Fladgate LLP has, once again, been highly rated by the recently published Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2010, with a number of the firm’s partners ranked as leading individuals.
Banking Litigation – Recommended
Commentary: The team’s highlight work includes advising on the repossession of a number of aircraft for Hitachi Capital, and representing a group of Austrian investors in a USD25 million bonds dispute. Sources say: “We go back for the quality service, reasonable fees and strength across the board”. Paul Howcroft leads the banking litigation team.
Capital Markets: AIM – Recommended
Commentary: Fladgate is increasingly regarded as a draw for AIM flotations and related transactions. The team worked with Bluewater Bio International on the raising of £2 million through a placing of ordinary shares. Anthony Vaughan leads the way for the group and is a corporate and capital markets lawyer with a wealth of experience to offer his domestic and international clients.
Leading individuals: Anthony Vaughan
Construction: Purchaser-led – Recommended
Commentary: Clients appreciate the personalised service that this smaller firm is able to provide. It handles the full range of contentious and development-related matters for developers, funders, contractors and consultants. It recently advised a subsidiary of Zog Brownfield Ventures on its acquisition of a site through which rail lines pass. Gillian Birkby leads the firm’s construction group, and offers particular expertise in health and safety issues. Alan Erwin is an experienced construction and engineering practitioner with a focus on infrastructure and process plants as well as leisure developments, retail parks, hotels, office blocks and social housing.
Corporate/M&A Mid Market – Recommended
Commentary: Fladgate has beefed up its corporate arm, broadening the firm’s offering. It enjoys strong links to the real estate sector, which has proven a fruitful area for corporate transactions. Lower mid-market deals comprise the group’s bread and butter, such as its work on the MBO from administration of 18 Folio hotels by new company Mulbourn. The lawyers also represented long-standing client Random House on the merger of Random House South Africa and Struik Publishers. Sources say: “The team has a general ethos of helpfulness and focuses on turning work around quickly”.
Employment: Mainly Respondent – Recommended
Commentary: Nicholas Tsatsas joined Fladgate LLP in 2008, having previously led the employment group at Michael Simkins LLP. His broad experience includes advising board-level respondent and claimant clients.
Leading individuals: Nicholas Tsatsas
Information Technology – Recommended
Commentary: At Fladgate LLP, Anthony Lee recently advised Cambridge Assessment on a major outsourcing agreement with Océ Business Services, a provider of print technology and production.
Leading individuals: Anthony Lee
Investment Funds: Real Estate – Recommended
Commentary: Continuing to develop its international profile, this team has an especially strong reputation in the structuring of real estate funds in offshore jurisdictions. Recent work includes advising Tritax Management LLP as manager and sponsor of two offshore property investment funds on the implementation of a tax-efficient structure. The practice of ten fee earners has also been involved in restructuring investor cash calls and active within the distressed real estate market. Philip Turner has extensive market knowledge drawn from frequently advising his domestic and offshore clientele on real estate funds and commercial property investment. Group chair Ella Leonard has a significant range of overseas clients and is praised for her “proactive and logical problem-solving skills”.
Planning – Recommended
Commentary: Clients of Fladgate LLP’s Mark Harnett appreciate his unflappable and confident manner in contentious cases, stating: “If there is a case to be argued, Mark will pursue it with diligence and grace; he really stands up for his clients”.
Leading individuals: Mark Harnett
Private Client – Recommended
Commentary: David Way of Fladgate LLP previously worked for a US multinational firm, and handles cross-border successions, trusts and estates.
Leading individuals: David Way
Real Estate Litigation – Recommended
Commentary: This strong team’s client list includes merchant banks and house builders. Sources say: “They always take the commercial consequences into consideration when dealing with contentious points”. Team leader Alison Mould is praised as “a commonsensical professional who is happy to guide clients by the hand where necessary”. Janet Keeley is “very reasonable and proficient”, and known for her client care skills.
Real Estate: Mid-Market – Recommended
Real Estate: Hotels & leisure – Recommended
Commentary: This superb team takes great care with every case it takes on. Over the past year, it has been most active in development work, advising a subsidiary of UK-based property development firm Zog on its purchase of a three-acre site in London E1. Sources say: “The lawyers are precise, responsive and accommodating”. Anthony Vaughan has particular expertise in the hotel and leisure industry, and is highly commended for his work in this field.
Leading individuals: Anthony Vaughan (hotels and leisure)
Sport – Recommended
Commentary: This sports group has developed a solid niche in motor sports and advises Force India Formula 1 Team, A1 Team Malaysia and Team Modena, among other racing teams and drivers.
Leading individuals: Mark Buckley