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Legal 500 2016 Results

Chambers 2016 Results

Client Survey Results January 2015 - December 2015

 

Chambers Directory 2016 recommends IBB for:



Legal 500 2016 recommends IBB for:

Chambers in 2016 says:

Construction

"Contractual and disputes practice with regional and national reach. Notable strength acting for residential developers. Also highlighted for its expertise in the retail sector."

Notable practitioners:

"Department head Paul Brampton "has very good attention to detail and provides concise and commercially aligned advice," clients state. He has expertise in contentious, non-contentious and procurement matters.

Associate to watch Steven Hayward focuses on advising contractors in their disputes. He also handles contract matters. One source says: "He is very detailed in his preparation and makes himself aware of all aspects of the case."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • "They are very knowledgeable and always available to help."
  • "The are very efficient and have good client care."

Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions

"What the team is known for Wide-ranging sector expertise, with the ability to advise on transactions in the electronics and automotive industries among others. Advises on corporate finance and restructuring as well as acquisitions and disposals."

Notable practitioners:

"David Clark enjoys a "very good reputation" for corporate work in the region, with clients particularly praising his responsiveness to their needs. He handles a wide range of transactional matters on behalf of clients of all sizes."  

Criminal Defence

The department is ranked band 1.

Charities

"What the team is known for Active charities practice advising on governance, compliance and transactional work. Clients include grant-making foundations, medical charities and religious institutions."

Notable practitioners: 

"Transactional matters have constituted a substantial part of her practice in recent years, with recent work including her lead role on the merger of Broadway Homelessness with St Mungo's. "[The team] understands our needs and sensitivities extremely well," according to clients who describe her as "very good to talk to, and open to suggestions." 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

"They are very tuned into the fact that we are a charity and not just a business. They have made us aware of what's new about our annual reporting and what we have to do to comply with new legislation too."

"The IBB lawyers work very well together. They very effectively communicate with each other and junior lawyers appeared to be well briefed on matters."

Employment

"What the team is known for: Assists with redundancy project management, as well as TUPE matters. with notable expertise in appearing before the Employment Tribunal at all levels. Acts for a range of high-profile clients across a variety of sectors, including charities, real estate and technology. "

Notable practitioners: 

"Justin Govier provides respondents with employment training, and advice on restructuring and redundancy matters, as well as representation in Employment Tribunal claims. Clients say: "He is commerical, practical, responsive and above all helpful. He has a very good understanding of the type of advice we are looking for."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

"It is a commercially focused, excellent-value firm. They understand our approach to risk and we appreciate that their advice is to the point and practical."

Family and Matrimonial

"Respected family department providing comprehensive advice to clients on financial and private law children cases. Active in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, collaborative law and contentious probate work. Also advises on prenuptial, cohabitation and pre-civil partnership agreements."

Notable practitioners:

"Amanda Melton continues to be recognised for her handling of complex financial matters, often working on disputes that include property and inheritance issues."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): 

"The firm as a whole seemed efficient and helpful."  

"The team provides a great service to its clients."

Litigation

"Undertakes high-level work in a range of disputes, with recent experience including commercial fraud litigation and charity trustee work. Client base includes UK-based subsidiaries of major multinationals and large domestic companies."

Notable practitioners:  

"Paul Kite has an exceptional reputation for his litigation practice and his experience in sectors such as automotive, manufacturing and hotels. Clients describe him as "reassuring knowledgeable" and "everything you want from a lawyer."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

"They were outstanding, and were brilliant in court. They made us feel like they were on our side and really understood our business."

"They are a very serious outfit - efficient, calm, measured and unflappable."

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

"Exceptional practice specialising in brain injuries and historical abuse claims. Industrial disease practice covers mesothelioma, hand-arm vibration syndrome and noise-induced hearing loss. "

Notable practitioners:

"Department head Malcolm Underhill is seen by sources as "passionate about getting the right result for his client." He has expertise in historical child abuse, brain injury and industrial disease claims."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

"The whole team communicated well together and I was extremely happy with the work they did."

"The team provides a very personal service." 

Private Client

"Offers expertise in estate administration and planning, including cross-border asset management and landed estate work, family trusts and contentious probate. Serves a core client roster of high net worth landed estates and clients with inherited wealth. Offers additional capability in advising on Court of Protection matters."  

Notable practitioners:

"Jacqueline Almond specialises in Court of Protection work, capacity issues, LPAs and trust management for vulnerable persons. She is also experienced in estate administration and planning."

Real Estate

"Strong focus on development work, with significant expertise in both residential and commercial projects, including urban regeneration, strategic acquisitions and disposals. Also adept at property portfolio management. Clients include a number of national house builders, institutional investors and major banks. "

Notable practitioners:  

"Vivien Rimmer regularly acts for developers and land consortia in relation to the acquisition of brownfield and greenfield sites for development and regeneration projects. She is particularly adept at advising on mixed-use schemes." 

"Clients describe Juliusz Wodzianski as "exceptional," praising his combination of "commercial judgement and legal knowledge." He specialises in development transactions, and recent work includes representing long-standing client BAM Properties in connection with the lease of property in a newly developed business park."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): 

"I've found them to be very easy to get in touch with, direct and proactive."

Real Estate Litigation

"Acts for property investors, national house builders and corporate occupiers, among other clients. Often advises on dilapidations and restrictive covenant issues."

Notable practitioners:

"Jon Mowbray acts on a diverse portfolio of work, including claims brought by residential clients in regards to the HS2 high-speed rail line. He is described as an "astute tactician and highly responsive to client needs."

"Andrew Olins has strong expertise in the areas of restrictive covenants, overage clauses and easements. Sources say he demonstrates "extraordinary depth and total gravitas."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

"They are experienced and commercial. They are cost-effective and demonstrate partner-level involvement."

"They are a very commercial firm which is good at getting people of out of difficult situations."

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Legal 500 2016 recommends IBB for:

Charities

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘very good’ practice has particular expertise in ecclesiastical matters, as illustrated by its advice to the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy on the closure of a spiritual retreat centre. "

Childcare and family law

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is noted for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘insightful and timely advice’. The practice is equally adept at handling financial remedy cases and childcare matters. Key names for high-value divorce work include Amanda Melton. The ‘superb’ Elizabeth Fitzpatrick is also recommended."

Commercial Property

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is highly regarded for its work for housebuilders including Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes. The sizeable team also regularly acts in real estate developments and investments; in an illustration of the latter, Juliusz Wodzianski led advice to BAM Properties on letting a newly constructed mixed-use development in Stockport. Other key names include practice head Bill Bidder, Ross Johnstone, Vivien Rimmer, Jeff Elphee and Susan Mawson."

Construction

"Former civil engineer Paul Brampton leads the team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), which is valued for its ‘attention to detail’. Highlights included advising Aviva on construction documents pertaining to Aviva Tower. Consultant Ross Humphries and senior solicitor Steven Hayward are also recommended."

Corporate and Commercial

"From the firm’s Uxbridge base David Clark’s team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) acts for several multinational clients, including Renault UK and Cegedim, and is conducting ongoing reviews of commercial contracts for the latter. Adam Dowdney joined from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2016."

Criminal Defence



"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘highly competent’ team is headed by Joanne Gibbons. The ‘fantastic’ Eddie Tang is recommended. The firm excels in handling complex and high-profile cases."

Commercial litigation

"Paul Kite’s team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) handles business critical disputes that are frequently at an international level, and has particular strength in commercial fraud. Sarah Jackson is ‘an excellent negotiator who has a level-headed but powerful approach to litigation’. Clients include Renault UK and Cummins Power Generation."

Employment

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘exemplary’ practice is frequently called on to advise on redundancies and pan-European employment projects. Justin Govier and [colleagues] are valued for their commercial approach."

Intellectual Property

"Christopher Hayes is the key contact at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett); he has significant expertise in IP-related matters and complex litigation. The firm represented Anixter Distribution in a dispute concerning IT infrastructure. "

"Christopher Hayes is the key figure at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), acting for clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. Highlights included representing Hertz in a copyright infringement claim spanning the UK, US, Germany and France, among other jurisdictions. "

IT and Telecoms

"Christopher Hayes is the key contact at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett); he has significant expertise in IP-related matters and complex litigation. The firm represented Anixter Distribution in a dispute concerning IT infrastructure. "

Personal injury and clinical negligence

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has expertise in managing child abuse and brain injury cases. Malcolm Underhill is a key contact. "

Personal tax, trusts and probate

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) progresses matters ‘smoothly and within agreed timescales’ and is highly regarded for handling cross-border intestacy matters and Court of Protection issues. Jacqueline Almond leads the team."

Property litigation

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s strong team is best known for representing clients including Car Giant in terminal dilapidations disputes. Key partners include the ‘tenacious’ Andrew Olins, who is experienced in handling restrictive covenant disputes, and ‘astute and clever tactician’ Jon Mowbray. Ryan Diamond is also recommended."

Client Survey Results January 2015 - December 2015

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