The lowdown (in their own words...)
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Addleshaw Goddard possesses an impressive client base, routinely representing FTSE 100 companies. The firm has offices in London, Leeds and Manchester as well is in the major international business hubs of Singapore, Dubai, Doha, Muscat and Hong Kong. Sector focuses include energy, financial services and property. Addleshaw Goddard posted a 5% rise in revenue for 2015/16.
The star performers
Banking and finance; Banking litigation; Construction; Corporate and commercial; Corporate tax; Education; Employment; Energy; Health; IT and telecoms; Insolvency and corporate recovery; Intellectual property; Local government; Media and entertainment; Pensions; Personal tax, trusts and probate; Professional negligence: claimant; Project finance and PFI; Property litigation; Transport.
Handled a significant amount of work for British Airways, including advising it on the wet lease of two Boeing 737-700 aircraft from Danish airline Jet Time; advised KPMG as administrators of De Stefano Property Group, including facilitating the sale of a large property portfolio to Catalyst Capital; advised Hitachi Rail Europe on First Great Western’s procurement of rolling stock for the West of England; led for Peel Group on the sale of a 50% investment in MediaCityUK to Legal & General; acted for Alix Partners as administrators of a care home group on the sale of three care homes based in North Wales.
Adidas; Advance Global Capital; Department for Transport; HSBC; Harper Collins; Laing O’Rourke; Nationwide; Tata Chemicals; Vueling; West Bromwich Building Society.
Addleshaw Goddard is a ‘national mid-tier firm with great clients’, and is praised by trainees for offering ‘good-quality work coupled with a better work/life balance than at comparable firms’. Elaborating on the latter point, respondents cited the firm’s ‘respect for family life and support for colleagues with children’, adding that ‘HR is really accommodating’. Some of the current trainee cohort were former mature students and paralegals, and the firm earns plaudits for considering ‘non-standard trainees’. As for the quality of work, feedback suggests that trainees are entrusted with ‘complex and high-value cases’. Examples of recent work include ‘representing a FTSE 100 company in an international arbitration’, ‘being involved in the Berezovsky estate settlement discussions’ and ‘playing a relatively major role on a £100m+ transaction’. Though mentioned less frequently, some complaints are reserved for trainees being used as ‘an additional clerical resource’, and instances of ‘file admin’ and ‘bundling until midnight’ do occur. Despite the ‘friendliness of the staff’, there are additional grumbles about the ‘lack of organised social events for trainees’. However, trainees laud Addleshaw Goddard’s pro bono credentials, as ‘the charity committee puts on various events and fundraisers which people tend to get behind’. Respondents identify a confidence among those working at the firm. One cites the ‘ambitions for future growth’ as a deciding factor in choosing to join Addleshaw Goddard, while another mentions colleagues’ ‘belief in the firm and the direction it’s going in’. To embark upon a training contract at a national firm that has ‘an excellent reputation, and lives up to it’, apply to Addleshaw Goddard.
A day in the life of...
Chris Reardon trainee, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Departments to date: Infrastructure, projects and energy; commercial and business support and restructuring
Degree:English literature 2(1)
9.15am: I arrive in the office and check my emails with a cup of coffee. I draw up two to-do lists – one prioritising tasks for the day and another with tasks for the week.
9.30am: I am currently working on a deal for the sale of a large solar power farm for one of our clients. I dial in to a conference call with our client and the buyers, to give an update on the progress we have made in relation to the share purchase agreement. I take notes to record any action points that will require my attention following the call – this time it is ensuring that the buyer receives a ‘punch list’ (a list of tasks that need to be completed to satisfy the terms of a construction contract) ahead of a site visit the following week.
11.15am: I attend a training session being led by one of our partners who specialises in rail infrastructure projects. The training meeting is one of a series of meetings to provide updates on the sorts of legal and regulatory issues our key clients in the rail sector face.
12.30pm: I head down to the AG restaurant to grab some lunch with the other trainees. This is always a good opportunity to find out about what is going on elsewhere in the firm.
1.15pm: Back at my desk, I check my emails and see that an agreement relating to a big deal which is due to complete next week has been finalised. I update my index of documents to be produced for the completion accordingly, making a note of which contracts have yet to be agreed by both parties and are not ready to be added to the suite of final documents. I update my supervisor on the progress and instruct our print room to produce bound engrossments of the contract, ready for signing and dating.
2.30pm: I have some post-completion tasks from a deal that completed a few weeks ago. I use the index of completion documents to put together a list of contracts and supporting documents to go into an e-bible for each party. I then send this off to my PA who produces a contents page using my list and instructs our print room to produce the bibles.
3.30pm: I am offered the chance to accompany one of our partners in the team to a client meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to negotiate some terms of a crucial project document with the other side and their lawyers via conference call. I take notes on the outcome of each point, recording which are resolved and which require further attention. After the call, we discuss the outcome of the negotiation with the client. I then produce a note summarising the meeting and circulate it to the members of our team involved.
5.30pm: I receive the e-bibles I requested and check them for accuracy, before sending them out to the client and the other side via courier.
6.00pm: Following my visit to AG’s weekly pro bono legal advice centre, which I volunteer at once a month, I produce a letter to the housing department of a local council on behalf of one of our visitors. I email the letter across to the visitor for their approval and sign off prior to posting, with an update on their case to date.
6.45pm: With all my major jobs for the day complete, I record my time and head out. I join some friends in a nearby pub for a drink, before heading home.
About the firm
Address:Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG
Telephone: 020 7606 8855
Senior partner : Charles Penney
Managing partner : John Joyce
Other offices: Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, Leeds, Manchester, Oman, Qatar, Singapore.
Who we are: Addleshaw Goddard is a premium business law firm with international reach and exceptional breadth of services.
What we do: Addleshaw Goddard is a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies across its business divisions – corporate and commercial, finance and projects, litigation, real estate and international.
What we are looking for: Graduates who are capable of achieving a 2(1) and can demonstrate commercial awareness, teamwork, motivation and drive. Applications from law and non-law graduates are welcomed.
What you'll do:During each six-month seat there will be regular two-way performance reviews with the supervising partner or solicitor. Trainees may have the opportunity to spend a seat in one of the firm’s other offices and there are a number of secondments to clients available.
Perks: Gym membership, season ticket loan, subsidised restaurant, pension and private healthcare.
Sponsorship:GDL and LPC fees are paid, plus a maintenance grant of £7,000 (London) or £4,500 (elsewhere in the UK).
Facts and figures
Trainee places available for 2019: 30
Applications received pa: 2,000
Percentage interviewed: 20%
First year: £37,000 (London), £25,000 (Leeds and Manchester)
Total partners: 177
Apply to:Samantha Hill – graduate resourcing advisor.
When to Apply:By 31st July 2017 for 2019 contracts
Apply by 30 December 2016.