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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a range of M&A, private equity and equity capital market transactions and frequently handles cross-border deals; practice head David Armitage acts for companies based in the US, Europe and the UK on overseas investments, while Nicholas Emmerson's clients include Chinese and Japanese companies. The team has particular experience in residential construction, recruitment and healthcare matters, and Sandip Khroud also has a focus on the regulated industries, technology and food and drink sectors.

Practice head(s):David Armitage

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Emmerson; Sandip Khroud


'Sandip Khroud is highly-rated in the region.'

Key Clients

Inspired Energy Plc

Arden Partners

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Freedom Finance Limited

Daniel Stewart & Co.

Dr Oetker

Business Growth Fund

Langley Holdings Plc

Bellway Plc

United Molasses Group Limited

Connecting Luxury Group Plc

Gresham House Plc

Lodha Group (India)

Astral Pipes

Work highlights

  • Advised Dr Oetker on the acquisition of Unilever's Alsa baking and dessert business.
  • Acted for BGF on its £4.3m investment in Fleetondemand Holdings.  
  • Advised TickX on its investment by BGF Ventures, and the increased backing from existing investors, Ministry of Sound and 24 Haymarket.
  • Assisted Inspired Energy on its AIM share placing.
  • Advised Allied Healthcare on its sale to CRG.
Next Generation Partners

Sandip Khroud - Gateley Plc

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's financial disputes and regulation team counts a range of high-profile financial institutions including banks, building societies and other finance providers among its client base, and handles a variety of matters including asset finance disputes and financial services regulatory matters. James Baird, who is based in Birmingham, heads up the practice, which includes Leeds-based partners Rob Payne and new arrival Roger McCourt, who joined from Dentons; Payne and McCourt have experience assisting financial services sector clients.

Practice head(s):James Baird

Other key lawyers:Rob Payne; Roger McCourt

Key Clients

Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited

Henry Howard Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a large UK clearing bank in the recovery of the proceeds of a £15m fraud.
  • Representing a regulated debt purchaser in negligence claims arising out of an FCA investigation.
  • Represented a major clearing bank in the complex title rectification of multiple properties.
  • Represented a major clearing bank in a £4.4m fraud under an invoice discounting facility.
  • Representing a clearing bank in a complex Libor-linked possession action regarding a major development site.

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Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc is instructed to advise clients on the avoidance, management and resolution of a range of contentious matters. It has particular expertise in handling disputes relating to residential developments, procurements and the higher education, retail, energy and engineering sectors. Practice head Gerard Khoshnaw and Andrew Johnson are active in the team's sector specialisms; Simon Ingham has particular expertise in construction disputes and counts several large housebuilders as clients, and Gavin Winter focuses on property litigation.

Practice head(s):Gerard Khoshnaw

Other key lawyers:Andrew Johnson; Simon Ingham; Gavin Winter


'The commercial litigation team at Gateley Plc is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic.'

'Andrew Johnson's provides commercially-oriented and pragmatic advice.'

Key Clients

Royal London Insurance

Marshalls Plc

Persimmon Plc

Taylor Wimpey Plc

Bellway Plc

Crest Nicholson Plc

Miller Homes Limited

Birmingham City University

FCC Environment UK Limited

Bovis Homes Limited

Leeds Playhouse

J LIvesey Group

Harron Homes

Work highlights

  • Representing a FTSE 250 construction company in pursuing a claim for final payment due pursuant to the terms of an SPA.
  • Defending Persimmon in a £3.3m claim brought by 69 residents who purchased apartments on Swansea Dock.
  • Acted for FCC Environment UK in a procurement challenge against Wychavon Borough Council relating to a waste contract, which FCC was the incumbent supplier but had been unsuccessful in its tender.
  • Acting for a wealthy farming family in a dispute with a developer regarding the terms of an overage agreement regarding a 300 acre development site in the North East.
  • Acting for Bovis Homes in a claim for damages and injunctive relief for nuisance against an occupier of a neighbouring site.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Still relatively new to the Leeds market, Gateley Plc's banking department is headed up by Richard Morton and has recently been active on private equity acquisition finance transactions and real estate finance work. The practice has a national focus, leveraging the firm's wider network, with a substantial lender client base.

Practice head(s):Richard Morton


'Clients receive a good service from Gateley with particular strengths being its commercial approach and sector knowledge'.

'Richard Morton has exceptional business acumen and accessibility'.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Financial litigator Rob Payne now heads up the practice in Gateley Plc's Leeds base after suceeding office founder William Ballmann, who has stepped into a consultancy role ahead of his retirement. The group handles the full range of restructuring issues including financial restructurings, formal insolvency advice, business and asset sales and acquisitions, property developer receiverships and contentions matters. Senior associate Matt Leech is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Rob Payne

Other key lawyers:Matt Leech


'The Gateley Leeds team has grown significantly over recent years but the quality of advice and client attention has remained first class. It has an excellent strength in depth and is trusted in the most complex cases'.

'Rob Payne is an exceptional lawyer'.

'Matt Leech is brilliant and very thorough'.

Key Clients




Clydesdale Bank (including Yorkshire Bank)

Lloyds Bank

Carlsberg UK


Begbies Traynor Group


Walker Singleton

Work highlights

  • Advising Begbies Traynor as administrators of a large property investment business on an invalidly delared and paid dividend and preference payment.
  • Assisting Nestor Primecare Services with its proposed strategies for a critical restructuring and subsequent pre-pack administration of the business and assets.
  • Acting for Carlsberg on enforcing against a group of companies that owned pubs nationally, including breach of facility issues and the enforcement of securities.
  • Acting for RSM Restructuring Advisory, the fixed charge receivers of a large residential property development site with substantial planning issues.
  • Acting for SAG Solarstrom as the administrator of a German company in an alleged preference claim brought by the UK administrators of SAG Solarstrom's subsidiary.
Leading individuals

William Ballmann - Gateley Plc

Rising stars

Matt Leech - Gateley Plc

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc works with a variety of major corporates throughout Yorkshire and the UK. The firm provides advice on the full gamut of employment matters to clients across a diverse range of sectors, from construction to engineering to leisure and manufacturing. The team is led by Paul Ball and Gearalt Fahy, who have established the practice in the Leeds office since joining from 3volution Limited in late 2017.

Practice head(s):Paul Ball; Gearalt Fahy


'Gateley offers a comprehensive service in terms of disciplines and are very approachable.'

'Gateley have excellent lawyers who form great relationships with their clients as a result of the good value, practical and sensible commercial advice they offer.'

'The team are truly dedicated to your cause, ensuring they are aware of every detail to provide the very best advice and potential outcome for their client.'

'Paul Ball is an amazing solicitor. He has real depth and breadth of knowledge and understands how to build long-term working relationships'

'Gearalt Fahy is hardworking and meticulous in his approach but his eye for detail is matched by an astute approach to resolving problems. Clients love him for his practical yet friendly, down to earth approach. He gives frank and practical advice in a variety of cases to a variety of clients.'

'Paul Ball, Rob Payne and Robert Rosenberg have all been truly outstanding. Their expertise and knowledge is second to none and contact at any time of the day is never a problem.'

Key Clients

Cape Industrial Services Ltd

Cleveland Potash Limited

Tech Search Associates Limited


Chevron TM Limited

Emovis Operations Leeds Limited

Stepnell Limited

Bridon International Limited

Altrad Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for both respondents in a constructive dismissal and race discrimination complaint against Cape Industrial Services Limited.
  • Advised Bridon International Limited on introducing a new annualised hours working arrangement.
  • Acted on various matters for VetPartners during their acquisition of a number of veterinary practices nationwide.
  • Acted for Logtek Limited on the negotiation of the Employee and TUPE schedule of a commercial contract between the client, a warehousing and logistics provider, and its principal customer, a national retailer.
  • Successfully acting on behalf of a publicly listed project management and technical consultancy in relation to claims of disability discrimination and constructive dismissal.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

The regulatory team at Gateley Plc is highlighted for its ability to assist its clients, which range from family-run businesses to large corporates, with health and safety matters including crisis management issues following fatalities and major incidents. Pauline Munro heads up the practice from Leeds and has notable expertise in the manufacturing, retail, food and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):Pauline Munro

Key Clients

Drayton Manor Park Limited

Camtrex Limited

Nylacast Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Bovis Homes

Bellway plc

North West Fire Control

Sudlows Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Dr. Oetker (UK) Ltd

Malmaison & Hotel du Vin in Property Holdings Limited

Garvey Demolition Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Nylacast on its crisis management, investigation and inquest support following the death of an employee while at work.
  • Assisted Camtrex with crisis management issues, investigations and inquest support following the death of an employee while at work.
  • Instructed by Drayton Manor Park to handle matters following a fatal incident in May 2017, where a member of the public died.
  • Acted for Kingsgate Golf Club in investigations following the injury of an employee while at work.
  • Acting for a national branded retailer in investigations following an injury to an employee due to two separate incidents.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's real estate team has three key areas of focus; residential development, retail and mixed use development and real estate finance. The practice includes George Parker-Fuller and John Kiff who form the specialist residential team. Philip Gregory heads a team which carries out major work for developers on retail and mixed use developments. The firm has also been boosted by the addition of Barbara Rollin from Shoosmiths LLP, who now heads up the real estate finance team.

Practice head(s):George Parker-Fuller; Philip Gregory

Other key lawyers:John Kiff; Barbara Rollin

Key Clients

Bellway Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Miller Homes

Keepmoat Homes

BDW Trading

Peveril Securities

Commercial Development Projects

Marlborough Property Co

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Taylor Wimpey around developing government and lending policy in New Build leasehold housing.
  • Advising Miller Homes on a mixed-use development spanning 2,500 houses and a commercial district centre.
  • Providing legal support to Lovell Partnerships Limited on the £30m development of 100 new homes in Louth.
  • Handling lease assignments, variations and new leases on a portfolio of properties acquired by Pavers Limited as a result of the administration of Jones Bootmaker.
  • Advising Miller Homes Limited and Story Homes on the £150m development of more than 500 new homes in Newcastle.
Next Generation Partners

John Kiff - Gateley Plc

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

The newly established team at Gateley Plc primarily focuses on the housebuilder market through the expertise of practice head Gavin Winter. Winter, who joined the firm from Watson Burton LLP in late 2017, also advises landlords and tenants on disputes over dilapidations, service charges, break notices, rent reviews and lease renewals. Other clients include corporates, investors, asset management companies and retailers. Simon Ingham is also recommended for residential development disputes, Gerard Khoshnaw is a mediator, and Andrew Johnson is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Gavin Winter

Other key lawyers:Simon Ingham; Gerard Khoshnaw; Andrew Johnson


'Gateley has a good, commercially aware team, which has some good partners and provides a one-stop-shop which results in a seamless approach to resolving complex legal problems'.

'The team at Gateley is happy, professional and motivated and it shines through in the work it does. It keeps the client regularly updated, provides robust professional advice and achieves the desired results'.

'Gavin Winter manages cases well and ensures that processes are managed effectively and communicated well'.

'Gerard Khoshnaw is an experienced partner who is on the client's side and very good to deal with'.

'Simon Ingham is very good commercially and a technically capable partner'.

'Andrew Johnson is down to earth, a good leader, professional and understanding of his client's needs'.

Key Clients

Pavers Limited

Bellway Plc

Bovis Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Dr Oetker

Crest Nicholson plc

Miller Homes Limited

Teesside University

Spinney Homes Limited

Avant Homes (England) Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Avignon Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Crest Nicholson Plc in the contested valuation of a plot of land in the South East.
  • Representing a farming family in a dispute with a developer relating to the terms of an overage agreement.
  • Advising a housebuilder on long stop provisions in a conditional contract relating to the purchase of residential development land.
  • Acting for Bovis Homes Limited in a claim for damages and injunctive relief for nuisance against an occupier of a neighbouring site.
  • Acting for the landlord of a multi-tenant commercial property in Norwich in a claim brought by a tenant for damages and injunctive relief.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's intellectual property practice advises on a range of strategic and commercial matters, brand protection work and portfolio management for its clients, which include local and national businesses in the retail, food and drink, and manufacturing sectors. The team was established by the arrival of Rob Lucas from Shulmans LLP in 2018; Lucas boasts experience in a range of contentious and non-contentious IP work with IT, sports and media and entertainment sector specialisms.

Practice head(s):Rob Lucas

Key Clients

Incanthera Limited

Harman Technology Limited

Stryker Inc

JD Sports Fashion plc

Manchester City Football Club Limited

Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Microbiosensor  Limited

Pendle Metalwares Limited

PeptigelDesign Limited

Salts Healthcare

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