Geldards LLP > Cardiff, Wales > Firm Profile

Geldards LLP
Capital Quarter No.4
Tyndall Street
Cardiff
CF10 4BQ
Wales

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Deriving a significant amount of work from the firm’s strong and longstanding public sector ties and also adept at handling general contract and shareholder disputes for a myriad of private sector entities, the 'personable, appproachable and knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP is a highly visible presence in the market. Team head Paul Hopkins exemplifies the firm’s reputation as an ‘excellent choice for complex commercial litigation’, and regularly takes the lead in high-profile mandates, including those with multi-jurisdictional elements and liabilities overseas. Jonathan Griffiths handles a good deal of the public sector-related mandates and is noted for his judicial review expertise and public procurement prowess. Michael Evans  also continues to impress, representing both public and private sector clients across a myriad matters, including his key role along with Hopkins in the firm’s recent notable work for the Welsh Ministers in its competition law claim brought against Servier.

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Testimonials

An excellent choice for complex commercial litigation.’

‘They are personable, approachable and knowledgeable.’

Geldards has proved to be the most suited to us as a company. Presenting options instead of obstacles and having a 360 degree approach has been advantageous for us.’

Paul Hopkins is undoubtedly an excellent commercial litigator. Someone with tact and judgment and skilled, in particular, in handling multi-jurisdictional elements to a claim involving liabilities arising primarily overseas.’

Michael Evans and his team are diligent and thorough. Readily available to support, sometimes at short notice but still fully up to speed on the case.’

Key clients

The Welsh Ministers (Welsh Government)

John Bean Technologies Europe

Jardine Norton Limited

Pendragon PLC

RHP Merchants and Construction Limited

TBD (Owen Holland) Limited

Celsa (UK) Holdings Limited

Natural Resources Wales

Envases (UK) Limited

Hoover Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising The Welsh Ministers and NHS in Wales in pursuing a substantial competition law claim against Servier SAS and others in relation to the drug Perindopril. The claim is linked to similar claims being pursued by the Secretary of State for Health and by the Scottish and Northern Irish Governments.
  • Representing John Bean Technologies Europe in  a multimillion- pound warranty claim arising from the purchase of PLF International Limited.
  • Advising the Welsh Ministers and the Counsel General for Wales in pursuing an application for injunctive relief against the Official Receiver and Special Managers of Baglan Operations Limited (In Liquidation) in respect of the proposed termination of the electricity supply at Baglan Energy Park.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Geldards LLP provides a 'very customer-focused service' to lenders and borrowers across a range of regional and UK-wide transactions, including in the context of development and acquisition finance. Under the leadership of the 'very responsive' Karl Baranski, the team has, however, gained most visibility for its finance work for public sector clients, including Warrington Borough Council, which the team continues to advise on the financing of a £35m solar plant and batter storage facility.

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Testimonials

The service provided to us is very customer focused and provided with excellent diligence.’

They provide a prompt and professional service.’

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Newport Transport Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Handelsbanken

Principality Building Society

Kingdom Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on the financing of a £35m solar plant and batter storage facility.
  • Advised Newport Transport on the financing of an electric bus fleet and infrastructure.
  • Advised Development Bank of Wales in relation to a debt and equity investment of a transport logistics company based in Pontypool.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Led by Harriet Morgan , Geldards LLP's 'experienced and approachable' team is 'very knowledgeable on charity law', ensuring that it is the first-port of call for many of the most significant Wales-based charities, including the Arts Council for Wales and Wales Air Ambulance, across the panoply of their needs and compliance with legislation unique to their status. As well as advising on core governance issues for charities and not-for-profit organisations, including many religious charities, Morgan also leverages her broader property bona fides to advise clients within the social housing sector, as well as more generally to clients in relation to their property portfolios. 'Responsive' senior associate Bethan Walsh  is 'gaining valuable experience in her own right now' and regularly takes the lead for clients including on charity governance and charity formation - her Welsh language speaking capabilities also add value to some indigenous clients. The 'outstanding' Giselle Davies still handles some fee-earning work in her capacity as a consultant and is able to draw from an 'enormous wealth of experience'.

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Testimonials

The team is very experienced and knowledgeable on charity law and the setting up of a new charity.’

Geldards provides clear advice on their subject matter and executes appropriate timely action on instruction.’

The experienced and approachable team provides specialist legal charity advice.’

Harriet Morgan is concise in delivering valued professional opinion to inform decisions and direct the team.’

Bethan Walsh was extremely good and very professional. She understood the brief perfectly as well as having a good feel for the sensitivities for some of the groups involved.’

Bethan Walsh is responsive and a pleasure to deal with. She is gaining valuable experience in her own right now.’

Giselle Davies is outstanding. She is analytical, capable and has an enormous wealth of experience.’

 

Key clients

Royal Voluntary Service

Baltic Exchange Charitable Foundation

International Play Association

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society

Assemblies of God Inc

Diocese of Llandaff, Church in Wales

Wales Air Ambulance Charitable Trust

The Presbyterian Church in Wales

Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Arts Council of Wales

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Voluntary Service on all areas of its operation including on its trading arrangements under charity law, matters arising from its relationship with the landlords of several shops and cafes as well as the requirements of a number of special and restricted trusts.
  • Advised International Play Association (IPA) who’s members advocate the child’s right to play under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), on the formation of IPA as a CIO and to act as an umbrella organisation for the member organisations.
  • Advised Assemblies of God on all aspects of its operation, regularly providing employment advice, including complex advice around the status of officers.

Wales > Public sector Tier 1

Benefiting from 'incredible strength in depth' in the public sector (which is reflected by its strong showing in the various NPS lots), Geldards LLP provides 'excellent quality' work to a broad cross-section of clients including local authorities, central government, and regulatory bodies. As well as being able to draw upon the strength of lawyers with public sector expertise from across the firm's full-service offering, the firm is also noted for its pure public law knowledge with a real understanding of 'the law in Wales and the differences that now exist with the law of England and Wales'. Construction head Tony Norris is 'stratospherically brilliant' at advising Welsh Government on key infrastructure projects, as well as in any arbitrations which should subsequently arise. 'Exceptionally well-organised and calm' litigator Jonathan Griffiths is particularly effective at handling judicial review matters for claimants and defendants, as well as in procurement-related cases.  Recognised as a 'keen tactician', Charles Felgate  has a particular focus on public sector panning matters and regularly represents local authorities 'when they hit a brick wall in their toughest cases'. As part of her core public sector employment expertise,  Helen Snow 'is outstanding in her knowledge and experience' within the agricultural space and continues to advise The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales on aspects relating to agricultural workers.

Testimonials

The team has incredible strength and breadth in advising the public sector. They understand law in Wales and the differences that now exist with the law of England and Wales.’

Their work is tailored to us, always of excellent quality and always delivered swiftly.’

Charles Felgate is a highly experienced adviser on planning matters in Wales – local planning authorities turn to him regularly when they hit a brick wall in their toughest cases. He is a keen tactician and active litigator.’

Jonathan Griffiths is exceptionally well-organised and calm.’

Tony Norris is stratospherically brilliant.’

Helen Snow is extremely efficient, responsive and is an expert in her field.  She understands the mechanisms of policy development and Government processes and she is outstanding in her knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Senedd Commission

Snowdonia National Park Authority

South Derbyshire District Council

The Welsh Ministers

Development Bank of Wales plc

The Natural Resources Body for Wales (Natural Resources Wales)

The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Estyn (the education and training inspectorate for Wales)

Torfaen County Borough Council

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Gwynedd Council

Bridgend County Borough Council

National Museum of Wales

Vale of Glamorgan Council

The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Snowdonia National Park Authority on the Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 1440 planning dispute, in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • Representing the Welsh Ministers in the defence in the High Court of an application for a declaration in relation to a Development Consent Order for the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
  • Advising a local authority on the restructure of its senior leadership team.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

Drawing upon a 'good understanding of the law in Wales and a very detailed knowledge of the working of Welsh Government and the administrative sector', Geldards LLP's three-strong standalone team is best-known for its work on behalf of central and local government across a range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters. 'A highly experienced adviser on planning matters in Wales', team head Charles Felgate  with local planning authorities regularly turning to him in their toughest cases. Senior associate Tomos Phillips is also a key member of the team and has recently worked alongside Felgate helping several local councils secure CPOs to facilitate regeneration and transport/infrastructure projects.

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Testimonials

It is a highly versatile practice with an especially strong reputation in Wales.’

The team has a good understanding of the law in Wales and a very detailed knowledge of the working of Welsh Government and the administrative sector in Wales.’

They combine a keen commerciality with a deep commitment to public sector work.’

Charles Felgate is a great team leader who provides first-class advice.’

Charles Felgate is a highly experienced adviser on planning matters in Wales – local planning authorities turn to him regularly when they hit a brick wall in their toughest cases. He is a keen tactician and active litigator.’

Key clients

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Cheshire East Borough Council

Calderdale Borough Council

Derbyshire County Council

South Derbyshire District Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Worcestershire County Council

Leeds City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh Ministers in relation to the application for a declaration that the development authorised by a Development Consent Order for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – a £1.3bn infrastructure proposal of national significance – had “begun” and that the Order was capable of being extended.
  • Defending Snowdonia National Park Authority against an application for a declaration by a developer to the effect that they could continue to implement a planning permission from 1967.
  • Advising South Derbyshire District Council in relation to the section 106 agreement and subsequent judicial review of a reserved matters approval at Drakelow Park, a circa 2000 home strategic development site.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Displaying an 'unflustered approach to complex litigation', including in the context of landlord and tenant disputes, Geldards LLP provides 'thorough and well-considered advice' to an eclectic mix of public and private sector clients, including many major retail clients with sizeable property portfolios. Team head Ed Meggitt  has vast experience in the space, including on behalf of portfolio clients on estate management and the protection of their assets, as well as for utility companies, particularly in the context of property-related issues arising in the water industry. Nicola Lawrence  provides 'comprehensive and clear advice' to clients across a range of discrete disputes, as well as litigation arising in a portfolio management context. Associate Llinos Davies  provides 'a combination of quality and practical advice in a pragmatic manner' and has developed particularly strong ties with retail clients, who she regularly represents on disputed lease renewals.

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Testimonials

The team works well together and the quality of advice is very thorough and well considered.’

They display an unflustered approach to complex litigation.’

Nicola Lawrence provides comprehensive and clear advice.’

Llinos Davies provides both a combination of quality and practical advice in a pragmatic manner. She is forthright when necessary but she always has the clients’ best interest heart.’

I have worked with both Nicola Lawrence and Llinos Davies for a number of years and their thorough evaluation of an issue ensures comprehensive advice is clear with all options carefully explored and clearly explained.’

Key clients

Woden Park Limited

Boots Opticians Professional Services Limited

Western Power Distribution

Principality Building Society

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Boots UK Limited

National Resources Wales

Air Ambulance Wales

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Snowdonia National Park

Royal Voluntary Service

Work highlights

  • Advising Boots UK on part of its national portfolio of real estate stores and properties. In particular, in dealing with lease renewals and all contentious aspects arising from the leasehold estate.
  • Advising clients in the water and electricity sector on property dispute issues arising from their vast estates.
  • Represented the Claimant in a case of breach of covenants, whereby the erection of a two-storeysignificant extension and adjoining wall was in clear breach of restrictive covenants imposed by a transfer of land.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

Led by the 'vastly experienced and accomplished' Michael Lindsey, Geldards LLP has a particularly strong reputation representing public and private sector clients in trade mark, copyright, design right and passing off disputes. In this regard, Lindsey recently settled a long-running multi-jurisdictional copyright infringement case on behalf of the Welsh government which involved the co-ordination of legal teams based in the US and Europe. Associate Gosia Evans was also involved in this matter and is noted for her international IP expertise. On the non-contentious front, Christopher Williams has considerable experience advising manufacturing, healthcare and transport clients on the exploitation and licensing of IP.

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Testimonials

Michael Lindsey is vastly experienced and accomplished.’

Key clients

Pendragon PLC

Welsh Government

Tessitura Network, Inc.

British Boxing Board of Control Limited

DTR Medical Limited

Mountain Warehouse Limited

Hoover Limited

Sofa Brands International Limited

CMS Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Pendragon in respect of registered trade mark infringement and passing off case which resulted in the change of trading name and style of a rival retailer.
  • Advised the Welsh Ministers in respect of multi-jurisdictional claims related to an alleged infringement of copyright.
  • Ongoing management of the Sofa Brands Group’s international trade mark portfolio, development, exploitation and overall protection of its brands, as well as dealing with copyright and design right issues.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Led by the 'brilliant' Justin Harrington , Geldards LLP has richly deserved its market leading reputation as a result of many years' involvement for public and private sector clients on their most important and transformative IT-related commercial and procurement matters. Harrington has 'exceptional knowledge and understanding of technical IT matters' and is, according to one client, 'miles ahead of most others locally and nationally.'

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Justin Harrington – a brilliant lawyer and brilliant bloke. We love working with Justin – his legal knowledge, experience and negotiation style always gives us an amazing advantage over our opponents. He is brilliant, and miles ahead of most others locally and nationally.’

What makes Justin Harrington stand out is his exceptional knowledge and understanding of technical IT matters. He has been helping us on a large IT services contract, and he is completely able to speak the language of my IT project manager.’

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

    The commercial litigation practice at Geldards LLP represents clients from all sectors, and has particular experience acting for clients from the sports, automotive, retail and agricultural sectors. The team, headed by Nino Simone, is lauded for its ‘skill and experience’ with clients seeing the ‘hands-on approach and wise advice’ of partner Jonathan Butler as a ‘great advantage for more challenging litigation’. Butler has particular experience in large and complex disputes in the sport and retail sector and has a specialism in injunction work and freezing orders. Associate Rebecca Stojak has a niche specialisation in equestrian matters acting for, among others, high-profile equestrian athletes and high-net-worth individuals.

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    Nino Simone

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    Testimonials

    ‘Good value but not at the expense of skill and experience.’

    ‘Jon Butler’s hands-on approach and wise advice are a great advantage for more challenging litigation.’

    Key clients

    Omya

    Derby County Football Club

    Pendragon PLC

    Stellantis

    Parkway Volkswagen

    Tesco

    Trouw Nutrition GB

    University of Leicester

    Work highlights

    • Defended Derby County in relation to sanctions before an EFL disciplinary commission, avoiding relegation and a substantial fine for breaches of the Championship Profit & Sustainability Rules.
    • Advised a passenger coach operator in its multi-million pound Commercial Court claim against DawsonGroup & EvoBus UK for alleged defective vehicles.
    • Successfully represented Omya, a global supplier of white minerals and chemicals, in a c.£1m reported High Court claim in damages for nuisance and trespass involving the illegal dumping of 20,000 tonnes of waste at Cliffe in Kent.

    Private client > Family Tier 1

    ‘Highly experienced and knowledgeable at all levels’, Geldards LLP ‘is very well-respected not just in the Midlands but across the country’. National practice chair, Fiona Apthorpe, is a heavyweight in complex medium to high net worth financial cases, pre-nuptial deeds and same sex marriage/civil partnership breakdowns. Claire Dean is a ‘powerful advocate and a talented lawyer’ who leads the private children practice. Jane Cowley is another integral member of the team, as is senior associate Natalie Haydon-Yeung, particularly for children and financial remedy cases.

    Practice head(s):

    Fiona Apthorpe

    Testimonials

    ‘This team are very well respected not just in the Midlands but across the country. A very strong collection of individual solicitors who work together tightly as a team. Their ethos is strong representation of clients but with a sensitivity to the nature of family proceedings.’

    ‘Jane Cowley is very professional, but also compassionate and approachable. She explains the options open and helps to find the best way through difficult situations.’

    ‘Claire Dean is a powerhouse of energy, strategy and legal knowledge. She really is a unique solicitor who has a very engaging personality together with an absolute inner strength. She is a powerful advocate and a talented lawyer. Her professional background is so special that she really is a unicorn in the family legal world. Opponents know that they will be met with fairness but also a total determination to achieve an outcome for her client.’

    ‘Jane Cowley is the best family lawyer we have referred our clients to. Feedback is always extremely positive. Jane is proactive, knowledgeable, caring and competent.’

    ‘Geldards are the go to solicitors for high net worth individuals going through a divorce. The Teams strength lies in it’s ability to provide excellent service with a close attention to detail. Partners work closely with counsel on complex matters and, as counsel their instructions are second to none.’

    ‘Fiona Apthorpe is the partner leading the family team at Geldards. Fiona is proactive and approachable and deals with the most complex of cases. Fiona also sits as a Private FDR Judge and Arbitrator and is greatly experienced and respected in the field.’

    ‘Claire Dean is a senior partner who specialises in divorces with an agricultural element. Claire brings her knowledge of farming and rural affairs to the team and is well respected in the locality. Claire will fiercely defend her clients position whilst maintaining perspective in the overall case.’

    ‘Excellent client care and a thorough approach to work. Highly experienced and knowledgeable at all levels. Determined and fair advice. Really recommend them to any client. The team is excellent throughout, no weak points whatsoever.’

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

    Public sector Tier 1

    Geldards LLP acts for a large number of local authorities and public bodies across a variety of matters, such public procurement, employment, data protection, with an additional offering regarding infrastructure projects, regenerationsand planning of highways for councils without the relevant in-house expertise. The team is made up of ‘a pool of experienced, knowledgeable lawyers’ that also advise in relation to subsidy control, governance as well as constitutional issues and represent public body clients in proceedings that include inquiries, judicial reviews and tribunal proceedings. Tiffany Cloynes heads the department and has a focus on regeneration and infrastructure projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Tiffany Cloynes

    Other key lawyers:

    Clare Hardy

    Testimonials

    ‘A real collaborative team that is not dominated by a single discipline. Tiffany Cloynes leads the team very well.’

    ‘Clare Hardy deals with complex procurement and state aid issues with ease. Tiff Cloynes – responsive and understands the importance of deadlines.’

    ‘Great range and depth of knowledge and skills.’

    ‘Geldards have a pool of experienced, knowledgeable lawyers who have been immensely helpful to us on various local authority matters.’

    ‘Clare Hardy is extremely approachable and knowledgeable. She works effectively as part of our team and provided advice quickly.

    Key clients

    Burnley Borough Council

    Warrington Borough Council

    Derby City Council

    Derbyshire County Council

    Milton Keynes Borough Council

    Carlisle City Council

    Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

    Rushmoor Borough Council

    South Staffordshire District Council

    Leeds City Council

    Redditch Borough Council

    Tees Valley Combined Authority

    City of York Council

    Isle of Wight Council

    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

    The Council of the City of Wakefield

    South Derbyshire District Council

    Nottinghamshire County Council

    Cheshire West and Chester Council

    Work highlights

    • Advised Derby City Council on the implementation of its strategic plans and overriding objective for the redevelopment of a large and prominent but neglected site in Derby City Centre which is to be redeveloped as residential, commercial, an entertainment venue and significant public realm.
    • Advised Warrington Borough Council on the acquisition of interests in a solar farm at Cirencester, having previously advised on the acquisition of interests in solar farms at Hull and York.
    • Advised Carlisle City Council and the other six local authorities in Cumbria on arrangements for local government reorganisation in Cumbria, which will involve the creation of two unitary authorities from April 2023.

    Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

    Geldards LLP is experienced in acting for clients in both the private and public sector in commercial property matters. Key areas of work undertaken pertain to commercial and residential developments, the retail and educations sector as well as the industrial and logistics sectors – an area of particular expertise of ‘exceptionalHeather Dixon. The Nottingham property team is headed by ‘commercially minded’ and ‘pragmaticDavid Watson while the Derby team is led by Graham Banks, who is experienced in operational property matters and property investments, among others. The unit also fields a specialist team which provides property legal services to fibre optic, gas and electricity companies – the “networks” team, headed by Jamie Gordon. Tiffany Cloynes has a specialisation in the public sector advising on a variety of regeneration and infrastructure projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Graham Banks; David Watson; Jamie Gordon

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    Testimonials

    ‘The advice is always timely and they are very commercially minded.’

    ‘David Watson  is a very easy-to-work-with person. He is commercially minded at all times but pragmatic too.’

    ‘They offer a one to one service meaning direct access to the partner undertaking your work. This means that you get a detailed insight into the project and its current status.’

    ‘Responsive to our needs, dealing with all matters in a timely fashion. Personal touch and polite dealings with all parties. Experienced team who look after our interests.’

    ‘Dedication and ability to focus on important issues in particular, Heather Dixon is exceptional.’

    ‘Heather Dixon takes time to understand not only our business, but also the political context we operate within. She demonstrates an interest over and above the requirement of the direct service engaged.’

    ‘Heather Dixon comfortably explains matters in simple terms, clearly acknowledging the core business of her clients versus the technicalities of real estate law. Without doubt, I am 100% assured that this expert lawyer is working in the very best interests of my organisation.’

    Key clients

    Cedar House Investments Limited

    Trent Motor Traction Company Ltd

    Nottingham City Council

    Sleekmade Property Co Limited

    Cenex Consulting Services limited

    Bowmer & Kirkland and Peveril Homes Limited

    Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Clowes Developments (UK) Limited and Dove Valley Park Limited

    DPK Management

    BioCity Group Limited

    Connections Legal Management

    Derby City Council

    Sheffield City Council

    Nottinghamshire County Council

    Electricity North West

    Western Power Distribution

    Omya UK Limited

    Wacker Neuson Limited

    UK Power Networks

    Easement Solutions

    ESP Utilities

    Carlisle City Council

    Connections Legal Management

    Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

    SMB Group (Brooksby Melton College and Stephenson College)

    DCG (Derby College)

    Vattenfall Networks

    Milton Keynes Council

    South Staffordshire District Council

    Isle of White Council

    Tees Valley Combined Authority

    Leeds City Council

    Eurocell plc

    Work highlights

    • Successfully advised Clowes Developments on a £100m landmark deal to develop six logistics facilities in the East Midlands region with UK insurance giant NFU Mutual.
    • Advised Burnley Borough Council on the acquisition of two key town centre retail assets, Charter Walk Shopping Centre and Curzon Square, comprising two freehold interests and three leasehold interests.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

    The Derby-led team at Geldards LLP has been busy of late advising Derby County Football Club on a variety of contentious and regulatory matters stemming from the club's ongoing financial struggles. Disputes specialist Jonathan Butler has led the firm's work here; he works in tandem with highly regarded commercial contracts and corporate lawyer lawyer Jamie Goldberg. The firm's work also incorporates advice on trade marks, contracts and endorsements for a range of major sporting clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Jamie Goldberg

    Other key lawyers:

    Jonathan Butler; Simon Davers

    Key clients

    Derby County Football Club Limited

    British Boxing Board of Control Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advised Derby County Football Club to successfully defeat an attempt by Middlesbrough Football Club to intervene in an appeal by the EFL and bring in its own appeal against a Decision of Disciplinary Commission under the Profit & Sustainability Rules.
    • Successfully defended Derby County FC in part before an Arbitral Appeal panel against the EFL’s attempt to overturn a Disciplinary Panel Decision in August 2020 under the Profit & Sustainability Rules relating to the Club’s accounts treatment of Player Registrations, before defeating the EFL at a Sanctions Hearing in July 2021 at which the EFL unsuccessfully pressed for the Club’s relegation.
    • Advising the British Boxing Board of Control Limited (the governing body of professional boxing in the UK) in relation to multiple trade mark infringement and passing off matters related to unauthorised advertising and marketing of replicas of BBBofC’s championship belts and related merchandise appearing online and in stores across the UK.

    Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 2

    Drawing upon deep public sector ties, which informs a good deal of the firm's commercial work, as well as a strong private sector offering, including among private equity/venture capital entities, Geldards LLP's 'exceptional' 12-strong team has strong market visibility, particularly in the context of domestic mandates. Andrew Morris heads up the corporate function of the team and has a strong reputation in the local market as a result of his versatile practice that includes clients within the gaming, IT , healthcare and financial services sectors, among others. The 'proactive and creative' Alex Butler , who joined the firm in March 2021 from an in-house position at a global business services provider, has rapidly become a highly valued member of the team, as a result of his cross-border corporate expertise, as well as his venture capital expertise - which has seen him leading the firm's relationship with the Development Bank of Wales.

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    Testimonials

    The exceptional team provides highly professional, responsive, and intelligent advice.’

    The service provided to us is very customer focussed and provided with excellent diligence.’

    ‘Most of my time is spent with Andrew Morris who understands my business, my objectives and helps me achieve the desired outcomes.’

    Alex Butler is very responsive to client needs, and has a broad area of expertise in corporate law, business matters, and contract issues.’

    Hayley Lewis’ corporate and data protection advice has been second to none and we have been very dependent on her skills.’

    Key clients

    LDC International

    Novomatic Group

    Development Bank of Wales

    Celsa Group

    Business Growth Fund

    WTI Holdings LLC

    Vydex Corporation Limited

    Deploy Tech Limited

    GoCompare

    Admiral Group Plc

    Cardiff City Transport Services (Cardiff Bus )

    Newport Transport Limited

    Welsh Government

    Royal Voluntary Service

    Work highlights

    • Advised LDC International on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in Capestone Organic Poultry Limited.
    • Advised the shareholders of Trek Kit (Hereford) on the sale of the company to Swedish quoted Fenix Outdoor International.
    • Advised Cardiff City Transport Services on the acquisition of a new fleet of 36 electric busses including the charging services, infrastructure arrangements and software licencing arrangements.

    Employment > Employment: Recommended Firms Tier 2

    Now headed by the 'highly knowledgeable' Lowri Phillips following the recent retirement of Kim Howells, Geldards LLP provides 'responsive, pragmatic and solutions-oriented' advice to private, public and third sector clients across a myriad contentious and non-contentious employment matters. 'Combining pragmatism and precision', Phillips is 'able to advise across a range of topics and provide insight into current thinking', including to a growing number of financial services clients which she advises on issues including the Senior Manager Regime. Recognised as a 'master tactician', Joga Singh is also well regarded by private sector clients, including in the context of tribunal work, and a growing amount of instructions relating to business immigration matters. The 'exceptional' Helen Snow was recently made up to partner in January 2022 alongside Singh, a reflection of her expertise at handling complex public sector-related employment matters, including a niche specialism advising on agricultural worker employment issues in Wales.

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    Testimonials

    The team is brilliant with its advice! They are always pragmatic and understand the business challenges and the legal compliance issues.’ 

    Excellent legal knowledge combined with commercial outlook and understanding of the wider picture re issues that we have raised.’

    The employment team is a collection of legal minds of the highest calibre that work in synergy to provide a Rolls Royce service to the client.’

    All of the team are not only well versed in the law but have a strong client focus and business acumen, which has enabled them to provide full support to our senior leaders and HR team.’

    Lowri Phillips is highly knowledgeable and able to advise across a range of topics and provide insight into current thinking.’

    Combining pragmatism and precision, Lowri Phillips takes the time to understand the context and the client, probing and questioning to make sure that the advice she gives and the solution she suggests are appropriate and workable.

    Joga Singh is approachable, friendly and always takes his time to explain everything in layman’s terms. He is respectful and committed to helping with any employment law queries or issues we send his way.’

    ‘A master tactician, Joga Singh has an unrivalled ability to inspire confidence in clients; he remains clam and unruffled even when navigating a case through stormy waters.’

    Key clients

    Admiral Insurance

    Fiera Capital Corporation

    Fiera Capital UK

    Archimedes Partners Ltd

    Sofa Brands International

    Spectrum Internet

    Toast

    Target Group Limited

    A F Blakemore & Son Limited

    Novomatic Group

    Hexion UK Limited

    Ludlow Street Healthcare Group

    Simbec-Orion

    Tower Colliery

    Celsa Manufacturing UK Limited

    Lewis Homes

    Watts Aviation

    Luxury Leisure

    Sub2Technologies

    Welsh Government

    The Senedd Commission

    The Senedd Commission (Member Support)

    Wales Millennium Centre

    Vale of Glamorgan Council

    Flintshire Council

    Derbyshire County Council

    Derby City Council

    Carlisle City Council

    Staffordshire County Council

    The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales

    The National Museum of Wales

    The Arts Council of Wales

    Sport Wales

    Pembrokeshire College

    Colleges Wales/Collegau Cymru

    United Welsh Housing Association

    Wales Air Ambulance

    Hybu Cig Cymru

    Work highlights

    • Advised Fiera Capital Corporation on the employment law matters associated with the engagement of a Global Equities team.
    • Advised the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales on matters relating to agricultural workers terms and conditions and the drafting of the Agricultural Wages Order 2021.
    • Advised the Vale of Glamorgan Council on issues relating to the restructure of its senior leadership team.

    Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant Tier 2

    The small partner-led team at Geldards LLP excels at handling complex and often high-value cliinical negligence claims, including those relating to maximum severity brain injury, amputation and spinal cases. Experienced team head Spencer Collier has an excellent reputation in the field, including for cases involving the delayed diagnosis of cancer, as well as a number of current mandates involving the interpretation of informed consent.

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      Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant Tier 2

      The corporate claims team at Geldards LLP defends clients against employer and public liability claims, ranging from commoditised volume-based matters including low-value slips and trips through to catastrophic injuries and death. Led by the ‘experienced and intelligentDonna Makin, the team has a particular niche advising on the management of large corporate liability portfolios and working with captive insurance managers.

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      Testimonials

      The Geldards team handle high value and complex litigation capably and without fuss. They are extremely capable litigators.’

      ‘Geldards greatly assisted my organisation in the management of many complex uninsured employers’ liability related claims for over two decades before the risks were transferred following an insurance portfolio transfer.’

      Donna Makin is experienced, intelligent and has exceptional judgement.’

      Donna Makin was a valued business partner to our organisation for several years providing a first-class client focused service and delivering excellent results.’

      Key clients

      Hampden PLC

      National Museum Wales

      National Library of Wales

      Maxfort Insurance Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Advising a public landowner in relation to a £12m tetraplegia public liability claim following an accident on a mountain bike trail on its land.
      • Successfully repudiating a claim for contribution to a tetraplegia claim made against a highways authority following an accident on a major trunk road.
      • Advising a global manufacturing and technology client in respect of mesothelioma and noise induced hearing loss claims brought against its UK subsidiaries.

      Private client > Family Tier 2

      Although it is a relatively small team, Geldards LLP's Cardiff-based two-strong offering handles an impressive range of family work for medium to high-net-worth individuals, who also benefit from its ability to leverage broader complementary practice areas including tax, employment and coporate. Team head Gaynor Dickens is 'reassuring and friendly' and provides a 'sensible approach to settlement' and a real willingness to adopt a conciliatory and collaborative approach to handling financial remedy and private children cases. In addition, Dickens has developed a particularly strong reputation assisting high-net-worth individuals preserve their wealth through the implementation of both pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

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      A full-service firm with a boutique family department.’

      Gaynor Dickens is very capable and clients really value her sensible approach to settlement.’

      Gaynor Dickens is professional and approachable. She is reassuring, friendly and just what is needed in tricky family matters. She cares about her clients, and works hard to help them through what is inevitably a stressful time with the best outcome and solid advice.’

      Work highlights

        Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

        Despite the setback of the departure of former team head Claire Johnson to Bristol-based firm TLT, Geldards LLP‘s private client team still has a strong presence in the market for individuals, families and business owners across the myriad of their wealth preservation and succession needs where it is also effectively able to leverage the expertise of practitioners from its broader corporate, family and charities teams. Senior associates Anne Taylor and Gillian Crouch co-head the wealth planning and probate/trust administration sub-groups, respectively, with Taylor noted for ability to ‘communicate effectively with new clients who are sometimes going through a difficult emotional period’. The arrival in February 2021 of vastly experienced wills and probate specialist Anne George from Swansea-based firm Graham Evans & Partners in a consultancy capacity also strengthens the firm’s credentials, adding further geographical bandwidth to the firm’s offering.

        Practice head(s):

        Anne Taylor  (wealth planning) ; Gillian Crouch (probate and trust administration)

        Testimonials

        The responsive, personable and approachable team has great in-depth knowledge.’

        Anne Taylor is an absolutely fantastic practitioner who understands how to communicate effectively with new clients who are sometimes going through a difficult emotional period.’

        Gillian Crouch has an excellent relationship with clients, speaking in a language that they understand.’

        Anne George was not only extremely very professional in all our dealings but added to that a great empathy and sensitivity at a time when we were still acutely feeling our loss.’

        Laura Ikin is professional, personable and technically competent.’

        Work highlights

          Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

          Led by Susanne Bradley, Geldards LLP's team 'works well together' and provides a 'high-quality service' to an eclectic mix of stakeholders, including developers, investors and end-users in the private and public sectors. The 'approachable and personable' Ioan Owen 'always aims to go that extra mile for his clients', which include landlord and tenants in the office and retail space. Mike Jeffs is 'extremely efficient and responsive' particularly in the context of the funding of commercial property, investment, acquisition and development projects. The 'approachable and responsive' Adam Thomas has 'sound all round experience in transactional real estate work' and a 'good grasp of public sector requirements'. 

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          Testimonials

          The team works well together and always easy to get hold of. They are fair, realistic and always professional when dealing with clients or their counterparts.’

          They provide a high-quality service.’

          Mike Jeffs – extremely efficient, responsive and competent. Very good advice and attention to detail.’

          Ioan Owen is a dedicated, thorough and practical practitioner who also happens to be approachable and personable. He always aims to go that extra mile for his clients while maintaining the right amount of practicality. Trustworthy and a safe pair of hands.’

          Adam Thomas is very approachable and responsive as well as having sound all round experience in transactional real estate work. He has a sound grasp of public sector requirements.’

          Susanne Bradley provides a high quality service.’

          Key clients

          Admiral Insurance

          Ashtenne Industrial Fund

          Cardiff Gate Business Park Limited

          Development Bank of Wales

          Julian Hodge Bank Limited

          Lloyds Banking Group

          Principality Building Society

          Richard Hayward Group

          Royal Voluntary Service

          Torfaen County Borough Council

          Welsh Ministers/Welsh Government

          Western Power Distribution

          Leekes Limited

          LDC (Managers) Ltd

          Arcadis

          Sofa Brands

          University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

          ADRA (Tai) Cyfyngedig

          Caerphilly County Borough Council

          Council of the City and County of Swansea

          Cardigan Building Preservation Trust

          Dandara West Limited

          Empowered Homes Limited

          The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

          Spectrum Fibre Limited

          Bestseller Wholesale Uk Limited

          Uswitch Limited

          South Tees Combined Authority

          Lexington Corporate Advisors Limited

          George LB Limited

          Mad Dog Brewery Co Ltd

          Societe LDC SA

          Work highlights

          • Advised Whiteheads Development Company Limited and Tirion Group on the £85m regeneration of Newport’s former Whiteheads steelworks, to transform a long-disused brownfield site to provide 528 new homes with primary school, neighbourhood centre and dedicated community space.
          • Advised the Welsh Ministers and Blaenau-Gwent County Borough Council as joint venture partners on the construction at Ebbw Vale of a new National Digital Exploitation Centre – a cyber campus for research and development by French company Thales into driverless vehicles and electricity infrastructure.
          • Advised Societe LDC SA French, a listed food group, on its first investment in the UK being the acquisition of Capestone Organic Poultry Limited and simultaneous acquisition of a freehold interest in the processing facility, expansion land, residential property, a commercial premises and a significant agricultural landholding at Capestone Farm in Pembrokeshire.

          Real estate > Construction Tier 2

          The 'brilliant' four-partner team at Geldards LLP has 'tremendous strength both in transactional work and disputes' on behald of a varied mix of clients which include large public-sector institutions, developers, public/private partnerships and contractors. 'Stratospherically brilliant' team head Tony Norris  is 'well-known and respected in the market', particularly on behalf of public sector clients involved in Wales-based infrastructure projects. At an associate level Claire Laviers advises on all aspects of construction contract drafting and negotiation, while Della Copley  is 'a hugely calming presence' on many of the most significant disputes handled by the team.

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          Testimonials

          ‘The Geldards construction team is simply brilliant: they have tremendous strength both in transactional work and disputes, and are are particularly well known for their expertise in complex, high value arbitrations concerning Welsh infrastructure.’

          Tony Norris is stratospherically brilliant. Clients, experts, counterparts, opponents and Judges all trust him to make well-judged and considered interventions. He knows exactly which arguments to pursue and where to place pressure.’

          The experienced Tony Norris is an outstanding construction lawyer. Well-known and respected in the market. Approachable but hard nosed.’

          Della Copley is a class turn. She manages some of Geldards’ biggest disputes, and is a hugely calming presence in a team, whilst always delivering critical advice and input on time.’

          Key clients

          Carmarthenshire County Council (Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin)

          Storage Giant Limited

          Sutco (UK) Limited

          OGI (Spectrum Fibre Limited)

          Welsh Government & Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (JV)

          Western Power Distribution

          Cadarn Housing Group Limited

          Redrow Homes Limited

          Natural Resources Wales

          Wales & West Housing Association

          United Welsh Housing Association

          R & M Williams Limited

          Pembrokeshire County Council

          Pembrokeshire College

          London Borough of Merton

          Work highlights

          • Advise the Welsh Government and Blaenau-Gwent County Borough Council (JV) in producing and advising on the construction documents and construction phase processes for the creation of a living laboratory campus, test track and model street complex to test driverless vehicles.
          • Acting for the UK’s leading Distribution Operator, Western Power Distribution in relation to placing contracts, obtaining security documents such as bonds and warranties and dealing with disputes and terminations, across Wales and from as far south as Redruth in Cornwall to Huthwaite in the North.
          • Advised Natural Resources Wales in relation to protecting an asset of the Welsh Government where NRW sought to carry out works to assist the migration of fish in order to boost fish populations in Wales and improve biodiversity and the economy.

          Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

          Led by commercial property partner Susanne Bradley and drawing upon the expertise of lawyers across various other practice areas, Geldards LLP‘s multi-disciplinary team provides ‘a cohesive’ offering to a sizeable roster of Wales-based housing associations. A ‘tough and highly ethical negotiator’, Harriet Morgan  is a particularly key member of the team in light of her ability to leverage her broader charities law advice, ensuring that she is well-placed to advise on governance matters and charity specific legislation, including in the context of property development advice.

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          Testimonials

          ‘Geldards is able to seamlessly move between our commercial drivers and understanding associated challenges within the context of our social brief.’

          They are strong at bringing together the varied legal strands (through use of their different technical teams) into a cohesive and relevant narrative to assist us in codifying and communicating complexity to our varied stakeholders.’

          ‘Harriet Morgan is our central point of leadership and co-ordination for the relationship. She epitomises the balance between protecting our interests, those of our beneficiaries and the requirements of strict application of regulation and associated legislation. She is a tough and highly ethical negotiator.’

          Key clients

          United Welsh

          Westmoreland Housing Association

          Adra

          The Pobl Group

          Newydd Housing Association (1974) Limited

          Chrysalis Supported Association Limited

          The Curo Group

          Coastal Housing Group

          Wales and West Housing Association

          Work highlights

          • Advised Chrysalis Supported Association Limited on multiple supported living housing projects including developers, REIT investment funds and nomination agreements with a County Council.
          • Acting for Newydd Housing Association (1974) Limited in connection with the conditional acquisition of a brown-field development site for development as residential flats.
          • Acting for Newydd in connection with a multimillion-pound refinancing exercise.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 2

          Headed by Paul Hopkins, Geldards LLP regulary advises governing bodies, sports-based charities and professional clubs across a range of commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. Hopkins is also a director of Engagesport, a sports management subsidiary wholly-owned by the firm, which also refers legal work on an ad-hoc basis, including recently in relation to various rugby player contracts. 'Conscientious, well prepared and thoughtful' litigator Jonathan Griffiths also has considerable experience handling sports-related disputes, including a number of recent mandates for the British Boxing Board of Control.

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          Testimonials

          Jonathan Griffiths is excellent – conscientious, very well prepared and thoughtful.’

          Key clients

          British Boxing Board of Control Ltd

          The Welsh Pony and Cobb Society

          Sport Wales

          Neath Rugby Limited

          Engagesport LLP

          The Cardiff Blues Community Foundation

          The Cardiff Blues Benevolent Trust

          Work highlights

          • Continue to advise British Boxing Board of Control Limited (BBBofC) (the governing body of professional boxing in the UK) in relation to multiple trade mark infringement and passing off matters related to unauthorised advertising and marketing of replicas of BBBofC’s championship belts and related merchandise appearing online and in stores across the UK.
          • Continue to provide advice and support to sports management company Engagesport in relation to a range of projects. The firm also provides advice in relation to various rugby player contracts under management by Engagesport.
          • Advising Sport Wales with ongoing general employment issues including on the pay and grading structure and grievances.

          Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

          Headed by Debra Martin, the corporate practice at Geldards LLP leverages its extensive expertise working with domestic and foreign clients on disposals, acquisitions and private equity transactions; she is also experienced in assisting owners to transition the ownership of their business to their employees. Jamie Goldberg combines his commercial and sports experience to assist athletes on their commercial agreements, sponsorship and image rights licences.

          Practice head(s):

          Debra Martin; Jamie Goldberg

          Testimonials

          ‘Unique client experience, responsiveness, capability, levels of knowledge, breadth of services, availability during COVID, flexibility and credibility as our representative.’

          Key clients

          Cullum Detuners Limited

          Woodberry Capital Limited

          Kiwa Group

          We Are Pioneer Group (formerly Biocity)

          Shareholders of Agilitas Holdings Limited

          Shareholders of Alerter Group Limited

          Effective Energy Group Ltd

          Shareholders of DSL Systems Limited

          BAMA Companies Inc

          Shareholders of Henry Hulley Holdings Limited

          Shareholders of Hydro Mechanical Services Limited

          AXS Europe Limited

          Formidable Media Limited

          Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

          Right Legal Group Limited

          WH Security

          Xylem

          Toyota Tsusho

          Warrington Borough Council

          Work highlights

          • Advised the shareholders of Biocity Limited on the £120m sale of the company to a joint venture company owned by Harrison Street and Trinity.
          • Advised Bay Tree Interiors (Holdings) Limited in relation to the acquisition of all of its shares by an Employee Ownership Trust.
          • Advised ASmallWorld AG on a strategic partnership agreement with Global Hotel Alliance relating to the delivery of its loyalty programme GHA DISCOVERY, which will expand to more than 20 million members in 2022.

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

          Jenny Chatten and David Watson co-head Geldards LLP's banking group, which is experienced in acting for UK lending banks and advising individuals and corporates on re-financing, equity release and MBO’s. The firm has a strong emphasis on public sector financing and counts Derby City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, among its roster of clients. As a key figure of the German desk, Chatten frequently supports German clients and law firms, while real estate finance lawyer, Watson focuses on lending transactions in the development, retail and healthcare sectors.

          Practice head(s):

          Jenny Chatten; David Watson

          Key clients

          Clowes Developments (UK) Limited

          HSBC UK Bank PLC

          Lloyds Bank PLC

          Loscoe Chilled Foods Limited

          Santander UK plc

          Burnley Council

          Newark & Sherwood District Council

          Derby City Council

          Wrekin Products Limited

          Nexa Finance Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Clowes Developments (UK) Limited on the finance arrangements relating to a multi-million-pound deal to develop four logistics facilities in the East Midlands.
          • Advised Wilten Construction Limited on the finance for the purchase of their new premises in Market Harborough.

          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

          Geldards LLP‘s has ‘good depth of experience’ in corporate and personal insolvency, and stands out for its expertise in company director disqualification, receiverships, CVAs and matters at the intersection between property law and insolvency. Its specialist knowledge of cross-border bankruptcy tourism continues to attract instructions from German banks and creditors. Senior associate Ruth Thurland has ‘strong experience in insolvency litigation and a real big player in the East Midlands’. Head of dispute resolution, Nino Simone provides the group with contentious capabilities.

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          Nino Simone

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          Testimonials

          ‘Ruth Thurland is excellent to work with, bright, efficient and collaborative. An excellent lawyer’

          ‘This is a strong team with good depth of experience. I find them easy to work with. The solicitors there are up to speed with the current law. They provide a savvy and sensible approach to litigation and are easy to deal with. They use technology really well to manage files/correspondence/deadlines.’

          ‘Ruth Thurland – extremely bright and user friendly. Strong experience in insolvency litigation and a real big player in the East Midlands. I have experience of being instructed by her and as a solicitor on the other side of an ongoing case. Very professional.’

          ‘Ruth Thurland has led on a number of insolvency and corporate recovery assignments. Ruth exemplifies all of Geldards values; integrity, experience, friendly open approach and insightful advice.’

          ‘Ruth Thurland’s technical knowledge and her experience together with her communications being relevant, understandable and succinct ensures that we have the necessary information to be able to make informed decisions.’

          ‘Nino Simone is also a great asset and resource, available to lend his experience and advice to the insolvency and corporate recovery team when the need arises.’

          Key clients

          Smith Cooper

          Blades Insolvency Services

          Western Power Distribution

          Bowmer & Kirkland

          LM Insolvency & Advisory

          Boots UK Limited

          The Welsh Government

          John Harlow Insolvency

          Bridgewood Financial Solutions

          Work highlights

          • Advised the joint liquidators of Sports Drinks Limited in a claim regarding intellectual property which was transferred to an associated company at a significant undervalue shortly before the company went into liquidation.
          • Advised Bowmer & Kirkland in relation to their acquisition of the business and assets of Robinsons Structures Limited from its administrators in a deal that saved 68 jobs.
          • Advised Welsh Ministers and the Counsel General for Wales in relation to the compulsory liquidation of the company which operated the Baglan Bay power station and its associated private wire network which supplied electricity to a local industrial estate.

          Real estate > Construction Tier 2

          Geldards LLP acts for a wide array of clients, such as developers, contractors, subcontractors, banks and funding bodies, on all types of non-contentious project work as well as contentious dispute matters. The practice is headed by Chris Hawrylak who specialises in advice regarding complex logistics and industrial developments, such as large distribution sites. Senior associate Della Copley is ‘a real star for the future’ who handles ‘numerous very substantial cases’ which relate to delays, defects, payments, terminations and more. Clients note the team’s ‘tremendous strength both in transactional work and disputes’.

          Practice head(s):

          Chris Hawrylak

          Other key lawyers:

          Della Copley; Tony Norris

          Testimonials

          ‘Thorough knowledge on construction legals.’

          ‘Ability to get matters sorted, in particular Chris Hawrylak.’

          ‘The Geldards construction team is a powerhouse: they have tremendous strength both in transactional work and disputes. they are particularly well known for their expertise in complex, high value arbitrations concerning Welsh infrastructure. The team has a notable international focus as well, and have helped facilitate major infrastructure investment into Wales and the midlands.’

          ‘Tony Norris is simply superb. His strategic thinking and insight easily matches partners at the very highest level of top international firms. He knows exactly where the key issues that will turn a dispute, and has fantastic experience marshalling large teams of experts and counsel towards a common goal. His client handling skills are also brilliant. Della Copley is a real star for the future. She has a phenomenal ability to retain and deploy huge quantities of detail, and handles an impressive case load.’

          ‘Della Copley is an excellent senior associate. She works closely with others across the UK at Geldards and deals with numerous very substantial cases.’

          Key clients

          Structural Fabrications Limited

          BlueEarth Construction Limited

          William Hare Limited

          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

          The Development Bank of Wales

          Principality Building Society

          Lloyds Bank

          PPH1 Ltd & DPK East

          Nottingham Regeneration Limited

          Sutco UK Limited

          Synergy Health Managed Services Limited

          SDL Group / Wise Living Homes Limited

          Nottingham City Homes

          Chrysalis Supported Association Ltd

          London Borough of Merton

          Carmarthenshire County Council

          Storage Giant Ltd

          National Resources Wales

          United Welsh Housing Association

          R&M Williams Ltd

          Work highlights

          • Advised Clowes Developments on a £100m deal to develop six logistics facilities throughout the wider East Midlands region with UK insurance giant NFU Mutual.
          • Advised Derby City Council on its latest significant regeneration project in exchanging contracts for the development of a £45m performance arena.
          • Advised the Council of the London Borough of Merton in relation to liability for a c. £4.5m bridge collapse.

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

          Geldards LLP is known in particular for its commercial landlord and tenant disputes, acting for clients from the automotive, utilities, telecoms and retail sectors. The team also acts for private clients on a variety of matters, including easements, service charge, title and adverse possession disputes, as well as for local authorities on freehold and leasehold issues. Practice head Mark Hacking advises developers and portfolio holders on a variety of claims, including title disputes, right of way disputes and boundary issues, and is noted for his 'exceptional technical understanding of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954, and of the court's approach to issues arising from it'. Catherine Gritt is a further key practitioner.

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          Mark Hacking

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          Testimonials

          ‘This team combine a strong technical knowledge with a commercial understanding of a client’s needs and limits, ensuring an excellent foundation from which to project a strong negotiation stance that supports negotiated settlements.’

          ‘Geldards know our business and are very responsive.’

          ‘Mark Hacking is particularly good where we have contentious issues with suppliers and landlords.’

          ‘We have unique issues and they’ve always helped us.’

          ‘Mark Hacking – always has an idea of something we can do, other firms we have worked with just told us there was no answer.’

          ‘Catherine Gritt – always available and helpful.’

          Key clients

          Western Power Distribution

          Pendragon Group

          Boots

          Eurocell

          Work highlights

          • Advised Western Power Distribution (across East Midlands, West Midlands, South West and South Wales) regarding asset protection of electricity distribution network, and contentious property management issues.
          • Advised Boots (including optician and hearing practices) regarding lease renewal and protection of portfolio of stores across the country.
          • Advised South Staffordshire District Council on complex project to redevelop substantial light industrial premises for retail use, including termination of substantial number of leases and securing vacant possession of site.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

          Specialising in the sport, media and entertainment sectors, Geldards LLP is a reputable choice for sponsorship, endorsement, image rights and licencing mandates. Jamie Goldberg leads the Derby team, which also handles registration and application services for trade marks and acquisition or transfer of trade marks out of insolvency.

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          Jamie Goldberg

          Testimonials

          ‘Highly competent, time efficient, very accommodating and friendly.’

          ‘Jamie Goldberg is extremely reachable, helpful and kind. Going beyond the expected to make sure I’m well taken care of and my exact needs are being met.’

          Key clients

          Kaufmann Ruedi Rechtsanwalte AG

          British Boxing Board of Control

          Work highlights

          • Advised Kaufmann Ruedi Rechtsanwalte AG to make 10 mirror trademark applications, claiming priority under Art 59 of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU.
          • Advised British Boxing Board of Control Limited in relation to multiple trade mark infringement and passing off matters related to unauthorised advertising and marketing of replicas of BBBofC’s championship belts and related merchandise appearing online and in stores across the UK.

          Employment Tier 3

          Geldards LLP is a good choice for employment related issues arising within the education, automotive, religious organisations, financial services, manufacturing and agriculture sectors. Senior associate Rachel Mills heads the practice following the October 2021 departure of Emma Tice. Mills divides her time between the Nottingham and Derby and is sough after for her defendant respondent work in tribunals, and on the non-contentious side, assistance with due diligence and TUPE advice.

          Practice head(s):

          Rachel Mills

          Testimonials

          ‘Really knowledgeable team who provide pragmatic advice to avoid clients getting bogged down in dealing with vexatious claims. Brilliant monthly webinars which keep you right up to date with changes in law, latest cases and trends.’

          ‘The team has strength in their expertise and their ability to deliver this in a practical element. Their “power hours” are a great help, providing insightful information in short bite sized chunks, rather than a half day legal session.’

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

          At Geldards LLP, corporate and commercial contracts lawyer Jamie Goldberg predominantly works on IT agreements, advising clients including ticketing businesses,  software developers and major IT service providers.

          Practice head(s):

          Jamie Goldberg

          Testimonials

          ‘Very personable team able to flex their support brilliantly to meet my requirements.’

          ‘Jamie Goldberg is always available to help or very quickly obtain the right person, and this is very much appreciated.’

          Key clients

          Leva Capital Partners

          Work highlights

          • Advised Leva Capital Partners on the regulatory considerations to operate an investment platform in the UK.

          The firm: Geldards LLP is a full-service law firm providing high quality and practical legal advice. Our multi-disciplinary legal teams have significant and in-depth experience working with a range of clients across many industries and legal disciplines. From the largest organisational transactions to advising on what’s best for you and your family, we have the expertise and experience to deliver the right legal solution for you.

          Through taking a proactive approach to building strong and resilient relationships, we truly understand our clients’ needs and goals, and can assist them in finding the best results in support of their commercial strategies. We also work closely with a wide range of leading professionals including banks, accountancy practices, IFAs and other advisers.

          Principal areas of work
          Services for businesses: We are a full service practice with a wide range of specialist areas that ensure clients have access to the right advice at the right time. Services include general corporate and finance work, commercial agreements, employment issues, dispute resolution and all aspects of commercial real estate matters. The firm has particular strength in the automotive, construction, manufacturing, energy &renewables, retail, sport and technology sectors.

          Services for the public sector and charities: With one of the largest public services teams in the UK, we 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 charitable organisations and institutions across England & Wales. Current framework appointments include East Midlands Law Share, National Procurement Service (Wales) and the North West Legal Consortium.

          Services for families and 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 offer a holistic service across all aspects of wealth preservation and succession planning including wealth management, matrimonial, tax and property. Our education team specialise in supporting students and families gain full access to education, learning and specialist support from appropriate educational establishments. Finally, our medical negligence team support and gain frequently life changing awards for patients and families faced with clinical mistakes and failure.

          DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
          Chief Executive Jeff Pearson
          Chairman David Williams
          Vice Chairman Ed Meggitt
          Charity and not-for-profit Harriet Morgan
          Corporate Andrew Morris
          Commercial Property Graham Banks
          Commercial Chris Williams
          Dispute Resolution Nino Simone
          Employment Lowri Phillips
          Family Fiona Apthorpe
          Medical Negligence Spencer Collier
          Insolvency and corporate recovery Karl Baranski
          International Paul Hopkins
          Personal injury Donna Makin
          Private client David Williams
          Public sector Tiffany Cloynes
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          Gaynor Dickens photo Gaynor DickensGaynor is a family law specialist solicitor with over 30 years’ experience.…
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          Charles Felgate photo Charles FelgateCharles supervises the Planning and Environmental team, which has a significant contentious…
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          Bethan Walsh photo Bethan WalshBethan works with a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, from new start-ups…
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          CLIENT: Corporate Client

          TESTIMONIAL: We are very grateful to the whole Geldards team for their support throughout the acquisition. Their professionalism, commercial approach and pragmatic advice were invaluable in what proved to be some challenging negotiations.


          CLIENT: Property Client

          TESTIMONIAL:Working with Geldards feels like they are part of our own team. We know we can rely on them, and their team, to deliver. We would like to thank them for their exceptional commitment and dedicated teamwork once again.


          CLIENT: Employment Client

          TESTIMONIAL: We get a fantastic service from Geldards. The team is very quick to respond and provides sound advice.


          CLIENT: Litigation Client

          TESTIMONIAL: Geldards’ legal assistance throughout was exceptional, from the initial steps until the last ones. Thank you!


          CLIENT: Commercial Client

          TESTIMONIAL: The team is approachable, highly experienced, dedicated and quick to respond. They make us feel valued, take time to explain things thoroughly and go out of their way to provide an exceptional service.


          CLIENT: Public Sector Client

          TESTIMONIAL: We’re delighted to have signed law specialist Geldards as part of our new legal framework to support the game-changing projects we’re delivering across Teesside.


          CLIENT: Construction & Infrastructure Client

          TESTIMONIAL: Our go-to specialist on all the construction aspects of our transactions. The team combines a keen understanding of the marketplace with technical legal ability giving them the edge over others.


          CLIENT: Charity Client

          TESTIMONIAL: Many thanks again for your help in getting us to a complete suite of documents ready to submit to the Charity Commission. Your knowledge and professionalism have been invaluable.


          CLIENT: Banking & Finance Client

          TESTIMONIAL: We can’t thank you enough for your swift work. You have been brilliantly helpful and incredibly efficient from the first minute we made contact.


          CLIENT: Family Client

          TESTIMONIAL: You have been absolutely fantastic throughout this whole process and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the hard work, effort and support from you and your team.


          CLIENT: Personal Tax & Probate Client

          TESTIMONIAL: I have had many professional dilemmas in my time but very few had outcomes as successful and painless as this one.