Firm Profile > Addleshaw Goddard > Leeds , England

Addleshaw Goddard

Banking and finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's predominantly lender-focused department sits on the panels for all UK clearing banks and is recognised for its expertise in corporate banking, real estate finance, leveraged finance and unitranche work, as well as social housing financings. Clients praise the team, which is led by  David Handy, for 'knowing the sector inside out'. The firm added the 'really practical' Andrew Fordham from Squire Patton Boggs in 2018, and also fields social housing finance expert Lee Shankland, managing associate Geoffrey McGinley, and real estate finance specialist Jenny Cromack, who is a consultant.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners


The practice knows the sector inside out and clients trust it to be ahead of the game as the legal and banking environments evolve‘.

The ability of the social housing finance team to support the completion of multiple transactions in a timely and efficient manner is very impressive‘.

The group provides appropriate support and advice and has a clear track record in successfully supporting the entire sector‘.

Nick Barlow is prompt, attentive and attuned to what banking clients in the region want and expect‘.

Key clients

Barclays Bank


Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

AIB Group UK

Santander UK

Banking litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's banking litigation team acts for a range of major UK banks and 'consistently delivers high-quality legal advice and litigation services in a cost-effective manner.' Practice head Sally Emerton is 'very experienced but willing to get her hands dirty' and has 'good strategic instincts'; she focuses on representing major retail and commercial banks, while Ben Lowans has a particular specialism in asset finance matters including marine and aviation finance, and fraud-based litigation. The group also fields several talented managing associates including  the 'intellectually able and extremely hardworking' Steve Walpole, 'up-and-coming star' Samantha Hollingworth, Jennifer Hedley, who is noted for her alternative dispute resolution expertise; and Matthew Dibb, who handles a range of strategic disputes. Ian Hastings retired.

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Addleshaw Goddard has the ability to explain complex legal situations to non-legally trained people and boasts in-depth knowledge of the sector.

Addleshaw Goddard has exceptional experience in retail banking litigation; the practice takes control of cases at an early stage and knows how to navigate them to a successful outcome for the client.

Addleshaw Goddard‘s banking litigation group is well-resourced, which allows it to engage in more detail and deploy that knowledge at an early stage. It is as good as any London team.

Addleshaw Goddard is pragmatic and user friendly, has good attention to detail, and is a go-to supplier for trickier matters.

Addleshaw Goddard has the ability to quickly react when required to allow it to secure assets, covering all aspects of the situation and providing excellent advice in very difficult circumstances.

Sally Emerton provides business-focused advice on the issue in hand, and is sensitive to costs and outcomes.

Managing associate Steve Walpole is very hardworking, personable and pleasant, and always on top of the law. He explores solutions creatively, and always keeps his focus on the practical needs and aims of the client.

Managing associate Samantha Hollingworth is proactive, her correspondence is perfectly pitched and she is adept at finding the evidence that will lead to the speedy resolution of a case.

Managing associate Matthew Dibb is easy to work with and popular with clients.

Key clients

HSBC Bank Plc

Shawbrook Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

West Bromwich Building Society

Aldermore Bank PLC

Nationwide Building Society

Close Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

Alphabet Leasing

Hewlett Packard International Bank

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has 'a proactive and commercial view' and handles a range of commercial disputes as well as 'assisting clients with planning to minimise the risk of needing to invoke dispute resolution'. The team has the ability to operate internationally and acts for a range of local, national and global clients, with particular experience in the energy, IT, industrials, transport and health sectors. The team is jointly led by Simon Kamstra, Bill Gilliam and Sally Emerton; Kamstra acts in international disputes and arbitrations with a focus on the energy, aviation, manufacturing sectors alongside expertise in judicial reviews and public law; Gilliam has expertise in procurement challenges, IT projects, M&A claims, supply and outsourcing disputes, and Emerton is a finance disputes specialist. Louise Dobson is another key name, particularly for her knowledge of the health and pharmaceuticals, local government and retail sectors.


Addleshaw Goddard‘s strong commercial litigation team is not only legally astute but able to provide practical and commercial advice.

Addleshaw Goddard provides excellent strategic advice and supports the client’s long-term strategic planning.

Simon Kamstra is a knowledgeable and commercially astute solicitor.

Bill Gilliam is a very good practitioner.

Ryan Geldert is an excellent associate, quick to respond and has a good grasp of the law and the commercial realities.

Associate Marie Broadhead gives excellent advice in a timely manner, helps to plan client’s long-term strategies, gives pragmatic advice an,d at the same time, comprehensively covers the technical detail so as to minimise risk.

Key clients

Diageo plc

SSE plc

McKesson UK (including Lloyds Pharmacy Limited and AAH Pharmaceuticals)

Crown Commercial Services

NHS Commercial Solutions Framework

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has a broad commercial property practice, led by the 'pragmatic, smart and deal-focused' Bruce Lightbody. The firm acts for some of the UK's largest institutional investors as well as some of the country's largest real estate investment trusts. The 'highly professional' Lucy Sturrock is another notable name, working on high-profile transactions and co-leading the firm's national hotel and leisure sector group. Ian Smith, who acts for a number of the firm's major clients, is also recommended.


The individuals we work with demonstrate a caring attitude; specifically Bruce Lightbody and David Shaw

Lucy Sturrock provided us with invaluable advice on a major hotel transaction. She has led the transaction for us in a highly professional manner, always maintaining a positive approach and providing the coordination and leadership required to best progress matters

The team consistently demonstrates very strong commercial thinking, combined with unrivalled levels of experience on transactions. This allows Addleshaw to provide advice which is strong, relevant and enables clear decision making at critical points

‘Knowledgeable and helpful, good with advice at the start of projects, proficient and timely.’

Bruce Lightbody is one of the leading lawyers in the region’.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Lancaster University

Muse Developments

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Heeton Holdings Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

U+I and CTP

Ribston Industrial Fund

Siemens PLC


Construction Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's construction practice handles high-profile local and national projects, covering engineering and infrastructure, regeneration and development, as well as complex construction litigation with key expertise in the energy, utilities and transport sectors. Non-contentious specialist James Reynolds heads up the Leeds real estate division while David Shaw specialises in utilities, energy and transport projects. Joe Wilkinson and legal director Ally MacKenzie focus on construction and engineering disputes, John Emerton handles energy and infrastructure-related disputes, and managing associate Niamh Batterton advises on development schemes.


Addleshaw Goddard has a good combination of legal knowledge and commercial awareness‘.

Clients are impressed with Addleshaw Goddard’s detailed technical knowledge, rapid response times and clear and pragmatic professional advice‘.

The team is hardworking, always available and provides sound legal knowledge‘.

David Shaw provides intelligent legal solutions to business issues. He understands issues quickly and his response time is fantastic, on top of which he is a delightful, genuine professional‘.

Key clients

Edinburgh Airport

Amey Rail

Calderdale Council

West Yorkshire + Transport Fund

Broadgate Estates

KDC Demolition

York University

Mitsubishi Hitachi

Stansted Airport


British Land


National Grid



Standard Life


United Utilities

Manchester Airport


Lancaster University

Leeds Beckett University

University of Brighton

London Luton Airport Limited

The Co-operative Group plc

Redrow Homes

Aberdeen Asset Management


Lend Lease

National Nuclear Laboratory


Waterside Places

Stadium Group

UK Parliament

William Hare

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust

Henry Boot

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's corporate finance team has an impressive breadth of experience handling high-profile M&A transactions, particularly in the private equity, financial services, retail and consumer sectors. The Leeds-based practice, headed up by Garry Elliott, was recently bolstered by the promotion of James Tatro to the partnership and lateral hire of Richard Hunt from Squire Patton Boggs; Hunt is well-regarded for his experience advising corporates in the chemicals and industrials sectors, and assisting individual entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals in Yorkshire and the North East.

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James Tatro is very good.

Richard Hunt is a very effective lawyer’

Key clients

General All Purpose Plastics Limited




Riverside Private Equity

WSP Group

Elysian Capital LLP

Daniel Thwaites plc

Stadium Group

Pyroguard UK

Müller group of companies

William Jackson Food Group


AFI Uplift

Fastflow Group

M.K.M. Building Supplies


Mangar Health

Skanska UK plc

International Personal Finance plc

YFM Private Equity

Zenith Vehicle Leasing

Brenntag UK

NGH Holdings

Broker Network



Ted Baker

Shearings Leisure Group

Tieto Oyj

SGG Group

Raphael & sons plc

Skipton Building Society

Punter Southall plc

Utex Industries UK Limited

Carclo plc

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has a long-established reputation in Leeds, acting for household names on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work. Employment litigator Sally Hulston leads the 'very pragmatic and sensible' team, which has more than doubled in size since 2017-18, expanding its remit to include new offerings such as business immigration advice. Gerri Elliott is also recognised for her work on complex issues relating to insolvency, trade union or equal pay issues.

Next Generation Partners


They are like the milk tray man… anytime, anywhere! On every occasion I’ve need support I’ve not had to wait and have always found the advice to be very pragmatic, sensible and appropriate to our needs.

I’ve worked with Sally Hulston, Andy Graham and Ben Dawson and have been really happy on each occasion. All really understand our business and strategic aims really well and can therefore offer suitably tailored advice in an expedient fashion. I really value the fact that all have been really helpful in my working through my decision making and risk analysis and that ultimately I trust their advice to reflect the needs of our relatively small but growing business. In this context therefore i think they offer value for money.

Sally Hulston has been helpful and approachable and has provided an excellent service for us.’

Key clients

Tyne & Wear Metro (t/a Nexus)

Scotia Gas Networks

Dixons Carphone



Primark Stores

Vocalink (part of Mastercard)

Froneri ice-cream (part of Nestlé)

Howarth Timber


Energy Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's practice counts 'Big Six' energy companies and high-profile corporates as key clients, which it advises on all issues across power, nuclear, renewables, oil and gas, water and energy litigation. Richard GoodfellowPaul Dight and John Emerton jointly lead the team; Goodfellow specialises in downstream energy work, Dight handles energy infrastructure and regulation matters, and Emerton is an energy sector litigator. James Reynolds leads the nuclear team, David Shaw focuses on utilities work while managing associate Alex Clayton has experience in smart metering projects.

Key clients

Macquarie Principal Finance (MPF) (part of the Macquarie Group)

Britvic plc

SSE plc

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

Peel Energy

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Drax Power

Octopus Energy


Leeds City Council

United Utilities



EU and competition Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's team advises clients both regionally and nationally, with the Leeds office developing a particular niche in state aid work. The team, which is led by 'exceptional strategist' Mark Molyneux  -who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds - advises clients including building societies, NHS foundation trusts and other regional corporates. Legal director Elizabeth Turner, who joined from gunnercooke LLP in mid-2018, works with businesses in the financial services, retail, telecoms and technology sectors and has represented clients before the CMA and the EU Commission.

Next Generation Partners


‘A very practical, commercial and responsive firm which is incredibly knowledgeable in its areas of expertise.’

‘Collaborative approach; outcome-focused; no egos; all about the team and the outcome for the client.’

‘Mark Molyneux is extremely practical; an exceptional strategist – always two steps ahead of the game.’

Key clients

Office Depot Europe

Yorkshire Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Skipton Building Society


IT and telecoms Tier 1

The 'friendly yet professional' IT practice at Addleshaw Goddard is known predominantly for its expertise in high-value IT projects and technology outsourcing deals. The group is instructed by large national private sector corporates and is particularly active in the industrial, retail, health, and financial services sectors. Practice head Michael Lowry focuses on IT procurements, outsourcing projects, data centres, large-scale enterprise licensing work, cloud issues and SaaS arrangements. Other key names to note include Bill Gilliam for IT disputes, Simon Lofthouse, who counts the private health and industrial sectors among his specialisms, and consultant Ian Sampson.

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Next Generation Partners


Addleshaw Goddard‘s IT and telecoms department is dedicated, knowledgable and flexible.

The highly capable IT team at Addleshaw Goddard has a good cross-sector knowledge, a personable and engaging team and a well-respected practice.

Addleshaw Goddard is professional, responsive and intelligent throughout its work.

Addleshaw Goddard‘s IT and telecoms team takes the time to explain items to its clients using plain English and never makes clients feel stupid for asking questions.’

Michael Lowry knows IT and outsourcing like the back of his hand.

Simon Lofthouse is a very technical lawyer.

Associate Priscilla Hetherton is bright, hardworking, responsive and knowledgeable. She has a sense of humour and a view of what is practical and what is not.

Key clients

The Marsden Building Society


Gatenby Sanderson

Local government Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's local government practice handles major transactions, projects, competition work, infrastructure matters, procurement, real estate issues and litigation for local authorities across the country. Group leader Andrew Pettinger is experienced in outsourcing transactions and Richard Goodfellow leads the infrastructure, projects and energy team.

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Hull City Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Salford City Council

Wakefield County Council

Stoke City Council

Connexin Limited

Warrington Borough Council

Pensions Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's pensions group advises on a broad variety of pensions matters ranging from pension products to pensions liberation and fraud, independent trustee work and pension buyin and buyout work; its client roster encompasses a combination of blue-chip corporates, regional businesses and trustee boards. The group is jointly led by national practice head Rachel Rawnsley, who has particular expertise in the utilities, energy, universities and building society sectors; Jade Murray, who advises on self-invested personal pensions and small self-administered schemes; and Rachel Uttley, who is a name to note for pension buyin and buyout transactions.


Addleshaw Goddard‘s pensions practice provides advice that is consistently clear, pragmatic, of a high quality and provided promptly.

Addleshaw Goddard‘s pensions team has extensive experience across a range of clients, which contributes to the quality of advice.

The pensions team at Addleshaw Goddard is excellent at quickly getting to grips with a matter, developing a plan, and then most importantly, delivering in a highly professional manner.

Rachel Rawnsley provides advice tailored to clients’ businesses.

Jade Murray has a national reputation for pensions work, she is very practical and commercial and very good on the technical elements.

Key clients

University of Sheffield trustees

Trustee of the Asda Group Pension Scheme and the Trustee of the Asda Pension Plan

Saga PLC

Michelin UK

Skanska Construction UK

Britvic plc

National Express pension trustees


Ibstock Brick pension trustees

De Beers Group

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's strong Leeds office carries out work on a regional, national and international level. Construction-related litigation is an area of particular focus, particularly in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy – although unlike some of its competitors, the practice does not focus on one particular practice area. The team, which is led by head of litigation north Sally Emerton, works in tandem with the wider firm's commercial litigation bench to pursue professional negligence claims for commercial clients across many business sectors, including an impressive roster of banks and building societies.

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Property litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard handles the full spectrum of contentious property work for a client base spanning blue chip tenants, investors, developers and infrastructure providers with notable expertise advising on the contentious aspects of the management of shopping centres, litigation arising from company voluntary arrangements in the retail sector and trespasser evictions. Leeds-based Julie Middlemass heads up the national team, working with managing associates Elizabeth Cape and Chris McGrath, who handles landlord and tenant matters, and associate Louise Minshull, who focuses on mixed-use development mandates.


Addleshaw Goddard is very strong nationally and in Yorkshire and fields an excellent team‘.

Julie Middlemass is clearly one of the go-to names in the country for property disputes‘.

Elizabeth Cape is truly incredibly and stands out among the crowd‘.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Associated British Foods/Primark Stores Limited

Aviva Investors


British Land

Columbia Threadneedle


National Grid

Siemens plc

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Transport Tier 1

The transport practice at Addleshaw Goddard has broad expertise spanning franchising, acquisitions and sales of rolling stock, freight and haulage arrangements, infrastructure projects and instructions relating to urban transit. The group has a particularly strong reputation for its work in the rail sector and also regularly handles instructions relating to bus services, logistics, port and airport infrastructure and electric vehicles. Paul Hirst, who focuses on the rail sector, jointly heads up the practice alongside real estate specialist Anna Heaton. Legal director Sara Gilmore, who has broad transport expertise, is also a key name to note.


The transport team at Addleshaw Goddard offers practical and up-to-date advice provided by a group of calm and measured lawyers‘.

Addleshaw Goddard‘s transport team has an easy and professional approach and maintains a focus on timely inputs, holding to the scope of the brief, and promptly identifies issues and risks that arise‘.

Paul Hirst is a hardworking, thorough legal expert who is easy to communicate with, and presents ideas with reasoned arguments of the advantages and disadvantages‘.

Paul Hirst is prompt in response to communication and exhibits trustworthiness, which can be relied on.

Key clients

Department for Transport

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited



Ove Arup & Partners Limited

The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

London Luton Airport Limited

Edinburgh Airport

Amey Rail

VTG Rail UK Ltd

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)

Stansted Airport

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's multi-disciplinary private capital department is led out of the firm's Leeds base by Pervinder Kaur. Alongside traditional charity law advice, the team has a dual focus - charities with commercial arrangements, and commercial entities entering into arrangements with charities. The team operates hand-in-hand with the wider firm, drawing on Addleshaws' considerable national and international reach. The practice's work includes advising on investigations and inquiries, such as those conducted by the Charity Commission. Kaur works alongside Yorke Eaton and legal director Charlotte Smart, who also has a focus on educational organisations.


‘The team is attentive, responsive and the individuals that I have been associated with are hugely supportive in both practical terms and in understanding the pressures of my sector and work environment.’

‘The team is sociable, engaged in culture and interested in the client – giving them a rounded picture.’

Key clients

National Coal Mining Museum

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bedingfield’s Trust

NFU Charitable Trust

Health Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's department is split into four separate teams; public sector and health infrastructure, social and long-term care, life sciences and private healthcare. Alongside its public and private healthcare clients, the department also handles PFI secondary market transactions, infrastructure portfolios and care home work. Bill Gilliam leads the Leeds health sector group and focuses on contentious issues, Peter Wood handles corporate matters, Simon Lofthouse heads up the private healthcare provider group and legal director Louise Dobson litigates matters in the health and pharmaceutical sectors.


Addleshaw Goddard fields a great team, which is dynamic, knowledgeable and very client friendly‘.

The team combines an excellent understanding of the NHS public sector with commercial legal knowledge. It has strong ethics and values the culture of the client to ensure the case is presented to the client’s best advantage‘.

Bill Gilliam is a stand-out solicitor – a fantastic technical lawyer but also commercial and practical‘.

Louise Dobson really knows her stuff‘.

Key clients

McKesson UK (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group and AAH Pharmaceuticals)

Mangar Health



NHS Business Services Authority

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton Foundation Trust

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Serco Limited

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group Plc

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Infrastructure Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has a notable reputation in the PFI secondary market, with the infrastructure team benefiting from the strength of the firm's national energy and transport departments, which are both led out of Leeds. The group handles matters across the renewables, utilities, rail, airport, electric vehicle and ports sectors. Richard Goodfellow heads up the national infrastructure, projects and energy group and is experienced in PPP matters, Paul Dight has expertise in projects and regulatory mandates, and Paul Hirst handles transport work, particularly in the rail sector.

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Key clients

Keolis UK

Amey Rail

Department for Transport

London Luton Airport Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Societe Generale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Scotia Gas Networks

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Network Rail


InfraRed Capital Partners

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Peel Media

Transport for Greater Manchester

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Muse Developments

Stockton Borough Council

National Grid

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard sits on the panels of a raft of major banks, while the firm also receives a high number of instructions from insolvency practitioners. The team has notable expertise in the legal and energy sectors, dealing with insolvent law firms and failing energy suppliers. Group co-head Andy Bates focuses on non-contentious bank work while fellow co-head Graham Briggs primarily handles transactional and advisory work alongside some contentious experience. Managing associate Emma Sadler excels in larger corporate transactions including accelerated M&As and administration sales, while Andrew Fordham, who joined in 2018 from Squire Patton Boggs, is a key contact for corporate banking, leveraged finance work and real estate finance.

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Addleshaw Goddard is the go-to firm when clients have a serious issue they need assistance with. The team is very capable legally with strong commercial nous‘.

The group is extremely efficient, flexible and competitive‘.

Graham Briggs has a personable and ‘non-legal’ manner about him. His first instinct is to provide a commercial view, which is supported and underpinned by the legal opinion. In essence he is able to wear a bank hat rather than a lawyer hat‘.

Emma Sadler is a first port of call as she is extremely reliable and delivers every time‘.

Key clients


FRP Advisory


Leonard Curtis


Yorkshire Bank



Bestway Retail


Intellectual property Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's team is highlighted for its strength in advising its impressive client roster of household names on the full range of non-contentious matters. It is frequently instructed by a range of national and international blue-chip companies in corporate transactions with complex IP elements. Practice head Georgina Powling is well-regarded for her expertise in advising on M&A and finance transactions, as well as commercial agreements and research and development agreements. The group benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's commercial disputes team in contentious matters.

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Georgina Powling is a very good non-contentious lawyer, she really knows her stuff.

Georgina Powling helps client to take on the “big boys” to protect their IP.

Key clients


Battersea Power Station

British Airways


Ted Baker

LDC (Managers) Limited

National Grid Electricity Ventures Plc

C-Capture Limited

Moore Stephens LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is recognised for its 'very powerful' offering to high net worth individuals, trust companies and an increasing number of international clients, to which it provides 'pragmatic' advice in different areas. The team is described as 'very strong' and as having 'breadth of expertise', especially in the use of trusts in a commercial context, and aimed at consumer protection issues. The department is led by Pervinder Kaur and sits within the firm's corporate division – enabling clients to benefit from the expertise of lawyers in different departments, such as banking, litigation and employment. Main areas of activity are residence, domicile and tax issues, family governance and property structures.


The staff are problem solvers and help clients effectively.

‘Yorke Eaton is pragmatic and a problem solver, helping clients effectively. He is extremely well connected and advises some of the most significant business owners, families and trusts.’

‘Joe Cobb is a great member of the team – he works well with clients and is able to flex his style to be effective with client personalities.’

‘The breadth of experience within the team is very strong, which makes the overall offering very powerful. They have a quality client base, which they build from in terms of experience and knowledge.’

Key clients

NFU Mutual

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

Corporate tax Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's tax and structuring team advises on a range of corporate tax issues with particular expertise in the private equity, real estate, energy and asset finance sectors. Group leader Justine Delroy splits her time between Manchester and Leeds and specialises in advising on the structure of private equity transactions. The team also includes Martin Griffiths, who recently joined the Leeds office from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP; he has a breadth of tax expertise encompassing the private equity sector and property and funds structuring work.

Key clients

Co-Operative Group

J Murphy & Sons

Aberdeen Standard Investments

WBHO Construction


PZ Cussons


Car Finance 247

National Grid

North West including ECI




Literary Capital

Phoenix Equity Partners

Planning Tier 3

Following the departure of former team head Glenn Sharpe to York City Council, the key Leeds-based contacts for Addleshaw Goddard's planning group include legal director Julia Dixon, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs in late 2018, and associate Daniel Marston. The national group is highly regarded for its expertise in housing and mixed-use developments, rail and energy projects, and retail projects.

Addleshaw Goddard is known for strong client relationships, built on successful delivery across national and international markets. A real meeting of minds.

The firm: Addleshaw Goddard is a premium international business law firm offering an exceptional breadth of services. The firm’s approach combines a deep understanding of clients’ businesses, markets and sectors, with high-calibre expertise, straight-talking advice and a collaborative team culture. By delivering what clients want, wherever they need it, from high-value strategic advice, to the everyday, Addleshaw Goddard prides itself on a service that is high-quality, focused, relevant and consistently excellent.

Addleshaw Goddard is more than just a firm of exceptional lawyers. It is also a leader in client investment and understanding. It is proud to act for its clients, whatever the scale of their requirements. The firm is highly regarded for various product and service innovations delivered by experts in the fields of consulting, strategy, process improvement, technology, project management and resourcing.

Addleshaw Goddard attracts talented, like-minded individuals who love what they do, are committed to clients’ success, and strive to build valued partnerships through their collective energy and expertise.

The firm is proud of its culture too. A culture that means Addleshaw Goddard is good to work with and for, and where everyone expects the best of each other. In the UK it has offices in London, Leeds and Manchester, and from 1 June 2017, in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen following its merger with HBJ Gateley. The firm also has a presence in Dubai, Oman, Qatar, Singapore and Hong Kong, together with a strategic alliance in Tokyo with Hashidate Law Office. Additionally, where the firm doesn’t have offices, it works with firms well known to it, to deliver an international capability whenever and wherever required.

The firm’s client portfolio is testament to its strength and range of expertise, including financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. It is a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies, and a market leader across its chosen sectors: digital, financial services, energy and utilities, health, industrials, retail and consumer, real estate and transport.

Types of work undertaken: Addleshaw Goddard is a leader across a broad range of specialisms including business support and restructuring, commercial services, competition and regulation, corporate, crime, dispute resolution, employment and incentives, finance, financial regulation, infrastructure, projects and energy, IP, pensions, private capital, professional practices, public sector and local government, real estate and tax.

Commercial services: the firm deals with IP/patents/trade marks, sport, IT, procurement, new media and e-commerce, outsourcing, media, competition and trade regulation, data protection and procurement.

Employment and incentives: the firm has a national and international reputation for dealing with aspects of employment relationships, with specific expertise in handling complex, business-critical matters.

Corporate: it focuses on the upper to mid-market sector in: M&A, Stock Exchange flotations, corporate finance, public to privates, joint ventures, management buy-outs, private equity, corporate restructuring, tax, partnerships, insurance, corporate, regulatory and venture capital.

Dispute resolution: the firm deals with finance, real estate/construction, product liability, commercial litigation, arbitration/mediation/ADR, media, pensions, insurance/reinsurance, IT/outsourcing, defamation and corporate crime.

Finance and projects: the firm deals with building societies, general bank lending, project finance, property finance, corporate restructurings, acquisition finance, asset finance (including aviation), securitisation and structured finance, PFI, insolvency and corporate recovery, financial regulation, public sector and local government, infrastructure, projects and energy.

Real estate: in addition to mainstream property advice, the real estate team deals with property litigation, tax, property joint ventures, construction, planning and environment.

Private capital: lawyers are trusted advisers to clients including corporates, high-net-worth individuals and charities, on personal financial planning, trusts, contentious trusts and tax.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Charles Penney
Managing partner John Joyce
Corporate and commercial Yunus Seedat
Finance Amanda Gray
Litigation Michael Barnett
Real estate Leona Ahmed
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Andy Bates  photo Mr Andy Bates
 Graham Briggs  photo Graham Briggs
 Jennifer Cromack  photo Jennifer Cromack
Mr Paul Dight  photo Mr Paul Dight
Ms Gerri Elliott  photo Ms Gerri Elliott
 John Emerton  photo John Emerton
 Bill Gilliam  photo Bill Gilliam
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Number of UK partners : 240
Number of other UK fee-earners : 860

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees flocked to Addleshaw Goddard to pursue 'news-worthy work' in a firm with a 'very strong regional presence' in Leeds, Manchester, Scotland, as well as London. The training is described as 'involved and ambitious' and recruits receive 'substantial training from the firm at the beginning of every seat' which allows them to 'stay on top of what is happening or on the horizon in the legal and commercial world'. What's more, 'there is a lot of focus on legal technology' at the firm. A Lex 100 Winner medal for quality of work is explained by the 'unusual amount of drafting and deal management responsibility', which pleased trainees greatly. Thanks to a 'more approachable partner set', there is 'no hierarchical snobbery' at Addleshaw Goddard, and the 'unrivalled friendly and collaborative culture' is credited with 'making a tough day much easier'. Some respondents complained about the remuneration, in particular in offices outside of London. It was also noted that the Scottish office buildings are 'definitely lacking' when compared with their English counterparts. 'Long hours' were begrudged, although it was acknowledged that 'you'll never find yourself working alone late at night – it is a team effort'. A second Lex 100 Winner medal is awarded for international secondments, during which trainees are 'warmly embraced by overseas colleagues' and 'the firm does its best to ensure you have a good time'. 'Going to Stornoway for a complex Land Court Hearing' was a clear work highlight, whilst 'sorting through boxes which had been in archive for 15 years' was not as enjoyable. If a firm with a 'real feel of team spirit', which works for 'clients people have heard of', sounds like a good fit for you, research Addleshaw Goddard.