Firm Profile > Gardner Leader LLP > Thatcham , South East

Gardner Leader LLP
RG19 3HX
South East

Health and safety Tier 1

Headed by Michelle Di Gioia, the team at Gardner Leader LLP handles all matters related to health and safety, including compliance, risk management and litigation. The full-service practice is well placed to advise on regulatory issues as well representing client in investigations and prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executives. The team is particularly experienced in handling risks and health and safety offences in the manufacturing and construction sectors.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP’s expertise covers charity formations and registrations, governance and constitutional advice, corporate and commercial matters, regulatory and Charity Act compliance. From the Newbury office, Alastair Goggins leads a team which includes Penny Wright and Maidenhead-based Diane Yarrow who are experienced in all areas of charity law and have a strong focus on contentious probate, regulatory compliance and trading and commercial activities.

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

The dispute resolution practice at Gardner Leader LLP 'punches well above its weight' and regularly acts in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation for a mix of private and corporate clients. Key figures include Michelle Di Gioia and senior associates Hilary Messer and Violetta M. Falla. Practice head Chris Felton is 'a safe pair of hands'.

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP acts for a mix of developers, landlords and tenants in commercial, residential, retail and mixed-use developments. Practice head Greg Humphreys has notable expertise handling commercial transactions within the food and drink sector, while Suki Hardy is particularly active on acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and developments.  Richard Buckeridge is a name to note in Maidenhead.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP's team 'combines friendliness with astuteness and a sensible approach to dispute resolution'. The group is sought out for advice on High Court and Court of Protection cases, with disputes involving capacity-related issues being a notable area of growth. Another hallmark of the team is its strong record of defending not-for-profit entities as beneficiaries of legacies or residual beneficiaries of estates. Practice head Alastair Goggins is 'exceptional in his honesty'.

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP has a ‘solid reputation’ for divorce, financial settlements and matrimonial work. Jenny Buchanan and department head Seona Myerscough’s practice spans the core aspects of family law and financial matters; Myerscough is especially well-known for her experience in matters concerning children within the care process and child arrangement cases. Suzy Hamshaw and Simon Fisher are also a names to note for divorce proceedings, preparation of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP’s ‘vastly experienced’ private client team have notable strengths in helping high-net-worth clients in tax planning, often with a cross-border element and utilising its experience negotiating with HM Revenue & Customs. Other areas of expertise include inheritance tax, international estate planning and powers of attorney and Court of Protection work. Jolyon Barton's practice spans inheritance tax and capital gains tax mitigation, wills drafting, trusts and their use in tax planning, administration of estates and lasting powers of attorney. Robert Jobson is noted for his skills in establishing and administering trusts, while Penny Wright is recommended for tax planning, wills, incapacity and probate issues. Richard Mead and Kathryn Tarry are also of note for estate planning and administration. Senior associate Niamh Minihane specialises in will drafting and related inheritance tax planning.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Gardner Leader LLP's 'sensible and practical' clinical negligence group covers the full range of medical negligence matters, with a particular emphasis on fatalities and inquest claims. Practice head Alastair Goggins, who is noted for his 'whip-sharp advice', has expertise in maternal and infant birth complications and injuries. Senior associate Andrew Shipp handles complex claims involving mental health.

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Gardner Leader LLP handles a broad range of corporate and commercial matters on behalf of start-ups, owner-managed businesses and investors. Recent matters include advising on cross-border sales and acquisitions, shareholder agreements and commercial arrangements.  Greg Humphreys, Diane Yarrow and recent hire Michal Freeman-Shor are the main advisers.

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Gardner Leader LLP offers cross-departmental expertise and support in all areas of employment. The group has a strong focus on contentious matters, acting on behalf of senior executives and employers in negotiating settlement agreements and Tribunal representation. The practice is lead by senior associates Julie Taylor and Michelle Morgan.

Property litigation Tier 4

The practitioners in Gardner Leader LLP's property litigation group demonstrate a 'high degree of competence and understanding'. It has recently had a notable increase in mandates from large companies, trusts and town councils. First Tier Tribunal claims and adverse possession claims are other areas of growth. The team also specialises in mortgage repossession work. Alastair Goggins heads up the broader litigation team. Michelle Di Gioia leads on the property litigation front.

Gardner Leader LLP offers the full range of legal support giving clients trust, value and peace of mind with specialist teams across commercial, residential property, family, dispute resolution and inheritance protection. Gardner Leader has been at the heart of the Berkshire community for over 120 years, with offices in Newbury, Thatcham and Maidenhead. Typical clients are individuals and businesses across and beyond Thames Valley ranging from first time buyers and start-ups to venture capital funds, charities and PLCs.

In 2017, Gardner Leader were proud to be the winner of The Maidenhead & Windsor Business Awards Best SME award and shortlisted for Fast growing business award. They were also shortlisted for The Law Society’s Excellence Award for Law Management, The LawNet Law Firm of the Year Award and Team of the Year Award (Litigation) and were runner-up in The British Legal Technology Team of the Year.

Practice Areas:

Corporate and Commercial
Giving support to businesses in the region and beyond, with corporate commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and reorganisation, lending and refinancing and commercial contracts.

Commercial Property
The team assist with the full range of commercial property issues and act for a wide variety of national and independent clients on matters including site acquisitions for development, re-financing work and acquisitions and disposals of shops, offices and factories.

The firm act for individuals and businesses, including representing employees in the employment tribunal and in negotiating settlements. They also work with employers to update contracts and policies, manage HR issues, such as redundancy exercises, performance management, grievance and disciplinary procedures.

Dispute Resolution
Gardner Leader represent a wide range of clients from individuals to large organisations in litigious matters and aim to make the process as smooth as possible, whilst achieving the best outcome for their client. Litigation might be around a commercial, property or personal dispute or perhaps in relation to probate issues brought by beneficiaries including family members or charitable beneficiaries.

Managing Risk and Reputation
Whether due to planned events or unforeseen crisis such as a health and safety incident, clients may on occasion require an adviser to help mitigate against adverse outcomes. The team recognise the value of reputation and work proactively to ensure reputation remains protected. Reputational risk may also be required if an employee has been accused of a criminal offence, and in this regard we are able to offer expertise, reputation and discretion.

Experts in taking clients through often what is a difficult time and tenacious in pursuit of clients’ interests, the team give peace of mind that everything will be done to get the best outcome. The team can advise in relation to pre-nuptial and co-habitating agreements and deal with cases involving complex assets and overseas interests/parties.

Inheritance Protection
Whether you are considering making your own Will, need advice on assisting a relative in making one, or are currently dealing with an Estate of a deceased loved one, the legal considerations and processes involved can be complex and daunting. Gardner Leader can give you the information and support you need, offering specialist help.

Residential Property
The team enjoy working with clients to achieve timely completions, whilst ensuring all issues have been checked and addressed. The team train others on topics such as top tips for first time buyers and tips for those buying property to let.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Commercial Greg Humphreys 01635 508181
Dispute Resolution Alastair Goggins 01635 508127
Personal tax, trusts and probate Jolyon Barton 01635 508143
Charities and not-for-profit Alastair Goggins 01635 508127
Commercial Litigation Chris Felton 01635 508128
Commercial Property Greg Humphreys 01635 508181
Contentious trusts and probate Alastair Goggins 01635 508127
Property Litigation Michelle Di Gioia 01635 508141
Health and Safety Michelle Di Gioia 01635 508141
Employment Julie Taylor 01635 508181
Crime Stephen Bennett 01628 502886
Family Seona Myerscough 01635 508192
Photo Name Position Profile
 Lucy Butcher  photo Lucy Butcher
 Judith Lewis  photo Judith Lewis
 Richard Mead  photo Richard Mead
 Jade Taylor  photo Jade Taylor
Number of partners : 20
Number of other qualified solicitors : 31