Rudi Ramdarshan

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Rudi Ramdarshan is a Partner and accredited mediator specialising in commercial and property litigation from the firm’s West End office in Baker Street, London. He is recommended in both practice arears with the directory describing him as a ‘formidable litigator’ ‘excellent tactician’ and a ‘walking encyclopaedia of litigation knowledge'.


Property Litigation

Rudi is cited as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 2020 as being 'outstanding in his approach to mixed use commercial and residential sites. He is an expert on obtaining vacant possession and in unlocking development potential.' 

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 highly contested lease renewal proceedings under the 1954 Act, forfeiture and applications for relief, commercial rent reviews and dilapidation disputes – often against prime retail companies. He has achieved significant success 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 as taking an advisory role with a view to avoiding disputes.

As a result of Rudi’s experience and expertise, he is able to use innovative and novel ways to achieve efficiency in litigation as demonstrated in the case of SA Properties v Keystone Holdings and Others 2018, where he was successful in issuing 1 claim to  obtain an order for possession in respect of 56 properties which had been let to 6 different companies

Rudi has been involved in the leading authorities for issues concerning the withdrawal of a notice of discontinuance in the context of 1954 Act litigation, as well as a number of successful strike out and summary judgment applications arising out of ground (f) of section 30 (1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.


Commercial Litigation

Rudi’s commercial litigation practice often involves an international and cross-border element arising out of commercial contracts, business and partnership disputes, injunctions, arbitration and intellectual property and trademark disputes. He has experience of litigating cases at all levels, up to and including the Court of Appeal. 

He has been involved in significant partnership and company disputes, including a high value company deadlock, breach of director’s duties, petitions for unfair prejudice and equitable winding up. He has also developed a niche specialism in acting in disputes relating to art, often involving jurisdictional issues.

Recent cases include URT Group Ltd and others v Dowers [2018] EWHC 3195 (Ch) a case which concerned the status of fixtures following the liquidation of a group company. Rudi was successful in persuading the Court to exercise its discretion to reverse a previous decision and in doing so refused the Claimants interim order of delivery up.  Rudi is also involved in the matter of Markus Pedriks v Serge Grimaux [2019] EWHC 2165 (QB) a case involving  a claim for a contractual account fiduciary duties, promissory notes and the use of without prejudice material.  

Rudi is regularly invited to events to speak on on topical matters both domestically and internationally, including on ‘Good Faith’ in English contract law.


Privacy and 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. As a result of issuing High Court injunctive proceedings, despite the attempted use of an Article 10 public interest defence, Rudi 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 was the lead partner in the defamation case of Tariq Alsaifi v Benjamin Amunwa [2017] 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. 


Judicial Review 

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) [2008] EWHC 2525 (Admin) and the Court of Appeal case of Secretary of State for the Home Department v AHK & Ors [2009] EWCA Civ 287, which clarified the use of Special Advocates where disclosure is withheld on public interest grounds. Rudi was successful in ZG and SA SN/23/2015 & SN/24/2015 SAIC in obtaining an order quashing the decision. 

Rudi has experience of judicial review challenges in education including those against the Office for Students. Rudi draws  on his commercial litigation experience in public law challenges, to ensure that his clients are financially compensated. 


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 Judicial Review case of Queen on the Application of Lutete and Others [2007] EWHC 2331. Rudi advises several charities on a pro bono basis. Rudi is the Chair of a Multi Academy Trust.


Legal Directory Recommendations

Rudi is recommended in The Legal 500 UK for both Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation. 

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP 'has exceptional solicitors at all levels'. The team acts in a large number of high-level, international contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. The practice also has a strong reputation for resolving art law disputes. Jonathan Roberts is senior partner, and Rudi Ramdarshan's cases include commercial fraud and matters involving high-value injunctions. David Burns and Rebecca Roberts are also key partners. The Legal 500 2020 

Accredited mediator, 'very competent litigator' and 'excellent strategist' Rudi Ramdarshan, David Burns and Jonathan Roberts jointly head the 'technically minded, very responsive and strategic' team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, which routinely acts for financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and corporate investors in development-related disputes, including rights to light and right of way issues as well as vacant possession actions, alongside contentious matters pertaining to lease extensions, general enfranchisement and insolvency scenarios. The Legal 500 2020 

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.'

Our Partners

John O'Callaghan John qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has been a partner in the firm since 1990. John has a broad base of experience in the law with many longstanding client connections, and is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2019 Legal 500, singled out as 'a real expert in the field who knows his game'.

Rakeebah Rahim - Managing Partner Rakeebah has been practising at the firm for over 25 years. As Managing Partner, she has been and remains instrumental in developing the firm’s strategic direction and embodies the firm’s core values.

Deniz Oguzkanli Deniz Oguzkanli heads the firms International Investment Department. He regularly acts for overseas investors in their commercial and residential deals and property transactions in the UK.

Sarah Hung Sarah Hung is a Real Estate lawyer and Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer for commercial property. She has extensive experience in commercial property with a particular focus on investment and development transactions and licensing work.

Rudi Ramdarshan Rudi Ramdarshan is a Partner and accredited mediator specialising in commercial and property litigation from the firm's West End office in Baker Street, London. He is recommended in both practice areas with the directory describing him as a 'formidable litigator', 'excellent tactician' and 'a walking encyclopedia of litigation knowledge'.

David Burns David Burns is a partner specialising in property and commercial litigation from the firm’s West End office in Baker Street, London.

Paul Cain Paul Cain is a Partner in the Real Estate department and has been a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer for a number of years.

Rebecca Roberts Rebecca is a Partner at the firm, practising at our London City offices. She specialises in Company and Commercial work and also has experience in the associated fields of Employment and Commercial Litigation. She is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

Afsheen Nasr Afsheen Nasr is a Partner at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, with a particular expertise in Property, acting for individuals, businesses and financial institutions. She is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

Piers Desser Piers is an experienced Solicitor-Advocate specialising in Criminal Litigation. He is a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2019, leading the 'tenacious' Crime practice.

Mustafa Abbas

Mustafa Abbas Mustafa Abbas is a Partner based in the West End Office specialising in commercial and residential property matters.

Gerard Airey

Gerard Airey Gerard qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 and from that point he practised employment law at one of the UK’s largest employment law firms for just under 11 years. He joined the firm as a Partner in the Employment Law department in 2019.

Devorah Ormonde

Devorah qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined the firm in 2019 as a Partner and head of the Private Client department.

Paul Stanley

Paul Stanley is a solicitor and Partner of the firm and works from the Manchester office.

Tamara Manojlovic

Tamara re-joined Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP as a Property Partner in November 2019 having been with the Firm previously for over 3 years.

Nishil Patel

Nishil Patel Nishil is an established immigration solicitor with over 13 years’ experience advising with corporates, businesses and individuals with their immigration matters.

Our People

Olga Aleksandrova

Olga Aleksandrova Olga is a dual-qualified solicitor of England and Ukraine and works in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Department based in the City office.

Yasaman Asaad

Yasaman Asaad Yasaman Asaad is a solicitor based in our West End office who specialises in residential and commercial property matters.

Adam Bowes

Adam Bowes Adam is an associate specialising in family law, based in the firm's City Office.

Chris O'Callaghan

Chris O'Callaghan Chris joined the firm in 2011 and trained at the firm working in the private client, litigation, property and family departments.

Ezgi Cetin Ezgi is a qualified Solicitor working in our Real Estate Department at our City Office.

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan Jonathan Chan is a Solicitor based in the West End Office specialising in commercial and property litigation.

Ali Chouhdry

Ali Chouhdry Ali Chouhdry is a solicitor based in the firm’s West End Office specialising in Real Estate.

Traudi Chu

Traudi Chu Traudi Chu is a solicitor based in our Old Street office who specialises in residential and commercial property matters.

Veena Devji Veena Devji is a Real Estate Solicitor in the Baker Street Office and has experience in a variety of commercial and residential property transactions.

Samantha Eaton

Samantha Eaton Samantha Eaton is a Solicitor in our Manchester Office and specialises in Real Estate.

Berivan Erdogan

Berivan Erdogan Berivan Erdogan is a solicitor specialising in Property at the firm’s City Office.

Kate Farkins

Kate Farkins LinkedIn Kate is a Solicitor in the property team based at Old Street.

Ben Frost

Ben Frost Ben Frost is a solicitor and accredited mediator in the firm’s commercial litigation and property litigation team at the West End office.

Matthew Groves

Matthew is a solicitor in our Commercial Real Estate department based in our West End office.

Maria Gul

Maria Gul Maria is a solicitor specialising in property transactions at our Baker Street office. She deals with sales, purchases and leasehold matters on a daily basis and takes great pride in her work.

Olga Gutovska

Olga Gutovska Olga Gutovska heads up the Europe, Middle East and Africa desk.

Maryann Ibeto

Maryann Ibeto Maryann is a solicitor at the firm’s Manchester Office, working in the Property department predominantly dealing with residential conveyancing transactions.

Hillay Janebdar

Hillay Janebdar Hillay Janebdar is an immigration solicitor based in the firm’s City Office.

Natasha Alev Keskin

Natasha Alev Keskin Natasha works in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Department based in the City office. She is a qualified lawyer of the Istanbul Bar Association and is in the process of dual-qualifying in England & Wales.

Simon Lawrence Simon Lawrence is a 25 year qualified Commercial Property solicitor and a 2019 Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

Grace Lowry

Grace Lowry Grace is a solicitor specialising in Property.

Adebola Mayungbe Adebola has practised at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP since 2009 and specialises in serious and complex crime within the London area and surrounding counties.

Tanaz Nowrouzzadeh

Tanaz is a specialist commercial property lawyer and heads a Commercial Property team at Baker Street. She is experienced in acquisitions and disposals of commercial property, leases of retail, office and industrial units, licences, deeds, option agreements and refinancing.

Selda Ozcan Selda Ozcan joins the firm as an experienced property solicitor having been a Partner at a successful practice in North London.

Priya Patel

Priya Patel Priya is a solicitor and Higher Court Advocate with over 18 years’ experience in Complex Fraud, Business Crime, Professional Discipline, Regulatory and Criminal Law cases.

Sally Richardson

Sally Richardson Sally Richardson is a specialist property solicitor based in our City Office.

Jonathan Roberts Jonathan Roberts After obtaining a degree in Modern History at Oxford University, Jonathan joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1973. In 1976 he qualified as a solicitor and became a partner in 1982, and senior partner in 1989.

Patrick Trevor

Patrick Trevor Patrick Trevor is a solicitor in the firm’s commercial litigation and property litigation team based at the West End office which is recognised in the Legal 500 as being “technically minded, very responsive and strategic”.

Rokhsareh Vahid

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Kristel Wan

Kristel Wan Kristel is a solicitor at the firm’s Manchester office, working in the Property department principally dealing with residential conveyancing transactions.

Bik Wong Bik Wong is a Solicitor specialising in Family Law in the firm's City office.

Ran Yu

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