Firm Profile > Geldards LLP > Derby, England

Geldards LLP
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England

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

With particular expertise in the automotive and sports industries, Geldards LLP acts for clients in disputes over shareholders' agreements, breaches of contract, fraud, unfair trade practices and construction projects, among other areas. Jonathan Butler continues to handle high-stakes cases for major clients, including Pendragon and Derby County Football Club. Nino Simone represents clients in a wide range of cases, including IP and commercial contracts disputes. Senior associate Andrea Clayton has notable expertise in civil fraud and asset recovery disputes. In an ongoing case, Clayton is acting for Crown Crest Property Developments in a multimillion pound High Court case involving allegedly overdue energy payments.

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‘Jonathan Butler is very hands on and offers sensible and practical advice.’

Key clients

Agfa Graphics NV

Car Giant Limited

Derby County Football Club

Pendragon PLC

PSA Group

Parkway Volkswagen

finnCap Limited

Tesco

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

With notable strength in the utilities, education, retail and motor retail sectors, Geldards LLP handles a broad sweep of commercial developments and public sector projects, including major regeneration schemes. Graham Banks in Derby specialises in property investment and development, project finance, planning and environmental law. In Nottingham, David Watson assists commercial developers with construction projects, from initial site assembly through to disposal. Jamie Gordon focuses on advising national utilities companies, such as UK Power Networks, on their operations and expansion plans. In a recent highlight, the firm advised Nottingham College on a land exchange arrangement with Nottingham City Council, facilitating the council's major regeneration project in Nottingham southside. The 'exceptionally committed and diligent' Heather Dixon has a track record of work on residential and commercial development projects, acting for a range of clients in both the public and private sector, while Tiffany Cloynes leads the public sector and regeneration team.

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Testimonials

‘Really good firm, with excellent knowledge of the industry.’

‘A team which is dedicated to providing a first-class service to the client.’

‘Jamie Gordon is extremely client-focused and inspires similar values within his team. He has proved himself to be a valuable ally at stakeholder events and has a proven track record initiating and implementing innovation in the legal process.’

‘Heather Dixon provides total commitment; she is always able to deal with other parties, no matter how difficult, and has excellent knowledge.’

‘Heather Dixon is the best commercial real estate lawyer I’ve ever worked with. Exceptionally committed and diligent, she makes deals happen whilst protecting our legal interests. She covers a broad spectrum of commercial projects, all having a different commercial value – but all deals are treated as equal and are given the same level of attention.’

‘Geldards provide a very personal service and keep us fully engaged and updated with all transactions. They are always prepared to spend time with you to ensure you fully understand the deal. The way they interact as a team is fantastic, as they make dealing with different departments very straightforward and promote a fantastic team ethos.’

Key clients

Cedar House Investments Limited

Nottingham College

Trent Motor Traction Company Ltd

Nottingham City Council

North Sands Developments Limited

Heatherton Developments Limited

Sleekmade Property Co Limited

Lycee Charles de Gualle Londres

Bowmer & Kirkland

Walgreens Boots Alliance

CWC Group – (Clowes Developments (UK) Limited and Dove Valley Park Limited)

Miller Birch/Cedar House

PPH1 Ltd and DPK Management

BioCity Group Limited

Wise Living Developments

Trent Barton Buses

Connections Legal Management

Stadler Rail Service UK Limited

Derby City Council

Leicester City Council

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Geldards LLP acts for clients on a wide range of matters, with its wealth preservation and succession team working with experts in other areas to deliver a full spectrum of services, including corporate, corporate tax and family advice. The firm is strong in advising clients such as high-net-worth individuals, families and business owners. As a founding member of the Camelot panel, the firm has a strong presence in advising national lottery winners. 'Knowledgeable' practitioners Erica Thomson and Jaclyn Barnes jointly lead 'the down to earth and reliable' team.

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I haven’t met a partner or employee that isn’t down to earth reliable and helpful.’

Geldards private client team are the best advisors on domestic and cross-border inheritance and tax matters I have seen outside London.’

Jaclyn Barnes and her team are fantastic. Very knowledgeable, hands-on, client-focused and utterly pleasant. A real privilege to work with Jaclyn and her team. And in contrast to many of the larger London firms: no ego issues, fantastic team players.’

Depth and range of knowledge, experience and expertise of the team. Very effective co-ordination, communication and customer care right across the team. All team members kept up to date. Very professional, thorough, knowledgeable and timely in their dealings with you.’

I work with Erica Thomson and her Nottingham based team predominantly. Erica is a very good communicator and team manager. She has a wide knowledge and expertise in wills, personal tax, trusts and probate matters. She is very professional, thorough and accurate in her work, responds promptly and keeps you clearly up to date with progress made. She is courteous and persuasive and gets on well with people but does not suffer fools. She is very effective in all areas. I have no hesitation in recommending Erica and her Geldard’s team.’

Sport Tier 1

Geldards LLP is well-known for its work in tennis and football, with strong expertise in sponsorship, endorsement and licensing agreements. The team also advises clients on sports media, events and equestrian matters. The firm recently advised AXS.com on the sale of tickets at the O2 Arena for the Tennis World Tour finals and various other events. Jamie Goldberg heads up the practice.

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Excellent in the areas of sports sponsorship, and important for us they understand the worlds of YouTube and social media.’

Jamie Goldberg is an expert in all the areas relevant to our business and always available for advice. Daniel Greatorex is hard-working and very reliable.’

Key clients

Derby County Football Club

Formidable Media Limited

WH Security Limited

AXS Europe Limited

Banking and finance Tier 2

Geldards LLP's Nottingham practice advises lenders and borrowers, including large banks, on management buy-outs, refinancing arrangements, project financing and funding that facilitates M&A. The team also has expertise in public sector financing, where they act for a range of clients including local councils. Jenny Chatten is particularly experienced in advising banks and private lenders on transactions in the healthcare and franchising industries. David Watson specialises in property finance. Associate Sarah Bailey is particularly strong in assisting clients with facility and security agreements.

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Stamps Holdings Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Loscoe Chilled Foods Limited

Edward Ryde & Sons

Lloyds Banking Group

Allied Irish Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Wrekin Products Limited

Leumi ABL Ltd

Construction Tier 2

Geldards LLP's Derby team has particular expertise in renewable energy, education and motor retail projects. It advises a diverse range of clients, including developers, contractors, lenders and public bodies, in relation to developments throughout the East Midlands. 'Extremely proactive' partner Chris Hawrylak excels in regeneration projects, funding transactions (in which he primarily acts for banks) and general commercial developments. Associate Della Copley is active in infrastructure projects and commercial developments. In a recent mandate, Hawrylak and Copley advised Chesterfield Borough Council on the design and build of an Enterprise Centre for start-ups and medium-sized businesses.

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‘When Geldards act for you on a matter, they provide you with a sense of confidence that they are addressing all material considerations which the transaction may exhibit and providing relevant advice/guidance.’

‘Chris Hawrylak is the bank’s point of contact for all construction matters and has been for some time. The level of service he provides, along with his knowledge of construction provides great comfort when he acts for the bank on transactions.’

Key clients

Bowmer & Kirkland Group

Walgreens Boots Alliance

CWC Group / Clowes Developments (UK) Limited / Dove Valley Park Limited

Miller Birch/Cedar Investments Limited

BioCity Group

Sheffield City Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Derby City Council

The Council of the City of Carlisle

Chesterfield Borough Council

South Derbyshire District Council

Warrington Borough Council

Julian Hodge Bank Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Principality Building Society

Lloyds Bank

PPH1 Ltd & DPK East

Nottingham Regeneration Limited

Sutco UK Limited

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Geldards LLP's 'truly exceptional' team, which is based in Nottingham and Derby, is particularly well-regarded in the motor retail, healthcare, railway and IT industries. The firm predominantly advises clients on private equity investments, domestic and international acquisitions and disposals, corporate governance and commercial agreements. Michelle Craven-Faulkner has a wealth of experience negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, with particular strength in rail and renewable energy projects. Debra Martin is often instructed by companies in private equity transactions. Jamie Goldberg is sought after by clients in the sports industry, including well-known athletes, requiring assistance with commercial agreements. Associate Sarah Bailey is recommended for her expertise in corporate deals. Andrew Borkowski and David Tilly are other notable individuals.

Testimonials

‘We extremely value the flexibility and the team-based thinking of the individuals we worked with. Beyond and above we were impressed how well Geldards understood the specifics of our business and the commercial environment in which we are operating.’ 

‘The commercial team at Geldards Derby has significant in-house experience and this really shows.’

‘Michelle is always on hand to respond at lightning speed and her manner makes her a delight to deal with which together with her legal and business acumen means she handle our legal work with pragmatism and in a way which does not incur unnecessary cost.’

‘Jamie Goldberg is an exceptional solicitor, with broad knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

ACE Group International Limited

Acres Engineering Limited

Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems Limited

Belcan International Limited

Camfaud Group Limited

Celebrity Motion Furniture Ltd

CIPS Corporate Services Limited

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Commify UK Limited

Derby County Football Club

Derby Manufacturing UTC

Derby Quad Limited

Derbyshire Institute of Sport CIC

Development Bank of Wales PLC

Drive Motor Retail Limited

Ebenezer (Stone of Help) Ltd

EDF Tax Defence Limited

Effective Energy Group Limited

Elite KL Limited

EMB-Group Ltd

Family Tier 2

Geldards LLP demonstrates strong expertise in family law and offers clients representation in family mediation, collaborative law and family arbitration. The team focuses on medium to high-net-worth financial remedy cases, particularly those involving businesses, inherited assets and farms. In addition, it specialises in civil partnership breakdowns and private children proceedings. Fiona Apthorpe, who heads up the practice, also acts as a deputy district judge. Clients praise the team for its 'professional' support and describe Apthorpe as 'wise and caring'. Claire Dean is also recommended. Ben Lawson recently joined Family Law Group.

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The Geldards team have been so incredibly professional and in every way have eased me through the process of my divorce with compassion but appropriate robustness when it has been needed. Everything has been dealt with in a timely fashion and they have given me a great deal of support at appropriate times.’

Fiona Apthorpe has been exceptional as the partner dealing with my divorce. She has been a rock of support and her experience and calm advice has made a huge difference at a difficult time. She is professional, quick to respond, calm, wise and caring which has meant that the whole case has been dealt with well. She has been reassuring at the more stressful moments and helped to source excellent external advice when it was needed.’

As someone who has had very few dealings with legal firms in the past, Geldards LLP has a great sense of friendly professionalism, tailoring their client interaction appropriately. As you would expect, attention to detail was faultless.’

Fiona Apthorpe is determined and ambitious. She has considerable experience and works collaboratively.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Geldards LLP's practice, which is based in Derby, acts for insolvency practitioners, directors, creditors and liquidators in insolvency proceedings and restructuring mandates. Nino Simone, who is well-versed in all forms of commercial dispute resolution, has a wealth of expertise advising directors facing claims by creditors and liquidators. The 'approachable and knowledgeable' Ruth Thurland, who was promoted to senior associate in January 2019, is often instructed by clients in corporate and personal insolvency cases, including cross-border claims.

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‘Ruth Thurland is always one step ahead of you – she instinctively knows what her instructions are likely to be.’

‘Ruth is a fabulously reassuring solicitor – on top of the facts, on top of the law, calm and clear.’

‘I have worked with Geldards for some 15 years now, and whatever area of expertise is needed the firm has always excelled.’

Ruth Thurland has good technical knowledge and is particularly good at insolvency, restructuring and dispute resolution. She also appreciates the value of the matters she deals with and proactively seeks to deliver a commercial result. Equally, I know that any client I refer to her receives a great client service.’

Key clients

Smith Cooper

Blades Insolvency Services

Bridgewood Financial Solutions

FRP Advisory LLP

LM Insolvency & Advisory

Boots UK Limited

Derby City Council

Derby County Football Club

Streitbörger Speckmann

Rechtsanwalte Dr Michael Arens

Intellectual property Tier 2

Geldards LLP's varied practice covers advice on protection of intellectual property, complex licensing agreements and litigation. The firm has particular expertise in the sports industry; Jamie Goldberg is often sought out to advise high-profile athletes on image rights licences and related IP issues. Goldberg co-heads the practice with Michelle Craven-Faulkner, who has expertise in the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property.

Key clients

Advanced Blast and Ballistics Systems

Arctic Cabins Limited

AXS Europe Limited

BioCity Group Limited

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Commify UK Limited

Concrete Network Limited

Derby County Football Club

Derby Quad Limited

Elite KL Limited

Ellis-Chadwick, Dr Fiona

Formidable Media Limited

Gellaw Newco 2020 Limited

Genius Performance Limited

George Utz Limited

Halo X-Ray Technologies Limited

Heart Church

Independence Products Limited

iTrend Medical Research Limited

Kiwa Holdings (UK) Limited

MSTART (Medical And Sporting Technology Research Trust)

Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited

Pauley Interactive Limited

Physiolab Technologies Limited

Realsense Solutions Limited

Retailmap Limited

Right Legal Group Limited

Sevco 5112 Limited

Spirit Medical Limited

Stefano Tsitsipas

Trent Motor Traction Company Limited

Userbrain Limited

Vehicle Remarketing Association Limited

XCAM

Property litigation Tier 2

Geldards LLP represents landlords, tenants, developers and portfolio holders in various disputes, including those involving adverse possession, professional negligence and landlord and tenant issues. Mark Hacking has a wealth of experience in litigation arising from dilapidations, break notice and lease renewal claims. Hacking also represents portfolio holders and developers in title, covenant and right of way disputes. Associates Catherine Gritt and Kim Coveney are also key members of the practice.

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‘The team is very responsive and knowledgeable, and always willing to help.  With this team you really get results.’

‘The property litigation team has a reputation for providing reliable advice with a strong focus on commercial realities.’

‘Mark Hacking provides a balanced package of experience, common sense, strong intellect and commercial reality.’

Key clients

Western Power Distribution

Pendragon Group

Boots

Public sector Tier 2

Geldards LLP has a well-established reputation in the public sector, where it advises local authorities, central government and regulatory authorities. The firm has been appointed to several local government legal frameworks, including East Midlands Law Share consortium and the North West Legal Consortium. Practice head Tiffany Cloynes and her team have a strong reputation in major regeneration projects and public services. Other key areas of work include planning, employment, state aid and public procurement. Clients praise the group for its 'good knowledge and understanding' of public sector work.

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The team has a good knowledge and understanding of the factors and constraints of public sector work.’

The team are easy to deal with, very responsive with good attention to detail. Their level of engagement in projects and willingness to work alongside in-house lawyers is valuable.’

Quick to understand the brief, reactive and flexible.’

Key clients

Belper Town Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Carlisle City Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Daventry District Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Dronfield Town Council

Gedling Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Kettering Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Leicester University

Lincolnshire County Council

Liverpool City Combined Authority

Llanrhidian Higher Community Council

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Merton

Ludlow Town Council

Milton Keynes Council

Norfolk County Council

Newark and Sherwood District Council

Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Homes

Nottinghamshire County Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Oxford City Council

Employment Tier 3

Geldards LLP has a strong track record in the Employment Tribunal and handles a broad range of cases, including those concerning the national minimum wage, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination. With Rhys Wyborn departing the firm for Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Emma Tice has taken over as the practice head. Clients describe Tice as a 'fantastic addition' to the team and praise her for 'quick responses'. Tice has been responsible for the launch of an innovative online platform called AccessHR which is detailed employment law and HR documentation.

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The team at Geldards are great, incredibly reliable and competent.’

I had a complicated partnership issue which needed a quick response but at the same time diplomacy and compassion were important to me. Emma Tice at Geldards delivered on all issues admirably and at incredible speed.’

The employment law team help make my life easier by assisting me in managing day to day issues, keeping me abreast of developments and provide insight into future trends arising from current case law.’

Emma Tice has been a fantastic addition to the firm, not only has she set up a key online function for Geldards but she is always on hand to deliver the best advice for your business and answers all queries with both legal and business focus which is key for us.’

Key clients

Toray Advance Composites

Wrekin products Limited

Litho Supplies (UK) Limited

Derby County Football Club

Picsolve International Limited

Red Box Recorders Limited

West Park School

Assemblies of God Incorporated

Railway Electrical Services Limited

Pearce Signs Limited

Buster and Punch Limited

LKAB Minerals Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Geldards LLP advises clients on the full range of IT issues including regulatory matters, content creation, protection and exploitation, partnering, financing and corporate development. Michelle Craven-Faulkner leads the practice.

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Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Led by Harriet MorganGeldards LLP's 'very strong' team handles pure charity law matters (including as it relates to governance/constitutional/incorporation issues) and also benefits from the ability to tap into the expertise of lawyers with charity law knowledge from across the firm's full-service offering, including as it relates to property, employment and commercial law.  Morgan is particularly accomplished at handling matters at the intersection of charities and property law and has niche expertise in relation to social housing matters. Senior associate Bethan Walsh  is the other main practitioner focusing on charities law issues, and as part of her broad-ranging expertise in the area, regularly advises faith-based organisations and independent Christian churches across a range of legal issues. Consultant Giselle Davies  also continues to provide input to clients on charity law matters.

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Geldards has a very strong team.

Key clients

Assemblies of God Inc

United Purpose

Arts Council of Wales

WJEC CBAC Limited

Wales Air Ambulance

Welsh Pony and Cob Society

Platfform For Change (formerly Gofal Cymru)

Newydd Housing Association (1974) Limited

Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Royal Voluntary Service

TŶ Hafan

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Leveraging its strong overarching public sector relationships and benefiting from an 'excellent knowledge of the Welsh commercial scene'Geldards LLP is regularly engaged by Welsh governmental entities across a broad array of disputes, including as it relates to the defence of procurement challenges and on competition matters. 'Experienced' team head Paul Hopkins 'can handle big-ticket litigation smoothly and effectively', and as well as his public sector prowess has also effectively built up a growing roster of work for corporates across shareholder, director and partnership disputes. The 'hardworkingMichael Evans was recently promoted to partner and has also been pivotal to the firm's growing presence in relation to private sector-related commercial disputes work.

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The team has very strong foundations in the Welsh market, with excellent knowledge of the Welsh commercial scene, and with good links to the Welsh government.

The firm has strong experience working for the Welsh government on high-profile litigation in the competition and pharmaceutical sectors.

Paul Hopkins is an experienced partner who can handle big-ticket litigation smoothly and effectively.

Michael Evans is hardworking and good at dealing with the detail on cases.

 

Key clients

The Welsh Ministers (Welsh Government)

Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales

Parallel Learning Trust

Jardine Norton Limited

Paramount Office Interiors Limited

Holdtrade (UK) Limited

Intellectual Property Office

John Bean Technologies Corporation

Rutherford Health Plc

Novomatic UK Limited

Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Limited

Swansea University

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Led by Andrew Morris and Christopher Williams, on the corporate and commercial side, respectively, Geldards LLP's seven-partner team has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume and range of work for public and private sector entities. Morris is well-versed at handling transactional work for clients in heavily regulated sectors, including life sciences and gaming/gambling; he recently advised Novomatic on its $120m disposal of a large part of its UK gaming division to Inspired Gaming. Geraint Tilsley has successfully cultivated a strong private equity/venture capital offering in the local market for clients including BGF Investments, Development of Wales and LDC, and also has significant experience advising Welsh public sector bodies on governance and structuring matters.

Key clients

Novomatic UK Limited

Admiral Insurance

John Bean Technologies Corporation

Development Bank of Wales

Celsa UK

BGF Investments

LDC

Office Depot

Schauenburg International

SyncSort Corporation

Rutherford Health Plc

Tessitura Network

Arix Bioscience

Warrington Borough Council

Employment Tier 1

Although it was weakened somewhat, particularly on the contentious front,  by the departures of Stephen Jenkins and Rhian Brace - who both recently became Employment Tribunal judges - Geldards LLP's two-partner team maintains a strong reputation as a result of its ability to provide 'a practical but pragmatic approach to problem solving'. Kim Howell now heads the team,  following Jenkins' departure, and takes the lead on most of the firm's public sector-related employment work, including on high-level disciplinary issues. The 'responsive and helpfulLowri Phillips spearheads the firm's contentious work and has been particularly busy of late advising respondents in hot-button issues, including in relation to whistleblowing, discrimination and equal pay claims. Senior associate Joga Singh has a thriving practice across a range of employment matters, including business immigration, and has a 'fantastic way of making complex legal advice easy to understand'. 

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The firm adopts a practical but pragmatic approach to problem solving.

The lawyers go above and beyond the call of duty.

Lowri Phillips is always responsive and helpful.

Joga Singh has a fantastic way of making complex legal advice easy to understand and relevant to those of us who struggle to understand what the advice means for us in practical terms.

Helen Snow offers clear and well thought out advice.

Key clients

Admiral Insurance

Sofa Brands International

National Assembly for Wales Commission

National Museum of Wales

Wales Millennium Centre

A.F. Blakemore & Son Limited (Spar)

Welsh Government

Estyn (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales)

Novomatic Group

Target Group Limited

Trakcel Limited

RAL Limited

Hexion (UK) Limited

Ludlow Street Healthcare Limited

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Valleys 2 Coast (Housing Association)

WJEC/CBAC (Welsh Education Examination Board)

Derbyshire County Council

Emso Asset Management

Intellectual property Tier 1

Praised for its 'genuinely enthusiastic and knowledgeable' approach, Geldards LLP provides a 'responsive and cost-effective' service for clients in IP-rich industries, including healthcare, life sciences and media, as well as for many of the firm's public sector clients. Team head Michael Lindsey is 'very warm and knowledgeable' and has considerable contentious IP expertise, including as it relates to online and broadcasting trade mark and copyright issues. Senior associate David Beynon leads on the non-contentious front and assists clients protect and commercialise their IPR.

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The team takes a very human approach to advising and appears conscious at all times of the wider concerns of a business relating to brands and all matters that surround a client’s business.

The team is genuinely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about its clients and how to get the best for them.

Michael Lindsay is very warm and knowledgeable and always asks the right questions.

Gosia Evans really cares about her clients and will always go the extra mile for them in any job.

Gosia Evans displays outstanding attention to detail.

Key clients

GoCompare Limited

Rutherford Health Plc

Welsh Government

British Boxing Board of Control

John Bean Technologies Corporation

Pendragon Motor Group Limited

Tessitura Network, Inc.

Sofa Brands International Limited

Hoover Limited

Mountain Warehouse Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Active on both the customer and supplier side and thereby benefiting from excellent perspective of market norms, Geldards LLP's three-partner team advises both public and private sector entities across a range of tech and IT-related commercial contractual matters. Led by 'leading technology lawyerJustin Harrington, the firm is able to provide a very cohesive service to clients by virtue of its ability to advise not only the commercial contractual terms but also how these interact and comply with best practice and legislation regarding regulatory matters, data protection and outsourcing. Senior associate David Beynon has expertise advising on commercial contract-related work aligned to supply chain transactions and strategic outsourcing projects, and is also well-versed in relation to software development and licensing.

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Justin Harrington is the finest technology, IP, data protection and outsourcing lawyer in Wales.

Justin Harrington is a leading technology lawyer.

Planning and environment Tier 1

Now solely headed by Charles Felgate following Huw Williams' retirement in July 2019, Geldards LLP's 'friendly and approachable' three-strong team is one of the few standalone planning outfits in Wales and comfortably maintains its position as leader in the market, particularly on behalf of public sector clients. Recognised as an 'excellent strategic thinker', Felgate is active across the gamut of planning mandates, although his 'instinctive nose for the most effective and expeditious route to successful resolution' make him particularly well-suited to contentious matters, including high-profile public inquiries. 'Engaging and enthusiastic' senior associate Tomos Phillips is also recommended.

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The friendly and approachable team provides consistently high standards of comprehension and strategic thinking in environmental and planning law.

Charles Felgate is an excellent strategic thinker on planning and environmental cases, combining speed of response with an instinctive nose for the most effective and expeditious route to successful resolution.

Tomos Phillips is engaging and enthusiastic.

Key clients

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Brecon Beacon National Park Authority

Wrexham County Borough Council

East Cheshire Borough Council

Derby County Council

South Derbyshire District Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Property litigation Tier 1

Led by the 'very sensibleEd MeggittGeldards LLP's two-partner team has 'great depth and strength in all aspects of property litigation', encompassing matters relating to easements, restrictive covenants, and landlord and tenant issues. As well as handling ad-hoc property disputes for existing and standalone clients of the firm, the team also handles a considerable amount of portfolio management work, including on behalf of several large national retailers. The team has also developed niche expertise advising utility companies on property-related issues, and is particularly strong advising on issues arising in the water industry, including the protection of assets and infrastructure either using common law remedies or under the Water Industry Act 1991. Praised for her 'empathetic approach', Nicola Lawrence has an 'excellent grasp of the law and practice of real estate litigation' and has recently handled some important cases on rights of way and licences to occupy land.      

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The team has great depth and strength in all aspects of litigation, particularly in the procedure and practice of the courts.

Ed Meggitt is very sensible.

Nicola Lawrence has an excellent grasp of the law and practice of real estate litigation. She is empathetic in her handling of clients, while also being a doughty fighter on their behalf.

Nicola Lawrence understands the broad-brush, commercial pillars of a case, aligning the legal arguments and focusing on the specific details

Key clients

Boots UK Limited

Peacocks Stores Limited / Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

SA Brain & Co Ltd

Royal Voluntary Service

Principality Building Society

T. Land Limited

Christian Life Ministries

The Welsh Ministers / Welsh Government

St Modwen Developments Ltd / Coed D’Arcy Ltd

Western Power Distribution

EUI Limited / Admiral Group Plc

Arcadis

Chrysalis Supported Association Limited

Public sector Tier 1

  Geldards LLP's four-partner team provides 'very proactive and responsive advice' to its loyal roster of public sector clients, which includes local authorities, central government and regulatory authorities. Bethan Lloyd heads the team, following Huw Williams' semi-retirement (he remains a consultant at the firm), and embodies the firm's strength in the area as a result of her pure public law knowledge, including a specialism in state aid advice, and expertise in relation to public procurement matters. Jonathan Griffiths has an excellent reputation representing public sector entities on the litigation front, and provides 'sound and pragmatic advice' across a a broad spectrum of disputes, including on the defence of public procurement challenges. Other key member of the team include Chris Williams, for commercial contract matters and planning expert Charles Felgate.

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Testimonials

The team provides very proactive and responsive advice.

Bethan Lloyd is able to explain and apply complex legal requirements clearly and practically.

Bethan Lloyd’s advice on procurement and state aid issues is always clear, practical and provided quickly.

Jonathan Griffiths: grasps the issues quickly; gives sound, pragmatic advice; has excellent technical knowledge; understands the commercial context and the sensitivities for us as a client.

Huw Williams has a wealth of knowledge, is wise and delivers advice in a calm fashion.

 

Key clients

Arts Council of Wales

National Museum of Wales

Carmarthenshire County Council

Teignbridge District Council

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

National Assembly of Wales

Derbyshire County Council

Snowdonia Aerospace LLP

Sport Tier 1

Led by litigation head Paul Hopkins and also drawing upon industry sector expertise from across the firm's full-service offering - including employment, charity, commercial and corporate - Geldards LLP 'knows its stuff inside out' and 'always delivers work of a very high standard and professionalism'. Although it does act for numerous sporting clubs, the team is particularly accomplished on behalf of governing bodies, including Sport Wales, which it continues to advise across a range of issues, including on governance matters. The firm also handles sports management work through Engagesport, the wholly owned subsidiary established in 2012.

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They seem to know their stuff inside and out.

They always deliver work of a very high standard and professionalism.

Key clients

British Boxing Board of Control Limited

Pendulum Management Limited (t/a Elite Ice HockeyLeague)

Welsh Sports Association

Sport Wales

Engagesport LLP

The Welsh Hockey Union Ltd (t/a Hockey Wales)

FAW Football in the Community (FAW Trust)

Welsh Pony and Cob Society

Glamorgan Wanderers Rugby Football Club

Neath Rugby Limited

Banking and finance Tier 2

Led by Karl BaranskiGeldards LLP's banking and finance team handles a significant range and volume of work for lenders and borrowers across the private and public sectors. As well as handling new money mandates for the purposes of, inter-alia, development and acquisition finance, Baranski is also noted for his restructuring work and his niche expertise on fund structuring.

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Ludlow Street Healthcare Group

LDC

Lloyds Bank

Development Bank of Wales

Julian Hodge Bank

Carmarthenshire County Council

Handelsbanken

Santander

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Development Bank of Wales

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Although it is a relatively small team, Geldards LLP punches above its weight and handles some 'very high-quality work' on clinical negligence cases, including those involving maximum severity brain injuries and fatal accident claims. 'Sound and pragmatic' team head Spencer Collier  is 'one of the most respected clinical negligence lawyers in Wales' and has expertise across many high-profile and cutting edge cases, including those involving delayed diagnosis, fatal and surgical errors.

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Reasonably small when compared with those clinical negligence departments in other major firms but it has a lot of good quality work and is very well run.

Very experienced clinical negligence litigator Spencer Collier has a firm grasp of the applicable legal principle, is decisive and able to determine the important issues in a case.

Spencer Collier is one of the most respected clinical negligence lawyers in Wales.

Commercial property Tier 2

In somewhat of a transitional period following a number of recent departures at a senior level, Geldards LLP's 'highly knowledgeable' commercial property team, which is now headed by Susanne Bradley , maintains a strong presence in the market as a result of a a well-planned succession structure and a strong and loyal roster of clients. The team remains perhaps best-known for its public sector work and in this regard Bradley has a particular niche in relation to urban redevelopment work. Mike Jeffs  is one of the more senior members of the team and has vast experience, particularly as it relates to secured lending. Of the more recently promoted partners, Harriet Morgan  has niche expertise in charity property law and Adam Thomas has developed expertise across all aspects of portfolio and estate management.

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It is a highly knowledgeable team.

Key clients

Admiral Insurance

Ashtenne Industrial Fund

Cardiff Gate Business Park Limited

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Julian Hodge Bank Limited

Richard Hayward Group

Royal Voluntary Service

Torfaen County Borough Council

Welsh Ministers/Welsh Government

Western Power Distribution

Millbay Homes

LDC (Managers) Ltd

Arcadis

Sofa Brands

University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

Construction Tier 2

Led by the 'exceptionalTony Norris Geldards LLP's 'hugely respected' team has justifiably earned a reputation in the market as the 'go-to specialists for major public sector infrastructure projects in Wales'. Praised for his 'brilliant capacity to cut through the flotsam and identify the issues on which a case will turn', Norris has excellent connections with numerous local authorities and central government, which he advises on the contractual documentation to facilitate significant projects in the country, as well as on the representation of any adjudications or arbitrations which may ensue.

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Hugely respected team that is the go-to specialists for major public sector infrastructure projects in Wales.

The firm has a very experienced front end team, and the disputes group picks up major adjudications and arbitrations from across the UK.

Tony Norris: a truly outstanding practitioner who you can trust with anything. He has a brilliant capacity to cut through the flotsam and identify the issues on which a case will turn.

Key clients

Cardiff and Vale College (Coleg Caerdydd a’r Fro)

Carmarthenshire County Council (Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Storage Giant Limited

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited

Sutco (UK) Limited

Western Power Distribution

J W Bowkett (Electrical Installations) Limited

Leekes

Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

 

Family Tier 2

Led by the 'experienced, capable and thorough' Gaynor DickensGeldards LLP is 'able to service all conventional family clients' needs', including high-net-worth divorces and sensitive private children law matters involving contact. In addition, Dickens has been particularly active of late advising high-net-worth clients on wealth preservation through the implementation of both pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Although it is relatively small, the core team is able to leverage the expertise of lawyers from across other complementary practice areas, including property, tax and private client, enabling clients to benefit from a truly holistic service.

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The firm has a team of very efficient family lawyers who are able to service all conventional family clients’ needs.

The family team is well-placed to reach out to other departments such as property, civil litigation or probate in order to draw in additional expertise as and when required in a family case.

The very experienced, capable and thorough Gaynor Dickens has a great rapport with clients.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Working closely with the corporate tax and charities teams, if necessary, Geldards LLP's private client offering is well-placed to deliver effective strategies for individuals, families and business owners, enabling them to secure wealth preservation through appropriately structured wills, trusts and other asset protection structures such as pre- and post nuptial and co-habitation agreements. Claire Johnson 'combines excellent technical knowledge with the ability to explain things in a very clear and straightforward way to her clients' and leads a six-strong team that also includes 'efficient, pleasant and very professional' senior associate Anne Taylor, who as part of her wide ranging probate and estates offering also often handles Court of Protection work.

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The firm has a reputation for integrity and high standards.

A very approachable team which is great at listening to clients. The advice, although sometimes complex, is explained thoroughly and at a suitable pace.

Claire Johnson combines excellent technical knowledge with the ability to explain things in a very clear and straightforward way to her clients.

Anne Taylor is efficient, pleasant and very professional. She has integrity and understanding and is very thorough, both in her knowledge of her subject and the manner in which she conducts the work.

Social housing Tier 2

Led by commercial property partner Susanne Bradley  and utilising a multi-disciplinary approach drawing from the relevant practice area expertise from throughout the firm's full-service offering, Geldards LLP is well-placed to provide an 'efficient and knowledgeable service' to social housing clients. Leveraging the firm's market-leading charities practice, under the guidance of Harriet Morgan, the team is well-placed to ensure that property development is aligned with good governance practice and charity specific legislation. Praised for her 'availability and high standard of correspondence', Liz Ganderton excels at handling social housing-related property finance matters.

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The team is efficient, knowledgeable and above all extremely approachable.

I must single out Liz Ganderton for praise as her availability and standard of correspondence is second to none considering her status as a partner.

Key clients

Chrysalis Housing Association Limited

Cadarn Housing Group

The Curo Goup

First Choice Housing Association

Valleys 2 Coast Housing Limited

Pembrokeshire Housing Association

Tai Calon Community Housing

The Pobl Group

Coastal Housing Group

The Seren Group

Debt recovery Tier 3

Led by Christine Sharpe  and also able to leverage the resources of the firm's wider commercial litigation function, Geldards LLP is well-placed to handle debt recovery work for standalone clients and existing corporate clients of the firm.

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GE Capital Equipment Finance Limited

Propel Finance Limited (formerly trading as Henry Howard Finance Limited)

Jardine Norton Limited

Prime People Plc

Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant

Led by the 'experiencedDonna Makin Geldards LLP's 'strong team' has particular expertise at handling employer liability claims, with defence work ranging from minor injuries through to those of maximum severity and death, as well as occupational disease claims (including asbestos-related and noise induced hearing loss claims). The team has a focus on acting for self-insured corporates and public sector entities, and as well as representing clients in the defence of active claims, is also noted for its risk management services, including audits and staff training.

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Geldards has a strong team.

Donna Makin is experienced with good judgement.

Key clients

Schneider Electric

National Museum Wales

National Library of Wales

CADW

Harbisonwalker International

Maxfort Insurance Ltd

The Firm: Geldards LLP is a full-service law firm providing high quality and practical legal advice. We advise a broad range of clients including private and public companies, local authorities, public bodies, charities & government agencies as well as private individuals.

We operate across a wide range of sectors including automotive, construction, manufacturing, life sciences, retail, sport, technology and transport. Our growing client base includes Lloyds Bank, Boots Walgreen Alliance, Western Power Distribution, Cardiff University, Pendragon plc, Admiral, Balfour Beatty, Network Rail, National Express, First Great Western, and a number of high profile, professional sports clubs.

We take a proactive approach to building strong and resilient relationships. By embedding ourselves in our clients’ businesses, we truly understand their needs and goals, and can support them find the best results in support of their commercial strategies. We also invest in long term partnerships, and regularly provide support with other professionals, financiers, and investors, for example Brewin Dolphin, MHA Broomfield Alexander, and the leading banks and accountancy practices.

Principal Areas of Work: Services For Businesses: The firm offers a comprehensive range of high quality legal services, and with offices across the UK it means that clients have access to the right advice at the right time. This includes general corporate and finance work, commercial agreements, employment issues and all aspects of commercial real estate matters. The firm has particular strength in the automotive, energy and resources, transport and retail sectors.

Services For The Public & Not-For-Profit Sector: We have one of the largest public services teams in the UK, and continue to be a trusted legal advisor to over 200 local authorities, central government agencies, the devolved government in Wales and over 700 public, educational, religious and not-for-profit organisations and institutions across the UK. We are currently appointed to the East Midlands Law Share, National Procurement Service (Wales), North West Legal Consortium and West Yorkshire Lawlegal panels.

Services For Individuals: Our wide range of private client services reflects the breadth of the firm’s expertise and its long tradition in advising clients in this fast-changing area of law. We are able offer a holistic service across all aspects of wealth preservation and succession including wealth management, matrimonial, tax and property. Notably, we have been members of the Camelot panel since the commencement of the National Lottery, and are trusted advisors and professional trustees to many £100m+ lottery winners.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Jeff Pearson
Chairman David Williams
Charity and not-for-profit Harriet Morgan
Clinical negligence Spencer Collier
Commercial Chris Williams
Corporate Andrew Morris
Dispute resolution Nino Simone
Employment Kim Howell
Insolvency and corporate recovery Karl Baranski
International Paul Hopkins
Personal injury Donna Makin
Private client David Williams
Public sector Tiffany Cloynes
Real estate Graham Banks
Vice Chairman Ed Meggitt
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Number of UK partners : 58
Number of other UK fee-earners : 120
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