What Our Clients Say
The service provided by both Jessica and James was excellent. Any issues/queries were always dealt with promptly with minimal input from me, which allowed me to concentrate on other matters in relation to the Liquidation.
- Iain Townsend, Stockton-On-Tees – FRP Advisory LLP
When Andrew Walker needed legal advice in relation to the sale of his York-based accountancy business he had no hesitation in contacting Hethertons.
He had previously had dealings with the law firm through day-to-day work with his clients and approached them in January 2017 to discuss the transaction.
Simon Crack, the director of Hethertons’ My Business Legal, and Jessica Roberts, the Head of Corporate Law, talked Andrew through the sale of White Kite Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors – which he had set up almost a decade earlier.
He also relied on Hethertons for advice on the various aspects of employment law he needed to be aware of.
Andrew said that he was impressed with the firm’s efficient handling of the sale.
“I was looking for a law firm which was straightforward and wouldn’t complicate things,” he said.
“It was also important that I was dealing with a firm which was very responsive. With something like this there can be periods when there’s a lull and very little is happening and then there will be times when everything seems to be happening at once. I was impressed with how Hethertons managed all that.
“I also wanted to deal with solicitors who would make it clear what was and wasn’t possible. You want to be sure that you’re aware of all the options available.”
Following the successful completion of the sale, Andrew said he would be happy to continue to recommend Hethertons to other people, having already suggested them to a number of professional contacts previously.
- Andrew Walker, Managing Director, White Kite
Jean Barrington Limited is a bespoke stationery supplier, set up by Nigel and Jean Boyes 25 years ago.
The firm, based in Kirkbymoorside, manufactures a variety of gift stationery and social stationery and now distributes for a number of American companies.
The company were referred to Hethertons Solicitors when they were seeking corporate and commercial legal advice. Subsequently they have continued to receive ongoing guidance through the MyBusinessLegal team.
“Hethertons have been excellent,” said Nigel. “One of the matters we brought to them had got quite complicated, however they remained calm and professional throughout.
“What I’m looking for from a solicitor is somebody who is efficient. I want to know that if I need help with something that I’m able to just pick up the phone and they’ll be able to deal with it. I’ve always found that with Hethertons.”
Throughout his dealings with Simon Crack, head of the Hethertons MyBusinessLegal team, and Jo Yeates, who leads the firm’s employment team, Nigel said that he had always welcomed their plain-language approach.
“That’s been excellent,” he added. “They never try to confuse you with a lot of complicated terms, they’ve always used simple language that you can understand.”
And Nigel said he wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Hethertons to other people.
“I’d have no reason not to. I’ve found them professional, friendly and always able to get the job sorted.”
- Nigel Boyes, Owner, Jean Barrington Ltd
In 2011 Tom Hiskey co-founded The Law Wizard Limited, a start-up company that provides software to legal firms and probate specialists.
The York-based enterprise was a big success and three years later Tom and his business partner Rob Blake decided to take the opportunity to sell the business on.
They approached Hethertons for legal advice to progress the sale and were advised by the Head of the firm’s MyBusinessLegal team, Simon Crack.
Hethertons oversaw the business sale transaction from start to finish and Tom said it was a positive experience throughout.
“It was very, very good. You always knew that everything was in hand and that every stage of the process was being dealt with as thoroughly as possible.
“When you are selling your own company it can obviously be a very nervous time, but Hethertons put us at ease. Simon is extremely approachable and always made sure to keep us up-to-date with where things were and made it clear about what we needed to do next.”
Having previously worked in the legal profession himself, Tom is better placed than most to assess how a solicitor has handled a matter.
“What I can say from personal experience is that solicitors can sometimes be a bit unclear, but that wasn’t something I encountered with Hethertons at all. Everything was explained very well.
“I have already recommended Hethertons to people and would continue to do so in future.”
- Tom Hiskey, Founder of The Law Wizard
Little Acorns Limited is a successful day nursery based in the Clifton area of York.
Since opening in 2004, the nursery has expanded in size and today 15 members of staff help to look after almost 100 local children.
The business has been owned by Sarah Saville since 2011; she had already been working at the nursery for a number of years and decided to buy it when the previous owner retired.
When she needed a solicitor to guide her through the purchase, it was her accountant who recommended Hethertons and Sarah got in touch with Simon Crack, Director and Head of the firm’s MyBusinessLegal team.
Sarah said she couldn’t have been happier with the level of service she had received.
“From the very beginning I couldn’t have asked for more,” she said. “They were friendly, professional at all times and always there to deal with my queries. And because they were a local firm, I knew that I could see them in person if I needed to, as well as speaking to them on the phone.”
Hethertons provided Sarah with all the necessary legal advice relating to the purchase of the business and once the transaction was complete she continued to seek advice from the firm about matters such as employment law, liaising with head of department Jo Yeates.
“When I bought the business I was suddenly dealing with things that were completely new to me and it was important that I had someone I could turn to, to answer any questions that I had.
“Throughout the time I have been dealing with them, I’ve always found that Hethertons have gone above and beyond and have recommended them to a number of other people I know.”
- Sarah Saville, Owner, Little Acorns Day Nursery
Located in Brackenholme near the Yorkshire town of Selby, Munchkins Day Nursery is a 35 place nursery school, which also specialises in after school and holiday childcare for up to 25 youngsters.
Established in 2011 by its founders and Directors Natalie Huntington and Sally Hampshire, Munchkins has grown and grown to become one of Selby’s most prominent children’s nurseries and now employs 14 people.
Hethertons was recommended to Munchkins by their financial advisor whilst preparing to open their business. The company was advised by Simon Crack, Director and head of the MyBusinessLegal Team at Hethertons.
Natalie continues the story: “We initially contacted Hethertons to help us set up the business and handle the lease on our business premises. It was clear from the start that they were able to provide the advice and services that we required and we felt really confident in trusting them to help us.
“Since then Hethertons have helped our business with a number of issues, but they have also helped me personally. The team at Hethertons are very professional but also very personable. They treat you like a human being and everyone I have worked with on both the business and private client side of the business has always been very helpful.”
Hethertons continue to provide Munchkins with a range of services through the MyBusinessLegal team and Natalie says that she feels confident contacting Hethertons should she have any specific requirements.
Natalie added: “Many of the solicitors within the firm know me by first name now and I know I can go to them with any issue I have. Hethertons are a great firm, they make you feel comfortable, even at the most difficult times and their fees are very competitive. We have already recommended Hethertons to other businesses and we would definitely do so again in future.”
- Natalie Huntington, Brackenholme – Munchkins Day Nursery
Based near Harrogate and established in 1958, Daleside Nurseries specialises in supplying plants and plant related items to the general public, landscapers and some florists who require specialist items.
Co-owned by Managing Director, Stuart Townsend, the business has grown in recent years and now employs some 16 people from premises in Harrogate.
Stuart takes up the story, “We have been advised by Simon Crack for over 20 years. He is extremely approachable and refreshingly, doesn’t bamboozle you with legal
jargon when working with you. Everything is incredibly straight forward and we can always be confident of being able to speak to him and his team as soon as we need assistance”.
Hethertons provide Stuart with ongoing legal advice via the MyBusinessLegal team including employment and HR issues.
Stuart continues, “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Hethertons to other businesses.
We certainly go straight to them when we have any legal issues and have always been able to get expert and grounded advice. I have also used Hethertons for my personal legal requirements and enjoyed the same positive experience”.
- Stuart Townsend, Harrogate – Daleside Nurseries
"Many thanks for the prompt service and professional support - it’s meant a lot to me. Your efforts are much appreciated. I know where to come if I need support."
- Mrs E, York – NBA HR Services Limited
What Our Clients Say
"No criticisms. Jessica Roberts was excellent, immediately understood what we needed. She was particularly good at keeping us informed with a brief email every Friday and dealt with matter efficiently."
- Mr & Mrs W, York
"Thank you for your patience and pragmatism! Really really appreciate it!"
- Mrs F, Warwick
"We are very grateful to David Hallam for all the hard work. If it wasn't for David helping us out the way he did with our concerns around the loft space we would not even have been in this position again to try and purchase the flat. Hethertons have done an amazing job throughout! Thank you so much, David have really helped us out!"
- Mr & Mrs D, London
"I wanted to commend and thank James Sweetzer who acted on our behalf and has acted for us on other transactions. We must have put him through a lot of stress by the way events unfolded. Not only did he not once complain but he never seemed to be flustered and always had our interests at heart. His level of communication is exceptional and I did not have to chase him up on one thing- he always got there first."
"Having someone like James to rely on is incredibly helpful to the running and success of a young and growing company of which James has become an integral part."
- Mr W, Surrey
"Thank you so much for making the property purchase such a straight forward and pleasant transaction. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and hope to do so again."
- Mr A, York
"Everyone I have had contact with at Hethertons has been extremely polite, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable."
"I would like to particularly mention David Hallam in whom I have the utmost trust and confidence. He has always been very accessible and his straight forward manner, friendliness and promptness is extremely reassuring at often stressful times."
"I will happily continue to use his services and cannot recommend your practice highly enough"
- Mrs F, Carmarthen
"Both David & Vicky were absolutely fantastic & very helpful throughout the process. Extremely pleased & satisfied with the services."
- Mr J and Ms P, Boroughbridge
"Always excellent service."
- Mr M, Boroughbridge
"Could not have asked for a better service."
- Mrs D, Ripon
"Excellent service from David Hallam 10/10."
- Mrs D, Boroughbridge
"We were provided with a prompt and professional service. Thank you"
- Mr S, York
What Our Clients Say
"The support we received from Hethertons in the setting up of Bar Lane Studios was second to none and above the call of duty. Their enthusiasm in helping us build a solid basis for serving the local community as a not-for-profit social enterprise and our continuing relationship has demonstrated not only their commitment as professional advisors but also their keenness to be involved in community projects. "
- Mark Gibson and Ben Clowes, Founders and Directors, Bar Lane Studios
"Over the last six months we have dealt with a very difficult personnel problem, this was not only stressful but very time consuming. During this time, Jo Yeates has been very supportive, listened carefully to the problem, then advised a practical method of beginning to resolve the problem. This help and support has been invaluable at no time did we feel just another “HR issue”, we received personal and supportive advice from Jo at all times."
- Joan Stainsby, Trustee, Zoes Place Baby Hospice
"I have now used the services of Hethertons solicitors for over 5 years. I have found them to be a very professional and competent company. They always deliver what they say they will.
I have used them for a range of services and have always found them to be first class and very prompt in their work. They are a very friendly and approachable company and I would not hesitate in recommending them. "
- Martin Rhodes, Managing Director, White Rose Transport Limited
"I am writing to let you know how pleased we are with the service we get from the Employment law Team.
We have had occasions where we have needed support and found all the team to be first class in the responses we have received.
We have had basic enquiries, to confirm a specific point of action or clarification of interpretation, dealt with quickly and succinctly.
We have also had the need to seek more detailed support on issues that have arisen. Once again we have been given a very professional and easy to understand form of help.
We are extremely pleased that we took your services on board, they have saved us a great deal of time and ensured we have taken the correct decisions in our day to day dealings.
I would like you to pass on our thanks to the team for all their help and support. "
- Colin A Hodgson, Operations Director, C F Stead
"My company has used Hethertons HELP package for the last 5 years and have been extremely satisfied with the service we have received. Jo Yeates and her team go the extra mile to provide much needed support in respect of all our employment issues. We would recommend them to anyone. "
- Peter Docwra, Managing Director, Ashtons Estate Agents
"I recently had the pleasure of dealing with Gillian Markland regarding a personal employment matter. I found her and the company to be very professional in their approach, demonstrating expertise and integrity at all times.
On a personal level I found Gillian to be friendly and approachable. She was able to demonstrate the necessary legal expertise and knowledge to help speedily resolve my situation, in a way which I felt made a difference to the outcome.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Hethertons to anyone seeking legal advice in the future.
- Andy Powell
"Thank you for all your help – you and your team are life savers."
- Cooper & Westgate
"Since switching to Hethertons in 2014 I have been very impressed with their service, they have listened to what we wanted and tailored their service accordingly. It allows me to do my job safe in the knowledge that all our legal requirements are well taken care. I find the team at Hethertons very approachable and easy to contact when needed.”
- Mark Wilson, Streamline Taxis (York) Ltd.
"I am always thoroughly impressed with the service I receive from Jo and the employment team. They are very friendly but yet professional and are a phone call away for advice no matter how small or big. I would happily recommend you all."
- Sarah Saville, Owner, Little Acorns Day Nursery
"We have used Hethertons Solicitors since 2009 to present for all our Employment Advice, Employment Contracts and Staff Handbook, Company Shareholders Agreement, Wills, Tenancy Agreements and litigation advice.
I would highly recommend Hethertons for the many services they offer. I have always found them to be very professional and supportive towards our business. All the staff are very friendly and down to earth and always go that extra mile to help. Matters are always dealt with speedily. At times I have required urgent advice which has always been dealt with promptly and professionally either by phone calls, drafting of letters or emails.
I would highly recommend Hethertons Solicitors for their professional services to friends, family, colleagues and business associates."
- Helen Prentice, Director, Keith France Electrical Contractor Ltd
"We have been working with Hethertons for about 10 years now and our experience of using them has been excellent. They adopt the same sense of urgency as we do.”
"Personnel issues can be very stressful at the time and need an immediate response. We benefit in the knowledge that we can act in a legal and professional manner towards our employees and we continue to use Hethertons for the instant response they offer."
“Hethertons are a friendly and approachable team. We would strongly recommend them for their very personal service."
- Caroline Borley, Director, Mat Services Ltd
"We are a small charity who must ensure that every penny that donors give is spent in the most efficient manner. We have been using the services of Hethertons for over 4 years during this time we most definitely have had 'value for money'. The service they provide is efficient, helpful, supportive and above all else they are very approachable."
- Joan Stainsby, Executive Trustee, Zoe’s Place Trust Baby Hospice
"Future Cleaning has been using Hethertons Solicitors for employment law since 2009 and I have always found them to be professional, efficient and reliable; giving us excellent advice and support over the years. Hethertons are a local firm who always go the extra mile in resolving our HR issues. Jo and her team go over and above their responsibilities as our HR advisors and have attended many training days and conferences to further develop our Area Managers and Administrators’ HR knowledge. I would not hesitate to recommend Hethertons Solicitors to anyone."
- Charles Chisholm, CEO, Future Cleaning Services Ltd