Legal news: Gateley; Clough & Willis; Slater Heelis

NATIONAL law firm Gateley has climbed from ninth to sixth place in Experian Corpfin’s M&A Advisor league table for 2012, ranked by deal volume.

The firm’s Manchester-based team said it had seen an increase in private equity activity in 2012. Nationally it advised on more than 30 PE deals worth a total of £1bn. Including all deals the firm worked in 200 deals worth more than £2bn.

Significant North West deals the firm advised on included: the secondary buyout of Air Energi; the YFM-funded MBI of Selima; the MBO of Kirona and LDC’s acquisition of Metronet (UK).

Charles Glaskie, Manchester-based corporate partner said: “Gateley is delighted with such a strong placing in the Corpfin league table. The result is encouraging, given the tough market conditions. It highlights the strength and depth of our team, its commercial focus and track record of getting deals done.”

BURY law firm Clough & Willis is launching a new service to help recently- bereaved clients to start to deal with their loved ones’ affairs.

The service will offer a free 20 minute meeting with the firm’s private client team, where consumers can come as a first point of contact when someone has died.
The firm’s legal expert will provide guidance and advice on what to consider when a loved-one dies, including information on how to register the death, making funeral arrangements, and who should be notified.

Helen Webster, head of the private client department said: “Whenever someone dies, the grieving friends and family left behind often don’t know where to start in this difficult, unfamiliar and daunting situation – especially when it is unexpected.

“The aim of this new and dedicated service is to provide support as well as practical help with often complex affairs. We also hope our expertise, knowledge and experience will go some way to relieving the burden and pressure for our clients during a time of grief.”

LAW firm Slater Heelis has relaunched its family department and added three more staff, including partner Kate Rayner.

Miss Rayner joins from Stowe Family Law where she was formerly head of its Altrincham office. The other newcomers to the team, which now stands at nine,  are Helen Miller and Helen Thompson

Mark Heptinstall, joint head of the Sale firm’s family department, said: “The past couple of years have seen a real growth and expansion and I’m delighted to be heading up the new team and to welcome Kate, Helen and Helen to the team.

“As the only law firm in Sale to offer mediation as a simpler, less painful and cheaper way for couples to separate, the number of cases we now handle has increased significantly and our collaborative law specialists will make this a real area of specialism for the firm moving forward.”