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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

London: Corporate and commercial

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

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP regularly acts for small to medium-sized private companies, including family businesses or companies owned by high-net-worth entrepreneurs, based both in the UK and abroad. The team is led by Alon Domb, who advised PR firm Modus Publicity, a long-term client, on the acquisition of the business and assets of BPCM London as part of a merger with BPCM. The practice also has extensive public company expertise; in a recent highlight, Rebecca Ferguson led the team advising on the firm’s IPO in August 2017. Other sector strengths include professional services; Richard Elliott acted for Prolegal Solicitors on the acquisition of Alen-Buckley, and senior associate Jenny Constable advised on the acquisition of CW Energy, a tax advisory business in the oil and gas sector, by Gordon Dadds Group. Stephen Fuller and Paul Toolan are also key members of the team.

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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 international client base, and is well-established in the gaming operator and start-up spaces where the team advises on corporate and M&A matters, tax issues and the establishment of new operations. Recent highlights include advising a new US-based entrant to the UK land-based casino market on successfully securing their casino operating licence, and advising on two-high profile enforcement cases following the initiation of reviews of operating licences by the Gambling Commission. In March 2017 the team was bolstered by the addition of Andrew Tait, who had previously worked in-house for a Gibraltar-based remote operator. Partner Andrew Cotton heads the gaming and betting team, and Alex Ktorides advises clients on anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption.

Next generation lawyers

Alex Ktorides - Gordon Dadds LLP

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP's licensing practice is noted for handling a variety of work on breach of license cases, licence reviews and criminal proceedings on behalf of landlords and licensees. The group recently acted for The Oxford Union Debating Society in a successful application for a variation of premises certificate within Oxford City Council’s Cumulative Impact Zone, and acted for The Camden Town Brewery to obtain a new premises licence for its new site in Enfield. Lead licensing practitioners include Philip Somarakis and Andrew Cotton.

Leading individuals

Andrew Cotton - Gordon Dadds LLP

Philip Somarakis - Gordon Dadds LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP has particular expertise in advising on shareholder and commercial disputes involving fraudulent misrepresentation. Dispute resolution head Nick Goldstone focuses on commercial litigation; he is also noted for matters involving civil fraud, media-related disputes and reputation management. Nicholas Yapp, Gareth Jones, Philip Cohen and Dean Nicholls are also highly regarded.

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London: Human resources

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

Gordon Dadds LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Gordon Dadds LLP

At Gordon Dadds LLP, clients single out Marie van der Zyl as 'an excellent lawyer with encyclopaedic knowledge of employment law' who 'is highly gifted both in strategy and tactics with a patient, honest and challenging approach'. Other key practitioners include department head Laura Livingstone, Martin Pratt and Rebecca Lynch. The practice has notable strength in senior executive entry and exit packages and Employment Tribunal litigation and is active in the retail, leisure, media, entertainment and technology sectors. Recent highlights include advising two clients on the employment aspects of their merger and a financial services clients with the restructuring of its headquarters.

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London: Insurance

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

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP is noted for its focus on bespoke, partner-led work; the key names in the department are Adrian Bingham and Max Robinson. The team handles complex and high-value disputes relating to interpretation of policy conditions and exclusions; professional negligence claims involving principally construction industry and financial professionals; material damage claims; and environmental pollution matters for a client base predominantly centred on the London market, but also including international risks. It has a particular specialism in claims concerning construction and engineering projects, and commercial legal expenses.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Gordon Dadds LLP

Key figures at Gordon Dadds LLP include John Burrell; the ‘highly effective, calm and extraordinarily reassuring’ David Ruck, who has particular expertise in private children work; consultant Yael Selig, who is ‘commercial and charismatic’; and associate  Emma Morris, who is 'extremely experienced and an exemplary tactician’.

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

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP has a ‘very client focused team that works exceptionally hard to get results’. The ‘highly recommended’ Anna Coakes  is a ‘superb all-round legal adviser providing an excellent service to clients’. Associate Amelia Beringer  is ‘terrific’. The team is well-regarded for its work on multi-jurisdictional tax and inheritance issues and has a particular focus on domicile issues and the administration of estates where domicile is at issue. The team frequently works with its litigation department to resolve family inheritance disputes.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP is ‘strong on commercial aspects’ including dilapidations claims, rent reviews and service and break notices. The team acts for a number of retailers and restaurants as well as development and house building companies. Partner Adrian Bingham is ‘careful and measured’ and Ian Chappell is praised for his willingness for ‘aggressive’ case management. Clients include Berkeley Homes, Southbank Tower and the Ryman Group along with several public sector clients such as Covent Garden Market Authority and Kent County Council. Janet Ayres and Adrian Bingham are recommended while Adrian Griffiths specialises in enfranchisement claims. Justin Neal heads the Real Estate practice.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Gordon Dadds LLP

At Gordon Dadds LLP dispute resolution head Nick Goldstone acts for claimants against the press and broadcasters, while the ‘intellectually brilliant and ruthlessly effective’ Robin Shaw acts for Private Eye on a number of matters, including successfully dismissing an application by Cambridgeshire Police to obtain access to Private Eye’s subscriptions list. Melanie Hart joined Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Gordon Dadds LLP

The ‘excellent and top-notch’ practice at Gordon Dadds LLP  handles trademark and enforcement matters.  Key contact Matthew Hiscox is ‘extremely experienced in all trademark matters’. Recent work highlights include assisting Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd and The Angel Foundation/ Dream Brands with their trademark portfolio management worldwide. David Gore continues to act for Usborne Publishing in relation to contentious trade marks and passing off claims.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 5

Gordon Dadds LLP

Gordon Dadds LLP’s multi-disciplinary offering is active across corporate, commercial, employment, litigation and property mandates in the aviation sector. It is noted for its experience in the private and business aviation sector and also handles matters in relation to pilot training. Richard Elliott  leads the aviation group.

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