The London office of Gateley Plc, the legal business of law-led professional services group Gateley, has launched a Private Wealth offering in the city with the appointment of partners Richard Jordan and Mark Pearce and continues to grow its Corporate client team with the appointment of partner Oliver Harker.
Richard Jordan joins Gateley Plc from Irwin Mitchell, where he was head of the London Private Client team. Richard has over 20 years of experience in providing tailored tax and succession advice to HNW Private Clients, Families and Family Offices.
Richard stated: “From my very first meeting with Gateley, it was clear to me that the business has strong leadership and a fantastic positive culture. Gateley is ambitious and driven, but also very much down to earth. I am delighted to be entrusted with growing the London Private Client team. I am also particularly looking forward to complementing Gateley’s existing specialist teams to present a formidable offering to private clients, both internationally and in London.
“Our team focuses on helping foreign individuals looking to move to or invest in the UK. It is exciting to be part of this ambitious initiative, and to combine what we do with the complementary specialisms offered by Gateley Plc to an international client base.”
Mark Pearce also joins from Irwin Mitchell, where he advised high-net wealth clients, often with international personal and business interests.
Mark said: “The growth of the Group, through its acquisitions of Gateley Hamer, Gateley Capitus and Kiddy & Partners, mean we can provide even more services to clients under one roof, which is increasingly important in a world where data security and confidentiality are often clients’ primary concerns. Richard and I have been working together for the past fifteen years and we’ve developed a close personal and professional friendship. We know how each other works and how best to work together to deliver a premium client service.”
As well as the Private Wealth appointments, Oliver Harker joins the Corporate team from Weightmans, where he advised clients on a wide range of transactions including complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures and capital markets and specialised in a range of industries including energy, trade and commodities, financial services and entertainment and media.
Oliver said: “I wanted to join Gateley because it provides an opportunity in London to help to grow a practice which has a fantastic reputation nationally.
“By deal volume, the Gately Corporate team completes more transactions than any other law firm in the country and I hope to contribute to that by growing the Gateley brand in London.”
Head of office, Paul Hayward, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Richard, Mark and Oliver to the team, not least because they all bring something new to Gateley’s London office.
“There has been continuous expansion in our London office in recent years and the addition of the Private Wealth team will mean even greater opportunities for our client base here. The experience and well-respected reputation that Richard and Mark have previously built in this industry will be of huge benefit to our clients. We have also recently recruited two further associates into the Private Wealth team in order to provide a strong base on which to build.”
Gateley Plc has one of the largest corporate teams in the UK, regularly advising on mergers and acquisitions, management buy outs and restructuring. Its Private Wealth and Corporate teams work with a range of national and international clients.