Silk Route Legal

Silk Route Legal, a boutique law firm, is based within the Square Mile in the City of London that stands apart in a niche with an unmatchable scale and depth of legal proficiency spanning the Old Silk Route through the Middle East, Asia and Europe. We are the right blend of the contemporary and the classic, re-visiting the Old Silk Route with confidence in a dynamic and contemporary context of the present day.

We pride ourselves in combining the highest standards of professional services with efficiency. Our aim is to deliver with an in-depth insight into our clients' needs providing value for money as we build together a trusting relationship. We cherish the testimony our clients have provided in this regard.

The entrepreneurial spirit which inspired the firm’s foundation drives our commitment to understand our clients’ business needs and aspirations. Our 'real world' and commercially astute approach ensures that we just don't provide legal solutions but add tangible value to our clients’ objectives and business.

We possess a close knowledge of the region we tread and have associates who work with us in the Middle East, South Asia and Asia Pacific regions. We speak several languages of the region at the practice and stand committed to respect cultural sensitivities that imping upon cross-cultural business deals.

Our legal team stands committed to make business succeed on the strength of honesty, professionalism and fair play. We value our clients. Our clients in turn value our legal counselling where needed and legal advice when sought. We work in close conjunction with our clients, guiding them and assisting them through their individual needs and business ventures.

We stand committed to make business succeed seamlessly with back up legal support across political divides harmonizing conflicts of law as they arise.

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Silk Route Legacy

The fabled Silk Road that connected Asia, Europe and Middle-east used to be and still is the vein of the world economy. The ancient silk route that set path for the trading of Chinese silk in 202 BC, had expanded and adapted itself to the new information age and is still setting path for new ventures. It guided and stood by the success of several businesses worldwide.

Like the dynamic silk route, our legal team will support and provide optimal and timely advice in this wavering economic age. A vivacious law firm like ours balances empiricism with professionalism and modern sensibility.

At Silk Route we believe that a law firm should be able to understand, adapt and even work with forethought to be able to help support businesses. Therefore we decided to give life to ‘the silk route’ from a legal perspective and guide/support the businesses through their journey towards growth and success.

We stand committed to revive it in a different historical context today. The challenges are many. We have a vision with a will to succeed on the strength of professionalism and integrity.

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Why Choose Silk Route Legal

Our clientele consists of market leaders, their competitors, new entrants to the market, fast growing businesses, those financing them etc. They chose us and continue to use and recommend our services. When we ask why, they say:

  • We provide practical and tailor made legal solutions.
  • We provide cost effective service.
  • They like our strategy of gaining an in depth insight into their business.
  • They like working with our young vibrant team who are always ready to hit the road running.
  • They appreciate our ability to advice and act on cross-border transactions.
  • We have a professional yet friendly approach.
  • We are flexible and provide optimal and timely advice.

We take pride in combining the highest echelon of services with local proficiency. Our strategy is to deliver maximum, with quality, precision and in-depth insight into our clients' business. We firmly believe, it's just not about trade, transaction, or a compromise, but it's about the relationship and goodwill that is priceless. Like the dynamic silk route, our legal team will support and provide optimal and timely advice in this wavering economic age.

Our banking and finance Team offers advice across the spectrum of banking and finance related transactions to corporate lenders and borrowers. We advise on:

  • Structured/Acquisition Finance in domestic and cross border transactions
  • Syndicated and Multi Source Funding
  • Restructuring and Re-financing transactions
  • Assets finance and leasing
  • Property finance and Property Development finance
  • Full legal due diligence exercises
  • Legal Opinions to banks and financial institutions

Our Company & Commercial Team advises on the following:

  • Joint Ventures
  • Partnership and Shareholder Agreements
  • Franchising Agreements
  • Terms and Conditions of business for sale of goods or supply of services
  • Distributions and Agency agreements
  • Lending and Security Agreements
  • Information Technology Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Company and LLP formations including Offshore
  • Company Secretarial and Registered Office Services

Our Dispute Resolution team can advise you at any stage of a dispute. Our aim is to understand your commercial needs and objectives and advise on a resolution strategy. We advise on the following:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Injunctions
  • Shareholder and Partnership disputes
  • Company related disputes
  • Technology Media and Telecommunications
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Banking and Finance
  • Aviation and Shipping
  • International Trade, Carriage of Goods and Charterparties
  • Debt Recovery and enforcement

Our Employment Team works with a wide range of organizations - keeping you informed and compliant with employment legislation. We advise on:

  • Drafting contracts of employment / service agreements
  • Compromise agreements
  • Disciplinary and Grievance procedures
  • Dismissal situations and procedure
  • Employer handbooks and policies
  • Redundancy situations and procedure
  • Protecting employer confidential information

We offer a comprehensive service for corporate and individual clients covering the full range of applications to enter or remain in the UK including visas and all applications under the Points-Based System and Non Point – Based System. The firm adopts a practical and ‘hands on’ approach, and attempts to responds quickly and efficiently to client requirements. We offer flexible services tailored to the individuals and companies.

Private Immigration Services

  • Entry Clearance applications (PBS and Non PBS)
  • Leave to remain applications
  • EEA Applications
  • Appeal Applications
  • Judicial Review application
  • Nationality Application

Business Immigration Service

  • Sponsor Licence Application
  • Allocation of Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Compliance Services
  • Economic migrant applications

Premium Same Day Service

  • Tier 1 General extension applications
  • Tier 2 General & Tier 2 ICT
  • ILR/Permanent residency application (SET (O) (M)
  • FLR M

Our M&A team advises corporate clients on all aspects of takeovers, mergers, acquisitions, disposals and raising finance. We advise on:

  • Flotation's on both AIM and OFEX
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Management Buy outs and Buy-Ins
  • Private Equity funding
  • Reverse Takeovers
  • Company Re-organisations
  • Sales and Purchases of both public and private companies

Our Property Team assists with acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold commercial properties. We advise on:

  • Property Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Re-mortgages
  • Transfer of Equity
  • Leases - both for landlord and tenant
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Licenses

Our Restructuring and Insolvency Team offers practical and specialist corporate and personal insolvency advice. We can offer advice on how to deal with mounting debts, obtaining payment from creditors, negotiating with banks and other financial institutions to restructure facilities and business restructuring. We provide advice across a range of areas including:

Corporate Insolvency

  • Liquidations – Creditors Voluntary Liquidation, Members Voluntary Liquidation and Compulsory Liquidation.
  • Administrations
  • Receiverships
  • Company Voluntary Arrangements

Individual Insolvency

  • Bankruptcy
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangements

Our TMT team advises both suppliers and customers in the technology, media and telecommunications industry on various commercial aspects including the following:

  • General commercial agreements ranging from basic Master Services Agreements to multi party Joint Venture Software Development Agreements including System Integration Agreement, VAR etc, Rebranding and white label agreements, click wrap/shrink wrap agreement, source code escrow and other Hardware IT Agreements
  • Outsourcing Agreements
  • Data Protection Agreements, general privacy contracts, Data Sharing Agreements, Data transfer agreement to non EEA under Eight Principle
  • Technology Transfer and Know-how licensing Agreements such as Software Licensing, Media licensing including format, content, ancillary rights etc
  • Due diligence for M&A deals involving IP purchase, transfer, assignment etc
  • Media agreements like advertising, film production agreements, sponsorship agreements

Our IP team can assist your business manage and protect your intellectual property. We offer advice on:

  • Worldwide, Community and UK trade mark filing, prosecution and enforcement, including non-standard trade mark rights such as shape and colour marks and other aspects of trade
  • Carrying out pre-filing trade mark searches to evaluate and manage the risk involved with launching a new brand or expanding an established brand
  • Representing clients in trade mark and design matters and disputes, including applications, oppositions, invalidity and revocation actions
  • Copyright Protection, licensing, assignment and enforcement matters
  • Patent filing and enforcement services, including patent clearances and freedom to operate opinions
  • Expert due diligence support for transactions
  • Passing off actions

With the rapidly changing planning scene, we realise the importance of keeping up to date with the best advice in order to ensure these matters are dealt with as effectively as possible. We adopt an efficient and co operative approach to all our matters to ensure client satisfaction. Our Planning and Public Sector team offers advice on the following areas to developers, the public sector and private clients:

  • Planning Law
  • Planning Policy and Local Development Frameworks
  • Major Redevelopment, Infrastructure Projects and Regeneration work
  • Section 106 Agreements,Unilateral Undertakings & Highways Agreements
  • Affordable Housing Policy and Agreements
  • Planning Enforcement Matters
  • Certificates of Established Use Applications and Appeals
  • Judicial Review
  • Public Inquiries and Appeals
  • Representations at Committees and Council meetings
  • Advocacy at Inquiries and Magistrates Court
  • Planning Neighbourhood Forums and Issues
  • Corporate Governance and Standards
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Housing Law
  • Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas matters
  • Training Seminars on wide range of topics at client sites
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Deepa Sugathan B.A, LL.B(Hons), LL. M
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
Deepa specialises in commercial matters with special focus on IP/IT. She has been advising Technology, Media and Telecommunications companies in the UK since 2007. Prior to that, she worked as an in-house consultant for an UK/EU Read More...
 
Mathew Philip B.A, LL.B(Hons), LL.M
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
Mathew specialises in all aspects of Business and personal immigration law and advises both Corporate and Private Clients on a range of immigration options. He is a qualified Indian Advocate and has completed his Masters (LLM) from Norwich Read More...
Nadeem Akhtar LL.B (Hons)
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
Nadeem advises a wide range of corporate clients on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions/disposals. This includes private equity transactions, company re-organisation, sales and purchases of companies Read More...
Vivekanand Jaganathan B.A, LL.B, LL.M
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
Vivek is a dual qualified lawyer (England & Wales and India) and focuses primarily on Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Insolvency. He has worked on several proceedings (from interlocutory Read More...
Jagannath Muthu B.Sc, LL.B, LL.M, FICS, FCIArb, FSIArb, ACII, ASII
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
Jagannath is part of a growing Agency / Liner company head quartered at Singapore with branches in Malaysia, Indonesia and China. He is a consultant at Silk Route Legal and has over 15 years Read More...
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Ifath Nawaz LL.B (Hons)
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
Iftah currently works with the Local Government and a Consultant at Silk Route Legal. She has experience in Local Government for over 20 years specialising in Planning and Regeneration work in London and a number of District Councils. She led the team of Planning Lawyers at Wycombe in the Read More...
Deepa Sugathan B.A, LL.B(Hons), LL.M
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
“We are confident that we will be able to guide you and support you in your business ventures. We don’t say we know it all but we definitely run an extra mile to understand your business.”

Deepa specialises in commercial matters with special focus on IP/IT. She has been advising Technology, Media and Telecommunications companies in the UK since 2007. Prior to that, she worked as an in-house consultant for an UK/EU based IT Company.

She is a dual qualified lawyer (England & Wales and India) and has completed her Masters (LL.M) from Norwich Law School, University of East Anglia in Intellectual Property specialising in IT Law, Technology Transfer and Software Licensing.

Practice Highlights

  • Advised and acted on behalf of the supplier on a 5 year consultancy project outsourcing for a major retail chain in UK; it included a complex structuring of software applications development, support and maintenance and related services using both on-shore and off- shore resources; successfully
  • negotiated and drafted multiple performance standards for service levels, sliding scale service credits, service credit holidays and earn-back concept on behalf of the supplier; effectively managed TUPE transfers
  • Drafted, negotiated agreements for the license of Information Management Solution software for a multinational software company with presence in several countries. Advised the Company from the stage of acquiring the source codes through software development, beta version, trial version, System Integration Agreement and Click Wrap EULA
  • Acted on behalf of an online music streaming company on acquiring licenses from artists, music companies etc and drafted online advertising and marketing agreements
  • Acted on behalf of a niche software house in a joint venture for developing a new version of the existing software costing over 2 Million GBP. Issues relating to joint ownership and commercial exploitation, Back to back support and maintenance agreements were drafted and negotiated
  • Advised several major Asian brands on trademark protection and infringement claims
  • Drafted and negotiated several media related licensing agreements which include Licensing of format, Ancillary TV Rights and Interactive call exploitation rights for a well-known ITV, BBC programme for a International Channel in the UK
  • Drafted and negotiated film production agreements, in-film branding and other advertising agreements
  • Acted on behalf of the Indian High Commission on Visa Facilitation Services outsourcing
Mathew Philip B.A, LL.B(Hons), LL.M
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
“We just don’t talk the talk, we deliver consistent results to our Clients”

Mathew specialises in all aspects of Business and personal immigration law and advises both Corporate and Private Clients on a range of immigration options. He is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the UK and a qualified Indian advocate. He has completed his Masters (LL.M) from Norwich Law School, University of East Anglia in International Commercial Laws. He speaks English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

His multilingual skills and multi-jurisdictional experience has helped him serve clients and liaise effectively with the authorities from different countries including South Asia, Middle East, Africa, US, Australia and Europe effectively. According to his clients his understanding of the client requirements, his commitment and above all his personal approach is what makes him stand out from the rest in his field of work.

Practice Highlights

  • Advised and acted on behalf of all sizes of organisations, from start-up to large established corporate clients on sponsor related matters which includes; obtaining Sponsorship Licences and Certificate of sponsorship. Licence renewal application and procedure. Pre/post licence UKBA inspection. Annual allocation of COS. Advised and acted on Intra Company Transfers and Short/long Term Business Visit Visas.
  • Advised and acted on Investor and entrepreneur visa applications on behalf of several high net worth individuals including a professionals and business men from India, Russia and Pakistan.
  • Prepared applications and acted on behalf of clients under the Point Based System ranging from Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5. This includes advice and assistance with entry clearance applications, switching, extending leave to remain and Indefinite leave to remain (ILR).
  • Non PBS experience includes advising and assisting on EEA immigration, Naturalisation applications, discretionary leave, filing/acting on appeals and JR applications. Clients include nationals from various countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Iran, Saudi-Arabia, Uzbekistan, Mauritius, Maldives, China, Japan, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, United States of America, Australia, Brazil, Europe etc
  • Appeared before Immigration Tribunals on behalf of individuals for entry clearance and leave to remain appeals.
  • Actively participating in the marketing and client development activities.
Nadeem Akhtar LL.B (Hons)
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
“At Silk Route Legal, it's not about the transaction, it's about the relationship that creates real value for our clients.”

Nadeem advises a wide range of corporate clients on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions/disposals. This includes private equity transactions, company re-organisation, sales and purchases of companies and listing of companies on AIM and ISDX markets.

In addition to his work on M & A, he advises on general corporate and commercial issues including advice to owners and directors/managers on their legal responsibilities and obligations whether through joint venture arrangements, shareholder agreements, partnerships or limited liability structures, agreements for the supply and purchase of services and goods, agency and distribution agreements and the associated issues which arise in relation to such contracts.

Nadeem also regularly advises / assists the Dispute Resolution team.

Career

  • Admitted as a solicitor in the UK March 1999
  • Davis Walker & Co
  • Pictons (now SA Law)
  • Turbervilles
  • Tavistock Law

Membership

  • Member of the Law Society England and Wales
  • Member of the Securities Investment Institute
  • FSA approved person

What Clients say about him

“I have worked with Nadeem for a number of years and find him great to work with. He puts a lot of effort into ensuring a high quality service that is good value for money for his clients. He supported us recently when we were looking to list on the AIM market in London. He provided a professional service, adding value and providing clarity and focus in what is a complex area. I would not hesitate in recommending him to other potential clients.”- AKM Ismail, Chief Executive Officer, Avalon Enterprises Ltd

Vivekanand Jaganathan B.A, LL.B, LL.M
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565
“We don’t impose quality as a mere function but consider it an integral part of our work ethic”

Vivek is a dual qualified lawyer (England & Wales and India) and focuses primarily on Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Insolvency. He has worked on several proceedings (from interlocutory applications to trials) pursued in the County Courts, High Courts (Chancery Division and Queen’s Bench Division) and Court of Appeal. He has also worked on International Commercial Arbitration matters including applications to the High Court (Commercial Court) arising out of arbitrations.

He has completed his Masters (LL.M) from King’s College London, University of London in Commercial and Corporate Laws

Practice Highlights

  • Bexhill UK Limited v Abdul Razzaq, [2012] EWCA Civ 1376 (Assignment)
  • Chaitan Choudhary and others v. Damodar Prasad Bhatter and others, [2009] EWCA Civ 1176 (Jurisdiction)
  • Berryland Books Limited v. BK Books Limited and others, [2009] EWHC 1877 (Ch) (breach of director’s fiduciary duties)
  • Arbitration under the LME Rules in respect of a dispute over alleged wrongful repudiation of contract to purchase green petroleum coke
  • Acted for a Bank in a claim pursued in the High Court for recovery of a substantial loan
  • Defended freezing (worldwide) injunction applications
  • Acted for a Claimant Company to recover substantial monies borrowed under a Premium Finance Agreement
  • Defended a director against proceedings pursued under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986
  • Acted in several Insolvency matters (Winding Up petitions and Administrations)
  • Mr Gupta & Anr v Union Bank of India & Ors, [2012] EWHC 4075 (Ch) (Costs orders, Expert reports & Slip rule)
  • Mr Gupta & Anr v Union Bank of India & Ors, [2012] EWHC 2636 (Ch) (Jurisdiction)
  • Acted on behalf of an Indian buyer in a High Court claim over the quality of consignments of Stainless Steel
Jagannath Muthu B.Sc, LL.B, LL.M, FICS, FCIArb, FSIArb, ACII, ASII
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565

Jagannath is part of a growing Agency / Liner company head quartered at Singapore with branches in Malaysia, Indonesia and China. He is a consultant at Silk Route Legal and has over 15 year’s experience in the following:

  • - Liner activities, NVOCC operations and Freight Forwarding
  • - Chartering practice and operations
  • - Shipping Agency matters
  • - Demurrage claims and C/P disputes (FD & D)
  • - Cargo damage and Intermodal claims defence
  • - Insurance claims adjustment
  • - Collision and Jetty damage assessment and defence
  • - Stowaway repatriation and control
  • - P&I claims control and adjustment

He is also an adjunct lecturer (“The Shipping Business”) at Singapore Management University and has the expertise to accept appointments as an Arbitrator.

Education

  • University of London International Programmes
    • LL.M (Maritime Law)
  • National University of Singapore
    • Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration
  • University of London
    • LL.B
  • International Maritime Transport Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Port, Shipping & Transport Management
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
    • BSc.

Memberships

  • Fellow, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (FICS)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb)
  • Associate, Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII)
  • Associate, Singapore Insurance Institute (ASII)
Ifath Nawaz LL.B (Hons)
Tel: +44 (0) 203 178 6565

Iftah currently works with the Local Government and a Consultant at Silk Route Legal. She has experience in Local Government for over 20 years specialising in Planning and Regeneration work in London and a number of District Councils. She led the team of Planning Lawyers at Wycombe in the redevelopment and regeneration of the High Wycombe Town Centre over a period of number of years and has substantial experience in this area of work.

Practice Highlights

Conduct of the planning work for the regeneration of the High Wycombe Town Centre including Compulsory Purchase Orders, Development Agreements and S106 Agreements
Successfully defending Judicial Review challenges to local authority decisions regarding grant of planning permission, Core Strategy policies and Telephone Masts
Seeking injunctions to stop further development after unauthorised encampment of Green Belt areas in Buckinghamshire

Public Inquiries covering major development schemes involving over 400 dwellings, retail and residential development, phased development involving affordable housing, education contributions, transport contributions, stopping up and diversion footpath orders and highway works
Conduct of HS2 proceedings in High Court and parliamentary process
Extensive experience of advising senior post holders in local authorities and organisations together with members on issues of national importance in planning and diversity

Advising Mosques and religious places of worship on enforcement and planning applications in towns and cities

Ifath is also the Director of Muslimah Ltd from which she delivers community projects and Leadership training.

In addition her area of work also covers:-

  • Standards and Corporate Governance
  • Training on Standards and Committees
  • Seminars in her areas of specialism for local authorities, lawyers and community groups

Recognition

Muslim Women Power List 2010 Listed in the top 20 Most Powerful Muslim Women in the UK of the Commission of Human Rights and Equalities Muslim Women Power List 2010 and nominated for CEDAR’s European Muslim Women of Influence List 2010

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“I have worked with Nadeem for a number of years and find him great to work with. He puts a lot of effort into ensuring a high quality service that is good value for money for his clients. He supported us recently when we were looking to list on the AIM market in London. He provided a professional service, adding value and providing clarity and focus in what is a complex area. I would not hesitate in recommending him to other potential clients.”

--- AKM Ismail, Chief Executive Officer, Avalon Enterprises Ltd

“In Autumn 2010, I employed Mathew's services to handle Tier 2 visa representations to the UKBA. At this time, UKBA policy had significantly hardened against granting visas to overseas nationals outside of the EEA, which particularly affects staff in our sector of the market. The ever-changing guidelines and pressured deadlines made this process incredibly stressful, given the outcome would be the loss of key staff. Mathew was invaluable, not just for his persistence and good-humoured patience, but also for his willingness to work around the clock; most memorably, completing one application at ten minutes to midnight on Christmas Eve, before he rushed with his wife to midnight mass! That act speaks for itself”

--- Giles Pittman, Director, Lodore Nursing Home, Sutton

“ Deepa is commercially savvy, has good subject matter expertise and gives innovative, creative advice. She really adds value and brings a well-rounded view to contract issues. It is a pleasure working with her.”

--- S Jacob, Hume Technologies Ltd

“Mathew represented me for my visa application when interview appointment was almost impossible to get. The whole process was successful and smooth. Despite the bustle of holiday season and the anxious waiting of his new-born, Mathew took care of his work with great professionalism. He is also a very genuine and easy-to-talk-with person.”

--- Susan Wu, Chinese National
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