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Louise Handley - Partner

Louise Handley - Partner

louise@3volution.co.uk

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 - Partner

Jonathan Priestley - Partner

jonathan@3volution.co.uk

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 - Partner

Tim Stone - Partner

tim@3volution.co.uk

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".

Michael Cantwell - Partner

Michael Cantwell - Partner

michaelcantwell@3volution.co.uk

Michael Cantwell is a partner in our corporate department with over 10 years of experience advising a broad spectrum of corporate clients from plc’s to start up companies and private individuals, on such matters as MBOs, secondary buy-outs, acquisitions, investments, restructurings, joint ventures and disposals. Michael was previously part of the Walker Morris team and partner at another regional firm before joining 3volution in January 2017. He is a well known trusted advisor for many corporate clients and advisors who consistently provides innovative solutions to complex legal issues.”

Sara Ludlam - Partner

Sara Ludlam - Partner

saraludlam@3volution.co.uk

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!

Heather Simpson - Associate

Heather Simpson - Associate

heathersimpson@3volution.co.uk

Heather trained and qualified in the Technology , Media and IP department at Addleshaw Goddard in 2000. Heather went on to work in-house for BAE Systems plc for a number of years. Heather’s work includes drafting and advising on various commercial and intellectual property agreements with a particular specialism in Data Protection and all types of IT agreements.

Samantha Wragg - Associate

Samantha Wragg - Associate

samanthawragg@3volution.co.uk

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.

Amy Wright - Associate

Amy Wright - Associate

amywright@3volution.co.uk

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.

Jessica Bennett - Solicitor

Jessica Bennett - Solicitor

jessicabennett@3volution.co.uk

Jessica trained in-house at a group of companies in North West. The group was owned by entrepreneurs whose business interests included (amongst other ventures) utility providers, boutique apartments and a League One football club. During her training contract, Jessica had the opportunity to advise on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters and has developed particular expertise in the energy industry. She completed the Legal Practice Course and obtained a master’s degree in Manchester before qualifying as a solicitor in June 2016. She joined 3volution’s Commercial Litigation team in January 2017, where her work involves advising clients on all forms of dispute resolution.

Olivia Brown - Solicitor

Olivia Brown - Solicitor

oliviabrown@3volution.co.uk

Having studied Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, Olivia completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Chester and joined 3volution as a paralegal in January 2015 before becoming a Trainee Solicitor. During her training contract Olivia worked in the corporate, employment and commercial teams and qualified as a solicitor into the firm's corporate team in April 2017. Olivia's work comprises assisting the team with advising clients on corporate matters including company re-organisations, acquisitions and sales, private equity investments and shareholder arrangements.

Lyndsey Hall - IP Manager

Lyndsey Hall - IP Manager

lyndseyhall@3volution.co.uk

Lyndsey trained and qualified as a Certified Paralegal (a U.S. professional qualification) whilst at Olive and Olive in Durham, North Carolina, USA and Myers Bigel in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA before moving in-house to the legal department at Argos Therapeutics in Durham, North Carolina. USA. She returned to the United Kingdom in 2006 and continued her career in I.P. at a mid-size firm in Leeds before joining the I.P. department at 3volution as the IP Manager in 2017. Lyndsey has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property and has been praised by clients and colleagues for her organized approach, overall knowledge, initiative and reliability.

Chris Thornton - Solicitor

Chris Thornton - Solicitor

christhornton@3volution.co.uk

Chris joined 3volution’s IP and Commercial team in September 2017. Chris has experience in both contentious and non-contentious practice areas, including his main area of interest, Intellectual Property. Prior to commencing his training contract Chris worked as a paralegal and completed his LPC at the University of Sheffield. Chris’s work focuses on advising clients regarding Intellectual Property issues as well as drafting and reviewing a wide range of commercial contracts. Outside of work Chris main interests include travelling, sport and music. He is a keen gig and festival goer and enjoys running and playing squash.

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