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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
76 KING STREET
M2 4NH
England

Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

The social housing practice at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is known for its strengths advising clients on governance, property, leasehold, stock rationalisation and housing management. Jonathan Cox has expertise in service charges, leasehold management and supported housing projects. Cox co-heads the practice with Lucy Worrall, who has almost two decades of experience, and has expertise in development and regeneration, site acquisitions and shared ownership.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cox; Lucy Worrall

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Simpson

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and insightful long-term leadership in the field.’

‘A diverse and extremely capable team of people who are ready and able to respond to legal queries immediately. Commissioning legal advice is simple and straightforward.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable and can be relied upon to give clear advice and guidance. In the main I have dealt with Catherine Simpson – an individual who is extremely helpful and provides an excellent customer service to her clients. Her work turnaround timescales are swift and her advice is relevant and to the point.’

Key clients

The Riverside Group

The Guinness Partnership

Wulvern Housing Limited

Salix Homes Limited

Trafford Housing Trust Limited

Irwell Valley Housing Association

Clarion Housing Group

One Manchester

Magenta Living

Work highlights

  • Offered a new way of partnering with key housing clients in light of the Covid-19 pandemic to give the access to all of the team’s legal knowledge.
  • Acting for Trafford Housing Trust in connection with the acquisition of 74 affordable units from a joint venture LLP which are to be built in Greater Manchester.
  • Supported Clarion Housing Group in relation to an application to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for dispensation from the obligations under section 20 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 (Consultation Obligations).

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

The charities team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is known for its work with faith-based charities; national and international charity work (particularly with social care charities) and on the financing for charities (through grant work, social investment and secured lending). Dominic Curran leads the group that acts for several hundred charities and acts for 12 of the top 15 third sector residential care providers. In addition four of its lawyers are approved as Interim Managers by the Charity Commission and it also regularly acts for ethical lending banks. Anna Dabek is skilled at advising charities on a wide range of complex employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Curran

Other key lawyers:

Anna Dabek; John Wearing; Sarah Tomlinson; Esther Campsall

Testimonials

‘The team we deal with is really helpful, and pleasant to deal with. They talk in plain English rather than legalese. The main individual we deal with is Dominic Curran. He is helpful, friendly and efficient’.

‘The key strength of the team is its breadth of understanding of the charity sector and consistent approach to offering specialist advice regardless of the size of the charity. This reflects the firm’s commitment to being a social purpose firm. The lawyers are driven by being a factor in changing lives, not commercial gain. This doesn’t in any way detract from the quality of the advice given. Sarah Tomlinson – delivers robust advice and is prepared to challenge and get the detail right to deliver the best outcome. Esther Campsall – consistently hardworking and conscientious approach. She really gets us and delivers excellent and timely advice‘.

Anthony Collins is the only one I know that measures its social impact, which is important to charity clients. I feel confident using the firm as it has in-depth knowledge of social care, housing and other charity issues. The lawyers have been proactive and flexible in suggesting a virtual secondment. John Wearing – responds super-fast and has a great knowledge of social care‘.

‘A talented team offering full-service advice and assistance on all aspects of charities/not-for-profit law and procedure‘.

Key clients

Barnardo’s

Mind

Kent Wildlife Trust

Fareshare Midland

Charity Commission

National Care Forum

Key Provider of live-in care services across Europe

Ecology Building Society

Health and Social Care Provider

St Basil’s

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Mind in drafting and negotiating a partnership agreement with the television channel ITV. This partnership was part of the “ITV Campaign for Mental Wellness”.
  • Supported Kent Wildlife Trust in respect of drafting conservation covenants, which will allow the Trust to register Local Land Charges against plots of land. The Trust can begin protecting farmland as soon as the Environmental Bill is passed.
  • Appointed as interim managers of charities by the Charity Commission to deal with certain concerns the Commission may have in relation to the governance of a charity.

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

The dedicated local government team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP provides full service advice to county and borough councils in England and Wales on matters such as licensing, regeneration, planning, employment, and governance. New practice leader Matthew Gregson is an expert in employment law for local authorities. He works alongside partner Mark Cook, who advises on joint ventures and income generating structures.  Stuart Evans focuses on major infrastructure development projects. The team saw a number of promotions in December 2020, including new partners Douglas Mullen, Phil Scully, and Ramjeet Kandola. However former practice head Olwen Brown has stepped down from her post but remains at the firm as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gregson

Testimonials

‘The team were very knowledgeable on the subject matter of social housing maintenance procurement and offered practical as well as strong legal advice throughout the process’

 

Key clients

Cheltenham Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Shropshire Council

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheltenham Borough Council on the delivery of a new flagship business and culture centre in Cheltenham.
  • Advised Rochford District Council on the procurement of a development partner in respect of six sites of strategic importance.
  • Advised a County Council on the procurement of a major highways management and improvement contract

Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 3

At Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, the 'truly excellent' Jonathan Cox is the national head of the housing team, which advises registered providers and local authorities on mergers, group restructures, special purpose vehicles, housing management, joint ventures and all aspects of funding. The group recently authored a Building Safety Workbook, an audit tool for social housing providers in preparation of changes to the regulatory environment for residential buildings. Lucy Worrall and Peter Hubbard are active in various major projects, including site acquisitions and regenerations. Douglas Mullen, Phil Scully and Ramjeet Kandola made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cox

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hubbard; Lucy Worrall; Helen Tucker; Baljit Basra; Andrew Millross; Phil Scully; Ramjeet Kandola

Testimonials

‘Their long-term, in-depth knowledge of and expertise in the sector is incomparable.’

‘Jonathan Cox and Helen Tucker are truly excellent.’

‘The ACS team provide a consistently reliable service, offering both proactive and responsive aspects which help us achieve our aims and objectives in an efficient manner.’

‘ACS colleagues regularly demonstrate quality in customer service and a broad scope of technical knowledge. When we’ve been working collaboratively alongside advisors from other organisations (such as tax or audit), the ACS team have always supported those conversations in a professional manner.’

‘Good knowledge about the sector. Willing to act and respond quickly. Offer good value for money.’

‘Lucy Worrall is my contact at Anthony Collins. She is attentive, supportive and provides good advice. She knows the sector well and has a good reputation.’

‘Anthony Collins has a friendly and approachable team, which is extremely responsive to any requests for advice.’

Key clients

Citizen Housing Group

Curo Places Limited

Futures Housing Group

One Manchester Limited

Walsall Housing Group

Bromford Housing Group

Thirteen Housing Group

Livv Housing Group

Rooftop Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group

The Riverside Group

The Guinness Partnership

Wulvern Housing Limited

Salix Homes Limited

Trafford Housing Trust Limited

Irwell Valley Housing Association

Hyde Housing Group

Thrive Homes

Watford Community Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for Curo in the Court of Appeal after a hearing to allow new services to be introduced in tenancy agreements: the appeal was successful.
  • Advised Rooftop on the funding aspects of the merger of its two operating subsidiaries (Rooftop Housing Association and Rooftop Homes).

Employment Tier 3

Anna Dabek heads the team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP that supports clients across a broad spectrum of areas ranging from high-value Employment Tribunal discrimination/whistleblowing cases and unfair dismissals through to handling large-scale redundancies. It has a core focus on health and social care in addition to housing, education, charities, faith communities and local government.  Matthew Gregson is well-regarded along with Matthew Wort  who plays a key role in advising social housing sector clients. Douglas Mullen was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Anna Dabek

Testimonials

‘The Anthony Collins team has an excellent grasp of the sector, the challenges we face and the kind of support required – they just get it! Very pragmatic and practical approach to the resolution of issues and easily accessible to talk things over. The team adopts a personal approach and it’s more like talking to a colleague within my team as opposed to an external law firm. Matthew Gregson is fantastic, he has an excellent grasp of our organisation and always offers great legal advice. He is calm, friendly and pragmatic. They are all such a great bunch of people’.

‘The team’s particular strength has always been its intimate understanding of the particular issues facing the home care sector’.

‘Anna Dabek and Matt Wort continue to be highly skilled and experienced sector specialists with whom we have established a close and trusting relationship over the years’.

Key clients

Barnardo’s

Sanctuary Care

Mind

Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust

Sense – The National Deafblind & Rubella Association

Thirteen Housing Group Limited

Connexus Housing Limited

Methodist Homes (MHA)

City & County Healthcare Group Limited

Voyage Care Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a housing provider in a hugely complex employment tribunal case in which the claimant was seeking up to £100,000 in damages and alleging that its client was “blacklisting” union officials.
  • Advised a key provider of live-in care services across Europe on alternative, workable and successful solutions to prepare them for a post Brexit future.
  • Advised  its client on local authority contracts outsourced to run leisure facilities and services – such transfers are complex and potentially risky especially when there is consecutive retendering.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Under the leadership of Tim Coolican at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, the regulatory department frequently assists its social housing, health, social care and education clients as well as clients in the social business and local government sectors on various matters. It advises and represents clients in police, CQC and HSE investigations and prosecutions as well as during inquest proceedings. The team also regularly advises clients on how to comply with their health and safety obligations.

Practice head(s):

Tim Coolican

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Kenyon

Testimonials

‘Obtaining good sound legal advice is key to understanding and being able to balance the risks of business decisions; however, some legal advisors are very risk adverse in giving advice. Having worked with Anthony Collins for some years, I know that the lawyers will ‘get off the fence’ and provide risk-balanced advice that gives clarity in approach and enables good business decision-making’.

Having worked specifically with Tim Coolican on some matters that represented a significant reputational risk to our organisation, he was able to provide the assurance we needed to fully understand what was a very complex legal picture. He made the advice clear, easy to understand and gave balanced options on our course of action and the risks associated with each‘.

‘The team has very strong expertise in the care and housing sectors’.

‘Tim Coolican is very experienced and heads the team. He has many years’ experience in regulatory and coronial proceedings which he uses to good effect in steering his team and advising clients. Lorna Kenyon is quickly building experience particularly amongst clients in the care sector’.

‘Absolute trusted source of advice’.

‘Great reputation and diligent beyond belief’.

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on how to balance the often-competing care safety, health and safety and covid-19 obligations during the pandemic. This work has included assisting the client in lobbying for a change in national guidance around the use of PPE in learning disability settings.
  • Represented a large social housing provider in relation to a prosecution by the HSE following an incident in which a worker fell from height, obtaining expert evidence to demonstrate that the HSE’s categorisation of the risk of death was overstated and securing a significant reduction in the starting point fine.
  • Represented a social housing provider following a fatal fire and during related inquest proceedings, ensuring that the proceedings ended without any adverse comment in relation to the client.

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has particular experience in advising on public sector pension schemes and frequently advises on local government, firefighters, teachers and national health service pension schemes. The team that is led by Anna Dabek is vastly experienced in advising on social housing pension schemes as well as the universities superannuation scheme. Other strengths include helping charities on the management of their pensions and the firm is renowned for its expertise in the health and social care sectors. Newly-promoted partner Douglas Mullen receives plaudits for his social housing and local government sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Anna Dabek

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘As a client I was very happy with the service I received. The partner handling my case was very approachable and knowledgeable on local government pension schemes’.

‘A professional team that sets clear, realistic timeframes. The lawyers give good clear advice that is easy to consider and respond to. They work very hard to meet our deadlines’.

Key clients

Sports & Leisure Management t/a Everyone Active

Nottinghamshire Pension Fund

Thirteen Housing Group

Believe Housing

National Autistic Society

Spurgeons

Connexus Housing Group

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Leicestershire Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising Sport and Leisure Management on the allocation of risk in relation to the Local Government Pensions Scheme for staff transferring in.
  • Drafted a template subsumption agreement for the Leicestershire Pension Fund to document the arrangements of Council employees.
  • Advised Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on pensions contracts and access to the Local Government Pensions Scheme in relation to the Council’s ten-year maintenance contract.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has a broad caseload which encompasses involvement in long-term maintenance contacts, cladding and fire safety issues, NEC and industry standard contracts, disputes and the full array of new-build project matters. Andrew Lancaster is particularly well-connected in the public, social housing and care sectors while Andrew Millross is a standout due to his experience in PPP, PFI and multi-party regeneration projects; the pair jointly lead the practice alongside energy law expert, Richard Brooks.

Practice head(s):

Richard Brooks; Andrew Lancaster; Andrew Millross

Testimonials

‘Andrew Millross is one of the foremost experts on PCR2015 in the country. He has advised us in some particularly complex procurement matters and his key attribute is the unerring ability to give opinion which maximises commerciality within the constraints of the regulations.’

‘The team provide a responsive and pragmatic service, asking relevant and sometimes quite challenging questions in order to shape their advice, inform our expectations and help us achieve our objectives.’

‘The team come across as genuinely interested in what we are trying to achieve, and contact us proactively about news, legislative change and new initiatives they think may be of interest to us. They have a strong social value and wellbeing ethos.’

‘Anthony Collins understand our business and this makes getting the appropriate advice simpler. ’

‘Andrew Millross is quite possibly the best solicitor I have ever worked with. I do not often ask for urgent advice, but Andrew is always obliging.’

Key clients

Clarion Housing Group

Cheltenham Borough Council

Ecology Building Society

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority

Welwyn Hatfield District Council

Thirteen Housing Group Limited

Cartrefi Conwy cyf

Sports and Leisure Management Limited (“SLM”)

M3/Rand Associates

Tamworth Borough Council, as subcontractors to Rand Associates Consultancy Services Ltd (“Rand”)

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Work highlights

  • Finalised the procurement work of Clarion’s 20-year planned maintenance contracts, using an PPC 2000 form of contract that was significantly amended and updated and have been finalising the contracts with Engie, United Living and Wates who were the successful tenderers.
  • Advising Cheltenham Borough Council on the relationship with Workshop Cheltenham Limited to enable delivery of a new flagship business and culture centre.
  • Advised Ecology Building Society on amendments to the JCT Design and Build 2016 contract as well as form of consultant appointment and related collateral warranties for a development of 24 new build dwellings, working alongside our property and finance colleagues on related due diligence.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is noted as ‘covering a range of property litigation issues’ including dilapidation, break notice, rent service charge, leasehold provision and possession-related proceedings. The group is well-versed in both residential and commercial real estate litigation with prominent expertise in the social housing, health and social care, charities and local government sectors. Recently made up partner Phil Scully, cited for his ‘strong experience and technical knowledge’, leads the group alongside Helen Tucker, Baljit Basra and Jonathan Cox.

Practice head(s):

Helen Tucker; Baljit Basra; Jonathan Cox; Phil Scully

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and insightful long-term leadership in the field.’

‘Jonathan Cox and Helen Tucker are superb.’

‘Always on hand to help with queries and provide a quick and efficient service’

‘Covers a range of property litigation issues, including interpretation and operation of property agreements, commercial real estate management, and social and charitable property issues.’

‘Phil Scully has strong experience and technical knowledge in property litigation, is very reliable, and combines straight-talking advice with a pleasant, personable manner.’

‘Phil Scully demonstrates an understanding of our sector and a pragmatic approach; willing to take the time to explain complex legal issues and consider all angle.’

‘We have really valued the highly responsive and flexible approach of the team; the fast turn around and the support in often time critical circumstances is hugely appreciated.’

‘Phil Scully is approachable, technically excellent and incredibly supportive.’

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Dudley MBC

Harrogate Borough Council

The Riverside Group

London & Quadrant

Curo Places Limited

The Baptist Union Corporation

Friends of the Elderly

Aspire Housing Limited

Bromford Housing Group

Magenta Living

Platform Housing Ltd

Citizen Housing

Thirteen Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Birmingham City Council in connection with its £470m redevelopment of Birmingham’s market site, specifically to manage the renewal of multiple leases falling due across the three existing market sites: the Indoor Market, Open Market and Rag Market.
  • Successfully acted for Curo Places Limited in connection with proceedings brought against it for collapse of a wall first erected in 1786 which is situated between the client’s land and the land occupied by private owners.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP fields a well-respected team of specialist lawyers who have built up a strong national reputation for working on a range of matters from modest value to complex multi-million pound cases and associated public law, abuse and human rights matters. It also represents people at inquests. The practice is praised for its 'first-class client-based focus' and has developed all round-experience in related areas such as mental capacity and court of protection matters. Head of department Rankeshwar Batta specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. Batta has extensive experience of all types of cases including maximum severity/catastrophic injury as well as professional negligence work. Sarah Huntbach handles all aspects of clinical negligence claims including nerve injuries following surgery and infection leading to amputation and birth injuries.  Ann Houghton has extensive experience of cases with a foreign jurisdictional element. Victoria Fullilove does professional negligence work arising out of clinical negligence and personal injury matters to addition to her main practice of clinical negligence and personal injury claims. David Evison has established a niche in abuse and human rights claims for both children and adults and receives instructions from the Official Solicitor.

Practice head(s):

Rankeshwar Batta

Testimonials

The team at Anthony Collins Solicitors is absolutely dedicated to securing justice for its clients. The lawyers do this in a kind, considerate and caring manner and really get to know the people that they are working on behalf of. Rankeshwar Batta has the needs of the client and the whole family at the centre of the approach to his work. He has a unique way of ensuring that a client and the family is not daunted by pursuing legal action.  He combines his unique personality with absolute efficiency and professionalism and is a highly skilled litigator.  His experience in the field of serious injury is unquestionable‘.

Victoria Fullilove and David Evison are both excellent lawyers who deliver results for their clients whilst demonstrating care and compassion for the challenges ahead‘.

Anthony Collins works to the highest possible standard, working collaboratively with its clients, ensuring that they understand every step of the litigation process.  Providing timely and measured advice. Ann Houghton has a uniquely insightful knowledge of her clients and the difficulties that they and their families / loved ones are facing.  Ann works tirelessly, with great care and patience to provide her clients with the support that they need, in order to move through the litigation process, navigating the inevitable pitfalls with grace and determination‘.

Rankey Batta – brilliant at responding quickly and sharing information that helps to move things forward for a client, always supportive, professional and takes time to explain and help problem solve a tricky situation! Great person to have on your team! Sarah Huntbach – Great to work with – helpful, knowledgeable and resourceful. Always prepared to discuss and problem solve situations and share information to keep you in the loop and understand the direction being taken‘.

They work hard for injured people – excellent quality of work. Superb outfit. Rankeshwar Batta is a first-class stand out partner. Has a brilliant relationship with clients, charms defendants, wins cases. Ann Houghton. Smart, switched on and someone who runs and wins the sort of difficult cases that others would not. Victoria Fullilove. Efficient, hardworking and very capable‘.

‘Exceptional knowledge and communicates well with each other within the team. Good leadership from the top down. Rankeshwar Batta and Victoria Fullilove are very approachable. They communicate in very simplistic terms/language. Sarah Huntbach – determined, compassionate, hugely experienced, and a fierce litigator.  You’d want her in the trenches with you if you had to fight a case‘.

‘The team is very client focused and feels less corporate than some of the bigger claimant personal injury firms. The team is tactically astute and gives great levels of service. The team will fight the difficult cases when some other firms may not. The stand out personal injury practitioners are Rankeshwar Batta, Victoria Fullilove, David Evison and Ann Houghton. They stand out due to their approachable and client friendly manner but also being tactically astute and detail driven‘.

‘A very ethical firm bringing tremendous professionalism and capability tempered by its interpersonal skills and client care. Technically very proficient with great strength in depth amongst the team. Its ethos gives clients the belief that they are cared for and that staff genuinely care about them and do their best for them‘.

Work highlights

  • Supported a client and family following injury derived from surgery. The court approved a settlement of £2.2m plus annual payments of £231k for the rest of the client’s life.
  • Supported a client with a claim against a hospital trust for having caused her to sustain a brain injury due to compromised oxygen supply and delay in her delivery. Following lengthy negotiations, terms of settlement were agreed (£4.9m lump sum plus annual six figure payments).
  • Advised a client in respect of a compensation claim against Warwick Hospital. The team secured a seven-figure sum of compensation.
  • Acted on behalf of a young teenage girl who was catastrophically injured following a road traffic accident. The settlement achieved was £2.25m plus annual payments for the rest of the client’s life.
  • Acted on behalf of a young boy who was catastrophically injured following a road traffic accident. The settlement achieved was £5.5m.
  • Acted for the client who suffered a psychological injury, the symptoms of which prevented her from continuing her nursing career in the NHS. The team’s work challenged issues in the NHS, rather than solely focusing on compensation. A six-figure settlement was achieved and the case litigated an untested cutting edge area of law.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Dominic Curran leads the charities team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP that is particularly known for its faith-based charities work as well as for its national and international reach. Curran is praised for being ' unequivocally committed to providing excellent client care'. Other strengths include assisting social care charities and advising on financing issues by way of grant work, social investment and secured lending.  The first-class team acts for 12 of the top 15 third sector residential care providers and four of its lawyers are approved as Interim Managers by the Charity Commission. Anna Dabek advises charities on complex employment law issues. Edwina Turner has particular expertise in complicated governance issues. Phil Watts has niche expertise in almshouse charities.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Curran

Other key lawyers:

Anna Dabek; Edwina Turner; Phil Watts; Esther Campsall; John Wearing

Testimonials

‘A highly competent group of solicitors who are experts in their respective fields. They are all responsive, give sound advice, and take the time to explain legal matters patiently and in plain English. They combine expertise in their field of law with their specialism in charities, which I value’.

‘As ever, expert and accessible. The lawyers’ responsiveness to requests for help with often sudden and unexpected issues is exemplary. They really do fulfil a role as a trusted partner and adviser, beyond transactional legal issues’.

‘Highly responsive and tuned in to our charitable activities, requirements and those of our members. Able to offer helpful, tailored advice in an approachable and clear way. Esther Campsall is always willing to offer practical and prompt advice; friendly, clear and flexible, she is so easy to recommend to our members’.

‘The team we work with at Anthony Collins is extremely helpful and professional. The lawyers offer sound, practical advice in plain English. ’

‘Dominic Curran is  extremely personable, helpful and professional. We deal with a number of law firms, and it is the only firm to have reached out during the Coronavirus crisis to see what it could do to help us, and even to just have a Zoom coffee with us’.

‘The team has always provided timely, comprehensive advice, clearly outlining next steps. Edwina Turner has been down to earth, knowledgeable and amenable. Edwina has time and time again, been very accessible to my queries and helped me to navigate the legals of many different situations. She has gone above and beyond to provide a great service to my organisation and I cannot commend her highly enough’.

‘The charity team has an excellent balance of individuals with combined knowledge, experience, personal commitment to the sector, client service ethos and reasonable approach to fees and billing. The lawyers also use technology sensibly’.

‘In-depth understanding of the charity sector. Quite possibly uniquely – the firm actually publishes its own social impact report, which helps show that its values align with the sector and that it’s not just another law firm purely focused on money. John Wearing has a deep understanding of social care and the issues faced by charities’.

Key clients

Barnardo’s

Mind

Kent Wildlife Trust

Fareshare Midland

Charity Commission

National Care Forum

Key Provider of live-in care services across Europe

Ecology Building Society

Health and Social Care Provider

St Basil’s

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Mind in drafting and negotiating a partnership agreement with the television channel ITV.
  • Supported Kent Wildlife Trust in respect of drafting conservation covenants, which will allow the trust to register local land charges against plots of land.
  • Appointed as interim managers of charities by the Charity Commission to deal with certain concerns the Commission may have in relation to the governance of a charity.

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP fields a 'highly professional team of top class lawyers' who focus on providing matrimonial advice to professionals and business owners in addition to representing children and family members in complex care and private law children proceedings. In addition it has a growing mediation offering. Elizabeth Wyatt ’s main area of expertise is advising people in divorce proceedings where their financial claims are complex and high-value. Jas Tamber heads the children’s team.  Christopher Lloyd-Smith predominantly deals with divorce/separation and complicated financial matters. Lloyd-Smith is an accredited family mediator and a Resolution-accredited specialist for both financial matters and those involving children. It has 'an extremely strong team at all levels and deals with cases with skill and sensitivity'.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wyatt; Christopher Lloyd-Smith; Jas Tamber

Other key lawyers:

Maria Ramon; Kadie Bennett; Madhur Sharma; Charlotte Raybould; Andrew Crumpton

Testimonials

‘A lovely team who specialise in a diverse range of family law issues. First class client care and on par with many legal London firms. The team can easily get to grips with very complex issues. Clients love them‘.

‘Jas Tamber – a real leader in family law locally. His excellent legal knowledge and wealth of experience make him a real “go to” lawyer for child care matters. Andrew Crumpton  has exceptional people skills and always goes the extra mile for his clients. An incredibly popular choice for child care cases’.

‘Chris Lloyd-Smith is first rate, thorough and on par with any notable London solicitor. He also has the support of an excellent team. He knows finances inside out’.

‘Chris Lloyd-Smith is a trained mediator as well as a partner in the department. He is able to give his clients clear, focused advice at a very early stage. He is extremely well respected with his peers which means that he strikes up an easy rapport with the other side in cases. His people skills are phenomenal. He will often be able to bring about a satisfactory conclusion in some of the most acrimonious of cases’ .

‘Liz Wyatt commands a huge respect in the Birmingham legal community and she combines her legal knowledge with sound judgement. The team is knowledgeable and client friendly. Other members of the team include Maria Ramon, also a trained mediator, who is empathetic and works hard for her clients. Kadie Bennett is one to watch in the future’.

‘Elizabeth Wyatt is no nonsense and straight talking and it fast becomes apparent that she knows exactly what she is talking about. Chris Lloyd-Smith has a work ethic on behalf of his clients that is rarely matched ’

‘Excellent firm that stands out from the competition. Top quality work, very good advice and representation. Elizabeth Wyatt brings in good quality (complex/high value) matrimonial finance work and deservedly so. Maria Ramon is a super member of the team with whom I have worked for some time and she is consistently on the ball, fighting the client’s corner and giving extremely sensible advice’.

‘The family team has a real strength in the West Midlands; all solicitors are on the ball when it comes to case plans and billing, as well as the day-to-day management of its impressive, high quality caseload.  Its reputation in the Midlands is second to none.’

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

Utilising its large, dedicated team of local government specialists, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP assists various public sector bodies with procurement processes, construction projects, licensings, employment issues and litigation, among other areas. Olwen Brown, who previously worked in several senior local government positions, has particular expertise in governance matters, while Sandy Munroe frequently handles disposals, acquisitions and regeneration projects on behalf of local authorities. Associates Gayle Monk is also recommended for their knowledge of procurement processes and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Olwen Brown

Other key lawyers:

Sandy Munroe; Gayle Monk;

Key clients

Cheltenham Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Shropshire Council

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheltenham Borough Council on the delivery of a new flagship business and culture centre in Cheltenham.
  • Advised Rochford District Council on the procurement of a development partner in respect of six sites of strategic importance.
  • Advised a county council on the procurement of a major highways management and improvement contract.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

Home to ‘dedicated and insightful long-term leadership in the social housing field’, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP supports in excess of 120 national housing associations of the full array of relevant matters; examples include funding, housing management and disputes, regulatory, property ventures, procurement, construction and more recently, Covid-19 response services. The department is led locally by Peter Hubbard who holds a distinguished track record in supporting boards and executives on growth, diversification, group structure and governance restructuring projects; his team includes Victoria Jardine who holds formidable expertise in corporate and governance matters such as mergers and collaborations and Baljit Basra who 'goes the extra mile' on disrepair compensation, gas safety and statutory nuisance clains, among other contentious affairs. A prominent example of the firm’s ‘excellent client care’ is its Building Safety Workbook, produced to guide clients through the expected ramifications of The Building Safety Bill.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cox; Peter Hubbard

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Jardine; Helen Tucker; Baljit Basra; Emma Hardman; Andrew Millross; Ranjit Bassey

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and insightful long-term leadership in the field.’

‘Helen Tucker is superb.’

‘Vast experience of all aspects of social housing. Particular strengths on funding, govenance and housing law’

‘The team are tremendously pragmatic, and really understand the balance we have to find (as social landlords) between our charitable purpose and achieving value for money.’

‘The firm are socially and values-driven. This is embedded in their employees, their motivation and their skill set. The take time to understand their client’s context and objectives and provide excellent legal advice within that context. They also provide meaningful pro bono support for a number of projects using their expertise and skills.’

‘Peter Hubbard, Baljit Basra and Emma Hardman stand out because they care and they go the extra mile.’

‘The team represented us on a major planned and responsive housing maintenance contract. They were very knowledgeable and were able to offer innovative solutions throughout the process.

‘Andrew Millross offers a very professional service. He assisted us during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Calls were dealt with promptly and efficiency.’

Key clients

Citizen Housing Group

Curo Places Limited

Futures Housing Group

Connexus Housing Group

Walsall Housing Group

Bromford Housing Group

Rooftop Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group

Riverside Housing

Orbit Housing Group

Midland Heart

Aspire

Work highlights

  • Offered a new way of partnering with key housing clients in light of the Covid-19 pandemic to give them access to all of the firm’s legal knowledge.
  • Acted for Curo in the Court of Appeal after a hearing to allow new services to be introduced in tenancy agreements: the application was successful.
  • Working pro bono with clients to identify a solution that prevented homelessness but was also sufficient to trigger a change of behaviour in tenants.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP delivers tailored financial deputy and welfare services to those who lack capacity either with high-value catastrophic injury settlements or state benefits. It manages in excess of £55m of assets and many of its cases involve health, wealth, property and financial matters. It is appointed too as interim panel deputy increasingly where investigations are required due to potentially abusive attorneys or deputies. The group is also adept at advising on complex community care law and human rights claims arising out of the MCA. Head of department, Donna Holmes, is a panel deputy and acts as deputy for approximately 165 people lacking capacity. Kirsty MacMillan specialises in mental health and mental capacity as well as court of protection and community care.

Practice head(s):

Donna Holmes

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty MacMillan; Douglas Houghton ; Rebekah Sambrooks

Testimonials

‘Anthony Collins is a great firm of solicitors and I enjoy working closely with its very knowledgeable COP team. It is my go to firm for anything COP related and specifically Donna Holmes who heads up the team in a very down to earth and approachable way. Simply the best in my view. Donna is open, friendly and someone who communicates well with clients. Doug is well organised and approachable and makes sure that difficult issues are dealt with in a thoughtful and appropriate way‘.

The team at AC is able to handle all manner of Court of Protection matters. The lawyers do so with a great mix of compassion and professionalism. Donna Holmes – approachable and adaptable to client needs. Doug Houghton – a safe pair of hands‘.

Excellent Court of Protection team with very knowledgeable solicitors who are committed to their clients. Rebekah Sambrooks and Kirsty Macmillan are both very pragmatic, sensitive and knowledgeable solicitors‘.

A strong Court of Protection team that acts for both the Official Solicitor and family members of P. The lawyers are often involved in difficult safeguarding matters and they bring care and sensitivity to such matters. They are empathic and care strongly about the cases they are involved in. They fight their client’s corner’.

The team is exceptional in the way it delivers the service. Always competent, professional, caring and way above similar practices I work with. The lawyers are able to think out of the box which is needed when dealing with complex clients. Clients are put at their ease straightaway. Clients have very individual needs –  these needs are recognised from the word go. My clients have learning difficulties and communication issues but are always listened to. Explanations from the team can be on the basic level but the practice is able to recognise these issues and perform in my clients’ best interests. I would always recommend‘.

The team is led by Donna Holmes. She is forthright, dedicated, professional and caring. She sets the high standard for her team and performs at a high level. One of my clients has a speaking aid and Ms. Holmes trained herself to use the aid in order to communicate with my client. Full marks to Miss Holmes as it was no easy task to set herself. She puts my client’s needs as the number one priority. She is always available to discuss any issues that arise outside of the normal office hours. She is a shining star in our sector‘.

‘A good regional team with a solid practice. Douglas Houghton, a friendly and hardworking associate with a good client manner’.

Work highlights

  • Acted for RM to undertake a significant financial investigation and take urgent steps to safeguard assets and secure previously non-disclosed assets to ensure his needs can be met and best interests promoted going forwards.
  • Acted for GJ to challenge her deprivation of liberty in a care home when she did not require care and supported her with management of her finances for which she did not have capacity.
  • Acted for SB to secure proper exploration of appropriate discharge plans to a suitable environment to maximise his choice and independence in life.

Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is noted for its strong track record advising housing associations on finance transactions. It's team's experience includes public bond issues and private placements, as well as complex refinancing. It goes 'above and beyond to ensure completion of a project', working closely with the social housing governance department on mergers and group consolidations, among other matters. 'Top flight professional lawyer' Natalie Singh, who heads up the practice, has particular experience of handling public bond issues for social housing associations, as well as restructurings of bank debt facilities. Elsewhere, Jon Coane advises local authorities and regeneration bodies on providing and receiving funding. Ranjit Bassey advises on property securitisation in relation to social housing finance.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Singh

Other key lawyers:

Jon Coane; Ranjit Bassey; Adriana Klincova

Testimonials

‘A deep and through knowledge of the market. Clear understanding of the market’s requirements. A willingness to interact with other professionals to ensure the customer receives comprehensive advice A willingness to go that little bit extra to service the clients needs.’

‘Natalie Singh; One of the most proficient and professional people I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. Always willing to give up her time to ensure the client gets the right advice. Willing to look for compromises to ensure service is delivered on time and to the required standard.’

‘Anthony Collins have a unique set of social values which governs the sectors in which they work. They provide very good value services, efficient working alongside excellent sector expertise. Natalie Singh stands out as a real asset to the real estate – social housing team.’

‘Natalie Singh is a partner in the team. She stands out as an excellent advisor not only because she provides everything you would expect from a top flight professional lawyer in terms of great service, but also because she couples this with a lovely personal style. Her straightforward, friendly approach and sense of humour shine through in the work that she does.’

‘Anthony Collins support our business in a wide range of areas, and so can draw on colleagues from other legal specialisms where required to answer specific queries. They understand our business really well, and make an effort to engage regularly.’

‘The finance team at ACS are very responsive and will quickly provide a full response or advise a timescale when this will be provided. They frequently go above and beyond to ensure completion of a project, working late or even on scheduled time off when the situation requires it. Communication is key and we have built a really good rapport with the individuals we work with regularly.’

‘The team went the extra mile, guided us through the whole process, including sitting in on a Microsoft Teams call to ensure that all of the right documents were signed in the right place by the right signatories.’

‘Both Natalie Singh and Adriana Klincova worked with us to ensure a successful transaction. They are both easy to work with and they provide excellent support and guidance. Work completed on time and was high quality.’

Key clients

Broadland Housing Association Limited

Connexus Housing Group

Leeds Federated Housing Association Limited

Orwell Housing Association Limited

Rooftop Housing Group

Southway Housing Trust (Manchester) Limited

Stafford & Rural Homes

Thirteen Housing Group Limited

Weaver Vale Housing Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Rooftop Housing on the funding aspects of the merger of its two operating subsidiaries (Rooftop Housing Association and Rooftop Homes).
  • Acted for Weaver Vale Housing Trust (WVHT) (acting as borrower) on a new revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank Plc (acting as lender). The facility was documented by reference to a SONIA base rate in order to future-proof the transaction – one of the earlier loans to be documented on a SONIA basis.
  • Acted for Thirteen Housing (acting as borrower) on the amendment and restatement and restructuring of Thirteen’s loan facility agreements with Lloyds Bank Plc (Lloyds) and The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc (RBS) simultaneously (which totalled £165m in aggregate).

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is best known for its estate and capital tax planning work for medium to high-net-worth families in addition to its work with vulnerable adults and on compensation protection trusts. Other strengths lie in court of protection work covering finances and welfare, trust administration; capital tax planning and it frequently assists the firm’s corporate, housing and third-sector client base on various matters.  Head of department Donna Holmes regularly acts as a professional trustee and court deputy for individuals who have received a significant personal injury award.

Practice head(s):

Donna Holmes

Testimonials

‘This team has a lot more depth and breadth beyond the headlines of lead partner Donna Holmes. The firm is rightly known for having an established private client practice. It really has lots of bows to its string in the whole private client offering.’.

‘Technical expertise sets the Anthony Collins private client team apart from other firms. The lawyers are accomplished at handling complex and high-value estate planning and administration work’.

‘Donna Holmes stands out. Technical understanding coupled with being approachable making her a pleasure to work with.’

‘The lawyers always make our clients feel welcome and provide an excellent standard of service whatever the enquiry. They discuss matters in layman’s terms so clients can understand the legal jargon used by some companies and feel comfortable with the advice provided’.

‘Before and throughout the lockdown the company have been very supportive to my clients and myself.  Donna Holmes is a first-rate deputy to my clients. She is professional at all times but gets to know my clients’ needs and is able to reassure them during difficult times‘.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the parents of a victim of a severe road accident in Thailand. The team advised on and prepared a s.89 Inheritance Tax Act 1984 qualifying trust to best protect funds.
  • Acted as trustees in the administration of two trusts with the same primary beneficiary – the team has also allocated the beneficiary a case worker from its Court of Protection team to properly support her in a cost-effective manner.
  • Assisted wealthy clients with planning to maximise reliefs for inheritance tax for their three children – one of whom is severely disabled.

The firm: Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) is a national sector specialist law firm with a clear purpose to improve lives, communities and society. The firm has 300+ staff, physical premises in Birmingham, Manchester and Macclesfield and is a national leading advisor to the social housing, social care and charities sectors (amongst others), supporting clients with work in business and charity law, governance, property, housing management, employment, and dispute resolution, as well as individuals requiring personal planning, those affected by critical events and the organisations that support them. ACS’ expertise is centred on a deep understanding of its client’s needs, as well as on developing and maintaining strong relationships. The firm has grown steadily over the past five years, merging with Macclesfield private client law firm Jobling Gowler in July 2022, and now has 44 partners.

The firm was named Law Firm of the Year: The Independents at the 2021 Lawyer Awards. The award submission highlighted the firm-wide Covid-19 response, advising those who provided frontline services to the vulnerable and disadvantaged in communities across the country. Judges recognised the importance of the firm’s social purpose and the impact of its work in improving the fabric of society through its clients. ACS was also named Family Law Firm of the Year: Midlands and Wales at the prestigious Family Law Firm Awards, 2021, recognising that the ACS family team acted in nearly half (approximately 48%) of all care orders issued in Birmingham – where authorities assume legal responsibility for a child. They also supported 51 couples through mediation over the past year.

The firm has continued to grow its charities work, which is reflected in its ranking as one of the top five national legal advisers in the Top 3000 Charities 2021 directory.

As it continues to be recognised and extends the range of clients with whom it can make a transformational impact, the firm is committed to staying true to its core purpose, to improve lives, communities and society, with a goal of becoming the leading national advisor partnering with individuals, organisations and policymakers to build a stronger more connected society.

An example of this was the firm publishing its fourth Social Impact Report, recording that in 2021, 92% of its work directly improved lives, communities and society.

Social mobility is an issue that is at the core of the firm’s values and mission, and in 2021, the firm launched a free Social Mobility Toolkit. The toolkit covers a variety of topics containing practical resources for employers who want to implement constructive processes to open up their workforce and create a positive working environment.

The firm also recently launched the Green Economy section of its website in line with the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, documenting the firm’s efforts to make sure its people and clients are thinking and behaving as sustainably as possible.

Types of work undertaken
Social housing: as one of the top UK firms in the field of social housing, ACS is passionate about contributing to national regeneration, working with registered providers across the country to engage with their local communities and deliver a range of diverse services. ACS provides innovative and practical advice, ranging from major projects (stock transfers, innovative structures, joint ventures) to general day-to-day matters (housing litigation, housing management, employment matters and conveyancing).

Local government: a reputation for technical excellence and innovation, especially in the areas of joint ventures, regeneration and property development work, strategic corporate projects, procurement and litigation and dispute resolution enables, ACS to assist councils in delivering more for less, while maintaining their in-house capacity, by providing alternative solutions for greater income generation and the delivery of services.

Health and social care: ACS act as an expert for many leading adult health and social care service providers and individuals, who serve vulnerable people due to age, mental or physical incapacity, mental health problems or the consequences of addiction, ranging from governance advice to employment and regulatory issues.

Social business: an understanding of the balance between a strong commercial focus and values-driven ethos makes ACS a market leader in social business, helping not-just-for-profit, values-driven organisations such as social enterprises, community enterprises, co-operatives, mutuals and values-driven businesses achieve their goals and enjoy long-term sustainable futures.

Charities: with an understanding of and empathy with the voluntary sector, which underpins the firm’s ethos, ACS provides legal support to equip and enable charitable organisations, including faith-based organisations, to be effective in their area of activity. The firm has growing expertise in ecclesiastical law and is appointed as diocesan registrar for several dioceses in England.

Education: specialists in academy conversions, with a fast-growing reputation for providing practical, insightful support to sponsors, schools, academies, trusts and Church of England dioceses across the country, ACS helps schools to flourish and allow those who are most disadvantaged in society to access high-quality educational resources.

Private legal services: ACS supports individuals in two areas: supporting them and their families at pivotal times in their life, from birth through to death, helping them preserve and protect their assets, and helping people who are facing complex and critical events, such as personal injury, clinical negligence, childcare issues, loss of capacity and loss of employment.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Peter Hubbardpeter.hubbard@anthonycollins.com
Charities sector lead Dominic Currandominic.curran@anthonycollins.com
Education sector lead Chris Whittingtonchris.whittington@anthonycollins.com
Health and social care sector lead Matthew Wortmatthew.wort@anthonycollins.com
Housing sector lead Jonathan Coxjonathan.cox@anthonycollins.com
Local government sector lead Matthew Gregsonmatthew.gregson@anthonycollins.com
Social business sector lead David Alcockdavid.alcock@anthonycollins.com
Private client sector lead - family/matrimonial Chris Lloyd-Smithchris.Lloyd-Smith@anthonycollins.com
Private client sector lead - personal planning Donna Holmesdonna.holmes@anthonycollins.com
Private client sector lead - family/childcare Jas Tamberjas.tamber@anthonycollins.com
Private client sector lead - personal injury/clinical negligence Rankeshwar Battarankeshwar.batta@anthonycollins.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Lucy Worrall photo Lucy WorrallPartner
Number of UK partners : 44
Number of other UK fee-earners : 152
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
Association of Lawyers for Children
Association of Pension Lawyers (APL)
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Birmingham Law Society
Charity Law Association
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)
Ecclesiastical Law Society (ELS)
Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
Family Mediators Association (FMA)
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
The Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel
Lawyers' Christian Fellowship
Loan Market Association (LMA)
Manchester Law Society
Procurement Lawyers Association (PLA)
Property Litigation Association (PLA)
Resolution
Social Housing Law Association (SHLA)
Society for Computers and Law (SCL)
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
The Society of Construction Law
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Women in Social Housing Midlands (WISH Midlands)
Women Lawyers Division of The Law Society

CLIENT: Laura Jones
COMPANY/FIRM: Nottingham Community Housing Association
TESTIMONIAL:We instructed Anthony Collins Solicitors to assist with HMRC inspection of our working and pay practices. ACS supported us throughout the inspection – assisting in helping us prepare for the initial meetings with our inspecting officer, helping with the communications we had with HMRC, assisting in preparing all information and documentation that was sent to HMRC and positioning our working and pay practices in a way that satisfied HMRC of our compliance. On matters where HMRC raised further questions and concerns, ACS assisted us with influencing HMRC to take a pragmatic approach, which resulted in no notice of underpayment being issued and instead us committing to changing our practices going forward to ensure our compliance was well documented. ACS’s in-depth knowledge of NMW legislation and practical experience of handling HMRC inspections, resulted in the inspection coming to a successful conclusion. We would highly recommend using Anthony Collins Solicitors’ team, the service we got from them was first class.


CLIENT: Ceri Davies CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Nottingham Trent Students’ Union
TESTIMONIAL: “Anthony Collins Solicitors took the time to understand the complex requirements of our membership organisation and its democratic principles. The work required was completed very efficiently within a challenging time frame. In addition, we were guided through some of the practical details surrounding implementation in a most helpful way. I would have no hesitation in recommending Anthony Collins Solicitors to any organisation undertaking a similar process.”


CLIENT: Stephen Rolph, Head of Community Assets and Enterprise
COMPANY/FIRM: Locality
TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Anthony Collins Solicitors for many years, and we know that our members value highly the expertise of the team and their deep involvement in the community sector. They were a key part of delivering the COMA programme, and their knowledge of asset transfer and the associated governance and property issues was invaluable. They worked hard with us to ensure that the technical requirements of the programme were met, but most of all their work had a real impact on local communities.”


CLIENT: Finance Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Greenwich Leisure Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “For the past few years, we have engaged Anthony Collins Solicitors for support across a multitude of projects as well as ad-hoc advice. The quality of the support and advice received to date across the board cannot be faulted. Anthony Collins Solicitors is proactive in its approach to meet our needs, and have proven to be meticulous, and their flexible attitude also helps maintain a strong and close working relationship. Based on my experience, I have no hesitation in recommending their services.”


CLIENT: Juliana Crowe, Housing and Communities Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Rooftop Housing Group.
TESTIMONIAL: “The guidance and reassurance provided by Anthony Collins Solicitors for our board and executive team enabled us to make a confident decision about the creation of the cost-sharing group. Their input meant that, instead of taking a leap of faith, we could accurately gauge the potential benefits to our organisation, and more importantly, to our residents. The process was a commercial and legal minefield but thanks to Anthony Collins Solicitors support, we were able to negotiate everything smoothly and successfully, and the expert knowledge they offered was far greater than anything that we could have garnered in-house.”


CLIENT: Sinead Butters
COMPANY/FIRM: PlaceShapers (Chair) and Aspire Group (CEO)
TESTIMONIAL: “We work with ACS because they share our commitment to building sustainable communities across the country. The fact that they know the sector so well means they already understand the challenges we’re facing, so the support they provide goes further than just legal advice, they provide real solutions. I know they will help us achieve the best results for the people we work with, which is one less thing for me to worry about.”