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Gateley Plc

Survey results


If the firm were a fictional character it would be...

Fawkes the Phoenix (Harry Potter) – incredibly loyal, intelligent, courageous and capable of regeneration to move with an ever-changing market

The verdict

The verdict

A ‘large national law firm with a regional focus’, Gateley Plc trainees respect the firm’s ‘strong northern presence and identity’. With offices in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds to name but a few, the firm is ideally located for those seeking ‘challenging work’ involving a ‘varied client base’ away from the hustle-and-bustle of the capital (though a London office is available for those who love the City). Trainees admire the firm’s ‘bold innovation shown in the conversion to a PLC’ and appreciate the ‘employee share scheme’. ‘Being able to work on large transactions involving several departments’ is all part of the training experience at Gateley, and recruits rave about the ‘good amount of exposure we get to real legal work and clients’. Gateley’s training contract ‘offers more responsibility than others’: ‘in my first six months in the corporate team I was involved in twelve completions’ boasted one respondent. However, some newcomers feel ‘the supervision could be better’. Unsettling new recruits is the firm’s seat rotation system: ‘the choice of seats is limited, especially as we don’t choose our first two seats’. Nevertheless, being able to ‘work on cross-border acquisitions’ and ‘leading a £1.5m share sale and managing completion independently’ made up for some of the firm’s shortcomings. Gateley is a Lex 100 Winner for inclusiveness which speaks to its ‘welcoming and ‘supportive’ nature. The firm engages in charitable initiatives with trainees taking the lead role in organizing events such as the annual rounders tournament. If you’d like ‘the work of a big firm and family feel of a small firm’, look no further than Gateley PLC.

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