People: Gateley; mfg Solicitors

Professional services group Gateley has made 15 promotions at its office in Birmingham, including one to partner.

Alison Davidson-Cox (banking) has been made partner, after first joining Gateley as a solicitor in 2012. Gemma Murphy-Punzo (corporate) has also been promoted to legal director.

Overall, six people have been promoted to senior associate: Paul Oxley and Jonathan Cree (both residential development), Eliza Summerfield (real estate), Jamie Gillespie (corporate), Ed Locock (commercial dispute resolution (CDR)), and Sonia Thandi (complex international recovery work (CIRW)).

Promoted to associate are Simon Jarvis and Harveer Mehat (both residential development), Parmjit Singh (corporate), Lauren Jones (banking), Sara Hipkiss (CDR), and Sophie McCormick (regulatory & business defence).

Property consultancy Gateley Hamer has also announced a senior appointment in Birmingham, with Malcolm Newman appointed as director.

Birmingham office head Rebecca Sherwin said: “I’m delighted to announce so many well-deserved promotions within the team here in Birmingham. All these promotions are a reflection of the immense talent we have at Gateley and a testament to the hard work and dedication they have shown in delivering results that have delighted our clients, inspired our people and supported our communities.”


Law firm mfg Solicitors has strengthened its commercial property offering with the appointment of a new partner.

Property specialist Emma Chater has joined the firm, based at the company’s Bromsgrove office. An expert in property investment advice and transactions, Emma specialises in the acquisition and disposal of multi-let trade estates and has also acted for landlords and tenants on a variety of commercial property deals regionally and nationally.

Emma Chater and Clare Regan

Clare Regan, partner and head of commercial property division at mfg Solicitors said: “We are delighted to welcome Emma to the team, she brings with her a huge amount of experience and is a great addition. Her credentials are extremely impressive and her first-class reputation has travelled far. She is already making an impact with our clients and settling in well.”

Chater added: “I have strong links to Bromsgrove and Birmingham, and the firm is going through an exciting period of growth. Those key factors really attracted me to mfg. The firm has a great client base and a strong Commercial Property team, so I’m
looking forward to being a part of our journey in the months and years ahead.”

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