GA Solicitors > Plymouth, England > Firm Profile
GA Solicitors Offices
25 LOCKYER STREET
GA Solicitors > The Legal 500 RankingsGA Solicitors 's focus lies primarily within employer clients. The team regularly oversees redundancies, restructurings, employment contracts, terminations, TUPE and litigation before the Employment Tribunal. Robert Zacal leads the team. He is well-regarded for his handling of Covid-19 related employment matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘I liked being able to speak to the same person at point of contact, without having to explain the situation to different people each time I called.’
‘Friendly and approachable and a fast turnaround from query to response.’
‘The specialists have in depth knowledge in their fields.’
‘First-class response, excellent knowledge and advice.’
‘Robert Zacal – extremely clear, comprehensive and thorough legal advice. He cuts straight to the issues and has a good appreciation of the commerciality of the decisions required.’
‘Robert Zacal was knowledgeable, commercial and personable. He was also efficient and dealt with matters promptly and effectively.’
‘Robert Zacal is in my view a very effective employment lawyer. He knows the law and the workings of the employment tribunal. Most importantly his advice was realistic about what could be achieved and he always bore in mind the economic realities of litigation.’
Newton Abbot Races Limited
Brittany Ferries (BAI (UK) Limited)
The Angel Foundation (God TV)
Morris Engineering Limited
Wolseley Community and Economic Development Trust
Peninsula Finance PLC
Cornish Concrete Products Limited
Lapmaster Wolters Limited
Goodmans Financial Planners Limited
Foot Anstey Trust Corporation Limited
‘The team at GA work hard to respond to individual concerns and issues relating to specific sites, rather than one size fits all.’
‘Helen Rumford has a wealth of experience in the renewable energy sector, which is clearly evident when talking to clients. She brings a clear and calm manner to the table, which is invaluable during negotiations with landowners and DNOs alike.’
‘Small team which is efficient and communicates well. Regular contact with partner with broad energy sector experience.’
‘Helen Rumford has excellent communication and responds quickly and efficiently to all matters raised.’
‘Helen Rumford, Partner at GA Solicitors, has provided us with excellent, considered and balanced legal advice over the years that she has been working with us. She is notable in her ability to work with other solicitors to ensure that matters are resolved swiftly and smoothly.’
Bluefield Solar Income Fund
Bluefield Services Limited
Bluefield Operations Limited
Low Carbon Gordano
Climate ER Ltd
Bluefield Renewable Developments Limited
- Advising Bluefield Solar Income Fund on maximising the value of their existing project portfolio of UK solar assets worth in excess of £621 million.
- Sole legal appointment for a solar energy developer with a pipeline of solar projects across the UK.
- Advised Low Carbon Gordano on rooftop solar opportunities with local schools and potential new community partnerships to help facilitate and encourage more renewable energy generation and community engagement in the green recovery.
‘Very knowledgeable, pragmatic with issues and most importantly in a time of extreme work loads as many firms are seeing they remain available.’
‘Lucy Foster is excellent and the main point of contact for me and us with the firm. Multiple colleagues have commented to me how good she is at getting the job done quickly, efficiently and dealing with issues promptly and with a practical solution that works for all parties.’
‘The team have a pragmatic, problem-solving approach to all they do. Everything done timely. Time and communication can concentrate on the issues of the greatest complexity safe in the mind that all else will be taken care of well.’
‘David Wallis and Lucy Foster have been our go-to property lawyers for years now. Their can-do attitude combined with superb attention to detail – a recipe for a great working relationship.’
Gerrick Rose Animal Trust
Peninsula Finance plc
The Cary Estate
Arbuthnot Commercial Banking
National Westminster Bank plc
O’Connell Family Trusts
Michael Spiers (Jewellers) Limited
Barclays Bank plc
ERS Transition Limited
- Advising Wadebridge Town Association Football Club in relation to an option agreement for the sale of the Club’s existing training facilities to a residential developer, aiding the Club in its relocation to and construction of new modern training facilities.
- Advising Helliers Limited in relation to the purchase of a newly refurbished mixed use development, with the commercial area recently let to the Co-op.
- Advising Peninsula Finance Plc in connection of a loan facility to a development company of £1,100,000 for the acquisition of a residential development site, dealing with all aspects of the security work and title investigation.
Other key lawyers:
Taxi Services (Plymouth) Limited
Castle Air Group
National Westminister Bank PLC
GMD Eurotool Limited
Euro Lifts Limited
ATN Teaching & Consultancy Services Ltd
I Marshall & Sons LLP
Drew & Co Group
Compass House Medical Centres
- Taxi Services (Plymouth) Limited: Advising the Need-A-Cab group on its growth and expansion strategies, together with the acquisition of several businesses in the same sector across the South West.
- National Westminister Bank PLC: Representing and advising National Westminster Bank on several large refinances to protect the bank’s position (predominantly in the healthcare and manufacturing sectors).
- GMD Eurotool Limited: Advising GMD Eurotool Limited and its stakeholders on investment and growth options, together with the sale of a majority stake in this family owner-managed business to a sector specialist investment group.
Matthew Shearer; James Walsh
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Private client > Family Tier 4GA Solicitors splits its practice into a private client focused division and a public law division to handle family matters. Michelle Gove heads the practice. Solicitor Jonathan Yates joined the team from Gard & Co in February 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Gloria Dyer; Rachel Eyre; Andrew Wonnacott
‘The family and care team are outstanding. They work in a way that is entirely child centred and focused on achieving best outcomes for families at all times.’
‘Andrew Wonnacott is also an asset to the team as an experienced children’s solicitor and I have the utmost confidence in his approach and work, and his ability to explore matters in a child focused way.
‘The private law family team at GA Solicitors excel in their client care and frequently go the extra mile for lay and professional clients.’
‘GA is a really good firm in the South West who are comfortable handling complex work, and are instructed by central London clients as they provide good value whilst competing in quality with the firms in that area.’
‘Michelle Grove is an outstanding partner who is comfortable handling the most complex financial remedy matters.’
‘Approachable and friendly team who work in collegiate manner.’
‘GA Solicitors are a well known and forward looking firm that cover the majority if not all of the legal disciplines that a modern practice should cover.’
GA Solicitors > Firm Profile
The firm GA Solicitors is an innovative law firm with more than 200 years of heritage and expertise. The firm invests heavily into its people through training, development, staff benefits and ongoing recruitment. Its vision is to RISE: Resolve, Innovate, Serve and Excel. This is clear across its eight core departments and numerous specialist teams, all of which have a strong focus on client service and providing added-value.
Ranked in The Legal 500, Chambers UK and Chambers Hight Net Worth, it provides a modern office environment and the latest technology to support efficient and flexible working.
Principal areas of work
Company commercial: The firm’s established commercial team is ranked in Chambers and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, partnership and shareholder agreements, company formations and articles of association, joint ventures, reconstructions and insolvency.
Commercial property: GA has one of the largest dedicated commercial property teams in Plymouth. The experienced team is ranked in Chambers and includes specialists offering advice on commercial landlord and tenant law, development land acquisition, leases, property and asset finance and property sales and purchases.
Employment: The employment team advises businesses and senior level employees on all aspects of employment law, working with major employers across the region and beyond.
Dispute resolution: The firm’s dispute resolution department includes a number of specialist teams including property litigation, contentious probate, business disputes and landlord and tenant.
Family: GA’s family team is ranked highly in Chambers and includes a number of individually ranked lawyers, all highlighted as specialists in this field of law.
Personal injury and clinical negligence: Acting solely on behalf of claimants, GA’s personal injury team has recovered compensation for thousands of victims, totalling millions of pounds. Specialisms within the team include: asbestos, industrial and occupational disease and medical negligence.
Residential conveyancing: The firm’s award-winning residential team is one of the largest in the city and undertakes all residential work including sales, purchases, transfers of equity, mortgages and specialist trust work.
Wills, trusts and probate: This department undertakes a variety of private client work, such as trusts and tax planning, will writing and probate, and is ranked band one in Chambers High Net Worth Guide.
Energy: GA Energy advises large and small scale renewable energy developers on projects throughout the UK with particular expertise in on-shore wind, solar and battery storage projects. This includes advising on heads of terms, exclusivity agreements, land options for leases, cable and access easements and joint ventures for new build subsidy free projects. The team provides virtual in-house legal support, as well as advising energy developers on maximising value from existing asset portfolios, including re-powering, extending lease terms, co-locating technologies and retrofitting battery storage.
Other office: Bath
Recruitment The firm continually looks to attract and retain the best in legal talent. Each year the firm recruits at least two trainees and is always open to the recruitment of individuals and teams in specialist areas of the law. Further details can be found at GAsolicitors.com/recruitment.
|Managing partner||David Wallis|
|Head of Commercial Property||David Stone|
|Head of Company Commercial||James Peterson|
|Head of Employment||Robert Zacal|
|Head of Wills, trusts & Probate||Jonathan Hall|
|Head of Dispute Resolution||Ieuan Jones|
|Head of Family||Michelle Grove|
|Head of Personal Injury||Matthew Sheather|
|Head of Residential Conveyancing||Tony Dupreez|
|Head of Energy||Helen Rumford|
|Jonathan Bouchta||Partner||View Profile|
|Tony Dupreez||Partner||View Profile|
|Lucy Foster||Partner||View Profile|
|Michelle Grove||Partner and head of family||View Profile|
|Jonathan Hall||Partner and head of wills, trusts and probate||View Profile|
|Ieuan Jones||Partner and head of dispute resolution||View Profile|
|James Peterson||Partner and head of company commercial||View Profile|
|Matthew Rose||Partner||View Profile|
|Helen Rumford||Partner and head of GA energy||View Profile|
|Matthew Sheather||Partner and head of personal injury||View Profile|
|David Stone||Partner and head of commercial||View Profile|
|James Walsh||Partner and head of asbestos litigation||View Profile|
|Robert Zacal||Partner and head of employment||View Profile|
Staff Figures: 80 staff, 18 partners
MembershipsAssociation of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Resolution Law Society Children Panel The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
CLIENT: Mr P, family client
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for helping me through a difficult and stressful period…..through your guidance we achieved a much better outcome than I could have expected. My thanks is not only for your skilful handling of my case but for your understanding and support. All my communication was handled very quickly and meetings were arranged without delay. Finding the right solicitor is not easy, so being able to quickly build up the trust to know you have found not only an excellent solicitor but someone with integrity is so important.”
CLIENT: Mr C, family client
TESTIMONIAL: “I could not speak more highly of the service that was provided by Gloria. Whilst I would not wish anyone to go through such a difficult and emotional time, I would very highly recommend Gloria to anyone going through divorce proceedings. Gloria provided a huge amount of empathy, care and non-judgemental advice, which were both highly helpful and with hindsight, extremely beneficial. The advice I was given was absolutely correct and well judged.”
CLIENT: Mr R, commercial property client
TESTIMONIAL: “David Stone is a particularly able property lawyer drawing on his extensive knowledge of the 54 Act. Approachable and knowledgeable he never fails to deliver and is a pleasure to deal with particularly as he distils complicated legal issues into simpler formats readily appreciated and understood by the client.”
CLIENT: Mrs L, commercial property client
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you also for your words of wisdom and assistance at what was a difficult time for me…..Whilst writing, I would like to praise the staff you have. The ones I have dealt with have been helpful, cheerful and willing to go that extra mile. I would highly recommend your firm.”
CLIENT: Mr H, private client client
TESTIMONIAL: “Matthew acted for my family regarding the administration of my late father’s estate. His help and advice were invaluable during what was a very difficult and emotional time for my family and myself. Matthew dealt with all the complexities of administration of the estate and kept us well informed at all times. I thank him on behalf of my family and would certainly recommend his services to future clients.”
CLIENT: Mrs W, employment client
TESTIMONIAL: “Having worked closely with Rob over the last six years, I can highly recommend his advice and guidance. We have made significant structural and operational changes within the organisation and with Rob’s expertise, we were able to navigate the employment law aspects of this journey with confidence.”
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