Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard

Address: Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG




Survey results


The lowdown (in their own words...)

Why did you choose this firm over any others? 
 ''The client base' 'strong employment practice' 'the vacation scheme was stellar' 'innovative firm' 'different personalities' 'no set type of trainee' 'collegiate atmosphere' 'reputation for inclusiveness and friendliness' 'the firm is repeatedly in The Times Top 50 places to work for women' 'offices in the North as well as London' 'I was a paralegal at the firm before'
Best thing about the firm? 
 ''Great client relationships' 'very supportive colleagues' 'known as being a big player - if not number one - in the North West' 'brownies in client meetings' 'the general nature of the staff' 'positive working environment' 'good level of responsibility as a trainee' 'free drinks Friday' 'the culture is great' 'I feel like a valued member of the team'
Worst thing about the firm? 
 ''Organisation of the PSC course' 'could have better IT and facilities training' 'the hours' 'the salary' 'limited interaction between the various offices' 'no openness from the management' 'resourcing in the print room' 'disparity in pay in the regions' 'quality of training experience depends on department' 'not much social interaction between trainees outside of work'
Best moment? 
 ''Attending a private Financial Dispute Resolution hearing in the family team' 'getting chosen to go on an international secondment' 'being involved in a corporate deal which was in the news' 'working on a very complex multi-jurisdictional case' 'giving a presentation to a prospective new client with a partner' 'trainee Corporate Social Responsibility week in Romania' 'winning an adjudication after many late nights and weekends'
Worst moment?
 ''Getting dumped with a tricky disclosure task last minute and missing most of my own seat leaving party' 'telling the client the wrong address to send completion documents to' 'a 72-hour stint in the office' 'reviewing spreadsheets at 3am' 'admin jobs' 'December in banking - it's tiring!' 'bibling' 'harsh comments from stressed supervisor' 'feeling overwhelmed working on a big deal' '

If the firm were a fictional character it would be...

Rocky Balboa - no matter how hard the punch, it gets back up again and keeps slugging it out

The Verdict

The firm

Addleshaw Goddard has offices in London, Manchester and Leeds as well as in Singapore, Dubai, Doha, Muscat and Hong Kong. The firm is a market leader across its chosen sectors: digital, financial services, energy and utilities, health, industrials, retail and consumer, real estate, and transport, and boasts an impressive FTSE 100 client base. Addleshaw Goddard was shortlisted for Legal Technology Team of the Year at the Legal Business Award 2017. 

The star performers

Banking and finance; Banking litigation; Commercial property; Construction; Corporate and commercial; Corporate restructuring and insolvency; Corporate tax; Education; Employment; Energy; Health; IT and telecoms; Intellectual property; Local government; Media and entertainment; Pensions; Personal tax, trusts and probate; Product liability: defendant; Project finance and PFI; Property litigation; Transport.

The deals

Advised Lloyds Banking Group on the commercial aspects of its acquisition of MBNA from Bank of America; acted for Carphone Warehouse in the launch of a cutting-edge product, which involved customers leasing mobile phones, rather than purchasing them outright; advised PA Resources on the sale of its North Sea oil and gas interests to Petrogas; acted for Royal Mail Group subsidiary eCourier on a claim brought by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain regarding the employment status of the client's courier; advised HSBC Bank and HSBC Corporate Trustee Company (UK) on a £75m loan to Panther Securities, secured against nearly 30 UK properties.

The clients

British Airways; Co-operative Group; Diageo; GlaxoSmithKline; Harrods; HSBC Invoice Finance; Morgan Stanley; Pollen Street Capital; Primark; William Hill.

The Verdict

Addleshaw Goddard's 'scale and position in the market' and its 'brilliant mix of high-profile clients and high-ranking departments' attracted trainees. The firm boasts 'an open culture' with 'friendlier supervision' and a 'non-hierarchical structure' where trainees are genuinely valued as 'part of the team rather than a resource to be shouted at'. Respondents praised the 'army of support to help with the heavy lifting so that the training can focus on developing value-adding skills'. Elaborating on the latter point, the training experience is described as 'hands-on', with several trainees relishing the opportunity to run their own files and being afforded tasks such as 'drafting documentation and speaking to clients independently' whilst 'always knowing support is available'. Many respondents cited inclusiveness as one of the firm's best traits, in particular the 'opportunities on offer for female lawyers'. As for the client base, 'not only does the firm work with a number of FTSE 100 companies, it also works with smaller, local businesses' which explains the 'huge variety' of work the firm has to offer. Some trainees grumbled about the remuneration and there were references to working 'long hours', although it was generally acknowledged that this was to be expected in a corporate firm. Others mentioned the 'limited opportunities in certain departments' with one trainee also pointing out 'the lack of client secondment opportunities in the Northern offices'. However, the 'very well-respected and established law centre' was applauded, as were the 'really great cross-office CSR events' such as 'undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge'. If you want to work for an 'innovative firm' which is 'so open and friendly but with fantastic work opportunities', apply to Addleshaw Goddard.

 A day in the life of...

Zanib Beebi fourth seat trainee, Addleshaw Goddard LLP 

Departments to date:  Corporate (Dubai), Commercial, IPE (infrastructure, projects and energy), construction litigation (including real estate)

University:Bradford University  

9.00am:  The working day in Dubai starts off HOT! Being here over the summer months has its perks but also means you are constantly looking forward to the next time you're exposed to air conditioning. My typical day starts by making myself a cup of coffee and eating my cereal while going through my emails and calendar, allowing me to plan for my day. The mornings fly by as I work through the emails that have come in overnight. As a corporate trainee, you are the team's main point of contact on most transactions and are expected to run the due diligence process, which means being very organised. The morning is spent reviewing contracts that the target company has entered into and flagging any issues to the client.

1.00pm:  I head for lunch and meet with some of the trainees from other law firms that work in the area. There are about 50 trainees on secondment in Dubai and most are in the same area as the Addleshaw Goddard office. You are spoilt for choice for lunch options with everything from sandwich shops to sushi to shish taouk on offer. When the weather is nice (ie sub-40 degrees Celsius), we eat outside and bask in the sunshine, wondering why we are going back to the UK at the end of secondment but in the summer months we avoid the sun like the plague and take shelter inside.

2.00am:  After lunch, it's another cup of coffee and I am raring to go! My afternoon is taken up by calls with the client and their other advisers, drafting a report on the due diligence I completed in the morning and assisting the associates with the transaction documents. Solid project management skills are key to being a good trainee so I need to be aware and on top of all aspects of the transaction. Juggling more than one task is a given and, while working primarily on this deal, I am also picking up discrete pieces of work from the associates and partners in the team.

6.30pm:  Once the work is done for the day I meet up with friends and we hit up one of the many ladies' nights that the city has to offer or grab some dinner and catch up. Dubai comes alive at night and there is plenty to do and see, not to mention the world's tallest building towering over you!

About the firm

Address:Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG

Telephone: 020 7606 8855




Senior partner: Charles Penney

Managing partner: John Joyce

Total partners: 240

Other fee-earners: 700+

Total trainees: 37

Other offices: Aberdeen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Glasgow, 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 with a sector focus across digital, energy and utilities, financial services, health and life sciences, industrials, real estate, retail and consumer and transport.

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 international offices and there are a number of secondments to clients available.

Perks: Gym subsidiary, season ticket loan, subsidised restaurants, pension and private healthcare.

Sponsorship:Fees are paid where applicable.


Facts and figures

Training contracts available for 2020: 37

Applications received pa: 2,000+ 

Percentage interviewed: 20% 


First year: Salary is competitive. Please see the website or speak to a member of the team for more details.

Turnover in 2016: £201.8m (+5% from 2015) Profits per equity partner: £679,000 (+38%)

 Application process

Apply to:Graduate resourcing team.

How: Online via website.

What's involved:Online application, video interview and assessment centre

When to apply:

Training contract: By 31 July 2018.

Vacation scheme: By 30 December 2017.