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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 Head Office 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.

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Chris Allen
Managing Partner

What our clients say

  • My experience has been extremely positive and thorough – an extremely knowledgeable and capable solicitor, who was available 24/7 on either telephone or email, was able to guide me through a complex situation which was resolved with a very satisfactory outcome.

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  • Paula Moses was impeccable in regards to working on my case, she always met timelines and did everything she said she would whilst working with me. She always kept me updated and informed me on the next step we needed to accomplish. She managed to resolve my dispute when multiple solicitors before could not. There has not been a single quality in Paula I could fault as she has simply been the best. She is honestly amazing at her job and goes out of her way to complete her task. She is very reliable, patient and compassionate with her clients and does her absolute most to resolve any issues you are having within your case.

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  • Billing is clear and comes only after the job is finished. Technology used during the Covid pandemic allowed face to face meetings and it was easy to get in touch.

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  • Alex Hall was the brilliant individual who I predominately worked with and she was very calm in what was quite a pressured situation and had an ability to cut to the chase in terms of her advice and the key salient points.

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  • I will only use Blacks Solicitors for all of my business requirements. Not only have they helped set my Charity Up they have also given me fantastic advise whenever it has been needed. Big Thank you to Alex Hall and Darren Morgan.

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  • Annie Beaumont is just the sort of solicitor you would want to have taking care of your affairs. The initial consultation was wide-ranging and informative and it was clear that our wants and needs were top priority.

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  • Blacks have a very good all round team that seem to work well and communicate well between departments. They are a big enough company to have highly skilled people all different areas of expertise but still keep a very personal relationship with clients. I feel that as a small family business we get the same level of service that a large corporate company would expect.

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  • Lewis Goodwin has a breadth of knowledge and the ability to manage complex and diverse issues.

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  • Throughout what has been a very unnerving and challenging 18 months for me and my family David and his team have been simply outstanding. Their client care is exemplary. The team have always gone above and beyond and have been happy to answer any questions, no matter how basic. Their legal advice is practical and easy to understand. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend David and the rest of the team to anyone who is need of Employment law advice. Thanks again.

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  • Matt Hutchinson – extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic.

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  • Our main contact, Paul Kelly, is very approachable and can be relied upon for fast and accurate advice. We have worked with him for a number of years and he has an excellent understanding of our organisation and requirements. He is pro-active in his approach and works with us to find pragmatic solutions to employment related problems.

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  • Yat Wong provides sound advice whilst at the same time ensuring the commercial aspects of the dispute remain in the client.

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  • The firm’s ethos has always been to give quality advice and service to clients and their advisers. This is always done in a professional manner, in very acceptable time frames and at reasonable costs.

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  • The partner in charge of the department, Paul Lancaster, was responsible for advising me on my divorce settlement following separation from my wife. I will not have been the highest net worth individual he has dealt with but he gave me his full personal attention at all times. He took a commercial approach throughout the process and made firm recommendations.

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  • My experience with Blacks Solicitors LLP has been outstanding and I have found their service to be faultless – they always responded promptly and acted as an effective and sincere advocate on my behalf. I came to Blacks after getting in contact with a string of other solicitors who were nowhere near as professional and direct as the service I received here.

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  • The unique quality for me is their client care which is consistently outstanding. Due to their genuine client care, they instil loyalty which leads to recommendations. I am a champion for Blacks because I have been involved over many years with various aspects of their employment services and they excel in their legal advice, honest delivery and time management of service delivery. Having previously worked with other firms, Blacks are the cream of the crop in my opinion.

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  • I like that Blacks have a good team and if we need to call on someone else to give advice this can be done in house. Compared to other practices I have worked with they are very efficient and responsive.

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  • Everyone was professional and cheerful. Even when associates were not under direct supervision of a partner the cheerful mood continued. It seems like it must be a good place to work.

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  • The relationship feels to be a very personal one, they are always interested in how my company is performing, they retain a detailed knowledge of the business from previous dealings which can’t be easy to achieve across all clients. Advice given is not only legal, but also backed up with practical and pragmatic suggestions.

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  • I dealt with Paul Lancaster for my whole case he was excellent, very supportive clear around the law. And explained fully everything. He discussed strategy and costs with me. He gave clear advice and provided excellent barristers.

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  • Welcoming and open company who make clients feel welcome. Able to deal with everything from property law to corporate law.

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  • There is a strong team ethic. So much so that if a key person is off or unavailable then another member of the team is always more than capable of dealing with the matter in hand. This contrasts with other firms where typically individuals have their own work and aren’t able to help if a key person isn’t available.

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  • Absolutely excellent service. The best solicitors I have used by far. Very responsive, proactive and just generally nice people to deal with. Breath of fresh air.

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  • Nigel Hoyle and Alex Hall showed tremendous levels of commitment to the role, attention to detail and diligence in ensuring the end result was achieved within their clients’ expectations.

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  • Great service, super helpful, very responsive, always kept me informed and the team was always able to step in if my main point of contact wasn’t available.

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  • The in-house multi-talented team covers a broad spectrum of specialist skills and they coordinate efficiently and effectively in dealing with complex legal matters where multiple faceted levels of expertise are required.

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  • The solicitor Paul Lancaster was extremely supportive.
    He answered my call out of office hours and was readily willing to support my anxiety through my divorce, I am very grateful.

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  • I feel the team, and in particular one or two associate solicitors, stand out in terms of their communication skills, their knowledge of the sector and appreciation of the need to deal with matters in a timely way. They have an understanding of the important issues and will take a commercial approach.

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  • Nick Dyson has excellent industry knowledge and the experience to find solutions, not problems.

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  • Euan was proactive and communicative throughout the negotiation of my settlement agreement.
    I have no doubt I would never have achieved my final settlement figure without his input.
    He made the whole process less stressful than it would have been.
    I would definitely recommend this firm.

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  • Committed and experienced team which offers first rate advice at reasonable cost in commercial dispute resolution. Team leaders are comfortable across industry and there is a sense that they know the business as well as the relevant law.

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  • Competent, flexible, friendly and approachable.

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  • Darren Morgan is our partner and he understands our issues at hand and gets us to a better place with often cantankerous opposing sides in the most effective manner.

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  • We used Blacks for conveyancing services for our recent home move. They were quick and professional throughout. We were guided through the process and had total confidence in them. I would highly recommend Blacks and our specific solicitor Charlotte Hart.

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  • It was a pleasure to work with Blacks. I worked with 3 people in the team, all at different levels and each one was professional and thorough in their work with me. I really appreciated that everything was clearly explained to me and all their checks were thorough. I have been buying and renting out houses for 25 years, using many different Solicitors and Conveyancers, Blacks come at the top!

    Thank you!

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  • Euan Lawrence – advice and advocacy is excellent and highly valued. Advice is practical and issues are outlined in a clear manner for decision making. Real world understanding is built into the advice. The solicitors are always available and respond to ad hoc queries in a time manner.

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  • Really pleased with the advice received from Chris Allen. He went out of his way to assist me in an urgent matter despite the festive period. Explained things in an easy to understand way allowing me to make a logical decision on how to proceed with my issue. Great guy, can highly recommend!

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  • My solicitor was David Ward who is a partner of the employment of Blacks Solicitors. He took on board my case after an initial meeting with him in Leeds and his guidance and advice throughout the whole process was outstanding. His discussions with me were easy to understand and this in enabled me to progress my case with my employer. He communicated with myself and my employers and their solicitors in a timely and professional manner and was never phased by anything they threw back at him. David is an ambassador for his practice and his profession and is truly a person you can bond with and relate to from the outset.

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  • Aimee Hutchinson is without doubt one of the most tenacious, professional but personable solicitors I have dealt with. She can be very tough when needed, almost without the other side realising, but always maintains respectful cordial relations to get the deal over the line. A very rare commodity in someone so young.

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  • Lucy Melville and Blacks solicitors looked after me during what was an incredibly stressful process that I was going through. Lucy made a huge difference in managing the legal process whilst maintaining huge emotional and legal support to me.
    I had uncertainty from the other legal counsel that I initially had with Lucy taking the case at a late stage. That said her expertise, empathy and person centred approach managed my stresses with full professionalism and full support.
    Luckily, Blacks solicitors (Lucy Melville) were so organised at such short notice with excellent communication with me and speedy responses to my questions gave me huge confidence and reassurance that I was well represented. I am so very grateful for such a professional service and would recommend Blacks solicitors without hesitation.

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  • The key factors to a good legal service are good client friendly communications, attention to detail and a timely service. Nicholas Dyson (partner) and Jennifer Gillespie (associate solicitor) are my primary contacts. The level of service has been excellent at all times.

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  • As a rule, all the individuals I work with bring their own individuality to the table and you always feel you are working with professional friends as opposed to someone who is simply there to do the job and move on to the next one.

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  • The team really gets to know clients and works hard to understand their business and their transaction. Very personal service. Fantastic for MBOs, trade acquisitions and disposals.

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  • Blacks have a very good all round team that seem to work well and communicate well between departments. They are a big enough company to have highly skilled people all different areas of expertise but still keep a very personal relationship with clients. I feel that as a small family business we get the same level of service that a large corporate company would expect.

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  • Excellent communication of key matters to clients and attention to detail. Blacks team is such that very a high standard of work is guaranteed. The key benefit of Blacks compared to some, but not all, other firms is the certainty of client care.

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  • Quick response, down to Earth and a swift resolution. Thank you.

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  • Euan Lawrence provided an exceptional service over a two-year period. From the off he was warm, approachable and attentive providing clear and practical support in a prompt and efficient manner. Euan clearly laid out and explained each stage to me, managing my expectations throughout and ensuring I felt fully informed when decisions had to be made. Throughout the engagement Euan remained focused on task and on point. He was conscientious, empathetic and understanding. An exceptional safe pair of hands with sound negotiating skills I felt I was represented with both integrity and professionalism.

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  • Blacks has developed an excellent reputation as a mid-tier firm punching above its weight. It handles a wide variety of disputes from small value to multi-million.

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  • 1st class service from start to finish, I dealt with Lucy who answered any questions and emails straight away and dealt with my case efficiently and professional from start to finish would recommend Blacks and thanks again Lucy.

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  • Having worked closely with both Dave Patterson and Matthew Hutchinson I admire the way they are both extremely skilled and professional in their respective areas of expertise but manage to deliver this service at a level I can understand and in a very modest, friendly and personal manor.

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  • I highly recommend Blacks to anyone. Having been involved in a lengthy 2 year employment tribunal David Ward has proven to be invaluable to me.
    David’s support and advice has been second to none, working tirelessly on my case and nothing was ever too much trouble. Responding to emails and phone calls at all hours and often having to explain things to me more than once to put into layman’s terms and explaining all the technical legal jargon.
    I whole heartedly appreciate the time and effort invested by David, he gave 100% all of the time and I am extremely grateful for him for doing so.
    Professional, understanding, welcoming and honest.
    Thank you

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  • I have found them to be very good at what they do and always willing to ‘dumb down’ anything so that you can fully understand each process along the way.  As I have limited knowledge of legal matters currently, this is really beneficial and has helped me to gain further knowledge just through their explanations and help.

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  • Luke Patel is stand-out. Really good lawyer and strategist. Strong personality who leads from the front and good to have in your corner. Impressive success rate.

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  • The team at Blacks Solicitors is both friendly and professional. Its most important characteristic, however, is that it gets results and produces positive outcomes. The team works across disciplines and can therefore provide a holistic service. It is also widely experienced and has a very positive reputation across the city of Leeds.

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  • Excellent Service, new contracts created specific to our needs, delivered in a timely manner exactly what we asked for as a Company.

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  • It’s not easy to go through the legal procedures but I’m extremely pleased with the services of David Ward on a disability discrimination case. I contacted David at very short notice for advice and legal representation but couldn’t explain my case clearly, had doubt if I actually had a case and was hopeless. David patiently listened to me, treated me with respect, simplified the process and stages, explained my rights, the relevant employment law to my case and gave me a realistic quote for the legal fees. I was kept updated at every stage of the process, and the matter was executed in an extremely professional manner and at pace. David actually cares about the quality of his work, getting a fair and the best outcome for his clients and knows the practice of law very well. Excellent value for money, responsive and I cannot recommend David and Black Solicitors services enough – truly exceptional.

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  • First rate commercial lawyers with good client skills.

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  • Dave Paterson has exceptional communication skills and always provides practical, real-world advice alongside the legal position. Very good at empathising with clients and helping get the job done.

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  • I have used Blacks previously due to the capability to do everything remotely which was beneficial at the time. This time I used them based on my last experience and the fact they had a local office which was accessible to me which I needed this time. I was assisted by a local solicitor who was incredibly knowledgeable and easy to speak to and made the whole process very simple, easy and almost stress free. He made a purchase happen in a month and handled my sale at the same time. He gave good advice which saved time and money and was able to translate the legal nonsense into plain English and explain the repercussions of any decision. The cost and value for money was very good and I ended up with a much lower bill than I expected. I will definitely use Blacks again if I decide to move in the future and would definitely recommend to anyone for there local and remote services which were both excellent, and I have no complaints at all.

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  • Nick Dyson is always approachable and friendly and gives comfort that instructions will be dealt with properly.

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  • They are approachable and ensure clients understand what they are including in their wills and LPAs. They also seek to assist clients obtain advice on other matters (e.g. tax returns) at what can be challenging times for their clients.

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  • I found them highly efficient and easy to deal with and their employment team met with me and within days of me calling them. All the staff that I met were friendly and easy going and that made it a lot easier for me to open up about my concerns and discuss them frankly and openly. The advice they gave was first class.

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  • The team makes every effort to develop a good understanding of the business and respond in a way that shows consideration and pragmatism.

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  • I had the misfortune of going through an unfair dismissal. The advice and professional way Euan Lawrence handled my case was exceptional. Thanks to Euan and Blacks I won my case!

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  • The team are extremely professional and approachable and most of all they are always available to communicate and provide realistic proactive advice for the real world – not just that from a text book.

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  • Excellent on every level especially Tom Moyes who is not only an experienced lawyer but also has unrivalled customer attitude – always responding quickly to my questions and making himself available whenever there is an urgent issue to discuss. Working with him has contributed to my wellbeing and sanity during some of the most difficult times in my career.

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  • Amer Ali did the conveyancing for my first ever house sale and he was really professional, patient and hardworking – it was quite a stressful experience and Amer was always patient with me and explained things in simple terms.

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  • Very accessible, approachable and always willing to help.

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  • Annie Beaumont has been extremely sensitive and supportive to our needs. We do not feel pressured at all as we have in the past with other firms.

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  • Found my solicitor Paul Lancaster very easy to talk to he was very up front and honest with me regarding my divorce.
    Was a little nervous at first but Paul soon put my mind at ease.
    Was kept informed of the progress of my divorce.
    Staff were all very professional and made you feel welcome.
    Many Thanks Blacks solicitors and a big thankyou to Paul Lancaster.

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  • My solicitor was David Ward who is a partner of the employment and commercial team of Blacks Solicitors. He took on board my case after an initial meeting with him in Leeds and his guidance and advice throughout the whole process was outstanding. His discussions with me were easy to understand and this in enabled me to progress my case with my employer. He communicated with myself and my employers and their solicitors in a timely and professional manner and was never phased by anything they threw back at him. David is an ambassador for his practice and his profession and is truly a person you can bond with and relate to from the outset.

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  • Honest and independent advice giving me ample time to decide on what cause of action I should take. After initial consultation and then instruction the matter was dealt with efficiently. A very helpful and friendly service provided, would recommend.

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  • Blacks Solicitors are an excellent team who concurrently aided our company to complete on two homes over the summer holidays. One of these was at auction requiring a swift completion. They could not have been more accommodating during this time.

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  • David Ward was my designated solicitor and he was like a breath of fresh air. His charisma and his dedication and commitment to my case was outstanding and everything he said and did was in the true Yorkshire fashion- no ifs, buts or maybes, just sound straightforward advice that was very easy to take in and understand. Win or lose his attitude was spot on from day one and I couldn’t have wished for anyone better to represent me.

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  • Their knowledge and professionalism are as good as any I have come across and I am able to avail myself of their expertise unconditionally. As a result we refer plenty of work to them and vice versa.

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  • Having worked closely with both Dave Patterson and Matthew Hutchinson I admire the way they are both extremely skilled and professional in their respective areas of expertise but manage to deliver this service at a level I can understand and in a very modest, friendly and personal manor.

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  • Euan Lawrence provided an exceptional service over a two-year period. From the off he was warm, approachable and attentive providing clear and practical support in a prompt and efficient manner. Euan clearly laid out and explained each stage to me, managing my expectations throughout and ensuring I felt fully informed when decisions had to be made. Throughout the engagement Euan remained focused on task and on point. He was conscientious, empathetic and understanding. An exceptional safe pair of hands with sound negotiating skills I felt I was represented with both integrity and professionalism.

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  • Instructed Tom Moyes in an employment dispute and received first class service and he swiftly achieved a very good outcome for me. Would definitely use Tom again and highly recommend him to anyone.

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  • Blacks offer a first class service at competitive fee levels. Their response time to phone or email queries is second to none and significantly quicker than other firms. Quality of advice is not however compromised. However large or small nothing is too much trouble.

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  • Excellent and very pragmatic advice from Chloe Grainger regarding commercial lease issues. Highly recommended, many thanks for your help!

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  • Nick Dyson – leading from the front in respect of high service levels.

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  • Our experience with Aimee Hutchinson has always been fantastic. She is incredibly knowledgeable, especially in our field of work. She is also extremely thorough, and most importantly we trust her to deliver.

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  • This firm has a second-to-none team of lawyers in all areas of law. It is our first port of call for all our business especially employment issues. The employment team are outstanding and offer regular updates on all points of law both via email posts and in-house seminars. l would recommend them to  any company or individual.

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  • The people make this practice unique. From the partners down to executives, all are proper professionals.

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  • Ben Finley is client focused and produces the right results efficiently and on time.

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  • I requested help drawing up new wills for my wife and I. We dealt with Annie Beaumont, and we can’t praise her highly enough for her advice, her friendly and accurate communication and the thoroughly professional and effective way she handled our requirements.

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  • First class service from start to finish. Paul and the family law team have provided excellent expertise and professionalism throughout the process.

     

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  • Very professional and client focused company. Phone calls and emails are always answered and replied to virtually immediately or within an acceptable timeframe. Always do what they promise. Would highly recommend this firm and would use again if their services were required.

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  • Annie Beaumont and Nick Rhodes are the main individuals I deal with and both have dealt with clients of mine. I can pick the phone up to either of them and get an answer to my questions on behalf of clients, they charge a very reasonable fee for their work and my clients like them and have full confidence in their advice.

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  • Thank you so much to Clare Castillo you achieved the result me and my wife have been trying for years on a boundary dispute, you always kept us informed and the advice given superseded our expectations thank you Clare and blacks solicitors highly recommend this company 10/10.

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  • The team works together and advice is seamless at client facing stage. The team work together to understand the needs of the client meaning as a client I am not repeating myself.

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  • I cannot thank Clare and the Blacks team enough for their hard work and excellent service.
    I have used with several solicitors over the past few years but none of them have been as thorough and attentive as Blacks. Not only were they detailed with their searches but they also kept me up to date throughout the process and were responsive to any questions that I had.
    When choosing a solicitor, price, level of service and detail are the three important factors to me and Blacks win in all three areas.
    I will continue to recommend Blacks Solicitors to friends and family and would happily use them again in the future

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  • Alex Hall was the brilliant individual who I predominately worked with and she was very calm in what was quite a pressured situation and had an ability to cut to the chase in terms of her advice and the key salient points.

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  • Our experience with Aimee Hutchinson has always been fantastic. She is incredibly knowledgeable, especially in our field of work. She is also extremely thorough, and most importantly we trust her to deliver.

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  • David Ward was excellent and extremely knowledgeable and settled any doubts I had about going forward. I was thrilled with the outcome of my case.

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  • The team works together and advice is seamless at client facing stage. The team work together to understand the needs of the client meaning as a client I am not repeating myself.

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  • A personal customer service delivered by professionals who don’t blind you with technical jargon.

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  • We have used Blacks for conveyancing 3 times now, as we have found their costs to be reasonable and their service to be excellent. They are very responsive and thorough, which is exactly what you want when navigating the stressful business of buying and selling property.

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  • The Property team at Blacks react quickly to advice and requests – something that is very important to our business. The quality of their advice is always excellent and their knowledge of our business is also. They have strength in depth and we feel comfortable using any member of their team.

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  • I really can’t speak highly enough of Ann Robinson and her secretary at Blacks from the first initial call right through my lengthy divorce process. Ann has always made me feel very much at ease in what was a very anxious and stressful 12 months or so for me as an individual and as a father. Ann is very level headed even when things were extremely tough for me she was so calm in her approach and explained everything so precisely. Again as an individual Ann’s knowledge of family law and client relations is second to none. Ann’s ability to listen and advise is of the highest standard.

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