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Gateley Plc

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Birmingham, Dubai, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and 2 more

Mark Wilson

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Gateley Plc

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Mark is national head of the firm’s restructuring department. He undertakes all aspects of banking, corporate insolvency, turnaround and restructuring acting for banks, insolvency practitioners and venture capitalists. Mark has developed a niche practice in defending and litigating against insolvency practitioners. He is also involved in litigating against directors in the tax avoidance arena. He has undertaken insolvency work for over 20 years, including some very high-profile cases.


Trained Gateley; qualified 1991; partner Gateley 1998 to date.


Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby; Manchester University (1982-85 BA Hons economics); College of Law, Chester (1987 Common Professional Examination; 1988 Law Society Finals).


Family of six children (there is only one Mrs Wilson!), football (a committed Evertonian), cricket, swimming, cycling, holidaying, music.

West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

Gateley Plc focuses on both criminal and civil fraud, possessing ‘great commerciality’ and ‘demonstrates great strength in depth’. Fraud and financial crime specialist Ruth Armstrong heads the regulatory team and has notable expertise on matters relating to house building, manufacturing, transport and banking. Mark Wilson heads the corporate recovery team, and is known for his ‘commercial edge’ and ‘ability to negotiate the best deal in difficult circumstances’. James Baird works predominantly on fraud prevention consulting and recovery for funders and leasing companies.

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West Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Wilson - Gateley Plc

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Gateley Plc handles a range of work, with a significant presence in insolvency litigation. Clients recommend Daniel French, who advised KPMG on its role as administrators of The Imaginaerum Studios, securing the pre-pack sale of its assets in a management buy-out. Mark Wilson and legal director Kathryn Hacking advised Grant Thornton as liquidators of an aluminium smelting company, which performed an allegedly unlawful share buyback and sale of the factory and a subsidiary to the managing director. Victoria Portman, another legal director, advised Begbies Traynor on obtaining control of land which was occupied by the holder of a since-expired lease but owned by a company in liquidation. Helen Jones is a key senior associate – she advised Scientific and Chemical Suppplies on an accelerated management buyout required to prevent the client from becoming insolvent.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Gateley Plc has a strong reputation in professional negligence, particularly on construction-related cases. Steve Goodrham is one of three partner who heads the practice and 'gets to the heart of a case very quickly', 'works out with the client what the right approach is' and 'then sticks to it'. Fellow practice head Peter Davies  is particularly active on construction related claims and advised a major house builder on a claim against geo-environmental engineers who failed to identify asbestos contamination on the client's purchased site. Also leading the team is Mark Wilson  , who focuses on claims against insolvency practitioners and offshore accountants and auditors. Also recommended is Michelle Davies who acts on claims against solicitors, tax advisers and accountants, and 'is very good at getting to grips with the detail of a case' and 'making sure that deadlines are met'.

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