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Gateley Legal expands Leeds property team as office celebrates ten years

Gateley Legal has expanded its Leeds property team with four new appointments spanning the construction and real estate sectors. The growth coincides with the Leeds office celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Strengthening the offering of the construction team, Hayley Hayes joins as a legal director. Hayes specialises in construction-related dispute issues, including fire safety matters and will support housebuilder, developer and property clients. Outside of work, Hayes lectures part-time on the Legal Practice Course at Leeds Beckett University.

Newly qualified solicitor Emma Kenny also joins the construction team. Kenny’s focus will be on fire safety and defect claims, as well as adjudications.

The appointment of new legal director Miranda Stirling boosts the real estate team in Leeds. Stirling has a strong background in asset management work which includes managing the property portfolio for a major national supermarket. Stirling also brings experience in handling acquisitions, disposals and landlord and tenant work. In this role, she will be focusing on large-scale portfolio sales and transactions, as well as landlord and tenant matters.

Amelia Purdy has also joined the real estate team as an associate. Purdy will be supporting the team on a range of matters including commercial property development work, property finance and landlord and tenant matters.

Andrew Johnson, partner and office head of Gateley Legal in Leeds, said: “Gateley Legal is proud to be celebrating a successful decade in Leeds. Over the last ten years we have built a strong client base and significantly increased our presence across Yorkshire and beyond.

“The new additions are a great example of how Gateley Legal is focused on meeting the unique needs of the buoyant construction and property markets to service this region.”

Gateley Legal’s Leeds office was established in 2012 and is now home to an 88-strong property team. In total, there are 123 legal professionals operating from the city centre base.

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Leeds office head, Andrew Johnson with new property team appointments

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Gateley Legal is the legal business at the heart of professional services group Gateley. We offer services spanning commercial and corporate law, dispute resolution, property, human resources, banking, litigation, restructuring, pensions, regulatory, private wealth, family and more. Founded in Birmingham in 1808, we have provided commercial legal services to individuals and businesses over the last 200 years. We have over 750 professional advisers and employ over 1,200 people across 15 offices located in Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton, Chester, Exeter, 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). The bold move to go public embodies our forward thinking ethos. 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 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 Tweed – offering specialist, multi-jurisdictional advice on reputation, media and privacy in Northern and the Republic of Ireland. The team also advise on real estate, commercial contracts, construction, employment, procurement, and dispute resolution matters; – Gateley Vinden – a specialist business offering corporate advisory, dispute resolution and consultancy to the built environment in the property and construction markets; – Gateley Smithers Purslow – a rapidly growing multi-disciplinary chartered surveying practice, comprising building and quantity surveyors and civil and structural engineers. Specialising in services to the property insurance claims market, it resolves high value claims for insurers, policy holders and their advisers; – Entrust – a leading professional independent trustee company that helps companies run their pension scheme effectively; – International Investment Services – 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 Legal please visit or follow us on Twitter at

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