Gibsons Background

Gibson & Co. was founded in 1715 and is the oldest family-run practice in England. The Senior Partner is Tony Gibson. His brother, Derwent, heads up the Hexham office and 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 and Legal 500 entries include the following comments:

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.”

The 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."

The department has three partners, Michael Reed having been with the firm since he was a trainee, joined husband and wife team, Toby and Jane Gibson, as a partner in 2012. The department acts for an enviable collection of major banks and institutions including Credit Suisse, the Government of Sri Lanka, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the European Commission.

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.

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."

Partner Michael Reed's experience has focused recently on matters concerning the dissolution of partnerships and property and insolvency disputes (Both corporate and personal).