Addleshaw Goddard makes up 26 in record partner promotion round

Women make up majority of round for firm in strong growth mode

Addleshaw Goddard (AG) has made up 26 lawyers in a record promotions round that sees women make up more than half of the cohort.  

The round is six larger than the previous two years’ 20-strong cohorts and includes 14 women – 54% of the total, up from last year’s 30% and 2022’s even gender split.

It comes amid a concerted growth push at the firm that has seen it add 63 partners over the past year through lateral hires and internal promotions, taking its total partner count to 429.  

Like last year, the latest cohort includes lawyers from each of Addleshaws’ four divisions – corporate and commercial, finance and projects, litigation and real estate – that advise across the firm’s core sectors of energy and utilities, financial services, healthcare, real estate, retail and consumer, and transport.

The firm once again focused its promotions on its home turf, with 21 of those promoted based in the UK. Nine were made up in London, including competition lawyer Sarah Randall, whose promotion follows AG’s former competition head, Bruce Kilpatrick, rejoining Linklaters at the start of the year.  

There were also six promotions in Leeds, five in Manchester and one in Edinburgh. Outside of the UK there were two promotions in Dublin, which went to corporate finance duo John Darmody and Doreen Mescal, and one apiece in Paris, Luxembourg and Dubai.

The firm’s corporate finance practice welcomed the most new partners, with five, while there were four promotions in the finance team. Three moved up in the construction and engineering team and two apiece in the commercial and financial disputes teams. The rest of the promotions were spread across practice areas including commercial litigation, transactional real estate, global investigations, corporate and competition, among others.  

Welcoming the new partners, Aster Crawshaw, senior partner at Addleshaw Goddard, said: “It is a pleasure to recognise the achievements of these outstanding individuals from across our practices, sectors and locations.

“Our footprint continues to grow with nine new offices since 2019, including our recent office openings in Madrid, Berlin and Riyadh. We continue to pursue partner recruitment very actively, but equally important to our growth strategy is ensuring we promote our home-grown talent.

“Each of our new partners has demonstrated a significant contribution to the firm across their specialist disciplines and sectors, and I look forward to seeing their careers go from strength to strength.”

The promotions follow a record financial year for the firm, with revenue in the year to 30 April 2023 growing 18% to £443m against an equal rise in total profits to £184m. The firm declined to disclose profits per equity partner (PEP), which edged up 2% in FY22 to £866k, saying at the time it no longer used it to measure performance.    

The promotions are effective 1 May 2024. The newly-appointed partners are:

Nathalie Allen – Commercial Litigation (London)

Luke Aylett – Corporate Finance (Dubai)

Rhian Baggaley – Transactional Real Estate (Manchester)

Andrew Carter – Commercial (London)

Peter Clyde – Construction and Engineering (Edinburgh)

John Darmody – Corporate Finance (Dublin)

Benjamin Devouassoux – Corporate Finance (Luxembourg)

Rob Easton – Construction and Engineering (London)

Jennifer Hedley – Finance Disputes (Leeds)

Sophie Hiley – Infrastructure, Projects and Energy (Leeds)

Sarah Jay – Finance (Manchester)

Gareth Jones – Commercial Disputes (Leeds)

Adrian Mansbridge – Global Investigations (Leeds)

Charlotte Marshall – Commercial (Leeds)

Daniel Marston – Planning and Infrastructure Consenting (Leeds)

Neil McGibbon – Finance (London)

Doreen Mescal – Corporate Finance (Dublin)

Katie Parker – Corporate (Manchester)

Lauren Priest-Stephens – Finance (Manchester)

Sarah Randall – Competition (London)

Lucy Robson – Corporate Finance (London)

Sophie Skelton – Financial Regulation (London)

Sarah Stokes – Corporate Debt (London)

Charles Tissier – Finance (Paris)

Alex Unger – Finance Disputes (London)

Sarah Wilson – Construction and Engineering (Manchester)   

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