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Neil Gibbs

Managing Partner
Corporate & Commercial

Neil completed his degree at University College London attending the College of Law in Chester. He joined Batchelors (a predecessor firm of Woodfines LLP) as an articled clerk (now known as a Trainee Solicitor) in 1993. He remained with the firm on qualification as a solicitor in 1995 and was promoted to partner level in 1997.

Neil’s initial practice area covered a wide spectrum of commercial based advice and transaction before focussing and specialising in Corporate Commercial matters. This has provided him with a detailed understanding of the challenges that businesses face as they evolve and develop and enables him to provide business focussed solutions and advice.

Throughout his career Neil has been heavily evolved with the evolution and development of Woodfines, including establishing our Milton Keynes presence in 2001 and being involved in the management of the firm and its marketing functions. In 2018 he became Managing Partner and continues to lead the development of the firm’ strategy and vision for the future . At the heart of this strategy is a commitment to our people, our clients and communities we serve.

He combines his management responsibility with being the Partner Lead for the Corporate Commercial Team and continues to provide problem solving and commercial advice for his clients. Some of whom he has acted for throughout his career. He has reputation for providing pragmatic solutions devised from a wealth of experience and deep feeling and understanding of business. A key skill is to make the complex simple.

He proudly juggles his professional life with revelling in the role of parent to his two children and like many parents spends their free time being a taxi service or supporter along touchlines or in gyms across the country.

More about Neil…

What’s the most daring/scariest thing you have done?

Accepting the role of Managing Partner professionally and personally, bungee jumped from a hot air balloon.

What was your first job?

Working on a building site ferrying cement to the bricklayers – a great summer job, but not so great in the winter months.

Tell us something that not many people would know about you?

I have completed the Three Peaks challenge three times and aspire to complete Surrey Hills 100.

If you weren’t a lawyer or in your current profession, what would you be doing?

As I am quite entrepreneurial in outlook I would have founded my own business and have retired long ago!