Geldards LLP > Cardiff, Wales > Firm Profile

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

Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Geldards LLP provides 'very responsive, efficient and great quality advice'  to a varied mix of domestic, UK-wide and international clients across a wide range of corporate and commercial work, including advice on M&A matters and assistance to businesses transitioning to employee ownership. 'At the top of his game', corporate head Andrew Morris takes the lead on many of the most significant mandates 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 'exceptional' Alex Butler  has made a strong impression since joining over two years ago from an in-house position and has very effectively rebuilt the firm's venture capital and private equity credentials which took a slight hit at the beginning of 2021 following the departure of Geraint Tilsley. The 'approachable and very talented' Chris Williams leads a very strong commercial practice, which handles a myriad of commercial contracts work for private sector clients, as well as for central government and local authority clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Morris; Chris Williams

Other key lawyers:

Justin Harrington; Alex Butler; Stewart Knights

Testimonials

As a US-based company, Geldards did a great job of combining our needs with UK market terms and applicable law.’

The team provides very responsive, efficient and great quality advice.’

Andrew Morris is at the top of his game.’

‘Chris Williams provides comprehensive and prompt advice.’

Chris Williams is approachable and very talented.’

Alex Butler did an excellent job of engaging with us as his client to negotiate practical and effective agreements.’

We found Alex Butler’s availability, engagement and communication to be exceptional.’

Key clients

LDC International, SA

ITA Group, Inc

Novomatic Group

John Bean Technologies Group

Travelzoo Inc

CanSense Group Limited

Admiral Group plc

Business Growth Fund

Driverly Company Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Thomas Carroll

Celsa Group

Welsh Government

Welsh Parliament (Senedd)

National Museum of Wales

Newport Transport Ltd.

Sofa Brands International Ltd.

Vydex Corporation Limited

Ceredigion County Council

Ward Brothers

Abbey Glass

Work highlights

  • Advised ITA Group, Inc on the separate acquisitions of employee engagement agency, NKD learning (UK) Limited and SaaS provider, HTK Limited.
  • Advised Celsa Group on the establishment of two large scrap metal processing businesses formerly carried on by Ward Bros.
  • Advised Ceredigion Council on its funding agreements with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for the regeneration of the sea front and university buildings in Aberystwyth, one of the first levelling Up Agreement put in place in the UK.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Leveraging its traditional public sector strength, as well as handling a substantial volume of work in the private sector, including for manufacturing, financial services and sports clients, Geldards LLP‘s ‘knowledgeable’ four-partner disputes team has visibility in many of the country’s highest-profile and high stakes matters. Team head Paul Hopkins embodies the firm’s versatility, being as adept at representing companies across contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, as he is for the Welsh government and NHS in relation to, inter alia, competition law cases. Although he does handle some mainstream commercial litigation, Jonathan Griffiths‘ primary focus lies on public law disputes, including defending public bodies in procurement disputes and in judicial review proceedings. Other key partners include Michael Lindsey, who has deep experience in contentious IP matters, and the ‘personable and extremely practical’  Michael Evans, who continues to gain market visibility as a result of his general commercial litigation smarts and his skill at handling contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The amazing team is knowledgeable and has great insight into our business and the commercial decisions that are made.’

The firm provides clear guidance, risk assessment and explanation and is to the point and timely in its responses.’

Paul Hopkins was superb in providing clear and concise summaries of the legal complexities and pitched things perfectly to my level of understanding.’

Michael Evans was personable and extremely practical when dealing with very obdurate and difficult lawyers on the other side.’

Key clients

The Welsh Ministers (i.e. Welsh Government)

Welsh Air Ambulance

Natural Resources Wales

Celsa UK Group

Resource Limited and related companies (incl Euro Commercials (South Wales) Limited and Isoclad Limited)

TBD (Owen Holland) Limited

Mr Richard Hayward and Bolwell & Hayward Limited

Jardine Norton Limited

Advanced Systems Understanding Limited

AC Gill Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Welsh Ministers and the Counsel General for Wales on 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.
  • Representing Snowdonia National Park in the Supreme Court, successfully preventing the further implementation of a 1967 planning permission for 401 houses at Aberdovey.
  • Advising Mr Richard Leighton Hayward and his associated companies (Bolwell & Hayward Limited RHP Merchants and Construction Limited and Guinevere Holdings Limited) on various dispute in particular in a claim against him and his offshore company Guinevere Holdings Limited in respect of a complex £2.4m claim brought against them by another offshore company, Grenda Investments Limited (with whom our clients had business dealings) and its solicitors, Richard Slade and Company Ltd.

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

The 'responsive and friendly' team at Geldards LLP has longstanding sector expertise and remains at the top of the list for many major Wales-based charities seeking advice across the spectrum of their needs and compliance with legislation unique to their status. Team head Harriet Morgan is 'expert in governance regulations', which she implements to good effect on charities-related property matters. Senior associate Bethan Walsh provides 'clear and cogent advice' on charity mergers and formations which she is able to provide in the medium of Welsh, if necessary. Former team head Giselle Davies is also vastly experienced in the field and continues to handle some fee-earning work in her role as a consultant.  

Practice head(s):

Harriet Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are competitive and timely in the execution of work.’

‘The team is responsive and friendly.’

Harriet Morgan is expert in governance regulations and able to provide accurate, efficient advice at short notice.’

Bethan Walsh provided clear and cogent advice on a merger project involving four charitable companies.’

 

Key clients

The Presbyterian Church in Wales

Arts Council of Wales

National Museum of Wales

Assemblies of God Inc

Natural Resources Wales

2 Wish

Diocese of Llandaff, Church in Wales

Wales Council For Voluntary Action

Royal Voluntary Service

Baltic Exchange Charitable Foundation

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise Assemblies Of God on all aspects of its operation, including recently on changes to its governing documents, its general governance arrangements including in relation to its AGM, and any ad hoc charity law queries that arise.
  • Continue to advise the Diocese of Llandaff, Church in Wales as part of its strategic plans ahead of 2031, when its churches will cease to be excepted charities and thus will be required to register with the Charity Commission.
  • Advised Community Foundation Wales on governance and property issues relating to its trusteeship of various trusts, as part of its prominent role in the Charity Commission’s Revitalising Trusts in Wales programme.

Wales > Public sector Tier 1

Drawing upon a breadth of experience developed over many years acting for local authorities, central government and regulatory bodies, Geldards LLP can provide an ‘extremely knowledgeable, professional and very responsive’ service, which is considerate of the often unique challenges and expectations of clients in the space. As well as drawing upon a considerable amount of pure public law expertise, the team, which is headed by ‘amazing’ employment lawyer Helen Snow, operates in a multi-disciplinary fashion across many different practice groups. Construction partner Tony Norris has deep knowledge on contract drafting and framework agreements for central government and local authorities, including on key infrastructure projects, as well as in any subsequent arbitrations. On the planning front, ‘very good tactician’ Charles Felgate has a ‘meticulous eye for detail’ and provides ‘outstanding support’ to local councils and central government on contentious and non-contentious matters including as it relates to Compulsory Purchase Orders. For litigation, Jonathan Griffiths is particularly adept at representing public sector clients, including in the defence of public procurement challenges.

Practice head(s):

Helen Snow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Best in class advice and service in a likeable and personable manner.’ 

The team is extremely knowledgeable, professional and very responsive.’

Really specialist expertise in a regional setting. Equally competent in both Welsh and English public and administrative law jurisdictions, which is unique. Their track record in working for clients right through the sector is unique and impressive.’

Helen Snow is amazing. She is a very safe pair of hands and is also extremely helpful.’

Charles Felgate is a very good tactician, has great attention to detail and is good fun to work with, making him an invaluable member of the multi-disciplinary teams that major planning projects and cases involve.’

Charles Felgate has a meticulous eye for detail and provides outstanding support.’

‘Wide range of in house expertise that is able to be pulled in as and when needed. Expert knowledge in the public sector and a complete understanding of Welsh public sector.’

‘Excellent service, prompt replies and responses to queries, expertise and experience is brilliant.’

Key clients

The Welsh Ministers

Senedd Commission

Natural Resources Wales

The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales

Estyn (the education and training inspectorate for Wales)

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Development Bank of Wales

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Bridgend County Borough Council

Cardiff Council

Torfaen County Borough Council

Gwynedd Council

Flintshire County Council

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Neath Port Talbot Council

Ceredigion County Council

Pembrokeshire County Council

City and County of Swansea Council

Monmouthshire County Council

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Conwy County Borough Council

Wrexham County Borough Council

Denbighshire County Council

Council and City of Swansea

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Work highlights

  • Representing Snowdonia National Park Authority 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 at the independent statutory inquiry into the use of infected blood, examining why men, women and children in the UK were given infected blood and/or infected blood products.
  • Advising the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales on the preparation and submission of the Agricultural Wages Order annually to Welsh Ministers including the agricultural minimum wage and terms and conditions of employment for agricultural workers in Wales.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

The 'very approachable' team at Geldards LLP has an excellent reputation in the Welsh market and beyond, as a result of its 'strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills'. The success of the team is firmly centred around team head Tony Norris, whose contractual drafting capabilities and knowledge of the sector is such that the framework agreements that he has drafted, including for Carmarthenshire County Council, have become the industry standard and are used in relation to the majority of local authority and police capital projects in the South West of Wales. Norris is also recognised as 'outstanding construction litigator', which manifests itself not only in the context of risk management in contract drafting but also in any attendant disputes which may arise. Senior associate Claire Laviers is also a key resource to clients on transactional construction matters, in light of her  contract drafting and negotiation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Tony Norris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s creativity, ability to negotiate in complex situations, along with their strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills are standout attributes.’

Best in class advice and service.’

‘They are very approachable and have excellent knowledge of the sector and the issues that we face in social housing.’

Tony Norris is an outstanding construction litigator. He is a go-to in the market. Widely respected, commercial and really knows his stuff.’

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

Wandsworth Borough Council

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

Synergy Health Managed Services Limited

Chrysalis Supported Association Ltd

SDL Group / Wise Living Homes Limited

Nottingham City Homes

Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire

J W Simpkin Ltd

Sacyr UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Continuing to work with Carmarthenshire on innovative and client-centred framework agreements, including on a number of leisure projects under the Alliance Leisure Framework.
  • Continue to support Sutco with it’s recycling, renewable energy and waste needs.
  • Appointed by Sacyr UK Limited on the first major health project utilising the Welsh MIM PPP model – a new £0.5bn cancer care centre at Velindre.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

Equally competent in both Welsh and English planning’ matters, both from an advisory and contentious perspective, the ‘very knowledgeable and customer focused’ team at Geldards LLP provides a ‘versatile service’ for public and private sector clients. ‘Outstanding’ team head Charles Felgate is ‘a very commercial and astute tactician’, ensuring that he is a popular choice among clients, including local authorities, on their highest-profile mandates, including as it relates to compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and Section 106 agreements. ‘Outstanding’ senior associate Tomos Phillips is ‘a wise head on young shoulders’, providing a very effective advice across a range of matters, including for both local authorities and objectors on CPO mandates, particularly in relation to highway schemes.

Practice head(s):

Charles Felgate

Other key lawyers:

Tomos Phillips; Gareth Aubrey

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and customer focused in their approach. They have very good relations with the authorities in Wales responsible for planning and compulsory purchase and this relationship has given added value to the Council as a client.’  

The versatile team is deeply committed to work in Wales, and undertakes a substantial volume of planning work for the public sector in addition to their private clients.’

‘The team is able to get to grips with obscure legislative planning queries quickly and effectively and offer support in dealing with complex legal issues with a wide range of skills and specialisms.’

‘Really specialist expertise in a regional setting. Equally competent in both Welsh and English planning and cognate jurisdictions, which is unique.’

‘Charles Felgate provides outstanding support with a capable and meticulous eye for detail.’

‘The outstanding Charles Felgate has a tremendous breadth of knowledge.’ 

‘Charles Felgate is a very commercial and astute tactician, has great attention to detail and is good fun to work with, making him an invaluable member of the multi-disciplinary teams that major planning projects and cases involve.’ 

‘Tomos Phillips has also been outstanding.’

Key clients

Welsh Ministers

South Derbyshire County Council

Derby County Council

Ribble Valley District Council

Torfaen Borough Council

Bridgend County Borough Council

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Hygrove Holdings Limited

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Calderdale County Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending Snowdonia National Park Authority in the Supreme Court against an application for declaration that a circa 400 home development within the National Park, approved in 1967 and subject to a declaration that the permission was extant in 1987, was still capable of further implementation.
  • Successfully representing the Welsh Government in the Court of Appeal against an application for a declaration sought in relation to whether development had commenced within the appropriate time limits in the Development Consent Order for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
  • Advising Bridgend County Borough Council in relation to the compulsory purchase of land for a major regeneration of Porthcawl waterfront to provide 1000 new houses, leisure facilities, retail and a new school.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The ‘talented’ team at Geldards LLP can access ‘wide and in-depth knowledge in their subject matter’, ensuring that public and private sector clients receive ‘an exceptional service and results’, irrespective of the nature of the dispute. ‘Very knowledgeable’ team head Ed Meggitt displays a ‘sensible attitude and business-centric approach’, and continues to advise many high-profile clients with substantial property portfolios, including on dilapidation claims. In addition, he has ‘good knowledge of the water industry and its legal considerations’. Appreciated for her ability to ‘address the more esoteric points that sometimes arise – whilst maintaining sound judgement and a clear and commercially driven approach’, Nicola Lawrence is also recommended. At a senior associate level, Llinos Davies  ‘provides excellent service with an excellent balance of pragmatism and determination’, including for retail clients.

Practice head(s):

Ed Meggitt

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Lawrence; Llinos Davies

Testimonials

‘Geldards provides a client-focused service, neatly balancing legal, commercial, practical and reputational considerations when advising their clients.’

‘The talented team at Geldards has a wide and in-depth knowledge in their subject matter. The team is extremely professional and are deeply committed to delivering an exceptional service and results.’

‘Ed Meggitt brings with him a sensible attitude and business-centric approach.’

‘Ed Meggitt has good knowledge of the water industry and its legal considerations.’

Nicola Lawrence is an experienced solicitor with expertise in property-related litigation and is able to address the more esoteric points that sometimes arise – whilst maintaining sound judgment and a clear and commercially driven approach.’

‘Llinos Davies provides a strong service with an excellent balance of pragmatism and determination.’

‘Chloe Pridmore is sensible, responsive and highly personable.’

Key clients

Chevron International Exploration and Production Company Limited

Environment Agency

Natural Resources Wales

Boots UK Limited / Boots Opticians Professional Services Limited

National Grid (formerly Western Power Distribution)

Burnley Borough Council

Resource R4 Limited

Swansea City Council

Blaenau Gwent Council

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig / Welsh Water

Peacocks Stores Properties Limited

Welsh Air Ambulance Charitable Trust

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

WTF Limited

Royal Voluntary Service

Carmarthenshire County Council

Ludlow Town Council

Work highlights

  • Advised the global oil company Chevron on their dilapidations liability following the end of their lease of London premises which resulted in a favourable settlement.
  • Advising the Environment Agency concerning trespass by a number of houseboat owners on the River Thames.
  • Advising Boots UK on a large part of its national portfolio including all aspects of landlord and tenant matters including 1954 Act renewals, break notices, dilapidations etc

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

Geldards LLP's balanced practice represents private and public sector clients across non-contentious and contentious IP matters relating to trade marks, copyright, design rights and patents. Vastly experienced team head Michael Lindsey continues to protect and litigate the IPR of numerous well-known companies/brands, including as it relates to their trade marks. Senior associate Gosia Evans leverages her broader commercial litigation smarts to good effect for clients (including those within the digital space) engaged in IP infringement matters, as well as ownership and licensing disputes. On the non-contentious front, Chris Williams regularly advises clients on IP commercialisation strategies as a function of his role as head of commercial law, while Justin Harrington is particularly adept at advising on fintech/insurtech-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lindsey

Key clients

Sofa Brands International Ltd

Mountain Warehouse Limited

Hoover Limited

British Boxing Board of Control Limited

CanSense Group Limited

The Welsh Whisky Company Limited

G Plan Upholstery Limited

Work highlights

  • Advise the Welsh Whisky Company, proprietors of Penderyn Distillery, in relation to an endorsement agreement involving various Intellectual Property rights with former top Welsh football player, Gareth Bale.
  • Advise Sofa Brands International in relation to management and enforcement of their Intellectual Property rights.
  • Advised G Plan Upholstery Ltd on its collaboration agreement with Jay Blades of the BBC’s The Repair Shop in relation to designing and endorsing a furniture range to be sold via major UK retailers.

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

Led by the 'extremely knowledgeable' Justin HarringtonGeldards LLP has successfully developed a market-leading reputation advising clients on high-profile and complex IT-related commercial and procurement matters. Much of this work has a significant regulatory component, be it in relation to fintech mandates governed by FCA regulations or for public sector clients complying with Public Sector Regulations. Many of the mandates also include aspects of "big data", and the team members are all well-equipped to advise on attendant data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Justin Harrington

Testimonials

‘Justin Harrington is extremely knowledgeable and an expert in his field. He is a brilliant negotiator and someone we fully trust to support our business.’

 

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

With a strong reputation in the automotive and sports sectors, the ‘heavyweight’ dispute resolution team at Geldards LLP handles complex litigation on behalf of a number of significant clients, appearing before all the various domestic courts. Jonathan Butler is a ‘stand out partner’ who heads the firm’s automotive sector, with particular expertise in freezing orders and injunction work. Andrea Clayton advises across a wide variety of industries, including IT, energy and property. Lloyd Smith joined the team in September 2022, having previously co-led the commercial litigation department at Knights plc.

Practice head(s):

Nino Simone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Flexible and dynamic team headed by Jon Butler, very capable of dealing with heavyweight and high-profile litigation but focusing on client needs and value.’

‘Excellent experience and support throughout the running of complex commercial disputes.’

‘Jonathan Butler, in particular, is a stand-out partner at the firm, with great judgement and client care.’

‘A quality team of capable litigators who provide focused and efficient advice which is complemented by good collaborative relationships with counsel of choice for the right case.’

‘Lloyd Smith provides a uniquely commercial approach to our disputes and litigation. Unlike other litigation lawyers we have used, Lloyd demonstrates exceptional understanding and empathy with our commercial goals and relates this consistently in his advice and in finding ‘solutions’ in a practice area not know for such focused advice. We would have no hesitation in recommending him for any commercial business.’

‘Nino Simone is a smooth operator with extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution. Andrea Clayton gives tactically astute and pragmatic advice on a range of commercial matters.’

‘Lewis Adamson has an excellent command of civil litigation practice and procedural rule. He is very approachable and client friendly.’

‘Andrea Clayton was extremely efficient in a recent case concerning breach of contract, drafting a rebuttal letter which tore the claimants claim apart. Andrea was instructed on short notice which was no problem and her approach was both technical and pragmatic which secured a great result for us. A pleasure to work with and very approachable.’

Key clients

PAL 2020 Limited

PAL Group Limited

Vantage Tax Free Protection Limited

MDPI UK Limited

Pendragon PLC

Stellantis N.V.

University of Leicester

Scott Group

Vauxhall Motors Limited

Omya UK

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained indemnity costs orders on behalf of a global supplier of white minerals and chemicals in a widely reported case following judgment in a c.£1m High Court claim in damages for nuisance and trespass involving the illegal dumping of 20,000 tonnes of waste at Cliffe in Kent.
  • Advising an Irish passenger coach operator in its multi-million pound Commercial Court claim against DawsonGroup & EvoBus UK for alleged defective passenger coaches.
  • Successfully defended three director respondents against an unfair prejudice petition which sought to challenge, as improper, a pre-pack sale of a company and related transactions, said to be worth £27m, but in fact sold for £6.5m.

Private client > Family Tier 1

Geldards LLP has ‘an exceptional team of lawyers, who can deliver excellent advice on a wide range of family issues’, focusing on medium to high net worth financial remedy cases, particularly those involving businesses, inherited assets, pre-nuptial deeds and same sex marriage and civil partnership breakdowns. Based in Derby, Fiona Apthorpe chairs the family law practice, which is strengthened by Claire Dean‘s expertise in financial remedy cases, children’s cases and those involving agricultural estates. For high net worth cases, Jane Cowley is the lead counsel. Highly recommended senior associates Natalie Haydon-Yeung, Janine Hobday and Kate Keenan are the other key figures.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Apthorpe

Testimonials

‘I would really like to mention Kate Keenan, Claire Dean and Jane Cowley who are my team. They are all very skilled family solicitors who balance the legal situation with the needs of their client.’

‘Very capable team with extensive knowledge across all areas covered with their expertise.’

‘Geldards have an exceptional team of lawyers, who can deliver excellent advice on a wide range of family issues. They assist mid-high net worth individuals in complex financial and children cases’

‘Fiona Apthorpe has an excellent approach and manner, also she can crack even the most difficult cases as a mediator. She is so knowledgeable Claire Dean is an excellent specialist in private children matters, Natalie Hayden Yeung also deserves recognition’

‘Jane Cowley has looked after our clients extremely well. All of our mutual clients very happy with the quality and speedy service received and advice provided’

‘Geldards family team are the go to family law specialists in the East Midlands. The team has a strength in depth that is comparable to no other family law team in the region. From partners to associates, the quality and level of service provided is second to none.’

‘Claire Dean, a partner in the family law team is a ferocious advocate, who will protect her client’s interests until the end. At the start of proceedings, Claire will identify a strategy and lead the client through matters so that they have a clear view as to the way forward.’

‘Geldards have an exceptional family department, with highly competent lawyers at every level from the most junior up to partner level. Excellent legal advice at very reasonable prices.’

Public sector Tier 1

Geldards LLP has a strong track record in handling complex and sensitive projects for public sector clients, including those that require collaborations with other public bodies or with the private sector. The team is frequently involved in major infrastructure and regeneration projects, as well as public procurement, subsidy control and data protection matters. The team has a strong reputation for acting on large scale and complex regeneration and infrastructure projects. Newly-promoted partner Clare Hardy advises on a range of governance, procurement and administrative law issues.  

Practice head(s):

David Williams

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hilsdon; Chris Hawrylak; Clare Hardy

Testimonials

‘They really understand local government, its requirements and how to achieve its objectives. Their assistance has been excellent.’

‘Clare Hardy is clear, pragmatic, and has outstanding attention to detail.’

 

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

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Copeland Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Eden District Council

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Lancaster City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Derbyshire County Council on the South Derbyshire Growth Zone (“SDGZ”) Project.
  • Advising Warrington Borough Council on the acquisition of a solar farm at Doncaster, having previously advised the Council on the acquisition of solar farms at Hull, York and Cirencester.

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

The commercial property team at Geldards LLP specialises in residential and commercial development work, where they handle large and complex deals for some of the biggest clients in the market. Other key work streams are industrial and logistics matters, as well as work in the public, education, utilities and motor retail sectors. Managing partner Graham Banks leads the Derby team and specialises in operational property, property investment and planning and environment law. David Watson leads the Nottingham team with experience in in transactional commercial real estate work. Jamie Gordon is particularly active in the utilities sector, while ‘knowledgeable and committed’ Heather Dixon leads the team’s industrial and logistics work.

Practice head(s):

Graham Banks; David Watson; Jamie Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Heather Dixon; Paul Hilsdon

Testimonials

‘Heather Dixon is the most knowledgeable and committed lawyer I’ve ever worked with. Her dedication to a deal is unbelievable, and her ability to juggle highly complex transactions whilst also working on several other deals at the same time is staggering’

‘All staff share the same philosophy of client first.’

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 Wight Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Eurocell plc

Foundry Top Co LLP

Redrow Homes Limited

Derbyshire County Council

Burnley Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund (Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council as administering authority)

Warrington Borough Council

Redditch Borough Council

GF Tomlinson Limited

South Staffordshire College

Work highlights

  • Advised Clowes Developments (UK) Limited on a group record breaking multi-million pound deal with international investor, Hines, for the development of 1.15million square feet of high-quality logistics space in the East Midlands.
  • Advised a motor retail group in the refinancing of their freehold and long leasehold properties in the region of £300 million.
  • Advising Warrington Borough Council on the acquisition of a solar farm at Doncaster, building on previous acquisitions of solar farms at Hull, York and Cirencester.

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

Geldards LLP continues to be sought after in sponsorship, endorsement and licensing agreements within the football, rugby, tennis, golf and cricket sectors. The firm routinely acts for athletes on all of their commercial affairs and litigious matters against sporting governing bodies, such as most recently, successfully leading an appeal on behalf of an athlete against a notice issued by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Associate Rebecca Stojak has equine industry expertise, and supports Jamie Goldberg on all significant sport instructions.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Goldberg

Other key lawyers:

Employment Tier 2

Informed by ‘a clear understanding of the public sector’, as well as acting for a robust portfolio of private sector companies – including a growing number of financial services clients – the ‘experienced and highly knowledgeable’ team at Geldards LLP provides a versatile offering that is underscored by a deeply rooted commercial perspective, as well as a core understanding of the underlying law. ‘Highly intelligent and astute’ team head Lowri Phillips is ‘practical in outlook and approach’, skills which she deploys effectively in an advisory context as well as in litigation, particularly as it relates to equal pay and whistleblowing cases. Joga Singh is ‘exceptionally robust in his advice’ on standalone employment issues, including workplace disputes and restructuring exercises, as well as in a corporate support setting.

Practice head(s):

Lowri Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Joga Singh; Helen Snow

Testimonials

‘The team is experienced and highly knowledgeable. They recognise there is a real world out there and advise accordingly.’

They are very knowledgeable and apply their thinking in a professional and innovative manner.’

Geldards is proactive, commercial and responsive, and are a delight to work with.’

They are very knowledgeable and collaborative.’

Lowri Phillips is a pleasure to work with, is responsive to client needs and understands the legal and commercial drivers that can be particularly sensitive in employment-related matters.’

Lowri Phillips – a highly astute partner with a very pleasing and reassuring manner. Lowri is the ideal problem solver – highly intelligent but always practical in outlook and approach.’

‘Lowri Phillips is very experienced and clear in her advice. She has a pleasant and calm manner which can prove very useful in stressful environments.’ 

Joga Singh is exceptionally robust in his advice and clearly understands the client’s desired outcomes. This gives me the confidence to make sometimes tricky decisions especially about dismissal.’

Key clients

Admiral Insurance

Fiera Capital Corporation

Fiera Capital UK

Archimedes Partners Ltd

Welsh Government

The Senedd Commission

The Senedd Commission (Member Support)

Sofa Brands International

Spectrum Internet

Toast

Target Group Limited

A F Blakemore & Son Limited

Novomatic Group

Ludlow Street Healthcare Group

Simbec-Orion

Tower Colliery Celsa Manufacturing UK Limited

Lewis Homes

Watts Aviation

Luxury Leisure

Sub2Technologies

Wales Millennium Centre

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Flintshire Council

Liverpool City Combined Authority

The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales

The National Museum of Wales

The Arts Council of Wales

Sport Wales

Pembrokeshire College

Colleges Wales/Colegau Cymru

United Welsh Housing Association

Wales Air Ambulance

Hybu Cig Cymru

Bakelite Synthetics

Epoxy Westlake

Momentive Performance Materials Limited

Rotable Repairs Limited

Fiera Real Estate UK Limited

Creo Medical

Work highlights

  • Defending the British Boxing Board of Control against a claim in the Employment Tribunal for discrimination and victimisation, in relation to the qualifications held by a (non-employed) licence holder.
  • Advising Celsa Manufacturing UK Limited on the TUPE implications of a lease of premises and machinery, including drafting the relevant employment provisions for the various contracts and secondment agreements for the machine operators.
  • Advising the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales on the preparation and submission of the Agricultural Wages Order annually to Welsh Ministers including the agricultural minimum wage and terms and conditions of employment for agricultural workers in Wales.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Work highlights

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

The ‘strong negligence‘ team at Geldards LLP handles work on a national basis for clients who have suffered a myriad injuries, and as well as achieving excellent results in trial or settlement, it is also effectively able to leverage resources within the firm’s private client to advise on compensation protections trusts and probate issues. ‘Hugely experienced’ team head Spencer Collierregularly undertakes complex and high-value claims’, including on maximum severity brain and spinal injury cases, amputations, and proceedings involving the late and delayed diagnosis of cancer. Senior associate Rachel Kirby is ‘caring and compassionate to injured clients but robust in negotiations with defendants’, ensuring that she is a popular choice to take the lead on complicated and emotionally fraught cases, including as it relates to gynaecological and birth injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Colllier

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kirby; Amy-Beth Probert

Testimonials

‘This is a strong clinical negligence team in Wales. The client care is of a very high standard and the fee earners are all experienced and fight their clients’ corners.’

‘Spencer Collier is hugely experienced in clinical negligence claims having undertaken this area of work for many years. Spencer is a first-class lawyer who regularly undertakes complex and high-value claims.’ 

‘Rachel Kirby is an excellent clinical negligence solicitor. She is caring and compassionate to injured clients but robust in negotiations with defendants.’

 

Work highlights

  • Achieved an exceptional settlement in a complicated matter of clinical negligence involving a spinal injury resulting from a failed medical procedure where life-changing damages of £1.27m were secured for the client.
  • Achieved a £0.5m settlement for a child who suffered a complicated Erbs Palsy following a botched delivery, with Court Approval.
  • Achieved a £350,000 settlement for a client who suffered a significant Cauda Equina lesion post L5/SI Discectomy surgery.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

The ‘knowledgeable, friendly and professional’ team at Geldards LLP excels in handling employer and public liability defence work for clients that operate insurance captives or self-insure. ‘Technically very able’ team head Donna Makin delivers ‘well thought out and sound advice’, including in the context of industrial disease claims, as well as in relation to the management of large corporate liability portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Donna Makin

Other key lawyers:

Amy-Beth Probert

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are knowledgeable, friendly and professional.’

The team is highly geared, efficient, client-focused and responsive.’

The advice is always clear, balanced and pragmatic.’

‘Donna Makin is an extremely bright and experienced senior lawyer.’

‘Donna Makin  is a formidable presence to have on your team.’

Donna Makin is technically very able, prepares thoroughly and delivers well thought out and sound advice.’

‘Amy-Beth Probert is a delight to work with, being very competent and enthusiastic and always responding quickly to queries.’

Key clients

Hampden PLC

National Museum/Amgueddfa Cymru

National Library of Wales

CADW

The Welsh Government

Maxfort Insurance Ltd

Natural Resources Wales

Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance PLC

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Led by Laura AllissGeldards LLP continues to gain market traction and regularly receives standalone mandates direct from clients, as well as in a referral capacity, in addition to receiving a regular pipeline of work as a corollary of the firm’s overarching private client department. Allis, who is an 'effective and diligent lawyer', has expertise across the gamut of litigation in the space, including on proprietary estoppel, undue influence and legacy disputes, where she is effectively able to leverage the expertise of the firm’s market-leading charities practice.

Practice head(s):

Laura Alliss

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Pridmore; Ella Harmer

Testimonials

An excellent and focussed contentious probate team that covers all areas of related litigation.’

Laura Alliss is an effective and diligent lawyer who is unafraid to push her clients’ case in order to reach the best outcomes.’

Key clients

Tenovus Cancer Care

Wiccaweys Rescue Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs C.I.C

Wales Air Ambulance

Heart Research UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Tenovus Cancer Care and two other charities on a promissory estoppel claim which was brought by a third party in respect of an estate which had been left to charity.
  • Advising the executors of a £93m estate in a claim for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 brought by a cohabitee.
  • Assisting the wife of the deceased in a claim against the validity of her husband’s will which had been executed on the day he died and was a complex will which left his multi-million pound estate to a trust for the benefit of his nieces.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Although it has a relatively small offering compared to some of its peers, Geldards LLP‘s Cardiff-based team punches above its weight, in part by virtue of its ability to leverage complementary areas across the firm’s full-service offering, including private client, tax and property. The team is headed by Fiona Apthorpe.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Apthorpe

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Led on the wealth planning front by Anne Taylor and for trusts and estate administration work by Gillian Crouch, the ‘technically excellent’ team at Geldards LLP provides a comprehensive offering to a varied mix of clients, both on a standalone basis, as well as work which is sourced from professional referrals both inside and outside of Wales. A significant proportion of instructions flow from high-net-worth individuals, including local business owners seeking effective succession planning, as well as newly wealthy individuals as a result of the firm’s panel appointment to the operator of the UK national lottery Camelot. On the probate/administration side, the firm generates a significant amount of work from its extensive will bank as well as in a referral capacity, including from other solicitors. Senior associate Andrew Jones, who joined the firm from Hugh James in November 2021, is also recommended, and has a particular specialisation in the affairs of clients with overseas aspects to their estates.

Practice head(s):

Anne Taylor; Gillian Crouch

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Jones; Anne George; Laura Ikin; Hannah Jean

Testimonials

Geldards are first-class at listening to people concerns and explaining legal requirements in an accessible and supportive way. They are technically excellent and build good relationships and work closely with IFAs from other businesses.’

Geldards is 100% reliable and treats their clients with respect and professionally.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

Led by Susanne Bradley, Geldards LLP provides ‘a high level of expertise’ for a balanced mix of private, public and third sector clients across the panoply of their commercial property requirements. Always seeking ‘to find solutions to problems as well as anticipating issues that might arise’, Adam Thomas continues to grow his reputation in the market for investors and end-users on the private sector front, and alongside Ioan Owen is at the forefront of the firm’s impressive retail portfolio offering. Harriet Morgan is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ about the property concerns of charitable organisations and housing associations, as is the ‘extremely capable’ Liz Ganderton.

Practice head(s):

Susanne Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Ioan Owen; Adam Thomas; Liz Ganderton; Harriet Morgan; Henry Bright

Testimonials

‘The attentive team provides a high level of expertise and shows an outstanding commitment to achieve deadlines.’

‘Adam Thomas always seeks to find solutions to problems as well as anticipating issues that might arise.’

Harriet Morgan is extremely knowledgeable, addresses the needs of the client and delivers impartially.’

‘Liz Ganderton is extremely capable with her no nonsense, pragmatic approach. She is highly experienced and focused on getting the deal done, whilst also protecting her client’s interests.’

Key clients

Admiral Insurance

Cardiff Gate Business Park Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Lloyds Banking Group

Principality Building Society

Richard Hayward Group

Royal Voluntary Service

Natural Resources Body for Wales

Welsh Ministers/Welsh Government

Western Power Distribution

Leekes Limited

LDC (Managers) Ltd

Arcadis

Sofa Brands

University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

ADRA (Tai) Cyfyngedig

Rutherford Health plc

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

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Lexington Corporate Advisors Limited

George LB Limited

Mad Dog Brewery Co Ltd

Societe LDC Sa

Bute Energy

Burnley Borough Council

Curtis Bank SIPP TQT

Hawklands Estates Limited

Torfaen County Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Caerphilly County Borough Council as developer on the Cwm Ifor solar farm project.
  • Carried out full due diligence and provided banking advice to Lloyds Bank Plc in relation to a £10m facility to fund the acquisition of two multi-let industrial estates close to the M4 at Caerphilly.
  • Acted for the Welsh Government in the purchase, for remediation and development, of the 900-acre site at Baglan Energy Park Port Talbot, being the location of the former BP Chemicals works and one of largest brownfield sites in Wales.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

Led by Susanne Bradley, the multidisciplinary team at Geldards LLP provides a 'professional and responsive' service to a sizeable roster of Wales-based housing associations across a broad swathe of their legal requirements, including as it relates to property, construction employment and commercial contracts. Harriet Morgan is able 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.

Practice head(s):

Susanne Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Morgan; Liz Ganderton; Lowri Philips; Tony Norris; Chris Williams

Testimonials

‘They provide professional and responsive advice.’

‘Harriet Morgan is extremely knowledgeable.’

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 Westmoreland Supported Housing Limited on multiple lease acquisitions to grow its property base.
  • Advised Newydd Housing Association (1974) Limited on the development of residential sites for general use needs.
  • Advised ADRA (Tai) Cyfyngedig on standardising construction documentation and on bespoke construction issues.

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

Geldards LLP's multidisciplinary sports team advises governing bodies and sports clubs across a myriad contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Paul Hopkins has vast experience at representing sports clients in litigation and is also a director of the firm's wholly-owned subsidiary, EngageSport, a sports management company specialising in sports business solutions and management to brands, rights holders and professional athletes. Senior associate Bethan Walsh leverages her charity sector expertise to good effect on behalf of sports organisations on governance and constitutional issues.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

British Boxing Board of Control Ltd

Engagesport LLP

Sport Wales

Federation of Disability Sport Wales

The Welsh Pony and Cobb Society

The Cardiff Rugby Charities

Work highlights

  • Advising British Boxing Board of Control Limited as a defendant in High Court proceedings issued by one of its licensed boxing referees.
  • Advising Cardiff Blues Benevolent Foundation on its acquisition of the Cardiff Blues Regional Development Trust.
  • Advising Engagesport on a range of projects and issues.

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

Noted for its expertise in private equity transactions, Geldards LLP‘s team, under the leadership of Debra Martin, advises several investee companies on investments from business angels and institutional investors. The practice also continues to develop its healthcare and rail M&A offering, handling new acquisition and disposal instructions from regional start-ups and others. Peter Seary has developed a notable practice in transactions and commercial agreements in the food and drink, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. Head of the commercial department Jamie Goldberg and corporate partner Paul Feenan are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Debra Martin; Jamie Goldberg

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Bama Companies, Inc

Sunridge Partners

EMB-Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Undertaking a complex cross-border merger for Wrekin Group.
  • Acting for local company EMB-Group on its acquisition of Pye Tait.
  • Advised ASmallWorld (a company listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange) on a partnership agreement with the operator of GHA DISCOVERY, a loyalty programme for independent hotel brands.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Jenny Chatten leads Geldards’ banking team in the Midlands, acting for high street banks, private lenders and public authorities, as well as borrowers on refinancings and MBOs. As part of the German desk offering, Chatten also supports German law firms with English banking and finance advice. David Watson is highly experienced in financing in the development, retail and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Chatten; David Watson

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Clowes Developments UK Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Burnley Council

Newark and Sherwood District Council

Sofa Brands International Limited

Derby City Council

Nexa Finance Limited

Warrington Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised on the entry into a new secured term loan facility by JDM Food Holdings with HSBC UK, including guarantees.
  • Advised on the extension and revision of 1869 Limited (part of the Sofa Brands group) and group’s existing facility agreement with Clydesdale Bank.
  • Assisted Derby City Council in funding a classic car project launched by Great Northern Classics.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Nino Simone leads the ‘exceptional‘ insolvency team at Geldards LLP, which counts several regional and national insolvency practitioners, directors, creditors, financial institutions and public authorities among its active clients. As head of the dispute resolution team, Simone specialises in complex insolvency litigation. On the advisory side, Ruth Thurland is experienced in advising financial institutions (particularly in Germany) in relation to UK insolvency issues, cross-border insolvency and company director disqualification, and regularly advises retail landlord clients in relation to tenant CVAs.

Practice head(s):

Nino Simone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Geldards Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Team are exceptional, they take the time to truly understand the situation and offer real world commercial advice.’

‘The individuals I work with at Geldards are genuinely interested in any assignment that I work with them on, they make themselves available and it feels like a Team where we are all working together rather than just the usual advisor relationship. Stand out partners and associates: Nino Simone, and Ruth Thurland.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Geldards LLP‘s key partners, Erica Thomson and Jaclyn Barnes maintain a strong track record assisting entrepreneurs and high-net-worth families in wealth preservation, succession planning, trusts and estate administration. Working alongside its corporate, commercial, agricultural, property and family teams, the duo handle all facets of private client matters. Thomson and Barnes are particularly skilled in lifetime tax and estate planning and on the administration of complex probates.

Practice head(s):

Erica Thomson; Jaclyn Barnes

Testimonials

‘I would particularly like to mention Jaclyn Barnes. She was always extremely helpful and very clear about what was happening and why. She made what was a difficult and upsetting process seem much more manageable. She was always prompt in replying to any questions or queries that we had. She could not have been more calming in what was a pretty stressful situation. ’

‘I work with Jaclyn Barnes and she is always very professional. She has a strong grasp of details, but also the human touch and is easily able to put clients at their ease. she also translates the legal jargon to easily understandable concepts for clients. It is a pleasure to work with her.’

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

The infrastructure & construction team at Geldards LLP is best known for its work advising national contractors on industrial and logistic matters, as well as regeneration projects and energy-to-waste projects. The team also contains experts in complex dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and adjudication. Practice head Chris Hawrylak is ‘an exceptional lawyer’ who leads the firm’s projects work.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hawrylak

Testimonials

‘The construction team at Geldards has by far the best industry knowledge of any legal practice we have worked on. Their ability to ‘back to back’ legal documents with their commercial team is second to none. They always provide us with the confidence that our risk and exposure is covered.’

‘Chris Hawrylak is an exceptional lawyer, whos industry knowledge is second to none.’

Key clients

Tanro Limited

Shropshire District Council

Wandsworth Borough Council

Bowmer & Kirkland Group

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

BlueEarth Construction Limited

Miller Birch/Cedar Investments Limited

Walgreens Boots Alliance

The Welsh Ministers

Burnley City Council

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

PPH1 Ltd & DPK East

Sutco UK Limited

Redrow Homes Limited

Nottingham City Homes

London Borough of Merton

Carmarthenshire County Council

Storage Giant Ltd

National Museum Wales

William May Developments Ltd

Bowers Electricals Ltd

Derbyshire County Council

Warrington Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Pendragon Property Holdings Ltd

Sacyr UK Ltd

Wandsworth Borough Council

Omya UK Ltd

United Welsh Housing Authority

Carmarthenshire County Council

Bowers Electricals Ltd

EPES Ltd

Blaneau Gwent County Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Clowes on a deal with international investor, Hines for the development of 1.15 million sq. ft of high-quality logistics space.
  • Advising Nottingham City Council in relation to the new bridge over the River Trent in Nottingham; the first new bridge in over 60 year.
  • Advising the Welsh Ministers in relation to the significant development of Bro Tathan, with development potential for up to c.3 million sq ft of employment floor space.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

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

Known for its work in the sport, media and entertainment sectors, Geldards LLP has a non-contentious focus, advising on sponsorship, licencing and social media ambassador agreements. The team also provides registration services for trade marks and more complex matters such as the acquisition or transfer of trade marks out of insolvency. With a background in sports, Jamie Goldberg works with high-profile athletes on image rights licences and related intellectual property commercialisation issues.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Goldberg

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 2

Geldards LLP‘s team is active across a wide range of mandates related to education and social care and is instructed by parents and young people to represent them in SEND Tribunal claims in both England and Wales. Led by disability law specialist Adam Friel, the team regularly acts in contested hearings related to education other than at school packages, independent school placements, school exclusions, and EHC plan applications. Kevin McManamon is the team’s key contact for cases that require appearances before the Welsh SEND Tribunal and has regularly acted against Welsh local authorities in cases with complex safeguarding elements. Salise Dourmoush is also highly recommended for her advice on school placements and disability discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Adam Friel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Geldards’ education team is professional, and it is clear they not only know the law, but also genuinely care about achieving justice for children with special educational needs and disabilities. We felt confident about our case knowing we were being assisted by such a strong team.’

‘Kevin McManamon is very calm and puts clients at ease. He was always very patient, did his best to ensure we had access to information, and responded to communication as soon as possible. He is not only an extremely gifted solicitor, he is a genuinely good guy. We will be forever thankful to Kevin for what he managed to accomplish. I will continue to recommend Kevin.’

‘This is a great team of passionate and highly skilled lawyers, all of whom come from a variety of different backgrounds and a number of whom have first-hand experience of raising and educating children with special educational needs.’

‘Kevin McManamon is a really excellent lawyer. Highly knowledgeable about all areas of education law, as well as complementary areas like COP and health/social care. Wonderful with clients and courteous with opponents, but firm where required. Great written advocacy. Salise Dourmoush is another excellent lawyer. Excellent with clients, but pragmatic and realistic in her advice where required. Excellent written advocacy. Adam Friel needs no introduction. Great with clients, proactive in bringing opponents to the table and narrowing issues/resolving claims where it is workable. Douglas Hamer is tirelessly dedicated to his clients and excellent at spotting legal points for argument.’

‘The team are highly experienced and capable. It is a diverse team working effectively together. They have created a team of experts at the top of their field to support the appeals and litigation so that almost all cases win. They are particularly good at negotiating successfully.’

‘Adam Friel is straightforward and clear with clients, a real team player. Kevin McManamon is a master of the details of his cases and an excellent holistic thinker.’

‘Geldards is a market leader in the field of education law. The solicitors working at the firm draw on considerable experience in the field and their combined experience spans decades. They have good links with well-respected expert witnesses and are exceptionally skilled at dealing with appeals in the First Tier Tribunal on behalf of parents. They also have a good deal of experience in dealing with complex judicial review cases against Local Authorities, as well as Court of Protection matters for young adults with disabilities.’

‘Kevin McManamon is exceptionally bright and hard-working. He is my “go to” in complex JR proceedings and Court of Protection applications. He is sensitive and thoughtful and manages difficult clients very well.  Adam Friel has a significant amount of experience in education law and is very well regarded by his peers. He is a very safe pair of hands for any education case.’

Employment Tier 3

Geldards LLP‘s employment offering is led by senior associate Rachel Mills, who manages a busy advisory and contentious caseload, covering TUPE, investigations, disciplinary and grievance processes, and representing respondents in tribunal claims. She is also frequently instructed on exit packages for senior executives, and acts on behalf of religious institutions and charities on all aspects of employment law, including discrimination based on religion.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Mills

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

Derby based head of IT, Jamie Goldberg at Geldards LLP has carved out a reputation working with media and tech clients, as well as IT-adjacent sectors businesses, on IT and commercial agreements. Senior associate Saima Shabir supports clients on various aspects of contractual, licensing and data protection work.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Goldberg

Other key lawyers:

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 and 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Michael Evans
International Paul Hopkins
Personal injury Donna Makin
Private client David Williams
Public Sector David Williams
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Karl Baranski photo Karl Baranski Karl’s area of expertise in corporate banking includes advising banks and businesses…
Susanne Bradley photo Susanne Bradley Susanne is a senior property Partner with over 30 years’ experience in…
Spencer Collier photo Spencer Collier Spencer is a Partner in the Medical Negligence team which handles all…
Giselle Davies photo Giselle Davies
Michael Evans photo Michael Evans Michael is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team, advising national and…
Charles Felgate photo Charles Felgate Charles supervises the Planning and Environmental team, which has a significant contentious…
Liz Ganderton photo Liz Ganderton Liz specialises in commercial property and acts for a broad range of…
Jonathan Griffiths photo Jonathan Griffiths Jonathan is an experienced dispute resolution Partner, advising both public and private…
Justin Harrington photo Justin Harrington Justin is a technology lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the…
Paul Hopkins photo Paul Hopkins Paul heads up Dispute Resolution in Cardiff. He has over 30 years…
Kim Howell photo Kim Howell Kim has over 20 years’ experience of delivering strategic solutions in the…
Mike Jeffs photo Mike Jeffs Mike has advised a wide range of commercial real estate investors, developers…
Claire Laviers photo Claire Laviers Claire is a Senior Associate in the Construction team, experienced in transactional…
Nicola Lawrence photo Nicola Lawrence Nicola is a Partner in the Property Litigation team. With an emphasis…
Michael Lindsey photo Michael Lindsey Michael is a leading intellectual property lawyer advising on all aspects of…
Donna Makin photo Donna Makin Donna heads up the Corporate Claims team and has specialised in defendant…
Ed Meggitt photo Ed Meggitt Ed advises owners and occupiers of commercial properties to help manage, protect…
Harriet Morgan photo Harriet Morgan Harriet is head of the Charities and Third Sector team, a specialist…
Andrew Morris photo Andrew Morris Andrew is head of the Corporate and Finance team in Cardiff and…
Tony Norris photo Tony Norris Tony is a Member and heads up the National Infrastructure & Construction…
Ioan Owen photo Ioan Owen Ioan is a senior property Partner in the Cardiff office. He advises…
Tomos Phillips photo Tomos Phillips Tomos is a member of the Public Law team specialising in planning,…
Lowri Phillips photo Lowri Phillips Lowri is a Partner in the Employment Department with over 20 years’…
Joga Singh photo Joga Singh Joga is an experienced employment and immigration lawyer who has extensive experience…
Anne Taylor photo Anne Taylor Anne is a Senior Associate and has over 10 years’ experience as…
Adam Thomas photo Adam Thomas Adam is a property lawyer experienced in all aspects of real estate…
Bethan Walsh photo Bethan Walsh Bethan works with a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, from new start-ups…
Chris Williams photo Chris Williams Chris is Head of Commercial Law in Cardiff. He advises private, public…
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Laura Alliss photo Laura Alliss Laura is a Partner who specialises in the area of disputed wills,…
Alex Butler photo Mr Alex Butler Alex is an experienced Corporate Solicitor who specialises in mergers and acquisitions,…
Gillian Crouch photo Gillian Crouch Gillian is an experienced Senior Associate in the Probate and Estates administration…
Llinos Davies photo Llinos Davies Llinos is a Senior Associate in the Property Dispute Resolution team. She…
Gosia Evans photo Gosia Evans Gosia’s experience spans across two jurisdictions (Poland and England & Wales) as…
Andrew Jones photo Mr Andrew Jones Andrew Jones is a solicitor and STEP member with over 25 years’…
Rachel Kirby photo Rachel Kirby Rachel is an experienced Senior Associate who specialises exclusively in medical negligence…
Number of UK partners : 56
Number of other UK fee-earners : 180
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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.