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Fladgate LLP
16 GREAT QUEEN STREET
LONDON
WC2B 5DG
England

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Fladgate LLP works with clients ranging from start-ups to listed companies, advising on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestment strategies, both domestically and internationally. Practice head Grant Gordon is focused on M&A within the technology, leisure, sport, gaming and resources sectors, with matters frequently involving a cross-border element. The firm has made two recent hires, strengthening its international capabilities with Sandra Bates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and transactional restructuring and insolvency partner Daniel Martin from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Practice head(s):

Grant Gordon

Testimonials

A professional and hands-on approach combined with honesty.’

‘Fladgate lacks the arrogance that a lot of city law firms have –  a very positive trait.

‘Straightforward, honest and with a way of negotiating that represents us as a client in the utmost way.

Key clients

Zouk Capital

Index Ventures

83North

Creandum

Northzone

Selecta AG

Equitix Limited

Fore Fitness

Gfinity plc

John Laing Investments Limited

Shareholders of Title & Covenant Brokers

Duvel Moortgat

Epple Druckfarben

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Fladgate LLP’s practice ‘provides depth across real estate’, delivering ‘excellent attention to detail and customer care’. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter, Alan Karsberg and James Norton from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Alan Karsberg; Gavin Whitney; Gideon Dabby-Joory

Testimonials

‘Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.’

‘They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.’

‘Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.’

‘Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service’.

‘Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.’

‘The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.’

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.’

Key clients

Black Sheep Coffee

Bourne Offices

London Executive Offices

Mindspace

Odeon

Penguin Random House

Turner Broadcasting

Squire & Partners

4C Hotels Limited

Aldgate Tower Investments

Beagle Investments Lux S.à r.l.

CIMC

easyGym

Flora Developments Limited

Highgate Hotels

Hodson Developments

ING Real Estate Development

Kreativ House

London and Regional

Madison International Realty

Otium Real Estate

Patron, APAM

Paul Smith Limited

Pod

Primary Health Care Centres Ltd

R55

Seastar Developments

Soho Estates

Starboard Hotels

Strawberry Star

Tellon Capital

The Max Barney Estate

Weston Homes

Yo! Sushi

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

Fladgate LLP’s practice ‘provides depth across real estate’, delivering ‘excellent attention to detail and customer care’. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter, Alan Karsberg and James Norton from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):

Julian Lewis; Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Eddie Powell

Testimonials

‘Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.’

‘They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.’

‘Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.’

‘Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service’.

‘Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.’

‘The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.’

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.’

Key clients

London & Regional Properties

Science Museum Group

National Portrait Group

Flora Developments Limited

Strawberry Star

KE Hotels

Concert Productions International BV (CPI)

Abbey Hotels

WebJet Group (JacTravel, SunHotels, WebBeds)

easyGym

Yo! Sushi UK Limited

Millennium and Copthorne Hotels

Otium Properties Limited

Sanguine Hospitality Developments Cardiff Ltd

CIMC Development Limited

4C Hotel Group

China International Marine Containers Developments Limited

Investotel Limited

Khanna Enterprises

Highgate Hotels Inc

Odeon Cinemas Ltd

Starboard Hotels

Queensway Group

Five Guys

Major League Baseball Properties Limited

Commercial property: retail Tier 2

Fladgate LLP’s practice ‘provides depth across real estate’, delivering ‘excellent attention to detail and customer care’. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter, Alan Karsberg and James Norton from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis; Gavin Whitney; Tim Foley

Other key lawyers:

Eddie Powell

Testimonials

‘Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.’

‘They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.’

‘Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.’

‘Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service’.

‘Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.’

‘The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.’

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.’

Key clients

Signet Jewellers

Paul Smith Limited

Pod Food Limited

Yo! Sushi

Toys R Us Properties

Five Guys

Platform 9 ¾ Retail Limited

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers

Whittles Jewellers

Richard Mille

Glorious Brands Limited

Odeon Cinemas

Conjure Group Limited (trading as Snog Pure Frozen Yogurt and as Beltane & Pop)

Cutler & Gross

Murdock London

Rotary Watches Limited

Prolitec

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Fladgate LLP’s practice ‘provides depth across real estate’, delivering ‘excellent attention to detail and customer care’. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter, Alan Karsberg and James Norton from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Polden; Gavin Whitney; Simon Kanter

Testimonials

‘Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.’

‘They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.’

‘Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.’

‘Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service’.

‘Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.’

‘The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.’

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.’

Key clients

Black Sheep Coffee

Bourne Offices

London Executive Offices

Mindspace

Odeon

Penguin Random House

Turner Broadcasting

Squire & Partners

4C Hotels Limited

Aldgate Tower Investments

Beagle Investments Lux S.à r.l.

 CIMC

easyGym

Flora Developments Limited

Highgate Hotels

Hodson Developments

ING Real Estate Development

Kreativ House

London and Regional

Madison International Realty

Otium Real Estate

APAM, Patron

Paul Smith Limited

Pod

Primary Health Care Centres Ltd

R55

Seastar Developments

Soho Estates

Starboard Hotels

Strawberry Star

Tellon Capital

The Max Barney Estate

Weston Homes

Yo! Sushi

Gaming and betting Tier 3

Fladgate LLP assists with corporate structuring in the gambling industry as well as with licensing matters. The firm is also experienced in advising on tax matters, gambling disputes, and software development and provision. The practice is led by Grant Gordon, who has expertise in advising on the regulatory issues arising in due diligence processes, and the appropriate warranties to ensure gambling law compliance within corporate transactions. 

Practice head(s):

Grant Gordon

Key clients

Red Tiger Gaming

NGV Intergalactic Software

Islamic finance Tier 3

Fladgate LLP's funds, finance and regulatory practice group has experience of shari'ah-compliant real estate finance transactions and also handles taxation and restructuring mandates involving Islamic financing structures. The team sees the bulk of its activity in the UK property market, where it has advised conventional and Islamic lending banks on the development of shari'ah-compliant financing products. The group also has experience of advising Islamic investment offices on property acquisitions. Ella Leonard is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ella Leonard

Other key lawyers:

Charles Proctor

Property litigation Tier 3

Covering a broad field of property litigation, Fladgate LLP regularly handles contentious commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters and disputes arising from property transactions as well as enfranchisement and development work. The 'bright and commercially mindedTim Foley now heads the 'strong' team following former team head and telecoms specialist Thekla Fellas' move to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Tim Foley

Other key lawyers:

Alison Mould; Jonathan Hibberts; Janet Keeley

Testimonials

Tim Foley is a sensible person to work with and provides counsel with good instructions.

Very pragmatic, commercial and flexible.

Alison Mould is a brilliant tactician and a highly competent operator.

Key clients

Trustees of Brocket Estate

Toys R Us

Soho Estates

Odeon Cinemas

London Diocesan Fund

Point West GR

Tellon Capital

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers

Aspers Casinos

Five Guys

Residential property Tier 3

Acting for major developers, property investment funds, banks and high-net-worth individuals, Fladgate LLP's practice handles sales and acquisitions, financing matters, secured loans and a broad ambit of other property work. Helen Curtis-Goulding, who recently joined the firm as head of residential property after 10 years at Mishcon de Reya LLP, stands out for her work with developers and offshore investment companies, managing time-pressured residential property deals

Practice head(s):

Helen Curtis-Goulding

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Fladgate LLP’s practice ‘provides depth across real estate’, delivering ‘excellent attention to detail and customer care’. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter, Alan Karsberg and James Norton from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; James Fry

Testimonials

‘Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.’

‘They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.’

‘Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.’

‘Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service’.

‘Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.’

‘The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.’

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.’

Key clients

Black Sheep Coffee

Bourne Offices

London Executive Offices

Mindspace

Odeon

Penguin Random House

Turner Broadcasting

Squire & Partners

4C Hotels Limited

Aldgate Tower Investments

Beagle Investments Lux S.à r.l.

 CIMC

easyGym

Flora Developments Limited

Highgate Hotels

Hodson Developments

ING Real Estate Development

Kreativ House

London and Regional

Madison International Realty

Otium Real Estate

Patron, APAM

Paul Smith Limited

Pod

Primary Health Care Centres Ltd

R55

Seastar Developments

Soho Estates

Starboard Hotels

Strawberry Star

Tellon Capital

The Max Barney Estate Office

Weston Homes

Yo! Sushi

Anthology London

Luxx

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Fladgate LLP's growing contentious team has of late been handling a range of disputes for property developers, institutions and contractors across sectors including renewable energy, hotels and leisure, while also advising on PPP/PFI matters. The team, which was boosted in late 2018 by the arrival of Squire Patton Boggs London construction head Olivia Bateman, is headed up by Alan Woolston, who has been leading the firm's work as sole UK legal counsel to Chinese modular building provider CIMC Developments. David Weare, who has particular experience in the Middle East, is also recommended, and has been advising the main contractor on the fit-out of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

Practice head(s):

Alan Woolston

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Base Contracts

Prysmian Powerlink Services

Innisfree

Sanguine Hospitality Developments

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 4

Fladgate LLP's non-contentious practice advises a mix of clients in the hotels and leisure, renewable energy and museums and exhibitions sectors. The team is led by Alan Woolston, who works alongside a team of partners including Digby Hebbard, who has a broad practice acting for specialist contractors, suppliers and employers. He recently advised the Science Museum Group in relation to the design and construction of the museum's new offsite storage facility. The team was bolstered in late 2018 by the hire of well-regarded former Squire Patton Boggs London construction head Olivia Bateman, who has particular experience in the retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alan Woolston

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

West Midlands Trains

Science Museum Group

National Portrait Gallery

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Fladgate LLP advises on the full suite of ECM and public company matters including standalone AIM placings, public company M&A, and main market listings. The practice group is noted for its cross-border experience and its work for dual-listed companies, for which it handles transactional and regulatory mandates. In particular, the team has developed expertise in advising Canadian and Israeli companies, which falls in line with the firm's industry focuses on technology, fintech, life sciences and natural resources. Moreover, the firm has invested heavily in its ECM capabilities, having most recently brought on Sandra Bates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Key figures in the practice group include David Robinson and Nigel Gordon, both of whom have experience advising technology and growth companies, and Paul Airley, who specialises in the energy and natural resources sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson; Grant Gordon; Paul Airley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The advice provided is balanced, sensible and pragmatic.

Very responsive and helpful on both legal and business issues.

Good mid market team with some excellent lawyers.

The lawyers generally have the scope and experience to deal with current technology and regulatory issues surrounding blockchain and tokenisation.

Key clients

Argo Blockchain plc

Blockchain Worldwide plc

TransGlobe Energy Corporation

PennPetro Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc (formerly Roxi Petroleum plc)

Tri-Star Resources plc

Shore Capital Group Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

Gfinity plc

Angus Energy plc

KCR Residential REIT plc

Audioboom Group plc

Chesterfield Resources plc

Sirius Petroleum plc

Jubilee Metals Group plc

Xtract Resources plc

Galileo Resources plc

Tiger Resources plc

Pan African Resources plc

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Limited

Synairgen plc

BATM Advanced Communications Limited

WH Ireland

Avesoro Resources Inc

WideCells Group plc

Vast Resources plc

Synairgen plc

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Fladgate LLP offers broad expertise on fraud matters, with the 'innovative and nimble' practice joining forces with lawyers from the wider firm's regulatory, trusts, employment, insolvency and banking teams to provide a co-ordinated service. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, family run companies, and publicly listed and international companies. The 'dynamic' and 'exceptionally bright' Sophia Purkis heads the team; she is particularly experienced in multi-party actions and multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claims that involve criminal proceedings. David Breslin, Ben Drew and John Ford have all recently joined the firm as partners, from Gowling WLG, Osborne Clarke LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):

Sophia Purkis

Other key lawyers:

David Breslin; Ben Drew; John Ford; Bree Taylor; Steven Mash

Testimonials

‘Fladgate covers a wide range of practice areas with a relatively small team – they are innovative and nimble’.

‘Sophia Purkis is a well-known talent in the field’.

‘Sophia Purkis is exceptionally bright, does not just process matters but reads and considers as well as strategises’.

‘Sophia Purkis is the stand-out individual at Fladgate; she is dynamic and has vast tactical acumen in all commercial matters, particularly those involving civil fraud’.

Key clients

Jean-Pierre Schenk

Private Members Club

Andrew Herd

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Fladgate LLP’s team contains lawyers with commercial, corporate and construction backgrounds. As a result, it is able to assist its clients, which include investors, consortium-members, contractors and public sector bodies, on a variety of infrastructure matters, such as refinancing and renewables work, as well as procurement and PFI/PPP projects. The practice is led by Andrew Bessemer Clark, who has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Sam Tye also specialises in M&A work as well as advising on joint ventures and corporate finance matters in the infrastructure field. David Weare  meanwhile has a strong skillset in disputes and construction matters. Alan Woolston left to become a legal counsel at Engie in August 2019.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bessemer Clark

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

John Laing Investments Limited

Equitix Limited

Pinnacle Group

Leeds PFI SPV 2 Limited

Genesis Energy

Aylesbury Vale Parkway Limited (AVP)

Support Services (BTP) Limited

Equitix Healthcare (Surrey) Limited

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Fladgate LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters for media and entertainment sector clients, which include advertising agencies, interactive entertainment distributors, newspapers, book and magazine publishers, and e-publishers as well as sports, music, technology, gaming, internet, gambling and e-commerce companies. The team's expertise includes commercial and corporate work; it advised Gfinity on its acquisition of the entire share capital of RealSM, a sports media company which operates a fan-oriented digital sports media platform under the brand name RealSport. The team's experience also covers online content delivery, data protection, IP, privacy, competition and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Eddie Powell

Other key lawyers:

James Earl; David Robinson; Alan Wetterhahn; Alex Haffner; Ben Milloy

Key clients

Concert Productions International BV

Gfinity plc

Scottish Professional Football League

Digital Cinema Media

Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL)

Oil and gas Tier 4

The energy and natural resources team at Fladgate LLP covers a wide range of legal disciplines, including commercial contracts, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, construction and engineering contracts, and projects. The group has particular experience in Africa and Eastern Europe. The firm has continued to expand its capabilities with the recent addition of Sandra Bates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to the partnership and TransGlobe Energy to its client roster. Practice co-heads Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon are capital market specialists.

Practice head(s):

Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon

Key clients

TransGlobe EnergyCorporation

PennPetro Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc (formerly Roxi Petroleum plc)

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Limited

Angus Energy plc

Sport Tier 4

Fladgate LLP's sports team is particularly invested in football, F1 racing and boxing, and acts for a variety of clients in these areas including sportspeople, clubs, governing bodies, stakeholders, agencies and investors. On the commercial side, work includes media rights, image rights, ticketing terms, service agreements, promotional arrangements and digital broadcasting deals. On the financing side, 'industry leading expert' James Earl frequently advises clients on the assignment of various payments to football clubs and players, including central funds, transfer fees, broadcasting and multimedia revenues. Associate Muhammed Bhaimohmed, who handles commercial and corporate matters, brings valuable insight to the practice gained through his recent secondment to Manchester City FC and UK Sport's legal teams.

Practice head(s):

James Earl

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

“Fladgate has an excellent understanding of sport, major event bids, public funding and the governance of major events.” 

“James Earl is an industry leading expert: he has an excellent practical understanding of the business and finds pragmatic solutions should difficulties arise.”

“Alex Haffner is very user client-friendly, knowledgeable and hardworking.” 

Key clients

Major League Baseball Properties Limited

Scottish Professional Football League

Josh Taylor, Professional Boxer

CREATIV HOUSE Agency

Surrey County Cricket Club

Russian Time

Artem Markelov

Team Redline

Danny Rohl

Base Contracts Limited

Aviation Tier 5

Fladgate LLP specialises in contentious aviation work; the team acts for aircraft owners in disputes against aircraft lessees, it advises aircraft leasing companies in procurement disputes with government bodies and advises airline service companies in disputes against airlines. Advising on the enforcement of leases against non-paying airlines is a key focus.

Practice head(s):

Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Tim Foley; Peter Reynolds

Testimonials

Bree Taylor is a very hands-on, experienced and intelligent aviation lawyer.

Key clients

Gate Group

Aercap

CHC

ILFC

Commercial contracts Tier 5

With experience drafting and advising on a range of commercial agreements, Fladgate LLP’s practice covers business-to-business contracts as well as the consumer-facing terms and conditions of supply and purchase contracts. The firm also provides general advisory services to clients on commercial issues. Eddie Powell leads the team and specialises in intellectual property, technology and commercial law. His department was strengthened by the arrival of Tim Wright from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in 2019, who has particular expertise in commercial, outsourcing and technology transactions across various sectors, including banking, insurance, healthcare and technology.

Practice head(s):

Eddie Powell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are a team that cares about what the client’s business is’

‘Tim Wright is an extremely knowledgeable and diligent partner with strong skills in working with in-house legal teams. He has a great knowledge of the procurement and supply chain area’

‘They have the best interests of the client at heart in the short and long term’

‘They are human and speak a language that non-legal people can understand’

Key clients

Cutler & Gross Ltd

Platform 9 ¾ Retail Limited

Glorious Brands Ltd

Prolitec

WebJet Group (JacTravel, SunHotels, WebBeds)

Fore Fitness Limited trading as Easy Gym

Abbey Hotels

Valmet Automotive

Digital Cinema Media

Limelight Sports Ltd

MHA

Fly Victor

Neubourg Skin Care

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Fladgate LLP 'covers a wide range of complex areas of commercial law with skill and efficiency'. The department is known for litigating against larger firms in complex, high-value disputes, which are often internationally focused. Practice head  Bree Taylor is well known for high-value company and shareholder disputes; Steven Mash is a third party funding expert; Alexander Wildschütz has particular expertise in cross-border matters; and John Ford, who specialises in complex trust, civil fraud and high-profile art disputes, recently joined from Pinsent Masons LLP. Tom Bolam is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Bree Taylor

Testimonials

High level legal expertise with good commercial awareness and personal attention of partners‘.

Steven Mash is an absolutely top-drawer litigation partner, who is extremely experienced and delivers very sage advice’.

Key clients

Jacuzzi Brands

AerCap

Brainspark Associates

Andrew Herd, CEO of Victoria Gate Casino

The Dutch Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Vinci Facilities

Kyte Property

Ede & Ravenscroft

Family Tier 5

Teresa Cullen heads the team at Fladgate LLP and is experienced at dealing with both children and family matters. Cullen is skilled at advising on international and cross-border divorces and high-value financial claims. She also advises on various issues that affect children such as leave to remove applications. She is a collaborative practitioner and a mediator. Associate Anna Wakeling is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Fladgate has a small but strong family team covering a wide range of issues. Its client care is very impressive‘.

Teresa Cullen is an excellent litigator who shows great attention to detail‘.

Teresa Cullen is a highly experienced solicitor . She is very knowledgeable, excellent at dealing with clients and always adopts a very practical approach to cases‘.

The team is well organised and communicates well. Teresa Cullen is an extremely experienced solicitor who has a wide ranging knowledge of family law. She is helpful and approachable‘.

‘Teresa Cullen is very empathetic, often going the extra mile  for clients without charging for it‘.

Teresa Cullen is an excellent lawyer, great with clients and has a very commercial and practical approach to dealing with cases. Likewise Anna Wakeling is also of very high calibre‘.

Teresa Cullen and Anna Wakeling work incredibly well together as a team. They are dedicated to giving their clients pragmatic advice and to maintaining a high level of attention to detail to ensure the best possible case is put forward on behalf of their clients‘.

Teresa Cullen is very responsive, excellent in handling high-net-worth family cases and sensitive to the client’s particularities’.

Mining and minerals Tier 5

Fladgate LLP's full-service offering has built up a particularly strong presence in the emerging markets of Africa and Eastern Europe, and the firm's recent recruitment of Sandra Bates - who specialises in complex, cross-border transactions - from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has bolstered its capabilities on mandates involving Canadian capital markets and Canadian public and private companies. The group recently advised TransGlobe Energy Corporation on its introduction to AIM, becoming the first AIM company listed on three separate major stock markets.

Practice head(s):

Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon

Key clients

Tri-Star Resources plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Chesterfield Resources plc

Jubilee Metals Group plc

SP Angel / Sula Iron & Gold

Vast Resources Plc

Avesoro Resources Inc

Pan African Resources

Xtract Resources

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Fladgate LLP gives complex tax and wealth structuring advice to domestic and international families, entrepreneurs and fiduciaries. Much of its work is for non-domiciled clients who are resident both in the UK and abroad, and their asset holding structures. The private wealth practice also provides tax advice to international wealthy clients of its property group who are looking to use foundations, trusts and companies to structure their high-end London residential and commercial property acquisitions tax-efficiently. Neal Todd heads the team that includes Matthew Bennett.

Practice head(s):

Neal Todd

Other key lawyers:

Planning Tier 5

Fladgate LLP’s planning team advises on mid-range section 106 applications for commercial property and mixed-used developments, with a number of recent matters involving change-of-use issues in the hotel and leisure sector. Practice head Mark Harnett is regularly advising on the planning aspects of site acquisitions including right to light issues, negotiations with the relevant local authorities, and handling appeals against planning permission refusals when they arise. The team also counts a number of high-net-worth individuals on the client list, with instructions pertaining to planning applications for significant private dwellings.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harnett

Testimonials

Mark Harnett always works to his client’s interests in an honest and fair way.

Key clients

Hodson Developments

Manhattan Loft Gardens

4C Hotels

Luxx – Buckingham Gate

Keyway Estates

R55 Group

Frontdoor Properties

Inland Homes

Cheshunt Lakeside Developments

Rowdeal

Property finance Tier 5

Under the leadership of Kim McMurray, Fladgate LLP acts for a mix of lenders and borrowers, including UK and overseas banks, specialist non-bank lenders, investors and developers. The team handles investment and development finance, structured mezzanine and senior debt financings, and restructurings, and has developed its practice across different types of alternative finance, including bridging loans. Gary Smith, who has experience in the hotel and student accommodation sectors, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Kim McMurray

Other key lawyers:

Gary Smith; Jenny Sargeant; Amanda Hado-Bodfield; Seetal Modi

Testimonials

The team has a practical approach to transactions, adopting a can-do mentality. It is a joined-up partnership, bringing in specialist partners when required for different parts of the transaction.

Kim McMurray is well known to a number of key lenders and capable of acting on the client or bank side of a deal.

The firm has a dedicated real estate team within banking and finance and is a niche player in the market.

Kim McMurray is delightful to work with. She is thorough and experienced with breadth of knowledge and expertise across all real estate deals. From commercial investment to residential development and land deals, I would trust her to run any deal regardless of complexity.

Fladgate has an extremely knowledgeable, responsive and customer-focused team, which is highly commercial and clearly articulates the risks and the commercial implications and solutions.

Key clients

Santander

Alpha Real Capital

Bank of Ireland

London & Regional

Venn Partners

Europe Arab Bank Plc

ICG Longbow

Greenoak Real Estate

CIMC

London Wall

Bank of Singapore

JP Morgan

EFG

Ortus

Octane

Harbour Group International

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Fladgate LLP's scope of practice includes recovery litigation, insolvency, fraud, payment systems, mis-selling matters, claims against professionals, and disputes between banks. Steven Mash is known for his focus on claimant matters against large institutions. He also defends clients against actions brought against them and is a civil fraud specialist. Bree Taylor heads the dispute resolution team, of which Simon Ekins, and Alexander Wildschütz are key members. Simon Brew left for TWM Solicitors LLP.

Employment: employers Tier 7

Fladgate LLP handles a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, representing clients in the High Court and Employment Tribunal and advising on issues such as reorganisations, outsourcing, and corporate acquisitions and disposals. The team's diverse client base includes companies from the IT, pharmaceutical, financial services, transport and retail sectors. Practice head Taj Rehal has experience advising on senior employee dismissals and exits, particularly where reputational risks are involved; Michael McCartney has expertise in restrictive covenant issues and cross-border litigation; 'standout' partner Mike Tremeer was made up in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Taj Rehal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

What makes Fladgate’s practice unique is the very practical, commercial advice that’s given; the availability, sometimes at very short notice, of the lawyers; the friendliness of the team; and the feeling as a client that your lawyer is working as a true business partner with you in resolving your problem or issue.

Mike Tremeer is a standout partner. He takes the time to understand my situation and always offers practical, focused and timely advice. I know I can rely on him.

Key clients

Fore Fitness Limited

Ipsen Biopharm Limited

Fly Victor Limited

Aeromet International Limited

Selecta AG

International arbitration Tier 7

The industry sectors serviced by Fladgate LLP are energy, infrastructure and construction, retail, insurance and reinsurance, international trade, financial services, sport, leisure and technology. David Breslin was hired from Gowling WLG, where he was international arbitration head; the Russia desk is led by Eugene Matviechuk; and David Weare heads up the construction arbitration team.

Practice head(s):

David Breslin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

David Breslin is outstanding‘.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Strengthened on the transactional restructuring front by the arrival in November 2018 of Daniel Martin from Ropes & Gray LLPFladgate LLP has an increasingly balanced offering for funds on distressed investment work, as well as more traditional IP-led insolvency matters. Spearheaded by the 'commercialJeremy Whiteson and the 'superbBree Taylor, the five-partner team is particular strong at handling contentious insolvency matters, primarily within the lower-mid market. Industry sector strengths include aviation, sports, and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Whiteson; Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Ben Drew; Daniel Martin

Testimonials

‘Pocket sized perfection! They have an excellent litigation team, well staffed with excellent assistants, and all at a reasonable price, whilst maintaining City standards.’

‘Jeremy Whiteson has extensive contentious and non-contentious insolvency experience. He also provides more general corporate and commercial advice which brings a useful perspective.’

 

Key clients

Fly Victor

Toys ‘R’ Us

Anthony Batty & Co

BDO

Begbies

David Rubin & Partners

Grant Thornton

Moorfields

FRP

James Cowper Creston

B and C Associates

Menzies

PKF

Immigration

Fladgate LLP's team, which 'provides a holistic service and thinks outside of the box', acts for high-net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses on a range of immigration issues. The practice has particular expertise in complex and exceptional applications; it is instructed on complex ILR applications and handles applications for naturalisation where the residence requirement is not met. Other areas of expertise include advising politically exposed persons and well-known individuals on political asylum claims, extradition and Interpol Red Notices. The team is also adept at handling extension applications for Investor and Entrepreneur visas. Key lawyers in the team include 'breath of fresh air' Sarah Gogan and the 'excellent' Kelly Whiter.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gogan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Kelly Whiter is excellent, hardworking, fully on top of rapidly changing immigration laws and superb at handling clients.

Kelly Whiter is extremely professional while being personable.

The team understands the needs of private clients.

Sarah Gogan is a breath of fresh air; she is always personally available and on the ball.

Sarah Gogan gets her hands dirty and understands the needs of ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals.

Sarah Gogan is brilliant with clients, who trust her and give her the freedom to run their cases in the way she knows best.

The team provides an excellent personal service that is highly responsive and commercially focused.

Kelly Whiter is an excellent lawyer who provides practical advice that is always focused on achieving the right results.

Kelly Whiter is responsive, technically excellent and yet manages to provide very practical solutions to some unique challenges.

Kelly Whiter is a strategic partner with a truly superb knowledge of immigration law and practical insights.

The Firm: Fladgate LLP is one of central London’s leading law firms, with an acknowledged expertise in undertaking complex corporate and real estate transactions, as well as commercial, tax and trust matters and disputes. Clients are drawn from all sectors of commerce and industry and include multinational corporations, public sector bodies, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. The firm has a substantial international dimension with a number of international groups facilitating cross-border activities for a diverse range of clients.

Principal Areas of Work: The corporate department advises on listings and flotations, including AIM flotations, funds, M&A, JVs, MBOs and private equity, UK and international corporate and commercial transactions, employment, restructuring, tax, IP and IT, banking and partnership law.

The real estate department advises on acquisitions and disposals, development and construction, funding, investment, secured lending, landlord and tenant, planning and portfolio management.

The dispute resolution department handles general commercial litigation, cross-border disputes, international arbitration, professional negligence, corporate and asset recovery, banking litigation, and family and matrimonial.

Key Clients: 4C Hotels, 83 North, Argo Blockchain Plc, BATM, Caspian Sunrise, First Advisory Group,Flora Developments, Hodson Developments, Kreative House, Major League Baseball, Mindspace, Patron Capital, Paul Smith Limited, Penguin Random House, Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIGD),SILCS Solutions Limited/ChargeBolt, Soho Estates, Strand Hanson, Strawberry Star, Weston Homes, ZAR Trading/Farla, Zouk Capital.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Richard Reuben
Corporate Grant Gordon
Real Estate Stephen Lewis
Litigation Simon Ekins
Banking Kim McMurray
Banking Litigation Steven Mash
Capital Markets / AIM David Robinson
Employment Taj Rehal
Family / Matrimonial Teresa Cullen
Financial Services Charles Proctor
Fraud Sophia Purkis
Funds Ella Leonard
Hotels Julian Lewis
Immigration Sarah Gogan
IP / IT Eddie Powell
Life Sciences Nigel Gordon
Planning / Environment Mark Harnett
Private Capital Matthew Bennett
Private Equity Ian Brent
Professional Negligence Simon Brew
Projects / PFI Andrew Bessemer Clark
Real Estate Finance Richard Kaufman
Residential Real Estate Helen Curtis-Goulding
Restructuring Jeremy Whiteson
Sport James Earl
Tax Neal Todd
Trust Litigation Simon Ekins
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 James Fry  photo James Fry James Fry is a partner in the real estate department at Fladgate.…
 Sarah Gogan  photo Sarah Gogan Sarah Gogan is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate and…
 Nigel Gordon  photo Nigel Gordon Nigel Gordon is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Grant Gordon  photo Grant Gordon Grant Gordon is head of the corporate department at Fladgate. He has…
 Amanda Hado-Bodfield  photo Amanda Hado-Bodfield Amanda Hado-Bodfield is a partner in the real estate department at Fladgate.She…
 Alex Haffner  photo Alex Haffner Alex Haffner is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Jamie Hamilton  photo Jamie Hamilton Jamie Hamilton is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Mark Harnett  photo Mark Harnett Mark Harnett is a partner in the real estate department at Fladgate.…
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 Jonathan Hibberts  photo Jonathan Hibberts Jonathan Hibberts is a partner in the real estate litigation team at…
 Jan Hoppe  photo Jan Hoppe Jan Hoppe is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate.  He…
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 Andrew Kaufman  photo Andrew Kaufman Andrew specialises in advising German, Austrian and Swiss clients on corporate, commercial…
 Richard Kaufman  photo Richard Kaufman Richard Kaufman is a specialist property lawyer with a particular interest in…
 Alex Kaufmann  photo Alex Kaufmann Alex Kaufmann is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Janet Keeley  photo Janet Keeley Janet is a partner in the litigation department at Fladgate. She specialises…
 Avram Kelman  photo Avram Kelman Avram Kelman is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Ella Leonard  photo Ella Leonard Ella Leonard is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. She…
 Stephen Lewis  photo Stephen Lewis Stephen is a partner and head of the real estate department at…
 Julian Lewis  photo Julian Lewis Julian Lewis is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Helena Luckhurst  photo Helena Luckhurst Helena Luckhurst is a partner in the private capital group at Fladgate.…
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 Michael McCartney  photo Michael McCartney Michael McCartney is a partner in our employment group, advising primarily businesses…
 Kim McMurray  photo Kim McMurray Kim McMurray is a partner in the funds, finance and regulatory team…
 Seetal Modi  photo Seetal Modi Seetal Modi is a partner in the real estate department at Fladgate.…
 Edward Morgan  photo Edward Morgan Edward Morgan is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Luke Morris  photo Luke Morris Luke Morris is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
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 James Norton  photo James Norton James Norton is a partner in the real estate department at Fladgate.…
 Daniel Polden  photo Daniel Polden Daniel Polden is a partner in the real estate department at Fladgate.…
 Eddie Powell  photo Eddie Powell Eddie is an intellectual property, technology and commercial law specialist and has…
 Charles Proctor  photo Charles Proctor Charles Proctor is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Sophia Purkis  photo Sophia Purkis Sophia Purkis is a partner in the dispute resolution department at Fladgate.…
 Taj Rehal  photo Taj Rehal Taj Rehal is a partner and head of the employment team at…
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 David Robinson  photo David Robinson David Robinson is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
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 Mark Saunders  photo Mark Saunders Mark has a broad property practice and advises a client base comprising…
 Julian Scharfer  photo Julian Scharfer Julian Scharfer is a partner in the real estate department at Fladgate.…
 Anthony Shatz  photo Anthony Shatz Anthony Shatz is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
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 Marc Sosnow  photo Marc Sosnow Marc Sosnow is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Graham Spitz  photo Graham Spitz Graham Spitz is a partner in the corporate department at Fladgate. He…
 Bree Taylor  photo Bree Taylor Bree Taylor is a partner in the litigation department at Fladgate. She…
 Neal Todd  photo Neal Todd Neal Todd is a partner and head of the tax group at…
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 Sam Tye  photo Sam Tye Sam Tye is a partner in the corporate department and a member…
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Number of partners : 81
Assistants (qualified fee-earners) : 65
Other fee-earners (including trainees) : 19
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Diversity and inclusion 

Promoting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity is a key element of the way in which we run our business.  Ours is an environment that thrives on bringing together people with different perspectives to address our clients’ challenges, so we value and encourage diversity, both internally and externally. 

To ensure we maintain an environment which supports our employees’ cultures, views and talents, we have established a Diversity Committee with volunteers across the business which continually looks for ways to further embed diversity and inclusivity in our firm. 

As signatories to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, we have made a clear declaration of our commitment to uphold the values of diversity, equality and inclusion throughout our business.  We are delighted to have been able to demonstrate significant progress in the Charter over the last two years, and to have achieved a Gold status in 2017.  Our desire to promote the principles of equality and diversity extends beyond what happens within our organisation to supporting and encouraging those values in wider society. 

Corporate Social Responsibility 

We take our responsibilities as a corporate citizen very seriously and are committed to conforming to the highest ethical, professional and legal standards in all facets of our business.   

Throughout the organisation there is strong and growing interest in running our business in the most sustainable manner, in harmony with and contributing to our community, while also minimising the environmental impact of our activities.   

People at all levels across the business are committed to making a positive impact on the community in which we operate.  Each year the firm will select two charity partners, one local and one national, who are appointed by a firmwide vote.  We have established a CSR committee with representatives across the business which plans and co-ordinates a calendar of activities, raising considerable money for charities, so that we, as a business, can make a difference. 

We also encourage and support CSR to be undertaken on an individual basis, and a number of our employees act as trustees, school governors and student mentors. 

For further information please visit www.fladgate.com 


CLIENT: KCR Residential REIT Plc
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Fladgate has been a trusted advisor for KCR Residential REIT plc for a number of years and we always enjoy working with the team. Fladgate are specialists who provide continued support and advice on any legal challenges or queries which arise. Nigel Gordon, David Lee, Ashleigh Brinklow and Caroline Philipps recently advised KCR on its placing of shares raising £4.05m, and the level of commitment and expertise demonstrated throughout was crucial. This was a complex transaction and the team were faced with short timescales, but as always, Nigel and the team were pragmatic, strategic and diligent throughout.


CLIENT: Bank of Ireland
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: We place a lot of value in the relationships that we have with our professionals and Fladgate, given the excellent quality of service that the real estate and banking teams deliver for us time after time through the leadership of Kim McMurray and Gary Smith, are key partners for our transactions. We have known them for a long time; they are very capable and fully committed to achieving required timelines through always seeking a pragmatic and commercial approach – as such, our clients regularly provide positive feedback as to the quality of interactions on their side, which in turn greatly assists our standing in the market.


CLIENT: Ares Management
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: I have had the privilege of working with Simon for many years. During that time, he and his team have handled numerous varied transactions for us. Even under extreme pressure, he delivers expert advice and executes flawlessly. They are one of the most experienced corporate real estate teams we have come across and can be relied upon to get the deal done and add value where they can.


CLIENT: Patron Capital
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: The Fladgate team we work with are all experts in their fields and highly capable individuals. They manage to combine a strong academic knowledge of the law with a commercial approach to deal-making – a rare combination. They understand our business and know how private equity works. Gideon Dabby-Joory, our client partner, is a pleasure to deal with. Not only is he fiercely intelligent but, perhaps as importantly, he is very responsive and commercial and does not try to over-complicate matters.


CLIENT: Zouk Capital
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Fladgate have been our principal legal advisers on our European deals for many years. The team, which is led by Graham Spitz – with support principally from the hard-working and talented Yulia Leyko – has proven itself to be an effective and supportive partner on due diligence and complex negotiations over the course of numerous transactions. Graham is highly pragmatic and provides clear and helpful legal advice. Most recently, the team represented us, together with the other major private equity shareholders, in the successful sale of iZettle to PayPal; a cross-border and complex transaction with multiple parties and which was completed within a very tight timetable.


CLIENT: Weston Homes Plc
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked closely with Richard Reuben for many years and cannot speak highly enough about the quality of service that he has given us. Richard has advised us many times during land acquisition negotiations with large landowners, and the deals he has secured on our behalf have been complex and at times requiring patience. We have always found him to provide first-class advice, and enter legal discussions with sellers and their representatives in a methodical, calm, but firm manner.


CLIENT: Reichmann Properties
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Fladgate have advised Reichmann Properties for over 20 years. Our trusted advisor at Fladgate is Julian Scharfer. With his flexible and incredibly hard-working approach he has given us the edge in transactions when speed is a must. He and his team of lawyers work to provide diligent and comprehensive advice which is always commercially-led. Julian’s team have a can-do attitude, and this combined with their no-nonsense approach means we are always happy to have Fladgate on our side.


CLIENT: Otium Real Estate
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: The Fladgate team has assisted us with our £200m leisure fund in real estate for over three years. They combine property expertise with leisure industry knowledge. In particular they have been excellent at complex title issues on purchase giving us confidence in our due diligence. They have also helped us improve the title during our ownership as well as working hard on our asset management and leasing initiatives which are critical to performance. As speed is critical to many transactions, we have been impressed with how quickly they have produced documentation and turned it around during negotiations. They have a good blend of experienced partners and hard-working associates to put to work on our projects.


CLIENT: SADITA UK
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Client partner Marc Sosnow and the wider Fladgate team have become valuable and trusted advisers to SADITA UK. Drawing upon their significant experience in corporate, real estate, tax, immigration, employment and intellectual property matters, Fladgate deliver proactive and commercial advice. They provided sound guidance on our first major acquisition in the UK and we have found their quality of advice and sector knowledge to be best in class.


CLIENT: London 2017 World Athletics Championships
COMPANY/FIRM: Fladgate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: James Earl and his team played a vital role in our success by advising our Boards on a wide range of issues as well as providing practical support for contracts and procurement. Like any great endeavour, putting on the championships was not always easy, but James and the team worked tirelessly to help minimise difficulties and keep us on track. On one occasion this even involved them providing advice in the early hours of the morning, which was well beyond the call of duty but very very much appreciated by our Board.

The Lex 100 Verdict

'From the very first day' Fladgate partners are 'inclusive and take an obvious interest in the trainees'. This translates into 'high-quality supervision and training', as well as 'lots of responsibility, which ensures that 'you do develop very well as a lawyer'. Little wonder that the London firm is a Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction, quality of work, client contact, supervisor approachability and work/life balance. Elaborating on the latter, trainees report 'better hours compared to City law firms' which ensures that recruits 'feel happy'. Encouragingly, 'learning rates seem quicker' thanks to a 'lot of responsibility being pushed down by the partners', with one respondent even claiming they had been given 'more opportunity in the first six months than some of my peers at other firms have received in two years of training'. On the flip side, recruits commented that there is 'little to no social life' at Fladgate, although it was noted that the litigation department has recently introduced 'Prosecco Fridays, which is a step in the right direction'. Moreover, some respondents feel that the firm could do with 'a bit of modernisation in general'. Trainees enjoyed 'being given a case to run on my own', 'going for drinks with a client at a private members club' and being 'invited to attend a conference in Dublin as part of the aviation enforcement team'. 'Late finishes during a corporate seat', 'updating a bundle at the last minute' and 'putting 400 notices in 400 envelopes for service on 400 tenants' were much less enjoyable. Overall, though, the 'friendly, approachable' attitude of the firm and the 'time it invests in its trainees' is largely unparalleled. If this sounds up your street, take a closer look at Fladgate.