Firm Profile > Gateley Plc > Birmingham, England

Gateley Plc
B3 2HJ

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

'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.


‘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


Banking and finance Tier 2

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.


‘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

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 2

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.


‘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

Construction Tier 2

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.


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

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

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 .


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

Crime: fraud Tier 2

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.


Ruth Armstrong is an able regulatory lawyer‘.

Key clients


Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

CVR Global LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Debt recovery Tier 2

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.


‘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

Employment Tier 2

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.


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


Environment Tier 2

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.

Health and safety Tier 2

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.


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

Pensions Tier 2

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.


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)

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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.

Banking litigation Tier 3

Gateley Plc 's Birmingham banking litigation offering is led by the 'ferociously hard-working, practical and commercialJames 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.


‘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

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

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.


‘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.

Property litigation Tier 3

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.


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

Planning Tier 4

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.


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


Professional negligence Tier 4

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.

Gateley Legal, the legal business of professional services group Gateley.

The firm: Working through a network of nine UK offices and an international office in Dubai, Gateley Legal is the legal business of professional services group Gateley.

Gateley provides legal and business advice to companies of all sizes, from the up-and-comers to the big hitters.

Forward thinking, we were the UK’s first commercial law firm to list on the London Stock Exchange AIM growth market. It’s why we’re pushing the limits of what a legal and professional services business can offer.

Straight talking is an integral part of who we are, how we communicate and ultimately how we help our clients. Our 1000-strong team are born problem solvers who get their kicks from helping clients to get to where they need to be.

Types of work undertaken: We are a full service commercial law firm acting for a a range of clients, including SMEs, major UK companies and UK subsidiaries of overseas-owned corporates. Our private client team also works with HNW individuals, business owners and entrepreneurs on private wealth and family matters. We have a strength in international private wealth working with HNW individuals looking to live, work and invest in the UK.

Other offices: Belfast, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading, Guildford

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO Michael Ward
COO and partner Peter Davies
Banking and finance Anna Mayfield
Commerce, technology and media Simon Pigden
Construction Emlyn Hudson
Corporate Tom Durrant
Dispute resolution Steve Goodrham
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 Mark Wilson
Shipping Paul Dickie
Tax James Gopsill
International Nick Smith
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 Merran Sewell  photo Merran Sewell
 Safeea Shafiq  photo Safeea Shafiq
 Rebecca Sherwin  photo Rebecca Sherwin
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 Sonia Thandi  photo Sonia Thandi
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Number of UK partners : 150
Number of other UK fee-earners : 300

The Lex 100 Verdict

Gateley's 'innovative and entrepreneurial' plc status and the resulting 'incentives provided to staff by way of shares' enticed trainees. Respondents were impressed with the recruitment process, which made clear that the firm 'genuinely wanted to get to know you as a person above anything else'. Training is 'closely supervised', particularly in certain departments, where 'supervisors are willing to take the time to discuss your work and how it can be improved'. There are also plenty of opportunities to be 'the direct point of contact with the client and run smaller transactions yourself'. Some examples of the latter are: 'being the main liaison in completing a property transaction which had been running for years' and 'drafting a fairly technical letter to which my supervisor made almost no amendments'. There is a palpable 'emphasis on work/life balance' and trainees assured us that 'there are no adverse effects of leaving on time if your work is all done'. Gateley is a Lex 100 Winner for confidence of being kept on. That there is 'little choice when it comes to seats' is a bugbear; trainees are required to do a corporate, property and a contentious seat and the firm picks the first two departments. Inevitably, recruits had their fair share of low moments too, such as 'receiving a stamp duty land tax (SDLT) fine on a transaction', 'working long hours during the summer' and 'drafting documents for a transaction which was called off at the last minute'. To work at a firm which 'strikes a good balance between high-profile clients and exciting work whilst preserving a friendly, down-to-earth culture', research Gateley.