Don’t Just Take Our Word For It
Legal 500 2022 recommends IBB for:
- Banking and Finance
- Business crime (criminal fraud)
- Commercial property
- Contentious probate
- Corporate and commercial
- Criminal defence
- Commercial litigation
- Family law and childcare
- Personal injury and clinical negligence
- Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Property litigation
- Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions
- Criminal defence
- Family and matrimonial
- Financial crime
- Personal injury and clinical negligence
- Private client
- Real estate (residential development)
- Real estate litigation
Chambers in 2022 says:
Respected construction group acting for developers, contractors and a number of well-known corporates on the full range of transactional and contentious matters. Particularly adept at representing major clients in the UK housing sector. Also active in numerous other sectors, including healthcare, hospitality and transport infrastructure development.
A client enthuses that “IBB Law is big enough to offer good coverage over a wide range of services and maintain good client relationships.”
Another source says: “Their speed and accuracy of response is very good.”
The team is known for Sector expertise in the technology and housing sectors, advising clients, including several South East-based multinationals, on corporate and commercial matters. Experienced in cross-border matters in Europe and further afield. Also demonstrates prowess in related banking and restructuring work as part of a broad corporate finance offering.
A client says of Harriet Jones: “She knows our company inside out; I see her almost as a business partner. She is brilliant technically and has taken us out of some sticky situations.“
Another added: “”He [Adam Dowdney] is very easy to work with, he’s pragmatic and calm, helpful and flexible.” “He is very highly regarded and one of the leading lawyers in the market place.”
Experienced in handling the full range of matters for an extensive client base from a range of industries including manufacturing, education, technology and charities, acting for both claimants and defendants. Particularly adept at handling large-scale and sometimes cross-border projects, with additional capability in TUPE issues, restrictive covenants and employment tribunal claims.
IBB Law was a great firm to work with, one client remarks, adding: They were prompt and considered in their advice.
Another client characterises the team as “responsive, efficient and customer-focused.”
Advises clients on matrimonial finance cases, including those involving high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Also advises on private children law, including contact and residence arrangements, with further capacity to represent children, parents and guardians in public law matters. Additional strength in TOLATA matters and offers specialist knowledge of adoption cases.
IBB Law’s lawyers are described by a source as “trustworthy experts in their field.”
Jolene Hutchison has a good knowledge of the law and a sensible approach. She is an extremely helpful and willing negotiator who has a strong knowledge of financial remedy proceedings.
John Milner is an eminent financial crime practitioner who has particular expertise representing clients in SFO investigations. He is adept at handling bribery, corruption and fraud issues.
“He [John Milner] brings tonnes of experience, and is a great fighter for his clients.” “He is an excellent, experienced and pragmatic lawyer who is passionate about his clients and defends them with vigour.
Strong firm with a reputation for advising clients in the automotive, manufacturing, distribution and construction industries. Significant experience in commercial contract and shareholder disputes. Clientele consists of household names and includes multinational corporates as well as large UK companies.
A client says: “IBB are great to work with. They are prompt and considered, and I trust their advice.”
A source says: “They are strong in terms of their depth of knowledge and experience, their commerciality, and their ability to keep an eye on the real world without becoming unnecessarily stuck in the legal niceties of a case.”
Leading personal injury team working on complex contested liability matters. Houses particular strength in brain injury litigation, with further experience acting for cyclists and passengers on RTA claims. Active across an enviable breadth of cases, with particular visibility on historic abuse cases. Further experience includes acting on group litigation.
One client comments: “The solicitors at IBB Law are excellent. They are always thorough, responsive and supportive.”
“He [Malcolm Underhill]is an incredibly experienced practitioner.” “He has been exceptionally good and has provided guidance, support and managed all the aspects of dealing with the claims.”
The “efficient, professional and effective” wills, trusts and probate team at IBB Solicitors advises high net worth clients on wills, tax and estate planning, and probate and estate administration. The firm also handles private client disputes and Court of Protection matters.
An interviewee describes the firm’s solicitors as “very professional,” and notes them for “putting the customer at ease” and being “well informed.”
Highly experienced in both commercial property and the residential development sector. Works with house builders on acquisitions of land for development and regeneration. On the commercial side, the team is especially well known for advising on the acquisition and sale of warehouses. Also comfortable when working with asset manager clients.
Sources say “They are very accomplished and on the ball.”
A client state that: “They have some very strong people and they are efficient and proactive.”
Dedicated property litigation group with a comprehensive offering. Serves a strong client portfolio of commercial property developers and high-end retailers and is known for its experience in dilapidations and joint venture disputes. Other strengths housed within the team relate to issues concerning restrictive covenants.
A client appreciates that the firm “grasps the detail quickly and always makes sure I’m on the front foot.”
“I was impressed with the quality of the instructions and the preparation of evidence for trial.”
I have happily recommended clients to Gemma Coles and they have given great feedback. I have worked with Gemma on banking transactions and she helps break issues down so that I can make a commercial decision. Gemma is easy to get along with and will always help me if I have a quick question.
‘The banking team are my first point of contact for initial advice or a steer on likely requirements and scope of work.
With IBB Law having been active in the banking and finance arena for circa 27 years, the firm has built up an excellent reputation among borrowers and lenders. On the latter side, the firm has developed longstanding relationships with a number of key clients, including NatWest. In addition, it has won new work from other major lenders. On the borrower side, Harriet Jones has been working for large corporates and SMEs in the Thames Valley area for over ten years. She works with senior solicitor Ami Bhatt on corporate lending matters. Gemma Coles leads the banking and finance team, which sits across the real estate and corporate/commercial practice groups.
Recommend lawyers: Gemma Cole, Harriet Jones, Ami Bhatt, Felicity Barrett
John Milner is an outstanding experienced white-collar crime lawyer offering a bespoke service within IBB.’
Legal 500 writes the following about the teams:
IBB Law has discernible strengths across an impressive range of fraud issues, including insider dealing, bribery and corruption, tax evasion and conspiracy to commit fraud matters, among others. The team benefits from regular streams of referral work, particularly in the area of SFO investigations; in addition, it is also well-versed in matters involving the FCA and the HMRC. Department head John Milner in Uxbridge is the key practitioner in the team and is highly praised as ‘a vastly experienced criminal litigator who has seen it all’.
Both John Milner and Eddie Tang are listed as Leading Individuals in the 2022 Guide.
They offer very clear, sensitive and brilliant advice.
Amanda Melton is quick to grasp details and offers sound and reasonable advice, non-confrontational and a pleasure to work with.
The Legal 500 says of the team:
IBB Law handles a broad spectrum of family law matters including contentious probate, high-value divorce cases and private law children matters involving welfare issues. The team acts on behalf of a wide range of clientele in the South East, London and internationally. Based in Chesham, practice head Amanda Melton has experience in advising middle to high-net-worth clients in divorce and financial proceedings. Jolene Hutchison joined from Blaser Mills Law in April 2020 and has particular expertise in handling complex financial cases
Amanda Melton is listed as a “Leading Individual” and Jolene Hutchison is a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2022 listings.
They seem to work well together. On a recent letting, their building department worked very well with the letting department to bring about a successful letting
The partner I deal with is super quick and very diligent about getting things done. I never have to chase her; in fact I am normally behind where she is. She has closed deals that I would have struggled with alone.
Legal 500 describes the firm as follows:
The residential development and commercial real estate team at IBB Law advises high-profile clients on a range of matters including instant land acquisitions and disposals, urban regeneration projects, affordable housing sales, social housing issues and complex planning agreements. Led by property litigator Jon Mowbray, the practice acts for clients in the charity, retail, banking and finance sectors. Vivien Rimmer has experience in negotiating Section 106 agreements, while Bill Bidder handles complex land assembly issues, collaboration agreements and promotion agreements. Miles Eckersley and consultant Susan Mawson have experience in mixed-use residential developments, and Gemma Coles’ sector focuses include the offices, retail and leisure industries.
Bill Bidder n is listed as a “Leading Individual“, Gemma Coles is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” and Vivien Rimmer and Miles Eckersley are Recommend Lawyers in the Legal 500 2022 listings.
‘Very approachable, business-like and personable. They know each others strengths and work together to provide the best service.
Sarah Jackson is incredibly bright, sensitive and pragmatic. She has time for everyone and really values her clients and indeed everyone she works with.
The ‘approachable, businesslike and personable‘ team at IBB Law advises high-profile clients, including UK subsidiaries of multinational corporations and PLCs, on a range of disputes relating to commercial contracts, product liability, franchising and debt recovery. Based in Uxbridge, practice leader Paul Kite has experience in the automotive, distribution and manufacturing sectors, handling matters such as boardroom disputes, restrictive covenants and allegations of fraud. Sarah Jackson is an experienced commercial litigator, who handles matters such as shareholder disputes and insolvency issues. John Clement has expertise in the holiday home sector and deals with claims involving commercial contracts and civil fraud.
IBB are a quality firm with approachable and personable solicitors who engage in projects and aim to understand clients’ requirements to ascertain where value can be added
The team provides clear, commercial and pragmatic advice and are extremely responsive
IBB’s Construction Team retained its Band 1 ranking in 2022. Legal 500 describes the team as:
IBB Law‘s dedicated construction and engineering group is regularly instructed by a number of the UK’s major housebuilders to advise on development contracts, Energy Service Company (ESCO)-related transactions and joint ventures agreements. The team also fields a strong offering for infrastructure contractors, engineering companies, and clients in the healthcare sector. Residential projects for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and cladding investigations round out the team’s expertise. Qualified civil engineer Paul Brampton leads the team and has a specialism in construction contracts and mechanical engineering procurements. Newly promoted partner Steven Hayward is a name to note for construction litigation. Ross Humphries is a veteran non-contentious practitioner in the commercial development sphere, while Chris Thompson is noted for his focus in construction insurance. All named lawyers are based in Uxbridge.
Paul Brampton is listed as a “Leading Individual” and Steven Hayward, Ross Humphries and Chris Thompson are Recommended Lawyers, in the Legal 500 2022 listings.
Amanda Melton is first-class. She is organised, efficient and popular with clients. She manages the team particularly well
Catherine O’Reilly is very impressive. She is extremely bright and always on top of the detail. I am impressed by her client-friendly and costs-conscious approach
The Legal 500 says this about the Contentious Probate team:
Operating out of Chesham, IBB Law deals with the full range of contentious trust and probate matters for local farming families and charities, including proprietary estoppel cases and family disputes. Practice head Amanda Melton is highly experienced in will and administration disputes, the removal of executors or trustees, and Inheritance 1975 Act claims. She works alongside solicitor Catherine O’Reilly and Rekha Toor, who are experts in contentious probate disputes.
Amanda Melton, Catherine O’Reilly and Rekha Toor are all listed as ‘Recommended Lawyers’ in the 2022 listings.
IBB Law take the time to understand our business, to give us the professional support we need in order to deal with any matters we go to them with in order to resolve them. IBB Law are personable and always on hand to support
IBB Law acts for clients across Uxbridge, Reading and West London, including family owners and individual shareholders, as well as large multinational businesses, which it advises on cross-border corporate matters. The team also handles business restructurings, guiding clients through new financial arrangements with their lenders and insolvency-related business acquisitions. Practice leader Adam Dowdney is known for his work on complex transactions across a range of business sectors. Harriet Jones deals with business restructurings, acquisitions and disposals, and shareholder agreements.
Harriet Jones is always on hand and able to answer any questions we may have. She is informative and goes through her reasoning in detail to ensure we have a full understanding.
Ami Bhatt is an excellent legal practitioner and worked around the clock for us with Harriet Jones on one particular project, which yielded great results. Ami is an incredibly bright legal mind and a pleasure to work with
Court of Protection
Deep knowledge, Capacity and accessibility. Always available and willing to help. Jacqueline Almond – Empathetic, calm and extremely competent – gives her clients ultimate confidence that they are in good hands.
The 2022 guide ranks IBB’s Court of Protection team in the London firm category. It says of the team:
IBB Law has three excellent practitioners Jacqueline Almond; Russell Hallam and Elena Hall. Hallam is on the Office of the Public Guardian’s panel of professional deputies. The team currently acts for approximately 80 clients. It is skilled at advising on property and affairs matters in addition to a range of other issues including acting as litigation friend in Court of Protection proceedings and advising on statutory wills. The group also frequently advises on authority to make lifetime gifts. In addition the practice receives instructions from local authorities, specialist schools and charities.
Prompt response from everyone I have been in contact with. Willing to listen to the Case manager and follow their recommendations. Client centred
Eddie Tang is a very experienced and knowledgeable practitioner. He specialises in serious cases and those involving complex evidence and often difficult clients.
Legal 500 writes the following about the teams:
The team at IBB Law, which is based in Uxbridge, is led by Joanne Gibbons and deputy team leader Eddie Tang, who is praised for his ‘straightforward, user-friendly advice‘, representing clients throughout the UK. The practice, which has ‘a history of working with people from many different backgrounds’ represents clients at every stage, from the police station through to the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and up to the Court of Appeal. Gibbons has particular knowledge of the Youth Court, and sits on the National Youth Justice Board as the only defence representative. ‘Extremely experienced and effective‘ advocate Kam Varaitch is another key member of the team.
IBB have an efficient and approachable team who are willing and able to act promptly. They react to the twists and turns of criminal litigation.
Both John Milner and Eddie Tang are listed as Leading Individuals and Joanne Gibbons and Kam Varaitch are listed as Recommend Lawyers in the 2022 Guide. Eddie Tang is amongan elite group of lawyers who are ranked as a Leading Individual in multiple regions (London and Beds, Bucks, Herts & Middx)
A first-class team. Highly responsive and fun to work with. Efficient and available
The 2022 guide describes the Employment Team at IBB as:
IBB Law has expertise in acting for UK subsidiaries of global companies in the charity, construction, automotive and technology sectors on a range of employment and HR matters such as redundancies, TUPE, discrimination, IR35 work and personal employment cases involving high-net-worth individuals. Head of the employment and immigration team Richard Devall deals with the employment aspects of business transfers, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements. Justin Govier advises US clients and UK subsidiaries on global strategic plans.
Justin Govier is listed as ‘Leading Individual’ and Richards Devall as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in the Legal 500 2022 listings.
Justin Govier is always responsive and extremely thorough in his assessments and advice. His work is thoughtful and adapted to the needs of the client and situation. He makes himself available to support clients no matter what the tasks and engages fully with them
Outstanding claimant personal injury and clinical negligence firm. Very much committed to providing a personal service to clients and focused on clients who are geographically close to the firm. Particularly competent with complex cases requiring particular attention to detail
Simon Pimlott is a very experienced and personable solicitor. He has particular expertise in working with clients with serious mental health problems and has a manner which is both commanding and reassuring
The 2022 guide describes the Team, led by Malcolm Underhill as:
IBB Law is notably strong in high-value and complex medical negligence cases, particularly those involving brain injuries that have arisen from incorrect medication advice. The department is led by Malcolm Underhill, who is one of the relatively few accredited brain injury specialists in the UK. Elsewhere, the team is also highly experienced in sensitive matters relating to child abuse and sexual assault. In addition, dental negligence is another area of strength, as are cases relating to the diagnosis of psychiatric conditions. Senior solicitor Simon Pimlott has more than 15 years of experience representing claimants who have suffered serious and life-changing injuries.
Malcolm Underhill is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ and Simon Pimlott is listed as a “Rising Star” in the Legal 500 2022 listings.
Malcolm Underhill has an eye for detail and runs a tight team. Simon Pimlott explains complex issues in a very simple way and understands key issues of the case very quickly.
Exceptional personal service with approachable staff.
The 2022 Directory describes the team as follows:
IBB Law advises high-net-worth clients on both local and multi-jurisdictional matters including estate planning and administration work, and tax planning issues related to trusts and complex wills. Jacqueline Almond leads the wills, trusts and probate teams in Chesham and Uxbridge, and is known for her expertise in planning estates with foreign assets or domicile issues. Joanna Mills has experience in lifetime tax planning work and handles complex estate administrations, often involving business and farm assets. Russell Hallam is also noted for providing financial and estate planning advice
Jacqueline Almond is listed as a ‘Leading Individual’, Russell Hallam and Joanna Mills are both listed as ‘Recommended Lawyers in the Legal 500 2022 listings.
My experience has been spread over 12 years with Joanna Mills at IBB Law. I have always had excellent, clear, detailed advice relating to all the issues that Joanna has handled for me over the years, and I value her advice highly.
BB Law is well-regarded for its contentious residential property focus, bringing and defending various claims for national housebuilders and residential developers. In the wake of the pandemic, other key emerging work streams included contentious lease renewals and forfeiture proceedings involving well-known retailers and leisure sector groups. Practice head Jon Mowbray is a key adviser to property owners affected by the ongoing phases of the HS2 construction. Andrew Olins is noted for his focus on restrictive covenants and high-value cladding disputes, where he is often supported by Nick Southworth. Charles Grossman is another key contact for cladding-related claims.
Andrew Olins and Jon Mowbray are listed as ‘Leading Individuals‘, Charles Grossman and Nick Southworth are both listed ae ‘Recommended Lawyers’ in the Legal 500 2022 listings.