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Rosling King
55 Ludgate Hill
London
EC4M 7JW
England

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Rosling King LLP's majority-female partner team is well known for its expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, claims involving breach of directors’ duties, breach of contract, negligence and mis-selling; and during 2021, the firm's disputes offering was bolstered by its merger with boutique shipping litigation firm, Lax & Co. Practice head Georgina Squire is 'very impressive'; Hannah Sharp acts in commercial and financial services-related litigation; and Lauren Pardoe assists with company disputes. Kate Rigby and Laura Matthews were made partners during 2021.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Squire

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Sharp; Lauren Pardoe; Kate Rigby; Laura Matthews; Martin Meredith; Avneet Baryan; James Kidd

Testimonials

‘RK has a small but very effective team of clever and motivated commercial litigators.’

Georgina Squire is very impressive for her approachability, the way she approaches litigation, and her grasp of pertinent issues at such high speed.

Georgina Squire – very upbeat and ambitious in her approach.

Georgina Squire knows everyone, while Martin Meredith has terrific judgement and is a tough litigator.

Hannah Sharp is a partner who stands out as commercially savvy, very intelligent, and with a great instinct for points that will work (or not).

Kate Rigby can turn her hand to anything and gets on top of the detail swiftly; and Kate’s positive attitude makes the most complex cases feel much more manageable!

Laura Matthews deserves mention as a hardworking and extremely thorough junior partner, whose persistence in getting difficult matters over the line always pays off.

Senior associate James Kidd has great attention to detail – no matter what you think may have been overlook or missed, it hasn’t. Great asset to any team and a great work ethic.

Key clients

MB & Services

Amicus Finance

Funding Circle

Bulmers

WWRT

Lekoil

UK Acorn Finance

Asertis

Baytree Holdings

Aggaris Investments

Morevale Company

Oak Trust (Guernsey)

CriSeren Investments

Sunley Estates

Elsworthy SJW

Capital Home Loans

OneSavings Bank

Iesis

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented MB & Services and Tatiana Golovina in a large-value, cross-border claim, including obtaining a topical Court of Appeal decision on the impact of political interference on Russia’s court system.
  • Acting for WWRT in its £65m claim, brought under Ukrainian tort law, against the former chairman of a Ukrainian bank and his ex-wife, in relation to non-performing loans granted by the bank.
  • Acting for shipping client Palmali Shipping in a contractual dispute worth over $155m.

Transport > Shipping Tier 4

Lax & Co merged with Rosling King in October 2021, with the entire marine litigation team joining under the abbreviated name RK. The practice continues to act for domestic and international clients in a wide range of dry shipping disputes, led by Mike Lax, whose expertise pertains to issues such as salvage and collision work, as well as bills of lading, charterparties, and international trade matters. Stuart Dench handles arbitration and litigation proceedings involving contracts of affreightment, shipbuilding contracts, and sales and purchase disputes. Another key contact is Robert Pollock-Hill, who regularly advises clients on contentious shipping matters in arbitration proceedings and the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Mike Lax

Testimonials

‘Responsive and proactive with a strong understanding of both legal and commercial aspects.’

‘Mike Lax is very commercial and pragmatic in his approach.’

‘Robert Pollock-Hill is very knowledgable in shipping litigation, leaves no stone unturned in his investigations and preparation for trial, and provides prompt and very clear advice.’

‘Mike Lax is by far one of the best shipping lawyers in London.’

‘The team stands out in terms of the amount of partner time dedicated to each dispute, as well as the commitment to each case.’

‘Mike Lax is a standout lawyer in the shipping sector who has decades of experience and successes behind him.’

‘Their shipping and international trade expertise is second to none.’

‘Mike Lax and his team are a compact, hardworking, and dedicated group of shipping lawyers.’

Key clients

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Co

Al-Iraqia Shipping Services & Oil Trading

Bocimar International NV

CMB NV

Conti-Lines

Canfornav NV

Chembulk Tankers

Courage Shipping Company

Euronav NV

Exmar NV

Melars Group Limited

Meyer Werft GmbH & Co

MUR Shipping BV

Navigator Holdings Ltd

Norstar Shipping (Asia PTE)

Palmali Group of Companies

Petraco Oil Company LLP (Lugano Branch)

Rhine Shipping DMCC

Sea Trade Marine SA

Standard Maritime Holding Corporation

Steamship Mutual P&I Club

Strategic Bulk Carriers / M.T. Maritime Management (USA) LLC

Tankers International LLC

West of England P&I Club

Toisa Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Rhine Shipping DMCC, in High Court proceedings against Vitol S.A. with a value of $3m plus interest and costs.
  • Represented MUR in High Court proceedings against RTI in relation to a force majeure provision relating to sanctions.
  • Represented Courage Shipping and Amethyst Shipping in High Court proceedings brought by OCM Maritime Nile LLC and OCM Maritime Kama LLC.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

Alexander Edwards leads the finance team whilst Ann Ebberson and Peter Lewis head up the real estate practice at Rosling King. The group is adept at acting for lenders and borrowers, including private banks, debt funds and commercial lenders, as well as investors, developers and sponsors. In particular, the team handles the development of student accommodation, hotels, commercial buildings, and residential properties. Ryan D’Souza joined the group in June 2022 from Laytons LLP. In late 2021, Jonathan Hyndman left to join Boodle Hatfield LLP and Alexander Pelopidas joined Newmanor Law.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Edwards; Peter Lewis; Ann Ebberson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Skilled and highly efficient team.’

‘The team has an excellent understanding of real estate law, combined with a knowledge of market trends and commercial awareness.’

‘Alex Edwards is knowledgeable, a clear communicator, always helpful, and has good commercial awareness.’

Key clients

Cynergy Bank

Ingenious Group

Iesis Group

Mizen Developments

Arbuthnot Latham

Handelsbanken

Alpha Bank

EFG Private Bank

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Rosling King is a rapidly growing UK-based law firm specialising in serving the needs of financial institutions and the real estate, private equity and construction sectors.

The firm: Commerciality is at the heart of the firm’s advice and its lawyers have extensive experience of understanding clients’ objectives and commercial goals.

This expertise enables the firm to advise on commercial and corporate transactions, commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and disposals, commercial real estate finance, distressed debt and loan workouts, construction, restructuring and insolvency, and all forms of dispute resolution and insurance coverage issues.

From its offices in the City of London, the firm works across the UK and internationally and has links with law firms in over 100 cities around the world, enhancing its capability to handle global and cross-border transactions.

Types of work undertaken

Dispute resolution: As experts in dispute resolution for clients in the investment, private equity, financial, real estate and construction sectors, we always look at problems in the round, then put a plan in place to reach the earliest and most favourable resolution.

RK has resolved complex commercial disputes for corporates, banks, private equity funds, loan servicers and financial institutions for over 30 years, developing a wide range of expert services and specialist skills that can often pre-empt or avoid long drawn-out litigation.

RK handles all forms of company and commercial disputes the majority being in the tens, if not hundreds of millions in value. This includes investor and shareholder claims, breach of duties by directors and professional advisors, all forms of asset recovery and fraud, often involving cross border and offshore locations.

RK advise on regulatory issues in financial and banking transactions and disputes in many areas of both commercial and consumer finance, including mis-selling, Ombudsman complaints, loans, repossessions, and PPI and CCA claims. RK also represented the lender in a number of leading cases in the lending arena and advised lenders and investors on disputes arising from fraudulent borrowing including mortgage fraud, money laundering schemes and employee fraud.

Professional negligence is an area of special expertise for RK’s Dispute Resolution Group – they have a team of lawyers whose track record, acting for lenders in many leading cases, continues to attract major clients. RK’s experience in representing clients in claims against professionals has given it a deep understanding of the issues they face, and of strategies for bringing disputes to a swift, satisfactory conclusion.

In construction and real estate disputes, RK work closely with our specialist groups in those areas to offer clients thoroughly informed advice on the commercial realities of their situation. RK handle all forms of construction and engineering dispute, and have many years’ experience of resolving landlord and tenant disputes concerning leases, boundaries, planning and other issues. RK also handle claims for compensation, dilapidations and forfeiture.

Following a merger with Lax & Co, RK’s shipping department offers legal advice on a wide range of shipping-related issues including charterparty and contract of carriage disputes, shipbuilding disputes, ship sale and purchases, and salvage and casualty matters.

The team has worked for clients across the global shipping industry including shipowners, operators, charterers, commodity traders and their insurers and financiers and have worked on a range of high-value disputes involving terminations of long term charters, contracts of affreightment and shipbuilding contracts.

Banking and finance: The long relationships built up by the RK Finance Group with many UK and international lenders, banks, private equity houses, debt funds and loan servicers are proof of the quality of RK’s advice. This is evidenced by RK’s ranking by the Legal 500 as one of the leading real estate finance practices within the UK.

RK’s advice on secured and unsecured lending covers all forms of loan and security documentation, senior and mezzanine finance, warehouse financing, syndication and participation, leveraged finance, asset finance and project finance. RK advise a number of participants on CMBS and RMBS issuances, including noteholders, servicers, issuers and trustees.

RK are particularly expert in handling the sale and purchase of portfolios of secured and unsecured debt, and can offer specialist finance services to mortgage lenders, debt purchasers and loan servicers engaged in this kind of transaction. RK has an equally long track record of acting for corporate clients and individual investors, lenders and borrowers, particularly on issues concerning real estate finance and other forms of asset-based lending.

Commercial: The lawyers of RK’s Commercial Group are specialists in providing the kind of advice that can help clients protect and promote their interests and drive their businesses forward. And they provide it to some of the most ambitious clients in sectors such as private equity, hotels and leisure, insurance, technology, real estate and financial services.

RK’s practical, professional advice covers all trading activities of a business or organisation, such as contractual issues, commercial agreements including agency, distribution and franchise agreements, licensing agreements, joint ventures, sale and supply contracts, terms and conditions of business, IT and outsourcing contracts and sponsorship, merchandising and advertising agreements.

RK also offer clients all the legal support they need are intellectual property, where it advises on the protection, enforcement and exploitation of IP rights, and regulatory issues such as data protection and FCA compliance.

Construction: The RK Construction Group provides advice to clients at every stage of the development and construction process, from developers, banks, investors and owner-occupiers to consultants, contractors and potential purchasers and tenants. They all get the benefit of a seamless, rounded legal service that also draws on expertise from RK’s Real Estate, Corporate and Finance Groups and deals with documents and disputes on all forms of commercial and residential project.

RK’s experience in drafting and negotiating construction documentation covers building contracts, guarantees, development joint venture agreements, collateral warranties, consultants’ appointments and novation agreements. In the area of construction and engineering disputes, RK has a long track record of achieving resolutions both for policyholders as part of an insurance coverage dispute and in conflicts that arise either during or after the construction phase.

RK have helped resolve many high-profile disputes in recent years, including those relating to the Great Eastern Hotel in London, the London Millennium Footbridge, the National Physical Laboratories, the Second Severn Crossing and the A55.

Corporate: In helping their clients negotiate mergers, acquisitions, disposals and every other kind of corporate transaction, RK know that availability, agility and responsiveness can be decisive.

Whatever the time of day and whoever we’re advising, whether it’s a bank, private equity house, financial institution, insolvency practitioner, SME, start-up or private individual, RK are ready to provide them with the expert service they need to get the deal that serves them best. That includes the input of lawyers in RK beyond their Corporate Group, in areas such as Real Estate and Commercial, so that clients effectively receive the benefit of several specialist groups to best suit their requirements.

RK advise on shareholder and partnership agreements, joint ventures, share schemes, MBOs, reconstructions and reorganisations, share buybacks, statutory and regulatory compliance and corporate governance.

Between RK’s Corporate and Real Estate Groups, there’s a deep understanding of the real estate sector. RK act for clients in every kind of corporate real estate transaction, including share and asset sales and purchases, corporate joint ventures, devising acquisition structures and corporate restructuring.

Insurance: For well over 30 years, RK’s Insurance Group has been advising UK and overseas clients in the London market – insurers, reinsurers, other insurance professionals and policyholders – on coverage issues, claims, policy drafting and risk management.

RK have built a strong reputation in claims handling in particular, where they deal with policyholder claims in fields such as professional indemnity, construction and engineering, financial lines, manufacturing, property damage and business interruption. UK-based claims for overseas clients are a big part of their service.

RK stop at nothing to help their policyholder clients find solutions to their coverage issues, and regularly advise on forum, choice of law, jurisdiction and issues concerning conflicts of laws. RK also deal with disputes on coverage where the jurisdiction under the policy or agreement is English, and have taken several disputes to the House of Lords. In the case of LF v Agnew RK acted for a large Swedish insurer seeking reinsurance from the London market amid disputes over conflicts of international law. RK’s imaginative approach – raising new arguments on the interpretation of the Brussels and Lugano Conventions – was instrumental in achieving a positive result for the client.

That flair for inventive solutions is something RK bring to dispute resolution, too, where their long experience includes complex international litigation and arbitration. In the case of Orient-Express Hotels v Generali, RK raised novel arguments of interpretation of business interruption clauses in a policy and their effect on losses to a hotel in New Orleans after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

Real estate: Real estate is a core area of expertise for RK, and it advises banks, investors, private equity houses, developers and loan servicers, as well as property owners in the private and public sector. RK’s expertise in real estate finance has been recognised by the Legal 500 who have ranked them as one of the leading real estate finance practices within the UK.

RK’s advice covers issues and transactions spanning the entire property life cycle, from acquisition, planning and construction to financing, insurance, leasing, tax and final exit strategies. RK’s Real Estate Group has extensive experience in acting for developers, lenders and corporate entities on every kind of property transaction. RK also specialise in landlord and tenant work, managing a number of shopping centres and multi-let buildings across the UK, and dealing with every angle of agency and lettings.

Restructuring and insolvency: Taking a distressed situation such as a troubled business or a non-performing business loan and putting it right means being quick on your feet. In advising on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, deadlines are tight and RK have to be ready to act for new clients at just a day’s notice to achieve the outcomes they’re looking for.

Those clients – which include lenders, private equity houses, loan servicers, debt funds, investors and insolvency practitioners – are looking for expert advice on issues such as reorganisations and group reconstructions, asset sales of insolvent companies, administrations, LPA receiverships, voluntary arrangements, liquidations, insolvency litigation and enforcement.

Issues surrounding lending and borrowing are especially familiar to RK. They work on large portfolios of non-performing commercial real estate loans, using a range of restructuring and insolvency techniques to put loans back on track, or to secure the best recovery for the client. And RK work with businesses in financial distress to help them limit their losses to the benefit of all stakeholders and, in many cases, ward off the insolvency process altogether.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior Partner Georgina Squiregeorgina.squire@rkllp.com+44 (0)20 7246 8088
Partner Hannah Sharphannah.sharp@rkllp.com+44 (0)20 7246 8018
Partner Laura Matthewslaura.matthews@rkllp.com+44 (0)20 7246 8031
Partner Kate Rigbykate.rigby@rkllp.com+44 (0)20 7246 8012
Partner Lauren Pardoelauren.pardoe@rkllp.com+44 (0)20 7246 8051
Partner Alexander Edwardsalexander.edwards@rkllp.com+44 (0)20 7246 8061
Partner Peter Lewispeter.lewis@rkllp.com+44 (0)20 7246 8092
Partner Ann Ebbersonann.ebberson@rkllp.com+44 (0)20 7246 8084
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Emma Anderson photo Emma AndersonEmma is a South African qualified lawyer in our Disputes Resolution team,…
Avneet Baryan photo Avneet BaryanAvneet is a Senior Associate in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group within the…
Rebecca Beynon-Phillips photo Rebecca Beynon-PhillipsRebecca is a partner in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group with considerable experience…
Ligia Bob photo Ligia BobLigia is a Senior Associate in Rosling King’s Dispute Resolution Team, with…
Michelle Cunningham photo Michelle CunninghamMichelle is an Associate in Rosling King’s Dispute Resolution Team, where she…
Ryan D'Souza photo Ryan D'SouzaRyan is a Partner in RK’s Corporate & Commercial Groups. He is…
Ryan D'Souza photo Ryan D'SouzaRyan is a Partner in RK’s Corporate & Commercial Groups. He is…
Ann Ebberson photoMs Ann EbbersonAnn is a partner in RK’s Real Estate Group and advises on…
Alexander Edwards photo Alexander EdwardsAlex acts for a variety of clients in connection with a range…
Zoe Frazer photo Zoe FrazerZoe is a Senior Associate in RK’s Dispute Resolution Team where she…
Chris Gaunt photo Chris GauntChris is a Senior Associate in RK’s Real Estate Group. His clients…
Simon Geoghegan photo Simon GeogheganSimon is a partner in RK’s Real Estate Group and has broad…
Lewis Glasson photo Lewis GlassonLewis is an Associate in Rosling King’s Dispute Resolution Team. Since cross-qualifying…
Keaton Heycocks photo Keaton HeycocksKeaton is a South African qualified lawyer in our Dispute Resolution team,…
James Kidd photo James KiddJames is an Associate in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group, advising corporate clients…
Aleksandra Kulicka photo Aleksandra KulickaAleksandra is an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Group with broad…
Peter Lewis photo Peter LewisPeter is a partner in RK’s Real Estate Group. He has extensive…
Catriona Lewis photo Catriona LewisCatriona is a Partner in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group. She has over…
Laura Matthews photo Laura MatthewsLaura is a partner in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group. Laura has significant…
Luke McGrath photo Luke McGrathLuke is an Associate in Rosling King’s Dispute Resolution Team and has…
Martin Meredith photo Martin MeredithMartin is a partner in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group. Dual qualified (England…
Lauren Pardoe photo Lauren PardoeLauren is a Partner in Rosling King’s Dispute Resolution Group, where she…
Stewart Reed photo Stewart ReedStewart is an Associate in Rosling King’s Real Estate Group. He has…
Kate Rigby photo Kate RigbyKate is a partner in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group, with particular expertise…
Francesca Robinson photo Francesca RobinsonFrancesca is an Associate in Rosling King’s Dispute Resolution Team and has…
Kathryn Savage photo Kathryn SavageKathryn is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. Kathryn has a…
Hannah Sharp photo Hannah SharpHannah is a partner in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group, specialising in financial…
Georgina Squire photoMs Georgina SquireGeorgina is the head of the Dispute Resolution Group at RK and…
Helen Thurkettle photo Helen ThurkettleHelen Thurkettle is a partner in RK’s Dispute Resolution Group with 22…
Carolyn Tully photo Carolyn TullyCarolyn is an Australian-qualified lawyer in our Dispute Resolution team who has…
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 26