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Addleshaw Goddard

100 BARBIROLLI SQUARE, MANCHESTER, M2 3AB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 934 6000
Fax:
Fax 0161 934 6060
DX:
14301 MANCHESTER
Web:
www.addleshawgoddard.com

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

'A market leader' according to clients, Addleshaw Goddard delivers 'outstanding service' across public M&A, equity capital markets and private equity, as well as corporate real estate deals. Private equity specialist Andrew Green  led advice for Inflexion Private Equity Partners  on its £800m investment in Radius Payments Solutions and Sheelley McGivern  led WBHO on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Byrne Group. Roger Hart represented Zeus Capital on the £130m accelerated bookbuild and private placement fundraising conducted by Boohoo.com and is leading advice for Sumo Group in relation to its proposed IPO on AIM.  Duncan Wilson advised the shareholders of Piriform Group on the sale of the company to Avast Software. Peel Group, Clinigen, Dixons Carphone and The Hut are also clients.  The 'brilliant' Richard Lee,  private equity team head Paul Medlicott  and legal director Jamie Partridge  are also recommended, as are managing associates Jemma Clarke  and George Danczak , and department head Michael Birchall, who specialises in M&A and corporate finance mandates. Adam Kaucher  recently joined Irwin Mitchell.

Leading individuals

Andrew Green - Addleshaw Goddard

Michael Birchall - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Medlicott - Addleshaw Goddard

Roger Hart - Addleshaw Goddard

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘personal, friendly and pragmatic’ team delivers ‘technically strong’ advice across the real estate, private equity and financial services sectors, and is noted for its expertise in in VAT, energy sector tax issues, tax treatment of equipment leasing, tax aspects of insolvency and administration, fund structuring and governance issues. The practice acted for Phoenix Private Equity on structuring the reorganisation of Key Retirement Group and redemption of loan notes, and providing tax advice on the £200m sale and secondary buyout of Key Retirement Group to Partner Group. The team also advised Mark and Lucy Millar on the  sale of comic book company Millarworld to Netflix, which involved cross-border issues, IP taxation and personal tax planning advice. Aviva Life and Pensions, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Legal & General Pensions and Norcros are also clients. Department head Justine Delroy has ‘great technical knowledge and always seeks to suggest solutions rather than merely highlight problems’. Michael Hunter, who operates across the Manchester and Leeds offices, is experienced in energy transactions and managing associate Catherine Concannon specialises in corporate tax and employment tax matters.

Leading individuals

Justine Delroy - Addleshaw Goddard

Michael Hunter - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Catherine Concannon - Addleshaw Goddard

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EU competition
EU competition - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘very pragmatic’ team ‘quickly gets to grips with client parameters and the issues at hand’ and its Manchester-based team is noted for its contentious expertise;  the team is acting as co-counsel on behalf of the Road Haulage Association in collective proceedings brought against truck manufacturers to recover damages resulting from a 14-year cartel. The team is also defending NKT Cables on claims brought by National Grid and Scottish Power for alleged overcharges relating to the high voltage cables infringement decision of the European Commission. Mark Molyneux  heads the competition litigation team; his ‘experience of running big-ticket litigation is invaluable’ and his ‘ability to pick up issues and propose sensible solutions is a real asset’.  The Manchester team works closely with national team head Bruce Kilpatrick and Rona Bar-Isaac, who are mainly based in the firm’s London office, and managing associate Clare Walker in Leeds.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Clients praise Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘commercial approach’, its ability to ‘not over-complicate matters’ and its ‘pragmatic advice’. The team acts for major UK Banks and lender clients and has particular experience in asset finance and asset-based lending, as well as professional negligence cases. HSBC Bank, Nationwide Building Society, Shawbrook Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, West Bromwich Building Society and Aldermore Bank & Aldermore Invoice Finance are clients. Team head Harold Brako has particular expertise in asset-based lending and receivables financing and has ‘excellent industry knowledge and an ability to formulate and then deliver effective recovery strategies’. Ben Lowans, who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds, is a ‘first-class litigator’ and has a particular specialism in the asset finance and invoice discounting sectors. Legal director Helen Collinge is ‘first-rate’ and managing associate Matthew O'Neill is also noted.

Leading individuals

Harold Brako - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Helen Collinge - Addleshaw Goddard

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘superb’ four-partner team at Addleshaw Goddard handles complex commercial disputes for local, national and international clients, and stands out for its ‘business acumen’, its ‘willingness to be flexible’ and for its ‘ability to think around the solution tactically’. Recent high-profile competition matters include representing the RHA, as co-counsel, in collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on behalf of businesses affected by the EU Truck Cartel; representing two of the former directors of Burnden Holdings (UK) (in Liquidation) in a claim brought by BHUKL and its liquidator alleging various dishonest breaches of fiduciary duty; and representing Co-operative Insurance in its claim against IBM relating to the wrongful purported termination of the contract under which it was to implement a new IT operating platform. ‘Exceptional’ team head Mark Molyneux is ‘calm and considered’ and is ‘an excellent communicator’. Susan Garrett is ‘excellent on complex commercial disputes’ and is representing a number of clients in regulatory issues involving medicines, electronic cigarettes and related products and engagement with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the Department of Health. Other key figures include 'outstanding' legal director Clare Dwyer, who is ‘responsive, commercial and pragmatic’; and managing associates Nicholas Ashcroft, who has a particular focus on disputes in the industrial sector and Sub-Saharan Africa, Paul Rowley, who regularly advises clients operating in the public sector, and Victoria Pool, who is ‘brilliant’. Samantha Haigh and Alexandra Seabridge are also recommended, as are legal director Helen Collinge, who acts for lender clients, and Harold Brako, who specialises in banking and finance litigation. John Gosling recently retired.

Leading individuals

Mark Molyneux - Addleshaw Goddard

Susan Garrett - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Clare Dwyer - Addleshaw Goddard

Nicholas Ashcroft - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Rowley - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'hardworking and pragmatic' team 'always delivers' and is active across asset-based lending, asset finance, corporate banking, leveraged finance, project finance and real estate finance for both borrower and lender clients. The team advised The Hut Group on the amendment and restatement of its £515m term and revolving facilities provided by a banking syndicate comprising of Barclays Bank, RBS, HSBC Bank and others; advised Tosca Debt Capital LLP on a £10.2m second lien term loan to Verna Group Bidco in connection with the purchase of the business and assets of Synergy Health and the redemption of existing facilities with RBS; and advised Radius Payment Solutions on £255m term and revolving facilities and £50m accordion facilities in connection with the minority acquisition of Radius Payment Solutions by Inflexion Equity Partners LLP. RBS Invoice Finance, Investec Asset Finance, Speedy Hire, Dechra Pharmaceuticals and Radius Payment Solutions are also clients. The six-partner team is headed by Martin O’Shea, who is an 'excellent communicator'. Andrew Maskill, who is noted for his 'commercial approach' and heads the asset finance practice with Rebecca Williams, which includes managing associate Louise Jones. Also recommended are Simon Prendergast, who specialises in asset-based lending and trade finance work; the 'exceptional' Richard Oman, who focuses on corporate lending and leveraged acquisition finance; Katie Ridehalgh, who leads the real estate finance practice; legal directors Richard Chandler  and 'strong negotiator' Caroline Gray, who was promoted in 2017; and managing associate Ben Edwards.

Leading individuals

Andrew Maskill - Addleshaw Goddard

Martin O’Shea - Addleshaw Goddard

Simon Prendergast - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Ben Edwards - Addleshaw Goddard

Caroline Gray - Addleshaw Goddard

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard handles complex restructuring and insolvency cases, distressed real estate work and contentious insolvency matters, in addition to acting for corporate clients on distressed acquisition work. The team is particularly experienced in advising on  matters relating to distressed legal practices. Highlights included advising Ernst & Young as administrators of the Hewden Plant Hire Group, acting for the Viscount of Jersey in her capacity as administrator of the estates en désastre of Orb, and advising Deloitte, as administrators of Angelic Interiors, on the sale of a portfolio of 400 mixed-use properties. HLD Group, Duff & Phelps, FRP Advisory and HSBC Bank are also clients. The ‘very experienced’ Ged Barnes heads the department, which includes the 'excellent' Andy Bates, who also operates from the Leeds office. Also recommended are legal directors Tim Taylor, who handles corporate insolvencies with a non-contentious focus; John Duffy, who is a specialist distressed property lawyer; Jean Boldero, who is ‘pragmatic, solutions-focused, and willing to stand her ground in the face of a challenge’; and Sarah Foster, who handles non-contentious insolvency work.

Leading individuals

Ged Barnes - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Tim Taylor - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard 's ‘excellent and responsive’ team provides ‘high-quality advice' to FTSE100 and FTSE250 businesses and key regional employers. It has significant experience in the retail, transport, financial services and industrial sectors. Active clients include British Airways, JD Sports, Wolseley UK, BP International, Primark Stores and Lidl. In an important High Court matter the team successfully defended XRail in a complex claim for conspiracy and breach of confidence. In another highlight the team advised its client on a major investigation that arose as a result of a number of complaints by a whistle blower.  Malcolm Pike  is ‘one of the best employment lawyers in the North West’. The ‘very experienced’ Jamie Hamnett  has extensive employment tribunal experience and is well regarded for his business protection work such as the protection of confidential information and the enforcement of post-termination restraint of trade clauses. Hamnett is ‘balanced and informed in his approach and can judge what is fair and reasonable’.

Leading individuals

Jamie Hamnett - Addleshaw Goddard

Malcolm Pike - Addleshaw Goddard

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard  fields a ‘very responsive’ team that has a ‘detailed knowledge of the sector’. Practice head Erin Shoesmith  ‘steers each case to the best conceivable outcome’. The team acts solely for corporate defendants and covers the full array of matters with specialist experience in private finance initiative cases that are in distress. Highlights included acting for a leading Northwest manufacturer that was investigated following an employee suffering injuries that were caused by failures to have appropriate guarding and supervision procedures in place. The team secured a good outcome for the client as ultimately the fine was significantly reduced by the sentencing judge. Other active clients include PZ Cussons, Boohoo.com, Britvic Soft Drinks and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Leading individuals

Erin Shoesmith - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Mark Molyneux heads the team at Addleshaw Goddard, which handles a considerable amount of lender professional negligence work and sits on the panel of a number of major banks and building societies. Ben Lowans frequently acts for lenders in their most complex and high value disputes typically against solicitors who had assisted on real estate finance. Consultant John Gosling  is another key member of the team and has considerable experience advising on significant professional negligence claims for banks as well as experience in several non-lender claims. Managing associate Matthew O’Neil   regularly advises financial services clients on claims against valuers, surveyors, brokers and solicitors.

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘very knowledgeable and extremely personable’ Yorke Eaton  at Addleshaw Goddard  is ‘able to put difficult or complicated issues across to clients in a manner that they understand’. Yorke has wide experience of advising charities on a host of issues including on the establishment and registration of new entities, governance and trustee issues. The team continues to advise NFU Charitable Trust on issues such as commercial contracts, charity land transactions, restructuring issues and dealing with other ad hoc queries. Other active clients include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bedingfield’s Trust and National Coal Mining Museum.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard  ‘offers a reliable service in contentious trusts and probate matters. The team makes sure that all the aspects of a case are covered to get the best result possible. It is an excellent choice in the North of England for trust and probate matters’. Yorke Eaton  is an ‘experienced private client lawyer with exceptional client handling skills’. Eaton has extensive contentious trusts and estates experience especially in relation to high-value and complex family trusts and landed estates. He also has considerable expertise in multimillion-pound Beddoe applications, variation of Trust Act applications and trusts disputes generally. The ‘efficient and conscientious’ Christopher Noel (a managing associate) ‘gets the job done’. The practice also regularly draws on the expertise of other departments such as the professional negligence, partnership and civil fraud units and as a result is well placed to handle cross-border litigation. It also has a growing practice in acting for charities in the defence of substantial claims under the 1975 Act.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

The team at Addleshaw Goddard  ‘is without doubt the first team to turn to in the North West for an UNHW business owner’. It is praised for its ‘all-round knowledge and appreciation of the interaction between personal and business assets’. There is ‘real strength and depth in the team’ under the leadership of Yorke Eaton; Eaton and managing associate Christopher Noel are ‘both technically excellent and very knowledgeable’. Eaton specialises in complex trust issues and advising trustees on their duties and liabilities when dealing with business assets. Associate Joe Cobb  is also ‘very knowledgeable’. Highlights included advising NFU Mutual on its internal policies for dealing with bereavement, vulnerable customers and powers of attorney. The team has also been increasingly advising international individuals and trustees of offshore trusts on UK residence, domicile and tax issues.

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Noel - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘responsive’ team demonstrates ‘clear industry knowledge’, delivers ‘pragmatic advice’ and is particularly noted for its experience in waste and energy infrastructure projects. The team, which works closely with its national network of offices, is advising NWE2 on the proposed Northern Tidal Power Gateways (NTPG) infrastructure development project, which would involve the development and construction of a series of tidal barrage systems across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary. The team also advised Somerset County Council on a £200m long term waste treatment contract with Viridor and advised Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the establishment of its Evergreen 2 and Low Carbon funds to apply European Regional Development Funds to North West projects. Michael O’Connor heads the projects, infrastructure and energy group and is experienced across PPP and project finance matters. Legal directors Rob Thompson, who is active across energy and waste sector mandates, and Julie Hodkinson , who is noted for renewable energy projects, are key members of the team. Andrew Maskill and Rebecca Williams handle banking and finance transactions in the energy sector, and Paul Dight, who is also based in the firm’s Leeds office, specialises in the development of energy infrastructure and advises on energy regulation. Corporate partner Michael Birchall is also active in the energy sector.

Leading individuals

Michael O’Connor - Addleshaw Goddard

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for private and public sector clients, as well as lenders and borrowers on project finance, PPP and PFI matters. The healthcare sector is a particular area of focus and the team advised The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust on a £100m cancer centre in Liverpool city centre, which included the establishment of a strategic partnership with PropCare. Elsewhere, the team advised Leeds City Council on the promotion and procurement of a £30m district heating scheme in Leeds, advised Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement with an Amey and advised Stoke City Council in relation to a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI scheme. The transport, renewables, housing, care, technology and education sectors are also key areas of focus for the team. Legal director Rob Thompson handles a range of energy, infrastructure, and PPP projects and is particularly experienced in waste-sector mandates. Andrew Pettinger, who operates across the Manchester and Leeds offices, acts for public and private sector clients on regeneration, PPP and PFI projects. Michael O’Connor leads the national infrastructure, projects and energy group and is experienced across public, private and project finance transactions across the healthcare and transport sectors. Managing associates Stephanie Townley and Philip Dupres are active on a range of local government projects, as is associate David Hopkins.

Leading individuals

Michael O’Connor - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard  provides an ‘excellent service’ under the leadership of Michael O’Connor  Managing associate Philip Dupres  is ‘helpful’ and provides ‘well considered advice’. The team is split into four sub-sector teams: public sector and health infrastructure; social and long term care; life sciences and private healthcare; and care homes. Clients include Celesio, Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Highlights included advising a major public limited company on its acquisition of a bioscience company (a Taiwanese company). In another major matter it acted for Phoenix Private Equity on the primary buyout of Sygnature Discovery (a drug discovery business) in a competitive auction process.

Leading individuals

Michael O'Connor - Addleshaw Goddard

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Michael O’Connor  leads the firm’s national infrastructure, projects and energy group at Addleshaw Goddard and regularly advises on transactions for and opposite local government. Andrew Pettinger is recommended for his work on a wide range of commercial transactions for local government. The team has a first-rate reputation for its work on outsourcing and partnership deals and for defending local government in high value procurement claims. Other areas of expertise include its work on renewable projects for local governments many of which involve a mix of public and private sector finance. The team was appointed to advise Stoke City Council on a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI Scheme. Significantly the team had originally advised on this in 2002/2003. In another significant matter the team advised Transport for Greater Manchester on establishing a highways shared services arrangement with three Greater Manchester local authorities. Under this agreement the client plans to host a core team that provides technical services to each local authority.

Leading individuals

Michael O'Connor - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘impressive’ team at Addleshaw Goddard provides ‘excellent service from partner level through to the paralegals’ and is ‘a key choice in Manchester for the top real estate transactions’; Stephen Kinsey continues to advise Bruntwood in relation to the Circle Square development in Manchester; and department head Peter Kershaw acted for Standard Life on the £70.7m acquisition of 33 Foley Street in London’s Fitzrovia, from Kier Property and acted for Corestate Capital Holdings on the £48m purchase of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool from Royal London. Kershaw also led advice for Hermes Investment Management on the largest ever office pre-let in Leeds for a new regional government hub. Legal directors; Michael Corbett, who is experienced in the retail sector, Lucy Butterworth, Julie Hodkinson, who is experienced in renewable energy projects, railway property and projects specialist Robin Warburton, and Brian Ghatan, who is ‘especially skilled at navigating complex refinancing transactions’, are key members of the department, as are the ‘pragmatic’ Catherine Fearnhead and Vicky Niescier, who has ‘incredible knowledge and is extremely professional’. The team was significantly bolstered in 2018 by the hire of a six-partner team from Irwin Mitchell, which includes Anita Weightman, (former head of department at Irwin Mitchell), Paul Barnard, Patrick Duffy, real estate litigator Chris Perrin, Tony Weightman and planning lawyer Emily Williams. Colette Withey left the firm to join Ernst & Young.

Leading individuals

Anita Weightman - Addleshaw Goddard

Peter Kershaw - Addleshaw Goddard

Stephen Kinsey - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Emma Tonge - Addleshaw Goddard

Lucy Butterworth - Addleshaw Goddard

Michael Corbett - Addleshaw Goddard

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard provides a service that is ‘consistently of a high standard’ and handles local, national and international healthcare, infrastructure, regeneration and development construction projects and disputes. The team is advising Manchester Airport on the construction contracts required to support Phase 1 of its £1bn transformation programme at Manchester Airport, and is advising Omega Warrington on the £1bn development of a 575 acre site near Warrington, which involves a 25 year development partnership between Omega Warrington and the Homes and Communities Agency, supported by Warrington Borough Council. The team is also advising the House of Commons on its £160m Northern Estate Programme, which involves the adaption and conservation of a number of historic buildings in Westminster, and acts for Moda Living on several residential and mixed-used schemes in: Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool. National construction, engineering and environment group head Nancy McGuire is ‘superb’ and head of contentious construction Jonathan Tattersall is ‘very reliable, gives quick responses, and delivers good strategic advice’. Legal director Steve Ormand specialises in non-contentious construction and engineering mandates and managing associate Philip Withey, who is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced, provides good clear advice and support, and is dedicated and responsive’, handles in construction and engineering disputes, with a particular emphasis on PFI projects. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of an eight-strong team from DWF, which includes Paul O’Kane (former national head of construction at DWF) and Paul Barge (former North West construction head at DWF).

Leading individuals

Jonathan Tattersall - Addleshaw Goddard

Nancy McGuire - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul O’Kane - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Philip Withey - Addleshaw Goddard

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

The Manchester-based environment team at Addleshaw Goddard works closely with its Leeds office to advise on planning matters. The environment team is regularly instructed on the environmental aspects of national and international real estate, corporate and finance transactions, and also advises on compliance with regulatory regimes as well as producer responsibility, waste, and climate change issues. The retail, manufacturing, waste, real estate and energy sectors are key areas of expertise.  Legal director Michelle Headridge heads the environment team, which includes managing associate  Joanne Holbrook, who recently joined from Fieldfisher. Leeds-based Glenn Sharpe, joined the team from DWF and is an experienced planning lawyer with particular expertise in highways, energy, aviation, minerals and waste-related mandates, led advice for NATS (En Route) on its objection to two proposed wind farms in Scotland.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘efficient’ team has a ‘no-nonsense approach’ and handles a full range of property disputes, with particular expertise in development work, rights of light disputes and site clearance matters. Contentious landlord and tenant issues, professional negligence disputes and property related insolvency are also areas of expertise and the team’s client base includes institutional investors, high-profile tenants, developers and financial institutions. The team represents First Investments Real Estate Management on a range of issues relating to its Mapeley Gamma portfolio and advises Corby, the owner of the Corby Town Centre Shopping Centre, on all estate management issues including lease renewals, break notices, dilapidations, insolvency and general property management. Manchester City Council instructed the team on a contested forfeiture action and is representing receiver clients on the complex disposal of a freehold and long leasehold property which is subject to a significant number of long residential tenancies. Charles Jagger has a ‘wealth of experience’, Legal director Andy Feehan handles general real estate disputes in addition to in project work and managing associate Patricia Loveis ‘very clever, dedicated, and is always thinking about cases from the client’s perspective’. Chris Perrin recently joined from Irwin Mitchell.

Leading individuals

Charles Jagger - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard  ’s ‘well-established’ team is specifically noted for its purchaser-focused advice in both the public and private sectors. It is well-equipped to handle high-profile and high-value IT projects and has considerable cloud expertise. It is also skilled at acting for clients that are outsourcing their IT and business processes. Head of department James Whittaker  has an ‘excellent reputation’. The strong team continues to advise EFL Digital (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Football League) on the re-tendering of its contracts for its digital service offerings. In addition the team is advising the Co-Operative Group on a significant business transformation programme. On this deal the practice is advising on the multiple IT procurements of a new retail food IT system from SAP and JDA, together with systems integration services from TCS, SAP and other suppliers. Other important clients include household names such as Matalan and Diageo.Paul Bentham  is well regarded for his advice to clients on major systems implementations and outsourcing projects (including ERP implementations), cloud solutions and ICT outsourcing. Phil McGough  is another key member of the team and has extensive experience of advising on the full range of technology matters from system development and implementation to IT infrastructure agreements.

Leading individuals

James Whittaker - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Bentham - Addleshaw Goddard

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Bentham  leads a ‘strong team’ at Addleshaw Goddard that is praised for its ‘genuine contentious procedural expertise and ability to pitch advice at an appropriate business and economic level’. The ‘superb’ James Whittaker  is vastly experienced in the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights with a particular emphasis on IPR acquisition and licensing, media and sponsorship. Legal director Nick Rudgard is ‘thorough, clear-thinking and measured. He is comfortable with his expertise and happy to discuss litigation strategy with non-experts without resorting to legalese or lectures’. Managing associate/trade mark agent Tim Carter  is ‘attentive and helpful. He provides advice that is commercial. He is bright and knowledgeable and has real expertise in this area’. The team has a full-service offering with considerable strength on the contentious and non-contentious side across a broad range of sectors. It has particular expertise in the retail and consumer, financial services, transport, industrials, energy, health and the public sectors. The group handles high quality international work for household names such as Associated Foods plc, William Hill, Lakeland and Warburtons. The ‘efficient, methodical and knowledgeable team is good value for money. It is not afraid to give commercially focused advice rather than a simple restatement of all available options and risks’.

Leading individuals

James Whittaker - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Bentham - Addleshaw Goddard

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Head of department James Whittaker at Addleshaw Goddard ‘consistently provides high quality and commercially-focused advice and is very supportive to his clients’. The group continues to act for a large client portfolio on the advertiser/customer side which includes FTSE corporate clients such as Diageo, PZ Cussons and CYBG plc . It has been busy recently advising on a significant amount of work on global media buying and creative services agreements. Major highlights included acting for Millarworld on the sale of Millarworld to Netflix. This was a notable deal as it was the first major acquisition by Netflix of a content company. Millarworld is famous for its comic books and characters and has written stories that were developed into Hollywood films. Other active clients include JD Sports, MoneySuperMarket.com, The Co-operative Group and William Hill.

Leading individuals

James Whittaker - Addleshaw Goddard

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