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Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd
NE15 6PR

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 2

Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd has a longstanding track-record of excellence in financial services litigation, with additional strengths in contractual and corporate disputes. Notably, the group is also adept at acting on cross-border mandates; its recent standout work also involves alternative dispute resolution. Practice head Toby Gibson and Jane Gibson  are a highly recommended duo, with clients considering them to be ‘amongst the most committed and enthusiastic lawyers’. Michael Reed and associate Ashley Padgett are also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Toby Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Jane Gibson; Ashley Padgett; Michael Reed; Claire Aston; Lewis Fairfax


‘Magic Circle skills and competence with Newcastle friendliness. Able to put together a team to manage any type of litigious dispute. My experience is with the specialist commercial litigation partners and associates but the firm also provides non-contentious advice to clients on conveyancing, wills, trust and probate matters.’

‘Partners Toby Gibson and Jane Gibson and associate Ashley Padgett. I really enjoyed working with them. They provide a high standard of service to their clients with the friendliness and accessibility of a Newcastle firm. So they respond to messages around the clock and give clients sound, practical advice. Toby and Jane have higher rights of audience and are experienced advocates which helps inform their advice to clients. Ashley has significant advocacy experience.’

‘A standout firm, which punches far above its weight. Equal, if not better than many of the top London firms with which I have worked, and with the added personal touch that comes from being a small, family outfit.’

‘Toby Gibson and Jane Gibson are amongst the most committed and enthusiastic lawyers I have even worked with. They think deeply about their clients’ cases, and are utterly charming to work with. They are also extremely responsive. I cannot recommend them highly enough.’

‘A go-to firm for commercial disputes and advice. Highly regarded and deservedly so. Michael Reid and Claire Aston are highly effective, hardworking and commercially astute.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with Toby Gibson, Jane Gibson and Ashley Padget on a case last year. They were available when needed and provided sound and prompt advice. They had a great commercial mindset and knew what was needed. The advantage of the firm is its size which ensures that the client gets senior attention when needed.’

‘Toby Gibson was available and quickly understood the issues and was able to advice and assist on them. My communication was primarily with Toby, who did a great job.’

‘Toby Gibson is an outstandingly good commercial litigator. He is keenly aware of commercial issues, has a tremendously reassuring manner with clients, and is a very bright lawyer.’

Key clients

ING Bank N.V.

Credit Suisse

Raja Group

The Forestry Commission

M R Finn Trust

Can-Am Chains Limited

Malik Supply A/S

Altus Media

Martin Baker Aircraft Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for ING Bank N.V. and PricewaterhouseCoopers in multiple arbitral cases aiming to resolve multi-million-dollar claims against 200+ customers globally.
  • Representing a group of 53 vets in a £10m dispute over the terms of their partnership agreement with Medivet.
  • Assisting Credit Suisse with the defence of a claim relating to a former employee in Romania.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd is a family-run firm which operates from two offices in Hexham, Northumberland, and Newcastle. A number of the key partners, including Derwent Gibson, are able to draw on their own experience as farming life to tackle the most pressing issues for clients. Much of the firm’s work focuses on transactional and property matters, acting for both estates and private individuals. Property specialist Harry Chrisp, also himself a farmer, is a founder of the annual Northern Farming Conference.

Practice head(s):

Derwent Gibson

Other key lawyers:


‘The staff at Gibson & Co are personable, approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘Harry Chrisp is always available to his clients and helps steer them through complex transactions using understandable language.  He and his team are proactive in guiding clients through the conveyancing process on transactions both large and small.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Traditional landed families and estates form the core of the client base at Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd; many have been instructing the firm for generations, and appreciate the team's seasoned understanding of local farming issues. The team is also recognised for handling work relating to intestate estates, for which Kath Monteith is the key name to note. Practice head Derwent Gibson is supported by experienced practitioners Chris Sheppard and Michael Macgregor.

Practice head(s):

Derwent Gibson


‘Firstly I would say that the team is very approachable. At no point have I requested a call, or email and had the request ignored. They always deliver a trustworthy, high quality and friendly service. Very professional.’

‘Chris Sheppard handled a complex family matter very well. He handled the situation formidably and we were very happy with the resolve. Use of Zoom tech made communication much easier. We felt that the billing was very reasonable too and showed maximum transparency. Couldn’t be happier!’

‘I place a great deal of faith in Kath Monteith and her expertise and knowledge. I find her very approachable and she always delivers for my clients. My clients always comment on the fact that she explains things in a concise but non-jargon way and takes the time to explain, with no pressure.’

‘Chris Sheppard dealt with our situation. His acute level of knowledge in the required area was highly beneficial to us and he was willing to use new technologies to communicate more easily throughout. We felt taken seriously from the offset and always treated with respect and importance. Billing was always maximally transparent and the final bill was very reasonable considering all the time invested and the difficult family member of ours he was forced to deal with, whom I know made a nuisance of herself in every possible way. He did a fine job and deserves our strongest recommendation!’

Key clients

M R Finn Will Trust

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the court to act as professional trustees of the M R Finn Will Trust.

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

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
Jane Gibson photoMrs Jane GibsonPartner/Dispute Resolution
Toby Gibson photoMr Toby GibsonPartner/Dispute Resolution
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 6