When you need legal expertise, nine times out of ten you need it fast and at a price you can afford. And that’s precisely what we deliver.

Why Milners?

Who are Milners?

Speak to our team:


☎ 0113 245 0852

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☎ 01423 530 103

✉ hello@milnerslaw.com


☎ 01977 644 864

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Milners Solicitors – legal expertise you can afford

When you need legal expertise, nine times out of ten you need it fast and at a price you can afford. That’s precisely what our team of approachable Yorkshire lawyers deliver. And it’s a legal reputation of which we are proud.

Our partners have amassed some seriously heavyweight legal experience working for bigger, more expensive, law firms. Now, through Milners, you can get your hands on all this legal expertise for a sensible price. We’re fast, efficient and reliable – and also a pretty nice bunch of experienced lawyers to deal with.

Our solicitors don’t believe in legal jargon or unnecessary bureaucracy. We do believe in plain talking and finding the legal solution that’s in your best interests. We also give you our number. Our clients can ring straight through to the lead solicitor handling their case – it saves everyone time and money.

It’s been the same throughout Milners’ 120-year history of delivering the best legal advice. Our lawyers’ approach has always been to provide you or your business with professional, flexible legal solutions you can afford – in a way that’s quick and efficient.

Our growing team of specialist solicitors – based at our headquarters in Leeds and our family of offices in Pontefract and Harrogate – have the legal experience and skills to provide for all your needs.

Contact Milners Solicitors. Yorkshire-based legal expertise for the entire UK and beyond.

What our clients say…

“Straightforward and practical advice with very transparent pricing – a refreshing change from a solicitors! Simon Bass was both supportive legally and personally after a recent bereavement, as well as being a lovely chap with it.”

What our clients say…

“Milners solicitors dealt with my needs efficiently, friendly and professionally. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone.”

Personal Legal Solutions

When you need legal expertise, you’ll find us plain talking and focussed on finding the right solution for you. We’re flexible and approachable, tailoring your case to your individual needs.

Business Legal Solutions

We’re here to navigate the complexities of corporate law, so you can focus on doing what you do best – running your business. With our affordable expertise on your side, we’ll guide you every step of the way.

Latest news

Milners solicitors is always working to help our clients. Researching current issues and providing clear and easy to understand help.

Latest news

Grounds for concern? Exploring the added costs surrounding leasehold apartments

OUR Residential Property Manager and Yorkshire Post property correspondent, John Robson, has expert advice for homebuyers who are confronted by high ground rent fees, in his latest Question and Answer column on all things property. Here, he outlines the law around...

The Ex-Factor: why it’s vital to make or change your will after separation 

The early part of any year goes hand-in-hand with an increase in divorce applications. And 2019 is already proving no exception. This is normally because families and spouses have had a period of two and three weeks or more together in close proximity over Christmas...

Changes to the immigration rule post-Brexit: What it means for employers

As Brexit looms ever closer, there is a raft of implications for the workforce that employers in various business sectors need to consider – and act on. While some uncertainty still surrounds the deal and date regarding the UK’s exit of the European Union, there is...

Employment law changes in 2018 – and a sneak peek into what’s looming this year for employers and employees

FOR both employers and employees, there was a raft of changes to the world of employment law during 2018. The main employment law challenges that had the biggest and most far-reaching impact included: Gender pay gap reporting Gender pay gap reports for certain public...

Business Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

An LPA is a legal document that allows you to nominate and authorise a person of your choice to make and implement decisions on your behalf. This person is known as your Attorney. With these hugely important documents in place, you can be certain that management of...

Banking on a good redundancy package? Don’t bet on it without a settlement agreement

THE importance of employees securing a good settlement agreement from their employers when facing redundancy has again come to the fore with the announcement of hundreds of job losses on our Leeds doorstep. Looking out across Leeds city centre from our offices, we can...

How to accelerate the success of turning your personal injury claim into a Princely sum

IT’S been crowned the most high-profile traffic accident on the UK roads – and one that has triggered a right Royal rumpus and public debate as a result. When Prince Phillip, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s Land Rover overturned after being in collision with another car...

National media turn to Milners’ for commercial property expert view

WHEN the national media were seeking an expert comment on a commercial property story, they turned to Milners solicitors. Our Partner and Head of Property, Andrew Price, was able to share his insight on the controversial closure of a flagship store by Marks & Spencer...

The Brexit vote – five most likely scenarios facing Theresa May and the nation

DEAL or no deal? No, it’s not the Noel Edmonds TV programme that people across the nation will be tuning into tonight. But the Parliamentary vote on Brexit which is being billed as the most important for generations. With Europe and the world’s eyes fixed on its...

Going, going, gone … do your homework before buying a home under the hammer

HE is TV’s “Mr Property” – the familiar face who has presented the popular BBC show Homes Under The Hammer for 15 years, as well as swopping luxury properties for the Australian jungle in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of...

Jaguar Land Rover job losses highlight the importance of steering the right course in employment law

THE announcement of up to 5,000 job losses at car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is a body blow to UK industry. But whether you are a business owner contemplating thousands of job losses, or just a single one, it’s essential to understand all aspects of redundancy...

Right on time! Supporting Yorkshire’s hard-hit SMEs in fighting back over late payers

NEW research published this week found that Yorkshire’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) were the UK’s worst-off in what is being branded “a crisis of slow and late payment”. No fewer than 80% of small businesses reported issues with slow payment of invoices – with...

Keeping your dying wishes up-to-date – and away from a court room battle

IT started with a kiss and a romantic first meeting at a jive dancing club. But it ended some 12 years later in a bitter court case in which a Judge was forced to rule over a family inheritance row. And the acrimonious dispute over the will’s contents resulted in a...

Falling foul of new staff pay law could leave employers facing the music

The unveiling of Zoe Ball as the new host of BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show has turned up the volume of controversy surrounding a new employment law on staff pay. Since April, all companies with more than 250 employees have been forced to publish average salary...

What next for Uber as it steers itself into employment law spotlight

A LANDMARK employment law ruling has put a bump in the road for Uber and, potentially, the way it operates in the future.The company has lost its legal appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed. This decision –...

Hug-gate! Ted Baker allegations put the squeeze on sexual harassment in the workplace

A WARM greeting - or inappropriate behaviour? It’s a question that has been thrust into the employment law spotlight after staff at a leading High Street fashion brand accused their boss of instigating a culture of “forced hugging”. The allegations made against...

Mentoring at Leeds Beckett University

Elizabeth Shaduwa and Nicola May have recently enrolled in a Mentor Scheme in association with Leeds Beckett University. The Scheme is intended for Students who are looking for help with pursuing their legal careers. The Mentees are allocated a Mentor who is already...

Don’t be out of pocket by letting your pet drive you to distraction

THEY say that dogs are man’s best friend. But if you are involved in a road traffic accident, they could prove to be your worst enemy. Because driving with an unrestrained pet can invalidate car insurance polices - meaning motorists are left to pay out personally for...


MILNERS has taken on a starring role in a setting with a difference – an award-winning movie. Film crews zoomed in on our city centre headquarters as a location for the British boxing comedy drama Gloves Off, starring Ricky Tomlinson and Denise Van Outen. The movie,...

Mounting concern over banks’ will-writing fees sparks warning

The latest controversy to hit the UK banking sector has underlined the importance of seeking independent expert advice when writing a will, a Yorkshire law firm Milners has warned. As grieving relatives are now finding out to their cost in ever-increasing numbers, the...

The safeguards that need a starring role in your written will to stave off a Coronation Street-style feud

A FEUD over a loved one’s dying wishes is gripping millions of Coronation Street fans.  But, as JESSICA SAVAGE explains here, there is a number of important safeguards that should be taken when writing a will to prevent this TV storyline playing out in real life. The...

Leeds lawyers strengthen key teams with brace of appointments

ONE of Leeds’ longest-established solicitors has bolstered its team with a brace of new appointments. Milners, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary, has recruited Nicola May to strengthen its commercial property specialism, while Nathan Watts joins its...

Schools face new lessons as child sexual abuse spotlight switches focus

RESIDENTIAL schools will face scrutiny as the UK’s biggest ever inquiry into child sexual abuse prepares to switch its investigative focus onto them. Our expert BEN HARRISON was invited by to share his inside track on what lies ahead with more than 1,000 independent...

Soaring demand for modern business units across Yorkshire opens up new opportunities

BUSINESS growth in Yorkshire is in danger of stalling unless more purpose-built industrial units are created to meet demand, says our Commercial Property Partner MATHEW HAYNES. As you can read here, the situation presents a great opportunity for landowners, investors...

Failure to disclose doesn’t mean money back’

IN his latest “Ask the Expert” column for the Yorkshire Post, our Residential Property Manager in Harrogate JOHN ROBSON explores your legal position when sellers fail to disclose known defects when you are buying their property. Click here to read his article....

Milners solicitors expands into new Harrogate offices after year of growth

MILNERS solicitors has marked its first anniversary in Harrogate by expanding into new offices. After launching in the spa town at the same time it acquired a long-standing conveyancing practice, the firm has now relocated its team to Princes Square. “After a year of...

Lifetime Achievement honour for Milners’ Chris Lewis

A FAMILIAR face to many Milners’ clients has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the legal sector in a career spanning over half a century. Christopher Lewis, who retired this summer from his role as a legal consultant based at...

Sellers could face hefty fees from estate management firms

John Robson, our Residential Property Manager based in Harrogate, shares his expertise with readers of the Yorkshire Post’s popular Saturday property supplement on a regular basis. In his latest column, he explores the costs and requirements surrounding the sale of...

Milners Eyes Expansion With Key Appointment and New Harrogate Office Plans

MILNERS has strengthened its expertise with the senior appointment of one of Yorkshire’s leading names in conveyancing. It has appointed John Robson as Residential Property Manager at its Harrogate base as the company eyes further expansion in the spa town’s thriving...

Milners Sponsor Guiseley Girls Under 13’s football Team

Milners are very proud to sponsor the Guiseley Girls Under 13’s football team. Follow and support the team by visiting www.guiseleyjuniors.co.uk. Milners wish them all the best for the season ahead.

Leeds’ longest-serving solicitor bids farewell after more than half a century

THE Leeds legal sector is this week poised to bid farewell to its longest-practising solicitor. Christopher Lewis is retiring from his role as a legal consultant at Milners on Friday (June 30), marking the end of a successful career that has spanned more than half a...

Lawyer Goes ‘Back to School’

Lawyer goes ‘back to school’ to give lessons on data protection to UK independent education sector. A LEADING Yorkshire lawyer has been invited to help schools across the UK avoid data protection breaches and combat the growing menace of cyber-attacks. Giles Ward,...

Wish you were here?

Wish you were here? ‘High profile’ Leeds law firm sees profile soar even higher! IT’S not every day the skyline HQ of Leeds lawyers Milners finds itself propelled into the media alongside a set of new partners with a difference – including the sweeping peaks of...

Our People

Straight talking and focussed on finding the solution that’s in your best interests, get to know the people who will become your team at Milners solicitors.

Simon Bass, Managing Partner


07789 401 464

Simon plays a strategic role in all our work disciplines. Simon has a wide range of experience in employment law, business law, professional negligence, insurance law and personal injury. As well as acting for private individuals, Simon also regularly advises businesses on strategic support and dealing with disputes that have arisen.

Giles Ward, Senior Partner


07789 401 411

Giles is Milners’ Head of Litigation. He has been practising law since the early 1990s and represents clients both nationally and internationally. Giles has considerable expertise in all forms of tribunal and substantial trial experience in both court and arbitration. He is often instructed on extremely sensitive and complicated matters by institutions, charities, companies and individuals alike.

Victoria Barraclough, Partner & Practice Manager


0113 380 1886

Victoria joined Milners in 2008 as a solicitor. At that time she specialised in asset-related recovery and dispute resolution. She acted for local, national and international companies and advised on administrations, individual voluntary arrangements, bankruptcy and winding up petitions. Victoria is now part of the Management Team, working closely with Simon Bass, the Managing Partner. She is responsible for the firm’s compliance and is also involved in the day to day running of the firm.

Danielle Symington, Legal Advisor


0113 380 1856

Danielle is a key member of our experienced employment law team. She provides specialist legal advice to both employees and employers. Her employment law specialisms span discrimination and inequality in the workplace; redundancy; constructive dismissal and unfair dismissal; employment contracts and employment policies.

Andrew Price, Partner and Head of Property


07525 967 319

Andrew heads up our Commercial Property department. He has 16 years experience in Commercial Property including senior positions at two large firms of solicitors in Leeds and has helped Milners to achieve a Tier 5 ranking in The Legal 500 UK 2015.

Mathew Haynes, Commerical Property Partner


0113 3801 851

Mathew has joined Milners’ commercial property team and is also the Money Laundering Officer and training principal for our trainee solicitors. He offers expertise built over 14 years working with clients and commercial agents in the Yorkshire property sector and beyond.

Kirsty Linden, Partner


0113 380 1870

Kirsty, who joined us from Baxter Caulfield Solicitors in 2007, has worked in the legal profession since 2000. She is our designated Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COLP). Kirsty is another member of our team who is young, talented and ambitious. Her qualifications include being a Full Member of Accounting Technicians and she is currently studying the ACCA Accountancy Qualification.

Dylan Gorman, Senior Litigation Executive


0113 380 1858

Dylan, who joined us in 1997, works in our personal injury department and specialises in all areas of compensation claims. Acting for individuals on a wide range of injury and liability issues, his recent cases include assisting in a multi-million pound brain damage and tetraplegic personal injury case.

Jessica Savage, Solicitor


0113 3801 875

I am a fully qualified member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP). I qualified as a solicitor at Milners in November 2012 and specialise in Private Client Law dealing with a wide range of wills, trusts, probate cases, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection of work and administration of estates.

Ben Harrison, Solicitor


0113 380 1866

Ben is a Litigation and Public Law Solicitor specialising in Contract and Commercial disputes as well as claims of Professional Negligence from both a Claimant and Defendant perspective. On the Public Law front, Ben has acted for respondents and participants to Independent Inquiries as well as Statutory Inquiries initiated by the Charity Commission.

Elizabeth Shaduwa, Solicitor


0113 380 1853

With over 11 years of experience in various aspects property, Elizabeth Shaduwa currently works within our Commercial Property team. Having qualified in 2009, Elizabeth’s varied career has seen her gain considerable experience in property transitions, acting for private clients, property developers as well as managing the complex and challenging requirements for commercial purchases.

Oliver Cashman, Solicitor


0113 380 1854

Oliver Cashman, having qualified in 2008 has earned a distinguished reputation as a leading authority in the fields of commercial and employment litigation. His career to date has seen him thrust in at the deep end of numerous high profile, public cases including the phone hacking scandal of 2011 as well as managing compensation claims for the many victims of Jimmy Saville.

John Robson, Residential Property Manager


01423 530 103

John Robson has recently joined our residential property team bringing with him over 35 years of experience in the residential property field. John’s highly accomplished career in property makes him one of the most trusted and recognised in his field, having gained high profiled clients and dealt with countless complex transactions.

Caroline Durkin, Residential Property Manager


01423 530 103

I am part of our Residential Conveyancing Department, having joined the firm in May 2013 and I have acquired over 10 years of Conveyancing experience. My residential property experience includes:
Housing association sales, Plot sale and purchases, Transfer of Equity’s, Remortgages, Freehold and Leasehold Properties, Unregistered and Registered land

Where to find us

Leeds based solicitors, we also have offices in Harrogate and Pontefract but operate throughout Yorkshire and further afield..

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Milners - Harrogate

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Do we fit the part?

Let’s work together.

At Milners solicitors we offer a free initial consultation where you can speak to a member of our specialist team.


  • we’re exceptional team players intent on your success
  • we’re flexible and approachable, tailoring our experience as solicitors to your needs in every case
  • with our combined strength and determination we are always committed to delivering the results you need.

Do we fit the part?

Let’s work together.

At Milners solicitors we offer a free initial consultation where you can speak to a member of our specialist team.


  • we’re exceptional team players intent on your success
  • we’re flexible and approachable, tailoring our experience as solicitors to your needs in every case
  • with our combined strength and determination we are always committed to delivering the results you need.


Whitehall Waterfront
2 Riverside Way

0113 245 0852


12 Princes Square
North Yorkshire

01423 530 103


9A High Street
Upton, Pontefract
West Yorkshire

01977 644 864