Firm Profile > Gateley Plc > London, England

Gateley Plc

Commodities disputes Tier 3

Gateley Plc frequently handles Grain and Feed Trade Association and Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations arbitrations and has extensive experience in disputes under other arbitration rules including the Refined Sugar Association, London Metal Exchange, International Court of Arbitration  and London Court of International Arbitration. Practice head Nicholas Walser has more than 35 years’ experience in this field, and also advises commodity inspection and certification companies. He is often consulted by French commodity trading houses, either directly or by referrals from French maritime lawyers. Commodities disputes are handled by the firm's shipping and transport practice, which covers matters relating to contracts of sale, insurance issues, demurrage or other charterparty issues. The team’s experience covers a wide range of commodities including wheat, maize, barley, soybeans, palm oil, rice, sunflower seeds, raw and refined sugar, petroleum products, coal and steel.

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Gateley Plc handles a high volume of corporate M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the domestic market, although it also advises US-based clients. The firm's broad sector focus means that it advises across a range of industries, including manufacturing and retail. Tom Durrant heads the national corporate team, dividing his time between the Birmingham and London offices.

Mediators Tier 3

Gateley Plc's Gerard Khoshnaw (also at CEDR Chambers) specialises in commercial dispute avoidance, management and resolution, and sits on the mediator panel of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division). Khoshnaw's experience includes mediating disputes related to the healthcare sector.

Shipping Tier 4

Gateley Plc is praised for its 'availability and flexibility, and for its willingness to go the extra mile'. It handles a range of work including charterparty work, shipbuilding matters, ship sale and purchase disputes, and is also adept at marine cargo claims. Transactional and contentious superyacht matters are a key focus and the team is 'very experienced in the superyacht area and its knowledge of this sector is second-to-none'. The team acts for the former owners of the cruise ship, the New Flamenco, on its ongoing dispute with Globalia Business Travel arising from Globalia’s repudiation of a two-year charter of the vessel.


Paul Dickie has a candid and pragmatic approach.’

‘The team is full of experience and commercial common sense.’

‘It can be relied upon for considered comment and, when needed, imaginative solutions.’

Paul Dickie is the most available and approachable lawyer a client could want.’

Paul Dickie is a real team player who always adds that extra something.’

Key clients

Fulton Shipping Inc (Ultrapetrol Group)

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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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.