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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

With β€˜a wide range of experience in corporate and commercial law’, B P Collins LLP’s β€˜knowledgeable, approachable and responsive’ team provides β€˜a high level of service’. The practice has a strong track record in the waste management, food, pharmaceutical and logistics sectors, and its diverse client base includes listed and public companies, SME’s and sole traders. Highlights included acting for CliniMed in the sale of its share capital of Laminas Medica to Sonoco Cores and Paper, a strategic cross-border investment involving the Czech Republic, Finland and the USA, and advising Biffa Waste Services on its Β£13.5m purchase of Cory Environmental Municipal Services. Simon Deans heads the department and specialises in the technology sector, advising clients including Rico Logistics; David Smellie acts for clients in the waste management and entertainment industries; Alex Zachary is recommended for major transactions; and Victoria Holland is β€˜highly professional, and pays great attention to detail’.

Leading individuals

Simon Deans - B P Collins LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

B P Collins LLP is β€˜a highly professional firm with a strong commitment to quality, service and value’. The group is well regarded for its expertise in the environmental, technology and pharmaceutical sectors, and core work includes contract disputes, shareholder litigation, defamation claims and professional negligence. Practice head Matthew Brandis is β€˜highly knowledgeable, objective and results-oriented’; he is ably assisted by Craig Williams, who acts for corporate clients in shareholder and director disputes, and Nick Hallchurch, who is praised for his β€˜great attention to detail’ and β€˜excellent strategies’. In a recent highlight, the group advised a former co-owner of a property investment business in a Β£3.2m shareholder dispute, successfully securing a favourable judgement at trial, and defended two individuals in repayment claims arising from a joint venture agreement. Other key clients include Summerleaze Group, Biffa Waste Services and Toshiba Medical Systems.

Leading individuals

Craig Williams - B P Collins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Simon Carroll - B P Collins LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

The β€˜commercial and pragmatic’ group at B P Collins LLP β€˜handles an impressive range of work’ for a mix of corporates and high net-worth individuals, and has been notably active in the retail, leisure, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, among others. The team specialises in enforcing and resisting restrictive covenants, and also advises on business immigration matters, and internal HR issues. β€˜Commercial, approachable and technically competent’ practice head Jo Davis stands out for her β€˜attention to detail’, and frequently handles complex TUPE transactions, senior partner exits and post-termination restrictions. Other key figures include senior associates Kathryn Fielder and Chris Brazier; Fielder has extensive experience dealing with the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, most notably injunctive actions, family friendly rights and internal compliance matters, and Brazier has β€˜a great depth of knowledge in work permit and immigration issues’. Clients include waste management specialist Biffa, IT retailer Misco UK and medical supplier CliniMed.

Leading individuals

Jo Davis - B P Collins LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

B P Collins LLP assists a number of businesses with obtaining sponsor licenses and hiring migrant employees under the points-based system, and also advises EU nationals on their position following the EU referendum. Senior associate Chris Brazier heads the practice, advising on various immigration rules impacting UK businesses, and also handles matters related to permanent residence and British citizenship. Employment expert Kathryn Fielder is the other key figure; she has significant experience dealing with business immigration matters, having recently assisted with securing the status of a domestic worker employed by a royal family. In another highlight, the team handled an application for a UK ancestry visa for an Australian national, successfully enabling the client to move to the UK with their partner. New client wins include Metdist Enterprises, Bic UK and White Light, and Bestway and Hawkins\Brown are among the firm’s longstanding clients.

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South East: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

β€˜High-quality local firm’ B P Collins LLP is β€˜very knowledgeable in the specialist field of trusts and probate’ and β€˜can provide the client with a good range of options and potential claims’. The team has experience handling all aspects of contested probate disputes, advising on inheritance matters, personal representative removals, estate administration and the validity of testamentary documents. Practice head Craig Williams β€˜finds a calm and analytical approach while inspiring confidence in the client’ and β€˜displays real skill in his presentation of cases to opponents and mediators’. Matthew Brandis is β€˜a very strong negotiator who combines a thorough understanding of relevant laws with commercial realism and tactical nous’.

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Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

B P Collins LLP is β€˜a leading family firm within the region’ and β€˜has the expertise and depth of experience to deal with cases where the assets are significant and the issues are complicated’. The group specialises in all types of financial disputes, and is increasingly advising on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Practice head Sue Andrews, who handles complex financial remedy matters, is β€˜an exceptional lawyer and a formidable opponent’, who β€˜inspires confidence and builds trust through her advice and insights’. Other key names include Claire Filer, β€˜a reliable and dependable solicitor who can comfortably advise on very complex finance cases’, and Fran Hipperson, who has strong expertise in Children Act cases, and matters involving inherited assets, third party interests and businesses.

Leading individuals

Sue Andrews - B P Collins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Claire Filer - B P Collins LLP

Fran Hipperson - B P Collins LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

B P Collins LLP’s β€˜knowledgeable’ team provides β€˜an excellent level of service’ and β€˜always keeps the client up-to-date with probate procedures’. Key specialisms for the team include trust and estate administration, elderly client advice and Court of Protection work, as well as lifetime planning and the preparation of wills. Practice head Craig Williams is noted for his expertise in contentious inheritance disputes, and regularly deals with claims against the validity of testamentary documents. Other names to note include senior associate Lucy Fisher, who is β€˜very approachable and accommodating, quick to respond to requests’ and β€˜can transmit information in a clear manner which is easy to follow’, and Vicky Johnson, who advises on cross-border assets.

Next generation lawyers

Lucy Fisher - B P Collins LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

At B P Collins LLP, key areas of specialism include environment, mining and minerals, retail and development work, and the firm also advises a broad range of international entities on their UK-based properties, assisting with acquisitions and disposals and landlord and tenant matters. Practice head Michael Larcombe handles all aspects of commercial property work and is notably strong in transactional matters; he is ably assisted by Alison Taylor, who is recommended for portfolio management and commercial lease transactions, particularly in the leisure, retail and environmental sectors. Active clients include The Original Bowling Company, Biffa Group and Wycombe District Council.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

B P Collins LLP (Gerrards Cross)

According to its clients, B P Collins LLP β€˜deservedly enjoys a national reputation in this area’, and fields a team that is β€˜a great champion of effective and efficient solutions, delivering the best results for its clients in a measured, professional and cost-effective manner’. The practice is best known for its expertise in the waste management sector, and is currently advising the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) on the possible impact of Brexit on the industry. In other highlights, the group acted for Biffa on its Β£5m acquisition of the business and assets of Blakeley’s Recycling, a local business based in the North West, and advised the same client on it Β£13.5m purchase of Cory Environmental Municipal Services (CEMS). Practice head Alex Zachary has strong recycling sector expertise, and regularly handles M&A activity, procurement and commercial and compliance issues. Other key figures include transactional lawyer David Smellie; commercial property expert Michael Larcombe; and Alison Taylor, who advises on sales, acquisitions and portfolio management.

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