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Lupton Fawcett LLP
Stamford House,

Phone: 01904 611411

Fax: 01904 646972

DX: 65206 York-6

Meet The Team

Lucy 1

Lucy Smyth

HR Advisor

Business Support, HR Consultancy

Robert Barnard 1

Robert Barnard

Client Services Principal

Business Recovery & Insolvency, Debt Recovery

Donald Maloney

Donald Maloney

Senior Solicitor

Regulatory & Corporate Defence

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Andrew Smith



Lilly Grant

Lilly Grant



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Sarah Proctor


Dispute Resolution

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Fiona Crothers


Charities & Social Enterprises, Education

Wendo Chimimba 1

Wendo Chimimba


Regulatory & Corporate Defence

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Alison Pharoah


Intellectual Property

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Stephanie Pollard

Debt Recovery Executive

Debt Recovery

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Sarah Sargent


Residential Property & Conveyancing

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Sarah Illidge

Senior Solicitor

Corporate, Tax

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Sarah Carter

Dispute Management Assistant

Dispute Resolution

Nicki Mitchell 2

Robyn Thompson



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Nigel Whitfield

Partner, Head of Business Recovery & Insolvency

Business Recovery & Insolvency, Debt Recovery

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Michelle Rock

Trade Mark Portfolio Assistant

Intellectual Property

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Meghan Waldron

Associate Solicitor

Regulatory & Corporate Defence

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Louise Connacher

Partner, Ecclesiastical and Employment

Ecclesiastical, Employment

Ryan Bailey

Katie Dawson

Senior Solicitor

Charities & Social Enterprises

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Julie Perkins

Senior Associate, Ecclesiastical, Charities and Education Pr...

Commercial Property

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Jonathan Oxley

Managing Partner


Jonathan Cripwell

Jonathan Cripwell


Dispute Resolution

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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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Emily Gee

Insolvency Executive

Business Recovery & Insolvency

Andrew Black 3

David Baines

Senior Solicitor

Intellectual Property

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Daniel Elsworth

Senior Debt Recovery Executive

Debt Recovery

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Daniel Edwards

Associate Solicitor

Dispute Resolution, Landlord & Tenant Disputes

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Clive Lawrence

Partner, Head of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

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Ben Clay


Intellectual Property

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Arif Khalfe


Dispute Resolution, Immigration

Alex Evans

Alex Evans

Senior Associate


Mark Honeywell

Mark Honeywell

Partner, Head of Charities & Joint Head of Education

Charities & Social Enterprises, Education

Lionel Lennox

Lionel Lennox


Ecclesiastical, Notary Public

Julian Moran 1

Julian Moran



Accreditations / Awards

Our Lawyers in York: Lupon Fawcett

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York is a historic walled city in the county of North Yorkshire and has a population of more than 200,000. York has been named ‘the best place to live in Britain’.

It is a key hub on the UK’s rail network with connections to all major cities across England and Scotland and is a magnet for tourists due to its historical significance.

Business Landscape

York is known as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the whole of the UK, so it follows that it is the ideal city in which to have a business.  There are over 8,000 companies with offices in the city and there are consistently low unemployment rates here, which is good news for recruiters.

Retail, tourism, health and social care and financial and professional services are all big business for York and are among the city’s largest employers. York is also a world leader when it comes to industrial biotech and agri-food research.

Seven million visitors flock to York each year to take in the sights and tourism alone is worth more than £6 million per year to the local economy. York holds UNESCO Creative City of Medial Arts status, which has helped to develop the creative industries. Creative and digital media businesses are now forecast to be one of the major growth areas for York’s economy, along with bioscience, finance, and high-value rail.

Inward investment to attract new business to York is ongoing with the most demand found in the health, social care and retail sectors, helping to grow the local economy year on year.

Culture and Social Scene

The historical city of York welcomes millions of visitors every year. The historic sites of York Minster and York Dungeon are just two significant points of interest that perfectly showcase the magnificent history in which York is steeped. 

The city’s jam-packed calendar includes everything from musical performances, comedy nights, festivals, exhibitions and major events such as York Races and the enchanting St Nicholas Fair every Christmas.

There are also museums, galleries, theatres and gardens galore as well as a diverse shopping experience with designer boutiques, leading high street names and funky independents.

Amongst York’s cafes, pubs, cocktail bars and restaurants there is something for everyone, while artisan markets offer fresh local produce to tempt visitors and locals alike.

Legal Services and cases in York

Lupton Fawcett understands the landscape, demographics and how best to approach legal matters in the city with a breadth of knowledge that is second to none.

With new businesses continually being attracted to York, corporate law is a key part of the legal landscape. Lupton Fawcett frequently represents pubs, breweries and other businesses connected with the thriving tourism industry in York, and frequently manages business partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Our specialist property lawyers also represent numerous clients on a range of issues including private client, conveyancing, property development and planning and property disputes.

There is a strong agricultural heritage across Yorkshire and our expertise in this area sees our services in high demand.  We represent many agricultural workers, landowners and vets, for whom our specialism is vital. 

Many of the businesses that we represent are family-owned and we are acutely aware of the need to balance commercial considerations against protecting a way of life or a family home, especially in more rural areas.

Lupton Fawcett’s ecclesiastical law practice is the largest in the north of England. With over 25 years’ experience in this specialist and technical area of law, we advise on all issues and legal problems that face clergy, parishes and dioceses in the Church of England.

It is important to us here at Lupton Fawcett that we get to know our clients really well. We pride ourselves on excellent client relations and, regardless of your situation, will work diligently to take care of all your legal requirements at every stage.

Why choose Lupton Fawcett

The name Lupton Fawcett is a by-word for excellence, quality and professionalism. We have an exceptional team that provides a full range of legal services for individual and commercial clients across the UK.

As a client of Lupton Fawcett, you will have access to some of the most highly skilled and experienced lawyers in the business, who will use their specialist knowledge to represent you and protect your interests at every stage. You are guaranteed a team of solicitors who are recognised throughout the industry as among the best in the business and who will provide you with a bespoke service for your individual circumstances.

We consistently work to the highest standards and have a reputation for achieving excellent results. We pride ourselves on providing a level of proficiency, commitment and expertise that everyone should expect from their legal team and deliver a first-class service to all of our clients.

We have offices in York, Sheffield and Leeds and can advise clients on all areas of the law. Whatever your situation call our team in confidence on 0333 323 5259 and speak to one of our legal experts.

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


Just a note to say that my brother and I signed away my mother’s apartment in Mallorca , having had to go out there for that purpose. The Spanish Notary, in front of whom the signing took place, was at pains to point out to us that the notarised EPOA that you organised for us was “just what the doctor ordered”. It definitely made it all possible. I just wanted to say, on behalf of us both, how grateful we are to you for your excellent service and technical skills in making it all possible.


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

Legal 500 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

Superb service and attention to detail throughout. I have no hesitation in recommending Lupton Fawcett


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


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

Jo understood immediately the problem I had and acted on it quickly which has brought about a very satisfactory and speedy conclusion. Jo was very helpful, friendly and reassuring.

Mrs Duggan

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!

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.

I have always been impressed by the swift, efficient and effective service that I received from you and your staff. As well as the through-going professionalism which I would expect from a reputable practice, such as yours. I have also been so grateful that you and your staff also show such an empathy with, and understanding of, the mission and work of the Church of England, and its idiosyncrasies!

A Parish Vicar

Lionel and his team in the Ecclesiastical Department at Lupton Fawcett offer an outstanding service… Especially helpful is Lionel's thorough and specialist knowledge of new and pending ecclesiastical legislation. I have relied on the department's friendly and reliable assistance countless times.

An Archdeacon

During the recent purchase of a residential property, we were pleased to have Kirsty dealing with the conveyance, following very positive experiences with our own business’ commercial property transactions. Kirsty's experience; knowledge and approach provided us with the confidence to know that all aspects of the purchase were being covered. When any queries arose, Kirsty was able to deal with these quickly, ensuring the quality of service was maintained throughout and ensuring a successful outcome was reached.

A G Binns, Managing Director

D G Payne Limited, t/a Vending Enterprises, Ceemor Refreshments & Elite Vending Services

The Order of the Holy Paraclete chose Lupton Fawcett as their Solicitors eight years ago. Kirsty began work as our property lawyer when our previous solicitor left the company. We are very happy with the work that has been completed for us. Kirsty is efficient in her dealings with us and obviously knows her job well. She is at the same time, friendly and easy to work with. She explains every detail clearly. Every possible problem or possible loop hole is explained and dealt with. Papers are often brought to our home in Whitby to be signed saving us a journey into York. This is much appreciated

Sister Dorothy Stella, Prioress

Charity Trustee

I have been using Lupton Fawcett for all my property transactions for many years and Kirsty Barsby since 2007 where she has dealt with everything from Commercial offices to standard and complex listed residential buildings. Kirsty always provides me with a thorough and efficient service, gives me great advice and the confidence that she is protecting my interests. I would have no hesitation in recommending either Kirsty or Lupton Fawcett for all conveyancing needs. Kirsty's personal yet professional approach means it a pleasure to work with her.

Paul Thompson, Chief Executive

Cavere Group

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

Lupton Fawcett's Managing Partner, Jonathan Oxley, is described as a 'key name' in Lupton Fawcett's, 'highly expirienced corporate and commercial group' and is praised by clients as 'a calm, pragmatic and commercial professional'

Legal 500, November 2018

Gravitas, knowledge and bedside manner

The Legal 500 UK

Jonathan is an invaluable sounding board with a "can-do attitude".

Chambers & Partners UK

Jonathan Cripwell's strength in handling fraud cases, proceeds of Crime Act matters and those consuring cash forfeiture are highlighted by Legal 500.

Legal 500, November 2018

The overall level of service was and is excellent. Questions were dealt with on the same day by either email of phone. I consider industry knowledge and advice to be over and above the norm.

Jonathan Cripwell is the only solicitor I would contemplate advising with regard to any civil litigation. His advice is clear, concise and accurate. He gives the impression that the clients and the case are more important than six minute units.

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

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 for an attentive service, what could have been a stressful experience turned out to be a relatively straight forward process thanks to your professional handling of mum's affairs.

Thank you so much for your kind support and help with our mum’s affairs. It has meant a lot and really helped us get through a difficult time.

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

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

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