Hamlins continues to excel in the Legal 500 UK 2012 rankings

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Hamlins LLP is pleased to announce the Legal 500 UK 2012 recommendations in 9 of its practice areas in London and we are especially pleased to gain a new ranking under Commercial Litigation and Corporate M&A, smaller deals up to £50 million. These two new rankings are extremely significant as they are some of the hardest sections to break into.

  • Corporate and commercial (Band 3) – M&A: smaller deals, up to £50 million
  • Dispute resolution (Band 8) – Commercial litigation
  • Dispute resolution (Band 4) – Defamation and privacy
  • Real estate (Band 6) – Commercial property
  • Real estate (Band 4) – Commercial property: hotels and leisure
  • Real estate (Band 4) – Commercial property – investment
  • Real estate (Band 4) – Commercial property – retail
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms) (Band 4) – Brand management
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms) (Band 3) – Media and entertainment

Laurence Gilmore has been listed in the elite “Leading lawyers” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2012’s guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide in the London TMT (technology, media and telecoms) practice area. Adding to this, 7 of Hamlins’ lawyers have been recommended in the following practice areas:

Legal 500 Editorial

Corporate; M&A: Smaller deals

Hamlins LLP’s sector strengths include media, real estate and hotel and leisure; it has a broad client base that includes One Media Publishing plc and Park Plaza Hotels Europe. In 2011 it acted for CMS Holdings Limited on its acquisition of two travel agency businesses. Practice head Daniel Bellau is recommended

Defamation & Privacy

Hamlins LLP’s practice was established by Christopher Hutchings, who has considerable experience in this field. The firm acts for both claimants and defendants

Real Estate: Commercial Property

The ‘excellent’ Hamlins LLP advises various major UK and international real estate developers, owners and investors, and completed over £460m of property sales and purchases, including the merger of Rocket Restaurants with Ego Restaurants. Mark Hurst and Nigel Mason show ‘excellent attention to detail, and are forceful when necessary’

Brand Management

Hamlins LLP’s Ian Down, who has ‘an eye for detail and thinks around different solutions, approaches and outcomes’, acts for McDonald’s UK and Europe on various sponsorship and marketing arrangements. Philip Herbert is a trade mark specialist.

Media & Entertainment

Hamlins LLP’s media, marketing and IP practice advises on music, digital broadcast and film rights. Clients include the PRS, PPL, Endemol, Directors UK, McDonald’s, One Media Publishing, and Mind Candy. Laurence Gilmore who leads the team, successfully represented TVCatchup in the High Court in groundbreaking litigation brought by broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Philip Herbert, Ian Down and Christopher Hutchings are also recommended.