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The Firm

Wilkin Chapman LLP is one of the largest law firms in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire with 45 partners and over 360 staff. We have a network of seven offices covering the region, with two offices in Grimsby, and additional offices located in Lincoln, Beverley, Louth, Alford, and Horncastle.

Client service is at the heart of our business ethos and we ensure that all our legal advisors have the training and knowledge to meet your needs.

We provide a wide range of legal services for both businesses and individuals. Our specialist teams of qualified solicitors include experts in: corporate & commercial law, commercial property, public law, agriculture and regulatory, family and mediation, employment and litigation, debt recovery, personal injury and medical negligence claims, residential property, wills and estate planning and courts martial advice for military personnel.

Legal recommendations

Wilkin Chapman LLP consistently achieves recommendations in the UK's leading legal directories such as Chambers the Legal 500, the Lex 100 and the Lawyer UK 200.  In the Legal 500 2016, we are recommended in 12 areas of the law for specialist expertise:

  • Agriculture and estates
  • Commercial property
  • Construction
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Crime
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Personal injury and clinical negligence
  • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Social housing

 We have also been recommended by Chambers UK 2017 for our expertise in 'Agriculture & Rural Affairs', 'Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions', 'Real Estate (Commercial Property)', 'Family/Matrimonial' and 'Private Client (Wills, Trusts and Probate)'.  In addition to the practice area recommendations, there are categories within which lawyers can be ranked as exceptional individuals.  A number of our solicitors have been singled out for praise, including Lisa-Jane Howes, partner and head of wills, trusts and probate; Ruth Brewin, partner and head of commercial property and Lisa Boileau, partner and head of family.  Other staff members that are recognised include: Philip Day, consultant; Catherine Harris, partner, Martyn Chilvers, partner, and Russell Eke, partner. 

Our commitment to quality

Our staff and partners have made a substantial commitment to quality standards across the business. We were awarded the Lexcel quality mark by the Law Society in 1999, and were the first law firm in Lincolnshire to receive the standard.

The Lexcel mark means that, as a firm, we have successfully implemented the Law Society's Practice Management Standards, which are designed to help firms improve client care and efficiency within the office.  We also employ a Quality Auditor to audit and maintain quality standards.

Our Chief Executive and Senior Partner

Our chief executive is Des Mannion, who joined us on 1 April 2015. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm and operational management, including accounts, IT, marketing and human resources.  Des has a reputation for delivering value and has a depth of experience in professional service firms which enables him to focus on the continual development and growth of the firm. 

Our senior partner is Mark Carlton who is a specialist in family law and has over 25 years' experience in this field.  He has Advanced Membership of the Law Society's Family Law Accreditation Scheme and was one of the UK's first legal experts to qualify under the family law arbitration scheme. He is also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer, as well as being a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Resolution.