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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

B P Collins LLP fields a team that 'understands clients' needs and compares well with City firms both on price and service'. The group has an extensive track record in the waste management, recycling, renewable energy, technology, food, logistics and pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, and has longstanding relationships with national and international clients such as Biffa Group. In an illustration of the depth of the firm's waste industry knowledge, practice head Alex Zachary    ('Very thorough and will stick to his guns where required') and solicitors Lucy Newman   and Dana Eyre  acted for Biffa Wast Services on its £4.9m acquisition of Amber Engineering, a waste management business in South Wales. In another key transactional highlight, David Smellie  acted for the shareholders of Martello Holdings on the sale of the company's issued share capital to Franki Foundations UK. Other key figures include technology sector specialist Simon Deans , whose clients include CliniMed and Rico Logistics; and Victoria Holland , whose expertise encompasses retail and leisure and professional services.

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

B P Collins LLP fields a team of 'exceptionally good litigators' who combine 'good technical knowledge with a personal service'; for many, the team is 'second to none'. Practice head Matthew Brandis is 'exceptional - incredibly thorough and very good at keeping clients informed and up to date'. He has more than 20 years' experience handling complex contractual disputes, defamation actions and professional negligence claims, and is ably supported by Craig Williams, who 'really considers the clients interests when delivering advice on complex legal issues'; and Nick Hallchurch, whose extensive track record covers shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims against solicitors, health and safety disputes, and regulatory claims. The environmental, technology and pharmaceutical sectors are all key areas of strength for the practice; in an illustration of its capability in the waste management sector, Williams and associate Rajiv Malhotra successfully defended PB Donoghue in a £3m claim for damages arising from oral agreements made with a former HGV driver. In another key matter, Williams and senior associate Simon Carroll represented a local charity in a case arising from a gym operator's failure to make payments and refusal to provide account to avoid fee increases.

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

B P Collins LLP's employment practice is 'a pleasure to work with; the team is well organised and its lawyers give clear, full instructions and work hard to develop relationships with clients'. It acts for a number of corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals on a range of employment matters, with notable strength in restrictive covenant matters. It also handles business immigration matters and focuses on issues arising from the automotive, IT, retail, manufacturing, construction and pharmaceutical industries. 'Outstanding' practice head Jo Davis advised Number 8 Group, which provides construction workers to construction companies, on a possible £100,000 tax levy by the Construction Industry Training Board arising from a change in the law, which involved an analysis of the law around employment status for the purposes of the levy. In another key mandate, senior associate Chris Brazier (who is 'organised, sharp and inspires confidence in his clients') represented TMD Technologies in an Employment Tribunal claim by one of its former senior managers alleging age discrimination and unfair dismissal. Other key figures include Kathryn Fielder, whose 'guidance and direction are impeccable, and who demonstrates sensitivity and compassion to clients'.

Leading individuals

Jo Davis - B P Collins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Fielder - B P Collins LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP's immigration practice provides 'very good all-round service' and has 'great knowledge of the law, the client's business and the market generally'. Practice head Chris Brazier is singled out for providing advice that is 'straightforward and responsible'; he has wide-ranging knowledge of the points based system and sponsor licensing, among other business immigration matters, and also assists individuals. He is assisted by senior associate Kathryn Fielder, who has extensive experience in obtaining sponsorship licences as well as assisting sponsored employees with obtaining visas once their licence is granted. The practice's clients cover a range of sectors, with an emphasis on architecture, financial services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and retail.

Next generation lawyers

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 attracts praise for its 'thorough knowledge of the practice area and ability to identify issues quickly to work towards a resolution that is in the best interests of the client'. The practice's expertise encompasses the full range of contested probate cases, including Inheritance Act claims, disputes involving the validity and interpretation of testamentary documents, the removal of personal representatives, and disputes arising from the administration of trusts and estates. Craig Williams 'always keeps the client’s objectives in mind and is pragmatic and practical in his approach to the legal issues'. Matthew Brandis is also recommended.

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

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP  is 'one of the premier firms outside London for high-net-worth divorces', and its family division provides 'an exceptional level of service, professional advice, and a proactive approach to dealing with other parties'. The practice is a regular fixture in complex cases involving high-value assets and complicated trusts, businesses or tax structures, as well as disputes regarding arrangements for children, assets or properties with cross-border elements. Practice head Sue Andrews is 'extraordinarily tenacious in fighting a client's case'; she has extensive experience in complex financial remedy matters, often handling matters involving overseas assets, trust arrangements, complex pension arrangements, or sizeable property portfolios. Other key figures include Claire Filer, who has notable expertise in matters involving complex trust structures, and Fran Hipperson, who is 'excellent at identifying the real issues and resolving what could be very acrimonious and fraught negotiations, whilst maintaining the highest level of professionalism throughout'.

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

B P Collins LLP fields an 'excellent' personal tax team that leverages the firm's overall strength in private client work to provide a holistic service to its high-net-worth client base. Capital tax planning is a particular strength for the team, which also handles trust and estate administration (often involving cross-jurisdictional elements), estate planning and Court of Protection matters. Craig Williams heads the practice and is noted for his expertise in contentious inheritance disputes and litigation arising form the validity of testamentary documents. 'Diligent, efficient' senior associate Lucy Wood is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Lucy Wood - 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 commercial property practice is noted for providing 'city-quality advice' and for 'adding value to every part of a transaction'. The firm has a particular focus on retail and leisure work, as well as residential development, mining and environmental matters. The practice's workload is predominantly focused around the Thames Valley, although it also handles mandates nationwide for clients such as Lacoste. Other clients include Biffa Group and developer City and Provincial Properties. Alison Taylor heads the practice and has an extensive track record in portfolio management, acquisitions and disposals, and commercial lease transactions. The 'efficient and knowledgeable' Maria Mowberry is also recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP fields an environmental law team that is 'very strong indeed', with clients singling out practice head Alex Zachary as 'very thorough and will stick to his guns where required'. The cross-practice team has extensive experience in all stages of the waste cycle, acting for clients in waste management, renewables and efficiency, as well as for waste-to-energy clients involved in renewable energy projects. In an illustration of the practice's track record in the waste management sector, Craig Williams acted for PB Donoghue in a £3m claim for damages arising from or JV/management/licence agreements made with an ex-HGV driver. Other recent highlights include advising Biffa on the acquisition of Amber Engineering, a waste management business in south Wales, and assisting the same client with updated terms for its project involving the collection and disposal of garden waste. Also recommended are David Smellie, who regularly handles commercial contracts and corporate transactions related to the waste management and renewables sectors, and Alison Taylor, who handles high-value commercial lease transactions for environmental clients.

Leading individuals

Alex Zachary - B P Collins LLP

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