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Gateley Plc

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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a high volume of corporate M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the domestic market, although it also advises US-based clients. The firm's broad sector focus means that it advises across a range of industries, including manufacturing and retail. Tom Durrant heads the national corporate team, dividing his time between the Birmingham and London offices.

Practice head(s):Tom Durrant

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London: Dispute resolution

Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc frequently handles Grain and Feed Trade Association and Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations arbitrations and has extensive experience in disputes under other arbitration rules including the Refined Sugar Association, London Metal Exchange, International Court of Arbitration  and London Court of International Arbitration. Practice head Nicholas Walser has more than 35 years’ experience in this field, and also advises commodity inspection and certification companies. He is often consulted by French commodity trading houses, either directly or by referrals from French maritime lawyers. Commodities disputes are handled by the firm's shipping and transport practice, which covers matters relating to contracts of sale, insurance issues, demurrage or other charterparty issues. The team’s experience covers a wide range of commodities including wheat, maize, barley, soybeans, palm oil, rice, sunflower seeds, raw and refined sugar, petroleum products, coal and steel.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Walser

Other key lawyers:Paul Dickie; Brian Taylor

Work highlights

  • Advising an oil company on a $6m dispute under a crude oil sale contract.
  • Handling a GAFTA arbitration relating to non-delivery of cargo at Russian port.
  • Pursuing proceedings in Ukraine for enforcement of GAFTA arbitration award.
Leading individuals

Nicholas Walser - Gateley Plc

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Mediators - ranked: tier 3

Gerard Khoshnaw - Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's Gerard Khoshnaw (also at CEDR Chambers) specialises in commercial dispute avoidance, management and resolution, and sits on the mediator panel of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division). Khoshnaw's experience includes mediating disputes related to the healthcare sector.

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London: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc is praised for its 'availability and flexibility, and for its willingness to go the extra mile'. It handles a range of work including charterparty work, shipbuilding matters, ship sale and purchase disputes, and is also adept at marine cargo claims. Transactional and contentious superyacht matters are a key focus and the team is 'very experienced in the superyacht area and its knowledge of this sector is second-to-none'. The team acts for the former owners of the cruise ship, the New Flamenco, on its ongoing dispute with Globalia Business Travel arising from Globalia’s repudiation of a two-year charter of the vessel.

Practice head(s):Paul Dickie

Other key lawyers:Jane Hobbs; Andrew Messent; Nicholas Walser; Dominic Mills


Paul Dickie has a candid and pragmatic approach.'

'The team is full of experience and commercial common sense.'

'It can be relied upon for considered comment and, when needed, imaginative solutions.'

Paul Dickie is the most available and approachable lawyer a client could want.'

Paul Dickie is a real team player who always adds that extra something.'

Key Clients

Fulton Shipping Inc (Ultrapetrol Group)

Work highlights

  • Representing shipowners in London arbitration on an unsafe port dispute.
  • Acting for cargo insurers in Commercial Court proceedings on general average dispute.
  • Acting for a freight forwarder being held liable for containers left uncollected at ports in India.
  • Successfully contested jurisdiction on behalf of a freight forwarder in the Irish Court of Appeal, thereby defeating a shipper’s claim.
  • Acting for cargo owners whose containers of alcohol were trapped at a port, resulting in disputes with the shipping line and the freight forwarder.

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