Ronald Fletcher Baker has again been listed in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500, being recognised in six practice areas and 17 recommended lawyers being singled out for recognition.
Special congratulations go to Partner Rudi Ramdarshan for being singled out for recognition as a Leading Individual in the Property Litigation category.
We are also particularly pleased to be listed in the new category of Corporate Occupiers, and our ranking in this category reflects our substantial property and asset manager client base.
The departments recognised by the Legal 500 are as follows:
- Property Litigation
- Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure
- Commercial Property: Corporate occupiers
- Fraud: White-Collar Crime
- Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation
The following outstanding lawyers were also singled out for recognition in this years rankings:
- Jonathan Roberts
- Rakeebah Rahim
- Deniz Oguzkanli
- Sarah Hung
- John O’Callaghan
- Rudi Ramdarshan
- David Burns
- Paul Cain
- Rebecca Roberts
- Piers Desser
- Afsheen Nasr
- Simon Lawrence
- Laura Gomme
- Irina Apekisheva
- Benjamin Frost
- Jonathan Chan
- Abbas Nawrozzadeh
The Legal 500 comments as follows:
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is ‘singled out by its attention to detail and well deserved reputation for tenaciousness’. The firm advises on a broad range of serious crime matters. Managing partner Rakeebah Rahim has ‘a great track record and is amazingly organised’, she is supported by the ‘personable and reassuring’ Deniz Oguzkanli and Piers Desser who is ‘a very astute and considered lawyer’. Davinder Virdi joined as associate and Abbas Nawrozzadeh joined as senior associate.
Fraud: White Collar Crime
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has experience in handling embezzlement, asset confiscation proceedings and banking fraud. The firm recently acted for a director of Ideals Commercials (UK) in a fraud case involving counterfeit goods worth £4m. Key practitioners Rakeebah Rahim, Deniz Oguzkanli and Piers Desser are recommended. Abbas Nawrozzadeh joined the firm as senior associate from Neumans Solicitors.
Characterised by its ‘responsive, practical and unpretentious’ service, Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is well-known in the hospitality and leisure sectors and has an active development practice, where it acts for development vehicles and landowners. Indeed, John O’Callaghan (‘a real expert in his field’) is advising a property developer on the conversion of a West End office building into a hotel. Sarah Hung, who provides ‘excellent one-to-one service’, acted for an East Asian family office in relation to the grant of a new lease for a private members club in a prestigious London location. Also in the hospitality sector, Simon Lawrence assisted a property company with the purchase of a luxury hotel in a prime Central London location. Additional leisure and hospitality sector clients include Comptoir Libanais, Dodds Gin Distillery and Allegro Health and Fitness (F45 Franchise). Also recommended is Rudi Ramdarshan, who has experience in residential development and mixed-use redevelopment projects. Afsheen Nasr and Paul Cain were promoted to equity partners in 2017.
The team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is set apart by its 'responsive service' and 'great strength in depth'. It handles development finance, Islamic finance and portfolio refinancings in particular, and acts for borrower and lender clients, including Al Sraiya Group, Dominvs Property Developments and Habib Bank Zurich. John O’Callaghan 'is a real expert in his field and knows his game'; Sarah Hung and Paul Cain are praised by clients for their 'great technical knowledge and strategic ability'; senior associate Simon Lawrence 'always provides exceptional service'; and Afsheen Nasr is also noted. Tamara Manojlovic moved to Rollingsons in November 2017.
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's team is ‘tenacious and determined in achieving the best possible outcome for clients’. The group has a ‘loyal group of major landlord clients’ and has ‘a particularly strong grip on commercial land and tenant related issues’. Partners Rudi Ramdarshan, David Burns and Jonathan Roberts jointly lead the practice which has core strengths in dilapidations, tenancy renewals, construction disputes, rights to light and enfranchisement. The ‘tactically very astute’ Ramdarshan and Burns ‘work around the clock to maintain an ever-increasing practice’. Associate solicitor Laura Gomme is ‘client focused, pragmatic and one to watch for the future’. The team has been bolstered by the arrivals of Irina Apekisheva from Howard Kennedy LLP, Benjamin Frost from Gordon Dadds LLP and Jonathan Chan from Maxwell Alves. In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented EHDI International in a complex commercial forfeiture case.
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is recommended for 'its ability to handle complex litigation and for being effective'. The practice acts in a large number of high -level international contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. Jonathan Roberts 'gives sensible, pragmatic advice'; and Rudi Ramdarshan 'brings extraordinary judgment to complex commercial issues'. Rebecca Roberts and David Burns were made equity partners.