The Legal 500 has just announced its results for 2016 saying that overall:

“…B P Collins LLP continues to win praise for its dispute resolution expertise and notable experience in the waste management sector”.

Simon Deans, senior partner at B P Collins said:

‘Once again B P Collins’ lawyers are regarded as some of the best in the South East. With more of our lawyers than ever before viewed as ‘leading’ or ‘recommended’, it shows to clients that they can be sure of an exemplary service.’

Corporate and commercial; Commercial litigation; Employment; Family; Personal tax, trusts and probate and Environment have all retained their Top Tier status this year. 

Doubling results from 2015, B P Collins now has four lawyers listed in the elite ‘leading lawyers’ category. They are Craig Williams, Commercial litigation and Sue Andrews, Family with new entries from Simon Deans, Corporate and Commercial and Jo Davis in Employment.

Meanwhile Immigration, Contentious trusts and probate and Commercial property have all been ‘recommended’ by Legal 500.

The Legal 500 has also recommended a huge number of lawyers from the firm for 2016. 

Alex Zachary for Corporate and Commercial and Environment; David Smellie, Simon Deans, Victoria Holland from Corporate and Commercial; Craig Williams for Commercial Litigation, Contentious Trusts and Probate and Environment; Matthew Brandis for Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts and Probate; Jo Davis for Employment; Claire Filer, Fran Hipperson, Sue Andrews for Family. 

Meanwhile, Chris Brazier, Immigration and Alison Taylor, Commercial Property are brand new entrants.

Overview of top tier:

Corporate and Commercial

The ‘superb’ team at B P Collins LLP is ‘commercially astute, personable, and up-to-date in the latest market metrics’. In an illustration of its strength in the waste management sector, the practice advised Biffa Waste Services on acquiring PHS Chemical Waste. Simon Deans (who combines ‘first-class client service with outstanding commercial and technical abilities’) leads the four-partner team, which includes Victoria Holland, Alex Zachary and David Smellie.

Leading individual: Simon Deans

Commercial litigation

Key names in B P Collins LLP’s ‘excellent’ team includes ‘formidable adversary’ Matthew Brandis, Craig Williams, who is ‘a consistently strong, highly dedicated and tactically astute litigator’. Clients include Biffa Waste Services and Norgine.

Leading individual: Craig Williams


B P Collins LLP’s team ‘provides a bespoke service tailored to clients’ needs’. Practice head Jo Davis has a strong reputation for acting for senior executives, and the firm acts for a strong corporate clientele that includes Bestway Cash and Carry and Biffa Municipal. The group has experienced an uptick in corporate support matters and injunctive proceedings.

Leading individual: Jo Davis


B P Collins LLP’s ‘leading’ family law practice is led by Sue Andrews, who is singled out for her ‘keen attention to detail’, and includes ‘excellent’ senior associates Claire Filer and Fran Hipperson.

Leading individual: Sue Andrews

Personal tax, trusts and probate

B P Collins is noted for its ‘fantastic service.’


B P Collins LLP fields a cross-departmental team with ‘decades of experience’. Alex Zachary (who is ‘a simply superb, commercial environment lawyer’) leads the team, which includes litigator Craig Williams, who is ‘very good at understanding client objectives’. Highlights included advising Biffa on two acquisitions.

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Simon Deans
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Jo Davis
Practice Group Leader
Sue Andrews
Practice Group Leader

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