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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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John O’Callaghan

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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP


John qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has been a partner in the firm since 1990. John has a broad base of experience in the law with many longstanding client connections. He now specialises in property transactions and heads up the Baker Street office where the real estate department is building up connections in the retail, hotel and leisure sectors. The Legal 500 2012 described John as ‘very solid in his knowledge, and objective in his advice’. The Legal 500 2013 describes John as being ‘a poised and rational presence in the most difficult of situations’. The Legal 500 2014 describes John as having ‘excellent communication skills’. He acts for clients in connection with commercial and investment property, property development and financing as well as high value residential property and complex leasehold transactions. John is also the appointed person for the conveyancing quality scheme, to which the firm was one of the first in London to be admitted. In recent years he notably acted in a £10m hotel acquisition and recently he acted for a major lender in the purchase of two leading hotels valuing £5m. He has been instrumental in securing significant panel accreditations. He also remains the lead contact for the firm’s bank work.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Characterised by its ‘responsive, practical and unpretentious’ service, Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is well-known in the hospitality and leisure sectors and has an active development practice, where it acts for development vehicles and landowners. Indeed, John O’Callaghan (‘a real expert in his field’) is advising a property developer on the conversion of a West End office building into a hotel. Sarah Hung, who provides ‘excellent one-to-one service’, acted for an East Asian family office in relation to the grant of a new lease for a private members club in a prestigious London location. Also in the hospitality sector, Simon Lawrence assisted a property company with the purchase of a luxury hotel in a prime Central London location. Additional leisure and hospitality sector clients include Comptoir Libanais, Dodds Gin Distillery and Allegro Health and Fitness (F45 Franchise). Also recommended is Rudi Ramdarshan, who has experience in residential development and mixed-use redevelopment projects. Afsheen Nasr and Paul Cain were promoted to equity partners in 2017.

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Property finance

Within: Property finance

The team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is set apart by its 'responsive service' and 'great strength in depth'. It handles development finance, Islamic finance and portfolio refinancings in particular, and acts for borrower and lender clients, including Al Sraiya Group, Dominvs Property Developments and Habib Bank Zurich. John O’Callaghan 'is a real expert in his field and knows his game'; Sarah Hung and Paul Cain are praised by clients for their 'great technical knowledge and strategic ability'; senior associate Simon Lawrence 'always provides exceptional service'; and Afsheen Nasr is also noted. Tamara Manojlovic moved to Rollingsons in November 2017.

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