Gateley Birmingham promotions

Law-led professional services group, Gateley has announced the promotion of 38 people across its national network, including seven to partner.

The lawyer promotions span Gateley Plc’s Corporate, Banking & Finance, Employment, Pensions, Real Estate, Residential Development, Construction, Restructuring, Commerce, Technology & Media, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Planning teams as well as Gateley’s property consultancy business, Gateley Hamer.

Gateley Plc has made one partner-level promotion to its Corporate department, Birmingham-based Andrew Cowan. Construction lawyer Amira Khan also made partner in Birmingham, as well as Neil Warner in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Victoria Portman in the Restructuring team. Manchester-based Avril England in the Employment team and Residential Development lawyers, Nottingham-based Steven Plummer and Leeds-based John Kiff were also promoted to partner.

In addition, nine have been promoted to legal director. This includes Birmingham-based Construction lawyers Phil Scully and Paul Scott and Planning lawyer Matthew Scudamore; Commercial Dispute Resolution lawyer Claire Herbert (Leicester) and Shipping lawyer Brian Taylor (London); Manchester-based Restructuring lawyers Dannielle Haston and Aneesh Prasad; Joanna Belmonte in the Banking & Finance team and Mark Iveson in the Planning team, both also based in Manchester.

A further ten have been promoted to senior associate and twelve to associate.

Michael Ward, Chief Executive of Gateley Group, commented: “Incentivising our people and attracting new talent is a key part of our strategy and our success to date and I am delighted to announce so many promotions at the end of what has been another incredibly busy year. This is our largest round of promotions since we floated in 2015, every individual has contributed to the growth of the business and their promotions are very much deserved.”

The promotions mark the end of a busy financial year for Gateley, most recently with the acquisition of Guildford-based land and property law firm, GCL solicitors. The acquisition further strengthens the firm’s position in the sector nationally and creates a substantial presence for Gateley’s Residential Development team in the southern market. The acquisition follows the recent expansion of the Residential Development team in Manchester with the appointment of legal director Louise Ilhan and the East Midlands with the appointment of partner Steven Plummer. The firm also introduced a new service line, Global Mobility, with the appointment of director Steve Asher, which encompasses the management of employees on international assignments, covering a mix of employment law, immigration advice, international HR, tax and social security planning, and talent management.