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Addleshaw Goddard LLP


Addleshaw Goddard LLP - London
  • 100 Barbirolli Square
  • Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • M2 3AB
  • 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


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.

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 & 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.

Since publication, Helen Corner has joined DWF LLP

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."

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  

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.

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.

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.

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

Since publication, Adam Aldred has joined Kings Chambers as a barrister.

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.