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Geldards LLP
DUMFRIES HOUSE
DUMFRIES PLACE
CARDIFF
CF10 3ZF
Wales

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Now headed by Harriet Morgan ,following Giselle Davies' decision to step back and take up a consultancy role at the firm, Geldards LLP maintains a leading reputation in the market for charities across the gamut of issues impacting their ongoing operations, including advice on governance, formation, mergers and restructuring. Key areas of niche focus include social housing and the provision of advice to independent Christian churches. Senior associate Bethan Walsh  is also a key member of the team, particularly in light of her Welsh speaking ability, which she often puts to good effect in her advice to Welsh charities on governance matters and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Giselle Davies; Stephen Marshall; Bethan Walsh

Key clients

Assemblies Of God

Graig Shipping Plc

United Purpose

Lloyds Register Foundation

Soroptimist International (Great Britain & Ireland)

National Museum of Wales

WJEC / CBAC

Cremation Society of Great Britain

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Recognised as 'one of the strongest firms in Wales for commercial litigation', the three-partner team at Geldards LLP has an excellent track-record on behalf of public sector clients, where work includes judicial review matters and competition law. Team head Paul Hopkins has a 'strong instinct for the commercial interests of his clients', and, as well as handling public sector disputes, is also very active for local and national corporates across a wide range of matters, including as it relates to directors' duties and shareholder disputes. 'Calm and pragmatic' senior associate Michael Evans  has 'achieved some brilliant results' for some large government bodies and companies, and is, according to one barrister, 'going to be a big name in Cardiff in years to come'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Griffiths; Michael Lindsey; Michael Evans

Testimonials

‘Team head Paul Hopkins is excellent – very commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

The Welsh Ministers (Welsh Government)

Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales

Parallel Learning Trust

Jardine Norton Limited

Paramount Office Interiors Limited

Wrexham County Borough Council

Euro Commercials (South Wales) Limited

Cemen Tech Inc

Bonna Travaux Pression

British Boxing Board of Control

Henry Howard Finance Plc

Novomatic Plc

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Geldards LLP has a particularly strong reputation handling transactional work within the public sector, where key clients include the Welsh government and the Development Bank of Wales. In the private sector, the firm has a strong and growing reputation handling corporate and commercial work within heavily regulated sectors, including gaming and healthcare. Team head Andrew Morris has an excellent reputation among local corporates, as does Geraint Tilsley, who is also noted for his growing reputation for private equity and venture capital matters. Chris Williams leads on the commercial front.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Morris (Corporate) Chris Williams (Commercial)

Other key lawyers:

Geraint Tilsley; Martyn Davies; Justin Harrington

Key clients

Admiral Insurance

Arix Capital

Arts Council of Wales

Breed Reply Investments

Business Growth Fund

Celsa UK

Certus IT Limited

Dawnus Construction

Development Bank of Wales

Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions

John Bean Technologies

LDC

National Museum of Wales

Novomatic UK

Office Depot

Pembroke College

Proton Partners International Limited

Schauenburg International

Simbec-Orion Group

Swansea University

Tower Colliery Limited

Wales Millennium Centre

Welsh Government

Employment Tier 1

As well as its longstanding excellence within the public and third sector, Geldards LLP 's four-partner team is also noted for its 'commercially-minded service' for corporate clients on day-to-day matters, as well as TUPE procedures, reorganisations and employment litigation. 'Very responsive' team head Stephen Jenkins provides 'thorough and considered' advice to clients engaged in tribunal hearings, in addition to handling TUPE matters. Praised for her 'direct and honest advice', Rhian Brace is recommended for her employment tribunal work and is a key member of the team that also includes public sector employment expert Kim Howell and Lowri Phillips, who provides 'clear and responsive advice' on equal pay and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very practical and approachable team.’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable but able to explain the legal ramifications to us in layman’s terms so we are able to understand.’

‘Stephen Jenkins’ experience is particularly useful because he is able to offer alternative perspectives to a case (as a solicitor and Judge).’

‘Kim Howell is excellent at public sector-related matters.’

‘Lowri Phillips is an excellent communicator and always responds in a timely manner with constructive, realistic and accurate advice.’

‘Joga Singh is easy to work with and provides very practical advice.’

 

Key clients

Admiral Insurance

Sofa Brands International

Novomatic Group

Emso Asset Management

National Assembly of Wales Commission

The Welsh Ministers

Target Group Limited

Wales Millennium Centre

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

WJEC/CBAC

Caerphilly County Borough Council

A F Blakemore & Son

National Museums Wales

Monmouthshire County Council

Bristol City Council

Hexion UK Limited

Torfaen County Borough Council

Box UK Limited

Intellectual property Tier 1

Geldards LLP provides a 'responsive and knowledgeable service' to clients in IP-rich industries including healthcare, life sciences and media, as well as in the public sector. The 'very experiencedMichael Lindsey has an excellent reputation on the contentious front and has, over the years, conducted numerous patent, copyright, trade mark, design and confidential information cases in the UK courts and Intellectual Property Office. Senior associate David Beynon has a growing reputation on the non-contentious front, particularly as it relates to work for life sciences clients. Technology, innovation and healthcare start-ups can also take advantage of the firm's cost-effective “Scinapse” product.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lindsey

Other key lawyers:

David Beynon; Gosia Evans

Testimonials

Geldards provides highly responsive, efficient and pragmatic advice

Michael Lindsey is particularly exceptional; his knowledge of trade mark law and approach to client care is unrivalled locally.

Key clients

GoCompare.com Limited

J S Staedtler

Welsh Government

Sofa Brands International

Mountain Warehouse

DTR Medical

Swansea University

Tai Tarian

Pendragon Motor Group

British Boxing Board of Control

Hoover Limited

Biovici Limited

Proton Partners International

Certikit Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Led by Justin HarringtonGeldards LLP's three-partner team provides an 'excellent service' to consumers and suppliers (from the public and private sector) on outsourcing and supply projects, as well as on the design and development of software apps. Recognised by clients as 'best in class', Harrington leads on many of the most significant mandates handled by the firm and excels in handling larger IT and outsourcing projects often with a regulatory aspect. Solicitor Madeline Rees  has garnered an excellent reputation for advising on tech-related commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Justin Harrington

Other key lawyers:

David Beynon; Madeline Rees

Testimonials

The team is responsive, knowledgeable and great to work with.

Justin Harrington is superb

Madeline Rees is a superb help to our various tech projects.

 

Planning and environment Tier 1

Co-headed by Charles Felgate  and Huw Williams, who both have an 'excellent understanding of local government in Wales', Geldards LLP 's two-partner team provides a 'fantastic level of service' to public sector clients through its range of contentious and non-contentious planning/environmental  expertise. Praised for his 'in-depth knowledge of planning law', Felgate is particularly accomplished at advising clients on planning/environment issues with a contentious edge, including public inquiries and judicial reviews. Senior associate Tomos Phillips is gaining an excellent reputation in the market for advising private developer clients and local planning authorities on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including with regard to section 106 matters and CPO issues.

Practice head(s):

Charles Felgate; Huw Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Impressive resources, knowledge base and capabilities

Relaxed yet focused approach

 

Key clients

Peakman Limited

Welsh Government

South Derbyshire District Council

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Western Power Distribution

Wrexham County Borough Council

Leicester University

Welsh Local Government Association

Derbyshire County Council

Property litigation Tier 1

Able to call upon the expertise of 'some of the foremost litigators in real estate currently practising in Wales', Geldards LLP 's seven-strong team excels in providing 'creative solutions' across the panoply of property-related disputes for central government and local authorities, as well as large commercial entities. 'Exceptional' team head Ed Meggitt oversees the portfolio management concerns of numerous large retail clients, work which often includes varied property disputes. Nicola Lawrence has an 'impressive scope of practice', and as well as regularly handling core landlord and tenant disputes, has also built up a very strong practice in relation to property litigation in the water industry.

Practice head(s):

Ed Meggitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team displays great attention to detail

Ed Meggitt is exceptional at handling complex disputes

Nicola Lawrence has a very sound and practical knowledge of commercial landlord and tenant disputes, as well as easements including rights of way and water law.

Key clients

Malthurst

Carmarthenshire County Council

Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Peacocks Group

Boots UK

T Land

EUI / Admiral Group plc

Arcadis

Dwr Cymru Cyf

Royal Voluntary Service

Welsh Ministers / Welsh Government

Celsa Steel

Leekes Limited

Pendragon Plc

Jaeger Retail

Coed D’Arcy / St Modwen

Associated British Ports

Western Power Distribution

Public sector Tier 1

Led by Huw WilliamsGeldards LLP's six-partner team provides 'practical and reliable advice' to local authorities, central government and regulatory authorities. Benefiting from core public law expertise, in addition to being able to draw from practitioners from across the employment, litigation, commercial, planning and real estate teams who have significant public sector experience, the firm is particularly strong at handling major projects which often involve politically sensitive ramifications. Chris Williams  regularly advises public sector clients on complex contracts including outsourcing, collaborations, partnerships, trading agreements, and supply and distribution arrangements. The 'extremely responsive and professionalBethan Lloyd  has specialist public law, procurement and state aid expertise which she incorporates to good effect on larger projects involving special delivery vehicles or collaborations between multiple parties.

Practice head(s):

Huw Williams

Other key lawyers:

Chris Williams; Jonathan Griffiths; Kim Howell; Jonathan Griffiths; Bethan Lloyd; Bethan Walsh

Testimonials

The team provides friendly, efficient and effective advice

Provided very prompt and useful procurement advice

Chris Williams is pragmatic, unflappable and a pleasure to deal with

Bethan Lloyd provides excellent State Aid advice

Bethan Lloyd is really on top of her game

Key clients

Arts Council of Wales

Bristol City Council

Careers Choices Dewis Gyrfa

Carmarthenshire County Council

National Library of Wales

National Museum of Wales

Natural Resources Wales

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales

Regional Investment Fund for Wales

Swansea University

The Welsh Ministers (Welsh Government)

Wrexham County Borough Council

Sport Tier 1

Tapping into the expertise of lawyers from across the firm's commercial, litigation, property, charities and employment teams, Geldards LLP has a 'great deal of experience and knowledge in the field of professional sports'. The firm also handles sports management work through Engagesport, the wholly owned subsidiary established in 2012. Himself a chairman of Engagesport, 'friendly and engaging' litigation head Paul Hopkins is well-versed in sports-related matters, particularly those involving a contentious angle.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Griffiths

Testimonials

The team provides thorough and thoughtful advice

Paul Hopkins is a very safe pair of hands

Jonathan Griffiths is excellent and is everything a silk would want from a quality solicitor

 

 

Key clients

Cardiff City FC Community Foundation

Cardiff Blues

Pendulum Management Limited (t/a Elite Ice Hockey League)

Welsh Sports Association

Devils Entertainment Limited (t/a Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey)

British Boxing Board of Control

Engagesport LLP

FAW Football in the Community

Sport Wales

The Pony Club

Commercial property Tier 2

Traditionally 'very strong within the public sector', but also now as active for private sector entities (including developers, investors and end-users), Geldards LLP has an increasingly diverse and well-hedged commercial property practice. Despite the recent retirement of numerous longstanding commercial property heavyweights including Rowland Davies (although he does still remain as a consultant), the firm has successfully nurtured some strong talent to effectively succeed these luminaries including recently promoted partner Harriet Morgan, who specialises in charity property law and Adam Thomas, who has particular strength in handling real estate finance and portfolio and estate management work.

Practice head(s):

Susanne Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Ioan Owen; Michael Jeffs; Adam Thomas; Harriet Morgan

Testimonials

The team takes a proactive stance and is always on hand to provide timely advice.

Susanne Bradley is personable and easy to work with.

Ioan Owen is highly competent and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Admiral Insurance

Ashtenne Industrial Fund

Cardiff Gate Business Park

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Julian Hodge Bank

Richard Hayward Group

Royal Voluntary Service No

Torfaen County Borough Council

Welsh Ministers/Welsh Government

Western Power Distribution

Construction Tier 2

Regularly working alongside complementary teams including commercial property and planning, Geldards LLP excels in providing construction input to central and local government in complex and often politically sensitive infrastructure and regeneration projects. 'Fantastic' team head Tony Norris  'understands the industry, the region and players within it very well'.  Norris also handles contentious matters and has recently undertaken adjudications on a prestigious project for a Welsh local authority and for a large regional house developer.

Practice head(s):

Tony Norris

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Maclean; Emma Ashby; Celine Jones

Testimonials

Pragmatic and cost-effective service

The team has great communication skills

Tony Norris is very pragmatic and focuses on the big picture and getting the right commercial result for us.

Tony Norris is always positive and willing to get involved with all types of construction legal matters regardless of the time/day.

Emma Ashby worked tirelessly to ensure that a clear plan was in place and that everything was happening on time.

 

Key clients

Cardiff Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Welsh Government

Admiral

Western Power Distribution

Newydd Housing Association

National Museum of Wales

Arts Council of Wales

Bonna Sabla

Ceredigion County Council

Pembrokeshire College

Evans Electrical

J W Bowkett (Electrical Installations)

Cheshire East Council

Leekes

Family Tier 2

Although it is still in a relatively embryonic phase, since the arrival of 'approachable and thorough' team head Gaynor Dickens in early 2017, Geldards LLP's nascent team has rapidly become a recognised force in the south Wales market on behalf of medium to high-net-worth individuals on their matrimonial issues. Although it remains a relatively small team it is effectively able to leverage the expertise of complementary practice groups, including wealth management, corporate and tax, of particular benefit when dealing with the assets of a divorce involving a partnership or company dispute element.

Practice head(s):

Gaynor Dickens

Testimonials

First-rate offering

Gaynor Dickens is very client friendly and approachable but with a core of steel when dealing with opponents

Pensions Tier 2

Geldards LLP provides a broad range of pensions advice to employers and trustees, including on the closure and winding-up of schemes, as well as on pensions-related corporate work, particularly as it relates to public sector outsourcings. Team head Stephen Jenkins leads on the non-contentious and contentious pensions work, and is regularly engaged in the restructuring of pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Jenkins

Testimonials

‘Very professional no-nonsense legal advice.’

Key clients

Staedtler (UK) Limited

Just Rollers Plc

Spotlight Cleaning Services

J Tomlinson Limited

North Midland Construction

Shaw Healthcare

Emso Asset Management

British Drilling and Freezing

Procam UK

Stadler Rail

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Led by Donna Makin Geldards LLP's corporate risk and insurance team provides a cradle-to-grave claims and risk management service to insurers, corporates and public sector clients. Although it is active across the spectrum of defence work, it has recently witnessed an influx of employer liability and public liability claims from a number of public sector organisations, since the firm's appointment to the National Procurement Service litigation panel in September 2015.

Practice head(s):

Donna Makin

Key clients

Schneider Electric

National Museum Wales

National Library of Wales

Maxfort Insurance

Enersys

Cadw

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Led by the 'excellentClaire Johnson Geldards LLP has 'demonstrable knowledge and experience of dealing with the complex needs of private clients'. The team handles a broad range of wealth preservation and succession planning matters, as well as trust and estate administration. As well as being able to call upon the insight of highly skilled practitioners within the group, including 'patient and responsive' senior associate Anne Taylor , it is also able to draw upon the value-added expertise of practitioners from within complementary practice areas at the firm, including corporate tax, charities and family.

Practice head(s):

Claire Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Anne Taylor; Gillian Crouch; Laura Ikin

Testimonials

There is real strength-in-depth within the team

Claire Johnson leads a highly competent team, with a clear and informative approach to client engagement

Anne Taylor is particularly good at developing an understanding of the soft facts that help to advise her clients appropriately

Social housing Tier 2

Led by Susanne Bradley Geldards LLP's multi-disciplinary group handles a wide range of work within the social housing sector, including on property, finance, litigation and employment matters. Leveraging her property and charities (not-for-profit) expertise, Harriet Morgan regularly represents housing associations on development projects for residential and mixed-use purposes. Liz Ganderton has expertise advising housing associations on the property security aspects of loans.

Practice head(s):

Susanne Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is accessible, responsive and knowledgeable

 

Key clients

Chrysalis Housing Association

Cadarn Housing Group

The Curo Group

First Choice Housing Association

Valleys 2 Coast Housing

Pembrokeshire Housing Association

Tai Calon Community Housing

Merthyr Valley Homes

Monmouthshire Housing Association

The Seren Group

Banking and finance Tier 3

Led by the 'excellent' and 'experiencedKarl BaranskiGeldards LLP 's six-strong team provides a 'high-quality service' to lenders and borrowers across a wide range of new money deals and refinancings. Active in both the public and private sector, particular areas of focus include development finance, secured lending and corporate lending.

Practice head(s):

Karl Baranski

Other key lawyers:

Mike Jeffs; Andrew Morris; Adam Thomas; Harriet Morgan

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Hodge Bank

Handelsbanken

Santander

HSBC Bank

Principality Building Society

Welsh Government

Development Bank of Wales

Arts Council of Wales

Kingdom Bank

Celsa (UK) Group

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Geldards LLP's four-strong team has expertise across all aspects of clinical negligence, from maximum severity brain injury to fatal accident claims and orthopaedic and surgical matters. 'Highly experienced' team head Spencer Collier has an 'excellent feel for a case' and  has recently handled numerous cases related to delayed ambulance response times in Wales.

Practice head(s):

 Spencer Collier

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kirby

Testimonials

‘They have a great deal of experience in this area and provide an excellent service to clinical negligence claimants.’

‘Spencer Collier is very pragmatic.’

Debt recovery Tier 3

Led on a day-to-day basis by the vastly experienced Christine Sharpe , as well as being able to call upon the services of members of the wider commercial litigation team, Geldards LLP's debt recovery team provides a 'responsive service' to standalone and existing clients of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Christine Sharpe

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hopkins; Michael Evans

Key clients

GE Capital Equipment Finance Limited

Cardiff University

Henry Howard Finance Limited

Jardine Norton Limited

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Geldards LLP is well-known as a powerhouse in the automotive sector, where it has a 20-year track record advising car manufacturers and resellers on complex disputes; Jonathan Butler and senior associate Andrea Clayton are names to note in this space. Its recent work included the VW Emissions group litigation and the landmark decision by the Advertising Standards Agency in the case of Glyn Hopkin and Fiat Chrysler. The firm also has an equally standout reputation in the sports industry; one of its key clients is Derby County Football Club, and it is highly active in matters connected with tennis. In addition, the firm expanded its offering into equestrianism by hiring equine law expert Rebecca Stojak from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The team, which is led by Nino Simone, also handles challenging mandates involving other industries; recent matters involved areas such as construction, IT and education.

Practice head(s):

Nino Simone

Testimonials

Very practical approach with a variety of options presented for a particular matter. The fees are also very competitive

I have the confidence that once an instruction is given it will be dealt with with updates provided as necessary. Andrea Clayton has been outstanding in this respect

Key clients

Office Depot

Vision Express

Pendragon Plc

PSA Peugeot Citroen

Pentagon Vauxhall

Parkway Volkswagen

Litho Supplies (UK) Limited

finnCap Limited

Tesco

Paragon Interiors Group Plc

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

A distinguishing feature of Geldards LLP's offering is its specialist 'networks team', which comprises more than 40 lawyers handling property work for clients in the gas and electricity distribution sectors; Jamie Gordon, who heads up this arm of the commercial property practice, has significant experience of pre-lets and regeneration schemes, among other matters. Elsewhere, the firm has made an increased push for work from public sector clients; Tiffany Cloynes leads a specialist team, which advises local authorities on matters such as disposals of surplus land and joint ventures with developers. In the education sector, Paul Hilsdon and others act for academy sponsors and schools. Evidencing the firm's credentials in the retail industry, it is one of only three English law firms on the property panel of Walgreens Boots Alliance. Other sector strengths include healthcare, motor retail, agriculture and charities. Derby team head Graham Banks and Heather Dixon have an outstanding reputation in residential and commercial development projects. David Watson leads the commercial property group in Nottingham. Hélène Maillet-Vioud joined in 2018 from Knights PLC.

Practice head(s):

Graham Banks (Derby); David Watson (Nottingham); Jamie Gordon (Nottingham – Networks)

Testimonials

A dedicated team with a total focus on the client’s requirements. I’ve never had cause to suspect any hint of a let-up in the push to improve results. Easy and rapid access to specialists

Jamie Gordon provides both professional advice and unstinting support with the client’s wider requirements, such as attending stakeholder events and ensuring the provision of management information for internal reporting; all members of Jamie’s team are focused on delivery to ensure optimum outcomes and maximum output. Excellent service

There is a clear and distinct high level of professionalism at Geldards. Communication is exceptional and the team is a real pleasure to work with

Fair knowledge of the energy industry

The Competitions in Connections team provides valuable support and service to our group companies. It has an understanding of our industry which is essential when procuring land rights

Heather Dixon in Derby is every bit the equal of property lawyers from London and Birmingham; she is very, very hardworking, resourceful and a dream to work with

Key clients

Bowmer & Kirkland

Walgreens Boots Alliance

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

Miller Birch/Cedar House

PPH1 Ltd and DPK Management

BioCity Group Limited

Nottingham College

Stadler Rail Service UK Limited

Derby City Council

Leicester City Council

Sheffield City Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Office Depot Group

Electricity North West

Western Power Distribution

Omya UK Limited

Wacker Neuson Limited

Redrow Homes Limited

Wise Living Homes

Trent Barton Buses

Connections Legal Management

UK Power Networks

UK Power Distribution

Harlaxton Energy Services

Energy Assets Networks

Easement Solutions

ESP Electricity

E.S. Pipelines

Wellingborough Borough Council

Synergy Health Managed Services Limited

Carlisle City Council

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Equally strong in transactional and commercial contracts matters, Geldards LLP has a sizeable following of domestic and international clients. Team head Debra Martin covers the full spectrum of corporate transactions, and her previous experience of working as a senior in-house counsel at 3i makes her well-placed to advise on private equity deals. Another practitioner with significant corporate finance experience is Peter Seary, who has acted for clients in sectors such as food and drink, pharmacy and manufacturing. Paul Feenan and Jenny Chatten are also recommended. Michelle Craven-Faulkner, who heads up the firm's commercial group, has formerly served as senior in-house counsel at Alstom Transport, and has overseen the growth of the firm's work in the rail sector; clients in this space include rail consultants, prime contractors and OEMs. Elsewhere, the practice marks an uptick in work from IT sector clients. In addition, the firm is particularly well-known for its work in the tennis and football industries, and is also active in other sports; Jamie Goldberg spearheads the sports department.

Practice head(s):

Debra Martin; Michelle Craven-Faulkner

Testimonials

Jamie Goldberg was always prompt with his replies and took time to explain the process

Peter Seary delivers what I want. A pragmatic, cost-effective, sensible solution on M&A

Geldards is a very efficient firm, and inspires confidence at all times

Key clients

ACTA* Holding BV / Kiwa Holdings (UK) Limited

Altius VA Limited

British Business Bank

Camfaud Group Limited

Celebrity Motion Furniture Limited

Concrete Network Limited

Derby County Football Club

Development Bank of Wales PLC

EMB-Group Limited

Event Hosts Limited

Grand Bazaar Group Limited

Hall, David Alan & Elizabeth Mary

Horizon Industries International Limited

Independence Products Limited

Infra Safety Services Labour Limited

Litho Supplies (UK) Limited

Masterdor Limited

Mel Morris

Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited

Pendragon Plc

SALCS Installations Limited

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council (NWLC)

Sherwood Packaging Limited

Sperry Rail (International) Limited

Stadler Rail Management AG

Stadler Rail Services UK Limited

The Irongate Group Limited

Userbrain Limited

Van Oord Offshore Wind UK Limited

VF Services UK Limited / VFS Global Services Plc

Warrington Borough Council

Wrekin Products Limited

XCAM Limited

Xylem Water Solutions UK Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The ‘very professional’ team at Geldards LLP, which 'thinks outside of the box’, advises entrepreneurs who have amassed their own wealth on legacy planning and wealth preservation. Accountants, professional tax advisers and financial advisers are also among the firm's clients. Erica Thomson, who is an expert in wealth preservation and tax planning, jointly leads the practice alongside Jaclyn Barnes. Barnes specialises in trust creation, the administration of complex probates and lifetime tax and estate planning.

Practice head(s):

Erica Thomson; Jaclyn Barnes;

Testimonials

Erica Thomson is very approachable, on your side and quick to respond to queries’.

Erica Thomson is extremely professional, personable, competent and knowledgeable‘.

Sport Tier 1

Geldards LLP's team is particularly knowledgeable about the tennis and football industries, but it assist clients across all forms of sport on a range of sponsorship, endorsement and licensing matters. Led by Jamie Goldberg, the group advises several high-profile tennis players on their commercial activities and agreements. In the football space, it undertakes employment matters, high-value disputes, corporate reorganisations and commercial contracts. It is also knowledgeable about FA and EFL regulations.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Goldberg;

Key clients

Derby County Football Club

Edward Smith

Dukes Meadows Tennis Centre

Banking and finance Tier 2

Geldards LLP's practice is increasing its share of work from traditional and challenger banks, as well as corporate and individual borrowers. Jenny Chatten and David Watson have a strong track record handling banking law issues for UK public sector entities, while the practice is increasingly sought-out by companies in the manufacturing sector. In addition, the firm also generates work from Germany-based clients, and provides English law support to German law firms.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Chatten; David Watson

Testimonials

The team has a commercial approach and is proactive in its advice

Key clients

AIB Group (UK) Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

HSBC Bank Plc and HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Limited

Biocity Group Limited

Leumi ABL Ltd

National Westminster Bank Plc

Hillarys Finance (UK) Limited

Net-m Privatbank 1891 AG

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Family Tier 2

Geldards LLP has ‘a strong presence in the Derby market, offering coverage of all aspects of family law’. Medium to high-net-worth financial remedy cases are the team’s speciality, particularly those involving trusts, businesses, farming assets, inherited or family-controlled assets, pre-nuptial deeds and same sex marriage or civil partnership breakdowns. Fiona Apthorpe is ‘an excellent head of department’. The group also includes Ben Lawson, who has specialist knowledge of TOLATA matters. Recently promoted partner Claire Dean  is experienced in family cases involving domestic abuse issues.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Apthorpe;

Other key lawyers:

Claire Dean; Ben Lawson;

Testimonials

The team at Geldards specialises in high net worth divorce cases including complex issues such as family trusts and issues surrounding agricultural divorces‘.

The team is a leading firm in the East Midlands, with it having an excellent reputation across Nottingham, Derby and beyond‘.

The team at Geldards is always available to speak with directly and has an in-depth knowledge of every case it deals with‘.

Fiona Apthorpe is the go-to person for family law matters within the region‘.

Claire Dean is able to support Fiona Apthorpe and brings a can do attitude to clients. Claire is not afraid to give proactive advice and will not settle for anything less than a good outcome for her clients‘.

Fiona Apthorpe is an excellent practitioner with years of experience ,she handles clients expectations and manages matters with confidence and care‘.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Sector expertise at Geldards LLP encompasses the sports, healthcare, life sciences, fashion, creative industries and industrial design. Jointly headed by Michelle Craven-Faulkner and Jamie Goldberg, the team's offering spans the protection of IP, complex licensing agreements and disputes. In addition, clients are supported in respect of the registration of their trademarks, both nationally and internationally, while Craven-Faulkner is also a go-to name for advice on the commercialisation of IP.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Craven-Faulkner; Jamie Goldberg

Key clients

Arctic Cabins Limited

BioCity Group Limited

Concrete Network Limited

Derby County Football Club

Ellis-Chadwick, Dr Fiona

Independence Products Limited

Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited

Till, Monty John

Userbrain Limited

Local government Tier 2

Geldards LLP's team, which is jointly led by Tiffany Cloynes and Paul Hilsdon, is knowledgeable about a wide range of matters, such as state aid, public procurement, employment, planning and highways. Its recent work has included town centre regeneration schemes, housing developments and other major projects involving the public-private sector. The client base comprises of local and regulatory authorities, as well as central government.

Practice head(s):

Tiffany Cloynes; Paul Hilsdon;

Testimonials

‘Locally based (but with national coverage), the firm is well connected, with individuals providing high quality specialist skills’.

‘Paul Hilsdon has strong commercial awareness and is able to simplify complex issues’.

‘The team is very approachable and works well together across a wide range of specialisms in order to support the client on complex regeneration and development projects’.

‘The individuals within the Geldards’ team are well practised and knowledgeable within their specialisms; project leads (especially Tiffany Cloynes) bring the team together in a coherent and concise manner’.

Key clients

Bolton Council

Bristol City Council

Carlisle City Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Leicester City Council

Liverpool City Combined Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council

Sheffield City Council

South Derbyshire District Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Walsall Council

Warrington Borough Council

Wellingborough Borough Council

Property litigation Tier 2

Geldards LLP's clients turn to Mark Hacking for assistance with real estate litigation. Hacking, who is also an experienced mediator, handles the gamut of contentious property issues for businesses and private individuals. His areas of expertise include landlord and tenant disputes, and property management matters, with particular experience of those involving the retail, utilities and automotive sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hacking

Transport Tier 2

Michelle Craven-Faulkner and Jonathan Butler jointly head the transport practice at Geldards LLP. Active across a broad range of sectors, the team is highly rated within the rail industry, representing rolling stock manufacturers, infrastructure contractors, labour suppliers and industry consultants, among others. The same can be said of the automobile space, where the group deploys its expertise on behalf of manufacturers, franchises retailers and independents. Other clients include numerous players in the aerospace supply chain.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Craven-Faulkner; Jonathan Butler

Testimonials

Jonathan Butler provides strategic and valuable insights into aspects of UK consumer law directly affecting the automotive sector‘.

Key clients

Addqual Limited

Altius VA Limited

Elite KL Limited

Infra Safety Services Labour Limited

INIT Innovations in Transportation Limited

Sperry Rail (International) Limited

Stadler Rail Management AG

Stadler Rail Services UK Limited

Pendragon PLC

Construction Tier 3

Geldards LLP acts for a number of the largest developers and contractors in projects across the East Midlands, and also generates work from retail, motor retail and education sector clients. It also has significant involvement in large-scale regeneration projects in the region, where it advises public sector bodies. Elsewhere, the practice has experienced a notable uptick in mandates connected with private rented sector developments and commercial warehouse and distribution centre developments. Chris Hawrylak, who made partner in 2018, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hawrylak

Testimonials

‘Heather Dixon and Chris Hawrylak are easy to work with, thorough and diligent’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

HSBC

Julian Hodge Bank

Handelsbanken

Principality Building Society

Welsh Government

Development Bank of Wales

Arts Council of Wales

Kingdom Bank

Santander

RBS (Natwest)

The Cooperative Bank

Celsa

East Midlands LawShare

North West Legal Consortium

West Yorkshire Law Framework

National Procurement Service

Wales European Funding Office

Boots Walgreen Alliance

Western Power Distribution

Electricity North West

Wales Audit Office

UK Power Networks

Energy Assets Network

ESP Electricity

Bowmer and Kirkland

ES Pipelines

Harlaxton Energy Networks

UK Power Distribution

Education Tier 3

Geldards LLP specialises in advising primary and secondary schools, multi-academy trusts and Church of England schools on academy conversions. Additional bedrocks of the practice include advising Church School Trusts on property and governance issues, as well as rebrokerage matters. In addition, the firm is increasingly active in HR support mandates. Michelle Craven-Faulkner heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Craven-Faulkner;

Key clients

University of Leicester

Nottingham College

Nottinghamshire County Council

Employment Tier 3

Geldards LLP’s practice ‘combines the highest level of professional knowledge with friendly client communication’. Its team has vast experience of the employment tribunal and, on the non-contentious side, handles a wide range of non-contentious matters, such as exit packages, redundancy processes and TUPE. The education, transport, motoring, manufacturing, construction, technology and life sciences industries are all areas of expertise for the team. It also represents various religious organisations and public sector clients. Rhys Wyborn, who is ‘very knowledgeable and highly skilled’, jointly leads the group with Stephen Jenkins.

Practice head(s):

Rhys Wyborn and Stephen Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Mills

Testimonials

Rhys Wyborn is very strong in providing advice and assistance in this way and in providing solutions for the long term benefit of the client’s business‘.

The level of his professional knowledge in all areas of employment law and litigation is absolutely outstanding‘.

They effortlessly ensure that you receive a very high level of care, service and professionalism from all levels‘.

The attention to the needs of the client and the effort put into the delivering the service is absolutely outstanding‘.

Rhys Wyborn is very professional and skilled at what he does. He also has a caring, considerate, supportive and conscientious approach and handles sensitive situations and issues very well‘.

Key clients

M J Birtwistle Ltd

Healthwatch Derby Ltd

Brinsley Parish Council

Van Oord Offshore Wind UK Ltd

Nottingham Trent University

University of Leicester

Kiwa Limited

Derby County Football Club

HAE Group Limited

Picsolve International Limited

V F Services UK Limited

Red Box Recorders Limited

ISS Labour Limited

Fathomtree Limited

League Against Cruel Sports

Camfaud Concrete Pumps Limited

Fermac Traffic Solutions Limited

Motion Picture Solutions Limited

Natilik Limited

BPR Medical Ltd

North Midland Construction Plc (nmcn)

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Geldards LLP's newly promoted senior associate Ruth Thurland works closely with dispute resolution head Nino Simone and experienced corporate partner Jenny Chatten to support clients in all types of corporate and personal insolvency matters. The firm's diverse workload includes director disqualification proceedings, receiverships, CVAs and property-related insolvency work. The firm is increasingly handling cross-border insolvency work, particularly in the area of forum shopping, and is frequently sought-out by German banks and other creditors (as well as other overseas jurisdictions). On the domestic front, mandates from local authorities and other public bodies are another key workstream.

Practice head(s):

Nino Simone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Ruth Thurland has excellent knowledge and is practical in her approach; she is an absolute pleasure to deal with

Geldards is focused on providing a great client experience

Ruth Thurland represents all of the Geldards values, in terms of the quality of the support she provides and her know-how. She raises and answers the questions I did not think of

Key clients

PKF Cooper Parry

Smith Cooper

Blades Insolvency Services

Bridgewood Financial Solutions

Dains LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

CFS Restructuring LLP

Derby City Council

ReSolve Partners Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

IT and telecoms Tier 3

At Geldards LLP, Michelle Craven-Faulkner covers the full spectrum of matters in the ICT sector. Her extensive experience in the industry includes advising on the creation of social networking sites, the development and commercialisation of apps, software CGI and holograms, along with e-commerce matters. She heads the practice alongside Jamie Goldberg, who is well-versed when it comes to high-value transactions in the IT space.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Craven-Faulkner; Jamie Goldberg

Testimonials

‘They have a strong technical knowledge on IT and law yet are able to explain the key points so that general management and business are able to understand them. This keeps the business on track and also enables the right decisions to be made.’

‘The team has an easy approach, good communications and a sense of humour.’

Key clients

Arha Labs Limited

Derby County Football Club

Development Bank of Wales PLC

Grand Bazaar Group Limited

Horizon Industries International Limited

INIT Innovations in Transportation Limited

SALCS Installations Limited

Userbrain Limited

XCAM Limited

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Jeff Pearson
Chairman David Williams
Charity and not-for-profit Harriet Morgan
Clinical negligence Spencer Collier
Commercial Chris Williams
Corporate Andrew Morris
Dispute resolution Nino Simone
Employment Kim Howell
Insolvency and corporate recovery Karl Baranski
International Paul Hopkins
Personal injury Donna Makin
Private client David Williams
Public sector Tiffany Cloynes
Real estate Graham Banks
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Number of UK partners : 60
Number of other UK fee-earners : 197
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