Sophie Brookes

Sophie Brookes

Sophie Brookes is a partner and professional support lawyer in the corporate team at Gateley plc. Her over-reaching responsibility is to ensure that Gateley's corporate lawyers are kept up to date with new law and market practice in the dynamic world of corporate finance. She also works closely with the firm's other professional support lawyers in relation to developments that have a cross-departmental impact.

Her day-to-day activities include analysing new law and practice and advising how this will impact on corporate transactions. She communicates significant developments in the corporate arena to our clients and contacts.

Prior to her current role, Sophie was a partner in the corporate team for five years where she worked on a wide variety of corporate transactions, particularly acquisitions, disposals and private equity investments. www.gateleyuk.com

Insight / Legal updates: February 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes considers the Duomatic principle limits, proper purpose in member register inspections and new money laundering regulations

Insight / Legal updates: January 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes considers recovering dividend losses from auditors, shareholder consent and the Duomatic principle and shadow director fiduciary duties

Insight / BEIS guidance on the impact of Brexit on company law

If and when the UK leaves the EU, there will be a number of significant changes to accounting rules and company law. Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley plc, examines the latest BEIS guidance for accountants

Insight / Legal updates: December 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley plc, considers whether a signatory must see a witness sign in Wood and sponsorship rights at Liverpool FC

Accounting / Legal updates: November 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at law firm Gateley plc, considers whether an automatic email signature can act as a real signature, whether the actions of a company’s members were vexatious, and whether legal professional privilege can be lost when a company dissolves

Tax / Legal updates: October 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley plc, considers failed tax claim in Stobart, whether interim accounts are acceptable for dividend distribution in Burnden Holdings and directors’ duties during a management buyout

Accounting / Legal updates: September 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at law firm Gateley plc, considers whether granting an indemnity is a substantial property transaction, the powers of a general meeting chair and whether an unenforceable restrictive covenant could be severed

Accounting / Companies House updates guidance on penalties for late filing

The death of a company’s accountant is no excuse for the late filing of accounts at Companies House, but an unexpected Royal Mail strike could help avoid late filing penalties, writes Sophie Brookes, partner at law firm Gateley plc

Accounting / Legal updates: August 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at law firm Gateley plc, considers the liability of directors for a wrongful act in Antuzis v DJ Houghton Catching Services Limited, and the limits of individual directors to bind a company in East Asia Company Ltd v PT Satria Tirtatama Energindo

Accounting / Legal updates: July 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at law firm Gateley plc, considers a complex accounts warranty claim in 116 Cardamon, limited liability and veil of incorporation in Hurstwood, and defining 'ordinary and proper course of business' in Akcil

Accounting / Legal updates: June 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at law firm Gateley plc, considers an invalid director appointment that led to a failed administrator appointment, how the court stepped in to alter the quoracy at a meeting and when preference shares are ordinary share capital for entrepreneurs' relief

Accounting / Legal updates: May 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley, considers three share purchase agreement claims in Triumph Controls UK Ltd, an unreasonable NDA in Harcus Sinclair and the implied duty to act in good faith of Post Office contracts

Accounting / Legal updates: April 2019

In this month's legal updates, experts at law firm Gateley plc examine a number of accounting cases including the Court of Appeal ruling in BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA & ors on dividend payments, directors’ duties and defrauding creditors, HMRC preferred creditor status and share sale agreements under bad leaver provisions

Accounting / Legal updates: March 2019

In this month's legal updates, Sophie Brookes at law firm Gateley plc considers US sanctions versus EU Blocking Regulation, Google fined as GDPR targets media giants and Brexit and contractual references

Accounting / Legal updates: February 2019

In this month's legal updates, Sophie Brookes at law firm Gateley plc explains proposed changes to limited partnership law, the difference between guarantees and indemnities, and an invalid power of attorney can cause a guarantee to fail
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