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Gateley Plc

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc represents blue chip businesses, private equity houses and management teams. On the corporate side, the firm advises private and public companies on M&A, private equity deals, MBOs, disposals, joint ventures and shareholder/member arrangements. On the commercial side it advises on core business contracts, supply chain management, brand protection, payment services and outsourcing. Charles Glaskie and Jonathan Moakes head the team. Rebecca Grisewood ,  Paul Jefferson and Stephen Roberts are also recommended

Practice head(s):Charles Glaskie; Jonathan Moakes

Other key lawyers:Mark Halliwell; Nigel Brown; Khurshid Valli; Chris Dunn; Kate Richards; Peter Budd; John Burns; Leigh Whittaker; Paul Jefferson; Stephen Roberts

Key Clients


Inspired Energy Plc

Yearsley Group

Just Childcare Limited

Foresight Group

Palatine Private Equity


Grafenia PLC

Sorted Holdings Limited

City Football Group

Lookers plc

AB InBev

Work highlights

  • Sale of Yearsley Group Limited to Lineage Logistics.
  • Sale of a stake in Betfred’s Tote business to Alizeti Capital Limited.
  • Advised the sellers on the £13.2m sale of PP Control & Automation Limited to PP Holdco Limited, backed by Ardenton Capital.
  • Advised the management team of Menzies Distribution, backed by private equity firm Endless, on the £74.5m management buy-out from John Menzies Plc.
  • Advised Grafenia PLC on a placing of shares.
Leading individuals

Charles Glaskie - Gateley Plc

Paul Jefferson - Gateley Plc

Rebecca Grisewood - Gateley Plc

Next Generation Partners

Stephen Roberts - Gateley Plc

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc 's practice acts for banks, building societies and other finance providers on a range of litigation matters, including asset finance disputes and regulatory issues. Other areas of expertise include mis-selling and misrepresentation allegations, professional negligence, unfair relationship claims and authorised push payment fraud. Birmingham-based James Baird heads the team, while Manchester partner Andrew Field, who has advocacy and mediation experience, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Baird

Other key lawyers:Andrew Field

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: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's commercial dispute resolution team is led by Sarah Sabin , who advises on shareholder and boardroom disputes, including those with an international element. The practice's clients include SMEs, large corporates and high-net-worth individuals, with specialist areas including healthcare, sports litigation and shareholder disputes arising from M&A deals. The AIM-listed firm also handles multi-jurisdictional work, including leading on a multimillion-pound class action relating to the alleged mis-selling of property in Cyprus.

Practice head(s):Sarah Sabin

Other key lawyers:Janine Allen; Nicola Richardson; Nick Murrills; James Seed


'A good practical approach to dispute resolution while also recognising the potentially different outcomes of each approach.'

'Excellent value as well as being easy to approach and work with.'

Work highlights

  • Acted on shareholder dispute arising out of a joint venture and leading to an eight-day trial of principally contractual issues in the High Court.
  • Acting for a football club in ongoing high value Commercial Court litigation.
  • Successful resolution via mediation of an Inheritance Act claim against a private client resulting in the retention of a £1m-plus commercial property.
  • Acting for lead defendants in a multimillion-pound class action relating to the alleged mis-selling of property in Cyprus.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

The team at Gateley Plc acts for a range of major UK high street banks, owner managed businesses, entrepreneurs, borrowers and local private equity houses, mezzanine lenders and debt funds. Acquisition finance is a key area of expertise, as is real estate finance, and the team stands out for its specialist experience in acting for asset based lenders and surety houses. Richard Sealy heads the team and senior associate Christopher Lister is also noted.

Practice head(s):Richard Sealy

Other key lawyers:Christopher Lister


Richard Sealy is excellent and a well known figure in the market

The team is experienced in a range of banking and finance work


Key Clients

Beechbrook UK SME Credit Ltd


The Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Bank on a facility agreement to Otium Properties (Coppins Bridge) to fund and assist with the purchase and development of a retail park in the Isle of Wight.
  • Advised Argonaught Holdings on a facility agreement for the purpose of refinancing property and future property acquisition and developments.
  • Acted for Rainy City Investments on a revolving credit facility.
  • Reorganisation and Financing of Leathwaite International LLP. Solicitors to the Funder, Beechbrook Capital UK SME Credit Ltd.
  • Amendment and Restatement of facilities for 4Most Group Holdings Limited from Beechbrook UK SME Credit Ltd, to allow the creation of an employee ownership trust scheme. Solicitors to the Funder.
Leading individuals

Richard Sealy - Gateley Plc

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc is active across a range of restructuring, turnaround, acquisition, disposal, investigation and recovery work. It is instructed by a raft of insolvency practitioners, private equity houses, banks, sureties, invoice financers, law firms and corporate clients. The team particularly stands out for its contentious insolvency expertise and it is often instructed on complex, cross-border cases. Andrew Buchanan heads the team that is praised for its 'technical strength' and for its 'willingness to collaborate on difficult matters', and Stuart Tait is also noted.

Practice head(s):Andrew Buchanan

Other key lawyers:Stuart Tait; Gavin Clarke; Danielle Haston; Aneesh Prasad


The Manchester-based team has a technically strong, specialist contentious litigation recovery team prepared to commit necessary resource on a CFA basis alongside IPs and counsel

Danielle Haston is very driven and very reliable

The team is client focused and is focused on achieving objectives

The team is experienced, always proposes a solution and anticipates issues, options and strategies

Key Clients

Ten Surety Providers

Begbies Traynor

Countrywide Farmers Plc (including advising KPMG as administrators)

Banham Poultry Limited (including advising Duff & Phelps as administrators)

Cummins Civil Engineering Limited

Mazars LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Sureties on the restructuring of a support service and construction group.
  • Advised Begbies Traynor on an antecedent transaction case which involved the payment of £3.3m out of the company in the six month period leading up to administration.
  • Advised Mazars LLP as administrators of Hall Fire Protection.
  • Advising Board of retail and energy business on restructuring and insolvency options and advising administrators on trading issues and disposals.
  • Advising Cummins Civil Engineering Limited on pre-packaged administration of construction company
Leading individuals

Andrew Buchanan - Gateley Plc

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

The employment team at Gateley Plc has particular strengths in the healthcare space, acting for hospital doctors and those in primary care, as well as demonstrable expertise in the retail and sports sectors. The team also supports the firm's corporate department, advising on the employment aspects of major transactions in sectors including hotels, logistics and travel. The experienced Michael Ball heads up the practice, while senior associate Emma Butterworth is also recommended. Avril England was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Michael Ball

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hills; Chris Thompson; Avril Englans; Rizwana Ishaq; Lorna Harris; Heather Aust; Emma Butterworth; Elizabeth Ebrahimi

Key Clients

British Medical Association


Manchester City Football Club

Casual Dining Group

Swinton Group Limited

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Lancaster City Council

Bilfinger Industrial Services (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a consultant urological surgeon who claimed constructive dismissal from an NHS Trust based on whistleblowing and unlawful deduction from wages and was awarded £102,000.
Leading individuals

Michael Ball - Gateley Plc

Next Generation Partners

Avril England - Gateley Plc

Rising stars

Emma Butterworth - Gateley Plc

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Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

The team at Gateley Plc is led by Patrick Kennedy, who is described as 'a pleasure to work with' and is well-versed on all aspects of pension law. He is also the founding director of Entrust, and independent professional trustee company which operates as part of the firm and helps organisations run their pension schemes effectively. Stuart Evans has particular expertise in master trusts and works on many schemes to which Entrust has been appointed as trustee.

Practice head(s):Patrick Kennedy

Other key lawyers:Stuart Evans; Stephen Maynard; Becky Ryding


'The lawyers in this team have a particularly good understanding of the trustee position - the team is particularly good at cutting through the complexity of pensions law to advise on key points.'

'Patrick Kennedy is very interesting, with many talents, engaging the room and bringing humour to a dry subject matter. He is a pleasure to work with.'

'Stuart Evans is very direct and gets the key issues, finding solutions quickly.'

'Stephen Maynard is a very good pensions lawyer who has a good understanding of this technical area of the law, with an ability to translate technicalities into clear, plain English.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a consortium of sureties in a £600m pension surety bond exercise.
  • Established a new pension scheme for employer to create an environment better suited to capturing sponsor support and auctioning ‘best idea’ solutions.
  • Protecting a family company’s interests to facilitate support for its pension scheme.
  • Supporting investment in important manufacturing facility to help the sponsor achieve good results and be better placed to support the pension scheme.
  • Transitioning two UK schemes with weak covenants into some of the best supported pension schemes in Europe.
Leading individuals

Patrick Kennedy - Gateley Plc

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North West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's two practitioners in this area, Janine Allen and senior associate James Seed, handle work including Inheritance Act claims, professional negligence claims relating to estate planning and will validity disputes. Allen's practice is complemented by her broad experience in healthcare sector litigation, while Seed has a particular focus on high-value contentious trust and probate disputes.

Practice head(s):Janine Allen; James Seed

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a range of commercial property transactions, is noted for its residential development and property finance experience, and has a strong presence in the retail sector. The team also handles estate management work and is engaged on a number of acquisitions and disposals. Darren Hughes heads the team which was bolstered by the arrival of legal directors Louise Ilhan, who joined from an in-house role, and Nick Beko, who joined from gunnercooke LLP.

Practice head(s):Darren Hughes

Other key lawyers:Jon Mason; Rod Waldie; Gareth Atkinson; Louise Ilhan; Nick Beko

Key Clients

Fairhome Group Plc

Bellway Homes

Bloor Homes

Wainhomes (North West)

Lidl UK

JD Sports Fashion

Network Space Developments

Northern Trust Company

McCafferty Asset Management

Hurstwood Holdings

Glossop Land

LPC Living Limited and Group


NM Rothschild & Sons


Work highlights

  • The team advised CityBlock (Gillows) on the acquisition, funding and development of the iconic listed Gillows Building in central Lancaster as bespoke student accommodation.    
  • Acted for Bellway Homes  on the acquisition of land at the Knowsley Estate for the development as a mixed-use site, including 154 homes, with immediate sub-sale to a commercial developer for employment use.
  • Advised Bloor Homes on the acquisition of land at Phases 2 and 3 of a residential development scheme at Lowton Heath, Wigan.
  • The team advises Lidl UK on site acquisitions across the UK.
  • Advised Glossop Land on the development and disposal of an estate of 57 residential dwelling houses and apartments.

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's 'experienced and client-focused' team handles contentious and non-contentious construction work for banks, sport sector clients and developers. It stands out for its 'strong' surety offering where it offers expertise in bonds, guarantees and recourse structures including indemnity agreements. Karen Spencer stands out for her surety expertise; Emlyn Hudson focuses on complex construction disputes arising out of construction and engineering contracts, and professional negligence. Hayley Sullivan heads the non-contentious team and the construction banking team. Consultant Richard White, who is experienced in the surety sector, is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Emlyn Hudson

Other key lawyers:Karen Spencer; Hayley Sullivan; Richard White


'The team has strong surety knowledge and expertise across the team.'

'The team has strong negotiation skills in challenging circumstances.'

'Advice is always clear, concise and considered.'

'Karen Spencer has the ability to communicate and explain the legal position in a straightforward manner.'

Key Clients

Aviva Insurance

Manchester City Football Club


Everton Football Club

Zurich Insurance

AIG Europe

QBE Insurance (Europe)

Network Space Developments

New York Bagel Company

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

Bournemouth Football Club

Fowler Welch

Work highlights

  • Advised New York Bagel Company on the construction of an 80,000 sq ft factory extension in Rotherham, to become the largest bagel factory in Europe.
  • Advised Dart Group/ on the refurbishment of its UK headquarters at the Mint, delivering over 120,000 sq ft of Grade A office space.
  • Advised Ease Treasure Holdings on the redevelopment of an office block into a new Hilton hotel at Bridge Street, Leeds.
  • The team was instructed to defend a claim on a bond provided by the client in respect of a materials recycling facility. The bond was provided on behalf of a very well-known contractor which became insolvent in early 2018.
  • Advised six sureties on a novel bonding structure guaranteeing deferred payments under a private equity sale and purchase agreement totalling $400m.
Leading individuals

Karen Spencer - Gateley Plc

Next Generation Partners

Hayley Sullivan - Gateley Plc

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc is instructed by housing industry clients on the planning aspects of residential developments and it is engaged on town centre redevelopment schemes. Common land, town and village greens, highways, complex enforcement, environmental permitting, assets of community value,  planning agreements, applications, compulsory purchase and regeneration are key areas of experience. National planning head Andrew Piatt is ably supported by legal director Mark Iveson, who handles a range of infrastructure, residential and retail projects, as well as compulsory purchase work.

Practice head(s):Andrew Piatt

Other key lawyers:Mark Iveson 

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey



Barratt Homes




Keepmoat Homes


Regal (West Point)


Crest Nicholson

WD Chatham

Glossop Land

Work highlights

  • Advised WD Chatham on a major redevelopment project at Chatham Docks.      
  • Advised Glossop Land on the delivery of the residential element of a regeneration scheme partly within the Glossop Town Centre boundary and wholly within the Howard Town Mills Conservation Area.
Leading individuals

Andrew Piatt - Gateley Plc

Rising stars

Mark Iveson - Gateley Plc

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc¬†advises on cloud technologies, data flows, GDPR and large IT procurements. The firm is particularly experienced in advising clients in the financial services industry. The ‚Äėvery hands-on and practical‚Äô Peter Budd¬†heads the team and focuses on all non-contentious IT work.

Practice head(s):Peter Budd

Other key lawyers:Tom Hughes


Gateley feels like a London practice but at a much more reasonable cost’.

Peter Budd is an experienced IT lawyer used to handling large and complex outsource models for bluechip companies’.

Turnaround times are exceptionally fast and Peter Budd always makes time to be available’.

Leading individuals

Peter Budd - Gateley Plc

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc advises on a broad range of IP-related matters including exploitation, franchising and brand licensing. Jonathan Moakes heads the team and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for national and international clients.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Moakes

Other key lawyers:John Burns; Robert Lye 

Leading individuals

Jonathan Moakes  - Gateley Plc

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's team acts for TV production companies, broadcasters, advertisers, agencies, sports stars, authors and football clubs, including Manchester City, a longstanding key client of the firm. The practice advises on the full range of matters, covering broadcasting, employment, brand endorsements, commercial agreements, sponsorship and licensing. In new media it represents vloggers, Instagram and YouTube stars. John Burns heads the team and specialises in IP matters.

Practice head(s):John Burns

Other key lawyers:Emily Walker; Tom Hughes; Conor Hannon


They value teamwork, honesty, respect and determination; and are genuinely interested in building a long term partnership’.

Key Clients

Rockerdale Studios

Crep Protect Limited

Edition Capital

Manchester City Football Club

International Netball Federation

Work highlights

  • Advising Rockerdale Studios on scriptwriter and artist/actor agreements.
  • Advising Crep Protect Limited on brand endorsement campaigns with sports personalities, sneaker vloggers and musicians/rappers.
  • Advised Edition Capital Limited on the production services agreements and advisory agreements for a music and arts festival.
  • Regularly advises Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group on commercial agreements including sponsorship agreements and international licensing.
  • Provided the broadcasting rights agreement for the International Netball Federation ahead of its World Cup.

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Sport - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc specialises in sports matters including brand licensing, sponsorship, stadium development work and litigation. Other areas of expertise include image rights agreements, governance, intellectual property, data protection and freedom of information requests. Key clients include national and international governing bodies and top football clubs including Manchester City, Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion. Team head John Burns - who 'has an outstanding commercial ability to see opportunities' - focuses on matters such as image rights and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):John Burns

Other key lawyers:Stephen Roberts; Hayley Sullivan; Polly Egan; Nick Murrills 


'Gateley provide excellent commercial and legal knowledge in a manner that is easy to understand.'

'The team at Gateley are exceptional in their knowledge of the industry and have in-house teams at a number of clubs allowing them to gain an in-depth knowledge day to day which they can then use to assist other clients.'

'They have an exceptional ability to understand not just the legal aspects but also the commercial elements of a contract, balancing the negotiation to get the desired outcome and minimising risk.'

The team at Gateley are very supportive - they have in-depth knowledge and great insight.'

'John Burns and Stephen Roberts are excellent to work with. The respond in a timely manner and we have built strong personal relationships. I would not hesitate to recommend them.'

'John Burns has such a fantastic understanding of sport and the complexities of the dealings in this area as well as the quirks of individuals. He has an outstanding commercial ability to see opportunities as well.'

Key Clients

Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group

Everton Football Club

Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club

International Netball Federation

Sport and Recreation Alliance

Crep Protect Limited

Supporter’s Trust

Engaged Sports Management Limited

United Kingdom Cheerleading Association

North West Counties Squash League

Work highlights

  • Represented Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group in the extension of their stadium.
  • Completed a full set of precedent commercial documents for Everton Football Club.
  • Assisted Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club in their partnership with a well-known beer brand.
  • Provided the broadcasting rights agreement for The International Netball Federation ahead of the World Cup 2019.
  • Drafted GDPR toolkits for the Sport and Recreation Alliance.
Leading individuals

John Burns - Gateley Plc

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