Firm Profile > Gateley Plc > Reading, England

Gateley Plc
THE BLADE
ABBEY SQUARE
READING
RG1 3BE
England

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.

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

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.

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

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
 Andrew Annette  photo Andrew Annette
 Christopher Avery  photo Christopher Avery
 Mailin Bala  photo Mailin Bala
 John Downs  photo John Downs
 Jenni Ferguson  photo Jenni Ferguson
 Vanessa Gardiner  photo Vanessa Gardiner
 Nicola Kirk  photo Nicola Kirk
 Patrick Long  photo Patrick Long
 Mark Metcalfe  photo Mark Metcalfe
 Andrew Peddie  photo Andrew Peddie
 Tom Platt  photo Tom Platt
 Simon Reynell-Taylor  photo Simon Reynell-Taylor
 Owen Reynolds  photo Owen Reynolds
 Rustam Roy  photo Rustam Roy
 Sarah Souter  photo Sarah Souter
 Andrew Wilson  photo Andrew Wilson
 Paul de Vince  photo Paul de Vince
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.