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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

326 OLD STREET, LONDON, EC1V 9DR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7613 1402
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Fax 020 7613 2711
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137773 FINSBURY-5
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Web:
www.rfblegal.co.uk
London EC1V, London M1, London W1U

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Rakeebah Rahim; Piers Desser

Other key lawyers:Deniz Oguzkanli; Raphael Steele

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'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for former Royal Ballet dancer Andrej Uspenski, who was convicted of a harassment campaign against his ex-girlfriend; he received a 12-month community order.
Leading individuals

Piers Desser - Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Rising stars

Raphael Steele - Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns; Jonathan Roberts;

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Roberts

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, Naftogaz, in a long-standing debt dispute with US company Merchant International.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 6

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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.

Practice head(s):John O'Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Daniel Martinez

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'.

Work highlights

  • Advising the wife in  drafting a deed of separation.
  • Advising on the divorce/high value financial relief for a central London businessman with international assets.
  • Advising on a private law children matter that originated overseas.
  • Advising on an application under schedule 1 of the Children Act (1989) following a final order in the parties’ financial remedy.
  • Advising on cross-border financial remedy litigation concerning assets based in England and Iran.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP¬†‚Äėprovides real expertise' and 'looks at matters from a commercial perspective‚Äô. 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.

Practice head(s):Rudi Ramdarshan; Sarah Hung; John O’Callaghan; Jonathan Roberts

Other key lawyers:Simon Lawrence

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

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Comptoir Group Plc in negotiating leases for four flagship restaurants in the UK.
  • Instructed by Celebro Media, which required high quality office space.
Rising stars

Simon Lawrence - Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP¬†‚Äėprovides real expertise' and 'looks at matters from a commercial perspective‚Äô. 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.

Practice head(s):Sarah Hung; John O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Simon Lawrence

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

Work highlights

  • Instructed in relation to the development of a hotel valued at £15m.
  • Acted for a client on a complex purchase of a luxury hotel in prime central London for £42m.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 7

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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.

Practice head(s):John O'Callaghan; Sarah Hung

Other key lawyers:Simon Lawrence

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

Work highlights

  • Advising a large Qatari property developer on a refinancing matter.
  • Advising on the refinance of a complex property portfolio including flats, townhouses and an underground car park.
  • Advising on the purchase and refinance of four flats.
  • Advising on the purchase and finance of nine apartments.
  • Advising on the refinance of a freehold property with multiple commercial tenants in a prime central London location.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Accredited mediator, 'very competent litigator' and 'excellent strategist' Rudi 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.

Practice head(s):David Burns; Jonathan Roberts; Rudi Ramdarshan

Other key lawyers:Pammi Babbra

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

Work highlights

  • Instructed by longstanding asset manager client Glasshouse Asset Management to obtain possession over a portfolio of 56 properties across London owned by six separate companies and let to four different defendants.
  • Acting for a developer in a right of way dispute concerning a development site.
  • Assisted Bristol Properties with obtaining an injunction against a commercial tenant, who inflicted damages on the client's property followed by his eviction.
Leading individuals

Rudi Ramdarshan - Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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