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London: Corporate and commercial

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

Hamlins LLP

Perhaps the biggest story from Hamlins LLP's corporate department has been its investment in expanding its international reach. The practice group is looking in particular to the Canadian and Israeli markets and recently brought on Robert Rakison from McGuireWoods London LLP to act as international business consultant. In terms of industry sectors, the team attracts a flow of work in real estate and leisure sectors, and also regularly works in conjunction with its specialist media group. Practice head Daniel Bellau has expertise in public and private company M&A in addition to his AIM financing work.

Practice head(s):Daniel Bellau

Other key lawyers:Lisa Faragher

Testimonials

'Attentive firm that understands the client's needs and is able to grasp issues and opportunities and advise accordingly.'

'The team at Hamlins is skilled and experienced in all areas of corporate law.'

'Hamlins truly focuses on small caps and small cap issues.'

'A medium-sized firm that punches well above its weight.'

'It is a very well-connected firm that can offer introductions to other quality professionals.'

'Daniel Bellau has a strong legal mind and is extremely commercial.'

Key Clients

Park Plaza Hotels Europe

Angelfish Investments plc

Zenith Energy Limited

Ted Baker plc

Palace Capital plc

Allenby Capital

S P Angel

Cairn Financial Advisers

Hybridan LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Zenith Energy Limited, a Main Market and TSXV exchange dual-listed natural resources company, on its proposed secondary fundraising through an institutional placing with UK institutional investors.
  • Advising a client, the holding company of a group of marketing services businesses, on its admission to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acting for a client in connection with its role as nominated adviser and broker to an AIM-quoted company undertaking a reverse takeover of an operator of several mining assets based in Zambia.
  • Advising a construction company, which is now building up a land bank, on its proposed IPO on AIM.
  • Advising an energy company on its admission to AIM and an associated fundraising.

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

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP predominantly handles corporate finance matters for entrepreneurs, SMEs and large corporates, with M&A activities spanning both the public and private markets. In addition, the firm undertakes fundraisings and transactions on both the main market and AIM, including flotations and reverse takeovers. Specialist sector focuses include media, technology and leisure, as well as real estate. Daniel Bellau focuses on AIM-listed corporates and SMEs, particularly within the aforementioned sectors. Robert Rakison, a recent hire from McGuireWoods London LLP, predominantly focuses on the  private market, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):Daniel Bellau

Testimonials

'Skilled and experienced in all aspects of corporate law, giving astute and practice advice.'

'Personable and client facing'

'A medium size firm that has all the skills to deliver a quality product at a keen price'

'Daniel Bellau stands out as one of the leading corporate lawyers on commercial and equity capital markets matters at a West End firm. He is always a pleasure to work with'

Key Clients

Palace Capital plc

Ted Baker Group plc

Park Plaza Hotels Europe

E-prop Services Group plc

Oracle Racing

Trevali Mining Corporation

Prime Site Developments Limited

Ingenious Investments

Sandown Ventures Limited

Angelfish Investments plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Charles Campbell Associates, a clinical contract research business, on its sale to a competitor based in the US.
  • Acted for Prime Site Developments on its acquisition of the business and assets in the Herculaneum Quay Developments site, a mixed-use site in Liverpool, for £10m.
  • Advised Park Plaza Hotels Europe on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Southbank Hotel Management Company Limited, for £14m.
  • Acted for the sellers of record label Proper Records on its acquisition by Topic Records.
  • Advised a Thai family company on the proposed sale of a Channel Islands-based subsidiary to an ultra high net worth family fund
Leading individuals

Daniel Bellau - Hamlins LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP is 'big enough to offer breadth of experience, yet offers a very personal touch that makes even small clients feel valued and important'. It has particular disputes expertise in IT, construction, engineering, insurance, professional negligence, and travel and timeshares, along with IP, defamation, sports, partnership and shareholder disputes and financial matters. Amanda Burge heads the dispute resolution department, which also comprises Antony Perlmutter and Martin Ochs. .

Practice head(s):Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:Antony Perlmutter; Martin Ochs

Testimonials

'Good leadership, the team is efficient and productive'.

'Amanda Burge is very approachable and likes to help if at all possible; she is always contactable and willing to go the extra mile'.

'Antony Perlmutter fights fearlessly for clients. He is a skilled tactical litigator, who gets excellent results'.

'Martin Ochs is an impressive litigator who has proven himself to be extremely efficient in producing high-quality work under tight deadlines'.

Key Clients

60 houseboat owners represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association

European Land & Property

Hilton Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Acted for European Land & Property in a contractual dispute for sums due under an estate management deed.
Leading individuals

Amanda Burge - Hamlins LLP

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP largely acts for claimants in complex professional negligence disputes against solicitors, accountants, financial advisors, trustees and construction professionals. The team 'understands the position from an insurer's perspective, which gives a different insight that not all firms can offer' and it 'always delivers on agreed time frames and is always readily available to answer any queries'. In an example of its experience in handling cases against solicitors, the team advised on a significant claim against a leading London law firm, which examined the drafting of an estate management deed.

Practice head(s):Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:Laura Daly

Testimonials

Amanda Burge is a particularly tenacious litigator who is exceptionally proactive at driving cases forward.

Laura Daly has experience in specialist banking litigation.

Amanda Burge has a sharp focused mind, great tenacity and an ability to negotiate forcefully and effectively.

Amanda Burge has the gravitas, experience and know-how to get the job done.

 

 

Key Clients

European Land & Property

Triple Point Investment

Westminster Academy

VolkerFitzpatrick

Freshwater Group

Work highlights

  • The team is representing a client on a claim for negligent advice that was provided by a law firm regarding reputation management and failure to secure the take-down of images online.
  • The team is representing a client on a professional negligence action against its former directors, for material non-disclosure which led to the declinature of a business interruption insurance policy following a serious fire at one of its care homes.
  • Representing a large property developer in a professional negligence case against a surveyor, relating to a sizeable retail building, which was part of a large property portfolio.
  • The team represented a client on a dispute with its contract administrator for poor project and contract management.
  • The team represented two investors who loaned money to a company under two debentures which were inadequately prepared.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP‚Äôs commercial property team ‚Äėgoes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm‚Äô. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leader'¬†Mark Hurst¬†heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Practice head(s):Mark Hurst

Other key lawyers:Nigel Mason; Ben Kilshaw

Testimonials

'Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.'

'The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.'

'Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner - ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.'

'Professional and highly experienced.'

'Highly qualified and available for the client'.

'The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.'

'Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience'.

Key Clients

National Car Parks

CitizenM Hotels

Park Plaza Hotels

The Sports and Leisure group Ltd (Playfootball)

Casa Bella Developments Limited

Firefly Capital

Citrus Group

Work highlights

  • Advising National Car Parks on all  of its property requirements, including leases of trading sites, sales/purchases of investments and the redevelopment of major city centre sites.
  • Acting for a landlord and developer client in relation to the refurbishment of a 300,000 sq ft building in Liverpool.
  • Acting for Park Plaza Hotels on the acquisition, sale / leaseback, construction and re-mortgaging of a 400 bed hotel on the Great West Road, London.
  • Advising Citrus Group on the acquisition, development, letting, refinancing and sale of an undeveloped site in East Anglia.
  • Advising The Structadene Group on the acquisition and subsequent development of a golf course and country club for a potential disposal value of c.£15m.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP‚Äôs commercial property team ‚Äėgoes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm‚Äô. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leader'¬†Mark Hurst¬†heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Practice head(s):Nigel Mason

Other key lawyers:Ben Kilshaw

Testimonials

'Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.'

'The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.'

'Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner - ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.'

'Professional and highly experienced.'

'Highly qualified and available for the client'.

'The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.'

'Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience'.

Key Clients

Hilton Worldwide

PPHE (formerly Park Plaza Hotels)

CitizenM Hotels

Ego Restaurants Holdings Limited

Leon Restaurants

Pizza Pilgrims

Roko Health Centres Limited

PlayFootball Limited

London Union

The Mint Group (Koko and Infernos)

Ping Pong Restaurants

Adventure Leisure Limited

Rosa’s Thai

Pizza Union

Work highlights

  • Acting for Park Plaza Hotels on the acquisition, sale/leaseback, construction and re-mortgaging of a 400 bed hotel on the Great West Road, London.
  • Acting for Leon on the acquisition of over twenty five individual new leases largely in London.  

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP‚Äôs commercial property team ‚Äėgoes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm‚Äô. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leader'¬†Mark Hurst¬†heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Practice head(s):Mark Hurst

Other key lawyers:Joseph Holder; Nigel Mason

Testimonials

'Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.'

'The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.'

'Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner - ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.'

'Professional and highly experienced.'

'Highly qualified and available for the client'.

'The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.'

'Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience'.

Key Clients

William Pears Group of Companies

Structadene Group of Companies

Firefly Capital

Casa Bella Developments Limited

Park Plaza Hotels

Lightstone Properties LLP

Criterion Capital

Marwees Ltd (Edgware Trust)

Palace Capital plc

Citrus Group

Work highlights

  • Advising The Structadene Group on real estate legal matters in connection with its substantial portfolio of commercial and residential investment properties.
  • Advising Citrus Group on the acquisition, pre-let, refinancing and sale of an undeveloped site in East Anglia.
  • Acting on a range of key matters for the William Pears Group, one of Britain’s largest property companies.

  • Advising new client Casa Bella Developments Limited on the purchase of a property and the preparation for redevelopment of three further properties in London.
  • Acting for Park Plaza Hotels on the acquisition, sale/leaseback, construction and re-mortgaging of a 400 bed hotel on the Great West Road, London.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP‚Äôs commercial property team ‚Äėgoes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm‚Äô. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leader'¬†Mark Hurst¬†heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Practice head(s):Nigel Mason

Testimonials

'Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.'

'The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.'

'Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner - ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.'

'Professional and highly experienced.'

'Highly qualified and available for the client'.

'The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.'

'Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience'.

Key Clients

Ego Restaurants

Pizza Union

Leon Restaurants

The Draft House Holding Limited

Pizza Pilgrims

London Union

Journeys- Friend Ltd

Ping Pong Restaurants

Ted Baker

Rosa’s Thai

Pizza Union

Work highlights

  • Acting for Leon on the acquisition of over twenty five individual new leases largely in London.
  • Acting for leading luxury British retailer Ted Baker on a variety of real estate matters in connection with its substantial UK retail portfolio.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP's contentious practice provides a 'first rate service', acting for developers, investors, funders and contractors. The team is headed up by the 'extremely experienced and respected' Amanda Burge. The firm has experience of disputes relating to the financing behind projects, claims for delay, loss and expense and claims for negligent design as well as a particular expertise in IT and software issues. 'Efficient' senior associate Laura Daly has experience acting for private and public companies in a variety of disputes.

Practice head(s):Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:Laura Daly

Testimonials

'Amanda Burge is excellent, enormously experienced and respected in the market, especially in relation to construction and insurance related matters.'

'Commercial in their advice.'

'Hamlins offer a first rate service, particularly to niche developer clients.'

'The team work well together.'

'First rate advice.'

'Amanda Burge is extremely experienced and knowledgeable and leads team well.'

'Amanda has an excellent understanding of the processes and legal routes to resolve matters.'

'Laura Daly works well and is efficient.'

'Amanda Burge is very commercial and will always put her client's needs first.'

'Amanda Burge and Laura Daly give the impression that you are their only client.'

'Kate Andrews is terrifically commercially minded and hard working. Always takes the time to find the best way to work with each individual client.'

'Amanda Burge is concise and user friendly whilst commercial and incisive.'

Key Clients

The William Pears Group

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP acts for high-street and overseas banks, and is also particularly active representing investment and development companies owned by high-net-worth individuals. The team advises on development and investment finance, with expertise in the student accommodation, hotels and high-end residential sectors; it also regularly advises on the financing of the acquisition and development of residential blocks of flats. Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood leads the team following the departure of Charles Bezzant for Brecher LLP.

Practice head(s):Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood

Testimonials

'Hamlins LLP is unlike other law firms I have worked with in the last 20 years of my career. The team pays attention to detail with the patience to explain complicated aspects of the law to ensure the right decisions are taken. Client relationships are at the heart of Hamlins' ability to offer the highest standard of client care. Difficult transactions are made that much easier by the common-sense and professional advice offered by the team'.

'Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is more than just a lawyer; she offers sound advice, agility and dynamism across all aspects of corporate finance, real estate and banking. Her attitude is fresh and always positive. She is fiercely protective of her client's commercial position whilst applying reason and common sense'.

'The unique thing about Hamlins is that it is not such a big firm that the working structure is too complex. I can reach out directly to a partner of the firm who knows the background of the case well and can provide suitable advice quickly'.

'The things which impress the most about Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood are her experience in property transactions and how easy it is to contact her for consultation. She has a strong team supporting her'.

'The team at Hamlins support your business as if it is their own'.

'Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood oversees transactions with confidence and positivity, without creating issues with the other side'.

'Hamlins stands out for its professionalism, broad knowledge and personalised services. The team is very friendly, quick to respond and provides good quality advice'.

'Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is focused, commercially oriented, available and down-to-earth. She will go out of her way to deliver before the set time whatever you throw at her. If there is anything she has not done before, she does her research and never fails to surprise you. She has an outstanding professional reputation and she is a great individual'.

'We know that we will receive an excellent level of service from Hamlins to ensure that our requirements are fully met within the timescales requested. In addition, the team is very helpful in providing ad hoc guidance'.

'Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood has an excellent understanding of our requirements and is very proactive to ensure deadlines are met. Aselle is very approachable and will always make time to discuss any urgent matters that arise'.

'The team are a pleasure to work with and work very well together. This enables quality work with swift results'.

'Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is great for property finance. She is very responsive, has a fantastic manner, and works through problems'.

'Hamlins always delivers a prompt, efficient and value-enhancing service'.

'The team ensures that all the key points are clearly presented and discussed in an efficient and clear manner. Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood assists in the process extremely well'.

Key Clients

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

Shawbrook Bank plc

Palace Capital plc

Svenska Handelsbanken

Structadene Group

Bangkok Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advising a property investment company owned by a high-net-worth family on a loan from a commercial lender relating to the client's acquisition of a large lot of residential properties.
  • Advising a property investment company owned by a high-net-worth family on the refinancing of a development loan in relation to three newly developed residential blocks in London.
  • Advising a private equity investment group on a loan to refinance a residential block of flats in Southend.
  • Advising a property investment company owned by a high-net-worth family on a bridging loan to purchase a commercial property in east London and a development loan to extend and refurbish the property.
  • Advising two property investment companies owned by a high-net-worth family on the refinancing of an extensive residential property portfolio in London.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Hamlins LLP

At Hamlins LLP, the 'commercial, tenacious and friendly' team 'goes the extra mile for its clients'; it is particularly adept at handling contentious commercial and residential property work pertaining to leases and business rates, restrictive and leasehold convenants as well as rights of light matters, boundary disputes and possession proceedings following failed payments. The 'completely dedicated and hugely client-focused' Kate Andrews heads the team, which includes 'extremely committed, supportive and down-to-earth' residential real estate litigator and 'fabulous tactician' Sarah Finch, who was elevated to the partnership in July 2018 and 'knows her law inside out'.

Practice head(s):Kate Andrews

Other key lawyers:Sarah Finch

Testimonials

'They consistently provide a high-quality service, fearlessly working to ensure the best outcomes possible for their clients.'

'Kate Andrews does not hesitate to go the extra mile whilst being very skilled at delivering bad news when it needs to be.'

'Sarah Finch relishes the battle but never loses sight of her client's best interests.'

'What they lack in size, they make up in impact.'

'Kate Andrews is a something of a rottweiler; you wouldn't want to be on the other side when she is unleashed.'

'At Hamlins they work together as a unit consulting each other so you get the combined knowledge and experience of all parties.'

'They have extensive experience, knowledge and a good track record.'

'Incredibly quick and on the ball.'

Key Clients

National Car Parks

M&M Asset Management/ Apollo Global Real Estate Management

Grainmarket Asset Management

Kolup Investments

MTD Coln Industrial

Remington Properties

Tower Bridge Yacht and Boat Company

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation

Sateria Investments

Harringay Meat Traders

Marwees

Clockfair

Cabot Investments

Triplark

Indra Prastha

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lunar Stretford in business rates hearings pertaining to the administration of a scheme devised to ensure exemption.
  • Assisted Whistletree with repossession proceedings on the basis that the defendant's mortgage term has expired and the debt remained unpaid.
  • Assisted Charles Hay & Son with an emergency injunction, sought at the High Court, to restrain the Port of London Authority from removing ancient moorings from the River Thames.
  • Defended the landlord, National Car Parks (NCP), against allegations brought by tenants of a property in Lexington Street in London for breach of various repairing obligations.
  • Acting for an adjoining property owner in a boundary dispute with a developer.
Leading individuals

Kate Andrews - Hamlins LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP focuses its 'very high-standard' media team almost entirely on  the claimant side, for example acting for Labour MPs, corporate individuals and sportspeople. The firm also acted as lead solicitor in phone hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers including preparation for a handful of trials. The team has been growing steadily under the leadership of the 'urbane and diplomatic' Christopher Hutchings: Callum Galbraith, who joined the firm from Russells Solicitors in 2018, brings particular expertise in resolving pre-publication disputes to the table. In April 2019, the team also welcomed senior associate Alex Cochrane 'with a wealth of knowledge' from Brett Wilson LLP.

Practice head(s):Christopher Hutchings

Other key lawyers:Callum Galbraith; Alex Cochrane; Ellen Gallagher

Testimonials

'Hamlins have done some brilliant work over the last few years and seem to be getting stronger.'

'They are of a very high standard in terms of their commitment to their clients, their understanding of this area of the law and their efficiency in conducting litigation.'

'Christopher Hutchings and Callum Galbraith are the stand-out individuals.'

'Their strength is in their ability to give factual, sound advice without making it over complicated. They are clearly incredibly professional but they are always incredibly personable as well, which is key to building trust and lasting relationships between client and lawyer.'

'Callum Galbraith is excellent at communicating position, time frames and choices in a concise manner and is very friendly and approachable at all times.'

'Alex Cochrane brings with him a wealth of knowledge from previous firms. Very strategic approach'

'Top notch defamation and privacy specialists, smoothly managed by the urbane and diplomatic Chris Hutchings.'

'Hamlins lawyers were the best law firm I have dealt with in any way shape or form.'

'Everything Hamlins have done has been exceptional.'

Key Clients

Lord Sheikh

Shakir Ali and Shahida Aslam

Tim Buckland

Anna Turley MP

Lead Solicitor for all News Group claims

Gavin Shuker MP

Ian Austin MP

Individual Phonehacking Claimants – NGN

Individual Phonehacking Claims – MGN

Hope Not Hate

Can’t Pay We’ll Take it Away

Triplark

Jewish Chronicle

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lord Sheikh in a major libel case, launched December 2018, arising from an article published in August 2018 by Mail Online (Associated Newspapers).
  • Acting for Shakir and Shahida Ali, filmed as part of “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!”, in their privacy claim against Channel 5.
  • Acting for Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley MP, in her claim for libel, privacy and data protection against Unite the Union and Steve Walker.
  • Acting for the Labour MP for Luton South, Gavin Shuker MP, in his defamation claim against Associated Newspapers Limited, which settled on terms including the publication of an agreed apology and payment of substantial damages.
Leading individuals

Christopher Hutchings - Hamlins LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP is particularly experienced in assisting brands and private clients in the entertainment, music, retail and leisure industries in relation to the protection and commercial exploitation of IP rights, as well as advertising issues and sales promotions. Martin Ochs heads the contentious music and IP litigation practice, while other key partner Matthew Pryke advises on IP, trade mark and design law and brand protection strategies.

Practice head(s):Martin Ochs

Key Clients

Speakeasy Entertainment

PPL PRS Limited

Bravado International Group

Hilton Worldwide

Ted Baker

Work highlights

  • Assisting Oracle Racing Inc with the structuring and protection of a new global sporting series brand called SailGP, and working on a collaboration between SailGP and various high-profile luxury brands including Rolex, Louis Vuitton and Jaguar Land Rover.
  • Advising the British Fashion Model Agents Association, Models One, Storm and Premier in connection with brand structuring, use of image rights and various commercial arrangements for high-profile individuals such as Olivia Palermo, Emma McLaren, Iskra Lawrence, Twiggy and Yasmin Le Bon.
  • Assisting the English Cricket Board with development of brand protection and enforcement strategies to enable it to protect the 2019 ICC World Cup brands.
  • Advising Brompton Group on various matters including licensing, structuring and joint venture arrangements for its key brands, including WhiskyMist, Mahiki, Kanaloa, Bodo Schloss and The Craigellachie Hotel.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 3

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP stands out for its contentious music practice; the team, which is led by Martin Ochs, handles litigation for the leading UK collecting societies, PPL, PRS For Music and PPLPRS. The team also advised PPL and PRS For Music on a range of aspects of its joint venture for public performance licensing, PPLPRS. The team handles contentious matters for clients in the music publishing, film, design and music merchandising industries. Defamation and privacy are also active areas for the media and entertainment department and the team also offers expertise across IP, commercial issues and image rights.

Practice head(s):Christopher Hutchings; Martin Ochs

Other key lawyers:Simon Gallant; Callum Galbraith;

Testimonials

Martin Ochs has a pragmatic approach and gives clarity in his advice.

 

Key Clients

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Performing Right Society Limited (PRS For Music)

PPL PRS Limited

Video Performance Limited (VPL)

TRAP (Trademark & Rightsholders Against Piracy)

David Nicholl (manager of The Kooks and others)

Bravado International Group

Mighty Atom Productions

Hilton Worldwide

Danilo

Volterra BV

Whickers World Foundation

Jewish Chronicle

SelectScience

All Media Music

Topic Records

Clarent Films

Work highlights

  • The team advises PRS for Music on around 100 instructions per year, relating to the infringement of musical works in public.
  • Advises long-standing client PPL on a raft of copyright enforcement matters on behalf of record companies.
  • The team is representing Bravado International and Danilo Promotions on a large image rights infringement and  unfair competition dispute against a number of defendants.
  • The team is instructed by TRAP (Trademark and Rightsholders against Piracy) on a raft of unauthorised copy/counterfeit matters relating to band merchandise that is exclusively licensed to the TRAP membership.
  • Advises Whickers World Foundation on a range of IP and contractual matters.
Next Generation Partners

Martin Ochs (Music) - Hamlins LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP's sports group, which is made up of 'highly experienced partners who have worked both in and for sports organisations', handles a wide ambit of commercial work, spanning sponsorship agreements, media rights sales, IP, event staging and football transfer deals. Practice head Matthew Pryke - 'a genuine market leader' - has helped clients to structure and launch a number of sports series and events, while partner Christopher Hutchings specialises in privacy, defamation and reputation management.

Practice head(s):Matthew Pryke

Other key lawyers:Christopher Hutchings

Testimonials

"Hamlins are led by highly experienced partners who have worked both in and for sports organisations, and  have experience of working across a range of sports including football, cricket, boxing, motor sport, rugby, snooker, tennis, and sailing."

"Hamlins has a unique offering which covers all aspects of sports, from regulatory, sponsorship, player management, reputation management and sports disputes."

"Matthew Pryke is one of the leading experts in advising new and short format sports." 

"Matthew Pryke stands out as a genuine market leader. He is both smart and focused with an ability to find solutions which add value. He has a broad understanding of the whole sports market which is second to none in the industry."

Key Clients

SailGP

The English Cricket Board

366 Group Limited

Oracle Racing Inc.

La Liga Lowdown

Tie Break Tens

Youth Sport Trust

World Snooker

Work highlights

  • Working with Oracle Racing Inc. to advise on the structuring, protection and launch of new global sporting league, SailGP.
  • Advising the ECB on commercial arrangements and agreements in relation to the Cricket World Cup 2019.
  • Serving as lead legal adviser on all matters relating to the new tennis format and series of Tie Break Tens.
  • Assisting with the negotiation and structuring of driver arrangements for the talent in both F1 and F2, including Jack Aitken.

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

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    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
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  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

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