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Addleshaw Goddard

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William Wastie

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Head of Professional Practices Group.


One of the acknowleged leading individuals in the field of LLP and partnership law in the UK. He advises professional services firms on the full range of issues and is frequently instructed on the most difficult partnership disputes. He also specialises in mergers and de-mergers, the acquisition of professional services firms, partnership downsizing, governance, structuring and internal arrangements. He has wide experience in the management of distressed partnerships, and assisting in the use of partnerships and LLPs in finance, insurance, media, real estate and private equity. William has been at the forefront of advising law firms and other commercial organisations on the advent of alternative business structures under the Legal Services Act 2007. William frequently lectures and commentates on all issues concerning professional services firms and is leading the Group’s response to the opportunities provided by the Legal Services Act 2007. He is Chairman of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and is one of The Times Law 100 Panel of leading practitioners. William previously practised at the Bar.


Called to the Bar 1993; Hollis Whiteman Chambers 1993- 2001; Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP 2001-06; joined Addleshaw Goddard LLP as a partner 2006, head of professional practices group 2011.


Eastbourne College; Bristol University (LLB (Hons)); Inns of Court School of Law.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Leading individuals

William Wastie - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Partnership

The level of service at Addleshaw Goddard is 'of the highest standard' and the team 'clearly has considerable expertise in partnerships'. It advises top-end professional service sector clients (including major City law firms) on all aspects of partnership,  LLPs, governance and constitutional matters. The group has particular expertise in drafting partnership and LLP agreements, international structures, which all sits beside a broad contentious practice. Noted for his substantial expertise in the area and 'ability to explain complex issues', practice head Aster Crawshaw advised Guernsey-based The Specialist Medical Group on the removal of its goodwill payment structure and its conversion into a Guernsey LLP. Transactional and structuring expert Jon Cheney assisted architectural practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP with a review of its global legal structure to achieve greater international integration and alignment; and having advised on the transfer of its UK operations from a New York Incorporated Company to a New York LLP, he is currently reviewing the operating structure in the Middle East. William Wastie was instructed by DAC Beachcroft LLP to carry out a comprehensive review of its governance and profit-sharing structure; a matter that resulted in a complete rewrite of the firm's LLP agreement. 'Very able' managing associate Chris Hallinan focuses on law firm regulation and alternative business structures. Former legal director Zulon Begum joined CM Murray LLP at partner level in June 2018.

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