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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 > Private client > Family

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP acts for some high-net-worth individuals including property entrepreneurs, City executives and company directors. It specialises in complex matrimonial financial issues including some with a cross-jurisdictional dimension. It has also expanded its offering into surrogacy and adoption. John O’Callaghan heads the team that include Bik Wong  and Adam Bowes .

London > Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure

The hotels team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has capacity to handle international work, with desks in Istanbul, Iran and Russia, and growing connections in East Asia. In addition to operators, the group has a diverse clientbase including financial institutions, high net worth individuals and substantial corporate investors, especially those based overseas. Sarah Hung, who heads the City segment of the London office, has a strong record in investment and development transactions and licensing. John O’Callaghan heads the West End office, handling real estate work in the hotel and leisure sectors.

London > Real estate > Property finance

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is adept at advising on offshore corporate structures and mezzanine and Islamic finance, with a growing client base in the East Asian market. Practice co-head John O’Callaghan is skilled in advising on commercial developments, while co-head Paul Cain is strong in bridging finance. Other recommended lawyers include Sarah Hung, who is active in investment and development transactions, and associate Simon Lawrence, who has experience in the hotel sector.