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Humphreys & Co.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant Tier 2

The personal injury team at Humphreys & Co. specialises in representing clients suffering from lung cancer, pleural thickening and mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. The team’s work includes acting for individuals who worked directly with asbestos, as well as those who did not but were exposed in their places of work. Practice head Stephen Burbidge has focused on this area for decades, with Fabio Seccatore also specialising in these types of claims. Seccatore was promoted to partner in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burbridge

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

    Intellectual property boutique Humphreys & Co. has decades of experience in this space, with expertise across IP registration, protection and licensing. The team stands out for the international nature of its practice, acting for clients from around the world in relation to global IP portfolios. Practice head Robert Humphreys is admitted to practice in the Republic of Ireland and Brussels, and frequently handles matters involving EU registrations. Tristan Morse is also admitted in Ireland, and alongside Ruth Annand is active across contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Humphreys

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Impeccable advice on IP matters with a very commercial view. Our company (Internet retailer) have been working with Humphreys for over 20 years, we have never lost a single case in that time.’

    ‘The team is very competent, engaged, responsive and at all times responds in a manner helpful to determine strategies and to take appropriate actions without delay.’

    ‘A straightforward law firm that asks the right questions to understand it’s clients and the issue at hand. Provides cost-effective and pragmatic legal advice after taking into consideration the clients’ commercial position.’

    ‘I have been working with the team at Humphreys & Co for more than 10 years, during which time they have always shown exceptional diligence and drive. Operating as we do, at the intersection of ecommerce, digital marketing and international travel, it is vital to have the relevant contractual protections in place for our creative assets, and their attention to detail in ensuring we have this in the relevant contracts, I have found to be second-to-none.’

    ‘Tristan Morse always provides practical advice at a very fair price.  He is very knowledgable and is kind.  I know I can give him a matter and not have to worry about it.’

    ‘Robert Humphrey has proven excellent expertise and has protected and supported our business interests in a most  efficient an equally successful manner.’

    ‘Tristan Morse provides high levels of customer service and has an excellent understanding of our needs and expectations. He provides good advice and and is proactive.’

    ‘We always seek out Robert Humphrey when looking for intellectual property advice.  We like his approach which is to quickly put the legal issue in its commercial context so we understand the cost, risk and benefit of the options available to us regarding next steps in any case.’

    Work highlights

      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

      Humphreys & Co.’s ‘commercial litigators punch well above their weight’ and ‘have a reputation for working their socks off for their clients to secure the best outcome’. The practice fields specialised units which focus on distinct areas of expertise; examples include litigation arising out of commercial transactions, fraud claims, IP litigation, construction proceedings and gambling and betting litigation. Robert Humphreys heads up the department, and Tristan Morse handles IP claims and professional negligence issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Robert Humphreys

      Other key lawyers:


      ‘The team at Humphreys are exceptional in their knowledge and field of knowledge. We always get right through to the person dealing with our case, and they always have time for their clients.’

      ‘Humphreys & Co’s commercial litigators punch well above their weight and come off better against much bigger firms. They work tirelessly for their clients – available at all hours of the day and night; they are fierce negotiators; and they are good at finding solutions to commercial disputes which would not occur to other lawyers.’

      ‘Robert Humphreys has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law but, even more importantly, is an exceptional negotiator and very commercially minded. I have seen him negotiate settlements for clients which looked well out of reach. He works very hard for his clients.’

      ‘This is a niche commercial litigation practice in Bristol, headed by the formidable Robert Humphreys, that has consistently over many years punched above its weight. They have a reputation for taking on big cases and working their socks off for their clients to secure the best outcome. A combination of superb lawyer skills with exceptional commercial nous.’

      ‘Robert Humphreys – a leading litigation lawyer; astute, imaginative and highly commercial. He is fearless and unafraid to take on the biggest opponents whilst being rooted firmly in commercial reality. Very impressive.’

      ‘Good litigation team.’

      ‘Robert Humphries is very detailed and carefully considers all work.’

      ‘Humphreys has a tight-knit commercial disputes team, and they work closely with counsel from the earliest stages of a dispute to deliver timely and practical advice to clients. The team always keeps a close eye on costs to ensure that clients get the best value for money.’

      Key clients

      Cleanthis Georgiades and GE.Law

      Work highlights

        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.

        Commercial Transactions Team & Managing Partner Robert 929 2662
        Litigation Team Robert 929 2662
        Industrial Disease and Injury Team (Asbestos-Related Claims) Stephen 929 2662
        Intellectual Property and Trade Marks Team Tristan 929 2662
        Contentious Trusts and Probate Team Philip 929 2662
        Commercial Property Team Joshua 929 2662
        Shared Ownership Residential Property Team Courtney 929 2662
        Ruth Annand photoProfessor Ruth AnnandSenior Associate Solicitor
        Stephen Burbidge photoMr Stephen BurbidgePartner.  Leads highly regarded asbestos team that brings claims for clients (both…
        Robert Humphreys photoMr Robert HumphreysPartner
        Peter Montgomery photoMr Peter MontgomeryConsultant
        Tristan Morse photoMr Tristan MorsePartner
        Fabio Seccatore photo Fabio SeccatorePartner at Humphreys & Co. Solicitors exclusively representing injured claimants, specialising in…
        Philip Siddons photoMr Philip SiddonsConsultant Solicitor
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        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 is 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.