Law Firm in London (Italian Speaking Lawyers)


Ridgemont is an experienced London law firm with a specialist and thriving Italian desk. We specialise in advising clients across Italy on English Law including all aspects of corporate (business), commercial, employment, property (real estate) and construction related matters.

If you have any legal matters in England or Wales, it is best to instruct a local law firm, which has an Italian desk with Italian speaking lawyers.

Our team brings a commercial perspective to both contractual, practical and dispute related issues, enabling you or your business to find an effective solution or resolution in the most cost-effective way.

Our Italian speaking lawyers offer a bespoke legal service to companies, individuals, employers and contractors doing business in England or Wales. We have a team of bi-lingual experienced professionals to help you navigate the landscape between the English and Italian legal system. We can advise and assist with a wide range of matters for both businesses and individuals.

Our team have significant experience and have practiced English law for decades.

Some of the benefits of instructing us include:

  • The ability to liaise with clients in Italian and explain complex legal issues in Italian and
  • Translate any document from English into Italian (and vice versa) so that you understand the context
  • Travel to Italy to meet the clients at our office in Padova or elsewhere in Italy if necessary
  • English law firm with English qualified solicitors

We can offer remote video meetings & telephone appointments to clients wherever you are based in Italy.

Key Contact

Cecilia is an expert solicitor based in London. She gained her combined BA and MA Degree in Law at Università degli Studi di Padova in Veneto, Italy, and went on to achieve a Graduate Diploma in Law at London’s BPP Law School.

Cecilia joined Ridgemont in February 2020 and now advises a wide range of clients, with a focus on property and construction litigation amongst other areas. Cecilia works at the forefront of Ridgemont’s already thriving Italian desk and is on hand to help clients based in Italy with their legal matters in England and Wales.

Italian Desk - Via Emanuele Filiberto, 14 35122 – Padova (4th floor).

London Desk - 24 Greville Street, London, EC1N 8SS

Case Studies

We advised an Italian property owner in London who had extended his property. The local authority pursued him for an alleged breach of planning permission. We undertook a detailed analysis of the planning permission and the as-built extension and argued that the property was indeed compliant on technical grounds. We were delighted that the local authority decided not to pursue the matter any further, minimising legal costs and leaving a very happy client.

We acted for a large Italian real estate company defending a claim in respect of alleged breaches of lease relating to a prime Central London apartment. The property in question was held under a leasehold (a form of ownership in the UK where the owner owns the property by way of a long lease from the freehold proprietor, rather than owning the freehold itself). The claim threatened our client losing the apartment by way of forfeiture. This is where the lease is essentially considered ended and the property reverts to the freehold proprietor. We fought hard to resist the claim and negotiated a very favourable settlement for the client. The client was extremely happy with the result.

We were approached by an Italian group on its restructuring options following the outbreak of COVID-19. It was clear that they wanted accurate advice but with great haste as they had deadlines in relation to tax issues in Italy. We provided advice that included considering the potential conversion of a UK limited company into a public limited company (PLC) and the transfer of its head office to Italy. We advised on all corporate and associated real estate matters, enabling the client to make a clear decision about the best way forward. The client was very grateful for the clear and innovative advice, which ultimately reduced its considerable tax burden in Italy.

Our client came to us extremely concerned that its tenant of its property in London had failed to pay rent for six months and was refusing to do so in the future. We explained to the client in Italian how possession proceedings work in the UK, drafted the necessary documents and represented the client at Court where we obtain possession and an Order that the tenant pay the outstanding rent with interest within 14 days. The client was extremely happy that this stressful matter had been resolved so smoothly. The property was re-let to a new tenant and the client was able to enjoy receiving rent again.

We acted for an Italian individual, living in London, on a commercial dispute with a UK company. The dispute had been a real distraction from his business. We stepped in, took ownership of the dispute and negotiated a very favourable settlement. The client was delighted that he could move on and get back to what he does best, growing successful businesses.

Testimonials

Marco Bigi, Navy Group SRL - “Ridgemont advised us on potentially high value litigation regarding one of our real estate assets in the UK.  They provided us with firm, consistent advice, which resulted in settlement being achieved and any risk associated with the proceedings being avoided.”

Paolo Zechini, Segmento - “Ridgemont continue to advise us on a number of matters. They are responsive, detailed in their work and commercial in their approach.  Ridgemont are currently acting for us on a dispute with a sub-contractor.  They have provided great advice and we are confident of obtaining judgment and costs in our favour with their guidance.”

Aldo d’Aponte, Arbitrage Group - “Impressive real estate and construction advice.  Pragmatic with an eye for detail.”

Silvia Lenzi, Property Agent - “John has assisted me on a number of recent litigious legal matters.  Often, the results he has achieved have exceeded my expectations.  His advice is always comprehensive and professional.  The Ridgemont team are very client-orientated and efficient in time and fees.  I will continue to instruct John as a legal partner and adviser.”

Free Initial Discussion

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 (0) 203 909 9590 or email us at contactus@ridgemont.co and a member of Italian desk will get back to you.

Our Services:

Construction - We advise on all aspects of construction, real estate and engineering-related issues and disputes in England and Wales.

Areas we can assist with include:

Corporate and Commercial - Our Italian speaking team can assist businesses across a wide range of corporate and commercial matters in England and Wales.

Areas we can assist with include:

  • Bespoke commercial contracts
  • Dispute resolution
  • Finance agreements
  • Joint Venture agreements
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Option agreements
  • Restructuring
  • Shareholder agreements and director service agreements

Employment - With our expert employment law services we can help you quickly deal with a wide range of employment related matters, including contracts, employee or director disputes, disciplinaries, recruitment, international assignments and redundancies.

Property / Real estate - Our lawyers have the specialist knowledge and experience that you need to get the most out of your real estate assets and transactions. With experts across Planning, Construction, Engineering, Property Litigation, Asset Management and Real Estate Finance, our lawyers can support you through every eventuality.

Setting up a business/company in the UK - If you are considering setting up a business in the UK, then our specialist business formation team can guide you through the process ensuring you understand the regulations of doing business in the UK.

Working in partnership with Italian clients, we specialise in helping Italian clients start and grow their business in the UK. We can also help move your existing business from Italy to the UK or open an office here.

Areas we can assist with include:

  • Setting up your Limited Company
  • Company Documents
  • Opening the Business Bank Account
  • Finding a Property (If required)
  • Raising Finance
  • Business Planning
  • Applying for necessary business licences
  • Employment

Other legal areas

We also provide advice on other areas of law in England and Wales. Should you need a lawyer based in the UK, please get in contact to see how we can assist.

Our Fees

We offer a free initial telephone discussion to see how we can assist in your matter. After that we offer a range of affordable fixed fees and hourly rates where applicable.

We are always completely transparent about how much our work will cost and you will never receive an unexpected bill.

We will advise you as to the likely outcome of your case and how long the process might take.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are ensuring that all fixed fee appointments are now available via telephone, Zoom and Skype amongst other options so there is no need to travel or come into our offices.

Why Choose us

We are regulated law firm based in London with Italian speaking solicitors (lawyers) and we have an Italian desk in Padova. We advise a range of Italian clients across several sectors and matter types.

Our style is to be proactive and work with you and other advisers to achieve your objectives. We aim to work with you to help to deliver your goals successfully and efficiently and to resolve disputes as swiftly as possible. Whether you want general advice or strong action, we have the knowledge and experience to help you in the most effective way.

How to Get in Contact

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 (0) 203 909 9590 or email us at contactus@ridgemont.co and a member of our team will get back to you.

We specialise in construction law and real estate matters and have an excellent reputation across the country and in Italy.

We can assist wherever you are based and we have offices in London and an Italian Desk in Padova.

Italian Desk - Via Emanuele Filiberto, 14 35122 – Padova (4th floor).

London Desk - 24 Greville Street, London, EC1N 8SS