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Gateley Plc

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Chris Greenwell

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Gateley Plc

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution.


Chris deals with professional negligence (solicitors and financial services in particular), complex commercial disputes, contentious probate/inheritance claims and develops the firms practice in this field.

Chris has experience of working for major businesses across the UK and further afield in a wide variety of negligence, recovery and litigation work.

Recent cases run by Chris and the team include:

- Successful defence of a Proprietary Estoppel claim made for transfer of a £30m estate from parents to son (June 2017) and allied ongoing partition application between stakeholders for terms of division of the estate  (pending trial)

- Successful settlement of minority shareholder claim where majority diverted assets to Newco fraudulently suppressing shareholder value ( £2m, August 2016)

- Group of Regulatory claims for up to 500 claimants in missold SIPP investments ( loss £27m). FOS, FSCS, allied professional negligence ongoing.

- Claims for hauliers arising out of European Truck cartel adjudicated July 2016. Up to £10m. Ongoing

- Recovery of damages for negligence of an IFA in Keydata sales (claim £1.2m, 2013), defence of negligence claims against IFAs in annuity claims (claim £800,000, 2014),

- Professional negligence claim against solicitors alongside lenders (settled three weeks before eight-day trial February 2014, claim £800,000 including costs), s

- Successful order for account and agreed orders for sale in property trust dispute (March 2014), claim on realisation £1.4m,

- Historic notable cases: acting for taxpayer in the case Jones v Garnett (’Arctic Systems’) in Lords, defeat of HMRC was estimated to expose HMRC to £1bn plus in lost revenue

- Acting for Dubai claimant for recovery of loss from mis-sold complex derivatives in Court of Appeal ANZ v Peekay Intermark.

- Instructions (March 2014) include misrepresentation by an international bank in representing nominee hedge fund investors (claim $12.5m);

- Solicitors’ negligent failure to identify serious planning blight on property purchase (£1m, 2015); various another relating to recovery of unlawful distributions (£900,000), 2015


Trained Munby & Scott Solicitors, York and Tollers Solicitors, Leicester; qualified: 1986. Tollers 1986- 2000; partner 1988-2000; partner Nelsons LLP 2000-08; partner Gateley 2008 to date.


Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.


Trent Polytechnic; Nottingham (1982 LLB Hons).


Chris enjoys mountaineering, skiing, rugby and military history.

East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands

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.

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East Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

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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