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Gateley Plc

PARK VIEW HOUSE, 58 THE ROPEWALK, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 5DW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0115 983 8200
Fax:
Fax 0115 983 8201
DX:
15491 NOTTINGHAM 2
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Web:
www.gateleyplc.com

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's broad transactional expertise encompasses mergers and demergers, acquisitions, private equity transactions, and management buyouts. On the commercial front, the practice handles franchising, supply chain management, payment services and outsourcing on top of a steady diet of IT and intellectual property work. Practice head Mark Rutherford is the key corporate practitioner, with consultant Jill Tomasin handling contentious and non-contentious intellectual property work. Recent highlights include advising the management team of Retail Assist on a multimillion-pound buyout and investment in the company by Foresight Nottingham Fund and RBS, and assisting Johnsons Aggregates & Recycling with a second investment round into the company by the Business Growth Fund. Digraph Transport Supplies, Castle Environmental and Equip Outdoor Technologies are also clients.

Leading individuals

Gareth John - Gateley Plc

Mark Rutherford - Gateley Plc

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s Leicester team has a strong focus on mergers, acquisitions, buyouts and disposals. Senior partner Gareth John, whose specialisms include private equity-related work, recently included advised Certas Energy UK on its acquisition of Trucks Stop Holdings, which involved leverage the firm’s local real estate expertise. John and Birmingham-based practitioner Tom Durrant jointly led a team assisting a newco buyer on its acquisition of Bridge Farm Nurseries via a management buyout, supported by NorthEdge Capital. The client base includes private equity houses including Connection Capital and Palatine Private Equity, as well as major corporates such as Aurum Group, Phoenix Parker Holdings and new client B M Fashions (Holdings).

Leading individuals

Gareth John - Gateley Plc

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

‘A market leader in Leicester’, Gateley Plc’s practice is adept at handling domestic and cross-border commercial disputes and professional negligence claims and acts for a varied list of clients that ranges from multinational corporations and major UK-based public and private companies to family-owned businesses and individuals. The transport and logistics, media and financial services sectors are key areas of focus for the practice, which is headed by Chris Greenwell, who is viewed as 'a doyen in the East Midlands market'. Also recommended are newly promoted legal director Claire Herbert, who ‘handles difficult situations with care’ and ‘has an excellent manner with clients’, and Gail Whyte.

Next generation lawyers

Claire Herbert - Gateley Plc

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

The ‘very strong’ practice at Gateley Plc delivers ‘fantastic service’ and demonstrates strength across a range of transactions, including corporate finance, asset-based lending, credit lending, real estate and mezzanine finance, and private equity investment. The team advises a varied client base that includes banks, fund-based lenders and a diverse range of businesses such as real estate developers. Key figures include ‘excellent’ practice head Anna Mayfield, and Andy Matthews, who heads the real estate finance arm. Mayfield recently led advice to Lloyds Banking Group on the refinancing of Sandicliffe Motor Holdings and its subsidiaries. Another highlight was acting for National Westminster Bank on the funding of joint venture vehicles for the development of retail parks in the UK. Other clients include HSBC, Clydesdale Bank and RBS.

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

Gateley Plc

Complex contentious insolvency matters form the heart of Gateley Plc’s practice, but the team’s expertise also spans accelerated sales, financial and operational restructuring instructions, as well as advisory work. Its broad sector expertise covers IT and logistics, leisure and financial services, among others. Legal director Su Garner advised the joint administrators of The Imaginarium Studios on directors’ duties whilst the company sought further investment and later acted for the administrators on the pre-pack sales of intellectual property and other assets. In another highlight, joint practice heads Garner and Chris Radford assisted M1 Insolvency with the preparation of CVA proposals for the proposed supervisors and the transfer of 23 companies into CVA, all in the context of the voluntary liquidation of several companies of a large industrial group which have been the subject of industrial disease claims. PKF Cooper Parry Group, KMPG and Svenska Handelsbanken are also clients.

Leading individuals

Chris Radford - Gateley Plc

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s ‘excellent’ team acts for large companies and senior executives on a broad range of issues, including TUPE, equal pay, trade union matters, and senior level exits. Litigation work before the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court is another core area of expertise, as is advising on the employment facets of corporate transactions, insolvency proceedings and restructurings. ‘Exceptional negotiator’ Andrew Macmillan heads the team, which includes legal director Clive Day. In a recent example of its work at the intersection between employment and insolvency law, Macmillan and Day were part of a team representing Deloitte in employment tribunal claims arisen from the administration of Paperlinx, involving 400 individual claimants and claims by Unite the Union. The department also advised Endless on its acquisition of Jones the Bootmaker out of administration, providing advice on TUPE issues, warranties and indemnities and the transfer of head office staff. Other clients include Aurum Holdings Group, Redrow and DB Cargo.

Leading individuals

Andrew Macmillan - Gateley Plc

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East Midlands: Private client

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

Gateley Plc

The ‘well-respected’ team at Gateley Plc collaborates closely with the firm’s private client department and was joined in 2017 by legal director Fiona Debney from Clarke Willmott LLP. The caseload consists mainly of complex disputes and related professional negligence litigation, with a track record that ranges from pursuing a claim against an executor for devastavit to the removal of a non-cooperative trustee of a will trust. Practice head Chris Greenwell’s team includes newly promoted legal director Claire Herbert , who ‘has particularly sound judgement, which helps achieve sensible and pragmatic resolutions to disputes’.

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East Midlands: Real estate

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

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s ‘efficient and professional’ team ‘always adopts a commercial outlook’ and offers ‘excellent service’. ‘Extremely competent and knowledgeable’, the group undertakes a broad spread of work, but is especially active in investment and development schemes, the healthcare sector, pension scheme work and real estate finance, with added expertise in distressed property. Practice head Adam Youatt, whose team includes senior associate Elly Duggins and associate Charlotte Chapman, ‘translates the requirements of clients into legal documents with flair and ability’ and recently led advice for Bildurn on the high-profile letting of a new retail unit in the centre of Nottingham’s retail district. Custodian REIT instruced the team to assist with the acquisition of a multi-let retail park in Plymouth. The client list also features Fresenius Medical Renal Services and Guildhall Estates.

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Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles residential and commercial development and investment schemes, real estate finance, and mandates pertaining to student accommodation and senior living. Practice head Simon Taylor specialises in town centre regeneration, while Colin Gittus is particularly adept at property-related finance work. Recent highlights include acting for Simons Developments on the funding, construction and development of Portsmouth Retail Park. English Care Villages and Richardson Barberry are also clients.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s ‘very good’ team primarily acts for clients from the housing industry, including large national developers and regional specialists. Local centre schemes, commercial use work and car fleet storage are other areas of strength. Andrew Piatt leads the team from Manchester, with the ‘extremely thorough and logical’ Robert Waite, whose ‘knowledge of planning law and application to real projects is immense’, and associate Gareth Davies as the main Nottingham advisers. The duo recently acted for Bloor Homes on the planning conditions to deal with mine water, a Community Infrastructure Levy exemption and a section 106 unilateral undertaking regarding a legacy site at Station Road Deepcar Sheffield with a planning permission for housing.

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