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: September 2020

In this month’s round up of legal news, Gateley Legal’s Sophie Brookes considers the importance of worked examples in commercial contracts, tax impact of ‘gross-up’ clauses and members’ duties to an LLP

Insight / Legal updates: August 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes of Gately Legal considers whether a company’s accountants owed a duty of care to a shareholder, company restoration and CIGA 2020

Insight / Legal updates: July 2020

In this month’s round up of legal cases, Sophie Brookes of Gately Legal considers directors’ duties, death of sole director-shareholder and a breach of s21 FSMA 2000

Insight / Legal Updates: June 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes of Gately Legal considers the issues surrounding new legislation for AGMs and company filings, completion warranties and the meaning of ‘meeting’ in times of social distancing

Accounting / Legal updates: May 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes of Gately Legal considers the issues surrounding AGMs in lockdown and the importance of drafting in completion accounts agreements

Insight / Covid-19: electronic signatures and witnessing practicalities when isolating

Electronic signatures are ‘permissible and can be used in confidence in commercial and consumer documents’ during the coronavirus pandemic, the Lord Chancellor has confirmed, but there are times when a witness is legally required. Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley, examines how to deal with virtual witnessing

Accounting / Legal updates: April 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley, examines a brace of significant legal privilege rulings at the Court of Appeal in Civil Aviation Authority v R Jet2.com and Sports Direct v Financial Reporting Council

Insight / Legal updates: March 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes of Gateley plc considers whether directors’ duties outlast an insolvency in RE Systems, fiduciary duties in a joint venture in Russell v Cartwright, and FTSE 350 gender and ethnic diversity

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
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