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Legal 500 2020 Results
Chambers 2020 Results

Chambers Directory 2020 recommends IBB for:


Legal 500 2020 recommends IBB for:

Chambers in 2020 says:

Construction

Broad construction group acting for developers, contractors and a number of well-known corporates on the full range of transactional and contentious matters. Active in numerous sectors, including healthcare, education and residential development. Increasingly acting for major clients in the UK housing sector

A client enthuses that “They’re very easy to work with, Some things are complex and they have a way of simplifying them in a user-friendly way.”

Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions

 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 involving in Europe and further afield. Also demonstrates prowess in related banking and restructuring work as part of a broad corporate finance offering.

A commentator says: “They are quick to respond and they try very hard to understand our business. Every project really matters to them and there’s a lot of clarity from them around cost.”

A client says: “They have a good depth of experience which has allowed them to support us effectively with transactions across a range of sectors.”

Criminal Defence

Charities

Regional firm with a national reach. Advises charities on commercial issues, including real estate projects, transactions and mergers as well as fund-raising and contractual matters. Acts for all manner of third-sector organisations, with a particular focus on faith-based and medical charities. Also provides regulatory support.

Sources say the team is ‘approachable, efficient and very customer-friendly‘.

A client says: ‘They are responsive, flexible and have a good technical knowledge of charities.”

Employment

Experienced in handling the full range of matters for an extensive client base from a range of different industries, including manufacturing, construction, technology and charities. Particularly adept at handling large-scale and sometimes cross-border projects, with additional capability on TUPE issues, restrictive covenants and employment tribunal claims.

A commentator says:  “They are less focused on quoting law and more about providing valuable, practical advice. They also have a great focus on helping clients.

A client praises the team:  “They are very responsive and are very good at understanding what we need and delivering advice accordingly.”

Family and Matrimonial

Advises middle-class and high net worth individuals on family and matrimonial cases. Highly regarded standalone childcare team represents children, parents and guardians in public law matters, as well as advising on private law childcare arrangements in the context of relationship breakdowns, including contact and residence arrangements. Also offers specialist knowledge of adoption cases.

A source praises the team: “IBB Solicitors are a very professional firm. All the staff have a friendly attitude towards us; you get the impression of a small family business but with the back-up of a large company.”

Financial Crime

Litigation

Strong firm with a reputation for advising clients in the automotive, manufacturing, distribution and leisure industries. Significant experience in commercial contracts, shareholder disputes and fraud matters. Clientele consists of some household names and includes multinational corporates, as well as large UK companies. Recent client wins include Danfoss.

One source praises the team for:  “provide a very good service and we trust their commercial and legal advice,”

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Leading personal injury team working on high-stakes and complex matters. Houses particular strength in brain injury litigation, in addition to handling occupational disease claims. Active across an enviable breadth of cases, with particular visibility on historic abuse cases. Further experience includes acting on group litigation.

A client highlights the team’s communication, saying: “excellent, responsive, client-focused and organised.”

Private Client

IBB Solicitors in Uxbridge has a well-resourced private client team. A client reports: “I have found IBB Solicitors to be very good. Everyone I have come across in their offices has been professional, helpful and friendly. Any dealings with employees on the phone have always been the same.”

The firm also has a notable contentious probate practice. One source describes the team as “excellent,” explaining that it is a “relatively small practice who punch above their weight – they have some good people there and have impressive, high-value succession work in the office.”

Real Estate

Highly experienced in both commercial property and the residential development sector. Also offers asset management assistance. Has worked with house builders and other developers, as well as clients in the charity sector, assisting various high-profile charitable and ecclesiastical organisations. Additional areas of expertise include retail and hospitality property.

Sources say that the firm has: “excellent customer service” and is “able to really understand clients’ requirements.”

Real Estate Litigation

IBB’s Real Estate Litigation team handles the full range of property related disputes, but has acquired a reputation for acting on complex and high-value disputes, particularly in relation to the funding of substantial property portfolios. The team is particularly well-known for dealing with significant terminal dilapidations claims and regularly receives referrals from surveyors to act for either their landlord or tenant clients.

A source says: ‘They are very good, very methodical and have a good eye for detail.”

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Legal 500 2020 recommends IBB for:

Banking and Finance

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) regularly acts for lenders and borrowers on acquisition and development finance mandates, with particular emphasis on the construction sector. Recent highlights include advising a property investment group on a £12m refinancing of a shopping centre and retail/residential investment property. Other clients include AIB Group and NatWest. [The team] includes corporate finance experts Adam Dowdney and David Clark, and real estate finance specialist Gemma Coles.

Business Crime (Criminal Fraud)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), which provides ‘a high-quality service’, handles lengthy, high-profile investigations and trials emanating from SFO and FCA investigations, which frequently extend into a number of jurisdictions. The team is representing an individual in a case involving a fraud on a Russian bank, which had a number of cross-jurisdictional complications. In other work, it is dealing with an FCA prosecution for insider dealing, boiler room frauds, bribery and corruption and a Euribor case. According to one source, practice head John Milner ‘is one of my go-to people for SFO investigations‘ and ‘has excellent criminal law instincts and fights very hard for his clients’. Caroline Dunne and Eddie Tang are also expert in regulatory breaches and frauds.

John Milner is listed as a Leading Individual in the 2020 Guide.

Charities

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) draws its charities and not-for-profit offering from across the firm’s property, corporate and commercial, employment and dispute resolution practices, enabling it to handle the full range of issues for its clients, which include national charities. The practice has particular strength in depth in the regulated care sector and acts for a number of medical charities, including Arthritis Research, on governance, regulatory and commercial issues. Practice head Paul Ridout recently advised that client on its merger with Arthritis Care. Other recent highlights include advising CLIC Sargent Cancer Care for Children on a suite of agreements with fundraising partners, including a contract for a three-year partnership with WM Morrisons; and assisting a care home provider with the sale of registered nursing home business. Also recommended are Rosie Brass, who is noted for her regulatory and governance expertise, employment specialist Justin Govier, and Paul Kite, who handles disputes.

Paul Ridout is ranked as a Leading Individual in the 2020 Guide. Rosie Brass is ranked as a Rising Star.

Family Law and Childcare

Clients of IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s family rate its ‘outstanding service and approachable and personable manner which puts clients at ease during stressful situations’. Areas of expertise include acting for high-net-worth individuals in divorce cases involving assets ranging from £2m to £10m; pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements and pre-civil partnership agreements; and representing children in private law cases in disputes involving contact and residence arrangements following the breakdown of parental relationships. Amanda Melton heads the practice and ‘combines exceptional professional knowledge with strong interpersonal skills – her straight-talking approach and honesty about the potential pitfalls of a case inspires confidence’. Other key figures include Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, who is ‘articulate, sensible and compassionate’, and Vicky Preece, who has more than 15 years’ experience representing children and other family members in care cases.

Amanda Melton and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick are listed as  “Leading Individuals” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.

Vicky Preece is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.

Commercial Property

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) attracts praise for its ‘excellent resources, flexible mindset and good value for money’. Headed by Bill Bidder, the sizeable team handles the full range of commercial property matters, with a particularly strong reputation for residential development and regeneration work, where it acts for major developers and housebuilders including Barratt Homes, Persimmon and Bellway. It also has a growing hotel-sector workload. Recent highlights include advising Lands improvement on the disposal of three development parcels, acting for Thrive Homes on the acquisition and development of a former industrial site in Hemel Hempstead, and acting for Optima on the sale and development of a new industrial/warehouse scheme on a town centre brownfield site. Juliusz Wodzianski and Susan Mawson are also recommended, as is Christian Le Gouais, whose ‘tenacity, attention to detail and commerciality sets him out from other lawyers’.

Bill Bidder and Susan Mawson are listed as “Leading Individuals” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.  Gemma Coles is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.

Commercial litigation

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) further strengthened its commercial litigation offering through the firm’s merger with Turbervilles, with John Clement heading the newly combined litigation practice, which acts for a range of UK plcs and multinationals including Renault UK and Manpower UK. The practice is particularly active in the automotive, manufacturing and leisure sectors, with the merger adding expertise in the park homes sector.  Recent work includes acting for Optimise Water in High Court proceedings against Apogee Corporation concerning alleged overcharging for a managed print services contract, and defending a client in an ongoing Commercial Court claim, which is valued at $165m and involves Russia, Italy, Switzerland and Israel. Other key figures include Paul Kite, who has more than 20 years’ experience handling a range of disputes related to commercial contracts, product liability, franchising, shareholder issues, and commercial fraud, and senior associate Sarah Jackson, who regularly handles company and partnership disputes and chancery litigation.

Paul Kite is listed as a “Leading Individual” and Sarah Jackson is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.

Construction

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields a team of ‘extremely well-qualified, very professional, highly knowledgeable and courteous’ construction specialists who provide ‘exceptional advice and outstanding value for money’. Clients include major housebuilders, contractors and mixed-use developers on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, with notable strength in commercial real estate and the engineering sector. On the contentious front, practice head Paul Brampton (‘very formidable and clear thinking’) acted for O’Loughlin Leisure in a dispute concerning construction cost overruns, allocation of sale proceeds, and alleged defects brought against the development company, with which the client entered into a joint venture agreement to sell and develop leisure facilities in South London into apartments and commercial premises. Non-contentious highlights included advising Heathrow Top on the conversion and extension of an existing office building in Heathrow to deliver a 244-bedroom Marriott hotel, and assisting with Aviva Insurance on the redevelopment of St Helen’s Square in the City of London, the third largest open space in the City. Steven Hayward has wide-ranging expertise in contentious and non-contentious construction matters and is recommended alongside consultant Ross Humphries.

The construction team was ranked in the highest band in the 2020 Legal 500 listing

Paul Brampton is listed as a “Leading Individual” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.

Contentious Probate

Amanda Melton and her team received a Leading Firm ranking in the 2020 Legal 500 listing.

Corporate and Commercial

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is well positioned to capture the lion’s share of work for SME and owner-managed businesses located in West London and the wider Thames Valley region, and is continuing to attract mandates from larger corporates and multinationals such as Hertz and Cegedim. In an illustration of its growing track record in cross-border deals, Adam Dowdney and Harriett Jones advised Italian drinks dispenser company, Celli, on its acquisition of Brewday. In a highlight demonstrating the firm’s entrenched relationships with owner-managed businesses, Dowdney and Jones assisted the shareholders of Resourcing Solutions with the £15m sale of a 70% shareholding to Match Group, and the grant of put and call options over the remaining 30%. The practice also works in close collaboration with the firm’s real estate and construction groups to handle a range of work emanating from the hotel and housing sectors. Other clients include Renault Retail Group.

Adam Dowdney is listed as “Leading Individual”  ” in the Legal 500 2020 listing and Harriet Jones is a “Next Generation Partner”.

Court of Protection

Jacqueline Almond and her team retained the Leading Firm ranking in the Legal 500 2020 guide.

Criminal Defence

From its Uxbridge base, the team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) team, which includes solicitor-advocates, handles a caseload that includes allegations pertaining to murder, sexual offences, serious violence, kidnapping and firearms. Team head Joanne Gibbons is acting for a carer who is accused of attempted murder and is also representing a defendant in a large-scale drugs importation case. In other work, the team which includes noted practitioners Eddie Tang and Caroline Dunne, is handling cases concerning allegations of historic sexual offences, manslaughter and robbery.

Employment

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields ‘an extremely efficient’ team that ‘keeps clients informed at all times’. It acts for a number of household names, as well as the UK subsidiaries of multinational companies, on a wide range of employment issues arising from large-scale projects, such as TUPE issues and redundancy matters, in sectors including charities, construction, automotive, technology and pharmaceutical. The firm’s merger with Turbervilles in January 2018 has widened the practice’s sector coverage further, and has strengthened the practice through the arrival of several key figures, including Marc Jones, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable of all the legal aspects of unfair and wrongful dismissal; he is sympathetic to client concerns, yet realistic in how cases should be presented.’ He joins a practice led by Justin Govier, who has particular expertise in redundancy matters, international and pan-European HR mandates, and drafting and implementing business and workforce strategic plans, among other employment areas. Also recommended are Richard Devall, whose expertise includes the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and Robert Dixon.

Justin Govier and Marc Jones are listed as “Leading Individuals” in the Legal 500 2020 listings. Ed Marchant is a “Rising Star”.

Immigration

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) handles an array of immigration matters, ranging from Tier 2 sponsor licensing, sponsor management system compliance, and acquiring Schengen visas, to advising on security clearance and leave to remain applications for key executives. The practice acts for start-ups, SMEs, multinational corporations, high-net-worth individuals, and families, with notable strength in the technology, pharmaceutical, retail, automotive and manufacturing sectors. It is also active in cross-border work involving transfers of personnel between countries, particularly the US. Clients include Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, for which the practice handles its Tier 2 sponsor licences. Richard Devall heads the team, which includes Ed Marchant, who has a wealth of expertise handling applications under the points based system.

Personal injury and clinical negligence

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘good’ clinical negligence department ‘puts the client’s interests at the forefront of every decision’. Its particular specialism is brain injury claims. In a recent highlight, the team handled a fatal claim concerning the suicide of an individual after a brain tumour caused their mental health issues, with little support being received from local mental health services. Senior solicitor Simon Pimlott has ‘a real eye for detail and works incredibly hard to get the best result for each client’. Malcolm Underhill heads the practice.

The ‘excellent’ personal injury team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) impresses with its ‘attention to detail, client-focused approach, above-average commitment, decisive and timely communication and organisation‘, with special emphasis on brain and spinal injury, child abuse, chronic pain conditions, industrial diseases, psychological damage and product liability class actions. Partner Malcolm Underhill and senior solicitor Simon Pimlott, who both ‘appear methodical, experienced and efficient, as well as having an empathic understanding of the client’s situation’, represented a claimant who suffered from severe brain and orthopaedic injuries as a passenger in a car accident.

Simon Pimlott is listed as a “Rising Star” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.

Personal tax, trusts and probate

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields ‘a highly efficient’ tax team that ‘always responds promptly to queries and provides up-to-date and insightful information’. The merger with Turbervilles in January 2018 has added further depth to the already strong practice, which handles the full range of personal tax matters, with notable expertise advising non-domiciled clients on drafting trusts and wills in relation to UK assets. It also works closely with the firm’s personal injury practice to advise on deputy applications. Jacqueline Almond heads the practice and is ‘particularly good at grasping clients’ needs and always goes to great lengths to handle every request’.

Jacqueline Almond is listed as a “Leading Individual” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.

Property litigation

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) handles the full range of property-related disputes, with an emphasis on terminal dilapidations clients, for a client base comprising retailers, housebuilders, commercial developers and corporates with large property portfolios. In an illustration of its High Court litigation workload, the practice acted for the purchasers of high-value residential houseboats and moorings in a dispute against the vendor for breach of contract and misrepresentation in which the clients successfully recovered all sums paid for the houseboats, as well as interest and costs. Other recent work includes acting for the landlord in a dispute concerning a residential service charge in respect of 39 disputed items, in which the practice defended 38 of the items before the First Tier Tribunal and successfully overturned the remaining issue at the Upper Lands Tribunal; and obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of Riverdale Developments requiring another developer to remove works from an area of land at the entrance to the client’s new residential development which was subject to covenants. Jon Mowbray heads the practice and has been heavily involved in acting for commercial and residential property owners in HS2-related issues. He is recommended alongside Andrew Olins, who has particular expertise in handling issues relating to restrictive covenants.

Andrew Olins and Jon Mowbray are listed as “Leading Individuals” in the Legal 500 2020 listings.

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