Our Experience

Our experienced teams of solicitors have extensive legal knowledge and have extensive training and experience in each of their specialised fields.

From cross border litigation to our success in reclaiming client money from Lehman Brothers in one of the biggest cases of the decade, we bring our specialist knowledge to bear on our client cases. Read more below:

‘Pivotal’ role in £50 million funding facility

ELS Legal’s Corporate Finance team advised innovative property lender Pivot on a new multi-million pound funding facility – securing some £50 million in additional lending capital.

Success for ELS litigation department in ‘major fraud’ case

The High Court ruled in favour of ELS Legal’s client in March 2017 and granted a freezing injunction in a subsequent hearing. The judgment was described as the “best outcome possible”.

Real estate department exchanges on £13.5 million Westminster apartment

ELS Legal’s residential department completed on a £13.5 million super-apartment in January 2018. The apartment at No. 1 Palace Street is located directly opposite Buckingham Palace.

ELS completes on multi-million pound finance facility

ELS’s corporate department completed on a £50m finance facility for one of its lender clients in February 2018.

ELS finds success for client in second damages based agreement

Following the major success of Harlequin Property v Wilkins Kennedy, the litigation department took on a second DBA and found success for a new Chinese client. The client had done business in the UK but was not happy with the outcome. They came to us as they knew our experience in DBAs and did not want to spend money fighting the claim.

Undertaking of first major Damages Based Agreement

ELS Legal acted for the Claimant in the successful professional negligence case of Harlequin Property SVG v Wilkins Kennedy in the Technology and Construction Court in which ELS recovered over £8 million for its client. It was the first major case to be undertaken on a commercial Damages Based Agreement (DBA) and the first to go all the way to trial.

Purchase of Grade 1 listed castle for high net worth individual

An opportunity to purchase a prestigious and prominent Castle and Scheduled Monument became available. The property needed sympathetic restoration in order to avoid breaching it’s Grade 1 English Heritage listing. ELS Legal supported the client through difficult negotiations during the purchase of the property.

Stamp duty advice in multi-million £ purchase

A growing business partnership sought to purchase a mixed use and agricultural property. Valued at over £33m we provided advice on stamp duty and tax structuring to ensure the best financial outcome for the client in the purchase.

Property portfolio support for SME business

An SME business held a portfolio of properties, tenanted by a variety of household names including Tesco, Co-Op, JD Weatherspoon, and Nationwide Building Society. ELS Legal acted for the client in connection with the acquisition, disposal, refinancing and management of the portfolio.

Tax efficient London Prime purchase

Our UHNW client sought to procure prime real estate in London. We advised on the purchase of the £7.75m triplex flat in Central London, including advising on a tax efficient structure and joint venture agreement concerning the development of the property.

Regulated commercial property - Care Homes

We acted for our client as they grew their portfolio of care homes in the south of the UK. Our experience in understanding the requirements of these types of highly regulated properties ensures our relationship continues to grow alongside his business.

Structuring property purchases to save money

Investors are seizing great opportunities in London by investing in residential property development. We acted for our clients, investors from Hong Kong, on the purchase of commercial property in London which was being knocked down and converted in to residential town houses and apartments.
As well as advising on the purchase itself, we advised on how best to structure the purchase. The result was a structure which was simple, uncontroversial and unique, and will save the clients a significant amount of money.

Defending against online defamationv

An area of increasing concern for clients is defamation through the internet and social media. We successfully advised a client on a defamation claim as a website had been created which contained damaging false information about our client. Our clients achieved a financial award and received a public apology as a result of the successful claim settlement.

A key role in one of the largest cases of the financial crisis.

When Lehmann Brothers collapsed at the height of the financial crisis, they held over £1bn in its client account. We were chosen by the administrators of Lehman Brothers to represent creditors of the administration at the largest court hearing of its type in the High Court in 2009. ELS Legal, along with Allen and Overy, represented all the creditors who had segregated money in the client account.