Fladgate is an international law firm, advising UK-based and international businesses and private clients on a diverse range of commercial and legal issues.
Nearly 40% of our business comes through non-UK clients, and many of our domestic clients require international support with issues such as arbitrations and overseas listings.
We deliver practical solutions to the challenges our clients face through teams of multilingual, multi-qualified lawyers who combine transactional and technical expertise with a cultural and commercial appreciation of the individual countries involved. Our teams focus primarily, but not exclusively, on:
Our international capabilities are further strengthened by access to an extensive network of overseas lawyers, accountants, bankers and other advisers, and by our membership of the International Lawyers Network, a worldwide non-exclusive association of high-quality full-service law firms spanning more than 60 countries.
A growing proportion of our work has an international dimension and our strategy is based on our resolute independence. Rather than operating a number of overseas offices, we aim to combine our lawyers’ experience with that of the most appropriate local law firm. This enables us to provide our clients with advice from specialists with the most relevant experience in each jurisdiction, delivered in a collaborative way. We are experienced in coordinating multi-jurisdictional teams to manage our clients’ needs around the globe.
This firm has a strong cross-border practice; it runs several international desks out of its London office, each manned by a lawyer experienced in the target region. In terms of commercial awareness, clients comment “They understood the market well and commercial issues were clearly addressed”.
This London-based firm is active on a range of domestic and international matters. The group offers “a high-quality and well-rounded service, complete with extensive direct contact with partners”, and clients applaud the lawyers’ dedication to understanding and fulfilling their specific needs.
The sizeable team at Fladgate LLP serves a broad client base, with recent deals spanning the hotels and leisure, financial services and healthcare sectors. International work features heavily, where the group’s dual-qualified lawyers such as Alex Kaufmann are well placed to advise. Practice head Grant Gordon recently advised US-based Flagship Foods on its first European acquisition.
Fladgate has core strength in property (development, investment and funding) and is also notable as a leading choice for lower-value M&A, acting for clients such as Random House and Deutsche Bank’s RREEF real estate business. It has a growing international client base, with nearly a third of its income deriving from non-UK clients investing in the UK.
Fladgate LLP’s practice handles a range of cross-border work; consultant Neil Vickers acts for clients such as KazakhGold, Sinochem and Aurora Russia. In addition, Avram Kelman specialises in Anglo-Israeli capital markets transactions, while Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon are particularly experienced in Anglo-Canadian matters. David Robinson has been instrumental in increasing the firm’s links with Asia-based clients. On the domestic front, in 2016, Airley was the lead adviser to Angus Energy on its AIM admission and £3.5m placing. In a separate matter, Vickers acted for Shore Capital (as NOMAD and broker) on the AIM admission and placing of Yü Group. Grant Gordon leads the team.
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.