Gateley adds six in Leeds

Six solicitors have joined the Leeds office of Gateley across its construction, corporate, residential development and banking teams.

Lisa Barker has joined the construction team as a solicitor from Eversheds Sutherland’s Manchester office, where she specialised in commercial and contractual disputes, and negligence claims.

The Gateley corporate team has increased in size with the addition of new solicitor Rebecca Bennett, who has experience of a range of corporate and commercial matters for private sector clients, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganisations. She has joined from Fieldfisher’s Manchester office.

The residential development unit has been bolstered by the additions of Deirdre Lindsay, Erin Bowe and Rhys Craddock.

Lindsay advises on site acquisitions and disposals, as well as general residential development work and landlord and tenant matters, and has arrived from DWF.

Bowe has joined the team from Brabner’s Liverpool office, while Craddock arrives from Attwells Solicitors in Ipswich, where he completed his training contract.

Eight paralegals have also been appointed to the rapidly growing residential development team at Gateley in Leeds.

Additionally, solicitor Mariam Mansoor has joined the banking team at Gateley after finishing her training contract at Needle Partners.

The firm’s Leeds office has grown significantly since its launch in 2012. The office opened with just five people and now employs close to 90 staff, including 16 partners.

William Ballmann, head of the Leeds office at Gateley, said: “Our Leeds office is continuing to go from strength to strength and has seen remarkable growth here over the past six years. I’m pleased to be welcoming another six solicitors and eight paralegals to our Yorkshire base as we move into our seventh year and look forward to working with them all.”

The news follows the appointment of the Leeds office’s first employment partners, Paul Ball and Gearalt Fahy, as well as commercial dispute resolution partner Gavin Winter, and four solicitors across the construction, commercial dispute resolution, corporate and regulatory departments in the final few months of 2017.