Legal work can be divided into 3 categories. The challenge clients face is aligning their legal work with the right law firm model in terms of cost and expertise.
To ensure the needs and expectations of our clients are always met we strictly adhere to the following rules of service:
These rules of service are met through our recruitment of only the best lawyers and our embrace of the following principles:
Our focus Clients come first. Our lawyers don’t always need to be "on the clock" and we appreciate the value of building relationships. You will always be looked after by the senior lawyer you instruct and get to know.
Our conduct We want to be recognised as achieving the highest standards of conduct in every aspect of the way we do business, both internally and externally. We believe in opportunity, trust and fairness.
Our environment We recognise our impact on the environment. Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint through initiatives like recycling, less paper use and using less office space.
Advertising and media We advise on the CAP and BCAP Codes; web, print and outdoor marketing & advertising content; multi-channel and CRM campaigns; product packaging compliance; promotional and sweepstakes terms.
Commercial contracts Our work includes advising on agency arrangements; distribution and logistics; franchising, outsourcing, manufacturing and procurement (including public procurement); partnership, teaming and joint ventures; supply of goods and services, including standard terms of business.
Consumer law We advise on the Electronic Commerce Regulations, Unfair Terms in Consumer Contract Regulations, Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations, General Product Safety Regulations and all the various financial regulations.
Data protection, privacy and freedom of information We advise on all aspects of information governance and obligations under the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act including outsourcing and the transfer of information inside and outside the EEA and responding to subject access and freedom of information requests.
Intellectual property Our expertise includes advising on IP protection and infringement (relating to trade marks, copyright, patents, design rights, database rights, confidential information and trade secrets); trade mark filing and portfolio management; brand development; domain names; IP licensing and assignment; co-existence agreements.
Technology We deal with software licensing; customer and reseller channels to market; dot-coms and start-ups; collaboration agreements; telecoms frameworks; research and development agreements; reseller, distribution and systems integrator agreements; support and maintenance agreements; service level agreements; e-commerce, including website terms and policies; non-disclosure agreements; procurement of compliant IT systems; data protection; privacy and electronic marketing.
Contracts We advise on and draft bespoke partnership, LLP, shareholder and other associated agreements.
Corporate governance We advise on matters relating to corporate responsibility, auditors' independence, board structure, responsibilities of directors and directors' remuneration.
Demergers, reorganisations and restructurings We have an in-depth understanding of the commercial, technical, regulatory and tax issues involved with full or partial demergers, reorganisations and solvent restructurings.
Formation and administration of companies Our assistance includes reviewing annual reports and preparing business reviews, directors' remuneration reports and notices of meetings.
Joint ventures We advise on all forms and aspects of joint ventures including cooperation agreements, joint venture vehicles and joint venture partnerships.
Management buyouts and buy-ins We advise on management buy-outs and management buy-ins.
Mergers and acquisitions We deal with a broad range of M&A transactions and advise on all the legal aspects of buying and selling shares or assets.
Employment advice We advise on business reorganisations and restructurings (including redundancy), data protection issues at work, discrimination, disciplinary issues, grievances and dismissals, health and safety at work, post-termination restrictions and confidential information, standardising terms and conditions, tax and employee incentives, termination packages and trade union recognition.
Employment disputes We handle litigation and advocacy relating to all types of employment tribunal and court proceedings including unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal pay and whistleblowing. We also handle injunction applications.
Transfer of Undertakings We advise on the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE) in the context of outsourcing, business sales and acquisitions and insolvency sales.
Workplace investigations We provide fixed-fee employment related training to your in-house HR team and can assist with workplace investigations. Download our workplace investigations brochure [PDF, 60kb]
Agreements at the start of a relationship The courts have encouraged couples to enter into a written agreement at the start of a relationship, so as to reduce the chances of dispute where that relationship comes to an end. We can draft and advise on pre-nuptial, cohabitation or pre-partnership agreements tailored to your specific relationship.
Arrangements for children We can help you resolve disagreements within the family as to the arrangements for children, including where they live, who they have contact with, or any other parental decisions whether by informal discussion, mediation, negotiation or ultimately an application to the court.
Collaborative law We are collaboratively-trained and can represent you in respect of any family issue, virtually all of which can be resolved by way of collaborative law, in which the parties (and their lawyers) commit to solving all issues by way of discussion and negotiation and without applications to the court.
Complex financial cases and trusts We have substantial experience of financial cases involving high net worth individuals, assets in multiple jurisdictions, litigation in the courts of more than one country, and/or situations where assets may be situated within trusts. Wherever necessary, we are able to work with lawyers from other countries to ensure the best possible outcome.
Divorce and separation In the difficult time that surrounds the breakdown of any marriage, we provide practical advice. Whether the possibilities considered include separation, divorce or judicial separation, we aim to ensure all family disputes are resolved with dignity and sensitivity.
Domestic violence We can advise you on immediate and emergency action, longer term issues, and represent you in court proceedings wherever necessary, whether involving married or unmarried couples or other family members.
Financial claims upon the breakdown of a relationship We advise on the financial consequences of the breakdown of a relationship, helping you from the beginning of any dispute to a concluded agreement or court order resolving all financial claims arising from the marriage or partnership. Wherever appropriate, we will help you resolve these issues without the need for contested court proceedings. We can also help you in respect of relationships involving disputed ownership of property during cohabitation.
Financial support for children of unmarried parents In situations where there is a dispute over the proper financial support for a child a court can make a financial order; these are commonly referred to as Children Act applications. We advise in relation to such claims both in negotiations and, if necessary, court proceedings.
Inheritance Act applications In circumstances where proper provision for spouses and/or children has not been made under the deceased spouse’s will, it is possible for a claim to be made against the estate of that former spouse. We can bring such a claim on behalf of the surviving spouse and/or children and also have experience of resisting such claims.
International movement of children Whenever one parent wishes to move abroad with the children, but the other parent disagrees, a difficulty can obviously arise. We can advise you in respect of any negotiations and represent you in the event that the court’s permission is sought for the children to be taken abroad.
Contract disputes We deal with the prosecution and defence of claims relating to the sale of goods, misrepresentation, breach of warranty, time of the essence disputes, unjust enrichment (restitution) and debt actions. We have conducted cases using ADR, arbitration, the County Courts and the High Court’s Commercial and Mercantile Courts.
Construction disputes We act for employers, main contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on such issues as ground conditions, account valuations, defective work, delay and disruption, loss and expense, and quantum meruit claims. We are experienced in adjudication, arbitration, expert determination and litigation in the Technology and Construction Court.
Corporate insolvency We advise on directors' duties and wrongful trading, administration, receivership, asset tracing, CVAs and schemes of arrangement and liquidations.
Commercial fraud We advise on company identity fraud and theft, misuse of proprietary information and deception schemes.
Intellectual property We deal with all IP related disputes including infringement proceedings, pre-litigation matters and settlement or coexistence agreements.
Product liability We advise on product liability matters including claims resulting from defective industrial or domestic equipment.
Professional negligence We act against a wide range of professionals in respect of their breaches of duties to their clients and breaches of codes of practice.
Shareholders, LLPs and partnerships We advise shareholders about winding-up and remedies in respect of unfair prejudice and the "derivative claim" procedure. We also handle LLP and partnership disputes.
Real estate We deal with all matters relating to real estate, including commercial lease disputes, development disputes, dilapidations and repair claims, land ownership disputes, property-related insolvency and secured lending recovery.
Regulatory and Judicial Review We provide advice and representation in the event of regulatory investigations or prosecutions by bodies including the Marine Management Organisation, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Highways Agency and the Office of Fair Trading.
Development We act for commercial and residential developers.
Investment and finance We act for corporate investors. We can provide pension, banking and finance advice.
Landlord and tenant We advise on property transactions involving commercial leases in a range of sectors.
Planning We can deal with all aspects of planning including applications, appeals, public inquiries and procedural challenges.
Who are your lawyers? Most importantly our lawyers are nice people, who just happen to possess top credentials and vast experience. Our lawyers have worked in some of the best law firms and in-house roles. Who will deal with my case? We understand that when you have a legal query you want a senior person to deal with it. Too often in law firms a partner will deal with an initial enquiry and then delegate it to an assistant. We won't. Rubric does not have junior lawyers. We promise you senior lawyer attention at all times at a reasonable cost. What if I have a large transaction? Our lawyers can work in teams and can deal with all the legal areas of a large transaction.
How do you charge? Our lawyers have moved away from open-ended time charging as this is a feature of traditional law firms which we know is unattractive to clients. Instead, whenever possible we offer fixed, capped and success fees. How do you keep your charges lower than other law firms? We have cast off all the unnecessary overheads which are associated with traditional law firms. The receptionists, secretaries, administrative staff, office juniors, trainee solicitors, HR and IT teams have no place at Rubric. We realise that us having a big flash office with hundreds of people running around it is not necessarily a benefit to you. Instead we rely on IT and outsourcing to provide us with the back room support we need and because this reduces our overheads we can be far more pragmatic about our fees.
What kind of work do you do? We are a multi-discipline law firm covering all the areas today’s clients need. We deal with things like buying and selling businesses, negotiating and drafting complex contracts, managing litigation and advising on employment matters. What makes you different from any other law firm? Our purpose-built infrastructure, the expertise of our lawyers and lower fees without any decrease in responsiveness or quality.
Dr Philip Griffiths
Corporate and Commercial
Philip handles corporate matters and has experience dealing with company start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, MBOs and MBIs, reorganisations, shareholder agreements and corporate governance. He also handles commercial matters including white label agreements, facility agreements, terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements, information protection, intellectual property rights, research collaboration agreements, design right assignments, copyright licences, distribution agreements and public procurement and PFI including specialist payment mechanisms. Before joining Rubric, Philip was managing partner at Alderwicks and prior to that was at leading Bristol firm Bevan Ashford (now Bevan Brittan), where he advised commercial and public sector clients.
Tel: 01225 952 100
Mob: 07866 425 593
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James handles employment matters and has experience dealing with complex business reorganisation, drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions, employment aspects of business transfers and employment tribunal and county court claims. He also advises employers on grievance and disciplinary policies and procedures, and has experience conducting advocacy before the employment tribunal. James was a partner at a Bristol firm before joining Rubric in 2012.
Tel: 01225 952 100
Mob: 07803 368 335
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Commercial, Media and Technology
Tel: 01225 952 100
Mob: 07776 253 601
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Neil handles commercial litigation matters and has a broad practice which includes contractual disputes, misrepresentation and breach of warranty claims, and professional negligence claims in a variety of sectors. His experience also includes partnership and shareholder disputes, property disputes and insolvency. Neil has particular expertise in the resolution of construction disputes by litigation, adjudication and arbitration. Prior to joining Rubric, Neil practised in Taunton then Bristol with Clarke Willmott before moving to Bevan Brittan, where he advised commercial and public sector clients.
Tel: 01225 952 100
Mob: 07854 099 541
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Magnus handles all aspects of family law with a particular emphasis on divorce and separation, financial claims arising upon the breakdown of marriages and other relationships, private law children issues and Hague Convention proceedings. He also has substantial expertise in non-contentious work including pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and is an experienced collaborative lawyer. Prior to joining Rubric, Magnus was a partner at Manches LLP, a top-ranked London family law firm, where he headed a team specialising in a wide variety of family law issues frequently including substantial assets, offshore asset-holding structures and/or an international element. With experience ranging from the County Court up to the Court of Appeal, Magnus has been “Recommended” and described as “excellent” in the Legal 500.
Tel: 020 7118 2100
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