Gateley announces duo leadership team for Manchester

We are proud to announce that we have appointed partners Stuart Evans and Hayley Sullivan as the new joint heads of our 220-strong Manchester office.

Stuart has been with Gateley Legal for 19 years and is a partner in the Pensions Unit. He is MD of Entrust, our professional independent pension trustee company, and Gateley Legal’s national Training Principal. Ranked in Legal 500, Stuart advises on a wide range of pensions issues including equalisation, benefit entitlements and the interpretation of trust powers. He also established the Enplan Pension Platform, Entrust’s market-leading final salary pension scheme consolidator.

Hayley heads up the construction teams’ non-contentious practice and is a board director of Gateley Capitus, the property and innovation tax incentives consultancy arm of our group. Hayley has been with Gateley Legal for over 17 years. Ranked in Legal 500, Hayley acts for sureties, funders, developers, housebuilders, end users, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants on a wide range of residential, commercial, leisure and industrial schemes.

Stuart and Hayley, succeed Paul Jefferson who has headed the office since 2020. Paul is stepping down to focus on his role as national head of private equity and as a member of the Group’s Strategic Board.

Rod Waldie, CEO, said: “I am grateful to Paul for his leadership, tenacity and dedication to the role since 2020. Amongst other things, he guided our Manchester team through the challenges of Covid and resultant change in working practices.

“With a combined 35-plus years at Gateley, the leadership of our Manchester office with Stuart and Hayley could not be in better hands. I am looking forward to seeing them write the next new and exciting chapter for Gateley in Manchester.”

Paul Jefferson, commented: “It has been my privilege to lead the office over the last four years, including through lock-down and I am constantly impressed by the resilience, commitment and energy of our people. As I continue to focus on my Strategic Board role, I am delighted be able to hand the baton to Stuart and Hayley, who will bring energy, drive and commitment to the role and oversee our continued, successful expansion here in Manchester.”

Stuart Evans said: “It’s a great honour for us to take on this role and represent the dynamic and motivated specialist teams we have in Manchester, evidenced by the superb cohort of promotions this year.”

Hayley Sullivan added: “We are excited to harness that energy to drive further success in the region and to enhance the excellent Gateley culture and team spirit that we are so proud of.”

L to R: Stuart Evans, Hayley Sullivan and Paul Jefferson

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