Firm Profile > Gateley Plc > Manchester , North West
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SHIP CANAL HOUSE
98 KING STREET
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Employment Tier 1
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.
Media and entertainment Tier 1
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.
Sport Tier 1
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.
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
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.
Intellectual property Tier 2
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.
Pensions Tier 2
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.
Banking and finance Tier 3
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.
Banking litigation Tier 3
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.
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.
Construction Tier 3
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.
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.
IT and telecoms Tier 3
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 ‘very hands-on and practical’ Peter Budd heads the team and focuses on all non-contentious IT work.
Planning and environment Tier 3
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.
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.
Gateley Plc > Firm Profile
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
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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.