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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP
77A BAKER STREET
LONDON
W1U 6RF
England

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.

Testimonials

‘A great blend of exceptional talent at partner level covering both litigation and transactional expertise.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan is outstanding in his approach to mixed use commercial and residential sites. He is an expert on obtaining vacant possession and in unlocking development potential.’

‘David Burns is an expert in preemption rights, in particular for those in mixed use sites. He has obtained outstanding results in commercial forfeiture actions in the past.’

‘The team and has an excellent breadth of experience with both transactional and litigation expertise.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan and David Burns can really add value to the realisation of mixed use development. Simon Lawrence has decades of experience in the industry and brings gravitas to matters’.

‘A great reputation in the hotel industry acting for some of the biggest names. The unique feature is the strength at partner and associate level.’

‘John O’Callaghan is a calm presence who knows how to mobilize large teams on complex high value hotel transactions Sarah Hung is known for her expertise in restaurants.’

‘The firm’s reputation in this area is continuing to grow and as a result the firm is attracting large corporate clients and high net worth individuals.’

‘Simon Lawrence has decades of experience and ensures deals run smoothly John O’Callaghan is a calming influence and can coordinate large teams on the more complex matters’.

‘They provide real expertise and are skilled at adding value and looking at matters from a commercial perspective; a good team to have in your back pocket. They are great at dealing with out of the ordinary transactions and solving problems.’

‘Sarah Hung is incredibly efficient and great on complex deals. John O’Callaghan is very approachable with an in depth understanding of the market. Paul Cain is a go to for high value transactions.’

‘Sarah Hung knows retail and leisure intimately and is incredibly efficient. Senior associate Simon Lawrence has a sizeable hotels practice. Mustafa Abbas is very quick. Special mention should go to managing partner Rakeebah Rahim, who is really a class apart in her management and leadership style.’

‘Associate Simon Lawrence is a good man to have on your side; experienced and reliable. John O’Callaghan is very approachable, with an in depth understanding of the market. Paul Cain is a go to for large volume transactions.’

Key clients

Glasshouse Asset Management

Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)

Dominvs Group

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Cranfield Investments Limited

Comptoir Libanais (Levant Group)

Keystone Holdings Limited (Isle of Man)

Drakesfield Group

Law Business Research Limited

Urban Spectrum Property Management Limited

Ganco Limited

Harson Investments Limited

ILM Capital

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.

Testimonials

‘A great blend of exceptional talent at partner level covering both litigation and transactional expertise.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan is outstanding in his approach to mixed use commercial and residential sites. He is an expert on obtaining vacant possession and in unlocking development potential.’

‘David Burns is an expert in preemption rights, in particular for those in mixed use sites. He has obtained outstanding results in commercial forfeiture actions in the past.’

‘The team and has an excellent breadth of experience with both transactional and litigation expertise.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan and David Burns can really add value to the realisation of mixed use development. Simon Lawrence has decades of experience in the industry and brings gravitas to matters’.

‘A great reputation in the hotel industry acting for some of the biggest names. The unique feature is the strength at partner and associate level.’

‘John O’Callaghan is a calm presence who knows how to mobilize large teams on complex high value hotel transactions Sarah Hung is known for her expertise in restaurants.’

‘The firm’s reputation in this area is continuing to grow and as a result the firm is attracting large corporate clients and high net worth individuals.’

‘Simon Lawrence has decades of experience and ensures deals run smoothly John O’Callaghan is a calming influence and can coordinate large teams on the more complex matters’.

‘They provide real expertise and are skilled at adding value and looking at matters from a commercial perspective; a good team to have in your back pocket. They are great at dealing with out of the ordinary transactions and solving problems.’

‘Sarah Hung is incredibly efficient and great on complex deals. John O’Callaghan is very approachable with an in depth understanding of the market. Paul Cain is a go to for high value transactions.’

‘Sarah Hung knows retail and leisure intimately and is incredibly efficient. Senior associate Simon Lawrence has a sizeable hotels practice. Mustafa Abbas is very quick. Special mention should go to managing partner Rakeebah Rahim, who is really a class apart in her management and leadership style.’

‘Associate Simon Lawrence is a good man to have on your side; experienced and reliable. John O’Callaghan is very approachable, with an in depth understanding of the market. Paul Cain is a go to for large volume transactions.’

Key clients

Glasshouse Asset Management

Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)

The Dominvs Group

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Cranfield Investments Limited

Comptoir Libanais (Levant Group)

Dodd’s Gin Distillery

Keystone Holdings Limited (Isle of Man)

Battersea Ducks Limited

Allegro Health and Fitness Limited trading as F45 Franchise

Drakesfield Group

Law Business Research Limited

Delphinus Developments Limited

Urban Spectrum Property Management Limited

Ganco Limited

Planwell Limited

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.

Testimonials

Piers Desser is the consummate criminal lawyer; he is highly intelligent, thoughtful and diligent‘.

Raphael Steele is a committed and diligent solicitor, who prioritises his clients’ interests at all times‘.

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.

Testimonials

Very diligent and knowledgeable.

Rudi Ramdarshan is very knowledgeable and immensely hard working and goes the extra mile for his clients.

Rudi Ramdarshan is a walking encyclopaedia of litigation knowledge.

Extremely helpful and pleasant team. Any questions the clients has are always responded to quickly and informatively.

Highly recommended.

The team is capable of adapting to a fast moving and complex litigation with very hostile and aggressive adversaries.

The team’s perseverance and dedication is to be applauded.

The team provides quick and comprehensive advice to its clients and gets it right.

They are competitively priced given the excellent quality of service they provide.

Key clients

Glass House Asset Management

Dominvs Group

Al Sraiya Group

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Cranfield Investments

Drakesfield Group

London Stretch

Keystone Holdings

ILM Capital

Comptoir Group

Altin Homes

Delphinus Developments

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.

Testimonials

A personal and professional experience with a firm that really makes a client’s  issues a key priority. Daniel Martinez from day one made me feel at ease, talking about a really difficult topic and using his skill to understand and offer sound advice from both a legal and personal perspective‘.

Daniel Martinez is responsive, reliable, and exceptional at caring for his clients whilst assisting them in navigating the legal aspects of divorce and separation. Responsiveness is key and Daniel makes a point of being available and accessible to his clients at all times‘.

The divorce cases I refer to Daniel Martinez usually have an international element due to my location, but have ties to the UK. Daniel has always handled these cases proactively and with an appropriate degree of care and sensitivity’ .

‘Daniel Martinez was detailed and patient and diligently answered all queries that I had‘.

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.

Testimonials

‘Team members seamlessly get involved in bringing their expertise where needed’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan and David Burns bring the team together’.

Key clients

Naftogaz

Pantheon International Advisors

High Fly

Dominvs Property Developments

Glasshouse Asset Management

Comptoir Group

Don’t Look Back Holdings

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.

Testimonials

Ronald Fletcher Baker provides very fast responses – the team is always available and makes sure the transaction proceeds to its conclusion in a very timely manner‘.

It is a large and experienced practice, able to deal with complex portfolio refinances. They are geared up to deal with tricky transactions and are always responsive‘.

Sarah Hung is extremely practical‘.

John O’Callaghan makes sure that deals go through‘.

Ronald Fletcher Baker has extensive experience in real estate-related transactions. It is a dedicated team with focus on timely delivery‘.

Simon Lawrence is dependable and delivers on time‘.

The firm has great strength in depth and an expertise in finance. They are the best in the field‘.

Simon Lawrence’s 20 years’ experience means he makes complicated transactions go quickly. He knows how to act for offshore clients‘.

John O’Callaghan knows how to mobilise large teams of solicitors for highly complex matters‘.

The team stands out for its service levels, communication and getting the job done‘.

The firm has someone for everything. The service is always exceptional‘.

Key clients

Al Sraiya Group (Qatar)

Artover

Planwell

Glasshouse Property Management

Cranfield Investments

Keystone Holdings (Isle of Man)

Ganco

Planwell

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
 Piers Desser photo Piers Desser
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
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