HBJ Gateley promotes four in trainee-focused promotions round

HBJ Gateley has made up four partners to its Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, up from two the previous year. 

The firm has added two partners to each office across its corporate, commercial, property, insolvency and finance sectors with three out of four having trained at the firm.

The firm has not continued its previous trend of making up shipping and banking lawyers, having made up litigation, real estate and IP partners as well as a banking partner in Glasgow.

This year it has focused on bringing up new partners through the firm, having deliberately promoted three trainees as a part of its business strategy.

Edinburgh-based real estate associate Carrie Smith trained at the firm and works with real estate clients BT, Senergy, Ramsdens and Scott Group.  Technology and IP associate David Anderson has also been made up in Edinburgh.

Banking and finance associate Catriona Smith, who works in banking and finance and litigator Alan Sinclair have been promoted in Glasgow.

The four-partner promotion round is creeping back up to 2012 levels when six were made up, the majority of which hailed from the firm’s Edinburgh office (21 May 2012).

Although the firm has focused on its trainees, it has also taken on several laterals in recent years to bolster its real estate, litigation and corporate recovery teams.

It took on former Paull & Willamsons head of litigation Gordon Steele to its Edinburgh office in November (18 November 2013) after making a triple partner hire to its Scottish offices in 2012.

In February 2012 it hired corporate recovery specialists Craig Darling and Tim Cooper, from Dundas & Wilson and Squire Sanders, respectively, and real estate expert Caroline James from Tods Murray. All three were partners at their respective firms and joined HBJ as partners (14 February 2012).