Addleshaw Goddard > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 1

Boasting a client portfolio featuring both high-street banks and major multinational manufacturing conglomerates, Addleshaw Goddard is able to provide an ‘excellent breadth’ of legal counsel due to its near-unrivalled depth of bench. The firm is active in drafting complex commercial contracts for joint ventures in a range of industries, including the automotive and financial sectors, and constructing bespoke arrangements for household retail names, such as its work creating ASDA’s first ever customer loyalty scheme. Furthermore, the firm has been involved in formulating a multitude of sponsorship, outsourcing and supply agreements, alongside acting on IT management services and payment systems. Team head Michael Lowry remains a key advisor to banks and retailers for their IT and data needs, while Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta is praised for his ‘impressive ability to find solutions for clients’, with considerable experience instructing financial actors on operational and service agreements. Jonathan Davey continues to take the lead on matters in the retail and consumer sector, advising on business-critical supply arrangements and facility restructurings, and is regularly supported by the ‘standout’  managing associate Harriet Powell who has also been active in real estate contractual work. Claire Edwards joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2022, furthering strengthening the firm’s data protection and security offering.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowry

Testimonials

‘Very helpful, knowledgeable and flexible.’

‘Great people to work with. Professional and approachable.’

‘They take the time to create strong individual relationships. They respond well to feedback and input.’

‘Excellent all round team with good commercial awareness balancing legal expertise in the tech/commercial area. Good customer care and awareness of the need to keep to budgets and deliver work that adds real value.’

‘The team were highly capable, personable and dealt with at times fairly intemperately-toned challenges with grace and diplomacy. They did a first class job.’

‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta was excellent. He had a detailed understanding of the complicated brief that straddled many legal areas e.g. finance and regulatory, commercial, competition, corporate and employment. He and his corporate colleagues worked very hard over many months, keeping on top of the twists and turns of the high profile project.’

‘There is an excellent breadth and depth in the team. I am always able to catch up with someone, as required, who can help with a particular query or issue. We worked with the team on a matter which required considerable bespoke drafting to set out a completely new set of obligations which work alongside the existing contractual framework used by the industry.’

‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta has an impressive ability to imagine, think through and find solutions for multiple scenarios for his clients.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Barclays Bank UK plc

SBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group plc

Nationwide Building Society

NatWest Group

Northern Bank Limited

Santander UK plc

TSB Bank plc

Virgin Money

Bank of Ireland (UK)

Siemens plc

MedAccess Guarantee Limited

ASDA Stores Limited

J. Carter Sporting Club Limited T/A Castore

Monument Bank Limited

Kynetec UK Limited

Alderley Park Limited

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Volkswagen (VW) on its global joint venture with Ford Motor Company (Ford). We are the main legal advisers to Volkswagen in relation to the alliance. VW and Ford are collaborating in relation to the development, manufacture, and supply of a range of commercial vans, pickup trucks and other vehicles.
  • Advised ASDA on the creation, launch and roll out of its first customer loyalty rewards scheme.
  • Advised Siemens on an outsourcing agreement for managed learning services, including the procurement of training, development of bespoke training as required, and use of Siemens’ internal booking system to book training and the management of all of those activities.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 1

Highly regarded by a sizeable roster of FTSE-listed clients - spanning the financial services, energy, gaming and retail and consumer sectors - for its experience in complex and high-value corporate transactions, the ‘very friendly and courteous’ team at Addleshaw Goddard offer a significant ‘depth and breadth’ in knowledge and an ‘excellent and reliable service.’ The team possesses a wealth of experience in domestic and cross-border public company takeovers, drawing on the expertise of a number of dedicated specialists that previously acted as secretaries in the Takeover Panel. The group is led by divisional managing partner and private equity specailist David Kirchin and Chris Taylor, who also heads the Africa group, focuses on the retail and consumer, life sciences and renewables sectors. Nick Pearey regularly handles strategic public takeovers, ECM transactions and private M&A transactions across an array of sectors. The highly regarded M&A practitioner Simon Wood regularly assists public companies listed on the main market and AIM. Graham Cross and Hugh Lauritsen, whose expertise is most concentrated in the financial services sector, are key lawyers who handle a variety of corporate transactions. New arrival Hardeep Plahe, former partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, joined the team in May 2023, bringing 16 years of experience of cross-border M&A and financial regulatory work, particularly in the Middle Eastern market.

Practice head(s):

David Kirchin; Chris Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Nick Pearey; Simon Wood; Graham Cross; Hugh Lauritsen; Hardeep Plahe; Ben Koehne; Jaya Gupta; Francesco Rosso; Oliver Broomfield

Testimonials

‘Ability to set up quickly a team dedicated to the deal with the relevant specialists fully involved in the deal.’

‘Oliver Broomfield was fully involved in the file and had a practical and creative mindset. He has been a facilitator of the deal and managed to have all our important items take into account in our transaction. Other notables M&A associates include Francesco Rosso. Hugh Lauritsen also stood out as a partner.’

‘They have in house expertise in all fields which is more convenient to progress deals. They are nice in their mannerisms and sell their point with a convincing argument.’

‘Very friendly and courteous. I found it very easy to make contact with the team here. They were always available, within reason of course, and made the deal happen because of their very calm and methodical approach to issues we faced during the deal.’

‘Very strong knowledge of the sector bringing insight and experience. They take on board feedback and input very well. They are very experienced at supporting multi-firm common interest privilege groups. They have innovative approaches to solving issues. They articulate risks simply and seek to find solutions.’

‘They take the time to create strong individual relationships. They respond well to feedback and input. The team has highly effective negotiators. They help clients join the dots on issues and risks. They give recommendations and not just options.’

‘The depth and breadth of the team is outstanding, and this results in a consistently excellent and reliable service. They were able to progress key workstreams whilst also reacting to new issues as they arose on the day, and this can only be achieved with an exceptionally strong team. Services levels and responsiveness were excellent. They inspired confidence by being across issues and focusing on solutions exceptionally quickly.’

‘Ben Koehne is a solution focused individual who demonstrates excellent collaboration skills to find the best outcome for his clients. Jaya Gupta is exceptionally calm and has an impressive capacity for being across multiple issues at any one time.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank UK plc, HSBC UK Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest Group, Northern Bank Limited (trading as Danske Bank), Santander UK plc, TSB Bank plc, Virgin Money and Bank of Ireland (UK) plc as joint clients

Associated British Foods

BNP Paribas

DP World

AdvanceAdvT

Terra Firma

Cirrus Inns

SSE

Curtis Banks

New Forests Asset Management

Egmont International

British International Investment plc and Norfund

Mortgage Brain

Shareholders of Burts Crisps

Work highlights

  • Advising 10 of the UK’s largest high street banks on the creation and launch of Cash Access UK Limited, a joint venture between the clients to enable consumers and small businesses to access cash, deposit and basic banking services where they are needed across the UK, including via shared banking hubs.
  • Advised DP World on the establishment of an Africa investment platform with BII, the UK’s development finance institution to identify, screen and develop opportunities for BII to invest in ports, inland container depots and other logistics assets across Africa. The parties expect to commit over US$1.7bn of investment over the next several years.
  • Advised AdvancedAdvT, a listed acquisition vehicle associated with tech entrepreneur Vin Murria, on its £300m cash and share takeover offer for M&C Saatchi, the international advertising and marketing agency.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 1

The ‘full-service’ partnership practice at Addleshaw Goddard has an ‘excellent reputation’ for advising on all aspects of partnership and limited liability partnership law including high value and cross-border transactional work, advisory work, investigations, and contentious matters such as partner exits and allegations of misconduct. Heading up the professional practices group is William Wastie who offers a broad practice relating to large international mergers, governance issues, partnership and LLP disputes as well as disciplinary investigations involving regulators such as the SRA and FCA. The ‘star’ lawyer Aster Crawshaw, who was recently elected as senior partner, is ‘knowledgeable, accessible and approachable’ and specialises in M&A, international structuring including network and Swiss Verein structures. Noted by peers in the market is Jonathan Cheney who has considerable experience advising on international and domestic mergers, reorganisations, joint ventures and contentious exits of partners from professional services firms, especially in the financial services industry. ‘Standout’ associate Jonathan Cakebread and Ben Sanderson are other key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

William Wastie

Testimonials

‘The technical expertise of the team coupled with their deep understanding of the market and our business makes them our go-to team for partnership work.’

‘A great team of lawyers to work with. They have helped us successfully navigate everything from strategic issues to individual partner matters with pragmatism and sensitivity.’

‘The team has a particular focus on professional services firms and partnerships and so understands our structure well and the regulatory framework in which we operate.’

‘Aster Crawshaw is a very personable partner who treats his associates with respect and so you really get a really collegiate and inclusive team experience. Lauren Sinclair-Williams and Johnny Cakebread have been standout associates on transactions.’

‘The partnership practice has an excellent reputation. Following a recommendation, my firm instructed it for the first time in 2022 and I would not hesitate to instruct the team again. Its main strength is that it is one of the ‘go to’ firms for partnership work.’

‘Aster Crawshaw is a star. He is knowledgeable, accessible and approachable. It is no surprise that he has been appointed as Addleshaws’ new Senior Partner. Supporting Aster was Benedict Sanderson who was very calm and demonstrated a high level of attention to detail.’

The team has an extensive knowledge of the regulatory landscape for patent/trade mark firms. This includes domestic and international practices. They are also very approachable and the quality of advice is very commercial. Jonathan Cheney and Jonathan Cakebread are very knowledgeable.’

‘They are very experienced in LLP structures, have seen multiple scenarios and can therefore advise on practical outcomes of particular clauses, structures, etc. Jonathan Cheney is able to balance competing views and find pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Gerald Eve LLP

Moore Kingston Smith LLP

D Young & Co LLP

Montagu Evans LLP

Gill Jennings & Every LLP

Miller Insurance Services LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Gerald Eve LLP on its cross-border sale to Newmark Group in a deal which involved incorporating a partner-owned LLP into a listed US business.
  • Advised Moore Kingston Smith LLP on its development objectives and investment opportunities, including an investment into the business by Waterland Private Equity.
  • Acted for Montagu Evans LLP and undertook a full review and redraft of the property consultancy’s LLP agreement and other constitutional documents, advising on the firm’s governance structure and profit sharing arrangements.

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

Particularly praised for its depth at partner level, the team at Addleshaw Goddard handles a steady stream of high-cap as well as mid-market transactions for a strong roster of sponsors and management teams. The sizeable, national practice is headed up by Mike Hinchliffe, a ‘very experienced and knowledgeable‘ figure whose broad capabilities range from acquisitions to minority fundraising deals. With more than two decades in the market, Yunus Seedat is similarly well-versed in all manner of corporate transactions, while Marc Field‘s recent workload includes investment deals and sale processes for clients engaged in the tech, energy, and professional services sectors. Gemma Phillips is noted for her track record in deals, working with both sponsors and portfolio companies. Other names to note include Liam Gasior, who focuses on financial services-based mandates, and Victor Oderinde, whose recent highlights include a number of auction processes. All named lawyers are based in London.

Practice head(s):

Mike Hinchliffe

Testimonials

‘Good all-round team with depth at partner level in particular.’

‘Mike Hinchliffe is very experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘Gemma Phillips and Marc Field are both highly skilled lawyers with a good commercial approach.’

‘Collaborative team with good depth below partner level. Associates have made the effort to get to know individual portfolio company dynamics well and provided hands-on support through the full investment life cycle with high EQ.’

‘Marc Field is a trusted and respected advisor to our team – highly responsive with excellent problem solving capabilities.’

Key clients

Accel KKR

Bridges Fund Management

CGE Partners

ECI Partners

Equistone Partners Europe

H2 Equity Partners

Inflexion Private Equity

LDC

Limerston Capital

Livingbridge

Phoenix Equity Partners

Soho Square

Synova Capital

Terra Firma

Volpi Capital

Waterland

Work highlights

  • Advising ECI Partners on its investment in Zenergi and the sale of Bionic.
  • Advising Inflexion on the acquisition of Astrak Group.
  • Advising International Financial Group on its sale to Cinven.

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 1

Led from London by the ‘commercial and knowledgeable’ Mike Davison and able to call upon significant resources in key regional locations, including Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh, Addleshaw Goddard has ‘deep bench strength’ across the asset-based lending (ABL) product, from a new money, as well as restructuring/litigation perspective. This knowledge manifests itself not only in transactional work, but also helping to launch new products for established lenders, as well as working with start-ups bringing tech-led ABL products to market. As well as its core involvement in domestic transactions for lenders and borrowers, the team also continues to gain traction handling cross-border mandates, including Davison’s work for Indian-owned company Jubilant Pharma on their entry into $400m facilities with Standard Chartered Bank. Manchester-based Lauren Priest-Stephens was also involved in the aforementioned deal and is noted for her ‘superb market knowledge and practical approach’. Other recommended practitioners include Anna Hodgson, for ABL-related restructurings/insolvencies; Manchester-based Harold Brako , for ABL and receivables financing disputes; Euan Cluness, in Edinburgh, who has a specialism advising on ABL financings in the distillery sector; and Leeds-based Philippa McCarthy, whose arrival in September 2022 from Pinsent Masons LLP enhances the firm’s ABL transactional capability in the North East of the country. All named practitioners are based in London unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

Mike Davison

Other key lawyers:

Anna Hodgson; Harold Brako; Andrew Fordham; Euan Cluness; Lauren Priest-Stephens; Peter Smartt; Philippa McCarthy; Batsho Nthoi

Testimonials

Their bench strength (in particular the number of lawyers who understand our product) sets them apart from the other members of our panel.’

Mike Davison stands out from the crowd. He is commercial in approach, has great sector knowledge and adds real value.’

Lauren Priest-Stephens displays common sense, has superb market knowledge and has a practical approach.’

Key clients

PNC Bank and PNC Business Credit

BNP Paribas & BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Ltd

Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance

HSBC Bank PLC & HSBC Invoice Finance Limited

FGI Worldwide LLC

Breal Zeta Commercial Finance

Bank Leumi & Leumi ABL Limited

ABN Amro Asset Based Finance

Close Brothers Group Plc & Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

Omniveta DK Holdings ApS (and Group Companies)

Advance Global Capital

AIB Commercial Finance

Metro Bank

Blazehill Capital

Work highlights

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

With a large team and significant national presence, Addleshaw Goddard is well placed to advise on the full range of retail and consumer sector issues. Acting for global conglomerates, start-ups, and family-owned businesses, the team’s expertise covers supply chain management, brand employment, digitalisation, and real estate matters. The team is jointly led by Andrew Rosling and Rona Bar-Isaac; the former is a seasoned M&A expert and has a particular specialism in joint ventures, while the latter takes point on competition matters, handling merger clearances and abuse of dominance claims for large retailers and consumer goods corporates. ‘Technically strongShakeel Dad, who is based in Leeds, is recommended for his employment expertise, while Georgina Powling, also based in the same office, acts on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. Daniel Sweeney handles transactional real estate mandates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosling; Rona Bar-Isaac

Testimonials

‘Very practical, always take the time to understand your business and its culture to ensure they can advise in a way which is akin to your company values.’

‘Shakeel Dad is technically strong, dynamic, to the point and gives you a view rather than just telliny you what the risk is. This is invaluable to the in-house lawyer.’

‘The AG consumer team are a young and dynamic group. They bring an energetic and relevant approach to legal matters with a genuine feel and familiarity for the sector. This is highly relevant for many of the sector’s fast-growth and innovative brands.’

‘I mention Rona Bar-Isaac for her notable subject excellence, commercial approach and down-to-earth style which clients particularly appreciate.’

Key clients

ASDA

Boohoo

Co-op

Diageo

Finlays (Swire)

Fortnum & Mason

Haleon

JD Sports

Lidl

Lloyds Pharmacy (Aurelius)

Primark

Vision Express

Ted Baker

Wickes

Work highlights

  • Assisting Co-op with the disposal of its petrol forecourt business to Asda.
  • Advising Primark on the launch of its click-and-collect proposition.
  • Advising Diageo on its acquisition of Don Papa.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 1

Direct procurement for customers (DPC) projects form the core of Addleshaw Goddard‘s water practice, with the firm advising a number of water companies on critical infrastructure developments. In addition to its financing practice, the group also assists with regulatory matters and licensing applications to Ofwat and other authorities. Leading the team is David Shaw, a DPC specialist who also advises on other forms of project finance, as does Philip Dupres. Rona-Bar Isaac specialises in regulatory matters, acting for clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues, including competition disputes. Legal director Joanne Holbrook‘s practice centres on environmental compliance, risks and liabilities, regulatory investigations and civil claims. The firm augmented its planning practice with the February 2023 arrival of Francis Tyrell from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Shaw; Phil Dupres; Rona Bar-Isaac

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Holbrook; Francis Tyrrell

Testimonials

‘The Addleshaw Goddard Projects, Energy and Natural Resources team has demonstrated great flexibility in working with the in-house legal team to develop and create new, ground-breaking infrastructure projects in the UK water sector, drawing from significant experience and expertise in other industry sectors.’

‘The facility to simply pick up the phone and engage in meaningful, productive discussions with various team members without the usual foremost worry about ‘how much of that will end up on the clock’ is invaluable; a characteristic fully demonstrated by Phil Dupres on ongoing project work.’

Key clients

Affinity Water

United Utilities

Southern Water

Anglian Water

Castle Water

South East Water

Yorkshire Water

Water Resources South East

Work highlights

  • Advised United Utilities on its £1.5bn Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme, comprising over 100km of new tunnelling delivering drinking water to over 2m people in Manchester and its surrounds.
  • Advised Water Resources South East in their collaboration, development and legal assurance of a regional resilience plan for 2024.
  • Advising Southern Water on its Water for Life DPC project, an £800m scheme, delivering resilient infrastructure for Hampshire.

Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 1

Lee Shankland-Gort has led the expansion of the housing finance practice at Addleshaw Goddard to form a new social, sustainable, and green finance team that is praised as ‘really strong and market-leading’. The market-leading practice has an established reputation advising funders and investors, including new entrants to the social housing sector, on matters ranging from finance and property security to debt capital markets. The department assists clients with all aspects of funding, offering advice on debt financing, refinancing, and restructuring; Helen Hunter advised Lloyds as a funder of Swan Housing Association’s merger with Sanctuary Housing Association. Jennie Chilton heads the strong social housing finance property security team, acting exclusively for funders and security trustees. The firm is leading the way on sustainability-linked loans in the sector, advising Barclays on its first green loan to a housing association. Beth Collett leads the debt capital markets group on secured sustainability bonds, with Steve Mackie handling significant debt transactions. Nick Barlow is a lead partner on many of the firm’s transactions, having advised funders in the sector for over 29 years. Tom McHugh left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Lee Shankland-Gort

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Steve Mackie and Helen Hunter over the years.  They are both easy to work with and experts in the field.  I appreciate the insights they share about the market and they role they have in facilitating transactions.’

‘Steve Mackie has a wealth of experience and expertise that is invaluable.’

‘Jennie Chilton concisely delivers the key commercial risks out of technical legal issues.’

‘The people and the knowledge are second-to-none. The attention to detail and level of advice they provide is seamless.’

‘Sector leading firm and individuals. Addleshaws goes above and beyond in terms of adding value, not just to individual transactions, but also the ongoing relationship.’

‘Lee Shankland-Gort is the pre-eminent partner in the sector and leadings a fantastic team at Addleshaws. Geoff McGinley is great to work with, always adding value and enhancing the overall relationship.’

‘A really strong and market-leading team with very strong expertise in social housing finance. A very strong bench of highly experienced legal professionals and sustainability expertise.’

‘Steve Mackie is reliable, exceptionally efficient and pragmatic. Helen Hunter is personable, detailed and a fantastic lawyer. Beth Collett is the market-leading debt capital markets lawyer for social housing clients. She is meticulous in her advice and pragmatic in terms of reaching commercial and considered solutions for all parties. Jenny Chilton on the property charging side is a huge asset to the firm and always delivers!’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

Santander

Lloyds

Clydesdale Bank

HSBC Bank UK

MUFG

National Australia Bank

Nationwide Building Society

ARA Venn

Work highlights

  • Acted for eleven funders on the transition of existing financing arrangements with London & Quadrant Housing Trust into sustainability-linked loans.
  • Advised for eleven funders and M&G Trustee Company Limited as bond trustee and security trustee on the merger of Optivo and Southern Housing Group and the refinance of a £2.3bn existing loan, ISDA documentation, and associated property security work.
  • Acted for NatWest Structured Finance as Document Co-ordinator and Joint ESG Co-ordinator with Barclays Bank on the new £900m eight funder syndicated unsecured facility to Places for People Treasury.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

The team at Addleshaw Goddard is ably co-led by Paul Hirst and Anna Heaton. It has a ‘strong infrastructure practice’ and is renowned for its considerable strength across all areas of the rail sector – this expertise spans advising on operating franchise/concessions, as well as on rolling stock in both the passenger and freight markets. Hirst is highly regarded for his work on operating concessions, franchise and rolling stock procurements. Heaton has a particular specialism in major transport hub led regeneration projects. Simon Gwynne plays a pivotal role in the department – he is known for his significant expertise in rolling stock and other rail assets, both in the UK and internationally. Carla Hancock joined the team from DLA Piper. Hancock has considerable experience across a broad range of transport and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on both heavy and light rail projects.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hirst; Anna Heaton

Other key lawyers:

Simon Gwynne; Sam Price; Carla Hancock; Michael Rainey

Testimonials

‘An experienced team who have the necessary competencies and experience to deliver top quality work whilst also being hugely approachable, personable and – quite frankly and uniquely – good fun in the process’.

‘A seriously capable team with a welcome informality of approach which puts clients at ease, gives confidence, and results in excellent advice and very accessible and pragmatic drafting’.

‘Throughout the project, we had the pleasure of working with an exceptional team consisting of Sam Price, Paul Hurst, Carla Hancock, and Michael Rainey as well as Simon Gwynne’.

‘It is evident that AG possesses extensive experience and expertise in rolling stock procurement. The team has proven to be incredibly collaborative, always prioritising our specific needs as the client. They have demonstrated a commendable level of flexibility in tailoring their approach to align with our requirements’.

‘Overall, we have had an outstanding experience working with AG on the new trains project. Their professionalism, expertise, and client-centric approach have greatly contributed to our progress thus far. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and achieving further success together‘.

‘Good strength in depth. A number of team members have worked “client side” in the industry, which makes agreeing remits easier and submissions are more suitable for onward communication in the business. Are willing to come “off the fence” when giving advice’.

‘Sam Price – strong experience client side and puts himself in your shoes before giving advice. Good at working in a small, multidisciplinary and focused project team’.

Key clients

Prologis Group Companies

VTG Rail UK Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

ScotRail Trains

Rail Operations Group Limited (“ROG”)

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Greater London Authority / Transport for London

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hitachi Rail Limited

MerseyTravel

HS1 Limited

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

SMBC

DB Cargo

Transport for Greater Manchester

Qatar Railways Company

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Transport on the development and roll out of the new National Rail Contract (replacing franchise agreements).
  • Advising Qatar Railways on its multibillion-pound programme to deliver a new railway line between Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is planned to link with Etihad Rail.
  • Advising ScotRail Trains on their rolling stock procurement programme under which they plan to replace 65% of their current train fleet over 10 years and decarbonise their train fleet through a series of procurements commencing in early 2023.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

The corporate and commercial team at Addleshaw Goddard is ‘technically strong with a very down-to-earth style’ and covers the full spectrum of matters including M&A, private equity and PLC transactions. The firm has expertise in the real estate sector, acting for leading property developers and investors in the north west. Practice head Paul Medlicott  acts for mid-market private equity houses and management teams with support from Andrew Green. Roger Hart routinely works with major PLCs, while Shelley McGivern is known for her work on corporate finance and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Medlicott

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I would trust Roger Hart and team with any corporate work as much, if not more so, than traditional London based corporate law firms. They know their stuff, they get things done quietly and effectively and they are competitive on fees.’

‘What they have in common is they are technically strong with a very “down to earth” style, which plays out really well with plcs.’

‘A reliable firm and team, meaning client’s can be guaranteed a quality service no matter which partner and team are handling the project. They have shown an ability for specific matter knowledge to seamlessly transfer across individuals in the team.’

‘Collaborative, the focus is on getting the deal done. Good at building relationships with both clients and the other side.’

‘Very collaborative and measured solid advice and unlike many corporate partners, they don’t try to point score but instead gets the deal done.’

‘Fundamentally the firm in Manchester offers a very high standard of lawyer, with a high level of consistency across different levels of experience and seniority and across the corporate disciplines.’

‘Whilst the overall standard of partners and associates at Addleshaw is high across the board, the primary stand out corporate lawyer is Roger Hart who has excellent technical skills, always delivers the highest quality advice, is proactive and commercial and has a very strong work ethic.’

‘We found the team at AG Manchester to be incredibly knowledgeable and supportive throughout the process of selling our business. The team were incredibly dedicated to getting the right result for us as their client and worked tirelessly and often very late into each evening to achieve this result.’

Key clients

JD Sports Fashion

Co-operative Group

BT

Currys

Boohoo

Manchester Airports Group

National Grid

Victorian Plumbing

Moneysupermarket

Work highlights

  • Advised Co-operative Group on the £605m disposal of its c132 site petrol filling station business and associated convenience retail outlets to Asda Stores.
  • Advised K3 Capital Group plc on its £272m public takeover by Sun European Partners.
  • Advised Bruntwood Sci-Tech on its £1.5bn joint venture with the University of Manchester.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

The tax and structuring practice at Addleshaw Goddard is noted the breadth of its expertise, including in real estate, private equity, and share incentive tax-related matters. The team is particularly focused on significant property projects, including funds, joint ventures, property development, and forward funding. Justine Delroy leads the practice, working with a number of clients on structuring issues related to private equity transactions. Michael Hunter is known for his real estate-related advisory work and acts for several institutional companies. Catherine Concannon provides support on private equity matters. All named lawyers are based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Justine Delroy

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Co-op Group

Bruntwood SciTech

Federated Hermes

Peel Group

Royal London

Inflexion

Angelo Gordon

Diageo plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Co-op on its strategic disposal of its petrol filling station business to Euro Garages.
  • Advised on the structuring of a joint venture between Aviva and Allianz for the development of two over-station developments at Liverpool Street and Moorgate.
  • Advised Phoenix on its equity investment in, and acquisition of, Dufrain Group Limited.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

Counting domestic clearing banks and international financial institutions, challenger banks and alternative providers in the fintech sector among its key roster of clients, Addleshaw Goddard’s finance disputes practice is fully embedded in niche areas, including asset finance, regulated lending, and digital assets. Praised as an ‘outstanding operator’, Harold Brako leads the team and has demonstrable experience in banking, asset-based lending and receivables financing disputes, often involving cross-border elements. Legal director Helen Collinge is a ‘fantastic source of knowledge’ when advising on recovery, enforcement and fraud actions involving factoring, invoice discounting and asset finance, while managing associate Ashlee Simms is praised as a ‘star of the future’.

Practice head(s):

Harold Brako

Other key lawyers:

Helen Collinge; Ashlee Simms; Patricia Elder; Danielle Cooper

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, capable and delivers insightful, focused and commercial advice.’

‘Harold Brako is simply excellent. His knowledge and calm demeanor are second-to-none.’

‘Ashlee Simms and Harold Brako have as always been on top of every case we have presented them with. Addleshaws as a whole are unique in the sense that every case gets an incredible attention to detail and therefore strong defence.’

‘Harold Brako and his team, including Danielle Cooper, have provided a very accurate and well-argued analysis of the litigation I am engaged in.’

‘Ashlee Simms’ ability to deliver on some rather difficult cases this past year has been greatly appreciated. Nothing is ever too much.’

‘Harold Brako is the stand-out partner for me – affable, great reputation, attentive, commercial and always with a good eye for what’s going on around him.’

‘The Manchester team are always on hand to help. They are transparent with their fees and always quick to invoice any unbilled work so that I can ensure this is captured on our systems and paid within payment terms.’

‘Harold Brako is an outstanding operator in his area. Helen Collinge is a fantastic source of knowledge and Ashlee Simms is a star of the future.’

Key clients

Aldermore Bank

Amicus Asset Finance Limited

Ultimate Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Praetura Asset Finance Limited

Genser Energy Ghana Limited

Dell Bank International d.a.c trading as Dell Financial

Services

Goldcrest Finance Limited

Elevar Finance SPV Photon LLC

Reward Finance Group

Kroll Advisory Ltd

DF Capital Bank Limited

McCrory Brickwork Limited

Agilitas IT Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kroll, the administrators of the Arena Group of Companies following its collapse in November 2021.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

The widely renowned team at Addleshaw Goddard is recognised for its excellence in Manchester, acting on high-value commercial and banking-related litigation spanning all sectors. Leading the team is Susan Garrett, an eminent litigator who also heads up the tech dispute and pension litigation practices at the firm, alongside Nick Ashcroft, known for his international practice. Other notable individuals in the team include Samantha Haigh, acting for domestic and international clients across a range of sectors, with a focus on retail and consumer, financial services, and energy, and Victoria Pool, frequently acting on the highest-value disputes in the team.

Practice head(s):

Susan Garrett; Nick Ashcroft

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Their collaborative approach is what makes them unique. Lots of firms use the phrase – AG actually deliver on it.’

‘The way in which they work to deliver for the client is exceptional. The diversity and inclusion within AG is also market leading.’

‘They have very capable lawyers and the bandwidth to mix it with anyone and regularly do. I cannot rate them highly enough. They are a pleasure to work with and are quite rightly top of the tree for litigation in Manchester.’

‘Samantha Haigh is an extremely capable lawyer. Very forward thinking. She immerses herself in the detail and finds practical solutions. Sam is very easy to deal with – excellent manner with clients.’

‘High calibre partners supported by bright associates well versed in handling very complex disputes.’

‘I have worked with Nick Ashcroft and Victoria Pool. I find them both to be very savvy and commercially aware. Nick has an interesting niche with work from East Africa.’

Key clients

Accrol Group Holdings Plc

Associated British Foods including British Sugar

Britvic Plc

Soteria Insurance Limited

Co-op Group Limited

Credico Marketing Limited

Diageo plc

Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank (TDB)

Road Haulage Association Limited

NKT A/S and NKT Verwaltungs GmbH

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Stroma Building Control Limited

Tata Chemicals Europe Limited

Toyota Material Handling UK Limited

Trustees of the BT Rolatruc Limited Staff Life Assurance and Pension Scheme

Tsemex Global Enterprise Plc and Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc

Work highlights

  • Successfully acting for Soteria Insurance in the Court of Appeal against IBM and defeating IBM’s repeated attempts to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for The Road Haulage Association with transport specialists Backhouse Jones in a unique opt-in class action seeking to represent more than 15,000 class members and £1 billion+ in damages.
  • Acting for Credico Marketing Limited in a business protection dispute concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenants in commercial trading agreements.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard is regularly instructed on high profile health and safety law matters including fire, building, food and product safety issues in addition to related public inquiries. The practice is well-versed in prosecutions, inquests and compliance work particularly regarding the Building Safety Act and its secondary legislation. Erin Shoesmith covers the full spectrum of issues including criminal regulatory defence work. She co-heads the team with Stuart Wardlaw who advises industrial, commercial and public service clients. Lisa McNeill handles public inquires and prosecutions while Priscilla Addo-Quaye defends individuals facing criminal and regulatory proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith; Stuart Wardlaw

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strength from top to bottom. Highly experienced team. Good strategic thinkers. Exceptionally experienced in complex cases.’

‘I have worked with and against Erin Shoesmith in cases for over 20 years. She is an excellent strategic thinker, a great motivator of her staff and a pleasure to work with. I rate her extremely highly. She has an exceptional track record in health and safety work.’

‘The deeply impressive Erin Shoesmith leads the team to truly brilliant effect. The practice works intensely and with huge commercial awareness to the highest standards, leaving clients with the correct impression that their every need has been factored in, addressed and sorted out.’

‘Erin Shoesmith, the senior partner, is at the very top of her game and this sector. Priscilla Addo-Quaye is an exceptional senior associate and a leader in her own right. The rest of the team works as one unit to get to the very bottom of every problem and solve it. The key is that this team has a completely genuine interest in their clients and an unparalleled track record of getting to the heart of the issues and solving them.’

‘Very good understanding of the issues and industry, excellent at strategy, very proactive and sensitive to the commercial and reputational issues’

‘Erin Shoesmith leads the team, very client friendly, excellent at strategy and considering the matter holistically, good industry and key player knowledge.’

‘The team’s in-depth knowledge of the legislation but also their relevant experience and contacts with relevant barristers and local courts was invaluable in this instance.’

Key clients

Siemens Plc

Eddie Stobart Limited

Bestway Northern Limited

Victorian Plumbing Plc

Westridge Furniture Design

Joseph Ash Limited, part of Hill and Smith Holdings Plc

tRIIO

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Boohoo Group

Asda Stores Limited

Belfield Furnishings Limited

B Braun Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted in several public inquiries including Covid-19, Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena, Scottish Hospitals, Scottish Child Abuse, Infected Blood and the Post Office Inquiries.
  • Represented clients in complex prosecutions by the regulators including HSE, ORR and Leeds City Council.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

The practice at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for its ability to assist clients across the full scope of complex and high-stakes banking and finance matters. The team is headed up by Manchester-based expert Martin O’Shea, who is noted for ‘leading the team from the front’. The group is well-versed in handling high-profile transactions in the region; Richard Oman is particularly experienced in this regard, a key example being his work for HSBC on the cross-border £250m refinancing of a bond facility. Katie Ridehalgh is also particularly noteworthy for her work advising nationally recognised key banks and investors. Notably, the ‘resilient’ Ben Edwards, who focuses on leveraged acquisition finance and corporate banking, and asset finance specialist Elizabeth Wareing were both promoted to the partnership in September 2022. Wareing supports Andrew Maskill, who leads the asset finance practice within the team. Legal director Sarah Jay stands out for her work advising clients on tech-led major change projects, and Lauren Priest-Stephens handles asset-backed lending work.

Practice head(s):

Martin O’Shea

Testimonials

‘The team consistently demonstrates a strong client service ethos, excellent technical ability and commercial nous in its all-round package. There is a broad range of experience across the team and the ability to seamlessly bring in additional expertise from other specialisms as required.’

‘There is always a willingness to engage, support and find the right solution.’

‘Ben Edwards has shown resilience and objectivity in difficult situations; his advice demonstrates clear commercial and technical understanding, and he is a good negotiator.’

‘Martin O’Shea sets the team ethos and attitude and leads from the front, always encouraging and supporting his team and always on-hand to support his clients.’

Key clients

JD Sports Fashion plc

MoneySuperMarket.com

Tosca Debt Capital

Crescent Capital

Castore

COFCO International

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

NCC Group plc

Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc

Tata

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The insolvency practice at Addleshaw Goddard is headed by its national and international head of restructuring Ged Barnes, who has significant experience advising key clients on the full array of often cross-jurisdictional and consistently high-stakes corporate insolvency matters, particularly in non-contentious contexts, a focus shared by Tim Taylor. Sarah Foster is a key team member, who also stands out for her capabilities handling the spectrum of restructurings and related issues. Notably, the team was bolstered in August 2022 with the arrival of managing associate Peter Speight who has particular expertise in administrations, receiverships and liquidations, from Hill Dickinson LLP. Contentious-focused legal director Jean Boldero departed to an insolvency litigation financing company in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ged Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Addleshaw Goddard team are extremely responsive to any requests with excellent turnaround times when speed is of the essence on transactions. The advice received is also extremely commercial and provided in challenging circumstances and tight timescales.’

‘The team clearly have a strong and positive working relationship amongst themselves, which makes working with them easy. They have a lot of experience in the field and provide sensible and commercial advice. They understand what the client wants and make the client feel valued.’ 

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

PWC

EY LLP

Teneo Financial Advisory Limited

Interpath Ltd

Grant Thornton UK LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Endless LLP

The HLD Group

Avison Young (UK) Limited

Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

Kroll Limited

Alvarez & Marsal

Svella Plc

ANS Group Limited

Byrne Group Limited

JD Sports Fashion plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kroll Advisory as administrators of the business and assets of Doncaster Pharmaceutical Group Limited (DPGL) and other group companies.
  • Acting for Byrne Group Limited on the acquisition of the business and assets of O’Keefe Construction (Greenwich) Limited from its administrators, RSM.
  • Acting for the Viscount of Jersey in his capacity as Administrator of en desastre estates in relation to matters of English Law and as a party to proceedings in the High Court.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

One of the sector's most experienced names, Addleshaw Goddard regularly advises clients with a wealth of overseas assets on wills, succession, and cross-border estate planning. The firm advise clients on the establishment of a variety of investment vehicles, including family investment companies, and are adept at restructuring trusts. Furthermore, the team demonstrate expertise in specialised areas of work such as the establishment of overseas gaming licenses, guiding philanthropic and education planning endeavors, and overseeing the transfer of trusteeships and trust properties. A leading player in private client matters, Manchester head Yorke Eaton advises trustees on their duties and advises on asset protection and tax planning, as well as acting on the creation of trusts in corporate transactions. National head Yorke Eaton competently engages with cross border matters, while Jane Shaw has particular expertise in inheritance tax mitigation and succession planning. Laura Woffinden continues to lend expert advice on corporate and banking transactions.

Practice head(s):

Yorke Eaton; Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It doesn’t matter who I deal with within the organisation the experience is first class! This year was a primary example with a seamless transition between lawyers due to maternity leave.’

‘Yorke Eaton is easy to get along and is technically exceptional. He excels both in the professional and social environments and builds a strong rapport with clients.’

‘The mixture of knowledge, experience and ability, coupled with warmth, humility and informal approachability has made what could be a daunting process far more comfortable and reassuring.’

‘The willingness of the people to be informal, flexible and responsive to our needs has given us tremendous value in terms of legal compliance, forward planning and mental comfort that we are in capable and safe hands. This is led from the front by Yorke Eaton who is calm personified across the various individual and corporate structures we have as a wider family.’

‘Very well-established practice in the North West, with a phenomenal client list. The team have an amazing depth of skills and knowledge, and, from that experience, they are well placed to deal with most matters.’

‘Yorke Eaton leads the team. He is sharp and a no-nonsense adviser – he is pragmatic and a problem solver, which clients appreciate.’

Work highlights

Public sector > Health Tier 1

Drawing on sub-specialisms in public sector and health infrastructure, social and long-term care as well as life sciences and private healthcare, Addleshaw Goddard’s health department provides a full-service offering to its clients. With expertise in complex commercial transactional, competition, and disputes work for the NHS, Michael O’Connor is leading the team together with Stephanie Townley who is specialised in infrastructure and public sector matters. The group has a strong contentious offering handling pharmaceutical drug product liability cases and large-scale construction disputes. Philip Dupres handles contentious matters for a range of NHS trusts and Foundation Trusts in respect of ongoing disputes on their PFI schemes.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor; Louise Dobson; Andrew Pettinger; Stephanie Townley

Testimonials

‘A really deep understanding of NHS structures and of the construction issues which arise with PFI and other financing projects. A fantastic work ethic and drive to win cases for their NHS clients.’

‘Thomas Hurst is both a work horse and a war horse. He is outstanding at putting together and managing teams in the most massive of healthcare cases. He also gets outstanding results.’

‘Sarah Wilson is absolutely on top of things, an exceptionally bright and switched-on lawyer. Sarah sees all the angles.’

Key clients

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Step Springfield Village Limited (a joint venture between Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures

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

Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited

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

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

West Sussex Estates Partnership Limited

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Atlas BFW Management Limited

The Borough Council of Worthing and West Sussex Estates Partnerships

Recipharm AB

CatSci

Royal London

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the construction of a new Shotley Bridge Hospital.
  • Advising St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (STHK) on its acquisition of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust (SOHT), where STHK will subsume SOHT, and the trusts shall become a single NHS Trust.
  • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited to settle their multiparty TCC claim against Lendlease Construction.

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s Manchester-based local government team is fully integrated into the firm’s national approach, blending sectoral knowledge and handling major and complex governmental, infrastructure and transport projects. The team is known for its strength in construction and real estate, including affordable housing projects, and stands out for its expertise in PPP arrangements as well as procurement processes. Andrew Pettinger who draws on a wealth of experience in infrastructure and outsourcing projects, jointly heads the practice with Michael O’Connor, esteemed specialist in public, private and project finance transactions across various infrastructure and social infrastructure sectors, particularly transport. Recently, Sara Gilmore acted for Merseytravel and the WMCA on their bus franchising options assessments.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pettinger; Michael O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Sara Gilmore; Stephanie Townley; Phil Dupres; Rob Thompson; Bradley Martin

Testimonials

‘The team listened and developed creative yet lawful approaches to the issues understanding the various constraints upon the client team which was worked into the solution. The options were put forward in an easy to read manner with a clear and concise analysis of the options and associated risks and opportunities.’

‘The individuals were pleasant and responsive taking care to work through the options.’

Key clients

Wigan Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Merseytravel

West Midlands Combined Authority

Trafford Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Greater London Authority

Transport for London

Work highlights

  • Advised the Greater London Authority on a very significant procurement for the retrofit of existing public housing with net zero carbon solutions. This evidences our expertise on innovative procurement structures and the green agenda.
  • Advised Wigan Borough Council on a secondary IT outsourcing involving the disaggregation of the existing service provision and a new procurement for a new Partner.  This evidences our knowledge of how to deal with complex procurement issues and the delivery of service (including IT) contracts that are critical to local government operations.
  • Advised GMCA and Stockport MBC in relation to the redevelopment of the Stockport Interchange site to regenerate the Stockport Interchange bus station and develop a residential PRS scheme.  This evidences our commitment to regeneration and transport and evidences our expertise in leading deals to deliver the same.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 1

The ‘very experienced’ transactional team at Addleshaw Goddard is renowned for its capabilities advising its significant portfolio of clients on the full remit of matters. Its workload consists of the nationally and locally notable, including complex developmental and strategic projects, which Catherine Fearnhead is experienced in handling, whilst Vicky Niescier is experienced in advising clients on net-zero initiatives. Leisure and retail matters are a key area of focus for Daniel Sweeney. Peter Kershaw has a strong ability to advise across real estate. Paul Barnard who is noted as ‘exceptional and highly recommended’, focuses on acquisition, whilst Lucy Butterworth has expertise in build-to-rent and student accommodation. Nancy McGuire leads the practice. Patrick Duffy departed to Shoosmiths LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire

Testimonials

‘A great team with good depth of experience and technical expertise. They have good understanding of real estate portfolios in the region because of their actual presence. They also have a good economic model for billing.’

‘We have long-term experience with the firm and the team has worked together a long time too; they have a clear commitment to delivering client objectives.’

‘They are a very experienced team with a great understanding of the complex legal issues facing many property transactions. They are always very efficient at breaking down complex issues to manageable elements with clear explanations of the issues at hand.’

‘Paul Barnard is exceptional and highly recommended. He understands our business and is able to give very clear advice knowing the operational issues facing our organisation. He has fantastic knowledge of all aspects of property law and always remains calm regardless of the issue. He is also a very nice guy.’

‘They have taken the time to understand our business and therefore serve us better. They have good commercial knowledge of the sectors we operate in. They also provide good template docs to aid preparation of future deal set-ups.’

Key clients

abrdn

Access to Music

Affinity Water Limited

Blackden Estates Limited

Blackfriairs St Ltd

Blank Street UK Limited

British Land

Ball & Young Limited

Basil House Property Ltd

Batleys Properties Limited

Beech Brooklands Limited

boohoo.com

Bowrovia Estates 2020 Limited

Blackden Estates Limited

Blackfriairs St Ltd

Blank Street UK Limited

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Bulla W8 Limited

Bury Bruntwood (Millgate) LLP

Canal & River Trust

Chiswick V.E Limited

Cole Waterhouse /Priestley Family

Co-operative Group of Companies

Coya Angel Limited

Crossfield Developments/Crossfield Group

Debenhams

De la Rue Plc

Denstone Parish Council

Denton Associates (Group) Limited

Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland

Deloitte & Touch LLP

Drive Energi Limited

DP World London Gateway Group of Companies

Eight Industrial (Wrexham 4) Limited

Enitial Limited & Meritas Scientific Holdings Limited

Equorium Property Company Limited

Federated Hermes

Findon Homes

First Investments – REM Group of Companies

Gladman Developments

Glenbrook BD Limited

Gloucester V.E. Limited

Gravity Media (UK) Limited

Great Ancoats Street Limited

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

GRIO Group of Companies

Grove Crescent Stratford Limited

Hallam Land

Harley Property Investments Ltd & DPMM Enterprises Limited

Hegenberger Medical Limited

Hermes Wellington Place Site 1 Nominee

Hollins Strategic Land

Horsham V.E Limited

Hurstwood Properties

HPREF I Konect Investments S.A.R.L

I for Williams Trailers / IWT Holdings Limited

Incognito Assets Ltd

InterSystems

JD Sports Fashion plc

JD Sports Gyms Limited

KCOM Central Asset Reserve Limited Partnership & KCOM Holdings Limited

KPFF Limited

KPFF Limited

Liberty Charge Limited

London Cyrenians Housing Limited

Lookers plc

Los Mochis W8 Limited

Lote Global Investments Ltd

MGH Card LLP

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

Mansfield V.E. Limited

Manufacturers Network Ltd

Mapeley Group of Companies

Maple Grove Developments

Masshouse Residential Block HI Limited

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited

Meridian Heathcomms Limited

Mexichem Specialty Compounds Limited

Middlewich and District Community Association

Miller Group of Companies

Mobile Data Systems International LTD

Moonpig.Com

Morning Foods

Muse Developments

National Grid Group of Companies

National Tyre Service Group

Nationwide Building Society

Network Rail

Neptune Retail Limited

Northern Trust Group of Companies

Oakes Millers Limited

Oliver Charles Driver & Nancy Eve Driver as Trustees of the Rantum SSAS

One Heritage Plc Group of Companies

Oval Properties Limited

Ovi Stoke Crown Works Limited

OCS Group of Companies

Park Moor Farm

Peel Cubico Renewables Limited

Peel Group of Companies

Peveril Securities Limited

Pinebridge Estates Limited

Pochin Midpoint Limited

Popeyes Chicken UK

Preston City Council

Prologis Group of Companies

Purepay Retail Limited (trading as Peacocks, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Bon Marche)

Public Sector Plc Group of Companies

Redsun Group of Companies

Revie Property Limited and Revie Enterprises Limited

Regener8 Power Limited

SGN Group of Companies

SSE Group of Companies

Salford City Council

Santander

Scunthorpe Properties Limited and Crossway Park Limited

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

Span Group Limited

Stroma Specialist Access Limited

Story Homes Limited

Swansway Garages

Sunhart Ltd

Telereal Trillium

Tim Horton’s

Thesleff Hospitality Group

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

Todd Architects Limited

Trustees of the Sidney Vaughan Gaskell Will Trust

Tsunami Axis Limited

TGR Retail Ltd

T.R Ventures Limited

UK Biobank

UK PRS Fund

Vincent Limited

Vision Express

Vita Belfast Limited

Vita Nottingham Guildhall Limited

Vue Entertainment

Wasabi Co Limited

Watkin Jones PLC

WG London Property Limited

Workspace Group PLC

Wrenman Lancaster Ltd

Yearsley Group Limited &Yearsley CS Limited

Zerum Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised developers on the pre-let to The Government Property Agency of a sustainable 150,000 square foot net-zero civil service hub.
  • Advised Peel NRE Developments Limited on the acquisition of the 820 acre Fiddlers Ferry power station site from SSE plc for redevelopment by Peel NRE as a mixed-use development with a view to meeting net-zero.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

The Manchester-based team at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for its ability to advise on a broad range of clients on complex construction matters, namely involving major multi-use development and redevelopment projects in the region, a key example being its acting for Hermes in the high-profile £200m Wellington Place development. Nancy McGuire, who specialises in delivering such complex projects, and contentious specialist, Andrew Greaves, are at the helm of the practice. The growing construction litigation offering ably handles issues ranging from PFI and PPP to international arbitration, which is Paul O’Kane‘s specialism. Noteworthy team changes include the October 2022 arrival of dispute specialist Katherine Sneddon from Pinsent Masons LLP and the February 2023 arrival of dispute avoidance and resolution partner Anthony Willis from Brabners LLPSusan Bennett is a name to note, while managing associate Sarah Wilson is described as ‘the queen of PFI work in the north’.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Andrew Greaves

Other key lawyers:

Paul O’Kane; Andrew Greaves; Susan Bennett; Anthony Willis; Katharine Sneddon; Charlotte Higham; Sarah Wilson

Testimonials

‘The firm has a good regional knowledge and presence in the construction disputes market.’

‘Sarah Wilson has good regional knowledge and presence in the construction disputes market and works hard for her clients.’

‘Sarah Wilson is the queen of PFI work in the north.’

Key clients

Hermes/MEPC

Bruntwood

West Midland Combined Authority

Moda Living/Caddick Developments

Allied London

Tritax Symmetry group companies

Alumno Group

Vita Group

DunnCox

Westrock / Platform

UK Parliament

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

Liverpool John Moores University

Select Property Group / Vita

BT

Far East Consortium

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Watkin Jones Plc

Manchester NHS Trust

JD Sport

Matalan

Colewaterhouse

Work highlights

  • Advised Bruntwood and Bruntwood SciTech Developments in relation to The Alderley Park site,  the UK’s largest single site life science campus containing 2000 innovators, 200 businesses, 1m sq. ft., 400 acres and 275 new homes.
  • Acting on the Victoria Riverside, Addington St and and Collyhurst Village developments for the Far East Corporation.
  • Acting in relation to Allied London’s re-development of the London Road Fire Station in Manchester, which is a major city landmark building adjacent to Manchester Piccadilly Station.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard‘s Manchester practice has a strong reputation for its ability to advise its noteworthy, industry-spanning clients across the remit of environmental work, in both contentious and non-contentious contexts. The team ably assists on matters ranging from the environmental risks and complexities involved in large-scale M&A transactions, to real estate sustainability, land and ESG issues. The firm’s global environment and sustainability lead Michelle Headrige co-heads the offering alongside Emily Williams, who is noted as being simply one of the best’ and specialises in planning and infrastructure in particular. Stuart Wardlaw is a name to note for his experience in strategic and operational compliance law.

Practice head(s):

Emily Williams; Michelle Headrige

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Wardlaw; Matthew Henshaw; Julie Goulbourne

Testimonials

‘The team are forward-thinking, modern and client-friendly. They understand the balance between having legal expertise and making it accessible for clients. It is clear that they are up-to-date with legal developments and very client-focused.’

‘Emily Williams stands out head and shoulders for not only her considerable experience in planning, inquiry and judicial review work, but also for the seamless manner in which she helps get a case off the ground and ensures the essential issues are addressed and deadlines never missed. She is quite simply a brilliant team member and leader in the field.’

‘The experience and knowledge of Emily Williams in planning litigation and related matters is second-to-none. She is client-focused, commercially aware and has an ability to navigate challenging situations efficiently without drama or fuss. She is also a great team player and a delight to work with.’

‘I am a very big fan of Emily Williams, who is one of the most flamboyantly able solicitors outside of the capital.’

‘Emily Williams is simply one of the best. She appears to handle large and complex litigation with ease, and knows the process inside out. She is quick to respond to client and barrister queries, and great company when stuck on a long case.’

‘Michelle Headrige and Julie Goulbourne provide pragmatic and effective advice particularly regarding nuclear-related environmental matters. The team is particularly strong in litigation defence work and has helped to reduce the severity of threatened enforcement actions by environmental regulators and reach negotiated solutions.’

‘Michelle Headrige and Julie Goulbourne at Addleshaw Goddard are excellent.’

Key clients

Affinity Water

Southern Water

Water Resources South East

Anglian Water Group

South East Water Limited

Threadneedle Investments

Diageo Plc

British Land

BP Oil UK Limited

National Grid Group

Venator

Peel NRE

South Tees Development Corporation/Tees Valley Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

Realty Income Corporation

Liberty Charge Limited

Miller Developments

Next PLC

Cole Waterhouse

Pochin Goodman (Northern Gateway) Limited

Romal Capital

Trinity (CW) Limited

Watkin Jones PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Peel NRE on environmental liabilities relating to its acquisition, phased demolition and proposed 10-15 year redevelopment of the iconic Fiddlers Ferry Power Station from SSE.
  • Acting for the developer Horizon Cremation Limited resisting an application to challenge in the High Court the decision of the local planning authority to grant planning permission to Horizon for development.
  • Advising Romal Capital (C02) Limited on its planning appeal in respect of the non-determination of a planning application for mixed-use residential-led waterfront scheme at Liverpool Waters, the £5bn regeneration plan pioneered by The Peel Group.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The practice at Addleshaw Goddard, led by Leeds-based Julie Middlemass, is noted as ‘one of the best teams of property litigators in the country’. It is renowned for its ability to act for high-profile tenants and some of the UK’s largest institutional investors on the full range of high-value, complex matters, which reach High Court and Supreme Court level. ‘Reassuring person to have on your side’ Charles Jagger has expertise assisting on exit strategies and in complex dilapidation claims, as does Chris Perrin, regarded as ‘one of the leading lights in the property world’, in addition to his strengths in business rates and development work. The ‘exceptional’ Andy Feehan is another name to note for his focus on property management issues. ‘Completely brilliant’ managing associate Patricia Love stands out and the ‘fiercely intelligent’ Vicki Sandbrook is a standout associate . Legal director Joanne Mills joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Andy Feehan is exceptional, responsive and accessible – he goes above and beyond. Effective communication is crucial in the legal profession, and Andy communicates complex legal concepts clearly to our project team and understands the commercial objectives of our project, providing advice that is not only legally sounds but commercially astute.’

‘Patricia Love is the standout – she’s completely brilliant.’

‘One of the best teams of property litigators in the country, not just the north west of England.’

‘Chris Perrin is one of the leading lights of the property world. An extremely experienced and tenacious litigator who is highly regarded in the marketplace. Julie Middlemass is very experienced litigation partner who instils confidence in her clients.’

‘Chris McGrath has excellent manner with clients and sound commercial judgment. Vicki Sandbrook’s clients adore her and for good reason – she is extremely hard working and fiercely intelligent.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s north west property litigation team is simply the best in the area – full stop. They have a fantastic client base served by lawyers who combine great substantive knowledge with a real sense of what matters commercially for their clients. On the top of that, they are very easy to work with.’

‘Charles Jagger epitomises the strengths of the team as a whole; an excellent substantive and procedural lawyer whose advice is always commercial, and whose approach is always pragmatic. He is just such a reassuring person to have on your side. Annie Armstrong is a really sensible, responsive, and reliable young lawyer.’

‘Chris Perrin and Joanne Mills are ‘thinkers’ – they think rather than just apply, which allows for the exploration of a broader range of solutions to legal problems. They spend time very early on getting to grips with the client’s objectives, which they never lose sight of.’

Key clients

abrdn

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Co-operative Group

Hillview Group

Mapeley Estates

Marks and Spencer

Network Rail

Santander UK Plc

Property Alliance Group

Vue Cinemas

Work highlights

  • Acting in relation to a long-running claim for historic business rates, successfully striking out 2 out of 3 grounds of claim at the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for CarVal Investors concluding over 100 lease renewal claims raised re various effects of Covid on the valuation managing the matters through to a series of batched trials.
  • Advising various landlords and a few tenants on the property aspects of various schemes to replace cladding on tall buildings and deal with landlord and tenant issues.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has the capability both to act in complex IP litigation and to advise on non-contentious brand strategy and management, with its support for growing sports brand Castore being a case in point. The practice is led by Paul Bentham, who has great experience in brand and design protection, as well as in advising on the intellectual property implications of company acquisitions and joint ventures. Further key names include Nadine Waters, who is experienced in pharmaceuticals industry IP, and Tim Carter, who focuses on trademark work in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Bentham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The individuals are highly responsive and educate us in the matters at hand. They are also very commercial and see the ‘bigger picture’, which is very helpful.’

‘Paul Bentham continues to be the “go to” non-contentious IP lawyer in the North West.  He draws upon exceptional experience in the private, public, third and financial sectors –  consistently delivering highly successful outcomes for his clients.’

‘Nadine Waters is a perfect extension of an in-house function and works seamlessly with both in-house counsel and their internal stakeholders.  The team as a whole (including new additions) are “no-nonsense” and provide solid commercial advice and solutions.’

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

J. Carter Sporting Club Limited T/A Castore

Moneysupermarket

Harrods

Samworth Brothers Group

Associated British Foods plc

Travelodge Hotels

Lakeland Limited

William Hill

BooHoo Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Supported Castore on numerous matters as it has sought to grow its brand through the entry into sponsorship and apparel supply agreements, including agreements with Champions League and Premier League football clubs and Silverstone Circuit.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard‘s comprehensive practice covers both major procurement projects and litigation in the IT and Telecoms space. Standout work includes the firm’s representation of Soteria in a case before the Court of Appeal concerning the interpretation of a standard exclusion clause, overturning a precedent which would have had far reaching commercial consequences within the industry. On the non-contentious side, the firm is known for its expertise in cloud matters, enterprise resource planning and AI. The team is led by James Whittaker, who regularly acts on large scale outsourcing arrangements. Phil McGough handles transactional IT and telecoms work, while Paul Bentham is an expert on systems implementations. Also key are Nadine Waters, who works on outsourcing, and data protection specialist Claire Edwards.

Practice head(s):

James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Consistently the strongest and best IT/outsourcing team in the North West.

Nadine Waters – for many years a rising star in this field, Nadine offers a winning blend of technical excellence, deep experience, deal-making nous, and a “no nonsense, plain speaking” attitude which clients absolutely love.’

‘Phil McGough – fantastically experienced in this area, Phil has exceptional legal knowledge and a tenacious attention to detail, which ensures he delivers the best outcomes for his clients. He has spent his career closing major deals, and knows exactly what he is doing in high-pressure negotiations.

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

Reckitt Benckiser plc

Bruntwood Group of companies

PZ Cussons plc

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

ASDA Stores Limited

Matalan

Diageo Group Plc

United Utilities

Work highlights

  • Acting for Soteria Insurance Limited against IBM in its successful appeal concerning a major IT contract for a new IT platform.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard‘s advertising and marketing team advises a range of well-known clients in several sectors on matters including strategy, compliance and competition. The firm has particular strength in the retail and consumer sector and is recommended for its promotional advertising and green claims work. Key names include Jonathan Davey, who specialises in commercial media contracts, and Hayley Anderson, who has broad knowledge of social media influencer contracts, comparative advertising and ASA complaints.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team provides excellent advice in relation to contracts and issues.’

‘The AG team have been a very helpful sounding board for issues and potential issues. If something more serious arises, they have been quick to help out and advise accordingly. The advice is also very practical and not long-winded in its approach.’

‘Very approachable and practical with advice, but also when advising business teams.’

Key clients

J. Carter Sporting Club Limited T/A Castore

Zelus Sport Ltd

David Fishwick

Adanola

Work highlights

North West > Transport Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard‘s transport practice is led from Manchester with market-leading rail disputes and regulatory knowledge. The team has a number of key focuses including rail franchising and concessions, station development, freight, logistics and aviation. Paul Hirst is a leading rail expert and specialises in infrastructure projects and franchises. He co-heads the practice with Sara Gilmore, who advises in relation to bus reform, and regulatory expert Michael Rainey. Ursula Gould frequently advises on high-value contracts in relation to new operator models, expansion of light rail systems and operating agreements.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hirst; Sara Gilmore; Michael Rainey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The AG team quite simply has more experience than any other legal firms. This allows them to support their clients with deep knowledge and insight – while being prepared to listen and learn from others.’

‘The team were expert in taking technology that is more established on other sectors and applying them to the bus leasing market. They helped us to negotiate and document a commercial structure that delivered for all parties in the transaction and to a very tight timescale.’

‘Sara Gilmore is knowledgeable and approachable, providing thought-through and insightful advice to clients. Sara has particular strengths in the field of bus regulation.’

‘Simon Gwynne was absolutely committed to getting the deal over the line and was always available with helpful suggestions and innovations to make sure that the transaction worked for all parties.’

Key clients

Prologis Group Companies

VTG Rail UK Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

Eversholt Rail

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Volkswagen AG

Greater London Authority / Transport for London

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hitachi Rail Limited

MerseyTravel

Manchester Airport Group

HS1 Limited

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

Ove Arup & Partners

SMBC

DB Cargo

Sealink Travel Group

Transport for Greater Manchester

The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

Associated British Ports Limited

Merseyrail

Cornwall Council

Rock Road

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Transport on the development and roll out of the new National Rail Contract.
  • Advised Merseytravel on the development of its bus franchising assessment for the Liverpool City Region.
  • Advised West Midlands Combined Authority on the rebuild of two existing train stations at University and Perry Barr.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard operates at the apex of the Scottish corporate and commercial market, regularly advising on the most significant and high-value transactions throughout the UK and internationally, with broad sector expertise spanning technology, real estate, energy, and healthcare and life sciences. David Anderson has recently been elevated to head of the corporate team in Scotland, overseeing a practice which is particularly well known for its capabilities regarding private equity, M&A, and corporate real estate matters. Private equity specialist David Kirchin is a key contact, while Murray Jack also regularly advises on mid-market PE transactions in the UK, especially in the healthcare and life science sectors. Having joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2022, Kevin Beattie continues to strengthen his reputation for complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fantastic team who are very commercially focussed and genuinely look to make the legal aspects of transactions as smooth and efficient as possible by positively engaging with lawyers on the other side of deals.’

‘David Kirchin is an outstanding partner, who stands out in the corporate and commercial sector.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate division provides invaluable advice, support and guidance to clients.’

‘The strength in depth at both partner and associate level has really stood out, along with their ability to explain and resolve complex challenges in the simplest way possible. Collectively, they also have an enviable network across the financial services industry and beyond.’

‘Each member of the team has significant experience and operates with real dynamism.’

‘They truly understand the needs of in-house legal teams and the requirement to be risk and outcome focussed.’

‘Together as a team they are great to work with, and individually they each take the time to build strong relationships. These strong relationships and the warmth in which they operate really do help make the difference when needing to deftly navigate the challenging issues in complex and strategically important matters.’

Key clients

Orkla ASA

Housing Growth Partnership III LP

Barclays Bank UK plc, HSBC UK Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest Group, Northern Bank Limited (trading as Danske Bank), Santander UK plc, TSB Bank plc and Virgin Money and Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

Pioneer Bidco Limited (holding company of AAB)

GENinCode plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Orkla ASA in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Healthspan Group Limited, a leading manufacturer and supplier of dietary supplements based in Guernsey.
  • Advising HGP on its joint venture with Kier Property which commits £80m on a 50:50 basis over a five-year period and targets the building of 2,000 new homes for sale and rental in that period.
  • Advising Barclays Bank UK plc, HSBC UK Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest Group, Northern Bank Limited (trading as Danske Bank), Santander UK plc, TSB Bank plc, Virgin Money and Bank of Ireland (UK) plc on the creation and launch of Cash Access UK Limited, a new joint venture between 10 of the UK’s largest high street banking providers to support their customers.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

One of the most influential firms in the Scottish insolvency and restructuring market, and recently bolstered by the addition of Douglas Blyth from Dentons, Addleshaw Goddard regularly handles the most significant mandates across the gamut of areas spanning financial restructurings and formal insolvency, to distressed real estate and hostile insolvency court work. The team services a broad range of businesses from SMEs to large multinational organisations, with practice head Jamie McIntosh specialising in all aspects of insolvency, turnaround and corporate restructuring. The dual-qualified Tim Cooper heads up the contentious offering, while Addi Spiers leads the distressed real estate team and focuses on property finance projects, debt portfolio sales and acquisitions and management. Legal director Emma Widdowson acts for some of the UK’s top clearing banks and US funds, and managing associate Courtney Clelland is highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Jamie McIntosh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, commercial and adept on very technical issues; very good experience in areas relevant to R&I, and distress.’

‘Addi Spiers is very user-friendly, highly positive and has a can do attitude. She is highly responsive, experienced/astute, commercial and pragmatic – a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Jamie McIntosh is very experienced erudite, and user-friendly.’

‘One of the largest R&I teams in Scotland and involved in many of the more complex cases. They are able to draw on the full range of services to assist clients.’

‘On the transactional side, Jamie McIntosh is a good operator and very client focussed.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard is, quite simply, the largest and strongest restructuring team in a very strong Scottish legal market. Very client-focused and always deliver to the highest standard.’

‘Jamie McIntosh is someone you would always want on your side: very astute, very commercial, very good.’

‘The AG team have real strength in depth. They have one of the largest restructuring teams in the Scottish legal community and can also draw upon sector and specialists from other legal disciplines (property, employment, commercial, corporate etc).’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank Of Scotland / NatWest

Santander Bank

Clydesdale Bank PLC/ Virgin Money

HSBC

Barclays Bank plc

Interpath Limited

Cynergy Bank

Cable Capital Partners Limited

Scottish Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Acting for Interpath Limited as administrators of the Arjowiggins Group.
  • Acting for Breal Zeta as funder on the restructuing of Highland Spring Group.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 1

Operating ‘at the forefront of developing energy markets’, Addleshaw Goddard continues to handle an abundance of complex and multi-jurisdictional energy projects, with a significant increase in both contentious and non-contentious mandates related to renewables such as offshore wind, hydrogen, energy from waste (EFW) and energy storage. Leading the finance and projects division, as well as the firm’s Scotland office since December 2022, Alan Shanks focuses on the sale, purchase and financing of operational projects across all generating and developing technologies. Sarah Baillie co-heads the global power offering and Scotland’s planning and infrastructure consenting team, advising clients on electricity and gas transmission assets, both onshore and offshore. David McEwing is adept when it comes to the corporate aspects of cross-border energy deals, while real estate expert Nick Taylor focuses on project development in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Alan Shanks; David McEwing; Sarah Baillie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They offer industry knowledge and are at the forefront of developing energy markets.’

‘The team’s greatest strength is problem solving within a tight timescale.’

‘They are responsive and give comfort that the issue is under control and will be resolved in the required time.’

‘Sarah Baillie is very responsive and gives confidence that everything is under control.’

‘They also work their relationships with other law firms where possible to get matters resolved as quickly as possible.’

‘The Addleshaw Goddard team are very responsive, offering excellent and innovative advice in a difficult and fast-paced environment.’

‘The legal expertise, experience and in-depth knowledge of energy projects from consenting to construction disputes is excellent across the board.’

‘They successfully combine technical legal expertise with astute commerciality. The practices have a culture of collaborative working both internally and with clients to get the job done.’

Key clients

SSE Renewables

SGN plc

SSEN Transmission plc

Flotation Energy

Drax plc

Barclays Bank plc, Banco Santander S.A. London Branch, Royal Bank of Canada and Lloyds Bank plc

Alcemi Storage Developments UK Limited

Red Rock Power

INEOS

Foresight Group Holdings Limited

Peel Group

ERG

ENGIE

Gravis Capital

EQUANS

Work highlights

  • Advising SSE Renewables on some of the world’s largest Off-Shore Wind Farms including Seagreen (1,075 MW) and one of the world’s largest floating offshore wind farms off the east coast of Scotland, Ossian (3.6GW).
  • Advising Alcemi Storage Developments on 4GW of one of Europe’s largest commercial Battery Energy Storage Systems (£multi billion).
  • Advising SGN plc on its plans that will see clean hydrogen gas produced and transmitted across Scotland and England, including a world-first green hydrogen heating network at H100 in Fife, which is a project of national significance and a ground-breaking innovation project.

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

Addleshaw Goddard is recognised as a market leader in the corporate arena, with the Leeds team demonstrating strong capabilities across M&A, capital markets, and private equity work. It has particular expertise in the technology, industrials, retail and consumer, and financial services sectors. Practice head Richard Hunt has extensive experience acting on M&A and private equity transactions for founders, entrepreneurs and private companies. Mark Hallam advises on financial services and M&A mandates, while Pete Wood acts for private equity houses and private companies. Carly Gulliver, who focuses on the transactions in the digital sector, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Mark Hallam; Pete Wood; Carly Gulliver; Adam Hastings; David Parker; Rebecca Sabin

Testimonials

‘The broad depth of knowledge and willingness to work across specialist teams is a real advantage when working with the team at AG.’

‘Pete Wood was great at leading the team during the process. He understood what we were trying to achieve and ensured his team was focused on the end goal.’

‘Good engagement across the team, and they were very good at getting other departments involved when required.’

‘Highly commercial, great expertise and incredibly customer focused, always delivering on time and no hesitation in going the extra mile when required.’

‘Adam Hastings is a stand-out leader in my view, builds highly skilled and high performing teams with an abundance of experience, capability and energy and as a partner.’

‘Flexibility, dedication, partner engagement level, relationship, availability and responsiveness.’

‘Pete Wood, as lead partner for our projects, has supported our group on numerous complex transactions (and other) projects for many years, providing high quality advice and regularly going above and beyond the brief to help us secure a successful and safe outcome.’

‘Rebecca Sabin and David Parker displayed resilience, dedication and energy to get our recent, highly challenging corporate sale transaction to a successful completion.’

Key clients

SoHo Square Capital LLP

Volpi Capital LLP

Lloyds Development Capital

Pacifica Group

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

CSB Holdings Limited

NGH Holdings Limited

Prime Surfactants Limited

Team17 Group plc

Appreciate Group plc

101 Ways Limited

Shareholders of Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics Limited

Skipton Building Society

My Money Expert

The Private Office

Sovereign Group

Tenet Group

MJ Hudson plc

Sixt Rent a Car Limited

Azzurro Associates Limited

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s impressive client roster includes a full range of financial institutions, including high street banks, building societies, asset financed lenders, and private and foreign banks. Sally Emerton, who is well regarded for her experience acting for retail and commercial banks, with particular expertise in the asset finance and leasing industry, co-heads the practice alongside Ben Lowans, who has a broad finance litigation practice, though specialises in fraud-based litigation. Sandip Singh is noted for his experience handling negligence and fraud-related litigation, while Jennifer Hedley has particular expertise acting for defendant financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton; Ben Lowans

Other key lawyers:

Sandip Singh; Jennifer Hedley; Christopher Gilbert

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Hedley and the associates that support her, have always gone out of their way to meet all of our needs. They provide great legal advice as you would expect, but they also make my life as an in-house lawyer easier by meeting deadlines, making themselves available to assist at short notice, replying promptly to emails, billing in line with agreed fee structures and providing additional reports as requested.’

‘The banking litigation team are an amazing group to work with. They are conscientious and are always willing and able to help. The team provide full disclosure on options and will not be afraid to recommend a decision that they believe are in our best interests.’

‘Christopher Gilbert is a hidden gem. He clearly loves the challenges of the more difficult case and displays what can only be described as dogged terrier mentality to get results.’

‘Ben Lowan’s team at AG are excellent. They have real strength across the bench and a clearly very partner-led approach to their work. It always feels like Ben’s fingerprints are on all the work we see, which is a real testament to the team he’s chosen. The team are known for their strength in the field, and it’s good to know we have them in our corner rather than acting for our opponents.’

‘Ben Lowans is clearly one of the best in his field. He has worked incredibly hard with us and our team to get to grips with our needs and to understand our industry. That knowledge clearly plays out across the rest of his team.’

‘Jennifer Hedley is approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘The team has vast and varied experience making it equipped to deal with a multitude of issues affecting financial institutions. The team are well versed in tackling matters commercially and efficiently which is always of interest to clients. They are also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The standout individual in this team is Jennifer Hedley. She is intelligent, commercial, superbly efficient and most importantly of all, a real pleasure to work with. Jen and the rest of the team keep their promises and that’s extremely important for in-house teams managing busy caseloads. I know that when I instruct Jen, the matter is going to be in very safe hands.’

Key clients

Natwest

HSBC

Nottingham Building Society

Co-op Bank

Santander

Aldermore Bank

Close Brothers

Lloyds Banking Group

Arbuthnot

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Duologi

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

The ‘highly approachable’ team at Addleshaw Goddard provides ‘excellent clearly articulated advice’ for its clients, routinely acting on big-ticket cases. In addition to mainstream commercial disputes, specialist areas including procurement and judicial review, fraud, professional negligence, and energy are also key focuses of the firm, along with pensions, tax, IT, and intellectual property. Bill Gilliam, commended for his ‘first class judgement’ leads the team, alongside Mark Molyneux. ‘First-rate’ Louise Dobson is key to the team, with vast experience across commercial disputes, procurement challenges work, and health and pharmaceutical sectors. Samantha Wragg joined the firm as a legal director from 3volution in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Superb team that went out of their way to deliver for us. The team assembled at short notice and responded to our every need on a highly complex case. Excellent clearly articulated advice and guidance. Particularly proficient in helping provide clear and well guidance on next steps and strategy. Regular costs updates. Stuck closely to costs estimates. Had a bank of specialists and counsel who were brought in and assimilated into the team quickly. Really friendly hard working and engaging diverse team who worked closely with the client team and build strong and trusted relationships. Cannot fault the quality of service and the efforts made to achieve the best possible outcome for us.’

‘Developed strong personal relationships – very personable friendly and approachable and willing to go out of their way to check in beyond the day job. Felt like we were all part of the same team and very united. The lawyers seemed as vested in the outcome as the client team. Whilst the team worked hard you could see each members well being was of importance to the lead partner. The team were well prepared and thought ahead and well planned so the need last minute requests was minimised. Highly approachable team that made the client team and in particular witnesses feel at ease and well prepared.’

‘AG is an exceptionally well-resourced firm with strong individuals from top to bottom. It is particularly experienced in the management of large and complex cases.’

Paul Rowley is a committed adviser and excellent strategic thinker.

‘Louise Dobson thinks outside the box; she brings her deep knowledge of public law to bear; she is first rate.’

‘Gareth Jones is a stand-out performer.’

‘The team speak in plain English and are easy to work with and understand, making law make sense for non legal professionals. They work quickly and are easy to get hold of and work in a collaborative manner to achieve good results. They have a wide variety of experiences so you can always get an expert in any field as per your matter requirements.’

‘Louise Dobson – great communicator, translates complex areas of law into simple English. An expert in the area. Ryan Geldart is a great communicator, translates complex areas of law into simple English’

Key clients

RPS Group Plc

Entain Plc

Equitix EEEF Biomass 2 Ltd

Nexus

Specialist Aviation Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Entain plc in relation to a c. £50m dispute involving claims brought by Robert Tchenguiz before the Courts of Gibraltar and including allegations by Mr Tchenguiz of conspiracy, breach of contract, breach of statutory duty and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for Specialist Aviation Services in relation to proceedings arising from the termination of a helicopter services agreement, including claims for damages for breach of contract, disputes as to intellectual property ownership and a threatened interim injunction.
  • Acting for RPS in relation to its dispute with Hitachi regarding the failed implementation of an ERP system. RPS’ claim includes claims for breach of contract for lacking and failed functionally and associated damages caused by the resulting disruption caused, whilst defending Hitachi’s claim for unpaid invoices.

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard maintains an eminent market position through a combination of deep sector expertise, particularly in the consumer retail arena, and capabilities covering the full span of core employment work. The ‘exceptional’ Shakeel Dad, who counts high-profile players in the consumer and retail sectors among his key roster of clients, jointly leads the team alongside Rebecca Kitson, who has experience in the energy, financial services, and retail sectors, and is praised for her ‘customer-focused, practical and ‘real world’ advice’. Legal director Gerri Elliott is another key contact in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Shakeel Dad; Rebecca Kitson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The key strength of the team is the leadership: Shakeel Dad is an exceptional partner who I have worked with for many years. The strength and depth of the team in terms of expertise is also excellent. Over the last year we have needed support on a variety of matters from immigration through to TUPE and complex ER cases, and the standard of service is always second-to-none.’

Shakeel Dad is a pragmatic lawyer and he is able to distil down information very easily and in an understandable and logical way.’

The team at Addleshaw Goddard give us legal support that we are able to apply on a practical level. They are approachable and have been very quick to understand our business and culture. When required, we have been able to reach out to their colleagues on other matters such as tax, immigration, and investigations.’

Very responsive. We get pragmatic, robust and not risk averse advice. Transparent and communicative on fees.’

The people in the practice are professional and knowledgeable in their field. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome and will work with you to come up with viable solutions and share best practice that we can use more than once. They make it a priority to understand our business, so they can relate to the challenges.’

Rebecca Kitson is an expert in employment law and also understands our business. She offers excellent advice which is easy to understand. Rebecca is a true business partner and a pleasure to work with.’

Rebecca Kitson is the partner responsible for the employment law team, and she ensures that they provide a customer-focused, practical and ‘real world’ advice on employment-related issues.’

‘Rebecca Kitson is a very knowledgeable and pragmatic employment lawyer. Her approach is always to look for a swift solution, and she makes matters easy to deal with, rather than seeking to score points unnecessarily.

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Euro Garages

Asda

Boohoo

Arla

Network Rail

British Business Bank

Natwest

HSBC

British Airways

Government Legal Department

Haribo

Vision Express

Safestyle Plc

Symington’s

Mothercare

Miller Homes

Kcom

SSE

Octopus

Work highlights

  • Advising ASDA and Boohoo, among others, on remote working issues and the legal and practical implications of international working arrangements.
  • Advising a financial institution on a highly confidential whistleblowing investigation.
  • Advising one of the country’s largest food and drinks retailers on injunction proceedings in the High Court.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard leverages the expertise of its highly experienced team to service a number of significant funds in a range of de-risking, transactional, or more specialist matters. Rachel Uttley sits at the helm of the team, leading on the specialist bulk annuity mandates, but also with considerable expertise in transactional work and in providing advice on a range of strategic matters. The ‘excellent team’ also consists of the ‘direct, clear, robust and pragmaticJade Murray, who boasts a specialism in SIPPs and pension products; and legal directors Richard Shelton and Jonathan Stewart, who are both highly experienced in this sector. Managing Associates Leanne Oddy, Alexandra Frickle, Andrew Steer, and Adam Lees are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Uttley

Testimonials

Very thorough. You know they have your back, particularly during a transaction. They are prepared to go the extra mile.’

They are the most collaborative legal firm I work with. We have a joint client and we work jointly together to get the best outcome for our client. We are one team. They always have a strong point of view and their advice is thorough but clear.’

‘They never sit on the fence. If I had a tough situation to navigate through, I would want to have the Addleshaw Goddard team on my side.’

The individuals I work with are strong and principled. Leanne Oddy and Rachel Uttley have all been very impressive throughout my time working with them. We have had complex and urgent negotiations and they’ve been utter professionals throughout. The team are wonderful role models for others in the industry. They are also friendly and personable, which matters hugely to me in an ongoing working relationship.

We use Jade Murray for all strategic pensions advice. She is absolutely excellent. Direct, clear, robust and pragmatic. Jade does not sit on the fence. She will always give a judgement, even where the issue is a grey area. Absolutely top class.’

Very strong team technically, but also has the ability to explain the critical points and facilitate decision making.

Jade Murray is excellent technically, but also able to identify and respond to the issues that are important to her client.’

‘Rachel Uttley and Andrew Steer are excellent technically; very thorough and efficient.’

Key clients

Trustee of the Asda Group Pension Scheme

Pension Insurance Corporation

Trustee of the Kellogg GB Pension Fund

Daily Mail & General Trust Plc

Britvic Plc

Trustee of the Short Brothers Pension Scheme

Saga plc

Trustee of the Ibstock Pension Scheme

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Co-operative Group

Trustees of the Tioxide Pension Fund

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

De Beers Plc

Anglian Water

FNZ Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Pensions Insurance Corporation on a number of buy-in transactions, including a £1.1bn transaction involving the EDS 1994 pension scheme.
  • Advised Daily Mail & General Trust Plc on a number of strategic pension matters relating to their multi-billion DB scheme.
  • Advised Britvic Plc on ongoing matters connected with the pension increases provisions of its DB pension scheme rules after success in the Court of Appeal.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard‘s banking and finance team in Leeds is led by the ‘excellentAndrew Fordham, a prominent finance lawyer in the region with experience advising both lender and borrower clients. The team acts as the core panel firm for all UK clearing banks, and has specific expertise regarding real estate finance. Nick Barlow has a particular focus on social, sustainable and green finance. Legal director Geoff McGinley and general counsel David Handy are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Fordham

Other key lawyers:

Nick Barlow; Geoff McGinley; James Washington

Testimonials

‘Super professional, detailed, considered, proactive and commercial also.’

‘Andrew Fordham leads by example. Personable and pragmatic and available at all times to see things from the borrower and lender lens, which is really important and quite unique.’

‘They are very good about understanding our key objectives and the segment of the market that we and our customers operate in. They routinely deliver for us on complex and sophisticated matters within no service issues (even when sometimes the timetables seem impossibly tight). Plus they’ve always been able to draw on what is a very deep team whenever they’ve needed to.’

‘Andrew Fordham is excellent. He’s hard working, pragmatic, calm under pressure and always delivers. In particular, he strikes a good balance between (i) dealing with technical, legal and drafting issues on our behalf and (ii) knowing when to escalate key issues for our consideration (and clearly setting out those key issues in a manner that helps us to take an informed decision).’

‘Andrew Fordham did an exceptional job for us. The transaction was a very complicated one where the banking aspects were unusual and required clear thinking and advice, to explain what the legal and commercial implications were and help us to reach a conclusion on what was appropriate, what was acceptable and what was not acceptable.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard is the pre-eminent lender law firm in the housing sector. They have the depth of expertise and resources to handle multiple complex transactions. We know that we are in the safest hands when represented by Addleshaws.’

‘All individuals are professional, experienced and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Geoff McGinley is always prepared to assist and add value to the relationship, both inside and outside of transactions.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Aviva Investors

Santander UK PLC

William Jackson Food Group

Daniel Thwaites PLC

Nash Squared Group

Kelling Group

CPPI Bridgewater Place LP

Ribston Industrial Fund

Trustees of the London Clinic Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Kelling Group on £144m financing to invest in an environmentally sustainable fleet of towable units.
  • Advising CPPI Bridgewater Place, and its manager Marick Capital, on financing and security aspects for the sale of Bridgewater Place.
  • Advising all funders on the approximately £529m in aggregate of existing loan facilities to The Guinness Partnership and the transfer of engagements by Guinness Care and Support to TGPL as part of a group reorganisation, resulting in a single housing entity owning/managing over 60,000 residential and care units.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Andy Bates leads the restructuring practice at Addleshaw Goddard, an ‘excellent’ team with a specialism for distressed real estate work. Acting for both creditors and debtors, the team is appreciated by its bank, corporate entity and board clients for its commercial approach and its ability to 'value add in challenging, time-pressured situations'. Legal director Emma Sadler, managing associate Dan Saunders, and associate Emma Atkinson complete the group.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bates

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have an excellent understanding and are always readily available to provide ad hoc advice. Excellent firm.’

‘Andy Bates stands out, always responsive, extremely knowledgeable, personable and happy to provide ad hoc advice where appropriate. Also, very commercial.’

‘Dan Saunders stands out as a managing associate. If there is a knowledge gap he will go out of his way to find the answer and provide a response. Emma Atkinson also stands out as an associate. Responsive, happy to take responsibility, hands on.’

‘Breadth of experience across the firm locally, nationally and overseas. I have been impressed with the individuals from junior grades through to partner all of which add value across the engagement lifecycle.’

‘Ability to bring multi-disciplinary approach to situations at pace has been a real value add in challenging, time-pressured situations. Transparent in dealings, time charging and pragmatic in terms of billing which provides strong advice and value for money.’

‘Standout partners and directors are Andy Bates and Emma Sadler.’

‘They are commercial in their approach, responsive and build relationships based on doing the right thing and also foster open, honest conversations with clients thus creating an environment where their advice is highly value and often sought.’

‘I have worked on a number of complex situations with the individuals and their ability to focus on what really matters and take a commercial, pragmatic approach has been incredibly helpful in formulating key strategies and options. They also make themselves available and have been a useful sounding board when working through key options and strategies.’

Key clients

Interpath Advisory

Grant Thornton

BDO LLP

FRP Advisory

Ernst & Young

Begbies Traynor

PwC

Teneo

Azets

Sunrise Senior Living Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ernst & Young. as administrators of Complete Business Solutions, on the sale of the business and assets to Evo Business Supplies.
  • Advised Interpath, as administrators of Troy Foods, on the sale of the business and assets to Fylde Fresh and Fabulous.
  • Advised BDO, as administrators of John Munroe Group, on the appointment and sale of various care home properties following the closure of the homes.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Pervinder Kaur leads the private capital team at Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds and nationally. The team sits within the wider corporate offering at the firm, and acts for a number of owner-managed and family businesses, often advising on succession planning. It regularly advises clients on international interests, drawing on the firm’s offices across the world to provide advice on tax planning, residence and domicile issues and property structures. Yorke Eaton specialises in dealing with complex trust issues and legal director Laura Woffinden acts for young beneficiaries on planning, probate and trust matters.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Yorke Eaton is a very experienced Trustee and brings considerable sound advice on all Trustee matters and is excellent in dealing with complex issues.’

‘Yorke Eaton has experience of a number of business-related matters, which is beneficial in his role as Trustee.’

‘Pervinder Kaur is an extremely able and experienced Trustee and heads up the practice and also the Leeds Office.’

‘The private client team at Addleshaws is the stand-out practice in the region, acting for HNW and UHNW individuals.’

‘They are responsive, commercially astute and have an enviable client base of entrepreneurs and business owners. Their client service is second to none.’

‘Yorke Eaton and Pervinder Kaur are the stand-out partners. Yorke is unfailingly upbeat and a pleasure to work with. He is commercially astute and clients love him. He is able to combine complex technical advice with an approachable and friendly demeanour – a rare trick in this day and age!’

‘Yorke Eaton is knowledgeable and calm, a great person to have with you.’

‘Great personal touch from all members of the team.’

Work highlights

Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy Tier 1

With a 'responsive, creative, diligent, and personable' team, Addleshaw Goddard's energy and utilities group is divided into four subsets spanning the oil and gas, power, utilities and energy-for-business arenas. The practice covers the full spectrum of issues relating to energy sector mandates, acting for a broad range of energy companies, developers, PE funds and financial institutions, and is active at a national and international level, with a notable focus on the EMEA region. Richard Goodfellow and Paul Dight jointly lead the practice; Goodfellow specialises in energy and utility projects while Dight handles the development of energy infrastructure and energy regulation. Other key names include construction expert David Shaw, nuclear sector specialist James Reynolds and Sara Gilmore, who divides her time between Leeds and Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow; Paul Dight

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A robust understanding of the renewables sector and a clear knowledge of how the commercial documents work together.’

‘Paul Dight is a very experienced operator in this space who came recommended to us. It was evident that he has thorough in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.’

‘AG provide quality advice and clearly have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sector, providing commercial insight which will strengthen the foundations of our scheme.’

‘The individuals we’ve worked with are responsive, creative, diligent, and personable. They have been a pleasure to work with over the past few months. Jack Harris and Josh Dye have stood out for these reasons, their professionalism has been exceptional.’

‘Great extension of our internal legal team, genuine interest in our business and how we are looking to grow so that they can ensure continued alignment. Small team with diverse skill sets that have been able to support a broad range of areas that our business support.’

‘Richard Goodfellow is fantastic, very responsive and a great person to work with. Matthew Overton – great all rounder and very pragmatic/solution orientated.’

‘The team have excellent knowledge and experience of the smart meter industry – making them the go to experts in this area. The team are very commercial. While they are technically excellent, they add value by giving us technical advice in an easily digestible and “business friendly” format.’

‘Richard Goodfellow is extremely experienced in energy and utilities – his combined knowledge of the industry and practical approach is invaluable during a commercial deal. Matthew Overton is one to watch – his has excellent knowledge of the industry, and we have always appreciated his ability to give us technical advice in a format that is easily digestible for our non-legal colleagues.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Bute Energy

Environ Group

Euro Garages

Pod Point

Wizz Air

SDCL

Intelligent Growth Solutions

SSE Generation Limited and SSE Electricity Limited

Onsite Energy Projects Limited

Aviva Investors

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Cranswick Foods

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

Siemens

Gravis Capital

ERG

Octopus Energy

Engie

Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited

Peel Group

Greencoat Capital

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

Scotia Gas Networks plc (SGN)

Horizon Infrastructure Limited

Urenco

Aberdeen Standard

National Nuclear Laboratory

United Utilities

Southern Water Services

Anglian Water

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Foresight Group Holdings Limited

ASDA

ABF

Channel Four

BT

UK Parliament

BP pulse

Unify Energy

+Charge

Yorkshire Water

P3

Royal Mail Group

EQUANS

Canadian Solar

Arrival

Prologium

Industria Resources

Yorkshire Energy Park

Trojan Energy

Work highlights

  • Handling novel energy projects and emerging technology work including relating to hydrogen (SGN’s H100 hydrogen project – the only at scale hydrogen grid, bp), heat pumps (Octopus, Vaillant), smart metering and comms hub structuring and procurement advice for Smart DCC (the only smart metering licensee in the UK), biogas to grid (in Germany for SDCL and UK biogas to grid for transport fuels for YWS), Sustainable Aviation Fuels for Wizz Air.
  • Providing offshore wind advice including to Octopus Energy on its long term supply arrangement with Shell from the largest offshore wind farm in the World, Peel on its two new CfD backed projects in Scotland and Hitachi’s offshore wind blade factory in the Humber.
  • Advising on Corporate Power Purchase agreements for major energy consumers in the UK and Europe including Network Rail, Diageo, South East Water, Britvic.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds-based commercial property practice continues to excel at handling a wide range of work, including portfolio management and development projects. Nancy McGuire leads the team nationally, while the regional leadership of real estate transactions expert Lucy Sturrock sees the team advising major property holding entities, such as Columbia Threadneedle Investments, on standout purchases and disposals. Clients in the student accommodation space frequently instruct Peter Mason to assist with large development schemes, while Anna Heaton is a key contact for her ability to advise on urban regeneration projects. Logistics expert Andrew Williamson and investments expert Ian Smith are also highly recommended, and the team underwent further expansion with the arrivals of directors Jennifer Patterson from Ward Hadaway LLP and Ian Barker from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Bruce Lightbody retired from the firm in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Lucy Sturrock

Key clients

CPPI Bridgewater Place General Partner Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Maple Grove Developments Limited

National Grid Property Holdings Limited

The British Land Company PLC

Travelodge Hotels Limited

UK Commercial Property REIT Ltd

Vita Group / Select Property Group

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard‘s large construction practice provides major clients, such as Muse Developments and United Utilities, expertise in a wide range of projects, including national infrastructure schemes as well as local and regional developments and regenerations. The team is well versed in advising on joint ventures and construction partnerships and is also regularly instructed to handle disputes and appeals relating to defects, fire safety matters, and PFI projects. The team is led by James Reynolds, who is highly recommended for his advice on regeneration and residential developments. David Shaw and Mark Broomfield are key contacts for utilities, energy, and transportation work, while Joe Wilkinson, Ally MacKenzie and Graeme Warburton have significant experience in handling contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

James Reynolds

Testimonials

‘Good all round knowledge, cover all the bases. Proactive and good on strategy.’

‘Graeme Warburton is very proactive, commercially sensible and a totally safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Abrd

ASDA

Anglian Water

Anglo American

Associated British Foods

Aviva Investors

BT

Bradford Council

British Land

Caddick Group

Calderdale Council

Capita

Channel Four

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

EQUANS

HS1

Harworth Group

Henry Boot

Hull Eco Park Limited

Kirklees Council

Lancaster University

Leeds Beckett University

Lend Lease

London Luton Airport Limited

MUSE

Manchester Airport

Ministry of Defence

Muller

National Grid

National Nuclear Laboratory

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Peel

R. N. Wooler

Robertson Construction

SGN (Scotia Gas Networks)

SSE

Serco

Sheffield Forgemasters

Siemens

Southern Water

Stadium Group

Travelodge

Trinova

Tritax Symmetry

UK Parliament

United Utilities

University of Brighton

Urenco

Wakefield Trinity Rugby Club

Waterside Places

William Hare

York University

Work highlights

  • Acted for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited in their multiparty TCC claim against Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited and Lendlease Construction Holdings (Europe) Limited in relation to a new build hospital in Cramlington, which has multiple high-value defects worth c£150m.
  • Advised United Utilities (UU) on its £1bn+ Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Project (HARP), comprising c100km of tunnelling spanning Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester and delivering the infrastructure needed to deliver drinking water to 2.5 million people.
  • Advised Muse Developments on its partnership with Bradford Council to deliver One City Square, a sustainable office development in Bradford; its £250m long-term mixed use development at Harrier Park, Hucknall; and phases 4 and 5 of its residential scheme at Northshore (as part of its £300m+ phased development at Stockton-on-Tees).

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The property litigation team at Addleshaw Goddard continues to provide leading advice on a wide array of contentious matters, standing out in particular for its ‘excellent understanding‘ of property insolvency issues and for its ability to provide contentious support to real estate developers and investors. The team regularly provides strategic advice relating to possessions claims, rights of way issues, boundary disputes, and dilapidation claims in the context of large-scale commercial real estate undertakings. Julie Middlemass leads the practice and offers investors and corporate occupiers ‘top-quality advice‘ regarding insolvency claims and vacant possession strategies. In the landlord and tenant space, Elizabeth Cape is highly recommended for her work on dilapidations and break notice disputes, while Chris McGrath is well regarded for his advice on lease renewals.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Cape; Chris McGrath; Sarah Greenwood; Carole Franklin; Emily Russell

Testimonials

‘Julie Middlemass provides top-quality advice. Elizabeth Cape is a rising star.’

‘Sarah Greenwood is very responsive and efficient. Carole Franklin is equally efficient, and has a commercial view which I appreciate.’

‘AG have advised us on a number of contentious property matters. Their advice is pragmatic and commercial and provided within the context of an excellent understanding of the issues that are important to us.’

‘We have worked closely with Carole Franklin over a long period. She has an excellent understanding of our business drivers and priorities. She is very responsive and commercial and provides excellent advice.’

‘Elizabeth Cape and Emily Russell are both extremely responsive and ensure they stay in touch in order to fully understand our business and the challenges we have and could face.’

‘Elizabeth Cape is unbelievably responsive and commercially aware. She quickly gets to the root of an issue and works out the most advantageous commercial solution. She is also a pleasure to work with: fun, enthusiastic and a real team player.’

‘The property litigation team provide us with useful commercial advice, which has aided our decision-making. They have communicated effectively throughout the process and been happy to work with us and other stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes.’

‘Chris McGrath and Emily Russell have been brilliant in guiding us through some complex legal points. They have been able to have commercial conversations with counterparts to move forward issues allowing us to reach positive settlements.’

Key clients

Asda Stores Limited

Associated British Foods

Associated British Ports

Aviva Investors

British Land plc

British Telecommunications plc

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Federated Hermes Investment Management

Harworth Estate Investments Limited

National Grid

Primark Stores

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the liquidators of MSOLD1 LTD (previously known as Maker&Son Limited), which had previously been appointed as administrators, on obtaining possession of two properties.
  • Acted for several CTI funds, including the £2bn Threadneedle Pensions Property Fund, on more than 20 sales concurrently for a combined value of several hundred million pounds, unlocking long-standing dilapidations claims and advising on various complex queries raised by buyers in respect of rights of way issues, adverse possession claims and boundary queries to avoid significant price chips.
  • Advised Kirklees on the vacant possession strategy for Queensgate market hall in relation to its £200m+ ten-year phased culture and leisure-led regeneration of Huddersfield town centre.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

With considerable expertise in outsourcings, procurements and full-scale IT transformations, Addleshaw Goddard remains a top practice. The team acts for a range of flagship financial services companies and retailers such as Asda on the rollout of new IT platforms, and it is also well versed in handling the commercial and contentious elements of joint IT ventures. The practice is led by Michael Lowry, who is renowned for his advice on digital transformation projects. The ‘highly responsive and knowledgeableSimon Lofthouse advises on procurement and third-party arrangements in the financial services sector, while Bill Gilliam is a key contact for dispute resolution in the contracting space. Outsourcing experts James Mort and Priscilla Hetherton are further names to note; Mort was promoted to the partnership in 2023. In late 2023, the group’s expertise was bolstered by the recruitment of Michael Peeters from DAC Beachcroft LLP, with Richard Watkinson also joining the practice in early 2024.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowry

Other key lawyers:

Simon Lofthouse; Bill Gilliam; Charlotte Marshall; Priscila Hetherton; Manraj Bhullar; James Mort; Michael Peeters; Richard Watkinson

Testimonials

‘Extremely supportive team, does not rely solely on partner but has real strength and depth in team. Very customer focused.’

‘Simon Lofthouse was highly responsive and knowledgeable. Priscilla Hetherton is clever, very responsive and concise in her guidance.’

‘Michael Lowry is our client partner and brings a very rare combination of excellent legal and problem-solving skills, a good attitude and a desire to get things done. Charlotte Marshall has worked closely with me over the last few years and always provides brilliant, practical legal advice with a great understanding of our business and risk profile. Manraj Bhullar has also worked with us for a number of years and provides excellent technical legal advice, including in relation to very complex contracts and issues.’

‘Simon Lofthouse is a calm, pragmatic and thoughtful lawyer, very easy to work with but always clear and direct in his advice. Runs a good team. Priscilla Hetherton – an excellent associate with a good command of both legal and practical aspects of the transaction, and great project management skills.’

‘As well as providing great legal advice, Simon Lofthouse and Priscilla Hetherton have achieved a great balance of providing a robust steer on key issues with tact when passing on that message to business owners.’

‘I’ve been very impressed with Priscilla Hetherton. Clearly knowledgeable about her subject and has done a great job in understanding and interpreting our requirements. Priscilla has worked wonders helping us navigate the nuances of SaaS licensing, covering both domestic and international sales. Being able to break legalities down into terms we understand, whilst also understanding our sector specific requirements, is a real skill.’

‘The Addleshaw Goddard team takes the time to gain a deep understanding of the client’s business and requirements. Their genuine desire to work collaboratively and expert legal and commercial knowledge are exceptional.’

‘My key contact is Simon Lofthouse, with whom I have had the benefit of working with over a number of years. He is outstanding.’

Key clients

ASDA Stores Limited

D Young & Co LLP

Furness Building Society

Gas Transmission & Metering

Market Harborough Building Society

RPS Group plc

Raytheon UK

Siemens plc

Skipton Building Society

The Melton Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised Skipton Building Society on critical third-party outsourcing arrangements for a variety of core banking platforms and cloud solutions.
  • Advised Asda on the transformation of its e-commerce platform, migrating from a proprietary monolithic solution to a modern vendor-led headless technology stack.
  • Advised RPS on an IT implementation dispute with Hitachi Solutions Europe Limited.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport Tier 1

The Leeds office of Addleshaw Goddard operates as the global hub for the broader firm’s transport practice, with a strong presence across private and public sector work in the rail, bus, port, airport, and electric vehicle spaces. Paul Hirst leads the team, encapsulating the practice’s wider sector expertise in his work on major projects with both high-profile public and private sector clients, with expertise in infrastructure, concessions, franchises, and stock procurement. Anna Heaton is noted for her specialism in the overlap between real estate and transport, namely transport hub-led regeneration projects. Bill Gilliam is recommended for his disputes focus within this area.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hirst

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Addleshaw Goddard team’s key point of differentiation is their in-depth knowledge of the rail industry.  This deep industry knowledge enables them to couch their advice in a manner that recognises the nuances of a complex sector.’

Paul Hirst demonstrates market-leading understanding of the industry.  He is able to assimilate complex relationships and shape advice that is pragmatic and effective.

They work as a team, bringing together a strong depth of expertise and insight.  They have a style which is open and friendly, with a willingness to challenge and be challenged.  They help you think through the wider aspects.’

‘Paul Hirst is always willing to help and support. He listens and provides that “x-factor” guidance and thought. He has an amazing ability to bring together the complex and helps you to simplify what is needed.  A total understanding of the multi-stakeholder environment.’

‘Anna Heaton is an active listener, who applies her knowledge in a balanced, pragmatic and commercial way and provides that sounding board of challenge and advice.’

‘The AG team quite simply has more experience in developing bus franchising assessments than any other legal firm, and it is this arena that I have mostly engaged with them. This allows them to support their clients with deep knowledge and insight, while being prepared to listen and learn from others.’

In-depth knowledge of UK transportation. Collaboration and flexibility in approach.’

Key clients

Prologis Group Companies

VTG Rail UK Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

ScotRail Trains

Rail Operations Group Limited

Department for Transport

High Speed Two Limited

Volkswagen AG

Transport for London

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hitachi Rail Limited

MerseyTravel

Manchester Airport Group

HS1 Limited

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited

SMBC

DB Cargo

Sealink Travel Group

Transport for Greater Manchester

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Transport on the development and roll out of the new National Rail Contract (replacing franchise agreements).
  • Advising Qatar Railways on its multi-billion pound programme to deliver a new railway line between Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Merseytravel on the development of its bus franchising assessment for the Liverpool City Region.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Fielding a team of ‘top quality lawyers for the mid-market’, Addleshaw Goddard is well known in the market for its ECM work, including IPOs and secondary fundraisings. As advisors to the takeovers regulator, the team is uniquely well-placed to advise on public M&A transactions, for which it has extensive expertise. Practice head Nick Pearey is supported by experienced ECM lawyer Giles Distin and mid-market public M&A specialist Simon Wood, the latter of whom is praised as a ‘go-to public takeovers lawyer’.

Practice head(s):

Nick Pearey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Top quality lawyers for the mid-market. Genuinely partner-led.’

‘Simon Wood is my go-to public takeovers lawyer. Experienced and commercial, always looking for solutions rather than problems, takes responsibility and drives things forward.’

‘Straightforward, pragmatic advice’

‘Giles Distin is a trusted partner of our business’

‘Team really easy to work with and understand the fundamentals of what is required.’

Key clients

AdvancedAdvT Limited

AlGihaz Holding Company

Allenby Capital

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting plc

Berenberg

B.P. Marsh & Partners plc

Brand Architekts plc

Curtis Banks Group plc

Fenchurch Advisory Partners LLP

finnCap

genedrive plc

GENinCode plc

Investec Bank

J.P. Morgan Securities

K3 Capital Group plc

LBG Media plc

Liberum Capital

musicMagpie plc

NAHL Group plc

Peel Hunt

Rothermere Continuation Limited

Sanne Group plc

Shore Capital & Corporate

Singer Capital Markets

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (Stifel)

Team17 Group plc

Yourgene Health plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Rothermere Continuation Limited on its successful £3bn reorganisation and takeover offer for Daily Mail and General Trust plc.
  • Advised Sanne Group plc on competing takeover offers from Cinven and The Apex Group, culmination in a recommended takeover offer being made by Apex.
  • Advised AdvancedAdvT on its hostile £300m all-share takeover offer for AIM-listed M&C Saatchi.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard fields a dedicated private prosecutions practice under the leadership of Polly Sprenger and leverages its global network for support on cross-border matters. It acts for corporate and individual clients on the bringing and defending of private prosecutions, drawing on expertise from its from civil fraud, commercial disputes, and restructuring practitioners to provide advice on urgent injunctive relief, restraint orders, disclosure orders, and asset tracing and recovery. Former Head of Strategic Intelligence at the SFO, Sprenger has 20 years’ experience in the field with a focus on advising the victims of financial crime, and she is supported by Mark Chesher, who is well versed in commercial and cross-border fraud litigation and counts FTSE100 companies, banks and ultra-high-net-worth individuals among his clientele. Katharine Toney joined as a forensic accounting associate director from an in-house role at Kroll in the firm’s Manchester office in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Polly Sprenger

Other key lawyers:

Mark Chesher; Katharine Toney (chartered accountant)

Testimonials

‘Well-resourced and knowledgable.’

‘There are plenty of beartraps for the unwary, but AG know them all. If the client has a case, AG will ensure it is put in the best light.’

‘Polly Sprenger is outstanding. In the top three in the UK for private prosecutions.’

‘Polly Sprenger offers a frightening combination of technical knowledge with practical application. Many cases involve deductive reasoning and intelligent investigation, and Polly’s background in investigative journalism and as a strategy officer at the SFO gives her an unbeatable head start in this field.’

Work highlights

  • Advising John and Heidi Hassenfeld on a private prosecution following an alleged fraud of $2m.
  • Advising Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited and Glaston Plc on a private prosecution brought against a former director.
  • Advising Kroll Advisory Limited (Kroll) on a long-standing and significant fraud perpetrated by former directors of the Arena Companies.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard acts for fintechs, digital asset businesses, hedge funds, and securitisation services on a wide range of banking-related disputes, with the litigation practice closely aligned with the firm’s regulatory, financial crime, and fintech practices. Richard Clayton leads the financial disputes practice, often instructed by clients on high-value complex investment, asset management, and fraud-related disputes, usually on matters with an international element. Clayton is recognised for ‘leading the team with wisdom and achieving excellent results’. James Herring is a ‘clever, practical lawyer, and genuinely lovely man’, who has expertise in mis-selling and fraud claims, as well as derivatives and structured products. Noted also at partner level is Sivan Daniels, who is ‘great at helping clients navigate difficult issues’ and brings expertise in complex finance, fintech, and financial crime-related litigation. Legal director Alex Unger, a ‘star in the making’, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Clayton

Other key lawyers:

James Herring; Sivan Daniels; Alex Unger; David Wigg

Testimonials

‘An excellent team, with real cohesion, extremely well led. Great commitment to the client’s cause and a real willingness to think outside the box and leave no stone unturned.’

‘James Herring is a really clever, practical lawyer, but also a genuinely lovely man. Sivan Daniels is great at helping clients navigate difficult issues. David Wigg is hard-working anda great lateral thinker.’

‘Richard Clayton provides a wealth of experience. He leads the team with wisdom and achieves excellent results. Sivan Daniels is an outstanding intellect. He is an accomplished and very successful litigator.’

‘Alex Unger is a star in the making who has energy and an eye for detail.’

‘Mark Chesher is a real ‘details person’ who rolls his sleeves up and gets into all the documents.’

‘James Herring is an experienced banking litigation partner who knows how to handle banking clients and understands their internal dynamics; careful and good at identifying and managing risks before they arise. Alex Ungar is an up-and-coming associate, no doubt a future partner.’

‘The AG banking litigation team probably has the strongest team ethos I work with: they operate in large teams very effectively, being able to cover one another, work closely together, and handle discrete tasks.’

‘David Wigg is responsible for much of the day-to-day management of a very substantial claim. Excellent at drafting, hard working and with good ideas.’

Key clients

Mr Nejc Kodrič and White Whale Capital SPF, SA.

Unitel S.A.

British International Investment plc (formerly CDC Group Plc) and Michael Turner

Work highlights

  • Acting for the co-founder of the cryptocurrency exchange, Bitstamp and his company, White Whale Capital SPF SA in a shareholder dispute against a South Korean private equity holding company (Bitstamp Holdings owned by NXMH).
  • Acting for Unitel S.A. in its £400m+ claims for repayment of funds and enforcement of security and/or damages followings a series of events of default against a Dutch company owned by Isabel dos Santos.
  • Acting for British International Investment and Michael Turner defending a $200m Commercial Court claim brought by Crane Bank Limited and a number of its former shareholders for unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

London-based ‘icon in safety work’ David Young co-leads Addleshaw Goddard's practice alongside Manchester based national head of health and safety Erin Shoesmith, who is noted for her abilities in quickly ‘seeing deep into the heart of problems’, and Stuart Wardlaw, who splits his time between the Edinburgh and Leeds offices. The team is praised for bringing unparalleled focus, energy and understanding’ to each of its clients, advising on an array of nationally significant alleged regulatory breaches which often lead to serious health issues for those involved. Associate Sufia Saqib maintains a product, food and workplace safety focused practice.

Practice head(s):

David Young; Stuart Wardlaw; Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:

Sufia Saqib; Adrian Mansbridge; Priscilla Addo-Quaye

Testimonials

‘David Young is an icon in safety work, he is well-known and respected throughout. Erin Shoesmith is very much at the front of many different aspects of industry. From retail to construction, She has a forged a position of significant prominence that now makes Addleshaw Goddard the envy of many more established firms.’

‘The team has great strength in depth and a brilliant leader in Erin Shoesmith – there is no one better.’

‘Erin Shoesmith is a brilliant lawyer, an excellent leader of her team and an outstanding case strategist.’

‘The team brings an unparalleled focus, energy and understanding to each client’s problems. It is seasoned by a perfect commercial awareness, it always identifies, pursues and obtains the best possible outcome for those it represents. The values, work ethic and individuality of the team leader is infused throughout and everyone works to Erin’s impeccable standards.’

‘Erin Shoesmith possesses rare gifts, rapidly seeing deep into the heart of problems and identifying how best to solve them in a remarkably short time. Erin’s clients receive a second-to-none service. Priscilla Addo-Quaye is a highly impressive senior associate.’

‘A very strong team led by Erin Shoesmith which is very good on strategy and getting to the heart of a case, whilst handling the the emotional content.’

‘Erin Shoesmith covers all the bases and is very sensitive to the commercial and emotional aspects of a matter – Adrian Mansbridge, a former HSE inspector, is incredibly good at capturing the key detail and covering the key points.’

‘Erin Shoesmith and David Young are both excellent, their combined knowledge, experience and pragmatism has been invaluable to us.’

Key clients

Siemens Plc

Eddie Stobart Limited

Bestway Northern Limited

Victorian Plumbing Plc

Westridge Furniture Design

Joseph Ash Limited

tRIIO

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Boohoo Group

Asda Stores Limited

Belfield Furnishings Limited

B Braun Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting in several public inquiries including Covid-19, Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena, Scottish Hospitals, Scottish Child Abuse, Infected Blood and the Post Office Inquiries.
  • Advising on inquests which are often complex, multi-handed and involve Article 2 issues, particularly in relation to the National Rail Infrastructure Owner.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

The large, cross-disciplinary team at Addleshaw Goddard is equipped to advise its roster of large hotel operators, owners, developers and lenders on the full spectrum of hotel ownership and operation issues. The team is lauded for its expertise in hotel finance and its understanding of the budget hotel sector. Recent work has involved restructuring, refinancing and administrations in the hotels and casual dining spaces. The ‘responsive, friendly, approachable’ Luke Baines, a specialist in the hotels sector, co-leads the team, and is also a key member of the firm's construction and engineering group. Co-heading the team with Baines is Lucy Sturrock, who divides her time between London and Leeds, is singled out for her ‘brilliant mind’, and specialises in advising hotel owners on structures, management agreements, development and acquisitions. Heading the real estate finance practice is Zoe Maurer, whose clients include hotel lending teams and financial sponsors. Neil McGibbon is another key name, offering experience in hotel financings, hotel management and non-disturbance agreements. Catherine Williams returned to the firm in February 2023 from Shoosmiths LLP, and now co-heads the firm’s living sector.

Practice head(s):

Luke Baines; Lucy Sturrock

Testimonials

‘A team that knows and cares about the industry and invests time and effort to know our assets and business. They are responsive, helpful and transparent.’

‘Luke Baines is responsive, friendly, approachable and genuinely cares about our business.’

‘A large firm with wide-ranging knowledge and experience held in-house.’

‘Neil McGibbon is incredibly knowledgeable but, having also worked in the legal department of a fund, he has a very commercial approach and is therefore able to give strong advice on not only the legal but also commercial practicalities. Neil’s approach means he is very easy to work with, can explain complex points in an understandable way, and is able to proactively engage with opposing counsel.’

‘I’ve never experienced this availability with a law firm. It worked perfectly, I really appreciated working with trust from both sides, I will never forget it.’

‘When I first met Lucy Sturrock, I knew she was going to be the right legal partner for starting my adventure in the hotel management agreement field. Lucy is such an expert in her field that she makes easy to understand all these agreements. She even anticipates your questions and your worries, she really makes things easy for the client.  I will never forget it, such a unique encounter, a brilliant mind and a strong dedication to her work and clients.’

‘The team have extensive knowledge and experience within the hospitality and leisure sector and have always been on hand to provide me with strategic and commercially-focused advice. My work with them has always been turned around quickly, delivered at the highest standards and resourced appropriately.’

‘Lucy Sturrock in particular has been able to provide a huge deal of assistance to the business and has taken a lot of time to understand the business, how it operates and what it values from lawyers. She has instilled this in the whole client team who I work with.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

Abrdn

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

A&O Hostels

BDO

B&B Hotels

Clydesdale (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

Coutts (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

Eastern and Oriental Plc (owner and developer)

Greene King (pub and restaurant operators)

Handelsbanken plc

KTB Asset Management

Manhattan Lofts

NatWest Group

Norlake Hospitality (owner of Hoxton Hotels and Gleneagles)

North Brewing (brewers and bar operators)

OakNorth Bank plc

Puma Investments

PwC

Santander (lenders – Hotel Specialist Team)

Sonder (disrupters)

Staycity (aparthotel operators)

Travelodge Hotels Ltd (hotel operators)

THAT Group (hotel owners and developers)

Village Hotels

Work highlights

  • Assiting abrdn with the forward funding, development and letting of a new Hyatt Hotel using a new leasing model.
  • Advised Travelodge Hotels on multiple recent projects, including one which utilised technology to help with building a reliable estates data base, making use of AI to review over 600 leases.
  • Assisting Norlake Hospitality with its portfolio of hotels in the UK and Europe.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard provides a one-stop shop solution to product liability issues and works on all the aspects of a lifecycle from the regulatory and advisory space to handling global recall products. The firm is also well-versed in group litigation matters with experience in the English courts in defending clients from claims. Cécile Burgess leads the team and has a strong track record of handling product liability group actions in both single and multiple defendant claims. Mark Chesher is an expert in e-disclosure, while David Young advises on regulatory and compliance challenges for food and beverage clients.

Practice head(s):

Cécile Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Mark Chesher; David Young; Alex Hogarth;

Testimonials

‘In particular they are a full service firm, clients come to them in knowledge they are a one stop shop who can advise and litigate for all their needs. They do product safety / product liability work across their civil and criminal litigators; they cover the regulatory side too and investigations.’

‘Stand out for me are recent partners Cecile Burgess and Mark Chesher, really getting stuck in at partner level as the next generation. They are both dynamic and possess an exceptional level of expertise, professionalism, and dedication to their clients. They take a genuine interest in understanding clients’ concerns, needs and objectives. They are already leading and bringing on a new generation of associates underneath them in the same vein.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard is able to offer the full package to any client in this area. They deliver excellent client care, making their clients feel at ease and properly informed at every step of the way. When hard truths need to be delivered (which was frequently the case in the matter that I worked on with them), they did not shy away from this and managed to convey messages in a firm but constructive manner. They have everything needed at their firm to host and entertain clients, including excellent catering facilities. They also have, in particular, a strong female presence across all levels of seniority.’

‘Alex Hogarth. Excellent commercial mind and a fantastic strategist. He’s a fierce negotiator and is always prepared for the fight.’

Key clients

70 BMW/MINI dealerships

GlaxoSmithKline

Britvic plc

Diageo

KEMET Electronics Corporation

FTSE 100 multinational company manufacturing and selling cigarettes, tobacco and other nicotine products

German medical and pharmaceutical device company

Weyerhaeuser Company

tRIIO

A supplier of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

Work highlights

  • Advising BMW/MINI dealerships in the defence of potential claims being brought on behalf of over 44,000 potential customers.
  • Acting for KEMET Electronics Corporation as defendant in a multi-million pound claim that has been issued in the Technology and Construction Court (London) by multiple entities in the ZF Group.
  • Acting for GSK in their defence of over 100 claims brought under a Group Litigation Order.

Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance Tier 2

Part of the broader banking and finance offering, the funds finance group at Addleshaw Goddard serves banks, alternative lenders and investment fund managers on significant hybrid, NAV and structured transactions. Also able to advise on the Scots and Irish law aspects of deals, the international practice is led by: loan finance lawyer Jeremy Cross who is well versed in real estate financing and subscription, NAV and preferred equity and GP and manager financing; Angus Gill, who is sought out by banks and investment funds to advise on international fund financing and syndicated, investment grade and corporate lending; and structured finance and securitisation and funds finance practitioner Zoe Connor, who handles capital call facilities to NAV and co-invest facilities. Managing associate Ahu Yalgin is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Cross; Angus Gill; Zoe Connor

Other key lawyers:

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 2

Trusted by a plethora of national NHS trusts for advice regarding large-scale healthcare projects and extensions,  Addleshaw Goddard has a strong understanding of complex financing structures and possesses the ability to navigate novel funding models. The firm has been particularly active in wide-spanning water infrastructure developments, leveraging its deep bench of advisers across the UK to oversee the financial, regulatory and contractual issues encompassing drinking water delivery apparatus construction across Hampshire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester, with group head and Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow spearheading projects as part of a substantial portfolio of renewable and utility mandates. Matthew Newing has been a leading figure in the firm’s PFI and PPP sector work, working with consortiums on successful financing bids and funding partnership endeavours, whilst also guiding NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust companies on the repayment of debt financing and procedures to secure new funding packages. David Hartley is active in the secondary PFI/PPP market, advising asset owners and managers on transactions and refinancings. Rachel Scott joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Newing; David Hartley; Oliver Carruthers; Stewart Maciver

Testimonials

‘Exceptional PPP projects knowledge overlaid with the wider property and construction expertise of the firm.’

‘Matthew Newing has provided excellent service to us, considering all project issues and providing holistic advice based on the input of his colleagues. His advice has saved my business (and our clients) hundreds of thousands of pounds’

Key clients

Department for Transport

National Grid

United Utilities Water Limited

Southern Water Services Limited

SMBC

MUFG Bank

Scotia Gas Networks

Transport for Greater Manchester

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hitachi Rail

Semperian

Kajima Partnerships Limited

Step Springfield Village Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

GB Partnerships Limited

Hull Citycare Limited

Fulcrum Infrastructure Group Limited

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Mua Group

LSHP Development Company Limited

The Borough Council of Worthing and West Sussex Estates Partnerships

Infrared Capital Partners Limited

Vercity Limited

Fulcrum Infrastructure Management Limited

GB Partnerships Limited

BBGI Sicav SA

Equitix

The Eric Wright Group

Semperian

Avison Young

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Southern Water on its “Water for Life – Hampshire” (WfLH) project, which is to deliver vital long-term water resource and supply resilience to Hampshire. The project is estimated to have a capex of around £800 million.
  • Advising Kajima and Sir Robert McAlpine as developer in relation to the on-going(£600m) regeneration of the Springfield University Hospital site in South West London.
  • Advising West Midlands Combined Authority on all legal documents relating to the programme of significant rail projects, including the West Midlands Rail Programme which involves the rebuild of 2 existing train stations at University and Perry Barr.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

The ‘very capable team’ at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for its experience across a broad-range of related work. It consistently advises its significant client portfolio on various complex aspects of power, including project finance, construction, planning, environmental and real estate elements, as well as on regulatory instruments across the market. In addition to its advising on domestic work, the team has experience handling matters in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Rory Connor, who works from the London office, is described as hands-on, pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ and leads the team, with support from Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow and Glasgow-based Sarah Baillie. Matthew Williams bolstered the team in 2022 and is key to the offering, with focus on energy transition work for clients across a range of sectors. Marton Eorsi bolstered the team with his November 2022 arrival as partner from A&O Shearman.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Baillie; Rory Connor; Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Williams; Angus Rollo

Testimonials

‘The team has very good knowledge of the energy sector. Their advice to the client is well-balanced and gives proper solutions to the issues at hand.’

‘The team is very prompt in their responses and always ready to help on the issues raised.’

‘They are strong in their responsiveness and partner-level attention provision. They also possess good insight into the renewables market.’

‘The team really supports its clients throughout matters and in the structuring of transactions.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard has a very capable team with experience from our markets, a good understanding of stakeholders and of the business environment.’

‘Rory Connor is an excellent choice. He is hands-on, pragmatic and solutions-oriented – he is a very nice person to be around and work with.’

‘The team has supported us successfully with a number of different renewable energy-related projects over the last 12 months.’

‘The team is quick to understand issues and communicate them in a clear manner.’

Key clients

British International Investment (BII)

SGN

SSE

Utility Warehouse

Norfund

Octopus Energy

Viridios

Alcemi Storage Partners

Flotation Energy Limited

BP

East London Waste Authority

Berkley Energy

Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC

Alpiq AG

Shell Energy Europe (Shell)

WasteServ Malta

East London Waste Authority

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Peel NRE Wind Farms Limited

Vivergo Fuels Limited

National Grid

Greencoat Schroders

Gravis Capital

Drax Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising on cross-border acquisitions and disposals, including the BII investment into the Klinchenberg Africa hydro platform.
  • Advising on offshore wind joint-ventures, including SSE’s offshore wind joint venture with Marubeni and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advising on offshore power marketing and trading, an example being Viridios Group fundraising.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 2

With a client roster spanning governmental authorities, utility companies, and private sector entities carrying out work of a public nature, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for defending and forwarding judicial review applications across key sectors, from local government and education, to transport and infrastructure. Heavyweight disputes specialists Bill Gilliam and Simon Kamstra oversee the administrative and public law offering, with divisional managing partner for litigation Mark Molyneux also supporting. Clare Dwyer has acted in various disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, while managing associate Paul Rowley is renowned for his public law and procurement expertise. Legal director Ryan Geldart has also developed strong expertise in the team's contentious public procurement practice.

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam; Simon Kamstra; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The AG team is outstanding. Brilliant strategic approach to litigation.’

‘I have been hugely impressed by Louise Dobson. She is absolutely on top of her game and an outstanding public law litigator.’

‘Erin Shoesmith is capable of seeing the detail and the bigger picture and formulating a strategy that hits the commercial and emotional as well as the key legal points.’

‘Excellent administrative law team which brings considerable heft to any proceedings.’

‘Simon Kamstra has seen it all. Louise Dobson is tireless in her dedication to the client’s cause.’

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

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

Key clients

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Scottish and Southern Energy plc (“SSE”)

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

United Utilities plc

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Hallo Healthcare

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (“CMAL”)

Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (“HIAL”)

SGN plc

Skanska UK Construction Limited & Morrison Utility Services Limited joint venture company “tRIIO” (Grenfell Tower)

Aldi Stores Limited

Scottish Enterprise (SE)

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

Work highlights

  • Representing SSE in a statutory appeal to the CMA relating to the Ofgem decision in December 2020 regarding electricity transmission system charges for generators, and subsequent judicial review proceedings.
  • Representing the Road Haulage Association in a judicial review regarding the scope of the appellate jurisdiction conferred by s49 Competition Act 1998.
  • Representing three bereaved families in the Manchester Arena inquiry.

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 2

The team at Addleshaw Goddard handles a wide variety of matters, including both commercial transactions and competition issues, as well as disputes. The group frequently advises clients on infrastructure projects and construction issues surrounding the building and redevelopment of hospitals. Michael O’Connor co-heads the practice alongside Louise Dobson; the former primarily assists clients with transactional issues, including procurement projects, and the dissolution and acquisition of trusts, while the latter maintains a disputes-focused practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor; Louise Dobson

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Newing; Andrew Pettinger; Nathalie Moreno

Testimonials

‘They understand our business and actively seek to understand what we want to achieve in any given matter. Sensitive to the commercial and reputational aspects as well as the legal matters.’

Key clients

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

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

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Trust

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

West Sussex Estates Partnership Limited

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Atlas BFW Management Limited

The Borough Council of Worthing

West Sussex Estates Partnerships

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising STEP Springfield Village, the development partner to South West London and St George’s NHS Trust, on the redevelopment of its Springfield hospital site in South West London.
  • Advising the developer and Worthing Borough Council on the development of a new state-of-the-art integrated care centre providing community and mental healthcare services under one roof.
  • Advising St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on its acquisition of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, where the trusts will become a single NHS Trust.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Praised as ‘competent and commercial’, Addleshaw Goddard is noted for its capability in regeneration projects. Nancy McGuire and ‘talentedIain Hindhaugh oversee the department, while Rachel Orton has a breadth of experience in transactions in the senior living sector. Chris Cartwright excels in the financial services sphere and Andrew Martin is knowledgeable of the development, investment, and operation of build to rent and student accommodation assets. Leona Ahmed departed in May 2023 to join Taylor Wessing LLP.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Iain Hindhaugh

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Orton; Chris Cartwright; Andrew Martin; Peter Hardy; Luke Harvey; Leanne Hale-Tulley

Testimonials

‘The team are top draw, both in their approach to work but also their ability to create relationships which are the bedrock of transactions getting over the line.’

‘I have an immense amount of trust in their ability to manage the risks to my organisation, but not to the level that it lacks commercial sense.’

‘The most competent and commercial team I have ever worked with, they are always entering discussions with a positive, problem-solving attitude.’

‘Rachel Orton is responsive, sensible, commercial and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

HB Reavis

Pension Insurance Corporation

Federated Hermes

Angelo Gordon

Qatari Investment Partners (QIP)

Argent LLP

Human + Nature

Hub Residential

Precis Capital Partners

Middlecap

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Praised as ‘competent and commercial’, Addleshaw Goddard is noted for its capability in regeneration projects. Nancy McGuire and ‘talentedIain Hindhaugh oversee the department, while Rachel Orton has a breadth of experience in transactions in the senior living sector. Chris Cartwright excels in the financial services sphere and Andrew Martin is knowledgeable of the development, investment, and operation of build to rent and student accommodation assets. Leona Ahmed departed in May 2023 to join Taylor Wessing LLP.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Iain Hindhaugh

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Orton; Chris Cartwright; Andrew Martin; Peter Hardy; Luke Harvey; Leanne Hale-Tulley

Testimonials

‘They’re great at connecting people. They do a fantastic job of managing transactions, but also do so much more with the sharing of contacts and knowledge.’

‘Their personal touch gets the transaction over the line.’

‘They are always finding ways to expedite and work around issues positively. They have exceptional ability to explain issues to ‘opposing’ teams making transactions run smoothly.’

‘A strong team.’

‘Iain Hindhaugh is one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with. He is incredibly talented.’

‘Rachel Orton is responsive, commercial, sensible and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Waterside Places Limited

Human + Nature

Hub Residential

Angelo Gordon / Beltane Asset Management

Al Jazira Capital, IQON Capital and Oval Partners

Realty Income

Magnetar Financial

United Colleges Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Realty Income on the acquisition of 35 properties over the last year.
  • Acting on the corporate acquisition of the Vodafone property holding company.
  • Acted for Angelo Gordon / Beltane Asset Management on the acquisition of Newcombe House, Notting Hill Gate.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard is recognised for its capabilities in handling high-risk, large-scale projects. The firm has earned a reputation for its expertise in PFI disputes practice and its involvement in significant international arbitration cases. The team is led by Jonathan Tattersall, a highly experienced practitioner in international arbitration, renowned for providing strategic advice on global infrastructure and power projects. Julia Court brings her expertise in leading major projects and resolving disputes, both domestically and internationally, with a particular focus on sectors such as transport, energy, and renewables. James Shackleton contributes his extensive experience in dispute avoidance and resolution, especially in the transport and marine industries. The team is further strengthened by the November 2022 addition of specialist disputes lawyer Clarissa Smith from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, who brings valuable experience in advising large residential developers on matters related to defects and other claims.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tattersall

Other key lawyers:

Julia Court; James Shackleton; Clarissa Smith; Deepa Khandia; Maren Strandevold; Emily Walters; Rob Easton

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard has a fantastic contentious construction practice, including adjudication, arbitration and litigation. They really understand their clients’ needs and are able to provide clear strategic and commercially astute advice.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall is an outstanding partner.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s team is very competent and is able to overcome obstacles to solve problems. The team are efficient communicators and are very pleasant to work with.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall is competent in all his arguments and is always available. He combines his strengths as a manager with those of his team, which creates maximum efficiency in the team. He is able to solve problems in terms of legal and commercial issues.’

Key clients

Kajima Construction Europe (UK) Limited

Kajima Europe Limited

Beltane Asset Management

Angelo Gordon

Cadogan Estates

UPP Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kajima, who is a global leader in construction and development projects, in relation to major TCC proceedings regarding healthcare PFI disputes in Brighton and Sheffield valued in excess of £50 million.
  • Acting for an Italian Contractor with extensive experience in global infrastructure projects in relation to a dispute valued at approximately USD 136 million regarding refurbishment of a motorway in Eastern Europe.
  • Advising a global contractor with a turnover of several billion on the ongoing complex and high value dispute relating to a transport project in the East of England.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

Renowned for advising on large-scale, high-risk projects, Addleshaw Goddard supports both UK and international clients, providing strategic guidance on complex structuring solutions, risk management and various construction-related issues throughout the lifespan of projects. The firm’s sector expertise spans living spaces, major London mixed-use developments, industrial engineering, healthcare, and energy. Andrew McVeigh, who heads the team, is well-versed in all facets of residential development and student accommodation, as well as real estate matters, including offices, data centres, and hotels. Luke Baines co-chairs the firm’s hotels and leisure practice, demonstrating significant expertise in domestic and international construction and engineering projects, with a specialisation in complex EPC contracts. Alex Hirom, who focuses on non-contentious agreements for major construction and engineering projects, co-heads the power sub-sector practice. Julia Court brings extensive experience in the UK development sector, while Sam Cary specialises in residential development and process engineering projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McVeigh

Other key lawyers:

Luke Baines; Alex Hirom; Julia Court; Sam Cary; Rob Easton

Testimonials

‘A team that knows and cares about the industry and invests time and effort to know our assets and business. Responsive, helpful and transparent when it comes to billing.’

‘Luke Baines is responsive, friendly, approachable and genuinely cares about our business.’

‘Good commerciality. Understand the sector very well. Make good efforts to understand our business and requirements. Willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Pension Insurance Corporation

Norlake Hospitality

Federated Hermes (Hestia UK Residential Investment 1 LP)

PGIM Real Estate

Primark Stores Limited

Beltane Asset Management

McLaren Property Limited

Mount Anvil Limited

Angelo Gordon

Ridgeback Group

The Warden and Scholars of Winchester College

CBRE Global Investors

Notting Hill Genesis

UCB Celltech

Village Hotels

Endurance Land

Associated British Foods

Intermediate Capital Group

Cadogan Estates

Royal London

Work highlights

  • Advising PIC on the deployment of their assets into strategic investments across the country, including a 51-storey BTR tower in Birmingham.
  • Acting for Norlake Hospitality in relation to the refinancing, construction and refurbishment works at numerous hotels across the UK and Europe, including the development of new Hoxton Hotels in Shepherd’s Bush, Barcelona and Berlin and the redevelopment of Eynsham Hall.
  • Advising MiddleCap on the re-development of Seal House, located on the River Thames in the City of London to create a mixed-use scheme comprising 131,000 sq ft of offices, 10,000 sq ft of restaurants, external terraces and a rooftop public viewing garden.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard‘s real estate disputes team is active in a number of the market’s most rapidly growing sectors, including the living sector, rights of light matters, joint venture disputes and concerns arising from the Building Safety Act. Frances Richardson leads the team with considerable experience relating to contract disputes, insolvency, dilapidation and professional negligence claims, whilst Gregory Simms deals with all forms of real estate litigation with a particular focus on overage, development and contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Frances Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Simms; Alison Oates; Beth Wilton

Key clients

Standard Life Assurance Limited

HB Reavis

Mount Anvil

Schroders

Travelodge Hotels Limited

British Land

Patrizia

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Almcor (Coryton Asset Holding Limited)

Schroders Ground Rent Income Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Schroders in relation to high value High Court litigation with their landlord, TfGM, in relation to long standing, highly complex water ingress issues at viaduct premises
  • Advised Coryton Asset Holding Limited (part of Almcor) in relation to their vacant possession strategy for their billion pound regeneration of Coryton oil refinery into the Thames Enterprise Park.

Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 2

Professional, calm, pleasant and diplomatic’, the governance and compliance team at Addleshaw Goddard is fully embedded in its corporate practice and is particularly active in the financial services sector. Key areas of focus include ESG, audit reporting, AGMs, market abuse, remuneration and board issues and the team acts for FTSE 100 and FTSE 250-listed companies, and high-profile banks. Jaya Gupta  is a key practitioner with over 28 years’ experience in corporate law and advises on regulatory issues relating to transactions, while Ben Koehne advises on constitutional, corporate governance, strategic and regulatory matters. Managing associate Richard Preston focuses on governance and compliance, and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and stock exchange-related regulatory matters; James Greig joined from an in-house role at Barclays in October 2022 and brings strong financial services regulatory expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Jaya Gupta; Ben Koehne; Nichola Peters; Jonathan Fletcher Rogers; Erin Shoesmith; Michelle Headrige

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Approachable, knowledgeable and accessible.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard have provided us with an exceptional service as a law firm on a number of large, complex projects which have involved providing high-quality expert advice in a number of areas and required industry knowledge and a commercial approach.’

‘The lawyers we have dealt with are of a very high calibre, and they are very capable and resourced in all key areas.’

‘They are very good at providing added value with regard to specialist training and knowledge webinars.’

‘The lawyers in the firm we have dealt with have been excellent.’

‘They collaborated well as a team and also liaised professionally with a number of other key stakeholders.’

‘I always find them professional, calm, pleasant and diplomatic, and they make themselves available to meet tight deadlines.’

‘Ben Koehne and Richard Preston are key individuals – they know our particular idiosyncrasies and advise accordingly.’

Key clients

Entain

International Personal Finance

Morgan Advanced Materials

Rathbones Group

Reclaim Fund

Rio Tinto

Work highlights

  • Advised 10 of the UK’s largest high street banking providers on the creation and launch of Cash Access UK Limited, a new joint venture designed to enable consumers and small businesses to access cash, deposit and basic banking services where they are needed across the UK, including via shared “banking hubs”.
  • Advised a leading stock exchange on various confidential governance-related matters during the year.
  • Supported a broad range of main market listed companies, AIM quoted companies and building societies with their year-end reporting and AGMs.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

With a global client-base and growing team, Addleshaw Goddard is highly recommended for its white-collar crime work, particularly regarding bribery and fraud risks. The practice displays ‘strength in depth’ when dealing with financial crime compliance, advisory and criminal defence proceedings, and consistently supports corporations from across the pharmaceutical, finance, and infrastructure sectors. The team has experience negotiating out-of-court resolutions with the SFO and US DOJ, with team head, Nichola Peters, bringing extensive knowledge on deferred prosecution agreements and negotiated settlements to the group. The ‘outstanding’ Michelle De Kluyver is an expert on sanctions issues and economic crime cases, whilst Polly Sprenger handles civil fraud and asset recovery. Legal director Neeta Chityal and Matthew Worby are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nichola Peters; Michelle de Kluyver

Other key lawyers:

Polly Sprenger; Harriet Territt; Neeta Chityal; Jenny Burton; Noel Power; Matthew Worby

Testimonials

‘A group of warm and friendly professionals who are brilliant as a team. They have strength in depth and inspire confidence.’

‘Nichola Peters has a knack for bringing the best out of her team. She is easy to work with and superb with clients.’

‘Michelle de Kluyver is outstanding. A clear thinker with great practical and commercial instincts. Neeta Chityal is wonderfully professional with a tireless work ethic and fine eye for detail.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s team is stand-out in this area; the team has unrivalled expertise in regulatory investigations and corporate crime.’

‘Michelle de Kluyver is a leading light in this area – superb judgement combined with unrivalled knowledge of the law. Neeta Chityal, recently made up is a complete star and has a glittering career in partnership ahead of her.’

Key clients

Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited

Kroll Advisory Limited (Kroll) acting on behalf of the following companies (all in administration): Arena Television Limited, Arena Holdings Limited, and Arena Aviation Limited (together the Arena Companies).

Work highlights

  • Advising Richard Howson, former CEO, on proceedings brought against him following the collapse of Carillion plc.
  • Advising Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited on proceedings against a former director, including a private prosecution alongside a parallel civil fraud action alleging breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Advising a global company on a complex, multi-jurisdiction bribery investigation and related issues.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 2

The antitrust practice at Addleshaw Goddard is experienced in a range of competition services including market investigations, merger control, and expertise in financial services and payment systems. On the contentious side, the team’s expertise in competition litigation sees them advising a broad range of corporates on complex and high-value matters. Mark Molyneux – the firmwide disputes head – focuses on the team’s contentious competition workload. Key names to note in the firm’s Manchester office include Mark Crane, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, and advises on competition enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mark Crane is a real up and comer. He’s a real pleasure to work with and gets things done.’

‘AG has a really solid competition law practice, which always considers the business drivers, and gives clear, sensible and proportionate advice on what can be a tricky area for businesses which have large shares of markets.’

‘Mark Crane is very responsive, calm, and pragmatic. I trust them implicitly, and have found that they are excellent at explaining competition law points to colleagues of mine in appropriate language. Readily available and very user-friendly.’

Key clients

Allergan plc

Ferryspeed (CI) Limited

SSE Plc

GIPHY Inc

Road Haulage Association

Openreach

NKT A/S and NKT Verwaltungs GmbH (NKT)

Co-Op

Access to Cash

Lidl

Work highlights

Employment Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has recently handled a significant volume of big-ticket project work and litigation, including workforce transfers between retail giants and overseeing the full range of employment issues for a multinational distribution company. The team also excel at cross-border compliance work, regularly advising global businesses on UK employment law and compliance, visa and sponsorship proceedings, and ad hoc immigration advice. A department head with extensive experience, Michael Burns has a broad contentious and non contentious practice, and is highly capable handling complex TUPE transfers, defending tribunal claims, and supporting HR and legal teams. Sajida Hussain‘s expertise bolsters the group’s business immigration offering and has a strong understanding of EU and UK regulations, sponsorship protocols, and the implications of Brexit. Kate McGough specialises in the transfer of employees and other employment-based issues relating to mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Burns

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I appreciated the depth and breadth of team. Strategically our needs were led at the right level, with junior lawyers supporting at every step of the way. The team also had a great tech platform where we could monitor progress.’

‘An experienced employment law team at AG who are highly responsive, offer deep and commercially-driven expertise, and are able to draw on a wide area of specialists. They are well connected across multiple jurisdictions and can therefore act as a one-stop-shop for multinational corporations.’

‘Superb client care sets AG apart. Responsive, swift, commercially focused, respecting our corporate values and brand identity. True advisory companions for clients.’

Key clients

AJ Bell Plc

Co-operative Group Limited

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Sysco GB comprising Brake Bros, Fresh Direct, Medina and Kent Frozen Foods

Work highlights

  • Advised on the disposal of the c132 site petrol filling station business and associated convenience retail outlets of Co-operative Group to Asda Stores Limited.
  • Appointed as the sole employment law provider for the entire group in the UK and Europe. As well as advising the HR team on employment and immigration matters, Employment Tribunals, settlement agreements and major projects, the team also provides an employee relations helpline to circa 850 line managers.
  • Advising the Council on its competitive dialogue procurement for a fully-managed IT service which will encompass the Council’s technological requirements over the next 8 – 10 years.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard handles professional negligence work across the construction, property and general commercial litigation sectors, acting for both companies and HNWIs. The practice is jointly headed by Nick Ashcroft, a commercial litigator handling professional negligence claims against solicitors and valuers, and Victoria Pool, who specialises in representing policyholders in coverage disputes involving professional indemnity. Susan Garrett, who leads the firm’s pensions litigation team, is also key in this space, with her work including representation of scheme trustees in claims against former advisors.

Practice head(s):

Nick Ashcroft; Victoria Pool

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team at AG are the pre-eminent dispute resolution team in the North West. That is reflected in their strength in depth, in the quality of their work, in the management and supervision that they provide and in the high level and value of the cases on which they are instructed.’

‘Victoria Pool – a newly appointed partner who has enormous drive and courage. Destined for the top. Nick Ashcroft – de facto head of the team in Manchester. Excellent client skills, driven, innovative and commercially minded.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a company and the trustees of a pension scheme in a professional negligence claim against a former advisor.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Drawing on in-depth knowledge and bench strength across a wide sectorial landscape, most notably, the infrastructure, healthcare and utilities sectors, Addleshaw Goddard‘s team acts for public sector bodies, private sector sponsors as well as debt and equity investors. The group is jointly led by Michael O’Connor, leading expert on public-private transactions, Andrew Pettinger, expert on major regeneration and PPP/PFI projects, and high-level energy project advisor Sara Gilmore. While Philip Dupres, who joined the partner ranks in May 2022, handles the utilities side of the practice, co-head Stephanie Townley maintains both an advisory and contentious practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor; Andrew Pettinger; Sara Gilmore; Stephanie Townley; Philip Dupres

Testimonials

‘Excellent background knowledge and experience in PPPs and PFIs and good breadth of support across the wider team when dealing with recent complex refinancing transaction’

‘Prompt response and good availability led by Sara Gilmore and with strong supporting cast’

‘The team has a wealth of regulatory power experience and an ability to deal with complex power and tolling agreements with ease. The team are incredibly friendly, professional and responsive.’

‘As above, the power regulatory experience the individuals have is excellent. Both Matthew and Sara (who we deakt with) were incredibly professional and helpful and have the capcity to explain complex regulatory provisions in an easily digestible format and provide practical, commercial solutions to issues arising.’

‘The Team we worked with had a great, wide knowledge base in their relevant areas. There was a also a deep availability of knowledge on call where specialist advice was required in specific areas.’

‘The Team have been very friendly, personable and approachable. They are considered and measured in the approach with quick and comprehensive responses. Andrew Pettinger, Chris Hardy and Steph Townley have all been great throughout the transaction’

Key clients

Gresham House Investment Management (Guernsey) Ltd

Liberty Charge Limited

Green Investment Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Muse Developments Limited

National Grid plc

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

National Grid Gas plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Opus Energy

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

SGN Place Limited

Southern Water Services Limited

SSE Enterprises

SSE plc (Retail)

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Anglian Water

Cheshire East Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Department for Transport

Greater London Authority

HCP

Health & Safety Executive

High Speeds Two (HS2) Limited

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

Imagile Group Ltd

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

MUFG Bank Ltd

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

The Council of the City of Salford

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Transport for London

United Utilities plc

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Wakefield City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Shell Energy Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising United Utilities on its £1.75billion DPC Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme.
  • Advising Shell on one of the largest gas tolling agreements in the UK conventional power market.
  • Advising the East London Waste Authority on its waste disposal PFI contract, and the re-procurement of waste disposal services.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has continued to strengthen its corporate and commercial presence in Aberdeen, with Fiona Kindness joining from Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2022, bringing extensive experience in domestic and international M&A and PE transactions, especially in the energy sector. Arran Mackenzie arrived from Burness Paull LLP in November of the same year, offering considerable expertise advising sponsors, management teams and portfolios on complex PE transactions. David McEwing leads the corporate side and regularly handles cross-border energy and oil and gas transactions, while data protection expert Ross McKenzie leads the commercial offering and focuses on commercial contracts, intellectual property and IT matters. Gemma Hills also joined as legal director in June 2022 from Brodies LLP, and is active across the spectrum of corporate areas including acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

David McEwing; Ross McKenzie

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Kindness; Arran McKenzie; Gemma Hills

Testimonials

We really appreciate the added value we get from the Addleshaw Goddard team.’

‘The team provide excellent training sessions for the in-house legal community, which are engaging and provide a good overview of topics in an engaging format (not just another webinar).’

‘Ross McKenzie’s unrivalled knowledge on his subject matter coupled with his commercial and realistic approach to advice make him someone to recommend. He provides “real world” solutions where his clients have little room to negotiate.’

‘All members of the Addleshaw Goddard team are great to work with – they are an exceptionally client-focused firm and provide a hands-on service at every level.’

‘AG’s sector and industry knowledge is second to none, making them reliable and trustworthy advisors to a client’s business.’

‘Particular stand out individuals are Fiona Kindness, David McEwing and Ross McKenzie.’

‘Fiona Kindness is a stand-out partner with an excellent work ethic.’

‘Fiona Kindness’s advice is always excellent, clear and concise, and she takes a pragmatic approach to transactions. She consistently goes above and beyond for clients, and always makes herself available when necessary at short notice.’

Key clients

Waldorf

Titan Torque Services

Stacey Oil Services

Trojan Energy

J&S Subsea

bp

TotalEnergies

SGN

Boohoo Group

Dana Petroleum

Voluntary Services Aberdeen

Tymor Marine

eserv

MCL Medics

Prodrill Energy

Ineos FPS

Aberdeen City Council

Drilltools

Razor Oiltools

Blue GentToo

Vysus Group

Wickes Building Supplies

Work highlights

  • Assisted on two major acquisitions for Waldorf Production during 2022: The first, which closed on 4 November 2022, saw Waldorf acquire Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited, along with their offshore North Sea interests; Then, on 10 November 2022, the acquisition of subsidiaries of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc comprising all of MOL’s UK continental shelf assets.
  • Acting for Trojan Energy Limited on two separate loan note investment rounds. First in respect of the investment of £1.4m convertible A Loan Notes to Equity Gap, Grampian Alba, Scottish Enterprise, Shancastle Investments and Ebico which completed on the 19th of May and the second investment for £6m convertible B Loan Notes to Scottish Investment Bank (SNIB) which completed on the 26th of August.
  • Advised Aberdeen City Council on the procurement of a joint venture partner to deliver its vision of an Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub. The Council are procuring a strategic joint venture partner to work with the Council over the next 20 years to stimulate the supply and demand for green hydrogen in the region.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Leveraging a strong presence throughout Scotland and the UK, Addleshaw Goddard’s finance team is renowned for its tenacity regarding complex asset-based lending and corporate refinancings, project and acquisition finance, as well as real estate developments and investments. Alan Shanks is a veteran in the acquisition and project finance space, particularly in the energy sector, while Euan Cluness is seen as a leading authority for acquisition finance and asset-based lending. Gaenor Cassell has a diverse range of clients which spans corporates, PE funds and international and domestic banks. Director John Waller focuses heavily on real estate finance, with associate Peter Smartt also adding experience in leveraged and specialty finance.

Practice head(s):

Alan Shanks

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very commercial, responsive and efficient’

‘Euan Cluness has become a go-to legal advisor in his area of practice. Time and time again he is exceptional in finding commercially driven solutions across financing agreements, he has a very good grip on the market and what is seen as acceptable.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard completely understand the local market and often provide clients with insights they simply wouldn’t otherwise be aware of.’

‘Euan Cluness is great at working with a client’s sales team and helping to translate their requests into clear and well-thought-out legal provisions.’

‘Euan Cluness is a capable negotiator who always presents his client’s position fairly.’

‘Peter Smartt is an extremely capable senior associate with a really good understanding of his client’s documents and preferred approach to legal risk. Peter is organised, runs a transaction efficiently and clearly works hard for his clients.’

‘A strong team with a proactive approach to managing the requirements. This allows a good focus on the key issues and potential alternative solutions.’

‘Each of the staff has a strong commitment to client requirements and focus on how best to navigate through the key areas of contention. A partner-led approach to ensure the key issues are appropriately identified and prioritised.’

Key clients

National Timber Group Topco Limited

RBS Invoice Finance Limited

Breal Zeta

Bywater Properties

Loch Bidco Limited

Motive Bidco Limited

Barclays Bank plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank trading as Virgin Money

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of lenders in relation to the provision of bespoke asset based finance of £150m to one of the leading suppliers of malt to the brewing and distilling industry.
  • Advised National Timber Group Topco Limited in relation to the refinance of its facilities, consisting of a mixture of a term loan B facility and super senior facilities to support its working capital requirements and to fund further strategic acquisitions.
  • Acting for Bywater Properties in relation to the development of and investment in various properties throughout the UK.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard‘s team co-head Miles Ede specialises in UK-wide asset management and portfolio transactions, investment deals, and commercial and residential development projects; he has considerable experience in the telecoms sector. Fellow co-head and development expert Alison Newton is a go-to for leasing and regeneration affairs and is active across the office, retail, student accommodation, hotels and leisure fields.

Practice head(s):

Miles Ede; Alison Newton

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Nicholson; Caroline Coulter

Testimonials

‘Dynamic, collaborative and proactive. Exemplary service from partner through to associate.’

‘Dedicated, attentive and deliver on time.’

‘The team are commercially aware and offer pragmatic solutions informed by a depth of knowledge and experience. They very much feel like an extension to the internal team.’

‘Miles Ede and the team work well together and always give commercial advice.’

‘Great option if you have a cross-border transaction and need support in Scotland.’

‘Caroline Coulter is conscientious.’

Key clients

BT (British Telecomms)

Greenridge

Baumont

Heitman

Almcor Spendarry

Rillbank Development

Port of Dundee/Forth Ports

Breal Zeta

Wireless Infrastructure Group

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Led by David Anderson, Addleshaw Goddard’s IT and technology team acts for high-profile banks, technology companies and start-ups on a broad range of matters including infrastructure, data services, software and outsourcing projects. Anderson heads the team from Edinburgh and is experienced in transformational IT and technology projects, as well as transactional work; he is supported by Helena Brown, who is a key name for commercial and regulatory matters, and data protection issues, with a focus on the financial services, retail and sports sectors; and managing associate Sam Lawson. In Aberdeen, Ross McKenzie is another name for IT and data matters.

Practice head(s):

David Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Addleshaws were able to support us across a range of advice related to a new e-commerce business we were setting up. Their proposal for the work was thorough and informative and really showcased their experience in this sector.’

‘The advice provided throughout the matter was concise, clear and always provided in the timescales required.’

‘They have provided unique expertise to solve these unforeseen difficulties as they have arisen – very impressive.’

‘They offer a collaborative approach – they fully involve internal counsel and business stakeholders to ensure their understanding of the ask.’

‘They are pragmatic – I cannot recall working with a more pragmatic legal team, Helena Brown and her team really seek to understand the business, context of the instruction and deliver pragmatic advice.’

‘Helena Brown and her team provide business-friendly, easy to digest, advice. Helena’s presentation of her advice is unique in my experience.’

‘Helena Brown is an outstanding advisor. She “gets” business requirements. She understands that business stakeholders do not want the black letter law; rather, they want to understand the risks, likelihood of enforcement, and options for mitigation. He absolutely delivers on this requirement.’

Key clients

Tumelo

Trojan Energy

Primark

Admiral Pioneer

Par Equity

Phlo Technologies

Candidate ID

Gener8 Ads

Wedge Traffic

Work highlights

  • Acting for Global Fintech FNZ on its wealth technology platform contracts.
  • Acting for Primark on the launch of its Click & Collect offering.
  • Acting for Admiral Pioneer on its investment into Wagonex.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 2

Renowned for its football sector capabilities, Addleshaw Goddard is a regular advisor to major Scottish and international clubs, individuals and governing bodies on a range of contentious and non-contentious sporting mandates, including season ticket finance. Seasoned litigator Simon Catto often acts for players and clubs in contractual disputes, while Helena Brown concentrates on commercial and regulatory issues, which has involved supporting high-profile clients undergoing digital transformation post-pandemic. Solicitor advocate Erin Grieve, promoted to managing associate in September 2022, is also active on the contentious side, representing clubs and bodies in court hearings and arbitrations. Catto and Brown jointly spearhead the Edinburgh-based practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Catto; Helena Brown

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Celtic Football Club

The Scottish Football Association

St Mirren Football Club

Motherwell Football Club

Kilmarnock Football Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club

Sheffield Steelers

Scottish Ice Hockey

Hibernian Football Club

Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending a claim raised against Heart of Midlothian Football Club by Dundee United Football Club following the transfer of Lewis Neilson.
  • Acting for St Mirren Football Club in a FIFA-related arbitration involving the transfer of free-agent Ryan Strain.
  • Advised Hibernian Football Club on its agreement with principal catering partner, Elior. This involved negotiating, reviewing and drafting the contract governing the catering offering at Easter Road.

Scotland > Transport Tier 2

The transport group at Addleshaw Goddard consists of specialists across key sectors from rail and aviation to ports and shipping, advising major domestic and international clients on significant multi-jurisdictional projects. Ed Watt covers the full range of transactional and commercial shipping work, while Suzanne Moir has been involved in several major Scottish transport projects, including Design, Build, Finance, Operate & maintenance (DBFO) road and free-flow tolling schemes, bridges, light rail and lifeline ferry services. Leading the planning and infrastructure consenting team is Sarah Baillie, who is highly sought after by operators, public authorities, developers and landowners to advise across harbour, airport and canal projects. Carrie Armstrong , Ian Le Pelley, Sam Price, Chloe Oakshett, and Sophie Black are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ed Watt; Suzanne Moir; Sarah Baillie; Carrie Armstrong; Ian Le Pelley; Sam Price; Sophie Black

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has a detailed and expert knowledge of the industry sector.’

‘They are always responsive, diligent and dedicated.’

Key clients

Aberdeen City Council

ASDA Stores Limited

Briggs Marine Contractors Limited

British-American Tobacco

Brodie Engineering Limited

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Caspian Marine Services

Clackmannanshire Council

Clydesdale Bank Plc

DP World

Forth Ports Limited

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

INEOS FPS Limited

ScotRail Trains Limited

Strawson Holdings Limited

Westcon Yards AS

Work highlights

  • Advised DP World on a $1.7bn joint investment platform with CDC Group plc, which will invest in origin and destination ports, inland container depots, economic zones and other logistics assets across Africa.
  • Advised ScotRail in relation to its rolling stock procurement programme for the replacement/decarbonisation of its existing train fleets, with the initial procurement having an estimated value of circa £700m.
  • Advised CMAL on the procurement and shipbuilding contracts for four new passenger ferries, a project valued in excess of £200m.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard’s tax and structuring team has considerable expertise acting on corporate M&A, real estate, and employment-related tax matters. Practice head Martin Griffiths has a broad practice, with particular experience in handling private equity transactions, focusing on sell-side and management mandates, as well as specialist expertise in acting for start-up and high growth companies.

Practice head(s):

Martin Griffiths

Testimonials

‘The Leeds practice has a local/regional feel but offers the breadth and capability of a large international practice. The team were very collaborative for many years ahead of our major transaction.’

‘All the team members were capable and easy to work with. They all went the extra mile to get our transaction complete.’

Key clients

Asda

Abrdn

Marks & Spencer Plc

The British Horseracing Authority

British American Tobacco

Diageo plc

Royal London

Alpha FX Group Plc

Deutsche Leasing UK

LDC

Work highlights

  • Advising British American Tobacco on a wide ranging IR35 project, reviewing contracts with more than 300 suppliers and managing risk for BAT.
  • Providing tax and structuring advice to Abrdn UK commercial property on a land acquisition, forward funding and development agreement for the development of a landmark new 12 storey Hyatt hotel in Leeds.
  • Advising the sellers of Geoslam on the sale of significant local digital tech business Geoslam to Faro private equity investor Faro Technologies for £37 million.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard’s competition team is well regarded in the market, offering an impressive breadth of expertise, including in antitrust, merger control, state aid, and competition litigation matters. It is also active across a range of regulated utility sectors, including the water, transport, and telecoms sectors. Mark Molyneux heads the firm’s wider competition practice from London. Elizabeth Turner left the practice for a position at the CMA in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Key clients

Allergan plc

Ferryspeed Limited

SSE Plc

GIPHY Inc

Road Haulage Association

Openreach

NKT A/S

NKT Verwaltungs GmbH

Co-Op

Access to Cash

Lidl

Work highlights

  • Advising Allergan regarding the CMA’s investigation for competition law breaches in relation to the supply of hydrocortisone tablets, which culminated in multi-million fines for excessive pricing and other competition law infringements.
  • Advising the Road Haulage Association on an opt-in class action, seeking to represent more than 17,000 class members and £1bn+ in damages.
  • Advising Co-op on the competition law aspects of the sale of its petrol forecourt station business, Arthur Foodstores Limited, to Asda.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard instructs a number of high-profile clients across a range of sectors, with strengths in transport, healthcare, utilities, and retail. Crisis management has been an area of growing activity for the firm, with an increasingly volume of inquests, inquiries, prosecutions, and compliance, and the changes to building safety being a particular focus. The Leeds team is headed up by Stuart Wardlaw, who has his experience in advising clients across industrial, commercial, and public services. Wardlaw works closely with national head Erin Shoesmith with her track record in public inquests.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith; David Young; Stuart Wardlaw

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Mansbridge

Testimonials

They are recommended for their approachability and their pragmatic, solution-focused approach.

They are solution-focused and enthusiastic.’

First-rate individuals from top to bottom. Excellent market knowledge. Exceptionally experienced in the conduct of large and complex cases.’

Totally reliable, always on the ball, and cannot be bettered.’

This team is led by an exceptional individual, Erin Shoesmith, and her determination to achieve only the highest standards runs through everything they do. The leadership and the team act as one and consistently and repeatedly achieve stunning outcomes.’

Erin Shoesmith is an exceptional leader and an exceptional strategic thinker, who is committed and a pleasure to work with. She leads a highly motivated team.’

‘David Young is a seasoned and expert litigator; a real team player.’

‘Adrian Masbridge is exceptional.’

Key clients

Siemens Plc

Eddie Stobart Limited

Bestway Northern Limited

Victorian Plumbing Plc

Westridge Furniture Design

Joseph Ash Limited

tRIIO

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Boohoo Group

Asda Stores Limited

Belfield Furnishings Limited

B Braun Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting in several public inquiries, including Covid-19, Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena, Scottish Hospitals, Scottish Child Abuse, Infected Blood, and the Post Office Inquiries.
  • Represented Siemens, Eddie Stobart, Victorian Plumbing, Joseph Ash, and Westbridge in long-standing and complex prosecutions by the regulators, including HSE, ORR, and Leeds City Council.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard works across banking, construction and general commercial litigation, with a growing focus on cladding and fire safety targeted at high-value claims for residential, office, leisure and healthcare buildings. Sally Emerton heads the finance litigation department from Leeds, working on some of the most significant banking mandates in the region; she regularly works with Ben Lowans, with claims by lenders against solicitors in real estate finance being an area of particular focus. Bill Gilliam leads the practice’s work for commercial clients outside of the finance sector, specialising in major project disputes and claims arising from the sale and purchase of businesses. Joe Wilkinson is noted for his extensive experience in the handling of construction and engineering disputes, specifically in relation to issues with designs and defects. Legal director Sandip Singh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Strong service joined up seamlessly with other offices, including London.’

Sandip Singh is capable with a good grasp of figures and quantum.

Well-regarded team in the region, with strong presence and knowledge of banking and finance-related professional negligence issues in particular.’

Rachel Elgar is a very promising associate: detail-focused and responsive.’

Sandip Singh is an excellent banking litigator with a huge amount of experience.’

Sandip Singh: huge experience, great determination, very robust and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Aldermore Bank Plc

Close Brothers Group PLC

Virgin Money Group

Natwest Group

Santander UK Plc including Santander Asset Finance

Skipton Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in its claim relating to a new-build hospital in Cramlington which has multiple high-value defects.
  • Acting for Peel Media in a claim concerning cladding and fire safety against five defendants, including the professional team, cladding sub-contractor and management contractor.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The charities offering at Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds is led by Pervinder Kaur, who is also office head and national head of private capital. The team has particular strength regarding Charity Commission investigations and inquiry work, and advises on relationships between charities and public government bodies. The firm’s corporate department is able to work with its charities team to provide well-rounded advice to its charity clients including banks, commercial clients and charitable trusts. Laura Woffinden is also recommended, specialising in advising large operational charities.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Laura Woffinden; Yorke Eaton

Key clients

Bedingfield’s Trust

Leeds Beckett University

Public sector > Health Tier 2

The ‘exceptionally well-resourced’ offering at Addleshaw Goddard is split into four distinct sub-teams, comprising public sector and health infrastructure; social care and later living; life sciences; and private healthcare providers and hospitals. Recently, the firm has seen significant growth in its private equity work, and has been regularly instructed to assist with the sale of medical devices and provider businesses. Michael O’Connor and ‘source of superb information and insight’ Louise Dobson jointly lead the department from Manchester and Leeds, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor; Louise Dobson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team have excellent client communication skills and collaboration techniques. They are particularly informative when advising on areas of uncertainty and present suggestions they believe to be in the best interest of the client.’

‘We have found the whole team to be responsive and with high levels of expertise.’

‘Louise Dobson has been a source of superb information and insight. Working with her has been a pleasure, especially as a small business doing work with a large law firm.’

‘High quality knowledge and expertise with an agile team which I found highly responsive to the needs of our business. Strategic in their approach and commercially minded regarding where to successfully focus.’

‘Louise Dobson is a standout partner who I’ve had a number of dealings with on healthcare matters.’

‘AG is an exceptionally well-resourced firm with strong individuals from top to bottom. It is particularly experienced in the management of large and complex cases.’

‘Louise Dobson is an out-of-the-box thinker; brings her great experience of public law to bear; first rate.’

‘Working with the Addleshaw Goddard team is always a pleasure. They are highly responsive, professional, and agile – especially when dealing with events which can involving moving parts and last minute changes. The team provide innovative solutions and a high calibre of professionals, proving to be invaluable partners.’

Key clients

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited

Kajima Construction Europe (UK) Limited and Kajima Europe Limited

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDF)

Hallo Healthcare (including AAH Pharmaceuticals and Lloyds Pharmacy)

Yourgene Health plc

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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

Recipharm AB

Halma PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management in their multiparty TCC claim in relation to a new hospital in Cramlington which has multiple defects.
  • Acting for Kajima Construction Europe and Kajima Europe in their multiparty TCC claims in relation to legacy hospital projects in Brighton and Sheffield with fire safety defects.
  • Advising County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust on the construction of a new Shotley Bridge Hospital.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard‘s local government team ‘meets every challenge put in its way‘ and leverages the firm’s extensive UK network to act for local and combined authorities at a regional and national level. The team is particularly sought out for its transactional expertise with experience across the energy, transport, infrastructure and public services sectors. Other noteworthy areas of expertise span state aid work, development option appraisals, procurement processes and contentious work. Anna Heaton and Ian Smith lead the group in Leeds and specialise in commercial property work and development projects respectively, while Paul Hirst is recommended for his transport sector knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Anna Heaton; Ian Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team meets every challenge put in its way, including dealing with bulk volume in short periods of time to tight deadlines.’

‘I have been extremely impressed by AG – they have picked up a couple of our very complicated local authority loan matters and brought them to completion in a very tight timescale and did it within a very constrained legal budget.’

Key clients

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Borough Council of Calderdale

The Council of the Borough of Kirklees

Merseytravel

London Luton Airport Limited

West Midlands Combined Authority

Maple Grove Developments Limited

Luton Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive T/A Nexus

Work highlights

  • Advising the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on all elements of legal advice relating to its station’s development programme.
  • Advising Merseytravel on the development of its bus franchising assessment.
  • Advising London Luton Airport Limited on its airport expansion programme.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard‘s IP team stands out for its expertise in commercial matters, working closely with an impressive roster of clients in the retail and consumer sectors to advise on brand purchases, IP protection matters, and licensing agreements. Under the leadership of the highly recommended Georgina Powling, the Leeds practice is well regarded for its ability to advise on the IP aspects of major corporate transactions, and the team also regularly assists clients with their IP and brand portfolio expansions. A growing volume of contentious work is also handled with the support of key contact Alice Chaplin.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Powling

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They do a good and dedicated job and go the extra mile for us.’

Key clients

Anglian Water

Asda Stores Ltd

Associated British Foods/Primark

Diageo Great Britain Limited

Fortnum & Masons

Hostmore plc

Royal Mail Group

Ted Baker

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Advised Diageo on the IP aspects of the acquisition of the DON PAPA rum brand.
  • Advised ASDA on various IP and separation issues, most notably in relation to its brand licence agreement with Walmart.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard brings a ‘calm and measured approach‘ to investigations work, with a particular emphasis on alleged market abuse and insider dealing, anti-money laundering controls, non-financial misconduct, retail mis-selling, consumer credit, and customer redress and remediation exercises. The London-based financial services regulatory group sits within the firm’s global investigations practice, which is headed up by Nichola Peters. Other key senior contacts include ‘clever, meticulous, thoughtful and phenomenally hard-workingDavid Pygott and ‘responsive and strategicSarah Thomas, both of whom work across the department's key areas of focus, and are experienced in handling FCA enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Nichola Peters; David Pygott

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Thomas; Matthew Stockton

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable – calm and measured approach. Ability to work to tight deadlines.’

‘Sarah Thomas is responsive and strategic, and goes the extra mile for her clients. She is the ideal person to have representing an individual on a significant investigation: she is easy to work with, quick off the mark, understands the issues and brings a reassuring presence.’

‘Highly competent; easy to collaborate with; always prepared; very engaging and attentive; a pleasure to work with.’

‘Mature, easy leadership.’

‘A pleasure to work with, even on challenging assignments.’

‘David Pygott – clever, meticulous, thoughtful and phenomenally hard-working.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Richard Howson in proceedings brought against him following the collapse of Carillion.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

The financial services regulation team at Addleshaw Goddard, who ‘do not miss a beat on any instruction’, counts banks, fund managers, asset managers, investment platform providers, wealth businesses and insurance companies among its key roster of clients. Following the retirement of Amanda Hulme, Rosanna Bryant leads the team and advises on banking transactions and Part VII arrangements, while Lorna Finlayson spearheads the group’s retail investment offering and handles matters concerning ring fencing, ESG compliance and EBA outsourcing. James Greig, who joined from Barclays Bank in September 2022 and brings demonstrable experience in the wholesale financial services industry, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Rosanna Bryant

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Finlayson; Ben Koehne; Steven Francis; Richard Small; Jan Gruter

Testimonials

‘Richard Small knows everything.’

‘The entire team at AG make us feel like they are providing an in-house GC service. They are responsive and innovative. The legal team are backed up by outstanding support staff, and they have without doubt the best front of house team in London. AG advise us on a range of matters, and they do not miss a beat on any instruction.’

Key clients

Investec

Reclaim Fund Limited

Yorkshire Building Society

Metro Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Chesnara plc

UK Finance

FNZ (UK) Ltd

FBN Bank

Nottingham Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised high street banking providers on the creation and launch of Cash Access UK Limited, a new joint venture between our respective clients to support their customers.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser on the UK Finance Steering Group looking at a potential UK retail central bank digital currency (CBDC).
  • Advising banks, asset and wealth managers and building societies on implementation projects for the requirements of the FCA’s Consumer Duty Rules.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

With its 13-partner strong team, Addleshaw Goddard deals with a wide range of civil fraud claims, from initial investigations right through to enforcement and recovery matters, securing its wide range of international and high-calibre clients. The team is headed by experienced lawyer Mark Molyneux, highly qualified in acting before the English High Court. Partners include the well-regarded Simon Kamstra , renowned for settling energy, international trade and aviation related arbitrations and Maria Frangeskides, CEDR accredited mediator. In addition to Lauren Hamilton, notorious tech expert and Jon Tweedale known for settling commercial and, more specifically, energy related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux; Bill Gilliam

Other key lawyers:

Simon Kamstra ; Maria FrangeskidesLauren Hamilton; Jon Tweedale; Natasha Winter; Mark Chesher

Testimonials

‘Addleshaws has an excellent civil fraud practice, sitting within its first-rate disputes practice.’

‘Mark Molyneux, head of the disputes practice, is a standout operator. He is one of the UK’s best. Co-heading the civil fraud practice,’

‘Maria Frangekides is an experienced practitioner. Amongst the recent partners, Mark Chesher and Natasha Winter stand out in this practice area.’

‘The Addleshaw Goddard fraud team are excellent lawyers. Brilliant with clients, tactically astute and a real pleasure to work with. They see the important points and make good strategic decisions.’

‘Mark Molyneaux is extremely experienced. He is clever and has excellent judgement. Alex Hogarth is clever, has excellent strategic sense and is really personable – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s civil fraud team is a standout practice. Maria Frangeskides is an exceptional commercial operator and a fierce advocate for her clients, no matter how difficult the case or how complex the circumstances.’

‘Maria Frangeskides: promotes her clients’ cases with total dedication at every juncture, and with a fierce intellect.’

‘Natasha Winter: great team player and eye for detailed points.’

Key clients

Unitel S.A.

Soteria Insurance Limited (formerly CIS General Insurance Limited)

British International Investment plc (formerly CDC Group plc) and Michael Turner

Procuritas

Lidl Great Britain Ltd

Tagco BC and Waterland Private Equity Fund VI CV

BP

Langston Corporation and Mr Samir-Georges Hammam

Dassault Aviation SA

Sanne Group Nominees 1 (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Soteria Insurance Limited (formerly Co-op Insurance) against IBM in its successful appeal on the correct interpretation of an exclusion clause, leading to CA increasing the award at first instance from £13million to £80.5million (before interest and costs).
  • Acting for CDC and Michael Turner defending a $200m Commercial Court claim brought by Crane Bank Limited (a Ugandan bank) for unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt alleged to arise from the acquisition of Crane Bank’s assets by DFCU Bank Limited (DFCU).|
  • Acting for Waterland, an international private equity group headquartered in the Netherlands, in successfully defending unfair prejudice proceedings brought by numerous petitioners in relation to Waterland’s first UK investment, Gas Tag Limited.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

The ‘stellar’ team at Addleshaw Goddard consists of ‘brilliant lawyers,’ who are also ‘practical and pragmatic’. The team acts on high-value complex disputes, often internationally, with expertise across an array of sectors, including telecommunications, banking and financial services, retail, oil and gas, and retail. For one client, the ‘agile and innovative way in which the team acts’ is commendable. ‘Experienced, measured, and calm under pressure’ Mark Molyneux leads the team as global head of disputes, advising corporates, financial institutions, and high net-worth individuals on disputes related to fraud, competition, contract termination, warranty claims, and disputes with subcontractors and suppliers. Natasha Winterpunches above her weight’ and is integral to the practice, as is Lauren Hamilton. Also of note are ‘trust adviser’ Jon Tweedale, ‘outstanding lawyer’ Alex Hogarth, and ‘stand-out associate’ Tom Walmsley.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Testimonials

‘Partner Jon Tweedale is our go-to external lawyer on tricky contractual issues.He is very quick, has excellent interpersonal skills and is also fun to work with. We rate him very highly.’

‘Tom Walmsley is a stand out associate for us. He is extremely diligent and completely in tune with the client’s needs. We are always very happy when Tom is on the team.’

‘The Commercial Litigation Team at Addleshaw Goddard are stellar. They are brilliant lawyers but also practical and pragmatic. Driven at finding a commercial solution. They work collaboratively as a team which really helps from a client perspective, to ensure you are getting the best advice from the right people.’

‘Natasha Winter, punches above her weight. She is great and definitely one to watch. Mark Molenyeux remains an influential figure in the team, and rightly so. He is experienced, measured and calm under pressure.’

‘Potential clients would be particularly keen to know about the agile and innovative way in which the team has acted for clients in pursuing interim and injunctive relief in support of high profile clients facing difficult supply chain pressures resulting in disputes. They would be keen to know about the team’s sector acumen in areas in which I have previously had direct experience working with them – especially aviation and life sciences.’

‘Alex Hogarth is an oustanding lawyer.’

‘Mark Chesher is an important player in commercial disputes in the life sciences sector.’

 

Key clients

Unitel S.A.

Soteria Insurance Limited (formerly CIS General Insurance Limited)

British International Investment plc (formerly CDC Group plc) and Michael Turner

Procuritas

Lidl Great Britain Ltd

Tagco BC and Waterland Private Equity Fund VI CV

BP

Langston Corporation and Mr Samir-Georges Hammam

Dassault Aviation SA

Sanne Group Nominees 1 (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Soteria Insurance Limited against IBM in its successful appeal on the correct interpretation of an exclusion clause, leading to the CA increasing the award at first insurance from £13 million to £80.5 million (before interest and costs).
  • Acting for CDC and Michael Turner defending a $200m Commercial Court claim brought by Crane Bank Limited (a Ugandan bank) for unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt alleged to arise from the acquisition of Crane Bank’s assets by DFCU Bank Limited (DFCU).

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard is noted for its capabilities in advising on the impact of corporate transactions on employee incentives and renumeration, encompassing corporate governance and employment taxes.  Jonathan Fletcher Rogers leads the team, often assisting multinational clients with the implementation of global share plans. Leeds-based Martin Griffiths has extensive experience in agreeing share valuations with HMRC for Enterprise Management Incentive purposes. Ann Mosely is praised for providing advice that is 'fully aligned' to the strategy and existing constraints of her clients.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Fletcher Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very capable team, strong in constructing employee share schemes. Able to form EBTs and facilitate introductions to EBT trustees.’

‘Martin Griffiths is bright, responsive, capable and innovative in driving solutions. Stand out individual.’

‘Ann Moseley provides tailored advice that is fully aligned to our strategy and within existing constraints. ’

‘Ann Moseley is fantastic and always on hand to answer queries and provide support.’

Key clients

Britvic plc

Appreciate Group plc

Rathbones Group plc

K3 Capital Group plc

MusicMagpie plc

Associated British Food plc

Sanne Group plc

Curtis Banks plc

BNP Paribas SA

ECI Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised K3 Capital Group plc on the employee incentives aspsects of its £272m takeover by Sun Capital.
  • Advised Sanne Group on the employee incentives aspects of its £1.5bn takeover by Apex.
  • Advised Appreciate Group on the employee incentives aspects of its £83m takeover by PayPoint.

Employment > Employers Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard assists a range of household names – including Blackberry, British Airways and HSBC – with ongoing employment and HR support, as well as providing advice on industrial relations, investigations and business protection. The team is led by the ‘pragmaticMichael Leftley, recommended by clients for his ‘robust and sensible advice’. The reorganisations and redundancy programmes-focussed Sarah Harrop is also key.

Practice head(s):

Michael Leftley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and solutions-focused team. Great depth of resourcing and extremely smooth teamwork between associates and partners from different offices.’

‘Michael Leftley is calm, pragmatic and gives robust and sensible advice. Very ‘can do’ approach.’

‘The team appear to be highly integrated with their clients and have intimate knowledge of the politics, structure and strategy of their clients. They are highly trusted advisors. Excellent collaborators.’

‘Sarah Harrop. Dedicated, emotionally intelligent and highly competent. Able to work well with a range of personalities and characters.’

‘AG has an excellent employment team. Partners are fully involved giving clients the best of their expertise.’

‘Sarah Harrop is brilliant at collective actions and industrial relations – simply the best.’

‘Practical and pragmatic. Good sector knowledge.’

‘Sarah Harrop always delivers pragmatic, considered advice, whilst her availability is second to none. She is incredibly experienced, trustworthy and reliable.’

Key clients

Anglo American

British Airways

Royal Mail Group

Co-op

BlackBerry

HSBC

FreeNow/Kapten

Doctor Care Anywhere

Impact Foods

M&C Saatchi

PGL Travel

River & Mercantile Group

The Commonwealth Games Federation

Urenco

William Hill and its owner 888 Holdings Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised on employment law considerations as part of the firm’s wider advise to nine of high street banking providers on setting up Cash Access UK Limited.
  • Provided pro bono business immigration advice to Ukrainian nationals via Ukraine Volunteers.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard‘s pensions disputes team is headed by ‘formidable negotiatorSusan Garrett. The team is described as 'dynamic' and as being formed of lawyers who make 'almost superhuman' efforts to reach the best outcome for clients. Its recent work includes equalisation cases, rectification actions, as well as Pension Ombudsman and IDRP complaints, which is a specialty for Rachel Uttley. Jade Murray is adept at assisting clients on the pensions matters in transactions, in particular, whilst Rachel Rawnsley is experienced acting for blue-chip pension trustees. Other key contacts within the team include Clare Dwyer and associate Triin Ungert.

Practice head(s):

Susan Garrett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Susan Garrett combines a deep understanding of the topic, her practical experience, and her calm but authoritative manner.’

‘A good team, with a great balance between technical pensions know-how and litigation experience.’

‘Jade Murray is an excellent pensions lawyer, with great knowledge with a real commercial edge.’

‘Clare Dwyer is a joy to work with, and is always alive to the various angles of a particular case or argument. She reacts quickly to change, and her commercial understanding is second to none.’

‘Catherine McAllister is simply the best person to go to for technical scheme knowledge. There is nothing that she does not know or understand, and she is able to give advice with confidence even when a matter is unanticipated or arises unexpectedly in judicial questioning. She knows her clients’ pension schemes inside-out, and is an asset to any legal team.’

‘The team at AG is very well-organised and dynamic. They respond to the challenges that often arise during litigation quickly and thoroughly, and as counsel you always have the best possible support.’

‘Susan Garrett brings her considerable commercial litigation skills to the area of pensions disputes, as well as being a formidable negotiator.’

‘Clare Dwyer, Catherine McAllister, and Triin Ungert are all incredibly responsive and on top of everything that needs to be done. They never drop the ball, and their efforts in this regard are almost superhuman.’

Key clients

Britvic Plc

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Trustees of the Tioxide Pension Fund

Trustee of the Asda Group Pension Scheme

CMG Pension Trustees Limited

Trustee of the Mercer Master Trust

Pension Insurance Corporation

Trustee of the Kellogg GB Pension Fund

Co-operative Group

Local Government Pension Services

Trustee of the Ibstock Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Royal Blind Group Pension Scheme

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Trustee of the Short Brothers Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Acted for Britvic plc in an appeal to the Court of Appeal, in which the company was successful on all grounds of appeal.
  • Acted for an employer and trustees of a pension scheme in a professional negligence claim against their former advisor.
  • Acted for CMG Pension Trustees Limited in two sets of Court proceedings concerning the CMG UK Pension Scheme, which concerned the rectification of the definition of pensionable salary under the Scheme and also involved the Trustee seeking declarations from the Court on the forfeiture provisions of the Scheme, and how that impacts on the administration of the Scheme.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard is 'the go-to law firm for social housing debt capital markets financing'. Acting for financial dealers, managers and trustees, the firm is increasingly involved in debt finance outside the social housing sector, though that remains its principal focus. Lead partner Beth Collett is 'incredibly knowledgeable, personable, very easy to work with, highly professional'. She advised Barclays Bank PLC, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc and NatWest Markets Plc as joint bookrunners, as well as M&G Trustee Company as bond trustee, on £350m of sustainability bonds issued by Peabody Capital No. 1 plc. Up-and-coming partner Jacqueline Heng and real estate finance specialist Jennie Chilton play key roles in the firm's social housing finance work. Heng acted for issuer The Hospital Company (Swindon & Marlborough) Limited in a £159m LIBOR consent solicitation transaction to help it transition its issued privately-placed project bonds into the new SONIA benchmark.

Practice head(s):

Beth Collett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A strong social housing secured bond practice which covers both public bond transactions and private placements. Leading the team is Beth Collett, who brings many years of experience and is happy to discuss structures and ideas.’

‘Beth Collett leads from the front and has a very strong level of technical knowledge of her product and is willing always to discuss ideas and provide guidance.’

‘Beth Collett – efficient and no nonsense.’

‘The team at AG has a deep understanding of us as a client and our needs. In negotiations they often already know which points to push on without me having to explicitly tell them – this is highly valued and saves time on both sides.’

‘Beth Collett and Jennie Chilton are two outstanding individuals. They are incredibly knowledgeable, personable, very easy to work with, highly professional, and always willing to talk me through unfamiliar complicated concepts and advice. I thoroughly trust their judgement.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard have a market leading debt capital markets team – they are the go-to law firm for social housing debt capital markets financing. The team, led by Beth Collett, is meticulous in its advice, clear in terms of deliverables and the most active in the sector.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC

Centrus Financial Advisors Limited

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc

M&G Trustee Company Limited

MUFG Securities EMEA plc

National Bank of Canada

NatWest Markets plc

The Hospital Company (Swindon & Marlborough) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising arrangers and dealers including NatWest Markets plc, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc, Barclays Bank PLC, MUFG Securities EMEA plc, National Bank of Australia, Banco Santander, S.A., HSBC Bank plc, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets plc as arrangers and dealers in respect of programme establishments and updates for Platform HG Financing plc, Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited, Stonewater Funding plc, Notting Hill Genesis, LiveWest Treasury plc and VIVID.
  • Advising National Bank of Canada on its structured note issuances.
  • Advising M&G Trustee Company Limited (as bond trustee and security trustee) and Centrus Financial Advisors Limited (as sole solicitation agent) in respect of a breach of covenants by Swan Housing Capital plc and Swan Housing Limited in relation to the issue by Swan Capital plc of its £250,000,000 3.625 per cent. Secured Bonds due 2048 and subsequent consent solicitation exercise for the waiver of such subject to the completion of an acquisition of Swan Housing Limited by Sanctuary Housing Association.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 3

The securitisation practice as Addleshaw Goddard is ' very responsive and have a good grasp of the softer skills'. As well as handling public and private securitisations, structured warehouse finance across a range of established asset classes, the firm continues to advise on tokenisation, digital assets and cryptocurrencies in the context of securitisation, and clients remark that it has 'sophisticated legal advisors in complex financial products, extending to market-leading and innovative crypto/blockchain-based structures, in a firm outside the Magic Circle, which is quite unusual'. Vastly experienced practice head Rachel Kelly is 'a standout advisor in the structured finance space who has carved out experience in the crypto, blockchain and fintech sectors'. Carl Posern, who is qualified in both English and German law, handles securitisations and bespoke transactions for funders and originators. Legal director Kerry Pettigrew 'has the ability to get the job done efficiently'. Emerging partner talent Zoe Connor and Partner Taymour Keen, who joined in 2023 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP to add structured real estate finance expertise, have central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sophisticated legal advisors in complex financial products, extending to market-leading and innovative crypto/blockchain-based structures, in a firm outside the Magic Circle, which is quite unusual.’

‘Rachel Kelly is a standout advisor in the structured finance space who has carved out experience in the crypto / blockchain / fintech sectors, advising on market-leading structures. She is supported by one of the leaders in the payment services space.’

‘The firm has made strides since hiring Carl Posern. They are very responsive and have a good grasp of the softer skills. Overall, very pleasant to work with.’

‘Olga Friedmann is very proactive and manages clients excellently, both in delivery and expectation-setting. She gives the impression of being an extension of our legal function and makes herself available at all times.’

‘The team provided expert advice.’

‘Kerry Pettigrew has the ability to get the job done efficiently.’

Finance > Trade finance Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's growing trade finance practice works closely with the firm's regional focus groups, particularly the Africa Group, and also its sector focus areas, notably retail and consumer, to handle an increasing volume of domestic and cross-border transactions. Lead partner Mike Davison, who calls on a team of trade finance litigators and transactional lawyers in Edinburgh, Manchester and Leeds, recently acted for Jubilant Pharma in a $400m structured trade finance deal with Standard Chartered. Managing associate Batsho Nthoi, who joined the London office from Standard Chartered, brings extensive expertise in international trade finance transactions, particularly the distribution of receivables under large syndicated offerings.

Practice head(s):

Mike Davison

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PNC Bank and PNC Business Credit

BNP Paribas & BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Ltd

Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance

HSBC Bank PLC & HSBC Invoice Finance Limited

FGI Worldwide LLC

Breal Zeta Commercial Finance

Bank Leumi & Leumi ABL Limited

ABN Amro Asset Based FInance

Close Brothers Group Plc & Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

Omniveta DK Holdings ApS (and Group Companies)

Advance Global Capital

AIB Commercial Finance

Metro Bank

Blazehill Capital

Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard advises corporates on emerging tech, telecoms transactions, IT outsourcings and intellectual property matters. The practice is also well-versed in issues pertaining to media and sports advising on sports sponsorship deals and licensing arrangements. Team head Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta regularly acts for clients on IT and outsourcing transactions. David Berry is recognised for his work in the telecoms space while Lauren Hamilton utilises ADR and litigation skills in tech disputes.

Practice head(s):

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a strong payments team, meaning we spend the time collaborating on the legal support rather than explaining the solutions we have.’

‘Very commercial with strong in-house experience.’

‘I work well with Dave Berry who is personable and seems to know everyone across AG ready to connect me in very quickly.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Microsoft

Virgin Money

Deazy Limited

UCB Biopharma SRL

Wind River Systems Inc.

FNZ (UK) Limited

GHA (Global Hotel Alliance)

CIS General Insurance Limited

NatWest

Work highlights

  • Supported Wind River Systems on its provision of software and related services to its broad range of clients.

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Richard Wise leads the insurance disputes team at Addleshaw Goddard, recommended for his ‘superb grasp of technical issues, coupled with a plain-speaking style’. The team is particularly experienced in international insurance disputes, Wise and associate Laura Payne specialise in the Bermuda Form, with warranty and indemnity coverage an additional area of expertise; ‘first classNatasha Winter has notable experience regarding claims supported by urgent injunctive relief.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wise

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard stands out for me by its relentless focus on the client’s commercial objectives. For all the team’s technical abilities, they never lose sight that the legal position is a means to an end: to ensure the client’s business is protected and able to develop.’

‘Richard Wise has a superb grasp of technical issues, coupled with a plain-speaking style so that clients are given advice in a succinct, highly digestible way. Richard has an encyclopaedic knowledge of insurance law. He is also a great team-leader.’

‘A wonderfully personable and switched on team of lawyers, delivering a first-class service to their clients.’

‘Just excellent to work with. Legal expertise and knowledge of the market is a given, but the whole team at AG is a joy to work with. Richard Wise is making a real name for himself in the field. Bright and amazing attention to detail, yet able to cut through the rubbish to focus on the issues that really matter. Natasha Winter is also first class.’

‘Laura Payne is exceptional in her work rate and product, but also so good to work with.’

‘Really outstanding for heavyweight insurance litigation.’

‘Laura Payne is tenacious, hardworking and very bright.’

‘Natasha Winter is brilliant at handling clients and making everyone feel at ease.’

Key clients

White Oak Europe Acquisition Limited

Project Angel Bidco Limited

Dassault Aviation SA

Alsford Page & Gems Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for White Oak in obtaining summary judgment on liability in a £19m warranty and indemnity insurance claim in the Commercial Court.
  • Represented Dassault Aviation (France) against Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co (Japan) in Dassault’s successful challenge under section 67 of the Arbitration Act before the Commercial Court in London relating to a partial award on jurisdiction issued by an eminent ICC arbitral tribunal.
  • Acting for a Fortune 500 company in arbitrations with excess liability insurers concerning losses in excess of $300m arising from one of its products.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

The ‘collaborative and proactive' planning team at Addleshaw Goddard continues to participate in significant housing and regeneration schemes in London and across the country, drawing on the firm’s regional strengths. The group frequently handles high-profile Transport and Works Act and DCO promotions. Marnix Elsenaar is the head of the firm’s national planning and infrastructure consenting team, in addition to the group’s transport practice. The transport sector is a key focus area for the team; Francis Tyrrell joined the firm in February 2023 from Pinsent Masons LLP in order to bolster the transport practice, bringing a full spectrum of expertise that spans ports, airports, rails, canals, and roads. Managing associate Sarah Hodge leads for some of the firm’s key transport clients. Led by Gary Sector, the group’s energy practice also continued to bolster its London presence in 2022 through the hiring of Michael Dempsey in June from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, as well as through significant projects in growing fields such as carbon capture and renewable energy.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Elsenaar

Testimonials

‘Very collaborative and proactive.’

 

Key clients

Pocket Living

British Land

Watkin Jones

Angelo Gordon and Beltane

Aviva

SGN

JRL

Dandara

AB Agri

British Sugar PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Watkin Jones in winning a planning appeal for a purpose built student accommodation development in Guildford.
  • Advising British Land on a major scheme in Ealing.
  • Advising Aviva on the promotion of a major mixed-use scheme in central London.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

Noted for its ‘very strong team with capabilities across the board’ Addleshaw Goddard‘s six-partner team is led by Zoe Maurer, who impresses with her ‘exceptional market knowledge', and expertise in investment and development finance in the hotels and leisure, offices, retail and industrial sectors. Also a specialist in hotel finance, Sarah Egbu counsels lenders and sponsors from the Middle East lending and investing into UK and European real estate, on both conventional and Sharia-compatible debt and equity financing structures. Zak Ikponmwosa structures deals with multiple debt classes and cross-border elements. Steve Mackie and Ian Kynoch are the other key partners.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Maurer

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Egbu; Zak Ikponmwosa; Ian Kynoch; Steve Mackie

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard understand the value of a close and well maintained working relationship. Their continued support in terms of their deal performance and value add sets them head and shoulders above the rest.’

‘Zoe Maurer has exceptional market knowledge and expertise: she is technically brilliant whilst also being current on market position and commercial developments. She is a pleasure to deal with and works with a team who clearly value and thrive under her leadership, making for a very positive experience on each engagement.’

‘The amount of time they dedicate to our matters and the level of expertise/proficiency they’ve shown on these is second to none. They’ve developed a thorough understanding of the key risk drivers of our business. Communication is clear and often. Exceptional client service.’

‘Ian Kynoch is a large reason as to why our relationship has gone from strength to strength – he has an exceptional legal/commercial knowledge, is accessible and is clearly very dedicated to the relationship. ’

‘We work very closely with Zoe Maurer, who always provides excellent practical advice. Further, she makes an effort to be available to discuss key issues. ’

‘Very strong team with capabilities across the board. Very commercial and personable. Very responsive.’

‘The firm has an excellent collaborative approach across different offices and geographies – with a particular strength in GCC countries. The ability to run a deal in London and get invaluable advice and input from Doha and Dubai, whilst utilising UK regional offices, is very helpful when trying to execute transactions.’

‘Sarah Egbu (Partner) particularly stands out. Great technical abilities as a lawyer, well-connected, easy to get hold of and enjoyable to work with.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

AIB Group UK plc

Aviva

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London & The Middle East plc

Bayerische Landesbank

British Arab Commercial Bank

Canada Life Investments

CC Land

Clydesdale Bank plc

Coutts & Co

Criterion Capital

DRC Savills Investment Management LLP

Emirates NBD Bank, London Branch

Europa Capital Debt Investment

First Abu Dhabi Bank, London Branch

Fortwell Capital

Handelsbanken plc / Svenska Handelsbanken AB

HB Reavis

Hillview Real Estate

ICICI

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, London Branch

Investec Bank plc

KAMCO Investment Company K.S.C.P.

Kasamar Holdings

KTB Asset Management

Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ (Helaba)

Lembarga Tabung Haji

M7 Capital

MiddleCap Real Estate

Nord/LB, Hanover

OakNorth Bank plc

Public Islamic Bank Berhad

Puma Property Investments

Qatar National Bank, London Branch

Q Investment Partners Pte. Limited (QIP)

RBC Europe Limited

Rocket Properties

Santander UK plc

Tellon Capital

Tribeca

United Overseas Bank Limited

University Partnership Programme (UPP)

Venn Partners LLP

Wing Tai Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for HSBC Bank plc as agent of the finance parties in connection with the £600m refinancing of The Leadenhall Building (aka “The Cheesegrater”) one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers.
  • Acted for Maslow Capital on its £258m development financing of a SevenCapital/MARK joint venture, a 462-home prime residential-led scheme in Kensington, West London.
  • Advised new, Saudi Arabian-based client, Aljazira Capital (AJC), in connection with a Sharia-compatible financing with Riyadh Bank in connection with its acquisition by way of sale and leaseback of Vodafone’s headquarters known as The Connection, Newbury.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

Litigation, M&A, outsourcings, and complex financings stand out as recent areas of activity for Addleshaw Goddard. The practice is a key destination for fintechs, major UK clearing banks and PE houses. Elvan Hussein – praised for her ability to ‘cut through complexities with clarity’ – head up the the fintech group. William James has a proven track record in large-scale payment processing mandates and technology outsourcing work. David Anderson is well versed in corporate transactions in the fintech space, while fintech disputes team head James Herring frequently handles finance litigation for payment institutions and fintech organisations. Zoe Connor is an authority on funds finance products, while Jack Houselander is well placed to advise payments clients on issues such as commercial contracts and product development issues.

Practice head(s):

Elvan Hussein

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The AG team brings a high degree of precision and clarity to the work we instruct it to assist with.’

‘Elvan Hussein is fiercely articulate and cuts through the complexities with clarity.’

Fantastic industry insights. A great cross-specialism payments team that is very joined up in their approach.’

Rebecca Hickman – very proactive, provides very pragmatic and commercial advice that is constructive and always provides a clear summary of the risks and potential ways forward. A real passion for the payments industry, which helps provide clients with useful commercial insights.’

A perfect partner for an early stage client. Quickly understood our needs, priorities and financial imperatives and translated this into commercially minded, practical, streamlined advice. Clearly knowledgeable and experienced in the sector, they were able to guide us through the process with little fuss to a high quality outcome.

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

Especially noted for its IT acumen, a number of major banks, retailers, and other corporate clients - both domestic and multinational - turn to the team at Addleshaw Goddard for its IP capabilities across a host of corporate and comercial matters. Practice head Emma Armitage is an experienced IP disputes lawyer whose expertise is concentrated in brand and design issues for clients in the retail, consumer goods, and financial services sectors. David Engel specialises in rights, reputation, and domain name disputes, while Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta is a key contact for clients seeking assistance on major commercial projects and software licensing arrangements. Leeds-based Georgina Powling is recommended for her focus on IP rights work, both contentious and non-contentious.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

David Engel; Damon Rosamond-LanzettaGeorgina Powling; Tim Carter; Andrew Bayley; Lucinda Bailey

Testimonials

‘Emma Armitage is very switched on, on both the law and client-handling and industry knowledge.’

‘This is a dedicated, highly responsive team with a broad international reach that we have been happy to work with for over 15 years.  Good value for money.’

‘This is a highly effective practice, with well qualified and efficient practitioners, that I would rank highly amongst its peers.’

‘Tim Carter knows our trade mark portfolio back to front and will always go the extra mile.’

‘Andrew Bayley is extremely reliable – I’d happily put the day to day running of a case in his hands.’

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

The IT team at Addleshaw Goddard has experience across the financial services, retail, consumer, energy and pharmaceutical industries. Key areas of expertise include advising on emerging technologies, IT outsourcings, acquisitions and technology-related disputes. Practice head Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta handles outsourcing transactions in the financial services and consumer sectors with the support of David Berry, while Lauren Hamilton leads on high-value, cross-border technology disputes for a mix of domestic and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta

Other key lawyers:

David Berry; Lauren Hamilton; Natalie Trainor

Testimonials

‘A pragmatic and commercial team.’

‘Efficient, responsive and able to break down complex topics.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Microsoft

Virgin Money

Deazy Limited

UCB Biopharma SRL

Wind River Systems Inc.

FNZ (UK) Limited

GHA (Global Hotel Alliance)

CIS General Insurance Limited

NatWest

Work highlights

  • Advised Rathbones Group Plc on the technology aspects of its all share combination and integration with Investec Wealth & Investment Limited.
  • Supporting Wind River Systems on its provision of software and related services to its broad range of clients.
  • Acted for Soteria Insurance Limited against IBM in its successful appeal concerning a major IT contract for a new IT platform.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

The reputation and information protection team at Addleshaw Goddard acts for a range of international blue-chip corporates and HNWIs, working closely with the firm’s litigation department. David Engel leads the team with considerable experience in privacy and data protection claims. Neil O’Sullivan left the team to join Osborne Clarke LLP in 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Engel

Other key lawyers:

Paul Rowley

Testimonials

‘A first-rate claimant firm which is able to offer bespoke reputation management and litigation advice to both individuals and multinationals.’

‘David Engel is a fantastic lawyer who brings calm analysis and great instincts to even the most contentious cases. His huge experience in the area makes clients immediately feel at ease.’

‘David Engel is an excellent strategist.’

‘AG are a very competent and experienced media department which benefits from being part of a very large firm.’

Key clients

British Airways

David Bruce

Drax Group

Lloyds Pharmacy

Prenetics

The Royal Household

Gareth Thomas

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

A leading name in the North West's corporate and commercial sphere, Addleshaw Goddard utilises its experience and expertise to not only advise charities on complex transactional arrangements, but to also advise large commercial bodies on their charitable foundations and partnerships. The team field a number of banks on their client list and are intimately familiar with the corporate and financial processes involved in lending, securitising charity land and assets, and establishing charitable entities. The Leeds office and national private capital head Pervinder Kaur is active on the full range of departmental matters and possesses notable expertise in overseas projects and charitable partnerships, sponsorships and promotions. Manchester-based Yorke Eaton advises trustees on regulatory issues and the administration of estates.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bedingfield’s Trust

Leeds Beckett University

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 3

Counting regional and international corporations among its key roster of clients, the ‘highly knowledgeable team’ at Addleshaw Goddard is routinely instructed to assist with contractual disputes, shareholder litigation and procurement challenges alongside insolvency proceedings. Following the departure of Joan Devine in April 2022, the team bolstered its numbers with the arrival of Claire Thornber (previously at Weightmans LLP), who specialises in commercial property and insolvency litigation, and Douglas Blyth (particular expertise in insolvency disputes) from Dentons; both are solicitor advocates. Other key contacts in the group include practice leader Simon Catto, Alan Sinclair, who handles contentious insolvency mandates, and legal director Edward Gratwick.

Practice head(s):

Simon Catto

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly knowledgeable team.’

‘Claire Thornber is highly skilled in her field and demonstrates this through her work. She is great at playing devil’s advocate and is very pragmatic.’

‘Alan Sinclair has a thorough and commercial approach. Alan and Claire Thornber are both proactive and demonstrate excellent knowledge.’

‘An outstanding team, who has leading technical knowledge and the skills to use this effectively. Through rigorous upfront analysis, they tend to be one step ahead.’

‘Douglas Blyth: A combination of excellent technical knowledge and a polite confident manner is a winning formula. Douglas is a fantastic commercial litigator, and I am very grateful for the results that he has achieved.’

‘Kirsten Thomson is a very astute commercial litigator. She has very strong technical knowledge and personal skills. I would definitely want Kirsten on my side of the negotiating table.’

‘The team at AG works closely with clients to understand their needs and objectives for particular matters. They respond quickly when there are pressing deadlines and always deliver first time without having to arduously go back and forth with more details and questions.’

‘Simon Catto is a technically gifted lawyer, who you have absolute confidence in to provide accurate advice and strategy on legal matters. Simon consistently strives to keep you up to date on matters and to keep you one step ahead.’

Key clients

EXIM Kabel Kereskedelmi KFT

ASDA Stores Limited

Scottish Gas Networks Limited

Briggs Marine Contractors Limited

Andrew Marr International Limited

Circularity Scotland Limited

Southbank Asset Finance Limited

Highland and Islands Airport Limited

Games Consultancy Limited

Muller UK and Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing Scottish Gas Networks Limited with ongoing commercial litigation assistance, from its business as usual to more complex legal disputes involving its network.
  • Acting for Circularity Scotland Limited as the scheme administrators for a deposit return scheme proposed for single use drinks containers on a judicial review; a retailer sought the judicial review of the client’s decision to implement a return handling fee.
  • Representing Briggs Marine Contractors Limited, a long-standing client of the practice, in a contractual dispute raised in the Court of Session.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

Active across a broad range of debt recovery disputes, Addleshaw Goddard's practice includes group co-heads Lynsey Walker and Alan Sinclair, who are based in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively; Walker is a specialist finance litigator and Sinclair excels in debt recovery work and insolvency-related issues. The group is singled out for its knowledge of complex recoveries, enforcement work and insolvency claims. Simon Catto, who leads the litigation team in Scotland also contributes to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lynsey Walker; Alan Sinclair

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Clear, practical and timely advice received. Good knowledge at all levels of the team.’

‘Availability and sound advice.’

‘They try to ‘think outside the box’ and offer a solution that best fits the case at hand.’

‘Addleshaw have taken some time to understand our industry and in doing so can progress debt claims very efficiently. When progressing more technical claims we are always supported and guided up to and including partner level.’

‘Lynsey Walker leads an expert team in this area. She is commercially astute and has an in-depth knowledge of the Financial Services industry. I find her team at AG to be pro-active and to operate like an extension of my teams in driving cases forward. They provide straightforward advice leading to dynamic and successful outcomes.’

‘The team at Addleshaw Goddard are excellent in terms of debt recovery. They provide great advice on what steps we should take as a business to give us the best possible chance of recovering the debt whilst trying to keep costs to a minimum.’

Key clients

Promontoria (Henrico) Limited

Promontoria (Chestnut) Limited

Clydesdale Bank plc / Virgin Money plc

Natwest/Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Aldermore Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank

DF Capital

Assetz SME Capital Limited

Siemens Financial Services Limited

Armada Asset Finance

FRP Advisory LLP

Johnston Carmichael

Close Invoice Finance Limited

Carden Place

Castle Water Limited

Scottish Woodlands Limited

Eastern Western Motor Group Ltd

Park Property Management

Scottish Police Credit Union

Tail O’The Bank Credit Union

Kelvinside Academy

Ethigen Pharmaceutical

Larkhill Properties Limited

Visionhold Limited

Hibernian Football Club

ORD Industrial & Commercial Supplies Limited

UK Fuels Ltd

Scottish Decorators Federation

Aitken’s Sportsturf Limited

Macpherson Lawn Turf

Shire Housing

Ayrshire Housing

Abertay Housing Association

C-urb 6 Ltd trading as C-urb Factoring

C-urb 6 Ltd trading as C-urb PSL

Linstone Housing Association Ltd

Paragon Housing Association Ltd

Grampian Housing Association Ltd

Work highlights

  • Pursuing a portfolio of high-value debts for Clydesdale Bank plc/Virgin Money plc.

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

With construction dispute specialist Anne Struckmeier (Edinburgh) at the helm, Addleshaw Goddard‘s contentious expertise translates into regular instructions arising from delays, defects and payment notices, among other issues, and is bolstered by the expertise of legal director Peter Clyde. Elsewhere, clients, including developers, contractors, energy sector players and funds, often instruct the team to assist with non-contentious mandates. Transactional expert Gordon Anderson is an essential contact in this space and, through his previous experience in London, continues to handle both Scottish and English projects.

Practice head(s):

Anne Struckmeier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team have taken the time to really understand the client, such that they are able to act both strategically and tactically on our behalf.’

‘They are a very personable team, including the incredible Gordon Anderson – always attentive and accessible.’

‘Peter Clyde is excellent and can always be relied upon to provide good, commercially driven advice.’

‘Peter Clyde is a standout individual on the team and is my go-to construction disputes lawyer in Scotland.’

Key clients

Blackstone

Caudwell Properties

Maven Capital Partners

SGN

LabTech

BT plc

Equans

Maslow Capital

Dominvs Group

Ove Arup

Work highlights

  • Advised Caudwell on the development of super prime residences in Mayfair, London.
  • Advised Bywater Properties on the development of a low-carbon workspace in London.
  • Advised Blackstone on the redevelopment of its logistics portfolio.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

The Glasgow-based Sarah Baillie heads up Addleshaw Goddard‘s planning and infrastructure team; she is also an essential contact within the firm’s power sector work, which reflects her strong profile in energy consenting matters. The team, which also includes the Edinburgh-based legal director Fiona Gordon, acts for private and public sector clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including retail, housing, mixed-use and regeneration developments.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Baillie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sarah Baillie is widely experienced in planning law. She works effectively and in a relaxed manner to produce desired outcomes and inspire client confidence.’ 

‘Astute and commercially minded individuals with a broad range of experience and expertise across planning and development specialisms.’

‘Pragmatic, straight-talking and solution focused.’

‘I am regularly impressed by the desire to cut through unnecessary procedures to find the most appropriate, robust and easiest solution to challenges.’

‘Fiona Gordon provides excellent assistance where appropriate, and is proactive, client-focused and driven to find the best solution.’

Key clients

SSEN Transmission plc

SSE Renewables

Scotland Gas Networks plc

Alcemi Storage Developments UK Group of Companies

Scottish National Investment Bank

Aldi Stores Limited

Robertson Property

Redrock Power

Dandara

Clackmannanshire Council

Strawson Holdings

Legal & General

Highlands & Islands Airports Limited

Murray Group

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Alcemi Storage Developments UK Limited on consenting matters across a £5bn portfolio of commercial energy storage developments, with a mission to facilitate a zero-carbon power system.
  • Assisting Aldi Stores Ltd with the development of new stores, including advising on judicial reviews and drafting planning agreements and appeals to the Scottish Ministers.
  • Ongoing advice to Strawson Holdings Limited / Omnivale Limited on all Scottish sites, including a long-running appeal against a refusal of permission for housing by Fife Council.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Simon Catto heads up Addleshaw Goddard‘s broader dispute resolution practice, which includes legal director and solicitor advocate Edward Gratwick, the firm’s main contact for property litigation. Much of Gratwick's recent work requires commercial litigation expertise but he has also assisted private clients with residential sector disputes. Capabilities in dilapidations and insolvency-related work were strengthened with the arrival of Claire Thornber from Weightmans LLP in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Simon Catto

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lynsey Walker is an exceptional lawyer who gives pragmatic advice but remains calm even in conflicting situations.’

‘Their pragmatic advice has been invaluable in relation to managing a court case and have steered us in the right direction on many occasions.’

‘Edward Gratwick is a standout individual. His in-depth knowledge of the law is reassuring but his ability to translate this into practical advice and strong case management is what makes the difference.’

‘They can provide a whole spectrum of advice in both Scotland and the wider UK.

‘Being able to call on other disciplines within the same practice makes management of our legal work more practical and provides a better service overall.’

‘Both Alan Sinclair and Patrick Campbell have extremely good knowledge of the issues and can provide practical commercial solutions to issues they are provided with.’

‘The team gave us clear advice and support on a complex matter. They took time to explain the issues and listen to our views, which enabled us to reach a successful outcome on the matter.’

‘The individual I had contact with provided the information that was requested within reasonable timescales and to a high standard.’

Key clients

Caudwell Properties (108) Limited

Iain Carslaw

Citybee Propco 2 Limited

Unipol Student Homes

Ayrshire Housing

Highlands and Islands Airport Limited

Ramsdens Limited

Scotland Gas Networks Limited

SSE PLC

Aldi Stores Limited

Campion Homes Limited

Sonder Hospitality UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ayrshire Housing on all legal matters arising from its social housing stock.
  • Advised Scotland Gas Networks plc with issues arising in relation to the location of its underground gas network.
  • Advising Aldi Stores Limited on their property litigation needs in Scotland.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard‘s team works seamlessly across UK and international offices, with a focus upon the key areas of private equity, real estate and financial services. Team lead Justine Delroy has particular expertise in private equity transactions, and covers a range of matters including M&A, joint ventures, and reorganisations. Highly experienced partner Peter Sayer handles real estate and finance taxation, while Paul Concannon is noted for his financial services practice.

Practice head(s):

Justine Delroy

Other key lawyers:

Peter Sayer; Paul Concannon; Charlotte Fallon

Testimonials

‘Integrated, very capable team, offering seamless advice across all deal aspects.’

‘Very responsive, complemented with a deep-seated experience allowing the delivery of advice in a clear and commercial manner. Paul Concannon is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Good practical advice. Understand the client requirements and processes needed by us.’

Key clients

Pension Insurance Corporation Plc

Hub Residential, Hub Capital

ECI Partners LLP

Cirrus Inns

Terra Firma Capital Partners

United Colleges Group

CSP Reading Limited

Precis Capital Partners

Carlyle/Nomura

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pension Insurance Corporation on its investment in the 667 apartment build to rent scheme at One Eastside Birmingham.
  • Advised Terra Firma Capital Partners on the tax aspects of the acquisition of the entire issued share capital in Richborough Estates Holdings Limited from their management.
  • Advising the client on the £80 million financing of “The Oren”, a 46 unit premium later living development in Hampstead, London. The borrower, EPISOS, is a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

The ‘top-tier’ team at Addleshaw Goddard is lauded for its capabilities in assisting clients on a broad range of competition and antitrust issues. The practice enjoys a stellar reputation among clients and peers alike, earning further praise for possessing the ‘bandwidth to deal with multi national complex issues’. Rona Bar-Isaac  leads the firm’s Retail and Consumer team and provides the full range of advice in complex market investigations. The London team has been bolstered by the arrival of Paul Chaplin, who joins from Hogan Lovells International LLP, and managing associate Karoline Phillips, who joins from Baker McKenzie. Former national practice head Bruce Kilpatrick left for Linklaters in autumn 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Kilpatrick; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Rona Bar-Isaac; Al Mangan; Samantha Haigh; Paul Chaplin; Karoline Phillips; Sarah Randall

Testimonials

“Top tier competition team who can really mix it with the magic circle firms. They are fantastic to deal with; very commercial; very approachable and they have the bandwidth to deal with multi national complex legal issues. They are always at the cutting edge and pioneering developments whether that be equality and diversity or the latest technology. A brilliant firm to work with.’

‘Mark Molyneux – partner – heads the team. He is both bright and bold. A great strategist and leader. The team has gone from strength to strength under Mark’s leadership.’

‘Samantha Haigh – partner – a top rate litigator who is brilliant to work with.’

‘Very strong knowledge of the sector bringing insight and experience. They take on board feedback and input very well.’

‘Very experienced at supporting multi-firm common interest privilege groups.’

‘They take the time to create strong individual relationships. They respond well to feedback and input.’

‘Operate in a strategic manner and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.’

Key clients

Allergan plc (member of the AbbVie Inc Group)

Ferryspeed (CI) Limited

SSE Plc

GIPHY Inc

Road Haulage Association (Trucks)

Openreach – CAT intervention

NKT A/S and NKT Verwaltungs GmbH (NKT) (Cables)

Co-Op (Arthur)

Access to Cash

Lidl (Proctor v Lidl)

Work highlights

  • Represented Allergan in administrative proceedings before the CMA and the CAT related to the investigation of the supply of hydrocortisone tablets.
  • Represented SSE in its challenge to Ofgem’s decision to accept modifications (CMP317/327) to the Connection & Use of System Code concerning electricity transmission system charges for generators.
  • Advised ten of the largest high street banks on the antitrust and merger control aspects of the creation of a new company to assist with the roll out of the new banking hubs.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 4

The ‘outstandingMark Molenyeux heads the team at Addleshaw Goddard, which is known for its ‘tremendous knowledge and experience’. The group handles a broad array of issues, including opt-in claims and class actions. Molyneux frequently acts for defendants in follow-on damages claims and allegations of anticompetitive agreements. Having acted in judicial reviews of CMA decisions, Rona Bar-Isaac has a great deal of knowledge surrounding abuse of dominance claims. Paul Chaplin is particularly adept at acting in predatory pricing claims within the energy, financial services, and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Rona Bar-Isaac; Paul Chaplin; Samantha Haig

Testimonials

‘Fantastic to deal with, very commercial, very approachable, and they have the bandwidth to deal with multinational, complex legal issues. They are always at the cutting edge and pioneering developments. A brilliant firm to work with.’

‘Mark Molyneux is both bright and bold. The team has gone from strength to strength under Mark’s leadership. He is an outstanding lawyer who you want to have on your side in competition litigation. Mark is a brilliant strategist who thinks outside the box and offers ingenious solutions to cases.’

‘Samantha Haigh is a top-rate litigator who is brilliant to work with.’

‘Tremendous knowledge and experience applied in a practical and perceptive way, leading to good outcomes based on realistic predictions and considerable flair in delivery.’

‘Paul Chaplin is bound to be a future star.’

‘The Addleshaw Goddard competition team has a large number of excellent lawyers across litigation and advisory areas of competition law.’

Key clients

NKT group of companies

The Road Haulage Association Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Stats Perform

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Allergan plc

SSE

BMW dealers

Lidl GB

Work highlights

  • Advising the Road Haulage Association Limited as co-counsel with Backhouse Jones solicitors in relation to the RHA’s collective action proceedings on behalf of more than 15,000 claimants for damages of over £1bn; the first certified opt-in collective action in the UK.
  • Defending the NKT group of companies in the class action proceedings, claiming damages in excess of £600m on behalf of millions of electricity bill payers in Great Britain, brought by the class representative following-on from the Power Cables cartel.
  • Advising more than 55 BMW/MINI dealerships in the defence of a series of group actions for over £100m being brought in the Competition List of the High Court on behalf of approximately 50,000 potential claimants.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘extremely strong practice‘ has notable experience in major London-seated international arbitrations that stem from investments and projects in Africa. Other areas of strength are energy, life sciences, insurance, and construction sector disputes. The team is also increasingly instructed in investment treaty matters. Jon Tweedale is 'a leading figure in the field'; Simon Kamstra specialises in energy arbitrations; Lauren Hamilton has substantial international arbitration experience; and legal director Nathalie Allen acts in international commercial arbitrations and investor-state disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jon Tweedale; Simon Kamstra

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Hamilton; Nathalie Allen; Ben Burnham; Canelle Goldstein

Testimonials

Honest with clients while providing the best advice.’

‘They are responsive to clients’ enquiries and follow up on their work extremely well.’

‘Attention to detail and no-nonsense advocacy.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard has an extremely strong practice in this area, benefiting in particular from the skills and experience of standout individual Jon Tweedale.’

‘Jon Tweedale has superstar qualities and is a leading figure in the field – incredibly responsive, intelligent and hardworking. He is very analytically astute and a fantastic lawyer overall.’

‘Jon Tweedle and Nathalie Allen do a superb job – they familiarise themselves with very complicated situations and defend clients’ positions extremely well.’

‘An exceptionally skilled team of individuals, who provide advice that is always considered and on-point. They have developed a very strong following in the market.’

Key clients

BP

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Dassault Aviation

Work highlights

  • Represented French defence contractor Dassault Aviation in a successful jurisdiction challenge to an arbitral award.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Work highlights

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 4

Leveraging its well-established ties with clearing banks, as well as a number of alternative capital providers and private equity sponsors, Addleshaw Goddard has an excellent understanding of the requirements of both borrowers and lenders, which they are well-placed to assist on the financing of mid-market deals both from London and its regional offices. Team head Alex Dumphy  is well-versed at structuring deals utilising debt throughout the capital structure, including senior debt facilities, unitranche funding, TLB facilities and super senior facilities. The team is also able to leverage the firm’s market-leading asset based lending (ABL) prowess to good effect, with ABL debt products increasingly being used alongside conventional leveraged debt products to fund M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alex Dumphy

Other key lawyers:

Peter Crichton; Ewen Scott; Cerys Poolis

Testimonials

‘Extremely informed, very easy to deal with and always get partner access. Relative to their peers they are much more proactive in offering advice instead of us coming up with a solution.’

‘Ewen Scott and Alex Dumphy are at the “top end” of their profession. Both are excellent lawyers and two of the best in the mid-market leveraged finance space.’

‘We use them a lot and we believe AG are extremely good value for money. Not just through the price point, but the quality of support/advice associated with it. ‘

‘The personal touch and approach makes Addleshaws unique and the most pleasing thing for us as a client is that we have multiple touch points across all experience levels i.e. the people within my team at a mid-level will interact regularly with their equivalents at Addleshaws.’

Work highlights

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Led from London by Steve Mackie  and also able to leverage strong regional resources, including Manchester and Leeds, Addleshaw Goddard provides a cost-effective and solutions-oriented service to lenders providing financing to corporates in bilateral, club and syndicated contexts. The firm’s clearing bank relationships continue to inform much of the corporate lending work, particularly in the mid-market space, however, it has also continued to gain traction among commercial/international banks, which are attracted to the firm’s ability to advise on transactions incorporating a range of financing techniques, including ABL and structured finance. Amanda Gray , who co-heads the financial services sector, is adept at advising lenders and borrowers across a range of debt products, and has also been at the forefront of the firm's efforts on the ESG and sustainable finance front.

Practice head(s):

Steve Mackie

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Gray; Alex Dumphy; Peter Crichton; Ewen Scott; Lequn Su; Natalie Hewitt; Sarah Stokes; Cerys Poolis

Testimonials

‘They understand our business and can be flexible in terms of giving some advice before formal engagement. The implementation throughout is very smooth. Any issue could be discussed transparently.’

‘Lequn Su is a star partner. He is very diligent and has lots of insight so beyond your case you can also learn the latest update.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank

AgFe

AIB Group UK plc

Al Rayan

Aviva

Bank of Communications

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London & The Middle East plc

Bayerische Landesbank

British Arab Commercial Bank

Canada Life Investments

China CITIC Bank

China Merchants Bank

CIMB (London, Singapore and Malaysia)

Clydesdale Bank plc (part of Virgin Money)

Coutts & Co

Criterion Capital

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Emirates NBD Bank

Europa Capital Debt Investment

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Fortwell Capital

Gaw Capital Group

GR Properties

Haitong Bank

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Handelsbanken plc/ Svenska Handelsbanken

Work highlights

  • Acted for COFCO on a $1.6bn sustainability-linked term loan with a consortium of 30 banks.
  • Advised HSBC UK Bank as document co-ordinator and agent for a syndicate of six lenders in connection with $250m loan facilities to CentralNic Group Plc.
  • Acted for the document and ESG Co-ordinators on the £900m eight funder syndicated unsecured facility to Places for People Treasury.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard is ‘quick to respond, focuses on the aims of the client and finds positive solutions to obtain that aim, rather than a robotic, generic legal service‘. The firm is known for its strength in real estate finance, particularly securitisation, but its structured finance expertise extends to ISDA and EMIR issues, bespoke hedging transactions, netting matters, and securitised derivatives. Lead partner Rachel Kelly is ‘considered in her approach and listens to clients requirements not trying to fit into a box‘. Kelly and Carl Posern acted for Virgin Money and other borrowers in the update of loans and derivatives to new post-LIBOR reference rates. Legal directors Paul Denham, who is a buy-side derivatives specialist and is ‘at the top of his game and understands future potential challenges‘, and the ‘very diligent and reliable‘ Carl Baker also play central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Friendly approach for non-expert audiences.’

‘Sophisticated legal advisors in complex financial products, extending to market-leading and innovative crypto/blockchain-based structures.’

‘Rachel Kelly is a standout advisor in the structured finance space who has carved out experience in the crypto/blockchain/fintech sectors, advising on market-leading structures.’

‘The team is quick to respond, focuses on the aims of the client and finds positive solutions to obtain that aim, rather than a robotic, generic legal service. The team is flexible, uses previous experience and knowledge of our firm to provide context to legal solutions and has become a trusted partner for our business.’

‘The firm recently added Paul Denham to their derivatives practice which has been a very welcome addition. Paul has always been at the top of his game, understands future potential challenges and makes sure he is available at all times. We find that the firm sees us a long-term partner and our relationship is that of a true partnership, rather than a pure transactional service relationship.’

‘Paul Denham is our key contact and the reason we moved our work to the firm – he is expert in ISDAs and derivatives work and is very user-friendly.’

‘Engaging and personable, the team take the time to understand your needs and position their advice accordingly.’

‘Well experienced and well organized.’

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to Virgin Money to provide an innovative automated solution, transitioning hundreds of its customers to RFRs.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 4

Leveraging ‘deep knowledge’ of the sector, both out of core regional offices, and London, Addleshaw Goddard provides ‘commercially sensible’ advice to lessors, lessees, lenders and operators. The arrival of vastly experienced partner Simon Gwynne from Norton Rose Fulbright in May 2022 enhances the firm’s capabilities at handling big-ticket leasing/asset finance mandates. Although Gwynne is best-known for his work within the rail sector, he is also noted for his ‘valuable insight into how leasing constructs in other sectors could be relevant’. This was exemplified by his recent advice to Rock Road developing a debt and equity funding solution on the first non-recourse SPV financing of zero-emission buses in the UK. Ed Watt  in Edinburgh spearheads the firm’s efforts on the ship finance front, while in Manchester, Andrew Maskill is noted for his mid-market leasing work, which includes some transport assets, in addition to equipment and machinery.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Maskill; Simon Gwynne; Ed Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alan Shanks; Elizabeth Wareing; Ryan Gilmore

Testimonials

The firm has always been attentive, on the ball and commercially aware for any transactions I have worked on.’

The level of professionalism and approachability is of incredibly high quality.’

They are commercially sensible and always legally protective of the side they are representing.’

The team showed deep knowledge of the transportation sector and provided valuable insight into how leasing constructs in other sectors could be relevant.’

‘Simon Gwynne’s commitment and positive “can do” attitude whilst working to a tough and at times unrealistic deadline was greatly appreciated.’

‘Andrew Maskill and Elizabeth Wareing have both been a joy to work with.’ 

 

Key clients

SMBC

Societe Generale

NatWest Bank

Lombard

Equitix

Akiem

Scotrail Trains Limited

VTG

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

British Business Bank

HSBC Equipment Finance

Close Brothers

Investec

Work highlights

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard leverages its strong reputation in the financial services sector and track record in working with leading retail banks to advise these same banks and other high-profile consumer good companies on their insurance propositions. Robert Garwood leads on this work, advising the firm’s insurance clients from end to end on their insurance offerings with ‘great market insight’, working across customer documentation, product governance, and distribution arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Robert Garwood

Testimonials

‘Always responsive, always knowledgeable and advice given in complete awareness of commercial and regulatory setting.’

‘Robert Garwood has great market insight which frames the advice he gives. Robert is always able to accommodate our requests for whatever we ask of him. Robert has a brilliant reputation amongst members of our in-house team.’

Excellent industry and technical knowledge.

Key clients

Generali Global Assistance, Inc.

The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited

AllClear Insurance

Pensions Insurance Corporation

Moneysupermarket.com

Simplyhealth Norradar

HSBC NoBarclays Bank

Nationwide Building Society

ManyPets

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 4

Led by Daniel Woolston and Jan Grüter, the investment management group at Addleshaw Goddard is active in the lower and mid-market, acting for emerging private fund GPs in the real estate, private equity, infrastructure and debt spaces. Woolston is a name to note for structured investments, funds and joint ventures, while Grüter heads the private funds offering, advising on fund formations and regulatory issues. Former practice head Lee Shankland left the firm in June 2022 to act as a consultant for a PERE business, while in July of the same year, Simon Pollock joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Woolston; Jan Grüter

Other key lawyers:

Aiden McConville; Daniel Woolston; Liam Diggins; Simon Pollock

Testimonials

‘The AG funds team are the go-to firm for mid-market/start-up RE and PE funds.’

A strong all round real estate and finance firm.’

Very responsive and knowledgeable team.’

The go-to firm for mid-market/start-up RE and PE funds.’

Key clients

Bridges Fund Management Limited

New Forests Pty Limited

Hakluyt Capital

Agathos| Management LLP

AS Equity Partners

Pension Protection Fund

The National LGPS Framework

Cirrus Inns

Magnetar Financial (UK) LLP

Angelo Gordon

British International Investment

Goddess Gaia Ventures

NBS Ventures

YFM Private Equity

Warrington Borough Council

Par Equity

Ecotree

Northtree Investment Management Limited

Actis| LLP

Federated Hermes Limited

Ares Management

Q Investment Partners Pte Ltd.

Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF)

Work highlights

  • Advised New Forests Pty on the formation of the African Forestry Impact Platform, a Singapore VCC fund, cornerstoned by global development finance institutions, investing in commercial forestry projects in Africa, and targeting $500m in commitments.
  • Advised emerging real estate GP Northtree Investment Management, on its ongoing fundraise for a fund investing in UK commercial real estate with successful closing in 2022 and target commitments of £150m.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard‘s full-service data practice works with domestic and multinational blue-chip clients in the e-commerce, gaming, and retail sectors, handling the full spectrum of data protection matters, including regulatory investigations, compliance matters, and the data privacy aspects of project development and launches. Helena Brown, who splits her time between Edinburgh and London, leads the time, working alongside Aberdeen-based Ross McKenzie, who has a niche subspecialisation in data protection work for clients in the retail and consumer sectors, and Nathalie Moreno, in London, who has a focus on large-scale international compliance projects.

Practice head(s):

Helena Brown

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Moreno; Ross McKenzie; Claire Edwards; Charles Christie

Testimonials

‘The team provides practical advice with understanding of the nuances of our business and our customers.’

‘Ross McKenzie, a partner based in the Aberdeen office, is a standout advisor who is always enthusiastic and incredibly helpful. I will always lean on Ross whenever in need of data protection related advice.’

‘Nathalie Moreno – is able to take quite complex issues and break them down, solutionise them and give practical ways to resolve them, without hesitation she steps us and gives us support, always willing to go that extra bit to make sure everything is as it should be.’

‘Nathalie Moreno is cool, calm, and collected, which is always appreciated.’

Key clients

Boohoo Group PLC

BP International Limited

JD Sports

Primark

Barclays Bank UK plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group plc

Nationwide Building Society

NatWest Group

Northern Bank Limited

Santander UK plc

TSB Bank plc

Virgin Money

Bank of Ireland (UK)

Generali Global Assistance, Inc.

GHA Loyalty DMCC

John Lewis plc and Waitrose

Wickes Building Supplies

Playstation

Saga Plc

Santander

Virgin Money

Work highlights

  • Advised Primark on their privacy strategy for the launch of their click and collect website.
  • Advised Virgin Money on a number of strategically significant privacy matters.
  • Advised Generali Global assistance on a global program to roll out identity theft monitoring solutions for Mastercard.

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

Employment Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard's team in Scotland is an important component of the firm’s UK-wide practice, which allows the group to excel in cross-border employment mandates. Practice head David Hughes – a solicitor advocate and certified mediator – specialises in employment tribunal proceedings involving claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal, as well as industrial relations issues, whistleblowing investigations and business reorganisations. Kelly Brown is recommended for her financial services knowledge, while the team’s sector expertise extends to retail and transport.

Practice head(s):

David Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Brown; Robert Phillips; Andrea Hunter; Gillian Hutchison

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard is consistently excellent, available and approachable.’

‘Andrea Hunter is technically excellent and combines that with a deep understanding of the business and that personal touch you can’t teach. Andrea is undoubtedly one to watch for the future.’

‘Very responsive, pragmatic solutions and aligned with the business risk appetite.’

‘David Hughes: Very comprehensive support, reliable and understands our business, culture and history.’

Key clients

Bilfinger UK

British Airways

Waldorf Group

Royal Mail Group

FNZ

Kura

Federal Mogul Friction Products Limited

Raytheon

Circularity Scotland

Aria Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised a financial services tech company on a significant restructuring exercise across 20 jurisdictions.
  • Assisted a large UK bank with employment tribunal litigation.
  • Acted for an aviation company in the defence of a case brought by around 700 claimants following a Covid-19-related restructuring.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

Drawing upon the expertise of an 'exceptional regional offering' and a 'solid' presence in the capital, Addleshaw Goddard is particularly well-suited to handling domestic mid-market work for a creditor/investor-focused client base that includes banks, bondholders and special situations funds. Team head Fraser Ritson  provides a 'responsive and knowledgeable' service on much of this creditor work, and is also a popular choice for IPs engaged in the administration of insolvent businesses. Although the firm's cross-border capabilities were impacted somewhat by the departure of Paul Fleming  to Winston & Strawn LLP in January 2023, it is still able to call upon the services of Karl Clowry, who continues to work alongside the firm's Asia offices on high-quality creditor committee work relating to English law-governed offshore issued bonds.

Practice head(s):

Ged Barnes; Fraser Ritson

Other key lawyers:

Karl Clowry; Anna Hodgson; Adam McCarron

Testimonials

The team provides practical and commercial advice.’

‘They have excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Adam McCarron is responsive, commercial and effective in helping to structure and agree financially stressed transactions in short timeframes.’

Fraser Ritson is responsive and knowledgeable, and always makes himself available to assist funders.’

Key clients

Teneo Financial Advisory Limited (as Administrators of SunGard Availability Services UK Limited)

Cyrus Capital (as principal shareholder and debt funder of flybe Limited)

FRP Advisory Trading Limited (as Liquidators of Maker & Son Limited)

Cercis Limited

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP (as Administrators of Aurora Limited, Aurora Distribution Limited and Aurora Projects (UK) Ltd)

Interpath Advisory (as administrators of the CNG Group of companies)

Kroll Advisory Ltd (as Liquidators of Arena Television Limited)

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (as Administrators of The Sofa Workshop Limited)

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (as administrators of Recycling Technologies Plc)

Solar Clear Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Teneo as joint administration on a complex series of sales of the datacentre assets of the SunGard Group.
  • Acting for Cyrus Capital as lender and shareholder to flybe limited ahead of and in relation to the airline’s high profile administration and sale of landing slots.
  • Acting for Cercis (incorporated by the owners of Crocus.co.uk – the largest gardening website in the UK) to acquire the business and assets of Primrose.co.uk.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard is described by clients as the 'go-to' team for small to mid-market RE and PE managers. Daniel Woolston is noted for his expertise in private equity and real estate funds. Woolston co-heads the team alongside Jan Grüter, who is recommended for advising on the raising of sustainability-focused funds and related investment products, as well as emerging GPs within the PE space. Aidan McConville is a key name within the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Woolston; Jan Gruter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jan Gruter combines exceptional technical knowledge and awareness of the regulatory landscape with a sound appreciation of the commercial intent of us as clients. Added to this, we have found his client service and leadership of his team to be exceptionally good.’

‘They are business oriented and pragmatic with a high level of knowledge.’

‘They are always available and Jan Gruter is valuable lawyer with good knowledge, and he is business oriented.’

‘This is a genuinely excellent team. High quality advice, both legal and commercial.’

‘Jan Gruter – excellent partner, very user-friendly.’

‘They are a go-to team for small to mid market RE and PE managers.’

‘Addleshaws distinguish themselves with their annual market trends report which is always incredibly helpful. They have taken the time to fully understand our business and they provide us with value-add advice accordingly.’

‘I wanted to mention Aidan McConville particularly – he will meet any deadline, we always feel that we are his priority (even I’m sure he has competing priorities constantly!) and he will go the extra mile to get an investment over the line.’

Key clients

Bridges Fund Management Limited

New Forests Pty Limited

Hakluyt Capital

Agathos| Management LLP

AS Equity Partners

Pension Protection Fund

The National LGPS Framework

Cirrus Inns

Magnetar| Financial (UK) LLP

Angelo Gordon

British International Investment

Goddess Gaia Ventures

NBS Ventures

YFM Private Equity

Warrington Borough Council

Par Equity

Ecotree

Northtree| Investment Management Limited

Actis| LLP

Federated Hermes Lim|i|ted

Ares Management

Work highlights

  • Advised New Forests Pty on the formation of the African Forestry Impact Platform, a Singapore VCC fund investing in commercial forestry projects in Africa, and targeting USD 500m in commitments.
  • Advised global strategic advisory firm Hakluyt & Co Ltd on the launch of its new investment arm Hakluyt Capital and the raise of its first fund investing in high growth companies with target commitment of USD 50m.
  • Appointed to the legal panel for the Pension Protection Fund of the Pension Protection Fund, the £39bn statutory insurance company for defined benefit pension schemes in the UK.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 5

Aside from being recommended for its 'specific knowledge of UK LNG contracts', Addleshaw Goddard's oil and gas practice has a focus on emerging markets and is noted for its 'growing reputation in the Nigerian and wider African market'. The national offering is headed by ‘excellent‘ upstream oil and gas and LNG specialist Paul Jones, and M&A and joint venture specialist Angus Rollo, both from the London office, as well as David McEwing, who is experienced in debt and equity funding of oil and gas projects, from the Aberdeen office.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jones; Angus Rollo; David McEwing

Testimonials

‘I like that Addleshaws is not only expanding its footprint in Africa, but is also building a diverse deal team that includes more Africans – representative of its growing reputation in the Nigerian and wider African market.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with and are experts in their field. They achieve very short deadlines and are a pleasure to work with. The team have excellent technical and commercial knowledge, and can stand-up to much larger law firms on M&A transactions. The firm also offers excellent IT solutions and capability, including AI, which is welcomed.’

‘Paul Jones is an excellent partner. Having worked in the industry, he understands how to deliver concise information in tense environments. He has handled a number of complex matters with us, moving expertly between these on very short timescales. He is a hugely trusted and valued resource and feels like an extension to our team.’

‘The firm shows a good commitment to the international oil & gas sector, particularly in Nigeria. Clients come back to them repeatedly in this space, and the firm seems to be determined to lead in this area.’

‘Specific knowledge of UK LNG contracts.’

Key clients

Waldorf Production

NNPC

bp

TotalEnergies

Ineos FPS

Dana Petroleum

Sonatrach

SASOL

Oman LNG

Shenzhen Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised independent producer Waldorf Production on four transactions which signed or closed with a combined value in excess of $1bn (including the acquisition of the entire UK upstream portfolio of Hungary’s MOL Group), and on the successful close of a $200m secured Oslo bond.
  • Advised NNPC (the Nigerian national oil company) on a major $3bn funding and technical services agreement to explore and develop assets, the first agreement of its type in Northern Nigeria, as well as the restructuring of another $600m upstream financing transaction and a proposed $900m asset acquisition transaction.
  • Advising bp on the development of a major green hydrogen project in Oman.

Public sector > Infrastructure (parliamentary)

Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

North West > Finance > Banking and finance

The practice at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for its ability to assist clients across the full scope of complex and high-stakes banking and finance matters. The team is headed up by Manchester-based expert Martin O’Shea, who is noted for ‘leading the team from the front’. The group is well-versed in handling high-profile transactions in the region; Richard Oman is particularly experienced in this regard, a key example being his work for HSBC on the cross-border £250m refinancing of a bond facility. Katie Ridehalgh is also particularly noteworthy for her work advising nationally recognised key banks and investors. Notably, the ‘resilient’ Ben Edwards, who focuses on leveraged acquisition finance and corporate banking, and asset finance specialist Elizabeth Wareing were both promoted to the partnership in September 2022. Wareing supports Andrew Maskill, who leads the asset finance practice within the team. Legal director Sarah Jay stands out for her work advising clients on tech-led major change projects, and Lauren Priest-Stephens handles asset-backed lending work.

Practice head(s):

Martin O’Shea

Testimonials

‘The team consistently demonstrates a strong client service ethos, excellent technical ability and commercial nous in its all-round package. There is a broad range of experience across the team and the ability to seamlessly bring in additional expertise from other specialisms as required.’

‘There is always a willingness to engage, support and find the right solution.’

‘Ben Edwards has shown resilience and objectivity in difficult situations; his advice demonstrates clear commercial and technical understanding, and he is a good negotiator.’

‘Martin O’Shea sets the team ethos and attitude and leads from the front, always encouraging and supporting his team and always on-hand to support his clients.’

Key clients

JD Sports Fashion plc

MoneySuperMarket.com

Tosca Debt Capital

Crescent Capital

Castore

COFCO International

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

NCC Group plc

Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc

Tata

North West > Insurance > Professional negligence

Addleshaw Goddard handles professional negligence work across the construction, property and general commercial litigation sectors, acting for both companies and HNWIs. The practice is jointly headed by Nick Ashcroft, a commercial litigator handling professional negligence claims against solicitors and valuers, and Victoria Pool, who specialises in representing policyholders in coverage disputes involving professional indemnity. Susan Garrett, who leads the firm’s pensions litigation team, is also key in this space, with her work including representation of scheme trustees in claims against former advisors.

Practice head(s):

Nick Ashcroft; Victoria Pool

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team at AG are the pre-eminent dispute resolution team in the North West. That is reflected in their strength in depth, in the quality of their work, in the management and supervision that they provide and in the high level and value of the cases on which they are instructed.’

‘Victoria Pool – a newly appointed partner who has enormous drive and courage. Destined for the top. Nick Ashcroft – de facto head of the team in Manchester. Excellent client skills, driven, innovative and commercially minded.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a company and the trustees of a pension scheme in a professional negligence claim against a former advisor.

North West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester

The widely renowned team at Addleshaw Goddard is recognised for its excellence in Manchester, acting on high-value commercial and banking-related litigation spanning all sectors. Leading the team is Susan Garrett, an eminent litigator who also heads up the tech dispute and pension litigation practices at the firm, alongside Nick Ashcroft, known for his international practice. Other notable individuals in the team include Samantha Haigh, acting for domestic and international clients across a range of sectors, with a focus on retail and consumer, financial services, and energy, and Victoria Pool, frequently acting on the highest-value disputes in the team.

Practice head(s):

Susan Garrett; Nick Ashcroft

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Their collaborative approach is what makes them unique. Lots of firms use the phrase – AG actually deliver on it.’

‘The way in which they work to deliver for the client is exceptional. The diversity and inclusion within AG is also market leading.’

‘They have very capable lawyers and the bandwidth to mix it with anyone and regularly do. I cannot rate them highly enough. They are a pleasure to work with and are quite rightly top of the tree for litigation in Manchester.’

‘Samantha Haigh is an extremely capable lawyer. Very forward thinking. She immerses herself in the detail and finds practical solutions. Sam is very easy to deal with – excellent manner with clients.’

‘High calibre partners supported by bright associates well versed in handling very complex disputes.’

‘I have worked with Nick Ashcroft and Victoria Pool. I find them both to be very savvy and commercially aware. Nick has an interesting niche with work from East Africa.’

Key clients

Accrol Group Holdings Plc

Associated British Foods including British Sugar

Britvic Plc

Soteria Insurance Limited

Co-op Group Limited

Credico Marketing Limited

Diageo plc

Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank (TDB)

Road Haulage Association Limited

NKT A/S and NKT Verwaltungs GmbH

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Stroma Building Control Limited

Tata Chemicals Europe Limited

Toyota Material Handling UK Limited

Trustees of the BT Rolatruc Limited Staff Life Assurance and Pension Scheme

Tsemex Global Enterprise Plc and Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc

Work highlights

  • Successfully acting for Soteria Insurance in the Court of Appeal against IBM and defeating IBM’s repeated attempts to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for The Road Haulage Association with transport specialists Backhouse Jones in a unique opt-in class action seeking to represent more than 15,000 class members and £1 billion+ in damages.
  • Acting for Credico Marketing Limited in a business protection dispute concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenants in commercial trading agreements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Senior partner Aster Crawshaw
Managing partner John Joyce
Corporate and commercial David Kirchin
Finance Steve Mackie
Litigation Mark Molyneux
Real estate Nancy McGuire
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