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Legal 500 2017 Results

Chambers 2018 Results

Client Survey Results January 2015 - December 2015

 

Chambers Directory 2018 recommends IBB for:



Legal 500 2017 recommends IBB for:

Chambers in 2018 says:

Construction

"Paul Brampton offers in-depth industry expertise and has a solid practice incorporating both disputes and front-end advice. He acts for clients in sectors ranging from infrastructure to education. Clients say: "He is very commercial and represents exceptional value for money."

"Steven Hayward acts on contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of clients, including developers, contractors and employers. Clients are impressed by his "knowledge of the subject matter, attention to detail and customer care."

Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions

"Adam Dowdney handles a range of M&A transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers, and also demonstrates expertise in MBOs, MBIs and private equity matters. Sources say he is "extremely diligent, conscientious and approachable.

"David Clark's expertise spans corporate finance and reorganisations, as well as M&A. He recently advised Trans-Siberian Gold on its high-value share capital reduction". 

Criminal Defence

Charities

"Regional firm with a national reach. Advises charities on trustee duties, governance, funding and regulatory issues. Acts for all manner of third-sector organisations, with a particular focus on faith-based and medical charities. Regularly assists charitable organisations with real estate-related issues. 

Strengths Market commentators say: "They have different skills within the team and are therefore able to respond quickly to any queries."

Sources find IBB Solicitors to be "professional, helpful and knowledgeable."

Employment

"Sources say Justin Govier is "able to really understand the client and match his advice to that. It's pragmatic but always given with due regard to the nature of the organisation." His recent work has included advice on holiday pay, TUPE transfers and on the defence of tribunal litigation".

"Richard Devall is "extremely commercial, very practical and reassuring, and very good at framing how matters are going to end," according to interviewees. He assists clients with a wide range of employment matters and is also able to aid them with business immigration issues".

Family and Matrimonial

"Amanda Melton advises on property and trust-related disputes between separating couples and also assists with children-related matters".

Financial Crime

"John Milner is a financial crime expert with a diverse practice, including work on market manipulation and corruption matters. One client notes: "Hard as the trial was, I would say I actually enjoyed it because of John."

Litigation

"Paul Kite has a long track record of handling complex commercial contracts and corporate disputes, as well as commercial fraud and product liability cases. Sources praise his practical and strategic approach to issues".

"Senior associate Sarah Jackson assists with different areas of commercial litigation, such as company, partnership and contractual disputes, as well as civil fraud and contentious insurance matters. "She is very astute, and she really stands up for her clients," comments one source, adding: "She is also very elegant in her submissions and hugely persuasive in her ability to get across her client's points."

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

"Malcolm Underhill is regarded as a leader in the field of brain injuries, in which he has long-standing experience. He also focuses on child abuse cases. Clients describe him as "knowledgeable, always responsive and interested in what he does." Another adds: "I have nothing but praise for Malcolm and his team. He makes me feel completely safe in him handling my case."

Private Client

Real Estate

"The "very good" Vivien Rimmer specialises in development and regeneration work. She also has experience of planning law, including the negotiation of Section 106 agreements".

"Juliusz Wodzianski's clients describe him as "diligent and commercially astute." His expertise includes development schemes and retail property matters".

Real Estate Litigation

"Jon Mowbray is praised by clients for his "very commercial" advice. His extensive property litigation practice includes high-value commercial lease renewals and dilapidation claims. Sources enjoy working with him because he "sees every side to the argument."

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Legal 500 2017 recommends IBB for:

Banking and Finance

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is noted for its expertise in the construction sector, advising banks and borrower clients on funding, corporate structures, warranties and step-in rights. Recent work included advising AIB Group on its security arrangements following a decision to issue retail commercial bonds totalling £5m in value, and advising National Westminster Bank on a £1.9m financing provided to Shepperton Marina. Key figures include Ross Johnstone, who specialises in investment development and funding, and David Clark, who handles corporate finance and secured lending matters. Senior solicitor Gemma Coles is recommended for real estate finance".

Business Crime (Criminal Fraud)

"Clients of IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) value the firm’s ‘many years of experience in dealing with criminal and in particular white-collar criminal cases’. The team, based in Uxbridge, handles a complete range of financial and business crime matters for individuals, including cross-border EURIBOR matters, international money laundering cases and white-collar crime issues. It recently represented a client accused of defrauding a Russian bank of $200m, with further accusations of bribery, forgery and blackmail among others; the client was acquitted of four counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. Other key matters included representing a client who allegedly defrauded two banks of £160m by obtaining loans through fabricated contracts for fibre-optic cables, and acted for another client accused of being involved in a longstanding LIBOR fraud by misleading USD LIBOR submissions in Barclays Bank’s name. The practice is led by ‘top-notch practitioner’ John Milner, who is ‘capable of going toe-to-toe with the best of the white-collar crime solicitors’. Also recommended are Caroline Dunne, who has experience handling white-collar crime matters;  and business crime expert Eddie Tang".

Charities

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has ‘an in-depth knowledge of the sector and a good understanding of each client’s specific subject areas’. The team has notable expertise advising faith-based and medical charities, and regularly handles commercial real estate matters, regulatory work and employment issues. Practice head Paul Ridout recently advised Brentwood Ursuline on its £7m restructuring of assets, and also assisted Chartered College of Teaching with various governance and commercial partnership matters. Other key individuals include Justin Govier, who specialises in employment issues, and Paul Kite, who is the name to note for corporate and commercial work".

Childcare and Family Law

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘dedicated team of specialist family lawyers’ provides ‘an efficient service to its clients, always acting in their best interests and being appropriately assertive’. The group handles high-value divorce work and has significant childcare expertise, regularly advising on private law cases and acrimonious disputes involving the Children Act. Other areas of expertise include matrimonial property issues, Court of Protection matters and cross-border financial cases. Practice head Amanda Melton is ‘a great communicator’ and ‘has an excellent instinct for what the judge will do’, and senior solicitor Vicky Preece is recommended for complex childcare and adoption cases".

Commercial Property

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has a notably active profile in development and investment work, and also handles the full range of portfolio management matters along with real estate finance, joint venture agreements, construction contracts, planning and letting management issues. Recent work includes advising BAM Properties on the £18m-plus sale of a building, and acting for Hudson Advisors UK on the high-value sale of two regional hotels as part of an ongoing strategy to rationalise a recently acquired portfolio".

Construction

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) provides ‘an impressive level of service’, combining ‘strong strategic input along with advice on commercial risk at all stages of the process’. The group has strong expertise in the commercial real estate sector, and has a strong reputation for its work for housebuilder, contractor and developer clients in energy service company-related transactions, joint venture agreements and major construction projects. The ‘focused and practical’ Paul Brampton heads the department, and recently advised Aviva on the redevelopment of St Helen’s Square in the City of London. The team also acted for Optimise (Water) in a payment dispute regarding SCADA monitoring at several hundred waste water engineering sites across the UK".

Corporate and Commercial

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s team is ‘excellent in all areas’ and ‘really takes the time to explain things in simple terms to clients with little to no experience in corporate and commercial law’. The firm acts for domestic and multinational clients in their transactional and restructuring activity, and has been notably active in the hotels sector."

Criminal Defence

‘An excellent firm with a great criminal defence practice’, IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s Uxbridge-based team ‘has a number of outstanding principal solicitors who take client care very seriously’. The practice handles the full spectrum of criminal cases including murder, manslaughter, Class A drug importation and rape. In a recent matter, the team represented a client charged with the murder of his wife and for defrauding his mentally incapacitated father-in-law of £300,000. Other key matters included acting for a client accused of theft and GBH, with the client eventually acquitted of all charges. The firm is also notable for its ability to leverage expertise from its family, fraud and commercial practices. Caroline Dunne attracts praise for her ‘strong grasp of the relevant law and procedure’; she is well-versed in undertaking international financial criminal litigation. John Milner, who is noted for his strength in matters at the intersection between general crime and fraud, ‘is a very experienced, wise and tactically shrewd expert’; ‘he is particularly calm under fire’. Eddie Tang’s track record includes representing clients in criminal charges arising from road traffic accident cases, acting defendants accused of terrorism offences, and money laundering matters".

Commercial litigation

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has experienced a rise in insolvency-related cases, most notably in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, and continues to advise on a range of matters including product liability, debt recovery and commercial contract disputes. Recent work includes representing the National House Building Council (NHBC) in an insurance indemnity claim totalling £1m, which related to defective construction work undertaken as part of a major project. It also acted for Phillip Jeffries in mediation with a former commercial agent. The team also acted for longstanding client Renault in an intellectual property infringement matter regarding a domain name. Paul Kite advises on the full range of contentious matters and has notable automotive, manufacturing and distribution sector expertise. He is recommended alongside senior associate Sarah Jackson, who handles company and partnership disputes, commercial fraud and debt recovery matters".

Employment

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s team advises on the employment aspects of managing projects, frequently handling redundancies and TUPE situations, and also deals with personal employment issues for high-net worth individuals. The group has a broad range of sector specialisms, regularly handling work for clients in the charity, construction, technology and pharmaceutical industries, and often draws on its cross-disciplinary strengths in the corporate and commercial, family and dispute resolution spheres when resolving issues. Key figure Richard Devall specialises in business immigration, inbound investment and employment issues arising out of outsourcings and M&A activity; Devall, along with [solicitor Ed Marchant]  recently acted for the management team of Sabio in a management buyout totalling £50m, advising on leaver provisions, restrictive covenants and service agreements. Team head Justin Govier is recommended for matters involving restructuring, global expansion programmes and international and pan-European HR. The firm also has a strong contentious employment practice, handling claims related to whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and discrimination. Hertz, Robsons Estate Agents and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals are among key current clients".

Immigration

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) advises clients on Tier 2 sponsor licenses, sponsor management system compliance, audits and Schengen visas, among other matters. The group also assists with Tier 1 investor and entrepreneur visas, British Citizenship applications and residency documents for European citizens, and successfully acted for several clients in adverse immigration history matters and visa refusals. The team has a strong client base in the technology, pharmaceutical, retail and automotive sectors, and regularly works alongside its corporate, commercial and family teams to provide a full-service offering to its corporate and individual clients. Newly-recruited partner Richard Devall, who joined from Pitmans LLP, heads the practice.."

Intellectual Property

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has been handling patent, licensing and trade mark matters, among other work, for clients from diverse industries, ranging from healthcare to manufacturing".

IT and Telecoms

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has been advising on data protection, IT infrastructure development, SaaS agreements and telecoms contracts". 

Personal injury and clinical negligence

"The ‘excellent’ personal injury department at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) impresses through ‘decisive, timely communication, clear direction and attention to detail’. The key lawyers are brain injury specialist Malcolm Underhill, who also gained considerable experience in matters involving child abuse, and senior solicitor Simon Pimlott, who focuses on spinal and head injuries as well as chronic pain syndrome and psychological conditions. Both have an ‘above-average commitment and a high level of understanding of individual clients and their specific needs and expectations’. They are further recommended for being ‘professional, methodical and organised’. Niche areas of work include acoustic shock, noise-induced hearing loss, asbestosis and vibration injury cases. For child abuse matters, Underhill is able to consult various psychologists and therapists for expert reports. One of his recent cases involved the representation of a claimant with mental health issues who had suffered abuse from a paedophile several decades ago, where Underhill undertook detailed research in order to identify possible defendants and insurers". 

Personal tax, trusts and probate

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has ‘an excellent reputation in its field’, and its ‘competent team of solicitors’ provides ‘a professional and efficient service at every level, from initial contact to client meetings and all the way through to completion’. The practice has strong expertise in international matters, frequently advising on UK and foreign tax issues, the drafting of wills and trusts and the administration of foreign estates. Personal injury trusts are also a niche area of specialism, and the team has extensive experience handling Court of Protection and power of attorney issues. Practice head Jacqueline Almond is ‘a dedicated, professional and approachable individual’, who is ‘particularly knowledgeable when it comes to will writing’".

Property litigation

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields a team of ‘top-class property litigators’ that has ‘a wide range of experience and a broad depth of knowledge of the subtleties of property law’. The team is known for its expertise in property finance disputes, and also regularly handles lease renewals and rent reviews in relation to City and West End property. Recent work includes representing real estate fund manager Frogmore in a High Court claim against Nationwide related to wrongful disposal of loans totalling £112m. Jon Mowbray heads the practice, and Andrew Olins is commended for his ‘strong academic knowledge of the law’".

Client Survey Results January 2015 - December 2015

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