Fladgate LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Fladgate LLP
16 GREAT QUEEN STREET
LONDON
WC2B 5DG
England

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Fladgate LLP’s corporate team has strong capabilities with regards to international matters, with experience of deals spanning jurisdictions such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, India, Turkey, and Israel. Sector-wise, the team has developed specialist expertise in the technology, real estate, hotel and leisure, and recruitment sectors. Team head David Robinson , who started his legal career as a media and entertainment lawyer, has a longstanding and highly active client base in the technology, betting & gaming, sport, leisure, and resources sectors. Ian Brent has led the team in building up a niche practice in the recruitment sector.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Grant Gordon; Ian Brent; Amy Collins; Jan Hoppe; Mythily Katsaris; Alex Kaufmann; Anthony Shatz; Ravi Goonesena; Yulia Leyko; Sophie Burke; Julian Lewis; Charles Wander

Testimonials

‘The team at Fladgate give 110%. They also work whatever hours are required to get the deal through to completion as quickly and efficiently as possible.They are extremely professional and their communication is outstanding.’

‘We have used Fladgate’s corporate team over the years both as support on cases as well as for our own transactional work. We have also recommended them to others. They are generally proactive and user friendly.’

‘Julian Lewis excelled in his field. He is articulate and precise and explains everything in detail so everything is fully understood. He is extremely accurate and precise in all his work. He is extremely diligent and is dedicated to ensure the process is dealt with efiently and effectively.’

‘Charles Wander is a superb lawyer, who provides sage advice and finds solutions to problems.’

‘Anthony Shatz is solutions oriented, and creative with that. He is also thorough and careful.’

Key clients

Bharti Global Limited

Eren Paper Ltd

Shareholders of Rocket Medical Group Ltd.

Holborn Hagag Limited

Founder of Energize Recruitment

Shareholders of Pentesec

DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Chal-Tec GmbH/Berlin Brand Group

Dispersion Holdings PLC (now renamed AQRU PLC)

PCB Litigation LLP

Xexec Ltd.

KWS Investment SARL

Work highlights

  • Advised Bharti Global Limited on the USD$156 million sale of its 20% stake in SB Energy Holdings Limited to Adani Green Energy Limited (“AGEL”).
  • Advised Eren Paper, a Turkish industrial conglomerate, on its acquisition of the Shotton Paper Mill in North Wales from a subsidiary of UPM-Kymmene, a Finnish listed group. Boris Johnson referred to the deal at the Global Investment Summit in Windsor.
  • Advised Gavin Jones, the exiting founder of tech recruitment company Energize Group, on its MBO.

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Led by the ‘highly experiencedKelly Whiter, Fladgate LLP‘s immigration team is especially well known for its work advising high-net-worth clients, with a particular focus on individuals working in the film industry. Whiter specialises in devising bespoke solutions for individuals, families, and corporate clients, who are under significant time pressure or in circumstances that do not fit neatly within the immigration rules. Her experience extends to matters relating to the EU Settlement Scheme, extension visas, and complex applications. Meanwhile, Thomas Garner has notable expertise in asylum and extradition issues, including significant recent work securing the deletion of INTERPOL Red Notices for politically exposed clients facing persecution, including high-profile political and business figures.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Whiter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have known Kelly Whiter for many years and frequently ask for her help and advice on immigration matters. She is highly experienced, knowledgeable, personable and reputable for her individual capabilities.’

‘Thomas Garner has evolved to become a trusted advisor on a variety of matters. He’s always very conscious of the potential interaction between different legal proceedings and helps me to see all the options to properly assess the situation and decide on the appropriate strategy. He is extremely responsive and always makes time to talk things through from a strategic perspective.’

‘I know Kelly Whiter from years prior as one of the top UK Immigration Lawyers dealing with High Net Worth private clients. She also assists them with owner managed businesses with UK Immigration needs. The level of service is very bespoke & personal. They become trusted advisors due to the strength of this personal service. Outside of the box solutions.’

‘Thomas Garner has assisted me in a human rights matter and I have found him very approachable, pragmatic, knowledgeable and very responsive responding to emails, returning phone and meeting his self imposed and my deadlines. A delight to work with and a very safe pair of hands to guide one through a complex process.’

‘Thomas Garner has been my attorney for more than 2 years. He is diligent and has extremely strong drafting ability. He is able to reduce the most complex matters into clear and persuasive documents. At the same time, Thomas has a broad strategic vision when it comes to a case – he thinks outside of the box and is very resourceful.’

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

A standout team in this already competitive world’ Fladgate LLP‘s specialist team is led by the ‘highly respectedGarbhan Shanks, a senior partner with a strong track record representing policyholders and their captives in insurance disputes across pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, energy, financial services and utilities. The practice supplements its offering with David Weare ‘s expertise in construction-related insurance disputes. Senior associate Harriet Chopra is building a reputation representing US policyholders in product liability disputes and Bermuda Form arbitrations, in addition to claims in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Garbhan Shanks

Other key lawyers:

David Weare; Harriet Chopra

Testimonials

‘Real market leaders in the policyholder insurance litigation sphere. Tenacious, bright and hard-working. The Fladgate team is a standout team in this already competitive world.’

‘Garbhan Shanks is a highly respected and very senior player in the policyholder insurance litigation world. He has seen it all and gets great results in difficult cases.’

‘Harriet Chopra is a brilliant and tenacious lawyer.’

‘Garbhan Shanks leads an outstanding team – probably one of the leading and best policyholder teams in the market. Garbhan has an excellent understanding of how the insurance market operates, and can deploy that knowledge with deep subject matter expertise to his clients advantage.’

‘Garbhan Shanks is a very experienced and outstanding lawyer. Unlike many policy holder lawyers, Garbhan is steeped in the London insurance market and experienced in all classes of insurance and reinsurance classes. The combination of such deep experience with his experience of large and very large commercial litigation and arbitration makes his practice exceptionally strong. Garbhan’s advice is always clear and well delivered. If I was a policyholder, or a reinsured, I would want to be represented by him.’

Real estate > Residential property Tier 2

The ‘knowledgeable and very responsive’ team at Fladgate LLP advises domestic and international clients ranging from HNW individuals to businesses and trusts on acquiring, owning and disposing of all types of residential real estate in the UK. Helen Curtis-Goulding  heads the practice that specialises in prime and super prime properties in central London and surrounding locations. A considerable amount of its work has a cross-border component and it also advises onshore and offshore professional administrators on various key real estate matters. Sarah Conibeere  joined the practice from Mishcon de Reya LLP and is adept at advising on matters with an offshore element such as dealing with trust companies or being involved in de-enveloping tax structures.

Practice head(s):

Helen Curtis-Goulding

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Conibeere

Testimonials

‘ Sarah Conibeere is extremely professional, knowledgeable, personable and meets all timelines/deadlines etc and offers guidance as well as providing recommendations when so required’.

‘The team is always very approachable and will ensures deadlines are met. They will make pragmatic decisions but always ensuring that the Bank’s interest is protected’.

‘We have dealt with Helen Curtis-Goulding in respect of a number of property transactions. Helen responds to our queries in a timely manner (not always the case in respect of other law firms) and will keep us regularly updated as the transaction progresses’.

‘Helen Curtis-Goulding is a highly efficient solicitor with a deep understanding of the market, she is always on hand to provide sound advice and to keep things moving forward. In addition to this she is very responsive, proactive and hardworking with a can do attitude!’.

‘Overall level of care and professionalism is high. Attentive, immediate responses to emails or phone calls is appreciated despite working from home and other restrictions’

‘A good mixture of professionalism and casualness which makes the team approachable, not intimidating and modern’.

‘Helen Curtis-Goulding is that rare mixture of being utterly professional while remaining down to earth and approachable. Dealing with her is easy and fluid experience. She knows the law inside out and this level knowledge inspires confidence in clients’.

‘Fladgate is a well regarded firm in my field. Sarah Conibeere is superb and is a lawyer that gets things done and is a problem solver and best in class’.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 3

Fladgate LLP ‘s practice is largely focused on advising gambling and gaming clients on commercial rights exploitation, corporate activity and fundraising, and complex litigation. With a specialism in eSports, the team regularly handles partnership agreements, sponsorship deals, and the drafting of tournament rules in respect of gambling regulations. Practice head James Earl  has significant credibility dealing with stakeholders on an international scale, while Alan Wetterhahn handles commercial work for online gaming platforms and B2B and B2C eSports providers. M&A specialist David Robinson and regulatory expert Alex Haffner are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Earl

Other key lawyers:

David Robinson; Alex Haffner; Alan Wetterhahn; Joshua Bennett

Testimonials

The Fladgate team has been a great support in terms of advice and work that we needed from them. Very high quality.’

‘Joshua Bennett is an amazing person and incredibly hard worker, he was always very quick to reply to request and has been always accommodating.’

‘Their team has a broad knowledge of the sector and are really proactive and helpful. They turn things around really quickly and I absolutely trust their advice.’

‘Josh Bennett and Alan Wetterhahn are amazing! I can vouch for both in saying they always provide top-notch services and are extremely helpful.’

Key clients

Guild Esports plc

Tripledot Studios

Ferox Games B.V., trading as Medal.tv

Platform Social Gaming Ltd.

Esports Insider

Stakester

Gfinity PLC

Playzido

SharedPlay

Silverback Gaming

NFT Investments PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Ferox Games B.V., trading as Medal.tv, in respect of a number of major recent transactions, including its USD$1.5 million acquisition of the business and assets of Quarterback Inc. (trading as Fuze.tv) and its USD$4.2 million acquisition of the business and assets of Bad Panda Inc. (trading as GIF Your Game or GYG).
  • Advising Esports Insider, the UK’s leading eSports B2B and B2C publisher, and Platform Social Gaming Ltd., the operator of an eSports and gaming themed bar, in connection with a joint venture called the WFH League, a corporate eSports competition.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Fladgate LLP's disputes department handles a range of commercial disputes, including contractual claims, misrepresentation actions, shareholder/partnership disputes, freezing injunctions, search orders, group litigation and warranty claims. It is also expert in jurisdictional challenges. John Evans is 'superb'; Tom Bolam specialises in company, commercial and fraud matters; Mark Buckley has 'good knowledge of the Indian market'; Eugene Matveichuk is an energy/natural resources, real estate and financial disputes expert; Garbhan Shanks is 'outstanding'; and Alexander Wildschütz is a cross-border specialist. In April 2022, commercial disputes expert Leigh Callaway was made partner, while Will Thompson is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

John Evans

Testimonials

‘Outstanding teamwork with effective supervision partner and exceptional support from senior associates down to trainees – very responsive, with proactive management of client expectations.’

Tom Bolam is an astute litigator and has a good manner with clients. From a counsel perspective, he strikes the right balance between constructive comment and respecting counsel’s advice.

‘Garbhan Shanks – outstanding at client management, excellent commercial instincts and a hands-on approach.’

Garbhan Shanks is exceptionally able and very experienced.

‘John Evans was superb as the partner. He was well-versed in the detail, and his analysis really assisted the case in cutting through the mountain of material provided by the other side.

‘John Evans was super to work with – innovative in how he came up with ways to build our case. He focused on understanding our objectives right from the start and the work was aligned with these objectives. This innovative and supportive approach helped achieve an outcome that was far above our expectations.’

‘Mark Buckley has great expertise in Privy Council appeals, as well as good knowledge of the Indian market.’

‘Mark Buckley – hardworking, level headed and dependable, Mark is someone you want on your side. His commercial work is bookended by his expansive Indian practice and his top-tier Formula 1 cases, where he has an enviable reputation.’

Key clients

Betamax

SearchFlow

Liberty Steel

LA Micro Group

Patagonia Inc

United Bank

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Betamax in an appeal case in the Privy Council, which was important because it summarised the law relating to public policy being used as a reason for not enforcing international arbitration awards.
  • Representing over 100 English and Welsh personal search companies in group litigation to recover payments made to the ten water and sewerage utility companies in England and Wales for the provision of environmental information.
  • Acting for a group of 850-plus SME claimants in proceedings against Clydesdale Bank and National Australia Bank, alleging deceit, misrepresentation, negligent misstatement, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 3

Sitting within Fladgate LLP‘s overarching funds, finance and regulatory practice, the Islamic finance team has significant expertise advising lenders and borrowers on a variety of Sharia-compliant products, including commodity murabaha and ijara lease structures. Drawing upon the firm’s established private client credentials, the team, which is led by Ella Leonard, also regularly advises Middle East and Asia-based family offices on loan facilities for residential and high value commercial property acquisitions in London. Charles Proctor and Seetal Modi are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ella Leonard

Other key lawyers:

Charles Proctor; Seetal Modi

Key clients

Tadhamon Capital B.S.C.

BloomSmith Finance Ltd

Gatehouse Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Tadhamon Capital on its £100m murabaha lending platform and related structure.
  • Assisting BloomSmith Finance with the continued expansion of its VAT lending business, and also advised the client on the negotiation of a £10m credit facility with Shawbrook Bank to assist with the expansion of the client’s lending activities.
  • Advising Gatehouse Bank on the preparation of various commodity murabaha agreements to fund the purchase of commercial properties.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Aside from advising its key hotel clients, the team at Fladgate LLP is also well versed at advising clients throughout the leisure sector, including restaurants, museums, music venues and casinos. The practice is led by both James Fry and Stephen Lewis. Fry specialises in commercial real estate within the sector. Lewis is also well regarded for his commercial real estate expertise, with particular emphasis given to acquisitions and disposals. Partner Kirsty Corkum  joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Fry; Stephen Lewis

Testimonials

‘Attention to detail; responsive.’

‘Fladgate are a major practice but interaction with them feels personal and like a small specialist practice. They take time to understand my business and keep the same people on our work which allows a string relationship to grow.’

‘Stephen Lewis is an outstanding property lawyer and ‘gets’ leisure, which is important to a leisure specialist investor like us.’

Key clients

Yo! Sushi

National Portrait Gallery

YOO Capital Fund II

4C Hotel group

Aspers Casinos

Victoria Gate Casino

Wright Brothers

Otium Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Yo! Sushi, the owner and operator of around 70 conveyor belt sushi restaurants, in connection with all of its property work.
  • Advised on the £35m refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery, London and are retained to advise the Gallery in connection with the procurement of drafting and negotiating on all project documents.
  • Advised Yoo Capital Management, on the acquisition of the former Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, London, a notable historic site which has previously hosted performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

The ‘incredible, smart, and skilled’ real estate team at Fladgate LLP assists a host of clients with their commercial property needs from a single office in London. Practice head Stephen Lewis acts for family offices, banks, offshore and onshore private investors, with a particular focus on the retail and leisure sectors. Gideon Dabby-Joory advises a range of clients, which include private funds and institutional investors, on urban markets; corporate occupiers on expansion programmes and headqaurters relocations; and often acts for providers of shared office space and retail occupiers. Dabby-Joory and Alan Karsberg are key to the corporate occupiers side of the practice; Karsberg is particularly adept in advising on complex portfolio transactions, sales and leasebacks, as well as landlord and tenant work. Kirsty Corkum joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and contributes over 25 years’ experience in providing advice on mixed-use and urban development projects for developers, investors, landlords, and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The team consists of incredible, smart, and skilled individuals working very well together by adding various expertise. They are genuine, warm and kind people who can explain a complex legal matter in the most simple way; legal complexity converted into bite size explanations’

‘Each person is very experienced in their respective legal field, incredibly skilled at listening to their clients, and very patient. We’ve been very impressed by their flexibility, transparency and patience.’

Key clients

YO! Sushi UK Limited

Conjure Group Limited

Origin Housing

Tellon Capital

Fairgate Group

Sicasa Limited

Instrumel/Oasys Group

Supermarket REIT plc

Fidelity Supply Chain Solutions

Urban Logistics REIT PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for InfititSpace Aldgate UK Ltd., a co-working space operator, on its lease of 61,194 square feet of one of the City’s most recognisable office towers comprising three levels of Grade A office space.
  • Advised Scape UK Management Ltd in connection with the letting of approximately 14,000 sq. ft. of newly refurbished space at 1 Newman Street London W1 for a term of 10 years at an annual rent of approx. £1.3 million pa.
  • Advised Central London CCG in connection with the underletting of premises at 15-17 Marylebone Road, NW1 for a term of 15 years at an annual rent of approximately £2 million p.a.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

The 'incredible, smart, and skilled' real estate team at Fladgate LLP assists a host of clients with their commercial property needs from a single office in London. Practice head Stephen Lewis acts for family offices, banks, offshore and onshore private investors, with a particular focus on the retail and leisure sectors. Gideon Dabby-Joory advises a range of clients, which include private funds and institutional investors, on urban markets; corporate occupiers on expansion programmes and headqaurters relocations; and often acts for providers of shared office space and retail occupiers. Dabby-Joory and Alan Karsberg  are key to the corporate occupiers side of the practice; Karsberg is particularly adept in advising on complex portfolio transactions, sales and leasebacks, as well as landlord and tenant work. Kirsty Corkum  joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and contributes over 25 years' experience in providing advice on mixed-use and urban development projects for developers, investors, landlords, and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Corkum; Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; Richard Reuben; Alan Karsberg; Richard Reuben; Simon Kanter

Testimonials

‘Very good’

‘Kirsty Corkum is very experienced in commercial property conveyancing and a first class professional.’

Key clients

Forma Real Estate Fund II

YOO Capital Fund II

Work highlights

  • Acted for Forma Real Estate Fund II, an Israeli HQ Private Equity Fund in connection with the acquisition and redevelopment of a very high profile office building in the core central business district of Glasgow.
  • Advised Yoo Capital Management, on the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

Fladgate LLP’s commercial contracts offering handles a broad range of bespoke contracts including business process outsourcings, supply chain contracts, joint ventures and collaboration, warehousing and data centre agreements. The group regularly acts for blue-chip corporates and multinationals including GlaxoSmithKline, which the team advised on the global facilities management and scientific services outsourcing agreements relating to its consumer health spin-off. Tim Wright heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Tim Wright

Other key lawyers:

John Evans

Testimonials

‘The team provided plenty of hands-on support in a complex series of arbitrations. The willingness to roll up their sleeves was impressive, as was the legal analysis and assembly of the evidence. It would have been easy for the detail to cloud what really mattered in the case, but proper analysis meant the focus was always on the points that were material to the dispute.’

‘John Evans was superb as the partner. He was well-versed in the detail, and his analysis really assisted the case in cutting through the mountain of material provided by the other side.’

‘Tim Wright – highly commercial and pragmatic lawyer.’

‘The Fladgate team have a deeply commercial outsourcing practice. The team are collaborative and worked very well with my project team.’

‘Tim Wright is the most knowledgeable lawyer I have worked with in the commercial outsourcing space. The broader team’s associates are diligent and always meet or exceed expectations.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline plc

WSP Global Inc.

Zouk Capital LLP

3i InfoTech Ltd

Allocate Software Limited

Carl Zeiss

Knauff Group

DZ Bank

Equitix

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client GlaxoSmithKline on a range of global facilities management and specialist scientific services outsourcing agreements for GSK’s consumer healthcare spin-off Haleon.
  • Advised WSP Global on the UK aspects of a global outsourcing with Accenture under which WSP is outsourcing certain finance, accounting, payment and other business services, with a particular focus on UK data protection and tax law.
  • Advised Dr Reddy’s Labs in connection with various supply agreements with NHS England which were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Acting for domestic and overseas companies, nominated advisers and brokers, Fladgate LLP’s expertise covers flotations, reverse takeovers and secondary fundraisings. The firm has a track record in cross-border matters and, in addition to advising on AIM transactions, has experience with listings and offerings on the Aquis Exchange. David Robinson spearheads the practice and specialises in equity capital markets work and public company and private company M&A.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Neil Vickers; Orit Rioumine Gold; David Lee

Testimonials

‘The team as a whole covers the small-mid cap equity capital markets in terms of knowledge of the different stock markets and key industry sectors.’

‘The individuals in the team are both excellent lawyers and very good company making them a pleasure to work with. Particular stand outs are: David Robinson, Neil Vickers, Orit Rioumine Gold and David Lee.’

Key clients

4Global PLC

NFT Investments PLC

Windward Ltd.

Gfinity PLC

All Active Asset Capital Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

Pineapple Power Corporation plc

Silver Bullet Data Services

Global Petroleum Limited

Xexec ltd

East Side Games Inc. (formerly LEAF Mobile Inc.)

Angus Energy plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for 4Global PLC on its IPO on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange which raised £4m and valued the company at £24m.
  • Advised NFT Investments PLC, an investment company specialising in non-fungible tokens (NFTs), on its admission to the AQSE Growth Market.
  • Advised Windward Ltd., a leading predictive intelligence company seeking to digitalise the global maritime industry, on its £126m AIM listing on the London stock exchange.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 4

Although it previously had some capability in the space, primarily in relation to growth capital work, the emergence of Fladgate LLP as a serious venture capital player can largely be attributed to the arrival of the ‘amazing’ Howard Watt, who joined the firm as team head in May 2021 from Sheridans. Since that time, the firm has advised a slew of investor and investee clients on transactions at various stages of the funding life cycle in the tech space. ‘Cost-effective, efficient and brutally good at their job’, clients are particulary appreciative of being able to tap into Watt’s vast transactional expertise (both in private practice, as well as in-house at a fund), which ensures that the practice has ‘an up to date understanding of what is “normal” on a particular deal’.

Practice head(s):

Howard Watt

Other key lawyers:

Graham Spitz; Jamie Hamilton; Yulia Leyko; Matthew Akehurst; Ellie Green; Mary Liu; Priya Vadgama

Testimonials

There are very few teams with the same breadth and depth of experience in the venture capital space.’

‘It is supremely powerful in a negotiation to have an up to date understanding of what is “normal” on a particular deal term and also to have multiple examples the legal firm on the other side of the transaction has previously proposed on the topic.’

They are cost-effective, efficient and brutally good at their job.’

Fladgate has proven itself to be a fully well rounded and serviced law firm which is exactly in line with the demands of its clients.’

The Fladgate team is great. They move super fast and are quite startup friendly. They always offer to jump into a call, or give support if needed.’

Howard Watt is amazing. He goes above and beyond. Truly thinks like a member of our team, and cuts to the chase all the time. He is indispensible.’

I believe that Howard Watt is, hands down, the best VC lawyer in the industry as is always my first recommendation.’

Mary Liu is very knowledgeable, super fast to execute next steps on the deal, and nice to work with.’

Key clients

Atomico

Makers Fund

Tripledot Studios Limited

Ferox Games B.V.

Impulse Innovations Limited

Hoxton Ventures

Zouk

Lightrock

AXA Venture Partners

Notion Capital

Alpha Intelligence Capital Fund I

CommerzVentures II Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG

Kennet Partners

Anthemis

Volt Technologies Limited

Vinehealth Limited

Cherry Ventures

Jigsaw Ventures

Project A Ventures

Vorwerk Ventures

Talis Capital

Morpheus Ventures

Bridford Investment Ltd.

Jones Food Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tripledot Studios Limited, an innovative London-based mobile game developer, in connection with its $116m Series B funding round.
  • Acted for Alpha Intelligence Capital and China Development Bank on their joint investment leading Instadeep Limited’s £72m million Series B fundraising.
  • Acted for Impulse Innovations Limited, d.b.a. causaLens, on its $45m Series A fundraising round led by Dorilton Ventures and Molten Ventures (the VC that rebranded from Draper Esprit).

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

The practice at Fladgate LLP is led by Sophia Purkis, who is appreciated for being ‘on top of every detail and having superb judgment‘. The group acts equally for claimants and defendants, which instruct the team to assist with obtaining and defending emergency injunctive relief such as search and freezing orders. It also offers advice on civil fraud claims within the context of corporate insolvencies and personal bankruptcies. Mark Buckley and Joel Seager are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Sophia Purkis

Other key lawyers:

Mark Buckley; Joel Seager; Judith Davidge; Ben Drew

Testimonials

‘Fladgate has a great team of lawyers that supported me through my case. They are an impressive firm and we have met lawyers from their disputes and property teams. The team works very closely together. Their strengths are that they are very commercial, well prepared and responsive.’

‘Sophie Purkis is unique. Hard working, very hands on, actually reads papers in detail and has a wonderful relationship with both clients, colleagues and counsel. Unlike many practitioners these days, she does not just process, she thinks and strategizes.’

‘Really impressive resourcing and very friendly team.’

‘Sophia Purkis: a formidable opponent who commands the utmost respect in my dealings with her. Her attention to detail is impressive and she does not leave any stone unturned to get the results for her client. Her technical excellence is consistently noted by her peers, clients and opponents.’

‘Highly skilled operation in the mid-market sector with many strong practitioners.’

‘Sophie Purkis is brilliant – she is on top of every detail and has superb judgment.’

‘Mark Buckley exudes knowledge and authority – an excellent person to have on your side in complex litigation. Very calm.’

‘Joel Seager is clever, tactically astute and works really well with his team. What marks him out is that he is ultra dedicated and highly responsive.’

Key clients

Pensée Foundation

Holy Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Pensée Foundation in The Public Institution for Social Security v. Al Rajaan & Other, a $1bn Commercial Court claim.
  • Representing two individual defendants in a $700m claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy relating to the sale of a sports television broadcasting rights business.
  • Acting for a group of defendants in a Part 20 claim concerning pre-existing proceedings alleging that the clients were involved in a conspiracy to deprive an individual of a valuable asset as part of a ‘loan-to-own scheme, and that the clients had contrived to prevent him repaying the loan in order to obtain the asset.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

With Jonathan Riley  at the helm at Fladgate LLP its private wealth team specialises in advising on all aspects of wealth structuring and wealth transfer. It supports high-net-worth individuals and families, both in the UK and internationally. Clients also include corporate entities such as major financial institutions, offshore banks and investment funds. It advises onshore and offshore professional administrators and is skilled at advising active entrepreneurs. The group represents over 80 family offices.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Riley

Other key lawyers:

Helen Cox; Mark Spash; Katya Vagner; Helena Luckhurst

Testimonials

‘Fladgate offers a wide variety of legal services and is quite unique in being able to bridge the gap between legal and tax advice. This makes my life as a tax adviser much easier, as the team can come together on complex issues. Given the breadth of service offering, this makes Fladgate a very attractive option for clients.’

‘I work often with Helen Cox and her wider team, as well as Mark Spash. They are very knowledgeable and pragmatic – something which goes a long way working with entrepreneurial clients. The feedback I get from clients where we work together is always excellent and I would have no hesitation in recommending them’.

‘The members of staff with whom I have had dealings have at all times been helpful, professional and aware of my needs at all times! They have been very sympathetic to my needs at a sad time.’

‘Knowledgeable, friendly and professional team who can easily add other areas of expertise as and when required. Quick to react to changing circumstances and requests. I have used Mark Spash for well over 20 years and he knows me and my family very well and this family knowledge enables him to advise me and other family members on a whole range of issues. Katya Vagner is a very helpful associate’.

‘Client service – extremely approachable, highly organised and responsive, and strength in depth as well as consistency,  exceptional level of service, which is provided by partners and associates alike’.

‘Helen Cox stands out – as well as being an excellent private wealth professional, she also acts as a focal point for the various practice areas that we work with, and is able to pull people in to matters as and when new topics come up’.

‘Helena Luckhurst is knowledgeable, prompt, helpful, and accurate. I have a high opinion of her private client abilities, and that of her team‘.

 

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 4

Under the leadership of Andrew Bessemer Clark, who ‘provides a personal service and is a real pleasure to work with’, Fladgate LLP continues to advise a range of clients in the infrastructure space, with a focus on PPPs and PFI work. It is particularly active in the domestic market and is experienced in renewable energy generation, battery storage and street lighting projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bessemer Clark

Other key lawyers:

Sam Tye; Kim Fowler; Christian Charles

Testimonials

‘They have good depth of capability but what makes Fladgate outstanding is their client care’.

‘I always feel my work is top of their to-do list and is a priority for them – this isn’t always the case with other firms’.

‘They offer a personal service and are a great bunch of people to work with’.

‘Andrew Bessemer Clarke has an excellent grasp of where various projects are at once’.

‘Andrew Bessemer Clarke makes himself available to provide a personal service and is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Christian Charles is always a calm head (important in dispute situations!) and is able to think strategically as well as legally’.

‘Sam Tye has fantastic recall for contracts and projects he’s worked on over the years and is pragmatic in his advice and approach’.

Work highlights

    Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

    The ‘incredible, smart, and skilled’ real estate team at Fladgate LLP assists a host of clients with their commercial property needs from a single office in London. Practice head Stephen Lewis acts for family offices, banks, offshore and onshore private investors, with a particular focus on the retail and leisure sectors. Gideon Dabby-Joory advises a range of clients, which include private funds and institutional investors, on urban markets; corporate occupiers on expansion programmes and headqaurters relocations; and often acts for providers of shared office space and retail occupiers. Dabby-Joory and Alan Karsberg  are key to the corporate occupiers side of the practice; Karsberg is particularly adept in advising on complex portfolio transactions, sales and leasebacks, as well as landlord and tenant work. Kirsty Corkum  joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and contributes over 25 years’ experience in providing advice on mixed-use and urban development projects for developers, investors, landlords, and tenants.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Lewis

    Other key lawyers:

    Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; Richard Reuben; Alan Karsberg; Amanda Hado-Bodfield; Kirsty Corkum

    Testimonials

    ‘Technically very sound, with a rigorous but pragmatic approach. Partners and associates are very accessible and approachable.’

    ‘Legally highly competent, as well as being collaborative and client/objective focused. Very accessible and approachable’

    Key clients

    CapitaLand REIT Plc

    Quintain Group

    Eren Paper

    Ocado Group

    London & Regional

    APAM

    Strawberry Star

    Supermarket REIT Plc

    Stonehealth Alpha Limited

    Black Mountain

    Work highlights

    • Advised Eren Paper Ltd, a Turkish industrial conglomerate, in connection with its acquisition of Shotton Mill Limited from a subsidiary of UPM-Kymmene, a Finnish listed group. The overall value of the investment is circa €600 million.
    • Acted for Forma Real Estate Fund II, an Israeli HQ Private Equity Fund in connection with the acquisition of a very high profile office building in the core central business district of Glasgow.
    • Advised Yoo Capital Management, on the acquisition of the former Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

    Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

    Fladgate LLP advises a variety of clients, including developers, investors, contractors and suppliers. It acts on domestic commercial developments, infrastructure and energy projects, as well as on logistical distribution, student accommodation and modular construction matters. It also has notable expertise in PFI projects. David Weare leads the team, with particular experience in the Middle East. Christian Charles specialises in PFI/PPP, green energy and offshore construction projects, whilst Digby Hebbard covers a wide range of domestic and international construction and engineering projects.

    Practice head(s):

    David Weare

    Other key lawyers:

    Christian Charles; Digby Hebbard; Michaela Patterson

    Testimonials

    ‘The Fladgate team is extremely client focused. They give very clear practical advice and have a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of construction dispute including heavy PFI disputes.’

    ‘Christian Charles is extremely bright. He knows the sector inside out and has very sound judgment that leads to him coming up with effective strategies.’

    ‘Digby Hebbard always stays focused on his client’s commercial objectives and gives very sage advice. He is a great tactician and very tenacious.’

    ‘They combine commercial acuity with in-depth understanding of the construction industry.’

    ‘David Weare is a leading light in the construction law industry. He is extremely astute and knowledgeable. He has excellent judgment and tactical acumen.’

    ‘The team at Fladgate is incredibly responsive, well organised and their work product is top notch. Their ability to turn work around at very short notice was remarkable.’

    ‘Michaela Patterson is a really bright and hardworking associate with a great future ahead of her.’

    ‘Specialists and experts in their field, without question. The entire team are insightful and marvellously efficient in execution particularly in the high stress environment of formal dispute resolution timetables.’

    Key clients

    Ares Management

    Seflam SGL

    National Portrait Gallery

    Scape Student Accommodation

    Otis Ltd.

    TClarke PLC

    Wembley Park Limited

    Briggs & Forrester Ltd

    PhoenixME

    Quintain (Wembley Retail Park) Limited

    Innisfree investment Fund

    Equitix

    Harlequin Homes

    MEC Construction

    Henry Boot Developments

    3i

    Ocado

    Nuvia Ltd

    Gratte Brothers

    Turner Broadcasting

    Royal Derby Hospital PLC

    Soho Estates

    Dobler UK Ltd

    Yumn Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acted for a Nigerian contractor in UK TCC proceedings relating to disputes arising from a Nigerian oil pipeline project.
    • Represented vertical transportation specialist, Otis Ltd., in a TCC dispute relating to alleged defective works to a multinational London headquarters.

    Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

    Known for its expertise in high-profile commercial developments, Fladgate LLP advises a range of clients, including funders, investors, suppliers, and an increasing number of international clients. It also acts on infrastructure and energy projects, and has a growing reputation for cultural and heritage construction matters. David Weare leads the team, with particular experience on Middle Eastern projects. Olivia Bateman specialises in UK mixed-use and residential developments, including on build-to-rent projects, whilst Digby Hebbard focuses on commercial and contractual issues for construction, engineering and building projects.

    Practice head(s):

    David Weare

    Other key lawyers:

    Olivia Bateman; Digby Hebbard

    Testimonials

    ‘A top team which combines expertise with pragmatism.’

    ‘Olivia Bateman is great to work with. Knowledgeable, calm under pressure and a consummate professional. Highly regarded amongst her peers.’

    Key clients

    Ares Management

    Seflam SGL

    National Portrait Gallery

    Scape Student Accommodation

    Otis Ltd.

    TClarke PLC

    Wembley Park Limited

    Briggs & Forrester Ltd

    PhoenixME

    Quintain (Wembley Retail Park) Limited

    Innisfree investment Fund

    Equitix

    Harlequin Homes

    MEC Construction

    Henry Boot Developments

    3i

    Ocado

    Nuvia Ltd

    Gratte Brothers

    Turner Broadcasting

    Royal Derby Hospital PLC

    Soho Estates

    Dobler UK Ltd

    Yumn Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Represented Ares Investments, a US-headquartered alternative investment manager with approximately $282 billion in assets under management, in connection with its £400 million redevelopment at Nine Elms, London.
    • Advising Quintain in relation to its phased redevelopment of Wembley Park, having acted for them in relation to over 25 development projects at Wembley since 2008.
    • Advising on the £35m refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

    Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

    Fladgate LLP is highly adept at advising borrowers and lenders on acquisitions of loan portfolios and development financing matters. Sectors of focus for the group include hotels, restaurants, retail and healthcare. Kim McMurray chairs the practice with expertise across the spectrum of real estate finance matters, handling a range of asset classes, including student accommodation, care homes, and data centres. The group is also home to Daniel Polden and Gary Smith, who both advise domestic and overseas clients, and Jenny Sargeant, who expertly handles development mandates.

    Practice head(s):

    Key clients

    Forma Real Estate Fund II

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Forma Real Estate Fund II in connection with the £52m financing for the acquisition of a very high profile office building in the core central business district of Glasgow.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

    The team at Fladgate LLP has a vast range of expertise spanning across the full spectrum of property litigation matters. Those expertise includes sub-lettings, possession of premises, enforcement of covenants and dilapidation disputes. Alison Mould is noted for her broad knowledge in claims pertaining to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Janet Keeley has extensive experience within the judiciary process and has represented clients throughout the process, overseeing court claims, arbitrations, expert determination, mediation and negotiation. Armel Elaudais is noted for her skills in rights of light and telecommunication matters, while Adam Gross is another key team member.

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Pragmatic and effective. Sensibly priced but great value. Friends to businesses. Many benefit from them enormously.’

    ‘Alison Mould is as good as it gets.’

    ‘The property litigation team has strength in depth.’

    ‘Fladgate have worked with us for many years and they have an excellent grasp of our values and commercial interests. They are quick, decisive and have always delivered great results for our business.’

    ‘Alison Mould – breadth of knowledge and experience is very impressive. Very personable and readily available to discuss in depth quite challenging situations and make them easy to understand.’

    ‘Excellent property litigation team with interesting work. Commercial and client outcome focused.’

    ‘Janet Keeley is calm and unflappable in the midst of litigation. She is very sensible and commercial but also sticks to her guns when required.’

    Key clients

    Fishbourne Developments Ltd.

    Origin Housing Limited

    Yo! Sushi

    Beaverbrooks The Jewellers Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Fishbourne Developments Ltd. before the Court of Appeal in a dispute relating to an option agreement relating to farmland near Winchester.
    • Advised the commercial fund generating arm of Origin Housing Limited in connection with the entire range of property litigation issues.
    • Advised Yo! Sushi in connection with all of its property work.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

    Fladgate LLP’s practice spans a wide range of sports including motor racing, cricket, football, golf and cycling. The team supports clients on intellectual property, sponsorship, broadcasting and web rights, fundraising, events, and regulatory issues. The practice also acts for funders and investors in the sports industry on financing transactions. James Earl oversees the team and is ably supported by associate Joshua Bennett.

    Practice head(s):

    James Earl

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘James Earl’s sport sector knowledge should be noted.’

    ‘The Fladgate team has been a great support in terms of advice and work that we needed from them.’

    ‘Joshua Bennett is an amazing person and incredible hard worker.’

    ‘Fladgate are easy to deal with, commercial and collaborative to get deals done. It is pretty rare to find a firm who takes that approach to transactions so it is always a very welcome experience to work with people like that.’

    Key clients

    All First Class County Cricket Clubs

    Non-Category A First Class County Cricket Clubs

    23 Capital

    Scottish Professional Football League

    Watford Football Club

    Beyond The White Line

    Guild Esports plc

    Work highlights

    • Acted jointly on behalf of all First Class Counties in connection with all contractual matters relating to the launch of ‘The Hundred’, a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament involving eight men’s and eight women’s teams located in major cities across England and Wales. The tournament is run by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and took place for the first time in July and August 2021.
    • Engaged to jointly act on behalf of all Non-Category A First Class Counties in relation to the terms of the women’s edition of ‘The Hundred’ cricket competition.
    • Advised 23 Capital in connection with finance and investment transactions within the football sector in the UK, Europe and globally. Most particularly, advised in connection with transfer receivable transactions – financing secured on transfer fees agreed between selling and buying clubs.

    Private client > Family Tier 5

    With Teresa Cullen at the helm, the team at Fladgate LLP is skilled at advising on all aspects of relationship breakdown including any financial implications and arrangements for the children. It is noted for its ability to handle matters with sophisticated offshore trusts, luxury assets and art assets and forms a core part of the firm’s broader offering in the high-net-worth space. Hetty Gleave  is highly regarded too for her extensive practice in complex and high-value financial remedy cases as well as for her expertise in difficult cases involving children and domestic abuse.

    Practice head(s):

    Teresa Cullen

    Other key lawyers:

    Hetty Gleave; Ronnie Mortimer

    Testimonials

    ‘Very competent and constructive and easy to work with. Teresa Cullen and her senior associate, Ronnie Mortimer’.

    ‘Nice people intelligent lawyers – family team under the radar somewhat but quality of work very good.  Hetty is great to work with collaboratively, intelligent, thoughtful, keen to find a solution’.

    ‘The team at Fladgate is small but perfectly formed. Some real talent there. And understated with it.’

    ‘Hetty Gleave is a highly respected and experienced family lawyer. Poised and considered in everything she does, she brings a calm and experienced approach to even the most fraught cases. An excellent family lawyer.’

    ‘Hetty Gleave is a solid performer. Pleasant to deal with and smart’.

     

    Real estate > Planning Tier 5

    Fladgate LLP‘s planning practice provides clients with strategic advice on development proposals and planning applications as well as CIL and rings of light. Practice head Mark Harnett is ‘dynamic and creative’ and specialises in compulsory purchase work and land contamination issues. Senior associate Miles Crawford has ‘great planning knowledge’ and expertise in contentious work. The firm regularly advises developers and property investors.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Harnett

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Fladgate are among the finest planning solicitors I have worked with.’

    ‘Mark Harnett is a model planning solicitor. He has total command of the subject area and is a completely reliable litigator. He writes with impeccable clarity and provides clear instructions to counsel. He is dynamic and creative, but also totally sensible in his advice and approach.’

    ‘Readily available and pro-active.’

    ‘Miles Crawford – great planning knowledge and as to how local planning authorities work.’

    Key clients

    Hodson Developments Limited

    Weston Homes

    Music Walk of Fame Limited

    4C Hotel Group

    BYM

    Capreon Limited

    Hult International Business School

    Micuber Estates Limited

    Hodson Developments Bracknell

    Work highlights

    • Advising Hodson Developments in connection with a substantial residential development at Chilmington Green, Ashford.
    • Advising 4C Hotels, a major hotel developer and operator on the planning aspects of a redevelopment in Aldgate to provide a new Class B1 office building with A1 retail.
    • Advised international investor BYM Group on the development possibilities in connection with its acquisition of the Swan Walk Shopping Centre in Horsham.

    Employment > Employers Tier 6

    Fladgate LLP is a solid choice for employment related issues relating to corporate transactions, with demonstratable depth of expertise in outsourcing and TUPE regulations. Practice head Taj Rehal is assisted by partner Mike Tremeer in handling the full breadth of matters, from multinational re-organisations through to complex litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Taj Rehal

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Fladgate are unique in their ability respond quickly and with domain depth in their areas of expertise.’

    ‘Their advice pulls upon their multi-faceted team of partners and associates.’

    ‘Combined with a very approachable corporate culture, strong interpersonal and social skills, their advice and representation is top-tier.’

    ‘I have found both Mike Tremeer and Fladgate to be exceptional. He is an experienced partner, and his focus on the outcome more useful than approaches used by others and he’s without doubt a better human being.’

    ‘The Fladgate team are always very strong in providing legal advice in a commercial context. Deep and broad knowledge, excellent accessibility and responsiveness and always very strong on detail.’

    ‘All the individuals in the Employment Team work together well. Highly experienced, clear communicators and all excellent at applying the law in a commercial context.’

    ‘Fladgate has an extreme eye for detail which can be both great for the client but also detrimental.’

    ‘Mike Tremeer is an extremely charismatic attorney, very capable too.’

    Key clients

    Zouk Capital LLP

    Eren Paper

    Work highlights

    • Continue to advise Zouk Capital LLP on employment matters in relation to several corporate transactions.
    • Advised Eren Paper on the successful acquisition of Shotton Paper Mill in North Wales.

    Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

    Led on the contentious front by Ben Drew  and for non-contentious work by Jeremy Whiteson , the ‘small but highly effective team’ at Fladgate LLP provides ‘cost-effective‘ advice to administrators, lenders, debtors and high-net-worth individuals across a range of restructuring and insolvency work, including in the property, technology and financial services sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Whiteson; Ben Drew

    Other key lawyers:

    Judith Davidge; Sophie Burke

    Testimonials

    The team you meet when starting a project is the team you get. Senior partners and others stay close to deals, and very little is pushed down to junior teams with little or no oversight. Strong, continuous engagement from experienced professionals.’

    Approachable, available and willing to give straight advice.’

    ‘A very commercial law firm to work with, which has very good knowledge of the sector and a wide variety of service offerings.’

    Ben Drew is very practical and always sees the bigger picture.’

    ‘Jeremy Whiteson – always contactable, very approachable, very knowledgeable, always feel he is looking after our interests and has wide resources available internally to assist.’

    Private client > Art and cultural property

    The ‘very experiencedHetty Gleave heads the department at Fladgate LLP that advises a wide range of clients including educational institutions and governments on a broad array of contentious and non-contentious art and cultural property matters.  

    Finance > 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.

    Fladgate is an 85 partner law firm known for its ability to work on fast moving, complex challenges requiring enterprising and commercial solutions.
    We’re a 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.

    As an agile and enterprising team operating from one office we are able to offer a nimble and integrated service across: Commercial; Construction and Engineering; Corporate; Dispute Resolution, Employment; Funds, Finance and Regulatory; Immigration; Intellectual Property and Technology; Private Client; Restructuring and Insolvency; Real Estate; and Tax.

    We are specialist in sectors including: Betting & Gaming; Energy & Renewables; Financial Institutions from challenger banks to Venture Capital funds; Fintech; Hotels; Leisure; Life Sciences; Media & Technology; all aspects of Private Wealth; Real Estate; Retail and Sports (including e-sports).

    As a result, we work with some of the leading and fastest growing businesses and ‘trend initiator’ brands along with HNWI’s or their advisors from around the world.  Businesses we work closely for include: Twentieth Century Fox; Ocado, Yo Sushi!; Red Tiger Gaming; Random House Group; Credit Suisse; Blockchain Worldwide, Close Brothers; Monster energy; Major Baseball League.

    Our Private Wealth team work for over 100 HNWI’s including influential global families, international entrepreneurs, media celebrities and sports people – clients from six continents. They also advise 80+ family offices.

    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 and 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.

    Private client: our 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.

    The firm also offers specialist services via its wholly owned business, Walgate, including: Family Offices Services to address the personal and domestic needs of wealthy families; and Debt Solutions for businesses and individuals active in commercial real estate .

    *Research from 300+ clients in client service surveys undertaken in 2019 and in 2022

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Managing Partner Grant Gordonggordon@fladgate.com
    Real Estate Stephen Lewisslewis@fladgate.com
    Dispute Resolution John Evansjevans@fladgate.com
    Funds, Finance & Regulatory Ella Leonardeleonard@fladgate.com
    Corporate David Robinsondrobinson@fladgate.com
    Private Wealth Jonathan Rileyjriley@fladgate.com
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    Paul Airley photo Paul AirleyI specialise in equity capital markets transactions, M&A and advisory mandates, acting…
    Olivia Bateman photo Olivia BatemanI have over 20 years’ experience as a construction lawyer. I have…
    Andrew Bessemer Clark photo Andrew Bessemer ClarkI specialise in mergers and acquisitions with a particular emphasis on the…
    Tom Bolam photo Tom BolamPartner
    Ian Brent photo Ian BrentI have been a lawyer for 30 years and a corporate partner…
    Mark Buckley photo Mark BuckleyPartner
    Leigh Callaway photo Leigh CallawayLitigation can be a daunting undertaking for corporates and individuals and is…
    Christian Charles photo Christian CharlesPartner
    Gavriel Cohen photo Gavriel CohenPartner
    Amy Collins photo Amy CollinsI’m a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in mergers…
    Sarah Conibeere photo Sarah ConibeereI specialise in fast-paced transactions and deal with mainly prime and super…
    Kirsty Corkum photo Kirsty CorkumI am a real estate lawyer working on high value, complex developments,…
    Helen Cox photo Helen CoxI am a partner in the private client department at Fladgate. I…
    Teresa Cullen photo Teresa CullenPartne- Head of Family Team
    Helen Curtis-Goulding photo Helen Curtis-GouldingI specialise in high value and often complex property sales and acquisitions…
    Gideon Dabby-Joory photo Gideon Dabby-JooryI specialise in real estate investment and complex development work. My expertise…
    Ben Drew photo Ben DrewPartner
    James Earl photo James EarlI lead the Fladgate’s Commercial, Sports & IP team. I have extensive…
    John Evans photo John EvansPartner and Head of Dispute Resolution.
    John Forde photo John FordeI am a specialist tax lawyer and Chartered Tax Adviser advising my…
    Hamilton Forrest photo Hamilton ForrestI am a specialist tax lawyer who advises UK and international clients…
    James Fry photo James FryI specialise in all aspects of commercial real estate with a particular…
    Ed Fuller photo Ed FullerI am a debt finance lawyer advising largely on fund finance, acquisition…
    Thomas  Garner  photo Thomas Garner I advise individuals facing unfair or abusive criminal allegations abroad and help…
    Hetty Gleave photo Hetty GleavePartner
    Nigel Gordon photo Nigel GordonI specialise in capital markets and M&A, with a focus on the…
    Grant Gordon photo Grant GordonAs the firm’s Executive Partner, I am responsible for the development and…
    Adam  Gross photo Adam GrossI specialise in property disputes, advising and litigating the full range of…
    Adam  Gross photo Adam GrossI specialise in property disputes, advising and litigating the full range of…
    Amanda Hado-Bodfield photo Amanda Hado-BodfieldI specialise in acquisitions and disposals, with a focus on development and…
    Alex Haffner photo Alex HaffnerI am a Competition, Regulatory and Commercial lawyer advising companies in technology…
    Jamie Hamilton photo Jamie HamiltonI specialise in venture capital, private equity and M&A, advising high-growth, early-stage…
    Mark Harnett photo Mark HarnettI specialise in advising developers and property investors on planning and related…
    Ted  Harrison photo Ted HarrisonI am a debt finance lawyer advising largely on fund finance, corporate…
    David Harrison photo David HarrisonI specialise in helping clients to structure and execute complex acquisitions, disposals…
    Digby Hebbard photo Digby Hebbard  Partner
    Jan Hoppe photo Jan HoppeI specialise in corporate and commercial law often with international (cross-border) elements,…
    Simon Kanter photo Simon KanterI 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 KatsarisI lead the India Desk with Sunil Sheth, and I am the…
    Alex Kaufmann photo Alex KaufmannI specialise in advising on corporate transactions including M&A, joint ventures, private…
    Janet Keeley photo Janet KeeleyI have been with Fladgate for over 30 years, for about half…
    Avram Kelman photo Avram KelmanI am a multi-national corporate lawyer with over 35 years’ experience helping…
    Ella Leonard photo Ella LeonardI am a specialist investment funds lawyer and head of the Funds,…
    Julian Lewis photo Julian LewisI specialise in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity and the…
    Elliot Lewis photo Elliot LewisPartner
    Stephen Lewis photo Stephen LewisI specialise in all aspects of commercial real estate work, particularly in…
    Helena Luckhurst photo Helena LuckhurstI specialise in tax and legal issues affecting family wealth holding vehicles,…
    Steven Mash photo Steven MashConsultant  
    Michael McCartney photo Michael McCartneyI am an experienced employment law specialist, working with clients across a…
    Kim McMurray photo Kim McMurrayI am a real estate finance lawyer who has a passion for…
    Seetal Modi photo Seetal ModiMy job is to help people raise finance or lend against assets,…
    Edward Morgan photo Edward MorganI specialise in investment funds, indirect real estate investment vehicles, joint ventures,…
    Luke Morris photo Luke MorrisI am a specialist in debt finance, with a particular focus on…
    Alison Mould photo Alison MouldI am a partner in the real estate department with over 30…
    James Norton photo James NortonI am a trusted adviser to clients in the real estate sector…
    Daniel Polden photo Daniel PoldenI specialise in a range of commercial property work for clients based…
    Eddie Powell photo Eddie PowellI use my legal skills and experience to prevent or solve problems…
    Charles Proctor photo Charles ProctorI specialise in regulatory matters for banks and investment firms. I am…
    Sophia Purkis photo Sophia PurkisPartner  
    Taj Rehal photo Taj RehalI specialise in advising clients on complex and strategic workplace employment and…
    Richard Reuben photo Richard ReubenI specialise in real estate development and finance, investment work and corporate…
    Jonathan Riley photo Jonathan RileyI advise wealthy individuals, their families and the institutions that advise them…
    David Robinson photo David RobinsonI specialise in equity capital markets and in both public company and…
    Jenny Sargeant photo Jenny SargeantI am a specialist in development, and bespoke transactions and financings involving…
    Julian Scharfer photo Julian ScharferI am a specialist in real estate investment, acting for investors and…
    Joel Seager photo Joel SeagerPartner
    Garbhan Shanks photo Garbhan ShanksPartner and Head of Insurance
    Anthony Shatz photo Anthony ShatzI am a partner in Fladgate’s corporate team. I specialise in M&A,…
    Sunil Sheth photo Sunil ShethI am Fladgate’s Senior Partner, with overall leadership of the firm. This…
    Gary Smith photo Gary SmithI am a debt finance partner with over 22 years’ experience across…
    Marc Sosnow photo Marc SosnowI specialise in mergers and acquisitions including joint ventures, disposals, private equity,…
    Mark Spash photo Mark SpashI advise on a wide range of private client law matters for…
    Graham Spitz photo Graham SpitzI am part of our Growth Capital group and I advise on…
    Neal Todd photo Neal ToddI am a highly experienced tax adviser, specialising in tax planning for…
    Mike Tremeer photo Mike TremeerI am a specialist Employment lawyer, taking pride in providing commercial and…
    Kate Troup photo Kate TroupI am a financial services regulatory lawyer with particular expertise in the…
    Sam Tye photo Sam TyeI am the head of our Green Energy Group and I have…
    Howard Watt photo Howard WattI am a corporate transactional partner with a particular focus on UK…
    David Weare photo David WearePartner – Head of Construction & Engineering
    Alan Wetterhahn photo Alan WetterhahnI am a contract specialist with specific expertise in sports, esports, gaming,…
    Kelly Whiter photo Kelly WhiterI joined Fladgate in 2017, and I have 20 years of industry…
    Jeremy Whiteson photo Jeremy WhitesonI focus on corporate transactions for successful private companies (start-ups, development finance…
    Gavin Whitney photo Gavin WhitneyI deal with all aspects of real estate work including investment, landlord…
    Alexander Wildschütz photo Alexander WildschützPartner  
    Matthew Williams photo Matthew WilliamsI specialise in development and redevelopment advice relating to real estate assets,…
    Tim Wright photo Tim WrightI am a technology, sourcing and commercial lawyer with nearly 30 years’…
    Number of partners : 85
    Associates : 77
    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.