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  • West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Birmingham, Gateley is a first tier firm,

Gateleyconsistently provides excellent commercial advice in a timely fashion. The group advised Pertemps Group on its merger with Network Group Holdings and an investment by LDC; and also acted for the Lee family shareholders on the disposal of the LH Group of companies. The partners receive many accolades; Michael Ward and Chris Reed are ‘very able’, and Tom Durrant and Simon Gill are ‘very commercial’. Key clients include Dunelm Group and Amtico Holdings. The firm regularly advises on outsourcing and collaboration agreements.

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Within Corporate tax, Gateley is a second tier firm,

At Gateley, James Gopsillgets the deal done’. The team is recommended for its work in the areas of real estate tax and share schemes, and also handles some tax litigation. It advised the majority shareholder and the private equity investor on the sale of their shares in Oliver Kay Holdings to Bidfresh.

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Within EU and competition, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley is advising Creative Tops in an anti-dumping investigation by the European Commission; and advised TDSL on various merger control risks posed by different purchase offers from competitor businesses. Andrew Evans gives ‘very thorough and considered advice’, and regularly advises on merger control and anti-competitive practices and agreements.

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Crime, Gateley is a third tier firm,

Gateley is appreciated for its ‘quick, partner-led responses’. Ruth Armstrong’s experience includes corporate manslaughter and corporate fraud cases.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation: Birmingham, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley successfully acted for Midland Regen in obtaining a judgment against a professional fundraiser who stole over £1m from the charity; and has also been active in claims to enforce breaches of employment restrictive covenants and confidentiality. Other clients include Pertemps and new gain Wiggle. The ‘sensibleStephen Goodrham heads the team.

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Within Debt recovery, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley has an 'experienced team'. James Baird is 'very hands on', and is recommended for his experience in asset finance and consumer finance litigation.

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West Midlands: Finance

Within Banking and finance, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley handled more than 200 corporate finance deals in 2012, with an aggregate value of over £2bn. Highlights included advising Hortons Estates in connection with a £30m revolving credit facility from Handelsbanken; and HSBC on increasing a facility to Regenersis. The team is also notable for its expertise in asset based lending and asset finance. Andrew Madden is the key figure.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Gateley is a first tier firm,

Gateley’s ‘excellent’ team gives ‘spot-on and commercial’ advice, and continues to be instructed on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, acting for clients such as HSBC, Barclays and Begbies Traynor. It recently acted for a liquidator and a company in the recovery of monies from the company’s former directors, who had breached their duties under a failed tax avoidance scheme. Mark Wilson is ‘very commercial’, and Brendan McGeeverfocuses on the key issues without getting distracted’.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Within Employment, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley remains a key adviser on contentious matters for household names such as Taylor Wimpey. It recently advised a client undergoing a significant restructuring on employment issues which triggered a collective redundancy consultation with a significant risk of unfair dismissal claims. Team head Victoria Garrad is recommended.

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Within Health and safety, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley is acting in a number of complex corporate manslaughter cases, including representing a national housebuilder following a fatal accident in which a member of the public was killed after mounting a recently constructed roundabout. Ruth Armstrongstays calm, and provides clear advice’.

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Within Pensions, Gateley is a third tier firm,

Gateley recently advised an international company on the restructuring of its UK pension scheme to enable its UK subsidiary to be sold without any pension liabilities; and advised trustees on new arrangements for the selection and appointment of investment managers. Michael Collins heads the team.

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West Midlands: Overview

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West Midlands: Private client

Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Senior associate Adrian Mabe heads the team at Gateley, and gives ‘carefully considered advice’.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Birmingham, Gateley is a first tier firm,

Gateley fields an ‘efficient team’, with Rebecca Sherwin at the helm. It has a large specialist housebuilder team, acting for nine of the ten largest housebuilders in the UK, and is currently advising a consortium of Barratt, Bovis and Taylor Wimpey on the acquisition and development of Longford Park. Trebor Developments is another key client. Callum Nuttallgets the deal done’. Alex Jones is now at Shoosmiths LLP.

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Within Construction, Gateley is a third tier firm,

Gateley acts for Jaguar Land Rover and Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure, along with major housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey and Bloor Homes. It is also acting for Morris Homes, in a dispute over the construction of an apartment block. Practice head David Lloyd Jones is ‘knowledgeable’.

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Within Planning, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley advised Bloor Homes and CALA Homes in negotiating various planning agreements for a strategic development of 1,300 homes. Director Gerry Sheedy heads a ‘very knowledgeable’ team.

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Within Property litigation, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Iain Davies heads a ‘very highly regarded’ team at Gateley. The firm was reappointed to Taylor Wimpey’s national panel, and successfully defended Morris Homes in a dispute over the construction of a medical centre at an apartment block. The ‘excellentPeter Davies has ‘a very good eye for detail’.

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