UK200 Rank:158Revenue:£17.9mNo. of Partners:34The Lawyer research data

Text provided by the firm: Collyer Bristow is one of London’s leading law firms. The firm provides high quality, individually tailored legal advice to a portfolio of international and domestic clients including businesses, wealthy individuals & families, and ambitious entrepreneurs.

Text provided by the firm: Collyer Bristow is one of London’s leading law firms. The firm provides high quality, individually tailored legal advice to a portfolio of international and domestic clients including businesses, wealthy individuals & families, and ambitious entrepreneurs.

Clients choose Collyer Bristow because they appreciate individuality, creativity and collaboration. They recognise that their needs may be unique and more complex, or that simply in progressing with their legal issue they value a more engaged and personalised service from their lawyers.

The firm has a particular reputation for Business; Dispute Resolution; Private Wealth; and Real Estate services. Collyer Bristow has an office in Geneva, supporting its Private Wealth practice, and is able to provide advice to international clients across multiple jurisdictions.

Collyer Bristow’s key clients

Key clients include Philip Morris International, Crest Nicholson, Zotefoams, Middlesex University, Carluccio’s, Addison Lee, Jon Moulton, Willmott Dixon and Twickenham Film Studios.

Private wealth

Tax and estate planning: The Private client services department includes a strong Tax and estate planning team which advises on wills, inheritance, tax planning and structuring, trusts and charities. It has particular strength in residence, non-domicile and offshore matters, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work, as well as trust and probate litigation.

Family: The firm’s leading Family team handles the full range of family issues including divorce, separation, civil partnership and cohabitation, the preparation of pre and post nuptial agreements and complex disputes involving financial issues or those concerning children.

Media and privacy: The team is a leader in the media and privacy field and has been involved in high-profile defamation and privacy claims, including acting for over 200 clients with claims arising from the phone hacking scandal. The team has represented many prominent figures from the world of sport, entertainment and politics including Sarah Lancashire and Caroline Nokes MP. It also handles disputes relating to harassment and cyber-stalking.


Commercial litigation: The innovative Commercial litigation team has substantial experience advising organisations on issues regarding breach of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, civil fraud, trade disputes and product liability disputes.  It is known for its strategic and tactical excellence and aims to resolve disputes as quickly and cost effectively as possible. The team’s clients include Manolete Partners plc and Greensphere Capital LLP.

Banking and financial disputes: Within the Commercial litigation team, the leading Banking and financial disputes group deals with claims related to FOREX and LIBOR manipulation and arising from the mis-selling of derivatives, including interest rate swaps. Its clients include UK and offshore companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, finance industry professionals and high-net worth individuals. Secure Capital SA is a key client.

Intellectual property and data protection: The firm has a strong reputation for IP and brand management work and has acted in high profile cases which have gone to trial or interlocutory hearings. Its work covers protection and exploitation of brands, negotiating IP commercial agreements, resolving disputes concerning patent, design rights, trade mark and copyright infringement. The team is also experienced in advising businesses on data protection and privacy and can carry out audits in preparation for the incoming GDPR. Clients include Sanrio UK Ltd and Wirth Research Ltd.

Arts and Culture: The team covers a wide range of activities related to art and culture and is strong in all forms of media and IP litigation. It deals with negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, event management and sponsorship agreements, marketing and agency agreements, recording and publishing, film financing and production and distribution agreements. The team has worked with film composers David Arnold and David Julyan and INTO Film.

Employment: The Employment team provides commercial and practical advice to companies in managing their everyday HR issues and dealing with disputes, which can involve Employment Tribunal and High court litigation. The team regularly deals with matters involving unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, restraint of trade, TUPE, breach of contract, whistleblowing, flexible working, equal pay and business immigration. Carluccio’s and Addison Lee are clients of the team.

Corporate and Commercial: The Corporate and Commercial team provides advice to national and international organisations across a wide range of industry sectors. It has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, company reconstructions, general company law, insolvency and corporate recovery. Clients include Better Capital Group, Middlesex University, Twickenham Studios and Aldo UK Ltd.

Real estate: The experienced Real estate team acts for property owners, investors, developers, funders, sovereign wealth funds, landlords, and tenants dealing with all real estate transactions, from multi-million pound portfolio acquisitions to individual sales, commercial lettings, property management and real estate disputes. The team covers the full range of real estate services including construction, development and real estate finance. The team’s clients include Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd, GMS Estates Ltd and The Deltic Group.

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