With offices in the City and West End of London, and in Manchester, Ronald Fletcher Baker has a thriving Legal 500 listed Commercial Property department acting for landlords and tenants on the grant of leases, the purchase and sale of commercial investments and the purchase and sale of development sites.
The firm attracts a diverse client base including financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, many of whom are based overseas. As a result, the firm has considerable expertise in acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and the Isle of Man. Our expertise and experience in such transactions ensures that we are able to live up to our promise of being professional, responsive and competitive.
The department has special experience in complex flat schemes, right to light issues and leasehold enfranchisement in Central London. The firm is regularly instructed in big ticket transactions including, the acquisition of premises valued at £40m, multi property finance for £75m, as well as a number of purchases of around £20m.
The firm was listed in the 2013 Legal 500 for Commercial Property and received particular mention for being ‘poised, very experienced and commercially aware’.
The Legal 500 2014 listed the firm in 4 sub categories for real estate including Commercial Property, Property Development, Property Investment and Property Litigation. 4 of the department’s lawyers were recommended by the Legal 500 being described as having “excellent communication skills” and being “clever and commercial'.
The 2014 Legal 500 noted that:
'Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has a good track record in hotels, refinancing, development and general property matters, with values up to £40m. John O’Callaghan, Jonathan Roberts, Sarah Hung and Simon Lawrence have ‘excellent communication skills'. Clients include Habib Bank AG Zurich.'
The Department is listed in Chambers and Partners 2015 as a Recognised Practitioner / Other Notable Firm, acknowledging that the firm is accomplished in this area of law.
The Legal 500 2015 noted the firm's work in the restaurant industry, describing is lawyers as having a ‘good depth of knowledge’ and demonstrating ‘uncompromising thoroughness’.It further noted that:
Simon Lawrence handled some key matters in 2014 for Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, including work for expanding Lebanese restaurant chain Comptoir Libanais. Jonathan Roberts shows ‘good depth of knowledge’, and Sarah Hung demonstrates ‘uncompromising thoroughness’.
The department's work was again recognised in the Legal 500 2016, with an increase in the firm's tier ranking in this area, as well as an additional listing for our work in the Hotels and Leisure sector. The guide notes that:
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP’s ‘excellent, problem-solving’ team is led by John O’Callaghan and Sarah Hung, who have ‘in-depth knowledge’. The ‘super-reliable’ Simon Lawrence was particularly active and advised on a number of high-value deals in the hotels and leisure sector.
Where matters become contentious our property litigation department is on hand to protect your interests. The department has been described by the Legal 500 as ‘fantastic, ‘very able’ and ‘effective’ with an 'impressive niche practice.
Our commercial property team has a broad range of experience in all aspects of residential and commercial development and management. Our specialist lawyers are regularly instructed in matters relating to:
- Leases of Retail, office and industrial units
- The restaurant, hotel and entertainment sectors
- Business premises acquisition and disposal
- Site assembly, development and disposal
- Planning issues and agreement
- Secured lending and refinancing
- Specialist offshore transactions
- Attended exchanges
- Auction sales and purchases
- Lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
- Licences and renewals under the Communications Act 2003