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Barristers & Attorneys   London & New York

Gareth Reeds

 

  • Barrister, England and Wales (Call: 2001 Lincoln’s Inn)

 

  • Attorney and Counselor-at-Law of the State of New York, U.S.A. (Admission: 2012)

 


Gareth is a Barrister in London and Attorney and Counselor-at-law of the State of New York. As a lawyer he practises in most areas of civil and commercial litigation and Employment law, regularly undertaking advisory work whilst maintaining a busy court practice.

 

Additionally, Gareth is currently one of only around one hundred self-employed barristers authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation in England and Wales, meaning that his clients have access to a broader legal practice.

He often appears as sole advocate in a variety of courts and tribunals, including the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and employment tribunals.

 

Gareth has full rights of audience as an advocate and rights to conduct litigation in all courts in England and Wales, upto and including the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.  He also has rights of audience in the General Court (of the European Union), the European Court of Justice and New York State courts.

 

His first degree is in Law. Whilst reading Law, he further studied German Law to be awarded a Bachelors in European Law with Honours. Having then come top of his year for his Masters, he won first prize in his Masters in European Business Law degree (which he undertook in The Netherlands). His Masters was taught by leading academics and practitioners in the EU, including the current President of the European Court of Justice. Gareth also obtained the highest marks amongst non-native German speakers for his Diploma in German Law. He subsequently went on to gain a very competent in his Bar Finals at Inns of Court School of Law, in addition to his Lincoln’s Inn scholarships.

Over the years he has worked with German law professors by researching and advising on German law (including the conflict of laws) and as a language editor for the practitioner work Competition Law in the EU, its Member States and Switzerland (2000 et seq., Kluwer Law International).

Gareth’s commercial experience has included negotiation, mediations, employment disputes and various forms of corporate financing. He has widespread experience in dealing with particularly acrimonious commercial disputes and is highly regarded for his ability to bring a level-headed perspective to negotiations and resolve disputes on highly favourable terms to his clients.

His clients range from individuals and small businesses to larger international and domestic financial institutions and insurers, including FTSE 100, Fortune 500 and UK, EU and US startup companies, as well as liquidators and administrators.

Since he started out in practice as a lawyer Gareth has also assisted in the writing of:

  • Bernstein’s Handbook of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (4th ed., 2003, Sweet & Maxwell)
  • International Dispute Resolution (Cases and Materials) (2004, Sweet & Maxwell)


Gareth is a Hardwicke Entrance and Walter Wigglesworth Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

He is also a member of the Free Representation Unit, providing pro bono legal assistance.

 

Gareth also devotes time to various charitable matters and sits as trustee on International non-profit organisations and foundations.

 

 

Practice Areas

 

Gareth has broad experience of and takes instructions in England and Wales for:
 

  • Applications and Hearings in the High Court  (Chancery Division, Commercial Court and TCC) (trials, CMCs and interim applications)
  • Applications and Hearings in the County Court (trials, CMCs and interim applications)
  • Employment matters in Employment tribunals and the EAT (both for employees and employers)
  • Winding Up and Insolvency matters in both the Companies Court of the High Court and County Court
  • Appellate Court work at various levels
  • Mediations
  • Drafting contractual and court documentation

 

He frequently practises in, and is therefore particularly able to advise on and be instructed to appear in court in, the following areas:
 

  • Commercial law (including sale of goods, the law of mortgages and guarantees)
  • Corporate/Company law (including shareholder disputes, share options and mergers)
  • Intellectual Property protection
  • Employment disputes
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy law
  • Consumer law (including the law of mortgages and guarantees)
  • Professional Negligence
  • Landlord and Tenant law

 

 

Select Cases

 

Gareth has worked upon many cases and deals over the years.  A few of these include:
 

  • Advisory work on cross border multi-national oil and gas contracts with values in excess of $2bn
  • Overseas takeovers by UK and EU entities of US corporations (including $500m hostile takeover of US-headquartered multi-national)
  • Breaches of Music Copyright by Major International Music Label in relation to U.K. Top Ten Music Charts Number 1 hit. 
  • Reverse takeovers in UK and overseas
  • FIA Formula One motorsport breaches of contract - including work on the FIA Concorde Agreement
  • Successful Defence in respect of Enforcement of Judgment of Swiss court in England and Wales
  • Establishment of Chinese subsidiaries in the UK
  • Contentious litigation against Chinese State enterprises, including one in excess of RNB 4bn
  • Pakistani Family Share dispute in London courts
  • Highly-Contentious removal of joint-controlling shareholder in UK company
  • Contentious matters against UK-based Consulates and Embassies
  • Advisory work on Russian corporate takeover worth RUB 6bn
  • African mineral rights disputes worth in excess of NGN 3bn
  • Settlement in major US Motor manufacturer cross-border dispute and breaches of contract in excess of $500m
  • Advisory work on IPOs - including London Tech company IPO valued at £750m.

 

Over the past 16 years Gareth also has experience of working with and is available to work as a junior to Silks or other senior practitioners. He has worked as part of the advocacy team on complex legal trials in the Commercial Court with leading QCs, in addition to high value appeals in the Court of Appeal.

 

 

Instructions from Overseas

 

Gareth has a Diploma in German law from the University of Bayreuth in Bavaria (one of the top German law faculties) and is able to advise on civil aspects of German law and the private international law of both England and Germany. He is able to take instructions in German, French, Spanish and Dutch and is frequently instructed to give advice to overseas clients, including on cross-border transactions.

 

US-based clients can instruct Gareth under his New York State law license or in his capacity as a Barrister and Litigator in England and Wales. Please ask for further information.

 

 

Reported Cases

 

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v Munur and anr. [2008] EWHC 199 (Admin); [2008] All ER (D) 05 (Jan); (2008) ACD 42; (2008) 172 JPN 403l (2008) 105(4) LSG 24; powers of confiscation under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

 

 

Memberships

 

European Circuit                    

 

Bar European Group

 

American Bar Association

 

New York State Bar Association

 

 

Academic Posts

 

Gareth has been a part-time Visiting Lecturer in law at the University of Westminster in London.

 

 

Languages

 

German
French
Spanish
Dutch (written)

Italian (basic)

 

 

For full details on Gareth's practice, both in relation to his qualifications as a barrister and attorney and regarding fees, please email using the link below or speak to anyone on the administration team.

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