‘Rudi Ramdarshan is ‘a formidable litigator’ - The Legal 500 2016
Rudi Ramdarshan is a Partner of the firm specialising in commercial and property litigation from the firm’s West End office in Baker Street, London. He is also a CIArb Accredited mediator.
His client base includes high net worth individuals, charities and substantial corporate investors, including many based overseas, offshore, or inter alia the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Romania, Turkey and the Isle of Man. Rudi is also regularly instructed by a growing number of hoteliers and restaurateurs.
Rudi is described in the Legal 500 2014 as having ‘an instinctive feel for property law' and by the Legal 500 2016 as ‘a ‘formidable litigator’ with the department receiving praise for having ‘excellent teams’ that are ‘dynamic and result-driven’.
His practice includes 1954 Act highly contested lease renewal proceedings, forfeiture and applications for relief, commercial rent reviews and dilapidation disputes often against prime retail companies. Recent years have seen significant successes bringing to fruition substantial developments on behalf of freehold owners, through the use of strike out and summary judgment applications. He is regularly instructed in high value dilapidations disputes, right to light disputes, enfranchisement, real property, construction disputes as well as forfeiture and complex litigation arising out of defective leases.
Recent years have seen Rudi advising in international property litigation matters involving multiple contracts with cross border issues.
He has been involved in the leading authorities for issues concerning withdrawal of notice of discontinuance in the context of 1954 Act litigation as well as several successful strike out and summary judgment applications arising out of ground (f) of section 30 (1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
His experience in commercial litigation includes advising on cases, often with international and cross border issues, including intellectual property and trademark disputes, breaches of commercial contracts, commercial business and partnership disputes, injunctions, arbitration and construction disputes. Recent times have seen Rudi giving talks on the international scene in particular on the topic of Good Faith in English contract law.
He has been involved in significant partnership and company disputes, including high value company deadlock, breach of director’s duties, petitions for unfair prejudice and equitable winding up.
Privacy & Injunctions
Rudi has experience in conducting litigation against all major UK newspapers over publications made in print and online. In recent years he acted on behalf of a well-known public figure against the 4 principal UK media organisations in respect of their unauthorised use of material in online media. High Court injunctive proceedings were issued. Despite an attempted use of an Article 10 public interest defence, the firm was able to obtain a substantial confidential settlement and removal of all online infringing material.
He also has experience of privacy, and injunctions arising out of breach of confidence and defamation. Recent years have seen Rudi and his team successfully defend a number of defamation claims including a claim brought for an injunction arising out of an online publication in 2016.
Rudi’s grounding in public litigation has meant that he is able to identify key legal issues at an early stage and challenge rulings and decisions where necessary. This is evidenced by his involvement in the High Court case of MH&Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Rev 1)  EWHC 2525 (Admin) and the Court of Appeal case of Secretary of State for the Home Department v AHK &Ors  EWCA Civ 287, which clarified the use of Special Advocates where disclosure is withheld on public interest grounds.
In his spare time Rudi maintains a keen interest in human rights and in particular the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, having previously been involved in the administrative court case of Queen on the Application of Lutete and Others  EWHC 2331. Rudi continues to advise several charities on a pro bono basis.
Rudi Ramdarshan's Recommendations
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has ‘excellent teams’ that are ‘dynamic and result-driven’. Rudi Ramdarshan is ‘a formidable litigator’ - The Legal 500 2016
'Rudi and his assistants have responded extremely efficiently to all my calls and requests. The response time is very impressive.'
'Rudi’s business acumen is very high – offering commercially pragmatic and tough advice, which is what you need as a business owner.'
'Rudi is a first rate commercial litigator. His practical and careful advice has saved our company a lot of time and money.'
'The team at Ronald Fletcher Baker is strong in industry knowledge.'
'Rudi Ramdarshan combines a very strong and confident knowledge of company and employment law with an excellent attention to detail that gives a company real confidence in the fact the he genuinely understands his clients’ needs and desires to help them achieve successful outcomes.'
.Rudi is a careful adviser who examines all the issues before giving advice. He is very hands on, getting to really understand how the company works and a strategic thinker that inspires great confidence that the company will reach the best result.'
'The problems Rudi has been given have been extremely challenging but he has handled all the issues carefully and sensitively and with excellent outcomes.'
'Rudi is a real asset in solving company problems and I feel my company has particularly benefited from his advice.'
'The team fights very hard for my company and I have no hesitation in recommending them to others.'
'Rudi Ramdarshan ‘has an instinctive feel for property law' – Legal 500 2014