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11 October 2017

Record number of ‘Next Generation’ lawyers in Legal 500

The Legal 500, one of the leading legal directories in the UK, has just announced its results for 2017 saying that overall:

‘B P Collins LLP is a consistently successful full-service law firm dedicated to delivering robust legal solutions for both commercial and private clients.’

This year Corporate and commercial; Commercial litigation; Employment; Family; Personal tax, trusts and probate and Environment practices continue to retain their Tier one status. 

B P Collins’ leading individuals from last year have all retained their top tier status too in 2017. They are Craig Williams, Commercial litigation; Sue Andrews, Family; Simon Deans, Corporate and Commercial and Jo Davis in Employment.

Building on this huge success, Legal 500 has also recognised four B P Collins’ lawyers for the first time in its elite ‘Next Generation’ category. They are Simon Carroll, Commercial litigation; Fran Hipperson and Claire Filer, Family and Lucy Wood in Personal tax, trusts and probate.

Simon Deans of B P Collins commented on the results:

‘Not only have all of our ‘leading individuals’ retained their status; but this year, four of the firm’s partners and senior associates have been officially recognised as ‘next generation’ lawyers. This shows that our clients do not have to solely rely on the expertise of a few individuals, but can comfortably trust the expertise of the wider team at B P Collins. Working together as a team, they ensure that many of our practices retain the highest rankings.’

The Legal 500 has also highlighted a huge number of lawyers from the firm for 2017. 

Alex Zachary and David Smellie for Corporate and Commercial and Environment; 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; Lucy Wood for Personal tax, trusts and probate; Jo Davis for Employment; Chris Brazier and Kathryn Fielder for Employment and Immigration; Claire Filer, Fran Hipperson, Sue Andrews for Family, Alison Taylor for Commercial Property and Environment.  

Overview of top tier:

Corporate and Commercial

With ‘a wide range of experience in corporate and commercial law’, B P Collins LLP’s ‘knowledgeable, approachable and responsive’ team provides ‘a high level of service’. The practice has a strong track record in the waste management, food, pharmaceutical and logistics sectors, and its diverse client base includes listed and public companies, SME’s and sole traders. David Smellie acts for clients in the waste management and entertainment industries; Alex Zachary is recommended for major transactions; and Victoria Holland is ‘highly professional, and pays great attention to detail’.

Leading individual: Simon Deans

Commercial litigation

The group is well regarded for its expertise in the environmental, technology and pharmaceutical sectors, and core work includes contract disputes, shareholder litigation, defamation claims and professional negligence. Practice head Matthew Brandis is ‘highly knowledgeable, objective and results-oriented’; he is ably assisted by Craig Williams, who acts for corporate clients in shareholder and director disputes.

Leading individual: Craig Williams

Next generation lawyer: Simon Carroll


The ‘commercial and pragmatic’ group at B P Collins LLP ‘handles an impressive range of work’ for a mix of corporates and high net-worth individuals, and has been notably active in the retail, leisure, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, among others. ‘Commercial, approachable and technically competent’ practice head Jo Davis stands out for her ‘attention to detail’, and frequently handles complex TUPE transactions, senior partner exits and post-termination restrictions. Other key figures include senior associates Kathryn Fielder who has extensive experience dealing with the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, most notably injunctive actions, family friendly rights and internal compliance matters, and Chris Brazier has ‘a great depth of knowledge in work permit and immigration issues’.

Leading individual: Jo Davis


B P Collins LLP is ‘a leading family firm within the region’ and ‘has the expertise and depth of experience to deal with cases where the assets are significant and the issues are complicated’. Practice head Sue Andrews, is ‘an exceptional lawyer and a formidable opponent’, who ‘inspires confidence and builds trust through her advice and insights’. Other key names include Claire Filer, ‘a reliable and dependable solicitor who can comfortably advise on very complex finance cases’, and Fran Hipperson, who has strong expertise in Children Act cases, and matters involving inherited assets, third party interests and businesses.

Leading individual: Sue Andrews

Next generation lawyers: Claire Filer and Fran Hipperson

Personal tax, trusts and probate

B P Collins LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ team provides ‘an excellent level of service’ and ‘always keeps the client up-to-date with probate procedures’. Lucy Wood, is regarded as being ‘very approachable and accommodating, quick to respond to requests’ and ‘can transmit information in a clear manner which is easy to follow.’

Next generation lawyer: Lucy Wood


According to its clients, B P Collins LLP ‘deservedly enjoys a national reputation in this area’, and fields a team that is ‘a great champion of effective and efficient solutions, delivering the best results for its clients in a measured, professional and cost-effective manner’. The practice is best known for its expertise in the waste management sector, and is currently advising the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) on the possible impact of Brexit on the industry. Practice head Alex Zachary has strong recycling sector expertise, and regularly handles M&A activity, procurement and commercial and compliance issues. Other key figures include transactional lawyer David Smellie; and Alison Taylor, who advises on sales, acquisitions and portfolio management.

Simon Deans

Simon Deans

Tel: 01753 279022 | 07841 672809

Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Tel: 01753 279037 | 07894 607844

Sue Andrews

Sue Andrews

Tel: 01753 279046

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