B P Collins LLP > Gerrards Cross, England > Firm Profile
B P Collins LLP Offices
20 Station Road
B P Collins LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
The corporate and commercial team at B P Collins LLP provides ‘high-calibre support’ to a wide range of clients, from family-owned businesses to UK branches of international companies. The practice is known for its expertise in the waste management and renewable energy sectors, while also advising clients in the in technology, logistics and healthcare sectors on a variety of transactional and commercial matters. Practice group leader Alex Zachary has considerable experience in the waste management, recycling, pharmaceutical and technology industries, while Simon Deans specialises in the technology sector. David Smellie advises on shareholder agreements and investments, and Beth Miel is recommended by clients.
‘The team are meticulous in their approach, with extensive research into relevant facts to understand every aspect of my business in order to provide the most appropriate support. B P Collins are client focused and provide a practical approach to problem solving. They have a vast amount of knowledge, expertise and experience to call on across many different business sectors which has helped to mitigate risks, as well as identify opportunities especially with commercial contracts.’
‘Alex Zachary continues to deliver exceptional service for corporate and commercial transactions. He is diligent, flexible and combines industry experience with pragmatism which ensures my matters have progressed efficiently with excellent outcomes.’
‘Beth Miel is a true professional who holds herself to a high level of integrity. Her knowledge of her profession combined with her ability to communicate effectively with others puts her above the competition. Beth’s hard work and determination to go the extra mile is a great credit to her. Beth is an exceptionally talented legal professional with a strong legal acumen, problem-solving ability, attention to detail, and well-developed organisational skills. she is also an extremely approachable individual who always exhibits a high level of enthusiasm.’
‘B P Collins continue to support my corporate and commercial transactions providing high-calibre support. They are responsive, flexible, pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable. They’ve used technology during the pandemic to provide seamless support.’
‘Amazing service and staff, extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, professional, and responsive. I highly recommend the firm.’
Biffa Waste Management Limited
Clinimed Holdings Limited
Rotom Europe BV
Rico Logistics Limited
R H Amar & Co Limited
White Light Limited
The Amtico Company Limited
- Advised Biffa Waste Services Limited on its acquisition of Camo Limited (trading as Simply Waste) for an upfront debt and cash free consideration of £35m.
- Advised the shareholders of Lloyd Latchford Group on the sale of the entire issued shares capital to Ardonagh Group.
B P Collins LLP advises clients on a range of commercial disputes, and has particular expertise in the environment, waste management, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Based in Gerrards Cross, the team handles disputes relating to commercial contracts, construction, intellectual property and regulatory work. Practice leader Matthew Brandis has a track record of resolving complex commercial contractual disputes and professional negligence claims. The 'extremely talented' Craig Williams deals with "corporate divorce" issues such as shareholder and director disputes, while newly promoted partner Simon Carroll focuses on disputes involving an international element. Rajiv Malhotra is also recommended.
Matthew Brandis; Craig Williams
‘Craig Williams is the reason we instruct the firm. He is an extremely talented litigator who always looks after our best interests. He never takes his eye off the ball. He’s great to work with too.’
‘The team takes time to understand our business, culture and ambition. Their work reflects what we need at the time.’
‘Craig Williams and Simon Carroll provide real focus for the team assembled for cases, and add value at every stage.’
‘Rajiv Malhotra has shown himself to be a very able litigator and a safe pair of hands. His advice is comprehensive and clear. He never leaves things until the last minute and is always in control of his work.’
BIC UK Limited
Biffa Waste Services Limited
P B Donoghue Group
AMF Bowling Holdings Limited / The Original Bowling Company
TMD Technologies Limited
Toshiba Medical Systems Limited
UK Parking Control Limited
Szczecin and Swinoujscie Seaports Authority S.A.
Kawasaki Motors UK
Based in Gerrards Cross, B P Collins LLP advises both corporate and high-net-worth private clients on range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with particular expertise in handling complex Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases relating to restrictive covenants and directors’ duties. Practice leader Jo Davis specialises in TUPE transactions, senior executive and partner exits, as well as Tribunal and High Court litigation including whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Heading up the practice’s business immigration group, Chris Brazier deals with high level executive, exits redundancy and reorganisation matters, while Kathryn Fielder is experienced in injunctive actions.
‘An excellent practice that takes on very complex employment issues and manages them incredibly well. There is strength across the team.’
‘Jo Davis is exceptional. Inspires confidence and with good reason.’
‘Chris Brazier is always very professional but also manages to bring a personal touch to the conversation. Chris listens very well and asks questions to clarify any ambiguous points. The advice he gives is always thorough and well thought out, which in turn gives me the confidence to offer options and solutions to difficult situations in our work place.’
‘Jo Davis is always very quick to respond to any questions I have either by phone or email, and she is always happy to discuss potential solutions to any issue.’
‘Chris Brazier is personable, experienced and knowledgeable. Completely down to earth but also on top of the detail. He is a safe pair of hands for individuals and companies alike.’
‘Kathryn Fielder was understanding, flexible and quick to assimilate the context of the situation. Her expertise and experience were very valuable.’
‘Jo Davis is exceptionally tenacious, hands-on and client-focused. She is a fearless litigator who goes the extra mile for her clients. She is unafraid of taking difficult points in difficult cases and, more often than not, is proved correct. A pleasure to work with.’
Biffa Waste Services Limited
TMD Technologies Limited
Ceva Animal Health Limited
The Amtico Company Limited
- Advised Biffa Waste Services Limited on the employment considerations relating to the acquisition of Camo Limited, identified risks amongst 135 staff and executed detailed due diligence.
- Defended TMD Technologies Limited in an employment tribunal claim issued by a former contractor.
Based in Gerrards Cross, B P Collins LLP advises high-net-worth clients on complex financial cases, often involving overseas trusts and complicated tax structures, including prenuptial and postnuptial arrangements. Practice leader Sue Andrews handles financial remedy cases involving local and overseas clients, as well as children matters such as international relocation. Claire Filer advises clients on divorce, complex financial matters and cross-border cases involving children. Fran Hipperson is also recognised for her expertise in high-net-worth financial proceedings.
‘B P Collins has strong values of integrity, quality and efficiency. The leadership drives the team forward to achieve optimum results by working well together across different aspects of the firm. Communication and efficiency with their clients is evident throughout the work they deliver, from the planning to the billing.’
‘Sue Andrews is extremely experienced, hardworking and driven. She fights her clients’ corner hard, but knows when to settle. She is a pleasure to work with, and I recommend her very highly.’
‘As a team, B P Collins stand out by their ability to offer the knowledge and expertise of a leading London firm but with the cost-effectiveness and pragmatism of a regional player. It’s the perfect match.’
‘Claire Filer is exceptionally bright and a really standout solicitor. She has great attention to detail, works swiftly and promptly, and has very good judgment. She is also a pleasure to work with.’
‘They are very knowledgeable. Led by the experienced Sue Andrews dealing with high-net-worth cases. Fran Hipperson is also very good.’
‘Very good lawyers. Strong where necessary but practical too.’
‘Sue Andrews is a brilliant family law partner. Her attention to detail and her ability to work through problems is invaluable. She is totally calm and measured. Her help has been essential during what has been a very difficult divorce.’
‘The B P Collins family department is regarded locally as being of the very highest quality. They demonstrate great empathy when dealing with divorcing clients and yet they remain highly professional at all times.’
The wills, trusts and probate team at B P Collins LLP has considerable experience in high-value matters pertaining to cross-border estate planning and administration issues, as well as capital tax planning expertise with a focus on trusts and complex wills. Based in Gerrards Cross, the team frequently collaborates with the firm’s dispute resolution department in response to its increased involvement in contentious matters, including disputes between trustees. Practice leader Lucy Wood works with high-net-worth clients, advising on complex assets and estates. Senior associate Sharon Heselton has experience in probate applications and intestacies, while senior associate Dominic Ibbs deals with trust creation and administration mandates.
‘The BP Collins private client team have always been responsive, personable and knowledgeable. They are my go-to firm for wills and trust and related planning.’
‘Lucy Wood and Sharon Heselton are a natural fit for clients who require a high level of service, close attention to detail and a personal touch.’
‘Forward thinking regional practice. Combines the talent and expertise typically associated with a large city centre firm but with a local presence.’
‘Accessibility, professional focused action and advice. Lucy Wood has been exceptional.’
‘I have been involved with several members of the team who have all been helpful and efficient.’
‘The uniqueness of the firm is that it manages a blend of both rural comfort and corporate professionalism.’
B P Collins LLP boasts one of the leading environment and planning practices in the South East and Thames Valley area, especially in the waste management sphere. The five-partner strong team is regularly engaged by an array of leading renewable energy players, recyclers, and other waste disposal companies on high-value transactions, commercial matters, and litigation. Practice head Alex Zachary is a seasoned transactional lawyer who also regularly advises on procurement strategies and new technologies for recycling sector clients. David Smellie also handles both corporate and commercial mandates, while Craig Williams heads up the team’s dispute resolution practice - acting in regulatory prosecutions, judicial reviews, and litigation at the High Court. Simon Carroll is another key contact for commercial and regulatory disputes in the recycling arena, and is a regular point of contact for several of the firm’s panel appointment clients. Alison Taylor is a highly experienced commercial lawyer who concentrates on portfolio management and commercial lease transactions for landlords and tenants. Jonothan Moss focuses on environmental breach litigation up to the Supreme Court, while Phil Hind handles environmental property disputes. All named lawyers are based in Gerrards Cross.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are really able to cover all the angles in planning and environment cases. Each case is dealt with individually and site visits are treated as an integral part of case preparation, not an add-on or luxury to be forgone. They are particularly good at defending waste deposit and tree felling cases.’
‘They have an unrivalled knowledge of environmental and planning regulations and are able to spot points that other solicitors miss. Jonothan Moss is one of the best solicitors working in environmental law today.’
‘B P Collins punch well above their weight in property and environmental law with some blue chip clients many City firms would be proud of. They have real expertise in the fields of biofuels and water abstraction and a strong following in the metal recycling industry. Extremely responsive, their lawyers have an unfussy approach that goes down well with clients but also considerable technical expertise.’
‘Craig Williams is outstanding. He gets the bigger picture as well as the law and has an excellent bedside manner. Simon Carroll is a precocious young talent who looks set to make a big impact.’
‘Craig Williams and Philip Hind are both standout lawyers from the team. Their insight and knowledge within the sector is excellent.’
‘My primary points of contact have been Alex Zachery and David Smellie, who have always dealt with strong attention to detail and more than held their own with larger firms. They have also managed to work to get deals done effectively despite poor understanding of complex issues on the other side.’
Employment > Immigration Tier 2
B P Collins LLP specialises in advising corporate clients on obtaining sponsor licenses, and regularly acts in the capacity of a Level 1 User for clients, with a particular focus on the architecture, manufacturing, finance and pharmaceuticals industries. 'Experienced and personable' practice head Chris Brazier handles a broad portfolio of immigration matters; he is particularly experienced in handling sponsor license obligations, settled status issues and indefinite leave to remain applications. Kathryn Fielder is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is unique in its crossover between employment and immigration law. Associate and partners are well-placed to advise on overlapping issues. Few firms are able to provide this valuable advice to clients.’
‘Chris Brazier is completely down to earth but also on top of the detail. He is a safe pair of hands for individuals and companies alike.’
‘Clients like and trust Kathryn Fielder. She delivers difficult advice with grace and will fight for her clients.’
Vestel UK Limited
Ceva Animal Health Limited
The Amtico Company Limited
B P Collins LLP covers contest probate disputes, including administration of estates, validity of documents, breach of trust claims, and the Inheritance Act for high-net-worth individuals; the practice is praised for its 'truly collaborative' approach. The firm opened a London office in 2019 to enable easier client access, as well as proximity to the Royal Courts of Justice, although this was put on hold due to the pandemic. 'Exceptional' practice leader Craig Williams leads on contentious trusts and inheritance disputes. Leader of the dispute resolution team Matthew Brandis is highly experienced dealing with contentious trust and probate disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘Matthew Brandis was efficient and knowledgeable of our circumstances. He was tenacious in dealing with other solicitors involved in getting the information we required. He made the whole process from our point of view easy and made us feel our goal was attainable. He kept in regular contact throughout the process. Overall all the members of the practice we came in contact with were pleasant, courteous and friendly. We would not hesitate to recommend the practice and Matthew Brandis in particular.’
‘The firm were proactive in becoming paper-light and ensuring all staff were remote working and set up with the correct technology. I know from speaking to various members of the BP Collins team that they were well looked after throughout the pandemic and I’m aware the firm arranged morale boosting activities ensuring the staff were motivated and in good mental health. ’
‘Craig Williams is fantastic – he is transparent, commercial and responsive. A real pleasure to deal with.’
‘The team is strong with excellent leadership from Craig Williams. Craig always carefully investigates any potential claim and helps clients explore the options which might be available to them. Craig is ably supported by others within the team by many others – from partner to trainee level.’
‘Craig Williams is an exceptional litigator. He is thoughtful and utterly conscientious. His support for clients is paramount and he is constantly thinking about how to protect their legal, financial and emotional interests. I would want him to represent me in any personal litigation.’
‘The team is really client focused and work in a truly collaborative way. Clear billing and accurate discussions about potential costs. They are technically very capable, but it is the collaboration and amazing relationships that really stand them apart from others. ’
‘The team as a whole are very experienced and are creative in their solutions to the problem. I felt they understand the need to balance emotions with commercial pragmatism in solving my particular issue. They are readily available to answer any queries and there is strength in depth.’
‘I was in very safe hands and felt that they came up with the best solution for my problem, being creative in their advice but also very practical and commercial. If I was ever in that situation again I would not hesitate to go back to them and am very happy to refer work to them.’
- Advised client on allegations of wrongdoing in relation to an estate administration.
- Advised client on two legal challenges related to wills made by a husband and wife where the wife changed her will after the husband’s death.
- Instructed client regarding claims relating to payment from a particular pension fund establishing clear indication of the deceased’s intentions and a claim for proprietary estoppel.
Based in Gerrards Cross, B P Collins LLP handles commercial and development property work including acquisitions, re-gears, lettings, financings, management issues and sales. The property team regularly collaborates with the environment team, acting for clients in the mining and minerals sector on complex transactions including mineral extraction leases. The practice also has expertise in the leisure and retail sectors, as well as acting for developers and landowners. Practice leader Alison Taylor has experience in handling multiple property transactions and acts on high-value corporate transactions. Maria Mowberry focuses on real estate finance work for institutional lenders, while Martina Razaq handles complex property transactions and leads the residential sub-team.
‘The team is large, with breath and depth. Led by partner Alison Taylor, supported by partner Maria Mowbery and partner Martina Razaq, all of whom are very knowledgeable and experienced. This means a very competent partner is always available to advise on whatever may arise.’
‘Alison Taylor is always excellent to work with as she has fantastic market knowledge, is a great negotiator and very commercial.’
‘Good, sound and pragmatic advice from an excellent team with backup when required. Client goals are always to the front, and their attitude is very creative when involved scenarios are present.’
‘Maria Mowberry encapsulates the characteristics of B P Collins. Always on hand and personal attention faultless. Over many years now, I have developed great confidence in her ability, attention to detail and soundness of knowledge and judgement.’
‘Alison Taylor has always been very approachable and knowledgeable.’
The Original Bowling Company
Welford Investments Limited
Rico Logistics Limited
Mobile Mini, Inc
Lacoste UK Limited
Wycombe District Council
CliniMed Holdings Limited
Bijou Living Limited
Led by Jonothan Moss, the criminal defence team at B P Collins LLP is equipped to handle an array of matters pertaining to road traffic and motoring incidents, white-collar crime and sexual offences. Based in Gerrards Cross, Matthew Brandis is noted for his litigation expertise and handling of complex contractual disputes. Associate solicitor James Constable has experience in motoring offences and environmental agency matters.
‘The criminal team is beginning to build a solid reputation locally and B P Collins is already extremely well-known. What sets them apart is how hard they work and how easy it is to communicate with them.’
‘James Constable has been excellent with clients involved in criminal proceedings, which have often arisen in a domestic context. He is very flexible and accessible for clients who are often very concerned. Excellent in working collaboratively on a matter.’
‘Jonathan Moss advises in very clear terms – he achieved a completely unexpected and very welcome outcome.’
‘Great criminal team at B P Collins – they know their stuff.’
‘James Constable is always willing to go the extra mile and assist clients where he can. He is friendly and approachable and offers sound advice on a variety of matters.’
B P Collins LLP's team is instructed by clients such as major retailers, national waste management companies, energy providers and high-net-worth individuals. It has a notable strength in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidations, forfeitures, lease renewals and breaches of covenant. Phil Hind heads up the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘B P Collins is everything you want in a firm – on top of all the material, honest and hard-working, and totally committed to their clients.’
‘Approachable and innovative with common sense commercial solutions.’
‘Phil Hind offers practical and commercially savvy advice. Extremely knowledgeable.’
‘They take a commercial, no nonsense approach and their advice is on point. The fees are reasonable.’
‘A forward-thinking dynamic firm. Phil Hind deserves particular mention.’
‘I have worked with Phil for a number of years and the experience is always extremely positive. Phil has an ability to understand and grasp the key issues early on and explain his advice clearly to enable the development and implementation of the most effective strategy.’
‘Professional, yet friendly . Big enough to cope, small enough to care . The team is quality and joined up.’
Clinimed Holdings Limited
Mobile Mini UK Limited
B P Collins LLP > Firm Profile
B P Collins LLP is a consistently successful law firm dedicated to delivering robust legal solutions for both commercial and private clients though all stages of their business or personal life. The firm operates in Gerrards Cross and London.
The firm: The firm specialises in tailored, innovative and effective legal advice for all clients, ranging from business start-ups to multinationals, and successful entrepreneurs to retired professionals. For over 50 years, the firm has developed an enviable reputation for competence and excellence. It has a solid track record of winning cases, solving clients’ problems, managing risk, safeguarding and growing wealth, and providing peace of mind. B P Collins continues to hold the Law Society’s Practice Management Standard (Lexcel) and other Law Society quality schemes.
Types of work undertaken
Corporate and commercial: the firm provides effective solutions to successful entrepreneurs, growing businesses, privately-owned businesses, inward investors and mid-tier corporates. The team covers the full range of client needs, including acquisitions and disposals, shareholder issues and complex commercial contracts. It takes a genuine interest in building and maintaining long-term relationships based on an understanding of clients’ businesses at each stage of the business lifecycle, their aims and aspirations, and the challenges they face.
Employment: this established and dedicated team is well known for tackling difficult and sensitive issues. They manage a diverse case load, acting for employers and senior employees. The size of the practice allows for individual specialisms in its core areas of corporate support, employment rights and benefits, contracts, executive terminations, business immigration, discrimination and dismissal claims, protection of confidentiality and business transfers. The team regularly challenges existing case law.
Dispute resolution: the firm’s sizable, and growing, litigation team includes several experts in their respective fields and qualified mediators. Its continuing growth and diversity ensure that the team’s solid track record of winning cases before courts of all levels is maintained. The team offers rapid, clear and practical advice on all commercial contract disputes, construction, partnership and shareholder disputes, IP and IT disputes, factoring and trade finance, fraud and insolvency to large and successful businesses across the UK. Its highly successful property litigation team enables the firm to handle landlord and tenant disputes for many clients, a specialist construction disputes expert supports the firm’s property clients and a growing criminal disputes team deal with professional discipline, regulatory investigations, business crime and fraud as well as services relating to driving offenses, illegal encampments and mental health.
Commercial and residential property: the team boasts recognised field leaders with longstanding experience in commercial and residential development; the waste and gravel industries; the retail sector; secured lending; sales and leasebacks; joint ventures; development agreements; industrial, commercial and residential investment; agriculture and trust-related work. It also advises on the challenging impact of environmental law on property ownership and transactions. Support is provided to the corporate practice in undertaking acquisitions, refinancing and disposals, and the team provides residential property services to individuals with significant assets.
Family: this skilled and respected team contains a breadth of experience that attracts a variety of high-profile cases, advising high-net-worth clients on their divorce or separation, foreign assets, pensions and pre-nuptial agreements. The team specialises in matrimonial cases for professionals requiring expert advice on matters ranging from pension arrangements to the valuation of business shares, as well as the more common aspects of contact and maintenance. They have a specialism in surrogacy.
Private client: legal directories continue to regard the team as one of the best in the Thames Valley. It provides a dedicated trust administration service and legal services specifically for not-for-profit organisations and issues affecting the elderly, an area that traditional practices rarely cover. The team has recognised strength in estate planning and administrations and trusts, including offshore trusts. It increasingly handles international tax and domicile issues for a diverse range of wealthy clients.
|Senior partner||Simon Deans|
|Business immigration||Chris Brazier|
|Corporate and commercial||Simon Deans|
|Corporate and commercial||Alex Zachary|
|Dispute resolution||Matthew Brandis|
|Private client disputes||Craig Williams|
|Technology and IP||Alex Zachary|
|Private client||Lucy Wood|
|Residential property||Martina Razaq|
|Commercial property||Alison Taylor|
|Commercial property||Maria Mowberry|
|Corporate and commercial||David Smellie|
|Business immigration||Kathryn Fielder|
|Dispute resolution||Craig Williams|
|Property litigation||Phil Hind|
|Private client||Sharon Heselton|
|Private client disputes||Matthew Brandis|
|Corporate and commercial||Beth Miel|
|Private client||Dominic Ibbs|
|Dispute Resolution||Rajiv Malhotra|
|Construction disputes||Steven Smith|
|Criminal disputes||Jonothan Moss|
|Criminal disputes||James Constable|
|Dispute resolution||Simon Carroll|
|Property litigation||Elliott Brookes|
|Private client||Natalie Boorer|
|Residential property||Matthew Crockford|
|Commercial property||Reghbinder Deol|
|Commercial & residential property||Emily Halley|
|Private client||Naadim Shamji|
|Residential property||Charlotte Ernest|
|Sue Andrews||Partner and head of practice group specialising in family law since qualifying.…||View Profile|
|Matthew Brandis||Partner and practice group leader specialising in resolving large commercial contractual disputes,…||View Profile|
|Chris Brazier||Partner||View Profile|
|Simon Carroll||Partner||View Profile|
|Jo Davis||Partner and employment practice group leader. Jo acts for corporate and high…||View Profile|
|Simon Deans||Corporate and commercial partner and head of practice group, specialising in mergers…||View Profile|
|Reghbinder Deol||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Kathryn Fielder||Senior associate||View Profile|
|Claire Filer||Partner: Having joined B P Collins LLP in March 2013 from a…||View Profile|
|Chris Hardy||Chris stepped down as Partner at the end of his senior partner…||View Profile|
|Sharon HeseltonÂ||Senior Associate and Probate Specialist||View Profile|
|Phil Hind||Partner||View Profile|
|Fran Hipperson||Partner: Aided by her extensive City law firm experience, Fran competently deals…||View Profile|
|Dominic Ibbs||Senior associate. He deals with all aspects of private client law including…||View Profile|
|Rajiv Malhotra||Senior Associate. His principal practice area is commercial litigation, working with a broad spectrum…||View Profile|
|Beth Miel||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Jonothan Moss||Principle lawyer||View Profile|
|Maria Mowberry||Maria Mowberry uses her wealth of experience and extensive understanding of the…||View Profile|
|Gillian Price||Principal lawyer||View Profile|
|Martina Razaq||Martina was made partner in May 2017. She has worked with a wide…||View Profile|
|David Smellie||Partner in corporate and commercial practice group specialising in M&A transactions for…||View Profile|
|Alison Taylor||Extensive experience in a wide range of commercial property matters includes portfolio…||View Profile|
|Craig Williams||Partner: Craig is a commercial litigator with particular experience in contractual disputes…||View Profile|
|Lucy Wood||Practice Group Leader||View Profile|
|Alex Zachary||Partner in corporate and commercial practice group, leading substantial M&A transactions and…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 16 Number of other UK fee-earners : 50
MembershipsLaw Society Solicitors Regulation Authority
B P Collins is committed to promoting a fair working environment in which all are treated equally regardless of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital status, disability or age.
We value diversity and actively promote these principles by seeking to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly with dignity and respect, recognising and encouraging individual contribution within the organisation and aiming to ensure that our staff achieve their full potential.
All employment decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria and we endeavour not to discriminate in the areas of recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, training, access to benefits and services, discipline or dismissal.
We regularly review our recruitment procedures to maximise applications from all areas of society and to ensure equal opportunities at all stages.
It is also our policy that all employees should be allowed to work in an environment free from harassment, bullying or unsolicited or unwelcome comments or overtures on discriminatory grounds.
We recognise the need for staff to balance their career and domestic responsibilities and support flexible working requests wherever possible.
Our diversity facts:
Female: 60% Male: 36% Prefer not to say: 4%
16-24: 10% 25-34: 43% 35-44: 15%
45-54: 15% 55-64: 10% 65+: 3% Prefer not to say: 4%
Indian: 8% Pakistani: 1% White Asian: 1% Other Mixed/Ethnic: 3% British/English/Northern Irish/Scottish: 71% Irish: 3% Other White: 6% Prefer not to say: 7%
Disability (according to the definition of the Equality Act)
Yes: 7% No: 86%
Client name: Helen Webster
“Matthew was brilliant from the outset, very responsive and quick to respond to emails or concerns even late into the evening and at weekends! Very professional and honest and I always felt as if Matthew had my best interests at heart. I worked with Matthew for approximately 10 months due to the length of time it took to resolve my matter and the quality and standard of service throughout was faultless.”
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictBuckinghamshire’s B P Collins has a ‘great reputation in the local area’ and offers a ‘training contract with seats in multiple disciplines’. The opportunity to undertake ‘both corporate and non-corporate work’ was one of the key factors in attracting trainees to the firm, as was the ‘open-door policy of senior management’, which some recruits experienced whilst undertaking work experience. Another knew from working at B P Collins as a paralegal that ‘this was the firm I wanted to train at and become part of’. Other plus points are the good work/life balance and ‘a very welcoming environment’ where ‘everyone is always willing to stop for a chat’. Although the work is ‘generally on a smaller scale’ than that of some City firms, the upside is that recruits have ‘more contact time with senior staff, including partners’. Trainees can return to the seat they wish to qualify into for their final seat and, encouragingly, ‘management make it clear they want to keep you on after qualifying’ from the outset. Respondents found the ‘inconsistency across different departments on how they allocate work’ frustrating. That ‘some of the working practices are outdated, such as referring to trainees as juniors’ was also a bugbear. Worst moments include ‘one week where I took on too much work’ and, contrastingly, ‘a few days of being given no work’. Due to lockdown, trainees feel that they are ‘missing out on learning from others’ and are sad that they are ‘not able to get to know people as well as you would in the office’. Thankfully, standout moments such as ‘running my own files with minimal supervision’ and ‘receiving positive partner feedback’ help to make up for it (to some extent). To train at a firm which clearly values its trainees by offering high levels of client contact and responsibility, look up B P Collins.
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Real estate > Environment and planning
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- Employment > Immigration
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx