Addleshaw Goddard > Leeds, England > Firm Profile

Addleshaw Goddard
3 SOVEREIGN SQUARE
SOVEREIGN STREET
LEEDS
LS1 4ER
England

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

Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘fantastic team at every level.’ The team regularly handles complex M&A, capital markets and private equity matters, in which it acts for a wide range of sellers, buyers, investors and funders. It has established strong bonds to companies from the technology, industrials, retail & consumer and financial services sectors. Richard Hunt leads the group, and has also considerable experience acting for founders and entrepreneurs in transactions. Adam Hastings has noteworthy expertise in IPOs and secondary fundraisings. On a more junior level, managing associates Carly Gulliver  and David Parker are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Garry Elliott; Pete Wood; Carly Gulliver; David Parker

Testimonials

‘Richard Hunt led an excellent team who were able to deal with all aspects of a difficult and complex transaction, all of whom provided a very high level of service and were available and went above and beyond to push the transaction forward when needed.’

‘Fantastic team at every level. Clear communication, pragmatic advice, strong delivery to deadlines. I would gladly recommend them to anyone.’

‘Richard Hunt – absolutely first class. An exceptional lawyer in every area.’

‘Dave Parker provided fantastic support; he made a lot of stuff happen.’

Key clients

Infinity Works Limited

Symington’s

Sneak Energy Limited

Sheffield Forgemasters

6 Point 6 Limited

Team17 Group plc

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting plc

Flywheel Partners

Volpi Capital LLP

NorthEdge Capital

ANS Group Limited

Diageo

LDC

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Infinity Works on the sale to Accenture.
  • Advised Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited on its sale to The Ministry of Defence.
  • Advised the shareholders of NBS on the sale to Byggfakta Group UK Ltd.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard impresses with its breadth, which covers competition enforcement work, merger control issues, competition litigation and counselling matters. Together with its London and Manchester office, the group regularly acts for national and international clients, and is also highlighted for its subsidy and investment control knowledge. Firm-wide team heads Bruce Kilpatrick and Mark Molyneux are based in London, and Elizabeth Turner is the key contact in Leeds.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Kilpatrick; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have the bandwidth to deal with the full spectrum of issues that potential clients may face ranging from investigations and advisory matters through to cutting edge large scale litigation.’

Key clients

SSE Plc N

Finlays (James Finlay Ltd)

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Elysian Capital

Aberdeen City Council

Tata Chemicals Europe

Work highlights

  • Represented SSE plc in the first ever judicial review of the CMA.
  • Advised Finlays on global merger control, in particular the disposal of its flowers business to Black Tulip.
  • Advised a range of public sector organisations on subsidy control issues.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard is regularly sought out by high street banks, building societies, asset based lenders, and lender, private and foreign banks. Noted for its ‘first-class thinking‘, the group is involved in the tracing and recovery of assets, title issues and insolvency related claims, push payment frauds, liability mandates and fraud-related work. Practice head Sally Emerton is well versed in the leasing and asset finance space, while Ben Lowans is the key contact for fraud-related litigation, and managing associate Jennifer Hedley has experience in acting for defendants. Samantha Hollingworth left for Walkers BVI in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Ben Lowans; Jonathan Mills; Jennifer Hedley; Sandip Singh

Testimonials

‘Strong regional banking litigation team, with deep experience and comfortably able to manage large disputes.’

‘Addleshaw has had the ear of banks for many years and its team is very experienced in giving its clients what they want.’

‘Sally Emerton is a very senior figure in banking litigation in the North of England.’

‘The Addleshaw team have such a wide and varied knowledge base. You never need to worry about them not knowing how to assist because there is always someone on hand to help you. The team work closely with each other and will always be able to respond to another team member’s cases, which is fantastic as there is no lack of continuity of service. The reporting they provide is fabulous, as it gives us a clear understanding of where we are, without the need to chase for updates.’

‘First class thinking about the issues at hand and working with their client to achieve the optimum result.’

‘Sally Emerton and Jonathan Mills provide exceptional service. They are available to assist when needed, are not afraid to advise when a matter is not cost effective and are thoughtful of the bigger picture. They provide easy to understand information, clear and concise, with a full estimate and recommendations. They are a great team and a pleasure to work alongside!’

‘Ben Lowans – very efficient and down to business quickly. Often sees issues that others don’t.’

‘Sandip Singh, who works in this team, is an excellent banking litigator, with a wealth of experience and great client skills and legal knowledge.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Group

Aldermore Bank PLC

Ultimate Asset Finance

HSBC

Nationwide Building Society

Close Brothers Group PLC including Close Asset Finance , Close Leasing and Close Invoice Finance

Santander UK Plc including Santander Asset Finance

Hewlett Packard International Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

West Bromwich Building Society

Skipton Building Society

Liebherr GB Limited

Virgin Money Group

Asset Alliance Leasing

Societe Generale Equipment Finance Ltd

Deutsche Leasing (UK) Limited

Aurora Leasing Limited

PEAC Finance

Interbay Asset Finance Ltd

Novitas Loans Ltd

Arnold Clarke Automobiles Ltd

JCB Finance Ltd

NatWest Group

Co-Operative Bank Plc

Hitachi Capital UK Limited

Integro Finance Limited

Duologi

Borough of Kirklees Council

Work highlights

  • Defending a £45m claim against a commercial lender involving allegations of dishonesty and conspiracy by the lender’s corporate restructuring arm.
  • Advised the Building Societies Association in relation to alleged unfairness of clauses permitting changes in the standard variable rate of interest applicable to mortgage loans.
  • Defending a series of claims against lenders alleging breaches of the Data Protection Act and seeking disproportionate damages and costs.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has considerable sector expertise in the energy, transport, health, and retail and consumer products areas, acting for FTSE 100 companies, central and local government, high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Beyond a variety of B2B cases, the group also takes on procurement and judicial review matters, fraud and professional negligence claims, and pension disputes. Bill Gilliam‘s practice also encompasses customer/supplier clashes and outsourcing disputes. He leads the team, which also includes the ‘very helpful and knowledgeableLouise Dobson and legal director Gareth Jones, who is a contracts specialist. Simon Kamstra relocated to London.

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A solid commercial team who work effectively together but who retain a keen awareness of the commercial realities of the case.’

‘Bill Gilliam stands out as partner: very experienced, calm, sensible and knowledgeable about the IT industry.’

‘Louise Dobson is very helpful, knowledgeable, and approachable. She understands the pressures the business is facing and tailors advice to suit that.’

‘The team are able to see what is important commercially and work out the best solution for all parties involved.’

Key clients

Equitix EEEF Biomass 2 Limited (Equitix)

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive T/A Nexus

ASDA

R Raphael & Sons plc

J.D. Williams & Company Limited / N Brown Group Plc

Entain PLC (formerly GVC Holdings PLC)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Equitix as claimant in a major breach of warranty claim against eight individuals and one corporate seller of Gaia Heat Limited, obtaining judgment following trial for payment of in excess of £11m.
  • Successfully defended HS2 at trial in a public procurement challenge against the awarding of the £1.3bn contract for its Construction Partner for the development of Old Oak Common Station.
  • Advised Intertrader Limited and Entain Plc in relation to an ongoing dispute with the claimant regarding various trades and contracts for difference resulting in claims in excess of £35m and counterclaims of approximately £9m.

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘first class’ employment and immigration group is well-known for its retail and consumer expertise which has been bolstered by practice co-head Shakeel Dad‘s experience in this area. The group’s stellar client base includes major retailers like Primark and ASDA and has experienced further growth with the addition of Boohoo. Fellow practice head Rebecca Kitson is ‘technically gifted’ and focuses on the retail and energy sectors, advising clients on complex TUPE and restructuring projects. Gerri Elliott is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Kitson; Shakeel Dad

Other key lawyers:

Chris-Bailey Gibbs; Laura Pilkington; Gerri Elliott; Leigh Jackson

Testimonials

‘First class, clear and pragmatic advice, which made a difficult set of redundancies run very smoothly.’

‘A very pragmatic and sensible team.’

The people I have worked with at Addleshaw Goddard ensure they understand our business and the challenges that we face. They form a great collaboration with key stakeholders and have a very engaging approach to what they do.’

‘The practice has strength in depth. There is unlikely to be anything that the team couldn’t handle, with excellent contentious and non-contentious lawyers in the team.’

‘They are very responsive and always return calls and/or deliver what they say they are going to do and when they are going to do it. They provide pragmatic realistic advice which is ‘real world’ relevant.’

‘Rebecca Kitson. Technically gifted. Always very personable. She’s been integral in growing what is now a very impressive team, comparable to any of the big 6 in Leeds.’

Key clients

KRAFT HEINZ

ASDA

BOOHOO

ARLA

NETWORK RAIL

PRIMARK

BRITISH AIRWAYS

HARIBO

VISION EXPRESS

SIMPLY HEALTH

SAFESTYLE PLC

SYMINGTON’S

EQUANS

MOTHERCARE

MILLER HOMES

KCOM

SSE

KLOECKNER

OCTOPUS

HSBC

ADVANCED SUPPLY CHAIN GROUP

CAWOOD SCIENTIFIC

Work highlights

  • Advised Asda on the rapid insourcing of its chilled food logistics service at the point of its supplier, EVCL Chill, collapsing into administration.
  • Advised Network Rail on a project to restructure Network Rail’s capital delivery team in its Eastern Region, creating a more efficient, lean and agile client team for capital schemes (Project Ace).

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard houses the region’s preeminent pensions practice. The group is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge and technical expertise’ and regularly handles large scale transactions for FTSE100 clients. Jointly led by Jade Murray  and Rachel Rawnsley, the team has particular specialisms in SIPP and SSAS, buy-ins and buy-outs and university pension schemes. Rachel Uttley also leads the wider group and its specialist bulk annuity practice, which was further strengthened by the arrival of Richard Shelton in September 2021 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. In Manchester, Susan Garrett is the head of the pensions disputes team.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Uttley; Jade Murray; Rachel Rawnsley; Susan Garrett

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Stewart; Andrew Steer; Richard Shelton

Testimonials

‘Quite simply this is a super organised and professional team with high quality lawyers.’

‘The advice is always well-considered and pragmatic with a strong focus on moving matters forwards.’

‘Rachel Uttley is an absolute master of the detail whilst always keeping an eye on the bigger picture. Rachel is an exceptional pensions lawyer.’

‘Excellent knowledge and technical expertise. An ability to take complex matters and explain them in a way that non experts can understand. Well thought out advice that takes client specific circumstances into consideration.’

‘Jade Murray is excellent. Practical, technically first rate, and excellent input at all key stages of the negotiation.’

‘Rachel Rawnsley has an in-depth knowledge of our pension plan and brings that to the table in every discussion.’

‘Very expert advice offered in a way that is easy for the Trustees to understand. We are kept updated on all issues and legislative changes that are relevant to and may impact us – we always know they have our back.’

‘Very timely, focused, collaborative, involve as many people as needed, keeps team updated at own cost. It’s the advisor that we rely on the most as they always ensure that our roles as trustees and the interests of members are protected. They work collaboratively with legal counsel of our sponsoring company.’

Key clients

Trustee of the Asda Group Pension Scheme

Pension Insurance Corporation

Trustee of the Kellogg GB Pension Fund

Rothermere Continuation Limited (shareholder of Daily Mail and General Trust Plc)

Britvic Plc

Trustee of the Short Brothers Pension Scheme

Diageo

Trustee of the Ibstock Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Royal Blind Group Pension Scheme

Co-operative Group

Virgin Money

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Carclo

Anglian Water

FNZ Group

Work highlights

  • Advising RCL on a £3bn reorganisation and related contractual takeover offer for Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) and a complex settlement agreement with DMGT’s pension scheme trustees.
  • Acting for Britvic Plc in relation to ongoing matters connected with the pension increases provisions of its DB pension scheme rules.
  • Advising Pension Insurance Corporation as a panel firm on its bulk annuity transactions (buy-ins and buy-outs).

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s finance team is preeminent within the region, acting as the core panel firm for all UK clearing banks. The group has a particularly strong real estate finance focus, with Nick Barlow considered to be the ‘go-to banking partner’ for funding in the social housing sector as well as sustainable and green financing. Practice head Andrew Fordham has experience advising a range of lenders and borrowers while managing associate James Washington’s practice focuses on leveraged finance. Clients praise the pair for providing ‘an excellent level of service’.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Fordham

Other key lawyers:

James Washington; Nick Barlow; Geoff McGinley; Tom McHugh

Testimonials

‘Ability to handle complex and sophisticated matters: they routinely deliver for us on complex and sophisticated matters.’

‘I have consistently said for a long time that the depth and breadth of Addleshaw Goddard’s banking team is what sets them apart from their peers outside London.’

‘Nick Barlow has been the go to banking partner for us in relation to the social housing sector.’

‘Responsive and provides high quality advice and legal work even when working under pressure to meet tight deadlines on business critical matters.’

‘Andrew Fordham and James Washington both provide an excellent level of service, with pragmatic and timely advice, going above and beyond when needed to meet tight deadlines.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Aviva Investors

Santander UK PLC

William Jackson Food Group

Daniel Thwaites PLC

Harvey Nash Group

Kelling Group

My Pension Expert

Ribston Industrial Fund

Sheffield Forgemasters

Work highlights

  • Advising HSBC and a direct lending fund managed by them in the provision of senior financing facilities to support Dunedin-backed Incremental Group, a digital technology services provider, in its buyout of Adatis.
  • Advised each of Barclays Bank PLC, Barclays Bank UK PLC, Clydesdale Bank plc (trading as Yorkshire Bank) and Nationwide Building Society in connection with a restatement of existing facilities and a refinancing facility to Housing Plus Group Finance Limited of £326m in aggregate.
  • Advising Sheffield Forgemasters in relation to its nationalisation by the Ministry of Defence.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong restructuring practice, with particular expertise in distressed real estate work. Andy Bates, who ‘showcases an outstanding technical knowledge’ leads the group, focusing on non-contentious restructuring matters such as insolvency appointments and supply chain risk management. Legal director Emma Sadler is ‘brilliant‘ and advises on a wide range of corporate restructuring and finance matters. Jonathan Jackson left to join Gordons LLP in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bates

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s ability to draw on expertise from their wide range of specialisms throughout the UK ensures advice of the highest quality at a regional level.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard were exceptional in many ways: – explaining complex processes and legal requirements very clearly and in layman’s terms.’

‘They demonstrate excellent communication and a collaborative way of working.’

‘Andy Bates, leading the skilled and diligent business support and restructuring team, showcases an outstanding technical knowledge and a thorough yet commercial approach to often complex and high-pressure situations.’

‘We were super impressed by the speed at which the team worked and their availability. We never had to wait for answers or documentation or chase anything – that is pretty rare in my experience.’

‘Emma Sadler is brilliant at making the complex, simple. She is fantastic at explaining the process. Emma is hugely knowledgeable, clearly very experienced and brilliant at her job.’

‘The team is very efficient, open & professional in a friendly, approachable way.’

‘The team is diverse & cohesive and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Sunrise Senior Living Limited, Sunrise UK Holdco Ltd, Gracewell Healthcare Limited and Sunrise Senior Living LLC

ASDA Stores Limited

Ernst & Young LLP

Begbies Traynor

Clydesdale Bank t/a Virgin Money

Leonard Curtis Business Recovery

AIB Group (UK) PLC – Allied Irish Bank

Interpath Advisory (former KPMG Restructuring team)

Azets Holdings Limited

BDO LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Sunrise Senior Living Limited, Sunrise UK Holdco Ltd, Gracewell Healthcare Limited and Sunrise Senior Living LLC on the orderly wind down and transition of its business of care home management.
  • Advised the administrators of Symbio Energy (individuals from Azets) in relation to the transitional arrangements with EON pursuant to the supplier of last resort process and issues arising therefrom.
  • Advised Natwest and RBS Invoice Finance on the funding of Bartoline Limited as part of an investment by Enact in the business.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The ‘diligent and focused’ private capital team at Addleshaw Goddard is headed by the ‘totally committed’ Pervinder Kaur. Its main focus is on owner-managed and family business matters. In collaboration with colleagues in the firm's corporate department, Kaur‘s team regularly advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts on their business interests. Its complex workload includes advising on tax matters, international offshore trust cases and succession of businesses. The ‘insightful’ Laura Woffinden and Yorke Eaton – who is described as being ‘at the top of his game’ – are notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Across the team, there is broad range of age, gender, ethnicity and experience. There’s a very good team dynamic; approachable and professional.’

‘The strength in depth of the team is unrivalled in the region. Well-known for acting for entrepreneurs and family owned businesses, they are the go-to outfit for high-net-worth individuals.’

‘Pervinder Kaur is totally committed to client service. She has great experience in dealing with trusts and related issues over many years. Yorke Eaton is a very personable and experienced trustee – a pleasure to work with. He also has a good business background. Laura Woffinden is very personable, capable and responsive.’

‘The team’s ability to advise entrepreneurs planning through significant business, whilst providing wider advice on agricultural property and forestry in such a competent manner, is something that many firms claim to be able to do, but few have the ability to do it with the clarity and in-depth knowledge Addleshaw Goddard provide.’

‘Yorke Eaton has a calm and assured manner with clients that ensures he is one of the first people, if not the first person that his clients will call when they need guidance. Across both Yorkshire and the North West he is the stand-out Private Client adviser for any successful entrepreneur considering how to structure their wealth in the run up to, or after a business sale. He is not afraid to deliver difficult news when it has to be communicated and I have witnessed first-hand his ability to build relationships across successive generations, which for any parent looking to pass wealth down to their family, is highly reassuring.’

‘Laura Woffinden is a rising star within the Yorkshire Team. Insightful, energetic and confident in the way that she delivers advice and guidance for clients.’

‘Yorke Eaton is at the top of his game. He is pragmatic, sensible and adopts a commercial approach perfectly, in keeping with his client base. I do not hesitate to recommend him to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.’

‘I have always found the private client team to be diligent and focused on the best possible outcome for the client.’

Work highlights

  • Advising entrepreneurial clients on pre- and post-sale planning and management of succession for both business and family.
  • Advising on the transfer of a significant book of trusteeships from one professional trustee to another, including negotiation of contractual arrangements for transfer of the trust business and subsequent practical advice in respect of ongoing trust administration and transfer of trust assets.
  • Advising the trustees of high value, complex family trusts on ongoing trust management and trustee duties, including the provision of trust administration services.

Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s multidisciplinary team has ‘consistently proven to be thoughtful, thorough and practical’, as highlighted by one client, ‘offering advice on a range of renewable energy transactions’ and handling national and international mandates arising out of the power, water and nuclear sectors. Richard Goodfellow, who specialises in energy and utility projects, jointly leads the practice alongside Paul Dight, who also heads the firm’s low carbon and electric vehicle groups. David Shaw advises on the construction aspects of energy transactions, while James Reynolds has ‘excellent knowledge’ in nuclear mandates and Sara Gilmore is noted for her expertise in the regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow; Paul Dight

Testimonials

‘The AG team has consistently proven to be thoughtful, thorough and practical, offering advice on a range of renewable energy transactions over many years. They combine the reach of a London firm with sector and technical specialists, who can be brought in to bear a transaction or negotiation as needed.’

‘Richard Goodfellow is experienced, a widely respected energy lawyer and team lead.’

‘I was thoroughly impressed with James Reynolds. He has excellent knowledge of the market and applies this to his high quality legal advice. James is clearly intelligent and extremely interested in the sector within which he works. I particularly appreciate his succinct, commercial advice and drafting.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

SSE Generation Limited and SSE Electricity Limited

Onsite Energy Projects Limited

Aviva Investors

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Red Rock Power a wholly owned subsidiary of SDIC Power, a Chinese SOE

Siemens

Gravis Capital

ERG

Octopus Energy

Engie

Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited

Peel Group

Greencoat Capital

Consortium of banks, including Societe Generale, SMBC, MUFG Bank and Mizuho Bank

Scotia Gas Networks plc (SGN)

Horizon Infrastructure Limited

Urenco

Aberdeen Standard

National Nuclear Laboratory

United Utilities

Southern Water Services

Anglian Water

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Foresight Group Holdings Limited

ASDA

ABF

Channel Four

BT

UK Parliament

BP pulse

Unify Energy

+Charge

Yorkshire Water

P3

Royal Mail Group

EQUANS

Canadian Solar

Arrival

Prologium

Industria Resources

Yorkshire Energy Park

Trojan Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Scotia Gas Networks on their H100 hydrogen network project.
  • Advising Volkswagen AG on the supply and operation of their battery buffered Flexpole EV chargers to bp and Aral retail sites across Europe.
  • Handling several mandates for energy suppliers such as Octopus, Engie, OVO, Unify, SSE, Drax on licensed activities and renewables developments/investments.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘capable team across all levels of seniority’ and ‘offers the full spectrum of services’, with notable expertise in student accommodation and senior living mandates, as well as infrastructure projects and regeneration schemes. Nancy McGuire oversees the team with the support of Anna Heaton, who has experience in real estate joint ventures. Ian Smith acts for local authorities and handles acquisitions, development projects and disposals, while Bruce Lightbody advises on retail sector matters and Lucy Sturrock focuses on hotel and leisure property work. Other key members of the team include Andrew Williamson and Peter Mason, who focus on commercial, residential and mixed-use development and regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Anna Heaton

Testimonials

‘The team manages to rise to every challenge I have thrown at them, no matter how tight the timescales have been and have always delivered an excellent service with which we have been entirely satisfied.’

‘Anna Heaton is one of the brightest, most diligent lawyers I have worked with, yet she retains a commercial sense that enables deals to be done.’

‘The AG property team is very experienced and offers the full spectrum of services. It is considered in its approach and always provides well thought solutions to any legal problems.’

‘Joe Maitland is very user friendly, always reliable and excellent in his advice, his drafting and non-confrontational manner with the opposite side. Joe drives deals through and can always be relied upon to best protect your position at every juncture, whilst remaining commercial in his approach.’

‘They are a very capable team across all levels of seniority. They have attention to detail, resilience and act in a professional manner with both clients and counterparts alike.’

‘Peter Mason is a consummate professional, who takes a big picture view of all issues to ensure that we can make demonstrable progress, rather than getting stuck in the weeds.’

‘Very good legal knowledge and are able to provide clear and commercially-focused advice in a timely manner.’

‘Good collaboration across the team members and with the rest of the project team.’

Key clients

Argo Real Estate Limited

CBRE Investment Management

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hull Eco Park Limited (joint venture between Vital Energi, Sewell Group, Chiltern Group and MS3 Networks)

Vita Group

Aviva Investors

Primark Stores Limited

Caddick Developments / Moda Living

British Land

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

Work highlights

    Real estate > Construction Tier 1

    Addleshaw Goddard ‘provides end-to-end support’ on the full spectrum of local and national mandates, from energy and infrastructure projects to engineering, regeneration and development work, as well as demonstrating a strong capability in contentious matters. Practice leader James Reynolds offers an ‘excellent level of service, dealing with complex matters’ concerning refurbishment and regeneration, while David Shaw specialises in utilities, energy and transport projects, and acts for notable clients including the National Grid and United Utilities. For construction disputes, Joe Wilkinson, ‘brilliant lawyer and strategistJohn Emerton, director Ally MacKenzie and Matthew Collingwood-Cooper are key contacts, while director Mark Broomfield advises on development projects.

    Practice head(s):

    James Reynolds

    Testimonials

    ‘The Addleshaw team is very pragmatic and user friendly. They try to solve problems and provide end-to-end support on a construction project. They can take a commercial view. They also provide very dedicated support.’

    ‘John Emerton is a brilliant lawyer and strategist.’

    ‘Ally Mackenzie provided exceptional support to us and should be noted for his dedication, pragmatism and can-do approach.’

    ‘James Reynolds provides an excellent level of service, dealing with complex matters which are of significant importance to our business.’

    Key clients

    ASDA

    Channel Four

    BT

    Legal & General

    United Utilities

    Sheffield Forgemasters

    UK Parliament

    Kirklees Council

    National Grid

    Affinity Water

    SSE

    Manchester Airport

    Caddick Group

    Serco

    Stansted Airport

    Associated British Ports

    Anglian Water

    Robertson Construction

    Trinova

    London Luton Airport Limited

    MUSE

    British Land

    Bradford Council

    Peel

    Henry Boot

    Travelodge

    The Co-operative Group plc

    Muller

    HS1

    York University

    Lancaster University

    Leeds Beckett University

    University of Brighton

    Marrico Asset Management

    Aviva Investors

    Abrdn

    Amey Rail

    Calderdale Council

    MMR Group

    West Yorkshire + Transport Fund

    Broadgate Estates

    Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust

    Michelin

    Engie

    Lend Lease

    National Nuclear Laboratory

    Waterside Places

    Stadium Group

    Siemens

    William Hare

    Urenco

    Scotia Gas Networks

    Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

    R. N. Wooler

    Tritax Symmetry

    NatWest

    Work highlights

    • Advising United Utilities and Anglian Water on the first two schemes to be designated under Ofwat’s new alternative funding model, Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC).
    • Advising British Telecommunications Plc on its Better Workplace Programme to consolidate more than 300 facilities into 30 modern future-fit buildings.
    • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited in their multiparty TCC claim against Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited and Lendlease Construction Holdings (Europe) Limited in relation to a new build hospital in Cramlington.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

    Addleshaw Goddard has ‘excellent depth of knowledge’ across the full spectrum of contentious property matters, from break option disputes and vacant possession strategies to regeneration schemes and lease renewals. ‘Experienced and pragmatic’ national team leader Julie Middlemass currently advises on tenant insolvencies, while director Elizabeth Cape handles contentious landlord and tenant matters, particularly concerning lease renewals. One client praises director Chris McGrath as ‘commercially focused and always able to provide straightforward and practical advice’. The team counts Aviva Global Investors, Columbia Threadneedle Investments and British Land among its key roster of clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Julie Middlemass

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘AG consistently provides high quality advice and you feel you are in safe hands.’

    ‘Julie Middlemass is experienced and pragmatic, and provides sensible advice.’

    ‘There was no question, large or small, that was not answered in a timely and informed manner.’

    ‘Elizabeth Cape is super knowledgeable and responsive.’

    ‘Chris McGrath is commercially focused and always able to provide straightforward and practical advice to help us achieve our commercial aims.’

    ‘The team at Addleshaw Goddard have provided us with timely, practical and commercially focused advice. They have done a fantastic job at understanding our business and partnering with us to achieve positive outcomes across all of the matters they have dealt with.’

    ‘Julie Middlemass is an excellent problem solver.’

    ‘Excellent depth of knowledge in the team, especially Elizabeth Cape, who is extremely commercial and super responsive.’

    Key clients

    abrdn

    Asda Stores Limited

    Associated British Foods

    Aviva Global Investors

    British Land plc

    Columbia Threadneedle Investors

    Federated Hermes

    National Grid

    Primark Stores

    Travelodge Hotels Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Kirklees Council on a vacant possession strategy for the Piazza Centre and Market Hall, Huddersfield to facilitate the planned new ‘Cultural Heart’ in the town centre.
    • Advising a variety of clients in connection with various high profile CVAs. These include: New Look, Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, Café Nero, All Saints, Genus, and The Restaurant Group, together with the Virgin Active Restructuring Plan.
    • Advising SunriseCo for Fraser Real Estate, London, on the disposal of over 100 properties.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

    Addleshaw Goddard offers 'extensive commercial knowledge of their practice areas' and advises national and international clients on high-end transactions and contentious mandates. Praised for his ‘keen eye for detail and ability to get a deal done’, Michael Lowry heads the Leeds-based practice and advises clients on IT projects, while Simon Lofthouse focuses on large-scale procurement, outsourcing and cloud arrangement matters. Bill Gilliam is a key contact for licensing disputes and associate James Mort is ‘relentless in his pursuit of a great outcome’ when handling outsourcing projects. Other key members of the team include associates Charlotte Marshall and Priscilla Hetherton.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Lowry

    Testimonials

    ‘James Mort stood out for me. He was calm, professional and very candid in approach. He was relentless in his pursuit of a great outcome for us.

    ‘The team is very responsible and provides commercial advice with a very good understanding of our needs as a client.’

    ‘Michael Lowry is an extremely talented lawyer with a keen eye for detail and ability to get a deal done. Charlotte Marshall has assisted me in countless challenging negotiations over the last few years and has never failed to get a good outcome for me as a client. She is my go to person for any IT or commercial contracts advice.’

    ‘The team clearly have extensive commercial knowledge of their practice areas which ensures that their legal advice is focussed and can address legal and commercial considerations. I believe this is a key competitive advantage for the team and provides a more comprehensive service for clients. Their approach to billing, collaboration, flexible methods of communication to their audience and taking time to build relationships with the clients is first class.’

    ‘Simon Lofthouse is a dynamic presence, who is always enthusiastic and engaged with numerous creative ideas about how to best work with clients particularly with respect to technology.’

    ‘We have worked with Addleshaw Goddard on a couple of large, complex IT matters recently and they have come across really well in all interactions. They are very knowledgeable and have demonstrated their experience and knowledge from day one. They have also been really easy to work with.’

    Key clients

    Skipton Building Society

    Market Harborough Building Society

    Yorkshire Building Society

    Primark Limited

    Vaillant Group

    Jordan International Bank

    M.K.M. Building Supplies (Group) Limited

    ASDA Stores Limited

    GlaxoSmithKline Inc.

    Siemens

    Work highlights

    • Advised Asda on its full technology re-platforming following its divestment from Walmart.
    • Advised over ten Building Societies on IT transformation and outsourcing projects.
    • Advised GSK on its IT templates modernisation and automation project.

    Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport Tier 1

    Addleshaw Goddard has a diverse transport practice, with specific expertise in the rail sector. Areas of growth for the group include freight and logistics issues, with a focus on developing sustainable supply chains, as well as broadening its expertise in urban transit schemes, particularly in the bus market. The team has a strong reputation in advising on transport-led regeneration and infrastructure projects, with practice co-heads Paul Hirst and Anna Heaton spearheading the firm’s work in this area. Bill Gilliam and legal director Ryan Geldart are recommended for contentious matters related to procurement challenges, while associate Jack Harris has experience advising on various rail projects across the UK.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Hirst; Anna Heaton

    Testimonials

    ‘Deep and practical transport sector knowledge, including great detail around bus enhanced partnership and regulation. I consider them to lead the sector in this area.’

    ‘Paul Hirst – exceptional sector knowledge, approachable, personable and efficient.’

    ‘Paul Hirst (Partner) is a trusted adviser, embedded in the business and understands our priorities. Paul has helped find and provide flexible resourcing solutions for our in-house team during periods of unexpected absences/staff turnover. Paul has his finger on the industry pulse, and can pre-empt potential issues. Jack Harris (Associate) is extremely professional, efficient and commercially minded. Jack has quickly worked to understand business priorities and work collaboratively with the business to find pragmatic solutions.’

    Key clients

    Prologis Group Companies

    VTG Rail UK Limited

    London Luton Airport Limited

    Eversholt Rail

    Rail Operations Group Limited (“ROG”)

    Department for Transport

    High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

    Volkswagen AG

    Greater London Authority / Transport for London

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority

    West Midlands Combined Authority

    Hitachi Rail Limited

    MerseyTravel

    Manchester Airport Group

    HS1 Limited

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

    Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

    SMBC

    DB Cargo

    Sealink Travel Group

    Transport for Greater Manchester

    The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

    Associated British Ports Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Department for Transport on the development and roll out of the new National Rail Contract (replacing franchise agreements).
    • Successfully defended HS2 Limited against a major challenge to the awarding of the £1.3 billion contract for the development of Old Oak Common Station.
    • Advising Merseytravel on the development of its bus franchising assessment.

    Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

    Addleshaw Goddard handles professional negligence matters across a wide range of sectors. It has a particularly strong construction offering as well as a growing banking practice that has been bolstered by the arrival of finance litigation legal director Sandip Singh from Walker Morris LLP in November 2021. Singh has significant experience in bringing claims relating to negligence, fraud and misappropriation of funds. Ben Lowans handles investment negligence cases on behalf of high net-worth individuals while Bill Gilliam  assists commercial clients. Joe Wilkinson  is a key construction litigation partner. Sally Emerton, head of finance litigation in the North, leads the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Sally Emerton

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘They have an incredibly deep understanding of their clients and their sector.’

    ‘The Leeds team has recently been strengthened with the recruitment of Sandip Singh and Rachel Elgar. Both bring substantial litigation experience and technical knowledge from acting on behalf of banks including complex and multi-party frauds and high value claims.’

    Key clients

    Aldermore Bank Plc

    Close Brothers Group PLC including Close Asset Finance , Close Leasing and Close Invoice Finance

    Virgin Money Group

    Natwest Group

    Santander UK Plc including Santander Asset Finance

    Skipton Building Society

    Yorkshire Building Society

    BNP Paribas Group

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited in their multiparty TCC claim against Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited (Contractor) and Lendlease Construction Holdings (Europe) Limited (under a Parent Company Guarantee) in relation to a new build hospital in Cramlington which has multiple high value defects (including structural, M&E and fire related).
    • Acting for a financial institution following mortgage fraud and the professional negligence of its solicitors.

    Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 1

    Addleshaw Goddard’s dedicated commercial group provides ‘strong commercially focused advice, and demonstrates a keen willingness to get into the operational side of the business’, covering a varied range of high-value contract agreements. Leveraging its expertise across the retail, financial services, industrial and health sectors, the team recently advised Asda on the creation launch and roll out of its first customer loyalty reward scheme, and also assisted Volkswagen with its global joint venture with Ford Motor Company. Michael Lowry heads up the national team from Leeds, Jonathan Davey is a key contact in Manchester for retail and transport clients, and in London, David Berry focuses on technology, retail and financial services clients. Rachel Scott joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in mid-2022, and, at a junior level, managing associate Andrew Carter focuses on the transport sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Lowry

    Other key lawyers:

    Jonathan Davey; David Berry; Andrew Carter; Andrew Smith; Paul Bentham; Simon Lofthouse; Damon Rosamond–Lanzetta; Georgina Powling; Rachel Scott

    Testimonials

    ‘Pragmatic and practical advice demonstrating a good understanding of the underlying business drivers.’

    ‘Jonathan Davies was quick to understand the commercial drivers of the commercial contracts and ensure that advice balanced risk and reward.’

    ‘The Commercial Team at AG provide strong commercially focused advice, and demonstrate a keen willingness to get into the operational side of the business to help frame their advice.’

    ‘Paul Bentham is a solid operator who knows what questions to ask to get to the point.’

    ‘Excellent support from this team in assisting us with our contract transformation project. Very in depth knowledge of contract lifecycle management and the use of technology to improve the contracting process.’

    ‘Georgina Powling has been extremely helpful in assisting us with our contract transformation project, both in terms of delivering quality work but also sharing her in-depth knowledge in the area and insight from other businesses.’

    Key clients

    J. Carter Sporting Club Limited T/A Castore

    Volkswagen AG

    ASDA

    Britvic Soft Drinks Limited

    Dunhills (Pontefract) Plc, trading as Haribo

    GHA (Global Hotel Alliance)

    MedAccess Guarantee Limited

    Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Market Harborough Building Society (MHBS)

    Work highlights

    • Advising Volkswagen’s leading commercial advisers on its global joint venture with Ford Motor Company.
    • Advising Asda on the creation, launch and roll out of its first customer loyalty rewards scheme.
    • Supported Britvic with Project Optimus, which aims to revamp end-to-end contract creation, approval and management to prevent value leakage.

    Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 1

    The ‘highly responsive‘ and ‘technically excellent‘ team at Addleshaw Goddard works closely with dozens of FTSE 250-listed entities on a significant volume of corporate transactions, ranging from public takeovers to private equity-driven M&A. Under the leadership of the ‘outstandingChris Taylor, the sizeable team is noted for its capabilities in multi-jurisdictional matters, advising key domestic and foreign companies from the worlds of real estate, energy, consumer goods, gaming, and financial services. Taylor – who also heads up the Africa Business Group – is a key port of call for many of the firm’s emerging market-focused clients, with recent highlights including a number of joint ventures in the renewable power and infrastructure arenas. The corporate group fields a deep bench of talent that includes the likes of Nick Pearey, an expert in takeovers and ECM transactions; Simon Wood, a ‘completely dedicated’ mid-market M&A advisor; and senior partner Charles Penney, ‘an exceptionally safe pair of hands‘ who clients turn to for his deep knowledge of mainstream corporate finance. Turkey group head Elvan Hussein is praised for her capabilities in cross-border M&A, as well as her niche expertise in high-growth tech and fintech companies. Financial services sector co-chair Hugh Lauritsen is routinely sought out by numerous leading commercial banks for assistance in major strategic acquisitions and divestitures. Nordics-focused Ann Grewar joined the team from LOGOS legal services in September 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Yunus Seedat; Chris Taylor

    Testimonials

    Elvan Hussein provides clear and unambiguous advice and is focussed on ensuring delivery of the transaction. AG fielded a diverse team with a predominantly female deal team, which was excellent.’

    ‘The team is highly responsive, technically excellent, and competitive on price.’

    ‘Chris Taylor is outstanding. He is the strongest partner on our panel, and better than his magic circle equivalents.’

    ‘Addleshaw Goddard have a highly skilled and professional team. The depth and breadth of experience amongst the team makes them a formidable force in the M&A market. Their transparency in billing was a welcome surprise.’

    ‘Charles Penney is an exceptionally safe pair of hands. Charles uses his wide experience to make clients feel at ease.’

    ‘Simon Wood is completely dedicated to the job at hand. Having Simon on your team, you know you will win. Simon does not rest until he has success in his grasp.’

    ‘Jack Edwards is refreshingly down to earth to work with.’

    Key clients

    Rothermere Continuation Limited

    Sanne Group plc

    DP World

    Allied Irish Banks plc

    Recipharm

    Solarisbank AG

    BP

    NatWest

    Probo Medical

    Terra Firma

    Rathbone Brothers

    Bally’s Corporation

    Shareholders of Global Prime Partners Limited

    StoneX

    Egmont International Holdings Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Rothermere family on their successful £3bn reorganisation and takeover offer for Daily Mail and General Trust plc, the owners of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, MailOnline and Metro.
    • Advised DP World on their billion pound joint venture to establish an Africa investment platform with CDC, the UK’s development finance institution.
    • Advised Allied Irish Banks’ on its sale of it £600m SME banking business in Great Britain to Allica Bank.

    Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 1

    At Addleshaw Goddard, the well-known William Wastie heads a substantial and highly focused team of partners and experienced associates; clients cannot speak highly enough of its client handling skills and ‘unique strength‘. National and international clients are offered a comprehensive range of expertise in the legal and accountancy professions in addition to real estate and financial services industries. Wastie’s long experience spans large international mergers, strategic development, internal governance issues and complex partnership and LLP disputes. He also handles high-profile disciplinary investigations by regulators such as the SRA and FCA. Astor Crawshaw is also experienced in mergers and acquisitions and international structuring, including network/Verein structures. Jon Cheney has a focus on the financial services industry; he advises funds managers, private equity houses and wealth managers on the structuring, governance and internal arrangements of their businesses. Managing associate, Chris Hallinan has developed expertise in areas such as governance and constitutional issues, mergers and acquisitions, international regulatory and structuring, while fellow managing associate Jonathan Cakebread also has broad expertise. The firm is developing complementary practices; litigation funding advisory and as a consequence of Brexit, is taking a leading role on the recognition of international practitioners’ qualifications.

    Practice head(s):

    William Wastie

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Very approachable and pragmatic team, which exudes a calm confidence to put clients at ease. They know their stuff too – clearly experienced in partnership transactions and with a plain English approach, which appears to elude some other city firms.’

    ‘Jonathan Cakebread and Jon Cheney make a great team and are individually well suited to transactional work. Both are calm and cool under pressure, know their stuff and have a comforting bedside manner.’

    ‘Unique strength in breadth and depth. True experts in their field with a very good sized team which ensures responsiveness and an ability to deploy larger teams where matters need urgent attention.’

    Well connected with good knowledge of the wider commercial trends relevant to the sector.’

    ‘William Wastie, Partner – an elder statesman of partnership and LLP law; always accessible; really cares for clients and brings a depth of knowledge to the matters on which he advises.’

    Chris Hallinan, Managing Associate – we’ve known Chris since he was an associate and particularly value his skills in drafting and structuring partnership and LLP arrangements. Works incredibly hard and is always available.’

    ‘knowledgeable, highly pragmatic and great at taking a view’

    ‘Aster Crawshaw – all the qualities above very good at managing the different personalities and constituents.’

    Work highlights

      Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 1

      Praised as an ‘absolutely brilliant team working at the very top end of their game’, Addleshaw Goddard has a proven track record in mid-market private equity and continues to act for a range of buyout houses on both acquisitions and exits. In addition to its sponsor-side work, the practice also acts on the management side of deals including representing public companies. Yunus Seedat now serves as divisional head of corporate and commercial, with Mike Hinchliffe leading the private equity team. Graham Cross is another name to note in this space, with particular expertise handling deals involving financial services companies. Gemma Phillips was promoted to partner in May 2021. The London-based team works closely with its other offices around the UK, with Paul Medlicott in Manchester a particularly active partner in this area. The wider firm also continues to expand its presence in Europe, opening a Paris office in 2021 and a Dublin office in April 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Mike Hinchliffe

      Other key lawyers:

      Yunus Seedat; Graham Cross; Paul Medlicott; Gemma Philips; Marc Field; Nathan Pearce

      Testimonials

      ‘Absolutely brilliant team working at the very top end of their game.’

      Key clients

      Accel KKR

      CBPE

      ECI Partners

      Equistone Partners Europe

      H2 Equity Partners

      Inflexion Private Equity

      LDC

      Phoenix Equity Partners

      Synova Capital

      Terra Firma

      Work highlights

      • Advised Terra Firma on the acquisitions of Kier Living (now Tilia Homes) and Hopkins Homes.
      • Advised CBPE on its investment in Mindera.
      • Advised ECI Partners on the disposals of Edenhouse and CPOMS.

      Finance > Asset based lending Tier 1

      Led from London by Mike Davison and also able to draw upon considerable resources throught the North of England and Scotland, in particular, Addleshaw Goddard is well-positioned to provide cost-effective, ‘commercial, responsive and client-focused‘ advice to a lender-focused client base across the full spectrum of their ABL/receivables requirements. Recognised as a ‘market-leader in his field’, Davison’s versatility in the space is a particularly strong selling point to clients which appreciate his financing transactional smarts, as well as his advice on product development, as well as on their strategic corporate transactions in the space. Based out of the firm’s Manchester office, the ‘exceptional’ Harold Brako leverages his overarching finance litigation expertise and knowledge of the ABL product to provide an ‘excellent service’ to the firm’s impressive roster of clearing banks, independent funders (as well as for IPs) in the context of contentious work, including insolvency matters. Manchester-based legal director Lauren Priest-Stephens has excellent ties with lenders and borrowers in the North West market and has been taken on more of a concerted leadership role following the departure of Simon Prendergast to Dentons in February 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Mike Davison

      Other key lawyers:

      Anna Hodgson; Harold Brako; Andrew Fordham; Euan Cluness; Lauren Priest-Stephens; Peter Smartt

      Testimonials

      The team is commercial, responsive and client-focused.’

      Mike Davison is a market leader in his field.’

      Harold Brako is exceptional.’

      Key clients

      PNC Bank and PNC Business Credit

      BNP Paribas & BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Ltd

      Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance

      HSBC Bank PLC & HSBC Invoice Finance Limited

      FGI Finance LLC

      Breal Zeta Commercial Finance

      Bank Leumi & Leumi ABL Limited

      ABN Amro Asset Based FInance

      Close Brothers Group Plc & Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

      Omniveta DK Holdings ApS (and Group Companies)

      Advance Global Capital

      AIB Commercial Finance

      Metro Bank

      Blazehill Capital

      Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

      Addleshaw Goddard‘s team is well-equipped to oversee the full spectrum of retail and consumer matters; its expertise includes advertising and promotions regulatory advice, litigation, M&A and real estate issues. The team is headed up by Andrew Rosling and Rona Bar-Isaac. Rosling specialises in M&A deals with a focus on joint ventures and his clients include household names, while Bar-Isaac’s expertise includes market investigations and litigation. Georgina Powling is noted for her depth of knowledge in franchising, licensing and collaboration agreements. Another notable individual includes Sophie Taylor; she has a thorough understanding of international retail markets, particularly in China and South Asia, and can advise on the impact of digital trends on UK markets. Personnel changes include the arrival of Daniel Sweeney, the former deputy head of retail at TLT.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Rosling; Rona Bar-Isaac

      Key clients

      Boohoo

      Arla

      Entain

      Kraft Heinz

      PZ Cussons

      Samworth Brothers

      Symington’s

      The Co-operative Group

      JD Sports

      Associated British Foods

      Work highlights

      • Advised JD Sports Fashion on its accelerated bookbuild placing of new ordinary shares to raise gross proceeds of approximately £464.2m.
      • Advised Ted Baker on a franchise agreement for stores in England.

      Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 1

      Addleshaw Goddard‘s team advises clients on a spectrum of water-related issues, with particular focus on Ofwat’s new project finance model, the Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC). In addition to financing expertise, the firm supports clients with M&A and regulatory issues. Team leader David Shaw is a project finance specialist and has advised major clients including Anglian Water and United Utilities on DPC projects. He is assisted in such matters by newly promoted partner Philip Dupres. Rona Bar-Isaac is a competition and regulatory specialist, handling contentious and non-contentious matters, including CMA investigations. Associate Joanne Holbrook assists with matters of environmental compliance, regulatory investigations and civil claims.

      Practice head(s):

      David Shaw; Rona Bar-Isaac

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘They are very much our partner and trusted adviser, fully engaged with our debt recovery work, commercial litigation and wider business. They are our go-to firm with a deep insight into our business.’

      ‘Expert advice on water resource management planning, unrivalled in the industry.’

      ‘AG have immense gravitas when acting on our behalf, particularly with contentious matters. They really demonstrate an appreciation of the work we give them and the relationship we have. They have a wide breath of skills and knowledge so can provide a one-stop shop.’

      Key clients

      Affinity Water

      United Utilities

      Southern Water

      Anglian Water

      Castle Water

      South East Water

      Yorkshire Water

      Water Resources South East

      Work highlights

      • Advised United Utilities on its £1billion Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme.
      • Advised Anglian Water on the first project to be formally designated a DPC.
      • Advising Water Resources South East in their collaboration, development and legal assurance of a regional resilience plan for 2024.

      Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 1

      Addleshaw Goddard is considered ‘the pre-eminent and go-to lender law firm‘ in the social housing arena and, as such, acts for some of the country’s largest financial institutions, for whom the ‘approachable and available‘ team, headed by ‘sector expertLee Shankland-Gort, has recently been particularly active with regard to the transition of loans from LIBOR to SONIA. Jennie Chilton ‘always finds a solution to challenging issues‘ when advising on the securing of large housing portfolios for private placements, bond issues and bank lending. Debt capital markets expert Beth Collett is highlighted as ‘a renowned expert with regard to social housing bonds‘ and Steve Mackie is considered an ‘assured industry expert‘, in particular regarding debt transactions. Further key members of the team are ‘future leader in the sectorTom McHugh, ‘stand-outGeoff McGinley and partner Helen Hunter.

      Practice head(s):

      Lee Shankland-Gort

      Testimonials

      ‘Steve Mackie is a calm and assured industry expert. Tom McHugh is a future leader in the sector. Jennie Chilton is an industry leader with a great balance of technical and commercial acumen.’

      ‘We get a superlative level of support from the AG team, they really are my ‘go-to’ firm on all things Social Housing related. Aside from being head and shoulders from a sector knowledge perspective, they are approachable and available, willing to discuss the simple to the most complex of issues, true market leaders in their field.’

      ‘Lee Shankland-Gort and Steve Mackie: All eminently professional, hugely knowledgeable, always approachable and available. Very passionate about the sector and committed. Standout associate for me this year has been Tom McHugh, thinking outside of the box, tenacious, professional.’

      ‘Beth Collett is the best legal mind in the City and a renowned expert with regard to social housing bonds as well as the sector. Beth consistently looks beneath the surface and matters which might have caused issues down the line are dealt with at an early stage (even before issuer counsel has even realised there is an issue). She is well-respected by our clients for this reason. Her meticulous attention to detail is unrivalled.’

      ‘Jennie Chilton is the safest pair of hands on the property / security workstreams.’

      ‘Very strong Social Housing franchise with a reliable and open relationship with the bank. Really driving the sustainability agenda and ahead of their peers.’

      ‘Addleshaws is the pre-eminent and go-to lender law firm in the Housing Finance sector. The team there is knowledgeable, accessible and they make transactions seamless.’

      ‘Lee Shankland-Gort is without doubt the sector expert, and Geoff McGinley is a stand-out members of his team. They are incredibly knowledgeable and competent, and with them acting, we know the bank is in safe hands. They are also very proactive in managing the wider relationship, including providing sector/market update training sessions etc.’

      Key clients

      Barclays Bank

      The Royal Bank of Scotland / National Westminster Bank

      Santander

      Lloyds

      Clydesdale Bank

      HSBC Bank UK

      MUFG

      National Australia Bank Limited

      Nationwide Building Society

      ARA Venn

      Work highlights

      • Advised all 18 lenders on all aspects of the £11bn merger of Peabody and Catalyst (and the necessary consents under existing facility agreements). This involved advising the lenders on all aspects of the matter from advising each lender on the merger activity (and the necessary consents under existing facility agreements) to the amendments and/or restatements of existing facilities.
      • Advised ARA Venn on the establishment of precedent loan, finance and property security documentation for the £3bn Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme. Further acted on the first three debut loans made under the Scheme to B3 Living Limited, Vivid Housing Limited and Watford Community Housing Trust (totalling £265m from the initial £350m bond issuance).
      • Advised Banco Santander, S.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc, NatWest Markets Plc and SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd as Dealers and The Law Debenture Trust Corporation p.l.c. as Note Trustee and Security Trustee in relation to Stonewater Funding plc’s £1bn Note Programme.

      Transport > Rail Tier 1

      Led by Paul Hirst and Anna Heaton the team at Addleshaw Goddard has an ‘excellent knowledge of the rail sector and is highly experienced with an in-depth knowledge of the complexities involved in the sector and a clear grasp of the issues and challenges’. It is known for its considerable strength in depth across all aspects of the rail sector (infrastructure, operating franchises/concessions and rolling stock in both passenger and freight markets) and is regularly involved in high-profile national projects as well as local schemes that add value to the local and regional economy. Other core areas of expertise include advising public sector authorities on devolved rail schemes and it has a leading rail disputes practice too. There have been changes to the team at a senior level – Clive Smith is now at gunnercooke LLP, while Simon Gwynne has joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright and Rachel Scott is a new addition to the practice from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The team is praised for its ability to ‘provide risk-based advice, on time and in a personable manner’.

      Practice head(s):

      Paul Hirst; Anna Heaton

      Other key lawyers:

      Simon Gwynne; Rachel Scott; Ursula Gould; Ross Sandford; Andrew Carter; Cornelia Schaffer

      Testimonials

      ‘The team was responsive and very professional. They quickly became embedded in, and very much part of the project team. The team is strong on project finance issues so their expertise and general knowledge of the rail industry was key‘.

      ‘The AG Rail team has been a pleasure to work with – very easy to build a great ‘remote working’ relationship despite never having met in person. Top-drawer legal advice and analysis, delivered with a refreshing dose of clarity, frankness and good humour’.

      ‘Ursula Gould has been a delight to work with. Incredibly sharp and perceptive; fantastic command of the highly complex contracts she advises us on; able to explain very complicated issues in clear, simple, non-legal terms; always meets client’s needs with a smile’.

      ‘Ross Sandford has a calm and approachable manner coupled with in-depth industry knowledge and consistently provides reliable advice. Andrew Carter is capable with a sharp mind, able to quickly understand and advise on highly technical matters’.

      ‘A real can-do attitude and willingness to challenge and be challenged, in a friendly and open way. A really well balanced team with different skills, experiences and working styles, who complement each other well.’

      ‘Understanding of the relevant law, the firm has an exceptional understanding of the complexities of us as a client. The lawyers always respond speedily, constructively, clearly and explicitly to enquiries‘.

      ‘The key capabilities of the team are: strong depth of expertise from associate through to partner, ability to meet tight deadlines with quality advice and the ability to work across multiple jurisdictions whilst understanding local laws and customs’.

      ‘Paul Hirst for his specialist Rail industry knowledge and expertise. Always available and knows the client’s commercial drivers and pinch points’.

      Work highlights

      • Advised a key government department on the development and roll out of the new National Rail Contract (replacing franchise agreements).
      • Successfully defended a substantial company against a major challenge to the awarding of the £1.3 bn contract for the development of Old Oak Common Station.
      • Advised a major rail company on the leasing of circa 1,000 vehicles into the South Eastern network.

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

      Addleshaw Goddard offers major corporates across the North West and beyond leading expertise in three core areas: M&A, which is a focus for recognised practitioners George Danczak and Duncan Wilson; private equity, a specialism of Andrew Green; and PLC transactions, for which ‘exceptional operatorRoger Hart is particularly recommended. The team is also widely known for its stellar corporate real estate practice, in which Shelley McGivern is the key contact. Paul Medlicott oversees the much lauded department.

      Practice head(s):

      Paul Medlicott

      Testimonials

      ‘High-quality team – more than capable of advising on deals to the same standard as City firms, with the obvious costs benefits. For corporate clients, who need to deliver value in their businesses, the question is becoming why would I not instruct Addleshaw in Manchester on this deal, rather than why would I.’

      ‘Roger Hart is an exceptional operator.’

      ‘George Danczak – superb service from him and his team.’

      ‘Knowledgeable and reliable. Top quality.’

      ‘A strong knowledge of the process from start to finish with exceptional advice and hand holding throughout the complexities of the various work streams.’

      ‘Roger Hart and his team were exceptional throughout the entire process. I felt they were always available when needed and their work ethic was amongst the highest I have encountered. In all dealings, they were exceptionally calm, assured, communicating with us at all times in a very professional manner showing real maturity and empathy when required. I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm and the team to other companies contemplating a similar process.’

      Key clients

      JD Sports Fashion

      Co-op

      BT

      Currys

      Boohoo

      Manchester Airports Group

      National Grid

      PZ Cussons

      Moneysupermarket

      Work highlights

      • Advised Bruntwood Sci-Tech on its joint venture with the University of Manchester to deliver the £1.5bn innovation district known as ID Manchester.
      • Advised management on the sale of Huws Gray to Blackstone for £1.1bn.
      • Advised JD Sports Fashion on its £464m equity fundraising on the London Stock Exchange.

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

      The team at Addleshaw Goddard differentiates itself by offering real estate, private equity and share incentive tax specialists in collaboration with its Leeds and London offices. The firm’s international reach also ensures that it is regularly instructed to handle mandates at the intersection of domestic and non-UK tax mandates. Justine Delroy oversees the national practice, while Michael Hunter acts as the local department head. Legal director Catherine Concannon – whose broad workload spans advising on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and reorganisations of companies, as well as assisting with tax efficient structures for commercial operations – is another key contact.

      Practice head(s):

      Justine Delroy; Michael Hunter

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Co-operative Group

      Bruntwood

      LDC

      Abrdn plc

      JD Sports Fashion plc

      Inflexion

      Peel Group

      Phoenix Equity Partners

      Aviva Investors

      Federated Hermes

      Work highlights

      • Advised the Peel Group on the sale of 50%, and L&G of 100%, of their interests in Media City to Land Securities, and the joint venture between Peel and Land Securities for the continuing Media City business in a deal valued at £425.6m.
      • Advising Terra Firma on the £110m acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Kier Living.
      • Advising Par Equity on tax issues concerning the formation of a forestry fund on behalf of Aviva Investors.

      Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

      Addleshaw Goddard is noted for its expertise in high-profile disputes concerning major UK clearing banks, international financial institutions, challenger banks and other alternative providers within the fintech sector. The firm is particularly well regarded for its excellence in niche areas, including asset finance, regulated lending, and digital assets. ‘Stand-out operatorHarold Brako  – who is singled out by one client as a ‘real force in the industry‘ – heads up the practice. Legal director Helen Collinge and managing associate Ashlee Simms are also noted as ‘brilliant‘ supporting practitioners.

      Practice head(s):

      Harold Brako

      Other key lawyers:

      Helen Collinge; Ashlee Simms; Patricia Elder

      Testimonials

      ‘Great industry knowledge, very responsive.’

      ‘Harold Brako is a real force in the industry and has significant knowledge and expertise. In addition he’s always calm and measured.’

      ‘Highly knowledgeable, commercial awareness, quick to respond and provide advice.’

      ‘Very friendly, amenable and approachable. Harold Brako as partner leads the team with a first class approach.’

      ‘Addleshaw Goddard is unique in a way that they are very good at the complicated and more challenging cases – attention to detail and well explained advice is always apparent. Billing is always clear and concise. Communication between employees is always great as well.’

      ‘Harold Brako – affable and consummate professional. Approachable, well connected and discrete.’

      ‘Harold Brako leads with clear vision. He sees the bigger picture in a case, and so thinks several steps ahead. Harold’s approach is always practical and seasoned with commercial insight. Helen Collinge is extremely hardworking and thorough and is collaborative in her approach to resolving a case. Ashlee Simms is always on the ball and focuses on getting the job done well. She gets to the heart of a legal issue and its implications swiftly.’

      ‘Harold Brako is a stand-out operator. A strong lawyer with outstanding commercial skills and the ability to communicate effectively with clients. He is very ably supported by the brilliant Helen Collinge and Ashlee Sims.’

      Key clients

      Paragon Bank plc

      Aldermore Invoice Finance

      Seneca Trade Partners Limited

      Aldermore Bank

      Santander UK plc

      Amicus Asset Finance Limited

      Ultimate Finance Limited

      Bibby Financial Services Limited

      Praetura Asset Finance Limited

      Genser Energy Ghana Limited

      Röwer & Rüb GmbH

      Dell Bank Interntional d.a.c trading as Dell Financial Services

      Ultimate Finance Limited

      Goldcrest Finance Limited

      Elevar Finance SPV Photon LLC

      Reward Finance Group

      Kroll Advisory Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Representing Kroll Advisory in a £300m worldwide freezing injunctions claim against the directors of the Arena Television Group.
      • Representing Bibby Invoice Discounting before the Court of Appeal in a case which will have a significant impact on the ability to redact commercially sensitive information.
      • Representing Genser Energy Ghana in a $17.6m dispute stemming from the supply of propane gas in Ghana.

      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

      The ‘first rate‘ offering at Addleshaw Goddardtakes no prisoners and achieves outstanding results‘. The Manchester office is a hub for leading specialists, including Susan Garrett, who leads on technology and pensions disputes; ‘force of nature‘ Nicholas Ashcroft, who oversees business protection litigation; and competition claims expert Samantha Haigh, who made partner in May 2021. Haigh’s recent promotion was just the first in a series of team developments, which also included the recruitment of Catherine Radcliffe from Provenio Litigation in November 2021, and the internal move of Jean Boldero from the firm’s restructuring department. The group continues to demonstrate ‘the strength in depth to deal with the full spectrum of issues‘, with recommended practitioners ranging from seasoned ‘stand-outMark Molyneux to legal director Clare Dwyer, to managing associate Paul Rowley.

      Practice head(s):

      Susan Garrett; Nicholas Ashcroft

      Testimonials

      ‘It is an exceptional team. Regardless of whichever level of seniority, the service levels, technical knowledge and aptitude are top notch. They have the strength in depth to deal with the full spectrum of issues that may come across a litigator’s desk.’

      ‘Mark Molyneux – one of the stand-out litigators in the UK, in my opinion. It is easy to see how Mark has gone from strength to strength within Addleshaw Goddard’s practice. He is robust with his advice and is an excellent sounding board to navigate through potential potholes down the road. Samantha Haigh, like Mark, has really pushed on which has been recognised as she was made partner last year. She always brings a fresh and innovative thought process to issues and her ability to take ownership and deliver for her clients.’

      ‘A strong team of experienced litigators. They bring to their clients’ litigation thorough legal analysis and commercial common sense.’

      ‘Nicholas Ashcroft is excellent. Works hard and is always abreast of the detail, he treads the right line between robust advice and commercial pragmatism.’

      ‘The team is, as you would expect from a firm like AG, first rate and show excellent strengths in the key areas of practice: strategy, analysis, drafting, communication, negotiation and drive. They have a strength in depth which most other firms do not offer and, so, are able to switch in and switch out members of the team on jobs on a more or less seamless basis.’

      ‘The team I work with is headed by Mark Molyneux. His second in command is Victoria Pool. They have a great team ethos, they are all technically excellent and commercially aware. As a team they have few rivals in the market place.’

      ‘AG are an outstanding firm. The team is committed, takes no prisoners and achieves outstanding results. They will be commercial and think outside the box, too. Really experts in injunctive relief.’

      ‘Nicholas Ashcroft is a force of nature when it comes to disputes. Samantha Haigh is direct and totally committed to clients.’

      Key clients

      Accrol Group Holdings Plc

      Associated British Foods

      Britvic Plc

      CIS General Insurance Limited

      Co-op Group Limited

      Credico Marketing Limited

      Diageo plc

      Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank (TDB)

      Kroll Advisory Limited

      Road Haulage Association Limited

      Skanska Construction UK Limited

      Stroma Building Control Limited

      Tata Chemicals Europe Limited

      Toyota Material Handling UK Limited

      Trustees of the BT Rolatruc Limited Staff Life Assurance and Pension Scheme

      Tsemex Global Enterprise Plc and Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc

      Work highlights

      • Represented CIS General Insurance in its successful claim against IBM for delay and wrongful termination of a major IT contract for a new platform.
      • Acting for The Road Haulage Association, along with transport specialists Backhouse Jones, in a unique opt-in class action seeking to represent more than 15,000 class members and over £1bn in damages.
      • Acting for Credico Marketing in a business protection dispute concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenants in commercial trading agreements.

      Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

      Addleshaw Goddard receives mandates from major public and private limited UK companies related to all aspects of health and safety matters, including fire and building safety, inquests and inquires, and food and product safety. It also provides risk management reviews and health and safety compliance training. Practice head Erin Shoesmith leads a specialist public inquiries team covering three major public inquiries: the Grenfell, Manchester Arena, and Scottish Hospitals Inquiries. Of note, environmental and health and safety expert Stuart Wardlaw joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in July 2021, while environmental compliance and investigations legal director Julie Goulbourne joined from TLT in March 2021. Lisa McNeill and Priscilla Addo-Quaye made managing associate in September 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Erin Shoesmith

      Testimonials

      ‘Strong track record, talented roster and a winning record.’

      ‘Excellent team with a broad range of skills and the ability to act for clients across a number of sectors.’

      ‘Erin Shoesmith is an absolute star individual. At the top of her game. Priscilla Addo-Quaye is an intelligent and dedicated lawyer.’

      ‘The Addleshaw team is first class. A leading team in health and safety, they possess a breadth and depth of experience second to none. The team is phenomenally hardworking, adept at managing voluminous complex cases and is an absolute pleasure to work with. Addleshaw’s is without question the best firm when it comes to health and safety cases.’

      ‘Erin Shoesmith is a stand-out partner at Addleshaw’s. Erin’s intellect, judgement, focus, work ethic and ability to quickly master complex issues make her a formidable leading practitioner in health and safety law. Erin is an impressive lawyer who is highly respected by all with whom she works.’

      Priscilla Addo-Quaye is a stand-out name at Addleshaw’s. Priscilla is adept at managing very large teams on voluminous complex cases. Priscilla’s ability to quickly assess, understand and advise on difficult and novel issues is highly impressive. Priscilla is incredibly hardworking, a first rate lawyer who commands the respect of her colleagues, opponents and the court.’

      ‘Hugely impressive team with strong leadership from Erin Shoesmith.’

      ‘I rate Erin Shoesmith extremely highly. She is experienced and expert, calm and reassuring.’

      Key clients

      PGL Travel Limited

      Skanska UK Construction Limited

      Morrison Utility Services Limited

      Scottish Futures Trust

      Eddie Stobart Limited

      Travelodge Hotels Ltd

      Boohoo Group (including boohoo.com, PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal, MissPap, boohoo MAN, Karen Millen, Coast, Oasis, Warehouse, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton)

      Westbridge Furniture Designs Limited

      Joseph Ash Limited

      Asda Stores Limited

      Siemens Plc and Siemens Mobility UK Limited

      TI Midwood & Co Limited (Timco)

      Bestway Northern Limited

      Belfield Furnishings Limited

      B Braun Medical Limited

      BP

      British American Tobacco UK Limited

      Highlands and Islands Airport Limited

      Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

      Kibble Education and Care Centre

      Vision Express

      Victrex

      Work highlights

      • Advised on the Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena and the Scottish Hospitals Public Inquiries.
      • Acted for Eddie Stobart Limited in the defence of a HSE (Health & Safety Executive) prosecution arising out of the Control of Asbestos Regulations.

      Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

      Addleshaw Goddard‘s large Manchester finance team separates itself from many competitors via its breadth of expertise. In addition to offerings focused on corporate, leveraged, and project financing, it has two distinct sub-units dedicated to asset financing and asset-based lending. Andrew Maskill is particularly known for this work, representing a mix of domestic and international clients. It also serves on lending panels for a number of major regional lenders. While asset-based lending expert Simon Prendergast has joined Dentons’ London office, his role has already been filled by the recently promoted Lauren Priest-Stephens. Martin O’Shea leads the practice, with broad experience advising on real estate finance. Richard Oman has been heavily advised in a number of LIBOR transition matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Martin O’Shea

      Other key lawyers:

      Andrew Maskill; Lauren Priest-Stephens; Richard Oman; Ben Edwards; Sarah Jay

      Testimonials

      ‘Richard Oman is the individual we use the most and we have worked a lot with Sarah Jay. As a team, they’ve been excellent. They’ve always been able to draw on what is a very deep team whenever they’ve needed to.’

      ‘Addleshaw Goddard delivered a highly innovative and technology-driven solution.’

      ‘The depth and breadth of Addleshaw Goddard’s banking team is what sets them apart from their peers outside London.’

      ‘Quick, adaptable and responsive.’

      Key clients

      COFCO International (HK) Limited

      Virgin Money

      Vita Group

      Barclays Bank PLC

      MoneySuperMarket.com Group plc

      Speedy Hire PLC

      Greater Manchester Combined Authority

      Crescent Capital Group LP

      NCC Group PLC

      National Westminster Bank Plc

      Work highlights

        Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

        One of the go-to insolvency practices in the North West, Addleshaw Goddard‘s team is known for its work advising major banks and companies on their restructuring and insolvency matters. Its distressed real estate arm, led by legal director John Duffy, is particularly well regarded for its advice on property-related restructurings. Distressed acquisitions and contentious services round out the team’s overall offering. Ged Barnes and Tim Taylor lead the team from Manchester. Both advise on non-contentious matters, with an emphasis on distressed acquisitions and investments. Recently promoted partner Sarah Foster is also recommended for her significant experience with retail insolvencies.

        Practice head(s):

        Ged Barnes; Tim Taylor

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The principal members of the team who have assisted me have been constant throughout a long-running matter. They clearly have a strong and positive working relationship, which makes working with them easy. They have a lot of experience in the field and provide sensible and commercial advice. They understand what the client wants and make the client feel valued.’

        ‘The Addleshaw Goddard team are extremely responsive to any requests with excellent turnaround times when speed is of the essence on transactions. The advice received is also extremely commercial in providing their advice against challenging circumstances and timescales.’

        Key clients

        HSBC UK Bank plc

        PWC

        EY LLP

        Teneo Financial Advisory Limited

        Interpath Ltd

        Grant Thornton UK LLP

        FRP Advisory LLP

        Endless LLP

        The HLD Group

        Avison Young

        Elaine Millar, Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

        Kroll Limited

        Alvarez & Marsal

        Svella Plc

        Solutions 30 UK Services Limited

        Route Finance

        JD Sports Fashion plc

        Work highlights

        • Advising Kroll Limited as administrators of Arena Television.
        • Acted for Svella PLC in its “pre-pack” purchase of the telecommunications, plant hire, transport and accommodation divisions of NMCN PLC.
        • Acted for Route in the appointment of Quantuma as administrators of One Islington Plaza Limited.

        Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

        Addleshaw Goddard advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, trusts, and families on matters such as succession planning, international business-related mandates, and complex tax issues. Based in Manchester, Yorke Eaton is noted for his expertise regarding complex trust issues and capital tax planning advice. Pervinder Kaur leads the private capital team in Leeds and is a key contact for clients with private company interests or substantial assets, while legal director Laura Woffinden focuses on complex probate and trust advice. Consultant Jane Shaw joined from Pannone Corporate LLP in May 2021 and covers wills, trusts, and estates planning law, particularly involving overseas assets.

        Practice head(s):

        Yorke Eaton; Pervinder Kaur

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The most important benefit of dealing with the team at Addleshaw Goddard is their ability to translate complex issues into language the client understands. They remain in contact with the client (and other professionals!) for as long as is needed and their willingness to help out is second to none…even if they are unlikely to benefit.’

        ‘Yorke Eaton is, in my humble opinion, the most engaging and knowledgeable of the private client lawyers in the North. His personality makes him immediately approachable and his knowledge and ability to relate to clients of all wealth sets him part.’

        ‘We have worked very closely with Yorke Eaton and Polly Bradley and they have been super approachable and extremely efficient in ensuring that we have measures and structures in place that are the right fit for us and future generations. The key qualities I’ve identified and appreciated are am emotional intelligence containing warmth, approachability, calmness, clarity and an ability to understand the range of personalities within one family unit. We expect legal excellence of course, but the difference that makes the difference is attitude and approach.’

        Work highlights

        • Advised entrepreneurial clients on pre- and post-sale planning and management of succession for both business and family.
        • Advised on the transfer of a significant book of trusteeships from one professional trustee to another, including negotiation of contractual arrangements for transfer of the trust business and subsequent practical advice in respect of ongoing trust administration and transfer of trust assets.
        • Advised the trustees of high-value, complex family trusts on ongoing trust management and trustee duties, including the provision of trust administration services.

        Public sector > Health Tier 1

        The practice at Addleshaw Goddard continues to support clients throughout Covid-related challenges, drawing on sub-specialisms in public sector and health infrastructure, social and long-term care as well as life sciences and private healthcare. The team stands out for its growing private equity healthcare practice. Co-heading the team are Michael O’Connor and managing associate Stephanie Townley, the former has expertise in NHS commercial transactions, while the latter leads health infrastructure and public sector matters. Andrew Pettinger is experienced in handling public-private partnerships and PFI projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Michael O’Connor; Stephanie Townley

        Other key lawyers:

        Andrew Pettinger

        Testimonials

        Stephanie Townley, Managing Associate: was the key relationship for the project and I was very pleased with her performance. Her way of working helped to diffuse some difficult situations between the Trust and the subsidiary and I would pick this out as a considerable strength in her approach.

        Michael O’Connor, Partner: also provided some essential support at various important decision stages. Mike’s strengths are clearly his considerable range of knowledge on the subject matter and his ability to be very incisive in identifying potential risks and mitigating actions.

        ‘We have worked closely with the team for a number of years which means they have a deep understanding of our projects and are able to provide practical legal and commercial support. The benefit of this relationship over a long period is they have a breadth of the history related to the project.’

        ‘The AG team are health care sector experts with long experience of acting for health sector clients including leading pharmaceutical producers. The long-standing nature of their relationships mean that they really know their clients and their knowledge of the regulatory environment is particularly impressive.’

        ‘The AG team are health care sector experts with long experience of acting for health sector clients including leading pharmaceutical producers. The long-standing nature of their relationships mean that they really know their clients and their knowledge of the regulatory environment is particularly impressive.’

        ‘This is an outstanding team with a high level of technical knowledge. They are client focused and do what is right for the business rather than fee-centred. They are professional and but also very personable and easy to work with.’

        ‘Responsive, knowledgeable and proficient.’

        ‘Go the extra mile with providing networking opportunities and sending relevant briefings.’

        Key clients

        GlaxoSmithKline

        Genedrive Plc

        GEN inCode UK Limited

        Yourgene Health plc

        Shawbrook Bank Ltd

        Coutts & Co

        Step Springfield Village Limited

        Maco Pharma S.A.S

        Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

        Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

        Infrared Capital Partners Limited and HCP Limited

        Celesio (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group)

        Assura Medical

        Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

        NHS Improvement

        Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

        University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

        NHS Business Services Authority

        Serco Limited

        Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

        Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

        Thermo Fisher Scientific

        Clinigen Group Plc

        North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

        Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

        GB Partnerships

        Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

        Fulcrum

        Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

        YTHFML

        D-Hive

        First Option Healthcare

        Work highlights

        • Working with the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on a review of its subsidiary arrangements, with a view to establishing commercial subsidiary entities for the Trust in the UK and the GCC (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) to house its private patient activities. Worked cross-team to advise the Trust on the NHS- specific issues (such as powers, consents, approvals and liaison with the regulator (NHS England & Improvement)
        • Engaged to rewrite, design and automate GlaxoSmithKline inc.’s entire suite (circa 200) of commercial templates including those for general services, supply chain, technology, R&D, clinical trials and material transfers that were robust and flexible enough to work for US and UK jurisdictions.

        Public sector > Local government Tier 1

        The team at Addleshaw Goddard regularly handles transactions and supports local authorities on public infrastructure issues, from transport-related matters to affordable housing projects. It is noted for its expertise in private-public partnership arrangements and its broad experience of complex procurement matters. Practice co-head Andrew Pettinger is experienced in infrastructure, outsourcing and commercial transactions involving local government bodies, while co-head Michael O’Connor is knowledgeable about public, private and project finance transactions. Sara Gilmore specializes in local infrastructure and partnerships arrangements.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Pettinger; Michael O’Connor

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        West Midlands Combined Authority

        Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

        Manchester City Council

        Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

        Cumbria County Council

        Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

        Burnley Borough Council

        Cheshire West & Chester Council

        York City Council

        Luton Borough Council

        Reading Borough Council

        Derby City Council

        Somerset County Council

        Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

        City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

        Salford City Council

        City of Stoke Council

        Connexin Limited

        Warrington Borough Council

        Kirklees Council

        Greater London Authority / Transport for London

        Merseytravel/Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

        Work highlights

        • Advised the Greater London Authority on a very significant procurement for the retrofit of existing public housing with net zero carbon solutions. This evidences expertise on innovative procurement structures and the green agenda.
        • Advised a Borough Council on a secondary IT outsourcing involving the disaggregation of the existing service provision and a new procurement for a new Partner. This evidences knowledge of how to deal with complex procurement issues and the delivery of service (including IT) contracts that are critical to local government operations.

        Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 1

        The Manchester commercial property team at Addleshaw Goddard provides a full service offering, handling some of the region's most prominent real estate matters. Peter Kershaw heads up the practice and is active across all sectors. Lucy Butterworth is praised for going 'the extra mile' when advising on build to rent and student accomodation deals. Experienced real estate transaction lawyers Patrick Duffy and Catherine Fearnhead regularly lead on key deals. Daniel Sweeney recently joined the team from TLT, bringing a wealth of experience in the retail and leisure sectors. Other key practitioners include Vicky Niescier and legal director Emma Tonge.

        Practice head(s):

        Peter Kershaw

        Other key lawyers:

        Lucy Butterworth; Vicky Niescier; Catherine Fearnhead; Patrick Duffy; Daniel Sweeney; Robin Warburton; Emma Tonge

        Testimonials

        ‘The team is very conscientious, hard working and excellent in their drafting, understanding and explanations of the complexities involved in development transactions and the statutory and regulatory controls on us as their client.’

        ‘Entrepreneurial, commercial, collaborative, keen to align and understand clients needs and business. Very good at value add initiatives and wider business collaborations.’

        ‘Lucy Butterworth will go the extra mile.’

        Key clients

        abrdn

        Access to Music

        AIMS Investments

        Allied London

        Aviva Investors

        Basil House Property Ltd

        Batleys Properties Limited

        Beech Brooklands Limited

        boohoo.com

        Bowrovia Estates 2020 Limited

        British Land

        Bruntwood Group of Companies

        Canal & River Trust

        Cole Waterhouse /Priestley Family

        Co-operative Group of Companies

        Crossfield Developments/Crossfield Group

        Debenhams

        De la Rue Plc

        Denton Associates

        Deloitte & Touch LLP

        Drive Energi Limited

        DP World London Gateway Group of Companies

        Enitial Limited & Meritas Scientific Holdings Limited

        Federated Hermes

        Findon Homes

        First Investments – REM Group of Companies

        Gladman Developments

        Gravity Media (UK) Limited

        Greater Manchester Pension Fund

        Grove Crescent Stratford Limited

        Hallam Land

        Hermes Wellington Place Site 1 Nominee

        Hollins Strategic Land

        Hurstwood Properties

        HPREF I Konect Investments S.A.R.L

        Ifor Williams Trailers / IWT Holdings Limited

        InterSystems

        JD Sports Fashion plc

        Liberty Charge Limited

        London Cyrenians Housing Limited

        Lookers plc

        MGH Card LLP

        Manacor (Jersey) Ltd & Manacor Nominees (Jersey) Ltd (KWAP)

        Mapeley Group of Companies

        Maple Grove Developments

        Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited

        Miller Group of Companies

        Mobile Data Systems International LTD

        Moonpig.Com

        Morning Foods

        Muse Developments

        National Grid Group of Companies

        National Tyre Service Group

        Nationwide Building Society

        Network Rail

        Northern Trust Group of Companies

        One Heritage Plc Group of Companies

        OCS Group of Companies

        Park Moor Farm

        Peel Cubico Renewables Limited

        Peel Group of Companies

        Peveril Securities Limited

        Pinebridge Estates Limited

        Pochin Midpoint Limited

        Popeyes Chicken UK

        Preston City Council

        Prologis Group of Companies

        Purepay Retail Limited (trading as Peacocks, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Bon Marche)

        Public Sector Plc Group of Companies

        Redsun Group of Companies

        Regener8 Power Limited

        SGN Group of Companies

        SSE Group of Companies

        Salford City Council

        Santander

        Scunthorpe Properties Limited and Crossway Park Limited

        Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

        Stroma Specialist Access Limited

        Swansway Garages

        Sunhart Ltd

        Telereal Trillium

        Tim Horton’s

        Thesleff Hospitality Group

        Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

        Trustees of the Sidney Vaughan Gaskell Will Trust

        T.R Ventures Limited

        UK Biobank

        UK PRS Fund

        Vincent Limited

        Vision Express

        Vue Entertainment

        Wasabi Co Limited

        Watkin Jones PLC

        Workspace Group PLC

        Zerum Consulting

        Work highlights

        • Acting on the sale of the 37 acre creative, media, digital and tech hub known as MediaCityUK in Salford, Manchester.
        • Acting for Bruntwood SciTech in relation to Birmingham Health Innovation Campus, which is being delivered (pursuant to a 10-year masterplan) through a collaboration between The University of Birmingham (as landowner) and Bruntwood SciTech (as developer and investor).
        • Advised Standard Life Investments Property Holdings Limited on the acquisition and forward funding of the Glass Futures site in St Helens, a centre of excellence to make glass the low carbon, sustainable material of choice.

        Real estate > Construction Tier 1

        The construction and engineering team at Addleshaw Goddard has considerable expertise in contracts for engineering schemes and infrastructure - including energy and utilities - regeneration, and development. National practice head Nancy McGuire leads on non-contentious matters with a specialism in non-procurement strategies and the delivery of complex infrastructure projects. Paul O’Kane has expertise in risk and contentious matters, and practicing arbitrator Andrew Greaves assists with transport matters with a focus on the Middle Eastern market. Jonathan Tattersall  continues to handle energy and infrastructure disputes, often supported by legal director Philip Withey who regularly advises on domestic PFI and foreign PPP disputes.

        Practice head(s):

        Nancy McGuire

        Other key lawyers:

        Jonathan Tattersall; Andrew Greaves; Paul O’Kane; Philip Withey

        Testimonials

        ‘The team always provides high quality and commercial advice when needed.’

        ‘Nancy McGuire takes a pragmatic approach when providing construction advice and knows how to get straight to the issue at hand.’

        ‘A very strong team with experience domestically and internationally. Considerable experience of PFI projects, disputes arising out of the Middle East and UK litigation/adjudication. Very user friendly, approachable and down-to-earth. A pleasure to work with.’

        ‘Jonathan Tattersall always plays it with a straight bat, commercial, knowledgeable and a great leader of his team.’

        ‘Philip Withey – a very solid lawyer, user friendly, approachable and pragmatic.’

        ‘Clear, considered advice to clients. Attentive to people’s needs and put the client first. Very important’

        ‘Andrew Greaves is excellent.’

        Key clients

        Hermes/MEPC

        Bruntwood

        West Midland Combined Authority

        Moda Living

        Allied London

        Tritax Symmetry group companies (separate group company for each development)

        Alumno Group

        Vita Group

        DunnCox (Jamaican law firm acting for Mexican client)

        MB Bermondsey (Guernsey) Limited

        UK Parliament

        Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

        Liverpool John Moores University

        Select Property Group

        BT

        Far East Consortium

        Manchester Metropolitan University

        Manhattan Loft Corporation

        Watkin Jones Plc

        Work highlights

        • Advising Bruntwood on its £1.5 billion development of an innovation district – ID Manchester, is spread across four million square feet.
        • Advising Moda Living and Far East Corporation (FEC) on residential schemes both within the PRS sector and for private sale.
        • Advising Allied London on its re-development of the London Road Fire Station in Manchester and also in relation to its £1 billion development within central Manchester at St John’s.

        Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

        Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘exceptional strength in depth‘ ensures that the group is able to expertly handle the most notable contentious, including both civil and criminal cases, and advisory mandates across the UK and around the world. ‘Absolute starEmily Williams heads up the planning and infrastructure consenting side of the practice, while Michelle Headridge leads the environment and sustainability offering. The ‘fantastic team‘ recently cemented its strength even further with the recruitments of Stuart Wardlaw – former head of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s regulatory and environment practice – and legal director Julie Goulbourne – an ex-Environment Agency lawyer.

        Practice head(s):

        Emily Williams; Michelle Headrige

        Testimonials

        ‘The service a client gets is that of efficiency and flexibility as well as being nimble when the situation requires. Overall excellence.’

        ‘Emily Williams is a stand out performer in this firm in respect of her planning and environmental field. She is particularly notable for her judicial review experience and her ability to assist clients as well as being an excellent facilitator to barristers and their work. She is both highly proficient and immensely hardworking. She has a no-nonsense attitude and is brilliant when under pressure. An absolute star.’

        ‘Emily Williams is a lynchpin of the Planning and Environment Practice of Addleshaw Goddard. She is my go-to when planning becomes litigious.’

        ‘They have exceptional strength in depth, always working towards the client’s requirements with interaction across their skill sets to ensure they always provide good and appropriate advice. They have always worked with a commercial attitude to get deals done whilst ensuring our needs and requirements are meet, with clear advice on legal matters and commercial decisions.’

        ‘Emily Williams is outstanding. She has in-depth knowledge and experience of planning related litigation. She is a superb solicitor, organising large and complex teams for planning inquiries. Easy with clients and fun to work with!’

        ‘Michelle Headrige and her team have provided excellent support on all environmental matters.’

        ‘Emily Williams is first class. She combines in depth knowledge of court procedure and process with considered tactical advice.’

        ‘Michelle Headrige has built up a fantastic team around her matching her skills in communication, knowledge and ability to translate complex messages into straightforward actions for a client.’

        Key clients

        Affinity Water

        Southern Water Services Limited

        Water Resources South East

        Anglian Water Group

        South East Water Limited

        Threadneedle Investments

        Aberdeen Standard

        British Land

        BP Oil UK Limited

        National Grid Group

        Travelodge Hotels Limited

        Diageo PLC

        Primark

        Venator

        SGN

        Tradebe Inutec

        Qatar Rail

        British Sugar

        Next plc

        Romal Capital Limited

        PGL Travel Limited

        British Land Ealing Limited

        Kettley International Limited

        Taracove Limited

        Gladman Developments Limited

        Aggregate Industries UK Limited

        Pocket Living Limited

        Terra Firma Investments Limited

        Manchester Metropolitan University

        Admiral Taverns Limited

        Dandara Limited

        Miller Developments Limited

        Pochin Goodman (Northern Gateway) Limited

        Hollins Strategic Land

        Hollins Homes Limited

        Rosconn Strategic Land

        Hallam Land Management Limited

        Saloria Investments Limited

        ColeWaterhouse /Priestley Family

        Oakmere Homes Limited

        The Strategic Land Group

        MGH Card

        Morning Foods

        Gladstone Road Exeter Limited

        Bruntwood Group of Companies

        Telereal Trillium

        Satnam Investments

        Watkin Jones Group

        Work highlights

        • Advised both Anglian Water and United Utilities on their strategic resource projects procured under Ofwat’s DPC Model – namely United Utilities’ approximately £1bn Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Project and Anglian Water’s £300m Middlegate treatment and transfer scheme.
        • Representing Next in its planning appeal concerning a refused planning application for the development of a 57,000sqm logistics warehouse with an integrated photo studio in Waltham Abbey, Essex.
        • Representing Romal Capital in its planning appeal concerning the non-determination of a planning application for a mixed-use residential-led waterfront scheme at Liverpool Waters.

        Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

        Addleshaw Goddard's 'outstanding property litigation team' regularly advise some of the nation's largest institutional investors, high-profile retail and leisure tenants, and financial institutions. 'First class litigator' Chris Perrin has a track record of cases in the Supreme Court, while Charles Jagger is an insolvency and professional negligence litigation expert with extensive expertise acting for corporate occupiers. Legal director Andy Feehan leads on major property management and right to light matters, while the 'extremely diligent and conscientious' Patricia Love has particular strengths in insolvency litigation and mixed use developments. The practice is headed up by Julie Middlemass in Leeds.

        Practice head(s):

        Julie Middlemass

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Andy Feehan is approachable, diligent and commercial. It is a pleasure working with Andy and his team on the many and varied litigation matters I currently have ongoing.’

        ‘The team are focused on the best outcome for the client. I have always found them extremely easy to deal with and quick to give practical, insightful advice. There is no pretension about this team and they demonstrate a clear understanding of our commercial objectives.’

        ‘Consistently excellent service provided to clients. A strong team with a depth of resource and experience to cover all potential issues.’

        ‘Patricia Love is extremely diligent and conscientious in her approach. No stone is left unturned in preparation for hearings and deadlines. Her advice is measured and practical. Easy to work with.’

        ‘The Addleshaw Manchester team is hugely experienced in all areas of property litigation. They are knowledgeable and yet down to earth and practical.’

        ‘Chris Perrin is a first class litigator. He knows his law and he applies it correctly. He is down to earth and commercial. He has a strong understanding as to the commercial needs of the client and how far a case has to be pushed in order to obtain those aims.

        ‘It is an outstanding property litigation team because of its depth of talent; from trainee to senior partner, everyone you deal with blends technical competence with pragmatic – at times, robust client-handling skills. They are just a very reassuring team to have behind you.’

        ‘Charles Jagger is excellent: very knowledgeable on both the substantive and procedural law, but also pragmatic, response, and friendly. His qualities typify the strengths of the team.’

        Key clients

        abrdn

        Bruntwood Group of Companies

        Co-operative Group

        Hillview Group

        Mapeley Estates

        Marks and Spencer

        Network Rail

        Santander UK Plc

        Property Alliance Group

        Vue Cinemas

        Work highlights

        • Acting for Hurstwood and Property Alliance Group in relation to a long running claim for historic business rates (claims issued in 2017). Successfully striking out 2 out of 3 grounds of claim.
        • Acting for CarVal Investors assuming conduct of over 100 lease renewal claims (single landlord/single tenant following a sale and leaseback portfolio) and managing the matters through to a series of batched trials.
        • Advised various landlords and a few tenants on the property aspects of various schemes to replace cladding on tall buildings (i.e. Grenfell issues) and deal with landlord and tenant issues.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

        Addleshaw Goddard’s full service intellectual property team handles work across the practice area, including IP portfolio management, contentious and non-contentious IP. The department advises clients within the retail and consumer, financial services and energy sectors. Paul Bentham leads the team, handling a broad range of intellectual property matters whilst also heading up the firm’s brands and designs group. James Whittaker focuses on the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights. Legal director Nadine Waters handles the full scope of non-contentious intellectual property issues, often in the context of corporate and finance transactions.

        Practice head(s):

        Paul Bentham

        Other key lawyers:

        James Whittaker; Nadine Waters; Andrew Bayley

        Testimonials

        ‘Consistently the strongest non-contentious IP team in the North West – they act for a fantastic range of clients, from FTSE100’s to leading-edge inventors, government to top high street brands, high tech to manufacturing.’

        ‘Paul Bentham has experience in spades, he has brokered some of the most important and complex IP deals over the last 30 years. A genuine star, consistent and completely reliable to achieve the best client outcomes.’

        ‘An all round professional approach conducted in a timely manner – nothing seems too much trouble and everything is dealt with to the highest standard. ’

        ‘James Whittaker’s thoroughness and intellectual might have been outstanding. His calm and persistent approach has reaped dividends for us.’

        Key clients

        The Co-operative Group Limited

        PZ Cussons plc

        Moneysupermarket

        Harrods

        Samworth Brothers Group

        Associated British Foods plc

        Travelodge Hotels

        Lakeland Limited

        William Hill

        BooHoo Group Plc

        Work highlights

        • Managed the trade mark portfolios of a range of companies, including Harrrods, Kickers, Travelodge Hotels and many others.
        • Supported the premium sportswear brand, Castore, on numerous matters this year, as it has sought to grow its brand through the entry into sponsorship and apparel supply agreements with an exciting mix of sports teams, governing bodies and athletes.
        • Acted for Nichebox, owner of the luxury Clive Christian perfume brand, in an ongoing IP dispute with Clive Christian Furniture Limited (CCF), a former group company.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

        Addleshaw Goddard acts for purchasers of IT solutions on large-scale projects in the financial services, retail, manufacturing, transport and public sectors. The practice offers expertise in cloud matters, enterprise resource planning, AI and telecoms. Practice head James Whittaker handles technology outsourcing arrangements, with a particular specialism in SAP and Oracle software. Paul Bentham advises on major systems implementations, whereas Phil McGough  deals with global licensing arrangements and IT infrastructure agreements. Legal director Nadine Waters works on complex IT and outsourcing projects. Claire Edwards joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        James Whittaker

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Consistently the strongest IT team in the North West, and a significant national player. A leading-edge expertise on the application of AI to legal services, and always delivers on high-profile, complex IT and outsourcing projects.’

        ‘James Whittaker, Paul Bentham, Phil McGough and Nadine Waters are all fantastic “go-to” lawyers.’

        ‘Nadine Waters is very practical and pragmatic, ensuring that the key risks to our business are covered, but also not focusing in on low risk points.’

        ‘The team are down to earth, pragmatic, and focused on risk. They are trusted partners that now know our business, and our approach, very well, which frees up the inhouse legal team’s time. I would definitely recommend them for IT work.’

        ‘This team is highly responsive and excellent at quickly understanding a business’ culture, strategy and goals.’

        Key clients

        The Co-operative Group Limited

        Reckitt Benckiser plc

        Smart DCC Limited (t/a Smart DCC)

        Bruntwood Group of companies

        PZ Cussons plc

        McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

        ASDA Stores Limited

        Matalan

        Diageo Group Plc

        United Utilities

        Work highlights

        • Acted for CIS General Insurance Limited (CISGIL) in its successful claim against IBM for delay and wrongful termination of a major IT contract for a new IT platform.
        • Advised NFU Mutual on a strategic agreement with Risk Solved Limited for a new SaaS risk management solution and associated hosting and support services.
        • Acted for JDW in an IT dispute with Welcom Digital Limited (WDL), a software provider.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

        Addleshaw Goddard is recognised for its advertising and marketing practice, which acts for a large portfolio of major brands and corporate clients. The team has recently undertaken more work on the digital side of advertising and media buying, including content verification and click through metrics. Practice head James Whittaker advises on a range of issues, including agency agreements, sponsorships and advertising and market copy clearances. Jonathan Davey  specialises in commercial contracts while associate Hayley Anderson works on advertising rules around green claims.

        Practice head(s):

        James Whittaker

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The team has provided invaluable advice in relation to our media suppliers and contracts, as well as on a range of other consumer facing issues.’

        ‘James Whittaker has provided excellent advice on media and commercial issues – he always take a practical and commercial approach which is key!’

        Key clients

        Egmont International Holding A/S, a Danish incorporated company

        J. Carter Sporting Club Limited T/A Castore

        Bally’s Corporation

        Sumo Group Plc

        Team17 Group Plc

        Asda

        Hankook Tire & Technology

        Work highlights

          North West > Transport Tier 1

          Addleshaw Goddard is heavily involved across all aspects of the transport sector, and remains a key name in rail franchising/concessions. It continues to provide leading expertise in structuring transport-based asset finance schemes, and has seen considerable growth in a range of areas including urban transit schemes, freight and logistics, stations development, transport led regeneration and airports. It also offers market leading rail disputes and regulatory knowledge. Paul Hirst heads the team, specialising in transport infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises, and rolling stock procurements. Sara Gilmore  is part of the projects team and has experience with bus reform, whilst Michael Rainey heads the procurement team. Ursula Gould has extensive experience in transport projects, as well as negotiating arrangements with other bodies on transport schemes.

          Practice head(s):

          Paul Hirst; Sara Gilmore; Michael Rainey

          Testimonials

          ‘Deep and practical transport sector knowledge, including great detail around bus enhanced partnership and regulation. I consider them to lead the sector in this area.’

          ‘Sara Gilmore is approachable, knowledgeable and pragmatic, with a significant sector knowledge and a great way with clients.’

          Key clients

          Prologis Group Companies

          VTG Rail UK Limited

          London Luton Airport Limited

          Eversholt Rail

          Rail Operations Group Limited (“ROG”)

          Department for Transport

          High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

          Volkswagen AG

          Greater London Authority / Transport for London

          West Yorkshire Combined Authority

          West Midlands Combined Authority

          Hitachi Rail Limited

          MerseyTravel

          Manchester Airport Group

          HS1 Limited

          Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

          Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

          Ove Arup & Partners

          SMBC

          DB Cargo

          Sealink Travel Group

          Transport for Greater Manchester

          The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

          Associated British Ports Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised the Department for Transport on the development and roll out of the new National Rail Contract (replacing franchise agreements).
          • Advising West Midlands Combined Authority in relation to its bus franchising assessment.
          • Advising GMCA and Stockport Council in relation to the regeneration of the Stockport Interchange bus station including a residential PRS scheme.

          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

          Addleshaw Goddard benefits from a broad domestic and international network, allowing it to act on a plethora of local, UK-wide and cross-border restructuring mandates. Practice head Jamie McIntosh caters to UK clearing banks, leading Scottish insolvency practitioners and distressed companies alike, acting on the full array of insolvency, turnaround and corporate restructuring mandates; he is supported by Tim Cooper, a specialist in contentious, bank-led distressed turnaround and distressed acquisition matters, as well as Addi Spiers, a go-to for distressed real estate. Beyond partner level, director Emma Widdowson is a key contact for corporate restructuring meanwhile managing associate Kirsten Fulton-Fleming is forging a notable reputation for her global investigation, exit strategy and recovery work.

          Practice head(s):

          Jamie McIntosh

          Testimonials

          ‘Personal service with a team that are responsive and offer sound advice. I’m always confident our matters are in safe hands working with Addleshaw Goddard and we look forward to building our portfolio with them.’

          ‘Tim Cooper has provided dedicated and exceptional specialist legal advice but also takes on a commercial angle which is key for us and our business. He continues to be our key point of contact and our go to partner for Scottish matters.’

          ‘Very capable legal firm with a hugely experienced team in all aspects of property, banking and commercial law. A go-to firm when you need complex legal advice.’

          ‘International reach is beneficial.’

          ‘Good understanding and awareness of client’s position and options, allowing for a fully aligned approach to situations.’

          ‘The regional teams are amongst the largest in our market and they work seamlessly across offices and with other service lines. What really stands out is the high quality and flexibility across the practice. They are very easy to get along and work with which makes often challenging situations much easier to navigate.’

          ‘Jamie McIntosh is a great operator, combining technical expertise with a calm and easy manner – really great to work with.’

          ‘The team is partner driven and senior support is always available. I find that the team’s ability to work seamlessly with each other and pull in support for certain specific areas to provide comfort for a transaction is extremely beneficial, for example pensions advice.’

          Key clients

          Lloyds Banking Group

          The Royal Bank Of Scotland / NatWest

          Santander Bank

          Clydesdale Bank PLC/ Virgin Money

          HSBC

          Barclays Bank plc

          Interpath Limited

          OakNorth Bank plc

          Cable Capital Partners Limited

          Scottish Enterprise

          Work highlights

          • Acted for AIB Group on Project Hazel, one of the largest disposal of loans in the UK this year and includes some cutting edge disposal mechanisms around Government loan schemes.
          • Acted for RBS/Natwest on the administration appointments to the three Funds managed by the Cromwell Property Group.
          • Advised Interpath, on the proposed restructure and then as administrators on the Administration of Future Renewables Eco plc and 8 of its subsidiaries.

          Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard's wide-ranging health and safety practice is directly instructed by directors of large public and private limited companies in the UK. The team handles significant inquests and inquiries as well as advising on fire and building safety, and food and product safety. Adrian Mansbridge is a key contact in Leeds with experience in specific sector regimes such as tobacco regulation and hazardous substances. Splitting her time between Manchester, Leeds and London, practice head Erin Shoesmith is praised for her leadership ‘which pulls this team into a strikingly strong and committed whole'.

          Practice head(s):

          Erin Shoesmith

          Other key lawyers:

          Adrian Mansbridge; India Haresign

          Testimonials

          ‘Excellent team in relation to health and safety, great industry knowledge and some fantastic individuals.’

          ‘It is the leadership of Erin Shoesmith which pulls this team into a strikingly strong and committed whole.’

          ‘Everyone in the team gives tremendous attention to all aspects of the issues on the table, as a result of which solutions are rapidly identified and implemented.’

          ‘If the AG team is looking after you, then you feel looked after.’

          ‘Erin Shoesmith has a deserved reputation as being in the very top drawer. Her dedication to her clients shines through. There is nobody better.’

          ‘Adrian Mansbridge is an excellent lawyer. He is extremely clever and hard working.’

          Key clients

          PGL Travel Limited

          Skanska UK Construction Limited

          Morrison Utility Services Limited

          Scottish Futures Trust

          Eddie Stobart Limited

          Travelodge Hotels Ltd

          Boohoo Group (including boohoo.com, PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal, MissPap, boohoo MAN, Karen Millen, Coast, Oasis, Warehouse, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton)

          Westbridge Furniture Designs Limited

          Joseph Ash Limited

          Asda Stores Limited

          Siemens Plc and Siemens Mobility UK Limited

          TI Midwood & Co Limited (Timco)

          Bestway Northern Limited

          Belfield Furnishings Limited

          B Braun Medical Limited

          BP

          British American Tobacco UK Limited

          Highlands and Islands Airport Limited

          Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

          Kibble Education and Care Centre

          Vision Express

          Victrex

          Work highlights

          • Acting for core participants in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry, the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry and the Scottish Hospital inquiry.
          • Acting for Eddie Stobart Limited in the defence of a HSE (Health & Safety Executive) prosecution arising out of the Control of Asbestos Regulations.
          • Representing Belfield Furnishings in HSE prosecution arising out of a workplace transport incident.

          Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

          The ‘impressive’ Pervinder Kaur heads up Addleshaw Goddard‘s practice from Leeds where she is also office head and head of private capital. The team’s workload largely consists of advising on complex transactional arrangements involving charities; advising banks, trust corporations and commercial entities. In addition, it advises on Charity Commission inquiry work. The wealth of in-house expertise across the wider firm in areas such as real estate, construction, employment and pensions, means that it can deal effectively with complex multidisciplinary issues. Kaur works alongside legal director Laura Woffinden; together they are regarded as an 'exceptional team'.

          Practice head(s):

          Pervinder Kaur

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘The charities team is experienced in all aspects.’

          ‘Pervinder Kaur and her colleagues are impressive.’

          ‘The charities team at AG is exceptional. The quality of advice is always excellent and it comes with a pragmatism and commerciality not always found in the charities sector.’

          ‘Pervinder Kaur and Laura Woffinden are an exceptional team. I have found them to be very responsive and consistently provide high quality, commercially astute advice.’

          Key clients

          Bedingfield’s Trust

          Leeds Beckett University

          Work highlights

          • Advised a number of household name retail clients on promotions involving charities.
          • Providing ongoing advice on all areas of charity law to grant-making charities of ranging sizes.
          • Advised charity trustees on the sale of a major shareholding in the company which founded the charity.

          Public sector > Health Tier 2

          The members of Addleshaw Goddard‘s team are noted for being ‘highly detailed and forensic in their analysis of the options.’ The group covers the full range of public sector and health infrastructure issues, social and long-term care matters, life sciences work and private healthcare instructions, often working in close collaboration with different practice groups. Bill Gilliam handles disputes for private and public sector healthcare clients; he leads the firm-wide team with Manchester-based Mike O’Connor. Louise Dobson handles disputes in relation to contracts, data issues and procurements.

          Practice head(s):

          Mike O’Connor; Bill Gilliam

          Other key lawyers:

          Louise Dobson; Ryan Geldart

          Testimonials

          ‘Excellent advice and support through a legal challenge to a procurement process. Three things that stood out; highly responsive in short time frame, highly detailed and forensic in their analysis of the options and finally great communications on what was needed and when. Whilst some of this you’d expect from a professional legal firm it was executed flawlessly and on occasions meant communications were needed outside standard hours. It was all done in good natured communications and a successful result at the end.’

          ‘The partner Louise Dobson was exceptional throughout, highly effective communicator and clear lines of responsibility within her team where we were working with them directly on the material. Good level of challenge, done in a respectable way and always explaining thought processes and legal basis. Strong input on best strategy and approach to negotiation element of the matter.’

          ‘Louise Dobson is exceptionally knowledgeable, experienced and always makes herself available for meetings at short notice. She has great skill in being able to translate complex legal arguments into easy to understand components.’

          Key clients

          Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited

          Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (Trust)

          McKesson UK (including AAH Pharmaceuticals and Lloyds Pharmacy)

          Yourgene Health plc

          Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

          York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospital Facilities Management LLP

          Recipharm AB

          Work highlights

          • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited in their multiparty TCC claim in relation to a new build hospital in Cramlington which has multiple high-value defects.
          • Advised Recipharm on its strategically important disposal of Aescia Pharmaceuticals Limited (APL) to Pharmaron, the Chinese headquartered pharmaceuticals company.
          • Obtained victory for GSK in its defence of over 100 claims brought under a Group Litigation Order arising from the use of a prescription-only antidepressant drug, Seroxat.

          Public sector > Local government Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard has considerable experience in transactions, development option appraisals, state aid work, and procurements, acting for local government clients. Its services are sought out by clients in the PPP/PFI, energy, transport, public infrastructure and public services sectors. In Leeds, key contacts include Ian Smith and Anna Heaton who are both well versed in the real estate space. Paul Hirst specialises in transport infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises, and rolling stock procurements. Practice head Andrew Pettinger is based in Manchester.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew Pettinger

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          West Midlands Combined Authority

          Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

          Manchester City Council

          Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

          Cumbria County Council

          Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

          Burnley Borough Council

          Cheshire West & Chester Council

          York City Council

          Luton Borough Council

          Reading Borough Council

          Derby City Council

          Somerset County Council

          Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

          City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

          Salford City Council

          City of Stoke Council

          Connexin Limited

          Warrington Borough Council

          Kirklees Council

          Greater London Authority / Transport for London

          Merseytravel/Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

          Work highlights

          • Advising the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on all elements of legal advice relating to its station’s development programme.
          • Advising Merseytravel on the development of its bus franchising assessment.
          • Advising London Luton Airport Limited on its airport expansion programme.

          Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

          Known for transactions involving AIM and Main Market listed companies, Addleshaw Goddard provides experience in acting for issuers, financial advisers, brokers, financial intermediaries and investors across a range of industry sectors. The firm is recommended for its ‘great technical expertise, especially in Takeover Code matters’. Private and public M&A specialist Nick Pearey leads the team that includes the ‘extremely diligent and pragmaticGiles Distin, who has ‘expert knowledge of the public market rules’. Distin focuses on transactions involving UK listed companies and advising on UK PLC regulation and compliance.

          Practice head(s):

          Nick Pearey

          Other key lawyers:

          Giles Distin; Roger Hart

          Testimonials

          ‘Great technical expertise, especially in Takeover Code matters. Very enthusiastic and helpful.’

          ‘The corporate team at Addleshaw Goddard is an expert in small-mid cap deals and provides excellent value for money.’

          ‘We work regularly with Giles Distin on both ECM and Public M&A deals, who is efficient and has excellent technical knowledge – particularly of the Takeover Code. We would never hesitate to instruct him.’

          ‘Roger Hart leads and has a depth and breadth of experience, combined with a very hands on personal approach. Clients consistently report enjoying working with him.’

          ‘Addleshaw Goddard are an experienced, reliable law firm. Their work has always been of a high quality and delivered on time. They are able to advise on a broad spectrum of issues and I always feel like I am getting expert advice.’

          ‘High quality individuals. In particular, I would mention Giles Distin, who proved himself to be extremely diligent, pragmatic and had an expert knowledge of the public market rules.’

          Key clients

          Allenby Capital Limited

          Alpha Financial Markets Consulting plc

          Berenberg

          Entain plc

          Fenchurch Advisory Partners LLP

          finnCap

          genedrive plc

          GENinCode plc

          LBG Media plc

          IMImobile plc

          Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings Plc

          Investec Bank plc

          JD Sports Fashion plc

          J.P. Morgan Cazenove

          Liberum Capital Limited

          musicMagpie plc

          NAHL Group plc

          On The Beach plc

          Rathbone Brothers plc

          Raymond James Financial International Limited

          Sanne Group plc

          Shore Capital

          Singer Capital Markets

          Team17 Group plc

          Teneo Corporate Finance

          WG Partners

          Zeus Capital Limited

          Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard has a varied banking litigation practice, acting for and against banks in a wide range of disputes. The group’s workload encompasses representing clients on both sides of enforcement proceedings, as well as handling claims pertaining to alleged misselling, conspiracy and fraud. Cryptocurrency and the payments sector are two notable areas of focus for the practice, which is led by Richard Clayton. Clayton is highly praised by clients, who regard him as a ‘great tactician’ who possesses ‘excellent judgement’; his cases often include cross-jurisdictional elements. ‘Experienced litigator’ James Herring is another core partner and takes the lead on payment cases, while Sivan Daniels was promoted to the partnership in April 2022 and is an ‘outstanding lawyer’ with experience handling high-value claims. Legal director Alex Unger is another name to note and is highlighted for earning ‘the absolute trust of his clients’. Michael Barnett  departed the firm in 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Richard Clayton

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Deep understanding and knowledge of the banking industry, coupled with a rigorous, efficient and pragmatic approach to any problem. The team invariably generates a positive outcome for clients.’

          ‘The team is resourceful, approachable and applies a well honed analytical approach to any dispute. Richard Clayton has a wealth of experience in the sector which, combined with his ability to find solutions to difficult problems, makes him a formidable lawyer. Sivan Daniels is a rising star: he combines intellectual brilliance with a keen awareness of his client’s aims and interests.’

          ‘James Herring – an experienced litigator who gets to grips with the detail of a case. 

          ‘There is a real sense of partnership between counsel and the client. The team deploys its unrivalled market experience and commitment to achieve results for its clients.’

          ‘Richard Clayton provides superb leadership. He is a great tactician and a pragmatic problem solver, who achieves results time after time.  Sivan Daniels is an extremely able lawyer who leaves no stone unturned. Legal director Alex Unger  is a great partner in the making. He has the absolute trust of his clients, and rightly so: his advice, case-handling, and drafting is never less than first class.’

          ‘The firm has a real team ethos: the large case I am working with them on has required heavy resourcing, but everyone who has been brought onto the case has quickly got up to speed and fitted in seamlessly. They also don’t have large egos, and therefore work very effectively with other firms and are very collaborative.’

          ‘Sivan Daniels –  I have regarded him as a rising star for some time and I’m delighted he made partner this year. He is an outstanding lawyer, one of the hardest working, and extremely nice to boot. James Herring – another who exemplifies their team approach, and who is very thorough with excellent client handling skills. David Wigg: my new rising star for AG, as he’s very clever and responsive.’

          ‘Richard Clayton is a very experienced and savvy banking litigation partner, with connections to the major banks and industry bodies. He has excellent judgement, especially about when to be aggressive and when to settle. Alex Unger is well-regarded and experienced’

          Key clients

          Mr Nejc Kodrič and White Whale Capital SPF, SA.

          Unitel S.A.

          CDC Group Plc and Michael Turner

          The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

          National Westminster Bank Plc

          Santander UK plc

          Lloyds Banking Group

          Mr Nejc Kodrič and White Whale Capital SPF, SA.

          Unitel S.A.

          CDC Group Plc and Michael Turner

          The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

          National Westminster Bank Plc

          Santander UK plc

          Lloyds Banking Group

          Work highlights

          • Acting for Mr Nejc Kodrič (the co-founder of the cryptocurrency exchange, Bitstamp) and his wholly owned company, White Whale Capital SPF SA in a high profile shareholder dispute in the crypto space against a South Korean private equity holding company (Bitstamp Holdings owned by NXMH).
          • Acting for Unitel S.A. in its £300m+ claims for repayment of funds and enforcement of security and/or damages followings a series of events of default against a Dutch company owned by Isabel dos Santos.
          • Acting for CDC Group Plc, the UK’s development finance institution and Michael Turner defending a $200m Commercial Court claim brought by Crane Bank Limited (a Ugandan bank) and a number of its former shareholders for unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt alleged to arise from the acquisition of Crane Bank’s assets by DFCU Bank Limited (DFCU).

          Employment > Employers Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard has a close collaboration with major employers in the financial services, retail and consumer space and works alongside HR teams to advise on strategic issues, such as business protection, boardroom issues, investigations, global mobility, major projects and compliance. HR issues relating to inbound investment from the US is a specialisation of the firm. Though Michael Leftley‘s practice covers contentious and non-contentious aspects, he is best known for his representation in whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. Richard Yeomans and Sarah Harrop handle senior executive appointments and terminations, TUPE, large-scale reorganisations/redundancy programmes and tribunal claims.

          Practice head(s):

          Michael Leftley

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Great access to partner led strategic advice with enough depth and bandwidth at a more junior level to support on transactional work.’

          ‘Solutions driven and user friendly.’

          ‘Michael Leftly is very knowledgeable of challenging and sensitive employment law issues. He provided very calm, sound and business-friendly advise. ‘

          ‘Sarah Harrop is knowledgeable and happy to provide pragmatic commercial advice drawing upon real-life experiences. The advice provided is relevant to and valuable to our business.’

          Key clients

          Primark

          British Airways

          FreeNow/Kapten (the taxi booking apps)

          Urenco (the nuclear fuels business)

          Schindler

          PZ Cussons

          River & Mercantile Group plc

          The Commonwealth Games Federation

          British Land

          William Hill and its owner Caesars Entertainment Inc

          Global (media business)

          Royal Mail Group

          Co-op

          M&C Saatchi

          MSR Partners LLP (formerly Moore Stephens LLP)

          Deutsche Leasing

          PGL

          Just Ask

          Impact Foods

          Primark

          British Airways

          FreeNow/Kapten (the taxi booking apps)

          Urenco (the nuclear fuels business)

          Schindler

          PZ Cussons

          River & Mercantile Group plc

          The Commonwealth Games Federation

          British Land

          William Hill and its owner Caesars Entertainment Inc

          Global (media business)

          Royal Mail Group

          Co-op

          M&C Saatchi

          MSR Partners LLP (formerly Moore Stephens LLP)

          Deutsche Leasing

          PGL

          Just Ask

          Impact Foods

          Work highlights

          • Successfully defending Co-op in relation to a high profile senior executive equal pay claim, which has been running for over five years.
          • Acted for a US HQd global business in connection with claims in the High Court for injunctive relief, delivery up of confidential information and conspiracy relating to the actions of a group of former employees and a competitor business.
          • Leading the employment advice for a global bank on a nine jurisdiction outsourcing of IT services.

          Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

          The London arm of Addleshaw Goddard‘s health and safety team is led by David Young, who has 30 years of experience representing clients in the energy, transport and manufacturing sectors on high profile incidents such as the Potters Bar rail crash and the Grenfell Tower fire. The team receives instructions from the directors of some of the largest companies in the UK. Practice head Erin Shoesmith is well regarded for her expertise in handling fire safety, product safety, food safety and criminal regulatory defence work. She and David are supported by legal director Adrian Mansbridge and associate Sufia Saqib.

          Practice head(s):

          Erin Shoesmith; David Young

          Other key lawyers:

          Sufia Saqib; Adrian Mansbridge; Priscilla Addo-Quaye

          Testimonials

          ‘Best in class team, great knowledge well implemented.’

          ‘The Addleshaw Goddard team is simply first class. Collectively they possess extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of health and safety law.’

          ‘Addleshaw’s are the go to team for voluminous, complex, high profile cases of all levels of seriousness.’

          ‘Erin Shoesmith has a deserved reputation as being in the very top drawer. Her dedication to her clients shines through.’

          ‘Adrian Mansbridge – encyclopedic knowledge and gets to the real detail’

          ‘Priscilla Addo-Quaye is an exception lawyer whose possessive impressive intellect, capacity for hard work and client relationship skills.’

          Key clients

          PGL Travel Limited

          Skanska UK Construction Limited

          Morrison Utility Services Limited

          Scottish Futures Trust

          Eddie Stobart Limited

          Travelodge Hotels Ltd

          Boohoo Group

          Westbridge Furniture Designs Limited

          Joseph Ash Limited

          Asda Stores Limited

          Siemens Plc and Siemens Mobility UK Limited

          TI Midwood & Co Limited (Timco)

          Bestway Northern Limited

          Belfield Furnishings Limited

          B Braun Medical Limited

          BP

          British American Tobacco UK Limited

          Highlands and Islands Airport Limited

          Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

          Kibble Education and Care Centre

          Vision Express

          Victrex

          Work highlights

          • Currently acting for Core Participants in three of the highest profile public inquiries in recent history, the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry and the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry.
          • Acting for Siemens during a BTP and ORR investigation and the Coroner’s inquest. Since then AG has been advising Siemens as the prosecution progressed towards a final hearing.
          • Acting for Eddie Stobart Limited in the defence of a HSE (Health & Safety Executive) prosecution arising out of the Control of Asbestos Regulations.

          Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard has a sizeable hotels and leisure sector team with the ability to advise clients throughout the entire cycle of hotel ownership and operation, drawing on a breadth of experience and sector knowledge. Expertise includes management advise, franchise and concession arrangements, commercial contracts, data, IT, IP and healthy and safety compliance. The team is collectively led by Luke Baines, Zoe Maurer and Lucy Sturrock. Baines is well versed in redevelopment and financing matters, in addition to cladding and fire safety matters. Maurer’s practice focus lies within hotel financings where she acts for financial institutions, investors and lenders. Sturrock splits her time between Leeds and London; she is noted for her UK and international expertise on hotel management agreements.

          Practice head(s):

          Luke Baines; Zoe Maurer; Lucy Sturrock

          Testimonials

          ‘Knowledgeable and plugged into the industry.’

          Key clients

          Aareal Bank AG (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

          Abrdn

          AIB Group (UK) plc (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

          A&O Hostels

          Battersea Power Station Development Company

          BDO

          B&B Hotels

          Clydesdale (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

          Coutts (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

          Eastern and Oriental Plc (owner and developer)

          FTI Consulting LLP (as Administrators of Prezzo Limited)

          Greene King (pub and restaurant operators)

          Handelsbanken plc

          KTB Asset Management

          Manhattan Lofts

          NatWest Group

          Norlake Hospitality (owner of Hoxton Hotels and Gleneagles)

          North Brewing (brewers and bar operators)

          OakNorth Bank plc

          Puma Investments

          PWC

          Santander (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

          Sonder (disrupters)

          Staycity (aparthotel operators)

          Travelodge Hotels Ltd (hotel operators)

          TH UK & Ireland Limited (trading as Tim Hortons) (coffee shop operators)

          THAT Group (hotel owners and developers)

          Village Urban Resorts (hotel owners and developers)

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Norlake Hospitality across its portfolio of hotels in the UK and Europe.
          • Acted as principal advisers to Travelodge Hotels across all its business matters.
          • Advised abrdn on hotel investment, in addition to advice on hotel and leisure forward funding deals, acquisitions and management and sales of leisure assets.

          Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

          The team at Addleshaw Goddard has significant expertise in the automotive and life sciences sectors, with experience in handling group litigation work. In addition, the group utilises the firm’s strong presence in the retail and consumer sector. Recently-promoted partner Cécile Burgess serves as team leader, a product litigation specialist with experience in advising for global product manufacturers. Stuart Wardlaw and Erin Shoesmith are also recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Cécile Burgess

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘The Addleshaw Goddard product liability defence team stands out for the depth of its experience in both the litigious and advisory spheres. The AG team’s successful defence of the Seroxat Group Litigation for GlaxoSmithKline is one of the most notable product liability defence successes of recent years. The team combines technical expertise with strategic skill and particularly impressive client and sector knowledge. The team works daily on product safety matters so when product liability disputes arise they are already deeply immersed in the relevant sector issues.’

          ‘The Products team is one of the long standing groups in this area who have handled a really wide range of regulatory and crime work relating to allegedly defective products as well as heavywieght civil litigation. I have worked with them extensively on the latter, which included the long-running Seroxat Group litigation, in which the team acted for GSK. There experience in this and similar actions, including products insurance arbitrations in the same sector, alone makes them market leaders given the complexity of issues that arose and the creative thinking needed to deal with them.’

          ‘Cecile Burgess, a recent Partner is excellent. A thorough solicitor ideal for the no-stone-unturned approach that corporate defendants rountinely expect. Mark Chesher was also made up recently and draws on long term experience in the sector and at the tough end of litigation in Group Actions.’

          ‘Cecile Burgess is a superb lawyer, great tactical skill and is superb to work with.’

          ‘The product liability expertise within this team is second to none. They are extraordinarily diligent, committed and thorough. They work very closely with their clients, to harvest industry and sector specific know-how, and to understand stakeholders’ competing priorities. An excellent all-round service.’

          ‘The team work incredibly well together, and all members combine to go above and beyond. They have a camaraderie that makes them fantastic to work with. They are very collaborative.’

          ‘All of the individuals I have worked with are all over the details and have a very high level of knowledge and skill in their areas. They are also very personable and willing to go to great lengths to get results for the clients. They are fantastic on the law, the facts, and the practical/commercial side of things.’

          Key clients

          GlaxoSmithKline

          Over 55 authorised BMW/MINI dealerships

          Britvic plc

          KEMET Electronics Corporation

          Diageo

          Volkswagen AG

          British American Tobacco UK Limited

          B Braun Medical Limited

          Weyerhaeuser Company

          Work highlights

          • Acting for over 55 past and present BMW/MINI authorised dealerships in the defence of diesel emissions group claims being brought on behalf of over 44,000 potential claimants.
          • Acting for KEMET Electronics Corporation as defendant in a multi-million pound claim issued in the Technology and Construction Court (London).
          • Acting on a number of confidential product safety instructions for FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and equivalent clients in the Automotive, Retail & Consumer and Manufacturing sectors.

          Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance Tier 2

          With a strong portfolio of instituional lenders and private funds clients, Addleshaw Goddard handles both lender and borrower-side mandates. The firm continues to boost its fund finance capabilities with the opening in March 2022 of a new office in Luxembourg and new additons to the team, including managing associate Ahu Yalgin, formerly at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, in September 2021. Leading the group is Jeremy Cross, who is highly regarded for his excellent knowledge of the market and willingness to think laterally’, Angus Gill, a popular choice for banks and alternative investment funds looking for assistance with capital call, NAV and GP financing, and Zoe Connor, who has ‘amazing transaction management skills and knows how to manage clients’ expectations and local counsel needs’.

          Practice head(s):

          Jeremy Cross; Angus Gill; Zoe Connor

          Other key lawyers:

          Joe Waldron; Ahu Yalgin

          Testimonials

          ‘The team are approachable and easy to work with, providing sound commercial partner-led advice. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.’

          ‘Jeremy Cross has excellent knowledge of the market and a willingness to cut straight to the point which is invaluable. He is also always willing to think laterally and help find solutions for non-standard requests.’

          ‘Addleshaw consistently deliver on time and on budget. I particularly enjoy working together with the team and they always provide the right blend of partner level interaction to support their talented pool of associates. I always feel in safe hands with the AG team.’

          ‘Zoe Connor consistently demonstrates amazing transaction management skills and knows how to manage clients’ expectations and local counsel needs. Joe Waldron should be singled out for his deal management capabilities and responsiveness.’

          ‘AG has a well-established practice and the addition of Jeremy Cross makes the firm a leader in the fund finance space.’

          ‘The team is pragmatic, responsive and close to clients.’

          ‘Jeremy Cross’s pragmatism and experience are remarkable. He is always on top of the file and very much involved, with great commercial skills.’

          Key clients

          Santander

          Work highlights

          • Advised Santander on a NAV finance facility to Gore Street, a listed energy storage fund.

          Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard is particularly strong in the domestic market and acts for major government departments and key lenders, among others, on a range of infrastructure matters, including PPPs and PFIs. With strong support from its banking and finance, construction, real estate, litigation and corporate practitioners, the infrastructure, projects and energy team is well placed to handle a broad range of projects work under the leadership of Richard Goodfellow. Goodfellow, who splits his time between Leeds and London, is well regarded for renewables and utilities work, while Matthew Newing handles transactional matters in the social infrastructure sector. Michael O’Connor is based out of Manchester and London, and is a name to note for public, private and project finance transactions. Ian Le Pelly joined from an in-house role at DP World in late 2021 while Matthew Williams joined from Fieldfisher in early 2022.

          Practice head(s):

          Richard Goodfellow

          Testimonials

          ‘The team are always quick to respond to queries and ready to discuss matters in detail’.

          ‘The team is large enough to support huge volumes of work and every member I have worked with has been competent in their communication and technical knowledge’.

          ‘Their knowledge and advice is always well balanced, clearly delivered and understandable’.

          ‘They have worked tirelessly to assist us to deliver some complex projects with a large number of stakeholders and parties’.

          ‘Their advice comes not just with a consideration of what is best for us as a client but also with due consideration for the other parties’ point of view’.

          ‘Matthew Newing is incredibly knowledgeable and provides excellent and prompt advice’.

          Key clients

          Department for Transport

          West Midlands Combined Authority

          SGN PLC

          Central Manchester NHS Trust

          Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

          Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Foundation Trust

          Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

          Semperian

          InfraRed Capital Partners

          Equitix

          Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure

          GB Partnerships Limited

          Fulcrum Infrastructure Group

          Imagile Group Limited

          Kajima Partnerships Limited

          Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Ltd

          Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

          SMBC

          Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

          London Luton Airport Limited

          MUFG Bank

          Mizuho Bank

          Southern Water Services Limited

          Merseytravel

          Gloucester Healthcare Partnership Limited

          Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

          Commonwealth Bank of Australia

          Aberdeen City Council

          Zero Waste Scotland

          United Utilities

          Work highlights

          • Advising The West Midlands Combined Authority on the rebuilding and new builds of 7 new railway stations across the region.
          • Advising Kajima and Sir Robert McAlpine as developer in relation to the on-going (£600m) regeneration of the Springfield University Hospital site in South West London.
          • Continuing to advise London Luton Airport Limited on various projects linked to the redevelopment of Luton airport.

          Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard acts for key players in the renewables market such as National Grid, SSE, BP and Greencoat Capital in addition to non-energy corporates and public bodies. Recent highlights for the team include advising a Chinese investor on a 500MW UK Solar Farm in North East England. Richard Goodfellow  is an expert in the downstream energy sector and co-heads the practice with Catherine Fearnhead  and David McEwing. Matthew Williams advises in areas of devleoping technology such as green hydrogen production and battery storage while Rory Connor has experience in project financing and development.

          Practice head(s):

          Richard Goodfellow; Catherine Fearnhead; David McEwing

          Testimonials

          ‘Good regional knowledge. Pragmatic.’

          ‘Paul Jones is a great lawyer, practical and a pleasure to work with.’

          Key clients

          BP

          SSE

          National Grid

          Engie

          Norfund

          CDC plc

          SGN

          Greencoat Capital

          Octopus Energy

          Zouk Capital

          Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (AGL)

          INEOS

          Urenco

          Aberdeen Standard

          National Nuclear Laboratory

          Hydro Ludens

          Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

          Berkley Energy

          VGI

          Fountain Hydro Power Corp

          Work highlights

          • Advised Fountain Hydro Power Corp. on the refinancing of the 58 MW Bajo Frio hydropower project in Panama.

          Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 2

          The ‘highly competent and experienced legal team’ at Addleshaw Goddard regularly represents both public bodies – including governmental authorities – and private sector clients in judicial reviews. The firm fields a strong cross-disciplinary team with recognised litigation practitioners, who bring sector experience and insight. Simon Kamstra specialises in high values international disputes with a focus on energy and utilities. ‘Skilled negotiatorBill Gilliam is experienced in health, transport, energy and infrastructure. Clare Dwyer is known for her public law work arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. At managing associate level, Paul Rowley is singled out.

          Practice head(s):

          Bill Gilliam; Simon Kamstra; Mark Molyneux

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘A highly competent and experienced legal team, with good awareness of strategic issues in judicial review. Excellent client handling skills’.

          ‘Paul Rowley has excellent client handling skills and ensures deadlines are met.’

          Key clients

          Department for Transport

          High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

          Scottish and Southern Energy plc (“SSE”)

          Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc (and its UK subsidiaries)

          United Utilities plc

          University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

          Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

          Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

          McKesson UK / Lloydspharmacy

          Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (“CMAL”)

          Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (“HIAL”)

          SGN plc

          Skanska UK Construction Limited & Morrison Utility Services Limited joint venture company “tRIIO” (Grenfell Tower)

          Aldi Stores Limited

          Work highlights

          • Handled a statutory appeal to the CMA relating to Ofgem’s decision in December 2020 regarding electricity transmission system charges for generators, and also acted in subsequent judicial review proceedings.
          • Successfully defended HS2 against a challenge by Bechtel, an unsuccessful bidder on the £1.3bn HS2 Old Oak Common Station development project.
          • Representing three bereaved families, as core participants, in the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

          Public sector > Healthcare Tier 2

          The international healthcare team at Addleshaw Goddard has dedicated partners across the world including Hong Kong, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, giving the team a strong capability to handle international, cross-jurisdictional matters. The UK team has been doing a lot of work to support clients through Covid, including supporting the negotiation of PPE contracts and aiding in the development of Covid testing facilities. Michael O’Connor heads the team in Manchester and co-chairs the firm's international health team. He is an expert on handling commercial transactions involving the NHS such as public-private transactions and mergers.

          Practice head(s):

          Michael O’Connor

          Other key lawyers:

          Matthew Newing; Nathalie Moreno; Andrew Pettinger; David Hartley; Rachel Orton; Suzanne Moir

          Testimonials

          ‘The Addleshaw Goddard Healthcare team is notable for its longstanding and collaborative client relationships. The team’s detailed knowledge of their clients enables them to give the right strategic and tactical advice. The team is particularly strong on regulatory healthcare matters.’

          ‘AG provides an amazing client service. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They have the strength and depth to run everything from heavy group actions to unitary pieces of discrete legal advice. They can offer the full range of expert services.’

          ‘Pragmatic, easy to work with and very experienced.’

          Key clients

          GlaxoSmithKline

          Yourgene Health plc

          Step Springfield Village Limited

          Maco Pharma S.A.S

          Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

          NHS Improvement

          NHS Business Services Authority

          Serco Limited

          Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

          Thermo Fisher Scientific

          Clinigen Group Plc

          GB Partnerships

          Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

          Fulcrum

          YTHFML

          D-Hive

          First Option Healthcare

          Recipharm AB

          Turks and Caicos Island Government

          Work highlights

          • Working with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on a review of its subsidiary arrangements, with a view to establishing commercial subsidiary entities for the Trust in the UK and the GCC (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) to house its private patient activities.
          • Engaged to rewrite, design and automate GlaxoSmithKline’s entire suite (circa 200) of commercial templates including those for general services, supply chain, technology, R&D, clinical trials and material transfers that were robust and flexible enough to work for US and UK jurisdictions.
          • Acting for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) on a review of their public private partnership (PPP) hospitals contract, which has ~12 years remaining on the contract term, for the provision of healthcare infrastructure and certain clinical services

          Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard is particularly active in major city regeneration schemes, acting for some of London’s biggest developers. It also represents several overseas investors, particularly from Asia and the Middle East; Leona Ahmed is the key contact for cross-border real estate matters. The team continues to be instructed on alternative asset classes, with divisional managing partner Adrian Collins specialising in BTR and student accommodation while Rachel Orton is an expert in the senior living and healthcare sectors. Practice head Iain Hindhaugh's wide range of expertise includes international inbound investment, listed UK PropCos, logistics as well as acting for corporate occupiers. Chris Cartwright  co-heads the corporate occupiers team in London.

          Practice head(s):

          Adrian Collins; Iain Hindhaugh

          Other key lawyers:

          Leona Ahmed; William Boss; Michael Scott; Rachel Orton; Christopher Cartwright

          Testimonials

          ‘Broad range of experience across the sector, with depth of team.’

          ‘We benefit from our longstanding relationship with the firm and the partner-led service knows our approach and appetite for risk well.’

          Key clients

          British Land

          Pension Insurance Corporation

          Argent LLP

          Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd

          Canary Wharf Group

          Aviva Investors

          Federated Hermes

          The Eden Fund

          KAMCO

          Terra Firma

          Angelo Gordon

          Heimstaden

          Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

          QIP Investments

          Civitas Social Housing Plc

          McLaren Property

          Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard is particularly active in major city regeneration schemes, acting for some of London’s biggest developers. It also represents several overseas investors, particularly from Asia and the Middle East; Leona Ahmed is the key contact for cross-border real estate matters. The team continues to be instructed on alternative asset classes, with divisional managing partner Adrian Collins specialising in BTR and student accommodation while Rachel Orton is an expert in the senior living and healthcare sectors. Practice head Iain Hindhaugh‘s wide range of expertise includes international inbound investment, listed UK PropCos, logistics as well as acting for corporate occupiers. Chris Cartwright  co-heads the corporate occupiers team in London.

          Practice head(s):

          Adrian Collins; Iain Hindhaugh

          Other key lawyers:

          Leona Ahmed; Rachel Orton; Peter Hardy

          Testimonials

          ‘Andrew Martin provides pragmatic and commercial advice.’

          ‘Strong team led from London by partners with high quality associates in the regions offering excellent value.’

          ‘Iain Hindhaugh isan extremely commercially astute lawyer and probably the best I’ve worked with in over 20 years. Not afraid to give a view, and is value-efficient by getting things done effectively.’

          Key clients

          British Land

          Pension Insurance Corporation

          Argent LLP

          Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd

          Canary Wharf Group

          Aviva Investors

          Federated Hermes

          The Eden Fund

          KAMCO

          Terra Firma

          Angelo Gordon

          Heimstaden

          Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

          QIP Investments

          Civitas Social Housing Plc

          McLaren Property

          Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for its work on large scale, high-risk projects. It is well-regarded for its PFI disputes practice, particularly in the healthcare and science technology sector both in the UK and abroad. It also has a strong reputation for handling international arbitration matters, involving major infrastructure and power projects. Jonathan Tattersall leads the team, and is known for his international arbitration practice as well as his work on PFI/PPP disputes, particularly in the health sector. Gerlando Butera handles disputes both in the UK and overseas, leveraging his experience in Singapore and Hong Kong. The team is also supported by Rob Easton, who has particular experience in advising retail, healthcare and hotel clients, and Alex Hirom who recently joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and adds to the team’s strength in the energy sector.

          Practice head(s):

          Jonathan Tattersall

          Other key lawyers:

          Gerlando Butera; Alex Hirom; Rob Easton; Julia Court; Deepa Khandia; Emily Walters; Ellie Warren

          Testimonials

          ‘Jonathan Tattersall has a great legal brain and commercial instinct.’

          ‘Good depth and breadth of experience at all levels of qualification, so tasks are carried out by a person with the right experience.’

          ‘Deepa Khandia is confident and knowledgeable. She knows how to stand her ground and doesn’t take any nonsense.’

          ‘Emily Walters is calm, confident, and has sound litigation experience. A credit to any team handling heavy weight construction litigation.’

          ‘Jonathan Tattersall has good experience and high skill in order to finalise and find solutions for all the problems to be solved and the last minute legal issues to be analysed.’

          ‘Rob Easton is always informed, ready, and capable in all the legal matters.’

          ‘Ellie Warren is precise, accurate, and punctual in all the issues.’

          Key clients

          Suez

          Kajima

          Bam Nuttall Limited

          UPP Projects Limited

          The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

          British Sugar Plc

          Work highlights

          • Acting for Kajima, a global leader in construction and development projects, in relation to major TCC proceedings regarding healthcare PFI disputes in Brighton and Sheffield valued in excess of £50 million.
          • Acting for an Italian contractor with extensive experience in global infrastructure projects in relation to a dispute valued at approximately USD 136 million regarding refurbishment of a motorway in Eastern Europe.
          • Advising a global contractor with a turnover of several billion on the ongoing complex and high value dispute relating to a transport project in the East of England.

          Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard has an excellent reputation in advising on large scale, complex projects, particularly in relation to student accommodation, senior living, build-to-rent, logistic,  and PPP matters. It acts for UK and international clients, providing advise throughout the lifetime of a project, including strategic advice on structuring solutions and risk management. The team is led by Andrew McVeigh, who has extensive experience across all elements of residential development and student accommodation projects. The team also has a growing energy practice, with partner Alex Hirom specialising in construction and engineering matters in the energy, manufacturing and transport sectors, both in the UK and internationally. Luke Baines co-chairs the firms hotels and leisure practice, and also has significant experience in real estate development schemes.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew McVeigh

          Other key lawyers:

          Alex Hirom; Luke Baines; Julia Court; Keith Browne; Rob Easton; Josh Gibbons

          Testimonials

          ‘The construction team at Addleshaw Goddard know business really well, enabling them to give high quality advice often in very short timescales, while balancing the risk in a way that is appropriate.’

          ‘Luke Baines, Keith Browne and Rob Easton all provide excellent advice. They genuinely feel like an extension of the internal legal team due to the in-depth knowledge they have.’

          ‘Addleshaw Goddard offer a tailored service that draws upon essential relevant experience to create a very solid foundation for the client relationship.’

          ‘Key individuals provide an attractive balance between thorough professional detail and industry insight with a candid pragmatism that helps simplify complex issues to help keep the clients focus on the important matters and outcomes.’

          ‘The team is always commercial, friendly, responsive and keen to integrate with, learn about and support the client’s business.’

          ‘Luke Baines is friendly, supportive, commercially and technically savvy and responsive.’

          ‘Josh Gibbons is a safe pair of hands to lead on matters and give concise and focused advice.’

          ‘Andrew McVeigh is an excellent relationship manager and lead partner.’

          Key clients

          Pension Insurance Corporation

          Norlake Hospitality

          Federated Hermes

          PGIM Real Estate

          Primark Stores Limited

          Beltane Asset Management

          McLaren Property Limited

          Mount Anvil Limited

          Angelo Gordon

          Ridgeback Group

          The Warden and Scholars of Winchester College

          CBRE Global Investors

          Notting Hill Genesis

          UCB Celltech

          Village Hotels

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Pension Insurance Corporation on their real assets platform alongside a substantial BTR scheme in Manchester, and advised them on c£300m of investment across 3 schemes.
          • Acting for Norlake Hospitality across its portfolio of hotels in the UK and Europe, including the development of new Hoxton Hotels in Shepherd’s Bush, Barcelona and Berlin, and the redevelopment of Eynsham Hall.
          • Acting for Semperian Investment Partners on a major variation to a prison PFI project. The project involves the construction of a new houseblock to provide 462 new prisoner places.

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

          The team at Addleshaw Goddard is headed by Frances Richardson. Her expertise lies within high-value and complex property disputes pertaining to contractual construction claims, insolvency disputes and emergency injunctions against protestors. The practice is well equipped to oversee cladding matters and joint venture disputes as well as living sector matters. The team was joined by managing associate Alison Oates from Ashfords LLP who has experience representing clients before the Supreme Court and expertise in both residential and commercial disputes. Gregory Simms is reputable for his rights of light expertise; he is also well versed in landlord and tenant matters, development disputes and overage disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          Frances Richardson

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          Very commercial in their approach to litigation with a focus on achieving the optimum outcome depending on their client’s particular requirements.’

          ‘Fast and well considered advice. They ask the right questions and listen carefully to the answers and advise accordingly. Their advice is always right.’

          ‘Greg Simms’ expert knowledge has continuously aided in the delivery of a key project for several years now. Greg is enjoyable to work with.

          ‘Great advice. Very commercial.’

          ‘I trust them as they have been giving me great advice for many years. Always come with solutions not more problems!’

          Key clients

          Standard Life Assurance Limited

          HB Reavis

          Mount Anvil

          Abrdn

          Aviva

          Travelodge Hotels Limited

          British Land

          Patrizia

          Schroders (various funds)

          Primark Stores Limited

          Battersea Power Station Development Company

          University Partnerships Programme (UPP)

          Crosstree Real Estate Partners LLP

          Local Pension Partnership Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Abrdn on a high court claim against its landlord, Transport for Greater Manchester, relating to substantial water ingress affecting Abrdn’s demised premises underneath a viaduct structure.

          Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 2

          The governance and compliance team at Addleshaw Goddard is ‘knowledgeable, accessible and supportive’ and is particularly strong in advising high-profile domestic clients in the financial services sector. The multidisciplinary practice draws on strength from experts in building societies and mutuals, employment, banking and finance, environment and health and safety to advise on ESG matters, climate change and diversity and inclusion, among other areas. Jaya Gupta is a key corporate practitioner with considerable experience in compliance, governance and transactional matters, including those with a cross-border dimension; and Ben Koehne acts for a range of finance sector clients, such as banks, asset managers and stock exchanges, on corporate, M&A, and regulatory issues. On the more junior end of the team, managing associate Richard Preston is a corporate governance and compliance specialist, while Jack Edwards, who is dedicated to corporate governance work, was promoted to managing associate in October 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Jaya Gupta; Ben Koehne; Nichola Peters; Jonathan Fletcher Rogers; Erin Shoesmith; Michelle Headrige

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Expert knowledge in corporate governance in respect of annual reporting, corporate governance disclosure requirements and notice of meeting requirements and able to advise on the practical and commercial application of these’.

          ‘Richard Preston is very responsive and manages and meets expectations in respect of timelines’.

          ‘I really value the responsiveness at a high pressure time in the corporate cycle’.

          ‘The corporate governance experts we use at AG are knowledgeable, accessible and supportive’.

          ‘They know our sector and the legislative framework for it extremely well’.

          ‘We get a very quick turn around to queries, some of which can be time critical and we have never been disappointed’.

          ‘Some of the matters we can deal with might be complex and the team are able to ‘translate’ advice for us in a way that is easy to understand and relay internally’.

          ‘My team and I refer to Ben Koehne quite often. Nothing is too much bother and invariably he has the answers at his finger tips’.

          Key clients

          Entain

          International Personal Finance

          Morgan Advanced Materials

          Rathbones Group

          Reclaim Fund

          Rio Tinto

          Work highlights

          • Advised Rathbones on multiple matters in relation to the implementation and operation of its executive and employee share plans, as well as providing day-to-day advice in connection with share plans and governance matters.

          Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard continues to expand its footprint in high-profile, complex white-collar criminal investigations, representing a diverse range of businesses facing allegations of money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption, as well as handling unique issues relating to blackmail, crypto assets, and sanctions, alongside representing companies in actions against former directors and employees. Alongside regular work for domestic clients against the SFO, NCA, and FCA, among others, the firm is also increasing its share of cross-border investigations, including those led by the US DOJ and other global agencies. The team is led by the ‘tenaciousNichola Peters, a key name for global investigations and white collar defence proceedings, with Michelle De Kluyver praised for her ‘thorough and strategic‘ work in complex, cross-border financial crime cases, including international government investigations. Polly Sprenger has in-house SFO expertise and notable capabilities in asset recovery and fraud proceedings. Sarah Thomas represents asset managers, insurers, and other financial services companies in investigations relating to lending, governance and culture, and management accountability.

          Practice head(s):

          Nichola Peters

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Addleshaw Goodard has a strong team which is well placed to deal with a range of financial misconduct.’

          ‘Nichola Peters stands out for her tenacious advice to corporates. She is a tenacious lawyer who is able to obtain great outcomes for clients in tricky situations.’

          ‘They are careful, collaborative and have some great cases’

          ‘Michelle de Kluyver is sensitive, empathetic and always on top of legal developments’

          ‘Incredible team led by Michelle de Kluyver, Nichola Peters with brilliant managing associate Neeta Chityal. Fantastic knowledge of law in this area, unparalleled commitment to their clients, tenacious, brilliant to work with as part of a team (including with counsel), real strategic thinkers’

          ‘Michelle de Kluyver is a superb lawyer – has the technical knowledge but has the perspective of the client at all times. Neeta Chityal is also one to watch – must be coming up for partnership shortly, a delight to work with, hugely knowledgeable and has the benefit of spanning both criminal and commercial litigation’

          ‘They are a very savvy team, lead by women who know their stuff and are of the highest integrity and calibre.’

          ‘Nichola Peters – really smart. great investigations experience. down to earth approach Michelle de Kluyver – cerebral, thoughtful lawyer who has a calm and measured approach which inspires confidence.’

          Key clients

          Bystronic Glass (UK)

          Work highlights

          • Advising a UK plc in relation to a criminal investigation being conducted by HMRC and overseas authorities.
          • Advising Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited on proceedings against a former director, including a private prosecution alongside a parallel civil fraud action alleging breach of fiduciary duties.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard's specialised reputation and information protection practice provides a comprehensive service to household names and multinational corporations in the technology, transport, and retail sectors, as well as high-profile and HNW individuals in the UK. Practice head David Engel has considerable experience advising clients on contentious data protection issues, the right to be forgotten, and defamation crisis management. Engel is supported by dispute resolution associate Neil O’Sullivan, who specialises in the full range of defamation, privacy, and intellectual property disputes. O'Sullivan has additional experience obtaining injunctions in the High Court to protect confidential information, as well as handling the removal of content from online platforms.

          Practice head(s):

          David Engel

          Other key lawyers:

          Neil O’Sullivan

          Testimonials

          ‘The experience, expertise and personal attention offered by David Engel has been invaluable at a critical time in my career and I cannot recommend him too highly.’

          ‘One of the very few firms who can offer clients bespoke reputation management advice and also have the capacity and experience to manage major litigation on scale. At the top of the claimant-focused market, offering well-judged and commercially aware advice to individuals and major companies alike.’

          ‘David Engel is a star in the sector and as good a claimant-focused lawyer as you will find in this field. Hugely experienced and immensely reassuring to clients.’

          ‘Neil O’Sullivan is a high quality associate who goes the extra mile for clients and shows great acumen.’

          ‘The Addleshaw team appears to integrate different specialisms (defamation/privacy, data and cyber teams) and offices together, extremely well – and certainly considerably more adroitly than other multi-site top tier firms that I have experienced.’

          ‘When you are a client, the best law firm is the one with the skills to achieve the result you desire. A positive outcome requires making proactive and strategic decisions based on the advice of an experienced attorney’s team. The impressive work that Addleshaw Goddard team does for its clients is visible to the naked eye. They are the best at listening to client’s needs and coming up with a plan that has always met our demands. They really understand who the audience is and make work accordingly.’

          ‘The whole Addleshaw Goddard team has a very specialized knowledge that allows them to see problems in a full context. In particular David Engel is always available for communication and has this awareness that representation is about achieving the appropriate result for the client. What is more, he has the ability to foresee likely problems and confront them earlier.’

          ‘David Engel is a class act. Always available when you need him and very timely in responding to a brief. He has helped several of our clients in high stakes and high stress situations. David is calm under pressure, thoughtful in his deliberations but clear as crystal in his advice to clients. He is thoroughly collegiate and a pleasure to work alongside. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to clients big and small.’

          Key clients

          Acorn Mobility Services

          British Airways

          Lloyds Pharmacy

          MoneySupermarket

          Network Rail

          Prenetics t/a Project Screen

          Ted Baker

          Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard‘s reputation as a go-to advisor for the full gamut of antitrust mandates ensures that a roster of major corporates instructs the team to assist with the most complex competition enforcement and merger control matters. The firm is particularly well regarded for its cutting edge work on regulated cases; in a recent example, the group was involved with the judicial review of a CMA decision made in its tribunal capacity. The London-based Bruce Kilpatrick and Mark Molyneux  take the lead on advisory and litigious work, respectively. Over in Manchester, Samantha Haigh and managing associate Mark Crane are recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Bruce Kilpatrick; Mark Molyneux

          Other key lawyers:

          Samantha Haigh; Mark Crane; Rona Bar-Isaac

          Testimonials

          ‘Rona Bar-Isaac runs a very proficient competition team.’

          Key clients

          SSE Plc

          Finlays (James Finlay Ltd)

          Greater Manchester Combined Authority

          Elysian Capital

          Aberdeen City Council

          Tata Chemicals Europe

          Asda Stores Limited

          Work highlights

          • Represented SSE in the first ever judicial review of the CMA in its capacity as a tribunal.
          • Advised Finlays on global merger control issues, in particular those concerning the client’s disposal of its flowers business to Black Tulip.
          • Advising a range of public sector organisations on subsidy control issues.

          Employment Tier 2

          With connections to a global network of offices, Addleshaw Goddard covers employment-related litigation, investigations, compliance, and global mobility issues. Manchester team leader Michael Burns covers both contentious and non-contentious employment mandates, while legal director Kate McGough specialises in transaction matters related to employment issues, such as the transfer of employees from the private to public sector, as well as TUPE and redundancies. Legal director Victoria Davies is a highly experienced employment litigator, having appeared before the High Court and Employment Tribunal.

          Practice head(s):

          Michael Burns

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Michael Burns provides expert and very practical advice at very reasonable rates.’

          ‘We have followed Mike Burns on all of his moves, he understands our business and provides excellent support.’

          ‘Commercial, solution-driven, practical advice. Genuine focus on understanding and supporting our business to achieve our goals and objectives. Operates as an extension of our in-house teams.’

          Kate McGough is a diligent and knowledgeable non-contentious employment lawyer with great attention to detail.’

          ‘The team is extremely responsive to requests for guidance and support. They communicate extremely professionally and nothing appears to be an issue.’

          ‘The individuals are extremely friendly, approachable, respectful and speak in a way that is clear, concise and not patronizing and at all times remaining professional.’

          ‘Highly competent, dynamic service delivery, excellent business mindset. The Addleshaw team is great to work with. Plenty of ongoing information and advisory freely accessible on demand.’

          ‘Kate McGough is hugely client-centric and a trusted advisor. Michael Burns always provides a strategic flair to his expert advice. Great to work with them.’

          Key clients

          Geobear Infrastructure Limited

          Albatross RAE Limited

          Wireless CCTV Limited

          Merseytravel

          Stroma Building Control

          Bruntwood Sci-Tech Limited (a 50:50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General)

          Prime Global

          Elysian Capital LLP

          Oaktree Topco Limited (the holding company of the CPOMS business (CPOMS)), certain management shareholders (Management) including ECI Partners LLP (ECI).

          THG Group plc

          Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

          The Co-Operative Group Limited

          BP Plc

          Michelin Tyre plc

          Primark Limited

          J Murphy & Sons Limited

          Turtle Wax Limited

          Lancashire County Cricket Club

          William Hare Group Limited

          Morris Homes Limited

          City Facilities Management Limited

          William Hill Organization Limited

          Sharps Bedrooms Limited

          NFU Mutual

          DFSI M25 Limited t/a Papa John’s

          McCormick (UK) Limited

          Scotia Gas Networks Limited

          Tetra Pak CPS Limited

          Garic

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Geobear in an application for a prohibitory injunction against a former employee in order to enforce the restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions in the employee’s contract of employment.
          • Acted for Merseytravel on the TUPE implications of different options for the company, involving an analysis of how TUPE could apply in practice to various complex scenarios where there are numerous existing bus operators and various new operators (or franchisees) under any new system.
          • Acted for Bruntwood Sci-Tech Limited in respect of its bid to become the preferred partner of the University of Manchester to deliver, in joint venture, the £1.5bn innovation district known as ID Manchester.

          Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

          Addleshaw Goddard handles professional negligence claims for commercial clients, including those made against trustees of pension schemes, insurance brokers and solicitors. The team deals with matters relating to the banking and construction sectors and acts for lender clients in relation to negligence and fraud claims made against solicitors and surveyors. Nick Ashcroft heads the team alongside Susan Garrett, who is recognised for her work on claims that involve pensions, tax and trusts. Victoria Pool acts exclusively for policyholders in coverage disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          Nick Ashcroft; Susan Garrett

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Deal with very high-value cases despite being in a regional office.’

          Key clients

          Toyota Material Handling UK Limited

          Trustees of the BT Rolatruc Group Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

          Brian Sullivan

          Work highlights

          • Handled claim against former advisors alleging errors in the administration of the scheme and the provision of incorrect advice around equalisation of benefits resulting in the significant increase of the scheme’s liabilities.

          Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

          Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

          The practice at Addleshaw Goddard handles major infrastructure projects in energy, education, transport and healthcare. With experience in advising private and public sector sponsors, equity investors and financial institutions, the Manchester-based team is able to handle complex and novel procurements and arrangements between the public and private sector.  Practice co-head Michael O’Connor excels in procurement and finance project loans at the basis of public-private transactions. Andrew Pettinger  and Sara Gilmore also co-head the practice; Pettinger is experienced in local government work and PFI, while Gilmore specializes in high-scale energy projects. Philip Dupres is emerging in the team as a leading advisor on water projects.

          Practice head(s):

          Michael O’Connor; Andrew Pettinger; Sara Gilmore

          Other key lawyers:

          Rob Thompson; Stephanie Townley; Philip Dupres

          Key clients

          Gresham House Investment Management (Guernsey) Ltd

          Liberty Charge Limited

          Green Investment Group

          Manchester Metropolitan University

          Muse Developments Limited

          National Grid plc

          National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

          National Grid Gas plc

          Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

          Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

          Opus Energy

          Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

          SGN Place Limited

          Southern Water Services Limited

          SSE Enterprises

          SSE plc (Retail)

          SSE plc (Seagreen)

          Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

          West Yorkshire Combined Authority

          Anglian Water

          Cheshire East Council

          Cheshire West and Chester Council

          Department for Transport

          Greater London Authority

          HCP

          Health & Safety Executive

          High Speeds Two (HS2) Limited

          Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

          Imagile Group Ltd

          Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

          Leeds City Council

          Luton Borough Council

          Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

          MUFG Bank Ltd

          Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

          Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

          The Council of the City of Salford

          Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

          Transport for London

          United Utilities plc

          University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

          Wakefield City Council

          West Midlands Combined Authority

          Work highlights

            Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

            Addleshaw Goddard leverages its UK-wide and international network to support on an array of local, national and cross-border transactions. David Kirchin, a private equity expert, leads the practice and possesses an extensive knowledge of the energy, retail, consumer and financial services sectors; his team is also reputed for its equity capital markets and corporate real estate work and is instructed on a wealth of M&A, including technology, construction and housebuilding-related deals. Murray Jackalways focuses on the bigger picture’, catering to clients from the transport, healthcare and life sciences industries, among others.

            Practice head(s):

            David Kirchin

            Other key lawyers:

            Murray Jack; David Anderson; Laura Falls

            Testimonials

            ‘A high-quality team providing expert legal and commercial support to clients.’

            ‘David Kirchin and Laura Falls have an exceptional commercial awareness which makes then both an integral part of the client team on transactions but also provides an unparalleled ability to cut through issues and obstacles gaining the respect of not only their clients but the advisors on all sides. This, in my experience, is a very rare skill.’

            ‘AG take a pragmatic approach to transactions, working pro-actively with other stakeholders to find solutions and compromise. This ultimately helps principals “get the deal done”.’

            ‘Laura Falls takes a commercial approach, gets to the heart of the “big stuff” and doesn’t “sweat the small stuff”.’

            ‘The collaboration by Addleshaw Goddard with everyone involved with the transaction was first class. They took control of the process from the very beginning and drove the deal at a pace that was suitable for the scale and complexity of this type of negotiation. I can’t imagine there would be many Scottish firms capable of provided such a professional service whilst maintaining such a personal touch. Their partner managed the entire process from start to finish and was never far from the action. Overall I would have no qualms recommending Addleshaw Goddard to anyone involved with M&A.’

            ‘Murray Jack was always available when required and made the whole process as smooth as it could possibly be. His propensity not to argue every insignificant point and always focus on the bigger picture was appreciated by all parties and was ultimately the reason the negotiation were not only extremely successful but remained amicable throughout. Murray professionalism and attitude made a usually difficult undertaking bearable.’

            Key clients

            Souter Investments acting through Highland and Universal Securities Limited

            Par Fund Management Limited and Par Equity LLP

            Shareholders of Tulloch Homes Group Limited

            James Donaldson Group

            Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB)

            GENinCode plc

            Allenby Capital Limited

            ASA (listed on Oslo Stock Exchange) acting through its UK subsidiary NIC Enterprises Limited

            Shareholders of Targe Towing

            BGF

            National Timber Group (NTG) (backed by Cairngorm Capital)

            David Alexander and John Alexander (shareholders of DJ Alexander Holdings Limited)

            Censo Biotechnologies Limited

            Cairngorm Capital & ATB 2021 Bidco Limited (ATB)

            YFM Private Equity Limited

            Maven Capital (Maven)

            Work highlights

            • Advised Par Fund Management and Par Equity LLP on $400m disposal of Scottish medtech business Current Health to Best Buy Inc.
            • Advised the shareholders of Tulloch Homes Group Limited in £78.4m disposal of Tulloch Homes to AIM listed Springfield Properties plc.
            • Advised James Donaldson Group on the acquisition of Stewart Milne Timber Systems Limited and Kitchens International.

            Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

            Addleshaw Goddard, a firm with extensive national and international networks, is geared to support on acquisition, real estate, and project finance in addition to corporate refinancings. Alan Shanks  is an expert within the energy sector, overseeing the team which includes Euan Cluness, a go-to for corporate and asset-based lending transactions, as well as Gaenor Cassell who caters to a broad client roster of corporates, international and domestic banks, non-bank lenders and private equity funds. At the more junior end, legal director John Waller specialises in the financing of listed property investment trusts and property developments.

            Practice head(s):

            Alan Shanks

            Other key lawyers:

            Euan Cluness; Gaenor Cassell; Tom Speirs; Addi Spiers; John Waller; Peter Smartt; Simon Hart

            Testimonials

            ‘Approachable and knowledgeable around a number of banking matters and has a calm demeanor when faced with various challenges.’

            ‘The team is friendly, practical and proactive and assisted with putting together a bespoke transaction on a challenging timeline.’

            ‘I have worked on many transactions with Euan Cluness and the team for nearly a decade now and have always found their approach to be extremely professional in all aspects. Their knowedge, experience and practical nature deployed in negotiations makes them a great team to work with.’

            ‘The team are excellent partners during corporate refinance exercises and possess all the key traits one values- speed, pragmatism, commerciality, intellect and a clear can-do attitude.’

            ‘Euan Cluness is an excellent partner and is a real credit to both Addleshaws and himself personally. Extremely trustworthy, Euan is superb and possesses the all important ability to remain calm and focused during the maelstrom of complex corporate refinances.’

            ‘I find Addleshaw Goddard is able to ‘translate’ complex legal issues into language which bank and client can discuss easily. This, coupled with a very commercial approach to transactions, makes working with AG a pleasure. Partners and key associates are heavily involved in transactions so you always have comfort that transactions are properly resourced up to the highest level. Detailed fee quotes are always provided which makes it easy to track progress of a transaction versus costs incurred.’

            ‘I have worked closely with Euan Cluness  and Peter Smartt from Addleshaw Goddard. Both bring a highly commercial approach and detailed knowledge of the current banking/legal market, making them very easy to work with.’

            ‘In the banking team I work predominantly with Euan Cluness and his team. They are always very responsive, commercial and helpful. I would see Euan as a go-to lawyer if something unusual came across my desk – he and his team provide sound counsel and early advice sometimes on transactions that don’t necessarily progress immediately. Equally, I have found him extremely supportive on more demanding deals over the years.’

            Key clients

            National Westminster Bank plc

            Allied Irish Bank (AIB)

            Bank of Scotland

            Ability Group

            National Timber Group

            Clydesdale Bank Plc

            HSBC UK Bank PLC

            PNC Business Credit

            James Donaldson & Sons Limited

            ThinCats

            Barclays Bank plc

            Robertson Group

            Work highlights

            • Advising James Donaldson & Sons on the funding of the acquisition of Stewart Milne Timber Systems Limited. The funding was provided by a three bank club comprising Lloyds Bank, RBS and HSBC
            • Advising National Westminster Bank as agent for a syndicate comprising RBS, HSBC, Clydesdale Bank and Bank of Ireland in providing a £100m revolving credit facility to iomart Group plc, with an option to establish a £50m accordion facility
            • Advising The Ability Group in relation to its provision of a £121m term loan facility made available by Lone Star, a US based private equity firm, to refinance four Hilton hotels in Dunblane, Luton, Liverpool and London

            Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 2

            ‘Excellent across the board’, Addleshaw Goddard is a long-established player in the field of energy-related corporate transactions though has also significantly expanded its project development work over recent years. Alan Shanks is a transactional specialist in the primary and secondary markets of renewable energy assets, whereas Nick Taylor is a go-to for development project work including energy production facilities and onshore and offshore wind schemes; the pair co-lead the team alongside Sarah Baillie, a planning lawyer distinctly accredited by the Law Society of Scotland, as well as David McEwing who has transacted numerous acquisitions within the oilfield space.

            Practice head(s):

            Alan Shanks; Nick Taylor; Sarah Baillie; David McEwing

            Other key lawyers:

            Suzanne Moir; Anne Struckmeier

            Testimonials

            ‘The team has a breadth of knowledge and experience which can be accessed when required.’

            ‘AG has a long pedigree in renewable energy projects so we don’t need to explain commercial context to them. All services are available under one roof.’

            ‘Nick Taylor and Alan Shanks have first-class commercial experience that shapes their legal advice. That approach makes AG a valuable adviser.’

            ‘It is the strength and depth of the team that stands out at Addleshaw Goddard. From senior partners to junior solicitors they all provide a very high level of customer awareness, rigor and professionalism.’

            ‘As a lead partner, Alan Shanks provides expert leadership to his team and guidance to his clients. His dedication to achieving results within exacting timescales is greatly appreciated.’

            ‘The Addleshaw Goddard team are excellent across the board. They combine leading technical legal expertise and experience with astute commerciality and in-depth knowledge of energy projects. The practices areas all work seamlessly with our in-house legal and business teams- they have a culture of working together to get the job done. Whether it’s a highly complex, novel project or transaction, its done with bench strength from high quality and passionate partner leaders.’

            ‘Sarah Baillie is high calibre with incredible expertise and experience on consenting matters for energy projects. She stands out as very personable and highly knowledgeable.’

            ‘The Addleshaw Goddard team are excellent across the board. They combine leading technical legal expertise and experience with astute commerciality and in-depth knowledge of energy projects. The practices areas all work seamlessly with our in-house legal and business teams- they have a culture of working together to get the job done. Whether it’s a highly complex, novel project or transaction, its done with bench strength from high quality and passionate partner leaders.’

            Key clients

            Red Rock Power

            Vento Ludens Holding GmbH

            SSE plc

            3R Energy

            Flotation Energy

            Drax plc

            Blue Water Energy

            SGN plc

            Trojan Energy Limited

            INEOS

            Susgen

            Alcemi Storage Developments

            CNIM

            Aberdeen City Council

            Dundee City Council

            ERG

            Koehler Renewables

            Work highlights

            • Advising SSE on a 2.6GW floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland, one of the largest in Scotland.    
            • Advising Aberdeen City Council in relation to the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub and the procurement of a strategic joint venture partner to work with the Council over the next 20 years to stimulate the supply and demand for green hydrogen.
            • Advising  SGN on its bid to Ofgem and the delivery of SGN’s most pioneering project to date, constructing a world-first green hydrogen heating network.

            Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

            Addleshaw Goddard's practice is headed by Miles Ede, an expert in investment, development, asset management and portfolio transaction matters; he is vastly experienced in the telecoms, corporate occupier, commercial, digital infrastructure and residential sectors with the wider team also famed for its knowledge of energy and hospitality assets.

            Practice head(s):

            Miles Ede

            Other key lawyers:

            Kirsty Nicholson

            Testimonials

            ‘Cohesive team that are able to draw upon a broad range of skill sets and specialisms, whilst maintaining a joined-up approach.’

            ‘We have been particularly impressed by the adaptable nature of the individuals who have advised across a diverse range of issues. Kirsty Nicholson is our key point of contact and very capably co-ordinates the Addleshaw Goddard team.’

            ‘The team I turn to when I want commercially-astute advice.’

            ‘Miles Ede is excellent in complex negotiations.’

            Work highlights

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

              Working across multiple sites throughout Scotland, Addleshaw Goddard regularly handles a mix of data protection, tech litigation, and digital transformation projects, as well as an increasing volume of outsourcing contracts in the wealth platform space. Practice head David Anderson routinely advises clients on major strategic projects and investments into fast-growth technology businesses, spearheading the firm’s nationwide tech and fintech accelerator programme. The Aberdeen-based Ross McKenzie’s broad focus encompasses retail, consumer goods, and energy tech, while Helena Brown is noted for her capabilities in financial services and sports, assisting a host of clients with data protection and regulatory matters. Sam Lawson possesses key experience in systems procurement and implementation, while Glasgow-based Calum Fisher concentrates on e-commerce, software, and consumer goods. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless stated otherwise.

              Practice head(s):

              David Anderson

              Testimonials

              ‘David Anderson is a true gem untiring, and ferociously committed to agreed deadlines, were unwavering in their support and spot on in their commercial analysis of options as they presented.’

              ‘Addleshaw Goddard’s Scotland team has exceptional knowledge across a range of functions in the business. The IT, telecoms, and technology team is widely respected in Scotland, and the team has strong engagement with the wider tech industry.’

              ‘Helena and I have worked very closely over the last few years, and her knowledge/input is always extremely insightful.’

              Key clients

              FNZ (UK) Ltd

              Gener8 Ads Limited

              Tumelo Limited

              Capita Scaling Partners and Capital plc

              Par Fund Management and Par Equity

              YFM Private Equity

              CBS Business Consulting

              Trojan Energy Limited

              Work highlights

              • Advised FNZ (UK) Ltd on the negotiation of a new master services agreement between FNZ and a new customer (James Hay) for the provision of investment transaction and administration services through its technology platform.
              • Advised Capita on its strategic partnership with learning technology innovators Filtered Technologies Ltd.
              • Supported Tumelo on all aspects of its ESG technology proposition as it starts to integrate its software with investment and pension providers to help them win new clients and increase assets under management by engaging underlying investors with transparency and shareholder voting.

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 2

              Praised by clients for its ‘experienced, sensible, and knowledgeable‘ approach, Addleshaw Goddard is particularly renowned for its capabilities in the football sector, working with some of the largest clubs and governing bodies both within and beyond Scotland on a range of disputes, commercial issues, and other advisory mandates. Practice chair Simon Catto is a highly experienced litigator who regularly acts for clubs and individual players in contentious proceedings. Helena Brown focuses on commercial and regulatory instructions, serving as a key port of call for disruption-based issues over the course of the pandemic. Associate Erin Grieve, a Scottish FA-qualified referee, is instructed by numerous clubs and bodies to represent them in hearings and arbitrations. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh.

              Practice head(s):

              Simon Catto

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘This is a very niche market in Scotland and I cannot think of anyone else who provides such a comprehensive service.’

              ‘Simon Catto and Erin Grieve are both very experienced, very sensible and very knowledgeable.’

              Key clients

              Celtic Football Club

              The Scottish Football Association

              St Mirren Football Club

              Motherwell Football Club

              Kilmarnock Football Club

              Heart of Midlothian Football Club

              Edinburgh United Football Club

              Scottish Ice Hockey

              Andrew Butchart

              Sheffield Steelers

              Work highlights

              • Acting for Andrew Butchart in a disciplinary hearing regarding allegations of falsified covid-19 tests.
              • Providing regular support to SFA on an ongoing basis with responding to and processing Data Subject Access Requests, in accordance with their data protection obligations.
              • Representing Edinburgh United Football Club in appeal proceedings, following a Notice of Complaint when it was discovered that a number of their players had played in competitive matches despite not being formally registered with the SFA.

              Scotland > Transport Tier 2

              Shipping and ports works constitutes the cornerstone of Addleshaw Goddard's transport sector offering with Ed Watt being the key contact for this. His expertise includes ship transactions, offshore commercial contracts and ship registration and typically leads to instructions spanning various jurisdictions. While the team has traditionally mostly acted for shipowners, buyers and operators, it has recently been increasingly active for retail businesses requiring assistance with ocean freight and supply chain issues. Thanks to Sarah Baillie's planning and consenting expertise, the team is also well placed to advise on various infrastructure projects, such as ports and airports.

              Practice head(s):

              Testimonials

              ‘Vast experience and knowledge, diligent, organised and prompt to deal with questions.’

              ‘Very supportive, knowledgeable and professional team who specialize in shipping.’

              ‘Experts in shipbuilding contracts.’

              ‘Very helpful team assisting in a niche area of tax leasing and I have found the team to be excellent throughout this relatively protracted deal.’

              ‘I have worked with Ed Watt who is the subject matter expert on logistics transactions and has proven to be most valuable in relation to our logistics transactions.’

              ‘Ed Watt – clear and concise advice provided in a timely manner from someone who is clearly an expert in their field.’

              ‘Ed Watt has been extremely approachable and has helped simplify the highly complex logistics transactions and proves time and again to demystify a lot of the complexity.’

              Key clients

              Aberdeen City Council

              ASDA Stores Limited

              Bihar International Company

              Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd

              British-American Tobacco Holdings Ltd.

              Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd

              Caspian Marine Services

              Clydesdale Bank plc

              DP World

              Forth Ports Limited

              Highland and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL)

              INEOS FPS Lltd

              Strawson Holdings Ltd.

              Westcon Yards AS

              Work highlights

              • Advising DP World on a $1.7bn joint investment platform with CDC Group plc, which will invest in origin and destination ports, inland container depots, economic zones and other logistics assets across Africa.
              • Advising ASDA Stores Limited upon global ocean freight and logistics contracting and strategy amid the supply chain container crisis.
              • Advising Caledonian Maritime Assets on the procurement and shipbuilding contracts for two new passenger ferries.

              Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions Tier 2

              Headed by Polly Sprenger, the practice at Addleshaw Goddard is adept in both bringing and defending private prosecutions on behalf of corporate and individual clients, with particular expertise in bringing serious fraud cases in concert with its global investigations and civil fraud teams. The firm has been involved in a number of high-profile proceedings, including failed prosecutions that resulted in further litigation and criminal action, and is also able to contribute defence and investigations experience, enabling it to handle the full process. Alongside Sprenger’s SFO and asset recovery experience, the work of civil fraud specialist Mark Chesher is also key to the team.

              Practice head(s):

              Polly Sprenger

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              High quality resourcing never seems to be an issue, even very last minute.’

              Polly Sprenger is excellent. She is incredibly experienced in all aspects of both civil and criminal fraud, which is a real selling point for a civil litigator. She understands client needs and gives her all.’

              Outstanding legal subject matter expertise and timely client responsiveness.’

              Polly Sprenger is an outstanding legal counsel and extremely well-versed in the concerning legal matters.’

              The team are one of the best regarding client care, hard work and legal ability. They always go the extra mile. Their results speak for themselves. I can’t recommend them enough.’

              Polly Sprenger is superb. A fantastic lawyer, imaginative and fearless. The best in her field.’

              Key clients

              Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited

              Global chemical and ingredients distributor

              Arena Television Limited (in Administration)

              S-RM – Global Risk Consultancy

              Nardello & Co LLC

              Ground Truth Intelligence

              Work highlights

              • Advising private individuals on a private prosecution following an alleged fraud of $2 million.
              • Advising Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited and Glaston Plc on a private prosecution brought against a former director.
              • Advising a global chemical and ingredients distributor in investigating an employee fraud, as well as defending a threatened civil claim brought by one of its customers.

              Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard is instructed by family owned businesses, local and international companies as well as private equity houses. It specialises in corporate M&A and real estate taxation, employment tax and incentives. Regional practice head Martin Griffiths often supports SMEs through its life cycle.

              Practice head(s):

              Martin Griffiths

              Other key lawyers:

              Jade Chan

              Testimonials

              ‘Excellent team, very clear advice well delivered for a complex problem. Highly recommended.’

              ‘Versus other lawyers, I always get the impression Martin Griffiths attempts to do the thinking for me. He will never enter a call without several options and solutions to work through – and during such a discussion he does not shy away from giving his opinion as to both the likelihood of the risk and the severity of its impact. His notes are always high quality, high impact and easy to follow. He cuts through noise and fluff to deliver the advice and analysis I want in the quickest, simplest and most concise form.’

              ‘Martin Griffiths in Leeds, in particular, is a sharp and pragmatic lawyer who I have used for many years (and many deals).’

              Key clients

              AsdaMarks & Spencer

              Alpha FX Group Plc

              Alpha Financial Markets Consulting Plc

              Deutsche Leasing

              Primark Stores Ltd

              North Edge

              LDC

              West Midlands Combined Authority

              Diageo Plc

              Work highlights

              • Advised Infinity Works, a digital technology business, on £50m sale to Accenture.
              • Advised shareholders on the US$100 million disposal of the 6Point 6 group to a bid co led by private equity house, ICG, who took a minority stake.
              • Advised shareholders on the £62m disposal of Sneak Energy Limited to a bid company led by private equity house, True Capital.

              Real estate > Planning Tier 3

              Managing associate Daniel Marston heads up Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds-based team and from the firm’s London office, Marnix Elsenaar oversees the planning and infrastructure consenting practice. Marston assists regional developers, including Strawson, Horncastle, Hub, Muse and Sewell, and focuses on the planning aspects of energy, residential and mixed-use developments. The team also counts regeneration projects in its workload.

              Practice head(s):

              Daniel Marston; Marnix Elsenaar

              Key clients

              BP

              National Grid

              SGN

              Strawson

              Newark and Sherwood District Council

              London Luton Airport

              Muse

              Sewell

              Richardson and Ask Real Estate

              Horncastle Group

              Siemens

              Vita

              Threadneedle

              Euro Properties

              Luton Borough Council

              Aviva

              Boklok Housing

              Calderdale Council

              Kirklees Council

              Hub Group

              Network Rail

              Asda

              UPL

              Bruntwood

              Work highlights

              • Acting for Richardson and Ask Real Estate on the development of a c.£57m, 245 unit build-to-rent scheme at Tower Works, Holbeck, Leeds.
              • Obtaining planning permission for the development of the Yorkshire Energy Park, which will include 39MW of on-site energy generation, a 600 rack data centre and circa 83,074sqm of industrial and distribution floorspace for Hull Eco Parks Limited.
              • Advising Hub (in partnership with bridges fund management) on the purchase of two residential sites on Whitehall road in Leeds, and on its subsequent planning application and section 106 agreement.

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds-based team boasts an enviable client roster of household names, including Associated British Foods, Asda and Volkswagen, and has demonstrable experience in contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to patents, trade marks and designs. The team, which is also noted for its trade mark filing practice, is led by Georgina Powling, who focuses on agreements relating to the exploitation of IP rights, as well as advising on transactional work. Associate Alice Chaplin, who has experience in IP licensing and litigation, is another key member of the practice.

              Practice head(s):

              Georgina Powling

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘AG’s lawyers are of a consistently high quality and are reasonably priced.’

              Key clients

              Associated British Foods/Primark

              British Airways/ International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A

              Diageo Great Britain Limited

              Asda Stores Ltd

              Volkswagen

              Impact Capital Limited

              Ted Baker

              Britvic

              Caddick/Moda Living

              Royal Mail Group

              Work highlights

              • Advised ASDA in relation to its GEORGE brand licence agreement with Walmart.
              • Advised Ted Baker on the IP terms in its first UK retail franchise agreement.
              • Managing the trade mark portfolios of a range of companies, including a number of household names such as Harrods, Kickers International, MoneySuperMarket and Travelodge Hotels.

              Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

              The team at Addleshaw Goddard is adept at the full suite of contentious financial services affairs, from civil and regulatory investigations through to criminal and independent investigations and remediation/redress exercises. Practice head Nichola Peters counts money laundering and market abuse cases among her key strengths, while David Pygott serves as an expert on insider dealing, mishandling of inside information and anti-money laundering affairs. Sarah Thomas is the other key partner in the team, particularly for her capabilities in sensitive whistleblowing matters.

              Practice head(s):

              Nichola Peters

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Speed of response, ability to dive straight into an issue at very short notice.’

              ‘Pragmatic, sensible and on hand when you need them. Take a balanced approach blending the technical legal position with a genuinely commercial approach.’

              ‘David Pygott brings a huge depth of knowledge and always seeks to apply it pragmatically to the benefit of his clients.’

              ‘David Pygott is excellent – careful, detail-oriented and knowledgeable.’

              Key clients

              Alsford Page & Gems Ltd

              The banks founding the Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS)

              Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

              Active on a number of fronts, Addleshaw Goddard is particularly accomplished in the retail investment, investment management and insurance advisory fields. Amanda Hulme serves as practice head, honing her focus on retail and SME banking matters, namely paperless and digital delivery, branch redesign and access to cash matters. Rosanna Bryant serves as the group’s transactional specialist, leading on banking deals and Part VII arrangement mandates, while Lorna Finlayson’s core strengths encompass ESG compliance, EBA outsourcing and ring fencing issues.

              Practice head(s):

              Amanda Hulme

              Other key lawyers:

              Rosanna Bryant; Lorna Finlayson; Ben Koehne; Steven Francis; Richard Small

              Testimonials

              ‘Great work with AG consulting. They’ve been very supportive to me and obviously the team are at the top of their game in the regulatory space.’

              ‘Rosanna Bryant and the team are very client centric, commercial and accommodating.’

              ‘Steven Francis is a standout.’

              Key clients

              FNZ (UK) Ltd

              Frontier (IP)

              Hiscox UK

              Jordan International Bank

              Investec

              Reclaim Fund Ltd

              Central England Cooperative

              Yorkshire Building Society

              Metro Bank

              Shawbrook

              Work highlights

              • Worked with investment platform provider FNZ on the launch of FNZ Impact, an innovative tool allowing investors and advisers/managers to assess their portfolios and potential investments against independent ESG criteria.
              • Acting as adviser to Reclaim Fund Ltd (RFL), which operates the UK dormant assets scheme, advising on the redesign and change to its ownership and governance structure following the decision by the Office of National Statistics to classify RFL as a public body for statistical purposes and on the substantial expansion of the UK dormant assets scheme.

              Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘terrific team with great attention to detail and amazing client engagement’. It acts in the full range of civil fraud claims, from initial investigations and injunctive relief issues to the prosecution of actions, and ultimately, enforcement and recovery matters. Clients include corporates, banks and high-net-worth individuals. Polly Sprenger has experience acting before the civil and criminal courts; she leads the practice together with Maria Frangeskides who is noted for being ‘very clear and concise in her advice’. Commercial disputes practitioner Mark Molyneux  also handles a number of fraud cases, and Mark Chesher made partner in May 2022.

              Practice head(s):

              Maria Frangeskides; Polly Sprenger

              Other key lawyers:

              Mark Molyneux; Lauren Hamilton; Mark Chesher; Alex Unger; Paul Ferguson

              Testimonials

              ‘We worked with a fantastic team at AG and we are very happy with their work ethic, always available and very clearly know the areas of law they specialise in.’

              ‘I worked with Maria Frangeskides and she is absolutely excellent. She is very approachable and very clear and concise in her advice.’

              ‘The team are one of the best regarding client care, hard work and legal ability. They always go the extra mile. Their results speak for themselves. I can’t recommend them enough.’

              ‘Polly Sprenger is superb. A fantastic lawyer, imaginative and fearless.’

              ‘Excellent litigation firm, with real strength in civil fraud matters.’

              ‘A terrific team with great attention to detail and amazing client engagement.’

              ‘You will get real hands-on involvement from partners who are committed to your case.’

              ‘Mark Molyneux is one of the standout lawyers in the market. He really understands what his client’s commercial wants and needs, and he knows how to get it.’

              Key clients

              Unitel S.A.

              CDC Group Plc

              Langston Group Corporation

              Kroll Advisory Limited

              Pendragon (Master) Fund Limited

              Work highlights

              • Acting for Unitel SA in proceedings it has brought against Unitel International Holdings BV.
              • Acting for CDC defending a $200m Commercial Court claim brought by Crane Bank Limited (a Ugandan bank) for unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt alleged to arise from the acquisition of Crane Bank’s assets by DFCU Bank Limited.
              • Representing Langston Corporation and a Lebanese businessman in a claim for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation against the Championship football club Cardiff City FC and its owner.

              Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘nimble‘ offering leverages the firm’s international office network to represent major corporates in disputes. Technology is a sector of particular focus and growth for the group, with Lauren Hamilton standing out as a key contact for such work; the team has latterly seen surges in instruction across the core fields of transformation projects, software licensing, and data issues. London-based Mark Molyneux heads up the global disputes practice, while Bill Gilliam oversees the commercial litigation department from the Leeds office. Other recommended practitioners based in the capital include ‘brilliant thinker and strategistNatasha Winter, who made partner in May 2022, and Paul Chaplin, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in February of the same year.

              Practice head(s):

              Mark Molyneux; Bill Gilliam

              Other key lawyers:

              Lauren Hamilton; Maria Frangeskides; Richard Wise; Jon Tweedale; Natasha Winter; Paul Chaplin; Alex Hogarth

              Testimonials

              ‘Great legal knowledge and experience, access to additional specialist expertise across the firm, practical approach.’

              ‘Maria Frangeskides – great knowledge of the law, and superb judgement. Maria asks the right questions, at the right time, enabling her to formulate a well-judged plan, which is then driven through with energy and decision. She is also a great team leader, bringing out the best in people, whilst leading decisively.’

              ‘Strong litigation practice. Excellent anticipation of future challenges. Responsiveness. Strong relationships. Practical nature of advice.’

              ‘Mark Molyneux is a particularly skilled litigator with excellent strategic insight.’

              ‘We’ve had brilliant support from the litigation team at Addleshaw Goddard over the past year, helping us through tough market conditions and various supplier disputes. The team are knowledgeable and pragmatic, and importantly they understand our business.’

              ‘Mark Molyneux and new parter Natasha Winter are undoubtedly stand-out individuals within Addleshaw Goddard’s commercial litigation practice. Mark Molyneux is a seasoned litigator who is impressive on strategy and creative thinking. Natasha Winter is a brilliant thinker and strategist, which she combines with strong client rapport.’

              ‘Top notch commercial team – nimble and well resourced.’

              ‘Alex Hogarth is very impressive indeed. He is quick to assimilate new material, a creative thinker, and very pragmatic with excellent judgement. Highly recommended.’

              Key clients

              Unitel S.A.

              Lopesan Touristik S.A.

              Carphone Warehouse

              BP

              Vueling Airlines

              Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

              Langston Corporation

              Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

              Ted Baker plc

              White Oak Europe Acquisition Limited

              Weyerhaeuser Company

              CDC Group

              GSK

              Diageo

              ABF

              Lineage Logistics

              Jardine Motors Group

              PZ Cussons

              Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd

              IAG

              Stats Perform Inc

              Samworth Brothers

              Manchester Airport Group

              Speedy Hire Plc

              Work highlights

              • Acting for Unitel in its £300m Commercial Court claim against a Dutch company owned by Isabel dos Santos arising out of the “Luanda Leaks”.
              • Acting for Carphone Warehouse in two claims against O2, alleging that O2 breached its obligations in relation to the client’s marketing of O2 products causing Carphone Warehouse to suffer a £26m loss of profits/liquidated damages.
              • Acting for Panamanian company Langston Corporation and Lebanese businessman Sam Hammam in a claim for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation against the Championship football club Cardiff City FC and its owner, Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan.

              Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard is regularly appointed by a wide range of employers, from large public companies to start-ups, to advise on executive and management pay, remuneration policies, corporate government matters, and the incentives aspects of major corporate transactions, among others. Receiving strong praise from clients is practice head Jonathan Fletcher Rogers, who is described as 'extremely knowledgeable and a expert in employee share schemes'. Another key practitioner is Leeds-based Martin Griffiths.

              Practice head(s):

              Jonathan Fletcher Rogers

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘My overall sense is that they strive for commercial outcomes, balancing risk, reward and cost.’

              ‘Jonathan Fletcher Rogers is able to synthesise complex arguments into relatively plain and understandable language, particularly where debate with remuneration committees is required.’

              ‘The firm gives confidence that it has looked into the issue in detail so the advice received is as full and complete as possible.’ 

              ‘Jonathan Fletcher Rogers is quick to respond and adheres to timescales. He is very logical in his thought processes. Advice is clear and is both legal and solution based. Pleasure to deal with.’ 

              ‘Jonathan Fletcher Rogers is extremely knowledgeable and an expert in employee share schemes. He is very easy and pleasant to deal with, and always very available and engaged.’ 

              ‘Addleshaw Goddard’s employee share scheme team is highly responsive, diligent and fast. Additionally, the team members that we worked with were commercially minded and proactively developed ideas to improve our employee share scheme. I would certainly recommend them.’ 

              ‘I am impressed by AG’s ‘one firm’ mentality where our lead partner was able to bring a range of experts to us effortlessly – a huge plus to a corporate client.’ 

              Key clients

              Britvic

              LBG Media

              Rathbones Group

              McBride

              MusicMagpie

              Associated British Food

              Sanne Group

              Moneysupermarket.com Group

              Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings

              Rothermere Continuation

              Work highlights

              • Advised Rothermere Continuation on the employee share scheme aspects of its £3bn takeover office for Daily Mail & General Trust.
              • Advised Sanne Group on the employee incentives aspects of its £1.5bn takeover by Apex.
              • Acted for LBG Media on the employee incentives aspects of its AIM IPO.

              Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard‘s pensions disputes group is positioned to handle litigation arising out of SIPPs, SSAS and pensions products, as well as instructions related to pensions liberation and fraud. The group is also well-versed in data breach issues relating to pensions. The team is led from Manchester by Susan Garrett (who has ‘the sort of experience you cannot buy‘), who is an expert in professional negligence claims, in addition to pensions liberation and fraud cases, and warranty and indemnity claims. In Leeds, Rachel Uttley focuses on internal dispute resolution procedures and pension ombudsman claims, while Jade Murray, head of the SIPPs and pension products team, acts for trustees and administrators in a variety of contentious issues. Rachel Rawnsley is also in Leeds and has a strong trustee client base and London’s Catherine McAllister is the name to note for court applications seeking directions and rectification.

              Practice head(s):

              Susan Garrett

              Testimonials

              ‘Strong team, good balance of technical pensions knowledge and litigation experience. Involved in some big cases in recent years.’

              ‘Catherine McAllister has great pensions know-how, leading light in resolving the mess caused by GMP equalisation. Jade Murray is respected across the industry, commercial awareness and able to identify novel solutions to otherwise intractable problems.

              ‘The pensions dispute team are a delight to work with. They are a dynamic and holistic team, feeding expertise from the advisory side where necessary, as well as being great team players. Their pensions expertise stands out in a competitive market.’

              ‘I also worked with Catherine McAllister who is on the advisory side of the team and her knowledge of the territory was remarkable. She is great to work with and has a knack for grounding abstract legal issues firmly in practice, which is invaluable during trials.’

              ‘The team is very conscious of client expectations, particularly in relation to costs, and works hard to meet and manage them. The members are hard-working and put in the necessary hours, particularly when deadlines approach, but also try to plan ahead to avoid difficulties. The team overall is one of the larger pensions teams in my experience and is able to draw on additional resources of personnel when pressure of work demands it.’

              ‘Susan Garrett – a litigation partner with the sort of experience you cannot buy.

              ‘The Addleshaw Goddard team are smart, friendly and efficient and were brilliant at getting me up to speed quickly for a rectification application.’

              ‘Catherine McAllister and Susan Garrett are stand out individuals – they are brilliant at quickly getting on top of all the issues, ask the right questions and also lovely people to work with.’

              Key clients

              Britvic Plc

              Toyota Material Handling UK Limited

              The Trustees of the BT Rolatruc Staff Life Assurance and Pension Scheme

              Trustee of the Asda Group Pension Scheme

              CMG Pension Trustees Limited

              Trustee of the Mercer Master Trust

              Pension Insurance Corporation

              Trustee of the Kellogg GB Pension Fund

              Rothermere Continuation Limited (shareholder of Daily Mail and General Trust Plc)

              Co-operative Group

              Diageo

              Trustee of the Ibstock Pension Scheme

              Trustee of the Royal Blind Group Pension Scheme

              Virgin Money

              Financial Services Compensation Scheme

              Work highlights

              • Successfully acted for Britvic plc in an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the interpretation of the pension scheme’s deed and rules.
              • Acting for Toyota Material Handling UK Limited and the Trustees of the BT Rolatruc Staff Life Assurance and Pension Scheme in a professional negligence claim against their former advisor, Mercer Limited.
              • Acted for CMG Pension Trustees Limited in two sets of court proceedings concerning the CMG UK Pension Scheme.

              Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

              Clients see the pensions lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard as 'excellent, considered and thoughtful', advising employers, trustees, representative beneficiaries and pensions professionals on the spectrum of pensions issues, including public sector scheme issues and scheme investments. Rachel Rawnsley heads the national pensions practice, while the London team is headed by Catherine McAllister . Judith Donnelly is the name to note for public sector pensions.

              Practice head(s):

              Catherine McAllister; Rachel Rawnsley

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Catherine McAllister provides high quality pragmatic advice and has particular expertise in distilling complex topics in an understandable way to her clients.’

              ‘Knowledge in depth’

              ‘Our lead lawyer is excellent, considered and thoughtful.’

              Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard climbs the ranking having expanded the scope of its DCM work beyond its core area of social housing finance. The firm has also recruited to bolster its skillset. Carl Posern, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, brings extensive experience advising on European covered bond transactions. Jacqueline Heng, formerly of Norton Rose Fulbright, frequently advises dealers and issuers on international transactions, among them EMTN programmes, standalone bonds, ECP and CD programmes, convertible bonds, structured notes and private placements. They join practice head Beth Collett, who is 'a class above' and works closely with key partner Steve Mackie on social housing finance. Collett acted for BNP Paribas, HSBC Bank plc and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc in a £350m issuance by Onward Homes Ltd. One client sees the firm as 'the market -leading franchise in debt capital markets issuance for the social housing sector - dependable, clear and reliable'.

              Practice head(s):

              Beth Collett

              Other key lawyers:

              Carl Posern; Jacqueline Heng; Steve Mackie; Jennie Chilton; Kristi Green; Beth Lindsey

              Testimonials

              ‘Always great to work with!’

              ‘Beth Collett remains an outstanding partner to have along side us in any social housing transaction. A class above.’

              ‘Highly experienced and knowledgeable in the area of social housing bonds and the social housing sector. The AG team is my No.1 team for social housing bonds. Transaction management is highly organised and efficient and this is extremely important since we have to coordinate a number of parties and work-streams (including property and security) which need to come together prior to launch and execution. Competitive quotes and very good value for money. Super responsive’

              ‘Beth Collett is the best legal mind in the City and a renowned expert with regard to social housing bonds. This makes her my first choice for these types of transactions and her flourishing practice speaks for itself. Beth consistently looks beneath the surface and matters which might have caused issues down the line are dealt with at an early stage (even before issuer counsel has even realised there is an issue). She is well-respected by our clients for this reason. Her meticulous attention to detail is unrivalled.

              ‘Jennie Chilton is the safest pair of hands on the property side of transactions and has very decent associates to support the security workstream.’

              ‘The market-leading franchise in debt capital markets issuance for the social housing sector – dependable, clear and reliable. Pragmatic, and collaborative.’

              ‘Beth Collet is always available, commercial, pragmatic and reliable – really drives capital markets processes. Jennie Chilton really drives valuation processes and always finds a solution to challenging issues and tight timeframes. Kristi Green – managing associate – is very efficient and always on hand to drive forward processes Beth Lindsey – associate – very pragmatic and efficient in terms of resolving issues.’

              Key clients

              Assura PLC

              Banco Santander, S.A.

              Barclays Bank PLC

              BNP Paribas

              Co-operative Group Limited

              HSBC Bank plc

              Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc

              M&G Trustee Company Limited

              MUFG Securities EMEA Limited

              National Australia Bank Limited

              National Bank of Canada

              NatWest Markets Plc

              RBC Europe Limited

              SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

              Work highlights

              • Advising Assura in relation to the issue of £300,000,000 1.625% Guaranteed Sustainability Bonds due 2033. This was the first issuance under its Sustainable Finance Framework.
              • Advising Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, HSBC Bank plc, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc, National Australia Bank Limited and NatWest Markets Plc as Dealers and The Law Debenture Trust Corporation p.l.c. as Note Trustee and Security Trustee in connection with Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited’s £2,000,000,000 Note Programme.
              • Advising National Bank of Canada on its structured note issuances (including advising on the development of new structured products for the issuer and advisory work on issued structured products.

              Finance > Securitisation Tier 3

              At Addleshaw Goddard, ‘the securitisation team unfailingly takes the time to ensure that it understands the intricacies of a possible transaction before formulating a price proposal‘. The firm’s work is broad in scope, spanning both public and private securitisations, secured bonds and CLOs. In terms asset classes, its work encompasses RMBS, consumer loans, auto loans, SME loans, CMBS, ERM, infrastructure, trade receivables and whole business deals. The vastly experienced Rachel Kelly leads the practice and clients note that she and legal director Kerry Pettigrew ‘combine highly effectively, providing insightful structuring solutions and a readiness to provide time and attention even for relatively smaller transactions‘. Carl Posern, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, and Jacqueline Heng, formerly of Norton Rose Fulbright, are key additions to the practice, adding considerable experience in structured debt. Emerging partner talent Zoe Connor advised fintech Updraft on securitisation techniques as part of its £88m debt and equity funding.

              Practice head(s):

              Rachel Kelly

              Testimonials

              ‘The AG securitisation team unfailingly takes the time to ensure that it understands the intricacies of a possible transaction before formulating a price proposal.’

              ‘Rachael Kelly and Kerry Pettigrew combine highly effectively: insightful structuring solutions and a readiness to provide time and attention even for relatively smaller transactions.’

              ‘Zoe Connor provided us with immense support, guidance and explained any advice that she provide in a way that was clear and concise for our Team to understand.’

              ‘Rachel Kelly and Kerry Pettigrew were the key individuals that I worked with. The stand out factor with them is that, as in-house counsel with no structured finance experience, they explained how the engagement would work, in straightforward enough terms that a solicitor could understand.’

              ‘As a firm, my experience has been one of top class service and a wide range of expertise in the Firm, with some fantastic individuals driving the business. This enabled us to have a strong collaboration on a a subject matter where Addleshaw’s Team were able to guide us through to a successful conclusion’

              ‘Our engagement with Beth Collett has been very constructive. She has showed a clear commitment to reach the right outcome for us, her client, understanding our risk vs commercial preferences and navigating negotiations in a constructive manner.’

              ‘Addleshaws’ securitisation practice contains the experience of ex-Magic Circle lawyers, combined with a practical and well-costed approach to client care.’

              ‘Value added service, and collaboration across teams where there is an appreciation and understanding of a client’s risk vs commercial requirements.’

              Key clients

              Updraft

              HSBC Bank plc

              NatWest Markets plc

              Prudential Trustee Company Limited

              Assura PLC

              Banco Santander, S.A.

              Barclays Bank PLC

              Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc

              M&G Trustee Company Limited

              National Australia Bank Limited

              National Bank of Canada

              NatWest Markets Plc

              Finance > Trade finance Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard has a strong track record in the mid-market trade finance space and across the variety of working capital products on the lending side. It focuses predominantly on domestic work, acting for both borrowers and lenders, though there is a growing cross-border element to its work. Among its clients are clearing banks, overseas banks, funds and numerous specialist sector providers. Lead partner Mike Davison acted for Press Glass Group in its €265m group financing facilities provided by a syndicate of banks led by PKOP Bank Polski.

              Practice head(s):

              Mike Davison

              Key clients

              PNC Bank and PNC Business Credit

              BNP Paribas & BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Ltd

              Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance

              HSBC Bank PLC & HSBC Invoice Finance Limited

              FGI Finance LLC

              Breal Zeta Commercial Finance

              Bank Leumi & Leumi ABL Limited

              ABN Amro Asset Based FInance

              Close Brothers Group Plc & Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

              Omniveta DK Holdings ApS (and Group Companies)

              Advance Global Capital

              AIB Commercial Finance

              Metro Bank

              Blazehill Capital

              Work highlights

              • Acting in relation to the administration of Arena Television to secure, worldwide freezing injunctions against each director, a £100 million summary judgement against each director and their subsequent bankruptcies.
              • Advising on the refinancing of the group’s committed receivables facilities provided by a syndicate of lenders.
              • Advising in relation to a €265,000,000 Group financing facilities with a syndicate of banks led by PKOP Bank Polski.

              Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard is described by one client as a ‘silver circle firm with magical expertise’ in political risk, credit insurance and warranty & indemnity insurance. The Bermuda Form remains a particular speciality of practice head, Richard Wise and managing associate Laura Payne. He is also regularly instructed by US policyholders in relation to disputes in London or governed by English law. Natasha Winter made partner in May 2022.

              Practice head(s):

              Richard Wise

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Natasha Winter – very smart, savvy and details orientated. leaves no stone unturned.’

              ‘Silver circle firm with magical expertise – the firm deserves to be up there with those they appear on the other side too. We see the scale and volume of their work first-hand. Partners are approachable on all levels.’

              ‘Richard Wise is a wonderful attorney. He stands out in terms of practicality, intelligence, and the ability to move the case forward in an incredibly thoughtful and efficient manner.’

              ‘The team at Addleshaw Goddard are first class. They have an abundance of resources to call upon and a high level of experience and knowledge from top to bottom. Whilst all the individuals I have dealt with are exceptional lawyers, they are also extremely personable and easy to work with, certainly from counsel’s perspective.’

              ‘Richard Wise is a real star in the making. Richard is very bright and is able to cut through the chaff and to focus on the issues that really matter. He has an amazing work ethic but is very personable at the same time. A joy to work with.’

              ‘Natasha Winter – new partner this year. A very well deserved promotion. Very good with clients and counsel alike and a very good eye for the detail. She is also tactically very astute.’

              ‘Laura Payne is a real pleasure to work with. She is the engine room of the team who has an amazing ability to recall all relevant details and documents. Exceptionally bright and hard working.’

              ‘Laura Payne is a really outstanding associate – a master of detail and unbelievably responsive.’

              Key clients

              FBN Bank (UK) Limited

              Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

              White Oak Europe Acquisition Limited

              Work highlights

              • Acting for White Oak Europe Acquisition Limited in a £19m claim in the Commercial Court concerning coverage under a buyer-side W&I insurance policy arising from its acquisition of a group of UK companies in 2018.
              • Acting for a Fortune 500 company in arbitrations with excess liability insurers concerning losses in excess $300m arising from the use of one its products.
              • Acting for a FTSE 250 company in relation to aggregation issues relating to its claim for business interruption coverage in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

              Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

              Head of the investment management group and co-head of the firm’s real estate sector at Addleshaw Goddard Lee Sheldon , has experience leading the real estate funds offering in advising LPs and GPs on ultra-high-net-worth fund formation and establishment. Notably, the team successfully navigated investors through the difficult fundraising landscape at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, launching multiple funds for emerging GPs. In addition, it is entrusted by its clients to to work ESG issues into existing funds; Jan Gruter has particular expertise in this field.  Daniel Woolston is well-equipped to advise fund managers, asset managers, developers, family offices and financial institutions. Jonathan Powling departed the firm in mid-2021 to DLA Piper.

              Practice head(s):

              Lee Sheldon

              Other key lawyers:

              Aiden McConville; Daniel Woolston; Jan Gruter; Liam Diggins

              Testimonials

              ‘Client care and a true understanding of our needs. The core focus remains on properly servicing our evolving requirements.’

              ‘Great solid team. Low attrition, very loyal and hard working. leaders in their sector market.’

              ‘Aiden McConville is a rising star associate. Wise beyond his years!’

              ‘Daniel Woolston – cannot help enough in walking us through our first fund so that we are completely confident in our choices, structure and we understand what we are doing and why.’

              ‘They have an extremely strong and professional team, who are client focused and dependable. They understand the importance and criticality of client deadlines and are able to ensure that milestones are met/adhered to.’

              ‘Despite cutting across various teams, the service provided from a client perspective has been seamless.’

              Key clients

              Aldar

              LGPS Central

              Gravis Capital Management Ltd

              IMMO Capital

              Q Investment Partners

              Northtree Investment Management Limited

              Aberdeen Standard Investments

              The National LGPS Framework

              Aviva Investors

              Federated Hermes

              Kamco Invest

              Par Equity

              EcoTree (Paintitgreen S/A)

              Pension Insurance Corporation

              Warrington Borough Council

              Work highlights

              • Advised Par Equity on its high-profile partnership with Aviva Investors which has the potential to capture 1.4 million tonnes of carbon from Glen Dye Moor in West Aberdeenshire over the life of the project and will see a huge amount of investment going into Glen Dye Moor.

              Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard is particularly active in major city regeneration schemes, acting for some of London’s biggest developers. It also represents several overseas investors, particularly from Asia and the Middle East; Leona Ahmed is the key contact for cross-border real estate matters. The team continues to be instructed on alternative asset classes, with divisional managing partner Adrian Collins specialising in BTR and student accommodation while Rachel Orton is an expert in the senior living and healthcare sectors. Practice head Iain Hindhaugh's wide range of expertise includes international inbound investment, listed UK PropCos, logistics as well as acting for corporate occupiers. Chris Cartwright  co-heads the corporate occupiers team in London.

              Practice head(s):

              Adrian Collins; Iain Hindhaugh

              Other key lawyers:

              Chris Cartwright; Leona Ahmed

              Testimonials

              ‘We benefit from a very longstanding relationship with the firm and key partners which allows for open and honest exchange of opinions – it also means they understand our drivers as a client.’

              Key clients

              British Land

              Pension Insurance Corporation

              Argent LLP

              Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd

              Canary Wharf Group

              Aviva Investors

              Federated Hermes

              The Eden Fund

              KAMCO

              Terra Firma

              Angelo Gordon

              Heimstaden

              Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

              QIP Investments

              Civitas Social Housing Plc

              McLaren Property

              Real estate > Planning Tier 3

              Working as a national team across the UK, Addleshaw Goddard‘s planning practice is instructed on both infrastructure and development mandates.  On the infrastructure side, the team has experienced growth in its promoter practice and is noted for its expertise in handling promotions for transport sector clients. Housing and regeneration schemes continue to be a focus for the firm, with practice head Marnix Elsenaar acting on a number of mixed-use projects for major developers, including British Land. Gary Sector handles both contentious and advisory work, with a particular focus on energy infrastructure. Managing associate Sarah Hodge provides strong support, specialising in planning and infrastructure consenting work.

              Practice head(s):

              Marnix Elsenaar

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘A strong and proactive team offering expedient advice.’

              ‘Engaging, highly professional and personable.’

              Key clients

              Pocket Living

              Elysian Residences

              Avanton

              Dandara

              Hub Residential

              Pension Insurance Company

              Middlecap

              British Land

              Muse Developments

              Guys and St Thomas Hospital

              Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

              Since the start of 2022, Zoe Maurer has been leading the real estate finance team at Addleshaw Goddard, and she handles mandates for both lenders and borrowers regarding investment and development finance across a range of asset classes, including hotels and leisure, offices, retail, and industrial and residential housing. Previous team leader Steve Mackie is still an active member of the group, with extensive experience in real estate-backed finance, social housing finance work, and student accommodation mandates. Sarah Egbu specialises in hotel finance, whilst Paul Salsbury is a member of the firm’s cross-border real estate group, and thus has expertise handling both UK-based and pan-European real estate finance. Zak Ikponmwosa is skilled at handling work involving multiple debt issues and cross-border matters, and Ian Kyno was promoted to partner in May 2022.

              Practice head(s):

              Testimonials

              ‘AG has a particular strength in collaborating well amongst different teams and offices within the firm. AG’s Finance team in London are excellent at managing transactions and liaising with local offices in the Middle East to provide a full transaction service.’

              ‘The Addleshaw team are able to work efficiently to minimise costs whilst they provide great service, advice and transaction management, enabling smooth transactions and happy borrowers and bank.’

              ‘The team are solid and know the market well. Very easy to interact with and very down to earth. The team made all the time for us that we needed and nothing was ever an issue.’

              ‘Excellent commercial awareness, striking just the right balance between commercial and legal considerations. Team works seamlessly with other departments within the firm (property, corporate etc).’

              ‘Zak Ikponmwosa has been an outstanding member of the REF team at AG – he is always available to provide sound and commercial advice under tight or short timeframes, yet he always delivers quality advice and help. Zak always goes the extra mile to assist.’

              ‘Sarah Egbu is a particularly good lawyer – her ability to provide guidance between both legal and commercial implications of deal negotiating points is highly valuable to us as a client.’

              ‘Zoe Maurer has excellent commercial awareness, striking just the right balance between commercial and legal considerations.’

              ‘Steve Mackie is calm, assured and an industry leader.’

              Key clients

              Aareal Bank AG

              AIB Group UK plc

              Aviva

              Bank of Ireland

              Bank of London & The Middle East plc

              Bayerische Landesbank

              British Arab Commercial Bank

              Canada Life Investments

              CC Land

              Clydesdale Bank plc

              Coutts & Co

              Criterion Capital

              Emirates NBD Bank

              Europa Capital Debt Investment

              First Abu Dhabi Bank

              Fortwell Capital

              Handelsbanken plc

              HB Reavis

              Hillview Real Estate

              ICICI

              Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

              Investec Bank plc

              KAMCO Investment Company K.S.C.P.

              Kasamar Holdings

              KTB Asset Management

              Landesbank Hessen-Thurin

              Aareal Bank AG

              AIB Group UK plc

              Aviva

              Bank of Ireland

              Bank of London & The Middle East plc

              Bayerische Landesbank

              British Arab Commercial Bank

              Canada Life Investments

              CC Land

              Clydesdale Bank plc

              Coutts & Co

              Criterion Capital

              Emirates NBD Bank

              Europa Capital Debt Investment

              First Abu Dhabi Bank

              Fortwell Capital

              Handelsbanken plc

              HB Reavis

              Hillview Real Estate

              ICICI

              Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

              Investec Bank plc

              KAMCO Investment Company K.S.C.P.

              Kasamar Holdings

              KTB Asset Management

              Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ

              Lembarga Tabung Haji

              M7 Capital

              MiddleCap Real Estate

              Nord/LB

              OakNorth Bank plc

              Public Islamic Bank Berhad

              Puma Property Investments

              Qatar National Bank

              Q Investment Partners Pte

              RBC Europe

              Rocket Properties

              Santander UK plc

              Tellon Capital

              Tribeca

              United Overseas Bank

              University Partnership Programme

              Venn Partners LLP

              Wing Tai Properties

              Zorin Finance

              gen GZ

              Work highlights

              • Supported Aviva in transacting one of its first sustainability-linked loans, which was provided to the Big Yellow Group.
              • Supported NatWest and Bank Leumi in delivering a £150m debt package for the Project Saturn joint venture between EQT and Sigma Capital, established to deliver 3,000 BTR units across Greater London with a scheme value of £1bn.
              • Supported Kamco Invest on the conventional and Shariah-compliant debt provision for a quartet of office acquisitions in Central London, Basildon, Dartford and Birmingham for a combined value of £120m.

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard provides a full-service offering to its fintech clients. David Anderson and Elvan Hussein are the key contacts. Fiona Ghosh departed for Ernst & Young LLP in 2022.

              Other key lawyers:

              David Anderson; Elvan Hussein; Mandy Hulme; Toby Davies; Clare Hughes; James Woodward

              Testimonials

              ‘A highly client-focused firm, evidenced in their ways of working.’

              ‘Mandy Hulme and Toby Davies are very knowledgable individuals who have a strong grasp of the commercial implications of legal and regulatory decisions.’

              ‘Clare Hughes has an excellent knowledge of regulations.’

              ‘David Anderson and James Woodward are both excellent.’

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard's IP practice advises an enviable client list in the food and beverage, retail and fashion, and consumer sectors, both in contentious and non-contentious capacities. The team is particularly known for their strength in lookalike trade mark infringement claims, and advice relating to IT and software. Emma Armitage leads the practice, advising on disputes across the full range of IP rights, with a focus on brand and design disputes in the retail, consumer, and financial services industries. Robert Garwood and Damon Rosamond Lanzetta are key contacts in the team for advice in relation to the software and IP assets aspects of commercial acquisitions, while Georgina Powling advises on collaboration agreements, R&D issues, and software licensing work. Managing associate Rachel Cook is also recommended, with extensive expertise in contentious trade mark and design rights matters.

              Practice head(s):

              Emma Armitage

              Other key lawyers:

              Rachel Cook; Robert Garwood; Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta; Georgina Powling; Paul Bentham; Andana Streng; Tim Carter

              Testimonials

              ‘Good value for money, helpful and collaborative. Nothing is too much trouble.’

              ‘Tim Carter is no fuss but really knows his stuff. Very reactive. Well-organised. Easy to deal with.’

              Key clients

              Nichebox UK

              Primark

              Canon Europe

              MoneySuperMarket

              Asda

              Associated British Foods

              AllClear Limited

              Gamesys

              Terra Firma

              Volkswagen AG

              Work highlights

              • Acting for Nichebox, owner of the luxury Clive Christian perfume and furniture brand, in ongoing court proceedings, and trade mark revocation and opposition proceedings in the Intellectual Property Office against Clive Christian Furniture Limited, a former group company.
              • Advised Gamesys on the acquisition of Degree 53, a user-interface design and software development company with extensive expertise in multi-channel website, bespoke software and mobile app development.

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard‘s commercial IT group specialises in handling strategic transactions for financial institutions, major IT outsourcing deals for large, multinational companies, and system separation and integration matters. The team is also strong in contentious mandates regarding transformation and implementation projects, software licensing matters and data issues. Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta heads up the department and supports clients on IT and outsourcing transactions, predominantly in the financial services, transport, and retail sectors. Managing Associate Jonathan Davies is also a key name in advising clients on technology-related commercial contracts. David Berry re-joined the team from Stephenson Harwood in May 2021, bringing with him clients in the IT pharmaceutical space, whilst Fiona Ghosh joined EY Law in 2022.

              Practice head(s):

              Testimonials

              ‘Good understanding of commercial drivers and excellent bench strength at the senior associate level.’

              ‘Strong in commercial contract negotiation and able to provide practical examples and support decision making based on level or risk.’

              ‘This team is large, very commercial and happy to step in and conduct negotiations and operations as if they truly are an extension of in-house. Everyone has substantial in-house experience and is very pragmatic about getting the deal done. It’s a breath of fresh air and how legal services should always be.’

              ‘Dave Berry is very positive.’

              ‘Jonathan Davies is pragmatic and commercial.’

              ‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta is a very astute commercial lawyer, highly skilled and pragmatic.’

              ‘Lucy Bailey is always happy to help with a wide range of queries from both clients and suppliers. She responds promptly and manages expectations well. She is good at giving the practical consequences or risk considerations if we make or accept certain changes to clauses.’

              Key clients

              HSBC UK Bank plc

              Microsoft

              Virgin Money

              Deazy Limited

              UCB Biopharma SRL

              Wind River Systems Inc.

              FNZ (UK) Limited

              GHA

              CIS General Insurance Limited

              NatWest

              Work highlights

              • Acting for CISGIL in its successful claim against IBM for delay and wrongful termination of a major IT contract for a new IT platform.
              • Supporting Deazy on all its technology agreements, in particular its software development engagements.
              • Advised NatWest on its acquisition of RoosterMoney.

              Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard‘s is particularly strong when advising on complex transactions in the charities space and Charity Commission investigations and inquiries. Manchester practice head Yorke Eaton is noted for his work on the establishment and registration of new charities, as well as charity land transactions. Based in Leeds, Pervinder Kaur heads the national charities team. She regularly deals with funding issues and investigations. Laura Woffinden, a specialist in charity transactional work, was promoted to legal director in September 2021.

              Practice head(s):

              Yorke Eaton

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Addleshaw Goddard has substantial experience in all aspects of charities.’

              ‘Pervinder Kaur and her colleagues are very impressive.’

              Key clients

              Bedingfield’s Trust

              Leeds Beckett University

              Work highlights

              • Advised a number of household name retail clients on promotions involving charities.
              • Provide ongoing advice on all areas of charity law to grant making charities of ranging sizes.
              • Advised charity trustees on the sale of a major shareholding in the company which founded the charity.

              Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

              National firm Addleshaw Goddard fields a two-partner team in Aberdeen consisting of David McEwing and Ross McKenzie; the former is a specialist in both domestic and cross-border transactions, particularly those within oil and gas field, while the latter is a retail, consumer and energy expert who runs a practice centred around commercial contract, IP, IT and data protection matters.

              Practice head(s):

              David McEwing; Ross McKenzie

              Testimonials

              ‘Addleshaw Goddard, on top of delivering top tier advice offer a range of well presented and helpful training to clients. Addleshaw Goddard embrace diversity.’

              ‘Ross McKenzie is always quick to respond with very clear and helpful advice.’

              ‘Ross McKenzie is best in class in providing tailored and practical data protection compliance support.’

              ‘Very hands on and quick to respond in a clear manner.’

              ‘David McEwing is always available and focuses on the key points.’

              ‘Addleshaw Goddard provides reliable and trustworthy support to our growing company. They engage well without overcomplicating an issue. Billing is always transparent and within budget.’

              ‘David McEwing – corporate and transaction knowledge is second to none. Always available to provide succinct advice and guide clients through various corporate processes.’

              Key clients

              Waldorf Acquisition Co. Ltd

              Titan Torque Services

              Stacey Oil Services Limited

              Trojan Energy

              J&S Subsea

              BP International

              SGN

              Boohoo Group

              Dana Petroleum

              Voluntary Services Aberdeen

              Tymor Marine

              eserv

              MCL Medics

              Prodrill Recruitment Limited

              Ineos FPS

              Aberdeen City Council

              Automasjon OG Data AS

              DCarbon Limited

              Drill Tools Limited

              Razor Oiltools Limited

              Mackay Marine Services Limited

              Blue GentToo

              Vysus Group

              Work highlights

              • Advised Waldorf Production UK Limited on Project Hotel. Work included the completion of a Put & Call Option Agreement in terms of which Nautical Petroleum Limited (Seller) granted to Waldorf Production the right to require the Seller to enter into a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Seller’s wholly owned subsidiary, Capricorn North Sea Limited (Target).  The Target holds interests in the Catcher and Kraken Oil fields.
              • Advised Waldorf Production UK Limited on the issuing of $300m Nordic secured bonds by Waldorf Production UK Limited to be used to fund the acquisition, and re-financing of existing senior debt facility and hedging.
              • Advised Aberdeen City Council on the procurement of a joint venture partner to deliver its vision of an Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub.

              Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 3

              Highlighted for its ‘broad skillset and expertise across numerous markets’, the litigation practice at Addleshaw Goddard handles complex contractual and insolvency disputes for a roster of clients spanning large international corporations and domestic companies. Simon Catto leads the group from Edinburgh, which advises on litigation funding and financing, as well as receiving a steady stream of instructions from its English team on Scots law. In Glasgow, Alan Sinclair advises on shareholder disputes and intellectual property infringement matters. Edward Gratwick is recommended for real estate-related disputes.

              Practice head(s):

              Simon Catto

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              They’re all great litigation lawyers to start with, who know their stuff in terms of how civil litigation works and what is relevant to the claim in front of them.’

              ‘No matter which of the team you speak with, you get a consistent level of quality.’ 

              ‘They do very well at summarising complexity in comprehensible terms.’

              ‘They are very nice people, which is not always a given.’

              ‘Very strong team with good associates to back up partners.’

              ‘Great communication at all times and excellent attention to detail.’

              ‘Edward Gratwick is a hugely knowledgeable and creative individual who took great care and attention in resolving a very sensitive issue.’

              The individual teams members are approachable, transparent and honest with their feedback.’

              Key clients

              National Grid plc

              Muller UK & Ireland LLP

              SGN plc

              FNZ (UK) Limited

              Asda Stores Limited

              Aldi Stores Limited

              Cerberus

              Eastern Motor Company Limited

              Suzanne Ritchie

              Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

              Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

              Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

              The Firm of A&G Rentals

              Work highlights

              • Acting for Eastern Motor Company Limited on a dispute relating to its purchase of Grassick Garage Company.
              • Advised The Firm of A&G Rentals in relation to an action for damages raised for loss of rental income against its former solicitors resulting from the solicitor’s failure to register the client’s title to a development site.
              • Acted successfully for an individual on a count, reckoning and payment action in relation to a dispute over payments due to him from a limited partnership investment vehicle.

              Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard‘s debt recovery practice is jointly managed by litigators Lynsey Walker in Edinburgh and Alan Sinclair in Glasgow and sits within the team’s wider banking litigation group, handling instructions from major financial institutions and funds. The team also has a growing fintech disputes practice. Solicitor advocate Simon Catto leads the litigation group and focuses on high-value insolvency related matters for banks and company directors.

              Practice head(s):

              Lynsey Walker; Alan Sinclair

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘The Team is experienced and very commercial- senior level advice from experienced solicitors not paralegals or junior lawyers.’

              ‘Simon Catto is a very experienced, knowledgeable and commercial solicitor-advocate.’

              ‘Simon Catto provided high-level commissarial advice and got the tactics spot on.’

              ‘In spite of potential weaknesses in my case, they successfully recovered the full debt plus interest and expenses.’

              ‘The other side caved completely on the back of their robust advice.’

              Partners and associates are all open and approachable to your calls or emails. You feel like you’re dealing with old friends/colleagues any time you need to reach out to them.

              Key clients

              Promontoria (Henrico) Limited

              Clydesdale Bank plc / Virgin Money plc

              Castle Water Limited

              Natwest/Royal Bank of Scotland plc

              Park Property Management

              Paragon Housing Association

              Close Invoice Finance Limited

              Armada Asset Finance

              Aberdeen City Council

              Assetz SME Capital Limited

              RBS Invoice Finance Limited

              Ayrshire Housing

              Siemens Financial Services Limited

              Scottish Woodlands Limited

              Western Commercials

              Grampian Housing Association Ltd

              Promontoria (Chestnut) Limited

              Link Housing Group

              FRP Advisory LLP

              Aldermore Bank plc

              Linstone Housing Association Ltd

              Carden Place

              Link Factoring

              Miller Property Management

              Abertay Housing Association

              Scottish Police Credit Union

              Tail O’The Bank Credit Union

              Kelvinside Academy

              Craigholme School

              Ethigen Pharmaceutical

              Larkhill Properties Limited (commercial landlords)

              Visionhold Limited (commercial landlords)

              Hibernian Football Club

              ORD Industrial & Commercial Supplies Limited

              Recruitment Funding Solutions Limited

              Sunamp Limited

              Bluestones One Installations Limited

              Work highlights

              • Acted for Cerberus in legal analysis of “promise” defences which have become popular in Scotland (& elsewhere) following the Carlyle v RBS decision in the UKSC.
              • Instructed by Armada Asset Finance in relation to recovering shortfalls left outstanding on asset finance agreements, following redemption of security, and also in relation to recoveries under personal guarantees.
              • Acted for Clydesdale Bank plc/Virgin Money plc in debt recovery services across both Scotland & England.

              Public sector > Local government Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard receives a steady stream of public sector instructions handling both contentious and non-contentious matters for commercial clients and local authorities. Suzanne Moir, who joined from DWF, advises on energy and transport sector work, while Sarah Baillie handles governance matters.

              Practice head(s):

              Suzanne Moir; Sarah Baillie; Helena Brown; Ed Watt

              Testimonials

              Very flexible approach. Understand the political background to decisions.

              ‘Suzanne Moir is excellent in providing prompt and practical solutions and advice.’

              Key clients

              Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council

              WasteServ Malta

              Zero Waste Scotland and various local authorities in Scotland, including Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk

              Renfrewshire Council

              Dundee City Council and Angus Council

              Scottish Enterprise

              Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL)

              Circularity Scotland Limited

              Clackmannanshire Council

              Angus Council

              Moray Council

              South of Scotland Enterprise

              Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

              Highlands and Islands Enterprise

              1Aldi Stores Limited

              Scottish Future Trusts

              Work highlights

              • Advised Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) across its operations, major infrastructure projects and construction developments this year, including various public law, freedom of information, planning, procurement, state aid, real estate, commercial and environmental matters.
              • Advising Dundee City Council in connection with the procurement of a new EfW Facility in Dundee.
              • Acting for Aberdeen City Council on the procurement of a joint venture partner to deliver its vision of an Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub.

              Real estate > Construction Tier 3

              Edinburgh-based team head Anne Struckmeier almost entirely deals with contentious construction work but the team at Addleshaw Goddard is also well equipped to guide clients - including developers, contractors, energy sector players and funds - through various non-contentious matters. Its advisory arm received a boost with the arrival of Gordon Anderson from Irwin Mitchell in summer 2021. He has particular expertise in the transactional space and, having previously been based in London, he continues to combine his English practice with Scotland-based mandates. This UK-wide approach is a general characteristic of the practice.

              Practice head(s):

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘The team is excellent, work well together and are totally pragmatic.’

              ‘They understand our current business and its constraints, but are also very attuned to and supportive of our ambitions as a company.’

              ‘The work is carried out at the right level by fee earners with the right expertise.’

              ‘Anne Struckmeier leads the team and epitomises the ideal client relationship partner.’

              ‘I have worked with Anne Struckmeier for many years and she shows real commitment to the business and to delivering my requirements. She sorts out problems effectively and with the minimum of fuss.’

              Key clients

              Blackstone

              Caudwell Properties

              Maven Capital Partners

              SSE plc

              LabTech

              BT plc

              Europa

              Maslow Capital

              Highland and Islands Airports Limited

              Getty Images

              Work highlights

              • Advised Caudwell on the development of super prime residences in Mayfair, London.
              • Advised Blackstone on fitting out of its corporate HQ and works at Chiswick Park.
              • Advised LabTech London Ltd on the development and sale of 101 Camley Street to a JV between Blackrock and Outpost.

              Real estate > Planning Tier 3

              Addleshaw Goddard's planning and infrastructure team is led by the Glasgow-based Sarah Baillie, who acts for private and public sector clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters, most notably those at the transactional and environmental intersection. Much of its recent work involves energy projects alongside housing, mixed-use and retail developments.

              Practice head(s):

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘The team has a breadth of knowledge and experience which can be accessed when required.’

              ‘They are an incredibly talented, driven and friendly team who will always go the extra mile for clients.’

              ‘Sarah Baillie is uniquely qualified in Scotland as a specialist in planning law accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and as a chartered town planner with corporate membership of the RTPI.’

              ‘Sarah Baillie is widely experienced in planning law and practice and in related areas such as compulsory purchase.’

              ‘Sarah Baillie works effectively in a team to produce the desired outcome. This is done in a relaxed manner which inspires client confidence.’

              ‘Sarah Baillie looks for and identifies solutions before there are problems. She is quite simply very effective.’

              Key clients

              SSE plc

              Aldi Stores Limited

              Scotland Gas Networks plc

              Alcemi Developments UK Group of Companies

              Clackmannanshire Council

              Consensus Capital Group

              Robertson Property

              Highland and Islands Airports

              Aberdeen Standard Investments

              Dandara

              Strawsons Holdings

              Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL)

              Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

              ERG

              Redrock Power

              Murray Group

              Work highlights

              • Advising Alcemi Storage Developments UK Limited on consenting matters across six sites on the UK’s largest commercial energy storage developments with a mission to facilitate a zero carbon power system through the development and operation of innovative network solutions.
              • Continues to advise SGN plc on energy consenting matters across the UK, including a world-first green hydrogen heating network at H100 in Fife. Other matters include its first use of compulsory acquisition powers, which proceeded successfully through inquiry with land acquisition in 2021.
              • Continues to advise Aldi Stores Limited on its portfolio of over 100 stores including the development of new stores in 2021; this includes all contentious and non-contentious planning matters.

              Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

              Embedded in the firm's wider dispute resolution practice led by Simon Catto, legal director and solicitor advocate Edward Gratwick remains Addleshaw Goddard's main contact for property litigation. While the bulk of the team's work pertains to commercial property, such as landlord and tenant disputes alongside disputes arising from property transactions, it also assists private clients with residential sector disputes as well as with crofting and rural property matters. Joan Devine (insolvency-related work) left private practice in April 2022.

              Practice head(s):

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              Ability to explain options and possible consequences clearly.

              Addleshaw Goddard have consistently been proactive in providing us with advice and support across a number of areas, including litigation, tenancy management, conveyancing and general legal support.

              All individuals we work with from Addleshaw Goddard are approachable and contactable and the efficiency of their responses when we seek them is commendable and extremely helpful.

              They consider the bigger picture and it is clear that clients appreciate that.

              Addleshaws defined/identified the issue, gave clear and succinct advice together with an additional commentary on potential actions by my opponent.

              Very strong team with several more junior members providing excellent support to the main partner. A good mix of people who all contributed to resolving the litigation and delivering a positive result.

              Edward Gratwick devised a very detailed and inventive approach to resolve a dispute with various third parties. His original thinking was absolutely crucial in arriving at a successful outcome.

              Edward Gratwick is extremely knowledgeable in the area of property litigation and the team is involved in high-profile and complex litigation.

              Key clients

              Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

              Scotland Gas Networks plc

              Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

              Asda Stores Limited

              Aldi Stores Limited

              Mapeley STEPS Limited

              Eastern Motor Company Limited

              Link Housing Association

              Premier Hytemp Limited

              The Firm of A&G Rentals

              Gladbourne Estates Limited

              Castle Water Limited

              Kingdom Housing Association

              Work highlights

              • Acted for A&G Rentals raising an action for damages for loss of rental income against its former solicitors resulting from the solicitor’s failure to register the client’s title to a development site.
              • Acted for a real estate investment fund in the enforcement of missives of the sale of an office building in central Edinburgh.
              • Acted for a private individual in pursuing an action for declarator and interdict in relation to a servitude right of access.

              Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

              Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

              Addleshaw Goddard is active across multiple sectors, including private equity, financial services, and real estate. Justine Delroy leads the team from the Manchester office, and is a specialist in private equity transactions. Delroy is supported by London-based Peter Sayer, who covers real estate tax mandates, particularly in the residential sector. Paul Concannon acts on the full range of corporate transactions, and this year advised on the tax elements of Rothermere Continuation’s acquisition of Daily Mail and General Trust plc.

              Practice head(s):

              Justine Delroy

              Other key lawyers:

              Peter Sayer; Paul Concannon; Charlotte Fallon

              Testimonials

              ‘The tax team are well integrated with other practice areas and aware of transactions, proactively raising issues with us (the client). The tax team have a good understanding of our business and suggest well thought-through solutions.’

              Key clients

              HUB

              Rothermere Continuation

              Sanne

              Metro Bank

              Terra Firma

              AIB

              Barclays

              Danske

              HSBC

              Lloyds

              NatWest

              Santander

              Virgin Money

              Rathbones

              Lancashire Pension Fund

              David Alexander and John Alexander (shareholders of DJ Alexander Holdings Limited)

              StoneX

              Phoenix Equity Partners

              Work highlights

              • Advising Rothermere Continuation on its acquisition of Daily Mail and General Trust plc.
              • Providing a full takeover service to Sanne on all aspects of its £1.5bn takeover by the Apex Group.
              • Acting for HUB on a range of large scale forward funded residential developments.

              Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

              Addleshaw Goddard has a compact but dedicated competition team in London, supported by the wider firm's network across the UK and internationally. The team has 'the bandwidth to deal with all types of competition work'; the ‘technically excellentBruce Kilpatrick  is known for his expertise in merger control. Mark Molyneux  heads the competition litigation practice from Manchester, while Rona Bar-Isaac has a depth of experience in complex market investigations.

              Practice head(s):

              Bruce Kilpatrick; Mark Molyneux

              Other key lawyers:

              Rona Bar-Isaac; Al Mangan; Samantha Haigh; Valeri Bozhikov

              Testimonials

              ‘They are a pleasure to work with. Have the bandwidth to deal with all types of competition work. They are confident in their advice but extremely approachable and aim to work seamlessly as part of the team.’

              ‘Mark Molyneux: remains at the top of his game. A superb strategist and a go-to person on a tricky issue.’

              ‘Bruce Kilpatrick: technically excellent. His understanding of econometrics and its impact on competition litigation is incredible.’

              ‘Samantha Haigh: recently promoted to partner – fabulous lawyer. Very pleased to see Sam has been recognised by the practice.’

              ‘Rona Bar-Isaac brings a calm management style and excellent judgement to litigation.’

              ‘I’ve been very impressed by Addleshaw’s competition practice. Very knowledgeable and very practical.’

              ‘Bruce Kilpatrick is extremely experienced and has a deep reservoir of sage wisdom. Any company would be lucky to benefit from his expert and practical counseling. Valeri Bozhikov is an exceptional associate who is high energy and eager to bring his sound judgement to bear on nuanced questions of law.’

              ‘Rona Bar-Isaac is expert in her field, and very commercial and supportive. She understands our business model and provides excellent, clear advice which has enabled us to move forward confidently in business decisions.’

              Key clients

              Allergan plc (member of the AbbVie Inc Group)

              Ferryspeed (CI) Limited

              Sanne Group PLC

              SSE Plc

              Giphy Inc

              Compass Community Limited & Horizon Care and Education Group Limited

              Danske Bank

              Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

              The Road Haulage Association

              Saga plc

              Finlays (James Finlay Ltd)

              Work highlights

              • Advised Allergan plc in relation to the CMA’s CA98 investigation for excessive and unfair pricing of hydrocortisone tablets, for which the CMA imposed penalties of £266 million in July 2021 (and advising Allergan on its related appeal to the CAT).
              • Represented GIPHY Inc as co-counsel in relation to the CMA’s Phase 2 investigation into its acquisition by Meta Inc (previously Facebook).
              • Advised SSE plc on a high profile CMA licence modification appeal concerning tariffs for transmission charges, currently awaiting the outcome of a judicial review.

              Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 4

              Addleshaw Goddard‘s competition disputes practice draws considerable praise from clients, which turn to the team for its capabilities in regulatory appeals and high-stakes proceedings before the CAT and the High Court. Practice chair Mark Molyneux is a ‘superb strategist‘ who regularly handles high-stakes follow-on damages actions in a range of sectors, while the ‘brilliantBruce Kilpatrick‘s recent engagements include administrative and opt-in collective proceedings before the CAT and the CMA. Rona Bar-Isaac is noted for her ‘calm leadership and excellent judgment‘ in energy sector judicial review challenges. Paul Chaplin, who joined the team from Hogan Lovells International LLP in February 2022, specialises in cross-border group actions.

              Practice head(s):

              Mark Molyneux; Bruce Kilpatrick

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘They offer proper partner-led teams, who pay attention to both the big picture and gathering and testing the hard evidence necessary to win cases. They are also all charming and have a sense of humour – and give calm and measured advice – always useful as competition litigation is often stressful for clients! All their partners are consistently excellent, but Mark Molyneux and Bruce Kilpatrick are both proper leaders and have a vision of the case strategy.’

              ‘Fantastic team of lawyers. They have the capability to deal with the full spectrum of competition litigation matters. They are very forward-thinking and integrate superbly with clients.’

              ‘Mark Molyneux is at the top of his game.  A superb strategist and a go-to person on a tricky issue.’

              ‘An excellent competition law department and able to operate an excellent service for corporate clients, especially on the claimant piece. Particularly good in the electricity and telecoms sectors.’

              ‘Rona Barr-Isaac brings a calm leadership and excellent judgment to litigation.’

              ‘Exceptionally competent yet humble.’

              ‘Excellent team work and mutual respect on display. All of their partners are of the highest calibre.’

              ‘Bruce Kilpatrick’s depth of experience across all aspects of competition law, coupled with his brilliant mind, makes him one of the top competition specialists in the UK.’

              Key clients

              NKT group of companies

              Office Depot Europe

              The Road Haulage Association Limited

              Co-operative Group Limited

              Stats Perform

              Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

              Allergan plc (member of the AbbVie Inc Group)

              SSE

              BMW dealers

              Work highlights

              • Advising the Road Haulage Association in relation to the RHA’s collective proceedings application on behalf of more than 15,000 claimants for damages of over £1bn.
              • Advising more than 55 BMW/MINI dealerships in the defence of a series of group actions for over £100m being brought in the Competition List of the High Court on behalf of over 44,000 potential claimants.
              • Acting for SSE plc in a successful judicial review challenge to decisions concerning electricity transmission system charges for generators.

              Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

              Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘really excellent team‘ has a strong track record in major international arbitrations involving energy, life sciences, insurance and construction. The firm also has a growing investment treaty practice. ‘Standout individualJon Tweedale has longstanding international commercial disputes expertise, while Simon Kamstra is an energy law expert. Also highly regarded are legal director and ‘arbitration guruNathalie Allen; and managing associate Canelle Goldstein, who is experienced in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

              Practice head(s):

              Jon Tweedale; Simon Kamstra

              Testimonials

              ‘The team is very innovative and incredibly well resourced. It is very approachable and operates very flexibly to suit clients’ needs – and its work is consistently first class.’

              ‘AG is a really excellent team – a pleasure to deal with and AG does everything within its power to help.

              ‘Great depth of experience, brilliant legal knowledge and calm under pressure.’

              ‘Addleshaw Goddard has an extremely strong practice in this area, benefiting particularly from the skills and experience of Jon Tweedale – a standout individual! The firm offers an exceptionally skilled team of individuals.

              Jon Tweedale is very sharp, and offers focused commercial advice that is both pragmatic and appropriate to the commercial context his client operates in. Key to this is Jon’s ability to disseminate large chunks of text and select the main points.

              ‘Jon Tweedale is an excellent lawyer and arbitrator.’

              ‘Jon Tweedale – a very bright lawyer, who also has great commercial common sense. Hardworking, very responsive, and a joy to work with.’

              ‘Legal director Nathalie Allen is absolutely superb. Extraordinarily experienced, an arbitration guru, and a phenomenal brain.’

              Key clients

              BP

              The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

              Patel Engineering

              Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 4

              Under the guidance of the ‘commercial’ and ‘hands-on’ Alex Dumphy, Addleshaw Goddard has developed a strong mid-market leveraged finance practice for financial sponsors and lenders. Although the firm maintains strong clearing bank relationships, it has successfully pivoted towards the alternative lending/credit fund space, which is of particular importance within the mid-market. The arrival in July 2021 of Ewen Scott from Jones Day further strengthens the leveraged finance capabilities in light of his balanced lender and borrower offering.

              Practice head(s):

              Alex Dumphy

              Other key lawyers:

              Peter Crichton; Ewen Scott; Cerys Poolis

              Testimonials

              ‘Excellent and well rated partners. Hands on and lots of partner engagement.’

              Alex Dumphy is excellent, commercial, hands on and great to work with. He is always on top of key issues and good at negotiating points.’

              Key clients

              Arcmont

              CVC

              Cordet Capital

              Alcentra

              Inflexion Private Equity Partners

              ECI Capital Partners

              Dunport Capital

              Telemos Capital

              Barings Advisors

              ECI

              JP Morgan

              Bridges Fund Management Limited

              Shawbrook Bank Limited

              Investec

              Work highlights

              • Acting for JP Morgan to support the public offer made by Triley Bidco Limited (owned by sponsor Triton Investment Management Limited) to acquire all the shares of AIM-listed global pharmaceutical services and products company Clinigen Group plc.
              • Acting for Dunport Capital and Shawbrook Bank Limited on the provision of acquisition financing to support the buyout of Trinity Homecare Holdings Limited by Limerston Capital Partners.
              • Acting for a club of debt fund lenders on a £165m financing to Currencies Direct (a business owned by Corsair and Palamon Partners).

              Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

              Led from London by Steve Mackie and also able to draw upon significant resources throughout its phalynx of regional offices, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation among lender clients providing financing to corporates in bilateral, club and syndicated contexts. The firm’s clearing bank relationships continue to inform much of the corporate lending work, particularly in the mid-market space, however, it has also continued to gain traction among commercial/international banks, which are attracted to the firm’s ability to advise on transactions incorporating a range of financing techniques, including ABL and structured finance. Amanda Gray heads up the firm’s financial services sector group and has vast experience advising lenders and borrowers across a range of financing transactions particularly in the mid-cap space; she has been at the forefront of the firm’s ESG efforts and has advised on numerous sustainability-linked loans.

              Practice head(s):

              Steve Mackie

              Other key lawyers:

              Amanda Gray; Alex Dumphy; Peter Crichton; Ewen Scott; Lequn Su; Natalie Hewitt; Sarah Stokes; Cerys Poolis

              Testimonials

              ‘It is a strong team that is easy to work with and provides regular partner level advice and partner-led negotiations.’

              Key clients

              Aareal Bank AG

              AgFe

              AIB Group UK plc

              Al Rayan

              Aviva

              Bank of Communications

              Bank of Ireland

              Bank of London & The Middle East plc

              Bayerische Landesbank

              British Arab Commercial Bank

              Canada Life Investments

              China CITIC Bank

              China Merchants Bank

              CIMB (London, Singapore and Malaysia)

              Clydesdale Bank plc (part of Virgin Money)

              Coutts & Co

              Criterion Capital

              Deutsche Hypothekenbank

              Emirates NBD Bank, London Branch

              Europa Capital Debt Investment

              First Abu Dhabi Bank, London Branch

              Fortwell Capital

              Gaw Capital Group

              GR Properties

              Haitong Bank

              Hamburg Commercial Bank

              Handelsbanken plc / Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ)

              HB Reavis

              Hengli Group (owner of Lloyds Bank HQ)

              Hillview Real Estate

              ICBC, Luxembourg Branch

              ICICI

              Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, London Branch

              Investec Bank plc

              KAMCO Investment Company K.S.C.P.

              Kasamar Holdings

              KTB Asset Management

              Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ (Helaba)

              Lembaga Tabung Haji

              McLaren Property

              MiddleCap Real Estate

              Mount Anvil

              Nationwide Building Society

              Nord/LB, Hanover

              OakNorth Bank plc

              Peel

              Public Bank Berhad

              Public Islamic Bank Berhad

              Puma Investments

              Qatar National Bank, London Branch

              RBC Europe Limited

              Rocket Properties

              Santander

              Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

              Standard Chartered Bank, India Branch

              Tellon Capital

              Tribeca

              United Overseas Bank Limited

              University Partnership Programme (UPP)

              Venn Partners LLP (trading as ARA Venn)

              Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

              Addleshaw Goddard is in the process of building a full-services structured finance practice, and continues to hire experienced partners. Carl Posern joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and adds considerable expertise in cash and synthetic securitisations, as well as the hedging aspects of securitisation transactions, and stands out for his knowledge of tsingificant risk transfer (SRT) issues. He worked with Legal director Carl Baker (who provides ‘deep analysis in a timely manner‘) and acts for buy-side, sell-side and financial market infrastructure clients on regulatory, transactional and LIBOR reform matters. Practice head Rachel Kelly ‘goes the extra mile to provide additional commercial assistance‘. She assisted numerous global and domestic banks and asset managers, building societies, investment firms, corporates and funds on trading arrangements involving derivatives and securities financing transactions.

              Practice head(s):

              Rachel Kelly

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘This team has industry expertise, timely response, deep analysis, and reasonable legal fees.’

              ‘Thorough but concise. Broad knowledge with dedicated SMEs that go deeper into the detail. Able to translate complex matters into practical solutions that optimise commercial opportunities. An extension of in-house team – extremely collaborative.’

              ‘Broad knowledge across multiple to areas. Excellent technical skills and commercial acumen facilitated deeper negotiations – purposeful trade-offs created to enhance starting position. Willing to go extra mile to ensure optimal results for client. Communication was exceptional throughout the process.’

              ‘Carl Baker gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable legal fees.’

              ‘The team was truly collaborative across different areas of expertise to result in positive engagement where we as the client could effectively calibrate risk with commercial decision making on a transaction.’

              ‘Understanding and appreciation of clients objectives, risk tolerance and commercial objectives to create a solution orientated environment. Maintaining constructive dialogue in difficult conversations.’

              ‘Quick turnarounds, always around in case you need anything.’

              ‘Rachel Kelly in particular has gone the extra mile to provide additional commercial assistance that is not within a solicitors brief, in order to provide a thorough analysis of the trade my organisation has been exploring.’

              Key clients

              J.P. Morgan Cazenove

              Rathbones Group plc

              Fountain Hydro Power Corp

              AIB

              Waldorf Production Limited

              Virgin Money; Clydesdale Bank

              Bank Muscat

              Sohar International Bank

              National Westminster Bank plc; NatWest Markets plc

              Furness Building Society

              Barclays Bank plc

              Santander UK plc; Banco Santander SA

              Lloyds Bank plc; Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc

              HSBC Bank plc

              Semperian PPP Investment Partners Ltd

              Updraft

              NatWest Markets plc

              Assura PLC

              M&G Trustee Company Limited

              National Australia Bank Limited

              National Bank of Canada

              Vontobel Asset Management AG

              Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

              Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

              Addleshaw Goddard has a broad data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice, which is equipped to handle both contentious and non-contentious matter. Acting for an array of FSTE 100 and FSTE 250 companies operating in the financial services, retail, healthcare and energy sectors, the team has recently advised on regulatory investigations, compliance projects, data breach response, ransomware attacks and litigation. Splitting her time between London and Edinburgh,  practice head Helena Brown focuses on complex compliance matters and large-scale incidents. Nathalie Morena often advises on multi-jurisdictional data transfers and data protection audits while Aberdeen-based Ross McKenzie is recommended for IT and data-related matters.

              Practice head(s):

              Helena Brown

              Other key lawyers:

              Ross McKenzie and Nathalie Moreno

              Key clients

              Boohoo

              Global Generali Assistance

              Vision Express

              Diageo

              Ted Baker

              Homeserve

              British Land

              Bestway Group

              SAGA

              WSH Group (Baxter Storey)

              Virgin Money

              Primark

              ARCH Emerging Markets Partners Limited (ARCH)

              BP International

              Caesars Entertainment

              GHA Loyalty DMCC

              Total Fitness

              Work highlights

              • Advised Boohoo, a market leading retail and consumer online brand, on various complex data and related IT matters.
              • Acted for Dubai-based Global Hotel Alliance on very complex data sharing arrangements, enabling Spain-based global NH Hotel Group to join the Alliance and merge its own NH Rewards loyalty programme with DISCOVERY, a single guest recognition and rewards programme.
              • Assisted international gaming giant Caesars with ongoing support to ensure data protection compliance within the UK and European parts of its business, including international data transfers post Schrems II and policies.

              Transport > Aviation Tier 4

              Addleshaw Goddard advises numerous airports in the UK such as Manchester Airports Group, London Luton Airport and Edinburgh Airport across areas such as aircraft financings, transactions and regulatory matters. The firm has an increasing focus on aviation’s sustainable future advising on current challenges such as recovering from the pandemic. Co-head David Shaw provides key expertise in the construction and environment areas, while Paul Hirst heads up the transport sector group. Andrew Smith is experienced in joint ventures, outsourcings and sponsorship arrangements.

              Practice head(s):

              David Shaw; Paul Hirst

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Very commercially minded. Making things work for their client, not simply regurgitating the letter of the law.’

              Key clients

              Highland and Island Airports Limited

              London Luton Airport Limited

              International Airlines Group

              Manchester Airport Group

              Dundee Airport Limited

              Edinburgh Airport

              Work highlights

              • Advised London Luton Airport Limited on challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting complexities.
              • Advising HIAL on environmental law, planning and surface access and across its operational assets.

              Employment Tier 4

              As an integral part of its UK-wide practice, Addleshaw Goddard’s Scotland team routinely works in conjunction with its London office when advising large businesses across various sectors on cross-border projects, with the majority of work led out of Scotland being contentious in nature. Typically this involves equal pay actions and employment tribunal proceedings arising from allegations of discrimination and unfair dismissal. Edinburgh-based team head and solicitor advocate David Hughes is a key contact for this. Recent non-contentious work includes senior executive and transactional matters.

              Practice head(s):

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘AG’s Scotland offices work seamlessly with the other offices within the UK and offer a fantastic service across the country.’

              ‘Always delivers.’

              ‘Excellent team that is always available to provide clear advice on the law and the strategy.’

              ‘David Hughes has a deep understanding of the relevant law and provides clear, understandable advice.’

              Key clients

              Bilfinger UK Limited No

              FNZ UK Limited No

              Texo Group No

              British Airways No

              The Hibernian Football Club Limited Yes

              Raytheon Systems Limited

              Avanti Gas

              Briggs Marine

              DOF Subsea

              The Law Society of Scotland

              Cable Capital Partners

              Work highlights

              • Successfully represented a major UK retailer in binding arbitration with trade unions on a multi-million pound pay negotiation.
              • Acted for one of the UK’s largest banks in a number of complex employment tribunal claims across the UK.
              • Represented a multinational financial services client in the negotiation of exit arrangements for two senior executives.

              Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

              As well as its core focus servicing banks and IPs on mid-market domestic mandates, the 'personable and approachable' team at Addleshaw Goddard has continued to pick up a greater share of work for clients on cross-border matters. Team head Paul Fleming has been instrumental in growing this side of the practice and alongside Karl Clowry has effectively leveraged the firm's Hong Kong corporate finance capability to pick up some high-quality creditor committee work relating to English law-governed offshore issued bonds in relation to PRC-focused restructuring situations. Fraser Ritson  provides 'commercially pragmatic and very responsive' advice to a range of stakeholders, primarily on domestic mandates.

              Practice head(s):

              Ged Barnes; Paul Fleming

              Other key lawyers:

              Karl Clowry; Anna Hodgson; Adam McCarron; Rory White Andrews

              Testimonials

              A personable and approachable firm who are knowledgeable and, most importantly, provide solutions-based, practical advice to their clients.’

              The team provides a pragmatic and innovative approach. The lawyers approach difficult situations with the appropriate degree of empathy.’

              ‘Fraser Ritson is highly experienced and has a very detailed knowledge of the law. He is able to stand back, see the big picture and ensure that relevant options and potential solutions are always considered. Takes time to explain matters to stakeholders not familiar with insolvency and is always available 24/7.’

              Fraser Ritson is intelligent, commercially pragmatic and very responsive.

              Key clients

              Kroll

              Interpath

              Banco Santander, S.A., London Branch

              Ad-hoc committee of offshore bondholders to Peking University Founders Group

              Ad-hoc committee of offshore bondholders to Tsinghua Unigroup

              Azets

              FRP Advisory

              BDO

              Teneo

              Work highlights

              • Advising the Administrators (Kroll) of Arena Television (and the rest of its Group), an outside broadcast firm providing equipment and production services to broadcasting.
              • Advising Will Wright, Claire Winder and Andrew Stone of Interpath and Others as administrators of various companies within the CNG Group, a wholesale gas supply business.
              • Advised Banco Santander, S.A., London Branch in its capacity as agent as well as the senior lenders’ syndicate under the £185.1m senior facilities made available to certain members of the Caffè Nero group.

              Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 5

              Although Addleshaw Goddard‘s London offering saw the departure in April 2022 of rail finance expert Clive Smith to gunnercooke LLP, the firm continues to be well placed to leverage broader asset finance expertise from its regional practitioners. Most notable of these is Edinburgh-based partner Ed Watt, who handles a range of commercial, contractual and finance work as part of his overarching shipping practice, and Manchester-based Andrew Maskill, who handles some transport-related work as part of his broad finance and leasing practice. The arrival in May 2022 of rail finance expert Simon Gwynne from Norton Rose Fulbright also quickly filled the void left by Smith's departure a month earlier.

              Practice head(s):

              Andrew Maskill; Ed Watt

              Other key lawyers:

              Simon Gwynne; Lizzie Wareing

              Testimonials

              Good level of service and advice in a fairly unusual transaction requiring niche experience the rest of the market could not offer.’

              Key clients

              Eversholt Rail Group

              Clydesdale Bank PLC

              Natwest Bank

              Hampshire Trust Bank PLC

              Specialist Aviation Services

              Work highlights

              • Advising Clydesdale as lender to the purchaser of a state-of-the-art newbuild pelagic fishing vessel, to be built at the Zamakona shipyard in Spain.  

              Employment > Tier 5

              The key name for contentious trusts in Addleshaw Goddard's Manchester office is Yorke Eaton, who is well-regarded for his 'empathy, understanding, knowledge and patience'.Addleshaw Goddard's 'very personable, client focused team' has a focus on mid-market and emerging GPs. The investment management group is headed up by Lee Sheldon; he works alongside private equity fund formation head Jan Gruter, who splits his time between London and Glasgow. Recent work of note has included advising on the launch of commercial forestry investment funds, private equity fundraising and co-investment fund structuring arrangements.

              Testimonials

              ‘A team that works well together through the simplicity of communication. Whilst the key person is Yorke Eaton, the rest of his team are all very capable of dealing with matters efficiently once key decisions have been made. Trust work has been handled with a huge breath of knowledge and sound advice going forward.’

              ‘From a personal point of view, Yorke Eaton has gone above and beyond with the issues I have had. His empathy, understanding, knowledge and patience are immeasurable.’

              Work highlights

                Practice head(s):

                Lee Sheldon; Jan Gruter; Daniel Woolston

                Other key lawyers:

                Aidan McConville; Jagdip Gujral; Dhaksha Giga; Nicola Kirkpatrick; Judith Donnelly

                Testimonials

                ‘Solid team, who work hard for their clients. True leaders in their market sector.’

                ‘A very personable, client focused team offering a high quality service at a very reasonable cost.’

                ‘Aidan McConville is a definite rising star associate.  Works tirelessly for clients across many issues and challenges.’

                ‘Jagdip Gujral – who has extensive in-house experience – offers a highly commercial, high value-add, service. Great at offering commercial solutions to the most particular, esoteric legal and commercial challenges.’

                Key clients

                Goddess Gaia Ventures

                NBS Ventures

                Border to Coast Pensions Limited

                abrdn

                Par Equity

                Agathos Management LLP

                YFM Private Equity

                National LGPS Framework

                Warrington Borough Council

                Kamco Invest

                Ecotree (Paintitgreen S/A)

                AS Equity Partners

                Aviva Investors

                Pension Insurance Corporation

                Federated Hermes

                Northtree Investment Management Ltd

                Actis LLP

                Work highlights

                • Advised Par Equity on its high profile partnership with Aviva Investors which has the potentialto capture 1.4 million tonnes of carbon from Glen Dye Moor in West Aberdeenshire over thelife of the project and will see a huge amount of investment going into Glen Dye Moor
                • Advising Emerging GP Agathos Management LLP on the closing of Agathos II Fund, investing in UK SMEs.
                • Advised the Border to Coast Pensions Limited Partnership in relation to the establishment ofthe £2.7 billion Series 2 of the Border to Coast private markets programme.

                North West > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

                One of the go-to insolvency practices in the North West, Addleshaw Goddard‘s team is known for its work advising major banks and companies on their restructuring and insolvency matters. Its distressed real estate arm, led by legal director John Duffy, is particularly well regarded for its advice on property-related restructurings. Distressed acquisitions and contentious services round out the team’s overall offering. Ged Barnes and Tim Taylor lead the team from Manchester. Both advise on non-contentious matters, with an emphasis on distressed acquisitions and investments. Recently promoted partner Sarah Foster is also recommended for her significant experience with retail insolvencies.

                Practice head(s):

                Ged Barnes; Tim Taylor

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘The principal members of the team who have assisted me have been constant throughout a long-running matter. They clearly have a strong and positive working relationship, which makes working with them easy. They have a lot of experience in the field and provide sensible and commercial advice. They understand what the client wants and make the client feel valued.’

                ‘The Addleshaw Goddard team are extremely responsive to any requests with excellent turnaround times when speed is of the essence on transactions. The advice received is also extremely commercial in providing their advice against challenging circumstances and timescales.’

                Key clients

                HSBC UK Bank plc

                PWC

                EY LLP

                Teneo Financial Advisory Limited

                Interpath Ltd

                Grant Thornton UK LLP

                FRP Advisory LLP

                Endless LLP

                The HLD Group

                Avison Young

                Elaine Millar, Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

                Kroll Limited

                Alvarez & Marsal

                Svella Plc

                Solutions 30 UK Services Limited

                Route Finance

                JD Sports Fashion plc

                Work highlights

                • Advising Kroll Limited as administrators of Arena Television.
                • Acted for Svella PLC in its “pre-pack” purchase of the telecommunications, plant hire, transport and accommodation divisions of NMCN PLC.
                • Acted for Route in the appointment of Quantuma as administrators of One Islington Plaza Limited.

                North West > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

                Addleshaw Goddard advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, trusts, and families on matters such as succession planning, international business-related mandates, and complex tax issues. Based in Manchester, Yorke Eaton is noted for his expertise regarding complex trust issues and capital tax planning advice. Pervinder Kaur leads the private capital team in Leeds and is a key contact for clients with private company interests or substantial assets, while legal director Laura Woffinden focuses on complex probate and trust advice. Consultant Jane Shaw joined from Pannone Corporate LLP in May 2021 and covers wills, trusts, and estates planning law, particularly involving overseas assets.

                Practice head(s):

                Yorke Eaton; Pervinder Kaur

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘The most important benefit of dealing with the team at Addleshaw Goddard is their ability to translate complex issues into language the client understands. They remain in contact with the client (and other professionals!) for as long as is needed and their willingness to help out is second to none…even if they are unlikely to benefit.’

                ‘Yorke Eaton is, in my humble opinion, the most engaging and knowledgeable of the private client lawyers in the North. His personality makes him immediately approachable and his knowledge and ability to relate to clients of all wealth sets him part.’

                ‘We have worked very closely with Yorke Eaton and Polly Bradley and they have been super approachable and extremely efficient in ensuring that we have measures and structures in place that are the right fit for us and future generations. The key qualities I’ve identified and appreciated are am emotional intelligence containing warmth, approachability, calmness, clarity and an ability to understand the range of personalities within one family unit. We expect legal excellence of course, but the difference that makes the difference is attitude and approach.’

                Work highlights

                • Advised entrepreneurial clients on pre- and post-sale planning and management of succession for both business and family.
                • Advised on the transfer of a significant book of trusteeships from one professional trustee to another, including negotiation of contractual arrangements for transfer of the trust business and subsequent practical advice in respect of ongoing trust administration and transfer of trust assets.
                • Advised the trustees of high-value, complex family trusts on ongoing trust management and trustee duties, including the provision of trust administration services.

                North West > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

                Addleshaw Goddard‘s is particularly strong when advising on complex transactions in the charities space and Charity Commission investigations and inquiries. Manchester practice head Yorke Eaton is noted for his work on the establishment and registration of new charities, as well as charity land transactions. Based in Leeds, Pervinder Kaur heads the national charities team. She regularly deals with funding issues and investigations. Laura Woffinden, a specialist in charity transactional work, was promoted to legal director in September 2021.

                Practice head(s):

                Yorke Eaton

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Addleshaw Goddard has substantial experience in all aspects of charities.’

                ‘Pervinder Kaur and her colleagues are very impressive.’

                Key clients

                Bedingfield’s Trust

                Leeds Beckett University

                Work highlights

                • Advised a number of household name retail clients on promotions involving charities.
                • Provide ongoing advice on all areas of charity law to grant making charities of ranging sizes.
                • Advised charity trustees on the sale of a major shareholding in the company which founded the charity.

                North West > Public sector > Local government

                The team at Addleshaw Goddard regularly handles transactions and supports local authorities on public infrastructure issues, from transport-related matters to affordable housing projects. It is noted for its expertise in private-public partnership arrangements and its broad experience of complex procurement matters. Practice co-head Andrew Pettinger is experienced in infrastructure, outsourcing and commercial transactions involving local government bodies, while co-head Michael O’Connor is knowledgeable about public, private and project finance transactions. Sara Gilmore specializes in local infrastructure and partnerships arrangements.

                Practice head(s):

                Andrew Pettinger; Michael O’Connor

                Other key lawyers:

                Richard Goodfellow; Ian Smith; Sara Gilmore’ Bradley Martin

                Key clients

                West Midlands Combined Authority

                Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

                Manchester City Council

                Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

                Cumbria County Council

                Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

                Burnley Borough Council

                Cheshire West & Chester Council

                York City Council

                Luton Borough Council

                Reading Borough Council

                Derby City Council

                Somerset County Council

                Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

                City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

                Salford City Council

                City of Stoke Council

                Connexin Limited

                Warrington Borough Council

                Kirklees Council

                Greater London Authority / Transport for London

                Merseytravel/Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

                Work highlights

                • Advised the Greater London Authority on a very significant procurement for the retrofit of existing public housing with net zero carbon solutions. This evidences expertise on innovative procurement structures and the green agenda.
                • Advised a Borough Council on a secondary IT outsourcing involving the disaggregation of the existing service provision and a new procurement for a new Partner. This evidences knowledge of how to deal with complex procurement issues and the delivery of service (including IT) contracts that are critical to local government operations.

                North West > Real estate > Property litigation

                Addleshaw Goddard's 'outstanding property litigation team' regularly advise some of the nation's largest institutional investors, high-profile retail and leisure tenants, and financial institutions. 'First class litigator' Chris Perrin has a track record of cases in the Supreme Court, while Charles Jagger is an insolvency and professional negligence litigation expert with extensive expertise acting for corporate occupiers. Legal director Andy Feehan leads on major property management and right to light matters, while the 'extremely diligent and conscientious' Patricia Love has particular strengths in insolvency litigation and mixed use developments. The practice is headed up by Julie Middlemass in Leeds.

                Practice head(s):

                Julie Middlemass

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Andy Feehan is approachable, diligent and commercial. It is a pleasure working with Andy and his team on the many and varied litigation matters I currently have ongoing.’

                ‘The team are focused on the best outcome for the client. I have always found them extremely easy to deal with and quick to give practical, insightful advice. There is no pretension about this team and they demonstrate a clear understanding of our commercial objectives.’

                ‘Consistently excellent service provided to clients. A strong team with a depth of resource and experience to cover all potential issues.’

                ‘Patricia Love is extremely diligent and conscientious in her approach. No stone is left unturned in preparation for hearings and deadlines. Her advice is measured and practical. Easy to work with.’

                ‘The Addleshaw Manchester team is hugely experienced in all areas of property litigation. They are knowledgeable and yet down to earth and practical.’

                ‘Chris Perrin is a first class litigator. He knows his law and he applies it correctly. He is down to earth and commercial. He has a strong understanding as to the commercial needs of the client and how far a case has to be pushed in order to obtain those aims.

                ‘It is an outstanding property litigation team because of its depth of talent; from trainee to senior partner, everyone you deal with blends technical competence with pragmatic – at times, robust client-handling skills. They are just a very reassuring team to have behind you.’

                ‘Charles Jagger is excellent: very knowledgeable on both the substantive and procedural law, but also pragmatic, response, and friendly. His qualities typify the strengths of the team.’

                Key clients

                abrdn

                Bruntwood Group of Companies

                Co-operative Group

                Hillview Group

                Mapeley Estates

                Marks and Spencer

                Network Rail

                Santander UK Plc

                Property Alliance Group

                Vue Cinemas

                Work highlights

                • Acting for Hurstwood and Property Alliance Group in relation to a long running claim for historic business rates (claims issued in 2017). Successfully striking out 2 out of 3 grounds of claim.
                • Acting for CarVal Investors assuming conduct of over 100 lease renewal claims (single landlord/single tenant following a sale and leaseback portfolio) and managing the matters through to a series of batched trials.
                • Advised various landlords and a few tenants on the property aspects of various schemes to replace cladding on tall buildings (i.e. Grenfell issues) and deal with landlord and tenant issues.

                North West > Transport

                Addleshaw Goddard is heavily involved across all aspects of the transport sector, and remains a key name in rail franchising/concessions. It continues to provide leading expertise in structuring transport-based asset finance schemes, and has seen considerable growth in a range of areas including urban transit schemes, freight and logistics, stations development, transport led regeneration and airports. It also offers market leading rail disputes and regulatory knowledge. Paul Hirst heads the team, specialising in transport infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises, and rolling stock procurements. Sara Gilmore  is part of the projects team and has experience with bus reform, whilst Michael Rainey heads the procurement team. Ursula Gould has extensive experience in transport projects, as well as negotiating arrangements with other bodies on transport schemes.

                Practice head(s):

                Paul Hirst; Sara Gilmore; Michael Rainey

                Other key lawyers:

                Ursula Gould; Clare Dwyer; Philip Dupres

                Testimonials

                ‘Deep and practical transport sector knowledge, including great detail around bus enhanced partnership and regulation. I consider them to lead the sector in this area.’

                ‘Sara Gilmore is approachable, knowledgeable and pragmatic, with a significant sector knowledge and a great way with clients.’

                Key clients

                Prologis Group Companies

                VTG Rail UK Limited

                London Luton Airport Limited

                Eversholt Rail

                Rail Operations Group Limited (“ROG”)

                Department for Transport

                High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

                Volkswagen AG

                Greater London Authority / Transport for London

                West Yorkshire Combined Authority

                West Midlands Combined Authority

                Hitachi Rail Limited

                MerseyTravel

                Manchester Airport Group

                HS1 Limited

                Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

                Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

                Ove Arup & Partners

                SMBC

                DB Cargo

                Sealink Travel Group

                Transport for Greater Manchester

                The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

                Associated British Ports Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised the Department for Transport on the development and roll out of the new National Rail Contract (replacing franchise agreements).
                • Advising West Midlands Combined Authority in relation to its bus franchising assessment.
                • Advising GMCA and Stockport Council in relation to the regeneration of the Stockport Interchange bus station including a residential PRS scheme.

                North West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

                The practice at Addleshaw Goddard handles major infrastructure projects in energy, education, transport and healthcare. With experience in advising private and public sector sponsors, equity investors and financial institutions, the Manchester-based team is able to handle complex and novel procurements and arrangements between the public and private sector.  Practice co-head Michael O’Connor excels in procurement and finance project loans at the basis of public-private transactions. Andrew Pettinger  and Sara Gilmore also co-head the practice; Pettinger is experienced in local government work and PFI, while Gilmore specializes in high-scale energy projects. Philip Dupres is emerging in the team as a leading advisor on water projects.

                Practice head(s):

                Michael O’Connor; Andrew Pettinger; Sara Gilmore

                Other key lawyers:

                Rob Thompson; Stephanie Townley; Philip Dupres

                Key clients

                Gresham House Investment Management (Guernsey) Ltd

                Liberty Charge Limited

                Green Investment Group

                Manchester Metropolitan University

                Muse Developments Limited

                National Grid plc

                National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

                National Grid Gas plc

                Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

                Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

                Opus Energy

                Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

                SGN Place Limited

                Southern Water Services Limited

                SSE Enterprises

                SSE plc (Retail)

                SSE plc (Seagreen)

                Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

                West Yorkshire Combined Authority

                Anglian Water

                Cheshire East Council

                Cheshire West and Chester Council

                Department for Transport

                Greater London Authority

                HCP

                Health & Safety Executive

                High Speeds Two (HS2) Limited

                Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

                Imagile Group Ltd

                Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

                Leeds City Council

                Luton Borough Council

                Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

                MUFG Bank Ltd

                Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

                Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

                The Council of the City of Salford

                Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

                Transport for London

                United Utilities plc

                University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

                Wakefield City Council

                West Midlands Combined Authority

                Work highlights

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                  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.

                  DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
                  Senior partner Charles Penney
                  Managing partner John Joyce
                  Corporate and commercial Yunus Seedat
                  Finance Amanda Gray
                  Litigation Mark Molyneux
                  Real estate Adrian Collins
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                  Andy Bates photoMr Andy BatesPartner in the business support and restructuring team specialising in advising insolvency…
                  Rosanna Bryant photo Rosanna BryantPartner specialising in retail financial services and financial services transactional work. Advises…
                  Sally Butt photo Sally ButtHead of finance disputes and head of litigation north. Partner specialising in…
                  Jennifer Cromack photo Jennifer CromackWell-known nationally as an exceptional real estate finance lawyer. Undertakes a wide range…
                  Paul Dight photoMr Paul DightPaul is an energy infrastructure and regulatory specialist with significant experience advising…
                  Garry Elliott photo Garry ElliottPartner in the corporate division, based in the Leeds office. Specialises in…
                  Gerri Elliott photoMs Gerri ElliottManaging Associate
                  John Emerton photo John EmertonConstruction litigation specialist. Principally acting for employers and contractors in adjudication, litigation…
                  Bill Gilliam photo Bill GilliamBill is a partner in the commercial dispute resolution/litigation team. He specialises…
                  Richard Goodfellow photoMr Richard GoodfellowPartner and Head of Energy & Utilities Market
                  Mark Hallam photo Mark HallamMark is a partner in the firm’s corporate group. Mark has undertaken…
                  David Handy photo David HandyPartner specialising in general corporate lending, leveraged finance, restructurings and real estate…
                  Anna Heaton photo Anna HeatonPartner.
                  Paul Hirst photoMr Paul HirstPartner & Head of Transport Sector
                  Pervinder Kaur photo Pervinder KaurPartner in the private capital group. Provides trusts and tax planning advice…
                  Bruce Lightbody photo Bruce LightbodyPartner dealing with investment fund and development work, landlord and tenant, and…
                  Simon Lofthouse photo Simon LofthousePartner working in the Technology and Outsourcing team.  He has significant in-house experience from…
                  Ben Lowans photoMr Ben LowansBen is a litigation and dispute resolution partner specialising in finance litigation…
                  Peter Mason photoMr Peter MasonPartner
                  Julie Middlemass photo Julie MiddlemassJulie is the national head of the property litigation team. Having trained…
                  Jade Murray photo Jade MurrayPartner in the pensions team, head of SIPPs and pension products and…
                  Georgina Powling photo Georgina PowlingPartner in the commercial department, specialising in intellectual property.  Georgina advises on…
                  Rachel Rawnsley photo Rachel RawnsleyPartner advising corporate clients and trustees on all aspects of ongoing pension…
                  James Reynolds photo James ReynoldsJames is a specialist construction and engineering partner. He jointly heads the…
                  Ian Sampson photo Ian SampsonPartner.
                  Lee Shankland photo Lee ShanklandHead of the firm’s housing finance practice and one of the finance…
                  David Shaw photo David ShawSpecialist in construction, including: utilities and major infrastructure, energy, transport, engineering and…
                  Ian Smith photo Ian SmithIan leads the Sainsbury’s real estate team nationally and is the lead…
                  Lucy Sturrock photo Lucy SturrockPartner in real estate department with experience in a broad spectrum of…
                  Rachel Uttley photo Rachel UttleyRachel advises trustees and corporates on all aspects of occupational and personal…
                  Joe Wilkinson photo Joe WilkinsonPartner; construction and engineering, dispute resolution specialist (adjudication, litigation, mediation and domestic/international…
                  Andrew Williamson photo Andrew WilliamsonAndrew is a real estate partner with a broad range of experience…
                  Number of UK partners : 240
                  Number of other UK fee-earners : 860