The decision to combine Addleshaw Goddard and HBJ is entirely consistent with our collective ambition to improve our performance and service.


Quality, combined

Individually each of our firms has achieved a great deal. Together we look forward to realising the collective benefits of our enhanced geographical reach across the whole of the UK, increased practice and sector bench strength, and greater flexibility around resourcing and delivery.

From high value strategic advice, to the everyday our firms are known for their straightforward approach and service which is high quality, focussed and consistently excellent. Our clients tell us that we are also firms with personality.

Increased bench strength

We enjoy our work for international corporations, financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. In combination we will continue focusing closely on these clients, investing in relationships for the long-term, and always looking outwards to drive the best outcomes. 

An enlarged business will be better placed to exploit a telling combination of economies of scale, greater strength in core areas of competence, together with a deep understanding of our clients’ markets, particularly in our eight key sectors: financial services, retail and consumer, real estate, industrials, energy and utilities, transport, digital and health.

Our capacity to service clients will be enhanced through a total bench strength in excess of 230 partners and 1,100 lawyers operating from the UK’s leading financial centres, together with a growing presence in Asia and the GCC. Where we don’t have offices we work with like-minded firms well known to us to deliver and international capability whenever and wherever required.

Exceptional people

The range and scale of our client assignments, transactions, disputes and projects wouldn’t be possible without our people, who are truly exceptional, committed and our greatest asset. They love what they do, are committed to our clients' success and will, together, continue building valued partnerships through their collective energy and expertise.

Expect us to retain in an enlarged business the tradition and continuity which has come to be expected from each firm, but together, looking to the future, we will continue to adapt, innovate and evolve to meet our clients' changing needs. 

This development is therefore only one aspect of our focus on building recognised leadership across our specialisms and sectors in the UK and internationally. 

What's next? 

We are two progressive businesses, each with an illustrious past, convinced that we have an exciting future together. We look forward to continuing to work with our clients and supporting their own strategic goals.

John Joyce

John Joyce

Managing Partner

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Malcolm McPherson

Malcolm McPherson

Senior Partner - Scotland

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Charles Penney

Charles Penney

Senior Partner

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