The Leeds office of top 50 law firm, Gateley has promoted Commercial Dispute Resolution lawyer, Simon Ingham, to partner and Corporate Recovery lawyer, Lisa Smith, to associate.
Simon helps businesses to resolve disputes cost effectively and is familiar with all forms of modern dispute resolution as well as traditional court proceedings and arbitration.
His practice areas include general contract disputes, breach of warranty claims, shareholder and partner disputes, professional negligence claims and fraud related claims.
He has worked across numerous industry sectors for small businesses and multi-national listed companies alike but has notable expertise in the housebuilding sector, having acted for several of the largest housebuilders in their disputes with landowners, contractors, suppliers, customers and professional advisers.
Lisa specialises in all aspects of non-contentious corporate recovery and insolvency with a particular focus on property related transactions and corporate advisory work, including all types of insolvency appointments.
She typically advises IP’s, financial institutions, corporates and individuals on all aspects of insolvency and restructuring, both formal and informal.
Her areas of expertise include advising fixed charge receivers in relation to property sales, advising on corporate insolvencies including administrations, liquidations and voluntary arrangements and the enforcement of security.
Recently, she completed a secondment to Yorkshire Bank’s Real Estate and Business Trading teams.
William Ballmann, Corporate Recovery partner and head of Gateley’s Leeds office, said:
“I am delighted for Simon and Lisa. Their continued commitment to servicing client needs are commendable and the promotions are thoroughly deserved.
“The past 12 months have proven to be a successful year for the Leeds office, and they have been very much part of this.
“Simon’s promotion to partner follows 2013’s appointment of Nick Emmerson as Corporate partner and George Parker-Fuller as Residential Development partner.
“The legal team that we are continuing to build means that we are well on track to achieve our target of becoming a full-service practice in the Leeds and wider Yorkshire market.”
Following positive 2013/14 financial figures in which fee income increased by 7.5 per cent to £71 million, the firm has made a series of promotions across its network of nine offices.
Firm wide, 99 Gateley lawyers were ranked as “leading individuals”‘ in the 2014 edition of Chambers legal directory.