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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc  has a strong presence in the region, as highlighted by its work in M&A, private equity and commercial contracts. Tom Durrant  heads the corporate team nationally and is an expert in cross-border acquisitions and disposals.  Other prominent figures from the team include: capital markets specialist Paul Cliff ; private equity expert Simon Gill ; Chris Reed , who is  skilled in acquisitions and disposals;  Michael Ward , who is highly experienced in corporate transactions and restructurings; and public company  lawyer Tom Rush .

Practice head(s):Tom Durrant 

Other key lawyers:Paul Cliff; Simon Gill; Chris Reed


'Gateley is a national firm, but with a small firm service ethos. They have developed a strength in depth and have the range of services that corporate customers require.'

'Tom Durrant poseses the right characteristics for a lead corporate lawyer, with a range of knowledge across all disciplines, a sense of fairness and what will work in the real world.'

Key Clients

Lifetime Brands, Inc

Gymshark Limited

Franchise Brands Plc

Liberty House Group

Roxhill Developments

Premier Paper Group Limited

Stuart Turner Limited

Real Estate Investors Plc

Live Company Group Plc

Sdiptech AB

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders in housebuilder Westleigh Group (including Palatinate Private Equity) on its sale to Countryside Properties for £135.4m.
  • Advised CHS Healthcare on the acquisition of  BroadCare Software.
  • Acted for Sdiptech on the acquisition of Multitech Site Holdings, which provides temporary infrastructure.
  • Advised children's education and entertainment group Live Company Group on a share placing and on the acquisition of Bright Bricks Holdings. Bright Bricks is a UK-based firm which constructs custom Lego brick statues and models for touring events.
  • Acted for YFM Equity Partners on the management buy-out of Database Service Provider Global Limited.
Leading individuals

Michael Ward - Gateley Plc

Next Generation Partners

Tom Rush - Gateley Plc

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc acts for claimants and defendants in fraud disputes and tracing actions. The group is increasingly taking roles on substantial cross-border claims and claims for offshore clients. Ruth Armstrong is strong on all aspects of fraud and financial crime cases, with a particular focus on claims in the housebuilding, banking, manufacturing and transport industries. Mark Wilson is another name to note for his work in substantial fraud-related litigation and James Baird is a known name for his advice to banks, funders and leasing companies on all aspects of fraud.

Practice head(s):Ruth Armstrong; Mark Wilson; James Baird


'Ruth Armstrong is an able regulatory lawyer'.

Key Clients


Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

CVR Global LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented a payday loan and short-term financial service provider following dawn raids by the SFO and HMRC into financial irregularities by two director-shareholders.
  • Acting for a high net-worth individual in allegations of fraud and accounting irregularity by HMRC.
  • Acted in a nine-figure dispute arising out of the sale of a credit card portfolio.
  • Advised the  lender in relation to an allegation of illegality and bribery in respect of loan.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc 's Birmingham banking litigation offering is led by the 'ferociously hard-working, practical and commercial' James Baird , who focuses on advising funders and leasing companies on debt recovery, asset-tracing and fraud disputes. Recent work for the firm has included acting on a nine-figure dispute arising out of the sale of a credit card portfolio.

Practice head(s):5

Other key lawyers:5


'James Baird is great, and the team he has created around him is second to none.'

'A very pro-active team, giving clear and commercial advice, and combining a thorough-going knowledge of the law of banking and finance with great practical insights and a real feel for the commercial concerns of clients.'

They stand out from the ranks of other similarly placed firms, not just in the quality of their personnel, but also in that of they work they produce.'

'The team is phenomenally hard-working and fights its clients' corner hard, whilst at the same time being a delight to work with.'

'Gateley goes from strength to strength - the banking litigation practice is a tight-knit, efficient and astute team. We rely on them daily and they, quite simply, never let us down. Could not recommend them more highly.'

'They have excellent working relationships with instructing banks and a helpful and a detailed understanding of the lending structures and client bank processes.'

'Unique expertise combining immense complex banking litigation experience with knowledge of asset backed security and cross-border insolvency litigation. Top of the tree in the West Midlands and nationally in this area.'

'James Baird is ferociously hard-working, practical and commercial.'

'Senior associate John Williams is charming, very bright and gets to grip with the commercial realities of a case with great skill.'

'James Baird is a shrewd and highly experienced partner with a keen understanding of the law.'

'James Baird is unparallelled in his legal knowledge in this area. He is highly intelligent, incisive, pragmatic and tactical, and delivers all this with wit and modesty.'

Key Clients

Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited

Henry Howard Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

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Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's handles disputes work for clients across the manufacturing, retail, sports, charities, pensions and recruitment sectors. Stephen Goodrham - 'the man you want fighting your corner in a battle' - leads the team and is well-regarded for his work in handling cases relating to restrictive covenants, as well as shareholder disputes. He is supported by Neil Warner, who focuses on breach of contract and warranty claims.

Practice head(s):Stephen Goodrham 

Other key lawyers:Neil Warner


'The Gateley Birmingham team always have the best result for the client at the very core of everything they do. They take personal responsibility for cases and strive to get the best from themselves and external advisers.'

'Steve Goodrham is a well focused and knowledgeable partner, with a well-motivated team.'

'Gateley's commercial litigation team, spearheaded by Steve Goodrham, combine the ability to drive the procedural steps forward whilst still having the awareness and capability to find a commercial settlement. The team is well resourced and has the ability to draft in other specialists from within the firm.'

'The team have a strong work ethic and are technically knowledgeable on the legal aspects of the dispute.'

'Steve Goodrham is like a dog with a bone and will grind the opposition down over time whilst always retaining an amiable demeanour. He's the man you want fighting your corner when in a battle.'

'Neil Warner is approachable and easy to work with, and is quick to appreciate the technical points from expert reports. Neil also presents a strong and robust argument on behalf of clients.'

Steve Goodrham is a strong and tactical negotiator and adopts a practical approach to dispute resolution.

Leading individuals

Stephen Goodrham  - Gateley Plc

Next Generation Partners

Neil Warner - Gateley Plc

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's standout specialty is its expertise in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The 'hard-working, commercial and client-focused' James Baird leads the team and is notably skilled in fraud prevention, collections consultancy and recovery.

Practice head(s):James Baird


'One of the top teams in asset recovery and the world of lease finance/hire purchase.'

'Gateley is at the top of its game, in my view. They are hard-working, commercial and very responsive both to the exigencies of litigation and to their clients' commercial interests.'

'James Baird is exceptionally hard-working, commercial and client-focused. He has an unbeatable grasp of the commercial realities of the lease finance/hire purchase sector, coupled with a legal knowledge that is hard to beat.'

'Joshua Howells has extensive experience in this field and is one to watch.'

Key Clients

Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited

Henry Howard Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

The banking and finance team at Gateley Plc has an active practice involving acquisition finance, refinancing, asset finance and real estate finance matters. 'Very effective' practice head Andrew Madden has particular expertise in leverage and corporate finance deals, while Carol Betts specialises in real estate finance and asset-based lending transactions. The firm's clients include most of the major banks operating in the Midlands, and it has recently secured a number of new panel appointments.

Practice head(s):Andrew Madden

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Sherwin; Carol Betts


'Excellent team, visible and great communication skills. Always happy to support and invest time in our relationship.'

'A great team at all levels. Andrew Madden and Anna Mayfield are very effective; they are always happy to help and provide sensible and commercial advice to support our clients and make deals happen.'

Key Clients

KBC Bank N.V., London Branch

BGF Investments

Lloyds Development Capital

Shard Credit Partners

Maven Debt Finance

Leumi ABL Limited

Urban Exposure

Work highlights

  • Prepared and agreed a new term loan to Santander’s existing customer, ALP IOM Limited, to assist it to refinance and restructure its portfolio of nine properties by acquiring four properties from four British Virgin Islands sister SPVs and four properties from a Guernsey sister SPV.
  • Advised Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank on the provision of term loan and working capital facilities to Orbis Protect in connection with  the acquisition of Orbis Protect by NorthEdge.
  • Advised Shard Credit Partners on the refinancing and acquisition finance facilities provided to SKS Business Services.
  • Advised Maven Debt Finance in preparing the documentation for the £250m Midlands Engine Investment Finance debt fund.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank in connection with an increase to term loan facilities to Parentpay in order to fund the acquisition of Egengroup Holdings.
Leading individuals

Andrew Madden - Gateley Plc

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

'Fantastic lawyer' Mark Wilson heads the 'superb' team at Gateley Plc, which also features the 'excellent' and highly regarded Daniel French. The team acts for banks, insolvency practitioners and corporate clients in contentious and non-contentious matters relating to the liquidation and administration of distressed businesses. Advising on business restructuring is another mainstay of the practice. Former senior associate Louise Gill left to join Coventry Building Society in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Mark Wilson

Other key lawyers:Daniel French; Kathryn Hacking; Victoria Portman; Helen Jones


'Gateley has an extremely good offering.'

Key Clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Deloitte UK LLP


Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


Work highlights

  • Acting for Baldwins Restructuring & Insolvency on the administration of Showpla Plastics.
  • Acting for FRP Advisory on the administration of EA 234 and EA 234 Holdings, including negotiating an abortive and then a successful third party pre-pack administration sale of the business and assets of the companies.
  • Advising Maven Capital Partners, an investor in hotel room letting company Chic Lifestyle, which went into administration following a decision by HMRC to remove tax relief for investors.
Leading individuals

Daniel French - Gateley Plc

Mark Wilson - Gateley Plc

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc is highly rated for employment tribunal work, and it also has a strong track record in the High Court and appellate courts, particularly in relation to confidentiality and post-termination restrictions. The team generates a steady flow of instructions from both employers and senior employees in executive severance situations. Practice head Benedict Gorner is an experienced advocate.

Practice head(s):Benedict Gorner

Other key lawyers:Merran Sewell


'Merran Sewell is technically excellent, commercial and very responsive and aware of her clients’ needs'.

Key Clients

AGA Rangemaster

Arts Council England

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Crisil Irevna UK


Sanlam Investment and Wealth Management

Sevacare (UK)

Svenska Handelsbanken

Tyrrells Potato Crisps


Work highlights

  • Representing Sevacare (UK) ( as  the lead respondent which is being pursued by UNISON) in a claim involving multiple (43) claimants and 8 respondents.
  • Advised a client on an application by the union Unite to be formally recognised by the client and, in turn, undertake collective bargaining on behalf of staff in respect of pay, holidays and hours of work.
  • Acted for International Wealth Management Company on the enforcement of restrictive covenants against one of its former employees.
  • Advised a public sector body on a complex tribunal claim involving allegations of discrimination of whistleblowing.
  • Acted on behalf of a chief executive officer and the chief financial officer in respect of the sale of one of the UK’s leading logistics and distribution businesses.
Next Generation Partners

Merran Sewell - Gateley Plc

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc offers a one-stop fatal accident and major incident service nationally to its clients. Its track record in the health and safety arena ensure that it generates work from clients in various sectors. Led by practice head Ruth Armstrong, the team acts for 19 of the top 20 housebuilders in the UK. It also has sector expertise in manufacturing, waste management and retail, among others. The group has significant experience of handling trading standards investigations, product and safety issues as well as environmental, anti-bribery and corruption matters.

Practice head(s):Ruth Armstrong

Other key lawyers:Kate Oliver; Chris Grainger


'A very commercially astute team covering a large and varied practice area'.

'The team  really gets to knows its clients to ensure that it understands exactly what the client needs, often without the client having to say anything'

'Ruth Armstrong is a leader in her field. Always accessible, extremely astute commercially with huge experience and a broad range of technical strengths. Very good and easy to deal with. Works well and with fine judgement in critical situations'.

'Ruth Armstrong is pragmatic, friendly, hardworking and highly intelligent'.

'Kate Oliver has a real understanding of the criminal process and what will be best for her clients'.

Key Clients

Drayton Manor Park


Brachot Hermant

Work highlights

  • Represented Drayton Manor Park in the high profile police and HSE investigations following a fatal accident to a member of the public (a child on a school trip).
  • Represented Camtrex Limited following a fatal accident at its premises.
  • Represented Nylacast in the inquest and subsequent prosecution following a fatal accident at its premises involving an employee.
  • Representing a private members golf club when a member of staff was injured in a fire at the grounds.
  • Acting for a specialist groundworks contractor following two live cable strikes in quick succession on a construction site.
Leading individuals

Ruth Armstrong - Gateley Plc

Rising stars

Kate Oliver - Gateley Plc

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Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc acts for a wide spectrum of local, national and international clients in sectors such as industrial engineering, pharmaceuticals and financial services among others. Its team advises on defined benefit schemes with assets ranging from £500,000 to £330m, and also other schemes, such as occupational schemes, SSASs and SIPPS. It also has expertise in various pension issues connected with corporate transactions, as well as on data protection/GDPR and scheme funding issues. Michael Collins heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Michael Collins

Other key lawyers:Kate Lloyd; Jill Walters; Paul Wild


'Provides a high standard of customer service with regular contact on the progress of work. The team is always very helpful and helps to make things understandable'.

'Michael Collins is very hands-on, proactive and pragmatic. He is a safe and steady pair of hands and always responds quickly and makes himself available for ad-hoc meetings or conference calls'.

'Michael Collins is pragmatic and provides very concise and readable advice'.

'Jill Walters  is very calm, very knowledgeable and does a good job for her clients'.

'Kate Lloyd  is outstanding in her advice and her manner. She makes a complicated subject more understandable and is always very helpful'.

'Kate Lloyd provides very fast response times, much faster than any other legal advisors I have experienced. The quality of advice is very good, and Kate is prepared to be definitive'.


Key Clients

Phoenix Medical Supplies Pension Scheme

Getinge/Arjo Huntleigh

Nufarm UK

ZF Services

Charles River Pension Plan

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (Europe) Pension Scheme

Manganese Bronze Group Pension Trustees

Macmillan Publishers’ Pension Schemes

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

Hill & Smith 2016 Pension Scheme

Britax Childcare

Police Mutual Assurance Society Staff Pension Fund

Dosco Overseas Engineering (1973) Pension and Assurance Scheme

NCL Investments Limited Pension Scheme (Smith & Williamson)

Work highlights

  • Advising Granwood Holdings Limited on the buyout of three of the employer group's defined benefit pension schemes.
  • Advised the trustees of The ZF Great Britain Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme on the merger of the scheme with the TRW pension plan.
Leading individuals

Michael Collins - Gateley Plc

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West Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's team specialises in claims against a wide variety of professionals, such as solicitors, financial advisers, insurance brokers, accountants and insolvency practitioners. It also has a strong reputation for claims against construction professionals, including architects and project managers. Peter Davies, Stephen Goodrham and Mark Wilson head up the team.

Practice head(s):Peter Davies, Stephen Goodrham, Mark Wilson

Work highlights

  • Advised a vehicle manufacturer on a £3m professional negligence claim against the contractor and the architect of client’s new facility.
  • Acted for a major housebuilder in a  £1.5m professional negligence claim against the client’s former solicitors regarding an  option on  a development site.
  • Acting for a major housebuilder in a claim against  a firm of consulting engineers that failed to specify a sufficient number of bed joint reinforcements in the blockwork of houses.
  • Advised a client on a claim relating to the promotion and "sale” of a Ponzi scheme.
  • Instructed to act in relation to auditor liability claims concerning a failed offshore insurance company.

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West Midlands: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's team excels in advising on the use of lifetime trusts in pre-sale business sale strategies, as well as the establishment of family investment companies. It is also adept at providing multi-generational advice to wealthy clients by way of wills and lifetime trusts. The group, which is led by Catriona Attride, is also experienced in administering complex UK-based and multijurisdictional estates, and acting as professional deputy in complex and high-value cases.

Practice head(s):Catriona Attride

Work highlights

  • Advising client on issues arising out of the current structure of a family investment company and proposals for restructuring.
  • Advising on a high value complex claim by the widow of her late husband’s estate and on settlements created during lifetime.
  • Advising the trustees of a large healthcare trust to include updating the scheme rules and trust deed and delivering regular training on compliance issues and their responsibilities and obligations.
  • Advising clients on their wealth structuring following the sale of a business and implementing a lifetime family trust and family investment company.
  • Advising the trustees of a land pooling trust on the establishment of a trust entity to manage the receipts and payment obligations of various land developers’ Section 106 payments to include relevant legal and tax advice.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Highly regarded in the residential development space, Gateley Plc advises major national and regional housebuilders on land acquisitions, large-scale developments and the sale of plots under the leadership of 'superb lawyer' Callum Nuttall. Other areas of expertise include acting for landowners, investors, occupiers and lenders on commercial development, property finance, real estate investment and property portfolio management.

Practice head(s):Callum Nuttall; Rebecca Sherwin

Other key lawyers:Tim Ledger; Pamela Scott; Ray Simpson; James Madill


'Helpful, always on hand to advise and speak our language.'

'A very strong reputation in residential development'

'An excellent residential practice.'

'Great strength in depth across the team.'

'Callum Nuttall is extremely knowledgeable, commercial and able to provide sensible practical solutions to difficult legal problems.'

'Callum Nuttall has a wealth of experience, is calm, unflappable and always willing to answer ad hoc questions if guidance is needed as well as dealing with the most complex matters.'

'Callum Nuttall is the best property lawyer.'

'Pamela Scott has depth of knowledge and arguably provides the best legal advice in the market.'

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Bellway plc

Barratt plc

Taylor Wimpey plc

Oxford University

CITIC Chinese State Investment Company


Galliford Try plc

Work highlights

  • Acted Stoford on the pre-let and forward funding disposal of the largest JLR retail vehicle distribution facility in Stone, Staffordshire.
  • Acting for a consortium including Taylor Wimpey and Bovis on the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension, a housing development encompassing  6,000 new homes, four schools and a new local centre.
  • Advised Urban Exposure on the £40.2m facility for the development of a prominent Birmingham residential and retail scheme.
  • Represented a subsidiary of CITIC on the acquisition and financing of a multi-let mixed use investment portfolio.
  • Acting for Bloor Homes on the delivery of over 4,000 new homes, a district centre, two schools and parks in North West Cheltenham.
Leading individuals

Callum Nuttall - Gateley Plc

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

The 'capable team' at Gateley Plc provides comprehensive advice on a wide range of real estate matters, advising a impressive client roster including national and regional contractors, developers and prominent housebuilders. Chief operations officer and construction disputes specialist Peter Davies focuses on housing disputes involving professional negligence and defective design claims, and is supported by legal director Paul Scott, who is an 'excellent contentious lawyer'. Amira Khan is noted for her broad expertise and David Lloyd Jones specialises in non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):Emlyn Hudson (Manchester)

Other key lawyers:David Lloyd Jones; Amira Khan; Peter Davies; Paul Scott


'Friendly, approachable and down to earth. Commercial approach'

'Very quick to respond, creative solutions and overall very helpful'

'Very capable team of lawyers, who go over and above what has been asked of them. Always deliver in a timely and efficient manner and are incredibly thorough in their advice'

'Gateley is very good at communication'

'Peter Davies is an excellent all rounder'

'Paul Scott always goes the extra mile and provides clear practical advice'

'Director Paul Scott is an excellent contentious lawyer - he is always there for you and tells you the answer'

'Mark Lennon is a hard working and focused associate'

Key Clients

Jaguar Land Rover

Regal (West Point) Limited

Volvo Group UK Limited

The Coleman Group

Crest Nicholson PLC

Bovis Homes Limited

Clarion Housing Association

Millennium Point Property Limited

Historic England

Colmore Tang Construction Limited

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Limited

Universal Piling and Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Bovis Homes in connection the procurement of its flagship development at Stanton Cross.
  • Represented Volvo UK in a £3m professional negligence claim arising from a defective pavement at one of its flagship truck depots.
  • Advised Icon Harlow on the purchase of the site, the demolition of a commercial unit and the construction of several units to create a logistics and warehouse space.
  • Represented Taylor Wimpey as developer on the £100m build of a mixed use development including around 700 apartments in Farringdon, London.
  • Advising Alyjiso on the construction and extension of an 'aparthotel' in East London.
Next Generation Partners

Amira Khan - Gateley Plc

Rising stars

Paul Scott - Gateley Plc

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Environment - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a range of contentious work concerning Environment Agency investigations and prosecutions, and is also frequently involved in decommissioning projects, such as the closure of power plants. The practice, which is led by the regulatory expert Ruth Armstrong , also advises housebuilders, waste management companies and administrators of insolvent companies.

Practice head(s):Ruth Armstrong

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Planning - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc regularly advises developers, housebuilders and investors on planning issues relating to development and regeneration projects, such as the implementation of planning permissions and due diligence for real estate transactions. In other work, the team acts for private individuals and developers on enforcement matters. Director Matthew Scudamore heads the residential planning team and also often handles highway claims.

Practice head(s):Matthew Scudamore


'The team is extremely diverse with a number of different characters and personalities among the team. It allows to tailor different projects to different people depending on their personality and experience'

'Gateley have a wide range of expertise, which means they can get expert input to most issues quickly'

'Gateley stands out for the responsiveness of the individuals within the company. They respond to ad hoc queries very quickly and deliver against their promises'

'I would always choose Susan Ehlinger to deal with our section 106 applications. I work for a fast paced company and having someone on our side who understands that is always beneficial. Susan will always do things without me even having to request it, because she knows how our company works. She isn't afraid of contacting people to get what we need in the timeframe we need'

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey



Barratt Homes




Keepmoat Homes


Regal (West Point)

Harworth Estates


Crest Nicholson

Harborne Golf Club


Work highlights

  • Advised on the planning due diligence relating to Mountpark’s acquisition of a large commercial site.
  • Advised FAR on the due diligence, planning issues, and the delivery of various planning applications for the regeneration of the former Nailstone Colliery for commercial purposes.
  • Assisting Harborne Golf Club with the sale of land for housing development, including advising on a highway point of law in relation to dedication of land for highway purposes where the ownership is unknown.
  • Advising Abbey Homes in relation to its highway claim that a bridleway over residential a site is affecting the delivery of housing.
  • Assisting Harworth Estates with the redevelopment of a former coalfield colliery site in Yorkshire.
Next Generation Partners

Matthew Scudamore - Gateley Plc

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

At Gateley Plc, Birmingham-based chief operating officer Peter Davies focuses on advising housebuilders on all development and remediation-related disputes, such as payment claims, damages claims and contract breaches. In other work, Iain Davies represents corporate occupiers in disputes with their landlords relating to lease renewal, refurbishment works and dilapidations claims. Legal director Philip Scully left to join Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP in November 2018.

Practice head(s):Peter Davies; Iain Davies


'A good team'

'Peter Davies is an excellent all round lawyer'

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey

Bovis Homes Limited

Bellway Homes Limited

Crest Nicholson

Linden Homes

BDW Trading

Santander UK Plc

Lloyds Pharmacy

Go Outdoors

Patisserie Valerie

Peabody Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising a national housebuilder in a dispute relating to a collaboration agreement.
  • Advising a longstanding client in connection with a dilapidations claim relating to industrial premises.
  • Acting for a housebuilder in a dispute regarding a collateral warranty in respect of site remediation works.
  • Representing a housebuilder in a dispute regarding a conditional contract for the purchase of a development site.
  • Advising a registered charity and provider of social housing in a dispute with a developer concerning a development site in central London.
Next Generation Partners

Iain Davies - Gateley Plc

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