Gateley Leeds office becomes base for German Honorary Consul

Gateley’s Leeds office has become the base for the Honorary Consul for Germany in the North of England.

Mark Green will be working for the firm on a consulting basis. In addition to 30 years’ experience as a corporate/commercial lawyer, Green is a Public Notary, bi-lingual and dual qualified as a German Rechtsanwalt. He will combine his role as a Consultant to the firm with his role as the Honorary Consul covering Leeds, Manchester, York and other districts.

The firm will now offer a number of additional services, including dealing with all applications for fresh passports to German nationals; giving support in various distress situations; close commercial liaison with UK companies having business interests in Germany; and supporting German firms with subsidiaries in the North of England.

Green will also be overseeing Germany-originated work coming into the UK and will be able to assist with outbound work from the UK to Germany, building on the firm’s co-ordinated international strategy.

William Ballmann, corporate recovery partner and head of the Leeds office, said: “Becoming the regional base for the German Consulate supports our plans for increasing our presence in the city. Since entering the Leeds market, we have hired eight new partners and Mark’s appointment as Consultant is just another step in the right direction and a sign of our commitment to Leeds.”