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Phil ParkinsonAssociate

Phil Parkinson

Contact Details

DDI: 01423 724606
E: phil.parkinson@raworths.co.uk

Background

Educated: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield and Surrey University.
Previous roles: Ford & Warren, HLW, Ison Harrison and Director for the North region at the Federation of Master Builders.
Joined Raworths: April 2014

Member of Raworths’ Agriculture and Rural Group

Phil has over ten years experience in corporate/ commercial work, having spent his legal career in the Yorkshire area acting for SME’s. He has a range of experience, including a large multi-million pound joint venture shareholders’ agreement in relation to care homes, drafting of assignments and licensing agreements and bespoke terms and conditions for various clients.  For five consecutive years, he presented a seminar on commercial law to around 40 elite entrepreneurs each year selected by the main Yorkshire Universities.

Other Experience

Phil also has experience outside of the law, having been the Director for the North region for the Federation of Master Builders. Phil was heavily involved with the review and provision of advice relating to the governance restructure that the Federation undertook in September 2013, the largest reorganisation since the Federation’s inception in 1941. Having also gained a Diploma in Management, Phil understands the needs of SME’s and their unique requirements. He represented the Federation in newspaper, radio and television interviews and also led the negotiations in the North with key business and local government leaders, including board members of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s), councils and MP’s. He was also on the committee of the Leeds City Region LEP Communications Group which was influencing policy to drive the spending of the funds that LEP’s were receiving.

What do you like about your work?

It is always rewarding to see clients who you have dealt with for a number of years growing and succeeding. Being a part of that gives me plenty of satisfaction.

What advice would you give to your clients?

We are available to help you. With our experience in business, we can lend a guiding hand when you are unsure of what you need to do.

Have you had any unusual experiences in business?

At the Federation of Master Builders, I was due to attend a routine meeting in London when I had a call on the train down that as the most senior person available could I go to the Houses of Parliament to represent them? An urgent issue had arisen, as the Government had issued guidance about the taxation of landfill which had caused confusion- the proposal meant that the cost of dumping of skip waste could be substantially increased putting many ongoing building projects in jeopardy. The issue was resolved through dialogue but it had been a close call for many of our SME’s.

What interests do you have outside work?

Spending time with my family, with two boys under five years old keeping us very busy. When I do get chance, I enjoy playing lots of sport, including golf and tennis and five a side football every week in a competitive league. I am a very keen traveller, having visited lots of places around the world, New Zealand and South Africa being particular favourites.