Firm Profile > Addleshaw Goddard > Manchester, England

Addleshaw Goddard
M2 3DE

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.


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.


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.


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

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

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

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

Key clients

Manchester Airport Group

The Road Haulage Association

PZ Cussons

The Co-operative Group

NKT Group

XRail Group Limited



Office Depot Europe

Solvay Group

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.


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

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

The team provides excellent partner accessibility and is reliable.

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

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Group of Companies

Allied London

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Co-operative Group of Companies


Deloitte & Touch

FI Real Estate


J Sainsbury Group of Companies

Muse Developments

National Grid

Nationwide Building Society


The Peel Group of Companies

The Miller Group of Companies

Threadneedle Group of Companies

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.


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

‘Nancy McGuire provides excellent strategic advice.’

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

‘Nancy McGuire has built a motivated team with a customer focus.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall is very talented.’


Key clients

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

UK Parliament

Moda Living



MB Bermondsey (Guernsey)



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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Peel Group


Dixons Carphone

The Hut

JD Sports Fashion



PZ Cussons


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

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.

Key clients

Co-Operative Group

J Murphy & Sons

Aberdeen Standard Investments

WBHO Construction


PZ Cussons


Car Finance 247

National Grid

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

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.


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

‘Victoria Davies and Tessa Harland are excellent – very professional and approachable.’

‘Great personal service – highly professional.’

Key clients



British Airways

JD Sports


Primark Stores




Scapa Group

HMS Host

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.


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

Key clients

Celesio (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group)

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes

Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority


Citybranch and Citybranch Healthcare

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

GB Partnerships


Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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.


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

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

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

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

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

‘The team is very switched on and client friendly.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited and Morrison Utility Services Limited

Marks and Spencer Plc

PZ Cussons Plc

National Grid Property

Manchester Arena Inquests – Pro Bono

Air Liquide UK limited

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc

Accrol Papers Limited Plc

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'.


The team is very well respected in the market

One of the best insolvency and recovery practices in town

Ged Barnes is outstanding

The team is technically very able

Key clients


All of the Big 4 accountants

Grant Thornton

FRP Advisory

Begbies Traynor


LadBible Group

The HLD Group

Leonard Curtis

Endless LLP




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.


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

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

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

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

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

PZ Cussons plc

Diageo Great Britain Limited


Samworth Brothers Group

Associated British Foods plc

Travelodge Hotels

Lakeland Limited

William Hill


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

Reckitt Benckiser plc

J Sainsbury’s plc

Bruntwood Group of companies

PZ Cussons plc

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

London Gateway Port Limited



NHS Business Services Authority

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.

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.

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.


‘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.

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


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.


‘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.

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.


‘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.


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

Key clients

Kajima Partnerships

Fulcrum Infrastructure Management

Imagile Group


Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure Funder

Meridiam Infrastructure Fund

GB Partnerships


InfraRed Capital Partners

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Muse Developments

North tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

The Council of the City of Salford

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.

Key clients

Department for Transport

Edinburgh Airport


Hitachi Rail Europe

London Luton Airport

Manchester Airport Group


Ove Arup & Partners

Road Haulage Association

Stansted Airport

Transport for Greater Manchester /Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Transport for the West Midlands/West Midlands Combined Authority


West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)


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.

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.


‘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.


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

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

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

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

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Group of Companies


Bruntwood Group of Companies


Gladman Developments

Marks & Spencer

Rosconn Developments

Samworth Bros.

Satnam Investments

Southern Water Services

Threadneedle Investments

William Jackson Foods

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.


‘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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Charles Penney
Managing partner John Joyce
Corporate and commercial Yunus Seedat
Finance Amanda Gray
Litigation Michael Barnett
Real estate Leona Ahmed
Photo Name Position Profile
 Michael Birchall  photo Michael Birchall
Mr Harold Brako  photo Mr Harold Brako
 Justine Delroy  photo Justine Delroy
 Catherine Fearnhead  photo Catherine Fearnhead
 Roger Hart  photo Roger Hart
 Charles Jagger  photo Charles Jagger
 Peter Kershaw  photo Peter Kershaw
 Stephen Kinsey  photo Stephen Kinsey
 Richard Lee  photo Richard Lee
 Phil McGough  photo Phil McGough
 Nancy McGuire  photo Nancy McGuire
 Paul Medlicott  photo Paul Medlicott
 Vicky Niescier  photo Vicky Niescier
 Michael O’Connor  photo Michael O’Connor
 Andrew Pettinger  photo Andrew Pettinger
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.