The Legal 500

Gateley Plc

ONE ELEVEN, EDMUND STREET, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2HJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 234 0000
Fax:
Fax 0121 234 0001
DX:
13033 BIRMINGHAM-1
Email:
Web:
www.gateleyplc.com

West Midlands : Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

At Gateley Plc, equity capital markets specialist Paul Cliff advised the firm on its £100m IPO and conversion to a PLC – the first UK public listing by a law firm. Tom Durrant heads the practice and represented Jacopa and its management team in the cross-border MBO of the municipal arm of Ovivo, while CEO Michael Ward advised the Business Growth Fund on its equity investment in Prodrive Composites. Chris Reed is ‘very knowledgeable about the owner and private equity managed business environment’.

Leading individuals

Michael Ward - Gateley Plc

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

At Gateley Plc, James Gopsill advises on all areas of corporate tax, real estate tax and share schemes, and specialises in the taxation of real estate investment, development and urban regeneration. Senior associate Martin Jahreiss is recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc’s practice is led by Andrew Evans, who focuses on merger control and anti-competitive agreements and practices, state aid and anti-dumping investigations. Evans also has experience in cartel investigations, particularly in the construction and homebuilding sectors.

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West Midlands : Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc’s team acts for clients such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Equipment Finance and Aldmore Bank, and handles all elements of corporate crime. Mark Wilson is national head of the corporate recovery team; Ruth Armstrong heads the Birmingham office and advises on bribery, fraud and fatalities.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

At Gateley Plc, regulatory experts Ruth Armstrong and Pauline Munro have extensive experience handling multi-agency criminal investigations and defending multinational companies in criminal prosecutions relating to the professional services, construction, waste, food, retail and manufacturing sectors. Kate Oliver joined as an associate in February 2015 from Thomas Horton LLP.

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West Midlands : Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc acts for clients such as Macquarie Equipment Finance and Grenke Leasing in the asset finance and leasing sector on work ranging from borrower defaults to title investigations and fraud cases. James Baird is the main contact.

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Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

The team at Gateley Plc, which is hailed as the ‘preeminent firm in Birmingham for meeting the needs of commercial non-insurance-backed clients’, is led by Stephen Goodrham. Senior associate Neil Warner ‘strikes the right balance between aggressive litigation and sensible resolution’ and Karen Levesley is ‘impeccably organised’. Key clients include Hitec Power Protection and Alumasc Exterior Building Products.

Leading individuals

Stephen Goodrham - Gateley Plc

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc’s practice focuses on recovery in the asset finance and leasing sector, but also covers unsecured lending and real estate secured lending. Areas of specialism include title investigations and fraud cases, often with a cross-border element. James Baird heads the team.

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West Midlands : Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

At Gateley Plc, Andrew Madden is regularly involved in complex structured finance and corporate lending matters, including leveraged buyouts, project finance and restructuring. Senior associate James Dyson specialises in banking and debt restructuring transactions.

Leading individuals

Andrew Madden - Gateley Plc

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Hailed by one source as ‘simply the best in the business for contentious insolvency’, the practice at Gateley Plc is led by Mark Wilson, who ‘brings a fantastic commercial acumen to litigation’. On the non-contentious side, Daniel French acted for the administrators in the administration of a group of hotels and advised City Link and City Link Properties on rescue strategies prior to the appointment of an administrator.

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West Midlands : Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Victoria Garrad leads Gateley Plc’s employment practice in Birmingham, which was strengthened further with the arrival of Benedict Gorner from DLA Piper UK LLP. He brings his expertise in financial services, retail and professional services related employment issues to a practice that acts for a range of local and national companies, SMEs and senior executives. In a highlight matter, Garrad and senior associate Elaine Huttley defended MWUK Limited against claims brought by an employee for disability discrimination, victimisation, harassment and suffering a detriment for exercising a statutory right.

Leading individuals

Victoria Garrad - Gateley Plc

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc’s department head Ruth Armstrong has a strength in the construction and manufacturing sectors, and represents clients such as Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes and Wastecycle Ltd. Kate Oliver and Pauline Munro joined from Thomas Horton LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP, respectively.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc is ‘excellent in all areas: response times, knowledge and value for money’. Michael Collins leads the team, which counts University of Leicester and MacMillan Publishers among its clients. Jill Walters is recommended. Mario Conti retired from the partnership in 2015.

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West Midlands : Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

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West Midlands : Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

Business acumen and industry knowledge is at the top end of the scale’ at Gateley Plc, where the team is particularly known for its work on behalf of housebuilders. Callum Nuttall has an ‘excellent commercial brain’ and advised Bovis on the acquisition of land in Tavistock for 750 new homes, while Tim Ledger assisted the Richborough Estates Partnership with the acquisition and promotion of land in Winsford for a residential development. Rebecca Sherwin, who jointly heads the team with Nuttall, specialises in real estate finance and advises clients such as HSBC and RBS.

Leading individuals

Callum Nuttall - Gateley Plc

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc’s practice is ‘strong on expertise, pragmatic with advice and speedy with responses’ and draws on its strong housebuilding client base to advise on a wide variety of construction issues. Non-contentious specialist David Lloyd Jones is assisting Barberry Developments with the delivery of a £54m accommodation block for Coventry University, while on the disputes side Peter Davies has been active for clients such as Taylor Wimpey and Industrial Coating Services.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Following Gerry Sheedy’s retirement, names to note at Gateley Plc include senior associate Matthew Scudamore and associate Melissa Huree, who both arrived from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. BDW Trading and Keepmoat Homes are clients.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

The ‘knowledgeable and strategic’ Iain Davies co-heads the team at Gateley Plc and has particular expertise in landlord and tenant matters. Davies acted for Spielplatz in a significant protected tenancy matter in the court of appeal. Construction specialist Peter Davies is the other co-head and was active on behalf of Taylor Wimpey and Crest Nicholson.

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