Firm Profile > Fladgate LLP > London, England

Fladgate LLP
16 GREAT QUEEN STREET
LONDON
WC2B 5DG
England

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Fladgate LLP’s London office is noted for its cross-border offering, fielding a number of dedicated international desks, which are routinely engaged on an array of corporate transactions for clients in the technology, energy, natural resources, leisure and real estate sectors. Practice head and equity capital markets expert David Robinson regularly handles public and private M&A for clients in the publishing and technology industries. On the international front, Alex Kaufmann and Jan Hoppe are both members of the German desk, advising numerous European clients on cross-border deals. Grant Gordon and Mythily Katsaris head up the firm’s South African and Indian groups, respectively; both are also noted for their dual qualifications. Yulia Leyko is also noted for her broad sector focus. David Harrison joined the group in mid-2021 from Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kaufmann; Jan Hoppe; Grant Gordon; Mythily Katsaris; Yulia Leyko; David Harrison

Testimonials

‘Fladgate’s team provided excellent work and demonstrate a great level of coordination between the different practices of the firm involved in the advice.’

‘Team is fast responding, always ready and prepared. High variety of subject areas grants fast success in complex contractual matters. Appropriate use of differently skilled associates leads to cost efficiency. Team is always up to date on any developments in the project.’

‘Individuals act professionally and react fast on communication. This communication is always clear and comprehensive. Individuals do not try to create extra efforts and always take care in terms of cost efficiency. Individuals feel free to suggest alternative procedures to reach the set goals more efficiently and faster. Nonetheless the wishes of the customer are always fulfilled.’

Key clients

Zouk Capital LLP

PCB Litigation

Nickleby Capital

Patron Capital

Huma Therapeutics Limited

Hertsford Capital plc

Dev Clever Holdings plc

Krantz GmbH

YOO Capital Fund II

Cassidy Gold Corporation

Caspian Sunrise plc

The shareholders of Red Tiger Gaming Limited

Shareholders of Pentesec

United Time Corporation Limited

Guild Esports plc

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Hosting ‘an exceptional amount of industry knowledge’, Fladgate LLP is a single office London firm which is traditionally strong in terms of entrepreneurial and inbound investor representation and has also noted a notable recent upturn in the number of big-ticket deals handled for institutional quality clients and private equity lenders. The practice is also frequently instructed on development projects for family office, hotel, retail and leisure clients and is headed by Stephen Lewis, a specialist in the latter two sectors. Gideon Dabby-Joory and Alan Karsberg are among the key points of contact for corporate occupier matters, a front on which the group is geared to act on everything from day-to-day landlord and tenant matters to major headquarter relocations and caters to a client roster of major professional businesses, co-working providers and barristers' chambers, among others.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; Richard Reuben; Alan Karsberg

Testimonials

‘From my experience of dealing with a number of lawyers at the firm, I am able to attest to the excellent and very responsive service from all of them.’

‘Richard Reuben has been my main contact through this last year.  His speed of response, sensible and very nuanced advice has been invaluable.’

‘In my point of view, it it a one-stop shop law firm of medium size – meaning that I still have easy access to partners and associates but at the same time without compromising any quality.’

‘We have fantastic experience with Gideon Dabby-Joory, one of the partners who acts as our main point of contact for all our real estate needs. On a few occasions, when we required expertise from other colleagues such as litigation, finance, corporate, he has directed us to the right colleagues but at the same time, continued to be involved in order to take care of our interests.’

‘A team of experts that can quickly provide advice on a wide range of property issues. A one-stop shop.’

‘The team at Fladgate has an exceptional amount of industry knowledge to leverage from and their approach to handling transactions (from client care to billing) is tailored to suit the client’s needs, which is always helpful.’

‘Alan Karsberg and Fiona Smith, in particular, are a trusted pair of hands, especially when it comes to guidance towards making commercial decisions. Our organisation has benefited from their services for many years and we would not hesitate in recommending their services.’

‘A superb service. The team are practical, commercial, extremely professional and know their subject inside and out. They are not shy to give clear advice and are extremely efficient in finalising transactions. They are also client user friendly.’

Key clients

Yo! Sushi UK Limited

Penguin Random House

Black Sheep Coffee

4C Hotels Limited

Batting Star Limited

Patron Capital

Mindspace London Limited

Hardwicke Chambers

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Hosting ‘an exceptional amount of industry knowledge’, Fladgate LLP is a single office London firm which is traditionally strong in terms of entrepreneurial and inbound investor representation and has also noted a notable recent upturn in the number of big-ticket deals handled for institutional quality clients and private equity lenders. The practice is also frequently instructed on development projects for family office, hotel, retail and leisure clients and is headed by Stephen Lewis, a specialist in the latter two sectors. Gideon Dabby-Joory and Alan Karsberg are among the key points of contact for corporate occupier matters, a front on which the group is geared to act on everything from day-to-day landlord and tenant matters to major headquarter relocations and caters to a client roster of major professional businesses, co-working providers and barristers' chambers, among others.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Simon Kanter; Matthew Williams; Richard Reuben; James Fry

Testimonials

‘From my experience of dealing with a number of lawyers at the firm, I am able to attest to the excellent and very responsive service from all of them.’

‘Richard Reuben has been my main contact through this last year.  His speed of response, sensible and very nuanced advice has been invaluable.’

‘In my point of view, it it a one-stop shop law firm of medium size – meaning that I still have easy access to partners and associates but at the same time without compromising any quality.’

‘We have fantastic experience with Gideon Dabby-Joory, one of the partners who acts as our main point of contact for all our real estate needs. On a few occasions, when we required expertise from other colleagues such as litigation, finance, corporate, he has directed us to the right colleagues but at the same time, continued to be involved in order to take care of our interests.’

‘A team of experts that can quickly provide advice on a wide range of property issues. A one-stop shop.’

‘The team at Fladgate has an exceptional amount of industry knowledge to leverage from and their approach to handling transactions (from client care to billing) is tailored to suit the client’s needs, which is always helpful.’

‘Alan Karsberg and Fiona Smith, in particular, are a trusted pair of hands, especially when it comes to guidance towards making commercial decisions. Our organisation has benefited from their services for many years and we would not hesitate in recommending their services.’

‘A superb service. The team are practical, commercial, extremely professional and know their subject inside and out. They are not shy to give clear advice and are extremely efficient in finalising transactions. They are also client user friendly.’

Key clients

Capreon UK limited

Weston Homes

Hodson Developments

Strawberry Star

Flora Developments Limited

Otium Real Estate

Black Mountain Group

FTH Investments Limited

Patron, APAM

Ide Real Estate

Gaming and betting Tier 3

At Fladgate LLP, transactional work in the betting and gaming space is the main focus of the practice. The team is particularly skilled in corporate and real estate matters, often with a cross-border element. Acting for large bricks-and-mortar gambling operators, as well as emerging companies in the online space, the team advises on M&A, equity fundraising rounds, joint ventures and other investment matters, in addition to assisting with commercial and regulatory issues. Grant Gordon, who specialises in M&A and equity capital markets work, leads the practice. Other key contacts include corporate partners Nigel Gordon and Jamie Hamilton, and competition, regulatory and commercial partner Alex Haffner.

Practice head(s):

Grant Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Gordon; Stephen Lewis; Eddie Powell; Alex Haffner; Jamie Hamilton

Key clients

The shareholders of Red Tiger Gaming Limited

Playzido Ltd

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Fladgate LLP is recommended for owner-operators and developers across the hospitality sector, with clients including casinos, restaurants, cinema chains, pub groups and leisure funds. Museums and galleries are a core focus for the practice, which has advised on the refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery. The group also advises a number of resorts, sports and private members' clubs, and has a dedicated hotels practice, headed by James Fry, which assists with land and building acquisitions, planning and conversion, development and finance matters. Stephen Lewis leads the wider department, and is known for his work in commercial real estate.

Practice head(s):

James Fry; Stephen Lewis

Testimonials

‘The team are experienced in working both for landlords and tenants in this sector and are also keen to understand the workings of the sector behind the legal documents.’

‘Stephen Lewis is very knowledgeable about leisure, having been a key member of the leisure property forum for many years, Stephen also has a keen commercial mind and brings pragmatic and real world solutions to legal agreements.’

Key clients

Otium Real Estate

Yo! Sushi UK Limited

Round App Ltd

The Board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery

Axcel Hospitality

London & Regional Properties

KE Hotels

Millennium and Copthorne Hotels

Science Museum Group

Five Guys

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Praised for going ‘the extra mile for their clients’, Fladgate LLP acts for policyholders in insurance disputes involving professional indemnity, political risk, product liability and product and business interruption insurance. Head of the practice Garbhan Shanks and senior associate Harriet Chopra joined the firm from Michelmores LLP in April 2021. Shanks is noted for his expertise across a range of insurance matters and Chopra represents US policyholders in product liability disputes.

Practice head(s):

Garbhan Shanks

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Chopra; Naomi Hall

Testimonials

‘Garbhan Shanks has a very strong reputation in the market.’

‘A small, knowledgeable team, with individuals who are experts in the law and insurance market. They go the extra mile for their clients.’

Islamic finance Tier 3

Fladgate LLP's Islamic finance practice sits within the firm's funds, finance and regulatory department. It advises lenders and borrowers on a variety of shari'ah-compliant products, including commodity murabaha and ijara lease structures. The department is led by Ella Leonard, who is well-versed in Islamic finance structures in connection with property transactions. Charles Proctor and Seetal Modi are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ella Leonard

Other key lawyers:

Charles Proctor; Seetal Modi

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 covers the gamut of commercial landlord and tenant litigation, including property portfolio work such as squatter actions, service charge disputes and tenant CVAs. Disputes over option, lease and development management agreements alongside restrictive covenants are examples of recent development-related instructions. Led by Tim Foley, the team generates regular mandates from property investors, property owners, developers and development management companies. It also acts for a number of well-known commercial tenants in the retail, leisure and restaurant sectors, which is a key area of expertise for Alison Mould. In May 2021, Adam Gross joined the team from Memery Crystal LLP; he handles a wide range of commercial and residential property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tim Foley

Other key lawyers:

Alison Mould; Janet Keeley; Adam Gross

Testimonials

Very pragmatic, sensible and commercial.

Alison Mould is as good a commercial property litigator as you’ll find.

Throughout a very difficult year all of the partners and associates have been very accessible and ensured that it’s been very much business as usual for us. It has been a challenge but I’m happy to say that we have achieved all of our desired objectives and outcomes.

Alison Mould is very smart, provides practical advice and has a down-to-earth approach. We always welcome her input and her invaluable contributions when discussing our strategies.

Alison Mould is a good communicator who makes the difficult and complex easy to understand.

Key clients

Origin Housing

Yo! Sushi

Soho Estates

Odeon Cinemas

London Diocesan Fund

Strada Restaurants

Tellon Capital

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers

Aspers Casinos

Five Guys

Residential property Tier 3

Fladgate LLP represents over 80 family offices, and it also acts for high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, offshore banks, developers and investment funds. It is notably active in high-end freehold and leasehold acquisitions and sales of residential properties in London. In addition, other work includes portfolio refinancings and lease extensions. The team has been particularly active in transactions involving the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands, Switzerland and the UAE. Helen Curtis-Goulding heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Helen Curtis-Goulding

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Carter

Testimonials

‘For its size, Fladgate have very good personal relationships in the tradition of an old family firm. They are responsive, technically well-informed, competent and timely in their dealings.’

‘Outstanding client care during the pandemic enabling the family to achieve a prompt sale and purchase at an exceptionally demanding time.’

‘Helen Curtis-Goulding is knowledgeable, committed and approachable. She is happy to meet tight deadlines and manage unexpected challenges.’

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Fladgate LLP frequently acts against larger firms in high-profile disputes that have an international flavour. The department is led by John Evans, who joined from Kerman & Co in 2020. It includes IP and sports disputes expert Mark Buckley, as well as Eugene Matveichuk, who undertakes cases connected with energy, real estate and finance. Alexander Wildschütz is another name to note in the group, which saw Bree Taylor and Victoria Prince leave to found Alius Law. Joel Seager joined the team from Memery Crystal LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

John Evans

Other key lawyers:

Mark Buckley; Eugene Matveichuk; Alexander Wildschütz; Tom Bolam; Leigh Callaway; Will Thompson

Testimonials

The team as a whole are quick to act, always with John Evans’ hand on the tiller.’

I have worked primarily with John Evans. He is a stellar partner and a joy to work with.’

They are a very effective general service business litigation team, dovetailing in well with their property and construction departments.’

Responsive and able team.’

Mark Buckley has excellent judgment and a cool head in a crisis.’

‘Joel Seager is a masterful lawyer. He is at the top of his game – and possesses an unrivalled wealth of experience, insight and skills.‘

‘Joel Seager provides game-changing advice on key points. He has a great command of the commercial realities and issues that arise for clients and provides fantastic advice to them. Clients love him.‘

‘Joel Seager is a tireless champion of a client’s case and he gives his all for the client. One couldn’t ask for anyone more committed to the client’s cause. He brings great commercial experience and knowledge to every point which arises.‘

Key clients

Searchflow & Ors

Betamax

Freudenberg Sealing Techonology

LA Micro Group

Holy Group

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Hosting ‘an exceptional amount of industry knowledge’, Fladgate LLP is a single office London firm which is traditionally strong in terms of entrepreneurial and inbound investor representation and has also noted a notable recent upturn in the number of big-ticket deals handled for institutional quality clients and private equity lenders. The practice is also frequently instructed on development projects for family office, hotel, retail and leisure clients and is headed by Stephen Lewis, a specialist in the latter two sectors. Gideon Dabby-Joory and Alan Karsberg are among the key points of contact for corporate occupier matters, a front on which the group is geared to act on everything from day-to-day landlord and tenant matters to major headquarter relocations and caters to a client roster of major professional businesses, co-working providers and barristers' chambers, among others.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; Richard Reuben; Alan Karsberg

Testimonials

‘From my experience of dealing with a number of lawyers at the firm, I am able to attest to the excellent and very responsive service from all of them.’

‘Richard Reuben has been my main contact through this last year.  His speed of response, sensible and very nuanced advice has been invaluable.’

‘In my point of view, it it a one-stop shop law firm of medium size – meaning that I still have easy access to partners and associates but at the same time without compromising any quality.’

‘We have fantastic experience with Gideon Dabby-Joory, one of the partners who acts as our main point of contact for all our real estate needs. On a few occasions, when we required expertise from other colleagues such as litigation, finance, corporate, he has directed us to the right colleagues but at the same time, continued to be involved in order to take care of our interests.’

‘A team of experts that can quickly provide advice on a wide range of property issues. A one-stop shop.’

‘The team at Fladgate has an exceptional amount of industry knowledge to leverage from and their approach to handling transactions (from client care to billing) is tailored to suit the client’s needs, which is always helpful.’

‘Alan Karsberg and Fiona Smith, in particular, are a trusted pair of hands, especially when it comes to guidance towards making commercial decisions. Our organisation has benefited from their services for many years and we would not hesitate in recommending their services.’

‘A superb service. The team are practical, commercial, extremely professional and know their subject inside and out. They are not shy to give clear advice and are extremely efficient in finalising transactions. They are also client user friendly.’

Key clients

Patron, APAM

Goldacre Noé Group

Capreon UK limited

Best Star Real Estate

BYM Group

Strawberry Star

FTH Investments Limited

Otium Real Estate

London & Regional Properties

YOO Capital Fund II

CapitaLand REIT

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Fladgate LLP provides support to a wide range of clients, including funders, suppliers and specialist contractors, in contentious matters. It has a notable practice acting in PFI disputes, a growing focus on cultural sector projects, and offers expertise in leisure and hotel-related matters. David Weare leads the practice and is supported by Digby Hebbard, who supports healthcare and heritage sector clients. The team's partnership ranks were strengthened by the promotion of Christian Charles in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

David Weare

Other key lawyers:

Digby Hebbard; Christian Charles

Testimonials

‘David Weare combines first-class, no-nonsense advice with a likeable approach and a sense of humour. Christian Charles deals with complex issues with confidence.’

‘David Weare has a vast knowledge of construction disputes but is always there to listen and to be challenged. He gives real consideration to alternative arguments advanced to him and takes time to explain the merits of such an argument. He embraces you as part of the team and delivers a very collaborative approach to finding the most appropriate solution for the client.’

‘A really strong team of commercially pragmatic problem-solvers.’

‘The practice is led by David Weare, who has a wealth of experience dealing with construction disputes. Under his leadership and guidance, the advice provided is clear, unambiguous and realistic. The team are straight talkers and put the interests of their client first.’

Key clients

Bailey Acquisitions Limited

Michael J Lonsdale Ltd

Quintain Limited

Equitix

National Portrait Gallery

Science Museum Group

Wembley Park Limited

Innisfree

4C Hotels Group

Otis Ltd

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

With strong links to a number of leading ventures and investors, Fladgate LLP acts on a range of high-calibre construction matters. The team is well regarded for its work on large development projects and cultural institution refurbishment and has received an increasing number of international instructions. David Weare leads the practice, with significant experience working on projects in Abu Dhabi. Digby Hebbard and Olivia Bateman are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Weare

Other key lawyers:

Digby Hebbard; Olivia Bateman

Testimonials

‘Fladgate have built up a fantastic construction team with star individuals who have great experience and expertise in this specialist area. They bring in-depth industry understanding, commercial awareness, and heavyweight expertise.’

‘David Weare is hugely experienced in construction work, he has great commercial understanding and is very tactically astute.’

‘Digby Hebbard is a really impressive lawyer with a very sophisticated understanding of the legal and technical issues, as well as a keen commercial awareness and tactical nous.’

‘David Weare combines first-class no-nonsense advice with a likeable approach and a sense of humour.’

‘David Weare embraces you as part of the team, and delivers a very collaborative approach to finding the most appropriate solution for the client.’

‘A really strong team of commercially pragmatic problem solvers.’

Key clients

Bailey Acquisitions Limited

Michael J Lonsdale Ltd

Quintain Limited

Equitix

National Portrait Gallery

Science Museum Group

Wembley Park Limited

Innisfree

4C Hotels Group

Otis Ltd

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

David Robinson heads up the practice at Fladgate LLP, which excels in advising fast-growing and entrepreneurial companies on AIM/Main Market admissions, dual listings, secondary fundraisings, M&A and corporate governance issues. Noted for its involvement in first-to-the-market transactions, the firm's work spans a number of industries, including the financial services, life sciences, energy and natural resources sectors. The team includes Paul Airley, who has particular knowledge of Canadian capital markets transactions, and Nigel Gordon, who recently advised Jubilee on a £14.5m placing of new and existing ordinary shares. Consultant Neil Vickers has over 20 years of international equity capital markets experience.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon; Neil Vickers; David Baverstock; Orit Rioumine Gold

Testimonials

‘They understand what the client is trying to a achieve – they don’t just apply law blindly, they apply law to achieve the required result.’

‘Solutions, not problems. The partner feels as though he is part of my team, a sounding board as well source of law.’

Key clients

All Active Asset Capital Limited

Jubilee Metals Group PLC

Guild Esports PLC

Gfinity plc

SPARK Advisory Partners Ltd

Global Petroleum Limited

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Angus Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise LLP

Pineapple Power Corporation plc

Blake Holdings Limited

Tri-Star Resources PLC

Dev Clever Holdings PLC

Hertsford Capital plc

Cenkos Securities PLC

Alliance Pharma

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Known for ‘long experience in the civil fraud field and genuine specialisation in the area', Fladgate LLP operates ‘at the cross-over between civil and criminal fraud, not hesitating to take expert advice and get stuck into often high-profile litigation and arbitration’. The multidisciplinary practice has broad international experience and a particular specialism in insolvency related matters. Sophia Purkis leads the team and is regarded as ‘one of the great fraud litigators in the London market’.

Practice head(s):

Sophia Purkis

Other key lawyers:

Mark Buckley; Tom Bolam; Cecilia Ricks

Testimonials

‘Medium size firm, but with in-house resources to address every aspect of the client’s needs. When an employment specialist is needed to deal with a point in a commercial dispute, they are only steps away’.

‘Long experience in the civil fraud field and genuine specialisation in the area’.

‘The team is extremely user-friendly and team-oriented. It operates on an excellent cooperative and collaborative approach and is very client-friendly and supportive. It also works well with counsel and practitioners at Fladgate always bring creative and helpful contributions to the table’.

‘Tom Bolam is excellent and a pleasure to work with. He is always on hand and has a great mind, bringing fresh insights and ideas to the table. New recruit Cecilia Ricks is very hands on and helpful’.

‘Fladgate have a strong criminal and civil fraud practice across a number of different area – despite their relatively modest size, the team appears in many of the highest profile cases’.

‘Sophia Purkis is one of the great fraud litigators in the London market – she has achieved many notable successes in relation to fraud allegations against solicitors and finance professionals and always combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of detail with a clear and imaginative strategic purpose’.

‘The team operates at the cross-over between civil and criminal fraud, not hesitating to take expert advice and get stuck into often high profile litigation and arbitration where it is in their clients’ best interests’.

‘They are developing real nose for quasi group action claims involving insolvency proceedings and, as cybercrime has taken off during the pandemic, they are tackling banks in relation to push payment frauds where disputes arise over reimbursement’.

Infrastructure Tier 4

The multidisciplinary Fladgate LLP practice acts for the public sector, investors, funders, consortium-members and contractors on a range of PPPs/PFIs, renewable energy generation assets and battery storage projects. The firm’s primary focus is on advising investors in PPPs/PFI and asset-backed vehicles. Andrew Bessemer Clark is head of the team and specialises in M&A, particularly related to the projects and infrastructure market and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bessemer Clark

Other key lawyers:

Sam Tye; Kim Fowler; Christian Charles

Testimonials

‘Make you feel as if you are their only client and make themselves available at any time during the day or evening’.

‘Provide thorough and clear advice – making difficult decisions as easy as possible’.

‘Andrew Bessemer Clark and Sam Tye, along with the Senior Associates (such as Kim Fowler) have played important roles over the last 12 months in navigating difficult situations during the pandemic’.

‘Special praise to Christian Charles’.

Key clients

Zouk Capital

Equitix Limited

John Laing Investments Limited

Pinnacle Group

Innisfree

Mining and minerals Tier 4

Fladgate LLP's mining group is led by Nigel Gordon and has a strong capital markets focus, in addition to handling an array of cross-border M&A transactions for mining and energy sector clients. The team has experience in advising on AIM listings, with a particular emphasis on African mandates. Paul Airley leads the natural resources team and is a key member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Paul Airley

Oil and gas Tier 4

Fladgate LLP's energy practice, which has a particular focus on oil and gas matters in Africa and Eastern Europe, is jointly led by Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon. The team handles M&A, cross-border financings and capital markets transactions for clients such as Global Petroleum Limited and Angus Energy Plc. Corporate head David Robinson is experienced in matters such as AIM IPOs and other equity capital markets transactions. John Evans, who joined the team from Armstrong Teasdale, has expanded the group's commercial arbitration offering.

Practice head(s):

Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon

Other key lawyers:

John Evans; David Robinson

Key clients

Blake Holdings Limited

Cenkos Securities PLC

Global Petroleum Limited

Angus Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

The private wealth practice at Fladgate LLP focuses on complex tax and wealth structuring issues for domestic and international clients including entrepreneurs, families and fiduciary businesses. Jonathan Riley joined the firm from Michelmores LLP to spearhead the group. It also has considerable strength in family office work as it acts for over 80 family offices. Mark Spash  has a particular emphasis on inheritance tax and estate planning for domestic and international HNWIs.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Riley

Other key lawyers:

Mark Spash; Helen Cox; Helena Luckhurst

Testimonials

‘It has been advising my family for many years and has been a great support in difficult times, including dealing with complex tax issues arising from the death of a family member this year. Mark Spash is charming and helpful. He is approachable and informal‘.

‘The overall depth of expertise within Fladgate is impressive and I know that clients will be well looked after by the team. As they have multi disciplines, we do not need to introduce multiple legal firms. I have mainly worked with Helen Cox and Mark Spash. Both are extremely knowledgeable and personable. Helen in particular has a great understanding of legal and tax matters, so is well placed to assist mutual clients with legal support’.

Great technical knowledge, commercial approach, responsive, partner led and reasonable on fees. A perfect match for a lot of our private clients and mid-cap corporate clients. I couldn’t recommend Helen Cox highly enough. A brilliant technical lawyer with a great approach with clients. She is a great asset to have when working with her on corporate structuring transactions, and every time we have referred a client to Helen we get nothing but glowing praise‘.

The firm provides an excellent service and is a very credible alternative to much larger City firms. We have no hesitation in referring clients to this firm – we have every confidence that it will meet all of their needs. Jonathan Riley has an excellent understanding of UK tax law, UK tax planning and private wealth structuring. He is hardworking, technically very able, a good communicator and personable. He understands the importance of listening to his clients and quickly identifying the real issues, in order that he may provide cost effective solutions which meet his clients’ needs. He has an excellent reputation in the private wealth space and is a trusted adviser of choice for UHNWIs and HNWIs‘.

‘The key strength is its partner Jonathan Riley‘.

Helena Luckhurst has always been very responsive and been available to support client needs and timeframes. Helena’s subject matter knowledge has been very helpful in assisting us making informed decisions. Service has remained consistent throughout the pandemic. Helena has excellent client relationship management skills and takes the time to get to know her clients so that she can provide a great customer experience. Our engagement was international and she was readily available despite the time differences to meet and collaborate with other parties that were engaged in order to reach a decision and agree a way forward. The billing of Helena’s time was always value for money and timesheets provided, where appropriate she took the initiative to engage more junior staff to reduce fees but always sought my agreement before she did this. Our engagement relied on technology and the experience was seamless‘.

‘Mark Spash is the consummate private client practitioner – he knows his field inside out, is brilliantly efficient and has all the empathy and understanding needed to deal with a naturally diverse and highly demanding clientele‘.

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

Property finance Tier 4

Fladgate LLP acts for both lenders and borrowers equally, with 'great knowledge and experience' of advising on residential, office and hotel developments, often through senior, mezzanine and bridge financing structures. Practice head Kim McMurray specialises in investment and development loans, hotel, educational institution, charity and care home financing, and senior and mezzanine loans. Both Daniel Polden and Gary Smith have strengths in handling a range of transactions with cross-border elements, while Jenny Sargeant handles secured lending mandates.

Practice head(s):

Kim McMurray

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Polden; Gary Smith; Jenny Sargeant

Testimonials

‘They are good at structuring non-conventional transactions efficiently and reasonably cost effectively to get the required result. They resource the job to get it done on time.’

‘Great team to work with. Always innovative and proactive.’

‘Great knowledge and experience.’

‘Extremely accessible and approachable.’

Key clients

Strawberry Star

Bank of Ireland

London & Regional Properties

ICG Longbow

Greenoak Real Estate

CIMC

London Wall

Bank of Singapore

JP Morgan

KE Hotels

Sport Tier 4

London firm Fladgate LLP works with clients including athletes, teams, sponsors and agents in addition to organising and governing bodies. James Earl is head of the commercial, sports and IP team.

Practice head(s):

James Earl

Family Tier 5

Fladgate LLP advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown including the financial implications and arrangements for children. It is vastly experienced in international matters, trusts and offshore structures. Teresa Cullen heads the department that acts predominantly for many entrepreneurial HNWIs. It is adept at advising on wealth protection measures through nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements for wealthy individuals. Hetty Gleave  joined the practice from Hunters Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Hetty Gleave; Ronnie Mortimer

Testimonials

A small close team led by Teresa Cullen expertly. The niche presence makes it always a surprise to opponents but the lawyers have clear legal vision and a strong pragmatic approach to finding solutions for its client base. Teresa Cullen is highly experienced and always calm in her client management engendering unwavering confidence in her and rightly so‘.

‘I know Hetty Gleave, a partner in the family team. She is a class act with a superb knowledge of international legal issues including complex financial structures like trusts and corporate assets‘.

‘Teresa Cullen is a superb lawyer and mediator . She is very constructive and pragmatic and will always look to try to find a solution. She is a joy to work with. She has a good team around her too‘.

‘I work with Fladgate since January 2021, My lawyer is Ms Hetty Gleave, and she is really great’.

‘All the team is very collaborative in how  it works together and each individually is very personable. Teresa Cullen is a trained psychotherapist as well as a solicitor which makes her well attuned to dealing with clients and their emotions. Ronnie Mortimer is very personable and generally very helpful’.

‘This small team provides the highest quality service with the personal touch which is only possible in a team where all members work well together and are aware of everything that is going on, on all cases. Teresa provides invaluable experience with the real personal touch. She manages the team incredibly well.  Ronnie – is loved by all clients – working with him as counsel is a dream; his briefs are clear and concise with all the information you need and he anticipates the questions I am going to ask of the client before I do it and provides what information I need‘.

Teresa Cullen is an exceptional lawyer with not only excellent legal skills but also a great deal of emotional intelligence’.

‘A great family team within a full service, national firm. Teresa Cullen leads the small but perfectly formed family practice. Teresa Cullen – charismatic and capable. Ronnie Mortimer – definitely on the rise and one to watch. Very able‘.

 

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

Fladgate LLP's multidisciplinary team undertakes a significant amount of contentious and non-contentious work for clients in the advertising, esports, gaming, publishing, music, TV and film industries. The practice is led by Eddie Powell, who advises clients on commercial contracts, data protection, competition and dispute resolution.

Planning Tier 5

Fladgate LLP has a full-service planning practice, regularly advising clients on CIL, infrastructure and s106 agreements. Practice head Mark Harnett specialises in compulsory purchase and development work, including rights to light and environmental liability. The team also has contentious expertise, with Miles Crawford acting for a range of private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harnett

Other key lawyers:

Miles Crawford

Testimonials

‘They are always there for us, with an eye for details’

‘Extremely accessible and approachable.’

‘Mark Harnett is a very competent and reliable individual, providing sensible and pragmatic approaches to the issues in hand.’

‘Clear and decisive. Accessible. Sound advice.’

‘A great team to work with. Always innovative and proactive.’

Fladgate’s planning team provide comprehensive and reliable advice on planning issues.’

Key clients

Hodson Developments

Music Walk of Fame

Weston Homes

The Board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery

Hult International Business School

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Manor Heights

The Board of Trustees of the British Museum

Tranquility Property Holdings Limited

Employers Tier 6

Demonstrating an ‘expert understanding of employment law’, Fladgate LLP combines transactional support know-how with a robust contentious practice, most notably in discrimination, whistleblowing and High Court claims. Other pillars of the group, which is led by Taj Rehal, are redundancy matters and senior exits. Mike Tremeer is an all-round employment law specialist, while Michael McCartney’s practice centres on restrictive covenant issues.

Practice head(s):

Taj Rehal

Other key lawyers:

Michael McCartney; Mike Tremeer

Testimonials

Fladgate has always provided clear and comprehensive advice to me in layman’s terms that is easy to understand and follow. They have given me the confidence to deal with a range of ER situations whether complex or straightforward and they always find time to speak to me.’

Mike Tremeer is approachable, knowledgeable and will always make himself available when I need support. He is definitely my go-to person on any employment issue.’

Taj Rehal is an incredible partner. His clients adore working with him – cool and calm under pressure but also very commercial.’

The team are highly pragmatic and commercial and always give advice or propose solutions taking into account an appropriate consideration of the commercial context in which we are working. The team are always very responsive, extremely helpful when asked but also proactive in anticipating issues and preparing for those issues before they arise. Expert understanding of employment law and how to apply it in a commercial setting.’

Michael has recently guided us through a particularly difficult employee relations situation, to a very satisfactory conclusion.’

I find the team to be highly responsive and understanding of our particular business requirements.’

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

The Television Company (a Tinopolis Group Company)

Black Sheep Coffee (Conilon Limited)

Blockchain Worldwide Plc

Venture capital Tier 6

Led by the 'very commercial' Graham Spitz, Fladgate LLP's 'hardworking' growth capital group is particularly active in early stage funding rounds, acting for a growing investor-focused client base that includes family offices, institutional investors and smaller funds. The arrival in May 2021 of the 'absolutely outstanding' Howard Watt  from Sheridans adds excellent experience in acting for investors and investees in the European venture capital market.

Practice head(s):

Graham Spitz

Other key lawyers:

Howard Watt; Jamie Hamilton; Anthony Shatz; Yulia Leyko

Testimonials

‘Clear, hardworking and detailed. They are a pleasure to deal with at all times.’

Howard Watt is an absolutely outstanding lawyer. Fast, precise, very commercial.’

Graham Spitz is very commercial.’

Jamie Hamilton is an exceptional talent.’

Key clients

Zouk Capital

Ocado Ventures

Jones Food Company

83 North

Marathon Ventures

Privet Capital

Bridford Investments

BDMI GmbH

June Fund

Dale Ventures

IMMJ Systems

Playzido

Fiinu

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank

Truesight Ventures

Homelink Healthcare

Next Big Thing

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

'Knowledgeable in all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency', Fladgate LLP's two-partner team is a popular choice among IPs, high-net-worth individuals and corporates, particularly on mandates requiring significant partner involvement. Drawing upon his broader transactional corporate knowledge, as well as his core restructuring expertise, the 'calm and considered' Jeremy Whiteson is appreciated for his ability to 'find solutions not problems'. Whiteson co-heads the team alongside contentious insolvency expert Ben Drew.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Whiteson; Ben Drew

Other key lawyers:

Judith Davidge

Testimonials

A solid team that is knowlegeable in all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency.’

A small but effective team with (seemingly) guaranteed partner involvement at a reasonable cost.’

A wide-ranging team, who offer advice on a variety of sectors and service lines. Give good honest and commercial advice.’

Jeremy Whiteson is a calm, considered individual who isn’t “flapped” and finds solutions not problems. He’s a lateral thinker and provides sound advice in a very calm manner.’

Jeremy Whiteson has a very broad range of knowledge in both insolvency and corporate, which he is able to draw upon. He is clever, very knowledgeable and focused in his approach, as well as constructive and strategic in his thinking about the best way to achieve the requirements of his clients. A very good pair of hands to be in.’

Key clients

Anthony Batty & Co.

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor

David Rubin & Partners

Grant Thornton

Moorfields

FRP

James Cowper Creston

B and C Associates

Menzies

PKF

Resolve

Duff & Phelps

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Fladgate LLP has several interesting angles to its finance offering; the firm is known for real estate finance but this capability has expanded to include more corporate lending. In addition, the firm handles lending secured against more esoteric assets, for example, for football clubs, as well as in relation to art and music financing (back catalogue financing).

Immigration

With expertise in handling all aspects of immigration, Fladgate LLP has an impressive track record of work for high-profile Hollywood actors, directors and producers. The group also has experience in assisting with complex applications including indefinite leave to remain applications, naturalisation matters where the residence requirement is not met, and Investor and Entrepreneur visas. Kelly Whiter heads up the department; she has a varied client roster of ultra-high-net-work individuals and their families and businesses. Thomas Garner recently joined the team from Gherson and is highly experienced in extradition and asylum mandates. Sarah Gogan left to join Harbottle & Lewis LLP in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Whiter

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Garner; Sophie Spector

Testimonials

‘Kelly Whiter is extremely knowledgeable on immigration matters.’

Fladgate is a nimble 85 partner law firm known for its ability to work on fast moving, complex challenges requiring enterprising and commercial solutions.
We’re a law firm that has always built deep relationships with clients, creating true partnerships. Offering any number of experts while keeping things brilliantly one to one. Valuing intellectual rigour, agility and proactivity.
We call this approach an ‘unlimited partnership’, because deep relationships generate exponentially better teamwork and results.
We deliver against our clients’ high expectations by being extensively connected across their worlds, immersed in their goals and constantly searching not just to understand their business needs but to anticipate them. As a result, we work with some of the leading and fastest growing businesses and ‘trend initiator’ brands along with UHNWI’s or their advisors from around the world.
One of the things that characterises Fladgate is the nature of our clients and our ability to deliver quick thinking and enterprising solutions for them. A large proportion of clients we work for are either: founder/owners/senior directors in small to medium size fast growing businesses often seen as ‘trend initiators’ in their markets; or they are UHNWI’s or their advisors. They generally don’t have large in-house resources and rely on us heavily to guide them through fast moving and intricate challenges. They also expect commercial and enterprising thinking, Fladgate scores up to 20% higher in service factors related to this area than other firms that our clients use.* Another reason why our focus on personal service has paid off.
Our distinctive approach stems from providing a level of personal service that our clients tell us they do not get from the other firms they use*. Partners at Fladgate operate in small close-knit and collaborative teams. Fladgate has carefully structured these teams around a low partner to fee earner ratio ensuring a uniquely personal service. They not only take the lead but also do a significant amount of the detailed work. This and our strongly personal and collaborative culture results in an ability to move efficiently and at speed.
Fladgate combines nimble and efficient with high quality, full service and international capabilities. Clients appreciate our personal scale and flat efficient structure but know we can also help across the full breadth of their needs and bring international connectivity. We deliver all this from one office without the overheads or bureaucracy of larger international network firms.

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 corporate real estate, investment, development, planning, construction, real estate finance, tax and real estate litigation.

The funds, finance & regulatory department advises on funds, finance, regulatory, debt finance, financial services and real estate finance.

The dispute resolution department handles general commercial litigation, fraud, IP, international arbitration, insurance, restructuring, family and private wealth disputes.

Many of our clients come from diverse sectors but, given the generally entrepreneurial outlook of our clients, we have developed focus and strengths across a number of particular sectors including: Betting & Gaming; Construction & Engineering; Energy & Renewables; Financial Services; Fintech; Hotels; Insurance; Leisure; Life Sciences & Healthcare; Media; Professional Practices; Projects & Infrastructure; Real Estate; Retail; Sports and Esports.

We also have a large and established private wealth group including over 15 Partners delivering the full range of services from International Private Wealth, Trusts and Tax planning through to Estate and Trust administration, Family and Luxury Assets.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Sunil Sheth
Executive Partner Grant Gordon
Real Estate Stephen Lewis
Dispute Resolution John Evans
Funds, Finance & Regulatory Ella Leonard
Corporate David Robinson
Private Wealth Jonathan Riley
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 Paul Airley  photo Paul Airley I specialise in equity capital markets transactions, M&A and advisory mandates, acting…
 Olivia Bateman  photo Olivia Bateman I have over 20 years’ experience as a construction lawyer. I have…
 Andrew Bessemer Clark  photo Andrew Bessemer Clark I specialise in mergers and acquisitions with a particular emphasis on the…
 Tom Bolam photo Tom Bolam Partner
 Ian Brent  photo Ian Brent I have been a lawyer for 30 years and a corporate partner…
 Mark Buckley  photo Mark Buckley Partner
 Christian Charles  photo Christian Charles Partner
 Gavriel Cohen  photo Gavriel Cohen Partner
 Amy Collins  photo Amy Collins I’m a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in mergers…
 Sarah Conibeere  photo Sarah Conibeere I specialise in fast-paced transactions and deal with mainly prime and super…
 Kirsty Corkum  photo Kirsty Corkum I am a real estate lawyer working on high value, complex developments,…
 Helen Cox  photo Helen Cox I am a partner in the private client department at Fladgate. I…
 Teresa Cullen  photo Teresa Cullen Partne- Head of Family Team
 Helen Curtis-Goulding  photo Helen Curtis-Goulding I specialise in high value and often complex property sales and acquisitions…
 Gideon Dabby-Joory  photo Gideon Dabby-Joory I specialise in real estate investment and complex development work. My expertise…
 Ben Drew  photo Ben Drew Partner
 James Earl  photo James Earl I lead the Fladgate’s Commercial, Sports & IP team. I have extensive…
 Tim Foley  photo Tim Foley I am a specialist in all areas of property litigation and lead…
 John Forde  photo John Forde I am a specialist tax lawyer and Chartered Tax Adviser advising my…
 Hamilton Forrest  photo Hamilton Forrest I am a specialist tax lawyer who advises UK and international clients…
 James Fry  photo James Fry I specialise in all aspects of commercial real estate with a particular…
 Hetty Gleave  photo Hetty Gleave Partner
 Grant Gordon  photo Grant Gordon As the firm’s Executive Partner, I am responsible for the development and…
 Nigel Gordon  photo Nigel Gordon I specialise in capital markets and M&A, with a focus on the…
 Adam  Gross  photo Adam  Gross I specialise in property disputes, advising and litigating the full range of…
 Amanda Hado-Bodfield  photo Amanda Hado-Bodfield I specialise in acquisitions and disposals, with a focus on development and…
 Alex Haffner  photo Alex Haffner I am a Competition, Regulatory and Commercial lawyer advising companies in technology…
 Jamie Hamilton  photo Jamie Hamilton I specialise in venture capital, private equity and M&A, advising high-growth, early-stage…
 Mark Harnett  photo Mark Harnett I specialise in advising developers and property investors on planning and related…
 David Harrison photo David Harrison I specialise in helping clients to structure and execute complex acquisitions, disposals…
 Digby Hebbard  photo Digby Hebbard   Partner
 Jan Hoppe  photo Jan Hoppe I specialise in corporate and commercial law often with international (cross-border) elements,…
 Simon Kanter  photo Simon Kanter I am an experienced transactional lawyer specialising in commercial property, leading negotiations…
 Alan Karsberg  photo Alan Karsberg  I am a specialist in investment, corporate occupier and landlord and tenant…
 Mythily Katsaris  photo Mythily Katsaris I lead the India Desk with Sunil Sheth, and I am the…
 Alex Kaufmann  photo Alex Kaufmann I specialise in advising on corporate transactions including M&A, joint ventures, private…
 Janet Keeley  photo Janet Keeley I have been with Fladgate for over 30 years, for about half…
 Avram Kelman  photo Avram Kelman I am a multi-national corporate lawyer with over 35 years’ experience helping…
 Ella Leonard  photo Ella Leonard I am a specialist investment funds lawyer and head of the Funds,…
 Stephen Lewis  photo Stephen Lewis I specialise in all aspects of commercial real estate work, particularly in…
 Elliot Lewis  photo Elliot Lewis Partner
 Julian Lewis  photo Julian Lewis I specialise in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity and the…
 Helena Luckhurst  photo Helena Luckhurst I specialise in tax and legal issues affecting family wealth holding vehicles,…
 Steven Mash  photo Steven Mash Consultant  
 Eugene Matveichuk  photo Eugene Matveichuk Partner
 Michael McCartney  photo Michael McCartney I am an experienced employment law specialist, working with clients across a…
 Kim McMurray  photo Kim McMurray   I am a real estate finance lawyer who has a passion…
 Seetal Modi  photo Seetal Modi My job is to help people raise finance or lend against assets,…
 Edward Morgan  photo Edward Morgan I specialise in investment funds, indirect real estate investment vehicles, joint ventures,…
 Luke Morris  photo Luke Morris I am a specialist in debt finance, with a particular focus on…
 Alison Mould  photo Alison Mould I am a partner in the real estate department with over 30…
 James Norton  photo James Norton I am a trusted adviser to clients in the real estate sector…
 Daniel Polden  photo Daniel Polden I specialise in a range of commercial property work for clients based…
 Eddie Powell  photo Eddie Powell I use my legal skills and experience to prevent or solve problems…
 Charles Proctor  photo Charles Proctor I specialise in regulatory matters for banks and investment firms. I am…
 Sophia Purkis  photo Sophia Purkis Partner  
 Taj Rehal  photo Taj Rehal I specialise in advising clients on complex and strategic workplace employment and…
 Richard Reuben  photo Richard Reuben I specialise in real estate development and finance, investment work and corporate…
 Jonathan  Riley  photo Jonathan  Riley I advise wealthy individuals, their families and the institutions that advise them…
 David Robinson  photo David Robinson I specialise in equity capital markets and in both public company and…
 Jenny Sargeant  photo Jenny Sargeant I am a specialist in development, and bespoke transactions and financings involving…
 Julian Scharfer  photo Julian Scharfer I am a specialist in real estate investment, acting for investors and…
Mr Joel Seager photo Mr Joel Seager Partner
Mr Garbhan Shanks photo Mr Garbhan Shanks Partner and Head of Insurance
 Anthony Shatz  photo Anthony Shatz I am a partner in Fladgate’s corporate team. I specialise in M&A,…
 Sunil Sheth  photo Sunil Sheth I am Fladgate’s Senior Partner, with overall leadership of the firm. This…
 Gary Smith  photo Gary Smith I am a debt finance partner with over 22 years’ experience across…
 Marc Sosnow  photo Marc Sosnow I specialise in mergers and acquisitions including joint ventures, disposals, private equity,…
 Graham Spitz  photo Graham Spitz I am part of our Growth Capital group and I advise on…
 Neal Todd  photo Neal Todd I am a highly experienced tax adviser, specialising in tax planning for…
 Mike Tremeer  photo Mike Tremeer I am a specialist Employment lawyer, taking pride in providing commercial and…
 Sam Tye  photo Sam Tye I am the head of our Green Energy Group and I have…
 Howard Watt photo Howard Watt I am a corporate transactional partner with a particular focus on UK…
 David Weare  photo David Weare Partner – Head of Construction & Engineering
 Alan Wetterhahn  photo Alan Wetterhahn I am a contract specialist with specific expertise in sports, esports, gaming,…
 Kelly Whiter  photo Kelly Whiter I have been with Fladgate for three years, and I have 20…
 Jeremy Whiteson  photo Jeremy Whiteson I focus on corporate transactions for successful private companies (start-ups, development finance…
 Gavin Whitney  photo Gavin Whitney I deal with all aspects of real estate work including investment, landlord…
 Alexander Wildschütz  photo Alexander Wildschütz Partner  
 Matthew Williams  photo Matthew Williams I specialise in development and redevelopment advice relating to real estate assets,…
 Tim Wright  photo Tim Wright I am a technology, sourcing and commercial lawyer with nearly 30 years’…
Number of partners : 85
Associates : 65
Other fee-earners (including paralegals, trainees, legal executives etc) : 24
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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

At Fladgate, a small trainee intake means ‘exposure to work you would not get until further in your career elsewhere’ plus ‘you are far more likely to get placed in the department you want. The full-service firm, which is located near London’s Covent Garden, is the ‘perfect size’ and offers ‘high-quality work and friendly people’. At Fladgate trainees are afforded ‘large amounts of responsibility when completing tasks, rather than just tagging along’. The ‘very approachable partners and associates’ have been a blessing during the pandemic as they have enabled trainees to ‘feel supported while working from home’. However, Fladgate is ‘very top heavy on partners’ and whilst it is ‘great that you get to learn from talented lawyers from day one, this can affect approachability’. Trainees also bemoaned the limited social activities, although it was acknowledged that ‘this could be a consequence of the current circumstances’. ‘Attending and winning a heated mediation’, ‘holding meetings with clients within the first month of my training contract’ and ‘seeing deals I’ve worked on make national news’ were pride-inducing moments. Conversely, ‘finishing late on my last working day before Christmas’ and ‘being unaware of the urgency of a matter and logging off early when others were working into the night’ were moments trainees would rather forget. Some recruits reported that ‘sometimes the hours can be pretty long’ but, on the whole, there is a ‘strong emphasis on a good work/life balance’. For a firm with an ‘open-door culture’ where you will be encouraged to ‘take ownership of your own files’, research Fladgate.