Gateley Hamer expands into Leeds with two new hires

Specialist property consultants, Gateley Hamer, has expanded its property offering into Leeds, with the appointment of senior associate, David Strafford and associate, James Staniford.

David has over 30 years’ experience as a chartered surveyor in the public and private sectors, with a strong public infrastructure background, assembling land for a range of major regeneration and infrastructure developments.

Prior to joining Gateley Hamer, he ran his own private practice and has extensive experience in site assembly work and valuations for acquisitions and disposals.  David is also an experienced expert witness and has significant experience of dealing with utilities and compulsory purchase.

On joining Gateley Hamer, David said: “I’m pleased to be joining the team here to continue to expand the Gateley Hamer offering in the north of England, to foster new business and offer what I consider to be a unique and attractive client proposition of comprehensive professional and legal services under one roof.

“For me to leave my consultancy, I needed a position that would be sufficiently engaging and motivating, and I believe that Gateley Hamer and my new role tick all of those boxes.”

David has been joined by James to help to grow Gateley Hamer’s presence in the North.  He joins from Sanderson Weatherall, where he specialised in compulsory purchase undertaking work for both acquiring authorities and claimants in relation to a range of infrastructure and regeneration schemes.

He has also worked across corporate real estate and recovery, undertaking valuations and providing strategic advice.  Prior to this James worked at Workman LLP undertaking property management work.

Commenting on his appointment, James said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a specialist team with a huge amount of knowledge and experience in the sector.

“The forward-thinking ethos and values of Gateley as a whole was very attractive and the chance to integrate within a group of companies like this feels like a very unique opportunity.”

Jonathan Stott, managing director for Gateley Hamer, said: “I’m pleased to welcome David and James to the team, their extensive experience will greatly benefit Gateley Hamer as we grow our Leeds offering.

“Since joining Gateley four years ago, Gateley Hamer has grown from one Birmingham base to have offices in London, Guildford, Reading, Nottingham and now Leeds, meaning we can deliver a specialist professional consultancy service with national coverage.

“I am excited to see the brand grow further and to continue to help clients to maximise the potential of upcoming property developments and projects.”

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