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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Fladgate LLP

With experience drafting and advising on a range of commercial agreements, Fladgate LLP’s practice covers business-to-business contracts as well as the consumer-facing terms and conditions of supply and purchase contracts. The firm also provides general advisory services to clients on commercial issues. Eddie Powell leads the team and specialises in intellectual property, technology and commercial law. His department was strengthened by the arrival of Tim Wright from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in 2019, who has particular expertise in commercial, outsourcing and technology transactions across various sectors, including banking, insurance, healthcare and technology.

Practice head(s):Eddie Powell

Other key lawyers:Tim Wright

Testimonials

'They are a team that cares about what the client's business is'

'Tim Wright is an extremely knowledgeable and diligent partner with strong skills in working with in-house legal teams. He has a great knowledge of the procurement and supply chain area'

'They have the best interests of the client at heart in the short and long term'

'They are human and speak a language that non-legal people can understand'

Key Clients

Cutler & Gross Ltd

Platform 9 ¾ Retail Limited

Glorious Brands Ltd

Prolitec

WebJet Group (JacTravel, SunHotels, WebBeds)

Fore Fitness Limited trading as Easy Gym

Abbey Hotels

Valmet Automotive

Digital Cinema Media

Limelight Sports Ltd

MHA

Fly Victor

Neubourg Skin Care

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cutler & Gross on a number of matters.
  • Advised Platform 9 ¾ Retail Limited on all aspects of the installation of a new Harry Potter-themed concession at Gatwick Airport.
  • Acted for distributor Glorious Brands Limited on a number of deals.
  • Advised Prolitec on the successful negotiation and conclusion of a ground-breaking commercial deal with Aromatherapy Associates (AA), part of the Alliance-Boost Group.
  • Advised Australia-based WebJet on how to structure its contracts following its acquisition of longstanding client JacTravel.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP advises on the full suite of ECM and public company matters including standalone AIM placings, public company M&A, and main market listings. The practice group is noted for its cross-border experience and its work for dual-listed companies, for which it handles transactional and regulatory mandates. In particular, the team has developed expertise in advising Canadian and Israeli companies, which falls in line with the firm's industry focuses on technology, fintech, life sciences and natural resources. Moreover, the firm has invested heavily in its ECM capabilities, having most recently brought on Sandra Bates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Key figures in the practice group include David Robinson and Nigel Gordon, both of whom have experience advising technology and growth companies, and Paul Airley, who specialises in the energy and natural resources sectors.

Practice head(s):David Robinson; Grant Gordon; Paul Airley

Other key lawyers:Sandra Bates; Nigel Gordon

Testimonials

'The advice provided is balanced, sensible and pragmatic.'

'Very responsive and helpful on both legal and business issues.'

'Good mid market team with some excellent lawyers.'

'The lawyers generally have the scope and experience to deal with current technology and regulatory issues surrounding blockchain and tokenisation.'

Key Clients

Argo Blockchain plc

Blockchain Worldwide plc

TransGlobe Energy Corporation

PennPetro Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc (formerly Roxi Petroleum plc)

Tri-Star Resources plc

Shore Capital Group Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

Gfinity plc

Angus Energy plc

KCR Residential REIT plc

Audioboom Group plc

Chesterfield Resources plc

Sirius Petroleum plc

Jubilee Metals Group plc

Xtract Resources plc

Galileo Resources plc

Tiger Resources plc

Pan African Resources plc

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Limited

Synairgen plc

BATM Advanced Communications Limited

WH Ireland

Avesoro Resources Inc

WideCells Group plc

Vast Resources plc

Synairgen plc

Work highlights

  • Advised TransGlobe Energy Corporation (listed on TSX and NASDAQ) on its introduction to AIM.
  • Advised WideCells Group plc on its £2m private placing and the publication of a related prospectus.
  • Advised Caspian Sunrise plc on the acquisition of Kazakh company 3A Best Group JSC, for a consideration of $24m to be satisfied in shares.
  • Advised Shore Capital on the equity placing by Yü Group plc to raise £12m.
  • Advised Argo Blockchain plc on its admission to the standard segment of the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP works with clients ranging from start-ups to listed companies, advising on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestment strategies, both domestically and internationally. Practice head Grant Gordon is focused on M&A within the technology, leisure, sport, gaming and resources sectors, with matters frequently involving a cross-border element. The firm has made two recent hires, strengthening its international capabilities with Sandra Bates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and transactional restructuring and insolvency partner Daniel Martin from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Practice head(s):Grant Gordon

Testimonials

'A professional and hands-on approach combined with honesty.'

'Fladgate lacks the arrogance that a lot of city law firms have -  a very positive trait.'

'Straightforward, honest and with a way of negotiating that represents us as a client in the utmost way.'

Key Clients

Zouk Capital

Index Ventures

83North

Creandum

Northzone

Selecta AG

Equitix Limited

Fore Fitness

Gfinity plc

John Laing Investments Limited

Shareholders of Title & Covenant Brokers

Duvel Moortgat

Epple Druckfarben

Work highlights

  • Represented the lead group of financial investors (Zouk Capital, Index Ventures, 83North, Creandum and Northzone) on the sale of their entire interest in iZettle to PayPal Holdings. The total deal value was $2.2bn.
  • Advised Selecta AG, a portfolio company of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Express Vending Group .
  • Advised Equitix on its acquisition of a 35% stake in the Cramlington biomass plant and a 41% economic interest in the Speyside biomass plant.
  • Advised Fore Fitness on the £24.7m sale of 13 easyGym sites to The Gym Group.
  • Advised esports entertainment company Gfinity PLC on the £2.4m acquisition of RealSM Limited, a sports media company.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP offers broad expertise on fraud matters, with the 'innovative and nimble' practice joining forces with lawyers from the wider firm's regulatory, trusts, employment, insolvency and banking teams to provide a co-ordinated service. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, family run companies, and publicly listed and international companies. The 'dynamic' and 'exceptionally bright' Sophia Purkis heads the team; she is particularly experienced in multi-party actions and multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claims that involve criminal proceedings. David Breslin, Ben Drew and John Ford have all recently joined the firm as partners, from Gowling WLG, Osborne Clarke LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Sophia Purkis

Other key lawyers:David Breslin; Ben Drew; John Ford; Bree Taylor; Steven Mash

Testimonials

'Fladgate covers a wide range of practice areas with a relatively small team - they are innovative and nimble’.

‘Sophia Purkis is a well-known talent in the field’.

‘Sophia Purkis is exceptionally bright, does not just process matters but reads and considers as well as strategises’.

‘Sophia Purkis is the stand-out individual at Fladgate; she is dynamic and has vast tactical acumen in all commercial matters, particularly those involving civil fraud’.

Key Clients

Jean-Pierre Schenk

Private Members Club

Andrew Herd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Andrew Herd who is in a $70m dispute with Anthony Wollenberg, his former co-shareholder in Victoria Gate Casino
  • Acted for a well-known private members’ club in efforts to stop a “phishing” email fraud.
Leading individuals

Sophia Purkis - Fladgate LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 3

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP assists with corporate structuring in the gambling industry as well as with licensing matters. The firm is also experienced in advising on tax matters, gambling disputes, and software development and provision. The practice is led by Grant Gordon, who has expertise in advising on the regulatory issues arising in due diligence processes, and the appropriate warranties to ensure gambling law compliance within corporate transactions. 

Practice head(s):Grant Gordon

Key Clients

Red Tiger Gaming

NGV Intergalactic Software

Work highlights

  • Advising Red Tiger Gaming on negotiations with Ladbrokes Coral Group regarding the client’s bonus and jackpots platform
  • Advising Red Tiger Gaming on revised and renegotiated template agreements, including the client’s operator agreements and reseller agreements 
  • Advised a gambling operator on the setting up of a corporate structure to facilitate the client’s entry into the EU
  • Advised a gambling company on the re-gear of its lease at a shopping centre
  • Advised shareholders of a gambling company on an M&A transaction in the digital bingo business 

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's scope of practice includes¬†recovery litigation, insolvency, fraud, payment systems, mis-selling matters, claims against professionals, and disputes between banks. Steven Mash¬†is known for his focus on claimant matters against large institutions. He also defends clients against actions brought against them¬†and is a civil fraud specialist. Bree Taylor¬†heads the dispute resolution team, of which Simon Ekins, and Alexander Wildsch√ľtz¬†are key members. Simon Brew¬†left for¬†TWM Solicitors LLP.

Other key lawyers:Steven Mash; Simon Ekins; Alexander Wildschütz

Work highlights

  • In the RBS rights issue litigation, the practice acted for 33,000 claimants against The Royal Bank of Scotland and others in proceedings pursuant to section 90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP¬†'covers a wide range of complex areas of commercial law with skill and efficiency'. The department is known for litigating against larger firms in complex, high-value disputes, which are often internationally focused. Practice head¬†¬†Bree Taylor¬†is well known for high-value company and shareholder disputes;¬†Steven Mash¬†is a third party funding expert;¬†Alexander Wildsch√ľtz¬†has particular expertise in cross-border matters; and¬†John Ford, who specialises in¬†complex trust, civil fraud and high-profile art disputes, recently joined from¬†Pinsent Masons LLP. Tom Bolam¬†is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:Steven Mash; Alexander Wildschütz; John Ford; Tom Bolam

Testimonials

'High level legal expertise with good commercial awareness and personal attention of partners'.

'Steven Mash is an absolutely top-drawer litigation partner, who is extremely experienced and delivers very sage advice'.

Key Clients

Jacuzzi Brands

AerCap

Brainspark Associates

Andrew Herd, CEO of Victoria Gate Casino

The Dutch Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Vinci Facilities

Kyte Property

Ede & Ravenscroft

Work highlights

  • Defended a German manufacturer of automotive parts against a claim for allegedly supplying defective automotive parts.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

Fladgate LLP

The industry sectors serviced by Fladgate LLP are energy, infrastructure and construction, retail, insurance and reinsurance, international trade, financial services, sport, leisure and technology. David Breslin was hired from Gowling WLG, where he was international arbitration head; the Russia desk is led by Eugene Matviechuk; and David Weare heads up the construction arbitration team.

Practice head(s):David Breslin

Other key lawyers:Eugene Matviechuk; David Weare

Testimonials

'David Breslin is outstanding'.

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Fladgate LLP

Strengthened on the transactional restructuring front by the arrival in November 2018 of Daniel Martin from Ropes & Gray LLP, Fladgate LLP has an increasingly balanced offering for funds on distressed investment work, as well as more traditional IP-led insolvency matters. Spearheaded by the 'commercial' Jeremy Whiteson and the 'superb' Bree Taylor, the five-partner team is particular strong at handling contentious insolvency matters, primarily within the lower-mid market. Industry sector strengths include aviation, sports, and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Whiteson; Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:Ben Drew; Daniel Martin

Testimonials

'Pocket sized perfection! They have an excellent litigation team, well staffed with excellent assistants, and all at a reasonable price, whilst maintaining City standards.'

'Jeremy Whiteson has extensive contentious and non-contentious insolvency experience. He also provides more general corporate and commercial advice which brings a useful perspective.'

 

Key Clients

Fly Victor

Toys 'R' Us

Anthony Batty & Co

BDO

Begbies

David Rubin & Partners

Grant Thornton

Moorfields

FRP

James Cowper Creston

B and C Associates

Menzies

PKF

Work highlights

  • Advised the receiver of Toys 'R' Us Properties (UK) Limited on the disposal of two former Toys 'R' Us stores in Cardiff and Plymouth.
  • Advised Alyssum Group and its principal subsidiary, Fly Victor Ltd, on several mandates including a corporate restructuring which saw the formation of a group of companies, with Alyssum at its head.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's funds, finance and regulatory practice group has experience of shari'ah-compliant real estate finance transactions and also handles taxation and restructuring mandates involving Islamic financing structures. The team sees the bulk of its activity in the UK property market, where it has advised conventional and Islamic lending banks on the development of shari'ah-compliant financing products. The group also has experience of advising Islamic investment offices on property acquisitions. Ella Leonard is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Ella Leonard

Other key lawyers:Charles Proctor

Work highlights

  • Acting for a bank in the structuring and implementation of a commodity murabaha facility, secured over Hotel Honegg in Switzerland.
  • Acting for a broker client in the establishment of a VAT lending platform to operate within a shari'ah-compliant context.
  • Representing a bank in connection with the preparation of a commodity murabaha to fund the purchase of a prestigious commercial property in Liverpool.
  • Assisting a Middle Eastern investment company and its JV partner in the UK with restructuring and refinancing matters related to a commodity murabaha-financed UK property portfolio.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP handles a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, representing clients in the High Court and Employment Tribunal and advising on issues such as reorganisations, outsourcing, and corporate acquisitions and disposals. The team's diverse client base includes companies from the IT, pharmaceutical, financial services, transport and retail sectors. Practice head Taj Rehal has experience advising on senior employee dismissals and exits, particularly where reputational risks are involved; Michael McCartney has expertise in restrictive covenant issues and cross-border litigation; 'standout' partner Mike Tremeer was made up in 2018.

Practice head(s):Taj Rehal

Other key lawyers:Michael McCartney; Mike Tremeer

Testimonials

'What makes Fladgate's practice unique is the very practical, commercial advice that's given; the availability, sometimes at very short notice, of the lawyers; the friendliness of the team; and the feeling as a client that your lawyer is working as a true business partner with you in resolving your problem or issue.'

'Mike Tremeer is a standout partner. He takes the time to understand my situation and always offers practical, focused and timely advice. I know I can rely on him.'

Key Clients

Fore Fitness Limited

Ipsen Biopharm Limited

Fly Victor Limited

Aeromet International Limited

Selecta AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Fore Fitness Limited on the employment aspects of its sale of 13 easyGym clubs to The Gym Group.
  • Acting for Ipsen Biopharm Limited in an urgent injunction application to enforce the terms of garden leave and post-termination restrictive covenants of a scientist in its R&D division who intended to join a competitor.
  • Acting for Fly Victor Limited in relation to the enforcement of its non-solicitation and non-dealing restrictions against a former employee.
  • Advising Aeromet International Limited on the employment aspects of its bolt-on acquisition of Stone Foundries from Langham Industries.
  • Advising Selecta AG on the employment aspects of its acquisition of the UK-based Express Vending Group Limited.

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Immigration
Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 2

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's team, which 'provides a holistic service and thinks outside of the box', acts for high-net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses on a range of immigration issues. The practice has particular expertise in complex and exceptional applications; it is instructed on complex ILR applications and handles applications for naturalisation where the residence requirement is not met. Other areas of expertise include advising politically exposed persons and well-known individuals on political asylum claims, extradition and Interpol Red Notices. The team is also adept at handling extension applications for Investor and Entrepreneur visas. Key lawyers in the team include 'breath of fresh air' Sarah Gogan and the 'excellent' Kelly Whiter.

Practice head(s):Sarah Gogan

Other key lawyers:Kelly Whiter

Testimonials

Kelly Whiter is excellent, hardworking, fully on top of rapidly changing immigration laws and superb at handling clients.

Kelly Whiter is extremely professional while being personable.

The team understands the needs of private clients.

Sarah Gogan is a breath of fresh air; she is always personally available and on the ball.

Sarah Gogan gets her hands dirty and understands the needs of ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals.

Sarah Gogan is brilliant with clients, who trust her and give her the freedom to run their cases in the way she knows best.

The team provides an excellent personal service that is highly responsive and commercially focused.

Kelly Whiter is an excellent lawyer who provides practical advice that is always focused on achieving the right results.

Kelly Whiter is responsive, technically excellent and yet manages to provide very practical solutions to some unique challenges.

Kelly Whiter is a strategic partner with a truly superb knowledge of immigration law and practical insights.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 5

Fladgate LLP

Teresa Cullen heads the team at Fladgate LLP and is experienced at dealing with both children and family matters. Cullen is skilled at advising on international and cross-border divorces and high-value financial claims. She also advises on various issues that affect children such as leave to remove applications. She is a collaborative practitioner and a mediator. Associate Anna Wakeling is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):Teresa Cullen

Other key lawyers:Anna Wakeling

Testimonials

'Fladgate has a small but strong family team covering a wide range of issues. Its client care is very impressive'.

'Teresa Cullen is an excellent litigator who shows great attention to detail'.

'Teresa Cullen is a highly experienced solicitor . She is very knowledgeable, excellent at dealing with clients and always adopts a very practical approach to cases'.

'The team is well organised and communicates well. Teresa Cullen is an extremely experienced solicitor who has a wide ranging knowledge of family law. She is helpful and approachable'.

'Teresa Cullen is very empathetic, often going the extra mile  for clients without charging for it'.

'Teresa Cullen is an excellent lawyer, great with clients and has a very commercial and practical approach to dealing with cases. Likewise Anna Wakeling is also of very high calibre'.

'Teresa Cullen and Anna Wakeling work incredibly well together as a team. They are dedicated to giving their clients pragmatic advice and to maintaining a high level of attention to detail to ensure the best possible case is put forward on behalf of their clients'.

'Teresa Cullen is very responsive, excellent in handling high-net-worth family cases and sensitive to the client's particularities'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP gives complex tax and wealth structuring advice to domestic and international families, entrepreneurs and fiduciaries. Much of its work is for non-domiciled clients who are resident both in the UK and abroad, and their asset holding structures. The private wealth practice also provides tax advice to international wealthy clients of its property group who are looking to use foundations, trusts and companies to structure their high-end London residential and commercial property acquisitions tax-efficiently. Neal Todd heads the team that includes Matthew Bennett.

Practice head(s):Neal Todd

Other key lawyers:Matthew Bennett

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP’s team contains lawyers with commercial, corporate and construction backgrounds. As a result, it is able to assist its clients, which include investors, consortium-members, contractors and public sector bodies, on a variety of infrastructure matters, such as refinancing and renewables work, as well as procurement and PFI/PPP projects. The practice is led by Andrew Bessemer Clark, who has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Sam Tye also specialises in M&A work as well as advising on joint ventures and corporate finance matters in the infrastructure field. David Weare  meanwhile has a strong skillset in disputes and construction matters. Alan Woolston left to become a legal counsel at Engie in August 2019.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bessemer Clark

Other key lawyers:Sam Tye; David Weare

Key Clients

John Laing Investments Limited

Equitix Limited

Pinnacle Group

Leeds PFI SPV 2 Limited

Genesis Energy

Aylesbury Vale Parkway Limited (AVP)

Support Services (BTP) Limited

Equitix Healthcare (Surrey) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised John Laing Investments on the sale of its interest in the Runcorn I Energy Recovery Facility for £54m.
  • Assisted Equitix, which acquired Foresight VCT plc’s interest in several PFI projects, covering the transaction, due diligence and the process of putting warranty and indemnity insurance in place.
  • Advised the John Laing Group on the disposal of its entire holding in the City Greenwich Lewisham PFI, Coleshill Parkway, Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Lambeth Social Housing Project to JLIF Limited Partnership.
  • Counselled Pinnacle Group on its sale of a 50% stake in the Lambeth Social Housing PFI project to JLIF Limited Partnership.
  • Advised Leeds PFI SPV 2 Limited on refinancing an existing PFI project relating to the provision, operation and maintenance of premises for mental health services in Leeds.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's full-service offering has built up a particularly strong presence in the emerging markets of Africa and Eastern Europe, and the firm's recent recruitment of Sandra Bates - who specialises in complex, cross-border transactions - from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has bolstered its capabilities on mandates involving Canadian capital markets and Canadian public and private companies. The group recently advised TransGlobe Energy Corporation on its introduction to AIM, becoming the first AIM company listed on three separate major stock markets.

Practice head(s):Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon

Key Clients

Tri-Star Resources plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Chesterfield Resources plc

Jubilee Metals Group plc

SP Angel / Sula Iron & Gold

Vast Resources Plc

Avesoro Resources Inc

Pan African Resources

Xtract Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised AIM-listed Tri-Star Resources, a technology and mineral processing company, on a number of matters including a $6m investment in Oman joint venture company SPMP and a £4.4m open offer to shareholders through the issue of new ordinary shares.
  • Advised AIM and Alt-X listed Jubilee Metals Group on the £2.8m acquisition of a 29% interest in BMR Group.
  • Advised SP Angel on a placing for Sula Iron & Gold plc to acquire a cobalt licence.
  • Advised a mining company on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital an exploration company on a share for share basis, raising £2m by way of a placing and a subscription.
  • Advised an AIM listed mining company with operations in Romania and Zimbabwe, on the provision of funding for a Romanian minerals company with a substantial interest in a brown field perimeter in the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ of Western Romania.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

The energy and natural resources team at Fladgate LLP covers a wide range of legal disciplines, including commercial contracts, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, construction and engineering contracts, and projects. The group has particular experience in Africa and Eastern Europe. The firm has continued to expand its capabilities with the recent addition of Sandra Bates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to the partnership and TransGlobe Energy to its client roster. Practice co-heads Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon are capital market specialists.

Practice head(s):Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon

Key Clients

TransGlobe EnergyCorporation

PennPetro Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc (formerly Roxi Petroleum plc)

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Limited

Angus Energy plc

Work highlights

  • Advised TSX and NASDAQ-listed TransGlobe Energy Corporation, an independent international oil and gas company with exploration and production operations in Egypt and Canada, on its introduction to AIM.
  • Handled the standard listing of PennPetro Energy plc, an oil and gas company with assets in Texas.
  • Advised AIM-listed Caspian Sunrise plc on the acquisition of Kazakh company 3A Best Group JSC, for a consideration of $24m to be satisfied in shares.
  • Advised Cenkos Securities on two placings for £9.22m and £5.56m, both in the UK and Australia, for 88 Energy Limited.
  • Advised AIM-listed Sirius Petroleum plc on its re-admission to AIM as an operating company and $21.5m fundraising.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP‚Äôs practice ‚Äėprovides depth across real estate‚Äô, delivering ‚Äėexcellent attention to detail and customer care‚Äô. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis¬†heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter¬†and James Norton¬†from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:Alan Karsberg; Gavin Whitney; Gideon Dabby-Joory

Testimonials

'Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.'

'They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.'

'Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.'

'Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service'.

'Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.'

'The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.'

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.'

Key Clients

Black Sheep Coffee

Bourne Offices

London Executive Offices

Mindspace

Odeon

Penguin Random House

Turner Broadcasting

Squire & Partners

4C Hotels Limited

Aldgate Tower Investments

Beagle Investments Lux S.à r.l.

CIMC

easyGym

Flora Developments Limited

Highgate Hotels

Hodson Developments

ING Real Estate Development

Kreativ House

London and Regional

Madison International Realty

Otium Real Estate

Patron, APAM

Paul Smith Limited

Pod

Primary Health Care Centres Ltd

R55

Seastar Developments

Soho Estates

Starboard Hotels

Strawberry Star

Tellon Capital

The Max Barney Estate

Weston Homes

Yo! Sushi

Work highlights

  • Advised Penguin Random House Limited on an agreement for lease of a new London office at One Embassy Gardens.
  • Advised Turner Broadcasting System Europe, on the pre-let of 98,100 sq ft in a new development at 160 Old Street, EC1.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP‚Äôs practice ‚Äėprovides depth across real estate‚Äô, delivering ‚Äėexcellent attention to detail and customer care‚Äô. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis¬†heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter¬†and James Norton¬†from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; James Fry

Testimonials

'Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.'

'They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.'

'Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.'

'Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service'.

'Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.'

'The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.'

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.'

Key Clients

Black Sheep Coffee

Bourne Offices

London Executive Offices

Mindspace

Odeon

Penguin Random House

Turner Broadcasting

Squire & Partners

4C Hotels Limited

Aldgate Tower Investments

Beagle Investments Lux S.à r.l.

 CIMC

easyGym

Flora Developments Limited

Highgate Hotels

Hodson Developments

ING Real Estate Development

Kreativ House

London and Regional

Madison International Realty

Otium Real Estate

Patron, APAM

Paul Smith Limited

Pod

Primary Health Care Centres Ltd

R55

Seastar Developments

Soho Estates

Starboard Hotels

Strawberry Star

Tellon Capital

The Max Barney Estate Office

Weston Homes

Yo! Sushi

Anthology London

Luxx

Work highlights

  • Advised Hodson Developments on the acquisition and financing of a substantial part of a development site at Chilmington Green, Ashford.
  • Redevelopment of Anglia Square Shopping Centre for mixed use including residential.
  • Acquisition of a 6.9 acre development site in Luton - the former Vauxhall car-making facility.
  • Advised on the £92.5m acquisition of prime real estate in Central London known as Griffin House, 5/6 Strand - the former head office of Land Securities Group.
  • Advised Rooms & Studios Group on a £61m development loan.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP‚Äôs practice ‚Äėprovides depth across real estate‚Äô, delivering ‚Äėexcellent attention to detail and customer care‚Äô. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis¬†heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter¬†and James Norton¬†from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):Julian Lewis; Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:Eddie Powell

Testimonials

'Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.'

'They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.'

'Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.'

'Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service'.

'Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.'

'The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.'

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.'

Key Clients

London & Regional Properties

Science Museum Group

National Portrait Group

Flora Developments Limited

Strawberry Star

KE Hotels

Concert Productions International BV (CPI)

Abbey Hotels

WebJet Group (JacTravel, SunHotels, WebBeds)

easyGym

Yo! Sushi UK Limited

Millennium and Copthorne Hotels

Otium Properties Limited

Sanguine Hospitality Developments Cardiff Ltd

CIMC Development Limited

4C Hotel Group

China International Marine Containers Developments Limited

Investotel Limited

Khanna Enterprises

Highgate Hotels Inc

Odeon Cinemas Ltd

Starboard Hotels

Queensway Group

Five Guys

Major League Baseball Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Drafting and negotiating the building contracts and associated project documents in relation to the Science Museum Group's new storage facility.
  • Advised on the acquisition of Abbey Hotel (Bath) Limited by KE Hotels from The Kaleidoscope Collection Ltd.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP‚Äôs practice ‚Äėprovides depth across real estate‚Äô, delivering ‚Äėexcellent attention to detail and customer care‚Äô. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis¬†heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter¬†and James Norton¬†from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:Daniel Polden; Gavin Whitney; Simon Kanter

Testimonials

'Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.'

'They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.'

'Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.'

'Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service'.

'Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.'

'The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.'

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.'

Key Clients

Black Sheep Coffee

Bourne Offices

London Executive Offices

Mindspace

Odeon

Penguin Random House

Turner Broadcasting

Squire & Partners

4C Hotels Limited

Aldgate Tower Investments

Beagle Investments Lux S.à r.l.

 CIMC

easyGym

Flora Developments Limited

Highgate Hotels

Hodson Developments

ING Real Estate Development

Kreativ House

London and Regional

Madison International Realty

Otium Real Estate

APAM, Patron

Paul Smith Limited

Pod

Primary Health Care Centres Ltd

R55

Seastar Developments

Soho Estates

Starboard Hotels

Strawberry Star

Tellon Capital

The Max Barney Estate

Weston Homes

Yo! Sushi

Work highlights

  • Acting for Beagle Investments Lux in relation to a £178m construction and development facility.
  • Acting for The Max Barney Estate concerning a c.£40m loan for Kingsland Road 1 Ltd and Kingsland Road 2 Ltd from HSBC Bank secured on properties on Kingsland Road, Phipp Street and Great Eastern Street.
  • Acted for Paul Smith Limited on the acquisition of a new store.    
  • Acted for Harpur Centre on the acquisition of the freehold in Harpur Centre in Bedford.
  • Acting for Stonehealth Alpha Limited on the acquisition of a portfolio of health centre properties from Octopus Healthcare.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP‚Äôs practice ‚Äėprovides depth across real estate‚Äô, delivering ‚Äėexcellent attention to detail and customer care‚Äô. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis¬†heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter¬†and James Norton¬†from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):Stephen Lewis; Gavin Whitney; Tim Foley

Other key lawyers:Eddie Powell

Testimonials

'Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.'

'They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.'

'Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.'

'Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service'.

'Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.'

'The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.'

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.'

Key Clients

Signet Jewellers

Paul Smith Limited

Pod Food Limited

Yo! Sushi

Toys R Us Properties

Five Guys

Platform 9 ¾ Retail Limited

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers

Whittles Jewellers

Richard Mille

Glorious Brands Limited

Odeon Cinemas

Conjure Group Limited (trading as Snog Pure Frozen Yogurt and as Beltane & Pop)

Cutler & Gross

Murdock London

Rotary Watches Limited

Prolitec

Work highlights

  • Advising Five Guys on the leasing of a new restaurant.
  • Legal advice relating to the installation of a new Harry Potter themed concession at Gatwick Airport.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's growing contentious team has of late been handling a range of disputes for property developers, institutions and contractors across sectors including renewable energy, hotels and leisure, while also advising on PPP/PFI matters. The team, which was boosted in late 2018 by the arrival of Squire Patton Boggs London construction head Olivia Bateman, is headed up by Alan Woolston, who has been leading the firm's work as sole UK legal counsel to Chinese modular building provider CIMC Developments. David Weare, who has particular experience in the Middle East, is also recommended, and has been advising the main contractor on the fit-out of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

Practice head(s):Alan Woolston

Other key lawyers:David Weare; Olivia Bateman

Key Clients

Base Contracts

Prysmian Powerlink Services

Innisfree

Sanguine Hospitality Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanguine Hospitality Developments on disputes arising out of the development of a hotel in Cardiff, for which Sanguine was the employer.
  • Representing the Innisfree PFI Fund in connection with claims arising out of defects in the passive fire protection systems across 50 or more education sites.
  • Continuing to advise Prysmian Powerlink Services, a subsidiary of Prysmian Group, the largest manufacturer of cables in the world.
  • Represented Michael J Lonsdale in adjudication proceedings brought against it by a company in liquidation.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's non-contentious practice advises a mix of clients in the hotels and leisure, renewable energy and museums and exhibitions sectors. The team is led by Alan Woolston, who works alongside a team of partners including Digby Hebbard, who has a broad practice acting for specialist contractors, suppliers and employers. He recently advised the Science Museum Group in relation to the design and construction of the museum's new offsite storage facility. The team was bolstered in late 2018 by the hire of well-regarded former Squire Patton Boggs London construction head Olivia Bateman, who has particular experience in the retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):Alan Woolston

Other key lawyers:Digby Hebbard; Olivia Bateman

Key Clients

West Midlands Trains

Science Museum Group

National Portrait Gallery

Work highlights

  • Advising Equitix on a portfolio of complex infrastructure projects covering everything from strategic advice to drafting bespoke commercial arrangements.
  • Advised West Midlands Trains on all construction aspects of the business including the delivery of the company’s new HQ in Birmingham, platform extension works across the network, and a suite of supplier frameworks for ongoing works and maintenance.
  • Advised the Science Museum Group in relation to the design and construction of the museum’s new off-site 33,000 sq m storage facility.
  • Advised the National Portrait Gallery on its refurbishment, specifically the drafting and negotiation all project documents and procurement

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP’s planning team advises on mid-range section 106 applications for commercial property and mixed-used developments, with a number of recent matters involving change-of-use issues in the hotel and leisure sector. Practice head Mark Harnett is regularly advising on the planning aspects of site acquisitions including right to light issues, negotiations with the relevant local authorities, and handling appeals against planning permission refusals when they arise. The team also counts a number of high-net-worth individuals on the client list, with instructions pertaining to planning applications for significant private dwellings.

Practice head(s):Mark Harnett

Testimonials

'Mark Harnett always works to his client's interests in an honest and fair way.'

Key Clients

Hodson Developments

Manhattan Loft Gardens

4C Hotels

Luxx – Buckingham Gate

Keyway Estates

R55 Group

Frontdoor Properties

Inland Homes

Cheshunt Lakeside Developments

Rowdeal

Work highlights

  • Advising Hodson Developments on reserved matters applications and associated infrastructure agreements for a substantial residential development at Chilmington Green, Ashford.
  • Advising Manhattan Loft Gardens in connection with the development of a 42-storey building with a hotel at ground to 6th floor, 400 flats and retail/restaurant floor space.
  • Advising on the planning aspects of Luxx's acquisition of shares in Buckingham Gate Estates Ltd, which owned the freehold of 22–28 Buckingham Gate London.
  • Advising Frontdoor Properties on the redevelopment of land at Kingston Road, Teddington to provide a three-storey mixed-use building.
  • Advising Cheshunt Lakeside on a planning application and section 106 agreement for the re-development of the former Tesco Head Office in Cheshunt

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Fladgate LLP

Under the leadership of Kim McMurray, Fladgate LLP acts for a mix of lenders and borrowers, including UK and overseas banks, specialist non-bank lenders, investors and developers. The team handles investment and development finance, structured mezzanine and senior debt financings, and restructurings, and has developed its practice across different types of alternative finance, including bridging loans. Gary Smith, who has experience in the hotel and student accommodation sectors, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):Kim McMurray

Other key lawyers:Gary Smith; Jenny Sargeant; Amanda Hado-Bodfield; Seetal Modi

Testimonials

'The team has a practical approach to transactions, adopting a can-do mentality. It is a joined-up partnership, bringing in specialist partners when required for different parts of the transaction.'

'Kim McMurray is well known to a number of key lenders and capable of acting on the client or bank side of a deal.'

'The firm has a dedicated real estate team within banking and finance and is a niche player in the market.'

'Kim McMurray is delightful to work with. She is thorough and experienced with breadth of knowledge and expertise across all real estate deals. From commercial investment to residential development and land deals, I would trust her to run any deal regardless of complexity.'

'Fladgate has an extremely knowledgeable, responsive and customer-focused team, which is highly commercial and clearly articulates the risks and the commercial implications and solutions.'

Key Clients

Santander

Alpha Real Capital

Bank of Ireland

London & Regional

Venn Partners

Europe Arab Bank Plc

ICG Longbow

Greenoak Real Estate

CIMC

London Wall

Bank of Singapore

JP Morgan

EFG

Ortus

Octane

Harbour Group International

Work highlights

  • Advising Hodson Developments on the acquisition and financing of a development site at Chilmington Green, Ashford, providing residential, retail, community, social and recreational facilities.
  • Advising house builder Weston Homes plc on the amendment and increase of its existing banking arrangements.
  • Advising Flora Developments Limited on the acquisition of prime real estate in Central London, which may be redeveloped for hotel use.
  • Advising London & Regional on the finance aspects of the refinancing of the Hilton hotel, Park Lane.
  • Advising Venn Partners LLP on a series of matters, including the refinance of a retail and office investment property; the refinance of a student accommodation building; and the financing of the acquisition and development of three regional PRS sites.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Fladgate LLP

Covering a broad field of property litigation, Fladgate LLP regularly handles contentious commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters and disputes arising from property transactions as well as enfranchisement and development work. The 'bright and commercially minded' Tim Foley now heads the 'strong' team following former team head and telecoms specialist Thekla Fellas' move to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in March 2019.

Practice head(s):Tim Foley

Other key lawyers:Alison Mould; Jonathan Hibberts; Janet Keeley

Testimonials

'Tim Foley is a sensible person to work with and provides counsel with good instructions.'

'Very pragmatic, commercial and flexible.'

'Alison Mould is a brilliant tactician and a highly competent operator.'

Key Clients

Trustees of Brocket Estate

Toys R Us

Soho Estates

Odeon Cinemas

London Diocesan Fund

Point West GR

Tellon Capital

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers

Aspers Casinos

Five Guys

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Trustees of the Estate of the first Lord Brocket, the freehold owners of Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, with issues of disrepair and other breaches of tenant covenant on this Grade 1 listed estate.
  • Advising Dragon Investment Management on a dispute over the contracts for the construction and purchase of a large block of flats in London (65 units) which is subject to a significant number of defects.
  • Acting for Bear Property Enterprises in a dispute over a failed property purchase, which arose as a result of a fraudulent transaction and the alleged negligence of the client's former solicitors.
  • Acting for the developer of land in West London in securing vacant possession of a retail unit that will be demolished for redevelopment.
  • Acting for Five Guys in challenging a covenant in a lease in favour of McDonalds that restricts potential tenants in the same sector from trading in a retail park. Five Guys contends that the covenant is anti-competitive and the case is one of the first few where the terms of a lease are subject to challenge under the Competition Act 1998.

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

Fladgate LLP

Acting for major developers, property investment funds, banks and high-net-worth individuals, Fladgate LLP's practice handles sales and acquisitions, financing matters, secured loans and a broad ambit of other property work. Helen Curtis-Goulding, who recently joined the firm as head of residential property after 10 years at Mishcon de Reya LLP, stands out for her work with developers and offshore investment companies, managing time-pressured residential property deals

Practice head(s):Helen Curtis-Goulding

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters for media and entertainment sector clients, which include advertising agencies, interactive entertainment distributors, newspapers, book and magazine publishers, and e-publishers as well as sports, music, technology, gaming, internet, gambling and e-commerce companies. The team's expertise includes commercial and corporate work; it advised Gfinity on its acquisition of the entire share capital of RealSM, a sports media company which operates a fan-oriented digital sports media platform under the brand name RealSport. The team's experience also covers online content delivery, data protection, IP, privacy, competition and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):Eddie Powell

Other key lawyers:James Earl; David Robinson; Alan Wetterhahn; Alex Haffner; Ben Milloy

Key Clients

Concert Productions International BV

Gfinity plc

Scottish Professional Football League

Digital Cinema Media

Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL)

Work highlights

  • It advises Concert Productions International BV (CPI) as the promoters of the 'Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains' exhibition.
  • Advised the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) on its new media rights tender for the UK and Ireland; and also advised on the fallout from the insolvency of MP&Silva, the SPFL’s international media rights partner,
  • The team advises Digital Cinema Media on a variety of matters, which includes advising on stand-alone commercial arrangements and template agreements for cinemas.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's sports team is particularly invested in football, F1 racing and boxing, and acts for a variety of clients in these areas including sportspeople, clubs, governing bodies, stakeholders, agencies and investors. On the commercial side, work includes media rights, image rights, ticketing terms, service agreements, promotional arrangements and digital broadcasting deals. On the financing side, 'industry leading expert' James Earl frequently advises clients on the assignment of various payments to football clubs and players, including central funds, transfer fees, broadcasting and multimedia revenues. Associate Muhammed Bhaimohmed, who handles commercial and corporate matters, brings valuable insight to the practice gained through his recent secondment to Manchester City FC and UK Sport's legal teams.

Practice head(s):James Earl

Other key lawyers:Muhammed Bhaimohmed

Testimonials

"Fladgate has an excellent understanding of sport, major event bids, public funding and the governance of major events." 

"James Earl is an industry leading expert: he has an excellent practical understanding of the business and finds pragmatic solutions should difficulties arise."

"Alex Haffner is very user client-friendly, knowledgeable and hardworking." 

Key Clients

Major League Baseball Properties Limited

Scottish Professional Football League

Josh Taylor, Professional Boxer

CREATIV HOUSE Agency

Surrey County Cricket Club

Russian Time

Artem Markelov

Team Redline

Danny Rohl

Base Contracts Limited

Work highlights

  • Sole English law adviser to Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. in connection with the baseball match between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at the London Stadium in June 2019.
  • Instructed to advise 23 Capital and, in respect of football regulatory matters, Credit Suisse on the refinancing of the transfer fees payable by FC Barcelona to Liverpool Football Club in respect of the transfer of Phillipe Coutinho.
  • Advised Team Redline on its agreement with McLaren for the provision of drivers to the McLaren team for the 2018 Formula One e-sports series.
  • Instructed to advise Josh Taylor on all aspects of his professional boxing career.
  • Assisting Surrey County Cricket Club on its negotiation of a contract with Facebook for the broadcast on Facebook’s 'Facebook Watch' platform.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 5

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP specialises in contentious aviation work; the team acts for aircraft owners in disputes against aircraft lessees, it advises aircraft leasing companies in procurement disputes with government bodies and advises airline service companies in disputes against airlines. Advising on the enforcement of leases against non-paying airlines is a key focus.

Practice head(s):Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:Tim Foley; Peter Reynolds

Testimonials

Bree Taylor is a very hands-on, experienced and intelligent aviation lawyer.

Key Clients

Gate Group

Aercap

CHC

ILFC

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