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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP


John qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has been a partner in the firm since 1990. John has a broad base of experience in the law with many longstanding client connections. He now specialises in property transactions and heads up the Baker Street office where the real estate department is building up connections in the retail, hotel and leisure sectors. The Legal 500 2012 described John as ‘very solid in his knowledge, and objective in his advice’. The Legal 500 2013 describes John as being ‘a poised and rational presence in the most difficult of situations’. The Legal 500 2014 describes John as having ‘excellent communication skills’. He acts for clients in connection with commercial and investment property, property development and financing as well as high value residential property and complex leasehold transactions. John is also the appointed person for the conveyancing quality scheme, to which the firm was one of the first in London to be admitted. In recent years he notably acted in a £10m hotel acquisition and recently he acted for a major lender in the purchase of two leading hotels valuing £5m. He has been instrumental in securing significant panel accreditations. He also remains the lead contact for the firm’s bank work.

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London > Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure

Handling international and high-value work for companies in the restaurant and leisure industry, the team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is jointly headed up by John O’Callaghan, who focuses on property transactions, and Simon Lawrence, who predominantly advises overseas clients and corporate occupiers on commercial property matters. Rebecca Roberts is sought out by clients for assistance with acquisitions, sales and strategic planning in relation to portfolio businesses and special purpose vehicles.

London > Private client > Family

John O’Callaghan and Adam Bowes co-head the team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, which is adept at advising high-net-worth individuals and property entrepreneurs, as well as professionals from the IT and media industries. The group also supports company directors and City executives. In addition, its offering now includes advice on surrogacy and adoption and has also expanded into LGBTQI+ related matters.

London > Real estate > Residential property

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At Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP the ‘residential conveyancing team is unique primarily due to its outstanding client care. The team has the benefit of the full range of expertise relating to every aspect of residential conveyancing – the team always delivers’. John O’Callaghan; Paul Cain; Mustafa Abbas and David Burns are the practice heads.

London > Real estate > Property finance

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is experienced in all forms of property finance, and its lead partner, Paul Cain has particular strength in advising property development companies and investors in the acquisition of development sites and plot sales. Cain also handles high value refinancing and bridging finance. Real estate partner John O’Callaghan is another key figure.