Managing & Senior Partner: Peter McCormick
Commercial Litigation & Mediation: Philip Edmondson
Corporate & Commercial (including IP & IT): Jon Healey
Crime (including Fraud): Geoffrey Rogers
Employment: Sara Morgan
Family/Matrimonial: Geoffrey Rogers
Private Client (including Charities): Elaine Lightfoot
Professional Discipline: Peter McCormick
Property: Heather Roberts
Sport & Media/Entertainment (including Defamation/Reputation Management): Peter McCormick
THE FIRM McCormicks is an award-winning practice in Harrogate with an impressive client list, across the legal disciplines. The firm is regarded as one of the top regional practices, acting in high profile national matters as well as those within its own vicinity. McCormicks has grown organically and is admired for its continued ability to operate successfully in the corporate and commercial field, whilst at the same time maintaining its strong commitment to the private client. McCormicks’ traditional core values of integrity, technical excellence and hard work are combined with its reputation for a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere and a team which is committed to delivering an unrivalled quality of service and innovation to clients.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Agriculture and rural affairs, ADR, charities, competition, corporate and commercial, commercial property and real estate, crime, defamation/reputation management, dispute resolution, employment, family, fraud, IT, insolvency, intellectual property, media and entertainment, mediation, partnership, private client, professional discipline, sport, trusts and personal tax.
The corporate/commercial department has a client list that includes ownermanaged businesses, partnerships, internationally-known Plcs and private businesses, banks, insurance companies and personalities from the world of sport and entertainment. High profile clients in the region include DFS Furniture Group and Harrogate International Festivals. The complete range of commercial work is handled, including corporate, competition, commercial property, franchising, intellectual property, liquor licensing and employment. The firm has established a burgeoning reputation in IT and ecommerce, advising a number of internet and new media businesses. Leisure is also an important sector.
Sports & Media/Entertainment:
The practice has an outstanding reputation in sports and media/entertainment law and Senior Partner Peter McCormick is regarded as one of the leading sports lawyers in the country, having conducted a number of high-profile matters involving football, rugby, horse racing, cricket, motor racing and athletics. He has been Chairman of the Premier League 2014/15. He is Vice Chairman of the FA and Chairman of the Football Board of the Premier League. He is also Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group of the Premier League and Chairman of the FA Group Remuneration Committee. Other clients include Leeds United FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Professional Game Match Officials Ltd., and a number of other leading organisations, clubs and individuals.
The firm has a substantial reputation for regulatory and disciplinary work in sport and the professions. Peter McCormick acts for the Premier League and as a Chairman of tribunals and arbitrations. He is a Chairman of Sports Resolutions (UK). Sara Morgan is on the defence Panel of the National Pharmacy Association.
Commercial dispute resolution covers the full range of this work including personal litigation, including defamation, property litigation, contract disputes, construction cases, intellectual property and debt recovery for national institutions. The firm is very strong in ADR and mediation.
Fraud, Tax & Crime:
McCormicks has a legendary reputation in criminal law covering all aspects and, in particular, serious fraud, major crime and the defence of tax investigations. Under the leadership of Partner Geoffrey Rogers, the firm has acted in a number of major tax cases and VAT tribunals. The firm was one of the first in the country to be appointed to the Specialist Fraud Panel and the Very High Costs Cases (VHCC) Panel.
Private Client & Charities:
Private client work includes residential conveyancing and a full service on wills, trusts and settlements. Inheritance and tax planning are other strengths. The firm is a leader in charity law acting for more than 20 charities, including the Outward Bound Trust and the Premier League Charitable Fund.
All aspects of family work are covered, including childcare, divorce and separation and the firm was among the first to be accredited under the Law Society’s Family Law Scheme. Geoffrey Rogers is a member of the Family Panel.