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Addleshaw Goddard LLP


Addleshaw Goddard LLP - London
  • Milton Gate
  • 60 Chiswell Street
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC1Y 4AG
  • Senior Partner Monica Burch
  • Managing Partner Paul Devitt
  • Number of partners 159
  • Fee-earners 521 
  • Trainees 74

THE FIRM Addleshaw Goddard is committed to delivering outstanding value and to doing all it can to help clients succeed in their ambitions, in the UK and globally. By understanding what really matters to clients, spending time in their markets and through finding new and better ways to deliver and price its services, clients report time and again that the firm’s investment in them, allied with first-rate technical expertise, sets Addleshaw Goddard apart. Addleshaw Goddard is also recognised for its differentiated approach to attracting, retaining and developing great people. In the last 12 months the firm has made investment in key growth areas through 17 new partner appointments in the UK alone, including 9 lateral hires and 8 internal promotions. The firm offers a full range of commercial legal services from its offices in London, Leeds, Manchester, Dubai, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar and Singapore and through a world-wide network of strong relationships with chosen firms in North America, Europe and other key and emerging jurisdictions. As part of an increasing focus on the Asia Pacific region, the firm also has a formal alliance with Tokyo-based Hashidate Law Office. 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 the firm’s operating divisions – commercial services, corporate, finance and projects, litigation and real estate – as well as in its four chosen sectors: financial services, government, energy and infrastructure, retail and consumer and real estate.

Commercial Services: With strength and depth across outsourcing, IP, media, sport, IT, commercial contracts and competition, pensions and trade and regulation, the firm also provides advice on advertising, publishing, broadcasting, new media and e-commerce issues. In addition it has one of the leading employment and employee benefits groups in the UK, renowned for their ability to deal with a range of people issues, unexpected contractual matters and employment claims that are high value, sensitive and have the potential to affect business reputation. Its award-winning Employment Channel provides employment news and training programmes over the internet.
Corporate: Recognised as one of the leading groups in the UK, the firm is well known for its work in M&A, Stock Exchange flotations, corporate finance, public to privates, joint ventures, management buyouts, private equity, corporate restructuring, partnerships, tax, insurance: corporate, regulatory, venture capital. The institutional side of the City practice combines the company, securities, compliance, commercial and tax expertise necessary to advise corporate finance clients. The firm has advised numerous sponsors of domestic flotations and underwriters of equity issues. The firm also has a leading reputation in private equity with strong relationships with all the UK’s equity houses.
Finance & Projects: A practice with a breadth of expertise advising banks, financial institutions and corporates on all areas of finance including general bank lending, acquisition finance, asset finance (including aviation), capital markets, securitisation and structured finance, islamic finance, leveraged finance, project finance, property finance and trade finance. A leader in the PFI and projects field acting for banking clients as well as project sponsors, it also has a leading reputation in the building society sector, having advised on each of the last 21 building society mergers. The firm’s Business Support and Restructuring Group advises a portfolio of blue-chip clients.
Litigation: The firm has significant expertise in relation to all aspects of dispute resolution. It advises corporate and commercial clients as well as having specialist expertise in areas such as banking and securities, construction disputes, defamation, fraud, white collar crime, product liability, especially in the healthcare industry, real estate, product liability, media, pensions, IT/outsourcing, insurance and reinsurance and also in international arbitration and ADR. Its innovative approach to litigation funding helps clients to retain control of litigation costs and reduce their financial exposure.
Private Capital: The firm also has one of the most significant private capital groups in the UK with trusted advisors to clients including corporates, high net worth individuals and charities on personal financial planning, trusts, contentious trusts and tax.
Real Estate: With one of the largest real estate teams in the UK, the firm has capacity to handle large and very complex transactions, acting for institutional investors and entrepreneurs, national property developers and large corporates (including retail and leisure clients) with extensive property portfolios. In addition to mainstream property advice the firm has specialist expertise in areas such as property litigation, tax and property joint ventures, construction, planning and environment.

  • Commercial Services Malcolm Pike
  • Corporate Philip Goodstone
  • Finance & Projects Richard Papworth
  • Litigation Simon Kamstra
  • Real Estate Mark Haywood


Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Principally active on lender-side mandates across a wide range of asset classes and sectors. Expanded bench of banking specialists in London and long-standing relationships with key financial institutions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 Client service: "Direct and full involvement at partner level, technical knowledge and advice. They took the time to fully understand their clients' needs at the outset." 

Bench strength: "Highly commercial, with strong lawyers."

What's new? The team was reappointed to the Barclays legal panel.

Work highlights Acted for Bank of Ireland and Lloyds TSB Bank on the provision of £80 million of funding for Local World to acquire two local newspaper businesses.

Notable practitioners 

Experienced practitioner John Cutler is commended for his "direct and full involvement" in transactions, as well as the high quality of his "technical knowledge and advice." 

Head of department Amanda Gray is identified by market sources as a "class act." She is well known for her strong and enduring relationships with key lender clients, and has a wealth of experience in corporate and acquisition finance.  

Significant clients Barclays, HSBC, Macquarie Capital, Investec Bank, The Co-operative Group.

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established presence in the London market with major banking clients and extensive capabilities in the field. Particular strength in derivatives and structured products litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "All the people I have worked with there have been really first-rate."

What's new? Three new arrivals boost the team, including contentious regulatory specialist Chris Brennan, who joins from Lloyds TSB.

Work highlights Represented NatWest in respect of damages claims brought against it for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and negligence amounting to approximately £29 million. 

Acted on behalf of Barclays Bank in a high-value case against UniCredit and Bank Austria in connection with synthetic securitisation and resultant regulatory capital support provided by the client.

Notable practitioners 

"An excellent academic lawyer and tactician," Mark Gill heads the department and impresses peers, clients and counsel. One source notes: "The client relationship management is excellent, and his advice is sound and practical."

Described as "a very serious operator who knows his stuff," Michael Barnett has extensive experience working with financial institutions. Clients appreciate his ability to "manage an enormous team with great skill."

Significant clients Barclays Bank, Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, Bank Leumi UK, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe.

Competition/European Law - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Capability and experience in handling a range of competition matters. Provides sector-specific expertise to clients from key industries including water, energy and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They engage very well with clients and go out of their way to provide support."

Industry knowledge: "They have deep experience in the competition law arena, and are able to draw on previous work to inform us of the process and how to develop our own responses."

Work highlights Acted for Sainsbury's in obtaining merger clearance for its first acquisition in the petrol filling station market.

Advised GVC Holdings on the competition aspects of its joint bid, made with William Hill, for Sportingbet.

Notable practitioners 

Bruce Kilpatrick acted as the lead partner on the aforementioned acquisition by Sainsbury's and is viewed as a fast-emerging heavyweight. He has experience of complex market investigations at the EC level.

Sources say Rona Bar-Isaac "has a great level of commercial awareness" and "an eye for detail," as well as "the ability to always find a pragmatic solution quickly." She is the firm's legal director, and has played the lead role in several of the firm's standout matters.

Significant clients RBS Group, Diageo, UK Fuels, Ofwat.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-21 partners
-34 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on joint ventures and M&A transactions on behalf of substantial clients including FTSE 100 companies. Has notable strength in advising clients in the financial services, real estate and professional practices sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "They gave us strategic direction."

Client service: "It's not something that I do everyday, and we got good advice."

What's new? New clients include Clinigen, Sirius Minerals and Valmont. M&A panel renewal and wins include Admiral Taverns, IAG/British Airways and High Speed 1.

Work highlights Advised Associated British Foods on its £34 million acquisition from Premier Foods of the Elephant Atta Chapatti flour business.

Advised Diageo on its £225 million acquisition of Meta Abo Brewery, part of the privatisation programme of the Ethiopian government.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Penney is a "highly capable, user-friendly and strong" lawyer, market sources report. His clients include Rathbone Partners.

William James attracts the respect of the business community for his technically strong and commercial approach to advising clients on a range of transactions. His areas of particular expertise include providing clients in the retail finance and transport sectors with strategic advice.

Andrew Rosling is "incredibly client-focused and highly knowledgeable, and really takes the time to understand your business," enthusiastic clients say. He heads the team.

Significant clients BAT, Barclays, Britvic, GVC, Sainsbury's, The Co-operative Group.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for An extensive network of domestic offices, delivering the ability to provide excellent representation in a value-for-money manner. Adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Value for money: "They have the ability to deliver complex, strategic and sensible support from London, whilst retaining a degree of pricing flexibility from regional areas."

Visibility: "A good choice with regards to topical, high-end disputes."

Work highlights Assisted Britvic with the employment law implications of several internal restructurings and the relocation of its head office.

Acted for BA/bmi on multiple claims brought before the Employment Tribunal on the closure of bmibaby.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Leftley offers excellent knowledge and substantial experience of the financial services sector. Clients particularly value the "commerciality of his advice" and his level of responsiveness.

Identified as a "diligent, committed and analytical" practitioner, Alasdair Simpson is regularly instructed on a range of boardroom disputes.

Richard Yeomans garners plaudits from clients for his ability to "give advice in a non-complex way." He is further commended for the "reassuring presence" he brings to sensitive situations, and was called upon to advise Britvic on the abovementioned matter.

Significant clients Accenture, Barclays Bank, Diageo, Laing O'Rourke, Paramount Pictures.

Fraud - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Best known for its representation of high-profile individuals from the CIS. Acts for claimants and defendants in an extensive range of fraud proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Attention to detail: "They are very on the ball and don't let anything go by unnoticed or untreated." 

Work highlights Continued to defend Mukhtar Ablyazov against multiple civil fraud proceedings brought by his former employer BTA Bank.

Continued to act for Boris Berezovsky in relation to his multibillion-pound dispute with Roman Abramovich.

Notable practitioners  

Jon Tweedale has notable experience of advising corporate clients and prominent individuals on the pursuance or defence of civil fraud claims. Sources appreciate his thoughtful approach to commercially sensitive issues.

Ian Hargreaves is identified as a "hands-on" litigator who is "relentless in going after the facts." He is one of the leading members of the team defending Mukhtar Ablyazov against a series of fraud claims brought by BTA Bank.

New entry to the rankings Mark Hastings is identified by clients as being "absolutely brilliant," and able to establish an "invaluable" rapport. He was the principal partner advising Boris Berezovsky on his dispute with Roman Abramovich.

Significant clients Plurimi Capital.

Hotels & Leisure - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners

What the team is known for Offers a range of legal services to hotel and leisure sector clients, including IP, regulatory and employment advice. Particularly active in real estate and financing work.

Work highlights Advised Travelodge on its financial and operational restructure, reducing bank debt by £306 million and injecting £75 million of new money into the company.

Advised Admiral Taverns on its £200 million acquisition by Cerebus Capital Management.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Shufflebotham focuses on corporate real estate, and has particular expertise in portfolio transactions. He led on Admiral Taverns' acquisition by Cerebus Capital Management. 

Significant clients Jefferson Hotels, NH Hotels, Enterprise Inns, HSBC, Cirrus Inns.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners

What the team is known for Concentrates principally on business-critical contracts for outsourcing, system implementation and data centre acquisition. Acts mainly for customers, but also maintains good relationships with supplier companies. Mobile payment and virtual network operator transactions are also a specialism.

Work highlights Advised NHS Business Services Authority on a framework agreement for the provision of a safety alarm system based on mobile phone technology.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Lowry is a key contact.

Significant clients Aviva, Capita, Department of Health, Sainsbury's, Travelodge.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department 
- 17 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Marked out by an increasingly international focus and involvement in several headline-grabbing matters of late. Attracts a diverse client base of financial institutions, blue-chip corporations and high net worth individuals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They work very well together as a team." 

Work highlights Acted for the late Boris Berezovsky on significant claims against the estate of Arkady Patarkatsishvili.

Acted for Barclays Bank on a claim worth around EUR82 million against UniCredit's German and Austrian subsidiaries.  

Notable practitioners  

Mark Hastings wins the admiration of the market for his work on the Berezovsky case. He is a hugely experienced litigator with particular expertise in litigation originating in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Significant clients British Airways, Diageo, Standard Life, HSBC, Travelodge Hotels.  

Pensions - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Part of a sizeable national team. Works seamlessly in conjunction with the firm's experts based in Leeds and Manchester. Areas of expertise include SIPPs and pension products, professional services partnerships and public sector pensions issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They hold work-in-progress meetings to make sure they stay on top of legal projects and make sure we're meeting deadlines and budgets."

Technical ability: "Their knowledge and experience is very good, and the manner in which they can produce recommendations is excellent."

Work highlights Assisted British Airways with matters connected to the new automatic enrolment legislation. This included advising on compliance issues, reviewing contracts of employment, advising on the status of workers and discussing deeds of amendment with the trustees.

Advised the Citrus Pension Plan trustee on a range of day-to-day matters and on a number of projects, such as a bulk transfer in from the Shipbuilders Industry Pension Scheme, a bulk transfer out of two sections of the scheme into Babcock and the merger of two sections.

Notable practitioners  

Catherine McAllister heads up the team and acts for clients such as British Airways and the Crédit Agricole Trustee. One client notes that she is "very thorough in her advice" and "very proactive in terms of managing projects."

Nicola Severn is a solicitor at the firm and is praised for providing "crystal clear" advice. She has recently assisted on a wide range of issues for clients, including British Airways and Citrus Pension Plan trustee.

Significant clients Wolseley UK, Rathbones, Crédit Agricole Trustee, Citrus Pension Plan Trustee, Admenta UK.

Planning - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Focuses on London retail, housing and infrastructure projects. Substantial experience in strategically advising on complex planning applications and managing judicial review process.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, providing advice on a highway compulsory purchase order relating to a new highway link between the M18 and A638 roads.

Notable practitioners  

Marnix Elsenaar is head of department and has acted for Scottish Widows Investment Partnership on planning matters.

One impressed source notes that Gary Sector "is someone I've enjoyed working with – he was on the other side of a matter and did a very good job for his client." Sector led on the Doncaster highway compulsory purchase order.

Significant clients Dandara, EY, Muse Developments, Sainsbury's, Taylor Wimpey.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-6 partners
-34 other qualified partners

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged as a solid practice focusing on lender-side mandates. Core work includes loan originations and restructuring finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are well co-ordinated as a firm; the various strands work well together. They deliver within the timescales dictated. They take the initiative on transactions and make sure that all of the bases are covered."

Commercial awareness: "They understand our business and therefore we place great trust in their advice." 

Work highlights Restructured loan facilities amounting to £312 million for IBRC, the sole lender to Puma Hotels group.

Acted for HSBC on a loan facility of around £40 million granted to Spire Industrial Estates. The loan was secured on a portfolio of 16 properties.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Salsbury is recognised as an integral part of the team at Addleshaw Goddard. Clients describe him as an "extremely capable and commercial lawyer."

Dave Wilson is commended for his strong interpersonal skills. Clients say he is "exceptional, providing quality advice and service,” and note that "it is easy to build a rapport with him.”

Significant clients Aareal Bank, Allied Irish Banks, Bank of London and The Middle East, Barclays, BAWAG. 

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for commercial property owners and developers on litigation arising from their real estate portfolios. Advises major corporate clients on property disputes arising from insolvencies and professional negligence claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They offer greater overview than other firms – less detail, more big picture."

Work highlights Represented Level 3 Communications, defending the company against a £4 million dilapidations claim and initiating contribution proceedings against Level 3's subtenants. The case affects several aspects of the law, including lease covenant issues and valuation determinations.

Advised Travelodge on lease liabilities and other property litigation aspects relating to its recent company voluntary arrangement.

Notable practitioners  

Sources remark of Andrew Blower that he is "an incredibly safe pair of hands." He has expertise in the full ambit of property litigation matters ranging from major dilapidations claims to lease renewals and professional negligence-related property disputes.

Significant clients Level 3 Communications, Primark, Sainsbury's, Threadneedle, Travelodge.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 87 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers commercial property services including investment, funds, development, financing and asset management. The financial services sector is a particular strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "It's a hugely attentive service. You feel they get under the skin of how you are planning to do a deal. They are flexible in the approach they take to meet your needs and protect you as a client."

Commercial awareness: "They are held in high esteem as trusted advisers who add value."

What's new? Harcourt Capital Partners and Royal College of Music secured as new clients.

Work highlights Acted for HSH Nordbank on the sale of its Aldgate development site to a Barratt and British Land joint venture.

Acted for Deloitte, the receivers to the special servicer of a 35-property portfolio valued at around £800 million, on asset management initiatives.

Notable practitioners 

Jane Hollinshead is property sector head at the firm and specialises in structured property transactions. Clients comment that "she is strategic, adds value and has a huge fluency in terms of the industry."

Significant clients Threadneedle, Mount Anvil, Co-operative Group, Primark, Sainsbury's.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Partner-led representation, with a focus on core bank panel clients. In-depth experience of large-scale, mid-market deals. Also adept at advising administrators and insolvency practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They are great for high-profile assignments in contentious insolvency matters, especially those that involve intricate court applications."

What's new? New clients include PNC and Hatfield Phillips.

Work highlights Advised Lloyds Banking Group on the restructuring of debt, securities and bank facilities for Sunrise Senior Living Group.

Representing the administrators, Deloitte, on the restructuring and insolvency of Palace Investments and Thistle Investments which has included dealing with a large property portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Alison Goldthorp is singled out as "technically very competent, knowledgeable, hard-working and highly dedicated to making sure clients get the quality of service." She has recently acted on behalf of Sony, BDO and Deloitte.

Daniel Redstone has wide experience of domestic restructuring and insolvency matters. He has acted as lead partner to several core banking clients recently, including being the main adviser to Lloyds Banking Group on the Sunrise financial restructuring.

Fraser Ritson is valued for his "excellent attention to detail." He is recognised for his bank-side work, although sources comment that he is experienced on both sides of a transaction. Recent clients include KPMG and RBS.

Significant clients RBS, Barclays Bank, HSBC, Santander, NAG.

Tax - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a range of M&A, restructurings, securitisations and private equity-related work. Strong sector-specific focus on the financial services, property and retail spheres.

Work highlights Advised GVC Holdings on its joint bid, with William Hill, for the purchase of Sportingbet, which involved complex tax-structuring issues.

Provided tax advice to Clinigen Group in relation to its placing and admission to AIM, with a market capitalisation of £135 million.

Notable practitioners  

Elaine Gwilt is a key contact in the London office.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, Diageo, Barclays, Semperian, Capita.

Banking & Finance - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Assists on high-end transactions, including general corporate lending, leveraged finance, asset finance, and property and development finance. Serves a client base comprising lenders, borrowers and sponsors, including key banking clients such as RBS, Santander, The Co-operative Bank and Nationwide Building Society. Ranked offices in Leeds and Manchester.

Notable practitioners  

Martin O'Shea and David Handy are key contacts at the firm.

Banking Litigation - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Tremendous and large banking litigation practice receiving recurrent instructions from major banks on high-value disputes. Encompasses professional negligence, fraud and asset finance expertise. Acts for banks such as Barclays, HSBC, Santander and the Co-operative Bank, and also takes instructions from the likes of GE Capital, Leeds Building Society and Aegon. Ranked office in Leeds.

Notable practitioners Sally Butt is a key contact.

Employment - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Concentration of resources in the north of England, advising FTSE 100 and other market-leading clients on issues arising across the country. Particularly accomplished in Employment Tribunal claims, though it also advises on transactional and trade union concerns. Key clients include Barclays Bank, Wolseley, British Airways and William Hill. Ranked offices in Leeds and Manchester.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
National capabilities: "They have the ability to deliver complex, strategic and sensible support from London, whilst retaining a great degree of pricing flexibility from regional areas."

Notable practitioners Andrew Chamberlain heads the national employment group.

Intellectual Property - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Advises FTSE 100 and 250 clients on all possible contentious and non-contentious IP needs. Experienced in handling registration, management and enforcement of trade marks, patent litigation, licensing arrangements and commercial agreements. Although much of its resource base is located in the North of England, the team acts for clients such as British Airways, Harrods, Tata and Travelodge Hotels both nationally and internationally. Ranked offices in Manchester.

Notable practitioners

Monica Burch is a key contact.

Litigation - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for National giant with historic strength in the North of England, attracting mandates from clients across the UK. Impresses with innovative service delivery methods and a willingness to take on big cases on a conditional fee arrangement basis. Clients include Sainsbury's, British Airways, Tata Chemicals, Volkswagen, Michelin and William Hill. Ranked offices in Leeds and Manchester.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
National capability: "The firm's focus is increasingly national and international."

Notable practitioners Simon Kamstra is the key contact.

Pensions - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Large specialist team catering to a variety of blue-chip UK companies. Institution clients include Britvic, Barclays, Arriva and the IAG Group. Trustee clients include those for the ASDA Pension Scheme, the University of Newcastle Scheme and the Tioxide Pension Scheme. Ranked office in Leeds.

Notable practitioners

Rachel Rawnsley is a key contact.

Restructuring/Insolvency - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Leading national team which continues to be a favourite of domestic insolvency practitioners, building societies and banks. Also earns favour for its related strengths in pensions and real estate concerns. Clients include JD Sports (on buyer-side matters), Eddisons and GVA Grimley. Ranked offices in Leeds and Manchester.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
National capability: "The firm benefits from its national status. It certainly has a reasonable presence locally too."

Notable practitioners John Joyce is the key contact.

Tax - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Assists clients with tax issues concerning M&A, investments, restructuring and private equity transactions. Also houses expertise in property transactions and development projects. Strong focus upon the financial services, property and retail sectors, with key clients including the Co-operative Group, Standard Life and PZ Cussons. Ranked offices in Leeds and Manchester.

Notable practitioners 

Department head Justine Delroy is the key contact.

Banking Litigation - North East & Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation in the region. Widely recognised for its ability to assist in complex, high-value banking disputes. Broad financial services offering including asset finance, professional negligence and fraud.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The client relationship management is excellent, the advice sound and they are practical."

Market standing: "A serious banking litigation team in Leeds doing high-quality work."

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Sally Butt is widely respected and has a strong presence in the Leeds market. She has specific expertise in asset finance litigation and is recognised as "very prominent in the asset finance industry."

Ian Hastings is highly regarded by peers and praised as a "very good litigator." He manages major client relationships and advises on complex, high-profile matters.

Ben Lowans has particular expertise in asset finance litigation and experience working with multiple jurisdictions.

Significant clients Barclays Bank, HSBC, Leeds Building Society, ING Lease UK, The Co-operative Bank.

Pensions - North East & Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Serves blue-chip clients across the UK. Offers specialisms in areas such as pension products, public sector pensions issues, professional service partnerships and independent trustee work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The firm invests a lot of time in understanding what's important for us. That's the difference between adequate firms and very good firms: how they apply their technical skills to your business."

Cost-efficiency: "Addleshaw Goddard has a very good commercial sense and is reasonably priced."

Market standing: "They are very technical lawyers, highly experienced and have a very good client base."  

Work highlights Advised both ASDA Stores and the trustees of the ASDA Pensions Plan on the new automatic enrolment obligations, affecting 130,000 employees.

Advised the trustees of the University of Sheffield Pension Scheme on the replacement of the university's defined benefit final salary scheme with a cash balance plan.  

Notable practitioners  

Jade Murray leads the firm's niche self-invested personal pensions (SIPP) and personal pensions practice. She wins praise from clients and peers as "very bright" with an "encyclopaedic knowledge."

Rachel Rawnsley is head of the pensions department and has recently acted for clients including the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and Arriva. One enthusiastic source describes her as "the best pensions lawyer in the North of England."

Stuart Mansfield is a well-regarded senior associate in the team. Commentators describe him as "excellent," "commercial" and "pragmatic."  

Managing associate Rachel Uttley is recommended as a "very bright, capable" and "high-quality" lawyer. She recently assisted on an automatic enrolment compliance matter for British Airways/IAG.

Significant clients ASDA Pension Schemes trustees, Britvic, Barclays Bank, International Airlines Group, University of Newcastle Scheme trustees.

Private Client - North East & Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Applies strong commercial expertise to traditional private client matters, with a family business focus. Noted for its strength in complex wills and probate, trust restructurings and succession planning.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They have a very strong private client team."

Consistency: "I continue to pass work to them because their past performances have always been exemplary." 

Sources comment that the team has excellent knowledge-based and multidisciplinary strengths. It draws on the reputation of its corporate department to offer comprehensive services to family businesses and high net worth individuals.

What's new? Katie Moss has joined the team from Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley, bolstering its tax, administration and trusts offering.

Notable practitioners 

Paul Howell is a leading partner in the private client department and focuses his practice on capital tax planning for both resident and non-domiciled clients. According to a client, he is "an astute, pragmatic partner, who delivers detailed private client advice." 

Head of the Leeds team Pervinder Kaur is noted for her dual expertise in private client and charities matters. She routinely handles a broad range of matters including succession planning, trust formation and restructuring, and trustees' liabilities. 

Professional Negligence - North East & Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Chiefly represents high-street banks and building societies, and has successfully retained important panel appointments. Clients benefit from its specialist expertise in mortgage fraud, owing to its experience in insurance matters.

Notable practitioners  

Sally Butt heads the department and is principally involved in advising lenders and prominent finance companies.

Banking & Finance - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Retains a very strong position in the region with considerable strength in depth. Notable for tackling a formidable volume of high-end corporate work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Excellent degree of expertise and commercial acumen. They put in the effort at the front end and they are very accessible."

Technical ability: "They've proved to be very thorough and have a good eye for detail."

What's new? Rebecca Williams was promoted to partner from the asset finance team, transferring her considerable experience on leasing and receivables transactions to the banking and finance practice.

Jill Parker and Simon Prendergast are new additions to the team.

Work highlights Advised GE Capital on the financing, through debt and lease finance, of Hospedia's installation of media terminals in multiple hospitals.

Acted for PZ Cussons in relation to the provision of £135 million worth of syndicated term and revolving credit facilities from RBS, Barclays and HSBC.

Notable practitioners  

The "technically excellent" Martin O'Shea is highly regarded for his work in the corporate lending market, as well as his experience in acting for both borrowers and lenders in the leveraged finance and property finance markets. He receives a raft of positive feedback, with one market observer describing him as "one of the best banking practitioners in the area." Another client praises his ability to "create commercial synergy."

Legal director Richard Chandler assisted on the high-profile Mountain Capital mandate, involving the restructuring of debt facilities acquired by NAMA. The deal involved 34 companies in six jurisdictions.

Helen Corner is notable for her keen networking abilities, with one client reporting: "She's good at developing relationships with the banks." Barclays, HSBC and Santander rank among her lender clients.

Andrew Maskill is particularly well regarded for his capabilities in asset finance and brings this expertise to bear on a national level. One client states: "He focuses on the client and doesn't let anything get in the way of that. He is very relationship-driven."

New partner Simon Prendergast is very popular with clients for his conscientious approach and for being "proactive and sensitive" to their needs. He is renowned for his specialism in asset-based lending.

Significant clients Aareal Bank, Investec Asset Finance, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, Close Brothers, The Co-operative Bank.

Construction - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 associates
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for A key player in the market with an excellent reputation. The team is well known for its instructions from developers and institutional funders.

Work highlights Advised the Manchester Metropolitan University on the construction of a new £70 million student accommodation building.

Advised UPP on the design and construction of a £50 million project creating social, leisure and wellbeing facilities.

Notable practitioners  

Nancy McGuire is highly regarded by her peers. She leads the non-contentious offering at the practice and specialises in procurement strategies, drafting and partnering agreements. She is involved in key public and private sector matters.

Jonathan Tattersall heads the contentious construction practice at the firm. He specialises in arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Significant clients United Utilities, Co-operative Group, Manchester City Council, Semperian Asset Management.

Corporate/M&A - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Acting on behalf of major national and multinational clients in some of the most substantial and visible transactions in the region. Broad experience thanks to significant strength in depth.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity: "Their advice was very clear and concise. They have the ability to identify the essential issues."

Partner involvement: "The involvement by the partners was far greater than I had anticipated."

Market standing: "They are the premier blue-chip firm in Manchester."

Work highlights Advised the Shareholders of Bifold Group on the proposed sale of the group.

Acted for Lloyds TSB Development Capital in the funding of a tertiary management buyout in the region of £85 million.

Represented the shareholders and management of Fircroft Engineering Services in relation to a £140 million investment into the company by Equistone Private Equity.

Notable practitioners

Michael Birchall leads the corporate team at the firm and focuses his practice on M&A and corporate finance. He advised Bruntwood Group on its purchase of a controlling shareholding in Manchester Science Parks.

Roger Hart was the lead partner representing the shareholders and management of Fircroft Engineering Services in an investment into the company by Equistone Private Equity. One client described him as "very commercially minded and technically excellent."

Neal Shepherd represents clients across a variety of industry sectors in M&A and private equity matters. His clients include Muller Dairies and Montagu Private Equity.

Jim Tully is described by one client as combining "a great deal of experience" with the ability to provide "calm and sage advice."

Paul Medlicott receives praise from clients for his "amazing work rate." He has particular expertise in advising consumer product businesses.

Richard Thomas focuses his practice on M&A and corporate finance. Clients say he is "very client-focused, practical and sensible." 

Significant clients Lloyds TSB Development Capital, Moneysupermarket.com, The Co-operative Group.

Employment - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester 

What the team is known for Employment Tribunal work is a core element of the practice. Each year the team tackles a substantial number of claims for high-profile names in the transport, retail and education sectors.

What's new? The arrival of three experienced associates is expected to boost the team's offering.

Work highlights Handled British Airways' acquisition of bmi and subsequent integration procedures.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Chamberlain handles some of the team's most high-profile and sensitive matters. He also leads the team's relationship with Barclays.

Malcolm Pike has years of experience in the field. His recent work includes the abovementioned British Airways matter as well as representing Associated British Foods.

Significant clients HSBC, Clinigen, American Airlines, Morgan Stanley, The Co-operative Group.

Since publication, Andrew Chamberlain has joined DWF LLP

Since publication, Andrew Chamberlain has joined DWF LLP

Information Technology - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Leading North West IT practice. Sizeable department with good depth of experience. Predominantly advises on procurements and service agreements. Counts leading international and high street brands among its clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Addleshaws has made a real effort to develop a deeper understanding of our business. The team is very responsive and engaged in supporting us and prioritising us as a client." 

Market standing: "Addleshaws is one of the heavyweight firms in Manchester, with good people there, a good client base and lots of experience." 

What's new? Appointed to the Government Procurement Services' legal services panel.

Work highlights Acted for Football League subsidiary FL Interactive on the negotiation of its free and subscription-based live streaming services with Perform Group.

Advised Peel Media Studio Services in relation to its new core services contracts at the joint BBC-ITV Northern base Mediacity, including WiFi and network infrastructure.

Notable practitioners  

Regional "stalwart" Paul Bentham recently acted for Ombudsman Services in relation to an ADR hosting system contract with Peppermint Technology.

James Whittaker is described as a "really good lawyer" whom sources note for his technical skill. His practice features a niche in sports and media matters, and he was lead lawyer on the FL Interactive matter listed above.

Significant clients Associated British Foods, Barclays, British Airways, Co-operative Group, Sainsbury's.

Intellectual Property - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Working with some of the biggest commercial brands in the country. Enjoys an increasing profile in the Manchester fashion industry.

Work highlights Advised Harrods on its multi-jurisdiction trade mark filing strategy.

Counselled JD Sports Fashion on the IP aspects of acquisitions and disposals of sport and fashion brands.

Retained by De Beers on a variety of matters, including on contractual IP concerns.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Bentham heads up the team. He is experienced in helping clients with the protection and exploitation of brands and designs. "He is technically very strong and an extremely able lawyer." 

Significant clients British Airways, The Co-operative Group, Primark, Sainsbury's, Tata. 

Litigation - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its strong North West practice and ability to handle complex high-quality litigation across a broad range of industry sectors. Further noted for its capability on disputes involving international elements. Wins large mandates with innovative litigation funding. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Top-standard in terms of the quality of communication about the process and the quality of advice itself."

Responsiveness: "Very thorough, very on the ball, very responsive."

Work highlights Acted alongside London colleagues for Mukhtar Ablyazov on the high-profile multibillion-pound case brought by BTA Bank.

Notable practitioners

John Gosling is a highly reputed litigator in the Manchester market and has specific expertise in professional negligence work.

Susan Garrett leads the commercial litigation group in Manchester and focuses her practice on complex high-value disputes relating to trusts, tax and pensions.

Mark Molyneux has a broad practice with extensive experience leading complex commercial disputes. He has notable expertise in the areas of international arbitration and fraud.

"Very bright, very able and also very approachable," Clare Dwyer has particular expertise in public procurement litigation. Clients appreciate the "very high standard of service and quality of advice" she provides.

Significant clients British Airways, Barclays Bank, ITN, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Capita.

Planning - North West

Basic facts about the department
-1 partner
-1 associate
-Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Concentrates its strength in key sectors such as housing development and infrastructure projects. Able to call upon resources from a nationwide planning department spread across three UK offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "Nothing fazes them in terms of their ability to handle what's coming."

What's new? New clients include European Metal Recycling and Omega Warrington.

Work highlights Advised JC Bamford Excavators on a variety of planning matters, including a mixed-use development project in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Advised Sainsbury's on a range of new store and extension development projects across the Midlands and North of England.

Notable practitioners  

Sources call Grant Anderson "an all-round good guy and a very good lawyer." He heads the Manchester planning department and recently managed a planning permission appeal on behalf of RRS/Shanks Waste Management.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, JC Bamford Excavators, Muse Developments, Salford City Council, Tata Chemicals. 

Private Client - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for A strong reputation for handling the corporate aspects of private client work. Routine work includes tax investment advice, contentious probate and estate matters, and cross-border work for institutional and high net worth clients.  

Notable practitioners 

Yorke Eaton is a key contact.

Significant clients The Co-operative Group, Barclays Bank Trust Company, HSBC Trust Company. 

Real Estate - North West

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Handles matters across the whole spectrum of commercial property work, advising banks and national retail and developer clients on high-value transactions and projects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "A young dynamic team that has always responded to the challenges of the work we've given it."

Work highlights Advised the Co-operative Group on the NOMA project, a mixed-use development in Manchester city centre.

Notable practitioners

Market sources say Mark Haywood is a "very reasonable and very sensible lawyer to deal with." He was lead partner on the NOMA project.

Richard Wheeldon is experienced in advising significant developer, fund manager and property clients.

Peter Kershaw handles the whole range of commercial property matters, and has particular expertise in advising clients with substantial property portfolios.

Stephen Kinsey is noted by a market source as a "very competent chap," and is well known for advising clients in the Manchester area.

"Very capable and commercial," Nathan Jansen "understands the brief and gets on with it."

Significant clients Sainsbury's, VALAD, Standard Life, Muse Developments, MEPC.

Real Estate Litigation - North West

Basic facts about the department
-1 partner
-4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises corporate occupiers on all property issues. Experienced in handling dilapidation claims, rent reviews and lease interpretations. Also adept at handling property issues arising from insolvency, primarily on the side of landlords or administrators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "They always provide us with straight advice – we know when we go for advice we will get it and it will be matter of fact and to the point."

Commercial awareness: "They are commercially minded, on the ball and very aware of legislation and case law."

What's new? New client wins include Monckton Properties and Betfred.

Work highlights Advised Valad Europe on the contentious issues of a property portfolio that the company was appointed to manage by Deloitte.

Advised the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on its property portfolio, including on dilapidation claims and lease terminations.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees say head of department Charles Jagger "is so experienced there is nothing he has not seen, which means he can be calm in situations where others may not be." His in-depth understanding of the market is highly valued. "I am always impressed with the depth of legal knowledge he has in relation to any property issue that may crop up," said one interviewee.

Patricia Love is viewed as an "excellent, commercial and sensible" practitioner. She has recently worked on a substantial number of insolvency matters, including possession claims, related to both commercial and residential leases.

Significant clients Standard Life Investments, Lloyds Pharmacy, McBride, Sainsbury's, PZ Cussons.

Restructuring/Insolvency - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Capably handles large, national-scale deals. Primarily focused on representing domestic banks and insolvency practitioners. Recognised for advanced expertise in real estate matters, specifically distressed property.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very commercial. I always feel that they understand what we are trying to do."

Market standing: "A solid fixture in the market." "They are still the firm to beat and they regularly handle national work."

What's new? New clients include Arbuthnot Latham.

Work highlights Acted for Baker Tilly, as administrators of DBC Foodservice, on the pre-pack sale process and £30 million of secured creditor debt.

Advised HSBC and Barclays on the refinancing of Ainscough Crane Hires' £105 million debt. 

Notable practitioners  

Sources say "big hitter" Ged Barnes is a "knowledgeable and capable" practitioner and is marked out by peers as "one of the leaders" in the region. Clients describe him as "excellent, professional and commercial." He was the lead partner on the DBC Foodservice transaction.

John Joyce heads the department, and is described by interviewees as "an absolutely great lawyer." Clients report that he gives them confidence in cases, and has a keen eye for practical issues; "rather than just looking at the legal issues, he will take it a step further".

Andrew Bates has relocated to Manchester from the Leeds office. Clients commend his "commercial acumen" as well as his "ability to relate to the challenges and pressures faced by clients and focus on their goals and business strategies."

Significant clients Barclays, Deloitte, BDO, Eddisons, Co-operative Bank.

Tax - North West

Basic facts about the department

- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Advises on the tax aspects of a range of corporate and property transactions, as well as assisting numerous clients in the private equity sphere. Highly regarded for its handling of high-profile development projects in the region. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "It's the quality of the advice, but also the pragmatic and commercial advice they give. They know their stuff, so you can identify the issues at hand."

Work highlights Providing structuring advice to the Co-operative Group on its £500 million NOMA development in Manchester.

Advised Wolseley on the tax aspects of its £30 million acquisition of part of Burdens' business. 

Notable practitioners  

Leeds-based partner Justine Delroy heads the tax department and specialises in complex real estate structuring, funds and regeneration projects, as well as corporate transactions. One impressed client notes: "She is technically strong and very good at co-ordinating and keeping control of the project. She's very approachable and responsive."

Significant clients Fircroft, Capita, Standard Life, Wolseley Group, PZ Cussons.

Environment - The North

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Leeds 

What the team is known for Advises clients on transactions, property matters and regulatory issues. Recognised for experience in areas such as contaminated land, permitting, waste matters and habitat law.  

Work highlights Advised Yorkshire Design Centre on issues relating to the redevelopment of a former chemical site.  

Notable practitioners 

Manchester-based Michelle Headrige was part of the team that handled the environment issues related to Wolseley's acquisition of part of Burdens. Sources describe her as a very hard-working lawyer who "knows what she is doing." 

Significant clients Hull City Council, Standard Life, Montpellier Estates, Stadium Developments, Sainsbury's.

Competition/European Law - The Regions

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 14 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester, Leeds

What the team is known for Offers clients seamless nationwide representation across the full spectrum of competition matters. Experienced in acting in high-profile, contentious competition cases before the courts and tribunals. Also demonstrates impressive expertise in market investigations and merger work.

Work highlights Advised Quarmby Construction Company and St James Holding on a matter that reached the Court of Appeal. The case concerned an appeal on the question of costs that had been awarded by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Advised QEP UK on its acquisition of both Homelux and Tile Rite, including providing notifications to the OFT.  

Notable practitioners  

Sources view Phil McDonnell as "a very trusted business adviser." He has a solid reputation in the market and is noted for his input on high-value mergers and behavioural competition matters.

Adam Aldred is singled out as being "very innovative" and "an able litigator." As such, he is often sought to advise on abuse of dominance cases and follow-on damages claims.

Significant clients Manchester City Council, Peel Group, Sainsbury's, Eden Brown, Simplyhealth.

Aviation - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department 
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Cross-practice group recognised for its long history of aircraft transactional work. Demonstrates strong focus on commercial work and litigation in aviation. Industry clients include airports, airlines and manufacturers, as well as banks and leasing companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "It is a very good commercial firm. The lawyers are very good with clients and very keen to help and get a good relationship going. Probably one of the firms that is coming up and improving, from the commercial side of things." 

Market standing: "A thoroughly professional outfit with great emphasis on air finance litigation."

Work highlights Advised LATAM Airlines Group on its contract with Contour Aerospace for the supply of seats for installation in its Boeing 787 aircraft.

Advising British Airways on various aviation-related matters, including the revision and updating of its pro forma maintenance agreements.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's aviation group, Rory MacCarthy focuses his practice on commercial transactional work. Commentators are impressed with his solid industry knowledge: "He is extremely knowledgeable on everything to do with aircraft leasing. His knowledge on the commercial side is also very impressive."

Significant clients Rolls-Royce, AirAsia, American Airlines, Flybe, Aviation Capital Group.

Capital Markets - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners

What the team is known for Operates as part of the firm's broader corporate finance department. Offers experience of successfully handling a number of large, high-value AIM flotations.

What's new? The former head of equity capital markets at Simmons & Simmons, Tim Fields, joined the team.

Work highlights Acted for new pharmaceuticals client Clinigen Group in connection with a £50 million placing of shares by Numis Securities, and its subsequent £135 million AIM IPO.

Advised online gaming operator GVC Holding, which is listed on AIM, with regard to its joint £485 million bid for Sportingbet. The other party to the bid is William Hill.

Notable practitioners 

Angus Rollo recently joined the firm from Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. He brings significant expertise in both domestic and international transactions. His wide-ranging experience encompasses biotechnology, resources and financial institutions.

Significant clients Daisy Group, Griffin Mining, Rockhopper Exploration, MyCelx Technologies, DCD Media.

Construction - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Broad expertise in the construction market and particularly active in housing and regeneration, student accommodation and the energy sector. With new overseas offices in Dubai and Singapore, the firm is also expanding its international presence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Addleshaw Goddard has provided high-calibre individuals with good industry knowledge and a proven track record."

Client service: "Very strong. They always deliver for us against our often quite difficult deadlines."

What's new? New clients include Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle and Vivergo. 

Work highlights Acted for UPP Projects on the £50 million construction of student accommodation and non-residential developments.

Acted for Building Better Health on a complicated health and social care development in White City, London. 

Notable practitioners  

Consultant Richard Cockram brings a wealth of experience as a construction lawyer to the table. 

Key partner Nancy McGuire is "personable and pragmatic, and she delivers in the timeframes requested." She has extensive experience in advising on construction documentation and procurement as well as dispute avoidance.

Significant clients Westbrook Partners, Volkswagen Group UK, Mount Anvil, University Partnerships Programme, Travelodge Hotels.

Consumer Finance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 associates
- Recommended office locations: Leeds, London

What the team is known for Outstanding knowledge and understanding of consumer credit issues and regulatory aspects of the industry. Especially well regarded for representing the largest banks, consumer credit agencies and building societies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The go-to firm because of their experience, depth of knowledge of the law and more significantly their suggestions for practical and pragmatic implementations."

Industry knowledge: "They are without a doubt one of the best teams I've worked with. They're all very knowledgeable, and have very practical experience and the inside track on how things work."

Market standing: "A great firm for which I have the utmost respect." 

What's new? New 'Torchlight' tool for clients, enabling access to current and future legal and regulatory developments in the financial industry, ranked by likely impact score and timelines.

New clients include Premium Credit, Close Brothers and Vanquis.

Work highlights Advises Wonga.com on regulatory compliance matters relating to its various projects, including the roll-out of its new point-of-sale credit product.

Provided compliance advice to the UK Cards Association on the launch of the facility to use contactless cards on the Transport for London Network.

Notable practitioners 

Amanda Hulme "is by far the industry leader for this work," say sources. She earns praise for her unsurpassed knowledge and experience in consumer credit, as well as for "using her knowledge to provide incredibly pragmatic, bespoke advice."

Rosanna Bryant is a younger lawyer who is quickly establishing a strong reputation in the market and impresses clients with her "depth of knowledge, fair amount of experience and good understanding of how our products work in the real world."

Significant clients Wonga.com, UK Asset Recovery, C Hoare & Co, RCI Financial Services, Bank of China.

Corporate Crime & Investigations - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises companies on Bribery Act compliance and criminal proceedings arising from allegations of corruption.

What's new? Nichola Peters has joined the team from Herbert Smith, adding further depth to the firm's corporate crime practice.

Notable practitioners 

"Talented" practitioner Ian Hargreaves is noted for being "smart strategically" and "very focused on the case." His criminal expertise is complemented by his highly regarded civil fraud practice.

"Up-and-coming" corporate crime partner Nichola Peters recently joined Addleshaw from Herbert Smith. She impresses sources with her "dedicated" and "committed" approach.

Defamation/Reputation Management - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Known for advising a range of public and private sector organisations. Also defends claims for libel brought by individuals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Very efficient. Clearly extremely experienced in this area."

Work highlights Continues to act for more than 90 participants in the News International voice mail interception arbitration scheme.

Notable practitioners  

David Engel has had a busy year as lead partner working on the News International phone hacking claims. He is best known for his work in media crisis management and protecting clients' reputations.

Education - UK-wide

What the team is known for Focuses on matters relating to procurement, estate management and the development of buildings and facilities.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Quality of advice: "They are pragmatic in their advice and take a very holistic approach."  

Work highlights Acted for Leicester Miller Education Company in relation to funding for building new schools.

Notable practitioners  

Nancy McGuire is a key contact.

Significant clients City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council, Kenton Schools Services. 

Employee Share Schemes & Incentives - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Commended for its broad client base, the team continues to advise listed clients, privately held companies and remuneration committees. Further strengths in assisting companies with the share scheme aspects of corporate transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They were always on time and they dealt with tricky personnel very well. They did everything that we wanted."   

Work highlights Assisted GVC with the share plan aspects of its proposed acquisition of Sportingbet.

Developed an Enterprise Management Incentive plan for C N Creative in advance of a potential divestiture.

Notable practitioners  

Departmental head Michael Carter continues to garner praise for his excellent delivery and strong technical nous. "He explained complicated issues in a simple and straightforward manner," said one source, adding: "He's articulate enough to cope with questions from all sources."

Significant clients Britvic, Capita, Max Petroleum, Norcross, Stagecoach.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Offices in Leeds, London and Manchester

What the team is known for Strong national presence and a raised profile in the Middle East and Asia following recent office openings. Significant expertise in renewables and regulatory work.

What's new? Addleshaw Goddard has opened new offices in Dubai and Singapore.

Work highlights Advised a Sonangol subsidiary on its bid for two operator licences for greenfield oil and gas concessions in Iraq.

Represented Tata Chemicals Europe in obtaining required Electricity Act consent and planning permission for the development of a 60 MW sustainable energy plant. 

Notable practitioners  

Head of energy and noted renewables practitioner Richard Goodfellow represented John Laing Investments in respect of the project financing of an onshore wind farm at Bilsthorpe. Goodfellow also advised Biogen in relation to its bids for five food waste anaerobic digestion recycling projects in Wales.

Significant clients Ofwat, Northern Ireland Authority for Utilities Regulation, Foresight Group, HSBC Asset Finance, Yorkshire Water Services.

Health & Safety - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 8 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts frequently on prosecution work for the HSE across Yorkshire and the North East. Increasingly advises corporate clients on compliance, investigations and criminal health and safety legislation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They handle complex, heavyweight work."

Work highlights Acted for the HSE on the prosecution of UK Coal following the death of a Kellingley Colliery employee.

Defended Watkin Jones & Sons in a regulatory prosecution over fatal injuries sustained by a subcontractor. 

Notable practitioners 

Michael Elliker advises the HSE on fatal accidents at work. Sources say he is "massively experienced, very reassuring and a brilliant pilot in stormy waters."

Erin Shoesmith is managing associate in the Manchester office. Clients highlight her insight: "She understands the HSE processes and provides a pragmatic view of what our response should be."

Significant clients Hiscox Insurance, Michelin Tyres, Britvic Soft Drinks, United Utilities, Wolseley UK.

Healthcare - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Leeds, London, Manchester

What the team is known for Handles commercial transactions for both NHS and private healthcare providers. Impressive capability in relation to PFI projects, NHS contractual arrangements, M&A, outsourcing and IT supply projects.

Work highlights Advised Sainsbury's Group in relation to Sainsbury's pharmacy business acquiring outpatient pharmacy units at three NHS hospitals.

Assisted the NHS North of England on policy reforms as part of Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's acquisition of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust.

Notable practitioners  

Michael O'Connor heads the healthcare sector group and is best known for his extensive experience in PFI/PPP transactions. Of late, he has been actively involved in North of England SHA's Transforming Community Services programme.

Significant clients Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Capita, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Clinigen Group.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Strong policyholder practice acting for a number of major corporate clients against the insurance market. Also renowned for undertaking high-profile reinsurance litigation cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "They think about a case, what the strategy should be, and whether it's worth running it to a full trial. That's what I like about them."

Market standing: "Their reputation continues to grow both in the insurance field and in general commercial litigation."

Work highlights Represented Resolute, Validus and Xchanging in a USD660 million reinsurance dispute with ACE regarding the loss of USD160 million worth of diamonds and USD500 million in subsequent damages by Lazare Kaplan International.

Successfully defended Standard Life against an appeal by two of its professional indemnity insurers, relating to a previous High Court judgment for Standard Life in excess of £100 million.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Leedham represents some of the firm's largest clients in both insurance and reinsurance litigation cases. One admiring source states: "He's one of the top insurance solicitors that I've ever worked with," while a client remarks: "He's flexible, responsive and gives sound commercial advice in a business context."

Significant clients Standard Life Assurance, Aviva Canada, Aioi Nissay Dowa, Resolute, Standard Life Investments.

Local Government - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Leeds, London, Manchester

What the team is known for Highly regarded for expertise in substantial projects in the housing, health and education sectors. Typically advises local authorities on the provision of public services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Quite simply, the firm offers a genuinely personal touch as well as firm legal knowledge." 

What's new? New hires include Alison Paton from DLA Piper and Sally Matthews from Pinsent Masons in Leeds. They bring combined expertise in projects and construction work.

Work highlights Advised Kingston upon Hull City Council on the procurement aspects of its Housing Extra Care Scheme.

Assisted City of Salford Council with the regeneration of council property in Pendleton.

Notable practitioners

Mike O'Connor is a key contact.

Significant clients York City Council, Manchester City Council, Leeds City Council, London Borough of Enfield, Stoke City Council.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners specialising in technology and outsourcing
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on a broad range of outsourcing mandates for high-profile clients, including financial services institutions and well-known consumer brands. Especially highly regarded for its expertise in IT and telecommunications projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We have a very long-running relationship with the team and they remain our most trusted advisers."

Technical ability: "They are pragmatic, can explain the jargon and have experience on Europe-wide projects."

Notable practitioners  

Michael Lowry is regarded for his ability to explain complex issues and his straightforward drafting skills.

Significant clients Capita, Diageo, Aviva, Co-op Financial Services, British Airways.

Partnership - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 associates 

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice advising on all aspects of LP and LLP partnership issues, ranging from M&A and fund structuring to partner exits and alternative business structures. Exceptional expertise in international partnership structures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "There hasn't been an issue that the team hasn't come across before."

Technical expertise: "The lawyers are in particular very attuned to the partnership issues facing law firms."

Market standing: "Without a doubt, one of the market leaders in this area.

Work highlights Advised BDO on the LLP elements of its merger with PKF.

Assisted wealth management firm Cheviot Partners in its sale to private equity firm Bridgepoint, through a partnership merger with Bridgepoint-owned Quilter & Co.

Notable practitioners 

Team leader William Wastie is well renowned in the market. He has recently advised on alternative business structures, LLP structuring and contentious partner exits. Clients comment: "His knowledge of this area is tremendous and he has lots of experience. He engendered a lot of trust from us."  

Aster Crawshaw is noted for his focus on non-contentious transactional work with an international flavour, acting on mergers and restructurings for professional service providers. He received effusive feedback from sources, with clients enthusing: "He is superb, everything that a trusted adviser should be: commercial, responsive and a pleasure to work with."

New partner Jonathan Cheney continues to impress with his commercial approach. He advised Miller Insurance Services on its conversion to an LLP.

Significant clients Marks & Clerks, Strutt & Parker, Mourant Ozannes, Baker Tilly.

Projects - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- Offices in London, Leeds and Manchester

What the team is known for Advises the public and private sectors domestically and internationally on PPP/PFI deals. Particularly active in secondary market deals, also acts on transport and health projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "Their business model is über-efficient and they are very sensible, pragmatic and commercial."

What's new? New clients include Foresight Group and HICL Infrastructure.

Work highlights Advised Carillion on the outsourcing of Oxfordshire County Council's property and facilities services.

Notable practitioners 

Michael O'Connor has acted on infrastructure and PFI matters for the public and private sector. He has been involved in projects relating to areas such as health, transport and waste.

David Hartley is an experienced construction and PFI lawyer who largely represents private sector clients. He has acted on secondary market deals and social infrastructure projects. 

Significant clients Semperian PPP Investment Partners, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Foresight Group, John Laing Investments, Equitix.

Private Equity - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 44 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A highly respected choice for mid-market private equity houses. A good presence in London, Leeds and Manchester. Expertise in sectors such as financial services, healthcare and renewable energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are not just good lawyers but also good business people."

Client service: "They are supportive commercially as well as legally." 

Market standing: "They are a great firm with great relationships."

What's new? New clients include Business Growth Fund, Caird Capital, Rcapital, and Foresight's Environmental Fund.

Work highlights Represented Inflexion Private Equity in several transactions, including the MBO of Natural Products Worldwide.

Advised Gresham Private Equity on the sale of Marston Group.

Notable practitioners  

Yunus Seedat advised the management of Admiral Taverns on the group's acquisition by Cerberus Capital. He counts 3i, Elysian and Phoenix among his clients.

Ben Rodham is a well-regarded private equity specialist who advises clients on a wide range of transactions. He is particularly noted for his work on behalf of major investors.  

Significant clients Equistone Partners Europe, Dunedin, Endless, Foresight, Montagu.

Product Liability - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable for increased concentration on the area of consumer products. Excellent track record in defending sophisticated pharmaceutical product liability cases and group actions.

What's new? Louisa Caswell was promoted to partner.

Work highlights Continues in its defence of GlaxoSmithKline against group litigation claims regarding the use of antidepressant Seroxat.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department John Kelleher has acted on some of the country's biggest product liability cases in the past few years. One peer calls him "a good guy – there's no doubt he's accomplished and knowledgeable in this field."

New partner Louisa Caswell has acted for GlaxoSmithKline in the high-profile Seroxat group litigation since the commencement of the case. She has a particular focus on acting for the manufacturers of consumer products.

Public Procurement - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers  

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its considerable strength handling procurement matters in large infrastructure projects and the defence sector. Other clientele come from the healthcare, utilities and local government arenas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "A good practice, split well across its regional offices."

What's new? James Falle has been promoted to legal director and now leads the procurement team nationally.

Work highlights Advised Muse Developments on procurements on behalf of Blackpool City Council in connection with the Talbot Gateway redevelopment.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Davey is highly regarded for his client-friendly advice, with one source noting that "his advice is excellent, particularly in minimising risk," while another noted: "He has great grasp of the rules and gives solid commercial advice."

Significant clients Muse Developments, United Utilities Water, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Retail - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- Recommended office locations: London, Leeds, Manchester

What the team is known for Widely recognised retail property practice. Offers significant corporate transactional strength, advising retailers on M&A. Long-standing relationship with Sainsbury's.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Members are very proficient, professional. I would definitely recommend them."

What's new? New client wins include Cote Restaurants, Matalan, Muller and property panel of Hobbs. 

Work highlights Recently advised long-standing client Sainsbury's on its high-profile Brand Match programme, Paralympic Games sponsorship and Nectar programme.

Continued primary advisory role to Hobbs in respect of all its property matters and employment issues. Also advised 3i on its investment in Hobbs.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Shufflebotham heads the retail and consumer practice and is based in London.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, JD Sports Fashion, Primark, B&Q, Diageo.

Social Housing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Leeds 

What the team is known for A staple of the social housing market. Best known for working for funders on social housing matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Excellent communication and great responsiveness; a client-tailored approach." "They're proactive, well informed and commercial." 

Market standing: "Their bank lender practice is pre-eminent in this field."

What's new? The arrival of Paul-Michael Rebus adds a wealth of expertise on structured financing.

New panel appointments include Unity Trust Bank.

Work highlights Acting for a major international bank on a £6 billion discount window facility alongside The Bank of England where security is held over social housing loan assets, geared to allow for better management of problem loans.

Acted RBS and Santander, the joint arrangers in Rochdale Boroughwide Homes' £120 million acquisition of over 12,000 former council houses from the local council. 

Notable practitioners  

Lee Shankland heads the social housing finance team. Peers describe him as "a regular feature when working in this sector," with a number of interviewees highlighting the "huge experience he's built up in this field." He has represented numerous well-known banks in large transactions.

Ruth Snell is highlighted by peers for her expertise in the property elements of transactions. "When it comes to the crunch you know you have one of the best," said one interviewee. Snell recently acted for Yorkshire Building Society on its funding of the transfer of the Byker Estate to Byker Community Trust from the Council of the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 

"Knowledgeable, approachable and friendly," Chris Drabble is noted for his experience on the securities side of transactions. Identified as "pragmatic and commercial," key work includes advising Santander, Barclays and Nationwide. Clients appreciate his ability to "understand what we're looking for and set out our options in a clear manner."

Steven Mackie acts for a range of financial institutions. "With him, you don't get posturing, you just get deals done," said one source.

Significant clients Santander, Royal Bank of Canada, Clydesdale Bank, Barclays Bank.

Transport - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- Office locations ranked: Manchester, London 

What the team is known for Best known for representing Network Rail in infrastructure projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry expertise: "They are efficient. They know what they are talking about."

Notable practitioners 

Paul Hirst "knows the rail industry inside and out," say market sources. He specialises in rolling stock procurement and infrastructure projects.

Banking & Finance - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Very high-quality work at the top end of the market. Maintains a strong corporate offering and a high-profile client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "They were very proactive; they aided the banks in a helpful, pragmatic way and they got it done in a record time for such a complex transaction."

Bench strength: "Expert and highly professional team. There is a significant pool of experts in the sector who are responsive, reliable and a delight to work with."

What's new? Michael Kidd joined the team from Pinsent Masons, and Georgina Tripp was promoted to legal director.

The firm was appointed to the panels of the Bank of Ireland and Leeds Building Society.

Work highlights Advised Fenner on its refinancing involving Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and Santander, which involved liaising with Fenner's subsidiaries in Australia, Canada and the USA.

Acted for RBS and Santander as joint arrangers on funding for the purchase of more than 12,000 former council houses by Rochdale Boroughwide Homes from Rochdale Borough Council. The deal was worth £120 million overall.

Notable practitioners  

Karen Sewell is well regarded by peers and is noted this year for winning a substantial new client for the firm in Kennedy Wilson Europe, from which she has also been winning repeat work.

David Handy acted as lead partner on the £270 million refinancing of senior debt from Barclays, HSBC, RBS and Santander, among others, for the Stadium Parkgate and Stadium Retail Groups. One client reported: "I like him because he brings me the solution rather than the problem - he's very user-friendly."

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, NM Rothschild & Sons, Nationwide Building Society, Equitix.

Charities - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Recognised excellence in third-sector matters, acting for charities and non-profit organisations, as well as advising on the philanthropic projects of high net worth individuals. An expanding practice assisting with the charitable operations of corporate clients.

Work highlights Advised a number of clients as to the scope of sections 117-121 of the Charities Act 2011, in respect of transactions involving land transfers.

Provided ongoing advice to the National Coal Mining Museum for England regarding charity law and funding arrangements.

Notable practitioners  

Pervinder Kaur heads the firm's national charities team and advises on a broad range of matters including governance, funding and mergers. She inspires strong reviews from market observers, with one client attesting to "complete faith in the advice that she gives us."

Significant clients Weston Provident Foundation, Wilmslow Guild, Outward Grange Academies Trust, Saga Charitable Trust

Construction - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Leeds

What the team is known for Strong pedigree in construction. Noted for its work with public sector, energy and international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The practice consists of high-calibre individuals with good industry knowledge and a proven track record."

Practical approach: "The team is approachable and communicates advice and recommendations clearly, concisely and without the hindrance of legal jargon."

What's new? Appointed to the panel of United Utilities.

Work highlights Advised United Utilities Water on a £200 million refurbishment and expansion of a waste treatments facility at the Liverpool Docks.

Advised Muse Developments on the combined £95 million developments of the Islington Wharf, Talbot Gateway, Brentford Lock West and Smithfield Phase 6.

Notable practitioners  

Key partner James Reynolds is praised by clients for "investing a lot of time in getting to understand our business." James specialises in transactional work, and is instructed by key energy, renewables and infrastructure clients.

David Shaw heads the department and is noted by a client as being "pragmatic, rigorous and consistent." David is a highly regarded construction lawyer according to his peers, and handles notable non-contentious matters.

Joe Wilkinson specialises in dispute resolution. He gains praise from one client for "providing clear, objective and honest advice."

Significant clients Peel, Redrow, De Beers, Sainsbury's.

Corporate/M&A - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Remains at the forefront of the Leeds M&A and private equity marketplace. Involved in some of the biggest high-value transactions in the Leeds area.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They are very pragmatic, straightforward and solution-driven."

Bench strength: "They spread the load and that enabled them to do the work efficiently."

What's new? New client wins include Jersey Trust Company Group and Abercrombie & Kent.

Work highlights Acted for ISIS Equity Partners on its significant investment into Inoveight Holdings.

Represented the Jersey Trust Company Group in the part sale of the company to Close Brothers Private Equity.

Notable practitioners  

According to clients, Leeds-based department head Yunus Seedat "is outstanding and manages processes efficiently, makes it appear effortless and really gets private equity." He recently advised Gresham on its investment in the MBO of IESA.

Sources describe Garry Elliott as "very pragmatic, sensible and service-oriented." He regularly acts for regional and national corporates across the gamut of corporate matters.

Neil Woolhouse is praised by one client for maintaining "a nice balance between knowing how to get the job done and guiding us through the process." The client continues: "His communication was excellent and he made everything simple for us to understand."

Mark Hallam has earned a reputation as a "very experienced, prompt and courteous" lawyer. He assisted Simplyhealth Group with its £115 million acquisition of Denplan from AXA.  

Significant clients Aviva, Capita Group, Card Factory, Dewhirst Group, Phoenix Equity Partners.

Employment - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 6 assistants
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Acknowledged as one of the leading practices in Leeds, and able to draw on the strengths of the firm's network of resources. Continues to attract significant work for top clients across a range of sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "The advice is clear, concise and directly answers the questions raised. The people I have worked with have been friendly and approachable and I have every confidence in the advice they provide."

Responsiveness: "Very skilled, responsive and proactive." 

Work highlights Providing day-to-day support to Wolseley on a mixture of issues.

Acting on employment concerns arising out of the Norwich & Peterborough and Yorkshire Building Society merger, including redundancy and collective consultation concerns.

Notable practitioners  

Rob Riley heads the team and maintains solid relationships with the firm's most prominent clients. He is admired for having "a positive outlook and a commercial perspective without fear of litigating matters" when required.

Emma Whiting specialises in discrimination matters where her talented advice remains in demand.

Joanne Magill acts as a key contact for a number of significant clients. She acts on complex TUPE work and Employment Tribunal claims.

Significant clients Costcutter, British Airways, Simply Health, William Hill, Barclays Bank.

Information Technology - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner 
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Acts for manufacturers, banks, building societies and other high-profile buyers of IT products. Also acts for software suppliers.

What's new? New clients include Neoworks.

Work highlights Advised on Kerridge Commercial Systems' acquisition of material rights planning software provider Datawright.

Notable practitioners

Ian Sampson's peers describe him as "very good technically." He heads the department in Leeds, and acts on major outsourcing projects.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, Associated British Foods, Bupa, Capita, Diageo.

Litigation - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Authoritative presence in commercial litigation, with an impressive national and international scope. Capacity to offer clients conditional fee arrangements. Noted expertise in international aviation disputes.

Work highlights Alongside colleagues in London, the team represented Mukhtar Ablyazov in his multibillion-pound litigation with BTA Bank.

Notable practitioners 

Simon Kamstra heads the national litigation department. Interviewees label him a "very able litigator" who has been "recognised as a leading player in Leeds commercial litigation for a long time." His clients include British Airways and Sainsbury's.

Bill Gilliam recently joined from Eversheds in Newcastle. Gilliam is described as a "very level-headed and sensible guy," by market sources, one of whom notes being "very impressed" with Gilliam's abilities.

Significant clients British Airways, Barclays Bank, HBOS, Sainsbury's, Bupa Care Homes.

Planning - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Largely focused on infrastructure matters and issues relating to environmental sensitivity. Clients include local authorities as well as a range of private sector clients.

Work highlights Acted for Hull City Council on various matters concerning the redevelopment of the Alexandra Docks.

Advised Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council on planning matters connected with a new road infrastructure project.

Notable practitioners  

Grant Anderson leads the practice.

Significant clients Hull City Council, Doncaster Borough Council, Stadium Developments, Standard Life, Strawson Holdings.

Real Estate - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Serves notable national clients across a range of commercial property areas. Particular strengths lie in advising occupier clients, working for investors and acting on developments. Also has noteworthy expertise in the energy sector. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "I've enjoyed working with them – they are a very good team."

What's new? New clients include Brighton University and the Imperial War Museum.

Work highlights Advised Oakgate on its redevelopment of Monks Cross retail park, including pre-lets of sizeable John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Next stores.

Acted for Muse Developments on its bid to secure £44 million from the Get Britain Building scheme for development projects at various locations, including Brentford, Lewisham and Smithfield Manchester. 

Notable practitioners

Michael Reevey is described as "clever and very organised." He is an expert in retail and development matters. 

Bruce Lightbody is experienced in advising developers on retail and mixed-use schemes, as well as regeneration projects. He is also noted for his expertise in corporate occupancy matters. 

Significant clients Associated British Foods, British Land, Sainsbury's, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Stadium Group.

Real Estate Litigation - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides national clients with the extensive range of advice required to successfully manage property portfolios. Also experienced in handling receivership work, specifically advising clients on how to realise the value of property assets.

What's new? New clients include Hobbs Limited and TeleWare Telecom.

Work highlights Advised Northern Rock and Deloitte, as receivers, on obtaining possession of commercial and residential properties.

Advised RBS and BNP Paribas, as receivers, on obtaining possession of a development site in London.

Notable practitioners 

Head of the team Julie Middlemass is the primary contact for many of the firm's leading clients. While experienced in handling litigious matters, she is particularly adept at advising clients on commercial solutions, avoiding the need to proceed with drawn-out litigation.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, Standard Life, Scottish Widows, Threadneedle, British Land.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for A popular choice amongst the region's banks and financial institutions. Noteworthy expertise in property and pensions issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Addleshaws offers wide experience across sectors." 

Work highlights Acted for the administrators on the sale of building services contractor MJN Colston's assets, saving 100 jobs.

Notable practitioners  

Clients are full of praise for Andrew Smith, a leading insolvency lawyer who is well liked by peers and others in the community. Commentators say Smith stands out for his "good relationships in the asset-based lending community."

Also attracting warm commentary is Graham Briggs, who "has a vast array of experience built up over quite a few years." Clients "respect his advice greatly" and say they favour his "strong commercial edge" and "objective take on matters."

Associate Ben Slack has attracted "high praise in the marketplace." Observers describe him as "affable and able" and report that they "see him as a rising star."

Significant clients Barclays Bank, BDO, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Endless.

Tax - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Houses considerable expertise in M&A, investments, property tax and corporate restructuring.

What's new? Partner Michael Hunter recently joined the firm from Lupton Fawcett.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Hunter, until recently a partner at Lupton Fawcett, is widely praised by market sources. One remarks: "He's very friendly and good to work with. He comes across as sure and measured in how he deals with things."