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Welcome to Blacks Solicitors

We provide a wide range of legal services to commercial and private clients in Yorkshire, and across the UK, from our two offices based in Leeds.

Our primary objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients, whilst providing expert advice at realistic and competitive rates. To achieve this we take time to get to know and understand our clients, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible.

We are also committed to our unique ‘Four Hour Call Back Promise’, which means that our clients get the support that they need when they need it.

Chris Allen
Managing Partner

What our clients say

  • Outstanding service. Your technical knowledge, attention to detail and efficiency have been second to none and without it I am certain that we would not have achieved such a good outcome. The way you have dealt with me as a client has been sympathetic at a difficult time but also you have a friendly, professional and approachable manner meaning I felt I could talk to you about anything and have the confidence that you would have the right answers. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending you to friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances.

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  • Many thanks for your advice James. Thank you once again for the absolutely outstanding way in which you dealt with this matter for me – you helped in not only dealing with the issue from a legal perspective but you were such an incredible support when it was all getting to me emotionally and causing such great worry. Your kind ear and sensible perspective was so supportive. I won’t hesitate to recommend your services to anyone I meet who could be helped.

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  • I would like to thank Louis MacWilliam very much for professional and very individual assistance in submitting applications and granting English citizenship. A very individual approach. The whole process ran quickly and most importantly after 5 weeks I received the citizenship. I highly recommend the services of Louis MacWilliam and the entire Immigration team.

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  • I was recently referred to Louis MacWilliam of Blacks Solicitors with relation to a visa application to live/work in the UK. Louis was extremely thorough and always kept in touch throughout the entire process. I could not recommend Louis or the team at Blacks more highly.

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  • I had a really good experience with Blacks Solicitors. Amer and Shaheena were in charge of the sale of my house and they were so informative the whole way through, even with complications, and made the whole process as stress free as possible for me. Very pleasant to talk to over email and on the phone. I am very grateful, thank you both.

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  • I was in a position the likes of which I had never experienced before; I had no idea what had happened, where I could go, what I could do about it and who could help me. I literally stumbled across Blacks in a conversation with a colleague of my wife. I contacted them, explained what had happened and within a few days I could cross out 75% of my list; the other 25% came over the course of our relationship. Professional and knowledgeable, always helpful and above all, friendly. Thank you.

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  • A very approachable legal experience. All the people I came in touch with at Blacks Solicitors were friendly and helpful, answered all my questions easily, or found the answer promptly, and kept me in touch at each stage.

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  • Helpful at every stage. Brilliant communication throughout. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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  • Very satisfied with the service. It was efficient, pleasant and helpful. Paris and Dan were very good about chasing queries, giving regular updates and getting the sale to go through. I couldn’t have sold my house without their excellent service. I sold my house and purchased a new one at the same without any stress, because I was always able to speak to someone – even when my solicitor was on leave. Paris was always available to speak or respond to my email whenever any issues arose. Thanks everyone for your hard work.

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  • I have used Blacks for matters concerning residents on the park and for the sale of a park. Aimee Hutchinson in particular is an exceptional individual, it’s not often you receive feedback/advice out of normal office hours but with her it seems part of the norm which is what I like. The full team in Blacks seem very competent and I will for sure use them in the future.

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  • Blacks was recommended to me by three people, all of whom said you were the best! Many thanks to all the team who looked after this difficult situation for me.

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  • Blacks is a proactive, supportive, efficient, dynamic and thoroughly co-operative firm, with the best support framework all along the way for all of your issues. They will work collaboratively towards achieving your desired goal, and as long as you clearly identify and communicate your best and worst experience scenarios from the outset, you will never ever come across any better service in the whole of the northwest. A prestigious and highly respectable firm with great partners. I wish all the very best to each and every one of them!

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  • Professional, reassuring and friendly. Wouldn’t hesitate to use them again. They get results!

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  • Communications have been flowing throughout the proceedings of transactions. Immediate replies to all queries which were dealt with professionally. There was always someone to answer phone calls and pass me to the right person to deal with my query. In all my dealings with Blacks Solicitors LLP I have to rate them the full 5 stars. I’m very satisfied and would recommend anyone to use them without any reservations.

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  • 
Nick was very prompt, polite, knowledgeable and patient. He offered us some great advice on how our new will could be drafted to maximise the benefit to our family, whilst taking the interest of our employees into consideration… Based on my experiences, I would have no hesitation in recommending Blacks to anyone looking for quality, efficient legal services.

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  • What does one want in a lawyer? Trustworthiness, efficiency, technical understanding, complete professionalism? Regarding Anushka and her team at Blacks, the answer is yes to all of these. Also, did I mention excellent value for money?

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  • I have used Blacks for various commercial legal services and have found them to be excellent in a broad spectrum of legal specialities

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  • I engaged with Nadine Owens of Blacks to prepare my parents wills and LPAs. The service that Nadine offered was both professional and personable. Ultimately it was a very difficult situation for Nadine to deal with but she handled the whole process fantastically well, always on hand to provide advice and ensure that we were all updated every step of the way. I would have no issues in recommending Nadine and Blacks moving forward, based upon my experiences to date.

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  • Outstanding service from our case handler Abbie Spence. Everything ran smoother than could ever have been expected, thanks to Abbie. I would use Blacks over and over again.

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  • Excellent and professional service from start to finish. Nothing was ever too much of a problem. Great value for money. Clare and Crystal were both wonderful. I would highly recommend them.

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  • Blacks were great from start to finish. Prompt and clear communication and efficient service.

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  • I dealt with Anna Rhodes who was fantastic from start to finish. She was extremely helpful and cooperative and always went that extra mile with no extra charge for the additional work requested of her.
 The customer service and professionalism of this firm is second to none. I must add there were several occasions where members of the firm worked late in order to complete work for me and ensure I was able to collect necessary documents required. 
Very pleased with the service.

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  • Extremely happy with the service I received from Anna. From the first meeting to the conclusion, everything she did was prompt and professional. If I ever need a solicitor again I will definitely use Blacks. Highly recommended.

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  • Nick helped me through the sale of my family’s Holiday Caravan Park & Residential Park. His knowledge of the industry meant that I was guided through everything and I felt like he was always at the end of the phone when I needed him.

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  • I had spoken to a number of family lawyers before choosing Paul Lancaster. He was the only one who understood what I hoped to achieve for my children, and he is a qualified Collaborative Lawyer, which I specifically sought, to help negotiate arrangements around childcare and finances. He is an exceptional advocate, and a very skillful negotiator, who I would happily recommend to anyone seeking a fair outcome for their family.

     

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  • I just wanted to say thank you for everything you have done for us. It was a great relief to me when you took on the probate for us and guided us through the process. In the past, we have always found Blacks extremely helpful and professional and this continued with sorting out my mum’s estate. Thank you so very much.

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  • Our Solicitor, Liam Parkinson, was great from the start and helped us to navigate the complicated process of selling and buying our new home. We felt informed with all stages of the process and always got a quick response to our many questions. His manner inspired our confidence and he gave an efficient and personal service. He seemed to employ the right balance between sending official letters and documents and speaking on the telephone or email. No hesitation in recommending him in the future.

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  • I know nothing about the law. At times like these you need a solicitor who can explain so as to enable a client to make intelligent, rational decisions with appropriate advice. Lucy did all of this for me.

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  • I would like to convey my grateful thanks to you and your colleagues for your considerable expertise and assistance in ensuring all matters have been finalised well in advance of the agreed completion date.

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  • Very helpful. My solicitor was always keeping me informed and up to date with the process. I was always treated as a valued customer and always received a response. Georgie Lower has been fantastic throughout the whole thing.

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  • It has been a real pleasure working with Blacks – Nick and his team have really helped us in everything from acquiring another holiday park recently to supporting us with complex mobile home act issues. They always react quickly and understand what we are trying to do.

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  • Excellent, friendly and efficient service with good advice, enabling me to resolve a dispute quickly with financial outcome that I was happy with. Highly recommended.

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  • I’m impressed with the level of service I received from Paul Lancaster and Anna Rhodes. What fantastic people they are! Not only solicitors but caring and comforting people. The service I received was exceptional and went above the norm by a long way. I lived in Leeds for many years and have used many of the legal firms in the city at some point. Blacks is the best of all legal firms I have encountered in my life. Deepest thanks. Fantastic company.

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  • My experience with Blacks has been first-rate. Acting with great care and integrity at all times they have dealt with my case expertly and expediently to get me the best result in a most timely manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for all of their specialist areas.

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  • I was very pleased with the support I got from Marcus and Jenna. They understood why I needed to make quick progress and were very helpful in pushing things along so I could meet my deadlines. Always responsive. I won’t have any hesitation in using Blacks again.

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  • Paul Lancaster provided an invaluable balance and perspective when emotions around my divorce ran high, and there was a need for perspective and common sense. Paul is a member of Resolution, which was also important to me. All of his communications to the other party were conducted in a conciliatory, respectful and professional manner. 
Throughout what turned out to be fully contested proceedings, Paul provided expert guidance and support to me and to my extended family during exceptionally difficult times. For this we will always be grateful.

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  • Working with Tracey on the sale of our last house, and subsequent purchase of our current house was a pleasure. Tracey is very attentive and very easy to work with and I would highly recommend her and Blacks.

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  • I cannot recommend Marc highly enough, he is thorough, well organised and easy to communicate with.

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  • It has been so good to talk it all over with you. You understand the issues so well and clearly grasp what I want to achieve.

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  • I would like to extend my gratitude to Aimee at Blacks for her expert advice and guidance. I found Aimee to have expert knowledge in this field and she was professional at all times. One of the major areas where Aimee’s expertise was most used was in her assistance in formulating contracts, which were acceptable to me and to my Caravan owners. In addition, she was accessible and courteous at all times. I would not hesitate in recommending her to other people in the Holiday and Park Home industry.

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  • How do you know which Solicitor to use when you have a problem or need some advice? I’ve worked with lots over the years & can now say with confidence that I have found Blacks Solicitors in Leeds to be very, very good indeed.

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  • James, please don’t take this the wrong way… But I hope I never have to face either of you professionally!! Last night was the first night I’ve slept through in months. Thanks again for everything.

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  • My Blacks representative handled my case with speed, sensitivity and tact, often anticipating my needs, yet working collaboratively to achieve a fair resolution. I was never patronised, and felt that no query was too small or insignificant to raise; this approach nurtured trust and put me at ease – a highly prized feeling when faced with emotionally-charged legal negotiations. Working with Blacks, I felt that true professionals were on my side. I highly recommend and strongly endorse Blacks LLP.

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  • Dave many thanks and again we are indebted to you and your team.

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  • Would use again; Blacks provided a timely, courteous, helpful and very professional service – thank you.

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  • My solicitor Jack was tremendous and did everything efficiently. He updated me every possible time he needed to and explained everything thoroughly.

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  • The usual professional service I have become accustomed to from Blacks Solicitors.

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  • They went above and beyond for me dealing with a difficult situation.

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  • I was advised to use Blacks as my father used them for years and told me they were very good. I can honestly say that this is an understatement. During my unfortunate and very messy divorce, Paul Lancaster not only managed to win every court battle I had against one of Leeds’ best Barristers, but also handled my costs to such an extent that my ex-wife’s fees were double my own. Literally. 
Blacks took the time and effort to care for me and my poor financial position and we still came out on top. I am indebted to this law firm.

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  • Anna Rhodes and Paul Lancaster go beyond professionalism. Their gentle and understanding approach offers ease and reassurance. They approach all matters with sensitivity and great diligence. All matters are dealt with in a swift manner and there is minimal delay in replying to messages. 
I have already recommended this firm to some friends because of my belief that matters will be dealt with efficiently and with a positive outcome. 
Thank you to Anna and Paul for a stress free and professional experience.

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  • We felt that Blacks really allowed for the personal touch – we didn’t feel like a ‘number’ or that we were one of many.

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  • Lucy was incredibly helpful and efficient and it was all sorted and carried out effortlessly and in a friendly manner, which makes the whole situation far more bearable, especially for my Dad. Lucy is an obvious credit to your team.

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  • Professional, slick and supportive organisation. They did an amazing job helping me at a very difficult time with a positive outcome. They came via a recommendation and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone else.

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  • Ann, I cannot thank you and your team enough, for all the help and the feeling of security you have given me over the past 11 years – knowing that my “fight” was in safe hands was a real weight off my shoulders, the worry never went away but I knew and trusted you would have an answer to anything that came up.

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  • I have used Blacks Solicitors over the past 4 years for various legal matters – from divorce settlement to property and business related matters and have found them extremely professional and knowledgeable of all matters related and would have no hesitation in recommending them to either businesses or personal friends.

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  • Excellent prompt service. All the staff were very polite, helpful, and very professional. Thank you for all your assistance and making it a very stress free process. I would not hesitate to recommend Blacks to family and friends.

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  • We have hired Marc on numerous occasions for his expertise and would recommend his services for those looking for an efficient and effective commercial property lawyer.

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  • Excellent service. Great communication from start to finish. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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  • Richard provided us with advice in the early stages of setting up our business and he was a great support, providing plenty of reassurance and practical, commercial advice along the way. We found Richard to be extremely responsive and excellent to deal with. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to any business or individual looking for employment law advice.

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  • I have recently used the legal services of Louis MacWilliam at Blacks. He helped me sort my tier 2 visa application and helped me out even out of hours. I would recommend him to anyone struggling with immigration.

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  • I cannot recommend Blacks Solicitors highly enough. They resolved my dispute with a third party quickly and effectively. They were dealing with a large company and due to Black’s knowledge, expertise and determination for a fair outcome, they won my case. I will recommend them to other small businesses and friends. Thanks so much for doing a fantastic job.

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  • When you need sound professional advice – Blacks is the law firm for you. Friendly, understanding and highly professional. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Black’s for all legal advice.

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  • Paul handled my case with speed, sensitivity and tact, often anticipating my needs, yet working collaboratively to achieve a fair resolution. I was never patronised, and felt that no query was too small or insignificant to raise, despite Mr Lancaster’s seniority; this approach nurtured trust and put me at ease – a highly prized feeling when faced with emotionally-charged legal negotiations.

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  • Thank you to you and your team for your help to date, which as always has been very timely and professional. We greatly appreciate the friendly service that you provide at Blacks.

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  • Very professional company would highly recommend, nothing a problem.

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  • The team at Blacks have given us legal advice on a number of occasions. Each team member we’ve dealt with has been very professional, efficient and helpful.

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  • We cannot thank Aimee enough for her support and guidance over the last 6 months. As a small family business facing the daunting journey of taking legal action due to non-payment of pitch fees and utility bills, this has been made so much more bearable by Aimee’s knowledge and leadership, guiding us every step of the way. We would definitely recommend Aimee and Blacks to anybody in the Holiday and Home Park industry.

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  • Lucy – thank you so much for all your help whilst we were over in the UK. It was a pleasure working with you and I would not hesitate to recommend you to any family or friends.

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  • Very efficient and polite, not at all ‘stuffy’.

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  • I would like to thank Anna Rhodes for the high quality of her civil injunction advice and warning letter writing skills, in connection with a sensitive family matter. Anna was easy to communicate with and prompt to act whenever the situation demanded it. Anna made a home visit at very short notice, to fast track some legal paperwork that would enable us to achieve a better result for my vulnerable relatives. As a family, we were delighted with the reasonable charges we had incurred for all the face to face meetings and lengthy correspondence involved.

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  • Excellent service, response time immediate and kept in the loop at all times . Would certainly use again and recommend to friends.

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  • Speedy and professional service. Easy to contact by telephone for any queries and kept me up to date with what was happening.

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  • Always helpful, fast to respond to all queries and outstanding advice. Highly recommended.

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  • Blacks were very efficient. They completed my remortgage quickly given the complexity of the case, they provided good communication and were helpful in all correspondence. Would recommend. Thank you!

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  • Anushka and Jenna – so pleased we have finally got there. Hoorah! Thank you so much for all your hard work and perseverance.

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  • Consistent quality and communication is what you need from a Solicitors and that’s what you get from Blacks. I have no qualms about recommending them to anyone who needs help with a full range of law quandaries.

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  • We have used Blacks for many years, both to conveyance property and for company legal work and we’ve always been impressed with their no-nonsense, ‘can-do’ attitude. Staff and partners at Blacks respond quickly and politely and it’s always good to deal with ‘real’ people who are both friendly and on top of their game – in short extremely helpful. Charges are reasonable, service is excellent. Highly recommended.

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  • Thank you to everyone for working hand in glove and showing extreme resilience in a somewhat complex and very nail biting completion. Your professionalism and positive attitude is highly appreciated and this is the reason why have continued to deal with Blacks for the last 15 + years.

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  • I used Blacks in regards to a residential property dispute. I was very happy with the service I received. James Teagle was very knowledgeable, helpful and approachable. If he wasn’t available then he would always quickly respond to missed calls/voicemail. Such responsiveness makes a pleasant change from any solicitors I have used in the past.

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  • I can state that Blacks Solicitors has provided a professional service from start to finish when dealing with a civil matter of mine. This law firm was recommended by an associate of mine who said that he had used their services several times… and that their attention to detail and charging structure was good. Having used their services… I can confirm that I got detailed answers to all my questions and a lot of information I would never think about, even though I did my research.

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  • Let’s be honest, the small print in life is hard to understand and Blacks have guided us through the worst of this with elegance and the up most professional manner. I have worked with Blacks since 2007 and they are first to call for the help when we need it.

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  • I would like to thank you for your totally professional assistance in concluding this saga which has been going on for the last 3 years. I believe the outcome is the best we could have hoped for and you have been excellent throughout the last 12 months. We could not have done this without your support/help and clarity of advice. I know sometimes I may have been a bit demanding and possibly did not understand the intricacies of Family Law but you have really been supportive in all the direction you have given/offered us.

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  • Very honest, with a personal touch showing they want to give you the best advice. They’re truthful on the reality and strength of your case, given the facts. They manage expectations well.

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  • Throughout the process Nick has acted with care, sensitivity and attention to detail. Not all matters have been entirely straightforward but Nick has provided clear and accurate advice, has always been available (even during his holidays) and has dealt with matters promptly and efficiently, whilst always keeping me informed.

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  • I would like to thank Aimee for her expert advice in my first year as a park owner.

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  • I would like to say a massive thank you to Paul Lancaster and Anna Rhodes of Blacks Solicitors who went more than an extra mile supporting me and defending me in my recent divorce proceedings. The level of service was outstanding. Paul is a gentleman of the highest quality, supported by his colleagues who are equally impressive in supporting their clients and obtaining the best results they can, every single time. If you want the best help and support then look no further than Blacks.

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  • I can’t recommend these guys enough. Chris Allen & Ian Scobbie are brilliant, jargon free down to earth advicors. They gave me peace of mind and filled me with confidence in their abilities to deal with our situation. Absolutely give this company a call!

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  • I’ve had such good service from you once again. It’s good to know that when I get in touch, you will be here and will be able to keep on looking after things for me so well.

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  • Marc is a great person to have had the pleasure of working with. He is an extremely diligent hard working member of the team, who takes great pride in his work. I would have no hesitation in recommending Marc.

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  • I really can’t thank you enough! James Teagle is absolutely amazing! I had an awful dispute and he was so reassuring right from the get go, he calmed me down from my bumbling tear filled phone call and made the whole process so easy to understand. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without his help.

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  • Couldn’t fault it, efficient at every step. Felt like it was a big enough firm to have the required ‘clout’ and reputation but small enough to feel like a personal service.

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  • We were very pleased with all the help we received. All our questions were answered no matter how trivial. It didn’t matter how often we phoned they were very friendly, helpful and informative.

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  • Blacks have acted for us on several property matters, including litigation and a number of sales/acquisitions, always with a high level of professionalism and service.

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  • I write my review with very emotional feelings. David and his colleagues have been my rock, confidant and counsellor at some point for the past 9 months. Without their help and support I would not be where I am today… There was nothing I needed to do. They took ALL the stress and worry away from me so that I could concentrate on my recovery. I am happy to say that because of the support that I received from them, my husband has a wife back and children have their mother.

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  • Lucy Rigden was outstandingly efficient and helpful.

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  • I have recently been supported in a legal matter by Nick Rhodes of Blacks Solicitors. He has been professional, efficient and responsive throughout our interaction. His advice has been sound and invaluable through what is a very difficult ongoing process.

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  • Excellent firm to deal with, very helpful and service second to none… I have dealt with Paul Lancaster and he has gone above and beyond in helping me with my long term issue and successfully resolving the matter without the need of entering into courts. They take everything into consideration as certain matters are very sensitive but Paul did excellent job in advising where I stand and supporting where I required the need of a solicitor.

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  • Extremely professional, compassionate and effective. My case was handled sensitively and with excellent advice throughout.

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  • I cannot recommend Blacks Solicitors enough. Every single person with whom we dealt was amazing and nothing was too much trouble. We had lots of unexpected problems with the seller of our property, but every problem thrown at us was dealt with quickly by the team, in particular Amer Ali and Penny Barrand.

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  • Could not be happier with the service and advice provided by Louis MacWilliam in connection with obtaining a Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence. Louis was experienced, informed, pragmatic, went the extra mile at various critical points in the process and showed real understanding of client concerns. And ultimately a successful outcome.

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We are extremely proud to have won Law Firm of the Year: Medium at the Yorkshire Legal Awards in 2018 and to have been recognised as a Leading Firm by The Legal 500 UK 2019.

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