Shainul Kassam - Commercial Lawyer

Shainul is the managing partner of Fortune Law, a boutique commercial law firm based in the heart of London’s West End. “Boutique” in the sense that as a client of Fortune Law, you benefit from the same depth of expertise and professional experience as a larger law firm, with the difference being that we genuinely have lower overheads and we pass on those savings to clients. That means lower fees for you with no compromise on quality or speed of service. Fortune Law specialises in all aspects of corporate, contract and commercial law, including employment law, commercial property law and company restorations. In addition, we have a particular expertise and interest in the Hospitality sector and act for a large number of hotels, bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs.
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Shainul 's Testimonials

We are a small company and were undergoing radical changes within our set-up last year.Fortune Law acted for us on our instructions. They then helped us in ensuring our actions were delivered smoothly.
Good, unemotional, competent advice is what we needed for our business. Fortune Law's team consistently provided this, together with an excellent relationship and an understanding of our business issues.They really took the time to understand our business.  They created a personalized transition plan that helped streamline our business processes and prepare us for the future. We really appreciate the time they dedicated to helping our company move forward.They certainly added value, ensuring our actions were well-informed and helped us to unravel complex legislation.

- Mustapha Laljee - Dental Professionals Ltd

We called on Shainul Kassam at Fortune Law when we discovered that a company we were shareholders in had been dissolved. The company was a non-trading entity; however, it held within it the freehold of the block of 4 flats of which we were the owners of the first floor. During its dissolved state, the freehold was technically owned by The Crown and none of the flat owners would have been able to sell or refinance. It was at this point that we decided to bring in professional help and instructed Fortune Law to undertake the company restoration process for us. Throughout this process, Shainul kept us consistently informed and knew the steps needed to embark on having the dissolution reversed. Shainul constructed a well put-together case to the Registrar of Companies in order to reinstate the company and after a couple of months, the company was restored and we were able to continue operating as usual. With thanks to Shainul.

- Hazel de Kloe - Your Property Why

Fortune Law were involved with Carbonate Solutions at a very early stage, most critically, being involved in the drafting of the option and patent licence agreements which required a great level of detail and understanding of what we were trying to achieve. Once these documents were signed off the next stage was providing a framework for us to go out and raise money under SEIS rules. We were delighted that our prospective investors were immediately satisfied with the shareholder and other relevant agreements provided by Fortune Law, enabling us to quickly and efficiently raise the maximum funding allowed under SEIS regulations.
We have been very impressed with their professionalism, thoroughness and importantly for us, the speed of turnaround for documentation drafting. We look forward to an on-going relationship with Fortune Law as our business develops and expands.

- Grant Walker - Carbonate Solutions

On occasion over the past five years we have had cause to refer a number of employment matters to Fortune Law. Paying any subsequent bill becomes a source of comfort for us - not because of its good value but more so because in doing so we know that we will have acted with integrity and in a manner that befits us as a fair but businesslike employer. These matters have varied from simple guidance on probationary periods to handling the departure from the firm of a long standing member of staff. Away from employment matters I had some personal guidance from Shainul on my own shareholder status and agreements prior to an eventual management buy out. What comes from such assured and professional dealings on a personal and business basis is a willingness to refer Shainul and her colleagues on to our long standing clients and contacts for their own purposes. 

- Adam Neal

- Adam Neal - Bigmore Associates

Fortune Law provides legal assistance for our company and our clients and is keeping us up to date with business legislation, policies and procedures . We found the assistance provided by Fortune Law very professional and  their office staff very efficient and easy to get hold of. From our experience we can definitely say that Fortune Law offer a fantastic customer service. We have no hesitation in recommending them to all our clients and friends and have complete confidence and trust in the service they provide.

- Peter Kubalka - Capital Business Links Ltd

Article 10 engaged the services of Fortune Law between September and December 2011 in relation to corporate and commercial matters.  They provided detailed advice on the restructuring of the group, guided us through our options before actioning our chosen path and prepared bespoke consultancy agreements for use with subcontractors.  In all aspects of the service, we were impressed.  Shainul and the team demonstrated expertise in their specialist areas, turned around draft documents quickly and efficiently, and communicated with us clearly and regularly.  We will use Fortune Law again the next time we need legal services.

- Dale Smith - Article10

Fortune Law advised the Alliance on its shareholder and membership structure, drafted the constitutional and membership documentation, advised on confidentiality obligations relating to our suppliers and prepared a supplier agreement to set competitive member prices and secure rebates - the Alliance has therefore experienced the firm's services first hand.  Shainul and her team are highly professional, very knowledgeable, responsive, and a real pleasure to work with.  They have provided the Alliance quality service and have played an important role in helping us get launched - we look forward to using them again. Indeed, Fortune Law is one of our approved suppliers.

- Nashir Boghani - iHotels Alliance Limited

Shainul and Charles have been great. I came into the process of share options a little clueless. I've been thoroughly impressed with their knowledge, their advice, and their ability to move quickly and I couldn't recommend them highly enough.

- Tom Simnett - InItForThe

The legal landscape is not an easy one to orient yourself on, especially when it comes down to technology, intellectual property and the arts. Fortune Law have not only provided us with exactly what we needed in good time, but have gone beyond the call of duty by giving us a deep understanding of the obligations we are bound to and forecasting any collateral issues brought upon by our changes to the Terms of service, Privacy and Usage Policies they drafted for us (might I also add all in a very friendly fashion!). We will gladly work with them again.

- Guy Armitage - Zealous

As a first time commercial investor in the UK market I was understandably very cautious at the onset of this deal. However once I had Shainul and her team on board, I was able to leave all legal matters to them with complete confidence. Despite the pressure of pre-Christmas time, I never once felt rushed. Fortune Law has consistently stepped up whenever I needed their help and no task has ever been too much trouble or not worth their time. To place complete trust in your advisors is not an easy task, yet when you partner with an extraordinary team such as the one at Fortune Law, you cannot imagine working any other way.

- Aqib Fayyaz and Aida Khan - 51 Kensington Court

Just this week we have opened our first "unique eatery" - a sandwich bar in London which is on King William Street just 2 minutes away from Trafalgar Square. I was referred to Fortune Law by a trusted adviser and on meeting Shainul and her team I knew I was in good hands. My business philosophy is to do things simply and well. Fortune Law took complex lease documents and made sure they were easily understood and the practical side well explained. They were an amazing team to work with and I was very happy with their service which far exceeded my expectations. I would like to thank the Fortune Law team for all of their hard work in helping me get my first site off the ground!

- Denis Bezucha - MD's

In October 2010 I had decided to take on a 10 year lease for The Crispin Inn pub, which is based in Sandwich. Due to the current climate, and the pub industry experiencing their own difficulties, taking on a pub lease can be a daunting prospect. I instructed Shainul Kassam of Fortune Law to work on this Lease, and I would like to thank her and her team for doing a fantastic job. The pub has had to go through a number of works, and she has managed to save me in the region of £100,000 in the long term. I have found her and her team to be very thorough and diligent in their work and would highly recommend her company to anyone needing a similar contract to be looked at in the future.

- Rob Lee Griffiths - Currency Solutions

Shainul and the team at Fortune Law have been great. Shainul quickly understood our business, defined the key issues and got to work developing the key documents we needed to get our business started and our investment secured. Though we've only been using Fortune Law for a short period we're quite confident that it's going to be a lasting relationship.

- Farhan Lalji - Ad Avengers

It's never easy to start a business, especially as foreigners. Fortune Law was great in assisting us with the negotiating and completing of the commercial lease for our new restaurant. Thanks to their knowledge and legal experience, their availability, their professionalism and their sympathy, we have been able to go ahead with serenity.

- Jean-Charles Madenspacher & Julien Ledogar - L'Art du Fromage

The business of leasehold and freehold acquisition is often tricky and time consuming, requiring professionalism, patience and diplomacy particularly in the often-tense run up to completion. Shainul's team offer my clients a flexible service to suit all requirements and their personal nature and ability to react quickly to find solutions and guide the process forward means that they are an asset on every deal; no matter the size. They have also acted on a number of corporate issues for me, constantly delivering what they have promised and always on budget. Quite simply, Fortune Law supply the levels of quality in their service that I strive to deliver through my commercial property company, making it easy to recommend them to my clients.

- Jonathan Heap - iXConsulting

Shainul and her team at Fortune Law acted for Pensar in the legal aspect of our office move. Very thorough and prompt in responses. Went above the call of duty in order to complete on the lease on the day that we had service providers booked to start work. Shainul manages a good team and
I can thoroughly recommend them.

- Mark Williams - Pensar I.T. Management

This has been my first time working directly with a firm of solicitors, so I don't have a benchmark, but Fortune Law have been a joy to work with and have delivered everything I asked for - and more! They have been at the end of the phone when I have needed them and are quick to respond to emails. They understand that, as a start-up company, cashflow is tight, so have been totally transparent with fees and have capped certain activities so that costs don't spiral.

- Alex Kammerling - Kamm & Sons,

Having started our own business, one of our first key requirements was to put in place well drafted Terms and Conditions before taking on any client work. We knew the importance of clarity in both agreeing customer orders and setting out the terms on which our business was to operate. We knew what we wanted but didn't know how to express ourselves in writing. After speaking to Fortune Law, we were confident Lifestyle Interiors' Terms and Conditions would help us service our client needs better and also protect us against any unexpected issues that may arise. Instead of a box-standard set of Terms and Conditions, Fortune Law tailored them so that they suited all of Lifestyle Interiors' needs and more. We look forward to working with Shainul and her team in the future and would recommend them to anyone. Thanks Shainul!

- Sadia Afghan - Lifestyle Interiors by ASQ

Fortune Law deliver on their promise. They listened to my specific needs, worked very quickly and without fuss. Not only were they extremely knowledgeable and professional, they were also very approachable and supportive. I will definitely be using Shainul and her team for any future legal matters.

- Karen Haller - Karen Haller Interiors Ltd

Launching a start-up business as a foreigner in London required a deep level of advice from advisers I trust. Fortune Law’s expertise in all legal aspects and their personal approach to help and support my business made me and continues to make me feel very secure. I look forward in the future to working with Shainul and her competent team and building on our great relationship.

- Bernd Radaschitz - Interior-ID

Fortune Law has been our commercial law firm for a number of years.  Over the time we have completed a variety of projects including drafting our terms & conditions, supplier agreements, NDA, advice on image use and copyright and helping us to take out a lease on our new offices.  I always find them easy to work with, providing professional prompt and insightful service that has helped to support and grow our business.

- Chris Peak - Feelingpeaky Ltd

Fortune Law and Shah Dodhia have developed a strong business relationship over the last few years collaborating on several projects and have indeed referred our own Clients to them. We have found them to be helpful, easy to work with and technically excellent. We look forward to working with them in the future.

- Satish Shah - Shah Dodia & Co

We have used the services of Fortune Law on a number of transactions including two acquisitions. The team, and in particular Shainul Kassam, have been very effective in keeping the work running to our timetable and have responded well to additional workload…….. We have no hesitation in recommending them.

- George Gonzales - Company Health Club Plc

We were referred to Fortune Law by a long standing business advisor when embarking on our latest venture. We wanted to work with lawyers who understood the 'real world'. The entrepreneurial spirit at Fortune Law ensured that we received such; the team are professional, technically skilled and prompt in responding to our needs and queries. It is a pleasure working with them and we look forward to building this relationship.

- Tony Singh & Deepinder Singh - AD Residential and Atlantic Hotels

Shainul and her team at Fortune Law first came to work for 7city Learning in March 2009 following many years of being with one the ‘big city firms’. The main area of focus for us was employment law, although they have helped us with commercial legal issues too. We were immediately impressed not only with their knowledge and experience in the particular area of law we were dealing with but also by their practical and commercial approach to the issues we were facing. Always outcome and solution focused, Shainul and her team helped us achieve legal compliance without compromising our business goals and objectives. With Fortune Law you always feel that you are in safe hands and can rely on them to provide innovative and commercially viable solutions to any issues we may be facing. The advice and guidance Shainul and her team have provided have proven to be invaluable. We look forward to many more years of working in close partnership with Shainul and her team.

- Helen Taylor - 7 City Learning

Fortune Law was very professional in their approach, we worked directly with Shainul who was very objective and provided clarity and direction in order to best protect our business structure. We found that along with their professional attitude, Fortune Law still has a personal touch with their clients. This is a great asset as it provides the context for free flowing information and clear communication. We would recommend their services and intend to work closely with them in the future.

- Aasif Koorjee & Mohammed Sachedina - Testa Rossa Caffe Ltd

I have always found Fortune Law to be highly professional.  They start work without any delay and have an amazing ability to make you feel like their only client, no matter the size of your brief.

- Ashley Winston - Palmdale Motors Ltd

An unpleasant business situation was solved quickly, professionally and with such ease that I would be very confident in instructing Fortune Law in the future

- Ingrid von Bratt - Stay Active Ltd

Working with Fortune Law is a highly positive experience. I first contacted them when I learned about their expanding success from start up.
This appealed to me as I am at start up stage and wanted a company who could understand my needs and who could operate in the real world, not in exclusive legal circles. I found Shainul and her team very professional and prompt in responding to my questions.  The advice provided was very useful and a valuable information tool. The Fortune Law team acts as real legal partner and I would recommend anybody to use them.

- Al-Karim Versi - A-Kar (Europe) Limited

We at Brebners have a close working relationship with Fortune Law and have always found our dealings to be very professional, trusting and cost effective. They have always been extremely prompt in dealing with the proposals put to them. Fortune Law makes a refreshing change from the dull, grey stereotypical legal firm. They are technically skilled and above all great with people.

- Ash Sonah - Brebners

I approached Fortune Law to help with the lease upon deciding to move my business to a new location. The team at Fortune Law showed patience, understanding and a great deal of professionalism.  I am now settled into my new shop and my business is thriving.  I would wholeheartedly recommend Fortune Law’s services for legal peace of mind.

- Louise Coultas Pitman - The Cracked Pot

We had a requirement to radically overhaul our terms and conditions for a new website design and build service. We approached Shainul Kassam at Fortune Law with a fairly loose idea of what we needed and were fearful that we would be bombarded by lots of legal jargon. We appreciate as a technology company how important it is to communicate in a non technical way to clients. This is something that Fortune Law thoroughly understand, they rapidly grasped the concepts of what we required, as opposed to what we were asking for! They gave us an estimate for the work, we said ok, almost the next thing the work was completed with minimum fuss, on time and within the estimate, what more can you ask of your legal adviser? A joy to work with

- Mark Kemp

I have worked with Shainul on a range of issues for clients over the last few years - including shareholder agreements, corporate structuring and legal disputes and employment matters. I have always found Shainul approachable and commercial. The team at Fortune Law are responsive and helpful and I never have any hesitation in recommending Fortune Law to my clients.

- John Leyden, Carbon Accountancy