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B P Collins LLP

COLLINS HOUSE, 32-38 STATION ROAD, GERRARDS CROSS, SL9 8EL, ENGLAND
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Work 01753 889995
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Fax 01753 889851
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40256 GERRARDS CROSS
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www.bpcollins.co.uk
Gerrards Cross, London

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

B P Collins LLP counts a number of longstanding, prestigious clients in the waste management, recycling and renewable energy, technology, food, logistics, and pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, to which the team provides industry-specific advice. The team has a strong reputation in the Gerrards Cross area, while also relying on close links to the London legal market. 'Outstanding' practice head Alex Zachary has been leading the team's largest transactions and is also specialised in GDPR issues. Simon Deans is recommended for his commercially-focused approach, particularly in the technology sector and Victoria Holland and associate Beth Miel are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Alex Zachary

Other key lawyers:Simon Deans; Victoria Holland; Beth Miel

Testimonials

'They have proved willing to assist with and fit in with client expectations while maintaining high standards'.

'Pragmatic whilst being thorough and diligent'.

'They work very well as a team'.

'Not only are they proficient at their job, but they make the process pleasant - not always easy when dealing with legal issues. 

'Alex Zachary brings a refreshing element of humour to what are often complex matters and is clearly very knowledgeable in his field'.

Key Clients

Biffa Waste Management Ltd

CliniMed Holdings Limited

Rico Logistics Limited

TMD Holdings

Mobile Mini UK Limited

Norgine Limited

Utonomy Limited

White Light Group Limited

Summerleaze Limited

Lane4 Management Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of all the shares in Welland Holdings Limited and its subsidiary CEMAR to think project!, the leading Common Data Environment provider for construction and engineering projects.
  • Advised Biffa Waste Services Limited in connection with its commercial agreement with GB Railfreight to transport inactive waste from Leeds to Roxby by rail.
  • Advised Mike Trotman on the sale of his shares in long-standing client, aura Corporation (UK) Limited, to Optimus Bidco Pty Ltd, a private equity company acting for The Marque Group.
  • Advised CliniMed on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Hydrokem UK Limited.
  • Advised Rico Logistics (which trades as TVS SCS Rico) on its acquisition of 80% of the issued share capital of Triage Holdings Limited.
Leading individuals

Alex Zachary - B P Collins LLP

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

The commercial litigation team at B P Collins LLP is best known for its expertise in the environment, waste management, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. The practice specialises in commercial contract disputes, regulatory work, director and shareholder litigation, defamation, intellectual property and professional negligence. Matthew Brandis is the practice head. Craig Williams, senior associate Simon Carroll and associate Rajiv Malhotra are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Matthew Brandis

Other key lawyers:Craig Williams; Simon Carroll; Rajiv Malhotra

Testimonials

'Outstanding work ethic'.

'Very knowledgeable and approachable'.

'Craig Williams and Rajiv Malhotra are outstanding lawyers. Very hardworking, straightforward, kind and caring, great contacts within the industry, approachable, knowledgeable'.

Key Clients

Summerleaze Group

BIC UK Limited

Biffa Waste Services Limited

P B Donoghue Group

Kawasaki Motors UK

AMF Bowling Holdings Limited / The Original Bowling Company

TMD Technologies Limited

Canon Medical Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting state-owned seaport  with defamation action by UK investors in a ‘clean tech’ oil production plant following allegations that plant was in breach of Polish environmental law.
  • Instructed by client to investigate and advise on trade debt recoveries from directors under guarantee following the liquidation of UK dealerships.
  • Assisted client with civil and criminal action following the wrongful removal of wheels from vehicles owned by an international haulage business having believed they were contractually entitled to do so after an invoice dispute.
  • Assisting client with defending a £1.6m claim based on allegations of fraud.
  • Assisted client with High Court breach of confidence action involving competing claims over key proprietary technology.
Leading individuals

Craig Williams - B P Collins LLP

Rising stars

Rajiv Malhotra - B P Collins LLP

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

The employment department at B P Collins LLP handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, acting for both corporate and high-net-worth private clients. The team specialises in restrictive covenants, director duties and complex Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases, as well as in business immigration matters, internal HR assistance and advice on GDPR implementation. Sectors of expertise include retail, leisure, manufacturing, aviation, architecture, construction, and pharmaceuticals. Jo Davis heads the practice. Kathryn Fielder and Chris Brazier are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Jo Davis

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Fielder; Chris Brazier

Testimonials

'They were clearly experts in the field we required (employment and commercial), and we were successful in gaining an interim injunction and settlement in our favour through their skilled approach.'

'Jo Davis is single-minded, hard-working and inventive, both with regard to legal arguments and factual inquiries.'

'Jo Davis's devotion to her clients' cases and her ability to get under the skin of thorny employment problems lead clients to trust her implicitly.'

Key Clients

Frontline Security Services Ltd (Part of the Chubb Group)

TMD Technologies Ltd

Biffa Municipal Limited

Bic UK and Ireland Limited

CliniMed (Holdings) Limited

Daiichi Sankyo UK Ltd

Amtico International Limited

P B Donoghue (Construction) Limited

Ceva Animal Health Limited

Vestel UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Forever Fuels Limited (part of  Summerleaze Limited) on the employment-related aspects of the sale of the client's assets (a wood pellet business) to Balcas Timber.
  • Advising a client on the retirement of its manufacturing director.
  • Advising a client on a matter involving a grievance alleging religious discrimination and a linked disciplinary investigation against the accused individuals.
  • Advising a client on the early termination of an outsourcing contract with a third party.
  • Assisted a client with preparation for compliance with GDPR.
Leading individuals

Jo Davis - B P Collins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Chris Brazier - B P Collins LLP

Rising stars

Kathryn Fielder - B P Collins LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP advises on a wide range of business and private immigration matters, such as sponsor licences and assisting UK businesses in securing migrant employees under the Points Based System. For the private client, Chris Brazier is experienced in advising EU nationals on Settled Status applications and handling complex citizenship applications with a specialism in Turkish worker and Turkish business people visas. Kathryn Fielder is also a name to note for business immigration.

Practice head(s):Chris Brazier

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Fielder

Key Clients

Vestel UK Limited

Ceva Animal Health Limited

Hawkins Brown Architects LLP

Amtico International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a software developer company on the best way to engage an overseas technical adviser.
  • Advised the UK subsidiary of a US company in arranging a visa for a  senior executive thereby enabling him to come to the UK to set up as a sole representative.
Next Generation Partners

Chris Brazier - B P Collins LLP

Kathryn Fielder - B P Collins LLP

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South East: Private client

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

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP's team is praised by one client for being 'thorough, tenacious (but pragmatic) and always client-focused'. Team head Craig Williams focuses on contentious trusts work and inheritance disputes for high net-worth individuals. Its work includes Inheritance Act claims, will validity disputes and matters concerning the administration of trusts and estates. The group also has a niche specialism in litigation concerning genealogists' 'finders fees'. Matthew Brandis is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Craig Williams

Other key lawyers:Matthew Brandis

Testimonials

'I received timely and sympathetic legal advise at what was a very difficult time for myself and my family'.

'I worked with Craig Williams who assisted me in obtaining a better settlement than I would have gotten otherwise; his advice was always very accurate and his actions sensitive'.

'A sizable practice that has several areas of expertise; such diversity is valuable as skills and strategies from different spheres can be applied to contentious probate cases when needed'.

'BP Collins is the the go-to firm in the Thames Valley for contentious trusts and probate work. The team is particularly strong in relation to contested probate, and of note is its expertise in handling Inheritance Act disputes, usually acting for the estate'.

'The firm is well-tuned to the zeitgeist of Alternative Dispute Resolution and tempers its sound legal advice with a healthy dose of pragmatism'.

'A customer focused approach with honest and balanced advice'.

'They are extremely professional and very diligent in everything they do'.

'B P Collins took on our case without question despite the complexities of the situation having forced other lawyers to turn it down'.

'Craig Williams makes everything 'tick'; he is a strong personality with an excellent grasp of law and impressive communication skills'.

'Craig Williams is very knowledgeable, easy to deal with and results-orientedMatthew Brandis is a strategic thinker with a solid legal knowledge in this area'.

'I have no hesitation in recommending both Craig Williams and Matthew Brandis; both are standouts among the competition. They are extremely sound lawyers who combine a thorough understanding of the relevant law with both commercial realism and tactical nous'.

'Associate Rajiv Malhotra is personable, caring, hardworking and honest'.

'Both Craig and Rajiv have excellent connections in the industry and when put together make an excellent team'.

'Craig Williams is excellent; you really get the sense that he cares about his clients and what is in their best interests'.

'Craig Williams and Matthew Brandis are leaders in their field; unlike some competitors, I always get a prompt response form them'.

'Matthew Brandis immediately grasped what was needed, which was incredibly reassuring'.

'Craig Williams is always thinking one step ahead'.

'Craig has extraordinary skills and achieved a successful outcome in an extremely contentious probate litigation case; I always felt that Craig and I were working on the same page'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for clients in a dispute with their sister regarding their father’s estate (where they had been left his estate to the exclusion of their sister), followed by a dispute relating to their mother’s estate (which was left entirely to their sister).
  • Representing a client in an Inheritance Act claim against the estate of her late husband.
  • Acting for a client in an Inheritance Act claim against her late partner’s estate.
  • Advising a client following the death of his father, who left him only £5k in his will.
  • Represented clients in successfully defending a challenge to the validity of their late father’s will on grounds on capacity and undue influence.
Leading individuals

Craig Williams - B P Collins LLP

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

B P Collins LLP

The family law practice at B P Collins LLP is well known for its expertise in all types of financial disputes. Practice head Sue Andrews and her team regularly deal with very high-value cases, complex trusts and business or tax structures. The number of matters with an overseas element in increasing. The team also prepares prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Claire Filer and Fran Hipperson are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Sue Andrews

Other key lawyers:Claire Filer; Fran Hipperson

Testimonials

'I was impressed with the presentation of the firm and the individuals were well placed to help me'.

'I got exactly what I needed and paid for'.

'A professional firm, sensitive to my requirements, structured and well organised, forceful whilst kind, result-driven but malleable'.

'Sue Andrews gave me the confidence and strength I needed to progress and successfully get through the process'.

'Sue is sensitive but strong - just what I needed. She was a star!'

Work highlights

  • Represented a wife in a case involving complex offshore trusts.
  • Represent a wife  in a high-value case involving business assets.
  • Represent a husband in a case involving whether an agreement should be vitiated by  the wife’s non-disclosure.
  • Representing a wife in a case involving significant business assets and arguments about post-separation accrual.
Leading individuals

Sue Andrews - B P Collins LLP

Next Generation Partners

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

B P Collins LLP’s wills, trusts and probate team has a strong reputation for its work with complex cross-border estates. The team is particularly experienced in capital tax planning, often concerning trusts or complex wills and involvement in contentious matters is increasing. Lucy Wood heads the practice. Senior associates Sharon Heselton and Dominic Ibbs are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Lucy Wood

Other key lawyers:Sharon Heselton; Dominic Ibbs

Testimonials

'Great team, all work together to ensure the best outcome for the client'.

'The art to giving good advice is to keep matters simple and the firm is able to meet clients' objectives sensibly and without confusing them when the matters at hand are often very complex'.

'I would not look to go elsewhere - everyone I have come across at the firm is approachable, helpful and it is very rare that you have to follow up or chase on anything'.

'Expertise at B P Collins shines through'.

'I have no hesitation in recommending Lucy Wood, a real rising star capable of managing the most complex and involved of estates'.

'Lucy is incredibly professional and knowledgeable. She makes things clear without being patronising, and always remembers the details of our case'.

'I have been most impressed with Sharon Heselton and Dominic Ibbs. Both are competent, thorough and on top of the issues'.

'Dominic Ibbs has that rare quality whereby he gives clients confidence that the advice meets their needs and objectives without any grandstanding or grandiose terminology'.

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with a cross-border matter involving a complex estate and dealing with tax issues.
  • Assisted a client with incorporating flexible life interest trusts in their will.
Next Generation Partners

Lucy Wood - B P Collins LLP

Rising stars

Dominic Ibbs - B P Collins LLP

Sharon Heselton  - 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 2

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP’s property team has in-depth expertise in the environmental sector in addition to assisting clients with commercial acquisitions involving multiple properties, corporate support, portfolio management and tender processes. Other key areas of strength include advising international entities on their UK property requirements, acting for developers and landowners on all aspects of the development cycle, handling complex transactions in the mining and mineral sector, and working on property acquisitions in major retail and leisure developments. Alison Taylor heads the practice. Maria Mowberry is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Alison Taylor

Other key lawyers:Maria Mowberry

Testimonials

'The commercial property team offer an excellent service'.

'Maria Mowberry has a pleasant personality and an excellent grasp of important issues. She is always responsive and has good communication skills'.

'Maria Mowberry covers every possible outcome and issue'.

Key Clients

The Original Bowling Company/AMF Bowling/Hollywood Bowl

Biffa Group

Welford Investments Limited

City and Provincial Properties plc

Summerleaze Limited

Mobile Mini, Inc

Lacoste UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders on the sale of all the shares in Welland and its subsidiary CEMAR, the leading common data environment provider for construction and engineering projects.
  • Advised Clinimed (Holdings) Limited on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Hydrokem UK Limited.
  • Assisted Biffa Waste Services Limited with the acquisition of the trade and assets of H&A Recycling Limited a company which was based in Cornwall.
  • Handling transactions involving the client taking two leases of property for TV streaming productions.
  • Acting for a fashion brand on its retail property requirements in the UK.  This includes relocation of one of its outlets to a prestigious location in London.
Next Generation Partners

Maria Mowberry - B P Collins LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP's environment department specialises in mandates relating to waste and recycling. The team has a strong track record of advising clients on all stages of the waste cycle, including producer responsibility, transfer of waste, recycling and means of disposal. It also advises on major corporate transactions in the sector; practice head Alex Zachary has experience of leading on more than 40 M&A deals in this space.

Practice head(s):Alex Zachary

Key Clients

The Biffa Group

The Grundon Group of companies

Summerleaze Group

Ice Energy Technologies

i2O Water Limited

2K Polymer Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • The firm acted for Biffa Waste Services Limited (Biffa) in connection with the acquisition of the trade and assets of H&A Recycling Limited, a company which was based in Cornwall, and the taking of two new leases over property in Redruth.
  • The firm advised Forever Fuels on the sale of its wood pellet trade and assets to Balcas Timber Limited, a leading timber products supplier.
  • The firm advised Biffa Municipal in relation to terms of business for its 'Wheelie Clean' bin washing service.
  • The firm advised Biffa Municipal on its terms of business for its household and commercial waste collection tanker services.
  • Advising a leading national integrated waste management provider on a waste transportation contract.
Leading individuals

Alex Zachary - B P Collins LLP

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