Firm Profile > Collyer Bristow LLP > London, England

Collyer Bristow LLP
4 BEDFORD ROW
LONDON
WC1R 4TF
England

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Collyer Bristow LLP is highly rated in the hotels and leisure space, representing a client base of hotel owners, operators, restaurants, bars and sports clubs on matters such as extensions, sales and leases, refurbishment and licensing. A further key strength is development, with the group holding particular expertise in relation to mixed-use sites, joint ventures, profit sharing, planning agreements, overage agreements and renewable energy matters. Development-related finance is also a core focus, with a number of banks and financial institutions forming the client roster. In the corporate occupier space, the practice has recently represented a number of regulatory bodies in relation to office moves and is also engaged by banks for related matters.

Practice head(s):

John Rochman

Other key lawyers:

Alex O’Connor; Jonathan Wiese

Key clients

Aldersgate Investments Ltd / Motcomb Estates Ltd (Reuben brothers)

Arney Fender Katsalidis Limited (International architects)

Bewley Homes plc

Charterhouse Voice and Data Plc

Chase New Homes Ltd

Crest Nicholson plc

The Deltic Group

EDHEC Business School

GMS Estates Ltd

Ipsus Developments Ltd

Lochailort Investments Ltd

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd / Be Living Ltd

Family: mediation Tier 2

Philippa Dolan at Collyer Bristow LLP is a trained civil mediator and excels at complicated matrimonial finance and children disputes.

Family Tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP acts primarily for high-net-worth clients and works closely with the firm’s tax and estate planning teams as well as its commercial department to advise on diverse areas such as tax and reputation management. The team is best known for its divorce and matrimonial finance work such as pre- and post-nuptial agreements and private law children disputes. The majority of the team’s work is now international and the children team frequently deals with international relocation cases and other issues such as surrogacy, assisted reproduction as well as parentage disputes. Toby Yerburgh heads the team and Mark Harrop left the firm and has joined Family Law Partners.

Practice head(s):

Toby Yerburgh

Other key lawyers:

Tanya Roberts; Michael Drake; Philippa Dolan; Laura Burrows

Testimonials

The team is a very safe pair of hands, commercial, works tirelessly for its clients to achieve the best outcome. Although there is a very capable team here, the stand out partner in the firm for family in heavy financial disputes is Toby Yerburgh‘.

Toby Yerburgh is great with clients and fights their corner while being pragmatic and practical’.

Toby Yerburgh is great on international issues and appears to see through even tricky cases to the answer. He has a way with clients so they feel both protected‘.

At court, Toby is fantastic at managing clients – ensuring that they know exactly what to expect, answering their questions, talking them through each step of the process and assuaging any fears or anxieties they may have. He never appears rushed or impatient but always, always has time for his clients‘.

Tanya Roberts is excellent for children work and has first-class judgement especially in complicated children matters and private child abduction‘.

Michael Drake is an excellent lawyer and a real gentleman’.

Micheal Drake is outstanding. Peers respect him; clients adore him, judges listen to him. He has impressive business acumen and commercial knowledge‘.

Toby Yerburgh, Philippa Dolan and Michael Drake and associate Laura Burrows, all of whom I have found to be solution based, pragmatic, firm (but not unnecessarily aggressive – a rare quality in top family firms!) and extremely diligent in the management of their clients’ cases’.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP advises the full range of private clients, from landed estates through to entrepreneurs. It advises on wills, trusts and probate as well as on complex questions of personal taxation and structuring. The majority of its work is cross-border and it has a sophisticated understanding of offshore trust structures in specific jurisdictions, including Switzerland, the United States, the Nordics, Russia and the Middle East. Peter Daniel  is now the head of department with effect from May 2019. James Badcock  has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Peter Daniel

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Cole; Daniel Simon

Testimonials

Fantastic team – highly technical and personal.’

Peter Daniel – a very engaged partner with excellent technical knowledge and great client relationship skill.

‘A well-sized team that benefits from high-calibre lawyers with a broad depth of knowledge and expertise.

Dominic Cole was particularly “stand out” on a recent matter. He was responsive and technically astute.

The team is first-class and is knowledgeable and approachable and offers excellent value for money.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP handles commercial matters in the media and entertainment sphere, and it is noted for its fashion, arts and sports sector expertise. It has experience in events, marketing, publishing and sponsorship matters, while IP, copyright and data protection matters are also a key specialism. The firm also handles libel, privacy, reputation management, phone hacking and contractual disputes.

Reputation management Tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP handles reputational issues for individuals, including clients seeking compensation for breach of privacy claims arising out of the misuse of private information. The team headed by Steven Heffer is also heavily involved in phone hacking litigation and acts for 9 claimants in High Court claims against News Group Newspapers. In addition, Heffer has acted in sexual harassment cases involving senior executives and assists charities with reputational threats. Associate Nichola Leach brings expertise in matters related to social media and the GDPR to the table.

Practice head(s):

Steven Heffer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

David Tennant

Colin Jackson

Eddie Irvine

Jess Morris

Sophia Myles

Fran Cutler

Caroline Nokes MP

Meg Mathews

Joanne Lees

Nancy Dell’Olio

Paladin – National Stalking Advocacy Service

Phone hacking victims (200+)

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP is primarily a claimant firm and conflict-free in relation to disputes with the major financial institutions. The team advises on disputes involving derivatives, Forex, assignment of bank debts, and distressed debt trading, along with syndicated lending, securitisation, and unregulated collective investment schemes. It has also expanded into aviation financing and crypto-currency disputes. Banking and financial disputes group head Stephen Rosen, commercial disputes head Richard ViegasJanine Alexander and Robin Henry are the principal advisers.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rosen; Richard Viegas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Napier Park Global Capital

Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP is highly rated in the hotels and leisure space, representing a client base of hotel owners, operators, restaurants, bars and sports clubs on matters such as extensions, sales and leases, refurbishment and licensing. A further key strength is development, with the group holding particular expertise in relation to mixed-use sites, joint ventures, profit sharing, planning agreements, overage agreements and renewable energy matters. Development-related finance is also a core focus, with a number of banks and financial institutions forming the client roster. In the corporate occupier space, the practice has recently represented a number of regulatory bodies in relation to office moves and is also engaged by banks for related matters.

Practice head(s):

John Rochman

Other key lawyers:

Alex O’Connor; Rory Macpherson

Key clients

Aldersgate Investments Ltd / Motcomb Estates Ltd (Reuben brothers)

Bewley Homes plc

Chase New Homes Ltd

Crest Nicholson plc

The Deltic Group

EcoWorld International Limited

GMS Estates Ltd

Ipsus Developments Ltd

Lochailort Investments Ltd

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd / Be Living Ltd

Property litigation Tier 5

Working closely with its construction team, Michael Grace heads the property litigation team at Collyer Bristow LLP, which is well versed in handling various landlord and tenant disputes, insolvency-related matters, property portfolio management issues, service charge arrears and litigation arising from business lease renewals. Clients include privately-owned property investment, development and management companies, high-net-worth individuals and companies in the retail and leisure industries.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grace

Other key lawyers:

Paul Henson

Key clients

Aldersgate Investments

BMC Properties and Management

Cheval Residences

Citylink Group

The Deltic Group

William Pears Group

FirstRand Bank

Crest Nicholson

IPSUS Developments

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP's team has wide experience of business and high-net-worth disputes, as well as internal disputes (including boardroom and partnership issues). Its team includes specialists in mining, Fintech, financial disputes, insolvency, IP, IT and e-commerce, and competition. Richard Viegas heads the commercial disputes team, which also includes Stephen RosenJeff RobertsJanine Alexander and media and privacy department head Steven Heffer.

Practice head(s):

Richard Viegas

Key clients

Fraser Turner

Chapelgate Credit Opportunity Master Fund

Vald Nielsen Holdings and Newwatch

Benchwalk Advisors

Equatorial Congo Airlines

Learn to Trade

Baird & Co

Mazda

Intellectual property Tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP's departent is comprised of commercial lawyers and 'excellent all-round IP litigators, with a particular strength in trade mark work'. The team is led by Patrick Wheeler, who has 'exceptional experience' in soft IP disputes, while Tim Bamford, who has 'encyclopaedic knowledge', focuses on patent litigation. Charles Braithwaite is a key contact for commercial IP matters including licensing issues.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The IP team has in-depth experience in IP litigation spanning decades, a can-do approach, and excellent client handling skills.

Tim Bamford knows what he is talking about and can guide clients through the maze of litigation.

With extensive experience in IP litigation, Tim Bamford has the ability to create innovative and effective strategies.

‘Tim Bamford is tenacious in achieving the best results for clients.

Chandni Rani is a star associate who is clearly going to be an effective partner.

‘Chandni Rani is extremely impressive; she is personable, efficient, effective and self-starting.’

Tim Bamford cuts through to the key issues like a legal Sabatier.

Key clients

Regen Laboratories SA

CS Medical Limited

UK Prosper Limited

Timesource Ltd

Global Design & Innovation Ltd

Takasho Co Ltd.

Property finance Tier 6

On the borrower side, Collyer Bristow LLP has extensive experience advising developers on mixed-use, residential and commercial projects; the team also acts for a range of lenders, including banks and a number of investors from the Far East and Middle East. The team handles acquisition, investment and development finance. Alex O’Connor specialises in the financing of complex mixed-use developments, while Rory Macpherson focuses on development finance in the residential sector.

The firm: Collyer Bristow LLP is a long-established central London law firm. We provide high quality, individually tailored legal advice, often with a cross-border aspect, to a portfolio of international and domestic clients including commercial businesses, wealthy individuals and families, and ambitious entrepreneurs.

Clients choose Collyer Bristow because they appreciate individuality, creativity and collaboration. They recognise that their needs may be unique and more complex, or that in progressing with their legal issue they value a more engaged and personalised service from their lawyers. They recognise that the Collyer Bristow approach is one of building understanding, trust and relationships with clients; the firm takes time to build relationships and to understand the commercial objectives behind every transaction or dispute. This allows the firm to operate more strategically on behalf of its clients and to best support the achievement of the outcomes they desire.

The firm has a particular reputation for its business, dispute resolution, private wealth, and real estate services.

Types of work undertaken: Private wealth:Tax and estate planning: the private wealth department includes a strong tax and estate planning team which advises on wills, tax planning and structuring, trusts, and charities. It has particular expertise in residence, non-domicile and offshore matters, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work, and trust and probate litigation.

Family: the firm’s family team handles the full range of issues including divorce, separation, civil partnership and cohabitation, the preparation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and complex disputes involving financial issues or those concerning children.

Media and privacy: the team is a leader in the media and privacy field having been involved in high-profile defamation and privacy claims, including acting for over 200 victims of the phonehacking scandal. The team has represented prominent figures including Sarah Lancashire and Caroline Nokes MP. It also handles harassment and cyber-stalking disputes.

SMEs: Commercial dispute resolution: the innovative commercial dispute resolution team has substantial experience advising organisations on issues regarding breach of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, civil fraud, and trade disputes. It is known for its strategic excellence. Clients include Manolete Partners and Greensphere Capital.

Banking and financial disputes: the banking and financial disputes team deals with all aspects of financial mis-selling, with FOREX and LIBOR manipulation and claims arising from the mis-selling of derivatives, as recent areas of focus. Its clients include UK and offshore companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, and high-net-worth individuals. Secure Capital SA is a key client.

Competition: the competition team acts in damages claims on behalf of those who have suffered loss from the anticompetitive behaviour of others. The team assists in actions, either as standalone claims or following a regulatory decision of infringement, including obtaining litigation funding. The team is working on compensation claims against the truck cartel and MasterCard, amongst others.

Real estate: the real estate team acts for property owners, investors, developers, funders, landlords, and tenants dealing with all real estate transactions, from multimillion-pound portfolio acquisitions to individual sales, commercial lettings, property management, and real estate disputes. Clients include GMS Estates and The Deltic Group.

Intellectual property and data protection: the firm has a strong reputation for intellectual property with work covering protection of brands, negotiating commercial agreements, resolving disputes concerning patent, design rights, trade mark and copyright infringement. The team is experienced in advising businesses on data protection and preparing to comply with the new regulations (GDPR). Clients include Sanrio UK and Wirth Research.

Employment: the employment team provides commercial advice to companies in managing their everyday HR issues and dealing with disputes, which can involve Employment Tribunal and High court litigation. The team deals with matters involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, breach of contract, whistleblowing, flexible working, equal pay, and business immigration. Carluccio’s and Addison Lee are clients.

Corporate and commercial: the corporate and commercial team has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, company reconstructions, insolvency, and corporate recovery. Clients cover a wide range of sectors and include Better Capital Group and Aldo UK. The team’s work also includes activities related to art and culture. Film composers David Arnold and David Julyan and INTO Film are clients.

Other offices: London, Geneva

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Daniel Simon
Chief Executive Phillip Palmer
Arbitration Stephen Rosen
Banking and financial disputes Stephen Rosen
Commercial disputes Richard Viegas
Construction Jonathan Pawlowski
Corporate and commercial Jeff Roberts
Data protection Patrick Wheeler
Dispute resolution Robin Henry
Employment Tania Goodman
Family Toby Yerburgh
Fintech Nigel Brahams
Financial services Stephen Rosen
Insolvency Steven Heffer
Intellectual property Patrick Wheeler
Media and privacy Steven Heffer
Private Wealth Peter Daniel
Real estate Michael Grace
Real estate litigation Michael Grace
Photo Name Position Profile
 Janine Alexander  photo Janine Alexander
 Ragavan Arunachalam  photo Ragavan Arunachalam
 Tim Bamford  photo Tim Bamford
 Charles Braithwaite  photo Charles Braithwaite
 Peter Daniel  photo Peter Daniel
 Philippa Dolan  photo Philippa Dolan
 Michael Drake  photo Michael Drake
 Tania Goodman  photo Tania Goodman
Mr Michael Grace  photo Mr Michael Grace
 William Hancock  photo William Hancock
 Robin Henry  photo Robin Henry
 Alex O’Connor  photo Alex O’Connor
 Jonathan Pawlowski  photo Jonathan Pawlowski
 Howard Ricklow  photo Howard Ricklow
 Rhory Robertson  photo Rhory Robertson
 John Saner  photo John Saner
 Paul Sillis  photo Paul Sillis
 Daniel Simon  photo Daniel Simon
 Richard Viegas  photo Richard Viegas
 Patrick Wheeler  photo Patrick Wheeler
 Toby Yerburgh  photo Toby Yerburgh
Number of UK partners : 34
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60
IBA (International Bar Association)

The firm places great value on all of our employees. We celebrate diversity and respect the unique and distinctive qualities of our colleagues. We believe everyone has the right to enjoy an inclusive working environment which encourages professional and/or personal development free from discrimination or harassment. It is important for everyone to understand workplace behaviour and its implication on the working environment. Our Diversity and Inclusion policy details the firm’s approach to equal opportunities and covers discrimination, harassment/bullying and victimisation.

The firm is committed to promoting gender equality. We have established a professional network called Higher which elevates women and champions equality in the workplace. Its activity is driven by a diverse internal committee.