John O’Callaghan > Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP Offices
326 OLD STREET
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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.
Clients of Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP include high-profile personnel, high-net-worth individuals such as property entrepreneurs, professionals from the IT and media industries, company directors as well as City executives. There have been changes to the team. Adam Bowes has been promoted to the partnership. Gorkem Ozsoy joined the firm from Slater and Gordon and is now a partner. Bik Wong has left the department to join Austin Kemp. John O’Callaghan is also recommended.
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is skilled in acting for offshore corporate structures, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals, and the team handles portfolio refinancings, mezzanine loans and Islamic financing matters. The team is jointly led by John O’Callaghan and Paul Cain, who deals with high value commercial and residential properties and their acquisition and development. Associate Simon Lawrence is strong in the investment and development of hotel assets, and Sarah Hung is also strong in property finance.
The team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is well equipped to advise a variety of clients, including high-net-worth individuals, corporate investors and financial institutions within the UK and worldwide. John O’Callaghan, Sarah Hung and Simon Lawrence head the practice. Ali Chouhdry was promoted to partner in July 2021.
- Hospitality and leisure - London > Industry focus
- Family - London > Private client
- Property finance - London > Real estate
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general
- Employment > Employees/unions
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Private client > Family
- Real estate > Property finance
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate