The Leeds office of Gateley Legal has appointed James Sargent as a partner in its Real Estate practice in the city.
James joins from Weightmans, where he worked on a mixture of national and international redevelopment projects, asset management, development and investment transactions. Prior to this, James formed part of the core Real Estate department at DLA Piper.
On joining Gateley Legal, James said: “One of the things that attracted me to Gateley Legal is that everyone within the business can have a stake in it which I believe is very important in attracting and retaining the very best talent in today’s society.
“I’m delighted to join the Real Estate team here in Leeds because I'm passionate about Yorkshire and want to continue to encourage and help facilitate investment and development here.
“The growth of the Leeds office shows how successful Gateley Legal has been in the region and has the strength and depth to be able to meet clients’ expectations. The main differentiator with our competitors is our ability to draw on a wealth of expertise from not only the legal side of the business, but also from the wider group to deliver the best possible service for clients.”
Phillip Gregory, partner and head of the Real Estate team in Gateley Legal’s Leeds office commented: “I’m really happy to welcome James to the team. His wide range of experience will complement and build on our existing offering to ensure our clients have easy access to the very best legal expertise.
“Gateley is a forward-thinking business that advises some of the biggest names in Real Estate. James has advised clients involved in everything from the construction of solar farms through to the purchase of land for large retail warehouses to suit our ever-changing shopping habits.
“I am sure he will quickly make a positive impact here at Gateley and will continue to encourage further investment and growth in the region.”
The Real Estate department at Gateley Legal's Leeds office boasts key client relationships with Lidl and construction and development business, Peveril Securities Limited.