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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP
326 OLD STREET
LONDON
EC1V 9DR
England

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

The team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLPconsistently goes above and beyond’, providing an ‘integrated’ and ‘multi-disciplinary’ service. A high degree of focus is given towards portfolio work for corporate occupiers including landlord and tenant matters, refinances, sale and leasebacks and high-value leasing matters. Commercial redevelopment work, hotel developments, property finance and investments also fall within the core expertise with the firm’s Istanbul, Iran, Russia and China desks resulting in frequent cross-border instructions. Sarah Hung's multilingual abilities are highly valued by clients, while Rudi Ramdarshan  is hailed as a ‘leading name’; John O’Callaghan is another practitioner of note with clients citing his ‘decades of experience’ and ‘commercial advice’. At the junior end, senior associate Simon Lawrence is already 'a well-known name within the industry'.

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Testimonials

‘This law firm stands out for me as the team is able to act for a range of high net worth international clients both individuals and companies. The team is very commercially aware, specialists in their field and many are multilingual which is important.’

‘Few firms have such a strength of depth both on the transactional side and litigation side. The departments are well integrated which adds real value to me as a client. At other firms it feels like a completely different department with different partners when you have to bring court proceedings. At Ronald Fletcher Baker it is one experience. I can always rely on Ronald Fletcher Baker to deliver sound commercial advice and to fight when needed. They never lose sight of the commercial reality which I am dealing with.’

‘Sarah Hung is superb. Her precision, speed, determination, technical excellence and ability to digest complex issues and convert them into user-friendly concise language impresses me. Her advice shows her extensive knowledge in this field and is very much solutions-focused. Our projects involve international investors from the Far East and Sarah not only provides clear and concise advice, she is also multilingual and able to communicate in Chinese.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan is an outstanding litigator who has a breadth of knowledge.’

‘John O’Callaghan provides very detailed and commercial advice, and takes time to provide expert and novel solutions to complex commercial property problems that clients experience.’

‘Simon Lawrence is equally as dedicated when dealing with simple matters like commercial lease renewals as he is with multimillion-pound transactions. His experience adds value.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan is a leading name in the industry and a go-to person whenever I have a mixed use site, whether its to get vacant possession or to deal with breach of covenants or dilapidations. He is the first person I call if I have court proceedings and has a creative approach which is only possible due to his experience and depth understanding of this sector.’

‘David Burns has helped me on a number of forfeiture matters and knows the area inside out.’

Key clients

Glasshouse Asset Management

Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)

Dominvs Group

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Comptoir Libanais (Levant Group)

Keystone Holdings Limited (Isle of Man)

Drakesfield Group

Urban Spectrum Property Management Limited

Ganco Limited

Harson Investments Limited

ILM Capital

Crime: general Tier 3

Piers Desser, known for his 'forensic eye for detail' co-leads the general crime offering at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP. Joined by Rakeebah Rahim, a seasoned specialist in fraud and compliance, they oversee a team that handles offences including sexual assaults, drugs matters and financial crimes. The firm also pursues a significant amount of appellate work and has recently represented a number of clients at the Court of Appeal. Additional names to note: include Deniz Oguzkanli and recent hire Priya Patel.

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Testimonials

The level of service is exceptional. The team has a formidable level of expertise across the whole range of criminal work’

A wealth of experience in dealing with high profile cases particularly with an international dimension.

‘Rakeebah Rahim and Piers Desser both have an intuitive sense for anticipating and dealing with complex issues‘.

Piers Desser is standout. He is intelligent, has a forensic eye for detail and does not make you feel like you are just one of many cases that he is handling. He anticipates the next steps and has already begun working on issues before you have highlighted them

Rakeebah Rahim has decades of experience  has played a crucial role in securing outstanding results through the years’

 

 

Employee/unions Tier 3

The employment law department at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is jointly headed by the 'exceptional' Gerard Airey and Rebecca Roberts; Airey having joined from Thompsons Solicitors LLP in mid-2019. The team has continued to build up its international client base, acting for both employers and employees. The team handles a wide variety of employment matters, such as unfair dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, detriment due to adoption leave, equal pay, complex discrimination, employee status and IR35 issues.

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Testimonials

‘Gerard Airey is tactical, astute, hardworking whilst delivering an outstanding service.’

‘Attention to detail, level of focus and ability to explore multiple avenues.’

‘Gerard Airey is a very good litigator – smart, innovative and a tough negotiator.’

‘They have a team with a wide range of expertise in-house and they can share it easily where it’s needed.’

‘Gerard Airey is an exceptional litigator with an ideal personality for running a successful department. He is definitely one to look out for in the future.’

‘Gerard Airey is a exceptional litigator who is willing to push the boundaries of conventional legal thinking in achieving outstanding results for his clients. He operates often at a higher level to legal practitioners with greater experience.’

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is 'commercially minded with a quick turnaround' and has vast international capacity with desks in Iran, Istanbul, and Russia to facilitate complex cross-border transactions. The hospitality practice is active in the transactional area and handles employment-related disputes, corporate matters, and refinancing work for hotels. Sarah Hung is a key contact for East Asian work and receives a number of instructions from that market, where she is noted for her development financing and investment.  Co-head of the team John O’Callaghan handles hotel acquisition matters and has a real estate background. Other core members include senior associate Simon Lawrence  ,who is highly praised by clients and has expertise handling Middle Eastern assets and investors.

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‘Sarah Hung is ruthless in approach and extremely commercial. She also understands what the client desires from a transaction and takes time to tailor her work to this.’

‘RFB are extremely well connected in the Hotel and Leisure Sector which adds value over and above that of other firms. They have been in this sector for over 20 years and their experience really shows on time-sensitive deals and in particular those involving offshore elements. Simon Lawrence is a leading name in the industry.’

‘John O’Callaghan knows how to lead large multi-disciplinary teams on large transactions. He is approachable with great judgement, his experience really shows on time-sensitive deals

‘Few lawyers have as much experience of the hotel and leisure sector than Simon Lawrence. If you have a large hotel transaction Simon Lawrence is one of the first names you call.’

‘The team have always acted with integrity and a quick turnaround. Thoroughness and service is of a high standard.’

Key clients

Glasshouse Asset Management

Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)

The Dominvs Group

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Cranfield Investments Limited

Comptoir Libanais (Levant Group)

Keystone Holdings Limited (Isle of Man)

Drakesfield Group

Delphinus Developments Limited

Urban Spectrum Property Management Limited

Ganco Limited

Planwell Limited

Property litigation Tier 4

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP demonstrates notable expertise in the commercial development and redevelopment space, and has a particular strength in the hotels sector. It regularly assists financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and freehold corporate investors with rights of light matters, wayleave rights and vacant possessions, among other issues; accredited mediator Rudi Ramdarshan is a key contact. David Burns handles high-value residential lease extensions, enfranchisement and right of first refusal issues. Senior partner Jonathan Roberts is another key member of the team.

Testimonials

Ronald Fletcher Baker provides extremely determined and driven property litigation services with a client-driven attitude. The litigation team is well-motivated and structured and superbly supervised.

Rudi Ramdarshan revels in technical, high-pressure real estate litigation. His knowledge of both the law and the industry is formidable. He leads his team from the front with drive and verve.

David Burns is a skilled litigator who combines strong commercial awareness with a natural insight into how to achieve his clients’ goals.’

RFB have a very competent litigation team. They deal with many high-net-worth individuals who require the most competent solicitors. Time and time again you see those individuals returning back to RBF which proves that how highly regarded they are as high net worth clients demand the best service and solicitors with a winning mentality.

David Burns fights until he is the last man standing and that approach makes him very highly valued with his clients.’

Client support in terms of real understanding of the issues of concern, responsiveness and proactivity.

Our first point of contact with this team and the main reason of their appointment was their partner Rudi Ramdarshan. He demonstrated a great technical understanding as well as the ability to come up with creative and helpful solutions. We were also highly impressed with one of the team assistants.’

The team at RFB are exceptionally talented at all levels from their Partners to the more Junior associate. David Burns and Rudi Ramdarshan have created a team which is seamlessly integrated producing outstanding results. The team is particularly known for litigation matters involving hotels, development and for its expertise in landlord and tenant matters.’

Key clients

Glasshouse Asset Management

Dominvs Group

Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Cranfield Investments Limited

Drakesfield Group

London Stretch Ltd

Keystone Holdings Limited (Isle of Man)

ILM Capital

Comptoir Group

Don’t Look Back Holding’s Limited

Altin Homes Limited

Delphinus Developments Limited

Bloomsbury Institute

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's 'highly commercial and engaged team of excellent lawyers' covers high-level contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. Of note, the firm has a strong reputation for resolving disputes for the art community. Senior partner Jonathan Roberts has been practising commercial litigation for over 40 years; Rudi Ramdarshan consistently plays a prominent role in the firm’s largest commercial litigation cases; David Burns is experienced in disputes concerning fraud, confiscation and complex financial transactions with international dimensions; and Rebecca Roberts is a commercial and employment disputes specialist.

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Testimonials

This is a team that really punches above its weight in terms of value for money and sheer quality of the service they offer to clients. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a quality product and work ethic at reasonable prices.

I have worked with Rudi Ramdarshan, David Burns and Rebecca Roberts over the last year or so, and each of them is excellent. Rudi, in particular, has an excellent bedside manner with clients, while David has the quiet charm and efficiency that one would ordinarily associate with the magic circle. Rebecca is a joy to work with because of her in-depth knowledge of company law and her commerciality.

Their advice was measured and realistic. I felt constantly supported and updated by their efficient team for whom nothing was too much to ask. We used a funding model that was highly appropriate to my circumstances and which placed the Claimant at significant costs risks. This was both convenient and tactically astute.

Rudi Ramdarshan was an outstanding litigator on my matter, with an excellent team ethos and a reassuringly confident approach. He remained unphased by numerous procedural setbacks and was robust and thoroughly detailed in his responses to the opponent.

Laura Gomme for her persistence and efficiency even in the face of difficult opponents. She is proactive and supports her clients by going the extra mile. Making her expertise available 24/7 to the property sector. She is frequently the face of firm-wide marketing initiatives and leads the way with a loyal client following.

They all worked well together, kept the client fully informed and engaged, met every deadline, and worked through the night when needed – such is the nature of litigation.

Rudi Ramdarshan is approachable and always contactable. He explains things very clearly, and is keen to engage the client throughout the whole process. He is relentless in his pursuit of justice. He knows the litigation rules inside out, thus ensuring every tactical angle is explored and used appropriately.

Samantha Gordon worked tirelessly and excelled in researching a complex area of law that also involved unravelling detailed government policy decisions.

Laura Gomme assisted the litigation team as required, and worked on bringing different elements to the claim to collate the necessary evidence.

Rudi Ramdarshan gives excellent client care whilst being a creative and thoughtful lawyer. He comes up with inventive solutions to tricky legal problems and leads a strong litigation team that can handle all sizes of disputes. Jonathan Roberts is a veteran litigator with experience of all forms of commercial litigation in all courts. His judgment is superb. David Burns is a tenacious litigator who over-achieves for clients.

RFB really add value to a litigation team. Strong tactical expertise and very commercial.

 

Key clients

Naftogaz

Pantheon International Advisors

High Fly Limited

Dominvs Property Developments Limited

Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)

Glasshouse Asset Management

Comptoir Group

Don’t Look Back Holdings

Pascal Dowers

Family Tier 6

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals, property entrepreneurs, company directors, City executives and celebrities, and has seen an increase in clients from the Middle East, Turkey and Russia. The department specialises in complex divorce proceedings and has particular experience in financial relief matters. It is also expanding its practice to include advising on surrogacy and adoption. John O’Callaghan leads the team.

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It is the attention to detail that separates Ronald Fletcher Baker from others. There has never been an occasion in working with the family department where I’ve had to re-address a point raised, chase up on missed messages or have a clear idea of what to focus on both in the lead up to proceedings and the times in between

A niche family practice within a wider criminal team. Very specialist and able to give a good hands-on service to the client for very good value, given that it is a London firm. Bik Wong and Daniel Martinez are both very good and provide an excellent service to their clients

I am consistently impressed with the high standard, speed and exceptional quality of all work undertaken by Bik Wong

Bik is a conscientious lawyer, and always puts her clients first’

‘Bik was responsive, empathetic and above all a consummate professional. I do not believe my outcome would have been possible without all of her guile

The team at RFB has been truly excellent. I have used its service for my very complex family legal issues over many years and I have found the team  knowledgeable and approachable

Very considerate and helpful handling of my separation and divorce

Adam Bowes is an approachable solicitor who always has his client’s best interests at heart. His clients feel listened to and receive good and practical advice from him

Property finance Tier 7

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has a diverse client base, advising investors from offshore jurisdictions and acting for Middle Eastern clients on deals involving Islamic finance elements. The key contacts are bridge financing specialist Paul CainSarah Hung, who is particularly active in the retail and leisure sector; and Simon Lawrence, who has expertise in the hotel sector.

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Testimonials

“In any business a can-do attitude is paramount. With this firm the service is first class, the communication is excellent, the approach is great, and clients appreciate the easy way of doing business.’

‘Paul Cain is an excellent solicitor.’

‘The team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP have a strong reputation in the industry for being able to deal with high-value, multi-property finance deals which often have an offshore element.’

‘Simon Lawrence is a master of his craft. Simon has the experience and expertise to get deals completed. His knowledge of the finance industry is second to none. It is no surprise to me that he had developed a reputation as a go-to man in the industry.’

‘Sarah Hung has a wealth of experience in commercial property.’

‘Paul Cain is excellent and has developed a reputation for acting on behalf of high-profile clients.’

‘The firm is very well known for the quality of its commercial property work and the service it offers its clients. It is able to offer a particularly strong team and a wraparound service for finance. They act for a number of banks and are on a number of panels. They are a good choice for serious portfolio refinances and very familiar with the process.’

‘Superb customer service, clear understanding of requirements, helpful and disciplined in their approach. Can think of out-of-the-box solutions and are focused on delivery.’

‘Very personable and relationship focused. Hardworking and understanding.’

Key clients

Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)

Artover Ltd

Planwell Limited

Glasshouse Property Management

Cranfield Investments Limited

Keystone Holdings Limited (Isle of Man)

Ganco Limited

OneSavings Bank Plc t/a Kent Reliance

For over 50 years, Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has been providing expert advice from its offices in the City of London, the West End of London, Manchester, and internationally via its office in Istanbul, and its Russia, Ukraine and CIS, and Iran desks. The firm promises to be professional, responsive and competitive.

The firm: Vast experience acting for domestic and international governments, medium to large national and international companies, financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial corporate investors, many of whom are based overseas.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate and commercial: this department provides a full service to clients in connection with commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate projects involving multiple jurisdictions where skilled negotiation is fundamental.

Litigation: the department specialises in managing complex cases involving multiple claims and parties, often with a multi-jurisdictional remit. The firm deals with a broad range of commercial disputes ranging from contractual disputes, commercial fraud, injunctive relief, dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration, intellectual property, construction disputes and negligence including professional negligence.

Real estate: the firm attracts a diverse client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, as a result of which the firm has considerable expertise acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and Isle of Man. This department also acts for sellers and buyers, and buy-to-let investors, many based overseas. The department has special experience of the more complex flat schemes and leasehold enfranchisement in Central London, and also has particular expertise in acting in high-value hotel purchases. The firm is also regularly instructed in big-ticket transactions.

Property litigation: the firm attracts a diverse real estate client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors. The firm excels in complex property litigation disputes and is retained by several substantial overseas freehold investors in heavily contested 1954 Act lease renewals. The firm also excels in cases involving allegations of fraud, construction disputes, contested lease extensions, enfranchisement and cases where emergency action needs to be taken, including obtaining freezing injunctions.

Employment: the department is best known for its discretion when dealing with senior executives and employers. The firm has regularly been instructed by other law firms, barristers and high-value executives in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Professional discipline: the department has a focus on healthcare, and specialises in providing a high-quality service to individuals facing investigation by their regulator. The department has a particular expertise in appeals against initial registration.

Crime: the firm is one of the longest serving firms in London with a substantial criminal practice. The firm is best known for its experience and discretion in dealing with highly sensitive matters. The firm has particular expertise in acting in matters of fraud involving jurisdictional elements and for this reason the firm is the first choice by other City law firms seeking to bring in external expertise in the areas of criminal fraud and extradition.

Family: this department brings its technical expertise and sensitivity to this difficult area of law. The firm has experience of acting in divorce and separation and resulting financial and property issues, international and jurisdictional disputes and civil partnership dissolution. The firm’s team are members of Resolution, the Law Society Children Panel, the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel and the lawyer-supported mediation network so that you can be confident that its advice is of the highest quality.

International: the firm is well placed to deal with the global nature of corporate, transactional and litigation work via its associated office in Istanbul and dedicated teams in its Iran desk, China desk, and Russia, Ukraine and CIS desk. International work includes international arbitration, high-value corporate and property and high-value commercial litigation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Jonathan Roberts j.roberts@rfblegal.co.uk
Managing partner Rakeebah Rahim r.rahim@rfblegal.co.uk
Corporate and commercial Rebecca Roberts r.roberts@rfblegal.co.uk
Dispute resolution Rudi Ramdarshan r.ramdarshan@rfblegal.co.uk
Dispute resolution David Burns d.burns@rfblegal.co.uk
Real estate John O'Callaghan j.ocallaghan@rfblegal.co.uk
Real estate Sarah Hung s.hung@rfblegal.co.uk
Property litigation Rudi Ramdarshan .ramdarshan@rfblegal.co.uk
Employment Rebecca Roberts r.roberts@rfblegal.co.uk
Crime Piers Desser p.desser@rfblegal.co.uk
Family law Daniel Martinez d.martinez@rfblegal.co.uk
Private client Chris O'Callaghan c.ocallaghan@rfblegal.co.uk
Professional discipline Piers Desser p.desser@rfblegal.co.uk
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Piers Desser photo Mr Piers Desser Partner and Head of Department
 Sarah Hung photo Sarah Hung Sarah Hung is a real estate lawyer and The Legal 500 recommended…
 Deniz Oguzkanli  photo Deniz Oguzkanli Deniz Oguzkanli, a partner, heads up the firm’s Istanbul office. Described in…
 John O’Callaghan  photo John O’Callaghan John qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has been a partner…
 Rakeebah Rahim  photo Rakeebah Rahim Rakeebah Rahim is the managing partner at the firm. Described as ‘tremendously…
 Rudi Ramdarshan  photo Rudi Ramdarshan Rudi Ramdarshan is a partner of the firm and The Legal 500…
 Jonathan Roberts  photo Jonathan Roberts Jonathan Roberts is the senior partner of the firm. He has vast…
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
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