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Gordon Dadds LLP

6 AGAR STREET, LONDON, WC2N 4HN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7493 6151
Fax:
Fax 020 7437 8216
DX:
40003 COVENT GARDEN
Email:
Web:
www.gordondadds.com
Cardiff, London

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m - ranked: tier 3

Gordon Dadds LLP

SMEs, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals feature prominently on Gordon Dadds LLP’ client roster, though the team also acts for large corporates. Rebecca Ferguson advised Warner Music Group on the high-value sale of various recorded music assets – largely comprising artists’ contracts and back catalogues – to the independent music community. She also acted for the shareholders of Brook Street Holdings on the sale of their interests in the company to Culver Holdings. Stephen Fuller assisted a high-net-worth individual with the sale of Professional Life Assurance to Prudential. Alon Domb, who has particular experience in corporate real estate, heads the group. Jan Hoppe, who is dual qualified in England and Germany, is also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP has a substantial client base of international entities, and is well-established in the gaming operator and startup spaces where the team advises on corporate and M&A matters, tax issues and the establishment of new operations. In a recent highlight, the team advised Run Lines on the suspension of an Adult Gaming Centre Operating License, a formal licence review and a criminal investigation by the Gambling Commission where a settlement was negotiated and the criminal action dropped. The firm also assisted Aristotle International Europe on a license submission to the FCA for a credit reference license, a bespoke product held by five other UK companies. The β€˜extraordinarily knowledgeable’ Andrew Cotton heads the gaming and betting team, and Alex Ktorides β€˜handles cases diligently and imaginatively’.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP provides β€˜a very good service and excellent value for money’, advising on breach of license cases, license reviews and criminal proceedings on behalf of landlords and licensees. The group recently acted for DSTRKR Nightclub following a serious assault by a suspected drug dealer, successfully preventing a license review in favour of a minor variation, and represented Devonshire Square Club in its bid to obtain a marriage license for one of its venues. Philip Somarakis is β€˜always willing to go the extra mile’. Other key clients include BAFTA, Ping Pong and Camden Town Brewery.

Leading individuals

Andrew Wong - Keystone Law

Gareth Hughes - Keystone Law

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP’ β€˜lawyers are able, proactive and have broad experience’. Nick Goldstone, who β€˜fights for his clients’, led the advice to Swiss Life on the enforcement of US Federal Court judgments. Nicholas Yapp β€˜can handle difficult cases and clients’; Gareth Jones is β€˜thoughtful and knowledgeable’; Philip Cohen β€˜goes the extra mile’; and Dean Nicholls is β€˜an excellent lawyer’.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Gordon Dadds LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP’s group strengthened its international offering following its merger with immigration firm Platt & Associates in 2016, with particular strength in litigation and tribunal claims. Group head Laura Livingstone primarily handles non-contentious matters, including small and large-scale redundancies, TUPE issues and the employment aspects of commercial transactions. Other key figures include Martin Pratt, who advises employers and high-net-worth individuals, Rebecca Lynch, who often handles contracts, tribunal litigation and terminations for corporate clients, and consultant Marie van der Zyl.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 6

Gordon Dadds LLP

At Gordon Dadds LLP, Adrian Bingham’s caseload includes coverage and professional indemnity disputes as well as construction-related property claims. The practice also represents clients in claims-handling, material non-disclosure and misrepresentation issues. Defending third-party claims and pursuing subrogation matters are further strengths of the team, which acts for Burford Capital and AmTrust Europe.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Gordon Dadds LLP

John Burrell heads the team at Gordon Dadds LLP, which has β€˜a long history of offering top-quality advice. Its greatest strength is obtaining good outcomes in a dignified and efficient way’. David Ruck is β€˜calm, extraordinarily reassuring and extremely experienced at resolving the most difficult disputes’. Consultant Yael Selig is also recommended.

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

Gordon Dadds LLP

John Burrell heads the department at Gordon Dadds LLP and is β€˜exceptionally calm. He can make the most excitable client calm and upbeat and is hugely, hugely experienced’. Anna Coakes is β€˜sensible and straightforward’, and specialises in estate and inheritance planning, wills, trusts and the administration of complex estates, acting for both UK and non-UK domiciled individuals. The team advises on a broad range of matters and has a particular focus on domicile matters and the administration of estates where domicile is at issue. It also regularly acts in the resolution of family inheritance disputes.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Gordon Dadds LLP

At Gordon Dadds LLP, Justin Neal has taken over leadership of the practice, although Jeremy Davy remains a key figure. The practice has particular expertise in advising international clients on property acquisition in London, and is proficient in dealing with a range of asset types, including residential, mixed-use, hotels, retail and petrol stations. Marilyn Elstow advises developers on the acquisition of development sites, and Kiran Yadav has experience across the range of landlord and tenant matters. Clients include Buccleuch Property Group, Centaur Media and Rymans.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Gordon Dadds LLP

Under the leadership of Janet Ayres, Gordon Dadds LLP’s β€˜ambitious’ team is β€˜clearly going places’ and has β€˜notably invested in its practice following a spate of promotions’ including the recent elevation of the β€˜genuinely brilliant’ Adrian Griffiths to the partnership in 2017. Griffiths heads up the firm’s enfranchisement practice and regularly handles lease extension claims and collective enfranchisements, alongside his expertise in possession actions, trespass matters and rights of light issues. Ian Chappell is recommended for his work for developers, land owners, landlords and construction professionals and Adrian Bingham β€˜handles the biggest property litigation with calmness and aplomb’. Clients include Berkeley, St James Group, Covent Garden Market Authority and Moat Homes.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP’s team β€˜provides solid and reliable advice to claimants and defendants’ and is β€˜building a profile in the reputation management space due to the reputations of some extremely experienced individuals’. Practice head Robin Shaw is β€˜highly rated by peers and clients alike for his in-depth knowledge and substantial expertise’, and Nick Goldstone has substantial experience acting for claimants. In a noteworthy highlight, Shaw advised Private Eye on the reputation issues relating to an article that the subject of the piece, John Beggs QC, asked not to be published. HarperCollins is also a client. The group also works closely with the firm’s regulatory investigations and corporate crime teams.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP is singled out for its β€˜comprehensive and clearly formulated advice and responsiveness’. The team is now led by trade mark specialist Matthew Hiscox following the departure of Jim Dennis to Simkins LLP in January 2017. The team is advising Usborne Publishing on passing-off, copyright, trade mark and domain name issues, and is assisting a number of clients including Rude Health, Sportpesa and The Mole Clinic with their worldwide trade mark portfolios.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 5

Gordon Dadds LLP

The cross-departmental group at Gordon Dadds LLP handles corporate and commercial, employment, litigation and property issues. Richard Elliott recently advised a start-up airline on structuring and regulatory matters.

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