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Rudi Ramdarshan

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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP


Rudi Ramdarshan is a partner of the firm and The Legal 500 recommended Lawyer in the dispute resolution department specialising in commercial and property litigation at our Baker Street office. He is also a CIArb-accredited mediator. Property litigation: his client base includes high net worth individuals, charities and substantial corporate investors, including many based overseas, offshore, or inter alia the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Romania, Turkey and the Isle of Man. Rudi is described in The Legal 500 2014 as having ‘an instinctive feel for property law'. His practice includes 1954 Act highly contested lease renewal proceedings, forfeiture and applications for relief, commercial rent reviews and dilapidation disputes often against prime retail companies. He is regularly instructed in high-value dilapidations disputes, right to light disputes, enfranchisement, construction disputes as well as forfeiture and complex litigation arising out of defective leases. His recent cases include Toplain Ltd v Orange Retail [2012] EWHC 4254 (Ch) (26 July 2012), which involved a Notice of Discontinuance served by the solicitors for Orange Retail Limited by mistake and whether the court was able to use CPR 3.10 to remedy a procedural error in absence of an express provision in CPR 38. Commercial litigation: his experience in commercial litigation includes advising on cases, often with international and cross-border issues, including intellectual property and trademark disputes, breaches of commercial contracts, commercial business and partnership disputes, injunctions, arbitration and construction disputes. He has been involved in significant partnership and company disputes, including high value company deadlock, breach of directors duties, petitions for unfair prejudice and equitable winding up. In the field of copyright litigation Rudi has experience in conducting litigation against all major UK newspapers and has been involved in High Court litigation involving issues of breach of copyright, flagrancy and a public interest defence. He also has experience of privacy and injunctions arising out of breach of confidence. Rudi’s grounding in public litigation has meant that he is able to identify key legal issues at an early stage and challenge rulings and decisions where necessary. This is evidenced by his involvement in the High Court case of MH&Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Rev 1) [2008] EWHC 2525 (Admin) and the Court of Appeal case of Secretary of State for the Home Department v AHK & Ors [2009] EWCA Civ 287, which clarified the use of special advocates where disclosure is withheld on public interest grounds. Other interests: In his spare time Rudi maintains a keen interest in human rights and in particular the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, having previously been involved in the administrative court case of Queen on the Application of Lutete and Others [2007] EWHC 2331. Rudi continues to advise several charities on a pro bono basis.


Property Litigation Association

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is recommended for 'its ability to handle complex litigation and for being effective'. The practice acts in a large number of high -level international contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. Jonathan Roberts 'gives sensible, pragmatic advice'; and Rudi Ramdarshan 'brings extraordinary judgment to complex commercial issues'. Rebecca Roberts and David Burns were made equity partners.

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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 litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Rudi Ramdarshan - Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Within: Property litigation

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's team is ‘tenacious and determined in achieving the best possible outcome for clients’. The group has a ‘loyal group of major landlord clients’ and has ‘a particularly strong grip on commercial land and tenant related issues’. Partners Rudi Ramdarshan, David Burns and Jonathan Roberts jointly lead the practice which has core strengths in dilapidations, tenancy renewals, construction disputes, rights to light and enfranchisement. The ‘tactically very astute’ Ramdarshan and Burns ‘work around the clock to maintain an ever-increasing practice’. Associate solicitor Laura Gomme is ‘client focused, pragmatic and one to watch for the future’. The team has been bolstered by the arrivals of Irina Apekisheva from Howard Kennedy LLP, Benjamin Frost from Gordon Dadds LLP and Jonathan Chan from Maxwell Alves.  In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented EHDI International in a complex commercial forfeiture case.

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