Fladgate LLP is delighted that its dispute resolution team has been ranked in the recently launched 2017 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession.
“Fladgate LLP’s ‘excellent partner-led litigation team’ wins plaudits for its ‘great commercial approach and solid judgement’, and is ‘a strong contender in the civil fraud market’. The firm is noted for its strong international focus with multiple foreign desks; examples include acting for a Swiss claimant in a matter regarding unpaid returns by a bank and alleged conspiracy to defraud, and advising PCP Capital Partners in alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made by Barclays, into which the client had invested £3bn in Middle Eastern money. Simon Ekins heads the practice, and Sophia Purkis ‘fights tenaciously for her clients’ and has a long track record of successes.”
“Fladgate LLP’s ‘level of service is exemplary’. The practice advises both banks and banking clients, and is frequently instructed on international banking disputes. It also acts for HNW individuals and businesses against banks for mis-selling; and assists with property industry-related banking disputes. The team represented the issuer of $200m foreign currency convertible bonds in three separate Commercial Court actions, which were brought by bondholders; these matters involved issues such as declaratory relief and share price manipulation. Steven Mash is ‘highly charming and one of the industry leaders in terms of dynamic fee arrangements’; and Bree Taylor is ‘insightful, cost-efficient and great at counselling on cases’ risks and rewards’. Simon Ekins, Simon Brew and Alexander Wildschütz are also highly regarded.”
“Fladgate LLP has ‘good-quality litigators for all commercial areas’. The practice is largely conflict free and able to act against most banks in financial services-related litigation. It is also well known for its significant HNW private client base. The team acted for London private equity firm PCP Capital Partners in a claim against Barclays Bank for fraudulent misrepresentation that related to a £7bn capital raising. Simon Ekins is department head; Bree Taylor is ‘recommended without reservation’; Steven Mash ‘comes up with strategies that lead to excellent court outcomes’; and Mark Buckley is ‘the standout litigator in London’s contentious bond market’. Other key advisers include Simon Brew, Alexander Wildschütz, construction law expert David Weare, and Digby Hebbard, who pursues claims against construction project professionals. Russia specialist and dispute resolution partner Eugene Matveichuk joined from Osborne Clarke LLP.”
“The ‘professional’ team at Fladgate LLP has ‘good commercial awareness’. The group acts for high-net-worth individuals and companies in claims against solicitors, accountants and construction professionals, and handles defence work for clients including Deloitte and the Medical Defence Union. It is representing a family trust in a claim against a firm of solicitors pertaining to the loss of opportunity to invest in property. Professional negligence head Simon Brew is ‘very knowledgeable’ and dispute resolution head Simon Ekins is ‘excellent’. Janet Keeley, Sophia Purkis, Jonathan Hibberts and Digby Hebbard are also noted.”
Overall, Fladgate LLP achieved 26 rankings, with 59 lawyers attaining 91 individual recommendations.