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Collyer Bristow LLP

Work 020 7242 7363
Geneva, London

The firm: Collyer Bristow is a long-established law firm based in London, providing legal services to high-net-worth individuals and SMEs. The firm has a particular reputation for its private wealth, real estate and dispute resolution services. Key clients include Philip Morris International, Crest Nicholson, Middlesex University, Jon Moulton, Willmott Dixon and Twickenham Film Studios. The firm has a Geneva office and provides advice to clients across multiple jurisdictions.

Types of work undertaken: Private wealth:Tax and estate planning: the private client services 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: Geneva

  • Number of UK partners: 30
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 55
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Commercial: 26.6
  • Dispute resolution: 47.0
  • Private client: 26.4

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