Gareth graduated from Merton College, Oxford with a BA in Law in 1981 (MA – 1985).
Areas of Expertise
Gareth advises both non-profit bodies including charities and housing associations, and private sector businesses of all sizes. His advice covers
- Finance: syndicated and bilateral bank finance, bond issues and finance leasing.
- Mergers of non-profit bodies including group structures, charity mergers and transfers of amalgamations.
- Share acquisitions and transfers of going concern.
- Corporate joint ventures, consortia and limited liability partnerships.
- Regulated sectors including social housing, charities, financial services, anti-money laundering and consumer credit.
- Commercial contracts including IT supply and support, managed service and telephony and general terms of business.
Prior to Devonshires Solicitors, he worked as a corporate lawyer in City law firm Simmons and Simmons where he advised on mergers and acquisitions, flotations, bond issues (including the very first listed housing bonds) and privatisations (e.g. Railtrack).
In the past, Gareth has been recognised in Chambers & Partners, Band 3 – Social Housing with testimonials such as: “Peers praise his in-depth understanding of housing association issues”.
In the past, Gareth has also been recognised as a “Leading individual” in Legal 500 – Social Housing
Gareth has been a member of several cycling teams which participated in 3 day charity events.
Gareth is the manager of the Penge debt centre of Christians Against Poverty, a debt advice charity.
He is a director of Lewisham Plus Credit Union Limited, in charge of business planning.
“It was a pleasure working with you on this deal and I deeply appreciate your extremely helpful approach to our very difficult situation.”
Gareth has advised on a large scale housing and property management agreement between a for- profit and a non-profit registered housing provider, and then on several renegotiations of the agreement.
Gareth handled corporate and finance aspects of the Salford Pendleton PFI which closed in late 2013 and continues to give consultancy advice in relation to variations to the project to take account of re-cladding.
Gareth supports the corporate team with consultancy advice to a firm of investment managers and brokers on financial conduct matters and on their terms of business.
Gareth has advised several of the largest London housing associations on major long-term IT and telephony managed services agreements ad is very familiar with both the government CCS form of contract and those used by all the main private sector suppliers to the sector.