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Collyer Bristow LLP

4 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4TF, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7242 7363
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163 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Geneva, London

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

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 Viegas, Janine Alexander and Robin Henry are the principal advisers.

Practice head(s):Stephen Rosen; Richard Viegas

Other key lawyers:Janine Alexander; Robin Henry

Key Clients

Napier Park Global Capital

Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani

Work highlights

  • Acted for Napier Park Global Capital as junior bondholders in a collateralised loan obligation structure, in a dispute with Barings (UK), the collateral manager, as to whether an incentive fee was payable.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP

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 Rosen, Jeff Roberts, Janine Alexander and media and privacy department head Steven Heffer.

Practice head(s):Richard Viegas

Other key lawyers:Stephen Rosen; Jeff Roberts; Janine Alexander; Steven Heffer

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fraser Turner in a complex £80m claim against PWC (and others) for inducing breach of contract and unlawful means of conspiracy; the claim was in relation to a listed mining company placed into administration.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP

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'.

Leading individuals

Toby Yerburgh - Collyer Bristow LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Collyer Bristow LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Philippa Dolan

Testimonials

'Philippa Dolan is able to find a path through the trickiest of factual forests and is adored by her clients'.

Leading individuals

Philippa Dolan - Collyer Bristow LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Collyer Bristow LLP

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.'

Leading individuals

Daniel Simon - Collyer Bristow LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Collyer Bristow LLP

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

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for an entity within the Ipsus Development group on a joint venture with a pension fund in connection with the acquisition, funding and development of a site in Caversham for residential and mixed use redevelopment and the grant of a development agreement for a lease of part of the site to a social housing provider.
  • Acting for Aberfeldy New Village LLP (a joint venture between Be Living (Willmott Dixon) and Poplar Harca) in connection with continuing site assembly, funding, development and sales of phase 3 onwards at Aberfeldy New Village in East London.
  • Continuing to act for Be Living entities in connection with the acquisition, development and sales at sites in Reading, Sevenoaks and Cheshunt.
  • Acting for Crest Nicholson and an Aberdeen Asset Management entity in connection with post-development work for a large retail and residential development site in Hemel Hempstead.
  • Acting for Dee Park Partnership LLP (a joint venture between Prime Place Developments (Willmott Dixon) and Catalyst Housing) in connection with phase 3 of their development in Dee Park, Reading.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP

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.

Other key lawyers:Alex O'Connor; Rory Macpherson

Key Clients

Arab National Bank

Bangkok Bank PCL

Hampden & Co. plc

Handelsbanken plc

Weatherbys Private Bank

Aldersgate Investments (Reuben brothers)

Bewley Homes plc

Chase New Homes

Crest Nicholson plc

Ipsus Developments

Lochailort Investments

Willmott Dixon Holdings/Prime Place Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising Chase New Homes on the forward sale/funding of a development at Palace Wharf in Fulham, which involved the conversion of warehouse buildings into residential properties.
  • Advising Key Developments Godalming on the financing of the development of land for a Prime Place Developments joint venture.
  • Advising Ipsus Developments on a joint venture with a pension fund in connection with the acquisition, funding and development of a site for residential and mixed-use redevelopment, and the grant of a development agreement for a lease of part of the site to a social housing provider.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Aberfeldy New Village on the development of a new community in east London.
  • Advising Cheshunt School Development on financing the development of property in Hertfordshire for a Willmott Dixon special purpose vehicle.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Collyer Bristow LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for the commercial tenant, Chicago Leisure, in a title dispute with a number of NatWest's beneficiaries.
  • Advised the landlord client, IPSUS Developments, in the recovery of rent arrears from a tenant company in administration.
  • Advising Cheval Residences on all its contentious property portfolio management matters.
  • Acted for the lessees, Wayland Investments and Palace Gate Discretionary Trust, in a dispute with their landlord and freehold owner over service charges and the maintenance of service charge records.
  • Acted for the commercial landlord, Holborn Estate Nominee, in a dispute with its tenant, who was in breach of its lease.
Leading individuals

Michael Grace - Collyer Bristow LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

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:Nichola Leach

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+)

Work highlights

  • Acting for actor David Tennant in his claim against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information.
  • Acting for Colin Jackson in his claim against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information.
  • Acting for Sophia Myles in claim against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information.  Phone hacking claim.
  • Acting for Eddie Irvine in claim against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information.
  • Representing a leading financial technology firm and its founder in a dispute with the London Evening Standard concerning the publication of defamatory allegations and details of spent criminal convictions.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Collyer Bristow LLP

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:Tim Bamford; Charles Braithwaite

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.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Regen Laboratories in infringement and validity proceedings against Estar Group relating to a patent for a kit used for separating blood and isolating active components for use in wound healing.
  • Acted for CS Medical and its directors in defense of allegations of copying, misuse of confidential information and breach of employee’s duty of fidelity.
  • Instructed by Wirth Research to advise on the IP aspects of an innovative aerodynamic device to control airflows in open faced refrigerators.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

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.

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