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

Regional review
Regional heavyweights - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

One client enthuses about Gateley Plc: ‘we believe the firm suits our style and straightforward culture better than all others with which we have worked, and we would recommend only it’. The firm is deeply entrenched in the local real estate, corporate and litigation markets.

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

Gateley Plc

The lawyers at Gateley Plc are ‘efficient, knowledgeable, quick to explain and easy to understand’. Simon Gill advised Lloyds Development Capital on its £30m acquisition of movement and handling solutions manufacturer Prism Medical, a complex matter involving employment, tax and technology issues. Other key clients include Amtico, Connection Capital and Maven Capital Partners. Chris Reedhandles everything thrown at him’ and acted on the buy out of specialist cruise holiday retailer Reader Offers. Michael Ward is ‘particularly good’; Paul Cliff heads the team.

Leading individuals

Michael Ward - Gateley Plc

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

James Gopsill’s team at Gateley Plc has expertise in tax elements of M&A activity, urban regeneration, and niche skills in the taxation of super-yachts. Gopsill advised the Worldwide Yacht Brokers Association, providing a tax opinion regarding a landmark proposal by a leading yacht broker in France.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Simon Pigden heads the team at Gateley Plc; also recommended is merger control expert Andrew Evans, who advised Care Monitoring & Management in relation to an OFT/CMA investigation into its purchase of Panztel, and One51 on its purchase of AIM-listed Straight.

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Ruth Armstrong, Steve Goodrham and James Baird co-head the fraud practice at Gateley Plc. Armstrong brings her strength in financial crime investigations, Goodrham heads the dispute resolution team, and Baird is a title and anti-fraud specialist.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Pauline Munro joined Gateley Plc from Pinsent Masons LLP, and is the national head of the practice. She is praised for her ability to take into account ‘differing corporate styles, strategies and personalities’.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

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

Gateley Plc

Steve Goodrham’s team at Gateley Plc is ‘receptive, involved and on top of the detail’. It regularly acts for employers in claims against former employees for breach of confidentiality and restrictive covenants, and is also active in professional negligence claims. West Ham United Football Club and TS Tech UK are clients. Associate Neil Warner is ‘diligent and committed’. The practice ‘impresses by its pragmatism, technical ability and commercial awareness’.

Leading individuals

Stephen Goodrham - Gateley Plc

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

James Baird heads the asset finance and recovery team at Gateley Plc, which also has experience in motor finance and consumer finance litigation. The firm’s work often has an international element in the US, Europe and Australasia. Macquarie Equipment Finance UK and RBS are clients.

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

The ‘excellentGateley Plc is ‘one of the best teams in the local market, and gives practical advice’. Team leader Andrew Madden and senior associate James Dyson are ‘both down-to-earth and sensible people who know the market well’. Madden acted for HSBC in the provision of £42m of funding for the MBO of Accles & Shelvoke and Eley from IMI, a complex transaction including businesses in the UK, USA and Germany, carried out on an extremely tight timetable. Other clients include Lloyds Banking Group and Svenska Handelsbanken.

Leading individuals

Andrew Madden - Gateley Plc

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

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc’s practice includes non-contentious specialist Brendan McGeever, who runs a team active in complex transactions; this offering was enhanced by the recruitment of Daniel French from Squire Patton Boggs. Mark Wilson heads up a contentious team that handles complex fraud cases and regularly acts for insolvency practitioners in the national accountancy practices. Clients include Lloyds Bank, Begbies Traynor and PwC.

Leading individuals

Brendan McGeever - Gateley Plc

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plc’s highlights include successfully defending Care Monitoring 2000 against claims by its former finance director for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal. The practice represents large private sector companies both nationally and locally, and Svenska Handelsbanken is a new client. Victoria Garrad is praised for being ‘extremely knowledgeable and very thorough in all her advice’.

Leading individuals

Victoria Garrad - Gateley Plc

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Pauline Munro joined Gateley Plc from Pinsent Masons LLP, and is praised by clients for her ability to ‘strike the right balance between pragmatism and firmness’. Head of department Ruth Armstrong is ‘excellent’.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Michael Collins heads the team at Gateley Plc, which advised on a transfer to the Pension Protection Fund on behalf of Brintons Limited Staff Pension and Life Assurance Plan, as a result of the previous sponsor’s insolvency. With over 30 years’ experience, Mario Conti is praised for an ability to ‘make complicated issues easy for lay trustees to understand’. Kate Lloyd joined from Squire Patton Boggs.

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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

Gateley Plc is noted for its ‘speed of response and commercial acumen’. The team is jointly headed by Callum Nuttall, who is an ‘excellent all-round practitioner’, and Rebecca Sherwin, who is a name in the real estate finance market. Ray Simpson advised Roxhill Developments on the negotiation of agreements related to two areas totalling 900,000 square feet, a matter worth over £500m. Nuttall acted for Bloor Homes on its strategic extension of Cheltenham, which will result in 4,500 new homes over 25 years. Solicitor Richard Tindall is recommended by clients.

Leading individuals

Callum Nuttall - Gateley Plc

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plcpossesses excellent knowledge ’. In addition to being a leading name in the housebuilder sector, the firm is active on large construction projects for flagship clients such as Manchester City Football Club and Jaguar Land Rover. Team head David Lloyd Jones is noted for major infrastructure and power projects; Peter Davies regularly represents housebuilders in their disputes; and Amira Khan is expert in UAE construction matters.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gerry Sheedy is the name to note at Gateley Plc for planning work in both the private and public sector. Clients include BDW Trading. Keepmoat Homes and Bloor Homes.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc (Birmingham)

Gateley Plchas a strong team, with depth to meet client needs’. The highly respected Peter Davies represented Crest Nicholson in a contractual dispute with Heaselands S.A, a matter worth £11m, reaching a favourable settlement on the fourth day of High Court litigation. Iain Davies ‘gets to the heart of the problem very quickly’.

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Scotland

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