Fladgate LLP has, once again, been highly rated by the recently published Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2011, with a number of the firm’s partners ranked as leading individuals.
Commentary: Fladgate’s banking litigation team continues to receive mandates against banks, often for claims of mis-selling and negligence. It has recently acted for a care home group in its mis-selling claim against a clearing bank concerning £13 million of loans. Paul Howcroft heads the team.
Commentary: Clients appreciate the depth of knowledge on offer at this London-based firm. It is particularly well regarded for its work on PFI/PPP schemes. The team recently advised on the negotiation of contracts relating to the redevelopment of the former Clapham Leisure Centre. Gillian Birkby gains recognition for her work on health and safety regulations in the construction industry. Alan Erwin is recognised for his commitment and experience: “He is dedicated to what he does and his level of knowledge surpasses that of anyone else I’ve met”.
Leading individuals: Gillian Birkby, Alan Erwin
Corporate/M&A: Lower Mid-Market
Commentary: Clients praise this corporate department’s approach to a transaction: “The team does not delay everything by getting lost in legal principles and irrelevant detail – they stick to the deal”. The firm has strong international links with Germany and Israel. It recently advised Israel-based company Dmatek, a provider of people monitoring technologies, on its takeover by Francisco Partners. Anthony Vaughan excels in the hotels sector, and acted for Mulbourn on the MBO of 18 Folio Hotels. He is praised for his commerciality and ability to “drive a deal through and bring people together”. Jeremy Whiteson recently joined the firm from Forsters. He is described as “a seasoned campaigner and a keen listener”.
Leading individuals: Anthony Vaughan; Jeremy Whiteson
Employment: mainly respondent
Commentary: Nicholas Tsatsas of Fladgate LLP has a well-regarded, diverse employment practice. Clients describe him as sensible and pleasant to deal with.
Leading individuals: Nicholas Tsatsas
Commentary: The technology team at this West End firm “is always available and will always come back quickly with a response”. It is also praised for “really understanding the fundamentals of the IT industry”. “Cracking practitioner” Anthony Lee is “excellent at dealing with massive opponents in ‘David and Goliath’ situations”, sources say.
Leading individuals: Anthony Lee
Investment Funds: Real Estate
Commentary: This firm has a strong cross-border practice; it runs several international desks out of its London office, each manned by a lawyer experienced in the target region. It impresses in real estate funds, and recent work includes providing structuring advice on fund-raising to Bayit Residential Investments. In terms of commercial awareness, clients comment “They understood the market well and commercial issues were clearly addressed”. Ella Leonard heads the team and clients give her “two thumbs up for being solutions-driven and incredibly approachable”. She has worked on a number of offshore funds in the past year. Philip Turner works closely with Leonard. He specialises in real estate funds and commercial property investment.
Leading individuals: Ella Leonard; Philip Turner
Media & Entertainment: Music: Contentious
Commentary: Lawrence Abramson recently moved from Harbottle & Lewis to Fladgate LLP. He continues to be held in high esteem by clients and practitioners alike for his contentious music practice.
Leading individuals: Lawrence Abramson
Commentary: Sources describe Mark Harnett of Fladgate LLP as “a very good all-rounder with very good judgement”.
Leading individuals: Mark Harnett
Commentary: David Way of Fladgate LLP is well regarded by banks and trust companies for his handling of international tax and trust matters.
Leading individuals: David Way
Real estate litigation
Commentary: Benefiting from a rise in recession-related work, this “prompt, punctual and on-the-ball” team acts on administrations, tenants’ break notices and dilapidations. Recent work highlights include acting for the Levant Restaurant Group on a multimillion-pound dispute over developments proposed by its landlord next to one of its main restaurants. Nomura and Odeon Cinemas are also key clients. Alison Mould heads the team and is described as “a lawyer at the top of her game, with a great eye for detail”. Janet Keeley has been active this year, recently achieving success in a contested rent review and a dilapidations claim.
Leading individuals: Alison Mould; Janet Keeley
Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market
Commentary: This firm has strengthened its position in the last year, and has benefited from an increase in restructuring and refinancing work. It has made some significant client gains in the hotels sector, including the likes of the Abba Hotels Group and Splendid Hotel Group. The 18-partner real estate team is praised as “very detailed, very thorough and very well integrated with other teams within the firm”. In terms of client service, clients comment: “They’ve just been very efficient: they’ve been very thorough, they turn things around speedily, and we’ve no reason to look anywhere else”.
Real Estate: Hotels & Leisure
Commentary: Anthony Vaughan impresses in the leisure sector, and acts for a number of hotel owners and operators. He gains praise for his “conciliatory and pragmatic style, and strong legal brain – he runs rings around a lot of other lawyers”. Recent highlights include acting for Akkeron Hotels on the acquisition from Mulbourn of the Folio hotel business and eight hotel premises.
Leading individuals: Anthony Vaughan