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

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP receives plaudits for its’ very diverse group of highly dedicated lawyers and legal support staff. The ‘highly experienced and well-respected’ Rankeshwar Batta  leads the practice which has built up a strong reputation for its work with claimants on a broad range of matters, from more modest value to complex multi-million pound cases and associated public law, abuse and human rights matters. Batta has extensive experience in all types of clinical negligence and personal injury cases including some maximum severity/catastrophic injury cases. Newly-promoted partner David Evison deploys niche expertise in abuse and human rights claims for both children and adults and receives instructions from the Official Solicitor. Ann Houghton routinely handles cases of maximum severity and has considerable experience of cases with an international dimension. Victoria Fullilove is another key member of the department which also provides representation at inquests.  

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Testimonials

‘Anthony Collins Solicitors really looks at the client, the family and support network in a holistic way. The team goes above and beyond to make a positive difference to those affected by a catastrophic injury. Also, the team offers its support to many charitable organisations. Over the many years that I have worked with the firm, I have been so impressed by the caring and ‘can do’ attitude that is reflected across all levels of personnel from the senior partners to newly qualified solicitors‘.

Rankeshwar Batta brings to his work the highest level of expertise and knowledge. He genuinely cares about his clients and securing access to justice for catastrophically injured individuals. Rankeshwar is passionate about his work and his clients and really goes the extra mile to help those in need. Under Rankeshwar’s guidance, both Victoria Fullilove and David Evison are stand out individuals. They embody the ethical values of the firm and also approach the work in the most caring and considerate way, always putting the client’s needs at the heart of their work‘.

It has good strength and depth; is well resourced; and is very friendly and down to earth. Rankey Batta is hugely experienced and excellent with clients. Victoria Fullilove is hardworking and efficient‘.

‘Easily one of the best firms outside of London. The law firm benefits from a very diverse group of highly dedicated lawyers and legal support staff with a wealth of experience that they are able to draw upon as a team under the leadership of the highly experienced and well respected head of department Mr Rankeshwar. Batta  Rankey heads a first class team with David Evison and Victoria Fullilove’.

‘The team is very professional. The lawyers put clients at ease under very difficult circumstances. I have advised many clients to go to Anthony Collins Solicitors. I will continue to recommend it. The service they receive is first class. It is a very caring team to some of the most disabled clients and always makes allowances for the clients’ needs‘.

‘Mr. Batta leads the team exceptionally well. He is professional, knowledgeable, caring and very straightforward. He shows enormous patience when dealing with my clients who have cognitive difficulties. In other words the legal approach is explained in layman’s terms and often has to be repeated numerous times’.

‘Anthony Collins, what can I say, it has a complete array of knowledge and sees things from all angles, amazing at explaining things and making sure you really understand, it is really a rock for you in hard times. Ranky is amazing I felt so at home in his company, he always kept me informed and listened really listened when I mentioned something. Also Victoria you just feel comfortable in her company, you know things are going to be right, 100% confidence in them‘.

‘Rankeshwar Batta conveyed in layman’s terms very simply the legal process and all that is entailed in the litigation process. Mr Batta is very approachable and nothing is too big or too small with regards to email communication and a response can be obtained within hours. I feel very much at ease with him. Victoria Fullilove works very closely alongside Mr Batta offering the same professional service and qualities, as detailed above. Mrs Fullilove is our first port of call with any matters relating to our son’s claim and she is very thorough‘.

Work highlights

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

    Led by Dominic Curran , the outstanding team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is known for its work with faith-based charities, for its international and national work with health and social care charities and for its regular interim appointments by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Other strengths include assisting charities on fundraising and the financing of charities by way of grant work and social investment as well as secured lending, corporate partnership, lotteries and grants. Other names to note include Anna Dabek who assists on employment matters and Matthew Wort. Edwina Turner leads the charities governance offering.

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    Testimonials

    ‘The team is highly attentive and committed to understanding our business requirements, with a number of individuals personally able to understand our church charity context, offering practical and legally sound solutions‘.

    ‘Advice is always given from a perspective that noticeably puts the client first, not the firm’s profit margins or other interests, in keeping with ACS being a social purpose driven firm. Technical knowledge of charity governance across the team is excellent. Esther Campsall and Sarah Tomlinson are first-class lawyers’.

    ‘The individuals we work with within this practice are all personable, and easy to work with at the same time providing a high, professional level of service and excellent knowledge. Dominic Curran – friendly, helpful’.

    ‘Edwina Turner is excellent to work with – readily available, responsive, pragmatic and knows her stuff‘.

    ‘Commitment to sector knowledge, values, throughout team, good scope of services and reasonable fees. John Wearing, shows ongoing commitment to the sector and to us as an organisation, staff are personable and responsive‘.

    Key clients

    Spinal Injuries Association

    Barnardo’s

    Kent Wildlife Trust

    Adoption Plus

    Kent Wildlife Trust

    Charity Commission re Alternative Animal Sanctuary

    Voice4Change

    National provider of learning support and care for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities

    Social Mobility Toolkit – multiple clients

    Work highlights

    • Advised Barnardo’ on the See, Hear, Respond programme which was a £7.25m programme funded by the Department for Education to support children and young people adversely affected by Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown.
    • Advised Kent Wildlife Trust on its intended use of a conservation covenant agreement whilst The Environment Bill (now passed) was still passing through parliament. The bill introduced the concept to England and Wales of conservation covenants.
    • In collaboration with Central England Co-operative and Boston Borough Council, the team worked to compile a social mobility toolkit for employers to help them identify and address the barriers within their organisations which limit social mobility in order to create greater equality and social inclusivity.

    Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 1

    The first-rate team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP concentrates on providing matrimonial advice to professional and business owners, as well as representing children and family members in complex care and private law proceedings. Elizabeth Wyatt ’s main area of expertise is advising people in divorce proceedings where their financial claims are high-value and complex while Jas Tamber is a known name for his expertise in complex children law cases. Christopher Lloyd-Smith is experienced in preparing pre- and post-nuptial agreements and is also an accredited mediator and Resolution-accredited specialist, for both financial matters and those involving children.

    Testimonials

    ‘This is a firm with an ethical approach to family law that is rooted in its excellent moral values. I deal with the public law family team and I rate it as one of the best nationwide. Great knowledge of the law, excellent judgment and a willingness to go above and beyond. Jas Tamber is immensely impressive’.

    ‘The team is at the forefront of family law in the region. From knowledge of the law to client care and support they are second to none! Chris Lloyd-Smith is a standout partner. He is highly knowledgable but also develops a great rapport with clients. Liz Wyatt is exceptional. Very well respected in her field. Kadie Bennett always strikes the right balance between fighting hard and finding a pragmatic resolution’.

    ‘I consider Anthony Collins solicitors to be one of the strongest firms of solicitors in the Midlands. The quality of its solicitors is exceptional, highly knowledgeable, efficient and tenacious. The client feedback is always very positive. The briefs to counsel are well put together and sent out in good time. I always recommend Anthony Collins solicitors. Kadie Bennett, Jas Tamber and Kelly Brown are exceptional’.

    ‘The AC team has a big team full of very competent solicitors at all levels. AC consistently is instructed on the most complex of cases and is by all accounts one of the leading family law firms in the Midlands. Jas Tamber is meticulous and unflappable’.

    My go-to recommendation for private law and financial remedy work. The team has strength and breadth. The lawyers are approachable and whilst determined to work in the best interests of their clients, have a great manner with solicitors on the other side of cases. Chris Lloyd-Smith and Elizabeth (Liz) Wyatt lead by example. I highly rate both individuals for their pragmatic approaches in cases. They are both seen to be highly approachable to the younger members in their team, this was particularly key during the pandemic. Both combine exceptional client care with a impressive knowledge of the law‘.

    ‘Maria Ramon attracts really good work, big money cases from in and around the Birmingham area. Her advice is always sensible and she produces clear, helpful documents of a high standard which stand out’.

    ‘The mediation department is thriving and sets this firm apart from others in offering a different solution to family problems. The team is individually and collectively strong. Members of the firm are approachable, knowledgeable, experienced and effective. This firm is a clear market leader. Samantha Woolley provides straightforward and sound advice to clients and is very well organised in her preparation of cases. She strikes the right balance between approachable and firm in her manner. Christopher LLoyd-Smith is always excellent. He doesn’t break a sweat over multi-million pound financial remedy cases and is smooth operator’.

    ‘Each individual is very down to earth, they are extremely friendly and approachable with a hardworking attitude. Some examples of this would be Narinder Singh, Andrew Crumpton and Kadie Bennet, all of whom have consistency demonstrated excellent legal skills alongside a very natural empathetic and relatable tone and attitude with clients‘.

    Work highlights

      Public sector > Local government Tier 1

      With a large team of local government specialists, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP offers a full service across governance, property, construction, planning, litigation, employment, pensions and local government law. Lawyers advise local councils across the UK, including Birmingham, Coventry, Somerset and Cumbria. Matthew Gregson leads the team and advises on all aspects of employment law, with experience advising on disciplinary issues at senior levels. Mark Cook  provides strategic advice on models for transforming public services, while Sandy Munroe is lead local government property partner with 30 years of experience in land transactions. Senior associate Gayle Monk is known for her expertise in local authority services such as waste, leisure and recycling.

      Practice head(s):

      Matthew Gregson

      Other key lawyers:

      Mark Cook; Sandy Munroe; Richard Brookes; Gayle Monk

      Testimonials

      They have a lot of local government experience and this shows when dealing with them.’

      The team that I have dealt with are very thorough and practical and don’t just give one option available, but a range and then advice based on their experience.’

      I find Matthew Gregson to be extremely approachable and a first class employment lawyer with a very good understanding of what the client wants, needs and expects. Matthew always makes himself available at short notice and immediately puts the client at ease, making them feel confident in how the matter is being handled.’

      Key clients

      Coventry City Council

      Shropshire Council

      Worcestershire County Council

      Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

      Northamptonshire County Council / North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Council

      Leicester City Council

      Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk

      Mid Devon District Council

      Somerset County Council

      Newark and Sherwood District Council

      Work highlights

      • Advised Somerset County Council on the reorganisation of local government in Somerset. Also advised on the process for submissions and on issues that arose during the Government consultation; and prepared the draft Structural Changes Order which was submitted by the Council.
      • Advising on the procurement of Northamptonshire County Council / North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Council’s £1.1bn highways asset management contract. Appointed to provide procurement advice to design and guide the Council through a complex competitive dialogue process to enable the market to bring innovative solutions to our client.
      • Providing legal support to Coventry City Council including support in relation to infrastructure agreements to two large sites allocated in Eastern Green and Keresley for urban expansion.

      Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

      Fielding one of the largest dedicated social housing practices in the region, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is consistently sought out by a litany of registered providers and local associations, both within the West Midlands and further afield, for assistance in major transactions and contentious proceedings. The practice is jointly led by senior partner Peter Hubbard, and Jonathan Cox, a seasoned advisor who splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester. Baljit Basra and Helen Tucker head up the housing litigation team, handling a sweep of possession claims, leaseholder disputes, and sensitive ASB matters before the courts. Victoria Jardine possesses key expertise regarding the implications of charitable status on social housing providers, ranging from applicable vires to funding concerns. Emma Hardman, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, runs the housing management and Right to Buy teams, and is especially noted for her knowledge of service charges and rent reviews. Stock transfer specialist Andrew Dudley recently joined the team from Wright Hassall LLP. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.    

      Practice head(s):

      Peter Hubbard; Jonathan Cox

      Testimonials

      ‘Experienced in public sector procurement and relevant legislation. Experienced in technology procurement. Good at building and maintaining excellent working relationships. Able to communicate with stakeholders so that we all understand what they are saying. Support our business through surgeries and regular provision of training from lunch n learns to day long sessions.’

      ‘Excellent working relationships, knowledge, communication skills, use language we understand, always review options, and their recommended actions.’

      Key clients

      The Riverside Group

      Citizen Housing Group

      Platform Housing Group

      Clarion Housing Group

      The Hyde Group

      Connexus

      London & Quadrant Housing Trust

      Livv Housing Group

      Orbit Housing Group

      Walsall Housing Group

      Work highlights

      • Working with My Generation Asset Management on the Help to Own house purchase scheme, culminating in the letting of 100 new eco-friendly homes in Wolverhampton to persons who would not otherwise have any prospect of being homeowners.
      • Acted for Orbit Housing Group in the largest stock swap of properties in the Midlands.
      • Advised Prospect Housing Limited, an exempt accommodation provider, on its voluntary wind down – the first registered provider to do so.

      Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

      Under the leadership of Donna Holmes , the team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP works with a variety of vulnerable adults on protecting their wealth structures. Other strengths include advising on compensation protection trusts, statutory wills and inheritance tax applications to the court of protection. The team has also been active in providing estate and capital tax planning advice for medium to high-net-worth families. Holmes regularly acts as a professional trustee and court deputy.

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      Testimonials

      ‘I think the team offers a wide range of support and expertise. Caring and friendly approach. Willingness to make helpful suggestions. Makes you feel nothing is too much trouble. Good level of expertise. Very trustworthy’.

      This team in unique in that the tax planning aspect sits alongside the firm’s social purpose. Donna Holmes has second to none expertise when it comes to tax planning for high net worth individuals who have lost or who are losing capacity’.

      ‘The team is headed by an exceptional practitioner Donna Holmes. She runs a tight ship and all team members follow her lead for professionalism, competence, knowledge, caring manner and approachable manner. Emails and calls are responded to immediately offering instruction and advice. Potential clients with complex needs, are made to feel welcome and shown due respect. I have never had a complaint from a client in relation to this practice, its partners or associates. Clients are full of praise‘.

      ‘Donna Holmes is by far the best deputy I have ever worked with. She is diligent, tenacious and determined in her role of looking for the best possible for my clients and they think very much of her opinion and advice‘.

      ‘The team has a high level of integrity and expertise. Donna Holmes stands out due to her integrity, expertise and client rapport’.

      Key clients

      BA

      The BW Will trust

      MC Deceased

      HS

      Estate of ML

      DJN

      MA

      Estate of DCP

      Mr and Mrs P

      LT Trust Admin

      Work highlights

      • Acted as applicant for a statutory will for HS, for a will to be made against a highly contentious background of possible (and alleged) financial abuse by a neighbour who was the current primary beneficiary of her will and against all indications of her present (and past) wishes.
      • Advised husband of DCP regarding his estate planning in the context of his inheritance from his late wife’s estate to maximise inheritance tax efficiency taking account of the ability to rewrite a will to specifically gift an asset which had materially increased in value from the date of the deceased’s death.
      • Advised MA as the life tenant of an old style life interest trust when contacted by third parties to advise a remainderman had sold off their remainder interest to ensure she was aware of the legal position and reassured about her own rights, position and options.

      Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

      Donna Holmes  leads the court of protection team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP that delivers tailored financial deputy and welfare services to over 190 clients. The group acts for those who lack capacity and have received high-value catastrophic injury settlements but also for some who have state benefits only. It manages over £75m of assets (as the end of 2021). Many of its cases are intertwined health and welfare, property and financial matters. In addition it is frequently appointed as interim panel deputy as part of ongoing proceedings, increasingly where investigations are required into past dealings of potentially abusive attorneys or deputies. The group is also regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor.

      Practice head(s):

      Donna Holmes

      Other key lawyers:

      Douglas Houghton

      Testimonials

      ‘Anthony Collins provides a personal and professional service to its clients. They are an ethical firm where, from what I can see, profit does not come before client care’.

      ‘Donna and Doug are the key members of the team that I work with. Donna leads by example and takes the time needed to get to know her clients and ensure they are well looked after’.

      ‘The Court of Protection team is one of the strongest in the Midlands with an enviable reputation for providing caring and cost-effective support to its clients’.

      ‘Doug Houghton is technically very strong with real expertise and will fight tooth and nail for his clients’.

      ‘The team is exceptional. Confident, caring and very professional. The clients wish to know that the team are understanding of the clients needs. They are always available to assist my clients and are punctual at answering emails’.

      ‘The team is unique as they show the clients the respect and patience they deserve. Clients come away from meetings feeling reassured, less anxious and happy. I would always recommend the team to clients’.

      ‘The team is led by Donna Holmes. She is a professional, competent and caring person. My clients adore her because of the service she gives to the clients. She shows enormous patience with clients often having to repeat herself several times and explains in terms a lay man can understand. This goes an enormous way towards the clients having faith in her position’. 

      Work highlights

      • Acted for AC to be urgently appointed as both finance and welfare Deputy for his partner following a significant medical incident whilst residing in China.
      • Supported a client initially judged to lack capacity and with an appointed Deputy with whom he was no longer willing to work with.
      • Represented JB in a contested application regarding her brother’s residence where the Local Authority and sister disagreed that quality of life would be improved if he was closer to JB’s home.

      Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 2

      Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP acts predominantly on the borrower-side of social housing finance transactions while having a ‘strong working knowledge of the practices and mindsets of the lenders‘. The team, headed by ‘excellentNatalie Singh, ‘always deliver excellent legal advice‘ on complex group refinancing and restructures and are ‘excellent to work with on treasury matters‘ as well as the funding of joint ventures within a registered provider group – one of the specialisms of partner Jon Coane. Ranjit Bassey is the team’s specialist for the property securitisation aspects of social housing finance matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Natalie Singh

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      Testimonials

      ‘Anthony Collins are a values driven organisation. They always deliver excellent legal advice in a balanced, friendly, engaging and professional way.’

      ‘The team are clearly not solely profit driven and evidently put provision of excellent client service first whilst at the same time supporting and developing their staff.’

      ‘Strong working knowledge of the working practices and mindsets of the lenders and what works and doesn’t work. ACS has an innovative use of project management techniques to monitor and report on progress of the work and key stages and milestones. Communication was always clear and helpful. Able to communicate well with a diverse range of skills and knowledge at board and senior manager levels.’

      ‘The partner in charge was realistic about pricing, timescales, likely obstacles to progress and what would be a successful outcome. The work was tendered and one other tendering party had either attempted to win the work by low balling on fees or didn’t understand the brief. ACS and Jon Coane in particular were realistic about what work needed doing and the likely cost and the impact on the management team.’

      ‘Excellent to work with for Treasury matters, have knowledge of the housing sector and our requirements. Turn around loan agreements quickly.’

      ‘Natalie Singh is excellent, she is approachable and answers questions in a way that is easy to understand. Has excellent knowledge of the sector and my companies requirements’

      ‘The team’s strengths are reliability, accuracy, meeting deadlines and being good people to work with.’

      Key clients

      Aspire Housing Limited

      Bolton At Home

      Broadland Housing Association Limited

      Choice Housing Ireland Limited

      Connexus Homes Limited

      EMH Group

      Housing Plus Group

      Livv Housing Group

      Magenta Living

      Thirteen Housing Group Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Connexus Housing Group in respect of phase 2 of its corporate restructure which saw three group entities undertake a statutory transfer of engagements (under section 110 of the Community and Benefit Societies Act 2014) into one remaining group entity, the collapse of an existing treasury vehicle and the dissolution of a number of group subsidiaries.
      • Advised Housing Plus Group (HPG) in relation to the accession of Stafford & Rural Homes into HPG’s group funding structure. This was a complex restructuring exercise involving associated amendments to the loan arrangements with (amongst others) Barclays Bank UK Plc, Nationwide Building Society and Clydesdale Bank PLC and involving loan facilities of more than £462m in aggregate.
      • Acted for Thirteen Housing Group Limited (acting as borrower) in respect of the amendment and restatement of its existing loan facilities with both Barclays Bank Plc (acting as lender) and Nationwide Building Society (acting as lender). These amendment and restatement exercises, which were ran in tandem, involved facilities of more than £50m in aggregate.

      Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

      Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has continued its growth trajectory since the establishment of its Manchester office in 2019 with the recruitment of Suzanne Gregson from Brabners LLP in early 2021, who now leads the housing litigation and management practice, and Thomas Starkey from Weightmans LLP later in the same year, who focuses on development and regeneration work. Acting for a key client base of registered providers, the team is particularly active in governance, property, development, leasehold and litigation mandates. Jonathan Cox  and Lucy Worrall  also lead the group, and Catherine Simpson is the key name at senior associate level.

      Practice head(s):

      Jonathan Cox; Lucy Worrall; Suzanne Gregson

      Key clients

      The Riverside Group

      The Guinness Partnership

      Orbit Group

      Salix Homes Limited

      Trafford Housing Trust Limited

      Irwell Valley Housing Association

      Curo

      Clarion Housing Group

      Connexus Group

      Together Housing Association Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Connexus Group on simplifying its group structure, involving merging four registered providers into one.
      • Acted for Clarion Housing Group in numerous disrepair cases across the North West.

      Employment Tier 3

      Anna Dabek leads the team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP which is adept in a number of sectors though directs particular attention to social care and housing as well as education, charities and local government. The group advises on diverse issues such as high-value employment tribunal discrimination/whistleblowing cases to negotiating settlement agreements and advising on redundancies. Matthew Gregson is another key member of the practice along with Matthew Wort.

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      Testimonials

      The team is keen to engage with us and really understands our organisation so it can support us to the best of its ability and within the relevant context. We have regular catch ups and representatives are always quick to respond when needed with pragmatic advice and guidance. It feels like working with another member of our organisation. The team is very well plugged into the health and social care sector’.

      ‘Matthew Gregson – excellent advice, guidance and support, a great sounding board for challenging employment law situations. Very quick to respond and turn stuff around. Trust him 100% and can be entirely open and honest with him’.

      ‘The team has an in depth understanding of the health and social care sector and so its advice is invaluable when facing important sector specific challenges. The billing is clear, the people are knowledgeable and eminently pragmatic, so the help is always worthwhile‘.

      ‘The individuals we work with from ACS are very down to earth and approachable. They ‘get’ the health and social care sector and they understand how we work. Their approach is uniformly pragmatic and so their solutions are always informed by an understanding of what works to solve problems for the least fuss and cost. I wish to highlight Jackie Morris for his friendly demeanour and straightforward, practical and wise counsel‘.

      ‘Matthew Wort- we primarily work with his employment team and have always received clear, timely and detailed advice and support. We value their understanding of our sector, their approachable manner, individual expertise to assist with particular cases, their values which are aligned to ours as an organisation‘.

      Hannah Bollard has become our main legal adviser and our team has developed a trusting relationship with her. Having key contacts means they get to understand our overall business challenges in more detail and therefore can help us manage not just individual cases but also any potential wider implications for us. Hannah is highly skilled and extremely clear in her advice helping us to manage risks effectively‘.

       

      Key clients

      Mind

      Barnardo’s

      Everyone Active

      London Borough of Haringey

      Baptist Union of Great Britain

      Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

      Homecare Association (formerly known and UKHCA)

      Thirteen Housing Group Limited

      Voyage Care Limited

      The Kemnal Academies Trust

      Work highlights

      • Advised on complex and extensive investigations into claims of discrimination and bullying for a major national charity and separately for a large-scale NHS trust. In both cases, the investigation involved interviewing of multiple witnesses and reviewing documentation then drafting comprehensive reports for the respective boards with recommendations.
      • Provided clients with comprehensive and practical toolkits to assist with the Government’s introduction of mandatory vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes and the wider health and social care sector.
      • Worked with a national housing provider in a claim made by over 60 employees for unpaid holiday and sick pay. Worked closely with ACAS to facilitate a settlement with all the claimants so saving the client from costly and extensive tribunal claims.

      Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

      Under the leadership of Tim CoolicanAnthony Collins Solicitors LLP's regulatory department supports clients in the social housing, health and social care arena in addition to the education, social business and government sectors. This work includes advising and representing clients in police, CQC and HSE investigations and prosecutions as well as during inquest proceedings.

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      Testimonials

      ‘As a firm its reputation is growing due in no small part to the recruitment of Tim Coolican as the partner in this area 3 years ago. It has become in that time a market leader – and rightly so. The whole ethos of the firm is directed towards a desire to support and protect the clients. They really mean it. Add to that the department’s technical knowledge and tactical skill and you have in my view the best firm for this work in the Midlands’.

      ‘Tim Coolican, as partner is the platonic ideal of a lawyer. Calm, decent, hardworking, sensible, and always right. His understated manner is a delight. Peerless’.

      ‘Extremely capable team. The lawyers rapidly understand the issues and present cogent advice’.

      ‘Tim Coolican – has a calm, reassuring manner and can cut through to the heart of the issues rapidly. His advice is well-presented and delivers the desired result. Lorna Kenyon-Pain – brilliant support, delivered in a understandable way at all levels’.

      ‘Conscientious, responsive and gets the job done in a timely way. It is a company wide approach, as partners are always consulted and associates endeavour to make sure the advice is absolutely correct’.

      Work highlights

      • Represented a large social housing provider prosecuted for health and safety breaches following a fall from height, securing a very substantial reduction in the financial penalty imposed by presenting evidence of the impact that a fine would have upon their residents and the local community.
      • Represented a national learning disability charity during inquest proceedings, following the death of an individual they supported who became asphyxiated upon the lap belt of their wheelchair.
      • Represented a national home care provider during a police investigation and inquest proceedings, following the death of an individual they supported who died after a night care worker fell asleep.

      Employment > Pensions Tier 3

      Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP possesses particular expertise in advising on public sector pension schemes as well as social housing pension schemes and universities superannuation schemes. Its client base includes many organisations which that have inherited staff from the public sector and it also demonstrates considerable strength in other industries such as health, social care and charities. Douglas Mullen is a known name for his work in the social housing and local government sectors in particular.

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      Key clients

      Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Fund

      Thirteen Housing Group

      West Northamptonshire Council

      North Northamptonshire Council

      Connexus Housing

      Kemnal Academies Trust

      Housing Plus Group

      B3 Living

      National Autistic Society

      Sport & Leisure Management Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire Councils on the pensions aspects of their £1.1bn highways asset management contract.
      • Advising Connexus Group on the pensions aspects of their corporate restructure.
      • Advising Everyone Active on the local government pension scheme aspects of their bids for leisure contracts.

      Real estate > Construction Tier 3

      Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is sought out by housing groups and local authorities for its ‘first-class knowledge’ of construction procurements, NEC contracts and disputes related to the public procurement of works contracts and remedial works. The practice is jointly led by Andrew Lancaster, a specialist in construction and public procurement disputes for clients in the public, social housing and care sectors; Richard Brooks, an energy procurement expert; and Andrew Millross, who works with social housing RPs on PPP projects and multi-party regeneration schemes. Legal director Helen Thompson, who joined from Berwick Law in June 2021, specialises in construction and engineering contract agreements. Contentious specialist Paul Slinger was a further new arrival from Wright Hassall LLP in February 2022. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Lancaster; Richard Brooks; Andrew Millross

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      Testimonials

      ‘First-class knowledge of construction procurement, great breadth of skills, good industry knowledge, and flexibility to meet our deadlines.’

      ‘They have a great deal of expertise, are very approachable and helpful, no question is a silly question, and they offer great advice, backed up by regulatory references, which is just what we need.’

      ‘Nothing is too much trouble, they are always willing to help and give advice.’

       

      Key clients

      London and Quadrant Housing Trust

      Clarion Housing Group Limited

      Futures Housing Group

      Rochford District Council

      Newcastle City Council

      Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

      Thirteen Housing Group Limited

      Lewisham Homes

      Red Kite Community Housing Limited

      Sports and Leisure Management Limited

      Work highlights

      • Supporting Newcastle City Council with the implementation of low carbon heating and other energy efficient measures across 32 sites, received via funding from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
      • Successfully acted for social housing landlord Lewisham Homes, in the enforcement by the court of an adjudication decision which provided that the contractor should pay £2.7m plus VAT for the replacement of non-compliant fire doors.
      • Providing contract documentation and procurement support on Thirteen Housing Group’s asset capital investment programme over the next four years (2022-2026).

      Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

      Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is a strong choice for a number of local authorities, registered providers, and charities seeking representation in high-stakes residential and commercial property litigation. The housing litigation team is jointly led by Helen Tucker, a seasoned county court advocate and debt recovery specialist, and Baljit Basra, who focuses on pre and post-court housing litigation on behalf of registered providers. Commercial property litigation chair Philip Scully is a seasoned advisor who is regularly sough out by institutional landlords, retail tenants, and national house builders. The housing management team, made up of Jonathan Cox and newly promoted partner (May 2021) Emma Hardman, regularly undertake leasehold litigation proceedings before the First-tier Tribunal.

      Practice head(s):

      Helen Tucker; Baljit Basra; Jonathan Cox; Phil Scully

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The company is very knowledgeable in the area of property law and provides the appropriate information and guidance that enables us, as the client, to make informed decisions in relation to the cost benefits of various options, in particular litigation.’

      ‘I value their advice and innovative solutions in dealing with complex property issues. They make themselves available to discuss things at short notice.’

      ‘Phil Scully was great to work with on a particularly challenging issue. His advice was clear, well thought out and ensured the matter was concluded swiftly.’

      Key clients

      Birmingham City Council

      Colchester Borough Council

      Scarborough Borough Council

      The Riverside Group

      Curo Places Limited

      Aspire Housing Limited

      Midland Heart

      Clarion Housing Group

      Platform Housing Ltd

      Citizen Housing Group

      London & Quadrant Housing Trust

      The Salvation Army

      The Charity Commission

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Birmingham City Council in connection with the £1.9bn redevelopment of its market site, specifically to devise and implement strategy for managing the renewal, and subsequent termination, of multiple leases pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 across the three existing market sites.
      • Acting for the Interim Manager of a charity, appointed by the Charity Commission, before the First-tier Tribunal to seek rectification of the register in order to secure removal of a charge.
      • Instructed by Citizen Housing Group Ltd to apply for an emergency anti-social behaviour injunction and obtaining a rare emergency without notice order excluding tenant from flat owing to extensive damage caused by them, rendering it unsafe and a fire risk, followed by possession proceedings, in order to keep tenant and block safe.

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

      Under the direction of Dominic Curran the charities team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is known for its work with faith-based charities; for its national and international charity work (especially for those charities in the health and social care sectors) as well as for its regular interim manager appointments by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Other core areas of focus include advising on the financing for charities as well as fundraising for charities (by way of corporate partnerships, lotteries and grants). Anna Dabek advises on a range of complex employment matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Dominic Curran

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Spinal Injuries Association

      Barnardo’s

      Kent Wildlife Trust

      Adoption Plus

      Kent Wildlife Trust

      Charity Commission re Alternative Animal Sanctuary

      Voice4Change

      National provider of learning support and care for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities

      Social Mobility Toolkit – multiple clients

      Work highlights

      • Assisted Barnado’s by negotiating an agreement with the Dfe, drafting and negotiating the subcontracts with certain partner charities, and drafting the project extension agreement, related to ‘See, Hear, Respond’.
      • Advising Kent Wildlife Trust on various matters such as  environmental work.
      • Advising Adoption Plus on various matters.

      Public sector > Local government Tier 3

      The dedicated local government team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP offers a full council service across governance, property, construction, regeneration, planning, litigation and employment. In particular, reorganisations are a growing area of importance for the firm. Matthew Gregson has recently taken over as team leader, advising on all aspects of employment law, especially senior level departures and disciplinary issues. Mark Cook advises on a range of joint ventures and income generation matters, while Sandy Munroe is highly experienced in land transactions and complex asset rationalisations.

      Practice head(s):

      Matthew Gregson

      Other key lawyers:

      Mark Cook; Sandy Munroe; Richard Brooks; Ramjeet Kandola; Douglas Mullen; Stuart Evans

      Testimonials

      ‘Their experience in dealing with councils regarding governance and audit was extremely useful. They were able from experience to be able to advise what would work better for our council.’

      ‘Mark Cook was professional, and always met deadlines. He also gave practical advice not just the legal position.’

      Key clients

      Coventry City Council

      Shropshire Council

      Worcestershire County Council

      Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

      Northamptonshire County Council / North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Council

      Leicester City Council

      Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk

      Mid Devon District Council

      Somerset County Council

      Newark and Sherwood District Council

      Work highlights

      • Instructed by Somerset County Council in respect of the reorganisation of local government in Somerset
      • Acting on the procurement of Northamptonshire County Council / North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Council’s £1.1bn highways asset management contract.
      • Provide a wide range of legal support to Coventry City Council including support in relation to infrastructure agreements to two large sites allocated in Eastern Green and Keresley for urban expansion.

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

      Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP advises registered providers and housing associations, including co-operatives, on all matters concerning governance, corporate and regulatory issues as well as funding, procurement, construction, housing management and related litigation. The ‘reliable and professional‘ team is headed by housing regulation and legislation expert Jonathan Cox and further features ‘outstandingLucy Worrall, who specialises in developments, regenerations and site acquisitions, and Peter Hubbard, who advises on constitutional, governance and regulatory issues. Emma Hardman and Sarah Patrice made partner in 2021 and Tom Starkey and Andrew Dudley joined the team in September and October 2021 respectively.

      Practice head(s):

      Jonathan Cox

      Testimonials

      ‘Lucy Worrall is outstanding.’

      ‘Anthony Collins people talk to us in a language we understand, present their thoughts/options articulately and provide us with their recommendation and the reasons for that. They have taken time to get to know us and who we are and how we work and feel as if they are part of the company.’

      Key clients

      Clarion Housing Group

      The Hyde Group

      London & Quadrant Housing Trust

      Lewisham Homes

      Metropolitan Thames Valley

      Peabody

      The Riverside Group

      Platform Housing Group

      Orbit Housing Group

      Citizen Housing Group

      Connexus Group

      Housing Plus Group

      My Generation Asset Management

      Work highlights

      • Lead on the project “Help to Own”, a groundbreaking house purchase scheme allowing tenants to purchase a home without any up front capital nor any mortgage. The project needed to overcome numerous legal hurdles. It culminated in the letting of 100 new eco-friendly homes in Wolverhampton to persons who would not otherwise have any prospect of being homeowners.
      • Successfully acted for social housing landlord Lewisham Homes, in the enforcement by the court of an adjudication decision which provided that the contractor should pay £2.7m plus VAT for the replacement of fire doors.
      • Completed the procurement of Clarion’s 20-year planned maintenance contracts for works valued at £1.76bn, using the competitive procedure with negotiation.

      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
      David Alcock photo David AlcockPartner
      Rankeshwar Batta photoMr Rankeshwar BattaHead of Claimant Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Department
      Mark Cook photo Mark CookPartner and Head of Governance & Commercial department
      Dominic Curran photo Dominic CurranPartner and Head of Charities
      Donna Holmes photo Donna HolmesPartner and Head of Personal Planning
      Elizabeth Wyatt photo Elizabeth WyattPartner and Head of Private Client
      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.”



      We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer. It is the firm’s policy to treat all employees, partners and all others we work with (including clients, barristers, other lawyers, consultants, contractors, casual workers, 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, disability (together “the protected characteristics”). Furthermore, the firm will ensure it does not unlawfully discriminate against employees, partners and third parties (as described above) nor victimise or harass because of any of the above protected characteristics. No requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals because of any of the protected characteristics and other characteristics such as social mobility.

      The firm has an active and highly engaged Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Committee, which is directly accountable to the board. Its remit is to focus on, encourage and promote equality, diversity, and inclusivity throughout the firm and to raise awareness of ED&I throughout the workforce. The ED&I Committee and HR Team regularly review the firm’s policies and procedures and actively seek to identify and address any practices the firm has that might have an adverse effect on opportunities for anyone to have access to support and development or be able to progress in their role and career at the firm. Furthermore, the ED&I Committee and HR Team actively seek to provide access to support for those people from protected groups e.g., through mentoring/coaching opportunities; and help facilitate mutually supportive networks across the firm e.g., for women in leadership, for those from ethnic minorities, etc.

      The ED&I Committee is formed of the following people:

      • Sandy Munroe, Partner
      • Ann Houghton, Partner
      • Phil Saunders, Head of HR and Office Services
      • Alex Laud, Solicitor
      • Sally Hassall, Knowledge & Information Manager
      • Chloe Brant, Trainee Solicitor
      • Niamh Millross, Associate
      • Puja Desai, Solicitor
      • Jainika Patel, Solicitor
      • Ruth Dufty, Department Coordinator

      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, 36% 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. The firm has delivered on commitments such as signing the Women in Law pledge and is making good progress with ongoing targets to improve gender diversity across the firm, particularly at senior and leadership levels.

      In 2021 & 2022 the firm reported on both gender and ethnicity pay gaps. We continue to take definitive action to ensure those from ethnic minorities are given equal opportunities and treated fairly at work. It is for this reason, and following last year’s commitment to focus on accreditations, that we have decided to sign the Race Fairness Commitment. We will continue our targeted approach to provide access to mentoring and coaching for women and those from ethnic minorities both internally and through networks such as the ‘Women in Law Mentoring Programme’ and the ‘Black Solicitors Network’. We are proactively encouraging participation and focussing closely on succession planning and development for Partners and senior managers.