Gateley Plc increases presence in Reading

The UK’s first publicly-quoted commercial law firm, Gateley Plc, has made its first moves towards establishing a full-service offering from its new Reading office with the appointment of three partners: Andrew Peddie, Nicola Kirk and Owen Reynolds.

The new hires will join Christopher Avery, Head of Gateley’s Reading office, at the firm’s new offices in Reading’s premier office building, ’The Blade‘. Gateley will take up the top floor, occupying over 7,000 sq ft, of the state-of-the-art, 14-floor building.

Andrew Peddie, formerly Head of Corporate at Pitmans LLP, has joined Gateley as Corporate partner. Awarded “Lawyer of the Year” at the 2015 Thames Valley Deals Awards, Andrew specialises in M&A and corporate finance work, joint ventures, equity fundraisings and complex reorganisations. He has a diverse range of clients, many in the technology sector and is described by independent legal directory Legal 500 as a ‘leading individual’.

Joining Andrew in the newly established Gateley Corporate team in Reading will be Mark Metcalfe and Sarah Lake. Mark, who specialises in corporate finance, joins Gateley as an associate, whilst Sarah joins as a solicitor.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew said: “It’s exciting to be joining a national practice like Gateley Plc. The firm is on an incredible journey, which made this an opportunity I couldn’t refuse. Gateley’s progressive and entrepreneurial nature, coupled with its client-focused approach, leaves us well placed to take advantage of the opportunities in the regional market.”

Gateley has also hired Nicola Kirk as Corporate Recovery partner. Nicola joins the firm from Pitmans LLP, where she was a partner for more than 20 years. She has been charged with building a Corporate Recovery team and recruitment is currently ongoing.

Nicola is ranked by legal market directory Chambers UK as one of the leading insolvency and turnaround specialists in the South East. Areas of expertise include dealing with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious corporate and individual insolvency, restructuring and refinancing arising in administrations, receiverships, liquidations, bankruptcies, voluntary arrangements, and security issues.

The third partner hire sees Owen Reynolds appointed to head up Gateley’s Private Client offering in Reading. Owen joins the firm from Pitmans LLP, where he has been a partner since 2014. Joining Gateley’s new Private Client team as a legal executive is Madeleine Young.

A further appointment sees newly qualified Commercial lawyer Charlotte Gorley joining the firm as solicitor from global law firm Olswang LLP, where she trained. Charlotte, who has experience in the management of SMS, MMS and data billing, will be working with a range of clients, including those from the telecoms and technology industries.

Christopher Avery commented: “The move to The Blade and the high calibre of personnel we have already attracted are indicative of Gateley Plc’s future plans for its Thames Valley office.

“These appointments are the first part of our journey in Reading. Discussions are currently ongoing with other partners as we continue to pursue a full-service offering.”

Gateley Plc 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.