Firm Profile > Hamlins LLP > London, England

Hamlins LLP
ROXBURGHE HOUSE
273-287 REGENT STREET
LONDON
W1B 2AD
England

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 3

Hamlins LLP’s commercial property team ‘goes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm’. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leaderMark Hurst heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Testimonials

‘Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.’

‘The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.’

‘Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner – ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.’

‘Professional and highly experienced.’

‘Highly qualified and available for the client’.

‘The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.’

‘Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience’.

Key clients

Hilton Worldwide

PPHE (formerly Park Plaza Hotels)

CitizenM Hotels

Ego Restaurants Holdings Limited

Leon Restaurants

Pizza Pilgrims

Roko Health Centres Limited

PlayFootball Limited

London Union

The Mint Group (Koko and Infernos)

Ping Pong Restaurants

Adventure Leisure Limited

Rosa’s Thai

Pizza Union

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Hamlins LLP predominantly handles corporate finance matters for entrepreneurs, SMEs and large corporates, with M&A activities spanning both the public and private markets. In addition, the firm undertakes fundraisings and transactions on both the main market and AIM, including flotations and reverse takeovers. Specialist sector focuses include media, technology and leisure, as well as real estate. Daniel Bellau focuses on AIM-listed corporates and SMEs, particularly within the aforementioned sectors. Robert Rakison, a recent hire from McGuireWoods London LLP, predominantly focuses on the  private market, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions.

Testimonials

‘Skilled and experienced in all aspects of corporate law, giving astute and practice advice.’

‘Personable and client facing

A medium size firm that has all the skills to deliver a quality product at a keen price

Daniel Bellau stands out as one of the leading corporate lawyers on commercial and equity capital markets matters at a West End firm. He is always a pleasure to work with

Key clients

Palace Capital plc

Ted Baker Group plc

Park Plaza Hotels Europe

E-prop Services Group plc

Oracle Racing

Trevali Mining Corporation

Prime Site Developments Limited

Ingenious Investments

Sandown Ventures Limited

Angelfish Investments plc

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Hamlins LLP stands out for its contentious music practice; the team, which is led by Martin Ochs, handles litigation for the leading UK collecting societies, PPL, PRS For Music and PPLPRS. The team also advised PPL and PRS For Music on a range of aspects of its joint venture for public performance licensing, PPLPRS. The team handles contentious matters for clients in the music publishing, film, design and music merchandising industries. Defamation and privacy are also active areas for the media and entertainment department and the team also offers expertise across IP, commercial issues and image rights.

Testimonials

Martin Ochs has a pragmatic approach and gives clarity in his advice.

 

Key clients

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Performing Right Society Limited (PRS For Music)

PPL PRS Limited

Video Performance Limited (VPL)

TRAP (Trademark & Rightsholders Against Piracy)

David Nicholl (manager of The Kooks and others)

Bravado International Group

Mighty Atom Productions

Hilton Worldwide

Danilo

Volterra BV

Whickers World Foundation

Jewish Chronicle

SelectScience

All Media Music

Topic Records

Clarent Films

Reputation management Tier 3

Hamlins LLP focuses its 'very high-standard' media team almost entirely on  the claimant side, for example acting for Labour MPs, corporate individuals and sportspeople. The firm also acted as lead solicitor in phone hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers including preparation for a handful of trials. The team has been growing steadily under the leadership of the 'urbane and diplomaticChristopher HutchingsCallum Galbraith, who joined the firm from Russells Solicitors in 2018, brings particular expertise in resolving pre-publication disputes to the table. In April 2019, the team also welcomed senior associate Alex Cochrane 'with a wealth of knowledge' from Brett Wilson LLP.

Testimonials

Hamlins have done some brilliant work over the last few years and seem to be getting stronger.

They are of a very high standard in terms of their commitment to their clients, their understanding of this area of the law and their efficiency in conducting litigation.’

Christopher Hutchings and Callum Galbraith are the stand-out individuals.

‘Their strength is in their ability to give factual, sound advice without making it over complicated. They are clearly incredibly professional but they are always incredibly personable as well, which is key to building trust and lasting relationships between client and lawyer.’

‘Callum Galbraith is excellent at communicating position, time frames and choices in a concise manner and is very friendly and approachable at all times.’

‘Alex Cochrane brings with him a wealth of knowledge from previous firms. Very strategic approach’

‘Top notch defamation and privacy specialists, smoothly managed by the urbane and diplomatic Chris Hutchings.

‘Hamlins lawyers were the best law firm I have dealt with in any way shape or form.’

‘Everything Hamlins have done has been exceptional.’

Key clients

Lord Sheikh

Shakir Ali and Shahida Aslam

Tim Buckland

Anna Turley MP

Lead Solicitor for all News Group claims

Gavin Shuker MP

Ian Austin MP

Individual Phonehacking Claimants – NGN

Individual Phonehacking Claims – MGN

Hope Not Hate

Can’t Pay We’ll Take it Away

Triplark

Jewish Chronicle

Brand management Tier 4

Hamlins LLP is particularly experienced in assisting brands and private clients in the entertainment, music, retail and leisure industries in relation to the protection and commercial exploitation of IP rights, as well as advertising issues and sales promotions. Martin Ochs heads the contentious music and IP litigation practice, while other key partner Matthew Pryke advises on IP, trade mark and design law and brand protection strategies.

Key clients

Speakeasy Entertainment

PPL PRS Limited

Bravado International Group

Hilton Worldwide

Ted Baker

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Hamlins LLP’s commercial property team ‘goes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm’. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leaderMark Hurst heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Testimonials

‘Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.’

‘The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.’

‘Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner – ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.’

‘Professional and highly experienced.’

‘Highly qualified and available for the client’.

‘The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.’

‘Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience’.

Key clients

William Pears Group of Companies

Structadene Group of Companies

Firefly Capital

Casa Bella Developments Limited

Park Plaza Hotels

Lightstone Properties LLP

Criterion Capital

Marwees Ltd (Edgware Trust)

Palace Capital plc

Citrus Group

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

Hamlins LLP’s commercial property team ‘goes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm’. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leaderMark Hurst heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Testimonials

‘Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.’

‘The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.’

‘Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner – ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.’

‘Professional and highly experienced.’

‘Highly qualified and available for the client’.

‘The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.’

‘Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience’.

Key clients

Ego Restaurants

Pizza Union

Leon Restaurants

The Draft House Holding Limited

Pizza Pilgrims

London Union

Journeys- Friend Ltd

Ping Pong Restaurants

Ted Baker

Rosa’s Thai

Pizza Union

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Perhaps the biggest story from Hamlins LLP's corporate department has been its investment in expanding its international reach. The practice group is looking in particular to the Canadian and Israeli markets and recently brought on Robert Rakison from McGuireWoods London LLP to act as international business consultant. In terms of industry sectors, the team attracts a flow of work in real estate and leisure sectors, and also regularly works in conjunction with its specialist media group. Practice head Daniel Bellau has expertise in public and private company M&A in addition to his AIM financing work.

Testimonials

Attentive firm that understands the client’s needs and is able to grasp issues and opportunities and advise accordingly.

The team at Hamlins is skilled and experienced in all areas of corporate law.

Hamlins truly focuses on small caps and small cap issues.

A medium-sized firm that punches well above its weight.

It is a very well-connected firm that can offer introductions to other quality professionals.

Daniel Bellau has a strong legal mind and is extremely commercial.

Key clients

Park Plaza Hotels Europe

Angelfish Investments plc

Zenith Energy Limited

Ted Baker plc

Palace Capital plc

Allenby Capital

S P Angel

Cairn Financial Advisers

Hybridan LLP

Property litigation Tier 4

At Hamlins LLP, the 'commercial, tenacious and friendly' team 'goes the extra mile for its clients'; it is particularly adept at handling contentious commercial and residential property work pertaining to leases and business rates, restrictive and leasehold convenants as well as rights of light matters, boundary disputes and possession proceedings following failed payments. The 'completely dedicated and hugely client-focusedKate Andrews heads the team, which includes 'extremely committed, supportive and down-to-earth' residential real estate litigator and 'fabulous tacticianSarah Finch, who was elevated to the partnership in July 2018 and 'knows her law inside out'.

Testimonials

They consistently provide a high-quality service, fearlessly working to ensure the best outcomes possible for their clients.

Kate Andrews does not hesitate to go the extra mile whilst being very skilled at delivering bad news when it needs to be.’

Sarah Finch relishes the battle but never loses sight of her client’s best interests.

What they lack in size, they make up in impact.

Kate Andrews is a something of a rottweiler; you wouldn’t want to be on the other side when she is unleashed.

At Hamlins they work together as a unit consulting each other so you get the combined knowledge and experience of all parties.

They have extensive experience, knowledge and a good track record.’

Incredibly quick and on the ball.

Key clients

National Car Parks

M&M Asset Management/ Apollo Global Real Estate Management

Grainmarket Asset Management

Kolup Investments

MTD Coln Industrial

Remington Properties

Tower Bridge Yacht and Boat Company

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation

Sateria Investments

Harringay Meat Traders

Marwees

Clockfair

Cabot Investments

Triplark

Indra Prastha

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Hamlins LLP’s commercial property team ‘goes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm’. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leaderMark Hurst heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Testimonials

‘Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.’

‘The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.’

‘Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner – ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.’

‘Professional and highly experienced.’

‘Highly qualified and available for the client’.

‘The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.’

‘Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience’.

Key clients

National Car Parks

CitizenM Hotels

Park Plaza Hotels

The Sports and Leisure group Ltd (Playfootball)

Casa Bella Developments Limited

Firefly Capital

Citrus Group

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Hamlins LLP's contentious practice provides a 'first rate service', acting for developers, investors, funders and contractors. The team is headed up by the 'extremely experienced and respected' Amanda Burge. The firm has experience of disputes relating to the financing behind projects, claims for delay, loss and expense and claims for negligent design as well as a particular expertise in IT and software issues. 'Efficient' senior associate Laura Daly has experience acting for private and public companies in a variety of disputes.

Testimonials

‘Amanda Burge is excellent, enormously experienced and respected in the market, especially in relation to construction and insurance related matters.’

‘Commercial in their advice.’

‘Hamlins offer a first rate service, particularly to niche developer clients.’

‘The team work well together.’

‘First rate advice.’

‘Amanda Burge is extremely experienced and knowledgeable and leads team well.’

‘Amanda has an excellent understanding of the processes and legal routes to resolve matters.’

‘Laura Daly works well and is efficient.’

‘Amanda Burge is very commercial and will always put her client’s needs first.’

‘Amanda Burge and Laura Daly give the impression that you are their only client.’

‘Kate Andrews is terrifically commercially minded and hard working. Always takes the time to find the best way to work with each individual client.’

‘Amanda Burge is concise and user friendly whilst commercial and incisive.’

Key clients

The William Pears Group

Sport Tier 5

Hamlins LLP's sports group, which is made up of 'highly experienced partners who have worked both in and for sports organisations', handles a wide ambit of commercial work, spanning sponsorship agreements, media rights sales, IP, event staging and football transfer deals. Practice head Matthew Pryke - 'a genuine market leader' - has helped clients to structure and launch a number of sports series and events, while partner Christopher Hutchings specialises in privacy, defamation and reputation management.

Testimonials

“Hamlins are led by highly experienced partners who have worked both in and for sports organisations, and  have experience of working across a range of sports including football, cricket, boxing, motor sport, rugby, snooker, tennis, and sailing.”

“Hamlins has a unique offering which covers all aspects of sports, from regulatory, sponsorship, player management, reputation management and sports disputes.”

“Matthew Pryke is one of the leading experts in advising new and short format sports.” 

“Matthew Pryke stands out as a genuine market leader. He is both smart and focused with an ability to find solutions which add value. He has a broad understanding of the whole sports market which is second to none in the industry.”

Key clients

SailGP

The English Cricket Board

366 Group Limited

Oracle Racing Inc.

La Liga Lowdown

Tie Break Tens

Youth Sport Trust

World Snooker

Professional negligence Tier 6

Hamlins LLP largely acts for claimants in complex professional negligence disputes against solicitors, accountants, financial advisors, trustees and construction professionals. The team 'understands the position from an insurer's perspective, which gives a different insight that not all firms can offer' and it 'always delivers on agreed time frames and is always readily available to answer any queries'. In an example of its experience in handling cases against solicitors, the team advised on a significant claim against a leading London law firm, which examined the drafting of an estate management deed.

Testimonials

Amanda Burge is a particularly tenacious litigator who is exceptionally proactive at driving cases forward.

Laura Daly has experience in specialist banking litigation.

Amanda Burge has a sharp focused mind, great tenacity and an ability to negotiate forcefully and effectively.

Amanda Burge has the gravitas, experience and know-how to get the job done.

 

 

Key clients

European Land & Property

Triple Point Investment

Westminster Academy

VolkerFitzpatrick

Freshwater Group

Property finance Tier 6

Hamlins LLP acts for high-street and overseas banks, and is also particularly active representing investment and development companies owned by high-net-worth individuals. The team advises on development and investment finance, with expertise in the student accommodation, hotels and high-end residential sectors; it also regularly advises on the financing of the acquisition and development of residential blocks of flats. Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood leads the team following the departure of Charles Bezzant for Brecher LLP.

Testimonials

Hamlins LLP is unlike other law firms I have worked with in the last 20 years of my career. The team pays attention to detail with the patience to explain complicated aspects of the law to ensure the right decisions are taken. Client relationships are at the heart of Hamlins’ ability to offer the highest standard of client care. Difficult transactions are made that much easier by the common-sense and professional advice offered by the team‘.

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is more than just a lawyer; she offers sound advice, agility and dynamism across all aspects of corporate finance, real estate and banking. Her attitude is fresh and always positive. She is fiercely protective of her client’s commercial position whilst applying reason and common sense‘.

The unique thing about Hamlins is that it is not such a big firm that the working structure is too complex. I can reach out directly to a partner of the firm who knows the background of the case well and can provide suitable advice quickly‘.

The things which impress the most about Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood are her experience in property transactions and how easy it is to contact her for consultation. She has a strong team supporting her‘.

The team at Hamlins support your business as if it is their own‘.

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood oversees transactions with confidence and positivity, without creating issues with the other side‘.

Hamlins stands out for its professionalism, broad knowledge and personalised services. The team is very friendly, quick to respond and provides good quality advice‘.

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is focused, commercially oriented, available and down-to-earth. She will go out of her way to deliver before the set time whatever you throw at her. If there is anything she has not done before, she does her research and never fails to surprise you. She has an outstanding professional reputation and she is a great individual‘.

We know that we will receive an excellent level of service from Hamlins to ensure that our requirements are fully met within the timescales requested. In addition, the team is very helpful in providing ad hoc guidance‘.

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood has an excellent understanding of our requirements and is very proactive to ensure deadlines are met. Aselle is very approachable and will always make time to discuss any urgent matters that arise‘.

The team are a pleasure to work with and work very well together. This enables quality work with swift results‘.

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is great for property finance. She is very responsive, has a fantastic manner, and works through problems‘.

Hamlins always delivers a prompt, efficient and value-enhancing service‘.

The team ensures that all the key points are clearly presented and discussed in an efficient and clear manner. Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood assists in the process extremely well‘.

Key clients

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

Shawbrook Bank plc

Palace Capital plc

Svenska Handelsbanken

Structadene Group

Bangkok Bank plc

Commercial litigation Tier 7

Hamlins LLP is 'big enough to offer a breadth of experience, yet offers a very personal touch that makes even small clients feel valued and important'. It has particular disputes expertise in IT, construction, engineering, insurance, professional negligence, and travel and timeshares, along with IP, defamation, sports, partnership and shareholder disputes and financial matters. Amanda Burge heads the dispute resolution department, which also comprises  Martin Ochs. .

Testimonials

Good leadership, the team is efficient and productive’.

Amanda Burge is very approachable and likes to help if at all possible; she is always contactable and willing to go the extra mile‘.

Martin Ochs is an impressive litigator who has proven himself to be extremely efficient in producing high-quality work under tight deadlines‘.

Key clients

60 houseboat owners represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association

European Land & Property

Hilton Worldwide

Hamlins is a commercial law firm renowned for its industry expertise, entrepreneurial bias and quality lawyers who are recognised leaders in their fields.

The firm: Operating across multiple sectors, Hamlins has deep market knowledge of the media, digital, real estate, retail and fashion, sport, hospitality and leisure industries.

The firm provides the full array of legal services (including corporate, media, IP, real estate, employment and litigation) to a broad range of clients, from large institutions and corporates to SMEs and entrepreneurs.

The firm has grown successfully in line with its clients’ needs to become the top 200 UK law firm it is today.

Hamlins’ approach is to allow partners to deliver a partner-led service in a creative and cost-effective way, ensuring clients the best possible outcome.

Types of work undertaken: Hamlins offers a full range of legal services with a particular emphasis on its key sectors.

Banking and finance: the finance team advises senior and mezzanine lenders and borrowers on financing transactions, with particular expertise in real estate finance.

Commercial: Hamlins’ commercial team advises on general commercial contracts, technology contracts (licensing and development), distribution arrangements, franchising and outsourcing.

Corporate: the firm’s corporate team provides a broad spectrum of corporate services, including M&A, corporate finance, equity capital markets, joint ventures, debt finance and commercial agreements.

Dispute resolution: the dispute resolution team advises on all manner of commercial disputes, including professional negligence, insolvency, insurance, construction and real estate disputes.

Employment: the employment team advises on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including tribunal claims, employee incentives, share options, employment and service contracts and staff handbooks.

Institutional lender services: Hamlins has over 20 years’ experience and an unparalleled reputation advising major lenders on litigation matters. Services include repossessions, sale of property in possession, defended actions, negligence actions and shortfall actions.

Intellectual property: the firm’s IP team advises on contentious and non-contentious work including copyright, trade marks and cross-border anti-piracy matters. Non-contentious expertise includes licensing, franchising and IP structuring.

Media and entertainment: the media team is internationally recognised in relation to media contracts, rights acquisition and protection, defamation and reputation management, production, publishing and recording. The team is also at the forefront of ground-breaking digital media law.

Real estate: Hamlins’ real estate team acts on investment, development and construction matters for clients ranging from investors to end-users, including property companies, funds, banks, entrepreneurs, retailers and restaurants. The team has expertise in all aspects of real estate disputes and real estate finance.

Reputation management: the team of contentious media specialists is well versed in all defamation, reputation and privacy matters and has leading expertise in phone hacking claims.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Nigel Mason
Senior partner Joseph Holder
Commercial and IP Matthew Pryke
Corporate Daniel Bellau
Dispute resolution Amanda Burge
Media Chris Hutchings
Real estate Mark Hurst
Real estate disputes Kate Andrews
Reputation management Chris Hutchings
Sport Matthew Pryke
Photo Name Position Profile
Miss Kate Andrews  photo Miss Kate Andrews
Mr Daniel Bellau  photo Mr Daniel Bellau
Miss Amanda Burge  photo Miss Amanda Burge
Miss Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood  photo Miss Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood
Miss Diana Featherstonhaugh  photo Miss Diana Featherstonhaugh
Miss Sarah Finch  photo Miss Sarah Finch
Mr Callum Galbraith  photo Mr Callum Galbraith
Mr Simon Gallant  photo Mr Simon Gallant
Mr Alban Gordon  photo Mr Alban Gordon
Mr Joseph Holder  photo Mr Joseph Holder
Mr Mark Hurst  photo Mr Mark Hurst
Mr Christopher Hutchings  photo Mr Christopher Hutchings
Mr Ben Kilshaw  photo Mr Ben Kilshaw
Mr John Leasure  photo Mr John Leasure
Mr Nigel Mason photo Mr Nigel Mason
Mr Martin Ochs  photo Mr Martin Ochs
Mr Matthew Pryke  photo Mr Matthew Pryke
Mr Robert Rakison  photo Mr Robert Rakison
Miss Yvonne Raymond  photo Miss Yvonne Raymond
Miss Victoria Stanborough  photo Miss Victoria Stanborough
Mr Andrew Stephenson  photo Mr Andrew Stephenson
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50