Firm Profile > Addleshaw Goddard > Glasgow, Scotland

Addleshaw Goddard
G2 2BA

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard advises its high-profile client base on Scottish insolvency matters and the Scottish aspects of major cross-border restructurings. In recent highlights, the team, which is led by Jamie McIntosh from Edinburgh, represented the administrators of Havelock Europa, and advised the liquidators of Doonin Plant. Also notable is Addi Spiers, who leads the UK distressed real estate practice from the Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices.


The practitioners at Addleshaw Goddard go out of their way to build and maintain the relationship across the whole of the team. They are well respected in this specific line of work and can deliver what is required on time and within budget.

Tim Cooper provides very straight and practical advice when clients want to cut through the issues and have effective and efficient advice.

Jamie McIntosh, Lynsey Walker and Kirsten Fleming all have the ability to come up with solutions to potential problems.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank Of Scotland plc

Santander Bank

Clydesdale Bank PLC


Barclays Bank plc


Clipper Holdings II S.a.r.l.

Cable Capital Partners Limited

FRP Advisory

Banking and finance Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's finance and banking team is highly active in asset-based lending matters, social housing financings and debt capital markets issuances. The group's client base includes many of the major UK banks, alternative lenders and a variety of borrowers. The practice is led by energy sector acquisition finance expert Alan Shanks, and fields Tom Speirs, who specialises in financings in the healthcare and social housing sectors; Catriona Smith in the Aberdeen office, who focuses on the onshore and offshore renewable energy sectors and shipping work, and Euan Cluness who has a strong track record in asset-based lending, corporate lending and acquisition finance mandates.


The banking lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard are hardworking, pragmatic and always deliver. They’re very good at filtering out the issues that they can deal with themselves and escalating the key issues that their clients need to focus on.

What sets the finance team apart is the fact that it isn’t just highly skilled but also has got a huge amount of strength in depth compared to its peers.

The firm nurtures good client relations while providing a broad number of legal services.

Euan Cluness is a real go-to for transactional banking work and wins the lion’s share of that work.

Legal director Ann Frances Cooney truly understands the industry and what her clients need. Her advice is sound, concise and easy to follow.

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland


Santander (UK)

Lloyds Banking Group

Barclays Bank

Business Growth Fund

Route Finance

Cairngorm Capital

Gravis Capital Partners

Robertson Group

Topaz Energy & Marine

Red Rock Power Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Bank of China

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard acts for corporate entities and individuals in a wide range of contractual and shareholder disputes, including insolvency-related matters. Commercial litigator Peter Anderson joined Simon Catto's team from Clyde & Co LLP in July 2018.

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has significant capabilities in Scottish and English law matters, and recently strengthened its presence in the hotels and leisure, logistics, offices and portfolios, care homes, regeneration, retail, student accommodation and housing sectors. Practice head Miles Ede specialises in UK-wide portfolio acquisitions, asset management work for large corporate occupiers, investments and development transactions. Alison Newton is a key name for real estate development and investments, and Neil Addis focuses on real estate finance work and alternative properties.

Key clients

Legal & General

Europa Capital


British Telecommunication plc

City Pub Group




Harwood Real Estate

StayCity Apart Hotels

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

The corporate department at Addleshaw Goddard has grown significantly following the firm's high-profile merger with HBJ Gateley. It is principally known for leading complex M&A transactions and its growing private equity practice and client base. Practice head David Kirchin is the name to note.


This is a very commercially strong team with an outstanding understanding of the private equity investments marketplace.

Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate and commercial team provides excellent client-focused advice. Its lawyers are practical, and give sound commercial input alongside a strong grasp of the client’s legal position, risks and opportunities.

David Anderson is first class and always puts the client’s interests at the heart of the advice. He is energetic and a real pleasure to work with.

Legal director Laura Falls has a calm, clear client approach and an effective way of setting out alternatives.

Key clients

Red Rock Power

Shareholders of QTS Group

Eli Global

Ecosse Subsea

Cairngorm Capital

YFM Private Equity

Rathbone Brothers

Souter Investments

Dawn Homes

Eastern Western Motor Group

IT and telecoms Tier 2

The IT team at Addleshaw Goddard acts for clients across a variety of industry sectors including the retail, sports and financial services arenas. The firm recently leveraged its strong expertise in the personal data field  to attract new clients including Edinburgh Airport and Lumesse. Ross McKenzie, who was previously the head of privacy at Burness Paull LLP, recently joined the Aberdeen office to strengthen the firm's capacity in the data protection space. David Anderson leads the IT practice in Scotland, and Helena Brown is a key contact for non-contentious matters.


Addleshaw Goddard is a consistently outstanding firm to work with. The lawyers’ knowledge of their clients’ business and work ethic means that clients get timely and accurate advice from them time and time again.

David Anderson is responsive, commercial and hugely knowledgeable about the industry. He is always looking to add value wherever possible.

David Horne is known for his excellent support and advice.

Helena Brown is technically excellent but also has a great commercial, pragmatic approach.

Key clients


Highlands and Islands Airports

ICS Learn



Red 61


Salunda Limited

Jade Software

Par Equity

Social housing Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard has been increasingly active in advising funders and RSLs in social housing funding transactions. The team, led by Heather Pearson, also handles various other contentious and non-contentious issues, including those pertaining to housing management, tenancy, debt recovery and data management as well as development projects, group structures and constitutional partnerships.

Key clients

Ayrshire Housing

Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association

Grampian Housing Association


Kingdom Housing Association

Link Group

Linstone Housing Association

Paragon Housing Association

Sport Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's team represents football players, clubs and agents in regulatory proceedings raised by the SFA and the SPFL, and is the sole legal support to Celtic for the football club's GDPR compliance programme. Partner Helena Brown handles sponsorship agreements, trademarks and licensing, IT and software procurement for several football clubs. Legal director Tony McGlennan, who joined the firm in September 2018, has brought insider knowledge to the team from his tenure as compliance officer at the SFA.


“Helena Brown is a real revelation in terms of her responsiveness and willingness to support and build relationships with clients. Her technical expertise is unparalleled.”

“I instruct Addleshaws due to their client relationship driven approach, their responsiveness and the pragmatic way they approach their advice. They have made every effort to understand our business.”

Key clients

The Scottish Football Association

Celtic Football Club

Transport Tier 2

The 'quick' transport sector team at Addleshaw Goddard is led by the frequently recommended Ed Watt and stands out for its substantial expertise in shipping sector work, which frequently involves international and national transactional shipping, ship finance and ship registration matters, while also handling the full spectrum of contentious work, including London arbitrations. Other areas of expertise include rail and airport sector work; Jacqui Langley-White, who joined the team in Edinburgh from the firm's London office in September 2018, is the main contact for the former and Sarah Baillie for the latter.


The team has great strength in shipbuilding contracts and is very quick to understand technical issues on ships.’

Key clients

Caledonian Maritime Assets

Topaz Energy and Marine

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Delta Marine

Clydesdale Bank

Stone Marine Services

Briggs Marine Contractors

Highlands & Islands Airports

Serco Caledonian Sleeper

The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

Edinburgh Airport

Caspian Marine Services

Construction Tier 3

Rated for its 'commercial and timely advice', Addleshaw Goddard has been increasingly active in the residential development sector while maintaining its energy and infrastructure-related workflow. Alison Horner is the main contact for non-contentious work, which includes transactional support, and Anne Struckmeier for construction disputes.


Delivers a quality service.’

Key clients

BAM Construction

Edinburgh Airport


Scotland Gas Network (SGN)


Red Rock Power



Caledonian Maritime Assets

Employment Tier 3

Clients from the financial services, energy, retail, transport and healthcare sectors, among others, routinely instruct Addleshaw Goddard to advise on equal pay, TUPE, workforce restructuring and industrial relations matters alongside issues arising from corporate transactions. Equally well versed in handling contentious work, the group jointly led by David Hughes and the 'well regarded' Kim Pattullo also handles regular employment tribunal proceedings pertaining to unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Key clients

Action 4 Equality (Scotland)


2 Touch BPO

Enventure International

Ove Arup

Oodle Financial Services


ANM Group


Slater Menswear

GAP Group


Smarter Grid Solutions

Heart of Midlothian

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard's group is recognised in Scotland for its work in the onshore wind sector, where it  advises a range of established developers, funders, contractors, and new market entrants. While the team is notably strong in corporate and financing matters, the planning consent and dispute resolution teams are increasingly active in the space. Alan Shanks heads up the practice, and Paul Minto advises on energy and climate change regulatory issues.

Key clients

Red Rock Power Limited


Kilmac Energy

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm



Certas Energy

Scotia Gas Networks

Burcote Wind

Gravis Capital Partners

Property litigation Tier 3

Jointly led by Simon Catto and Joan Devine, the 'experienced' team at Addleshaw Goddard handles a wide range of contentious property issues for companies and high-net-worth individuals such as the recovery of rent arrears, dilapidation claims, and claims for compensation arising from compulsory purchases as well as eviction, lease, title and access matters. Managing associate and real estate litigator Edward Gratwick is recommended.


Joan Devine is a safe pair of hands and very knowledgeable.’

Demonstrates strong professionalism and high ethical standards.

Key clients

Lloyds Pharmacy

Virgin Media

Gerald and Deborah Hilferty

Link Group

Link Housing Association

Planning Tier 4

'Extremely knowledgeable and diligent' planning team head Sarah Baillie at Addleshaw Goddard is an accredited specialist in planning law by the Law Society of Scotland and is also a chartered town planner with corporate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. This expertise leads to a steady flow of mandates on various development projects across Scotland, including housing and regeneration, infrastructure and transport as well as energy and retail. The 'strong' team also provides assistance with appeals and legal challenges to planning and other statutory consents.


Sarah Baillie brings unique breadth of experience and knowledge and is easy to work with.

Provides practical guidance through the planning process, knows the associated risks and how to mitigate them.

The team has a pragmatic and solution-finding ethos.

Sound, reliable advice delivered in a timely fashion, always on scope and in accordance with agreed terms.

Key clients


Aldi Stores


Scotland Gas Networks (SGN)

Red Rock Power


Pentland Studios

British Telecommunications

Legal & General

Highlands and Islands Airports


On 1 June 2017, HBJ Gateley merged with Addleshaw Goddard. The business is known in Scotland as Addleshaw Goddard. The enlarged firm is delivering greater value to clients through enhanced UK-wide legal coverage, increased practice and sector bench strength and more flexible resourcing. It 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. 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 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, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. 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 is a market leader across its chosen sectors: digital, financial services, energy and utilities, health, industrials, retail and consumer, real estate and transport.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Private capital:

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


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Charles Penney
Managing partner John Joyce
Senior partner for Scotland Malcolm McPherson
Corporate David Kirchin
Finance and projects Alan Shanks
Litigation Simon Catto
Real estate Miles Ede
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anna Brown  photo Anna Brown
Number of UK partners : 240
Number of other UK fee-earners : 860

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees flocked to Addleshaw Goddard to pursue 'news-worthy work' in a firm with a 'very strong regional presence' in Leeds, Manchester, Scotland, as well as London. The training is described as 'involved and ambitious' and recruits receive 'substantial training from the firm at the beginning of every seat' which allows them to 'stay on top of what is happening or on the horizon in the legal and commercial world'. What's more, 'there is a lot of focus on legal technology' at the firm. A Lex 100 Winner medal for quality of work is explained by the 'unusual amount of drafting and deal management responsibility', which pleased trainees greatly. Thanks to a 'more approachable partner set', there is 'no hierarchical snobbery' at Addleshaw Goddard, and the 'unrivalled friendly and collaborative culture' is credited with 'making a tough day much easier'. Some respondents complained about the remuneration, in particular in offices outside of London. It was also noted that the Scottish office buildings are 'definitely lacking' when compared with their English counterparts. 'Long hours' were begrudged, although it was acknowledged that 'you'll never find yourself working alone late at night – it is a team effort'. A second Lex 100 Winner medal is awarded for international secondments, during which trainees are 'warmly embraced by overseas colleagues' and 'the firm does its best to ensure you have a good time'. 'Going to Stornoway for a complex Land Court Hearing' was a clear work highlight, whilst 'sorting through boxes which had been in archive for 15 years' was not as enjoyable. If a firm with a 'real feel of team spirit', which works for 'clients people have heard of', sounds like a good fit for you, research Addleshaw Goddard.