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Gardner Leader LLP

FIRST FLOOR, 7 FRASCATI WAY, MAIDENHEAD, SL6 4UY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01635 508080
Web:
www.gardner-leader.co.uk/
Maidenhead, Newbury, Thatcham

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Gardner Leader LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Greg Humphreys

Other key lawyers:Diane Yarrow; Michal Freeman-Shor

Testimonials

'Gardner Leader are always very responsive and understanding of issues presented to them.'

'The corporate team are responsive, smart, thorough and go the extra mile for their clients.'

'Diane Yarrow takes the time to understand the client's business, products and customers with a genuine desire to uphold the clients values and ethics.'

Key Clients

Henley Women’s Regatta Limited

Individual shareholders of Easy2Name Limited

Sight Solutions Limited

Team Technology Limited

Individual shareholders of Bright Bricks Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a technology company on a cross-border funding offer of £11m.
  • Assisted a renewable energy start-up company with the preparation of their shareholders’ agreement.
  • Advised on the sale of a property holding company for approximately £2.75m.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP

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'.

Practice head(s):Chris Felton

Other key lawyers:Michelle Di Gioia; Hilary Messer; Violetta Falla

Key Clients

Managed Legal Solutions

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Swynson Limited

Work highlights

  • Successful represented the defendant in lifting an automatic suspension on the award of the contract for the rollout and delivery of a national project across the NHS in England, Wales and Scotland.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Gardner Leader LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Julie Taylor, Michelle Morgan

Testimonials

'Visible and supportive presence in the local community. Excellent customer service, friendly, expert and approachable team.'

'Julie Taylor consistently provides expert, pragmatic advice and an excellent, responsive service.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the claimant, a senior company employee, on bringing a claim of disability discrimination against a large company.
  • Represented a senior executive on a  complex settlement agreement, which included advising on disability discrimination issues, extensive bonus and share payments.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Gardner Leader LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Michelle Di Gioia

Leading individuals

Michelle Di Gioia - Gardner Leader LLP

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Gardner Leader LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:Andrew Shipp

Testimonials

'Alastair Goggins is very efficient, very competent, very knowledgeable, and has good judgment and charming people skills.'

'Alastair Goggins reflects the strengths of his team, delivering cogent advice and practical solutions that put the client first.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who suffered from stress-related mental health issues due to a lack of training and additional staff support from their employer.
  • Represented a young adult who suffered serious injuries due to a deliberate car incident.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:Penny Wright; Diane Yarrow

Testimonials

‘The team at Gardner Leader are head and shoulders above the other Berkshire-based firms in terms of response and track record in handling issues related to charity law.’

‘We found Gardner Leader to be efficient, knowledgeable, polite and understanding at all times. The partner responds to queries promptly, is patient in explaining things to us, and has taken the time to understand our needs.’

Work highlights

  • Advised West Berkshire Conservative Association on development proposals for the area office in Newbury.
  • Assisted a grant-making charity in updating its constitution and transferring assets to another charity.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP

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'.

Practice head(s):Alastair Goggins

Testimonials

'What makes the team different is the way it interacts with the client; no problem is too silly or remote and the lawyers work hard to find a balanced solution. They also have excellent communication skills in this regard'.

'From the point of view of a charity client, this is an extremely good firm to work with as it is able to address the particular needs of the sector'.

'Gardner Leader has a strong and efficient private client team; it has been involved in a number of high-profile and technically complex contentious probate and trust cases'.

'The team members combine technical legal ability with commercial common sense and they work hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients'.

'This is a specialist team within a substantial firm which has broad expertise in numerous areas, from family to corporate law, which ensures that clients receive comprehensive advice on all aspects of their case'.

'The team is exceptionally honest and diligent in its work and remains unphased and calm in the face of 'dirty tactics' sometimes used by other firms'.

'The team listens to its clients and take their thoughts on board, but will still provide an honest and balanced opinion, explaining clearly and logically why they may have a different view as to the best course of action'.

'Alastair Goggins applies a reasoned approach to his cases; clients respond really well to him as he navigates them through complex issues and explains things carefully to them so they can make informed decisions on their case'.

'As someone from the charity sector, I am always grateful for how socially conscious the team are and how they are open to giving an initial steer to charity clients pro bono'.

'The stand-out member of the team is Alastair Goggins'.

'Alastair is a highly experienced and technically accomplished lawyer. He has a detailed knowledge of relevant law, provides practical and commercially sound advice and is a very effective litigator. In addition, he has a relaxed and friendly approach which puts clients at ease'.

'I had the absolute pleasure of working with Alastair Goggins, who was exceptionally sensitive to my situation and extremely supportive of my family and the challenges we faced'.

'Alastair's approach to my case was always utterly professional, even when faced with some very difficult challenges that arose from the actions of the counterparty'.

'Alastair always managed to put my mind at rest and sensitively acknowledged the emotional distress that my family were going through'.

'Alastair Goggins was determined to ensure justice was served; his diligence, tenacity, honesty and integrity throughout the process was the key factor in winning the case'.

Work highlights

  • Our clients brought an action concerning the effectiveness of a number of deeds of appointments made by their parent.
  • We were instructed in relation to two possible claims both arising from a failed gift in the deceased's will; we have now settled one claim on favourable terms.
  • We are acting on behalf of a client in which we intend to bring a claim under the Inheritance Act because the will does not adequately make provisions for our client’s everyday living costs.
  • We act for multiple residual beneficiaries of a will. The will however had been amended significantly in the years preceding their death as it had previously left majority of the estate to our clients. There is concern around capacity, undue influence and about the validity of the will itself.
  • We acted on behalf of multiple executors in dealing with a proprietary estoppel claim the High Court.
Leading individuals

Alastair Goggins - Gardner Leader LLP

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Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP¬†has a ‚Äėsolid reputation‚Äô for divorce, financial settlements and matrimonial work. Jenny Buchanan¬†and department head Seona Myerscough‚Äôs 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.

Practice head(s):Seona Myerscough

Other key lawyers:Jenny Buchanan: Suzy Hamshaw: Simon Fisher

Testimonials

Suzy and Jenny are a formidable team - they are exceptionally professional whilst being empathetic and patient. ‘

The team are meticulous about matching clients’ needs with the right path to desired outcomes, such as mediation, court applications, ADR or conciliation meaning better client satisfaction.’

Seona Myerscough - I value her professionalism and ability to remain balanced and calm during very complex proceedings. Gives good balanced advice.’

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėvastly experienced‚Äô 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.

Practice head(s):Jolyon Barton

Other key lawyers:Robert Jobson; Penny Wright; Richard Mead; Kathryn Tarry; Niamh Minihane

Testimonials

The private client team has a good reputation and gives a good, personal service to its clients.’

Penny Wright always offers good, sympathetic service often in situations that require sensitivity- she makes every client feel understood and cared about.’

Jo Barton, Robert Jobson and Richard Mead in the private client team are highly recommended. They are all vastly experienced, give a personal service and are excellent at communicating with their clients in a way they can understand without diluting any technical issues.'

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Gardner Leader LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Greg Humphreys

Other key lawyers:Greg Humphreys; Suki Hardy; Richard Buckeridge

Testimonials

'Gardner Leader have a wide range of knowledge and capabilities. They are always quick to respond and provide concise and straightforward advice'.

'The team are recommended for their ability to respond quickly with a depth of experience and enthusiasm. Excellent local knowledge and pragmatic advice provided by all advisers.'

'Greg Humphreys handles all matters in a very professional way and is very engaged and knowledgeable.'

'Suki Hardy is wholly engaged and extremely pragmatic.'

'Richard Buckeridge acts promptly and efficiently. His advice and knowledge has been extremely helpful.'

 

Key Clients

Newbury Building Society

Pomroy & Hine Limited

J & J Carter Limited

Rivar Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted a developer in the set up and sale of 32 flats in a building converted from offices pursuant to permitted development rights, which included the creation of a management company.
  • Acted for the owner of a mixed use investment property in connection with various commercial lettings, such as lease renewals and the grant of new leases and assignments.
  • Advising Handelsbanken on various secured lending arrangements for investors, such as secured loans to developers involving a stringent review of planning conditions,  re-mortgages of existing buy-to-let portfolios and the acquisition of a freehold reversion.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Gardner Leader LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Alastair Goggins; Michelle Di Gioia

Testimonials

'Gardner Leader is a local firm with a national outlook; it is very well respected'.

'The team was easily accessible and always exhibited a timely responsiveness to case developments; its knowledge of statute and case law was truly impressive'.

Key Clients

Natures Way Foods Limited

Swynson Limited

Division One Limited

Rivar Limited

Lettings & Property Management Company

Mid Thames Area Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and friends Trust Limited

Real Estate Manager and Investor

Managed Legal Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on terms of displaying business signage when consent is being unreasonably refused by the landlord.
  • The firm is acting for a leaseholder in a dispute with its landlord over alleged breaches of covenants under the lease, including the issue of water penetration into the landlord’s retained premises.
  • Acting for a private individual, who is in a dispute with her mother over the extent of beneficial interests in various properties and land.
  • Acted for an individual in a contested application for adverse possession.
  • The firm successfully acted for an individual in a claim for a Prescriptive Easement in a long-running dispute that was determined at the First Tier Tribunal in 2018.

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