Firm Profile > Humphreys & Co. > Bristol, England

Humphreys & Co.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Humphreys & Co. in Bristol is an intellectual property boutique handling IP advisory and disputes work, where clients appreciate the 'personal and prompt service'. Contentious work includes a busy practice involving passing-off cases and trade mark prosecution. The group is led by founding partner Robert Humphreys, admitted to practise in England, Ireland and Belgium, and a veteran of trade mark infringement cases. Tristan Morse, also admitted in Ireland, is another trade mark expert, and handles design and copyright matters. 'Outstanding' senior associate Ruth Annand is well known in the trade mark space.

Practice head(s):

Robert Humphreys

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Morse; Ruth Annand


‘The advice from the team has always been perfect and on every single occasion we have “won”.

‘Personal and prompt service, excellent and trustworthy advice.’

‘They provide quality service at a reasonable price. Similar to other large firms with IP specialists.’

‘A down-to-earth and timely service.’

‘We have always found them to be efficient and effective in fighting cases on our behalf, winning virtually every case with little given away. They are also proactive in that they have highlighted trade mark infringements that we haven’t spotted.’

‘Our main contact is Ruth Annand, who I feel is outstanding. I have always found her to be knowledgeable, efficient and effective. Just what I want from my lawyer.’

‘The Humphreys team are quick, efficient and cost effective. Their communications are succinct and easy to understand and follow. For a business owner this is a godsend.’

‘Tristan Morse has managed our IP rights for quite some time and does so extremely well.’

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

Humphreys & Co.'s commercial litigation team 'punches above its weight'. 'Excellent strategist ' Robert Humphreys has a broad disputes practice and heads up the team alongside 'excellent litigator' Paul Chun Yi Wong, who is 'extremely knowledgeable of the construction industry' and counts contractual, corporate and civil fraud litigation among his other areas of expertise. The group frequently handles cross-border disputes; Wong is also dual-qualified in England and Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Robert Humphreys; Paul Wong Chun Yi

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Morse


‘The team is small but punches above its weight. I have never before seen a law firm of its size handle high-value, complex commercial disputes and civil fraud litigation as successfully as it has done. I think the team’s particular strengths are attention to detail; extremely hard work on their clients’ behalf; and the ability to negotiate effectively and successfully for clients in mediation and settlement discussions.’

‘The team quickly grasped the crux of the dispute and were able to advise on a strategic route in compiling the legal argument.’

‘Paul Wong is extremely knowledgeable of the construction industry, a no-nonsense approach that saves time and money allowing an organisation to carry out their business while he looks after legal matters.’

‘Paul Wong – an excellent litigator. He has an eye for detail and is dedicated to his clients’ cause. He is also an excellent courtroom advocate and recently won a four-week commercial court trial against a team of highly experienced counsel and the largest law firm in the world on the opposing side. That is an exceptional – and possibly unique – achievement for a solicitor at a small regional practice.

Robert Humphreys – an excellent strategist who combines a good overview of a case with an eye for the detail. He is also excellent at seeing the clients’ wider commercial objectives and negotiating exceptionally good deals for clients who are engaged in contentious disputes.’

Key clients

Cleanthis Georgiades and GE.Law

Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

The team at Humphreys & Co. is renowned for asbestos-related claims, with one client observing that it has 'the greatest expertise in this area of law in the region'. Lawyers at the firm are well versed in cases involving asbestos-related lung cancer, pleural thickening and mesothelioma. The department is led by seasoned personal injury lawyer Stephen Burbidge, described as 'willing to go the extra mile for his clients', who has a strong track record in asbestos claims. Fabio Seccatore is another key individual who is an expert in cases involving paralysis, amputation and head injuries.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burbidge

Other key lawyers:

Peter Montgomery; Fabio Seccatore


The asbestos disease specialists at Humphreys & Co have perhaps the greatest expertise in this area of law in the region. They are knowledgeable, committed and easy to work with.’

Stephen Burbidge is an expert in asbestos disease cases. He is familiar with the High Court procedures and has an in-depth knowledge of litigation claims of this type.’

The team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in handling asbestos claims. The partners and associates are hardworking and very good with clients. ‘

Stephen Burbidge is very experienced in asbestos-related claims. He is diligent and very knowledgeable. ‘

Very knowledgeable and experienced in relation to asbestos-related diseases.’

Stephen Burbidge is willing to go the extra mile for his clients.’

‘A great firm with extensive knowledge of asbestos-related claims. Excellent to work with and highly efficient.’

Fabio Seccatore has worked very hard on our case, along with his colleagues at Humphreys. We are very grateful for what they have done and the compassionate way they have treated us throughout.’

This niche practice, working nationally and internationally out of Bristol, is known for its high-quality commercial legal work, including litigation, commercial transactional work, intellectual property and employment law, as well as planning and real estate. Private client specialisms include occupational disease (particularly asbestos-related) litigation, contested inheritance litigation, and shared ownership property work.

The firm: Humphreys & Co. is an independent solicitors’ firm working for commercial and private clients, delivering a high-quality, cost-effective range of legal services with experience, energy and professionalism. Its lawyers work closely together; clients’ affairs are not compartmentalised into unconnected issues of law.

The firm is not a legal factory turning out a mass-produced legal product. It offers an independent approach. Personal case-handling by solicitors working in a financially-disciplined way is the firm’s approach.

The aim is always to be transparent about the legal process, giving advice and explaining options to clients in a concise and straightforward way, identifying clear courses of action, whatever the technical or legal complexities of the subject.

The costs approach is competitive, particularly by reference to the charge rates of large firms. Charges are generally by reference to time spent but the firm often agrees fixed fees for specific projects or in some cases, risk-adjusted funding structures.

Types of work undertaken
Commercial: A wide range of commercial legal work is done, including, for example: negotiating, drafting and explaining agency, distribution and supply agreements, partnership terms, conditions of trading, computer and IT contracts, franchising and outsourcing documentation.

Intellectual property and IT law: These are core practice areas. Registration, maintenance, transfer, licensing of and litigation about IP are long-established strengths. The firm’€™s lawyers work extensively with issues of: trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, trade secrets, know-how, employee obligations, media, publishing, the internet, trade libel and passing off.

Corporate transactions: These include company and partnership structure, company law and director compliance, shareholder arrangements, new ventures, joint ventures and share/asset sales and purchases.

Litigation: The firm has strength in depth in litigation of all types, aiming to make court, arbitration and mediation procedures work positively for clients. The litigation practice includes: contractual claims and recoveries, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, land and property claims, construction disputes, insurance and reinsurance litigation, defamation actions, receivership and liquidation claims, including mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

Commercial property: All kinds of commercial property work are undertaken, including: developments (residential and commercial), acquisitions and disposals, investments, industrial properties, lease negotiations and other landlord and tenant work.

Planning: With The Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales located in Bristol, property planning work is a specialist strength through the firm’s planning advice and representations unit, including: negotiation with councils, applications, appeals against refusals, objections, enforcement notices, appeals against enforcement, lawful development/use certificates and advocacy at hearings and inquiries.

Employment and human resources: Services include contracts and staff issues, occupational health and safety, redundancy, dismissal, discipline, severance compensation, unfair competition, post-termination restrictions, discrimination (including in relation to race, sex, age and disability), employment tribunal proceedings and industrial relations.

Private client: Work includes a long-established and highly regarded claimant occupational disease unit, in particular working with asbestosis, mesothelioma, respiratory diseases and other conditions. Contested probate and inheritance litigation is also a key area.

Residential conveyancing: The firm has a highly regarded, efficient practice in residential conveyancing (with a particular specialism in shared ownership property work) throughout England and Wales but centred on London.  Our team also undertakes property and negligence litigation for and against private clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Transactions Team & Managing Partner Robert Humphreys 0117 929 2662
Litigation Team Robert Humphreys 0117 929 2662
Industrial Disease and Injury Team (Asbestos-Related Claims) Stephen Burbidge 0117 929 2662
Intellectual Property and Trade Marks Team Tristan Morse 0117 929 2662
Contentious Trusts and Probate Team Philip Siddons 0117 929 2662
Commercial Property Team Joshua Gladwin 0117 929 2662
Shared Ownership Residential Property Team Courtney Stone 0117 929 2662
Photo Name Position Profile
Professor Ruth Annand  photo Professor Ruth Annand Senior Associate Solicitor
Mr Stephen Burbidge  photo Mr Stephen Burbidge Partner.  Leads highly regarded asbestos team that brings claims for clients (both…
Mr Robert Humphreys photo Mr Robert Humphreys Partner
Mr Peter Montgomery  photo Mr Peter Montgomery Consultant
Mr Tristan Morse  photo Mr Tristan Morse Partner
 Fabio Seccatore  photo Fabio Seccatore Partner at Humphreys & Co. Solicitors exclusively representing injured claimants, specialising in…
Mr Philip Siddons  photo Mr Philip Siddons Consultant Solicitor
English (fluent)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Chinese (Cantonese
INTA - International Trademark Association
Law Society
London Solicitors Litigation Association
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Humphreys & Co. is committed to the principles of diversity. We believe that by recruiting, hiring and promoting people of different cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and preferences, the quality of our work life is improved and the legal services that we provide to our clients are more creative.

We hold the fundamental belief that differences in talents, backgrounds, experiences and cultures make the practice of law not only more enjoyable but also better serve our clients by providing innovative and creative solutions for business and legal problems.

The following values are of particular relevance to diversity and human resource policies in the firm:

  • merit-based employment
  • non-discrimination and diversity, and
  • fair, flexible, safe and rewarding workplace.

The firm has put in place measures to:

  • help prevent all forms of discrimination, whether direct or indirect
  • recognise the positive advantages of, and help make best use of, diversity in the workplace.

Our firm is dedicated to creating and maintaining an environment that promotes diversity and teamwork for all employees, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We continually seek the best talent available, and value the perspectives diversity brings.

Humphreys & Co. is proud of its firm culture. For us, diversity is not a burden or something that we have to do; it is who we are.