Firm Profile > Addleshaw Goddard > London, England

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

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has a first-rate reputation among FTSE AIM 50 and FTSE AIM 100 companies, nominated advisers, financial advisers, brokers and investors; the firm also counts The Takeover Panel as a client. In 2019, it acted on one third of all new AIM IPOs, which included Giles Distin leading the advice to N+1 Singer Advisory LLP (as nominated adviser and broker) on the £73m AIM IPO of essensys plc; the firm also handled one sixth of public takeovers of AIM companies. In addition to being a market leader in the AIM arena, the team is also prominent in large and high-profile Main Market transactions. Nick Pearey heads up the practice, which spans the UK network.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Addleshaws had a very experienced, personable, commercial and supportive approach to the work they helped us with. We had a 100% partner-led team, which brought the right level of seniority, but the managing associate was also extremely experienced. I never felt that we were unimportant to the team, or that they had other priorities (which I am sure they did).

Richard Lee is a very experienced, commercial, and understanding partner. He listens to the “ask” and responds to it, rather than dictating to the client. He always gave 100% and his support was invaluable. Louise Pritchard is definitely a shining star in the AG corporate team. She has a lot of experience and is certainly one to watch.

Very active in small and mid-cap ECM, the sheer volumes of deals they do means that they are only on top of the issues.

Giles Distin is an excellent lawyer and I would not hesitate to ask him to act for us on any ECM deal or a Code deal, where he really is a subject matter expert.

Impressively partner-led, very personable characters with commercial nous.

Simon Wood is particularly excellent.

The pre-eminent public company legal team in the North.

Roger Hart stands out for the depth of his experience and quality of feedback from his clients.

Key clients

The Pebble Group plc

Brickability Group plc

Kestrel Partners LLP

Redcentric plc

Boohoo Group PLC

B. P. Marsh & Partners Plc

Accrol Group Holdings plc

Scapa Group PLC

Ramsdens Holdings PLC

The City Pub Company PLC

Frontier IP Group plc

Kainos Group plc

Frenkel Topping Group PLC

Sumo Group Plc

Yourgene Health plc

genedrive plc

Churchill China PLC

Numis Securities

Investec Bank

Canaccord Genuity

Macquarie Capital (Europe)

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

Peel Hunt

Liberum Capital

Jefferies

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

Cenkos Securities

N+1 Singer

Panmure Gordon

Piper Jaffray

Zeus Capital

finnCap

Shore Capital & Corporate

SPARK Advisory Partners

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

Addleshaw Goddard is particularly strong in public M&A, having worked on several public takeovers in the last 18 months. The department advises a large number of FTSE 100 and 250 clients and also has a consistent record of mid-market work for blue chip clients, including several large banks.  On the high-end M&A side, the team recently advised Battersea Power Station on the sale of several commercial assets. Core industry sectors include retail, financial services, energy, and real estate, with private equity transactional work also fully integrated within the M&A group. Practice head Andrew Rosling also leads the firm's retail and consumer group, while senior partner Charles Penney specialises in public takeovers and equity capital markets transactions. Yunus Seedat manages the wider corporate team while Mike Duggan is in charge of the London corporate group specifically.

Testimonials

The firm was proactive and focused on maximising value for money, challenging the other side’s lawyers when they were less engaged

A good knowledge of the various markets and a very thorough and competent approach to drafting (but not at the expense of commercial advice). They are also competitive from a fee perspective

Ben Koehne was great. When others were getting bogged down in the minutiae, Ben was able to take matters up a level to focus on the commercial imperatives & galvanise his team appropriately

They were customer focused, well organised and responsive. What makes them different to others is their genuine customer service and listening to the client.

Key clients

Actis

A&J Mucklow Group

Argent Related

Associated British Foods

Battersea Power Station

Bestway

BP

British American Tobacco

CDC Group

Celador

Diageo

Energean Oil & Gas

Fastpayhotels

GVC Holdings

KCOM Group

Lloyds Banking Group

National Westminster Bank

Rathbone Brothers

SafeCharge International Group

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Sealink Travel Group

SSE

Ted Baker

Toscafund

Whalar.com

Wyevale Garden Centres/Terra Firma

Partnership Tier 1

The group at Addleshaw Goddard focuses entirely on partnerships and limited liability partnerships. It handles advisory work for international businesses in relation to structuring, M&A and joint venture and network arrangements. Dispute resolution is another mainstay of the practice. The professional services department is led by 'first-rate' partner William Wastie, whose wide-ranging experience includes mergers and demergers, partnership downsizing and management issues. Aster Crawshaw is also known for undertaking a mix of advisory, transactional and contentious work, with particular expertise in M&A and international structuring. Senior managing associate Chris Hallinan is knowledgeable about governance issues in legal and accountancy firms.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Relatively few practices across the city can really claim to be across the legal issues relevant to professional services firms. The breadth of knowledge across the team is immense.’

Their speed of response and deep understanding of our business are exceptional.

Aster Crawshaw is that rare thing. He’s able to focus on the high-level issues and give a clear commercial appraisal but is also across the detail. You feel he’s got your back covered.

William Wastie is first-rate in all respects. Responsive, practical, smooth.’

Key clients

Marks & Clerk LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Gordon Dadds Group plc

Moore Kingston Smith LLP

Pensions Partners of KPMG

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Addleshaw Goddard attracts a regular flow of mid-market  private equity mandates from its regular clients, as well as securing several new client wins across 2019. The team advises on buyouts, investments, and management buyouts, with values ranging from the lower to the upper-middle-market. Sector specialisms include financial services, technology, business services, and consumer goods. The team is led by Mike Hinchliffe, who is highly active across all aspects of the firm's offering, while Yunus Seedat has an impressive client list that includes CPBE and inflexion. Also of note is senior associate Gemma Phillips, who is highly praised by clients for her leading role in transactions, and legal director Jemma Clarke, who primarily advises investors and portfolio companies.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Mike Hinchliffe is very experienced across the private equity mid market and brings that wealth of know how to each client. He is solutions oriented at all stages of the process. 

‘Good, practical and pragmatic advice combined with excellent market knowledge and connections. Their presence across the UK combines local insight and networks with the technical capability and specialisms of a national firm

‘The team are very experienced, seasoned M&A practitioners with a very good reputation with both management teams and sponsors. Excellent  approach in terms of striking a strong commercial position for their client but at all times maintaining a balance of pragmatism and not engaging in point scoring or antagonistic behaviour.

Mike Hinchliffe is great with client service; responsive and happy to go the extra mile, and I know that our shared clients highly value his advice and wealth of PE experience.’

‘The Addleshaw team are exceptional. High quality and user friendly people and a great culture

Paul Medlicott has  great people skills is very experienced and networked across the PE market. Cuts through what is really important. Exceptional at business development. Never flustered.

‘Marc Field is incredibly responsive and attentive to his clients and is always available to deliver.

 

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity

Synova Capital

Phoenix Equity Partners

CBPE and other shareholders of Allied Glass

ECI Partners

LDC

Farsound Aviation

Equistone Partners Europe

NorthEdge Capital

Mobeus Equity Partners

Retail and consumer Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard handles the full spectrum of retail work, leveraging its full-service offering and national office network to advise clients on high-end strategic mandates as well as business-as-usual issues. The practice’s high-profile client roster spans retailers, fast moving consumer goods companies and top brands. Notable examples include Sainsbury’s, GlaxoSmithKline, Ted Baker and Diageo. Andrew Rosling and Mark Molyneux in Manchester jointly lead the retail and consumer group; Rosling is a key contact for M&A work while Molyneux focuses on contentious mandates. Other practitioners contributing to the sector group include litigator Louisa Caswell, who specialises in contractual disputes, warranty and indemnity claims, and supplier and distributor issues; and M&A expert James Tatro.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Sainsbury’s

Associated British Foods

Ted Baker

Wyevale Garden Centre

PZ Cussons

JD Sports

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Diageo

William Jackson Food Group

Social housing: finance Tier 1

The highly experienced team at Addleshaw Goddard advises banks, large housing associations, pension funds and other investors. It handles both bank and institutional investor transactions and frequently advises on public debt capital markets issuances. Finance head Steve Mackie, who specialises in structured debt transactions, frequently aids new investors on their entrance into the market. Practice head Lee Shankland, who is a ‘sector leader’, spearheads the firm's ESG/social impact group. Jennie Chilton leads the property security team, which handled the property security work on complex multiple pools of properties for all of the funders required by the £1.8bn merger and refinance of Peabody Trust and Town & Country Housing Group. Beth Collett leads the debt capital markets team. Managing associates Geoffrey McGinleyHelen Hunter and Tom McHugh are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Proactive, friendly and experienced team. Always willing to help. Always willing to think about future challenges/opportunities. Great team.

Very open to discussion. Think outside the box. More than happy to offer training and support. Very focused on relationships. Strong focus on ESG & D&I agenda – is welcomed.

As well as being highly professional, knowledgeable and experienced, the team at Addleshaws are very friendly, great to work with and provide a very personal service. There is no shortage of partner engagement and support.

Lee Shankland – sector leader on the funders side of social housing. Jenni Chilton – sector leader on the funders security side. Geoff McGinley – extremely competent and great to work with. Natalie Montezuma – extremely diligent and a joy to work with.’

Steve Mackie, Lee Shankland and the whole team at Addleshaw Goddard are the forefront lenders legal adviser in the social housing finance market. There is no one in the sector with the experience, depth, knowledge and availability.

Steve Mackie is a hands-on partner who gets involved and in the mix, he is the person to turn to for advice in the sector. Tom McHugh is tireless and very experienced as a managing associate.’

Leading team in the sector for social housing acting for lender so very knowledgable and experienced.

Steve Mackie was really accommodating and invested many hours helping us understand the sector better. We value the assistance he provided us.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland / National Westminster Bank / NatWest Markets

Santander

Lloyds

MUFG

BNP Paribas

HSBC Bank UK

Nationwide Building Society

Bank of China UK Limited

Wells Fargo

Asset based lending Tier 2

Led from London by the 'knowledgeable and well-connectedMike Davison, and also able to draw upon the expertise of ABL lawyers throughout the firm's UK offices (including Edinburgh and Manchester), the 'personable and friendly' team at Addleshaw Goddard is deeply embedded into the domestic ABL ecosystem on behalf of a predominantly lender side client base that includes the ABL arms of clearing banks and independents. Praised for its 'market leading knowledge', the team is at the vanguard of work in the sector, including on hybrid arrangements involving ABL facilities sitting alongside facilities provided by debt funds. Manchester-based partner Simon Prendergast has an excellent reputation for lenders across a range of ABL and receivables financing structures, both from a bilateral and syndicated perspective. Praised for her 'depth of knowledge and accessibility', Manchester-based managing associate Lauren Priest-Stephens  has a strong reputation for bank and non-bank lenders and is a key member of the team that also has expertise on the restructuring and litigation front.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team is one of the larger ABL teams in the UK, with multiple specialist partners and experienced managing associates. The team operates well across multiple offices and, where required, is able to call upon other practice areas (for example real estate) who also have ABL knowledge.

‘For domestic work I consider the Addleshaw Goddard team to be on par with the strongest firms in the sector.’

‘Simon Warburton is very experienced and has absolutely no issues running transactions with little or no partner involvement. On a recent transaction he kept to all deadlines, explained issues thoroughly and completely the transaction within the agreed fee estimate.’

‘Simon Prendergast is very experienced in the ABL sector.’

‘Some of the most personable and friendly lawyers in the market.’

‘We use AG for non-contentious work involving the drafting of documentation for new and current asset based lending deals. They are responsive, well priced and conscientious. A number of their team members have spent time with us on secondment over the years so it is sometimes like having temporary extra in-house lawyers at the end of a phone.’

‘Mike Davison is a market leader. Flexible, commercial and pragmatic in approach – he always wants to get the deal done.’

Key clients

HSBC Invoice Finance

Clydesdale Bank

PNC Business Credit

Secure Trust Bank

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Leumi ABL Limited

Shawbrook Bank

Advance Global Capital

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Metro Bank

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

The financial litigation team at Addleshaw Goddard handles 'the full spectrum of banking work', including derivatives and structured products litigation as well as financial crime and payments fraud. It has also 'developed a strong FinTech side to its offering' for which James Herring and the 'dynamic and entrepreneurial' legal director Sivan Daniels are the names to note. Michael Barnett 'skilfully and effectively' leads a team which works closely with colleagues across its national and international network. Other names to note include Richard Clayton (who has 'great knowledge of industry practice') and managing associate Alex Unger who 'is another of the up and coming stars'.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Have forged strong working relationships with banks and are trusted with their larger mandates as a consequence. Covering the full spectrum of banking work including the crossover with regulatory aspects, they have developed a strong FinTech side to their offering through James Herring. We would always expect the AG team to be involved in any significant banking dispute.

The team is skilfully and effectively led by the experienced Michael Barnett.   He is generous with his time and the results are there to be seen

Sivan Daniels is seen as one of the hottest up and coming stars in London. He has great client relationships and is both dynamic and entrepreneurial. He manages a heavy caseload and supports the transactional division, but always get things done.

Richard Clayton is clear thinking and has great knowledge of industry practice. James Herring is superb with clients.

Alex Unger is seen as a Rolls Royce lawyer to work with on trials. He easily and comfortably can be left in command of cases to achieve fantastic results in a wide range of matters.

Richard Clayton is very experienced and has excellent judgement about which cases to fight and which to settle. He gives clear, sound advice on the merits from the very outset. Major financial institutions value his shrewd and nuanced advice that takes account of the detail of the case in question, but also the wider strategic picture for the institution.

Key clients

RBS

Lloyds Bank

Bank of Scotland

Nationwide

Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)

Bank Leumi

Santander

Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Clients praise Addleshaw Goddard's team as ‘truly incredible in working together to find a full solution’. Adrian Collins gears his practice towards infrastructure, education, health and housing projects; he recently succeeded the ‘hands on’ and ‘fully committedLeona Ahmed as department head; she remains an active member of the team, directing particular attention to inbound investment from Asia and the Middle East. In the corporate occupier space, the team frequently advises on high-profile locations in London, including key landmarks, and prides itself on representing newcomers to the local market. As for development work, regeneration and matters with a cross-border work are particularly key, with the core real estate investment offering supplemented by corporate and funds specialists. Among others, clients include leading UK asset managers, REITs and a large number of overseas investors. The practice gained two partners in recent months through the arrivals of Frances Richardson and Rachel Orton from Linklaters LLP and Squire Patton Boggs respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This is one good team – they are highly ethical and really put their heart and soul into the shoes of the client.’

‘The team is well resourced and enjoyable to work with. The can work to very quick timescales and provide very good value for money for the work they do. They are very good a breaking down a transaction and identifying risks.’

‘They are highly co-operative and matter of fact. I know I can trust them and they aren’t afraid to tell me bad news. Chris Cartwright is an excellent lawyer and great at carving through complex tenure arrangements you see in Central London.’

‘Proactive and client-centric approach.’

‘William Boss is strong on client relationship management.’

‘Lee Sheldon is pragmatic and responsive.’

‘Their team of lawyers are incredible in truly working together as a true, full solution. Each scope of vertical expertise is in-depth, timely and very attentive. As a client I had to deal with an extremely complicated situation; without Addleshaws, the deal would have failed long ago. Leona Ahmed and Lee Sheldon were world class and their advice was pivotal all along the way. They also made themselves fully available at all times and this itself was vital to an overseas client in a different time zone. Truly selfless lawyers.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Group of Companies

Aviva

Battersea Power Station Development Company

British Land

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

HB Reavis

Hammerson

Hermes

Middlecap

Muse Devlopments

Mount Anvil

Network Rail

Singapore Holdings

SSE

Telereal Trillium

Terra Firma

Threadneedle Group of Companies

UPP

WeWork

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Clients praise Addleshaw Goddard's team as ‘truly incredible in working together to find a full solution’. Adrian Collins gears his practice towards infrastructure, education, health and housing projects; he recently succeeded the ‘hands on’ and ‘fully committedLeona Ahmed as department head; she remains an active member of the team, directing particular attention to inbound investment from Asia and the Middle East. In the corporate occupier space, the team frequently advises on high-profile locations in London, including key landmarks, and prides itself on representing newcomers to the local market. As for development work, regeneration and matters with a cross-border work are particularly key, with the core real estate investment offering supplemented by corporate and funds specialists. Among others, clients include leading UK asset managers, REITs and a large number of overseas investors. The practice gained two partners in recent months through the arrivals of Frances Richardson and Rachel Orton from Linklaters LLP and Squire Patton Boggs respectively.

Testimonials

‘This is one good team – they are highly ethical and really put their heart and soul into the shoes of the client.’

‘The team is well resourced and enjoyable to work with. The can work to very quick timescales and provide very good value for money for the work they do. They are very good a breaking down a transaction and identifying risks.’

‘They are highly co-operative and matter of fact. I know I can trust them and they aren’t afraid to tell me bad news. Chris Cartwright is an excellent lawyer and great at carving through complex tenure arrangements you see in Central London.’

‘Proactive and client-centric approach.’

‘William Boss is strong on client relationship management.’

‘Lee Sheldon is pragmatic and responsive.’

‘Their team of lawyers are incredible in truly working together as a true, full solution. Each scope of vertical expertise is in-depth, timely and very attentive. As a client I had to deal with an extremely complicated situation; without Addleshaws, the deal would have failed long ago. Leona Ahmed and Lee Sheldon were world class and their advice was pivotal all along the way. They also made themselves fully available at all times and this itself was vital to an overseas client in a different time zone. Truly selfless lawyers.’

Key clients

Aviva

Hermes

Wells Fargo

CC Land

Hammerson

M&G

PGIM

Threadneedle;

Ribston

Schroders

Singapore Press Holdings

Heeton Holdings

Tellon

Dandara

Aberdeen Standard

HSBC Alternative Investments LImited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

GR Property Limited

KTB Asset Management

Cheung Kai

LondonMetric Property

Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

The lawyers in Addleshaw Goddard's non-contentious construction practice 'know the market and have many clients in the sector.' The team is led by Andy McVeigh, a specialist on matters concerning residential development and student accommodation. He has also acted on projects such as hospitals and research centres. Luke Baines is also recommended, with knowledge of domestic and international construction projects including hotel projects. Julia Court is active in the student accommodation, energy and hotels sectors

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team know the market and have many clients in the sector.’

‘Luke Baines has taken time to get to know and understand our business and members of our team.’

Key clients

Primark Stores Limited

Nationwide Building Society

Mount Anvil Group

MiddleCap Real Estate Limited

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Kajima Partnerships Limited and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures (STEP)

University Partnership Programme

Bargate Property Limited

Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Limited

Corporate governance Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard supports clients across the full spectrum of governance issues, with work encompassing board support and constitution, annual reporting, corporate responsibility, climate change responses, employment and compensation, and regulatory compliance. Of particular note is the firm's broader role in the industry, providing thought leadership on governance guidelines and reforms. The team includes lawyers from the  firm's corporate, employment and litigation practices, allowing it to represent clients in contentious matters alongside continuous advisory work. Clients include a number of FTSE-listed corporates, financial institutions, and building societies. Will Chalk continues his strong record in board-level advice on governance and compliance issues for major  FTSE 250 and AIM 20- listed businesses. Ben Koehne focuses on the financial services sector, and is a go-to adviser for building societies on governance and strategy. Managing associate Richard Preston is a key team member, working directly with clients on governance systems and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

What makes this team unique is that their sole focus is governance, they are not corporate transaction lawyers who do some governance advisory work on the side. What this means is that they have an unparalleled depth of not only technical knowledge but also market practice. Their availability and response times are excellent and they are practical in their advice rather than purely technical.

Will Chalk is the partner and is easily accessible and very responsive. He is able to weave the technical requirements with the practical circumstances to give pragmatic advice.

Richard Preston has a deep technical knowledge which is great to rely on, even in developing areas of governance.’

The practice is aimed at the corporate governance community. The team have an in-depth knowledge of the challenges and issues faced by this community and have built up a market-leading practice to respond to these needs.

Will Chalk has an excellent understanding of the everyday challenges faced by the corporate governance community and provides thoughtful, pragmatic guidance on how best to address these.’

Always at the forefront of developments and make this knowledge readily available to clients.’

Key strength is their expertise in the evolving landscape of corporate governance and narrative reporting. Their annual report checklist is the most comprehensive and usable guide in the business.’

Will Chalk has been particularly helpful and is very knowledgeable on governance. A key difference I’ve noticed compared to other firms is that Will and his team is more down to earth and friendly when working with them on a day to day basis, which makes dealing with them easier.’

Key clients

NFU Mutual

FNZ

Carclo

International Personal Finance

Rio Tinto

JD Sports

British Land

Capita

Morgan Advanced Materials

Rathbone Brothers

Ted Baker

On the Beach

Indivior

Vesuvius

Victrex

Dixons Carphone

PZ Cussons

Acacia Mining

Portakabin

Reclaim Fund

Network Rail

Employers Tier 2

Operating at a national level through its network of regional offices, the employment and immigration group at Addleshaw Goddard comfortably handles a wide range of complex and high-profile work. The London team's focus includes high-stakes Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation and investigations - especially those with a regulatory aspect. The team's client base includes global financial institutions and household name PLCs. For these clients, the practice regularly advises on major projects and restructurings, often with a cross-border aspect. Michael Leftley heads up the practice and focuses on the most complex matters of reputational importance. Other key team members include Richard Yeomans, an expert on senior executive appointments and terminations as well as transactional support, and the 'standoutSarah Harrop, whose expertise includes large-scale restructuring and business immigration.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Knowledgeable, helpful and responsive.

The team works well with other practices within the firm, so the service overall is very joined-up.

Sarah Harrop is helpful, friendly and right on top of the issues. She is commercial and pragmatic, with excellent technical expertise. She has been a joy to work with.

Strong partner engagement, swift turnaround and a level-headed approach.

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Royal Mail Group

Tate & Lyle

William Hill

Global Radio

Laing O’Rourke plc

Blackberry (UK) Limited

Barclays Bank plc

Santander

British Airways plc

Lloyds Banking Group

RJ O’Brien

Nationwide

Societe Generale

Co-op

GVC

River & Mercantile Asset Management Ltd

WeWork

BDO LLP and Moore Stephens LLP (now MSR Partners LLP)

Healthcare Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is praised for its 'extremely good understanding of the healthcare sector and the challenges it faces'. The team frequently advises clients on PFI secondary market transactions, managing healthcare portfolios, restructuring and insolvencies in the care home sector, as well as private equity deals in the sector. Manchester office head Michael O’Connor leads the national practice and handles major transactions, complex projects and procurement matters; Matthew Newing and David Hartley specialise in PPP/PFI projects, while Andrew Pettinger also has a track record of work on corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team have an extremely good understanding of the healthcare sector and the challenges it faces. The partners and senior team are exceptional in their insight and ability to understand and formulate an appropriate response to the problems.

My experience of this team is of its highly impressive product liability defence, product safety and product regulation team. On the litigation side, the team can handle the most heavyweight of disputes. The team also stands out for its in-depth product safety and regulation expertise. Particular sectors where the team is strong include life sciences, consumer health, and healthcare technology. The team are also very experienced in acting for and against parties supported by litigation funding.’

Key clients

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

STEP Springfield Village Ltd

Fulcrum Infrastructure Group Limited (FIG) and Fulcrum Infrastructure Management Limited

Care Concern, Richmond Retirement Villages, Downing LLP, Nazareth Care, Handsale, Healthcare Property Holdings

Central Manchester NHS Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Foundation Trust

Equitix

GB Partnerships Limited

Imagile Group Limited

Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard houses the 'best commercial real estate lawyers' who are described as 'experienced, knowledgeable, and commercial.' The team is led by a trio of experienced partners who are particularly noted for their financing work but also handle an assortment of complex transactions, real estate, and construction matters. Luke Baines is strong in the hotel development area and with co-head, Lucy Sturrock, who splits her time between London and Leeds, is a key contact in the group. Zoe Maurer specialises in real estate and advises lenders and borrowers on financing matters. The practice holds a number of established hotel groups as long-standing clients and is active in hotel finance, development, and construction.

Testimonials

Extensive market coverage, interest in the industry, and have shown a keenness (and invested time) to understand our team and the way we work. Luke Baines has invested time to personally understand and get to know our business and our team.

‘Lucy Sturrock – simply wonderful. One of the best commercial real estate lawyers out there, although she is modest about her extensive capabilities, knowledge and connections. Luke Baines – hands-on, focused yet commercial approach.’

‘The Real Estate, Hotel Finance and Construction team comprising their hospitality practice are very experienced, knowledgeable, and commercial. They have a keen eye for detail but don’t lose sight of the bigger commercial picture. A very personable team who are well connected and hospitable. Their fees are very fair and reasonable. They get the deal done, manage expectations and are passionate about the sector.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aprirose

Barclays Bank

Be At One Limited

Clydesdale

Coutts

Criterion Capital

Eastern and Oriental Plc

Ennismore

Greene King

HSBC plc

KTB Asset Management

National Westminster Bank PLC & AIB Group

Puma Investments

Precis Investments

SACO Real Estate Group

Santander

Seafood Pub Company

Shearings Hotels Ltd

Sonder Europe Limited

Staycity

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

TH UK & Ireland Limited (trading as Tim Hortons)

THAT Group

The City Pub Group plc

UK Hotels

Village Urban Resorts (hotel owners and developers)

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has a sizeable practice with an established national presence in infrastructure and PPP/PFI. The firm has particular expertise in transport, displaying industry expertise across rail, airports, and ports. The firm is on the panels for Network Rail, Hitachi Rail, and Transport for Greater Manchester. Additionally, the firm has a strong healthcare PFI/PPP practice, with key clients including NHS Trusts and private sector investors. The healthcare practice is led by Manchester-based Michael O’Connor. Richard Goodfellow acts as national head of infrastructure, projects and energy. Also noted is David Hartley who heads the firm’s PFI/PPP team in London.

Key clients

Department of Transport

Leeds City Council

MUFG Bank

Sumitomo Mitshui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Bank

Southern Water Services Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

Luton Council

Merseytravel

Muse Developments Limited

Hitachi Rail

Transport for Greater Manchester

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

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's team, which is spread across the London, Leeds and Scottish offices, has a 'creative, thoughtful, commercial and practical approach' in relation to the transactional, regulatory and contentious aspects of renewables projects, particularly offshore power generation matters. Rory Connor, who joined from King & Spalding LLP in early 2019, is working with Clean Energy Invest and Tata Power on the $400m restructuring of the project finance arrangements for the 185 MW Shuakhevi hydropower project in Georgia. Angus Rollo and Oliver Carruthers are the other London-based partners. Richard Goodfellow chairs the practice from Leeds.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘AG has been steadily building its projects and energy practice for several years, with a particular focus on renewables. In doing so, it has developed with the market and become a highly experienced adviser. The combination of this, with their more traditional strengths in Corporate M&A/PE has been particularly effective in commercially complex settings.’

‘AG have a creative, thoughtful, commercial and practical approach to helping their clients achieve their objectives. The Energy team is highly experienced and capable and has worked on a number of our larger infrastructure investments, including project financings and acquisitions and also from the inception of our successful smart metering business.’

‘Richard Goodfellow – broad experience and gets to the nub of key issues quickly.’

‘Very pro active team compared to others – made numerous suggestions about the deal structure which we would have missed. Very fast response times.’

Key clients

Octopus Energy

Scotia Gas Networks

SSE Electricity Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. and British Airways Plc

Macquarie Principal Finance Pty Limited (part of Macquarie Group)

Zouk Capital

Engie

Societe Generale

Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Mizuho Bank

Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited

Iberdrola

Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (a project company owned by Clean Energy Invest AS (CEI) of Norway and Tata Power International Pte Limited (TPI) of Singapore)

Volkswagen AG

Peel Holdings Wind Farms (IOM) Limited and certain other Peel group companies

Red Rock Power Limited (RRP), a wholly owned subsidiary of SDIC Power, a Chinese SOE

Greencoat Capital

Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard fields an established practice, with a particularly strong track record in the pharmaceuticals sector. The team is also increasingly handling matters for clients from the retail and consumer goods, technology and manufacturing industries, and is well versed in the full spectrum of matters, from regulatory compliance issues relating to recalls to contentious claims. Louisa Caswell is well-known in the market for her knowledge of disputes, while legal director Mark Chesher is experienced in a variety of commercial litigation proceedings, and Erin Shoesmith is a key regulatory contact in Manchester. Managing Associate Cécile Burgess also attracts praise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The product liability team at AGs is one of the go-to teams for defendants in this complex field of litigation. The team is adept at handling not just the detail of the legal issues, but, more importantly, the complexities of and pitfalls of group litigation in this context with a calm strategic resolve.’

Addleshaw Goddard is a serious player in the field of product liability law.’

The team is ably led by Louisa Caswell who combines a sound knowledge of the law and understanding of the industry with shrewd and measured litigation know-how.’

Mark Chesher is everything you could want from an instructing solicitor: knowledgeable, sound in judgement and a great team-player.

Cécile Burgess is a rising star who combines a superb knowledge of the law with mature litigation judgement.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Britvic plc

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Dixons Carphone plc

PZ Cussons

Diageo

Sainsbury’s / Sainsbury’s Bank

Volkswagen AG

Victrex Group

Totally Wicked (Pillbox 38)

Property finance Tier 2

Inward investment deals are a key strength of Addleshaw Goddard, which primarily focuses on acquisition and development finance, with a client base consisting of German Pfandbrief banks, as well as a number of Irish, Islamic and Asian banks. Steve Mackie leads the practice and is particularly active in social and student housing projects. Paul Salsbury is a key name for cross-border mandates, having worked with lenders in Europe as well Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Another notable aspect of the practice is its expertise in the hotel and leisure sector, where Zoe Maurer and Zak Ikponmwosa are key names of note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s team consistently demonstrate very strong commercial awareness, ensuring that they deliver practical, market-friendly advice to their clients as well as exceptional legal expertise.’

‘They proactively manage the transaction to deliver a highly efficient process, resulting in satisfied parties on all sides.’

‘Zoe Maurer is extremely responsive, pragmatic and offers innovative solutions to cut through key outstanding points.’

‘Zoe Maurer is hugely experienced and brings a real presence of authority to discussions when needed.’

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 Land

Canada Life Investments

Cheung Kei Group

CIMB (London, Singapore and Malaysia)

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Coutts & Co

Criterion Capital

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Europa Capital Debt Investment

Fortwell Capital

Gaw Capital Group

GR Properties

Handelsbanken plc / Svenska Handelsbanken AB

HB Reavis

Hengli Group (owner of Lloyds Bank HQ)

Hillview Real Estate

HSH Nordbank

ICICI

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, London Branch

Investec Bank plc

Kasamar Holdings

KTB Asset Management

Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ (Helaba)

Lembaga Tabung Haji

McLaren Property

Mount Anvil

Nationwide Building Society

Nord/LB, Hanover

OakNorth Bank plc

Peel

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

Public Bank

Rail Tier 2

The practice at Addleshaw Goddard has expertise in franchising, rolling stock, projects and infrastructure, covering both light and heavy rail, and is supported by a wider team with strengths across all other areas of transport. In 2019 the firm advised London Luton Airport on the £250m development of a mass passenger transit system, while recent panel successes have included appointments for the Department for Transport, Transport for London and Network Rail. Practice co-head Paul Hirst specialises in transport infrastructure projects and rolling stock procurement, while new co-head Anna Heaton focuses on transport regeneration projects and co-investment strategies. 'Stand-out star' Clive Smith advises on rolling stock, leasing, maintenance and modification of fleets for both lessor and operator clients.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Clive Smith is the stand-out star for this area. He has an in-depth knowledge of the rail sector that ensures his advice is always current and client focused.’

Clive Smith’s ability to manage and draft for complex transactions, making them appear effortless (when I know they are not) makes him an invaluable resource in any high-pressure deal.’

Key clients

London Luton Airport Ltd.

Department for Transport (DfT)

SMBC Leasing

Equitix

Eversholt Rail

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hitachi Rail Limited

Transport for London

Keolis UK Limited

Reputation management Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is 'at the top of the tree' in the field  of reputation and information protection, according to one client. Drawing on its international network, the team provides specialist support to household companies, while also demonstrating 'a stellar reputation' acting on behalf of private clients, namely high-net-worth individuals, as well as public figures, entertainment and sports personalities. Core areas of strength  include advising on data privacy claims, misuse of information. confidentiality breaches, freedom of information requests, as well as right to be forgotten claims. 'Doyen of the reputation management sector' David Engel leads the team, which also counts Abigail Healey, whose experience ranges from 'acting for numerous phone hacking claimants to major corporate litigation'. Data privacy is a notable area of practice for Samantha Haigh and new joiner Daniel Bishop, who was previously a barrister at 1 Brick Court.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Addleshaws provides a common sense but experienced approach to defamation and reputation management cases. Although a well-established London firm with a long history of working in this field, they have a modern and attractive approach to their clients and their casework.’

‘David Engel is calm, clever, knowledgeable and straightforward.’

‘The practice constantly goes above and beyond what is required. They take a very proactive approach.’           

‘At the top of the tree in terms of claimant practices, with a stellar reputation for acting on behalf of both individuals and corporate clients. They have the flexibility to offer a very personal, bespoke service to individual clients but, unlike many firms in the field, have the scale and expertise to take on large, complex litigation as well.’

‘David Engel is everything a good lawyer should be and is a doyen of the reputation management sector. He gives measured, tactically astute advice and is both trusted and respected in the field. Abigail Healey is another partner with vast experience, ranging from acting for numerous phone hacking claimants to major corporate litigation.  She is unflappable and can rapidly understand and conduct even the most complex cases.’

 ‘David is a highly experienced partner. He has a smooth and calm persona and manner. Abigail Healey has a very friendly outgoing manner which goes down well with clients, whilst also being on top of the papers.’

‘Synergy is one of the keys to working with a successful team, and this is exactly one of the attributes that brought success to our case handled by the legal team at Addleshaw Goddard. Not only were the team all willing to communicate with us, instead of having one individual liaison to relay information, they also communicated as a team prior to each individual discussion with us. As a team, they are self-aware that some individuals hold strengths in specific areas, and in order to maximise the success of the team, they each bring their core strengths together to increase the chance of success for the client. I found that the team as a whole work on stringent schedules to remain on target and schedule, and in turn successfully achieved the goal we sought.’

‘ David Engel (Partner), and Daniel Bishop (Associate) were both outstanding to work with, and willing to brainstorm every option possible to secure a successful outcome for my case. They were willing to listen to my opinions, despite my lack of legal background and knowledge, and take those into account when establishing their legal opinion to substantiate my claims. Not only was David extremely well versed in the department of reputation and information protection, but he was also willing and able to bring other individuals to the table who could assist in areas where help was needed. Daniel had a surplus of knowledge on topics and how they could be utilised to protect our information, in combination with David’s knowledge of reputation and information protection law.’

Key clients

British Airways

Co-op

DNAfit Life Sciences

Jet2.com

GVC/Ladbrokes

MoneySupermarket

National Grid

Sainsbury’s

Sirius Minerals

Sunderland AFC

Ted Baker

Water Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has has 'real in-depth understanding' of the sector and related regulatory issues. The group advises on a wide range of areas within the water and wastewater sector, including regulatory matters, construction, litigation, environmental issues and transactions. The firm assists key regulated water companies and suppliers. In one highlight, it advised United Utilities on the c.£750m Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Project. National practice head David Shaw and London-based practice head Rona-Bar Isaac are noted. Andrew Walker  is the firm’s Scotland-based practice head.

Testimonials

AG planning and environment team have a real in-depth understanding of the roles of, and requirements on, their clients arising from the regulatory frameworks that they operate within. This leads to clear and robust strategising and advice to overcome barriers and problem solve.’

Key clients

United Utilities

Southern Water

Castle Water

MOSL (Market Operator Services)

South East Water

Yorkshire Water

Xylem

Danaher

Ofwat

Anglian Water

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard draws on expertise from the firm’s competition, public procurement and litigation departments to handle public law disputes for claimant and defendant-side clients. Co-heads Bill Gilliam and Simon Kamstra ( who split their time between Leeds and London) recently handled judicial reviews for healthcare service operators and government departments in the transport and utilities sectors, typically concerning the awarding of procurement contracts. 'Ferocious litigatorLouise Dobson, managing associates Paul Rowley and Ryan Geldart and Manchester-based legal director Clare Dwyer are handling public law disputes for the Department for Transport and a raft of NHS bodies.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard’s public law team comprises very competent and effective litigators. They give sensible and commercial advice to clients and take care to let the clients understand the detailed contours of the proceedings.

The team has strength and depth from partner to junior associate and excellent individuals at every level. The team is very well integrated and works seamlessly to deliver the service. There is obviously excellent internal communication and support at partner level and as a result they deliver an exceptional service to the client.

Good communications skills from all members of the team and their ability to understand the client perspective were key to achieving the result I required.

Paul Rowley is an efficient and competent litigator with a good client manner. Susan Garrett has an excellent overall steer on a case.

Bill Gilliam is a class act and he just gets better and better. He is an exceptional lawyer. He is excellent with clients, clear, direct and always on top of their needs and sensitivities. He is a great strategist and tactician and an excellent black-letter lawyer.

Louise Dobson has particular experience in the health sector. Recently promoted to partner in a well-deserved appointment, she is a ferocious litigator and a pragmatic and able lawyer- definitely better to have her for you than against you!

Claire Dwyer is extremely knowledgeable in the healthcare sector. She is very experienced and sensitive to the nuances of healthcare law and practice and provides a truly excellent client service.

Ryan Geldart is a name to watch for the future- he has developed into a really effective and able litigator and his drafting is impeccable. His judgement is far beyond his years post qualification.

Key clients

Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE)

Totally Wicked Limited (Pillbox 38 UK Limited)

OFGEM

OFWAT

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

United Utilities plc

NewRiver Leisure Limited

Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Department for Transport

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

The commercial litigation team at Addleshaw Goddard handles a range of disputes and is able to call on its national and international networks for large or cross-border matters. Financial markets disputes expert Michael Barnett heads the dispute resolution group, while Mark Molyneux (who counts competition litigation among his areas of expertise) leads the commercial litigation team. Its sector specialisms include insurance and financial services, for which Richard Wise and Richard Clayton are respective names to note, as well as consumer and retail, in which Louisa Caswell and recently promoted legal director Natasha Winter have particular experience .

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Clients praise Addleshaw Goddard's team as ‘truly incredible in working together to find a full solution’. Adrian Collins gears his practice towards infrastructure, education, health and housing projects; he recently succeeded the ‘hands on’ and ‘fully committedLeona Ahmed as department head; she remains an active member of the team, directing particular attention to inbound investment from Asia and the Middle East. In the corporate occupier space, the team frequently advises on high-profile locations in London, including key landmarks, and prides itself on representing newcomers to the local market. As for development work, regeneration and matters with a cross-border work are particularly key, with the core real estate investment offering supplemented by corporate and funds specialists. Among others, clients include leading UK asset managers, REITs and a large number of overseas investors. The practice gained two partners in recent months through the arrivals of Frances Richardson and Rachel Orton from Linklaters LLP and Squire Patton Boggs respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This is one good team – they are highly ethical and really put their heart and soul into the shoes of the client.’

‘The team is well resourced and enjoyable to work with. The can work to very quick timescales and provide very good value for money for the work they do. They are very good a breaking down a transaction and identifying risks.’

‘They are highly co-operative and matter of fact. I know I can trust them and they aren’t afraid to tell me bad news. Chris Cartwright is an excellent lawyer and great at carving through complex tenure arrangements you see in Central London.’

‘Proactive and client-centric approach.’

‘William Boss is strong on client relationship management.’

‘Lee Sheldon is pragmatic and responsive.’

‘Their team of lawyers are incredible in truly working together as a true, full solution. Each scope of vertical expertise is in-depth, timely and very attentive. As a client I had to deal with an extremely complicated situation; without Addleshaws, the deal would have failed long ago. Leona Ahmed and Lee Sheldon were world class and their advice was pivotal all along the way. They also made themselves fully available at all times and this itself was vital to an overseas client in a different time zone. Truly selfless lawyers.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

BT

Primark

M&S

Battersea Power station

HB Reavis

We Work

British Land

WeWork

Diageo

Britvic

Royal Mail Group

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's 'well-balanced' practice is present on PFI construction disputes in the TCC, multi-party extended process adjudications, as well as international arbitration over infrastructure and energy disputes. Jonathan Tattersall heads the team; he has grown the firm's healthcare expertise and represented sponsors and project companies in health sector projects. Gerlando Butera acts in international arbitration concerning overseas projects while Julia Court is active in the transport, student accommodation, logistics and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Addleshaw Goddard construction dispute resolution team is very well balanced, with the right and flexible mix of lawyers of varying levels of seniority and experience. The team draws seamlessly on lawyers based both in the City and regionally to ensure the right skill mix and to deliver value for money.’

‘I received very sensible advice from the team throughout a very testing period involving a deadlocked corporate board, an impending termination of a major project agreement and a fraught construction project.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall is experienced, sensible, pragmatic and calm.’

Key clients

Konoike Construction Co. Ltd

Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Limited

BAM Nuttall Limited

Suez

Energy and infrastructure Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard has a large national infrastructure, projects and energy group, with particular expertise in transport, as well as markets such as waste, outsourcing, renewable energy and healthcare. Richard Goodfellow heads up the group, which works with developers, sponsors, procuring authorities and funders.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

The multidisciplinary Addleshaw Goddard practice combines lawyers and senior compliance professionals to provide legal, compliance, conduct, risk and governance support. The regulatory team is known for expertise in retail financial services and payments work and is increasingly active in wholesale banking, wealth and asset management. Practice head Amanda Hulme is well regarded for regulated lending, regulated banking and payment services. Also notable are Rosanna Bryant, who advises on the regulation of current accounts, savings and mortgages; Ben Koehne, who specialises in advising on corporate, strategic and regulatory-driven transactions and projects in the financial services sectors; and Steven Francis, who has a broad practice in financial services  regulation and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Ben Koehne is a pragmatic and solution focused individual who demonstrates excellent collaboration skills to find the best outcome for his clients’

‘Steven Francis is quite simply one of the best lawyers I have worked with’

‘Full engagement at partner level’

‘A high degree of expertise’

Key clients

SafeCharge International Group

Barclays Bank UK plc and Barclays Investment Solutions Ltd

UK Finance

Fintech Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's fintech practice is particularly strong in the areas of payments and open banking, in which the team acts for incumbents, growth stage companies and start-ups. Fiona Ghosh has notable expertise in procurement, outsourcing, strategic alliances, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements underpinning fintech projects. William James is often retained to advise clients on commercial deals in the payments arena, which includes assisting banks and major technology companies with the set up of new payment systems and payment processing. Amanda Hulme specialises in advising banks, industry bodies and payment companies on regulatory compliance with important directives such as PSD2.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘AG have consistently been an outstanding firm to work with. Their knowledge of our business, plus their work ethic, means that we get timely and accurate advice from them time and time again. On larger projects we will work with the AG team on a daily basis and an excellent relationship has evolved from this.’

‘The ability of the team to work effectively in a cross-functional manner enables them to bring the broadest possible support to fintech clients, spanning data, compliance, M&A, technology and various other areas.’

Key clients

FNZ (UK) Limited

Loyalty Angels trading as Bink

Rainmaking io

Halotrade

Airtime Rewards Ltd

Lendable

Nivo

Trezeo

Worrapay

The Card Processing Advisory Service Limited

Tumelo

OBR – Open Banking Reporting

PaySafe

Ratesetter

Revolut

WireCard

Oodle Finance

ShieldPay

Aareal Bank

NIBC Bank

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's team primarily represents large corporates and high-net-worth individuals in litigation in the UK and offshore jurisdictions, specialising in payments fraud, financial crime and asset tracing. Michael Barnett has a strong track record in financial markets litigation involving fraud. Mark Molyneux has notable experience acting for clients in complex litigation, investigations and arbitration proceedings, focusing predominantly on the retail industry. Louisa Caswell is well-versed in international contract and fraud disputes. Associates Alex Hogarth and Natasha Winter are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s litigation team have excellent civil fraud capabilities.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s civil fraud team are excellent. They are always on top of the detail but equally good at stepping back and advising on the big picture. Clients are in very safe hands and it is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Mark Molyneux is extremely impressive.’

‘Incredibly talented team. Hugely experienced in civil fraud, in particular injunctive relief and business protection.’

‘Excellent legal ability; very good at managing clients and dealing with opponents; responsible and receptive.’

‘They have been committed to engaging with us to understand our priorities – very commercially aware.’

‘Alex Hogarth is very technically able, a great communicator; transparent and excellent to work with.’

‘Michael Barnett – extremely experienced, especially in financial markets disputes and fraud. ‘

Key clients

Bestway Retail Limited (part of the Bestway Wholesale group)

Elaine Millar, Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

Pendragon (Master) Fund Limited

KWL

Wolseley UK Limited

Health and safety Tier 3

The health and safety group at Addleshaw Goddard frequently represents clients facing enforcement actions or prosecutions. Key sectors for the practice include construction, engineering, health and social care and retail. The team also provides due diligence support, compliance advice, reviews, risk management and training. Practice head Erin Shoesmith has extensive experience in contentious matters and reputation management. David Young is known for his expertise in crisis management, work-related deaths, food safety, and environmental incidents.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

boohoo.com

Eddie Stobart Limited

Nazareth Care Charitable Trust

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Skanska Construction UK Limited and Morrison Utility

Services Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Barclays Bank Plc

Mamas and Papas

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard acts for policyholders across a range of insurance disputes, and is particularly involved in claims related to Bermuda forms, professional indemnity issues, and credit insurance. The practice is led by Richard Wise, who has experience in cross-border insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very hard working, very commercial. Very concerned with the client’s outcome, and passionate about protecting policy holders against the market.’

‘Richard Wise – senior beyond his years, even though he is a partner. Very caring but very astute, and tactically minded.’

‘Richard Wise is hard-working committed and runs the team with excellence. He knows his stuff and can cope with the biggest cases.’

‘The team with which I have been working are an absolute joy to work with. Extremely efficient, switched on and very bright.’

‘Richard Wise (partner) – Very impressive team leader. Fantastic grasp of all details and able to cut through to the central issues. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘Natasha Winter (legal director) – Super bright, very switched on and extremely efficient. Very much a partner in waiting.’

‘Laura Payne (associate) – So diligent and intelligent. Excellent with clients and paperwork. A joy to work with.’

‘Richard Wise: calm and very assured, gives confidence and good advice. Victoria Pool: Associate – top star for the future, covers all the bases and provides proactive commercial solution driven advice.’

Key clients

Weyerhaeuser Company

FBN Bank (UK) Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard is frequently engaged on notable trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes, with practice head Emma Armitage frequently advising in this area. Ongoing mandates include litigation proceedings before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and High Court for leading names in high street fashion, beauty, FMCG and luxury goods. David Engel is the key partner for domain name disputes and digital brand protection. Brand licensing deals and joint ventures are handled by Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, Fiona Ghosh and Leeds-based Georgina Powling.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Primark

Associated British Foods

British Airways

Canon

Ted Baker

MoneySuperMarket

Battersea Power Station

Volkswagen

National Grid

PZ Cussons

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard specialises in advising banks and financial services sector clients on IT issues and regulation in the area, and also handles innovation projects. Practice head Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta advises on IT and outsourcing transactions in the financial services, transport and telecoms arenas. Key names in the team include Fiona Ghosh, who focuses on complex commercial, payment and fintech arrangements; and William James, who is known for payment processing work and issues relating to interactions with main payment networks.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard have an excellent understanding of the market and are able to provide a valuable view on what’s market standard on specific deal points as well as common compromises.’

‘Tech contracts can often be one sided in favour of the tech company and Addleshaw have been the most successful firm I’ve seen at protecting our position in such matters.’

‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta brings a wealth of experience to tech contracting.’

‘Associate Tom Doyle is a rising star.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

SSE Energy Supply Limited

Local government Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard acts for local authorities on a wide range of matters such as outsourcing, financing and refinancing, transport, and regeneration and redevelopment work. Manchester head Mike O’Connor focuses on real estate, financing, and construction for government departments, NHS trusts, and local authorities. Partner Andrew Pettinger advises on PPPs, PFI projects, and on major urban regeneration projects, especially in education, health, street lighting, and social housing. Leader of the infrastructure, projects, and energy group Richard Goodfellow focuses primarily on project financing and renewables, while Rob Thompson advises on waste management and disposal and energy matters.

Other key lawyers:

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's pensions offering handles matters relating to trustee support, the sector impact of corporate transactions, negligence claims and liberation fraud. Catherine McAllisterRachel Rawnsley and Susan Garrett are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Planning Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's planning group tackles a range of matters across both housing and infrastructure, advising on many of London's most high profile housing schemes, with a strong reputation for its work on build to rent, student housing and co-living developments. The practice also has particular strength in contentious matters; recent highlights include planning appeals for student housing projects, service station sites and de-listing ahead of redevelopment. Marnix Elsenaar heads the practice and has recently led on DCOs and section 106 agreements for complex mixed-use developments as well as infrastructure projects. Gary Sector is also recommended in both a contentious and advisory capacity, acting for corporate clients, housing developers and energy companies. Senior associate Sarah Hodge provides strong support in complex development projects in the city.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They are the leaders for complex railway litigation but have strength across the planning sector as a whole.’

‘Marnix Elsenaar is thoughtful and clever.’

‘Gary Sector is experienced and wise.’

‘The team is well connected within the industry and gives sound, practical commercially focused advice and assistance. They have a pragmatic can-do attitude and are always very pleasant to work with, approachable, friendly, pro-active and professional.’

‘Gary Sector is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercially focused.’

‘A relatively small group of lawyers who continually strive to understand their clients’ business.’

‘Gary Sector is down to earth, approachable, commercial and easy to deal with.’

‘Highly efficient and effective. Conscientious and committed. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

London Luton Airport

Tellon

Hub Group

Muse Developments

UPP

BP

Middlecap

Notting Hill Genesis

Europa Capital

Hammerson

Property litigation Tier 3

In January 2020, Frances Richardson joined Addleshaw Goddard from Linklaters LLP and took over the as the team head from Andrew Blower, who remains an active practitioner across a wide range of real estate disputes. Richardson is experienced in rent reviews, insolvency-related matters and property crisis mandates; this complements the group's strength in development work. Elsewhere, the team advises on vacant possession and rights of light matters; legal director Gregory Simms, in particular, has expertise in the latter area. Its institutional investor, tenant, landlord and developer clients also receive assistance with lease disputes and contentious Electronic Communications Code issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Understand the commercial pressures on a landlord client and offer clear, concise advice that can be practically implemented. The teamwork with us being part of the solution and articulating pros and cons, without hiding behind passing the choice to the client. Dealing with AG does not feel corporate in any way.

Knowledgeable and professional, as well as practical and approachable individuals. Irrespective of seniority, they are always readily available and willing to discuss options and solutions.’

The team gives sound, practical commercially-focused advice and assistance. They have a pragmatic can-do attitude and are always very pleasant to work with, approachable, friendly, proactive and professional.’

Key clients

British Land

Primark

The People’s Republic of China

Marks and Spencer

Standard Life Aberdeen

HB Reavis

Travelodge Hotels

Mount Anvil

MiddleCap Group

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

Addleshaw Goddard is well-regarded for corporate crime investigations and civil regulatory investigations, with a focus on cases brought by the FCA and Payment Systems Regulator (PSR). Head of team Nichola Peters is 'experienced and very clever' and is adept at handling corporate crime and contentious financial services regulatory work. Michelle de Kluyver is recommended for cross-border financial crime investigations involving bribery and corruption, sanctions, money laundering and fraud. The team has continued to expand at a senior level with the hire of partners Polly Sprenger and David Young from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Sarah Thomas joined as legal director from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and was then promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Sound and knowledgeable team’.

‘High-quality and heavily experienced’.

‘Michelle de Kluyver is exceptionally bright, extremely industrious and has a very calm head in turbulent times’.

‘Michelle de Kluyver has excellent sector understanding and judgment and therefore takes sound proactive and pre-emptive action, which produces good outcomes for her clients’.

‘Erin Shoesmith is exceptionally talented and a pleasure to work with’.

‘Completely cross-border oriented, this team has the ability to work seamlessly across continents’.

‘Michelle de Kluyver is a stand-out partner: thoughtful, clever and strategic’.

‘Very smart lawyers who are both academically astute as well as practical’.

Key clients

Güralp Systems Limited

Trade finance Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong presence in mid-market finance work, predominantly acting for lenders. Clients describe the team as 'responsive, well priced and conscientious'. Mike Davison in London leads the finance and projects group, which acts for major clearing banks and others such as Bank Leumi and BNP Paribas in transactions such as receivables and supply chain financings, shari'ah-compliant deals and commodity finance arrangements. Its work predominantly consists of traditional trade finance deals and supply chain financing, though it also has a specialist litigation team which handles contentious matters that arise from these structures. Simon Prendergast and managing associate Lauren Priest-Stephens, who are based in Manchester, are also active in trade finance.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We use the firm for non-contentious work involving the drafting of documentation for new and current asset-based lending deals. They are responsive, well priced and conscientious. A number of their team members have spent time with us on secondment over the years so it is sometimes like having temporary extra in-house lawyers at the end of a phone.’

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

Seneca Trade Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Led from London by Steve Mackie and also able to tap into the expertise of lawyers throughout its regional offices, including Manchester and Leeds, Addleshaw Goddard is 'very easy to deal with' and provides a strong service to clearing banks on mid-market bilateral, club and syndicated mandates. Under the guidance of the 'approachable and practicalMike Davison, the firm is also able to provide corporate lending expertise utilising the increasingly popular ABL product. The arrival in June 2019 of Zoe Connor from Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP also broadens the scope of the firm's finance capabilities, in light of her speciality finance and funds finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very easy to deal with, keep things simple.’

‘Focus on building a long-term relationship with me.’

Key clients

Bluebay (now renamed Arcmont)

CVC

Cordet Capital

Competition litigation Tier 4

Praised for its ‘superb client interaction skills’, Addleshaw Goddard’s cross-practice competition litigation team draws on the expertise of the firm’s dispute resolution and competition groups. It places a particular emphasis on standalone follow-on damages claims, as well as regulatory investigations. Practice head Mark Molyneux has 'an ability to see and articulate the pros and cons of proposed courses of action and provide leadership’. Bruce Kilpatrick, who heads up the wider competition group, is a key contact for investigations, as is Rona Bar-Isaac.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Addleshaw team are consistently excellent across all levels and this wide range of competition litigation matters. They are excellent at project delivery, and write compelling submissions to courts and regulators (including developing compelling evidence) and are good advocates. They guarantee active partner engagement across all matters, focus on securing great outcomes and give crystal clear advice (and do not sit on the fence). The emphasis on work being partner-led supports them being laser-like focused on the matters and issues that make the most difference to case outcomes. They are also excellent at project management and working with them is always stress-free. In short, they have a standout team.

We have worked with multiple partners over the last year, namely Bruce Kilpatrick, Rona Bar-Isaac, and Mark Molyneux and range of associates (particularly Neil O’Sullivan and Jake Minards-Tonge as regards litigation). Bruce is a market leader; he is very clever, thinks matters through carefully (taking on board and developing the ideas of clients and other advisors), and is really good at developing the case. Rona is very strategic as to the key evidence to hand, and she deserves much credit for persuading the CMA to drop two investigations against her pharma client. Mark Molyneux fits in really well with the competition team and provides seamless and integrated competition/litigation advice. As part of his team, Neil has done an excellent job in managing a complex piece of competition litigation and Jake has forensically unpicked all the difficult economic/disclosure issues on a cartel case.’

The team’s client interaction skills are superb. They seamlessly integrate and become an extension of our own practice. I find them so easy to deal with. Most law firms are not like this. Technical skills of the team are first-rate, as you would expect. They are able to handle ‘big ticket’ litigation and have the strength and depth to manage all elements of litigation.

Mark Molyneux – heads up the team and is a litigator who has superb strategic skills. He is very user-friendly and has an ability to see and articulate the pros and cons of proposed courses of action and provide leadership by pinning colours to the mast.

Samatha Haigh – Associate Director – takes ownership of tasks/thorny issues and delivers solutions. Her technical and drafting skills are fantastic.

James Currie – Associate – one to watch. A very capable lawyer who is unflappable

Key clients

Inspired Entertainment

JD Sports Fashion

Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Group

PZ Cussons

Office Depot Europe

British American Tobacco

KCom Group

Scotia Gas Networks

Terra Firma

Department for Transport

Corporate tax Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard's team is adept at advising clients in the financial services sector on transactional and commercial tax matters. In addition, it is equally capable undertaking tax work connected with the real estate and private equity sectors. The department is led by tax structuring expert Justine Delroy, who is based in the Manchester office. Peter Sayer (who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and chartered tax adviser) focuses on real estate taxation, with particular expertise in development and funds work. Paul Concannon specialises in financial services corporate and commercial tax matters. In 2019, former practice co-head Elaine Gwilt left for KPMG.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Battersea Power Station

Barclays

A&J Mucklow Group PLC

Synova Capital and the selling shareholders of Defaqto

Metro Bank

KCOM

British Land

Telereal Trillium

UPP Group

Debt capital markets Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard's team has extensive expertise in both publicly offered listed debt issues and privately placed bonds. The firm has an impressive roster of bank clients, for whom it advises on public bond issuances; names such as Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets and NatWest Markets turn to the firm for advice in this space. The private placement investor client base includes high-profile investment funds and large corporates. Elsewhere, 'technically brilliant' practice head Beth Collett is noted for her 'wealth of experience in social housing bonds'. According to a client, the team 'manages matters in a transparent, efficient and streamlined manner.'

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Beth Collett’s knowledge of the sector is unsurpassed. She has such excellent in-depth knowledge of the social housing financing sector.’

A market-leading, well resourced and exceptionally reliable team that manages matters in a transparent, efficient and streamlined manner. It is consistently very responsive to requests and queries. The individuals are all very capable and experienced.’

Beth Collett is a standout partner. She is very personable, has an in-depth knowledge of the market and always delivers to ensure transactions are successfully closed.’

The firm provides best-in-class service, advice and transaction management in the area of social housing bonds.’

Beth Collett is technically brilliant and has a wealth of experience in social housing bonds. She is our first choice and her bench now includes managing associate Daniel Foong who is an excellent lawyer.

Key clients

Banco Santander, S.A.

Barclays Bank PLC

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc

MUFG Securities EMEA plc

NatWest Markets Plc

HSBC Bank plc

RBC Europe Limited

Prudential Trustee Company Limited

University of Greenwich

Goldman Sachs International

Employee share schemes Tier 4

With a broad range of clients from large listed companies to start-ups, the employee incentives department at Addleshaw Goddard offers a complete remuneration service, providing 'tailored, clear and practical advice' on issues such as corporate governance and disclosure, remuneration policies and best practice, investor guidelines on executive remuneration, internationally mobile employees and employment taxes. The ‘excellentJonathan Fletcher-Rogers heads the growing team and takes an active role in industry groups such as Share Plan Lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very responsive – they recognise the sensitivity around unique plans for executive directors.

‘Jonathan Fletcher Rogers is excellent – he has great knowledge and advice on how to work through complex scenarios and provide options.’

‘The team team did a good job on the matter on which we instructed them. The matter was not straightforward, but they found a path through the complexity and drove the matter across the line.’

‘Jonathan Fletcher Rodgers is very experienced and supportive.’

‘Martin Griffiths has a practical mindset to ensure completion occurs smoothly and Jonathan Fletcher Rogers has the technical skills to design an effective road map to completion.’

‘One would expect competency and professionalism. Addleshaw Goddard surpasses those expectations and gives tailored, clear and practical advice.’

‘Jonathan Fletcher Rogers provides exceptional service. He is commercially sensitive so provides realistic advice, is happy to talk on the phone (where other firms I have worked with hide behind emails), and I always feel is very reasonable on the billing side of things.’

Key clients

Ted Baker plc

GVC Holdings plc

Rathbone Brothers Plc

SafeCharge International Group PLC

JD Sports plc

William Hill PLC

KCOM plc

Moneysupermarket.com Group plc

A & J Mucklow Group plc

Capita plc

EU and competition Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard utilises its ‘good technical knowledge and wide-ranging experience’ to handle high-profile antitrust investigations conducted by both the CMA and sector-specific regulators, market investigations, as well as merger control matters. Clients laud the ‘reassuring nature which instils confidence’ of practice head Bruce Kilpatrick, who has an abundance of experience in multi-jurisdictional merger control matters. Manchester-based Mark Molyneux leads the group’s contentious offering. Rona Bar-Isaac is a ‘trusted adviser’ in the water and retail sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Consistently excellent across all levels .They are excellent at project delivery, and write compelling submissions to courts and regulators (including developing compelling evidence) and are good advocates. They guarantee active partner engagement and focus on securing great outcomes and giving crystal clear advice (they do not sit on the fence). The emphasis on work being partner led supports them being focused on the matters and issues that make the most difference to case outcomes. In short, they have a stand out team.

Bruce Kilpatrick is a market leader: he is very clever, thinks matters through carefully (taking on board and developing the ideas of clients and other advisers), and is really good at developing the case.

Rona Bar-Isaac is very strategic as to the key evidence to land. She is technically good while being commercial and being prepared to go the extra mile to understand her client’s business and what is important to them. She understands the technicalities but can cut through this to work in a way clients understand and gets to the key issues

Mark Molyneux fits in really well with the competition team and provides seamless and integrated competition/litigation advice.

The AG team has the full repertoire that you would expect but the thing that makes the practice unique is their user friendliness. They have all the technical excellence and are brilliant in the support they provide – they can pretty much handle anything – but it’s the way that they take ownership and the ease in which they integrate that makes them really stand out.

Bruce Kilpatrick – his technical know-how is amongst the best I have seen. He has a calm and reassuring nature which instils confidence. A pleasure to work with and a real asset

Al Mangan – is a very gifted lawyer, who is a pleasure to work with. He is very calm, and really looks to put the client at the centre of the advice he provides.

AG provides high calibre antitrust advice without the arrogance of some of its intellectual and technical peers.

 

Key clients

Inspired Entertainment

JD Sports Fashion

Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Group

PZ Cussons

Office Depot Europe

NKT Group

British American Tobacco

KCom Group

Scotia Gas Networks

Terra Firma

Department for Transport

Brenntag UK

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Primarily acting for corporates, Addleshaw Goddard provides an ‘excellent breadth and depth of experience’. The firm has particular expertise in internal investigations and whistleblowing matters, as well as banking litigation, financial regulation and asset management. Nichola Peters is head of the global investigations team and specialises in financial crime and civil/regulatory/controls breaches. She co-leads the practice with the ‘excellentDavid Pygott, who advises across the spectrum of FCA investigations, including regulatory disciplinary matters, alleged market abuse, insider dealing and twin track cases. Also notable is Sarah Thomas, who was promoted to partner in 2020 and advises on whistleblowing and the senior managers and certification regime.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Complete and seamless joined-upness between specialist teams’

‘The ability to produce concise advice notes in short timescales is extremely helpful’

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

‘Ben Koehne is a pragmatic and solution focused individual who demonstrates excellent collaboration skills to find the best outcome for his clients’

‘David Pygott has phenomenal knowledge of financial services regulation; close attention to detail; is devoted to client service; and determined to get as good a result as possible’ 

‘The team understands that advice needs to be clear and translatable for non-lawyers’

‘David Pygott and Sarah Thomas are bright, personable and give succinct advice’

International arbitration Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard 'has an extremely skilled team of individuals', which has a strong track record in acting in major international arbitrations involving the energy, life sciences, insurance and construction sectors; it also has a growing reputation in investment treaty arbitration. The international arbitration practice is co-led by energy specialist Simon Kamstra, and energy and life sciences expert Jon Tweedale; while Sarah Vasani is investor-state disputes head. Legal director Nathalie Allen was recently hired from Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP, and investment treaty specialist Ben Burnham was promoted to managing associate.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Sarah Vasani is superlative – she is an excellent lawyer, a superb team player, puts her clients’ interests first at all times and will always go the extra mile for her clients. Jon Tweedale is also an excellent lawyer, very conscientious and always on top of the detail.’

‘Addleshaw is at a smart price point in the current market with a team of superbly talented senior international lawyers, including Sarah Vasania, Nathalie Allen and Simon Kamstra. In addition to strong internationality, they have unique and broad ranging energy experience, including in particular with state parties.’

‘Nathalie Allen is an absolute star and AG was incredibly lucky to get her. She is fluent in four languages, very well-regarded by co-counsel, arbitrators and clients alike and a terrific colleague.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard has an extremely strong practice in this area, benefiting in particular from the skills and experience of two stand-out individuals (Jon Tweedale and Sarah Vasani). They offer an exceptionally skilled team of individuals who provide advice which is always considered and on-point. They have developed a very strong following in the market. The team is responsive and ready to work round the clock. It also provides solid support to clients and counsel in the pressured periods immediately before and during hearing.’

‘The main partners in this area in London are Jon Tweedale and Sarah Vasani. Both are of superstar quality and leading figures in the field. Jon Tweedale is a virtuoso lawyer at the absolute top of his game. He is an absolutely superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. He has masterly command of the subject and has unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of his cases. He displays absolute charm with his clients and all those with whom he works. He is very charismatic and clients love him. Most importantly, he gets great results for his clients. Sarah Vasani is also a star in the firm. She is dedicated to her cases, totally unflappable and exudes confidence. She has the energy of three people and is tireless in achieving the best result for her clients.’

‘Simon Kamstra – Possibly the coolest man international arbitration – very distinguished, connected and exuberates knowledge and confidence.’

‘Sarah Vasani – Becoming the ever growing face of Addleshaw’s Stellar International Arbitration practice. Very attentive and personable, but with an air of complete control.’

Key clients

BP

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Weyerhaeuser Company

Konoike Construction Company

Network Rail

Oil and gas Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard's national energy team is a key name among national and independent oil companies, mid-stream companies, private equity investors and financial institutions. The firm has recently won new mandates in the international upstream oil and gas arena with the arrival of Rory Connor from King & Spalding LLP, who joined alongside Martin Stewart-Smith from Bracewell (UK) LLP and former Pinsent Masons LLP corporate finance partner David McEwing, who heads up the Aberdeen team. Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow and John Emerton are highly recommended, as is Angus Rollo in London. Guy Winter departed to Fasken in late 2019.

Testimonials

‘The team is always available and focused on addressing our issues as soon as possible. We are extremely happy with advice to-date, and their industry experience has proved invaluable during our acquisition transaction and after.’

‘Very knowledgeable about the industry and their advice has helped us navigate a very tricky acquisition process effectively. In particular David McEwing has been extremely helpful.’

Key clients

BP

Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)

Waldorf Acquisition Co.

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard's pensions offering has a strong reputation for trustee support, the sector impact of corporate transactions, negligence claims and liberation fraud. Catherine McAllister , Rachel Rawnsley and Susan Garrett are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Acquisition finance Tier 5

Spearheaded by Alex DumphyAddleshaw Goddard's leveraged finance team has a solid reputation advising a balanced mix of lender and corporate/private equity sponsor clients. While it still remains a popular choice among clearing banks, the team has effectively followed the dynamics of the market and has begun to gain increased market penetration among alternative lenders, a sub-sector of the market that was enhanced by its hire of debt fund expert Peter Crichton  from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in May 2019. 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):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bluebay (now renamed Arcmont)

CVC

Cordet Capital

Alcentra

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

ECI Capital Partners

Dunport Capital

Telemos Capital

Barings Advisors

Aviation Tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard specialises in aviation finance and leasing mandates, acting for airlines, aircraft lessors, financial institutions and aircraft funds. Headed up by Rebecca Garner, the department has extensive experience advising on operating and finance leases for new and used aircraft; it also has a track record of advising on transactional, regulatory and contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

TATA SIA Airlines Limited (trading as Vistara)

Hero Inc, B.V.

Helix Advisory Services Ltd

Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)

Stobart Group Plc

Philippine Airlines

Transport finance and leasing Tier 5

Principally focused on rail-related mandates - under the guidance of the 'proactive and client-focused' Clive SmithAddleshaw Goddard advises manufacturers, lessors and financiers across a range of work. This includes new build rolling stock projects. Outside of the rail sector, the firm's Edinburgh office handles a variety of transactional shipping work, including sales and purchases, as well as financing work for lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellence in Shipbuilding Contracts.’

‘They have an excellent understanding of our challenges and how we like to work.’

‘Clive Smith is exceptional at dealing with the most complex and time pressured transactions with speed, flair and organisational rigor. His drafting is always second to none, taking into account the myriad concerns present in multi-party, multi-document deals. Clive anticipates problems before they come into being and is proactive in coming up with client focused solutions, thereby smoothing out the bumps in the long and winding road to closing, to the fullest extent possible.’

‘Clive Smith would always be my first port of call for assistance in a complex transaction. His ability to synthesize complex ideas into something comprehensible and ensure that no risk is missed, is unlike any other lawyer I have known in the asset finance sector. His in depth knowledge of the rail industry ensures that his advice is always accurate.’

 

Key clients

TATA SIA Airlines (Trading As Vistara)

Hero Inc, B.V.

Helix Advisory Services Limited

Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)

Stobart Group Plc

Philippine Airlines

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Yuexin International Development Limited

Briggs Marine Contractors Limited

Delta Marine Limited

Lombard North Central plc

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited

Caspian Offshore Construction LLC

Stone Marine Services Limited

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

The arrival of Paul Fleming  from Dechert LLP in November 2019 is undoubtedly a statement of intent from Addleshaw Goddard, in light of his cross-border special situations expertise. However, the team remains focused on its traditional mid-market IP and bank-led restructuring work, with the 'commercially focused group' benefitting from a core offering in London - where the 'extremely effectiveFraser Ritson is a key practitioner - as well as across its regional offices, including Manchester. Alison Goldthorp joined Norton Rose Fulbright in February 2020.

Testimonials

The firm has a strong, commercially focused group of lawyers with strength in depth across the UK. They have sufficient resources to deal with extremely large and complex cases, whilst partners also remain involved and accessible on smaller matters of importance to their clients.

Fraser Ritson and Monica Duggal are an extremely effective team in dealing with complex and contentious matters in a commercial manner whilst protecting their client’s position.

 

Key clients

Deloitte as Administrators of Supercuts and Regis UK

HSBC Bank

PWC

Grant Thornton

Trustee in Bankruptcy of Sean Dunne

HSBC & RBS

BDO

RSM

Banking and finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard fields a broad and varied banking team, sitting on all major clearing bank panels and handling corporate, real estate and leveraged financing matters. The lender-focused practice is led by David Handy, who advises on high-value national and international lending agreements. He is supported by Andrew Fordham, who has particular expertise in working with private equity and debt funds; and managing associate Thomas Ward. The team also features social housing finance specialist Lee ShanklandNick Barlow, who primarily works with funders on housebuilding projects; and consultant Jenny Cromack, who combines expertise in corporate and real estate financing matters. Managing associate Geoffrey McGinley continues to be highly regarded for his housing finance work.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Very well established and known team with plenty of experience. Keen to work collaboratively with us and will often provide upfront guidance/help on matters which then places them well to win the full mandate.

Very approachable, commercially minded and highly experienced – the team of David Handy and Andy Fordham has an excellent reputation in the local market.

I have been in big ticket lending to the social housing sector since 1992 and have used Addleshaw Goddard and its predecessors throughout. Whilst the individuals have changed over time the quality and reliability of service have been constant. They remain the leading firm for the funder side. Both banking and property work are consistently excellent.

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Santander UK

Banking and finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's banking and finance practice in the North West is led by Martin O’Shea, who has two decades of experience in the regional market. His strengths lie in leveraged, real estate and corporate finance. He is supported by Richard Oman, who represents corporate borrowers and financial institutions, while the asset finance group is led by Andrew Maskill, a key partner in the practice. Also of note is Simon Prendergast - 'one of the sharpest ABL minds' - while experienced associates Ben Edwards and Caroline Gray are likewise recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The AG team in Manchester are without doubt one of the strongest legal teams in the country. They are happy to devote their time assisting with any queries, big or small, and are one of the first firms I will pick the phone up to if I have something to discuss.’

‘Simon Prendergast is one of the sharpest ABL minds in the region. Approachable and down to earth.’

‘Caroline Gray is commercial and knowledgeable.’

‘Kate Jones is resilient and resourceful. Always available to help.’

‘Excellent customer service – very responsive and advice is commercial and relevant.’

Key clients

PZ Cussons

Tosca Debt Capital LLP

Santander UK plc

Investec Bank plc

NCC Group

Banking litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's finance litigation team leverages its 'in-depth knowledge of the market' to advise its broad client roster, which includes asset funders and asset-based lenders, building societies, leading UK and foreign banks, and challenger banks. Practice head Sally Emerton has a breadth of experience across the banking sector, while Ben Lowans is particularly strong for asset finance work (including marine and aviation finance issues) and fraud-related litigation. In addition to its strong Leeds-based managing associates (including Steve Walpole, Jennifer Hedley, Matthew Dibb and Samantha Hollingworth), the group frequently works cross-office with banking litigation experts across its national network.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard have a deep and longstanding experience and knowledge of a broad range of retail banking disputes that gives them great judgement as to the strategy for such cases, and how best to respond to issues when they arise. It is always easy to work with the banking litigation team, who are very communicative and clear.

I’ve been very impressed by Addleshaw’s strong relationships with banks and in-depth knowledge of the market. They bring a multi-faceted approach to their cases, managing a strong understanding of the legal landscape with common sense and commercial attitude to what is in their client’s best interests.

An impressive team that is well up to the standard of any London team I have worked with. They have a detailed knowledge of banking; a can-do attitude; and an impressive attention to detail.

Ben Lowans manages a significant caseload and gets stuck into every single matter. He is dedicated to the client’s case, always makes time for every individual matter and wants to understand counsel’s view on each point, and he is willing to take on the fight.

The entire Addleshaws team was excellent, but Steve Walpole, in particular, stood out for his calm, confident and very pleasant way of dealing with the client, legal team and case management generally.

Managing associate Samantha Hollingworth is an undoubted ‘star’ who is the best of the best. I am very impressed by her knowledge and dedication, delivered in a very unselfassuming way.

Managing associate Matt Dibb is down-to-earth and great fun to work with, but also highly intelligent and knowledgeable, and is legally and commercially astute in terms of both strategy and his legal opinions on the case.

Managing associate Jen Hedley is conscientious, thorough and really pays attention to the details. She is able to manage large-scale litigation seamlessly.

Key clients

BNP Paribas Group

Aldermore Bank PLC

Nationwide Building Society

Close Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

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

Deutsche Leasing (UK) Limited

Aurora Leasing Limited

PEAC Finance

Banking litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's finance disputes practice has strong relationships with major UK and international banks, private equity firms and other independent funders as well as fintech clients and challenger banks. It handles a range of contentious matters, particularly in the asset-based lending and receivables financing spaces. The group is also well-placed to handle cross-border claims and recoveries, with particular experience in acting for West Africa-based businesses. Practice head Harold Brako has 'encyclopaedic experience' and is a key name alongside legal director Helen Collinge, who also has a broad practice.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Well-integrated professional team of knowledgeable experts.

The finance disputes resolution team at Addleshaw Goddard is a pleasure to work with. Members are organised, efficient and clear. Instructions to counsel are invariably well set out. At all levels, members have an easy manner, making them delightful to discuss issues with. The nature of their work is always interesting.

The advice received from Addleshaw Goddard is always clear and either comprehensive or concise (when necessary).  They provide excellent value for money whilst achieving consistently good results.

The team is large enough to have critical mass but small enough to ensure continuity of service and to build good, close working relationships. We have good contacts at different levels within the team – unlike many practices where the lead contact may be territorial about allowing others in the team to have much direct client contact. There is good value for money in the service whilst at the same time, the service levels are great. This team also delivers bespoke training for BFS (at no cost) and invites relevant colleagues to training sessions being run by AG. The added value we receive from AG is excellent.

Harold Brako is professional, reliable, has encyclopaedic experience and a good sense of humour in a crisis.

Harold Brako is an outstanding operator, a pragmatic and commercial lawyer who is always available.

Harold Brako leads with vision and strives for a commercial outcome to the case. The impact of his leadership is clear, as his thoroughness is matched only by that of the associates he manages.

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Paragon Bank plc

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Seneca Trade Partners Limited

Aldermore Bank

Avicenna Capital

Santander UK plc

Amicus Asset Finance Limited

Davenham Asset Finance Limited

Ultimate Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Praetura Asset Finance Limited

Genser Energy Ghana Limited

Growth Street Limited

Conister Bank Limited

Advance Global Capital Limited

Röwer & Rüb GmbH

Commercial litigation: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's commercial litigation team handles the full breadth of disputes and counts procurement, fraud, professional negligence, pensions, tax and IT claims among its specialist areas. The group benefits from a strong national and international network, and works particularly closely with individuals in the firm's Manchester office. Experienced litigator and international arbitration specialist Simon Kamstra (who has particular experience in the energy, aviation and manufacturing sectors) heads up the team alongside the 'impressive' Bill Gilliam, who focuses on procurement, IT and M&A disputes. Other names to note include legal directors Louise Dobson, who has expertise in the health and pharmaceutical industries; and Gareth Jones, who is particularly active in the industrials, transport, energy, and utilities sectors; Dobson and managing associate Ryan Geldart 'both outperform their level of PQE'.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

A stand out firm with excellent strategic-thinking litigators.

Bill Gilliam is a very impressive partner in commercial litigation.

Bill Gilliam is a market leader with detailed knowledge of procurement law in particular and a pleasure to work with.

Ryan Geldart and Louise Dobson both outperform their level of PQE.

Key clients

Diageo plc

SSE plc

McKesson UK (including Lloyds Pharmacy Limited and AAH Pharmaceuticals)

R Raphael & Sons plc

Department for Transport

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's 'key strength is the team's ability to handle almost any conceivable issue in big-ticket litigation'. It counts competition litigation, IT disputes and international arbitration, particularly with elements in African jurisdictions, among its areas of specialism. Practice head Mark Molyneux handles contentious commercial and competition matters, while Susan Garrett has particular experience in shareholder, pensions, tax and trusts disputes. Recently promoted partner Nicholas Ashcroft and legal director Samantha Haigh specialise in business protection disputes and competition litigation respectively, while legal director Clare Dwyer and managing associate Paul Rowley are key names to note for public procurement litigation.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Key strength is the team’s ability to handle almost any conceivable issue in big ticket litigation. Supplemented by its human touch and the ability across the board to work seamlessly and immerse themselves into the client’s ethos and drivers and achieve effective outcomes.

Mark Molyneux heads up the team and is an effective leader. Its clear he engages with his team and they are a cohesive unit. He is also an excellent strategist.

Legal director Samantha Haigh really grasps the nettle and moves cases forward. Thinks around the wider issues and is always looking at solutions to problems.

Associate James Currie is unflappable and consistently very effective.

Key clients

Manchester Airport Group

The Road Haulage Association

PZ Cussons

The Co-operative Group

NKT Group

Bestway

Wolseley

Diageo

Office Depot Europe

Solvay Group

Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has a considerable presence in the regional retail sector and handles residential developments and infrastructure financing work with a consistent flow of national mandates, acting for developers, financial institutions and corporates. Bruce Lightbody heads up the Leeds-based team, and advises national retailers and commercial occupiers on financing and leasing issues. Lucy Sturrock is recognised for her work in the hospitality and leisure sector, while Ian Smith is active in energy and infrastructure-related matters. Managing associate Amanda Davis has played a key role in several of the firm's high-profile commercial and retail mandates.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The well-sized team has strength and depth to efficiently and appropriately resource our deals. They are responsive and knowledgeable, and keen to help.

Peter Mason is a stand-out. He is consistently available and on top of the detail at all times. He is a safe pair of hands, and is well-supported by an able cohort of legal directors, senior associates and associates.

The individuals work as a complete unified team complementing each other extremely well. They react very quickly with advice that covers all options and importantly the solutions with recommendations. In summary, they provide practical advice that fully relates to the situation.

The partner dealt with, Ian Smith, was absolutely exceptional. Ian is very approachable, sociable and down to earth. His legal knowledge is excellent and his ability to apply that to the commercial situation is something I have very rarely come across in 30 years of dealing with property. His relationship with his colleagues is also excellent making for a fantastic team ethos which really comes across when you deal with them.‘

Their experience and knowledge of the Real Estate market in the locality and nationally made the selection of AG a straightforward decision. The understanding of our requirements and time they spent on the transaction also demonstrated the quality of their efforts.

The set up at AG is highly professional yet still human. The client feels special from the moment they walk through the door and are greeted by the arrivals team. That quality of client care is set at a high standard and maintained throughout.

Anna Heaton in the Leeds office is an excellent lawyer. Her ability to act on both a property transaction and corporate joint venture, means that the quality, consistency and response times of advice are constant throughout.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aviva Investors

Muse Developments

Travelodge Hotels

Eastern and Oriental

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Asda Stores

Ribston Industrial Fund

Siemens

DB Cargo

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has an experienced and highly capable bench of practitioners in the commercial property sphere. Team head Peter Kershaw is active both regionally and nationally across a wide range of sectors, with significant experience of strategic real estate transactions. Lucy Butterworth, who was promoted to partner in May 2019; she is active in the life sciences and student accommodation sectors. Legal directors Michael Corbett and Emma Tonge both have a strong breadth of experience and manage major client relationships with national retailers and local authorities. Anita Weightman is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Access to Music

AIMS Investments

Allied London

Armstrong Works Limited

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Canal & River Trust

Carsnip Ltd

ColeWaterhouse /Priestley Family

Co-operative Group of Companies

Corestates Limited

Daventry Rail Port Limited

Deloitte & Touch LLP

Element Six (Production) Limited

FI-REM

Fascia Graphics Limited

Gladman Developments

Gladstone Road Exeter Limited

Hallam Land

Hermes

Hollins Strategic Land

Huron Properties

Hurstwood Properties

Icon Group International Limited

J Sainsbury Group of Companies

Just Communicate Limited

LG Park HT8 Limited

MGH Card

Mapeley

Muse Developments

National Grid

Construction Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard garners praise from clients for its 'great depth of experience and expertise.' Nancy McGuire, who heads up the team, acts on non-contentious construction mandates; this includes advising clients on procurement strategies and development and infrastructure projects. Paul O’Kane is active in contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and works with local authorities such as Manchester City Council on regeneration schemes. The team is particularly noted for its 'unrivalled experience in PFI', which is one of Paul Barge's areas of specialism. Managing associate Philip Withey is recommended for his expertise in construction and engineering disputes. Jonathan Tattersall and managing associate Philip Withey are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The AG team has great depth of experience and expertise. They understand the needs of their clients and can provide brilliant advice and assistance in even the most difficult situations. They have particular experience in PFI disputes involving highly complex projects. In my view, their experience in PFI is unrivalled anywhere in the UK and they are far ahead of their competitors. Their depth of expertise and breadth of experience gives them a huge advantage over other firms.’

‘Very good teams allocated to cases, good continuity and knowledge across work streams. Careful and commercial approach and great clarity on advising on risk.’

‘AG has huge strength and depth across multiple locations and offers top class legal advice and commercial solutions quickly and efficiently. Their lawyers are clear, clever and responsive. I would put them up against big hitting firms with full confidence and they give great value for money. They are true team players and get great results.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall – great big picture skills, ready to dive into the detail, but very encouraging of junior colleagues to whom he gives a good deal of responsibility but is equally supportive Phil Withers – an outstanding associate Sarah Wilson – another outstanding associate, very bright and will go all the way’

‘John Emerton has fantastic tactical and strategic instincts.’

‘Thomas Hurst is highly commercial, a brilliant lawyer and loved by clients. Matt Collingwood-Cooper has terrific judgment and is an asset in any case. Sarah Wilson is an up and coming star.’

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Bruntwood

Hermes

Allied London

DunnCox

MB Bermondsey (Guernsey) Limited

UK Parliament

Moda Living Limited

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

Allied London

Aviva

Liverpool John Moores University

Select Property Group

BT

Tritax

Far East Consortium

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Alumno Development

Construction Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's construction team handles the full range of projects, advising on high-profile residential, commercial and infrastructure developments for major corporates, developers and public sector bodies. Recent work includes nationally significant road, rail, airport, and energy projects, as well as notable mandates within Leeds. James Reynolds heads up the non-contentious construction department, advising on a number of national redevelopment schemes, with Joe Wilkinson handling construction and engineering disputes. David Shaw takes the lead on energy, transport and utility projects, with John Emerton acting in the related disputes. Director Ally MacKenzie also specialises in construction and engineering disputes with a particular focus on the energy and utilities sectors.

Testimonials

Their experience and knowledge of the Real Estate market in the locality and nationally made the selection of AG a straightforward decision. The understanding of our requirements and time they spent on the transaction also demonstrated the quality of their efforts.

Ian Smith, Niamh Batterton: Both are detailed, professional, experienced and a pleasure to work with us and have represented us.

Key clients

BT

ASDA

Channel 4

United Utilities

UK Parliament

National Grid

SSE

Manchester Airport

Stansted Airport

Edinburgh Airport

London Luton Airport

Muse

British Land

Peel

Henry Boot

Travelodge

Sainsbury’s

The Co-operative Group

Muller

HS1

York University

Lancaster University

Leeds Beckett University

University of Brighton

Mitsubishi Hitachi

Aberdeen Standard

Amey Rail

Calderdale Council

West Yorkshire + Transport Fund

Broadgate Estates

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust

Redrow Homes

Engie

Lend Lease

National Nuclear Laboratory

Waterside Places

Stadium Group

William Hare

Urenco

Scotia Gas Networks

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

R.N.Wooler

KCOM

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

Addleshaw Goddard fields an extensive team of M&A professionals, with sector-specific experts including Mark Hallam in financial services; James Tatro in retail and consumer goods; and Richard Hunt and practice head Garry Elliott in chemicals and manufacturing. The team recently handled headline corporate mergers in its areas of sector expertise. Peter Wood and Yunus Seedat have a focus on private equity transactions, acting for international funds and private companies, while the recent addition of Adam Hastings from Squire Patton Boggs expanded the team’s capacity to handle capital markets takeovers.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

LDC

NorthEdge

Livingbridge

Riverside Private Equity

Dunedin

Perwyn

Elysian Capital

Nimbus Private Equity

YFM Private Equity

CBPE Capital

Pyroguard Uk

Masternaut

Allied Glass

Broker Network

Cornes & Company

Infinity Works

Cooper Solutions

WSP Group

Daniel Thwaites plc

Muller Group of Companies

Stadium Group

William Jackson Food Group

Sainsbury’s

AFI Uplift

Fastflow Group

M.K.M. Building Supplies

Pirtek

Skanska UK plc

Zenith Vehicle Leasing

Brenntag UK

Portakabin

Shearings Leisure

Diageo

Ted Baker

R. Raphael & Sons plc

Punter Southall plc

Carclo plc

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Skipton Building Society

Global Navigation Solutions

Huddersfield Town AFC

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

Handling big-ticket M&A, private equity, equity capital markets and corporate real estate deals, the team at Addleshaw Goddard is distinguished through the breadth of its offering. Practice head Paul Medlicott represents major private equity houses, both those based in the North West and those investing in the region, as well as M&A matters in the personal care, household care and beauty business sectors. Another key name, Andrew Green, is an expert in corporate and private equity transactions, while Roger Hart is a specialist in IPOs and corporate finance. Managing associate George Danczak is an up-and-coming name, advising buyers, sellers and institutional investors on a broad array of corporate transactions. The team has recently been advising JD Sports on its high-profile £90m bid for Footasylum.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The practice attracts high calibre individuals outside of London as well as in London’

‘Richard Lee is quite simply the most outstanding lawyer I have worked with. His advice is commercially sound. His knowledge, interpretation and application of the law gives the client complete confidence in his advice’.

 

Key clients

Zeus Capital Limited and Jeffries International Limited

JD Sports Fashion plc

Peel Group

Literacy Capital plc and Vista Bidco Limited

KCOM Group Public Limited Company

The Pebble Group plc

Shareholders of Safety Media Ltd

IP Group plc

PZ Cussons plc

Proseal (UK) Limited

Corporate tax Tier 1

At Addleshaw Goddard, the team handles the full range of corporate tax advisory matters, including the tax aspects of private equity and property transactions, asset finance, M&A, restructuring, employment and disputes. The team also routinely handles tax-related governance and regulatory work. Practice head Justine Delroy represents many of the region’s mid-market private equity houses while Michael Hunter represents a number of developers, institutions and non-UK investors on property investment and development transactions in addition to joint ventures. At junior level, managing associate Catherine Concannon counts tax structuring and employment tax among her key strengths.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Muse Developments

Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC

Phoenix Equity Partners, Elysian Capital, LDC, Equistone, Livingbridge – PE houses

Peel

Bruntwood

Terra Firma

PZ Cussons

Investec

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s employment practice recently recruited Rebecca Kitson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to take over from outgoing practice head Sally Hulston , who is now at Knights plc. Kitson brings extensive expertise in Employment Tribunal litigation, acting for large domestic and international corporate clients; recent cases include handling unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claims. The team also handles senior exits and restructurings, while key associates Gerri Elliott and Laura Pilkington routinely assist with corporate due diligence and TUPE transfers. As a further addition to the team, Shakeel Dad (who was previously at Walker Morris LLP) enhances the team’s expertise in business immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Haribo (t/a Dunhills)

Moneysupermarket

Arup

Dixons Carphone Plc

Scotia Gas Networks

KCOM Group

Vocalink (Part of Mastercard)

Octopus Energy

Howarth Timber

Primark Stores

EU and competition Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s competition team handles antitrust investigations brought by the CMA and other market regulators for a premier client list comprised of UK and international corporates. Director Elizabeth Turner, who is the key Leeds contact, leads on merger control applications and also provides assistance to the wider national practice in high-profile litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and higher courts. Recent cases included defending cartel claims and acting for claimants in damages cases.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A very commercial team. Competent, quick, and swift of reply.

Key clients

Inspired Entertainment Inc

JD Sports Fashion Plc

Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Group Limited

Office Depot Europe

NKT group of companies

British American Tobacco

KCom Group Ltd

Terra Firma

Department for Transport

Brenntag UK

Health Tier 1

The health practice at Addleshaw Goddard is split into four sub-sector teams: public sector and health infrastructure; life sciences; social and long-term care; and private healthcare. The department also handles PFI secondary market transactions, insourcing and joint ventures for commercially minded NHS clients, and manages the healthcare portfolios of substantial infrastructure funds. A product liability team focuses on health and pharmaceutical recalls. Team head Michael O’Connor is an expert on public, private and transformational transactions within the healthcare sector. Stephanie Townley has significant experience in trust mergers and outsourcing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is highly experienced in dealing with complex group actions in the health litigation area. They have detailed knowledge of clinical trial protocols and the regulatory environment.’

Key clients

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercian Helathcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

GlaxoSmithKline

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

University pf Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority

Serco Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group PLC

Health and safety Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has considerable experience in all aspects of health and safety law, including fire safety, food safety and hygiene, and product safety. Under the 'exceptional leadership' of Erin Shoesmith, the team is currently instructed on two high-stakes public inquiries - Grenfell Tower and Manchester Arena Inquiry, acting for a corporate core participant in the former and various family members in the latter. The department comprises former prosecutors and defence lawyers, providing due diligence support, compliance advice, reviews, and training to clients.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I cannot speak highly enough of Erin Shoesmith. I have worked with her many times on high profile cases, including the Grenfell Inquiry. She runs her team brilliantly. They love to work for and with her and she sets the standard.’ 

‘Erin Shoesmith is one of the very best I have ever worked with. Nick Ashcroft, a new partner, is heading places.’ 

‘Erin Shoesmith is an outstanding solicitor. She is a leader in her field and supported by a good team.’ 

Erin Shoesmith is respected by her peers, counsel and other solicitors. She’s incredibly hard-working and provides excellent client care.’ 

‘The key to Addleshaw Goddard’s success is the exceptional leadership of Erin Shoesmith and the quality of the team she has built.’

‘Erin Shoesmith’s unique blend of client-focused and rigorous analysis rapidly identifies the real issues, and her personal leadership and commercial good sense identifies the solutions in a similar way.’ 

‘Broad coverage, good industry knowledge including employing ex-HSE personnel, good contacts in the industry, use technology well, well-considered practical advice.’ 

‘Erin Shoesmith is measured and very alive to the human element of the issues and able to create a full plan of attack that gives you confidence that all relevant issues have been considered and are being dealt with practically and sensitively.’ 

Key clients

Centerplate UK Limited

Skanska Construction UK Limited and Morrison Utility Services Limited

Family members from the Manchester Arena Inquiry

Nazareth Care Charitable Trust

boohoo.com

Barclays Bank PLC

Mamas and Papas

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Eddie Stobart Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Sykes Cottages Holdings Limited

Infrastructure and energy Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s energy and utilities team is a leader across the breadth of traditional and cutting-edge sectors. Richard Goodfellow advises on downstream energy projects, district heating deals and, alongside managing associate Alex Clayton, provides niche expertise in procurement projects for smart metering. David Shaw handles supply contracts for gas-fired power projects while James Reynolds is a go-to name for decommissioning programmes in the nuclear sector. On the renewables side, the group handles offshore wind farm transactions and development projects in the bioenergy, solar and hydrogen industries; the latter is led by director Sara Gilmore . Paul Dight has a key practice in deals concerning electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and John Emerton handles energy-related litigation, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard have a highly practical, thoughtful and commercial approach, seeking to clearly understand the business, issues and our objectives before using their creativity, experience and knowledge to achieve the best outcome.

Richard Goodfellow has been a great relationship partner and is always quick to respond, keen to help and provides swift, helpful solutions.

I enjoyed working with Alex Clayton, who has provided a good range of support on various matters.

Ben Feather managed his team well to help a very tight time frame and complex deal across the line.

Key clients

Macquarie Principal Finance

Britvic

SSE

National Grid Electricity Transmission

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

Peel Energy

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Drax Power

Octopus Energy

EPNC

Leeds City Council

United Utilities

URENCO

TfGM

Volkswagen

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard balances lender and creditor-side work, advising major high street banks, insolvency practitioners and corporates, with board advisory work an increasing element of the firm's practice. The team assists administrators with debt recovery, business sale and restructuring mandates. The practice also has a dedicated distressed real estate capability, with director John Duffy and associate Emma Atkinson exclusively focusing on the area. Practice head Andy Bates works for the firm's biggest corporate and banking clients, alongside maintaining relationships with the key accountancy firms in the region. Graham Briggs continues to be highly recommended by clients. 'Excellent' Managing associate Emma Sadler has taken a leading role in several complex matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team is always friendly & approachable, with a wide range of knowledge, that is used in a sensible way, to aid the progress of deals. The team always respond quickly &, although mindful of providing correct advice in a professional manner, the team understand the need for a commercial viewpoint. The team always respond quickly to queries & maintain an open dialogue, which again, helps in the deal process.’

Emma Sadler provides an excellent service & is consistent in her approach to work done. Emma is always happy to discuss cases before a formal instruction is made & is able to turn urgent deals around quickly, when required. Emma is a credit to the firm.

I have used AG in a complex restructuring. They have been excellent in this process, in financial restructuring advice and pensions advisory. Over the years I have used several Leeds based teams and AG have been the best.

Andy Bates is a rock star, he is able to combine timely, robust advice with a sense of humour. Emma Sadler has been great, very competent and able to produce high quality work at very short notice.

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank / Virgin Money

HSBC Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

Endless LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

Graywoods LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Bestway Retail

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's practice handles complex restructuring mandates, distressed real estate issues and insolvency litigation. The highly experienced Ged Barnes leads the team with over two decades of experience acting on corporate insolvencies and restructurings. Tim Taylor is also a key name in the practice, acting for financial institutions and distressed companies. The firm also maintains its presence on the panel of several UK banks. Legal director Sarah Foster is also noted and advises companies and insolvency practitioners on restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Grant Thornton UK LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Endless LLP

The HLD Group

Avison Young

Close Brothers Invoice Finance Limited

Duff & Phelps Limited

Boohoo.com

Intellectual property Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard is engaged for IP matters across the retail and consumer, financial services, transport, industrials, energy, health and public sectors, among others. The team’s notably broad offering spans all IP disciplines with work including portfolio management, disputes and the full range of non-contentious matters. Practice head Paul Bentham is an expert in brand protection and exploitation in addition to the IP-related considerations of company acquisitions and joint ventures. James Whittaker is a further key name; he tailors his practice towards the acquisition and exploitation of IP rights with specific expertise in licensing, media and sponsorship matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

PZ Cussons plc

Diageo Great Britain Limited

Harrods

Samworth Brothers Group

Associated British Foods plc

Travelodge Hotels

Lakeland Limited

William Hill

BooHoo Group Plc

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Clients hail Addleshaw Goddard as ‘continuing to lead TMT in the North West’. The team is geared towards providing purchaser-focused advice for both public and private sector clients with particular expertise in telecoms, ICT enabled outsourcing, ERP and cloud computing. Practice head Paul Bentham is ‘probably the best non-contentious IT and outsourcing lawyer in the North West’ while James Whittakerhas extremely broad expertise in commercial, IT, outsourcing contracts and advice’. Another key name is Phil McGough, praised for his ‘consistently thorough professional service’; his expertise encompasses system development and implementation, IT infrastructure agreements and global licensing arrangements. The financial services and fast moving consumer goods industries are both core areas of focus for the team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An extremely strong team, they continue to lead TMT in the North West by a country mile.’

‘Paul Bentham is probably the best non-contentious IP, IT and outsourcing lawyer in the North West, with extensive experience in both private and public sector deals.’

‘James Whittaker has an extremely broad range of expertise in commercial, IT, outsourcing contracts and advice. He is unfailingly pragmatic and retains a cool and calm head in difficult times. Focused on getting the deal done.’

‘Phil McGough is a real rising star. He is a great technician with a cutting-edge focus on the application of AI to legal practice and processes.’

‘Nadine Waters is a go-to adviser for a huge range of clients – they tend to love her no-nonsense style and commitment to achieving client objectives.’

‘I find the team at Addleshaw Goddard to be highly professional and simple to work with. They balance the requirements of providing legal advice with the a pragmatism that works for a family owned business such as ours. The firm is multi-faceted and has provided advise across a spectrum of areas. In my experience, to have a specialist team under one roof is fairly unique.’

‘There are a couple of standout people from my perception. Phil McGough provides a consistently thorough and detailed level of professional advice. That said his ability to explain complex issues and put them in context is helpful for those not employed in the legal industry. Harriet Powell has driven a number of key initiatives forward in relation to projects over the last two years which have professionalised our approach to contracting. Both Phil and Harriet have the ability to explain legal jargon in a way that an audience can understand and then make an informed decision on.’

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

Reckitt Benckiser plc

J Sainsbury’s plc

Bruntwood Group of companies

PZ Cussons plc

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

London Gateway Port Limited

Matalan

Diageo

United Utilities

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s commercial IT practice handles high-value technology and outsourcing deals for pedigree UK and overseas clients. Practice head Michael Lowry and Simon Lofthouse handle the negotiations for the procurement of fintech platforms to facilitate the business-expansion projects of global players in the financial services sector. On the supplier side, the group advises on licensing arrangements for innovative CRM platforms and geospatial technologies. The expansive team features stand-out associates James Mort, Charlotte Marshall and Priscilla Hetherton; all assist with global IT transformation projects for retail clients.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

There is excellent knowledge about the interlinks and connections between different topics that are discussed in parallel. As a result, a very open way of discussion, giving the client room to present their thoughts with the law firm supporting by showing the links mentioned above. In other words: the client’s ideas are tested in a kind of legal Virtual Reality system.

Key clients

The Tenet Group

Skipton Building Society

GeoSLAM Limited

Belmont Green Finance Limited

Venator Materials Plc

High Speed 1

HSBC

Primark Limited

Local government Tier 1

The local government group at Addleshaw Goddard handles complex transactions and provides consultancy and legal advice on matters such as development option appraisals, state aid and procurement. Areas of expertise include powers to borrow and invest, outsourcing and partnership transactions, high value procurement claims, renewable projects and development and construction transactions, often in cash-constrained scenarios. Andrew Pettinger is highly experienced in major outsourcing commercial transactions for local government. He jointly heads the team with Michael O’Connor, who focuses on project finance across various infrastructure and social infrastructure sectors.

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cumbria County COuncil

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Somerset County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Bradford City Council

Salford City Council

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s practice is particularly well-regarded for advertising and marketing matters, while also handling a growing number of media and entertainment-related corporate deals; examples include radio station sales, video game studio acquisitions and transactions involving sports agencies and channels. James Whittaker heads the department, leveraging his expertise in television work, agency agreements, joint ventures, sponsorship, advertising and marketing copy clearance as well as brand ambassador agreements. He recently acted for the majority shareholders of Base Soccer Agency, representative of more than 300 international football players, managers and coaches, in relation to its disposal to Creative Artists Agency Sports.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Celador Entertainment Limited

Diageo plc

Eleven Sports Network Limited

Yorkshire 2019 Limited

John West Foods

PZ Cussons plc

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Sumo Group plc

United Utilities

Whalar Ltd

Pensions Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s pensions offering comprises high-profile experts including Rachel Rawnsley, Jade Murray and Rachel Uttley, who co-lead the team. Corporate clients and trusts engage the team on liability transfers, scheme closures, and governance structures.

Testimonials

‘Fantastic depth of experience combined with pragmatic advice’

‘Dealt with Leeds team – very open and friendly office, close knit team, strong links to clients, hard-working and upbeat.’

‘More welcoming and down-to-earth than most pension legal teams.’

‘Jade Murray and Rachel Uttley. Huge commitment to clients, working often well outside working hours when projects peak.’

‘Jade is very firm in negotiations, against larger numbers of legal partners from top tier firm, not intimidated.’

‘They both display deep pensions knowledge, a very close working relationship with their client, a lot of flexibility over changing work priorities.’

‘The team has significant strength in depth, and coordinates seamlessly’

‘Rachel Rawnsley consistently delivers thorough yet practical advice. She helps create and momentum through stepping back and identifying which other advisers could benefit from a steer.’

‘Fast to respond and extremely knowledgeable and efficient’

‘Rachel Rawnsley – highly responsive, clear advice presenting a firm line but coupled with a pragmatic approach.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Sitting within the firm's corporate department, Addleshaw Goddard’s personal tax, trusts and probate team primarily handles high-value estate planning and trust restructuring mandates. The group’s key clients include banks, trust companies, corporate shareholders, entrepreneurs, regional businesses and high-net-worth individuals; it is also increasingly advising international individuals and trustees of offshore trusts on UK residence, domicile and tax issues. The team is headed by Manchester-based Yorke Eaton, who also specialises in capital tax planning work for business owners.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Sitting as part of the firm's corporate department, the private capital team at Addleshaw Goddard provides a full and integrated service to its entrepreneurial and family business clients. Focusing on owner-managed and family businesses, the team, led by tax expert Pervinder Kaur, regularly advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts on significant national and regional business, succession and planning issues. The group also provides specialised advice on the use of trusts in a commercial context. The practice fields a qualified accountant with significant experience in private client tax.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Yorke Eaton is careful, considered and effective. Charlotte Smart and Laura Woffinden are other members of the team that have historically delivered for clients. They work well as a team and are happy to give a feel for what might be required before the client commits to the work.

Pervinder Kaur is a pleasure to work with. Always approachable, keeps us updated, has excellent knowledge of the law and the client’s circumstances.  Very sound judgement, and I always trust Pervinder’s judgement. Laura Woffinden is always helpful, always approachable, and is a pleasure to work with. Her knowledge is excellent.

Excellent knowledge and communication. A pleasure to work with. Highly collaborative.”

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 1

With one of the largest teams in the region, Addleshaw Goddard advises key clients from the banking and construction sectors on a range of issues at a national and international level. The team has recently developed a particular focus on defective cladding mandates including advising on compliance with the Building Regulations and fire safety legislation in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy. Sally Emerton heads up the litigation practice across the Manchester and Leeds offices while also co-leading the firm's financial services sector group; and Joe Wilkinson is a key name for construction and engineering related matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Experienced, commercially orientated team, adept at hard-fought litigation and settlements.’

 

Property litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard is particularly active in the retail sector, representing clients with large property portfolios on a variety of major disputes. Charles Jagger and Chris Perrin are the key partners operating out of Manchester; Jagger acts on a range of property litigation matters, including disputes relating to dilapidations and professional negligence. Perrin is 'an excellent litigator' who handles disputes in relation to development issues. Legal director Andy Freehan is described as 'bright and proactive.' 

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Probably the leading property litigation team in the North West.’

‘The team is based in the North West of England. However its quality matches, if not exceeds, that of any other part of England, including London.’

‘They work for very significant clients whether they are retailers, developers or landlords.’

‘Chris Perrin is a real star of the property litigation world. He has made a real name for himself particularly in Manchester. Julie Middlemass is a very experienced property litigator who is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Chris Perrin is an excellent litigator. He is knowledgeable, pleasant to deal with and efficient. I know I can rely on him.’

‘Chris Perrin has further strengthened the team. Andy Feehan and Patricia Love are both very bright and proactive and are prepared to go the extra mile for their clients.’

Property litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard acts for many of the firm's real estate clients, handling contentious issues ranging from insolvency claims to possession and tenancy disputes. The practice has a notable a focus on holistic dispute resolution. Clients hail from the retail, banking, education, transportation and telecoms sectors, with a particular specialism in shopping centre management issues. Practice head Julie Middlemass is national head of the firm's property litigation team, and is highly experienced in retail and investment-related disputes. Newly-promoted director Elizabeth Cape focuses on tenant insolvencies and vacant possession strategies.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The service received from Addleshaw Goddard is excellent. They provide a very professional service whilst also remaining very approachable and providing clear and understandable advice in what can sometimes be very complex matters. They have experts in their fields and are efficient at working across teams when a number of various legal issues need establishing.

The individuals we have worked with are very approachable and amenable to some of the demands we sometimes place on them regarding timescales etc. They provide very clear and honest advice regarding our legal issues and over time we have built a strong working relationship.

The level of experience and knowledge within the team and the relationship between the different sectors and their willingness to work across teams.

The firm provide exceptional value to instructions they work on, proactively leading matters in ways that many other firms do not and identifying and suggesting solutions to issues that arise. They are the most effective firm that I have encountered in this regard. The team at Addleshaw Goddard are also incredibly responsive and deal quickly and effectively with all items or queries raised. You can therefore be confident that once instructed, the team will drive these forward and give regular updates.

The team including Carole Franklin and Elizabeth Cape have consistently delivered for us on demanding and complex instructions. Their level of knowledge is exceptional and advice is delivered clearly with the requisite level of detail.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Associated British Foods

British Land

Columbia Threadneedle

Hermes

National Grid

Primark Stores

Siemens

Travelodge Hotels

Vision Express

Transport Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard's national transport practice is run out of its Leeds office, encompassing national and international rail, road, airport and shipping work, at a contentious and non-contentious level; clients include rail franchises, government departments and local authorities. The practice is jointly led by Paul Hirst, a specialist in rail and transport infrastructure matters, and transport real estate leader Anna Heaton. As well as construction, procurement, and governmental advice, the team also has litigation capabilities through Bill Gilliam and managing associate Ryan Geldart. Director Sara Gilmore is noted for her rail and bus infrastructure work, while associate Jack Harris has led on several rail projects across the country.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Hugh Lauritsen and Victor Oderinde – practical, solution focused plus expertise; Natalie Steur – dedicated and solution focused.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

Hitachi Rail

Merseytravel

West Midlands Combined Authority

Volkswagen AG

The Road Haulage Association

London Luton Airport

Sealink Travel Group

Manchester Airport Group

Transport for Greater Manchester

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard excels at handling complex multi-disciplinary work for charities with commercial arrangements; the group also regularly advises on real estate and banking transactions concerning charity land. Other areas of expertise include advising on Charity Commission investigations and inquiry work. Practice head Pervinder Kaur has 'extensive' knowledge of charity law, and the team is praised for its 'collaborative' approach. Legal director Charlotte Smart and Yorke Eaton also contribute to the group; Eaton handles the establishment and registration of new entities and governance work.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team are very collaborative and work with us to get the best overall results for our clients. Very high level of knowledge combined with practicality.’

Pervinder Kaur is a pleasure to work with. Her knowledge of matters is extensive and I know I can have full confidence in her work and advice.’

Key clients

Bedingfield’s Trust

NFU Charitable Trust

Leeds Becketts University

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Drawing on the wider firm’s expertise in professional negligence, partnership and civil fraud matters, the team at Addleshaw Goddard handles complex, cross-border trust litigation, often in conjunction with its international offices. Acting for high-net-worth individuals and onshore and offshore trust companies (with a growing practice representing charities in Inheritance Act claims), the department is spearheaded by Manchester-based Yorke Eaton, a 'quick-thinking, intelligent' lawyer who regularly acts for trustees in issues pertaining to business assets.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard has a capable and experienced private client team. They work hard for their clients in looking after their interests.’ 

‘Yorke Eaton is quick-thinking, intelligent and calm under pressure. He is an excellent team player and always maintains a positive approach.’ 

Employment Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's employment team primarily advises companies in the transport, retail, financial services and manufacturing sectors, with particular expertise in litigation and boardroom-level work, including restrictive covenant disputes.

Energy Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's team has broad expertise, acting on a wide range of power projects for both small and large energy companies while also handling nuclear decommissioning, research and development. Renewables work, including solar, offshore, wind, electric vehicle and district heating, are all keystones of the practice, as are oil and gas transactions and matters relating to the water industry. Michael O’Connor is extensively experienced in respect of public-private and project finance transactions; he heads the practice alongside Rob Thompson.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

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

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

SSE plc (Retail)

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Transport For Greater Manchester

Health Tier 2

The dedicated healthcare sector team at Addleshaw Goddard, led by Mike O’Connor, Bill Gilliam and Louise Dobson, is divided into four sub-sector teams; public sector and health infrastructure, social and long-term care, life sciences and private healthcare. The teams act on transactions, disputes and contracts for a range public and private clients. Public sector clients include NHS Improvement, NHS Business Services Authority and leading NHS Foundation Trusts. The practice is active across all sectors for private clients – care homes, primary care, dental care, pharmacies and children’s nurseries.

Testimonials

“Excellent detailed knowledge of public sector requirements and specific issues. Able to offer pragmatic sensible advice.”

“Bill Gilliam is a market leader and has detailed knowledge of procurement law and is a pleasure to work with.”

“Ryan Geldart and Louise Dobson both outperform their level of PQE.”

Key clients

McKesson UK (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group and AAH Pharmaceuticals)

Mangar Health

BUPA

GlaxoSmithKline

NHS Business Services Authority

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton Foundation Trust

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Serco Limited

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group Plc

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Local government Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard advises local governments on a wide range of assignments, with a focus on real estate. The firm also advises clients on housing, care, education, regeneration, construction and ICT matters. Key partners include Andrew Pettinger and Richard Goodfellow .

Planning and environment Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's planning practice is led by Emily Williams, who handles contentious planning matters for clients such as developers and land companies. She also undertakes non-contentious planning work involving infrastructure and energy projects. On the environmental side, Michelle Headrige is noted for her contentious and non-contentious experience. She is noted for her expertise in the waste, energy and utilities sectors. Legal director Joanne Holbrook has 'a very good understanding of water resources and environmental legislation.'

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have worked most closely with Joanne Holbrook, legal director. Joanne has provided an exceptional customer-focused service to help us deliver high-quality statutory plans. She has a very good understanding of water resources and environmental legislation as well as the wider policy arena relating to these topics allowing her to provide more holistic advice on key areas of potential challenge, not just legal aspects.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Gladman Developments Limited

University of Chester

Nationwide Building Society

Admiral Taverns Limited

Satnam Investments Limited

Miller Developments Limited

Paul Finnegan / Vans Direct (Southern) Ltd

Pochin Goodman (Northern Gateway) Limited

Hollins Strategic Land

Rosconn Strategic Land

The Strategic Land Group

Southern Water Services Limited

Water Resources South East

Threadneedle Investments

William Jackson Foods

Professional negligence Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard’s team is known for its claimant lender professional negligence work, pursuing claims against solicitors, valuers and other professionals. Following the Grenfell disaster, the department has been acting for clients across the residential, office, student accommodation, hotels and health sectors in relation to defective cladding, compliance and fire safety legislation. Commercial disputes head Mark Molyneux leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

At Addleshaw Goddard, Andrew Pettinger heads the practice alongside Michael O’Connor, an expert in public, private and project finance transactions across a range of infrastructure and social infrastructure sub-sectors, namely healthcare and rail. The team also represents public sector bodies and private sector sponsors in addition to debt and equity investors in a range of other project such as those in the water, transport, renewables, housing and education sectors. Legal director Rob Thompson is an up and coming name for project finance, major capital projects and outsourcing work.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kajima Partnerships Limited

Fulcrum Infrastructure Management Limited

Imagile Group Limited

Semperian

Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure Funder

Meridiam Infrastructure Fund

GB Partnerships Limited

Equitix

InfraRed Capital Partners

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Muse Developments

North tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

The Council of the City of Salford

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

STEP Springfield Village Ltd

Fulcrum Infrastructure Group Limited (FIG) and Fulcrum Infrastructure Management Limited

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

GlaxoSmithKline

GB Partnerships Limited

Imagile Group Limited

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Serco Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group Plc

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Trust

Department for Transport

Merseytravel

Road Haulage Association

London Luton Airport

Sealink Travel Group

West Midlands Combined Authority

Transport for Greater Manchester

Transport for London

Manchester Airport Group

Volkswagen AG

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)

Transport Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is known for its rail and urban transit expertise. The practice covers all aspects of concessions and franchising, rolling stock, procurement, private investment and infrastructure matters for both light and heavy rail. Other key areas of work include rail disputes, regulatory issues and transport-related property matters. Legal director Ursula Gould heads the Manchester team; she advises on contracts for transport projects including expansion of light rail systems, performance payment regimes, infrastructure, tram supply and operating agreements.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dedicated, responsive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

Merseytravel

Road Haualge Association

London Luton Airport

Sealink Travel Group

West Midlands Combined Authority

Transport for Greater Manchester

Transport for London

Manchester Airport Group

Volkswagen AG

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

As well as providing traditional charity law advice, Addleshaw Goddard regularly acts for clients who are entering into commercial contracts with charitable bodies. The department also advises banks on charity land and asset issues, and acts for clients in Charity Commission investigations and inquiries. Private capital partner Yorke Eaton is the name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bedingfield’s Trust

NFU Charitable Trust

Leeds Becketts University

Corporate tax Tier 3

At Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds office, corporate tax issues are handled by Martin Griffiths, who has a broad client roster ranging from owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth individuals to private equity funds and larger corporates. The group also provides tax advice on private equity acquisitions and investments, company disposals and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

ASDA

Marks & Spencer

Alpha FX Group Plc

Primark Stores Limited

VTL Group

North Edge

LDC

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BGF

Muse

EU and competition Tier 3

The ‘very commercial-thinking team’ at Addleshaw Goddard is entrusted for antitrust investigations, competition enforcement, merger control, state aid implications and advisory matters. In addition, the department is active in respect of competition litigation, led by Mark Molyneux, particularly in respect of matters concerning the retail and financial services sectors. Clients single out managing associate Mark Crane, who recently joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A very commercial-thinking team that is competent, quick and swift to reply‘.

I have worked specifically with Mark Crane. He struck me as really excellent with great judgement and a get-things-done attitude.’

Key clients

Inspired Entertainment Inc

JD Sports Fashion Plc

Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Group Limited

PZ Cussons

Office Depot Europe

NKT group of companies

British American Tobacco

KCom Group Ltd

Scotia Gas Networks

Terra Firma

Department for Transport

Brenntag UK

Intellectual property Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds-based IP practice is led by Georgina Powling, who receives instructions from high-profile clients on non-contentious matters. The team provides a robust trade mark filing service for global names in the retail, insurance, sports and consumer goods sectors. The group also has notable expertise in licensing and commercialisation matters; Powling provides assistance on global collaboration deals and acquisitions involving high-value IP assets.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team were extremely capable in dealing with complex IP licensing arrangements and spent a large of amount of time turning drafts in short time periods.’

Georgina Powling was excellent, extremely customer focused and a gift to condense complex legal issues into relatable concepts.’

Keeping the heads up, meaning that there is an excellent knowledge about the interlinks and connections between different topics that are discussed in parallel. As a result, a very open way of discussion, giving the client room to present his thoughts and the law firm supporting by showing the links mentioned above. In other words: the clients ideas are tested in a kind of legal Virtual Reality system.’

Lucinda Pike: spider in the web, omnipresent, making the interlinks mentioned above. And – frankly speaking – pushing the client wherever needed in order to keep the projects’ timeline. Georgina Powell: deeply involved in IP topics, across all fields of IP (patent, design, trademark, know-how). Understands that each field of technology is different – unbiased approach and open questions to the client to understand its needs.’

Planning Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard provides planning advice relating to private sector developments, infrastructure projects and local authority initiatives, encompassing planning permission issues, Section 106 orders, and land acquisitions including compulsory purchase orders. The team acts on national and regional projects for airports, corporates and developers. Recently promoted managing associate Daniel Marston is the key name within the Leeds office.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard provides well integrated, commercially minded, planning and real estate advice. Their multiple offices allow them to draw on national experience where relevant to a local situation. Their advice is provided in a timely manner, and there is depth and breadth to their knowledge.

Daniel Marston is an excellent planning solicitor. He is diligent and responsive to client needs. He provides commercial advice, that considers both planning law, and other related areas of law that could have a bearing on decision making. He has wide knowledge and experience. He provides advice within whatever timescale it is required, which is always appreciated.

Approachable and friendly staff who are able to explain complex legal matters to those without legal expertise.

Daniel Marston in particular is extremely helpful and reliable.

The solicitor who I have dealt with at Addleshaws (Daniel Marston) is helpful, reliable and just a phone call away throughout the process so responds to any queries that have arisen.

Daniel Marston is approachable, reliable, knowledgeable and contactable.

Incredibly prompt in replying to queries. Willing to provide informal advice on an adhoc nature. Advice is clear and queries are responded to without making the enquirer feel their question is silly. Willing to travel to meetings when required. Always meets the deadlines imposed.

Key clients

BP Oil UK

British Sugar

Bargate Property

Strawson Group Developments

Newark and Sherwood District Council

London Luton Airport

Muse Developments

Makins Limited

Horncastle Group

Travelodge Hotels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Charles Penney
Managing partner John Joyce
Corporate and commercial Yunus Seedat
Finance Amanda Gray
Litigation Michael Barnett
Real estate Leona Ahmed
Photo Name Position Profile
 Leona Ahmed  photo Leona Ahmed  Investment specialist with in-depth experience in retail, offices and logistics. Key clients…
 Luke Baines photo Luke Baines Partner
 Rona Bar-Isaac  photo Rona Bar-Isaac Partner, competition group specialising in UK and EC competition and regulatory law.…
 Michael Barnett  photo Michael Barnett Michael joined the litigation team as a Partner in 2005 and leads…
 Adam Bennett  photo Adam Bennett Partner in the financial transactions team. Specialises in building society law and has…
 Andrew Blower  photo Andrew Blower Partner specialising in property litigation. Extensive experience of contentious property matters, including:…
Mr William Boss  photo Mr William Boss Partner
Mr Oliver Carruthers  photo Mr Oliver Carruthers Partner and project finance expert who specialises in advising funders, sponsors and…
 Chris Cartwright  photo Chris Cartwright Partner in the real estate group whose practice covers a broad range…
 Louisa Caswell  photo Louisa Caswell Louisa is a partner with over 14 years experience in commercial litigation,…
 Richard Clayton  photo Richard Clayton Partner specialising in banking, finance and investment disputes and contentious regulatory work…
 Beth Collett  photo Beth Collett Partner, Capital Markets
 Adrian Collins  photo Adrian Collins Partner specialising in all aspects of commercial real estate development and finance,…
Mr Paul Concannon  photo Mr Paul Concannon Partner
 Simon Courie  photo Simon Courie Partner in London infrastructure, projects and energy group in advising on infrastructure…
 Julia Court  photo Julia Court Partner, Construction
Mr Aster Crawshaw  photo Mr Aster Crawshaw Aster is a partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s professional practices group, described as…
Mr Graham Cross  photo Mr Graham Cross Graham is a corporate partner focusing on private equity, M&A and restructuring…
 Jonathan Davey  photo Jonathan Davey Partner and head of commercial group; main areas of work are public…
 Mike Davison  photo Mike Davison Partner in the banking team, within the finance and projects division, primarily…
Mr Giles Distin photo Mr Giles Distin Giles is a partner in the Equity Capital Markets and Public M&A…
 Mike Duggan  photo Mike Duggan Corporate partner specialising in particular on transactions for clients in the financial…
 Alex Dumphy  photo Alex Dumphy Partner dealing with leveraged and corporate lending transactions, resturcturing and secured lending.…
 Sarah Egbu  photo Sarah Egbu Partner
 Marnix Elsenaar  photo Marnix Elsenaar Heads Addleshaw Goddard’s planning team and leads the housing group. Advises developers,…
 David Engel  photo David Engel Commercial Disputes partner. Leads the Reputation & Information Protection team, specialising in…
Mr Tim Field  photo Mr Tim Field Partner
Mr Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers  photo Mr Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers Partner
 Rebecca Garner  photo Rebecca Garner Partner.
 Fiona Ghosh  photo Fiona Ghosh
 Mark Gill  photo Mark Gill Banking litigation, including investment and retail.
 Angus Gill  photo Angus Gill Partner
 Alison Goldthorp  photo Alison Goldthorp Partner leading business restructuring team in London, specialising in restructuring and formal…
 Elaine Gwilt  photo Elaine Gwilt Tax partner in the London office of Addleshaw Goddard who advises on…
 Peter Hardy  photo Peter Hardy Partner in the firm’s real estate group based in the London office;…
 David Hartley  photo David Hartley Partner advising sponsors, owners and funders in relation to PPP projects across…
 Abigail Healey  photo Abigail Healey Partner.
 James Herring  photo James Herring Partner.
Mr Mike Hinchliffe  photo Mr Mike Hinchliffe Partner in the corporate division advising on acquisitions, disposals, private equity transactions…
 Amanda Hulme  photo Amanda Hulme Barrister with partner equivalent status at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. Specialises in consumer…
 Elvan Hussein  photo Elvan Hussein Corporate partner at Addleshaw Goddard LLP in London.
 Zak Ikponmwosa photo Zak Ikponmwosa Partner
 William James  photo William James Corporate transaction and specialist advice in the payment sector and rail sector.
 John Joyce  photo John Joyce John has been Addleshaw Goddard’s Managing Partner since May 2014.  Since taking…
 Simon Kamstra  photo Simon Kamstra Head of international arbitration. Partner specialising in company and shareholder disputes; mergers…
 Bruce Kilpatrick  photo Bruce Kilpatrick Partner in the Addleshaw Goddard competition group, based in London, specialising in…
 Ben Koehne  photo Ben Koehne Corporate partner, with a particular focus on advising clients in the financial…
 Hemal Kotecha  photo Hemal Kotecha Partner in the real estate group whose practice covers a broad range…
 Jacqui Langley-White  photo Jacqui Langley-White Partner in the London office specialising in social and economic infrastructure projects…
 Michael Leftley  photo Michael Leftley Head of employment group and partner specialising in all aspects of contentious…
 Michael Lowry  photo Michael Lowry Partner working in the commercial department, specialising in non-contentious commercial work with…
 Rory Maccarthy  photo Rory Maccarthy Rory specialises in aviation law and has been listed in every edition…
 Steve Mackie  photo Steve Mackie Partner advising in relation to structured finance; specialising in social housing finance,…
 Andrew Martin  photo Andrew Martin Partner.
 Catherine McAllister  photo Catherine McAllister Partner specialising in all aspects of pensions advisory and transactional work, advising…
 Brian McDonnell  photo Brian McDonnell Brian is a partner in the financial services regulatory group. Brian is…
 Andy McVeigh  photo Andy McVeigh Andrew heads up the London construction team and regularly leads cross-disciplinary teams…
Mr Matthew Newing  photo Mr Matthew Newing Partner
 Nathan Pearce  photo Nathan Pearce Nathan acts on all aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures…
 Nick Pearey  photo Nick Pearey Corporate partner at Addleshaw Goddard LLP in London. Nick specialises in private…
 Charles Penney  photo Charles Penney Corporate partner, specialising in mergers and acquisitions (public and private), securities offerings,…
 Emmett Peters  photo Emmett Peters Partner, real estate. Specialist area real estate finance and development. Recent real…
 Nichola Peters  photo Nichola Peters Nichola is a partner in the corporate crime team specialising in advising…
 Malcolm Pike  photo Malcolm Pike Nationally and internationally recognised expert in employment law; the divisional managing partner…
 Mike Potter  photo Mike Potter Partner.
 Jonathan Powling  photo Jonathan Powling Jonathan is a Partner in our Funds & Indirect Real Estate group…
 Katie Ridehalgh  photo Katie Ridehalgh
 Fraser Ritson  photo Fraser Ritson Over 20 years’ experience advising insolvency practitioners, clearing banks, financial institutions and…
 Angus Rollo  photo Angus Rollo Over 20 years’ experience of advising on public and private M&A, capital…
Mr Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta  photo Mr Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta He has over 20 years’ experience and advises on commercial and outsourcing…
 Andrew Rosling  photo Andrew Rosling Andrew is a corporate partner, specialising in UK and international mergers and…
 James Salford  photo James Salford James is a banking partner specialising exclusively in advising funders and borrowers…
 Paul Salsbury  photo Paul Salsbury Head of London banking and a partner in the finance and projects…
 Peter Sayer  photo Peter Sayer Partner specialising in corporate and real estate taxation. Advises on the tax…
 Gary Sector  photo Gary Sector Partner in the Planning Team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP.  Advises on all…
 Yunus Seedat photo Yunus Seedat Partner specialising in all areas of corporate finance work with particular expertise…
 Lee Sheldon  photo Lee Sheldon Lee heads up the London Funds and Indirect Real Estate team. Lee…
 Alasdair Simpson  photo Alasdair Simpson Specialises in major employment work relating to engagement and termination on behalf…
 Andrew B Smith  photo Andrew B Smith Partner specialising in corporate and commercial work including alliances, outsourcing, distribution agency…
Mr Simon Tager  photo Mr Simon Tager Partner
 Jonathan Tattersall  photo Jonathan Tattersall Partner and head of the contentious construction department specialising in international arbitration,…
 Chris Taylor  photo Chris Taylor Specialises in domestic and international M&A transactions and reorganisations for both public…
 Jon Tweedale  photo Jon Tweedale Litigation partner with specialist expertise in international arbitration and civil fraud. Has…
 Sarah Vasani  photo Sarah Vasani
 William Wastie  photo William Wastie One of the acknowleged leading individuals in the field of LLP and…
 Dave Wilson  photo Dave Wilson Partner in the finance and projects division at Addleshaw Goddard, based in…
 Guy Winter  photo Guy Winter Guy advises corporates, institutional investors, investment banks and management teams in the…
Mr Richard Wise  photo Mr Richard Wise Partner and Head of Insurance Disputes. The insurance practice focuses on the…
 Collette Withey  photo Collette Withey
 Stewart Womersley  photo Stewart Womersley Partner – funds and indirect investment. Stewart has over ten years’ experience…
 Simon Wood photo Simon Wood Partner
Mr Richard Yeomans  photo Mr Richard Yeomans Partner in employment group specialising in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious…
Number of UK partners : 240
Number of other UK fee-earners : 860

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees looking for a 'friendly and inclusive culture' with a solid and growing 'regional reputation for excellence' are drawn to Addleshaw Goddard. With a strong UK-wide reputation, particularly in the North of England and Scotland, the firm impresses trainees with its 'international outlook, high quality of work, but ultimately approachable and down-to-earth people'. Addleshaw Goddard trainees see lots of quality work as well as 'direct client contact' resulting in a 'hand-on experience'. Trainees 'are given more opportunities, both in terms of legal work and soft skills development'. Current trainees praise the firm for its 'flexible working, diversity and collaboration' and say 'the firm is dynamic and forward-thinking, especially in its use of legal technologies'. They commonly identified approachability of partners and senior staff, noting that the firm has 'a real collegiate culture where people talk in the lifts' and a great social life, where highlights are 'fizz Fridays' and 'very swanky socials'. Trainees rate the quality of the 'excellent technical training and supervision' and having a 'really good support network.' Respondents praised the firm's involvement in pro-bono opportunities and often get 'involved in a lot of charity work for AG and external activities'. Some respondents identify a difference between the firm's English and Scottish offices, particularly in terms of pay and diversity, but praised the firm's international secondments, its legal access scheme and opportunity for career changers. If you are looking for City-quality work with Northern friendliness and 'a firm that cares about diversity and giving people the chance to succeed' consider Addleshaw Goddard.