Fladgate continues with strong showing in Chambers UK 2019


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Fladgate LLP has continued to be highly rated by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019, with a number of the firm’s partners ranked as leading individuals.

Ranked Departments

Commercial and Corporate Litigation

Fladgate is a recommended firm.

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Construction: Purchaser

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. Demonstrates experience of disputes arising from PFI and PPP projects, particularly in the health, education and defence sectors. Also handles work pertaining to exhibitions and building contracts on behalf of major museums.

Strengths

Clients describe this as a “very professional, capable and respected law firm.”

Work highlight

Instructed by the Science Museum Group to draft and negotiate building contacts and other documentation for several refurbishment projects at the Science Museum in South Kensington.

Notable practitioners

Gillian Birkby enjoys a healthy reputation in the market for her advice to purchaser-side clients. Her non-contentious expertise includes advising on standard and bespoke construction contracts.

Alan Erwin is a lawyer with a “well-deserved reputation for fighting his client’s corner,” say interviewees. He is a non-contentious construction practitioner with extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of construction and engineering contracts. He is often sought out by clients involved in commercial developments, regeneration schemes and renewable energy projects.

Alan Woolston advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including advice on NEC3 and other contracts. Sources say that he is a “very capable” practitioner.

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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. Diverse industry experience spans real estate, technology and energy.

Strengths

An interviewee attests: “It is a top team. I feel in safe hands and that I can rely 100% on the team’s expertise and experience.”

One source reports: “The Fladgate corporate team is superb. Everybody I have come across is very professional, dedicated and fiercely loyal.”

Work highlight

Acted for the management team of JacTravel on its acquisition by Webjet for an enterprise value of £200 million.

Notable practitioners

Grant Gordon is a key contact.

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Employment: Employer

Fladgate is a recommended firm.

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Family/Matrimonial

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe Teresa Cullen of Fladgate LLP as “very knowledgeable and open-minded,” noting that she “handles matters with extreme wisdom.” She is particularly acclaimed for her knowledge of international divorce cases, including those involving assets across jurisdictions.

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Fraud (Civil)

Notable practitioners

“Outstanding fraud lawyer” Sophia Purkis of Fladgate LLP acts for both claimants and defendants in challenging fraud cases, particularly those that involve cross-border asset tracing. A source notes: “Sophia is a superb tactician and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of documents, she absolutely owns the case from start to finish.”

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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. Recent experience includes handling transactions with cross-border elements.

Work highlight

Advised cinema chain Odeon on all the real estate and construction aspects of its latest cinema in the new BH2 leisure complex in Bournemouth.

Notable practitioners

Julian Lewis and Stephen Lewis are key contacts.

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Insurance: Contentious Claims

Notable practitioners

David Breslin of Fladgate LLP is a highly regarded insurance practitioner known for his work handling complex disputes for insurers. He brings notable experience acting on claims relating to energy matters, property damage and D&O claims.

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Real Estate Finance

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. Client base encompasses borrower and lender-side clients, including residential developers, investors and banks.

Strengths

One interviewee states: “The team is extremely competent, always available and has a practical approach. They make you feel very important and engage regularly with feedback.”

“It is a great all-round team,” according to one client, while another reports: “The team is responsive and provides quality advice.”

Work highlight

Served as borrower’s counsel on the £17.5 million refinancing of Blakes London, a boutique hotel in London. The financing was provided by HSBC and replaced existing facilities provided by Santander.

Notable practitioners

Kim McMurray advises a broad client base, which includes property developers as well as lenders, in real estate financings. A client comments: “Kim is hugely experienced, very responsive and always available. She is extremely commercial and provides invaluable support and advice.”

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Real Estate Litigation

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.

Strengths

Fladgate is always commendably sensible and pragmatic while still fighting their client’s corner hard,” comments an observer.

Sources say that the property litigation group offers “superb client service with excellent commercial knowledge and approach to matters. They are an altogether wonderful team.”

Work highlights

Acted for the Trustees of the Estate of the first Lord Brocket, the freeholders of Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, in connection with a dispute concerning serious issues of disrepair and other breaches of tenant covenant on the site. Among other matters, the team dealt with enforcement of the repair covenant.

Notable practitioners

Alison Mould is “aware of the risks but has a good commercial brain. She protects her clients while being alive to wider issues,” notes one source. She offers a wide-ranging property litigation practice with particular strength in landlord and tenant matters.

Thekla Fellas is well regarded for her expertise in handling real estate disputes related to the telecommunications sector. “She is very knowledgeable, commercial and balanced. She is also highly experienced and adept at risk assessment,” states an interviewee.

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Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market

What the team is known for

Well-reputed specialists in representing mid-size businesses, property developers and investors. Effective in transactions, including those complicated by tax or offshore concerns, and experts in the hotels and leisure sector. Advises on residential development projects and also handles significant lettings and pre-lets on behalf of corporate occupiers.

Strengths

Clients say: “They place us at the top of their priority list and deliver a very fast, effective service. We see them as a go-to service provider for real estate legal advice.”

Clients also note: “They deliver a highly professional, experienced, flexible and balanced legal service at all times.”

Work highlight

Advised Hodson Developments on the acquisition and financing of a substantial part of a community development site at Chilmington Green, Ashford. The scheme will provide 5,750 new homes as well as retail, community and recreational facilities.

Notable practitioners

The “very commercial” Daniel Polden “gives very good legal advice,” according to clients.He acts for domestic and international clients, including developers, investors and lenders, on matters concerning both commercial and residential real estate assets and developments.

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Retail

Fladgate is a recommended firm.

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Sport

Notable practitioners

Alex Haffner

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Tax

Notable practitioners

Neal Todd of Fladgate LLP advises on tax structuring, acquisitions and investment-related matters. Sources state that he is “an outstanding tax practitioner” and say that “his advice is always commercial and he is an expert in both the corporate and individual spheres.”

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