Hamlins LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Hamlins LLP
1 Kingsway

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

The corporate practice at Hamlins LLP acts for a mix of entrepreneurs, SMEs and larger corporates on public and private M&A transactions. Dual-qualified (Kyrgyz and UK) Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood heads up the team, with recent highlights including multi-jurisdictional financings in the mining sector as well as a number of property holding company divestments. Matthew Pryke is also noted for his experience in media, intellectual property and technology issues.

Practice head(s):

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TCM Living Limited (formerly known as DM Midlands Holdings)

CEO of upholstery group DM Midlands Holdings

Trevali Mining Corporation

Palace Capital plc

Ted Baker Group plc

Park Plaza Hotels Europe

E-Prop Services Group plc

Oracle Racing

Bleach London

Ingenious Investments Limited

Sail GP

Work highlights

  • Advised TCM Living Limited on a corporate reorganisation of its subsidiaries, bringing them all together into an enlarged group with a view to working towards a planned UK stock market listing.
  • Advised the CEO of upholstery group DM Midlands Holdings on the acquisition of the business and assets of Arlo and Jacob out of administration.
  • Advised Trevali Mining Corporation on the corporate aspects of a second amended and restated credit agreement with a syndicate of existing lenders and a second lien secured facility agreement with Glencore Canada Corporation.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Hamlins LLP has a strong profile in the music sector, where it acts for clients such as UK music collecting societies, musicians and music publishers. It is notably strong in contentious matters, including those concerning the monopoly of the music merchandising sector; Martin Ochs is a noted expert in this space. Also recommended is Callum Galbraith, whose work covers management disputes, band name disputes and royalty audit claims, among other matters. Head of media Christopher Hutchings is mainly known for his defamation and privacy work, but also advises clients on commercial issues and image rights. Simon Gallant has experience of advising clients on IP, litigation and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ochs; Christopher Hutchings

Other key lawyers:


‘Martin Ochs has in depth knowledge of IP law and vast experience at litigating in this area.’

‘Martin Ochs has specialist expertise, and a user friendly manner and approach.’

Practical and transparent dialogue throughout the whole process.’

Key clients

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Performing Right Society Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Video Performance Limited (VPL)

TRAP Worldwide

David Nicoll (manager of The Kooks)

Bravado International Group

George Lowden Guitars


All Media Music

Proper Records Limited

Adam Ficek

Work highlights

  • Advising Lowden Guitars on brand management, particularly in relation to its collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the Sheeran by Lowden brand.
  • Advised TRAP Worldwide, the industry trade body for the UK music merchandising industry, on anti- counterfeiting, prosecution and online brand protection measures.
  • Advising the joint venture between PPL and PRS For Music regarding public performance licensing and the collection of royalties for the industry.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

Providing 'clear, concise' advice on privacy and libel rights claims, Hamlins LLP  represents a range of claimants, from musicians and actors/actresses to prominent politicians and public figures. Led by Christopher Hutchings, the team has considerable expertise in pre-publication review and takedowns relating to 'fly-on-the-wall' documentaries, an area in which newly promoted partner, Alex Cochrane, is strong. The team is also noted for its involvement in the phone-hacking litigation, where media expert Callum Galbraith acted as lead solicitor against News Group Newspapers.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hutchings

Other key lawyers:

Callum Galbraith; Alex Cochrane; Ellen Gallagher; Andrew Stephenson


‘Chris Hutchings and his team provide clear, concise advice often in complex areas. They explain everything with clarity, warmth and total trust.’

‘Exceptional and high-quality legal team. They work very well together, particularly as a result of being the lead solicitors in the NGN phone-hacking litigation and so have a very collaborative approach.’

‘Callum Galbraith is outstanding. Highly organised and very switched on. Excellent at strategy.’

‘I believe this practice has a very client-friendly approach. Not only do they know dealing with the press at a level far superior to anyone else but they actually understand and respect the damage it does.’

”I really struggled to find a practice that understood what we wanted to do until I found Hamlins LLP. Chris Hutchings and his team were fantastic from the very first phone call, which gave me enormous confidence in their abilities. That confidence was well-founded and proven when we won our case in a very straightforward manner.’

Key clients

Lord Sheikh

Ceva Sante Animale

Rebecca Loos

Various claimants v. MGN Ltd

Patsy Kensit & Fabio Pannuti

Keith Wain & Julie Kelly v. Channel 5 Broadcasting

Lead Solicitor in the litigation against News Group Newspapers (NGN)

Gary Lucy, Sarah Vincent, Rebecca Loos, Patrick Walden & Noel Fielding

Roxanne Pallett

The Jewish Chronicle

Justin Hawkins (The Darkness)

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Lord Sheikh in his claim against Associated Newspapers Limited, concerning a 2018 article, which the Court found was highly defamatory. Associated Newspapers agreed to pay substantial damages to Lord Sheikh and to publicly apologise (which was widely reported).
  • Represented Ceva Sante Animale, the French-owned global veterinary health company, in protecting its corporate reputation in the face of investigative journalist approaches, in order to prevent any misleading  and harmful references from being published.
  • Hamlins acts as the Lead Solicitor representing claimants in the high-profile phone hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers Limited. Claimants range from well-known celebrities to private individuals who have been caught up in the litigation by their association with the targets of journalists working for The Sun and the News of the World. Instructed in 62 claims in Tranche 4 of the litigation (which commenced in April 2019), with 5 trial cases and total damages secured on behalf of clients totalling nearly £5m.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

Hamlins LLP stands out for its expertise in brand and site development work. The practice has significant experience in rolling out high street brands through the acquisition of sites and negotiation of new leases for new restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs. The group also has a strong offering for hotels, holiday and travel businesses, assisting both boutique operators and global brands. Key areas of work here include acquisitions, disputes, developments and day-to-day operational issues. Team head Nigel Mason has a good record advising on large and complex development projects.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Mason

Other key lawyers:

Ben Kilshaw


‘Strong understanding of the sector and specific challenges we face, both in general and specifically in terms of the impact of coronavirus.’

‘The firm manages to be commercial and pragmatic in the way they think about risk.’

‘Ben Kilshaw strikes an excellent balance between progressing things proactively and taking instructions on salient points.’

Key clients

Adventure Leisure Limited

Azure Resorts

Brompton Brands

CitizenM Hotels

Ego Restaurants Holdings Limited

Leon Restaurants

Ping Pong Restaurants

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Union

PlayFootball Limited

Park Plaza Hotels

Roko Health Centres Limited

Rosa’s Thai

The Mint Group (Koko and Infernos)

Work highlights

  • Adved long-standing client, Leon Restaurants, on the variation and re-gear of 25 leases to enable a successful CVA.
  • Advised Rosa’s Thai on the acquisition of 6 new sites since lockdown with several others currently being negotiated.
  • Advised Pizza Pilgrims on the acquisition of 5 new sites since lockdown, with several others currently being negotiated.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

Acting for clients including developers, investors, occupiers and contractors, Hamlins LLP provides solid experience in contentious construction matters. It handles disputes relating to overspend, negligent design, delay and loss, and offers these services to both an industry and private clientele. Amanda Burge heads the team, handling matters relating to construction IT and software issues in addition to projects. Sarah Finch is also recommended for her expertise in adjudications.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:


‘Response times are excellent.’

‘We always receive a quick, sensible and commercial response on matters that we raise whether they proceed to litigation or not. The team is very responsive and deals with claims quickly for us if required. They are also sensible in their advice as to whether matters are worth proceeding with or not when considering the likely costs or chances of success.’

‘Hands-on partner involvement throughout the matter. Very clear and firm advice which facilitated an easier path to resolution.’

‘The team has an excellent breadth of expertise and experience across all areas of construction disputes, from adjudication to arbitration and litigation. They work well together, getting the balance right between partner involvement and associate time.’

‘Amanda Burge is a particular stand out in the Hamlins team. She is razor sharp with a great commercial sense. She always engages well with clients, from private individuals to big corporates.’

‘A boutique practice which is very well placed to support developers with their contentious and non-contentious needs. Amanda Burge is just a powerhouse of enthusiasm.’

‘The team’s industry knowledge is second to none and clients rely heavily on it to deliver results. Amanda Burge is the pre-eminent partner.’

Key clients

India Buildings Development Limited

The William Pears Group

Palace Capital

Dobler Metallbau GmbH

Volker Fitzpatrick


Fruition Properties

Work highlights

  • Advising on the merits of potential claims against contractors and a quantity surveyor regarding works undertaken at a luxury property of a celebrity.
  • Acting on behalf of a UK developer in respect of their role in the development of an iconic building, and its various disputes.
  • Acting on behalf of a UK football club in a claim against contractors for substandard design and installation of a football pitch.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Hamlins LLP handles a broad spectrum of commercial and residential property disputes, with team head Kate Andrews being the key contact for the former. Much of this work concerns break notices, rent reviews, dilapidation claims and CVAs, while development-related disputes have been another driver of recent activity. Instructions in this space include easements, rights to light and boundary matters alongside vacant possession actions. Landlords and tenants, developers, property managers, investors and residential leaseholders also benefit from the team's mediation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kate Andrews

Other key lawyers:


The Hamlins team is dynamic and very client-focused. They aim to get the right result for you in the most cost-effective and timely manner.

Kate Andrews is an exceptional litigation solicitor, always able to help however short notice and provides an honest and speedy opinion. A first-class negotiator and always puts her clients first.

The property litigation team at Hamlins is a real powerhouse led by the formidable Kate Andrews. The service is second to none and I can rely on the team no matter what time of day or night, seven days a week.

Kate Andrews has impeccable knowledge across all areas of property litigation and has a real talent for getting deals done in short timescales under great pressure. She doesn’t hide behind emails or letters and really gets stuck in. She grasps the issues and commercial concerns quickly and tailors her advice accordingly. She has great relationships with top barristers which also helps at short notice.

The team led by Kate Andrews is exemplary – committed, professional, efficient and available more or less at any time.

I have worked exclusively with Kate Andrews, and have always found her energy and commitment to be extraordinary.

Sarah Finch has a wonderful combination of knowledge of her area but also common-sense solutions to problems and an understanding of our priorities and issues as clients.

Key clients

Allvest Company Limited

Abbey Commercial Ltd

Avida (London) Limited

Antipodean (UK) Limited

Acemark Properties Limited

Azure Services Ltd & Azure Resorts Ltd

Ashtead Estates Limited

Ace Rent a Van Ltd

Bahagia Investments Limited

Bikem Limited

Bromley Park Garden Estates Limited

Bakerloo Limited

Brukaros Ltd

The Bampton Property Group Limited

Bedford Arcade Properties Limited

Beavor Lane LLP

Brosh Limited

Blenheim Estates Limited

Bass Orthodontics Limited

Berger Crest Investments Limited

CDR Nomineeco 1 Limited & CDR Nomineeco 2 Limited

Centrick Limited

Centrick Commercial Limited

Castle Lane Securities Limited

Cyan Properties Limited

Cabot Investments Limited

Citylake Investments Limited

CRED Investments Holdings Limited

Claybar Ltd

Centrick Property Sales Limited

Crown View Estates Ltd.

Craftrule Limited

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cedarhope Properties Limited

Crownpark Investments Limited

Civic Centre Ltd

Cheshire Street Limited

Club La Costa (UK) Plc

Carlton Real Estates Developments Limited

Clockfair Limited

Cramion Co.Limited

Camberwell Developments Limited

Chas Newens Marine Co Limited

Cumberland Court Investments Ltd

Chiswick Quay Freeholds Limited

Container Space Limited

Design Warehouse Limited

Diamond Resorts (Europe) Limited

Daejan Investments Limited

Drone Major Group Limited

Dollis Avenue LLP

Doquest Limited

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited

Basura Restaurants Limited

Eighteen Broadlands Road (Management) Limited

Ebury Greencrest LLP

Eros Properties Limited

ES Whitefield Limited

Epwin Group Plc

Epwin Logistics Limited

First London Investments Limited

Finegold Assets Limited

Finsbury Square Property Company Limited

Flintrule Ltd.

Fleetguild Limited

Fordale Limited

Fine & Country Limited

Foxtons Limited

Firgate Estates Limited

Grainmarket Properties Ltd

Goodpath Limited

Greencap Limited

GPEA Limited

Greencap IV Ltd

Gloster MEP Ltd.

Godwit Haven LLP

Gradient Developments Limited

Gillespie Manners Limited

Hampstead Residential Limited

The Heart of Limited

Hatton Garden Properties Limited

Honeyacre Estates Ltd

Hamilton House RTM Company Limited

Hartsbourne Properties Limited

Highgrade Properties Limited

Holly Park Retail Limited

Hamilton House Maintenance Limited

Hetton Properties Limited

Investin Sheldon Falmouth Developments Limited

Indra Prastha Limited

Interpole Limited

Investin Bournville Limited

Investin Ashford Properties Limited

Julia RE (U.K.) Limited

James Taylor Homes (Kingston) Limited

J. Leon & Company Limited

Kolup Investments Limited

Landmark Mortgages Ltd (LM XXXX)

The Light Cinema Limited

Lunar Holding SARL

Lunar Office SARL

Lunar Retail SARL

Lunar Altrincham SARL

Lunar Hereford SARL

Lunar Stretford SARL

Lunar Stockton SARL

Lupin Limited

Lightquote Limited

Lysville Limited

Lightstone Chatham LLP

Lightstone Neatscourt Phase 3 LLP

Lightstone Gillingham LLP

Le Congress Limited

London Road Lichfield Limited

Lunar JV Finance Limited

Crocus Home Loans Limited

Milited Limited

Mortgage Express

Meritmark Limited

Mountcroft Limited

M&M Portfolio Limited

MPG Quantity Surveyors Ltd

Moon A Limited

Merakino Ltd

Lackawanna Ltd

Marilla Properties Limited

Melva Apartments Ltd

Makepeace Investments Limited

Myhome Solutions Limited

MTD Coln Industrial Limited

Marble ARCH Abode Ltd

Madryn Limited

M S Webb & Company Limited

Marwin Securities Limited

Meritdream Limited & Acorn2Oak Property Advisors Limited

Mavglen Limited

Milesaway Property Limited

No Ordinary Designer Label

National Car Parks Manchester Limited

North Hill Freeholds Limited

Newport Holdings Ltd

NGT Foundation

Novaheights Limited

New London Markets Ltd

Nuneaton Shopping Centre SARL

Nottingham Place Properties Limited

Northbay Global Holdings Limited

National Car Parks Limited

Old Kent Road Regeneration Limited

One Dot World Limited

Ormazabal France S.A.S.U

P Khal Properties (Leeds) Limited

Property Investment Holdings

Pco 199 Limited

Pine Investments Limited

Palace Capital (Northampton) Limited

Parkchoice Limited

Parkchoice Limited and Crownview Estates Limited

Palace Capital (Halifax) Limited

Park Plaza Hotels Europe B.V.

Palace Capital (Properties) Limited

Peaceline Limited

Pearlman, D & S, as trustees of the Wanderslore Pension Scheme

Prime Global Limited

Palace Capital (Signal) Limited

Pizza Union Limited

Peter Estates Limited

Palace Capital (Liverpool) Limited

RTR Property Developments Limited

Roverley Limited

R. E. H. Property Investment Co. Ltd.

Reef (Sevenoaks 2) Limited

Relx (UK) Limited

Romenglen Limited

Renaissance 3964 Limited

Rosa’s London Limited

Rexstone Limited

Romulus Shortlands Limited

The Rose Lane Limited Partnership

Roehampton Housing Association Limited

RTR Developments Limited

Sidney Smith Enterprises Limited

Stas Partnership Ltd (The)

Slindon Street Portsmouth Limited

Saffron Building Society

Hilton Worldwide Limited

Sateria Investments Ltd

Shanghai Land (London) Ltd

St Ermins Property Co Limited

SABA Management Limited

Searchgrade Limited

St Pauls RTM Company Limited

Structadene Limited

Shardell Limited

Leon Restaurants Limited

Stonehaven Limited

Searchgrade Ltd & Portmount Property Ltd

Ssl Burnham Limited

Shulem B Association Limited

Stirling Assets Limited

Starhurst Limited

Shorts Gardens LLP

Springquote Limited

3Sixty Restaurants Limited

St Philips Homes (Burton Joyce) Limited

St Pauls Square RTM Company Limited

Trustees of Stancottage Pension Scheme

South West Investment Properties Ltd

Ms P Saini, Mr M Deol & Claremont Capital SPV9 Ltd

Sparkstone (Ascot) Ltd

Southern Grove Lancaster Street Limited

Shaviram Bracknell Limited And Shaviram Century LTD

Southern Grove Hackney Wick Limited

Southern Grove Lancaster Street Limited

Secure Chorus Limited

Southern Grove Hr Limited

Southern Grove Real Estate Limited

Specialist Building Products Ltd & Epwin Group Plc

Tempophase Limited

Tower Bridge Yacht & Boat Company Ltd

Triplark Limited

Trillium (Prime) Property GP Limited

Trustees of The Sugarstep Pension Scheme

Telereal Investment Properties Limited

Touch (Brewood) Limited

Tripod Partners Limited

Utopia Real Estate Limited

Unimains Limited

Voiceway Limited

Vacation Finance Limited

Whistletree (WTTDPXXXX)

Ramboll Uk Limited

78 Wigmore Street Funding Co. Limited

WX Investments Limited

West India Quay (Warehouse Property) Limited

Witton Properties Limited

Wynbay Limited


Worthing Football Centre Limited

Work.Life London Fields Limited

Work.Life Bermondsey Limited

Work.Life Brown Limited

Work.Life Fitzrovia Limited

Work.Life Hammersmith Limited

Work,Life Holborn Limited

Work.Life Reading Limited

Work.Life Farringdon Limited

Work.Life Soho Limited

Wiseman Opticians (Hampstead) Limited

Yorkshire Escapes LLP

Zefiran Limited

Zeena Ventures Limited

Zocalo Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted the claimant Epwin Logistics Limited with a claim for specific performance which was defended, and a counterclaim issued in relation to specific performance of a development agreement, and the requirement for an easement to be granted or a declaration made in relation to a right of way.
  • Acted for National Car Parks Limited in a dispute over the development of a car park in accordance with a specification in an option agreement.
  • Acted for Triplark Limited in a dispute over the interpretation of the right to manage legislation where tenants make applications for consent to assign.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Hamlins LLP‘s team has substantial expertise in commercial litigation work, including large and complex contractual and tortious claims, disputes concerning breaches of fiduciary duties and civil fraud cases. Leading the firm's dispute resolution department is Amanda Burge, who is highly regarded for general commercial disputes that are frequently complex and involve significant monetary values. IP disputes head Martin Ochs is also active in commercial litigation. Jamie Lester, who joined in May 2020 from Royds Withy King, has longstanding experience of commercial litigation and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:

Martin Ochs; Jamie Lester; Laura Daly; Lola Dawson


Very client-centric, responsive and quick. Every interaction feels like we are a new client they are giving their 120% to.

They are quick and efficient with any instruction that we give, especially with the serving of legal notices and pre-action letters, and issuing of proceedings that need serving quickly.

They are very much on top of their workload, which they manage efficiently.

Very firm views, which made it easier to assess the options available to us.

The team led by Amanda Burge is excellent and hugely experienced in commercial litigation in a wide variety of sectors.

Amanda Burge has very considerable experience in hard-fought commercial litigation. She is the partner that you absolutely want in your corner in any fight. She goes above and beyond at every stage – you could not have a more tenacious and dedicated litigator acting for you.

Amanda Burge stands out for her speed, analytical breadth and insight, as well as her ability to explore multiple solution sets exhaustively and quickly zero in on the most suitable one.

Jamie Lester gets things done. He is a great communicator and has a keen eye for detail, and he provides top-notch support and client service.

Key clients

60 Houseboat owners (represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association)

Vacation Club Services

DSquared2 Retail

Armstrong Solar Holdings

Robert Day

Redtree Solutions

Rheno Property Holdings


The joint administrators of Pentagon UK and Atlantic Finance UK

The State of Romania

Work highlights

  • Assisted 60 houseboat owners (represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association) with various interlinked disputes with the Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company, including a claim concerning the charging of licence fees for mooring houseboats.
  • Represented Dsquared2 in a High Court damages claim, in respect of losses arising from the robbery of high-value fashion goods, stored in a warehouse owned by European logistics company Arcese (through subsidiary Textile Logistics).
  • Represented Armstrong Solar Holdings in proceedings to enforce a guarantee agreement against a parent company, in relation to the enforcement of loan notes owed by its subsidiary (which then entered into liquidation).

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 5

The professional negligence team at Hamlins LLP is able to handle cases acting for and against professionals in areas including financial services, law and construction. 'Stand-out partnerAmanda Burge  leads the team and has past experience working at defendant insurer firms. Jamie Lister joined the firm in 2020 and also has expertise in commercial litigation and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:


‘Well respected firm in insurance market.’

‘Amanda Burge is the stand-out partner here – widely known and respected. Her no-nonsense approach is what is required to get the best result.’

‘Amanda Burge is fantastic at leading a dynamic litigation team. She has enormous experience and is absolutely devoted to understanding and furthering her client’s interests.’

Key clients

European Land & Property Limited

Triple Point Investment Limited

Westminster Academy

VolkerFitzpatrick Limited

The Pears Group of Companies

FJB Hotels

Fruition Properties

Dobler Metallbau GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acting for a large property investment and development company in a claim for breach of contract and professional negligence against a national firm of surveyors.
  • Acting on behalf of an industry regulatory body in respect of multiple clams against one of its members for professional negligence and/or fraudulent activity.
  • Advising a property developer on a professional negligence claim against a statutory manager for negligent conduct in the course of his appointment.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 5

At Hamlins LLP, practice head Mark Hurst has over 20 years of experience acting for offshore funds, high-net-worth individuals and property companies on the acquisition, sale and refinancing of single assets and portfolios. Elsewhere, the team's other work includes development projects, leasing and asset management. Nigel Mason is among the standout names for development matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Mason; Joseph Holder; Victoria Camfield


‘The team have weathered lockdown superbly by holding fast to their strong collaborative culture, both as they work together and as they work alongside other firms.’

‘Professional and service-oriented.’

‘They seem to work together well and liaise without be asked to check.’

‘Mark Hurst is an excellent solicitor, no ego but very pragmatic, and not a clock watcher.’

Key clients

Bourne Capital

Casa Bella Developments Limited

Citrus Group

Criterion Capital

Firefly Capital

Lightstone Properties LLP

Marwees Ltd (Edgware Trust)

Orwell Real Estate

Palace Capital plc

Park Plaza Hotels

Structadene Group of Companies

William Pears Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Advised Structadene Group on the £240m refinancing of part of the portfolio comprising over 100 properties.
  • Acting for Palace Capital Plc on various sales, as well as day to day advice on the £285m portfolio of this fully listed property company.
  • Advised William Pears Group on the sales of 3 industrial estates in the South East and the purchase of a central Leeds shopping arcade for £8m, a £35m industrial portfolio (the Hornet Portfolio purchased for Telereal Trillium and Pears) and a £13.5m retail parade.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 5

Clients recommend Hamlins LLP for its ‘notable strength in the establishment and operation of sports leagues’; the team has a strong focus on the structuring and launch of new events, initiatives and formats, across a wealth of sports, and is also reputed for its commercial, regulatory, doping, corporate, IP, privacy and reputation management capabilities. Practice head Matthew Pryke is a ‘valued source of market-specific knowledge’; he has a track record of having acted for some of England's most famous footballers. Other work encompasses broadcast and promotion agreements, sponsorships and player transfers.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Pryke

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hutchings


‘Notable strength in establishing and operating sports leagues. Commercial, IP strengths also. They have a good network of international partner law firms that we can tap into. They always feel like they are willing to listen and flex to meet our business needs, not theirs.’

‘Matthew Pryke is a valued source of market-specific knowledge. He feels more like an extension of our in-house legal team rather than a transactional external lawyer.’

Key clients

Oracle Racing Inc.

SailGP GB Team

The English Cricket Board

366 Group Limited

Hasta World

Burhill Golf Group

La Liga Lowdown

Youth Sports Trust

David Garrido


DLG Media Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised SailGP on the negotiation of a partnership arrangement with America’s Cup Team INEOS to operate and race as a SailGP GB Team. This partnership arrangement involved Sir Ben Ainslie becoming the skipper of the race team.
  • Negotiated a deal on behalf of David Garrido, regarding strategic advice on broadcast arrangements and the commercial proposition for a new sporting and environmental concept, Planet Football.
  • Providing strategic advice to the senior executive of England Cricket in connection with the renegotiation of the central player contracts with the senior men’s and women’s cricket teams.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

The real estate finance team at Hamlins LLP has a client roster including traditional banks, opportunistic funds, property companies, developers and family offices, with a focus on asset classes such as student accommodation, hotels and residential properties. Practice head Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood, who has 'impeccable business and professional acumen', is qualified in England and Wales and the CIS, and specialises in secured lending.

Practice head(s):

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Holder; Mark Hurst; John Leasure


‘The property finance team has excellent acumen, and is very responsive, cohesive and commercially oriented. I would strongly recommend them to clients and other colleagues in the banking industry with confidence.’

‘Hamlins are black and white – during lockdown we worked hard with all departments and it didn’t feel like anyone was working from home; deadlines were met, the usual out-of-hours calls made and everything ran like clockwork!’

‘I have worked with them for several years on the real estate and finance side, and always had great service. I have built good relationships and they are always happy to advise if needed and be proactive in their approach.’

‘Hamlins is a very knowledgeable firm. They are easy to communicate with and always recommend a good solution that balances both risks and customer requests.’

‘Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood has always been proactive and sought out issues that need to be solved and come to us with solutions not problems. A great person to work with and have on your side.’

‘Joseph Holder is commercial with me, we brainstorm and think outside the box, and he is blunt and insistent when I am wrong to make me realise it. This is how I like to work. Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is a gem. She works all day and all night to meet deadlines, is always is fair on fees and really is an asset to my legal team and the firm.’

‘Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is very accessible and communicates in a very straightforward way. Mark Hurst stands out for project management and oversight. John Leasure dovetailed effectively with Aselle to advise on property covenants.’

‘The team is helmed by Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood and under her guidance the only way for them is up! She is a well-rounded individual with impeccable business and professional acumen and a very calm spirit, who can solve the most difficult issues with the best possible outcome for everyone involved. She is very responsive, dilligent, down to earth and a great individual to be around and learn from. She has become a mentor not only to her team but also to her partners and clients, and the service she provides will always exceed your expectations. She builds and maintains life-long relationships due to the consistently outstanding service she provides.’

Key clients

Bangkok Bank PCL

Citrus Group

Palace Capital Plc

Pivot Lending Ltd

James Taylor Group

Trevali Mining Corporation

Shaviram Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Trevali Mining Corporation on the English law elements of a second amended and restated credit agreement with a syndicate of existing lenders for a $150m first lien secured revolving credit facility and a $20m second lien secured facility agreement with Glencore Canada Corporation.
  • Acted for a group of property investment and development companies owned by a high-net-worth family, completing 14 transactions undertaken over 12 months, including advice on bridging loans, investment loans and development loans in connection with the clients’ impressive property portfolio across England and Wales.
  • Acting for a private equity investment group on a number of loans to refinance five properties in South East England.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Hamlins LLP ’s IP group has a strong music rights practice, working with longstanding clients such as music licensing companies PPL and PRS on copyright claims, with co-head Martin Ochs leading the proceedings; his expertise is also deployed in the FMCG and hospitality sectors. Co-head Matthew Pryke is regularly engaged on endorsements and software licensing deals by sports and technology clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ochs; Matthew Pryke


Hands-on, efficient and trustworthy service.

Matthew Pryke is professional, reliable, honest and has the ability to speak in a language that all would understand.

Key clients

Azure Resorts

Bravado International Group

Club La Costa


Diamond Resorts

Ego Restaurants

Fine & Country

George Lowden Guitars

Hilton Worldwide

Mighty Atom Entertainment

Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS for Music)

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Pizza Union

PPL PRS Limited

Probity Europe

Speakeasy Entertainment

Ted Baker

Work highlights

  • Advising Lowden Guitars on brand management, and particularly in relation to its collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the Sheeran by Lowden brand.
  • Coordinating both civil and criminal infringement actions on behalf of TRAP Worldwide, whose members include Warner Music, Danilo Live Nation and Bravado (part of Universal Music Group).
  • Advising a leading European modelling agency regarding the structuring of brands and use of image rights, as well as models and influencers on licensing and commercialising their brands and intellectual property rights.

Hamlins is a commercial law firm renowned for its industry expertise, entrepreneurial approach, responsiveness, quality lawyers who are recognised leaders in their fields and the personal service it delivers to clients.

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.

Managing Partner Matthew Prykematthew.pryke@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6019
Senior Partner Joseph Holderjoseph.holder@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6112
Commercial and IP Matthew Prykematthew.pryke@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6019
Dispute Resolution Amanda Burgeamanda.burge@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6091
Media and Entertainment Christopher Hutchingschristopher.hutchings@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6104
Real Estate Mark Hurstmark.hurst@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6024
Real Estate Finance Aselle Djumabaeva-Woodaselle.djumabaeva-wood@hamlins.com+44 (0)207 355 6027
Real Estate Disputes Kate Andrewskate.andrews@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6063
Reputation Management Christopher Hutchingschristopher.hutchings@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6104
Music Martin Ochsmartin.ochs@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6018
Sport Matthew Prykematthew.pryke@hamlins.com+44 (0)20 7355 6019
Kate Andrews  photo Kate Andrews Kate is a Partner in the Real Estate Litigation Team. Kate is…
Amanda Burge  photo Amanda Burge Amanda is a Litigation and Dispute Resolution Partner in the Commercial Disputes Team.…
Victoria Camfield  photo Victoria Camfield Victoria is a Partner in the Real Estate team. Victoria is trusted…
Alex Cochrane photo Alex CochraneAlex is a Partner in our Media and Entertainment team. He is a media…
Laura Daly photo Laura DalyLaura is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Disputes Team. Laura is…
Sarah Daniel  photo Sarah Daniel Sarah is an Associate in the Media and Entertainment team. Sarah has…
Lola Dawson  photo Lola Dawson Lola is an Associate in Hamlins’ Dispute Resolution team.  Lola advises on…
Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood  photo Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood Aselle is a Partner in the Corporate Team and the Real Estate…
Diana Featherstonhaugh  photo Diana Featherstonhaugh Diana Featherstonhaugh is a Consultant in the Real Estate Team. Diana has…
Sarah Finch  photo Sarah Finch Sarah is a Partner in the Real Estate Disputes team. She has…
Callum Galbraith  photo Callum Galbraith Callum is a Partner in the Media and Entertainment team. Callum has…
Ellen Gallagher photo Ellen GallagherEllen is a Senior Associate in the Media and Entertainment team. Ellen is…
Simon Gallant  photo Simon Gallant Simon is a Consultant in the Media and Entertainment department. A Partner…
Hana Ghale  photo Hana Ghale Hana is an Associate in our Real Estate team. Hana has experience…
Joseph Holder  photo Joseph Holder Joseph Holder is Senior Partner and a Partner in the Real Estate Team. …
Mark Hurst  photo Mark Hurst Mark joined Hamlins as a partner in 2004 having trained and worked…
Christopher Hutchings  photo Christopher Hutchings Chris is a Partner and the Head of Hamlins’ Media and Reputation…
Ben Kilshaw  photo Ben Kilshaw Ben joined Hamlins in 2002 and is a Partner in the Real…
John Leasure  photo John Leasure John is a Partner in Hamlins’ Real Estate team. Having previously been…
Nigel Mason photo Nigel MasonNigel Mason specialises in Real Estate with a particular expertise in Central…
Razzak Mirjan  photo Razzak Mirjan Razzak is an Associate in the Commercial and Tech team. Razzak specialises…
Martin Ochs  photo Martin Ochs Martin is a Partner in the Entertainment, Media and IP team. Martin has wide…
Matthew Pryke  photo Matthew Pryke Matthew is the Managing Partner of the firm and specialises in Commercial…
Yvonne Raymond  photo Yvonne Raymond Yvonne Raymond is a Principal Associate in the Real Estate Department.  Yvonne…
Vicky Stanborough  photo Vicky Stanborough Vicky Stanborough is a Partner in the Commercial Property Department. Vicky joined…
Andrew Stephenson  photo Andrew Stephenson Andrew is a Consultant in the Media and Entertainment team and is…
Lauren Twidale  photo Lauren Twidale Lauren is an Associate in the Media and Entertainment team. Lauren has…
Number of Partners: : 16
Number of Other Fee Earners including Paralegals: : 40
Number of Total Staff: : 85