There was a triple celebration for Hammonds LLP last night at the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards, with the firm winning three awards.
The Leeds office of the international law firm won awards for Corporate & Commercial team of the year, Best Corporate Recovery Practice as well as the 'Rising Star Award which went to CS&F Senior Associate, Caroline Castle.
The ceremony which took place at the Queens hotel saw some of Yorkshire's most talented lawyers being recognised for their professional achievements.
The Corporate & Commercial team won their award category for advising on some of the region's most significant deals, including advising Phoenix Equity Partners on the £100m buy out of Yorkshire-based vehicle parts distributer Andrew Page, acting for Montague Private Equity on the £280m disposal of Survitec Group and advising LDC on the £65m buy out of JHP Group - one of the UK's largest private sector providers of vocational education, skills training and employability programmes. The team also advised management on the £100m buy out of Call Credit and has been active in the public company sphere advising Rensburg Sheppards on its £412m takeover by Investec Bank and SpiriTel plc on its restructuring, refinancing and subsequent acquisition programme.
The Hammonds Business Recovery & Insolvency team were worthy winners of the Corporate Recovery Award thanks to their tireless efforts to help Yorkshire businesses through the current stormy financial waters. Their initiative and pro-active approach to developing the law and helping keep Yorkshire on the legal map, and their on-going personal commitments to pro bono and charity work for the wider good of the local community were recognised on the evening.
Caroline Castle, senior associate in the Business Recovery & Insolvency team collected the Rising Star Award following her work with several high-profile clients. Caroline is at the leading edge of providing legal advice to a host of Yorkshire-based companies who have been hit by the recession, with clients including Dolcis, Greenwoods Menswear and Stylo plc. Caroline was also a standout member of the team advising the private equity fund EPIC on the purchase of the worldwide specialist fine tea and coffee chain, Whittard of Chelseafrom administrators at Ernst & Young LLP. The deal safeguarded 950 jobs across 130 stores.
Commenting on the firm's success, Jonathan Jones, corporate finance partner and head of the Leeds office said: "We are delighted to have been awarded with these three awards and to have been highly commended in a further two categories. The awards demonstrate the progress we are making as a business in nurturing and developing 'home grown' talent and the innovative, practical and commercial way in which we deliver legal solutions. With our proposed merger with Squire Sanders and Dempsey on the horizon, we are looking to the future with confidence".
The Yorkshire Lawyer Awards was organised by Barker Brooks and supported by the Leeds Law Society. The awards, which were hosted by ITV's Gaynor Barnes, also raised money for local charity Yorkshire Cancer Research.