Seven promotions at Rollits

July 30, 2010

Rollits Solicitors York HullYorkshire commercial law firm Rollits, which has offices in Hull and York has made seven lawyer promotions across a number of its key service areas.

Five senior solicitors – Chris Drinkall, Ed Jenneson, Gerry Morrison, Alison Munro and Richard Whittaker – have been promoted to Associate whilst Rebecca Latus and Jennifer Sewell have been made Senior Solicitors.

Three of the new Associates Chris Drinkall, Ed Jenneson and Gerry Morrison have been with Rollits since 2002, when they began their careers as trainees at the firm and they all qualified together in 2004.

Chris, Rebecca and Jennifer work in the Dispute Resolution Department at Rollits, whilst Ed specialises in employment law and Richard deals with private client matters.   All are based at the Hull office.

Gerry and Alison are based in the York office. Gerry specialises in charity law whilst Alison works in the firm’s commercial property team.

Promotions at Rollits Solicitors

Managing partner Richard Field said: “We are delighted to announce these promotions all of which are thoroughly deserved.  All those promoted have a commitment to continual personal development and have a depth of knowledge in those areas in which they each practise, so it is very pleasing to see so many talented individuals progressing to senior positions in the firm.”

About Rollits

Rollits is a commercial law firm with 22 partners and offices in Hull and York.  We use the term ‘partner’ to denote members of Rollits LLP.

The firm’s core business sectors are company and commercial (including employment), commercial property, commercial dispute resolution, private capital (high net worth private clients, families and trusts) and substantial charitable organisations.

The firm also operates within niche practice areas where the firm acts on a national basis. These niche areas include corporate finance, planning and development, health & safety, charities and social housing.

Sector specialisms include Agriculture and Horticulture, Banking and Finance, Charities & Social Enterprise, Construction & Engineering, Education, Family & Owner Managed Businesses, Food Manufacturing, House Builder & Development, Local Government, Manufacturing (Non-Food), Renewables, Retail, Social Housing, Tourism & Leisure and Transport & Logistics. 

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Family expert to head historic legal society

June 29, 2010

Sarah Clubley Williamsons SolicitorsA Hull legal institution with traditions stretching back almost 200 years has appointed a well-respected local solicitor as its new head.

Sarah Clubley of Williamsons Solicitors has become president of the Hull Incorporated Law Society (HILS), a position she will hold for the next two years.

Miss Clubley, who heads Williamsons’ family and childcare department and is also a director of the company, becomes the latest in a long line of solicitors to have their skills and experience recognised by the society. 

Formed in 1818 ‘to encourage liberal and fair practice among attorneys and solicitors, and to support the privileges and respectability of the profession’, it is now a branch of the national Law Society, which negotiates and lobbies on behalf of solicitors and offers training and advice to members. 

As president of HILS, Miss Clubley will be entitled to wear ceremonial chains of office, but the long traditions of the society are not weighing too heavily on her – she has already commenced modernising communications by setting up an e-group for the 180 members and developing a web site, which will deal with local recruitment, training and social and sporting events.

Miss Clubley said: “It is a real honour to be chosen as the new president, following in the footsteps of so many capable men and women who have held the position over the best part of two centuries. Solicitors today face real challenges, with many firms struggling with the consequences of the economic downturn as well as severely squeezed fees for public funded legal aid work.”

“In this climate, Hull Incorporated Law Society is assisting solicitors by providing training in many areas of practice as well as a local postal service, a library and a meeting room. We also run many social functions and networking events, including an annual ball.”

Miss Clubley joined Williamsons in 2001 and is an experienced childcare and divorce lawyer who has received significant professional recognition, including holding the same rights as barristers to present cases in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. She is also a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and the Law Society Advanced Law Panel while, as a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel she has a specialist certificate to represent children.

The Hull Incorporated Law Society was formed on January 23, 1818, when a group of Hull solicitors met at the now demolished Dog and Duck tavern in Scale Lane. In 1879, the society was incorporated. Today, it has 180 members and is based at King’s Building on South Church Side in Hull’s Old Town.

The Society’s annual ball takes on 9 October, 2010 at the Willerby Manor Hotel. Tickets are £35 and can be purchased by contacting Miss Clubley on 01482 323697 or by email

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New department offers justice for sufferers of industrial disease

June 23, 2010

Williamsons Solicitors logoHull-based Williamsons Solicitors has launched a new industrial disease department, becoming one of the few legal practices in the city to have a dedicated team in this area of law.
Headed by industrial disease specialist Caroline Harraway, the team will act on behalf of claimants suffering from a range of health issues including deafness, skin complaints and repetitive strain injuries to respiratory illnesses and cancers, such as those induced by exposure to asbestos.
Ms Harraway, who has joined the firm to head the department, said that although the modern workplace was dominated by health and safety, many people were still suffering the effects of industrial injury and disease from their working lives. “We are dealing with a lot of historical claims due to previous heavy industry in the local area and nationwide,” she said.
“Deafness cases are very common and audiogram technology now provides a straightforward medical test to indicate whether or not the disability is noise related.
“We’re here to represent the interests of genuine clients who have done nothing more than work hard and as a result have contracted an industrial disease that impairs them in later life,” she said.  “In worse case scenarios the disease can actually shorten their life expectancy.  

“We pride ourselves on really caring about our clients and working hard to achieve the best possible outcome for them.”

Williamsons Solicitors Hull Industrial Disease department

Williamsons’ industrial disease specialist, Caroline Harraway, left, with Bill Waddington, director, and assistant Emma White

Caroline previously worked for a firm in West Yorkshire, in one case alone winning damages of £250,000. Her new appointment at Williamsons is a homecoming for the University of Hull-educated solicitor who also grew up in the city and started her career with another Hull firm. She is joined by Emma White, who also specialises in industrial disease litigation and is a graduate of the University of Hull and Institute of Legal Executives.
Bill Waddington, who heads Williamsons’ defence advocacy department, said: “Our decision to establish a dedicated industrial disease department follows the growing number of enquiries we have received through the firm’s well established personal injury team.
“There is clearly a need for this service which is currently unmet in Hull and I believe, with their strong background in this area, Caroline and Emma can make a valuable difference to the lives of many people who are still suffering the effects of workplace illness and disease.”

For more information, contact Williamsons Solicitors on 01482 323697 or visit

 The most common industrial injuries and diseases claimed for include: 

  • Industrial deafness
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Asbestos-related conditions, including mesothelioma (a rare form of lung cancer)
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Hand-arm vibration syndrome
  • Skin complaints, such as dermatitis

Rollits announces appointment of three new partners

May 28, 2010

Rollits Solicitors Hull YorkRollits, one of Yorkshire’s leading law firms with offices in Hull and York, has announced the appointment of three new partners in Employment, Commercial and Dispute Resolution.

Following the firm’s move to become a Limited Liability Partnership on 1 May 2010, Caroline Hardcastle, Donna Ingleby and Tom Morrison have been appointed partners at the firm.

Donna Ingleby, who joined the firm two years ago, becomes a partner in the firm’s Employment Group as a specialist in contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including tribunal preparation and advocacy. She will continue to work alongside Neil Maidment in the Group which has one of the largest specialist employment teams in the region.

Tom Morrison, who has been with the firm since joining as a Trainee Solicitor in 1999, becomes a partner in Rollits’ Commercial Group. Tom specialises in advising on contractual matters, intellectual property, data protection, freedom of information, information technology and e-commerce.

Meanwhile, Caroline Hardcastle, who trained with Kennedys Solicitors in London, becomes a partner within Rollits’ Dispute Resolution department dealing with a range of commercial disputes. Caroline, who has worked at Rollits for eleven years, specialises in construction and engineering disputes where she has acted on behalf of employers, developers and contractors in adjudications and Court proceedings.

Rollits Solicitors new partner appointments Hull & York

Managing Partner Richard Field said: “We encourage continual professional development throughout Rollits so it is very pleasing to see three talented individuals progressing through the firm and taking their position as partners. Their commitment to the firm and their depth of knowledge of client sectors and the services they provide is a great asset to Rollits and our clients.”

For further information contact Pat Coyle, Rollits LLP on Tel: 01482 323239 Email:  or visit

Rollits converts to Limited Liability Partnership – Conversion brings greater opportunities for growth

May 27, 2010

Rollits Solicitors Hull & YorkRollits, one of Yorkshire’s leading law firms with offices in Hull and York has unveiled a major restructuring which sees it convert to a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).

Managing Partner Richard Field said: “May 2010 heralds a new chapter in Rollits history when we will change from a traditional law partnership to a Limited Liability Partnership. We believe this move will provide us with the right corporate structure for its future development and make us more nimble in embracing new commercial opportunities that arise for the firm as well as adapting to the changes in the legal landscape arising out of the Clementi Review and the Legal Services Act 2007.

”Our intention is that the change will be seamless and that our clients will notice little change. We will continue to deliver the high quality legal advice and service that our clients have come to expect and appreciate.”

Rollits has 22 partners at the firm and delivers a range of legal services which include Banking and Finance, Contracts and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Property, Corporate, Corporate Finance, Corporate Recovery and Insolvency, Employment and Pensions, Family and Matrimonial, Mediation, IT and Information, Planning Construction and Development, Private Capital and Regulatory.

The firm also boasts many sector specialisms which include Agriculture and Horticulture, Banking and Finance, Charities and Social Enterprise, Construction Engineering, Education, Family and Owner Managed Businesses, Food Manufacturing, House Builder and Development, Local Government, Manufacturing (Non-Food), Retail, Social Housing and Transport and Logistics.

The firm’s partners were recently praised in the latest edition of UK Legal Experts as some of “the leading lights in the UK legal profession”.

The Limited Liability Partnership Act was introduced in 2000 and allowed professional and service partnerships to become LLPs and remove the unlimited liability of individual partners. Many of the major City legal and accountancy partnerships have converted to LLP status over the last few years.

For further information contact Pat Coyle, Rollits LLP on Tel: 01482 323239 Email: or visit

Luma Anayi wins Rollits prize for Business & Enterprise at Hull College Awards Ceremony

April 13, 2010

Rollits Solicitors HullHull commercial law firm Rollits is pleased to announce that Luma Anayi has been presented with the inaugural “Rollits Prize for Business & Enterprise” at Hull College. Luma has excelled in her studies over the past seven years at the College, undertaking a number of computing-related qualifications culminating in her obtaining a BSc Degree in Computing with First Class Honours.

In conjunction with Hull College, the Rollits Prize is awarded to outstanding students who have overcome particular challenges in order to complete their studies. In Luma’s case, she has not let cerebral palsy get in the way of pursuing her interest software and database design to the highest standard at Degree level.

Luma Anayi wins Rollits prize for Business & Enterprise at Hull College Awards Ceremony

Tom Morrison, Associate at Rollits who presented the prize to Luma at the Awards Ceremony said:

“Our congratulations go to Luma on her success. We are proud to have been given the opportunity to award the Prize and look forward to doing so again next year when the next cohort of students complete their studies.”

Caron Wright, Hull College’s Head of School, Business & Computing, added:

“Luma’s achievements over the past seven years, and in particular in relation to her First Class Honours Degree, bear testament to her commitment to her studies and a desire to become involved in the IT industry.”

For further information contact Rollits Solicitors on 01482 323239 or visit

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Rollits advise in Tasty Pasta King Deal

December 9, 2009

Rollits, Hull, York, Pasta KingCommercial law firm Rollits advised the management team in their £13m buy in of Pasta King (UK) Ltd (“Pasta King”), which provides pasta meals to schools and other sectors.

Pasta King provides meal solutions comprising mostly pasta with fresh sauces. The meals are served hot from “pasta bars” that are loaned out free-of-charge to the customer base. As a healthy and tasty food offering, Pasta King has become very popular in secondary schools nationwide. It satisfies new Governmental standards on salt, fat, fibre and vegetable content.

Pasta King provides a quick, convenient, off-the shelf solution for caterers faced with an ever narrowing choice of menu options to offer to students.

In addition to its dominant position in the UK secondary school market, Pasta King has a growing presence in universities, business and industry and the leisure sectors.

Nasim Sharf, corporate partner, who led the team at Rollits, said:
“Rollits was pleased to work again with Howard Farquhar and Mike Cole who have become MD and Chairman of Pasta King. Howard and Mike have a great track record and bring proven quality to Pasta King. This deal was backed by NBGI Private Equity and HSBC. Rollits’ expertise and experience of private equity deals were put to good use in ensuring this deal was completed sensibly and in the tight timescale”

Howard Farquhar, new MD of Pasta King said:
“Pasta King has a very strong position in secondary schools. We want to build on that with improved merchandising, marketing and product development not only for further growth in the education sector but also to significantly increase our presence in other markets.”