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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

85 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4Y 1AE, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7222 7040
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Fax 020 7222 6208
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www.rlb-law.com
Cardiff, Leeds, London

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

RadcliffesLeBrasseur is ‘an excellent firm for dealing with fraud, in particular the cases where criminal and civil matters overlap’. The team has significant experience in handling injunctions brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and regularly handles confiscation matters, internal investigations and proceedings initiated by various regulatory bodies including the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Highlights included representing a client under investigation by a financial regulator and the Environmental Agency, a matter resulting in an out-of-court resolution, and acting for a German-based corporate in potential allegations of bribery under the Foreign Practices Act. Anil Rajani heads the department, and is ‘a very experienced criminal litigator who inspires real confidence and is a strategic master’. Stuart Lindley is the other key partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

Leading defence firmRadcliffesLeBrasseur represents healthcare and legal professionals facing proceedings and investigations by a range of regulators, including the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The ‘highly respectedAlex Leslie and Nigel West lead the team, which was joined by Anil Rajani from Fladgate LLP and Stuart Lindley from Taylor Vinters. Leslie represented a doctor in proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and in a successful appeal to the High Court against the decision to erase his name from the register. Susanna Heley (‘a truly formidable practitioner with expertise across the whole range of SRA-related issues’) acted for a solicitor in ongoing proceedings by the Lord Chancellor acting on behalf of the Legal Aid Agency, and in proceedings by the SRA relating. The ‘super-brightStewart Duffy is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Nigel West - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 5

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s practice is headed by the ‘able and intelligentVictoria Fairley and Philip Maddock. Fairley is experienced in areas such as charity formation and management, and Maddock acts for a significant number of charities in the healthcare sector. The group represents a large number of UK charities including local community groups, heritage trusts and nationally recognised names. It is advising Royal London Society on its merger with a larger charity, while other key clients include Church Commissioners for England, Barnardo’s and Parkinson’s UK.

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

RadcliffesLeBrasseur acts in substantial Court of Protection cases both for institutional providers and for private individuals. Its clients include NHS trusts in London and across the UK. Andrew Parsons and Jonathan Shankland are key contacts.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

RadcliffesLeBrasseur is ‘an extremely polished central London firm dealing with high-net-worth clients’. Caroline Penfold is ‘highly efficient and can defuse potentially highly confrontational situations’. Associate Carina Smith is ‘very motivated and has a great rapport with clients’.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

A ‘focused, modern, fast and commercial’ firm, RadcliffesLeBrasseurprovides a very personable and superb service; its extremely efficient and commercial team comes across as down-to-earth and approachable, and "goes that extra mile" to provide reassurance. Team head Tim Newsome is ‘first class, and can be very tough when negotiating as needed’. Jonathan Shankland has ‘a high standard of technical knowledge and is very proactive. He is able to explain complex situations simply to clients and is very kind and thoughtful. He is a thorough young lawyer with a terrific grasp of estate planning and international taxation’. Newly promoted partner Hetty Maher has ‘a great manner with clients, putting them at ease straight away, and provides a faultless service’. Another key member of the team is Victoria Fairley, who manages matters with ‘great skill, discretion and good sense based on her longstanding and thorough knowledge of the law as well as a good understanding of her clients’ needs’. Cardiff-based associate Paul Lindsey is recommended for his work on complex multi-jurisdictional matters in particular; he is ‘flexible and adaptable, and works hard to find a solution that is practical. Tulin Hamit is ‘very quick and responsive, and has an excellent understanding of how the English and Turkish tax systems work as a whole’; she is a dual-qualified UK/Turkish tax and private client solicitor.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s ‘top drawer’ group is ‘at the forefront’ in acting for private healthcare providers and care homes, as well as representing NHS clients in inquests, investigations, Court of Protection claims and issues arising under mental health law. Practice head Andrew Parsons is ‘a tough but realistic litigator with a phenomenal knack for handling difficult cases with ease’; he is acting for a major care home provider in a HSE prosecution arising from the fall of a resident out of a window, and defended a major healthcare provider in a case concerning the death of a patient resulting from a kidney stone removal. Parsons, alongside Alexandra Johnstone, acted for a hospital in a Court of Protection claim for withdrawal of treatment. Johnstone also represented Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest pertaining to the death of an informal patient who died after setting himself on fire on the Kensington Palace estate after being dismissed from work on disciplinary grounds. The ‘astute and perceptiveJulia Appleton, who ‘can be firm while maintaining a lightness of touch’, represented a major private healthcare provider in an independent investigation commissioned by NHS England pertaining to the service user’s interaction with another service user, and acted for a major NHS trust in a Court of Protection matter concerning the treatment of a life-threatening disease contracted by a delusional patient.

Leading individuals

Andrew Parsons - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 7

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

At RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Mark Baker was especially active in 2016; his work included advising MDDUS Property on the £29m acquisition of 50 Cannon Street, and assisting the Association of Commonwealth Universities with the re-gearing of leases at Woborn House in St Pancras. In the residential sub-sector, key figures include practice head Karen Mayne, and Philip Vickers and Ping Leung, who both joined from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards). Clients include Nicole Farhi, Carluccio’s and Canada Life.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

The six-partner department at RadcliffesLeBrasseurtakes an innovative approach that allows for practical and commercial advice to be provided in a pragmatic and effective way’. Practice head Simon Hartley, who ‘has a good legal brain with an excellent analytical style’, has substantial experience handling rent reviews, professional negligence claims and insolvency issues. Highlights included acting in a possession claim against squatters and handling a landlord and tenant repair dispute. Jane Emberton regularly advises on breaches of covenant, rent arrears, service charge disputes, rights of ownership to land matters and judicial review proceedings. Stephanie Thomas joined Bishop & Sewell LLP.

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s practice head Karen Mayne handles the purchase, sale, letting, ownership and management of residential properties. Mayne recently advised a wealthy individual on the acquisition of a Central London apartment for £16m and assisted another individual with the £4m acquisition of a listed property. Leasehold enfranchisement work is also a key strength for the group. Other key practitioners include new arrivals Ping Leung, who heads the firm’s China desk, Philip Vickers and Hei Leung, who joined the firm in late 2016 from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards).

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