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Awards & Recognition

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  2017 – Shortlisted for the Commercial Property Award.
  2016 - Winner of  'Law Firm Award’ 11 - 30 partners.
  2016 – Winner of the Mortgage Strategy award for best conveyancing service in individual firms.

  2014 – Winner of Residential Property Award.
  2013 – Winner of ‘Best Law Firm in Yorkshire’ 11 - 30 partners.


2011 – Chris Allen was named ‘Managing Partner of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards.

2014 - Winner of ‘Best Conveyancing Service – Individual Firm’.

Luke Patel, a Partner in the firm’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Team was named ‘Best Professional in Business’ at the 2013 English Asian Business Awards.

Blacks is recommended in the 2016 Legal 500 in nine practice areas:

  • Employment;
  • Corporate & Commercial;
  • Commercial Litigation;
  • Commercial Property;
  • Property Litigation;
  • Family;
  • Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate;
  • Professional Negligence: Claimant; and
  • Sport.

The following feedback was received:

Employment – Chris Allen leads the team at Blacks Solicitors LLP, who are ‘extremely pleasant to deal with’.  Chris Allen advises on restructuring, settlement agreements and contracts, as well as acting in tribunal proceedings.  Also recommended are the ‘technically strong’ Paul Kelly, ‘fantastic’ Tom Moyes, and Iain Jenkins, who re‑joined the team from Lupton Fawcett Denison Till.

Professional Negligence: ClaimantBlacks Solicitors LLP provides a ‘very high level of service’ under the leadership of the ‘exceptional’ Luke Patel, who also heads the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team.  The group primarily acts for individuals, owner‑managed businesses and SMEs in a wide range of sectors, including insurance, financial and construction.

FamilyBlacks Solicitors LLP’s group is headed by the ‘particularly helpful’ Ann Robinson, who often handles divorce settlements, and has a particular focus on cases involving businesses, pensions and overseas assets.

Commercial Property – The ‘always reliable’ Nicholas Dyson leads the ‘excellent’ practice at ‘good local firmBlacks Solicitors LLP, which has extensive experience involving leisure, holiday and park homes, and residential sectors.  Another key name is Chris Waddingham, who is ‘very thorough and can be relied upon’.

Sport – Jointly led by Chris Allen and associate Andrew Boyde, Blacks Solicitors LLP provides ‘a very high level of service’ on a wide range of sports law matters, including sports injury.

Richard Parr from the Employment Team was also singled out as having ‘too many strengths to list’ in the 2015 Legal 500 together with Paul Lancaster from the Family Team was singled out for being ‘reassuring and supportive’.

Tom Moyes from the Employment Team was also singled out for being ‘razor sharp’ in the 2014 Legal 500.

  The Blacks Employment Team is also recommended in the 2015 Guide published by Chambers & Partners.

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