Rob’s practice focuses on advising financial institutions on a variety of contentious issues including: managed exit advice; asset-tracing and recovery; operational disputes and claims arising from sale of bank products; enforcement of secured lending (including challenges to security documents, occupancy and lease issues and disputes involving subrogation, misrepresentation, duress and undue influence); risk assessment and dispute prevention advice (for instance arising from changes to lending criteria or business practices); professional indemnity claims; reputational issues; and injunctions and disclosure orders.
Rob has practiced exclusively in the financial disputes field for almost two decades (including 10 years with Addleshaw Goddard) working with most major financial institutions and lenders. He regularly leads client relationships. Rob also has higher rights of audience as a Solicitor Advocate.
In 2012 Rob, together with William Ballmann, founded Gateley’s Leeds office. Since then the office has grown from 5 people to over 100, helping re-shape the legal landscape in Leeds.
How do you help clients?
I help clients in the financial services sector deliver against their organisational objectives in managing disputes and wider operational and lending risk. In doing so I bring genuine market expertise and a dedication to the sector.
I am guided by the fact that any issue for a client will have a wider regulatory context so litigation and regulatory risk need to be proactively managed.
I also know that, regardless of value, any individual matter can have a wider impact on a client’s customer base, products and brand. I help manage that risk and, if appropriate, deliver a resolution which allows continuation of the customer relationship.
I am also committed to providing certainty and transparency of costs tailored to each client’s needs. I, and the rest of the team, seek to align ourselves with outcome whilst ensuring a fair and consistent approach for our clients’ customers.
- Acting for the successful claimant, Clydesdale Bank Plc, in a substantial action against company directors and a former bank official involving allegations of deceit and conspiracy. Summary judgment obtained for £17m against the former bank employee in 2015 and judgment for £14m obtained at trial against a company director in 2017. Clydesdale Bank Plc v Stoke Place Hotel Ltd & Ors  EWHC 181 (Ch) (07 February 2017) and  All ER (D) 21 (Feb).
- Achieving the recovery of a seven figure sum in six months after alleged misappropriation under an invoice finance facility.
- Acting in four Court of Appeal cases concerning secured enforcement limitation periods and subrogation.
- Successfully defending numerous applications for injunctions by the customers against lenders (and receivers appointed by lenders) in an attempt to frustrate realisation of the lenders’ security interests.
- Acting for a lender as secured creditor to defuse an attempt by a significant group of unsecured creditors to force the administrators (appointed by the lender) out of office and the company into liquidation for the purpose of investigating and advancing claims against the lender.