We are a forward-thinking legal and professional services group with an established and growing set of international advisory capabilities. As passionate problem solvers, we get our kicks from finding the right answers and getting our legal and business clients where they need to be.

We regularly work with international businesses that are looking to do great business in the UK: whether this is setting up in the UK initially or managing UK-based operations.

With over 1,000 professional advisers and a network of offices across the UK, including a City of London office and another in Dubai, we are well-placed to act for international companies in the UK no matter what size or stage in their lifecycle. 

How we help international businesses

Corporate advisory services

Gateley Legal

Our corporate team acts for international buyers of UK legal services and for international corporates. 

We can tap straight into our extensive experience to get the best possible outcome for you with practical support, well-thought-out commercial strategy and robust legal advice every step of the way. Whether it’s advising on a business sale or purchase, joint venture, takeover, business structuring, private equity deal, flotation or re-organisation our solutions-focused team can help. We are frequently the leading mid-market corporate adviser in the UK by transaction volume, as verified by Experian MarketIQ.

Core services: M&A; Private equity; IPOs and capital markets; Company secretarial; Deal due diligence; Tax; Investment funds; Financial services regulatory.

International expansion

Gateley Global

We support all aspects of global growth, helping public and private sector organisations get the greatest return from their international expansion investments. 

We guide clients through the steps to take, and when to take them, to become compliant and operational in new markets.

Core services: End-to-end set-up guidance; Strategic introductions; Structuring and incorporation; Company secretarial and registered office support; Interim business account; HMRC registrations (UK); Global mobility and immigration requirements; Privacy compliance; Insurance requirements; Pension requirements.

Market entry 

Gateley Global

Our international expansion experts can help accelerate your international expansion process. We can provide market insight and information specifically tailored to your interests and target market. We also provide location benchmarking solutions looking at multiple destinations in order to compare them against quantitative and qualitative factors to support in decision making.

Gateley Global can deliver research reports that delve into questions you may have about a certain market – understanding your corporate duties and responsibilities, providing information on business culture or looking more into specific sectors.

Core services: End-to-end set-up guidance; Strategic introductions; Structuring and incorporation; Company secretarial and registered office support; Interim business account; HMRC registrations (UK); Global mobility and immigration requirements; Privacy compliance; Insurance requirements; Pension requirements.

Immigration and global mobility

Gateley Legal

Moving people around the world can be challenging. It is crucial to get expert advice in order to do so quickly, legally and tax efficiently.

As experts in international mobility, we address the fiscal, legal and regulatory issues around global mobility projects and international assignments. We help our clients to get the right people to work in the right territories with the right documentation at a cost which is right for their organisation. 

Core services: Business immigration; People management in cross-border acquisitions and disposals; People management in cross-border restructuring and outsourcing projects; International employee benefits and share incentive schemes.

Asset recovery and dispute resolution

Gateley Legal

Our arbitration teams advise clients on a wide range of complex, multi-jurisdictional mid and high value claims. Our truly international teams include multilingual lawyers qualified in many different jurisdictions. Our specialist international and offshore dispute resolution team helps clients in corporate asset recovery cases, focusing on insolvency situations.

We support clients across a wide range of jurisdictions and have a specialism in asset tracing and enforcing UK judgments and foreign arbitral awards, including tracing assets and enforcing in other jurisdictions. We are highly experienced in international dispute resolution, including complex commercial, investment and construction disputes

Core services: Litigation funding; Corporate disputes; Corporate crime and commercial fraud; Shareholder disputes; Commercial disputes; International sanctions; International arbitration; Asset tracing and recovery.

Litigation funding

Gateley Legal

We work with clients to develop tailored funding solutions to turn liabilities into assets, keep litigation budgets to a minimum, and free up critical capital for growth. We start by reviewing a claim and, in appropriate cases where we believe a claim is likely to succeed, we are experienced in conducting litigation “at risk”. This approach minimises costs, with our fees and expenses recovered upon the successful outcome of the claim.

We regularly act for international and UK clients in the High Court of Justice and the London Court of International Arbitration; in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional actions where the dispute involves a number of countries; and assisting with the litigation funding and litigation insurance markets.

Core services: Litigation funding

Intellectual property protection and services

Adamson Jones/Symbiosis IP/Gateley Legal

We have a unique setup to service the different facets of IP law all in one place: a dedicated patent and trade mark attorney team focussed on registering protection for new technology and brands, working side-by-side with IP solicitors at Gateley Legal.

Our patent and trade mark attorney professionals are experienced in handling technology ranging from Life Sciences, Chemistry and Medical Devices to Software and Mechanical Engineering. We provide opinions on freedom to operate in relation to third party IP rights and the prosecution of clients IP at the UK Intellectual Property Office, European Patent Office and overseas. The IP solicitor team provide wider commercial IP expertise and context in areas such as disputes/enforcement, licensing/contracts, due diligence, IP commercialisation and technology transfer. Alongside formal IP rights, we are equally comfortable handling unregistered IP rights, ownership issues and confidential information. Uniquely our firm can offer our clients IP valuation and licensing strategy combined with assessment of commercial landscapes.

Our clients are located throughout the globe and range in size from multinationals and world-renowned universities to technology-focused start-ups and innovative SMEs.

Core servicesIP assessment, IP disputes, Intellectual property, Licensing & brands, Patent Box, Patent attorney services, Trade marks

Private wealth

Gateley Legal

We advise foreign individuals seeking to move to the UK, invest in the UK or improve the structuring and tax efficiency of their existing UK investments. Our experts have several decades of experience working with wealthy international clients, their families, their asset holding structures and their family offices. And our geographical experience is broad, with most of our clients coming to the UK from the Middle East, Australasia and Africa.

Core services: Global family wealth structuring for asset protection; Pre-immigration tax planning for individuals; Residential property structures; Establishment of a UK family office; Structuring for entrepreneurs, IP and global operations.

Global talent management and development

Kiddy & Partners/ t-three

Kiddy & Partners are a global firm of business psychologists specialising in assessment and talent management, leadership development and board effectiveness. They combine expertise in business psychology with a focus on commercial outcomes. Human capital consultancy, t-three, joined the group in 2019 and focus on supporting organisations to achieve operational and cultural change. 

Core services: Defining leadership capabilities; Assessing leadership potential; Accelerating learning and performance; Business transformation and cultural change.

Reputation and brand management

Gateley Legal

Our specialists in reputation management can act immediately to help clients protect and – if needed – restore their personal or business reputation. Our team deals with all aspects of social media publications in addition to the more traditional print and broadcast media, all of which have the potential to severely impact the reputations of both individuals and companies.

We deal with issues arising from social media platforms (particularly Facebook and Twitter); broadcast and print media; websites (including internet chatrooms); advertising material; verbal communications; cyber harassment; misuse of private information; privacy breaches (from unauthorised taking and publication of photographs, to improper use of protected data).

Core services:  Reputation management 

Property investment, development and management

Gateley Legal/ Gateley Hamer/ Gateley Capitus/ Gateley Vinden/ Gateley Smithers Purslow

Our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, surveyors and fiscal incentive experts provide advice throughout the life-cycle of a property asset: through investment, development, management and disposal, or a combination of these activities. 

Core services: Property tax incentives claims; Off-plan new build residential real estate; Compulsory purchase; Utilities compensation; Land referencing.

Banking and finance

Gateley Legal

We act for the leading commercial banking institutions in the UK as well as alternative lenders and corporate borrowers. We provide legal support in corporate lending, structured finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, real estate and development finance, asset-based lending and restructuring of existing facilities. We work on multibank syndications and bilateral transactions.

The international reach of our business increasingly involves us in complex, cross-border transactions. 

Core services: Corporate lending; Structured finance; Leveraged and acquisition finance; Real estate and development finance; Asset-based lending.

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