Fladgate continues to be highly rated by Chambers UK 2018


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Fladgate LLP has continued to be highly rated by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2018, with a number of the firm’s partners ranked as leading individuals.

Construction: Purchaser

Lawyers ranked

Gillian BirkbyAlan ErwinAlan Woolston

What the team is known for

Well-regarded practice with a purchaser-side focus. Advises on high-value transactional and contentious matters and often deals with leisure, infrastructure, energy and property development matters. Also has experience of disputes arising from PFI and PPP projects, particularly in the health, education and defence sectors. “The whole team is a well-oiled machine, slick and efficient. I know I can call any of the team and all of them will be excellent,” a commentator enthuses. Another source notes that “their client service is good and they seek to go the extra mile to assist with getting the right results.”

Work highlights

Represented Forest Whitmore (Haringey) in a termination of contract dispute with One Housing Group relating to the construction of a £10 million mixed-use development in East London. Provided support to Equitix on the construction elements of its portfolio of over 90 PFI or PPP-procured infrastructure projects. The team’s work included due diligence and drafting bespoke contract arrangements.

Notable practitioners

Gillian Birkby regularly advises purchaser clients on a broad range of transactional issues. She is particularly well versed in contractual matters. She is highlighted by one source for being “really sensible and practical”.

Alan Erwin is experienced in a variety of non-contentious construction issues, including the drafting and negotiation of construction and engineering contracts. He is regularly retained to advise on commercial developments, regeneration projects and renewable energy schemes.

Alan Woolston is “incredibly sharp and detail-oriented,” according to one source. His broad contentious and non-contentious practice includes advising on NEC3 and other contracts. One client enthuses: “Alan is technically excellent and has the innate ability to see the whole picture without losing sight of the detail.”

Significant clients

Science Museum Group, Castle Lane Properties, Go-Ahead Group, John Laing Investments, HZI.

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Corporate/M&A: Lower Mid-Market

What the team is known for

Well positioned to advise on lower mid-market deals on behalf of corporates, investors and entrepreneurs. Adept at handling both domestic and international deals and calls upon strong additional resources in tax, employment and finance practices to service complex transactions. “They have a very balanced, commercial point of view and are practical in trying to get the deal done.”

Work highlights

Acted for the owner of Aldgate Tower Investments on the £346 million sale of the entire share capital in the company to a joint venture comprising Brookfield Property Partners and China Life.

Served as lead advisers to shareholders in the holding company of Swansea City FC, following the sale of a majority stake in the club to US investors.

Notable practitioners

Department head Grant Gordon is a key contact.

Significant clients

Sun Capital Assets, Newson Gate, Equitix, Lombard Street, Privet Capital.

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Employment

Lawyer ranked

Nick Tsatsas

Commentary
Nicholas Tsatsas of Fladgate LLP is known for working with clients in the retail, transport and financial sectors. An impressed client appreciates that he is “commercially oriented and understands our business.”

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Family/Matrimonial

Lawyer ranked

Teresa Cullen

Commentary

Teresa Cullen is an established family practitioner at Fladgate LLP whose expertise covers both money and private children work. She offers particular experience in divorces involving a cross-border element.

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Fraud

Lawyer ranked

Sophia Purkis

Commentary

Sophia Purkis of Fladgate LLP handles civil fraud work, with considerable experience in complex cross-border work. Market sources say: “She is extremely experienced, very easy-going, really into the detail and a very strategic thinker.”

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Hotels and Leisure

What the team is known for

Regularly retained by owners, operators, investment vehicles and developers to act on complex projects throughout the UK. Areas of expertise include funding, real estate, developments and transactional work. Serves clients across the full gamut of the market, including those with gaming, cinema, hotel and restaurant assets. 

Work highlights

Acted for 4C Hotels on negotiating a franchise agreement with Hilton for new boutique hotel brand Canopy.

Notable practitioners

Julian Lewis is a key contact.

Significant clients

Otium Real Estate, Yo Sushi, Highgate Hotels, EasyGym, Starboard Hotels.

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Litigation

Fladgate is a recommended firm.

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Real Estate Finance

Lawyer ranked

Kim McMurray

What the team is known for

Often sought to advise on finance transactions in the hotels, charities, healthcare and student accommodation sectors. Provides a full service, acting on everything from offshore structures to development finance. Acting on an increasing number of deals for Asian banks.

Work highlights

Advised Halamar on the refinancing of a property development in Golden Square, Soho.

Acted for a borrower group of companies, advised by Ziser Group, on a £45 million loan secured against four different properties in London.

Notable practitioners

Kim McMurray acts for banks, funds and borrowers on a range of property finance transactions, including structured loans and securities. Sources say she is “very good at the banking side.”

Significant clients
Alpha Real Capital, Santander, Europe Arab Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Development Bank of Singapore.

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Real Estate Litigation

Lawyers ranked

Thekla Fellas, Alison Mould

What the team is known for
Advises clients on a range of complex disputes. Offers notable expertise in the hotel and leisure, telecoms and high-value residential property sectors. Enjoys a fine reputation for its work advising clients on contentious leasehold enfranchisement matters. One impressed interviewee praises the firm for its “superb availability and responsiveness and total dedication to the case above and beyond the call of duty.” Another source notes: “They think beyond the immediate issues and care about the impact of litigation for the client.”

Work highlights
Acted on behalf of the owners of staircased shared ownership flats in a case concerning the validity of the staircasing of the leases and whether this constitutes a breach of the Section 106 agreement.

Acted for Point West GR on a complex, high-value service charge dispute relating to a residential building in Kensington.

Notable practitioners

Alison Mould is a highly experienced property litigator, with an emphasis on the retail and leisure sectors. She is also known for her work relating to listed and historically significant buildings.

Thekla Fellas is a “pragmatic, commercially minded and technically competent” lawyer with a strong practice in telecommunications-related property disputes.

Significant clients

Berkeley Homes Group, Crest Nicholson, Odeon Cinemas, Go-Ahead, London Diocesan Fund.

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Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market

Lawyer ranked

Daniel Polden

What the team is known for

Well-reputed specialists in representing mid-size businesses and property developers and investors. Effective in transactions, including those complicated by tax or offshore concerns, and experts in the hotels and leisure sector. Also advises on residential development projects. “They’re absolutely brilliant! They’re informative – they break things down and translate them into layman’s terms so we can understand what the impact of our decisions will be,” one client comments.

Work highlights

Advised on CNM Estates’ purchase of Tolworth Tower and on its proposed redevelopment.

Advised Migdal Insurance on the £40 million acquisition of two unit trusts which own an Edinburgh office building. Also advised on a £35 million share purchase transaction in a company which owns three shopping centres.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Polden handles property and real estate finance transactions on behalf of both international and UK-based clients. He is active in commercial real estate development, as well as advising investment transactions.

Significant clients

Highgate Hotels, Soho Estates, Odeon, Madison International Realty, Aldgate Tower Investments.

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Sport

Lawyer ranked

Alex Haffner

Commentary

Alex Haffner of Fladgate LLP has recognised experience in media rights and broadcasting for governing bodies. He also advises on broader commercial and regulatory matters regarding international sporting events and sponsorship negotiations.

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Tax

Lawyer ranked

Neal Todd

Commentary

Neal Todd of Fladgate LLP advises on corporate tax matters and is particularly adept at handling structured and asset finance matters as well as M&A.

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