Jonathan Gatward > Payne Hicks Beach LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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Jonathan is the head of the Corporate and Sport departments.

Jonathan is primarily a transactional lawyer advising clients on the full range of corporate transactions including acquisitions, disposals, mergers, reorganisations and joint ventures, working closely with colleagues in other departments – tax, employment and property. He acts mainly for private companies but of all sizes, including start-ups, family offices and entrepreneurs, many of whom are active internationally.

Jonathan’s clients operate across a range of business sectors, but he has a particular interest in businesses whose branding and intellectual property rights are key assets, including publishing and fashion.

For recent transactions included advising on the acquisition of a mass market non-fiction publisher and also an erotic romance publishing house, and the sale of a high profile digital picture library.

Jonathan also has an expertise in partnership law, including LLPs and LPs, and advises on all aspects of their set up and structuring, management and mergers and disposals. His clients include professional practices, other business partnerships and investors.

Jonathan acts on a wide range of sports matters. Highlights over the year have included acting for IIAA on the distribution of its health living/nutritional range of supplements and continuing to act for DNAFit in the rolling out of its DNA based exercise and dietary plans in Europe. His client base and work is varied, as above.  It also features David Cameron’s personal trainer, and a number of well-known athletes acting as sporting brand ambassadors for the DNAFit brand. He has vast experience advising on image rights, and more recently, social media issues.


Qualified 1996, joined Payne Hicks Beach 1997, partner 2005.


Jonathan is a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and an associate member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Partnership

Offering advice across a range of areas including tax, financial services, dispute resolution and employment, the partnership lawyers at Payne Hicks Beach LLP assist in the structuring, administration, and dissolution of partnerships. Head of team Jonathan Gatward is well versed in assisting with the entire life cycle of partnerships, whether this involves general, limited liability or limited partnerships. James Bacon specialises in tax, trust and succession law, offering significant experience in farming partnerships, while Simon Blackburn advises on all aspects of the management and transactions relating to farms, estates and country houses. Clients include traditional farming partnerships, high-net-worth individuals seeking property joint ventures, and professional practices.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

With the acquisition of Solesbury Gay‘s sports team in October 2022, Payne Hicks Beach LLP continues to grow its full-service sports practice. The team is headed up by disputes specialist Mark Gay, who advises a wide-ranging roster of governing bodies, motorsport teams, and individual athletes on a range of disciplinary, contractual, and commercial disputes. Jonathan Gatward takes on employment, IP and sponsorship arrangements for an array of clients, with a particular specialism in the sailing space. Dominic Crossley heads up the dispute resolution, privacy and media law teams, while Hanna Basha notably advises footballers and boxers on privacy and defamation issues. James Townsend works on intersecting sport and employment law matters. Legal director Nick Grant is also recommended.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m

Noted for its broad M&A capabilities, Payne Hicks Beach LLP possesses considerable strength across the financial services, technology, publishing, chemicals and automotive sectors. The practice is steered by Jonathan Gatward, a seasoned practitioner who has a wealth of experience advising privately owned and managed businesses across a range of different transactions. Gatward has a particular interest in businesses with an intellectual property angle. Practice co-chair Howard Taylor specialises in M&A transactions, and is also experienced in joint ventures and private equity-driven deals. Recent arrivals include Max Baird-Smith, who joined the team from Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP in July 2022.