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Gateley Plc further expands residential development offering with two key appointments in Manchester

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(L-R) Nick Beko, Louise Ilhan and Keyan Hartley

Gateley Plc, the legal business of law-led professional services group Gateley, has continued to expand its Residential Development team in Manchester with the appointments of legal director Nick Beko and solicitor Keyan Hartley.

Nick has more than 20 years’ experience in property law and was previously a partner at gunnercooke LLP. Prior to this he was a partner and head of the residential development team at DAC Beachcroft, and has also worked in the residential development team at Eversheds. Nick has a wealth of experience in development work for both the private and public sectors, advising major housebuilders on large and complex transactions, including strategic land acquisitions and development schemes.

Keyan joins as a solicitor from Kennedys, where he completed his training contract.

Nick and Keyan’s appointments follow the launch of the Residential Development team in Manchester in February, with the hire of legal director Louise Ilhan. Since May the national team has more than doubled in size, making it the largest Residential Development team within any UK law firm. New teams have also been established in Reading and the East Midlands.

The Residential Development team at Gateley Plc acts for all of the top 10 national housebuilders, and 18 of the top 20, in all regions of the UK. With the acquisition of residential development specialists, GCL Solicitors, by the Gateley Group at the end of May, Gateley Plc’s plot sales team now advises on circa £2.5 billion worth of plot sales annually.

Rod Waldie, head of Gateley Plc’s Property group and head of the Manchester office, said: “Our Residential Development team operates across the widest range of offices of any UK firm, from Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, London, Guildford and Reading.

“With the expansion of the Manchester team, we are able to offer this service at greater strength and I welcome Nick and Keyan to our rapidly growing department.”

Nick added: “I’m very much looking forward to joining the growing team here in Manchester. Gateley Plc has an extensive and experienced national team with an excellent reputation for the breadth and depth of work that they do in this sector, and I am looking forward to helping continue with that success.”