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Gateley Plc

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Birmingham, Dubai, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and 2 more

Jonathan Moakes

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Gateley Plc

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Commerce, technology and media.


Jonathan heads Gateley’s commerce, technology and media team in Manchester. He specialises in intellectual property, information technology, commercial agreements and competition law, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters for local, national and multi-national businesses. He is known for acting for ‘high tech’ businesses and was for many years a member of BIONOW, the North West Development Agency’s steering group on biotechnology. Jonathan has acted for a number of consortia of North West Universities and colleges on their IT infrastructure and successfully handled a number of high-value disputes relating to defective IT systems.


Trained Baker & McKenzie; qualified: 1984; articled clerk and assistant solicitor 1982-88; assistant solicitor and partner Halliwell Landau 1988-2004; partner Halliwells 2004-10; partner Gateley 2010 to date.


Law Society, Licensing Executives Society, Law Society Competition Section, Society of Computers and Law.


Hutton Grammar School; Queens’ College Cambridge (1981 MA).


Jonathan enjoys playing tennis, hill walking and skiing. He also enjoys playing the violin.

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Gateley Plc's ‘pragmatic and commercially aware’ team is praised for its ‘attention to detail’. It regularly advises private equity investors, large corporates and listed plcs, as well as high-net-worth individuals and investors, on corporate transactions. National head of corporate Charles Glaskie advised Timpson Group on its acquisition of the retail dry cleaning arm of Johnson Services Group for £8.25m. The ‘brilliantMark Halliwell, who specialises in corporate finance, advised Competition Line (UK) on the £20.5m sale of 18 gyms to The Gym Group. Paul Jefferson, who heads the private equity group, advised Inspired Energy on its £44m acquisition of Horizon Energy Group, an energy procurement and consultancy business based in Cork, Ireland; and advised City Football Group (CFG), on its strategic joint venture with Goals Soccer Centres, an AIM-listed operator of outdoor soccer centres. Mark Halliwell is ‘very experienced and capable’ and advised the shareholders of Chase Templeton, a private medical insurance broker backed by Palatine Private Equity, on its sale to Nevada Investments. Other key figures include Nigel Brown, who is ‘very experienced’ and advises on inward and outward investment to and from China; Khurshid Valli; Chris Dunn; and recently promoted partner Stephen Roberts. Legal director Kate Richards  is also noted for corporate matters. Jonathan Moakes  heads the commerce, technology and media practice, which includes Peter Budd and John Burns.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Moakes - Gateley Plc

Within: Intellectual property

Gateley Plc  has the ‘excellentJonathan Moakes  at the helm. Moakes is an effective IP litigator who also has considerable expertise in life sciences and technology matters. The team also has considerable sector expertise in sport, retail (especially giftware) and manufacturing. John Burns  is adept at advising on intellectual property exploitation, franchising and brand licensing in sports and media and legal director Robert Lye  is skilled on contentious matters. The ‘very proactive’ Lye who is an ‘excellent communicator and is strong technically’ has taken a number of design right and patent infringement cases to trial as well as trade mark and passing off actions to interlocutory hearing. The team is advising Incanthera on a patent assignment and development agreement and on a clinical service agreement with Ellipses Pharma relating to the long term development and exploitation of cancer related drugs. The team has also acted for a number of members of the Giftware Association in various infringement actions.

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