Gateley Plc hires new partner in Leeds

The Leeds office of legal business, Gateley Plc has made its seventh partner hire in three years with the appointment of Dispute Resolution partner, Andrew Johnson.

Andrew joins the company from Watson Burton LLP, where he was a partner and head of commercial Litigation for three years.  He has over 14 years’ experience in handling a range of disputes including dealing with issues arising from corporate transactions, complex projects, trading contracts and property related agreements. He has also developed particular specialisms in dealing with procurement litigation and judicial review proceedings.

Andrew has acted for a range of Plc clients and other organisations such as Bellway, Microsoft, Colas and the  University of Leicester. His recent successes include recovering large sums for clients in professional negligence claims against their advisors, advising on a challenge to a major NHS procurement, and advising a number of housebuilders in relation to complex issues arising from claims by mineral rights holders.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew said: “I’m delighted to be joining Gateley during such a key time for the company.  To become part of a disputes team that has really taken the Yorkshire legal market by storm and now as part of the first UK commercial legal business to float on the London Stock Exchange, is hugely exciting. 

“Gateley has been one to watch since it set up in Leeds and I’m looking forward to building on my expertise with the company and being a part of its future success.”

William Ballmann, head of the Leeds office, said: “Andrew’s appointment adds further strength to our Dispute Resolution team in Leeds and supports our plans for further expansion in this area. 

“Since entering the Yorkshire market the team has more than doubled its turnover in this practice area and is the fastest growing commercial disputes team in Leeds.  Andrew is a very welcome addition to the team.”

The news of the appointment comes as Gateley Plc recently announced three promotions in its Leeds office.  The company also floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange last month becoming the first legal business to do so in the UK.  The company raised £30 million as part of its listing on AIM.

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Dispute Resolution partner, Andrew Johnson and Corporate Recovery partner and head of office, William Ballmann

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