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IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

CAPITAL COURT, 30 WINDSOR STREET, UXBRIDGE, UB8 1AB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 877 7025
Fax:
Fax 0845 638 1351
DX:
45105 UXBRIDGE
Email:
Web:
www.ibblaw.co.uk
Chesham, Uxbridge

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s team is β€˜excellent in all areas’ and β€˜really takes the time to explain things in simple terms to clients with little to no experience in corporate and commercial law’. The firm acts for domestic and multinational clients in their transactional and restructuring activity, and has been notably active in the hotels sector. Adam Dowdney joined from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2016, and, along with practice head David Clark, is acting for Trans-Siberian Gold on its high-value share capital reduction, and is also advising Sabio on a Β£50m management buyout backed by Lyceum Capital. Other highlights included advising residential housebuilder Durkan Estates on its joint venture with Housing Growth Partnership, and assisting Advanced Group Holdings on its demerger and management buyout.

Leading individuals

Adam Dowdney - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

Clients of IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) value the firm’s β€˜many years of experience in dealing with criminal and in particular white-collar criminal cases’. The team, based in Uxbridge, handles a complete range of financial and business crime matters for individuals, including cross-border EURIBOR matters, international money laundering cases and white-collar crime issues. It recently represented a client accused of defrauding a Russian bank of $200m, with further accusations of bribery, forgery and blackmail among others; the client was acquitted of four counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. Other key matters included representing a client who allegedly defrauded two banks of Β£160m by obtaining loans through fabricated contracts for fibre-optic cables, and acted for another client accused of being involved in a longstanding LIBOR fraud by misleading USD LIBOR submissions in Barclays Bank’s name. The practice is led by β€˜top-notch practitioner’ John Milner, who is β€˜capable of going toe-to-toe with the best of the white-collar crime solicitors’. Also recommended are Caroline Dunne, who has experience handling white-collar crime matters; money laundering specialist and solicitor Aman Uppal; and business crime expert Eddie Tang.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

β€˜An excellent firm with a great criminal defence practice’, IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s Uxbridge-based team β€˜has a number of outstanding principal solicitors who take client care very seriously’. The practice handles the full spectrum of criminal cases including murder, manslaughter, Class A drug importation and rape. In a recent matter, the team represented a client charged with the murder of his wife and for defrauding his mentally incapacitated father-in-law of Β£300,000. Other key matters included acting for a client accused of theft and GBH, with the client eventually acquitted of all charges. The firm is also notable for its ability to leverage expertise from its family, fraud and commercial practices. Caroline Dunne attracts praise for her β€˜strong grasp of the relevant law and procedure’; she is well-versed in undertaking international financial criminal litigation. John Milner, who is noted for his strength in matters at the intersection between general crime and fraud, β€˜is a very experienced, wise and tactically shrewd expert’; β€˜he is particularly calm under fire’. Eddie Tang’s track record includes representing clients in criminal charges arising from road traffic accident cases, acting defendants accused of terrorism offences, and money laundering matters.

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge, Chesham)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has experienced a rise in insolvency-related cases, most notably in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, and continues to advise on a range of matters including product liability, debt recovery and commercial contract disputes. Recent work includes representing the National House Building Council (NHBC) in an insurance indemnity claim totalling Β£1m, which related to defective construction work undertaken as part of a major project. It also acted for Phillip Jeffries in mediation with a former commercial agent. The team also acted for longstanding client Renault in an intellectual property infringement matter regarding a domain name. Paul Kite advises on the full range of contentious matters and has notable automotive, manufacturing and distribution sector expertise. He is recommended alongside senior associate Sarah Jackson, who handles company and partnership disputes, commercial fraud and debt recovery matters.

Leading individuals

Paul Kite - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Jackson - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is noted for its expertise in the construction sector, advising banks and borrower clients on funding, corporate structures, warranties and step-in rights. Recent work included advising AIB Group on its security arrangements following a decision to issue retail commercial bonds totalling Β£5m in value, and advising National Westminster Bank on a Β£1.9m financing provided to Shepperton Marina. Key figures include Ross Johnstone, who specialises in investment development and funding, and David Clark, who handles corporate finance and secured lending matters. Senior solicitor Gemma Coles is recommended for real estate finance.

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South East: Human resources

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

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s team advises on the employment aspects of managing projects, frequently handling redundancies and TUPE situations, and also deals with personal employment issues for high-net worth individuals. The group has a broad range of sector specialisms, regularly handling work for clients in the charity, construction, technology and pharmaceutical industries, and often draws on its cross-disciplinary strengths in the corporate and commercial, family and dispute resolution spheres when resolving issues. Key figure Richard Devall specialises in business immigration, inbound investment and employment issues arising out of outsourcings and M&A activity; Devall, along with solicitors Ed Marchant and Harry Abrams recently acted for the management team of Sabio in a management buyout totalling Β£50m, advising on leaver provisions, restrictive covenants and service agreements. Team head Justin Govier is recommended for matters involving restructuring, global expansion programmes and international and pan-European HR. The firm also has a strong contentious employment practice, handling claims related to whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and discrimination. Hertz, Robsons Estate Agents and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals are among key current clients.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) advises clients on Tier 2 sponsor licenses, sponsor management system compliance, audits and Schengen visas, among other matters. The group also assists with Tier 1 investor and entrepreneur visas, British Citizenship applications and residency documents for European citizens, and successfully acted for several clients in adverse immigration history matters and visa refusals. The team has a strong client base in the technology, pharmaceutical, retail and automotive sectors, and regularly works alongside its corporate, commercial and family teams to provide a full-service offering to its corporate and individual clients. Newly-recruited partner Richard Devall, who joined from Pitmans LLP, heads the practice, and is supported by associate Aleksandra Yuskina, who has strong expertise in all aspects of business immigration practices. The group recently advised Avata on several Tier 2 visa applications. Other key clients include Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Goodman Real Estate Adviser and Hytera.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

The clinical negligence department of IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) in Uxbridge has a strong focus on brain injury claims, for both adults and children, with senior solicitor Simon Pimlott handling disputes regarding long-term brain injuries and psychological conditions. Team lead Malcolm Underhill also represents clients in amputation, stroke, failed surgery, misdiagnosis other terminal disease matters.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

The β€˜excellent’ personal injury department at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) impresses through β€˜decisive, timely communication, clear direction and attention to detail’. The key lawyers are brain injury specialist Malcolm Underhill, who also gained considerable experience in matters involving child abuse, and senior solicitor Simon Pimlott, who focuses on spinal and head injuries as well as chronic pain syndrome and psychological conditions. Both have an β€˜above-average commitment and a high level of understanding of individual clients and their specific needs and expectations’. They are further recommended for being β€˜professional, methodical and organised’. Niche areas of work include acoustic shock, noise-induced hearing loss, asbestosis and vibration injury cases. For child abuse matters, Underhill is able to consult various psychologists and therapists for expert reports. One of his recent cases involved the representation of a claimant with mental health issues who had suffered abuse from a paedophile several decades ago, where Underhill undertook detailed research in order to identify possible defendants and insurers. The case was compromised during a joint settlement meeting.

Next generation lawyers

Simon Pimlott - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has β€˜an in-depth knowledge of the sector and a good understanding of each client’s specific subject areas’. The team has notable expertise advising faith-based and medical charities, and regularly handles commercial real estate matters, regulatory work and employment issues. Practice head Paul Ridout recently advised Brentwood Ursuline on its Β£7m restructuring of assets, and also assisted Chartered College of Teaching with various governance and commercial partnership matters. Other key individuals include Justin Govier, who specialises in employment issues, and Paul Kite, who is the name to note for corporate and commercial work. Other active clients include the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, Hospital Saturday Fund and Teenage Cancer Trust.

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

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge, Chesham)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s β€˜dedicated team of specialist family lawyers’ provides β€˜an efficient service to its clients, always acting in their best interests and being appropriately assertive’. The group handles high-value divorce work and has significant childcare expertise, regularly advising on private law cases and acrimonious disputes involving the Children Act. Other areas of expertise include matrimonial property issues, Court of Protection matters and cross-border financial cases. Practice head Amanda Melton is β€˜a great communicator’ and β€˜has an excellent instinct for what the judge will do’, and senior solicitor Vicky Preece is recommended for complex childcare and adoption cases.

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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

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Chesham)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has β€˜an excellent reputation in its field’, and its β€˜competent team of solicitors’ provides β€˜a professional and efficient service at every level, from initial contact to client meetings and all the way through to completion’. The practice has strong expertise in international matters, frequently advising on UK and foreign tax issues, the drafting of wills and trusts and the administration of foreign estates. Personal injury trusts are also a niche area of specialism, and the team has extensive experience handling Court of Protection and power of attorney issues. Practice head Jacqueline Almond is β€˜a dedicated, professional and approachable individual’, who is β€˜particularly knowledgeable when it comes to will writing’.

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South East: Real estate

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

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has a notably active profile in development and investment work, and also handles the full range of portfolio management matters along with real estate finance, joint venture agreements, construction contracts, planning and letting management issues. Recent work includes advising BAM Properties on the Β£18m-plus sale of a building, and acting for Hudson Advisors UK on the high-value sale of two regional hotels as part of an ongoing strategy to rationalise a recently acquired portfolio. Recommended individuals include β€˜highly experienced real estate lawyer’ Juliusz Wodzianski, who β€˜has a good commercial awareness, strong negotiation skills and a good understanding of what is needed to get a deal across the finishing line’, and Gemma Coles, who specialises in bank securitisation and development transactions. Bill Bidder heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Juliusz Wodzianski - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

Susan Mawson - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

Next generation lawyers

Gemma Coles - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) provides β€˜an impressive level of service’, combining β€˜strong strategic input along with advice on commercial risk at all stages of the process’. The group has strong expertise in the commercial real estate sector, and has a strong reputation for its work for housebuilder, contractor and developer clients in energy service company-related transactions, joint venture agreements and major construction projects. The β€˜focused and practical’ Paul Brampton heads the department, and recently advised Aviva on the redevelopment of St Helen’s Square in the City of London. The team also acted for Optimise (Water) in a payment dispute regarding SCADA monitoring at several hundred waste water engineering sites across the UK.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields a team of β€˜top-class property litigators’ that has β€˜a wide range of experience and a broad depth of knowledge of the subtleties of property law’. The team is known for its expertise in property finance disputes, and also regularly handles lease renewals and rent reviews in relation to City and West End property. Recent work includes representing real estate fund manager Frogmore in a High Court claim against Nationwide related to wrongful disposal of loans totalling Β£112m. Jon Mowbray heads the practice, and Andrew Olins is commended for his β€˜strong academic knowledge of the law’.

Leading individuals

Andrew Olins - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

Jon Mowbray - IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has been advising on data protection, IT infrastructure development, SaaS agreements and telecoms contracts. Solicitor Bharti Moore is recommended and has experience in handling terms and conditions for websites. Former practice head Chris Hayes joined Lewis Silkin LLP.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (Uxbridge)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has been handling patent, licensing and trade mark matters, among other work, for clients from diverse industries, ranging from healthcare to manufacturing. Corporate and commercial consultant David Clark, solicitor Bharti Moore and senior solicitor Rosie Brass are the key contacts following the departure of practice head Chris Hayes to Lewis Silkin LLP.

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