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Gateley Legal

Gateley is a legal and professional services group. We operate from offices in Birmingham, Guildford, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading and Dubai. The first commercial law firm to float on the London Stock Exchange, our strategy is to differentiate what we do by diversifying the professional services that we offer our clients and to incentivise  our people. It is this strategy that has seen our turnover nearly double since we listed and our team grow to around 1000 people. We are a business that has a great story to tell and an even more exciting one planned.

We work together to deliver 100% client satisfaction by making the complex simple. We achieve this through our core values of being forward thinking and straight talking.

Forward thinking: Since arriving as the new kids on the block all those years ago, we’ve earned our stripes in the legal industry, building a leading name and a revered reputation. It’s why we went Plc. It’s why we’re pushing the limits of what a legal and professional business can offer. Forward thinking within our business helps our clients move forward in theirs.

Straight talking: Business is complicated. The last thing we want to do is add more complexity. Which is why we make sure our advice is always clear, straightforward, and easy to put into practice. Our diverse team is made up of experts in all areas of law and business. But it’s about more than just their expertise. It’s about being straight talking. We deliver all this advice in simple, clear, everyday language, so you spend less time decoding legal jargon and more time focusing on what’s important to you.

Our specialist teams cover all aspects of legal services, including corporate, commercial, banking, real estate, restructuring, technology, construction, employment, pensions, dispute resolution, regulatory, private wealth and family, tax, and shipping and transport, as well as global mobility which encompasses the management of the selection and relocation of employees for international assignments.

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • Regional
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Family
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Energy
  • Infastructure
  • Will & Probate
  • Public Law
  • Insolvency
  • IP
  • Media
  • Tax
  • Private Client
  • Construction
  • Employment & pensions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Shipping
  • Sport
Head quartersBirmingham
Number of Offices9
Office Locations - Overview
  • South
  • South East
  • North
  • North West
  • Midlands
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Nottingham
  • Leicester
  • Reading
  • Guildford
No of Partners155
No of Lawyers491
Average Trainee Salary£27,000
NQ Salary£41,000
Managing PartnerMichael Ward

Training Contracts

As a trainee you will:

  • Experience four six-month seat rotations across a variety of legal practice areas
  • Gain opportunities to work directly with clients allowing you to build your practical legal knowledge, communication, client-care skills and an understanding of the markets within which our clients operate.
  • Be supervised and mentored by highly experienced solicitors.
  • Receive a personalised training schedule to give you the skills and experiences you need for life as a qualified solicitor.
  • Study Professional Skills Courses to become an excellent well-rounded solicitor.
  • Be part of the Gateley Social Committee so that you can get to know your colleagues in your office.
  • Be invited to be part of your local Law Society trainee solicitor group so that you can get to know your peers at other legal practices.
  • Attend university law fairs to inspire our future trainees!
No of Trainees / Yr40
Location
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Nottingham
  • Leicester
  • Reading
  • Guildford
Degree class2:1
A levelsAAB
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Sponsorship - AllowanceYes
LPC / GDL Provider
  • Ulaw
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Partner Interview
  • Written Exercise
  • Role Play
Vacation Scheme Requirement?
  • Yes (a requirement of TC application)
Number of Seats4
Compulsory Seats
  • Corporate
  • Property
Compulsory Seats - Additional commentsWe ask that trainees undertake a property, corporate and contentious seat during their training contract.

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Vacation Schemes

What will your SVP be like?

  • It will offer you a snapshot of what it will be like training with us and provide a real insight into a future career in law.
  • You will gain knowledge from market recognised legal experts.
  • You will be part of one of our legal teams performing duties similar to those of a trainee and have significant involvement in day-to-day departmental work.
  • As a company, we also really enjoy socialising together and you are encouraged to join us on any of these events during your placement.
No of Vacation Schemes / yr60
Average % of Vacation Schemers who secure a Training Contract50
Location
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Nottingham
  • Leicester
  • Guildford
  • Reading
Degree class2:1
A levelsAAB
Training Contract Interview included?Yes
Training Contract Interview included? Additional commentsThere will be an interview towards the end of your vacation scheme with a panel of partners. This will be a great opportunity to find out if we are the right fit for each other.
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Partner Interview
  • Written Exercise
  • Role Play

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Apprenticeships

Join us as an apprentice and work in one of our legal teams.

No of Apprenticeships4
Location
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
GCSEsC in English and Maths
A Levels96 UCAS points
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Partner Interview
  • Written Exercise
Partner Law School
  • BPP

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