He has long been regarded as one of the most combative – and litigious – figures in English football.
So there is a certain irony in the revelation that what may be the single biggest legacy of Ken Bates’ time at Leeds United is now being used by dozens of legal workers.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has learned that a firm called Quindell Legal Services Ltd is renting office space in Elland Road’s East Stand, controversially extended during Mr Bates’ reign as chairman at a reported cost of around £7m.
About 85 staff from Quindell are already using space on the stand’s first floor that was once earmarked for a club museum while another 140 of the company’s employees have been lined up for a move into its second and third floors.
Details of Quindell’s presence are contained in an application to Leeds City Council for permission to formally change the designated use of the floor space to ‘independent office’.
A report submitted as part of the application says: “In total the proposals therefore seek to use 1280 square metres of accommodation within the East Stand.
“This space would otherwise be underutilised by the football club.”
The report also describes Quindell as a firm offering “the full range of specialist personal injury claims services”.
A spokesman for Leeds today confirmed that Quindell was renting space at Elland Road and operating independently to the club.
He also said space in the East Stand had been freed up by a pre-planned reorganisation of United staff offices rather than any job losses.
Started in 2011, the expansion of the East Stand saw the creation of new executive boxes and increased hospitality guest capacity.
The cost of the work was criticised by some fans, who questioned why the money was not being invested in the club’s playing side.
Mr Bates left United in the summer of 2013.