Tell us about the history of your company?
B P Collins law firm was established nearly 60 years ago by Brian Collins, when he was just 27 years old. He once said that he’d followed the advertising tycoon, David Ogilvy’s advice on how to be successful, which is to ‘hire people who are better than you are’. If our teams are anything to go by, we have some of the brightest and most dedicated legal minds in the Thames Valley who go to great lengths to find the best solutions for our clients, but perhaps equally importantly, our people are approachable and good to deal with.

Brian had worked in the City but wanted to set up a firm of his own and from a one-man practice, the firm now has over 100 people and three offices, across the Thames Valley and London. Since 1966, we’ve fostered long lasting ties with local communities through our people – many of us were born and raised in Buckinghamshire – our work and our CSR activity, and as a result the firm has developed a strong reputation for its expertise, client care and for doing the right thing.
Although we are hugely proud of our history, we pride ourselves on our forward thinking and innovative approach to solving problems. Our clients’ needs are always at the core of what we do.

As we continue to grow, it’s important to us that we still retain the entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit encouraged by Brian in 1966, so our teams have the freedom to learn, be inspired to think differently and encouraged to build strong relationships with each other, our clients and other professionals.

Key services and innovations
B P Collins works with individuals and businesses, offering the legal services they need throughout their lifetime and business cycles. We also have specialists in the environment, media, pharmaceutical, retail, sports and leisure, and tech sectors.
We are excited to have launched two new services –dispute mediation and HR support – via our sub-brands. We believe that mediation is an effective way to resolve commercial business and private disputes very quickly, so we founded a sister business to the firm called “SettleMyDispute” (www.settlemydispute.co.uk), which provides a mechanism for swift, cost effective out of court resolutions of disputes.

Meanwhile, HR2Help provides HR support and advice on a regular or ad hoc basis, whenever and wherever it’s needed.

I believe that our firm stands out because we value building strong relationships, whether that’s within our team, within our network or with our clients. By getting to know someone or their business well, means that we can provide bespoke solutions to their problems. We were delighted when the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce recognised our excellent client service at its Business Awards last year. We couldn’t be happier to be known for something that we feel passionately about and have worked hard to achieve and maintain.

What are your plans for the company’s future?
In addition to our flagship headquarters in Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire, we are continuing to grow our presence in the Thames Valley and London, through our offices in Oxfordshire and the City. The Times newspaper describes us as a ‘regional powerhouse’ and ‘known for being a safe pair of hands in and outside London’, so we have a strong reputation to build on. In the coming years, we plan to grow further, supporting more businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals across the region and continuing to invest in our communities.

It’s important for any business to never forget that the key to growth is your people. Underpinning everything we do, is the need to value our people and listen to their ideas. We continue to roll out initiatives to empower our teams, support progression, continual learning and development and ensure equality within an inclusive environment across the firm.

What does success look like for us? It’s very simple. Happy teams and happy clients who have achieved their goals. Plus, as a Wycombe Wanderers’ Community Partner, that the club reaches the top of League One.

What challenges are you facing in today’s market?
This year is challenging for many businesses – economic and political uncertainty coupled with higher interest rates tend to slow down the volume and speed of transactional work – but we have a solid foundation to build on after our success in 2023 – from winning seven awards including Corporate Law Firm of the Year and Property Law Firm of the Year and being legal adviser on major corporate deals and commercial property transactions in the Thames Valley, particularly in the environment sector and creative industries.

We also recruited more talented lawyers last year who are bringing new ideas and sharing their knowledge with both us and our clients. An important element of our business strategy is dedicated to the firm being ‘a great place to work,’ which ensures that the health and wellbeing of employees is a strategic priority for us, with a culture that encourages both respect and teamwork to overcome any challenges that come our way.
The next few months will be interesting for many with a general election and potential tax changes being introduced. Over the past 60 years we have guided clients through major economic and political upheavals and this year will be no different.

Corporate social responsibility initiatives locally
We take our commitment to corporate social responsibility very seriously. In addition to our support of many schools, grassroot sports teams and local community events, since 2014 we have donated £100,000 via our stewardship with the brilliant community foundation, Heart of Bucks, to almost 40 charities across Buckinghamshire, which aim to build stronger communities, provide better futures or help to create safer lives.

Across the border in Oxfordshire, B P Collins is also a proud supporter of 21st Century Thame’s ‘Hedgehog Highways’ initiative. I never thought I would be an expert on hedgehogs during my career at B P Collins, but in addition to selling or acquiring a business, I can also advise on the best food to leave out for our spiky friends.

We are also hugely proud to be the first law firm to have achieved ‘Gold’ in the national Corporate Social Responsibility Accreditation (CSRA) scheme, which we still work towards retaining every year. Many people, whether they are our clients or part of our team, prefer to work with socially inclined companies so in addition to improving the community and environment around us, the business case for us is obvious too.

Why did B P Collins join the Chamber?
We have access to useful networking events and welcome the opportunity to have a say in how we create a region that fosters growth, trade and learning to ensure Thames Valley remains an attractive place to work and invest in. We want to avoid a brain drain to London and supporting the Chamber and its work is helping to achieve that.

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