnership and its subsidiaries. He is an individual I rate highly, deals with matters in a factual way with minimum fuss and is an excellent communicator. I have recommended Dan to others and have had similar feedback. A very good choice of solicitor in my opinion.

Andrew Thirkill

Chairman, Age Partnership Limited

I have known Dan for a number of years and he has been a valuable source of commercial advice across a wide range of issues.

Dirk Mischendahl, Managing Director

Logistik Limited

Lupton Fawcett's Daniel Elsworth is a key name for commercial debt recovery work.

Legal 500, November 2018

We have been using the services of Lupton Fawcett for over four years after having them recommended to us. Our account has been managed during this time by Dan Elsworth whose knowledge and professionalism is second to none. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who needs support and advice in managing their business debt.

E Walmsley, Financial Director

Live Magazines Limited

An experienced litigator with balanced common-sense to provide consistent advice on commercial viability of recovery together with an enviable success rate.

Rob McTiffin, Managing Director

Nationwide Property Solutions Ltd

Clive Lawrence, who heads Lupton Fawcett's Intellectual Property department, is diligent , handles the details well and easily gets to the root of the problem and finds the most desired solution

Legal 500, November 2018

Well-written, incisive and informative, Brands: Law, Practice and Precedents is vital reading for intellectual property, commercial and media lawyers, as well as advertising and marketing consultancies, design agencies and brand managers in major companies

The Inhouse Lawyer Magazine on “Brands: Law, Practice and Precedents” (Jordan Publishing Ltd 2008)

Thank you both so much for all your efforts, attention to detail and tactical and strategic advice, in addition to the legal advice of course, which resulted in such a positive outcome yesterday. As I mentioned afterwards I think you have proved the value of excellent teamwork, which has provided me and the Bank a great level of service.

Tiana Peck

Head of Legal Services, AIB Group (UK) Plc

Lupton Fawcett's Family team is recognised as a 'solid family practice' headed by Chris Burns who is described as a 'top-class advocate'

Legal 500, November 2018

To the point, direct and no-nonsense approach: he tells it like it is and he is very good at what he does.

Chambers & Partners UK

Chris Burns heads the practice and is 'a top-class advocate'; he handles a range of family and financial remedy matters and has a specialism for children's work.

The Legal 500 2018 Legal Directory

The Legal 500 2017 legal directory ranks Chris as a leading individual and commends his team. Clients single out Lupton Fawcett LLP’s family law practice for its ‘professional, pragmatic and client-focused service, great attention to detail and specialist expertise’. Headed by Christopher Burns (‘particularly good at cohabitation disputes’), the practice provides region-wide coverage to high-net-worth and privately funded clients from its offices in Leeds, York and Sheffield, with particular emphasis on financial provision issues arising from family breakdown.

The Legal 500 UK 2017

Thank you, Chris, for all you have done to help me.

Ms K

I was heartened by the detailed responses both in the meeting and via email that Chris was able to give – he seems to have a very clear handle on the situation and is doing his best to keep you appraised of your rights.

Financial Adviser to Lady G

Excellent service was offered.

What a great job Chris did to finalise the court orders and hearing for us.

Mr & Mrs F

Very pleased with the service.

Mrs W

You provided me with clear, sensible and sound advice that was easy to understand

Mr P

Ms Richardson was very thorough and efficient in all her work for us and stood firm when the seller tried to push her into completion before all the documentation was in place. She kept us fully informed of progress throughout our sale and purchase.

Professional, friendly service with clear trustworthy advice throughout. A complicated process for the layman made straightforward and hasstle free. Very knowlegable, inspiring a great deal of confidence - strongly recommend.

Thank you for your professional expertise in dealing with a tricky and picky customer.

Just a note to say thank you for all your hard work and effort with both of our house moves this year. You've made a very stressful process as smooth as possible!

We really appreciate the hard work you did for us in connection with the sale of our house. We absolutely love the house and definitely made the right choice instructing you.

It has been a pleasure working with someone as competent and commercially aware as Angela.

Jon Harris

Personal Investment Fund

Angela is a popular choice with clients, her advice having been described as "invaluable", "constructive", "effective" and "efficient".

Lupton Fawcett's multi-award winning Employment team led by Andrew Gilchrist offers 'timely pragmatic support and excellent value for money

Legal 500, November 2018

Head of employment Andrew Gilchrist works with a number of the team's high-profile clients. Clients say that he is "very commercial and practical, and always does what he says he will.

Chambers & Partners UK 2014

Andy "goes the extra mile" for clients.

The Legal 500 UK 2012

Lots of lawyers say they provide commercial advice but he is one of the few who actually does.

John Unwin

Managing Director, Arcelor Mittal Sheffield

He is not like most lawyers, as he explains things in simple terms, doesn't sit on the fence and is genuinely solution driven. Also, and crucially, he focuses on achieving the best commercial outcomes as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Marc Bertrand

HR Director, Northgate Plc

Amanda Simmonds is a senior associate in the private client team. Several sources praise Simmonds' technical abilities on complex trusts and tax work. One interviewee says she is "very knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of trust and estate planning." Another reports that "she's very approachable, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. She responds very quickly, and clients like that."

Notable Practitioners

A friend of mine recommended your firm, as she had been really impressed with the work Louise did for her, and I've been equally impressed and grateful for the work you have done for me. It was a pleasure to work with you, and I was really touched by your level of compassion and understanding. I made a daft and regrettable mistake, but I feel you presented my actions in a best light possible under the circumstances, and showed an excellent understanding of human nature in achieving an agreeable solution.

Sarah Osborn

I would have no hesitation in recommending Alex, she responds promptly to all queries and her advice and counsel are reasoned and set out in an easy to understand format. She always takes a business based perspective and is aware of the pressures and demands of the very fast moving industry we operate in. Her attention to detail is, and has been, beneficial to the business and her personal involvement in cases, from first contact to satisfactory conclusion, ensures that there is continuity and also that we have a completely 'up to date' understanding of all aspects.

Gordon Slaven

Regional Human Resource Advisor, Card Factory

Alex will always respond promptly with a pleasant and friendly approach and I have never felt that any question was too small or insignificant to warrant her time. Alex breaks through the complexities of the ever changing, ever challenging realm of employment law with ease.

Deborah Seymore

Director of Human Resources, Hand Picked Hotels

I have known and worked with Alex for 5 years and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her. Alex has taken her time to gain a thorough understanding of how we operate as a business which helps her to advise us, not only in line with the law, but also in line with our Company values and approach to people management. Alex’s solid legal knowledge together with her practical and pragmatic approach has ensured the smooth running of acquisitions and disposals of hotels within our Group as well as supporting with any more challenging day to day employee relations issues.

Deborah Seymore

Director of Human Resources, Hand Picked Hotels

Alex is flexible to our needs and incredibly responsive. I always know I'll get a great service level and quick turnaround time with her. Friendly, approachable and fun, Alex adds value to any business she works with. She is always actively helping to develop my and my teams employment law knowledge and she's a fabulous karaoke singer at the Christmas party! I would have no hesitation in recommending Alex for any employment law requirement.

Helen Sutton

UK Head of HR, Northgate Plc

Alex and I have worked together now for nearly 5 years, and during that time she's been a fantastic support to me and my business. Speaking in plain English (which is difficult for some lawyers) Alex provides commercially focussed, practical advice which will deliver the best result possible. She understands the importance of balancing the commercial or political aspect (internal or external) of any outcome with that of our company values...and never allows emotions to get in the way of sound decision making.

Helen Sutton

UK Head of HR, Northgate Plc

I would just like to write a few lines on the service I have received. From the very outset, Meghan helped put me more at ease, by explaining the process in simple terms of which before, seemed like a very daunting task. She was very calm and professional during my interview, which helped as the policeman had little understanding of how the law works in these situations. Meghan looked through the case and really helped me through the next steps towards the court. My family, staff and I will be forever grateful, and I would not hesitate to recommend Meghan Waldron and Lupton Fawcett.

Pete Gunson

There is always someone to help me whenever needed and I do tend to need everything in an emergency! Lupton Fawcett & student accommodation team are always very professional as well as proactive in suggesting improved ways of working. A leading national student accommodation provider with over 24 sites.

Student accommodation provider

Since joining Lupton Fawcett, I have nothing but praise for the way they have dealt with my affairs. Sarah (Sargent) and her team have handled several difficult transfers which they inherited from my previous solicitors (for whom I had lost all confidence in). Going forward, I have numerous property sales in 2017 and a large development of 14 executive houses which will be ongoing for the next 2-3 years. I'm looking forward to the future knowing that my legal requirements are in the hands of a competent team. I have recommended Sarah to several of my friends and business associates

Mario Monfredi

Monfredibuilders Ltd

Having Giles Clegg acting for us at director level, with this wealth of experience, meant that we were constantly several steps ahead of the other advisers.

Henry Robinson

Giles and his team were invaluable to us, showing outstanding attention to detail coupled with a commercial and pragmatic approach where necessary.

Peter Watson

Managing Partner, Simpson Millar

It was great to speak to Ben who clearly understands the Dairy Industry Law so well, he understood our situation right from the beginning which made it easy to explain a complex situation, I would definitely recommend Ben Clay from Lupton Fawcett to assist with farming related matters.

Vicky Watts

Lupton Fawcett has demonstrated a supportive and encouraging approach to learning and development and we are pleased to see the value they place on staff training. We had no hesitation in recognising these qualities by awarding them with a well-deserved Gold Employer Partner accreditation.

Jenni Hutchinson

STEP’s Head of Employer Partnerships
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