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Gateley Plc

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Ray Simpson

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Gateley Plc

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Real estate.


Ray’s expertise lies in the area of commercial real estate development and he specialises in acting for Midlands-based developers on major industrial, retail, office and leisure projects. 
Successes include:

-Acting for Roxhill Developments on their Coventry Project comprising the acquisition of a 200 acre site adjacent to Coventry Airport to provide 3.6 m sq ft of large industrial warehousing together with a second further 60 acre second site to provide 900.000 sq ft of office , hotel and retail uses .

- Acting for Stoford Developments on their acquisition and development of a site at Cotmore Park , Thame to provide to date over 200,000 sq ft of large industrial warehousing .

- Acting for Regal Property Group on their £250m Scheme at Broad Street , Birmingham being the construction of two residential Tower Blocks with ground floor retail uses .


Qualified 1990; partner Gateley 2006.


Ray is a member of the Law Society, the Birmingham Law Society and the Investment Property Forum.


Bristol University (LLB Hons).


Ray’s interests include following the fortunes of Manchester United and Coleraine Town (equally!). He also likes reading the historical novels of Bernard Cornwell and enjoying the more than occasional glass of Bushmills whiskey.

West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham

Within: Commercial property: Birmingham

Gateley Plc handles a mix of work, with a particularly strong roster of work for housebuilders. Callum Nuttall  advised Harworth Group on promoting a scheme to develop 3,000 homes near Derby, while Richard Pettifor continues to advise the consortium backing the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension, which is a proposed 6,000-unit residential development in the West Midlands. In addition, Tim Ledger is acting for Keepmoat Homes on an £80m development on the banks of the River Soar in Leicester. Pamela Scott advises a consortium of two housebuilders and a social housing provider on the purchase of sites as part of the Hull Citywide Framework. Robert Thompson is also a name of note for major house-building developments, while Ray Simpson advised Regal on financing its plan to construct Birmingham’s tallest residential tower. Away from housebuilding, Pettifor advises Mountpark Logistics on a speculative commercial development in Warrington, and Soulplane on developing a logistics property near Manchester Airport. James Madill advised Avignon Capital on the acquisition of a long-term lease of the arts complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. Rebecca Sherwin advises HSBC on real estate finance matters. James White advised Gymshark on letting a new headquarters in Solihull. Andrew Mellor is now at Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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