Client news

Here is a selection of recent news stories from clients - it is not exhaustive but a flavour of what's happening on the media relations front.


19 April 2017

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Famous faces, culinary capers and bounteous banquets will jostle for space on the menu when Yorkshire chef Stephanie Moon becomes the latest guest speaker in a series of business lunches at Harrogate’s West Park Hotel.

The event, entitled “Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire!” takes place on Friday 5 May and Stephanie will share tales of what she said to the Queen when she met her, the weirdest food request from a pop star and her biggest cooking demonstration disaster!

Stephanie, who is a Chef Consultant with her own business, All Things Food, is a Yorkshire farmer’s daughter. She trained at Craven College, Skipton where she won a work experience placement at London’s renowned hotel ‘The Dorchester’. There, Stephanie was offered a full-time position working for world famous chef Anton Mosimann, setting her on the road to success.

She travelled widely before returning to her Yorkshire roots and working at a number of well-known hotels, including Wood Hall near Wetherby, the Coniston Hotel and Rudding Park.

The two-course lunch begins at noon and tickets, priced at £25, are available from the West Park Hotel on 01423 524471.


Caption: Chef Consultant Stephanie Moon speaks at Harrogate’s West Park Hotel on Friday 5 May.

13 April 2017


Harrogate-based McCormicks Solicitors has won an expanded role in its work for the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), the former mandatory professional indemnity insurer for all solicitors in England and Wales.

McCormicks acts for SIF on recovery cases involving solicitors’ negligence claims, both current and expected, and the firm’s role has been expanded with a formal appointment to work more closely alongside SIF’s in-house team dealing with early claim notifications and the investigation and vetting of those claims.

McCormicks has acted for SIF, formed in 1987, since 1991. SIF entered into run-off in 2000, following the Law Society’s decision to allow an open market choice for professional indemnity insurance. On-going claim and Panel management activities are expected to continue into the 2020s.

McCormicks Partner Philip Edmondson is the firm’s nominated SIF Partner. He said: “This extension to our role is a testament to our hard work, service levels and the relationship we have built with the in-house team at SIF, over 26 years.”


11 April 2017


The huge generosity of people from across the Harrogate district and beyond has been praised by the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown, after a ball held to mark the close of his year in office raised a massive £125,000 for his five chosen local charities.

The Mayor’s Magical Spring Ball at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate at the weekend was attended by more than 340 people, with fierce bidding for both silent and live auction lots which included everything from a summer evening helicopter flight across North Yorkshire to a half-day consultation with award-winning garden designer and broadcaster, Matthew Wilson.

 Coun Brown said: “The event exceeded all the expectations of both myself and my hard-working Ball committee, with proceeds in excess of £125,000. None of this would have been possible without the huge generosity of all those who gave their time to help organise the event, our fantastic sponsors, everyone who donated superb auction lots and prizes for our Tree of Life, fun games and, of course, all those who attended and dug deep to benefit the charities.”

The Ball had an Alice in Wonderland theme, with characters from the story popping up, tables named after events in the story, and a themed menu devised by the Harrogate district’s only Michelin-starred chef, Frances Atkins of the Yorke Arms at Ramsgill. The auction was conducted by Charles Hanson, best known for his appearances in the BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, and the Master of Ceremonies was Harry Gration of BBC Look North.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Mayor’s nominated charities: Harrogate Homeless Project, Saint Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate Choral Society, the Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon and the Northern Aldborough Festival.

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28 March 2017


Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough has set up a crowd funding campaign to help bring its popular beach back to the town this summer.

The Urban Beach is part of the Knaresborough feva festival, held in the town every August, and has played host to hundreds of families over the past three years.

This year the Centre needs to raise £2,500 to ensure it can happen again for both locals and visitors to the town. To help it raise the funds, simply visit and donate.

The project sees a grassed area at the Centre transformed with top quality sand into an exciting urban beach. Live music and face painting plus other arts and crafts add to the holiday atmosphere as well as allowing the Arts & Crafts Centre to showcase the work of its disabled Art Makers, raising funds in the process.

And the Centre does not expect something for nothing: anyone who contributes can expect a reward in the form of a custom-made thank you card or artwork handmade by the Henshaws Art Makers.

Henshaws fundraiser Rachael Pratt said: “Unfortunately the feva committee has been unable to fund the beach this year so we are looking at alternative ways to ensure it can still happen. It is such an important part of the feva festival and the £2,500 will help us to cover the cost of the sand and the machinery and equipment for putting it into place so that the families of Knaresborough can enjoy the beach once again We have already raised some funds but we really need the town and the surrounding area to support us. Then all we need is some sunshine!”

Henshaws charity supports people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to achieve their ambitions and to go beyond expectations. Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre is open to all and brings people together to be creative in an atmosphere that never fails to inspire. Through its workshops, people living with a range of disabilities discover their talents, put them into practice and realise their full potential.



On Knaresborough beach

22 September 2016

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Leading Yorkshire law firm McCormicks Solicitors has appointed five new Partners.

The new Partners, who were all previously Senior Associates at the Harrogate-based firm, are Philip Edmondson, Lewis Goodwin, Elaine Lightfoot, Peter Minnikin and Heather Roberts.

Senior Partner Peter McCormick said: “We believe in rewarding performance and these appointments reflect the level of experience, expertise and the contribution to the practice that each of these solicitors has attained. We have a team which is more than capable of handling our ever-increasing workload of complex cases and transactions. We are delighted to welcome them as Partners.”

  • Philip Edmondson is Head of the Commercial Litigation team and has received personal recommendations in the independent UK Legal 500 and Chambers guides, as a Leader in the Field.

He has a wide range of experience across a large spectrum of commercial litigation work, including claims involving breach of contract, sports disputes, insolvency, professional negligence, partnership disputes, landlord and tenant, dilapidations claims, HM Land Registry and matters with multi-jurisdictional elements.

  • Lewis Goodwin is a specialist in Corporate and Commercial law, with significant experience of a full range of Corporate and Commercial matters across a broad range of sectors including Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Private Equity Investment, Banking, Franchising, Shareholders' and Partnership Agreements, Agency and Distribution and Employee Share Schemes.

He is also heavily involved in Sports Law, working with clients such as the Premier League.

  • Elaine Lightfoot heads the Private Client team and her areas of expertise include Wills, Trusts, Settlements, Inheritance Tax Planning, the Administration of Estates and Trusts of all sizes and complexities, together with Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. Elaine also advises in respect of care home fees planning.

She has won an individual recommendation for her work in the latest edition of the UK Legal 500 and is described as a Notable Practitioner for Private Client work in the 2016 Chambers UK guide, where she is highlighted as “an Associate to watch”.

  • Peter Minnikin specialises in all aspects of Crime, Corporate Crime and Fraud and Regulatory work.

He has particular expertise dealing with substantial and high profile cases. He has represented clients charged with the most serious offences including serious fraud, drugs cases, violence and sexual offences. He handled one of the leading Computer Misuse Act cases, which set the precedent on “ethical hacking” in this country.

Peter deals with a portfolio of Regulatory work, including representing clients in disciplinary proceedings brought by professional bodies, such as solicitors, accountants, pharmacists, doctors and sporting bodies and individuals.

  • Heather Roberts is a specialist in Commercial Property and part of McCormicks’ Rural Property team which works with estate owners, rural developers and occupiers to provide a full property and tax planning service. She has significant experience of a full range of Commercial Property matters including sales and purchases, the granting and taking of leases, asset management, development and property litigation.

She has acted in a number of high profile transactions and her clients have included developers, retailers, portfolios, banks, financial institutions and trusts. She has acted for Rudding Park, Sainsbury's, the Meadowhall Centre, Netto and Card Factory.

McCormicks offers a full range of legal services and has won national recommendations for its work in Mediation, Professional Discipline and Sport in the leading guides to the legal profession.



The new Partners at McCormicks Solicitors are, from left, Heather Roberts, Peter Minnikin, Philip Edmondson, Lewis Goodwin and Elaine Lightfoot.

23 August 2016


Leading Harrogate solicitor Peter McCormick OBE is to chair a new Fundraising Support Group at RHS Harlow Carr.

The RHS is raising funds to develop the former Harrogate Arms site, next to Harlow Carr, as an integral part of the gardens, providing additional educational facilities. The hotel and the land surrounding it was acquired by the RHS in 2014 and plans are in progress to restore the building, create new gardens around it and reintroduce its links with the old bath house. The wellheads in front of the bath house (at one time six wells were in use) were capped off but remain beneath the present Limestone Rock Garden.

Liz Thwaite, Head of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said “The development of the Harrogate Arms and its surrounding landscape is a really exciting venture for the RHS and our aim is to create a new and inspiring and attraction and horticultural feature within the garden, adding to the numerous developments we have carried out at Harlow Carr over the past five years.”

Peter McCormick said: “The RHS needs to raise around £1m to bring its plans to fruition. I was previously involved in fundraising for the award-winning Bramall Learning Centre and was inspired by the way the RHS achieved this fantastic facility.

“This new project provides a wonderful opportunity to take the gardens at Harlow Carr to another level, both in terms of the visitor experience and in additional learning capacity, and I am excited to be involved.”


10 August 2016


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An initiative to encourage diners to leave their cars at home by Harrogate’s West Park Hotel has been welcomed by the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Mayor of Harrogate.

The West Park Hotel is trialling a special scheme to encourage diners to take taxis and leave the car at home by deducting the cost of a taxi to the hotel from the restaurant bill!

Hotel Manager Nathan George said: “We know that the great majority of people take a very responsible attitude to drink-driving and, as a leader in the Harrogate hospitality sector, responsible drinking is important to us.

“But equally we know from our customers that sometimes it is hard to choose who should be the “designated driver”, particularly when they are coming to dine for a family celebration or a wedding anniversary and want to be able to enjoy some champagne or wine with their meal.

“Finding alternatives to driving can be a problem, particularly in the rural surroundings of Harrogate, so we wanted to make a contribution to solving the dilemma.”

With this in mind, the West Park is offering free taxi rides to the hotel until 30 November this year, with up to £20 reimbursement deducted from the restaurant bill on production of a valid taxi receipt.

The initiative has been welcomed by both the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, and the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown.

Julia Mulligan said: “The police arrested 29 people in Harrogate in June alone during its summer crackdown on drink and drug driving and the number of arrests across the area was higher than it was for the same time last year.

“Tackling drink and drug driving is a problem we need to tackle head on. It needs a community-wide approach and for us all to do our bit. That’s why I’m pleased the West Park has found a new and innovative way of helping to keep local people safe and hope their initiative is a big success.”

Coun Brown said: “Businesses who instigate such initiatives demonstrate a commitment to improving life in Harrogate for the whole community and that is always to be welcomed. We live in a wonderful place and we need to work together to ensure it continues to improve.”

The West Park Hotel is part of the Provenance Inns and Hotels Group which recently won Best Accommodation Operator of the Year Morning Advertiser’s Publican Awards.


Caption: The Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown, welcomes the taxi initiative set up at the West Park Hotel by Provenance Inns director, Michael Ibbotson.

2 August 2016


The stories of young people who have overcome a range of individual challenges were shared when 19 students graduated from Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate in July.

Henshaws College specialises in supporting young people aged from 16 – 25 with a wide range of disabilities and additional support needs. Its education, care and therapy teams provide individual, flexible learning programmes focused on personal and social development, independence and employability skills.

All 19 graduating students have varying levels of disability and have faced their own individual challenges in completing their courses and making the transition to the adult world.

The graduates were presented with their certificates by Rosie King, an activist for autism awareness, who at the age of 17 has already presented an Emmy Award winning documentary My Autism and Me and delivered a TEDMED talk on autism to over 1,000 people in Washington DC. Rosie spoke about her pride in the achievements of her younger brother and sister who both have severe forms of autism. She told the Henshaws students: “Today is about going beyond expectations, shoving the line that says you can’t do it, and doing what you want.”

Principal Angela North, said: “One of the characteristics that I love most about this College, is that our students are encouraged to be the best version of themselves. We strive together to ensure that their goals to secure a settled, contented and fulfilling adult life are met, as far as is possible. The other part of our collective job is to challenge our world, to be a more inclusive one – one person at a time.”

The winner of the 2016 Henshaws Got Talent Awards, Samuel McDermott, also performed at the event and there were special awards to five students:

  • The Maxine Foster Award, given to the student who most embodies the spirit of enthusiasm for life and living, went to Nadeem Idris.
  • The Jessica Fielding Award for making a positive impact on others was won by Abigail Webster. Abi also gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the student body, thanking staff for their support.
  • The Gillian Lawrence Award for the student who has overcome personal obstacles and been a positive role model for others went to Joseph Mawer. Joseph is an essential wheelchair user who has been learning to stand with the support of the college’s Disability Support Services team. He was able to get up out of his chair and stand with support to accept his graduation certificate.
  • The Student Fundraiser Award to recognise a student who has gone beyond expectations and committed to personal challenges to help others was presented to Tom Oates for his 10km run fundraising challenge which has to date raised almost £2000 for the college.
  • The Joshua Rayner Award for the student with a unique and enthusiastic approach to their learning was presented to Jamie Grant.

Principal Angela North with Jamie Grant, Aimee Jackson and Rosie King.

29 July 2016


Solicitor Peter Minnkin of leading Harrogate law firm McCormicks can now appear in Courts up to the Supreme Court after gaining the Higher Courts (Criminal Proceedings) qualification.

Senior Associate Peter is a member of McCormicks’ Corporate Crime and Risk team and has particular expertise dealing with substantial and high profile cases, working closely with QCs and other Counsel. He has represented clients charged with the most serious offences, including serious fraud, drugs cases, violence and sexual offences.

He appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Courts and police stations to represent clients in respect of the full range of criminal and motoring offences

Peter handled one of the leading Computer Misuse Act cases, which set the precedent for “ethical hacking” in this country.

He also deals with a portfolio of Regulatory work, including representing clients in disciplinary proceedings brought by professional bodies, such as solicitors, accountants, pharmacists, doctors and sporting bodies and individuals.

Senior Partner Peter McCormick said: “The areas of Criminal law, and particularly Regulatory work, grow ever more complex and it is a tribute to Peter’s expertise that he can now appear in the very highest courts.”


McCormicks is rated equal first for its Crime work in Yorkshire by the latest edition of the leading legal guide, Chambers UK, and Mr Minnikin also wins an individual recommendation in the same field from the UK Legal 500.


Caption:  Peter Minnikin of McCormicks Solicitors

21 July 2016


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When celebrity chef Tom Kerridge launched his new range of British-made cookware at the Harrogate Home and Gift Fair on Monday (18 July), he chose the West Park Hotel to host a question and answer session with journalists.

Mr Kerridge, who runs the Michelin two-star The Hand and the Flowers in Marlow, has developed the range with Harrogate-based the Great British Exchange.

The West Park Hotel’s Manager, Nathan George, said: “We were delighted to welcome such a superb chef to Harrogate – he has really given us something to aspire to!”

The West Park Hotel is part of the Provenance Inns and Hotels Group which recently won Best Accommodation Operator of the Year Morning Advertiser’s Publican Awards.


Caption: Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge with West Park Hotel Manager Nathan George.

19 July 2016

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The new owners of a renowned North Yorkshire restaurant are to invest a further £1m to create a boutique hotel.

The award-winning Provenance Inns and Hotels Group acquired the Cleveland Tontine, between Northallerton and Stokesley, at the beginning of June and is already making plans to restore the inn to its former glory days.

The Tontine already has seven 5-star rated recently-refurbished bedrooms but Provenance Inns is exploring ways to add to these, subject to planning consent, with the refurbishment of a listed former coachhouse on the site.

Director Michael Ibbotson said: “The condition of the coachhouse has deteriorated over time and we felt that it provided a great opportunity to achieve two goals: to restore it and to be able to offer more rooms for our guests at this unique location on the edge of the North York Moors.”

The Tontine has a long established reputation for fine dining and has been acquired in line with Provenance Inns’ strategy of providing locally-sourced food at the heart of the communities it serves. It is the ninth acquisition for the Group, which also owns the West Park Hotel in Harrogate, the Carpenters Arms at Felixkirk and the Black Bull at Moulton.

Provenance Inns and Hotels offers 5-star rated bedrooms at five of its eight Yorkshire locations: The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk near Thirsk, The Durham Ox in Crayke, The Oak Tree Inn in Helperby near Boroughbridge, the West Park Hotel in Harrogate and West Acre Lodge in Boltby.

The Group recently won Best Accommodation Operator of the Year at the Morning Advertiser’s Publican Awards to add to its list of prestigious national awards.

The Cleveland Tontine is at Staddlebridge, just off the A19, and is close to the National Trust-owned Mount Grace Priory and to the long distance Cleveland Way and Lyke Wake Walk.


Caption: Provenance Inns directors Chris Blundell and Michael Ibbotson

19 July 2016


Premier League referees Jon Moss and Martin Atkinson are taking their pre-season training to the next level as they hit the road to raise funds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.

The match officials have launched the Whistle Stop Tour and plan to visit every Premier League football club by bicycle in a nine-day challenge.

The tour begins on Tuesday, July 12 at Watford’s Vicarage Road, finishing nine days later at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland and covering an estimated 1,000 miles along the way.

The referees are aiming to raise £50,000 for the two charities and have already reached the £10,000 mark even before they set off.

The pair will be joined by colleagues from the Premier Game Match Officials (PGMOL) as they pedal to raise funds.

Jon Moss said: “This is a major challenge and we are looking forward to it with some excitement and some trepidation. We really will be seeing the Premier League clubs from a different perspective and we look forward to meeting both club personnel and fans along the way. Our chosen charities are both relatively small but we have seen their work at first hand and what a tremendous job they do and that is why we wanted to raise funds for them.”

The Tour begins with the London clubs, going south to Southampton and AFC Bournemouth before a day-and-a-half journey to South Wales, to visit Swansea City.

Moss and Atkinson will then pass through the Midlands, calling at West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City before heading northwest to Stoke City, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Burnley.

They turn east to cross the breadth of England to go to Hull City, before visiting heading north for Middlesbrough and finishing in Sunderland.

The Chairman of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation, Peter McCormick OBE, said: “This is going to be a terrific event and I cannot thank the members of the PGMOL enough for deciding to help us to support young people in Yorkshire to achieve their full potential. They have supported us and attended the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards for a number of years and we are delighted they have chosen us!”

Jane Tomlinson Appeal Event Manager Holli Kellett said: “The Whistle Stop Tour is a really exciting event and we are urging everyone to get behind the team and support them on their ride. We are extremely grateful to be one of the charities benefiting from the challenge and the money raised will make a huge difference and help us to continue our support of children’s and cancer charities, we can’t thank the Premier League and the team enough for their continued support.”

Please support the Whistle Stop Tour by visiting the fundraising page at

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13 July 2016


A leading Yorkshire solicitor has been awarded the Order of Mercy for his voluntary work.

Peter McCormick OBE, Senior Partner of McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate, was recognised for his role as Chairman of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation which has raised more than £1m for young people in the region.

The award is made by the League of Mercy Foundation to individuals who have given seven or more years of outstanding service, with only a small number of awards made nationally every year. The League was established in 1899 and its current President is Lord Lingfield DL.

Mr McCormick received his medal at an Investiture ceremony at The Mansion House in London on Monday 4 July. He was described by the League at the Investiture as a “unique and inspiring person”. He said: “I am very honoured to be recognised by the League of Mercy for the work we do in helping young people in Yorkshire to achieve their full potential.

“My fellow Trustees deserve this acknowledgement just as much as I do and I thank them for their contributions to the charity.”

The Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation distributes funds raised by the annual Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards, now in their 24th year, and other events, both to individuals and to groups supporting individuals. Grant recipients have ranged from children with complex disabilities to promising young sportspeople and musicians and from youth projects to cricket clubs.

McCormicks Solicitors is the main sponsor of the Awards and offers a full range of legal services. In addition to his role at the firm, Mr McCormick is one of two Premier League members of the F.A. Board and has worked with the Premier League for more than 20 years, including in two of his current roles as Chairman of the Football Board and Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group.


Caption: Peter McCormick OBE, left, receives the Order of Mercy from Lord Lingfield.

8 July 2016


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The West Park Hotel has marked its new partnership with Harrogate International Festivals with the launch of a Fabulous Festival Fifty cocktail to celebrate the Festival’s 50th anniversary.

The West Park Hotel has become a Premier Partner of the Festivals and Festivals Chief Executive Sharon Canavar was invited to be the first to sample the cocktail which features Harrogate’s own Slingsby Gin, another Festival sponsor.

Hotel Manager Nathan George said: “The Festivals are a hugely important part of the culture of the Harrogate district and we are delighted to become a Premier Partner in such a significant year. We wanted a way to celebrate the Summer festival and a new cocktail seemed a great way to do it!”

Annually, the Festivals deliver over 300 distinct events and attract over 90,000 people to its portfolio of activities, including its flagship summer Music Festival, and three literary festivals: Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and Harrogate History Festival. Marking its milestone anniversary, the arts charity launched its biggest fundraising campaign to date – the Future 50 Appeal – to help secure the next 50 years.

The Fabulous Festival Fifty features Slingsby's rhubarb gin, lychee liquor, raspberries, mango juice and rose syrup, served in a martini glass and garnished with blackberries, raspberries and mint.

Sharon Canavar’s verdict? “Summer in a glass and a great way to celebrate our partnership!”

The West Park Hotel is part of the Providence Inns and Hotels Group which recently won Best Accommodation Operator of the Year Morning Advertiser’s Publican Awards.


Caption: Toasting Harrogate International Festivals’ 50th anniversary with a specially-designed Fabulous Festival Fifty cocktail are West Park Hotel Manager Nathan George and Festivals Chief Executive Sharon Canavar. Picture by Chris Hall.

6 July 2016


A specialist college for young adults with disabilities is opening an outreach centre in Bradford in September.

Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate caters for students aged from 16 to 25 with a wide range of disabilities, helping them to achieve their full potential for living independently and preparing them for employment. Now the College is to open an outreach centre on the Listerhills Science Park in the city.

Principal Angela North said: “We already have some students with more complex needs from the Bradford area, but this initiative will remove the barriers of location and distance for another group of special school leavers. Our mission has always been to support students to go ‘beyond expectations’ and we are delighted to be able to extend this to Bradford.”

Not only will students with special educational needs and disabilities be able to use the Bradford centre but they will also have access to the College’s services, including support for them and their families through the transition to adulthood and respite care and residential support where appropriate. Students will be able to draw on the expertise of the College’s Disability Support Team.

The outreach centre will help students to enhance their employability skills, with the aim of gaining long-term paid employment, through both educational progression and a recognised College curriculum. As part of this, there will be an introduction to social enterprise and students will be expected to manage their own enterprises within the centre.

Students will be able to study on a Supported Internship course, gaining essential work placement experience and pre-employment training.

For students who want to continue into Further Education in Bradford, there will be a development course to prepare for the next stage of their education.

Part of the centre will be used to help students gain independent living skills, such as self-care, home skills and food technology.

Angela said: “Our long experience of working with young adults with a wide range of special needs means we understand how important it is that they are treated as individuals. One student might need assistive technology to help them communicate while another might need to learn how to budget and shop for food for a meal. We work with them to find out how we can assist them to achieve their maximum potential.”

The centre will also offer therapies, such as visual impairment support, speech and language therapy, assistive technology and holistic therapies. Where possible, occupational therapy will be offered both on site and in the workplace.

One student from the Bradford area who has already benefited from the skills he learned at Henshaws College is Luke Demaine, now in his second year of a BTEC course in IT at Bradford College.

Luke, from Bingley, who has been blind since birth and has learning disabilities, was able to help cook Christmas dinner for his family for the first time last Christmas.

Angela said: “Luke’s progress at College was amazing and I want to be able to see similar outcomes for other young men and women from across Bradford.”

Anyone who would like to find out more or apply for a place can telephone 01423 886451 or email


Former Henshaws student Luke Demaine of Bingley – the College aims to help more young adults like Luke.

6 June 2016


Leading Yorkshire law firm McCormicks of Harrogate has a new solicitor.

Carol Hancock joined the practice as a Legal Assistant, going on to be given a Training Contract in 2014, and has now qualified as a solicitor.

Carol is part of the Family Law team at McCormicks and has expertise in all areas but with a special interest in issues involving children or domestic abuse. She is also on the firm’s police station duty rota, assisting the Criminal team.

She graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in Applied Biology before going into teaching science at secondary school. She returned to Hull University some years later to do a degree in Law, which she completed while still teaching, gaining prizes along the way for the highest undergraduate achievements in Criminal Law and Common Law.

Carol then completed a Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York, gaining a commendation, before joining McCormicks in 2012.

McCormicks Head of Family, Stephen Hopwood, said: “Carol is an asset to the team, with both the drive and the sensitivity to handle what can be extremely distressing events for clients.”


Caption: McCormicks solicitor Carol Hancock.

2 June 2016


A severely visually-impaired student from Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate who set himself a double challenge has succeeded on both fronts.

Tom Oates, 19, of Bishop Monkton, has a number of disabilities due to Bardet Biedl Syndrome, a genetic disorder which can affect sight as well as presenting other physical difficulties such as kidney problems and obesity.

He set himself the challenge of completing the Melmerby 10k on Sunday 29 May both to beat his personal best time and to raise funds for a MOTOmed movement trainer for the College’s gym to help other students improve their mobility.

Tom, who is almost blind, completed the race in 1hr 28m, a new personal best, and has raised almost £2,000 towards the movement trainer. He was accompanied on the run by his best friend, Rebecca Archbold.

Tom attends Henshaws Specialist College two days a week, empowering him to adopt and embed proven strategies around sight loss to prepare him with a set of transferable skills for life as an adult, potentially living independently and securing employment.

Henshaws Principal Angela North said: “We are hugely proud of Tom’s achievement. He always wants to help other people and is an inspiration to everyone in College.”


Caption: Rebecca Archbold and Tom Oates.

31 May 2016


Leading Yorkshire lawyer Peter McCormick OBE has been appointed to five new roles by the F.A.

Mr McCormick is one of two Premier League members of the F.A. Board and has worked with the Premier League for more than 20 years, including in two of his current roles as Chairman of the Football Board and Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group.

He has now been made a member of the F.A. Football Regulatory Authority, which is responsible for regulatory, disciplinary and rule-making for football played in England. He was appointed to this new role by the Premier League and F.A. Professional Game Board.

The Authority is chaired by former Blackburn Rovers chairman Robert Coar and members include World Cup referee David Elleray and former England player Graeme Le Saux.

He has also been appointed Chairman of the F.A. International Committee, responsible for managing F.A. representation at England matches away from Wembley, including during the Euro 2016 tournament. He was nominated by the F.A. Professional Game Board and the F.A. Board.

He has become a member of the F.A. Committees Appointment Panel, which examines applications to become a member of any F.A. Committee, and of the F.A. Protocol Committee which determines all issues relating to the privileges of Council members, liaises on issues affecting the relationship between Council members and staff and considers applications for membership to the Council.

His new roles are completed by his appointment to the F.A. Remuneration Committee which rules on remuneration for senior staff and appointments at the F.A.

Mr McCormick is Senior Partner of McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate, recognised by the leading legal guides as one of the leading sports law firms in the UK but which also offers a full range of legal services, including Corporate and Commercial and Private Client. Mr McCormick also has national reputation for his skills in Professional Discipline cases.


Caption: Peter McCormick OBE has been appointed to five new roles with the F.A.