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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

The team at Collyer Bristow LLP focuses on acting for SME clients, particularly owner-managed businesses, in the sports, media, IP/IT, travel, health, education, retail and property sectors in particular. The team also regularly advises venture capitalist clients: practice head Jeff Roberts acted for private equity purchasing vehicle HM Holdings on its acquisition of HE-MAN Equipment, as well as for purchasing vehicle Allumette on the acquisition of aluminium powder coating business Vertik-Al. Paul Sillis acted for Unusual Industries on the acquisition of Rope Assemblies. Senior associate Ragavan Arunachalam is also noted. Fintech expert Nigel Brahams joined from Fox Williams LLP in November 2017.

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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;and disputes regarding complex products and financial structures including derivatives, benchmark manipulation, assignment of bank debts, and distressed debt trading, along with syndicated lending, securitisation, and unregulated collective investment schemes. It acted for Secure Capital (SC), a Luxembourg investment vehicle, in Commercial Court proceedings against Credit Suisse, which had issued longevity notes; SC alleged that the notes were designed to fail. Stephen Rosen, Janine Alexander, Robin Henry and Richard Viegas are the recomended names.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP

In addition to a standalone practice for banking disputes, Collyer Bristow LLP's 'technically excellent and good value-for-money commercial disputes team' has experience of business and high-net-worth disputes; high-value contractual matters and tort claims; professional negligence; and civil fraud. Other areas of strength include trusts claims, contentious insolvency and cross-border claims. Stephen Rosen led advice to Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECA) in a dispute with PrivatAir, a Swiss company that formerly operated ECA's fleet of aircraft; the dispute included seizure of a number of ECA's aircraft in Brussels for alleged breaches of contract and disputes over maintenance contracts, costs of repairs and other operating expenses. Jeff Roberts is 'responsive, effective and a pleasure to work with'; and Richard Viegas was recently appointed head of commercial disputes. Janine Alexander and media and privacy department head Steven Heffer are also highly regarded.

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London: Private client

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

Collyer Bristow LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Collyer Bristow LLP  provides ‘empathetic treatment to clients who are dealing with family fallouts over wills and provides sensible advice. The team is willing to go that extra mile for clients’. The group is managed by James Badcock whose clients include high-net-worth individuals and their families, trustees, foreign law firms and banks. Consultant John Rochman  and Samara Dutton  (a senior associate) ‘are particularly strong at handling difficult situations’.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP provides ‘an excellent level of service’. Team head Toby Yerburgh  ‘really gets to grips with the most complicated of facts and does so in a calm and supportive way’. Michael Drake  provides ‘clear and helpful advice at every stage’ and Philippa Dolan  ‘continues to operate at the very top level of family lawyers’ particularly on prenuptial agreements. Senior associate Mark Harrop  is ‘bright and forward thinking and is committed to finding the best resolution for his clients’. Susan Breen is now at NGA Law .

Next generation lawyers

Mark Harrop - Collyer Bristow LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Collyer Bristow LLP

Philippa Dolan at Collyer Bristow LLP  is ‘very solution-focused and drives the process with a gentle touch. She is sensitive of her clients’ needs and adopts a pragmatic approach. She thinks things through and ensures that things are reassuringly well done’. As a trained civil mediator she excels at complex matrimonial finance and children disputes.

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

Collyer Bristow LLP has a ‘very strong line up of lawyers in its personal tax and estate planning team’. Peter Daniel has a ‘broad knowledge of tax and estate planning. He delivers advice that is well thought out, clearly communicated and is sound. He is also extremely good at building relationships with clients and advisors alike and possesses a very good professional network’. Daniel Simon is a ‘thought leader in the private client world and has extremely sound knowledge coupled with a strong professional network and client base’. James Badcock heads the team and William Hancock is experienced in cross-border matters with particular knowledge of estate planning for Scandinavian clients. The majority of the team’s work is cross border and it has an excellent understanding of offshore trust structures. It has particular focus on Switzerland, the United States, Russia and the Middle East.

Leading individuals

Daniel Simon - Collyer Bristow LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Collyer Bristow LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

Focusing on residential and brownfield development projects, Collyer Bristow LLP provides ‘timely and commercial advice’ across a range of acquisition, financing and development mandates. Indeed, Alex O’Connor and Rory Macpherson, who are rated for their ‘availability and down-to-earth approach’, are acting for an entity within Ipsus Developments in relation to the funding and development of a mixed-use site in Caversham. Further, the team has extensive experience acting for development joint ventures, and is advising Aberfeldy New Village the funding, development and sales of phase three of the client’s £300m GDV project in East London. In the letting space, John Rochman advised an iconic car brand on the lease of its new Central London retail premises, and Jonathan Wood assisted a regulatory body with its lease of a Central London premises. Stephen Gawne and Jonathan Wiese advise a number of funds clients and estate managers on strategic real estate transactions and portfolio issues. Senior associate Sukina Dhillon is also recommended. Additional development clients include Be Living and Dee Park Partnership.

Next generation lawyers

Sukina Dhillon - Collyer Bristow LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP has a strong borrower client base, but is also increasingly acting for lenders, particularly foreign banks such as Arab National Bank, Bangkok Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken. The team has handled the financing of homes and mixed-use developments, hotels and offices. Highlights included practice head Alex O’Connor acting for Willmott Dixon's Be Living vehicle on the acquisition and development of sites in Reading, Sevenoaks and Cheshunt, and Rory Macpherson continuing to advise Chase New Homes on the forward sale/funding of a development at Palace Wharf in Fulham to a large residential landlord. Other borrower clients include Bewley Homes, Crest Nicholson and Ipsus Developments.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP fields a team of ‘confident and experienced team members’ with particular expertise in covenant breaches, possession claims, service charge disputes and business lease renewals. The ‘well established and knowledgeable property litigation department’ is headed by the ‘amply experienced’ Michael Grace. Landlord and tenant disputes are a core focus for Grace who ‘has a knack of identifying the points of real importance in a case’ and is ‘well regarded in the industry’. The firm’s clients include William Pears, Crest Nicholson and The Bar Council. Grace is advising Cheval Residences in relation to their high-end property portfolio, matters include possession claims, nuisance matters and service charge disputes. Partner Paul Henson would be an ‘invaluable member of any legal team’ and is representing Chicago Leisure Limited in a complicated dispute of ownership which dates back to the 1800s and involves equitable defences. Rebecca Mitchell has joined the group from Mishcon de Reya LLP .

Leading individuals

Michael Grace - Collyer Bristow LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP is a ‘longstanding presence in the defamation and privacy field’. Partner Steven Heffer  acted for nine claimants including David Tennant, Sophia Myles and Eddie Irvine in phone hacking and misuse of private information claims against News Group Newspapers. Rhory Robertson  is ‘a doyen within the libel and media field’ and is described as ‘someone who brings a calm, commercial and assured approach to even the most difficult case’.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

The intellectual property practice at Collyer Bristow LLP is 'personable and easy to work with' and offers 'pointed practical advice' that is 'clear and commercial'. The 'responsive and very experienced' Patrick Wheeler heads up the team which includes Tim Bamford, who frequently handles contentious matters.  Former head of brands an retail Karen Fong left the team to join  Keystone Law.

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

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP’s media and entertainment practice regularly advises on commercial agreements across event management, sponsorship, marketing, agency, publishing, management and live performances. The team also acts for individual clients and media companies in libel, breach of privacy, breach of contract, copyright and trade mark infringement cases; and the team has acted on a number of phone hacking cases. Ambache Charitable Trust and Into Film are clients. Steven Heffer, who heads the media and privacy team and the arts and culture group, has ‘extremely sound judgement and an excellent knowledge of the media world, with particular experience in defamation and privacy law’. IP and data protection head Patrick Wheeler; Howard Ricklow, who handles corporate and commercial work; consultant Rhory Robertson; Charles Braithwaite; and consultant Roger Billins are also key contacts.

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