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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is predominantly focused on the health and social care sector. The practice is led by Matthew Gregson, who specialises in contentious matters. Other key figures include health and social care expert Matthew Wort  and Anna Dabek , who has notable expertise in National Minimum Wage issues. Senior Associate Douglas Mullen  is also recommended and is highly experienced in TUPE regulations.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  possesses ‘extensive expertise in public sector matters’, most notably in the fields housing and local government. Senior associate Douglas Mullen is a key figure, and is ‘very competent’, ‘approachable’, and ‘happy to talk through points at length’. He is particularly skilled in advising on how outsourcing arrangements impact pension schemes. Olwen Dutton is also recommended and is an expert in the local government sector.

Next generation lawyers

Douglas Mullen - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 's clinical negligence practice has ‘a culture of making clients feel valued, reassured and comfortable during what is a very anxious time in their lives’. Practice head Rankeshwar Batta  works across all areas of clinical negligence, and is ‘very experienced’ and ‘has a great manner with clients’ . Senior associate Sarah Huntbach is ‘very professional' with 'detailed and timely interactions’ and is ‘particularly caring with younger claimants and always involves them in discussions’. Other key figures include associates Ann Houghton , Victoria Fullilove  and David Evison , who is heavily involved in abuse claims.

Leading individuals

Rankeshwar Batta - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ann Houghton - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has ‘a very good personal injury practice’ that includes ‘empathetic and talented solicitors who cover a wide range of work’. Practice head Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  is ‘very thorough’, ‘tactically astute’ and ‘incredibly down to earth’. Associate David Evison  is ‘very good tactically’ and ‘handles clients extremely well’. Also recommended is associate Victoria Fullilove, who possesses a ‘tactical insight and knowledge that goes beyond her years of qualification’.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has ‘a very good personal injury practice’ that includes ‘empathetic and talented solicitors who cover a wide range of work’. Practice head Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  is ‘very thorough’, ‘tactically astute’ and ‘incredibly down to earth’. Associate David Evison  is ‘very good tactically’ and ‘handles clients extremely well’. Also recommended is associate Victoria Fullilove, who possesses a ‘tactical insight and knowledge that goes beyond her years of qualification’.

Leading individuals

Rankeshwar Batta - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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West Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP ' work in this sector covers regulatory, governance, employment and financing matters, with notable expertise working for national federations and sports charities. Senior associate Shivaji Shiva heads the practice and recently advised the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity on its compliance with the Code Governance Code for Sport. He also advised Cyclists’ Touring Club on its governance review and re-branding. Property specialist Dominic Curran advised Broadening Choices for Older People on refinancing two of its care homes. Anna Dabek is heavily involved in employment matters in this space, as is Matthew Wort . Other key figures include senior associate Phil Watts, who is experienced in charity law, and Edwina Turner, who is experienced in charity and corporate governance matters.

Leading individuals

Shivaji Shiva - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  ‘undertakes the heaviest of care cases’, and is ‘market leading matrimonial finance work.’ Elizabeth Wyatt heads up the private client team and has strong expertise in divorce proceedings. Jas Tamber leads the children team and is an expert in complex childcare cases. Senior associate Elisabeth Howe is also a key figure and has strong experience in divorce proceedings, civil partnerships and separations. Also recommended are senior associates Helen Mottram and Maria Ramon as well as associate Nev Zaki, who are all experts in children’s law.

Next generation lawyers

Elisabeth Howe - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Maria Ramon - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  is 'very sound and competent' and provides 'sensible instructions'. Donna Holmes  leads the team and works with 'diligence', 'tenacity', 'professionalism' and 'a true commitment to her clients'. She regularly advises on wills, tax and estate planning. Senior associate Alex Elphinston  is 'technically sound' and 'knowledgeable' and has 'very strong attention to detail'. Also recommended are: senior associate James Hall, who focuses on tax planning; senior associate Sheree Green, who focuses on court protection issues; associate Lisa Whitehouse is an expert in wealth protection estate administration; and solicitor Clare Burke, who advises on wills and estate planning.

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Whitehouse - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  is led by Olwen Dutton who has extensive experience in advising local authorities. She recently advised Reigate and Banstead Borough Council on property, governance, commercial and funding matters. Public sector specialist Mark Cook advised the Watford Community Housing Trust and Watford Borough Council on devising two new joint-venture vehicles and assisted Tamworth Borough Council with a private individual bringing forth a planning appeal against the council rejecting planning consent. Alex Lawrence and Gayle Monk advised Torbay Council on setting up company structures.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  ‘stands out in its understanding of the public sector, and how to reach sensible negotiated outcomes in that context’. The firm handles a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work for housing associations, local authorities and others involved in the provision of public services, alongside some private sector work. Andrew Milcross  advised Clarion Housing Group on its gas and lift maintenance contracts; he also advises Aster Group on the development of NEC3 contracts for the construction of 2,500 homes. Andrew Lancaster's ‘great strengths are his understanding of the values and priorities of the public sector, and the most cost effective ways to defend them, and to get the right deal for them when disputes arise’ – he advised Triuva, a German real estate investor, on bringing a claim against a contractor due to alleged defects in curtain walls and cladding in a building in Birmingham. Richard Brooks  and senior associate Rajinder Bhangal continue to advise Sports and Leisure Management on a contract to provide services in East Hampshire; Brooks also advises Winchester City Council on procuring an architect for a multi-use development.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP provides ‘friendly and efficient’ to a client base which includes a number of public sector heavyweights. Hilary Harrison advises Birmingham City Council on litigation concerning lease renewals and service charges for refrigerated counters in Birmingham Market prior to its redevelopment. Associate Cynyr Rhys is ‘helpful, attentive, and a source of practical advice’ – he advised The Peacocks Centre on a contested lease renewal. Other clients include the Birmingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  ‘offers a level of service that is second to none;  the property and housing teams boast a real strength in depth’. The firm handles work ranging from restructuring exercises to stock management litigation. Victoria Jardine  advised B3 Living on its restructuring, which involved increasing the size of its non-subsidised portfolio, setting up a development company and a separate trading company. Gemma Bell also advised The Community Housing Group on a restructuring exercise. In the planning space, Ranjit Bassey  advised another housing association on purchasing a number of homes for affordable housing use as part of a section 106 agreement. Jonathan Cox also handles major stock transfers. Helen Tucker’s ‘no-nonsense approach to litigation also gives her real gravitas in the sector’ – she represented a housing association in a forfeiture case following repeated refusals by a leaseholder to allow access to his flat to carry out electrical works, delaying the upgrades to the entire building. Baljit Basra has a ‘deservedly loyal client following’ and is noted for her expertise in disrepair and health and safety matters. Associate Robert Whitehouse is ‘known for his user-friendly approach and experience of anti-social behaviour litigation in particular’.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Cox - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gemma Bell - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Robert Whitehouse - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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