New partner joins international law firm’s expanding Manchester office

(L-R) Paul Stanley, Paul Pinder and Afsheen Nasr of law firm, Ronald Fletcher Baker. Photo:

An international law firm celebrating its 70th year, has invested in the further expansion of its Manchester office with the appointment of a specialist real estate litigation solicitor.

Paul Pinder, who has 15 years’ experience in dealing with complex commercial, mixed-use and residential development schemes, joins Ronald Fletcher Baker as partner.

Formerly head of the housing law property disputes team at Pinsent Masons in Manchester, Paul has held senior positions at international law firms, DLA Piper UK and Nabarro, where he acted for UK and international pension funds, institutional investors, public sector landlords and private developers.

A member of the Property Litigation Association, Paul will be responsible for advising clients in all areas of real estate litigation matters, encompassing site assembly, vacant possession strategies, statutory compliance and mixed-use commercial-residential structuring, including service charge consultations and lease extension claims. He will work alongside partner, and head of Manchester office, Afsheen Nasr, in developing Ronald Fletcher Baker’s growing client portfolio.

It is the latest significant new hire for Ronald Fletcher Baker, having made the strategic decision to launch a presence in Manchester four years ago. The law firm now boasts a 12-strong team at its offices in 111 Piccadilly, including Paul Stanley, a partner in real estate finance and secured lending, who joined from Fieldfisher last year.

Paul Pinder said: “Ronald Fletcher Baker is a well-established and ambitious international law firm, that is committed to further growth in Manchester over the next few years. The firm has a fantastic reputation for its work in the real estate sector and is known for employing a highly skilled and approachable team that offers its clients real value for money. I’m looking forward to working alongside Afsheen, Paul Stanley and the team to further develop our client base and our presence in the North West.”

Afsheen Nasr, partner at Ronald Fletcher Baker and head of Manchester office, said: “This is another significant appointment for our Manchester office, which continues to expand thanks to a hugely talented team of legal professionals. Paul is a technically skilled and highly specialist real estate litigator, who perfectly embodies our values as a professional and responsive firm. His appointment gives Ronald Fletcher Baker the opportunity to develop our constantly growing client base and standing in Manchester and London.”

Founded in 1950, Ronald Fletcher Baker is celebrating its 70th year with the business growing organically in all offices. The firm employs 80 staff with 62 legal professionals at its three established offices in the City of London (Old Street), the West End (Baker Street) and Istanbul, and an additional Russia, Ukraine and CIS Desk. The Manchester office specifically deals with a variety of asset management, residential and commercial real estate. The firm acts for medium to large national and international companies, financial institutions, domestic and international governments, high net worth individuals and substantial corporate investors, many of whom are based overseas.

Ronald Fletcher Baker was named as a ‘leading firm’ for 2020 in industry directory, The Legal 500 and is listed across the practice areas of property finance, commercial litigation, family law, property litigation, crime and commercial property.