Firm Profile > Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP > Birmingham, England

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
134 EDMUND STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B3 2ES
England

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The charities team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is particularly known for its faith-based charities work as well as its national and international charity work with a key focus on social care charities. It has also developed substantial expertise in assisting with the financing of charities through advising on grants, social investment and secured lending structures and now acts for a considerable number of ethical lending banks. The firm has also expanded its work with the Charity Commission. John Wearing was appointed to the Charity Commission's list of approved interim managers, joining Phil Watts, Edwina Turner and Sarah Tomlinson (all of whom were appointed as interim managers by the Charity Commission previously). Dominic Curran heads the large team that also includes Anna Dabek, who advises charities on a wide range of complex employment law issues.

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Testimonials

The whole team is outstanding. Edwina Turner is technically superb, immensely experienced and has excellent client handling skills – she is a real person of integrity. Phil Watts is also outstanding‘.

It has a deep knowledge of the social care market. John Wearing is dependable and brings a lot of experience‘.

‘Every member of the team has always delivered, on time and with high-quality work. The lawyers know their stuff and I can rely on their advice 100%, which really helps my organisation to be less exposed than it otherwise would be. Each team member has also been really good at explaining concepts of law and answering my questions in plain English which really helps me to do my job advising funders and our board properly‘.

All very responsive and give helpful and pragmatic advice that is suited to our organisation’s needs as a small charity.

Dominic Curran is highly responsive, especially in a crisis. What makes Dom stand out is that he always delivers sage, pragmatic advice and I’m much clearer on what to do after speaking to him‘.

Key clients

Barnardo’s

Mind

Ada (The National College for Digital Skills)

Charity Commission

Thera Trust

Methodist Church of Great Britain

Scope

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

Birmingham Hippodrome

Family: Birmingham Tier 1

The first-rate family team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP focuses on providing matrimonial advice to professionals and business owners. It also represents children and family members in complex care and private law proceedings. In public law/care proceedings it represents all the parties including the Official Solicitor and it has seven lawyers who are on the Law Society’s Children Panel. The group has a growing mediation offering with two mediators who are accredited by the Family Mediation Council. The team has key specialisms in a broad range of matters including surrogacy, human fertilisation and Embryology Act cases as well as other areas such as domestic violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage cases. It also provides adoption advice and help to foster carers. Elizabeth Wyatt and Jas Tamber lead the team along with newly promoted partner Christopher Lloyd-Smith.

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Testimonials

‘Anthony Collins provides a first-class service in all areas of family law. The practice is unique in the area and indeed nationally in having such a large team covering all aspects of family law‘.

Jas Tamber is absolutely first-rate for public law children work, a top, top lawyer‘.

Jas Tamber is very personable and very hardworking – he is annoyingly good!’.

Jas Tamber is hugely experienced and an expert practitioner‘.

Jas Tamber has a strong reputation for his care work‘.

Christopher Lloyd-Smith is doing incredibly well, the firm is a “go to mediation firm” and Chris is a “go to” mediator‘.

Liz Wyatt is very experienced and has a fantastic rapport with clients‘.

ACS is probably the best solicitors’ firm in the Midlands for children law – the firm takes only the very best and all its lawyers are extremely driven and focused‘.

Local government Tier 1

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP maintains a strong reputation in local government work, fielding a multi-disciplinary team, which is experienced in governance work, real estate and construction mandates, regeneration planning issues, licensing work and litigation. Olwen Brown chairs the practice, which also includes Mark Cook, who advises councils on commercial ventures. Real estate partner Sandy Munroe, who joined in 2019 from Bevan Brittan LLP, focuses on  asset rationalisation disposals, acquisitions and regeneration projects. Other key names include Richard Brooks, senior associate Gayle Monk and associate Alex Lawrence.

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Key clients

Harborough District Council

Blackpool Council

PSP Gateshead LLP

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council

Ashford Borough Council

Acivico Limited

Coventry City Council

Social housing Tier 1

The well-regarded team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP provides advice to registered providers on issues ranging from corporate and governance matters to funding issues, procurement work, real estate transactions and litigation. The practice also leverages additional expertise in its recently opened Manchester office, led by Jonathan Cox, as part of a nationwide offering. Peter Hubbard heads up the Birmingham team and advises local authorities and other social housing organisations on development projects, constitutional and governance matters, and regulatory issues. Victoria Jardine and litigators Helen Tucker and Baljit Basra are also key partners. Regulatory partner Tim Coolican joined from Slater and Gordon in 2019.

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Testimonials

‘ACS solicitors always work as part of our team. They are responsive and communicative, and always achieve even very tight deadlines. They build trusting and valued relationships.’

‘Consistently good team with a culture and social ethos which suits the social housing sector particularly well.’

‘Victoria Jardine is excellent – commercial and pragmatic while always keenly focused on achieving the right outcomes for her clients.’

Key clients

Clarion Housing Group

Riverside Housing Group

Citizen Housing Group

Trafford Housing Trust

Futures Housing Group

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has a very well-respected team of specialist lawyers who have built up a strong nationwide reputation. The first-rate team acts for claimants in a broad range of matters ranging from modest-value claims to complex multimillion-pound claims. Its expertise spans birth injury and associated public law matters as well as abuse and human rights cases. The skilled team also represents people at inquests. It adopts a holistic approach and helps clients with other issues such as community care claims, mental capacity issues and Court of Protection matters, in addition to trust work/education issues. Significantly it continues to help clients under the legal aid scheme. Rankeshwar Batta is the sole partner and head of department who specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. Batta has extensive experience of all types of cases including maximum severity/catastrophic injury and professional negligence work. He is also the deputy legal aid contracting representative for the firm. Victoria Fullilove and Ann Houghton are both vastly experienced in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Sarah Huntbach is also recommended.

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The team is organised and hardworking. Rankeshwar Batta – knowledgeable, diligent and a great team player – leads an efficient and goal-orientated team. Its strengths are very good communication and listening skills‘.

‘The professionalism, technical expertise and dedication to clients is outstanding. I have particular respect for Rankeshwar Batta. I have also been impressed by David Evison, Sarah Huntbach and Victoria Fullilove – they will all respond to any enquiries promptly and efficiently‘.

‘One of the best teams in the Midlands if not the UK. Led by the nationally known Ranke Batta. Fantastic history and track record. Ranke Batta – fantastic caseload, good fun, knowledgeable, clever’.

A practice that really focuses on the client. The team empowers the client to feel that they are a key member of the team‘.

Both Rankeshwar Batta and Victoria Fullilove are superb with great client-focused skills, genuinely caring and sensitive people whilst at the same time putting the client at the forefront‘.

Rankeshwar is top notch and exemplifies all the qualities of the firm: highly approachable, knowledgeable, great judgement and wonderful client skills: in short, a first-rate lawyer. Sarah Huntbach handles a high-value, catastrophic case load with compassion, dedication and tenacity. Victoria Fullilove is very much one to watch, with excellent attention to detail and extremely sound judgement‘.

‘Ranki is a truly excellent lawyer who is very empathetic, a recognised industry leader. Ann Houghton is hugely impressive‘.

Sarah Huntbach – dedicated, legally astute, good forensic analysis of the case. Very tenacious. Victoria Fullilove – clever, hardworking, good judgement, practice beyond her years‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is best known for its work in a number of key areas including estate and capital tax planning for medium to high-net-worth families. It is also recommended for its work with vulnerable adults and on compensation protection trusts. Other strengths include statutory wills and Court of Protection work covering both finances and welfare. The team under the leadership of Donna Holmes has significant experience of acting as independent trustee for trusts up to £18m in addition to acting as independent executor and deputy where family relationships have broken down. Lisa Whitehouse receives a lot of plaudits. The team frequently assists the firm’s wider corporate, housing and third-sector client base and regularly  advises charities on their legacy income generation, trust entitlements, powers and duties.

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The team is forward thinking and really going places under the creative leadership of Donna Holmes and rising star Lisa Whitehouse. The lawyers are known for doing the right thing by their clients for a fair price and have an enviable reputation in the marketplace. The team is innovative‘.

Donna Holmes is exceptional in her professionalism, natural understanding of her clients’ needs and her ability to relate to her clients. Whilst she has an ability to do the best for her clients she is always caring and considerate and at the same time can think “out of the box”.’

Donna Holmes is an exceptional deputy of great experience and knowledge. She leads a superb team and all team members take their lead from her. She is supremely professional but at the same time caring, understanding and patient. She always puts clients at ease at a very anxious period in their lives‘.

‘Lisa Whitehouse is technically outstanding. She is a unicorn in the private client world. In addition to being technically excellent, she is also personable and able to explain complex legal principles or tax matters to clients so that they understand. She exudes confidence in her dealings with clients and peers alike and deserves to be lauded accordingly. She is a credit to her firm‘.

‘Lisa Whitehouse has excellent technical knowledge of probate and the ability to deal with contentious probate matters. Able to explain complex inheritance tax issues concisely and simply to non-specialists‘.

Lisa Whitehouse is increasingly a very important and respected adviser in the team‘.

Key clients

Mr Y

Mr B and Mr W

MD

SBS and PK Trust

A Housing Association

MB

Mrs K

Dr and Mrs M

Mr & Mrs H

The Estate of CP

Construction Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP predominantly assists clients in the local government, social housing, charities and education sectors with construction-related contracts and construction disputes. Andrew Lancaster specialises in contentious construction and procurement-related work. On the non-contentious side, Andrew Millross and Richard Brooks advise on the procurement of large maintenance, improvement and development projects.

Testimonials

‘The team has great attention to detail and customer-centric services.’

Key clients

M3/Rand Associates

The Riverside Group

Acivico Limited

The National College for Digital Skills

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Employment Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has a national client base with a core focus on health and social care as well as housing, education and charities. It also advises several local authorities on complex and sensitive issues which span governance rules, regulatory obligations and employment law. In addition the excellent team continues to advise a solid base of faith-based clients on a broad range of matters. Names to note include the head of the employment and pensions team Matthew Gregson as well as Matthew Wort who heads up the firm’s work in the health and social care sector. Anna Dabek and Douglas Mullen are also recommended.

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Testimonials

Matthew Gregson is highly rated and experienced‘.

Matthew Gregson is very personable‘.

Anna Dabek and Matthew Wort – both are excellent in the social care and third sector – real thought leaders in this field‘.

The team’s understanding of issues in the social care sector and their close involvement in key sector-relevant cases puts them ahead of competitors in their field. Anna Dabek and Matt Wort [are recommended], but honestly all the employment team are consistently reliable and responsive‘.

Key clients

Care England

United Kingdom Homecare Association

Achieve Together

City and County Healthcare Group

Brandon Trust

National Care Group

Greenpeace

Midland Heart

Methodist Homes

Thirteen Housing Group

Pensions Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in the public sector and routinely advises on local government, firefighters, teachers and national health pension schemes. The team’s expertise also extends to social housing pension schemes and universities superannuation schemes. The practice is well-equipped to advise on the full spectrum of public sector and quasi-public sector schemes. Other strengths include helping charities in the management  of their pensions when there is a restructuring of their operations. Douglas Mullen leads the pensions work in the department and is renowned for his expertise in the social housing and local government sectors. Matthew Gregson is also well-regarded.

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Key clients

Pickering & Ferens Homes

Nottinghamshire Pension Fund (Nottinghamshire County Council)

Radis UK

Sports & Leisure Management Ltd

Spurgeons

National Autistic Society

Thirteen Housing Group

S4E

Methodist Homes

Lincolnshire Housing Partnership

Property litigation Tier 4

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP focuses primarily on residential and commercial property litigation encompassing rent and service charge claims, rent reviews, dilapidation claims, development agreement disputes, easement issues and restrictive covenant matters. The practice also undertakes advocacy in judicial review proceedings relating to planning disputes. Helen Tucker and social housing specialist Baljit Basra co-head the team. Senior associate Philip Scully is a 'stand-out associate', acting for registered providers, charities and local authorities in a range of property-related disputes. Hilary Harrison retired in 2019.

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Testimonials

‘Strong experience and technical knowledge in the property litigation field, coupled with the firm-wide social emphasis, working in sectors such as local government, housing, education, charities and social business.’

‘Jonathan Cox and Helen Tucker are stand-out partners. They both have great experience, knowledge and judgement and commitment to their clients.’

‘Phil Scully is that stand-out associate for Property Litigation. He has strong experience and technical knowledge in the field. He is a very reliable practitioner, who manages to combine straight-talking advice with a pleasant, personable manner.’

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Oxford City Council

Bromford Housing Group

Curo Places Limited

Magenta Living

London & Quadrant

Court of protection Tier 2

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has significant experience in health and welfare matters and a strong financial Court of Protection offering. Team head Donna Holmes is a panel deputy and guardian and frequently acts as deputy for people who lack capacity. She has a wide range of experience in the Court of Protection, dealing with both property and affairs matters as well as assisting deputies and working on deputyship administration, lasting powers of attorney and various health and welfare applications. Kirsty MacMillan is another name to note and specialises in mental health, mental capacity/Court of Protection and community care matters. She largely acts for individuals with mental health and mental capacity issues and their families, but is also regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor.

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‘From the the partners down, all staff are incredibly professional, competent, caring and supportive of their clients. They are approachable

‘The lawyers go the extra mile with clients to make them feel comfortable in what can be a most anxious situation

Donna Holmes is outstanding in her work always. She gets to know the clients and treats them with the respect they deserve. Nothing is too much trouble for her. Many clients have learning difficulties and she shows enormous patience when explaining situations to them

Anthony Collins is a large firm that covers many different practice areas, but each department has a small and personalised feel. If clients need support in more than one specialist area, they are able to receive this within the same firm

‘Donna is knowledgeable, approachable and someone I have no hesitation in recommending. I know that she is a safe pair of hands

‘Kirsty MacMillan really cares about her clients. She has developed a solid health and welfare practice which sits alongside the wider private client deputyship practice at the firm. She is able to build relationships with the most hard to reach clients

The team has high levels of integrity, competence and client friendliness

Donna Holmes has evidenced exceptional levels of competence and integrity and a client-centric approach

Key clients

FS

CO

Mrs G

BCC

PW

PCS

CA

SP

KSS

RT

Social housing: finance Tier 2

Operating from Birmingham and Manchester, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP ‘provides a bespoke service’ to borrowers across the UK on capital markets, property charging and joint venture issues. The group is particularly active advising housing associations on bond issues and private placements. Practice head Natalie Singh demonstrates ‘excellent commercial knowledge’ in advising on capital markets issues and previously advised on the first ever public bond for a housing association. Jon Coane handles the structuring and documenting the funding of property development joint ventures for housing associations. Ranjit Bassey leads the specialist property securitisation team. Will Allen  departed to join Addleshaw Goddard  in 2019.

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Testimonials

Willing to pull out all the stops to get the job done.

Simply very nice people to deal with.’

From Jon Coane as partner and throughout the whole team, they adopt a professional, engaged and efficient approach to supporting clients. They have risen to the high challenges I have set them at times as a client and have always delivered no matter the situation. They are also easy to talk to and have practical and pragmatic conversations, alongside their focussed expertise advice.

Jon Coane in particular. Engaging, sense of humour, up for big challenges even with near impossible client requirements. Underpinned by evident strong experience and technical knowledge, conveyed in clear and easy to understand ways. Also proactive and structured – traits often lost in some other big firms operating in the sector; this is evident in all I have dealt with at the organisation.

Sector knowledge, experience and presence in the social housing practice is strong Good resourcing and availability

Natalie Singh – Finance & funding – excellent commercial knowledge, excellent at finding practical solutions, delivery to schedule and budget.’

Natalie Singh knows her onions and is very responsive, pushing transactions forward. She always has a good grip on all transactions, unlike AGs, Trowers and Devonshires that often leave juniors exposed and without partner input. Jon Coane supports Natalie and leads on more vanilla transactions and is always affable to deal with.’

The funding team led by Natalie Singh are a pleasure to work with. They are professional, skilled, knowledgeable people that you can rely on when dealing with complex legal matters. They go the extra mile to ensure that work is completed to deadline and find solutions when things are not going quite to plan. I have used other firms for funding legal work in the past but none have been so reliable and knowledgeable as ACS and as easy to work with.’

Key clients

Housing Plus Group

Futures Housing Group

Golding Homes

Citizen Housing Group

Rooftop Housing Group

Mid Wales Housing Association

Walsall Housing Group

Greenfields Community Housing Association

Riverside Housing Group

Thirteen Housing Group

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Dominic Curran heads the department at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, which is best known for its assistance to faith-based charities, as well as its international charity work and its advice on the financing of charities. The practice now acts for several ethical lending banks and a growing number of leading national providers of health and social care. John Wearing has been appointed to the Charity Commission’s list of approved interim managers, joining Phil Watts and Sarah Tomlinson (both of whom were appointed as interim managers by the Charity Commission previously). Manchester-based Natalie Barbosa is another eminent member of the team.

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Testimonials

The team makes every effort to offer its services almost as an extension of our in-house legal team. The advice is focused, integrated and delivered in a prompt fashion. The team shares our core values

‘The lawyers go beyond what is asked of them to provide an integrated and efficient service. Esther Campsall stands out for her patient, thorough and good-humoured approach

The ACS team has expertise and knowledge spanning across a wider range of areas

If you are dealing with one person, others with specialist knowledge can be brought into discussions quickly, so that an issue can be thoroughly analysed and holistic advice given’

The ACS lawyers are genuinely nice people and easy to work with. They are accessible and will have initial discussions over the telephone and then respond quickly confirming their advice

I have a lot of personal dealings with Edwina Turner, who specialises in charity and trust law, and she is excellent

‘The team is made up of knowledgeable and client-focused lawyers, providing excellent services across all matters affecting charities and not-for-profit organisations such as ours

Dominic Curran is bright, knowledgeable, astute and approachable

Key clients

Barnardo’s

Mind

Ada (The National College for Digital Skills)

Charity Commission

Thera Trust

Methodist Church of Great Britain

Scope

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

Birmingham Hippodrome

Local government Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 'goes the extra mile' advising local authorities in England and Wales on a broad range of issues, including PPPs, company setups, and construction and real estate matters. Its services include advising on governance, employment law, licensing, and dispute resolution, as well as pure local government law. Additionally, the team has recently opened a new Manchester office for clients in the North and North West. Practice leader Olwen Brown focuses on governance and investigations, while Mark Cook advises on PPPs. Senior associate Stuart Evans advises on planning. In April 2019, Sandy Munroe joined the team from Bevan Brittan LLP; she now leads the local government property team.

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The team understands what the needs of the client are in local government circles (in particular political) and this is demonstrated by other members of the team from differing backgrounds. The practice has particular specialists in key local government areas and is not always driven by money and can work with an authority to have a productive relationship.

Really good responsive service, excellent senior partner leadership but also when needed very capable associate support. They often go the extra mile and you feel as though you are building a constructive relationship with various team members.’

Key clients

Harborough District Council

Blackpool Council

PSP Gateshead LLP

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council

Ashford Borough Council

Acivico Limited

Coventry City Council

Tamworth Borough Council (as subcontractors to Rand Associates Consultancy Services Ltd

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Social housing Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP displays a 'first-class, in-depth knowledge of social housing and leasehold issues.' Jonathan Cox co leads the team. He has a wide range of experience advising the firm's housing association clients on housing legislation and regulation. Lucy Worrall co leads alongside Cox, and brings an expertise in development and regeneration matters. Senior associate Catherine Simpson is 'extremely knowledgeable and reliable.' 

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Testimonials

‘Extremely professional service and always available at the end of the telephone of via email to provide sound legal advice. The practice is knowledgeable and reliable and responds in a timely manner.’

‘We can rely on first-class, in-depth knowledge of social housing and leasehold issues. When relying on a legal partner this is a huge strength as we know the advice we receive is rock solid, based on real-life experience and not just from a book. This sets ACS apart from others in the sphere.’

‘The primary lawyer I have dealt with is Catherine Simpson. Catherine has a wealth of strengths; she is extremely knowledgeable and reliable, and responds to complicated governance issues immediately. Her professional attitude and her ability to explain the complexities around governance issues is of an extremely high standard. Catherine is very helpful and friendly and willing to assist in whatever matter I ask of her. Catherine also delivered training to our Board on charity law which was extremely well received and commented upon favourably by our members who found the session and the information imparted by Catherine to be useful in their role as Board members.’

‘Jonathon Cox has a unique blend of vast and technical expertise and hands-on knowledge combined with an approachable, friendly manner. He stands out as one of those rare experts who is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Trafford Housing Trust Limited

Irwell Valley Housing Association

Housing Plus

Stafford & Rural

The Guinness Housing Partnership

Great Places Housing Group

Knowsley Housing Group

The Riverside Housing Group

Salix Homes

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 3

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, which opened a Manchester office in 2019, is ‘able to offer a wide range of advice on many issues relating to social housing’. The group assists numerous registered providers and housing associations on corporate issues such as mergers, joint ventures and group restructures. It also offers housing management services, which includes assistance with asset management and various types of litigation. Lucy Worrall and Jonathan Cox oversee the new office; the former specialises in development and regeneration issues, while the latter is heavily involved in voluntary right to buy pilots. Helen Tucker, who is based in Birmingham along with senior partner Peter Hubbard, specialises in housing management and litigation.

Testimonials

Confidence, expertise, clear communications and most importantly trust., are what stand out. We have worked with a number of staff at this firm and find consistently high standards, a well run and managed practice. The level of communication, feedback has been nurturing, teaching individuals the principles and practice of law, whilst at the same time dealing with matters at hand.

We trust the individuals. They have gained this trust by taking and building a relational approach. The willingness to help in matters, and not always for any business gain, says a lot. We have good individuals who go out there way to understand us, the business and get it and work back from this.’

Range of expertise and services offered, in a regional values-driven practice. particularly strong in housing and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and treasury work.’

ACS has a culture and set of business ethics which is perhaps uniquely appropriate to the social housing and not-for-profit sectors which it serves so well. Crucially, though, the firm’s ethics do not dilute the professionalism and commerciality of the legal team and the advice and support they provide, which I’ve always found to be first-class.’

This practice is able to offer a wide range of advice on many issues relating to social housing. We have received advice on governance issues, legal housing issues and financial matters. All the advice received has been of the highest quality. All members of the team are responsive and knowledgeable in their specialist fields.’

Key clients

Clarion Housing Group

Riverside Housing Group

Citizen Housing Group

Trafford Housing Trust

Futures Housing Group

Orbit Group

One Manchester

Thirteen Housing Group

Connexus Housing Limited

Aspire Housing Group

Irwell Valley Housing Association

Housing Plus

Stafford & Rural

The Guinness Housing Partnership

Great Places Housing Group

First Choice Homes Oldham

Knowsley Housing Group

Salix Homes

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 and Manchester 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 clients’ needs, as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships. The firm has grown steadily over the past five years and now has 35 partners.

At the Birmingham Law Society’s 2021 Legal Awards, the firm received the ‘Excellence in Client Service – Private Clients’ award. Judges recognised the holistic approach taken by the law firm’s private legal services team when resolving cases – supporting clients on a variety of legal issues such as personal injury, clinical negligence, relationship breakdowns or childcare matters. The firm was also shortlisted for ‘Excellence in Client Service – Business Clients’, ‘Solicitor of the Year’ and the ‘Pro Bono Award’. The health and social care team is shortlisted for HealthInvestor UK’s ‘Legal advisors of the year – public’ award 2021.

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 third social impact report, recording that in FY 2019/20, 88% of its work directly improved lives, communities and society.

The firm has also recently launched a new initiative – the Ethical Business Project. The aim is to show that doing business and meeting the needs of people, society and the planet are not mutually exclusive, but inextricably linked. The firm commissioned a survey of over 300 senior decision-makers from businesses across the UK to better understand their ethical approach. The results revealed a profound shift in how we are doing business, with 91% surveyed wanting to do better. In response, the firm created a handbook to help businesses at varying stages take on a more values-based approach.

Types of work undertaken

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.

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).

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.

Health and social care: ACS acts as experts 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.

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.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Peter Hubbard peter.hubbard@anthonycollins.com
Charities sector lead Dominic Curran dominic.curran@anthonycollins.com
Education sector lead Chris Whittington chris.whittington@anthonycollins.com
Health and social care sector lead Matthew Wort matthew.wort@anthonycollins.com
Housing sector lead Jonathan Cox jonathan.cox@anthonycollins.com
Local government sector lead Matthew Gregson matthew.gregson@anthonycollins.com
Social business sector lead David Alcock david.alcock@anthonycollins.com
Social business sector lead - family/matrimonial Chris Lloyd-Smith chris.Lloyd-Smith@anthonycollins.com
Social business sector lead - personal planning Donna Holmes donna.holmes@anthonycollins.com
Social business sector lead - family/childcare Jas Tamber jas.tamber@anthonycollins.com
Social business sector lead - personal injury/clinical negligence Rankeshwar Batta rankeshwar.batta@anthonycollins.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Alcock  photo David Alcock Partner
Mr Rankeshwar Batta  photo Mr Rankeshwar Batta Head of Claimant Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Department
 Mark Cook  photo Mark Cook Partner and Head of Governance & Commercial department
 Dominic Curran  photo Dominic Curran Partner and Head of Charities
 Donna Holmes  photo Donna Holmes Partner and Head of Personal Planning
 Elizabeth Wyatt  photo Elizabeth Wyatt Partner and Head of Private Client
Number of UK partners : 35
Number of other UK fee-earners : 136

CLIENT: Tony Allen
COMPANY/FIRM: Knowsley Housing Trust
TESTIMONIAL: “The parts played by the ACS team on this significant transaction for KHT cannot be overstated. Beyond the provision of first-class legal advice, they were always available, supportive and highly commercial in everything they did. Their consistently positive and cheerful approach was much needed at times. A tight timescale, essential to hit our target, was achieved not least as a result of their persistence and attention to detail. It was a real pleasure to work with them.”


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.”



ANTHONY COLLINS SOLICITORS – DIVERSITY STATEMENT

We promote equality of opportunity for all people in employment and service delivery. We are an equal opportunities employer. It is our policy to treat all employees, partners and third parties (including clients, barristers, other lawyers, consultants, contractors, agency staff and job applicants) fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity and paternity, sexual orientation (including civil partnership status), race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins), religion or belief, age and disability (together “the protected characteristics”).

Furthermore, we seek to ensure that we do not unlawfully discriminate against employees, partners and third parties (as described above) nor victimise or harass because of any of the above protected characteristics. In particular, no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification that could disadvantage individuals because of any of the protected characteristics. We take such steps and make such adjustments as are reasonable in all the circumstances to prevent any of our employees, partners and third parties who are disabled from being placed at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with those who are not disabled.

The firm has established a working group designed to focus on the promotion of diversity within the practice. This Diversity Group regularly review the firm’s procedures and Equality and Diversity Policy, including recruitment processes, and actively seek to identify and address any policies or practices we have in place that might discourage certain groups from applying to the practice, or that may have an adverse effect on the opportunities for training and development that may exist for the partnership’s employees.

The Equality and Diversity Group is formed of the following people:

  • Matthew Wort, Partner
  • Sandy Munroe, Partner
  • Rajinder Bhangal, Senior Associate
  • Alex Loxton, Associate
  • Vicky Paterson, HR Advisor

We strive to recruit and retain a diverse group of people with one thing in common: a passion for working to improve lives, communities and society. As a result, gender equality has always been an important issue for us, and we have a strong track record. Significantly above the industry average, 40% of our partners are women, which far exceeds the normal average for law firms within the UK Top 200. We also have numerous examples of flexible working arrangements in place to enable our people to work in a manner that enables them to follow their vocation, whilst balancing other responsibilities.

Gender pay gap reporting is something we have embraced as an opportunity to build an even stronger culture. Although 2019 is the first year that the firm is required to report externally, last year we reported internally for our own transparency and learning. The figures illustrate equality within the partnership. However, our overall pay gap figures show us there is much more we need to do. We have already acted in numerous ways, including the launch of a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. The strategy sets out a variety of positive changes for implementation over the next two financial years. Equality, driven by adherence to new pay bands across different seniorities is now at the heart of our pay strategy and reviews. We want to increase transparency and to create a greater balance of representation of men and women at all levels across the firm. We have also launched new coaching and mentoring initiatives across the firm, and we have invested in technology to enhance our flexible working offer further