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Jonathan Gatward

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Payne Hicks Beach

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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

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The team at Payne Hicks Beach is known for advising ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices, predominantly in the financial services, technology, hotels and property, automotive and publishing sectors. Head of corporate Jonathan Gatward and head of M&A Nick Sayers advised Fairfield Industries on its acquisition of WGP Group and its subsidiaries from surveying services company Thalassa Holdings, and Gatward also acted for Legrand Electric on its acquisition of monitoring software developer Jontek. Senior associate Howard Taylor and solicitors Marcia Kidd and Isobel Symonds are also key members of the team, whose other clients include Bonnier Publishing, DNA Fit, Pineapple Holdings and Typhoo Tea. Max Baird-Smith moved to Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP.

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Within: Partnership

The team at Payne Hicks Beach handles matters throughout the life-cycle of partnerships, including structuring, administration and dissolution. The group has a particular focus on farming partnerships and professional practices, and (drawing on the firm’s significant private client capabilities) advises high net worth individuals seeking tax structures and property joint ventures through partnership vehicles. The group is led by Jonathan Gatward, who is instructed on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Nick Sayers, who is principally a transactional lawyer, has substantial experience in partnership mergers and the use of partnerships as investment vehicles.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Traditionally strong in sailing, equestrian sports and motorsports, Payne Hicks Beach's practice has been increasingly active in football and boxing thanks to the arrival of Hanna Basha from Hill Dickinson LLP in 2017; she is an expert in defamation, privacy and data protection, and advised Everton FC on several media-related issues. Her other clients include boxing luminaries Frank Bruno and Don King. Sailing expert Jonathan Gatward heads the department; Sarah Webb is recommended for equestrian matters, particularly horse transaction contracts. Dominic Crossley is recommended for litigation, and is especially experienced in motorsports. DNAFit, Pineapple Dance Studios and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation are longstanding clients of the team; Kalle Sauerland is a recent client win.

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