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Addleshaw Goddard

MILTON GATE, 60 CHISWELL STREET, LONDON, EC1Y 4AG, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7606 8855
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Fax 020 7606 4390
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47 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.addleshawgoddard.com

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Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has an outstanding track record in large-scale business process outsourcing (BPO) and IT outsourcing transactions, and also handles procurement, payment services contracts, technology transfer and joint ventures. The team also advises on data protection and intellectual property issues associated with commercial contracts. Jonathan Davey, who splits his time between Manchester and London, leads the 45-strong commercial team. Fintech expert Fiona Ghosh has recently advised financial institutions on bringing payment solutions such as Apple Pay and Android Pay to market. In 2016, Leeds-based Simon Lofthouse acted for Carphone Warehouse in the launch of a cutting-edge product, which involves customers leasing mobile phones, rather than purchasing them outright. Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta led the advice to Lloyds Banking Group on the commercial aspects of its acquisition of MBNA from Bank of America. Andrew Smith has experience of acting for clients such as British Airways and Diageo. Paul Bentham, Phil McGough and James Whittaker are names to note in Manchester. Michael Lowry and managing associate Robert Garwood are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Davey - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta - Addleshaw Goddard

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s tax department handles a wide range of corporate transactions with specialisms in real estate, financial services and private equity. London practice head Elaine Gwilt advises on a significant number of M&A and real estate transactions. In the real estate space, she acts for certain funds managed by Aberdeen Asset Management and was involved in the £43m acquisition of the Albert Dock in Liverpool. Gwilt also provides a tax advisory service to private equity houses. Paul Concannon was promoted to partner in 2016 and advised a high street lender in connection with the tax aspects of the reorganisation of multiple offshore private branches. Peter Sayer is also active in the real estate sector, with expertise in student accommodations, and also assisted the management team of Plinian Mining Group with the tax structuring and establishment of a new partnership fund.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Bruce Kilpatrick heads the ‘incredibly attentive’, ‘commercial’, and ‘practical’ team at Addleshaw Goddard, which counts Sainsbury’s, JD Sports, and RBS among its clients. Rona Bar-Isaac advised William Hill on its submissions to the CMA in response to the merger of Ladbrokes and Coral, while managing associate Al Mangan acted for JRJR, owner of Kleeneze, in relation to its acquisition of Betterware Limited, which received clearance from the CMA. Kilpatrick is defending NKT Cables in claims brought by National Grid and Scottish Power for alleged overcharges in relation to the high voltage cables infringement decision by the European Commission. Other recent work includes advising Manchester Airports Group in relation to a successful leniency application to the Civil Aviation Authority in relation to a price-fixing arrangement; the team successfully argued for the reduction of the proposed £12.5m fine down to zero. Manchester-based Phil McDonnell left the team to join Ernst & Young Global Limited

Next generation lawyers

Al Mangan - Addleshaw Goddard

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Praised for its ‘fantastic business acumen and industry knowledge’, particularly in the retail sector, Addleshaw Goddard has excellent relationships with UK clearing banks (Lloyds), building societies (Yorkshire Building Society) and challenger banks (One Savings Bank). Amanda Hulme has a ‘deep knowledge of consumer credit law and Fintech issues’; she recently acted for a major UK high street bank on the implementation of the Payment Account Regulations 2015. The ‘very knowledgeableBrian McDonnell covers regulation impacting on the retail and wholesale markets and recently provided highly important and strategic advice to Virtual Auction constituted an organised trading facility under MiFID II. Other recommended practitioners include ‘pragmatic, thorough and approachable’ Leeds-based Rosanna Bryant, who specialises in mortgage and payment services regulation; the ‘very analyticalBen Koehne, who has ‘great experience in the building society sector’; and Adam Bennett, who is ‘the pre-eminent lawyer to go to for anything relating to building societies and has unrivalled contacts in the sector’. On the contentious side, Chris Brennanuses ex-regulatory experience effectively’, is recognised as a ‘fighter when he needs to be’, and someone who ‘has a deep-rooted understanding of the technical side of the regulations but is also able to use his experience to more accurately predict how the regulator might react to a particular point or strategy’. Nichola Peters’ ‘experience of fraud investigations means she is extremely well placed to deal with regulatory and criminal cross-over issues’.

Next generation lawyers

Rosanna Bryant - Addleshaw Goddard

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s clients ‘enjoy direct access to the lead partner on all transactions’. Led by Nick Pearey, it focuses on handling some of the most complex and high-value mandates in the AIM arena, and also features prominently in mid-cap Main Market matters. In 2016, Pearey led a group, which included Simon Wood and managing associate Jeremy Cruse, in the advice to GVC on its £1.1bn takeover of bwin.party Digital Entertainment Plc (part of the transaction involved a £150m equity-linked fundraise and step up from AIM to the standard segment of the Main Market). In another highlight, Roger Hart (who is praised for his ‘top-quality legal advice’), managing associate Jamie Partridge (‘hands-on and extremely diligent’) and others acted for Accrol Group Holdings on its AIM IPO, with the client having a market capitalisation of £93m on admission. Other clients include Cenkos Securities, Peel Hunt and Liberum. Tim Field is ‘a thoroughly grounded and highly experienced lawyer’. Giles Distin joined from Squire Patton Boggs.

Leading individuals

Giles Distin - Addleshaw Goddard

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 6

Addleshaw Goddard

Traditionally strong in the financial services, real estate, retail and consumer goods sectors, Addleshaw Goddard’s department has been increasingly active in the energy space, especially oil and gas. Angus Rollo acted for BP on the sale of its Belfast fuel terminal to Puma Energy; he also advised PA Resources on the sale of its North Sea oil and gas interests to Petrogas, and on the sale of its Tunisian offshore and onshore oil and gas interests to ETAP. On the financial services side, Nick Pearey assisted Lloyds Banking Group with its £1.9bn acquisition of MBNA from Bank of America. Yunus Seedat and Andrew Rosling head the practice, which was joined by Elvan Hussein and Anna Nerush in 2016 from Allen & Overy LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, respectively.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Recognised as market leaders in partnership law, Addleshaw Goddard is consistently involved in some of the most high-profile partnership matters in the market and is a firm clients ‘call on when they need the best’. The team has experience of structuring partnership arrangements for legal partnerships, accounting firms, real estate advisory practices and financial services partnerships on a national and international scale and also handles a host of partnership disputes and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulatory advice. William Wastie, the department leader and ‘doyen’ of partnership law, is instructed by clients such as Boies, Schiller & Flexner (UK) and also advised BCL Solicitors on its conversion from a general partnership to an LLP. Especially well-known for his international facing work and professional services M&A, Aster Crawshaw acted for such clients as Texas-based law firm Haynes and Boone LLP, and is a specialist in Swiss verein structuring. The ‘clear, concise and commercialJonathan Cheney assisted Peel Hunt LLP, a corporate broking and trading house, with the design and implementation of an equity ownership structure designed to widen staff-ownership. Chris Hallinan and Zulon Begum are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Aster Crawshaw - Addleshaw Goddard

William Wastie - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Zulon Begum - Addleshaw Goddard

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Yunus Seedat heads the group at Addleshaw Goddard, which acts for some of the most active mid-market investors, including LDC, Inflexion and Synova Capital. In 2016, Mike Hinchliffe led a team, which included Graham Cross and managing associate Marc Field, advising ECI Partners on its investment in SAP software provider Edenhouse. Key figures in the firm’s Manchester office include Paul Medlicott, who acts for clients such as Equistone Partners Europe and Livingbridge in transactions across the North of England, and Andrew Green. The London-based Nathan Pearce is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Pearce - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has ‘a strong track record in big-ticket fraud work’, and continues to handle significant bet-the-company cases on behalf of clients including British Petroleum, Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation and Bank Alkhair. The team recently acted for the latter in a Commercial Court claim seeking the enforcement of two judgements of the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution, a claim totalling £2.5m. In another highlight, the firm defended the Leipzig Water Authority against claims brought by UBS in relation to credit derivatives and bribery. The team is headed by Michael Barnett, and other key figures include Jon Tweedale, ‘seasoned fraud litigator’ Mark Chesher and Louisa Caswell, who ‘has great commitment and judgement’.

Leading individuals

Mark Hastings - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is ‘a leading firm with a strong presence in banking litigation’ that is recommended for derivatives and structured products litigation, and the firm’s contentious financial services lawyers complement its strengths in banking litigation, fraud, and corporate crime. The team acted for RBS in a redemption action under a fixed-rate loan, which was made available to a property development syndicate; and having successfully defended Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL), the water authority for German city Leipzig, against high-value credit derivative claims brought by UBS in the Commercial Court, the team defended KWL against UBS’ appeal. The ‘highly respected’ department head Michael Barnett stands out for investment banking, derivatives and structured finance cases; Mark Gill is ‘one of the true heavyweights in the field’; Chris Brennan specialises in financial services regulatory matters, enforcements and disputes; and James Herringhas a clear strategic overview of claims’. Richard Clayton is also a key practitioner.

Leading individuals

Mark Gill - Addleshaw Goddard

Michael Barnett - Addleshaw Goddard

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddardhas a stellar reputation; the practice has excellent quality clients that receive the best advice’. The group is regularly instructed in large, high-profile cases in the English courts, with particular expertise in fraud matters, finance litigation and insurance-related disputes. It defended BP Oil International against a $70m claim brought by National Bank of Abu Dhabi, arising out of a complex invoice discounting agreement; this was the first case to be determined under the Rolls Building’s shorter and flexible trials pilot scheme. Michael Barnett is ‘experienced and has good judgement’; Louisa Caswell is ‘trusted with clients’ most difficult cases’; and Mark Molyneux, Richard Clayton, Mark Gill and Jon Tweedale are also highly rated. Insurance and reinsurance disputes head Richard Wise, who is ‘brilliant at both complex legal disputes but also at managing clients’, was made partner. Kambiz Larizadeh, Clarissa Coleman and Mark Hastings moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, K&L Gates LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, respectively.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Addleshaw Goddard

A delight to work with’, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong track record of acting in major international arbitrations in energy, life sciences, construction and insurance. The team advised PA Resources (PAR) in a potential investment dispute against the Republic of Tunisia, which concerned PAR’s investment in Tunisia and a sale and purchase agreement dispute. Simon Kamstra is international arbitration head and Jon Tweedale is also highly regarded. Sarah Vasani joined the practice as head of investor state disputes from King & Spalding LLP.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

A growing presence in the mid-market for a balanced portfolio of clients including banks, debt funds, corporates and private equity sponsors, Addleshaw Goddard is able to provide a ‘strong and commercial service’ out of London and is also aided by numerous practitioners from key regional offices including Manchester. Recently promoted partner Laurie Keel has been at the forefront of many of the team’s most significant mandates, including advising GVC on the debt financing for its £1.12bn acquisition of bwin.party digital entertainment. Keel has also been central to building up the firm’s capability on the direct lending front; she recently advised Alcentra Debt Funds as unitranche lender in relation to the debt and equity recapitalisation of Alcumus Group following its acquisition by Inflexion Private Equity. Alex Dumphy is national head of the firm’s leveraged finance practice and benefits from strong ties with private equity sponsors including ECI Partners and Inflexion Private Equity. Angus Gill and Amanda Gray are also recommended.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s two-partner team has significant traction among airlines including British Airways, Flybe and Philippine Airways, which it advises on an array of financing, transactional and regulatory work. The two partners Rory MacCarthy and Rebecca Garner have recently been involved in numerous sale and leaseback transactions for airlines. New clients include Aer Lingus and Iberia Airlines.

Leading individuals

Rory MacCarthy - Addleshaw Goddard

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Asset-based lending
Asset-based lending - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard (London, Manchester, Leeds)

With practitioners based in London as well as Manchester and Leeds, Addleshaw Goddard’s six-partner full-service ABL team has a very strong reputation in the domestic market on behalf of both bank-owned asset based lenders and independent market participants. ‘Excellent’ team head Mike Davison has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ and has experience across the gamut of ABL products, including factoring and invoice discounting, revolving collateral loans and off balance sheet financing solutions. Davison recently advised BNP Paribas Commercial Finance on the provision of invoice discounting and inventory facilities to a pharmaceuticals manufacturer in UK and Ireland. He also recently acted for three Lloyds entities on a complex blended ABL financing for a UK manufacturing business which involved the development of a completely new product. Praised for his ‘common sense approach’, Manchester-based Simon Prendergast represented Clydesdale Bank on a receivables finance facility and term loan and revolving credit facilities to Park Cakes to refinance its existing facilities, finance capital expenditure projects and provide working capital. On the litigation front, the firm’s already significant presence in the north of the country, was significantly enhanced in February 2017 by the arrival of Manchester-based Howard Brako from Shoosmiths LLP. Other clients include HSBC Invoice Finance, PNC Business Credit and Leumi ABL.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

In addition to servicing the firm’s corporate client base, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong following among both clearing banks and alternative lenders, for which it handles an array of financings including investment grade and sub-investment grade corporate lending. Emblematic of the firm’s growing presence in big-ticket deals, Laurie Keel recently advised GVC Holdings on the debt financing on its £1.12bn acquisition of bwin.party digital entertainment. Subsequent to this, Keel advised GVC on the committed €250m refinancing provided by Nomura International. Amanda Gray and Angus Gill are also recommended. Other clients include Alcentra Debt Funds and Morris Group.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Addleshaw Goddard

Leveraging the firm’s strong ties with UK clearing banks, the ‘responsive and hardworking’ four-partner team at Addleshaw Goddard is a ‘leading firm for mid-market insolvency and restructuring work’. Particularly accomplished at handling matters within core areas of sector strength for the firm, including healthcare, education, professional practices and real estate; for example, the ‘tenacious and highly skilledAlison Goldthorp recently represented law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) China and Australia in connection with the insolvency of London-based KWM LLP. The ‘very likeable and approachableSimon Thomas is ‘well-connected and respected’, and as well as work for banks and accountants, has also been key to developing the firm’s presence in the distressed debt and noteholder space. Recently promoted partner James Davison provides ‘pro-active, commercial and pragmatic advice’ with a particular focus advising funds clients on restructuring/distressed work. Other clients include HSBC, Santander, PNC and KPMG.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s London-based Islamic finance practice has experience of shari’ah-compliant real estate and project financing transactions. Specialising in real estate finance, Paul Salsbury is the primary contact in the practice group. He has particular experience in murabaha facilities and has been instructed by clients such as Tabung Haji and Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

A go-to firm for asset-based lending and trade finance deals’, Addleshaw Goddardalways provides excellent advice’ and is praised by clients for its willingness to ‘invest time in building client relationships’. Banking partner Mike Davisonrates very highly; he is extremely well networked in the sector, and his opinion is highly respected’. The firm fields a specialist trade team with wide-ranging expertise encompassing invoice finance, asset-based lending, supplier finance, commodity finance, pre-export finance, repos and structured trade deals. The team also has the backing of a prominent national banking practice and is a strong presence among mid-market players; it is on the panel of all major UK banks. Highlights included acting for HSBC on a suite of facilities for Whitworth Bros Limited in connection with its acquisition of Carr’s Flour Mills, including a £50m syndicated receivables facility and a £15m revolving credit facility. Rising star associate James Tarleton plays a key role in transactions. Head of litigation Michael Barnett and head of financial disputes Mark Gill are recommended for contentious trade finance matters.

Next generation lawyers

James Tarleton - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is regularly instructed on the implementation of new share plans, as well as transactional and regulatory matters. The team is headed by the ‘technically excellent’ Jonathan Rogers, who joined from Abbiss Cadre LLP in 2016. Rogers has been acting for Dixons Carphone on various matters, including the implementation of a new long-term incentive plan and Market Abuse Regulation training concerning share dealings by directors. Rogers also advised Creston on incentive scheme issues related to its £75.8m cash acquisition by RedWhiteBlue Digital Marketing Services. Other clients include Lloyds Banking Group, Britvic and Ted Baker. Michael Carter is now at Osborne Clarke LLP.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘great’ employment and incentives department specialises in Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation and regulatory investigations, as well as the employment aspects of high-value corporate transactions. ‘Bright, responsive and attentive’ department head Michael Leftley advised FTSE 250 airline Flybe on the appointment of an interim CEO following the departure of chief executive Saad Hammad in October 2016 and the subsequent appointment of new CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener in December 2016. Richard Yeomans has been leading advice to GVC Holdings on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including TUPE transfers, restructurings and board-level matters across various jurisdictions. Also recommended are Alasdair Simpson and associate Annabel Mackay, who is ‘knowledgeable, commercial and a pleasure to work with’. Other clients include Morgan Stanley, William Hill and Serco Group.

Next generation lawyers

Annabel Mackay - Addleshaw Goddard

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘strong’ department is noted for its ‘strong awareness of current pension issues, practical approach and access to additional specialist resources’. Department head Catherine McAllister, who ‘gives good, clear and timely advice’, advised the NHS Business Services Authority on the re-procurement of services from private sector contractors to the NHS Pension Scheme. On the contentious side, group head Susan Garrett and Jade Murray have been acting for a high-net worth individual in various matters concerning a transfer of pension scheme assets into offshore trust structures. The team includes Rachel Rawnsley, who heads the national team, and Rachel Uttley.

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, recently promoted partner Richard Wise became practice head and ‘has a very strong awareness of client needs and priorities’, with particular strength in Bermuda Form disputes. In addition to this, the firm is highly regarded for warranty and professional indemnity claims as well as coverage disputes arising out of regulatory investigations. The firm, together with the Singapore office, represented 273 individuals in a dispute in relation to substantial losses that the claimants had incurred by investing in social housing projects run by EcoHouse Group Developments. Britvic is a key client with Chilli Marketing and D2 Legal Technology, which were recent additions to the ‘top-class firm’s’ extensive client list. In another personnel changes, Manchester-based Victoria Pool joined from DLA Piper and was recently promoted to managing associate.

Next generation lawyers

Richard Wise - Addleshaw Goddard

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for a number of high-profile insurance clients including AIG, Aviva, Direct Line and Simplyhealth, and also assists banking, financial institution and building society clients with their arrangements with insurers. The firm has notable expertise in the regulated and unregulated asset finance industries, advising clients including Close Brothers and JCB Finance on the full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. In a recent highlight, practice head Neil Woolhouse acted for Family Assurance Friendly Society on the disposal of its subsidiary, Engage Mutual Health, to Exeter Friendly Society. Nikki Worden recently left for Osborne Clarke LLP.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Praised for ‘combining commercial awareness with technical expertise’, Addleshaw Goddard’s Louisa Caswellexpertly leads the highly experienced and well-regarded team’, which includes legal director and ‘class act’ Mark Chesher. They are defending GlaxoSmithKline against a number of claims brought under a group litigation order regarding the antidepressant drug Seroxat, where the claimants allege that discontinuing the drug amounts to personal injury; the case will be heard in 2018. The practice also advised on Trading Standards investigations and large-scale product recalls. McBride plc, Associated British Foods plc and Dixons Carphone are key clients of the ‘particularly strong’ group. Recently promoted partner Richard Wise is recommended for product liability and policyholder work.

Next generation lawyers

Mark Chesher - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Manchester-based Michael O’Connor heads Addleshaw Goddard’s national infrastructure, projects and energy group, which ‘demonstrates an excellent ability to engage in complex client situations and great flexibility’. Paul Hirst is providing strategic advice to the Department for Transport (DfT) on structuring a new rail franchise combining the current InterCity West Coast services with the development of HS2 services. Legal director Rob Thompson, noted for his ‘skill and precision’, is part of the team acting for a subsidiary of the Danish Ministry of Transport on a tunnel connecting Denmark to Germany, while Simon Courie represents a leading Nigerian PPP developer in its bid for the development of a $1bn deep sea port project. Matthew Newing joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP where he led the projects practice. David Hartley, who heads the London PFI and PPP team, Andrew Pettinger and Jacqui Langley-White are also key contacts.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘well-balanced team with the right range of knowledge, skill and weight’ to provide ‘an excellent level of service’ in oil and gas matters. It recently strengthened its cross-border capabilities and upstream experience through the addition of corporate partner Anna Nerush from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP and international arbitration specialist Sarah Vasani from King & Spalding LLP. ‘Heavyweight’ M&A partner Angus Rollo advised BP on the sale of its Belfast fuel terminal to Puma Energy, and assisted Guy Winter in connection with Nobel’s acquisition of a minority interest in the Maclure field from Shell. Other recent highlights include acting for Nigerian client Seven Energy on a $100m equity fundraising matter and handling the sale of North Sea oil and gas interests to Petrogas on behalf of PA Resources. Clients also recommend the ‘bright, hardworking and enthusiastic’ managing associate Kevin O’Connor.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, a cross-office team is continuing to act for National Grid on the separation of its gas distribution business, while the Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow acted for SSE on the procurement, installation and licensing issues related to smart meters as part of the government’s flagship initiative. SSEN also engaged the firm to handle the procurement of constraint management zone services for its electricity distribution business. In the renewables sphere, Angus Rollo acted for SSE on the sale of a 10% equity stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. Paul Dight (also a key contact in the Leeds office) acted for Equitix on the acquisition of several wind and solar power projects, including a portfolio of four solar projects from Renesola.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s recent merger with HBJ Gateley has significantly bolstered the water practice through the additions of Andrew Walker in Edinburgh and David Anderson in Aberdeen. Leeds-based David Shaw is advising United Utilities on the procurement of the Cumbria Super Pipe scheme and the Blackburn waste-water treatment work scheme, and Richard Goodfellow, who also sits in the Leeds office, acted for a water company in its application to Ofwat for a water supply and sewerage license to participate in the new retail market. On the contentious side, regulatory expert Rona Bar-Isaac, who leads the department with Shaw, is assisting a utilities regulator with new potential strategic cases related to environmental breaches by a number of companies, and handled, on behalf of a leading utilities supplier, a contract renegotiation following allegations of abuse of dominant position. Other key names in the department include M&A and private equity expert Guy Winter and Paul Dight in the Leeds office.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, Simon Kamstra and Leeds-based Bill Gilliam focus on commercial litigation and, between them, have represented clients spanning the transport, local government, healthcare and energy sectors in a range of matters, including judicial reviews, procurement disputes and arbitration actions. In Manchester, legal director Clare Dwyer and managing associate Paul Rowley are recommended with Susan Garrett, who challenged the TPD’s classification of e-cigarettes and e-liquid as tobacco-related products for Totally Wicked; the case continues to have significant ramifications on the e-cigarette market, with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) deciding to uphold the Directive’s new laws. Ofwat and Celesio UK are other key clients.

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s team focuses on student accommodation and campus redevelopment projects, assisting education institutions at every stage of a construction project, including procurement, funding and contract drafting. On the contentious side, the group defends universities against race discrimination, victimisation and general employment-related claims, which are handled by Malcolm Pike. Practice head Nancy McGuire is another name to note.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s practice handles complex development projects, including PPP and PFI, as well as construction and property-related matters, private equity financing and procurement proceedings for clients in acute, primary and mental healthcare, long-term care providers, Local Investment Finance Trusts (LIFT) and private providers. Commercial disputes are also an area of focus, with the team acting for major pharmaceutical companies in a variety of contentious matters. The group, including practice head Michael O’Connor, provides ongoing estate management advice to clients including Semperian PPP Investment Partners, Equitix and GB Partnerships, who operate, own or manage estates under the Department of Health LIFT programme and acute hospital PFI projects. Matthew Newing, who joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, is assisting Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures with their appointment as a development partner in a major redevelopment project. Andrew Pettinger advised Serco on a £600m outsourcing arrangement with Barts Health NHS Trust.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s practice is recognised for its outsourcing, partnership transaction and procurement expertise. Recent work includes acting for Leeds City Council on its procurement of a heating scheme, advising Blackburn with Darwen Council on its procurement of a new partner to deliver multiple council functions, and assisting Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council with the outsourcing of the catering provisions at over 80 primary schools. Michael O’Connor and Andrew Pettinger jointly head the practice, which also includes Andrew Martin, Jonathan Powling and legal director Rob Thompson. Martin was recently part of a team that acted for Surrey Heath Borough Council on its investment in the town centre under prudential borrowing, Pettinger handled Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI scheme and Thompson assisted Transport for Greater Manchester with the establishment of a highways shared-services arrangement, partnering with three Greater Manchester local authorities.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has ‘in-depth knowledge of the UK real estate market, especially in relation to commercial buildings’, and the team continues to handle various deals for foreign investors seeking to acquire office space. In one example, practice head Leona Ahmed, who ‘impresses with her interpersonal skills and responsiveness to queries’, advised Lembaga Tabung Haji on the acquisition of an office building in Windsor, as well as an asset at 129 Wilton Road in London. The team also has expertise in handling a range of other asset types such as pubs and residential, and in one highlight Lee Sheldon is acting for Dandara Group on one of the UK’s largest single build-to-rent development schemes in the private rental sector. In the hotels space, finance specialist James Salford has ‘good links with hotel brands’ such as Travelodge Group Companies. Another key figure is Andrew Martin, whose ‘over-arching commercial and practical approach to problem solving sets him apart from his peers’. Martin is assisting Surrey Heath Borough Council with the acquisition of the units in a Jersey Property Unit Trust which hold the legal and beneficial title to Camberley Town Centre from Capital & Regional. The practice is currently enjoying a strong period of growth; besides securing additional resources by way of the firm’s recent merger with HBJ, it also made a number of key hires, including Iain Hindhaugh from Jones Day, and William Boss, Luke Harvey, Michael Scott, and Simon Tager, all from King & Wood Mallesons.

Leading individuals

Leona Ahmed - Addleshaw Goddard

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s non-contentious practice is led by Andrew McVeigh, who has broad sector experience across areas such as housing and regeneration, manufacturing and engineering, and hotels and leisure. McVeigh remained active on the construction aspects of a number of development schemes, including advising Mount Anvil on the development of Keybridge House in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, and advising Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle on a scheme at Lion Green Road in Coulsdon. In another development mandate, McVeigh is assisting AG Beltane 24KWS with its redevelopment of the 24 King William Street offices beside London Bridge. Jonathan Tattersall leads on disputes and acts for clients such as Peel Group and Semperian PPP Investment Partners, as well as various local authorities and NHS Trusts. The team noted an uptick in PFI/PPP disputes, and Tattersall is representing Peterborough (Progress Health) in response to claims advanced by Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation concerning widespread defects in fire retardation measures at a major PFI hospital.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, practice head Marnix Elsenaar continued to be busy in the housebuilder space, where he assisted Dandara with planning for a £400m build to rent deal for the delivery of 2000 new homes. Elsenaar also specialises in planning issues arising from energy and transport projects, and in 2016 his work included advising Luton Airport on the consents strategy required for the proposed Mass Passenger Transit scheme that will link Luton Airport Parkway Station and the terminal building, as well as acting for various clients such as South East Water in the opposition of DCOs. The practice also handles planning matters related to retail and mixed-use developments for clients such as Brunswick Developments and Muse Developments; Gary Sector is representing Tellon Properties in all strategic planning issues relating to the proposed redevelopment of the former Bargate shopping centre in Southampton for a new retail-led, mixed-use city centre development. Sector also handles shale gas and fracking matters.

Leading individuals

Marnix Elsenaar - Addleshaw Goddard

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘pragmatic’, ‘very professional and very friendly’ department has ‘excellent technical and industry knowledge’, is praised for its strength in depth at associate and senior associate level, and provides ‘exemplary service, with partner input at all stages of a transaction’. The team is noted for its lender-side expertise, especially in the hotels space: ‘experienced hotel finance expertJames Salford acted for Aareal Bank on its financing of 15 central London hotels. Group head Paul Salsbury advised HSBC Bank and HSBC Corporate Trustee Company (UK) on a £75m loan to Panther Securities, secured against nearly 30 UK properties. In an illustration of its growing profile among borrowers, Salsbury advised Dandara Group Holdings on a £183m senior loan provided by HSBC and a £45m mezzanine loan from the Homes and Communities Agency for private rental sector developments in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. Steve Mackie acted for UPP on the £105m financing of a student housing development for the University of London. The ‘very responsive, very diligentZoe Maurer is an expert in investment and development finance, especially in the office space sector. The ‘extremely goodSarah Egbu has ‘a strong understanding of lenders’ and borrowers’ requirements’. Dave Wilson is also recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's ‘highly professional’ practice is headed by Julie Middlemass following Andrew Blower’s decision to step down as national head of the team. Blower is still active in the group; he recently acted for an individual in a complex trust claim pertaining to property that involves proceedings in the UK and Singapore. The group is particularly recognised for its advice to fund-owned and corporate occupier portfolios and for handling real estate funding-related litigation. Legal director Gregory Simms is ‘prompt, client-focused and hands on’ and is a key name for rights of light disputes and complex rent reviews. The team’s expansive client roster includes Travelodge, Level 3 Communications, Primark, KPMG, South Yorkshire Pensions Authority and Muse Developments.

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

With a team of ‘unmatched experts’ that ‘consistently performs at the best possible level’; Addleshaw Goddard is ‘considered a clear leader in the social housing field with a strength in depth that is rare to find’. The group’s impressive lender-side client roster includes Santander and Barclays; department head Lee Shankland advised the latter and six other lenders on the refinancing of all loan facilities to London & Quadrant Housing Trust and East Thames via a new bilateral facility and syndicated facility agreements totalling £3.4bn as part of the borrowers’ merger. Nationwide Building Society, Yorkshire Building Society and the Royal Bank of Canada are also clients. Standout individuals include Steve Mackie, who is ‘held in high esteem’; newly promoted partner Nick Barlow, who ‘provides practical and sound advice’; and Beth Collett, who joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP and is ‘a formidable person to have in your corner’. Katie Ridehalgh in Manchester and Leeds-based associate Geoffrey McGinely, who is ‘an excellent up-and-comer with clear technical ability’ are also recommended. Chris Drabble joined Devonshires Solicitors LLP.

Leading individuals

Beth Collett - Addleshaw Goddard

Lee Shankland - Addleshaw Goddard

Steve Mackie - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Geoffrey McGinley - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard provides ‘very practical, business-focused advice, which is drawn from market experience’ to directors, general counsel and company secretaries. Will Chalk heads up the governance and compliance practice, which advises on issues connected with directors’ duties, annual reports and other regulatory reporting requirements, AGMs (conduct and procedure), and reviews of company constitutions, among other matters. The multidisciplinary team also handles areas ancillary to corporate governance; Chris Brennan is ‘one of the key, go-to people’ for regulatory investigations and enforcement, particularly in the context of FCA enforcement and criminal prosecutions. Jonathan Fletcher Rogers and Nicky Griffin have expertise in employee incentive schemes and associated corporate governance issues. Adam Bennett and Ben Koehne, who specialise in acting for building societies and other mutual organisations, have been advising financial services clients on the implementation of the Senior Managers Regime. Associate Richard Preston ‘thinks past legislation to provide holistic advice’.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard regularly acts for corporate claimant clients including British Airways, Co-operative Group and GlaxoSmithKline. The team also defends individuals, and recently acted for Manish Dusara in a defamation claim brought by an individual, which raised the issue of whether witness statements used in other proceedings can be used to bring a defamation claim. David Engel, who is ‘incredibly bright, commercial and imbues confidence’, heads the team, which also includes information protection specialist Abigail Healey, who ‘is responsive, reassuring, practical and a pleasure to deal with’. Other areas of expertise for the group include data protection disputes, misuse of information, rights to be forgotten, freedom of information requests and internet-related work, particularly pertaining to social media. Other clients include Leon Restaurants, Travelodge, Virgin Care and William Hill.

Leading individuals

David Engel - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s team includes Paul Bentham in Manchester and London-based Emma Armitage, who focus on non-contentious and contentious trade mark matters, respectively. The team has notable retail and consumer sector expertise, and is particularly experienced at handling brand and design disputes. It advises a large number of household names on trade mark searches, filing and prosecution of applications, and third party trade mark disputes, trade mark renewals and brand audits. Primark, Harrods, Associated British Foods and Liverpool Football Club are all clients. Highlights included advising an independent school on an agreement to license its name, trade mark, uniforms and operating procedures to set up a franchise school in the Middle East. The Manchester-based James Whittaker is also recommended.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Counting several major UK clearing banks among its client roster, Addleshaw Goddard’s practice is particularly strong in payments-related fintech work. As well as assisting these banks with implementing new technological payments systems, the team provides them with strategic advice, including procurement and contractual matters; it is commended for its ‘high-quality drafting skills’. ‘Experienced, very well-informed’ corporate and commercial partner William James, who heads the firm’s payments practice and ‘keeps level-headed in high-pressure situations’, acted for one high street bank on a multi-jurisdictional peer-to-peer payments matter. Nationwide Building Society is another financial institutions client. Fintech start-ups also comprise much of the department’s client list: regulatory expert Amanda Hulme advised one on launching its account information services in the UK. Hulme also assisted Bill Hub, a technology platform that intermediates between shared householders and utility providers, with structuring its business model, including the use of a third-party payments service provider. Other fintech clients include Swiss mobile banking company Centralway Numbrs. Practice head Fiona Ghosh, who has been instrumental in bringing such payment solutions as ApplePay and Android Pay to market, acted for Card Processing Advisory Services on the procurement aspects of its provision of fintech services to county councils and local authorities. The team also handles corporate work: James advised GVC Holdings on the £29m sale of its payments business Kalixa Group to Senjo Group, and Nathan Pearce acted for Pollen Street Capital on its acquisition, through subsidiary company Cashflows, of online payment solutions provider iCheque Network. In January 2017, financial regulatory expert and legal director Richard Evetts joined from in-house at American Express.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s team has ‘good industry knowledge’ and provides a ‘range of commercial options’. Outsourcing specialist Michael Lowry heads the practice. Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta has expertise in IT and outsourcing transactions, particularly in the financial services, public sector and retail sectors. Fiona Ghosh is handles outsourcing matters predominantly in the banking and insurance sectors. Managing associates Jenny Te and Robert Garwood both have experience in IT and outsourcing matters. David Futter joined Ashurst.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s team is particularly active in the consumer and retail sector, with clients including Primark, Sainsbury’s and beverage company Diageo. Practice head Emma Armitage is a key name for brand and design disputes; she and managing associate Rachel Cook recently defended Primark in two separate copyright infringement disputes. David Engel specialises in online rights and reputation matters; recently promoted partner Georgina Powling focuses on contentious and non-contentious IP matters; and Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta specialises in complex commercial and IT transactions.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard handles a range of aviation law matters, including regulatory and dispute resolution, for clients such as British Airways, LATAM Airlines, United Airlines, Wings Capital, Rolls Royce and Manchester Airport Group. Rory MacCarthy, who is noted for regulatory matters, and Rebecca Garner head the department.

Leading individuals

Rory MacCarthy - Addleshaw Goddard

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘very able’ team at Addleshaw Goddard has wide-ranging rail expertise spanning franchising, infrastructure and rolling stock transactions in the sector. The team is advising the DfT on the West Coast Partnership, which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of HS2 services, and also advised the DfT on the West Midlands Direct Award and franchise competition. Other highlight included advising Keolis UK and Amey Rail on its successful bid for the £500m contract to operate and maintain the Manchester Metrolink tram network. It also advised Hitachi Rail Europe on the completion of its sale of 19 five-car Hitachi AT300 bi-mode trains to First TransPennine Express, and on the connected transaction for a further five units for Hull Trains Company. Department head Paul Hirst has a ‘fantastic reputation’ and Jacqui Langley-White is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Paul Hirst - Addleshaw Goddard

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