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Schofield Sweeney acquires boutique legal practice

Published 6th Nov 2020 by Emma Sinfield

Schofield Sweeney has acquired Leeds-based boutique firm Prodicus Legal. Prodicus Legal is a successful and growing niche practice which complements the litigation and corporate services and wider offering at Schofield Sweeney.


James Wood established Prodicus Legal in 2013. The team specialises in complex shareholder disputes, commercial frauds, insolvency litigation and property disputes for businesses and individuals across the UK. James will become a Partner at Schofield Sweeney. The Prodicus litigation team also includes solicitor Damian Kilroy who has worked closely with James for 6 years developing a strong reputation for working on complex disputes.

Pauline Hanratty will strengthen Schofield Sweeney’s corporate offering.She has significant experience advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial matters for clients ranging from sole traders to PLCs.

The two firms have had a close relationship for many years, Pauline having trained at Schofield Sweeney and James having been formerly a Partner at Schofield Sweeney before setting up the practice. Both are excited about returning to a firm of which they have fond memories and are more than aware that the firm lives up to its reputation of giving excellent clear commercial legal advice.

Since 2013 Prodicus has built a strong following of clients as well as a reputation amongst other professionals for quality work.

“Schofield Sweeney has a strong reputation in the market and the opportunity to create a combined entity will provide clients with access to a wider range of services, strategic advice and excellent client care. We’ve seen an increase in litigation activity this year and the safe assumption is that there will be significant levels of fall-out from distressed debt. As part of a larger team we will continue to offer the sound commercial advice and support that our clients have come to trust” James Wood, Partner

“We are really pleased to welcome the Prodicus team and their clients to Schofield Sweeney, where they will continue to enjoy the high quality of advice and service that they have been used to, together with access to the range of other services we provide.We have responded well as a business to the challenges presented by Covid (since March we have recruited close to 20 lawyers) and look to the future with cautious optimism as we continue to grow” Steven Millward, Partner.


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