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

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP ‘provides real expertise' and 'looks at matters from a commercial perspective’. Its corporate occupier practice is tailored towards portfolio management such as high-value lease work, refinancing, sale and leaseback transactions and the spectrum of landlord and tenant advice. Instructions in the hotels and leisure sectors encompass leasing issues, hotel developments, work for restaurateurs and disputes, among others matters. Commercial redevelopment is another keystone of the practice, as is property finance and high-value developments in prime London locations. Domestic and international financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals, freehold corporate investors form the investment client base. Senior associate Simon Lawrence is highly regarded for commercial lettings and acquisitions.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 3

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP ‘provides real expertise' and 'looks at matters from a commercial perspective’. Its corporate occupier practice is tailored towards portfolio management such as high-value lease work, refinancing, sale and leaseback transactions and the spectrum of landlord and tenant advice. Instructions in the hotels and leisure sectors encompass leasing issues, hotel developments, work for restaurateurs and disputes, among others matters. Commercial redevelopment is another keystone of the practice, as is property finance and high-value developments in prime London locations. Domestic and international financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals, freehold corporate investors form the investment client base. Senior associate Simon Lawrence is highly regarded for commercial lettings and acquisitions.

Crime: general Tier 3

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's 'responsive and professional' team assists clients with a panoply of serious criminal cases, including drugs, sexual offences, murder and GBH. The 'exceptional' managing partner Rakeebah Rahim 'runs a smooth operation'; she co-leads the practice with Piers Desser, who is 'an excellent tactician'. Deniz Oguzkanli, who specialises in fraud cases, and associate Raphael Steele, who has 'an excellent manner with clients', are key contacts.

Property litigation Tier 4

Accredited mediator, 'very competent litigator' and 'excellent strategistRudi Ramdarshan, David Burns and Jonathan Roberts jointly head the 'technically minded, very responsive and strategic' team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, which routinely acts for financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and corporate investors in development-related disputes, including rights to light and right of way issues as well as vacant possession actions, alongside contentious matters pertaining to lease extensions, general enfranchisement and insolvency scenarios.

Family Tier 6

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP specialises in complex divorce proceedings especially those with cross-jurisdictional issues and has particular strength in financial relief matters. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, property entrepreneurs, company directors and City executives. It is also expanding its offering to include advice on surrogacy and adoption. John O’Callaghan heads the team that has seen a significant increase in clients from the Middle East, Turkey and Russia.

Commercial litigation Tier 7

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP 'has exceptional solicitors at all levels'. The team acts in a large number of high-level, international contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. The practice also has a strong reputation for resolving art law disputes. Jonathan Roberts is senior partner, and Rudi Ramdarshan's cases include commercial fraud and matters involving high-value injunctions. David Burns and Rebecca Roberts are also key partners.

Property finance Tier 7

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is noted for its expertise in advising offshore corporate structures, as well as financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. Areas of strength include portfolio refinancings, bridging finance and Islamic finance. The practice is jointly led by Sarah Hung, who specialises in investment and development finance, and John O’Callaghan, whose expertise covers the retail, hotel and leisure sectors.

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: The firm has 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
 Sarah Hung photo Sarah Hung
 Deniz Oguzkanli  photo Deniz Oguzkanli
 John O’Callaghan  photo John O’Callaghan
 Rakeebah Rahim  photo Rakeebah Rahim
 Rudi Ramdarshan  photo Rudi Ramdarshan
 Jonathan Roberts  photo Jonathan Roberts
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
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