People: Bevan Brittan; Lupton Fawcett; Hentons; and more

National law firm Bevan Brittan’s growth within Leeds continues with another senior appointment.

Non-contentious construction lawyer Niamh Batterton has joined the Leeds office from Addleshaw Goddard as a legal director.

Her addition boosts the strength and depth of the company’s construction and real estate offering in Leeds.

It follows a number of recent senior leadership changes within the Leeds office with the appointment of property partner James Atkins as new office head and the promotion of clinical risk colleague Susan Trigg to partner as part of the latest promotions round.

And it comes after further expansion to Bevan Brittan’s Leeds team earlier in the year with pensions partner Nigel Bolton joining the firm’s growing Employment, Pensions & Immigration practice from Freeths in January.

Batterton acts for a range of clients including universities, local authorities, housing associations, developers, employers, tenants and funders.

Her developmental experience includes higher education facilities, commercial and retail units, residential, build to rent and infrastructure projects.

Bevan Brittan’s head of construction, Andrew Tobin, said: “Niamh is an excellent addition to our team, which is growing both regionally and nationally and is testament to the quality of our work that we can attract candidates of Niamh’s calibre.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Niamh as we continue to grow our practice, including working with directly with developers and with housing, higher education, local government and healthcare clients.”

Atkins said: “We are thrilled to welcome Niamh to Bevan Brittan. Within the Leeds office we now have over 60 colleagues working with businesses and organisation across Yorkshire and further afield.

“Niamh has an excellent reputation and I look forward to working with her as we continue to expand our real estate and construction offering in the region.”


Lupton Fawcett is strengthening its commercial property team with the appointment of Claire Mayfield-Tulip.

She joins the Yorkshire law firm as a partner, based at its office in Sheffield.

Mayfield-Tulip acts for land and property owners and established developers in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, providing commercial advice on all aspects of land acquisition, development, leasing, mortgaging and disposal.

Her specialist areas include new build development projects, lettings of industrial and retail premises and site assembly for commercial and residential development projects.

She said: “I’m delighted to be joining Lupton Fawcett and looking forward to supporting clients in the South Yorkshire market with swift, pragmatic advice to enable them to make their development plans come to life.”

Managing partner James Richardson said: “We are delighted to have Claire on board. She has enviable experience across all aspects of commercial property and development work and demonstrates our continuing investment in excellent people and that Lupton Fawcett is the firm to be part of.”


A Sheffield chartered accountancy and business advisory firm has made two senior promotions.

Hentons has promoted Anthony Hamilton to director and Olivia Broadhead to manager. Both are based at the company’s Sheffield office, at Kollider in the city centre.

Chartered accountant Hamilton joined the firm almost two years ago and has been instrumental in growing its digital offering.

He has worked across all five of Hentons’ offices to deliver a fully integrated and future proof client focused business offering.

Hamilton said: “Hentons is always forward thinking and looking for new ways to add value to the services we provide.

“Our ethos is all about providing clients with proactive strategic advice and hands on financial management.”

Broadhead, who has eight years’ experience, is skilled in financial accounting, VAT, tax and HMRC issues. She is also an expert in cloud accounting software.

She said: “We help clients with their personal and business financial needs and manage everything from audit and accounts to payroll, tax, wealth management, digital accounting and business advisory services.”

Olivia Broadhead

Partner Tim Baum-Dixon said: “Anthony leads from the front and has brought in several larger clients whilst managing the 11-strong Sheffield team on a day-to-day basis.

“He will now continue to build on this success and help drive our ambitious growth plans in Sheffield, whilst also continuing to roll out our impressive digital software solutions for clients.

“Olivia is very capable and phenomenally hard-working member of our team. A safe pair of hands, her determination to deliver the highest quality of service is inspirational.

“With a focus on efficiency and cross-selling, she’s a great example of what can be achieved through our internal management training programme and is definitely one to watch in the industry.”


One of Yorkshire’s leading insolvency lawyers has joined LCF Law’s specialist insolvency division as a partner.

Wayne Parker is a key appointment for the Yorkshire based firm and will work alongside leading insolvency specialist and LCF Law partner, Jo Barnes.

He is a member of R3, the UK trade association for insolvency and restructuring professionals.

Parker specialises in company turnarounds, corporate restructures and administrations, advising financial institutions, administrators, liquidators and receivers in relation to companies and individuals facing financial difficulties.

He joins from Gordons and prior to that worked at Pinsent Masons.

Parker said: “This career move is an opportunity to join a well-established firm that is investing in its team and expanding its insolvency department at a time that is both unprecedented and unique for the industry.

“The pandemic has caused major problems for lots of businesses, but unlike in other economic downturns, government support and temporary restrictions on winding up proceedings, are enabling businesses to continue trading.

“It won’t be until the support is eased that potential issues come to light for many businesses.

“This makes it a really interesting time to work in this field, as we look to assist those businesses that want to be proactive and address potential problems now, in preparation for support packages coming to an end.”

LCF Law’s managing partner, Simon Stell, said: “Demand for our insolvency services is increasing on the back of both high-profile victories in landmark legal cases, and as businesses navigate the challenges that the pandemic has caused them.

“Wayne is very well-known with a strong track record across the insolvency industry, and he will immediately add value and further enhance the level of service provided to our clients.”