Firm Profile > Addleshaw Goddard > Manchester, England

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

Banking and finance Tier 1

Praised for its ‘expert knowledge of the market’, the team at Addleshaw Goddard stands out for its array of in-depth specialisms; it acts nationally and internationally for high-profile lenders and borrowers. Practice head Martin O’Shea draws on over two decades of experience in the local market and Andrew Maskill leads the asset finance group, while Simon Prendergast advises on high-profile asset-based lending transactions. Richard Oman, who focuses on corporate lending and leveraged acquisition finance work, is another key name in the team, as is experienced associate Ben Edwards and Katie Ridehalgh, who specialises in real estate finance mandates. Legal director Sarah Jay joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martin O’Shea

Other key lawyers:

Richard Oman; Andrew Maskill; Simon Prendergast; Katie Ridehalgh; Ben Edwards; Jessica Burgess; Sarah Jay

Testimonials

‘Addleshaws have market leading expertise in the small / mid-ticket asset finance market. Andrew Maskill is the best in-house lawyer in private practice! Experienced, with commercial risk appreciation and technically solid.’

‘Andrew Maskill is always available and provides market leading experience and service on transactional matters.’

‘Their in depth knowledge and understanding of the client requirements is a real strength. There is a broad offering of expertise which means Addleshaws can act as a one stop shop for legal advice.’

‘Really proactive, driven team who are very capable at handling complex matters.’

‘Ben Edwards – exceptional client service and technical knowledge. Jessica Burgess – strong associate, commercial and responsive.’

‘Team led by Simon Prendergast is incredibly knowledgeable, collaborative, commercial and experienced. I have worked with Simon for many years in the asset based lending market and find him and his team a huge support.’

‘The AG team has expert knowledge of the market, the technical legal knowledge that is expected of a large law firm and will always be able to put a large team on a deal, if needed.’

‘Martin O’Shea – extremely experienced; always very receptive to calls / queries even when not billing for the advice. Katie Ridehalgh – very specific technical expertise and my go-to person in the industry for advice which I can fully rely on.’

Key clients

Tosca Debt Capital LLP

JD Sport Fashion plc

MoneySuperMarket.com Group plc

The HSBC group of companies (including HSBC UK Bank plc, HSBC Equipment Finance (UK) Limited and HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Limited

Santander UK plc

Co-operative Group Limited

Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc

McBride plc

Appreciate Group PLC

PZ Cussons plc

Banking litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's finance disputes team provides a 'first-class service' to its roster of banking and financial services clients and has particular expertise in pursuing claims and asset recoveries in foreign jurisdictions. The group counts issues relating to asset finance, asset-based lending, secured lending and regulated lending products among its specialisms and is increasingly developing expertise in the digital finance sector and matters involving digital assets. The 'exceptional' Harold Brako specialises in banking, asset-based lending and receivables financing disputes and leads the group, which includes legal director Helen Collinge and managing associate Ashlee Simms.

Practice head(s):

Harold Brako

Other key lawyers:

Helen Collinge; Ashlee Simms; Patricia Elder; Jack McConville

Testimonials

‘Very commercial and insightful advice given to tight deadlines.’

‘What I find most impressive about the practice is the way the team works tirelessly to achieve the best and most commercial outcome for clients.’

‘First class service. Excellent knowledge base, commercial awareness, down to earth, easy to do business with.’

‘The team is well organised and cohesive, with appropriate allocation of work across the various levels of qualification and experience. The team has a commitment to the delivery of high standard work clearly inspired by the effective leadership of Harold Brako.’

‘Harold Brako has a commercial, solution-led approach to complex litigation.’

‘Harold Brako and Patricia Elder are recommended: vastly experienced team, fun, friendly, provide excellent counsel and explanations of legal issues.’

‘Harold Brako – an exceptional lawyer with a wealth of experience. His ability and willingness to put the client first is vital when you need someone to react quickly.’

Jack McConville – a young, talented and diligent lawyer who is committed to providing exceptional service to clients. I have no doubt that Jack has a long and successful career ahead of him.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Paragon Bank plc

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Seneca Trade Partners Limited

Aldermore Bank

Santander UK plc

Amicus Asset Finance Limited

Ultimate Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Praetura Asset Finance Limited

Genser Energy Ghana Limited

Conister Bank Limited

Röwer & Rüb GmbH

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

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

Ultimate Bridging Finance Limited

G C Capital Limited

Goldcrest Finance Limited

Elevar Finance SPV Photon LLC

Handelsbanken plc

Reward Finance Group

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's Manchester-based team has 'the bandwidth to deal with the big-ticket litigation whilst having the human touch that inspires confidence'. The group counts competition litigation as a growth area, for which national practice head Mark Molyneux and legal director Samantha Haigh are names to note; it is currently acting for the Road Haulage Association in the high-profile truck litigation follow on damages claim before the CAT. Procurement disputes are among the team's other specialisms, for which legal director Clare Dwyer and managing associate Paul Rowley are noted, while Susan Garrett (who has particular experience in disputes concerning offshore jurisdictions including Mauritius and Jersey) excels in IT disputes and leads the firm's e-disputes practice. The group also has a growing business protection group led by Nicholas Ashcroft, who works alongside the firm's employment team to advise on the prevention of unlawful competition, enforcement of restrictive covenants and protection of employer's confidential information. The disputes practice has notable cross-border experience which includes a specialist Africa Business Group and international arbitration expertise.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Susan Garrett; Nicholas Ashcroft; Samantha Haigh; Clare Dwyer; Paul Rowley; James Currie

Testimonials

‘A great team of lawyers. They are technically brilliant and collaborate seamlessly in providing a fantastic service to clients. They have the bandwidth to deal with the big ticket litigation whilst having the human touch that inspires confidence.

‘Mark Molyneux (partner) – Has a great strategical mind and leads the team superbly. Highly respected.

‘Samantha Haigh (legal director) – takes ownership of matters and delivers solutions.’

James Currie (associate) – very proactive and produces high-quality work.’

‘Clare Dwyer is a first-class lawyer, has very good judgment and is absolutely unflappable. She gives her clients excellent service and practical commercial solutions to their problems. Her instructions are always a pleasure to receive and she is great to work with. I recommend her very highly.

Paul Rowley is a Managing Associate and a sold performer in the AG Manchester team, hard working and tenacious.’

‘Mark Molyneux: Has tremendous experience and very good at reading the other parties (and their counsel) in the litigation. Samantha Haigh: Great litigator and extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

The Road Haulage Association Limited

NKT Group

PZ Cussons

The Co-operative Group

Manchester Airport Group

Office Depot Group

Solvay Group

Bestway

Diageo

Wolseley

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘exceptionally talented and well-resourced real estate team’ retains a very strong position in the Manchester market, handling projects that will have a major impact on the region and matters at the cutting edge of real estate trends.  Peter Kershaw leads the practice - he is regarded as 'exceptional in terms of content, values and communication'. During 2020 Anita Weightman and Tony Weightman retired and Stephen Kinsey joined Bruntwood as director of legal services, but the practice - which is praised for its 'noticeable focus on customer service' - continues to boast a deep bench of experienced lawyers, including Lucy Butterworth, Patrick DuffyVicky Niescier, Catherine Fearnhead and 'unflappable' legal director Emma Tonge.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kershaw

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Duffy; Catherine Fearnhead; Lucy Butterworth; Vicky Niescier; Michael Corbett; Emma Tonge

Testimonials

‘An exceptionally talented and well-resourced real estate team in the north west. They have an excellent number of female partners across the team showing great representation. Overall, the team is known as the go-to firm for top quality work and complex transactions.’

‘The team is unique in terms of its investment in creating a long-term relationship with us, as its client, to enable it to offer us comprehensive legal advice within the context of our commercial realities. The team is proactive in terms of solving our problems in advance of us having to ask. They truly feel like an extension of our internal team.’

‘The team is organised, responsive, knowledgeable and diligent. It has a spread of fee earners allowing deals to be resourced appropriately. ’

‘Emma Tonge is unflappable, with superb attention to detail. Emma understands our business and how we operate and knows how to deliver advice within that context. ’

‘The practice has works with the company on several deals now and the partnership us becoming strong. There is a noticeable focus on customer service, notably with the intranet site and dedicated client handbook. In addition, the supplementary CPD sessions are also greatly received by all team members. ’

‘Individuals at the practice are approachable, possesses good knowledge and are always on hand to assist. They have a good knowledge of the key risks the company faces and actively strives to highlight and address these through the contract. ’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Funds

Access to Music

AIMS Investments

Allied London

Armstrong Works Limited

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Canal & River Trust

Cole Waterhouse /Priestley Family

Co-operative Group of Companies

De la Rue Plc

Deloitte & Touch LLP

DP World London Gateway Group of Companies

Enitial Limited & Meritas Scientific Holdings Limited

Federated Hermes

First Investments – REM Group of Companies

Gladman Developments

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Hallam Land

Hollins Strategic Land

Hurstwood Properties

Ifor Williams Trailers / IWT Holdings Limited

Liberty Charge Limited

London Cyrenians Housing Limited

MGH Card LLP

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

Mapeley Group of Companies

Maple Grove Developments

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited

Miller Group of Companies

Morning Foods

Muse Developments

National Grid Group of Companies

National Tyre Service Group

Nationwide Building Society

Network Rail

Northern Trust Group of Companies

OCS Group of Companies

Peel Group of Companies

Pinebridge Estates Limited

Preston City Council

Prologis Group of Companies

Public Sector Plc Group of Companies

Redsun Group of Companies

Regener8 Power Limited

SGN Group of Companies

SSE Group of Companies

Salford City Council

Santander

Scunthorpe Properties Limited and Crossway Park Limited

Swansway Garages

Telereal Trillium

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

UK Biobank

UK PRS Fund

Vision Express

Vue Entertainment

Watkin Jones PLC

Workspace Group PLC

Zerum Consulting

Construction Tier 1

The strength of its team and breadth of its expertise continue to set the  practice at Addleshaw Goddard apart. Nancy McGuire is national head of non-contentious construction; her strengths include advising on procurement strategies and supporting clients with development and funding agreements. Jonathan Tattersall, who leads the construction energy and infrastructure disputes team, is particularly experienced in cross-jurisdictional matters and energy projects. Other key lawyers include Paul O’Kane, who covers contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and managing associate and litigator Philip Withey, who has acted for a number of national and international companies and organisations.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Paul O’Kane; Jonathan Tattersall; Paul Barge; Philip Withey

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard offers a 'broad range of business expertise' for major M&A and private equity deals, alongside a noted structured real estate capability, led by Shelley McGivern . 'Technically astute' practice head Paul Medlicott advises a range of national private equity houses on large-scale buyouts, investments, and portfolio company issues, with Andrew Green also a strong contributor to the firm's private equity offering. Roger Hart specialises in PLC advice, working with listed companies on equity raisings, takeovers, and other capital markets considerations, alongside Richard Lee.  Duncan Wilson maintains an active M&A practice, while George Danczak was promoted to partner in mid-2021 in recognition of his work on complex corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Medlicott

Other key lawyers:

Roger Hart; Andrew Green; George Danczak; Richard Lee; Shelley McGivern; Duncan Wilson; Nadine Waters

Testimonials

Paul Medlicott – probably the leading light in the north west corporate legal community, bar none.’

‘Very broad range of business law experience, technical collaborations, large procurement and supply contract development, competition law. ’

‘The commercial team is clearly the leading team in the Northwest – demonstrating unrivalled expertise, and a breadth of knowledge across key sectors. Their work for FTSE 100 organisations gives them exposure to the highest levels of work. The corporate team is exceptionally experienced and talented, handling a large proportion of the key north west deals. Excellent links within the PE and finance communities. ’

‘Nadine Waters – a firm favourite with her clients, she has great experience and a rare, no nonsense approach to running a transaction. An extremely safe pair of hands.’

‘George Danczak – one to definitely watch, extremely experienced for his PQE, there are few things that George can’t handle with real professionalism. ’

‘Addleshaw Goddard provides a complete service. The link up between the in-house teams is seamless and provides easy access to a broad range of knowledge. The corporate team that we work with have a great interface with the real estate, tax and procurement teams and hence advice is always given having taken a much more rounded view that we have experienced with other legal practices.’

‘Shelley McGivern is an exceptional partner to work with. Her in depth legal knowledge and experience, combined with her commercial awareness, responsiveness and ability to come up with innovative solutions makes her an invaluable partner to work alongside.’

‘They are very proactive and responsive and pleasant to deal with.’

Key clients

JD Sports

Allied London

BT

Dixons Carphone

Boohoo

Manchester Airport Group

Spectris

PZ Cussons

Moneysupermarket

Corporate tax Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard advises on complex, high-value tax issues for national and international corporate clients, private equity sponsors, and investment funds, with strong capabilities across property SPV structuring, international joint ventures, and tax transparency work. Practice head Justine Delroy leads the tax team nationally, and is a specialist in private equity transactions, as well as regularly advising on stamp duty and VAT matters in the property sector. Michael Hunter has a strong record in tax matters for property SPVs, particularly complex cross-border issues, alongside advising on tax aspects of M&A. Managing associate Catherine Concannon handles a wide range of commercial tax issues, particularly those relating to transactions and structuring.

Practice head(s):

Justine Delroy

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hunter; Catherine Cocannon; Chris Fox

Testimonials

‘What makes Addleshaw Goddard unique is the blend of expertise and thinking outside the box. I find the people I work with from AG are very experienced with exceptional skills and knowledge to solve any tax issues.’

‘My specialism is VAT; I have worked with both Michael Hunter and Chris Fox and was impressed with both. Michael Hunter in particular has been extremely helpful; with impressive depth of tax knowledge.’

‘This Team is great at explaining the complex world of Corporate Tax into easily digestible/understandable terms, usually with the assistance of diagrams. Their advice notes are invaluable not only at understanding the issues at the time but also referring back to them at a later date.’

‘We have largely worked with Michael Hunter and he has proved both very approachable and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Phoenix Equity Partners

Aviva Investors

Inflexion

Federated Hermes

Elysian Capital

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Livingbridge

Muse

Diageo

Bruntwood

Health Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard offers extensive coverage of the health sector, with its work spanning the public sector and health infrastructure, life sciences, social and long-term care, and private healthcare. The practice stands out for its private equity healthcare practice, and for its involvement with innovative medical technologies. Team head Michael O’Connor has a strong track record handling commercial transactions involving the NHS, including public-private deals and matters involving wholly owned subsidiaries. Stephanie Townley is the lead for public sector and health infrastructure work, while Louise Dobson  is the main contact for advice on matters relating to independent sector health.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor; Stephanie Townley; Louise Dobson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Pettinger; Shelley McGivern

Testimonials

‘Excellent practical advice provided in a timely manner.’

‘Mike O’Connor has an exceptional knowledge of our sector – healthcare procurement and capital development – and always gives expert but genuinely practical and sound commercial advice. Just a pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent sector depth and trusting relationships at very senior levels. Happy to make introductions in order to make projects ultimately more successful.’

‘Stephanie Townley is excellent, tirelessly focused and extremely responsive.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Genedrive Plc

GEN inCode UK Limited

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Essex NHS Trust & Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (now Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust)

Yourgene Health plc

Shawbrook Bank Ltd

Coutts & Co

Step Springfield Village Limited

Maco Pharma S.A.S

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Infrared Capital Partners Limited and HCP Limited

Celesio (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group)

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority

Serco Limited

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group Plc

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

GB Partnerships

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Fulcrum

Health and safety Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard‘s health and safety practice advises on some of the highest-profile matters in this market, including acting for core participants in public inquiries. The team is also frequently instructed to provide assistance to employers following fatal workplace accidents. Other areas of focus include fire safety, where the practice offers proactive and reactive advice, as well as complex coronavirus-related matters. Practice head Erin Shoesmith leads the team, which also includes associate Priscilla Addo-Quaye, ‘a star in the making’.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:

Priscilla Addo-Quaye; Abi Nicholson

Testimonials

‘AG are in the top tier of firms for H&S work. Great team work and very standards of legal advice and client service ’

‘I have always found the team at AG very helpful and have a great understanding of health and safety in the ‘real world’. Their careful assessment of Expert Witnesses before appointment has meant our clients have had very knowledgeable and practical allies as part of the defence team.’

‘Erin Shoesmith has an extraordinarily incisive mind. She is analytical and perceptive and wastes no time in expressing her conclusions in a clear and accessible way; yet she maintains an extremely friendly manner and a very good sense of humour; there is a complete absence of pomposity and self-importance often found in her competitors. An outstanding performer heading up an excellent team.

‘Priscilla Addo-Quaye has been faultless as liaison between the 3 counsel team, the AG Team and the Manchester Arena Inquiry Legal Team. She has organised our lives, taking care of diaries, deadlines, even summarising the content of lengthy emails to save us time. Her legal work is equally impressive and she is outstandingly good with clients. Highly recommended, and a rising star. The whole team has worked to an extremely high standard over the past 12 months.’

‘The AG team are an outstanding team. They are individually highly conscientious, diligent, efficient, razor sharp thinkers who just have that first class ability to get the job done quickly and, to an exacting standard. I am thoroughly impressed with each and every member of the team whose insights and contributions to the preparation of a case is of immense value. In addition, they are also an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘The Addleshaw Goddard health and safety team in Manchester are outstanding. I have worked with them for a number of years and am continually impressed by the quality of staff at all levels. They are dedicated, knowledgable and a pleasure to work with. They are within the highest category of teams in the North West of not the entire UK.’

‘Erin Shoesmith is a remarkable lawyer. She knows the law backwards, is utterly dedicated to her clients and a pleasure to work with. Priscilla Addo-Quaye is also first class, very hard-working and a star in the making.

‘Abi Nicholson is a hard worker who will do great things.’

Key clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited

M Group/ Morrison Utility Services Limited

Scottish Futures Trust

Eddie Stobart Limited

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Victrex Plc

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

Boohoo Group (including boohoo.com, PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal, MissPap, boohoo MAN)

KPMG LLP –Blair Nimmo, Tony Friary and Geoffrey Jacobs as liquidators of Doonin Plant Limited (the “Company”)

British American Tobacco UK Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Described as the ‘go-to team to get deals done under time pressure and in complex situations’, the practice at Addleshaw Goddard stands out for its in-depth expertise and handles a wide array of high-profile complex restructuring and insolvency matters. The team’s specialisms span distressed real estate work, distressed acquisitions and litigation related to restructuring and insolvency issues, an area in which legal director Jean Boldero plays a key role. Ged Barnes, who is a leading name in the insolvency space, heads up the practice and Tim Taylor, who has particular experience in advising on non-contentious corporate insolvencies, is a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Ged Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Tim Taylor; Jean Boldero

Testimonials

‘Jean Boldero – excellent knowledge and experience; good industry/sector knowledge; understands client needs and demands; gives sensible, practical advice.’

‘Probably the best corporate restructuring team in the UK.’

‘The Addleshaw team gives first class technical legal advice as you’d expect, but with recognition of commercial dynamics and a strength in depth that differentiates them in the market. They are the go-to team to get deals done under time pressure and in complex situations, and they bring practical solutions to be able to transact in pressurised environments.’

‘Speed of delivery and turnaround of documents, combined with great commercial acumen. The best restructuring team in NW by some distance.’

‘Team has specialist capability spanning transactional, contentious and real estate insolvency which sets them apart from the competition. High quality advice always received. A commercial approach and real value for money delivered. Extremely collaborative team.’

Responsiveness, commerciality and technical ability sets them apart from the competition.

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

All of the Big 4 Accountants

Grant Thornton UK LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Endless LLP

The HLD Group

Avison Young

Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

Duff & Phelps Limited

Alvarez & Marsal

JD Sports Fashion plc

Intellectual property Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard offers a full service in intellectual property encompassing contentious and non-contentious matters such as  brand enforcement, disputes, portfolio management, and the transfer of IP rights in major corporate transactions. Sector strengths include retail, financial services, and the public sector. Practice head Paul Bentham specialises in transactional IP and portfolio management for a number of household name clients, while James Whittaker advises on acquisition, exploitation, and protection of IP rights within the retail and consumer sectors. Director Rebecca Moore advises on non-contentious intellectual property matters including advertising campaigns.

Practice head(s):

Paul Bentham

Other key lawyers:

James Whittaker; Rebecca Moore

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

PZ Cussons plc

Moneysupermarket

Harrods

Samworth Brothers Group

Associated British Foods plc

Travelodge Hotels

Lakeland Limited

William Hill

BooHoo Group Plc

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard advises on high-value, business critical IT procurement agreements, outsourcing, and digital transformation projects, working with major financial services, retail, and transport sector clients nationally and internationally. The firm also handles public sector procurement and telecoms infrastructure developments. James Whittaker leads the team, and is a specialist on tech outsourcing, with a particular focus on SAP and Oracle software, while Paul Bentham has a strong record on major systems implementations and cloud systems work. Phil McGough handles global licensing arrangements and IT infrastructure agreements, and director Nadine Waters plays a leading role in complex IT and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bentham; Phil McGough; Nadine Waters

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

Reckitt Benckiser plc

Smart DCC Limited (t/a Smart DCC)

Bruntwood Group of companies

PZ Cussons plc

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

ASDA Stores Limited

Matalan

Diageo Group Plc

United Utilities

Local government Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's local government work spans areas such as energy, transport, public infrastructure and public services. The firm is a go-to for major outsourcing and partnership transactions, and it also has a strong reputation defending local government entities against high-value procurement claims. Andrew Pettinger, who handles outsourcing and other commercial transactions, jointly leads the team with Michael O’Connor.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pettinger; Michael O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Richard Goodfellow; Ian Smith; Sara Gilmore

Testimonials

Excellent practical advice provided in a timely manner.’

Michael O’Connor has exceptional knowledge of our sector – healthcare procurement and capital development – and always gives expert but genuinely practical and sound commercial advice. Just a pleasure to work with.’

Excellent sector depth and trusting relationships at very senior levels. Happy to make introductions in order to make projects ultimately more successful.

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Salford City Council

City of Stoke Council

Connexin Limited

Warrington Borough Council

Kirklees Council

Greater London Authority / Transport for London

Merseytravel/Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong focus on advertising and marketing, with a portfolio of major brands and FTSE-listed clients, acting on a continuous basis for many high-profile companies. The firm has expanded its work within digital advertising, including issues such as content verification and click-through metrics. The team is led by James Whittaker, who advises clients on a broad range of advertising and marketing issues, including large-scale digital marketing campaigns. Director Rebecca Moore has expertise in media buying and creative services agreements, agreements with influencers, and media compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Moore; Jonathan Davies; Hayley Anderson

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s team are highly professional, efficient and have a solid understanding of our business, further enhanced by tactical secondments. The standard of client service, solid and pragmatic commercially focussed advice is exceptional. The team have often stepped in to support us at short notice, in complex matters and still delivering the high quality output. ’

‘Super helpful & always respond to enquiries with thorough feedback and advice.’

‘Both Jonathan Davies and Hayley Anderson have been great at providing feedback and advice in situations when we need a particularly tight turnaround. ’

‘The team have provided exceptional support on marketing and advertising matters, showing a great understanding of our business and offering commercial, risk-based advice. ’

‘Rebecca Moore has an outstanding ability to distil matters effectively and provide commercially savvy advice.’

‘Hayley Anderson is a trusted advisor on all marketing matters, with exceptional knowledge of the marketing rules and regulations.

 

Key clients

The Co-operative Group

Diageo plc

PZ Cussons plc

United Utilities

Whalar Ltd

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard provides comprehensive advice to high net-worth and ultra high net-worth individuals and families on trusts, wills, lasting powers of attorney and estates. The team draws on the wider firm's corporate expertise to provide full-service assistance, including handling the restructuring and sale of assets. Practice head Yorke Eaton is adept at complex tax and succession planning, such as advising clients who own overseas assets. Many of Eaton's clients have long-term relationships with the practice.

Practice head(s):

Yorke Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Laura Woffinden; Pervinder Kaur

Testimonials

‘I have known the team for in excess of ten years and have always been grateful for their conduct and professionalism when dealing with my clients.’

‘They have seamlessly added new staff members during lockdown without it adversely impacting on the quality of the service they have provided. Their willingness to engage, educate and advise on all matters relevant to my clients during lock down has been much appreciated.’

‘The stand-out partner is Yorke Eaton. Laura Woffinden is another exceptional colleague.’

‘The Addleshaw Goddard private client team are quietly going about their business developing a strong team of Associates and Managing Associates under the guidance of Yorke Eaton. The strength in depth of the team is really starting to separate them from the rest of the market. For UHNW Families and successful entrepreneurs they remain the go to firm, especially as they sit within the corporate division, where their appreciation of combining corporate and personal tax issues becomes more and more refined. Their collaborative approach with other professional advisors is extremely strong. This should re-assure any client that they will receive the best of all the combined disciplines they may engage to advise them.’

‘Yorke Eaton – unquestionably the North West’s private client lawyer of choice. His insight into complex inter-generational succession planning sets him apart from others seen in the market. The genuine breadth of his knowledge from advising on high value corporate transactions and the personal tax planning associated with them to multi-generational landed estates and trust arrangements as well as an increasing specialisation in funeral plan schemes mean clients are reassured of a broad and highly experienced view on how to solve and deal with their legal requirements. He is also happy to challenge clients (albeit politely) on their plans and requests which ensures they are not just getting a yes man all the time. ’

‘The Addleshaw private client practice is a very well know team across the North of England and beyond, with a fantastic client base of business leaders, entrepreneurs, landed estates and wealthy families. Their reputation in the market place spans, from my personal experience, over 25 years – which is a credit to the firm and the team.’

‘Yorke Eaton and Pervinder Kaur are very well known in the private client space – they both are very effective in terms of dealing with very complex issues, but can adapt their style very effectively for clients, so that the matters are understood. They have a depth of experience and they can help clients understand the decisions they are making, with client stories and examples, which is invaluable for clients. They have built a strong team around them which is equally capable and technically strong.’

Property litigation Tier 1

The Addleshaw Goddard team, which is described as ‘a powerhouse in the property litigation sector’, acts for a broad client base comprising of large institutional investors, household name tenants and financial institutions. One of the names to note at the firm is Charles Jagger, who has particular experience of advising corporate occupiers on matters such as dilapidations claims and high-value break notices, among other issues. Chris Perrin is experienced in representing clients in proceedings at the High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Legal director Andy Feehan covers a wide array of real estate cases, such as those concerning rent reviews, high-value dilapidations, complex repossessions and service charges. Managing associate Patricia Love is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:

Charles Jagger; Chris Perrin; Andy Feehan; Patricia Love

Testimonials

‘Patricia Love is outstanding in terms of professionalism, subject matter knowledge and problem solving. Patricia is proactive, and has a way of putting things on track such that everyone involved gets on board with the way forward.’

‘Patricia Love stands out – she has a brilliant legal mind.’

‘I have worked with Chris and his team for a number of years. They listen, consistently provide reliable, pragmatic, commercially viable advice, enabling me to speed up my decision making process. They are available when I want and provide a good turnaround.

‘Chris Perrin is a trusted adviser to me and my team.’

‘My experience of the AG Manchester team is that they have first class quality work, rivalling anything I have seen in a top London practice. They carry out that work to a very high standard.’

‘I have worked a great deal with Chris Perrin. I see Chris as one of the future key players in property litigation. He has superb work and great understanding of the subject both on a legal and practical level.’

‘A powerhouse in the property litigation sector.’

‘The team has strength in depth. They are all friendly and knowledgeable. Also very responsive.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life

Bruntwood Group of Companies

CarVal Investors

Co-operative Group

Europa Capital

Mapeley Estates

Marks and Spencer

Midos Group/Davlea Estates

Network Rail

Property Alliance Group

Santander

Vue Cinemas

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's contentious trusts and probate team draws on the firm's experience in litigation and private capital matters to advise a client base of beneficiaries, trustees, and executors. As well as acting for individuals, the team advises institutional beneficiaries, such as charities, in disputed will cases. Yorke Eaton is the key figure in Manchester, with experience in handling complex trust issues. Eaton works closely with the firm's Leeds office, led by Pervinder Kaur.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Yorke Eaton

Employment Tier 2

Following a period of turnover in the team, Addleshaw Goddard's employment practice is now led by the experienced Michael Burns, who joined in September 2020 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Under Burns, the Manchester office collaborates with the the firm's offices in Leeds and London to represent employers in tribunal claims, assist on restructurings and redundancies, and provide employment support for corporate transactions. Legal directors Kate McGough and Victoria Davies are other key contacts in the team, specialising in transaction-related employment matters and litigation respectively.

Practice head(s):

Michael Burns

Other key lawyers:

Kate McGough; Victoria Davies

Testimonials

‘Real depth of experience of handling complex, director level employment matters. Excellent on the detail but also able to provide ‘big picture’ message to senior stakeholders. Always accessible and very user friendly. ’

‘Victoria Davies stood out as being able to blend detailed case knowledge with sensitive stakeholder engagement. I always felt 100% comfortable putting her in front of senior leaders in the business; she handles her brief with exceptional professionalism.’

‘Michael Burns is an excellent technical lawyer, highly experienced in the field who can always be relied upon to provide sound, commercial advice. Andrew Moore is an experienced and robust advocate.’

‘The team at AG are very keen to learn more about our business and how we operate. They like to understand the bigger picture and advise accordingly. We are currently working very closely with them on a number of innovations to enable us to work even more efficiently and they are committed to supporting on this. ’

‘Excellent availability, reliable and solid operational support to counsels, so they can focus on advisory. ’

‘Highly professional, sound, reliable and a joy to work with.’

‘The employment team at Addleshaw Goddard provides very practical and commercial employment law advice which is easy to understand and follow for both in-house legal practitioners and HR professionals alike.’

‘Michael Burns is a commercial, transparent and no nonsense advocate that is always available to discuss any employment matter arising. He has exceptional industry knowledge and takes the time to also understand the mechanics of the company in which I work. I trust Michael completely to give me sound, honest and timely advice. Michael has great communication skills and a willingness to listen that gives the client the confidence and reassurance that their case matters. Michael works alongside an excellent associate Andrew Moore. The two make a highly competent team that are skilled in all employment matters.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group Limited

British Airways plc

BP plc

Michelin Tyre Plc

Primark Stores Limited

Merseytravel

THG Holdings plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

J Murphy & Sons Limited

Turtle Wax Limited

Lancashire County Cricket Club

William Hare Group Limited

Morris Homes Limited

City Facilities Management Holdings (UK) Ltd

William Hill Organization Limited

Sharps Bedrooms Limited

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard advises public and private sector project proponents, financial institutions, and equity investors, on large-scale project financings, acting on a national and international basis on major infrastructure projects in transport, healthcare, education, and energy. The team is led by Michael O’Connor, an experienced expert in public-private transactions, including procurement and project finance loans. Also leading the team, Andrew Pettinger specialises in PFI and local government work, and newly-promoted partner Sara Gilmore, who leads on major energy projects. Director Rob Thompson has notable expertise in waste developments and international projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor; Andrew Pettinger; Sara Gilmore

Other key lawyers:

Rob Thompson

Key clients

Gresham House Investment Management (Guernsey) Ltd

Liberty Charge Limited

Green Investment Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Muse Developments Limited

National Grid plc

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

National Grid Gas plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Opus Energy

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

SGN Place Limited

Southern Water Services Limited

SSE Enterprises

SSE plc (Retail)

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Anglian Water

Cheshire East Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Department for Transport

Greater London Authority

HCP

Health & Safety Executive

High Speeds Two (HS2) Limited

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

Imagile Group Ltd

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

MUFG Bank Ltd

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation

Trust

The Council of the City of Salford

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Transport for London

United Utilities plc

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Wakefield City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

EU and competition Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard handles complex and high value competition enforcement, merger control, and competition litigation, working closely with its national teams on major cases, including high-profile CMA investigations in the retail, pharmaceutical, and funeral services sectors. The team includes Mark Molyneux, who is regularly involved in competition litigation, including several follow-on damages cases, and managing associate Mark Crane, who advises and represents clients across a range of competition and regulatory matters. Managing associate David Milne advises on phase 1 and in-depth phase 2 merger enquiries. Rona Bar-Isaac also divides her time between London and Manchester, and is a highly regarded competition practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Kilpatrick; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Mark Crane; David Milne; Rona Bar-Isaac

Key clients

YPO (formerly Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation)

The Co-operative Group Limited

Brenntag UK

Bruntwood

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Asda

Manchester Energy Partnership Limited

Saga PLC Bennetts Motorcycling Services Limited

Planning and environment Tier 2

Michelle Headrige helms Addleshaw Goddard's diverse environment and sustainability practice, which stands out for its strengths in the water sector and in advising corporate clients on environmental liabilities in M&A transactions. The team also increasingly offers sustainability advice. Legal director Joanne Holbrook contributes experience in energy and utilities work.  Emily Williams leads the 'hugely experienced' planning practice, with particular expertise in planning litigation, and acts for a wide variety of clients including developers and infrastructure providers. The Manchester team secured a major boost in summer 2021 with the hire of Stuart Wardlaw from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, where he led the regulatory and environment practice from Newcastle.

Practice head(s):

Emily Williams; Michelle Headrige

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Holbrook; Stuart Wardlaw

Testimonials

‘The team have shown great flexibility in reacting to all situations. They have an excellent cross-subject knowledge base with the necessary detail where required.’

‘The team in Manchester is hugely experienced in dealing with controversial and adversarial planning work. It is a well-oiled and efficient machine.’

‘Great ability to position themselves to represent the client’s best interests, with a wide appreciation and understanding of industry best practice and emerging cases.’

‘Michelle Headrige has a wide knowledge of environmental legislation. She has also over the years developed a detailed understanding of our business and the way it operates, and responds with this in mind.’

‘Emily Williams is a hugely experienced lawyer with a national reputation for dealing with planning litigation. She’s a team player with an eye for the fine detail and a calming influence when the pressure is on.’

‘Joanne Holbrook has an amazing ability to absorb volumes of information and identify the key issues and advise accordingly. She is focused on achieving the best outcomes for her clients, and determined to overcome challenges and obstacles. Great to work with.’

Key clients

Southern Water Services Limited

Water Resources South East

Anglian Water Group

South East Water Limited

Threadneedle Investments

Aberdeen Standard

British Land

BP Oil UK Limited

Samworth Bros.

National Grid

Diageo PLC

SSE PLC

Gladman Developments Limited

University of Chester

Nationwide Building Society

Admiral Taverns Limited

Dandara Limited

Miller Developments Limited

Pochin Goodman (Northern Gateway) Limited

Hollins Strategic Land

Rosconn Strategic Land

ColeWaterhouse /Priestley Family

Oakmere Homes Limited

The Strategic Land Group

MGH Card

Morning Foods

Gladstone Road Exeter Limited

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Telereal Trillium

Satnam Developments

Sherlock Street Birmingham

Watkin Jones Group

Professional negligence Tier 2

Disputes head Mark Molyneux leads the team at Addleshaw Goddard, which is particularly well-known for professional negligence work across the banking, construction and general commercial litigation sectors. The practice acts for UK clearing banks, international banks, and other financial services providers, and has experience acting for lender clients in negligence and fraud claims against solicitors and surveyors. Recent instructions have involved claims arising from defective cladding and fire safety legislation compliance. Victoria Pool is noted for her expertise in the insurance dynamics of professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Nick Ashcroft; Susan Garrett; Richard Wise; Victoria Pool

Testimonials

‘Hardworking and focused on obtaining the best outcome for their clients.’

‘Practical commercially focused advice, strong capable team.’

‘Richard Wise: cool, calm and collected, totally unrufflable and able to give focused advice to get to the heart of the matter

‘Victoria Pool: very capable, covers all the bases, you know she has thought of everything.’

‘All members of the team were fully familiar with our case at all times. Despite their relatively large size they offer a friendly, easy to use and understand legal service that one may expect from a much smaller practice. They make us, the client, feel special and important and really care about getting the right results for us. Whilst friendly they are also incredibly efficient, knowledgeable and determined to succeed .’

‘Mark Molyneux is a brilliant tactician and an outstanding legal expert. He ensures full participation from all of his team who clearly hold him in extremely high esteem.’

Transport Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard offers strong coverage across all areas of transport. It is a major name in relation to rail franchising/concessions; in 2020, highlights included advising the Department of Transport on the roll-out of the emergency measures franchise arrangements for the West Midlands, Chiltern and West Coast Partnership franchises, as well as the replacement emergency recovery measures agreements for those franchises. Also notable is that the firm is seen as a first port of call in station development programmes. Elsewhere, outside of the rail industry, the firm is increasingly active in urban transit schemes that relate to the bus market, and the firm has a growing airports practice. In addition, it is increasingly prominent in the electric vehicles sector. The freight and logistics sector is also seen as another key area of growth. Michael RaineySara Gilmore and legal director Ursula Gould are among the names to note at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Sara Gilmore; Michael Rainey

Other key lawyers:

Ursula Gould; Clare Dwyer; Philip Dupres

Testimonials

‘Working with Addleshaws often feels like having an extension of our in-house legal team. Their understanding of the issues and ability to work collaboratively both with the in-house lawyers as well as the wider client teams means that the advice is seamless and their presence is invaluable.’

It is the detailed and comprehensive understanding of both the sector and the specific challenges which makes Addleshaws a stand-out team.’

‘Clare is a first class lawyer, has very good judgment and is absolutely unflappable. She gives her clients excellent service and practical commercial solutions to their problems.’

Michael Rainey is a very clever, analytical and creative non contentious partner.’

‘The firm has consistently provided high quality and timely legal advice where in-house legal expertise and capacity has been limited in a specialist area of law.’

Key clients

Prologis Group Companies

VTG Rail UK Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

Eversholt Rail

Rail Operations Group Limited (“ROG”)

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Volkswagen AG

Greater London Authority / Transport for London

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

MerseyTravel

Manchester Airport Group

HS1 Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Road Haulage Association

Sealink Travel Group

Associated British Ports

DB Cargo

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

CAF

SMBC

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's charities team advises clients on matters including governance, investments and commercial agreements. Pervinder Kaur in Leeds and Yorke Eaton in Manchester are the key contacts in the team. Eaton, a private client specialist, frequently acts for family charitable trusts and also handles estates left to charities, including those with complex and contentious elements. Managing associate Laura Woffinden works across the Manchester and Leeds offices and is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Yorke Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Pervinder Kaur; Laura Woffinden

Testimonials

‘The team were very knowledgable about their field and helped us reach a good solution.’

‘Laura Woffinden provided us with excellent knowledge in her field.’

Asset based lending Tier 1

Led from London by 'recognised industry leader' Mike Davison  and enhanced by real strength-in-depth across its regional offices (including Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh), Addleshaw Goddard provides 'great industry and product knowledge' to a lender-focused client base. Benefiting from an 'in-depth knowledge of the market', Davison himself is perhaps the most versatile practitioner in the team and as well as his financing expertise is also regularly sought out by funders to advise on bringing new products to market, as well as on their strategic corporate transactions in the space (including his advice to E Capital Corporation on its entry into the UK market through its acquisition of Advantedge Commercial Finance). Very well acquainted with Loan Market Association (LMA) documentation, Manchester-based partner Simon Prendergast is particularly effective advising UK clearing banks on their asset based lending (ABL)/receivables financings and has also been at the forefront of the development of receivables and ABL products in relation to the UK unitranche market. Appreciated for her 'attention-to-detail and business acumen'Manchester-based associate Lauren Priest-Stephens is well regarded by bank and and non-bank lender clients.

Practice head(s):

Mike Davison

Other key lawyers:

Simon Prendergast; Harold Brako; Andrew Fordham; Euan Cluness; Lauren Priest-Stephens; Simon Warburton; Peter Smartt

Testimonials

Great level of responsiveness coupled with great industry and product knowledge.’

Mike Davison is a recognised industry leader and specialist in the ABL sector. He provides constructive, commercial and concise commentary and is willing to go the extra mile to get a deal done.’

‘The approachable and practical Mike Davison has an in-depth knowledge of the ABL market.’

Euan Cluness is an ABL expert and has strong commercial understanding.

Harold Brako is first class at handling ABL litigation.’

Lauren Priest-Stephens displays attention to detail, business acumen and accessibility.’

Key clients

Advance Global Capital

PNC Bank and PNC Business Credit

Bank of London & the Middle East

HSBC Bank PLC & HSBC Invoice Finance Limited

BNP Paribas London Branch & BJNP Paribas Commercial Finance Ltd

Close Brothers Group Plc & Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

Bank Leumi & Leumi ABL Limited

Breal Zeta Commercial Finance

FGI Finance LLC

Omniveta DK Holdings ApS (and Group Companies)

Advance Global Capital

PNC Bank and PNC Business Credit

Bank of London  & the Middle East

Banking and finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard continues to dominate the regional market and it has increased its headcount by adding James Washington and Catherine Raftery from Squire Patton Boggs and Walker Morris LLP respectively. The sizeable team has extensive expertise in leveraged and acquisition finance, as well as real estate finance. In addition, it has developed a strong presence acting for funders in finance transactions in the social housing sector. Corporate banking partner Andrew Fordham, who 'always offers comprehensive and realistic advice', has over 15 years of experience acting for UK and overseas sponsors, borrowers and lenders. Nick Barlow is an authority on social, sustainable and green finance. Managing associates Thomas Ward, Geoff McGinley and Tom McHugh are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Fordham

Other key lawyers:

James Washington; Catherine Raftery; Nick Barlow; Thomas Ward; Geoff McGinley; Tom McHugh

Testimonials

‘Excellent availability and service focus, pragmatic approach, straightforward communication.’

‘The most notable thing about AG’s Leeds team is that it isn’t just highly skilled but also has got a huge amount of breadth and depth. They’ve got way more depth than any of their peers outside London. Plus the thing that they do better is consistency, regardless of who is working on the transaction.’

‘Everyone at Addleshaw Goddard is very authentic and approachable and genuinely nice people to deal with regardless of seniority. This is refreshing in an industry where this cannot be said about many. They truly believe in developing relationships with clients as opposed to just seeking further billing opportunities and again this is refreshing.’

‘Nick Barlow – senior partner but always very approachable and available to provide informal advice and counsel on any matters pre/post deal. Provides considered and pragmatic advice and seeks solutions and importantly speaks clear English- always essential for non legal experts! Nick has tremendous sector knowledge and always delivers a good outcome for clients.’

‘Straightforward and down to earth, offering realistic advice and good value for money. Regular contact throughout the deal process ensuring all issues addressed promptly.’

‘Andrew Fordham (partner)- Genuine desire to get the deal done on time and on budget. Always responds to questions and issues promptly. Always offers comprehensive and realistic advice.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Aviva Investors

Santander UK PLC

William Jackson Food Group Limited

Daniel Thwaites PLC

Harvey Nash Group Limited

Glide Holdings Limited

Banking litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's 'slick, efficient and extremely knowledgeable' Leeds-based banking litigation team provides 'Magic Circle London service at regional prices', according to one client. Its experience includes asset finance and asset-based lending disputes, mis-selling litigation and cross-border recovery claims . The group also handles a range of fraud-related disputes, including frauds arising from bounce-back loan schemes (BBLs) and coronavirus BBLs. Sally Emerton has a breadth of expertise and heads up the firm's finance litigation group across the North. Ben Lowans is particularly experienced in fraud-related litigation, while recently promoted legal director Jonathan Mills specialises in asset-based finance recoveries. Samantha Hollingworth (who is 'a star with an incredible eye for detail') and Jennifer Hedley are managing associates to note. Matthew Dibb moved to Jersey-based WALKERS while Steve Walpole joined TLT's Manchester team.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Mills; Samantha Hollingworth; Jennifer Hedley; Charlotte Dack; Ben Lowans

Testimonials

‘Excellent responsiveness and magic circle London service at regional prices.’

‘Ben Lowans – knowledge of merchantable quality issues and practical applications and options was very insightful and by consequence made the client’s understanding of where to take next steps much easier to understand in terms of potential issues and how to navigate to minimise wherever possible. Knows his stuff.’

‘Samantha Hollingworth is a star with an incredible eye for detail.’

‘We have been working with AG’s dispute resolution team for four years and we have found them to be very user friendly and responsive. They work extremely collaboratively with our in house legal team providing the appropriate level of engagement at all times to ensure that our work progresses swiftly and at an acceptable cost level. They have also provided us with secondment support as required and have worked with us to improve significantly the efficiency of the transfer of cases through technological solutions. They are very much our go to firm.’

‘Ben Lowans provides excellent advice which is legally strong but also has a practical focus that understands the needs of our business. He and his team consistently seek to engage with us to ensure that learning from earlier cases is built on for future use.’

‘AG have a slick, efficient and extremely knowledgeable practice. Instructions are dealt with swiftly and any advice is well-measured and practical. I have every confidence in AG when I instruct the firm in a matter.’

‘Apart from the expected in-depth knowledge the team responds without any undue delay and delivers 100%. Concerns are always being taken seriously and pros and cons openly discussed.’

‘Very switched on team with excellent knowledge of the banking industry.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Group

Aldermore Bank PLC

Nationwide Building Society

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

Santander UK Plc including Santander Asset Finance

Hewlett Packard International Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

West Bromwich Building Society

Skipton Building Society

Liebherr GB Limited

Virgin Money Group

Asset Alliance Leasing

Societe Generale Equipment Finance Ltd

Deutsche Leasing (UK) Limited

Aurora Leasing Limited

PEAC Finance

Interbay Asset Finance Ltd

Novitas Loans Ltd

Arnold Clarke Automobiles Ltd

JCB Finance Ltd

NatWest Group

Co-Operative Bank Plc

Commercial contracts Tier 1

Drawing on its network of offices throughout the UK, Addleshaw Goddard's dedicated commercial contracts team focuses on highly complex contractual mandates, acting for high-profile clients ranging from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. The group has notable expertise in the retail, financial services, industrial and digital sectors; key clients include HSBC, Asda Stores and Boohoo Group. Michael Lowry heads up the national practice from Leeds and focuses on technology and outsourcing contracts. Other noteworthy individuals include Manchester-based Jonathan Davey, who is a key contact for retail and consumer clients; Fiona Ghosh in London, who acts for financial services and fintech clients; and James Whittaker in Manchester, who leads the national technology and outsourcing practice. Robert Garwood was promoted to the partnership in mid-2020, David Berry re-joined the firm in mid-2021 from Stephenson Harwood, and managing associate Andrew Carter acts for clients in the transport and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowry

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Davey; Fiona Ghosh; James Whittaker; Andrew Smith; Paul Bentham; Robert Garwood; David Berry; Andrew Carter; Phil McGough; Nadine Waters

Testimonials

‘Great understanding of how the company operates, very hands on and proactive. Great collaboration between their team which shows in the service they provide. Training sessions have been provided by the team to our internal stakeholders which have been very successful.’

‘Jonathan Davies has a great understanding of how our company operates which has been cascaded down to his team of associates. He is always very helpful, friendly and proactive.’

‘A very service-oriented team- I work with many large firms and this law firm is one with a human touch and with a keen sense of business. They don’t have that “we are great and we know it” air that many large law firms have.’

‘Andrew Carter- super quick mind and able to grasp and oversee very large transactions. Fiona Ghosh- fantastic in managing all her lawyers and delivering a coordinated package.’

‘The team are exceptionally strong – they are clear leaders in the Northwest for their breadth of experience, quality of client base and progressive approach. They have a leading edge interest in the application of AI to legal services provision, which sets them apart, and have exposure to some of the UK’s biggest commercial contract transactions, via their panel appointments.’

‘James Whittaker – extremely experienced, a strong blend of expertise and practicality. A safe pair of hands for the most complex of deals. Phil McGough – a real rising star, he is dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for his clients, and is a leader in the application of AI to legal services in this sector. Nadine Waters – a client favourite, for her breadth of knowledge and her “non nonsense”, plain speaking style in negotiations.’

‘Andrew Carter is absolutely fearless.’

Key clients

Bruntwood Group of companies

Boohoo Group Limited

Macopharma

Department for Transport

Battersea Power Station

Volkswagen AG

FNZ (UK) Limited

Celtic Football Club

HSBC

Asda Stores Limited

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

Addleshaw Goddard acts for an impressive roster of public and private sector clients in commercial and corporate disputes. It counts the transport, health retail and energy industries among its sector specialisms; for the latter Simon Kamstra, who is also experienced in advising aviation and manufacturing sector clients, is a name to note. The group is also particularly strong for procurement disputes, for which commercial disputes head head Bill Gilliam and recently promoted partner Louise Dobson are recommended. Clients of the Leeds-based team also benefit from the firm's integrated approach across its national network; financial services sector specialist Sally Emerton acts as head of litigation for the North, while Kamstra leads the firm's national international arbitration practice. 'Experienced' legal director Gareth Jones is noted for commercial contract litigation, contentious supply chain work and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Kamstra; Bill Gilliam; Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Louise Dobson; Gareth Jones; Amanda Templeton

Testimonials

First rate lawyers who work very hard indeed to achieve success for their clients.

Bill Gilliam is engaged in his cases and a highly original legal thinker. Louise Dobson always goes the extra mile for her clients.’

A very expert team on public procurement matters, who are a pleasure to work with.

Top litigators in the corporate and commercial field. Instructed by major UK companies for their effective teams.’

The team headed by Simon Kamstra is very hands-on, creative in their finding of solutions and extremely approachable. A joy to work with.

Gareth Jones is an experienced litigator and has been instrumental in helping us through some complex litigation with some fairly difficult clients and has had to deal with adversarial situations.

Simon Kamstra – partner; a delight to work with, totally on top of the case, and always prepared to go the extra mile for the client.’

Bill Gilliam – Bill is a very calm and approachable individual and always seems to be able to offer pragmatic advice off the top of his head even on the most complex of matters. Bill has a way of taking the stress out of a problem and coming up with practical solutions. Amanda Templeton – Amanda is extremely hardworking and is always happy to go the extra mile. I have worked with Amanda a great deal over the past 12 months and she has provided consistently sound advice and will always look at things from a commercial perspective as opposed to just focusing on the legal angle.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Equitix EEEF Biomass 2 Limited

McKesson UK

R Raphael & Sons Ltd

ASDA

PGS Exploration Limited

Waterland Private Equity

Bibby Distribution Limited

Magna Steyr Austria

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

Addleshaw Goddard's team is 'very responsive, reasonably priced and provides the right advice at the right level'. It is a recognised regional leader in build-to-rent, senior living and student accommodation. It is also heavily involved in infrastructure and cultural developments and landmark regeneration schemes; in one key mandate, Ian Smith advised Kirklees Council on acquiring the site for the new National Rugby League Museum as part of the £250m Huddersfield regeneration project. Bruce Lightbody focuses on matters related to the retail industry, while Lucy Sturrock leads on hospitality and leisure sector mandates. Andrew Williamson is recommended for sales and purchases of investment properties and large-scale portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Lightbody; Lucy Sturrock

Other key lawyers:

Ian Smith; Andrew Williamson

Testimonials

‘The team are skilled real estate lawyers but are also highly commercial in their approach, which has enabled us to manage and navigate complex or difficult transactions efficiently. The team are able to apply strong practical and commercial logic to legal situations and work well with our property advisors which helps us form a rounded view on matters.’

‘Ian Smith has been relentless in his drive to close out a significant disposal for us this year.  I was impressed with how Ian was able to step out of the traditional external legal advisor role, and advise me and others in the team on other aspects of the transaction. Quite simply, the deal would not have happened without his dedication and perseverance.’

‘AG have an excellent commercial property team. They have advised us on a wide variety of property issues, from leases, licences to occupy and advice on bespoke issues. They are very responsive, reasonably priced and provide the right advice at the right level.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard has great diversity in its team that bring a wide range of experiences and approaches to solving legal issues, and this also closely aligns with our organisation’s objectives.’

‘The individuals I have worked with at Addleshaw Goddard are reassuringly very focused on protecting our organisation’s interests, whilst at the same time they are pragmatic and determined to find win-win solutions to legal issues.’

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Muse Developments Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Eastern and Oriental plc

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Asda Stores Limited

Ribston Industrial Fund

Argo Real Estate

DB Cargo UK Limited

Construction Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's sizeable group is best known for its involvement in nationally significant energy and infrastructure projects, such as advising United Utilities on its £1bn HARP (North West Drinking Water) project. Utilities specialist David Shaw is an authority on DPC (Ofwat's new regulatory funding model) and is particularly active in water projects. The 'very impressive' James Reynolds, who leads on redevelopment schemes, is currently advising on the framework agreement and public procurement of refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. Joe Wilkinson, John Emerton and director Ally MacKenzie focus on disputes, while Matthew Collingwood-Cooper is adept at infrastructure disputes involving NEC framework agreements.

Practice head(s):

David Shaw; James Reynolds; John Emerton; Joe Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Ally MacKenzie; Matthew Collingwood-Cooper

Testimonials

‘The team is the outstanding construction practice in Yorkshire and the North East. They understand their clients’ needs and goals and guide them through the most difficult situations.’

‘John Emerton is the eminence gris of the construction sector.’

‘The counsel we receive from this practice is second to none. Their knowledge and expertise of the construction industry and legal landscape is impressive. The are extremely responsive. They are a valued business partner.’

‘Their knowledge is the best in the industry for construction-related matters. They are extremely responsive and collaborative. I have a huge amount of trust in James Reynolds and the other individuals I work with within the practice.’

‘James Reynolds is very impressive: he tailors his advice to the client, and it’s clearly informed by a deep knowledge of the industry and the law.’

‘Matthew Collingwood-Cooper (legal director) was our main point of contact and orchestrated our combined response to the challenge we faced.’

Key clients

Anglian Water

ASDA

Channel Four

BT

United Utilities

UK Parliament

National Grid

SSE

Manchester Airport

Stansted Airport

Edinburgh Airport

London Luton Airport Limited

MUSE

British Land

Peel

Henry Boot

Travelodge

The Co-operative Group plc

Muller

HS1

York University

Lancaster University

Leeds Beckett University

University of Brighton

Marrico Asset Management

Aviva Investors

Mitsubishi Hitachi

Aberdeen Standard

Amey Rail

Calderdale Council

MMR Group

West Yorkshire + Transport Fund

Broadgate Estates

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust

Michelin

Redrow Homes

Engie

Lend Lease

National Nuclear Laboratory

Waterside Places

Stadium Group

Siemens

Infinis Energy

William Hare

Urenco

Scotia Gas Networks

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

R. N. Wooler

KCOM

Tritax Symmetry

NatWest

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

Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘excellent‘ corporate practice group houses a multidisciplinary team of experts who routinely handle big-ticket corporate transactions and private equity deals. Overseen by Garry Elliott, the team comprises Mark Hallam, who has sector strength in the financial services industry, and James Tatro, who focuses on retail and consumer goods clients. Star practitioner Yunus Seedat is rated highly by peers, and handles an assortment of domestic and international M&A and private equity matters for clients including NorthEdge. On the corporate finance side, Richard Hunt is the key contact. The team also advises on IPO’s and fundraisings; Adam Hastings has over two decades of experience in this area.

Practice head(s):

Garry Elliott

Other key lawyers:

James Tatro; Yunus Seedat; Adam Hastings; Richard Hunt; Mark Hallam

Testimonials

‘AG’s Leeds corporate and commercial team is excellent and can punch its weight with any of the big London teams. Their strength lies in excellent, tight knit teamwork, great communication within their team and the teams at large, a very good working relationship with counsel and the client and a tenacious approach to getting the right results for their clients.’

‘Excellent and very highly skilled team. A good combination of top end technical knowledge with genuine commercial litigation experience.’

Well led, good depth of experience and common sense, very commercially orientated, certainly knows the local market very well and are very well connected but with a good national reach especially in private equity, and they do what they say they will do when they say they will do it.’

‘Yunus Seedat is outstanding. Wise, perceptive, intuitive, smart, speaks when he has something to say but boy, is it worth listening to. Unflappable.’

‘Garry Elliott – used to be up and coming but now well established. Has real presence and presence of mind. A good commercial adviser, very practical.’

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

At Addleshaw Goddard, the employment practice has an excellent track record in acting for domestic and international corporates on high-value restructuring matters, senior exits, and business immigration work. Jointly overseen by Rebecca Kitson and Shakeel Dad, who is 'pragmatic and sharp' according to clients, the group has extensive expertise advising on whistleblowing claims, and appearing before the Employment Tribunal in litigation. At the associate level, Chris-Bailey Gibbs, who joined from Weightmans, is a core part of the team as are Gerri Elliott and Laura Pilkington, who routinely handle TUPE transfers.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Kitson; Shakeel Dad

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘I found them to be very professional and pragmatic. Their approach is personable.’

‘I would like to give a special mention to Rebecca Kitson and Leigh Jackson. Again, Rebecca being a partner in the team and Leigh being an associate, their standards of correspondence and professionalism were indistinguishable and both took a sensible and personable approach which was very much welcome. Ultimately, by working together with us, the matter was able to be resolved in all parties best interests.’

‘Good quality firm, which is also very approachable with some excellent solicitors working there.’

‘Shakeel Dad is always a pleasure to deal with. Pragmatic and sharp.’

‘Very good and able team, very pragmatic and commercial advice, very responsive and clear advice.’

‘Gerri Elliott – senior associate is excellent , as is Shakeel Dad.’

‘I work mainly with Shakeel Dad. What makes Shakeel different to other competitors is his ability to understand our commercial world and to give counsel that is clear, pragmatic and sensible no matter how challenging the situation. I value Shakeel’s forthrightness in giving his legal advice but also his personal values in our working relationship. Shakeel cares about the business that AG have with my company but he also cares about my welfare and takes time to provide perspective when things have been tough from time to time.’

Key clients

Asda

Primark

Kraft Heinz

Symington’s

Network Rail

Miller Homes

Vocalink (Mastercard)

British Airways

Travelodge

Haribo

Safestyle PLC

William Hill

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's client roster includes a significant number of FTSE AIM 50 and FTSE AIM 100 companies, as well as 12 of the top 13 UK mid-cap stockbrokers, and other financial advisers and brokers. Led by Nick Pearey, the national team is strong in AIM and Main Market matters, with it being prominent in high-profile IPOs, secondary fundraisings and public M&A. In one highlight, Giles Distin and legal director Jeremy Cruse acted for Liberum Capital on the £120m AIM IPO of SourceBio International Plc, which was one of the few AIM IPOs to take place in 2020. Simon Wood and Roger Hart are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Pearey

Other key lawyers:

Giles Distin; Simon Wood; Roger Hart; Louise Pritchard; Adam Hastings; Jeremy Cruse

Testimonials

An exceptionally knowledgeable team, dedicated to client service, unquestionably sharp, punching above their weight.’

Specific partners – Simon Wood (my go-to lawyer on public M&A) and Giles Distin (highly experienced on ECM/M&A matters) – experienced lawyers that are always available to help, with a personable bedside manner.’

Giles Distin provides a partner-led service and is readily available providing a balanced view.

The Addleshaw Goddard team have been very strong and provided us with excellent support over the past 12 months. They are clearly very experienced.’

Giles Distin has provided us with first class support and has demonstrated his skill and experience in the public markets. He also has a strong relationship with the regulator and is able to provide clarity in complex issues.’

Key clients

Accrol Group Holdings plc

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting plc

Boohoo Group PLC

Brickability Group plc

BT Group plc

Carclo plc

Cenkos Securities

Chesnara plc

Churchill China PLC

ClearStar Inc

Dixons Carphone plc

finnCap

Frontier IP Group plc

genedrive plc

IMImobile PLC

Investec Bank

JD Sports Fashion plc

Jefferies

Kestrel Partners LLP

Liberum Capital

Longevity Acquisition Corp

McBride plc

Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC

NAHL Group plc

Nplus1 Singer

On The Beach plc

Peel Hunt

Ramsdens Holdings PLC

Shore Capital & Corporate

SPARK Advisory Partners

Speedy Hire plc

Sumo Group Plc

Team17 Group plc

The City Pub Group PLC

The Pebble Group plc

Victrex PLC

Yourgene Health plc

Zeus Capital

EU and competition Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's competition team has a strong track record in representing a range of corporates and multinational clients before the CMA and EU Commission. Overseeing the Leeds team is experienced director Elizabeth Turner, who specialises in cross-border merger control matters, investigations, and other non-contentious work. The group is able to leverage the firm's wider national teams across Manchester, Edinburgh and London to advise clients in Yorkshire and the North East. Representative matters include  advising Brenntag UK on merger issues pertaining to an acquisition.

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Turner

Key clients

Hallriver Holdings Limited (Innserve)

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Dunhills (Pontefract) plc (Haribo)

Brenntag UK

Infrastructure and energy Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's multidisciplinary practice group is a leader across the power and renewables space, and regularly secures a number of national and international mandates. Key partners include Richard Goodfellow, who leads the team and advises on a range of high-value energy and utilities matters for large domestic corporates; Paul Dight, who heads up the firm's low carbon and electric vehicle group and specialises in infrastructure regulation work, and John Emerton, who handles litigation across the oil and gas sector.  David Shaw has notable expertise in the transactional construction work, and James Reynolds oversees the firm's nuclear practice. Also in the group is Sara Gilmore, who was elevated to the partnership and focuses on regulated sectors. Associate Alex Clayton is also of note.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow; Paul Dight; John Emerton

Other key lawyers:

David Shaw; James Reynolds; Sara Gilmore

Testimonials

‘The AG team are practical and good at “seeing the wood for the trees”. Their work is consistently to a high standard, and they have helped us navigate delicate legal issues on multiple projects. They have a range of skills and experience, from ex Magic circle partners to agricultural tenancy experts which means that a team of appropriate breadth can be assembled for most of our engagements.’

‘Richard Goodfellow is an experienced and well-respected team head. As well as his legal work, he has a broad range of client relationships which gives him a wide ranging view on the sector and its developments.’

‘The team was competent with sufficient depth to include subject matter experts of specific aspects of the project such as regulated procurement.’

‘Overall the team is competent. The team listened to our requirements and challenged where appropriate.’

‘In this case the team supported us in the complete unwind of our UK agency portfolio. The team structure incorporated various fields of expertise creating a robust working environment. The dedication and cooperation within the team resulted in an optimal working template usable for all projects. The needed small tweaks per project were picked up quickly allowing us to focus on the relational side of the unwind. All in all, the team was instrumental for the thorough approach we envisaged.’

‘Paul Dight, Partner – Paul was very much hands on during the whole process. Despite his vast experience in this field he remained open for suggestions from both his colleagues and the client. He managed the process very well and saw it through to the end. Paul effectively always available for questions and discussions creating a smooth process.’

‘The team’s willingness to consider and put in place ‘non-standard’ pricing models to accommodate the fluid nature of the work, and to transition between team members when they get swapped out for good reason without creating upheaval in the project.’

‘Lead Partner, Richard Goodfellow’s hands-on, but not unduly heavy in every aspect of the project, and his willingness to openly discuss social issues arising in wider society not necessarily related to the chargeable work.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

SSE Generation Limited and SSE Electricity Limited

Onsite Energy Projects Limited

Aviva Investors

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

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

Siemens

Gravis Capital

ERG

Octopus Energy

Engie

Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited

Peel Group

Greencoat Capital

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

Scotia Gas Networks plc (SGN)

Horizon Infrastructure Limited

Urenco

Aberdeen Standard

National Nuclear Laboratory

United Utilities

Southern Water Services

Anglian Water

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Foresight Group Holdings Limited

ASDA

ABF

Channel Four

BT

UK Parliament

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Andy Bates leads the 'very experienced team' at Addleshaw Goddard, which is recognised for its strong distressed real estate practice, and for its sizeable portfolio of high street banks, national corporates, insolvency practitioners and accountancy firms such as BDO, KPMG and Deloitte. Bates' practice encompasses a mix of non-contentious bank and corporate adviser work. Managing associate Jonathan Jackson and director Emma Sadler make up the other key figures. Graham Briggs left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bates

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jackson; Emma Sadler

Testimonials

‘Andy Bates is readily available and will always provide a “commercial” perspective alongside the strict legal position. Well supported by senior associate Jonathan Jackson who, again, is accessible and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank t/a Virgin Money

HSBC Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

Shawbrook Bank

Ernst & Young LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard works with an impressive list of technology clients, both nationally and internationally. The firm's UK commercial and technology teams are overseen by Michael Lowry - they handle an assortment of high-profile projects and contentious work for household name brands such as Asda. The core group comprises Simon Lofthouse who advises on large-scale procurement and outsourcing matters; Bill Gilliam, who handles heavyweight litigation, and long-serving consultant Ian Sampson, who remains an active member of the team. The group is skilled in advising on licensing arrangements and commercial contracts for CRM platforms and geospatial technologies. Other standouts in the team include experienced associates James MortCharlotte Marshall and Priscilla Hetherton; all who play key roles in the firm's work on complex and cross-border transactions and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowry

Other key lawyers:

Simon Lofthouse; James Mort; Charlotte Marshall; Priscilla Hetherton; Ian Sampson; Bill Gilliam

Testimonials

‘Good specialised knowledge and industry insight.’

‘They give pragmatic advice and offer practical solutions.’

Key clients

The Tenet Group

Skipton Building Society

GeoSLAM Limited

Belmont Green Finance Limited

Venator Materials Plc

High Speed 1

HSBC

Asda Stores Limited

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

Leeds Beckett University

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

Drawing on resources from across its network of domestic and international offices, Addleshaw Goddard boasts a substantial M&A offering in the mid-market arena. The team is especially noted for its public takeover capabilities, where Nick Pearey regularly advises both targets and acquirers, most recently for major players in betting and hospitality. London M&A head Chris Taylor also leads the Africa group, working with various retailers and consumer goods producers throughout the continent on cross-border acquisitions and divestments. Simon Wood is noted for his broad public M&A practice, while Turkey desk head Elvan Hussein concentrates on high-growth tech enterprises. Yunus Seedat is corporate and commercial divisional managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Yunus Seedat; Chris Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Nick Pearey; Ben Koehne; Charles Penney; Graham Cross; Andrew Rosling; Hugh Lauritsen; Simon Wood; Elvan Hussein

Testimonials

‘They really think into and understand the business rationale of transactions, and translate the business interests accordingly into contracts and agreements.’

‘Very well organized and super responsive.’

‘Chris Taylor: outstanding negotiation performance, able to develop solutions for a problem “on the fly”.’

Key clients

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

CDC Group plc

Entain

HarperCollins Publishers Limited

IMImobile plc

Lloyds Banking Group plc

Metro Bank

Miller Insurance Services LLP

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Simplyhealth Group Limited

Sy4 Security Limited

Ted Baker

Partnership Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard operates at the top of the partnership leagues, acting for global law firms and Big Four accountancy firms on the full span of mandates. Practice head William Wastie applies his 'considerable experience and gravitas' to contentious instructions, particularly in regards to regulatory investigations and misconduct claims within LLPs. Largely handled by top-rated practitioner Aster Crawshaw, regular transactional work includes LLP acquisitions and all-equity mergers involving extensive SRA regulatory scrutiny. The group is highly regarded for its work in the financial services sector, with Jonathan Cheney advising fund managers and private equity partnerships on structuring and governance issues. Chris Hallinan is a key managing associate whose expertise encompasses regulatory and bespoke litigation funding advice. In addition, an extensive pool of in-house tax knowledge is frequently applied to instructions.

Practice head(s):

William Wastie

Other key lawyers:

Aster Crawshaw; Jonathan Cheney; Chris Hallinan

Testimonials

They are able to quickly demonstrate the knowledge of the matters they have advised upon and how this experience is applicable to the situation being discussed. It is a leading team due to the long-term commitment to this practice area and ability to grow their own talent from within Addleshaw Goddard.

William Wastie’s considerable experience and gravitas helps clients grasp challenges quickly.

Jonathan Cheney has a really good manner and is a pleasure to work with. He quickly gains clients’ confidence in difficult situations.

Aster Crawshaw has a good understanding of cross-border matters and the culture of international firms.

Chris Hallinan is a rising star and one for the future. Personable and quickly gains clients’ trust and respect.

A great depth of knowledge of the professional practices market with sharp insight on the issues of the day.

Aster Crawshaw offers excellent knowledge and advice of course, but is also a real gentleman. I really like his style.

‘A very strong, professional, pragmatic, responsive, experienced, skilled firm that continually demonstrates its sector expertise in advising professional practices and LLPs.

Key clients

Marks & Clerk LLP

Miller Insurance Services LLP

Pensions Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s pensions practice group is ‘excellent’ and is widely considered the region's key name for a full-service pensions offering. The team is jointly managed by a trio of experts including national head of the practice Rachel RawnsleyJade Murray and Rachel Uttley, who advises corporate clients and trustees on M&A activity. On the litigation side, Susan Garrett in Manchester is the key name, handling a significance amount of high-value claims, fraud matters and other disputes. The team also has a specialist bulk annuity team, which handles buy-out transactions and advises on buy-in policies. Legal director Jonathan Stewart is the contact for advisory work pertaining to trustees.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Rawnsley, Jade Murray; Rachel Uttley; Susan Garrett

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Stewart; Andrew Steer

Testimonials

‘The Addleshaw pension team is simply super professional. The partner we are working with is great, but everybody else is also super-efficient and organised; people get back to you very quickly; whoever you are dealing with instils confidence; everyone is very personable; billing is always prompt and transparent; and it is a pleasure working with them. A real top quality team!!’

‘Rachel Uttley is simply outstanding. Rachel sees the big picture very clearly but is also the complete master of all the detail, she is highly commercial but also pragmatic. Rachel is one of those lawyers who adds serious value and consistently pushes matters forwards – a real can do type of lawyer. Rachel is excellent at explaining complex issues, helping clients make sound decisions, and she always hits agreed timelines. Rachel is very good on an interpersonal level and easy to work with. A phenomenal lawyer and exactly the lawyer you want on your side!’

‘The pension team has done a fantastic job in a complex transaction. Very diligent and combine an attention to detail with an ability to bring out the key points. They are tough and happy to hold their ground when necessary.’

‘Jade Murray and Rachel Uttley have great pension experience and complement each other. They always make themselves available. They have worked constructively with partners from leading London lawyers advising the other side but also stood firm when necessary. They explain the issues clearly facilitating any necessary decision making. They are well supported by Andrew Steer, managing associate. He is quietly efficient and can be relied on to make sure everything is done and covered.’

‘Highly professional, with very strong access to topic specialists and excellent teamwork.’

‘Rachel Rawnsley identifies the wider perspective and applies this to give solid and practical advice.’

‘Excellent team. Very knowledgeable about our pension scheme.’

Key clients

Trustee of the Asda Group Pension Scheme (DB scheme) and the Trustee of the Asda Pension Plan (DC scheme)

Trustee of the Kellogg (UK) Pension Fund

Britvic plc

Trustees of the National Express Pension Plan

The Trustees of the Mercer Master Trust

Trustees of the University of Sheffield Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Ibstock Pension Scheme

Saga Plc

British Land Group of Companies Pension Scheme

Skanska Group of Companies

Michelin Group Public Limited Company

WPP plc

Trustees of the Cambridge University Press Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Tioxide Pension Fund

Trustees of the University of Leeds

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The 'extremely capable and commercially astute' private capital team at Addleshaw Goddard is led by charities specialist Pervinder Kaur. Handling complex matters for owner-managed businesses, the practice advises clients in relation to succession, planning opportunities and tax issues. Increasingly active in the international sphere, the practice has recently advised individuals from Hong Kong, Oman and Dubai on offshore trusts, UK residence and domicile issues. Additional areas of expertise include family governance and property structures. Yorke Eaton, Charlotte Smart and Laura Woffinden are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Yorke Eaton; Charlotte Smart; Laura Woffinden

Testimonials

‘Pervinder Kaur has a sound knowledge of the legal issues involved and knows when to delegate.’

‘The team is extremely capable and commercially astute. It has particular expertise in advising entrepreneurial clients and excels at it.’

‘Yorke Eaton is a stand-out partner. He is pragmatic, sensible and commercial. He really gets to grips with what a client wants; his client care skills are second to none‘.

Pervinder Kaur continues to run a tight ship. She is hugely intellectual and can solve the knottiest of problems‘.

‘Our experience of the team at Addleshaw Goddard is always positive. Each team member is knowledgeable and engaging and works effectively to address our clients’ needs. They are good at collaborating with third parties/other professional advisers. Their costs are always in line with agreed expectations – which is not true of all in their field.’

‘Yorke Eaton is the consummate professional, thoughtful, insightful and knowledgeable. He is happy to call in relevant experts or team members as appropriate. Clients are in very capable hands. Other team members including Pervinder Kaur, Laura Woffinden and Charlotte Smart have proven equally capable and effective at addressing all manner of legal challenges in an engaging manner commensurate with their experience and seniority. ’

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

Addleshaw Goddard's 'incredibly commercial' private equity team offers clients broad expertise across a range of sectors and transaction types. The practice is capable of providing a full service on transactions, with the London-based PE team acting alongside the firm's offices in Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh to handle the tax and financing aspects of deals. Mike Hinchliffe and Yunus Seedat jointly lead the team; both have decades of experience in this area and work closely with a range of buyout houses.

Practice head(s):

Mike Hinchliffe; Yunus Seedat

Other key lawyers:

Marc Field; Nathan Pearce; Graham Cross; Gemma Phillips

Testimonials

‘Incredibly commercial, smart, very personable and pragmatic in working through solutions. I’ve met multiple members of the team and all have a consistency of being decent human beings.’

‘Marc Field is smart, commercial, and driven. You don’t need a corporate finance adviser with Marc as your lawyer; he can play both roles. Honest and very diligent in his work, we haven’t had mistakes under Marc’s care as we have had with many other law firms.’

‘Responsive and hard-working.’

 

Key clients

Accel KKR

CBPE

ECI Partners

Equistone

H2 Equity Partners

Inflexion

LDC

Livingbridge

Phoenix Equity Partners

Synova Capital

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has an 'exceptionally talented and innovative' team in Leeds which handles a range of professional negligence matters - Leeds litigation head Sally Emerton is the lead partner; she specialises in financial services matters. Other key names include Ben Lowans, who acts for lenders in real estate finance disputes against solicitors, and construction litigator Joe Wilkinson. The team is able to draw on the wider firm's well-established bank litigation capabilities, and also acts for a wide range of commercial clients, led by Bill Gilliam.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Ben Lowans; Joe Wilkinson; Bill Gilliam; Matt Dibb

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally talented and innovative. They knew their clients incredibly well and know how to get results. They are the standout practice in Yorkshire and the whole North East.’

Property litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's 'highly experienced' team is led by Julie Middlemass, who has 'great ability to cut through the legalities of a matter and get to the heart of the issue'. The practice handles the full gamut of property litigation, and is particularly strong in matters concerning the rapid eviction of trespassers. Middlemass is increasingly active in tenant insolvencies and distressed property matters. Also recommended is director Elizabeth Cape, who 'cares deeply about getting the right commercial solution'.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Cape

Testimonials

‘The team are personable and very easy to work with. They are always keen to pick up new instructions, including urgent instructions and to provide training sessions/intelligence on any new areas of law etc. keeping us up-to-date on important issues.’

‘Julie Middlemass is a pleasure to work with. Julie is extremely knowledgeable and very good at what she does. Julie has a great ability to cut through the legalities of a matter and get to the heart of the issue, while always giving excellent advice on potential commercial outcomes, which is very important to us.’

‘Elizabeth Cape, senior associate – Elizabeth is extremely thorough in everything that she does and we can always be assured that all points have been covered with expert advice.’

‘Excellent value for money. High quality real estate litigation advice at a reasonable cost.’

‘Julie Middlemass offers pragmatic advice of the highest quality.’

‘I deal with a wholly female team of litigators, which is a refreshing change for me. They are always on hand to give advice and understand the commercial points behind the action too.’

‘I appreciate their friendly approach. Also the speed in which they respond, even during Covid enforced lockdowns where they may be working remotely. They also come to site for some meetings, which is above and beyond what other property teams have done for me in the past.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Asda Stores Limited

Associated British Foods

Aviva Investors

British Land

Columbia Threadneedle

Federated Hermes

HPUT Trustee No.1 Limited and HPUT Trustee No.2 Limited

National Grid

Primark Stores Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Sonder Europe Limited

Urenco Group

Rail Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard is known for being 'right at the top of their field', advising on franchising, rolling stock, and projects and infrastructure work. Frequently advising on urban rail hubs and advising central government on significant rail projects, the team is co-lead by Paul Hirst, who focuses on complex work related to HS2, operating concessions, and franchises, and co-lead Anna Heaton, who is a key contact for land development surrounding transport hubs. Clive Smith focuses on leasing, maintenance, and contract modification for rolling stock, while recently promoted partner Sara Gilmore has advised the Department for Transport on partnership franchises. Michael Rainey was also promoted to partner in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hirst; Anna Heaton

Other key lawyers:

Clive Smith; Sara Gilmore; Michael Rainey; Bill Gilliam; David Young

Testimonials

‘AG’s London transport team is excellent and can punch its weight with any of the other London teams. Their strength lies in excellent, tight knit teamwork, great communication within their team, and relentlessly working to get the right results for their clients.’

‘A very experienced team of lawyers who have a unique knowledge of the railway industry as a whole. The team is large and all specialisms are catered for. They are extremely collaborative and innovative, setting up a cross-industry forum for knowledge sharing. They understand extremely well the contractual and regulatory frameworks within the industry from both a practical and legal stance.’

‘Bill Gilliam has first class judgement, provides great leadership to his teams, deploys his knowledge of the law and the commercial needs of his client to great tactical effect and is a pleasure to work with. His client handling skills are excellent and he is utterly unflappable whatever the case might throw at him.’

‘They have a great team, with huge experience of public procurement litigation and have been in a number of high profile rail cases in the last year.’

‘They have a strong team led by Bill Gilliam. Their depth of experience, legal expertise and tactical abilities means that they are right at the top of their field.’

‘Bill Gilliam is highly experienced, tactically astute, extremely easy to deal with and always calm under pressure.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

VTG Rail UK Limited

Eversholt Rail

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Rail Operations Group Limited

West Midlands Combined Authority

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Hitachi Rail Limited

Porterbrook

Prologis Group Companies

Greater London Authority / Transport for London

MerseyTravel

HS1 Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

DB Cargo

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

CAF

SMBC

Netinera Deutschland GmbH

Retail and consumer Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's retail and consumer team gains its reputation from high-end strategic work but is also adept at handling the full suite of business-as-usual issues. The team, which is jointly headed by M&A specialist Andrew Rosling and contentious expert Mark Molyneux, acts for a wide-ranging portfolio of clients from across the retail and consumer spectrum, from FTSE 100 businesses to medium-sized enterprises, spanning high-street retailers, fast-moving consumer goods companies and household brands. With the London office working closely with the firm’s Leeds and Manchester hubs, the department has shone in high-value corporate transactions, real estate deals and complex contentious work. Stationed in Leeds, James Tatro routinely advises food and drink manufacturers and brand owners on strategic investments, acquisitions and disposals, while in London, Rona Bar-Isaac is well-versed in competition law as it applies to retailers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosling; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

James Tatro; Rona Bar-Isacc

Testimonials

‘Their client base within fast-moving consumer goods and retail sectors is strong, and this means the knowledge within the teams of sector-specific issues is very good, and they bring this to life well in their work. They also share info well so the teams feel well prepared on sector-specific matters, even if not a part of the retail & consumer practice. Their sector-specific update notes are helpful and they run in-house legal seminars for people within the sector which are a great way to share experiences and learn from other similar businesses.’

‘Andrew Rosling is particularly strong in this area, with genuine, deep and differentiated knowledge of the sector.’

 

Key clients

Boohoo (including boohoo.com, PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal, MissPap, boohoo MAN)

Diageo

Entain

Kraft Heinz

PZ Cussons

Samworth Group

Symington’s

The Co-operative Group

Whalar

Social housing: finance Tier 1

'Leading firm' Addleshaw Goddard is widely-hailed for its finance work, which includes debt capital markets transactions and property security work. It acts for a wide variety of funders and investors in the social housing arena. Lee Shankland has been leading the advice to Barclays on the transition of a large volume of loans away from LIBOR; he is considered to be 'very much the go-to person in this sector'. Steve Mackie is one of 'the stand out partners on the finance side' who regularly leads on significant debt transactions. Jennie Chilton heads up the social housing finance property security team and acts exclusively for funders and trustees. Beth Collett, Geoffrey McGinley and Tom McHugh have expertise in secured bonds, debt restructurings and SONIA loan agreements, among others. Refinancing specialist Helen Hunter made partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lee Shankland

Other key lawyers:

Steve Mackie; Jennie Chilton; Beth Collett; Geoffrey McGinley; Helen Hunter; Tom McHugh; Natalie Montezuma

Testimonials

‘Probably the leading firm to act for lenders in the social housing sector, really good engagement with us and often seen acting on a “global” basis for multi-funded transactions – excellent project management on these complex deals.’

‘Lee Shankland runs an amazing team of individuals. He is very knowledgeable, helpful and approachable, and is very much the go-to person in this sector. Geoff McGinley and Natalie Montezuma are a joy to work with. They know their stuff and make legal work fun! I can’t praise the individuals highly enough; fantastic individuals make up this fantastic team.’

‘They are sector leaders and their work and advice is invaluable. They are very engaging and add real value to the relationship.’

‘The part of the firm I work with is led by an extremely capable partner, Jennie Chilton – technically very strong and so very engaging.’

‘Lee Shankland and Steve Mackie are the stand out partners on the finance side. Their willingness and ability to deliver complex deals effectively makes the firm a practice of choice in the sector. Geoff McGinley is reliable and a solid managing associate.’

‘Beth Collett’s knowledge of social housing bonds is second to none, as is the service she delivers. She always gives sensible, practical advice which balances the needs of all parties. If she is on a deal, we know we’re in safe hands.’

Transport Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's 'excellent' national transport team is housed in Leeds and has expertise across the domestic and international rail and road sectors, advising an impressive roster of clients. Jointly overseen by Paul Hirst and Anna Heaton, the group remains a go-to for contentious and non-contentious matters relating to rail and transport projects and transit schemes. The group's litigation expertise is spearheaded by Bill Gilliam, who advises on high-profile transportation projects; he is supported by associate Ryan Geldart. Other core team members include Sara Gilmore, who was recently promoted to the partnership, and Michael Rainey, who leads the public procurement team. The department is also highlighted for its increased focus on airport-related work across development projects and investments.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hirst; Anna Heaton

Other key lawyers:

Bill Gilliam; Ryan Geldart; Sara Gilmore; Michael Rainey

Testimonials

‘They work together as a team – Very open and knowledgeable – They bring together a wider view of the transportation sector and how it sits with other industry sectors such as energy.’

‘Paul Hirst – Very open, knowledgeable and engaging- very patient in helping you think through / navigate complex scenarios. Never fails to come back to you no matter how busy he is. Paul is a great leader.’

‘Anna Heaton – Very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Brings a wealth of understanding to any conversation.

‘AG’s Leeds transport team is excellent and can punch its weight with any of the big London teams. Their strength lies in excellent, tight knit teamwork, great communication within their team and the teams at large, a very good working relationship with counsel and the client and relentlessly working to get the right results for their clients.’

‘Bill Gilliam is the best solicitor that I have ever worked with. He has first class judgement, provides great leadership to his teams, deploys his knowledge of the law and the commercial needs of his client to great tactical effect and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ryan Geldart is a managing associate with a very bright future. I have watched him progress from a junior associate and he is extremely bright. He has rapidly become a bright star in the AG team. He has excellent litigation judgement and drafting skills and is always very calm and considered, whatever the challenges of high octane expedited public procurement litigation.’

‘The team at AG have excellent knowledge of the whole industry and its complexities. They have broad experience across a wide variety of matters which I think makes them unique in this sector. They have some excellent individuals.’

Key clients

Prologis Group Companies

VTG Rail UK Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

Eversholt Rail

Rail Operations Group Limited (“ROG”)

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Volkswagen AG

Greater London Authority / Transport for London

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hitachi Rail Limited

MerseyTravel

Manchester Airport Group

HS1 Limited

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

CAF

SMBC

DB Cargo

Sealink Travel Group

Transport for Greater Manchester

The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

Associated British Ports Limited

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘exceptional‘ finance litigation team offers ‘tremendous knowledge of the financial markets coupled with an extremely efficient approach to dispute resolution‘. Finance disputes head Richard Clayton specialises in representing banks and asset managers in a range of disputes, while ‘shrewd litigatorJames Herring‘s broad experience includes acting for fintech companies and payment institutions. Other names to note include legal director Sivan Daniels (who handles finance, fintech and financial crime-related litigation) and managing director Alex Unger, who has experience in a range of high-value banking litigation. The group works closely with its regulatory and financial crime teams and is well-adept as advising on cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):

Richard Clayton

Other key lawyers:

James Herring; Sivan Daniels; Alex Unger

Testimonials

Tremendous knowledge of the financial markets coupled with an extremely efficient approach to dispute resolution, makes this an exceptional team. The team is able to identify and narrow the key issues of any dispute rapidly and effectively, which ensures that costs are managed well whilst obtaining a successful outcome for clients. Great flexibility in approach and always ready to “go the extra mile” for their client.

Richard Clayton: extremely approachable and very knowledgeable about banking disputes. He is a great leader of large teams and achieves great results for his clients. He provides tremendous support to counsel in cases raising difficult points to resolve. Legal director Sivan Daniels: a stand out managing associate and star of the firm. He is a great intellect and has an incisive eye for detail. He handles difficult problems with aplomb.’

Michael Barnett has an assured approach to banking litigation with years of experience. Managing associate Alex Unger is an impressive associate with a can do attitude.

An excellent team to work with; they are great at client management, and are very astute at foreseeing potential problems and dealing with them before they arise.’

James Herring – great grasp of the detail, very careful and shrewd litigator; commercially minded. Sivan Daniels – sure to be a partner before too long; an excellent manner with clients and a good grasp of the overall direction of a case.

There is a real sense of partnership between the client, the firm, and counsel which means that each case is handled seamlessly from beginning to end. In terms of industry knowledge, the team is unrivalled as the associates all spend secondments with the core clients.

Sivan Daniels – destined for great things. Among the absolute best associates I work with: extremely clever, hard working, and unfailingly polite and appreciative. James Herring – sets the tone for the positive team dynamics explained above. Very good at efficiently delegating.

Good sector experience and expertise: specialists. Diverse client base.’

Key clients

Unitel S.A.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Lloyds Banking Group

National Westminster Bank Plc

Santander

CDC Plc

Situs Asset Management Ltd and Situs International Ltd

Ahli United Bank (UK) Plc

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The 'outstanding' Pervinder Kaur leads the team at Addleshaw Goddard. Drawing on the wider firm's expertise in areas such as real estate, litigation, pensions and insolvency, the team has a strong track record advising clients who also operate as businesses and employers. In addition, the department has a history of advising on Charity Commission investigations and regularly supports banking interests with significant transactions (particularly those regarding lending and the taking of security over land and assets). Notably, the firm also assists institutional trust corporations with the charitable aspects of their portfolio. Trusts specialist Yorke Eaton is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Yorke Eaton

Testimonials

‘Very strong, large private client and charity team led by Pervinder Kaur who is recognised as an outstanding trusts, tax planning and charity lawyer.’

 

Key clients

Bedingfield’s Trust

Leeds Beckett University

Commercial property: development Tier 2

At Addleshaw Goddard, London office head Leona Ahmed is the key contact for inbound investment matters - she 'exemplifies exceptional client service' and works in tangent with her colleagues in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to support a significant number of overseas investors. The commercial property practice is headed by Adrian Collins who, in addition to finance and infrastructure projects, is also particularly well-versed in the development space where the team is currently active on a number of London’s most prominent regeneration schemes. In terms of asset expertise, the group is a major player in the fields of affordable housing, retail and education and has been increasingly active in the life sciences and build-to-rent sectors of late; at the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Rachel Orton also provides the team with distinguished expertise in the senior living and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:

Leona Ahmed; Peter Hardy; Christopher Cartwright; William Boss; Andrew Martin

Testimonials

‘Very strong problem solvers. Very experienced in our key real estate sectors. Advice is commercially led. They consider themselves key partners in our business, understand our wider drivers for our business and want to help our business grow.’

‘William Boss and Andrew Martin are recommended.’

‘Rachel Orton gives excellent advice that is both pragmatic and strategic.  She is responsive and keeps the process moving, identifying and unclogging potential delays in a proactive manner.’

‘Leona Ahmed is very responsive and committed and always looks out for her clients’ best interest. She exemplifies exceptional client service. She is very professional in her dealings with different investors from different backgrounds. She’s approachable and very knowledgeable.’

‘A pragmatic and client-focused team.’

‘The team is always there to address any issues, and have been proactive in suggesting different ideas on how to tackle any problem.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and helpful in this area. We, as clients, felt very comfortable with the transaction based on the advice we have received.’

Key clients

British Land

Dandara

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Battersea Power Station

WeWork

Canary Wharf Group

Aviva Investors

Federated Hermes

Guys and St Thomas’ Trust

KAMCO

Argent

Workspace PLC

Marks and Spencer Group PLC

Bank Leumi (UK) PLC

Balfour Beatty Investments

Civitas Social Housing PLC

Construction: contentious Tier 2

'Technically excellent' and 'tactically savvy', Addleshaw Goddard is known for its work on high-value infrastructure and energy project disputes, with a particular emphasis on international arbitration. It is also well regarded for its strength in PFI/PPP-related matters, advising on a number of hospital construction disputes both domestically and abroad. Its clients include top-flight contractors and developers. The experienced Jonathan Tattersall leads the team, with particular expertise in acting for health sector clients. Gerlando Butera acts in international arbitration cases concerning large infrastructure projects, leveraging his experience in Singapore and Hong Kong. Julia Court is also recommended for her work in the transport and commercial real estate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tattersall

Other key lawyers:

Gerlando Butera; Julia Court

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Tattersall offers very good client relationships but is also a strong lawyer and, despite seniority, invariably across the detail.’

‘Strong, tight teams. Partners on top of the detail as much as the associates.’

‘This is a well led and well structured team with the right mix of skills and levels of qualification being deployed according to the demands of the matter. Technically excellent, approachable, flexible and tactically savvy.’

‘The practice has strength in depth and is able to meet and exceed expectations in relation to a wide range of disputes. The construction team is well resourced at every level which enables the right team to be assembled for the matter in hand. Teamwork is excellent. Early in the pandemic and in a period of about six weeks the practice put in place the infrastructure needed for a heavy international arbitration to be run fully remotely at the same time as preparing for the hearing.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall leads the team impeccably. He is calm under pressure and always keeps the client’s objectives and how to achieve them in mind. He is an excellent communicator.’

‘Gerlando Butera has expertise in international arbitration and a keen eye for detail.’

Key clients

Kajima Europe Limited

Bam Nuttall Limited

Suez Recycling and Recovery Surrey Limited

Newcastle NHS Hospitals Trust

Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's non-contentious construction practice advises on high-risk projects across a number of asset classes, including healthcare, logistics, hospitality and student living. Within that, it has a particular strength in advising student accommodation providers, led by practice head Andy McVeigh. His practice also focuses on residential development and he often leads cross-disciplinary teams in demanding transactions. Also recommended are Luke Baines and Julia Court. Baines co-chairs the firm's overall hotels practice, with additional experience of advising on international mining infrastructure development. Court, meanwhile, acts on behalf of domestic developers on a variety of issues, including rail transport. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Alex Hirom, who has expertise in major infrastructure projects, from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andy McVeigh

Other key lawyers:

Luke Baines; Julia Court; Alex Hirom

Testimonials

‘Commercial, responsive advice.’

‘The construction team at Addleshaw Goddard have consistently delivered excellent support to us for a number of years now. They know our business and the people well, and feel like an extension of the in-house legal team. The knowledge the team have developed of our business means they are able to provide pragmatic and commercially focused legal advice and go beyond simply advising on the law.’

‘Very responsive, tailored advice, always looking for the best outcome for us in contracts. All-round great company.’

‘Luke Baines is clearly an expert in this area and provides valuable insight on larger transactions.’

Key clients

Kidbrooke Partnerships LLP

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Superscheme Limited (an SPV of Watkin Jones & Son Limited)

Ennismore

Scape

Mount Anvil

Beltane

ABF/Primark

Middlecap

That Group

Aggregate Industries

Corporate governance Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard recently expanded its corporate governance offering, picking up several new mandates relating to ESG considerations alongside its strong annual reporting capabilities. The team is now led by  Jaya Gupta, who arrived from Allen & Overy LLP in early 2021, replacing the departing Will Chalk, who joined Ashurst. Gupta brings extensive experience in the governance elements of cross-border transactions, alongside sensitive issues including shareholder activism work, executive departures, and regulatory compliance issues. Ben Koehne is another key member of the team, and specialises in work with building societies and other financial services clients. Managing associate Richard Preston is exclusively focused on governance work, and is a long-term adviser to a number of FTSE 100 and 250 companies.

Practice head(s):

Jaya Gupta; Ben Koehne

Other key lawyers:

Richard Preston

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of narrative reporting requirements is a particular strength. A tried and tested source of advice in relation to corporate governance and disclosures in annual reports. Briefings are clearly set out and communicated.’

‘Richard Preston is extremely thorough with tremendous attention to detail. He has extensive knowledge of the requirements on narrative reporting and corporate governance disclosures in annual reports. I have not come across any other lawyer with this level of expertise in this area.’

‘A very good blend of large corporate skills and knowledge with a more personal service and relationships. The practice has real edge and offer really innovative and pragmatic legal advice on a range of corporate areas.’

‘We have worked with Ben Koehne for the last 8 years since he joined Addleshaw Goddard. We see him as our in house Counsel. He is pragmatic, responsive and provides great reassurance to our Board that we are well represented legally.’

‘There is an excellent depth of knowledge in the team, and a breadth of experience across the wider firm which can be drawn on. Partners clearly take an active interest in, and look for opportunities to develop junior members of their teams. The people come across as highly motivated and have an ability to turn matters and advice notes around very quickly.’

‘Ben Koehne, Partner, Corporate: Ben is a pragmatic and solution focused individual who demonstrates excellent collaboration skills to find the best outcome for his clients. He is incredibly personable and a real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Entain plc

Carclo

International Personal Finance

Rio Tinto

JD Sports plc

British Land

Morgan Advanced Materials

Rathbone Brothers

Ted Baker

Indivior

PZ Cussons

Gamesys plc

William Hill

Employers Tier 2

Under the leadership of Michael Leftley, the employment and immigration group at Addleshaw Goddard handles the full gamut of employment work, covering both contentious and non-contentious angles. In particular, it places a premium on resolving issues of strategic or reputational importance, including complex litigation, boardroom issues, investigations, global mobility, transactional support, and compliance. Within the group, which operates at a national level through its network of regional offices, Richard Yeomans, recognised as ‘a complete all-round star’, excels in senior executive appointments and terminations, whereas 'stand-out individual' Sarah Harrop’s practice centres on business immigration issues and large-scale reorganisations and redundancy programmes. Key clients span the financial services, retail and consumer, and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Leftley

Other key lawyers:

Richard Yeomans; Sarah Harrop; Alasdair Simpson

Testimonials

Richard Yeomans is a complete all-round star – his performance has been flawless throughout. Excellent advice and the best client care in the market.’

Addleshaw Goddard LLP have maintained their consistent excellent service throughout the pandemic.’

I mostly work with Sarah Harrop and Isobel Pickard. They are both knowledgeable and experienced and I have a lot of confidence in their advice.’

The team are very personable, commercial and diligent.’

Sarah Harrup is a stand-out individual for her exceptional client care, high emotional intelligence and strategic thinking.’

Key clients

British Airways plc

Primark

FreeNow/Kapten (the taxi booking apps)

Urenco (the nuclear fuels business)

PZ Cussons

River & Mercantile Group plc

The Commonwealth Games Federation

BlackBerry

British Land

William Hill

Global (media business)

Royal Mail Group

Co-op

M&C Saatchi

Moore Stephens LLP (now MSR Partners LLP)

Schindler Limited

Fintech Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is well-placed to provide a full service to clients in the fintech arena, with it fielding first-rate financial regulatory, private equity, commercial contracts, payments and technology practices. It also handles litigation for financial firms and has recently seen an uptick in fintech instructions from its Asia offices. Fiona Ghosh, who leads the fintech practice, focuses on payment solutions and specialises in the intersection of technology and regulated markets. William James is recommended for paytech, outsourcing and technology platforms.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Ghosh

Other key lawyers:

William James; Amanda Hulme

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, asked all the right questions and produced a top-quality commercially sound product.’                           

‘Superb and trusted advice.’

‘Will be calling on their services again soon.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and always available to help provide advice.’

‘They went over and above to ensure the deal was appropriately structured and my business was suitably protected.’

‘Would definitely work with them again and have already recommended their services to several other businesses.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

The British Land Company PLC

Tumelo Limited

Fairscore Ltd (trading as Updraft)

Metro Bank plc

Knoma Ltd

Microsoft

Experian

Free2

Flywire

Bink (Loyalty Angels)

Card Processing Advisory Service Limited (CPRAS)

Health Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's health practice is co-led by Bill Gilliam and Louise Dobson, who specialises in disputes and projects in the private healthcare domain. The firms fields a strong group of corporate lawyers experienced in PFI secondary market transactions and managing the healthcare portfolios of infrastructure funds and healthcare investors. Commercial disputes, procurement challenges, and more recently, COVID-related contractual projects are drivers of work.

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam; Louise Dobson

Testimonials

‘Louise Dobson always goes the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Bill Gilliam is the best solicitor that I have ever been instructed by. He has first class judgment, provides great leadership to his teams, deploys his knowledge of the law and the commercial needs of his client to great tactical effect and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Louise Dobson is a relatively new partner but a ferocious litigator who goes the extra mile for her clients. She is very focussed on her clients’ commercial needs and is astute in using the law to achieve their required results, whilst remaining sensitive to the optics and relationships in the health sector.’

‘Strength in depth from partner level down to associate level. Bill Gilliam is a true expert and Louise Dobson is great at client handling and managing large teams. Their team’s knowledge base is very strong with an in depth understanding of the particular challenges in this sector. User friendly, personable and commercial.’

Key clients

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited

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

McKesson UK (including AAH Pharmaceuticals and Lloyds Pharmacy)

Yourgene Health plc

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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

Health and safety Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard‘s full service practice is highlighted for its ‘excellent technical skill’ and handles high-profile instructions across inquests, public inquiries, and investigations. Practice head Erin Shoesmith splits her time between Manchester, Leeds and London and is the key name in the group, singled out for her expertise in criminal regulatory work. Adrian Mansbridge handles health and safety defence matters, and the team also counts fire, product and food safety issues among its core expertise. Associate India Haresign is the name for health and safety breaches. The group leverages teams across Manchester, London and Scotland to handle large regional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Mansbridge; India Haresign

Testimonials

‘It is the leadership of Erin Shoesmith which pulls this team into a strikingly strong and committed whole. Everyone in the team gives tremendous attention to all aspects of the issues on the table, as a result of which solutions are rapidly identified and implemented. If the AG team is looking after you, then you feel looked after.’

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

Erin Shoesmith is a great lawyer, leader and very commercial.’

‘Great team, strength in depth, great clients, interesting work.’

India Haresign is a very good junior associate.

‘They are good all rounders with excellent technical skills and a good sense of perspective and judgement.’

Adrian Mansbridge is a first rate lawyer who combines technical know-how with a practical approach and excellent judgement.’

Key clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Scottish Futures Trust

Eddie Stobart Limited

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Victrex Plc

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

Boohoo Group

KPMG LLP

British American Tobacco Limited

Health and safety Tier 2

David Young leads the London arm of Addleshaw Goddard ‘s health and safety team, which has welcomed the strategic hire Sufia Saqib from Hogan Lovells International LLP . In addition to enhancing the reach of the practice with the new hire, practice head Erin Shoesmith has developed a new public inquiries team, following  instructions for the three most significant public inquiries in recent memory – Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena, and Scottish Hospitals Inquiries. The newly-established team currently advises stakeholders, core members, and individuals in high risk developments, and public inquiries,  post incident. Key specialisms of the firm are fire and building, hygiene, food, and product safety – the latter two strengthened by Saqib’s expertise.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:

David Young; Anne Struckmeier; Sufia Saqib

Key clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited

M Group/ Morrison Utility Services Limited

Scottish Futures Trust

Eddie Stobart Limited

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Victrex Plc

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

Boohoo Group (including boohoo.com, PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal, MissPap, boohoo MAN)

KPMG LLP – Blair Nimmo, Tony Friary and Geoffrey Jacobs as liquidators of Doonin Plant Limited

British American Tobacco UK Limited

Healthcare Tier 2

The 'always practical and focused' international healthcare team at Addleshaw Goddard has a wide range of expertise in the healthcare sector, including advising on PFI secondary market transactions, managing healthcare portfolios, and the negotiation of PPE contracts.  Practice leader Michael O’Connor deals primarily in commercial transactions involving the NHS. Matthew Newing advises on major PFI/PPP projects, while David Hartley focuses on the PPP secondary market. Andrew Pettinger deals with major healthcare-related joint ventures. The firm has been building up the practice, adding three new partners in 2020;  Rachel Orton from Squire Patton BoggsNathalie Moreno from Lewis Silkin LLP ;  and Suzanne Moir from DWF.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Always very supportive and work as part of the Trust team, very good in their ability to simplify complex legal terminology into tailored advice.

Great genuinely expert advice that is always practical and focused.’

Mike O’Connor has a huge depth of knowledge and experience and a great skill of being able to focus in a very practical way. He is also always fun to work with.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Genedrive Plc

GEN inCode UK Limited

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Essex NHS Trust & Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (now Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust)

Yourgene Health plc

Shawbrook Bank Ltd

Coutts & Co

Step Springfield Village Limited

Maco Pharma S.A.S

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Infrared Capital Partners Limited and HCP Limited

Celesio (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group)

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority

Serco Limited

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Grou

Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's strong real estate and construction practices underpin its ability to handle large and complex transactions in the hotel and leisure space. The group advises on the full cycle of work from construction, to ownership, operation, to sales of a hotel or leisure asset, working across the full range of the hotel sector, from budget to luxury and boutique hotels. Restructuring, refinancing and administration of hotels and dining groups are significant areas of growth for the team, which has a well-regarded hotel finance market, acting for institutional lender clients as well as a growing number of hotel developers and investors. Luke Baines and Lucy Sturrock jointly head the team with Zoe Maurer, who is the key contact for hotel finance.

Practice head(s):

Luke Baines; Zoe Maurer; Lucy Sturrock

Testimonials

‘Know the industry well, proactive in making contact, responsive and commercial advice.’

‘Service is very personable with key contacts maintained across all levels and different teams. There is also an appreciation of the level of commercialism that is required to meet the clients’ needs.’

‘Luke Baines has fantastic client management – checks in regularly and proactively raises matters or developments that could be of relevance to us.’

‘Lucy Sturrock, as partner, has continuously maintained an excellent service with an excellent work ethic to achieve the client’s requirement.’

‘Zoe Maurer really impressed with a knowledgeable can-do attitude to get a complicated deal over the line.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG (Lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

Aberdeen Standard Investments (Standard Life Assurance Limited)

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

Aprirose (Investors in hotels)

Apsen Hotels Ltd

Battersea Power Station Development Company

BDO

Be At One Limited

Clydesdale (Lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

Coutts (Lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

Criterion Capital (hotel owners)

Eastern and Oriental Plc (owner and developer)

Ennismore (owner of Hoxton Hotels and Gleneagles)

FTI Consulting LLP (as Administrators of Prezzo Limited)

Greene King (pub and restaurant operators)

Handelsbanken plc

KTB Asset Management

Manhattan Lofts

NatWest Group

OakNorth Bank plc

Puma Investments

PWC

SACO Real Estate Group (aparthotels)

Santander (Lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

Shearings Hotels Ltd (hotel operators)

Sonder Europe Limited

Staycity (aparthotel operators)

Travelodge Hotels Ltd (hotel operators)

TH UK & Ireland Limited

Infrastructure Tier 2

Known for infrastructure work in the UK, Addleshaw Goddard offers a national team of more than 50 PFI/PPP lawyers split between London, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh. This is combined with expertise within the firm in banking and finance, procurement, construction, real estate, litigation, corporate and competition. The practice advises private and public sector clients, as well as lenders and borrowers in the sector. Healthcare PFI/PPP is a key strength for the group, but it is also active in transport and utilities matters, as well as information and communication technology infrastructure projects. Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow leads a team that includes experienced infrastructure and PFI/PPP projects specialists Matthew Newing and Michael O’Connor.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Newing; Steve Mackie; Helen Hunter; Oliver Caruthers; Michael O’Connor

Testimonials

‘Well resourced, hardworking team with good market experience’.

‘Steve Mackie and Helen Hunter are excellent partners who are always available to discuss topics and matters of import outside of deals and offer really valuable market input in to the Social Housing and PF sector. They have provided us with comprehensive legal advice over the years as well as being key supporters of our business generally by providing trading and a good sounding board for advice’.

‘Oliver Caruthers and team have demonstrated an excellent ability to take on Investment Bank grade project finance work’. 

‘Mike O’Conner is a go to individual in this field and has great sector knowledge. He knows exactly the right individuals to get the job done while being pleasant to deal with and easy to contact.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

Central Manchester NHS Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

Semperian

InfraRed Capital Partners

Equitix

Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure

GB Partnerships Limited

Fulcrum Infrastructure Group

Imagile Group Limited

Kajima Partnerships Limited

Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Ltd

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

SMBC

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Luton Airport Limited

MUFG Bank

Mizuho Bank

Southern Water Services Limited

Merseytravel

Gloucester Healthcare Partnership Limited

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Local government Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's lawyers advise local government on transactions for the delivery of significant public infrastructure and services, and partnerships with the private sector. Real estate partners Ian Smith and Anna Heaton are regularly involved in outsourcings, housing transactions, transportation projects, and also advise local government pension fund administrators on investments.

Practice head(s):

Anna Heaton; Ian Smith

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Salford City Council

City of Stoke Council

Connexin Limited

Warrington Borough Council

Kirklees Council

Greater London Authority / Transport for London

Merseytravel/Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard’s full-service power practice is ‘highly experienced and motivated’ according to clients, and handles the full range of renewable energy projects, being particularly noted for its strength in offshore and onshore wind matters. Overseen by national head Richard Goodfellow in Leeds, key contacts in the London team include Rory Connor who leading the firm's team advising SN Power and Norfund on the project financing of the restructuring of the parent group companies of Fountain Hydro Power Corporation, and Oliver Carruthers. The group has expertise across the transactional space, with M&A partner Angus Rollo another key member of the team. The practice has recently been strengthened by the arrivals of Suzanne Moir from DWF, who has expertise in major infrastructure procurements, and Martin Stewart-Smith from Bracewell (UK) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Angus Rollo; Oliver Carruthers; Suzanne Moir; Rory Connor; Martin Stewart-Smith

Testimonials

They integrate into the client’s team and have a culture of working together to get the job done. I have been impressed by the breadth of knowledge on show from the partners on the technical and financial elements of project delivery. Fully engaged team. When you have AG as your legal advisers you know that the individuals you are working with are highly experience and motivated. They go all out to deliver especially against tight programmes.’

‘Suzanne Moir is an outstanding partner with such an impressive range of knowledge across energy, waste and infrastructure development, she brings this cross-sectoral knowledge into the projects with great effect.’

Rory Connor is pleasant, consistent and present when needed.’

Key clients

SSE

National Grid

BP

Drax

Norfund

Gravis Capital

Greencoat Capital

SN Power

Aviva Investors

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Red Rock Power

Octopus Energy

ENGIE

Diamond Transmission Partners

Urenco

Peel Holdings

Waste Serv Malta Limited

Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has considerable strength in the life sciences field, encompassing claims regarding medical devices, vaccines and pharmaceutical  products. Other instructions originate from the consumer and retail sectors, as well as from the technology, manufacturing and industrials areas. The team includes civil and criminal lawyers, and covers the full spectrum of relevant matters. Legal director Mark Chesher is well versed in product litigation cases, and managing associate Cécile Burgess is another prominent adviser to manufacturers.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Chesher; Richard Wise; Cécile Burgess; Stuart Wardlaw

Testimonials

‘The team were incredibly pleasant to deal with and gave clear, pragmatic advice.’

‘The AG product liability defence team stands out for the depth of its experience and quality of its clients. It has particular strength in the life sciences sector in general, with exceptional strength in the pharmaceutical sector. The team also provides regulatory and business-to-business disputes advice to an impressive range of clients, with the food and beverages sector also a source of strength.’

‘Uniquely, AG’s broad practice, spanning from the regulatory and advisory space to defence work, aligned with the their spread across a number of sectors (life sciences, retail/consumer, manufacturing and tech), means they have real strength and depth in the market. It all fits seamlessly alongside their wider disputes department within the firm.’

‘Mark Chesher is firmly established in this space and recognised as a technical lawyer, and Cécile Burgess is getting noticed in this area.’

‘The team has a great reputation in relation to defendant product liability work and has acted on some of the most high-profile recent mandates in this area.’

‘Cécile Burgess is a rising star in this area in my view – she is exceptionally bright and dedicated to her clients’ interests, with deep experience in product liability litigation and product safety work, including recalls.’

‘AG fields an extremely strong product liability team, which draws upon experience in a series of high-profile cases, including group actions, which have been at the forefront of the development of the law, and practice in this field. They have the kind of experience that few firms can lay claim to.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Britvic plc

KEMET Electronics Corporation

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Dixons Carphone plc

PZ Cussons

Diageo

Sainsbury’s / Sainsbury’s Bank

Volkswagen AG

Associated British Foods

Caversham Finance Limited T/A BrightHouse

British American Tobacco UK Limited

Property finance Tier 2

The 'well-resourced, experienced and commercial' real estate finance team at Addleshaw Goddard handles work for both lenders and borrowers in the private rental, student accommodation, hotel, logistics and office sectors. The team is also involved in green real estate finance. Steve Mackie leads the team, with extensive experience in real estate-backed finance and social housing finance work. Paul Salsbury is a member of the firm’s cross-border real estate group, and as a result is also skilled in international real estate finance. The 'excellent' Zoe Maurer has expertise in the hotel, leisure and retail industries, leading the firm’s hotel finance practice. Zak Ikponmwosa is skilled at handling work involving multiple debt issues and cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Steve Mackie

Other key lawyers:

Paul Salsbury; Zoe Maurer; Zak Ikponmwosa; Sarah Egbu; Neil McGibbon

Testimonials

‘Great support from a well-resourced, experienced and commercial team. Quick responses and excellent advice in fast-moving situations is key to us as a team and we get that from AG.’

‘The team is exceptional in the service they provide. The insights and the different relationships that we were introduced to were evidence of how good the team was. The feedback and the advice we have received was of the utmost professionalism and had the client’s best interests in mind.’

‘The team are very inclusive and very hands-on from partner to associate levels. The level of engagement occurs across the seniority bands. The team has a varied and deep knowledge of real estate (encompassing the finance and property aspects), having acted for borrowers and lenders in bilateral, syndicated and corporate capacities. This experience spans the development and acquisition/investment finance side. As a result of their depth of knowledge, negotiations on legal documents and structuring are made more efficient and collaborative since they are familiar with the perspective of both lender and borrower. Overall, communication and case management are great.’

‘Sarah Egbu is very easy to deal with. With a strong team behind her she is available when required to assist with matters. Sarah has been incredibly helpful over the years in concluding some challenging deals. I really like the commercial approach that Sarah applies to the challenges being faced.’

‘Neil McGibbon is incredibly knowledgeable and commercial when dealing with matters. I enjoy working with Neil as when issues arise we work through them in a logical manner, considering all the risks before deciding on an appropriate course of action.’

‘Paul Salsbury remains technical, pragmatic, realistic and commercial in his approach. He is market-facing and mindful of the key issues facing lenders and borrowers alike.’

‘Zoe Maurer provided excellent client service. She couples a keen eye for detail with a sound commercial interpretation to inform pragmatic positions being taken on commercial sticking points. Zoe is very responsive, supporting us throughout to ensure that critical deadlines were hit.’

‘Zoe Maurer is an excellent partner, highly experienced and leads transactions very well. A calm head with steel when it is required.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

AIB Group UK plc

AgFe

Al Rayan

Aviva

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London & The Middle East plc

Bayerische Landesbank

British Arab Commercial Bank

C C Land

Canada Life Investments

Cheung Kei Group

CIMB

Clydesdale Bank plc

Coutts & Co

Criterion Capital

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Emirates NBD Bank, London Branch

Europa Capital Debt Investment

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Fortwell Capital

Gaw Capital Group

GR Properties

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Handelsbanken plc

HB Reavis

Hengli Group

Hillview Real Estate

ICICI

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Investec Bank plc

KAMCO Investment Company K.S.C.P.

Kasamar Holdings

KTB Asset Management

Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ

Lembaga Tabung Haji

McLaren Property

MiddleCap Real Estate

Mount Anvil

Nationwide Building Society

Nord/LB, H

Reputation management Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard provides a comprehensive reputation and information protection service to its international client base, including household name companies in the retail and consumer, travel and leisure space. The team also acts for high net-worth owner-managers and family offices, advising across an array of issues including data protection and privacy claims, misuse of information, freedom of information requests and 'right to be forgotten' claims. Practice head David Engel is a 'doyen of the reputation management field' and is supported by a wider team which includes associate Neil O’Sullivan who regularly advises on the removal of content from online platforms. Abigail Healey and Daniel Bishop left the firm in February and April 2021 respectively, with Bishop joining Osborne Clarke LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Engel

Other key lawyers:

Neil O’Sullivan

Testimonials

‘David Engel is extremely knowledgeable about how to manage sensitive situations to ensure that legal options are fully understood, whilst also carefully considering the impact they may have on the overall PR management.’

‘One of the very few firms that is able to offer a bespoke, high-quality reputation management service for claimants within a large, well-resourced city firm. As a result, they can handle cases of any scale and complexity with ease.’

‘David Engel is a doyen of the reputation management field, who is able to offer clients superb legal and tactical insight.’

‘They know the media landscape and the players very well, making you feel as though they are guiding you through what is, for them, familiar territory.’

‘We receive excellent service from the AG team in this field. The nature of related events requires a timely, effective response which we routinely receive; this, along with genuinely impactful international reach, adds up to great customer service and confidence that we have exceptional support in this area of our operation.’

Key clients

British Airways

GVC/Ladbrokes

Jet2.com

MoneySupermarket

Prenetics

Ted Baker

Wowcher Limited

Water Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's recent work has related to Ofwat's increased focus on alternative funding models for financing new water infrastructure. Its team has notable expertise in Direct Procurement of Customers (DPC), which is a new project finance model. Elsewhere, the group is sought after for assistance with a myriad of complex environmental, procurement and corporate issues. Joanne Holbrook advises on environmental compliance, major infrastructure projects and regulatory investigations. David Shaw is the national head of the group, which includes competition and regulatory expert Rona Bar-Isaac, as well as managing associate Mark CraneAndrew Walker leads the group in Scotland.

Practice head(s):

David Shaw; Rona Bar-Isaac; Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Holbrook

Testimonials

‘The team provided new approaches to the project which we have not used before. The ideas they generated were excellent. Working with the team was a pleasure which led to a very successful project.’

‘Jo Holbrook is enthusiastic and pragmatic. She teases out the key issues and challenges in a very constructive way.’

‘The willingness to be flexible to accommodate the client’s requirements for flexibility, both as to costs and team make-up, especially with an innovative, first of its kind project that required constant redefining even as the project progressed.’

’A couple of standout senior solicitors in the project team willing and able to roll up their sleeves and bring historical knowledge and expertise to play.’

Key clients

United Utilities

Southern Water

Anglian Water

Castle Water

South East Water

Yorkshire Water

Water Resources South East

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's team, based primarily in Leeds, represents private and public sector clients in connection with contentious and non-contentious matters in the field of public law, with a particular focus on the transport, infrastructure and energy sectors. Its public inquiries practice is particularly prominent, evidenced by the team's ongoing involvement in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry. Simon Kamstra represents clients from various heavily regulated sectors in judicial reviews, international disputes and arbitration proceedings, while Bill Gilliam has a strong track record in acting for clients in major procurement challenges and outsourcing disputes. Louise Dobson, who became a partner in May 2020, stands out for her regulatory and contentious work in the health and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Kamstra; Bill Gilliam

Other key lawyers:

Louise Dobson; Ryan Geldart

Testimonials

‘Bill Gillam (the lead partner) is highly experienced, tactically astute, extremely easy to deal with and always calm under pressure.’

‘AG’s administrative and public law practice is excellent, one of the best in the country teams. Their strength lies in excellent, tight knit teamwork, great communication within their team and the teams at large, a very good working relationship with Counsel and the client and a tenacious approach to getting the right results for their clients.’

‘Bill Gilliam is the best solicitor that I have ever worked with. He has first class judgment, provides great leadership to his teams, deploys his knowledge of the law and the commercial needs of his client to great tactical effect and is a pleasure to work with. ‘

‘Louise Dobson is a relatively new partner but a ferocious litigator who goes the extra mile for her clients. She is very focused on her clients’ commercial needs and is astute in using the law to achieve their required results.’

‘The Addleshaw Goddard team are simply at the top of their game. All of the individuals I deal with know the law backwards but are also very skilled and adept at knowing how to apply it practically and to best effect.’

‘Bill Gilliam, Ryan Geldart and Louise Dobson are all superb. They are very easy to deal with, they pre-digest the material, are a useful source of checking and challenge, have constructive and original ideas and are very good at managing the interface with the clients.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Scottish and Southern Energy plc

Totally Wicked Limited (Pillbox 38 UK Limited)

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

United Utilities plc

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

McKesson UK / LloydsPharmacy

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Highlands and Islands Airport Limited

Scottish Future Trust

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

With ‘impressive partners and highly motivated associates‘, Addleshaw Goddard acts for both claimants and defendants in complex litigation. Mark Molyneux leads the national disputes practice – London head Louisa Caswell is joining Dentons in November 2021. Recently promoted partner Lauren Hamilton is a key contact for technology disputes, and the ‘very commercially astuteMaria Frangeskides (who joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in early 2021) is popular among investment fund clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Hamilton; Maria Frangeskides; Richard Wise; Jon Tweedale; Natasha Winter; Alex Unger

Testimonials

‘Maria Frangeskides is very bright, very commercially astute, excellent at client handling, and very skilled at putting a first-rate team together and running it.’

‘Lauren Hamilton is a rising star who rolls her sleeves up and gets stuck into the detail. Alex Unger is one to watch.’

‘Lauren Hamilton – very good to work with, well organised and insightful.’

‘Richard Wise really cares about getting things right. Committed to providing the clients with a great service. Natasha Winter is very diligent and user-friendly. ‘

‘Jon Tweedale is exceptional to work with. His approachability, insight and ability to see the key issues is invaluable.’

‘Top flight team with impressive partners and highly motivated associates.’

‘Whilst not regarded as being a magic circle firm, I regard AG’s commercial litigation department as equally good, if not better than, any of the recognised magic circle firms – and a fair bit cheaper for clients.’

‘Strong in depth, not just at a senior level, and easy to work with. Good use of technology in trial – integrating transcripts, disclosure and pleadings in a very simple and intuitive way.’

Key clients

BP

INEOS FPS Limited

GSK

The Co-op / CIS General Insurance Limited

Dixons Carphone

Britvic

Bestway Retail Limited (part of the Bestway Wholesale group)

Lopesan Touristik S.A.

Unitel S.A.

Diageo

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

At Addleshaw Goddard, London office head Leona Ahmed is the key contact for inbound investment matters - she 'exemplifies exceptional client service' and works in tangent with her colleagues in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to support a significant number of overseas investors. The commercial property practice is headed by Adrian Collins who, in addition to finance and infrastructure projects, is also particularly well-versed in the development space where the team is currently active on a number of London’s most prominent regeneration schemes. In terms of asset expertise, the group is a major player in the fields of affordable housing, retail and education and has been increasingly active in the life sciences and build-to-rent sectors of late. Rachel Orton, who joined the firm in 2020 from Squire Patton Boggs, also provides distinguished expertise in the senior living and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Very strong problem solvers. Very experienced in our key real estate sectors. Advice is commercially led. They consider themselves key partners in our business, understand our wider drivers for our business and want to help our business grow.’

‘William Boss and Andrew Martin are recommended.’

‘Rachel Orton gives excellent advice that is both pragmatic and strategic.  She is responsive and keeps the process moving, identifying and unclogging potential delays in a proactive manner.’

‘Leona Ahmed is very responsive and committed and always looks out for her clients’ best interest. She exemplifies exceptional client service. She is very professional in her dealings with different investors from different backgrounds. She’s approachable and very knowledgeable.’

‘A pragmatic and client-focused team.’

‘The team is always there to address any issues, and have been proactive in suggesting different ideas on how to tackle any problem.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and helpful in this area. We, as clients, felt very comfortable with the transaction based on the advice we have received.’

Key clients

British Land

Dandara

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Battersea Power Station

WeWork

Canary Wharf Group

Aviva Investors

Federated Hermes

Guys and St Thomas’ Trust

KAMCO

Argent

Workspace PLC

Marks and Spencer Group PLC

Bank Leumi (UK) PLC

Balfour Beatty Investments

Civitas Social Housing PLC

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

At Addleshaw Goddard, London office head Leona Ahmed is the key contact for inbound investment matters - she 'exemplifies exceptional client service' and works in tangent with her colleagues in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to support a significant number of overseas investors. The commercial property practice is headed by Adrian Collins who, in addition to finance and infrastructure projects, is also particularly well-versed in the development space where the team is currently active on a number of London’s most prominent regeneration schemes. In terms of asset expertise, the group is a major player in the fields of affordable housing, retail and education and has been increasingly active in the life sciences and build-to-rent sectors of late; at the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Rachel Orton also provides the team with distinguished expertise in the senior living and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:

Leona Ahmed; Peter Hardy; William Boss; Michael Scott

Testimonials

‘Very strong problem solvers. Very experienced in our key real estate sectors. Advice is commercially led. They consider themselves key partners in our business, understand our wider drivers for our business and want to help our business grow.’

‘William Boss and Andrew Martin are recommended.’

‘Rachel Orton gives excellent advice that is both pragmatic and strategic.  She is responsive and keeps the process moving, identifying and unclogging potential delays in a proactive manner.’

‘Leona Ahmed is very responsive and committed and always looks out for her clients’ best interest. She exemplifies exceptional client service. She is very professional in her dealings with different investors from different backgrounds. She’s approachable and very knowledgeable.’

‘A pragmatic and client-focused team.’

‘The team is always there to address any issues, and have been proactive in suggesting different ideas on how to tackle any problem.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and helpful in this area. We, as clients, felt very comfortable with the transaction based on the advice we have received.’

Key clients

British Land

Dandara

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Battersea Power Station

WeWork

Canary Wharf Group

Aviva Investors

Federated Hermes

Guys and St Thomas’ Trust

KAMCO

Argent

Workspace PLC

Marks and Spencer Group PLC

Bank Leumi (UK) PLC

Balfour Beatty Investments

Civitas Social Housing PLC

Corporate tax Tier 3

At Addleshaw Goddard, the corporate tax practice is 'excellent at explaining complex tax laws', and is singled out for its 'commercial advice'. Based in Leeds, the cross-office team is led by Martin Griffiths, and works in tandem with the firm's corporate group to handle private equity transactions, real-estate related acquisitions, and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Martin Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hunt

Testimonials

‘The team is very commercial in their advice and excellent at explaining complex tax laws in a clear and concise manner.’

‘As a fast-paced business we need quick answers to legal queries and the team at Addleshaw is very responsive to any query that we have.’

‘The team is very accessible and responds quickly to advise as and when required.’

‘Martin Griffiths has both the technical knowledge and also the ability to explain complex tax points to his clients in a clear and easily understandable way.’

‘The team is very commercial, always looking for pragmatic solutions alongside strong advice. They balance formality of professional services with an engaging and warm style, even under the pressure of intense negotiations. I found them exceptionally strong at balancing the focus on the key priorities but also having the detail to hand.’

‘Richard Hunt is an excellent lawyer – he is very experienced, commercially minded but still manages to be over every detail and his team are clearly very happy to work for him and will do what ever it takes to perform for him and his clients. He has with his colleagues built and inclusive, supportive and excellently team culture.’

‘Martin Griffith is a bright and technically strong tax lawyer – but also pragmatic to the needs of his clients – he is generous with his time to ensure he is best informed to give premium advice.’

‘The interactions with the person that was my point of contact for IR35 queries was always positive, timely and he was patient and tried to make things simple.’

Employee share schemes Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard covers the spectrum of remuneration work, including corporate governance and disclosure obligations and is the port of call for major UK employers such as Sainsbury's, William Hill and Ted Baker. Other strongpoints of the practice include advising on tax efficient arrangements and dealing with globally mobile employees.  Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers leads the team and has advised on EMI, SAYE, SIP and CSOP schemes. Leeds-based Martin Griffiths is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Martin Griffiths

Testimonials

‘Excellent and pro active service.’

‘The team are accessible and responsive and provide pragmatic commercial advice Jonathan Fletcher Rogers has provided clear and pragmatic advice which has helped resolve issues for us in as simple and efficient way possible.’

‘Jonathan Fletcher Rogers was responsive and highly pragmatic throughout our engagement. He demonstrated a deep understanding of the regulations and best practice considerations.’

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Sitting within the global investigations department under the leadership of Nichola Peters, the team at Addleshaw Goddard is praised by a client for its 'pragmatism, deep understanding of its clients and the issues they face, coupled with depth of expertise make the firm a joy to deal with'. Regulatory investigations are a large part of the group's work, spanning criminal and regulatory-initiated work, in addition to remediations, past-business reviews and redress exercises. David Pygott is the key contact at the firm, having established a strong reputation for FCA investigations, including in relation to disciplinary matters and cases involving alleged market abuse. Sarah Thomas, who became a partner in May 2020, has a broad practice that includes whistleblowing investigations and governance and culture issues. Joining the firm from Stephenson Harwood in February 2020, managing associate Richard McGarry has experience representing individuals in insider dealing and market abuse investigations.

Practice head(s):

Nichola Peters; David Pygott

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Thomas; Richard McGarry

Testimonials

David Pygott is both extraordinarily knowledgeable about financial services regulation and extremely hard-working. He has been instrumental in taking the Addleshaw Goddard team from strength to strength since his arrival and has been involved in some ground-breaking work.’

Always proactive, the team at AG are pragmatic, focussing on the bigger picture relevant to their clients, while having a fantastic handle on the detail.’

Pragmatism, deep understanding of their clients and the issues they face, coupled with depth of expertise make them a joy to deal with.

There is an excellent depth of knowledge in the team, and a breadth of experience across the wider firm which can be drawn on. Partners clearly take an active interest in, and look for opportunities to develop junior members of their teams. The people come across as highly motivated and have an ability to turn matters and advice notes around very quickly.’

David Pygott has a very obvious enthusiasm for dispute resolution law, and is able to combine this with exceptional intelligence, creativity and a wealth of experience in the area to solve complex problems.’

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

The team at Addleshaw Goddard is most noted for its specialisms in consumer finance, retail banking and payments, although the practice includes experts across the financial regulatory space. Heading the department is consumer finance and payments lawyer Amanda Hulme, who has recently been active advising clients and lobbying on Covid-related issues, as well as open banking issues. Rosanna Bryant is a consumer finance expert whose practice encompasses the regulation of current accounts, savings and mortgages. Ben Koehne, who leads the firm's building societies and mutuals practice, is noted for his recent participation in large-scale strategic regulatory projects relating to the banking industry. From the Edinburgh office, dual-Scottish and English qualified Lorna Finlayson focuses on commercial wealth management work.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Hulme

Other key lawyers:

Rosanna Bryant; Ben Koehne; Clare Hughes; Lorna Finlayson; Steven Francis

Testimonials

The AG team act for a number of financial services clients and therefore have a huge amount of industry insight. As a law firm this is a quality we really value.’

‘I have worked with Steven Francis extensively and consider him to be one of the best lawyers in the City and an asset to Addleshaw Goddard.’

‘The individuals in the team are technically excellent, but also personable and easy to work with. They are the ‘go-to’ experts in consumer finance and wouldn’t ever consider any other team to advise me.’

‘They are very active in the sector meaning that their advice is insightful and well balanced. Able to quickly get into the heart of a matter and provide top-class service and expertise. The best there is.’

‘Steven Francis – brilliant advice, calm, measured and willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Investec Bank plc

FBN Bank

Metro Bank

Heleba Bank

Cynergy Bank

Bank Leumi

PPRO Financial

UK Finance

British Arab Commercial Bank

Hitachi Personal Finance

JCB Finance

Experian

ALD

Capital on Tap

Shawbrook

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard specialises in cross-border fraud cases, particularly business fraud, where the firm utilises its expertise in white-collar crime. The practice has experience in financial services sector matter, notably AML and push payments fraud. In terms of innovation, the firm also provides clients with Everlaw’s advanced cloud-based document analysis, investigation and review software.

Other key lawyers:

Nick Ashcroft; Alex Hogarth; Polly Sprenger; Mark Molyneux

Testimonials

‘The Addleshaw experience was both welcoming and engaging, from the reception staff through to the partners. Professionalism is evident throughout the practice and they accommodated the individual needs of their client, without fuss or objection.’

‘The overall feeling was that of being in a safe set of hands who know very well their business and strategy.’

‘The Addleshaw team were highly attentive throughout, on hand and readily available to guide and explain various legal processes and procedures to their client and representatives.’

‘A stand out character was Alex Hogarth. A highly motivated and engaging person, always empathetic and reassuring. No task or request was outside of this professional’s reach or personal responsibility. An individual example of excellence for the practice!’

‘AG has an excellent civil fraud team. They are responsive and a pleasure to work with. They have a good commercial view of the case as well as a good legal grip on the case’.

‘Mark Molyneux is one of the finest litigators around – a real smart cookie, who understands what his client wants and how to get it’.

‘Key strengths are the criminal/civil cross over to help clients pursue the right strategy, and resourcing – they have a big team from which they can pull the right people when necessary’.

‘Polly Sprenger has really valuable experience of criminal/civil cross-over on fraud work, so whilst I work for her on the civil side she is always mindful of a joined up strategy, for example a private prosecution, where applicable. She is incredibly hard working and dedicated. She is responsive and turns around drafting impressively fast’.

Key clients

Unitel S.A.

Pendragon (Master) Fund Limited

Multiple UK Banks

Hassenfeld family

Elaine Millar, Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

Bystronic Glass AG

Global chemical and ingredients distributor

Langston Group Corporation and Samir-Georges Hammam

Investigation and corporate intelligence agencies

Portuguese clothing manufacturer

Fund finance Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard advises banks, institutional lenders and fund managers on an array of cross-border financing transactions in Europe and the United States. Its team's experience includes sustainability-linked financings, sub-participations and distributions. The group is supported by the firm's wider international banking and finance practice, and was bolstered in mid-2021 by the arrival of specialist fund finance practitioner Jeremy Cross from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Finance head Steve Mackie and fund finance-focused partner Angus Gill co-head the team, which advises lenders and borrowers on NAV, capital call and GP financings. Zoe Connor, who is also an active member of the team, primarily advises banks.

Practice head(s):

Steve Mackie; Angus Gill

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Cross; Zoe Connor; Ben Rayner

Testimonials

Zoe Connor is a very experienced partner, with excellent client relationship. Her team is great at coordinating deals with local counsel. Feedback and instructions are accurate and timely.

Zoe Connor is a very skilled lawyer, with a strong commercial and pragmatic approach with strong leadership skills. The team is easy to work with, very responsive and always available when instructions or guidelines are needed. Particular mention is given to Ben Rayner for his responsiveness, dedication and hard work.

We have worked with Zoe Connor and her team on a number of fund finance transactions and very much enjoy working with them. They are focused, very commercial, and manage transactions and local counsel very well in their role as lead counsel. They have great market knowledge and negotiate well for their clients without over-lawyering.

Friendly, focused and sharp. The AG team has handled multiple transactions for us simultaneously and has always delivered excellent work on time and on budget.

The AG team are very cohesive. At partner level, Zoe and Angus have been very engaged in our recent transactions and have been quick to apply their significant knowledge and expertise to resolve issues in a timely manner and keep our deals on track.

Key clients

Amber MEEF 2 LLP

Santander UK

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard is praised for its ‘experience in the London insurance market with respect to policyholder representations’. The team handles matters involving business interruption claims, as well as political risk insurance and credit insurance. Practice head Richard Wise has particular expertise in claims related to Bermuda forms and other cross-border insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wise

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Pool; Natasha Winter; Laura Payne

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard has extensive experience in the London insurance market with respect to policyholder representations and are up to date on all the relevant rules, case holdings and players in this field.’

‘Richard Wise is very attentive to details and does an excellent job of communicating issues to the client. His entire team is very personable and easy to work with.’

‘Richard Wise – excellent partner, very committed and focused. Natasha Winter and Laura Payne bring focus and clarity to complex material.’

‘Good industry knowledge, very practical and pragmatic advice commercially pitched very well. Able to fight the insurer-led lawyers toe-to-toe and come out on top.’

‘Richard Wise – calm, collected, very knowledgable and able to strategise.’

Key clients

Weyerhaeuser Company

FBN Bank (UK) Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

White Oak Acquisition Limited

Hazel Middle East FZE

Intellectual property Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's IP practice group acts for a number of household brands on contentious and non-contentious work related to patents, trade marks and copyrights. Georgina Powling leads the team out of Leeds and handles transactional work, M&A activity, and has a thriving trade mark filing practice. Associate Tom Doyle advises on complex commercial arrangements. The department has a cross-office approach and works with the firm's teams in London and Manchester on regional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Powling

Other key lawyers:

Tom Doyle

Key clients

National Grid

Associated British Foods

British Airways

Asda Stores Ltd

Volkswagen

SSE Energy Supply Limited

C-Capture Limited

Diageo Great Britain Limited

Battersea Power Station

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard’s IP practice continually attracts enviable clients in the retail, fashion and consumer sectors, which turn to the firm for high-stakes contentious matters. In an impressive example, practice head Emma Armitage defended Primark in High Court trade mark infringement proceedings filed by Vans, with managing associate Rachel Cook providing assistance. TMT is also a focus sector, with Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, Leeds-based Georgina Powling and Fiona Ghosh advising on collaboration agreements, R&D and software licensing. David Engel leads on domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Emma Armitage

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Cook; Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta; Georgina Powling; Fiona Ghosh; David Engel; Lucinda Pike

Testimonials

Addleshaws are very engaged, proactive and also cost-effective.’

‘I highly appreciate that the associates keep the project running, and involve the partners where needed. Unlike other firms I recognise the associates are on eye level – meaning they don’t hide behind the partners. This makes daily business easy.

‘Lucinda Pike is indeed the ‘spider in the web’ – always informed, and pushing all sides to keep the project on track. Always on the spot.’

Key clients

Primark

Asda

British Airways

Canon Europe

SSE Energy Supply Limited

MoneySuperMarket

Volkswagen

National Grid

Battersea Power Station

Associated British Foods

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard regularly supports clients with financial services transactions and complex regulatory matters arising during the course of major product launches and outsourcing projects. In addition, the firm has a strong contentious practice, representing companies in litigation regarding IT supply contracts, software licensing and data protection matters. Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, who leads the team, has considerable expertise in IT and outsourcing transactions across the financial services, transport and retail industries. Fiona Ghosh deserves recognition for her comprehensive work in the fintech sector, with a particular focus on digital payments. Nathalie Moreno, who specialises in IT and data protection, joined the firm from Lewis Silkin LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Ghosh; Nathalie Moreno; David Berry

Testimonials

‘We found Addleshaw Goddard LLP to be professional and efficient. The changeover from one law firm to this one was smooth. Our contact with their personnel, whether administrative or legal, has been courteous, conscientious and helpful.’

‘Nathalie Moreno  has provided us with valuable advice in navigating this changing legal context, particularly in terms of proprietary data protection issues.’

‘Well connected with counsel and the strength in the team means they can be flexible in terms of resourcing, especially on cases which don’t merit extensive senior involvement.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

HSBC UK Bank plc

The British Land Company PLC

SSE Energy Supply Limited

CIS General Insurance Limited

Sy4security Limited

Loyalty Angels Ltd (“Bink”)

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Praised as 'pragmatic and professional', Catherine McAllister leads Addleshaw Goddard's London pensions practice. With experience acting for corporations, trustee boards, representative beneficiaries and pensions professionals, the team has expertise in scheme investments via Judith Donnelly, as well as public sector pensions advice. The dispute resolution practice is headed by Susan Garrett, who co-led advising Britvic plc with Jade Murray, on successfully setting up an interim funding structure for the defined benefit scheme pending its appeal to the Court of Appeal. Highly experienced Rachel Rawnsley is head of the the firm's national pensions practice.

Practice head(s):

Catherine McAllister, head of London pensions; Susan Garrett, head of pension disputes; Rachel Rawnsley, head of pensions nationally;

Other key lawyers:

Judith Donnelly; Jade Murray

Testimonials

‘Offer a valued blend of expertise, experience, conviction and approachability.’

‘Catherine McAllister is very diligent, calm, clear, pragmatic and professional’

Key clients

Celesio (Admenta Lloyds Pharmacy)

Samworth Brothers

ICON Plc

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 Services Limited

Trustee of the Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Delbanco Meyer & Company Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Holland & Holland Pension Scheme

HS1 Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Steinhoff UK Holdings Limited

Trustees of the Unisys Public Sector Pension Scheme

Trustees of the P&O Ferries 2008 Division Pension Scheme

Wolseley (now Ferguson)

Freightliner

Newcastle Theatre Trust

Local Government Pension Scheme legal framework

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Praised as ‘pragmatic and professional’, Catherine McAllister leads Addleshaw Goddard‘s London pensions practice. With experience acting for corporations, trustee boards, representative beneficiaries and pensions professionals, the team has expertise in scheme investments via Judith Donnelly, as well as public sector pensions advice. The dispute resolution practice is headed by Susan Garrett, who together with Jade Murray, co-led advising Britvic on setting up an interim funding structure for the defined benefit scheme pending its appeal to the Court of Appeal. Highly experienced Rachel Rawnsley is head of the the firm’s national pensions practice.

Practice head(s):

Susan Garrett, head of pension disputes;

Other key lawyers:

Judith Donnelly; Jade Murray; Catherine McAllister

Testimonials

‘Valued blend of expertise, experience, conviction and approachability.’

Key clients

Britvic plc

Planning Tier 3

The planning group at Addleshaw Goddard works as a national team across the UK, handling major development and infrastructure projects, with a strong track record advising on urban regeneration, build to rent and co-living schemes. Led by Marnix Elsenaar, the team has seen continued growth in its infrastructure work advising promoters of DCOs, Transport and Works Act Orders and CPOs. Gary Sector advises on all aspects of town and country planning, with experience of both advisory and contentious work. Managing associate Sarah Hodge specialises in planning and infrastructure consenting.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Elsenaar

Other key lawyers:

Gary Sector; Sarah Hodge

Testimonials

‘They are technical lawyers and approachable. They are willing to learn about my company.’

‘A team that has all the strengths and capabilities that you would expect of a leading firm. In particular, they provide an efficient and reliable service in all respects – from sound legal advice to good administrative arrangements.’

‘Gary Sector and Marnix Elsenaar – both very conscientious, very thorough and very effective. A delight to work with as well.’

Key clients

Hub Group

Dandara

Aviva

Muse Developments Limited (and their JV with the Canal and River Trust; Waterside Places

London Luton Airport Limited

Pocket Living

Middlecap

University of Greenwich

Pension Insurance Company

SGN

Property litigation Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard has recently been particularly active handling vacant possession strategies and various matters pertaining to developments across London, such as option agreements, health and safety issues and rights to light, as well as tenant CVAs. The last-mentioned segment is an area of particular expertise for team head and solicitor advocate Frances Richardson, who is also known for her specialism in rent reviews; this expertise translates into regular instructions from landlords and tenants alike. Other landlord and tenant work includes lease agreements and terminations which are often led by legal director Gregory Simms, who is also regularly called upon in development and insolvency-related disputes and has particular rights to light expertise.

Practice head(s):

Frances Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Blower; Gregory Simms

Testimonials

I was most impressed by the team’s ability to assimilate complex issues and to provide immediate and rationed advice.

Frances Richardson is confident, assured and definitive in her judgement. She inspired confidence in what was a significant chapter of our business.

‘A highly regarded team with an excellent reputation in real estate litigation. Great oversight of the law and the real estate industry enables them to give quality strategic and commercial advice. I was impressed with their attention to detail and hardworking, client-focused approach.

Frances Richardson is a rising star with her finger on the pulse of the market. Clever and effective.

They are a large firm who are capable of dealing with large deals, both in terms of resourcing and expertise.’

Greg Simms thinks about and offers solutions and always turns work around in a timely fashion.

Frances Richardson is a top-class property litigator. Her friendly manner (she has a very good sense of humour) belies truly excellent technical knowledge and a steely determination. She is very tuned into the commercial consequences for her clients.

Very through and correct advice. They understand our business model and process so are ideally suited.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Hammerson

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Battersea Power Station Development Company

UCB

British Land

Schroders

Cooley UK LLP

Peoples Republic of China

HB Reavis

Aviva

Real estate funds Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard is equally highly regarded by fund managers (including established and start-up managers) and institutional investors, for whom it handles the formation of real estate investment vehicles and downstream investments. Its team has expertise in portfolio and development investment funds, alongside social housing and impact funds. Practice head Lee Sheldon is knowledgeable about real estate funds, private equity real estate and indirect real estate investments. Jonathan Powling undertakes LP-side work and he also has an active GP practice. Jan Gruter, who was recently promoted to partner, has strong regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Lee Sheldon

Other key lawyers:

Jan Gruter; Jonathan Powling

Testimonials

The team is very helpful and knowledgable in the process. They exactly what is required and how long it should take. They plan the process every step of the way and manage our expectation and the different stakeholders very well.

Jan Gruter is very smart and knowledgeable. Even more importantly, he can communicate complex points in a very user-friendly way.

Lee Sheldon – pragmatic, user friendly, takes a long term view of client relationships.

Key clients

Northtree Investment Management Limited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

The National LGPS Framework

Aviva Investors

Federated Hermes

Kamco Invest

Par Equity

EcoTree (Paintitgreen S/A)

Pension Insurance Corporation

Warrington Borough Council

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard advises on a wide range of criminal and regulatory offences; it places an emphasis on assisting smaller as well as global listed companies with matters including allegations of money laundering, bribery and fraud. Practice head Nichola Peters regularly leads cross-departmental teams on complex SFO and HMRC investigations, though the group is equally well-versed in internal investigations resulting from whistleblower reports, most recently in sectors such as media and manufacturing. Clients seek controls and compliance advice from Michelle de Kluyver, who is ‘a brilliant and poised tactician’. The practice bolstered its existing ability to handle both civil and criminal matters with the hire of Polly Sprenger from Katten in May 2020; Sprenger is noted for her niche expertise in the private investigations space, among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Nichola Peters

Other key lawyers:

Michelle de Kluyver; Polly Sprenger

Testimonials

‘Strong group of female partners who are technically excellent, experienced, pragmatic and well-grounded.’

‘Very impressive ability to review very document-heavy and complex work streams and produce insightful analysis that can then be used to inform litigation tactics. They are also very adept as a team in identifying potential risk factors in the litigation early and then preemptively adapting their approach accordingly, as opposed to just reacting after the event.’

‘Nichola Peters handles challenging matters with great skill and integrity.’

‘Michelle de Kluyver is a brilliant and poised tactician.’ 

‘I have been working with Polly Sprenger and her team. Key strengths are the criminal/civil crossover to help clients pursue the right strategy, and resourcing – they have a big team from which they can pull the right people when necessary.’

‘Polly Sprenger’s leadership of engagements and her focus on her clients’ requirements is exceptional. Her approach to solving complex problems is always innovative and she adopts an investigative mindset to great effect.’

‘Nichola Peters is extremely impressive, straight-talking and down to earth, with a broad range of experience but particularly strong advising corporates and boards on corporate crime risk.’

‘Michelle de Kluvyer is very measured and thoughtful, getting a robust strategy in place and guiding a corporate and its executives to resolution.’

Key clients

Richard Howson, former CEO of Carillion Plc

Guralp Systems Ltd

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Israeli media company

Global chemical and ingredients distributor

Global manufacturing company

Investigation and corporate intelligence agencies

Portuguese clothing manufacturer

Securitisation Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard has developed a broad structured finance practice during the last 18 months with the hire of experienced partners with long track records in both public and private securitisations. Practice head Rachel Kelly, who joined from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in 2020, is 'first-class, with a deep knowledge of her subject matter'. Her group works extensively with UK banks on securitisation transactions, among them Barclays Bank and HSBC. Legal director Kerry Pettigrew, who moved with Kelly, works closely with her on key mandates, including advising Sainsbury's Bank plc as originator, seller, servicer and liquidity reserve provider on its first public Simple Transparent and Standardised (STS) securitisation. They work closely with capital markets partner Beth Collett, who brings 12 years' experience in social housing finance.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Pettigrew; Beth Collett; Carl Posern

Testimonials

‘The team, led by Rachel Kelly, is one of the most experienced I know in the area of securitisation. Not only does this provide a high level of technical reassurance, it helps with the practical application of completing deals.’

‘For me, the standout is their level of practical application which, for clients new to this form of finance gives them a great deal of confidence to proceed.’

‘Rachel Kelly is first-class, with a deep knowledge of her subject matter.’

‘Very experienced and eager to help. Very nice people to work with.’

‘Rachel Kelly is one of the most experienced securitisation lawyers in the industry. Rachel is also such a pleasant person to deal with and is always on top of her game.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Bank plc

Metro Bank plc

Barclays Bank PLC

HSBC Bank plc

NatWest Markets plc

Prudential Trustee Company Limited

Trade finance Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong track record in mid-market trade finance transactions, as well as in a variety of working capital products on the lending side. Alongside traditional trade finance structures, it also handles supply chain finance, receivables financing, off-balance sheet facilities and structured finance deals. The practice principally acts for clearing banks, overseas banks, funds and specialist sector providers, though it also advises significant borrower clients on key strategic transactions. Practice head Mike Davison leads the practice and has ‘first-class knowledge of trade finance documentation and delivers an excellent service‘. Managing associate Lauren Priest-Stephens also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mike Davison

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Priest-Stephens

Testimonials

‘Mike Davison has a first-class knowledge of trade finance documentation and is well connected and regarded to allow him to deliver an excellent service.’

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

Shnhan Bank

Aviation Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard advises major airlines, UK and international airports, airport infrastructure contractors on the full spectrum of aviation law, from transactional and regulatory guidance to matters regarding sustainable airport projects. Paul Hirst and David Shaw jointly lead the team from Leeds, working in project finance and construction and environment matters, respectively. In September 2020, Rebecca Garner  departed for Stephenson Harwood.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hirst; David Shaw

Key clients

Highland and Island Airports Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

International Airlines Group

Manchester Airport Group

Dundee Airport Limited

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Led out of London by Steve Mackie and also able to draw upon a very cohesive and experienced offering from its regional offices, the 'well resourced' team at Addleshaw Goddard provides a 'very commercial service' to clearing banks on mid-market bilateral, club and syndicated mandates. Under the guidance of the 'constructive and commercial' Mike Davison, the firm is also able to provide corporate lending expertise utilising the increasingly popular ABL product.

Practice head(s):

Steve Mackie

Other key lawyers:

Mike Davison; Sarah Stokes

Testimonials

Their market knowledge is excellent and they are very commercial’.

Proactive engagement, the team goes the extra mile to support and structure loans rather than simply executing them.’

The firm is well resourced and brings an appropriately experienced team to any transaction.’

Mike Davison is constructive and commercial.’

Sarah Stokes stands out as an exemplary individual relative to other firms we work with. She is professional, always goes the extra mile and brings good advice/recommendations to address potential challenges. A pleasure to work with.’

Competition litigation Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard demonstrates 'depth of knowledge of both commercial litigation and competition law', advising on follow-on damages claims and regulatory appeals. The group operates on a cross-practice basis and includes competition lead Bruce Kilpatrick and Manchester-based litigation head Mark Molyneux. Recently-promoted partner Samantha Haigh, who is also based in Manchester, is experienced in abuse of dominance claims.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux; Bruce Kilpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Rona Bar-Isaac; Samantha Haigh

Testimonials

Strong and competent team with a depth of knowledge of both commercial litigation and competition law, which is very powerful. New partner Samantha Haigh is a good addition to the team and will continue to insist on gender diversity in the team.’

I have worked with a number of partners and associates within Addleshaw Goddard’s competition litigation practice over the past year and find them all to be outstanding individuals.’

Mark Molyneux: shrewd and experienced, balanced and practical. Bruce Kilpatrick: subtle and knowledgeable competition law with an exceptional sense of the way the wind is blowing in a trial.

Technically brilliant – the team are both very professional and very personable. They are big enough to deal with the most complex and intensive issues and provide clear advice in a timely manner. They are fabulous to work with.’

The team are excellent to work with – smart, pragmatic, innovative and very friendly.’

Sam Haigh – partner – takes ownership of problems and devises solutions.’

Key clients

NKT group of companies

Office Depot Europe

The Road Haulage Association Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Stats Perform

Corporate tax Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard advises clients across a range of sectors including the financial services, real estate and private equity industries. The practice is led by tax structuring expert Justine Delroy, who is based in the Manchester office. Peter Sayer focuses his practice on real estate tax mandates, including corporate real estate, development and fund work. Paul Concannon specialises in advising on corporate acquisitions, disposals and restructurings, as well as private equity investments and exits.

Practice head(s):

Justine Delroy

Other key lawyers:

Peter Sayer; Paul Concannon

Testimonials

‘Always helpful and pragmatic in dealings with us. Clear succinct email advice with helpful recommendations. A good understanding of our business and advice clearly tailored to our specific circumstances and need. Good awareness of changes in legislation and HMRC guidance/treatments.’

Paul Concannon is always helpful, explains clearly, highlighting potential issues and suggesting what we should do.’

Key clients

Metro Bank

Dandara

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Singapore Press Holdings

Ted Baker

KAMCO

HUB

Pension Insurance Corporation

Shawbrook Bank

Mobeus VCT Funds

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

The ‘proactive, responsive and practicalAddleshaw Goddard advises international blue-chip clients on data protection, privacy and cybersecurity matters. The team, which is headed up by Helena Brown, was recently bolstered by the arrival of Nathalie Moreno from Lewis Silkin LLP in March 2020. The practice handles both contentious and non-contentious work, domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Helena Brown

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Moreno; Ross McKenzie

Testimonials

‘Nathalie Moreno goes that extra mile to make sure she is aware of what her client’s need’.

‘Great team strength, expertise in all of the relevant areas and great ability to translate the law in to pragmatic commercially driven advice’.

‘Helena Brown has the ability to balance legal requirements and business needs and the ability to become a valued business partner to in-house counsel’.

‘Trusted and reliable’.

‘Ross McKenzie is fantastic – always enthusiastic and pragmatic in his advice’.

‘Their knowledge base is huge – a wide range of experts’.

‘Ross McKenzie is legally very knowledgeable but also has a good knowledge of business operations’.

‘Absolutely excellent and utterly reliable’.

Key clients

Boohoo

Global Generali Assistance

NFU Mutual

Ernst & Young

Vision Express

Diageo

Ted Baker

Homeserve

British Land

Bestway Group

Debt capital markets Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard handles both public and private placed bond issuance as part of a broad practice that is active in debt capital markets, structured finance and securitisation. On bond issuance, it acts for managers such as HSBC and issuers such as Sainsbury's Bank. A key focus is social housing finance, though it handles a much broader array of corporate issuance and liability management. Lead partner Beth Collett has 'exceptional knowledge of her specialism and provides very clear and cogent explanations'. Rachel Kelly, who joined from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in 2020, focuses on both structured finance and bond issuance. Managing associate Daniel Foong is also recommended for standalone bond issues, MTN programmes and privately placed notes.

Practice head(s):

Beth Collett

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kelly; Daniel Foong

Testimonials

‘Beth Collett has exceptional knowledge of her specialism. Very clear and cogent explanations and arguments. She is a problem-solver.’

‘Very good on details and able to work to (often tight) deadlines with strong industry knowhow.’

‘Beth Collett and Daniel Foong have been consistently good in documenting our issues and managing our programme updates and they represent a key counterparty in our trades.’

Key clients

ASI

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

BAE

Banco Santander S.A.

Barclays Bank PLC

Barings

BNP Paribas

HSBC Bank plc

Law Debenture

LGIM

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc

M&G

Macquarie

MUFG

National Australia Bank

NatWest Markets Plc

Sainsbury’s Bank

Prudential Trustee Company Limited

Rothesay Life Plc

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

'Aside from their level of knowledge, both practical and technical, the team is very user-friendly', says a client of Addleshaw Goddard. The firm has built up its structured finance capability to cover secured bonds, structured products and derivatives, portfolio sales and purchases and public and private securitisations covering all asset classes. Rachel Kelly, who joined from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in 2020 along with legal director Kerry Pettigrew, focuses predominantly on securitisation and CLOs, but also handles a range of structured products. Legal director Carl Baker, who joined from Simmons & Simmons, frequently acts for buy-side, sell-side and financial market infrastructure clients on regulatory and transactional matters. Baker is 'an excellent lawyer in the field of OTC Derivatives, very sharp and experienced in negotiating Master Agreements'.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Pettigrew; Carl Baker

Testimonials

‘The team is particularly strong in the areas of securitisation, and structured finance in general. Also, the wider practice is well versed in property which provides good support to the debt team.’

‘Aside from their level of knowledge, both practical and technical, the team is very user-friendly, which makes is much easier with clients who are new to more structured forms of finance.’

‘Carl Baker is an excellent lawyer in the field of OTC Derivatives. Very sharp and experienced in negotiating Master Agreements (ISDA, GMSLA, GMRA) and drafting complex confirmations. When working with him, his long experience as an in-house lawyer shows. He is very thorough and has in-depth knowledge of derivatives products and regulatory developments. He has quick response times and is very pleasant to work with. I can highly recommend him.’

‘Rachel Kelly is an exceptionally good solicitor. She has the mental agility to grasp challenging subject matter. She is extremely personable and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘I have known Carl Baker for many years. He is an excellent lawyer specialising in the derivatives and structured products areas and providing outstanding advice on the legal documents taking into account operational set ups and market practice as well as showing supreme level of the cross-border regulatory expertise. His advice is very practice-oriented and client-focused. To be highlighted is further his availability and timely advice. His ability to give sound legal advice under pressure is admirable.’

‘A super team of industry-savvy lawyers, who know what they are doing, and are pleasant to work with.’

‘Rachel Kelly is knowledgeable and experienced.’

 

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Bank plc

Metro Bank PLC

Barclays Bank PLC

HSBC Bank plc

NatWest Markets plc

Prudential Trustee Company Limited

EU and competition Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard is well regarded by peers and clients for its work on complex antitrust issues, and assists with phase I and II merger clearances, CMA market investigations and subsidy control. The group, which also has a strong contentious offering, is led by 'phenomenal' Bruce Kilpatrick, who advises across the full range of competition issues. Rona Bar-Isaac is recommended for investigations work, having advised the Co-operative on the CMA's market investigation into the funeral sector.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Kilpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Rona Bar-Isaac; Al Mangan

Testimonials

Punch above their market position

Al Mangan is excellent. True technical expertise but can use it in a commercial context. Personable, which is essential for building an authentic relationship. He has become a trusted sounding board in very little time.

What immediately strikes with the AG team is that they are genuinely a team who enjoy working together. It is a clear testament to the personality of the partners of the EU & competition team.

Bruce Kilpatrick is a phenomenal competition lawyer. His advice is straight to the point and addresses the real-life commercial issues. A true pleasure to work with.

The AG team has strong technical ability as you would expect, but is then able to readily convert this into sound commercial advice that is easy to understand for both lawyers and non-lawyers.’

Al Mangan is a first class partner, managing his team to ensure that the right level of lawyer is working on a matter to provide fast and comprehensive but cost-effective advice.’

Bruce Kilpatrick is a gifted technical lawyer who has bags of personality. His understanding of econometric intricacies is superb.’

Technically brilliant – the team are both very professional and very personable. They are big enough to deal with the most complex and intensive issues and provide clear advice in a timely manner. They are fabulous to work with.

Key clients

YPO

The Co-operative Group Limited

Saga PLC Bennetts Motorcycling Services Limited

The Road Haulage Association

Harrogate Water Brands Limited

Samworth Brothers Ltd

NKT group of companies

Hallriver Holdings Limited

International arbitration Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard‘s team is highly experienced in major international arbitrations involving energy, life sciences, insurance and construction clients. The international arbitration practice is co-led by Jon Tweedale, who is highly rated for international commercial disputes, and energy disputes specialist Simon Kamstra. Also highly regarded are insurance disputes leader Richard Wise; legal director Nathalie Allen, who focuses on commercial and investor-state arbitration; and experienced managing associates Ben Burnham and Canelle Goldstein. Commercial disputes expert Maria Frangeskides joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jon Tweedale; Simon Kamstra

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wise; Maria Frangeskides; Nathalie Allen; Ben Burnham; Canelle Goldstein

Testimonials

First-class service and first-class lawyers.

Their exceptional cohort of partners is also given fantastic support by top associates and legal directors.

The Addleshaw Goddard team is small, but perfectly formed. It offers top-quality practitioners, who really hold their own among the best in the business. But it also offers small-firm attention to client service and a wonderfully collegiate working experience and atmosphere. You won’t find a more collaborative, down-to-earth, professional team.

I have no hesitation in endorsing the first-rate team I have worked with over the last ten years, and continue to work with.

This is a team that I would trust to handle the most complex of disputes, and get it right. The quality of disputes they handle is way beyond their profile in the London arbitration market.

Jon Tweedale is a first-class lawyer and instinctively knows what points will play well with a tribunal.

Maria Frangeskides is energetic and good at getting the results her clients want.

Legal director Nathalie Allen is extremely knowledgeable about arbitration and super smart.

Key clients

BP

Weyerhaeuser Company

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Network Rail

Patel Engineering

Study World Education

Eastern and Southern African Trade Development Bank

Oil and gas Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard's team covers the entire value chain for a broad cross-section of stakeholders operating in the oil and gas industry. Its non-contentious work includes the financing, development, acquisition and sale of oil and gas assets. In addition, the group advises on regulatory issues and disputes. The core UK team is complemented by practitioners located elsewhere across the global network, making it a strong choice for cross-border work. David McEwing in Aberdeen has a strong pedigree handling acquisitions of oilfield interests and other corporate transactions. Richard Goodfellow is the main contact in Leeds, while Martin Stewart-Smith and Angus Rollo are names to note in London. Key additions to the team included Alex Hirom, who recently joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Paul Jones was recruited from Dragon Oil in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow; Angus Rollo; Martin Stewart-Smith

Other key lawyers:

David McEwing; Paul Jones; Alex Hirom

Testimonials

‘Expertise, diversity and detailed billing. Wide experience in the energy sector and long professional relationship with Mr Martin Stewart-Smith (Partner) in dealing with legal matters of our company.’

Commercially minded and extremely user-friendly. They take time to understand what what is important.’

Angus Rollo is an exceptional partner. Responsive, with exceptional command of the detail and a real force in negotiations.’

Key clients

bp

National Grid

Engie

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) / Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)

Waldorf Energy Group

Dana Petroleum

Ineos FPS

UGI International / Avanti Gas

Sonatrach

Dragon Oil

Ceylon Petroleum

Trafigura

Acquisition finance Tier 5

'Commercial and detailed in its approach', Addleshaw Goddard remains a popular choice for lenders (both clearing banks and debt funds) and borrowers on mid-market acquisition finance mandates. Team head Alex Dumphy is 'great to work with and does a fantastic job' across myriad structures, including syndicated, unitranche, TLB and super senior/first out. Strong regional offices, particularly in Manchester and Leeds, also provide an added degree of cost effectiveness in relation to lower margin-based work.

Practice head(s):

Alex Dumphy

Other key lawyers:

Peter Crichton; Cerys Poolis

Testimonials

Commercial and competitive on fees.’

The depth of the team ensures quick delivery.’

The team is commercial and detailed in its approach.’

Alex Dumphy is great to work with and does a fantastic job.’

Key clients

Bluebay (now renamed Arcmont)

CVC

Cordet Capital

Alcentra

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

ECI Capital Partners

Dunport Capital

Telemos Capital

Barings Advisors

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

Led from London by Paul Fleming  and aided by a strong national presence overseen by Manchester-based Ged Barnes Addleshaw Goddard's 'pragmatic and open-minded' team is a popular choice among IPs and clearing banks in relation to domestic mid-market restructuring and insolvency matters. The practice has also been capturing more cross-border funds mandates, leveraging the firm's international network. This aspect of the practice was enhanced by the August 2020 arrival of Karl Clowry , who has the 'stakeholder management skills to work on the tough cases with multiple competing agendas'.

Practice head(s):

Ged Barnes (national head); Paul Fleming (London head)

Other key lawyers:

Fraser Ritson; Karl Clowry; Anna Hodgson; Adam McCarron

Testimonials

They are able to combine experience with a pragmatic and creative way of working that is very helpful in solving problems that many clients have not previously confronted. This makes them a first choice for complex restructuring cases that require more than an off-the-shelf approach in order to be successful.’

The team has continually been pragmatic and open-minded to innovations in collaboration and innovation.’

Karl Clowry always provides clear and concise advice for even the most complex of problems.’

Karl Clowry has the depth of experience as well as the stakeholder management skills to work on the tough cases with multiple competing agendas.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Committee PUFG

FTI Consulting LLP (as Administrators of Prezzo Limited)

Travelodge

BDO LLP (as administrators of Parsons Peebles Group)

Grant Thornton (as English Administrators of Valad European Diversified Fund 11,14 and 19)

FRP Advisory (as Administrators of Trenchard Aviation Group)

Deloitte (as Administrators of Supercuts and Regis UK)

PWC (as Administrators of Lehman Brothers)

Trustee in Bankruptcy of Sean Dunne

Syndicate of lenders (HSBC & RBS)

Transport finance and leasing Tier 5

Although it is now more one dimensional in the scope of its asset finance capabilities following the departure in September 2020 of aviation finance specialist Rebecca Garner to Stephenson Harwood, Addleshaw Goddard remains a major force in the rail sector, chiefly as a result of 'commercial and sensible' team head Clive Smith's market-leading reputation at handling rolling stock finance and leasing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Clive Smith

Testimonials

The team provides focused and realistic advice.’

‘Clive Smith understands the rail industry very well and works to achieve commercial and sensible results.’

Clive’s Smith’s brain power, attention to detail, drafting abilities and commercial acumen make him stand out, head and shoulders above his peers.’

Clive Smith is, in my experience, the best asset finance lawyer in town. His ability to synthesise the most complex legal and commercial issues, into easily digestible, bite size pieces, is second to none. His market knowledge, pragmatism, drafting skills and ability to anticipate, and resolve, thorny legal and commercial issues are the best in town.’

Key clients

EVERSHOLT RAIL GROUP

CAF

HITACHI RAIL

SMBC LEASING

RAIL OPERATIONS GROUP

VTG RAIL UK

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 Mark Molyneux
Real estate Adrian Collins
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ged Barnes  photo Ged Barnes Partner dealing with all aspects of insolvency and restructuring, turnaround and insolvency…
 Paul Bentham  photo Paul Bentham Partner specialising in intellectual property and technology; particular expertise in information technology…
Mr Harold Brako  photo Mr Harold Brako Harold is a partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s Litigation Division.  Harold specialises in…
 Maxine Davies  photo Maxine Davies Experienced partner in a broad range of investment banking and retail disputes…
 Justine Delroy  photo Justine Delroy Justine heads up Addleshaw Goddard’s commercial tax team. On the business/corporate side,…
 Yorke Eaton  photo Yorke Eaton Yorke is a partner in the private capital team. Yorke specialises in…
 Catherine Fearnhead  photo Catherine Fearnhead Catherine advises regulated businesses, developers and investors on the disposal, development, pre-letting…
 Susan Garrett  photo Susan Garrett Partner with extensive experience of a wide variety of high-profile and large-value…
 Andrew Green  photo Andrew Green Partner, corporate division based in Manchester. Andrew specialises in M&A (both public…
 Roger Hart  photo Roger Hart Specialises in a wide range of corporate finance advice and M&A transactions,…
 Michael Hunter  photo Michael Hunter Partner specialising in corporate and property tax, advising on tax aspects of…
 Charles Jagger  photo Charles Jagger Partner specialising in all forms of property litigation including dilapidations, lease renewals,…
 Peter Kershaw  photo Peter Kershaw Peter leads the Manchester real estate team and has a wealth of…
 Stephen Kinsey  photo Stephen Kinsey Non-contentious real estate. Specialising in investment and development/regeneration of commercial property. Main…
 Richard Lee  photo Richard Lee Partner specialising in advising public and significant private companies and well known…
 Andrew Maskill  photo Andrew Maskill Partner specialising in asset finance, project finance, trade finance and structured finance.…
 Phil McGough  photo Phil McGough Partner.
 Nancy McGuire  photo Nancy McGuire Partner and national head of Construction, Engineering and Environmental. Construction specialist with…
 Paul Medlicott  photo Paul Medlicott Partner in corporate team focusing on general corporate, M&A and private equity.…
 Mark Molyneux  photo Mark Molyneux Mark is a partner specialising in commercial litigation. Mark provides advice to…
 Vicky Niescier  photo Vicky Niescier Vicky is a partner in the Real Estate department who has experience acting…
 Michael O’Connor  photo Michael O’Connor Partner specialising in public/private finance, structured finance, PFI and PPP (head of…
 Richard Oman  photo Richard Oman Richard is a partner in the banking and finance team. He acts…
 Martin O’Shea  photo Martin O’Shea Martin advises on a range of financing, including leveraged, property and corporate…
 Andrew Pettinger  photo Andrew Pettinger Specialises in commercial and corporate work of all types involving the public…
 Simon Prendergast  photo Simon Prendergast Simon is a partner in the finance and projects division, specialising in…
 Graeme Warburton  photo Graeme Warburton Partner; experienced in all aspects of corporate transactions involving SMEs and owner-managed…
 James Whittaker  photo James Whittaker Partner specialising in outsourcing, technology and sports/media work; in outsourcing he specialises…
Number of UK partners : 240
Number of other UK fee-earners : 860

The Lex 100 Verdict

For Addleshaw Goddard trainees, ‘the culture of the firm really stood out at interview – it seemed pragmatic and down-to-earth’. A ‘progressive outlook and a reputation for being forward-thinking’ also attracted recruits to the firm in droves.  With offices across the UK, AG is the ‘perfect mixture of a City and regional firm, whilst still offering some opportunities to work abroad and undertake top client secondments’. The happy medium of ‘high-quality work and deep involvement in matters with a good work/life balance’ goes some way in explaining the firm’s eight Lex 100 Winner medals. On a less positive note, trainees would like to see an improvement in the facilities in the Scottish offices and ‘greater transparency around how the seat allocation algorithm works’. Understandably, working remotely has taken its toll on AG recruits, with some lamenting the loss of ‘learning by osmosis’, the ‘diminished opportunities for face-to-face client contact’ and the limited social interaction with their teams. ‘Completing deals at home’ and ‘long nights, especially when having been sat in the same room all day’ were considered worst moments. Nevertheless, remote working also has its positives: ‘I think this has moved the firm away from the slightly old-fashioned idea that we have to be present in an office’. Trainees were quick to compliment the ‘approachability of all senior fee earners’ who show a ‘willingness to lead by example and take time to give sufficient feedback’. One such example is ‘a partner ringing me out of the blue to tell me I was doing a good job and to keep my head up’. For a firm with a ‘heavy emphasis on a people-centred culture’ and a ‘real team spirit’, research Addleshaw Goddard.