People: Gateley appoints cyber and business threat expert; Growth continues for Enoch Evans

Gateley Legal has expanded its team with the appointment of Dennis Murphy, a cyber security and business threat specialist.

Murphy has extensive experience in the executive management of sensitive and complex national security operations across the threat spectrum.

He has built this experience through a 27-year career within Canadian Federal Government intelligence, law enforcement and defence-related agencies. This included a four-year posting as the senior Canadian liaison officer at GCHQ.

Murphy has more recently provided bespoke risk management advice to private sector companies with a particular focus on board-level engagement and guidance.

He said: “Gateley is an exciting business to get involved with because of its forward-thinking approach to helping clients to find solutions to business problems.

“Cyber and business threats are challenges that every business faces but they often struggle to know what to do and where to start. Working with the lawyers in Gateley Legal and the leadership development specialists in T-three and Kiddy & Partners, we can help clients to put in the right processes and organisational behaviours to identify, tackle and reduce these risks.”

Gateley Legal partner James Baird, said: “Given the broad range of threats now facing all businesses, Dennis’ unique skills and background allows us to help clients to mitigate and minimise risk to their business and personnel.”


Law firm Enoch Evans has made a further two appointments following a year of growth in 2019.

Emily Goode joins as probate solicitor while Tracy Barnett takes on the role of legal assistant in residential conveyancing.
In 2019, a raft of new appointments bolstered the services offered by the firm and added new skills to the family and commercial property department teams, as well as the civil litigation department.

Long-standing wills, tax, and probate solicitor Reiss Matthews was promoted to partner, becoming one of the youngest in the firm to gain such a senior title.

David Evans, managing partner of Enoch Evans, said: “These appointments are reflective of the firm’s steady growth due to our commitment to provide high-quality service to the businesses and residents both in Walsall, as our firm has done for over 100 years, as well as from our newly opened office in Sutton Coldfield. Both Emily and Tracy bring a fresh perspective and different skills to Enoch Evans which we require to meet the needs of an ever-diversifying client base.”

Enoch Evans has its head office in Walsall in addition to a branch in Sutton Coldfield which was opened in late 2019.

The 130-year old firm has grown to over 90 staff.