Legal Business

The window opens for Addleshaws but only for so long

One of the biggest mysteries of the UK legal industry since the wipe-out of 2008/09 is whatever happened at Addleshaw Goddard. The firm had a fine pedigree, the best partnership in the North West, a client-base to die for and a credible City merger under its belt in 2003 when it hooked up with Theodore Goddard.

Rivals often point to the lack of an international practice as holding the firm back but there are plenty of firms in its weight class that have performed strongly since 2009 with relatively lean international networks or none at all, among them Macfarlanes, RPC, Stephenson Harwood, Mishcon de Reya and Travers Smith.