We are a dedicated commercial department with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property and general commercial law.

To provide a more efficient service the department is now centred on our Pontefract office, however we are available to see clients at either of our offices (Castleford) or your place of business.

Whilst we are proud of our local connections; being based close to the motorway network means we are able to serve a large client base throughout Yorkshire and beyond.

Please follow the links for matters relating to commercial law and commercial dispute resolution.

Our People

Christopher Wilton
Christopher Wilton
Senior Partner, Departmental Head – Commercial Department
Pontefract Office

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in commercial law matters. He has developed a wide network of clients and contacts and consequently acts on behalf of a large number of local individuals and companies as well as several national and international organisations. Chris is also a Notary Public, one of few in the Yorkshire region, which is an asset to the international companies he represents.

Chris acts on behalf of a number of farmers and land owners with extensive agricultural portfolios.

Away from the legal environment Chris is an ordained Anglican priest and, as a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, can provide valuable insight into ecclesiastical law matters. Chris is also a trustee of various local and national charities.

To email Chris, click here.

Jonathan Sharp
Jonathan Sharp
Managing Partner – Commercial Department
Pontefract Office

Following a career in banking Jonathan joined the firm in 2004, qualified into the commercial department as an assistant Solicitor and was appointed Partner in 2010 and Managing Partner  in 2017.  Jonathan is also qualified to undertake notary duties.

Jonathan specialises in all aspects of Land/Property Law, dealing mainly with commercial property work where Jonathan has developed a sound following due to his ability to advise and negotiate complex lease and business acquisition transactions in a constantly changing marketplace.

Jonathan acts for a number of clients with large commercial property portfolios, advising on sales and purchases; all aspects of leases and lease renewals (both landlord and tenant); Authorised Guarantee Agreements; business sales and purchases and partnership agreements.

Jonathan also manages a residential property caseload and prides himself on his ability to deal with matters quickly and efficiently.

Jonathan sits on the board of a number of local voluntary organisations.

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Black and white photo of Jack Lindley
Jack Lindley
Pontefract Office

Jack joined the firm as a paralegal in June 2018 and began his traineeship in September of the same year. Keen and diligent, Jack advises on a variety of matters from corporate to commercial and residential real estate. Jack always takes a pragmatic and flexible approach with clients, understanding their objectives and focused on achieving them. Jack qualified as a Solicitor in November 2020. joined the Firm in 2017 and completed his training in July 2020.

To email Jack, click here.