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Wallace LLP
27 Mortimer Street
LONDON
W1T 3BL
England

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Wallace LLP’s corporate team has been building up its specialism in advising owner-managed consulting businesses on sales for cash realisations, and has continued as exclusive legal expert to the Consultancy Growth Network, an international community for consulting business owners. Team head John Woodhouse  is trusted by many longstanding clients and is praised to be ‘a person who pre-empts events and delivers a service which is both cost effective and timely’.

Practice head(s):

John Woodhouse

Other key lawyers:

Rex Newman; David Judah; Charlotte Wheeldon; Andy Cooke; Laura Gillard

Testimonials

‘The team from Wallace knows us well as a client, hence also very good at integrating with our internal team of finance, HR and management team to distribute the work to be done across all the resources. The same goes for other external advisory teams, Wallace helps us figure out who does what.’

‘We highly rate David Judah. He is very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer and takes a straightforward approach to addressing legal issues. He really understands the needs of his clients and knows how to get the right result for them.’

‘The individuals care about doing the right thing for us – they are rightly questioning why/how/what when work gets done to make sure everything is done correctly first time.’

‘The one factor that stands out with Wallace is the ease with which one is able to approach them right through the process from start to finish.’

‘Highly competent team offering solid commercial legal advice.’

‘The Wallace team are a joy to work with, are skilled at explaining complex themes to their customers, are always available and ensure a fair result.’

‘I have worked with John Woodhouse for well over 15 years on many transactions and continue to do so as I find him not only as able but a person who pre-empts events and delivers a service which is both cost effective and timely.’

‘Andrew Cooke – always available to us and always provides grounded and thorough advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Matrix IDM Limited on its sale to Rimes Technologies
  • Advising ParentPay on its acquisition of BlueRunner Solutions
  • Advising the management team of Efficio on founder exits and related refinancing.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Wallace LLP fields 'an exceptional team of top-quality lawyers', who are regularly instructed on complex corporate and commercial disputes that involve cross-border issues. Property litigator Simon Serota heads the litigation department, which showcases Alexander Weinberg, an expert in shareholder, joint venture and corporate disputes; and Oli Goldman, who has 'an extraordinary tactical mind'. Within the firm's senior associate pool, Elizabeth Asher focuses on commercial and insolvency litigation; Josephine Mathew has a broad disputes practice; and Philip Blyghton is 'technically excellent'.

Practice head(s):

Simon Serota

Testimonials

‘An exceptional team of top-quality lawyers, from partners to junior associates.’

‘Alexander Weinberg is a great relationship manager – something that was absolutely critical to the success of the multi-handed litigation in which we were involved. I valued that quality very much.

‘Alexander Weinberg – a partner who knows his cases inside out and inspires confidence in his clients.

‘Oli Goldman is a thoughtful and hardworking solicitor, who is always aware of how best to advance his client’s case – a brilliant strategist and someone that you really want on your side. Deeply impressive.

Oli Goldman has an extraordinary tactical mind. He always knows how best to put pressure on the other side, and never loses sight of the big picture or ultimate goal, even when grappling with the detail of tricky commercial cases.

‘Senior associate Elizabeth Asher was very effective and efficient at managing the constant demands of a hard-fought speedy trial and dealing with a difficult client.’

‘Senior associate Josephine Mathew is a partner in waiting. She has strong tactical insight, the confidence and ability to run a difficult case by herself, and her drafting is worthy of a barrister. She will go far.’

Philip Blyghton is a standout senior associate. He is technically excellent, and his command of the procedural history and the disclosure in our very big case was superb. I would happily work with him again, as he made me look good!

Key clients

TradingView

Turtle Reef Holdings

Matière SAS

Natuzzi

Fortimat Properties

Gattaz Property

Peppermint Events

Work highlights

  • Defending three HNWI defendants against large-value Commercial Court fraud proceedings, brought by companies within the Vale group.
  • Acting for Dan Fallows (former chief aerodynamics engineer for the Red Bull Racing Formula One team), in expedited High Court proceedings, following his high-profile move to Aston Martin Racing.
  • Defending Greek investor Panagiotis Triantafyllidis against proceedings brought against him by Dorset (Marshall Islands investment company), in relation to shares in a Cayman Islands company.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

The practice at Wallace LLP offers a full service, advising clients on matters from opposed lease renewals, forfeiture and dilapidations, to the electronic communications code, rent reviews and injunctions. The team is led by Meera Patel and Samantha Bone; Patel is well regarded for her advice on right to light disputes, compulsory purchases and break notices, while Bone’s specialism lies within leasehold enfranchisement. Senior associates Rhiannon Saunders and Yasaman Tamiz joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and Lennons Solicitors respectively.

Practice head(s):

Meera Patel; Samantha Bone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great strength in depth. A hugely impressive array of talent at every level.’

‘Simon Serota, simply outstanding, a great thinker, lawyer and strategist.’

‘Samantha Bone -a go-to lawyer for collective enfranchisement, what she doesn’t know about Leasehold Reform isn’t worth knowing.’

‘Simon Serota is technically excellent and has a good team.’

‘Meera Patel is very approachable but very commercially minded and helps to guide the client through the options available.’

‘The team at Wallace are always contactable, keen and knowledgeable combined with being very proactive.’

‘Meera Patel is outstanding. She is knowledgeable and efficient combined with being quick thinking and an excellent communicator.’

‘The team are excellent in their knowledge and ability to solve unexpected complications.’

Key clients

Freshwater Group of Companies

Soho Estates Limited

Martin’s Properties Limited

Hays

Henry Schein UK Holdings Limited

Giraffe Concepts Limited

The Dolphin Square Estate S.a.r.l

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Harry Ramsden’s Limited

Amestown Limited

Solomon Unsdorfer – Section 24 Tribunal Appointed Manager of the Canary Riverside Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted successfully for a landlord on an appeal to the Upper Tribunal to review and overturn a decision of the first-tier Tribunal in relation to the calculation of relativity in a lease extension claim.
  • Acted for Freshwater Group on more than 300 cases annually in respect of various leasehold enfranchisement matters.
  • Advised Sol Unsdorfer, the Tribunal appointed Manager of the Canary Riverside Estate, in a challenge to the restructuring of Virgin Health Club.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

At Wallace LLP, the banking disputes team continues to be engaged on a number of complex, high-profile claims across both retail and investment banking. ‘Commercially astute’ solicitor advocate Alexander Weinberg serves as group head and has extensive experience acting for and against financial institutions; he frequently acts alongside senior associate Philip Blyghton, with the pair forming ‘a formidable team’. Elsewhere, solicitor advocate Oli Goldman has broad expertise across litigation relating to complex financial instruments, fraud claims and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Weinberg

Other key lawyers:

Oli Goldman; Philip Blyghton; Elizabeth Asher

Testimonials

‘Great sector experience and their technical knowledge is excellent.’

‘Alexander Weinberg is excellent. Commercially astute and really sharp.’

‘Wallace have real depth and breadth in experience for a practice of their size, which enables them to take on the big financial institutions without fear or conflict.’

‘Alex Weinberg impresses in his strategic approach to litigating against the big financial institutions. He clearly articulates what the litigation map is likely to look like and alongside his Philip Blyghton, they make a formidable team.’

‘Oli Goldman and Elizabeth Asher are just great, human, responsive and so professional. The billing is transparent and consistent and the collaboration with them is easy and smooth. They are aware of the client’s needs and show proactivity.’

‘They listen to the needs of the client and show great empathy that I have never seen anywhere else. It’s really pleasant to work with them.’

‘”Tenacity” is the single word that springs to mind.’

‘ Philip Blyghton is a credit to the firm. Diligent and pro-active: a valuable combination.’

Key clients

Retail investors in the LF Woodford Equity Income Fund

RGL Management Limited

Mothercare UK

Maplin Electronics

Bathstore

Work highlights

  • Representing a substantial group of retail investors in the LF Woodford Equity Income Fund in c. £1 billion group claims against Hargreaves Lansdown and Link Fund Solutions following the Fund’s high-profile suspension in June 2019 and subsequent announcement that it will be wound down.
  • Acting for a prominent claimant group, including a number of well-known high street retailers, in High Court claims against MasterCard and Visa in relation to the unlawful fixing of interchange fees valued in excess of £100 million.

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Wallace LLP continues to be a sought after counsel for employers in discrimination and whistleblowing litigation. The firm is also known for its niche representing household names in the hospitality/leisure and commercial real estate sectors. Joining in April 2022, former Hill Dickinson LLP partner James Williams grew the client base to include names in the education, financial services, advertising and tech sectors. He is also one of a handful of specialist maritime employment lawyers. Daniel Isaac leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Isaac

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Daniel and team are exceptional business partners who are expert in their field, work sensitively and with empathy.’

‘Its and absolute pleasure to work with Wallace LLP employment team.’

‘They are very prompt with their response, they listen to our individual needs and support us accordingly.’

‘They would deal with all our queries on the same day and if they are busy they will call us to establish urgency of our query and action accordingly.’

‘They have delivered outstanding customer service and exceeded all our expectations.’

Key clients

Metrus Limited

TradingView UK Limited

Hilton Community Services Limited

Vivobarefoot

Henry Schein UK Holding Ltd

Software of Excellence

The Feed Group

Intratone UK Ltd

Saffron Brand Consultants Ltd

Equiteq Advisors Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Hilton Community Services Limited on the implications of the controversial vaccination as a condition of deployment regulations.
  • Advising TradingView on all manner of employment matters that arise during the lifecycle of a business and the nuances of English employment law.
  • Advised Gerald Edelman and Gerald Edelman LLP on the restructuring of their business.

Individual in spirit, independent by choice
Wallace is a law firm for London’s finest legal talent. Quietly respected for over 90 years, we are a partner-led practice, purposefully built around a suite of complementary commercial disciplines.

Whether our clients are large corporates, entrepreneurs or investors, legal work is ultimately about people and the challenges they face. Every situation is different and demands a solution tailored to the individuals and commercial realities involved. We encourage each of our lawyers to be themselves and do what they’re best at, working cooperatively as part of a close-knit team.

No client wants jargon-filled or obscure advice. We aim to tell it as it is and provide clear no-nonsense counsel. We don’t sit on the fence.

Our seasoned professionals have decades of exposure to large and complex deals and heavyweight disputes. The notable longevity of our client relationships is testament to the continuing skill and tenacity of our teams.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate/M&A: Our corporate team are dedicated to helping our clients grow their businesses, whatever stage they’re at. We work with fast-paced growth businesses and well-established, mature companies, both listed and unlisted. We act for entrepreneurs, independent investors, funds and individuals. We work with companies making acquisitions or preparing for sale or raising public or private capital.

Employment: We act for employers, senior-executives, partnerships and partners.

We advise on contracts, day-to-day HR issues, the employment impact of mergers and acquisitions, negotiated exits, dismissals and post-employment disputes. While it is generally best to avoid litigation, we are fully familiar with the corridors of the High Court and employment tribunals. We are alive to the emotional and reputational issues that employment disputes often involve and are familiar with the special regimes that can apply to financial services employment.

IP and technology: We assist our clients with all aspects of brand protection and exploitation, provide advice and make trade mark applications both nationally and internationally.

We advise individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses on the protection of brands via licensing and franchise arrangements.

We work with clients to maximise their intellectual property assets and work with established companies, start-ups and individuals to protect, position and build value via IP strategies.

We regularly advise clients on how to develop, exploit, license and sell technology. We also advise those who are looking to buy or install technology, or who want to migrate to the cloud. We advise clients, whether they are buying or selling, on how to identify and manage risk and draft robust technology agreements to reflect this in a pragmatic and clear manner. We also help clients comply with their data protection obligations.

Litigation: Our team regularly handle complex corporate/commercial disputes in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as well as cross-border matters involving hearings in the EU and the US. We represent clients before a range of bodies in connection with international commercial arbitration disputes and have extensive experience of a full range of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including mediation.

We have been successful in many reported cases including those involving fraud and other complex matters as well as the leading authority on worldwide freezing orders.

We are one of the few genuinely conflict free firms who are willing and able to litigate against the banks and financial institutions that full-service City and US firms count as key corporate and/or finance clients.

We advise and act for hedge funds, corporates and high net worth individuals on complex, high value disputes involving banks and financial institutions.

Property: The track record of our property team is second-to-none. We have earned a reputation for being amongst the most experienced and knowledgeable on London’s uniquely complex, fast-moving property market. We provide a full range of commercial property services offering end-to-end support to a wide variety of corporate and individual clients.

Property: leasehold enfranchisement: We are one of the pre-eminent firms in the specialist and complex area of Leasehold Enfranchisement, recognised by industry commentators for our “high level of expertise, depth of applied knowledge, excellence in client communications, and innovation in enfranchisement”.

We work closely with surveyors to advise both landlords and tenants (commercial and residential) on their rights, acting for companies, individuals and groups of individuals. The team has been involved in some of the leading decisions, including advising on the largest enfranchisement claim to date.

Property litigation: Our property litigation specialists act for both landlords and tenants, handling all types of property related litigation and dispute resolution, including lease renewals, dilapidations, service charge disputes, rent reviews and residential and commercial possession claims.

Restructure and business insolvency: When businesses experience severe financial difficulties, our specialist team’s relationships with insolvency practitioners and holders of security help us find workable solutions for all affected parties.

Our emphasis is always to try to save companies in difficulty, if at all possible. Whilst we know that in these circumstances all parties are typically trying to avoid disputes, we do have specialist contentious insolvency lawyers who are used to dealing with complex insolvency litigation both in the UK and abroad. We also deal with recovery from failed businesses.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Rex NewmanRex.Newman@wallace.co.uk020 7636 4422
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Samantha Bone photoMrs Samantha BonePartnerAreas of Practise: Leasehold Enfranchisement, Property Litigation
Jackie Boot photoMrs Jackie BootPartnerAreas of Practice: Commercial Property including property investment and development transactions; joint…
Bibi Fakhrai photoMrs Bibi FakhraiPartnerArea of Practice – Real Estate
Oli Goldman photoMr Oli GoldmanPartner Areas of Practice: General commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including fraud-related…
Daniel Isaac photoMr Daniel IsaacPartnerAreas of Practice:Daniel advises individuals and organisations on workplace relationships, whether involving…
David Judah photoMr David JudahPartner, CorporateArea of Practice – Corporate Law, Domestic and International Mergers &…
Matthew Morgan photoMr Matthew MorganPartnerAreas of Practice: Commercial Property – Acquisitions, Disposals, Investment, Landlord and Tenant
Rex Newman photoMr Rex NewmanManaging PartnerAreas of Practice – Corporate Finance
Martin Otvos photoMr Martin OtvosPartnerAreas of Practice: Sale, Acquisition, Development, Funding and Letting of Commercial Property. 
Meera Patel photoMs Meera PatelPartnerAreas of Practice: Property Litigation, Commercial Landlord and Tenant Litigation
Mark Randolph photoMr Mark RandolphPartnerAreas of Practice: Commercial and Residential Property, Landlord and Tenant, Property Finance.
Simon Serota photoMr Simon SerotaPartnerAreas of Practice: Commercial Litigation, Property Litigation, Leasehold Enfranchisement, Professional Negligence
Alexander Weinberg photoMr Alexander WeinbergPartner Areas of Practice – High Value Commercial Litigation & Arbitration, Domestic…
Charlotte Wheeldon photo Charlotte WheeldonPartnerAreas of Practice – Corporate Law, Corporate Finance, Property Finance, UK and…
John Woodhouse photoMr John WoodhousePartner, Head of CorporateAreas of Practice: Mergers, Acquisitions and Disposals.
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 25

Diversity

Wallace is firmly committed to diversity and to providing equality of opportunity in all aspects of our activities. We believe we have much to learn, and can profit as individuals, from diverse cultures, experiences and perspectives and regard diversity as an asset to our work as it improves our ability to meet the needs of our partners, staff and clients.

The firm has long prided itself on its collegial and friendly culture – a key feature of the culture we encourage is respect and enthusiasm for the diverse character of the individuals with whom we each engage.

Our policy is to apply a merit based approach to recruitment, promotion and advancement throughout the firm. It is axiomatic that we strive to treat all individuals fairly and with dignity and respect and to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for everyone. Of course, we must comply with the law, but the law sets minimum standards and our aim is excellence.

Corporate & Social Responsibility

Wallace takes seriously its place in the community, the privileged position that it and its partners enjoy in society and the responsibilities that implies. We are regular supporters of charitable causes that are meaningful to our partners, staff and clients. We encourage pro bono work in suitable cases where we have the expertise to do justice to the client’s needs.


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Andy Atkins- Krüger, Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Webcertain

TESTIMONIAL: “It was the first time we had worked with John Woodhouse and the team at Wallace’s but what a great decision that was. John, Charlotte Wheeldon, Sabrina Mitchell and Stephanie Claridge focused on different aspects of the transaction which made them particularly effective and never wanting for resources even when the clock was putting us under pressure. They showed tremendous patience when the pressure of the deal led to frustrations on our side and carefully guided us around the pitfalls. They were also adept at guiding the TransPerfect legal team around our redlines delivering time after time. We couldn’t have asked for better support and would work with them again in a heartbeat. And to top it, they were an absolute pleasure to work with!”


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Mike Hampson, Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Bishopsgate Financial

TESTIMONIAL: John Woodhouse, Charlotte Wheeldon and the whole Wallace team gave us tremendous support and were available to deal quickly with all issues that arose. I felt comfortable throughout the process and was particularly grateful for the efforts of the team in the final days to completing the transaction. I would always be happy to recommend them.

John Woodhouse led the Wallace corporate team which included Charlotte Wheeldon, Sabrina Mitchell and Imogen Kelland. Daniel Isaac advised on all employment aspects of the transaction.


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Lee Clarke, RCG’s COO

COMPANY/FIRM: The Renewables Consulting Group

TESTIMONIAL: “Many thanks to the team at Wallace for assisting RCG with the sale transaction. We got the very best legal advice on the deal, with a team that went the extra mile and burnt the midnight oil for us when it mattered. Wallace’s understanding and experience of deals in our sector was critical in getting the deal over the line. I would wholeheartedly recommend Wallace to any business owner setting off on a similar process.” John Woodhouse led the Wallace corporate team which included Sarah Merriott, Laura Gillard, Sabrina Mitchell and Imogen Kelland.


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: John Cusins, Co-founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Lumin Wealth

TESTIMONIAL: “Having worked with John Woodhouse and Wallace for many years it was a simple decision to ask them to represent Lumin on this seminal transaction. The entire process from start to finish was executed to a very high standard by John and his team.”

The Wallace team comprised of corporate partner John Woodhouse, Associate Sabrina Mitchell and paralegal Imogen Kelland.


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Jens Pedersen, CEO commented

COMPANY/FIRM: Efficio Management

TESTIMONIAL: “The Wallace team has successfully supported Efficio for many years and has again proved invaluable in steering the group through this latest transaction which was completed quickly and efficiently. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Wallace over the next phase of Efficio’s growth.”

The Wallace team comprised of corporate partners John Woodhouse and David Judah, supported by Laura Gillard, Sabrina Mitchell and Harriet Montgomery.


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Richard Kleiner, CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: Gerald Edelman LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “It was a pleasure to work with David Judah and his team who professionally guided us through the restructuring process and provided outstanding advice and service throughout our negotiations with ETL.”


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Stu Grubbs, CEO & Co-Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Infiniscene Inc

TESTIMONIAL: “David Judah provided valuable insight and guidance on deal structure and the regulatory aspects of our US shareholders receiving equity interests in Vitec’s UK company. His responsiveness and expertise brought us understanding and confidence in an area where we were otherwise unfamiliar.”


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Mattias Eriksson, Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: C8 Technology Holdings

TESTIMONIAL: “It is a pleasure to work with David Judah, who with his broad corporate experience, provided an outstanding and proactive service. “


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Alasdair Lumsden, CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: Every City Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “Having worked closely with Wallace LLP for a number of years, we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with them on this transaction. Their expert guidance and support throughout the M&A process helped get us across the finish line, and we’re extremely thankful for all their hard work and tenacious efforts on making this possible.”

The Wallace team was led by corporate partner Charlotte Wheeldon, supported by corporate associate Sabrina Mitchell and employment associate Leigh Leach.


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Stephen Sacks, Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Funding Nav

TESTIMONIAL: I have total confidence in David Judah’s ability to guide myself, my company and also clients that I have recommended through sometimes choppy waters.

Wallace has a great team that offers businesses commercial solutions to legal challenges.

My experience has been very positive, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.


Wallace Corporate Team

CLIENT: Stuart Plane, Co-Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Matrix IDM

TESTIMONIAL: The sale of Matrix IDM to EQT-backed Rimes was a complex cash and scrip deal with a multitude of legal issues on three continents. Wallace managed the deal diligently and efficiently throughout the process. It’s been a pleasure, once again, to work with Rex, Charlotte and the team on another outstanding transaction.


Wallace Employment Team

CLIENT: Helen Kaye, is Vice President HR – UK, Ireland & International Software Businesses

COMPANY/FIRM: Henry Schein

TESTIMONIAL: “Henry Schein have worked with Wallace for over 15 years on a number of employment matters both UK domestic, and as part of a global project team. The team lead by Daniel Issac are professional, approachable and responsive and have a thorough understanding of our culture and ethics as an organisation. The Wallace team provide a first-class service together with sound commercial recommendations.”


Wallace Employment Team

CLIENT: Jacob Benbunan, CEO and co-Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Saffron Brand Consultants

TESTIMONIAL: Running an international consultancy with offices in many jurisdictions, I must be able to call upon immediate, clear and pragmatic advice when needed. Daniel Issac provides that from the UK, with wit and diligence. He is clearly knowledgeable, interested and cares about Saffron’s business”


Wallace Property Litigation Team

CLIENT: Senior Property Manager

COMPANY/FIRM: Premier League Football Club

TESTIMONIAL: “Smart, practical, effective and exceptionally good at their job.”

The Wallace team is led by property litigation partner Meera Patel


Wallace Leasehold Enfranchisement Team

CLIENT: Mit Kotak, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Chestertons Surveyors

TESTIMONIAL: “Samantha Bone heads the department and she is one of the most fearsome in the field. Always makes the client feel at ease and keeps the burden of stress on her so the client feels the process went ever so smoothly!”


Wallace Leasehold Enfranchisement Team

CLIENT: Andrew Georgiou

COMPANY/FIRM: Fifield Glyn Chartered Surveyors

TESTIMONIAL: “Samantha Bone and the Enfranchisement team are approachable, highly knowledgeable in this complex area of law and can explain the unexplainable to clients and valuers.”


Wallace Leasehold Enfranchisement Team

CLIENT: Carl Fain, Counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: Tanfield Chambers

TESTIMONIAL: “The team at Wallace know more about leasehold enfranchisement than most solicitors. They have a great deal of experience and should be the top of list when choosing a solicitor in this field. They act for major clients and are frequently involved in the leading cases. Simon Serota has encyclopaedic knowledge on the subject. Samantha Bone, Fleur Neale and Shamin Kashem are all excellent and provide a first-class service to their clients.”


Wallace Leasehold Enfranchisement Team

CLIENT: Nicola Muir

COMPANY/FIRM: Tanfield Chambers

TESTIMONIAL: “It is a joy to work with the Wallace enfranchisement team. They are knowledgeable, experienced and practical. When I receive instructions to act everything is always beautifully prepared and ready to go. They are the ‘go to’ team for enfranchisement.”


Wallace Leasehold Enfranchisement Team

CLIENT: Fred Kateb

COMPANY/FIRM: Malven Management

TESTIMONIAL: “I have been working with this firm of solicitors over 25 years on work relating to Landlord and Tenant and associated work with enfranchisement and lease extensions. I represent trusts and individual freeholders and lease holders. The firm is very professional and knowledgeable in all areas and are very good in finding solutions to complex issues giving options to find the most suitable solutions. They make you feel they own the problem to find the right solution.

I have no hesitation to recommend this firm for this type of work.”


Wallace Property Team

CLIENT: Andrew Jacobs, CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: Escape Hunt

TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Martin Otvos and his team at Wallace for many years now dealing with property matters across different hospitality businesses. They have always worked quickly and diligently to get the job done in the fastest and most cost-effective way possible and without fail have always been a pleasure to deal with”.


Wallace Property Team

CLIENT: Simon Bridbury – Director

COMPANY/FIRM: SB Restaurant Investments Limited

TESTIMONIAL: I have used Wallace for more than ten years and they have become my number one solicitor, probably the best firm I have ever used in a career of 30 plus years” The Wallace team is led by Martin Otvos.


Wallace Property Team

CLIENT: Henry Goldenberg, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Heritage Land Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “Highly responsive, efficient, and reliable – a law firm who can see the wood from the trees”


Wallace Litigation Team

CLIENT: Tristan Nagler, Managing Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Aurelius UK

TESTIMONIAL: “Wallace was extremely efficient and reliable, providing invaluable insight and support from its litigation, restructuring and corporate teams’’. The Wallace team on this assignment was led by partner, Alexander Weinberg.


Wallace Litigation Team

COMPANY/FIRM: BSG Resources Ltd TESTIMONIAL: Messrs Struik, Avidan and Tchelet, former senior executives of BSG Resources Ltd, said “Wallace have been more than excellent in defending us in proceedings for over two years. Alexander Weinberg and Philip Blyghton were a formidable team, professional and attentive in all respects. Our legal team led at trial on the key argument that Vale’s case was time barred and should never have been brought, which is the basis upon which the claims have been dismissed. We are extremely grateful for their and the Counsel team’s hard work and commitment.”.


Wallace Litigation Team

CLIENT: K. Daskalakis COMPANY/FIRM: Senior Technical Consultant TESTIMONIAL: ‘’Wallace has extensive in-depth knowledge of litigation proceedings and provide timely and to the point strategic advice to carve out associated risks for the client’’.


Wallace Litigation Team

CLIENT: A. Mundhra COMPANY/FIRM: Company Executive TESTIMONIAL: ‘’The Wallace litigation team and particularly Alex Weinberg and his team are very client oriented and take active interest in dealing with client matters’’.


Wallace Litigation Team

COMPANY/FIRM: Shareholder Litigation Defendants TESTIMONIAL: ‘’Wallace provided a First-Class service over 7 years of the case. Their preparation was thorough, their selection of Counsel very reassuring and their overall approach to prepare us for trial paid huge dividends with the outcome. At all times they were consistent with their advice and honest’’.


Corporate

  • Advising the founding shareholders of ID Business Solutions, a world leading data management solutions software provider, mostly for the life science sector, on the sale to Danaher Corporation.
  • Advising the sellers and the management team in a private equity deal involving the sale of a majority shareholding in Livingstone Technologies to the Carlyle Group.
  • Advising the founders of leading consultancy Regulis, experts in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs on the recent merger with PharmaLex, leading provider of specialised services for the pharma, biotech and medical device industries worldwide.
  • Advising the founder and shareholders of Critical Resource Strategy & Analysis on the sale of the company to Environmental Resources Management, leading global provider of environmental and sustainability related services.
  • Advising the founding shareholders of award-winning creative agency Social Life, on the sale of the company to Jellyfish.
  • Acting for Shaw International Holdings in the sale of its 50% shareholding in Autoprotect group to Correlation Investments, a South African private equity house.

Employment

  • Advising a Fortune 200 company, an employer of approximately 1,600 people in the UK, on its contracts and policies, acquisitions and reorganisations, dismissals and disputes, including issues relating to confidential information and post-termination restrictions.
  • Advising the CEOs of many of London’s leading advertising agencies on resigning, signing new contracts, taking equity and avoiding post-termination restrictions.
  • Acting on numerous cases arising from the #metoo phenomenon, both for women alleging harassment and assisting individuals accused of inappropriate behaviour.

IP and Technology

Technology and Cloud

  • Advising Excell on the purchase of IT/telecoms products and services from Telcos and on the sale and re-sale of such products and services to its customers.
  • Advising Efficio on the licensing of its bespoke proprietary procurement technology platform.
  • Advising Competitive Capabilities International on their global licence agreement with EY Catalyst Limited, a member firm of Ernst and Young Global Limited.
  • Advising technology provider Databarracks on disaster recovery as a service and back-up as a service.
  • Advising MedsOnTrack on software service agreements.
  • Advising a large portfolio investor on the migration of their IT infrastructure to a cloud platform.

Commercial contracts and IP

  • Advising Efficio on procurement services contracts.
  • Advising on contract for provision of bar and concession services at events for Peppermint.
  • Advising on IP licences for Infringe Magazine.

Data Protection and GDPR

  • Advising various clients how to comply with the GDPR regulations, including how to manage data collection, transfers, marketing databases, data breaches, handling data subject access requests and avoiding fines.

Commercial Litigation

  • Acting for foreign domiciled defendants to Commercial Court claims in the sum of US$1.85 billion brought by companies within a Brazilian mining and metals business.
  • Acting for foreign incorporated entities in LCIA proceedings brought by a Middle Eastern company in a claim for in excess of US $75 million. The claim concerns allegations of fraud arising out of the operation of a tolling agreement in the metals and mining sector.
  • Acting for a well-known international businessman defending LCIA proceedings brought by a BVI company in a claim for approximately US$14 million, concerning a debt disputed on the grounds of fraudulent misrepresentation.
  • Successfully challenging the jurisdiction of the English court in relation to Commercial Court claims for in excess of US $100 million brought against foreign domiciled individuals by companies within a well-known international mining and metals business.
  • Acting for a Russian high net worth individual, in a dispute with a UK property developer, and a Bahamian investment fund.
  • Successfully representing an overseas high net worth individual and his UK domiciled co-defendant in their defence of substantial multimillion pound proceedings brought against them by a disgruntled investor concerning allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, dishonest assistance, conspiracy and breach of trust.

Banking & Financial Services Litigation

  • Acting for a group of high street names in relation to competition claims against MasterCard and Visa in relation to historic multi-lateral interchange fees imposed by the card companies.
  • Acting in conjunction with a leading group litigation management company in pursuing a substantial claim on behalf of investors in the LF Woodford Equity Income Fund following its suspension in June 2019 and subsequent announcement that the fund will be wound down. Looking in particular at claims that over 150,000 investors may have against Hargreaves Lansdown, which promoted the Woodford fund up until its suspension.
  • Acting for a proprietary trading firm based in Dubai in relation to claims that it conspired with the outgoing sellers of a multi-national brokerage to artificially inflate revenue so as to trigger a final earn-out payment in excess of US$40 million.
  • Successfully representing, at first instance and on appeal, a prominent Swiss based aircraft leasing company in relation to a multi-million dollar claim against a Bahraini bank.
  • Successfully acting for an independent equities and derivatives trader based in Dubai in his defence of US proceedings concerning allegations of insider trading relating to the purchase and sale of Fortress Investment Group LLC securities.
  • Acting for a Russian high net worth individual in a circa US $10 million claim against a leading financial services company concerning the alleged non-payment of introductory fees in respect of two bond issuance projects valued at approximately US $1 billion.

Property

  • Continuing to advise on the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, including the related urban regeneration scheme.
  • Acting for international hotel group Warwick Hotels & Resorts, on its acquisition of The Capital Group. The acquisition included two hotels in Knightsbridge, the Capital Hotel and the Levin Hotel.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern investment group on the purchase of a central London head office building for a consideration of in excess of 50m.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern investor on the purchase of two central London head office buildings each in excess of 50m.

Property: Leasehold Enfranchisement

  • Acting for the Freshwater Group of Companies, one of London’s prominent landlords in hundreds of enfranchisement cases per year.
  • Acting on behalf of Lexgorge in the Supreme Court appeal on a landmark case on the definition of ‘a house’.
  • Advising on behalf of US private equity group Westbrook Partners in the largest enfranchisement claim to date.
  • Successfully acting for Daejan Estates when a lessee’s surveyor failed to produce expert evidence for a tribunal hearing, a topical case because practitioners in enfranchisement have been waiting for decisions on Rule 13 (costs) since the rules were introduced in 2013.
  • Acting for the intermediate landlord in Harley Street (holding a lease that exists between a freehold owner and tenant). The matter concerned a point of law on whether an intermediate landlord can be bound by the decisions of the freehold owner as to the amount to be paid to the intermediate landlord on the grant of a new lease.
  • Successfully acting for Whitehall Court on a claim for a new lease. The dispute, as determined in the Court of Appeal was regarding a complicated overage provision within the headlease.

Property Litigation

  • Representing a leading property company in opposing renewal of commercial leases on grounds of redevelopment and obtaining possession of an iconic Soho nightclub.
  • Successfully advising a US Fortune 500 company in relation to a terminal dilapidations claim and threatened claim by the landlord to re-enter the premises to carry out repair works.
  • Advising a listed HR company in connection with its rent review under a lease with a rent of in excess of £500,000.
  • Successfully representing a landlord in forfeiture of a commercial head lease of a mixed-use property and defeated an application for relief from forfeiture brought by a residential sub-lessee resulting in a significant windfall to the landlord.
  • Representing a large group of residential lessees of a central London development comprising over 450 flats in complex applications to the Property Chamber.
  • Advising on one of the UK’s largest Right To Manage claims.

Restructure and Insolvency

  • Acting for the BVI-incorporated holding company of a well-known retailer and its beneficial owners in relation to the winding down of the company’s operations in the UK.
  • Advising a high street retailer in relation to claims by the administrators of former suppliers arising from licence agreements for the use of a well-known designer brand on its products.
  • Advising the joint administrators of various companies in a prominent healthcare group as litigation counsel in relation to the strategic corporate restructuring of the group following its acquisition as a distressed business.
  • Advising a pan-European investment group as litigation counsel in relation to various planned strategic acquisitions, associated corporate restructurings and claims and associated insolvency matters arising as a result.
  • Advising a private equity owned medical services company in respect of its claim concerning a mortgaged bank account over which the bank claimed a right of set off.
  • Acting for three private owner-operated companies in claims valued in the region of £18 million against a leading bank, valuation firm and former administrators relating to the forced sale of three profitable care homes in the context of the collapse of the Southern Cross Group in 2011.