Firm Profile > Addleshaw Goddard > Manchester, England

Addleshaw Goddard
1 ST PETER'S SQUARE
MANCHESTER
M2 3DE
England

Banking and finance Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

Banking litigation Tier 1

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 regardedHarold 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

Testimonials

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

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

Wolseley

Diageo

Office Depot Europe

Solvay Group

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

Corestates

Deloitte & Touch

FI Real Estate

Hermes

J Sainsbury Group of Companies

Muse Developments

National Grid

Nationwide Building Society

RBS

The Peel Group of Companies

The Miller Group of Companies

Threadneedle Group of Companies

Construction Tier 1

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 'brilliantPhilip 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

Testimonials

‘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

Allied

Hermes

MB Bermondsey (Guernsey)

Bruntwood

AMC

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

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

Testimonials

‘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

BT

Dixons Carphone

The Hut

JD Sports Fashion

Boohoo

Moneysupermarket

PZ Cussons

Bruntwood

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

Corporate tax Tier 1

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

Key clients

Co-Operative Group

J Murphy & Sons

Aberdeen Standard Investments

WBHO Construction

Aviva

PZ Cussons

Bruntwood

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)

Employment Tier 1

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 thoroughMalcolm 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

Testimonials

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

Wolseley

BP

British Airways

JD Sports

Moneysupermarket.com

Lidl

Primark Stores

LADbible

JSSH

Michelin

Scapa Group

HMS Host

Health Tier 1

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

Testimonials

‘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

GlaxoSmithKline

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority

Serco

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

Fulcrum

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Health and safety Tier 1

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

Testimonials

‘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

Boohoo.com Plc

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

HSBC Bank

All of the Big 4 accountants

Grant Thornton

FRP Advisory

Begbies Traynor

GVA

LadBible Group

The HLD Group

Leonard Curtis

Endless LLP

Hilco

 

 

Intellectual property Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

Harrods

Samworth Brothers Group

Associated British Foods plc

Travelodge Hotels

Lakeland Limited

William Hill

Wolseley

IT and telecoms Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

Matalan

Diageo

NHS Business Services Authority

Local government Tier 1

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

 

Media and entertainment Tier 1

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

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

Testimonials

‘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

Property litigation Tier 1

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 JaggerChris Perrin, legal director Andy Feehan and managing associate Patricia Love are key figures in the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass (Leeds)

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

Timpson

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

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 dedicatedYorke Eaton, whose practice includes advising trustees on their duties and liabilities in relation to their business assets.

Practice head(s):

Yorke Eaton

Testimonials

‘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.’

Energy Tier 2

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

Professional negligence Tier 2

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

Testimonials

‘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.’

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

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

Testimonials

‘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

Semperian

Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure Funder

Meridiam Infrastructure Fund

GB Partnerships

Equitix

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

Transport Tier 2

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

Freightliner

Hitachi Rail Europe

London Luton Airport

Manchester Airport Group

Merseytravel

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

VTG Rail UK

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)

XRail

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

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:

Key clients

National Coal Mining Museum

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bedingfield’s Trust

NFU Charitable Trust

EU and competition Tier 3

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

Testimonials

‘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

Planning and environment Tier 3

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:

Testimonials

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

BP Oil UK

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Cairngorm

Gladman Developments

Marks & Spencer

Rosconn Developments

Samworth Bros.

Satnam Investments

Southern Water Services

Threadneedle Investments

William Jackson Foods

Banking and finance Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

David Handy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Barclays Bank

HSBC Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

AIB Group UK

Santander UK

Banking litigation Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

HSBC Bank Plc

Shawbrook Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

West Bromwich Building Society

Aldermore Bank PLC

Nationwide Building Society

Close Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

Alphabet Leasing

Hewlett Packard International Bank

Commercial contracts Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's practice covers a range of areas, from contractual agreements and IT to payment systems and data protection. The firm has a particular focus on the retail and consumer, financial services, industrial, and digital sectors. IT and outsourcing specialist Michael Lowry leads a team that provides notable expertise in intellectual property and competition law, acting for large companies and public sector bodies in the UK and overseas. Key names in the department are Jonathan Davey, who has particular experience in retail and consumer businesses and loyalty arrangements, and Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, who advises on outsourcing and related transactions in the financial services, retail and telecoms areas. Rosamond-Lanzetta led the advice to Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB), a Cypriot state-owned bank, on a joint venture with Altamira Asset Management relating to the servicing of CCB's non-performing loan book.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowry

Testimonials

‘An exceptional team, offering a genuine depth of expertise across a very wide spectrum of commercial disciplines’

‘They have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience which helps them to find constructive, innovative solutions to our problems’

‘They have proved themselves capable of working at great pace, delivering high-quality advice and drafting to limited timescales’

‘Mike Lowry is a standout performer – he provides fantastic advice and genuine commerciality’

‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta is a go-to person for a wide range of FTSE 100 clients’

‘Jonathan Davey provides great support on commercial contracts; he’s available and responsive, but most importantly he speaks the client’s language and is pragmatic, which allows for wrapping things up efficiently with customers and suppliers’

Key clients

Bruntwood Group of companies

TJX Europe

Lumesse Limited

Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd

Nectar Loyalty Limited

Department for Transport

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)

Celtic Football Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club

FNZ (UK) Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

MedAccess Guarantee Ltd

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

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Kamstra; Bill Gilliam; Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

Simon Kamstra is a knowledgeable and commercially astute solicitor.

Bill Gilliam is a very good practitioner.

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

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

Key clients

Diageo plc

SSE plc

McKesson UK (including Lloyds Pharmacy Limited and AAH Pharmaceuticals)

Crown Commercial Services

NHS Commercial Solutions Framework

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

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

Practice head(s):

Bruce Lightbody

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Lancaster University

Muse Developments

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Heeton Holdings Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

U+I and CTP

Ribston Industrial Fund

Siemens PLC

Bizspace

Construction Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

James Reynolds

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Edinburgh Airport

Amey Rail

Calderdale Council

West Yorkshire + Transport Fund

Broadgate Estates

KDC Demolition

York University

Mitsubishi Hitachi

Stansted Airport

Muller

British Land

SSE

National Grid

Travelodge

HS1

Standard Life

Sainsbury’s

United Utilities

Manchester Airport

Peel

Lancaster University

Leeds Beckett University

University of Brighton

London Luton Airport Limited

The Co-operative Group plc

Redrow Homes

Aberdeen Asset Management

Engie

Lend Lease

National Nuclear Laboratory

Muse

Waterside Places

Stadium Group

UK Parliament

William Hare

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust

Henry Boot

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

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

Practice head(s):

Garry Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Neil Woolhouse; Peter Wood; Richard Hunt; Mark Hallam; James Tatro

Testimonials

James Tatro is very good.

Richard Hunt is a very effective lawyer’

Key clients

General All Purpose Plastics Limited

NorthEdge

LDC

Livingbridge

Riverside Private Equity

WSP Group

Elysian Capital LLP

Daniel Thwaites plc

Stadium Group

Pyroguard UK

Müller group of companies

William Jackson Food Group

Sainsbury’s

AFI Uplift

Fastflow Group

M.K.M. Building Supplies

Pirtek

Mangar Health

Skanska UK plc

International Personal Finance plc

YFM Private Equity

Zenith Vehicle Leasing

Brenntag UK

NGH Holdings

Broker Network

Portakabin

Diageo

Ted Baker

Shearings Leisure Group

Tieto Oyj

SGG Group

Raphael & sons plc

Skipton Building Society

Punter Southall plc

Utex Industries UK Limited

Carclo plc

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Sally Hulston

Other key lawyers:

Gerri Elliot

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Tyne & Wear Metro (t/a Nexus)

Scotia Gas Networks

Dixons Carphone

Arup

Poundstretcher

Primark Stores

Vocalink (part of Mastercard)

Froneri ice-cream (part of Nestlé)

Howarth Timber

Innserve

Energy Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow; Paul Dight; John Emerton

Key clients

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

Britvic plc

SSE plc

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

Peel Energy

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Drax Power

Octopus Energy

EPNC

Leeds City Council

United Utilities

URENCO

TfGM

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 1

Spread across the firm's UK network, Addleshaw Goddard's public companies team is well placed to handle placings and takeover transactions involving AIM-listed companies around the country. Though the department was involved in one of 2018's largest AIM IPOs, the takeovers practice in particular is perhaps the team's strong point; not only was the firm involved in the largest takeover of an AIM-quoted company in 2018, but with four former Takeover Panel secondees among its legal staff, it is also a trusted adviser to the takeovers regulator. Nick Pearey is a name to note, and Giles Distin is 'a rare example of a true corporate lawyer with real expertise in AIM rules and Takeover Code issues'.

Practice head(s):

Nick Pearey

Other key lawyers:

Giles Distin; Simon Wood; Richard Lee; Roger Hart

Testimonials

Good balance between an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects and a general commercial pragmatism.

Addleshaw Goddard is a very good firm ideally suited to complex transactions for smaller companies.

Key clients

Numis Securities Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

B. P Marsh

Panmure Gordon

Peel Hunt LLP

Piper Jaffray Ltd

Investec Bank plc

Accrol Group Holdings plc

Zeus Capital

Clinigen Group plc

Berenberg (Joh. Berenberg , Gossler & Co. KG)

4D Pharma plc

N+1 Singer

Cenkos Securities

boohoo.com plc

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Liberum Capital Limited

finnCap

Shore Capital & Corporate

Jefferies

Ramsdens Holdings plc

The City Pub Company plc

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

SPARK Advisory Partners

Stockdale Securities

Kainos Group plc

Frenkel Topping Group plc

Sumo Group plc

EU and competition Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Office Depot Europe

Yorkshire Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Skipton Building Society

Lucozade

IT and telecoms Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowry

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Simon Lofthouse is a very technical lawyer.

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

Key clients

The Marsden Building Society

Travelodge

Gatenby Sanderson

Local government Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Hull City Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Salford City Council

Wakefield County Council

Stoke City Council

Connexin Limited

Warrington Borough Council

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

Addleshaw Goddard handles complex corporate M&A in both the mid-market and high-end spaces, working for blue chip clients including Barclays, Diageo and SSE. The integrated nationwide team affords the firm a strong bench strength, channelled through the London office, where Andrew Rosling heads the M&A team. Rosling is an experienced M&A partner, holding  relationships with a number of the firm's key clients, with a particular focus on the retail and consumer goods sectors. Head of the London corporate team, Mike Duggan's expertise lies in the financial services sector, and he manages the firm's relationships with banking clients and financial institutions. Also recommended is Graham Cross, who regularly advises both investors and management teams in connection with all stages of the investment cycle, together with portfolio management issues. The firm hired James Dawson this year, previously of Macfarlanes LLP, who has notable experience working with start-ups in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosling

Other key lawyers:

Mike Duggan; Angus Rollo; Chris Taylor

Testimonials

The best firm I’ve worked with. Very commercial and with good partner engagement

I would recommend the team for their responsiveness and expertise

I would highlight Charles Penney (Senior Partner) and Graham Cross (Corporate Partner) for their client service and dedication

Key clients

Associated British Foods

Bestway Wholesale

BP

British American Tobacco

DBAY Advisors / Harvey Nash

Diageo

GVC Holdings

LDC

Lloyds Banking Group

Moore Stephens

Rathbone Brothers

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Samworth Brothers

Shareholders of Be at One

SSE

Wyevale Garden Centres/Terra Firma

Partnership Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's 'professional' and 'market-leading' team is instructed by national and international professional service firms on the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious partnership matters. The group has expertise in incorporation, governance and constitutional matters for partnerships and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), in addition to international structures, such as Swiss vereins and the use of LLPs in corporate groups. On the contentious front, the group regularly handles partner disputes and exits, including partner moves and discrimination issues. William Wastie leads the professional practices group, which includes Aster Crawshaw (who specialises in accounting firms) and financial services expert Jonathan Cheney. Senior managing associate Chris Hallinan is noted for his knowledge of governance and constitutional issues, as well as international regulatory matters. Managing associate Sarah Mathers joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

William Wastie

Other key lawyers:

Aster Crawshaw; Jon Cheney; Chris Hallinan; Sarah Mathers; Johnny Cakebread

Testimonials

The team has a rare combination of in-depth expertise in complex matters with an informal and accessible personal style.

Jonathan Cheney provides thoughtful advice in a friendly manner and is a natural team player.

Chris Hallinan makes complex matters straightforward and possesses seemingly endless patience.

Recommended for their extensive knowledge of current practices and case law in understanding the areas of LLP agreements that need attention and the options for dealing with them.

Key clients

Marks & Clerk LLP

Peter Brett Associates LLP

Moore Stephens LLP

Gordon Dadds Group plc

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Pensions Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Rachel Rawsnley; Jade Murray; Rachel Uttley

Testimonials

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

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

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

Rachel Rawnsley provides advice tailored to clients’ businesses.

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

Key clients

University of Sheffield trustees

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

Saga PLC

Michelin UK

Skanska Construction UK

Britvic plc

National Express pension trustees

WPP

Ibstock Brick pension trustees

De Beers Group

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's private equity (PE) practice offers 'excellent service' to its clients and has won a number of new buyout houses to its roster, including  Palantine Private Equity, Primary Capital and Terra Firma. The team acts for more than 40 investor entities across the full range of mid-market transactions and also possesses a robust management practice on the high-cap side. Highlights include Marc Field and Mike Hinchcliffe advising ECI on the management buyout (MBO) of M3 Corporate Consulting. Elsewhere, Leeds-based Gary Elliott acted for LDC on its acquisition of shares in National Building Specification from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Hinchcliffe heads up the practice together with Yunus Seedat. Rising star associate Gemma Phillips is hailed as 'the best lawyer period' by one enthusiastic client and already boasts experience handling mandates from the likes of Inflexion Private Equity and Pheonix Equity Partners.

Practice head(s):

Yunus Seedat; Mike Hinchliffe

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Phillips; Gary Elliott; Nathan Pearce

Testimonials

A very strong team. They are quick to understand what is important to us and and the advice was tailored to us accordingly‘.

A lot of lawyers we use are very focused on the minutiae of detail and are unable to see big picture. To this contrary, this team is very strong in understanding both the detail and how all the parts fit together together. Gemma Phillips in particular is exceptional‘.

Key clients

3i

Accel KKR

BGF

Bridges Fund Management

Cairngorm Capital

CBPE

ECI Partners

Elysian Capital

Endless

Equistone Partners Europe

Foresight

Graphite Capital

Inflexion Private Equity

LDC

Livingbridge

Maven

NorthEdge

NVM

Palatine Private Equity

Panoramic Growth Equity

Phoenix Equity Partners

Piper Private Equity

Primary Capital

Souter Capital

Synova Capital

Terra Firma

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Joe Wilkinson; Bill Gilliam

Property litigation Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Associated British Foods/Primark Stores Limited

Aviva Investors

Bizspace

British Land

Columbia Threadneedle

Hermes

National Grid

Siemens plc

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Social housing: finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's outstanding reputation in the social housing sector across the UK has made it a destination firm for related finance for banks, large housing associations, pension funds and other investors. It features prominently acting for lenders and funders on a number of the sector's most significant mergers; a recent highlight saw Steve Mackie, managing associate Tom McHugh and others acting for all lenders on a circa £1.63bn refinance of loan facilities to Metropolitan Housing Trust, which was part of a wider merger with Thames Valley Charitable Housing Association. In addition to handling mainstream bank-led financing and refinancing work, the firm also excels in advising on complex bridge-to-bond facilities, bond issuances and private placements. Beth Collett is a name to note for public debt capital markets issuances. Managing associate Daniel Foong joined from The Bank of New York Mellon in 2018. Nick Barlow and Geoffrey McGinley are also recommended. Lee Shankland heads the team, which also includes recently promoted partner Jennie Chilton and managing associate Helen Hunter.

Practice head(s):

Lee Shankland

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard is a leading firm in social housing finance, with its team demonstrating excellent knowledge and experience, as well as a hands-on approach.

The firm has a strong team, which is available and has a transaction-focused approach, ensuring it closes well-structured deals in a short time frame.

What sets the team apart is its ability to be open and creative with our platform, bringing a host of new perspectives to the sector.

Key clients

Barclays Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

NatWest Markets

Santander

Lloyds

MUFG

BNP Paribas

Blackrock Investment Management Limited

Macquarie

HSBC Bank UK

Nationwide Building Society

Transport Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Hirst; Anna Heaton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Department for Transport

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Merseytravel

Freightliner

Ove Arup & Partners Limited

The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

London Luton Airport Limited

Edinburgh Airport

Amey Rail

VTG Rail UK Ltd

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)

Stansted Airport

Asset based lending Tier 2

With practitioners spread across its national network of offices, Addleshaw Goddard has an ‘excellent reputation’ in the market for handling UK-originated ABL deals on behalf of clearing and challenger banks, as well as independents and corporates. Appreciated for its ability to provide ‘high-quality advice with a commercial edge’, the firm provides a “cradle-to-grave” service enabling it to provide holistic advice on new money transactions, in addition to any pursuant restructurings or litigation arising from any given deal. Described by one client as ‘Mr ABL’, practice head Mike Davison not only regularly leads on the most challenging deals handled by the team but is also noted for his ability to develop new products for clients in the market. Manchester-based managing associate Lauren Priest-Stephens is recognised as a ‘very effective operator’; she regularly advises both bank and non-bank clients.

Practice head(s):

Mike Davison; Simon Prendergast

Other key lawyers:

Harold Brako; James Tarleton; Lauren Priest-Stephens

Testimonials

The team has a strong knowledgebase, as well as the ability to find innovative solutions and adopt a commercial and pragmatic approach to getting the deal done‘.

Mike Davison is the “go to” man in the sector and has a diverse client base which trusts his opinion as well as his ability to deliver solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner‘.

Key clients

HSBC Invoice Finance

Clydesdale Bank

PNC Business Credit

Secure Trust Bank

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Leumi ABL Limited

Shawbrook Bank

Advance Global Capital

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Secure Trust Bank

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Metro Bank

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's 'very well-run team' acts in a large amount of large, high-profile banking cases in the commercial court. Its full-service banking litigation practice frequently advises on matters involving international elements and includes financial regulatory and financial crime expertise. It particularly stands out for derivatives and structured products litigation. It acted for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the City of Leipzig's water authority, in its longstanding defence of an approximately €350m claim. The matter was brought by UBS and established new law on bribery. Michael Barnett is 'a very solid performer' and Richard Clayton and James Herring are also highly rated individuals, while Sivan Daniels and David Wigg, are senior managing associates. Mark Gill retired from the practice and Chris Brennan left for White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barnett

Testimonials

The partners empower their associates, thus giving them the ability to learn and develop into the partners of the future. The practice is also very good at cost management and stays on top of all the aspects of a case to ensure that it is managed well from Day One through to the end.

Terrific ability to hit the ground running in high-octane banking litigation when the pressure and sums at stake can be immense.

Michael Barnett is an excellent strategic thinker and a genuinely decent, all-round good guy. He is also easy to work with, manages his team very well, and has strong legal knowledge that he matches with commercial nous.

Richard Clayton has the experience and expertise to handle complex banking issues.

Key clients

Bank Leumi

Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig

Lloyds Bank

Nationwide

Netherlands Development Finance Company

RBS

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

Santander

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

National Coal Mining Museum

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bedingfield’s Trust

NFU Charitable Trust

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is home to a ‘wealth of expertise’, ‘producing high-quality and innovative legal solutions’. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed is ‘outstanding in every way’ and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):

Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:

Simon Tager

Testimonials

‘The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.’

‘Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.’

‘Responsive and practical’.

‘The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.’ 

 ‘Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.’

Key clients

Aviva Line Fund

Hermes

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

HB Reavis

Mount Anvil

UPP

Muse Developments

Kasamar Holdings

Taberner House LLP

Battersea Power Station Development Company

People’s Republic of China

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is home to a ‘wealth of expertise’, ‘producing high-quality and innovative legal solutions’. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed is ‘outstanding in every way’ and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):

Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:

Michael Scott; Lee Sheldon; Simon Tager

Testimonials

‘The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.’

‘Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.’

‘Responsive and practical’.

‘The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.’ 

 ‘Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.’

Key clients

Aviva

Hermes

Wells Fargo

CC Land

Hammerson

M&G

PGIM

Threadneedle;

Ribston

Schroders

Heeton Holdings

Tellon

Dandara

Aberdeen Standard

HSBC Alternative Investments LImited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

GR Property Limited

KTB Asset Management

Cheung Kai

LondonMetric Property

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has a broad non-contentious offering which covers the health, education, housing, manufacturing and hotels sectors, advising a range of well-known developers, employers and funders. The team is led by the 'very commercial' Andy McVeigh who is a specialist in student accommodation and residential development, and who led the firm's team advising St Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust on the delivery of its capital investment strategy plan. Julia Court is another notable name, acting as the prime partner on the Battersea Power Station redevelopment. Luke Baines is a 'hotels specialist' and has experience in real estate development including town centre regeneration. Legal director Sam Cary, who has worked closely with McVeigh and acted for investors, developers and manufacturers, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andy McVeigh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Andy McVeigh is very commercial – you want him in the bunker with you if things go wrong.’

‘Luke Baines is a hotels specialist.’

‘Luke Baines is responsive, helpful, friendly and keen to understand client needs.’

‘Friendly and responsive team.’

Key clients

University Partnership Programme

Santander

Clydesdale

UK Parliament

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Corporate governance Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's multi-disciplinary team handles the full spectrum of governance, regulatory compliance and risk management mandates, with notable expertise in statutory and regulatory obligations; board, directors and general counsel support; annual reporting issues and annual general meeting matters. Will Chalk heads up the corporate governance team, which also draws from the corporate, employment, employee incentives, corporate crime and regulatory departments;. Key individuals include global investigations practice head Nichola PetersBen Koehne, who leads the building societies group; financial regulation head Amanda Hulme, employee incentives expert Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers and Edinburgh-based data head Helena BrownDavid Pygott joined from CMS to expand the firm's contentious regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Will Chalk

Testimonials

‘This is the only team I know that focus solely on corporate governance – they are the closest I can find to a Company Secretary advisory service. Although a small team, their response times are impressive and they cover wide range of governance issues yet have a great depth of knowledge.’

‘Will Chalk’s wide ranging knowledge and experience mean he is the go-to person as a first port of call.’

‘Richard Preston has an impressive grasp on detail.’

Key clients

NFU Mutual

Celtic Football Club

Edinburgh Airport

FNZ (UK)

Standard Life

Mercy Corps

Worldpay

Argos Financial Services

City Pub Group plc

Portakabin

Reclaim Fund Ltd

Southern Water Services Limited

Threadneedle Investments

National Grid

Network Rail

Skanska Construction UK Limited and Morrison Utility Services Limited

National Grid Property

Fintech Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard stands out for its work for clients across the spectrum of fintech, including major banks and start-ups, which it advises on investments, collaborative projects and partnership agreements, particularly in the payments space. The group also stands out for its work assisting clients, primarily banks, with the development of new payment products, including mobile payment services and digital banking platforms. Practice head Fiona Ghosh (who has expertise in outsourcing, procurements, strategic alliances and joint ventures) recently advised Bink on its partnership agreement with Barclays bank relating to the provision of its technology to Barclays. Junior partner David Anderson predominantly advises clients on IT projects and strategic investments into IT and fintech companies; he is currently instructed by FNZ to manage its material outsourcing services contracts with blue-chip financial services clients. The firm’s extensive work for banks also covers regulatory compliance in relation to PSD2, having previously acted for CMA9 banks in relation to open banking solutions.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Ghosh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

FNZ (UK) Limited

Loyalty Angels trading as Bink

Rainmaking io

Halotrade

Airtime Rewards Ltd

Lendable

Nivo

Trezeo

Worrapay

The Card Processing Advisory Service Limited

PaySafe

Ratesetter

Revolut

WireCard

Oodle Finance

ShieldPay

Aareal Bank

NIBC Bank

Health Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam

Testimonials

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

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

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

Louise Dobson really knows her stuff‘.

Key clients

McKesson UK (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group and AAH Pharmaceuticals)

Mangar Health

BUPA

GlaxoSmithKline

NHS Business Services Authority

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton Foundation Trust

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Serco Limited

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group Plc

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Healthcare Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard acts for an impressive list of NHS trusts and private healthcare providers, and has 'tremendous expertise and real depth of knowledge' in healthcare infrastructure. Matthew Newing has a 'strong reputation' acting for sponsors, investors, developers and lenders on major PFI/PPP projects, as does David Hartley. Also of note are Manchester-based partners Michael O’Connor, who also leads the national practice, and Andrew Pettinger for corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor

Testimonials

‘The team at Addleshaw Goddard are market leaders in my view, offering excellent legal advice which is also practical and appreciates the commercial context.’

Key clients

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

GlaxoSmithKline

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

Infrastructure Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Keolis UK

Amey Rail

Department for Transport

London Luton Airport Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Societe Generale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Scotia Gas Networks

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Network Rail

Semperian

InfraRed Capital Partners

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Peel Media

Transport for Greater Manchester

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Muse Developments

Stockton Borough Council

National Grid

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is well versed in PPP and PFI related matters. The team is engaged by public and private clients and has considerable experience in infrastructure projects in the renewable, information and communication technology sectors as well as transport. Work includes  advising infrastructure asset funds and investors on the PFI secondary market regarding the buying and selling of stakes. Practice head Richard Goodfellow splits his time between Leeds and London and is a key contact for energy and renewable matters. Paul Hirst in Leeds has particular experience of the rail industry.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Paul Dight; Oliver Carruthers; Paul Hirst; Ursula Gould

Key clients

Keolis UK

Amey Rail

Department for Transport

London Luton Airport Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Societe Generale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Scotia Gas Networks

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Network Rail

Semperian

InfraRed Capital Partners

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Circular Waste British Columbia Inc

Luton Borough Council

MUFG Bank

Mizuho Bank

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Andy Bates; Graham Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

The group is extremely efficient, flexible and competitive‘.

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

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

Key clients

Deloitte

FRP Advisory

PwC

Leonard Curtis

KPMG

Yorkshire Bank

HSBC Bank

Endless

Bestway Retail

Perwyn

Intellectual property Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Georgina Powling

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Battersea Power Station

British Airways

Diageo

Ted Baker

LDC (Managers) Limited

National Grid Electricity Ventures Plc

C-Capture Limited

Moore Stephens LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Yorke Eaton; Charlotte Smart

Testimonials

The staff are problem solvers and help clients effectively.

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

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

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

Key clients

NFU Mutual

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard works with a big-name roster of energy majors and corporates with increasing energy requirements. Renewables and the decentralisation of energy generation are a particular of focus for the team, with significant sources of work coming from its thriving smart metering practice. The team is also active in the nuclear energy space, advising on new builds, decommissioning, research and development. Major recent work has included advising Macquarie Principal Finance on its agreement with Amazon to fund and develop roof-top solar panels on Amazon's UK bases. Richard Goodfellow heads up the firm's infrastructure, projects and energy group.

Practice head(s):

Guy Winter; Richard Goodfellow; John Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Simon Courie; Angus Rollo; Sarah Vasani; Oliver Carruthers

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 Limited

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's team is a popular choice for clients from the pharmaceutical, retail, consumer goods, and food and drink industries to handle matters relating to recalls, safety and advisory work. The group is acting for GlaxoSmithKline in a group action relating to its antidepressant Seroxat; practice head Louisa Caswell leads on this. Insurance expert Richard Wise is well versed in coverage disputes. Erin Shoesmith in Manchester, who made partner in 2018, acts for the firm's corporate clients facing prosecution and investigation by regulatory bodies. Associates Mark Chesher and Cécile Burgess are regularly involved in the team's most significant matters.

Practice head(s):

Louisa Caswell

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong team that is on the rise in this area, handling in particular one of the largest pharmaceutical product liability cases in the UK.’

Louisa Casswell is an excellent product liability practitioner and very well regarded.’

Senior associate Cécile Burgess is an outstanding practitioner.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Britvic

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Totally Wicked (Pillbox 38)

Dixons Carphone Warehouse

PZ Cussons

Diageo

Sainsbury’s/Sainsbury’s Bank

Steel Dynamics UK Limited

Victrex Group

Property finance Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is known for its strong lender-side client base, acting for traditional UK banks and German Pfandbrief banks, as well as funds, insurers and challenger banks. The team also counts a number of Asian investors  among its clients, and is expanding its borrower-side practice. Other areas of expertise include hotel, private rented sector (PRS) and student accommodation finance. Steve Mackie took over as practice head from Paul Salsbury, who focuses on cross-border real estate matters. The team also includes hotel finance specialist James SalfordZoe Maurer, who has particular strength in investment and development finance; and the ‘superbZak Ikponmwosa.

Practice head(s):

Steve Mackie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard’s REF team is user-friendly and highly responsive. The real estate and banking teams are well integrated, ensuring that transactions run smoothly and efficiently. They have a strong bench of team members.

Zoe Maurer stands out for her excellent deal management. She has a user-friendly style and fights your corner expertly in complex negotiations.

The team provides fantastic, client-focused service. They are knowledgeable and able to provide the right kind of advice that a lender needs to make a decision.

The team is committed, determined, and made up of people who go the extra mile to get a deal over the line.

Zoe Maurer is an excellent partner and project lead. She is knowledgeable and equally as determined when it comes to completing a transaction.

The team is strong across the levels. The senior associates are easily able to step into the shoes of the partner. Everyone seems to know what everyone else is doing, so it is very joined up and effective. They also develop strong relationships with the other side so that time is not wasted on point-scoring.

Sarah Egbu is a strong commercial partner.

Sarah Egbu has a strong understanding of the client and the underlying commercial views, and she is able to clearly articulate both to us and to the other side any concerns we may have on a transaction.

I have been impressed by the level of advice and service received from the Addleshaw Goddard property finance team and the lengths the team will go to really understand the core principles of our business and provide us with commercial advice relevant to the issues at hand. Having a practice which puts commerciality at its heart is incredibly important.

Steve Mackie is always helpful and great at providing various options and ideas for funding structures which work for all parties and provide a reasonable starting position for negotiations.

Addleshaw Goddard has a very well-coordinated team, which is a pleasure to work with and extremely responsive at all times.

Zoe Maurer is exceptional. She is very commercial, quick, responsive and just make the deals happen while not compromising on what’s really important.’

James Salford is a fantastic lawyer and very knowledgeable.

Almost every hotel financier will use James Salford on their side. He gives a lot of his time for free on holidays, weekends and evenings explaining points and is very borrower friendly.

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

AIB Group UK plc

AgFe

Al Rayan

Aviva

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London & The Middle East plc

Barclays Bank PLC

Bayerische Landesbank

Bizspace

British Arab Commercial Bank

C C Land

Canada Life Investments

Cheung Kei Group

CIMB (London, Singapore and Malaysia)

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Coutts & Co

Criterion Capital

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Fortwell Capital

Gaw Capital Group

GR Properties

Handelsbanken

HB Reavis

Hengli Group (owner of Lloyds Bank HQ)

Hillview Real Estate

HSBC Bank plc / HSBC UK Bank plc

HSH Nordbank

ICICI

Investec Bank plc

Kasamar Holdings

KTB Asset Management

Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ (Helaba)

Lembaga Tabung Haji

McLaren Property

Mount Anvil

National Westminster Bank PLC

Nationwide Building Society

Nord/LB, Hanover

OakNorth Bank plc

Peel

Precis Investments (owners of the Access Self Storage Group, Montcalm Hotels Group and Shaftesbury Hotels Group)

Public Bank Berhad

Public Islamic Bank Berhad

Puma Investments

Qatar National Bank, London Branch

Rocket Properties

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Santander

Standard Chartered Bank, India Branch

Tellon Capital

Tribeca

United Overseas Bank Limited

University Partnership Programme

Wellesley Finance Plc

Rail Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's rail team 'possesses a good balance of relevant rail specific knowledge and experience, coupled with a strong ability to provide guidance in various customer specific areas'. With specialists across the UK, the team is regularly engaged on complex franchising, rolling stock, projects and infrastructure mandates for public and private sector clients. Department head Paul Hirst, who is experienced across transport infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises, rolling stock procurements and regularly leads on big-ticket mandates; Hirst led advice for the DfT, on a multi-year mandate, regarding a new rail franchise, which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services. Clive Smith has a strong market following and is noted for his rolling stock expertise. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of experienced consultant Martin Fleetwood, who 'shows impressive pragmatism and an ability to help shape solutions to complex issues', from Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hirst

Other key lawyers:

Clive Smith; Jacqui Langley-White; Anna Heaton; Sara Gilmore; Ursula Gould; Martin Fleetwood; William Smith

Testimonials

The team provides a broad service with particular strength in considering procurement issues.

Paul Hirst demonstrates an impressive level of understanding of, and engagement with, the rail industry.

Martin Fleetwood has good general knowledge and understanding of the industry.

Key clients

Ove Arup & Partners

London Luton Airport

Department for Transport (DfT)

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Amey Rail

SMBC Leasing

UK Tram

VTG Rail UK

Hitachi Rail Europe

Eversholt Rail

Arriva

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. (i.e. CAF)

Equitix

Reputation management Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's reputation & information protection team 'is right at the top of claimant work'  according to clients and focuses on defamation matters related to online media and social media platforms. Thanks to its ability to draw on support from the full-service firm and its international network, clients include both blue chip companies and high-net-worth individuals from a wide range of sectors such as retail & consumer and financial services. In particular, the firm's client base in the Gulf regions and Hong Kong is growing. The team is headed by the 'tremendously effectiveDavid Engel who specialises in crisis management, advisory, investigations and litigation; whereas the 'consistent' consultant Abigail Healey has built her practice in the growing area of information protection and excels at handling data breaches. Associate Samantha Haigh is the practice's rising star, in particular with regards to data privacy cases.

Practice head(s):

David Engel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Right at the top in terms of claimant-focused reputation management.  They have the specialist expertise to provide high quality and comprehensive personal advice to individual clients and also the wider resources and capacity to run and manage very large-scale litigation if required.’

David Engel is tremendously effective and gives very well-informed advice.’

David Engel rightly holds a superb reputation. He is a highly intelligent and personable lawyer with impeccable judgement and the ability to handle matters of any size or gravity.’

Abigail Healey has consistently demonstrated her ability and stamina to run large-scale pieces of litigation and to get across the detail of even the most complex cases.’

Key clients

Bathstore.com

British Airways

DNAFit Life Sciences

Jet2.com

Lloyds Pharmacy

Moneysupermarket Group

Sainsbury’s

Ted Baker

William Hill Organization Limited

Bathstore.com

Water Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's dedicated water group covers a wide variety of disciplines, from regulatory, construction and litigation, to environmental and transactional, acting for regulators, water companies and suppliers alike. In recent highlights, Rona Bar-Isaac's London-based team has been working with water companies at the forefront of planning strategy for the effective use of the direct procurement regime and its implications for PR19 planning, and assisted South East Water with its disposal of its non-household retail business to Castle Water.

Practice head(s):

Rona Bar-Isaac; Mike Shaw

Testimonials

‘The team combines an in-depth knowledge of the sector with a broader knowledge of regulation and competition to deliver a round and very practical service.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard has great experience and reputation in this sector. Clients can have confidence instructing this team knowing they are going to get a certain standard.’

‘Rona Bar-Isaac works on both competition and water related issues which is not a common combination. This allows her to provide well-balanced advice that combines the challenges introduced by competition with the reality of the water sector.’

‘Matthew Collingwood-Cooper stands out. He is technically very able and doesn’t miss a trick.’

Key clients

Southern Water

United Utilities More

South East Water

Yorkshire Water

Castle Water

Portsmouth Water

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard’s recent highlights include assisting its corporate and public sector clients with a range of contentious actions and advisory support. The team acts for a number of utilities companies and NHS bodies in judicial review applications against national regulators and local authorities, with recent mandates involving the recovery of business rates and charging arrangements implemented by Ofgem. Further matters concerned procurement challenges and tax disputes with HMRC. Current advisory work involves assisting with the reconfiguration of public healthcare services, advising commercial clients on planned regulatory changes, and handling requests for confidential information where issues of particular public interest are involved. Devising strategies for mitigating the risk of public law challenges is also a significant aspect of the practice. Leeds-based Simon Kamstra is particularly active in international and energy sector matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team provides sound, in-depth advice on all sectors of public law and always goes the extra mile

Addleshaw Goddard’s level of service, knowledge and ability to communicate complex issues in a commercial and practical manner is outstanding

Provides a pragmatic, commercial approach which maintains good client relationships

Simon Kamstra inspires confidence in his clients

Clare Dwyer is a superb technician with a great eye for detail

The team has a strong understanding of its clients’ needs and is commercially pragmatic and creative in coming up with legal solutions

Key clients

Scottish and Southern Energy plc

Totally Wicked Limited (Pillbox 38 UK Limited)

OFGEM

OFWAT

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

United Utilities plc

Manchester Airports Group

Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Brand management Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's full-service brand management practice combines the expertise of trade mark attorneys, advising global brand owners on the protection, maintenance and enforcement of their brand portfolios, with commercial legal advice in relation to sponsorship and licensing. Paul Bentham head the brands and designs practice from Manchester, where James Whittaker also advises on IP rights acquisition and licensing, media, and sponsorship, with a focus on the retail and consumer goods sector. On the contentious side, Emma Armitage and associate Rachel Cook are particularly active in IP and design disputes in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Bentham

Testimonials

The team have a wide variety of in-house skills which enables them to advise easily across legal disciplines on complex contracts.’

Key clients

British Airways

Canon Europe

The Co-operative Group

PZ Cussons

Primark

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard 'has a very dedicated and commercial approach to all aspects of disputes'. The firm has one of the UK's largest litigation practice and is regularly instructed in the biggest and most high-profile cases in the English courts, including large IT disputes and bet-the-company fraud cases. Michael Barnett is litigation head, Mark Molyneux, who divides his time between the London and Manchester offices, is commercial litigation head, and Louisa Caswell is London commercial litigation lead. The other names to note are Jon Tweedale, Richard Wise and Richard Clayton, along with legal director Mark Chesher and managing associate Natasha Winter. Former managing associate Richard Levett left for Enyo Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barnett; Louisa Caswell; Mark Molyneux

Testimonials

Strategic in their thinking, clear in their advice and they don’t sit on the fence. The lawyers are also great to deal with – pragmatic, commercial and understanding of the pressures in-house teams are under‘.

Michael Barnett is a star performer who brings his vast experience of business disputes to bear on the cases he litigates. His ability to think out of the box and divine the other side’s Achilles heel is just as impressive as his in-depth knowledge of law and procedure‘.

Louisa Caswell stands out for her unflappable ability to handle the most difficult case and position‘.

Richard Clayton is a great tactical thinker who is always able to achieve outstanding results for his clients‘.

Richard Wise is a very organised, able young partner, who will be a real star in the future‘.

Key clients

Associated British Foods

Britvic

GlaxoSmithKline

Barclays

The Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Insurance Group

NKT Group of companies

Pendragon (Master) Fund

Travelodge

Money Supermarket

Diageo

Manchester Airport Group

Wolseley

Solvay Group

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard is home to a ‘wealth of expertise’, ‘producing high-quality and innovative legal solutions’. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed is ‘outstanding in every way’ and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):

Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:

Iain Hindhaugh; Chris Cartwright

Testimonials

‘The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.’

‘Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.’

‘Responsive and practical’.

‘The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.’ 

 ‘Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Primark

M&S

Battersea Power station

HB Reavis

We Work

British Land

Diageo

Britvic

Royal Mail Group

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard is home to a ‘wealth of expertise’, ‘producing high-quality and innovative legal solutions’. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed is ‘outstanding in every way’ and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):

Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:

James Salford; Luke Baines

Testimonials

‘The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.’

‘Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.’

‘Responsive and practical’.

‘The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.’ 

 ‘Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

Aberdeen Standard Investments (Standard Life Assurance Limited)

Amaris Hospitality

Aprirose

Barclays Bank

Be At One Limited

Clydesdale

Coutts

Criterion Capital

Daniel Thwaites

Ennismore (owner of Hoxton Hotels and Gleneagles)

Greene King

HSBC plc

KTB Asset Management

National Westminster Bank PLC & AIB Group (UK) plc

Puma Investments

Precis Investments (owners of the Montcalm Hotels Group and Shaftsbury Hotels Group)

SACO Real Estate Group

Santander

Seafood Pub Company

Shearings Hotels Ltd

Staycity

The Hotel Collection

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

TH UK & Ireland Limited (trading as Tim Hortons)

THAT Group

The City Pub Group plc

UK Hotels (Sharp Street, Manchester) Limited

Village Urban Resorts

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong contentious construction offering, working on international arbitration disputes relating to infrastructure and energy projects as well as PFI dispute work. Jonathan Tattersall is the head of the team, and is known for his knowledge of PFI/PPP disputes, particularly in the health sector. Tattersall was the lead partner acting for Konoike, a Japanese construction company, in relation to the enforcement of an ICC arbitration. Gerlando Butera is another key member of the team, acting as a lead partner on several matters and specialising in disputes arising out of engineering and power projects. Legal director James Shackleton joined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2019, bringing particular expertise in matters in the transport and marine engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tattersall

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Konoike Construction Co

Peterborough (Progress Health)

Corporate tax Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Justine Delroy

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Co-Operative Group

J Murphy & Sons

Aberdeen Standard Investments

WBHO Construction

Aviva

PZ Cussons

Bruntwood

Car Finance 247

National Grid

North West including ECI

Inflexion

Livingbridge

LDC

Literary Capital

Phoenix Equity Partners

Corporate tax Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's tax team plays an integral part within  the firm's other offerings across real estate, financial services and private equity. The firm handles tax advisory and structuring work alongside a  particular strength  in transactional tax work. The tax and structuring team is led from Manchester by Justine Delroy, while Elaine Gwilt is the key tax contact for the London office; with expansive experience in the private equity space.

Practice head(s):

Justine Delroy; Elaine Gwilt

Other key lawyers:

Peter Sayer; Paul Concannon; Martin Griffiths

Key clients

Wyevale Garden Centres/Terra Firma

Eli Global

GVC Holdings plc

British Land plc

Virgin Money

Employment: employers Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's employment, incentives and immigration group, which is described as 'one of the best employment teams in London' has a strong reputation for its work in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, while also advising on the employment aspects of transactions and regulatory investigations. The practice is led by 'safe pair of hands' Michael Leftley; he works with a team which includes the 'hard-hitting' Richard Yeomans, experienced boardroom consultant Alasdair Simpson and 'star quality new partner' Sarah Harrop.

Practice head(s):

Michael Leftley

Testimonials

‘Commercial; responsive; technically solid; nice to work with.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard has one of the best employment teams in London – but works closely with large and highly experienced regional offices in Manchester and elsewhere.  It offers excellent client care and know-how in a broad range of areas for employers including the tricky subject of industrial relations.’

‘Michael Leftley is a very reassuring and safe pair of hands to handle any complex employment dispute.’

‘Sarah Harrop – a star quality new partner with great airline and industrial relations knowledge.’

‘Richard Yeomans is extremely approachable and clever, but shows he can be hard-hitting when necessary for a multinational in a difficult dispute.’

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

Traditionally known for retail financial services and payments work, Addleshaw Goddard's practice covers legal, compliance, conduct, risk and governance support. Retail and payments regulation expert Amanda Hulme leads the team that includes Rosanna Bryant, who handles standalone consumer credit regulatory advice and is also regularly involved in financial services transactional work. Nichola Peters, Michelle De Kluywer and David Pygott are key names on the regulatory and global investigations and enforcement team and focus on contentious regulatory advice relating to FCA enforcement, investigations, AML and financial crime. The practice was strengthened by the 2018 arrivals of Richard Small, who specialises in financial services regulatory advice, from Stephenson Harwood; and consumer finance and retail banking expert Clare Hughes, from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Hulme

Key clients

Bank Leumi

Bank of China

Rathbone Investment Management Ltd

Revolut

Fisher Investments

Hamilton Lane Advisors

NFU Mutual

Panmure Gordan

Marcura Equities FZE

Investec

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard advises on ‘bet the company’ fraud disputes, breaches of trust, worldwide freezing injunctions, cross-border fraud and commercial litigation. Other areas of expertise include international contract and fraud disputes relating to investments, corporate and director fraud and bribery. Michael Barnett, who heads the practice, has been working in tandem with Louise Caswell to advise Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL) on its defence of a €350m claim brought by UBS, which ran for seven years across two jurisdictions, and concluded in 2018 when UBS was refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Louisa Caswell; Mark Chesher; Jon Tweedale 

Testimonials

‘Addleshaws has a great reputation for civil fraud work. The firm combines two unusual qualities – first, a heavyweight approach that means the firm can support even the biggest cases, and two, a regional network of offices which means that it can price extremely competitively and win the domestic as well as the cross-border work.

‘Addleshaws always fields a team well-matched to the demands of the case and the needs of the client: they have real strength in depth’.

‘Louisa Caswell stands out for her unflappable ability to handle the most difficult cases and position’.

‘Mark Chesher and Abigail Healey are extremely personable whilst being totally committed to the clients’ cause, and unflappable, as well as good technically.’

Key clients

KWL (the Leipzig Water Authority)

British Petroleum (BP)

Zen Shipping & Ports Private Limited, the

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard counts infrastructure, construction, marine and finance as particular sector strengths, advising clients on matters including investigation insurance, property damage and business interruption losses, professional indemnity, business loan repayment insurance and M&A risk management disputes. 'Impressive lawyerRichard Wise has particular expertise in Bermuda Form arbitration and mediation, and Richard Clayton focuses on acting for financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wise

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard has a knowledgeable, professional team which understands the market and is able to provide a differentiating service

Deep sector knowledge, borne out of a long pedigree and history of insurance work

Richard Wise and associate Josianne El Antoury are both excellent in providing good technical information that can be understood. Their availability for discussions also adds value

Richard Wise is a very good insurance lawyer. He knows the area like the back of his hand and is always willing to think outside of the box

Richard Wise is an impressive lawyer and a tremendous individual

Key clients

Weyerhaeuser Company

Network Rail

2 Sisters Food Group

Capita Group

Rhiannon Properties

Tideland Limited

TSB Bank PLC

Ross Sloan Investments

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's team has particular experience handling IT and digital projects and advising financial services sector clients. Practice head Damon Rosamond–Lanzetta advises clients on IT and outsourcing transactions in the financial services, transport and telecoms sectors; Fiona Ghosh focuses on fintech matters; William James leads the payments group, and Elvan Hussein handles a range of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Damon Rosamond–Lanzetta

Key clients

GVC Holdings

British Land Company Plc

Sainsbury’s Bank

Reckitt Benckisser

SSE Telecoms

Delio Wealth

Oxera

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

Hitachi Rail Europe

Local government Tier 3

The team at Addleshaw Goddard offers a host of services to local authorities in connection with regeneration and redevelopment work, transport projects, outsourcing contracts (including ICT contracts), financing and refinancing.  Mike O’Connor and Andrew Pettinger lead the practice and Richard Goodfellow, who heads the infrastructure, projects and energy group, handles major transactions that include PPPs, project financing and renewables matters. Rob Thompson also has a focus on energy as well as the waste and health sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mike O’Connor; Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cheshire EastCouncil/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan

Borough Council N

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Hull City Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

The pensions team at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong trustee support offering, advising on member complaints, scheme mergers and amendments, interpreting scheme rules, pension winding up applications, scheme closures and administrator changes. The practice also advises on the pensions issues of corporate transactions. Contentious issues are covered by the commercial litigation offering with regular mandates including professional negligence claims and pension liberation fraud cases. Catherine McAllister is a key partner in the London office.

Practice head(s):

Catherine McAllister; Rachel Rawnsley; Susan Garrett

Testimonials

‘Responsive to requests. Good working knowledge. Pragmatic approach and clear guidance.’

‘Catherine McAllister has solid knowledge and experience and is always timely in her responses.’

‘Provide timely and pragmatic advice on complex areas.’

Planning Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard enjoys a strong flow of housing and mixed-use development mandates including complex build-to-rent schemes across London and a number of retail-led developments in the wider UK market. Contentious work in this field saw national planning practice head, Marnix Elsenaar, successfully defending a judicial review of the planning permission granted for a shopping centre extension. The team also has a footprint in the national infrastructure space, with expertise in drafting DCOs and Transport and Works Act orders for a number of high-profile projects in the energy and transport sector. Further contentious work saw Gary Sector successfully representing a client in a high-value appeal to secure planning permission for a residential development.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Elsenaar

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard has a very acute understanding of planning law and policy with a commercial instinct and a focus on delivery.

Gary Sector is outstanding.

Gary Sector is an exceptional planning lawyer, with an ability to cut through extraneous details and define what the key issues are in every case.

Gary Sector is an expert on planning law, policy and practice. He deals very capably with major projects and is particularly adept at cases which cross over between planning, environmental law and permitting.

Gary Sector has very sound judgement and is a delight to work with.

Key clients

Hub Group

British Land

Hammerson

Muse Developments

SSE

Tellon

London Luton Airport

UPP

Dandara

Planning Tier 3

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

Trade finance Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard acts for clearing banks, overseas banks and funds in trade finance transactions. Mike Davison leads the finance and projects team, in which the firm's trade finance expertise resides. His work includes receivables financing and supply chain financing, Shariah-compliant deals and commodity finance arrangements. Partners Michael Barnett and Richard Clayton handle contentious trade finance matters. Rising star associate James Tarleton plays a key role in asset-based lending, trade finance and specialty finance transactions. One client remarks that the firm's practice has 'real titans in this field with wide ranging experience and expertise of all forms of trade finance transactions and disputes'.

Practice head(s):

Mike Davison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm stands out for its breadth of knowledge, responsiveness and attentiveness.’

‘Real titans in this field: with wide ranging experience and expertise of all forms of Trade Finance transactions and disputes.’

‘Mike Davison stands out for his responsiveness, willingness to make himself available and the breadth of his trade finance knowledge.’

‘Richard Clayton’s wealth of experience and knowledge means that clients see a successful resolution of disputes. His great tactical awareness means that opponents are at risk of being outflanked.’

‘Litigation associate Sivan Daniels is a formidable lawyer who combines an exceptional eye for detail with a first class intellectual rigour.’

Key clients

Advance Global Capital

Bank Leumi

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

PNC Business Credit

Bank of London and the Middle East

HSBC Invoice Finance

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Close Brothers

Leumi ABL Limited

FimBank Plc

Wyelands Bank

Shinhan Bank

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Tapping into longstanding relationships with UK clearing banks, and also regularly servicing corporate clients on their financing requirements, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for handling mid-market bilateral, club and syndicated mandates, where it is able to provide a 'cost-effective and solutions-oriented service' by virtue of its ability to resource deals from London and out of its regional offices. Co-head Amanda Gray handles a diverse range of corporate banking transactions for lenders and borrowers. The 'commercially-mindedMike Davison is also recommended and adds increased flexibility on financing deals by virtue of his asset-based lending prowess.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Gray; Alex Dumphy

Other key lawyers:

Angus Gill; Mike Davison; Steve Mackie; James Tarleton; Natalie Hewitt

Testimonials

Mike Davison is well known in the industry for his specific know-how and commercially-minded approach.

Key clients

Aareal Bank

ACT Property Holdings Limited & Others

Action Health Enterprises

Advance Global Capital

Aer Lingus

AgFe UK Real Estate

AIB Group (UK) plc

AIG Asset Management (Europe) Ltd

Air Asia Berhad

AKKR

Al Rayan Bank

Alcentra Limited

Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Limited

Assura Financing Limited

Aviation Capital Group

BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management

Balder Capital

Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Limited

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London and The Middle East plc

Prudential Trustee Company

Bargate Property Limited

Barings (UK) Limited

Bayerische Landesbank

Be at One Holdings Limited

Berlin Hyp

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Ltd

Boiler House Development

BPP Legal Advice Clinic

Brentford Phase II LLP

Brickfield Investments

British Airways plc

British Arab Commercial Bank plc

Britvic Soft Drinks Limited

C C Land Holdings Limited

Canada Life Limited

Cargo Investments Limited

Cassio Watford Limited

Castle Trust Capital plc

Close Invoice Finance

Closerstill Group Limited

Cooperatieve Rabobank

Cordoba Homes Finance

Cortland Trustees Limited

Dandara Limited

Denby Holdings Limited

Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch)

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Dexia Credit Local

DRC Capital

Dubai Aviation City Corporation (aka FlyDubai)

East African Breweries

ECI Partners

Educo Three Limited

EIGHT House S.a.r.l.

Employees Provident Fund

Eversholt

Fifth Third Bank

First City Monument Bank

Fortwell Capital

Gain Capital UK Limited

GC Gilray Limited

GE Capital Bank

GR Properties Limited

GSK Luxembourg

Guralp Systems Limited

GVC Holdings plc

Halos Limited & Prudential Trustee Company Limited

Hanner Tank Limited

Harpur Centre Bedford Limited

HEC Finance 03 Limited

Helix Property Limited

Heritage Square Limited

Hermes Real Estate Senior Debt Fund

Hero Inc.

Housing Growth Partnership Manager

HRE Limited

HSH Nordbank

Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora

ICBC (London) plc

ICICI Bank (UK) plc

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Innovative Bites

International Consolidated Airlines Group

Investec Bank plc

Ivy Aviations Limited

KTB Asset Management

Landesbank Hessen- Thuringen GZ (aka Helaba)

LATAM Airlines Group S.A.

LawWorks

Legal & General Investment Management

Lembaga Tabung Haji

Leumi ABL Limited

Longbow Real Estate Capital LLP and Longbow Investment NO

LV Commercial Mortgages Limited

Lucid Agency Services Limited and Lucid Trustees Services

Macquarie Bank International Limited

Marcegaglia Carbon Steel

McLaren Property Limited

Millstream Property Limited

Mirabella Financial Services

Moore Stephens

Morris Group Limited

Mount Anvil

Muzinich

Muse Developments Limited

Napier Brown Holdings

Nationwide Building Society

Natixis Factor

Naviter Capital

Danske Bank  Pension Insurance Corporation plc

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited

PNC Business Credit

Price Forbes Holdings Limited

Property & Funding Solutions

Public Bank Berhad

Puma Investment Management

RBC Europe Limited

Red’s Smoque Limited

The Serviced Apartment Company Limited

The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch

Samworth Brothers

Scapa Group plc

Secure Trust Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank

ShawCor Ltd

Shinhan Bank (London Branch)

Shoreditch Holdings

SixtyFive House

SmBc

Sofa.com

Societe Generale Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Life Investments Limited

Storage 21 Holdings Inc

Stryker European Operations

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Synova

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ)

Tech Data Limited

Tellon Capital

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

The Housing Finance Corporation Limited

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc

Triodos Bank NV (UK Branch)

TrustLaw

Tajara Capital Limited

UK Rents (No 1) plc

Union Bancaire Privée

UPP Group Limited

Victory House

Volito Aviation

Waterside Places

Wellesley Finance plc

Wells Fargo & Company

Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank

Wings Capital Partners Management

Wyelands Bank plc

Yorkshire Building Society

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard is home to a ‘wealth of expertise’, ‘producing high-quality and innovative legal solutions’. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed is ‘outstanding in every way’ and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):

Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:

William Boss; Andrew Martin

Testimonials

‘The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.’

‘Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.’

‘Responsive and practical’.

‘The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.’ 

 ‘Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.’

Key clients

British Land

Hammerson

Battersea Power Station

Hermes

Aviva

Marks and Spencer

Sainsbury’s

Travelodge

Terra Firma

Telereal Trillium

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Britvic

Competition litigation Tier 4

Competition litigation is increasingly an area of focus for the team at Addleshaw Goddard, which acts for national and international clients in relation to a number of high-profile cartel investigations. Notably, the group advises claimant The Road Haulage Association on a collective proceedings order concerning the trucks cartel fined by the European Commission. The team also stands out for its particular strengths in handling matters regarding consumer protection, retail, financial services, and regulated sectors. ‘Highly experienced’ practice head Mark Molyneux is based in Manchester, while Bruce Kilpatrick heads the firm’s wider competition group.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A team which is increasingly gaining recognition in the area of competition litigation

Key clients

The Road Haulage Association

NKT A/S

Debt capital markets Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard advises on a wide scope of debt capital markets work, including publicly offered listed issues and privately placed deals. On the public side, it acts for banks such as Barclays and Lloyds in their roles as dealers and managers, and for issuers and trustees. A key specialism is social housing finance, in which department head Beth Collett is a leading light, and the practice, formed two years ago, handles large mandates in that area. Among these deals in 2018 was the issuance by London & Quadrant Housing Trust of £250m of secured bonds, in which the firm acted for RBS, Lloyds and Santander as joint bookrunners and Prudential Trustee Company Limited as bond trustee and security trustee.

Practice head(s):

Beth Collett

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Foong

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable and able to structure on time and within budget‘.

Approachable and adaptive, the team responds to changing situations superbly and is on hand to deal with issues as they arise with practical, workable solutions‘.

Beth Collett and Daniel Foong have specialist DCM social housing knowledge‘.

Beth Collett is always professional and her adaptability makes her stand out. She is collaborative and practical‘.

Key clients

Banco Santander, S.A

Barclays Bank Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Natwest Markets Plc

RBC Europe Limited

Prudential Trustee Company Limited

BPHA Limited

IDCM Limited

Employee share schemes Tier 4

In addition to day-to-day advisory work, Addleshaw Goddard's team provides clients with a full remuneration service, which includes advice on governance issues, best practice, share dealings by directors and matters pertaining to internationally mobile employees. Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers heads the department; his practice covers advising on tax-efficient share incentives, the implementation of employee plans globally, and corporate governance and disclosure issues for listed companies.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Martin Griffiths; Nicky Griffin

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable

Nicky Griffin gives good technical advice, but is always very practical too

Key clients

Ted Baker plc

GVC Holdings plc

Rathbone Brothers Plc

Nationwide Building Society

UPP Group Holdings Limited

William Hill PLC

Carclo plc

Moneysupermarket.com Group plc

EU and competition Tier 4

Led by the ‘highly competentBruce Kilpatrick, the competition team at Addleshaw Goddard provides full-service advice on merger control, competition litigation, antitrust enforcement, market investigations, and state aid. Sector-specific expertise include financial services (including payment systems), consumer protection, and regulated utilities with a particular emphasis placed on water, energy and telecoms. The group is also adept at handling cross-border work; acting in a number of jurisdictions. One key mandate saw the firm secure merger clearance for client GVC Holdings’ £4bn acquisition of gambling company Ladbrokes Coral. Newly promoted partner Al Mangan and Rona Bar-Isaac are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Kilpatrick; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A feature setting the team apart from other firms is its ability  to seamlessly integrate and provide highly technical advice in a simple and pragmatic manner

Bruce Kilpatrick is an extremely capable lawyer, with top-drawer knowledge of even the most technical aspects of competition law

Key clients

GVC Holdings

Road Haulage Association

The Co-operative Group

Santander

Office Depot

Samworth Brothers

NKT

British American Tobacco

Telereal Trillium

William Jackson & Son

Oil and gas Tier 4

The energy and utilities lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard have recently handled a number of significant transactions in the oil and gas space across a number of jurisdictions. The full-service offering covers the acquisition, divestiture, structuring, development and financing of oil and gas assets across the entire energy value chain, including upstream, midstream and downstream. In recent highlights, the group advised BP on its investment in solar developer Lightsource. In London, the main name to note is Guy Winter, while Richard Goodfellow and John Emerton are based in the Leeds office. Anna Nerush recently joined Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP.

Practice head(s):

Guy Winter; Richard Goodfellow; John Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Angus Rollo; Sarah Vasani

Key clients

BP

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 Limited

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

The pensions team at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong trustee support offering, advising on member complaints, scheme mergers and amendments, interpreting scheme rules, pension winding up applications, scheme closures and administrator changes. The practice also advises on the pensions issues of corporate transactions. Contentious issues are covered by the commercial litigation offering with regular mandates including professional negligence claims and pension liberation fraud cases. Catherine McAllister is a key partner in the London office; the Leeds-based Rachel Rawnsley heads the practice nationally.

Practice head(s):

Catherine McAllister; Rachel Rawnsley; Susan Garrett

Testimonials

‘Responsive to requests. Good working knowledge. Pragmatic approach and clear guidance.’

‘Catherine McAllister has solid knowledge and experience and is always timely in her responses.’

‘Provide timely and pragmatic advice on complex areas.’

Key clients

Celesio (Admenta Lloyds Pharmacy)

Samworth Brothers

ICON

Chemtura

Trustee of the Citrus Pension Plan

Trustee of the three CGI pension schemes

Trustee of the Credit Agricole CIB Legacy Pension Scheme

Global Radio

Trustee of the Gulf International Bank Pension Plan

Trustees of the Delbanco Pension Plan

Trustees of the Holland & Holland Pension Plan

HS1

Columbia Threadneedle

Steinhoff

Trustees of the Unisys Public Sector Pension Scheme

Trustees of the P&O Ferries 2008 Division Pension Scheme

Wolseley (now Ferguson)

Freightliner

Large business in the rail industry

Property litigation Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard excels in development work and is particularly active in rights of light disputes - these are often led by 'very knowledgeable' legal director Gregory Simms - and site clearance matters but the 'close-knit and very effective' team also handles contentious landlord and tenant issues. Clients include institutional investors, high-profile tenants, developers, financial institutions and governments. Team head Andrew Blower 'has enormous knowledge and provides a mature response to problems'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Blower

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Works very hard to provide an exceptional service.

Gregory Simms takes a considered approach and thinks carefully before he acts. He has got superb judgement.

There is a real sense that the team pulls together very well and that they all enjoy what they do.

Provides tailored advice that has the appropriate balance of legal and commercial focus.

Key clients

British Land

Primark

Muse Developments

The People’s Republic of China

Travelodge

Standard Life Aberdeen

Marks & Spencer

HB Reavis

WeWork

Tellon Capital

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard 's corporate crime team is led by Nichola Peters , who has experience of cross-border investigations, deferred prosecution agreements and judicial review proceedings against authorities. The team cover a wide range of corporate crime and fraud matters including allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse and insider trading, as well as handling matters involving economic sanctions, export controls, health and safety and regulatory matters. Michelle de Kluyver focuses on corporate investigations, money laundering  and fraud matters, as well as handling cases involving data protection breaches.  The firm has made a number of hires, with David Pygott joining as a partner from CMS, Tony McGlennan and  Janie Wong joining as legal directors, with Amy Russell joining as a managing associate.

Practice head(s):

Nichola Peters

Other key lawyers:

Michelle de Kluyver; David Pygott; Tony McGlennan; Amy Russell; Janie Wong; Matt Butter; Neeta Chityal; Mark Molyneux; Erin Shoesmith

Testimonials

‘Excellent and thoughtful, dedicated team’.         

‘Very good, able to leverage their regional network while also having a base in London’.

‘Good contacts in the industry where you need them’.

Key clients

Güralp Systems Limited

A national energy provider

Victrex

Serco

Road Haulage Association

Siemens Mobility plc

Investigations into the Collapse of Carillion

Acquisition finance Tier 5

Led by Alex DumphyAddleshaw Goddard's corporate banking team provides a 'pragmatic and commercial service' to borrowers and lenders on mid-market acquisition finance mandates. The firm's strong UK clearing bank relationships ensures that the team continues to pick up a significant volume of domestic and international  leveraged finance mandates across the capital structure, including those incorporating traditional term debt and revolving credit facilities. In addition, it is able to provide asset-based lending expertise and has used this alongside traditional bank debt on acquisition finance transactions. The regional offices, Manchester in particular, generate a significant amount of financing work from private equity sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Alex Dumphy

Other key lawyers:

Angus Gill; Mike Davison; Amanda Gray

Testimonials

‘In terms of sector knowledge and business acumen, Addleshaws stack up well against City firms practicing in the same areas. Transparency around costs is also noted.’

‘Mike Davison is well known in the industry for his specific know-how and commercially minded approach.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank

ACT Property Holdings

Action Health Enterprises

Advance Global Capital

Aer Lingus

AgFe UK Real Estate

AIB Group (UK)

AIG Asset Management (Europe)

Air Asia Berhad

AKKR

Al Rayan Bank

Alcentra

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Assura Financing Limited

Aviation Capital Group

BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management

Balder Capital

Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland)

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London and The Middle East

Prudential Trustee Company

Bargate Property

Barings (UK) Limited

Bayerische Landesbank

Be at One Holdings Limited

Berlin Hyp AG

BlackRock Investment Management (UK)

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Boiler House Development

BPP Legal Advice Clinic

Brentford Phase II LLP

Brickfield Investments

British Airways plc

British Arab Commercial Bank

Britvic Soft Drinks

C C Land Holdings

Canada Life

Cargo Investments

Cassio Watford

Castle Trust Capital plc

Close Invoice Finance

Closerstill Group

Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Cordoba Homes Finance

Cortland Trustees Limited

Dandara Limited

Denby Holdings

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Dexia Credit Local

DRC Capital

Dubai Aviation City Corporation (aka FlyDubai)

East African Breweries

ECI Partners

Educo Three Limited

EIGHT House

Employees Provident Fund

Eversholt

Fifth Third Bank

First City Monument Bank

Fortwell Capital Limited

Gain Capital UK Limited

GC Gilray Limited

GE Capital Bank

GR Properties

GSK Luxembourg

Guralp Systems

GVC Holdings

Halos Limited & Prudential Trustee Company

Hanner Tank

Harpur Centre Bedford Limited

HEC Finance 03 Limited

Helix Property

Heritage Square Limited

Hermes Real Estate Senior Debt Fund

Hero Inc.

Housing Growth Partnership Manager Limited

HRE Limited

HSH Nordbank

Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora

ICBC (London) plc

ICICI Bank (UK) plc

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Innovative Bites

International Consolidated Airlines Group

Investec Bank

Ivy Aviations Limited

KTB Asset Management Co

Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ (aka Helaba)

LATAM Airlines Group

LawWorks

Legal & General Investment Management Limited

Lembaga Tabung Haji

Leumi ABL Limited

Longbow Real Estate Capital LLP and Longbow Investment

LV Commercial Mortgages Limited

Lucid Agency Services Limited and Lucid Trustees Services

Macquarie Bank International Limited

Marcegaglia Carbon Steel

McLaren Property Limited

Millstream Property Limited

Mirabella Financial Services

Moore Stephens

Morris Group Limited

Mount Anvil

Muzinich

Muse Developments Limited

Napier Brown Holdings Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Natixis factor

Naviter Capital

Danske Bank

Pension Insurance Corporation plc

PNC Business Credit

Price Forbes Holdings Limited

Property & Funding Solutions Ltd

Public Bank Berhad

Puma Investment Management

RBC Europe Limited

Red’s Smoque Limited

The Serviced Apartment Company Limited

The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch

Samworth Brothers Limited

Scapa Group

Secure Trust Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank

ShawCor Ltd

Shinhan Bank (London Branch)

Shoreditch Holdings Limited

SixtyFive House

SmBc

Sofa.com

Societe Generale Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Life Investments

Storage 21 Holdings

Stryker European Operations

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Synova

Svenska Handelsbanken

Tech Data Limited

Tellon Capital

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

The Housing Finance Corporation Limited

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc

Triodos Bank NV (UK Branch)

TrustLaw

Tajara Capital

UK Rents (No 1) plc

Union Bancaire Privée

UPP Group Limited

Victory House

Volito Aviation

Waterside Places

Wellesley Finance plc

Wells Fargo & Company

Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank

Wings Capital Partners Management

Wyelands Bank plc

Yorkshire Building Society

Aviation Tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard is best known for its aviation finance and leasing practice, however the firm is also well-placed to advise on aviation disputes as well as commercial and regulatory matters. The team also handles airport development and project work. The team is now led by the 'very commercial' Rebecca Garner following the retirement of Rory MacCarthy.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Garner

Testimonials

‘Rebecca Garner did a terrific job advising our company on the acquisition and charter of a jet aircraft.’

‘Rebecca Garner is very commercial.’

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard's 'commercially sensitive and aware' insurance group relies on expertise collectively drawn from the firm's London team and its other offices throughout the UK, advising clients including banks and building societies on insurance distribution cases and day-to-day regulatory matters. Financial services regulatory partner Brian McDonnell leads the London team.

Practice head(s):

Brian McDonnell

Testimonials

‘Integrity, great knowledge and always have solutions to issues. Commercially sensitive and aware.’

 

Key clients

Nationwide Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Barclays Bank plc

CIS General Insurance Limited (The Co-operative Group)

Moneysupermarket.com

NFU Mutual

Simplyhealth

Thomas Cook (White Horse Insurance)

Synova Capital LLP

International arbitration Tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard is noted for its 'very good and astute use of the Bar'. The practice acts in major international arbitrations in relation to energy, life sciences, construction and insurance. Simon Kamstra is international arbitration head, Jon Tweedale is focused on energy and life sciences disputes and Sarah Vasani is experienced in investor-state arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Simon Kamstra

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has real technical expertise and does very good work‘.

Simon Kamstra is excellent and knowledgeable and doesn’t blow his own trumpet‘.

Jon Tweedale is a very solid lawyer‘.

Sarah Vasani is among the best of her generation‘.

Key clients

The Estate of Ms Boonsom Boonyanit

Konoike Construction

Weyerhaeuser

Transport finance & leasing Tier 5

Based out of London but also able to leverage a strong regional presence, Addleshaw Goddard provides a 'commercial and pragmatic service' across the spectrum of transportation asset classes. Following the recruitment of Clive Smith towards the end of 2017 from Osborne Clarke LLP, the firm has increased visibility in the rail sector in light of his high-profile domestic work for manufacturers, train operators, lessors and financiers on the procurement, finance, leasing, maintenance and modification of new and existing rolling stock fleets, in both the passenger and freight markets. Edinburgh-based Alan Shanks provides ship financing expertise, while Rebecca Garner heads up the firm's aviation offering.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Garner; Clive Smith; Ed Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alan Shanks; Jane Gallagher

Testimonials

Rebecca Garner provides excellent advice‘.

Key clients

Arriva UK Trains

International Airlines Group (British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling, Iberia)

SMBC Leasing

Wings Capital Management

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Lombard North Central Plc

Royal Bank Of Scotland Plc

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Shawbrook Bank

Eversholt Rail

Stobart Group

Southern Cross Aircraft

Investec Bank

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

With a strong presence in London, as well is in regional offices including Manchester, Addleshaw Goddard handles a significant volume of UK mid-market restructuring mandates, particularly from clearing banks and accountancy firms. Although it is active across a wide range of industry sectors, the team provides particular prowess in relation to contentious and non-contentious mandates in sectors where the firm has an overarching focus; including healthcare, education, and energy. 'Experienced and driven' co-head Fraser Ritson has recently received a significant number of instructions from boards of directors of troubled companies, including from Evans Cycles. Alison Goldthorp has a strong reputation in the domestic market particularly for contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Ged Barnes; Fraser Ritson

Other key lawyers:

Alison Goldthorp; James Davison; Anna Hodgson; Adam McCarron

Testimonials

‘Good team. Very flexible and hands on. Partners get down and dirty and don’t leave everything to associates.’

‘Alison Goldthorp, the lead partner in insolvency is incredibly experienced, fights every corner for her client and leads from the front.’

‘Fraser Ritson guided the board through a very difficult and prolonged period of stress and distress, including moving the company into administration. He navigated the director issues with real skill and understanding, including dealing with complex financial arrangements with the lenders. He is absolutely my go-to choice for director issues in stressed and distressed situations. He is well liked by lenders and other law firms, which really helped.’

‘Alison Goldthorp is direct and is particularly good at litigation in an insolvency situation. Her advice was clear, direct, well timed, and absolutely on point.’

Key clients

KPMG

PwC

Royal Liverpool and BroadGreen Hospital Trust

RSM

Deloitte

Directors of Three Valleys Healthcare

Semperian Companies

BDO

Lone Star Funds

HSBC Bank

Evans Cycles

Yorkshire and the Humber > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Office Depot Europe

Yorkshire Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Skipton Building Society

Lucozade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Charles Penney
Managing partner John Joyce
Corporate and commercial Yunus Seedat
Finance Amanda Gray
Litigation Michael Barnett
Real estate Leona Ahmed
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 Paul Bentham  photo Paul Bentham
 Michael Birchall  photo Michael Birchall
Mr Harold Brako  photo Mr Harold Brako
 Paul Conroy  photo Paul Conroy
 Maxine Davies  photo Maxine Davies
 Justine Delroy  photo Justine Delroy
 Yorke Eaton  photo Yorke Eaton
 Catherine Fearnhead  photo Catherine Fearnhead
 Susan Garrett  photo Susan Garrett
 Andrew Green  photo Andrew Green
 Jamie Hamnett  photo Jamie Hamnett
 Roger Hart  photo Roger Hart
 Michael Hunter  photo Michael Hunter
 Charles Jagger  photo Charles Jagger
 Peter Kershaw  photo Peter Kershaw
 Stephen Kinsey  photo Stephen Kinsey
 Richard Lee  photo Richard Lee
 Andrew Maskill  photo Andrew Maskill
 Phil McGough  photo Phil McGough
 Nancy McGuire  photo Nancy McGuire
 Paul Medlicott  photo Paul Medlicott
 Mark Molyneux  photo Mark Molyneux
 Vicky Niescier  photo Vicky Niescier
 Michael O’Connor  photo Michael O’Connor
 Richard Oman  photo Richard Oman
 Martin O’Shea  photo Martin O’Shea
 Andrew Pettinger  photo Andrew Pettinger
 Simon Prendergast  photo Simon Prendergast
 Graeme Warburton  photo Graeme Warburton
 James Whittaker  photo James Whittaker
 Rebecca Williams  photo Rebecca Williams
Number of UK partners : 240
Number of other UK fee-earners : 860

The Lex 100 Verdict

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