Gateley Legal > Birmingham, England > Firm Profile

Gateley Legal
ONE ELEVEN
EDMUND STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B3 2HJ
England

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Gateley Legal team of ‘excellent communicators’ has extensive experience in handling both the contentious and transactional aspects of insolvency and restructuring. On the contentious side, headed by Mark Wilson, the firm has undertaken recent work that includes auditor liability, fraud claims and risk work, as well as actions against insolvency practitioners and officers. On the transactional side, headed by ‘true market-leader’ Daniel French, the firm handles a variety of matters, including, but not limited to, security structures, regulatory issues and director’s duties matters. Its spectrum of clients ranges from equity funds, accountants, secured lenders and creditors. Victoria Portman adds to the depth of the team with her litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wilson; Daniel French

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Gateley Legal are excellent communicators who go above and beyond to ensure the efficient progression of the cases in which they provide legal advice.’

‘Victoria Portman has an ability to cut through the issues on a case and get to the key points in order to find a resolution. She is responsive and very much puts her all into getting a positive result.’

‘Very experienced and commercial in approach. Good communication style and organised – they make it clear in advance the timelines, deadlines and set expectations for delivery or input.’

‘Responsive, technically strong. Always on hand to discuss through topics and cover practical application.’

‘Attention to detail and personal service set the firm apart in the local area. They can mobilise a diverse and multifaceted team to deal with the largest of matters when required to.’

‘The friendly and personal nature of communication. They are all razor sharp as well, which helps.’

‘Gateley’s restructuring practice is a highly pragmatic and commercial business, whilst also being technically strong. They understand the wider commercial position on a transaction rather than focusing on unimportant legal points, which is essential to us where we typically complete a deal under significant time pressure.’

‘Daniel French is the reason we use Gateley, he is a true market leader and always “has the back” of his client, with risk always appropriately considered whilst demonstrating a clear understanding of the commercial position of any engagement.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Teneo Restructuring Limited

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

EY Cayman Ltd

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Interpath Ltd

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

FRP Advisory

Duff & Phelps LLP

Haslers LLP

Butcher Woods

Smith and Williamson

Azets Holdings Limited

AIB

Santander

Rcapital Partners

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Employment Tier 1

Gateley Legal is sought after by large corporates, including several global household names, on the full range of employment law issues, with a niche in advising on the cross-over between employment law and insolvency, which is Andrew Macmillan‘s area of expertise. The former head of employment at Shoosmiths LLP‘s Nottingham office, Helen Burgess joined the team in May 2022, expanding the practice’s offering in collective issues and consultations involving trade unions, c-suite and senior executive exits, TUPE transfers, as well as complex disciplinary and grievance processes. For tribunals and High Court litigation, Chris Kisby is the key contact, and senior associate Helen Webster is recommended for executive terminations and projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Macmillan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Solid advice well delivered, easy and effective communications that a non-legal expert can understand.’

‘Andrew Macmillan: In my view, the best employment lawyer in the East Midlands. Combines high technical expertise with great people skills. Very client and commercially focussed, and a superb negotiator without ever being aggressive.’

‘The team at Gateley Legal can be relied on to provide sound legal advice on complex matters in a timely manner. We have particularly valued the team’s ability to translate complex legal advice in a way which lay people can understand.’

‘Helen Burgess has helped our organisation navigate through some complex and challenging employment law cases and has provided extensive support to myself and colleagues at my organisation.’

‘Very knowledgeable team, excellent customer service, very collaborative and easy to deal with.’

‘Chris Kisby is one of the most conscientious solicitors I work with. Goes the extra mile. Always keen to ensure that every detail is covered off. An excellent instructing solicitor for counsel – knows what counsel like and dislike in terms of the presentation of instructions, documents, etc. Clients would be keen to know how important these qualities are in a solicitor handling their case.’

‘Broad knowledge of employment law, coupled with specific expertise in ancillary areas, such as immigration and employment tax, means they can provide a one-stop solution to all employment law problems. Flexible fee structures.’

‘We bring our most complicated challenges to Gateley. The team here always have good solid legal advice, balanced with the necessary commercial view to help make difficult decisions.’

Key clients

Aquavista Watersides and Marinas

Bibby Financial Services

BOC

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Commonwealth Games England

Coveris

Deloitte (NI)

Deutsche Bahn

Grupo Bimbo (New York Bakery)

Ideagen

Work highlights

  • Advising Clowes Developments on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of Derby County Football Club.
  • Advising Premier Tech on the closure of its UK premises and moving retained staff to a homeworking model.
  • Continuing to act on behalf of administrators such as Teneo, Deloitte, FRP and Alverez & Marsal on a range of employment issues, and related litigation, arising out of administrations.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Anna Mayfield is the leading figure in Gateley Legal‘s finance team and has over 20 years of experience in the local markets, attracting instructions from both direct fund lenders and borrowers with multiple facility types and in multi-lender financing. Mayfield is noted for acquisition, corporate and real estate finance transactions, with many involving offshore entities and complex structures involving offshore trusts. Associates Megan Kirby and Alicia Bradburn provide support in all transactions.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mayfield

Other key lawyers:

Megan Kirby; Alicia Bradburn

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc (Virgin Money)

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Maven Debt Finance

Connection Capital LLP

BGF Investments LP

United Tooling Solutions Limited

WA Capital Limited

Beechbrook Capital LLP

Frontier Development Capital Limited

Eoth Limited (Equip/Rab)

Work highlights

  • Advised United Tooling Solutions on the simultaneous acquisitions of three companies, funded by further facilities from Shawbrook Bank and Beechbrook UK SME Credit.
  • Advised Frontier Development Capital on the provision of development finance for the regeneration of an historic building into office, retail and social space.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Gateley Legal combines the skills of the firm's corporate, banking, litigation and restructuring lawyers, with a track record in acting for national and regional secured lenders and accountants, debt and equity funds. Lead partner in the Nottingham office Chris Radford handles security enhancement and enforcement, turnarounds, contingency planning, directors’ duties, and solvent and insolvent acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Chris Radford

Testimonials

‘The team always understand the full breadth of their brief and deliver advice to a very high standard. The advice is always prompt and cost effective.’

‘Chris Radford is dedicated to client service and offered appropriate and deliverable solutions that are pragmatic.’

‘Very strong technically and commercially, with great response times and client service.’

‘Chris Radford is incredibly experienced, very strong technically and commercially, responds quickly and is focused on excellent client service.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Handling all aspects of work in the real estate market, Gateley Legal has considerable expertise in investment and development matters, as well as asset management, real estate finance and distressed property. Additionally, the firm is particularly experienced in the healthcare, residential development and pensions sectors. Adam Youatt leads the team, specialising in property investment and development work. Simon Taylor is an expert in development matters, including strategic land, logistics and urban regeneration. Steven Plummer acts for house builders, developers and land promoters dealing with residential development sites.

Practice head(s):

Adam Youatt; Steven Plummer

Other key lawyers:

Simon Taylor; Colin Gittus; Alex Parkes

Testimonials

Team which is client focused and brings refreshing commerciality and momentum to deals they are involved in.’

Steven Plummer is an outstanding residential development lawyer. He’s extremely commercial and innovative in how he approaches the legal aspects of residential property transactions. Service levels are outstanding and he’s extremely approachable.

Key clients

Custodian REIT plc

Southampton City Council

Concierge II Limited

Clowes Developments (UK) Limited

Avant Homes (England) Limited

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd

Peter James Homes Limited

Southernwood Investments

Bildurn (Properties) Limited

Sygnature Discovery Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Avant Homes in the purchase of land at Birchwood Lane, Somercotes for immediate residential development and successfully secured an interest on neighbouring land for Avant Homes for future residential development of the wider area by way of an Option.
  • Acted for Custodian Property Income REIT plc on the purchase of a retail park in the Midlands for £15,000,000.
  • Advised Southampton City Council in relation to a detailed Development Agreement with Packaged Living for the comprehensive redevelopment of the former Toys R Us site, Weston Esplanade, Southampton

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

In 2022, Gateley Legal acquired Adamson Jones, part of Gateley Legal, an East Midlands-based patent and trade mark attorney firm housing one of the region’s largest specialist patent, design and trade mark teams covering the full spectrum of IP, from filings, to enforcement, commercialisation and advice in relation to advertising and media. John Buckby chairs the national intellectual property and sports department. Patent and trade mark attorneys Simon Cooper and David Gwilliam have a keen interest in medical devices and healthcare sector. For portfolio management and enforcement actions, associates Natasha Walker and Paven Munder are recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Buckby

Testimonials

‘John Buckby has provided us incredible service, advice and insight. He is always responsive and quick to understand our needs and requirements and provides a solution that fits our business setup. We are very pleased with the service we have always received from all the team.’

‘John Buckby always offers relevant, concise and insightful advice to us in a professional and prompt manner. We always feel like we are truly valued as clients.’

Key clients

Ideagen Limited

Toikido Limited

Institution of Occupational Safety & Health

SnowDome Limited

Augmented Instruments

NFP Corp

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ideagen Limited on UK and international trade mark and IP matters, including managing their worldwide trade mark portfolio and handling oppositions and IP disputes around the world.
  • Represented IOSH Services Limited in High Court proceedings against NCRQ Ltd for trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Represented a US jeans brand in UK trade mark opposition proceedings.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

On the corporate side, Gateley Legal acts on behalf of an impressive client portfolio that includes major Thames Valley players. Headed up by Andrew Peddie, the team has deep expertise in private equity, buy and build processes and early stage VC investment work – particularly in the technology and TMT sectors. Mark Metcalfe is a go-to corporate lawyer for all things private equity. Co-practice leader Mailin Bala heads the commercial division, with emphasis on copyright, digital, data and media.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Peddie; Mailin Bala

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Souter; Mark Metcalfe

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC)

YFM Equity Partners

Maven Capital Partners

Babble Cloud Holdings Limited

CACI Limited

Grupo Bimbo

Connection Capital

Aquavista

Amberjack

FSP Corporate

WysePower

Cardinality

Work highlights

  • Acted for the selling shareholders and management team of FSP on its secondary management buyout backed by an investment by CBPE Capital (and re-investment by LDC), together with the acquisition of Savanti by FSP.
  • We acted for Babble Cloud Holdings Limited, the PE backed telecoms provider (backed by Graphite Capital and LDC), on 10 separate corporate acquisitions in 2022 and early 2023. Andrew Peddie is lead partner for the Gateley relationship with Babble.
  • Acted for the selling majority shareholders on the sale of WysePower, the UK’s largest provider of temporary site solutions for construction projects, to RSK, the global environmental, engineering and technical services group.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Working out of Reading, the ‘very pragmatic and solution-driven‘ team at Gateley Legal often advises banks, construction companies and distressed investors on portfolio sales and administrations. The ‘brilliantly well-rounded‘ and ‘outstandingNicola Kirk has a great deal of experience in acting in turnaround, restructuring, and dispute resolution matters; and Ken Titchen frequently assists insolvency practitioners and directors with both solvent and insolvent restructurings. Jenny Grange left the team to an in-house role in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Kirk

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gateley are a very pragmatic and solutions driven firm, which is often critical when working under pressure to unlock issues and achieve successful outcomes. In relation to procedural and transactional matters they are excellent, but it is really when you need something extra that they shine.’

‘Nicola Kirk is an outstanding lawyer with a fantastic balance of technical knowledge and commercial acumen. What makes her and her team stand out is that she is focused on understanding the issues, but also gets the pressures of the restructuring world and considerations of an Insolvency Practitioner. She provides robust solutions and is exceptionally good at cutting through the noise. Nicola is brilliantly well-rounded, and overall Nicola is exceptional and is a very trusted and reliable adviser.’

‘Great people with technical competence combined with commercial awareness.’

‘Nicola Kirk is exceptional at client management and taking the overview of the case.’

Key clients

BDO LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Azets Holdings Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory

Interpath Advisory Limited

Leonard Curtis Limited

Ernst & Young LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Cable Capital Partners

FRP Advisory

PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co Limited

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Metro Bank Plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Secure Trust Bank Plc

Teneo Financial Advisory Limited

Alvarez & Marsal

Kreston Reeves LLP

Herron Fisher

KRE Corporate Recovery

James Cowper Kreston

Mazars

Work highlights

  • Acting for a firm of insolvency practitioners, and advising the administrators on making an application to extend the period of the administration of the company, defending applications made by creditors, investigating the conduct of the former directors, advisers and any third parties in the lead up to the administration of the company pursuant to s234-236 Insolvency Act 1986 with a view to bringing Insolvency Act claims against various parties for the benefit of the creditors of the administration, issuing various winding up petitions against creditors that owe monies to the company leading to successful recoveries being made into the administration.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Steered by Birmingham corporate head Tom Rush, Gateley Legal is instructed by a wide array of corporates for its capabilities in cross-border M&A and reorganisations. Paul Cliff, national head of the equity capital markets practice, continues to handle mid-market transactions for clients in the consumer goods, life sciences, and insurance sectors, among others. Andrew Cowan, head of transaction services, regularly works with a host of owner-managed businesses, PE houses, and corporates – most recently in the professional services and healthcare sectors. Recent highlights for Max Moore, who joined the practice from Gowling WLG in April 2022, include multi-million-pound deals working with national property developers. Former practice head Tom Durrant left to join Squire Patton Boggs in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tom Rush

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Godwin Developments Limited

Stuart Turner Limited

Likewise Group plc

Gymshark Ltd

Clowes Developments

NorthEdge Capital

LDC

Palatine Private Equity

Connection Capital

Franchise Brands plc

Virgin Wines UK plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders and management on the management buy-out of JessupGroup Limited, backed by Palatine Private Equity LLP.
  • Advised the selling shareholders and management on the secondary management buy-out to Angel Topco Limited, backed by Epiris LLP.
  • Advised Franchise Brands plc on its recommended all share offer for the shares in Filta Group Holdings plc.

Employment Tier 2

The ‘professional and practical’ team at Gateley Legal receives plaudits for its ‘solutions focused’ advice. Under the leadership of the ‘commercially minded’ Benedict Gorner, the group receives a steady flow of  high-value and complex instructions. It continues to advise on a number of large-scale projects involving proposed site closures and on complex restructuring deals. Merran Sewell regularly supports clients with complex discriminatory and grievance issues and on change management programmes. Senior associate, Joanne Duck, continues to operate across a broad spectrum of industries including logistics, finance, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, construction and education.

Practice head(s):

Benedict Gorner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gateley has provided exceptional support on a range of extraordinarily challenging legal matters in a very customer focused and results orientated way. I have had exceptional service from Ben Gorner and the team’.

‘Benedict Gorner is the reason I choose to work with Gateley time and time again. He makes himself available at short notice and makes great efforts to understand our business’.

‘Merran Sewell is always both pragmatic and commercial. Her advice is always tailored to us. She is supported by Joanna Duck who again is wonderfully personable and a fabulous communicator’.

‘Joanne Duck – we have the greatest confidence in her ability to advise on issues in terms that are clear and concise. Joanne is knowledgeable and her professional advice is balanced and supportive’ .

‘Joanne Duck and Merran Sewell – responsive, friendly, patient, willing to explain, give practical guidance, commercially savvy. Verbal advice is always followed up comprehensively in writing’.

Two partners stand out for me – Merran Sewell and Benedict Gorner. I have worked closely with both individuals and both are a joy to work with. They are pragmatic, honest as well as generous with their time and advice. They are also extremely grounded and relatable’.

High level of experienced partner attention, empathetic with applying the law to ‘live’ situations, with good support and at reasonable cost. Ben Gorner’.

Joanne Duck very quickly got to grips with the main issues and was able to advise me as to what I should expect. The final outcome was better than I had hoped for and throughout the process I was always made to feel I had “somebody on my side”‘.

Key clients

AGA Rangemaster

Arts Council England

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Busy Bees Nurseries

Caparo Plc

Cath Kidston

Cox Automotive

Dune Group

ESF Capital / ThinCats

Funrise International

Goodyear Tyres

Gymshark Limited

Intermedia

Hurst Point Group

Leadec Limited

Lincat Limited

RSM UK

Sanlam Investment and Wealth Management

Sevacare (UK) Limited

TS Tech UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Gymshark in connection with its plans to open its flagship store in London which was its first ever permanent physical retail site.
  • Advised a major construction and fit-out business in relation to the closure of their UK operations, project managing the redundancy and consultation process for over 40 members of staff.
  • Successfully advised and represented a client in respect of a holiday pay Employment Tribunal claim.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

The nationwide team at Gateley Legal provides a ‘one-stop’ fatal accident, major incident and crisis management service to a national client base. It deals with all aspects of crisis management - the Birmingham team is led by Ruth Armstrong. The practice has a strong reputation across a number of sectors including transport, waste management and leisure. It acts for a number of the top 20 housebuilders in the UK as well as blue-chip companies, SMEs and owner managed businesses. Kate Oliver  specialises in the defence of all types of accident investigations and regularly attends the Coroners Courts.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Kate Oliver

Key clients

United Molasses Group

Drayton Manor Park Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Vistry Group

Bellway plc

Story Homes Group

Keepmoat

Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited

Malmaison & Hotel du Vin Property Holdings Limited

Samworth Brothers Limited

Sudlows Limited

Lovell

Mamas and Papas Limited

WG Carter

Sport Regulation Authority

Miller Homes Limited

Croudace Homes Group

DCC plc

Certas Energy UK Limited

Nylacast Limited

Viva Nylons Limited

Grupo Bimbo (New York Bagels)

Sunrise Poultry Farms Limited

Miller Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a number of the top 10 and top 20 housebuilders on fire and corporate risk arising from the legislation changes in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy including their remediation provision (running to hundreds of £millions) and the Government Pledge and Self-Remediation Terms.
  • Advised the employer of a carpenter killed when he fell from height during internal renovation works. Acting for the employer during the Police and HSE investigations.
  • Acting for the principal contractor in the HSE investigation and Inquest after a groundworks operative was fatally injured by a 360-degree excavator on a live construction site.

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Gateley Legal is led by Michael Collins who has a vast array of experience in all aspects of pensions matters. The group regularly advises trustees and employers on their duties and liabilities. In addition, it continues to be busy supporting companies on a vast array of pension matters as they arise during corporate transactions. The team is recommended for its advice on DB schemes with substantial assets, on occupational pension schemes, contract-based schemes as well as on SSASs and SIPPS.

Practice head(s):

Michael Collins

Other key lawyers:

Tom Allen

Testimonials

Michael Collins worked extremely efficiently to deliver the required advice in a tight timescale’.

‘For me the flexibility regarding any request and the readiness to respond positively to this request. Always very professional and gives you the confidence they have understood the request made’.

‘I find the responses quick and thorough. An understanding of a request is grasped quickly and diligently. I also find working with them an enjoyable experience and not a chore which it can be with other pensions professionals’.

‘The pensions team at Gateley is extremely easy to talk to. Advice is provided in a language which is understandable by a lay person and pragmatic and practical solutions are provided where possible’.

‘Gateley offers comprehensive, pragmatic and clear advice at a cost effective rate. Billing is transparent. The team provides an expected timescale for work and communicates if this timescale needs adjusting. They are reliable’. 

‘The team offers valuable insight when in meetings and are up to speed with all the changes to legislation and guidance. These attributes make Gateley particularly valuable to a small pension scheme’.

‘Michael Collins and Tom Allen  provide clear and pragmatic advice and if there are any queries are very happy to work through these and explain difficult areas of legislation’.

‘They ensure they have an understanding of the Scheme and what is required before commencing the work, suggesting alternative approaches if applicable’.

Key clients

A.S Watson (Health & Beauty UK) Pension Plan (Superdrug)

Macmillan Pension Plan

Hill & Smith 2016 Pension Scheme

Charles River Pension Plan

NCL Investments Limited Pension Scheme (Tilney Smith & Williamson)

Britax Childcare Limited Pension Schemes

Phoenix Medical Supplies Pension Scheme

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (Europe) Pension Scheme

Dunlop Slazenger Pension Scheme

Rexel UK Pension Scheme

USDAW Staff Superannuation Fund

Habib Bank Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Hortons’ Estate Limited 1978 Retirement Benefits Plan

Trustees of the Johnson & Starley Pension Scheme

Franks Roberts & Sons Limited

Robert McBride Pension Fund

American Optical UK Pension Scheme

Timpson Group Pension Scheme

Heraeus Electro-Nite UK Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme

CH Johnson Pension Plan

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Gateley Legal is vastly experienced in the areas of private equity and acquisition finance, as well as acting for various asset-based lending (ABL) funders in the market. Team leader Andrew Madden is involved with structured finance and corporate lending deals, including leveraged buy-outs, project finance and restructuring. Chris Jones handles a variety of financing transactions, being particularly experienced in real estate and structured finance among other areas, while senior associate Alison Davidson-Cox specialises in acquisition, corporate and leveraged finance. Senior associate Sharon Malhi advises on corporate banking transactions, with an emphasis on real estate and development finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Madden

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/ National Westminster Bank plc

AIB Group (UK) plc

Lloyds Development Capital

Maven Debt Finance

Shard Credit Partners Limited

Leumi ABL Limited

NorthEdge Capital LLP

Connection Capital LLP

BGF Investments LP

United Tooling Solutions Limited

OakNorth Bank plc

Frank Roberts & Sons Limited

Merchant Money Limited

Beechbrook Capital LLP

Palatine Private Equity LLP

Frontier Development Capital Limited

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 2

Gateley Legal’s real estate practice encompasses numerous areas of expertise, including residential and commercial development, property finance and portfolio management, to name a few. Its wide-ranging client roster includes industrial landowners, corporate occupiers and retailers. The practice is jointly led by Callum Nuttall, who specialises in residential developments, routinely acting on urban extensions and large-scale regeneration schemes, and Rebecca Sherwin, who is well versed in real estate finance, counting banks and funders among her clients. Tim Ledger’s experience in advising on national-scale regeneration projects strengthens the practice, while Richard Pettifor is sought out by clients for his expertise in the industrial and logistics sector. Chris Adams is particularly experienced in handling residential tower, industrial and retail development projects.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Sherwin; Callum Nuttall

Other key lawyers:

Tim Ledger; Richard Pettifor; Chris Adams

Key clients

Ilke Homes Land Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited and Strata Homes Limited

Godwin BTR Limited

Oxford University

A Consortium including Homes England, Bellway Plc, Taylor Wimpey Plc, Vistry Plc

Frontier Development Capital Limited

Stoford Properties Limited

Soulplane JV Sarl, being a joint venture between TPG Soulplane Holdings Sarl and Stoford Real Estate Limited.

Mountpark Logistics EU 2018 25 Sarl and Mountpark Logistics EU Sarl

Work highlights

  • Setting up and advising the new Joint venture vehicle, Godwin BTR Limited, on its acquisitions of new build housing and land for new build housing.
  • Advising the Langley Consortium on the promotion and delivery structures for one of the largest urban extensions in the UK including 5,500 new homes, 4 new schools, 1 district centre and 2 local centres.
  • Advising on all development, construction, tax and planning matters and following the unconditional date and the commencement of works on-site, we advised upon a package of debt finance put in place for Mountpark Logistics EU 2018 25 Sarl and Mountpark Logistics EU Sarl.

Real estate > Environment Tier 2

The regulatory and business defence group at Gateley Legal is well regarded for its capacity to handle high-profile investigations, particularly relating to serious pollution, and trials at both the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court. The practice is spearheaded by Ruth Armstrong, who is recognised for her environmental regulatory experience, evidenced by her engagement in matters involving the Environment Agency and local authority EHO teams. Legal director Kate Oliver specialises in defending clients in environmental investigations and subsequent prosecutions involving an array of regulatory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey Plc

Bellway Homes Plc

Vistry Group

Croudace Homes

Donald Ward Limitd

Clearaway Limited

DCC Plc

Certas Energy UK Limited

United Molasses Group

Story Homes

Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited

BioMarsh Environmental Ltd

Grupo Bimbo UK Limited

Samworth Brothers

Countrywide Properties

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of FTSE 100/250 developers on their environmental obligations across constructions sites, and providing crisis management support and criminal defence support,
  • Acting for the lead consortium developer prosecuted for failing to manage silt issues in surface water run-off for its own activities and the activities of another consortium member.
  • Acting for a waste producer concerning 37,000 tonnes of material deposited illegally at a brownfield location, managing the EA investigation and remediation process.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Maintaing its busy corporate and commercial practice, Gateley Legal specialises in private equity, M&A, Employee Ownership Trusts, as well as joint ventures, refinancings and general corporate advisory. The team is led by Beth Mather, ‘an excellent technical lawyer‘ in M&A, buyouts and disposals, with a focus on private equity, with the support of corporate finance partner Mark Rutherford and head of corporate Victoria Elliott.

Practice head(s):

Beth Mather

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Down to earth and commercial team with a focus on client delivery. Always available and supportive with a wide network that they are happy to share.’

‘Beth Mather is our main point of contact. She is hard working and very client focused. Willing to go the extra mile and an excellent technical lawyer.’

‘Breadth and depth of knowledge, specialist expertise and contact base coupled with a relationship-driven practical and commercial approach.’

‘Partners have a clear, open and “keep it simple” approach to advice – making highly complex issues understandable.’

‘Mark Rutherford is especially strong in giving very clear concise advice but in a practical “real world” manner which gets to the crux of issues very quickly – also very responsive and hard working, building great relationships.’

Key clients

LDC

BGF

Palatine

Connection Capital LLP

Foresight

Troy (UK) Limited

United Tooling Solutions Limited

Peppermint Technology Holdings Limited

Premier Paper Group Limited

Aquavista Watersides Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mode Solution on the acquisition of Cambridgeshire-based managed services provider EACS.
  • Advised buyer United Tooling Solutions in the acquisition of three separate entities; Nuts & Bolts Limited, Mettex Fasteners Limited & Fastfix Bristol Limited.
  • Acting for management on the debt and vendor-funded management buyout of Moore Large & Co.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

The team at Gateley Legal handles a variety of disputes, though has a particular focus on professional negligence claims and contentious trusts work. Following a merger with the firm’s Leicester office, the Nottingham dispute resolution team at was bolstered by the arrival of a number of experts in the field, including new team head Claire Herbert, who specialises in reputation management and contentious probate and inheritance claims. Natalie Reed is another key name to note, particularly for professional negligence and data protection claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Johnson; Claire Herbert

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Natalie Reed really cares about getting the best result and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Always provide an exceptional level of service, and their attention to detail when considering both the business needs of the client and the legal aspects of a case assures you that you are in good hands.’

‘Natalie Reed deserves a special mention for going the extra mile to make sure tight deadlines are met, but without compromising on the quality of the advice or work.’

‘The Gateley team are diverse in the areas they cover, easy to work with in many ways, but in particular how they communicate complex legal matters in simple English, so we can make good management decisions.’

‘A very responsive and impressive team with some excellent individuals and a real team ethic. They are incredibly pleasant to deal with, at every turn.’

‘Claire Herbert has strong commercial acumen, and can be relied upon to make the right call in tricky situations. Natalie Howes easily gains the trust of clients with her unflappable nature and superbly balanced advice.’

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

With support from the firm’s national private client team, Gateley Legal deals with a variety of contentious matters throughout the East Midlands market. This includes family provision claims, rectification matters and professional negligence claims arising from defective trust instruments. Claire Herbert leads the team from Nottingham, where she regularly works for beneficiaries, executors and professional trustees.

Practice head(s):

Claire Herbert

Testimonials

‘Very skilled litigators who coduct contentious probate and trusts work with real expertise and with a real eye on the commercial. they are formidable opponents as well as being excellent instructing solicitors.’

‘Claire Herbert combines being very good with clients and an excellent lawyer with being a formidable litigator always with an eye on the best result for her client.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

The corporate and commercial team at Gateley Legal is ‘client-centric, pragmatic and provides clear concise advice’. In addition to acting on private equity transactions, the practice advises on significant M&A deals in sectors including leisure, healthcare and energy. The team is headed by Charles Glaskie who works with a client roster of both private and public companies. Rebecca Grisewood routinely handles disposals and joint ventures with a particular focus on private equity. Paul Jefferson advises on fund formation for a range of private and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Charles Glaskie

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Grisewood; Paul Jefferson; Kate Richards

Testimonials

‘Client-centric, pragmatic and provides clear concise advice.’

‘Incredibly helpful, great to deal with.’

‘We have used Gateley for a variety of corporate acquisitions and disposals over a number of years. The team are very proficient at identifying key areas of risk and working to achievable timetables. We place particular value on stability of the Gateley team who know how we operate and are prepared to go that ‘extra mile’ and work late into the evening / weekend.’

‘We have found Gateleys to be one of a few legal practices who are prepared to offer fixed fee quotes and to honour agreements when costs escalate.’

‘Whilst individuals have particular areas of expertise – transactional, corporate, property, tax, IP etc. they work as a team and communicate. It is rare we have to question explain something twice. In the event a team member is ill, or on leave, there is always another associate or partner who is aware of the transaction and available to provide answers.’

‘Stand-out partners are Kate Richards and Rebecca Grisewood in the corporate team. Both are experienced commercial lawyers who understand a clients needs and help deliver a transaction on time and to budget. They can hold their ground without being adversarial and rarely engage in ‘point scoring’ with other lawyers.’

Key clients

Palatine Private Equity

LDC

Bridges Capital

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

Timpson Group

JD Sports

Inspired Plc

Next Wave Partners

Pure Leisure Group

Just Childcare

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Employment Tier 2

Possessing an impressive roster of clients operating in the sport, transport and logistics, food and drink, retail and financial services sectors, Gateley Legal engages in substantial employment projects alongside in-house training and support with large corporates. Often collaborating with its experienced colleagues in the commercial department, the team also regularly advise on employee contractual matters arising from mergers and acquisitions, TUPE transfers, and IR35 issues. Chris Thompson has an extensive contentious and non-contentious practice and has been particularly active in Covid-19 and pay entitlement Employment Tribunal claims and senior executive dismissals, while also wielding a wealth of knowledge regarding compliance and risk management. Avril England is highly experienced in the health sector, regularly undertaking investigatory work on behalf of employers and complex cross-border mandates. Emma Butterworth specialises in both contract drafting and negotiations and UK regulatory compliance, while Lorna Harris is principally noted for her acumen defending whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Chris Thompson

Testimonials

‘Gateleys are different to my previous experiences with solicitors. They are welcoming, friendly, they explain without jargon. They are always available and respond without chasing. They check their invoices are ok with you before sending them.’

‘I have dealt with Chris Thompson who has such excellent client service. He goes above and beyond and his knowledge in their field of law is excellent.’

Key clients

Europcar Group UK Limited

Palatine Private Equity LLP

Sdiptech AB

Ardonagh Group (Atlanta Division)

Peacocks Stores

British Medical Association

The Big Table Group Limited

Asahi UK Limited

Bilfinger Industrial Services (UK) Limited

TimpsonLimited

BK UK Limited (Burger King)

Work highlights

  • Provided all employment support on the majority acquisition of Skills Pharma (Alliance) Limited by Project Thunder Bidco Limited (a new entity funded by Palatine Private Equity LLP (investing through its managed funds).
  • Defended claims by two employees that commission should have been included in their furlough pay under the CRJS scheme.
  • Defending claims by a senior executive who resigned after the company was successfully acquired by a private equity firm. The claims involve complex restrictive covenants as well as disputes relating to the executive holding shares within the client.

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Gateley Legal provides services to pension schemes at the middle and smaller end of the market with expertise in the development of pension bonds. Patrick Kennedy heads the practice and works on sole trustee appointments and co-trustee cases. Stuart Evans is well-versed in drafting pension scheme deeds and advising employers and trustees of occupational pension schemes. Sarah Sabin is experienced in professional negligence issues and rectification of pension scheme documentation.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Evans; Sarah Sabin; Hannah Francois; Jess Pigg

Testimonials

‘They understand the trustee perspective very well as many of the practitioners also act as professional trustees.’

‘Stuart Evans is personable and pragmatic.’

‘Patrick Kennedy is very experienced and a safe pair of hands.’

‘Pragmatic and commercial, the team are a delight to work with.’

‘Patrick Kennedy – a guru of pensions law, but with the instincts of a street-fighter when you need someone to fight your corner.’

‘Stuart Evans is calm, reassuring presence, an old head on relatively young shoulders.’

‘Knowledgeable and dedicated.’

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

‘Standout partner’ Andrew Buchanan, who has expertise handling complex restructuring assignments as well as advising key bodies on directors’ duties and trading issues, is at the helm of Gateley Legal‘s ‘exceptionally skilled’ offering. The team frequently advises its notable portfolio of clients on high-value matters, many of which are multi-jurisdictional in nature, such as its management of the interests of secured creditors’ in connection with the failure of the Domus Group. It advises across the range of industry sectors, including energy, construction and healthcare. Stuart Tait has particular experience realising and maximising values for clients in distressed situations. Legal director Aneesh Prasad is considered ‘outstanding’.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Buchanan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Andrew Buchanan leads an exceptionally skilled team which has lots of experience, provides sensible solutions to issues and an aggressive stance when necessary.’  

‘Aneesh Prasad, Andrew Buchanan and Gavin Clarke combine to make an excellent team at different levels. They are particularly strong in construction and property aspects.’

‘The team is commercial and proactive.’

‘A value for money service.’   

‘There is a great diversity of expertise throughout the team, and a good and relevant industry knowledge. They are always willing to go the extra mile to help us reach our objectives and spend time with us to help us understand the intricacies of a case. I would recommended them, especially Andrew Buchanan, who has been excellent.’

‘The standout partner is Andrew Buchanan – he is contactable, has extensive, in-depth legal experience and is happy to impart this to help his clients achieve our objectives. He is diplomatic and very good in sensitive cases also.’   

‘Aneesh Prasad is excellent. His professionalism, expertise and advice is outstanding.’ 

‘We can speak to the team when we need to. They have the breadth of experience and expertise for dealing with any recovery issue. Advice is practical and understandable. They are a great firm to deal with.’

Key clients

Azets

Interpath

Teneo

SIG Plc

Euler

HSBC

Timpson Group

Domus

BDO

Tokio Marine

Mazars

Beechbrook Capital

QBE

Liberty

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Gateley Legal handles a mix of public and private sector work, with clients including a number of technology suppliers, The aviation sector is also a key area of strength. The team is led by Andrew Rankin, a specialist in systems integration and outsourcing projects who has experience of both buyer and supplier side work. Commercial IT contracts specialist Tom Hughes and the highly experienced Peter Budd are also key.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rankin

Other key lawyers:

Peter Budd; Tom Highes

Testimonials

‘A really friendly team with depth in our area of medical technology and working with the UK NHS. A really effective alternative to large London firms’

‘Andrew Rankin is a strong performer with a great deal of experience and a pragmatic, methodical manner.’

Key clients

Altera Digital Health (formerly Allscripts Healthcare IT)

Wacoal EMEA

Virtalis

Leeds Bradford Airport

McBride Plc

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 2

Gateley Legal provides a range of large organisations in the sporting world including City Group, the British Amateur Boxing Association and Sport and Recreation Alliance with ongoing advice on regulatory compliance, corporate governance and sponsorship agreements. Stadium development in the elite football space is also a major area of strength for the group. Nick Murrills is an experienced sports litigator and reputation management expert. John Burns has since left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

NOQ Events Limited

The Royal Birkdale Golf Club

British Amateur Boxing Association Limited

City Football Group

Aguila Sport UK Limited

Newcastle United

Sport and Recreation Alliance

British Skateboarding

Reading FC

Commonwealth Games

Racecraft Motorsport Promotion Limited

World Sports Buddy Limited

FGX Sports Limited

Notts County FC

West Ham United

International Netball Federation

Supporters Direct (now Football Supporters Association)

Brighton and Hove Albion

ADI.tv

Pompey Supporters Trust

Sportstar Promotions Limited

FS3 Racing

British Wheelchair Basketball Association

Bournemouth Football Club Limited

British Triathlon

Clowes

Work highlights

  • Advising the Sport and Recreation Alliance on a range of matters including regulatory compliance, governance, with regard to their Women in Sport project.
  • Acting for City Football Group in an outsourcing arrangement to provide legal services on an ongoing basis, including providing a permanent secondee, particularly in relation to sponsorship agreements international licensing, sponsorship, and facility agreements.
  • Providing British Amateur Boxing Association Limited assistance with their agency and management offering.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Gateley Legal’s banking litigation group, which forms part of the firm’s wider commercial dispute resolution team, acts for a wide range of banks, building societies and other finance providers. It is well-versed in a variety of financial disputes, including recovery actions, asset finance disputes, and regulatory matters. The team is led by Andrew Johnson, while Roger McCourt is noted for his experience in handling contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, and fraud-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Gateley Legal‘s business restructuring team is based in Leeds and led by Matthew Brown. The team has specialist expertise regarding distressed debt and equity work, alongside a strong insolvency litigation practice. ‘FantasticMatt Leech manages the team’s principal bank relationships, and was promoted to partner in May 2022. Associate Kulsam Mulla has a particular focus on dishonesty and fraud work, including multi-jurisdictional carousel fraud.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brown

Other key lawyers:

Matt Leech; Kulsam Mulla; Liz Russell

Testimonials

‘We’ve found the Gateley Leeds office restructuring practice excellent to deal with and Matt Leech in particular proving very effective in providing clear commercial advice, often in some pretty time-critical situations.’

‘Matt Leech is a safe pair of hands when advising appointment takers in recovery situations. Always on hand with the provision of sound commercial advice.’

‘Gateley Legal has an extensive team with the necessary skills. The team are very thorough and provide strong legal advice. The team took the time to understand the business and the challenges faced by the business during the transaction.’

‘Matt Leech is very knowledgeable and strong on the detail while appreciating the bigger picture. The support and advice from Matt extended beyond legal – his commercial acumen and strategic perspectives were invaluable. Matt is personable and pleasant to work with. Matt is very accessible and queries are usually dealt with on the same or next day. We would highly recommend Matt Leech and look forward to working with him again in the future.’

‘Gateley Legal is a trusted adviser willing to work effectively and taking a team approach to the assignments. The firm is highly professional and approachable and commands respect, and has operated at a consistently high level over a number of years.’

‘Gateley Legal has strength in depth, its lawyers are very supportive, technically excellent and solution oriented. Relationships are uniformly strong.’

‘The team offer a great mix of technical know-how with strong commerciality and a commitment to great service.’

‘Matt Leech is fantastic to work with. Knowledgeable, amiable and extremely pragmatic. Liz Russell is an excellent associate.’

Key clients

BDO LLP

Interpath Advisory Limited

RSM UK Restructuring & Recovery LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Teneo Restructuring Limited

Lloyds Banking group

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Handelsbanken plc

Aldermore Bank PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised BDO on the administration of three operating companies within a national bus and transport group.
  • Advised the directors of a 36-store specialist shoe retailer, Shuropody Retail, and subsequently RSM UK Restructuring Advisory, the joint administrators, on the accelerated sale of the company through administration.
  • Advised the directors of internet retailer XBite, and subsequently Interpath Advisory, the joint administrators, on the accelerated sale of the company.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

Very strong on legal matters’, Neil Warner leads the team at Gateley Legal alongside Stephen Goodrham, which is active in representing clients across several sectors, with expertise in manufacturing, retail, charities, pensions, sport, and recruitment. The department also regularly co-ordinates with the firm's other offices in Leeds and London. Kate Canning is a senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Neil Warner; Stephen Goodrham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Since using the services of Gateley Legal, I have found their responsiveness to requests to be expeditious, with extensive knowledge of public procurement law. Their expert opinion is highly valued.’

‘Kate Canning has consistently offered a high level of support, understanding client requirements and being sensitive to timescales. Kate is responsive and very approachable.’

‘The team delivers practical and sensible advice and, in particular, their use of collaborative software helps in-house legal teams to review and submit large volumes of data, particularly in reference to due diligence and evidential tasks, with relative ease compared with standard processes.’

‘Strong commercial awareness and legal knowledge.’

‘Neil Warner is very strong on legal matters and is quick to grasp the commercial issues.’

‘The Gatelely Birmingham team appears to have a diverse and very inclusive policy for colleagues, which makes them a pleasure to work with. More than that, however, they seem to really care about the cases they work on, and always aim to get the absolute best for their clients.’

‘Neil Warner and Kate Canning are very responsive and they will move heaven and earth to get the right result for their clients.’

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Gateley Legal carries out work nationally for individual clients, banks, executors, trustees, deputies and beneficiaries on the full spectrum of issues relating to claims involving wills.  Other areas of focus include dealing with Court of Protection matters where there is financial abuse and issues surrounding the removal of deputies. The former head of department, Gavin Faber has left to join Roythornes Solicitors and Andrew McManus is now the key contact. McManus has a varied trusts and estates practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McManus

Other key lawyers:

Annam Nasir

Testimonials

‘Gateley has made considerable ground in this area of practice’.

‘Andrew McManus is the standout lawyer – he is technically very astute’.

‘Competent team able to deal with all areas of disputes’.

‘Annam Nasir – Exceptional in dealing with complex disputes. Keen attention to detail and good knowledge of the law. Easy but confident manner with the clients, which encourages their trust’.

‘A high quality team of litigators who have in depth knowledge in the field and a wide range of experience of contentious trusts and probate disputes. They are good at guiding clients through a case and explaining the process in clear terms’.

‘The team provides an excellent service focused on achieving the client’s objectives, whether that is best served through negotiation or litigation‘.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 3

In January 2022 Gateley Legal acquired Nottingham-based patent and trademark specialist firm Adamson Jones and, in October the same year, also took on life science-focused patent attorney firm Symbiosis. The resulting business, Adamson Jones & Symbiosis IP, part of Gateley now has a well-rounded offering for clients, covering patent drafting, UK and European and international patent filings, patent opposition and revocation. The team, jointly led by Simon Cooper, Nicholas Ferrar, Robert Docherty and Julie Myint, has particular experience in acting for universities and linked spin-outs and start-ups, and has the ‘ability to render complex legal questions into clear advice that is relevant to businesses.’

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooper; Nicholas Ferrar; Robert Docherty; Julie Myint

Testimonials

‘Dr Julie Myint’s intellect, diligence and communication is clear in every interaction. Julie is able to understand complex research very quickly and this leads to improved efficiency.’

‘The team have an excellent grasp of the considerations specific to or most aligned with my sector. As such, the communication is improved and the quality of advice much more bespoke rather than relying on quoting relevant legal provisions without context. Equally, this understanding leads to improved billing, forecasting and tailored solutions. This firm provides one of the rare examples whereby the service is built around the customer needs based on mutual collaboration, rather then the customer receiving advice and offered a binary decision.’

‘One of the key attributes of the individuals we work with is their ability to render complex legal questions into clear advice that is relevant to our business. The position is always set out in detail, but summarised with a short conclusion in a way that makes the detail accessible. Any question that is asked is always promptly answered with clear reasoning for the position, and Simon Cooper is particularly notable in this regard.’

‘Their detailed knowledge of our business and products means the team is very quick to identify the core issue in any matter, whether that be freedom-to-operate or patentability, and their advice always balances and considers the legal position with the commercial realities of our business and sector.’

‘Nicholas Ferrar is approachable, and has a practical approach to achieving results for clients.’

‘Adamson Jones are indispensable to our business and they marshal our responses to their queries valiantly.’

‘We rely heavily on them to provide succinct advice, and we are very pleased with the service we have received from all the team.’

Key clients

Swansea University

Cytomos Limited

Diurnal Group Plc

NorthEdge Capital LLP

Pharmaxis Limited

Coalesce

IPL Macro, formerly Macro Plastics

Work highlights

  • Appointed by Cytomos Limited to advise on the creation of a patent portfolio and IP strategy to secure Series A investor funding.
  • Due diligence and freedom-to-operate work for North Edge Capital LLP to support the acquisition of a tech company.
  • Final year of 6-year patent contract for Swansea University worth £2m.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Gateley Legal‘s commercial litigation practice has extensive experience in corporate and shareholder disputes, as well as healthcare and sports-related litigation. Reputation management is another strength of the team, providing multi-jurisdictional solutions for clients. Sarah Sabin is the head of the team, advising on a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes. ‘Stand out partner  Nick Murrills plays a key role in the team, acting for corporate clients and high net worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Sabin

Other key lawyers:

Nick Murrills; Nicola Richardson

Testimonials

‘The team hand a diverse group of individuals which mirrored the culture of our organisation. They were innovative in their approach and in the use of new technology. A very fair system of billing was agreed with huge emphasis on constant monitoring of costs which made for a greater understanding.’

‘The individuals within team was very thorough in its approach, with attention to detail. The team showed a willingness to understand the culture of the client which was very important to us. In addition, they were friendly and engaging which again, gave us the comfort of their advice.’

‘Nick Murrills heads up a team with experience over a wide range of sectors, ranging from medical supplies to road haulage.’

‘Nick Murrills is a standout partner. He explains matters clearly to clients, and has a full grasp of their commercial objectives.’

‘The team is particularly strong in representing sports clubs and cross-border disputes.’

‘Nick Murrills is great with clients and also on top of the legal issues in the cases he deals with. He is approachable but also combines that with a detailed knowledge of the law and legal insight that is usually found in a partner with many years more seniority.’

Key clients

Salts Healthcare Limited

Premier Technical Services Group Limited

Birchfield Harriers

Pervez Alam, Zahid Iqbal and Shahid Iqbal

England Squash

Wellbeing Software Limited

Everton Football Club

Crep Protect Limited

Northampton Saints Rugby Club

Inspired Energy Plc

RVA Surveyors Limited

North West Counties Squash League

Mamas and Papas Limited

United Kingdom Cheerleading Association

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

The practice at Gateley Legal‘s has is well-equipped to handle the full spectrum of commercial property matters, though its workload consists in large part of high-value and regionally significant residential developments, an example being its assisting Bloor Homes Limited in the acquisition of land for a substantial new development. Legal director Nick Molloy leads on this project. Leanne Murray is another name to note for her specialism in this area. Darren Hughes and Louise Ilhan co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hughes; Louise Ilhan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Vistry Group

Bellway Homes Limited

Harworth Estates Limited (North West)

Gleeson Homes

Barratt Homes / BDW

McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes

Morris Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Anwyl Homes

Avant

Castle Green Homes

Crompton Property Developments

Duchy Homes

Hollins Homes

Hurstwood Holdings Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Linden Homes

Lovell Homes

Miller Homes

Urban Splash

Wainhomes

Story Homes

Countryside Homes

Fairhome Group Plc

JD Sport Fashion Plc

Network Space Developments Limited

LPC Living Limited and Group

Cityblock Limited

Rothschild & Co Wealth Management (UK) Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Salboy Limited

Mansion House Group Limited

Home REIT plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Salboy Limited in connection with a joint venture for a 40-storey residential and hotel skyscraper development in Manchester city centre.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

Gateley Legal‘s intellectual property practice is headed by digital technology expert Andrew Rankin. He is supported by the ‘incredibleRobert Lye, who has a high level of experience in design rights and patent infringement litigation, both in defending claims and in enforcement actions. Consultant Jonathan Moakes is also key. Notable clients in the region include New Mills based sweet manufacturer Swizzels and Cheshire camera manufacturing company Harman Technology. John Burns has since left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rankin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have an excellent team which always gives clear and pragmatic advice and are also able to negotiate on our behalf which is a very rare skill’

‘John Buckby is a clear stand our partner who has run rings around all the lawyers on the “other side ” He responds 24/7 band is always available’

‘We have used the IP team at Gateley several times now. They are extremely commercial and balanced and have helped us navigate through some tricky cases.’

‘We work with Robert Lye, he is incredible. His knowledge and application of it is superb and will always give us every side of an argument and help us make the right decision.’

‘Offer a practical commercial approach with attention to detail’

‘Extremely professional, thorough and commercial’

Key clients

Incanthera Limited

Harman Technology Limited

Stryker Inc

JD Sports Fashion plc

Manchester City Football Club Limited

Microbiosensor Limited

Swizzels Matlow Limited

Salts Healthcare Limited

The Partnership (Licensing) Limited

H&I (Toiletries) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Harman Technology in IPEC action against Ilford Imaging.
  • Acting for Swizzels in its defence of High Court proceedings for trade mark infringement brought by Marks & Spencer plc and Katjes Fassin GmbH.
  • Providing ongoing IP support to H&I Toiletries Ltd.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 3

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Gateley Legal‘s Thames Valley-based residential team is headed up by Andrew Wilson and Callum Nuttall , and has carved out a niche representing land promoters, regeneration specialists, registered providers and large-scale landowners in selling land for residential development. Well-respected practitioner Delphine Mehouas joined the team from BDB Pitmans in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Callum Nuttal; Andrew Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Operating out of Leeds, Gateley Legal has particular strengths in fatal and major accidents, with capabilities in crisis management for such instances. It has an established presence in a number of sectors, namely housebuilding, but also construction more generally, transport, utilities, food, and retail. Ruth Armstrong heads the national practice, while Pauline Munro operates out of Leeds, working with major corporate clients regarding fatal accidents and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Munro; Kate Oliver; Chris Grainger

Testimonials

‘A really good team and with great experience in HSE work in every conceivable industry and area of commerce. Tough, but charming with it. Impeccably conscientious and clients come first.’

‘Ruth Armstrong is great in this field and her, Kate Oliver, and Pauline Munro make up an impressive trio of solicitors who are good to have in your corner.’

‘Gateleys are open and honest with all colleagues and communicate efficiently in a manner that ensures understanding and learning.’

‘We consider Gateley’s to be an extension of our own team. They show strong leadership. They provide excellent constructive feedback to facilitate our own shared learning experiences. They have a very positive can-do attitude.’

‘Ruth Armstrong, Kate Oliver, and Chris Grainger are all friendly and approachable. I have complete faith in all of them to give me the advice and direction that I seek. They often go over and above to deliver advice, guidance, and training.’

‘Ruth Armstrong is always happy to lend an ear. She was a source of support during a particularly harrowing period in my life.’

Key clients

United Molasses Group

Drayton Manor Park Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Vistry Group

Bellway plc

Story Homes Group

Keepmoat

Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited

Malmaison & Hotel du Vin Property Holdings Limited

Samworth Brothers Limited

Sudlows Limited

Lovell

Mamas and Papas Limited

WG Carter

Sport Regulation Authority

Davidsons Developments Limited

Croudace Homes Group

DCC plc

Certas Energy UK Limited

Nylacast Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Viva Nylons Limited following a fatal accident at its site in June 2021 when a contractor fell through a roof whilst undertaking ducting work.
  • Advising Sunrise Poultry Farms Limited following a fatal accident at one of its sites in Leicestershire in April 2021 involving an employee as he left the site.
  • Advising Piper Homes Construction Limited following a fatal accident at one of its sites in January 2020 involving a contractor.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Gateley Legal maintains both an active commercial real estate group and a distinct specialist residential development team, with both teams forming a practice that is capable of advising on the full spectrum of property matters. The team particularly excels in advising developers and investors, which instruct the team on financings, acquisitions, lettings and disposals in the context of major development and regeneration schemes. The commercial real estate team encompasses highly recommended partners James Sargent and Barbara Rollin. The development team, meanwhile, is led by John Kiff, a key contact for residential projects who oversees the development work of key contacts Keelie Evans and George Parker-Fuller. Philip Gregory left the team in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Kiff

Key clients

Akkeri Developments Limited

Bellway Homes

Bloc

Broadland Properties Group

Commercial Development Projects Limited

Harworth Investments Limited

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Looping Group

Lovell Partnerships

Mamas & Papas

Persimmon Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Sheffield Housing Company Limited (a public-private JV) on the state and private funding for and subsequent draw down of further phases of a 15-year, 2,300-unit regeneration scheme.
  • Advised Bearmont Capital Limited on the acquisitions, letting, and disposal of large historic premises situated in a large North Wales town.
  • Advising Akkeri Developments Limited on the raising of development finance from Homes England to fund the development of 55 residential units in Kilham, East Yorkshire.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Gateley Legal‘s environmental offering is catered towards clients seeking advice on regulatory complaints and Environment Agency investigations. Accordingly, the team works with a number of housebuilding and manufacturing clients facing accusations related to non-compliance on pollution, biodiversity and waste issues. Pauline Munro, who leads the team and offers extensive experience advising on contentious matters, maintains close relations with clients including Collins Earthworks and the Vistry Group.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Munro

Key clients

Bellway Homes Plc

BioMarsh Environmental Ltd

Certas Energy UK Limited

Clearaway Limited

Countrywide Properties

Croudace Homes

DCC Plc

Donald Ward Limitd

Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited

Grupo Bimbo UK Limited

Samworth Brothers

Story Homes

Taylor Wimpey Plc

United Molasses Group

Vistry Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a national groundworks contractor on an investigation launched by the EA in relation to waste crime and the alleged illegal deposit of waste at one of it sites in the South of England.
  • Advised a developer on an EA investigation into illegal site waste activities, where the client was accused of unlawfully shipping material to an illegal waste site instead of landfill.
  • Advised the lead developer on a large consortium site in South Wales in the foot of a mountain range which was causing torrents of rainwater to flow across the site, taking silty water into high profile local watercourse, including a canal.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Following their tie-up in January 2022, Adamson Jones, part of Gateley Legal is now home to an expanding trade mark attorney group which can draw on support from a network of offices across the UK, including London, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Wales. The practice offers advice on all aspects of trade marks, including registrability, applications in the UK and overseas, international trade mark portfolio management and oppositions against conflicting trade mark applications, as well as the negotiation of coexistence agreements. Pharmaceutical and medical devices specialist David Gwilliam provides ‘invaluable‘ advice to clients, jointly heading the team with John Buckby, who covers all contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property work.

Practice head(s):

David Gwilliam; John Buckby

Testimonials

‘Adamson Jones helped us greatly with the transition of a large trade mark portfolio from a firm we acquired. They were proactive in reaching out to us and bringing us up to speed, and they have continued to work with us to make sure the client’s needs are taken care of seamlessly.’

‘In particular, David Gwilliam has been invaluable in assisting us with our portfolio. Dave has been generous with his time and his organized approach has helped immensely with the takeover.’

‘Their detailed knowledge of our business and products means the team at Adamson Jones are very quick to identify the core issue in any matter, and their advice always balances and considers the legal position with the commercial realities of our business and sector.’

‘Very clear and concise advice. They were able to explain in a way to ensure that I would benefit from the advice. Always polite and happy to help.’

‘The practice explains the more complex legal details behind the work they are doing very well. I also feel that, as a start-up, they still take our business and questions seriously.’

‘Adamson Jones provides the benefits of broad, high quality expertise in a small team environment, where the services and advice are tailored to the specific circumstances. You are not just another piece of work for a machine.’

Key clients

Intersurgical Ltd

Brightwake Ltd

Smart & Biggar LLP (acting for Lockerroom Marketing Ltd)

Arden University

Peace Products Limited

Advanced Hydrocarbon Fuels Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acquisition and management of Intersurgical Ltd’s trade mark portfolio and advice about additional trade mark protection for their most successful product.
  • Advice on the expansion of Arden University Limited’s trade mark portfolio internationally following a rebrand.
  • Management of over 20 interconnected parallel contentious proceedings for Smart & Biggar LLP (acting for Lockerroom Marketing Ltd).

Real estate > Construction Tier 4

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 4

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Gateley Legal‘s offering encompasses banking litigation, working closely with clients in the financial services sector, and on financial disputes for corporate and commercial entities. The commercial litigation practice is complemented by the asset finance disputes and financial service regulatory practices of the firm. Andrew Johnson leads the ‘strong, capable, and very client team,’ that consists of ‘excellent litigator’ Roger McCourt who has expertise in contractual disputes, professional negligence, fraud, and risk management.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A strong, capable and very client friendly team’

‘Roger McCourt is an excellent litigator. He is knowledgeable, dogged, committed and extremely practical and easy to work with.’

 

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Gateley Legal operates a broad practice across a range of sectors, including logistics, financial services, rail, air, construction, engineering, and charities, and the group works with corporate clients locally, nationally, and abroad. Paul Ball heads the practice in Leeds, providing ‘sound, commercial and pragmatic advice’ for a range of clients, with discrimination, business transfers, and in-house client training being areas of particular activity.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ball

Testimonials

Paul is the go-to person in Leeds for commercial employment advice. Paul has a vast array of experience in the area and his pragmatic approach is valued by clients and other lawyers. Paul is the go-to person for me if I have an issue or question and he is always happy to help; working collaboratively with other professionals is a strength.

The team are pragmatic, responsive and wise. Their advice is excellent and straightforward. Much of their work is for corporates but they have also been very helpful and equally attentive to individuals, which differentiates them from many in the employment market.’

Paul Ball, the head of the practice, is particularly good. Despite his seniority, he’s always super responsive. He has well-placed and high confidence in his team if he’s not around. He never leaves you hanging.’

The practice is extremely pragmatic. The team listen to concerns and quickly come up with pragmatic solutions that are well-thought-out, risk assessed, commercial and explained well in plain English. Team members are available when required and alternative contacts are provided proactively. When urgent matters arise, I don’t have any problems in getting through to someone and this is enormously reassuring.’

A stand out partner is Paul Ball. He is clear, concise, warm and engaging. He is exceptional. He gets to the crux of matters quickly and offers sound, commercial and pragmatic advice. I can’t recommend him strongly enough.

Key clients

Bridon-Bekaert the Ropes Group

Wabtec Rail Limited

Leeds Bradford Airport Limited

Deep Sea Electronics Limited

Sue Ryder

Loram UK Limited

StepChange

Work highlights

  • Advised Remedy Healthcare Solutions on an IR35 and worker/employment status audit.
  • Advised a rail sector client on resolutions to an industrial dispute and challenging the unions about the behaviour of people on the picket line.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

Gateley Legal‘s Leeds-based banking and finance team is headed up by Anna Mayfield. The group also fields noted practitioner Kerry Gibbons, whose workload ranges from real estate finance to acquisiton finance, as well as general banking transactions. The team works with clients from major national banks to real estate developers, with the ability to support clients’ wider needs through the firm’s strong real estate and corporate offerings.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mayfield

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Santander UK plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/ National Westminster Bank plc

Lloyds Development Capital

Shard Credit Partners Limited

Beechbrook Capital LLP

Palatine Private Equity LLP

Connection Capital LLP

Jessup Group Limited

Traderiver Capital Limited

Sheffield Housing Company Limited

Faro Capital Limited

Urban Village Healthcare Limited

United Carpets Group Limited

Akkeri Developments Limited

Cornovii Developments Limited

Hounslow Property Development Limited

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

Real estate > Planning

Real estate > Construction

Finance > Banking and finance

Real estate > Construction

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 5

Catering to banks, financial institutions and investment funds, Gateley Legal operates across a broad array of fraud, misconduct and corruption matters, including those with fintech, blockchain, offshore fraud and asset recovery elements. The team is co-headed by Richard Healey and Mark Wilson and is often active in matters pertaining to CIS, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Gibraltar and Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Richard Healey; Mark Wilson

Testimonials

‘A highly balanced professional team that can offer several strategies for solving complex legal disputes covering several jurisdictions at once.’

‘The peculiarity of this team is that they become not only your reliable business partners, but are also ready to help you with the effective solution of any problems, perceiving them as their personal ones. Special mention should be made of the charisma and legal talent of partner Richard Healey.’

‘The team at Gateley is extremely capable with excellent off-shore knowledge and experience.’

 

Key clients

Kroll Advisory

Arkle Finance Limited

Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine (|DGF|)

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

Grenke Leasing Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kroll as trustees in bankruptcy in respect of a sophisticated international fraud perpetrated by Peter Kerkar against the now collapsed Indian travel company King & Cox which resulted in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Acting for the liquidators of two SPVs which were involved in a complex tax evasion scheme designed to defraud the UK taxpayer out of millions of pounds. The claim is for ~£25m and is against the directors and UBO (a Jersey trust) of the SPVs.
  • Acting for a foreign deposit guarantee fund in relation to a £65m fraud claim perpetrated against a foreign bank.

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 5

Real estate > Construction

Gateley Legal NI, led by Lisa Boyd and Mark Lennon, continues to expand, with Stephen McGuigan and Ryan Wilson joining from Tughans and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP respectively.

Real estate > Commercial property

Gateley Legal NI, led by Alison Reid, saw continued growth in 2023 with the hire of Ruth Downie from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

Ravi Longia leads the team at Gateley Legal, a firm notable for its specialist expertise in establishing venture capital funds. The practice assists in VC fund formation and structuring for investment into sectors such as life sciences, gaming and fintech.

South East > Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Gateley Legal‘s Thames Valley-based residential team is headed up by Andrew Wilson and Callum Nuttall , and has carved out a niche representing land promoters, regeneration specialists, registered providers and large-scale landowners in selling land for residential development. Well-respected practitioner Delphine Mehouas joined the team from BDB Pitmans in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Callum Nuttal; Andrew Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Health and safety

Operating out of Leeds, Gateley Legal has particular strengths in fatal and major accidents, with capabilities in crisis management for such instances. It has an established presence in a number of sectors, namely housebuilding, but also construction more generally, transport, utilities, food, and retail. Ruth Armstrong heads the national practice, while Pauline Munro operates out of Leeds, working with major corporate clients regarding fatal accidents and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Munro; Kate Oliver; Chris Grainger

Testimonials

‘A really good team and with great experience in HSE work in every conceivable industry and area of commerce. Tough, but charming with it. Impeccably conscientious and clients come first.’

‘Ruth Armstrong is great in this field and her, Kate Oliver, and Pauline Munro make up an impressive trio of solicitors who are good to have in your corner.’

‘Gateleys are open and honest with all colleagues and communicate efficiently in a manner that ensures understanding and learning.’

‘We consider Gateley’s to be an extension of our own team. They show strong leadership. They provide excellent constructive feedback to facilitate our own shared learning experiences. They have a very positive can-do attitude.’

‘Ruth Armstrong, Kate Oliver, and Chris Grainger are all friendly and approachable. I have complete faith in all of them to give me the advice and direction that I seek. They often go over and above to deliver advice, guidance, and training.’

‘Ruth Armstrong is always happy to lend an ear. She was a source of support during a particularly harrowing period in my life.’

Key clients

United Molasses Group

Drayton Manor Park Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Vistry Group

Bellway plc

Story Homes Group

Keepmoat

Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited

Malmaison & Hotel du Vin Property Holdings Limited

Samworth Brothers Limited

Sudlows Limited

Lovell

Mamas and Papas Limited

WG Carter

Sport Regulation Authority

Davidsons Developments Limited

Croudace Homes Group

DCC plc

Certas Energy UK Limited

Nylacast Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Viva Nylons Limited following a fatal accident at its site in June 2021 when a contractor fell through a roof whilst undertaking ducting work.
  • Advising Sunrise Poultry Farms Limited following a fatal accident at one of its sites in Leicestershire in April 2021 involving an employee as he left the site.
  • Advising Piper Homes Construction Limited following a fatal accident at one of its sites in January 2020 involving a contractor.

Gateley Legal is the legal business at the heart of Gateley. Founded in Birmingham in 1808, the firm have provided commercial legal services to individuals and businesses over the last 200 years.

During that time, Gateley Legal have disrupted the legal marketplace; 30 years ago Birmingham’s legal market was dominated by some established players, a ‘legal elite’. Gateley were viewed as the ‘new kids on the block’.

The Gateley leadership team made it their mission to be involved in everything, getting involved in lots of corporate dealmaking, building commercial relationships within the professional community and doing things differently. The work that they did then has laid the foundations for the business that they are today.

The firm are proud that the clients and intermediaries that Gateley Legal worked with in their early days continue to play an important role in the firms business today, and they hope for many years to come. That disruptive attitude continues; in 2015 Gateley was the first commercial UK law firm to list on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Now, several years down the line, other law firms have followed their lead. As is so often said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Gateley Legal operates out of eight of their nine UK offices. Providing excellent client service to individuals and businesses across the UK is fundamental to their ethos of being forward thinking and straight talking.

Gateley Legal is in the business of ‘getting the job done’.

  1. The firm are consistently among the most active corporate legal advisers in the UK so the firm know what it takes to get a corporate deal done;
  2. They work with 18 of the UK’s top 20 housebuilders so they know how to buy, sell and develop property;
  3. They are advisers to 5 of the UK’s 6 largest clearing banks and regularly help lenders and borrowers with all aspects of funding;
  4. The firm have advised on some of the highest profile restructuring deals in recent years;
  5. They resolve commercial disputes in a straightforward and commercially sensible way; and
  6. Gateley Legal manage all aspects of the employer/ employee relationship for businesses of all sizes, from the up-and-comers to the big hitter

Gateley Legal have structured the business around four platforms which recognise the challenges and opportunities that their clients are facing in respect of:

Business Services matters:

Gateley Legal Business Services Platform combines the considerable commercial expertise of the firms commercial, IP and dispute resolution lawyers with that of the forensic and business intelligence skills of the Gateley Omega team and the Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys within Adamson Jones.

Corporate activities:

The firms Corporate Platform combines the skills of corporate ,banking, finance ,tax and restructuring lawyers in Gateley Legal with the inward investment experience of consultants within International Investment Services.

People issues:

Gateley Legal People Platform brings together the advisory skills of the firms leadership and development consultancies t-three and Kiddy & Partners with the expertise of their employment and pensions lawyers within Gateley Legal and the independent pension trustees within Entrust.

Within this Platform, the firm also have a strong Private Client team with experts in private wealth matters for individuals based in England and internationally, private wealth disputes and family issues.

Property matters:

Within their Property Platform, Gateley Legal lawyers advise on construction, planning, residential development ,real estate finance ,real estate development, real estate disputes and real estate investment. The property tax specialists within Gateley Capitus combine with the built environment consultants within Gateley Vinden and Gateley Hamer to offer a one stop shop for all real estate needs. Gateley Legal Property Platform is further complimented by Gateley Smithers Purslow , a specialist provider of surveying services, principally to the insurance industry.

Gateley Legal Platforms combine the skills and expertise of the lawyers within Gateley Legal with the extensive expertise of other professionals from their consultancy businesses. It is the combined skills and knowledge of these experienced professionals that help their clients to solve the problems that they face. To mitigate risk, to realise growth and to maximise opportunities.

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO Rod Waldie
COO and partner Peter Davies
Banking and finance Anna Mayfield
Commerce, technology and media Andrew Rankin
Construction Emlyn Hudson
Corporate Beth Mather
Dispute resolution Andrew Johnson
Employment Chris Thompson
Financial disputes and regulation James Baird
Pensions Michael Collins
Planning Andrew Piatt
Private client and family Catriona Attride
Private equity Paul Jefferson
Real estate Rebecca Sherwin
Regulatory Ruth Armstrong
Residential development Callum Nuttall
Restructuring Andrew Buchanan
Tax Jamie Crawford
International Nick Smith
Complex International Recovery Mark Wilson
Photo Name Position Profile
Chris Adams photo Chris Adams Chris predominantly acts for Midlands-based commercial property developers in respect of the…
Paul Alcock photo Paul Alcock Paul acts for major housebuilders, land promoters and independent property developers on…
Philip Alton photo Philip Alton Philip has extensive experience across a broad spectrum of finance matters. He…
Ruth Armstrong photo Ruth Armstrong Ruth is the Head of the Regulatory and Business Defence Unit at…
Catriona Attride photo Catriona Attride Catriona leads the national Private Wealth & Family team at Gateley. She…
James Baird photo James Baird James is an expert in advising lenders in all aspects of banking…
Kate Ball photo Kate Ball Kate specialises in residential development, acting for developers and housebuilders on the…
James Baty photo James Baty James advises on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters. His…
Carol Betts photo Carol Betts Carol is a recognised expert with over 20 years of experience in…
Kate Canning photo Kate Canning Kate specialises in commercial disputes and regularly brings and defends claims in…
Chris Cheatle photo Chris Cheatle Chris specialises in advising corporate occupiers in all aspects of landlord and…
Lisa Clark photo Lisa Clark After spending over a decade at Gateley specialising in the acquisition of…
Jodie Clarke photo Jodie Clarke Jodie’s experience includes acting for companies, business owners and senior executives on…
Paul Cliff photo Paul Cliff Paul specialises in mergers & acquisitions in the private and public company…
Michael Collins photo Michael Collins Michael advises employers and trustees of occupational pension schemes on all aspects…
Andrew Cowan photo Andrew Cowan Andrew has many years’ experience in advising on mergers and acquisitions. He…
Jonathan Cree photo Jonathan Cree
Alison Davidson-Cox photo Mrs Alison Davidson-Cox Alison specialises in acquisition, corporate and leveraged finance and acts for banks,…
Peter Davies photo Peter Davies Peter is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer in the firm’s Construction unit…
Michelle Davies photo Michelle Davies
Helen Davison photo Helen Davison
Hannah Drozdz photo Hannah Drozdz Hannah is a professional support lawyer in the restructuring team. She ensures…
Jonathan Dugdale photo Jonathan Dugdale Jonathan acts predominantly for lenders as well as for pension funds, developers…
Harriet Eden photo Harriet Eden Harriet has been appointed as the dedicated professional support lawyer for the…
Susan Ehlinger photo Susan Ehlinger Susan specialises in planning law and is involved in the Planning team’s…
Fiona Emms photo Fiona Emms Fiona undertakes all aspects of insolvency and corporate recovery work with particular…
Ryan Ferguson photo Ryan Ferguson Ryan specialises in residential development, including land acquisition and strategic land options.…
Rebecca Freeman photo Rebecca Freeman
Daniel French photo Daniel French Daniel is an expert insolvency and business restructuring advisor to insolvency practitioners,…
Simon Gill photo Simon Gill Simon specialises in corporate acquisitions and disposals, re-organisations and corporate finance transactions.…
Sarbjeet Gill photo Sarbjeet Gill Sarb specialises in residential development including promotion agreements, strategic options land acquisitions…
Stephen  Goodrham photo Stephen Goodrham Steve is a partner and an expert in dealing with commercial disputes.…
James Gopsill photo James Gopsill James specialises in all areas of corporate tax, real estate tax and…
Benedict Gorner photo Benedict Gorner Benedict is a trusted advisor on employment law matters to a range…
Kathryn Hacking photo Kathryn Hacking Kathryn specialises in contentious insolvency work and all advisory aspects before and…
Neil Handel photo Neil Handel Neil is a commercial real estate partner with many years of experience…
Martin Jahreiss photo Martin Jahreiss Martin is a specialist tax lawyer who advises on a broad range…
Helen Jones photo Helen Jones Helen is a Senior Associate in the Restructuring team at Gateley, based…
Chris Jones photo Mr Chris Jones Chris acts for lenders and borrowers on a broad range of financing…
Amira Khan photo Amira Khan Amira handles both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, advising on a wide…
Belinda Laurance photo Belinda Laurance Belinda specialises in residential development and regeneration sites, regularly advising national developers…
Tim Ledger photo Tim Ledger Tim has acted for all of the country’s largest national housebuilders, including…
Mark Lennon photo Mark Lennon Mark is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer. He acts for clients in…
Karen Levesley photo Karen Levesley Karen acts for major names in manufacturing, retail, energy, IT and telecoms…
Andrew Madden photo Andrew Madden Andrew was responsible for creating the banking & finance team at Gateley…
James Madill photo James Madill James is an expert in investment transactions and landlord and tenant matters. …
Thea Maertens photo Thea Maertens Thea specialises in business sale and purchase disputes and pensions litigation. She…
Niall McCooey photo Niall McCooey Niall advises companies, investors and individuals on acquisitions, disposals and private equity…
Shazan Miah photo Shazan Miah Shazan has experience in a broad range of commercial property work, from…
Christian Mulvihill photo Christian Mulvihill Christian specialises on transactional construction matters but also advises clients regarding dispute…
Gemma Murphy photo Gemma Murphy Gemma acts for a wide range of asset finance and leasing companies…
Sally Newton photo Sally Newton Sally is a professional support lawyer in the Real Estate team. She…
Callum Nuttall photo Callum Nuttall Callum is a leader in the fields of residential development, urban regeneration…
Kate  Oliver  photo Kate Oliver Kate specialises in health & safety, environmental matters, white collar crime, Trading…
Adam Percival photo Adam Percival Adam specialises in advising on a wide range of corporate deals, including…
Richard Pettifor photo Richard Pettifor Richard is an expert in real estate development, funding and investment, having…
Simon Pigden photo Simon Pigden Simon heads up Gateley’s Business Services group and is also head of…
Helen Pitt photo Helen Pitt Helen specialises in commercial development work and has a wide range of…
Victoria Portman photo Victoria Portman Victoria is an expert advisor on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters.…
Helen Roberts photo Helen Roberts Helen is a Partner in the real estate team and acts for…
Tom Rush photo Mr Tom Rush Head of Corporate Birmingham, Tom specialises in public company transactions, private equity investments…
Pam Scott photo Pam Scott Pam specialises in residential development work and has over 20 years’ experience…
Matthew Scudamore photo Matthew Scudamore Matthew specialises in planning, compulsory purchase, highways, judicial review and aspects of…
Merran Sewell photo Merran Sewell Merran is a specialist employment lawyer advising on all aspects of the…
Safeea Shafiq photo Safeea Shafiq Safeea advises all types of clients on all areas of commercial litigation.…
Rebecca Sherwin photo Rebecca Sherwin Rebecca Sherwin is head of the real estate team. She is an…
Katie Silvester photo Katie Silvester Katie is a member of Gateley Plc’s Operations board and provides administrative…
Ray Simpson photo Ray Simpson Ray’s expertise lies in the area of commercial real estate development and…
Jo Symes photo Jo Symes Jo is a member of the tax team advising on all areas…
Sonia Thandi photo Sonia Thandi onia specialises in insolvency litigation. She mainly acts for insolvency practitioners but…
Rebecca Thomas photo Rebecca Thomas Rebecca has experience in advising a range of clients on a variety…
Robert Thompson photo Robert Thompson Rob is a seasoned specialist in residential development whose expertise includes immediate…
Richard Tindall photo Richard Tindall Richard advises high street and institutional lenders and investors on all forms…
Hannah Turner photo Hannah Turner Hannah specialises in estate and personal tax planning including will preparation, trust…
Michael Ward photo Michael Ward Michael has over 30 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, advising private…
Neil Warner photo Neil Warner Neil specialises in commercial dispute resolution, acting for a wide range of…
James White photo James White James is an expert in landlord and tenant law. He leads a…
Paul Wild photo Paul Wild Paul provides both pension scheme trustees and employers with day-to-day advice in…
John Williams photo John Williams John specialises in advising banks, building societies and other financial institutions on…
Mark Wilson photo Mark Wilson Mark is Head of Gateley’s Complex and International Recovery Work unit.  He has…
Amanda Wootton photo Amanda Wootton Amanda is experienced in debt recovery and asset finance, providing advice to…
Number of UK partners : 172
Number of other UK fee-earners : 500

Gateley Legal is the legal business at the heart of Gateley. Founded in Birmingham in 1808, the firm have provided commercial legal services to individuals and businesses over the last 200 years.

During that time, Gateley Legal have disrupted the legal marketplace; 30 years ago Birmingham’s legal market was dominated by some established players, a ‘legal elite’. Gateley were viewed as the ‘new kids on the block’.

The Gateley leadership team made it their mission to be involved in everything, getting involved in lots of corporate dealmaking, building commercial relationships within the professional community and doing things differently. The work that they did then has laid the foundations for the business that they are today.

The firm are proud that the clients and intermediaries that Gateley Legal worked with in their early days continue to play an important role in the firms business today, and they hope for many years to come. That disruptive attitude continues; in 2015 Gateley was the first commercial UK law firm to list on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Now, several years down the line, other law firms have followed their lead. As is so often said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Gateley Legal operates out of eight of their nine UK offices. Providing excellent client service to individuals and businesses across the UK is fundamental to their ethos of being forward thinking and straight talking.

Gateley Legal is in the business of ‘getting the job done’.

  1. The firm are consistently among the most active corporate legal advisers in the UK so the firm know what it takes to get a corporate deal done;
  2. They work with 18 of the UK’s top 20 housebuilders so they know how to buy, sell and develop property;
  3. They are advisers to 5 of the UK’s 6 largest clearing banks and regularly help lenders and borrowers with all aspects of funding;
  4. The firm have advised on some of the highest profile restructuring deals in recent years;
  5. They resolve commercial disputes in a straightforward and commercially sensible way; and
  6. Gateley Legal manage all aspects of the employer/ employee relationship for businesses of all sizes, from the up-and-comers to the big hitter

Gateley Legal have structured the business around four platforms which recognise the challenges and opportunities that their clients are facing in respect of:

Business Services matters:

Gateley Legal Business Services Platform combines the considerable commercial expertise of the firms commercial, IP and dispute resolution lawyers with that of the forensic and business intelligence skills of the Gateley Omega team and the Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys within Adamson Jones.

Corporate activities:

The firms Corporate Platform combines the skills of corporate ,banking, finance ,tax and restructuring lawyers in Gateley Legal with the inward investment experience of consultants within International Investment Services.

People issues:

Gateley Legal People Platform brings together the advisory skills of the firms leadership and development consultancies t-three and Kiddy & Partners with the expertise of their employment and pensions lawyers within Gateley Legal and the independent pension trustees within Entrust.

Within this Platform, the firm also have a strong Private Client team with experts in private wealth matters for individuals based in England and internationally, private wealth disputes and family issues.

Property matters:

Within their Property Platform, Gateley Legal lawyers advise on construction, planning, residential development ,real estate finance ,real estate development, real estate disputes and real estate investment. The property tax specialists within Gateley Capitus combine with the built environment consultants within Gateley Vinden and Gateley Hamer to offer a one stop shop for all real estate needs. Gateley Legal Property Platform is further complimented by Gateley Smithers Purslow , a specialist provider of surveying services, principally to the insurance industry.

Gateley Legal Platforms combine the skills and expertise of the lawyers within Gateley Legal with the extensive expertise of other professionals from their consultancy businesses. It is the combined skills and knowledge of these experienced professionals that help their clients to solve the problems that they face. To mitigate risk, to realise growth and to maximise opportunities.