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Gateley Plc

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Chris Greenwell

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Gateley Plc

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution.


Chris deals with professional negligence (solicitors and financial services in particular), complex commercial disputes, contentious probate/inheritance claims and develops the firms practice in this field.

Chris has experience of working for major businesses across the UK and further afield in a wide variety of negligence, recovery and litigation work.

Recent cases run by Chris and the team include:

- Successful defence of a Proprietary Estoppel claim made for transfer of a £30m estate from parents to son (June 2017) and allied ongoing partition application between stakeholders for terms of division of the estate  (pending trial)

- Successful settlement of minority shareholder claim where majority diverted assets to Newco fraudulently suppressing shareholder value ( £2m, August 2016)

- Group of Regulatory claims for up to 500 claimants in missold SIPP investments ( loss £27m). FOS, FSCS, allied professional negligence ongoing.

- Claims for hauliers arising out of European Truck cartel adjudicated July 2016. Up to £10m. Ongoing

- Recovery of damages for negligence of an IFA in Keydata sales (claim £1.2m, 2013), defence of negligence claims against IFAs in annuity claims (claim £800,000, 2014),

- Professional negligence claim against solicitors alongside lenders (settled three weeks before eight-day trial February 2014, claim £800,000 including costs), s

- Successful order for account and agreed orders for sale in property trust dispute (March 2014), claim on realisation £1.4m,

- Historic notable cases: acting for taxpayer in the case Jones v Garnett (’Arctic Systems’) in Lords, defeat of HMRC was estimated to expose HMRC to £1bn plus in lost revenue

- Acting for Dubai claimant for recovery of loss from mis-sold complex derivatives in Court of Appeal ANZ v Peekay Intermark.

- Instructions (March 2014) include misrepresentation by an international bank in representing nominee hedge fund investors (claim $12.5m);

- Solicitors’ negligent failure to identify serious planning blight on property purchase (£1m, 2015); various another relating to recovery of unlawful distributions (£900,000), 2015


Trained Munby & Scott Solicitors, York and Tollers Solicitors, Leicester; qualified: 1986. Tollers 1986- 2000; partner 1988-2000; partner Nelsons LLP 2000-08; partner Gateley 2008 to date.


Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.


Trent Polytechnic; Nottingham (1982 LLB Hons).


Chris enjoys mountaineering, skiing, rugby and military history.

East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands

Gateley Plc’s ‘strong’ team provides ‘excellent service through a commercial and pragmatic approach’. In addition to commercial disputes, the team handles judicial reviews, defamation, professional negligence, property litigation and contentious private client matters. The ‘down-to-earth’ team leader Chris Greenwell ‘never loses sight of the client’s best interests when seeking to bring a dispute to conclusion’, and associate Claire Herbert is also recommended. Work highlights included representing a company in the automotive industry in judicial review proceedings; acting for minority shareholders in a fraud claim against majority shareholders; challenging a claim for unpaid invoices for a corporate client; and handling a family dispute over a multimillion-pound estate.

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East Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

The ‘well-respected’ team at Gateley Plc has an ‘enviable reputation and sound judgement’, particularly in complex trust and probate disputes as well as claims involving elements of professional negligence. The group acted for several estate beneficiaries in claims for the removal of a will executor due to misconduct, defended a proprietary estoppel claim and managed a restitution claim for trustees. It also represented a solicitor in a breach of trust claim and handled a dispute arising from a negligently drafted will. Practice head Chris Greenwell and senior associate Claire Herbert are recommended.

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