Firm Profile > Humphreys & Co. > Bristol, England
Humphreys & Co. Offices
14 KING STREET
Humphreys & Co. > The Legal 500 Rankings
Intellectual property Tier 2
Specialist IP firm Humphreys & Co. predominantly handles contentious work, notably passing off, design and copyright work, and trade mark prosecution, with a substantial international element. Ruth Annand is a Lord Chancellor's Appointed Person to hear Trade Marks Registry appeals, and is a specialist in this area of law. Name partner Robert Humphreys leads the practice, and often works with Tristan Morse, whose capabilities span both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Humphreys & Co.'s areas of specialism on contentious matters include commercial transactions, civil fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties, defamation claims and IP disputes. The firm is adept at handling cross-border litigation; Paul Wong Chun Yi is dual-qualified in UK and Singapore law. Robert Humphreys is the practice head.
Other key lawyers:
‘There is a real dedication to the client’s cause, they will do whatever it takes to get the client into a position where a positive outcome can be secured‘
‘Real continuity of lawyers working on the case; one lawyer with overall responsibility and a detailed understanding of the case as a whole‘
‘Paul is a very diligent lawyer, who is meticulous in agreeing the scope of counsel’s instruction prior to work being done. He has a good command of the file‘
‘Paul is a tenacious fighter for his client’s interests who is prepared to put in considerable time and effort working through all the issues that is needed in order to win disputes‘
‘Robert Humphreys is a partner with a huge amount of experience, good judgement on tactical issues and a real feel for the commercial imperatives and realities of any dispute‘
Humphreys & Co. > Firm Profile
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: 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 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 include: company and partnership structure, company law and director compliance, shareholder arrangements, new ventures, joint ventures and share/asset sales and purchases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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