Fladgate achieves success with across the board Legal 500 directory rankings


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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2011 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm was ranked in 21 practice areas with 20 partners recommended in the editorial.

Commercial contracts – Recommended
Fladgate LLP advises on a broad spread of commercial matters, from public procurement and competition issues for the likes of ALControl to cross-border aviation contracts for Ruag Schweiz; its multi-jurisdictional capability has been in particular demand, with Andrew Kaufman recently advising a German bank on its review of customer conditions relating to an electronic banking system, including cross-border considerations. The practice is noted for ‘the way in which a single partner is careful to take care of the quality of the work and ensures that the relative specialists perform their work to a consistently high standard’. Eddie Powell heads the practice, and is ‘a very good client management partner’.

Flotations: small and mid-cap – Recommended
Fladgate LLP provides ‘fully considered solutions’, and recently advised PeerTV on its IPO and admission to AIM. David Robinson is ‘highly knowledgeable and proactive’, and Avram Kelman is a ‘superior lawyer’.

M&A: smaller deals – Recommended
With a wide range of entrepreneurial clients, Fladgate LLP’s ‘faultless’ team recently acted for Gü on the multimillion-pound sale of Noble Foods, and Fourth Hospitality on its acquisition of Star Logic. Charles Wander heads the practice; David Robinson ‘gets things instantly, and gives no-nonsense advice’; and Jeremy Whiteson ‘does everything with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of efficiency’.

Gaming and betting – Recommended
Fladgate LLP provides M&A advice to large bingo operators and entrepreneurs.

Banking litigation – Recommended
Fladgate LLP has a growing reputation, and has been particularly busy acting against Swiss banks. Head of the team Paul Howcroft is experienced in international matters, including conflicts of law and jurisdiction.

Commercial litigation – Recommended

Corporate restructuring and insolvency Recommended

Employment – Recommended
A highlight for Fladgate LLP was advising German manufacturer Palm Paper on its acquisition of Cheshire Recycling Limited from administrators.

Professional negligence – Recommended

Personal tax, trusts and probate – Recommended
Fladgate LLP’s David Way and Antonia Brandes are highly rated for their ‘fast responses, availability and accuracy of advice’. The team advises on the full range of private client matters, with Brandes offering particular expertise in the tax-efficient structuring of property transactions.

Commercial property – Recommended
Fladgate LLP’s ‘excellent’ team advised longstanding client Tritax on various transactions, including forming a new property fund. On the development side, clients include Bondcare Group (one of the UK’s largest nursing home operators), Cathedral Group and Ipro. The hotels team acts for Henzada BV. Allen Cohen, Philip Turner and Anthony Vaughan are recommended, as is Richard Kaufman, whose ‘expertise is tremendous, with above-average know-how and contacts’.

Development – Recommended

Investment Recommended

Hotels & Leisure Recommended

Construction – Recommended
Fladgate LLP has been advising on several mature PFI projects in the healthcare and education sectors. Recent highlights include advising a US medical equipment company on a PPP-type project to upgrade and run oncology facilities at a central London hospital. Gillian Birkby is the main contact.

Planning – Recommended
Fladgate LLP primarily acts for private developers and investors on contentious and non-contentious matters. Recent instructions include advising the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea on planning applications for the Commonwealth Institute, and acting in connection with compensation claims arising from a major development. New clients include Hale Harbour Authority and ING Real Estate. Mark Harnett provides ‘astute, personable and commercial’ service.

Property finance – Recommended
Fladgate LLP’s ‘very commercial’ team was boosted by the arrival of Kim McMurray (‘excellent in all respects’), formerly head of real estate finance at Halliwells. The firm advised Akkeron Hotels Group on a new £32m credit facility provided by Lloyds Banking Group to acquire 18 Forestdale hotels.

Property litigation – Recommended
Fladgate LLP’s ‘pragmatic’ team acted for a tenant restaurateur against its freeholder regarding major damage caused by redevelopment. Alison Mould and Janet Keeley are recommended.

IT & Telecoms – Recommended
At Fladgate LLP, IT specialist Anthony Lee is recommended for data protection, e-commerce and corporate work.

Media and entertainment – Recommended
In 2010, Fladgate LLP recruited litigator Lawrence Abramson, a former managing partner at Harbottle & Lewis LLP. He now leads the team, which advises clients such as Boosey & Hawkes, G2 Media and Revolver Films. The group recently advised Affinity Media UK, the online games and entertainment company, in a dispute with another online games website. Random House is a longstanding client of David Robinson. Eddie Powell advises on e-publishing matters.

Sport – Recommended
Fladgate LLP has a significant practice in motor racing; Force India and Eddie Jordan are key clients.

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