Firm Profile > Gateley Plc > Manchester, England

Gateley Plc
SHIP CANAL HOUSE
98 KING STREET
MANCHESTER
M2 4WU
England

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.

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

Mothercare

Manchester City Football Club

Casual Dining Group

Swinton Group Limited

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Lancaster City Council

Bilfinger Industrial Services (UK) Limited

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.

Practice head(s):

John Burns

Other key lawyers:

Emily Walker; Tom Hughes; Conor Hannon

Testimonials

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

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.

Practice head(s):

John Burns

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Roberts; Hayley Sullivan; Polly Egan; Nick Murrills 

Testimonials

‘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

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

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

Betfred

Inspired Energy Plc

Yearsley Group

Just Childcare Limited

Foresight Group

Palatine Private Equity

LDC

Grafenia PLC

Sorted Holdings Limited

City Football Group

Lookers plc

AB InBev

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

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

Testimonials

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Moakes

Other key lawyers:

John Burns; Robert Lye 

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.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Evans; Stephen Maynard; Becky Ryding

Testimonials

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.

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.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sealy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

HSBC Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

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.

Practice head(s):

James Baird

Other key lawyers:

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 property: Manchester Tier 3

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

Cityblock

NM Rothschild & Sons

HSBC UK Bank

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.

Practice head(s):

Emlyn Hudson

Testimonials

‘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

Keepmoat

Everton Football Club

Zurich Insurance

AIG Europe

QBE Insurance (Europe)

Network Space Developments

New York Bagel Company

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

Jet2.com

Bournemouth Football Club

Fowler Welch

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

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

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 practicalPeter Budd heads the team and focuses on all non-contentious IT work.

Practice head(s):

Peter Budd

Other key lawyers:

Tom Hughes

Testimonials

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’.

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Piatt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

Lovell

Persimmon

Barratt Homes

Bellway

Mountpark

Stoford

Keepmoat Homes

Lidl

Regal (West Point)

Catesby

Crest Nicholson

WD Chatham

Glossop Land

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

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

Testimonials

‘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.’

Banking and finance Tier 1

Gateley Plc operates at the top end of the banking and finance market in the region, where it stands out in areas such as private equity, acquisition finance and real estate finance. It also has notable specialisms in asset-based lending, asset finance and consumer credit. In addition to handling domestic mandates, cross-border work is another area of activity for the firm, particularly in the context of restructuring transactions. Practice head Anna Mayfield is particularly experienced in financing transactions connected with the healthcare sector, and also those involving universities.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mayfield

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

KBC Bank N.V.

HSBC UK Bank Plc

BGF Investments

Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank

Lloyds Development Capital

Shard Credit Partners

Maven Debt Finance

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc/ National Westminster Bank Plc

Leumi ABL Limited

Santander UK Plc

Urban Exposure

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Gateley Plc's team advises on high-value and reputationally significant commercial disputes, and is highly active in cross-border matters, with recent work spanning jurisdictions such as the US, Singapore, Germany, Italy and Cambodia. In addition to handling general commercial litigation, team head Chris Greenwell has a strong specialism in professional negligence cases (particularly those connected with insolvencies, the provision of legal advice by solicitors and the financial services sector). Matters with a nexus to transport and logistics, sport and media, and recruitment are among the areas of strength of the group. Legal director Claire Herbert splits her practice between the Leicester and Nottingham offices. Associate Natalie Howes is another name to note.

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Gateley Plc's practice has become synonymous with advising developers on large, flagship regional and national development projects, under the leadership of practice head Simon Taylor. Its work covers a wide range of developments, including those involving residential, hotel, industrial, retail and student schemes. Town centre regeneration projects are another strong suit, with Taylor being a noted name in this area. The firm's credentials in the development space have been further enhanced by the hire of construction partner Piet van Gelder from Spearing Waite LLP. Colin Gittus assists clients with property finance, quality asset management and letting work, and property-related support in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Simon Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Clowes Developments (UK) Limited

Simons Developments Limited

Barberry Developments Limited

Concierge 3 Limited

Southampton City Council

Certas Energy UK Limited

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Gateley Plc's standing in the market is reflected by its strong record of advising on multimillion-pound transactions and large, high-profile developments, as well as other general property matters. The high calibre of its practice sees the firm act for national and international clients, such as Starwood Capital Group and Henry Boot Developments. Steven Plummer heads up a newly formed, specialist residential development team, which acts for 18 of the top 20 housebuilders in the UK. Another key figure is senior associate Elly Duggins, who leads on matters involving real estate finance and pensions scheme work, and works with associate Charlotte Chapman on insolvency-related distressed property transactions. 'Extremely knowledgeable' practice head Adam Youatt has particular expertise in healthcare sector transactions, and acts for GP practices, medical property developers and other health service providers.

Practice head(s):

Adam Youatt (Head of Real Estate, Nottingham); Steven Plummer (Head of Residential Development, Nottingham)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent practice with national coverage and readily accessible regional offices

The standout features of the team are its quality of communication and availability. Its personal touch is also noted

Adam Youatt is a star and is always my first choice of partner to work with on property matters. Charlotte Chapman assists him and she is a very safe pair of hands

The Nottingham team consistently hits the mark on professionalism, customer service and its ability to view a situation from a number of angles and read between the lines

Adam Youatt is extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and perhaps most importantly, tenacious on our behalf. He is also very pragmatic and on many occasions has provided sage counsel when we have been both over and under-ambitious in our contract negotiations

The team provides a commercial and pragmatic approach to real estate transactions

Key clients

Custodian REIT Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

Peter James Homes Limited

Guildhall Estates Limited

Harworth Group Plc

Avant Homes

Bildurn Properties

Henry Davidson Developments

Starwood Capital Group

Lloyds Bank Plc

Employment Tier 1

Gateley Plc advises large corporates and senior executives on the full range of employment law matters. Core areas of expertise include TUPE, trade union and working time issues, equal pay, hiring and firing of senior executives and litigation. The team, which is led by Andrew Macmillan, also possesses notable experience of advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, insolvencies and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Macmillan

Testimonials

The team is reliable and quick to respond to employment law queries

Andrew Macmillan is an outstanding lawyer with a real commitment to client services. He combines a good knowledge of the law with exceptional negotiating skills

The firm demonstrates excellence in interacting with clients

They provide consistently good advice – excellent legal knowledge coupled with practical application of that advice

Key clients

ACAS East Midlands Region

Bibby Financial Services

Coveris

Deloitte

Deutsche Bahn

Lowe Alpine Rab

National Veterinary Services

Timex

Nottingham Building Society

Redrow

Safran Landing Systems

Samworth Brothers Limited

The English Football League

Watches of Switzerland

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Gateley Plc has a sizeable footprint in the East Midlands, with Chris Radford and legal director Su Garner leading specialist teams in Nottingham and Leicester respectively. The firm also leverages the resources of its wider national network to deliver a cross-office service to clients, handling complex, multifaceted restructurings and insolvencies. Clients include major high street clearing banks and other national financiers, insolvency practitioners, interim managers and investors in distressed businesses. The firm has a particularly notable reputation in contentious insolvency matters, including those with an international dimension, but also excels in non-contentious work, including accelerated sales, and financial and operational restructuring assignments. Retail, construction, real estate and manufacturing are among the many sector strengths of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Chris Radford (Nottingham); Su Garner (Leicester)

Testimonials

Gateley in the East Midlands is very strong; Su Garner stands out in particular

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Deloitte UK LLP

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG LLP

FRP Advisory

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The 'pragmatic' and 'knowledgeable' insolvency team at Gateley Plc's Reading office boasts considerable experience across the full-range of transactional and contentious matters, acting for insolvency practitioners, banks, VCs, asset based lenders, other lenders and investors, directors, shareholders, other business stakeholders and intermediaries. The team is headed by the 'personable and approachable' Nicola Kirk who specialises in contentious and non-contentious insolvency, restructuring, turnaround and dispute resolution matters. Kirk recently led a team acting for the joint trustees in the bankruptcy of a former hedge-fund manager. Another highlight includes acting for a client in the professional services sector in the restoration of a limited liability partnership.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wilson (national); Nicola Kirk

Testimonials

‘Nicola is a good and trusted lawyer with both a very good commercial and personal side to her. A joy to work with.’

‘Pragmatic and sensible approach to matters. Understanding our aims and highlighting unforeseen issues.’

‘Really strong team, with great experience and industry knowledge’

‘Nicola Kirk has that virtually unique quality of being technically brilliant whilst also able to explain points in plain English and with emotional intelligence, which was why we chose to use her for our very complex and sensitive work.’

Key clients

BDO LLP

GRANT THORNTON UK LLP

QUANTUMA LLP

WILKINS KENNEDY

KRE CORPORATE RECOVERY LLP

RSM RESTRUCTURING ADVISORY

PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS LLP

KPMG LLP

MOORE STEPHENS LLP/BDO LLP

DELOITTE LLP

BIBBY FINANCIAL SERVICES

LEUMI

ABN AMRO

PKF GEOFFREY MARTIN

LEONARD CURTIS

JAMES COWPER KRESTON

SMITH & WILLIAMSON

MHA MACINTYRE HUDSON

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.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Daniel French; Kathryn Hacking; Victoria Portman; Helen Jones

Testimonials

‘Gateley has an extremely good offering.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Deloitte UK LLP

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG 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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Madden

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Sherwin; Carol Betts

Testimonials

‘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

Banking litigation Tier 2

Gateley Plc's financial disputes and regulation team counts a range of high-profile financial institutions including banks, building societies and other finance providers among its client base, and handles a variety of matters including asset finance disputes and financial services regulatory matters. James Baird, who is based in Birmingham, heads up the practice, which includes Leeds-based partners Rob Payne and new arrival Roger McCourt, who joined from Dentons; Payne and McCourt have experience assisting financial services sector clients.

Practice head(s):

James Baird

Other key lawyers:

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 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.

Practice head(s):

Callum Nuttall; Rebecca Sherwin

Other key lawyers:

Tim Ledger; Pamela Scott; Ray Simpson; James Madill

Testimonials

‘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

Stoford

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.

Practice head(s):

Emlyn Hudson (Manchester)

Testimonials

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 .

Practice head(s):

Tom Durrant 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

At Gateley Plc, a key contact is senior partner Gareth John, whose practice is split between the Leicester and Birmingham offices, and who is the main relationship partner for many of the firm's large corporate clients. John has a wealth of experience of private equity buyouts, disposals, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. Another notable individual at the firm is intellectual property lawyer (and music and media law expert) John Buckby, who joined from Spearing Waite in December 2018. Buckby, who established record label Winding Road Records in 2002, is sought-out for assistance with drafting and negotiating record deals, publishing deals, management contracts and licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Gareth John; John Buckby

Key clients

The Watches of Switzerland Group (formerly known as Aurum Group)

Phoenix Parker Holdings Limited

DCC Plc Group

Changan UK R&D Centre Limited

Igloo Automotive

Certas Energy UK Limited

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

Gateley Plc handles a range of M&A, private equity and equity capital market transactions and frequently handles cross-border deals; practice head David Armitage acts for companies based in the US, Europe and the UK on overseas investments, while Nicholas Emmerson's clients include Chinese and Japanese companies. The team has particular experience in residential construction, recruitment and healthcare matters, and Sandip Khroud also has a focus on the regulated industries, technology and food and drink sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Armitage

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Sandip Khroud is highly-rated in the region.

Key clients

Inspired Energy Plc

Arden Partners

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Freedom Finance Limited

Daniel Stewart & Co.

Dr Oetker

Business Growth Fund

Langley Holdings Plc

Bellway Plc

United Molasses Group Limited

Connecting Luxury Group Plc

Gresham House Plc

Lodha Group (India)

Astral Pipes

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Gateley Plc's team in Nottingham is part of a larger group in the Midlands, which is among the most active in the region on the deal front. Its reach also extends to national and, increasingly, international transactions, covering 'a broad spectrum of sectors'. Mark Rutherford leads the Nottingham team, which has strong relationships with a wide range of clients, including SMEs, banks and intermediaries, management teams and private equity houses. Rutherford, who is widely recognised in the East Midlands market for his strong track record in dealmaking, works alongside senior associates Victoria Elliott and Beth Mather.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rutherford

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Elliott; Ben Mather

Key clients

Troy (UK) Limited

CET Group Holdings Limited

Retail Assist Limited

Digraph Transport Supplies Limited

Bridgeway Consulting Limited

Equip Outdoor Technologies Limited

Bradgate Containers (Holdings) Limited

Stoney Cove Marine Trials Limited

Spirit Health Group Limited

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Gateley Plc's Reading practice is well placed to advise TMT sector clients on all corporate and commercial law matters, particularly in connection with buy-outs, M&A and private equity transactions.  Practice head Andrew Peddle  handles M&A and fundraising work and Paul de Vince  advises on commercial agreements, with an emphasis on projects involving procurement. The team has also benefited from the arrival of commercial expert Mary-Ann Orr, formally head of corporate and commercial at Blackstone Solicitors Limited in September 2018.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Peddle

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CACI Limited

Lloyds Development Capital and related group companies

New York Bakery Company Limited

Babble Cloud Holdings Ltd (LDC investee company, formerly called IP Solutions Holdings Limited)

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Connection Capital

Cohort PLC

Brand Events group

JD Williams

Lindhill

Transglobal Freight

Urban Science

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.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong; Mark Wilson; James Baird

Testimonials

Ruth Armstrong is an able regulatory lawyer‘.

Key clients

BDO LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

James Baird

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Benedict Gorner

Other key lawyers:

Merran Sewell

Testimonials

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

Gymshark

Sanlam Investment and Wealth Management

Sevacare (UK)

Svenska Handelsbanken

Tyrrells Potato Crisps

Whistles

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.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

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.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Kate Oliver; Chris Grainger

Testimonials

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

Bovis

Brachot Hermant

Intellectual property Tier 2

Gateley Plc’s practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of John Buckby from Spearing Waite to lead its practice. The firm acts for clients across a wide range of industries, with media and entertainment being a particularly notable sector specialism. Trade mark work is a cornerstone of the practice, with Buckby assisting clients with devising national and international application strategies, managing disputes in UK and EU registries and advising on technical areas (including comparative advertising and keyword advertising). Buckby also handles collaborations, license agreements and complex IP contracts.

Practice head(s):

John Buckby

Testimonials

‘John Buckby has exceptional knowledge and an ability to relate in providing trade mark information at basic level through to presenting to Directors. He is responsive and understanding, flexible when required in delivery of service’.

Key clients

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Fakro Group

Bluespur Limited

Total Motion Limited

Lumbers Limited

Menat Holdings Limited

DSL Group

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.

Practice head(s):

Michael Collins

Other key lawyers:

Kate Lloyd; Jill Walters; Paul Wild

Testimonials

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.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Attride

Banking and finance Tier 3

Still relatively new to the Leeds market, Gateley Plc's banking department is headed up by Richard Morton and has recently been active on private equity acquisition finance transactions and real estate finance work. The practice has a national focus, leveraging the firm's wider network, with a substantial lender client base.

Practice head(s):

Richard Morton

Testimonials

Clients receive a good service from Gateley with particular strengths being its commercial approach and sector knowledge‘.

Richard Morton has exceptional business acumen and accessibility‘.

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.

Practice head(s):

5

Other key lawyers:

5

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Goodrham 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Gateley Plc's real estate team has three key areas of focus; residential development, retail and mixed use development and real estate finance. The practice includes George Parker-Fuller and John Kiff who form the specialist residential team. Philip Gregory heads a team which carries out major work for developers on retail and mixed use developments. The firm has also been boosted by the addition of Barbara Rollin from Shoosmiths LLP, who now heads up the real estate finance team.

Practice head(s):

George Parker-Fuller; Philip Gregory

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bellway Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Miller Homes

Keepmoat Homes

BDW Trading

Peveril Securities

Commercial Development Projects

Marlborough Property Co

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.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Walser

Other key lawyers:

Paul Dickie; Brian Taylor

Construction Tier 3

In a high-profile move, Piet van Gelder joined Gateley Plc from Knights PLC in late 2018 to head up the firm's construction practice in the East Midlands. Van Gelder has specialised in advising construction and engineering clients since qualifying in 1999. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in the housebuilder sector, where it acts for 17 of the top 20 national housebuilders in contentious and non-contentious matters. The development sector is another notable strong suit for the firm, which also demonstrates strong capabilities in other areas, such as marine and infrastructure. The firm's contentious work typically involves issues such as professional negligence, defective design, poor workmanship, payment disputes and delay/loss. Employers, developers, contractors and end-users turn to the firm for advice. van Gelder is supported by senior associate William Cursham.

Practice head(s):

Piet van Gelder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Piet van Gelder is very knowledgeable and amenable in his field

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover

Crest Nicholson PLC

Universal Piling and Construction Limited

Amos Group Limited

Bovis Homes Limited

Leicester Bakery Limited

Aimrok Limited

Flexidig Limited

Greyrock Properties Limited

LCT Properties Limited

Pavillion Estates Limited

UK Rail Leasing Limited

Minerva Fire Safety Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Gateley Plc covers the gamut of disputes, including claims of proprietary estoppel, applications to remove executors and breaches of trusts. Professional negligence (particularly in relation to solicitors and will writers) is an area of notable strength. The group also advises clients on various non-contentious issues. Chris Greenwell, Claire Herbert and Fiona Debney jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Chris Greenwell; Claire Herbert; Fiona Debney;

Health and safety Tier 3

The regulatory team at Gateley Plc is highlighted for its ability to assist its clients, which range from family-run businesses to large corporates, with health and safety matters including crisis management issues following fatalities and major incidents. Pauline Munro heads up the practice from Leeds and has notable expertise in the manufacturing, retail, food and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Munro

Key clients

Drayton Manor Park Limited

Camtrex Limited

Nylacast Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Bovis Homes

Bellway plc

North West Fire Control

Sudlows Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Dr. Oetker (UK) Ltd

Malmaison & Hotel du Vin in Property Holdings Limited

Garvey Demolition Ltd

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Financial litigator Rob Payne now heads up the practice in Gateley Plc's Leeds base after suceeding office founder William Ballmann, who has stepped into a consultancy role ahead of his retirement. The group handles the full range of restructuring issues including financial restructurings, formal insolvency advice, business and asset sales and acquisitions, property developer receiverships and contentions matters. Senior associate Matt Leech is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Payne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Gateley Leeds team has grown significantly over recent years but the quality of advice and client attention has remained first class. It has an excellent strength in depth and is trusted in the most complex cases‘.

Rob Payne is an exceptional lawyer‘.

Matt Leech is brilliant and very thorough‘.

Key clients

Deloitte

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Clydesdale Bank (including Yorkshire Bank)

Lloyds Bank

Carlsberg UK

TnuiCapital

Begbies Traynor Group

Mazars

Walker Singleton

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.

Practice head(s):

Tom Durrant

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.

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.

Practice head(s):

Peter Davies; Iain Davies

Testimonials

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

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Gateley Plc is instructed to advise clients on the avoidance, management and resolution of a range of contentious matters. It has particular expertise in handling disputes relating to residential developments, procurements and the higher education, retail, energy and engineering sectors. Practice head Gerard Khoshnaw and Andrew Johnson are active in the team's sector specialisms; Simon Ingham has particular expertise in construction disputes and counts several large housebuilders as clients, and Gavin Winter focuses on property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Khoshnaw

Testimonials

The commercial litigation team at Gateley Plc is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic.

Andrew Johnson‘s provides commercially-oriented and pragmatic advice.

Key clients

Royal London Insurance

Marshalls Plc

Persimmon Plc

Taylor Wimpey Plc

Bellway Plc

Crest Nicholson Plc

Miller Homes Limited

Birmingham City University

FCC Environment UK Limited

Bovis Homes Limited

Leeds Playhouse

J LIvesey Group

Harron Homes

Family Tier 4

At Gateley Plc, ‘service standards are high’ and lawyers are ‘very proactive’. Led by the ‘first classJane Cowley, the team is advises on divorce, cohabitation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and private law children applications. Financial disputes are also a core area of strength, particularly those involving family businesses, trusts, farming businesses and landed estates.

Practice head(s):

Jane Cowley;

Other key lawyers:

Amrit Hunjin;

Testimonials

Jane Cowley is extremely competent and responds to communications quickly and efficiently‘.

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.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Scudamore

Testimonials

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

Lovell

Persimmon

Barratt Homes

Bellway

Mountpark

Stoford

Keepmoat Homes

Lidl

Regal (West Point)

Harworth Estates

Catesby

Crest Nicholson

Harborne Golf Club

Barberry

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.

Practice head(s):

Peter Davies, Stephen Goodrham, Mark Wilson

Property litigation Tier 4

The newly established team at Gateley Plc primarily focuses on the housebuilder market through the expertise of practice head Gavin Winter. Winter, who joined the firm from Watson Burton LLP in late 2017, also advises landlords and tenants on disputes over dilapidations, service charges, break notices, rent reviews and lease renewals. Other clients include corporates, investors, asset management companies and retailers. Simon Ingham is also recommended for residential development disputes, Gerard Khoshnaw is a mediator, and Andrew Johnson is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Winter

Testimonials

Gateley has a good, commercially aware team, which has some good partners and provides a one-stop-shop which results in a seamless approach to resolving complex legal problems‘.

The team at Gateley is happy, professional and motivated and it shines through in the work it does. It keeps the client regularly updated, provides robust professional advice and achieves the desired results‘.

Gavin Winter manages cases well and ensures that processes are managed effectively and communicated well‘.

Gerard Khoshnaw is an experienced partner who is on the client’s side and very good to deal with‘.

Simon Ingham is very good commercially and a technically capable partner‘.

Andrew Johnson is down to earth, a good leader, professional and understanding of his client’s needs‘.

Key clients

Pavers Limited

Bellway Plc

Bovis Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Dr Oetker

Crest Nicholson plc

Miller Homes Limited

Teesside University

Spinney Homes Limited

Avant Homes (England) Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Avignon Capital Limited

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Dickie

Other key lawyers:

Jane Hobbs; Andrew Messent; Nicholas Walser; Dominic Mills

Testimonials

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)

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Gateley Plc works with a variety of major corporates throughout Yorkshire and the UK. The firm provides advice on the full gamut of employment matters to clients across a diverse range of sectors, from construction to engineering to leisure and manufacturing. The team is led by Paul Ball and Gearalt Fahy, who have established the practice in the Leeds office since joining from 3volution Limited in late 2017.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ball; Gearalt Fahy

Testimonials

‘Gateley offers a comprehensive service in terms of disciplines and are very approachable.’

‘Gateley have excellent lawyers who form great relationships with their clients as a result of the good value, practical and sensible commercial advice they offer.’

‘The team are truly dedicated to your cause, ensuring they are aware of every detail to provide the very best advice and potential outcome for their client.’

‘Paul Ball is an amazing solicitor. He has real depth and breadth of knowledge and understands how to build long-term working relationships’

‘Gearalt Fahy is hardworking and meticulous in his approach but his eye for detail is matched by an astute approach to resolving problems. Clients love him for his practical yet friendly, down to earth approach. He gives frank and practical advice in a variety of cases to a variety of clients.’

‘Paul Ball, Rob Payne and Robert Rosenberg have all been truly outstanding. Their expertise and knowledge is second to none and contact at any time of the day is never a problem.’

Key clients

Cape Industrial Services Ltd

Cleveland Potash Limited

Tech Search Associates Limited

WYG Plc

Chevron TM Limited

Emovis Operations Leeds Limited

Stepnell Limited

Bridon International Limited

Altrad Group

Intellectual property Tier 5

Gateley Plc's intellectual property practice advises on a range of strategic and commercial matters, brand protection work and portfolio management for its clients, which include local and national businesses in the retail, food and drink, and manufacturing sectors. The team was established by the arrival of Rob Lucas from Shulmans LLP in 2018; Lucas boasts experience in a range of contentious and non-contentious IP work with IT, sports and media and entertainment sector specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Rob Lucas

Key clients

Incanthera Limited

Harman Technology Limited

Stryker Inc

JD Sports Fashion plc

Manchester City Football Club Limited

Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Microbiosensor  Limited

Pendle Metalwares Limited

PeptigelDesign Limited

Salts Healthcare

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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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.