HBJ Gateley is a top 50 UK law firm that promotes the commercial and strategic interests of companies, individuals and organisations across the UK and beyond.
The firm: Recognised for providing the highest quality service to its clients, HBJ Gateley was named ‘Best Legal Adviser’ in the Legal Week independent report into client satisfaction levels and ranked as number one firm in 2012.
Types of work undertaken: Banking and finance: The team provides the full range of banking services to all the leading banks, lenders, corporates and investors across the UK. The team combines specialists who regularly advise on all aspects of banking and finance work from asset structured and acquisition finance, corporate banking and real estate finance transactions to asset based lending. The firm is one of the only firms in Scotland offering ship finance specialists. The team is also able to advise on funding transactions in the Middle East, including Islamic finance. Its highly experienced finance specialists were strengthened in 2012 by the addition of partner Euan Cluness who joined from DLA. Graeme Henry, who led the growth of the HBJ Gateley corporate recovery team over the last four years, takes up the position of head of the banking and finance team in 2013.
Construction and infrastructure: The team continues to be highly regarded for transactional and disputes work across a number of sectors including real estate, housing and regeneration, PFI/NPD infrastructure, waste and environmental, facilities management and maintenance and renewable energy. Significant new clients in the last year include Clancy Dowcra, Galliford Try, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Scotia Gas Networks and Sky Windenergy.
Corporate and commercial: The team continues to thrive, advising public and private companies, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs on a wide range of corporate matters including business structuring, mergers and acquisitions, financing opportunities, public markets, corporate governance, private equity, re-organisations, joint ventures, partnerships and LLPs. The team was further strengthened during 2012 with the addition of partner Murray Jack from McGrigors who joined the Glasgow office.
Corporate recovery and insolvency: the firm operates the largest dedicated corporate recovery team in Scotland. The team is one of the few in Scotland to be on the panel for every significant UK bank. Yvonne Brady joins the firm in 2013 from DLA to head the team. The team is heavily involved in borrower work including some of the highest value restructurings of 2012 with significant instructions from asset-based lenders, complex and cross-border restructurings, a range of instructions from IPs and accountancy firms in addition to significant instructions in terms of volume and quality from banks and financial institutions.
Dispute resolution: The team advises in relation to general commercial and contractual disputes, insolvency, banking and finance, property, debt and asset recovery, health and safety, personal injury, intellectual property and sport related disputes. The team includes four solicitor advocates who regularly appear in the Sheriff Courts across Scotland and in the Court of Session.
Energy: The team provides an integrated multi-disciplinary service to clients in the renewable energy, cleantech and sustainability sectors. It offers significant expertise to clients in energy finance and renewable energy with a particularly strong reputation in the onshore wind sector and in mining and minerals. Team leader Alan Shanks’ extensive experience in the Middle East and the Caspian region is unique in Scotland, offering clients a service that would usually be sourced in London. The energy specialists work closely with the firm’s market-leading shipping team making it one of the only firms in Scotland to offer a complete offshore wind and marine renewables service. Clientele include private equity funds, ship operators, utilities and shipyards.
Real estate: The team maintains a strong reputation in the market providing a first class service in general real estate work, investment, development, portfolio acquisition, portfolio management, disposals and restructuring, property finance as well as more specialised areas such as regeneration, telecommunications and property tax. The continued growth of the real estate team reflects the increase in work from current clients, such as IVG Real Estate, BT, Virgin Media and Greene King and new clients won during 2012.
Other offices: Birmingham, Dubai, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham
Breakdown of work %
Real estate 21
Corporate recovery 18
Private client 12
Energy and shipping 11
Number of UK partners 145
Number of other UK fee-earners 394
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