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Addleshaw Goddard
MILTON GATE
60 CHISWELL STREET
LONDON
EC1Y 4AG
London

Commercial contracts Tier 1

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

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 1

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

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

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

Partnership Tier 1

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

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

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

Social housing: finance Tier 1

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

Asset based lending Tier 2

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

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

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

Commercial property: development Tier 2

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

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

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

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 2

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

Corporate governance Tier 2

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

Fintech Tier 2

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

Healthcare Tier 2

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

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 2

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

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

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

Product liability: defendant Tier 2

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

Property finance Tier 2

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

Rail Tier 2

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

Reputation management Tier 2

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

Water Tier 2

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

Administrative and public law Tier 3

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

Brand management Tier 3

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

Commercial litigation Tier 3

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

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

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

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 3

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

Construction: contentious Tier 3

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

Corporate tax Tier 3

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

Employment: employers Tier 3

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

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

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

Fraud: civil Tier 3

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

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

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

IT and telecoms Tier 3

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

Local government Tier 3

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

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

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

Planning Tier 3

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

Trade finance Tier 3

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

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

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

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

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

Competition litigation Tier 4

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

Debt capital markets Tier 4

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

Employee share schemes Tier 4

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

EU and competition Tier 4

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

Oil and gas Tier 4

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

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

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

Property litigation Tier 4

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

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

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

Acquisition finance Tier 5

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

Aviation Tier 5

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

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

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

International arbitration Tier 5

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

Transport finance & leasing Tier 5

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

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

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

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.

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Senior partner Charles Penney
Managing partner John Joyce
Corporate and commercial Yunus Seedat
Finance Amanda Gray
Litigation Michael Barnett
Real estate Leona Ahmed
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Number of UK partners : 240
Number of other UK fee-earners : 860