Firm Profile > Addleshaw Goddard > Edinburgh, Scotland

Addleshaw Goddard

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The large restructuring team at Addleshaw Goddard is based across Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, giving it a wide national coverage. It acts for international and domestic banking organisations, investment banks, funds, insolvency practitioners, sponsors and corporate borrowers. Jamie McIntosh heads up the practice and is recommended for insolvency and corporate restructuring matters. Tim Cooper handles contentious insolvency work and Addi Spiers is experienced in distressed real estate matters. Managing associate Kirsten Fleming deals with global investigations and recovery issues.

Practice head(s):

Jamie McIntosh

Other key lawyers:

Tim Cooper; Addi Spiers; Emma Widdowson; Kirsten Fleming


‘They are a large well know presence in the market and uphold this reputation’.

‘Emma Widdowson is a trusted contact we are able to call upon for our projects’.

‘First-class service from a very knowledgeable team’.

‘Proactive in managing cases and driving forward towards results’.

‘Our key client partner is Addi Spiers who I have found to be extremely positive in managing cases through to conclusion’.

‘Tim Cooper is proactive, provides excellent service and always goes the extra mile’.

‘They are a highly skilled and dedicated team who can be relied upon to provide sound advice in a timely and precise manner’.

‘The people I deal with are personable, reliable and manage time costs well’.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank Of Scotland / Natwest

Santander Bank

Clydesdale Bank PLC / Virgin Money


Barclays Bank plc


OakNorth Bank plc

Cable Capital Partners Limited

Scottish Enterprise

Banking and finance Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard acts as lead counsel on major Scottish financings, and also handles the Scots law aspects of large international deals. Its broad expertise includes project finance, real estate development financing and asset-based lending mandates. Practice head Alan Shanks has considerable experience in acquisition and project finance work in the energy sector. Euan Cluness handles corporate lending issues, and Gaenor Cassell is recommended for borrower work for corporates and private equity funds, and cross-border securitisations. Catriona Smith is a key name in Aberdeen; she specialises in on- and offshore renewables financing work.

Practice head(s):

Alan Shanks

Other key lawyers:

Euan Cluness; Tom Speirs; Catriona Smith; Gaenor Cassell


‘The team have a depth of expertise in Scottish and English Law’.

‘We have found them to be knowledgeable, helpful and proactive, across various transactions’.

‘They are commercially minded but ensure that the bank is fully protected’.

‘Tom Speirs is our principal contact and he has ensured that we keep in touch and meet to develop the relationship, as well as staying actively involved during the times we have legal matters underway’.

‘The team at AG in Scotland are hugely collaborative when approaching both individual deals and the wider relationship with our bank locally’.

‘Euan Cluness has demonstrated consistently a depth of market knowledge and the ability to understand and negotiate issues through the lens of either borrower or lender’.

‘We appreciate the way that Euan Cluness cuts through a lot of the “legalese” and the interactions with borrower counsel to allow us to focus on the key risks associated with our positions’.

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Venn Partners LLP

PNC Business Credit `

HSBC UK Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank PLC

Barclays Bank PLC

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

KanAm Grund

Clydesdale Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

The real estate team at Addleshaw Goddard is active across a broad range of sectors, including energy and hospitality, as well as a more recent focus on digital infrastructure. It is well versed in handling the restructuring and reorganisation of UK portfolios, and is no stranger to cross-border work. Miles Ede heads the practice and has considerable experience in the digital infrastructure sector - he is the key client partner for BT. Alison Newton is a name to note for leasing and land development deals, and also handles regeneration work.

Practice head(s):

Miles Ede

Other key lawyers:

Alison Newton; Neil Addis; Alastair Cowan; Kirsty Nicholson; Carrie Armstrong


‘A dedicated and committed service that should make others sit up and notice’.

‘Alison Newton is the lawyer you need in heated discussions; she take complex problems and adds an air of experience, simplicity and ease to resolve them swiftly’.

‘Access and availability are paramount concerns for any client: and both are provided in abundance’.

‘There is a personal approach here that I have found lacking elsewhere and a real commitment to commerciality’.

‘The AG real estate team are an extension of our operating capability internally and that is something that we rely on absolutely’.

‘Collaboration and the handing over the matter between fee earners was stellar’.

‘The team understands what we are trying to achieve and are focused on delivering this for us’.

‘Communication is strong and they have the clarity of thought that we value’.

Key clients

Scottish Enterprise

KanAm Grund

Aviva Investors

Asda Stores Limited

British Telecommunications plc

Legal and General

SSE plc


Watkin Jones plc

Ediston Real Estate

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard’s Scots corporate team handles M&A, private equity deals and equity capital markets matters for clients across a wide range of industries, including technology, healthcare and life sciences, real estate and energy. Practice head David Kirchin handles both corporate and banking work, and counts leading UK banks and private equity investors among his client base. Andrew Ley is particularly active in the retail and food and drink sectors, and is adept at handling fundraisings, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

David Kirchin

Other key lawyers:

Anna Brown; Andrew Ley; David Horne; Murray Jack; Andrew Walker; David Anderson; Laura Falls


‘First-class knowledge and experience in corporate sales, especially in the renewables sector’.

‘Laura Falls provides attention to detail and an understanding of very complex subject matters’.

‘Each member of Addleshaw Goddard with whom we worked had a very joined-up view of our needs at each stage of the engagement’.

‘Strong team of partners and supporting solicitors’.

‘David Anderson continues to go above and beyond in every engagement I have with him’.

‘David Anderson is supported by a quality team who are able to work quickly and under pressure without dropping quality’.

‘At all times, they made themselves available for explanations and the discussion of options for moving forward and they took care to ensure that decisions were always taken from a position of client understanding’.

Key clients

activpayroll Limited


H2 Equity Partners

Principal shareholders (Sellers) of Symphonic Software Limited

City Pub Group Plc

Foresight Group LLP and Maven Capital Partners LLP

James Donaldson Group

Currie European Transport Limited

genedrive plc

SIG Trading Limited


NIC Enterprises Limited

DestiNA Genomics Limited

The Buffalo Farm Limited

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has historically been strong in the buying, selling and financing of onshore wind farms, and it has recently seen an uptick in work relating to hydroelectric schemes. With strong support from the real estate and planning teams, the energy and renewables group has also recently been involved in a number of battery storage projects. Alan Shanks, who heads up the team, focuses on financing in the clean energy sector. In June 2020, Suzanne Moir joined from DWF together with her team. Alison Horner retired.

Practice head(s):

Alan Shanks

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Baillie; Murray Jack; Suzanne Moir

Key clients

Red Rock Power

Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Deutsche Bank

Trojan Energy



Hydro Ludens

Green Power


IT and telecoms Tier 2

Noted for its ability to ‘leverage the breadth of expertise in the firm in order to provide a holistic recommendation’, Addleshaw Goddard is increasingly active in digital transformation projects. Fintech expert David Anderson leads the group, which has considerable experience in data protection issues, as well as IT and BPAAS outsourcings, commercial contracts and tech-related litigation. Anderson also handles the IT and technology aspects of corporate investments and divestments, while Helena Brown's practice largely centres on data protection issues emanating from IT projects and contracts.

Practice head(s):

David Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Helena Brown; Ross McKenzie


‘In-depth market knowledge. Very responsive. Very practical.’

‘Helena Brown is easy to deal with and has knowledge across a number of industries.’

‘Helena and the team at Addleshaw Goddard offer us an invaluable data protection partnership and on-going support to ad hoc privacy issues.’

‘Diverse team with depth and experience in the Scottish market able to respond and react to any requirement or timeframe.’

‘Practical hands on understanding of technology and apply that to deals to focus on the right issues in getting a deal done.’

‘Use of and offers to use technology to drive efficiencies and improve processes ’

‘Dave Anderson understands key issues and acts commercially. Hugely responsive – he is available at any time and is willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

FNZ (UK) Ltd

Vision Express

Par Equity

Boohoo Group plc

Mintra Training Portal

Symphonic Software Limited

Tumelo Limited

Salunda Limited


CBS Business Consulting Ltd

OBR – Open Banking Reporting

Obashi Technologies Limited

Social housing Tier 2

Clients regularly instruct Addleshaw Goddard's team led by Heather Pearson to advise on matters associated with new-build developments such as site acquisitions and property finance.

Practice head(s):

Heather Pearson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Speirs

Sport Tier 2

The sports practice at Addleshaw Goddard encompasses the full range of contentious and non-contentious sports-related issues. Simon Catto, who heads up the group, routinely acts for football players and high-profile clubs in a variety of disputes, with additional strength in complex issues relating to contracts and regulatory matters. Helena Brown is particularly skilled in sponsorship, data protection and consumer compliance matters. In recent team news, Tony McGlennan departed in September 2020 to take up a role at Stranraer Sheriff Court.

Practice head(s):

Simon Catto

Other key lawyers:

Helena Brown; Erin Grieve

Key clients

Celtic Football Club

The Scottish Football Association

St Mirren Football Club

Motherwell Football Club

Kilmarnock Football Club

Ice Hockey UK

The Rugby Partnership

Edinburgh United

Transport Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard boosted its infrastructure offering in August 2020 with the arrival of a team from DWF including Suzanne Moir, whose focus lies on advising public sector clients on major infrastructure procurements. Sarah Baillie provides airports with planning and road law advice and handles transport matters arising from housing and commercial developments. The firm’s main strength, however, remains its shipping offering led by Ed Watt, who advises banks, port authorities, shipowners and operators alongside oilfield services companies on ship registration, international and domestic transactional, corporate and ship finance including associated disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ed Watt; Sarah Baillie

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Moir; Carrie Armstrong


‘The team at AG support us fully and is available 24/7 to support our business.’

‘Ed Watt is very professional and makes himself available for both planned and unplanned commissions in this fast moving business environment.’

‘AG team’s key strength is its prompt response and ability to resolve complicated matters in a most efficient way.’

‘Ed Watt is a true professional with lots of experience in maritime-related legal affairs. He gave valuable advice on a number of occasions when our company needed a professional legal assistance with respect to the construction and implementation of English maritime laws.’

Key clients

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd

Highland and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL)

Aldi Stores Limited

Dundee Airport Limited


Forth Ports Limited

Lombard North Central Plc

Strawson Holdings Limited

London Offshore Consultants (LOC)

Briggs Marine Contractors Limited

Caspian Marine Services Limited

Irish Mainport Holdings Unlimited Company

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Acting for both companies and individuals, Addleshaw Goddard receives regular instructions arising from contractual, insolvency and fraud claims with particular expertise in shareholder disputes and breach of warranty claims. This offering is not least a reflection of the expertise of practice head and solicitor advocate Simon Catto, who routinely handles breach of contract and warranty claims alongside insolvency-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Catto

Other key lawyers:

Joan Devine; Alan Sinclair; Lynsey Walker


‘Alan Sinclair is a terrific litigation lawyer. He is pragmatic, cost aware, realistic as to prospects and has just the right amount of empathy when needed.’

‘Alan Sinclair is one of the smartest, yet down-to-earth lawyers I have met. He is measured and modest but is the litigator who you want to be fighting your corner. Too often litigators take an unnecessarily aggressive approach but Alan doesn’t need to because his style encompasses academic excellence, strategic acumen and commercial sensitivity to resolve disputes as smoothly as possible. He has shown integrity and understanding in delicate circumstances which supported the solicitor/ client relationship in a complex litigation. He is an asset to the team.’

‘We find the team incredibly concise and efficient. We are always provided with what we feel are frank and open responses with clarity of opinion on the matters at hand. This results in us not always being told what we hoped we would hear but certainly in us obtaining great quality advice on the legal matters at hand. Responses are always extremely quickly received and very often this can be out with normal hours which is particularly important to us.’

Simon Catto has learned to understand our culture and operates exactly in the manner that suits us.’

‘Joan Devine brings a calm and rational presence to the proceedings. Adept and experienced.’

‘They truly worked in tandem – allocating work between them to ensure the matter was always being conducted at an appropriate level in terms of required expertise and billing.’

They have been excellent, truly collegiate and collaborative, and a joy to work with.

Key clients

National Grid plc

Muller UK & Ireland LLP

SGN plc

BT plc

FNZ (UK) Limited

Asda Stores Limited

Aldi Stores Limited


Eastern Motor Company Limited

Greene King Brewing & Retailing Ltd

Construction Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's construction portfolio includes funding and procurement advice, which, alongside various Scottish projects, routinely concerns UK-wide projects with a focus on commercial, residential (including student accommodations) and office developments. Work pertaining to energy and infrastructure projects has recently been mostly in the contentious space. Team head Anne Struckmeier is the key contact for construction disputes; she took on the lead following Alison Horner's move to Shepherd and Wedderburn in October 2020. Clients include developers, contractors and UK funds.

Practice head(s):

Anne Struckmeier

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Moir; Sarah Baillie; Alan Shanks


‘This is a solid commercial practice with highly driven solicitors and some of the best brains in the business.’

‘Ease of communication, detailed understanding of our sector, highly flexible and nothing is a problem.’

‘I have used this team for a number of years across a number of in-house employers and have always found them to be very responsive and responsible at picking up a new matter and getting it dealt with efficiently. The team is technically excellent and always seeks to understand and meet the client’s legal and commercial objectives.’

‘I find Anne Struckmeier very accessible and her advice is generally pragmatic and aligned to the client’s commercial objectives. Recent work with Anne in relation to COVID issues demonstrated that Anne is well up to speed with the ever changing legal landscape in Scotland and was able to apply this knowledge to a very practical set of advices to the internal client that were in readily usable format. Anne is a pleasure to deal with and the rare combination of very knowledgeable and also very personable.’

‘The team is very proactive in alerting to me things that may interest me or affect the business such as legislation changes, articles etc. They involved themselves in our large projects making sure they fully understood what our projects were and providing initial advice together hints and tips on how they could assist the business. They provide complete clarity on their billing and invoicing, giving me monthly updates.’

‘Anne Struckmeier heads up the team and she can be relied upon to leave no stone unturned in order to deliver what I need. The firm understands our business, always seeks to meet our objectives and they sort out problems quickly and efficiently. They look for ways in which to add meaningful value to their service.’

Key clients



Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL)

SSE plc

Maven Capital Partners

BT plc


Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard is particularly experienced in the oil and gas, and energy transition sectors, and has noted experience in cross-border M&A. The team is co-headed by David McEwing and Ross McKenzie, who handle corporate and commercial matters, respectively. McEwing has over 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. McKenzie is recommended for IT and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

David McEwing; Ross McKenzie

Key clients

Waldorf Acquisition Co. Ltd

Titan Torque Services

Stacey Oil Services Limited

Trojan Energy

J&F Subsea

BP International


Boohoo Group

Vision Express

Dana Petroleum

Mintra Training Group

Voluntary Services Aberdeen

Tymor Marine


MCL Medics

Prodrill Recruitment Limited

Ineos FPS

Debt recovery Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's debt recovery practice is part of its wider finance litigation offering, which translates into particular expertise at this intersection and, subsequently, to regular instructions from financial institutions, while public and property sector players alongside utilities and SMEs also instruct the team. Simon Catto, whose commercial litigation expertise includes insolvency-related matters, heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Catto

Other key lawyers:

Joan Devine; Alan Sinclair; Lynsey Walker


‘The individuals that I communicate with at Addleshaw Goddard are exceptional. They are not only experts within the legal industry generally, but also experts in the niche areas of law which we deal with on a regular basis.’

The team is open, honest and trustworthy. They are hard-working and determined to obtain the best result possible for us. In doing so, the team provides us with sound advice, always steering us in the direction which is best for the business, and achieves what we set out to achieve.

The team always understands and appreciates the objective we have when dealing with matters of dispute, and are sure to bear that objective in mind throughout communications with any third party.’

‘We have used Addleshaw Goddard for a number of years and the advice and service that we receive from them is always top class. They are very easy to deal with.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard is a very professional firm to deal with. They are transparent and always communicate with clients. This is a huge contrast to other firms we have dealt with in the past. The staff are fantastic to deal with.’

‘The team’s strength is its knowledge of the subjects that it deals with and that they treat each debt individually rather than as a route to earning fees.’

Key clients

Promontoria (Henrico) Limited

Clydesdale Bank plc / Virgin Money plc

Castle Water Limited

Natwest/Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Park Property Management

Duff & Phelps

Paragon Housing Association

Close Invoice Finance Limited

Armada Asset Finance

Aberdeen City Council

Assetz SME Capital Limited

RBS Invoice Finance Limited

Ayrshire Housing

Siemens Financial Services Limited

Scottish Woodlands Limited

Western Commercials

Grampian Housing Association Ltd

Promontoria (Chestnut) Limited

Link Housing Group

FRP Advisory LLP

Aldermore Bank plc

Linstone Housing Association Ltd

Carden Place

Link Factoring

Miller Property Management

Abertay Housing Association

Scottish Police Credit Union

Tail O’The Bank Credit Union

Kelvinside Academy

Craigholme School

Ethigen Pharmaceutical

Planning Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard acts for public and private sector clients, who require assistance with planning and associated environmental matters arising from energy, retail, residential, leisure and infrastructure projects. Its scope spans both contentious and non-contentious issues with regular instructions involving planning agreements and applications alongside planning objections and enforcement actions. Its energy sector expertise also includes novel technologies such battery storage and hydrogen. Sarah Baillie heads the team and acts across a wide range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Baillie


‘Sarah Baillie is widely experienced in planning law and practice and in related areas such as compulsory purchase. She works effectively and efficiently in a team to produce the desired outcome. This is done in a relaxed manner which inspires client confidence.’

‘Friendly and approachable team with a sense of humour. Focused when required and organised. Patient and a collaborative approach to dealing with complicated issues. Helpful having a partner who is professionally qualified as a planner as well as a lawyer. ’

‘Sarah Baillie provides great leadership and challenges views when necessary.’

‘A great team and I trust their advice.’

Key clients

SSE plc

Aldi Stores Limited

Scotland Gas Networks plc

Alcemi Developments UK Group of Companies

Clackmannanshire Council

Murray Group

Robertson Property

Highland and Islands Airports


Strawsons Holdings

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL)

Frank Smart & Sons

Scottish Enterprise (SE)

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

South of Scotland Enterprise

StayCity Apartments

Dalmunzie Estate

Property litigation Tier 3

As an integral part of Addleshaw Goddard's national dispute resolution practice, the Scotland-based property litigation team is routinely involved in cross-border litigation covering residential, commercial and agricultural sector work for private individuals, property investment firms, commercial entities and public bodies. Its offering includes assistance with servitude rights, lease disputes, dilapidation claims and other landlord and tenant issues. The last-mentioned segment has recently included a number of Covid-19-related rent disputes and CVA instructions in the hotel and retail sectors, while retailers also routinely instruct the team to advise on neighbourly and development-related disputes, among others. Its agricultural expertise has recently translated into instructions on crofting rights and boundary disputes. Glasgow-based Joan Devine heads the team and is the main contact for insolvency-related work. Legal director and solicitor advocate Edward Gratwick is the main contact in Edinburgh.

Practice head(s):

Joan Devine

Other key lawyers:

Simon Catto; Edward Gratwick


‘The team at Addleshaw Goddard always had my back, explaining my options and giving me cast-iron, personally tailored advice on how best to proceed. They were always ready with advice on exactly the right things to do in the legal process.’

‘Simon Catto and Edward Gratwick share the qualities of tenacity and sheer determination to succeed in protecting my interests. Edward Gratwick’s intellectual acuity and keen enthusiasm for the work shone through. Simon Catto stands out as a particularly brilliant lawyer, comfortable with the legal process at the highest level and consistently offering both legal and pragmatic advice to get me the very best result.’

‘Very approachable, good people and are willing to work collaboratively.’

‘Joan Devine is extremely attentive, she looks after us and sets out well-balanced advice to allow us to make informed decisions.’

‘Very good, commercial advice and a proactive approach to resolving disputes.’

‘Joan Devine has the ability to present technical advice in layman’s terms for non-legal clients. Upfront transparency on fees and an eye for the detail of an issue.’

‘Joan Devine has a long established and enviable reputation for persuasive representation with common sense.’

Key clients

National Grid plc

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

Asda Stores Limited

SGN plc

British Telecommunications plc

Aldi Stores Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Mapeley STEPS Limited

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Wireless Infrastructure Group Limited

Red Rock Power Limited/Afton Wind Farm Limited

Vento Ludens Limited

Employment Tier 4

Embedded in the firm's UK-wide offering, Addleshaw Goddard is well placed to handle cross-border mandates spanning business restructurings and reorganisations, HR, industrial relations and litigation. Providing TUPE advice and defending clients in employment tribunal proceedings constitute particular areas of strength with the latter typically involving various discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. Solicitor advocate and team head David Hughes is a key contact for employment tribunal advocacy, while also handling non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

David Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Robert Phillips; Kelly Brown


‘Robert Philips has been a breath of fresh air; he took on a high-profile tribunal when our previous provider failed to notify us of the exchange of statements deadline. Robert worked through the huge file and provided guidance which overall delivered a positive outcome. Robert is extremely knowledgeable and simplifies advice for those of us non-legalistic types.’

‘Lateral thinking and ability to quickly grasp a situation. Articulating risks but allowing client to determine path ahead.’

Works as part of the wider team, explains thinking to develop client knowledge.

Key clients

FNZ Group


Bilfinger Salamis (UK) Limited


Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd

Avanti Gas

Texo Group

Vysus Group



On 1 June 2017, HBJ Gateley merged with Addleshaw Goddard. The business is known in Scotland as Addleshaw Goddard. The enlarged firm is delivering greater value to clients through enhanced UK-wide legal coverage, increased practice and sector bench strength and more flexible resourcing. It 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. 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 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, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. 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 is 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
Head of Scotland David Kirchin
Corporate David Kirchin
Finance and projects Alan Shanks
Litigation Simon Catto
Real estate Miles Ede
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Neil Addis  photo Mr Neil Addis Neil acts for clients involved in all aspects of real estate work,…
Mrs Carrie Armstrong  photo Mrs Carrie Armstrong Carrie is dual-qualified in Scotland, England and Wales, with specialisms including hotel…
 Helena Brown  photo Helena Brown Helena is an IP, IT and commercial expert with over 15 years’…
Mr Simon Catto  photo Mr Simon Catto Simon is head of the dispute resolution team in Scotland and a…
Mr Euan Cluness  photo Mr Euan Cluness Euan has wide expertise in the fields of corporate lending, acquisition finance…
Mr Tim Cooper  photo Mr Tim Cooper Tim specialises in all aspects of insolvency, restructuring and recovery across a…
Mr Alastair Cowan  photo Mr Alastair Cowan Alastair is dual qualified for both Scotland and England/Wales and has helped…
Mr Miles Ede  photo Mr Miles Ede Miles is head of Real Estate in Scotland and specialises in portfolio…
 David Horne  photo David Horne David specialises in corporate and commercial law, particularly corporate finance, acquisitions and…
 David Hughes photo David Hughes David has specialised in employment law for more than 17 years and…
Mr David Kirchin  photo Mr David Kirchin David leads the corporate team in Scotland and is also a central…
Mr Andrew Ley  photo Mr Andrew Ley Andrew is a leading corporate lawyer who focusses on working closely with…
Mr Jamie McIntosh  photo Mr Jamie McIntosh Jamie is head of corporate restructuring and insolvency in Scotland. He is…
Mr Malcolm McPherson  photo Mr Malcolm McPherson Expertise: Malcolm is one of the leading corporate lawyers in Scotland. He…
Ms Kirsty Nicholson  photo Ms Kirsty Nicholson Kirsty leads the largest English real estate team based in Scotland. After…
Mrs Heather Pearson  photo Mrs Heather Pearson Heather heads the social housing and regeneration team in Scotland, and advises…
Mr Alan Shanks  photo Mr Alan Shanks Alan is head of the Finance and Projects division in Scotland. He…
Mr Tom Speirs  photo Mr Tom Speirs Tom specialises in banking and finance work and acts for all of…
Mrs Anne Struckmeier  photo Mrs Anne Struckmeier Anne is a Partner and head of Contentious Construction in Scotland. She…
Mr Andrew Walker  photo Mr Andrew Walker Andrew is very experienced in general transactional corporate work, including acquisitions, disposals,…
Mr Ed Watt  photo Mr Ed Watt Ed is a recognised leading commercial shipping lawyer and head of the…
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.