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Disputes come in all shapes and sizes, and often when you least expect them. At Blacks we will use our experience and skills to give you clear advice, work with you on an agreed strategy, and represent you with great tenacity, and at realistic rates so that you can see that it is your interests that are paramount.

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We work primarily with owner-managed businesses and individuals who either face challenges to their legal rights, or wish to enforce them.  That can be in relation to home or business. It can mean bringing or defending Court proceedings, but it often involves other methods of dispute resolution, such as arbitration, mediation or simple negotiation.

Our Team has a broad range of specialisms and experience, so we can always find the right person to advise you.

Meet the Team

Blacks Dispute Resolution Team has a wealth of skills and knowledge, gained and brought to bear over a range of areas of law. We take a commercial and cost-effective approach.

You can meet the Team members here:


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Recovering rent arrears – make a choice and stick to it!

Tuesday December 11 2018

A recent case (Thirunavukkrasu v Brar and another [2018] EWHC 2461 (Ch)) has confirmed what property litigators have long suspected – that is, if a commercial landlord exercises the “CRAR” procedure (see below for further detail), and then attempts to … Continue reading

Frustrating events

Monday November 05 2018

Another day, another article on Brexit. But this one is a little bit different. It concerns a dispute between the Canary Wharf Group, a property development, investment and management company, and its tenant, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”). The EMA … Continue reading

Is Time Of The Essence?

Monday October 01 2018

The phrase “time is of the essence” is one which sometimes appears in contracts but what does it mean and, more importantly, what are its effects? If time is of the essence for a contractual obligation in a contract then … Continue reading

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Dispute Resolution
Luke Patel
Luke Patel
0113 227 9316

Luke Patel qualified as a Solicitor in London in 1995 and has worked at Blacks Solicitors since 1998, where he is now a Partner and Head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury & Medical Negligence teams.

Luke acts for a broad range of clients from owner managed businesses to charities and international organisations, undertaking a variety of commercial chancery work including: company and contractual disputes; director/shareholder disputes; disputes concerning trustees; professional negligence; defamation; privacy; and property litigation (including landlord and tenant matters).

He has a particular experience in dealing with complex charity disputes concerning religious organisations (temples, gurdwaras and mosques) acting for both trustees, executive committees and congregation members in group type actions.

Luke has also had several reported cases in the Court of Appeal. One successful matter included advising a prominent religious leader where permission was secured to appeal to the Court of Appeal, and the case went on to the Supreme Court.

Recognised by the Legal 500 as being “an exceptional litigator”, “very client focused, driven by getting the right outcome for his clients and always delivering an impeccable service”. Luke was also awarded the Best Professional in Business Award at the English Asian Business Awards 2013.

James Teagle
James Teagle
0113 227 9298

James Teagle joined Blacks Solicitors in 2012. He became a Partner in 2015 and currently heads-up Blacks’ Property Litigation team.

James has 15 years’ hands-on experience of resolving land and property-based disputes, and of dealing with estate management issues. This experience includes: business tenancy renewals; landlord and tenant disputes relating to service charge, rent review and dilapidations; and land disputes in respect of restrictive covenants, easements, trespass and claims for possession. James also specialises in working with LPA receivers and for secured lenders.

He is regularly involved in complex, high value claims and is recognised by The Legal 500 for his “measured approach and technical know how”. James also works closely with his property colleagues advising on large transactions which require specialist litigation input.

In addition, James is an active member of the Property Litigation Association and sits on its Northern Committee.

James is recognised by The Legal 500 as “incredibly helpful” and for having “an excellent grasp of the technical issues”.

Darren Morgan
Darren Morgan
0113 322 2803

Darren Morgan joined Blacks Solicitors in 2016 and is a Partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team.

Prior to joining Blacks, Darren spent a number of years at a national law firm based in Birmingham. Darren has also spent time on secondment as Head of Legal at a FTSE listed food retailer giving him an invaluable insight into how legal services should be delivered from a client’s perspective.

With over 25 years of experience under his belt, Darren specialises in resolving shareholder and partnership disputes, disputes arising out of commercial contracts and construction contracts, professional negligence claims, and more recently with disputes with HMRC in respect of tax avoidance schemes.

Ian Scobbie
Ian Scobbie
0113 227 9327

Ian Scobbie joined Blacks Solicitors in 2010 where he is an Associate Solicitor and Head of the Insolvency team.

Ian has over 25 years’ post qualification experience in dealing with insolvency and corporate recovery matters, ensuring swift and effective results for his clients.

In particular, Ian provides specialist insolvency advice to sports clubs and is well respected in Leeds and surrounding areas for his time as Chairman of Scarborough Football Club. Ian currently sits on the Board at Hartlepool United Football Club as a non-executive Director.

Yat Wong
Yat Wong
0113 227 9346

Yat Wong joined Blacks Solicitors in 2007 and is a Solicitor in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team.

Before joining Blacks, Yat worked for law firms in the North East, South Yorkshire, and in London, and has over 21 years’ experience in advising both private individuals and businesses on all aspects of litigation.

Yat’s specialisms include boundary and property disputes, contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, intellectual property disputes, and company and partnership disputes.

Although Yat is highly accomplished in litigating cases, he is keen to try to resolve disputes for clients in a pragmatic and commercial way to minimise any cost to them.

Aimee Hutchinson
Aimee Hutchinson
0113 227 9203

Aimee Hutchinson graduated from the University of Sheffield before joining Blacks Solicitors in 2010 as a Trainee Solicitor. Aimee qualified in September 2012 and has been an Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team for over five years.

She works on a wide variety of general commercial litigation matters, with a particular interest and specialism in Judicial Review matters. She often handles complex litigation in the High Court and has experience of working on cases in the Court of Appeal.

Aimee is a key member of the Holiday & Home Parks team and is rapidly becoming a ‘go to’ adviser in the sector for park owners. She has represented clients in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and is able to offer tailored advice to clients in this unique area of law.

Aimee is recognised by The Legal 500 as “highly knowledgeable”, “extremely approachable and has an air of confidence that puts the client at ease”.

Tom Cowan
Tom Cowan
0113 322 2928

Tom Cowan qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and has worked at Blacks Solicitors since 2018, where he is currently a Solicitor in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team.

Prior to joining Blacks, Tom graduated with a Law Degree from Liverpool John Moores University and attained a distinction on the LPC from Manchester Metropolitan University, where he studied part-time alongside his training contract.

Having gained a years’ experience in litigation prior to joining the Firm, Tom covers a variety of commercial and civil litigation matters for SMEs and OMBs, as well as individuals. Tom is also a part of Blacks’ Holiday & Home Parks team.

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