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01 November 2018

Firm shines in latest Chambers UK 2019 results

Today, Chambers UK, a guide which ranks solicitors and barristers over a range of specialist areas of law and is recognised as the most widely-used directory within the legal sector, has announced its results for its latest edition.

B P Collins’ environment practice group leader, Alex Zachary is now ranked in band one – the highest ranking awarded by Chambers. Referring to the partner who has advised within the waste management and recycling sector for many years, Chambers UK said:

“Alex has extensive knowledge of waste management issues. Clients highlight his "excellent understanding of the commercial environment and the application of the law.”

Meanwhile the’ environment practice maintains its band one ranking for a third year after a strong 12 months, which included hosting a round table discussion on Brexit’s impact on the environment with Thames Valley business leaders and acting for Biffa in its purchase of a waste management business in South Wales.

The corporate and commercial team has also retained its top tier status. With one Chambers UK source saying: "they're an excellent team, commercial in their approach and very good value for money."

The practice is led by Alex Zachary, who works with the “very practical” Simon Deans and David Smellie, who is once again ranked as a leading individual with one client commenting that: “he works well to tight timetables and is committed to getting things over the line."

B P Collins’ family team continues to maintain its band one ranking for a second year. A source interviewed by Chambers UK said:

"The team is very personable and you feel like you are being looked after and that someone really cares, which matters when you're going through a hard time.”

The team is led by partner Sue Andrews, who has again been given the highest ranking with one client describing Sue as: "very self-assured and confident" manner; with another commenting on her "diligent and hard-working" approach.

B P Collins’ employment team remains strong with its practice group leader, Jo Davis regarded as a Band One lawyer, with one source describing her as a ‘formidable negotiator.” Chris Brazier, B P Collins’ “organised and sharp” business immigration specialist, is regarded as an ‘associate to watch.”

Chambers UK also regard B P Collins’ dispute resolution team, led by the “absolutely brilliant” Matthew Brandis, as also: “Brilliant. They clearly possess the depth of resources and cross-border capabilities needed to satisfy their clients," adding that the lawyers were "proactive and a reliable sounding board." Craig Williams, described as, “smart, knowledgeable, efficient, highly communicative and thorough” maintains his Band One ranking and the “clear and concise” Simon Carroll is an “associate to watch.”

Real Estate’s practice’s group leader, Alison Taylor, has also retained her ‘recognised practitioner’ status with her team renowned for being: "very commercially-minded and focused on delivering the aims of the business."

Senior partner, Simon Deans, added:

“Another successful year for B P Collins’ Chambers UK rankings. I’m delighted with the large number of practices and individuals who have been able to maintain and progress to the highest rankings. But what really stood out are the independent endorsements from clients who value our personable and straightforward manner and a commercial approach when it’s needed. Relationships with our clients really matter.”

Simon Deans

Simon Deans

Tel: 01753 279022 | 07841 672809

Steve Perry

Steve Perry

Tel: 01753 279006 | 07894 607841

Alex Zachary

Alex Zachary

Tel: 01753 279022 | 07841 672810

What the teams are known for in more detail:


Strong reputation in acting for companies of all sizes on a range of domestic and international transactions. Offers significant sector expertise in the healthcare and technology sectors, among others. Continues to act for waste management and recycling companies on a wide array of matters.


Well-regarded team providing a full service to large corporates on a wide spectrum of employment matters across a range of sectors, including aviation, pharmaceuticals and construction. Areas of expertise include whistle-blowing, discrimination, corporate support and business immigration. Capable of delivering comprehensive in-house training to clients. Also advises senior executives.


Highly capable practice with the ability to handle contentious and non-contentious issues. Regularly advises on waste and recycling matters, with particular expertise in the transfer and disposal of waste. Also continues to advise on the environmental aspects of renewable energy transactions. Offers further experience in statutory nuisance claims.


Solid regional firm which continues to impress with broad litigation and mediation capabilities, regularly handling high-value contract disputes and corporate litigation. Also advises on defamation, professional negligence, shareholder and transaction-related disputes. Acts for national and regional companies as well as private individuals.

Real Estate

Offers property services to clients from a vast array of sectors, including residential development, retail and leisure. Also well versed in complex corporate transactions and landlord and tenant work. Equally adept at handling care home and sheltered housing developments. Other significant clients include those in the environmental and renewable energy sectors.

Real Estate Litigation

Advises on a broad range of real estate disputes including lease extensions, professional negligence, boundary disputes and restrictive covenants. Clients include property developers, high net worth individuals and local authorities. Sources note: "They are very good at understanding the commercial and personal objectives of the client and looking for a strategy to resolve issues."


Handles complex financial remedy work in the context of divorce and relationship breakdown, including work relating to overseas trusts and tax structures. Also advises on children-related matters, including Schedule 1 proceedings, residence and relocation.

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