Gardner Leader LLP > Thatcham, England > Firm Profile

Gardner Leader LLP
WINBOLT HOUSE
THE BROADWAY
THATCHAM
RG19 3HX
England

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Jolyon Barton leads the team of inheritance tax specialists at Gardner Leader LLP and the team has additional expertise in handling matters for vulnerable clients, a particular specialism of Penny Wright ‘s practice. Robert Jobson   advises clients on everything pertaining to trusts and frequently gets appointed as a trustee himself. Head of the Inheritance Protection team Niamh Minihane focuses on advising the elderly, and Richard Mead comes particularly recommended for his expertise in estate planning.

Practice head(s):

Jolyon Barton

Other key lawyers:

Robert Jobson; Penny Wright; Richard Mead; Niamh Minihane; Lucy Butcher; Hannah Wallbridge; Ash Sanger

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

The legal service provided by Gardner Leader LLP is 'akin to that provided by a magic circle firm' and spans from corporate and commercial disputes over civil fraud to international arbitration. In the latter, practice head and 'master tactician' Chris Felton frequently frequently appears before specialised inter-state courts in relation to technology and construction disputes. Katie Dyson who has significant experience in multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution, particularly in banking and finance, has recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Chris Felton

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Di Gioia; Andrew Shipp; Katie Dyson; Michael Axe

Testimonials

‘Chris Felton is simply brilliant. Clever, savvy, diligent, and an extremely nice man as well. I cannot fault him.’

‘This team provides an astonishingly high quality of service, akin to that of a magic circle firm, but at out-of-London prices.’

‘Chris Felton is the best litigator in the country. He is quietly understated but a master tactician – as is obvious from the great clients he has. Andrew Shipp is a very safe and steady pair of hands to calmly get a good result. Michelle di Gioia is responsive and tactical.’

‘They may be based out of London but the quality and consistency is on a level with any London practice.’

‘First and foremost, they are wonderful lawyers with exceptional technical acumen, but they are also extremely pragmatic, commercial and empathetic.’

‘Good attention to client requirements and appropriate assignment of resources i.e. not going over the top for more minor matters.’

‘We work personally with Chris Felton, Michelle Di Gioia and Andrew Shipp on a regular basis. They are always available, creative with solutions, and help our clients to achieve their aims and goals, rather than just telling them what the law says.’

‘Michael Axe’s franchising expertise and pragmatic attitude resulted in a swift and successful outcome without the need for extensive legislation.’

Key clients

Phillip Hudson

Managed Legal Solutions Limited

Barrowfen Properties Limited

The Marble Workshop Limited

SSGC Limited

Suite Hub Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended Swynson Limited and its owner in a Supreme Court appeal, concerning the repayment of loans by a borrower and regarding the liability a negligent adviser has to a lender.
  • Defended Optaglio Limited in a claim for alleged breach of directors’ duties regarding the withdrawal of a patent application.
  • Advised Managed Legal Solutions Limited, who funded part of the costs of a group action claim against GSK in the Seroxat Group Action.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Led by Michelle Di Gioia, who is based in Newbury, Gardner Leader LLP’s team advises a range of clients on the full spectrum of health and safety law, including compliance, risk and reputation management, and litigation. The team continues to provide advice and training on COVID safety precautions, and draws on the experience of other teams across the firm.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Di Gioia

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The practice at Gardner Leader LLP is known for ‘delivering the highest standards of client care’. Newbury-based Alastair Goggins  heads up the firm’s dispute resolution team, handling a range of complex contentious matters. Property specialist Richard Buckeridge is praised for his expertise in contractual and commercial matters, while other key team members include Penny Wright, who is part of the inheritance protection team.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They continue to deliver the highest standards of client care and give us peace of mind that our case will be handled expertly, and that our interests will come first. Gardner Leader have assisted us in litigious, commercial and real estate matters.’

‘We have been enjoying Richard Buckeridge’s legal expertise in contractual and commercial matters for many years. We can certainly recommend him for his dedication to us and the attention we receive every time we seek his advice on a comprehensive range of issues. He is approachable and patient. We have trust in him as he always offers pragmatic solutions to a wide range of our requirements.’

‘I have always found Gardner Leader to be able to deal with any problems that I may encounter. They do this in a very friendly and understanding manner.’

‘I have always dealt with Richard Buckeridge. He fully understands our organisation, and has proved invaluable in giving advice on constitutional matters. With service like this, why would I seek alternative help?’

‘The clear and concise communication on all aspects of each case presented has been excellent’

‘All the relevant partners who have dealing with us as a client have all shown same consistency.’

Key clients

Naomi House

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The ‘commercially savvy‘ contentious trusts and probate team at Gardner Leader LLP is led from Newbury by Alastair Goggins, who also heads up the wider dispute resolution practice. He is praised for his ‘calm, reassuring manner, backed up with good analysis‘. The team is is praised for ‘serving not only its local community, but also offering a great option at the national level.’

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins

Testimonials

‘Alastair Goggins is experienced, helpful and friendly. He communicates clearly and is excellent at explaining options and likely chances of success. Outcomes have all been good.’

‘There is strength and depth of numbers in the team and lots of experience and expertise’

‘Alastair Goggins has a good grasp of inheritance dispute cases and is very approachable – he speaks a language his clients understand’

‘With the exemplary legal representation I received from Alastair Goggins and the litigation team at Gardner Leader, I achieved a successful outcome.’

‘Alastair Goggins provided me with accurate and clear legal support whilst handling a very difficult and stressful situation for me and my family with the utmost compassion and professionalism. Alastair was at all times extremely helpful and supportive and would always explain in great detail if I was unsure of anything.’

‘The professionalism of Alastair Goggins and his team has been exemplary throughout my experience of working with them. Their response to my questions and their communication has been swift, providing very clear advice. Alastair Goggins exceeded my expectations and I felt in safe hands being represented by him and the litigation team.’

‘A thriving contentious probate practice in Newbury with great litigation nous.’

‘Alastair Goggins has seen it all and has a great strategic instinct, knowing when to push the other side and when to spool them enough rope to hang themselves.’

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

An England-based firm with a strong international reach, the team at Gardner Leader LLP is led by Simon Fisher , a family lawyer with a broad practice and particular expertise in financial matters. Suzy Hamshaw focuses on matrimonial finances and breakdowns of unmarried relationships. Stephanie Buckeridge handles divorces and separations. The firm’s strength has recently been bolstered with the arrival of consultant Ash Sanger in the Windsor office who brings her extensive experience in post-marital proceedings as well as cohabitation to the table. Former practice head Seona Myerscough has retired.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Suzy Hamshaw; Stephanie Buckeridge; Ash Sanger; Stephanie Newton

Testimonials

‘The advice given is second to none, every option is thoroughly explained at a level the client can understand. This practice also listens to the clients requirements then applies the most cost effective solution.’

‘Simon Fisher is extremely sensible and cost-effective. He is able to deliver firm advice with a light touch. He is able to see the big picture and the direction of a case pretty quickly, and will guide his clients through proceedings accordingly. Simon is no nonsense and reassuring. He also has a good sense of humour. He is a delight to work with.’

‘Suzy Hamshaw is an outstanding family lawyer who combines attention to detail with a friendly and helpful approach to her cases.’

‘A great team with strength of depth at senior level. Very approachable and friendly to work with.’

‘Suzy Hamshaw is an excellent lawyer. She has complete mastery of each of her cases and her level-headed approach ensures that her clients settle when they should settle and fight when they should fight. She regularly obtains great results for her clients.’

‘Well organized, knowledgeable, and prompt with communication.’

‘I wouldn’t choose anyone else to represent me with my personal matters.’

‘Organized, good judgement early on in the process, good quality for reasonable fees.’

Key clients

Mrs V

Mr P

Work highlights

  • Representing a wife in divorce and financial proceedings which involve pensions and assets in four different countries.
  • Acting for a husband in financial proceedings involving a family home worth over £2m, four rental properties, a family limited company, and a family partnership business.

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

Gardner Leader LLP acts for domestic clients as well as UK subsidiaries of international entities on acquisitions, financing, developers, landlords and tenants. In Newbury, practice head Greg Humphreys focuses on commercial real estate work, particularly in relation to restaurants. Suki Hardy faces off against the Magic Circle on a regular basis‘ and has particular sector expertise in telecoms and data centres. A generalist, Richard Buckeridge advises a wide variety of clients on all things real estate out of the Maidenhead office.

Practice head(s):

Greg Humphreys

Other key lawyers:

Richard Buckeridge; Suki Hardy; Karron Whitter; Joanna Bullard; Dominic Dos Remedios; Tim Blackman; Renata Lovat Short

Testimonials

‘Suki Hardy is an absolute stand-out partner, who has a fantastic practice acting for US tech companies active in the UK. She is a meticulous technical real estate lawyer who faces off against the Magic Circle on a regular basis.’

‘The commercial property team does big ticket complex real estate acquisition and letting transactions. They have very clever lawyers, who are excellent at collaborative working both with their clients’ other advisers and also with the other side(s) to find solutions to get the deals done.’

‘Karron Whitter is extremely thorough, is an expert in her field, and is always available to answer queries.’

‘Tim Blackman is available for discussion when we need him. He has proven himself as diligent and insightful. We consider ourselves fortunate to work with him. Without exception, we have never needed to contact his partner and, unless timing prevents it, if Tim is absent, we wait until his return.’

‘A dedicated team that can cover all aspects of commercial property solutions from purchases, sales, to leasing. A professional and efficient operation.’

‘All correspondence and queries answered swiftly and efficiently. Richard Buckeridge and Tim Blackman have always been efficient and worked within prices quoted to bring projects to completion.’

‘The practice appears to embrace diversity. The team is supportive and knowledgeable and has a broad range of legal attributes. Tim Blackman is personable and very diligent and breeds trust.’

‘Tim Blackman is excellent to work with. He quickly understands client priorities and needs and preferred means of working. He is personable, honest, hard-working and diligent. Richard Buckeridge is very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

CloudHQ UK Limited

Rivar Limited

Swift Logistics Group

Newbury Building Society

Naomi House

GWP Group PLC

Maxted Farms

Orangebox Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Rivar Limited in relation to the development of its residential sites and numerous onward sales of completed units.
  • We act for GWP Group PLC on all of its property holdings.
  • Acted for Zetabyte Limited in relation to the acquisition of the entire share capital in a target company that operated five EE franchise stores.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

Valued by clients for its ‘excellent service and significant expertise’, Gardner Leader LLP merged with Clark Holt in August 2021, expanding the Swindon-based team's corporate and commercial law offering. The practice is frequently instructed on corporate transactions, where Joe Lewis leads a group handling acquisitions, disposals and management buyouts, with additional expertise in standalone and pre-sale restructurings. Jeff Jenkins is another name to note on the corporate side. Peter James is the key partner for commercial work, assisting with drafting business-to-business and business-to-customer contracts. M&A specialist Philip Humphreys leads the overall business group.

Practice head(s):

Philip Humphreys

Other key lawyers:

Joe Lewis; Peter James; Jeff Jenkins; Belinda Walters; Gail Vallis

Testimonials

‘What I have always appreciated is that they treat you as an equal. Often you find that Lawyers can take the high ground and be quite pompous, Gardner Leader are not like that. In all my dealings with partners and associates I have found them approachable and friendly.’

‘I have worked mainly with associate Gail Vallis and Philip Humphries. Both offer good advise but more importantly will say, ‘This will cost you money and will it get you to where you need to be. This sort of advice is priceless and I think speaks highly as to their ethics. I have also developed a strong working relationship with them which of course is always good.’

‘Partners very attentive and happy to make themselves available at short notice. Very experienced team in commercial contracting that we know we can rely on to provide sound and comprehensive advice.’

‘Individuals are experienced in their respective fields and take the time to explain complex matters to enable the business to take informed decisions. Belinda Walters in particular has been exceptional in advising and representing us.’

‘It is the prompt and professional service that marks out Gardner Leader. We have direct contact with a senior partner in the practice and this individual has considerable knowledge and experience within the field in which we operate. Overall, the mix of excellent service and significant expertise is of high value to us.’

‘It is the mix of excellent, specific service and significant expertise that is of high value to us. In particular, Peter James is especially worthy of our thanks and respect.’

Key clients

KAM Project Consultants

Argentum Apothecary

Censornet

Cordell Health Limited

Clearwater Hampers Limited

Pirum Systems Limited

Kallidus Limited

Solverboard

Shareholders of GWP Holdings Limited

Swan London Limited

Rivar Ltd

Swift Logistics

Team Technologies Limited

Age UK Surrey

Milligan Limited

Wynne Jones IP Limited

Aptitude Software Group PLC

ESP Colour Limited

All Medical Professionals Limited

Jonas Software

Juice Moving Images

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of the Great Western Packaging Group on the sale of the group to Macfarlane Group UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Macfarlane Group plc listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advising Argentum Apothecary Limited on obtaining investment from China’s leading luxury brand management group, Ushopal.
  • Advising Kallidus Limited, on wide-ranging commercial contracts and general commercial matters, including data protection, employment and general commercial advice.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Gardner Leader LLP works largely with high-level personal injury claims, and its team has handled a wide array of cases related to transport accidents and mental health issues. The practice is led by Alastair Goggins, who works with clients in cases related to birth injuries and retail/manufacturing negligence. In 2021, solicitor Ashleigh Wong joined from Horwich Farrelly.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good at understanding their clients, responding swiftly to their requirements and providing practical and effective advice. Their teamwork is a definite strength.’

‘Alastair Goggins is excellent both at managing his team and responding to clients.’

‘Gardner Leader are a comparatively small team, from what might be regarded as an old school high street firm. They provide excellent services to the people of Newbury and surrounding areas.’

‘Andrew Shipp is an astute and careful practitioner, who puts his cases together flawlessly and gets good results for his clients.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Michelle Di Gioia leads Gardner Leader LLP‘s property litigation team from the firm’s Newbury office, and brings particular experience in professional negligence issues. The firm acts on matters from adverse possession claims and evictions to disputes over rights of way and water courses. Alastair Goggins leads the wider dispute resolution team, and Andrew Shipp has expertise in lease and boundary disputes and matters relating to construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins; Michelle Di Gioia

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A team with broad capabilities and depth. The size and strength of this practice enables their adaptability to changing requirements and time scales.’

‘I have dealt with Alastair Goggins and a team assembled by him. Alastair has been very engaging and easy to work with, evidently very knowledgeable and capable in his field and a good communicator in all discussions and communications that I have had with him. His team have all been efficient, effective and easy to work with.’

‘Approachable and pragmatic. Get the job done.’

‘My organisation engaged with Gardner Leader on the sale of one and then the purchase of another commercial property. Neither the sale nor the purchase were straight forward transactions. However, GL’s experience and knowledge, including their attention to detail and advice, was such that we have the confidence that there will be no issues over ownership and accountability with either property in the future.’

‘The firm is a strong and growing regional firm with an excellent and friendly team.’

‘I work with partners Michelle di Gioia, Alastair Goggins and Andrew Shipp – all of whom are enjoyable to work with, commercially minded and effective lawyers.’

‘The property litigators at Gardner Leader LLP provide a high quality of service, in a modern, efficient and approachable way. There is a high level of genuine care taken for clients and a determination to achieve the best realistic result, whether that be via a litigated or negotiated result. I would recommend the firm without hesitation.’

‘Andrew Shipp is extremely experienced and remains reassuringly calm under pressure. He is pragmatic in his decision-making and is well prepared to do what is necessary to put a client in the best possible position in any given dispute. There is no cutting corners. He genuinely cares about getting the right result for his clients.’

Key clients

Managed Legal Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Regularly act for a local building society in relation to mortgage re-possession claims.

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

Philip Humphreys leads the corporate team at Gardner Leader LLP, focusing predominantly on share and asset deals for vendors, whereas Peter James, head of the commercial side, primarily advises clients in the IT sector. The firm recently merged with Clark Holt, further bolstering its strength in corporate, commercial, and real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Philip Humphreys

Other key lawyers:

Gail Vallis; Belinda Walters; Jeff Jenkins; Joe Lewis; James Thorpe; Peter James; Hannah Davies

Testimonials

‘The people involved are knowledgeable, very commercial, hard-working, empathetic and all around excellent people to transact with. The individuals within the firm team clearly liked and respected each other too. The collaboration was first class.’

‘Philip Humphreys and Gail Vallis were patient, constructive, and imaginative when the deal faced a few hurdles.’

Definitively a “one team” approach, which benefited all those involved, i.e. clients and advisers.

‘Partners very attentive and happy to make themselves available at short notice. Very experienced team in commercial contracting that we know we can rely on to provide sound and comprehensive advice.’

‘Individuals are experienced in their respective fields and take the time to explain complex matters to enable the business to take informed decisions. Belinda Walters in particular has been exceptional in advising and representing us.’

Key clients

KAM Project Consultants

Argentum Apothecary

Censornet

Cordell Health Limited

Clearwater Hampers Limited

Pirum Systems Limited

Kallidus Limited

Solverboard

Shareholders of GWP Holdings Limited

Swan London Limited

Rivar Ltd

Swift Logistics

Team Technologies Limited

Age UK Surrey

Milligan Limited

Wynne Jones IP Limited

Aptitude Software Group PLC

ESP Colour Limited

All Medical Professionals Limited

Jonas Software

Juice Moving Images

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Great Western Packaging Group on the sale of the group to Macfarlane Group UK Ltd.
  • Advising Argentum Apothecary Limited on obtaining investment from Ushopal.
  • Advising Kallidus Limited on commercial contracts and general commercial matters, including data protection and employment.

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

Gardner Leader LLP handles high-level exits, unfair dismissal claims, and daily employment advice. Additionally, department head Julie Taylor has extensive expertise in TUPE and discrimination disputes. Belinda Walters focuses on general employment matters on the non-contentious side.

Practice head(s):

Julie Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Belinda Walters; Rabika Basran

Key clients

Emma J Shipley Limited

Barco Limited

Cordell Health Ltd

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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 across the Thames Valley area. 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.

Employment: 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.

Family: 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Commercial Greg Humphreysg.humphreys@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508181
Dispute Resolution Alastair Gogginsa.goggins@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508127
Personal tax, trusts and probate Jolyon Bartonj.barton@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508143
Charities and not-for-profit Alastair Gogginsa.goggins@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508127
International Arbitration Chris Feltonc.felton@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508128
Commercial Litigation Chris Feltonc.felton@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508128
Commercial Property Greg Humphreysg.humphreys@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508181
Contentious trusts and probate Alastair Gogginsa.goggins@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508127
Property Litigation Michelle Di Gioiam.digioia@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508141
Health and Safety Michelle Di Gioiam.digioia@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508141
Employment Julie Taylorj.taylor@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508181
Crime Stephen Bennetts.bennett@gardner-leader.co.uk01628 502886
Family Seona Myerscoughs.myerscough@gardner-leader.co.uk01635 508192
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Lucy Butcher photo Lucy ButcherLucy is a Senior Associate in the Inheritance Protection team. Lucy joined Gardner…
Richard Mead photo Richard MeadRichard is based in our Thatcham office. Since qualifying as a solicitor…
Jade Taylor photo Jade TaylorJade is a Solicitor at Gardner Leader in the Inheritance Protection team. After completing…
Number of partners : 30
Number of other qualified solicitors : 38

CLIENT: Verified client
TESTIMONIAL: We were very happy with the service provided by Michelle. She had a professional approach and a good understanding of our requirements and expectations with a productive approach. (Michelle Di Gioia, Partner, Property Litigation & Health and Safety)


CLIENT: Verified client
TESTIMONIAL: Thanks to your reassurance, hard work and expertise. I am more than happy with the way things have worked out. (Alastair Goggins, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Contentious trusts and probate & Charities and not-for-profit)


CLIENT: Verified client
TESTIMONIAL: Your honesty, integrity and compassion have been outstanding throughout such a difficult case. (Alastair Goggins, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Contentious trusts and probate & Charities and not-for-profit)


CLIENT: Verified client
TESTIMONIAL: Both Gardner Leader in general and Julie are very efficient, I feel when dealing with you, we are coming to seasoned professionals who do things properly and am reassured that we have a serious law firm stood behind us. (Julie Taylor, Partner, Employment)


CLIENT: Verified client
TESTIMONIAL: Gardner Leader continues to provide reassuring advice in whatever category we require at the time. Thank you! (Jolyon Barton, Partner, Personal tax, trusts and probate)


CLIENT: Arash Peyami
TESTIMONIAL: Your professionalism and ability to communicate in a language we understand is unparalleled. (Diane Yarrow, Partner, Corporate Commercial)


At Gardner Leader, we are proud of the diversity that runs through the firm and we value the importance of it, both internally and externally. The firm recently undertook a diversity survey to understand the breadth of people that are employed at Gardner Leader. We are also very proud of our employee retention, making sure our colleagues enjoy working for the firm, highlighted in our recent net promoter score of +70.

As such, the firm continually look to the future, hiring paralegals, trainee solicitors and graduates on a regular basis, helping them to further develop their careers in the legal sector. We also do not focus on those with a law degree as the singular pathway. We have recently helped a number of members complete their CILEx qualifications as well as our very first apprentice solicitor recently joining the firm.

Gardner Leader have been at the heart of the Thames Valley for over 125 years and supporting the community has always been important. We are proud to regularly support our local community in many different events and festivals, such as Thatcham Summer Festival, Newbury Beer Festival, Marlow Regatta, as well as a recent partnership with Maidenhead Football Club.

We are very proud of the charity work we do as a firm throughout the financial year. We vote from a list of nominated charities every spring and, in the last few years, we have supported many local and national charities. These include Newbury District Cancer Care Trust, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Thames Valley Air Ambulance, most recently raising over £7500 for the latter.

Running throughout our financial year from July, employees have been involved in many different fundraising activities, including: Bake sales, quizzes, and volunteering initiatives, as well as many other activities. Since 2014, employees and clients of Gardner Leader have raised in excess of £30,000.00.

This spring, the firm selected Newbury Soup Kitchen as our next ‘charity of the year’. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team are working on upcoming fundraising events and volunteering initiatives, including bake sales, charity raffles and community volunteering.

Gardner Leader also has an Environmental Group that looks at ways we can further improve the firm’s impact on the environment. Gardner Leader are now a part of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, looking at ways to improve the firm’s carbon footprint. Furthermore, our internal collaboration group have paid a particular focus on the environment, highlighting what more we can do as a firm to be more environmentally friendly. Including, sustainable promotional material and community initiatives.


CLIENT: Verified Client

TESTIMONIAL: “Dealing with Gardner Leader and Julie Taylor specifically could not have been easier. She and her support staff were pleasant, efficient and gave me excellent advice and guidance throughout the process and made me feel like they were working just for me (even though I know in reality they would have had many other clients). I would recommend them to anyone I know and trust.”

Julie Taylor

Partner, Employment


CLIENT: Verified Client

TESTIMONIAL: “I am so grateful for your support and guidance through an extremely difficult, complex and emotional situation. Your professionalism and knowledge was amazing, and all of your advice was invaluable. Alastair and Jonathon both worked tirelessly to keep the case moving forward. Your advice was always clear and I know that even though the other party were difficult at times, you both persevered with a huge amount of professionalism and compassion. Alastair, without a doubt your knowledge and expertise made the outcome successful. Your approach and support was invaluable on the day.”

Alastair Goggins

Partner, Litigation


CLIENT: Verified Client

TESTIMONIAL: “Simon has been fantastic in dealing with my divorce, when challenges were thrown our way he always had a professional and calming manner, he knew what needed to be done and he was clear and to the point on all matters, I had complete faith and trust in him and Kerry that I was always being well looked after and steered in the right direction!”

Simon Fisher

Partner, Family


CLIENT: Verified Client

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “We were very satisfied with the way we were helped through the process in handling our wills and power of attorney, very professional service!”

Penny Wright

Partner, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate


CLIENT: Verified Client

TESTIMONIAL: “I’ve been absolutely delighted with the service that you and Lewis have provided. You have both been incredibly efficient, helpful and conscientious and I won’t hesitate to recommend you to friends and colleagues.”

Tim Blackman

Senior Associate, Commercial Property


CLIENT: Verified Client

TESTIMONIAL: “Every person at Gardner Leader whom I have had any dealings with has always been knowledgeable, friendly, efficient and very professional. I could not recommend Gardner Leader highly enough from my own experiences.”

Niamh Minihane

Partner, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate