National law firm, Gateley Plc, has announced the hire of Richard Anderson, a new Construction partner at its Leeds office. He joins the firm from Pinsent Masons where he had been a partner since 2012, following the merger of Pinsent and McGrigors LLP. The hire sees the firm increase the number of partners in Leeds to 11, having started with just two when the office opened in 2012.
Richard, who has almost 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, specialises in contentious construction matters, dispute avoidance and real-time project management for clients working, primarily, in the power and process sector. Richard has also advised clients on projects including nuclear, power, oil & gas, hotels, student accommodation, stadia and infrastructure throughout the world.
Richard said: “I was attracted by the entrepreneurial energy within the team. I have admired the way in which, from small beginnings in 2012, Gateley has grown by making well-placed investments and by attracting lawyers with excellent reputations. I believe that my clients would benefit from Gateley’s commitment to growing its business in Leeds and its early successes in the Yorkshire marketplace.”
Richard brings a strong track record, having worked on some high-profile cases, including acting for the city of Edinburgh in relation to a series of disputes on the high-profile £545 million Edinburgh Trams public infrastructure project.
Gateley Plc, which last year became the first law firm in the UK to go public, revealed its first full-year results in July 2016. Turnover at the national law firm increased more than 10% to £67.1 million.
The law firm works through a network of seven English offices based in Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading. In April, the firm acquired tax incentives advisory business Capitus, now Gateley Capitus – the first acquisition since Gateley Plc floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.