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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

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

Work highlights

  • Advised The Watches of Switzerland Group Limited on the sale of six stores to T.H. Baker. This was structured as a business and assets sale.
  • Advised Phoenix Parker Holdings Limited on the sale of 40% of the issued share capital of Maximus Crushing & Screening Ltd to Rubble Master.
  • Advised Arctics Limited on the buy back of shares from a shareholder.
  • Advised Lifetime Brands Europe Limited on its acquisition of Maxwell & Williams, Casa Domani and Christopher Vine branded stock and associated goodwill from Valerie Graham Limited.
Leading individuals

Gareth John - Gateley Plc

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Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders (management and Palatine Private Equity) of Westleigh Group Limited on the sale of the company to Countryside Properties for £135.4m.
  • Acted for Connection Capital LLP on its acquisition of and investment in Mode Print Solutions Holdings Limited (and its group companies) from David Davis, Michael Davis and Robert Clarke.
  • Advised LDC and the individual shareholders of Dale Erskine Power Solutions Limited on the sale of the company to NVM Private Equity and an MBO team.
  • Advised Maven Capital Partners on its £20m investment in Orlando Topco Limited (an MBO vehicle) to provide funds to acquire UAP Limited
  • Advised Troy (UK) Limited on its acquisition of the business and assets of T.H.S. Tools Limited.
Leading individuals

Mark Rutherford - Gateley Plc

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

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.

Practice head(s):Chris Greenwell

Other key lawyers:Claire Herbert; Natalie Howes

Leading individuals

Chris Greenwell - Gateley Plc

Next Generation Partners

Claire Herbert - Gateley Plc

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

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

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

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)


'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


Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • Acted for KPMG as administrators of Emprise Services Limited, with the work including advice on the appointment, the sale of the business and assets, advice on the security and creating strategies to communicate with employees working at premises nationwide to manage the obligations under TUPE.
  • Acted for Countrywide Farmers Plc on the proposed restructuring of its retail, energy and property businesses. Also advised KPMG on the subsequent administration of the company
  • Acted for Lambert Smith Hampton as the receivers, and Duff & Phelps as the administrators, of Portable Floormaker Limited.
  • Acting for Grant Thornton UK LLP on the administration of a private school.
Leading individuals

Chris Radford - Gateley Plc

Next Generation Partners

Su Garner - Gateley Plc

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East Midlands: Private client

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

Gateley Plc

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;

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Family - ranked: tier 4

Gateley Plc

At Gateley Plc, ‚Äėservice standards are high‚Äô and lawyers are ‚Äėvery proactive‚Äô. Led by the ‚Äėfirst class‚Äô Jane 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;


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

Work highlights

  • Acting for an applicant wife in financial remedy and divorce case valued at approximately £15m.
  • Acting for the wife in divorce and financial remedy case totaling £3m.
  • Acting for the father in Schedule 1 Children Act matters
  • Acting for the husband in divorce and financial remedy case which involved assets in the UK, USA and Japan.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

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:Colin Gittus

Key Clients

Clowes Developments (UK) Limited

Simons Developments Limited

Barberry Developments Limited

Concierge 3 Limited

Southampton City Council

Certas Energy UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Clowes Developments on pre-letting, construction and forward funding sale of Units 2 & 3 Capacity Dartford to M&G and Standard Life.
  • Advised Simons Developments on a joint venture with Salhia Investments in relation to a strategic development site at Lolworth near Cambridge for a new business park.
  • Acted for Barberry Developments on the sale and development of approximately 800 student rooms in Bishopsgate Coventry.
  • Acted for Concierge 3 on the development, pre-letting and funding of a 620-room hotel complex at phase 3 North Wharf Gardens and major pre-lets to Staycity and Premier Inn.
Leading individuals

Simon Taylor - Gateley Plc

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Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

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:Elly Duggins; Charlotte Chapman


'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

Work highlights

  • Advised Bildurn on its development of a site at Station Street, Nottingham, including the complex sale of part of the site to Vita for student accommodation.
  • Acted for KPMG as administrators of Countrywide Farmers. The company held a large number of properties, which were sold off to various buyers along with parts of the business.
  • Advised Custodian REIT Plc on the purchase of two multi-occupied retail parks for in excess of £25m.
  • Advised Peter James Homes on the acquisition of a residential development site from administrators in Bullbridge.
  • Advised Harworth Group on the sale of first serviced part of 112-acre mixed-use major development site at Riverdale Park, Doncaster.
Leading individuals

Adam Youatt - Gateley Plc

Next Generation Partners

Steven Plummer - Gateley Plc

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Gateley Plc

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:William Cursham


'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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Manor Crest Group (which manages luxury hotels) on the construction of Double Tree Hotel by Hilton at Ferensway in Hull.
  • Acted for Leicester Bakery Limited as the employer in in two adjudications over numerous issues with the contractor’s final account and delays which had occurred whilst building their new headquarters and bakery units
  • Represented a sub-contractor in a final account dispute arising from the installation of Virgin Media underground infrastructure.
  • Acted for Car Shops Limited on drafting and negotiating building contract and associated appointments and warranties for a Bristol show room.
  • Represented sub-contractor Minerva Fire Limited in successfully settling a claim regarding installation of fire alarm system at Toys R Us distribution centre.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

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


'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

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in successful trade mark opposition and cancellation action before the UK trade mark registry, and currently acting for client in relation to appeal.
  • Represented client in trade mark application filing strategy for vaping brands in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and USA.
  • Advised client on clearance and filing strategy for extending core brand into China.
Leading individuals

John Buckby - Gateley Plc

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