Neil Smith

Chief Financial Officer



Neil has more than 20 years’ experience working in the accountancy profession where he specialised in the professional services industry. Initially Neil spent 14 years at a major accounting practice where he gained considerable experience of auditing and advising a wide range of privately-owned and publicly-listed businesses across many sectors. 

He joined Gateley LLP in 2008, was appointed as Finance Director in 2011 and became the first non-lawyer to be appointed as Partner within Gateley LLP following its successful application to become an Alternative Business Structure in January 2014.

Neil was a member of the management team on Gateley LLP’s acquisition of the commercial law business from Halliwells LLP in 2010 and, following his involvement in Gateley (Holdings) Plc’s admission to AIM, was appointed to the Plc Board in 2015 and has played a key role in the Group's acquisitions since its admission that have seen the Group expand beyond legal services into a law-led professional services Group.

On 1 May 2023, Neil was appointed as Gateley’s Chief Financial Officer.


Neil is Company Secretary for the Gateley Group he is also the Group’s compliance officer for finance and administration (“COFA”) and a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

Neil sits on Gateley’s Holdings, Strategic and Operations Boards.