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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.

Please continue to visit our blogs here for updates regarding Covid-19, amongst other current and topical issues.

Chris Allen
Managing Partner

What our clients say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • First rate commercial lawyers with good client skills.

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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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  • 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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  • Whenever anybody mentions solicitors to me, I say you can’t go better than Tina Tosney at Blacks Solicitors.

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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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  • A friendly and approachable team with good values.

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

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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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  • Very accessible, approachable and always willing to help.

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Really personable service, no-nonsense talk in simple terms, trusted advisers.

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

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  • Paul Lancaster was very confident, he put us at ease and reassured us of our situation. I have to praise Paul for his patience and understanding given my health and situation. Paul filled us with every confidence that everything was under control, which it was thanks to his guidance.

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

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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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  • 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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  • Competent, flexible, friendly and approachable.

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

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

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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