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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

  • 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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  • Blacks has a clear strategy and vision for the future. Its client care is impressive and partner led, and communication with Blacks is first class both with counsel and clients. It adheres to timelines and responds to requests for information immediately. Its service standards are impressive.

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  • All the team understood the key time in a transaction when going the extra mile is essential. I have total faith and trust in both their integrity and advice.

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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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  • Richard Parr is an all-round employment law guru who gives commercial, practical advice. I can’t rate him highly enough.

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  • Lucy Rigden was outstandingly efficient and helpful.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blacks Solicitors LLP is very professional and technically very good, yet approachable and friendly.

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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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  • 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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  • Paul Kelly provides an incredibly professional service; he is responsive, pragmatic and commercially astute with a depth of experience to draw on.

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  • Responsive to client queries; competitive pricing. Professional and knowledgeable. Main strengths are client rapport and explaining matters at an appropriate level of technical detail.’

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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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  • Paul Kelly genuinely leads not manages his team. They are all encouraged to think for themselves but to do the right thing for the client.

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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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  • James Teagle goes above and beyond the call of duty.

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  • Ann Robinson provides a brilliant service and handles unexpected situations effectively, quickly and with kindness and calmness. She gets the job in hand done without causing unnecessary costs.

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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’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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nigel Hoyle thinks through the ultimate impact and reassures clients with his all-round knowledge.

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blacks has transformed itself from a modest Leeds player to a single office with local and national capability.

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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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  • 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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  • Very practical and down to earth. Their key mission is to find you a solution to your problem without putting unnecessary barriers in the way. They have always been brilliant when I have referred them to my clients and contacts.

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  • The team at Blacks is always readily available and the instructions received are always clear and concise. It also includes approachable individuals, particularly at partner level.

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  • Black Solicitors’ very reasonable approach to costs – without compromise on quality of service it provides – make it one of the top law firms to have it to fight for your corner.

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

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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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  • Thank you so much for your support throughout, it’s been invaluable and we have loved working with you. You are a wonderful team and so generous of you to have put so much time and effort towards our cause, you’ve really gone above and beyond and we couldn’t be more grateful and chuffed at the result of your hard work.

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  • Blacks Solicitors LLP is uniformly reliable and cost-aware.

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

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  • Blacks Solicitors LLP‘s corporate practice acts as though every client is the only client it has, making clients feel special and at ease.

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  • Luke Patel has a loyal client base and for good reason. He is personable, knowledgeable, persistent and very good at his job.

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

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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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  • Blacks is a unique firm due to the communication between client and professional. Clients experience a high level of expertise and never feel let down by the team.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blacks is empathetic, honest and truly professional with the client at the forefront of all considerations. The group is efficient, helpful and responsive – clients couldn’t ask for a better, faster or more effective service

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Luke Patel is a first-rate litigator. He is strategic and enthusiastic and works very well with his team to get the best out of them. Luke shows real commitment to the client and works very hard to achieve favourable outcomes. He clearly thrives on the cut and thrust of commercial litigation.

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • David Paterson gives excellent guidance based on his experience from dealing with similar issues.

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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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  • Tom Moyes is nothing other than proficient and professional. Tom always takes the time to fully understand the issue within the context of our business understanding all aspects before providing informed and educated information.

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

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

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  • The entire team at Blacks is very friendly, efficient and robust. The practice seems to really care about its clients.

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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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  • The corporate team at Blacks Solicitors LLP is approachable, forward thinking and able to express itself in language that clients are able to understand.

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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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  • My main and most important contact within Blacks throughout the time I have been working with them has been Marc Warren. He has a warm and welcome approach to our business. His outlook is always positive and he has made himself available for discussions over and above what would be deemed as everyday work. We have spoken outside of office hours and formed a great friendship over the months we have worked together.

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  • Blacks Solicitors LLP‘s corporate team is open and approachable at all times, with a practical no-nonsense approach.

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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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  • 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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  • The straightforward team at Blacks is clear and explanatory with its advice with no legal mumbo-jumbo. It handles high-end work in a very pragmatic way, which is always focused on the client, without cutting corners’.

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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 Kelly is exceptionally intellectual, personable, caring, acts with impeccable integrity, always provides ‘to the point’ advice, works tirelessly, supports and encourages clients beyond his paid work to develop them in their line of business.

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

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  • Both Chris Allen and Paul Kelly are genuinely interested in their clients – too many firms are simply focused on money and billing and the whole Blacks attitude is refreshing in a highly competitive Leeds market.

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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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Awards and recognition

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 2020.

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