Smart, savvy and straight-talking business experts
Our history is as extensive and all-encompassing as the expertise we offer today.
We are a progressive and dynamic firm with entrepreneurial spirit; rapid growth in the last decade has been led by this approach.
In 2006, we became the UK’s first full service legal firm with significant client bases in both Scotland and England. Since then, we’ve continued our development as a truly national legal practice – now offering real depth of expertise in all of the UK’s major commercial centres. In addition to our UK offices, we opened our Dubai Practice in 2007.
In 2015, we were the UK’s first commercial law firm to become a publicly-quoted company admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Our bold move to go public embodies the firm’s ethos which is to think as big as our clients do. Our strategy is to differentiate ourselves, incentivise our people to retain and attract the best talent in the industry and become a law-led business services group through diversification.
View the timeline below to find out more about our history.
Gateley Plc acquires Gateley Hamer
Gateley Plc acquires Gateley Capitus
Reading office opened.
Gateley Plc were the UK’s first commercial law firm to become a publicly-quoted company admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
HBJ Gateley opens an office in Aberdeen.
Gateley expanded into Leeds. Bringing our brand of down to earth, commercial legal advice to the Yorkshire market.
Gateley expanded into Manchester, establishing our presence in the North of England.
We established a London office now located in Paternoster Square. That office continues to grow and offer our full range of legal expertise from the capital. In Scotland we merged with specialist firm Olivers to further improve our offering to individuals, coupled with a move to brand new office accommodation in Glasgow.
The firm opened a Dubai office in 2007, allowing the practice to develop international markets and offer Middle East clients the unique Gateley blend of client focus and personal approach.
Mergers with specialist Shipping & Transport solicitors Shaw & Croft and Holmes Hardingham.
Henderson Boyd Jackson and Gateley Wareing came together to create the UK’s first legal firm with significant client bases in both Scotland and England.
Gateley Wareing invested in further growth when it developed its own headquarter office building in the very heart of Birmingham’s Colmore Business District and opened offices in Nottingham & Leicester.
The commercial law firm of Stephen Gateley & Sons was operating in Birmingham’s legal district, at the top end of Corporation Street. Four generations of the Gateley family grew the firm from its Victorian beginnings to service the rising industrial and commercial needs of both individuals and their companies in Birmingham and the surrounding region.
Merged with Birmingham based Bernard Wareing.
A hundred years later Mr Henderson and Mr Jackson created a new legal firm that specialised in acting for landowners.
Founded in Birmingham.