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Gateley Plc

ONE ELEVEN, EDMUND STREET, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2HJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 234 0000
Fax:
Fax 0121 234 0001
DX:
13033 BIRMINGHAM-1
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Web:
www.gateleyplc.com
Birmingham, Dubai, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and 2 more

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc¬†provides ‚Äėan exemplary level of overall service‚Äô is ‚Äėvery efficient and timely in its communications ‚Äď the advice clients receive is well-thought out and appropriate, explaining¬†things in language clients can understand‚Äô. The firm handles a range of commercial contracts matters and management buy-outs space, alongside some expertise in AIM capital markets. Paul Cliff¬† and Tom Rush, a June 2017 partner promotion, advised Franchise Brands on its reverse takeover of Metro Rod, which necessitated a re-admission of the company on AIM. Elsewhere in capital markets, the two also advised Stockdale Securities as Nomad to the ¬£16.9m AIM IPO of Verditek, which owns several cleantech businesses. Chris Reed ¬†‚Äėworks hard, keeping things rolling and most importantly getting the best deal for clients in the long term‚Äô - his work includes significant buy-side MBO deals; Tom Durrant¬†advised Inflexion Private Equity on the management buyout of PCMS Group, which provides point of sale software to retailers including Waitrose. Simon Gill¬†advised Palatine Private Equity on an investment in TTC Group. Mike Ward¬†advised My Policy Limited on the company‚Äôs sale in a management buy-out backed by Inflexion Private Equity. Simon Pigden¬†is a key contact for outsourcing contracts, many of which concerning technology. Other clients include Gymshark. Kirstin Roberts¬†has moved to Freeths LLP.

Leading individuals

Michael Ward - Gateley Plc

Next generation lawyers

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¬†focuses on both criminal and civil fraud, possessing ‚Äėgreat commerciality‚Äô and ‚Äėdemonstrates great strength in depth‚Äô. Fraud and financial crime specialist Ruth Armstrong¬†heads the regulatory team and has notable expertise on matters relating to house building, manufacturing, transport and banking. Mark Wilson¬†heads the corporate recovery team, and is known for his ‚Äėcommercial edge‚Äô and ‚Äėability to negotiate the best deal in difficult circumstances‚Äô. James Baird¬†works predominantly on fraud prevention consulting and recovery for funders and leasing companies.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc ’s James Baird handles a range of banking litigation, often involving fraud by bank employees. Clients include Macquarie Equipment Finance, Aldermore Bank, Scania Finance, Tower Leasing and several traditional banks.

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc¬†is ‚Äėan outstanding commercial litigation firm that combines¬†sound legal advice with tactical astuteness and an understanding of commercial¬†sensitivities‚Äô. The ‚Äėextremely switched-on and responsive‚Äô team handles a range of work, from shareholder disputes through to contractual matters and civil fraud cases. Partner Stephen Goodrham¬†is ‚Äėan inspirational leader who has developed the team into a real powerhouse‚Äô. ‚ÄėMaster tactician‚Äô legal director Neil Warner¬†is ‚Äėan excellent lawyer who approaches matters from a commercial point of view ‚Äď he has the ability to get to the root of a problem quickly'.¬†He is active in a number of high-profile disputes, with an emphasis on football and public procurement matters. Senior associate Karen Levesley¬†‚Äėhas meticulous knowledge of her cases, keeping clients ahead of the curve‚Äô. Associate Rebecca Thomas¬†(‚Äėsensible but steely‚Äô) has a wide-ranging caseload, including civil fraud cases, while associate Kate Canning¬†(‚Äėabsolutely committed¬†to her cases and always willing to go the extra mile for clients‚Äô) is active in contentious insolvency matters, recently acting for Smile Stylist in a winding-up petition against a company which was contracted to provide service, but deposited the cash into the directors‚Äô bank account. Associate Safeea Shafiq¬†handles manufacturing-related disputes.

Leading individuals

Stephen Goodrham - Gateley Plc

Next generation lawyers

Neil Warner - Gateley Plc

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

In Birmingham, Gateley Plc’s James Baird handles cases, many of which concerning vehicle hire and finance, some of which with fraud elements. Clients include Scania Finance Great Britain, Henry Howard Finance and Kennet Equipment Leasing.

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a range of transactions for borrowers and lenders, including MBO finance and non-bank lending advice. Andrew Madden  and Rebecca Sherwin (who also heads the firm's real estate finance practice) advised Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank as financiers of Evac+Chair’s MBO, and in the borrower space Madden advised Seafresh Group on a refinancing, which included securities over assets in both the UK and US and inter-creditor agreements involving the company’s Thai owners. Carol Betts advised HSBC on a £13m loan to a Manx company to purchase the Thomas Cook headquarters in Peterborough via a BVI structure.

Leading individuals

Andrew Madden - Gateley Plc

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc¬†handles a range of work, with a significant presence in insolvency litigation. Clients recommend Daniel French, who advised KPMG on its role as administrators of The Imaginaerum Studios, securing the pre-pack sale of its assets in a management buy-out. Mark Wilson¬†and legal director Kathryn Hacking¬†advised Grant Thornton as liquidators of an aluminium smelting company, which performed an allegedly unlawful share buyback and sale of the factory and a subsidiary to the managing director. Victoria Portman, another legal director, advised Begbies Traynor on obtaining control of land which was occupied by the holder of a since-expired lease but owned by a company in liquidation. Helen Jones¬†is a key senior associate ‚Äď she advised Scientific and Chemical Suppplies on an accelerated management buyout required to prevent the client from becoming insolvent.

Leading individuals

Daniel French - Gateley Plc

Mark Wilson - Gateley Plc

Next generation lawyers

Louise Gill - Gateley Plc

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles the full range of employment work but is notably strong in confidentiality and post-termination restrictions.  Benedict Gorner  leads the team and is particularly proficient in restrictive covenant matters and senior executive disputes.Victoria Garrad  is highly skilled in handling policy drafting, redundancies and reorganisations.  Merran Sewell  was promoted to partner in 2017 and has a strong focus on restructuring initiatives and senior executive severances.

Leading individuals

Victoria Garrad - Gateley Plc

Next generation lawyers

Merran Sewell - Gateley Plc

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

A key focus of Gateley Plc is on defending cases involving fatal accidents, gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter. Ruth Armstrong leads the team nationally and is an expert in advising on high profile investigations for corporate clients.She recently defended Drawn Metal on a multi-defendant manslaughter claim which arose from a lawyer being killed by a falling window frame and advised AGD Equipment on a fatal accident suffered while conducting pressure testing on its premises. Pauline Munro is also a key figure who is 'approachable', 'professional', 'thorough' and 'works to an exceptionally high standard'.  Also recommended are associate Kate Oliver and solicitor Chris Grainger, who regularly acts on criminal defence work in this space.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc¬†practice has a strong focus on the engineering, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors, with ‚Äėexcellent response times‚Äô, ‚Äėvery strong expertise‚Äô and ‚Äėappropriate advice‚Äô. Michael Collins¬† leads the team and is ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô, ‚Äėapproachable‚Äô and ‚Äėstraightforward‚Äô. He recently advised Pension and Life Assurance Plan of Macmillan on its executive ‚Äėtop up‚Äô scheme. Kate Lloyd¬† is also a key figure, with notable strengths in scheme mergers and funding, equalisation, as well as the establishment of new schemes.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc has a strong reputation in professional negligence, particularly on construction-related cases. Steve Goodrham is one of three partner who heads the practice and 'gets to the heart of a case very quickly', 'works out with the client what the right approach is' and 'then sticks to it'. Fellow practice head Peter Davies  is particularly active on construction related claims and advised a major house builder on a claim against geo-environmental engineers who failed to identify asbestos contamination on the client's purchased site. Also leading the team is Mark Wilson  , who focuses on claims against insolvency practitioners and offshore accountants and auditors. Also recommended is Michelle Davies who acts on claims against solicitors, tax advisers and accountants, and 'is very good at getting to grips with the detail of a case' and 'making sure that deadlines are met'.

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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 has 'a very strong presence in private client matters' and is particularly active in matters involving tax and estate planning for high-net worth individuals. Practice head Catriona Attride  is 'a really excellent lawyer' who 'combines common sense and a sense of humour with a really sharp intellect and a very strong grasp of the legal principles and their tax consequences'. She is 'well supported' by solicitor Alexia Haines and associate Hannah Turner .

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West Midlands: Real estate

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a mix of work, with a particularly strong roster of work for housebuilders. Callum Nuttall  advised Harworth Group on promoting a scheme to develop 3,000 homes near Derby, while Richard Pettifor continues to advise the consortium backing the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension, which is a proposed 6,000-unit residential development in the West Midlands. In addition, Tim Ledger is acting for Keepmoat Homes on an £80m development on the banks of the River Soar in Leicester. Pamela Scott advises a consortium of two housebuilders and a social housing provider on the purchase of sites as part of the Hull Citywide Framework. Robert Thompson is also a name of note for major house-building developments, while Ray Simpson advised Regal on financing its plan to construct Birmingham’s tallest residential tower. Away from housebuilding, Pettifor advises Mountpark Logistics on a speculative commercial development in Warrington, and Soulplane on developing a logistics property near Manchester Airport. James Madill advised Avignon Capital on the acquisition of a long-term lease of the arts complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. Rebecca Sherwin advises HSBC on real estate finance matters. James White advised Gymshark on letting a new headquarters in Solihull. Andrew Mellor is now at Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Leading individuals

Callum Nuttall - Gateley Plc

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc, which counts several prominent housebuilders among its clients, handles both contentious and non-contentious work. David Lloyd Jones¬†advised Jaguar Land Rover on construction contracts for a ¬£96m development, including a new head office, using a construction management contract ‚Äď in the residential space, he also advises Taylor Wimpey on contracts for Bouygues to redevelop part of the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre into housing. In the contentious arena, legal director Amira Khan¬†advises Bovis Homes on a dispute with Network Rail concerning delays to upgrades to Wellingborough railway station, which is adjacent to Bovis‚Äô Stanton Cross development. Peter Davies¬†and senior associate Peter Cursham¬†Will Cursham represent Volvo in a ¬£3m claim regarding a defective area of hardstanding. The firm also acts for Linden Homes. Senior associate Paul Scott¬†is a new hire from Shoosmiths LLP¬†.

Next generation lawyers

Amira Khan - Gateley Plc

Paul Scott - Gateley Plc

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc 's Ruth Armstrong and associate Kate Oliver  are regularly called on to handle Environment Agency and local authority prosecutions, as well as assisting with transactional risk advice. Clients include major housebuilders, waste management companies and administrators of insolvent companies.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

At Gateley Plc, senior associate Matthew Scudamore  handles a range of work regarding planning consents, much of which concerning section 106 agreements. He advised a consortium of Keepmoat Homes and Strata Homes on section 111 and 106 agreements concerning construction on a brownfield site in central Leeds. Other clients include UK Land Developments, which Scudamore advised on agreements concerning a development in Redditch, David Wilson Homes and Harworth Estates.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Scudamore - Gateley Plc

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a range of work, with a particular strength in representing housebuilders. Legal director Iain Davies  handles seven-figure landlord and tenant disputes, while Peter Davies  handles disputes concerning construction and remedial works, as well as flood risk. Senior associate Phil Scully represented Bovis Homes, securing an injunction for the client to allow construction of a road to carry out works.

Next generation lawyers

Iain Davies - Gateley Plc

Philip Scully - Gateley Plc

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