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Humphreys & Co.

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Firm Details:

Humphreys & Co.

Website:www.humphreys.co.uk

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0117 929 2662

Fax: 0117 929 2722

Head office: 14 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF

Managing Partner: Robert Humphreys

Number of partners: 3

Number of other fee-earners:12

Languages: Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), English (fluent), French, German, Spanish, Malay

Contacts:

Commercial Transactions Team & Managing Partner: Robert Humphreys

Litigation Team: Robert Humphreys

Industrial Disease and Injury Team (Asbestos-Related Claims): Fabio Seccatore

Intellectual Property and Trade Marks Team: Tristan Morse

Contentious Trusts and Probate Team: Philip Siddons

Commercial Property Team: Jonathan Griffiths

Shared Ownership Residential Property Team: Yasmine Machin

Firm Overview:

This niche practice, working nationally and internationally out of Bristol, is known for its high-quality commercial legal work, including litigation, commercial transactional work, intellectual property and employment law, as well as planning and real estate. Private client specialisms include occupational disease (particularly asbestos-related) litigation, contested inheritance litigation, and shared ownership property work.

The firm: Humphreys & Co. is an independent solicitors’ firm working for commercial and private clients, delivering a high-quality, cost-effective range of legal services with experience, energy and professionalism. Its lawyers work closely together; clients’ affairs are not compartmentalised into unconnected issues of law.

The firm is not a legal factory turning out a mass-produced legal product. It offers an independent approach. Personal case-handling by solicitors working in a financially-disciplined way is the firm’s approach.

The aim is always to be transparent about the legal process, giving advice and explaining options to clients in a concise and straightforward way, identifying clear courses of action, whatever the technical or legal complexities of the subject.

The costs approach is competitive, particularly by reference to the charge rates of large firms. Charges are generally by reference to time spent but the firm often agrees fixed fees for specific projects or in some cases, risk-adjusted funding structures.

Main Areas of Practice:

Commercial: A wide range of commercial legal work is done, including, for example: negotiating, drafting and explaining transactional documentation, agency, distribution and supply agreements, partnership terms, conditions of trading, computer and IT contracts, GDPR documents, franchising and outsourcing documentation.

Intellectual property and IT law: These are core practice areas. Registration, maintenance, transfer, licensing of and litigation about IP are long-established strengths. The firm’s lawyers work extensively with issues of: trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, trade secrets, know-how, employee obligations, media, publishing, the internet, trade libel and passing off.

Corporate transactions: These include company and partnership structure, company law and director compliance, shareholder arrangements, new ventures, joint ventures and share/asset sales and purchases.

Litigation: The firm has strength in depth in litigation of all types, aiming to make court, arbitration and mediation procedures work positively for clients. The litigation practice includes: contractual claims and recoveries, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, land and property claims, construction disputes, insurance and reinsurance litigation, defamation actions, receivership and liquidation claims, including mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

Commercial property: All kinds of commercial property work are undertaken, including: developments (residential and commercial), acquisitions and disposals, investments, industrial properties, lease negotiations and other landlord and tenant work.

Planning: With The Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales located in Bristol, property planning work is a specialist strength through the firm’s planning advice and representations unit, including: negotiation with councils, applications, appeals against refusals, objections, enforcement notices, appeals against enforcement, lawful development/use certificates and advocacy at hearings and inquiries.

Employment and human resources: Services include contracts and staff issues, occupational health and safety, redundancy, dismissal, discipline, severance compensation, unfair competition, post-termination restrictions, discrimination (including in relation to race, sex, age and disability), employment tribunal proceedings and industrial relations.

Private client: Work includes a long-established and highly regarded claimant occupational disease unit, in particular working with asbestosis, mesothelioma, respiratory diseases and other conditions. Contested probate and inheritance litigation is also a key area.

Residential conveyancing: The firm has a highly regarded, efficient practice in residential conveyancing (with a particular specialism in shared ownership property work) throughout England and Wales but centred on London. The firm's team also undertakes property and negligence litigation for and against private clients.

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In-Depth Overview
Robert Humphreys
Tristan Morse
Authored by
Ruth E Annand, Robert Humphreys, Tristan Morse
Article • Oct 2023

Humphreys & Co. rankings

UK Guide 2024
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South West
Intellectual Property
1 Department
3 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Intellectual Property
2
Intellectual Property
2
Band 2
Lawyers
Robert Humphreys
3
Robert Humphreys
Head of Intellectual Property
3
Band 3
3
Ruth E Annand
3
Band 3
Tristan Morse
3
Tristan Morse
3
Band 3
UK-wide
Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant: Industrial Disease
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Stephen M Burbidge
3
Stephen M Burbidge
3
Band 3