The Legal 500

Gateley Plc

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West Midlands

Top-tier recommendations


West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

One of the most active firms on a regional and national basis, Gateley has been particularly focused on the private equity space. Tom Durrant acted for Connection Capital in various matters, including the high-profile investment in Therium Jersey by several of its clients. In other work, the firm advised Dunedin and Ensco 1020 on the latter’s buyout of Kee Safety Group. Paul Cliff heads the practice, and Michael Ward, Chris Reed and Simon Gill are also recommended.

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Within Corporate tax, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley’s strong national practice stands out for its real estate and asset financing capabilities, and James Gopsill has leading knowledge in the area of superyacht taxation. The team has recently acted for Sigma Capital Group, BT and Santander.

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

Andrew Evans at Gateley is particularly experienced in the construction and housebuilding sectors, and recently acted for a major market player in relation to an abuse of dominance complaint. Other recent work includes advising Care Monitoring & Management in relation to an OFT investigation into its purchase of Panztel. Anti-dumping, state aid and compliance training are also areas of strength. Evans works closely with the firm’s Manchester practice.

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Crime: fraud, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley’s fraud team is led by Ruth Armstrong. It has acted for a number of large business clients when they have been under investigation by the police and the Serious Fraud Office.

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Within Crime: general, Gateley is a third tier firm,

Gateley’s Ruth Armstrong leads a team which acts for clients on charges including corporate manslaughter and bribery.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

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

Gateley’s ‘service-led', ‘professional' team is praised for its ‘knowledge' and ‘strategy', with notable strength in IP and construction disputes. The firm has been active in major restrictive covenant cases, as well as professional negligence and shareholder actions. Practice head Stephen Goodrham is recommended.

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Within Debt recovery, Gateley is a second tier firm,

James Baird at Gateley is highly rated for his expertise in banking litigation, and particularly asset finance cases. The firm has a strong track record in complex cross-border disputes.

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West Midlands: Finance

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

Offering a ‘very good level of service', Gateley is ‘proactive' and ‘responsive'. Carol Betts advised HSBC on negotiating an increase in Regenersis’ global RCF facility, involving multiple jurisdictions. Andrew Madden is ‘hugely experienced, calm under pressure and a very safe pair of hands', and recently advised Lloyds Bank on a £39m financing for The Belfry Golf Resort Group. Jacob Robinson has moved to the firm’s London office.

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

Gateley works extensively with distressed investors. Brendan McGeever heads the non-contentious side of the practice, which acts for financial institutions and business stakeholders; and Mark Wilson is recommended for complex disputes. Recent work includes cross-border cases with fraud and tax avoidance elements, and a number of law firm insolvencies.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Within Employment, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley’s employment team in Birmingham has enjoyed considerable success in tribunals, recently acting for The Works Stores and Network Group Holdings among other clients. It also advised on the merger of Coventry Transport Museum with the City and Heritage Arts Trust. Victoria Garrad is recommended.

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

Gateley is active across the construction, manufacturing, transport and waste management sectors. The team, led by Ruth Armstrong, regularly deals with corporate manslaughter cases.

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Within Pensions, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Gateley’s pensions practice is led by Michael Collins, who is supported by Mario Conti. Clients include Macmillan Publishers, AS Watson, ArjoHuntleigh, and Phoenix Medical Systems.

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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,

The team at Gateley handles wills, estate planning and estate administration, and includes associate Jane Halton. Adrian Mabe is now with QualitySolicitors Talbots.

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West Midlands: Real estate

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

Gateley stands out for its housebuilding expertise, recently advising multiple clients in relation to the Help to Buy scheme. Practice head Rebecca Sherwin acts for numerous high street lenders, with recent mandates including Lloyds Bank’s financing of The Belfry Golf Resort Group. The firm acts on a growing share of the region’s commercial development deals. Callum Nuttall is highly recommended.

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Within Construction, Gateley is a third tier firm,

With an impressive roster of housebuilder clients including Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes, Gateley handles contentious and non-contentious matters. David Lloyd Jones advised Oxfordshire County Council in relation to its Affordable Homes Programme, and also assisted Lovell Partnerships in negotiating funding agreements under the government’s ECO scheme.

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Within Planning, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Notable for its specialist housebuilder focus, Gateley is experienced in strategic developments, recently advising Bloor Homes and CALA Homes among others. Director Gerry Sheedy is recommended.

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Within Property litigation, Gateley is a second tier firm,

Headed by Iain Davies, Gateley has a large housebuilder client base including Taylor Wimpey and Morris Homes, with recent work including construction disputes. Peter Davies is also recommended.

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