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London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 4

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP's reputation in the small-cap space is evidenced by the fact that it has been the lead sponsor of the networking community Small Cap Network UK for nine years. Its practice covers the gamut of advice on IPOs, secondary fundraisings and other transactions across the NEX, AIM and Main Markets. The 'clever and commercial' practice head Daniel Bellau has experience of a wide range of industries, including the hotels and leisure, real estate and TMT sectors. In 2017, Bellau acted for AIM-listed company MoneySwap Plc in a £3.5m investment by Wraith Holding BV by way of a share subscription. Outside of company-side work, Bellau advised Hybridan LLP as broker and Liberum Capital as NOMAD on a £1.9m fundraising for Halosource Inc. Trevali Mining Corporation, Winkworth Plc, Stand Hanson and Allenby Capital are among other clients.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Hamlins LLP

Daniel Bellau leads the team at Hamlins LLP, which handles public and private M&A and is known for advising overseas quoted companies. The technology, media, leisure and real estate sectors are particular areas of focus. Highlights included advising new client Trevali Mining Corporation on the English law aspects of its $418m acquisition of a portfolio of zinc assets from Glencore; acting on the merger between GPEA, the parent company of the Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country, and online estate agent easyProperty to form e-Prop Services; and assisting Park Plaza Hotels Europe with the £14m acquisition of a significant minority stake in South Bank Hotel Management. Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood, who is dual qualified in the UK and Russia, consultant Louise Wolfson and media and IP expert Matthew Pryke are also noted.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP is 'very well organised and attentive to client needs; and the team provides good advice on the strength of legal positions'. The practice's disputes involve large, complex contractual and tortious claims; breach of fiduciary duties and civil fraud; IP and IT issues; defamation; and partnership and shareholder disputes. Other areas include property, construction and engineering litigation, insurance and finance, and professional negligence. 'Flexible in her approach and easy to work with', Amanda Burge 'makes sure that all details are nailed down'; Antony Perlmutter  is also a key contact.

Leading individuals

Amanda Burge - Hamlins LLP

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Hamlins LLP

The ‘very able’ department at Hamlins LLP acts for claimants in professional negligence cases against law firms, accountants, financial advisers, trustees, construction consultants, surveyors and civil engineers; clients include European Land & Property, Triple Point, Westminster Academy, VolkerFitzpatrick and ICF Group. Litigation head Amanda Burge is an ‘extremely tenacious litigator who treats every case as being her top priority and provides common sense and commercial advice in a short time frame’. Associate Laura Daly, who joined in 2017 from Dentons, is also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP carries ‘a strong culture of client service’ and provides ‘practical and actionable advice’ to property investors and clients in the hotel, hospitality and retail sectors. In the hotel space, Nigel Mason acted for Park Plaza Hotels in relation to the acquisition, sale and leaseback, construction and remortgaging of a 400-bed London hotel. The team is especially active in the restaurant sector, where the ‘diligent and commercialBen Kilshaw assisted Leon Restaurants with the property aspects of its rapid roll-out strategy. Kilshaw is also instructed by Casual Dining Group, Pizza Pilgrims and London Union. The department also handles property investment transactions and portfolio management for prominent UK property companies. Indeed, Mark Hurst advised William Pears on the acquisition and onward sales of six industrial estates in England, and also assisted Structadene Group with various corporate real estate and property finance matters. Similarly, Paul Spacey advised Brukaros on its £42m acquisition of the Exchange Flags building in the World Heritage Site in Liverpool, while Joseph Holder is acting for Criterion Capital in relation to the acquisition of multiple investment and development properties.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Hamlins LLP

The 'outstanding' and 'responsive' team at Hamlins LLP focuses on development and investment financing, with particular expertise in student accommodation, hotels, care homes and residential properties. Practice head Charles Bezzant ('very clear in his advice and commercially minded') and the 'extremely efficient and reliableAselle Djumabaeva-Wood acted for Bank Leumi on a series of loans in relation to the development of various care homes; the team also advised Shawbrook Bank on loans to finance the acquisition and development of residential properties and student accommodation in London. On the borrower side, it advised a joint venture between WP Carey and Crown Student Housing on securing development financing of £75m overall for three student accommodation schemes in Norwich, Portsmouth and Cardiff. Palace Capital, James Taylor Homes, Svenska Handelsbanken and Bangkok Bank are other key clients.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP has a ‘fabulous team of property litigators’ who ‘regularly exceed lay clients’ expectations and are a joy to work with’. Practice head Kate Andrews is ‘a driven litigator’ with ‘an extraordinary depth of legal knowledge’. She regularly handles leasehold covenants, dilapidations, rent reviews and service charges. The group includes principal associate Sarah Finch who ‘combines good technical expertise with a sound commercial understanding’ and specialises in leasehold enfranchisement and rights to manage. Andrews recently acted for client Lunar Retail in a Court of Appeal matter pertaining to the interpretation of alienation provisions in a lease. The team has a noteworthy history of being instructed on Court of Appeal and High Court matters and is handling another case in the former.  Client Triplark is claiming forfeiture of a residential lease due to a breach of an alienation covenant. Other clients include the National Car Park, M&M Asset Management and Apollo Global Real Estate Management.

Leading individuals

Kate Andrews - Hamlins LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Hamlins LLP

The ‘very committed’ media team at Hamlins LLP acts for a range of claimant in libel and data protection claims, and assists corporate clients and executives with reputation management matters including preventing publication, online issues and the right to be forgotten. Christopher Hutchings  is representing various claimants against News Group Newspapers. The ‘experienced, calm and practicalSimon Gallant  joined the team from Gallant Maxwell.

Leading individuals

Christopher Hutchings - Hamlins LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP  advises clients in the media, hotel and leisure and retail industries on strategic brand growth, protection and exploitation matters. The practice strengthened its offering in media and data protection with the arrival of Simon Gallant in October 2017. Martin Ochs  focuses on copyright and music IP litigation and continues to work with TRAP to manage counterfeit merchandise. Commercial and IP partner Matthew Pryke 's recent work includes assisting on the commercial and branding merger of several leading modelling agencies, brand licensing arrangement between easyProperty and Fine & Country Limited and licensing and commercialisation of several brands within the Brompton Group of entertainment venues.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 3

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP delivers ‘sensible, commercial advice’ and the team has ‘particularly good knowledge of the music business’. It is particularly noted for its experience in contentious music cases, and music merchandising sector disputes. Music head Martin Ochs leads the contentious music and IP litigation practice, is a ‘sensible commercial litigator who knows how to get the best result for his clients’, and regularly advises PPL and PRS For Music on numerous cases. Ochs is also representing Bravado International Group and Danilo Promotions on claims relating to unofficial music calendars alleging infringement of image rights and unfair competition against a number of defendants. TRAP (Trademark and Rightsholders against Piracy) is also a key client. Protecting and exploiting IP rights within the music, entertainment and media sectors is a key area of focus which has been bolstered by the arrival of consultant Simon Gallant from Gallant Maxwell. Gallant acts for a number of publishers such as the Jewish Chronicle, Euromoney Publications and Bonnier Zeffre on litigation, IP and data protection matters. Media head Christopher Hutchings is active on defamation and privacy cases, and also advises on commercial issues and image rights. Senior associate Hayley Devlin is also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Martin Ochs (Music) - Hamlins LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Hamlins LLP

Noted for its ever-growing strength in alternative and short-format sports, the team at Hamlins LLP  is also regularly active in football, motorsports and cricket. Group head Matthew Pryke acted for the ECB on the corporate structuring, operations and venue arrangements for the 2019 Cricket World Cup; he also continued to advise MTB Ventures on structuring, growing and broadcasting its Tie Break Tens tennis series, including events in Australia and New York that involved such players as Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and the Williams sisters. Sports media and content provider La Liga Lowdown instructed Pryke on structuring and securing various rights, involving negotiations with high-profile figures in Spanish football. Other clients include UK Sport, Locura Adventures and sports management agency B66 Group. Christopher Hutchings is recommended for reputation management and defamation work.

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