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Gateley Plc

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

Karen Levesley

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Gateley Plc

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Commercial Dispute Resolution


Karen is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team. She is experienced in advising on all aspects of the litigation process from the pre-action stage to trials in the High Court and appeals to the Court of Appeal, including acting on cases requiring urgent remedies such as search orders, freezing injunction orders and other injunctions. Karen regularly acts for clients involved in breach of contract claims, post-acquisition warranty and indemnity claims, shareholder disputes, claims to enforce employee restrictive covenants and fraud. She is also experienced in mediation as an alternative method of dispute resolution.

Successes include:

- Obtained a freezing injunction order to prevent dissipation of assets in a large scale fraud committed on Gateley’s client company. The case led to the money being returned.

- Obtained a search order against an ex-MD who set up a competing company in breach of contract and duty. The case protected the jobs of a number of employees in Gateley’s client company and preserved shareholder value.

- Obtaining an injunction to prevent the unlawful transfer of shares. The case led to obtaining a share transfer order putting ownership of the company back into the hands of Gateley’s client.


Karen joined Gateley Plc in 2002


Karen is an Associate Member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors).

West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Within: Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Gateley Plc is ‘an outstanding commercial litigation firm that combines sound legal advice with tactical astuteness and an understanding of commercial sensitivities’. The ‘extremely switched-on and responsive’ team handles a range of work, from shareholder disputes through to contractual matters and civil fraud cases. Partner Stephen Goodrham is ‘an inspirational leader who has developed the team into a real powerhouse’. ‘Master tactician’ legal director Neil Warner is ‘an excellent lawyer who approaches matters from a commercial point of view – he has the ability to get to the root of a problem quickly'. He is active in a number of high-profile disputes, with an emphasis on football and public procurement matters. Senior associate Karen Levesley ‘has meticulous knowledge of her cases, keeping clients ahead of the curve’. Associate Rebecca Thomas (‘sensible but steely’) has a wide-ranging caseload, including civil fraud cases, while associate Kate Canning (‘absolutely committed to her cases and always willing to go the extra mile for clients’) is active in contentious insolvency matters, recently acting for Smile Stylist in a winding-up petition against a company which was contracted to provide service, but deposited the cash into the directors’ bank account. Associate Safeea Shafiq handles manufacturing-related disputes.

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