The Legal 500, a leading, independent UK legal directory, has announced its 2021 results for law firms across the country. Its findings reveal that the firm has achieved a high number of top tier and recommended rankings in 10 specialist areas of law. 21 lawyers have also been recognised and our criminal practice, relatively new to the firm, has been recommended for the first time in the “Crime, Fraud and Licensing” category.
Our criminal law service, which “handles an array of matters spanning from white collar crime to road traffic accidents… (and)… has experience in handling inquests,” is, “knowledgeable, has attention to detail and provides confidence,” according to the Legal 500.
One client commented that “practice head”, Jonothan Moss, “guided and supported me over a period of about 14 months. He intervened on my behalf on at least three significant occasions with the police and Crown Prosecution Service when they were failing to do their job correctly or putting barriers in the way. He identified ways of getting results at each stage that I would never have been able to identify myself and was persistent in trying to achieve my goal.”
Meanwhile, James Constable, criminal practice lawyer, is regarded as, “excellent…(and)…a great communicator.” Matthew Brandis, partner is “recommended for his expertise in complex contractual disputes.”
Meanwhile, “Leading Individuals” from last year have all retained their status in the 2021 guide.They are Alex Zachary, corporate and commercial and environment; Sue Andrews, family; Simon Deans, corporate and commercial; Jo Davis, employment and Craig Williams in commercial litigation and contentious trusts and probate.
The Legal 500 also announced that Maria Mowberry, commercial property partner retains her “Next Generation Partners” title, alongside Chris Brazier, employment and business immigration; Kathryn Fielder, business immigration; Claire Filer and Fran Hipperson, family and Lucy Wood in private client.
The “Rising Stars” category introduced last year, lists five lawyers in the latest edition. They are Rajiv Malhotra and Simon Carroll, commercial litigation; Kathryn Fielder, employment and Dominic Ibbs and Sharon Heselton in personal trust, tax and probate.
Jonothan Moss, in addition to his ranking in crime, fraud and licensing is also recognised as a “Key lawyer” in environment. James Constable and Matthew Brandis are both listed with “Key lawyer” status in crime, fraud and licensing. Other “Key lawyers” include David Smellie, environment and corporate and commercial; Beth Miel, corporate and commercial; Craig Williams, environment and Alison Taylor, the practice head, for commercial property.
Simon Deans, B P Collins’ senior partner, comments on the results:
“Congratulations to all of the teams, and individuals, for achieving excellent results and to our criminal practice for being ranked for the first time. Despite the many challenges the teams have faced during the pandemic, their commitment to delivering a client focused service at all times has been officially, and independently, recognised. I’d like to say a huge thank you to our clients who took the time to endorse our lawyers this year.”