What you need to know about… Addleshaw Goddard

October 11, 2021

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An intro to the firm

An oldie but a goldie, the firm traces its roots back to the very first public record of solicitors in the UK on the Law List. After being founded in 1775 as Booth & Co, numerous amalgamations finally led to the formation of Addleshaw Goddard (AG) in 2003, combining Addleshaw Booth & Co and Theodore Goddard. Since then, the firm has expanded nationally and internationally, whilst consistently maintaining its high-quality legal service with loyal clients. The firm has 12 offices, as well as a formal alliance in Tokyo. However, through its 1,200 lawyers and over 250 partners, AG delivers its services globally, having advised clients in 94 different countries. AG takes on 50 UK trainees per year, with seat options across the four divisions of Corporate & Commercial, Litigation, Finance & Projects and Real Estate. Although the firm is a leader across a broad range of commercial specialisms, it holds particular strength in Banking and Finance, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Employment, Information Technology and Intellectual Property, ranking in Band 1 for these in Chambers and Partners. The firm can be characterised in 3 words: pioneering, innovative and international.

Its key strengths

AG is known for pioneering innovation and legal technology. Over 2,500 companies have relied on the firm’s specialist tech, as well as its consultancy and innovation teams. The firm has also been ranked within the Top 10 Law Firms in Europe for Innovation by the Financial Times, alongside receiving an A* for Legal Tech in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2020-21. Its Intelligent Delivery approach, known as “AG ID”, is a fusion of smart people, flexible resourcing, savvy technology, innovative processes and strategic consulting. Beyond legal advice, AG’s innovation arm offers flexibility which allows for customisation and bespoke services for clients.

The scope of the firm’s international work is unique; services are delivered through a combination of its own offices, business groups, strategic alliances, and a comprehensive Preferred Firm Network. The Preferred Firm Network is a partnership network of correspondent law firms with some of the best known and respected commercial lawyers matching AG’s standards of innovation and legal excellence. Advantages of utilising such a network is that it combines the standards of a premium top tier firm with a keen awareness of and sensitivity to local law, customs and practices. A similar system is used by firms like Travers Smith and Slaughter and May. Recently, AG won the Oman Law Firm of the Year 2021 at the Chambers Middle East Awards, where the firm operates its services through Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari Law Firm in association with Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP. This strategic alliance has allowed the firm to develop strong relationships with Oman’s government agencies, corporate entities, financial institutions, regulatory bodies as well as private individuals.

AG works on a range of deals and transactions for its broad client portfolio but prides itself on coming up with “imaginative solutions”. For example, AG played an integral part in the rejuvenation of the world-famous Battersea Power Station, acting on all three stages of the 10-year redevelopment, supporting construction and real estate aspects of the large-scale project. The Real Estate sector team advised the Station’s development company on an almost  £1.6bn transfer agreement relating to the long-term asset management strategy for the development. Deals such as this place the firm in the top rankings in major development projects.

Training, training, training...

As for the quality of training at AG, the programme offers opportunities and is collaborative.

AG offers opportunities for trainees to undertake a range of seats across its four core divisions of Corporate & Commercial, Litigation, Finance & Projects and Real Estate. Trainees can select six-month seat options within these divisions. This may involve exposure to large-scale multi-jurisdictional deals in Corporate & Commercial, to working on business support or infrastructure, projects and energy within the Finance & Projects division. Quite uniquely, the firm offers the ability for trainees to undertake a legal tech seat as part of their training contract. This enables trainees to work alongside lawyers and technologists in its innovation and legal technology group.

Client secondment opportunities are also available to trainees, with a wide range of businesses in the firm’s client portfolio, from financial institutions and FTSE 100 companies to public sector bodies. These include British Land, Emirates Airlines, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, the NHS, Volkswagen and Ted Baker London to name just a few.

Finally, AG’s training is paired with a friendly and welcoming culture which fosters collaboration. Trainees often speak highly of the firm’s down-to-earth and approachable partners, scoring A*s for Peer Support, and highly for Partner Approachability. This extends across both its 5 UK regional offices and City branch.

Report written by Hannah Parker

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