Firm Profile > RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP > London, England
RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP Offices
85 FLEET STREET
RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Professional discipline Tier 1For some clients, RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP 'has probably the most experienced lawyers in London for solicitors' disciplinary cases; the team always provides a first-class service'. In addition, the group assists healthcare professionals in relation to conduct, health and competence issues, including reputation concerns and criminal allegations. It recently added police professional discipline to its offering, with the arrival of Tom Nutter in its Leeds office from Slater and Gordon. Alex Leslie is focused on advising professionals working in the NHS; Sam Flew advises healthcare professionals on regulatory, disciplinary and criminal investigations and prosecutions; Nigel West is the commercial litigation and solicitors regulation head; and Susanna Heley specialises in regulatory law and professionals. Also key to the team are Stewart Duffy and consultant Linda Lee.
Sam Flew; Nigel West; Tom Nutter
‘The firm sets the standard for all others in this area of law; its partners and associates are some of the very best practitioners around‘.
‘The solicitors in the team operate with the utmost professionalism and willingness to assist; nothing is ever too much trouble and clients always feel very valued‘.
‘Nigel West is a standout practitioner and an extremely able tactician‘.
‘Susannah Heley has top-class knowledge of regulatory law and practice‘.
‘Stewart Duffy has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, while understanding that sometimes its applicability has limits‘.
Jonathan Shankland; Victoria Fairley
Other key lawyers:
Tulin Hamit; Tom Frankel; Patrick Malone
‘Jonathan Shankland is clearly a competent lawyer but his client management makes him exceptional and significantly increases the market-worthiness of Radcliffes. He is constantly 24/7 available by email, text, phone, whatever. He exudes client support and responsiveness.’
‘Excellent responsiveness, client-centric, good advice – Jonathan Shankland is outstanding.‘
‘I trust Jonathan Shankland greatly which I think is so important when someone is dealing with your financial affairs and I know that if he is handling work for me that it will be done both diligently, efficiently and on time.‘
‘Jonathan Shankland is a top-notch lawyer and one I really rate. He’s the full package – technically able, pragmatic, excellent client care skills and very responsive. He has a bright future ahead of him.‘
‘Victoria Fairley is extremely gifted and able.‘
‘Victoria Fairley has an extremely reassuring manner, and an outstanding ability to see a matter smoothly through to successful conclusion.‘
‘The team is extremely experienced and has a long and outstanding private client history. Tulin Hamit is extremely conscientious with her outstanding client base. She is extremely able.‘
‘Tom Frankel is a very approachable and likeable individual. Explained all the issues in layman terms and was very helpful.‘
‘Jonathan Shankland and Patrick Malone impressed with their international capabilities and ability to work collaboratively with firms outside their jurisdiction. They had a solid knowledge of international and tax matters.‘
Court of protection Tier 3RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP routinely deals with complex Court of Protection matters and vulnerable person matters for both institutional clients and private clients. Its practice straddles its private client and healthcare teams. It acts for many private healthcare providers as well as NHS clients. Andrew Parsons has extensive experience of advising NHS, private health and social care providers on all areas of health law, including care homes law, mental health law and judicial reviews. Jonathan Shankland is another key member of the team.
Andrew Parsons; Jonathan Shankland
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has exceptionally broad knowledge and experience with a panoply of lawyers of all levels of experience, many of whom are excellent. Many of the trainees and junior solicitors are really able to tackle case-work beyond their years and do so with great enthusiasm‘.
‘The firm has a real “collegiate” feel to it. The lawyers are approachable, highly knowledgeable and always return calls the same day‘.
‘Julia Appleton is clever, competent and always personable. She is always pragmatic and sensible whatever the demands of the situation’.
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Four Seasons Health Care
CAS Behavioural Services
Healthcare Tier 3As 'one of the most recognisable names in the healthcare market' RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP specialises in advising on CQC regulation and enforcement issues, mental health, and care homes, as well as advising healthcare professionals. Practice head Andrew Parsons acts for a large number of private sector healthcare providers and regularly advises on regulatory matters involving CQC and the police.
‘The healthcare department provide high-quality, knowledgeable advice’
‘Andrew Parsons is a standout leader in this field – he knows more about the healthcare sector than anyone, and is a problem solver with a wonderful manner with clients that instills confidence‘
Residential property Tier 3With a range of clients that includes high-net-worth individuals, estates and offshore trusts, RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP stands out for its leasehold enfranchisement and refinancing work and deep knowledge of trust structures, alongside its work on sales and purchases on new build properties, estates and country houses. The group also boasts considerable knowledge of the property market in China and inbound investment from China into the UK. Practice leader Karen Mayne leads a team of partners including Ping Leung, who heads the firm's China desk and specialises in advising lenders on secured lending and financing.
Other key lawyers:
‘RadcliffesLeBrasseur have great knowledge of leasehold enfranchisement and licensing.’
‘The residential property team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur has specialist knowledge of estate management schemes.’
The Church Commissioners for England
Jonathan Shankland l Dominic Green
Other key lawyers:
Nigel West; Cheryl Gayer
‘Nigel West is a highly experienced senior lawyer who brings a wealth of experience, common sense and commercial judgment to litigation and works hard to find a satisfactory solution to the client’s case.’
‘Nigel West is a very experienced litigation lawyer and you can see this with his confidence and style – he is never outwitted.’
‘Nigel West is a very experienced litigation lawyer; Jonathan Shankland has a very calming and settled manner and is very approachable; Cheryl Gayer is very organised.’
‘Jonathan Shankland: for his ingenuity, ability to find solutions for his clients – his resilience and the all-round service he provides to his clients. He is extremely technically able across a vast number of different areas.’
‘Cheryl Gayer is great, very organised and also knowledgeable but she really makes matters tick along, she is very proactive.’
Family Tier 4RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is well-placed to advise on issues for high-net-worth individuals in addition to middle-income professionals and routinely advises self-employed creatives and entrepreneurs. The group works closely with its tax and private client team to advise on tax, trusts and probate matters for clients going through relationship breakdown. It frequently advises on jurisdictional issues and issues surrounding offshore trusts and on different tax regimes as well as on complex pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Caroline Penfold heads the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘It is a strong team that is increasingly making a name for itself‘.
‘It has a very broad spread of knowledge within the practice and all issues are handled with great sensitivity. Caroline Penfold lent support above and beyond what I would have expected‘.
‘Caroline Penfold is an extremely experienced solicitor who is handling complex cases’.
‘Caroline Penfold is extremely efficient and thorough. Her attention to detail, and excellent client management win her the loyalty of her clients‘.
‘Christopher Butler has a wealth of experience‘.
‘Christopher Butler is an ever calm, measured and able solicitor with excellent judgement. When required he will be punchy and effective, but his main quality is that he sees through to the core of a problem and solves it‘.
‘Many years of experience as a solicitor, backed up by extensive judicial experience, make Christopher Butler a very safe pair of hands. He is pragmatic and calm, but determined to get the best possible result for his clients‘.
Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 4RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP advises corporates and individuals on fraud, white-collar crime, compliance and regulatory matters. Areas of expertise include injunctions, PoCA matters, confiscation, money laundering, prevention of crime and internal investigations. The firm often deals with investigations by the SFO, CPS, FCA and HMRC.
Other key lawyers:
Anil Rajani; Stuart Lindley
‘Anil Rajani is results driven and always has the correct strategy in mind’.
Property litigation Tier 5The property litigation team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is led by Simon Hartley, who handles a wide range of contentious commercial real estate work and has significant experience in rent reviews, but the group is also well versed in dealing with residential property matters, including landlord and tenant disputes and property issues associated with insolvency scenarios.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent healthcare sector knowledge and experience.’
‘Lawyers are properly on top of the cases when they instruct counsel.’
‘Mike Scherp’s experience means he has seen it all before and he is unflappable.’
‘The tactically astute Mike Scherp has excellent judgement and is fully on top of his cases.’
Medical Defence Union
RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP > Firm Profile
RadcliffesLeBrasseur is one of the UK’s leading medium-sized commercial law firms with around 200 employees working in three offices located in London, Leeds and Cardiff.
The firm: Over 150 years, RadcliffesLeBrasseur has built a reputation for providing sound, practical, high-quality legal advice, allying traditional values to forward thinking and commercial acumen.
While the firm is organised into traditional departments, multi-disciplinary teams from across the firm come together to deliver complete solutions for clients in key areas where it has particular strengths.
Types of work undertaken: Business and property: the firm specialises in advising property investors and developers in relation to the acquisition, funding, development, disposal and management of property. It provides a full company and commercial law service and prides itself on helping its clients to build businesses of all sizes. Clients range from start-ups and entrepreneurs, and private and family-owned businesses through to major plcs, multinationals and lending institutions. The department has particular expertise in landlord and tenant and commercial litigation and includes an arbitrator and an accredited mediator.
Healthcare: the firm has one of the most substantial healthcare practices in the UK acting for medical defence organisations, the NHS, private providers of healthcare, primary care practitioners and regulatory authorities. The firm is renowned for its specialist work in the field of mental health and public law and is a recognised leader in advising providers of mental health services and those operating care homes, where its expertise is unrivalled.
Tax and private client: the firm provides specialist inheritance and capital gains tax advice, planning for lifetime tax mitigation and to ensure that provision for the next generation is made as tax-efficiently as possible. It provides tax and trust advice for settlors, trustees and beneficiaries of UK trusts and advice on the administration of trusts and estates. The firm provides a complete estate and tax planning service from simple wills, codicils and lasting powers of attorney through to complex trust structures. It also services the needs of international private clients and investors in the UK and is one of the few teams in the UK looking after the specific needs of Turkish clients, providing bilingual and dual-qualified advice.
Charities: the firm guides charities, and their trustees, through the increasingly intricate demands of charity law and practice and the many other areas of law which affect charities in their day-to-day activities. The team provides specialist advice on charity formation, governance, compliance and regulatory matters, trading, fundraising and tax as well as advice on employment, immigration, property, commercial and corporate matters and disputes.
Employment: the team has a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of employment law, including dismissals, claims under the discrimination legislation, equal pay claims, breach of contract, pensions and share options. Solicitors deliver their advice in a straightforward, practical and commercial manner. The firm is used to providing ad-hoc advice to organisations in urgent, often stressful circumstances, in which employment queries often arise.
Family: this department has a varied caseload including divorce, related financial proceedings, prenuptial agreements and all aspects of private client family law, including Children’s Act proceedings. The family department work encompasses issues relating to trusts (onshore and offshore) and tax, with the necessary expertise being provided within the tax and private client department.
Immigration: the firm provides advice on all aspects of business immigration, including work permits for UK companies wishing to employ non-EU nationals and international companies wishing to transfer employees to subsidiaries in the UK.
Solicitors’ regulation: the firm has one of the leading regulatory teams specialising in solicitors defence work. In this fast-changing field of regulatory law, a solicitor facing any risk of disciplinary proceedings needs to instruct a specialist to protect his or her career. The team’s work includes advice in investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, assistance on practising certificate applications, representation on forensic investigations reports and caseworker reports prepared for adjudication and defence of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings.
Trainees: four trainees are recruited each year. Application is by CV with covering letter to Erika Ely, head of HR, or via the firm’s website.
|Chief operating officer||Jackie Darby|
|Company commercial||Stephen Blair|
|Corporate finance||Stephen Blair|
|Health (mental health and care homes)||Andrew Parsons|
|Health (MDOs and regulatory issues)||Alex Leslie|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Nigel West|
|Property investment and development||Karen Mayne|
|Residential property||Karen Mayne|
|Solicitors regulation||Nigel West|
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