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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’s ‘genuinely excellent’ department is jointly led by Nick Emmerson and David Armitage; Armitage focuses on cross-border M&A mandates and Emmerson is ‘a first-class lawyer who is always on top of the commercial points and never misses a deadline’. The team is noted for its international expertise, which recently included advising Inspired Energy on its acquisition of Horizon Energy Group, and acting for WH Ireland in its role as financial adviser to CTI Engineering on its £43m takeover of Waterman Group. Other recent mandates include assisting Keepmoat with its acquisition of MCI Developments and handling Freedom Finance’s joint venture with Asda Financial Services to create Asda Loans. Sandip Khroud is also a name to note and is recognised for his M&A and private equity transactional experience.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Clients praise Gateley Plc for its ‘ability to ensure that the correct level of legal services are provided while always being on hand to provide prompt, relevant and commercial advice’. The group, which is ‘a highly valued provider of regional legal services’, is led by Rob Payne who advises financial institutions and insolvency practitioners across pre-insolvency assessments, asset tracing and recovery efforts, claims arising from the sale of bank products, secured and unsecured lending enforcements, and professional indemnity claims. Clients include Macquarie Equipment Finance, Henry Howard Finance, Aldermore Bank, Tower Leasing and Scania Finance Great Britain.

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc‘s ‘absolutely excellent’ group has substantial expertise across the housebuilding, retail, energy, education and procurement sectors; recent mandates include defending Persimmon in a group action brought by 69 residents who allege that that sea-facing windows in a new apartment block on Swansea Dock have experienced water ingress, acting for Repsol Sinopec Resources in a contract dispute with One Sub Sea regarding equipment, and acting for the University of Leicester and St George’s, University of London in judicial review proceedings against students. The ‘practical and commercially minded’ Gerard Khoshnaw leads the team, which also fields Andrew Johnson, who is ‘a safe pair of hands and incredibly creative in his thinking and strategizing, which gives momentum to matters’; Simon Ingham and Gavin Winter.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s ‘excellent’ department is led by William Ballmann who handles business restructurings, refinancings, rescues and turnarounds. The group’s client base spans banks, accountancy firms, insolvency practitioners, investment funders and fixed charge receivers; examples include Begbies Traynor, Leonard Curtis Recovery and PwC. Highlights include advising Endless on its acquisition of the business and assets of Jones Bootmaker from administration via pre-pack sale, and assisting RSM Restructuring Advisory as fixed charged receivers with issues surrounding a residential development site including potential possession proceedings. Senior associate Matt Leech is also recommended as ‘one to watch’.

Leading individuals

William Ballmann - 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 4

Gateley Plc

Paul Ball and the 'brilliant' and 'innovative' Gearalt Fahy joined from 3volution Limited to establish Gateley Plc's 'modern, progressive, motivated and client focused' employment practice in Leeds. The two-partner team is able to draw upon the firm's national office network, and represents both smaller local businesses as well as several national and international employers with entrenched union arrangements. The practice recently acted for Cape plc in a harassment claim brought by one of its employees. Ball and Fahy also both regularly advise of strategy and non-contentious employment matters.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

With 'expertise of the highest calibre' the 'speedy and knowledgeable' health and safety team at Gateley Plc is 'excellent all round'. The team handles matters at all stages including providing initial crisis management advice in addition to advising on investigations and at inquest and prosecution. The practice represented Dr. Oetker (UK) in lengthy investigations and prosecution by the HSE arising from an incident involving a forklift truck resulting in life changing injuries. Birmingham-based Ruth Armstrong heads the national practice which includes the 'thorough and professional' Pauline Munro in the Leeds office. Recently promoted partner Monroe has significant expertise in advising clients in manufacturing, retail, food and construction and is additionally considered 'excellent and effective in areas of environmental'.

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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 splits its development expertise into two distinct areas:  residential development work for housebuilders, and advising developers on retail and mixed-use development schemes. George Parker-Fuller and Philip Gregory are the key names for each area respectively; Parker-Fuller’s recent work includes advising Bellway Homes on the acquisition of land at East Halewood for a residential development, while Gregory assisted Headrow with its acquisition of a multi-let office block in Leeds city centre. Further highlights include handling the investment sale of a Manchester office building to F&C UK Property Fund for The Wakefield Property Partnership, advising Peveril Securities on the acquisition, letting and development of Costa Coffee drive throughs, and assisting Miller Homes with the development of a residential site in Wakefield.

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