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Gateley Plc

SHIP CANAL HOUSE, 98 KING STREET, MANCHESTER, M2 4WU, ENGLAND
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Work 0161 836 7700
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Fax 0161 836 7701
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14317 MANCHESTER-1
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www.gateleyplc.com
Birmingham, Dubai, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and 2 more

North West: Corporate and commercial

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's ‘pragmatic and commercially aware’ team is praised for its ‘attention to detail’. It regularly advises private equity investors, large corporates and listed plcs, as well as high-net-worth individuals and investors, on corporate transactions. National head of corporate Charles Glaskie advised Timpson Group on its acquisition of the retail dry cleaning arm of Johnson Services Group for £8.25m. The ‘brilliant’ Mark Halliwell, who specialises in corporate finance, advised Competition Line (UK) on the £20.5m sale of 18 gyms to The Gym Group. Paul Jefferson, who heads the private equity group, advised Inspired Energy on its £44m acquisition of Horizon Energy Group, an energy procurement and consultancy business based in Cork, Ireland; and advised City Football Group (CFG), on its strategic joint venture with Goals Soccer Centres, an AIM-listed operator of outdoor soccer centres. Mark Halliwell is ‘very experienced and capable’ and advised the shareholders of Chase Templeton, a private medical insurance broker backed by Palatine Private Equity, on its sale to Nevada Investments. Other key figures include Nigel Brown, who is ‘very experienced’ and advises on inward and outward investment to and from China; Khurshid Valli; Chris Dunn; and recently promoted partner Stephen Roberts. Legal director Kate Richards  is also noted for corporate matters. Jonathan Moakes  heads the commerce, technology and media practice, which includes Peter Budd and John Burns.

Leading individuals

Charles Glaskie - Gateley Plc

Paul Jefferson - Gateley Plc

Rebecca Grisewood - Gateley Plc

Next generation lawyers

Stephen Roberts - Gateley Plc

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s financial disputes and regulatory team is regularly instructed by UK clearing banks, building societies, invoice discounters, factors and bridging companies, and is commended for its ‘ability to cut-through the background noise and concentrate on the real crux of the matter’. Clients include Macquarie Equipment Finance UK, Henry Howard Finance, Aldermore Bank and Scania Finance Great Britain are clients. Andrew Field is ‘highly experienced, effective and brings a commercial approach’ and handles complex recoveries, security enforcement, fraud and professional negligence claims.

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's team regularly handles healthcare sector disputes against NHS Trusts in addition to sports-sector matters and contentious trust and probate cases. United Kingdom Cheerleading Association is a key client for the team.  Department head Sarah Sabin handles corporate disputes as well as high-value contentious trusts and probate work; she is ably supported by Janine Allen, who is ‘excellent both strategically and in terms of handling clients’ and is experienced in healthcare sector disputes. Also recommended are ‘excellent’ legal director Nicola Richardson, and senior associates Nick Murrills, who focuses on sports-related cases, and James Seed.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc regularly acts for borrower and lender clients and is active across real estate finance, private equity, acquisition finance, structured finance, secured finance and investment work. Highlights included advising Beechbrook Capital on the acquisition and refinance of mezzanine facilities provided to Brand Addition and advising Praetura Asset Finance which borrowed facilities from RM Secured Direct Lending to allow a partial refinance of the British Business Banks facilities and the growth of Praetura Asset Finance. It also advised Beechbrook UK SME Credit on a term loan to enable ICP Nurseries to acquire two companies and to fund further acquisitions. Welbeck Capital Partners is also a client. The ‘fantastic’ Richard Sealy heads the team. Richard Cowan recently joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Leading individuals

Richard Sealy - Gateley Plc

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ team regularly handles contentious insolvency work including provisional liquidations, corporate fraud, and offshore litigation. The team advised Specialist Print Services as buyer in the pre-packaged sale of SPS Print Group and advised Bilta (UK) and its liquidator Grant Thornton UK in long-running litigation in which Bilta claimed that its directors, in conspiracy with others, directed most of the money due to Bilta to other parties, leaving it insolvent.  Andrew Buchanan  heads the firm's national restructuring team, which includes Stuart Tait, who  ‘not only explores the necessary legal complexities of the situation but also keeps an eye on the best likely commercial view in terms of outcome’. Also recommended are legal director Gavin Clarke, who handles a range of restructuring mandates, senior associate Danielle Haston, who is active in complex project litigation, and Aneesh Prasad (also a senior associate), who advises on distressed transactional projects.

Leading individuals

Andrew Buchanan - Gateley Plc

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

The ‘seasoned and unflappable’ Michael Ball heads the team Gateley Plc . He is someone who ‘gets the job done without fuss without trying to drag things out and score unnecessary legal points’. Ball often advises on the TUPE aspects of business sales and service provision changes together with large-scale restructuring and harmonisation programmes. Chris Thompson regularly advises on the employment aspects of corporate and commercial transactions and is a skilled tribunal advocate. Stephen Hills  is recommended for his work on trade union matters with an emphasis on contentious work such as unfair dismissal, redundancies, executive severance and other issues such as discrimination. The team has particular strength in the retail and leisure sectors. Clients include the British Medical Association, Chubb Insurance, Halfords Autocentres and Mothercare and Early Learning Centre.

Leading individuals

Michael Ball - Gateley Plc

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

The team at Gateley Plc is led by the ‘very professional’ Patrick Kennedy and is ‘extremely experienced and focused’. Kennedy works on all aspects of pension law including advisory, transactional and trustee appointment. Stuart Evans has particular expertise in master trusts and works on many schemes to which Entrust Pension Limited has been appointed as trustee. Highlights included advising the trustees of the Usdaw staff superannuation fund on an internal dispute over a complaint by a member of the scheme.  Andrew Cawley joined the team as a consultant from KPMG United Kingdom, while Suresh Bhatt is now at gunnercooke LLP.

Leading individuals

Patrick Kennedy - Gateley Plc

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc is active across real estate management, property finance, investment, development, regeneration and residential development mandates. The retail, sport, care home and renewable energy spheres are key areas of focus. Dean Copley, who heads the team with Darren Hughes, advised Logik Developments (Upper Brook Street) on the acquisition of a site on Upper Brook Street in Manchester for a student accommodation development, through a joint venture agreement with McLaren Developments. Jon Mason advised Glossop Land on the redevelopment of a site in Glossop for residential property and advised Vassilis on the sale of the retail phase of its mixed-use development at the former Radclyffe School site in Ordsall. Rod Waldie advised GlobalChina Capital (1) on the acquisition of a large development site in Bordesley, Birmingham. Gareth Atkinson, who is experienced in development work and Andrew Ward are also noted. Lidl UK is also a key client.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's sizeable construction practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with notable expertise in bond and surety work.  Working with the firm’s planning and banking teams, it is advising QBE Insurance (Europe) on a project concerning the PCW Property Group, the Crown and Thames Water in relation to two section 106 agreements for planning permission, and one section 185 agreement for sewage diversion at Park Crescent, Westminster, London. It also advised Coventry Parkside Developments on a 12-storey student accommodation scheme in Coventry; advised Bournemouth Football Club on the construction contracts relating to its new training facilities. Department head Karen Spencer is noted for her expertise in surety law and construction disputes, Emlyn Hudson handles contentious and non-contentious matters and is noted for defending complex bond claims. Recently promoted partner Hayley Sullivan heads the non-contentious construction practice and leads the national construction banking team. Associate Gemma Wilson is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Hayley Sullivan - Gateley Plc

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s planning team is regularly instructed on matters relating to retail, residential, energy, infrastructure, hotel, educational and health-related developments. The team is also experienced in minerals and town centre redevelopment schemes and is regularly instructed by housebuilder clients. National head of planning Andrew Piatt has an ‘inquiring and original mind’ and specialises in planning, highways, compulsory purchase, compensation and local government law, legal director Mark Iveson handles large scale infrastructure, residential and retail projects and is experienced compulsory purchase work and associate Susan Ehlinger has a clear, analytical and sound approach to problems and always delivers advice on time’.

Leading individuals

Andrew Piatt - Gateley Plc

Next generation lawyers

Mark Iveson - Gateley Plc

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

The ‘extremely bright’ Peter Budd at Gateley Plc  is a ‘great tactician who really understands the technology sector’. Budd is skilled at advising on all types of non-contentious information technology work especially those relating to data flows (and international data flows), cloud computing and large scale IT procurement. He has particular expertise in financial services. The group's clients include Odeon Cinemas, Bibby Financial Services, Ladbroke, Lookers and Giacom Networks.

Leading individuals

Peter Budd - Gateley Plc

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc  has the ‘excellent’ Jonathan Moakes  at the helm. Moakes is an effective IP litigator who also has considerable expertise in life sciences and technology matters. The team also has considerable sector expertise in sport, retail (especially giftware) and manufacturing. John Burns  is adept at advising on intellectual property exploitation, franchising and brand licensing in sports and media and legal director Robert Lye  is skilled on contentious matters. The ‘very proactive’ Lye who is an ‘excellent communicator and is strong technically’ has taken a number of design right and patent infringement cases to trial as well as trade mark and passing off actions to interlocutory hearing. The team is advising Incanthera on a patent assignment and development agreement and on a clinical service agreement with Ellipses Pharma relating to the long term development and exploitation of cancer related drugs. The team has also acted for a number of members of the Giftware Association in various infringement actions.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Moakes - Gateley Plc

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc  has a ‘professional, precise and accessible team’. The ‘very approachable and skilled’ John Burns  oversees the group, which includes Conor Hannon. The team assists independent television production companies, broadcasters, advertiser/agencies as well as sportspersons and football clubs. Other clients include film financiers, producers and distributors in addition to key talent and composers. The group has niche expertise in the area of new media with vloggers, Instagram and Youtube stars. Highlights included advising Rockerdale Studios on the completion of the scriptwriter and artist/actor agreements between the actors and the studio and the actors and the agents in connection with the Rockerdale Studio produced programme ‘Bobby and Harriet Get Married’. In other highlights it advised Koosh Limited on the investment and promotion of Koosh, an app allowing users to create a montage of images to use pictures or videos of friends/family members/colleagues and to connect people to make collages.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

The ‘highly regarded’ John Burns leads the team at Gateley Plc  that ‘has the depth in the team to really support clients’. The ‘excellent’ Stephen Roberts has advised sports organisations and NGBs on a range of governance issues. Senior associate Nick Murrills  focuses on sports litigation and defamation/reputation management. The group is particularly well regarded for brand licensing, sponsorship and general commercial contract work as well as for its work on stadium development. It acts for six premier league clubs and is acting for Bournemouth FC to advise on the construction contracts for its new training facilities which will include ten full-size pitches, three junior pitchers, an indoor artificial playing surface as well as state-of-art medical, fitness and rehabilitation facilities. The department has also been instructed by Brighton and Hove Albion FC on various commercial matters.

Leading individuals

John Burns - Gateley Plc

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