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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

134 EDMUND STREET, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2ES, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 200 3242
Fax:
Fax 0121 212 7442
DX:
13055 BIRMINGHAM -1
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Web:
www.anthonycollins.com
Birmingham, Manchester

West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP handles the gamut of employment issues for not-for profit, charitable and commercial organisations. Its team has particular sector expertise in the health and social care space, social housing and in matters with a nexus to faith communities. One of its other core strengths involves acting for local government clients. Its work for clients in the education sector is on the increase, and it is now acting for a growing number of academies. Team head Matthew Gregson is a seasoned advocate at the Employment Tribunal.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gregson

Other key lawyers:Matthew Wort; Anna Dabek; Douglas Mullen; Faye Rush;

Testimonials

'The team has a particularly intimate understanding of the health and social care sector and associated legal issues and this is what sets it apart from other firms'.

'Anna Dabek is very commercial'.

'Anna Dabek and Matthew Wort continue to stand out as both responsive and highly skilled'.

'Douglas Mullen is highly regarded and he is very experienced on TUPE issues'.

Key Clients

United Kingdom Homecare Association

CareTech

Care England

Greenpeace UK

Midland Heart

Care Management Group

Methodist Homes

Thirteen Housing

Walsall Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on the implementation of changes to the terms and conditions of just under 100 employees.
  • Advising on the calculation of the national minimum wage during “sleep-ins” that is time spent by workers during sleep in shifts, essentially in the care sector.
  • Advising on the defence of a complex set of claims that were bought by an ex-employee for unfair dismissal and discrimination.
  • Instructed by over 40 different care providers, including at least five of the top Learning Disability providers, to assist in managing the risks of the Social Care Compliance Scheme.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, which focuses on advising employers, has an excellent reputation in public sector pension schemes (including local government, firefighters, teachers and national health service pension schemes). Social housing pension schemes are another area of strength. The group is also adept at advising charities and social businesses. Senior associate Douglas Mullen leads on the pensions work.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gregson

Other key lawyers:Douglas Mullen

Testimonials

'Douglas Mullen is practical and insightful and provides cost-effective advice'.

'I have 100 percent confidence in Douglas Mullen's legal opinion and would recommend him any day'.

Key Clients

Warwickshire Care Services

Cornwall Care

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Trent & Dove Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising on the reduction of unaffordable pension contributions.
  • Assisting WCS in reaching an agreement with staff to leave the Warwickshire Pension Fund.
  • Advising Scope on the transfer of liabilities between pension funds.
  • Advising CTE on offering membership of the Baptist Pension Scheme to a new general secretary.
  • Assisted in devising solutions to avoid claims against NAS’ pensions for non-teachers.
Rising stars

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 well-respected team of specialist lawyers has built up a national reputation, under the leadership of its practice head Rankeshwar Batta. It advises claimants on a wide range of matters ranging from modest value cases to complex multi-million pound actions. Its practice covers amputation claims, brain injuries, cosmetic surgery claims, dental negligence, GP negligence and spinal injury claims, among other areas. Senior associate Ann Houghton and associate Victoria Fullilove are recommended.

Practice head(s):Rankeshwar Batta

Other key lawyers:Sarah Huntbach; David Evison; Ann Houghton;Victoria Fullilove

Testimonials

'A very heart warming and trustworthy practice'.

'The quality of all their solicitors is very high. They have an exceptional work ethic'.

'The team is dedicated to its clients and is a pleasure to work with. All genuinely nice and caring people who go above and beyond to get the best results possible'.

'Rankeshwar Batta has a fantastic practice. He is a very good lawyer and has brilliant strategic awareness'.

'Rankeshwar Batta stands out as an exceptional solicitor with excellent specialist skills'.

'Rankeshwar Batta is a busy and inspirational leader, but one who makes time for his colleagues and juniors and above all the care of the client'.

'Both Rankeshwar Batta and Victoria Fullilove offer you a first-class and personal service whilst guiding you through the process, they are emphatic and compassionate to the clients' needs and offer their support throughout'.

'Both Rankeshwar Batta  and Victoria Fullilove  have gone above and beyond for us'.

'Sarah Huntbach is highly experienced. She is very determined and gets fantastic results for her clients. Victoria Fullilove has a practice way above her call and provides a first-class service'.

'David Evison is up and coming and very knowledgeable'.

'Sarah Huntbach, David Evison, Victoria Fullilove and Ann Houghton are organised, competent and able to explain legal issues well'.

Leading individuals

Rankeshwar Batta - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Ann Houghton - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Victoria Fullilove - 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 built up an excellent reputation in the personal injury arena, thanks to its strong track record of handling a wide range of claims. Areas of expertise include road traffic accidents, accidents at work, as well as in other public places. The group is also adept at handling claims suffered as a result of crime, among various other matters. Rankeshwar Batta is a prominent name in the market.

Practice head(s):Rankeshwar Batta

Other key lawyers:Sarah Huntbach;Victoria Fullilove; Ann Houghton

Testimonials

'The team was all really supportive, knew exactly what the other was doing and kept me completely up to date with the proceedings'.

'The team is excellent at understanding customer requirements'.

'All team members are caring, intelligent and competent'.

'Rankeshwar Batta is very personable, has lots of common sense and has a good touch with clients'.

'Rankeshwar Batta is very professional'.

'Rankeshwar Batta works very hard to get the best outcome for his clients; shows real understanding and empathy for the difficulties his clients face'.

'Rankeshwar Batta is wonderful with clients, a great tactician with superb judgment and carries the respect of his opposite numbers'.

'Sarah Huntbach has built up a fantastic practice, is very highly regarded, compassionate yet tenacious. Victoria Fullilove is very much a rising star and is one to watch'.

'Victoria Fullilove  knows every detail of her cases and is also keen to help her clients get their lives back on track'.

'Ann Houghton has a wealth of experience and knowledge, with a genuine caring attitude to the client she supports'.

 

Work highlights

  • Secured a settlement for the client’s wife who was killed as a result of a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for the claimant (a 16-year-old young girl) who suffered  serious head injuries as a result of an accident when she was crossing the road.
  • Acting for the claimant who  was about to pull out of her drive and was waiting for traffic to pass when suddenly an ongoing vehicle collided with her at speed by way of a side impact.
  • Acting for a catastrophic injury client who is a minor and is bringing a claim by way of her mother and litigation friend.
  • Recent instructions on a catastrophic personal injury claim that was a result of a road traffic accident that took place in Ireland.
Leading individuals

Rankeshwar Batta - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Victoria Fullilove - 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 is particularly well-known for its work for faith-charities, national charity clients and charity funding work. It is also enjoying a growing reputation for its work with charities in the health and social care sector. Under the leadership of practice head Dominic Curran, it continues to have an excellent reputation for its work with a broad range of organisations on the regeneration of local communities, and also in the area of social enterprise development. It is increasing its profile with charities that are focused on children and young adults. Also notable is that it is strong in the social housing sector, where it acts for a diverse range of charitable housing providers. Shivaji Shiva joined VWV .

Practice head(s):Dominic Curran

Other key lawyers:Phil Watts; Edwina Turner; Natalie Barbosa

Testimonials

'All the people I work with are amazingly responsive, and provide exactly what I want when I want it'.

'All of the staff at Anthony Collins must be given credit for their efficiency and helpfulness at all levels'.

'The team displays considerable sector experience and expertise, with enough breadth to the team so that it isn't dependent on just one person'.

'Dominic Curran is driven but very approachable. He has a desire to help the faith-based charity sector to improve communities'.

'Edwina Turner has a broad range of experience, is pragmatic and superb'.

'Natalie Barbosa's advice is always well thought through, compelling and reliable'.

'Phil Watts always provides solid and comprehensive advice and guidance'.

'Phil Watts and Edwina Turner have considerable practical experience but also the 'human touch' so that clients are not just 'projects' but people/situations that need help'.

Key Clients

Baptist Union

Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

British Library

Scope

Banardo’s

Care England

BMS

Thera Trust

Baptist Union of Great Britain

Methodist Church and Methodist Church Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving on construction work for the client’s new head office.
  • Acted for The Salvation Army Trustee Company, which was engaging contractors for demolition works, design and build works and design and fit out works for a visitor centre at Strawberry Field, Liverpool. The work included drafting bespoke amendments to various construction contracts and drafting the appointment for the consultant.
  • Assisted the British Library with its procurement of a “hard Facilities Management contract”.
  • Advising Scope on various issues that affect substantial national charities.
  • Advising Banardo’s on various matters.

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Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP advises on the full range of family law issues both matrimonial and children related. Its primary focus is on matrimonial advice to professionals and business owners, and also representing children and family members in complex care proceedings. The team, which is co-led by Elizabeth Wyatt and Jas Tamber, also has niche expertise in areas such as female genital mutilation, surrogacy, forced marriages and domestic violence.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Wyatt; Jas Tamber

Other key lawyers:Elisabeth Howe; Chris Lloyd-Smith; Maria Ramon;Kadie Bennett

Testimonials

'Anthony Collins has a strong reputation for its skill at representing clients on complex matrimonial disputes in a non-confrontational way'.

'Anthony Collins is recognised for providing an excellent all round family law offering. It is particularly known for its children work and its growing mediation offering'.

'The only firm in the Midlands which continues to provide exceptional standards of service in private client and care proceedings/child protection'.

'Jas Tamber is the 'go-to' solicitor in the Midlands for child care work. Represents Guardians in the leading cases before the local courts. Trusted by judges and respected by peers. Has an amazing appetite for the work he does'.

'Jas Tamber is assured and a good advocate. He is proactive and drives the case forward properly'.

'Jas Tamber is a first-rate solicitor'.

'Elizabeth Wyatt is just superb and well-respected'.

'Elisabeth Howe is a 1st rate mediator standing out from her competitors because she is not afraid to give very direct guidance to the parties to assist them in reaching agreement - even if that guidance is unpalatable'.

'Chris Lloyd-Smith is up there with the best and Maria Ramon is very good at taking the heat out of the discussions and getting the parties to focus on the solution'.

'Kadie Bennett is very impressive on children disputes in particular'.

 

Work highlights

  • Advising on a mediation case concerning a separating couple who had sought advice in relation to both children and financial matters.
  • Advising on a complex divorce involving financial issues and children matters.
Leading individuals

Jas Tamber - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Next Generation Partners

Elisabeth Howe - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

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 best known for its work with vulnerable adults, where the scope of its team's expertise includes compensation trusts, statutory wills and Court of Protection work. It is also knowledgeable about capital tax planning, and on protection structures for families and disabled individuals. In addition, the practice frequently advises corporate, housing and third-sector clients on legacy income generation and trust entitlements. Donna Holmes heads up the team. James Hall and Sheree Green have left the firm.

Practice head(s):Donna Holmes

Other key lawyers:Lisa Whitehouse; Alex Elphinston

Testimonials

'Anthony Collins is highly ethical, trustworthy, reliable and they always provide a high level of service. Alex Elphinston and Donna Holmes in particular'.

'All team members are knowledgeable and professional in their delivery of the service'.

'Donna Holmes  is professional, competent and caring. She can only be described as an exceptional practitioner.  Clients are put at ease by her calm and patient nature'.

'Genuine and kind team that really cares about its clients. Donna Holmes is my 'go to' person for anything COP. Supported by Alex Elphinston who is experienced and professional'.

Work highlights

  • Advised on an application to court for approval of a complex property co-ownership via trust to recognise how JS’s needs were being met and how best interests could be served.
  • Advising on the resolution of an old trust where there was a dispute with beneficiaries over the trust value.
  • Advised on an inter-family asset restructuring to maximise family wealth and meet the needs of a family member in care.
  • Advised on maximising the use of Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Bands through appropriate will structuring.
  • Advising a farming family on utilising trust structures to tax effectively organise assets to enable farming to continue and all children to receive an appropriate inheritance.
Rising stars

Lisa Whitehouse - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP covers a wide range of local government work, including employment, governance, dispute resolution, real estate, development and planning matters. Olwen Dutton, who leads the team, has broad expertise in advising councils, local authority companies and boroughs; Hilary Harrison leads on contentious work and handles commercial and commercial property disputes, while Mark Cook focuses on corporate work such as joint ventures agreements and company set-ups. Associate Alex Lawrence is regularly involved in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Olwen Dutton

Other key lawyers:Mark Cook; Hilary Harrison; Alex Lawrence

Testimonials

'The firm takes a very responsive approach - planning for local authorities is a particular strength'

'Olwen Dutton is good at finding solutions to complex problems'

'Senior associate Stuart Evans stands out. He is a planning solicitor who makes things happen and is an expert at guiding clients through the complexities of planning'

Key Clients

Coventry City Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Leicestershire County Council

Mendip District Council

Birmingham City Council

Tendring District Council

Northumberland County Council

Cllr Elizabeth Harvey

Oxford Direct Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Coventry City Council on all planning matters, including providing officers with a planning surgery for all general planning law related matters and planning enforcement issues
  • Advising Tendring District Council on a dispute with a company relating to the rent review and redevelopment of the sea front pavilion in Clacton.
  • Instructed by the Leicestershire County Council to advise on the purchase of a share in local authority controlled company Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal Company and on the terms of a service level agreement with the company for waste disposal services.
  • Defending Ledbury Town councillor Elizabeth Harvey against allegations of bullying under a grievance procedure and applied sanctions.
  • Representing two councillors and the chief executive of Northumberland County Council in proceedings filed by a housing developer for misfeasance of public office and unlawful and improper behaviour.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

The construction team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has expertise advising clients in the housing, sports and leisure, local government and charities sectors on matters including new-build projects, fire safety and procurement. The group is led by Richard Brooks and Andrew Milcross on the non-contentious side, while Andrew Lancaster acts as head of the litigation practice, which includes an adjudication practice handling disputes in the public and private housing sector. NEC contracts specialist Ross Hayes retired in September 2018 but continues to serve as a consultant to the firm.

Practice head(s):Richard Brooks; Andrew Lancaster; Andrew Millross

Other key lawyers:Rajinder Bhangal; Beulah Allaway

Testimonials

'The whole team work with a social conscience and is very aware of the client's objectives and needs. They work to ensure resources are focused on what matters, determine the highest areas of risk to the client and minimise costs'

'High level of professionalism and expertise in their field with the ability to explain complex legal matters in lay terms and to explain the effect on the client and the client's activities'

'As a charity, we appreciate Anthony Collins' understanding of our values and of what is important to us. The construction team have worked on a number of projects for us and have been flexible and knowledgeable'

'Beulah Allaway is very approachable. She takes a sensible approach and is very responsive'

Key Clients

Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving

Clarion Housing Group Limited

Lincolnshire County Council

Sports and Leisure Management Limited

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

The British Library

Work highlights

  • Advising Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving in relation to construction work for a head office.
  • Acting for Clarion Housing Group in carrying out responsive repairs in house, following the merger of the Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing Associations.
  • Supported Lincolnshire County Council in developing its forthcoming 12-year highways contracts for works, design services and signalling.
  • Advising Sports and Leisure Management as Three Rivers District Council contractor for the running of three leisure centres and a golf course, including a multi-million-pound development at the Centre.
  • Acting for the Salvation Army Trustee Company on engaging contractors for demolition works, design and build works and design and fit out works for a visitor centre at Strawberry Field, Liverpool.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has outstanding capabilities in social housing work, representing housing associations and housing developers in antisocial behaviour litigation, possession claims, disrepair claims and development disputes, under the leadership of housing litigation co-heads Helen Tucker and Baljit Basra. The team also acts for local authorities on lease renewals and rent review disputes, led by commercial property disputes specialist Hilary Harrison. Senior associate Philip Scully joined from Gateley Plc in November 2018.

Practice head(s):Baljit Basra; Hilary Harrison; Helen Tucker

Other key lawyers:Philip Scully

Testimonials

'Litigator Baljit Basra is very knowledgeable - she knows what she’s doing'

Key Clients

Birmingham City Council

Coventry City Council

Curo Places Limited

Two Rivers Housing

Tendring District Council

Riverside

Clarion Housing Association

W M Housing Group

Futures Group

Luminus Group, now part of Places For People Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Coventry City Council on contested lease renewals to facilitate a £300m redevelopment of city centre.
  • Representing Two Rivers Housing in a boundary dispute threatening a £2m development.
  • Advised Clarion Housing Association on recovering the possession of severely hoarded property to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation despite an Equality Act  Disability discrimination defence.
  • Securing injunctive relief against multiple defendants to protect residents from anti-social behaviour.
  • Advising Tendring District Council on a rent review dispute worth circa £250,000 per annum.
Rising stars

Philip Scully - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP boasts a broad range of capabilities, acting for an impressive client roster spanning a range of housing associations and housing developers. Practice head Jonathan Cox is highlighted for his broad expertise; Gemma Bell leads the housing corporate services team, handling mergers and group restructurings alongside Victoria Jardine, while Helen Tucker and Baljit Basra cover all social housing-related disputes. Other areas of expertise include governance, real estate transactions and construction matters such as procurement and remediation.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Cox; Peter Hubbard

Other key lawyers:Gemma Bell; Victoria Jardine; Helen Tucker; Baljit Basra

Testimonials

'Full service offer for housing associations'

'Anthony Collins provides specialist, sector-leading knowledge and service to clients both regionally and nationally. Its social housing teams is comprised of lawyers who are immersed in their particular practice area and, consequently, can provide clients with quick and reliable advice and guidance in the most complex social housing litigation'

'Helen Tucker and Baljit Basra stand out for their knowledge, experience and client service. Both are leaders in this sector. Helen is an expert in her field, whose realistic but robust approach to litigation breeds confidence in both her clients and those she instructs. Baljit stands out for her knowledge, experience and client care skills, which make her a favourite with many clients locally and nationally.'

Key Clients

Clarion Housing Group

Riverside Housing Group

W M Housing Group

Trafford Housing Trust

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Orbit Housing Group

One Manchester

Thirteen Housing Group

Futures Housing Group

Aspire Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the National Housing Federation in preparing the documentation to assist with the implementation of the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot in the Midlands.
  • Creating a contractor framework for Clarion Housing Group following the merger of Affinity Sutton and Circle.
  • Acted for Futures Housing Group on an acquisition of 475 tenanted properties from Genesis.
  • Instructed by Red Kite Community Housing to advise on the formation of an affordable housing delivery vehicle, a market sale vehicle, a commercial vehicle and a non-registered charitable housing vehicle.
  • Obtained injunctions on behalf of Whitefriars Housing against four males to exclude them from a whole area of Coventry due to them taking over homes of vulnerable residents, stealing from them, forcing them to sell drugs and using serious violence.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Cox - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gemma Bell - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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