In the latest Chambers and Partners rankings, Anthony Collins Solicitors has maintained its position as a Band 1 law firm for Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant, Family/Matrimonial and Social Housing.   

Lucy Worrall, who joined the firm in July, is ranked as a Band 1 Lawyer alongside Elizabeth Wyatt, Helen Tucker, Jonathan Cox, Peter Hubbard and Rankeshwar Batta. Jas Tamber and Natalie Singh join Victoria Jardine and Donna Holmes as Band 2 Lawyers. 

Band 1 

Band 2

Associates to watch

Up and coming

Some quotes from Chambers and Partners include:

Clinical negligence

  • Well-regarded team offering a wealth of expertise in a broad range of claims involving brain injury, negligent surgery and misdiagnosis. Demonstrates additional aptitude in handling human rights matters. Offers a comprehensive client service, including access to in-house qualified experts to advise on the medical intricacies of cases.
  • Clients report that practitioners at the firm are "pragmatic and proactive," also noting that "they handle matters with great care and compassion."

Family/matrimionial

  • Well-known team handling a range of family law issues, both matrimonial and children-related. Financial remedies team offers advice and representation in complex matrimonial disputes. Offers valuable experience in financial forensic analysis. Highly regarded specialist childcare team supports clients in cases involving child abuse as well as domestic violence. Regularly represents vulnerable individuals, displaced persons and parents.
  • One satisfied source highlights the firm for its "pleasing and private environment with courteous staff that work together efficiently as a team and look after their clients."

Personal injury

  • Birmingham-based team fielding notable experience in acting for adult and child claimants. Acts on a broad range of high-value catastrophic injury claims, as well as lower-value cases, drawing on additional strength in education and mental capacity issues. Employs additional non-legal staff to provide clients with medical and social advice.
  • One source describes the team as "exceptional," explaining that "they leave no stone unturned" and that "their resources are always there for the client."

Private wealth

  • Anthony Collins Solicitors "do a lot of work for injured families, medical negligence-type work, and also quite a lot for elderly clients who have lost mental capacity. They're quite charitable in their outlook," says a source. "Their unique selling point is their elderly client work and Court of Protection stuff," observes a local expert.
  • The team is particularly distinguished by the ethical nature of its practice. "We had to go through quite a vigorous process to work with them," reports a financial planner, "they are quite stringent and seem to have an ethical code." "They do live their values, which are on the firm's website," says a local lawyer, "they're not just out for the money and they mean that."

Construction

  • Strength in social housing and public sector work, in connection with both front-end contractual matters and complex disputes. Clients include charities, housing associations and public bodies. Specialises in advising on procurement strategy, especially for long-term maintenance contracts.

Employment

  • Established firm with standout strength in the healthcare, housing and social care sectors. Regularly assists clients with TUPE transfers, National Minimum Wage issues and tribunal claims, as well as issues relating to equal pay. Also advises clients from the charity and education fields.
  • "They provide a very professional but friendly service. I feel that they are always available when I need support and feel that their advice is always well considered," says a client.
  • According to another client, the firm is "exceptionally customer-focused; their client commitment is unsurpassed."

Social housing

  • National reputation for work in social housing development and management, as well as corporate matters. Regularly represents a number of the largest housing associations in the UK. Has offices in Birmingham and Manchester.
  • Offers a wide breadth of experience across the social housing field, calling upon a deep team of distinguished sector experts. Equipped to advise sizeable local and national clients, including a number of housing trusts, on sophisticated matters. Regularly provides property management advice and handles financings and tenant disputes, among other issues. Also notable for its advice on governance and corporate restructuring.
  • Clients report: "The service and advice from Anthony Collins Solicitors is excellent."
  • "They are a guide in the world of social housing practice," states another source.

Charities

  • Offers a wide range of regulatory and commercial support to charities. Governance, GDPR, real estate and labour law are all areas of activity. Advises clients from a range of sectors, including social care and faith-based charities as well as disabilities and healthcare charities.
  • Clients say: "The lawyers are all extremely helpful and knowledgeable; nothing is ever too much trouble and they always make time to discuss matters. Advice given is always in an easy-to-read format and recommendations are helpful and sensible."

Court of Protection 

  • Operates across the full spectrum of Court of Protection matters, from welfare matters such as deprivation of liberty and forced marriage to complicated property and financial affairs. Offers three court-appointed deputies accustomed to dealing with some of the most vulnerable clients and complicated assets. Regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and local authorities, as well as acting directly for individuals and families. Handles cases concerning the relationship between Islamic and English law.
  • An interviewee says: "The experience I have had dealing with this firm has always been first-rate. They are always supportive and professional."

Local government

  • Provides considerable expertise in major development projects including the building of new housing and regeneration. Establishes alternative delivery models for services and assists local authorities with dispute resolution, including procurement challenges, mediation and judicial review. Strong recent focus on governance and in-house work for local authorities, including assistance on matters relating to employment and pensions.
  • Clients say: "We are impressed with how responsive they've been."

Public procurement

  • Highly regarded for contentious and non-contentious work concerning housing, transport, and social and local authority services. Acts for public and third sector procurers, bidders and intermediary bodies. Also acts on procurement challenges. Frequently instructed to advise on New Engineering Contracts.
  • A client says the team "shows real understanding of our requirements, how we work and what we are looking for in each project."

Social housing finance

  • Acts for housing associations on the borrower side of funding transactions. Facilitates bilateral and syndicated loan deals, as well as large-scale property charging exercises. Also has expertise in capital markets transactions including bond issues and private placements. Equipped to advise on development funding issues. Offers further notable experience of handling mergers and demergers between housing associations.
  • According to a source, Anthony Collins Solicitors is "a firm with an excellent culture of wanting to support and add value to their clients with a genuine interest in their clients' activities."