2015 Legal 500 continues to rank Fladgate across the board


Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 23 rankings with a further 48 individual partner recommendations.

Commercial contracts – Recommended

Fladgate LLP advises on a broad variety of contracts, such as the franchising of two Marco Pierre White restaurant chains on behalf of master franchisee New York Italian. A ‘high level of service and quality’ is provided by the eight-partner team, led by Eddie Powell.

Individually ranked: Eddie Powell

Flotations: small and mid-cap – Recommended

Fladgate LLP’s ‘approach is pragmatic and constructive’, with its ‘very knowledgeable lawyers providing excellent service’. ‘Safe pair of hands’ David Robinson acted on a number of TMT deals including, alongside associate Jamie Hamilton, Gfinity’s £3.5m placing. The ‘practical’ Paul Airley is another name to note.

Individually ranked: Paul Airley, David Robinson, Jamie Hamilton

M&A: smaller deals – Recommended

Fladgate LLP’s substantial practice was further developed by the additions of Neil Vickers from Dentons, and Graham Spitz from Locke Lord LLP. ‘Tough when needed, and knowing what issues to concede’, the team acted for Mentum on the £27m acquisition of the gold and copper exploration and development operations of Robust Resources. Grant Gordon heads the department, which includes recommended practitioners Paul Airley and David Robinson.

Individually ranked: Paul Airley, Grant Gordon, David Robinson, Graham Spitz, Neil Vickers

Fraud: civil – Recommended

Fladgate LLP’s ‘comprehensive’ team, led by Simon Ekins, sits in the firm’s wider dispute resolution department. The practice, which includes the ‘standout’ Sophia Purkis, was instructed by a former director of GMAC Commercial Finance on claims alleging fraudulent misrepresentation brought by the company.

Individually ranked: Simon Ekins, Sophia Purkis

Fraud:  white-collar crime – Recommended

The ‘excellent’ practice at Fladgate LLP, headed by Sophia Purkis, represents corporates and individuals in investigations and prosecutions. The ‘extremely experienced’ Anil Rajani, who joined from IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) in 2014, is highly recommended.

Individually ranked: Sophia Purkis, Anil Rajani

Gaming and betting – Recommended

In 2014, Grant Gordon’s team at Fladgate LLP advised Silverbond Enterprises on an agreement for lease and a casino licence application.

Individually ranked: Grant Gordon

Banking litigation – Recommended

Fladgate LLP advised Weststar Building in an interest rate hedging products mis-selling claim. Paul Howcroft, Simon Brew and Alexander Wildschütz are key contacts.

Individually ranked: Simon Brew, Paul Howcroft, Alexander Wildschütz

Commercial litigation – Recommended

Fladgate LLP recruited Memery Crystal LLP’s former dispute resolution head Bree Taylor, as well as Steven Mash, Digby Hebbard and Anil Rajani from Crowell & Moring, Trowers & Hamlins LLP and IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) respectively. The team advised on a rights issue claim. The key lawyers are Simon Ekins, Simon Brew, Mark Buckley and Paul Howcroft, as well as Alexander Wildschütz, David Weare and Sophia Purkis.

Individually ranked: Simon Brew, Mark Buckley, Simon Ekins, Digby Hebbard, Paul Howcroft, Steven Mash, Sophia Purkis, Anil Rajani, Bree Taylor, David Weare, Alexander Wildschütz

Corporate restructuring and insolvency – Recommended

Often working alongside complementary practice areas such as property, corporate and litigation, Fladgate LLP’s restructuring team provides an integrated service to clients including Begbies and Grant Thornton. Team head Jeremy Whiteson specialises in insolvencies for entrepreneurial businesses, and in the property field.

Individually ranked: Jeremy Whiteson

Professional negligence – Recommended

Family – Recommended

Fladgate LLP recently started a family law team, and has brought on board ‘respected family law practitioner’ Teresa Cullen, formerly of Ashfords LLP (incorporating Rochman Landau).

Individually ranked: Teresa Cullen

Personal tax, trusts and probate – Recommended

Fladgate LLP’s eight-partner tax and private capital team is headed by the ‘highly capable’ David Way, and was boosted by the addition of experienced practitioner Matthew Bennett from Wilsons in 2014. The firm provides a personal tax service, and complex international trust structuring, to its stable of international and domestic clients.

Individually ranked: Matthew Bennett, David Way

Commercial property – Recommended

Daniel Polden and the ‘articulate’, ‘prompt’ Nick Mumby were made up to partner at Fladgate LLP. Mumby assisted high-net-worth individuals with several portfolio transactions (with values of up to £130m). Richard Reuben leads the team.

Individually ranked: Nick Mumby, Daniel Polden, Richard Reuben

Development – Recommended

Investment – Recommended

Retail – Recommended

Hotels & Leisure – Recommended

Construction – Recommended

Gillian Birkby heads the fast-growing practice at Fladgate LLP, which was joined by Barry Hembling from Fenwick Elliott LLP in February 2015 and litigator Digby Hebbard from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in May 2015. Highlights for the team included advising Chorus Group on the £35m fit-out works for the Shangri-La Hotel in the Shard.

Individually ranked: Gillian Birkby, Digby Hebbard, Barry Hembling

Planning – Recommended

Highlights for Fladgate LLP included acting for Silus Investments in a judicial review application of the designation of land as a conservation area. Mark Harnett is recommended.

Individually ranked: Mark Harnett

Property finance – Recommended

Fladgate LLP, under the leadership of Kim McMurray, handled some sizeable refinancings of London properties, including the £200m refinancing of Aldgate Tower. It also advised a group of companies held by Camden Market Holding Corp on all aspects of a complex refinancing facility.

Individually ranked: Kim McMurray

Property litigation – Recommended

Thekla Fellas leads the ‘excellent’ team at Fladgate LLP, which has particular expertise in telecoms disputes acting against operators. Clients include Soho Estates and St James Group (Berkeley Homes). Janet Keeley, Alison Mould and Jonathan Hibberts are also recommended.

Individually ranked: Thekla Fellas, Jonathan Hibberts, Janet Keeley, Alison Mould

Media and Entertainment – Recommended

BSkyB, Odeon Cinemas and Cambridge University Press feature in Fladgate LLP’s client roster. In 2014, the team acted for One Delta on the £2.62m all-share acquisition of Audioboom. Grant Gordon, David Robinson and Eddie Powell are recommended.

Individually ranked: Grant Gordon, Eddie Powell, David Robinson

Sport – Recommended

Commercial litigator Mark Buckley leads the team at Fladgate LLP, which acted for Media and Sport Management on a range of commercial and contentious matters. The practice also has notable experience in F1 work for clients such as Sahara Force India F1 team, and Russian Time, the GP2 Motor Sports team, which is a new client.

Individually ranked: Mark Buckley



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