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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Wallace LLP

The team at Wallace LLP counts investors, entrepreneurs, domestic and international corporates and SMEs among its clients; new clients include Fetal Medicine Consulting, Al Mana Group, Copperman Consulting and 8Works Consulting. Practice head David Judah advised longstanding client ID Business Solutions on the sale of the company to the life sciences platform of Danaher Corporation, and, alongside Charlotte Wheeldon, acted for Warwick Hotels and Resorts on its acquisition of The Capital Group. John Woodhouse acted for Flexipads World Class on its sale to French manufacturer Gekatex, supported by solicitor Sam Martin. Solicitor Laura Gillard assisted Fortune 200 company Henry Schein with two acquisitions. Managing partner Rex Newman is also noted. Tottenham Hotspur FC, Maris Interiors and Excell Group are other key clients.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Wallace LLP

Routinely retained on complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional banking and financial services disputes, Wallace LLP 's 'excellent practice' is conflict free and able to litigate against the banks and financial institutions. The practice has particular expertise in disputes involving breach of duty, contractual interpretation, breach of transactional documentation, contentious restructurings and allegations of mis-selling, misconduct, misrepresentation, deceit and fraud. Alexander Weinberg is noted for complex, high-value disputes involving financial institutions and hedge funds, including those under the ISDA Master Agreement; the 'very hardworking and responsive' Weinberg is 'particularly good, has a clear incisive mind and knows his subject'.  Other recommended names are Oli Goldman , who is 'very bright, very client focused and has considerable litigation experience', and Craig Thompson.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP's 'team is hard-working, commercially minded and successful'. It represented a Panamanian company in its claims against twelve defendants for breach of fiduciary duty and knowing receipt of funds and other contractual benefits that were procured pursuant to the wrongful divestment of a real estate asset.  Simon Serota is litigation head; Alexander Weinberg  is 'outstanding on the law and client relationships but retains an excellent strategic overview'; and Oli Goldman 'balances great litigation skills with an empathy towards clients'. Craig Thompson  is also highly regarded.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Wallace LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Wallace LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Wallace LLP

Providing ‚Äėoutstanding service at all levels of the firm‚Äô, Wallace LLP¬†advises clients in the leisure and retail sectors on property management matters and a variety of letting transactions, including leasehold enfranchisement work. Martin Otvos¬†heads the real estate team and is rated for his ‚Äėclient-friendly communication and legal expertise‚Äô. Otvos is advising Harry Ramsdens on the disposal of a restaurant unit in Bluewater, and assisted Gentle Monster with the lease arrangements for its new flagship store in Oxford Circus. The team, which includes Matthew Morgan, is also instructed by hotel sector clients including Warwick Hotels & Resorts and Lester Hotels, and handles a range of property issues for a well-known athletics club. Additional contacts include Bibi Fakhrai, Jackie Boot¬†and Mark Randolph.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP's¬†‚Äėexcellent property litigation‚Äô team consists of ‚Äėtalented specialist lawyers and an excellent client base‚Äô. Simon Serota¬†heads a ‚Äėwell run department‚Äô which is cited by clients as a ‚Äėmarket leader in leasehold enfranchisement‚Äô. Serota is an ‚Äėout of the box thinker‚Äô and ‚Äėa true expert‚Äô in his areas of specialisation which include landlord and tenant disputes, breaches of covenant, professional negligence and asset recovery. Partners Meera Patel¬†and Samantha Bone¬†are also singled out for praise by clients. Patel is ‚Äėgreat with clients‚Äô while Bone is ‚Äėaccessible and meticulous‚Äô, both are ‚Äėvery experienced and capable of handling large workloads efficiently and effectively‚Äô. Associates Fleur Neale¬†and Shamin Kashem¬†are respectively praised as ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô and ‚Äėextremely able‚Äô. Other areas of focus for the firm are forfeiture, dilapidations, contentious lease renewals and tenant insolvency.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP’s IT department acts for both suppliers in the IT sector as well as clients looking to acquire services in this space. The team acted for Competitive Capabilities International (CCI) on global licensing agreement with Ernst & Young for the use of its CCI’s core software product. It has also acted for Excell Group on the purchase of products and services from telecoms companies, as well as the sale of businesses and flexible business office spaces and revision of its master service agreement with clients. Head of the practice, Frank Jennings, has particular expertise advising on the cloud and related procurement. The team has also advised clients on the use of big data for AI and machine learning.

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Legal Developments in the UK

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    The document entitled "Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules" which was released by the House of Commons on the 7th March 2019, outlined and advised us on a number of changes that will come into place that will affect the Tier 1 Investor Visa amongst other visa programmes and schemes. The latest article on our website discusses both of these new UK business visa routes. Our immigration lawyers London are already up to date on all of the required information for both the NEW Tier 1 Start-Up Visa and the NEW Tier 1 Innovator Visa .
  • Upcoming Changes to the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa

    According to the new document from the House of Commons on March 7th 2019 titled ‚ÄúStatement of Changes to Immigration Rules‚ÄĚ, a number of changes will come into place that affecting the Tier 1 UK Investor Visa programme amongst other visa programmes and schemes. Read about them in our latest¬† article .¬†
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