Louise Handley trained and qualified into the IP department at Clyde & Co in London, then in 1998 joined the Technology, Media and IP department at Addleshaw Goddard, where she worked for 7 years. Louise went on to join another Leeds commercial practice as a partner before founding 3volution with Tim Stone and Jonathan Priestley. Louise’s work includes IP exploitation and protection for a range of clients in various sectors including a number of universities, government bodies, biotech and pharmaceutical companies and various digital, media and games companies and dealing with all types of IT agreements. Louise is listed in Chambers UK Guide 2014 as a leader in her field in both IP and IT and is praised for her "superb technical ability" and for being "commercially realistic".
Jonathan Priestley was head of the corporate and banking department at another Leeds commercial legal practice until founding 3volution with Louise Handley and Tim Stone. Formerly a partner in the corporate department at Addleshaw Goddard, Jonathan specialises in venture capital and private equity work, mergers and acquisitions and corporate re-organisation and reconstruction, acting for owners, funders and management. He is ranked as a leader in his field in Chamber UK Guide 2014 and is described as a "great communicator" and praised for his "great advice".
Tim Stone trained at Frere Cholmeley in London, joining the Commercial Litigation Department on qualification in 1992. He left London to work for Eversheds in Leeds in 1996 and was a partner at Hill Dickinson LLP and another commercial practice in Leeds before founding 3volution with Louise Handley and Jonathan Priestley. Tim specialises in commercial litigation work dealing with disputes arising from business agreements and corporate transactions, shareholders disputes and claims against professional advisers. He has particular expertise in pensions disputes and has acted in a number of landmark cases including Trustee Solutions -v- Dubery and the Imperial Home Décor case (Bridge Trustees -v- Yates). Tim is listed as a leader in his field in Chambers UK Guide 2014 where he is described as "very clear, always available and extremely knowledgeable".
Paul trained at Dibb Lupton Broomhead (now DLA Piper) in Sheffield and qualified into their Employment Department in 1994. Paul worked in both DLA's Manchester and Sheffield offices before joining Eversheds in 2003, initially working in Newcastle before moving to Leeds in 2007. Paul joined 3volution in January 2013 as Head of Employment and became a Partner in 2016. Paul has a wealth of experience in employment law, in particular advising employers on resolving complex disputes, termination advice, confidentiality and restrictive covenants issues, the HR aspects of corporate transactions including contractual drafting and TUPE advice, and is an experienced employment tribunal advocate. Paul has been regularly praised by clients for giving "business orientated advice in a warm and approachable manner", for his "commercial approach and assertive and confident manner" and his "knack for making complicated employment law issues ... easily understood" . Paul is also an accomplished trainer. He has delivered training around the world, and is confident in his ability to design and deliver training on a wide range of matters for both HR specialists and line managers.
Gearalt Fahy joined as Partner working alongside Paul Ball in the emerging Employment team at 3volution. Gearalt has over 16 years' experience advising employers on complex and strategic legal work. He advises clients on protecting business interests, executive disputes and how to approach difficult conversations. He has particular expertise in project managing employment relations issues and HR planning at a strategic level. Gearalt focuses on premium work for sophisticated clients in Yorkshire and nationally, ranging from owner managed to FTSE listed businesses. He has a significant practice in the oil and gas, construction and engineering recruitment and charitable sectors with other clients in education, leisure and manufacturing. Gearalt is described by clients in Chambers and Partners as an experienced employment litigator for public sector and commercial clients: "He's a good practical common-sense lawyer"; "He has a deep insight into our industry and is interested in the business we are in. He is also interested in people and he is a good judge of character. He goes beyond just giving good legal counsel"; "He is up to date with our current and future direction so that he can shape the service he provides us"; "Proactive in his approach to our needs." Legal 500 describe him as being "well informed" and having "excellent client-handling skills"
Sara Ludlam trained at the niche intellectual property and litigation firm, Llewelyn Zietman in London, qualifying in 1994. She holds the highly regarded post graduate diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice and, having worked in-house and run her own business, Sara is commercially astute. Sara's career has included working as in-house counsel for the Pentland Group plc (in particular dealing with their French brands; LACOSTE, KICKERS and LUC BERJEN as well as dealing with all IP disputes for all the brands including SPEEDO, RED OR DEAD and BERGHAUS) and subsequently for Sports World and the LONSDALE LONDON brand. Sara has a wealth of experience in both licensing and dispute management as well as dealing with general commercial matters. When Sara ran her own practice she was known by her clients as "Lightning Ludlam" for her impressively quick results!
Matt joined 3volution as a partner in December 2014 to develop the firm’s property litigation practice. Matt trained at Leeds firm Ford & Warren and qualified into their property litigation team in 2001. He joins 3volution from York based Langleys where he was appointed a partner in 2012 and headed the firm’s property litigation department. Matt is also an active member of the Property Litigation Association and sits on its northern committee. Matt specialises in all aspects of commercial, residential and agricultural property disputes, including landlord and tenant matters, boundary disputes, adverse possession, rights of way, rights of light, ransom strips, contamination, dangerous buildings, squatters, contractual issues, restrictive covenants, nuisance, village green registrations, leasehold enfranchisement and property based professional negligence. He frequently deals with tribunal work and land registry adjudications as well as traditional court based litigation and has a high success rate at mediation. Matt is praised by clients for his “ability to translate complex issues” and to “get results”.
Samantha qualified as a Commercial Litigator in 2003 after completing her training contract at Hammonds, working in the Birmingham team for 6 years and undertaking a wide variety of dispute work. She moved to Leeds to join a well-known commercial practice in 2009 before moving to 3volution in 2012. Samantha has advised on and represented clients in a variety of contractual and tortious disputes across a range of different sectors including IT, Manufacturing, Food and Leisure, Logistics and Financial Services, as well as disputes arising from corporate transactions including shareholder disputes and warranty claims. Samantha has advised on various reputation management issues including defamation. She has acted in a number of claims against solicitors and accountants as well as financial and pensions advisers, and provided advice in relation to complaints and claims against banks and other financial institutions. Samantha also regularly advises individuals, employers, trustees and representative beneficiaries in pension disputes. Samantha has represented many clients in mediation, with a high success rate of settlement, as well as achieving negotiated settlements in a large number of matters at a pre-trial stage.
Ryan Gracey joined 3volution in September 2012 having previously worked for national and international law firms. Ryan has significant experience in information technology matters working for clients from SMEs to large multinationals. He regularly advises on the implementation of large-scale IT projects and is especially well versed in e-commerce, cloud computing, SaaS, big data, software licensing and website, app & systems development. He is also noted for his expertise in data protection and information security law. He is described in Chambers and Partners for IT as "Personable, practical, intelligent and responsive" and a "Fantastic, knowledgeable lawyer” who impresses clients with his “incisive understanding of technology law and its commercial applications”. Ryan also specialises in the protection, commercialisation, maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property for a broad spectrum of clients across the globe and has been recommended in the Legal 500 for IP.
Amy joined 3volution’s Corporate and Banking team in January 2013. She trained with Pinsent Masons in Leeds, qualifying into the Corporate team in 2008. She spent a further three years with Pinsent Masons post qualification, which included secondments with Siemens plc and Northern Foods plc, before spending a year at a Lincolnshire based regional law firm. Amy has advised a number of companies, across industry sectors, and has experience of a broad range of corporate matters; whilst she has focused particularly on private equity transactions, shareholder arrangements and general M&A, she has also advised both full and AIM listed companies on a variety of transactions.
Having studied at the University of Leeds, Jonathan trained at a law firm in Sheffield before joining 3volution in September 2011 as a solicitor in the Commercial Litigation team. Jonathan's work comprises advising clients on all forms of dispute resolution including court proceedings, arbitration and mediation. He advises businesses on contractual disputes and claims against a broad range of professional advisers with a particular specialism in claims against pensions advisors. He also has experience with shareholder and partnership disputes.
Tim has an undergraduate masters degree in chemistry from the University of Manchester, a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from Leeds Beckett University and he completed the Legal Practice Course at Leeds BPP. He qualified as a solicitor into 3volution’s IP/IT team in January 2016. Tim advises on intellectual property disputes as well as on non-contentious matters and has experience in running claims in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (small claims track), managing domain name disputes using Nominet’s dispute resolution service and administering international trade mark portfolios. Tim advises clients on a range of issues including design rights, trade marks, know-how and on general commercial documents