Addleshaw Goddard LLP is a corporate law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is structured as a LLP and has almost 750 lawyers, with offices in Leeds, London and Manchester. It was formed on 1 May 2003 by the merger of Addleshaw Booth & Co with Theodore Goddard.
Ranking and recent awards
According to The Lawyer, a British legal newspaper, Addleshaw Goddard was ranked 15th largest law firm in the UK by turnover in 2006. It was ranked 91st in the world by the same periodical. Two years later the firm remained ranked 15th nationally (by turnover) in The Lawyer's UK 200 Annual Report. More recently Addleshaw Goddard ranked 21st in The Lawyer's top 200 firms in 2011.
The firm was also placed 91st in The Times newspaper's 'Top 100 Graduate Employers' for 2008. In March 2008 it was placed 40th in the Sunday Times '100 Best Companies to Work For' in the UK. The firm is the only law firm to also be included in the newspaper's Top 50 Places Where Women Want to Work, and the Top 100 Graduate Employers rankings as well as the 100 Best Companies. The ranking rose 43 places since the 2007 survey – one of the biggest improvements by any organisation reviewed and the best in the legal sector.
In July 2007, the firm gained some unlooked-for publicity when its discussions with Mr Justice Peter Smith concerning the possibility that the judge might take up employment with Addleshaws became the subject of an appeal to the Court of Appeal. The judge was discontented at the breakdown of the employment negotiations but nonetheless refused to recuse himself from hearing a case in which an individual partner of the firm was engaged in the capacity of trustee. The Court of Appeal ruled that the judge could not hear the case.
- Chambers and Partners Legal Directory firm profile page
- Legal Business profile of Addleshaw Goddard
- UK survey article The Lawyer
- UK 200 Annual Report, The Lawyer
- UK200 2011, The Lawyer
- Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Times.
- "The 100 Best Companies to Work For 2008. The Sunday Times
- The High Court judge who may be in for much more than a severe wigging The Times, Frances Gibb, 18 July 2007