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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 corporate and  M&A team at Payne Hicks Beach  caters for a wide range of clients, with the owner-managed market remaining steadily active. While the retail sector has been less busy over the past year, the firm continues to handle significant transactions in the technology sector, among others. Cross-border work is facilitated through established foreign desks in the London office, including Scandinavia, Asia and the Middle East. Jonathan Gatward leads the corporate department, while Nick Sayers is head of the M&A practice; Gatward is primarily focused on the private market, with Sayers working across both public and private markets.

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Within: Partnership

The group at Payne Hicks Beach is comprised of lawyers from the firm's personal tax, financial services, corporate, employment and dispute resolution department and advises clients on the full life-cycle of partnerships, LLPs and LPs, including structuring, set-up, administration and dissolution. The group also draws on its expertise in private wealth to advise on the use of partnerships as investment vehicles. Jonathan Gatward leads the team and is supported by corporate lawyer Marcia Kidd.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Payne Hicks Beach's clients are primarily drawn from the areas of sailing, equine, football, boxing and health,with practice head Jonathan Gatward's expertise covering a broad range of areas, including copyright, distribution, product promotion and general corporate work. Partner Hanna Basha and associate Nick Grant both specialise in sensitive disputes, usually concerning privacy, data protection, breach of confidence, defamation or harassment. In a recent highlight they represented boxing promoter Frank Warren in his successful claim against boxer Ricky Burns and his manager Alex Morrison.

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