Gateley Legal makes senior appointment within Birmingham construction team

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We have expanded our construction team with the appointment of Michael Smyth as a partner at our Birmingham office.

Michael joins the team from Stafford-based ORJ Law where he was a partner for 15 years. He joined his previous firm 19 years ago as a general litigator before specialising in construction law for the last decade. Michael has a strong background in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, having previously acted for developers and employers, as well as both contractors and subcontractors.

In his new role, Michael will help widen the skillset of the team in Birmingham, as well as nationally, through his extensive construction law experience and expertise. He will also work closely with Gateley Legal’s property and banking teams.

In addition, he will add weight to the Birmingham team by supporting and mentoring junior members and focusing on business development activities.

Commenting on his appointment, Michael Smyth said: “I’m pleased to be joining the construction team at Gateley Legal. The opportunity to be part of a bigger team, with wider experience and more resources, was what really attracted me to the role. Previously, I was used to operating on my own, or as part of a very small team, so I’m looking forward to building on my experience alongside my new colleagues in the Birmingham office, as well as the wider national construction team.”

Emlyn Hudson, partner and head of construction at Gateley Legal, said: “We’re delighted to have Michael join our Birmingham construction team. Despite what is happening in the wider economic environment our construction team is extremely busy, especially with dispute-related matters. Michael brings the exact expertise and experience we need to support and add further strength to our team.”

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