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Collyer Bristow LLP
St Martin’s Court
10 Paternoster Row

Private client > Family Tier 4

Toby Yerburgh  leads a ‘friendly and professional’ team at Collyer Bristow LLP that works primarily for high-net-worth clients. The main focus of the team is on matrimonial finance work (including pre- and post-nuptial advice) and private law children disputes. Many of its cases have an international dimension. Tanya Roberts is well-regarded for her work on international relocation cases and complicated children disputes. Philppa Dolan and Michael Drake  are among the other key members of the department.

Practice head(s):

Toby Yerburgh

Other key lawyers:

Michael Drake; Tanya Roberts; Philippa Dolan; Bethany Wood; Laura Burrows


‘Philippa Dolan is possibly the most empathetic lawyer one could wish for in fact I would say she is possibly the most empathetic human one could meet. This is backed up by intellect and years of practice, Philippa exercises respect and integrity at all times. Having a balanced viewpoint is essential in the trauma of divorce and I am grateful for having such support. At the worst of times it is good to have the best of humanity’.

‘Philippa Dolan is my solicitor and I can’t ask for a better person to deal with my case: unbelievable supportive, honest, a personalised approach but with strength and power if needed’.

‘Toby Yerborough gave good advice and had very good knowledge of the law. He didn’t just keep referring to barristers’.

‘Tanya Roberts has a particular expertise in difficult children cases, both domestic and international including leave to remove and child abduction. She is very good at instilling confidence in her clients and is patient, thorough and resolute. She is determined to champion her clients’ interests whilst being pragmatic and commercial in her approach. She is very popular with clients’.

‘Tanya Roberts is one of the most experienced and expert children lawyers practising now. She has immense strategic expertise and deep experience in the most difficult and complex children work. She works enormously hard for her clients and her judgment is spot on.’

‘I have worked with a number of the family law team at Collyer Bristow over the years – Toby Yerburgh, Michael Drake, Philippa Dolan, Laura Burrows and Buffy Wood and have found them all to be, without exception, professional, hardworking, commercially minded and pragmatic in their approach to cases.’

‘Toby Yerburgh is a first rate tactician, who keeps a very calm head even in the most difficult and torrid of cases. His years of experience in big money cases shows in his strategic decision making and his ability to hold his nerve when negotiations are on a knife edge’.

‘Michael Drake is a first rate lawyer of the old school, providing client care that is second to none. He has an effortless charm and an ability to put his clients at ease, even in the midst of highly contentious proceedings. His years of experience in financial remedy work have given him excellent judgment. He knows when to fight and when to sensibly seek a negotiated settlement. He has wisdom in spades and inspires the utmost confidence in clients. A class act’.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

The commercial real estate team at London firm Collyer Bristow LLP is led by Michael Grace - he leads a team of partner who handle a range of corporate occupier, development and investment matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grace

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Gawne


‘Quality of service, attention to detail and clear and concise information.’

‘Individuals are attentive, and take time to listen to individual concerns.’

‘The team at Collyer Bristow have been a phenomenal asset as we have navigated complex lease arrangements and projects. Best in class, living and breathing our shared values and always service with a smile. Partner level engagement is outstanding and you are made to feel like their only client time and time again.’

‘No nonsense, expert advice with partners able to translate complex and confusing information into something that is digestible and easy to understand.’

‘Stephen Gawne in particular is by far the best property lawyer I have ever had the pleasure to work with.’

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP‘s highly international banking litigation practice handles disputes relating to cryptocurrency, consumer lending and alleged market manipulation. Robin Henry and Janine Alexander are key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Robin Henry

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

    Collyer Bristow LLP's practice covers contracts, torts, civil fraud, trusts, insolvencies and cross-border claims. The team also assists with boardroom, partnership, shareholder and joint venture disputes. Robin Henry is disputes head; Jeff Roberts acts in commercial disputes and company litigation; and Janine Alexander assists with banking, finance and litigation funding disputes. In May 2022, the practice hired Shakespeare Martineau LLP's former London disputes head David Vaughan, while former commercial disputes leader Richard Viegas departed during 2021 for Taylor Wessing LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Robin Henry

    Key clients

    FIAMM Energy Technology

    Musst Holdings

    Harrington Scott

    Work highlights

    • Acted for global automotive product manufacturer FIAMM Energy Technology in litigation, which was brought by Nissan over the supply of 1.6m allegedly faulty car batteries.
    • Acted for Musst Holdings against Astra Asset Management in litigation, which concerned a capital raising-related breach of contract.
    • Assisting UAE businessman Sami Wadi Sidawi with his defence to proceedings brought by Radwan Al-Rawi, which concerns shares allegedly held in trust.

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

    Peter Daniel  heads the department at Collyer Bristow LLP that advises on the full range of private client matters with a particular emphasis on services to UK and international entrepreneurs and business owners as well as the owners of UK landed estates. It is adept at handling all areas such as wills, trusts, complex international probate issues in addition to issues relating to personal taxation and wealth structuring.  The majority of its work has an international dimension and members of its team speak Italian and Turkish.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter Daniel

    Other key lawyers:

    Tulin Hamit; Charlie Fowler; Aidan Grant; James Cook; Daniel Simon; William Hancock; James Austen


    ‘Breadth of knowledge on matters relevant to HNW/UHNW clients is impressive – not only on tax matters but also more niche areas such as reputation management – A lot of our work has international aspects, which CB seems very comfortable dealing with – Proactive in providing value-adds such as organising know-how sessions for us as clients – Pragmatic approach to charging for their time is appreciated’.

    We work with Peter Daniel and Daniel Simon. Peter is absolutely fantastic, pragmatic and very approachable. He is unflappable in his approach and a pleasure to work with. Daniel is supremely knowledgeable and highly able to connect with his clients which makes for an excellent combination for a lawyer dealing with delicate family affairs. We have also done work with Aidan Grant and Charlie Fowler – both of these individuals are definitely partners in the making’.

    ‘Peter Daniel – Approachable, responsive and knowledgeable. Charlie Fowler – Client-friendly, practical and responsive. Aidan Grant – Impressive knowledge on US/UK tax estate tax planning in particular’.

    ‘James Cook is always willing to jump on the phone and speak with my clients about certain matters. He is never pushy and has a friendly helpful approach that makes my clients feel calm’.

    ‘I have worked with Peter Daniel – he is extremely responsive and pragmatic and a pleasure to work with’.

    ‘Daniel Simon – an easy going manner combined with enormous experience. At the top of his game. Charlie Fowler – a team player who really cares about his clients. Diligent with a ‘can do’ approach’.

    ‘James Austen: all round excellent, attention to detail, care for his clients, pragmatic solution finder – technically second to none. Tulin Kiranoglu-Hamit: fearless champion for her clients’ causes; really good on international tax aspects’.

    ‘Daniel Simon – really good business manner/ethic – super pragmatic advice, technically very able. William Hancock – utterly charming, really empathetic, very clever. Aidan Grant – really charming, excellent on charity law, understands all the issues’.

    Work highlights

    • Advising UHNW family and trustees of their family trust on all their UK legal and tax matters.
    • Advising long-standing client UHNW family and trustees of family trust on the dismantling of a company/trust structure across multiple jurisdictions.
    • Advising a UHNW non-resident on the creation of an offshore trust and company structure as part of an effective pre-immigration plan.

    Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

    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, probate, 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. The nature of their work is cross jurisdictional as well as UK based.

    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 David Tennant, Colin Jackson, Meg Mathews as well as many sports personalities. 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 FIAMM Energy Technology S.p.A., Musst Holdings, and Pramod Mittal.

    Banking and financial disputes: The team brings years of experience to dealing with complex disputes relating to financial instruments. Clients are often referred by domestic and foreign law firms with conflicts of interest. The work of the team includes benchmark manipulation, structured finance, FOREX, securitisation, and cryptocurrency as well as disputes over bank lending. Clients include Napier Park Global Capital and Salzgitter Mannessman GmbH.

    Competition and anti-trust: Advice is provided on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Where there is infringement of competition law, we can assist with stand-alone claims or following on from a regulatory decision of infringement. Advice is provided to clients on compliance with competition law and the investigation of potential non-compliance. Work includes compensation claims against the truck manufacturers cartel.

    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 EcoWorld London.

    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 as well as litigation concerning patents, design rights, trade marks, copyright and confidential information. The team is also experienced in advising businesses on data protection and compliance with UK GDPR, as well as assisting with responses to subject access rights and data breaches. Clients include Sanrio UK, Stannah Stairlifts 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. Clients include Addison Lee, Perrett Laver, Total Media,, Cashplus Bank and Mercuri Urval.

    Corporate and commercial: the corporate and commercial team has expertise in commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, funding, regulatory matters, company reconstructions, insolvency and corporate recovery. Clients cover a wide range of sectors and include Manolete Partners and the Moulton family office. The team’s work also includes activities related to art and culture. Film composers David Arnold and David Julyan are clients.

    Other offices: London, Geneva

    Senior partner Daniel Simon
    Chief Executive Phillip Palmer
    Arbitration Stephen Rosen
    Banking and financial disputes Stephen Rosen
    Construction Jonathan Pawlowski
    Corporate and commercial Sharon Fryer
    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
    Ragavan Arunachalam photo Ragavan ArunachalamRagavan is a Senior Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team with…
    Tim Bamford photo Tim BamfordPartner: All aspects of intellectual property disputes including patents, trademarks and copyright, media…
    Charles Braithwaite photo Charles BraithwaitePartner: Charles’ main areas of expertise are corporate and commercial, intellectual property…
    Peter Daniel photo Peter DanielPartner: Peter’s work covers a broad range of tax and estate planning…
    Philippa Dolan photo Philippa DolanPhilippa Dolan is a partner in the family law department. She is…
    Michael Drake photo Michael DrakePartner and Senior family & divorce lawyer. He handles all areas of matrimonial…
    Tania Goodman photo Tania GoodmanPartner, Head of Employment Law & Dispute Resolution
    Michael Grace photoMr Michael GraceHead of Real estate
    William Hancock photo William HancockWilliam is a partner in the Tax and Estate Planning team. He…
    Robin Henry photo Robin HenryPartner: Robin’s main areas of expertise are financial services, financial disputes and…
    Alex O'Connor photo Alex O'ConnorPartner – specialising in developments, secured financing, energy centre leases, joint ventures,…
    Jonathan Pawlowski photo Jonathan PawlowskiPartner and Head of Construction
    Howard Ricklow photo Howard RicklowPartner: Howard is a member of our Corporate and commercial team. He…
    John Saner photo John SanerPartner in the Trusts, Tax & Estate Planning team specifically acting for individuals,…
    Paul Sillis photo Paul SillisPartner: Paul is a member of our Corporate and Commercial team. He…
    Daniel Simon photo Daniel SimonSenior Partner of Collyer Bristow and a partner in the Tax and…
    Patrick Wheeler photo Patrick WheelerPartner and Head of Intellectual Property, specialising in contentious and non-contentious IP…
    Toby Yerburgh photo Toby YerburghPartner and Head of the Family team. Toby specialises in family and…
    Number of UK partners : 36
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 88
    IBA (International Bar Association)
    Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)

    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.