Anna Heaton > Addleshaw Goddard > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Real Estate




Law Society Qualification date: 2004

The College of Law, York – Common Practice Examination and Legal Practice Course (this became The University of Law in 2012 and then relocated to Leeds in 2014).

Cambridge University – MA (Hons) in History

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Local government

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.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport

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.

London > Transport > Rail

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’.