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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Commercial litigation group.


Head of international arbitration. Partner specialising in company and shareholder disputes; mergers and acquisition-related claims; misfeasance and directors duties issues, sports law, cross-border litigation and injunctive work, public law and judicial review. Contributor on legal topics to various business and legal publications.


Addleshaw Goddard since 1992; partner 1996 to date.


Spoken French.


International Bar Association; LCIA; Creative Industries Federation.


Pocklington School; University of Manchester.


Music, photography, travel, cricket.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Addleshaw Goddard‘s team, based primarily in Leeds, represents private and public sector clients in connection with contentious and non-contentious matters in the field of public law, with a particular focus on the transport, infrastructure and energy sectors. Its public inquiries practice is particularly prominent, evidenced by the team’s ongoing involvement in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry. Simon Kamstra represents clients from various heavily regulated sectors in judicial reviews, international disputes and arbitration proceedings, while Bill Gilliam has a strong track record in acting for clients in major procurement challenges and outsourcing disputes. Louise Dobson, who became a partner in May 2020, stands out for her regulatory and contentious work in the health and pharmaceuticals sectors.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Addleshaw Goddard‘s team is highly experienced in major international arbitrations involving energy, life sciences, insurance and construction clients. The international arbitration practice is co-led by Jon Tweedale, who is highly rated for international commercial disputes, and energy disputes specialist Simon Kamstra. Also highly regarded are insurance disputes leader Richard Wise; legal director Nathalie Allen, who focuses on commercial and investor-state arbitration; and experienced managing associates Ben Burnham and Canelle Goldstein. Commercial disputes expert Maria Frangeskides joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in February 2021.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

(Hall of Fame)

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Addleshaw Goddard acts for an impressive roster of public and private sector clients in commercial and corporate disputes. It counts the transport, health retail and energy industries among its sector specialisms; for the latter Simon Kamstra, who is also experienced in advising aviation and manufacturing sector clients, is a name to note. The group is also particularly strong for procurement disputes, for which commercial disputes head head Bill Gilliam and recently promoted partner Louise Dobson are recommended. Clients of the Leeds-based team also benefit from the firm’s integrated approach across its national network; financial services sector specialist Sally Emerton acts as head of litigation for the North, while Kamstra leads the firm’s national international arbitration practice. ‘Experienced‘ legal director Gareth Jones is noted for commercial contract litigation, contentious supply chain work and corporate disputes.