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Janet Keeley

Janet Keeley


I am an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, helping clients resolve problems across a wide range of corporate, commercial and private matters, as disputes often do not fall neatly into any single category.


I have been with Fladgate for over 30 years, for about half of which my main specialism was real estate disputes. Work for a corporate client led me to diversify into broader civil and commercial disputes, though often (but by no means always) with real estate at their heart in one way or another. As my clients’ businesses grew so has the breadth and depth of my practice.

Over the years I have acted in a wide range of challenging disputes, and have extensive experience of the full range of processes, whether court claims, arbitration, expert determination, mediation and always negotiation whenever possible.

Different cases and clients require different approaches, but the common objective is to resolve the problem in the best way for the client. A win is terrific. Still as the song goes, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you find, you get what you need (with thanks to the Rolling Stones for that piece of wisdom).

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking and pretty much anything outdoors, visiting art galleries, museums and the theatre, watching the Arsenal (theatre of a different kind).


A large and dedicated real estate team providing a full service to clients operating in the sector. The expertise of our lawyers means we can handle all level of transactions from asset management through to the most complex matters while clients benefit from the efficiency a one-stop-shop can provide.


A real estate litigation team housing specialists with the knowledge and ability to advise on all areas of real estate disputes while striving to minimise business disruption and find the best possible outcomes for clients.


We have a track record for taking on complex, high value and cross-border disputes across a range of sectors. Our strong international focus is a key strength. Our team acts for corporates, high net worth individuals and other overseas lawyers. The practice is home to a several international desks including India and the Middle East.


A highly experienced private wealth disputes team providing a one stop shop to clients in the sector and able to advise on any issue which may arise. Advising clients across-the-board, the team can strive to minimise the risk of disputes while having the expertise and experience to litigate at the highest level.


We advise international companies both in the UK and abroad in relation to conducting arbitration proceedings and enforcing international arbitration awards. Our team is also experienced in dealing with investor-state arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including the Energy Charter Treaty.


Working closely with clients to anticipate and deal with their business risks and objectives, we utilise the skills of a team of lawyers who are experienced in all types of dispute resolution. Our multi-national, bi-lingual team enables us to service clients wherever they are in the world while achieving the best results for their business.


Trust disputes often present a very particular set of difficulties and legal issues, many of which derive from a trustee’s special responsibility as fiduciary. These may relate to how costs are dealt with, the protection of trustees from personal liability, breaches of trustees’ obligations and challenges over the administration of the trust.


Fladgate understands the changing nature and dynamics of the professional services sector, from structures such as LLPs or incorporations to mergers and joint ventures, enabling us to provide advice and insight that extends beyond the routine aspects of business.


We are an experienced team representing policyholders and their captives in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution with insurers. The group also advises on insurance programmes and renewals, on the drafting and interpretation of policies, including Warranty & Indemnity cover for M&A deals, and on properly notifying and presenting claims to insurers.



  • Proceedings for judicial review of important policy decisions by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Welsh Ministers.
  • Arbitration of a dispute concerning a substantial commercial agreement with insurers.
  • Complex restructuring of offshore trusts acting for one of the beneficiaries.
  • Resolving matters on break up between owners of long standing property investment / holding company – a business “divorce”.
  • Expert determination of issues arising from disputes between joint venture partners.


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