Based in the heart of the Leeds Business District, Shulmans is a full-service corporate law firm covering all of the practice areas that most businesses routinely need – from corporate finance to employment, commercial to litigation and real estate. The firm has also established a national reputation in niche and specialist areas, including its market leading services within the housebuilding, road transport and mortgage lending industries.

As a UK top 200 firm, Shulmans has averaged double digit growth for the last nine years. That growth has been entirely organic – Shulmans has never merged with another firm. Previously recognised at The Lawyer Awards for its ‘determined leadership’, ‘innovative pricing’ and ‘impressive organic growth, excellent client wins and people focus’, Shulmans stands out as a Leeds-based independent firm among national competitors.

Shulmans boasts a raft of national clients including Lidl, Greggs, Barratt Homes, Costcutter, Betfred and Town Centre Securities, as well as international clients, including Ghana International Bank Plc and Chilean manufacturer, Drillco.

Shulmans is a founding member of Interlegal, a global network of independent commercial law firms in over 45 countries. Interlegal provides access to high-quality legal advice from other commercial firms with local knowledge, allowing member firms to offer international and cross-border transactions to clients.

True to its roots, Shulmans is dedicated to nurturing local connections and developing networks among its clients, regularly hosting events in support of the Yorkshire business community. For more information on upcoming events, visit Members of the team are also involved with organisations such as the Leeds City Region LEP, and Partner Amanda Beresford sits as the current President of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

Core services: Commercial property; planning; property litigation; construction; residential development; corporate finance; regulatory and environment; employment; dispute resolution; general commercial services; business restructuring and insolvency; debt recovery and credit management.

Sector specialisms: Telecommunications; healthcare/pharmacy; house building; independent schools; manufacturing and chemicals; waste management; road transport and logistics; and IT/tech. The firm has particular expertise in dealing with telecom masts, dilapidations and overseas investment in UK property.


Client testimonials

“Michael Watson and the team at Shulmans are very proactive in their approach to property risk management. In relation to dilapidations claims they work with us well in advance of the expiry of the lease so as to identify risks, put in place strategies to minimise those risks and to gather evidence so as to ensure that we are in the strongest possible position should a dispute ultimately arise. Their detail and technical analysis of contractual obligations in lease contracts has repeatedly delivered favourable outcomes for us.”  Les Foulger, Saint-Gobain


“We would rate Shulmans very highly, in terms of strength in depth of team, and value for money, but particularly in respect of responsiveness to instructions and ‘drive’ to deliver in short timescales.”
Graham Burr, Head of Property, Lidl UK


“The advice and support I have received throughout has been professional and knowledgeable and the outcome at trial and the rarity of obtaining a 3rd party cost order were both resounding successes.”  Tony Armitage, Armitage & Co.