Don’t Just Take Our Word For It
The release of the 2024 editions of the respected legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners sees the ninth consecutive year of recognition and recommendations across the breadth of services we offer.
Legal 500 2023 recommends IBB for:
- Banking and Finance
- General Crime and Fraud
- Commercial property
- Contentious probate
- Corporate and commercial
- Corporate and Commercial – Thames Valley
- Criminal defence – London
- Commercial litigation
- Family law and childcare
- Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Property litigation
Chambers in 2024 says:
Team Ranked as a Top Tier Firm
Paul Brampton Ranked as a Band 1 Leading Individual
IBB Law is a respected construction group acting for developers, contractors and a number of well-known corporates on the full range of transactional and contentious matters. The team is particularly adept at representing major clients in the UK housing sector, but is also active in numerous other sectors, including retail, healthcare, transport and leisure.
At all times we felt they had our best intentions at the forefront and always looked at the best commercial outcome. – Client
IBB Law has an excellent grasp of complicated technical matters related to construction, with the ability to explain these well.
They are attentive and quick to answer any query or request at short notice. Regular reporting and updates are also provided in a timely manner.
Of Partner, Paul Brampton, clients said:
Paul is strong and has good subject matter knowledge
Team ranked as a Leading Firm
Adam Dowdney is a Band 1 Leading Individual
Harriet Jones is a Band 3 Leading Individual
IBB Law has sector expertise in the technology and housing sectors, advising clients, including several South East-based multinationals, on corporate and commercial matters. The firm is experienced in cross-border matters in Europe and further afield. The team demonstrates prowess in related banking and restructuring work as part of a broad corporate finance offering.
A client says of the Team: “I find them to be commercially astute. They always have a good depth of understanding and communication is good throughout.”
The firm has sound knowledge of complex matters. They’re responsive and thorough.
Another said of Adam Dowdney: “Adam is a very experienced lawyer who is focused on getting the right commercial result”
Harriet Jones is simply described as “Excellent”
Jacqueline Almond is ranked as a Leading Individual in this UK-wide ranking.
Jacqueline Almond of IBB Law is notable for her deputyship practice for people who have suffered brain injuries. She is also experienced in advising on contested statutory will applications.
A client speakiing to the directory: ““She demonstrates extremely high expertise in her field”.
The team is recognised as a Top Tier Firm
IBB Law operates a highly regarded criminal defence practice in Uxbridge. The team assists clients with matters involving drugs charges, sexual assault allegations and burglary. It is able to engage in cases that involve criminal and commercial aspects and offers in-house advocacy. The team accepts both legal aid and privately funded instructions.
A peer of Partner Eddie Tang told the researcher: “He’s very experienced and can deal with tricky situations.”
Salima Mawji is ranked as a Band 3 Leading Individual
Salima Mawji heads the education team at IBB Law. She is highly regarded for her wealth of experience representing vulnerable clients in cases involving discrimination and negligence issues, including in the higher education sphere. She is also acclaimed for her expertise in supporting clients in SEND Tribunal proceedings.
The Team is ranked as a Band 2 Leading Firm
Justin Govier is recognised as a Band 1 Leading Individual
Richard Devall moves up to a Band 2 ranking in the 2024 edition.
Chambers & Partners describes the team as:
IBB Law is experienced in handling the full range of matters for an extensive client base from a range of industries including manufacturing, education, technology and charities. IBB Law is particularly adept at handling large-scale and sometimes cross-border projects, with additional capability in TUPE issues, restrictive covenants and employment tribunal claims.
An employment client praise the team for: “IBB have been a critical partner in helping us build a standalone organisation.”
A client comments on Justin Govier:
Justin is an outstanding lawyer and a genuine partner to our business – he feels like an extension of the team
And another: “I cant fault Justin. He is a true professional who is conscientious and good at what he does.”
Richard Devall is for:
It’s a pleasure to work with Richard. He is very knowledgeable and commercially aware. He responds to our urgent requests for assistance promptly and willingly.
A client says of Richard: “Richard has been my primary partner, and has shown a great level of understanding of the business’ needs and intricacies.”
The Team is recognised as a Leading Firm
IBB Law advises high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs on matrimonial finance cases, including those involving complex property or business aspects. The team also assists with private children law, including contact and residence arrangements, with further capacity to represent children, parents and guardians in cases concerning allegations of abuse. It offers additional strength in TOLATA matters.
The team is described by sources as:
IBB have been very professional and sympathetic throughout. They have kept me up to date with my difficult case and settled my nerves and emotions when I needed it.
I found everyone at IBB to be highly efficient, professional and friendly
Jolene is praised by a number of clients who were interviewed by directory:
Jolene Hutchinson is a warm, compassionate, incisive and excellent lawyer and representative. She is well organised, dynamic and cares deeply about obtaining the best result she can for her clients.
I trusted Jolene’s judgement, and her calm professional manner was reassuring in what was a stressful time for me. I felt she had my back and she gave me confidence to do what was right
A client praises Amanda Melton for:
Amanda is brilliant; she has been a rock helping me with my divorce. She kept me sane as well as keeping me up to date with the case progression and best steps forward.
John Milner of IBB Law 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.
John’s reputation in the market is second to none and his skill set is amazing.
John is top drawer and has a vast wealth of experience. There isn’t anyone better
Following our merger with Owen White Solicitors, IBB Law is recognised as Leading firm in the Chambers directory, the 17th consequtive year ranked for the Owen White team.
Jane Masih is honoured as an Eminent Practitioner
Russell Ford retains his Band 1 Leading individual status.
IBB Law acquired Owen White in 2023. It offers expert advice on all manner of franchising matters including litigation, resale and master licence agreements, sales and transfers. The team regularly acts for businesses in traditional sectors such as retail and leisure, but also domiciliary care, commercial cleaning and residential lettings.
Their partners are very dedicated people and they have very good juniors as well. If I had a conflict I would send them. I have a lot of confidence in them
The directory says of Jane Masih:
Jane Masih heads the franchising team and regularly advises both franchisors and franchisees. She has strong experience in various commercial transactions, including the acquisition of master franchise rights and the resale of franchise businesses.
A client says of Jane: “Jane is definitely a very experienced franchise lawyer”
Russell is described by Chambers as:
Russell Ford is an established franchising lawyer with a strong track record of representing both franchisors and franchisees. He assists clients with a range of contentious matters, including disputes involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract.
A client comments: “Russell is very intelligent, very clued-up and straight-talking. He has a real passion for us as a client.”
The Litigation team is recognised as a Leading Firm for the 9th consecutive year
Paul Kite remains a Band 1 Leading Individual.
Sarah Jackson is a Band 2 Leading Individual.
IBB Law is a strong firm with a reputation for advising clients in the automotive, manufacturing, distribution and construction industries. The team has significant experience in commercial contract and shareholder disputes. Its client base consists of multinational corporates as well as large UK companies and includes a number of household names.
A client reported to the directory:
The team have always got an eye for what we’re trying to achieve and they go the extra mile for us
IBB is a big player in the region with big clients. They’re seen on very technical litigation
Paul Kite is praised for:
Paul always provides a high-quality service. You can trust that he’ll review every detail and challenge the gaps. We’re very comfortable relying on his advice when assessing risk and looking at strategy
Paul is wonderful to work with. He’s extremely clued up about his sector and has the confidence of his clients
Sarah Jackson received some excellent feedback from clients:
Sarah is very active in the market and is technically excellent
Sarah will put her client’s best foot forward. She is commercial and gets straight to the point.
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.
Gemma Coles is ranked as a Leading Individual for the 2nd year. Chambers says of her:
Gemma Coles is a partner in the firm’s real estate team and has notable experience handling real estate transactions. She is highly adept at handling leases, acquisitions and sales.
A client praise Gemma: “Gemma is excellent – knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic..”
IBB’s Real Estate Litigation team has retained its Band 1 Leading Firm Ranking for the 8th consecutive year.
IBB Law has a dedicated property litigation group with a comprehensive offering. The team 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. The team’s additional strengths relate to issues concerning restrictive covenants. The firm has offices across the Thames Valley, including Reading, Chesham, Uxbridge and Ascot.
A client comments on the team: “The lawyers in the property disputes team are all very experienced. Their service levels are extremely proactive with immediate response times”.
The team are very capable and were quick to understand the situation. We have received good service and they are very alert to commercial awareness.
Andrew Olins retains his Band 1 Leading Individual. The directory writes of him:
Uxbridge-based Andrew Olins has considerable experience across a spectrum of real estate litigation. He has noted expertise in restrictive covenants, and regularly advises property developers and contractors.
A client praise Andrew: “Andrew’s knowledge of the law stands out and he is great at having a dialogue and making tactical decisions”.
Jon Mowbray remains a Band 2 Leading Individual. The directory says of Jon:
Head of the firm’s real estate group, Jon Mowbray handles residential and commercial property litigation. His work includes landlord and tenant disputes, such as lease renewals.
One of Jon’s clients told the researcher: “Jon is very innovative and always aims to resolve issues with practical and workable solutions for all parties.”
Sarah is really good at seeing the commerciality, recognising what is important to the client.
Sonia Jordan of IBB Law offers expertise spanning both contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters.
Always available for initial guidance on structures/security requirements prior to formal instruction.’
Gemma Coles is the go to person on real estate transactions and to obtain early indication of costs. Flexible on pricing where possible.
IBB Law regularly advises borrowers such as residential property developers on lending facilities and arrangements in addition to maintaining a strong relationship with lenders such as National Westminster Bank plc. Gemma Coles co-heads the practice with Harriet Jones who works with owner-managed businesses and established SMEs.
Legal 500 writes the following about the teams:
Located in Uxbridge, IBB Law has a multi-disciplinary practice which is able to handle matters with both criminal and commercial aspects. Notable for its increasing presence in key financial and corruption investigations in the City, a key area of strength is business and financial crime work. Criminal defence expert Joanne Gibbons, who is particularly well regarded in cases involving children, leads the overall practice alongside experienced business crime practitioner John Milner and ‘premier league criminal solicitor‘ Eddie Tang.
Eddie Tang and the team are super efficient and responsive, and really go the extra mile for their clients. They cover a huge range of offences with expertise, and are very strong at matching the right solicitor with the right counsel for the right cases. An exceptional team right across the board.
IBB are a hard working and efficient firm. They understand the intricacies of criminal law and care about their clients. The firm is well used to dealing with technical and expert evidence.
Eddie Tang has a good rapport with his clients and often goes the extra mile to support them.
Recommended Lawyer: Kate Ryan
My experience of the practice was a team that could not do enough to help you, but at the same time gave sensible advice to ensure that you did not incur unnecessary costs
They have been my family solicitors for 3 generations; dealing with everything from death, divorce, conveyancing, POA’s. They are totally reliable.
Kate Ryan was certainly stand out, astonishingly so. She was highly knowledgeable, was a great listener and therefore was fully able to understand the gravity of the situation and what course of action to take.
The Legal 500 says of the team:
The family law team at IBB Law is known for its work in high-value divorce cases and complex private law children matters concerning welfare issues such as mental health concerns and parental alienation. The firm is regularly instructed in matters relating to children being moved through jurisdictions and has developed a niche in representing separating parents of different faiths where there are issues of the children’s future religious upbringing. Financial matters and property disputes expert Amanda Melton co-heads the team with Jolene Hutchison who focuses on divorce for high-net worth clients. Kate Ryan deals with all aspects of divorce and separation.
I dealt with Gemma Coles, a partner with excellent interpersonal skills and very knowledgeable and helpful in her field. I did not have experience in selling Commercial Property and I really appreciated the way Gemma explained everything to me in a way I could understand. I always felt she had my back. Gemma provided incredible service to me on a complex and long drawn out transaction during Covid-19, which was by itself a challenge
Always helpful, responsive and go above and beyond what is asked of them to make sure the client is well informed and well serviced. I feel confident and happy using IBB.
Legal 500 describes the firm as follows:
The real estate practice at IBB Law offers a range of services including residential-led development, commercial development, real estate finance and construction. The team frequently acts on land acquisitions and disposals, urban regeneration projects and complex planning agreements. Jon Mowbray leads the practice with support from highly skilled development lawyer Vivien Rimmer. Shital Mehta is experienced in residential property matters while Bill Bidder has expertise in complex planning issues. Miles Eckersley is well-versed in mixed-use residential developments.
Bill Bidder is listed as a “Leading Individual“, Gemma Coles is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” and Vivien Rimmer, Miles Eckersley and Shital Mehta are Recommend Lawyers in the Legal 500 2022 listings.
As an out of London firm, the commercial litigation team at IBB LLP provide a first-rate service. Sarah Jackson is an exceptionally bright, committed and creative lawyer. She has great client management skills and is able to explain complex concepts in a straightforward accessible way. She has a no-nonsense and pragmatic approach which gets great results.
Efficiency, speed of service and good knowledge.
Have the personal touch and are pragmatic.
Based in Uxbridge, IBB Law is one of the leading dispute resolution/litigation teams in the South East. The team is experienced in insolvency-related matters, fraud, franchising, product liability and shareholder disputes. The firm’s work covers sectors such as automotive, manufacturing, distribution and leisure. Paul Kite leads the team and is particularly strong in the areas of commercial contracts, product liability and restrictive covenants. Sarah Jackson handles business litigation issues such as partnership and insurance disputes.
Very thorough knowledge of construction law, they think one step ahead and are available at all times which is very reassuring.
The practice have obviously selected a strong and experience team that overwhelm any competitor in providing an honest service. Very strong in communication which I have never experienced with any legal firm. Very experienced and informed ensuring a very active and prompt approach to dealing with diverse situations. Costing was very fair and appreciated.
IBB’s Construction Team retained its Band 1 ranking in 2022. Legal 500 describes the team as:
Headed by Paul Brampton and based out of the firm’s Uxbridge office, IBB Law‘s construction and engineering team has particular strengths in advising major developers and contractors on high-value and business-critical commercial projects. The practice also has a strong presence in the engineering sector, where it often handles work with complex multinational elements. Partner Steven Hayward is well-regarded for his dispute resolution work, while consultant Ross Humphries is renowned on the non-contentious side. Solicitors Chris Thompson, Victoria Sessions, and new arrival Samantha Beasley are all recommended. Thompson in particular adds strength in the insurance sector
Paul Brampton is listed as a “Leading Individual” and Steven Hayward, Ross Humphries, Chris Thompson and Samantha Beasley are Recommended Lawyers, in the Legal 500 2023 listings.
The team at IBB Law had both the depth of knowledge and the right moral compass in place to nurse us through what we knew was going to be a tricky patch.
We were very impressed with the thoroughness of the initial meeting and IBB’s immediate grasp of what we had perceived to be a difficult family situation
Amanda Melton was marvellous. She had an immediate grasp of a difficult family predicament, and explained a clear and logical means of rectifying it. She communicated the legal situation very clearly, and always replied promptly to any questions or concerns we had.
The Legal 500 says this about the Contentious Probate team:
IBB Law‘s team is led by Paul Grimwood in Uxbridge and Amanda Melton in Chesham; Melton has specific expertise with regards to farming families and is ‘experienced and knowledgeable and with a good client manner’. Other key names include solicitor Catherine O’Reilly and Rekha Toor
Paul Grimwood, Amanda Melton, Catherine O’Reilly and Rekha Toor are all listed as ‘Recommended Lawyers’ in the 2023 listings.
The corporate and commercial team at IBB Law advises clients including SMEs in the Uxbridge, Reading and West London areas on share sales and acquisitions. The practice handles matters such as business restructuring, financial arrangements and insolvency-related issues. Harriet Jones co-heads the team and is well regarded for her experience in group re-organisations, disposals, EMI share options and aspects of banking matters. Co-head Adam Dowdney has expertise in acquisitions and disposals in the technology sector. In Reading, senior associate Ami Bhatt continues to act on complex transactions and the team has been enhanced since partner Sonia Jordan joined
IBB Law’s Corporate Team based in Reading has been ranked for the first time, demonstrating the significant reputation and client base that Head, Adam Dowdney has built over recent years
Legal 500 says of the team:
Corporate finance specialist Adam Dowdney leads the team at IBB Law in Reading, jointly with Harriet Jones who is based in the West London area. The firm focuses on advising SMEs, family owners, and individual shareholders on their sales and acquisitions and in a recent highlight represented Marsh Wall Limited in its acquisition of Inchcape’s Cobham BMW/MINI branch.
Feedback from clients shows:
We use IBB as they have an excellent working knowledge of our industry. They are very approachable, proactive in their operations and always considerate of our needs.
Adam Dowdney handled a recent acquisition for us with no hassle. Ami Bhatt was excellent in the A-Z process of the recent acquisition
Court of Protection – Leading Firm
Russell Hallam is very knowledgeable. We have a reasonably good understanding of the law and he respected our knowledge and understanding and provided us with relevant material to enable us to provide relevant information and arguments to support our case.
The 2023 guide ranks IBB’s Court of Protection team in the London firm category. It says of the team:
IBB Law has three Grade A fee earners – Jacqueline Almond, Russell Hallam and Elena Hall as well as a Grade B fee earner Michael Charalambous. In addition, Hallam is a member of the Office of the Public Guardian’s panel of professional deputies. The team currently acts for approximately 100 clients. It has expertise in dealing with clients with acquired brain injuries, mental health issues, dementia, learning disabilities and alcohol/drug abuse.
Responsive and efficient. Elena Hall- Very efficient. Prompt response. Easy to engage with.
Knowledgeable about Deputyship.
Recommended Lawyers: Jacqueline Almond, Russell Hallam, Elena Hall and Michael Charalambous
A very strong team with a loyal and expanding own client base. Outstanding client service
Legal 500 writes the following about the teams:
‘Powerhouse‘ Uxbridge-based firm IBB Law handle a range of high-profile criminal cases, with particular aptitude for complex murder cases. Joanne Gibbons co-heads the team alongside the ‘personable and hard working‘ Eddie Tang. Gibbons covers a broad range of offences including murder, rape, Encrochat, and drug importation, and is a noted specialist in youth law. Tang acts on cases across the UK, and has experience with kidnapping, blackmail, and serious violent offences. Advocate Kam Varaitch is a ‘solicitor’s solicitor‘, regularly offering service from arrest to trial. Associate Anna Ford has experience of cases involving sexual offences, firearms, and multi-handed murder.
Led from the front by Eddie Tang, who really does go the extra mile for clients. Always immaculately prepared cases
Excellent criminal defence team. Fantastic reputation, work ethic and personnel.
Both John Milner and Eddie Tang are listed as Leading Individuals and Joanne Gibbons, Anna Ford and Kam Varaitch are listed as Recommend Lawyers in the 2023 Guide. Eddie Tang is among an elite group of lawyers who are ranked as a Leading Individual in multiple regions (London and Beds, Bucks, Herts & Middx)
IBB have proved to be immensely flexible in the relationship with us as a business, particularly during Covid when our staffing levels and requirements have been up and down. This has been appreciated. They have been mindful of assigning advice to someone with appropriate seniority throughout and offered different payment models depending on the scenario. It isn’t just ‘clock on’ like some of our other law firms
The 2023 guide describes the Employment Team at IBB as:
The employment team at IBB Law provides a comprehensive legal service to employers on issues covering large-scale redundancies, TUPE and global mobility. The firm has significant experience of working in sectors such as technology, automotive, construction and charities. The practice also deals with personal employment issues for high net-worth individuals. Richard Devall heads the employment department and regularly advises on business transfers, M&A, outsourcing arrangements and governance issues. Justin Govier has experience in defending whistleblowing and discrimination claims while Jasmin Dhillon constructs employment contracts, policies and procedures.
I have had dealings with a large number of employment solicitors, both working with and against my clients. Richard Devall is the best, by a street.
They are very ‘human’ as well, in that they understand that employment legal issues aren’t always just about the bottom-line monetary result and that a good outcome can come in lots of different guises
The team was always ready to explain issues that was not clear. They have always kept us up to date with all progress or any relevant information. They were approachable and have given us the opportunity to ask questions and to seek advice
I was given professional advice throughout by Simon Pimlott and very much appreciated his patience and always being approachable in explaining the process of the claim.
The 2023 guide describes the Team, led by Malcolm Underhill as:
IBB Law handles high-value, complex claims, and is known for ‘providing a singularly client driven process, achieving excellent results‘. The department is led by Malcolm Underhill, an accredited brain injury specialist who is ‘very knowledgeable within his field and really cares and shows interest in his clients’ wellbeing’. The firm has expertise in the areas of dental negligence and 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; he ‘does not shirk from the difficult cases but rather relishes the challenges such cases bring. The team is based in Uxbridge.
Malcolm Underhill is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ and Simon Pimlott is listed as a “Rising Star” in the Legal 500 2023 listings.
IBB listened to us and gave us advice as to what we needed to do, and the information we needed to obtain to pursue a claim. Not once did we feel irrelevant
The 2023 Directory describes the team as follows:
IBB Law‘s personal tax, trusts and probate team offers a comprehensive legal service from setting up trusts to applications to the Court of Protection. The practice has expertise in advising vulnerable clients in relation to high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Jacqueline Almond heads the practice and specialises in high value and complex probate work with estates that often involve foreign assets. Joanna Mills handles lifetime tax planning while Russell Hallam‘s strengths are estate planning for owners and managers of small to medium-sized businesses.
Jacqueline Almond is listed as a ‘Leading Individual’, Russell Hallam and Joanna Mills are both listed as ‘Recommended Lawyers in the Legal 500 2023 listings.
Jacqueline Almond has guided me through a number of complex issues. At every step her thoughtful approach and constant feed back has offered me peace of mind and a quiet confidence that problems will be resolved. I have recommended IBB to a few people over the years who have been very pleased with the service
I would trust Jacqueline Almond with any private client issues that I have. She is professional but the personal touch means that you feel your issue will be worked on for the best outcome. She is honest and takes time to explain. I never feel that my questions are a nuisance or pointless . It seems important to Jacqueline that I understand the process
Led by Jon Mowbray, the IBB Law real estate dispute resolution team is especially well regarded for its expertise in contentious residential property matters, though it also acts for commercial landlords and tenants on a variety of issues. Recently, the group has seen increases in work relating to major infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Heathrow’s third runway. Mowbray has particular experience in high-value dilapidations, rent reviews, and lease renewals, while Andrew Olins is a leading practitioner on restrictive covenants, and is developing a focus on issues concerning high-rise cladding.
We have recommended IBB to several of our clients over the years as we find the litigation and conveyancing teams work together seamlessly.
Jon Mowbray offers effective and balanced advice to clients and makes every effort to settle. He is very responsive and easy to deal with and respected by clients