The Legal 500 Directory 2019 has been released and we are pleased to continue to rank highly in our chosen areas of expertise. We have also climbed in some core areas, including Property Litigation and Brand Management. The announcement adds to an already successful year for Hamlins, including becoming a finalist for ‘Medium Law Firm of the Year’ in the Law Society Excellence Awards, and our recent brand refresh and website launch.
We have been ranked in the following areas:
Corporate and Commercial
Our corporate and commercial department maintains its strong rankings within Flotations: Small and Mid-Cap and M&A Smaller Deals up to £50 million. The corporate team, headed by Daniel Bellau is described as having experience “of a wide range of industries, including the hotels and leisure, real estate and TMT sectors” in the small and mid-cap arena. Daniel is noted as “clever and commercial.” Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood, who is dual qualified in the UK and Russia, consultant Louise Wolfson and media and IP expert Matthew Pryke are also noted.
Amanda Burge has been listed as a leading individual for the first time this year and is described as “making sure that all details are nailed down” and “flexible in her approach and easy to work with.” The practice’s disputes involve large, complex contractual and tortious claims; breach of fiduciary duties and civil fraud; IP and IT issues; defamation; and partnership and shareholder disputes. Partner Antony Perlmutter is also noted in this area.
We have maintained our ranking for Professional Negligence. The team acts for claimants in professional negligence cases against law firms, accountants, financial advisers, trustees, construction consultants, surveyors and civil engineers. Amanda Burge is mentioned as an “extremely tenacious litigator who treats every case as being her top priority and provides common sense and commercial advice in a short time frame”. Associate Laura Daly is also recommended.
Within commercial property, the team is particularly highly ranked for its investment work and hotels, leisure and retail sector expertise. It is described as carrying “a strong culture of client service” and providing “practical and actionable advice” to its clients. The department handles property investment transactions and portfolio management for prominent UK property companies. It is also active in the restaurant sector where Ben Kilshaw is noted as being “diligent and commercial.” Nigel Mason, Mark Hurst and Joseph Holder are all recognised.
Our property litigation practice has moved up into Tier 3 this year recognising the work of the team, headed by Kate Andrews. We are pleased that Kate Andrews has been ranked as a leading individual and is described as “a driven litigator” with “an extraordinary depth of legal knowledge.” The team has a noteworthy history of being instructed on Court of Appeal and High Court matters which we have also had recent wins in the past month. The property litigation team also includes Partner Sarah Finch who “combines good technical expertise with a sound commercial understanding” and “specialises in leasehold enfranchisement and rights to manage.”
The “outstanding” and “responsive” team was recognised for its development and investment financing, with particular expertise in student accommodation, hotels, care homes and residential properties. Partner Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood was noted as being “extremely efficient and reliable.”
We are very proud to see that our reputation management team continues to hold its Tier 3 ranking as we continue to be one of the firms at the forefront of phone hacking claims. Alongside this work, work includes preventing publication, online issues and the right to be forgotten. Christopher Hutchings, head of the team, is ranked as a leading individual for this area.
This year, our brand management team has been strengthened and has risen to Tier 4. The team has been boosted by the arrival of Simon Gallant. The team advises clients in the media, hotel and leisure and retail industries on strategic brand growth, protection and exploitation matters. Partner Martin Ochs was recognised for his focus on copyright and music IP litigation and work with TRAP to manage counterfeit merchandise. Partner Matthew Pryke’s recent work is mentioned including assisting on the commercial and branding merger of several leading modelling agencies and brand licensing arrangements.
Media and Entertainment
Headed by Christopher Hutchings, the media team is described as delivering “sensible, commercial advice” and for having “particularly good knowledge of the music business.” Martin Ochs is listed as a Next Generation Lawyer and is noted for leading the contentious music and IP litigation practice. The team as a whole maintains its Tier 3 ranking and Hayley Devlin, Associate, is also recognised.
The sport team is noted for its “ever-growing strength in alternative and short-format sports.” We have handled some of the major short-format sports launches and new sports launched over the past few years and are pleased to see the recognition in this area. Matthew Pryke, Head of the team, is noted for his work with a range of high profile brands, including sports media and content provider La Liga Lowdown, who instructed Pryke on structuring and securing various rights, involving negotiations with high-profile figures in Spanish football. Christopher Hutchings is recommended for his reputation management and defamation work.