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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

Humphreys & Co.

Humphreys & Co. is ‘a highly regarded niche litigation firm’, which handles a wide range of commercial disputes, but it perhaps best known for its contentious IP practice. The team is headed by Robert Humphreys, who is noted for his ‘incisive litigation instinct, excellent advocacy skill, and personal charm’. Humphreys is defending a UK politician in relation to a defamation claim following an incident on social media. The practice head often acts alongside Paul Wong , who has particular experience in construction disputes and has been identified by clients as ‘one to watch in the future’. Stephen Burbidge has expertise in employment claims and professional negligence and Tristan Morse is another contact in the contentious IP group. The team has been particularly active in shareholder disputes in 2017.

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Robert Humphreys - Humphreys & Co.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

Humphreys & Co.

Humphreys & Co. specialises in unfair dismissal, unlawful discrimination, harassment and breach of contract claims. It also deals with post-termination restrictions, disciplinary procedures, redundancies, TUPE, termination agreements and directors’ duties. The firm has a strong bias towards acting for claimants but also acts for respondents in Employment Tribunal, High Court, County Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases. Stephen Burbridge heads the department and has a ‘no-nonsense approach’ and ‘good knowledge of employment law and tribunal procedure’. Katherine Hodge acts for trade union members.

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South West: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Humphreys & Co.

Humphreys & Co. acts for national and international clients, specialising in industrial disease and in particular asbestos and mesothelioma claims. It deals with mostly terminal claims but also damages in relation to asbestos-related cancer claims, asbestosis and pleural thickening on both a provisional and final damages basis. Partner Stephen Burbidge  heads the department, he ‘puts a considerable personal effort into each client’s case and to helping clients to cope with their terminal illnesses’. Consultant Peter Montgomery is also recommended. The firm offers a ‘fantastic, efficient, friendly and professional service’.

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South West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Humphreys & Co.

Consultant Philip Siddons has withdrawn from the partnership, but still heads the department at Humphreys & Co. Siddons advises on will validity and Inheritance Act claims, assisted by trainee Rachel Tonkinson. The firm has a niche industrial disease unit, which obtains grants of representation for the estates of those who have died as a result of asbestos-related diseases, and act for terminally ill clients in the preparation of urgent wills. The firm takes instructions from abroad also, in particular Australia and New Zealand.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Humphreys & Co.

Humphreys & Co. advises clients on non-contentious and contentious matters such as trade marks, passing off, designs and copyright, and litigation. It acts for national and international clients in the key sectors of fashion, electronics, drinks, education and finance. Robert Humphreys heads the department, he recently led on a case of trade mark infringement (including counterfeiting), passing off and invalidity proceedings against a former distributor of a well-known jewellery brand. Another highlight includes successfully defending claims of copyright infringement against a furniture and replica furniture manufacturer and retailer.‘Always very professional’ Tristan Morse was promoted to partner, he focuses on contentious and non-contentious trade mark, design and copyright matters. Ruth Annand is also recommended.

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