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Gateley Plc

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

Safeea Shafiq

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Gateley Plc

Work Department

Commercial Dispute Resolution


Safeea is an Associate and advises on all areas of commercial litigation. She is an effective litigator, achieves great results and provides practical and commercial solutions. Clients rate her.

Safeea specialises in disputes involving IT and telecoms, financial services, shareholders, employee restrictive covenant breaches, SPA warranties and claims involving allegations of fraud. Her work involves all stages of the litigation process as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution.

  • Successfully defended a PLC in a claim brought against it by a foreign company seeking recognition and enforcement in England and Wales of a €3 million judgment obtained in foreign proceedings.
  • Successfully acted for a national logistics company in a dispute involving several individuals who had leaked confidential and highly sensitive commercial information.
  • Successfully acted for a PLC wholesaler in a dispute involving breach of contract by its exclusive distributor based in the US.
  • Achieved a successful outcome for a leading bank in a claim involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, misrepresentation and unfair relationship.
  • Successfully acted for directors in a number of shareholder disputes involving allegations of misuse of company funds, exclusion from the company and diversion of assets.  


Trained Gateley; qualified 2010; Associate Gateley PLC 2016 to date.


BPS Birmingham Futures.


Warwick University (LLB); College of Law.


Safeea enjoys long country walks, good food and badminton.

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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