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Gateley expands its Property Platform with the acquisition of RJA Consultants

Professional services group Gateley, has acquired chartered quantity surveying practice RJA Consultants in a deal which will expand the services of its Property Platform.

Gateley’s Property Platform combines the expertise of its legal professionals with the tax specialists, surveyors, architects and engineers within its consultancy businesses to produce full-service solutions for a range of construction, development and property matters.

Based out of offices in Leicester and Nottingham, RJA Consultants (RJA) is a chartered quantity surveying practice providing surveying and project management services nationally across a variety of property and construction projects. The business advises on a wide range of residential development and commercial property matters, as well as supporting building projects within the health and insurance sectors. RJA also has a dedicated clerk of works team strategically positioned to deliver quality inspection services on construction sites across the country.

RJA Consultants will trade as Gateley RJA and Richard Julian and directors Steven Collin, Liza Julian, Hardeep Kooner and Chris Clubb will continue to work as part of the RJA management team post acquisition.

Richard Julian, founder and managing director at Gateley RJA, explained: “Joining a larger professional services company is a really positive move for our consultancy. Our culture is very in line with how Gateley operates so it will not only enhance our strategic growth plans but also allow us to build upon the great service and client focus that we are well known for. As far as our clients are concerned its very much business as usual but we are looking forward to being able to develop the depth of our offering and collaborate on projects with our new wider Group colleagues.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Callum Nuttall, partner and Property Platform head at Gateley, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome the RJA team to our Property Platform. RJA’s services share key commonalities with our legal teams and other consultancy businesses, especially Gateley Smithers Purslow and Gateley Vinden, and will complement our full-service offering. The acquisition will also bring opportunities to increase our market share and extend our services within resilient sectors such as affordable housing and insurance services.”

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(L-R): Hardeep Kooner – director, Chris Clubb – director of commercial, Steven Collin – director of strategic growth, Richard Julian – founder and managing director and Liza Julian – director of corporate services

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Gateley is a professional services group. Founded in Birmingham in 1808, we have provided commercial legal services to individuals and businesses over the last 200 years. We have over 1,000 professional advisers and employ over 1,400 people across 16 offices located in Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton, Chester, Exeter, Glasgow, Guildford, Leeds, Leicester, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading and Rutland. We also have a presence in Dubai. In 2015, we were the first commercial UK law firm to list on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Our strategy is to differentiate ourselves in a crowded market, incentivise our people to retain and attract the best talent in the industry and diversify by acquiring complementary business services. These include: – Gateley Legal – services span commercial and corporate law, dispute resolution, property, human resources, banking, litigation, restructuring, pensions, regulatory, private wealth, family and more; – Gateley Capitus – a leading fiscal incentives consultancy specialising in capital allowances on commercial property, land remediation relief and tax incentives; – Gateley Hamer – a specialist property consultancy providing straight talking advice relating to utilities and compensation, as well as compulsory purchase; – Gateley RJA – chartered quantity surveyors, project managers and clerks of works serving a wide variety of construction sectors; – Gateley Smithers Purslow – a rapidly growing multi-disciplinary chartered surveying practice, comprising building and quantity surveyors and civil and structural engineers, as well as architects and planners. Specialising in services to the property insurance claims market, it resolves high value claims for insurers, policy holders and their advisers; – Gateley Vinden – a specialist business offering corporate advisory, dispute resolution and consultancy to the built environment in the property and construction markets; – Entrust – a leading professional independent trustee company that helps companies run their pension scheme effectively; – Gateley Global – experts in international business, helping clients expand into new offshore markets in the most efficient way; – Kiddy & Partners – a global firm of experts in business psychology and trusted advisers to a range of business leaders, HR and talent directors; – t-three – specialists in people and leadership development and behavioural change; – Adamson Jones – patent and trademark attorneys providing expert intellectual property advice and services to clients from large multinational and national organisations, to universities and SMEs; and – Symbiosis IP – chartered patent attorneys specialising in IP services for the life sciences, pharmaceutical and chemistry industries. For further details on Gateley please visit or follow us on Twitter at

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