Gibson & Co. was founded in 1715 and is the oldest family-run practice in England. The Senior Partner is Tony Gibson. His son Toby Gibson, who joined in 2003, is the tenth generation of his family to have worked for the firm. Gibson & Co. has offices in Newcastle upon Tyne and Hexham in the Tyne Valley; its practice however has global reach.
Gibson & Co’s Chambers & Partners 2008 entry reads as follows:
Gibson & Co. (North East Dispute Resolution)
The Firm: researchers were repeatedly informed that the key to Gibson & Co’s success is “City experience at affordable rates.” Clients enjoy “prompt, helpful and reasonably priced” service from a team that “provides attention to details and is willing to go the extra mile.” While the department may be small in scale, its strength should not be underestimated. It acts for an enviable collection of major banks and corporations, including JP Morgan Chase and Hallmark Cards, and benefits from a steady diet of referrals from City firms. This year the group has consolidated its professional negligence expertise and has continued to develop its libel practice. It is currently defending a group of Italian companies, including RCS Periodici and RCS MediaGroup, against libel claims concerning articles published in the Italian magazine Il Mondo.
The Lawyers: According to sources, Toby Gibson “always puts his advice into a practical context and makes constructive proposals.” His years practising in London and Hong Kong have given him extensive expertise in commercial and financial disputes where his skills as “a great tactician and strategist” have been invaluable to clients. Toby is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)-accredited mediator and has resolved many disputes through mediation and arbitration.
The Chambers entry for 2012 reads as follows:
"This two-partner commercial litigation practice continues to flourish and clients hail it as "a fantastic and responsive team that excels at contentious work." The firm wins an impressive portfolio of instructions from high-profile financial clients in national and international metters. Its recent highlights include acting for Ceylon Petroleum in defence of a £101 million claim by Standard Chartered Bank in the Commercial Court.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Toby Gibson enjoys an outstanding reputation for his work in the derivatives and financial disputes sectors. His abilities see him act for clients such as JPMorgan. Partner Jane Gibson is popular with clients, who champion her as "a fantastic litigator who is really on the ball." She has recently handled significant work on behalf of Credit Suisse.