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Collyer Bristow LLP

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Senior Partner: Daniel Simon
Partners: 30
Associates/Senior Associates: 37
Other fee-earners: 18

CONTACTS
Arbitration:
Stephen Rosen
Arts & Culture: Steven Heffer
Banking & Financial Disputes: Stephen Rosen
Corporate & Commercial: Jeff Roberts
Data Privacy: Patrick Wheeler
Dispute Resolution: Tania Goodman
Education: Nathan Donaldson
Employment: Tania Goodman
Family: Toby Yerburgh
Financial Services: Stephen Rosen
Hotels & Leisure: Stephen Gawne
Immigration: James Badcock
Insolvency: Steven Heffer
Intellectual Property: Patrick Wheeler
International: Stephen Rosen
Media & Privacy: Steven Heffer
Real Estate: John Rochman
Tax & Estate Planning: James Badcock

THE FIRM Collyer Bristow is a long-established law firm based in London, providing a wide range of 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 an office in Geneva and provides advice to clients across multiple jurisdictions.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Commercial Services:
26.6%
Dispute Resolution Services: 47%
Private Client Services: 26.4%

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

Private Wealth
Tax & 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 leading 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 & 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 clients with claims arising from the phone hacking scandal. The team has represented prominent figures including Sarah Lancashire and Caroline Nokes MP. It also handles disputes relating to harassment and cyber-stalking.

Residential conveyancing: The residential conveyancing team guides buyers and sellers through the entire conveyancing process ensuring as smooth and tax efficient a transaction as possible. The team advises on new-build, off-plan purchases, buy-to-let investments, leasehold enfranchisement and lease extension, and the full range of landlord and tenant issues.

SMEs
Commercial Dispute Resolution:
The commercial dispute resolutions 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 and tactical excellence. Clients include Manolete Partners plc and Greensphere Capital LLP.

Banking & 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, including interest rate swaps, as recent areas of focus. Its clients include UK and offshore companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, finance industry professionals, 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 can assist in actions, either as standalone claims or following a regulatory decision of infringement, including obtaining litigation funding. The team is currently working to bring 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 multi-million pound portfolio acquisitions to individual sales, commercial lettings, property management and real estate disputes. Clients include GMS Estates Ltd and The Deltic Group.

Construction: The construction team advises on building contracts, funding transactions, and development projects and property. It also has extensive experience in court proceedings, arbitration, adjudication, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. OD Development and Projects and Beck Interiors are clients.

Intellectual Property & Data Protection: The firm has a strong reputation for intellectual property and has acted in high profile cases which have gone to trial or interlocutory hearings. Its work covers protection of brands, negotiating commercial agreements, resolving disputes concerning patent, design rights, trade mark and copyright infringement. The team is also experienced in advising businesses on data protection and preparing to comply with the new regulations (GDPR). Clients include Sanrio UK Ltd 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 of the team.

Corporate & Commercial: The corporate and commercial team acts for UK and international organisations across a wide range of industry sectors. It has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, company reconstructions, insolvency and corporate recovery. Clients include Better Capital Group and Aldo UK. The team also covers a wide range of activities related to art and culture, dealing with commercial agreements, sponsorship agreements, recording and publishing, film financing, and production and distribution agreements. The team has worked with film composers David Arnold and David Julyan and INTO Film.