IBB Law > Uxbridge, England > Firm Profile


Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The predominantly Uxbridge-based practice at IBB Law has ‘excellent knowledge‘ spanning share option schemes, succession planning issues, and commercial supply agreements. Harriet Jones co-heads the practice alongside Adam Dowdney; Jones assists clients with acquisitions and disposals, and shareholders’ agreements in joint ventures, while Dowdney handles private equity transactions for investment and management entities. Sonia Jordan works out of the Reading and Uxbridge offices, contributing her expertise in corporate restructurings and turnarounds. Ami Bhatt left the practice to join Shoosmiths LLP in November 2022, and Andrew Hayward joined the team in January 2023 through the firm's merger with Owen White Limited.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Jones; Adam Dowdney

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent knowledge of our industry and always seeking pragmatic ways to get issues sorted. Very customer focused and always willing to go the extra mile for us.’

‘Industry knowledge and respect.’

‘I always find IBB very professional but also very approachable which is very important for any lawyer practice. We use IBB for all business now as we have consistent high levels of engagement and support from all levels.’

Key clients

Portman Compliance

LGDN Bidco

Mega-Pak (2014) Limited

VLH Developments Limited

Finchley Morgan Limited

Logiq Consulting Limited

Lifecast Body Simulation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of PortAll Limited (trading via Portman Compliance) and Nanstrad Limited (an associate company) on selling their shares to Compliancy Services Limited.
  • Advised LGDN Bidco (Family First), a buy and build platform operating in the children’s nursery business in the UK, on numerous acquisitions throughout the country.
  • Acted for the management team on the management buy-out process, including advice on the equity documents and service agreements relating to the MBO, of premium log cabin and building manufacturer Norwegian Log Cabins supported by Ethos Partners.

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1

IBB Law‘s criminal defence practice is backed up by the firm’s commercial department, enabling the solicitors to offer seamless advice in complex business and financial crime work, from issues at the police station to the Court of Appeal. The team is led by Joanne Gibbons, Eddie Tang and John Milner in Uxbridge. Gibbons specialises in representing youths, while Tang is reputed for his ‘longstanding experience’ in serious and complex cases involving murder, kidnapping, blackmail, and large-scale drug crimes, and Milner is praised by clients as ‘one of the very best white-collar solicitors out there’. Anna Ford has joined Bindmans LLP.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Gibbons; Eddie Tang; John Milner

Other key lawyers:

Kam Varaitch


‘Every member of the team displays a real knowledge of their cases and an appetite for hard work. They think creatively yet are pragmatic and sensible in their advice.’

‘Eddie Tang has longstanding experience and has a great way with clients. He is really committed to achieving the best outcome for them.’

‘Excellent firm with fantastic representation of their clients.’

‘John Milner is a world-class player in a championship team. He is unsurpassed in experience, industrious and with one of the keenest senses of strategy in the market. He is one of the very best white-collar solicitors out there.’

‘Committed and highly regarded criminal firm with a real commitment to fighting for clients.’

‘IBB is a firm, which is able to offer good quality advice for large, data heavy cases both privately and legally aided.’

‘Kam Varaitch is a fantastic solicitor and is always available to discuss cases. He works very hard to ensure clients are always kept up to date with their cases and is responsive to any requests.’

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented a client charged with murder and attempted murder.
  • Advised and represented a client charged with conspiracy to supply 70kg of heroin, possession of firearms and ammunition.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The ‘excellentPaul Kite leads the Uxbridge-based ‘heavyweight‘ team at IBB Law, which has expertise spanning the insolvency, leisure, and product liability sectors. Kite frequently acts for SMEs and high-net-worth individuals, utilising his expertise in the automotive and professional services sectors. Praised for her ‘analytical sharpness‘ and ‘intelligence‘, Sarah Jackson is particularly skilled in handling partnership disputes and civil fraud cases. Russell Ford joined the team through the firm's merger with Owen White Limited in January 2023, adding his expertise in contentious matters concerning franchising and joint ventures to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kite

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Jackson; Ayushi Chadha; Russell Ford


‘IBB have a very strong commercial litigation team. The firm has great breadth and depth.’

‘The absolutely excellent Sarah Jackson is a stand-out individual due to her analytical sharpness, intelligence, and her brilliant client-handling skills. She can make the most complex concepts straightforward for clients. She has strong support and loyalty from her team including the very thorough and personable Ayushi Chadha.’

‘Sarah Jackson is the star of the team. She is dynamic, intuitive, pragmatic, and her clients love her. She is also highly regarded by her peers as a sensible litigator, and is revered as being co-operative and collegiate.’

‘Good communication skills and strong knowledge. The team punches above its weight, has great industrial knowledge, and are able to put together a heavyweight team.’

‘Paul Kite is confident and pragmatic but always picks up the small details. He is an excellent lawyer, rated by clients, and is able to work with international teams.’

‘Sarah Jackson and her team are very hands on, supportive and commercial in their approach.’

‘Sarah Jackson is an excellent leader and beautifully manages clients’ expectations. She strongly supports mediation but is quick to resist a quick fix when her client has a strong case.’

Key clients

Renault UK

Woods Food Service

Renault Retail Group UK

Interpath Advisory

LA Micro Group (UK)

Tandem Property Asset Management LLP

Quantuma Advisory Ltd

Patek Phillipe

Cove Communities Management

Dwyer UK Franchising (Neighbourly Group)

Robsons Residential Lettings

Work highlights

  • Acting for LA Micro, a major IT company, and its shareholder founder in declaratory relief proceedings concerning a disputed interest in another shareholding.
  • Acting for an individual in defending a High Court claim for breach of contract, fiduciary duty and covenants relating to a share sale agreement, plus the pursuit of a counterclaim for earn-out, with a combined value of £8m.
  • Advising the shareholders and directors of a company valued at approximately £50m, on multiple litigations between the company, its employees, directors and shareholder.

Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Divided between Uxbridge and Reading, the team at IBB Law frequently assists the UK subsidiaries of international corporations, in addition to clients in the technology, hospitality, and construction sectors. Richard Devall leads the practice with his expansive expertise in business immigration issues and transfers, and outsourcing arrangements. On the commercial services side, Justin Govier has longstanding experience in assisting HR directors and US clients with board matters, and frequently defends discrimination and TUPE claims. Senior associate Jasmin Dhillon has broad knowledge, encompassing the construction of settlement agreements, employment contracts, and redundancy exercises.

Practice head(s):

Richard Devall

Other key lawyers:

Justin Govier; Jasmin Dhillon; Manisha Fatania


‘Excellent subject knowledge. Very proactive and professional team. Genuinely help with strategy as well as providing advice. Understand business and commercially astute.’

‘It’s the ability to relate to the business situation, and think strategically, that marks them out.’

Key clients

Clancy Group plc

Renault Retail Group

Link Theory


Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of PortAll Limited (trading via Portman Compliance) and Nanstrad Limited on selling their shares to Compliancy Services Limited, which included a roll-over for one of the shareholders.
  • Advising a luxury goods manufacturer on reviewing and updating an apprenticeship agreement for apprentice watchmakers being trained in Switzerland.
  • Advised the CFO of a venture capital company based in Barcelona on the process to dismiss the UK Country Manager.

Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

IBB Law‘s ‘superb‘ team exhibits ‘extremely good‘ knowledge, spanning the full range of family law issues. The team regularly handles private children cases involving parental alienation and mental health issues, particularly in situations concerning the future religious upbringing of children. The ‘brilliantAmanda Melton leads the team from Chesham, and has deep knowledge of financial matters and property disputes arising between cohabiting couples, in addition to trusts. In Uxbridge, ‘absolutely first-class‘ practitioner Kate Ryan often handles matters concerning the division of marital assets, and the financial repercussions of relationship breakdowns. Senior associate Javita Malhotra joined the team from Blaser Mills Law, contributing her expertise in high-value divorces. In 2024, Jolene Hutchison departed to Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Melton

Other key lawyers:

Kate Ryan; Catherine O’Reilly; Javita Malhotra


‘Kate Ryan is absolutely first class. She helps to navigate clients through some very muddy waters with her incredible professional experience, patience and kindness. I have personally recommended her several times to those in need of family law services. Kate is thorough and knowledgeable and fierce in her representation of her clients.’

‘Amanda Melton in particular is extremely level headed and sound in her advice time and again.’

‘IBB Law are a superb law firm, they have a family feel to them, they treat you like you would wish to be treated when feeling down with support and kindness. They are genuine, they listen to you and actually do care. They have a lovely team, their knowledge in matters is extremely good. Their attention to detail is second to none.’

‘I can’t speak highly enough of Amanda Melton and Catherine O’Reilly. Both in my opinion are quite brilliant. I highly recommend both of them. Their attention to detail and advice is first class.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Predominantly based in Uxbridge, IBB Law has broad expertise spanning residential led developments, planning agreements, and Section 106 agreements. Jon Mowbray leads the practice, while Vivien Rimmer acts in various transactions concerning urban regeneration projects and complex land assembly work. Dividing her time between Uxbridge and Reading, the ‘very capableGemma Coles focuses on property finance work and advises on acquisitions and disposals. Miles Eckersley regularly represents housebuilders on mixed-use commercial and residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Jon Mowbray

Other key lawyers:


‘Gemma Coles is very capable in the service she provides, including dealing with leases.’

‘We value Gemma Coles’ jargon-free style, practical approach, willingness to focus on the big-ticket issues, and not be distracted by smaller matters. And she’s a pleasure to deal with too!’

Key clients

Lands Improvement

Thrive Homes Limited

Riverdale Developments Limited

Optima (UK) Limited

Dandara Limited


Frontier Estates Ltd

AIB Group (UK) plc

Renault Retail Group UK Limited

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Otsuka Pharmaceutical, advising on the relocation of OPEL’s head office from Slough to Windsor.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

The Uxbridge-based IBB Law construction and engineering group demonstrates a ‘wealth of knowledge and experience’, regularly assisting clients with the drafting of development agreements, handling mixed use residential-led schemes, and acting in complex cladding claims. The team also has insurance expertise, often supporting major insurance companies with relevant disputes, as well as boasting a sizeable engineering sector presence. Paul Brampton leads the department, bringing vast experience of dealing with mechanical engineering procurement to the group, while senior associate Christopher Thompson counts contractors, architects, and engineers amongst his regular clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Brampton

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Thompson; Steven Hayward


‘In my opinion and experience, what makes this practice unique is the lawyers with their wealth of knowledge and experience which resulted in giving not only good advice but practical at the same time.’

‘In my opinion, with the help and advice of Steven Hayward and Christopher Thompson we won our case in the High Court. Throughout the process we were guided and advised in our best interest.’

‘IBB Law have an excellent working knowledge of the NEC frameworks as they apply to major construction companies, but were also able to advise on the applicability of specific clauses to our organisation and the level of risk we might import if we did not challenge these.’

‘Paul Brampton was able to identify relevant issues very quickly and identify areas of risk and liability that we would not otherwise have identified. A key differentiating factor for me personally was the speed with which Paul was able to understand our business activities and tailor his scope of work accordingly. At each step, we were also given a clear breakdown of anticipated and actual time costs on a task-by-task basis.’

Key clients

Aviva Insurance


O’Halloran and O’Brien

Albany Group

Teenage Cancer Trust

A M Construction

Riverdale Developments Limited

Marson Property

EAB Homes

Frontier Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising a housebuilder on construction documentation for the building of a £140m high-rise mixed use residential-led scheme in central Birmingham, comprising 627 apartments and large areas of commercial space.
  • Acting for AM Construction in a technology and construction case.
  • Advising a commercial property owner on the £181m development of a new data centre in West London.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

IBB Law houses a broad team, which is praised by clients for handling the full spectrum of issues concerning the establishment of family investment companies, and claiming agricultural relief with ‘care and full understanding‘. In Chesham, practice head Jacqueline Almond has longstanding expertise in estate planning work, often advising clients on domicile issues, foreign assets, and provisions for vulnerable beneficiaries through personal injury trusts. Based in Uxbridge, the ‘attentive, knowledgeable and professionalRussell Hallam is often selected as a panel deputy by the Court of Protection to manage financial affairs for those who lack capacity, in addition to acting as an independent administrator.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Almond

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Mills; Russell Hallam; Michael Charalambous


‘My matters have always been handled with care and full understanding of what I need to achieve and the best way forward.’

‘Jacqueline Almond has always been kind and understanding. I feel that she is able to think clearly about my needs and takes the multiple issues and places them in order of urgency. She truly cares about the client’s worries and concerns, and is able to limit these with concise explanations.’

‘Russell Hallam and Michael Charalambous are timely, attentive, knowledgeable, and professional.’

‘Responsive and able to explain legal matters clearly to clients in a clear and friendly way.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Acting for both developers and objectors before a range of courts, IBB Law’s Uxbridge and Reading offices cover the whole spectrum of contentious property work. The firm is well regarded for its handling of commercial landlord and tenant matters, as well as high-value dilapidation claims. Jon Mowbray heads up the group, handling overage and right to light disputes, and restrictive covenants. Andrew Olins focuses on restrictive covenant and complex easement issues, and Caroline Cowley deals with breaches of lease and forfeiture troubles, having joined the firm as partner in January 2023. Associate Ellen Hitchman is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jon Mowbray

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Olins; Caroline Cowley; Nicola King; Ellen Hitchman; Sonia Ali

Key clients

Aviva Plc

Clancy Group

Dolce & Gabbana

Galliard Homes

Heathrow Airport

London Square Quadrant


Spitalfields Housing Association



Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

IBB Law‘s general crime practice is commended by clients for its ‘depth of quality solicitors‘ and for its ‘sophisticated and professional operation‘. Joanne Gibbons and Eddie Tang jointly lead the team, with the former specialising in youth representation and the latter representing clients in complex matters such as murder, assaults, EncroChat, and kidnappings. Associate Anna Ford is particularly adept at assisting in Crown Court litigation as well as representing young and vulnerable defendants, while advocate Kam Varaitch supervises the firm’s Crown Court department and is complimented by clients for his ‘skill, sensitivity and care.’

Practice head(s):

Joanne Gibbons; Eddie Tang

Other key lawyers:


The sheer depth of quality solicitors within IBB means that if the solicitor or partner I am attempting to get in contact with is in court or busy, there is an abundance of fantastic other solicitors to be able to speak to and deal with my enquiry.’

Eddie Tang is a superb criminal lawyer who inspires complete confidence from his clients, and his mastery of his cases means he gets fantastic results.’

IBB provides a one-stop shop for general crime. The team has a wealth of experience, and the high-profile cases they deal with demonstrates the strength and depth of this.’

Always up to date on the case, really follow through on instructions and think sensibly and pragmatically.’

Eddie Tang – experienced, no nonsense, and a first-rate solicitor. He is able to cut to the heart of a case and provide pragmatic advice. Works collaboratively with Counsel, which secures the best outcome for clients.

The overall impression is of a sophisticated and professional operation who know exactly how to chart the most effective course through any pre-charge negotiation or post charge trial process.

Anna Ford – client care, understanding of cases, communication with counsel regarding cases.’

No one works harder than Kam Varaitch. He somehow manages to deal with all of the cases and defendants that he represents with the same level of skill, sensitivity and care, and is always available when you need him. A solicitor’s solicitor.

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented a client charged with murder and two attempted murders which occurred in Harrow Town Centre.
  • Advised and represented a client charged with conspiracy to supply 70kg of heroin, possession of firearms and ammunition.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 2

The team at IBB Law has extensive expertise in advising franchisors, franchisee associations, and multi-unit franchisees on the entire spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious franchising matters. The quick-serve restaurant sector is an area of increasing industry strength for the group. Practice co-head Jane Masih has significant experience assisting clients with master license agreements and business re-sales and acquisitions, with Russell Ford jointly leading the team from Uxbridge. Ford is highly proficient in representing franchisees and franchisors in complex disputes involving securing court orders and undertakings to enforce restrictive covenants. Associate director and commercial litigator Lynsey Smith in Reading is also a team member of note.

Practice head(s):

Jane Masih; Russell Ford

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dwyer (UK) Franchising

Stagecoach Theatre Arts

Puro Ventures

AIMS Partnership

Barack Holdings

GA Carers Franchises

Bluebird Care

Home Instead

Costa Franchise Association

NIC Services

Work highlights

  • Represented Dwyer (UK) Franchising successfully in a claim for damages for breach of contract against a former franchisee and its director, including successfully defending a claim for misrepresentation.
  • Acted for Barack on the sale of 8 central London KFCs to another franchisee.
  • Acted for Panesar in a claim against a franchisor and its director for fraudulent misrepresentation of financial projections in the franchisor’s prospectus.

Employment > Immigration Tier 3

Recently bolstered through its merger with IBB Law, IBB Law is knowledgeable of the construction, franchising, and manufacturing industries. The team assists private clients on a breadth of immigration applications and supports businesses on sponsor licensing and sponsor management system compliance. Richard Devall leads the team and splits his time between Reading and Uxbridge; he is adept in employee engagement and talent management matters. Jasmin Dhillon in Uxbridge advises clients on British citizenship and settlement routes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Devall

Other key lawyers:


‘Timely and commercial advice for our clients, they are specialist in this area.’

‘The team is very strong, responsive and client focussed.’

‘Jasmin Dhillon is simply a star, she is quick, reliable and to the point. She fights every corner of the case with professionalism and passion.’

Key clients

Avata UK Limited

Ballistic Moon

Link Theory (UK) Ltd

Give Back Yoga Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised Avata UK on the issues and ramifications involving the lapse of a sponsor licence.
  • Assisted Ballistic Moon on their application to switch an individual employed by a different sponsor into the employ of our client.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

The practice at IBB Law utilises its broad expertise in real estate and corporate commercial matters to advise both lenders and borrowers on lending facilities. ‘Trusted adviserGemma Coles leads the team alongside Harriet Jones; Jones is based in Uxbridge and often acts for lenders and owner-managed businesses in lending arrangements, while Coles divides her time between the Reading and Uxbridge offices and specialises in secured lending and property financing work.

Practice head(s):

Gemma Coles; Harriet Jones


‘First point of contact for guidance on deal structures.’

‘Gemma Coles is readily contactable and responsive, a trusted adviser.’

Key clients

AIB Group (UK) plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Secure Trust Bank plc

Handelsbanken plc

Work highlights

  • Acting on a refinance for a landowner of two retail portfolios, consisting of small to medium-sized shopping centres.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Drawing upon the expertise of the firm’s private client department, the contentious probate team at IBB Law is geared to advise clients in their roles as independent executors or administrators. The practice is co-led by Paul Grimwood in Uxbridge who is adept in rectification mandates, while Amanda Melton in Chesham handles breach of trust issues, the removal of executors and trustees and claims under the Inheritance Act.

Practice head(s):

Paul Grimwood; Amanda Melton


‘Very professional and experienced team which has various areas of expertise which can be tapped into on a needed basis. The team is very responsive and readily available as well as very tech savvy.’

‘I have been very impressed with the service I received. They appeared to be very on the ball with my case. My queries were generally dealt with quickly and in a professional manner.’

‘Paul Grimwood is very experienced and professional in his field, as well as very amicable, responsive, and helpful. He is the driver on the case, pushing to move things forward.’

‘Paul Grimwood is vastly experienced and well-respected, while Amanda Melton is knowledgeable and very easy to work with.’

‘Amanda Melton has been the partner overseeing all of the litigation I’ve worked on involving the firm. Amanda is knowledgeable, only takes sensible points and delivers the firm’s service efficiently. I would recommended her.’

‘Amanda Melton is rapid, well explained, and clear. There is good communication within the team.’

‘Amanda Melton is outstanding, knowledgeable and hard working on behalf of her clients.’

‘Amanda Melton and Paul Grimwood are both partners and have excellent depth of knowledge. They are also very approachable. Paul Grimwood is a very effective mediator.’

Work highlights

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

IBB Law has three Grade A fee earners – Jacqueline Almond, Russell Hallam and Elena Hall, and a Grade B fee earner, Michael Charalambous. In addition, Hallam is a member of the Office of the Public Guardian’s panel of professional deputies. It currently acts for approximately 100 clients. The team helps clients with acquired brain injuries, mental health issues, dementia, learning disabilities, alcohol and drug abuse.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Almond; Russell Hallam

Other key lawyers:


‘The Practice has an excellent knowledge base. Jacqueline Almond is fantastic. Her knowledge and expertise on Lasting Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts is brilliant’.

Jacqueline’s presentation skills are excellent. Jacqueline’s presentation was brilliant. She explained such a difficult topic so clearly and concisely’.

‘The team is approachable, knowledgeable and empathetic. They work collaboratively with clients and their advisers which helps to bring good client focussed outcomes’.

‘Jacqueline Almond – has a comprehensive skill set which means I can be confident that my referred clients can be confident that they are receiving the most comprehensive advice’.


Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 3

The education team at IBB Law has a ‘very good practical understanding of the education sector‘, which enables it to regularly act for students and parents in contentious matters of both disciplinary and academic nature against schools and universities. Under the leadership of experienced litigator Salima Mawji, the team has notably advised on matters related to sexual harassment, breaches of contract, discrimination, and unfair exclusions. Mawji is well-equipped to handle educational matters with significant public law and human rights elements and has regularly acted in judicial reviews, as well as representing clients in both internal and court claims. Celia Whittuck extends the team’s expertise into safeguarding and SEN-related matters, having represented parents in Tribunal claims related to discrimination and exclusions.

Practice head(s):

Salima Mawji

Other key lawyers:


‘IBB offer unrivalled skill and expertise when it comes to education law matters. They are very well-placed to represent students in all types of public and private law claims against universities. They also do a lot of work in the schools sector, in particular when representing parents in claims against independent schools. They are knowledgeable in the main areas of law that cut across these and associated areas of the education sector. Given their level of experience in these areas, they also have a very good practical understanding of the education sector and are geared towards achieving good practical outcomes for their clients.’

‘Salima Mawji is an education law specialist of great repute, who is particularly well known for her work in the higher education sector in relation to which she really knows her stuff. Celia Whittuck is an education law specialist that I hold in high regard, and she has real strengths when it comes to schools-related work.’

‘The gold standard team for higher education work. IBB is one of my main instructing solicitors and I always feel completely confident that they will do an excellent job for the client. The cases are meticulously prepared, and they are very client-focused and practical in their approach.’

‘Salima Mawji is vastly experienced and the best tactician in the sector. Whenever I am asked to recommend a higher education solicitor it is always IBB as first choice because of Salima’s unparalleled expertise in this area. Celia Whittuck is totally dedicated, with unrivalled attention to detail. She is wonderful with vulnerable clients and brings with her a huge amount of litigation experience, which is used to excellent effect.’

‘Salima Mawji has excellent judgement and client care and is building a great team. I also highly recommend Celia Whittock.’

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Two lawyers jointly head up the ‘highly experienced team’ at IBB Law: Adam Dowdney who specialises in all aspects of corporate work and has been focusing on expanding the Thames Valley corporate offering, alongside Harriet Jones who provides commercial advice to businesses in the western Thames Valley.

Practice head(s):

Adam Dowdney; Harriet Jones


‘Strong team ethic means advice from corporate, employment and property is all tightly joined up providing a very efficient process for clients and deal intermediaries. Highly experienced team, strong capabilities and also good team players.’

‘Adam Dowdney goes beyond what is expected of a partner on a transaction project, without fail puts in the extra hours to get things done right and on time.’

Key clients

Portman Compliance

LGDN Bidco

Mega-Pak (2014) Limited

VLH Developments Limited

Finchley Morgan Limited

Logiq Consulting Limited

Lifecast Body Simulation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of PortAll Limited and Nanstrad Limited in selling their shares to Compliancy Services Limited.
  • Advised LGDN Bidco (Family First), a buy and build platform operating in the children’s nursery business in the UK, on numerous acquisitions throughout the country.
  • Acted for the management team on the Management of Norwegian Log Cabins in the buy-out process including advice on the equity documents and service agreements relating to the MBO of Norwegian Log Cabins supported by Ethos Partners.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

IBB Law‘s team is praised by clients for 'thinking outside of the box‘ when dispensing advice to liquidators and companies in financial distress on turnarounds, investigations and general restructurings. The ‘outstandingSonia Jordan leads the group alongside Sarah Jackson. Jordan divides her time between the Reading and Uxbridge offices, often acting in administrations, forensic asset recovery actions, and restructuring matters. Based in Reading, Jackson has notable contentious expertise, and is ‘fantastic‘ when handling a variety of insolvency disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sonia Jordan; Sarah Jackson


‘Good, level headed insolvency advice.’

‘I love working with Sonia Jordan as no matter what a bankrupt throws at us, she sees through their fluff and distills the issue to give us a workable outcome. Our current case causes numerous headaches but she manages to find a way through.’

‘The team think outside of the box and are very commercial. They are ferocious when needed, but have the ability to see the reality of situations.’

‘Sarah Jackson is fantastic. She is ferocious when required, but commercial. She fights her client’s corner hard, but is courteous to her fellow professionals.’

‘Sarah Jackson is a stand-out partner. She has a rare talent of being an incisive lawyer with an eye for the detail, yet strong commercial acumen. Sarah is a strong player in the restructuring and insolvency sector with excellent knowledge and an impressive client list.’

‘Sonia Jordan is a stand-out partner in the restructuring and insolvency arena who combines a strong track record with great client care.’

‘Sonia Jordan is a delight to work work with, she has extensive specialist knowledge and excellent commercial instincts but the thing that really sets her apart is the degree of charm she employs when dealing with people.’

‘Sonia Jordan is an outstanding practitioner, well-versed in all areas of insolvency and restructuring. She is comfortable with both transactional and contentious work, which is rare in this field. She is a force to be reckoned with.’

Key clients

Interpath Advisory (formerly KPMG)

Quantuma Advisory

Moore Kingston Smith

KRE Corporate Recovery

UHY Hacker Young

Buchler Phillips

Carter Backer Winter

Herron Fisher Insolvency and Business Recovery

Opus Business Advisory Group

Arkle Partners

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 4

Uxbridge-based John Milner heads the business crime and fraud team at IBB Law, drawing on a ‘wealth of experience’ handling high-profile financial crime investigations and VAT fraud proceedings. The team specialises in representing company directors, c-suite executives, and high-net-worth individuals in complex SFO and HMRC investigations, consistently receiving referrals from leading law firms in the market. From the Uxbridge office, Eddie Tang handles tax fraud matters, while Caroline Dunne boasts over 25 years of experience advising on all aspects of criminal law.

Practice head(s):

John Milner

Other key lawyers:


‘John Milner is sage, seasoned and with tons of judgment. Deftly guides cases through murky waters.’

‘John Milner is outstanding. His experience is vast, he is highly astute, works his socks off and is a delight to deal with. Very few people have the level of strategic awareness that John has, and he uses it to its full advantage. He knows everyone and puts those connections to use when representing clients. An A1 solicitor, bursting with talent.’

‘John Milner holds a unique position in this market, providing a wealth of experience in white-collar matters through a flexible and bespoke service, acting effectively as a firm within a firm.’

‘John Milner has extensive experience in dealing with the most serious high-profile fraud cases. He is able to gain the trust of clients, whether they are sophisticated or naive and inexperienced. His many years’ experience has given him excellent judgment in seeking to resolve cases in his clients best interests. If a matter is to be contested he is unstinting in his efforts in support of his clients.’

‘John has been involved in many of the major large fraud trials over the years and has a hands-on experience which is second to none.’

‘I have worked with John Milner many times as counsel and instructing him from a law firm. He always gets his client’s full trust very quickly and his experience brings strategic judgement of the highest quality. Very well liked in the white-collar market.’

‘John Milner is an excellent white collar crime lawyer, with years of experience working on some of the most high-profile investigations prosecutions. Vastly knowledgeable with a great bedside manner. A very safe pair of hands.’

Work highlights

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With one foot in the Thames Valley and the other in the thriving inward investment market of West London. Close to Heathrow, it is perfectly placed to support businesses, both regionally and across the UK.

For Individuals

IBB’s Private Client teams can support families through every major life event. Its lawyers help clients to understand what are the best choices for them, and make the law work to deliver on those choices. IBB’s teams have a vast amount of experience in working with High-net-worth individuals and families, and can manage the most complex of emotional and financial situations.

.Types of work undertaken

Corporate & Commercial:

The corporate and commercial teams cover M&A, corporate finance, corporate advisory, private equity, JVs, partnerships, commercial contracts, competition and regulatory, franchising, outsourcing, business recovery and insolvency, pensions. Clients range from medium-sized organisations who appreciate the firm’s West London location and business links, to public companies and UK subsidiaries of foreign companies looking for business acumen as well as legal advice. The firm has a niche speciality in mobile home parks, hotels, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing and automotive.

Commercial Dispute Resolution:

This growing team advises corporate and commercial clients, including household names, on a wide range of complex contractual and business disputes. It also undertakes IT and IP dispute work, franchising disputes, debt recovery, professional negligence, commercial fraud and shareholder/ partnership disputes. The team includes a number of qualified commercial mediators and promotes a flexible approach to dispute resolution.

Contentious Probate:

The growing team, headed by Paul Grimwood, has exceptional specialist expertise in dealing with all types of Wills, trusts and probate disputes. The team has particular experience dealing with high value estates, including those involving complex issues, such as foreign assets and other jurisdictions.

Banking & Finance:

The firm advises UK and foreign banks and other leading lending institutions on facility agreements, security structuring and secured lending. IBB can also advise on the best way to structure the financing of businesses or particular investment or development deals, whether related to senior or mezzanine debt funding. The firm also has specialist expertise in the creation of the appropriate vehicle for finance deals, including SPVs and various forms of co-investment such as joint venture structures. IBB Solicitors is also one of only a few firms with the specialist knowledge required for the establishment and operation of collective investment schemes.


The team provides employers with advice on HR issues and disputes including disciplinaries, performance management and grievances; outsourcing, restructuring and redundancies; representation in employment tribunal proceedings; drafting employment documentation; and they also deliver in-house training seminars. The team advises many household name clients and tailors its advice to the business and culture of each client.

Real Estate:

The group has developed an impressive national client base in areas as diverse as commercial development, construction and engineering, residential development, investment, finance and occupational management. With Heathrow on the doorstep, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing make up a significant market. The development team is one of the largest dedicated teams in the South. The construction and landlord and tenant teams continue to grow an increasing share of the South East market. The teams are supported by property tax expertise and specialist real estate dispute resolution lawyers and mediators.

Private Client:

High net worth private clients form a significant part of the client base for IBB’s private practice. Services including wealth planning, wills, probate, tax, trusts, estate planning, property and financial advice for individuals. Work is also undertaken for institutional clients. The team is particularly strong in its Court of Protection work with three professional deputies, six full SFE and four full STEP members. Other related teams with whom there is a close working relationship provide charities advice, criminal defence, family law advice including children’s cases, employment and personal injury.


With a sizeable and talented team, IBB’s collective expertise in family law is huge. Typically, the team handle complex and high value cases for wealthy individuals, including those where there is an international element.


IBB Owen White is widely recognised as one of the leading firms for franchising law. Advising both franchisors and franchisees, the team is able to draw on the wider IBB Law team to provide a full-service offering to franchise clients.

Fraud & Crime:

Ranked in the top four teams in London by fees, the team has a place on the Very High Cost Case Panel. The team advises on a wide range of white-collar crime including the powers of regulatory bodies, both compliance and investigation and any resultant criminal sanctions


Set up in 2020, the team has quickly established a strong reputation in the market, largely due to the credibility of team lead Salima Mawji. The team has exceptional specialist expertise in advising clients facing a variety of education law challenges. They can assist with any education law issue that a child, parent or student faces. The team also regularly advises educational professionals, including teachers in schools and college, and university lecturers.


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Joanna DeBiase joanna.debiase@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207959
Banking & Finance Harriet Jones harriet.jones@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207974
Commercial real estate Jeff Elphee jeff.elphe@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207950
Commercial dispute resolution Paul Kite paul.kite@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207954
Construction Paul Brampton paul.brampton@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207276
Corporate and commercial Adam Dowdney adam.dowdney@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207264
Crime Joanne Gibbons joanne.gibbons@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207866
Employment Justin Govier justin.govier@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207892
Family – matrimonial Amanda Melton amanda.melton@ibblaw.co.uk 01494790047
Landlord and tenant Jon Mowbray jon.mowbray@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207988
Real estate dispute resolution Andrew Olins andrew.olins@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207976
Residential conveyancing Gary Bunce gary.bunce@ibblaw.co.uk 01494790071
Wills, probate, tax and trusts Jacqueline Almond jacqueline.almond@ibblaw.co.uk 01494790002
Immigration Richard Devall richard.devall@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207262
Commercial real estate Gemma Coles gemma.coles@ibblaw.co.uk 01183382208
Crime Eddie Tang eddie.tang@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207842
Real Estate Miles Eckersley miles.eckersley@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207963
Real Estate Shital Metha shital.mehta@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207254
Real Estate Mithun Rabheru mithun.rabheru@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207245
Residential Development Mike Smith mike.smith@ibblaw.co.uk 01183382209
Property Disputes Caroline Cowley caroline.cowley@ibblaw.co.uk 01183382211
Commercial Dispute Resolution & Insolvency Sarah Jackson sarah.jackson@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207927
Franchising/Corporate & Commercial Andrew Hayward andrew.hayward@ibblaw.co.uk 01183382218
Parks & Marinas John Clement john.clement@ibblaw.co.uk 01895201721
Franchising Russell Ford russell.ford@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207208
Franchising Jane Masih jane.masih@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207206
Residential Conveyancing Laurence Warnell laurence.warnell@ibblaw.co.uk 01344294130
Court of Protection & Wills, Trusts & Probate Russell Hallam russell.hallam@ibblaw.co.uk 01895201758
Family Jolene Hutchinson jolene.hutchinson@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207855
Family Kate Ryan kate.ryan@ibblaw.co.uk 01895201763
Disputed Wills, Trusts & Probate Paul Grimwood paul.grimwood@ibblaw.co.uk 01895207859
Photo Name Position Profile
Jacqueline Almond photo Mrs Jacqueline Almond Jacqueline is Head of the Private Client Teams in Chesham and Uxbridge.…
Paul Brampton photo Mr Paul Brampton Paul is a partner and a construction and engineering law specialist. He…
Gemma Coles photo Mrs Gemma Coles Gemma is a partner in the commercial real estate team at IBB.…
Adam Dowdney photo Mr Adam Dowdney Adam, partner and head of the Reading office, specialises in corporate finance…
Justin Govier photo Mr Justin Govier Justin is partner and head of the employment team. He acts for…
Jolene Hutchinson photo Mrs Jolene Hutchinson Jolene’s expertise covers a wide range of family law matters, including complex…
Sarah Jackson photo Ms Sarah Jackson Sarah is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Restructuring & Insolvency…
Harriet Jones photo Ms Harriet Jones Specialising in working with owner-managed businesses and established SMEs, Harriet works on…
Paul Kite photo Mr Paul Kite Experienced commercial dispute resolution partner and qualified commercial mediator, providing strategic legal…
Javita Malhotra photo Ms Javita Malhotra Javita has established a wide ranging family practice with a particular specialism…
Jane Mas photo Mrs Jane Mas Jane joined IBB Law following a merger with Owen White Solicitors in…
Amanda Melton photo Ms Amanda Melton Amanda is a partner, head of the family team, and group head…
John Milner photo Mr John Milner John specialises in acting for individuals under investigation for financial crime. He…
Jon Mowbray photo Mr Jon Mowbray Jon is a partner in the real estate litigation team and group…
Andrew Olins photo Mr Andrew Olins Andrew is a partner and a real estate dispute resolution specialist. He…
Eddie Tang photo Mr Eddie Tang Eddie Tang has a wide range of experience in criminal defence work.…
Number of UK partners : 33
Number of other UK fee-earners : 110