The Leeds office of national law firm, Gateley Plc, is showing no signs of stopping its expansion in the city. It has recently become the base for the regional Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany and hired a new Consultant.
Mark Green, the Honorary Consul for Germany in the North of England, will be working for the firm on a consulting basis. In addition to 30 years’ experience as a corporate/commercial lawyer, Mark is a Public Notary, bi-lingual and dual qualified as a German Rechtsanwalt.
In a move that goes beyond just increasing the firm’s legal offering to the city, by becoming the base for the regional Consulate, it will offer a number of services, including dealing with all applications for fresh passports to German nationals, giving support in various distress situations, close commercial liaison with UK companies having business interests in Germany, as well as supporting German firms with subsidiaries in the North of England.
Adding to Gateley’s fast-growing presence in Leeds, Mark will be overseeing Germany-originated work coming into the UK and will be able to assist with outbound work from the UK to Germany, building on the firm’s co-ordinated international strategy.
This strategy has seen Gateley focus on international inbound and outbound work for the benefit of Leeds and the region.
Commenting on the news, William Ballmann, Corporate Recovery partner and Head of the Leeds office, said: “Becoming the regional base for the German Consulate supports our plans for increasing our presence in the city. Since entering the Leeds market, we have hired eight new partners and Mark’s appointment as Consultant is just another step in the right direction and a sign of our commitment to Leeds.”
Mark will be combining his role as a Consultant to the firm with his role as the Honorary Consul covering Leeds, Manchester, York and other districts.