Gateley Plc doubles size of real estate team in 12 months

Gateley Plc has doubled the size of its real estate practice in Leeds in just 12 months.

Gateley Plc is the legal business of the law-led professional services group of the same name. The Leeds team launched in 2015 and is led by real estate partner Philip Gregory.

Having quickly established itself within the Yorkshire property market, key clients for Gateley Plc include Lidl and construction and development business Peveril Securities.

Over the past 12 months, the team has doubled in size, from five to 10 people. Recent appointments include a second partner to the team, Barbara Rollin, who joined from Shoosmiths and has more than 20 years experience in property finance matters.

Christopher King has also joined as a senior associate from DWF, alongside solicitor Emma Wilson and paralegal Melanie Parsons.

The team at Gateley Plc has worked on more than 30 properties to date. A notable deal includes instruction by retail footwear specialist Pavers, to negotiate and complete lease assignments, variations and new leases on a portfolio of their retail properties.

Commenting on the recent growth at Gateley Plc, Gregory said: “The department is going from strength to strength, with the growth in team size necessary to accommodate the growing number of instructions received and opportunities opening up to us. I genuinely believe being able to offer a national legal offering but that is focused on the local regional market is unique and will serve us and our clients well going forward.”

“Barbara’s appointment has meant we have not only a first class and very experienced lawyer in the team but also one with a specialism and experience in real estate finance which I believe is unrivalled in the market.”

“I am very hopeful that as we continue this success, we will be able to grow the team further in the coming months.”

Andrew Johnson, head of Gateley’s Leeds office, added: “The team are a real asset to the thriving Leeds office and are strategically well placed to serve our growing client base.”

“The office is a success story in itself, having started with just six staff in 2012 and has now grown to a team of well over 100 at the start of this year.”