Gateley Legal has established its Exhibitions Property team in Manchester with the addition of two new solicitors, Crystal Or and Stephen Leung.
The team headed-up by partner, Doug Fordham and legal director, Louise Ilhan, works to attract overseas private investors looking to buy new build residential properties across the North West.
Crystal began her career at Moon Beever before moving onto JMW Solicitors LLP, where she specialised in property exhibitions. Born in Hong Kong and later studying in the UK for her legal qualifications, Crystal speaks Cantonese and has established strong investor relationships across the Far East, Middle East and Asia.
Crystal said: “It's an exciting time for Manchester with lots of developments in the pipeline. The city is at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse and a base for many international organisations. Mix that with key ingredients such as world-class universities, global football brands and connected transportation links; and it’s clear to see why the region is attracting lots of international investment.
“I’m excited to join Gateley Legal as it stands out from the crowd when it comes to acting for international investors. We handle the entire transaction process for the buyer whether it's a first investment or adding to a growing portfolio. We are also on the panel for all major Chinese and Hong Kong banks, in addition to several Sharia mortgage providers in the Middle East.”
Stephen Leung previously worked for Gorvins Solicitors and was also born in Hong Kong before moving to the UK to study at Durham University. He speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.
Stephen said: “We provide comprehensive legal advice to clients and travel thousands of miles to meet people face to face. What sets us apart from other legal professionals is the fact that we are fully immersed in different cultures, so we better understand the needs of individual and corporate investors.
“Doug and his team have been advising clients for over 25 years in this sector and I’m looking forward to working with them as we expand and roll out their very successful model across the North West.”
Legal director, Louise Ilhan commented: “Crystal and Stephen have made an immediate impact since joining the business by securing Gateley Legal’s place on a number of legal panels. They are both formidable experts in this field and will go above and beyond to ensure our clients receive the best service."