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Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd

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743060 NEWCASTLE 45
Hexham, Newcastle upon Tyne

Toby Gibson

Work 019 273 3817
Gibson & Co


Partner/Dispute Resolution


Toby sits on the CEDR panel of mediators and is regularly selected as a lead mediator for a wide variety of commercial disputes. He gained his higher rights of audience in the Civil Courts in 2001 and is a frequent High Court advocate, obtaining injunctions and representing clients at a number of interlocutory applications. Chambers & Partners describes him as “a great tactician and strategist”, “distinguished for his “strategic foresight”” and “in particularly difficult circumstances…a calm head to steer you through the storm”.

In Chambers, he maintains his top tier ranking for the sixthyear running and is “highly praised for his extensive experience in handling banking and corporate disputes often in relation to multi-jurisdiction cases” (Chambers 2018). He is said to be “sensible and pragmatic…. highly commended by sources for his “measured approach.”  He recently advised an individual on a USD 75 million claim against Standard Chartered Bank regarding an alleged failure of the bank’s trading system”.

The Legal 500 praises the “outstanding and personal service” of the practice whose “business acumen is second to none”. Toby himself has been ranked as a Leading Individual for a number of years, with a “first class mind and commercial and practical approach”. Legal 500 has described him as a “good strategist”, “thorough and determined”, “considerate and diligent”.

Toby has handled a wide variety of contentious commercial and financial matters. His areas of expertise include: financial services and derivatives litigation, shareholder disputes, contentious trusts and probate matters, professional negligence and litigating over the terms of numerous commercial contracts (for example, distribution, share sale, asset purchase and option agreements).

Toby’s interests outside the office include fell running and country sports.




Toby graduated from Durham University in 1991 and qualified with Allen & Overy in 1995. He joined Slaughter and May’s Hong Kong office in 1997 for three years and was admitted as a solicitor there in 1998. He rejoined Allen & Overy on his return to London in 2000, staying with them until November 2003 when he joined Gibson & Co. as a partner.

North: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Newcastle

Within: Leading individuals

Toby Gibson - Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd

Within: Commercial litigation: Newcastle

Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd stands out for its expertise in banking and finance litigation as well as arbitration, which is reflected in a strong financial sector client base including ING Bank, Union Bancaire Privée UBP and Credit Suisse. Jane Gibson, who jointly heads the team with Toby Gibson, defended Credit Suisse against a claim over introduction fees, and is acting for the same client in the recovery of monies from a former employee. She also represented Superdrug in a number of contractual disputes with suppliers, while Gibson acted for Union Bancaire Privée UBP in a claim brought by a customer for the reimbursement of fees, which involved a number of fraud allegations. In other work, Michael Reed acted for Scott Tynan, a retired professional goalkeeper and now designer, in an IP dispute pertaining to the design of new goalkeeping gloves. Other areas of expertise include handling insolvency-related disputes and contentious matters involving mineral rights and succession planning issues.

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North: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd has carved out a strong practice acting in the rural private client sphere, providing agricultural estate clients and high-net-worth individuals with wills and probate assistance alongside trust and succession planning advice. The ‘friendly and professional’ team includes the ‘very responsive and committed’ David Bawn, who is singled out for his ‘superb knowledge’ in capital tax planning matters and the administration of high-value estates; the ‘very efficient’ Harry Chrisp, who handles the administration of estates but also prepares wills; and senior partner Toby Gibson, who is noted for his focus on trusts and probate work. Together with Bawn, Gibson acted as trustee for the M R Finn Will Trust which included assistance with various tax and property issues.

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