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Geldards LLP

NUMBER ONE PRIDE PLACE, PRIDE PARK, DERBY, DE24 8QR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 029 2023 8239
Fax:
Fax 01332 294295
DX:
11509 DERBY
Email:
Web:
www.geldards.com

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

The ‘fantastic’ and ‘always available’ team at Geldards LLP advises domestic and international clients on private equity and M&A transactions, as well as commercial agreements including consumer credit and supply arrangements, service level agreements, agency and distribution agreements, leasing agreements and joint venture and collaboration agreements. The group has strength in depth across a broad range of sectors, from motor retail, healthcare and food and drink to rail, intellectual property and IT and sports and media.  Debra Martin heads the corporate practice while Michelle Craven-Faulkner heads the commercial side. Recent highlights include advising the shareholders of Radleigh Homes on the high-profile sale of the company to Redrow Homes, and advising the shareholders of Wearwell Group on a buyout backed by Rockpool Investments. ‘Excellent’ food and drink expert Peter Seary joined from Roythornes Solicitors while sports expert Jamie Goldberg joined from Onside Law Limited. Also recommended are the ‘pragmatic and commercial’ Paul Feenan and David Tilly, who is now a consultant. Other clients include Pendragon, British Business Bank and Stadler Rail Services UK.

Leading individuals

David Tilly - Geldards LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Leading individuals

David Tilly - Geldards LLP

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP is noted for its automotive sector strength, and the team is growing its IT, healthcare and agricultural litigation credentials. Jonathan Butler defended Vision Express against misrepresentation allegations made by former joint venture partners and also acted in counterclaims aimed at enforcing personal guarantees. In an illustration of the firm's construction litigation capabilities, Paul Hackney led the representation of a school in regard to claims against multiple parties based on the defective construction of roofs and monitoring and evaluation systems.  Nino Simone, whose key specialisms include shareholder disputes and contentious intellectual property work, heads the practice. Other clients include PSA Peugeot Citroen, Great Plains UK and Pendragon. Consultant Stephen Woolley retired.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Butler - Geldards LLP

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Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Leading individuals

Jonathan Butler - Geldards LLP

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP combines ‘a high level of partner-led service’ with a ‘commercial approach’, making the team a ‘reliable partner’ for its clients. The group acts for both funders and businesses in need of funding, and has a unique focus on the German market, giving it ‘a remarkable capability to impart knowledge on UK law to non-UK clients’. ‘Particularly thorough’ practice head Jenny Chatten is especially well-versed in transactions from the franchise, care home and pharmacy sectors, while David Watson excels in real estate finance.  Recent highlights include advising Santander on the refinance and review of the banking arrangements of EOTH, the holding company of major outdoor equipment player Equip Outdoor Technologies, which involved putting in place a new loan and security. In a major international highlight, the group assisted Arrma Durango with the banking arrangements with the group’s US lenders to reorganise US funding in the lead-up to the bankruptcy of parent group Hobbico. Other clients include HSBC and Allied Irish Bank .

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Geldards LLP

Noted for its ‘commercial approach’, Geldards LLP offers insolvency litigation and transactional experience in both personal and corporate insolvency proceedings, with its expertise in cross-border insolvency forum shopping and strong track record in advising public bodies such as local authorities as the group’s standout features. Company director disqualification mandates and mandates at the intersection between property and insolvency law are other areas of expertise. The key advisers are practice head Nino Simone, Jonathan Butler and ‘proactive’ associate Ruth Thurland, who ‘demonstrates strong technical skills combined with commercial awareness’. RSM, Smith Cooper and PKF Cooper Parry Group are clients.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP’s team provides ‘clear and concise’ advice to employers and employees alike. The group specialises in assisting public bodies with investigations and disciplinary and grievance procedures and advising on the employment aspects of academy conversions both pre- and post-conversion. It also handles senior executive exits, as well as the full range of claims before the Employment Tribunal. Corporate support work and restructuring and redundancy procedures are other areas of strength. ‘Client-focused’ life sciences and technology expert Rhys Wyborn ‘demonstrates strong commercial insight’ and is the main adviser in the East Midlands. Also recommended are practice head Stephen Jenkins, who splits his time between Cardiff and the Midlands, and  ‘hardworking and attentive’ associate Rachel Mills. Wyborn led advice to Heavyweight Air Express on the dismissal of a senior employee and director for gross misconduct and acted in the subsequent unfair dismissal claim. Wyborn also assisted ISS Labour with multiple redundancy and business reorganisation matters. Other clients include Fathomtree and Motion Picture Solutions. Senior associate Jameel Mann joined Knights plc.

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East Midlands: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

‘One of the best in the Midlands’, the ‘outstanding’ Geldards LLP team ‘has strong technical knowledge coupled with a practical approach’, offering the full spectrum of family law services, including family mediation, collaborative law and family arbitration. Financial remedy cases form the core of the caseload, but the group also excels in pre- and post-nuptial agreements. ‘Exceptional matrimonial solicitor’ Fiona Apthorpe, also a Deputy District Judge with a private family ticket, directs the practice, with senior associates Claire Dean, ‘who goes the extra mile for clients’, and Ben Lawson, who ‘combines intelligence with efficiency’ and ‘is one to watch for family law in the Midlands’, providing key support.

Next generation lawyers

Ben Lawson - Geldards LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP fields a ‘highly professional’ practice that combines ‘pragmatic advice’ with ‘excellent client service’. The ‘outstanding’ practice has a strong track record in advising major national lottery winners, assisting financial advisers and accountants, and handling instructions from entrepreneurs who have created their own wealth. ‘Efficient and immensely knowledgeable’ practice head Erica Thomson advises on estate administration and the creation of trusts and their management. Jaclyn Barnes ‘has a great manner with clients’ and specialises in tax planning, trusts and high-value estates, including matters involving cross-jurisdictional issues.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP specialises in commercial work for universities, further education colleges, schools and academies. Practice head Paul Hilsdon is the main practitioner and especially well-versed in conducting high-value due diligence. Highlights included advising Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education on its academy programme.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP is praised for providing ‘pragmatic advice that is tailored to the client’s desired outcome’. The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team acts for public and private sector clients across a range of commercial property mandates, including residential and commercial development, large-scale regeneration projects, lease renewals and property finance. Graham Banks heads the practice, which includes the ‘resolute and pragmatic’ Tiffany Cloynes, who is noted for ‘her vast experience in the public sector’, the ‘experienced and persuasive’ Heather Dixon, and Jamie Gordon, who has a particular focus on the electricity distribution sector. Recent instructions include advising Leicester City Council on the first phase of its Waterside regeneration scheme and, under the lead of David Watson, assisting BioCity Group with the acquisition and development of the Discovery Building. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Rushcliffe Developments and Office Depot are also recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP predominantly handles landlord and tenant disputes across a broad sector spectrum, with the motor trade, retail and utilities sectors generating an especially large volume of instructions. Mark Hacking is the main contact.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

Since the arrival of Jamie Goldberg as new department head from Onside Law Limited, Geldards LLP has significantly boosted its sports practice and assists sports clients with high-profile corporate and commercial transactions. Advice on M&A transactions, sports governance and regulation is as much part of the team’s portfolio as sponsorship, partnership, and licensing and media rights agreements. Endorsements and representation agreements for athletes and defamation and sports injury assistance are other core strengths.

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Goldberg - Geldards LLP

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