Michael Stock

My main expertise is in advising on real estate and property where I have gained over 25 years’ experience in many areas including acquisitions and sales, leases, refinancing (acting for lenders and borrowers). I have represented clients in many sectors including investment, retail, health and leisure as well as buying and selling companies with one property and/ or portfolio.

I also have considerable experience of purchasing freeholds and extending leases of blocks of flats and development of mixed units comprising houses and/ or flats and/or commercial premises.

I pride myself on always looking at a transaction from the client’s viewpoint and I try my utmost to communicate regularly both on the phone and by email. I am happy to liaise out of normal hours when necessary.

Education/background

I qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and formed my own practice, Michael Stock & Co, in North London when I was 28-years-old.

Client testimonials

“Dedicated, caring and reliable-indeed, if it's important to us, it's important to Michael who is proactive for us; he always keeps us informed, even after normal  working hours- we so value Michael as a vital part of our team.” --- David Green, Managing Director of Rion Investments Limited

“Thank you for a great result. We would never have made it within the deadline without you driving things forward in such a determined manner.”

“...neither of other two buyers’ solicitors were anywhere near as probing and diligent as you. So you and your team are indeed to be congratulated for your highly diligent approach and this does in my experience set you apart!”

“You gave us excellent service.”

Recent notable cases
  • Advised on the acquisition and property aspects of Portsmouth Football Club in 2004 - they stayed up in the Premiership and won the FA Cup the following year (I'd like to think I made a small indirect contribution!).
  • Advised on major sales, purchases and refinancing for companies such as Rion Investments Limited and its shareholder and his family of buildings in King's Cross, EC1, Hampstead and Highgate involving tight deadlines including hybrid of offices and serviced offices.
  • Advised on a residential development including interplay with Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.
  • Acted for client in sale of eight petrol stations valued at over £9million.
  • Advised on acquisition of two new 15 years leases on an existing premises.
Memberships
  • Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
  • The Law Society
Leisure interests

Outside of work I sit on the boards of two charities and play tennis (having been an ex Junior County player). I also enjoy music and bridge.

Susan Bernstein

With over 20 year’s experience working as an employment lawyer, advising both employers and employees across a hugely diverse range of industries.  I have a particular interest in education, healthcare and the voluntary sector and also regularly advise legal firms on employment issues where those firms do not have their own employment department.

My clients range from small to medium-sized companies to senior or junior employees; law firms to individual lawyers; medical and dental practices to individual doctors and nurses; and schools to teachers.

I advise on all aspects of employment law and regularly deal with drafting employment contracts (including service agreements), disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancy, employment tribunal litigation, discrimination, restrictive covenants, and settlement agreements.  As well as providing solutions, I advise on how to prevent problems arising in the first place.

The close relationships I build with my clients are key to securing the most suitable solution for them and making the process as smooth as possible. Clients regularly comment on my practical, common sense approach and, when negotiating, my perseverance in delivering favourable results.

I have a genuine desire to provide the best solution for my clients’ needs and always take a hands-on approach, providing whatever support is required.

I am a regular speaker on employment issues and host a variety of informative seminars throughout the year.

Education/background

I qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and specialised in corporate law at a major City law firm.  When my children were small, I took a career break and worked as a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau where I developed a successful employment law niche, acting on behalf of employees.

This diverse background has given me a unique understanding of both employers and employees and is the basis of my reputation for giving sound practical advice and being a good negotiator.

I joined Osmond Gaunt & Rose (now part of OGR Stock Denton) as an employment solicitor in 1999 and was made a Partner in 2005.

Client testimonials

"I just want to say a massive thank you once again for all your assistance in helping me win my case against FirstGroup. All your hard work has been greatly appreciated by myself. I have organised something in the post which should be with you by the end of the week as a token of my thanks."


“Your advice was sensible and without fault and I found you very easy to work with.”


“Thanks for all your help, advice and support …I had real confidence in you.”


“From the moment we spoke I felt calmer, understood and supported. I can’t over emphasise the importance of knowing you were in my corner and I didn’t have to face my employer alone.”


“Thank you for your help…I appreciate now much more than ever before the reason behind your persistence…If we had not followed your advice all along the outcome of this case would not have been as favourable.”


“I really appreciate the care you took in explaining everything and the support you gave me.”

Recent notable cases
  • Advising a senior employee in respect of the termination of his employment under a settlement agreement and obtaining, through negotiation, a compensation sum more than three times the amount originally offered by his employer.
  • Acting for a respondent medical practice in a claim against it by a former employee for constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. The employee took her claim all the way to a full hearing but at the tribunal agreed to accept a nominal financial settlement.  My client’s legal expenses insurer was so pleased with the proposed settlement value that it agreed to pay it on the client’s behalf.
  • Acting for a respondent hotel in a claim by a former employee for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, unauthorised deductions from wages arising from non-payment of the National Minimum Wage and breach of the Working Time Regulations. The employment Judge found in favour of my client on every count and the claimant’s case was dismissed.
  • Acting for a respondent children’s residential care home in a claim brought by the former house manager for constructive unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, automatic unfair dismissal by reason of a public interest disclosure and unauthorised deductions from wages. Following a Case Management Discussion at which the claimant was ordered, at my request, to provide additional information, the claimant withdrew his claim in its entirety.
  • Helping secure a six figure sum for a disabled employee claiming disability discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Acting for an employer in a race discrimination claim, in which a £1,200 settlement was agreed.
Memberships

Employment Lawyers’ Association

Publications

I write the firm’s Employment newsletter and have had articles published in various in-house journals, including an online publication for GP practices.

Additional languages

Basic French

Leisure interests

Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family and every now and then, holidaying in far-flung places. To keep fit, I love yoga and dance and walking on Hampstead Heath with our dog, Daisy.

Stephen Silverman

As a litigation solicitor with over 30 years of experience I help people sleep easier by taking the stress out of their disputes.

Typically, I advise clients across a diverse range of sectors and industries and strive to obtain the right solution best suited to their individual needs.

Over the years, I have built up a particularly strong practice specialising in civil and personal injury litigation and have extensive experience acting for accident victims of all types, including those injured in the Paddington and Potters Bar rail crashes.

My practice covers commercial disputes of all kinds including those relating to partnerships, companies, property, contested probate, employer’s and public liability, and the sale and supply of goods. I also act for clients who have suffered loss as a result of clinical negligence and professional negligence.

I regularly act in claims against large corporations, financial institutions and public bodies for clients who were initially daunted about seeking redress from powerful defendants but whom, with my guidance and expertise, achieved results they had not thought possible.

When dealing with personal injury cases I work passionately to recover the damages that clients deserve. I appreciate the trauma experienced by accident victims and the distress their injuries often cause them. I do my best to achieve early interim payments from insurers to pay for rehabilitation treatment so that my clients can get back on their feet as soon as possible and continue with their busy lives.

I pride myself on giving clear advice and being easily contactable so clients can discuss any concerns they have as and when they arise. To ensure clients receive legal support when most in need I am happy to arrange meetings early or late in the day to accommodate work commitments and home visits, if needed.

Education/background

I studied in Bristol before coming to London in 1981. I joined OGR Stock Denton in 1986, becoming a Partner shortly thereafter.

Client testimonials

“I would like to thank you for the effort you made on my behalf in reaching this settlement. You acted both professionally and in a friendly manner throughout. I am full of admiration as to how you tackled my case from beginning to end and of course I was delighted with the final outcome.”

“I would like to thank Stephen for his very professional outlook and advice on the successful course of action to take.”

Recent notable cases
  • Acted for an employee of a well-known bank who suffered RSI as a result of a poor work station and excessive use of a computer without adequate breaks. Recovered substantial damages including loss of earnings.
  • Acted against an NHS trust in relation to a claim for clinical negligence arising from the incorrect administration of an injection.
  • Represented a client in a council dispute relating to a loss of property.
  • Acted for a retailer in a copyright claim brought by a designer, involving international jurisdictions.
  • Acted for a client who suffered a work related upper limb disorder ("RSI") as a result of having to use her wrists repetitively whilst packing boxes on an assembly line and having to lift the boxes above head height. My client recovered substantial damages against her employers, who were in breach of statutory duty and negligent for having failed to properly risk assess the work my client was required to undertake and take action when she complained of pain.
  • Acted for a client who was the victim of negligent treatment whilst in hospital when a procedure was incorrectly performed. This left her severely disabled and, despite breach of duty of care being denied on the part of the NHS Trust, I was able to achieve a settlement by producing expert evidence to establish that the procedure had not been performed correctly and directly resulted in the injury my client suffered.
  • Acted for a victim of the Potters Bar rail crash who was in a carriage that caught fire and thought he was going to die. The client suffered physical injuries as well as psychological trauma. The client had to be dealt with particularly sensitively in view of the horrific circumstances of the accident. I was able to obtain an early interim payment to cover the cost of much needed counselling treatment to help my client to cope with everyday life.
  • Acted for a company who had a major dispute with one of their shareholders which threatened the viability of the company. I was able to achieve a settlement which included the return of the shares to the company and allowed it to continue to operate successfully.
  • Acted for a client whose former solicitors were negligent, when acting for her in the purchase of a residential property, in failing to advise her that there had been no building regulation consent obtained when an extension had been added. The extension turned out to have been built defectively and had to be pulled down and rebuilt. There was a valuation dispute and this resulted in a trial at which experts were called to deal with the value of the loss suffered by my client. The client successfully established that the loss exceeded the defendant's valuation.
  • Acted for a client in a contested probate action when a dispute arose as to her late husband's estate as his will was deemed to have been revoked on his marriage to her which meant that he was treated as having died intestate. A claim against the estate was made by another member of the family. A Without Prejudice meeting was arranged which resulted in a negotiated settlement and a substantial saving of legal costs and preservation of estate assets.
Memberships
  • Law Society Personal Injury Panel
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • BNI (Business Network International)
  • The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
Speaking Engagements

I regularly lecture on the law relating to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and have previously addressed the RSI conference and Dutch RSI association.

Publications

Demo Content

Leisure interests

I am married with two children.  Outside of work I enjoy going to the theatre, reading and watching my son play football. I am also involved in helping to run community activities.

Robert Rosenberg

I provide real estate advice to UK companies and international businesses entering the UK market across several business sectors including, health, finance, leisure and retail. A number of the businesses I act for in the retail sector are household names.

I work quickly because my clients want to complete on the best terms possible in the fastest time. I will speak regularly to you over the phone or via email so that you know where you are in a transaction and what points really matter commercially.

Throughout the recession I also regularly advised clients on store acquisitions in administration and assisted on sales of property, often working to very tight timescales.

I also act on high-end residential transactions and negotiations in areas including Eaton Square, advise on lease work for Central London offices and secured lending for banking clients.

My reputation is built on three fundamentals; my ongoing commitment to clients, securing good terms at speed and my ability to get the job done. Clients value my proactive and responsive approach to their needs and I am happy to come to you, if you believe it to be easier and more convenient.

Education/background

I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 at SNR Denton and specialised in real estate at Fasken Martineau. I later pursued a career at Memery Crystal and joined OGR Stock Denton in 2009

Client testimonials

"....you have been truly awesome.  So kind, so detailed, so patient & calm, so advice-oriented,  such awesome client service..... exactly what I look for in a consigliere!

We are so grateful for your help and should we need any consiglieri in the future: YOU ARE IT!!!

Robert, the seamless transition from Tom to you has been just that...it is refreshing and wonderful.

Great job, and you deserve all the compliments you can get."


“I find Robert to be very commercial in his advice and quick to respond. He gets the job done with the least possible fuss.” --- Steven Cohen, Blue Inc


“We found an office and needed to complete in two and half weeks.  Our agent advised that this would be practically impossible unless we used Robert Rosenberg at Stock Denton and true to his word Robert did not let us down.  Rather than compounding the reputation solicitors have for operating at their own pace, Robert dispelled this reputation by literally being ‘on it’ the whole time and at 100 mph. Not only did we complete on time but he actually made the process enjoyable too, not to mention the jargon busting which I also really valued too.”

Recent notable cases
  • Advising on the acquisition, pre-letting, development and disposal of a large mixed-use scheme in East London.
  • Acting for Blue Inc in the property purchase of the Officer’s Club 50 properties from Administration.
  • Acting for Blue Inc in the property purchase of D2 Jeans’ properties from Administration.
  • Acting on purchases of properties in Kensington for values in excess of £30 million.
  • Acting for Bonmarche in the transfer of properties following the Administration and successful purchase.
  • Integral part of the team for Sun European Partners in their purchase of Bonmarche which has stores in over 240 locations worldwide.
  • Acted for the multinational brand Aesop for 10 years (20 stores in the UK) and continue to assist on acquisitions within the UK.
  • Sole UK property law firm for longstanding client Blue Inc which has over 150 stores throughout the UK and Ireland.
  • Acted for Self Service and Aesop in securing commercial premises at the newly built shopping street in Kings Cross – Coal Drops Yard.
  • Acted for Lyst in office relocation in excess of 20,000sq feet in Old Street – tech city
  • Acted for Depop in office relocation in excess of 10,000sq feet in Old Street – tech city
  • Acted for Gaming Realms in office relation in excess of 5,000sq feet
Leisure interests

Outside of work I help look after my three kids. I also enjoy hypnosis (I used to practice) and jazz/rock music.

Ian Pearl

I advise businesses and high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of disputes and I am devoted to delivering sound commercial advice in a cost effective manner.

My advice is based upon seeing the “big picture”. I will not exchange correspondence to score points against another lawyer, only to progress the case for my clients.

Throughout many years as a commercial litigator, I have built up a solid track record advising clients on shareholder disputes, property disputes (including ownership rights, enforcement of covenants and insolvency issues) and acting for both commercial landlords and tenants. From the outset I focus on understanding what outcomes are achievable and then implement a strategy accordingly.

I also regularly advise insolvency practitioners, debtors and their parties seeking to protect or recover assets subject to insolvency / bankruptcy proceedings.

My work in property and insolvency, which often involves issues of intention, capacity and trust law, means that I am also able to offer specialist advice in contentious probate disputes including issues surrounding capacity to make a Will, undue influence and claims against executors for breach of trust. In addition I advise clients in claims where a Will fails to make proper financial provision for a family member.

I have built a reputation of offering sound commercial advice on a cost effective basis, instructing counsel from the top tier of commercial chambers where appropriate.

Education/background

I qualified as a solicitor in 2003, having previously worked on a marine syndicate at Lloyds of London. I practiced at Freemans in the West End before moving to OGR Stock Denton in 2008.

Client testimonials

“When disputes arise Ian gives concise legal and commercial advice to enable me to make the best decision for the company” --- David Burr, Oakfield Foods Limited.

Recent notable cases
  • Successfully claiming that a claimant’s shares were unlawfully converted and that the damages should not simply be assessed at the date that the conversion was found to have taken place, which would have prejudiced the claimant. Miah –v- Islam & Ali. 2IR62019 (2015)
  • Successfully obtaining an ex-parte worldwide freezing order against two individuals who had property which was a relative’s home and had failed to purchase a new home for the relative in breach of a verbal agreement. The case settled very shortly after the emergency order was served. (2015)
  • Claiming that a client’s former solicitors were not entitled to fees due under a “no win, no fee” agreement on the grounds that the retainer was unlawful. The case settled on terms favourable to the client (2016).
  • Acting for two charities and an individual to uphold the validity of a death bed against a former partner who was seeking to rely upon an earlier will. The case settled on highly favourable terms for the clients. (2014).
  • Successfully setting aside worldwide freezing order. McKew v Moore [2012] EWHC 1287 (QB) (cited in Zuckerman on Civil Procedure)
  • A claim to enforce an overseas declaratory judgment which held that the claimant had a beneficial interest in a property in the jurisdiction Shami v Shami [2012] EWHC 664 (Ch) (cited in Dicey & Morris); also [2013] EWCA Civ 227 (CA).
  • Successfully resisting a claim for unfair prejudice relief and the setting aside of a share transaction in a three week hearing and in the Court of Appeal - Re Mister Dee International & Shah –v- Shah [2011] EWHC 1902 (Ch) and [2010] EWCA Civ 1408.
Memberships

Property Litigation Association

Publications

“The Effectiveness of the Corporate Form as a Regulatory Tool in European Sport: Real or Illusory” published in Professional Sport in the EU,  Caiger A & Gardiner S eds, Asser Press, The Hague 2001.

The Battle to rid Sport of Tobacco, Sports Law Bulletin, January 2001.

Leisure interests

I enjoy sailing (proud holder of RYA day skipper certificate) and hope to return to the water once my children are older. I am also a keen cook and trustee of the charity Jnetics.

Richard Denton

My areas of expertise include Wills, trusts, estate planning and the administration of estates.

I also regularly advise high-net-worth individuals on the options for asset protection through Wills, linking with any nuptial agreements that may be in place.

Many of my clients are entrepreneurs or have substantial wealth and I am able to link Will-writing services and the organisation of assets to tax planning, helping to advise on all the options available for limiting Inheritance Tax (IHT) liabilities. I take pride in being able to think “outside the box” when approaching such matters.

I have extensive experience of advising on international matters, including the laws relating to non-doms and cross border estate planning (both of which can be notoriously complicated.)

I also have a wealth of expertise advising more elderly clients.

Education/background

I graduated from UMIST with a degree in Management Sciences before taking the CPE and LPC at York College of Law.

Starting my legal career, I trained with the national firm Eversheds before working with Addleshaw Goddard for five years. I joined Stock Fraser Denton in August 2006 from the West End and became an equity Partner in November 2008.

Client testimonials

“Thank you so much for all of your time, advice, support and assistance over the past year – and for putting up with all of our non-stop communications. You’ve been amazing.”

Memberships

Solicitors for the Elderly

Additional languages

Swedish

Leisure interests

I am a keen cyclist (regularly riding to work) and also enjoy skiing.

Priti Shah

Business owners, property investors, overseas clients and high-net-worth individuals seeking to mitigate their Inheritance and Capital Gains Tax liabilities benefit from my 20 years’ experience as a Solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser.

I am committed to providing the most suitable solutions, enabling clients to minimise their tax exposure whilst ensuring the protection of their assets. To this end I work very hard to understand the client’s objectives and ensure our advice is tailored to their individual needs.

I believe in a proactive approach and will explore possible tax planning opportunities with executors, trustees and beneficiaries through the use of deeds of variation, trusts and by making gifts to charities.

Non-resident clients also benefit from my extensive experience advising on the use of double tax treaties, forced heirship rules and the legislation affecting foreign domiciliaries.  I also hold the STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients.

In addition I prepare and register Lasting Powers of Attorney covering both property and affairs and health and welfare issues and make applications to the Court of Protection for family members to be appointed as a deputy.

Education/background

Having previously worked at Deloitte I subsequently used my specialist tax experience to set up my own practice for a number of years. I later joined OGR Stock Denton’s Private Client department.

Client testimonials

“Pleasant, patient, intelligent, very helpful and quick to understand our needs.”

"I am writing to thank you for the excellent service you have shown me recently. Your work ethic is totally unselfish and it is always very clear that you only have your client's best interest in mind. Your knowledge of your industry is phenomenal which gives me great confidence in your product. I called on your services as i needed a Will. I thought that the one I had was sufficient for my needs but after giving it to you to look at, it was clear that it was totally useless. Your patience with me and my situation was second to none and you did everything to help me achieve the correct will which is very important to me. You explained to me in great detail all of my options and you always put my mind at rest. I would not hesitate to refer you to any of my friends and colleagues"

"Thank you for your conscientious, impartial and sensitive handling of our meeting with you...it was a pleasure to meet you both, for what was an informative and constructive discussion about the steps Michael, Helen and I need to take to ensure Roger's continued wellbeing - It would be a privilege if you were to use my words in a testimonial"

"Thanks for your help with everything over the last couple of weeks - he told me he was very happy with your clear explanations and the advice you were able to provide him and my mother-in-law."

Recent notable cases
  • Advising property owners on ways to divest themselves of the asset but retaining the rental income.
  • Advising business owners on the use of trusts for the benefit of the surviving spouse, children and other family members.
  • Advising overseas clients on the structure of their investments to reduce their potential tax liability.
  • Advising clients on the reduction of the rate payable by beneficiaries of the estate by making gifts to charity.
  • Advising high-net-worth individuals on the use of their surplus income to make gifts to family members in a tax efficient manner.
Memberships
  • STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
Speaking engagements

I regularly present seminars at business breakfast meetings and stress the importance of Will and estate planning.

Publications
Additional Languages

Gujarati and Hindi

Leisure interests

I am married with two children and in my spare time I enjoy watching cricket, keeping fit and travelling.

Graeme Fraser

Graeme has specialised in family law throughout his career of over 20 years. Formerly a Partner at Hunters, he joined OGR Stock Denton LLP  as a Partner in October 2017.

He has considerable experience in advising on financial settlements involving complex assets and substantial wealth, and on cohabitation, for which he holds the Resolution specialist accreditation. He also belongs to the Law Society Family Accreditation Scheme. His work often involves international aspects, and settlements involving commercial risk, such as insolvency or liquidity issues. Graeme has been trained by Resolution and subsequently developed part of his practice to include resolving disputes using the collaborative process.

He maintains a keen interest in the legal rights of unmarried parents, and is chair of Resolution’s Cohabitation Committee, which has an agenda to reform cohabitation. In recognition of his considerable depth of published work often highlighting the plight of unmarried couples under the current law, he received the prestigious Family Law Commentator of the Year Award in 2018. He is  consultant editor and author for LexisPSL Family on cohabitation. Additionally, he is the editor of Resolution’s Cohabitation Claims, which is currently being revised and and one of the authors of  Resolution’s The Modern Family (2012)

Graeme has been recommended in the Legal 500.