William Ballmann - People - Gateley

William Ballmann


Gateley Legal

  • Leeds
  • t: 0113 218 2475
  • m: 0777 558 6346


William has over 35 years’ experience of business restructurings, re-financings, rescues and turnaround. He specialises in advising the management of public and private companies where there is some form of financial or organisational under-performance, stress or difficulty.

Over the years, William has acted on numerous high-profile restructurings and insolvencies such as the ground breaking Parkside Industries Group, CardWorld, Furness Withy Shipping, Morris Properties, Fox Hayes Solicitors, Barretts & Stylo Shoes, Powerfuel Mining, Bid TV, Jones the Bootmaker. He also advises various tax offices in Germany in connection with ‘insolvency tourism’ cases.

William is a past President of the UK Insolvency Lawyers' Association, a Council Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) in the UK, a past Chairman of the R3 Yorkshire Region and current Head of the Institute for Turnaround, North Region & Scotland.

Consistent client praise for continued excellence led to William being inducted into 'The Legal 500 Hall of Fame' in 2018.


  1. Taking an appointment as a non-executive director of an ailing, loss making business, in effect acting as CRO of the company; successfully turning the business around where it is once again making substantial profits and providing enhanced employment opportunities in an economically underperforming region.
  2. Assisting numerous distressed equity investors acquiring underperforming companies in order to save the existing businesses.

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