19th August 2010
Banking and Finance: (Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2010)
THE FIRM: Like many firms, Mundays is currently focusing much of its energy on the restructuring and refinancing of previously transacted deals, but proved its abilities in secured lending and leveraged finance when there were more new lends in the market.
Sources Say: “It has significant experience and knowledge, practical and commercial awareness and an enthusiastic and approachable style.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Mark Andrew heads the practice. His City background, knowledge and experience are valued by clients, who praise his "approachable manner and commercial awareness."
Corporate: (Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2010)
THE FIRM: This Cobham-based group's clients include listed and private companies as well as high-street banks and international firms. Impressive deals of the past twelve months include advising Tayto Golden Wonder on the multimillion-pound acquisition of Red Mill Snack Foods, and acting for Bluhalo on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Gyro International.
Sources Say: "Its long history of giving nuanced, commercial advice is key to its continued success."
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Neale Andrews is the main point of contact.
Dispute Resolution: (Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2010)
THE FIRM: The dispute resolution department at Mundays straddles the commercial and private client sides of the practice and excels at property and inheritance tax, contract, shareholder and professional negligence disputes. Recent cases of interest include acting on behalf of William George Group in a freezing injunction case, a £6 million compensation claim, and advising a US corporation on minority shareholder issues. The lawyers also offer litigation support to the firm's franchising team.
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Head of the dispute resolution department, Fiona McAllister takes a decisive lead in cases and has a loyal following of clients.
Employment: (Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2010)
THE FIRM: This team earns respect for handling both contentious and non-contentious matters, including negotiating board-level exits and compromise agreements, negotiating employment contracts, terminations and unfair dismissal claims. The team has also acted on the closure of businesses, including advising on the closure of a site with more than 90 employees.
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Denham Bell draws consistent praise for his "no-nonsense and commercial approach."
Family: (Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2010)
THE FIRM: Complex divorce cases, often with international aspects, are the mainstay of this firm's workload. The group now boasts four lawyers who are able to undertake collaborative work.
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Sarah Duckworth is recognised as sensitive and efficient.
Franchising (Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2010)
THE FIRM: This firm represents franchisors and franchisees, with an emphasis on the retail and services sectors. Its work has an increasingly international focus; for example, the team recently advised the Furniture Clinic on its expansion into South Africa, and Holland & Barrett on its international roll-out.
Partnership (Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2010)
THE FIRM: Mundays' partnership team benefits from the firm’s broad client base and cross-referrals from other departments. The firm’s Cobham location also attracts referrals from London law firms. Partner dissolutions, disputes and setting up LLPs for property investment funds and solicitor firms have accounted for a substantial part of the team’s workload over the past year.
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Commercial partner David Irving heads the partnership practice.
Property (Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2010)
THE FIRM: Cobham-based Mundays has built up a diverse practice with copious expertise in the retail, pharmaceutical, leisure and logistics industries. The team has a large and expanding client roster of developers, including Octagon Developments, Berkeley Homes and Henry Homes, and advises local and national corporates on development, investment and occupational issues. It recently advised Octagon on its purchase of a major development site. The team also handles secured lending for prominent clients such as Close Brothers, Lloyds TSB and Allied Irish Banks, and possesses substantial expertise in Islamic finance.
KEY INDIVIDUALS: “A likeable and intelligent lawyer who will work around the clock to resolve a difficult problem,” Kevin Healy heads the department and deals with land acquisitions, development agreements, and office and retail leasing.
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