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Collyer Bristow LLP

4 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4TF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 7363
DX:
163 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Web:
www.collyerbristow.com
Geneva, London

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP

Best known for advising SMEs, and often acting for the sellers of owner-managed businesses, Collyer Bristow LLP’s department is ‘sensible and responsive’. Practice head Paul Sillis advised Molinare TV and Film on its purchase of various assets owned by Video Engineering Training. Senior associate Ragavan Arunachalam assisted HM Holdings with its acquisition of He-Man Equipment. Other clients include Medical Services, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Manolete Partners and Leyland SDM.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP is best known for conflict-free litigation against banks. The practice handles disputes involving complex products and financial structures, including claims relating to derivatives; benchmark manipulation; assignment of bank debts; distressed debt trading; syndicated lending; structured finance; securitisation; and unregulated collective investment schemes. The team acted for Secure Capital, a Luxembourg investment vehicle, in Commercial Court proceedings against Credit Suisse, which alleged breach of warranty, misrepresentation and breach of the FSA principles of business. Stephen Rosen ‘has superb client-handling skills’; Janine Alexanderpossesses a ferocious intellect and is tactically very astute’; Robin Henry focuses on financial markets work and distressed debt; and Richard Viegas, who is experienced in banking disputes, joined from Bristows LLP as partner.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP is recommended for general commercial contract disputes; economic torts; professional negligence; commercial agents’ disputes; civil fraud; and contentious insolvency. Other areas of note include boardroom and partnership disputes; directors’ liabilities; disputes between shareholders or joint venture partners; and unfair prejudice petitions. Jeff Roberts and Janine Alexander are highly rated; and banking disputes expert Richard Viegas joined from Bristows LLP as partner.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

James Badcock manages the team at Collyer Bristow LLP, and specialises in international tax and estate planning. Clients include high-net-worth individuals and their families, trustees, foreign law firms and banks. Senior associates Peter Pratt and Samara Dutton are also recommended.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP

Toby Yerburgh heads the team at Collyer Bristow LLP, which advises the very wealthy and acts in complex financial relief proceedings with an overseas component. Philippa Dolan is very experienced in mediation, and Michael Drake is also highly respected. The children team is led by Susan Breen, who also advises on surrogacy matters.

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Collyer Bristow LLP

At Collyer Bristow LLP, Philippa Dolan’s mediation practice continues to flourish. She has been active in a range of different cases, from those concerning children to complex money matters with a cross-border component.

Leading individuals

Philippa Dolan - Collyer Bristow LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP

James Badcock heads the private services team at Collyer Bristow LLP, where other names to note are the ‘very competentDaniel Simon and William Hancock. Hancock advises on domicile and residence, succession and inheritance, and the formulation of efficient strategies for the preservation, maintenance and ultimate distribution of property through wills, trusts and charitable foundations. Much of the team’s work is cross-border, and it has particular expertise in trust structures and specific jurisdictions such as Switzerland, the US, Russia and Egypt. The group is currently advising on a structure involving three separate trusts (both onshore and offshore) and more than ten underlying companies in various jurisdictions. It also remains the long-term adviser to an ultra-high-net-worth family with six offshore trusts and numerous underlying companies involving very valuable assets in multiple jurisdictions.

Leading individuals

Daniel Simon - Collyer Bristow LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP’s ‘partner-led service is great value for money and excellent for technical competence and commerciality’. Practice head Alex O’Connor and Rory Macpherson, who demonstrate ‘a can do approach and pay attention to details’, were active on a number of major development schemes, including advising Ipsus Developments on the acquisition and development of a site in Clapham for residential purposes. The practice has a number of housebuilder clients, and O’Connor and ‘client focused’ senior associate Sukina Dhillon are acting for Prime Place Developments on the development and sale of sites in Sevenoaks and Cheshunt. Stephen Gawne is a key contact for investment work; he recently assisted an insurance company with the £13m sale of its headquarters in Docklands. In the hotel-and-leisure sub-sector, the team has particular expertise in hotel financing and also acts for restaurants, bars and sports clubs on acquisitions and disposals.

Next generation lawyers

Sukina Dhillon - Collyer Bristow LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP

The ‘ever-available’, ‘technically competent and commercial’ department at Collyer Bristow LLP provides ‘timely advice’, has a ‘can-do attitude’ and ‘pays attention to detail’. It is primarily borrower- and sponsor-focused, but has been increasingly active on the lender side, especially for Far Eastern banks. Group co-heads Alex O’Connor and Rory Macpherson are noted for their ‘expertise in financing a broad range of property asset classes’, and are ‘loyal, dedicated, skilful and knowledgeable’. Macpherson acted for Chase New Homes on the £30m forward-sale and financing of a development on Palace Wharf in Fulham, while O’Connor advised Key Developments Godalming on obtaining a £20m development loan.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP’s specialist team, which is ‘highly competent, commercial and practical’, acts for property owners, investors, developers, funders, landlords and tenants on a wide spectrum of issues spanning rent reviews, squatter and trespass mandates, service charge disputes, property cases involving insolvency elements, forfeiture issues and leasehold enfranchisements. Michael Grace, who ‘always goes above and beyond’, heads the department, and handles a range of matters in the commercial real estate sector, including lease terminations, dilapidation claims and business lease renewals. Paul Henson, who is ‘a pleasure to work with due to his innovative and practical solutions’, is recognised for his experience acting for tenants in the leisure sector.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP is ‘an established firm with well-deserved recognition in the space’ and is ‘able to consistently steer claims through to successful conclusions’. Its ‘superb team of lawyers’ is led by ‘well-known and highly regarded expert’ Steven Heffer. Other names to note include consultant Rhory Robertson, who is ‘an unflappable strategist and brilliant veteran of the field’, and senior associate Alex Cochrane, who ‘gains clients’ trust through a mixture of an authoritative yet friendly personality coupled with outstanding legal expertise’. Heffer remains prominent in the phone-hacking litigation, while Cochrane recently acted for Justin Lee Collins in a libel claim against News Group Newspapers concerning an article published in The Sun, and represented actress Sarah Lancashire in proceedings against Mirror Group Newspapers relating to the misuse of private information.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP has a substantial presence in the sport sector, and recently advised on a number of sizeable cross-border sponsorship deals. Other representative clients include Aldo, Mercury Music Prize, Sanrio and Vitol. Patrick Wheeler and Charles Braithwaite are the names to note for contentious and commercial matters, respectively.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP acts for clients from a range of sectors. Patrick Wheeler, who is an expert in soft IP, recently represented Nigel Wooley, as the owner of the trade mark ‘Henley’, in defending an invalidation claim before the EU General Court. Tim Bamford handles IP litigation and Karen Fong is experienced in the fashion and beauty sectors.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

The ‘strong team’ at Collyer Bristow LLP does ‘excellent work in the field of media and entertainment’. Its expertise covers non-contentious matters such as commercial agreements, event management and sponsorship agreements, marketing and agency agreements, and recording, publishing and live performance agreements. On the contentious side, the team acts for claimants and defendants on libel, breach of privacy, breach of contract, copyright and trade mark infringement cases, and is ‘particularly good on phone hacking claims’. Howard Ricklow is advising David Julyan recently advised on the soundtrack for the 2017 film The Crucifixion. Ambache Charitable Trust, David Arnold, Josephine Halbert, Into Film and Patrick Wolf are also clients. Steven Heffer has ‘a wise head and only ever does the best for his clients’; he heads the media and privacy team and the arts and culture group.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP’s practice handles contentious and non-contentious work for a wide range of clients, including sportspeople and media groups. Charles Braithwaite, who jointly heads the team with dispute resolution expert Steven Heffer, advised various racehorse trainers, owners and syndicates on agreements regarding horse sales, training and leasing. Heffer represented numerous victims of phone-hacking in the sports sector in damages claims brought against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers. Marco Materazzi is another client.

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