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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's M&A team features a range of expertise, with Julian Lewis and Graham Spitz best known for their sector-specific work within tech, engineering, renewables and real estate, while Alex Kaufmann and Mythily Katsaris have a range of international experience incorporating Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and India. The practice's client base is primarily made up of corporates and ultra high net worth individuals, with the group assisting them in raising finance, expanding through M&A, joint ventures, divesting businesses and launching in the UK. Grant Gordon leads the corporate department and has as particular specialisms in M&A, equity capital markets and growth capital matters, with much of his work focusing on the technology, leisure, sport, gaming and resources sectors.

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Testimonials

Exceptional engagement, legal and practical advice.

Mythily Katsaris is engaged, thoughtful and had a full grasp of the subject matter, including past interactions that would affect the present negotiations.

Key clients

Seko S.p.A

Penguin Random House

Noozhoo Nookiiyan LP

Ocado Ventures

Red Tiger Gaming Limited

United Time Corporation Limited (UTC)

Hermia Community Energy CIC

Jonathan Goodman Publishing (Carlton Books)

Black Sheep Coffee Group

Bolt Learning

Equitix Limited

Zouk Capital

Gfinity plc

Blockchain Worldwide

Patron Capital

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Fladgate LLP is known for acting against larger firms in complex, high-value disputes that often have international aspects. Highly rated practitioners at the firm include Steven Mash, a funding and group litigation specialist; John Ford, who is regularly instructed on disputes involving trusts and art; Eugene Matveichuk, who is an expert in disputes in the oil and gas sectors, including those involving Russia and CIS clients; and cross-border contractual and shareholder disputes specialist, Alexander Wildschütz.

Leading individuals

Bree Taylor - Alius Law

Testimonials

‘Joel Seager – excellent advice – aggressive at the right points and gave us confidence to take the steps we needed to. Very cost conscious also.’

Key clients

Jacuzzi Brands LLC

AerCap

Yida Zhang

Brainspark Associates Limited

Andrew Herd

International Leasing Finance Corp

The Dutch Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Vinci Facilities Plc

Kyte Property Limited

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

London firm Fladgate LLP combines ‘depth of experience with a personable service’. Practice head Stephen Lewis is praised for his ‘good understanding of investment-related purchases and asset management’. Additional core strengths of the team include cross-border European transactions and high-profile developments and redevelopments, including residential projects, with clients spanning local and offshore investors, developers, high-net-worth private families and institutions and lenders and borrowers. On the corporate occupier front, the team handles everything from start-up first office leases through to major headquarter relocations, representing co-working providers, professional businesses, retailers, restaurants, hoteliers and barristers chambers in the process.

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‘Gideon Dabby-Joory has good communication skills and makes the effort to go beyond the call of duty.’

‘The team offers sufficient depth of experience, but at the same same remain personable.’

‘Simon Kanter’s comprehensive business understanding of property issues is excellent. He proactively guided us through the type of agreements that would achieve the best results in our unique scenario. Everything was patiently explained to us so we were in a position to make business decisions and Simon then delivered the tailored legal documentation quickly. He has the perfect blend of business knowledge, legal expertise and sound advice that we needed.’

‘The team brings a pragmatic and ‘can-do’ attitude to helping the client achieve the end goal.’

‘The team works well to understand the needs of the client from the outset and ensures that deadlines are met with the ultimate aim of securing the investment property under consideration.’

‘Stephen Lewis has a good general understanding of the parts of the law needed when buying and asset managing a commercial property investment. He knows how to liaise with the other side for best effect and takes the part of a trusted adviser as far as we are concerned.’

‘Simon Kanter’s extensive experience means that there is little Simon has not come across before on a whole range of issues that a real estate business confronts. This experience allows him to distil the problem and if needed offer candid advice on the imperfect options that often confront us in the real world.’

‘Richard Reuben is impressive in his quick understanding of complex legal issues and is very wiling to offer sensible and pragmatic advice, helping clients to weigh up the risks of courses open to them.’

‘Alan Karsberg has a unique ability to formulate advice and solutions from the perspective of the in-house team, but leverging the full resources of his firm.’

Key clients

Penguin Random House

Black Sheep Coffee

ODEON

4C Hotels Limited

Batting Star Limited

Patron Capital

Mindspace London Limited

Gaming and betting Tier 3

Fladgate LLP’s primary focus in the gambling sector is advising clients on transactional issues; the team advises land-based and online operators on corporate structuring, M&A and tax matters, with a particular focus on corporate and real estate-related work. Grant Gordon is the head of the corporate department and centres his practice on advising clients on corporate transactions and the associated licensing and regulatory issues. Nigel Gordon advises on various corporate issues including schemes of arrangement and share capital reductions. Alan Wetterhahn  is recommended for his work on GDPR compliance.

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Adam Arviv and Sebastian Bastian

Red Tiger Gaming

NGV Intergalactic Software Limited

Aspers UK Holdings Limited (and subsidiaries)

Noozhoo Nokiiyan LP

Andrew Herd

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Fladgate LLP has considerable experience in the hotel industry and is praised for its 'responsive and pro-active' approach. James Fry oversees the hotels group and handles commercial property matters for both owners and operators related to acquisitions, disposals, and development projects. Stephen Lewis heads the leisure group and advises private investors and industry operators on their leisure and construction matters. The team also handles transactions and some activity in the Middle Eastern markets. Eddie Powell is the IP contact in the team and is the name for management contracts and franchising issues. Other core members include real estate partner Gary Smith who specialises in all aspects of banking and financing work including corporate lending and refinancing.

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‘In depth knowledge of the practical implications relating to the Hotel business, work extraordinarily well as a team of lawyers exceeding customer expectations.’

Having worked on numerous hotel transactions with Fladgate, I have always found their advice to be current, considered and reliable.’

‘ I rely heavily on James Fry’s experience and knowledge throughout each transaction. James will always assemble the best support team from Fladgate in the event that we require wider advice such as construction, funding or tax planning.’

‘Knowledgeable, helpful and flexible in approach. Go the extra yard to deliver great service.’

Key clients

London & Regional Properties

Science Museum Group

Major League Baseball Properties Limited

Strawberry Star

easyGym

Yo! Sushi UK Limited

Millennium and Copthorne Hotels

Otium Real Estate

Five Guys

National Portrait Group

Islamic finance Tier 3

Fladgate LLP's team has a notable specialism in assisting non-Islamic banks with expanding into shari'ah-compliant products, notably murabaha and ijara lease structures; the practice also has experience in establishing shari'ah-compliant lending platforms and inter-bank/treasury documentation. Another strength of the group includes advising large Middle Eastern and Far East-based family offices on the financing of residential and commercial property acquisitions in the UK. Ella Leonard is the practice head.

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Key clients

Ocado Ventures

Equitix

23 Capital

Tritax

Bloomsmith Finance

Tadhamon Capital B.S.C.

Arlington Infrastructure

Zouk Capital

Lodha Group

Gatehouse Bank

Property litigation Tier 3

Fladgate LLP is adept at serving a wide range of commercial clients, including developers, freehold owners, funds and corporate occupiers, as well as high-net-worth individuals. It provides assistance with commercial and residential property litigation, and also advice on litigation avoidance. Most of its work stems from the commercial real estate sector and involves disputes over leases; this is an area team head Tim Foley has been particularly active in recently. In addition, he has also handled various disputes concerning development land. Elsewhere, the team's other work includes landlord and tenant disputes, covenants, development disputes and transactional issues. In the residential sphere, private clients receive assistance with enfranchisement matters and possession proceedings, among other matters. Thekla Fellas moved to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in March 2019.

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Alison Mould is brilliant. Pragmatic. Calm effective. Commercial.’

Very knowledgeable and vigorous team.’

‘Jonathan Hibberts – very bright and engaged. Tim Foley – very easy to work with. Client focused.’

Always helpful and clearly have a wide range of knowledge relating to the items we required advice on. Advice is received promptly and is well written, which has promoted our cause successfully.’

‘Janet Keeley. Always available for consultation and is forthright with her advice, pointing out what we can and what we can’t do, backed up by a wide-ranging knowledge of the law and case law.

The team works well on our commercial portfolio of properties.’

‘Alison Mould is brilliant in her role and has always given us the best possible legal advice.’

Janet Keeley is an experienced and pragmatic litigator who has a keen eye for details and adopts a persuasive but robust approach in her dealings with opponents. She is a great lawyer who can spot a point of law or principle and knows how to deploy it to her client’s maximum benefit.’

Key clients

Trustees of Brocket Estate

Inditex

Soho Estates

Odeon Cinemas

London Diocesan Fund

Strada Restaurants

Tellon Capital

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers

Aspers Casinos

Five Guys

Residential property Tier 3

Fladgate LLP advises high net worth individuals, as well as corporate entities such as offshore banks and investment funds, on the acquisition and sale of prime City property and country estates, as well as landlord and tenant matters, such as licences to alter, lease extensions and enfranchisement. The team also advise banks and offshore lenders on financing matters. Helen Curtis-Goulding, who joined the firm in 2018, leads the team and frequently advises on multi-jurisdictional and time constrained real estate transactions.

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I received very prompt levels of service. Compared to other lawyers I have worked with on real estate transactions, they are readily available and provide quick responses to my queries.’

Sport Tier 3

Fladgate LLP has a strong track record of in commercial and finance work for sports clients including Major League Baseball and Surrey Cricket Club. James Earl leads the practice and focuses on the aforementioned areas, often working on cross-border mandates involving the US, Australia and Asia. TMT work is another key area of focus for the team, most notably through Alex Haffner’s expertise in handling media rights deals as well as Mark Buckley’s skillset in contentious IP. Alan Wetterhahn, who focuses on transfers and commercial arrangements, is also recommended.

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Commercial property: development Tier 4

London firm Fladgate LLP combines ‘depth of experience with a personable service’. Practice head Stephen Lewis is praised for his ‘good understanding of investment-related purchases and asset management’. Additional core strengths of the team include cross-border European transactions and high-profile developments and redevelopments, including residential projects, with clients spanning local and offshore investors, developers, high-net-worth private families and institutions and lenders and borrowers. On the corporate occupier front, the team handles everything from start-up first office leases through to major headquarter relocations, representing co-working providers, professional businesses, retailers, restaurants, hoteliers and barristers chambers in the process.

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Testimonials

‘Gideon Dabby-Joory has good communication skills and makes the effort to go beyond the call of duty.’

‘The team offers sufficient depth of experience, but at the same same remain personable.’

‘Simon Kanter’s comprehensive business understanding of property issues is excellent. He proactively guided us through the type of agreements that would achieve the best results in our unique scenario. Everything was patiently explained to us so we were in a position to make business decisions and Simon then delivered the tailored legal documentation quickly. He has the perfect blend of business knowledge, legal expertise and sound advice that we needed.’

‘The team brings a pragmatic and ‘can-do’ attitude to helping the client achieve the end goal.’

‘The team works well to understand the needs of the client from the outset and ensures that deadlines are met with the ultimate aim of securing the investment property under consideration.’

‘Stephen Lewis has a good general understanding of the parts of the law needed when buying and asset managing a commercial property investment. He knows how to liaise with the other side for best effect and takes the part of a trusted adviser as far as we are concerned.’

‘Simon Kanter’s extensive experience means that there is little Simon has not come across before on a whole range of issues that a real estate business confronts. This experience allows him to distil the problem and if needed offer candid advice on the imperfect options that often confront us in the real world.’

‘Richard Reuben is impressive in his quick understanding of complex legal issues and is very wiling to offer sensible and pragmatic advice, helping clients to weigh up the risks of courses open to them.’

‘Alan Karsberg has a unique ability to formulate advice and solutions from the perspective of the in-house team, but leverging the full resources of his firm.’

Key clients

Capreon UK limited

Weston Homes

Hodson Developments

Strawberry Star

Flora Developments Limited

Penguin Random House Limited

Turner Broadcasting System Limited

R55

Patron, APAM

Ide Real Estate

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

London firm Fladgate LLP combines ‘depth of experience with a personable service’. Practice head Stephen Lewis is praised for his ‘good understanding of investment-related purchases and asset management’. Additional core strengths of the team include cross-border European transactions and high-profile developments and redevelopments, including residential projects, with clients spanning local and offshore investors, developers, high-net-worth private families and institutions and lenders and borrowers. On the corporate occupier front, the team handles everything from start-up first office leases through to major headquarter relocations, representing co-working providers, professional businesses, retailers, restaurants, hoteliers and barristers chambers in the process.

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Testimonials

‘Gideon Dabby-Joory has good communication skills and makes the effort to go beyond the call of duty.’

‘The team offers sufficient depth of experience, but at the same same remain personable.’

‘Simon Kanter’s comprehensive business understanding of property issues is excellent. He proactively guided us through the type of agreements that would achieve the best results in our unique scenario. Everything was patiently explained to us so we were in a position to make business decisions and Simon then delivered the tailored legal documentation quickly. He has the perfect blend of business knowledge, legal expertise and sound advice that we needed.’

‘The team brings a pragmatic and ‘can-do’ attitude to helping the client achieve the end goal.’

‘The team works well to understand the needs of the client from the outset and ensures that deadlines are met with the ultimate aim of securing the investment property under consideration.’

‘Stephen Lewis has a good general understanding of the parts of the law needed when buying and asset managing a commercial property investment. He knows how to liaise with the other side for best effect and takes the part of a trusted adviser as far as we are concerned.’

‘Simon Kanter’s extensive experience means that there is little Simon has not come across before on a whole range of issues that a real estate business confronts. This experience allows him to distil the problem and if needed offer candid advice on the imperfect options that often confront us in the real world.’

‘Richard Reuben is impressive in his quick understanding of complex legal issues and is very wiling to offer sensible and pragmatic advice, helping clients to weigh up the risks of courses open to them.’

‘Alan Karsberg has a unique ability to formulate advice and solutions from the perspective of the in-house team, but leverging the full resources of his firm.’

Key clients

Best Star Real Estate

BYM Group

Equitix Limited

FTH Investments Limited

Goldacre Noé Group

Otium Real Estate

Patron Capital

Rockwell

London & Regional Properties

Penguin Random House Limited

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Fladgate LLP advises clients across numerous sectors such as hotels and leisure, renewable energy and oil and gas. The firm acts for a range contractors in domestic and international adjudications and arbitrations. David Weare, who leads the team, is a 'heavyweight construction practitioner', handling both litigation and arbitration and taking cases to the  High Court and Court of Appeal. He is supported by two recent additions to the firm, Olivia Bateman  and Elliot Lewis, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs and Brecher LLP respectively. Digby Hebbard is also noted for his knowledge of healthcare and energy disputes.

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Testimonials

‘The team is hugely dedicated and has a real understanding of the client’s commercial imperatives, as well as a detailed grasp of the technical issues. They have worked on some of the most high-profile and important cases in the construction field in recent years, which is testament to their strength in depth, and their impressive handling of difficult and complex cases.’

‘David Weare is hugely experienced and a real heavyweight construction practitioner. His commercial judgement and strategic instincts are second to none, and he has a deep understanding of the law in this field. He is someone you really want on your side in a difficult battle.’

‘Digby Hebbard is a really impressive lawyer with an in-depth understanding of the construction industry and a highly effective approach to complex and heavy litigation.’

Key clients

Equitix

Base Contracts Limited

West Midlands Trains

Science Museum Group

National Portrait Gallery

Michael J Lonsdale Limited

Vivalda Limited

Somerset House

Bennett Construction

BW Interiors Ltd

Cleveland Cable Company

Linklaters LLP

LJJ Limited

Innisfree

Van Oord

CIMC MBS Ltd

CIMC Developments Ltd

Nooter Erikson

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Fladgate LLP's transactional construction practice advises on international projects, modular construction in the hotels sector and refurbishment work domestically. David Weare, who leads the team, works with a range of clients on procurement and contractual matters. Olivia Bateman displays breath in her practice, advising on development and sale agreements as well as building contracts in a number of sectors including retail and leisure. Digby Hebbard is likewise recommended for his energy and healthcare expertise.

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Equitix

Base Contracts Limited

West Midlands Trains

Science Museum Group

National Portrait Gallery

Michael J Lonsdale Limited

Vivalda Limited

Sanguine Hospitality Developments Cardiff Ltd

LJJ Limited

Innisfree

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 4

Fladgate LLP is strong for transactions involving overseas-based companies and foreign jurisdictions. Grant Gordon and David Robinson co-head the team, which is experienced in a broad cross-section of AIM and Main Market fundraising transactions, as well as reverse takeovers and listed company M&A. It also has a strong track record in advising fast-growth and entrepreneurial businesses, nominated advisers and brokers. Elsewhere, the firm's other work spans sectors such as the financial services, technology, energy and entertainment industries.

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Testimonials

‘David Robinson was basically on call for us 24 hours a day. If we had a problem, he would look at it another way and obtain a solution. Fladgate also has excellent partners in other fields such estate planning, family trusts and going concern advice, whom we rate highly too. David is the key player to us.’

‘David Robinson is an outstanding and very commercial partner who provides incisive advice and always sees the other side’s view. It would be difficult for our company to seek corporate advice elsewhere because of his intellectual ability. A good example is using his experience in transactions so as not to re-invent the wheel so that we are landed with substantial fees.’

 

Key clients

TransGlobe Energy Corporation

PennPetro Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc (formerly Roxi Petroleum plc)

Tri-Star Resources plc

Shore Capital Group Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

DevClever Holdings PLC

Angus Energy plc

KCR Residential REIT plc

Audioboom Group 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.

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Fladgate LLP's team acts for claimants and defendants in international fraud disputes, with a particular focus on Switzlerland, Jersey and CIS countries. Alongside its traditional caseload, the team has seen an increase in fraud disputes involving works of art and contentious trusts. Sophia Purkis has notable expertise in complex multi-party fraud cases.  Eugene Matveichuk advises clients in the energy, real estate and financial sectors in fraud disputes and commercial litigation.

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‘Sophie Purkis is a partner specialising in fraud and related matters. She is highly experienced, tactically excellent and a joy to work with.’

‘Sophie Purkis is an excellent civil litigator with real expertise in civil fraud.’

‘The team is led by excellent partners who have just the right combination of sound legal skills, excellent commercial sense and judgement.’

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Jean-Pierre Schenk

Private Members Club

Andrew Herd

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Fladgate LLP’s projects practice advises clients in the public sector, investors and consortium-members, as well as contractors for small and large scale PFI/PPP work. Some of the sectors that the practice is involved include transport, hospitals, social housing, and utilities. Andrew Bessemer Clark heads the team and is recognised for his expertise in projects and infrastructure. Sam Tye is also noted.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Fladgate LLP fields a cross-disciplinary team, which advises its media and entertainment sector clients, which span the advertising, esports, gaming, publishing, music and TV and film industries, on the full range of issues. Eddie Powell (whose broad practice includes commercial contracts and data protection, competition and disputes work) leads the team, which includes James Earl, who specialises in sports finance, major events and commercial rights work; corporate partner David Robinson, and commercial contracts and software development and licensing expert Alan Wetterhahn.

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Key clients

Penguin Random House

Noozhoo Nookiiyan LP

Red Tiger Gaming Limited

Jonathan Goodman Publishing (Carlton Books)

Gfinity Plc

The Lords eSports PLC and Googly eSports PLC

Audioboom Group plc

Digital Cinema Media

Music Walk of Fame Leisure Limited

Advance Publications, Inc.

Oil and gas Tier 4

Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon jointly lead the energy and natural resources department at Fladgate LLP, which has a strong focus on handling corporate matters for global energy clients, in particular M&A transactions, financings and capital markets work. David Robinson focuses on multijurisdictional projects, financings and transactional mandates.

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PennPetro Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc (formerly Roxi Petroleum plc)

Cenkos Securities plc

Angus Energy plc

Sirius Petroleum plc

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd

Blake Holdings Limited

Property finance Tier 4

A key player in the mid-market space, Fladgate LLP primarily advises on residential, office and hotel developments, often through senior, mezzanine, and bridge financing structures. The 'highly experiencedKim McMurray leads the team and has advised lenders and borrowers on senior and mezzanine financings. Daniel Polden and Gary Smith are also names of note, particularly for cross-border mandates.

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‘Fladgate stand out as the go-to firm for providing an efficient, friendly and robust service across all disciplines, with expert lawyers providing specialist advice across all real estate sectors.’

‘Kim McMurray is a highly experienced lawyer. I highly value her experience, excellent client service and strong ethical and moral compass.’

‘Kim always approaches each transaction with a commercial head on and is invaluable in cutting through the noise to get deals done in an efficient manner.’

‘The team understand what working with a client means. It is a partnership and they work alongside us to ensure transactions run smoothly. The quality of legal advice is first class but what sets them apart is the way they communicate with us and with their counterparts.’

‘There are some high-quality individuals within the team but the key is that they work as a team, which is essential. Daniel Polden, especially, is a superb lawyer but what makes him stand out within the industry is that he takes a highly commercial and entrepreneurial approach both to his legal advice and to his relationships. This means from a deal point of view often it is Daniel’s creative approach that helps navigate through tricky roadblocks; from a relationship point of view, Daniel will see connections and effect them, bringing an enormous amount of additional value to our team.’

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

Aviation Tier 5

Led by Bree Taylor, Fladgate LLP focuses on contentious aviation work, with considerable experience acting in disputes for leasing companies against aircraft lessees in situations of distress or insolvency. The 'efficient and technically strong' practice also has particular expertise in advising clients on the enforcement of leases against non-paying airlines.

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‘Communicated in a clear and efficient manner. Kept the client informed at all times. Took our concerns and considerations into account with all actions and proceeded in-line with our goals.’

‘Bree is a fantastic individual to work with and gave us the time and direction on all actions taken. She provided all details and actions in a clear and concise manner. Bree inspired confidence in all actions taken.’

‘Efficient and technically strong aviation disputes team.’

‘Excellent solicitors acting for aircraft lessors with access to top barristers as well.’

Key clients

Gate Group

Aercap

CHC

ILFC

Genesis

WNG

Family Tier 5

With Teresa Cullen at the helm, the team at Fladgate LLP has increasingly been instructed on complex and often contentious matters involving children and on high-value financial claims with cross-border components. It clients range from Hollywood actors and UK television stars to eminent physicians and surgeons, CEOs and a stuntman with film and television credits. Cullen is a collaborative lawyer and mediator. Senior associate Anna Wakeling often acts for high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and is adept at handling associated financial disputes and jurisdictional questions.

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Teresa Cullen leads a small private client family team with focus and vigour. There is tenacity and realism at every stage. The work is wide ranging. Teresa Cullen shows an unflappable calm for each client, however troublesome or demanding. Her gentle humour assists in moving matters forward

The team runs like a well-oiled machine with each member knowing what the other is doing, providing for a knowledgeable, helpful and highly effective service. Couple this with its friendly approach, and every client I have referred has always spoken highly of this team

Teresa’s client care is flawless and she goes the extra mile for all of them

Teresa Cullen and her team are very personable and constructive and have great expertise in this field. Teresa is always wanting to look for a resolution and is keen to be as creative as possible in order to achieve this. She is a pleasure to work with

‘The family practice possesses good experience, maturity and knowledge, but above all else very good personal skills in dealing with clients, and demonstrates the highest levels of professionalism’

‘Teresa Cullen is an exceptional lawyer. She works tirelessly for her clients and puts together a group of trusted professional connections from different spheres to assist with the various challenges that are presented to them’

Teresa Cullen is empathetic, highly intelligent and always sees the client as an individual with a unique point of view and approach’

‘There is a great team ethos. Teresa Cullen is very pragmatic and solution focused. Ronnie Mortimer is both helpful and very bright but also able to connect with clients’

Mining and minerals Tier 5

Fladgate LLP demonstrates expertise in handling corporate matters and capital markets work in the mining sector, with particular experience working with AIM-listed companies including Jubilee Metals Group and TransGlobe Energy. The practice has strong multi-jurisdictional capabilities working in regions including Africa, Russia, the CIS and Canada. Paul Airley leads the natural resources team and Nigel Gordon acts as head of mining.

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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 focuses on providing advice on complex tax and wealth structuring issues for domestic and international clients, including families, entrepreneurs and fiduciary businesses, drawing on the firm's extensive experience in advising high-net-worth individuals. The cross-departmental team frequently advises non-domiciled clients and their asset structures in and outside the UK. Neal Todd heads the team; it added Mark Spash to its ranks from Blake Morgan LLP, while Matthew Bennett moved to Boodle Hatfield LLP.

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Mark Spash is very supportive. Phone calls are always returned and everyone, from reception to associates, makes what could be distressing easy to cope with’

Mark Splash is ever efficient and gives excellent advice

Key clients

International trust companies

Fund managers

Individuals and families with significant personal assets, domiciled and non-domiciled

Trustees of family and charitable trusts

Entrepreneurs and family businesses

Personal representatives of substantial estates

Planning Tier 5

Mark Harnett's planning practice at Fladgate LLP has a core focus on residential development work including CIL advice, while also regularly assisting with section 106 and infrastructure agreements. Senior associate Miles Crawford supports him across all matters; the team receives instructions from a notable number of clients in the leisure and entertainment sector.

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‘A very good team – a pleasure to work with.’

‘They have a great understanding of how local authority legal departments work and ability to build a rapport with them.’

Key clients

Inland Homes

Cheshunt Lakeside Developments

Hodson Developments

4C Hotels

Music Walk of Fame

Delmont Mackintosh Theatres

The Board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery

Sandown Properties Limited

Odeon Cinemas

Penguin Random House

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

The banking and financial litigation team at Fladgate LLP counts recovery, insolvency and fraud-related litigation as well as mis-selling and payment services disputes among its areas of experience. Practice head Steven Mash has experience in bringing a range of claims against banks (including group actions), Bree Taylor has particular expertise in fraud claims, while Simon Ekins and Alexander Wildschütz focus on professional negligence and cross-border issues (including jurisdiction challenges and enforcement of foreign judgements) respectively.

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Employers Tier 7

Fladgate LLP has a strong track record advising clients across sectors including IT, pharmaceuticals, financial services, transport, retail, fashion and media/publishing. Team head Taj Rehal is known for his expertise in advisory matters, working with the firm's international client base. Another key partner, Michael McCartney, handles high-value disputes in the High Court and Employment Tribunal.

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‘All the team are personable and avoid legal speak.’

‘Taj Rehal has an exceptional ability to understand our business and find solutions that work for us. He is a steady ship in the storm. Always delivers.’

‘My experience with Fladgate is with complex employment cases which often have several layers to them, including sickness, performance and grievance. The team at Fladgate have absolutely first class knowledge of all employment issues and have helped us to resolve several very difficult cases. Their understanding of risks, mitigation options and potential routes to a solution is excellent and I would trust them to support us with any issues that came our way.’

‘The team have demonstrated their expertise and insight into the employment matters and challenges we face. They respond promptly and the advice clear and level-headed – even when we are not! They have increasingly learned about the particular sector in which we operate (TV production) and applied that learning to issues as they are raised.’

‘Michael McCartney is proactive in approaching me when he thinks there are matters I should be aware of and checks in on particularly thorny issues.’

‘We have been impressed with their technical knowledge and ability to simplify the most complicated legal issues. They have been incredibly supportive, unafraid of hard work and great at advising clearly on risk.’

‘Taj Rehal has been a breath of fresh air. He is accessible and comforting. He has a firm grasp on the law and can also make sense of complicated issues. Highly recommended.’

 

Key clients

Wayfair Stores Limited

Ocado Ventures

Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc.

Penguin Random House Limited

Rotary Watches Limited

Weber-Stephen Products UK Limited

Lord Simon Restaurants Group (Ichibuns, Endo at Rotunda etc)

The Television Company (a Tinopolis Group Company)

Black Sheep Coffee (Conilon Limited)

Blockchain Worldwide Plc

International arbitration Tier 7

Fladgate LLP's practice is experienced in both commercial arbitrations and the enforcement of international arbitration awards; the team also acts in investor-state arbitrations. The principal contacts are David BreslinEugene Matviechuk, who acts in energy and natural resources, real estate and finance sector disputes; and construction and engineering head David Weare.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Fladgate LLP provides 'pragmatic and responsive advice' to a range of stakeholders, including insolvency practitioners, debtors and directors. Although it lost  Daniel Martin  on the transactional side in 2019, under the guidance of the 'very calmJeremy Whiteson and Bree Taylor, the team remains strong on contentious UK-based mid-market matters. The 'personable and very brightBen Drew has a strong reputation handling insolvency-related disputes within the financial services sector.

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Testimonials

Fladgate has a good blend of highly experienced corporate insolvency partners with access to a strong financial services and regulatory practice, which is not that common outside of the very large legal practices.

The practice has always provided pragmatic advice in a responsive manner.

Jeremy Whiteson has a novel approach to dealing with difficult issues and has an air of calmness about him.

Jeremy Whiteson demonstrated a good knowledge of both corporate and insolvency law. He was pro-active, very user-friendly, strategic and commercial in his approach. I would thoroughly recommend him.

Bree Taylor is energetic and clear thinking.

Ben Drew is very personable and bright.

Ben Drew provided sage advice in a complex situation, where delivery of difficult messages in a robust but empathetic manner was important.

 

Key clients

Fly Victor Limited

Toys R Us

Anthony Batty & Co.

BDO LLP

Begbies

David Rubin & Partners

Grant Thornton

Moorfields

FRP

James Cowper Creston

B and C Associates

Menzies

PKF

Immigration

Fladgate LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses on a wide range of immigration issues. The 'calm, thoughtful and consistent' Kelly Whiter focuses on work for UHNWIs and their businesses. The practice works closely with the wider firm's tax, property, corporate and family lawyer to provide a rounded service for clients. In recent years the team has been building a track record of work for Hollywood actors, directors and producers.

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Testimonials

‘Fladgate has an excellent team. Our experience working with Fladgate showed that they are excellent at providing timely and competent services to clients. The team knew the latest developments in immigration law and was able to quickly adapt on the basis of the latest developments in the law.’

‘Kelly Whiter has always impressed with the breadth and depth of her knowledge of immigration law, her calm handling of difficult cases, and thoughtful analysis. She has a consistent record of delivering successful outcomes in unusually challenging cases. She’s clearly very well-regarded by her clients and she’s a pleasure to work with.’

‘Kelly Whiter has extensive knowledge about various immigration routes, and her experience provides insight into the application requirements and process beyond the published guidance. This background and knowledge combined with her problem solving approach and ‘can-do’ attitude position her to best achieve client goals and preferences. She is able to effectively communicate multiple options and the upsides of downsides as well as realistic probabilities of success of each. I am very pleased with the overall quality of advice, and level of service.’

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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Assistants (qualified fee-earners) : 65
Other fee-earners (including trainees) : 19
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At Fladgate we run our business in ways that promote equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. Ours is a business that thrives on bringing together people with different perspectives to address our clients’ challenges, so we value and encourage diversity, both internally and externally. Furthermore, the firm recognises the importance of the health and wellbeing of all our people and that it can play a part in promoting an environment which allows everyone to flourish and reach their full potential.

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.

Promoting inclusivity and diversity is a key element of our commitment to being a great place to work, enabling us to attract and retain the best talent, and we take our responsibility to this seriously. We care deeply about creating an inclusive culture and are committed to the fair treatment of everyone and to ensuring that each individual is valued and respected. The firm has an Inclusion & Diversity committee, formed of volunteers across the business, which is chaired by our I&D Partner and who reports to our Board regularly. As signatories to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, we were delighted to have scored gold in five categories and be awarded an overall ‘gold’ status. We also received a ‘Highly Commended’ at the Legal Week Innovation Awards 2019 for our efforts with Diversity & Inclusion.

We are committed to broadening access to the legal profession and are part of the PRIME social inclusion initiative, which aims to provide fair access to meaningful work experience within the legal sector for school-age students from less-privileged backgrounds. Students and staff alike find these initiatives valuable and rewarding and the success of our Insight Days and our PRIME work experience reflect our continuing commitment to a more diverse legal sector.


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

Fladgate LLP is described by its trainees as 'small(ish) in size' but with 'big work'. The firm is praised for its 'work/life balance', 'entrepreneurial clients' and 'non-hierarchical feel'. Covent Garden-based, with a global client list and outlook, Fladgate is a leading firm offering a wide range of sectors and experience. Trainees were impressed with the firm from their first encounter, with one saying that 'the atmosphere and the culture on the assessment day was unique, much more positive than other firms I had visited'. Respondents also highlight that in comparison with competitors there is 'much more opportunity to develop as a trainee, including building my network in specific areas of law that are of interest to me'. Fladgate receives Lex 100 Winner awards for overall job satisfaction and the amount of client contact; trainees add that 'Fladgate gives us more responsibility from day one. Everybody (including partners) is very approachable'. Its 'inclusive nature' provides the 'opportunity to get involved in interesting and exciting deals'. Highlights of training include 'settling a big case that we thought would go to trial' and 'taking responsibility and dealing with a contentious matter with little direct supervision'. Grumbles concerned the salary and the fact there is 'little flexibility of seat choices' but broadly trainees are happy with their experience. If you are looking for a small-sized intake but a big-City client list, Fladgate is worth checking out.