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North West

Transport - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's recent transport work has focused on the rail sector; the firm advises on franchising, rolling stock, infrastructure matters and services. The practice also provides advice in relation to trams and buses. Other areas of expertise include transport disputes and matters relating to  freight and logistics. Legal director Ursula Gould heads up the Manchester team and specialises in advising on high value contracts for transport projects.

Practice head(s):Paul Hirst; Ursula Gould

Other key lawyers:Clare Dwyer; Robin Warburton; Michael Rainey; Phil Dupres

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Edinburgh Airport


Hitachi Rail Europe

London Luton Airport

Manchester Airport Group


Ove Arup & Partners

Road Haulage Association

Stansted Airport

Transport for Greater Manchester /Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Transport for the West Midlands/West Midlands Combined Authority


West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)


Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Transport on a multi-year mandate on the new rail franchise which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services
  • Advised Transport for the West Midlands and the West Midlands Combined Authority on the conversion of a derelict rail freight line for tram use.
  • Advising The Road Haulage Association on a compensation claim for hauliers affected by a truck cartel.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard 's team handles M&A, cross-border transactions, equity capital markets, private equity, corporate real estate deals and IPOs. Paul Medlicott heads the team and represents private equity investors, sellers and management teams, acting for many private equity houses in the North West. The 'unflappable' Andrew Green acts on corporate transactions and also focuses on private equity, meanwhile the 'exceptional and hands-on' Roger Hart and managing associate George Danczak  are also recommended. Michael Birchall and legal director Jamie Partridge both left the firm for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):Paul Medlicott

Other key lawyers:Duncan Wilson; Richard Lee; Jemma Clarke; Andrew Green; Roger Hart; George Danczak


‘Easy to deal with, hard working and focus the discussion with clients on the issues that matter most’.

Andrew Green is a real solution finder - unflappable on deals and brings a calming air of authority’.

George Danczak is a high quality lawyer who seems destined to be a very effective partner in the making’.

Extremely professional, very dedicated and committed to giving clear and timely advice, despite working to tight timescales’.

The Addleshaws team are exceptional in almost every way.  They are extremely responsive, highly commercial and pragmatic, and very client centric’.

Roger Hart is an exceptional, hands-on partner. He is always available and provides highly commercial and pragmatic support’.

Key Clients

Peel Group


Dixons Carphone

The Hut

JD Sports Fashion



PZ Cussons


Many private equity houses in the North West including Ardenton, BGF, ECI, Elysian, Endless, Equistone, Foresight, Inflexion, Livingbridge, LDC, Maven, NorthEdge, Palatine, Phoenix, Primary Capital, YFM and Waterland along with many of their portfolio companies

Work highlights

  • Advised on the $558m acquisition of The Finish Line, Inc.
  • Advised owners on the sale of the Concept Life Sciences Group to Spectris plc for £163m.
  • Advised Numis in its capacity as sponsor, financial adviser, sole bookrunner and broker to AJ Bell in respect of its IPO on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange for a market capitalisation offer price of £651m.
  • Advised Produce Investments PLC on its takeover offer by Promethean Investments LLP for £55.3m.
  • Advised The Bruntwood Group on its acquisition of Birmingham Science Park and subsequent joint venture with Legal & General, to be known as Bruntwood SciTech.
Leading individuals

Andrew Green - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Medlicott - Addleshaw Goddard

Roger Hart - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

George Danczak - Addleshaw Goddard

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard represents clients on the tax elements of M&A, joint ventures, fund establishments and real estate projects. On the contentious side, the firm deals with disputes with HMRC and the firm also advises on stamp duty land tax, pensions tax, VAT and customs duty matters. Justine Delroy heads the team and specialises in the tax aspects of structuring private equity transactions and property-based projects. Michael Hunter, who is based in Manchester and Leeds is also recommended, alongside managing associate Catherine Concannon.

Practice head(s):Justine Delroy

Other key lawyers:Michael Hunter; Catherine Concannon

Key Clients

Co-Operative Group

J Murphy & Sons

Aberdeen Standard Investments

WBHO Construction


PZ Cussons


Car Finance 247

National Grid

Many private equity houses in the North West including ECI,  Inflexion, Livingbridge, LDC, Literary Capital, Phoenix Equity Partners (and portfolio companies)

Work highlights

  • Provided bespoke tax advice to the individual shareholders of Concept Life Sciences as well as tax transactional support to Equistone in a buyout of the market leading life sciences business.
  • Advising Bruntwood on the tax structuring of a pre-sale reorganisation, as well as the disposal of a 50% interest in its SciTech business and portfolio to Legal & General, and on the joint venture and ongoing services arraignments for Bruntwood SciTech.
  • Advising Aberdeen Standard Investments on the tax aspects of a number of transactions which are at the cutting edge of the investment real estate sector involving alternative asset classes such as serviced offices, residential property, caravan parks and hotels, which bring particular property tax issues.
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of South African headquartered Wilson Balyly Homes-Ovcon on its acquisition of 60% of the issued share capital of Russells Limited for £32.8m and of 31.7% of Russell Homes for £3.25m.
  • Acting for shareholders on the sale of Deep Sea Electronics to a purchaser majority-owned by Caledonia Investments. The deal  involved a rapid auction process and negotiating key issues of tax cover with numerous bidders in a very condensed timescale.
Leading individuals

Justine Delroy - Addleshaw Goddard

Michael Hunter - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Catherine Concannon - Addleshaw Goddard

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises on general competition law, competition litigation cases, state aid, damages actions and cartels. The team is also experienced in merger control, market investigations and antitrust counselling/investigations. The firm is seeing an increasing amount of state aid instructions and represents clients locally and nationally. The practice is headed by Mark Molyneux and London-based Bruce Kilpatrick.

Practice head(s):Mark Molyneux; Bruce Kilpatrick


'Bruce Kilpatrick is a superb technical lawyer'.

'Mark Molyneux is a great tactician and always thinking two steps ahead'.

Key Clients

Office Depot

Yorkshire Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Skipton Building Society

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Bruntwood Management Services

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Stockton Borough Council

NewRiver Leisure Limited

Road Haulage Association

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for a prestigious roster of clients including major UK and international banks, private equity firms, independent funders and financial service institutions, advising on negligence and fraud claims. Other areas of expertise include the recovery of assets in overseas jurisdictions, as well as regulatory investigations. The 'incredibly personable' and 'highly regarded' Harold Brako heads the team, while Helen Collinge is also recommended. The firm also offers a wide range of innovative litigation funding options to financial services clients looking to keep a handle on costs.

Practice head(s):Harold Brako

Other key lawyers:Helen Collinge; Ben Lowans; Matthew O'Neill; Lauren Lee; Ashlee Simms


This team is friendly and approachable but at the same time extremely professional and knowledgeable’.

Solutions offered are always pragmatic and I sometimes feel as though the team knows our business better than I do’.

Harold Brako is our go-to person, he is incredibly personable and humble and is known and highly regarded to many in our business across all levels’.

The team is extremely knowledgeable and offers clear and concise advice in a timely manner’.

A highly experienced team that always give a first class service’.

Key Clients

HSBC Bank plc

Paragon Bank

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Seneca Trade Finance

Aldermore Bank

Avicenna Capital

Santander UK plc

Amicus Asset Finance Limited

Davenham Asset Finance Limited

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group

Ultimate Invoice Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Praetura Asset Finance

Leading individuals

Harold Brako - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Helen Collinge - Addleshaw Goddard

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is 'a go-to firm for pre-action advice and disputes', handling complex litigation for local, national and international clients. Areas of specialism include large IT disputes, competition law claims and 'business protection' work, which involves helping employers to manage risks stemming from employees and third parties who pose a threat to their interests. Mark Molyneux - described as 'one of the best litigators in the country' - heads the team with strong support from Susan Garrett. Managing associates Nicholas Ashcroft and Paul Rowley are also recommended alongside legal director Clare Dwyer.

Practice head(s):Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Susan Garrett; Nicholas Ashcroft; Paul Rowley; Clare Dwyer; Victoria Pool; Samantha Haigh; Alexandra Seabridge; Helen Collinge; Harold Brako; Erin Shoesmith; Jonathan Tattersall; Lisa Slevin


The team is excellent and a go-to firm for pre-action advice and disputes, big or small’.

The team has an ability to break down any problem, understand the issues quickly, ask the right questions and provide simple and commercially focused solutions at good value’.

Lisa Slevin stands as a great lawyer - she is unflappable, calm, bright, relentlessly hard-working, exercises excellent judgement and most importantly is commercially minded’.

'Mark Molyneux is one of the best litigators in the country. He is exceptionally bright and always focuses on the critical issues. He is always accessible and has exceptional communication skills. Clients have justified confidence in him. He is a joy to work with.'

Key Clients

Manchester Airport Group

The Road Haulage Association

PZ Cussons

The Co-operative Group

NKT Group

XRail Group Limited



Office Depot Europe

Solvay Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Road Haulage Association in collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, a claim which is expected to exceed £1bn.
  • Acting for two of the former directors of Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited (in liquidation) (BHUKL) in respect of a claim brought by BHUKL and its liquidator.
  • Acting for Co-operative Insurance on its claim against IBM issued in the commercial court in December 2017 which relates to IBM's wrongful purported termination of the contract under which it was to implement a new IT operating platform for Co-operative Insurance.
  • Instructed by five NKT companies, two of whom are addressees of a decision of the European Commission which made an infringement finding in relation to the supply of high voltage power cables.
  • Instructed by Wolseley in relation to a business protection case arising from the resignation of four senior sales employees from its pipe business who have since joined a competitor business.
Leading individuals

Mark Molyneux - Addleshaw Goddard

Susan Garrett  - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Clare Dwyer - Addleshaw Goddard

Nicholas Ashcroft - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Rowley - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard offers in-depth experience across a range of banking and finance mandates. Corporate banking, leveraged finance, project finance, and real estate finance are key areas of expertise, and the team particularly stands out for its proficiency in asset-based lending and asset finance (equipment leasing and finance) instructions. With borrower and major lender clients, the team is active across transactions in the energy, finance, health, transport and retail and consumer sectors. Department head Martin O’Shea is a 'leading light for North West banking and finance'; Andrew Maskill heads the firm's asset finance practice; Simon Prendergast specialises in asset based lending and receivables financing; Richard Oman has a particular focus on corporate lending and leveraged acquisition finance matters; and Katie Ridehalgh specialises in real estate finance. Legal directors Caroline Gray and  Ben Edwards are also key figures.

Practice head(s):Martin O'Shea

Other key lawyers:Andrew Maskill; Simon Prendergast; Richard Oman; Katie Ridehalgh; Caroline Gray; Ben Edwards


Commercially strong

One of the best banking and finance practices in the region

The team demonstrates a commitment to client service and has a strong work ethic

The team has good attention to detail and clear recognition of commercial considerations that need to balance legal opinions in the 'real world'

Martin O’Shea is readily available, supportive and has built a capable and knowledgeable team around him

Ben Edwards is reliable, capable and highly experienced

The best adviser to leasing and asset finance providers in the sector by a considerable margin

Has a genuine understanding of the client's business and business needs, which makes the information provided relevant and timely

The individuals within the team have a high level of expertise in their particular areas and a high level of attention to detail

Katie Ridehalgh is exceptional


Key Clients

Allied London

JD Sports

Dechra Pharmaceuticals

Radius Payment Solutions

HSBC Group

Investec Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised The Hut Group on its $1bn funding requirement, provided by a total of 15 lenders, to enable further expansion.
  • Advised JD Sports Fashion and its subsidiaries on the refinance of its revolving credit facility with four banks, as part of its acquisition of US retailer Finish Line Inc.
  • Acted for Allied London on the financing of the redevelopment of Manchester's Grade-II listed London Road Fire Station.
  • Advised Dechra Pharmaceuticals on the provision of a £350m term loan facility to fund certain acquisitions by the group.
  • Instructed by Huws Gray and Inflexion on the acquisition of Ridgeons.
Leading individuals

Andrew Maskill - Addleshaw Goddard

Martin O’Shea - Addleshaw Goddard

Richard Oman - Addleshaw Goddard

Simon Prendergast - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Katie Ridehalgh - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Ben Edwards - Addleshaw Goddard

Caroline Gray - Addleshaw Goddard

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is applauded for its ability to handle a range of complex restructuring and insolvency mandates; it  is experienced in handling distressed real estate work, distressed corporate acquisition work and stands out for its specialist expertise in advising on distressed legal practices. The team is regularly instructed on retail sector matters. In addition to its non-contentious practice, insolvency litigation is also a key strength of the dedicated department. Team head Ged Barnes is a 'leading lawyer' and Tim Taylor is 'excellent'.

Practice head(s):Ged Barnes

Other key lawyers:Tim Taylor; Jean Boldero; John Duffy; Sarah Foster


The team is very well respected in the market

One of the best insolvency and recovery practices in town

Ged Barnes is outstanding

The team is technically very able

Key Clients


All of the Big 4 accountants

Grant Thornton

FRP Advisory

Begbies Traynor


LadBible Group

The HLD Group

Leonard Curtis

Endless LLP




Work highlights

  • Advised Hilco on the acquisition of the Homebase group of companies.
  • Advising the Viscount of Jersey in her capacity as Administrator of the estates en désastre of Orb a.r.l. and Dr Gail Cochrane in relation to matters of English law, including the recognition of her appointments by the High Court, the exercise of her investigatory powers, and the conduct of complicated and high value proprietary claims in proceedings in the High Court involving the SFO and 34 other interested parties.
  • Acted for EY in its capacity as administrators of national shoe retailer, Jones Bootmaker.
  • Advised Endless LLP on the pre-packaged acquisition of the business and assets of Europe's largest specialist golfing retailer, American Golf Discount Centre and SW Golf from Deloitte.
  • Advised LadBible Group on the acquisition of the business and assets of Unilad from its administrators, Leonard Curtis.
Leading individuals

Ged Barnes - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Tim Taylor - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's employment team enjoys an excellent reputation in the Manchester market, acting for an array of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies and other significant regional and national employers  in the transport, retail, financial services and manufacturing sectors. The department, which is run by Jamie Hamnett and the 'calm and thorough' Malcolm Pike, has significant experience of high-stakes litigation and boardroom and senior level work, including restrictive covenant disputes. Legal director Kate McGough is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jamie Hamnett; Malcolm Pike

Other key lawyers:Kate McGough; Tessa Harland; Carly Mather; Ed Gregory; Victoria Davies


'They are organized, manage expectations with regular communication. They are experienced and knowledgeable in their specialism.'

'Victoria Davies and Tessa Harland are excellent - very professional and approachable.'

'Great personal service - highly professional.'

Key Clients



British Airways

JD Sports


Primark Stores




Scapa Group

HMS Host

Work highlights

  • Acting for SME Wealth Management , northwest based wealth management company, following exits to set up a rival company.
  • Acting for Cadent Gas in defending Tribunal Claims brought following the dismissal of two engineers for breach of safety rules, one involving an application for interim relief brought by a Trade Union official at one of its regional sites and allegations of disability discrimination, the other involving whistleblowing allegations.
  • Instructed to act for privately owned building infrastructure company Geobear Infrastructure Ltd to help protect its critical business interests, following the departure of one of its senior, customer facing employers to join a competitor, in breach of restrictive covenants in his contract of employment.
  • Providing strategic and business critical advice to CCL Label Ltd in connection with a concerted approach by Unite, pressing for formal recognition and collective bargaining rights at one of the client's sites in West Yorkshire.
  • Acted for new client LADBible on the restructure of its business following its acquisition of a former competitor out of administration.
Leading individuals

Jamie Hamnett - Addleshaw Goddard

Malcolm Pike - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Kate McGough - Addleshaw Goddard

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, practice head Erin Shoesmith - 'a fantastic lawyer who is that great mix of technical and commercial' - was promoted to partner in May 2018. The team was also strengthened by the arrival of Alan Fox , who joined as a legal director from the Health and Safety Executive in March 2019. The team acts for large national and multinational corporate defendants on matters pertaining to fire safety, food safety and product safety, as well as a wide range of criminal regulatory matters. In addition to legal representation, the firm provides advice and training on issues such as compliance and employee duties.

Practice head(s):Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:Nick Ashcroft; Priscilla Addo Quaye; Helen Mattingly; James Currie; Alan Fox


'Erin Shoesmith is very committed to providing a quality service to high-profile clients'.

'The team is experienced and pragmatic.  It understands business needs and is proactive in its advice. Where necessary it ensures that those from the business involved in any investigation are reassured and given confidence in the quality of support.'

'The team are very experienced in health and safety matters. They attract some of the best quality work and provide a very high level of service to clients.'

'Erin Shoesmith is a fantastic lawyer who is that great mix of technical and commercial. She is well supported by her team, who show real strength in depth.'

'An informed, sleeves-rolled-up, can-do mentality that really engages with the client and the issues.'

'The team is very switched on and client friendly.'

'It is the inspiring leadership of Erin Shoesmith which gives this practice its unique stamp. Her relentless focus on the client's best interests, coupled with her phenomenal work rate, gives this team its hallmark. The incredibly high standards to which she works gives the team its benchmark. The result is an exceptional team, which achieves exceptional results.'

'Erin Shoesmith is dedicated, bright and knowledgeable. Committed to her clients and on top of the law.'

'Erin Shoesmith is at the top of her game. A very experienced and very knowledgeable lawyer who is a pleasure to work with.'

'Erin Shoesmith is excellent. She is a great lawyer, as well as being approachable and commercial.'

'Erin Shoesmith and Priscilla Addo-Quaye brought real clarity and honesty to our cause and gave us real confidence that we had engaged a best in class team that personally cared about our business and the outcome of our particular challenge.'

'Nick Ashcroft is peerless in navigating the minefield of privilege and getting to the best commercial answer.'

'The individuals in this team bring a clear sighted focus to the task in hand, coupled with unremitting application and energy. This and their genuine interest in client outcomes sets them apart.'

Key Clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited and Morrison Utility Services Limited

Marks and Spencer Plc

PZ Cussons Plc

National Grid Property

Manchester Arena Inquests - Pro Bono

Air Liquide UK limited

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc

Accrol Papers Limited Plc

Work highlights

  • Instructed to represent Air Liquide UK Limited in a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive in relation to a breach of section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Appointed following a bidding process involving three firms to deliver health and safety training to National Grid Property.
  • Providing pro bono representation for three families in the Manchester Arena inquests scheduled to take place during 2020.
Leading individuals

Erin Shoesmith - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Led by Mark Molyneux, Addleshaw Goddard's professional negligence department has particular strength in the banking and construction sectors, handling high value claims against solicitors, valuers and other professionals. In the wake of the Grenfell disaster, cladding and fire safety issues have become an area of increased activity for the team, which has been advising a broad range of clients on issues relating to cladding and fire safety compliance. Susan Garrett handles professional negligence claims in the pensions area, while managing associate Matthew O’Neill focuses on claims against valuers, surveyors, brokers and solicitors on behalf of financial services clients.

Practice head(s):Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Susan Garrett; John Gosling; Matthew O'Neill


'Addleshaw Goddard gives a very high level of client service. It has an extremely high profile in this sector and knows the market very well. It is a firm that never loses sight of the client's commercial aims and gives a top notch service at all levels of seniority. It has the strength in depth to handle the biggest disputes in the sector.'

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, private capital partner Yorke Eaton is known for his expertise in advising charities on a wide range of matters such as the establishment and registration of new entities, governance and trustee issues, commercial contracts, charity land transactions and restructuring issues. The department also advises banking clients on the taking of security over charity land and assets.

Practice head(s):Pervinder Kaur (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Yorke Eaton

Key Clients

National Coal Mining Museum

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bedingfield's Trust

NFU Charitable Trust

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard draws on the firm's full services capabilities to complement its practice, with professional negligence, partnership and civil fraud specialists regularly called on to collaborate with the contentious trusts team. The firm's national and international scope also enables it handle complex cross-border trust litigation. The team is led by the 'enthusiastic and dedicated' Yorke Eaton, whose practice includes advising trustees on their duties and liabilities in relation to their business assets.

Practice head(s):Yorke Eaton


'The team is very experienced in private client matters and has excellent technical expertise.'

'Yorke Eaton is very enthusiastic and dedicated to getting the best for his clients.'

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard handles a wide range of high-value work for ultra- and high-net-worth clients, entrepreneurs, trust companies and international individuals, advising on the administration of estates, wills and trusts on matters including domicile, residence, IHT, dual taxation, foreign assets, asset protection and family trust restructuring. The firm is also regularly involved in complex cross-border matters, advising both executors and trustees. 'Stand-out' partner Yorke Eaton heads the team, and is highly regarded for his capital tax planning advice to entrepreneurs and business owners.

Practice head(s):Yorke Eaton


'The team is proactive in managing relationships with their clients, focused and they regularly go the extra mile to deliver on service.'

'Their technical knowledge across the team is strong but delivered with personality, something not all tax advisors achieve.'

'Yorke Eaton's ability to understand how his clients' business interests align with their personal objectives is excellent. This combined with his deep technical knowledge and eye for detail makes him the stand out partner in the region.'

'The breadth of experience within the team is very strong, which makes the overall offering very powerful.'

'Yorke Eaton is a very capable partner - he is pragmatic and a problem solver, helping clients effectively.'

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

Key Clients

NFU Mutual

Work highlights

  • Advising NFU Mutual on their internal policies for dealing with bereavement, vulnerable customers and powers of attorney.
  • Acting for the executors of a substantial and contentious international estate, with assets in the UK, Jersey, Gibraltar, Portugal and Thailand, which includes issues of domicile, residence, the applicability of various inheritance tax reliefs, dual taxation, foreign assets and a potential claim from the widow.
  • Provided asset protection and tax planning advice to a high-net-worth individual and his family and business, working closely with our corporate colleagues in reviewing and restructuring both company and trust assets held within the family and the impact on family governance protocols, shareholders agreement and articles of association.
  • Advising two individuals in their personal capacity on wills, trusts and tax planning following the sale of their business.
  • Advising a client on a family trust structure (with a significant holding in a UK plc) previously based in New Zealand.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's energy and utilities sector team is able to utilise its network of offices to advise on a range of domestic and international projects covering the oil and gas, renewables, power, water and waste sectors. The team in Manchester is experienced in is public-private and project finance transactions for public sector procuring bodies, private sector sponsors and funders. The team also handles real estate, outsourcings, procurement, state aid, contractual matters, re-financing and project finance matters in the sector. Manchester office head Michael O’Connor, who leads the infrastructure, projects and energy group, and legal director Rob Thompson head the team.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Pettinger; Julie Hodkinson; Andrew Maskill

Key Clients

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

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

SSE plc (Retail)

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

National Grid Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) on the procurement for the supply, installation and operation of EV charge point network in the West Yorkshire region.
Leading individuals

Michael O’Connor - Addleshaw Goddard

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's infrastructure and projects practice is strong on PFI and PPP work where it acts for NHS Trusts and private sector investors and developers in the healthcare sector.  Transport is also a key area where the team is adept at handling rail, aviation and ports projects. In the renewables space, the team handles solar, waste-to-energy, wind, and biomass projects. Michael O’Connor heads the national infrastructure, projects and energy group; Andrew Pettinger, who is based across Leeds and Manchester, handles major regeneration projects as well as PPP and PFI work; and legal director Rob Thompson handles complex contract and procurement work.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:Rob Thompson; Stephanie Townley; Philip Dupres; David Hopkins


'The willingness of the key individuals advising to get stuck in and to immerse themselves in the work is a major strength.'

Key Clients

Kajima Partnerships

Fulcrum Infrastructure Management

Imagile Group


Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure Funder

Meridiam Infrastructure Fund

GB Partnerships


InfraRed Capital Partners

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Muse Developments

North tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

The Council of the City of Salford

Work highlights

  • Acted for Leeds City Council in relation to the promotion and procurement of a district heating scheme in Leeds.
  • Advising Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement with an Amey owned project company, under which the project company will retrofit 40,000 street lights with LEDs.
  • Appointed to advise Stoke City Council in relation to a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI Scheme, which we originally advised on in 2002/2003.
  • We are advising The Council of the City of Salford on a significant remediation programme to remedy defects and ensure the towers comply with fire safety requirements.
  • Advising Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in respect of the major rectification works programme, circa £20 million to its housing stock by Oldham Retirement Housing Partnership Limited as these works are coming to a conclusion.
Leading individuals

Michael O’Connor - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Rob Thompson  - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is active across a range of mandates covering public sector and health infrastructure, social and long term care, life sciences and private healthcare. The team stands out for its experience in handling PFI secondary market transactions and has experience in advising on the management of healthcare portfolios of substantial infrastructure funds. It also houses a growing care home practice covering commercial, transactional, restructuring,  insolvency and funding mandates. Head of health Michael O’Connor , Andrew Pettinger and Shelley McGivern  are key contacts, as is legal director Stephanie Townley, who is the public sector and health infrastructure lead.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Andrew Pettinger; Stephanie Townley

Other key lawyers:Clare Dwyer; Susan Bennett; Philip Dupres; Michael Rainey


'The team has in-depth experience in advising health sector clients.'

Key Clients

Celesio (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group)

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes

Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority


Citybranch and Citybranch Healthcare

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

GB Partnerships


Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Serco  on a £600m outsourcing (by Barts Health NHS Trust) of a wide range of "soft FM" services, including cleaning, security and pest control across several hospital sites in central London.
  • Advised Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, as part of its ongoing development of its life sciences investment in the Manchester Corridor, on the latest phases of the Citylabs development, a joint venture with Bruntwood.
  • Advised Premaitha in relation to its acquisition of Yourgene Bioscience, a Taiwanese company.
  • Advising University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the Transactions Guidance and engagement with NHSI to deliver a restructure of NHS services in the Derby region.
  • Acted for Lancashire Care on the termination of an existing property management services arrangement with a joint venture company, and advised on the subsequent dismantling of the joint venture itself and its associated contracts.
Leading individuals

Michael O'Connor - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Stephanie Townley - Addleshaw Goddard

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard regularly acts for and against local government clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters; its experience includes outsourcing,  housing , real estate, projects and funds work. The team also advises combined authority and local government pension fund administrators on investments. Michael O’Connor handles public, private and project finance transactions, while Andrew Pettinger, who is based across the Leeds and Manchester offices and leads the local government team, advises on a wide range of commercial transactions for local government clients.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:Stephanie Townley; Rob Thompson; Philip Dupres

Key Clients

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Hull City Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Wakefield County Council

Stoke City Council


Work highlights

  • Acted for Tameside (in its capacity as administrator of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund), as mezzanine lender and equity investor in a Joint Venture with Urban & Civic, as developer in connection with the development of three residential blocks at Manchester New Square.
  • Acted for Leeds City Council the promotion and procurement of a district heating scheme in Leeds.
  • Advised Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement which will allow the Council to make energy savings in excess of 60%.
  • Advised Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council on a second generation ICT outsourcing contract to replace its existing arrangement.  
  • Advised Cumbria County Council on the refinancing of senior debt facilities on the Carlisle Northern Development Route PFI Project.
Leading individuals

Michael O'Connor - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is the 'market leading firm for real estate work in Manchester' and is lauded as the 'go-to firm for real estate work'. The team is best known for its ability to handle big-ticket transactions in the city and across the North West region and acts for a broad client base which includes: trust and insurance companies, pension fund managers, developers, retailers, banks, transport agencies,  public and private sector organisations and corporate clients. Among the team, department head Peter Kershaw, who is 'exceptional',  Stephen Kinsey, who has a 'great standing in the market', and Anita Weightman are particularly recommended, as are legal directors Lucy Butterworth, Michael Corbett, and Emma Tonge.

Practice head(s):Peter Kershaw

Other key lawyers:Stephen Kinsey; Catherine Fearnhead; Anita Weightman; Paul Barnard; Patrick Duffy; Tony Weightman; Rhian Baggaley; Paul Dowdall; Julie Hodkinson; Lucy Butterworth; Brian Ghatan; Michael Corbett; Emma Tonge; Robin Warburton


The advice provided is second-to-none and delivered in plain English, but with great attention-to-detail.

It provides an exemplary service which really helps with easing the load for clients in meeting challenging deadlines.

The team provides excellent partner accessibility and is reliable.

The team has excellent attention-to-detail and is very commercial.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Group of Companies

Allied London

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Co-operative Group of Companies


Deloitte & Touch

FI Real Estate


J Sainsbury Group of Companies

Muse Developments

National Grid

Nationwide Building Society


The Peel Group of Companies

The Miller Group of Companies

Threadneedle Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • The team originated, negotiated and completed the project documents on behalf of HERMES Investment Management in connection with Amazon's decision to locate its second UK HQ in Manchester.
  • Advised Bruntwood on negotiations with Aviva for the forward funding of an innovative hybrid building combining a multi-storey car park and hotel at Circle Square, Manchester.
  • The team advised Trafford Council on the acquisition of the former Kellogg's building in Old Trafford to be the base of UA92, the higher education project backed by former Man Utd footballer, Gary Neville, the University of Lancaster and Microsoft.
  • Advised Manchester Science Partnerships on the pre-let of the entire 92,000 sq ft Citylabs 2.0 development to Qiagen, which is to be developed as a world-leading precision medicine campus.
  • Advised Bruntwood on the formation of new group, Bruntwood SciTech, and the largest investment made in science and technology property assets in Europe in 2018 which include the life sciences centre at Alderley Park, Citylabs in Manchester on the NHS Campus and Manchester Science Park.
Leading individuals

Anita Weightman - Addleshaw Goddard

Peter Kershaw - Addleshaw Goddard

Stephen Kinsey - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Emma Tonge - Addleshaw Goddard

Lucy Butterworth - Addleshaw Goddard

Michael Corbett - Addleshaw Goddard

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'expert' team is active across a range of international, national and local construction projects; it is noted for its expertise in contracts for engineering schemes and process engineering and infrastructure, as well as regeneration and development schemes. The team also stands out for its contentious expertise where it is particularly commended for its experience in PFI disputes. Nancy McGuire heads the construction and engineering group and Jonathan Tattersall, who operates across London and Manchester, heads the contentious construction team. Paul O’Kane is active on contentious and non-contentious mandates, as is Paul Barge . Legal directors Susan Bennett, Chris Henshaw and Steve Ormand  are noted, as are managing associates Charlotte Higham and the 'brilliant' Philip Withey.

Practice head(s):Nancy McGuire; Jonathan Tattersall

Other key lawyers:Paul O'Kane; Paul Barge; Susan Bennett; Chris Henshaw; Steve Ormand; Charlotte Higham; Philip Withey


'The team has real strength-in-depth and has uniquely strong expertise and experience in major PFI disputes.'

'Nancy McGuire provides excellent strategic advice.'

'The firm provides a very personable service delivery and stands out for its clear articulation of the issues at hand.'

'Nancy McGuire has built a motivated team with a customer focus.'

'Jonathan Tattersall is very talented.'


Key Clients

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

UK Parliament

Moda Living



MB Bermondsey (Guernsey)



Work highlights

  • Advised DB Symmetry on the development of a 1.6 million sq ft warehouse distribution centre in Darlington, which includes 250,000 sq ft of office space for occupation by Amazon as a major delivery hub.
  • The team advised UK Parliament on the closing of the £650m works framework with Wates Construction for the refurbishment of Parliament's Northern Estate.    
  • The team advises Moda Living on a number of high-end residential and mixed-use schemes including: Angel Gardens, Manchester; The Lexington, Liverpool; Broad Street, Birmingham; Holland Park, Glasgow and Springside, Edinburgh.  
  • The team is advising Allied on the £1bn development of a six hectare plot within central Manchester.
  • The team is instructed by Hermes on The Wellington Place development in Leeds, which will provide approximately 1.5 million sq. ft of commercial, retail, leisure and residential accommodation in 14 buildings, along with major public realm space.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Tattersall - Addleshaw Goddard

Nancy McGuire - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul O’Kane  - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Philip Withey - Addleshaw Goddard

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard handles a raft of planning and environment work. On the environmental side, which is led by recently promoted partner Michelle Headridge, the team handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the real estate, retail, consumer, manufacturing, waste, energy and utility sectors. The team advises on the environmental aspects of real estate, corporate and finance transactions and handles criminal environmental investigation and defence work. Headridge is experienced in the chemicals and waste sectors and is ably supported by managing associate Joanne Holbrook. The planning team in Manchester has been bolstered by the arrival of Emily Williams from Irwin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):Emily Williams (planning); Michelle Headrige (environment)

Other key lawyers:Joanne Holbrook


The key strength is Emily Williams' leadership, experience and knowledge.

Emily Williams has in-depth knowledge and experience of the judicial and planning appeals systems; she gives clients comfort with her leadership skills, she is extremely well organised and thorough and is adept at strategy, and is sensitive to the needs of the client.

Emily Williams is comfortable taking a light touch when appropriate, but assertive when necessary.

Emily Williams is highly expert, is very quick on problems and solutions, has excellent judgement and has very good knowledge of up-to-date law and policy.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Group of Companies


Bruntwood Group of Companies


Gladman Developments

Marks & Spencer

Rosconn Developments

Samworth Bros.

Satnam Investments

Southern Water Services

Threadneedle Investments

William Jackson Foods

Work highlights

  • Advisor to Southern Water Services on South Hampshire Public Inquiry on the appeal of significant changes to water abstraction licences.
  • Advised Southern Water Services on various drought planning and water resource planning work.
  • Represented Gladman Developments on a High Court case which overturned an appeal against refusal of its plans for 140 homes in Somerset, after ruling that the inspector made a 'legal error' by failing to reach a decision on whether the council had a five-year housing land supply.
  • Represented Gladman Developments on its application to the Court of Appeal following the case of Gladman Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and CPRE Kent; in which the High Court dismissed a bid to quash an appeal inspector's decision to refuse permission for 140 homes in Kent due to the developer's failure to mitigate harm to a designated air quality management area.
  • Advised The Bruntwood Group on the planning aspects arising out of the Bruntwood SciTech deal, which was the largest investment made in science and technology property assets in Europe in 2018, which includes the life sciences centre at Alderley Park, Citylabs in Manchester at the NHS Campus and Manchester Science Park.
Next Generation Partners

Emily Williams - Addleshaw Goddard

Michelle Headridge - Addleshaw Goddard

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'first-rate' department is instructed by large institutional investors, high-profile tenants, developers and financial institutions on contentious and pre-contentious issues. The team is involved in retail, consumer, financial services and transport sector mandates. It has in-depth expertise in development work matters, and is involved in a number of cases involving rights of light and site clearance issues. Contentious landlord and tenant issues, professional negligence disputes and property-related insolvency cases are also a key component of the practice. Charles Jagger,  Chris Perrin, legal director Andy Feehan and managing associate Patricia Love are key figures in the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):Julie Middlemass (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Charles Jagger; Chris Perrin; Andy Feehan; Patricia Love

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Life

Bruntwood Group

Co-operative Group

Europa Capital

Mapeley Estates

Marks and Spencer

Property Alliance Group

Vue Cinemas

Manchester City Council


Work highlights

  • Acting for Angelgate Manchester Buyers and its beneficiaries (approximately 320 individuals predominantly based in the Far East) to attempt to recover £27m of deposits in a failed residential development in Central Manchester.
  • Advised Property Alliance Group on a claim for historic business rates where Property Alliance Group (and other landlords) utilised a business rates mitigation process.
  • Advised Mapeley Estates on a complex opposed lease renewal of key property in Central London.
  • Represented Standard Life Aberdeen in complex High Court proceedings against a retailer seeking damages for failure by the retailer to comply with its obligations to secure planning consent for a supermarket in Durham and thereafter to proceed to purchase the property.
  • Advised Sunninghill and Ascot Property Company on a matter concerning the various rights and obligations of the tenants in a historic property called Chaters (in Ascot), an art deco masterpiece which was converted some years ago to high-value and prestigious apartments.
Leading individuals

Charles Jagger - Addleshaw Goddard

Chris Perrin - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Andy Feehan - Addleshaw Goddard

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises a wide range of public and private sector clients - including FTSE 100 companies and government bodies - on high profile, high value IT projects. Areas of expertise include purchasing, cloud computing projects, enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects and ICT enabled outsourcing. The 'fantastically experienced' Paul Bentham co-heads the team and handles major systems implementations and outsourcing projects. 'Stand-out adviser' James Whittaker, who also co-heads the team, advises on procurement and international outsourcing arrangements.

Practice head(s):Paul Bentham; James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Phil McGough; Nadine Waters


Addleshaw Goddard stands out in the North West for the quality and depth of their TMT team’.

They work for a huge range of FTSE 100 household names, government bodies, entrepreneurs and local champions’.

James Whittaker is a stand-out adviser - he advises on complex IT and outsourcing transactions’.

Phil McGough has a dedication to delivering successful solutions to high profile transactions and never gives up on seeking the best outcomes for clients’.

Paul Bentham is fantastically experienced, particularly with FTSE 100 and government clients’.

Nadine Waters has become legendary amongst key clients for her plain speaking, no nonsense approach to negotiating transactions; her advice is exceptional, and her clients return time and time again’.

Key Clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

Reckitt Benckiser plc

J Sainsbury's plc

Bruntwood Group of companies

PZ Cussons plc

McDonald's Restaurants Limited

London Gateway Port Limited



NHS Business Services Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Bruntwood on its 50:50 partnership with Legal & General Capital to create the UK’s largest property platform dedicated to driving science and technology growth in regional cities.
  • Acted for Engie on the acquisition of Smart Buildings Limited.
  • Acting for Co-operative Insurance on its claim against IBM.
Leading individuals

James Whittaker - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Bentham - Addleshaw Goddard

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, including brand disputes and advertising. Recently the firm has been developing expertise in big data, agile software development and indirect software licensing. Key client sectors include retail and consumer, financial services, transport, industrials, energy, health and the public sector. Paul Bentham - described as 'simply the best non contentious IP adviser in the North West' heads the team and advises on IP matters arising from company acquisitions and joint ventures. 'Real big hitter' James Whittaker has particular experience in the retail and consumer goods sector.

Practice head(s):Paul Bentham

Other key lawyers:James Whittaker; Nick Rudgard; Phil McGough; Rebecca Moore; Andrew Bayley; Tim Carter


The leading practice for non contentious IP in the North West’.

Cutting-edge expertise - they demonstrate nous, excellence and pragmatism in equal measure’.

Paul Bentham is simply the best non contentious IP adviser in the North West; he has advised key FTSE 100 companies, major Government bodies, serial entrepreneurs and all kinds in between - exceptional’.

James Whittaker is a real big hitter, with major and extremely loyal clients, and a real knack at unblocking complex problems by developing creative solutions; he cuts to the chase and delivers time and time again’.

Key Clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

PZ Cussons plc

Diageo Great Britain Limited


Samworth Brothers Group

Associated British Foods plc

Travelodge Hotels

Lakeland Limited

William Hill


Work highlights

  • Advised Sumo Group on the trade mark and copyright ownership in connection with the acquisition of independent game developer The Chinese Room.
  • Advising Eleven Sports Network Limited on the set up of a joint venture company, production services and rights licences with IMG for the launch of a new sports channel focusing on non-English European football content.
  • Advising PZ Cussons on various promotional and brand licensing activities in relation to various well-known brands including Carex, Original Source and Imperial Leather.
Leading individuals

James Whittaker - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Bentham - Addleshaw Goddard

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's media and entertainment practice has a specialism in high-profile advertising and sponsorship campaigns for FTSE corporate clients, while other areas of expertise include global media buying and creative services agreements. The firm is seeing increasing instructions relating to the digital side of advertising and media buying. James Whittaker heads the team, advising key clients including PZ Cussons on promotional and brand licensing activities in relation to household name brands.

Practice head(s):James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Moore; Hayley Anderson; Harriet Powell

Key Clients

CYBG plc

Diageo plc

PZ Cussons plc

John West Food Group

Swift Group Limited

Eleven Sports Network Limited

Sumo Group plc

EFL Digital Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Football League)

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited

British Airways

Work highlights

  • Advised Sumo Group on the acquisition of award-winning game developer The Chinese Room.
  • Advising Eleven Sports Network on the set-up of a joint venture company, production services and rights licences with IMG for the set-up and launch of a new sports channel.
  • Advised PZ Cussons on various high profile media campaigns including Made in Chelsea's 'Croatian excursion'.
  • Advised Swift Group on the advertisement of their new limited warranty.
Leading individuals

James Whittaker - Addleshaw Goddard

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