Firm Profile > Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd > Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd
NE15 6PR

Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 2

Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd has an established banking and finance litigation practice which services an impressive list of institutional clients before the English courts and in international arbitration. The group is co-led by magic circle-trained lawyers Jane Gibson and Toby Gibson, whose main areas of expertise include financial services and derivatives litigation, as well as other banking disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jane Gibson; Toby Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Michael Reed


The firm has a strong reputation

Good at what they do

Key clients

ING Bank

Credit Suisse

Union Bancaire Privée UBP

Capital One (Europe) plc

Superdrug Stores plc

Ricardo UK

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd's traditional client base is prominent local landed estates, in matters including sales, purchases, manorial and mineral rights, and commercial property work. Expert in residential and commercial conveyancing Tony Gibson leads the practice. The team includes Harry Chrisp, who is particularly experienced in the acquisition and sale of farms and estates, as welll as farmers Michael Macgregor and Derwent Gibson, who provide insight into the issues facing farmers and landowners. In addition, Kath Monteith joined from Kidd & Spoor Harper in 2019 and specialises in private client work, with a notable interest in intestate estates and looking after elderly clients.

Practice head(s):

Tony Gibson

Other key lawyers:


‘A very long established firm with old fashioned values and practices. Their law is sound and innovative.’

‘Good regional firm with a breadth of team and skill sets. Partners have a real understanding of the rural matters and how to get things over the line.’

‘Very affordable and reasonable charges makes the skills of this team stand out.’

‘Chris Sheppard is innovative and open to a client’s interested opinion.’

‘Harry Chrisp is a practical and sensible person who gets to know the detail and is focused on getting things done and completed.’

Key clients

The Church Commissioners of England & Wales

Sunderland Association Football Club

Shoreswood Farms Ltd

J Bradburn & Co Ltd

Sir Richard & Lady Renwick

Sir Christopher & Lady Bland

Hexham and Northern Marts Limited

Hyslop family

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd is known as a strong agricultural practice but also acts for a range of clients, providing wills and probate services as well as advising high net worth individuals and landed estates on complex trust and succession planning. Anthony Gibson leads the experienced team that includes Harry Chrisp, who specialises in dealing with large agricultural estates; Chris Sheppard, who was promoted to partner in 2019; and new addition Kath Monteith, who joined from Kidd & Spoor Harper in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Shoreswood Farms

J Bradburn & Co

Sir Richard & Lady Renwick

Sir Christopher & Lady Bland

Hyslop family

A well-respected firm with integrity as well as a reputation for producing high-quality work for an impressive calibre of clients, Gibson & Co. has been a quick-witted, reliable and client-focused partner for countless individuals and institutions over centuries. England’s oldest family-run law firm, it celebrated 300 years in practice in 2015.

The firm: Gibson & Co. has a long-standing pedigree of dedicated client service. It was already going strong at the time of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion. On the scaffold, minutes before he was beheaded for his part in the rebellion, the Earl of Derwentwater turned to his lawyer and friend Jasper Gibson and asked him to draft his last will and testament. Gibson had nothing to write with. Taking a sharp instrument (the nature of which is not recorded), he made an incision on his skin and wrote Derwentwater’s final instructions in blood on the cuff of his shirt.

Gibson & Co. now operates on a global basis, resolving disputes worth many millions of pounds and representing clients at every level of court and tribunal. The firm has an impressive client list, including Credit Suisse; ING Bank N.V.; Capital One; the Arab Republic of Egypt; and Superdrug Stores plc. It also maintains its strong profile in family, property, agriculture and regional legal matters, having acted for prominent families in the north east for generations.

Types of work undertaken: Dispute resolution: partners Toby Gibson and Jane Gibson head a niche, top-end commercial dispute resolution practice, ably supported by fellow partner Michael Reed with an impressive practice of his own. Most of this side of the firm’s business is London- or overseas-based. It receives a substantial amount of referral work from Magic Circle firms of solicitors and regularly finds itself facing major London law firms in its disputes both in court and at an increasing range of international arbitrations. Toby Gibson and Jane Gibson have been ranked as leading solicitors by both Chambers and The Legal 500 for many years. The Legal 500 commented that Gibson & Co.  has earned an exceptional reputation for its financial services litigation expertise. It attracts work from high-profile regional, national and international clients. The Legal 500 also praised the firm’s ‘outstanding and personal service’, commenting that its ‘business acumen is second to none’. Gibson & Co. has been awarded band 1 ranking for banking litigation by Chambers, who commented that the team is ‘recognised for its expertise in banking and finance disputes’.

Private client: Gibson & Co.’s large and experienced team offers a traditional private client practice, providing a wide range of services to its private clients from both its offices. The team advises on matters including trusts, wills and probate. The Hexham office has a particular specialism in agricultural matters such as farm sales and purchases, and farm business matters. Derwent Gibson and Harry Chrisp in Hexham have ‘good knowledge of dealing with families and handling sensitive situations thoroughly’, according to The Legal 500.

Conveyancing: the private client team is supported by the able residential conveyancing team, headed by Nicola Carroll. The team is based in Newcastle, but offers services to clients around the country including a thriving London clientele.

Other offices: Hexham

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Toby Gibson
Litigation Toby Gibson
Trust and probate Kath Monteith
Conveyancing – residential Nicola Carroll
Conveyancing – commercial/agricultural Harry Chrisp
Private Client Chris Sheppard
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Jane Gibson photo Ms Jane Gibson Partner
Mr Toby Gibson  photo Mr Toby Gibson
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 6