Gateley establishes real estate presence in Leeds

Gateley has hired its first real estate partner, Phil Gregory.

A former partner at Gordons, where he worked with the likes of Wm Morrison Supermarkets, the Glen Dimplex Group and Wilton Developments, Gregory has been tasked with building the firm’s real estate department in the Yorkshire market, with a focus on all aspects of commercial property.

The firm has also announced three other key appointments in its corporate, residential development and dispute resolution teams. Sandip Khroud joins from Irwin Mitchell as senior associate and Keelie Evans and Peter Barr both join as associates.

Khroud specialises in advising businesses on M&A, private equity and PLC client matters relating to both Europe and Asia. He sits on the advisory board of the National Asian Business Association and has worked in Mumbai and Delhi, helping to set up joint ventures between companies from Yorkshire and across the UK.

Gregory said that he was excited to be joining the national practice. “The opportunity to build a real estate team here in Leeds was one I just could not say no to,” he said.

“The firm has big plans for its Leeds office and I am enthusiastic about helping Gateley to continue the impressive growth it has enjoyed in the city since opening the office in 2012.”

Commenting on the appointments, William Ballmann, corporate recovery partner and head of the Leeds office, said: “When we established Gateley in Leeds in 2012 we said we had plans to develop the office into a full service commercial law practice. We have grown at a rapid rate in four years and are really proud of everything we have achieved, now offering services that include corporate, corporate recovery, residential development, dispute resolution, regulatory and now real estate.

“Having started with just five people in 2012, we now have well over 40 members of the team in our Leeds office and we are looking forward to building on this growth and our presence in the region.”

PIC: (left to right): Phil Gregory, Keelie Evans, Peter Barr, Sandip Khroud