Partner

Daniel Gleek

Partner – Head of Dispute Resolution

Daniel specialises in commercial disputes, providing clear and practical advice with an unswerving focus on our client objectives.

He advises corporate and individual clients in respect of a broad range of issues, including :

  • contractual, shareholder & corporate and partnership disputes
  • property and insolvency litigation
  • negligence claims; and
  • obtaining and defending against applications for injunctive relief.

Daniel is a solicitor-advocate and has extensive experience of alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation. He is also an advocate with a right of audience at the Astana International Financial Centre’s Court (AIFC Court) in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Daniel was selected as a Rising Star for 2014 and again, for 2015, by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, recognising solicitors who exhibit excellence in the practice of law.

Recent work

  • Advising the directors and majority shareholders of a leading merchant service provider in relation to the acquisition of the minority shareholder’s interest in a transaction valued at £400 million
  • Advising a leaseholder in enforcing the covenants of their lease against the freeholder and following trial successfully obtaining remedies of damages and specific performance
  • Advising a television and film production company in relation to the removal of material published on various social media sites
  • Advising a financial and structuring specialist in relation to a contractual dispute arising from the financing of a Nigerian oil field
  • Advising in connection with a director / shareholder dispute and the appointment of an insolvency practitioner and related matters arising out of the voluntary winding up of the company
  • Advising on a derivative claim brought on behalf of a freehold company, with issues arising out of a transaction at an undervalue
  • Advising on a dispute between a utility company and its individual customer and between a utility company and its corporate customer
  • Advising on a complex civil fraud claim involving a large portfolio of properties (the litigation comprising a dispute over 60 of the properties), with pleaded claims  in deceit, negligent misstatement and breach of contract
  • Advising on a dispute between two equal shareholders, resulting in the buyout by one of the parties on agreed terms
  • Advising on a claim pursued by a recruitment company for commission following the introduction of a new employee

Reported cases

Daniel has worked on a number of reported cases, including:

  • Zavahir & anor v Shankleman & ors [2016] EWHC 2772 (Ch):

(A derivative claim brought on behalf of a freehold company, with issues arising out of a transaction at an undervalue.)

  • Hamilton College London Ltd and another v Ahmad and another [2013] EWHC 2072 (Ch):

(Acting for the successful first defendant in the trial of a preliminary issue to determine whether an alleged transfer of a single issued share in the first claimant company had been valid and/or effective so as to transfer the legal title and/or beneficial interest in the said share.)

  • Re Phoenix, Schmitt v Deichmann [2012] EWHC (Ch) 62:

(Acting for the German administrator of Phoenix Kapitaldienst GmbH, a company incorporated in Germany and subsequently used as a vehicle for a worldwide “Ponzi” scheme fraud, in a successful application for recognition under common law to permit the statutory power under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986, preventing transactions by defrauding creditors, to be applied to a foreign administrator not falling within the express scope of the 1986 Act.)

  • Glentree Estates Limited v Holbeton Limited [2010] EWHC 2901 (QB):

(Acting for the successful defendant in a multi-party claim for commission on a £16 million property transaction)

  • Joyce v Bowman Law Ltd [2010] EWHC 251 (Ch):

(Acting for the successful claimant in a claim for professional negligence brought against solicitors instructed on a property transaction)

  • Lobster Group Ltd v Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Ltd & Another [2009] EWHC 1919 (TCC):

(Acting for the successful defendants/counter-claimant in a claim for £2 million and counterclaim for £500k in respect of the supply of an industrial printing press and associated finance)

  • Lobster Group Ltd v Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Ltd & Anor [2008] EWHC 413 (TCC):

(Interim application for security for costs – the first High Court decision on whether a security for costs application can cover the costs of pre-action mediation)

Background

Prior to joining the firm Daniel worked at a top 100 city law firm. Daniel trained in a West End firm and then spent several years working for a boutique law firm. Daniel spends his spare time with his young family and when time permits has been known to take on challenges for charity. These have included white collar boxing, appearing under the ring name Dan “The Guillotine” Gleek and more recently, undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge to climb the three largest peaks in the UK within 24 hours.

Professional Qualifications & Memberships

  • Solicitor of England & Wales
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • Solicitor-Advocate Higher Rights of Audience
  • Property Litigation Association
  • Astana International Financial Centre Court Rights of Audience