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Legal 500 2021 Results
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Legal 500 2021 recommends IBB for:

Chambers Directory 2021 recommends IBB for:


 

Chambers in 2021 says:

Construction

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 “I trust in their advice and the speed with which they will respond when needed,” another client remarks, adding: “Their understanding of this industry is high and they are always thinking of the long-term implications.”

“The team was efficient, recognising the urgency of the situation and responding quickly,” one client reveals, adding: “The advice was precise and sensible.”

Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions

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: “”They are great. They know their area really well.”

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.”

Criminal Defence

Charities

Regional firm with a national reach. Advises charities on M&A and real estate transactions, constitutional issues and contractual matters. Acts for all manner of third-sector organisations, with a particular focus on faith-based and medical charities. Also provides regulatory compliance support.

A client says: “they are quick to respond, very consistent and reliable,” adding that “you don’t get passed around between contacts, so you’ve always got someone who knows exactly what’s going on.”

Employment

 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.

A commentator says:  “”They are really good on employment law. The quality of their lawyers makes them stand out.””

A client praises the team:  “The firm provides excellent and pragmatic advice.”

 

Family and Matrimonial

 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.

Amanda Melton can advise across the full spectrum of private family law issues. She handles disputes arising in the context of divorce and civil partnership dissolution as well as those between cohabiting couples, with expertise in both financial and children matters.

 

Financial Crime

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] is a highly skilled tactician who knows his stuff.” “He is a fantastic representative for his clients and is extremely empathetic.”

Litigation

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 reports that the team “brought the different disciplines together to deal with issues – it was extremely helpful to have such a cooperative approach.”

Another adds: “It was clear from the start that Paul knew his stuff. He made me feel comfortable and I didn’t have to worry at all.”

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

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.

A client says: “I found them great at leading me through the minefield of personal injury claims.”

“He [Malcolm Underhill]was very good at keeping in touch and explaining everything to me.”

Private Client

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.”

Real Estate

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.”

Real Estate Litigation

 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 source says: “They are solid, technical and knowledgeable.”

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Legal 500 2021 recommends IBB for:

Banking and Finance

Gemma Coles and her team are always available and happy to engage in initial discussions and guidance

Legal 500 describes the team: IBB‘s full service banking and finance team is particularly known for its work on facility documentation as well as structuring and restructuring transactions. The team expanded into the Thames Valley with the opening of an office in Reading in July 2019. The practice is led by Gemma Coles and Harriet Jones.

Good speed of response and quality of commercial advice

Business Crime (Criminal Fraud)

John Milner is one of the best ‘spirit guides’ in the business. His client skills, knowledge of the market and ability to navigate a case are second to none.

Legal 500 writes the following about the teams:

IBB ‘s ‘first-class’ practice has considerable expertise in the serious crime and high-value fraud arena, acting for both public and private clients. Joanne Gibbons leads the team, which handles a range of matters concerning serious sexual assaults, murder, drugs, and gang-related crime. Eddie Tang is the other practice head and is highly rated for his skill in acting in high-profile criminal defence matters, particularly in attempted murder, serious assaults, drug conspiracies, and sex offences. Elsewhere, John Milner oversees the fraud sub-group which has a strong financial crime practice and continues to attract top-end instructions relating to high-value SFO and FCA investigations. Kam Varaitch heads up the crown court team and represents clients in defence proceedings.

Both John Milner and Eddie Tang are listed as Leading Individuals in the 2021 Guide.

Charities

IBB has specialist experience with faith-based, environmental, and conservation charities, advises on matters ranging from contracts to data protection and IP.Practice head Paul Ridout primarily advises faith-based charities, including Roman Catholic orders, charities associated with the Church of England, mosques and synagogues, on all matter of charity issues. Gemma Coles works with medium and large charitable organisations on the management of property portfolios and compliance with the Charities Act 2011. Senior solicitor Rosie Brass has experience advising charities on governance, regulatory and commercial matters relating to data protection law and IP matters.

Paul Ridout is ranked as a Leading Individual in the 2021 Guide. Rosie Brass is ranked as a Rising Star.

Family Law and Childcare

Working out of offices in Chesham and Uxbridge, IBB acts for London, South East, and international middle to high-net-worth individuals, with expertise in contentious probate, divorce and separation matters, and complex private law children matters concerning welfare issues. Practice leader Amanda Melton is known for her work in property disputes between cohabiting couples, while  Elizabeth Fitzpatrick is an expert in representing older children. Vicky Preece was promoted to consultant in November 2019. Charlotte Southworth also comes recommended.

Amanda Melton and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick are listed as  “Leading Individuals” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

Vicky Preece is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

Commercial Property

IBB are an exceptional practice and offer valuable insight and years of experience. Especially strong when it comes to real estate law and property. The individuals I work with are personable, knowledgeable, and hard working.

Legal 500 describes the firm as follows:

IBB advises high-profile bluechip clients on a broad scope of both residential development and commercial real estate matters, including instant land acquisitions and disposals, affordable housing sales, urban regeneration, and complex planning agreements. In 2019, the team expanded its coverage in the Thames Valley region by opening an additional office in Reading. Practice co-leader Vivien Rimmer specialises in residential development and regeneration, while Bill Bidder deals with high-value regeneration matters. Consultant Susan Mawson focuses on residential developments. Gemma Coles is also recommended. Miles Eckersley joined as partner from DMH Stallard LLP in May 2019.

There is always someone on hand to take a call if the person you are looking for is not available. They are very aware of what is going on with each other’s cases

Susan Mawson is recognised in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame.

Bill Bidder n is listed as  a “Leading Individual” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.  Gemma Coles is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

Commercial litigation

IBB  represents high-profile clients, including the UK subsidiaries of multinational corporations on disputes relating to commercial contracts, product liability and supply chains. During 2019 the firm opened a new office in Reading. Practice head Paul Kite has expertise in automotive, manufacturing and distribution, where he is particularly strong in the areas of commercial contracts, restrictive covenants, and fraud. John Clement acts on claims involving contracts and civil fraud. Commercial litigator Sarah Jackson is skilled in business litigation, company and partnership disputes, commercial contracts, civil fraud, and insurance disputes.

Paul Kite is listed as a “Leading Individual” and Sarah Jackson is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

Construction

They handled the work extremely conscientiously and at no time did I have to chase them up

IBB’s Construction Team retained its Band 1 ranking in 2021. Legal 500 describes the team as:

IBB’s construction group continues to grow, with a 15% increase in turnover in 2019. The team, led by civil engineer and former Taylor Wessing LLP  lawyer Paul Brampton, typically advises major-name house builders, as well as contractors and developers. A niche specialism for the practice is  its ability to deal with ESCO related transactions  and complex  joint venture agreements. The team also have a strong reputation in the engineering sector, where much of the work has an international dimension.

Chris Thompson kept me well informed throughout the works they undertook and was very knowledgeable

Paul Brampton is listed as a “Leading Individual” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

Contentious Probate

Amanda Melton and Catherine O’Reilly have been very thorough, professional, and efficient throughout the process.’

‘IBB handle a varied caseload, particularly of probate and succession disputes of moderate to high value, largely in the Home Counties area. They manage the cases very well. They particularly stand out for their proactivity and lateral thinking in terms of finding cost-efficient alternatives to litigation, or to taking litigation to trial. I have been very impressed with the team.

The Legal 500 says this about the Contentious Probate team:

Based in Chesham, the team at IBB  is led by the ‘excellent‘ Amanda Melton, who acts for charities, farming families, and private individuals on issues such as will and administration disputes, the removal of executors or trustees, and other related matters. She works alongside ‘client-friendly and hard-working’ solicitor Catherine O’Reilly.

Amanda Melton is excellent. She thinks outside the box and is always looking out for her clients’ best interests. She also manages to be more organised and contactable than many of her peers.

Corporate and Commercial

We worked with Adam Dowdney on the sale of a business. He was able to explain key issues in a straightforward manner, and went above and beyond to get the deal over the line. Despite a huge volume of work they were accessible 24/7 and always adopted a common sense approach and friendly manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending them

Acting for clients across Uxbridge, Reading, and London, IBB Law advises multinational businesses on cross-border matters relating to M&A and general corporate issues. The team’s lawyers are active in corporate finance, advising banks on restructurings, as well as real estate acquisitions and reorganisations. Practice leader Adam Dowdney is known for his transactional work. Harriet Jones was promoted to partner in May 2019, while senior solicitor Ami Bhatt was recruited in September 2019 after a spell in-house.

Adam Dowdney is recognised in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame  in the Legal 500 2021 listing and Harriet Jones is a “Next Generation Partner”.

‘The team has provided a range of advice over a number of years. They have been able to cover a wide spectrum of issues whilst maintaining a personal touch and continued partner contact. They have sufficient resources to advise across all aspects of law relevant to an SME, and were particularly helpful through a sale process to a larger corporate

Court of Protection

The Court of Protection practice at IBB Solicitors is wonderful to work with and stands out as having exceptional commitment to its clients. All the team is committed to excellent communication.

The 2021 guide ranks IBB’s Court of Protection team in the London firm category. It says of the team:

Jacqueline AlmondRussell Hallam (both of whom are professional deputies) and Elena Hall are key members of the dedicated Court of Protection team at IBB. The team continues to receive referrals directly from the Office of the Public Guardian panel, as well as increasingly from local authorities and other law firms that do not specialise in this area. It currently acts for numerous clients who lack capacity as a result of acquired brain injury, mental health issues, dementia, and drug and alcohol issues, as well as those with learning disabilities.

Jacqueline Almond and her team retained the Leading Firm ranking in the Legal 500 2021 guide.

The team has provided a range of advice over a number of years. They have been able to cover a wide spectrum of issues whilst maintaining a personal touch and continued partner contact. They have sufficient resources to advise across all aspects of law relevant to an SME, and were particularly helpful through a sale process to a larger corporate.

Criminal Defence

Eddie Tang is a busy, skilful lawyer who brings a lot to their practice

Legal 500 writes the following about the teams:

IBB ‘s ‘first-class’ practice has considerable expertise in the serious crime and high-value fraud arena, acting for both public and private clients. Joanne Gibbons leads the team, which handles a range of matters concerning serious sexual assaults, murder, drugs, and gang-related crime. Eddie Tang is the other practice head and is highly rated for his skill in acting in high-profile criminal defence matters, particularly in attempted murder, serious assaults, drug conspiracies, and sex offences. Elsewhere, John Milner oversees the fraud sub-group which has a strong financial crime practice and continues to attract top-end instructions relating to high-value SFO and FCA investigations. Kam Varaitch heads up the crown court team and represents clients in defence proceedings.

Eddie Tang is a dynamic and clever individual who goes the extra mile for his clients. He is a pleasure to work with.

Both John Milner and Eddie Tang are listed as Leading Individuals in the 2021 Guide.

Employment

A first-class team. Highly responsive and fun to work with. Efficient and available

The 2021 guide describes the Employment Team at IBB as:

IBB frequently acts for UK subsidiaries of global companies, particularly in the charities, construction, technology, and automotive industries, advising on difficult employment and HR issues such as redundancy projects, discrimination matters, and personal employment issues relating to high-net-worth individuals. It has also seen an increase in IR25 work.  Justin Govier advises US clients and UK subsidiaries on global strategic plans, while Marc Jones,  and Richard Devall are recommended.

Justin Govier and Marc Jones are listed as “Leading Individuals” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

Richard Devall is excellent. He is highly pragmatic and always focused towards the desired outcome. He understands our business and organisational culture and tailor makes his advice to us. I have a sense that he really cares about the success of our organisation and brings extra attention to our work.

Personal injury and clinical negligence

Simon Pimlott is simply outstanding

The 2021 guide describes the Team, led by Malcolm Underhill as:

At IBB, the team handles significant cerebral palsy, complex brain injury, and serious personal injury matters. Practice head Malcolm Underhill is known for his work on historical child sexual abuse and sexual assault cases, while dental negligence work also features in the caseload. Described as ‘outstanding‘, Simon Pimlott is the key name for serious accidents and complex liability disputes, having over fifteen years of experience in the field.

Simon Pimlott is listed as a “Rising Star” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

Simon Pimlott is a thorough and intellectual solicitor with an empathetic manner with clients. Exceptionally good with clients with mental health problems.

Personal tax, trusts and probate

IBB has one of the most knowledgeable teams that I come into contact with – they don’t do things because that’s the way it has always been done; they think about the merits of each case and circumstances and then challenge their own preconceived ideas. This leads to a much better client outcome that some of their peers. Second, to quality their other desirable attribute is their timeliness. With some firms you wait for ages for a simple reply, IBB turn things around very efficiently.

The 2021 Directory describes the team as follows:

he Uxbridge-based team at IBB regularly advises both local and non-domiciled clients on powers of attorney, personal injury trusts, and applications to the Court of Protection. As leader of the wills, trusts, and probate team in Chesham and Uxbridge, Jacqueline Almond specialises in estate planning, with particular expertise in estates with domicile issues or foreign assets. Joanna Mills has experience in estate and lifetime tax planning, while Russell Hallam provides financial and planning advice.

Jacqueline Almond is listed as a “Leading Individual” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

Joanna Mills is exceptional. Not only is she highly qualified but, in shared client meetings, she explains things in a clear and eloquent way and shows and enthusiasm for her client that few can match. Their associate team is very good and provide a great supporting function which is invaluable.

Property litigation

IBB Law acts for national housebuilders and other residential developers in a broad range of contentious issues including vacant possession claims, rights of light issues, restrictive covenants and other barriers to development. The team also has a specialism in acting for clients in the industrial sector, particularly those based in or around Heathrow Airport. Restrictive covenant specialist Andrew Olins jointly leads the practice alongside Jon Mowbray, who is regularly instructed by commercial and residential property owners affected by HS2 and the proposed third runway at Heathrow.

Andrew Olins and Jon Mowbray are listed as “Leading Individuals” in the Legal 500 2021 listings.

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