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Gateley Plc
Yorkshire And The Humber

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO Michael Ward
COO and partner Peter Davies
Banking and finance Anna Mayfield
Commerce, technology and media Simon Pigden
Construction Emlyn Hudson
Corporate Tom Durrant
Dispute resolution Steve Goodrham
Employment Chris Thompson
Financial disputes and regulation James Baird
Pensions Michael Collins
Planning Andrew Piatt
Private client and family Catriona Attride
Private equity Paul Jefferson
Real estate Rebecca Sherwin
Regulatory Ruth Armstrong
Residential development Callum Nuttall
Restructuring Mark Wilson
Shipping Paul Dickie
Tax James Gopsill
International Nick Smith
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Armitage  photo David Armitage
 Paul Ball photo Paul Ball
 William Ballmann  photo William Ballmann
 Peter Barr  photo Peter Barr
 Matthew Brown  photo Matthew Brown
 Nicholas Emmerson  photo Nicholas Emmerson
 Keelie Evans  photo Keelie Evans
 Gearalt Fahy photo Gearalt Fahy
 Kerry Gibbons  photo Kerry Gibbons
 Richard Gillatt  photo Richard Gillatt
 Philip Gregory  photo Philip Gregory
 Simon Ingham  photo Simon Ingham
 Gemma Irving  photo Gemma Irving
 Andrew Johnson  photo Andrew Johnson
 Tamanna Keir  photo Tamanna Keir
 Gerard Khoshnaw  photo Gerard Khoshnaw
 Sandip Khroud  photo Sandip Khroud
 John Kiff  photo John Kiff
 Christopher King  photo Christopher King
 Matt Leech  photo Matt Leech
 Rob Lucas  photo Rob Lucas
 Roger McCourt photo Roger McCourt
 Richard Morton  photo Richard Morton
 Pauline Munro  photo Pauline Munro
 George Parker-Fuller  photo George Parker-Fuller
 Rob Payne  photo Rob Payne
 Steven Plummer  photo Steven Plummer
 Barbara Rollin  photo Barbara Rollin
 James Sargent  photo James Sargent
 Joanne Sears  photo Joanne Sears
 Becky Shepherd  photo Becky Shepherd
 Emma Taylor  photo Emma Taylor
 Gavin Winter  photo Gavin Winter
Number of UK partners : 150
Number of other UK fee-earners : 300
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.