Solicitors in Leeds, Lupton Fawcett – a Top Law Firm in Leeds

Why Choose Lupton Fawcett’s Solicitors in Leeds?


Our experienced Leeds Solicitors are friendly, approachable, and committed legal professionals ready to deliver the best client experience possible, with the highest standards of legal advice, tailored to your needs.

Whatever challenge or opportunity you are facing, we have specialists in every area of the law ready to help.  From family law to corporate law, we strive to provide the very best advice and representation with a commitment to client care that is unsurpassed.

More information is available throughout this website about our comprehensive range of legal services for you, your family, and your business.

Our office is located in Leeds city centre, just a short trip to the city’s train station and near to plenty of car parks.

Regardless of why you need our help, our Leeds Solicitors will strive to serve your best interests, providing honest advice and a clear explanation of your options at every stage of what you are going through.


Whether it’s guidance for your business or legal advice for you and your family, we provide outstanding legal expertise and representation to help with whatever challenge is faced or whatever you’re setting out to achieve.

We combine a superior level of legal acuity with the highest levels of client care and attention to detail, to set ourselves apart from other law firms in Leeds.  We know that it’s not enough to present you with the options. You want clear, quality advice that allows you to make informed decisions with confidence.  To speak to any of our Solicitors please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If your enquiry relates to an ongoing matter please email the fee-earner directly to avoid any delay in our response. The full list of our people in Leeds is displayed at the bottom of this page. We do not accept service of any process via this site. 



Lupton Fawcett LLP
Yorkshire House,
East Parade,
West Yorkshire,

Phone: 0113 280 2000

Fax: 0113 245 6782

DX: 730000 Leeds 70

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Solicitors in Leeds – Life Long Partners for You and Your Family


At Lupton Fawcett, we are proud of the reputation we’ve earned in West Yorkshire as a friendly, down to earth, but professional team of lawyers that are easy to deal with.  

At some point in life, we will all have to rely on the support and opinion of a legal expert.  When those moments arrive for you, we’ll be here to help.  In selecting Lupton Fawcett, you can be sure that we will always put your interests first.

Our award-winning solicitors are all experts in their chosen area of law.  Call today for the best legal representation Leeds has to offer.

For more details about specific legal services or individual lawyers and Solicitors in Leeds, follow one of the links provided.

Corporate & Commercial Solicitors in Leeds

We are a long-established practice of commercial lawyers and Solicitors in Leeds, West Yorkshire.  We take a multi-disciplinary approach when advising businesses of all sizes and sectors throughout the region and beyond, from Agriculture to Care Homes.

We help our clients to thrive, stay protected, and meet all their regulatory obligations within their sector’s framework. 

We take the time to get to know all of our clients well, so that we can understand and empathise with your challenges.  We pride ourselves on building a long-term relationship with you through excellent communication, and outstanding results. We like to think of ourselves as an extension of your business, partnering with you at every stage of the business life cycle.

Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales, and consistently recommended by The Legal 500, we work to the highest standards in the industry and have built a strong track record for consistently achieving the optimal outcome for our clients.

We pride ourselves on the high level of skill, knowledge and commitment that we provide and we endeavour to deliver an excellent level of service to all those we work with.

To find out more about our Solicitors in Leeds, you can find out more about the legal service area you are interested in by following the links provided.


Conveyancing Solicitors Leeds 1

Everyday business is full of legal pitfalls.

Our services go far beyond supporting you with everyday ‘emergencies’. No two businesses are the same, so you will always receive a bespoke legal service that protects and prioritises your interests as if they were our own.

With a clear understanding of your business strategy, and your objectives, we can help you avoid legal stumbling blocks before they impact upon your bottom line. 

It’s a competitive world we live in.  

To stay ahead of the game, you need to keep abreast of the rules, or all too soon you’ll find someone’s moved the goalposts.  Our objective is to make the law work harder for our clients every day, not just in times of crisis.

We consider every one of our client’s businesses to be as important as our own.  Our approachable team is reassuringly straight-talking, open-minded, and forward-thinking.

Lupton Fawcett’s Solicitors in Leeds offer a full range of legal services for businesses including corporate law, employment law, commercial property, intellectual property, business recovery and insolvency, commercial law, regulatory and corporate defence, professional negligence claims, and commercial disputes and litigation. 

"I instructed Chris Burns to advise me in relation to my divorce and financial issues following the breakdown of my marriage. One of the key issues in the case was whether a long period of cohabitation would be factored in when considering the length of the marriage and the financial settlement I would be entitled to. During the course of the case, Chris provided me with clear and consistent advice and was able to deal robustly with the other party. I achieved an outcome I was very happy with and was very pleased with the advice and service levels which Chris and his team provided me with."


I was faced with a situation where it wasn’t “a solicitor” that I needed, I needed a “solicitor with a heart” and that’s what I found in Sam Hirst. Kind, efficient, to the point and I’d give her 10 out of 10 for fighting my corner. Thank you Sam, I shall forever be grateful for you representing me during my most difficult time. Wish you the very best.

Swarni Williams


I cannot recommend Lupton Fawcett enough, I have just been through a very complicated and high conflict financial divorce but throughout the whole experience Richard Buckley and Chris Burns were always on hand to give reassurance, incredibly sound advice and straightforward explanations when things got difficult. For anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation I highly recommend this firm, it’s the best decision you’ll make.

Nicola Shuttleworth

Sam (Hirst) represented me and my family in connection with some issues with my late fathers estate. We found Sam to be a good listener and could rely on her to come up with solutions to resolve the issues we faced, she was professional and reassuring at all times. Sam made a very hard time much easier to deal with and I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation


We just wanted to say thank you (Catherine Richardson) for all your help and guidance with our house sale. I know you have been under huge pressure recently, especially with the stamp duty holiday ending yesterday - I imagine you are exhausted! You have dealt with us in a professional yet approachable and friendly manner, which has been much appreciated. Alex was right to recommend you!


Jeremy (Scott), I just wanted to thank you for today. I think your presence with me at the police station really helped, and lead to the charges being dropped.


I strongly recommend and can provide references to anyone thinking of hiring Sam (Hirst) to help navigate a probate / family dispute. She is calm, expert and always on point. She is a complete star of a solicitor and I cannot recommend her more highly. Very satisfied clients.


Sam (Hirst) is one of the best probate dispute lawyers I have ever come across. Sam's ability to calmly stride through complex legal and family issues - is a rare talent. She is also responsive, caring and cost aware at all time. A superb mix and I was very lucky to find her for my client.


I highly recommend Sam (Hirst) for conduct of family inheritance / property disputes. We would have been lost without her calm and wise manner. It is obvious from the get go that she is used to dealing with contested matters between relatives. Sam's expertise and practical approach was both reassuring and effective to achieve the resolution that was in the best interests of everyone. She was also 100% accurate with her costs estimate! Very happy client, thank you Sam!"


I instructed Chris Burns to advise me in relation to various financial issues which arose following the breakdown of my marriage. My case involved a dispute with my former husband over the ownership and occupation of a significant property with adjacent land. Chris steered me through the process of resolving this. Despite resistance from my former husband, Chris advised me with a determined focus and provided me with clear and pragmatic advice throughout the process and achieved my objective within the proceedings.


Thank you once again for all your help (Jeremy Scott) and support through, what was, an extremely stressful time and also for achieving such a positive outcome for myself. I honestly thought I would get 8 points and a huge fine, so that was a massive relief.


Thank you Meghan for all your help - we obviously did a good job between us to get the result. I am ever so pleased you represented me as I felt very cared for throughout the whole process - thank you once again .


Thank you for your support (Meghan Waldron) and for keeping the cost to a minimum. We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness in this case.


It’s rare to come across someone like Chris (Burns), absolutely clued up in his area, pragmatic and direct, yet supportive and respectful. As clients, he guided us through the process, quickly picking out what was important, remaining focused on the end game and delivering more than we could have expected. We would not hesitate to recommend Chris.


I have been absolutely delighted with the service and attention to detail provided by Sarah and her assistant Thomas. To say this has not been an easy process is an understatement but Sarah has remained on the ball throughout and has worked tirelessly chasing other parties to secure a satisfactory resolution. Both Sarah and Thomas have communicated regularly keeping me informed at all stages of the process even following things up outside of normal office hours. I would not hesitate to use their service again and would recommend them to anyone.

Lucy Dickinson

Thank you Meghan for your advice and support in putting my case forward in such a way that the magistrates took account of my condition, and as a result, gave me a manageable penalty.


"He (Andy Gilchrist) is a great lawyer. He is very thorough, detail-orientated and ensures clients understand the issues."

Chambers and Partners 2021

I had excellent advice and support from Andy Gilchrist on an employment matter. Andy explained the risks and issues at hand very clearly and was pragmatic and commercially focused in his approach to resolving my situation. His negotiation skills are second to none and as a result I achieved much more financially than I first anticipated. He is very approachable, was always quick to respond to my emails and also took the time to talk through issues over the phone. I can not recommend Andy highly enough, we worked well together as a team and achieved all our objectives.


'The case against me has been dropped. What a relief. I feel much in your debt. With much thanks,'


‘The majority of work I undertake is with Sarah Temple, Partner, and she is an absolute pleasure to work with. We have a constant pipeline of work with Sarah ranging from simple lease renewals through to complex acquisitions and disposals, all of which are delivered with the same level of professionalism and expertise. Sarah fully understands how our organisation works, the things we see as risks and the standard protections we look to secure. She knows where I need extra guidance and support and takes the time to provide this advice on a case by case basis. Sarah is incredibly approachable.'

Legal 500 2021

'Chris Burns – experienced, capable, easy to talk to, provides an all round specialised knowledge of family work.‘

Legal 500 2021

‘Katie Dawson has been our main point of contact. She is thorough and professional and nothing is too much bother for her.’

Legal 500 2021

‘Katie Dawson, senior solicitor has been very helpful and knowledgeable with practical advice.’

Legal 500 2021

‘Andrew Gilchrist is my go-to person for employment law. He always responds to my calls or emails same day, so I am never left in the lurch, and issues get dealt with very quickly and effectively. In the last 12 months, we have had several needs for advice and he always gives us the time we require to explain the law, the risk and the possible outcomes. His communication skills are superb and his plain speaking is very appreciated for non-legally-trained clients.‘

Legal 500 2021

"I got much more than I could have hoped for, thanks to Andy (Gilchrist) and his wise, calm, yet ruthless negotiation!

Clare Frances

"Have worked with senior associate Claire Moss on a number of occasions who quickly understands the issues and gets to the crux of the matter in question."

Legal 500 2021

"Jeremy Scott is a highly experienced regulatory lawyer."

Legal 500 2021

As a seasonal SME supplier to retail we have to manage our cashflow and any default by a large retailer causes stress on the whole operation. This happened with a default by one customer and after speaking with Dan Elsworth at Lupton Fawcett a strategy to collect the monies owed was put in place. Dan fully explained the risks, costs and timetable of the strategy. When implemented the plan worked successfully and allowed us to collect funds that we felt had been at great risk. I have no hesitation in recommending Dan and his team at Lupton Fawcett

Steve Walton, Financial Controller

De Ree UK

Thank you ever so much for this. The process at your end (despite my flapping) has been incredibly smooth and we are very grateful for your help.

Mr & Mrs Bailey


Thank you to all involved. We are very happy with the service received by Sarah and her team. We look forward to using you again in the future.



Now that we have had time to sit down and think, we would like to express our thanks to you, Sarah, and to Tom and Olivia for your attention throughout the process, which has contributed to the most stress free house move we have ever experienced. We will not hesitate to recommend Lupton Fawcett to our friends should their need arise. With very grateful thanks.

Irene & John


Thank you so much you guys have been amazing!



Thank you for all you have done. The service has been impeccable from start to finish from all of you.

Mr Hobson


Hello dear, thank you very much, you are a good team, I am very happy, you are very cooperative and caring. Again thank you.

Mr Ajaz


It’s been brilliant service thank you. We are hoping to buy somewhere in the next six months so I will be in touch to get a quote.



Thank you for your email telling me of the completion. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking both you, Tom, and Sarah for the efficient service I have once again received. Until the next time!

Mr Khalili


Dear Sarah/Thomas – many thanks for a happy conclusion to our recent purchase. Would recommend Lupton Fawcett to anyone and will, for the consummate professionalism you have shown us and would have no hesitation to employ your services again if the need arises in the future

Roger and Cynthia Burbeary


All went well with the move thanks to Sarah and you, Tom. Hopefully, this will be my last move but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend yourselves to friends or colleagues that enquire about a conveyancing solicitor. Thank you once again.

Mr&Mrs Glossop


The team are always happy to help with any questions or queries and are very quick to respond. They are always lovely to speak to and very professional. This is the second time we have used the team and we would be more than happy to use them again.



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



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.



Chris Burns and Alice Evans guided me through my separation and were able to provide extensive legal knowledge surrounding my financial entitlement to our joint assets. Alice was able to efficiently agree terms with my former partner and diligently meet my objectives. Alice then drafted a highly comprehensive separation deed to reflect this. Both were very attentive to me during the process and remained professional yet sympathetic throughout

Mr M

Howard Rutter has unrivalled experience in dealing with solicitors partnership disputes.

Legal 500 2019

When it comes to personal insolvency, Nigel Whitfield is the King in the North. He’s the go-to man when you have a technical problem as he’s seen it all in the past and usually solved it.

Legal 500 2019

Nigel Whitfield is a real leader in the field who is hugely respected by counsel, opponents and clients alike. His case preparation is outstanding and really pays dividends when cases get to court.

Legal 500 2019

Chris Burns is an experienced dedicated family lawyer who practices a range of family and children work. He is an excellent practitioner and fights hard for his clients.

Legal 500 2019

I work closely with Angela Gorton who has taken the time to get to know our business, is always on the end of a phone and gives sound, practical advice. Angela is definitely my first ‘go-to’ for legal advice.

Legal 500 2019

Daniel McCormack is approachable, likeable and very competent. He and his team deal with an enormous amount of paperwork in a disciplined manner. Daniel does an excellent job of explaining every step to all parties and is always accessible.

Legal 500 2019

Giles Clegg is very experienced, provides great commercial advice and manages a project and a diverse team exceptionally well. He is very easy to work with, and ensures matters are seamless from a contract and legal point of view.

Legal 500 2019

Chris (Burns), I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done. Your firm is amazing. You and Sophie have been fantastic in dealing with my divorce and complex financial issues, as well as resolving the long term arrangements for my son. Your staff do what they are supposed to do. They do it with respect, professionalism, kindness and care at some of the most difficult times I have had to face. No words can tell you what this has meant to me. I will never be able to thank you enough.


Howard Rutter is a "tough negotiator and a very practical lawyer".

Legal 500 - 2019

Clive Lawrence has impressive knowledge and experience, is very professional and provides an excellent service

Legal 500 2019

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 :)


I can't remember the last time I felt compelled to write to anyone with such commendation for a member of staff. The sale of our property has now completed but even had we been without this happy outcome and the sale had fallen through, I would still wish to highly commend Danielle Cook. Danielle's skill and attitude is up there with the very best of them in my many years experience. Danielle's professional competence while under pressure, delivering and managing customer expectations is frankly unusual, first rate and outstanding. I would employ her, yes without question, what an asset.

Mr H

I would like to place on record our gratitude for the way in which your company dealt with our residential property transactions. Especially, we wish to thank Danielle Cook who was our main point of contact. She gave us great confidence and dealt with everything in such a pleasant manner which kept us calm during some difficult moments.

Mr C

"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

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

Giles Clegg "is 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.


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

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

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

The Legal 500 UK

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

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.

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 and is praised for his 'significant experience defending businesses and senior employees'.

The Legal 500 UK

I have been extremely pleased with the outcome of this case and would like to express my gratitude for your (Jeremy Scott) 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

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

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.

You (Angela Gorton) have always been most helpful, professional and knowledgeable. It's what keeps us coming back to you.

Alexia Young-Husband Francis

Higher Education Academy

Her (Angela Gorton) responses are swift, detailed and comprehensive, as well as being tailored to our company's needs.

Michele West

Simcyp Ltd

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".

Legal 500 2019

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 (Andrew Gilchrist) 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

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

Meet The Team

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David Coates

Consultant, Commercial Property

Commercial Property

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Caitlin Humble

Trainee Solicitor


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Alison Pharoah

Trainee solicitor

Commercial Property

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Jen Salt

Head of HR

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Danielle Gibbon

Solicitor, Corporate Finance


Sam 2

Sam Hirst

Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution


Emma Rennison

Solicitor, Family


Lauren 2

Lauren Waterman


Commercial, Intellectual Property


Wendo Chimimba

Trainee Solicitor


Adam 1

Adam Wilkinson


Commercial Property

Robert Barnard 1

Robert Barnard

Client Services Principal

Business Recovery & Insolvency, Debt Recovery

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Danielle Cook

Trainee Solicitor


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Rachel Gray


Commercial Property

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Stephanie Pollard

Debt Recovery Executive

Debt Recovery

Sarah Temple

Sarah Temple


Commercial Property

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Sarah Sargent


Residential Property & Conveyancing

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Rodney Dalton


Commercial Property

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Richard Marshall

Consultant Member

Business Support

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Peter Foskett

Consultant Member and Head of Ecclesiastical Law

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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Natasha Wright


Dispute Resolution

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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


Dispute Resolution

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Meghan Waldron

Senior Associate Solicitor

Regulatory & Corporate Defence

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Louise Connacher

Partner, Ecclesiastical


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Kelly Gilbert

Senior Solicitor

Dispute Resolution

Ryan Bailey

Katie Dawson

Associate Solicitor, Charities and Social Enterprises and Ed...

Charities & Social Enterprises, Education

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Kathryn Sykes

Operations Director, Data Protection Officer

Business Support

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Kathryn Moorhouse

Associate, Employment


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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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Hugh Thompson

Partner, Head of Private Client

Private Client

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Howard Rutter

Partner, Dispute & Civil Litigation

Dispute Resolution

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Hayden Glynn


Dispute Resolution

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Giles Clegg

Partner, Head of Corporate Finance


David Whitaker

David Whitaker

Partner, Commercial Property, Ecclesiastical, Charities

Charities & Social Enterprises, Commercial Property, Ecclesiastical

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David Smyllie


Business Recovery & Insolvency

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Angela Gorton

Partner, Employment, Education and Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical, Education, Employment

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Daniel McCormack



Daniel Elsworth

Daniel Elsworth

Senior Debt Recovery Executive

Debt Recovery

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Clive Lawrence

Consultant, Head of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

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Claire Moss

Partner, Property Litigation and Commercial Disputes

Commercial Property Disputes, Dispute Resolution, Landlord & Tenant Disputes

Christopher Burns 2

Christopher Burns

Partner, Head of Family


Catherine Richardson 3

Catherine Richardson

Associate Solicitor, Residential Property & Conveyancing

Residential Property & Conveyancing

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Ben Clay

Head of Intellectual Property

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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Amanda Simmonds

Senior Associate Solicitor

Private Client

Mark Honeywell

Mark Honeywell

Partner, Head of Charities & Social Enterprises and Educatio...

Charities & Social Enterprises, Education

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Zoe Lang


Commercial Property

Accreditations / Awards

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Corporate Team of the Year 2019
YLA Employment Team of the Year 2019
Partner of the Year 2019
Trainee Solicitor of the Year 2019
Residential Property YLA finalist
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