Rudi Ramdarshan is a Partner and accredited mediator specialising in commercial and property litigation. He is cited as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 2019 rankings in the field of Property Litigation, with the directory stating that he ‘brings extraordinary judgment to complex commercial issues'. He is based in the firm’s West End office in Baker Street, London.
Rudi’s client base includes high net worth individuals, charities and substantial corporate investors, many of whom are based overseas or offshore, including in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Romania, Turkey and the Isle of Man. He has considerable experience advising on international property litigation matters involving multiple contracts and cross-border issues.
Rudi’s 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. He has achieved significant successes in 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 and construction disputes, as well as forfeiture and complex litigation arising out of defective leases. In recent construction disputes, Rudi has successfully defended ‘smash and grab’ and final account adjudications on behalf of his developer clients, as well providing advice throughout with a view of avoiding disputes.
Rudi 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.
Rudi’s commercial litigation practice often involves an international and cross-border element. His experience includes litigating cases at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal in disputes arising out of commercial contracts, commercial business and partnership disputes, injunctions, arbitration, intellectual property and trademark disputes.
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. He has also developed a niche acting in disputes relating to art, often involving jurisdictional issues.
Rudi is regularly asked to give talks on topical matters both domestically and internationally, including recently on ‘Good Faith’ in English contract law.
Privacy & Injunctions
Rudi has experience in conducting litigation against all major UK newspapers over publications made in print and online. Recent experience includes acting on behalf of a well-known public figure against the four principal UK media organisations in respect of their unauthorised use of material in online media. High Court injunctive proceedings were issued and, despite the attempted use of an Article 10 public interest defence, our firm was able to obtain a substantial confidential settlement and removal of all online infringing material.
Rudi also has experience of privacy work, and injunctions arising out of breach of confidence and defamation. Rudi and his team have successfully defended 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 means 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.
Rudi was the lead partner in the defamation case of Tariq Alsaifi v Benjamin Amunwa  EWHC 1443 (QB), where he was successful in defence of a claim brought against a practising barrister following an application for summary disposal and a defence of qualified privilege and honest opinion.
Human Rights and Pro Bono Work
In his spare time, Rudi maintains a keen interest in human rights; in particular, the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, having been involved in the administrative court case of Queen on the Application of Lutete and Others  EWHC 2331. Rudi advises several charities on a pro bono basis.
Legal Directory Recommendations
Rudi is recommended in The Legal 500 UK for both Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation.
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’. - The Legal 500 2018.
Rudi Ramdarshan 'brings extraordinary judgment to complex commercial issues'.- The Legal 500 2018.
‘Rudi Ramdarshan is ‘an excellent lawyer who is extremely effective’’ – The Legal 500 UK 2017
‘Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP’s team has ‘a unique dynamic’ with ‘a well-integrated and exceptionally talented property litigation team’. The group is jointly headed by ‘excellent tactician’ Rudi Ramdarshan, Jonathan Roberts whose ‘outstanding qualities include incredible commercial acumen and an ability to solve the most intractable of cases’, and newly promoted partner David Burns, who is ‘a charming yet aggressive litigator’. Ramdarshan is recognised for his lease renewal expertise’ – The Legal 500 UK 2017
‘Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has ‘excellent teams’ that are ‘dynamic and result-driven’. Rudi Ramdarshan is ‘a formidable litigator’’ – The Legal 500 UK 2016
'Rudi Ramdarshan ‘has an instinctive feel for property law'’ – The Legal 500 UK 2014
Rudi Ramdarshan's Recommendations
'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.'