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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Head of Professional Practices Group.


One of the acknowleged leading individuals in the field of LLP and partnership law in the UK. He advises professional services firms on the full range of issues and is frequently instructed on the most difficult partnership disputes. He also specialises in mergers and de-mergers, the acquisition of professional services firms, partnership downsizing, governance, structuring and internal arrangements. He has wide experience in the management of distressed partnerships, and assisting in the use of partnerships and LLPs in finance, insurance, media, real estate and private equity. William has been at the forefront of advising law firms and other commercial organisations on the advent of alternative business structures under the Legal Services Act 2007. William frequently lectures and commentates on all issues concerning professional services firms and is leading the Group’s response to the opportunities provided by the Legal Services Act 2007. He is Chairman of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and is one of The Times Law 100 Panel of leading practitioners. William previously practised at the Bar.


Called to the Bar 1993; Hollis Whiteman Chambers 1993- 2001; Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP 2001-06; joined Addleshaw Goddard LLP as a partner 2006, head of professional practices group 2011.


Eastbourne College; Bristol University (LLB (Hons)); Inns of Court School of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Partnership

(Hall of Fame)

William WastieAddleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, the well-known William Wastie heads a substantial and highly focused team of partners and experienced associates; clients cannot speak highly enough of its client handling skills and ‘unique strength‘. National and international clients are offered a comprehensive range of expertise in the legal and accountancy professions in addition to real estate and financial services industries. Wastie’s long experience spans large international mergers, strategic development, internal governance issues and complex partnership and LLP disputes. He also handles high-profile disciplinary investigations by regulators such as the SRA and FCA. Astor Crawshaw is also experienced in mergers and acquisitions and international structuring, including network/Verein structures. Jon Cheney has a focus on the financial services industry; he advises funds managers, private equity houses and wealth managers on the structuring, governance and internal arrangements of their businesses. Managing associate, Chris Hallinan has developed expertise in areas such as governance and constitutional issues, mergers and acquisitions, international regulatory and structuring, while fellow managing associate Jonathan Cakebread also has broad expertise. The firm is developing complementary practices; litigation funding advisory and as a consequence of Brexit, is taking a leading role on the recognition of international practitioners’ qualifications.