B P Collins

Our lawyers are dedicated to delivering the best legal advice. Simply put, we solve problems, manage risk and seek to add value. Our enduring relationships with clients lead to an outstanding service.

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Our lawyers are dedicated to delivering the best legal advice. Simply put, we solve problems, manage risk and seek to add value. Our enduring relationships with clients lead to an outstanding service.

B P Collins LLP is all about achieving the best possible outcome for our clients, whether they are private individuals or organisations. We have a solid track record of winning cases, solving clients’ problems, safeguarding clients’ interests and giving clients peace of mind.

Our effectiveness is down to the considerable expertise of our people and the way we work with clients. Whether we are securing a complicated international acquisition or supporting their individual legal needs, our deep understanding of the law and our personal commitment make the difference.

B P Collins LLP has been accredited with the Law Society’s Lexcel practice management standard continuously for many years, so you can be confident we strive to meet the highest management and client care standards.

B P Collins LLP is conveniently located to handle your legal requirements. Based in the Thames Valley to the west of London, our easily accessible offices in Gerrards Cross (Buckinghamshire) are close to the M25/M40 interchange and City rail links, as well as Heathrow airport. Our location enables B P Collins LLP to deliver a ‘City-quality’ legal service, but not at City prices.

Commercial property

Commercial premises can be a major asset for your business – and an expensive and aggravating management challenge.

The laws surrounding commercial property are complex – whether investing in one property or managing a portfolio of many large properties or operating your business from leaseholdpremises, you can face substantial legal liabilities and potential costs.

Understanding the issues and taking legal advice at the outset of acquiring or disposing of premises can help you avoid the pitfalls and potential disputes, putting you in a stronger position to negotiate the right solution for your business.

Our experienced team of commercial property experts combines a detailed legal knowledge with a practical awareness of prevailing market conditions, whilst maintaining a keen commercial awareness of your business objectives.

We impress with our depth of expertise and ability to handle the full range of your commercial property needs, whether simple or complex, large or small, local or national.

We know about the issues that matter to commercial agents and developers, landlords and tenants. We understand the problems they are dealing with and we are here to help.

Our real estate practice is recommended for client service in the latest edition of Chambers UK and The Legal 500.


Corporate and commercial

Whether you run a growing private business, a UK subsidiary of a multi-national, or an ambitious start-up or you are a serial entrepreneur or investor, our commercial lawyers are passionate about helping you to secure and enhance the value of your business.

We work closely with you and your other advisers to understand your aims and objectives and the challenges that you face, building a long-term relationship that consistently delivers the right results throughout every stage of the business cycle.

We deal with a broad range of non-transactional work, can help you develop strong routes to your markets whilst protecting your business from potential risks and exploiting yourcommercial opportunities and technology. Our large and experienced team provides pragmatic advice to ensure your deals are successfully completed and commercial value-adding solutions are delivered.

We assist with securing funding for your venture, shaping the structure of your business, guiding you through the minefield of legal compliance and dealing with any corporate transactions along the way.

If exiting a business, our corporate lawyers help you to plan succession minimising disruption, protecting your legacy and maximising value, whether you are selling the business or shares.

Our corporate and commercial practice is recommended for client service in the latest edition of Chambers UK and The Legal 500.


Employment

Employment law covers a vast area – from employment contracts to dismissal and everything in between.

With increasing and evolving regulation, leading to costly disputes and penalties if ignored, expert legal advice tailored to suit your requirements is a wise investment.

With a commercial and pragmatic approach, our dedicated employment lawyers provide support and advice to employers and employees across all areas of employment law, from operational advice on TUPE, staff policies and disciplinary procedures to advising on claims relating to discrimination and whistleblowing.

Independently ranked top in the region for employment law by The Legal 500 client guidebook, our employment lawyers are committed to safeguarding workers’ rights while reducing unnecessary demands on business.

Our employment law practice is is recommended for client service in the latest edition of Chambers UK and The Legal 500.


Family

Whether you are embarking on or ending a marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation, it is a time when life-changing decisions for you and your family need to be made.

We are respected for our straight-forward and pragmatic advice and, by taking time to understand each client’s needs, provide realistic and tailored solutions.

At the outset of a relationship, we draft and advise on pre-nuptial, pre-civil partnership or cohabitation agreements to set out what you agree about your responsibilities and obligations towards each other.

If the relationship breaks down, we will guide you through the legal and financial issues, including maintenance, division of capital, pensions and business interests.

Where children are involved, we can help you with decisions about their care and also the financial arrangements for them.

We regard litigation through the courts as a last resort. Where possible, we endeavour to achieve a resolution through negotiation – as members of Resolution, our matrimonial teamis committed to a constructive approach to resolving family matters and giving measured balanced legal support.

Our family practice is is recommended for client service in the latest edition of Chambers UK and The Legal 500 and is experienced in acting in high profile matters with complex assets. We provide a personal, bespoke service to support our clients and meet their needs at such a difficult time.


Litigation and dispute resolution

Whilst a pragmatic and positive approach can go a long way to avoiding disputes, they are sometimes unavoidable.

There will be times when unacceptable mistakes are made or when you need to fight for a fair outcome. We can manage your legal risks, whether at work or in your private life.

Our litigation and dispute resolution team offer rapid, clear, cost-effective and practical legal advice. With a reputation for being friendly and accessible to clients, polite but challenging with opponents, we have a strong track record of winning cases across the range of courts, representing both private individuals and corporate clients.

Whether handling complex High Court litigation or negotiating a settlement, our team has a wealth of experience working alongside clients to resolve disputes and achieve the right results.

Our litigation and dispute resolution team is recommended for client service in the latest edition of Chambers UK and The Legal 500.


Mediation

Mediation is an effective way to resolve all commercial business and private disputes very quickly, and at a fraction of the cost of court proceedings. Many high value commercial claims are now settled by mediation, with a substantial saving on both sides of legal costs and the executive time inevitably spent on going to court.

Settlements are achieved at mediation meetings, or shortly afterwards, in over 70% of all disputes, with an average saving in excess of £10,000 per party.

Mediation can take place before or during the court proceedings and can be quick to arrange. It is entirely confidential and “off the record”, and the mediator is not connected with either party.

Because mediation is a quick and effective way of resolving disputes, you are now required to consider going to mediation or other alternative dispute procedures before you issue any court proceedings. Anyone who issues proceedings prematurely risks having to pay the other side’s costs, even if they win their case.

You will be actively involved in the mediation meeting and you will only settle the dispute if you decide that is what you want to do.

The terms of any settlement reached at a mediation meeting can be very wide-ranging and are not restricted to the points in dispute at the meeting. The settlement will normally bring any court proceedings to an end.

Mediation is effective in commercial business to resolve corporate disputes, shareholders’ disputes and disputes between businesses.  Mediation is also helpful in private law environments, such as boundary disputes and contested probate issues.


Notary services

Time is very often of the essence when the services of a Notary Public are required.

We understand that business-critical documents and transactions, such as applications for registration or assignment of patents, may need authenticating within tight deadlines.

Whether buying or selling a property abroad, setting up a company, opening a bank account or getting married or emigrating overseas, you may need the services of a notary.

Whatever your requirements, our notary service is conveniently placed to ensure your documents are legally recognised in a timely manner.

B P Collins can offer the services of three Notaries.


Residential property

Whether you are buying your first home, investing in a second property or moving house, you are likely to be embarking on one of the largest financial commitments in your personal life.

During this demanding period, a trustworthy relationship with your residential property solicitor is imperative, as are expert guidance and timely legal advice. Drawing on our considerable experience and expertise, not only of the law but the locality, we advise on all personal property matters accurately and reliably.

Whatever your requirements – from buying or selling a property to site development opportunities – we have the capacity and resources to handle your matter swiftly and efficiently.

Other property transactions, such as buy to let, co-ownership and releasing equity, bring their own potential pitfalls – you will receive a personal service from a dedicated solicitor or conveyancer who will go the extra mile to deliver the results you need by anticipating and effectively overcoming any legal or practical problems that may arise.


Wills, trusts and probate

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, which is why many people seek legal advice only when there is a clear and immediate need. However, planning ahead with the help of your solicitor can be a valuable investment.

It is critical to take expert advice to ensure your wealth is properly managed and drawing up a will is essential if you want to ensure that your assets will be dealt with the way you want.

At the same time, appropriate tax planning may significantly reduce your inheritance tax liability and deliver maximum value to your beneficiaries.

Trusts can also be extremely useful – they offer valuable flexibility and wealth protection, as well as providing more options than leaving a simple legacy gift.

Our private client team takes time to understand your needs and will translate your wishes into clear and concise legal documents that meet your objectives, now and in the future.

Working alongside our wills and trust team, our probate solicitors deal promptly and sensitively with probate including cases of intestacy and provide effective advice if an estate is contested.

Our legal team has an impressive client base and is highly regarded in the legal directories. The private client team includes members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Law Society’s Probate Section and Solicitors for the Elderly. As such, our solicitors are exceptionally well qualified to safeguard your family wealth, estate and property.

Our experienced solicitors will guide you through the range of personal law issues and provide you and your family with complete peace of mind, whatever the future may hold.

Awards

The wills, trusts and probate solicitors at B P Collins LLP are members of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).


Specialist areas

Business immigration

In recent years the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) has toughened its stance on immigration through its introduction of the Points Based System (PBS). Annual limits have also now been imposed on non-EEA and Swiss economic migration.

B P Collins LLP has a dedicated business immigration group, comprising four specialist members, each of whom are members of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and are experienced members of our employment practice group.

The business immigration team is able to assist and advise businesses on their work place immigration needs and offer bespoke advice on a number of aspects under the PBS, with an emphasis on applications under Tier 2 (apply to enter or remain in the UK as a skilled worker).

The team advise predominantly in the following areas:

  • Registering as a licensed sponsor;
  • Compliance with UKBA’s Sponsorship Management System;
  • Business visitors;
  • Illegal working and the statutory defence;

Reviewing contracts and handbooks and providing advice to ensure that your policies and procedures are compliant with UKBA requirements.

Examples of our work include:

  • procuring a certificate of sponsorship for a worldwide religious organisation, ensuring planned activities of a business visitor were permissible under UKBA rules, so as to secure a business visa
  • advising on the consequences and how to deal with unknowingly engaging illegal workers during a business acquisition
  • advising a national retailer during a high profile raid conducted on their premises by UKBA

Our business immigration team is independently ranked top in the region for client service by The Legal 500 client guidebook.

Environment

Heightened public awareness of the environment and concern for its protection, has led to increasing regulation and compliance requirements. This has resulted in a need for businesses to assess the impact of their operations on the environment, to understand their new obligations and review and (where necessary) modify their working practices.

In this increasingly important area, B P Collins has extensive experience advising clients in relation to all stages of the waste cycle including producer responsibility, transfer of waste, recycling and means of disposal. We provide a complete service for clients in waste management, renewables and efficiency.

We provide an exceptional service for waste to energy clients involved in a range of renewables projects, as well as having particular experience dealing with contaminated land issues and environmental issues in corporate and property transactions.

The cross practice environment team has the resources to advise on how this evolving area of law can impact on your business activities and provide guidance on risk management.

We are familiar with the day-to-day workings of our clients’ businesses and have a sound technical understanding of the technologies being used, which enables us to cut to the core of the issues involved.

The firm is an Associate Member of the Environmental Services Association and our environment team is independently recommended for client service in the latest edition of Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

Media

Our lawyers have growing expertise in servicing the legal requirements of those in the media sector, working with broadcasters, production companies, authors, artists, musicians and television personalities, across various media including film, television and music.

Our experienced legal teams can advise on intellectual property issues, commercial agreements, resolving disputes, structuring deals and financing plans.

Our corporate lawyers are able to provide sector specific advice on contract drafting and negotiation and can be involved at all levels of a project, including development, production, financing and distribution.

We also advise and represent clients in cases of libel, slander and malicious falsehood and advise on remedies such as injunctions. For businesses, misleading advertising by a competitor or the publication of other false material can also give rise to a claim.

Our media lawyers can ensure reputations are maintained.

Retail and leisure

It has been a challenging few years for many of the high street brands in the retail industry as the sector struggles to return to pre-recession spending.  However, many are finding new and creative ways to maintain their competitive edge as consumer buying habits alter.

In support of this market, B P Collins LLP has a dedicated cross-practice team that provide specialist sector focused advice to clients that operate in retail and leisure industries, particularly those involved in food, fashion, entertainment, hotels, restaurants, warehouses and gaming services.

Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers maintain a focus on delivering customer service and value whilst providing both day-to-day and transactional advice to clients in this multifaceted sector.

Consisting of employment, real estate, litigation and corporate lawyers, we are well placed to provide cost-effective legal services in all areas of employment law (including TUPE), legislation affecting retailers, portfolio management and property finance, debt collection and franchising, technology and IP rights.

We have a proven track record in the retail and leisure sectors, spanning many years of market highs and lows, and use this experience to understand our client’s objectives, helping to minimise risks and protect and develop their reputation.

We are trusted legal advisers to well known national and international household names, including popular brands Sacla UK Ltd, BIC UK and Ireland, AMF Bowling and Bestway Holdings Ltd.

Technology and IP

Globalisation and increased access to the internet have pushed information technology and intellectual property related matters to the forefront of commercial activity and corporate decision-making.

In a fast moving world, safeguarding and exploiting your technology with the correct legal support is critical to staying ahead of the competition.

Working with specialist trademark and patent attorneys where appropriate, our cross practice team delivers effective legal solutions to protect all of your IP assets.

We have significant experience in drafting and negotiating bespoke technology and IP contracts which will give you an advantage in relation to the acquisition, procurement, sale or exploitation of IP rights and technology.

The team has expertise across many industry sectors and understand the complex legal issues which must be addressed including technology and IP disputes.

Alison Taylor

Partner

PartnerAlison Taylor Alison Taylor is a highly desired and knowledgeable member of the B P Collins commercial property practice group since joining the team from a large city firm in 2012.

Described by clients as “extremely thorough”, Taylor prides herself on her ability to provide solutions to the most complicated of property transactions.Her extensive experience in a wide range of commercial property matters includes portfolio transactions, freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals. In addition to this, Taylor also has significant expertise in dealing with the sale and management of shopping centres, complex commercial lease transactions and offers invaluable corporate support to the corporate and commercial team.

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Sue Andrews

Partner

Sue AndrewsSue Andrews achieved her teenage dream of becoming a lawyer and now, with more than 30 years’ experience under her belt, leads the seven-strong family team at B P Collins. Passionate about putting families first, Andrews was appointed a partner in 1990 and is highly respected for her professional, yet friendly approach.

Another said: ‘We were thankful for her years of experience and strength of character. She remained calm and level-headed throughout, while at the same time being able to relate to the emotions we were experiencing.’‘Highly efficient, pays great attention to detail, and is understanding of my personal feelings’ is just one of the tributes paid by clients in independent law bible Chambers UK, where Andrews is named as a ‘Leading Individual’.

Andrews has handled high-profile divorces for a number of sports stars and celebrities, top business people and entrepreneurs and also advises clients with family businesses and multi-million pound assets at home and abroad.

Calling on her years of experience and extensive mediation training, Andrews regularly provides advice on complex financial arrangements during divorce cases, children disputes and nuptial agreements. She is a member of Resolution, a professional organisation that is committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.
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Matthew Brandis

Partner

Matthew BrandisLeader of the 11-strong litigation and dispute resolution team at B P Collins, where he was appointed a partner in 2002, Matthew Brandis is a highly skilled operator with a reputation for winning contentious and high-profile legal cases.

In the 2013 edition of independent legal bible Chambers UK, Brandis was praised by clients for his ‘reassuring and calming manner’ as well as his ‘ability to connect at all levels’ and he has a reputation for ‘exceeding expectations’.Among these was the groundbreaking and widely reported Westcott v Westcott defamation case, which created a legal precedent at the Court of Appeal in 2008.

A client recently told the firm that ‘Matthew is everything you want in a lawyer. Expert, precise, detailed, always prepared, direct when needed, but professional at the same time. With common sense, a sense of humour and a refreshing ability to deliver no-nonsense, commercially sound guidance, that wastes neither your time nor money.’

His expertise includes the resolution of complex commercial contractual disputes, contentious probate, and professional negligence claims, as well as advising on parking law and private client matters.

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Jan Collis

Partner

Jan Collis

As the longest-serving member of the eight-strong team of residential property lawyers at B P Collins, Jan Collis has a wealth of experience to draw on. She regularly advises clients on everything from buying and selling a property, to other transactions such as buy-to-let, co-ownership and releasing equity.

Collis has particular experience in residential sales and purchases and residential development and has been involved with developments and/or clients across the region. She is an expert in property matters, and well-versed in dealing with organisations such as the Land Registry.

She was appointed a partner in 1986.

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Jo Davis

Partner

Jo DavisAppointed a partner in 2000, Jo Davis heads the eight-strong employment practice group at B P Collins, earning a powerful reputation for her ‘impressive negotiation skills’ and ‘phenomenal knowledge of employment law’.

Davis acts for both private and corporate clients and although well versed in all areas of employment law, she specialises in senior executive and partner exits, tribunal and High Court litigation and partnership disputes.Davis is recognised in her field by both Chambers and Legal 500 directories. The former quotes clients as reporting that she is ‘no pushover’ and that she has a ‘great technical grasp of the law’. It testifies that Davis ‘fights like a tiger for clients’, but that this tenacity is underpinned by ‘great warmth and a good sense of humour’.

She also advises on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions and has established a reputation in the field of age discrimination, having acted for senior partner, Leslie Seldon, in the leading Supreme Court age discrimination case of Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes.

Davis has spoken on a variety of employment law issues on the radio, TV and in seminars. She is also frequently quoted in the legal press for her views on developments on employment law issues. She is a member of Employment Lawyers Association and the Association of Partnership Practitioners.

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Simon Deans

Partner

Named aSimon Deanss a ‘Leading Individual’ by independent legal bible Chambers UK, Simon Deans is partner and practice group leader of the corporate and commercial team at B P Collins.

Specialising in technology and intellectual property issues, Deans has a wide-ranging portfolio of clients and a strong track record in achieving successful outcomes.One client, paying tribute to Deans’ expertise inChambers UK, said he: ‘explains difficult concepts with great clarity and always draws on his industry experience to get an agreement finalised’.

Having advised established brands such as Saclà UK on the legal agreement behind its launch of chilled fresh sauces and pasta; and acted for AIM-listed business, technology and profit improvement specialists Avisen plc on its appointment of Avisen as a strategic business partner with Unilever, Deans is the relationship partner for many of the firms’ key clients and has primary responsibility for managing the teams’ channels to market.

With his in-depth knowledge and experience, Deans provides commercially focused advice and handles all types of corporate and commercial work, including mergers and acquisitions and commercial contracts.

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Nick Hallchurch

Partner

A pNick Hallchurchartner within the 11-strong litigation and dispute resolution practice at B P Collins, Hallchurch has more than 29 years’ experience in handling heavyweight commercial litigation cases across a broad range of sectors and has a strong reputation for handling contract disputes, corporate shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, health and safety and regulatory claims and construction disputes.
Reported cases include the award of substantial damages and indemnity costs against the BBC on behalf of his client and a recent claim for £4.5m against the former owner of a London football club.With a successful track record in high-profile cases, Hallchurch acts for many established businesses in the south east. These include the leading insurance provider for the UK house-building industry, National House Building Council (NHBC).

Leading independent legal bible Chambers UK, which has named him as a ‘Leading Individual’ since 2005, recently described him as a ‘highly intellectual and accomplished’ lawyer and said he was praised by clients as someone who ‘always understands commercial realities and practicalities’.

Chambers UK has also identified him as a named mediator for the last five years, describing him as ‘firm but appropriately sensitive’. Interviewees describe Hallchurch as a ‘great host’ for commercial mediations. He elicits particular praise for his ‘tough but fair’ approach and ‘sensitivity to power imbalances between parties’.

As a CEDR-accredited mediator and co-founder of the mediation group Middlesex and Thames Valley Mediators (MTVM), which provides mediators for County Court cases, Hallchurch has acted as lead mediator in more than 50 mediations with a high success rate for settlements.

One client commented: ‘He’s very focused around client service and what the client wants. He can tailor to the customer and he strikes the right balance between offering help and being pushy.’

He was appointed a partner at B P Collins in 1991.

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Chris Hardy

Senior partner

AChris Hardyppointed senior partner in February 2014, Chris Hardy is also chairman of the firm’s Supervisory Board and practice group leader of the residential property team at B P Collins.
He regularly handles highly complex transactions for private clients who wish to sell land to developers and his particular specialism is acting for developers in all matters relevant to site acquisitions and sales of completed residential units.A partner since 1986, he has a strong and loyal local client base and is highly regarded for his in-depth knowledge, expertise and ability to provide solutions.

Tony Critoph, who is company secretary of W G Binder Limited, comments: ‘Chris is always a pleasure to deal with and he speaks in a language I can understand, explaining any legal terminology. I feel that we have a great working relationship and can always trust Chris to carry out my requests efficiently and within any specified time constraints.’

His private clients also pay testament to Hardy’s expertise during residential property transactions, with Lady Harriet Lambert commenting: ‘I wanted to thank you for everything you did — it made a huge difference having you on our side. Wonderfully efficient, incredibly helpful and always cheerful. The whole thing could have been nightmarish but thanks to your help, it wasn’t.’

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Victoria Holland

Partner

Victoria Holland As a partner within the corporate and commercial team at B P Collins, Victoria Holland specialises in the key sectors of environment, retail and leisure. With a City law firm background, she has acted for listed and public limited companies, SMEs and sole traders.

Holland is responsible for managing relationships with a number of key corporate clients and her work has gained her a well-deserved reputation for speed, efficiency and time management skills.Extremely personable, Holland is respected for the pragmatism and commerciality she applies to each deal. She has a vast range of corporate experience, including leading merger and acquisition transactions and complex restructurings, as well as handling commercial contract reviews and drafting bespoke commercial agreements.

Her portfolio has included advising Grundon Waste Management on a bespoke international commercial transaction relating to an innovative recycling project.  Holland also advised the Taxaccord Group in relation to a restructuring exercise across the UK, British Virgin Islands, Netherlands and the US.

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Michael Larcombe

Partner

Michael LarcombeAs practice leader of the nine-strong commercial property team at B P Collins, partner Michael Larcombe has built a solid foundation in commercial property law.

With particular expertise in the environment, retail and leisure sectors, Larcombe has a reputation for providing valuable insight and expertise when handling complex acquisitions, disposals and restructuring deals. ‘He will highlight all the pitfalls of a particular transaction’, commented one client, ‘and is great at co-ordinating planning lawyers and surveyors.’During a career which has spanned more than two decades, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the commercial property sector and acts for a wide range of clients, including industrial and commercial investors and occupiers, clients in the leisure, aggregates and waste industries, property entrepreneurs, landlords and developers.

Recent highlights include advising on the reorganisation of depot networks following a merger between Mobile Mini and Ravenstock MSG, and advising on a multi-million pound deal for AMF Bowling, now the largest operator of ten-pin bowling centres in the UK.

In the latest edition of independent law bible Chambers UK, clients praised him as being ‘organised and proactive’ and said he was ‘very good at explaining things to me in non-legal terms’. Since 2008, Larcombe has been recognised as a leading individual in the Thames Valley for real-estate law.

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David Smellie

Partner

David SmellieA partner in the corporate and commercial group, David Smellie is recognised as an impressive and highly skilled corporate and commercial lawyer.

As a key member of the 10-strong corporate and commercial team, he specialises in the sporting, entertainment and environment sectors.Principally involved in transactional work, Smellie has a reputation for providing prompt and pragmatic solutions and the ability to balance attention to detail with a no-nonsense approach to getting deals done. Clients who are individuals particularly appreciate the support that Smellie gives to them during transactions.

Smellie was named as a ‘Leading Individual’ by leading independent legal directory, Chambers UK, which singled out his work advising TQ Education and Training on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Coaching Space for special attention.

One commentator said he: ‘Impresses clients with his pragmatic and down-to-earth approach as well as a good understanding of the important issues.’ Another source applauded the team with the words: ‘They understand the reality of what we are doing, think forward and prepare us for the future.’

Smellie manages B P Collins’ relationships with a number of clients including RWS Group, i20 Water Limited and Frontline Artist Management Limited.

Among the recent corporate transactions on which he has advised are: the sale of Wycombe Wanderers FC and the transfer of the majority of the issued shares in London Wasps Holdings Limited; the sale of the entire issued share capital of Stage Technologies Group Limited to TAIT; the sale of a minority interest in FoundOcean Limited to Ambienta Sgr (the largest European private equity fund focused on the environmental sector); the acquisition by RWS Translations Limited of the entire issued share capital of PharmaQuest Limited; fund raising by i2o Water Limited.

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Craig Williams

Partner

Craig WilliamsIndividually ranked by independent legal bible Chambers UK, commercial litigation expert Craig Williams has an excellent reputation for solving disputes in the corporate sector. Described as a ‘phenomenally good solicitor’, Williams has been singled out for his ‘unflappability’ and praise for providing ‘pragmatic, impartial advice’.

Williams also shares his skills with clients in the private sector, handling a range of matters involving wills, trusts and probate. He has a particular emphasis on contentious inheritance disputes and has built up an impressive track record at court and a vast amount of experience in dealing with litigation on the validity of testamentary documents, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and disputes regarding the administration of trusts and estates.Appointed a partner at B P Collins LLP in 2010, he specialises in resolving disputes in the factoring and trade finance, waste management and environmental sectors, where he has also acted for corporate clients on a number of regulatory matters.

Williams has been involved in many reported decisions in the courts. Among them is one of the leading cases on interpleader proceedings, uncovering fraudulent evidence in a trade finance dispute and, in the contentious inheritance arena, a successfully challenge on the validity of a will on the basis that it was a forgery.

He is also an experienced mediation advocate and has settled a variety of commercial and private client disputes using a wide range of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

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Alex Zachary

Partner

Alex ZachAlex Zacharyary is a partner in the corporate and commercial team at B P Collins and a very highly regarded business lawyer with considerable knowledge of the waste management and recycling, pharmaceutical and technology sectors.

In the leading independent legal directory, Chambers UK, Zachary has been praised for ‘providing a high level of service at a competitive rate’.Described as commercially aware, pragmatic and sympathetic to client needs, Zachary adopts a commercial approach to problem solving and is known for his strong technical and negotiating skills.

Zachary has been a member of the firm’s supervisory board since 2012 and manages the firm’s relationship with a number of its key clients, including the Biffa Group, the Norgine Group and the Sealwood Group.

Zachary’s corporate transactions of significance include advising: NTR plc on the £135m sale of the Greenstar Group to Montagu Private Equity and Global Infrastructure Partners; the lead shareholders of Cliniserve Limited on the disposal of Cliniserve to the Stericycle Group; and the Sealwood Group on the sale of Helifix Limited to the CRH Group.

Following Zachary’s completion of a major transaction for Norgine, Ken Scrimgeour, vice-principal of Norgine’s UK Business Unit, commented: ‘B P Collins has provided more than legal advice. They were an integral part of the negotiation team for this diverse and complex project.’

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Ian Hopkins

Chief executive

IanH_websiteExperienced lawyer and business leader Ian Hopkins was appointed as chief executive of B P Collins in August 2015. With an excellent track record of leadership and management skills, Ian works hand-in-hand with the firm’s solicitors and alongside the head of business development and marketing, Gina Connell, to help drive the business forward and achieve success.

Experience

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1987, Ian spent his early career with a law firm in Wales. During his five years as chief executive of Debenhams Ottaway in St Albans, Ian led the practice to the 2014 title of Medium to Large Business of the Year at the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards; that same year Ian also was named a finalist in the St Albans Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year.

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Gina Connell

Head of BD and marketing

Gina_newwebGina joined B P Collins as head of marketing and business development in May 2015. Gina’s key focus is on business development and client relationship management. She brings to the role her extensive experience in marketing and business development in the legal sector, as well as in other professional services.

Active Fundraiser

Outside of work, Gina enjoys sport and is part of a fundraising group for a local youth rugby team. She also supports Cancer Research and Autism charities.

Experience

Gina has twenty years’ experience working in professional services sectors. Working as client advisor in her previous role, Gina has experience in providing business analysis, CRM and client care advice to law firms as well as property and private equity firms.

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Steve Perry

Support: digital marketing manager

steve-perrySteve joined B P Collins in January 2007 and is responsible for implementing the firm’s digital marketing and business development strategy as well as event, social media and website management.

He has seven years’ B2B and B2C marketing experience within the sport and legal professions and is CIM qualified after successful completion of the Professional Diploma in Marketing in 2013. Steve previously worked as a Sales and Marketing Executive for an international sports gap year organisation in Marlow.

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